Created By: GiantSpaceChinchillaJuly 7, 2010 Last Edited By: GiantSpaceChinchillaJuly 8, 2010
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Get Rich Quick Scheme

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Exactly What It Says On The Tin.

Most people have careers that allow them to live comfortably, some people have very well paying jobs, fewer still have jobs that would allow them to be "rich", and still even fewer have Big Bux.

When a character wants to get Big Bux they often don't try more common varieties of accruing wealth like bumping off rich relatives, stealing, or being a miser. They go for a Get Rich Quick Scheme, often overlaping with a Zany Scheme, and sometimes resulting in a If I Were A Rich Man moment.

Common variations of this trope is that the Get Rich Quick person thinks working is a Get Rich Quick Scheme or that they fall for someone else's Get Rich Quick Scheme.

If it's tropable I'll start adding examples. well look there examples.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • Fables. One of Jack's get rich quick schemes was to become a hero of the Civil War and then marry into a wealthy Southern family.

Film
Maverick: I had to hot-foot it out of there, as it wouldn't be long before Joseph had a scheme to help me reinvest my newly-acquired thousand.

Live Action TV
  • The Phil Silvers Show was all about this. It was originally called You'll Never Get Rich.
  • On The Honeymooners, Ralph is constantly throwing away his and Norton's wages on foolish get-rich-quick schemes.
  • In the Doctor Who episode "Father's Day", Rose meets her father, who's up to his neck in get-rich-quick schemes.
  • Arthur Daley's stock-in-trade on Minder.

Radio

Real Life
  • One get-rich-quick scheme that's becoming rather prevalent is the peddling of get-rich-quick schemes.

Western Animation
  • Tale Spin. Many of Baloo's Get Rich Quick Schemes are successful, but the prize is always taken away by some unfortunate stroke of luck.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • July 2, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    The Phil Silvers Show was all about this. It was originally called You'll Never Get Rich.

    There was a Saturday Night Live sketch about a guy offering one of these. He says "Is this a get rich quick scheme? Of course! Who wants to get rich slow?" So that could be the page quote.
  • July 2, 2010
    Arivne
    Often a Zany Scheme. Sometimes results in a If I Were A Rich Man moment.

    If you do a Google site search for "get rich quick" on this Wiki you'll find a whole bunch of examples. Here's a link to the first page of such a search.

    Examples from the first page above:

    Comic Books
    • Fables. One of Jack's get rich quick schemes was to become a hero of the Civil War and then marry into a wealthy Southern family.

    Live Action TV
    • On The Honeymooners, Ralph is constantly throwing away his and Norton's wages on foolish get-rich-quick schemes.
    • In the Doctor Who episode "Father's Day", Rose meets her father, who's up to his neck in get-rich-quick schemes.

    Radio
    • The Navy Lark. CPO Pertwee's doomed-to-failure get-rich-quick schemes.

    Western Animation
    • Tale Spin. Many of Baloo's Get Rich Quick Schemes are successful, but the prize is always taken away by some unfortunate stroke of luck.
  • July 3, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Thanks DQZ and Arivne.
  • July 3, 2010
    foxley
    Sid James was full of these in Hancocks Half Hour.
  • July 6, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Oh yeah, that commercial I mentioned was a spoof of the "Tommy Vu" ads. The Pretender also did a spoof, and I can use a screencap as the page picture if you like.
  • July 6, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    ... what do you know. I've never heard of "Tommy Vu" before today. I would very much like a page picture. Thanks.

    Also, if there are no objections I'll launch tomorrow.
  • July 6, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    Sadly, the picture I'm thinking of focuses less on the scheme than the outrageous promises of such ads. I'll see if we have a trope like that.

    Well when you launch it, ask for a good picture on "Image Picking" in the forums.
  • July 7, 2010
    Arivne
    Film
    Maverick: I had to hot-foot it out of there, as it wouldn't be long before Joseph had a scheme to help me reinvest my newly-acquired thousand.
  • July 7, 2010
    chubbyboy
    real life
    • One get-rich-quick scheme that's becoming rather prevalent is the peddling of get-rich-quick schemes.
  • July 7, 2010
    foxley
    Arthur Daley's stock-in-trade on Minder.
  • July 8, 2010
    Stratadrake
    Don't forget to mention Step Three Profit somewhere.

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