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3rd Jul '16 12:39:32 AM Morgaus
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* Palpatine from ''Star Wars'' counts. Born a minor noble on some backwater world, he clawed his way to Senator, Chancellor, and eventually got voted in to be galactic Emperor through trickery, deceit, and magnificent bastardry. He wasn't born an Emperor, but he sure as hell worked his way up the top, whether the perspective be simply from the movies or including the Expanded Universe.

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* Palpatine from ''Star Wars'' ''{{Star Wars}}'' counts. Born a minor noble on some backwater world, he clawed his way to Senator, Chancellor, and eventually got voted in to be galactic Emperor through trickery, deceit, [[TheTrickster trickery]], [[ManipulativeBastard deceit]], and [[MagnificentBastard magnificent bastardry.bastardry]]. He wasn't born an Emperor, but he sure as hell worked his way up the top, whether the perspective be simply from the movies or including the Expanded Universe.
24th Jun '16 12:23:44 AM PaulA
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* Yermolai Alekhseevich Lopajin from Creator/AntonChekhov's ''The Cherry Orchard'', who became rich despite starting as peasant, as a direct contrast with {{Impoverished Patrician}}s like Madame Ranevskaya, Gaiev or Simeonov-Pischik.

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* Yermolai Alekhseevich Lopajin from Creator/AntonChekhov's ''The Cherry Orchard'', ''Theatre/TheCherryOrchard'', who became rich despite starting as peasant, as a direct contrast with {{Impoverished Patrician}}s like Madame Ranevskaya, Gaiev or Simeonov-Pischik.
8th Jun '16 3:09:58 PM MissMokushiroku
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* The Illusive Man from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' franchise. Started out a mercenary amongst the human armed forces during the First Contact War, after publishing his manifesto made for the defense of humanity, he builds up all his assets and winds up eventually creating and leading Cerberus, a powerful Human Alliance black-ops division funded through many front companies and sympathizers amongst the Alliance Industrial Military Complex. It's a telling difference when the hero, Commander Shepard, is forced to buy his/her own weapons when he or she was fighting for the Citadel Council and the Alliance in the first game, scrounging up every last credit he/she can spare, but when the player wound up working for Cerberus in the second game, Shepard gets many cool toys and souped-up weapons off the bat, not to mention TIM sending him/her a regular allowance after every successful mission, unlike the Alliance and the Citadel Council, who couldn't even be bothered to fund their secret SPECTRE agents...........hence why many players preferred working for Cerberus instead of the Citadel Council and the Alliance, and felt sour when the third game pushed Cerberus away from pragmatic villainy to cartoonish villainy in the third game.

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* The Illusive Man from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' franchise. Started out a mercenary amongst the human armed forces during the First Contact War, after publishing his manifesto made for the defense of humanity, he builds up all his assets and winds up eventually creating and leading Cerberus, a powerful Human Alliance black-ops division funded through many front companies and sympathizers amongst the Alliance Industrial Military Complex. It's a telling difference when the hero, Commander Shepard, is forced to buy his/her own weapons when he or she was fighting for the Citadel Council and the Alliance in the first game, scrounging up every last credit he/she can spare, but when the player wound up working for Cerberus in the second game, Shepard gets many cool toys and souped-up weapons off the bat, not to mention TIM sending him/her a regular allowance after every successful mission, unlike the Alliance and the Citadel Council, who couldn't even be bothered to fund their secret SPECTRE agents...........hence why many players preferred working for Cerberus instead of the Citadel Council and the Alliance, and felt sour when the third game pushed Cerberus away from pragmatic villainy to cartoonish villainy in the third game.



** [[TheArchmage Grand Enchanter Fiona]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' began life as an alienage elf, was enslaved as the concubine to an evil Orlesian nobleman, killed him and was taken to the Circle of Magi, was freed and inducted into the Grey Wardens, underwent a unique process by which the Taint was removed from her blood, and then rejoined the Circle, became First Enchanter of Montsimmard, was elected Grand Enchanter, led the mages in rebellion, and [[spoiler: she can become the leader of the free mages of Southern Thedas.]] All this, in one life.

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** [[TheArchmage *[[TheArchmage Grand Enchanter Fiona]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' began life as an alienage elf, was enslaved as the concubine to an evil Orlesian nobleman, killed him and was taken to the Circle of Magi, was freed and inducted into the Grey Wardens, underwent a unique process by which the Taint was removed from her blood, and then rejoined the Circle, became First Enchanter of Montsimmard, was elected Grand Enchanter, led the mages in rebellion, and [[spoiler: she can become the leader of the free mages of Southern Thedas.]] All this, in one life.
28th May '16 7:41:43 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Jack Rakan of ''MahouSenseiNegima''; the reason that he's a beloved invincible war hero is because he [[spoiler: literally fought his way to the top despite starting out at rock bottom as a gladiatorial slave.]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Tohsaka]], MamaBear and Vargas have very similar backstories.

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* Jack Rakan of ''MahouSenseiNegima''; ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''; the reason that he's a beloved invincible war hero is because he [[spoiler: literally fought his way to the top despite starting out at rock bottom as a gladiatorial slave.]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Tohsaka]], MamaBear and Vargas have very similar backstories.
7th May '16 1:53:59 PM nombretomado
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* Even though [[GilmoreGirls Lorelai Gilmore]] comes from money, she ran away from home as an unwed mother, got her first job basically because the inn's owner took pity on her, lived in a tool shed and less than twenty years later owned her own house and was part owner of her own inn.

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* Even though [[GilmoreGirls [[Series/GilmoreGirls Lorelai Gilmore]] comes from money, she ran away from home as an unwed mother, got her first job basically because the inn's owner took pity on her, lived in a tool shed and less than twenty years later owned her own house and was part owner of her own inn.
19th Mar '16 7:54:24 AM Hossmeister
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13th Mar '16 4:14:33 PM Pichu-kun
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* Hiroshi Sato from SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' started out as a penniless kid in the slums of Republic City and became a millionaire by his twenties, [[HonestCorporateExecutive all due to hard work and the foresight]] to see the then-untapped potential in consumer automobiles.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
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Hiroshi Sato from SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' started out as a penniless kid in the slums of Republic City and became a millionaire by his twenties, [[HonestCorporateExecutive all due to hard work and the foresight]] to see the then-untapped potential in consumer automobiles.


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* The Stingers from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' started out as {{Street Musician}}s living on nothing before slowly gaining popularity. When they're introduced they're one of the most popular up-and-coming bands. They act like {{Manipulative Bastard}}s and jerks to anyone but each other.
9th Mar '16 7:13:53 AM Hossmeister
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* George Jefferson. He's not as rich as the other guys on this list, but he started off as a janitor and with the help of an insurance settlement opened and ran a [[{{AllInTheFamily}}successful dry cleaning store in Queens, New York]]. He managed turn one store into a chain and got enough money to [[TheJeffersons "move on up" to the Upper East Side of Manhattan into a deluxe apartment]]

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* George Jefferson. He's not as rich as the other guys on this list, but he started off as a janitor and with the help of an insurance settlement opened and ran a [[{{AllInTheFamily}}successful [[Series/AllInTheFamily successful dry cleaning store in Queens, New York]]. He managed turn one store into a chain and got enough money to [[TheJeffersons "move on up" to the Upper East Side of Manhattan into a deluxe apartment]]
8th Mar '16 5:35:19 PM Paranoia
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish and Varys "the Spider" are the FromNobodyToNightmare version of this. Both started out with next to nothing compared to the other major players of the Game of Thrones and both could arguably be considered two of the most dangerous people in Westeros. Littlefinger in particular got to where he is simply by being really good with handling money.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish and Varys "the Spider" are the FromNobodyToNightmare version of this. Both started out with next to nothing compared to the other major players of the Game of Thrones and both could arguably be considered two of the most dangerous people in Westeros. Littlefinger in particular got to where he is simply by being really good with handling money.money (at least in his his day job; he's actually even ''better'' at playing XanatosSpeedChess).
8th Mar '16 5:28:28 PM Paranoia
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** Al Czervik from ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' is also an example. He has all the traits of NouveauRiche: gaudy clothing, obnoxious behavior, but he is more likeable than Judge Smails.

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** Al Czervik from ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' is also an example. He has all the traits of NouveauRiche: gaudy clothing, obnoxious behavior, [[SlobsVsSnobs but he is more likeable than Judge Smails.Smails]] (because he's generous and friendly where Smails is stingy and mean).
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