Created By: CobraPrime on September 28, 2012

Rich Person Only In It For The Money

A Villain is Only In It For The Money, despite being already rich,

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Only in It for the Money is one of the standard motivations for villains. And it's a simple one most people can comprehend. Then you get villains who are rich: The Corrupt Corporate Executive, the Diabolical Mastermind, etc... And you see them throw vast amounts of resources into a project. All for what? More money! It can get either comical or Fridge Logic when the money the person stands to gain is far less than their current worth or the amount they must have spent on their scheme so far.

  • Played For Laugh in Austin Powers: Dr Evil's first scheme involves him asking for a million dollar (As he's unaware of inflation). Number 2 points out that Dr Evil's legitimate business are worth several billions, and that in fact the whole "Evil Mastermind" thing is proving financially disastrous and they could just go legit. Which Dr. Evil can't accept doing.
  • Lampshaded by The Nostalgia Critic during his review of The Avengers. The villain's motivation is money, despite the fact that he's already rich, living in a mansion with an elaborate underground lair, and was rich enough to to fund his weather control machine, armies of robotic bees, lifelike robot duplicate of Mrs. Peel.
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  • September 28, 2012
    • Monty Burns is always looking for ways to either save a few bucks or make more money even though he is rich. And then he comes up with an evil plan in "Who Shot Mr. Burns".
  • September 28, 2012
    I think Only In It For More Money is less cumbersome.
  • September 28, 2012
    A variation on Cut Lex Luthor A Check
  • January 31, 2013
    Possible page quote:
    Homer: You know, Mr Burns, you're the richest guy I know. Way richer than Lenny.
    Mr. Burns: Yes, but I'd trade it all for a little more.
    --The Simpsons, "Mountain of Madness"
  • January 31, 2013
    Only In It For The Money already exists. It is this trope, minus the same-but-more focus on villains.
  • January 31, 2013
    Hang on a tick. I'm not saying this isn't redundant, but I don't think it duplicates Only In It For The Money. That one's about people (villainous, heroic, or neutral) who are only in the story because they're getting paid; they're usually not greedy so much as apathetic-mercenary relative to the Cause. That seems quite different to me than a villain whose primary motivation is greed even though they're already rich. Cut Lex Luthor A Check might be a closer match as far as existing tropes.

    ... Or actually, you could argue that this is already adequately covered by Greed itself. It does specifically say

    The thing about Greed is that it's never satisfied - as soon as the thing sought after is obtained, the obtainer starts craving more, and more, and more, ad infinitum. It's an addiction.

  • January 31, 2013
  • January 31, 2013
    To me, this is more of a Fridge Logic "Why would he do it for the money when he already has plenty?" thing rather than a trope unto itself.
  • January 31, 2013
  • January 31, 2013
    ^^That's why it should point out in-universe that the villain already has plenty of money. Which these examples do.
  • April 23, 2013