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24th Jul '16 10:22:45 PM Gamermaster
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* At one point in ''Fanfic/{{Infinity}}'', a princess named Amnestra was mentioned who was in love with a guard. She herself has very little to do with the plot (and had been dead for tens of thousands of years) but [[spoiler: Nanoha brought her up as a method of psychological warfare while fighting Tsukuyomi (and proof that Amaterasu hadn't been captured but rather willingly come to her for help).]]
17th Jul '16 6:51:55 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* The Japanese folk tale ''Hachikazuki-hime'' has the son of a noble family fall in love with one of the maids, a girl named Hachikazuki whose face is always hidden by her huge straw hat. [[spoiler: Since "-hime" means "princess" in Japanese, it means that Hachikazuki herself is a noblewoman; in her case, she's a FallenPrincess. The MementoMacGuffin that proves her noble blood and allows her and her beau to marry is hidden under the hat.]]

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* The Japanese folk tale ''Hachikazuki-hime'' ''[[https://justanimeforum.net/threads/japanese-culture-princess-hachikatsugi.5389/ Hachikatsugi-hime]]'' has the son of a noble family fall in love with one of the maids, a girl named Hachikazuki Hachikatsugi whose face is always hidden by her huge straw hat. wooen bowl that doules as a NiceHat. [[spoiler: Since "-hime" means "princess" in Japanese, it means that Hachikazuki Hachikatsugi herself is a noblewoman; in her specific case, she's a FallenPrincess. The MementoMacGuffin [[BagOfHolding Box of Holding]] that proves contains the proofs of her noble blood and allows her and her beau to marry heritage is hidden under the hat.hat, and soon Hachikatsugi and her beau are allowed to marry.]]
17th Jul '16 12:17:17 AM SantosLHalper
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-> ''"On the right side of the tracks she was born and raised''
-> ''In a great big ol' house full of butlers and maids."''
-->-- '''Music/StevieWonder''', "Uptight (Everything's Alright)"

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-> ''"On the right side of the tracks ''"She's a rich girl, she was born and raised''
don't try to hide it,''
-> ''In a great big ol' house full ''Diamonds on the soles of butlers and maids.her shoes.''
-> ''He's a poor boy, empty as a pocket,''
-> ''Empty as a pocket with nothing to lose.
"''
-->-- '''Music/StevieWonder''', "Uptight (Everything's Alright)"
'''Music/PaulSimon''', "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"
6th Jul '16 7:14:10 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' Haru is the heiress to the Jigokumeguri zaibatsu. Tsurezure is upper middle class at best. People comment on how weird it is, but nobody seems to have a problem with it (Haru's father even seems to be a ShipperOnDeck).

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* ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'':
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Haru is the heiress to the Jigokumeguri zaibatsu. Tsurezure is upper middle class at best. People comment on how weird it is, but nobody seems to have a problem with it (Haru's father even seems to be a ShipperOnDeck).



* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'': Tamaki (rich boy attending to a private school) and Haruhi (a commoner ScholarshipStudent).

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* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'': Tamaki (rich boy attending to a private school) and Haruhi (a commoner ScholarshipStudent).
6th Jul '16 7:12:46 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' Haru is the heiress to the Jigokumeguri zaibatsu. Tsurezure is upper middle class at best. People comment on how weird it is, but nobody seems to have a problem with it (Haru's father even seems to be a ShipperOnDeck).
** GenderInverted with Akane (same social status as Tsurezure) and Chris (British noble), although neither of them has gotten around to confessing yet.
5th Jul '16 10:44:03 PM Timjames98
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** This example is slightly downplayed by the fact that Justinian's uncle and predecessor, Justin I, was also an example of RagsToRoyalty. A rich person marrying a poor person for love is less surprising when the latter is New Money (as therefore they're less likely to be judgmental towards lower classes).
3rd Jul '16 1:18:42 PM StarSword
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* ''Series/MadamSecretary'''s lead couple Elizabeth and Henry [=McCord=]. She's strongly implied to come from money (among other things she went to boarding school with the Crown Prince of Bahrain), whereas he's the son of a steelworker who went to college on the US Marine Corps' dime.


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* Music/BrianMcNeill wrote "Bring the Lassie Hame" about his mother and father, respectively an upper-class Austrian woman who worked as an interpreter for the Allies in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and a Scots baker's son from Falkirk serving in a British Army Highlander regiment. They met in Styria during the post-war occupation in a courtship that included the amusing image of him teaching her to drive in a three-ton army truck.
1st Jul '16 2:17:35 PM JustKnown
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* This is the major source of dramatic conflict in ''LadyChatterleysLover'', where the well-bred lady of the gentry takes up with the gardener.
Played with and doubled in that she was a RagsToRiches story herself, having been working-class before marrying her rich husband Lord Chatterley.
* Hinted at/set up for next book in ScottWesterfeld's ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' - Alek (rich) and Deryn (poor) but it's a more complicated than the standard. Alek is a ''prince'' [[spoiler:and could potentially become the Archduke of Austria]], and Deryn is "as common as [[UnusualEuphemism barking]] ''dirt''." He's already told Deryn ([[SweetPollyOliver unaware that]] [[TearJerker she's in love with him]]) that if he ever loved a commoner, he'd immediately put as much distance between them as possible. He grew up feeling like he never should have been born due to the difficulties of his parents' interclass marriage, and he refuses to do that to his own children.

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* This is the major source of dramatic conflict in ''LadyChatterleysLover'', where the well-bred lady of the gentry takes up with the gardener. \n Played with and doubled in that she was a RagsToRiches story herself, having been working-class before marrying her rich husband Lord Chatterley.
* Hinted at/set up for next book in In ScottWesterfeld's ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' - series Alek (rich) is rich and Deryn (poor) Deryn is poor but it's a lot more complicated than the standard. that. Alek is a ''prince'' [[spoiler:and could potentially become the son of Archduke of Austria]], Franz Ferdinand (see his entry in RealLife below) via his morganatic marriagge and a potential heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne though he is not currently in he line of succession. Deryn the [[PluckyMiddie plucky English middie]] is a SweetPollyOliver, "as common as [[UnusualEuphemism barking]] ''dirt''." He's already ''dirt''", and technically his enemy since they're in the middle of WorldWarOne. Unfortunately, he told Deryn ([[SweetPollyOliver before TheReveal of her true gender and unaware that]] [[TearJerker she's in love with him]]) that if he ever loved a commoner, he'd immediately put as much distance between them as possible. He grew up feeling like he never should have been born due to the difficulties of his parents' interclass marriage, and possible because he refuses to do that to put his own children.children through what he had to go through as a virtual, if not actual, NobleBastard. It takes them a while to get past that misunderstanding,though by the end of the third book he wouldn't trade Deryn for any throne
23rd Jun '16 7:14:22 PM creader
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* General: Virtually all Latin American soap operas are built around the rich guy, poor girl dynamic.
* General: A favorite trope of [[SoapOpera soap operas]], played with both genders. In particular, supercouple Angie and Jessie of AllMyChildren were constantly kept apart by her disapproving father who felt that street kid Jesse was going to ruin his daughter's life. Meanwhile, their counterparts Greg and Jenny were frequently tripped up by his snobby mother. Some storylines twisted it even further and had the ''poor'' boy's/girls's family interfere, ostensibly to protect their child from being snubbed, but truthfully because ''they'' are the ones to look down on the rich people for supposedly having had their money handed to them as opposed to the blue-collar people who have to actually work for it.
* ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'': In season 2, Andy, the owner of a candy store across Max and Caroline's cupcake shop, falls for Caroline, until he learns about Caroline's last name and feels intimidated by her ''former'' life as a wealthy socialite, even though Caroline is now actually penniless due to her father's Ponzi Scheme scandal.
* The princess ''Series/{{Arabela}}'' is the beautiful young daughter of King Hyacint, ruler of the Fairy Tale Kingdom. Her suitor Petr is a normal human student.



* From the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' episode "Amy and Amiability":
-->H: Can it be possibly true? Surely love has never crossed such boundaries of class? (clutches Amy's hand)
-->A: But what about you and Mum?
-->H: Well, yes I grant thee when I first met her I was the farmer's son and she was just the lass who ate the dung, but that was an exception.
-->A: And Aunty Dot and Uncle Ted.
-->H: Yes, yes alright, he was a pig poker and she was the Duchess of Argyle, but-
-->A: And Aunty Ruth and Uncle Isaiah, she was a milkmaid and he was-
-->H: The Pope! Yes, yes, all right.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', this happened between LovableAlphaBitch Cordelia and working-class nerd Xander.



* Mallory and Nick from ''Series/FamilyTies''.
* One of the most popular sketches of ''TheFastShow'' was based around lord of the manor Ralph and his incredibly awkward affections for lower-class handyman Ted.



* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': Geoffrey fell in love with a woman who moved next to the Banks' mansion. Everything was right until he learned she's rich instead of a servant. What really troubled him wasn't her money but her social class.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Gendry, a bastard armorer's apprentice and [[PrincessInRags Arya Stark]]. In Season 3's "Kissed By Fire", Gendry decides to remain with the outlaw group The Brotherhood Without Banners, instead of continuing on to Riverrun where Arya's highborn family rule.
-->'''Gendry:''' [[BandOfBrothers These men are brothers, they’re family.]] I’ve never had a family.
-->'''Arya:''' ''I'' can be your family!
-->'''Gendry:''' You wouldn’t be my family. You’d be m'lady.
* Many of the main characters' boyfriends in ''Series/HotInCleveland'' are this trope. While the ladies aren't crazy rich they are used to the much more upscale lifestyle of Hollywood. In the pilot episode Melanie can't stop gushing about how the first guy she hooked up with is a plumber and all of the women talk about how they always wanted to date guys who would "actually know how to fix stuff."
* ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' plays around with the trope. One of Bertie's friends wants to marry a waitress. To convince his uncle that it's a good idea, he makes him read romance novels where chambermaids end up marrying their masters.



* Pete and Trudy Campbell on ''Series/{{Mad Men}}'' are an example of this trope. Trudy's parents are actually quite wealthy, but they are new money, in contrast to Pete's being a WASP. However, this is never shown as a conflict, and not even really explored.
** There are a few other examples: a gender-swapped one with Pete and working-class [[PluckyOfficeGirl Peggy Olson]] in the 1st and 2nd seasons (though this os never pointed out) and Don and Betty were this trope during their marriage, since Don was raised on a farm in contrast to Betty who was raised in a Pennsylvania Main Line society.



* ''Series/TheNanny'': Gender flipped with rich Broadway producer Maxwell and working-class Fran (the titular nanny).
** In the last season, RichBitch C.C. Babcock and Niles the butler.



* Working-class Rodney and well-heeled Cassandra in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. Before meeting Cassandra, Rodney also dated earl's daughter Lady Victoria.
* Robin and Kate in series three of ''Series/RobinHood''.



* Mallory and Nick from ''Series/FamilyTies''.
* Virtually all Latin American soap operas are built around the rich guy, poor girl dynamic.
* ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' plays around with the trope. One of Bertie's friends wants to marry a waitress. To convince his uncle that it's a good idea, he makes him read romance novels where chambermaids end up marrying their masters.
* From the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' episode "Amy and Amiability":
-->H: Can it be possibly true? Surely love has never crossed such boundaries of class? (clutches Amy's hand)
-->A: But what about you and Mum?
-->H: Well, yes I grant thee when I first met her I was the farmer's son and she was just the lass who ate the dung, but that was an exception.
-->A: And Aunty Dot and Uncle Ted.
-->H: Yes, yes alright, he was a pig poker and she was the Duchess of Argyle, but-
-->A: And Aunty Ruth and Uncle Isaiah, she was a milkmaid and he was-
-->H: The Pope! Yes, yes, all right.
* Hyde and Jackie from ''Series/That70sShow'' (while they were a couple). Jackie is a rich girl and cheerleader, Hyde is a poor delinquent with a messed up family who lives with Eric's family because he has nowhere else to go. Initially Hyde stated their differences in social status as a reason they shouldn't go out, as they had nothing in common.



* Robin and Kate in series three of ''Series/RobinHood''
* Working-class Rodney and well-heeled Cassandra in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. Before meeting Cassandra, Rodney also dated earl's daughter Lady Victoria.
* Pete and Trudy Campbell on ''Series/{{Mad Men}}'' are an example of this trope. Trudy's parents are actually quite wealthy, but they are new money, in contras to Pete's being a WASP. However, this is never shown as a conflict, and not even really explored.
** There are a few other examples: a gender-swapped one with Pete and working-class [[PluckyOfficeGirl Peggy Olson]] in the 1st and 2nd seasons (though this os never pointed out) and Don and Betty were this trope during their marriage, since Don was raised on a farm in contrast to Betty who was raised in a Pennsylvania Main Line society.
* One of the most popular sketches of ''TheFastShow'' was based around lord of the manor Ralph and his incredibly awkward affections for lower-class handyman Ted.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Gendry, a bastard armorer's apprentice and [[PrincessInRags Arya Stark]]. In Season 3's "Kissed By Fire", Gendry decides to remain with the outlaw group The Brotherhood Without Banners, instead of continuing on to Riverrun where Arya's highborn family rule.
-->'''Gendry:''' [[BandOfBrothers These men are brothers, they’re family.]] I’ve never had a family.
-->'''Arya:''' ''I'' can be your family!
-->'''Gendry:''' You wouldn’t be my family. You’d be m'lady.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', this happened between LovableAlphaBitch Cordelia and working-class nerd Xander.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': Geoffrey fell in love with a woman who moved next to the Banks' mansion. Everything was right until he learned she's rich instead of a servant. What really troubled him wasn't her money but her social class.
* ''Series/TheNanny'': Gender flipped with rich Broadway producer Maxwell and working-class Fran (the titular nanny).
** In the last season, RichBitch C.C. Babcock and Niles the butler.
* ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'': In season 2, Andy, the owner of a candy store across Max and Caroline's cupcake shop, falls for Caroline, until he learns about Caroline's last name and feels intimidated by her ''former'' life as a wealthy socialite, even though Caroline is now actually penniless due to her father's Ponzi Scheme scandal.
* A favorite trope of [[SoapOpera soap operas]], played with both genders. In particular, supercouple Angie and Jessie of AllMyChildren were constantly kept apart by her disapproving father who felt that street kid Jesse was going to ruin his daughter's life. Meanwhile, their counterparts Greg and Jenny were frequently tripped up by his snobby mother. Some storylines twisted it even further and had the ''poor'' boy's/girls's family interfere, ostensibly to protect their child from being snubbed, but truthfully because ''they'' are the ones to look down on the rich people for supposedly having had their money handed to them as opposed to the blue-collar people who have to actually work for it.
* The princess ''Series/{{Arabela}}'' is the beautiful young daughter of King Hyacint, ruler of the Fairy Tale Kingdom. Her suitor Petr is a normal human student.
* Many of the main characters' boyfriends in ''Series/HotInCleveland'' are this trope. While the ladies aren't crazy rich they are used to the much more upscale lifestyle of Hollywood. In the pilot episode Melanie can't stop gushing about how the first guy she hooked up with is a plumber and all of the women talk about how they always wanted to date guys who would "actually know how to fix stuff."

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* Robin Hyde and Kate in series three of ''Series/RobinHood''
* Working-class Rodney and well-heeled Cassandra in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. Before meeting Cassandra, Rodney also dated earl's daughter Lady Victoria.
* Pete and Trudy Campbell on ''Series/{{Mad Men}}'' are an example of this trope. Trudy's parents are actually quite wealthy, but
Jackie from ''Series/That70sShow'' (while they are new money, in contras to Pete's being were a WASP. However, this couple). Jackie is never shown as a conflict, rich girl and not even really explored.
** There are
cheerleader, Hyde is a few other examples: a gender-swapped one poor delinquent with Pete and working-class [[PluckyOfficeGirl Peggy Olson]] in the 1st and 2nd seasons (though this os never pointed out) and Don and Betty were this trope during their marriage, since Don was raised on a farm in contrast to Betty who was raised in a Pennsylvania Main Line society.
* One of the most popular sketches of ''TheFastShow'' was based around lord of the manor Ralph and his incredibly awkward affections for lower-class handyman Ted.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Gendry, a bastard armorer's apprentice and [[PrincessInRags Arya Stark]]. In Season 3's "Kissed By Fire", Gendry decides to remain with the outlaw group The Brotherhood Without Banners, instead of continuing on to Riverrun where Arya's highborn
messed up family rule.
-->'''Gendry:''' [[BandOfBrothers These men are brothers, they’re family.]] I’ve never had a family.
-->'''Arya:''' ''I'' can be your family!
-->'''Gendry:''' You wouldn’t be my family. You’d be m'lady.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', this happened between LovableAlphaBitch Cordelia and working-class nerd Xander.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': Geoffrey fell in love
who lives with a woman who moved next to the Banks' mansion. Everything was right until he learned she's rich instead of a servant. What really troubled him wasn't her money but her social class.
* ''Series/TheNanny'': Gender flipped with rich Broadway producer Maxwell and working-class Fran (the titular nanny).
** In the last season, RichBitch C.C. Babcock and Niles the butler.
* ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'': In season 2, Andy, the owner of a candy store across Max and Caroline's cupcake shop, falls for Caroline, until he learns about Caroline's last name and feels intimidated by her ''former'' life as a wealthy socialite, even though Caroline is now actually penniless due to her father's Ponzi Scheme scandal.
* A favorite trope of [[SoapOpera soap operas]], played with both genders. In particular, supercouple Angie and Jessie of AllMyChildren were constantly kept apart by her disapproving father who felt that street kid Jesse was going to ruin his daughter's life. Meanwhile, their counterparts Greg and Jenny were frequently tripped up by his snobby mother. Some storylines twisted it even further and had the ''poor'' boy's/girls's
Eric's family interfere, ostensibly to protect their child from being snubbed, but truthfully because ''they'' are the ones he has nowhere else to look down on the rich people for supposedly having had go. Initially Hyde stated their money handed to them differences in social status as opposed to the blue-collar people who have to actually work for it.
* The princess ''Series/{{Arabela}}'' is the beautiful young daughter of King Hyacint, ruler of the Fairy Tale Kingdom. Her suitor Petr is
a normal human student.
* Many of the main characters' boyfriends in ''Series/HotInCleveland'' are this trope. While the ladies aren't crazy rich
reason they are used to the much more upscale lifestyle of Hollywood. In the pilot episode Melanie can't stop gushing about how the first guy she hooked up with is a plumber and all of the women talk about how shouldn't go out, as they always wanted to date guys who would "actually know how to fix stuff."had nothing in common.



* Yu (middle class) with Yukiko Amagi ({{Ojou}}) or Ai Ebihara (NouveauRiche) are possible pairings in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
* ''MuramasaTheDemonBlade'': Torahime (high family), Kisuke (common ninja).
* Mitsuru Kirijou, a MafiaPrincess, is love interest in ''{{Persona 3}}''. This does cause trouble as she is [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed to another]] in order to solidify the Kirijou Group.



* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Princess Peach is this to Mario. She's ''royalty'', and even if he does rescue her all the time, the players are led to believe he's little more than a plumber.
** This may be the case with Mario's younger Luigi and Princess Daisy too.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Jade's sister Nephry and best friend, Peony, are in love with each other. The problem, of course, is that Peony is the Emperor's son (and, after his brothers are killed, becomes the heir and eventually Emperor himself), and Nephry is a commoner. Further complicating things, is that [[BecauseDestinySaysSo the Score says]] that she'll marry someone else. Regardless of Nephry's marriage, [[ChivalrousPervert Peony]] [[TheFirstCutisTheDeepest remains in love with her and refuses to marry anyone else.]]



* ''MuramasaTheDemonBlade'': Torahime (high family), Kisuke (common ninja).
* Mitsuru Kirijou, a MafiaPrincess, is love interest in ''{{Persona 3}}''. This does cause trouble as she is [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed to another]] in order to solidify the Kirijou Group.
* Yu (middle class) with Yukiko Amagi ({{Ojou}}) or Ai Ebihara (NouveauRiche) are possible pairings in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Princess Peach is this to Mario. She's ''royalty'', and even if he does rescue her all the time, the players are led to believe he's little more than a plumber.
** This may be the case with Mario's younger Luigi and Princess Daisy too.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Jade's sister Nephry and best friend, Peony, are in love with each other. The problem, of course, is that Peony is the Emperor's son (and, after his brothers are killed, becomes the heir and eventually Emperor himself), and Nephry is a commoner. Further complicating things, is that [[BecauseDestinySaysSo the Score says]] that she'll marry someone else. Regardless of Nephry's marriage, [[ChivalrousPervert Peony]] [[TheFirstCutisTheDeepest remains in love with her and refuses to marry anyone else.]]



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* The trope is key to the premise of ''VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess'', a RomanceGame in which an ordinary young woman falls in love with any one of six princes and inevitably faces opposition from her love interest's royal family and others around them who don't approve of the relationship.



* In KatawaShoujo, Shizune Hakamichi is the deaf-mute StudentCouncilPresident as well as the eldest daughter of a very rich family from Saitama. If she's the chosen one, then middle-class protagonist Hisao not only will get quite the glimpse of her BigFancyHouse, but will have to deal with her LargeHam JerkAss CEO of a father Jigoro.

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* In KatawaShoujo, ''KatawaShoujo'', Shizune Hakamichi is the deaf-mute StudentCouncilPresident as well as the eldest daughter of a very rich family from Saitama. If she's the chosen one, then middle-class protagonist Hisao not only will get quite the glimpse of her BigFancyHouse, but will have to deal with her LargeHam JerkAss CEO of a father Jigoro.



* In ''VisualNovel/AKnightsDevotion'' the heroine is a princess, and all of her potential love interests are knights. Not all of them see her royal status as a reason not to pursue a relationship, but Lute in particular is very conscious of the differences in their status.
* Similarly, in ''VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity'' the heroine is a reporter and writer for a women's magazine who becomes involved with a group of A-list celebrities and falls for one of them. How much of an obstacle the difference in their social class is varies from route to route, but it usually at least complicates matters.
* If you pursue [[TheOjou Remi Himekawa]] in ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', the trope is also in play. Both her UnluckyChildhoodFriend [[spoiler: and her OverprotectiveDad]] will '''not''' let you forget it. [[spoiler: Unless you ''actually'' finish Remi's route correctly, which involves [[RescueRomance saving Remi from a kidnapper]] among other things; Mr. Himekawa will be so impressed by the MC's courage that he'll lift the [[ParentalMarriageVeto Parental Dating Veto]] and give him and Remi their blessings.]]



* The trope is key to the premise of ''VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess'', a RomanceGame in which an ordinary young woman falls in love with any one of six princes and inevitably faces opposition from her love interest's royal family and others around them who don't approve of the relationship.
* Similarly, in ''VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity'' the heroine is a reporter and writer for a women's magazine who becomes involved with a group of A-list celebrities and falls for one of them. How much of an obstacle the difference in their social class is varies from route to route, but it usually at least complicates matters.
* In ''VisualNovel/AKnightsDevotion'' the heroine is a princess, and all of her potential love interests are knights. Not all of them see her royal status as a reason not to pursue a relationship, but Lute in particular is very conscious of the differences in their status.
* If you pursue [[TheOjou Remi Himekawa]] in ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', the trope is also in play. Both her UnluckyChildhoodFriend [[spoiler: and her OverprotectiveDad]] will '''not''' let you forget it. [[spoiler: Unless you ''actually'' finish Remi's route correctly, which involves [[RescueRomance saving Remi from a kidnapper]] among other things; Mr. Himekawa will be so impressed by the MC's courage that he'll lift the [[ParentalMarriageVeto Parental Dating Veto]] and give him and Remi their blessings.]]



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* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Mary is stated to be from a wealthy family, and she is dating Bill, who is from a middle class family.



* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Mary is stated to be from a wealthy family, and she is dating Bill, who is from a middle class family.



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* Sokka's courtship of Princess Yue in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is played like this. Although Sokka is technically a prince of the Southern Water Tribe and therefore her social equal, the southern tribe is less cosmopolitan than their northern sister and places less emphasis on rank, and Sokka had been WanderingTheEarth for months with a RagtagBandOfMisfits and so appeared less than princely in comparison to Yue's ErmineCapeEffect. She is also slated for an ArrangedMarriage for political reasons, in line with this trope.
* Dana's [[OverProtectiveDad father]] is less than happy about her relationship with Terry in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', although it has less to do with their socioeconomic differences than Terry's criminal record.



* Dana's [[OverProtectiveDad father]] is less than happy about her relationship with Terry in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', although it has less to do with their socioeconomic differences than Terry's criminal record.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': A gender flipped version of the trope took place when Bloom learned her boyfriend "Brandon" wasn't Prince Sky's squire but the real Prince Sky all the time. It probably didn't help that she learned this during the same occasion she learned he was [[ArrangedMarriage engaged]] to Princess Diaspro and that Bloom didn't know back then she's also a Princess.
** The real Brandon fell into the trope during the royal part where Princess Stella was to be introduced into society. He was afraid his gift to her had no chance against the ones she'd get from nobles.
%%* Eloise and Tag in ''WesternAnimation/StreetFootball''.
* Sokka's courtship of Princess Yue in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is played like this. Although Sokka is technically a prince of the Southern Water Tribe and therefore her social equal, the southern tribe is less cosmopolitan than their northern sister and places less emphasis on rank, and Sokka had been WanderingTheEarth for months with a RagtagBandOfMisfits and so appeared less than princely in comparison to Yue's ErmineCapeEffect. She is also slated for an ArrangedMarriage for political reasons, in line with this trope.

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* Dana's [[OverProtectiveDad father]] is less than happy about her relationship with Terry in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', although it has less to do with their socioeconomic differences than Terry's criminal record.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': A gender flipped version of
''TheFlintstones'': When Fred and Barney first met Wilma and Betty, the trope took place when Bloom learned her boyfriend "Brandon" wasn't Prince Sky's squire four of them were holding summer jobs at a hotel but a series of misunderstandings caused Fred and Barney to think the real Prince Sky all girls were wealthy guests and the time. It probably didn't help that she learned this during girls to think the same occasion she learned he was [[ArrangedMarriage engaged]] to Princess Diaspro and that Bloom didn't know back then she's also a Princess.
** The real Brandon fell into the trope during the royal part where Princess Stella was to be introduced into society. He was afraid his gift to her had no chance against the ones she'd get from nobles.
%%* Eloise and Tag in ''WesternAnimation/StreetFootball''.
* Sokka's courtship of Princess Yue in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is played like this. Although Sokka is technically a prince of the Southern Water Tribe and therefore her social equal, the southern tribe is less cosmopolitan than their northern sister and places less emphasis on rank, and Sokka had been WanderingTheEarth for months with a RagtagBandOfMisfits and so appeared less than princely in comparison to Yue's ErmineCapeEffect. She is also slated for an ArrangedMarriage for political reasons, in line with this trope.
boys were wealthy guests.



* ''TheFlintstones'': When Fred and Barney first met Wilma and Betty, the four of them were holding summer jobs at a hotel but a series of misunderstandings caused Fred and Barney to think the girls were wealthy guests and the girls to think the boys were wealthy guests.
* ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'': Bob and Emilie. Bob's Dad gives private music lessons for a living and Emilie's stepfather is a wealthy businessman.


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%%* Eloise and Tag in ''WesternAnimation/StreetFootball''.
* ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'': Bob and Emilie. Bob's Dad gives private music lessons for a living and Emilie's stepfather is a wealthy businessman.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'': A gender flipped version of the trope took place when Bloom learned her boyfriend "Brandon" wasn't Prince Sky's squire but the real Prince Sky all the time. It probably didn't help that she learned this during the same occasion she learned he was [[ArrangedMarriage engaged]] to Princess Diaspro and that Bloom didn't know back then she's also a Princess.
** The real Brandon fell into the trope during the royal part where Princess Stella was to be introduced into society. He was afraid his gift to her had no chance against the ones she'd get from nobles.
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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Mrs. Everdeen was born into the merchant class but married a coal miner.



* General: A staple in Shannon Hale's books, though often toyed with and subverted. Crown Prince Geric falls in love with a goose girl, Isi in ''The Goose Girl''--she is actually the princess he is betrothed to, but at the time, neither of them know that. In ''Book of a Thousand Days'' a Mucker, or commoner, named Dashti falls in love with her mistress's betrothed, Kahn Tegus, while he thinks she is her mistress, the Lady Saren. [[spoiler: Lady Saren never loved him, and he never loved her, so Saren exacts her right to the betrothal for her "sister" Dashti.]] In the Princess Academy series, this is enforced--the Prince must marry a girl from the poor mountain village where Miri grew up, according to a vision from the seers. All the girls train to be proper ladies, and Miri spends some time hoping to be the princess. [[spoiler: in the end, the Prince chooses another girl, Britta, who turns out to have been his childhood best friend sent by her lesser-noble parents to the village so she could marry him. in the second book, Miri is elevated to Noblewoman, and becomes engaged to her childhood friend who remains a commoner. Britta, after her parent's treason is discovered, is stripped of her title and so marries the Prince as a commoner]]
* ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'':
** Given an interesting twist in ''1632''. On the surface, it's obvious which is which regarding "James Nichols, doctor from Chicago" and "Melissa Mailey, rural West Virginia schoolteacher" -- but the doctor from Chicago grew up on the streets in that city's roughest gang and only joined the Marines after being offered [[TradingBarsForStripes a choice between service and prison time]], and the West Virginia schoolteacher is actually a scion of the [[BlueBlood Boston Brahmins]]. This plays an important role in the plot.
** Eddie Cantrell, high school kid turned navy lieutenant, with the [[InsistentTerminology king's daughter]] Anne Cathrine of Denmark in ''1634: The Baltic War''. Another one with an interesting twist: [[spoiler:the two's ShotgunWedding was actually engineered by her father -- aka the king of Denmark -- because he wanted a son-in-law with knowledge of uptime technology]].
** Sarah Wendell [[spoiler:von Uptime]] from the ''Barbie Consortium'' and ''1635: The Viennese Waltz'' short story compilation and novel was engaged to Imperial Prince Karl von Liechtenstein, which had to be a morganatic marriage, even though she was extremely wealthy. Good thing loads of money can earn you favours from the emperor of a broke empire.
* Working-class ''Literature/AdrianMole'' and his aristocratic first wife Jo Jo.
** Adrian's most consistent love interest Pandora Braithwaite also counts as this, as do his exes Daisy Flowers and Pamela Pigg. Adrian himself was once an Uptown Guy to Sharon Bott (described by him as "lower-working/underclass")



* Kevin Kwan's ''Crazy Rich Asians'' has Astrid Leong, a rich, fashionable, and beautiful heiress coming from ''two'' extremely wealthy and powerful Singaporean OldMoney families and her husband Michael Teo, a middle class who owns a start-up. Subverted in the sequel, ''China Rich Girlfriend'', when his start-up becomes so successful, (after unknowingly bought by Astrid's ex, a tech biilionaire, in order to make her and Michael equal after they almost split up due to their contrasting social status) he ends up being a billionaire.



* Jessica Day George's ''Dragon Slippers'' has a dressmaker fall for the second born Prince of her kingdom. [[spoiler: after they save the kingdom, the King offers to marry her to his son. his OLDER son. Creel rejects the offer]]



* Creator/PhilipRoth's ''Literature/GoodbyeColumbus'' chronicles the ill-fated romance between working-class librarian Neil Klugman and upper-middle-class JewishAmericanPrincess Brenda Patimkin.



* In ''Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles'' we have Faye, a poorer-than-dirt Okie girl falling for Francis, who is heir to one of the wealthiest companies in the world, and he with her. [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe Neither is exactly sure what the other sees in them.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry isn't obscenely upper class, but he's very well-off and, by [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince his sixth year]], is pretty popular. He ultimately marries Ginny Weasley, who is from a poor "blood traitor" family.
** Hermione Granger, whom WordOfGod says is from a well-to-do Oxford family, and her marriage to Ginny's brother Ron. To the haughty purebloods like the Malfoys, Blacks, and Yaxley it would be the other way around. While Ron might be from a dirt poor and ridiculed family he is still a pureblood and Hermione is a muggleborn, the lowest of the low to them, except for muggles.



* ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'' plays with this. At first Shasta is essentially an orphan slave boy and Aravis is a very high-level noblewoman. It's reversed when [[spoiler: Shasta is revealed to be Prince Cor of Archenland]] and Aravis finds herself essentially a refugee. [[spoiler: It ends evened out when she's invited to become a lady at court, and they don't get married until years later]].
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' Katniss' mother was part of the merchant class while her father was part of the lower class people living in the Seam. She left her more financially secure home in the merchant district to live poorly in the Seam with him. Eventually [[spoiler:her daughter would do the opposite. Katniss, born and raised in the Seam, married Peeta, a member of the merchant class.]]
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** Annala's family is pretty high status in Dnnac Ledo (her mom is an R&D company CEO, her dad's an ambassador, and her aunt is the police chief) while Eric is a BlueCollarWarlock whose only family is his guild. Little attention to brought to this fact because [[InterspeciesRomance it's overshadowed by]] [[MayflyDecemberRomance other factors]]. Her family encourages it because of his devotion to her; the only one to object is her twin, [[MySisterIsOffLimits who wouldn't accept anyone on principle.]]
** Nolien and Tiza; he's the heir to one of Ataidar's Four Pillars and she is an "alley cat" orphan. Any objections to their [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend not-quite-there-yet relationship]] were cancelled when Tiza demonstrated that she was only one with enough PowerOfLove to [[spoiler: restore Nolien's sanity after he mana mutated.]]
* ''Literature/KindlingAshes'': Corran is the son of a noble and Tilda is the daughter of a tutor. He has to disguise himself as a merchant's son just to met her.
* This is the major source of dramatic conflict in ''LadyChatterleysLover'', where the well-bred lady of the gentry takes up with the gardener.
Played with and doubled in that she was a RagsToRiches story herself, having been working-class before marrying her rich husband Lord Chatterley.



* ''PrideAndPrejudice''. Lady Catherine throws a hissy fit over someone as (relatively) low-class as Elizabeth marrying Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth wins this by exposing Lady Catherine not as a snob, but an idiot: "He is a gentleman. I am a gentleman's daughter. So far, we are equal." Which is absolutely true. Mr. Bennett is a landowner, an esquire, just like Darcy (he just owns less, or less profitable land); they are of exactly the same social class. That some modern readers fail to understand that 'class' in the 1790s was defined by where your money came from, not how much you made, is understandable, but for Lady Catherine to forget it (or at least expect Elizabeth not to realize it) makes her a complete ass as well as a bully.
** Lady Catherine's opinion on Lizzy's class was not, at the time, uncommon. While technically Darcy and Mr Bennett are of the same social class, the former is descended from a very old and wealthy landowning family on one side and straight-out nobility on the other. Mr Bennett is a landowner, if a rather small one; but his and his wife's relatives are merchants and lawyers. To Lady Catherine, a peer both by birth and marriage, the idea of having Darcy bring a niece of merchants and lawyers into her family would be utterly repugnant. It helps that she already has plans for him to marry a noblewoman and keep all the wealth in the family.
* Yukio Mishima's ''The Sound of Waves'' has a poor boy falling in love with a rich girl, and her father doesn't approve and there's Malicious Gossip and all that. The boy eventually gains the father's approval by going out on one of his fishing boats and saving it from being wrecked in a storm.



* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Bella's working or middle class. The Cullens are wealthy (its easy to make money if you're immortal and a smart investor) so regardless of which it still counts
* The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story ''A Scandal in Bohemia'' has the "rich guy, common girl" romance with the Prince of Bohemia and Miss Irene Adler. Used to show how superior the resourceful and clever Miss Adler is to her 'superior':
-->''"From what I have seen of the lady, she seems, indeed, to be on a very different level to Your Majesty," said Holmes, coldly.''
** Then there's Watson and Mary Morstan in ''The Sign of Four''. He thinks she's too far above him because they think she has a huge inheritance coming. After they find out she doesn't, he feels free to court and marry her.
* This is the major source of dramatic conflict in ''LadyChatterleysLover'', where the well-bred lady of the gentry takes up with the gardener. Played with and doubled in that she was a RagsToRiches story herself, having been working-class before marrying her rich husband Lord Chatterley.
* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''. Buttercup gets made princess of a tiny area so that Prince Humperdinck can marry her. This also puts her socially above Westley who used to work as her farmhand before becoming a pirate captain.

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* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Bella's working or middle class. The Cullens are [[StarCrossedLovers star-crossed]] OfficialCouple of ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheLion'' trilogy: Marcus is a wealthy (its easy to make money if you're immortal BlueBlood and a smart investor) so regardless of which it still counts
* The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story ''A Scandal in Bohemia'' has the "rich guy, common girl" romance with the Prince of Bohemia
Hadassah is his sister's slave. A shorter-lived, less cute example is Marcus’ [[SpiritedYoungLady sister]] Julia and Miss Irene Adler. Used to show how superior the resourceful and clever Miss Adler is to her 'superior':
-->''"From what I have seen
Atretes, a slave (albeit something of the lady, she seems, indeed, to be on a very different level to Your Majesty," said Holmes, coldly.''
** Then there's Watson and Mary Morstan in ''The Sign of Four''. He thinks she's too far above him
celebrity because they think she has a huge inheritance coming. After they find out she doesn't, he feels free to court and marry her.
* This is the major source
of dramatic conflict in ''LadyChatterleysLover'', where the well-bred lady of the gentry takes up with the gardener. Played with and doubled in that she was a RagsToRiches story herself, having been working-class before marrying her rich husband Lord Chatterley.
* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''. Buttercup gets made princess of a tiny area so that Prince Humperdinck can marry her. This also puts her socially above Westley who used to work as her farmhand before becoming a pirate captain.
his successful gladiator status).



* Sarah Biddle, the orphaned housekeeper and David Braddock, the wealthy Philadelphia businessman, during the late 1800s in Stephanie Grace Whitson's ''Sarah's Patchwork'', the first book in her Keepsake Legacies series.

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* Sarah Biddle, The ''Literature/NoughtsAndCrosses'' series is based on this, though the orphaned housekeeper and David Braddock, books have their own class system where [[PersecutionFlip the dark-skinned Crosses dominate the fair-skinned Noughts.]]
* ''Literature/OneDay'' reverses the genders with
wealthy Philadelphia businessman, during upper-class Dexter and the late 1800s more modestly brought-up Emma in Stephanie Grace Whitson's ''Sarah's Patchwork'', a WillTheyOrWontThey situation.
* Simone Elkeles' ''PerfectChemistry'' is this, with [[StepfordSmiler Brittany Ellis]] (rich, privileged white girl) and [[JerkassFacade Alejandro]] "[[DoNotCallMePaul Alex]]" [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Fuentes]] (poverty-class, Latino, in a gang). The town they live in ''heavily'' segregates between
the first book north side (upper class) and the south side (lower class).
* Creator/PGWodehouse liked to parody this trope. The [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe romance novels]] by "Rosie M. Banks" were entirely centered around romances of this kind, and brimming with StylisticSuck.
* Although most adaptations gloss over or ignore the fact, the aristocratic Raoul pursuing a marriage with opera singer Christine in
''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' is rather unorthodox and a source of major contention between Raoul and his older brother Philippe. The public, unaware that there's a criminally insane StalkerWithACrush
in her Keepsake Legacies series.the mix, assume the mystery surrounding the young couple's fate has something to do with the brothers' falling out.



* In ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Harry isn't obscenely upper class, but he's very well-off and, by [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince his sixth year]], is pretty popular. He ultimately marries Ginny Weasley, who is from a poor "blood traitor" family.
** Hermione Granger, whom WordOfGod says is from a well-to-do Oxford family, and her marriage to Ginny's brother Ron. To the haughty purebloods like the Malfoys, Blacks, and Yaxley it would be the other way around. While Ron might be from a dirt poor and ridiculed family he is still a pureblood and Hermione is a muggleborn, the lowest of the low to them, except for muggles.
* Simone Elkeles' ''PerfectChemistry'' is this, with [[StepfordSmiler Brittany Ellis]] (rich, privileged white girl) and [[JerkassFacade Alejandro]] "[[DoNotCallMePaul Alex]]" [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Fuentes]] (poverty-class, Latino, in a gang). The town they live in ''heavily'' segregates between the north side (upper class) and the south side (lower class).
* ''Literature/OneDay'' reverses the genders with wealthy upper-class Dexter and the more modestly brought-up Emma in a WillTheyOrWontThey situation.
* ''SweetValleyHigh'' had a few examples of this, such as one book where a visiting European prince falls for blue-collar Dana. There's also the spin-off ''Elizabeth'' series where Elizabeth goes to London and falls in love with an aristocrat while working as a servant at his manor house.
* Working-class ''Literature/AdrianMole'' and his aristocratic first wife Jo Jo.
** Adrian's most consistent love interest Pandora Braithwaite also counts as this, as do his exes Daisy Flowers and Pamela Pigg. Adrian himself was once an Uptown Guy to Sharon Bott (described by him as "lower-working/underclass")
* In ''Literature/SpyHigh'', wealthy Ben is initially drawn to the equally privileged Lori; but his true love turns out to be wrong-side-of-the-tracks Cally.
* The ''Literature/NoughtsAndCrosses'' series is based on this, though the books have their own class system where [[PersecutionFlip the dark-skinned Crosses dominate the fair-skinned Noughts.]]

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Harry isn't obscenely upper class, but he's very well-off and, by [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince his sixth year]], is pretty popular. He ultimately marries Ginny Weasley, who is from
''PrideAndPrejudice''. Lady Catherine throws a poor "blood traitor" family.
** Hermione Granger, whom WordOfGod says is from a well-to-do Oxford family, and her marriage to Ginny's brother Ron. To the haughty purebloods like the Malfoys, Blacks, and Yaxley it would be the other way around. While Ron might be from a dirt poor and ridiculed family he is still a pureblood and Hermione is a muggleborn, the lowest of the low to them, except for muggles.
* Simone Elkeles' ''PerfectChemistry'' is this, with [[StepfordSmiler Brittany Ellis]] (rich, privileged white girl) and [[JerkassFacade Alejandro]] "[[DoNotCallMePaul Alex]]" [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Fuentes]] (poverty-class, Latino, in a gang). The town they live in ''heavily'' segregates between the north side (upper class) and the south side (lower class).
* ''Literature/OneDay'' reverses the genders with wealthy upper-class Dexter and the more modestly brought-up Emma in a WillTheyOrWontThey situation.
* ''SweetValleyHigh'' had a few examples of this, such
hissy fit over someone as one book where a visiting European prince falls for blue-collar Dana. There's also the spin-off ''Elizabeth'' series where (relatively) low-class as Elizabeth goes to London and falls in love with an aristocrat while working marrying Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth wins this by exposing Lady Catherine not as a servant snob, but an idiot: "He is a gentleman. I am a gentleman's daughter. So far, we are equal." Which is absolutely true. Mr. Bennett is a landowner, an esquire, just like Darcy (he just owns less, or less profitable land); they are of exactly the same social class. That some modern readers fail to understand that 'class' in the 1790s was defined by where your money came from, not how much you made, is understandable, but for Lady Catherine to forget it (or at least expect Elizabeth not to realize it) makes her a complete ass as well as a bully.
** Lady Catherine's opinion on Lizzy's class was not, at the time, uncommon. While technically Darcy and Mr Bennett are of the same social class, the former is descended from a very old and wealthy landowning family on one side and straight-out nobility on the other. Mr Bennett is a landowner, if a rather small one; but
his manor house.
* Working-class ''Literature/AdrianMole''
and his aristocratic first wife Jo Jo.
** Adrian's most consistent love interest Pandora Braithwaite
wife's relatives are merchants and lawyers. To Lady Catherine, a peer both by birth and marriage, the idea of having Darcy bring a niece of merchants and lawyers into her family would be utterly repugnant. It helps that she already has plans for him to marry a noblewoman and keep all the wealth in the family.
* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''. Buttercup gets made princess of a tiny area so that Prince Humperdinck can marry her. This
also counts puts her socially above Westley who used to work as this, as do his exes Daisy Flowers her farmhand before becoming a pirate captain.
* Jessica Day George's ''Princess of the Midnight Ball'' has a romance between soldier-turned-gardener named Galen
and Pamela Pigg. Adrian himself was once an Uptown Guy the crown princess, Rose. He undertakes the quest to Sharon Bott (described by him as "lower-working/underclass")
discover what's going on with the princess's shoes, but curiously offers to go without the Standard Reward of a princess's hand in marriage, not wanting to force Rose to marry him.
* In ''Literature/SpyHigh'', the ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' books of the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'', Guardsman Mattes Tunstall gets together with Lady Sabine of Macayhill She's much happier in the company of Dogs than her fellow nobles. [[spoiler:It eats at him enough that he turns traitor for the sake of a title in ''Mastiff''.]]
* Salli and Alinadar from ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'', the former being a noblevixen and the latter a female Commoner with a bad case of BodyguardCrush
* Sarah Biddle, the orphaned housekeeper and David Braddock, the
wealthy Ben is initially drawn to Philadelphia businessman, during the equally privileged Lori; but his true love turns out late 1800s in Stephanie Grace Whitson's ''Sarah's Patchwork'', the first book in her Keepsake Legacies series.
* The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story ''A Scandal in Bohemia'' has the "rich guy, common girl" romance with the Prince of Bohemia and Miss Irene Adler. Used to show how superior the resourceful and clever Miss Adler is to her 'superior':
-->''"From what I have seen of the lady, she seems, indeed,
to be wrong-side-of-the-tracks Cally.
* The ''Literature/NoughtsAndCrosses'' series is based
on this, though the books have their own class system where [[PersecutionFlip the dark-skinned Crosses dominate the fair-skinned Noughts.]]a very different level to Your Majesty," said Holmes, coldly.''
** Then there's Watson and Mary Morstan in ''The Sign of Four''. He thinks she's too far above him because they think she has a huge inheritance coming. After they find out she doesn't, he feels free to court and marry her.



* Although most adaptations gloss over or ignore the fact, the aristocratic Raoul pursuing a marriage with opera singer Christine in ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' is rather unorthodox and a source of major contention between Raoul and his older brother Philippe. The public, unaware that there's a criminally insane StalkerWithACrush in the mix, assume the mystery surrounding the young couple's fate has something to do with the brothers' falling out.
* Creator/PGWodehouse liked to parody this trope. The [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe romance novels]] by "Rosie M. Banks" were entirely centered around romances of this kind, and brimming with StylisticSuck.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' Katniss' mother was part of the merchant class while her father was part of the lower class people living in the Seam. She left her more financially secure home in the merchant district to live poorly in the Seam with him. Eventually [[spoiler:her daughter would do the opposite. Katniss, born and raised in the Seam, married Peeta, a member of the merchant class.]]
* The [[StarCrossedLovers star-crossed]] OfficialCouple of ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheLion'' trilogy: Marcus is a wealthy BlueBlood and Hadassah is his sister's slave. A shorter-lived, less cute example is Marcus’ [[SpiritedYoungLady sister]] Julia and Atretes, a slave (albeit something of a celebrity because of his successful gladiator status).
* ''TheHorseAndHisBoy'' plays with this. At first Shasta is essentially an orphan slave boy and Aravis is a very high-level noblewoman. It's reversed when [[spoiler: Shasta is revealed to be Prince Cor of Archenland]] and Aravis finds herself essentially a refugee. [[spoiler: It ends evened out when she's invited to become a lady at court, and they don't get married until years later]].
* in the ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' books of the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'', Guardsman Mattes Tunstall gets together with Lady Sabine of Macayhill She's much happier in the company of Dogs than her fellow nobles. [[spoiler:It eats at him enough that he turns traitor for the sake of a title in ''Mastiff''.]]
* Creator/PhilipRoth's ''Literature/GoodbyeColumbus'' chronicles the ill-fated romance between working-class librarian Neil Klugman and upper-middle-class JewishAmericanPrincess Brenda Patimkin.
* ''Literature/KindlingAshes'': Corran is the son of a noble and Tilda is the daughter of a tutor. He has to disguise himself as a merchant's son just to met her.



* ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'':
** Given an interesting twist in ''1632''. On the surface, it's obvious which is which regarding "James Nichols, doctor from Chicago" and "Melissa Mailey, rural West Virginia schoolteacher" -- but the doctor from Chicago grew up on the streets in that city's roughest gang and only joined the Marines after being offered [[TradingBarsForStripes a choice between service and prison time]], and the West Virginia schoolteacher is actually a scion of the [[BlueBlood Boston Brahmins]]. This plays an important role in the plot.
** Eddie Cantrell, high school kid turned navy lieutenant, with the [[InsistentTerminology king's daughter]] Anne Cathrine of Denmark in ''1634: The Baltic War''. Another one with an interesting twist: [[spoiler:the two's ShotgunWedding was actually engineered by her father -- aka the king of Denmark -- because he wanted a son-in-law with knowledge of uptime technology]].
** Sarah Wendell [[spoiler:von Uptime]] from the ''Barbie Consortium'' and ''1635: The Viennese Waltz'' short story compilation and novel was engaged to Imperial Prince Karl von Liechtenstein, which had to be a morganatic marriage, even though she was extremely wealthy. Good thing loads of money can earn you favours from the emperor of a broke empire.

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* ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'':
** Given an interesting twist in ''1632''. On
In the surface, it's obvious which is which regarding "James Nichols, doctor ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet, this technically happens with Alanna (a knight who's from Chicago" and "Melissa Mailey, rural West Virginia schoolteacher" -- but the doctor from Chicago grew up on the streets in that city's roughest gang and only joined the Marines after being offered [[TradingBarsForStripes a choice between service and prison time]], and the West Virginia schoolteacher is actually a scion one of the [[BlueBlood Boston Brahmins]]. This plays an important role oldest noble families in Tortall) and George (commoner who became the plot.
** Eddie Cantrell, high school kid turned navy lieutenant,
King of Thieves), though by time they get married, George has been given the title of baron and an estate for his services to the Crown (and to make things easier when he has function as the Crown Spymaster).
* Yukio Mishima's ''The Sound of Waves'' has a poor boy falling in love
with the [[InsistentTerminology king's daughter]] Anne Cathrine of Denmark in ''1634: The Baltic War''. Another one with an interesting twist: [[spoiler:the two's ShotgunWedding was actually engineered by a rich girl, and her father -- aka doesn't approve and there's Malicious Gossip and all that. The boy eventually gains the king father's approval by going out on one of Denmark -- because he wanted a son-in-law with knowledge of uptime technology]].
** Sarah Wendell [[spoiler:von Uptime]]
his fishing boats and saving it from being wrecked in a storm.
* In ''Literature/SpyHigh'', wealthy Ben is initially drawn to
the ''Barbie Consortium'' and ''1635: The Viennese Waltz'' short story compilation and novel was engaged to Imperial Prince Karl von Liechtenstein, which had equally privileged Lori; but his true love turns out to be wrong-side-of-the-tracks Cally.
* ''SweetValleyHigh'' had
a morganatic marriage, even though she was extremely wealthy. Good thing loads few examples of money can earn you favours from this, such as one book where a visiting European prince falls for blue-collar Dana. There's also the emperor of spin-off ''Elizabeth'' series where Elizabeth goes to London and falls in love with an aristocrat while working as a broke empire.servant at his manor house.



* In ''Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles'' we have Faye, a poorer-than-dirt Okie girl falling for Francis, who is heir to one of the wealthiest companies in the world, and he with her. [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe Neither is exactly sure what the other sees in them.]]
* A staple in Shannon Hale's books, though often toyed with and subverted. Crown Prince Geric falls in love with a goose girl, Isi in ''The Goose Girl''--she is actually the princess he is betrothed to, but at the time, neither of them know that. In ''Book of a Thousand Days'' a Mucker, or commoner, named Dashti falls in love with her mistress's betrothed, Kahn Tegus, while he thinks she is her mistress, the Lady Saren. [[spoiler: Lady Saren never loved him, and he never loved her, so Saren exacts her right to the betrothal for her "sister" Dashti.]] In the Princess Academy series, this is enforced--the Prince must marry a girl from the poor mountain village where Miri grew up, according to a vision from the seers. All the girls train to be proper ladies, and Miri spends some time hoping to be the princess. [[spoiler: in the end, the Prince chooses another girl, Britta, who turns out to have been his childhood best friend sent by her lesser-noble parents to the village so she could marry him. in the second book, Miri is elevated to Noblewoman, and becomes engaged to her childhood friend who remains a commoner. Britta, after her parent's treason is discovered, is stripped of her title and so marries the Prince as a commoner]]
* Jessica Day George's ''Dragon Slippers'' has a dressmaker fall for the second born Prince of her kingdom. [[spoiler: after they save the kingdom, the King offers to marry her to his son. his OLDER son. Creel rejects the offer]]
* Jessica Day George's ''Princess of the Midnight Ball'' has a romance between soldier-turned-gardener named Galen and the crown princess, Rose. He undertakes the quest to discover what's going on with the princess's shoes, but curiously offers to go without the Standard Reward of a princess's hand in marriage, not wanting to force Rose to marry him.
* Salli and Alinadar from ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'', the former being a noblevixen and the latter a female Commoner with a bad case of BodyguardCrush
* In the ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet, this technically happens with Alanna (a knight who's from one of the oldest noble families in Tortall) and George (commoner who became the King of Thieves), though by time they get married, George has been given the title of baron and an estate for his services to the Crown (and to make things easier when he has function as the Crown Spymaster).
* Kevin Kwan's ''Crazy Rich Asians'' has Astrid Leong, a rich, fashionable, and beautiful heiress coming from ''two'' extremely wealthy and powerful Singaporean OldMoney families and her husband Michael Teo, a middle class who owns a start-up. Subverted in the sequel, ''China Rich Girlfriend'', when his start-up becomes so successful, (after unknowingly bought by Astrid's ex, a tech biilionaire, in order to make her and Michael equal after they almost split up due to their contrasting social status) he ends up being a billionaire.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** Annala's family is pretty high status in Dnnac Ledo (her mom is an R&D company CEO, her dad's an ambassador, and her aunt is the police chief) while Eric is a BlueCollarWarlock whose only family is his guild. Little attention to brought to this fact because [[InterspeciesRomance it's overshadowed by]] [[MayflyDecemberRomance other factors]]. Her family encourages it because of his devotion to her; the only one to object is her twin, [[MySisterIsOffLimits who wouldn't accept anyone on principle.]]
** Nolien and Tiza; he's the heir to one of Ataidar's Four Pillars and she is an "alley cat" orphan. Any objections to their [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend not-quite-there-yet relationship]] were cancelled when Tiza demonstrated that she was only one with enough PowerOfLove to [[spoiler: restore Nolien's sanity after he mana mutated.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles'' we have Faye, a poorer-than-dirt Okie girl falling for Francis, who is heir to one of the wealthiest companies in the world, and he with her. [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe Neither is exactly sure what the other sees in them.]]
* A staple in Shannon Hale's books, though often toyed with and subverted. Crown Prince Geric falls in love with a goose girl, Isi in ''The Goose Girl''--she is actually the princess he is betrothed to, but at the time, neither of them know that. In ''Book of a Thousand Days'' a Mucker,
''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Bella's working or commoner, named Dashti falls in love with her mistress's betrothed, Kahn Tegus, while he thinks she is her mistress, the Lady Saren. [[spoiler: Lady Saren never loved him, and he never loved her, so Saren exacts her right to the betrothal for her "sister" Dashti.]] In the Princess Academy series, this is enforced--the Prince must marry a girl from the poor mountain village where Miri grew up, according to a vision from the seers. All the girls train to be proper ladies, and Miri spends some time hoping to be the princess. [[spoiler: in the end, the Prince chooses another girl, Britta, who turns out to have been his childhood best friend sent by her lesser-noble parents to the village so she could marry him. in the second book, Miri is elevated to Noblewoman, and becomes engaged to her childhood friend who remains a commoner. Britta, after her parent's treason is discovered, is stripped of her title and so marries the Prince as a commoner]]
* Jessica Day George's ''Dragon Slippers'' has a dressmaker fall for the second born Prince of her kingdom. [[spoiler: after they save the kingdom, the King offers to marry her to his son. his OLDER son. Creel rejects the offer]]
* Jessica Day George's ''Princess of the Midnight Ball'' has a romance between soldier-turned-gardener named Galen and the crown princess, Rose. He undertakes the quest to discover what's going on with the princess's shoes, but curiously offers to go without the Standard Reward of a princess's hand in marriage, not wanting to force Rose to marry him.
* Salli and Alinadar from ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'', the former being a noblevixen and the latter a female Commoner with a bad case of BodyguardCrush
* In the ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet, this technically happens with Alanna (a knight who's from one of the oldest noble families in Tortall) and George (commoner who became the King of Thieves), though by time they get married, George has been given the title of baron and an estate for his services to the Crown (and
middle class. The Cullens are wealthy (its easy to make things easier when he has function as the Crown Spymaster).
* Kevin Kwan's ''Crazy Rich Asians'' has Astrid Leong, a rich, fashionable,
money if you're immortal and beautiful heiress coming from ''two'' extremely wealthy and powerful Singaporean OldMoney families and her husband Michael Teo, a middle class who owns a start-up. Subverted in the sequel, ''China Rich Girlfriend'', when his start-up becomes smart investor) so successful, (after unknowingly bought by Astrid's ex, a tech biilionaire, in order to make her and Michael equal after they almost split up due to their contrasting social status) he ends up being a billionaire.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** Annala's family is pretty high status in Dnnac Ledo (her mom is an R&D company CEO, her dad's an ambassador, and her aunt is the police chief) while Eric is a BlueCollarWarlock whose only family is his guild. Little attention to brought to this fact because [[InterspeciesRomance it's overshadowed by]] [[MayflyDecemberRomance other factors]]. Her family encourages
regardless of which it because of his devotion to her; the only one to object is her twin, [[MySisterIsOffLimits who wouldn't accept anyone on principle.]]
** Nolien and Tiza; he's the heir to one of Ataidar's Four Pillars and she is an "alley cat" orphan. Any objections to their [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend not-quite-there-yet relationship]] were cancelled when Tiza demonstrated that she was only one with enough PowerOfLove to [[spoiler: restore Nolien's sanity after he mana mutated.]]
still counts.



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* Regina and Daniel in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. This is firmly in the "mutually fall in love, and people around them conspire to interfere with True Love," category. She's the daughter of a wealthy family and he's the stable boy.

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* Regina Episode 2 of the third season of ''AshesToAshes'' specifically references this trope via a BigLippedAlligatorMoment which doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny. Rich girl [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Alex]] and Daniel in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. This is firmly downtown boy [[CowboyCop Gene]] replace Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tz8ppujjTXw in the "mutually fall in love, music video for "Uptown Girl" itself]] (with Ray, Chris, and people around them conspire Background Cop #3 filling in as backup singers). [[spoiler: Despite Alex and Gene's obvious BelligerentSexualTension, things never got past a kiss.]]
** Not
to interfere mention Gene's favourite nickname for Alex: "Bolls/Bolly/Bollinger Knickers". Bollinger is a type of champagne.
** Also emphasised in 3.2
with True Love," category. She's the daughter dating agency forms, when Alex's favourite meal is "roast foie gras with gooseberry, braised konbu and crab biscuit" which she had whilst on holiday in northern France, whereas Gene's is steak and chips.
* There's a gender-reversed element
of a wealthy this in the developing relationship between millionaire playboy mystery writer Richard ''Series/{{Castle}}'' and working-stiff police officer Kate Beckett.
** Interestingly, they both were on equal footing during their childhoods. Castle went to boarding school, and his
family was only moderately wealthy; Beckett attended a prestigious high school and he's the stable boy.probably would have had even more opportunities had her lawyer mother not been murdered.



* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' has a lot of similarity to the poor-guy rich-girl story type, but is actually an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] in that, though Dharma's parents live the hippy lifestyle, they aren't doing that badly for themselves financially.



* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' has a lot of similarity to the poor-guy rich-girl story type, but is actually an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] in that, though Dharma's parents live the hippy lifestyle, they aren't doing that badly for themselves financially.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Hal comes from a very rich family than openly hate Lois.
* Desmond and Penny, on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Also Jin and Sun.
* Ryan and Marissa. This is the primary storyline for the first half of ''Series/TheOC''.



* Episode 2 of the third season of ''AshesToAshes'' specifically references this trope via a BigLippedAlligatorMoment which doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny. Rich girl [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Alex]] and downtown boy [[CowboyCop Gene]] replace Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tz8ppujjTXw in the music video for "Uptown Girl" itself]] (with Ray, Chris, and Background Cop #3 filling in as backup singers). [[spoiler: Despite Alex and Gene's obvious BelligerentSexualTension, things never got past a kiss.]]
** Not to mention Gene's favourite nickname for Alex: "Bolls/Bolly/Bollinger Knickers". Bollinger is a type of champagne.
** Also emphasised in 3.2 with the dating agency forms, when Alex's favourite meal is "roast foie gras with gooseberry, braised konbu and crab biscuit" which she had whilst on holiday in northern France, whereas Gene's is steak and chips.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Maddie falls for a rich guy and attempts to look and act rich so he will like her.
** London Tipton, the wealthy heiress to the Tipton Hotel, dated her hotel's lifeguard, and also once pretended to be poor to impress a guy who dislikes rich people.

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* Episode 2 ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
** [[RebelliousPrincess Lady Sybil]], the earl's youngest daughter, and Branson, the family's Irish socialist chauffeur. After [[spoiler:they marry and Sybil [[DeathByChildbirth dies in childbirth]]]], he briefly became an Uptown Guy for [[SchoolMarm Miss Sarah Bunting]].
** Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley would count. Although he's a third cousin
of the third season of ''AshesToAshes'' specifically references this trope via a BigLippedAlligatorMoment which doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny. Rich girl [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Alex]] earl and downtown boy [[CowboyCop Gene]] replace Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tz8ppujjTXw is the family's only remaining heir, he is middle class; a source of friction in the music video for "Uptown Girl" itself]] (with Ray, Chris, first series. When Matthew briefly becomes engaged to Lavinia Swire, Mary has a courtship with self-made Sir Richard Carlisle who, although considered a gentleman, is distinctly not of her class.
** Lady Edith
and Background Cop #3 filling in as backup singers). [[spoiler: Despite Alex newspaper editor Michael Gregson.
** Rosamund Painswick's late husband was a very wealthy banker, but had no title
and Gene's was the grandson of a merchant. The Dowager Countess comments that, although not quite a "rough diamond", he was "cut and polished comparatively recently."
** In series four, Lady Rose becomes engaged to Jack Ross, an African-American jazz singer. Aside from the scandal surrounding such an interracial relationship, Mary points out that his being a jazz singer is almost equally as shocking to polite society. Rose later marries Atticus Aldridge who, like Rosamund's husband, is very wealthy but has no title (and is also considered of a lower class because his family is Jewish.)
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Even if it stayed in the realm of UST, it was very
obvious BelligerentSexualTension, things never got past a kiss.]]
** Not to mention Gene's favourite nickname for Alex: "Bolls/Bolly/Bollinger Knickers". Bollinger is a type of champagne.
** Also emphasised in 3.2
that rancher's-son-turned-enlisted soldier-turned-smuggler Mal Reynolds was very much smitten with the dating agency forms, when Alex's favourite meal is "roast foie gras Inara Serra, a ''very'' high-class courtesan that he probably wouldn't have been able to afford a night with gooseberry, braised konbu if he hocked the ship. There is also an element of this with Simon and crab biscuit" which she had whilst on holiday Kaylee in northern France, whereas Gene's is steak and chips.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Maddie falls for
that he was a rich guy and attempts to look and act surgeon while she was a farmgirl [[WrenchWench mechanical genius]]. However in their case he isn't rich so he will like her.
** London Tipton,
at the wealthy heiress to time of the Tipton Hotel, dated her hotel's lifeguard, series as he gave up everything to save his sister, though his upper class background is still an element of friction.
* Desmond
and also once pretended to be poor to impress Penny, on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Also Jin and Sun.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Hal comes from
a guy who dislikes very rich people.family that openly hate Lois.



* Ryan and Marissa. This is the primary storyline for the first half of ''Series/TheOC''.
* Regina and Daniel in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. This is firmly in the "mutually fall in love, and people around them conspire to interfere with True Love," category. She's the daughter of a wealthy family and he's the stable boy.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Maddie falls for a rich guy and attempts to look and act rich so he will like her.
** London Tipton, the wealthy heiress to the Tipton Hotel, dated her hotel's lifeguard, and also once pretended to be poor to impress a guy who dislikes rich people.



* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
** [[RebelliousPrincess Lady Sybil]], the earl's youngest daughter, and Branson, the family's Irish socialist chauffeur. After [[spoiler:they marry and Sybil [[DeathByChildbirth dies in childbirth]]]], he briefly became an Uptown Guy for [[SchoolMarm Miss Sarah Bunting]].
** Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley would count. Although he's a third cousin of the earl and is the family's only remaining heir, he is middle class; a source of friction in the first series. When Matthew briefly becomes engaged to Lavinia Swire, Mary has a courtship with self-made Sir Richard Carlisle who, although considered a gentleman, is distinctly not of her class.
** Lady Edith and newspaper editor Michael Gregson.
** Rosamund Painswick's late husband was a very wealthy banker, but had no title and was the grandson of a merchant. The Dowager Countess comments that, although not quite a "rough diamond", he was "cut and polished comparatively recently."
** In series four, Lady Rose becomes engaged to Jack Ross, an African-American jazz singer. Aside from the scandal surrounding such an interracial relationship, Mary points out that his being a jazz singer is almost equally as shocking to polite society. Rose later marries Atticus Aldridge who, like Rosamund's husband, is very wealthy but has no title (and is also considered of a lower class because his family is Jewish.)



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Even if it stayed in the realm of UST, it was very obvious that rancher's-son-turned-enlisted soldier-turned-smuggler Mal Reynolds was very much smitten with Inara Serra, a ''very'' high-class courtesan that he probably wouldn't have been able to afford a night with if he hocked the ship. There is also an element of this with Simon and Kaylee in that he was a rich surgeon while she was a farmgirl [[WrenchWench mechanical genius]]. However in their case he isn't rich at the time of the series as he gave up everything to save his sister, though his upper class background is still an element of friction.
* There's a gender-reversed element of this in the developing relationship between millionaire playboy mystery writer Richard Series/{{Castle}} and working-stiff police officer Kate Beckett.
** Interestingly, they both were on equal footing during their childhoods. Castle went to boarding school, and his family was only moderately wealthy; Beckett attended a prestigious high school and probably would have had even more opportunities had her lawyer mother not been murdered.



* The musical version of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' has the revolutionary student Marius in love with Cosette (who, although technically an illegitimate child, is known only as the daughter of a rich philanthropist). Not an entirely straight example, though, since Marius comes from a rich background and returns to that wealth after the students' uprising fails. Meanwhile, in a gender-flipped example, Eponine is in love with Marius, but [[AllLoveIsUnrequited he never realizes it until the end]].



* The musical version of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' has the revolutionary student Marius in love with Cosette (who, although technically an illegitimate child, is known only as the daughter of a rich philanthropist). Not an entirely straight example, though, since Marius comes from a rich background and returns to that wealth after the students' uprising fails. Meanwhile, in a gender-flipped example, Eponine is in love with Marius, but [[AllLoveIsUnrequited he never realizes it until the end]].
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