-> ''"She's a rich girl, she don't try to hide it,''
-> ''Diamonds on the soles of her shoes.''
-> ''He's a poor boy, empty as a pocket,''
-> ''Empty as a pocket with nothing to lose."''
-->-- '''Music/PaulSimon''', "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"

You know the story. It's a love story.

Our lovers are from different worlds -- one wealthy, one not. The poor girl has fallen in love with the GentlemanSnarker, or the {{Unlucky Everydude}} secretly courts the daughter of the richest man in town. And she loves him too. Maybe it was LoveAtFirstSight. Maybe she has a habit of slipping out to the seedier side of town for a night of fun. Maybe they've been friends their whole lives and the difference in status never really mattered. Will their love be enough to let them be happy together?

In any case, this is usually played out in one of three ways:
* The poor guy and rich girl mutually fall in love, and neither one cares about their differences in wealth. People around them, however, do, and conspire to interfere with True Love.
* The poor guy falls for the rich girl, even though he knows that she's out of his league. Undaunted, our hero engages in some ZanyScheme to get her to notice him or be impressed by him. This usually ends with the girl revealing that she doesn't care if he's rich or poor, and that she loves him for who he is.
* The poor guy and the rich girl fall for one another, but he doesn't know she's rich at first. When he finds out, he's either intimidated by her wealth once he finds out, or else doesn't think he's good enough for her. As before, she doesn't care about such things, and has to convince him that he's the one she wants.

When the rich girl wants nothing to do with the poor guy, but slowly warms up to him, it's a [[DefrostingIceQueen different trope entirely]].

Note that the roles [[GenderInvertedTrope aren't locked by gender]]: a working-class girl who loves a rich boy also fits this trope, as do two lovers of the same gender.

A relationship variant of the OddCouple and quite often overlaps with NobodyThinksItWillWork. Also often leads to cases of ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe, either with severe case of insecurity (like the third type above), or simply the poor guy being constantly feeling lucky and appreciative that someone so rich could fall for him. If it's not just the fact that she comes from money, but that he feels like she's above him, she's a PeerlessLoveInterest. Compare with AllGirlsWantBadBoys, which often follows the same socioeconomic groups (or the inverse, if the girl is TheIngenue and the boy is an GentlemanSnarker or SpoiledBrat). Can overlap with SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan as it is the guy's personality that wins her heart (as is the case mentioned above).

Not to be confused with the Creator/BrittanyMurphy film ''Film/UptownGirls'', which doesn't use this trope. Not to be confused with CityMouse either.

This is transitioning into DeadHorseTrope territory, since interclass marriage is no longer shocking, and the expectation that men should be the breadwinner in the family is much weaker today than it used to be. On the other hand, it may become an UndeadHorseTrope with the emergence of [[CultureWar culture wars]] and new waves of [[SlobsVersusSnobs social stratification]].
For the non-romantic variant, see InterclassFriendship. For the version endemic to India, see TypeCaste, although that trope is not restricted solely to marriage and relationships.

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* General: "Rich sheik abducts Japanese everyman" is a stock plot in BoysLove manga/light novels, with ''Manga/EternalLove'', ''KyokutouNoHanamuko'', ''SabakuNoOujisama'', ''OujiToKotori'' and ''SarouNoRyoshuu'' being but a few examples.
* The heroine of ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' is a pharmacist commoner whose rare hair color and beauty makes one prince try to force her to become his concubine and later falls in love with and starts dating the prince who rescued her from the first.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Byakuya Kuchiki and Hisana. Hisana was a commoner from one of the worst Rukongai districts while Byakuya was a noble from one of the four most powerful and highly ranked noble houses in Soul Society. The social inequality between them didn't bother Byakuya and Hisana, but the Kuchiki clan was appalled. Byakuya eventually won the fight to have Hisana as his wife, but she fell sick and died five years after they were married.
** Ryuuken Ishida and Kanae Katagiri. As an Echt, Ryuuken was a Quincy BlueBlood from one of the most powerful families alive and expected to marry another Echt. As a Gemischt, Kanae was Ryuuken's servant and bodyguard. Only when the ArrangedMarriage plan falls through are Ryuuken's relatives willing to let him and Kanae MarryForLove. [[spoiler:Kanae [[PlotTriggeringDeath dies]] six years before the main story begins, targeted for her commoner status.]]
* [[TeacherStudentRomance Nadeshiko Amamiya and Fujitaka Kinomoto]] in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura.'' Resulted in Nadeshiko being disowned by her wealthy family; she doesn't mind that much as Fujitaka was no GoldDigger, and she works as a model while he continues teaching and they live in a tiny but cozy apartment with their children.
** Arguably Sakura herself. Though Fujikata's finances seemed to have improved somehat given that he and his family live in a large, spacious house, Sakura's potential love interests are both very much wealthier than her. Syaoran's family is OldMoney, from one of China's most prestigious magical families. And Tomoyo (if your [[YuriFan shipping preferences run that way]]) is Sakura's second cousin on her mother's side and lives in a ''seriously'' BigFancyHouse and her mother Sonomi's company is implied to be just one branch of very large family fortune.
* ''Manga/{{Claudine}}'' de Montesse found himself as an Uptown Boy in regards to his first love Maura, a CountryMouse who worked as a maid in his family's BigFancyHouse. Made even more complicated by Claudine being {{transsexual}}.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'': Goku and Chichi could count as an example, because Goku was a practitioner of martial arts who lived in the mountains and he made the [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise promise to marry]] Chichi, the daughter of the Ox-King, who had a castle full of treasures, however the difference in social status was not an impediment because Chichi's father and Goku's grandfather were friends before, and Goku had saved the earth several times.
** Vegeta and Bulma play with this trope. While Vegeta is the prince of Saiyans, his home planet was destroyed, and he had spent the majority of his life working under Frieza. Bulma, on the other hand, is the heiress to Capsule Corporation, one of the biggest companies on Earth, and has never been stripped of her wealth like Vegeta was.
** Videl, Gohan's girlfriend is the daughter of the "savior of the world" [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan/Hercule]] who is a celebrity, millionaire, and even had a whole village named in his honor, while Gohan's family is running out of money, so the marriage between Gohan with Videl was something beneficial for his family.
** Likewise, Valese (Goten's girlfriend) is implied by the latter to be quite wealthy herself. That being said, she doesn't appear to really mind Goten's low-class status, with her genuinely enjoying the time she spends with him.
* ''Manga/DrSlump'': Subverted at the beginning. Obotchaman live as a common villager, works by handing out milk and is in love with Arale, but she at first was not a high class girl until almost the end of the anime and manga where she happened to become the mayor of the Penguin Village, so meets this trope.
* Subverted in ''FlamingIeraishan'' where a reporter falls in love with the heir to a viscount, who ends up running away and becoming a prostitute when his family is ruined. It then turns out the viscount was impotent and Saki's actually the son of a prostitute who he sheltered in order to appear to have an heir.
* In ''Manga/TheGentlemensAlliance'', Haine is poor and Shizumasa is rich. Slightly inverted in that Haine is not poor in any real sense; she's just significantly less wealthy than Shizumasa. Still, it plays just as the trope is described.
* In ''HanakageNoKioku'', Laurent is a butler who has been with Arthur's family since childhood, and initially rejects Arthur because of his status. Arthur's friend from school also tries to romance Laurent.
* Subverted in ''Hana Wa Junai Ni Junjiru'', where Tsubaki (presumably lower class himself) is being trained to be a high-class prostitute serving only the nobility and Daniel is a gardener at the manor. Daniel works to be knighted just so he can be with Tsubaki, but his fixation on class causes even more tension because Tsubaki doesn't want to be associated with the noblility's prostitute system and would rather Daniel had run away with him when they were kids.
* ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' (although it's a bit more complicated than that, obviously).
** To elaborate: Tsukasa Domiyouji is a rich bully who [[LoveAtFirstPunch falls in love]] with the poor-as-dirt Tsukushi Makino. Depending on where you are in the series, she either loves his rich friend Rui Hanazawa, and [[CloudCuckoolander it's difficult to tell what goes on in his head.]] [[CharacterDevelopment Later ]][[ResolvedSexualTension in ]][[UnresolvedSexualTension the series]] it revolves around the problems associated with [[OfficialCouple Tsukasa and Tsukushi]] being together since he's the heir to a super-rich corporation and she's just a Japanese commoner.
** The BetaCouple of Soujiro and Yuuki also counts, still with the guy as the UptownGirl and the girl as the pauper.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'': A little one-sided, at least at the start, as Nagi (the rich girl) has become infatuated with the extremely-poor Hayate after he saves her from kidnappers. She saves him from his (parents') debt, and he ends up serving her as a BattleButler to pay her back. For her, it seems to be mostly just an excuse to keep him around.
* Lina from ''Manga/{{Heroman}}'' comes from a rich-looking family while Joey looks really poor, although this fact isn't brought up at all, although it was hinted at by Lina's dad.
* ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'': Sophie (middle-class) and Howl (famous wizard).
* In ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'', Kaguya is the heiress to one of the richest families in Japan while Shirogane is working class (both he and his little sister have to work part-time jobs due to their father being unemployed).
* Akiko Hashou from ''Manga/KaseiYakyoku'' is very attracted to Taka, a young man affiliated to the {{Yakuza}}, and thus she's the the uptown girl to him.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[{{Ojou}} Konoka]] and her [[BodyguardCrush bodyguard]] [[LesYay Setsuna]]. An obstacle in their relationship is that Setsuna feels unworthy of Konoka because she is a commoner while Konoka is a blue-blood.
* Zigzagged in ''Manga/MaidenRose''. Taki is second-in-line to the throne in his own country. When Taki and Klaus first meet Klaus is of the nobility. Eventually Klaus' family lose that status because the monarchy is dissolved when the country falls to the Western Alliance, placing him in the wealthy middle class. Later, when Klaus becomes Taki's knight, he has to renounce his country, his name and status and becomes the lowest of the low in Taki's country. Their romance has been developing through all of this, but really comes into force after Klaus has lost his upper-class status.
* ''Manga/MaidSama'': Misaki (poor girl working at a maid cafe) and Usui (rich boy attending the same school she does). Previously, Usui's parents.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has Saji Crossroad, a poor UnluckyEverydude, fall for Louise Halevy, a SpoiledSweet {{tsundere}}, whose family is implied to be extremely wealthy and influential. The series seems to subvert the expectation that Louise's family would be hostile to Saji, as Louise's mother quickly takes to him, especially after hearing that he's an orphan, and basically treats him like a second child (which actually makes Louise jealous, a reaction played for comedy). Unfortunately, the series has a large dose of BreakTheCutie for both of them. [[spoiler:Starting with the massacre of Louise's entire family, at which point this trope becomes the least of their problems.]]
* ''MrKayashimasGracefulLife'' features an emotionally stunted UpperClassTwit whose only real interest in life is his relationship with his gardener.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** PlayedWith in regards to Hinata and [[spoiler:Naruto]]. Hinata was the heiress of the illustrious Hyuga clan and probably the closest Konoha had to a princess after Tsunade left, [[spoiler:while Naruto was the village pariah]]. However, by the time their romance actually ''starts'' during ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', [[spoiler:he had already become the hometown hero who had ''saved the world'', along with (presumably) being revealed as the son of the Fourth Hokage]]. Even if anyone wanted to object a relationship between them, they couldn't because [[spoiler:Naruto's]] credentials and achievements far outstripped any possible obstacles in regards to his social status. In fact, one could argue that ''Hinata'' is the one marrying above her station. However, it's ultimately {{Zig Zagged}} because she's still a member of the Hyuga clan's main family and she became [[spoiler:the ''Byakugan Princess'']] in ''The Last'', so despite [[spoiler:Naruto's]] credentials and achievements, Hinata is still considered royalty by the time they get together.
** Also PlayedWith in regards to Sasuke and [[spoiler:Sakura]]. He's the heir to the famous and powerful Uchiha clan, while she started off as a young kunoichi from a well-off but mostly unknown family. However, by Part II, the situation is reversed--Sasuke is a rogue shinobi with almost everyone hating him, [[spoiler:while Sakura is the Fifth Hokage's apprentice and eventually became the best medical ninja in the world]].
* ''Manga/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'' centers around this. The titular Nogizaka Haruka is the daughter of a ludicrous wealthy and powerful family, and the lower-middle-class Ayase Yuuto initially winds up as her confidant when he accidentally discovers her deep, dark secret... that she's an anime & manga otaku! As they spend time together, however, a relationship blooms - initially a type-1, but as Yuuto realizes [[{{Fiction500}} just HOW wealthy]] her family is, and what kind of powerful people she usually rubs elbows with (not to mention what kind of men are actively pursuing marriage with her), he slips into a type-3 as he starts to feel 'unworthy' of her. [[KnightTemplarParent Her father]] agrees, but who knows? Maybe there's a way for him to gain their respect...
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'': This was played with Hazuki and Masaru. Hazuki is the only daughter of a very wealthy family and her childhood friend Masaru is apparently a middle-class boy.
* ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'':
** Haru is the heiress to the Jigokumeguri zaibatsu. Tsurezure is middle class. People comment on how weird it is, but nobody seems to have a problem with it (Haru's father is even a ShipperOnDeck).
** GenderInverted with Akane (same social status as Tsurezure) and Chris (British noble), although neither of them has gotten around to confessing yet.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'':
** Tamaki (rich boy attending a private school) and Haruhi (a commoner ScholarshipStudent).
** Also Tamaki's parents with his father Yuzuru as the rich one, and his mother Anne-Sophie being poor due to her family's business failure and debt.
** Arguably Haruhi's parents, as her mom Kotoko was a lawyer and her dad Ryouji/Ranka was a bartender/host.
* ''Manga/SasamekiKoto'': Tomoe's wealthy family objects not only to the fact she's dating a servant's child but also to the fact Tomoe and her loved one are both ''girls''. However, they cannot do anything about it because of the reward Tomoe's grandfather gave as thanks for saving the family's finances.
* ''Manga/TheSecretAgreement'' contains examples of both wealth and class differences, with Iori being the only male heir to an [[ImpoverishedPatrician increasingly poor]] but noble family and [[NobilityMarriesMoney set to marry into a wealthier but less respectable family for their mutual benefit]]. Meanwhile his actual [[ChildhoodFriendRomance lover]] is a former StreetUrchin and fears if Iori marries he'll never see Iori again because the family won't need him to quietly sell off their possessions anymore (the only reason their friendship was tolerated in the first place).
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': Sakura (princess) and Syaoran (middle class).
* In ''Manga/{{Tsukigasa}}'', Azuma's family is loaded, whereas Kuroe is of a slightly more modest background.
* In ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' is an example where the gender is switched. Emma, an orphan maid, is pursued by, and falls in mutual love with, William Jones, a wealthy member of the upper-class gentry. In this case it's a matter of the third version of this trope, with Emma thinking that her lack of refinement and rank will only hurt William's station and cause trouble for him if they were to marry. The ParentalMarriageVeto doesn't help matters. [[spoiler: They get married anyway.]] It's played straight with William and Eleanor, the daughter of a [[ImpoverishedPatrician broke viscount]] who wants her to marry into the NouveauRiche Joneses to restore their fortune. William's father wants him to marry Eleanor to improve their social status.
* Due to their supernatural connection, after Mikhail forces Kiri to become his servant, they begin a physical relationship which eventually evolves into a romantic one in ''Manga/WildRose''.
* In ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'', two girls in the cast get marriage proposals from uptown guys: [[spoiler: Yoriko gets one from RebelPrince Saki Abdusha)]] and [[spoiler: Aoi is given another by IdolSinger Gorou]]. In a subversion, [[spoiler: each girl rejects her beau's affections -- Yoriko, because Saki is a foreign prince who might die since his {{Qurac}}-like nation is torn by civil war; Aoi, because she simply isn't interested in Gorou beyond friendship.]]

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Archie and Veronica from ''Franchise/ArchieComics''. (But not Archie and Betty, because Betty is a GirlNextDoor).
* ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}''. Tinya Wazzo (Phantom Girl) is the daughter of a rich, high-society family. Jo Nah (Ultra Boy) is a former gang member who lived on the streets.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'', Vladek Speigleman was working class, albeit very resourceful. He ended up marrying Anya, the daughter of a millionaire.
* {{Inverted}} in ''ComicBook/NikolaiDante'' - Galya is a poor peasant girl, while Viktor is a member of the aristocratic Romanov family. Dmitri doesn't take it well.
* Franchise/SpiderMan. Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. He's a poor kid from Queens trying to help his Aunt May pay the bills and make rent. She's a well to do high society girl whose father, a retired NYPD captain, hangs around media tycoon J. Jonah Jameson and industrialist Norman Osborn. This is always forgotten with everyone remembering Gwen as the GirlNextDoor.
* ''Comicbook/RobinSeries''. Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown. Her father is a criminal in prison and when they first meet her mother addicted to prescription drugs. His parents are the jet-setting owners of Drake Industries an international company. The difference is downplayed in that they start dating in costume not in their civilian lives. There's even more of a gap after he's adopted by Bruce Wayne, one of the richest men in the world.
* Comicbook/{{X 23}}, of all people: She's a HumanWeapon born in a lab, and who was (in)famously introduced in the comics as a homeless and penniless {{Streetwalker}} under the control of a brutal and sadistic pimp. Her two main love interests are [[Comicbook/NewXMenAcademyX Hellion]] and the [[Comicbook/AllNewXMen time-displaced teenaged Angel]], both of whom are from privileged and wealthy upbringings (although they didn't meet until after her days as a hooker were over).

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* General: Almost any fanfic [[FanPreferredCouple pairing]] the aristocratic Series/InspectorLynley and his working-class partner Sergeant Havers will inevitably have to deal in some fashion with their ''wide'' social disparity.
* General: several [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron[=/=]Starscream]] slash fics portray Starscream as the high-ranking Prince of Vos to Megatron's humble miner[=/=]gladiator.
* In the ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' fanfic ''Fanfic/LillyEpilogueFamilyMatters'', [[JerkAss Mr. Satou]] disapproves of Hisao for, among other factors ([[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain his disability being most prominent]]), being a "middle class bumpkin". FridgeLogic ensues when you realize that he married a journalist, [[spoiler:but he later admits that he ''wanted to believe'' that Hisao was unworthy of Lilly and that she would be better off in Scotland, so it's possible he was looking for reasons that might reflect badly on Hisao.]]
* At one point in ''Fanfic/{{Infinity}}'', a princess named Amnestra was mentioned who was in love with a guard. She herself has very little to do with the plot (and had been dead for tens of thousands of years) but [[spoiler: Nanoha brought her up as a method of psychological warfare while fighting Tsukuyomi (and proof that Amaterasu hadn't been captured but rather willingly come to her for help).]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Shadowchasers}}''; Jalal is the son of a dragon and a human woman, and while many assume that his mother was some [[DragonsPreferPrincesses princess or other aristocrat]], she was, in truth, a simple peasant girl; his dad was likely one of the most powerful and wealthiest Shadows in the world at the time.
* ''Fanfic/ExtremelyNaughty'' is about Agreste heir Adrien Agreste falling in love with middle-class Marinette.
* In ''Fanfic/TheEarthAdventuresOfMonStar'', middle-class human boy Marco ends up engaged to Princess Star due to a misunderstanding. While it is stressful, it does not take long for Marco to care for Star.
* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has it between Jeanette Fisher, who is the heiress of the most important clan in Crimson City, and A.J, who comes from a middle-class family. Jeanette's parents Kaoruko and Kazuto also had this, although they had to overcome a ParentalMarriageVeto from Kaoruko's father, who didn't approve of Kazuto because he came from [[WrongSideOfTheTracks Gringy City]], until he exposed the true nature of the criminal who was about to marry Kaoruko.

[[folder: Fairy Tales]]
* General: There are quite a few fairy tales of the poor nobody youngest son winning the hand of the princess. Sometimes it lasts, sometimes it ends badly. In general, if it's gender-reversed (as in "Literature/TheGooseGirl") the girl is a really a princess herself, who has been driven to a life of poverty, usually by a wicked stepmother.
** ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' and all its clones.
** ''Literature/TheValiantLittleTailor''.
* The tale of ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'': it's firmly in the ZanyScheme category, with Aladdin going to enormous lengths to get the rich princess.
** The [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Disney version]] is a mixture of the second and third, "insecure about his poverty," variety, as well as having the Princess desire to leave the palace and live on her own.
* From Creator/TheBrothersGrimm: "Die Kluge Bauerntochter" ("The Peasant's Wise Daughter").

[[folder: Film - Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'': Dmitri (a kitchen boy-turned conman) and Anastasia (Grand Duchess and daughter of the Tzar). Played with as for most of the film and when they fall in love, they're both penniless orphans and she's unaware of her identity. Then they find out the truth and Dmitri goes into HeroicBSOD knowing his feelings are no longer acceptable and he's not good enough for her.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInTheTwelveDancingPrincesses'' - Royal Cobbler Derek loves Princess Genevieve but doesn't believe he has any chances with her. "She's a Princess."
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInThePrincessAndThePauper'': Anneliese is a princess. Julian comes from a family so poor they could only pay the rent for one room. Erika is an indentured servant. Dominick is a king, and so wealthy that the queen decides Anneliese should marry him just for his money. Serafina is a pampered cat who lives in a palace. Wolfie is a street-smart cat...dog...sort of guy.
* ''[[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]]'':
** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' (a servant girl-turned princess) and Prince Charming (guess).
** ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'': She's the pedigreed pet of a well-to-do family, he's a streetwise stray mutt.
** ''Disney/TheAristocats'' has pampered pet cat Duchess and laid-back alley cat Thomas O'Malley.
** ''Disney/RobinHood'': "An outlaw for an in-law!"
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (a "street rat") and Princess Jasmine (the daughter of the local Sultan).
** In Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Jane is a London girl. Tarzan literally lives with gorillas. She ends up loving life in the jungle far more than life in the city.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'' has Kuzco, a cocky young South American emperor, and Malina, a beautiful peasant girl.
** ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' - Tiana's a relatively poor woman who dreams of carrying on her father's dreams and owning her own restaurant, whilst Naveen is the rich prince of a made-up country with a league of fangirls and media attention. Something of an inversion, as it's the upper-class Naveen who has to "win" the lower-class Tiana, and he's been cut off from the family fortune in any case.
** ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has Rapunzel, the lost princess, and Flynn Rider a.k.a. Eugene Fitzherbert, an orphan turned thief. Neither of them know she's the princess for quite some time, though.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' has Princess Anna of Arendelle and Kristoff, a simple ice harvester.
* ''[[Creator/DreamWorksAnimation Dreamworks]]'':
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' has a lowly worker ant pretending to be a soldier to impress a princess. It's also inverted with a female worker ant who forms a relationship with a member of the soldier caste.
** WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} and Fiona. He's an ogre, she's a princess. [[spoiler: At the end of the film, Fiona too becomes an ogre so that she can remain with Shrek forever.]]
* ''[[Creator/{{Pixar}} Pixar]]'':
** ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' features a similar plot, but without a romance element.
* Prince Chen from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfSuLing'' is a male variety. Su-Ling had no idea that he's the son of the infamous emperor [[spoiler:until she's almost forced to marry him.]]
* Elly and Tom from ''WesternAnimation/TheWaterBabies1978''. She's the niece of a lord and he's a street urchin so they couldn't be further apart socially.

[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* In ''ATL'', poor aspiring artist Rashad meets mysterious girl New-New at a skating rink. He doesn't know much about her background, but eventually finds out that New-New is filthy rich and her real name is Erin.
* Claire and Bender from ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' play it straight.
* ''Film/{{Carol}}'': Carol is a wealthy housewife and Therese is a department store employee living in a dingy apartment. They fall in love.
* In ''Daddy Long-Legs'', the orphan Jerusha "Judy" Abbott ends up with her rich benefactor.
* Gender-reversed in ''Film/DragMeToHell''. Christine is clearly from humbler roots than wealthy Clay and the whole plot is caused in part because she wants a promotion to measure up to his family.
* ''Film/TheFlintstonesInVivaRockVegas'': Upon learning about Wilma's financial status, Fred felt the trope's weight and feared not to be good enough for her. That helped Chip on his plan to get rid of Fred.
* ''Film/TheHowardsOfVirginia'' is an example from [[UsefulNotes/TheThirteenAmericanColonies colonial Virginia]], played straight.
* In the ''Film/IronMan'' series, while Pepper Potts is not exactly poor, she is nowhere near the social circles her multi-millionaire playboy boss Tony Stark is in. By the end of the second movie, they're going steady.
* ''Film/ItTakesTwo'': Diane believed rich guys like Roger would never marry people like her. They got together at the end.
* In ''Film/JumpingTheBroom'', while Jason is not poor, he came from a poor background and made his money by himself. His fiance Sabrina comes from old money, however, and this is the basis of the plot.
* The love subplot between Daniel and [[SpoiledSweet Ali]] in ''Film/TheKarateKid1984'' is this. Daniel's mom doesn't even have enough money to replace the AllegedCar they drive. Ali's parents are rich enough to attend country club.
* In ''Film/TheKingAndTheClown'' the King's fixation with a male street clown is a major point of contention in the court and used to help justify their coup. The King's HotConsort Nok-su is implied to also have caused friction for being lower class, but Nok-su is better at [[ManipulativeBitch court intrigue]] than Gong-gil is.
* In ''Film/AKnightsTale'', William tries to get his {{Blue Blood}}ed love interest to face the realities of life with him, a destitute fugitive from the law.
-->'''William:''' Where will we live? In my hovel, with the pigs inside during the winter so they won't freeze?
-->'''Jocelyn:''' [crying] Yes, William...with the pigs.
* ''Film/TheLover'' (or ''L'Amant'') is a 1992 French film based on the novel of the same name by Marguerite Duras. Set in French Indo-China in 1929, it depicts the illicit affair between a fifteen-year old French girl from an impoverished family and her wealthy Chinese lover -- as a result the trope applies to both parties due to the racial/social divide.
* ''Film/LoveStory'' is another gender-swapped example.
* The 1925 version of ''[[Film/TheMerryWidow1925 The Merry Widow]]'' features Prince Danilo getting engaged to show girl Sally O'Hara, but being pressured by the King and Queen into giving up his romance.
* In ''Film/NannyMcPhee Returns'', we see that the mother was from a wealthy family and ended up being HappilyMarried to a farmer. When her brother describes her as having made an "unfortunate marriage", her son is ''not'' pleased.
* A standard Creator/NicholasSparks trope--In ''Film/TheNotebook'' Allie's parents think that Noah isn't good enough for her because he works at the lumber mill.
** Occasionally, it's the boy who's​ the rich one.
** In his most recent offering, ''The Choice'', like the "Broom" example above, both are rich, but the boy fears (incorrectly) that the girl is rebuffing him because she comes from old money whereas he grew up poor.
* The first three ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' films have Elizabeth Swann (the Governor's daughter) and Will Turner (blacksmith's apprentice).
* ''Film/PeachBlossomWeepsTearsOfBlood'' is a Chinese silent film about a tenant farmer's daughter falling in love with the son of the wealthy woman who owns the land the tenant farmer works. The wealthy mom categorically refuses to allow the match, and tragedy ensues.
* ''Film/PrettyInPink'' is another gender-reversed example.
* ''Film/PrettyWoman'' has a rich man and a sex worker fall in love.
* ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'':
** It is absolutely no secret that Joe, the head of security for the Genovian Royal Family, is in love with Clarisse Renaldi -- [[UpToEleven the Queen of Genovia herself]], who returns his affections wholeheartedly. Admittedly, Clarisse is only royal by marriage, but this would still be the case regardless, as her marriage to the late King Rupert was an ArrangedMarriage, meaning that her family was already noble and/or well-off. Unusually for this trope, this is also a DecemberDecemberRomance, though it's implied that they've been in love with each other for years, long before Mia entered the picture.
** Mia's primary love interest in the first film, Michael, Lilly's brother, is a keyboardist in a garage band. She's the princess of Genovia.
* ''Film/SayAnything''. The image of Lloyd Dobbler standing across the street from Diane Court's house, holding a boom-box over his head has pretty much become a romantic icon.
* In ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful'', the poor guy pursues the rich girl, [[spoiler:but eventually ends up with his best friend]].
* ''Film/SplendorInTheGrass'' is a gender-swapped example, where [[spoiler:true love eventually doesn't overcome the obstacles]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': You'd ''think'' a former street kid and smuggler would consider the Princess of Alderaan and high-ranking Rebel commander well out of his league. But Han can be very persuasive when he wants to be.
** The prequel trilogy has Anakin Skywalker, a former slave turned Jedi Knight, falling in love and marrying Padmé Amidala, a former Queen and now Senator. Their marriage is secret, and of course, it does not end well.
* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': Rose [=DeWitt=] Bukater is, in Jack's words, a spoiled brat and an indoor girl, while he sleeps under bridges and goes where he pleases.
* ''Film/WildAtHeart'' has Lula Fortune, with her lover Sailor Ripley being from a much poorer background ''and'' recently released from jail as the film begins.
* Nick and Nora Charles of ''Film/TheThinMan'' movies are a HappilyMarried example of this trope: Nick was a working-class detective when he married high-society heiress Nora. Their vastly different backgrounds occasionally impact the plots.
* Allegra Cole from ''Film/{{Hitch}}'', which is part of the reason why Albert hires Hitch to help him break the ice with her. Exacerbated by the fact that he works for as one of her many accountants.

* General: A staple in Shannon Hale's books, though often toyed with and subverted. Crown Prince Geric falls in love with a goose girl, Isi in ''The Goose Girl''--she is actually the princess he is betrothed to, but at the time, neither of them know that. In ''Book of a Thousand Days'' a Mucker, or commoner, named Dashti falls in love with her mistress's betrothed, Kahn Tegus, while he thinks she is her mistress, the Lady Saren. [[spoiler: Lady Saren never loved him, and he never loved her, so Saren exacts her right to the betrothal for her "sister" Dashti.]] In the Princess Academy series, this is enforced--the Prince must marry a girl from the poor mountain village where Miri grew up, according to a vision from the seers. All the girls train to be proper ladies, and Miri spends some time hoping to be the princess. [[spoiler: in the end, the Prince chooses another girl, Britta, who turns out to have been his childhood best friend sent by her lesser-noble parents to the village so she could marry him. in the second book, Miri is elevated to Noblewoman, and becomes engaged to her childhood friend who remains a commoner. Britta, after her parent's treason is discovered, is stripped of her title and so marries the Prince as a commoner]]
* ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'':
** Given an interesting twist in ''1632''. On the surface, it's obvious which is which regarding "James Nichols, doctor from Chicago" and "Melissa Mailey, rural West Virginia schoolteacher" -- but the doctor from Chicago grew up on the streets in that city's roughest gang and only joined the Marines after being offered [[TradingBarsForStripes a choice between service and prison time]], and the West Virginia schoolteacher is actually a scion of the [[BlueBlood Boston Brahmins]]. This plays an important role in the plot.
** Eddie Cantrell, high school kid turned navy lieutenant, with the [[InsistentTerminology king's daughter]] Anne Cathrine of Denmark in ''1634: The Baltic War''. Another one with an interesting twist: [[spoiler:the two's ShotgunWedding was actually engineered by her father -- aka the king of Denmark -- because he wanted a son-in-law with knowledge of uptime technology]].
** Sarah Wendell [[spoiler:von Uptime]] from the ''Barbie Consortium'' and ''1635: The Viennese Waltz'' short story compilation and novel was engaged to Imperial Prince Karl von Liechtenstein, which had to be a morganatic marriage, even though she was extremely wealthy. Good thing loads of money can earn you favours from the emperor of a broke empire.
* Working-class ''Literature/AdrianMole'' and his aristocratic first wife Jo Jo.
** Adrian's most consistent love interest Pandora Braithwaite also counts as this, as do his exes Daisy Flowers and Pamela Pigg. Adrian himself was once an Uptown Guy to Sharon Bott (described by him as "lower-working/underclass")
* Robbie Turner and Cecelia Tallis from ''Literature/{{Atonement}}'' definitely fall into the "friends their whole lives" category. He's the son of a servant and she's the daughter of the wealthy family.
* Tennyson's ''The Beggar Maid'': "Cophetua sware a royal oath: 'This beggar maid shall be my queen'" (This was itself based on an old ballad, The King and the Beggar-maiden.)
** The same author's ''The Lord of Burleigh.''
* Kevin Kwan's ''Crazy Rich Asians'' has Astrid Leong, a rich, fashionable, and beautiful heiress coming from ''two'' extremely wealthy and powerful Singaporean OldMoney families and her husband Michael Teo, a middle class who owns a start-up. Subverted in the sequel, ''China Rich Girlfriend'', when his start-up becomes so successful, (after unknowingly bought by Astrid's ex, a tech biilionaire, in order to make her and Michael equal after they almost split up due to their contrasting social status) he ends up being a billionaire.
* Captain Sam Vimes and Lady Sybil Ramkin (subsequently Sir Samuel and Lady Sybil Vimes) in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', although older than the usual examples of the trope. The resultant class dynamics lead to Vimes being seen as "a jumped-up copper to the nobs, and a nob to the rest".
* Jessica Day George's ''Dragon Slippers'' has a dressmaker fall for the second born Prince of her kingdom. [[spoiler: after they save the kingdom, the King offers to marry her to his son. his OLDER son. Creel rejects the offer]]
* This is a subplot in the Creator/RobertWestall book ''Fathom Five''.
* Creator/PhilipRoth's ''Literature/GoodbyeColumbus'' chronicles the ill-fated romance between working-class librarian Neil Klugman and upper-middle-class JewishAmericanPrincess Brenda Patimkin.
* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'': Gatsby and Daisy, which is why Gatsby was so determined to become rich, so he would be more worthy of her. Unfortunately, even after he's a wealthy guy he's a ''new money'' wealthy guy so the field still isn't even.
* In ''Literature/TheGrimnoirChronicles'' we have Faye, a poorer-than-dirt Okie girl falling for Francis, who is heir to one of the wealthiest companies in the world, and he with her. [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe Neither is exactly sure what the other sees in them.]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry isn't obscenely upper class, but he's very well-off and, by [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince his sixth year]], is pretty popular. He ultimately marries Ginny Weasley, who is from a poor "blood traitor" family.
** Hermione Granger, whom WordOfGod says is from a well-to-do Oxford family, and her marriage to Ginny's brother Ron. To the haughty purebloods like the Malfoys, Blacks, and Yaxley it would be the other way around. While Ron might be from a dirt poor and ridiculed family he is still a pureblood and Hermione is a muggleborn, the lowest of the low to them, except for muggles.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, the monarch of Manticore is required by law to marry a commoner.
* ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'' plays with this. At first Shasta is essentially an orphan slave boy and Aravis is a very high-level noblewoman. It's reversed when [[spoiler: Shasta is revealed to be Prince Cor of Archenland]] and Aravis finds herself essentially a refugee. [[spoiler: It ends evened out when she's invited to become a LadyInWaiting in the Archenland court, their relationship goes into BelligerentSexualTension with time, and they married years later]].
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' Katniss' mother was part of the merchant class while her father was part of the lower class people living in the Seam. She left her more financially secure home in the merchant district to live poorly in the Seam with him. Eventually [[spoiler:her daughter would do the opposite. Katniss, born and raised in the Seam, married Peeta, a member of the merchant class.]]
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** Annala's family is pretty high status in Dnnac Ledo (her mom is an R&D company CEO, her dad's an ambassador, and her aunt is the police chief) while Eric is a BlueCollarWarlock whose only family is his guild. Little attention is brought to this fact because [[InterspeciesRomance it's overshadowed by]] [[MayflyDecemberRomance other factors]]. Her family encourages it because of his devotion to her; the only one to object is her twin, [[MySisterIsOffLimits who wouldn't accept anyone on principle.]]
** Nolien and Tiza; he's the heir to one of Ataidar's Four Pillars and she is an "alley cat" orphan. Any objections to their [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend not-quite-there-yet relationship]] were cancelled when Tiza demonstrated that she was only one with enough PowerOfLove to [[spoiler: restore Nolien's sanity after he mana mutated.]]
* ''Literature/KindlingAshes'': Corran is the son of a noble and Tilda is the daughter of a tutor. He has to disguise himself as a merchant's son just to met her.
* This is the major source of dramatic conflict in ''Literature/LadyChatterleysLover'', where the well-bred lady of the gentry takes up with the gardener. Played with and doubled in that she was a RagsToRiches story herself, having been working-class before marrying her rich husband Lord Chatterley.
* In Creator/ScottWesterfeld's ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' series Alek is rich and Deryn is poor but it's a lot more complicated than that. Alek is the son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (see his entry in RealLife below) via his morganatic marriagge and a potential heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne though he is not currently in he line of succession. Deryn the [[PluckyMiddie plucky English middie]] is a SweetPollyOliver, "as common as [[UnusualEuphemism barking]] ''dirt''", and technically his enemy since they're in the middle of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Unfortunately, he told Deryn before TheReveal of her true gender and unaware [[TearJerker she's in love with him]]) that if he ever loved a commoner, he'd immediately put as much distance between them as possible because he refuses to put his own children through what he had to go through as a virtual, if not actual, NobleBastard. It takes them a while to get past that misunderstanding,though by the end of the third book he wouldn't trade Deryn for any throne
* ''LittleWomen'': One of the March sisters is expected to marry their rich neighbor Laurie by the locals, since the four girls are good friends to him. (In fact, they openly wonder if Marmee is training Meg and Jo to be {{gold digger}}s, which disgusts them greatly since they like Laurie as a person). In the sequel, Laurie marries the youngest of the sisters, Amy. (Who had already refused to marry another rich guy.)
** Discussed by the end of the first book, too. When [[RichBitch Aunt March]] finds out that Meg's being courted by Laurie's tutor John Brooke, she thinks he's a GoldDigger who wants to marry Meg solely because she's got rich relatives and attempts a marriage veto. [[ForbiddenFruit This causes]] Meg's LoveEpiphany, and she refuses the Aunt's words.
* The [[StarCrossedLovers star-crossed]] OfficialCouple of ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheLion'' trilogy: Marcus is a wealthy BlueBlood and Hadassah is his sister's slave. A shorter-lived, less cute example is Marcus’ [[SpiritedYoungLady sister]] Julia and Atretes, a slave (albeit something of a celebrity because of his successful gladiator status).
* In ''Literature/{{Maurice}}'', after a failed platonic romance with [[UpperClassTwit Clive]], Maurice has sex with the under-gamekeeper at Clive's estate. Their class difference even more than their homosexuality is what nearly stops them from pursuing a real relationship.
** Similarly, in ''Literature/ARoomWithAView'', Lucy has a choice between Cecil, who is of her own class, and George Emerson, who is of a lower class (and particularly prone to behaviour inappropriate for Lucy's class).
* ''MrWarrensProfession'' is a [[QueerRomance gay romance novel]] about a baronet who falls in love with a clerk in [[VictorianLondon Victorian England]].
* The ''Literature/NoughtsAndCrosses'' series is based on this, though the books have their own class system where [[PersecutionFlip the dark-skinned Crosses dominate the fair-skinned Noughts.]]
* ''Literature/OneDay'' reverses the genders with wealthy upper-class Dexter and the more modestly brought-up Emma in a WillTheyOrWontThey situation.
* Simone Elkeles' ''Literature/PerfectChemistry'' is this, with [[StepfordSmiler Brittany Ellis]] (rich, privileged white girl) and [[JerkassFacade Alejandro]] "[[DoNotCallMePaul Alex]]" [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Fuentes]] (poverty-class, Latino, in a gang). The town they live in ''heavily'' segregates between the north side (upper class) and the south side (lower class).
* Creator/PGWodehouse liked to parody this trope. The [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe romance novels]] by "Rosie M. Banks" were entirely centered around romances of this kind, and brimming with StylisticSuck.
* Although most adaptations gloss over or ignore the fact, the aristocratic Raoul pursuing a marriage with opera singer Christine in ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' is rather unorthodox and a source of major contention between Raoul and his older brother Philippe. The public, unaware that there's a criminally insane StalkerWithACrush in the mix, assume the mystery surrounding the young couple's fate has something to do with the brothers' falling out.
* In ''The Premature Burial'' by Creator/EdgarAllanPoe, there is a [[StoryWithinAStory story]] about a young French woman named Victorine who came from a wealthy family and had a relationship with a poor journalist named Julienne. [[spoiler: They had to break it off because her {{Blueblood}} family was pressuring her to marry a rich banker...which she did. The banker in question abused her, and she (apparently) died. Julienne stopped by her grave to get a lock of her hair as a memento, and found that she was still alive! He nursed her back to health, and they eloped to America together. Upon returning to France some 20 years later, a court ruled that she was now legally married to Julienne and not the banker guy, because of the unusual circumstances.]]
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''. Lady Catherine throws a hissy fit over someone as (relatively) low-class as Elizabeth marrying Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth wins this by exposing Lady Catherine not as a snob, but an idiot: "He is a gentleman. I am a gentleman's daughter. So far, we are equal." Which is absolutely true. Mr. Bennett is a landowner, an esquire, just like Darcy (he just owns less, or less profitable land); they are of exactly the same social class. That some modern readers fail to understand that 'class' in the 1790s was defined by where your money came from, not how much you made, is understandable, but for Lady Catherine to forget it (or at least expect Elizabeth not to realize it) makes her a complete ass as well as a bully.
** Lady Catherine's opinion on Lizzy's class was not, at the time, uncommon. While technically Darcy and Mr Bennett are of the same social class, the former is descended from a very old and wealthy landowning family on one side and straight-out nobility on the other. Mr Bennett is a landowner, if a rather small one; but his and his wife's relatives are merchants and lawyers. To Lady Catherine, a peer both by birth and marriage, the idea of having Darcy bring a niece of merchants and lawyers into her family would be utterly repugnant. It helps that she already has plans for him to marry a noblewoman (Her own daughter) and keep all the wealth in the family.
* In ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''. Buttercup gets made princess of a tiny area so that Prince Humperdinck can marry her. This also puts her socially above Westley who used to work as her farmhand before becoming a pirate captain.
* Jessica Day George's ''Princess of the Midnight Ball'' has a romance between soldier-turned-gardener named Galen and the crown princess, Rose. He undertakes the quest to discover what's going on with the princess's shoes, but curiously offers to go without the Standard Reward of a princess's hand in marriage, not wanting to force Rose to marry him.
* In the ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' books of the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'', Guardsman Mattes Tunstall gets together with Lady Sabine of Macayhill She's much happier in the company of Dogs than her fellow nobles. [[spoiler:It eats at him enough that he turns traitor for the sake of a title in ''Mastiff''.]]
* Salli and Alinadar from ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'', the former being a noblevixen and the latter a female Commoner with a bad case of BodyguardCrush
* Sarah Biddle, the orphaned housekeeper and David Braddock, the wealthy Philadelphia businessman, during the late 1800s in Stephanie Grace Whitson's ''Sarah's Patchwork'', the first book in her Keepsake Legacies series.
* The ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story ''A Scandal in Bohemia'' has the "rich guy, common girl" romance with the Prince of Bohemia and Miss Irene Adler. Used to show how superior the resourceful and clever Miss Adler is to her 'superior':
-->''"From what I have seen of the lady, she seems, indeed, to be on a very different level to Your Majesty," said Holmes, coldly.''
** Then there's Watson and Mary Morstan in ''The Sign of Four''. He thinks she's too far above him because they think she has a huge inheritance coming. After they find out she doesn't, he feels free to court and marry her.
* ''Literature/ShipBreaker'' seems to be setting this up between light crew ship breaker, Nailer, and Nita, whose father is one of the richest men in the world. Nothing's happened yet, but there's been lots of ShipTease and one kiss so we'll see...
* {{Subverted}} a few times in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
** Ser Jorah Mormont may be the son and heir-apparent of a lord, but his father's the lord of a remote, barren island in the GrimUpNorth. Nonetheless, he sets his sights on the daughter of a wealthy house from the cosmopolitan south. He catches her eye after winning a major tournament and successfully negotiates the StandardHeroReward from her father, and she happily marries this dashing young knight. A fairy tale ending, right? Not quite. Used to the culture of one of the oldest and largest cities in the world, she quickly finds herself bored out of her skull in his remote castle. He bankrupts himself on lavish entertainments to try to keep her happy and winds up on the wrong side of the law. They flee across the sea and he becomes a sellsword and is now even poorer, and she ultimately leaves him and becomes a high-priced prostitute. Things go FromBadToWorse for poor Jorah when he sets his sights even higher: on Daenerys "Stormborn" Targaryen, the Unburnt, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, [[TheMagnificent many other titles to follow]].
** Then there's [[EvilChancellor Petyr]] "[[MagnificentBastard Little]][[TheChessmaster finger]]" [[LoveMakesYouEvil Baelish]]. Even poorer than Mormont, a lordling only by courtesy, heir to a rundown keep, a flock of sheep, a couple dozen peasants and some rocks, he's sent as a boy to be fostered by Hoster Tully, Lord Paramount of the Riverlands and becomes [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend childhood friends]], and eventually falls in love, with his eldest daughter. Unfortunately, she's slated for an ArrangedMarriage to a JerkJock from one of the Great Houses. Petyr, head full of stories of plucky young heroes winning the hearts of fair maidens against all odds, challenges him to a duel. [[RealityEnsues He barely makes it out with his life,]] and the girl he feels [[EntitledToHaveYou entitled to]] winds up in a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage with another man. He ''does'' later marry her equally Uptown Girl sister, but [[spoiler: it's a loveless charade and he ends up pushing her out a window]].
** A PuppyLove variety with little Arya Stark, the [[{{RebelliousPrincess}} Princess of the North]] and [[{{HeroicBastard}} Gendry]], a bastard child from the underbelly of Kings Landing, who [[{{TrueCompanions}} befriend each other]] and grow [[{{ShipTease}} very close]] during their experiences across wartorn Westeros. Played with, in that they became friends when Arya was on the run disguised as a [[{{KingIncognito}} commoner]], Gendry had no idea who she was initially, and even after she trusted him with her identity, still treated her the same as nobody else could know. It's implied several times that he's uncomfortable with her true status and worried about what will happen between them once she returns to her proper position. [[spoiler: They later get separated for different reasons, so time will tell if they end any better than the other examples.]]
* In the ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet, this technically happens with Alanna (a knight who's from one of the oldest noble families in Tortall) and George (commoner who became the King of Thieves), though by time they get married, George has been given the title of baron and an estate for his services to the Crown (and to make things easier when he has function as the Crown Spymaster).
* Yukio Mishima's ''The Sound of Waves'' has a poor boy falling in love with a rich girl, and her father doesn't approve and there's Malicious Gossip and all that. The boy eventually gains the father's approval by going out on one of his fishing boats and saving it from being wrecked in a storm.
* In ''Literature/SpyHigh'', wealthy Ben is initially drawn to the equally privileged Lori; but his true love turns out to be wrong-side-of-the-tracks Cally.
* ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' had a few examples of this, such as one book where a visiting European prince falls for blue-collar Dana. There's also the spin-off ''Elizabeth'' series where Elizabeth goes to London and falls in love with an aristocrat while working as a servant at his manor house.
* The first client of ''Literature/TommyAndTuppence'' as Blunt's Brilliant Detectives is an UpperClassTwit called Lawrence St Vincent, who is in love with a girl who works in a hat shop, and wants them to investigate her mysterious disappearance. [[spoiler: It turns out to all be a ZanyScheme to get him to notice her, hatched by Tuppence without Tommy's knowledge. Later stories establish that they got married.]]
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Bella's working or middle class. The Cullens are wealthy (its easy to make money if you're immortal and a smart investor) so regardless of which it still counts.
* The old Spanish poem "El Romance de Gerineldo" ("Gerineldo's Romance") is about the titular Gerineldo, the favorite butler of the King of Spain, who's desired by the ''Infanta'' aka the Spanish Princess. They're both aware of the taboo of their potential relationship, but the ''Infanta'' refuses to let it deter her. [[spoiler: They finally sleep together, and her OverprotectiveDad catches them: he's torn between his duty to punish the guy for taking his daughter's virginity and how he [[LikeASonToMe Gerineldo is like a son to him]], so rather than waking them up he places his sword between them without raising them from their sleep. How things end depend on each version: the major part feature {{surprisingly happy ending}}s of the "the King forgives Gerineldo since he refuses to throw the ''Infanta'' under the bus" or "the ''Infanta'' confesses what happened [[PleaseSpareHimMyLiege and gets her dad]] to let her marry Gerineldo aka her first and only lover".]]

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* General: Many, ''many'' Latin American soap operas (specially of the ''pink'' type) are built around the rich guy, poor girl dynamic. Though the "rich girl, poor guy" GenderFlip has become increasingly popular in the last decades.
* A favorite trope of American [[SoapOpera soap operas]] as well, played with both genders:
** Supercouple Angie and Jessie of ''Series/AllMyChildren'' were constantly kept apart by her disapproving father who felt that street kid Jesse was going to ruin his daughter's life. Meanwhile, their counterparts Greg and Jenny were frequently tripped up by his snobby mother.
** Some storylines have twisted it even further and had the ''poor'' boy's/girls's family interfere, ostensibly to protect their child from being snubbed, but truthfully because ''they'' are the ones to look down on the rich people for supposedly having had their money handed to them as opposed to the blue-collar people who have to actually work for it.
* ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'': In season 2, Andy, the owner of a candy store across Max and Caroline's cupcake shop, falls for Caroline, until he learns about Caroline's last name and feels intimidated by her ''former'' life as a wealthy socialite, even though Caroline is now actually penniless due to her father's Ponzi Scheme scandal.
* The princess ''Series/{{Arabela}}'' is the beautiful young daughter of King Hyacint, ruler of the Fairy Tale Kingdom. Her suitor Petr is a normal human student.
* Episode 2 of the third season of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' specifically references this trope via a BigLippedAlligatorMoment which doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny. Rich girl [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Alex]] and downtown boy [[CowboyCop Gene]] replace Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tz8ppujjTXw in the music video for "Uptown Girl" itself]] (with Ray, Chris, and Background Cop #3 filling in as backup singers). [[spoiler: Despite Alex and Gene's obvious BelligerentSexualTension, things never got past a kiss.]]
** Not to mention Gene's favourite nickname for Alex: "Bolls/Bolly/Bollinger Knickers". Bollinger is a type of champagne.
** Also emphasised in 3.2 with the dating agency forms, when Alex's favourite meal is "roast foie gras with gooseberry, braised konbu and crab biscuit" which she had whilst on holiday in northern France, whereas Gene's is steak and chips.
* From the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' episode "Amy and Amiability":
-->H: Can it be possibly true? Surely love has never crossed such boundaries of class? (clutches Amy's hand)
-->A: But what about you and Mum?
-->H: Well, yes I grant thee when I first met her I was the farmer's son and she was just the lass who ate the dung, but that was an exception.
-->A: And Aunty Dot and Uncle Ted.
-->H: Yes, yes alright, he was a pig poker and she was the Duchess of Argyle, but-
-->A: And Aunty Ruth and Uncle Isaiah, she was a milkmaid and he was-
-->H: The Pope! Yes, yes, all right.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', this happened between LovableAlphaBitch Cordelia and working-class nerd Xander.
* There's a gender-reversed element of this in the developing relationship between millionaire playboy mystery writer Richard ''Series/{{Castle}}'' and working-stiff police officer Kate Beckett.
** Interestingly, they both were on equal footing during their childhoods. Castle went to boarding school, and his family was only moderately wealthy; Beckett attended a prestigious high school and probably would have had even more opportunities had her lawyer mother not been murdered.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'':
** The relationship between Woody the bartender and the millionaire's daughter Kelly Gaines.
** Sam and Diane were the series's first example, despite the fact that Diane only ''acts'' like an uptown girl. Rebecca, both as the corporate IronLady, and then later as the simpering Yuppie ButtMonkey, managed to subvert this trope.
* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' has a lot of similarity to the poor-guy rich-girl story type, but is actually an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] in that, though Dharma's parents live the hippy lifestyle, they aren't doing that badly for themselves financially.
* Dwayne Wayne and Whitley Gilbert in ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' definitely fits here, Dwayne being the college nerd Everyman and Whitley the upper crust snob. Dwayne didn't start pursuing her until Season 3, but from there it was pretty much your average sitcom relationship, starting with Type 2 and progressing to Type 1 and eventually marriage through a course of break-ups and 'desperately in love with you' revelations.
* There's [[SubvertedTrope Double Secret Subversion]] in ''Series/DirtySexyMoney''. Ultra-rich Jeremey Darling meets a beautiful woman named Sofia while temporarily working as a valet in one of his family's business. He falls in love with her, then pretends to be a starving artist to prove to himself he can win her over without disclosing his real identity as (essentially) an UpperClassTwit. The story doubles up on this trope because Jeremy was the poor boy going after the rich girl, when it was the girl who was the poor (well, okay, ''comparatively poorer'') one all along.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
** [[RebelliousPrincess Lady Sybil]], the earl's youngest daughter, and Branson, the family's Irish socialist chauffeur. After [[spoiler:they marry and Sybil [[DeathByChildbirth dies in childbirth]]]], he briefly became an Uptown Guy for [[SchoolMarm Miss Sarah Bunting]].
** Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley would count. Although he's a third cousin of the earl and is the family's only remaining heir, he is middle class; a source of friction in the first series. When Matthew briefly becomes engaged to Lavinia Swire, Mary has a courtship with self-made Sir Richard Carlisle who, although considered a gentleman, is distinctly not of her class.
** Lady Edith and newspaper editor Michael Gregson.
** Rosamund Painswick's late husband was a very wealthy banker, but had no title and was the grandson of a merchant. The Dowager Countess comments that, although not quite a "rough diamond", he was "cut and polished comparatively recently."
** In series four, Lady Rose becomes engaged to Jack Ross, an African-American jazz singer. Aside from the scandal surrounding such an interracial relationship, Mary points out that his being a jazz singer is almost equally as shocking to polite society. Rose later marries Atticus Aldridge who, like Rosamund's husband, is very wealthy but has no title (and is also considered of a lower class because his family is Jewish.)
* Mallory and Nick from ''Series/FamilyTies''.
* One of the most popular sketches of ''Series/TheFastShow'' was based around lord of the manor Ralph and his incredibly awkward affections for lower-class handyman Ted.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Even if it stayed in the realm of UST, it was very obvious that rancher's-son-turned-enlisted soldier-turned-smuggler Mal Reynolds was very much smitten with Inara Serra, a ''very'' high-class courtesan that he probably wouldn't have been able to afford a night with if he hocked the ship. There is also an element of this with Simon and Kaylee in that he was a rich surgeon while she was a farmgirl [[WrenchWench mechanical genius]]. However in their case he isn't rich at the time of the series as he gave up everything to save his sister, though his upper class background is still an element of friction.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': Geoffrey fell in love with a woman who moved next to the Banks' mansion. Everything was right until he learned she's rich instead of a servant. What really troubled him wasn't her money but her social class.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Gendry, a bastard armorer's apprentice and [[PrincessInRags Arya Stark]]. In Season 3's "Kissed By Fire", Gendry decides to remain with the outlaw group The Brotherhood Without Banners, instead of continuing on to Riverrun where Arya's highborn family rule.
-->'''Gendry:''' [[BandOfBrothers These men are brothers, they’re family.]] I’ve never had a family.
-->'''Arya:''' ''I'' can be your family!
-->'''Gendry:''' You wouldn’t be my family. You’d be m'lady.
** Tyrion and Shae. Deconstructed when Shae points out the complications of a lord and a prostitute having a long-term relationship. When Tyrion is forced to marry a woman closer to his social status, Shae becomes increasingly jealous. After Tyrion finally decides to send her away, she betrays him at his trial.
--> '''Shae:''' I'm your whore. And when you are tired of fucking me I will be nothing.
** Oberyn and Ellaria are one of the happier couples on the show, but can't get married because he's a prince and she's a bastard.
** Queen Daenerys and slave-turned-mercenary Daario.
** Samwell Tarly (coming from the noble Tarlys, despite being rejected by his father) and Gilly (a wildling).
** Jon Snow (coming from the noble Starks, from his father's side, despite being a bastard) and Ygritte (a wildling).
* The central couple of ''Series/GranHotel'' are a classic example: Alicia is the upper-class daughter of the hotel owner and she's having a love affair with Julio, a poor waiter.
* Many of the main characters' boyfriends in ''Series/HotInCleveland'' are this trope. While the ladies aren't crazy rich they are used to the much more upscale lifestyle of Hollywood. In the pilot episode Melanie can't stop gushing about how the first guy she hooked up with is a plumber and all of the women talk about how they always wanted to date guys who would "actually know how to fix stuff."
* ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' plays around with the trope. One of Bertie's friends wants to marry a waitress. To convince his uncle that it's a good idea, he makes him read romance novels where chambermaids end up marrying their masters.
* Desmond and Penny, on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Also Jin and Sun.
* Pete and Trudy Campbell on ''Series/{{Mad Men}}'' are an example of this trope. Trudy's parents are actually quite wealthy, but they are new money, in contrast to Pete's being a WASP. However, this is never shown as a conflict, and not even really explored.
** There are a few other examples: a gender-swapped one with Pete and working-class [[PluckyOfficeGirl Peggy Olson]] in the 1st and 2nd seasons (though this os never pointed out) and Don and Betty were this trope during their marriage, since Don was raised on a farm in contrast to Betty who was raised in a Pennsylvania Main Line society.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Hal comes from a very rich family that openly hate Lois.
* ''Series/TheNanny'': Gender flipped with rich Broadway producer Maxwell and working-class Fran (the titular nanny).
** In the last season, RichBitch C.C. Babcock and Niles the butler.
* Gender flipped with Gwen and Arthur in the BBC show ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Not to mention he is royalty and she is a servant.
* Ryan and Marissa. This is the primary storyline for the first half of ''Series/TheOC''.
* Regina and Daniel in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. This is firmly in the "mutually fall in love, and people around them conspire to interfere with True Love," category. She's the daughter of a wealthy family and he's the stable boy.
* Working-class Rodney and well-heeled Cassandra in ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. Before meeting Cassandra, Rodney also dated earl's daughter Lady Victoria.
* Robin and Kate in series three of ''Series/RobinHood''.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Maddie falls for a rich guy and attempts to look and act rich so he will like her.
** London Tipton, the wealthy heiress to the Tipton Hotel, dated her hotel's lifeguard, and also once pretended to be poor to impress a guy who dislikes rich people.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** Yukito and Emiri in ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger''
** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' hinted at a romance between impoverished Sousuke and wealthy DefrostingIceQueen Miu. Would also apply to the popular fan-pairing of Saki with Miu's brother Hiroto.
** Hikaru and Urara in ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' would count, since Urara is a middle-class human girl whereas Hikaru is the future ruler of Magitopia.
** Although not canon, a lot of ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' fans were rooting for the pairing of samurai princess Kaoru with poor sushi seller Genta.
** Itinerant Daigo and multi-million dollar heiress Amy in ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger''.
* Hyde and Jackie from ''Series/That70sShow'' (while they were a couple). Jackie is a rich girl and cheerleader, Hyde is a poor delinquent with a messed up family who lives with Eric's family because he has nowhere else to go. Initially Hyde stated their differences in social status as a reason they shouldn't go out, as they had nothing in common.
* ''Series/MadamSecretary'''s lead couple Elizabeth and Henry [=McCord=]. She's strongly implied to come from money (among other things she went to boarding school with the Crown Prince of Bahrain), whereas he's the son of a steelworker who went to college on the US Marine Corps' dime.

* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is Music/{{Billy Joel}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCuMWrfXG4E "Uptown Girl"]], about a low-class street kid who falls for, and pursues the affections of, a rich "uptown girl". Joel claimed that the song was originally written about his relationship with his then-girlfriend [[Creator/ElleMacPherson Elle [=MacPherson=]]], but it ended up also becoming about his soon-to-be wife Christie Brinkley (who starred in the song's music video).
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDbyOLzEyfk ''Uptight (Everything Is Alright) '']] by Music/StevieWonder is about a romance between an uptown girl from the right side of the tracks and a poor man's son who can't afford new clothes to go steppin' out in. It all turns out all right: she sees that his "heart is true."
* The song "We Both Go Down Together" by Music/TheDecemberists is about a wealthy young man who falls in love with a poor girl. It doesn't end well for either of them.
* Music/PaulSimon's "Diamonds on the soles of her shoes" from ''Graceland'' is ''explicitly'' about this trope.
* "Dawn (Go Away)" by Music/FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons. The same group also did a gender-swapped version, "Rag Doll", in which the male singer is in love with a poor girl.
* "West End Girls" by the Music/PetShopBoys ... [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible probably]].
* From the Jay And The Americans song "Only in America": "Only in America / Would a classy girl like you fall for a poor boy like me!"
* The song "Down In The Boondocks" is about a poor boy in love with a rich girl. The song was first popularized in 1965 by pop singer (later turned country artist) Billy Joe Royal, and in 1969 became a big country hit for ex-Raiders guitarist Freddy Weller.
* Spanish band Amaral made a cruel subversion of this trope in their latest album, where the girl gets into drugs and heavy drinking and esentially wastes her life intoxicated.
* "Saginaw, Michigan," a No. 1 country hit (and minor crossover hit) for hardcore honky tonk legend Lefty Frizzell, tells the tale of the poor farm kid who pursues -- and eventually wins -- the hand of the rich girl. Before the two are married, however, he shakes off his disapproving father (a hardcore asshole who was also very greedy and oppressively protective of her) by claiming that he found a large gold claim in Alaska.
* "Wolverton Mountain" by Claude King, a No. 1 country smash and top 5 pop hit in 1962, was the tale of a poor farm boy pursing a highly desirable and presumably wealthy girl ("''Her tender lips are sweeter than honey/and Clifton Clowers protects her there''") on said mountain ... but he's got to get past her "protector" ... her father, the mean Clifton Clowers.
* Music/{{Brentalfloss}}'s [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy Gusty Garden Galaxy]] with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOsLqsCkaeg Fan Lyrics]] has [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] ("just a blue-collar guy") questioning his worthiness of Princess Peach. He soon decides that his actions have certainly earned her affections.
* [[Music/RicardoArjona Arjona's]] song ¿Quién Diria? About a aspiring musician and a rich girl. The song is full of counter-comparisons.
--> You eat caviar, I eat tortilla.
** Similarly, the narrator in "Historias de taxi" is a taxi drive who gets involved with a rich married woman after she tearfully confides in him that [[YourcheatingHeart her husband is cheating on her]]. [[spoiler: The "other woman" turns out to be... the driver's own wife.]] The end of the song states that [[spoiler: both couples carried on their affairs, each one pretending the others don't know.]]
* "Common People," by Pulp (later covered by Creator/WilliamShatner), tells the tale of a young man who meets an Uptown Girl in a dive bar. She tells him that she wants to "be like [[TitleDrop common people]] [and] do whatever common people do," but after spending some time with her, he gets fed up with her slumming and tells her off.
--> ''Rent a flat above a shop, cut your hair and get a job''
--> ''Smoke some fags and play some pool, pretend you never went to school''
--> ''But still you'll never get it right, 'cause when you're laid in bed at night''
--> ''Watching roaches climb the wall, if you called your dad, he could stop it all!''
* In Johnny Rivers's "The Poor Side of Town," the singer is gloating that his love's attempt at social climbing didn't work:
-->''That rich guy you've been seein'''
-->''Must have put you down''
-->''So welcome back baby''
-->''To the poor side of town''
* Spanish singer Bertin Osborne's song ''Me enamoro de ella'' ("I fall in love with her") [[note]](originally written by Juan Luis Guerra)[[/note]] has a poor student/worker falling for an upper-class girl.
* "Mama Can't Buy You Love" by Music/EltonJohn:
-->''Baby, so they give you anything''
-->''Darling, all the joy money can bring''
-->''Baby, do they bring you happiness''
-->''Darling, you're no different from the rest''
-->''Can't you see that it's love you really need''
-->''Take my hand and I'll show what a love could be''
* Music/BrianMcNeill wrote "Bring the Lassie Hame" about his mother and father, respectively an upper-class Austrian woman who worked as an interpreter for the Allies in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and a Scots baker's son from Falkirk serving in a British Army Highlander regiment. They met in Styria during the post-war occupation in a courtship that included the amusing image of him teaching her to drive in a three-ton army truck.
* The video for "I'm on Fire" by Music/BruceSpringsteen shows this kind of love story, with ever-blue-collar Springsteen as the mechanic working on the luxury car of a rich married woman from "the hills". The lyrics of the song, however, don't really refer to this kind of relationship.

[[folder: Religion and Mythology]]
* [[Literature/TheBible The Old Testament's]] Joseph (whose story is told in Genesis, chapters 38 through 41). As a priest's daughter Asenath was certainly socially miles above a former slave...
** AvertedTrope: Then again, that former slave was Prime Minister of Egypt, as well as being the son of a very wealthy foreigner who just happened to have envious half-brothers.
* The Japanese folk tale ''[[https://justanimeforum.net/threads/japanese-culture-princess-hachikatsugi.5389/ Hachikatsugi-hime]]'' has the son of a noble family fall in love with one of the maids, a girl named Hachikatsugi whose face is always hidden by her huge wooen bowl that doules as a NiceHat. [[spoiler: Since "-hime" means "princess" in Japanese, it means that Hachikatsugi herself is a noblewoman; in her specific case, she's a FallenPrincess. The [[BagOfHolding Box of Holding]] that contains the proofs of her heritage is hidden under the hat, and soon Hachikatsugi and her beau are allowed to marry.]]

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}''. The original strip was about the well-to-do Dagwood marrying the distinctly lower class Blondie against his parent's wishes. He was cut off and had get a real job and the strip gradually morphed into the Dom Com it has been for most of its run.

* The opera ''Arabella'' by Richard Strauss. Impoverished Patrician Arabella falls for landowner Mandryka, solving her family's money worries.
* John Adams's opera ''A Flowering Tree'': an Indian prince falls for the poor village girl Kumudha. Complications ensue; the least of which is Kumudha's mother thinking that the girl has been prostituting herself.
* In ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'', a double version of this appears. A middle class woman loves a low class man but at the same time a upper class man is in love with her.
** The BetaCouple is a middle-class man who loves a poor woman, but chooses not to pursue her for his family's sake.
* The musical version of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' has the revolutionary student Marius in love with Cosette (who, although technically an illegitimate child, is known only as the daughter of a rich philanthropist). Not an entirely straight example, though, since Marius comes from a rich background and returns to that wealth after the students' uprising fails. Meanwhile, in a gender-flipped example, Eponine is in love with Marius, but [[AllLoveIsUnrequited he never realizes it until the end]].
* The {{musical}} ''Little Me'' has rich Noble Eggleston and poor Belle Schlumpfert, who even have a song about how they love each other "as much as they are able" considering their differing backgrounds. The two are kept apart by Noble's mother, sending Belle off to acquire "wealth, fame, and social position." She manages to do so, but by the time she does, Noble has lost all of his. They get together anyway.
* ''Theatre/MissJulie'' has this between servant Jean and the rich Julie, although its more attraction and lust than love. After they sleep together one night, it does not end well.
** Some productions change this trope, and have Julie and Jean be different races in, say, the 1950's, or in post-apartheid South Africa as this trope is less relevant now.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' loves this trope. In the third game Almaz is an extremely UnluckyEveryDude ChewToy guardsman. Sapphire is an AxCrazy princess. There's also Rozalin (fake overlord's daughter), Adell (peasant hero). Laharl's dad (overlord) and his mom (unknown social status mage).
* This becomes an issue for players whose female character romanced Alistair in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. He is a [[spoiler: royal bastard who can become King.]] If you are playing as a human noble, you may [[spoiler: marry him and become his Queen Consort, but if you are playing an elf (who are an underclass or nomadic wanderers), a dwarf (either poor or exiled royalty) or a mage (despite the human mage coming from a noble family, mages are forbidden from inheriting) then you may romance Alistair until he becomes King, at which point he either dumps you (if unhardened) or will agree to you being his mistress (if hardened)]]. On the other hand you have the human noble or dwarf noble romancing Morrigan (apostate who lives in the wilds), Zevran (elven assassin slave), and Leliana (fugitive spy).
** In [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII the sequel]], this is how the player character's parents met - Malcolm Hawke was an apostate mercenary with a mysterious past, Leandra Amell was a Kirkwall aristocrat with an arranged marriage on the horizon. [[LastNameBasis Hawke]] later regains their family's titles and becomes a wealthy noble, while the potential love interests include Fenris (an elven former slave), Isabela (a shipless pirate), Merrill (a nomadic elf mage) or Anders (an apostate operating out of the slums). At a push you could reverse it for Sebastian (a prince), due to Hawke's original status as peasant when they first meet (which also happens to be when Hawke takes on work from Sebastian as she's trying to scrape together some money).
* Due to each game having LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters from a variety of different class backgrounds, this comes up frequently in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''.
** The backstory behind ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light]]'' is built on this trope, which is also found in the posterior games. [[spoiler: Anri, the Hero who defeated Medeus and founder of the Kingdom of Altea, was a commoner. His love interest Artemis was the Princess of Archanea. [[StarCrossedLovers They couldn't get together]]. Artemis married Duke Cartas and went the DeathByChildbirth way, cursing the Fire Emblem itself as she perished. The heartbroken [[CelibateHero Anri]] [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest never married]], and his bloodline (where Marth, Elice, Chrom and Lucina and others come from) was continued by his brother Marcelus instead.]]
** This showed up in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade The Blazing Blade]]'' as well.
*** If Eliwood marries Fiora, he will be questioned for it since she's a mercenary from Ilia; and if he marries Lyn instead, her [[ButNotTooForeign mixed blood]] will be an issue too. There is no comment on the reactions if he marries Ninian, but as she's legally a mere dancer from Ilia, the trope still applies. Curiously, Hector can marry Lyn or either of Fiora's sisters but no one will bat an eyelid... likely because Hector is already a RebelPrince to start.
*** Also Priscilla and ''any'' of her prospect boyfriends: the travelling swordsman Guy, the mercenary Heath, the mage Erk (and for some, the cavalier Sain - they have no shared ending, but their supports are decidedly romantic). [[spoiler: Only Erk manages to bypass the trope since his teacher Pent is a ''very'' highranked nobleman... who once was an uptown boy since his [[BattleCouple wife and partner Louise]] was minor nobility.]]
** In regards to ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade The Binding Blade]]'', Eliwood's son Roy can marry either the travelling dancer Larum ([[spoiler: though her stepdad is an Etrurian general]]), the Ilian mercenary Shanna, the Arcadia villager Sophia ([[spoiler: who is actually a half-dragon girl so this goes into InterspeciesRomance as well]]) or the TomboyPrincess Sue who, like Lyn, is a plainswoman from Sacae ([[spoiler: and might be Lyn's daughter with Rath]]).
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' most of the male Shepherds (barring [[ModestRoyalty Prince Chrom]], [[PrincelyYoungMan Virion]], and [[ImpoverishedPatrician Ricken]]) are at least implied to be middle to low class, while the female Shepherds (except Nowi) are said to have higher standings [[note]](Olivia is the adopted daughter of Khan Basilio, Sully comes from a long line of knights, Tharja's past isn't clear but she's implied to come from a long line of dark mages, etc.)[[/note]]. so this trope tends to come up ''many'' times:
*** Donnel is a villager-turned-soldier in her older brother Chrom's army, while Lissa is a TomboyPrincess and Maribelle is the daughter of a duke, and Donnel even shows interest in her before the S-rank.)
*** There's Laurent and [[spoiler: Lucina aka Chrom's daughter and Lissa's niece -- who can potentially be Maribelle's daughter]]. He actually [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove refers to her heritage]] as one of the reasons why they shouldn't be together in the first place, [[spoiler: even when he can be fathered by either Virion or Ricken]].
--->"You're [[spoiler: Chrom]]'s daughter, and in your veins runs the blood of [[spoiler: exalts and heroes]]... So how could a common man such as I ever be worthy of you? (...) I am in love with you, [[spoiler: Lucina]]. I can say it no plainer. I know I'm a fool to harbor a love far beyond my station, and yet..."
*** Not to mention, there's Vaike and either Lissa or Maribelle. As said above, they're both noblewomen and he's a former StreetUrchin.
*** Kellam and either Lissa or Maribelle, too. In his and Maribelle's A support he specifically says he's a CountryMouse, and in the S one he mentions the "beneath one station" deal as he proposes to her.
*** Gaius and either Lissa or Maribelle, since he is a LovableRogue and ex StreetUrchin. He also has similar dynamics with Sumia, a minor noble who is also a member of the Shepherds, and whom he sometimes calls "that crazy noblewoman".
*** Lampshaded when a Male Avatar proposes to Sumia in their S support:
--->"I'm a simple man with little in the way of wealth or land or social opportunity. And I certainly can't make you a princess like the heroines in your stories..."
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' features two different Royal Houses, so it has this trope up the wazoo as well:
*** The PlayerCharacter is either a Prince or Princess. Almost everyone the Avatar can marry is of lower social standing than he or she is, and more than one of the prospect brides/grooms will mention the deal.
*** The royal siblings of either Hoshido or Nohr also face this trope if they develop romantic ties with other characters. Beruka and Charlotte lampshade it if Xander shows romantic interest in either of them since the first is is a former StreetUrchin now ProfessionalKiller, the latter is a slum-girl-turned-border guard... and he is the heir to the Nohrian throne, [[AmazonChaser who admires either girl because of her physical might rather than her origins]].
*** The Avatar's best friend, Princess Azura, is both the stepdaughter of the Nohrian King Garon and the ward[[spoiler: /niece]] of the Hoshidan Queen Mikoto. [[spoiler: And later it turns out she's the daughter of the long-dead King of Valla]]. Naturally, if she marries a guy who isn't royalty, this trope will take place too.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games, this trope can apply depending on the chosen background of your Commander Shepard and your choice of romance options. If you're playing an Earth-born Shepard, and romance Liara, you've got the former-street-kid-done-good romancing the only daughter of one of Thessia's most influential families.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Link (an orphan of unspecified social standing) from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' ends getting a ChildhoodMarriagePromise from Princess Ruto.
** Both [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Mipha]] and [[BodyguardCrush Zelda]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are princesses who are confirmed to be in love with Link. Link himself -- while coming from a family of knights -- is specified to not be of noble birth, and at least one person disapproved of his relationship with Zelda because of his commoner background.
* In ''[[VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles Mystery Case Files: The Revenant's Hunt]]'', [[spoiler:the wealthy heiress Frances Boyle was in a relationship with Avondel's reject Alvin Croaker]]. Unfortunately, things ended very badly.
* ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade'': Torahime (high family), Kisuke (common ninja).
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'':
** Mitsuru Kirijou, a MafiaPrincess, is love interest in ''VideoGame/Persona3''. This does cause trouble as she is [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed to another]] in order to solidify the Kirijou Group. Though once the protagonist gets insulted by her unwanted fiance, she flat out dumps said fiance without any negative repercussions.
** [[PlayerCharacter Yu Narukami]] (middle class) with Yukiko Amagi ({{Ojou}}), Rise Kujikawa (famous IdolSinger), or Ai Ebihara (NouveauRiche) are possible pairings in ''VideoGame/Persona4''.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', [[PlayerCharacter Ren Amamiya]] (middle class) can romance [[TheOjou Haru Okumura]], daughter of the president of a large food manufacturer. Like Mitsuru, she's also stuck with an ArrangedMarriage. Once she gets to talk to a ParentalSubstitute about her feelings on the matter, he helps her drop the betrothal, leaving the protagonist free to romance her.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Princess Peach is this to Mario. She's ''royalty'', and even if he does rescue her all the time, the players are led to believe he's little more than a plumber.
** This may be the case with Mario's younger brother Luigi and Princess Daisy too.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Jade's sister Nephry and best friend, Peony, are in love with each other. The problem, of course, is that Peony is the Emperor's son (and, after his brothers are killed, becomes the heir and eventually Emperor himself), and Nephry is a commoner. Further complicating things, is that [[BecauseDestinySaysSo the Score says]] that she'll marry someone else. Regardless of Nephry's marriage, [[ChivalrousPervert Peony]] [[TheFirstCutisTheDeepest remains in love with her and refuses to marry anyone else.]]
* Welkin and Alicia in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles''. Welkin is the son of a general, grew up in a big house, went to university where he received officer training, and is a lieutenant in the militia. Alicia grew up in an orphanage, was an apprentice baker before she was called up, and is a sergeant in the militia. They make it work.
* In ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'', [[spoiler:this turns out to be the driving plot-behind-the-plot of roughly the entire the game, as the Echo Bazaar itself is in love with the Sun, and as a Judgement, the Sun is very much above the Bazaar's station]]. The massive tax on exporting love stories, among other things, hints at this, as [[spoiler:the Bazaar collects the stories in the hope of proving to the other Judgements that this kind of romance can work out]]. [[ArcWords In matters of the Bazaar, look to love, always]].
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'':
** This is the case for Alan, a commoner, and Bridget, a baron's daughter, two [=NPCs=] who are also ChildhoodFriends.
** This trope gets deconstructed with Machias, and serves as his FreudianExcuse for his hatred of the nobility. [[spoiler:His cousin, a commoner, fell in love with the heir to a count, but she ended up facing harassment from his family who wanted him to marry for political power, and it got to the point where she was DrivenToSuicide]].

[[folder: Visual Novels]]
* The trope is key to the premise of ''VisualNovel/BeMyPrincess'', a RomanceGame in which an ordinary young woman falls in love with any one of six princes and inevitably faces opposition from her love interest's royal family and others around them who don't approve of the relationship.
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', the heroine is a [[ContemporaryCaveman hunter-gatherer barbarian who lives in a cave]] and [[WidgetSeries dates pigeons]]. One of said pigeons is the snobby UpperClassTwit fantail Shirogane Le Bel Sakuya, and if she pursues him, they can end up a gender-inverted Type A version (Sakuya's family isn't too thrilled with his artistic aspirations, let alone his interest in a shabby human girl).
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', Shizune Hakamichi is the deaf-mute StudentCouncilPresident as well as the eldest daughter of a very rich family from Saitama. If she's the chosen one, then middle-class protagonist Hisao not only will get quite the glimpse of her BigFancyHouse, but will have to deal with her LargeHam JerkAss CEO of a father Jigoro.
** To a milder degree, there's [[spoiler: Shizune's cousin]] Lilly Satou, who's also from a quite loaded family. You don't ''have'' to deal with her parents since they live in Iverness (Scotland) but with her CoolBigSis Akira who ''does'' take a liking to you. [[spoiler: And then the Satous decide that Lilly should go back to Scotland...]]
* In ''VisualNovel/AKnightsDevotion'' the heroine is a princess, and all of her potential love interests are knights. Not all of them see her royal status as a reason not to pursue a relationship, but Lute in particular is very conscious of the differences in their status.
* Similarly, in ''VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity'' the heroine is a reporter and writer for a women's magazine who becomes involved with a group of A-list celebrities and falls for one of them. How much of an obstacle the difference in their social class is varies from route to route, but it usually at least complicates matters.
* If [[TheOjou Remi Himekawa]] is the chosen lover in ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', the trope is also in play. Both her UnluckyChildhoodFriend [[spoiler: and her OverprotectiveDad]] will '''not''' let the PlayerCharacter forget it. [[spoiler: Unless Remi's route is finished correctly, which involves [[RescueRomance saving Remi from a kidnapper]] among other things; Mr. Himekawa will be so impressed by the MC's courage that he'll lift the [[ParentalMarriageVeto Parental Dating Veto]] and give him and Remi their blessings.]]
* From ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', George, a member of the obscenely wealthy Ushiromiya family, is in a secret relationship with Shannon, one of the servants at the main house. Similarly, Jessica Ushiromiya is in love with a male servant, Kanon. [[spoiler:Subverted since it turns out that Shannon and Kanon are actually the same person, Sayo Yasuda, who is an illegitimate child of Kinzo Ushiromiya ''and'' the true head of the family, having been granted the headship by Kinzo before he died.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen'', Elodie is the crown princess of the kingdom of Nova, and one of her love interests is a common baker's son named Evrard. [[spoiler:If you want to actually go through with marrying him, you will need a very good relationship with the nobility.]]
* Sonia Nevermind of ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' is the princess of a minor (and fictional) European nation. Her main love interest, Gundam Tanaka, was born out of wedlock and is not very well off. Sonia is also a datable character in Island Mode, where the social difference between her and protagonist [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy Hajime Hinata]] is quickly highlighted.
* ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker'':
** In every game, the Daughter (who tends to be a HappilyAdopted orphan raised by a local, who sometimes qualifies as nobility and sometimes not) has at least one PrincelyYoungMan among her prospect suitors.
** The ''Daughter'' can be the Uptown Girl too, if her love interest is her family's butler Cube.

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* Beatrice and Alan in ''Webcomic/TheDreamer''. Beatrice is a daughter of a wealthy Tory in Boston; Alan is a dirt poor apple farmer in Roxbury.
* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Mary is stated to be from a wealthy family, and she is dating Bill, who is from a middle class family.
* The {{yaoi}} webcomic ''WebComic/{{Teahouse}}'' centres around a brothel commonly frequented by the upper class, with Rhys and Reed implied to be particularly important members of society. The brothel owner himself is also far higher in status than Linnaeus, who was given to Xanthe's father in lieu of payment for a gambling debt.

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': There's a few, but the first one that appears is Vox, a girl from a working class family, and Phase, a boy from one of the richest families in America.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Sokka's courtship of Princess Yue in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is played like this. Although Sokka is technically a prince of the Southern Water Tribe and therefore her social equal, the southern tribe is less cosmopolitan than their northern sister and places less emphasis on rank, and Sokka had been WanderingTheEarth for months with a RagtagBandOfMisfits and so appeared less than princely in comparison to Yue's ErmineCapeEffect. She is also slated for an ArrangedMarriage for political reasons, in line with this trope.
* Dana's [[OverProtectiveDad father]] is less than happy about her relationship with Terry in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', although it has less to do with their socioeconomic differences than Terry's criminal record.
* Danny and Sam (though it's less poor/rich than middle class/incredibly rich) in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', though Sam doesn't really care much about her family's comically vast fortune, rarely tells anyone about it, and the series itself only occasionally draws attention to it. Despite that, it's pretty clear that Sam's parents don't exactly like her friends, and the various [[SecretIdentity unexplainable]] ghost related hijinks that happen over the course of the series don't help much.
* Lois and Peter in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', as shown by an early episode where Peter is at odds with her tyrannical father in order to gain his approval, which he never does. She marries him despite her father's insistence that she doesn't really love him or his covert attempts to kill Peter.
* ''TheFlintstones'': When Fred and Barney first met Wilma and Betty, the four of them were holding summer jobs at a hotel but a series of misunderstandings caused Fred and Barney to think the girls were wealthy guests and the girls to think the boys were wealthy guests.
* Asami Sato in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is a SpoiledSweet version who is a fan of [[FictionalSport Pro-Bending]] StreetUrchin Mako before she runs into him-quite literally, she hits him with her moped and invites him to dinner to make up for it. In a twist, her wealthy industrialist father takes a shine to Mako because he reminds him of his own RagsToRiches background and offers to sponsor their team in the Pro-Bending Championships. [[spoiler:Then it turns out Asami's dad outright hates Mako, calling him a "Fire-bending streetrat". It's probably the first part of that description Hiroshi really hates.]]
** Mako's [[LoveTriangle other love interest]] [[GodInHumanForm Korra]] may qualify and is NotSoDifferent from Asami: though she's not personally wealthy, the [[HeroSecretService Order of the White Lotus]] has provided for her every need since she was a child and gave her a lovely GildedCage to live in, making her something of an {{Ojou}} with the attitude of a {{Tomboy}}.
** Bolin continues the trend with his relationship with Opal, daughter of the incredibly wealthy Suyin Bei Fong, matriarch of the famous utopian city Zaofu. One of their first conversations takes place over dinner in Opal's family's beautiful, sprawling estate, where she comments, "I don't think I've ever had a bad meal in my life," only to be heartbroken when Bolin relates the kind of meals he ate growing up on the streets. While no parents or anyone else object to their romance, Bolin is initially ''very'' nervous about pursuing his feelings for her, and it's not hard to see why.
** Bolin's first love interest, Korra's cousin Eska, was another example since her father was the chieftain of the Northern Water Tribe. Unlike the other examples, their relationship was anything but healthy (Eska treated him like a slave and was [[ClingyJealousGirl incredibly possessive]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Middle-class Marinette Duapin-Cheng has a crush on SpoiledSweet fashion model and heir Adrien Agreste. Equally rich Chloe Bourgeois has the hots for Adrien too, but he is clearly not into her.
* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'': Miranda (a shoemaker) and Roland the Second (a King).
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' reveals that Ruby and Sapphire had this kind of relationship when they first met, with Ruby being a lowly soldier assigned to bodyguard the aristocratic Sapphire.
%%* Eloise and Tag in ''WesternAnimation/StreetFootball''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': Raimundo and Kimiko.
* ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'': Bob and Emilie. Bob's Dad gives private music lessons for a living and Emilie's stepfather is a wealthy businessman.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'':
** A gender flipped version of the trope took place when Bloom learned her boyfriend "Brandon" wasn't Prince Sky's squire but the real Prince Sky all the time. It probably didn't help that she learned this during the same occasion she learned he was [[ArrangedMarriage engaged]] to Princess Diaspro and that Bloom didn't know back then she's also a Princess.
** The real Brandon fell into the trope during the royal part where Princess Stella was to be introduced into society. He was afraid his gift to her had no chance against the ones she'd get from nobles.

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* Despite having been the inspiration for the TropeNamer, the relationship between singer Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley is an [[AvertedTrope aversion of this trope]], because despite his lower-class, "kid from the streets" origins, Billy Joel was ''loaded'' at the time he married her.
* Similarly, Sean "Music/JayZ" Carter and Music/{{Beyonce}} Knowles. Beyoncé comes from an upper-middle-class family in Texas (her father was a businessman); Jay-Z was raised poor in the public-housing projects of Brooklyn and at one point sold crack cocaine to make ends meet. However, both of them were easily multimillionaires in their own rights when they met.
* Current [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akihito#Marriage_and_family Japanese Emperor Akihito]] was the first to break tradition by marrying a "commoner" (as in, not a member of the Japanese government or Imperial Court; her family was far from poor.) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Michiko_of_Japan Michiko Shouda]]'s troubles didn't exactly stop with her and Akihito's wedding, however, as a good part of the Royal Family (and ''specially'' Akihito's mother, Princess Nagako/Dowager Empress Kojun) still didn't like her.
* Creator/ElizabethTaylor and Larry Fortensky in the early 1990s, only to be subverted in the subsequent divorce.
* The marriage of Prince William to middle-class Kate Middleton (whose parents, it must be noted, are multi-millionaires) was of major significance to the media. It wasn't so much a matter of money as the fact that no one outside the nobility had married into the British royal family before.
* The Crown Prince of Nepal, Dipendra, who wanted to marry Devyani Rana, daughter of Pashupati SJB Rana, a member of the Rana clan, against whom the Shah dynasty have a historic animosity. Though the 'Prime Minister's family' doesn't seem like much of a step down from 'Royal Family' for most people, well...most people aren't royal families. As such on June 1, 2001, this lead to the Royal Family killing spree incident where ''almost'' EverybodyDies.
* OlderThanPrint: [[UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire Prince Justinian I]] married Theodora, who was an actress/[[HighClassCallGirl 'actress']], thereby combining this trope with a measure of RagsToRoyalty. He actually [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem abolished the laws prohibiting their marriage.]]
** This example is slightly downplayed by the fact that Justinian's uncle and predecessor, Justin I, was also an example of RagsToRoyalty. A rich person marrying a poor person for love is less surprising when the latter is New Money (as therefore they're less likely to be judgmental towards lower classes).
* The writer F.Scott Fitzgerald in his youth fell in love with the socialite Ginevra King. Her father told him that "poor boys had no business marrying rich girls." Mr. King then introduced his daughter to his bussiness associates and encouraged her to choose among them. She complied and Fitzgerald later based Daisy Buchanan from Literature/TheGreatGatsby on her.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archduke_Franz_Ferdinand_of_Austria Franz Ferdinand]] was the Archduke of Austria-Hungary and heir to the Imperial throne. His wife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie,_Duchess_of_Hohenberg Sophie]] was old Bohemian noble stock [[note]]she originally was a Countess, then a Duchess)[[/note]] but still lacked the requisite ancestry for equal marriage to a member of [[TheClan the Habsburg imperial family.]] As such, due to her "lower" status and despite how HappilyMarried the two were, she was not allowed to appear with her husband at social events. Then he took her a military review to Sarajevo since that was a non-official visit and she would be permitted to sit with him publically... and their [[TogetherInDeath assassination]] sparked UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.