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20th Apr '18 9:45:28 AM mlsmithca
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* The titular alien in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is '''ridiculously''' rich - as in; he's repeatedly ''hired'' the PrivateMilitaryContractors he works for - '''all''' of them, along with their {{Battlestar}} - and he once '''''OWNED THE COMPANY.''''' He [[RagsToRiches started out as a slave]], but he ended up the SoleSurvivor of the rather wealthy circus that bought him when they were attacked by SpacePirates - and then he killed all the pirates and claimed all their stuff. When he went to deposit his newfound wealth in a bank, he learned about commodities trading; feeling hungry at the moment, he decided to invest in "[[CallARabbitASmeerp Unchyr]] chicks." His nice little nest egg turned into a fortune when the clever and fair-dealing AI from which he purchased a few live chicks learned that [[StarfishAliens carbosilicate amorphs]] could sniff out a prion infection that was ravaging every farm on the planet. {{Aesop}}? Stock shufflers are stupid; go out and ''learn'' about what you're buying!

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* The titular alien in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is '''ridiculously''' rich - as in; he's repeatedly ''hired'' the PrivateMilitaryContractors he works for - '''all''' of them, along with their {{Battlestar}} - and he once '''''OWNED THE COMPANY.''''' '''owned the company.''' He [[RagsToRiches started out as a slave]], but he ended up the SoleSurvivor of the rather wealthy circus that bought him when they were attacked by SpacePirates - and then he killed all the pirates and claimed all their stuff. When he went to deposit his newfound wealth in a bank, he learned about commodities trading; feeling hungry at the moment, he decided to invest in "[[CallARabbitASmeerp Unchyr]] chicks." His nice little nest egg turned into a fortune when the clever and fair-dealing AI from which he purchased a few live chicks learned that [[StarfishAliens carbosilicate amorphs]] could sniff out a prion infection that was ravaging every farm on the planet. {{Aesop}}? Stock shufflers are stupid; go out and ''learn'' about what you're buying!
20th Apr '18 9:29:07 AM MikeW
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* Played with in the Olivia Goldsmith novel ''Marrying Mom''. A trio of adult children try to find a boyfriend for their widowed mother Phyllis so she'll stop interfering in their lives. They seem to find a suitor in a man known for his rich life who promises Phyllis some terrific times and whisks her to the islands. The kids then discover the guy lost all his money and are thus convinced he's a con artist about to bilk her. They race to stop the wedding only to learn the guy did lose his cash but ended up stumbling onto a diamond mine and becoming richer than ever. As Phyllis explains, his first bankruptcy made him realize "who his friends were and [[FairWeatherFriend who they weren't"]] as his wife of the time dumped him without a second thought as soon as he was poor. So he decided to keep his new wealth quiet to find a woman who loved him for himself and now Phyllis can enjoy her senior years married in wealth.

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* Played with in the Olivia Goldsmith novel ''Marrying Mom''. A trio of adult children try to find a boyfriend for their widowed mother Phyllis so she'll stop interfering in their lives. They seem to find a suitor in Monty, a man known for his rich life who promises Phyllis some terrific times and whisks her to the islands. The kids then discover the guy lost all his money and are thus convinced he's a con artist about to bilk her. They race to stop the wedding only to learn the guy Monty did lose his cash but ended up stumbling onto a diamond mine and becoming richer than ever. As Phyllis explains, his first bankruptcy made him realize "who his friends were and [[FairWeatherFriend who they weren't"]] as his wife of the time dumped him without a second thought as soon as he was poor. So he Monty decided to keep his new wealth quiet to find a woman who loved him for himself and now Phyllis can enjoy her senior years married in wealth.
18th Apr '18 1:56:56 PM MikeW
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* Played with in the Olivia Goldsmith novel ''Marrying Mom''. A trio of adult children try to find a boyfriend for their widowed mother Phyllis so she'll stop interfering in their lives. They seem to find a suitor in a man known for his rich life who promises Phyllis some terrific times and whisks her to the islands. The kids then discover the guy lost all his money and are thus convinced he's a con artist about to bilk her. They race to stop the wedding only to learn the guy did lose his cash but ended up stumbling onto a diamond mine and becoming richer than ever. As Phyllis explains, his first bankruptcy made him realize "who his friends were and [[FairWeatherFriends who they weren't"]] as his wife of the time dumped him without a second thought as soon as he was poor. So he decided to keep his new wealth quiet to find a woman who loved him for himself and now Phyllis can enjoy her senior years married in wealth.

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* Played with in the Olivia Goldsmith novel ''Marrying Mom''. A trio of adult children try to find a boyfriend for their widowed mother Phyllis so she'll stop interfering in their lives. They seem to find a suitor in a man known for his rich life who promises Phyllis some terrific times and whisks her to the islands. The kids then discover the guy lost all his money and are thus convinced he's a con artist about to bilk her. They race to stop the wedding only to learn the guy did lose his cash but ended up stumbling onto a diamond mine and becoming richer than ever. As Phyllis explains, his first bankruptcy made him realize "who his friends were and [[FairWeatherFriends [[FairWeatherFriend who they weren't"]] as his wife of the time dumped him without a second thought as soon as he was poor. So he decided to keep his new wealth quiet to find a woman who loved him for himself and now Phyllis can enjoy her senior years married in wealth.
18th Apr '18 1:56:18 PM MikeW
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* The Arthur Hailey novel ''Hotel'' has what looks to be a minor subplot of Albert Wells, an elderly guest, having health issues. Christine, secretary to the hotel's owner, looks after him, concerned about his worn-down clothing and has a manager checking on his money to be told he's ok. Wells is nursed to health and upset when Christine tells him the hotel is going to be sold to Curtis O'Keefe who will turn the classic hotel into just another one of his chain. Over dinner, Wells tells Christine and boyfriend/manager Peter a tale of how he seemed to be ripped off in a gold mine by his partner only for his partner to reveal he had actually made sure he kept his fortune. Wells thus informs the dumbfounded pair that he's actually one of the richest men in the country who owns several properties...and just bough this very hotel.
** The staff is naturally thrown by this with the accountant moaning over actually calling about Wells' credit. Chuckling, Wells' lawyer says that because the man like a low-key appearance, his bank is long used to people calling unaware of how rich Wells is.
* Played with in the Olivia Goldsmith novel ''Marrying Mom''. A trio of adult children try to find a boyfriend for their widowed mother Phyllis so she'll stop interfering in their lives. They seem to find a suitor in a man known for his rich life who promises Phyllis some terrific times and whisks her to the islands. The kids then discover the guy lost all his money and are thus convinced he's a con artist about to bilk her. They race to stop the wedding only to learn the guy did lose his cash but ended up stumbling onto a diamond mine and becoming richer than ever. As Phyllis explains, his first bankruptcy made him realize "who his friends were and [[FairWeatherFriends who they weren't"]] as his wife of the time dumped him without a second thought as soon as he was poor. So he decided to keep his new wealth quiet to find a woman who loved him for himself and now Phyllis can enjoy her senior years married in wealth.
21st Mar '18 1:54:54 PM MikeW
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* In ''Series/TheMarvelousMrsMasiel'', Midge sees Sophie Lennon, a hefty comedianne who's a hit with crowds with her snarky manner about living in Queens and a hard life. They hit it off backstage and Sophie invites Midge for lunch at her place. At first, Midge thinks she's the victim of a prank when she's brought to a lavish Park Avenue brownstone, complete with servents. Sophie shows up in a gorgeous gown and jewels, revealing her "weight" is just a fat suit. She explains to a stunned Midge that she could only be successful putting on this act and her publicist works to ensure the public doesn't know the truth about her. Midge is furious about this and during her stand-up act later, she shocks the audience by revealing how Sophie's entire "poor fat gal from Queens" act is a total fraud and she's living a rich life.

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* In ''Series/TheMarvelousMrsMasiel'', ''Series/TheMarvelousMrsMaisel'', Midge sees Sophie Lennon, a hefty comedianne who's a hit with crowds with her snarky manner about living in Queens and a hard life. They hit it off backstage and Sophie invites Midge for lunch at her place. At first, Midge thinks she's the victim of a prank when she's brought to a lavish Park Avenue brownstone, complete with servents. Sophie shows up in a gorgeous gown and jewels, revealing her "weight" is just a fat suit. She explains to a stunned Midge that she could only be successful putting on this act and her publicist works to ensure the public doesn't know the truth about her. Midge is furious about this and during her stand-up act later, she shocks the audience by revealing how Sophie's entire "poor fat gal from Queens" act is a total fraud and she's living a rich life.
21st Mar '18 1:54:18 PM MikeW
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* In ''Series/TheMarvelousMrsMasiel'', Midge sees Sophie Lennon, a hefty comedianne who's a hit with crowds with her snarky manner about living in Queens and a hard life. They hit it off backstage and Sophie invites Midge for lunch at her place. At first, Midge thinks she's the victim of a prank when she's brought to a lavish Park Avenue brownstone, complete with servents. Sophie shows up in a gorgeous gown and jewels, revealing her "weight" is just a fat suit. She explains to a stunned Midge that she could only be successful putting on this act and her publicist works to ensure the public doesn't know the truth about her. Midge is furious about this and during her stand-up act later, she shocks the audience by revealing how Sophie's entire "poor fat gal from Queens" act is a total fraud and she's living a rich life.
1st Mar '18 11:34:46 AM johnnye
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* Hodgins from ''Series/{{Bones}}'', partly because he's a conspiracy theorist who thinks that old money, like his family, totally controls the world.
** Considering how influential his family is as major supporters of the Jeffersonian Institute, he probably also hides his connections so he will be judged on his own merits.
** He actually lives in a mansion, but since nobody from work ever visits him at home, nobody realizes that he has lots of money.
** Averted over the course of the first two seasons as all the other major cast members find out about his wealth.
** And finally [[spoiler:no longer the case after serial killer Pelant forced him into a SadisticChoice: shut down a computer server to keep Pelant from draining his accounts, or keep the server running in order to stop the military drone that would blow up a school in the Middle East. Hodgins doesn't hesitate to sacrifice his wealth to save the innocent lives.]]

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* Hodgins from ''Series/{{Bones}}'', partly because he's a conspiracy theorist who thinks that old money, like his family, totally controls the world.
**
world. Considering how influential his family is as major supporters of the Jeffersonian Institute, he probably also hides his connections so he will be judged on his own merits.
**
merits. He actually lives in a mansion, but since nobody from work ever visits him at home, nobody realizes that he has lots of money.
** Averted
money. This is gradually averted over the course of the first two seasons as all the other major cast members find out about his wealth.
** And finally
wealth. Finally becomes [[spoiler:no longer the case after serial killer Pelant forced him into a SadisticChoice: shut down a computer server to keep Pelant from draining his accounts, or keep the server running in order to stop the military drone that would blow up a school in the Middle East. Hodgins doesn't hesitate to sacrifice his wealth to save the innocent lives.]]


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* This is revealed about Lance in ''{{Series/Detectorists}}'' when he confides in Sophie that "I won the lottery when Maggie [his [[TheOneThatGotAway deeply missed ex-wife]]] left me"... which is then strung out into an OverlyLongGag as Sophie insists on assuming he's talking metaphorically. He later finds out that Maggie and her new man have known the whole time, after she long ago read a letter addressed to Lance -- all the excuses to keep him around doing little jobs for her, which he assumed were signs of lingering affection, were really because of the money.
4th Dec '17 9:01:56 PM JMQwilleran
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* In ''VideoGame/FairyFencerF'', while you get a few hints that Sherman Shellancer is a man of means, [[spoiler:a conversation between him and his fairy in the Vile God route of ''Advent Dark Force'' after several members join your party reveals that if necessary, he could afford to pay for them to all stay at the inn for 285-410 days, and that's even factoring in for the rate at which they've been growing.]]
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20th Nov '17 1:45:59 PM MikeW
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* The key to ''Literature/CrazyRichAsians'' is Rachel rocked to discover her boyfriend Nick isn't just from a wealthy family. Rather, his family "has more money than God" but often downplays how amazingly rich they are. Nick himself explains he wanted to make friends in America without them knowing he was so well-off and actually enjoys how even rich people have no idea he's "the one percent of the one percent."
17th Nov '17 8:15:48 PM WithFlowers
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* In ''Film/VincentWantsToSea'', the main characters are under the impression they have about eleven euros between them after running away from a mental institution together. Then one of the group reveals that he has about 17,000 euros (about 20,000 USD) from his orphan's pension.
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