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16th Mar '17 5:18:07 PM morenohijazo
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* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': When "The Unlucky Diamond" opens, the diamond's current owner was once a rich man, but after being given the cursed diamond for refusing to give food to a magician disguised as a beggar, he lost his house, his family, his money, everything. After he palms off the diamond on Iznogoud (who plans to give the jewel to the Caliph, only to discover it is a ClingyMacGuffin), his fortunes are restored almost immediately - as is his original haughty, "I've done my good deed for the day!" personality.
9th Mar '17 1:47:46 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': By the end of the War of the Five Kings, the gold mines of the Westerlands had run dry three years prior. The Lannisters had gone through a lot of effort in order to keep that secret, mostly by taking tremdious loans from the Iron Bank and depending on their new partners the Tyrells to foot half the bill to their own Royal wedding.
20th Feb '17 4:46:36 PM mlsmithca
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* The Dutch folk tale about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_of_Stavoren Lady of Stavoren]] is all about this trope.
* ''Myth/ClassicalMythology'' has Jason, who was hailed as a hero and earned a lot of riches after his quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece with the Argonauts. Then he [[WhatAnIdiot made some really dumb mistakes]], chiefly dumping his wife [[WomanScorned Medea]], who proceeded to destroy everything Jason attained in one swift blow, from riches to even future family, and the Gods thought that it was Jason's fault to get callous and ungrateful, thus the celebrated hero was reduced into a beggar who eventually died on the rubble of his ruined old ship while reminiscing his past glory days.

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-->''Your old man took her diamonds / And tiaras, by the score / Now she gets her kicks in Stepney / Not in Knightsbridge anymore''

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-->''Your -->Your old man took her diamonds / And tiaras, by the score / Now she gets her kicks in Stepney / Not in Knightsbridge anymore''anymore






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* The Dutch folk tale about the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_of_Stavoren Lady of Stavoren]] is all about this trope.
* Myth/ClassicalMythology has Jason, who was hailed as a hero and earned a lot of riches after his quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece with the Argonauts. Then he [[WhatAnIdiot made some really dumb mistakes]], chiefly dumping his wife [[WomanScorned Medea]], who proceeded to destroy everything Jason attained in one swift blow, from riches to even future family, and the Gods thought that it was Jason's fault to get callous and ungrateful, thus the celebrated hero was reduced into a beggar who eventually died on the rubble of his ruined old ship while reminiscing his past glory days.
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* This often happens to former nobility and royalty as the result of a revolution; for example, the French royal family after they were imprisoned during [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution The Reign of Terror]]. The Jacobins running the prison basically did everything they could to make them as uncomfortable as possible and humiliate them.

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* This often happens to former nobility and royalty as the result of a revolution; for revolution.
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example, the French royal family after they were imprisoned during [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution The Reign of Terror]]. The Jacobins running the prison basically did everything they could to make them as uncomfortable as possible and humiliate them.



* [[http://delawarelibertarian.blogspot.fr/2008/03/rise-of-genteel-poverty-in-americas.html This blog post]] describe how Main/{{Suburbia}} families' lifestyles went down when the value of their house, which they used as a collateral in equity, went down with the housing crisis.

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* [[http://delawarelibertarian.blogspot.fr/2008/03/rise-of-genteel-poverty-in-americas.html This blog post]] describe how Main/{{Suburbia}} {{Suburbia}} families' lifestyles went down when the value of their house, which they used as a collateral in equity, went down with the housing crisis.



* This can happen to entire ''countries''

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* This can happen to entire ''countries'' ''countries''.



** UsefulNotes/{{India}} was once among the richest nations of the world with several Indian states having more gold than anyone imagined a single place could store. The likes of Marco Polo who came all the way to South India was agog at the wealth of the Tamil Kingdoms. Until the 1700s, India had a ''monopoly'' on the Diamond Trade, the crown jewels of every Crown in Europe came from the diamonds of Indian mines and Indian spices and textiles were highly prized and it maintained lucrative trade with Europe from the Roman Empire onwards. Two centuries of [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British colonialism]] followed by post-independent malaise, Indians are far from being among the wealthiest nations in the world (though it is among the world's growing economic powers), and is famous around the world for massive poverty (as evidenced by the success of films like Film/SlumdogMillionaire), corruption and high mortality rates. It's educated urban middle class emigrates in large numbers to serve in Western countries leading to a BrainDrain with India struggling to make its exports match its imports, a situation that is entirely the reverse of its economic condition in the early 1700s.

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** UsefulNotes/{{India}} was once among the richest nations of the world with several Indian states having more gold than anyone imagined a single place could store. The likes of Marco Polo who came all the way to South India was agog at the wealth of the Tamil Kingdoms. Until the 1700s, India had a ''monopoly'' on the Diamond Trade, the crown jewels of every Crown in Europe came from the diamonds of Indian mines and Indian spices and textiles were highly prized and it maintained lucrative trade with Europe from the Roman Empire onwards. Two centuries of [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British colonialism]] followed by post-independent malaise, Indians are far from being among the wealthiest nations in the world (though it is among the world's growing economic powers), and is famous around the world for massive poverty (as evidenced by the success of films like Film/SlumdogMillionaire), ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''), corruption and high mortality rates. It's Its educated urban middle class emigrates in large numbers to serve in Western countries leading to a BrainDrain with India struggling to make its exports match its imports, a situation that is entirely the reverse of its economic condition in the early 1700s.
5th Feb '17 9:19:18 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': The Västerström family underwent such an episode some time before the story started. Getting that status back by selling precious Old World books on the black market was the motivation behind Torbjörn organizing the expedition, while the same episode caused Emil to discover that his expensive private tutors actually hadn't educated him that well, causing him to drop out of academia and join the military.

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12th Dec '16 10:06:12 PM ChrisX
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* ''Myth/ClassicalMythology'' has Jason, who was hailed as a hero and earned a lot of riches after his quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece with the Argonauts. Then he [[WhatAnIdiot made some really dumb mistakes]], chiefly dumping his wife [[WomanScorned Medea]], who proceeded to destroy everything Jason attained in one swift blow, from riches to even future family, and the Gods thought that it was Jason's fault to get callous and ungrateful, thus the celebrated hero was reduced into a beggar who eventually died on the rubble of his ruined old ship while reminiscing his past glory days.
12th Dec '16 2:05:19 AM Yukianesa
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* In the ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' 2013 reboot, Tyler-John "T.J Combo" Garrett was a celebrity millionaire boxer who used secret Ultratech cybernetic implants to improve his punching power. When his cheating was caught out, he was left disgraced and lost everything he had. Now he's back in the tournament, [[BroughtDownToNormal no implants this time]], [[TheAtoner to restore his honour]].
3rd Dec '16 10:07:19 AM CASCHero
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' ep, ''Poorbucks'', this had this happen to Princess when a bad investment tanks her family's stock and she's forced to stay with the girls while her father "lays low". She regains it at the end by stealing Blossom's lemonade recipe and turning it into a franchise. Though at the least showed she did have some good in her by calling off her attack on the girls once she got her money back and keeping the present Blossom made for her.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' ep, ''Poorbucks'', this had this happen to Princess when a bad investment tanks her family's stock and she's forced to stay with the girls while her father "lays low". She regains it at the end by stealing Blossom's lemonade recipe and turning it into a franchise. Though at the least showed she did have some good in her by calling off her attack on the girls once she got her money back and keeping the present Blossom made for her.
3rd Dec '16 10:06:11 AM CASCHero
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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Pacifica Northwest and her family end up losing most of the fortune in a bad investment during the Weirdmagedon. While it didn't sink them entirely and they still quite wealthy, they had to sell their manor in order to stay afloat and are now Moderately Rich instead of Obscenely Rich. They still consider it as if it's a massive loss, however. Ironically [=McGucket=] the town's local hobo, was the one to buy their house due to [[RagsToRiches regaining his smarts and selling his technology.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' ep, ''Poorbucks'', this had this happen to Princess when a bad investment tanks her family's stock and she's forced to stay with the girls while her father "lays low". She regains it at the end by stealing Blossom's lemonade recipe and turning it into a franchise. Though at the least showed she did have some good in her by calling off her attack on the girls once she got her money back and keeping the present Blossom made for her.
23rd Nov '16 9:26:54 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TalionRevenant'': [[spoiler: Nolan's ancestors]], apparently. He's descended from a prince who went into exile and had a family, while his descendants ended up being peasants.
25th Oct '16 10:21:14 PM mutations2000
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* In ''VideoGame/ThiefTheDarkProject'', Garrett meets a strange man named Raoul. Once the wealthy owner of the local opera house, Raoul took to living in the sewers after losing ownership of the opera house.
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