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
  • TaleSpin. Many of Baloo's Get Rich Quick Schemes are successful, but the prize is always taken away by some unfortunate stroke of luck.
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