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->''"I spent my life on foolish quests for gold and riches I confess\\
And now I'm left with just regrets, too late to change my ways\\
It seems my life has slipped away, I leave no legacy to praise\\
Nothing more for me to say, my life has been a waste"''
-->-- '''Music/AmonAmarth''', "Doom Over Dead Man"

Traditionally, misers are portrayed in media as grasping, penny-pinching people who live in squalor and who never spend money despite being quite wealthy. Some are [[CorruptCorporateExecutive businessmen]], some are [[LoanShark loan sharks]], moneylenders and {{Morally Bankrupt Banker}}s, some are pawnbrokers, some are [[AmoralAttorney lawyers]]... but regardless of how they made their money, the Scrooge is sitting on a pile of it. But getting him to spend it is... problematic to say the least.

In real life, many rich people became rich in the first place by saving their money and spending only the minimum they needed to, and by only putting their money where it was guaranteed to make them more. Not all wealthy people in real life are like this, but it is worth noting that this is where the image of stereotypical misers came from. It is also worth noting that some of history's biggest misers ''started out'' wealthy.

[[ValuesDissonance In previous eras]], it was common to portray [[AllJewsAreCheapskates pretty much all]] [[GreedyJew Jewish characters]] like this. The [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Scottish]] were traditionally subject to this stereotype as well. And in Germany, it's the Swabian people.

The Scrooge is a clear [[EmbodimentOfVice embodiment of greed]]. Sometimes overlaps with GrumpyOldMan. See also MrViceGuy, a trope that heroic-leaning Scrooges also qualify as, and MiserAdvisor. One of these will also partake in CuttingCorners to save money.

Not to be confused with TheGrinch, even though the namer for this trope also hated Christmas.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'', Vladek Spiegelman is incredibly miserly. His son wonders what people will make of a person who is [[StopBeingStereotypical advancing that particular stereotype]] [[AllJewsAreCheapskates about Jews]].
* Scrooge McDuck from the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, pictured above, is as big a skinflint as his namesake from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''... though that doesn't mean he's not an admirable member of the NonIdleRich. For bonus points, the picture is from ''Disney/MickeysChristmasCarol'', in which Scrooge [=McDuck=] plays Ebenezer Scrooge, so you get twice the Scrooge in one.
** Scrooge's {{Archenemy}} is Flintheart Glomgold, who's an even ''bigger'' Scrooge. (And unlike Scrooge himself, dishonest. He's willing to do any corrupt, immoral, or illegal act or any dirty trick in order to make more money.)
** Averted by Scrooge's ''other'' archenemy (mostly featured on the comics), John D. Rockerduck, who is a big and flashy spender to serve better as an EvilCounterpart.
* Cénile from ''ComicBook/DeCapeEtDeCrocs''. His son's servant has seen ''Theatre/TheMiser'' and tries the same trick -- asking for gold for the life of his son, supposedly kidnapped by Turks. In the play, Harpagon did pay, with much tears. Cénile refuses.
* ''MortadeloYFilemon'':
** First, there is their tight-fisted boss, Vicente. If he gives them any money at all, it doesn't even come close to covering their expenses (they were once expected to travel around the globe on $10), and it often turns out to be fake.
** During their adventure in Germany, they visit Swabenland, and the Swabians they encounter manage to make Vicente look generous in comparison: They drink only when it rains, read their palms to save on a newspaper, train passengers are expected to push or pull the train themselves, and they have a stroke when asked to give something, even if it's just the time or directions.
** During the world championship soccer episode, a Scottish player refuses to kick the ball with his new shoes, and Mortadelo makes another one faint by disguising himself as a charity fund raiser.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/TradingPlaces'', Randolph and Mortimer Duke, despite being multi-millionaires, hand out "Christmas bonuses" of $5 to their employees and make wagers that ruin other people's lives all over a stake of $1.
* Mister Potter, from ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Ebenezer Scrooge from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is the TropeNamer. In addition to being a tight-fisted miser, he's a cold-hearted, selfish man, who despises anything that engenders happiness. It takes three ghosts to do it (four if you count Marley), but [[CharacterDevelopment he gets better]].
* In ''Wolf's Brother'' by Megan Lindholm, the wedding gifts from the richer members of the tribe were far less generous than the poorer members.
* David Sedaris' essay ''The Great Leap Forward'' details his working as a personal assistant for an eccentric, wealthy heiress who had a small publishing company. Though loaded, she acted like money embarrassed her and would haggle and be stingy as though she had nothing.
* The titular character from Creator/GeorgeEliot's ''Literature/SilasMarner'' is an unpleasant, misanthropic skinflint at the beginning of the story. Like Ebenezer Scrooge, [[CharacterDevelopment he gets better]].
* Shylock, from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', is one of the best (or worst, depending) examples of the [[ValuesDissonance "traditional incarnations"]] of this trope.
** Creator/ChristopherMarlowe's ''The Jew of Malta'' even more so.
* Euclion in Plaute's ''Aulularia'', making it OlderThanFeudalism.
* Mr. Banks in ''The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel)''.
* Plyushkin in ''DeadSouls''. He owns several hundred souls, but lives as cheap as a beggar. Chichikov, the protagonist, also doesn't like giving away money.
* Séraphin Poudrier from the French-Canadian novel ''Un homme et son péché''[[note]](lit. "A man and his sin")[[/note]] and its many adaptations in other media. His name is the Québécois equivalent of Scrooge or Harpagon, though it is normally used as an adjective rather than a noun ("être séraphin" = to be avaricious).
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The fictionalized Larry David in ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'' seems to be made of this trope. Like Jack Benny, the real Larry David isn't like this at all.
* Milburn Drysdale, from ''TheBeverlyHillbillies'' became more and more miserly as the series progressed. This was PlayedForLaughs, of course.
* Another comedy example is Fred Mertz from ''ILoveLucy''.
* Paulie Walnuts from ''Series/TheSopranos'' fits this trope to a "T". This is not his only personality quirk, it should be noted.
* Ben Weaver, from ''TheAndyGriffithShow''.
* Homer Bedloe, from ''Series/PetticoatJunction''.
* The Merchant Banker in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''.
* Rimmer in ''Series/RedDwarf'' has twenty-five thousand [[GlobalCurrency dollarpounds]] (in cash!), but borrowed $£15 from Lister to buy Lister's own birthday present. And then gave him a $£5 booktoken.
* The main character of the ''AlfredHitchcockPresents'' episode "Cheap is Cheap" is a penny-pinching miser who read other people's newspapers. In reality, he had quite a bit of money saved up.
* Kazran Sardick, in a ''Series/DoctorWho'' Christmas special. The whole episode is basically an AffectionateParody of Literature/AChristmasCarol.
* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'' is a cheapstake. At first, it was out of necessity after some bad investments but, by the time he became wealthy again, he remained thrifty.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* Gaea from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' gets lots of money and precious items from her ManipulativeBastard activity, doesn't contribute to her guild's common fund and acts as if she were in PerpetualPoverty, including using the guild's fund for her own expenses.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "Mean Mr. Mustard" by Music/TheBeatles.
* "Silas Stingy" by TheWho.
* "Doom Over Dead Man", by AmonAmarth
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* The title character of Bill Hoest's ''Agatha Crumm'' was a rare female example of this.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's Dad likes to tease Calvin like this. Notably by suggesting they get a Christmas Tree at New Year's by picking up one sitting by the trash. Since it may still have tinsel on, they'll save money and time on decorations.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* [[TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]] [[PlayedForLaughs used this trope for comedic effect]] on his radio show (and later, his television show) to the point that his fans came to assume he was a miser in real life. On the contrary, he was actually a kind, generous, and very giving man.
-->'''Robber:''' Your money or your life.\\
''{{beat}}''\\
'''Robber:''' I said, your money or your life!\\
'''Jack Benny:''' ''ImThinkingItOver!''
** It's probly worth noting that before Benny, most jokes about misers and skinflints were about Scotsmen or Jews. Afterwards, they were mostly about Jack Benny.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Harpagon, the main character in ''L'Avare'' (''Theatre/TheMiser'') by Creator/{{Moliere}} (to the extent that "un harpagon" is practically synonymous with "un avare", ie "a miser.")
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Marcus Kincaid of ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''. Would rather shoot you than give you a refund, and in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', he gives the wrong change to a customer and sends you on a mission to get the excess change back. How much change? ''Nine dollars''. (and this is for a sale where he conned the guy out of ''two million'' dollars!) He pays you tons of money to get his nine dollars back, but that's business. He also sends you on a mission to reclaim refund checks he wrote while drunk before they're sent.
* One of the targets of Lester's assassination missions in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' is a tight-fisted billionaire venture capitalist of the "corporate raider" variety, who, despite planning to acquire a controlling stake in a major automotive company, takes the same bus to and from work everyday. When you impersonate the driver to get close to him, he balks when he thinks the fares have been raised to ''$1.50'' and steals a pedestrians bicycle instead.
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[[folder:Web Videos]]
* According to her actress, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is too cheap and miserly to give anyone money. She's also notable for being TheGrinch as well.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Montgomery Burns, from ''TheSimpsons'', is the very definition of this trope.
--> '''Mr Burns:''' Anybody have change for a button?
* Mister Krabs from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' is a miser with a heart of... well, not gold, but certainly bronze...
** Possibly tin. Or some other metal common enough to make pawning it off not quite worth the effort.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Hetty Green, thought to have been the richest woman in the world at the time of her death in 1916, and the first woman to make a substantial impact on Wall Street, is considered to be one of the biggest misers in American history. Despite being worth over $200 million (that's $3.8 billion in 2009 dollars), she refused to heat her home because she hated to "waste money on frivolities", owned only one dress at a time (and only replaced it when it wore out beyond the ability to sew back together), and lived in pain most of her life because she refused to spend $150 on a hernia operation. She lived almost exclusively on cold oatmeal, being too thrifty to heat it. When her son Ned broke his leg as a child, Mrs. Green tried to have him admitted to a hospital charity ward. When she was recognized, she stormed away vowing to treat the wounds herself. The leg contracted gangrene and had to be amputated.
* Billionaire industrialist Andrew Carnegie is rightly viewed as a philanthropist, having set up many charitable institutions in his lifetime. In his personal life, though, Carnegie was the very epitome of this trope. His clothing, food, and furnishings were always the least expensive he could find, he had a habit of giving single dimes as tips to railroad porters and waiters, and followed a policy of never giving gifts.
* It has often been commented upon by people who work for the various charitable institutions that the less affluent tend to give more (based on a percentage of income) than the wealthy.
** Door-to-door charity collectors call some wealthy neighborhoods "Steep-And-Cheaps" because the rich love to live in hilly areas. Donations tend to be very sparse in such neighborhoods.
** The same goes for streets full of big money law firms.
* Oil baron H.L. Hunt was at one time the wealthiest man in [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas]], but he drove a twenty year old Ford and bought lunch every day at a nickel taco stand.
* John Roebling is the engineer who designed the Brooklyn Bridge. Once, while he was away on business, his wife wrote him to tell him that she had given birth to a daughter, and he wrote her back to chide her for wasting perfectly good ink on such trivial nonsense. When his foot was mangled in an industrial accident and his toes had to be amputated, he went through the surgery without anesthesia because he thought it would cost too much. Roebling refused to let the doctors bandage his foot (bandages being too expensive) and instead kept it submerged in a bucket of water, which lead to him [[HoistByHisOwnPetard contracting tetanus and dying a week later.]] After he died, the reading of his will revealed that he had calculated how much money he had spent raising each of his children and he had docked their inheritance accordingly.
* Ingvar Kamprand, the founder of IKEA, is among the richest men in the world, but drives around in his old Volvo. He also took a bus to a grand opening of a new IKEA in Russia. This could all be an image that he has built up of himself though.
* Supermodel TyraBanks admits that she's a bit of a miser, and says that it comes from living in poverty before she was discovered and started modeling. Despite having a personal fortune of upwards of $100 million, she says that she has a hard time spending money beyond what her agents and handlers want her to spend to maintain her image (mostly on her clothes, cosmetics, and living arrangements while she's traveling), and has been known to strip hotel rooms of every complimentary item she can just so she doesn't have to spend money for those items on her own.
* According to several friends and even his daughter Stella, [[TheBeatles Sir Paul McCartney]] is the worst sort of cheapskate despite having a net worth of over $1.2 billion. Apparently, he once threw a birthday party for his late wife, Linda, and charged the guests for drinks. Also, he told his children that he would only pay for their college education if they went to the cheapest schools they could find.
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