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4th Nov '17 3:14:41 PM kasperow
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* Europe's 2012-album, "Bag Of Bones" opens with a song titled "Riches To Rags", basically talking about how they've gone from being hugely successful, due in no small part to "The Final Countdown", to practically being an upcoming band again, at least financially.
3rd Nov '17 10:29:21 AM Odacon_Spy
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* ''WebComic/{{Freefall}}'': Mr. Kornada, following his boneheaded attempt to subvert a patch program into a robot-lobotomizing FinalSolution purely for personal gain, is tried and found guilty. His cash assets started at twelve million credits; the Mayor sentences him to an eleven million fine, and seals the remaining million in a trust fund Kornada can't touch until he completes the second half of his punishment - a thousand days of working at a Cricket Burger. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Only days in which his evaluation exceeds "Average" will count towards the goal]], by the by.

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* ''WebComic/{{Freefall}}'': Mr. Kornada, following his boneheaded attempt to subvert a patch program into a robot-lobotomizing FinalSolution purely for personal gain, is tried and found guilty. His cash assets started at twelve million credits; the Mayor sentences him to an eleven million fine, and seals the remaining million in a trust fund Kornada can't touch until he completes the second half of his punishment - a thousand days of working at a [[BurgerFool Cricket Burger.Burger]]. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Only days in which his evaluation exceeds "Average" will count towards the goal]], by the by.
23rd Oct '17 3:11:06 PM Premonition45
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** First to Louis Whinthorpe (Creator/DanAykroyd) as a result of a bet between Randolf and his brother, Mortimer, who wagered he could put Louis in the poor house, reducing him from an upstanding, respectable businessman, to a dreg of society. While, at the same time, take Valentine (Creator/EddieMurphy) off the streets and make him a reputable businessman, in a month's time. The real kicker: the bet was for one dollar, [[ItAmusedMe made on a whim, for no other reason than to satisfy their own curiosity.]]
** The second time happens when [[spoiler: Valentine and Louis inevitability find out about the wager after Valentine overhears the Dukes discussing it in the men's room [[LaserGuidedKarma and decide to get even by returning the favor. For one dollar.]]]]

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** First to Louis Whinthorpe Winthorpe (Creator/DanAykroyd) as a result of a bet between Randolf Randolph and his brother, Mortimer, who wagered he could put Louis in the poor house, reducing him from an upstanding, respectable businessman, to a dreg of society. While, at the same time, take Billy Ray Valentine (Creator/EddieMurphy) off the streets and make him a reputable businessman, in a month's time. The real kicker: [[TheScrooge the bet was for one dollar, dollar]], [[ItAmusedMe made on a whim, for no other reason than to satisfy their own curiosity.]]
** The second time happens when [[spoiler: Valentine and Louis inevitability inevitably find out about the wager after Valentine overhears the Dukes discussing it in the men's room [[LaserGuidedKarma and decide to get even by returning the favor. For one dollar.]]]]



* 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.

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* Creator/SteveMartin's ''Film/TheJerk'' goes the full circle from RagsToRiches back to rags. Martin's character Navin Johnson 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.
13th Oct '17 10:45:43 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''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.

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* In ''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. Later on, Angela manages to find most of his money. He asks her to give it away to charity, since he's already used to his new lifestyle and doesn't want to change it.


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* In ''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}'', Ray Palmer starts out as a well-known tech billionaire. He ends up leaving Palmer Tech to join the Legends, putting Felicity in charge of the company. She ends up spending more time focusing on Team Arrow and nearly runs the company into the ground. The board votes her out. When Ray comes back in season 3, he's no longer the golden boy and is forced to work for a second-rate start-up, whose boss is about half his age and couldn't care less about Ray's inventions, if they're not phone apps.
24th Aug '17 2:32:41 PM angie710
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If the character is from the bluest 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.

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If the character is from the bluest 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, and/or NeverWinTheLottery, if the character is (well, was) NouveauRiche. TheGreatDepression took this to its LogicalExtreme.
19th Aug '17 5:41:20 PM Rhodes7
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* ''Film/LifeStinks'' is a comedy about a billionaire who, as a bet, agrees to live as a hobo in a particular slum for a month. Then his lawyers and business rival destroy all record of the bet and steal his company out from under him.
12th Aug '17 7:27:10 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Film/McLintock!: The Warrens' backstory. When Dev Warren's father died, he left his wife Louise penniless and his son had to drop out of Perdue.

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* ''Film/McLintock!: ''Film/McLintock!'': The Warrens' backstory. When Dev Warren's father died, he left his wife Louise penniless and his son had to drop out of Perdue.
12th Aug '17 7:19:27 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Film/McLintock!: The Warrens' backstory. When Dev Warren's father died, he left his wife Louise penniless and his son had to drop out of Perdue.
20th Jul '17 2:17:27 AM trentongm
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* Robert Morris was a merchant and investor whose name was synonymous with 'wealth' during the final years of Colonial America. When the Revolutionary war came about, he took on a managerial role of the rebel army's resources, earning the unofficial title of "Financier of the Revolution". After the war, Morris, who was poised to become one of the wealthiest men in the world, engaged in aggressive land speculation, passing up on urban properties that would become central business districts to buy vast stretches of wilderness that would remain vast stretches of wilderness. His finances collapsed and his resulting stint in prison became a national embarrassment.
16th Jul '17 12:55:15 PM Divra
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* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'': Because of the events of [[VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings the second game]], the Lodge of Sorceresses has been disbanded and most of them have gone into hiding. Triss Merigold has gone from being the court advisor to King Foltest of Temeria to leading an UndergroundRailroad from a seedy ramshackle apartment in a bad corner of Novigrad, hiding from the city witch hunters. Keira Metz is similarly left posing as a common village white witch in the countryside outside the city (and being [[SpoiledSweet Keira Metz]], she hates every minute of it).

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* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'': Because of the events of [[VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings the second game]], the Lodge of Sorceresses has been disbanded and most of them have gone into hiding. Triss Merigold has gone from being the court advisor to King Foltest of Temeria to leading an UndergroundRailroad from a seedy ramshackle apartment in a bad corner of Novigrad, hiding from the city witch hunters. Keira Metz is similarly left posing as a common village white witch in the countryside outside the city (and being [[SpoiledSweet Keira Metz]], she [[CityMouse hates every minute of it).it)]].
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