Created By: MeganPhntmGrlJanuary 30, 2011 Last Edited By: morenohijazoMarch 17, 2013

Creepy Rich Guy

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A familiar basic template for a character in all media. The Creepy Rich Guy can be good or evil (good examples frequently overlap with The Wonka, the evil versions with Corrupt Corporate Executive), and usually fits most or all of the following criteria:

1. Male.

2. Reclusive.

3. Often disfigured or disabled in some way. (In evil examples, this overlaps with Evil Cripple.)

4. Markedly eccentric.

5. An odd speaking pattern.

6. An obsession with one or more specific topics.

The Creepy Rich Guy often has at least one scene discussing matters with the protagonists over drinks or in front of a fire. His past often has a great deal of ambiguity and mystery about it.

This might be too broad of a category, but I'm at least throwing it out there for consideration.

Examples:

Anime And Manga
  • Hans Georg Schubert from Monster.
  • An episode of Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex had the team trying to prevent the assassination of a genius mathematician turned reclusive millionaire with a boobytrapped mansion (with robotic guard dogs and heavily armed gynoid maids). It turns out he was Dead All Along and he'd created an automated program to keep gathering money on the stock markets.

Film

Literature
  • Archibald Craven from The Secret Garden.
  • Mason Verger from Hannibal. Turns the "disfigured" part up to Nightmare Fuel levels.
  • Felix Jongleur from the Otherland series by Tad Williams. He's well over 100, only kept alive through advanced medical science, and is for the majority of the series, the Big Bad.

Live Action TV
  • Boris from Royal Pains. He's ridiculously rich, German, might be nobility, never smiles, hardly ever talks, no one knows much about him, he's a pro at the looming unspoken threat, takes in the protagonist for vague reasons, and gives off the impression he just might be doing something...shady. It also turns out he has a genetic disease that is supposed to kill him soon.
  • The Captain from How I Met Your Mother. He has a tendency to say and phrase things in ways that sound vaguely threatening or macabre, and even when smiling his eyes maintain a constant murderous glare.
    Marshall: That man is terrifying.
    Barney: Everything he said was nice, but I'm profoundly scared.
  • On one episode of CSI New York the victim was a wealthy Howard Hughes-type recluse who lived in a panic room and whose life was dominated by hypochondria and other obsessions.
  • The pharmaceutical tycoon William Edgars in Babylon 5 sort of fits this, when his plan to release an airborne virus his company developed that kills telepaths, unless they receive an antidote also developed by his company--basically enslaving them through that extortion--is revealed. The scene where he's observing the effects of the virus on some test subjects, and trying to be comforting to these victims of his, is particularly creepy.

Video Games
  • Harry Stewart of Deadly Premonition. The richest man in town, he constantly wears a gas mask and never speaks to anyone directly, and instead uses his aide to communicate when he needs to. Turns out he's not actually insane, his odd mannerisms are caused mainly through guilt and grief over his role in the Raincoat Killer incidents.
  • Donald Love from the Grand Theft Auto series. In Grand Theft Auto III, he gives you a series of missions that involve a mysterious package of unknown content. After the last one, he mysteriously disappears. In the sequel Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories, it's revealed he's a cannibal.

Western Animation
  • Charles Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons. Mr. Burns watches the news about a fun new billionaire in town (based on Real Life fun billionaire Richard Branson of Virgin [Fill-in-the-blank]).
    Kent Brockman: Springfield is still swooning from the whirlwind visit of playful plutocrat, Arthur Fortune.
    Burns: Oh, the man has no idea how to behave like a billionaire. Where's the dignity? Where's the contempt for the common man?
    Brockman: This new breed of fun-loving billionaire is a welcome change from the classic joyless miser, brooding in his cavernous mansion...
    Burns: Bah! echoing in his huge empty house Bah! Bah! Bah!
    Brockman: ...grasping a glass of brandy with his thin, clawlike fingers Burns smiles, holding a glass of brandy and a superior smirk on his greedy, soulless face.
    Burns: frowns I thought I had everything: money, good looks, strong, sharp teeth, but what's it all worth when nobody likes you?
    Smithers: I like you, sir.
    Burns: Are you still here?!
  • Roy Brisby from The Venture Brothers.
  • The Baron from Bon Voyage Charlie Brown.
  • Preston Whitmore from Atlantis The Lost Empire.
  • Adam West (aka Catman) from The Fairly Odd Parents.
  • Vlad Masters in Danny Phantom.

Real Life
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • January 30, 2011
    KaiYves
    Preston Whitmore from Atlantis The Lost Empire.
  • January 30, 2011
    MeganPhntmGrl
    @Kai Yves: Duly noted and adding.
  • January 30, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Boris from Royal Pains. He's ridiculously rich, German, might be nobility, never smiles, hardly ever talks, no one knows much about him, he's a pro at the looming unspoken threat, takes in the protagonist for vague reasons, and gives off the impression he just might be doing something...shady. It also turns out he has a genetic disease that is supposed to kill him soon.
  • January 30, 2011
    SweetMadness
    • Harry Stewart of Deadly Premonition. The richest man in town, he constantly wears a gas mask and never speaks to anyone directly, and instead uses his aide to communicate when he needs to. Turns out he's not actually insane, his odd mannerisms are caused mainly through guilt and grief over his role in the Raincoat Killer incidents.
  • January 30, 2011
    Prophet
    Pothole "odd speaking pattern" to Verbal Tic and "male" to Always Male
  • January 30, 2011
    Indalecio
    • Felix Jongleur from the Otherland series by Tad Williams. He's well over 100, only kept alive through advanced medical science, and is for the majority of the series, the Big Bad.
  • January 31, 2011
    RavenWilder
    The Captain from How I Met Your Mother. He has a tendency to say and phrase things in ways that sound vaguely threatening or macabre, and even when smiling his eyes maintain a constant murderous glare.
    Marshall: That man is terrifying.
    Barney: Everything he said was nice, but I'm profoundly scared.
  • January 31, 2011
    Prfnoff
    The Howard Hughes-like Willard Whyte in Diamonds Are Forever.
  • January 31, 2011
    FallenLegend
    Adam west aka Catman from the fairly odd parents
  • January 31, 2011
    Bisected8
    An episode of Ghost In The Shell Stand Alone Complex had the team trying to prevent the assassination of a genius mathematician turned reclusive millionaire with a boobytrapped mansion (with robotic guard dogs and heavily armed gynoid maids). It turns out he was Dead All Along and he'd created an automated program to keep gathering money on the stock markets.
  • February 1, 2011
    spikebrennan

    Real life: Howard Hughes, and John E. Du Pont
  • April 20, 2011
    MeganPhntmGrl
    bump!
  • April 20, 2011
    Duncan
    The titular Big Lebowski.
  • April 20, 2011
    jaytee
    The Big Lebowski of The Big Lebowski. Subverted, since he's not rich.
  • April 20, 2011
    captainbrass2
    On one episode of CSI New York the victim was a wealthy Howard Hughes-type recluse who lived in a panic room and whose life was dominated by hypochondria and other obsessions.
  • April 20, 2011
    morenohijazo
    Does Donald Love from Grand Theft Auto III qualify? I'm not sure if he fits here 100%. In GTA III, he gives you a series of missions that involve a mysterious package of unknown content. After the last one, he mysteriously disappears. In the sequel GTA LCS, it's revealed he's a cannibal/necrophyliac.
  • April 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    For Quotes Wiki:
    • The Simpsons: Mr. Burns watches the news about a fun new billionaire in town (based on Real Life fun billionaire Richard Branson of Virgin [Fill-in-the-blank]).
      Kent Brockman: Springfield is still swooning from the whirlwind visit of playful plutocrat, Arthur Fortune.
      Burns: Oh, the man has no idea how to behave like a billionaire. Where's the dignity? Where's the contempt for the common man?
      Brockman: This new breed of fun-loving billionaire is a welcome change from the classic joyless miser, brooding in his cavernous mansion...
      Burns: Bah! echoing in his huge empty house Bah! Bah! Bah!
      Brockman: ...grasping a glass of brandy with his thin, clawlike fingers Burns smiles, holding a glass of brandy and a superior smirk on his greedy, soulless face.
      Burns: frowns I thought I had everything: money, good looks, strong, sharp teeth, but what's it all worth when nobody likes you?
      Smithers: I like you, sir.
      Burns: Are you still here?!
  • July 27, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    bump!!
  • July 27, 2011
    Penzy
    Vlad Masters in Danny Phantom.
  • March 16, 2013
    Bisected8
    A lot of these need fleshing out to prevent them from being Zero Context Examples.
  • March 16, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ That's what I thought!
  • March 16, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    The pharmaceutical tycoon William Edgars in Babylon 5 sort of fits this, when his plan to release an airborne virus his company developed that kills telepaths, unless they receive an antidote also developed by his company--basically enslaving them through that extortion--is revealed. The scene where he's observing the effects of the virus on some test subjects, and trying to be comforting to these victims of his, is particularly creepy.

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