Created By: nonesuchplace on June 5, 2010 Last Edited By: nonesuchplace on June 6, 2010
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Arbitrarily Large Bank Account

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This is kind of like the Infinite Supplies trope, except it seems like the organization that the heroes work for has replaced their bank accounts with a horn of plenty.

Examples: Torchwood: It seems that Torchwood has an unlimited bank account, and it is mentioned several times through the series how each of the members have had a significant pay increase over their old jobs. It seems that they all have rather nice places, and large amounts of spare cash since starting with Torchwood.

Both averted and played straight in Sanctuary. When the newbie to the team asks if there is a health plan, and Amanda Palmer's character says no. Although apparently the Sanctuary has enough resources to purchase a lot of new medical equipment, and pay the taxes and upkeep costs for a castle. Maybe they need a better HR department?

More examples? I also need to make a better, more witty description.
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  • June 3, 2010
    DickRichardson
    SCP Foundation gets averted and played straight. It's heavily implied they have a steady stream of cash thanks to several SC Ps (and thus, can build things like moon bases or secret military-grade bases), but wasting resources is frowned upon, and the Foundation tries to be as utilitarian and cheap as possible when dealing with containment in the name of not wasting cash. Several doctors have been reprimanded for wasting said money. Maybe even demoted to D-Class.
  • June 3, 2010
    MatthewTheRaven
    The very existence of class D personnel in the SCP Foundation means that this is always played straight.
  • June 3, 2010
    nonesuchplace
    Played Straight in Star Wars with The Empire. Can you imagine exactly how much it would cost to build not one but two moon-sized, hyperspace capable battle stations?
  • June 3, 2010
    ChevalierMalfait
    Rich Enterprises of the Richie Rich comic books.
  • June 3, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • June 3, 2010
    vexle
    Though there's technically no upper limit to how witty you can make a description, you've achieved brevity on the first try. The ability to describe your trope in a single sentence is no small feat. It's good work, and I don't think it needs to be much better than it already is.

    I like this trope better than Organization With Unlimited Funding. For one, it does not specify Organizations, which would exclude most businesses. It's also leaner, and you don't need to trawl through multiple paragraphs to get a handle on what's being discussed.

    Example: Kaiba Corp is this trope played straight in Yu-Gi-Oh The Abridged Series. Seto Kaiba has no trouble at all supplying himself with helicopters, planes that look like dragons, underground computer systems, and at one point he just buys his own Duel Monsters tournament.
  • June 5, 2010
    nonesuchplace
    Brevity has always been one of my strong points. At least when I am watching a movie.

    Maybe this would be a good replacement for Organization With Unlimited Funding (which _does_ in fact need a better name.) Should I launch?
  • June 6, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    The Zeta Project had zeta's unlimited credit card
  • June 6, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Batman has a Bat-credit card in Batman And Robin. IDK what the limit is but I'll bet it's pretty high.
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