-> ''"On the right side of the tracks she was born and raised''
-> ''In a great big ol' house full of butlers and maids."''
-->-- '''Music/StevieWonder''', "Uptight (Everything's Alright)"

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 aren't locked into the rich one in the relationship [[AlwaysFemale always being the girl]], [[AlwaysMale while the guy]] is the UnluckyEverydude. It is entirely possible for the roles to be reversed, or for both persons to be the same gender.

A relationship variant of the OddCouple and quite often a subtrope of 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 BrittanyMurphy film ''Uptown Girls'' 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 version endemic to India, see TypeCaste, although that trope is not restricted solely to marriage and relationships.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* ''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.
* ''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.
* Lina from ''{{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.
* ''{{Gundam 00}}'' 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.
* In ''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: ItGetsBetter. Or rather, they get married anyway.]]
* ''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...
* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': Sakura (princess) and Syaoran (middle class).
* ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'': Sophie (middle-class) and Howl (famous wizard).
* In ''ShinshiDoumeiCross'', 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.
* ''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 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).
* Zigzagged in ''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.
* 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.
* 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.
* "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.
* 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.
* ''MrKayashimasGracefulLife'' features an emotionally stunted UpperClassTwit whose only real interest in life is his relationship with his gardener.
* 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/{{Tsukigasa}}'', Azuma's family is loaded, whereas Kuroe is of a slightly more modest background.
* [[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.
* 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}}.
* Akiko Hashou from KaseiYakyoku is very attracted to Taka, a young man affiliated to the {{Yakuza}}, and thus she's the the uptown girl to him.
* ''Manga/MaidSama'': Misaki (poor girl working at a maid cafe) and Usui (rich boy attending the same school she does). Previously, Usui's parents.
* ''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.
* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'': Tamaki (rich boy attending to a private school) and Haruhi (a commoner ScholarshipStudent).
** Also Tamaki's parents with his father being the rich one, and his mother being poor due to her family's business failure and debt.
* In ''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 bt civil war; Aoi, because she simply isn't interested in Gorou beyond friendship.]]
* In ''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.
* ''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.]]
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* 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 hangs around media tycoon J.Jonah Jameson and industrialist Norman Osborn. This is always forgotten with everyone remembering Gwen as TheGirlNextDoor
* ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}''. Tinya Wazzo is (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.
* Archie and Veronica from ''{{Archie}}'' comics. (But not Archie and Betty, because Betty is a GirlNextDoor).
* {{Inverted}} in ''NikolaiDante'' - Galya is a poor peasant girl, while Viktor is a member of the aristocratic Romanov family. Dmitri doesn't take it well.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'', Vladek Speigleman was working class, albeit very resourceful. He ended up marrying Anya, the daughter of a millionaire.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Almost any fanfic [[FanPreferredCouple pairing]] the aristocratic InspectorLynley and his working-class partner Sergeant Havers will inevitably have to deal in some fashion with their ''wide'' social disparity.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': Raimundo and Kimiko.
* In the 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.]]
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[[folder: Fairy Tales ]]
* 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.
* 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''.
* From Creator/TheBrothersGrimm: "Die Kluge Bauerntochter" ("The Peasant's Wise Daughter").
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[[folder: Film - Animation]]
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'' has a lowly worker ant pretending to be a soldier to impress a princess.
** ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' features a similar plot, but without a romance element.
* 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.
* Disney/{{Cinderella}} (a servant girl-turned princess) and Prince Charming (guess).
* Disney/{{Aladdin}} (a "street rat") and Princess Jasmine (the daughter of the local Sultan).
* ''Disney/RobinHood'': "An outlaw for an in-law!"
* ''{{Anastasia}}'': Dimitri (a kitchen boy-turned conman) and Anastatia (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 Dimitri goes into HeroicBSOD knowing his feelings are no longer acceptable and he's not good enough for her.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'' has Kuzco, a cocky young South American emperor, and Malina, a beautiful peasant girl.
* 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.]]
* ''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.
* ''BarbieInTheTwelveDancingPrincesses'' - Royal Cobbler Derek loves Princess Genevieve but doesn't believe he has any chances with her. "She's a Princess."
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInThePrincessAndThePauper'': Anneliese is a princess. Julian come 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.
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[[folder: Film - Live Action]]
* ''Film/PrettyInPink'' is another gender-reversed example.
* Claire and Bender from ''TheBreakfastClub'' play it straight.
* In ''SomeKindOfWonderful'', the poor guy pursues the rich girl, [[spoiler:but eventually ends up with his best friend]].
* The first three ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' films have Elizabeth Swann (the Governor's daughter) and Will Turner (blacksmith's apprentice).
* ''Film/{{Titanic}}'''s 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.
* ''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.
* 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.
* In ''Film/TheNotebook'' Allie's parents think that Noah isn't good enough for her because he works at the lumber mill.
* In ''Daddy Long-Legs'', the orphan Jerusha "Judy" Abbott ends up with her rich benefactor.
* ''Film/PrettyWoman'' has a rich man and a sex worker fall in love.
* The love subplot between Daniel and [[SpoiledSweet Ali]] in ''Film/TheKarateKid'' 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/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.
* 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 ''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.
* In ''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.
* 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.
* In ''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.
* ''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.
* ''LoveStory'' is another gender-swapped example.
* ''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's can be very persuasive when he wants to be.
* ''Splendor in the Grass'' is a gender-swapped example, where [[spoiler:true love eventually doesn't overcome the obstacles]].
* ''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.
* ''ItTakesTwo'': Diane believed rich guys like Roger would never marry people like her.
* ''Film/TheHowardsOfVirginia'' is an example from [[TheColonialPeriod colonial Virginia]], played straight.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Robbie Turner and Cecelia Tallis from {{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.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, the monarch of Manticore is required by law to marry a commoner.
* ''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 the daughter of a gentleman. Therefore, I am his 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 and keep all the wealth in the family.
* This is a subplot in the Creator/RobertWestall book ''Fathom Five''.
* 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.
* ''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.
* 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".
* Hinted at/set up for next book in ScottWesterfeld's ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' - Alek (rich) and Deryn (poor) but it's a more complicated than the standard. Alek is a ''prince'' [[spoiler:and could potentially become the Archduke of Austria]], and Deryn is "as common as [[UnusualEuphemism barking]] ''dirt''." He's already told Deryn ([[SweetPollyOliver unaware that]] [[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. He grew up feeling like he never should have been born due to the difficulties of his parents' interclass marriage, and he refuses to do that to his own children.
* 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.''
* ''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 the 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.
* ''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 ''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.''
* This is the major source of dramatic conflict in ''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 ''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 work as her farmhand before becoming a pirate captain.
* 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.
* 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.
* In ''The Premature Burial'' by 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.]]
* 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.
* Simone Elkeles' ''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).
* ''Literature/OneDay'' reverses the genders with wealthy upper-class Dexter and the more modestly brought-up Emma in a WillTheyOrWontThey situation.
* ''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.
* 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.
* 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.
* The ''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/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...
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* 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).
* ''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 lady at court, and they don't get married until years later]].
* 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''.]]
* Creator/PhilipRoth's ''Literature/GoodbyeColumbus'' chronicles the ill-fated romance between working-class librarian Neil Klugman and upper-middle-class JewishAmericanPrincess Brenda Patimkin.
* ''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.
* {{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]].
* ''SixteenThirtyTwo'': Played straight or genderswapped, depending on your interpretation, with James Nichols, M.D., on the one hand and Melissa Mailey, West Virginia schoolmarm, on the other. Doctor Nichols is a former gang kid from Chicago who only got out of the ghetto by TradingBarsForStripes, and Melissa Mailey is a Boston Brahmin who was disowned by her family for rampant political activism during the Civil Rights movement. As an added twist, both of them are in their fifties and Nichols has a grown up daughter.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* 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.
* ''{{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.
* Dwayne Wayne and Whitley Gilbert in ''A Different World'' 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.
* ''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.
* ''MalcolmInTheMiddle''. Hal comes from a very rich family than openly hate Lois.
* Desmond and Penny, on ''{{Lost}}''. Also Jin and Sun.
* Ryan and Marissa. This is the primary storyline for the first half of ''TheOC''.
* 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.
* Episode 2 of the third season of ''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.
* In an episode of ''TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Maddie falls for a rich guy and attempts to look and act rich so he will like her.
* Gender flipped with Gwen and Arthur in the BBC show ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Not to mention he is royalty and she is a servant.
* Mallory and Nick from ''FamilyTies''.
* Virtually all Latin American soap operas are built around the rich guy, poor girl dynamic.
* ''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.
* 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.
* Hyde and Jackie from ''ThatSeventiesShow'' (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.
* ''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]]]], the end of Series 4 hinted at Branson himself becoming 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.
* ''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''.
* Robin and Kate in series three of ''Series/RobinHood''
* Working-class Rodney and well-heeled Cassandra in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''. Before meeting Cassandra, Rodney also dated earl's daughter Lady Victoria.
* ''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 courtesean 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.
* 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.
* 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 contras 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.
* One of the most popular sketches of ''TheFastShow'' was based around lord of the manor Ralph and his incredibly awkward affections for lower-class handyman Ted.
* In ''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.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', this happened between LovableAlphaBitch Cordelia and working-class nerd Xander.
* ''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.
* ''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.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCuMWrfXG4E Billy Joel's "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 StevieWonder.
* 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.
* 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 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.
* {{Brentalfloss}}'s [[SuperMarioGalaxy Gusty Garden Galaxy]] with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOsLqsCkaeg Fan Lyrics]] has [[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.
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[[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.
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* ''{{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.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* 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}} ''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.
* 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). Eponine is in love with Marius, but [[AllLoveIsUnrequited he never realizes it until the end]].
** Doesn't Marius come from a rich background, and doesn't he return to that wealth after the students' uprising fails? Was that a movie-only addition?
* ''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.
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[[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).
* Yu (middle class) with Yukiko Amagi ({{Ojou}}) or Ai Ebihara (NouveauRiche) are possible pairings in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
* ''MuramasaTheDemonBlade'': Torahime (high family), Kisuke (common ninja).
* Mitsuru Kirijou, a MafiaPrincess, is love interest in ''{{Persona 3}}''. This does cause trouble as she is [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed to another]] in order to solidify the Kirijou Group.
* 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).
* Supporting Donnel and Lissa in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' leads to the second version of this trope. She's a princess, he's a villager-turned-soldier in her older brother Chrom's army.
** This is played up even more in Donnel and Maribelle's supports, since Maribelle is the daughter of a duke, and Donnel even shows interest in her before the S-rank.
** Let's not forget Laurent and [[spoiler: Lucina aka Chrom's daughter and Lissa's niece -- who can potentially be Maribelle's daughter]]. He actually refers to her heritage as one of the reasons why they shouldn't be together in the first place.
-->"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 mentuons 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".
* Actually, this showed up in [[FireEmblemElibe FE: Blazing Sword]] 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. 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 [[FireEmblemElibe the prequel FE: Sword of Seals]], Eliwood's son Roy can marry either the travelling dancer Lalum ([[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 savage" from Sacae ([[spoiler: and might be Lyn's daughter with Rath]]).
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'': Princess Peach is this to Mario. (She's ''royalty'', and even if he does rescue her all the time, we're led to believe he's little more than a plumber.)
** This may be the cxase with 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.]]
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[[folder: Visual Novels ]]
* 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 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...]]
* From ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', George, a member of the obscenely wealthy Ushiromiya family falling in love 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, Yasu, 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.]]
* 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.
* Similarly, in ''VisualNovel/SeducedInTheSleeplessCity'' the heroine is a reporter and writer for a womens' 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.
* 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.
* If you pursue [[TheOjou Remi Himekawa]] in ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', the trope is also in play. Both her UnluckyChildhoodFriend [[spoiler: and her OverprotectiveDad]] will '''not''' let you forget it. [[spoiler: Unless you ''actually'' finish Remi's route 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.]]
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[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* Beatrice and Alan in ''TheDreamer''. Beatrice is a daughter of a wealthy Tory in Boston; Alan is a dirt poor apple farmer in Roxbury.
* The {{yaoi}} 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.
* In ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', Mary is stated to be from a wealthy family, and she is dating Bill, who is from a middle class family.
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* Danny and Sam (though it's less poor/rich than middle class/incredibly rich) in ''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 ''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.
* 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.
* ''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.
* Eloise and Tag in ''StreetFootball''.
* 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.
* 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}}.
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/WheelSquad'': Bob and Emilie. Bob's Dad gives private music lessons for a living and Emilie's stepfather is a wealthy businessman.
* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'': Miranda (a shoemaker) and Roland the Second (a King).
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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.
* 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.
* 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: [[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.]]
* Despite being [[TheOjou the daughter]] of a freaking ''loaded'' family, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Michiko_of_Japan Michiko Shouda]] had LOTS of troubles when she and then [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akihito Crown Prince Akihito]] fell in love -- she was the first commoner who ever married into the Japanese Royal Family. Said troubles didn't exactly stop with her and Akihito's wedding, as a good part of the Royal Family (and ''specially'' Akihito's mother, Princess Nagako/Dowager Empress Kojun) still didn't like her.
* 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 TheGreatGatsby on her.
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