History Main / TheScrooge

13th Aug '16 7:31:00 AM dante8
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Hetty Green, thought to have been the richest woman in the world at the time of her death in 1916, and the first woman to make a substantial impact on Wall Street, is considered to be one of the biggest misers in American history. Despite being worth over $200 million (that's $3.8 billion in 2009 dollars), she refused to heat her home because she hated to "waste money on frivolities", owned only one dress at a time (and only replaced it when it wore out beyond the ability to sew back together), and lived in pain most of her life because she refused to spend $150 on a hernia operation. She lived almost exclusively on cold oatmeal, being too thrifty to heat it. When her son Ned broke his leg as a child, Mrs. Green tried to have him admitted to a hospital charity ward. When she was recognized, she stormed away vowing to treat the wounds herself. The leg contracted gangrene and had to be amputated.

to:

* Hetty Green, thought to have been the richest woman in the world at the time of her death in 1916, and the first woman to make a substantial impact on Wall Street, is considered to be one of the biggest misers in American history. Despite being worth over $200 million (that's $3.8 billion in 2009 dollars), she refused to heat her home because she hated to "waste money on frivolities", owned only one dress at a time (and only replaced it when it wore out beyond the ability to sew back together), and lived in pain most of her life because she refused to spend $150 on a hernia operation. She lived almost exclusively on cold oatmeal, being too thrifty to heat it. When her son Ned broke his leg as a child, Mrs. Green tried to have him admitted to a hospital charity ward. When she was recognized, she stormed free clinic for the poor. Mythic accounts have her storming away vowing after being recognized; her biographer Charles Slack says that she paid her bill and took her son to treat the wounds herself. The other doctors. His leg contracted gangrene and did not heal properly and, after years of treatment, it had to be amputated.
13th Jul '16 12:53:34 PM gemmabeta2
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Jean Paul Getty, despite being an oil tycoon worth $1.3 billion (in 1966, now equivalent to $8.7 billion), was famous for installing payphones in his mansion to discourage the staff (and his family) from using the line. He was also known for an incident where he berated his wife for wasting money to treat their son's terminal brain tumor. Later, when Italian kidnappers took his grandson hostage, he managed to top himself by literally haggling the ransom down from $17 million to $3 million, standing firm even when the kidnappers [[FingerInTheMail cut off and mailed one of his grandson's ears]] to him. And then he still only paid $2.2 million because that was the maximum tax-deductible amount (and then docking the amount from his son's and grandson's inheritance). The grandson was safely returned; when faced with such a cold-hearted bastard, the kidnappers wisely decided to quit while still ahead.

to:

* Jean Paul Getty, despite being an oil tycoon worth $1.3 billion (in 1966, now equivalent to $8.7 billion), was famous for installing payphones in his mansion to discourage the staff (and his family) from using the line. He was also known for an incident where he berated his wife for wasting money to treat their son's terminal brain tumor. Later, when Italian kidnappers took his grandson hostage, he managed to top himself by literally haggling the ransom down from $17 million to $3 million, standing firm even when the kidnappers [[FingerInTheMail cut off and mailed one of his grandson's ears]] to him. And then he still only paid $2.2 million because that was the maximum tax-deductible amount (and then docking the amount from his son's and grandson's inheritance).amount. The grandson was safely returned; when faced with such a cold-hearted bastard, the kidnappers wisely decided to quit while still ahead.
13th Jul '16 12:51:52 PM gemmabeta2
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Jean Paul Getty, despite being an oil tycoon worth $1.3 billion (in 1966, now equivalent to $8.7 billion), was famous for installing payphones in his mansion to discourage the staff (and his family) from using the line. Later, when Italian kidnappers took his grandson hostage, he managed to top himself by literally haggling the ransom down from $17 million to $3 million, standing firm even when the kidnappers [[FingerInTheMail cut off and mailed one of his grandson's ears]] to him. And then he still only paid $2.2 million because that was the maximum tax-deductible amount (and then docking the amount from his son's and grandson's inheritance). The grandson was safely returned; when faced with such a cold-hearted bastard, the kidnappers wisely decided to quit while still ahead.

to:

* Jean Paul Getty, despite being an oil tycoon worth $1.3 billion (in 1966, now equivalent to $8.7 billion), was famous for installing payphones in his mansion to discourage the staff (and his family) from using the line. He was also known for an incident where he berated his wife for wasting money to treat their son's terminal brain tumor. Later, when Italian kidnappers took his grandson hostage, he managed to top himself by literally haggling the ransom down from $17 million to $3 million, standing firm even when the kidnappers [[FingerInTheMail cut off and mailed one of his grandson's ears]] to him. And then he still only paid $2.2 million because that was the maximum tax-deductible amount (and then docking the amount from his son's and grandson's inheritance). The grandson was safely returned; when faced with such a cold-hearted bastard, the kidnappers wisely decided to quit while still ahead.
13th Jul '16 12:49:04 PM gemmabeta2
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Jean Paul Getty, despite being an oil tycoon worth $1.3 billion (in 1966, now equivalent to $8.7 billion), was famous for installing payphones in his mansion to discourage the staff (and his family) from using the line. Later, when Italian kidnappers took his grandson hostage, he managed to top himself by literally haggling the ransom down from $17 million to $3 million, standing firm even when the kidnappers [[FingerInTheMail cut off and mailed one of his grandson's ears]] to him. And then he still only paid $2.2 million because that was the maximum tax-deductible amount. The grandson was safely returned; when faced with such a cold-hearted bastard, the kidnappers wisely decided to quit while still ahead.

to:

* Jean Paul Getty, despite being an oil tycoon worth $1.3 billion (in 1966, now equivalent to $8.7 billion), was famous for installing payphones in his mansion to discourage the staff (and his family) from using the line. Later, when Italian kidnappers took his grandson hostage, he managed to top himself by literally haggling the ransom down from $17 million to $3 million, standing firm even when the kidnappers [[FingerInTheMail cut off and mailed one of his grandson's ears]] to him. And then he still only paid $2.2 million because that was the maximum tax-deductible amount.amount (and then docking the amount from his son's and grandson's inheritance). The grandson was safely returned; when faced with such a cold-hearted bastard, the kidnappers wisely decided to quit while still ahead.
12th Jun '16 8:57:32 PM PaulA
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Creator/ChristopherMarlowe's ''The Jew of Malta'' even more so.

to:

** * Creator/ChristopherMarlowe's ''The Jew of Malta'' ''Theatre/TheJewOfMalta'' even more so.
23rd May '16 8:56:22 AM Jeduthun
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Not to be confused with TheGrinch, even though the namer for this trope also hated Christmas.

to:

Not to be confused with TheGrinch, even though [[Literature/AChristmasCarol the namer for this trope trope]] also hated Christmas.
10th Apr '16 8:00:25 AM LadyJaneGrey
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'', Roger can be notoriously cheap. He tips the paperboy five cents a month (and then fails to realize why the guy never hits the front steps). He once offered to pay Peter five cents a hole for caddying at golf, and another time a dollar for mowing the lawn (which took six hours, because they still have a manual lawnmower).
27th Mar '16 9:59:20 AM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Milburn Drysdale, from ''TheBeverlyHillbillies'' became more and more miserly as the series progressed. This was PlayedForLaughs, of course.

to:

* Milburn Drysdale, from ''TheBeverlyHillbillies'' ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' became more and more miserly as the series progressed. This was PlayedForLaughs, of course.



* Ben Weaver, from ''TheAndyGriffithShow''.

to:

* Ben Weaver, from ''TheAndyGriffithShow''.''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''.
9th Mar '16 2:00:15 PM Hossmeister
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The fictionalized Larry David in ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'' seems to be made of this trope. Like Jack Benny, the real Larry David isn't like this at all.

to:

* The fictionalized Larry David in ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'' ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' seems to be made of this trope. Like Jack Benny, the real Larry David isn't like this at all.
12th Feb '16 4:32:55 PM Doug86
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Plyushkin in ''DeadSouls''. He owns several hundred souls, but lives as cheap as a beggar. Chichikov, the protagonist, also doesn't like giving away money.

to:

* Plyushkin in ''DeadSouls''.''Literature/DeadSouls''. He owns several hundred souls, but lives as cheap as a beggar. Chichikov, the protagonist, also doesn't like giving away money.
This list shows the last 10 events of 130. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.TheScrooge