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23rd Jan '16 11:22:23 AM nombretomado
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* SteveMartin's ''Film/TheJerk'' goes the full circle from RagsToRiches back to rags. Martin's character invents a grip handle for glasses that becomes all the rage, amassing him a fortune. A fortune he loses when his company is sued after it's discovered the handle causes people to go permanently cross-eyed.
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* SteveMartin's Creator/SteveMartin's ''Film/TheJerk'' goes the full circle from RagsToRiches back to rags. Martin's character invents a grip handle for glasses that becomes all the rage, amassing him a fortune. A fortune he loses when his company is sued after it's discovered the handle causes people to go permanently cross-eyed.
26th Dec '15 5:25:54 PM nombretomado
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We're all familiar with the story of the young man or woman with absolutely nothing who [[AmericanDream worked hard to make enough money]] to open that business, and now [[RagsToRiches have it all]]. The overall tale behind Bill Gates' rise to multi-billionaire is one of these; he started building computers in his garage, and now has one of the largest computer empires in the world.
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We're all familiar with the story of the young man or woman with absolutely nothing who [[AmericanDream [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream worked hard to make enough money]] to open that business, and now [[RagsToRiches have it all]]. The overall tale behind Bill Gates' rise to multi-billionaire is one of these; he started building computers in his garage, and now has one of the largest computer empires in the world.
13th Dec '15 11:50:24 AM Pichu-kun
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* Can happen in ''Franchise/TheSims'' if you mismanage your Sims' cash.
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* Can happen This can occur in ''Franchise/TheSims'' ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife Special Edition'' and ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' if you mismanage your Sims' cash. marry Lumina. She goes from being living in a mansion with her rich grandmother to living down the road as a farmer's wife.
3rd Dec '15 1:27:53 PM CASCHero
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* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' episode "Bitches to Rags" is all about Thugnificent going through this.
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* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' episode "Bitches to Rags" is all about Thugnificent going through this.this after several unwise moves on his part sink his singing career. Which in turn leads to the loss of his wealth to debt collectors. Unlike most examples, he never regains his fortune and is forced to take a minimum wage job to survive. He doesn't really seem too broken up about it though.
25th Sep '15 11:37:15 AM Pichu-kun
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* Forsythe from ''ComicBook/ArchieComics2015'' was the son of the richest family in Riverdale. His father was scammed into losing all their money involving a water bottling company. After that Forsythe went from being one of the coolest kids in town to a laughingstock, and was given the nickname "Jughead" after the company his dad was scammed by.
8th Sep '15 7:56:59 AM DeepRed
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If the character is from the most blue in hue of bloods, they may be an ImpoverishedPatrician. If the character continues on as they did when they were rich, they may be a PrincessInRags. If the character stops being an AlphaBitch and is revealed to be insecure or to have other sympathetic traits that make the audience like her, this might be a FallenPrincess. It might be a result of AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted, if the character is (well, was) NouveauRiche.
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If the character is from the most blue in hue of bloods, they may be an ImpoverishedPatrician. If the character continues on as they did when they were rich, they may be a PrincessInRags. If the character stops being an AlphaBitch and is revealed to be insecure or to have other sympathetic traits that make the audience like her, this might be a FallenPrincess. It might be a result of AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted, if the character is (well, was) NouveauRiche. TheGreatDepression took this to its LogicalExtreme.
1st Jun '15 7:40:15 AM sgamer82
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1st Jun '15 7:38:55 AM sgamer82
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Namespacing and adding Moonshine Holler entry
* This had just happened to one [[TheTwelveKingdoms Komatsu Saburou Naotaka]] in the middle of a cruel local war in medieval Japan. His land had lost soundly, his retainers and supporters had all been slain in front of him, and Naotaka himself was badly wounded and all alone. Then he met an odd kid named Enki, who turned out to be a ''kirin'' aka a mythological beast who chooses and advises the rulers of another world, and he had just seen that Naotaka is the only one [[RagsToRiches who can become the leader of the Kingdom of En]]. * In Manga/CandyCandy, this is [[spoiler: Louisa]]'s [[LaserGuidedKarma "punishment"]] in the BoardingSchool arc.
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* This had just happened to one [[TheTwelveKingdoms the ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''' Komatsu Saburou Naotaka]] Naotaka in the middle of a cruel local war in medieval Japan. His land had lost soundly, his retainers and supporters had all been slain in front of him, and Naotaka himself was badly wounded and all alone. Then he met an odd kid named Enki, who turned out to be a ''kirin'' aka a mythological beast who chooses and advises the rulers of another world, and he had just seen that Naotaka is the only one [[RagsToRiches who can become the leader of the Kingdom of En]]. * In Manga/CandyCandy, ''Manga/CandyCandy'', this is [[spoiler: Louisa]]'s [[LaserGuidedKarma "punishment"]] in the BoardingSchool arc.

* Several [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] WhatIf stories have used this trope.
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* Several [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse ''[[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] McDuck]]'' WhatIf stories have used this trope.

* SteveMartin's ''TheJerk'' goes the full circle from RagsToRiches back to rags. Martin's character invents a grip handle for glasses that becomes all the rage, amassing him a fortune. A fortune he loses when his company is sued after it's discovered the handle causes people to go permanently cross-eyed.
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* SteveMartin's ''TheJerk'' ''Film/TheJerk'' goes the full circle from RagsToRiches back to rags. Martin's character invents a grip handle for glasses that becomes all the rage, amassing him a fortune. A fortune he loses when his company is sued after it's discovered the handle causes people to go permanently cross-eyed.

* BlueJasmine: Flashbacks show the protagonist living a life of luxury--Upper East Side penthouse/brownstone, lavish summers in the Hamptons, black tie charity events, etc. Her life now? Sleeping on the couch in her sister's apartment, which is above a grocery store and working as a receptionist in a dentist's office, all because her financier husband turned out to be a fraud.
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* BlueJasmine: ''Film/BlueJasmine'': Flashbacks show the protagonist living a life of luxury--Upper East Side penthouse/brownstone, lavish summers in the Hamptons, black tie charity events, etc. Her life now? Sleeping on the couch in her sister's apartment, which is above a grocery store and working as a receptionist in a dentist's office, all because her financier husband turned out to be a fraud.

* ''{{Buffyverse}}'':
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* Caroline on ''TwoBrokeGirls'' is the daughter of a Bernie Maddoff Expy. She used to live in a mansion, have fancy clothes and owned a horse. At the start of the series she has no money and is homeless. But she still has a horse. * There's an unusual version of this on ''DowntonAbbey'' with [[spoiler: Sybil]], who is forced to give up her privileged life as a noble's daughter when she marries [[spoiler: Branson, the former chauffeur]]. However, she actually welcomes the change, as she is a [[RebelliousPrincess Rebellious Lady]] who disliked the lifestyle of fashion, gossip, paying calls and being waited on hand-and-foot. She also [[spoiler: had previous experience working as a nurse during the war and learning how to cook from the servants. And it helps that Branson gets a job as a journalist, she happily returns to being a nurse and her father gives her a little money, meaning its not so much riches to 'rags' as Not-Rich-But-Just-Comfortable-Enough-To-Get-By.]] But her happiness about taking up a normal life definitely gives an interesting twist to this trope.
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* Caroline on ''TwoBrokeGirls'' ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' is the daughter of a Bernie Maddoff Expy. She used to live in a mansion, have fancy clothes and owned a horse. At the start of the series she has no money and is homeless. But she still has a horse. * There's an unusual version of this on ''DowntonAbbey'' ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' with [[spoiler: Sybil]], who is forced to give up her privileged life as a noble's daughter when she marries [[spoiler: Branson, the former chauffeur]]. However, she actually welcomes the change, as she is a [[RebelliousPrincess Rebellious Lady]] who disliked the lifestyle of fashion, gossip, paying calls and being waited on hand-and-foot. She also [[spoiler: had previous experience working as a nurse during the war and learning how to cook from the servants. And it helps that Branson gets a job as a journalist, she happily returns to being a nurse and her father gives her a little money, meaning its not so much riches to 'rags' as Not-Rich-But-Just-Comfortable-Enough-To-Get-By.]] But her happiness about taking up a normal life definitely gives an interesting twist to this trope.

* This is what happened to Pete Campbell's family on ''MadMen.'' The Campbells were {{Blue Blood}}s who used to own half of Upper Manhattan, until Pete's father [[ImpoverishedPatrician squandered their fortune]]. Which is why Pete has to work at Sterling Cooper, and marry Trudy - whose family is NouveauRiche, but much wealthier. * London in an episode of ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' when her father makes a bad investment. As typical of show, she gains it back at the end of the episode. * In ''{{Bones}}'' Hodgins is hacked by Pelant and is forced to choose between saving his family fortune or saving a school for girls in the middle east from a UAV strike. Naturally he chooses to save the school.
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* This is what happened to Pete Campbell's family on ''MadMen.''Series/MadMen.'' The Campbells were {{Blue Blood}}s who used to own half of Upper Manhattan, until Pete's father [[ImpoverishedPatrician squandered their fortune]]. Which is why Pete has to work at Sterling Cooper, and marry Trudy - whose family is NouveauRiche, but much wealthier. * London in an episode of ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' when her father makes a bad investment. As typical of show, she gains it back at the end of the episode. * In ''{{Bones}}'' ''Series/{{Bones}}'' Hodgins is hacked by Pelant and is forced to choose between saving his family fortune or saving a school for girls in the middle east from a UAV strike. Naturally he chooses to save the school.

* The page quote is the song "Like a Rolling Stone" by BobDylan. * The RollingStones song "Playing With Fire":
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* The page quote is the song "Like a Rolling Stone" by BobDylan. Music/BobDylan. * The RollingStones Music/RollingStones song "Playing With Fire":

* This is a common plot in opera, where the fall usually comes about as a [[SlutShaming punishment for women sleeping around]]. Examples include ''LaTraviata'' and ''Manon'' (in the latter, the woman starts out as a commoner and becomes a rich mistress of a noble, but then falls toward poverty again when she cheats on said noble with her true love). * VanHalen in "As Is":
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* This is a common plot in opera, where the fall usually comes about as a [[SlutShaming punishment for women sleeping around]]. Examples include ''LaTraviata'' ''Theatre/LaTraviata'' and ''Manon'' (in the latter, the woman starts out as a commoner and becomes a rich mistress of a noble, but then falls toward poverty again when she cheats on said noble with her true love). * VanHalen Music/VanHalen in "As Is":

** The [[DragonAgeOrigins first game]] does this with the Human Noble origin (in which the death of their family and their conscription into the Grey Wardens causes them to be much poorer), the Dwarven noble origin (in which they are disowned due to circumstances beyond their control), and the Human Mage origin (the human mage being a part of the aforementioned Amell family, who cannot ever inherit their titles due to being a mage) - depending on how you play the game, however, they can all earn back their wealth and status and then some.
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** The [[DragonAgeOrigins [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins first game]] does this with the Human Noble origin (in which the death of their family and their conscription into the Grey Wardens causes them to be much poorer), the Dwarven noble origin (in which they are disowned due to circumstances beyond their control), and the Human Mage origin (the human mage being a part of the aforementioned Amell family, who cannot ever inherit their titles due to being a mage) - depending on how you play the game, however, they can all earn back their wealth and status and then some.

* WhateleyUniverse: When [[OldMoney Ayla Goodkind]] was first disowned by his family for being a mutant, he was forced to live with his equally blackballed sister Gracie (who had been his brother Greg before coming out as a {{Transsexual}}); the shock of middle class realities were crushing to him, and left a mark on him even after they managed to wrest a portion of his due inheritance from the family (a mere $300 million, which at first seemed a mere pittance to him compared to the billions he was raised to expect). Ayla's brief brush with poverty is best summed up in his own words:
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* WhateleyUniverse: ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': When [[OldMoney Ayla Goodkind]] was first disowned by his family for being a mutant, he was forced to live with his equally blackballed sister Gracie (who had been his brother Greg before coming out as a {{Transsexual}}); the shock of middle class realities were crushing to him, and left a mark on him even after they managed to wrest a portion of his due inheritance from the family (a mere $300 million, which at first seemed a mere pittance to him compared to the billions he was raised to expect). Ayla's brief brush with poverty is best summed up in his own words:

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* The ''Podcast/ThrillingAdventureHour's'' segment, "Down in Moonshine Holler", after falling in love with a hobo woman, features, millionaire Jasper Manorlodge renounces his riches and becomes hobo Banjo Bindlestuff to try and find his Hobo Princess.

* Zander Crews in the opening episodes of the second season of ''FriskyDingo'' - he's gone from the head of a company with billions of dollars to living in a refrigerator box. [[spoiler: At least till he remember he regain the check from Killface.]]
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* Zander Crews in the opening episodes of the second season of ''FriskyDingo'' ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'' - he's gone from the head of a company with billions of dollars to living in a refrigerator box. [[spoiler: At least till he remember he regain the check from Killface.]]

-->'''Kent Brockman''': Excuse me, Mr. Burns, now that you're completely ruined, how do you feel? -->'''Burns''': Excellent. I'm on my way back to the top! I've turned these cans into can-dos! -->'''Brockman''': Well, you smell terrible -- Good luck to you, sir.
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-->'''Kent --->'''Kent Brockman''': Excuse me, Mr. Burns, now that you're completely ruined, how do you feel? -->'''Burns''': feel?\\ '''Burns''': Excellent. I'm on my way back to the top! I've turned these cans into can-dos! -->'''Brockman''': can-dos!\\ '''Brockman''': Well, you smell terrible -- Good luck to you, sir.

* An episode of {{Doug}} features Bebe losing her fortune.
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* An episode of {{Doug}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' features Bebe losing her fortune.

* An Al Brodax ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon has Wimpy go through this. He inherits a fortune and wagers it all against Popeye in a boxing match. Wimpy is assured to win his wager since he's the referee. But after seeing Popeye get KO'd (through his own machinations), Wimpy doesn't have the heart to count his old pal out, so he gives Popeye some spinach, Popeye knocks out his opponent, and Wimpy loses his fortune.
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* An Al Brodax ''{{Popeye}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon has Wimpy go through this. He inherits a fortune and wagers it all against Popeye in a boxing match. Wimpy is assured to win his wager since he's the referee. But after seeing Popeye get KO'd (through his own machinations), Wimpy doesn't have the heart to count his old pal out, so he gives Popeye some spinach, Popeye knocks out his opponent, and Wimpy loses his fortune.
1st Jun '15 7:29:43 AM sgamer82
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* Can happens to your ''Franchise/TheSims'' if you mismanage their cash.
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* Can happens to your happen in ''Franchise/TheSims'' if you mismanage their your Sims' cash.
1st Jun '15 7:29:08 AM sgamer82
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* Can happens to your ''VideoGame{{Sims}}'' if you mismanage their cash.
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* Can happens to your ''VideoGame{{Sims}}'' ''Franchise/TheSims'' if you mismanage their cash.
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