->"Is this a get rich quick scheme? Of course! Who wants to get rich slow?"
-->-- ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''

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 sometimes resulting in a IfIWereARichMan moment and often overlapping with a ZanyScheme or MissingStepsPlan.

A common variation 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 scheme instead.

A SisterTrope to {{Ponzi}}.

Compare MockMillionaire (who's typically involved in one way or another).


[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', part four. Josuke, Okuyasu, and Fatty come up with a way to use Fatty's Stand to get rich in a hurry (have Harvest seek out discarded lottery tickets). They actually expected a more modest return than the ticket Harvest ''did'' find, but that one was ''plenty''...(Too bad Josuke's mother confiscated the ticket winnings for investment)
* Many of the plots in ''{{Manga/Kochikame}}'' involve Ryotsu trying to get rich starting a business selling a fad product or food.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Team Rocket has an endless supply of these, many of which actually work - in contrast with their actual jobs as thieves.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''Comicbook/{{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.
* This trope is a regular staple of {{Superhero}} comics in that their {{Supervillain}} enemies often rob banks and knock over jewelry stores as a way of achieving this trope. Frequently overlaps with CutLexLuthorACheck when the villains are using skills, powers or technology that could have earned them a huge fortune if the villains had acted legitimately.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The EvilPlan of Ratcliffe in Disney/{{Pocahontas}} is to dig up the land, get boatloads of gold, and return home a rich man. Too bad for him and the Englishmen that there's no such gold to find.
* Alluded to in ''Film/{{Maverick}}''.
-->'''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.
* Sets the plot in motion in ''LayerCake''. The protagonists' boss, Jimmy Price, has lost a bundle on stupid investments and fires off a bunch of these, chiefly by stealing a bunch of ecstasy from some other gangsters, embezzling the savings of his underling and shopping his villainous colleagues to the police.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio''. Pinocchio goes with the Fox and the Cat to earn money easily [[GrowsOnTrees by planting his coins in the Field of Miracles]]. The Cricket unsuccessfully tries to convince Pincchio that this schemes don't work. Pinocchio plants his coins, but the Fox and the Cat were tricking him all along to steal his coins.
* Creator/PGWodehouse's Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge passes through life engaging in an endless string of these.
* EncyclopediaBrown is always foiling the scams of a local high school dropout named Wilford Wiggins who keeps trying to get the local kids to give him their money via some new and exciting scheme. Examples include a genuine painting of the Liberty Bell (had a crack in it), building a museum containing an accurate scale replica of the solar system (even with a half-inch model of the Earth, the solar system is still too big), or a muscling powder (the demonstration involved a rooster crowing at midday).


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'', drug-dealer and CloudCuckooLander Karl shows a crazy version of this when the guys are staying in a hotel-he calls the front desk, asking if the ice is free. He then whispers to the guys, "Ice, currency of the future. I'mma be rich." Later on, he's somehow hauled an ice machine into the room.
** In a slightly more normal example, Adam and Ders try to get rich by making an unburnable American flag.
* ''Series/ThePhilSilversShow'' was all about this. It was originally called ''You'll Never Get Rich''.
* On ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', Ralph is constantly throwing away his and Norton's wages on foolish get-rich-quick schemes.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Father's Day", Rose meets her father, who's up to his neck in get-rich-quick schemes. Rose calls him a 'bit of a [[Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses Del Boy']].
** Subverted when they travel to a parallel Earth where her father was not killed in a car accident/time loop. The Get Rich Quick Scheme mentioned in the previous season took off and made Rose's father into a millionaire and legitimate businessman.
* Arthur Daley's stock-in-trade on ''{{Minder}}''.
* Makes up most of the plots of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''; Del Boy's catchphrase is "this time next year, we'll be millionaires!"
* Cedric and Lovita did many of these on ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow''.
* In ''Series/ILoveLucy'' the girls, and sometimes the boys, got involved in get-rich-quick schemes. For example, Lucy and Ethyl selling cuts from a side of beef they inadvertently bought; making and selling salad dressing, which cost more to make and sell than they charged; Ricky and Fred buying Canadian Allied Petroleum stock based on Lucy's note: Can All Pet (dog food for a neighbor). There are others.
* [[JadedWashout Al Bundy]] tried several of these on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. They worked out about as well as you'd expect.
* Trevet from ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' was prone to doing this, and failing miserably. It didn't help he would get Walker involved, without his knowledge.
* Joe Dominguez from ''Series/NashBridges''.
* A hallmark of Eddie Yeats in ''Series/CoronationStreet''.
* The gang of Paddy's Pub in ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia''. They always find and think of new schemes every episode, and they fail at them all the time.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Discussed with utter contempt in Styx's "Rockin' the Paradise":

--> Don't need no fast-buck, lame-duck profits for fun
--> Quick-trick plans take the money and run
--> We need long-term, slow-burn, gettin' it done
--> A straight-talkin', hard-workin' son-of-a-gun


[[folder: Radio ]]

* ''Radio/TheNavyLark''. CPO Pertwee's [[StatusQuoIsGod doomed-to-failure]] get-rich-quick schemes form a staple plot device.
* Sid James was full of these in ''Radio/HancocksHalfHour''.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The basis of every part of ''VideoGame/CrystalCaves''. The main character, Mylo, keeps bungling into one GetRichQuickScheme after another (he's so famous for this that this got him a entry in the Galactic Encyclopedia) and isn't afraid to cooperate with people with names like [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mr. Rip Eweoff]]. Each episode involves him trying to collect enough crystals to buy another inevitably fail-prone business (such as the farm of {{Explosive Breeder}}s who turn out to be too explosive in this regard, or a farm of slugs which happens to be built on top of a salt mine). His luck turns around in the end of episode three; after a solar system he just bought explodes, Mylo sets up a burger shop near the resulting scenic nebula.
* Mission's older brother Griff from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has a bad habit of trying these. The last one is a plan to ferment beverages from tach glands--falling for it is technically the only way to clear his (optional) questline.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''. Many of Baloo's Get Rich Quick Schemes are successful, but the prize is always taken away by some unfortunate stroke of luck.
* Approximately 90% of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''...
--> '''Homer:''' After years of disappointment with get rich quick schemes, I know I'm going to get rich with this scheme... and quick!
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Peter needs to raise $50,000 fast or he'll lose his house.
-->'''Quagmire:''' Well, you could whore yourself out to 1,000 fat chicks for 50 bucks each. Or 50 REALLY fat chicks for 1,000 bucks. What? Don't look at me like that. Fat chicks need love, too. But they gotta pay.
** The second half of "Peterotica" focuses on Peter and Carter performing a series of bizarre get-rich-quick schemes, including stealing Lois' wallet, selling pot to Meg, and robbing a train.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred Flintstone]] concocted a new get-rich-quick scheme every 5 or 6 episodes. His battlecry was, "Barney, we're gonna be rich!"
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''s Eric Cartman on his best days.
* ''WesternAnimation/YogisGang'': The target audience for Peter D. Cheater's school is made of people wanting to get rich quick.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* This impulse is the basis for an enormous number of scams both on and off the internet, of course.
** [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/i-lied-about-making-80000-working-from-home-and-so,10718/ "I Lied About Making $80,000 Working From Home... And So Can You!"]]
* Homicidal maniacs and earth-destroyer wannabes have the option of [[http://homepage.mac.com/msb/163x/faqs/nuclear_warfare_102.html nuking cities]]. Since it kills proportionally more than it destroys assets, you could end up wealthier. That is, if you survive.