Do We Have This One?
"Let's see. What's the smallest amount of money I can think of? A thousand dollars!"
One way to establish that a character is super rich is to have them refer to or treat a large sounding amount of money like most people would treat their pocket change. May overlap with Money to Burn
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Live Action TV
- In Coming to America, Eddie Murphy gives a bum his "pocket change" which is thousands of dollars.
- In Two Weeks Notice, Hugh Grant's character has Donald Trump levels of wealth, so he thinks nothing of paying a hundred dollars for a pastry and a paper and then letting the guy keep the change.
- In Richie Rich, Richie want to play ball with some local kids, but they demand he bet ten dollars first. Richie then takes out ten thousand dollars before being corrected.
- London Tipton does this constantly. One episode had her going to Italy and was tricked into giving a couple hundred dollars to a con man. The con man feels guilty and tries to return it to her, but she replies that she just threw several times that amount into a nearby fountain. Cue everyone within earshot running toward the fountain.
- The Howells from Gilligan's Island took a huge amount of money on a three hour boat tour.
- Thurston Howell from Gilligans Island would often refer to any amount of money, no matter how big, as "petty cash" to the point were it pretty much became his Catch Phrase.
- The Drew Carey Show: One time Drew & Mimi team up on a Short Con, hustling people at the bowling alley. The first pair they did this to were a couple of doctors, from whom they win $400. Mimi, attempting to rub salt in their wounds, asks, "Just out of curiosity, how many hours will you have to work to earn that back?" The doctors look at each other, look at Mimi, and just say, "Hours? Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!"
- In an episode of Monk, Dale the Whale is a suspect in a murder because the victim owed him 1200 dollars. Dale's defense: "I wouldn't bend down to pick up $1200, even if I could." Monk agrees the defense is valid.
- A Wayne and Shuster sketch had an interview with the richest man in the world. He was asked how much money he had and he replied, "6 or 7 million dollars". When the interviewers comment that it doesn't sound like much he said "Oh, I thought you meant on me."