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10th Dec '16 9:54:47 AM DVB
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* ''FanFic/GFSerendipity'': This is a ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' fanfic where Fiddleford [=McGucket=] and Stanley Pines became millionaires after the latter helped Fiddleford to sell his ideas.

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* ''FanFic/GFSerendipity'': This is a ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' fanfic where A''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' AlternateUniverse has this as the premise: Fiddleford [=McGucket=] and Stanley Stan Pines became millionaires after the latter helped Fiddleford to sell meet in a bar and Stan uses his ideas.business savvy to market Fiddleford's laptop and they become multi-millionaires and captains of industry in a couple of years.
5th Dec '16 6:25:27 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheScarletCitadel", {{Conan|TheBarbarian}} brags that his RagsToRoyalty climb was all his own, and that he had shed blood himself as well as shedding that of others.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheScarletCitadel", {{Conan|TheBarbarian}} Literature/{{Conan|TheBarbarian}} brags that his RagsToRoyalty climb was all his own, and that he had shed blood himself as well as shedding that of others.
21st Nov '16 8:05:22 PM 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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* ''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 returns to 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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* A villainous version occurs in ''Series/DoctorSynTheScarecrow'' with General Pugh, who started in the ranks and expresses his disgust for the commission-purchasing system of the Georgian British army. It seems to make him ''worse'' than a highborn officer would be, since he disdains "gentlemanly" conduct like not threatening civilians and instead goes for the ends justifying the means.
12th Nov '16 6:50:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Perhaps the most famous example in western canon is Jay Gatsby of ''TheGreatGatsby''. Born poor, he falls in love with a girl above his station and dedicates himself to making money to win her back. He's fantastically wealthy by the time the story starts, and is famous for the lavish parties he constantly throws in his opulent mansion. [[spoiler:Alas, his true love still rejects him.]]

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* Perhaps the most famous example in western canon is Jay Gatsby of ''TheGreatGatsby''.''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''. Born poor, he falls in love with a girl above his station and dedicates himself to making money to win her back. He's fantastically wealthy by the time the story starts, and is famous for the lavish parties he constantly throws in his opulent mansion. [[spoiler:Alas, his true love still rejects him.]]



* Sir Willoughby Parfitt in [[{{Sharpe}} ''Sharpe's Justice'']].

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* Sir Willoughby Parfitt in [[{{Sharpe}} [[Literature/{{Sharpe}} ''Sharpe's Justice'']].
12th Nov '16 6:49:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* Cleo McDowell in ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' spent his early life in a slum. He went on to open a successful (but obviously plagiarized) restaurant. While he tries to marry off his daughter to a rich guy, part of it is because he doesn't want her having to struggle like he did.

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* Cleo McDowell [=McDowell=] in ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' spent his early life in a slum. He went on to open a successful (but obviously plagiarized) restaurant. While he tries to marry off his daughter to a rich guy, part of it is because he doesn't want her having to struggle like he did.
12th Nov '16 6:49:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* General Martok in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' clawed and hacked( [[KlingonPromotion probably literally at times]] ) his way to flag rank in the Klingon forces despite his poor birth and the opposition from aristocracy. He was a {{Badass}} by ''Klingon'' standards.
** To get an idea of just how low he started, a Klingon aristocrat was offended at the idea of a commoner trying to go through the Klingon equivalent of officer candidate school, and this prevented Martok from even enlisting as a foot soldier. He had to start out as a ''civilian worker''. But when the ship he was on got boarded by Romulans, he impressed a Klingon general with his fighting prowess and was given a battlefield commission. And he continued to {{badass}} his way all the way to the top, becoming ruler of the entire Klingon Empire.

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* General Martok in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' clawed and hacked( [[KlingonPromotion probably literally at times]] ) his way to flag rank in the Klingon forces despite his poor birth and the opposition from aristocracy. He was a {{Badass}} badass by ''Klingon'' standards.
** To get an idea of just how low he started, a Klingon aristocrat was offended at the idea of a commoner trying to go through the Klingon equivalent of officer candidate school, and this prevented Martok from even enlisting as a foot soldier. He had to start out as a ''civilian worker''. But when the ship he was on got boarded by Romulans, he impressed a Klingon general with his fighting prowess and was given a battlefield commission. And he continued to {{badass}} badass his way all the way to the top, becoming ruler of the entire Klingon Empire.
5th Nov '16 1:01:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* Well before the time of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', Thrawn had made Grand Admiral despite literally being an alien who had been picked up off of a distant planet. He'd been a Commander [[OutboundFlight among his people]], but had been exiled to an unpopulated world. The Empire was quite [[FantasticRacism biased against nonhumans]] and he started with no rank among them, but he was a strategic and tactical genius the likes of which the galaxy had rarely if ever seen, so despite his [[BunnyEarsLawyer many oddities]] he was able to pull himself up into a position that let him command the Empire itself, in that trilogy.

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* Well before the time of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', Thrawn had made Grand Admiral despite literally being an alien who had been picked up off of a distant planet. He'd been a Commander [[OutboundFlight [[Literature/OutboundFlight among his people]], but had been exiled to an unpopulated world. The Empire was quite [[FantasticRacism biased against nonhumans]] and he started with no rank among them, but he was a strategic and tactical genius the likes of which the galaxy had rarely if ever seen, so despite his [[BunnyEarsLawyer many oddities]] he was able to pull himself up into a position that let him command the Empire itself, in that trilogy.
4th Nov '16 11:04:35 AM __Vano
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(Not to be confused for the book by Norah Vincent, a chronicle of immersive journalism in which she passes for a man for more than a year.)


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Not to be confused for the book by Norah Vincent, a chronicle of immersive journalism in which she [[SweetPollyOliver passes for a man]] for more than a year.
12th Oct '16 3:30:59 PM luiz4200
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* ''FanFic/GFSerendipity'': This is a ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' fanfic where Fiddleford [=McGucket=] and Stanley Pines became millionaires after the latter helped Fiddleford to sell his ideas.
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!
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