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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.
31st Mar '17 2:37:06 PM nombretomado
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* OprahWinfrey is this trope turned UpToEleven. From humble beginnings as an illegitimate child in rural Mississippi, Oprah became the driving force behind a $2.5 billion media empire and a political kingmaker (she may have delivered as many as one million votes to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign). Oprah is currently one of the wealthiest women, and the only black billionaire, in North America.

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* OprahWinfrey Creator/OprahWinfrey is this trope turned UpToEleven. From humble beginnings as an illegitimate child in rural Mississippi, Oprah became the driving force behind a $2.5 billion media empire and a political kingmaker (she may have delivered as many as one million votes to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign). Oprah is currently one of the wealthiest women, and the only black billionaire, in North America.
27th Mar '17 2:42:45 PM JulianLapostat
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This person owes very little to anyone for their success. They had some help, and did not start entirely or completely disadvantaged necessarily, but the principal reasons for their achievement, skills, success come from themselves. Be it through hard work, dedication and commitment to their work, a little cunning, some business acumen, and a dollop of serendipity, they have gone from unimportant to important. This is usually who you get at the end of RagsToRiches, but this is not that trope because the Self Made Man is often there right at the start of the story, whereas RagsToRiches follows the course that leads a character here.

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This person owes very little to anyone for their success. They had some help, and did not start entirely or completely disadvantaged necessarily, but The little advantages that they possessed is disproportionate to the scale of their achievements; the principal reasons for cause of the latter being their achievement, own skills, success come from themselves. talent, and merit. Be it through hard work, dedication and dedication, commitment to their work, a little cunning, some business acumen, and a dollop of serendipity, they have gone from unimportant to important. This is usually who you get at the end of RagsToRiches, but this is not that trope because the Self Made Man is often there right at the start of the story, whereas RagsToRiches follows the course that leads a character here.



The archetype of self-made men can involve politicians, soldiers, scientists, artists and of course, businessmen. In the case of artists, novels like Bildungsroman and Kunstlerroman often serve as coming-of-age story for how people make themselves into these kinds of individuals. In the case of scientists, it deals with the times they spent until they found the EurekaMoment. A Self-Made Man can appear as a protagonist, a TragicHero, a TragicVillain, a hero or anti-hero. They can also be supporting-characters, where ''their'' interesting plot is mostly over and at times serves as backstory or foundation in which one can mine for dramatic gold, guilt, baggage, DarkAndTroubledPast or GloryDays. A less positive spin on this trope is the stereotypically boorish NouveauRiche. As this character tends to DefaultToGood, it can be seen as an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of AmbitionIsEvil. A second variant of this trope is that of a character who, for whatever reason, chooses to change their basic nature in defiance of normal expectations of what they are "meant" to be or are likely to become -- a naturally selfish or evil-inclined character, for example, forcing himself moment-to-moment to act generous or good because he has decided to make himself that way. This archetype is similar to {{Ubermensch}}. They might be the middle generation of the ThreeSuccessfulGenerations.

As the gendered trope name suggests, this trope has generally been AlwaysMale. Indeed the trope NeverASelfMadeWoman, explains how successful women have historically had their achievements tied to connections with men, who had to make it possible for them. This is more how the trope is portrayed than it is in reality, since there are indeed quite a number of women whose achievements are no more over-advantaged than that of men.

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The archetype of self-made men can involve politicians, soldiers, scientists, artists and of course, businessmen. In the case of artists, novels like Bildungsroman and Kunstlerroman often serve as coming-of-age story for how people make themselves into these kinds of individuals. In the case of scientists, it deals with the times they spent until they found the EurekaMoment. A Self-Made Man can appear as a protagonist, a TragicHero, a TragicVillain, a hero or anti-hero. They can also be supporting-characters, where ''their'' interesting plot is mostly over and at times serves as backstory or foundation in which one can mine for dramatic gold, guilt, baggage, DarkAndTroubledPast or GloryDays. A less positive spin on this trope is the stereotypically boorish NouveauRiche. As this character tends to DefaultToGood, it can be seen as an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of AmbitionIsEvil. A second variant of this trope is that of a character who, for whatever reason, chooses to change their basic nature in defiance of normal expectations of what they are "meant" to be or are likely to become -- a naturally selfish or evil-inclined character, for example, forcing himself moment-to-moment to act generous or good because he has decided to make himself that way. This archetype is similar to {{Ubermensch}}. They might be the middle generation of the ThreeSuccessfulGenerations.

ThreeSuccessfulGenerations. What is necessary for self-made also differs. Doing well after graduating at the top of your cause and maintaining high academic standing (all of them being markers of merit) is somehow not as remarkable as achieving something without going to university, either by being self-taught or being a "savant".

As the gendered trope name suggests, this trope has generally been AlwaysMale. Indeed the trope NeverASelfMadeWoman, explains how successful women have historically had their achievements tied to connections with men, who had to make it possible for them. This is more how the trope is portrayed than it is in reality, since there are indeed quite a number of women whose achievements are no more over-advantaged than that of men. And of course what seems self-made in one era and context changes from another.






** Toussaint Louverture, the leader and hero of the Haitian Revolution is a bigger example than any of his French contemporaries. He was born into slavery into the Carribean plantations of [[UsefulNotes/{{Haiti}} Sainte Domingue]] who on the outbreak of revolution, despite limited education, and zero military training and education became the military commander and leader of the revolution, defeating many professional armies and becoming an adept politician who could moderate various factions.

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** Toussaint Louverture, the leader and hero of the Haitian Revolution is a bigger example than any of his French contemporaries. He was born into slavery into the Carribean plantations of [[UsefulNotes/{{Haiti}} Sainte Domingue]] who on the outbreak of revolution, despite limited education, and zero military training and education education, became the military commander and leader of the revolution, defeating many professional armies and becoming an adept politician who could moderate various factions. His downfall came out of underhanded betrayal and low cunning from Napoleon rather than any mistake by Toussaint.



* Scientists and mathematicians owe most of their achievements to their remarkable brains and insight. UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein for instance was born into a family of middle-class businessmen who fell into hard times, and who showed remarkable prodigy in his school and college examinations but struggled to find a post to better support his long-term research. Most famously he worked for two years at the patent office in Switzlerand during which he wrote his first prominent papers.

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* Scientists and mathematicians owe most of their achievements to their remarkable brains and insight.
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UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein for instance was born into a family of middle-class businessmen who fell into hard times, and who showed remarkable prodigy in his school and college examinations but struggled to find a post to better support his long-term research. Most famously he worked for two years at the patent office in Switzlerand Switzerland during which he wrote his first prominent papers. papers.
** Marie Curie was a Polish scientist born when it was part of the Russian Empire, and she had to study underground in the "Flying University" in Poland before coming to UsefulNotes/{{Paris}} and studying physics while being a poor student living in bad housing with no heating. Her passion for science nonetheless allowed her to proceed undauntered, becoming the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the only one to ''win two''.
27th Mar '17 2:16:49 PM JulianLapostat
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This person, frequently but not always a business-person, owes no one for what they have save themselves, except for those who created them or gave them birth--''usually''. Be it through hard work, keen business acumen, sheer determination and/or a dollop of serendipity, they have gone from unimportant to important. This is who you get at the end of RagsToRiches, but this is not that trope because the Self Made Man is often there right at the start of the story, whereas RagsToRiches follows the course that leads a character here.

Rarely a protagonist; ''their'' interesting plot is mostly over.

How others view them varies; typically, in works set further back in history, they are looked down on as upstarts, a reflection of the dislike a lot of the nobility had for the power shift following the Industrial Revolution. In more modern settings they are often the most respected people in business because they had to climb the ladder from the bottom.

Expect them to show fewer social graces but often more political savvy than [[OldMoney the more traditionally wealthy]]. Except when he is feverishly trying to imitiate and become socially accepted by the {{Blue Blood}}s, when he generally comes off the worse. The ArrangedMarriage for the ImpoverishedPatrician is often to a SelfMadeMan, or his daughter (or any situation where NobilityMarriesMoney), though it also is possible that his rise was because he was UnableToSupportAWife, and she did indeed [[IWillWaitForYou Wait For Him]]. In PassedOverInheritance, the will-making character is often this trope, because refusing your children the inheritance you got comes across as petty.

A common variant on this is to have heroes start wealthy, but forsake their wealth (or have it stripped from them) so they can remake themselves from scratch; often this is done with characters that canonically inherited their wealth in order to show that they really 'earned' it.

A less positive spin on this trope is the stereotypically boorish NouveauRiche. As this character tends to DefaultToGood, it can be seen as an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of AmbitionIsEvil.

A second variant of this trope is that of a character who, for whatever reason, chooses to change their basic nature in defiance of normal expectations of what they are "meant" to be or are likely to become- a naturally selfish or evil-inclined character, for example, forcing himself moment-to-moment to act generous or good because he has decided to make himself that way.

Compare NeverASelfMadeWoman, which explains how a successful female always has a man who made it possible for her. Might be the middle generation of the ThreeSuccessfulGenerations.

If he forgets that it's not always just a simple matter of effort and determination, that's the HardWorkFallacy.

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.

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This person, frequently but not always a business-person, person owes no one very little to anyone for what they have save themselves, except their success. They had some help, and did not start entirely or completely disadvantaged necessarily, but the principal reasons for those who created them or gave them birth--''usually''. their achievement, skills, success come from themselves. Be it through hard work, keen dedication and commitment to their work, a little cunning, some business acumen, sheer determination and/or and a dollop of serendipity, they have gone from unimportant to important. This is usually who you get at the end of RagsToRiches, but this is not that trope because the Self Made Man is often there right at the start of the story, whereas RagsToRiches follows the course that leads a character here.

Rarely a protagonist; ''their'' interesting plot is mostly over.

How others view them varies; typically,
here.

Often the conflict of this kind of story revolves on societal acceptance and reputation. Typically,
in works set further back in history, they are looked down on as upstarts, a reflection of the dislike a lot of the nobility had for the power shift following the Industrial Revolution. In more modern settings they are often the most might be respected people in business because to the point of CultOfPersonality, basing their ascent on how they had to climb the ladder from the bottom.

bottom. In other kinds of stories, the story have characters looking back on the process by which they made themselves, wondering if the rest of their lives are going to be as exciting and adventurous, or if what they built and sustained can last, or if it has any meaning in wider society and history beyond their own personal success. Expect them to show fewer social graces but often more political savvy than [[OldMoney the more traditionally wealthy]]. Except wealthy]], except when he is feverishly trying to imitiate imitate and become socially accepted by the {{Blue Blood}}s, when he generally comes off the worse. The ArrangedMarriage for the ImpoverishedPatrician is often to a SelfMadeMan, or his daughter (or any situation where NobilityMarriesMoney), though it also is possible that his rise was because he was UnableToSupportAWife, and she did indeed [[IWillWaitForYou Wait For Him]]. In PassedOverInheritance, p, the will-making character is often this trope, because refusing your children the inheritance you got comes across as petty.

A common variant on this is to have heroes start wealthy, but forsake their wealth (or have it stripped from them) so they
petty.

The archetype of self-made men
can remake involve politicians, soldiers, scientists, artists and of course, businessmen. In the case of artists, novels like Bildungsroman and Kunstlerroman often serve as coming-of-age story for how people make themselves from scratch; often this is done into these kinds of individuals. In the case of scientists, it deals with characters that canonically inherited their wealth in order to show that the times they really 'earned' it.

spent until they found the EurekaMoment. A Self-Made Man can appear as a protagonist, a TragicHero, a TragicVillain, a hero or anti-hero. They can also be supporting-characters, where ''their'' interesting plot is mostly over and at times serves as backstory or foundation in which one can mine for dramatic gold, guilt, baggage, DarkAndTroubledPast or GloryDays. A less positive spin on this trope is the stereotypically boorish NouveauRiche. As this character tends to DefaultToGood, it can be seen as an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of AmbitionIsEvil.

AmbitionIsEvil. A second variant of this trope is that of a character who, for whatever reason, chooses to change their basic nature in defiance of normal expectations of what they are "meant" to be or are likely to become- become -- a naturally selfish or evil-inclined character, for example, forcing himself moment-to-moment to act generous or good because he has decided to make himself that way.

Compare NeverASelfMadeWoman, which explains how a successful female always has a man who made it possible for her. Might
way. This archetype is similar to {{Ubermensch}}. They might be the middle generation of the ThreeSuccessfulGenerations.

As the gendered trope name suggests, this trope has generally been AlwaysMale. Indeed the trope NeverASelfMadeWoman, explains how successful women have historically had their achievements tied to connections with men, who had to make it possible for them. This is more how the trope is portrayed than it is in reality, since there are indeed quite a number of women whose achievements are no more over-advantaged than that of men.

If he forgets that it's not always just a simple matter of effort and determination, that's the HardWorkFallacy. \n\n 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.
year.




* Too many examples to list (so please don't bother to try). Though the idea itself is heavily mythologized to the point that many supposed examples are actually subversions, as you're still more likely to become famous if you grew up in a rich family. Donald Trump, for instance, received seed money from his multi-millionaire real estate developer father.
* That said, it's worth explaining the page quote a little. 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.'' It didn't hurt that he also [[GoldDigger married a very rich woman]]. ([[HappilyMarried Happily, he also loved her as a person.]])
* U.S. patriots owe a lot and pay homage to Creator/BenjaminFranklin. According to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} "he exemplified the emerging American nation. Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical and democratic values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment."
* Many figures in UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution were this. UsefulNotes/MaximilienRobespierre, Georges Danton, Louis Antoine de Saint Just were mostly nobodies with middling careers in law who in the course of the Revolution gradually became famous across France and Europe. One of the legacies of the Revolution was the idea of meritocracy. One of whose beneficiaries was UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte. Bonaparte himself spread the same concept of meritocracy across his Empire and the idea of soldiers being promoted UpThroughTheRanks and earning their titles via achievements was a myth that he liked to encourage and occassionally live up to.
-->''"Every French soldier carries a marshal’s baton in his knapsack."''.
* UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi, the son of a middle-class lawyer family, zero family connections and basic university education and yet he, rather than any of the elite politicians in Congress became the IconOfRebellion for India and the man who made Independence an issue of national struggle.

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* Too many examples to list (so please don't bother to try). Though In history and reality, the very idea itself is heavily mythologized to the point that many supposed examples mythologized, exaggerated, and in some cases entirely fabricated. It's a common motif in PropagandaPiece and CultOfPersonality. There are actually subversions, as you're still more likely to become famous if you grew up in a rich family. Donald Trump, for instance, received seed money from his multi-millionaire real estate developer father.
* That said,
moments however where this legend does coincide with fact.
** At this point,
it's worth explaining the page quote a little.quote. 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.'' 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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U.S. patriots owe a lot and pay homage to Creator/BenjaminFranklin. According to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} "he exemplified the emerging American nation. Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical and democratic values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment."
* ** UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln as per myth (and in real-life) was born in a log cabin, and historically ranks among the lowest-income holders of any US President coming into office. He also did not go to elite educational institutions unlike other Presidents before and after him, being almost entirely [[{{BookWorm}} self-taught and autodidactic]]. He worked as a teenager chopping wood and later as a bartender, and studied independently to qualify for his bar exam before building a very successful law practice. By the time he arrived on the political stage, Lincoln was reasonably well-off, married into the wealthy Todd family and had what we would now call "social capital".
**
Many figures in UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution were this. UsefulNotes/MaximilienRobespierre, Georges Danton, Louis Antoine de Saint Just were mostly nobodies with middling careers in law who in the course of the Revolution gradually became famous across France and Europe. One of Since there was no political career and opportunities before the legacies Revolution, all of the Revolution was them made their careers on their ability at oratory, their education and their dedication and hard work, qualities that made them and other Jacobins promote the idea of meritocracy. One of whose beneficiaries was UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte. Bonaparte himself spread the same concept of meritocracy across his Empire and the idea of soldiers being promoted UpThroughTheRanks and insist on people earning their titles via achievements was a myth that he liked to encourage ranks in army and occassionally live up to.political office.
-->''"Every ** One of the beneficiaries of the above is UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte. Napoleon made meritocracy part of his mystique, with the idea of soldiers being promoted UpThroughTheRanks and earning their titles via achievements, a myth that he occasionally did live up to. In actual fact, Bonaparte came from a family of minor Corsican nobility, and who on account of mere chance, became a French soldier carries a marshal’s baton citizen at birth, and got to study in an elite military institution in France. However, Napoleon faced considerable racism in France for his knapsack."''.
* UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi,
origins and his accent[[note]]His French sounded like an Italian speaking French and he never lost that accent[[/note]] and would never have received rank and advancement had it not been for the Revolution and the army reforms of 1793; and later the support of wealthy patrons like Paul Barras. Napoleon's achievements were immense and prodigious but it owed a great deal to luck and "a little help from my friends".
** Toussaint Louverture, the leader and hero of the Haitian Revolution is a bigger example than any of his French contemporaries. He was born into slavery into the Carribean plantations of [[UsefulNotes/{{Haiti}} Sainte Domingue]] who on the outbreak of revolution, despite limited education, and zero military training and education became the military commander and leader of the revolution, defeating many professional armies and becoming an adept politician who could moderate various factions.
** UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi was
the son of a middle-class lawyer family, zero lawyer's family connections and basic university education had very little family connections, and yet he, rather was far more modest in background and bearing than any many of the other elite politicians in Congress the anti-colonial movement. And yet he became the IconOfRebellion for India and the man who made Independence an issue of national struggle. struggle, through his strategies and tactics for protest and his writings.



** Creator/WilliamShakespeare was the son of a village alderman in an unremarkable small town who had no university education, no noble connections or military career (unlike other playwrights of his generation). Yet thanks to his incredible talent and genius, and his popular success by the time of his death, he had acquired [[RagsToRiches a reasonable amount of wealth, property in London, and a title for his family]].
** Creator/LeonardoDaVinci was the illegitimate son of a minor nobleman who would not have inherited much by virtue of being a noble bastard (his surname Leonardo da Vinci signified the village of his origin, Vinci, rather than actual family connections). He apprenticed with the artist Verrocchio who admired his talent and patronized him. By the time of his death, he was renowned across Italy for his talent, genius and skill and ended his career as an artist-in-residence for the King of France.

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** Creator/WilliamShakespeare was the son of a village alderman in an unremarkable small town who had no university education, no noble connections or military career (unlike other playwrights of his generation). Yet thanks to his incredible talent and genius, and his popular success by the time of his death, he had acquired [[RagsToRiches a reasonable amount of wealth, property in London, a coat-of-arms and a title for his family]].
** Creator/LeonardoDaVinci was the illegitimate son of a minor nobleman who would not have inherited much by virtue of being a noble bastard (his surname Leonardo da Vinci signified the village of his origin, Vinci, rather than actual family connections). He apprenticed with the artist Verrocchio who admired his talent and patronized him. By the time of his death, he was renowned across Italy for his talent, genius and skill and ended his career as an artist-in-residence for the King of France.


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* Scientists and mathematicians owe most of their achievements to their remarkable brains and insight. UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein for instance was born into a family of middle-class businessmen who fell into hard times, and who showed remarkable prodigy in his school and college examinations but struggled to find a post to better support his long-term research. Most famously he worked for two years at the patent office in Switzlerand during which he wrote his first prominent papers.
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** Creator/StanleyKubrick was a self-made autodidact who didn't go to college, worked as a photographer on the streets, taught himself film-making on the cheap, and step-by-step made himself into a world-renowned film-maker without ever working for a great deal of time in Hollywood, without working in other media, or coming from independent wealth.



* Howard Hughes is one of this trope's codifiers. Though he is one of the examples mentioned in the first bullet point who had a lot of help from his father getting started, the amount that he multiplied that money by is staggering. Even more impressive is that, unlike most modern billionaires, nearly all of that money was generated from industries he owned rather than returns from investments.
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* "Where did you go to my lovely" of Music/{{Peter Sarstedt}}is this story but Marie-Claire is a woman.

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* "Where did you go to my lovely" and "Last of the Breed" by Music/{{Peter Sarstedt}}is this story but Marie-Claire is a woman.
5th Mar '17 5:47:32 AM Ladyofpayne
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* "Where did you go to my lovely" of Music/{{Peter Sarstedt}}is this story but Marie-Claire is a woman.
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