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Richie Rich, often billed as "The Poor Little Rich Boy", debuted in 1953 as a backup character in Little Dot. He soon became Harvey Comics' flagship character, appearing in as many as 32 Harvey titles every two months and often crossing over with Casper the Friendly Ghost.Derivative works include two Animated Series, the first of which, produced by Hanna-Barbera, had better character designs and marked the voice acting debut of Nancy Cartwright as Gloria Glad, and a 1994 feature film. The film cast Macaulay Culkin as Richie and Stephi Lineburg as Gloria. The film initially only earned $38,087,756 in the United States market. It was the 37th most successful film of its year, but just barely covering its budget, until coming out on VHS and making an additional $125 million in rentals and sales. After the movie was released, the Richie Rich comics temporarily stopped being published.A direct-to-video sequel to the movie was later released, Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (1998). It cast David Gallagher as Richie and Michelle Trachtenberg as Gloria.
One of Richie's uncles, the athletic Olympus Van Sporting, thinks glumly, "With that butler around, who needs me?" (One of Cadbury's skills involved mountain climbing...without gear, in his butler uniform.)
Betty and Veronica: Subverted. Gloria's the sweet, kind, middle-class Betty. Mayda Munny's the vain, selfish, foul-tempered, wealthy Veronica. But Richie only has eyes for Gloria. Awww.
Breath Weapon: The Onion, a recurring villain, has onion breath so bad it could destroy walls.
Cannot Tell a Joke: A short story has Cadbury in the next room telling some very old and clichéd jokes, and in his usual stuffy British style of speaking. Gloria is puzzled when she hears laughter, but then Richie takes her into the room and shows her that the laughter is emanating from a "laugh box" that he got for Cadbury so that at least someone would find his jokes funny.
Cast as a Mask: When Dr. Disguise impersonated Gloria and Richie at different times in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, their respective voice actors (Nancy Cartwright and Sparky Marcus) voiced him in the disguise he was using then.
Distressed Dude: One "Zillion-Dollar Adventures" cartoon had Jackie Jokers kidnapped with other celebrities, and Richie had to save them all.
Fiery Redhead: Gloria Glad can be this, especially when she scolds Richie for showing off his wealth.
Gem-Encrusted: Richie's mother, in the comic book. She doesn't load herself down with too many jewels, but she collects them — fully cut, faceted and polished emeralds, diamonds, rubies, aquamarines the size of baseballs — and displays them on her dresser like Fabergé eggs.
Gentleman Adventurer: Richie, often accompanied by his father, Richard; his butler, Cadbury, or both. Also, Cadbury's former employer Sir Ruddy Blighter, in flashback stories.
In one comic, Cadbury shows he can keep up with Richie's athletic uncle, Olympus Van Sporting, with very little effort (and Olympus winces at Cadbury's grip).
Gold Tooth: Richie Rich had his dog, Dollar, fitted with gold braces to correct an overbite problem that he had, which were so shiny that it blinded would-be robbers and assailants. Of course, it also attracted the attention of a female dog, which made Dollar refuse having his braces removed until he was passed over for another male dog.
Grade School CEO: Richie, perhaps. In the film version, at least, he has substantial power within his parents' company.
Not With Them For The Money: Gloria Glad is notorious for always turning down the luxurious gifts Richie offers her. In fact, she has lost her temper more than once at Richie's more outrageous stunts with his wealth and he seems unable to remember how much they annoy her. In one story, when she suddenly starts accepting his gifts greedily, it sets off alarm bells with Richie who investigates and learns he is dealing with an impostor who has kidnapped the real Gloria in order to con him out of money.
It's probably important to remember that Richie never means to "show off" with his wealth. He just likes Gloria so much, he often wants to express it by buying her expensive gifts.
In one story, Richie actually meant to "show off" to Gloria's aunt, who was visiting. However, he accidentally lost the expensive gifts and, with no time to pick up more money back home, bought cheap stuff that pleased Gloria, but made her aunt think he's stingy.
During the one time Richie tried to give non-extravagant gifts but ended up winning big stuff.
In one story, Mayda Munny secretly gives her rival, Gloria Glad, gifts that supposedly came from Richie Rich, starting off with an expensive doll, to which Gloria says it's a perfect gift — Mayda not knowing that all those gifts Gloria received were going to be given to charity.
Panty Shot: Gloria. She wouldn't be a Harvey comics girl without a panty shot.
Pedestrian Crushes Car: In one story, Irona the robot maid (female design) is on a date with Steelo, a male-design robot, when a car tries to run the red light while they are crossing and in the way. No effect on the robots. The car is comprehensively totaled. This being a kid's comic book, the driver is merely stunned.
Second Place Is for Winners: One 1980s cartoon episode had Irona compete against a robot butler, but be off by a penny when it came to calculations. When the money piled up threatens to hurt Richie, the butler's salesman admits he wasn't made for rescue/lifesaving duties (which enables Mr. Rich to void the deal for the robot butler when Irona saves Richie).
Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: The Rich family are the wealthiest people on the planet, yet they also seem to have the greatest moral compass when it comes to being overall decent.