->'''Chuck''': You're taking money from blind children?\\
'''Emerson''': I suppose I could pay my bills with blind kids' smiles, but their money is a lot easier.
-->-- ''Series/PushingDaisies''

The Miser Advisor is a sub trope of MrViceGuy, in that their main motivation for being part of some [[TrueCompanions circle of friends]] is to [[{{Greed}} wring a little money]] out of them now and then. They will often lament their target's lack of wealth, or berate them for spending even a little bit. After all, "a penny saved is a penny earned," and the Miser needs every little bit of cash they can scrounge up.

Neither the Miser Advisor nor their mark has to be particularly rich to fall under this trope, and it's a lot better if they don't. Otherwise, they just come off as [[{{Jerkass}} petty and mean.]]

Contrast ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney, where the Miser Advisor already has the one thing they're looking for, and uses it against others.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Sakurako from ''Manga/AiKora'' is a mild example. She's an average high-school girl who's smart with money, but she gets a ''little'' carried away with cost-cutting tips sometimes... She's also shown to be a sucker for sales and give-aways.
* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. When it comes to her priorities, making money is a close third, being barely beaten out by her [[BloodKnight love of gratuitous violence]] and her desire to protect [[MoralityPet Rock]].
** Her friend Eda, on the other hand, has money as her first priority.
* Becky the [[KnowledgeBroker Nose]] from ''Manga/GunsmithCats''. [[BountyHunter Rally]] constantly owes her a lot of money, and Becky sometimes refuses to part with the information Rally needs unless our heroine buys her a pizza and a bottle of her favourite champagne.
* Mana Tatsumiya, the unreasonably frugal [[HiredGuns mercenary]] from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', who gets sketchy over 200 yen (very roughly $2.00). Her main victim is Setsuna, who she bills for her services in DemonSlaying, though she's willing to charge anyone on [[TrueCompanions the team]] for any amount of time spent fighting.
** Jack Rakan is much much worse; he routinely attempts to charge people millions for his services, as well as for his training for Negi. They usually get away without paying because Jack decides he's going to "send the bill" to somebody who isn't present; usually Konoka's father.
*** To be fair, [[spoiler:in actuality he simply didn't plan on telling Negi ''anything'' until he decided that Negi was a man. But admitting that means admitting he's not as dumb as he looks. Quite. Kinda hard to tell at times.]]
* Not really a member of the ''main character's'' party per se, but in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Kakuzu from the Akatsuki is this way. Being the treasurer for the organization, he is extremely thrift and constantly tries to find ways to make money. The main reason he initially thought to partner with Hidan was because he thought that Hidan's [[ReligionOfEvil religion]] would make them money.
* Nami from ''Manga/OnePiece'' exhibits shades of this trope - while she has other motivations for being in the main cast, she still takes every opportunity she has to make the other members of the crew her debtors, Zoro and Usopp in particular.
* Particularly in fanfiction, Nabiki Tendo of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has some elements of this character type, but it's fairly rare she has actual advice to sell and she actively sells to everyone -- in fact, the main characters, her sister and her sister's fiance, are actually the two she ''least'' offers advice to. Mostly, they pay her money to get something they desperately need at that moment in time, or to make sure she does ''not'' tell something to somebody (she usually takes their money and goes and blabs for even more money anyway).
* James from ''Anime/FromEroicaWithLove'' is an extreme example of this. He once haggled down the price of a pair of underwear.
* Francine from ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' is a bit money-crazy at times, but someone's got to keep the pizza parlor running while the rest of her team is off fighting robot monsters.

[[folder:Comic Books]]

* Played with in the case of [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] -- although he's a notorious tightwad and lectures others frequently, the only reason he ever takes money away from his nephews is to teach them a lesson about unwise spending and business practices, rather than any genuinely malicious intent. Donald, however, is never paid a fair wage... because, well, [[ButtMonkey he's Donald Duck]].


* Aahz from Robert Asprin's ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series is a tightwad of the first order, even once the M.Y.T.H. Inc. crew has become successful and obscenely rich. Supposedly, this is because his mother squandered the family's money on bad investments.
** During a discussion in ''Myth-ing Persons'', he says "Money isn't the object." Every person in the room, including a guy who's known him maybe a couple of hours, choruses a shocked "It isn't?"
** In the same series we have Grimble, the Chancellor of the Exchequer for the nation of Possiltum. For the first couple of books Skeeve thinks he's just a tight-fisted jerk, but in ''Hit or Myth'', after spending some time [[PrinceAndPauper sitting in for King Roderick]] he gains some respect for Grimble, who does a very difficult and delicate job, working ungodly hours and all while living like a monk.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Robert characterizes his advisers as being too fond of what he calls "counting coppers" and what they consider "not bankrupting the kingdom". Turns out they're right, and when Eddard arrives and reviews the financial situation he's shocked to discover that they owe massive debts to the church, the [[FictionFiveHundred Lannisters]], and the [[LoanShark Iron Bank.]]
* Yu Lian of ''Literature/HalfPrince'' serves as money person for the party, and later becomes finance minister for the city they receive as a tournament prize.

* ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' has Uncle Ernie. The movie also makes his adoptive dad one.


* Of course, there's always [[Literature/TheBible Judas]]. Remember that time a woman started washing Jesus's feet with expensive oils and rubbing them with her hair? Apparently this trope was behind Judas's insistence that they could sell the oil and give the money to the poor - because, as the Good Book points out, Judas was the one who kept the money box.
** In the book of Mark, the woman goes a bit further - she anoints Jesus with an ''entire bottle'' of the incredibly valuable ointment of nard, worth hundreds of denarii. Plenty of people scold her for this, and Jesus tells them not to because she is showing her love for him who is only on the Earth for a short time while there is always poor people to help (which they did frequently).
** Due to Mark's version of the story, and that Judas shows no sign of this trope during the event, this is only one interpretation of events. It could even be that it was this incident that turned Judas against Jesus in the first place, if he felt it was simple greed on Jesus part.
*** Larry Gonick's ''ComicBook/TheCartoonHistoryOfTheUniverse'' runs with this latter interpretation.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Lemina, the BlackMagicianGirl from ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue''. That she also has golden hair is likely a coincidence.
* Alys Brangwin from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' also starts out like this, trying (and succeeding several times!) to get a little extra cash from her clients during seemingly mundane missions.
** Hahn is the most frequent ButtMonkey of this: when he ask to accompany Alys and Chaz into the basement of the university (the first dungeon), where he actually proves useful, it costs him 100 meseta. When he asks to accompany the two to Birth Valley, it costs him 250 meseta. And on, and on...
* The financial adviser in ''VideoGame/SimCity'' (3000 and 4) constantly complains about your taxes, spending, and budget. S/he'll usually encourage you to cut funding to minor programs like junior sports or stairwell lighting.
* Money Bags of the ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' series.
* ''[[VideoGame/PopfulMail Mail...Popful Mail]]''...a bounty hunter who has yet to catch a single criminal, so she'll try to get extra money any way she can (especially from Namo of Treesun, whom she rescues early on).
* To a lesser extent, Yuffie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', though only when it comes to materia rather than cash.
* Neeshka from ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''.
* The Time Goddess from ''VideoGame/HalfMinuteHero''. Need her to put some extra seconds on your Death Clock? She's willing to help...for a price. (If you're playing ''Evil Lord 30'', this price is "everything in your pocket".)
* To an extent, Anise from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''. Most of the reason she's interested in Luke is because she's scheming to marry into money. [[spoiler:And it turns out that, true to type, the whole reason she's involved with the story and designated TheMole in the first place is due to her family's poverty.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FableIII'', after your character becomes ruler of Albion, you gain an aide named Hobson. Hobson tries to encourage you to fill the treasury (in order to [[spoiler: fund the defense of Albion from the Night Crawler's forces]]) by any means necessary, such as raising taxes, cutting the budget for the royal guard, or accepting a bribe to enact prohibition of alcohol, though it quickly becomes obvious that he's just obsessed with gold. Reaver takes this role as well, doing this like encouraging you to reinstate child labor or convert an orphanage/homeless shelter into a state-funded brothel.
* Tear, the fairy accountant in ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'', berates Recette for throwing a coin in a fountain and all her other generally unsound financial practices.
* Lampshaded [[http://project-apollo.net/text/rpg.html here]] as the "Lemina Rule" (can be [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as GameplayAndStorySegregation).


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Thief from ''[[Webcomic/EightBitTheater 8-Bit Theater]]'' is an extreme example of this, forcing his comrades into signing usurious contracts that grant him all of their income (as well as stealing every GP that isn't nailed to their bodies for good measure.)
** Who are you kidding? If they nailed GP to themselves, the blood wouldn't have stopped flowing before he ripped the nails out again.
--->'''Black Mage:''' Didn't the pirates take everything already?
--->'''Thief:''' They left everything that was nailed down. I did not.
* Haley from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is like this too, though it's later revealed that this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by her [[JustifiedCriminal having to save up to pay a huge ransom for her father]]. However, it's acknowledged that she'd still have behaved somewhat similarly even if she didn't desperately need the money -- she IS a rogue, after all.


[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'': Besides the fact that the {{MMORPG}} in which the story is set is extremely difficult to get through while playing solo, Gaea's main motivitation for being part of the titular guild seems to be mooching off the guild's common funds and swindling even more game currency out of her guildmates.
* Omin Dran of ''WebVideo/AcquisitionsIncorporated'' is another master of the usurious contract, with numerous {{Running Gag}}s about him not so much employing the team as ''owning'' them outright, and leasing their own bodies and possessions back to them "at a very reasonable rate."

[[folder: Western Animation]]

* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has Dipper and Mabel's "Grunkle" Stan Pines, cheapskate proprietor of the Mystery Shack ("We put the 'fun' in 'no refunds'!") His obsession with making money got himself and the kids implicated in ''a basement counterfeiting ring'' one time.
-->'''Mabel:''' The county jail was so cold...