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11th Sep '16 12:16:01 PM WillBGood
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--> ''Scrooge:'' I made it by being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties! And I made it square!

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--> ---> ''Scrooge:'' I made it by being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties! And I made it square!
29th Aug '16 9:21:19 AM eowynjedi
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* ''Literature/WolfHall'' portrays Thomas Cromwell as this (although as his career unfolds, certain people have reason to see him go FromNobodyToNightmare). He starts as an abused blacksmith's boy, becomes a mercenary in Europe and finds his way to an Italian banker after an especially nasty battle. He begins there by scrubbing the floor before getting into the counting house, then enters the wool trade, reenters England and becomes the HypercompetentSidekick of an aging merchant (who sets Cromwell up with his daughter), enters the legal profession, and becomes the right-hand man of Cardinal Wolsey, the Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII. After Wolsey's fall, Cromwell joins Henry's privy council and eventually takes the position of Master Secretary, which gives him enormous latitude and power--all the way along he's building substantial wealth. This being Tudor England, his origins are [[DeliberateValuesDissonance frequently hurled in his face as an insult]] regardless of the ability he shows.


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* ''Series/WolfHall'' has Thomas Cromwell confess his origins as son of a Putney blacksmith when he's newly hired by Cardinal Wolsey. Wolsey, a butcher and innkeeper's son, is delighted to find another working-class man in his world of {{Upper Class Twit}}s. Cromwell survives Wolsey's fall and joins Henry's privy council, swiftly taking the position of Master Secretary and becoming the king's NumberTwo. Most people he deals with find having to deal with (and sometimes ''answer to'') a lowborn man anywhere from faintly distasteful to mortally offensive.
25th Aug '16 12:13:12 PM DVB
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* Ozymandias from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' gave away all his money at a young age to prove that he could get to the top without any help. Being the smartest man on Earth with a drive to match, he pulled it off, becoming both a superhero and super-wealthy.

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* Ozymandias from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' gave away all his money to charity at a young age to prove that he could get to the top without any help. Being the smartest man on Earth with a drive to match, he pulled it off, becoming both a superhero and super-wealthy.


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** Scrooge went through various adventures and trials to become the richest duck in the world. In his words:
--> ''Scrooge:'' I made it by being tougher than the toughies and smarter than the smarties! And I made it square!
*** The one time he slipped on the making it square, it cost him the only family he had left and left him a broken man for ''decades.''
25th Aug '16 12:05:21 PM DVB
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* Seto Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh''. He stole his adoptive father's company from him, then rebuilt it from the ground up, leaving his own stamp on it. Regrettably he just about broke himself in the process. If what his father says is to be believed, he too was an example of this.
** Jonouchi Katsuya/Joey Wheeler of the same show is an unusual example. Starting out with a mediocre Duel Monsters deck and a smattering of chance cards, Joey enters one tournament after another and with a combination of skill, luck, and being thoroughly underestimated by his opponents, manages to be a success. Flashforward five seasons--he's been the runner-up at Duelist Kingdom, a finalist at Battle City, and is the third-ranked duelist on the planet. Interestingly, Kaiba and he ''hate'' each other.

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* Seto Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh''. He stole his adoptive father's company from him, then rebuilt it from the ground up, leaving his own stamp on it. Regrettably Regrettably, he just about broke himself in the process.process, becoming nearly as bad as his father. If what his father says is to be believed, he too was an example of this.
** Jonouchi Katsuya/Joey Wheeler of the same show is an unusual example. Starting out with a mediocre Duel Monsters deck and a smattering of chance cards, Joey enters one tournament after another and with a combination of skill, luck, and being thoroughly underestimated by his opponents, manages to be a success. Flashforward five seasons--he's been the runner-up at Duelist Kingdom, a finalist at Battle City, and is the third-ranked duelist on the planet. Interestingly, Kaiba and he ''hate'' each other.
4th Aug '16 10:20:30 AM Willbyr
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* Marianne from ''CodeGeass'' can be seen as this. In a society where you only matter if you're from a noble lineage, she manages to get into the most elite knight order of the empire and eventually becomes a consort to the Emperor. A position usually reserved for daughters of important noble families. Her son Lelouch may also count. He obtained half the world on his own, without relying on his royal lineage.

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* Marianne from ''CodeGeass'' ''Anime/CodeGeass'' can be seen as this. In a society where you only matter if you're from a noble lineage, she manages to get into the most elite knight order of the empire and eventually becomes a consort to the Emperor. A position usually reserved for daughters of important noble families. Her son Lelouch may also count. He obtained half the world on his own, without relying on his royal lineage.



* Franky of ''OnePiece'' is a SelfMadeMan in a... different sense, still related to [[{{Cyborg}} making himself]] by himself, but in a more literal manner. The original definition could still apply to him - despite being the son of a pirate, he managed to be one of the few apprentices of Tom, the closest person to [[UltimateBlacksmith an ultimate shipwright]] there was, by proving his skill to him, then managed to gather a sizable gang, becoming just about the most infamous person of the city - certainly not helped by anyone in the endeavour.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Franky of ''OnePiece'' is a SelfMadeMan Self Made Man in a... different sense, still related to [[{{Cyborg}} making himself]] by himself, but in a more literal manner. The original definition could still apply to him - despite being the son of a pirate, he managed to be one of the few apprentices of Tom, the closest person to [[UltimateBlacksmith an ultimate shipwright]] there was, by proving his skill to him, then managed to gather a sizable gang, becoming just about the most infamous person of the city - certainly not helped by anyone in the endeavour.



* Fujioka Yukari, the female protagonist of ''BillionaireGirl'', amassed a fortune of 170 billion yen working as a day trader. And she's just 18.

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* Fujioka Yukari, the female protagonist of ''BillionaireGirl'', ''Manga/BillionaireGirl'', amassed a fortune of 170 billion yen working as a day trader. And she's just 18.



* ''{{Medabots}}'': Dr. Aki sold patents of some medabot models to other companies to have the money to start Medabot Corporation.

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* ''{{Medabots}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'': Dr. Aki sold patents of some medabot models to other companies to have the money to start Medabot Corporation.
2nd Aug '16 10:15:56 AM JamesAustin
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-->-- '''John Bright''' on '''Creator/BenjaminDisraeli''' (and many other people on many other people)

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-->-- '''John Bright''' on '''Creator/BenjaminDisraeli''' '''UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli''' (and many other people on many other people)



* That said, it's worth explaining the page quote a little. Creator/BenjaminDisraeli wanted to go into politics. This was expensive. So he became a bestselling novelist, ''just to pay for his political career''. He ended up as Prime Minister of the UK. ''Twice.''
** It didn't hurt that he also [[GoldDigger married a very rich woman]]. ([[HappilyMarried Happily, he also loved her as a person.]])

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* That said, it's worth explaining the page quote a little. Creator/BenjaminDisraeli UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli wanted to go into politics. This was expensive. So he became a bestselling novelist, ''just to pay for his political career''. He ended up as Prime Minister of the UK. ''Twice.''
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'' It didn't hurt that he also [[GoldDigger married a very rich woman]]. ([[HappilyMarried Happily, he also loved her as a person.]])
30th Jul '16 6:37:36 PM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAbracadabraDoo'': Curdles' background. He used to struggle with an ice cream cart and now, thanks to his hard work, owns a big ice cream business.
23rd Jul '16 4:45:44 PM nombretomado
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** The CarlBarks one-shot ''Somethin' Fishy Here'' (remade as ''Something Fishy'') has him start over and rebuild a small fortune in a single day.

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** The CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks one-shot ''Somethin' Fishy Here'' (remade as ''Something Fishy'') has him start over and rebuild a small fortune in a single day.
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.
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