Comic Book / Richie Rich

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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, 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.

A Richie Rich Netflix series premiered in February 2015. There's no Cadbury, no Dollar and no Mrs. Rich. Richie made his money by, according to the intro, taking all of the vegetables he refused to eat, figuring out how to make a new energy source from them and sold the process for a trillion dollars. He has a sister who seems to hate him, a robot maid Irona who looks like a teeage girl in a French maid's outfit, two friends (Murray, the money manager and Darcy, his money-spending friend who's a girl) and a father who seems developmentally stunted.


Richie Rich contains the following tropes:

  • Agent Scully: Richie always writes off any adventures or meetings he has with Casper the Friendly Ghost as dreams.
  • Alliterative Name: Richie Rich, Gloria Glad. Freckles Friendly. Possibly Jackie Jokers. Mayda Munny.
  • Always Identical Twins: Upon learning of a poor country where kids can legally get married, Mayda Munny lures Richie there under the pretense of making a movie to help them. Her plan fails because the Justice of Peace, having a real marriage to officiate when Mayda had her "fake" one to Richie, sent his twin brother to perform his role in the "movie".
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: Both the Rich family and Rich Enterprises have an endless supply of money.
  • Ascended Extra: Richie started as a supporting character in Little Dot.
  • Battle Butler: Cadbury. He knew enough fighting skill at times to help Richie in the comics (The Other Wiki notes, "When need demands, however, he becomes a tough, gun-toting man of action").
    • Cultured Badass: He also had a lot of other skills which came in handy. The Harvey equivalent of Alfred Pennyworth.
      • 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. He'd also given Olympus a Crushing Handshake, where out of earshot, Olympus dismissed him as a "sissy butler.")
  • 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.
  • Bowties Are Cool: They're frequently part of his everyday dress. (In one of the cartoons, he uses a "fake-fly-bowtie" to distract a pair of crooks, and even has a spare to replace it.)
  • Breath Weapon: The Onion, a recurring villain, has onion breath so bad it could destroy walls.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": In the 1980s animated series, Richie wears a red sweater with a yellow "R".
  • 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.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Richie seems to have a gadget or gizmo up his sleeve to deal with any contingency, more prevalent in the cartoon adaptation. (Most of them invented by Dr. Keenbean.) In one cartoon, when he and Reggie are held hostage by two thugs who are Genre Savvy enough to search him and disarm him, he improvises and uses Reggie's practical joke equipment to subdue them.
  • Distressed Dude: One "Zillion-Dollar Adventures" cartoon had Jackie Jokers kidnapped with other celebrities, and Richie had to save them all.
  • Ditzy Genius: The Rich's resident scientist, Professor Keenbean, who invents most of the gizmos Richie uses.
  • Expy: Dr. Disguise was one of The Chameleon.
    • 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.
  • Fembot: Irona, Richie's robot maid.
  • Fiction 500: The Rich family is on sixth place of 2012's Forbes Fictional 15, just below Tony Stark.
  • 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).
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In a one-pager from Dollar$ and ¢ents #27, Richie tells Reggie that he doesn't have a stereo system, and shows him he has a live band at his mansion instead. The name of the band, according to their drumset, is "Jizm".
  • Girly Bruiser: Gloria Glad. Most of the time, she is a Girly Girl but if challenged, she's quite happy to exchange her short skirt, blouse and hair ribbon for trousers, shirt and helmet and go play gridiron with the boys. Her willingness to try earns her more respect than her (average at best) ability.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny
  • 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.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: This was the sole aim of a recurring villain in the 1980s animated series, known as the Collector, when he first appeared.
  • Grade School CEO: Richie, perhaps. In the film version, at least, he has substantial power within his parents' company.
  • Happily Married: Mr. and Mrs. Rich
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Mr. Rich.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Richie with Cadbury and Keenbean.
  • It's All Junk: Subverted in the live-action movie. It's not the Rich family who thinks the Vault is full of junk...
  • The Jeeves: Cadbury, Richie's butler.
  • Late to the Punchline: Cadbury was portrayed as this at one point.
  • Literal Metaphor: In the Netflix series, apparently the reason Richie's sister hates him is because all he did was catch lightning in a bottle. Literally; he kept all his vegetables in a bottle that accidentally got struck with lightning which somehow created free energy.
  • Literal-Minded: In a comic story, Mayda orders her driver to take her to her private plane and "step on it". The driver assumes Mayda wants him to "step on her private plane".
  • Lucky Charms Title: "Ri¢hie Ri¢h"
  • Money Fetish: His Aunt Noovo just loves to swim in her wealth, though she mostly does this for show as she is a very charitable person.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Richie's relationship with Cadbury.
  • 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.
  • One of the Boys
  • Official Couple: Richie and Gloria.
  • 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.
  • Porky Pig Pronunciation: Richie has trouble pronouncing "ventriloquist".
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: To deal with the property's deficit in female protagonists, the Hanna-Barbera series played up Irona as not only the Riches' Robot Maid, but as Richie's bodyguard with a myriad of functions to use in his protection.
  • The Prankster: Reggie Van Dough.
    • Not Me This Time: One of the Hanna-Barbera episodes had Reggie accused of a practical joke, and he used this line and that once it really wasn't.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Punny Name: Mayda Munny. Also aunt Noovo Rich.
  • Repetitive Name
  • Revival: The Movie sort of counts, but the new Richie Rich comic definitely counts.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: Mayda Munny (Rich Suitor) and Gloria Glad (Poor Suitor). Well, Gloria isn't exactly poor, but compare her to either Richie or Mayda.
  • Rip Van Winkle: In one story, Richie dreams of waking up years in the future, wearing a Time Passage Beard, to star in a Jackie Jokers version of "This Is Your Life" where he sees all his friends, family members, and even enemies as older people.
  • Road Sign Reversal
  • Robot Maid: Irona
    • Do-Anything Robot
    • Super Powered Robot Maids
    • 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. On a related note, do not try to bribe Cadbury. Ever.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Dollar, in the Hanna-Barbera series.
  • Spoiled Brat: Richie's cousin Reggie.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Richie is incredibly kind and generous.
  • Super Dickery: While Canon!Richie's a nice boy, a lot of comic covers portray him blatantly flaunting his wealth over the less fortunate. Occupy Richie Rich takes this and runs with it.
  • Techno Wizard: Professor Keenbean.
  • Time Passage Beard: In once story, Richie has a Rip Van Winkle dream where he wakes up years in the future wearing a beard.
  • Tomboy
  • Uncle Pennybags: Richie and his parents.
  • Uptown Girl: Gender-swapped. He has more money than the mint, Gloria is just a middle-class kid.
  • The Voiceless: Usually Peewee. He has thought balloons or his "word" balloons might have "?" or "!". More often than not, his actions speak for him.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: In a one-page comic, Reggie donates five dollars to an orphanage, while Richie does the "penny doubled for thirty days" trick as his donation. According to the story, the final doubling amounts to $3,368,699.12, although the actual amount is $5,368,709.12.

For the 1994 live-action film's page, see Richie Rich.


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