Created By: CloverGoldngreen on February 23, 2012 Last Edited By: CloverGoldngreen on February 25, 2012

Screw Practicality, I Have Money!

When a person is so insanely rich, that they go the most expensive means possible over something simpler and less costly to get something done.

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A family that fits this trope gets chauffeured everywhere, even right next door. Their meals are cooked from the rarest, most exotic animals known to man and are fortified with rare and expensive gems. They'll wear overly extravagant clothes every day made from the finest materials the world can provide, but each article of clothing is only ever worn once before being thrown out with the rest of the trash. Why would any sane human-being waste so much money, because they're so damn rich! A million bucks to people like this is what a dime is to the rest of us. Expect people under this trope to be so out of touch with the rest of humanity, that the idea of even getting up to turn on the TV seems absolutely foreign to them.

Examples include London from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody who's so spoiled rotten from her father's wealth, that she thinks wearing the same pearl necklace from yesterday counts as recycling. There's also Momoka's family from Sgt. Frog who's so guilty of this trope, you wouldn't even be able to list all she's done with her wealth on here.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • February 23, 2012
    We do not need any more "Screw X, I Have Y!" snowclones than we already do.
  • February 23, 2012
    A running gag in the Richy Rich comics. It's not that the Rich family are deliberately conspicuous consumers; it's just that they're so insanely rich that they simply don't notice anything unusual about, say, a solid diamond bowling ball.

  • February 23, 2012
    How about Myopia Of Excess?
  • February 23, 2012
    A lawyer whose death was investigated in Sewer, Gas & Electric was killed shortly after he'd ordered a ten-thousand-dollar twelvepack of condoms. They arrived as his apartment encased in a handcrafted box made of extremely rare woods, and were individually wrapped in cocoons by trained silkworms.
  • February 23, 2012
    • In The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff, Secret-Past begins indulging in this after becoming rich after expanding his business by having his servents do everything (including holding up and turning the pages of his oversized newspaper and lifting his drink up to his mouth).
  • February 23, 2012
    A bizarre inversion of The John Henry.
  • February 23, 2012
    Usually, a character indulging in this will be Rich In Dollars Poor In Sense.
  • February 23, 2012
    • Partial aversion (is that possible?)on Bones. Hodgins does have a lot of the rich guy perks like a big house and a lot of cars and a jet was mentioned once, so he most likely has some extravagances at home-but they never show up day to day. He wants to be just like everyone else when he's on the job and stuff. (hence keeping his job). And he probably doesn't go all out even at home, since his money doesn't mean as much to him as it does to some rich people.
  • February 23, 2012
    Family Guy: Implied of Carter Pewterschmidt (Lois' father). After he loses all his money and moves in with the Griffins, he shows up for breakfast only in his underwear. He used to have a guy who dressed him so he doesn't know how to do it himself. And another guy who wiped his ass after a shit.
  • February 23, 2012
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory: Veruca Salt, the little shite mistress, unconditionally demands everything from her ever consenting father. He creates a factory of workers to unwrap and find for her a Wonka Golden Bar stub, thus entitling her to a trip to the famous chocolate factory.
  • February 24, 2012
    ^ @curddledthrutime: In Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, the factory was actually pre-existing. Mr. Salt's dialogue indicated that the factory staff normally shelled peanuts but were taken off that duty to unwrap Wonka bars instead.
    Mr. Salt: For five days now the entire flipping factory's been on the job. They haven't shelled a peanut in there since Monday. They've been shelling flaming chocolate bars from dawn to dusk.

    However, even with that change the example still fits the trope.
  • February 25, 2012
    Is there a difference from the book and the movie?
  • February 25, 2012
    ^ @Morgan Wick: No. The same thing happened in the book.
  • February 25, 2012
    • Willard Phule, of Phules Company, is characterized early on by his butler as "... when faced with a difficult decision regarding which of two things to buy, invariably solves the dilemma by purchasing both, a trait I find less than endearing as I am the one tasked with tracking and storing his purchases."