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27th Jul '17 3:36:17 PM Qrow
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Weiss' grandfather, Nicholas Schnee, was this years before the series began. He not only founded what would become the largest [[AppliedPhlebotinum Dust]] mining company on Remnant, but he also personally led each expedition and helped protect them from Grimm attacks. Unfortunately, people in the present tend to forget this and instead associate the Schnee name with Weiss' CorruptCorporateExecutive of a [[AbusiveParents father]], Nicholas's son-in-law Jacquees. Weiss' main-motivation for becoming a Huntress is to follow in her grandfather's footsteps.
17th Jul '17 5:52:44 AM LentilSandEater
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* Rarity from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is one of these. From what we get from her [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial parents]], she didn't exactly grow up wealthy and refined. She got that way by working hard to improve her skills (she made [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess five elaborate costumes]] using a sewing machine at the pony equivalent of 11 or 12), getting her own shop in Ponyville, and now sells clothes across all of Equestria. It isn't until season that she starts opening other stores and even then she helps start them up.

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* Rarity from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is one of these. From what we get from her [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial parents]], she didn't exactly grow up wealthy and refined. She got that way by working hard to improve her skills (she made [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess five elaborate costumes]] using a sewing machine at the pony equivalent of 11 or 12), getting her own shop in Ponyville, and now sells clothes across all of Equestria. It isn't until season 6 that she starts opening other stores and even then she helps start them up.
17th Jul '17 5:50:39 AM LentilSandEater
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* Rarity from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is one of these. From what we get from her [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial parents]], she didn't exactly grow up wealthy and refined. She got that way by working hard to improve her skills (she made [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess five elaborate costumes]] using a sewing machine at the pony equivalent of 11 or 12), getting her own shop in Ponyville, and now sells clothes across all of Equestria. She doesn't have any employees either; all her work is done by her.

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* Rarity from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is one of these. From what we get from her [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial parents]], she didn't exactly grow up wealthy and refined. She got that way by working hard to improve her skills (she made [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E14SuitedForSuccess five elaborate costumes]] using a sewing machine at the pony equivalent of 11 or 12), getting her own shop in Ponyville, and now sells clothes across all of Equestria. She doesn't have any employees either; all her work is done by her.It isn't until season that she starts opening other stores and even then she helps start them up.
7th Jul '17 1:15:16 PM EDP
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** The story "Once Upon a Time in America" reveals this is true of many of Mickey's ancestors, who, for whatever reason, abandon the wealth left them by their ancestors only to become wealthy on their own efforts. The best example is Mickey's own father, who had lost his wealth due a scam and, after loaning some money from his future wife, became one of the richest men in America (he later sold his economic empire when he realized that he had become a jerk and almost a villain, and gave most of his money to charity during TheGreatDepression).
16th Jun '17 12:46:34 PM Gamermaster
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* ''FanFic/GFSerendipity'': A''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' AlternateUniverse has this as the premise: Fiddleford [=McGucket=] and Stan Pines meet in a bar and Stan uses his business savvy to market Fiddleford's laptop and they become multi-millionaires and captains of industry in a couple of years.

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* ''FanFic/GFSerendipity'': A''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' A ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' AlternateUniverse has this as the premise: Fiddleford [=McGucket=] and Stan Pines meet in a bar and Stan uses his business savvy to market Fiddleford's laptop and they become multi-millionaires and captains of industry in a couple of years.
9th Jun '17 3:07:32 PM nombretomado
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* Phase of the WhateleyUniverse. After being thrown out of his wealthy family, he used a payoff from his father and his knowledge of Goodkind Enterprises to make money using derivatives in the stock market; then he put together a consortium and bought out a series of corporate units that he realized would work better when consolidated. As of spring of his freshman year in ''high school'' he's a billionaire.

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* Phase of the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. After being thrown out of his wealthy family, he used a payoff from his father and his knowledge of Goodkind Enterprises to make money using derivatives in the stock market; then he put together a consortium and bought out a series of corporate units that he realized would work better when consolidated. As of spring of his freshman year in ''high school'' he's a billionaire.
4th May '17 4:48:32 PM SpaceHunterDrakeRedcrest
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* The song "Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealers Wheel is sung to one of these, as the second part of the chorus has the line "Well, you started off with nothin' and you're proud that you're a self-made man."
16th Apr '17 6:25:07 AM MajinAkuma
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': ''ARC-V's'' version of Jack Atlas plays it straight in contrast his original counterpart. Everything started when a single card, that was probably discarded as a trash card by someone from the Tops, fell from the sky and a very young Jack found it. Years later, the boy from the Commons became the man who won the Friendship Cup and earned the title of King, being the hero of the entire City.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': ''ARC-V's'' version of Jack Atlas plays it straight in contrast to his original counterpart. Everything started when a single card, that was probably discarded as a trash card by someone from the Tops, fell from the sky and a very young Jack found it. Years later, the boy from the Commons became the man who won the Friendship Cup and earned the title of King, being the hero of the entire City.
16th Apr '17 6:24:24 AM MajinAkuma
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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, 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.
* Kaiba's ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'' {{Expy}} Jun Manjyome comes from an incredibly rich family but decides he wants to be this character instead, and resolves to achieve success via his own merits and [[BreakTheHaughty not his brothers' money or fame]].

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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, 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 Katsuya Jonouchi/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 Jonouchi 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.
* Kaiba's ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'' {{Expy}} Jun Manjyome Manjoume comes from an incredibly rich family family, but decides he wants to be this character instead, and resolves to achieve success via his own merits and [[BreakTheHaughty not his brothers' money or fame]].



** Jack Atlus started as a rat from Satellite. But once he had a chance to escape from there, he became the King of Duelists not shortly after.
** It is revealed that [[spoiler:Rex Godwin himself was the Legendary D-Wheeler from Satellite. Somehow he managed to become the CEO of Public Security of Maintance Bureau and Neo-Domino City's most famous man]].
* Jack Rakan of ''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.

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** Jack Atlus Atlas started as a rat from Satellite. But once he had a chance to escape from there, he became the King of Duelists not shortly after.
after. However, this is subverted much later, as it is revealed that Goodwin and Yeager payed strong duelists to lose against Jack on purpose when Jack's career began.
** It is revealed that [[spoiler:Rex Godwin Rex Goodwin himself was the Legendary D-Wheeler from Satellite. Somehow he managed to become the CEO of Public Security of Maintance Bureau and Neo-Domino City's most famous man]].
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': ''ARC-V's'' version of Jack Atlas plays it straight in contrast his original counterpart. Everything started when a single card, that was probably discarded as a trash card by someone from the Tops, fell from the sky and a very young Jack found it. Years later, the boy from the Commons became the man who won the Friendship Cup and earned the title of King, being the hero of the entire City.
* Jack Rakan of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''; the reason that he's a beloved invincible war hero is because he [[spoiler: literally [[spoiler:literally fought his way to the top despite starting out at rock bottom as a gladiatorial slave.]] slave]]. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Tohsaka]], MamaBear and Vargas have very similar backstories.
3rd Apr '17 7:52:19 AM kuchiki222
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* Marianne from ''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.

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* Marianne from ''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, own,[[spoiler: later, the entire world for himself]], without relying on his royal lineage.
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