->''The lot of man is ceaseless labor,\\
Or ceaseless idleness, which is still harder,''
-->-- '''Creator/TSEliot''', ''Choruses from The Rock''

Money [[LonelyAtTheTop makes you lonely]], [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense foolish]], or even evil, but worse than any of these: since you can buy anything, including having people do everything that needs to be done, you are bored, ''bored'', '''bored'''. There are no challenges in life. You don't have to work. You don't have to keep house. [[IdleRich You don't, in fact, have to]] ''[[IdleRich do]]'' [[IdleRich anything.]]

And everyone expects you to like it.

Even a RoyalBrat, suffocated with toys, may suffer from this and straighten out when given something worth doing. Many rich characters find themselves abruptly precipitated into adventure and (once they get over the shock) loving it because [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife it lends meaning to their life]].

More proactively, the RichIdiotWithNoDayJob, GentlemanAdventurer, and GentlemanThief all often turn to InHarmsWay to escape. Other characters may turn to charity works, travel, writing books, scholarly work, or other ways of becoming NonIdleRich to avoid this problem. The GentlemanSnarker may be warding it off with his observations. Expect it to be a feature of any GildedCage.

Not all the IdleRich are bored; the intelligent, the well-intentioned, and those with a lot of energy may be alone, and the family may regard their boredom as silly, or recommend shopping as an infallible antidote. Those who like idleness will often clash with NonIdleRich in their own family.

The courtiers of the DeadlyDecadentCourt are uncommonly likely to suffer, despite their intrigues and their culture.

Compare VictoryIsBoring; overlap is possible. Can justify CutLexLuthorACheck; they have enough money so the point of their EvilPlan is excitement


[[folder: Anime/Manga]]
* In ''Anime/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', the rich boys and girls set up the Ouran Host Club for that very reason: they're bored.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Princess Euphemia seems to be bored with being a princess, always sneaking off and getting into trouble. More specifically, she's bored with being the PrincessClassic while most of her siblings either spend their time as socialites or [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething deeply entrenched in political/military affairs]]. She has spent most of her life either in school or playing the AuthorityInNameOnly, something she isn't proud of.
* The World Nobles of ''Manga/OnePiece'' seem to do the horrendous atrocities they commit simply as a form of sick entertainment. A main example was that one of them [[MadeASlave bought a mermaid]] with 500,000,000 Beli simply so he could watch her outrun the piranha in his fish tank.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'' - Young Luba is bored with her life as a rich housewife, and goes looking for excitement. [[spoiler: She finds it in drugs, affairs and dancing]]
* The British comic ''Whoopee!'' featured the Bumpkin Billionaires, a family of yokels who had come into some money but were desperate to get rid of it and go back to their old life. Their attempts to rid themselves of their wealth was always unsuccessful and often ended up increasing their wealth.
* The British comic ''Lion'' had the anti-hero ''The Spider'' (not the same as the character created by [[Literature/TheSpider R.T.M. Scott]]) whose back story is that he was a bored, rich, super-fit middle-aged man who initially took up cat burglary but then decided it was too easy, returned everything he'd stolen and became a crime-fighter instead.
* Benito Medici, the son of one of the richest and most powerful men in the world in ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets''. He's so bored that he gambles just for fun and gets involved with some very dangerous people out of his father's reach, just for fun.
* In HarveyComicsBlackCat, Linda Turner chooses to become a masked vigilante simply because she is bored of her glamorous hollywood life.
* In ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', Starfighter observes he doesn't need the money from his writing career, not when he's married to an empress, but he likes to keep busy.

[[folder: Comic Strips]]
* Defied in one ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic strip. Dogbert, due to some ''very'' good investments, gets a few hundred thousand from said investments. He's out for a walk, when he tells a random businessman "Roll around in that mud puddle over there and I will give you $1,000 dollars." The businessman does so, with Dogbert quipping "I don't know how rich people ''ever'' get bored."

[[folder: Films -- Animated]]
* In Disney's ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', IdleRich Prince Naveen admits to something very similar - that the cooking, the washing, absolutely everything was done for him as he frittered away money on idle entertainment with women and dancing, and when his parents cut him off, he realised that he doesn't really know how to do anything for himself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', after he succeeded in killing his heroic nemesis Metro Man, Megamind robbed banks and obliterated the city just for the sport of it but then he realized that he now has everything and becomes depressed of how boring it is to be a villain without any challenges. Megamind tries lecturing this trope to Minion (who can't seem to comprehend why his master is so bored):
-->'''Megamind:''' Just think about it. We have it all. And yet, we have nothing. It's just too easy now. I mean, we did it right? Then why do I feel so melancholy? Unhappy?

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1968'' revolves around this trope.
* ''Film/RatRace'': The film is about a group of rich people who shove two million dollars into a locker several hundred miles away, tell a few normal people where it is, and then take bets on who will get there first.
** As well as bet on random things during the race.
* ''Film/SurvivingTheGame'': The rich hunting clients all pay $50,000 in order to go hunting - hunting a human, that is - for the ultimate rush.
* Mr. Clamp from ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch''.
* Linda Seton in ''{{Film/Holiday}}'' need never work a day in her life. She ''hates'' it!
-->'''Johnny:''' What you need's some time off from what you've been doing day in, day out.
-->'''Linda:''' You mean from what I've ''not'' been doing days in -- please -- ''years'' out!
** Her brother Ned's discontent with his lot, too. His father makes him go into the office and "work" till 6:00, even though there's nothing for him to do. He spends most of his free time drinking.
* Creator/WesAnderson's early works are all about dissatisfied wealthy people. Sometimes this is because of simple boredom:
** ''Film/BottleRocket'' is about a group of aimless rich kids who turn to petty thievery for some sort of direction in their lives.
** ''Film/{{Rushmore}}'': Bill Murray's character is a bored rich man suffering a mid-life crisis.
* In Creator/BusterKeaton comedy ''Film/TheNavigator'', Buster is an IdleRich nitwit who asks his girlfriend to marry him that day because he doesn't have anything better to do.
* In ''Film/Titanic1953'', Julia is sick of her life as a rich elite. She leaves her husband with their two children to go back to Michigan. Julia doesn't like her children being raised as pampered rich kids.
* In ''Film/AboutABoy'', Will is a happily IdleRich man living off royalties from a Christmas carol his father wrote, until he finds himself a ParentalSubstitute to a socially isolated preteen boy. When he has a SecondActBreakup and withdraws into his previous life, he finds it dull and empty.

[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': During their stay at the palace, Jerin and his sisters are soon bored because there is nothing to do.
* Literature/{{Animorphs}} has Marco after the end of the war. He has money, fame, and his own TV show, but he admitted it himself - he was bored out of his mind, so much so that he volunteered to join his old friend on a probable SuicideMission pretty cheerfully.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Summer Moonshine'', Mr. Bulpitt has only once failed to serve processes on anyone: a multi-millionaire who died leaving a note that Mr. Bulpiit had cured him of "onwee" as Mr. Bulpitt says it. [[spoiler:Also, he had left him his entire fortune for it. Mr. Bulpitt retired, briefly, and found out what "onwee" was, but even back in business, he can save his ImpoverishedPatrician niece.]]
* In "The Case of the Rich Woman", one of Creator/AgathaChristie's [[Literature/ParkerPyneInvestigates Parker Pyne]] stories, this is the problem that the rich woman wants Mr. Parker Pyne to solve for her.
* In Creator/SamuelJohnson's ''Rasselas'', Rasselas's problem in the valley is exactly this, because he is surrounded by every luxury.
* In John Buchan's ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'', the narrator Richard Hannay JumpedAtTheCall because of this trope. Later books find him happily working hard as a regimental officer in the ensuing war.
* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''Gaudy Night'', Harriet indignantly defends Literature/LordPeterWimsey: catching murderers, even for fun, is difficult and dangerous, and many people have reason to be grateful for it.
* In Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'', Prendick had studied biology as a relief from the dullness of his life.
* In ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'', Robert Putney Drake is a dissatisfied spoilt rich kid who compounds idleness and a sense of not having properly earned his fabulous wealth with a desire to make something of himself. He opts to translate the wealth into ''real'' power and escalates from [[TheCasanova ticking off the daughters of other rich families]] to systematically becoming the most powerful man in the USA - whilst maintaining the facade of an irresponsible playboy.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Jed Clampett of ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies''. He has millions due to selling his land to an oil company, but is many times shown being bored as he would rather work than be idle rich. He enjoys doing work like mending, repairing, or gardening, but of course Mr Drysdale won't let him work a job because it's embarrassing to him. There's also no place for him to do much hunting or fishing in Beverly Hills.
* On ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' in the episode "A Nice Place To Visit": A small time crook is killed and ends up in the afterlife where he gets whatever he wants. It soon gets incredibly dull and the crook asks why he wasn't sent to "the other place" (i.e. hell). It turns out [[spoiler: this is actually "the other place" and getting what he wants all the time is his punishment]].
* An episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'' has rich people pay to hunt humans.
* On ''Series/{{ALF}}'' in the episode "Stairway to Heaven", ALF sees an alternate reality that if he never met the Tanners, he would have never tightened their budget with his huge appetite, the damages he causes and excessive spending. The Tanners became a very bored, rich family who resorted to telling weak jokes and asking their maid to belch for entertainment, to ALF's disgust.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. Vila (the DirtyCoward and master thief of the group) often reminisces about settling down on a planet whenever it looks like they're going to make a load of credits from their plan of the week ([[FailureIsTheOnlyOption which they never do]]). The others always point out that he'd quickly become bored and be looking for something to steal.

* In the video for Music/PoetsOfTheFall's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]," OrcusOnHisThrone figure [[TragicMistake Hamartia]] is afflicted by boredom, as he seems thoroughly contemptuous of the decadent MasqueradeBall he's presiding over, only regaining interest at the prospect of wrecking vengeance on an absconder from the ball.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Mysterium}}'', Jessalyn Smith, one of the playable characters, suffered from Rich Boredom before discovering her cartomancy abilities and becoming a medium.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* In TheMusical of ''Theatre/{{Candide}}'', in the song "Bon Voyage", the Governor sings about this.
-->I'm so rich that my life is an utter bore:
-->There is just not a thing that I need.
-->My desires are as dry as an apple core,
-->And my only emotion is greed.
-->Which is why, though I've nothing to spend it for,
-->I have swindled this gold from Candidi-di-di-di-dide,
-->Poor Candide!
* In ''Theatre/{{Company}}'', Joanne's song, ''[[BSODSong The Ladies Who Lunch]]'', is a scathing description of the empty and ultimately meaningless lives of rich, middle-aged women, herself included.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Sir Raleigh in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' was a rich aristocrat, but grew bored with his money. Then he tried piracy and found it to his liking.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'': Flavio, self-proclaimed "Trader extraordinaire, millionaire sailor of the seven seas" sets out on a voyage with Mario just for the thrills, as he's grown bored of hanging out in the tavern staring at his jewel.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-25.html Perrault laughs at the idea of doing things for money because he has plenty.]] [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-36.html He's glad he no longer has to eat mice]], but [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-37.html November figures out that he's lacking in challenge.]]
* In ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'', the banker is often bored and desires the guru's [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/88/ meditative peace]], but not enough to give up his money.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The indie short drama [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ4DYhhPxio Kingdom Egg]] has the "terribly bored" queen.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': This was the exact reason Señor Senior Sr. gives for becoming a [[ContractualGenreBlindness by-the-book supervillain]]. He doesn't even do it ForTheEvulz, he's just ridiculously wealthy and has no idea what to do with his time. Thus, he takes up supervillainy as a hobby. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments The guy even follows a guidebook!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': In "Selling Out", Mr. Krabs sells the Krusty Krab for a lot of loot. It's not long before he runs out of things to do in his retirement and gets a job at the Krusty Krab (now [[KitschyThemedRestaurant Krabby O'Monday's]]) washing dishes. After growing disgusted with the way the restaurant is being run, Mr. Krabs goes on a brief rampage before [[ResetButton convincing the new owner to sell Krabby O'Monday's back to him]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' incarnations of the Terrible Trio are young millionaire scions who turned to villainy for no reason other than boredom. Given how malicious they were (in one scene assaulting a defenseless old man), Batman claimed that "people like this are worse than the Joker. At least ''he'' has ''madness'' as an excuse."
* It's explained a lot of super-villains in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' are idle rich who chose to go into villainy out of boredom. One reason the authorities tolerate the Guild Of Calamitous Intent is that it's safer to have these people in an evil organization with rules and laws than risk letting a bunch of pissed off rich people with access to super-weapons do whatever they feel like.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' when Mihn and Kahn finally manage to join the prestigious Nine Rivers Country Club this ends up being the case. Mihn is openly bored during a discussion of the values of pairing different cheeses and wines while Kahn only feigns interest (and comprehension) to impress Ted Wassonasong.