Created By: artman40 on May 3, 2011 Last Edited By: eroock on April 24, 2016

Stock Money Bag

Money and treasures in fiction is often stored inside sacks

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Alternative titles:
  • Money Sack
  • Stock Money Bag
  • Treasure Bag
  • Stock Treasure Bag

For some reason, money in fiction, be it coins or paper is often stored inside sacks. These often have a dollar sign in them, despite the location the events take place (the origin of a dollar sign predates the US dollar though). The money bag is a very easy way to indicate wealth to a place or a person compared to, say, jewelries or fancy noble clothing. The small money bag is common enough before the time of paper money to be carried by commoners and nobles alike.

Of course, after the invention and popularity of paper money and consequently the invention of the wallet, the money bag became a Dead Horse Trope in real life. However, if played straight, this is useful in fiction to show that the world is in the pre-industrial time if they are still using the money bags to transport money. It can also add to the cartoony feel of the fiction

Those often show up in Western Animation, especially when the bank is being robbed. Money bags also tend to show up in video games, especially in platform games, although in a lot of those games, they only serve as a mean to gain extra points.

Compare Thief Bag, a standard equipment for burglars to stash their loot in.


Examples

Multiple Media
  • Disney franchises, no matter if these are the comics, animated series or other, seem to not have heard of things such as bank cards. This is especially notable when Scrooge McDuck is present.

Film
  • In the opening action sequence of Toy Story 3, Mr Potato Head is swiping several such bags from a train car.
  • D.E.B.S.. When Lucy Diamond and Scud return stolen money, it's stored in large bags, each with a dollar sign on it.

Video Games
  • In some of the Castlevania games the enemies drop money bags with a dollar sign on them. Surprisingly, a lot of the games take place outside US and even before the dollar was issued for the first time.
  • Landers in Gun Nac leave behind floating dollar bags when shot.
  • Wizards And Warriors, dollar signed bags are commonly found. These also increase the score.
  • Aigina no Yogen has bags which hold gold for some reason.
  • A lot of money in the NES version of A Boy and His Blob is stored in bags.
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins series takes place in a medieval settings. Despite that, dollar bags are found.
  • In Circus Charlie, in one of the stages, there are dollar bags inside rings of fire.
  • One of the things that yield points in Serious Sam II is a stock money bag.
  • Wallets (which always resemble drawstring pouches) in The Legend of Zelda series always have a rupee on them. The denomination of rupee (determined by its color) indicates the relative capacity of the wallet. As with most examples, this serves as a necessary visual cue, as otherwise they could easily be confused with bomb bags or other items in Link's Hyperspace Arsenal.
  • Moneybags in Spyro the Dragon games, appropriately, carries a bag of money (or rather diamond) around.

Web Original
  • In Jerma985 Fast Draw: Showdown, Jerma spotted a lady running away with a cartoonishly large money bag, he called it a "Scrooge McDuck Bag".
  • The Nostalgia Critic: In his review of "the worst Christmas Special ever" Doug gets irritated at the caretaker in the story who pays the patroness of the orphanage two money bags all the time. The character doesn't even mention the amount of money. He just says: "Here are your two money bags, miss."

Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • May 4, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • D.E.B.S.. When Lucy Diamond and Scud return stolen money, it's stored in large bags, each with a dollar sign on it.

    Quite often shows up in Western Animation, usually when a bank is being robbed or something like that.
  • May 4, 2011
    LarryD
    Truth In Television Money bags (without the dollar sign) go back centuries, and will probably not become obsolete until coins and banknotes disappear.
  • May 4, 2011
    Duncan
    I don't think we need this in addition to Thief Bag.
  • May 4, 2011
    artman40
    Hmmm...it seems that the lack of external consistency is smaller than I expected. Also, thanks for the link.
  • May 4, 2011
    ssfsx17
    ^^ The problem is that Thief Bag is titled in such a way that it could never be interpreted to mean "any generic cartoon money bag" by a reasonable person.
  • May 4, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Thief Bag has Swag Bag as a redirect, so there's that anyway.

    Referenced in Monopoly via Rich Uncle Pennybags, plus it shows up on the board and on Chance and Community Chest cards.
  • May 4, 2011
    Duncan
    I would support a "Money Bag" redirect to Thief Bag.
  • May 4, 2011
    artman40
    Alright. Expand the Thief Bag trope and redirect then.
  • February 4, 2012
    Prfnoff
    ^Easier said than done. Thief Bag won't work for this if it keeps its current definition ("bag containing loot, often seen in the presence of thieves").
  • April 27, 2012
    Prfnoff
    YKTTW Bump. I think Thief Bag is the wrong title for this trope, whether or not we merge it with that.
  • April 27, 2012
    KZN02
    Compare Piggy Bank?
  • April 28, 2012
    Astaroth
    Lampshaded in The Simpsons. After Mayor Quimby receives a bribe from the mob, he asks them to deliver the money in a non-descript briefcase instead of a sack with a dollar sign on it in future.
  • April 28, 2012
    DracMonster
    Actually, Thief Bag could probably use a name change, Bag Of Loot or somesuch.
  • April 28, 2012
    Prfnoff
    Perhaps it's worth distinguishing bags (supposed to be) filled with money from bags filled with lupins or other kinds of loot.
  • April 28, 2012
    Bwahaha
    Josh at Comics Curmudgeon regularly notes that the trope is a bag with a single dollar sign on it. In America, anyway.
  • December 17, 2014
    DAN004
    • Moneybags in Spyro The Dragon games, appropriately, carries a bag of money (or rather diamond) around.
  • December 18, 2014
    Patachou
    • The Nostalgia Critic: In his review of "the worst Christmas Special ever" Doug gets irritated at the caretaker in the story who pays the patroness of the orphanage two money bags all the time. The character doesn't even mention the amount of money. He just says: "Here are your two money bags, miss."
  • December 18, 2014
    Arivne
    • Examples section
      • Moved the Western Animation statement to the Description as per How To Write An Example - Keep it an example. Examples are about appearances of a trope in a specific work, not blanket statements.
      • Namespaced work and Creator names.
      • Changed apostrophes around quoted material to quotes.
  • December 19, 2014
    sgtpendulum
    I think we should merge Thief Bag with Stock Money Bag, the former is needlessly specific to thieves, ignoring the fact that there are other uses for a money bag trope.
  • December 19, 2014
    Generality
    • Wallets (which always resemble drawstring pouches) in The Legend Of Zelda series always have a rupee on them. The denomination of rupee (determined by its color) indicates the relative capacity of the wallet. As with most examples, this serves as a necessary visual cue, as otherwise they could easily be confused with bomb bags or other items in Link's Hyperspace Arsenal.
  • December 19, 2014
    DAN004
    Add my example plz
  • December 19, 2014
    sgtpendulum
    Oh shit, sorry, mate, I thought it was added. Now it's there.

    Actually, wait, I've been thinking about the video games section, most of them are just one line about the money bag appearing in the game as points, is there any way to expand and elaborate on them?
  • December 20, 2014
    ZuTheSkunk
    • Parodied in Ed Edd N Eddy. In one episode, Eddy wants to impress his older brother by making a video that would show him as being very successful. One of the methods involves pretending on camera that he's a wealthy businessman with lots of money bags lying around. Then Double D, who's holding the camera, pans over to Ed, who takes garbage bags out of trash cans and slaps a dollar sign on them.
  • April 1, 2016
    eroock
    Web Video:
    • Used in this clip about workplace motivation.

    Web Comic:
  • April 20, 2016
    eroock
    Western Animation:
    • In the The Simpsons episode "Mayored to the Mob", Fat Tony hands a sack labeled with a dollar sign to Mayor Quimby. The latter notes that he prefers a less obvious case for his bribe money.
  • April 24, 2016
    oneuglybunny
    Video Games
    • One of the twelve tokens available in Hasbro's Monopoly is a sack filled to overflowing with bundles of currency. The in-game announcer actually calls the token "sack o' money."
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