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18th Aug '16 2:21:40 PM Morgenthaler
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18th Feb '16 10:19:11 PM TheBigBopper
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Someone, usually a supporting main character but not always, is obscenely rich. How did they get that way, if they aren't portrayed as especially hard-working or clever? One solution is to have them be related to the InventorOfTheMundane, who earns royalties from something they came up with that's really popular and makes a lot of money. Perhaps their mother's uncle-in-law invented hole punchers, or their great-grandfather invented spark plugs, or their grandmother wrote one of the most popular novels of all time. Or maybe [[Film/MeanGirls their father invented Toaster Strudel]]. On one hand, this trope can be broader than InventorOfTheMundane because it can include forms of intellectual property such as books or songs, and not just practical inventions. On the other hand it allows the characters' competence to be even less related to their wealth, since the RoyaltiesHeir didn't even have to work their brain by coming up with the thing and enjoys the benefits merely by being related to the creator.

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Someone, usually a supporting main character but not always, is has to be obscenely rich. rich for the sake of the plot. How did they get that way, if they aren't portrayed as especially hard-working or clever? One solution is to have them be related an heir to the fortune of an InventorOfTheMundane, who earns royalties from something they came up with that's really popular and makes a lot of money. Perhaps their mother's uncle-in-law invented hole punchers, or their great-grandfather invented spark plugs, or their grandmother wrote one of the most popular novels of all time. Or maybe [[Film/MeanGirls their father invented Toaster Strudel]]. Whatever the case, they're set for life without having to work. On one hand, this trope can be broader than InventorOfTheMundane because it can include forms of intellectual property such as books or songs, and not just practical inventions. inventions as is usually the case with InventorOfTheMundane. On the other hand it allows the characters' competence to be even less related to their wealth, since the RoyaltiesHeir didn't even have to work their brain by coming up with the thing and enjoys the benefits merely by being related to the its creator.
18th Feb '16 10:13:01 PM TheBigBopper
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Someone, usually a supporting main character but not always, is obscenely rich. How did they get that way? Simply put, because their mother's uncle-in-law invented hole punchers. Their great-grandfather invented spark plugs. Their grandmother wrote one of the most popular novels of all time. [[Film/MeanGirls Their father invented Toaster Strudel]].

Basically, their (insert relative here) invented or created (insert amazingly widespread, popular, or useful object here).

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Someone, usually a supporting main character but not always, is obscenely rich. How did they get that way? Simply put, because way, if they aren't portrayed as especially hard-working or clever? One solution is to have them be related to the InventorOfTheMundane, who earns royalties from something they came up with that's really popular and makes a lot of money. Perhaps their mother's uncle-in-law invented hole punchers. Their punchers, or their great-grandfather invented spark plugs. Their plugs, or their grandmother wrote one of the most popular novels of all time. Or maybe [[Film/MeanGirls Their their father invented Toaster Strudel]].

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Strudel]]. On one hand, this trope can be broader than InventorOfTheMundane because it can include forms of intellectual property such as books or songs, and not just practical inventions. On the other hand it allows the characters' competence to be even less related to their (insert relative here) invented or created (insert amazingly widespread, popular, or useful object here).
wealth, since the RoyaltiesHeir didn't even have to work their brain by coming up with the thing and enjoys the benefits merely by being related to the creator.
25th Nov '15 3:29:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mentioned in "Give Them What They Want" from ''DirtyRottenScoundrels TheMusical'':

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* Mentioned in "Give Them What They Want" from ''DirtyRottenScoundrels ''Theatre/DirtyRottenScoundrels TheMusical'':
2nd Nov '15 11:48:52 AM BKelly95
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* ''Series/NightCourt'' once had a wealthy girl who had to choose between two men, a well-to-do rich man's son and a more rough-around-the-edges guy. First, the girl chooses the rich man's son with her mother explaining he's worth twelve million dollars. The other guy then reveals he's worth fourteen million, shocking everyone. He explains it's because his father invented the beer hat. Roz exclaims "You mean those dorky things are worth fourteen million dollars?"
13th Oct '15 12:52:06 AM shamblingdead2
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* ''Film/UptownGirls'' : Molly lives on the royalties from her dad's music.
14th Mar '15 3:18:08 AM jormis29
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* ''CaptiveHearts'': Suzuka's inheritance includes patents to some medicines.

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* ''CaptiveHearts'': ''Manga/CaptiveHearts'': Suzuka's inheritance includes patents to some medicines.



* In ''AboutABoy'', Hugh Grant's character is obscenely rich and layabout because his father wrote a ridiculously popular Christmas song.
* An early draft of ''TheBigLebowski'' explains that the only reason [[LoserProtagonist The Dude]] has any money is because he's related to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern%C5%91_Rubik Erno Rubik]].

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* In ''AboutABoy'', ''Film/AboutABoy'', Hugh Grant's character is obscenely rich and layabout because his father wrote a ridiculously popular Christmas song.
* An early draft of ''TheBigLebowski'' ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' explains that the only reason [[LoserProtagonist The Dude]] has any money is because he's related to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern%C5%91_Rubik Erno Rubik]].



* Subverted with the protagonist of the ''KikiStrike'' novels: her great grandfather invented control-top panty hose, but her family can't spend it because it is locked away in a trust fund that can only be spent on education fees.

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* Subverted with the protagonist of the ''KikiStrike'' ''Literature/KikiStrike'' novels: her great grandfather invented control-top panty hose, but her family can't spend it because it is locked away in a trust fund that can only be spent on education fees.



* Roxy from ''DeadLikeMe'' invented leg warmers. Unfortunately, her jealous roommate killed her and stole the idea, so she never got a chance to get rich or to have kids to pass the wealth on to. The murderous roommate, on the other hand, is now living the high life.

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* Roxy from ''DeadLikeMe'' ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' invented leg warmers. Unfortunately, her jealous roommate killed her and stole the idea, so she never got a chance to get rich or to have kids to pass the wealth on to. The murderous roommate, on the other hand, is now living the high life.



* On ''RoyalPains'', Tucker Bryant's grandfather supposedly invented the blender.

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* On ''RoyalPains'', ''Series/RoyalPains'', Tucker Bryant's grandfather supposedly invented the blender.



* WordOfGod is that Rin of FateStayNight is supported by the royalties from her family's patents. Notably, she's not actually rich, as most of it ends up going into her family's brand of [[FunctionalMagic magecraft]], which is very expensive. This is apparently a constant problem for her family.

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* WordOfGod is that Rin of FateStayNight ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is supported by the royalties from her family's patents. Notably, she's not actually rich, as most of it ends up going into her family's brand of [[FunctionalMagic magecraft]], which is very expensive. This is apparently a constant problem for her family.
7th Oct '14 12:04:51 PM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/DudeThatsMyGhost'': When Mr. Minotaur becomes the Principal of Beverly Beverly High School and AlphaBitch Lolo Calorie tries to use her father's wealth to intimidate him, he says he doesn't need bribes because one of his ancestors invented the receipt.
22nd Jan '14 2:48:39 PM MarkLungo
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* ''PhineasAndFerb'': Heinz Doofenshmirtz invented a device that corrects people's eyesight and the royalty checks he receives for this make him feel less uncomfortable about one of his inventions being used to do good.
* ''TheRealAdventuresOfJonnyQuest'': The Duntchecks thanks to a sonata authored by Franz Duntcheck. Once it was revealed the sonata was actually [[PlagiarismInFiction stolen]] from a woman named Anna Kafka, the wealth went to her surviving family.

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* ''PhineasAndFerb'': ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Heinz Doofenshmirtz invented a device that corrects people's eyesight and the royalty checks he receives for this make him feel less uncomfortable about one of his inventions being used to do good.
* ''TheRealAdventuresOfJonnyQuest'': ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'': The Duntchecks from "The Haunted Sonata", thanks to a sonata authored by Franz Duntcheck. Once it was revealed the sonata was actually [[PlagiarismInFiction stolen]] from a woman named Anna Kafka, the wealth went to her surviving family.
11th Jan '14 1:53:23 PM luiz4200
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* ''TheRealAdventuresOfJonnyQuest'': The Duntchecks thanks to a sonata authored by Franz Duntcheck. Once it was revealed the sonata was actually [[PlagiarismInFiction stolen]] from a woman named Anna Kafka, the wealth went to her surviving family.
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