aka: Fiction Five Hundred
Some people make mountains out of molehills.
Scrooge makes mountains out of money.
Fiction is loaded with Wish Fulfillment
, and being rich enough to bend reality is one of them. These are characters whose wealth is almost impossible to quantify. More Money Than God
is the bare minimum.
Now this could happen in Real Life
, like royalty who owned literally thousands of Pimped Out Dresses
, or a man in India who built a private skyscraper for his family, staff, and fleet of cars, or Marcus Licinius Crassus, who had three times as much money as Bill Gates and personally funded the reconstruction of the Roman army. But in fiction, that's on the lower end
of this scale.
Stuff that generally does not
qualify you to be a member of the Fiction 500: Big Fancy House
, Cool Chair
, Cool Boat
, Cool Plane
, Cool Car
, Battle Butler
, Maid Corps
, or even simply having assets in the billions.
Stuff that generally does
qualify you to be a member of the Fiction 500:
- You have become a cultural symbol for absurd wealth, and the story leaves no doubt your reputation is completely justified.
- You routinely spend money on a scale normal super-rich people might do once or twice in a lifetime, whether it be major investments or mere Conspicuous Consumption. If a real amount is given, even if in the hundreds of millions, or billions, it's chump change to these characters.
- You personally fund projects associated with major corporations, governments, aliens, etc. This includes Crimefighting with Cash.
- You have the resources of a global superpower without yourself ruling a global superpower.
- You personally fund projects that apparently break the rules of physics using only wealth and the Rule of Cool, or sometimes Rule of Funny. In other words, Screw The Universe; I Have Money! But if some other convenient fictional trope makes something possible, it doesn't count. You don't buy sound in space when Space Is Noisy. It's not impressive to have Infinite Supplies when everyone else does. Building a Humongous Mecha is not noteworthy when any random scientist can make five in a weekend.
- You're surprised to discover your latest project's market success has not increased your net income because you have a monopoly on the product it's competing with.
Now personality doesn't really matter. You could be a Rich Bitch
or Uncle Pennybags
. You could be a law abiding citizen and even be Batman
, or instead think you can screw the rules
Name is based on the top 500 grossing companies annually compiled by "Fortune" Magazine
. And despite the name implying otherwise, there can be any number of characters here. Also, there is almost no way to objectively rank them, although Forbes tries with their "Fictional 15"
Compare Arbitrarily Large Bank Account
, Conspicuous Consumption
, Undisclosed Funds
, Organization with Unlimited Funding
, and N.G.O. Superpower
people who are considered the richest in the world, see The World's Billionaires
, an annual ranking made by Forbes (which has its own article
on the Other Wiki
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Anime & Manga
- In CLAMP School Detectives, the Imonoyama family founded CLAMP Academy, which acts not just as a school, but as a self contained city in the middle of Tokyo. And they don't even charge the students' families tuition.
- From Death Note, L Lawliet has a hotel built solely to house (and disguise) a heavily secured task force headquarters, pays for everyone on the task force's life insurance, hands them gadget belts, can afford to hire a professional con man and an international thief, and still has enough left over that his successor can just pour a waterfall of one-dollar bills out the top of a building.
- The five girls of Debutante Detective Squad are said to each have wealth greater than the annual gross national product of Japan.
- In Dragon Ball, the Briefs family owns the Capsule Corporation. Capsules are a perfect miniaturization technology, and the Briefs have a monopoly. The exact extent of their wealth isn't made completely clear.
- In Eden of the East, all twelve of the Seleção are given magic cell phones that they can use to make any request from the "concierge," whether material goods or to cause any event to happen — essentially a technological Genie in a Bottle. The cost for these "wishes" are automatically billed against a 10 billion yen limit (that's about $100 million). And all of it was arranged by the mysterious "Mr. Outside", who can apparently just give 12 people 10 billion yen each without it mattering overly much.
- Junjou Romantica: According to Usami Akihiko, one billion yen is cheap change.
- In Gravion, Klein Sandman has the resources and cunning to build a bleeding edge deep space detection system and a bleeding edge Combining Mecha all without the notice of any major organisation on Earth. He also has a par-for-the-course gigantic castle that can house and train a veritable army of maids to pilot and provide logistical support for said giant robot. At least one of these maids was initially brought into the castle against their will and no one questions it. Oh and, just to prove it wasn't a fluke, he builds another one.
- Of course, he is a Human Alien and what is bleeding edge for Earth is only cutting edge for him.
- In Hana Yori Dango, the parentage of the student body of Eitoku Academy is implied to almost entirely be made up of ridiculously wealthy people, and the F4 are the cream of the crop.
- In Hayate the Combat Butler:
- Mikado Sanzenin. By his own account, his wealth measures in the hundreds of trillions of yen (several trillion dollars at least). His granddaughter Nagi is wealthy in her own right, but not enough to maintain the smallest Sanzenin secondary residence (which includes a theme park and fully stocked lake) by herself.
- Athena Tennos, as head of the Tennos family, is said to have wealth to rival the Sanzenins'.
- From He Is My Master, Nakabayashi Yoshitaka.
- In Sgt. Frog, Baio Nishizawa's company controls nearly half of the world's economy, he's got his own armed military and black ops brigade, and his daughter Momoka has, among other things, a tiered doll display so tall that it's built into the side of a rock spire and can only be viewed via helicopter. According to Tamama, "If people knew how rich they were, they would lose all faith in capitalism."
- From Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- Ayaka Yukihiro's family owns a Mega Corp. and several private islands, and she herself lives in a Big Fancy House that would give the Palace of Versailles a run for its money, and was able to personally finance a massive campus wide war game. Keep in mind that said campus is an Elaborate University High that goes from grade school through university level and has over 30,000 students. She also owns her own private jet and brought roughly half her class to Wales in it when she heard that Negi was going there.
- Konoka's family comes close, if only because their Shinto temple-esque Big Fancy House would put Ayaka's own to shame in size and complexity. The Mega Corp.-owning Yukihiro family still surpasses them in sheer wealth, though.
- Princess Arika, Negi's mother could probably put Ayaka's money to shame without even trying.
- Yai's family, of Mega Man NT Warrior, regularly shows off their wealth in the form of private jets, a submarine, helicopters... And their mansion transforms into a Humongous Mecha. Naturally, she uses these things to help the rest of the gang get to places faster. Her Star Force counterpart, Luna, only has her wealth touched upon once, but her family's estate, her army of servants, and making countless orders to try and see Mega Man again practically puts her into this trope as well.
- In Monster,
- Hans Georg Schubert, also known as the Vampire of Bayern for his seclusion and mysterious nightly outings, is described as a juggernaut whose fortune keeps growing and growing without measure; rumors have it that he singlehandedly manipulates the entirety of the German stock market. His donation of his collection of rare and antique books to the University of Munich attracts local and international business alike.
- Johan, who started an enormous black market banking operation that made him incredibly rich...at the age of 15. He doesn't care about the money. He did it to see how people would destroy each other because of money and to make it easier for him to murder a lot of people.
- In Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, Gentou Nogizaka bought an island, complete with castle and resort, as well as supersonic jets, for the express purpose of celebrating his daughter's birthday. Beyond that, he has his own private army and ninja maid staff, and apparently spends most of his time with world leaders and intelligence agencies. His father-in-law is retired, but remains outrageously influential: according to The Other Wiki, "If he wants, all great leaders in the world will gather at one place for a high level conference within three hours."
- Most of the cast of Ouran High School Host Club:
- The boys in the Host Club belong to insanely rich families, who own private islands, artificial jungle resorts and private armies.
- Renge decides to make a movie about the club and summons a Hollywood camera crew and a director (a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Steven Spielberg, no less) in one day.
- Kyouya Ootori is able to threaten others into submission by simply stating that he's able to eject someone from the country if they piss him off. That's not even including the insanely huge indoors beach that had a forest in it. He's also independently wealthy, being able to buy his family's failing company.
- From Perfect Girl Evolution:
- Tamao Kikunoi AKA 'Princess'. When her fiance asks for help in saving one of his friends from a group of cultists, she shows up with a private army... including full sea-and-air support, elite forces numbering in the tens of thousands, and a butler with a Hyperspace Arsenal. When the same friend needed to be saved from a horde of amorous girls, she was able to make a Humongous Mecha materialize under a city block, complete with gigantic hangar-gates, for the sole purpose of tricking the girls into leaving.
- Sunako's aunt looks to be EASILY in the top-half of this list, thanks to the inheritance she got from her late husband. She can summon an entire FLEET of military choppers at will — equipped with rose-petal-spreaders. And that's not counting the men she's dated, one of whom had a stretch limo that took nearly a minute to pass a single point — at full speed.
- In Sonic X, Christopher Thorndyke, the child of a superstar actress and a gifted scientist, and his grandfather is The Professor to boot. In the second episode, he can provide the funds and materials for Tails to turn a modified WW1 biplane into a transforming jet fighter.
- From Tenchi Muyo!:
- Probably can be safely assumed of the Jurai family given their status as being the monarch of an intergalactic government in a spacefaring society where a bedroom the size of a fair-sized house in Japan is considered working class. In addition, several members of the family own personal space yachts with more firepower than an average galaxy police warship. Note that this applies only to the Emperor and those who live with him; his relatives living on Earth don't fare quite as well — though technically they are considered missing persons stranded on a remote and uncivilized planet. Earth is implied to be an unofficial vacation spot for the royal family (though probably because some of its membersnote are stranded there), so many of them are simply staying there by choice.
- The Kuramitsu family owns garden planets, as in planets for the sole purpose of the family and friends to spend nice weekends at. And their wealth is petty change compared to the Emperor.
- Kuramitsu clan is royalty of the Jurai's rival empire of Seniwa, so it's really hardly surprising.
- In Urusei Yatsura, Shutaro Mendou. Fanon expands his wealth considerably, though. Mendou has a pretty much private everything.
- In Yes! Pretty Cure 5, Karen Minazuki has her own island, just happens to have multiple empty houses lying around for people who appeared out of nowhere, and once had to clarify that she was only joking about owning a mountain range.
- Doki Doki Pretty Cure also gives us Alice Yotsuba, or her family at least. Literally, the company owns EVERYTHING.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Seto Kaiba has so much money he can screw the rules on a regular basis. He managed to become owner and CEO of an entertainment company (that until he took over also manufactured high-tech weapons) and his brother's legal guardian without graduating high school. He also built a card game-themed amusement park, and pioneered advanced holographic technology (and repeatedly improved up on it) just to improve a card game. Later, he founds an entire school to teach more about the game. At one point in season 4, he needs a car, so he and an Mokuba find one and get in (never mind how they got the keys). As the car comes on, a salesman rushes over, frantic and demanding to know what they're doing. Even as the man rants, Kaiba whips out a checkbook extremely dramatically, scrawls something, and tells the man to keep the change as they drive away. The distraught salesman frets that he's ruined, RUINED... until he looks down at the $500,000 check. While not quite so large a number as this trope normally deals with, the sheer attitude with which this example was done makes it rather noteworthy.
- Pegasus is hardly a pauper either, and, given that Kaiba's big break came from making a deal with Pegasus, may actually be richer than Kaiba. Given that fifteen years after he invented his product professional users of it would apparently be as powerful as kings, politicians and CEOs, it's quite likely he'll be sitting pretty for the foreseeable future.
- In [C] - The Money and Soul of Possibility, Mikuni has enough money to single-handedly shoulder Japan's national debt. Note that due to the show's premise, a lot of characters can fall into this trope (the protagonist went from a college student struggling to make ends meet to having a bank account of several hundred million overnight), but Mikuni still stands out.
- In Dance in the Vampire Bund, Mina Tepes pays off Japan's entire national debt, which is around 40 TRILLION dollars and does not seem financially hurt in the slightest by it.
- Of course, she already controls enough of the world's resources that the odds are pretty good that she was already indirectly Japan's largest creditor, and being able to openly sponsor the current government is likely a fair trade for canceling a bad debt. Given the amount of shifting goods and companies around this would have entailed, and the justification it would have provided for a thorough corporate housecleaning, she might even have come out ahead on the deal.
- In Special A, almost every single character aside from the Hanazono family is ridiculously and obscenely wealthy, to the point where Kei Takishima slams down a blank check and tells Yahiro to fill in any amount he wants for the house they are currently standing in — and all he wants is his girlfriend back. In another scene, the Takishima Group Headquarters are portrayed as being several square MILES wide. (This is the fourth positively massive mansion to be shown to be owned by the Takishima's — and we're not even counting the manga, here.
- Hanaukyo Taro of Hanaukyō Maid Tai in addition to his mansion and army of maids has enough budget to create a weather altering machine and a computer that can manipulate all the world's markets when it's completed.
- In Sacred Seven, Ruri. "We didn't want to go to any trouble, so we just bought the school."
- The Big Bad of the Dark Tournament arc of YuYu Hakusho, Mr. Sakyo, is richer than the entirety of the Japanese government put together.
- Bleach: Byakuya Kuchiki is apparently ridiculously wealthy. His pre-time skip scarf alone is worth the price of ten mansions... and in Japan, mansions are fantastically expensive. And that's just an item of clothing he wears every day and is willing to wear into battle. After the time skip, he gets a custom captain's haori made, and the gold piping down the edges is apparently insanely expensive, costing as much as three sheets of expensive silk cloth. He wears that into battle, too. Byakuya really does have money to burn.
- Claire Kokonoe from Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku. In the first episode, it's stated that she has as little chance of running out of money as a tap left on does of running out of water. For example, if she needs an eraser, her immediate reaction is to buy a stationery store.
- The Hekmatyar family running H&C Logistics International are fantastically wealthy as their company is essentially an N.G.O. Superpower. They have their own private army, private satellites and Koko Hekmatyar has the funds necessary to pursue bleeding edge technology in the fulfilment of her secret plan "Jormungand" which involves putting over 126 satellites in the sky to prevent aircraft from ever taking off the ground. A massive undertaking to the point where every global player is scared shitless of it, the sanity of doing something like this is questioned in-universe.
- Rohan Kishibe of Jojos Bizarre Adventure fame earned enough money from writing his hit manga "Pink Dark Boy" that he could buy things like Gucci, Armani and even entire mountain ranges like a kid buys candy.
- Tatsuya Himekawa of Beelzebub may be a delinquent, but he still comes from a wealthy banking family, allowing him to finance some of the group's wilder plans if needed. Apparently his monthly allowance is in the hundred-thousands and he considers spending millions pocket change. To date he has: owned the top seven floors of an expensive high rise apartment complex, converted several apartments on one floor into a giant gaming center, bought an entire gaming company on a whim so he and his pals could win against magically-cheating opponents, and spent several million on a demon-sealer that he always planned to destroy in the end. He also has access to what is assumed to be a very expensive penthouse in a resort location. And his family owns an island shaped like a pompadour whose sole purpose is to produce Himekawa's hair gel.
- Kiryuin Ragyo from Kill la Kill probably qualifies. Literally 100% of ALL clothing on the planet is manufactured by her company, REVOCS (which is a bad thing, since this clothing is made of parasitic aliens). Ragyo is rich and influential enough that even her teenage daughter pretty much owns an entire city and a personal army of superpowered students powerful enough to take over other cities, and nobody can do squat about it.
- Also Kaneo Takarada from the same anime, who pretty much owns the whole city of Osaka and whose family is the main rival of the Kiryuins. His troops have weapons that fire money, and his personal mecha seems to be made of (or at least plated with) gold.
- There are numerous Harry Potter fics out there where, in addition to his already sizeable inheritence, Harry inherits even more money from Sirius Black (and often several fortunes from other ancestors such as Merlin and Gryffindor that weren't included in his original inheritance for some reason). It's not uncommon for him to have more gold in his vault than exists in the world. Some stories also have 'Potter family investments', which tend to be very long-term investments in very profitable companies.
- In Back to the Future Part II, one of the alternative realities sees Biff Tannen amassing a vast fortune thanks to Gray's Sports Almanac. He is one of America's richest and most powerful men, owns a Mega Corp., controls the police, and can get away with murder.
- In Contact, S.R. Hadden lives on a private jet that reportedly never lands, and funds a SETI expy out of his own pocket on a whim. In the finale, it's revealed that he bought up undisclosed numbers of other major corporations purely to obtain the plans to build a backup to the interstellar teleporter, which nearly bankrupted a consortium of world governments, and that he's manipulated nearly every terrestrial person or event in the film purely through use of his bank balance. Carl Sagan's novel goes into thorough detail about the ingenious ways he acquired his fortune, starting with a machine that automatically changes the TV channel the second a commercial starts and culminating in essentially a futuristic city-sized brothel based on ancient Babylon crossed with Las Vegas.
- In Inception, Saito buys an airline (the timeline of the film is implied to be over the course of a few weeks) because he thinks it's the simplest way to keep the crew out of their hair. It is implied that the Fischers' empire is far greater than his.
- Many James Bond villains are apparently quite wealthy, though exact figures are rarely given. In fact, there likely isn't even one Bond villain that does not fit the Trope Screw the Rules, I Have Money!.
- Mr. Big and Franz Sanchez's drug empires secretly control entire countries (nominally fictional, but they're blatantly Haiti and Panama).
- Hugo Drax is the world's foremost manufacturer of space shuttles, and builds an entire space station apparently with his own money.
- Elliot Carver is noted by supplemental materials to be the most powerful man in the world at the time of the film. His media empire can send a government crashing down with a single news story.
- Charles Foster Kane is a media tycoon who has more than enough money to spend on constructing Xanadu (which is described in-universe as "the world's largest private pleasure ground") and filling it with exotic animals and priceless art from around the world. One early scene has his adoptive father Mr. Thatcher argue with him over how much money he's losing on running a newspaper and Kane's response?
We did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars next year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I'll have to close this place in... sixty years.
- The above quote is said when he is still just starting out, and he's currently #5 on the Forbes Fictional 15. $1 million at the time is approximately $27 million today; thus, "starting out" and thanks to his family's gold holdings (and his mother's management), Mr. Kane is worth at least $1.6 billion.
- The Scarlet Pimpernel 1982:
Sir Percy: (taking two stacks of bills from the safe) "I'll be gone two days..." (takes two more stacks) "...perhaps four..."
Tuesday at the Office
gives us the Vogelsang Trade Network, which went from being the inheritance of a Duke's second son to being a major player in international trade and finance. They do so much volume in business that a 3 million gold a year payout to prop up the mismanaged ducal holdings of the other branch of the Vogelsang family is considered 'cutting back'; it used to be over three times that.
Live Action TV
- In The Addams Family, the titular clan of loveable weirdos. In particular, the patriarch, Gomez, puts more value on losing money than making it, often paying for things with wads of cash he apparently left lying around the house earlier for that purpose.
- From Doctor Who, Henry van Statten, who owns the internet. Has enough money from slowly releasing elements of his hoarded alien technology that he can decide the next US presidential election on a whim.
- In Star Trek, insane amounts of wealth don't mean as much in a society that can replicate most of their daily goods, but a few beings manage to stand out.
- The Ferengi have had thousands of years to hone and refine their capitalistic arts to perfection, so it stands to reason that at least a few very successful Ferengi can fit onto this list. In fact, Grand Nagus Zek goes so far as to publish a series of Revised Rules of Acquisition in order to change his entire species' hat from Honest John's Dealership to something more respectable. He realizes that many prospective customers are leery of doing business with Ferengi because of their cutthroat business practices, and by regaining their trust they can expand their customer base. All for increased profits.
- In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Quark's cousin owns his own moon.
- In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, London Tipton. Heiress to a hotel fortune. Subverts the ditzy "I can see my house from here!" by actually being able to see her house. From space.
- When she goes a day or two without buying anything, she comments that it's severely hurting the global economy.
- Her father once bought her Iceland,simply because she wanted to be an ice-skater.
- In Game of Thrones and its source material, the Lannisters are by far the richest family in the Seven Kingdoms — it's mentioned in one episode that King Robert owes them 3 million in gold, and they still have enough left to fork over 80,000 for a tournament with no problem. "As rich as a Lannister" seems to be a well-known phrase, enough so that Tyrion Lannister is able to use it to bribe his way out of a dungeon. Taken Up to Eleven with the merchant price Xaro Xhoan Daxos, who according to Word of God (or at least word of his actor) is even wealthier than Tywin, and he could very well be the wealthiest person in the universe of the series. Xaro started with nothing, but is now wealthy enough that he could personally fund a successful invasion of the Seven Kingdoms and it wouldn't even be a huge investment.
- Or so it appeared, anyway. A later episode reveals that Daxos' vault is actually empty. He's still wealthy, of course ... his house, furnishings, and jewelry are worth quite a bit, and he presumably has investments elsewhere in the city as well ... but he doesn't have the liquid reserves that he claims.
- We also discover in Season 4 that the Lannisters' wealth may not be as secure as thought. In one episode Tywin reveals that they have not mined any gold in three years, and they are also heavily indebted.
- The Big Bang Theory — Sheldon describes Raj's parents as "Richie Rich rich...Somewhere between Bruce Wayne and Scrooge McDuck."
- The 1950s TV show The Millionaire dealt with a faceless philanthropist sending out $1 million checks to ordinary people to see how the money would change their lives, for better or worse. Showing how powerful TV was at the time, viewers wrote into CBS (the network of the show) asking for a handout.
- Thunderbirds: Jeff Tracy definitely counts. The man singlehandedly funded the entire International Rescue organisation, which includes (among other things) a huge island base, aircrafts, spacecrafts, submarines and various rescuing machines that are well ahead of their time, and an international network of agents. His sons also all attended some of the best universities and colleges in the world. He apparently got his money from both his days as an astronaut, and his own company he started afterwards.
- On Will and Grace, Karen's husband Stanley owned Walker Inc., a company that we never really learned much about. Aside from owning at least a few apartment buildings in New York (under the name Walker Property Management, implying Walker Inc. was an umbrella company,) we don't really know what it does or how much it's worth except for the fact that it has made Stan and Karen obscenely wealthy. In one episode, Karen is upset that Stanley put her on a budget. When Grace asks how much, Karen writes the number down, and Grace responds that she should be able to live on this since Spain does. When Stan's possessions are divvied up in his will in season five, Karen is left $978 million.
- Horrible Histories' Marcus Lucinius Crassus fits this trope perfectly apart from the fact that he was a real person.
- From Person of Interest, Harold Finch is rich enough to be able to buy up 51% of a major corporation on demand at one point. On another occasion he buys a luxury hotel and makes the person they helped that episode the general manager. In yet another case, he gave a dry cleaning clerk a full-ride scholarship to Harvard Law so he could bug a businessman's clothes.
- He also casually purchases a security company to set up a cover story for Reese. When the background check is too thorough for that he simply buys a credit bureau as well.
- In the Elementary premiers, Sherlock Holmes's father is stated to be very wealthy and is the one who hires Joan Watson to be Sherlock's sober companion. However, it is not till much later that we find out just how extremely rich he is. Sherlock and Mycroft need to find data that has been stolen from a bank's computer system so they make an appointment to visit the bank. The bankers think that they are there on behalf of their father and on very short notice organize a banquet for them that would easily feed a dozen people. When the bankers discover the real reason for the visit, they are disappointed since they were hoping that they might be able to get a small percentage of Holmes Sr.'s banking business. To put things in perspective, the data theft will cost the bank millions and ruin their reputation but having the Holmes family as clients is seen as more profitable than recovering the data.
- Power Rangers Operation Overdrive actually includes one of these. Andrew Hartford has a mansion with 27 bathrooms complete with a secret cave underneath with special genetic scramblers (which gives superpowers on the molecular level), ranger technology and zords (which gives power suits and a Humongous Mecha), all which he basically designed for his own private use rather than needing to have it go public in any way. He owns a film studio, had Will break into his own bank, has pioneered holographic recording technology and even built his own absurdly lifelike robot just for his own use, and even has time to spend "twice the net worth of new mexico" to go treasure hunting in his spare time. It's pretty crazy.
Myth & Religion
- Ted DiBiase, Professional Wrestling's original "Million Dollar Man". So rich, he would flaunt his wealth by cramming $100 bills down the throats of his fallen opponents until they choked on them — at which point, his manservant, Virgil, would take the money back. He lived by the motto, "Everybody's got a price!" and he proved it by, at various points, essentially buying André the Giant, Nikolai Volkoff, and Tatanka. The only man he couldn't buy? Hulk Hogan, who turned down his overtures to buy the WWF Championship for obscene amounts of money. Eventually, he just made his own championship belt, the Million Dollar Belt, a creation of solid gold and diamonds that cost over one million dollars, and which served purely as a monument to his incredible wealth.
- John Bradshaw Layfield started off as a beer-drinking redneck before moving into his more well-known big-talking, big-spending, angry businessman character who pulled up to wrestling matches in a luxurious white limousine. Interestingly, for the trope, this is no lie: Layfield is in fact a wealthy entrepreneur in Real Life with legitimate wealth-building (that he shared in his best-selling book Have More Money Now) and corporate executive talents.
- In Dungeons & Dragons, one of Asmodeus' outfits costs about as much as a large country spends on food in a year. It just goes up from there.
- Additionally, he wields an extremely powerful Magic Staff made of pure ruby. It is said to be worth 1,000,000 gold pieces—considering its gem value only!
- Pretty much all high level characters fall under this trope.
- From Shadowrun:
- After years of audits and asset assessments after his death, the nearest estimate is that the dragon Dunkelzahn was worth well over 100 trillion nuyen, not including his collections of cultural artifacts, magical items, and so forth whose true value cannot be easily quantified. Just read his will. As an example, he left behind 20 million for the redevelopment of Jiffy Pop. And in the single largest endowment, he left Art Dankwalther $34,586,224,739.58 as repayment, accounting for inflation and interest, for a meal Art's ancestor once bought for him.
- Art Dankwalther, who turned out to be an obsessive lunatic and financial genius, then went on to use that money in a stock scheme that destroyed one of the world's ten largest megacorporations and forced another one to have an IPO and go publicly financed in order to survive his takeover attempt, the fallout of which helped shape the economic history of the planet for the next fifteen years, so Dunkelzahn appeared to have a much more significant plan in play here than simply paying off an old debt in a massively frivolous way.
- To put the idea of mega-corps into perspective in the Shadowrun universe, imagine a company who's able to employ military and security that would rival most nations'. Imagine also that their headquarters spans tens of city blocks, and the ground it's built on is claimed as sovereign land with it's own laws from the parent country. Now consider that there are at least ten megacorps that meet this requirement
- In Warhammer, Greasus Goldtooth, Overtyrant of the Ogres. One of his special rules is 'Too Rich To Walk', and he is allowed to bribe anyone. No exceptions.
- This is what the Rogue Traders are in Warhammer40000; people gifted with Warrants of Trade that allow them to go wherever and do whatever — so long as it doesn't hurt the Imperium — making absurd amounts of profit in the process. At the low end, a Trader is a merchant with a personal mile-long space battle-cathedral. At the high end, they operate entire fleets of starships and run a trade dynasty spanning dozens if not hundreds of worlds.
- Exalted features several characters of particularly obscene wealth. Chejop Kejak's personal salary is the equivalent of a Guild factor's entire investment network. The investments and personal treasury of a Guild hierarch are equivalent to the wealth of one of Creation's mightiest trade-nations and the operating budget of the most powerful army in the world. The personal wealth of the Scarlet Empress is able to back the currency used by the vast majority of people in the Realm (which, note, is Creation's single largest economy), as well as being the credit for its most powerful bank. Even those are minimal compared to the finances of some of the wealthiest Exalted of the First Age. Further, the nature of reality in creation (a consensual one supported by the order conferring trade pattern that exists as a bulwark against primordial chaos) means that large transactions by fiction 500 characters can damage the trade pattern, and therefore, REALITY ITSELF. Stock market crashes are deadly in Exalted.
- Adventure!: Any character with the Wealth Beyond Avarice background enhancement qualifies. You can buy pretty much anything without it affecting your bank balance (albeit not necessarily immediately), except if it'd qualify as a background in its own right.
- Video games in general tend to have a Money for Nothing problem if the player character can earn fabulous amounts of wealth with no means of spending it in any significant manner. In general, this results in a wealth horde of astronomical value.
- The Kirijo Group in Persona 3 are a globally known Mega Corp. that, in addition to creating electronics and being involved with research on Shadows (the enemies fought throughout this game and the next), they created a man made island (the setting of the game, no less). Party member Mitsuru Kirijo shows off their wealth quite well: a video recording notes that her room in the party's dorm is more luxurious and has a private bathroom, her family has a fashion consultant, they own a vacation home at a nearby beach area, and that certainly doesn't cover all of the technology they've made in regards to hunting Shadows, including Anti-Shadow weapons Aigis and Labrys from Persona 4 Arena. Her wealth also crosses with Arbitrarily Large Bank Account, as it's implied that she covers a lot of expenses for SEES, and it's implied that only reason Akihiko, an orphan, could go around the world on a journey and possibly re-enroll into college after Persona 4 Arena (in Real Life, college applications in Japan revolve around exams and there's very little flexibility for those who choose it or opt to go straight to work instead) is because he has Mitsuru and Aigis backing him up both financially and reputably.
- The original Persona had the Nanjo Group, which is this trope to a lesser degree. The only hint of their wealth, aside from party member Kei Nanjo and his butler Yamaoka, is the fact that there is a scene in Persona 2 Eternal Punishment where Baofu finds files about how Nanjo was working on creating artificial Persona-users, something that actually appears in Persona 3. As a matter of fact, the Kirijo Group is mentioned to have originally split off from the Nanjo Group, and the two companies still work closely together.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, Robert House. Before the Great War, he was the Owner and CEO of one of the largest corporations on the entire planet, bought out dozens if not hundreds of other large corporations, and personally funded research into a life support system that would give the Golden Throne a run for its money.
- After discovering that the world would end fifteen years prior with the Power of Math, he set about to personally fund the transformation of the greater Las Vegas Area (which by this point in time he owned, save for a single business owned by his half-brother, the reason for this being that he bought all of the Las Vegas area and screwed with the local economy solely to screw over said brother) into an impenetrable missile-proof fortress, complete with anti-missile lasers fitted into the rooftops of casinos, orbiting satellites designed to fry incoming ICBMs, and an entire army of extremely well armed robots armed with absurd amounts of weaponry and self-repair systems.
- After the war, he spent, on average, around a million caps a year on mercenaries and salvage teams for more than two hundred years in an effort to recover a platinum poker chip that contained the updated software that would turn his army of killer robots into even more killy killer robots. Robert House is on this list by virtue of being the only one with enough money to be able to survive a nuclear holocaust and thrive afterwards in a world where Everything Is Trying to Kill You.
- In Final Fantasy VII, President Shinra, being the owner of Shinra Electric Power Company effectively controlled the whole world by economic means. Except for one quasi-autonomous state, which was conquered by Shinra's own private army. Constructed a whole cyperpunkian city and had the only space program. His heir Rufus funded the next world-spanning organization and maintained infrastructure to fly Black Helicopters after the company downfall. Yes, even without any new revenue stream, he was still that rich.
- In Guilty Party, Dorian Dickens, head of the world's most effective and famous detective family. Exact wealth unknown, but it's enough to purchase a couple hundred zeppelins—or their approximate worth in pudding.
- From the Mass Effect series, the Illusive Man. Cerberus' resources, while not unlimited, are still substantial enough to fund a two-year project to rebuild someone who is for all intents and purposes dead, and can replicate — with improvements — the most advanced starship in the galaxy, with unique, groundbreaking stealth technology. Now, if even that doesn't sound like much, consider how valuable element zero is, then consider how much eezo was sunk into the drive cores of both the Normandy SR-1 and the Normandy SR-2. Note that late-game, we actually do find out where Cerberus gets its money from: Cerberus operates several dozen legitimate Fiction 500 corporations, and receives substantial funding from "private investors" — ultra-wealthy pro-humanity individuals, especially within the Alliance's military-industrial complex. They were also able to build the Normandy SR-2 because the very companies that Cerberus established to fund themselves were among those who built the original Normandy SR-1, so Cerberus had access to the blueprints and equipment to build the replacement. By the third game, Cerberus has the resources to wage war against the entire galaxy, due to using Reaper tech to indoctrinate people into becoming mooks.
- From Metal Gear Solid 3, Colonel Volgin, to the point where the US are willing to sacrifice the greatest soldier the world has ever known to get their hands on his money, and he can personally bankroll his own assembly line of doomsday machines. With $100 Billion in 1964 money, which if adjusted for today's economy would be almost $1 trillion dollars, it's easy to see why.
- In Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri, Nwabudike Morgan, richest man on any planet, who is wealthy enough to help fund a significant part of the cost of a spaceship large enough to take a decent fraction of humanity to another star system, after alliances of major countries (like the EU and Russia) have been forced to cut down their share after finding it too costly. Better yet, one victory condition requires you to be rich enough to buy the planet outright, so any player can easily join the Fiction 500.
- Somewhat similarly to the Alpha Centauri example, in certain iterations of Civilization, you may have the opportunity, if you play your cards right, for your civilization to get insanely rich, and thereby use its money to basically buy victory. This is easiest with the Spaceship victory, since in most iterations the forms of government that allow you to hurry production of the starship (and everything else) with cash are also the forms of government that allow you to get incredible amounts of cash in the first place.
- In Street Fighter Alpha, Karin Kanzuki. Her parents run the Kanzuki Zaibatsu, and they have a Kill Sat.
- Ken Masters himself is CEO of the Masters Corporation.
- Robert Garcia is also the scion of the Garcia Concern.
- Tekken: Depending on which installment you're playing, Heihachi, Kazuya, or Jin is the CEO of the Mishima Zaibatsu, the eminent corporation of The Verse.
- Lee's no slouch, either. He managed to build one of the most advanced robotics companies on the planet from scratch, and has the resources to repair Alisa, a Ridiculously Human Robot whose technology is light-years beyond any of Earth science. His mansion's so big, it has over 60 rooms, and his swimming pool's big enough to serve as a fighting arena.
- In Super Mario Bros.:
- Bowser Koopa is insanely wealthy, having owned at least twenty castles, an equally ginormous villa and even a city. However, he isn't satisfied unless he can rule the cosmos.
- In Wario Land, Wario has a huge castle with apparent walls of gold, treasure and more gold lying around, a huge throne, and in Shake It, ends up with a gold filled, gold walled garage with it's own chandelier. He got a planet in the first game for getting all the treasure. Heck, the Mario Spinoffs alone show him with a personal gold mine, multiple stadiums, a colosseum, multiple whole cities and a lot of other stuff. Oh, and the WarioWare games apparently sell thousands, if not millions in copies in the game stories. And he still wants more.
- Though they live in a humble house and don't seem to work a steady day job (besides that whole Princess-rescuing gig), the Brothers Mario own: at least one private plane and a submarine (Mario uses them to rescue Daisy in Super Mario Land), a castle (that Mario seized from Wario in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins), a mansion full of previous gems (Luigi's Mansion), several carts and racetracks (for racing in the various Mario Kart games), places to throw fabulous parties (Mario Party), top-of-the-line tennis gear (Mario Tennis), and near-infinite extra lives thanks to their income stream. In addition, they amass large amounts of gold coins in their travels, a signficant portion of which is invested in their massive extra life reserve.
- Wilhelm of Xenosaga owns Vector, a corporation so large that their headquarters is a space station the size of Lebanon and with smaller branches on numerous planets. It's described as the largest and most wealthy corporation in existence. Later, it's revealed he also owns Hyam's Heavy Industries, the second-wealthiest corporation in existence.
- The Rosenqueen family of the Shared Universe of many Nippon Icchi games, from the Puppet Princess series to Disgaea, where they have shops across several worlds and planes.
- Handsome Jack in Borderlands 2. Among other things, he owns a diamond horse — not a statue, an actual living horse made of diamonds — and promises to pay a group of assassins enough money that they'll be able to buy mansions made of other, smaller mansions.
- The entire Fable franchise falls into this, as its possible for the player to get involved in real estate(of both the buy->sell and the buy->rent out varieties), selling merchandise of all kinds(from clothing to jewelry to pies) not to mention make obscene amounts of money from doing odd jobs. It's possible to end up owning the majority of homes, businesses and street vendor stations in the entire nation. To give an idea of what is possible, in the third game in the series Fable III you can make 127,000 gold every 5 minutes not counting odd job work. For perspective, in order to fill the kingdom's treasury with gold, you only need 6 million total. With minimal effort and a bit of patience the player can be worth more privately than an entire nation.
- In supplementary materials, it's revealed that the RED and BLU teams in Team Fortress 2 each secretly own half of the world through various front companies. And if that wasn't enough, the Announcer secretly controls both of those companies, meaning she effectively owns the entire world.
- This was later retconned to exclude one company (later two): Mann Co. and Gray Gravel. Mann Co. is the arms dealer for both teams, which has the largest stockpile of Australium note in the world. Gray Gravel, on the other hand, has an army of robot mercenaries that are powered by money.
- In Fate/stay night, Gilgamesh originally was the king of the world and possessor of all of its wealth. He has so much stuff that even he doesn't know what most of it is. His primary weapon, the Noble Phantasm called the Gate of Babylon, is a doorway to a pocket dimension that contains thousands upon thousands of priceless and powerful weapons, all of which belong to him. Consider this in comparison to other servants who might have two or three Noble Phantasms at most. At the same time, he has a particular character attribute called The Golden Rule, which measures a character's ability to attract wealth to himself. His is Rank A, which means that no matter what the situation and no matter when or where he might be, he is always guaranteed to have enough money to buy whatever he needs or wants and that more will simply fall into his lap.
- In Umineko: When They Cry, Kinzo Ushiromiya. No one knows exactly where his wealth originated from though EP7 reveals that it was Italian gold stored on a submarine, but he used it to buy his own private island off Japan, although the Japanese government supposedly doesn't allow it. Said money was used to singlehandedly revive the family from nothing after an earthquake killed the main family and destroyed everything they had using nothing more than the money and seemingly being able to turn the odds being against him into a SUPERPOWER. Not to mention, the guy has ten tons of gold just sitting around, or so the legend goes.
- In Dangan Ronpa, Byakuya Togami has 40 billion yen in a personal account for "pocket money". He also made millions in stocks and only stopped because it was too easy.
- From 8-Bit Theater, Thief (no last name given) qualifies. He's:
- Prince of the richest, most decadent nation on the face of the planet.
- in charge of the entire economy of a town (well, ex-town; It was flattened by Australia).
- Stolen the entire treasury of King Steve while walking down a hall.
- Stolen riches that don't even exist.
- Filled an infinite bag of holding to capacity with wealth.
- From Schlock Mercenary, Petey, per the page quote. It helps that, for all intents and purposes, Petey is a god. Even if you discount the whole "Hive Mind of gigantic ships" thing, he's still the owner of the biggest warship manufacturing complex in the whole galaxy, as well as its entire output. Very few can claim their Mega Corp. unofficially owns the Milky Way galaxy.
- Annie Warbucks (a grown-up version of Little Orphan Annie) in And Shine Heaven Now. Here, the claim is they earned their fortune by arms dealing.
- Hannelore's parents in Questionable Content are both obscenely wealthy, but for different reasons; her mother is a rich businesswoman who buys an entire restaurant on a whim, and her father is a robotics tycoon who owns and lives in a high-tech space station.
- Herman Beckett from Out at Home is stated to have a net worth exceeding the GDP of Uruguay. While other former sports stars may still rake in the millions with endorsement deals, Herman receives a literal boatload of money in the form of a yacht filled with gold coins in exchange for starting a podcast. The power of his wealth is so great that it defies conventional narrative causality; Herman is nearly always better off when he stops trying to go against his nature by trying to be a responsible parent and society member, and just throws money at his problems until they go away.
- Ray of Achewood is perhaps at the lower end of the Fiction 500 list, but he is incredibly wealthy. He once got $600 million through ownership of the world's first piece of pornography. He made a Deal with the Devil that made him an incredibly successful musician. He regularly blows money on massive parties and bankrolls his friends' ventures. It's suggested that his family was also wealthy, and in general he appears to be Born Lucky.
- In the Legion of Nothing webnovels, Giles Hardwick, one of Michigan's richest men, bankrolled the original Grand Lake Heroes League.
- In Whateley Universe, Ayla Goodkind comes from the richest family on the planet. The Goodkinds are estimated to be worth 750 billion dollars, according to Forbes. Ayla has actually seen the inside of a regular grocery store once. He was appalled. And once he formed his own consortium and took over Marvel, he became the richest teenager on the planet who isn't going to inherit family wealth... at fourteen.
- Conspiracy Theorists online tend to exaggerate the wealth of real figures to absurd levels. This one in particular claims that the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds both are worth 500 trillion dollars. Combined, that's about eight times the GDP of planet Earth.
- Constantine Voira in the upcoming Guardians Of Luna, the corporate ruler of the entire city of Steelhenge.
- In Beverly Hills Teens, Bianca Dupree. Okay, most of her friends could fit here, but Bianca mentioned her father owned Texas.
- In Danny Phantom, Vlad Masters. As prominent as Bill Gates, except shown to be much, much richer. The man is a billionaire with a huge castle in Wisconsin along with a huge home by the Rockies. Owns several of his own companies (i.e. Dalv), as well as many others he literally took over (like Mastersoft, formerly Microsoft). Owns state of the art ghost hunting technology and can easily pay to have everything rebuilt time and time again with no financial worry. Can pay for a professional ghost hunting team with superior technology once and easily set a million-dollar bounty on a single ghost. The only things he can't buy are Maddie's love, Danny's respect, and the Green Bay Packers.
- He does state (and it's taken as Word of Dante), that he used his ghost abilities to commit invisible burglaries and later control people and get them to give him their money.
- And also, Danny's best friend, Sam, whose family is extremely wealthy because her grandfather invented the machine that twirls cellophane around deli toothpicks,when Tucker finds out about this and asks Sam whether her family owns things such as private jet and private yacht,she says yes. She also has a private movie theatre that's attached to a private bowling alley in the basement.
- In The Fairly OddParents, Remy Buxaplenty's wealth can only be described as "Richer than you will ever be." His parents are very good at business. Despite Timmy wishing for them to spend more time together (and thus being on a stranded island), the father found some oil and the mother opened a resort, so they are very good at business.
- In Futurama:
- Philip J. Fry gains such wealth (for only one episode before losing everything), buying out entire auctions on a whim didn't seem to make a dent, nor did shooting skeet with the Mona Lisa. That's in addition to the time he and Bender got $1 every time one of their Popplers was sold: 198 billion were sold around the world.
- Mom, of Mom's Friendly Robot Company, stole the entire wealth of Fry, above, and owned the security camera system that helped her do it. Possibly has a monopoly on robot production.
- She is more or less Futurama's counterpart to Mr. Burns. Also, she the monopoly is hinted further when she ensures people don't find out they can overclock their robots, lest they stop buying newer models.
- The Wong family owns the Western hemisphere of Mars — which they originally purchased from the natives using a car-sized diamond. When Amy Wong was introduced, she protested that her parents aren't as rich as people say, then reluctantly admitted that her college sorority was Kappa Kappa Wong. In fact, the Wongs are so wealthy that they consider it easier to brand the things that don't belong to them rather than the other way around.
- In Gargoyles:
- David Xanatos moved a castle to the top of a skyscraper. Apart from the cost of moving the castle (which involved disassembling it, shipping it from Scotland to New York, and having helicopters lift it to the top of the skyscraper one stone at a time), it's strongly implied that the entire building was created just to provide a platform for the castle to rest on. Granted, such a thing could be done, in principle, in real life, but still...
- Though per Word of God none of them is quite as rich as Xanatos, fellow Gargoyles cast members Renard, Demona, Macbeth and Thailog are definitely up there too.
- According to Thailog, his wealth combined with Demona's and Macbeth's would put him on equal footing with Xanatos. He comes up with a plan to make this happen in one episode.
- Another thing that makes this display of wealth on Xanatos' part so outlandish is why he did it. Because he could.
- In Goldie Gold and Action Jack, Goldie Gold has a flying car, has loads of tech on her person and in her mansion, and thinks a fur coat is proper adventuring wear.
- From Kim Possible:
- Señor Senior Senior's private island first had such a power load it was blacking out Europe. The bulk of it was going to a sun lamp bulb the size of a hot air balloon. He's one of the five richest people on Earth in the Kim Possible universe. The other four are his card club: one is the 'queen of daytime television' (alluding to Oprah perhaps), one appears to be a possible Russian expy of Bill Gates (the Software Czar), one is Poppop Porter (the snack food king) and the last is the Smarty Mart founder and CEO.
- Ron Stoppable (briefly). He invented the Naco, the top-selling menu item at Bueno Nacho, and in one episode received a check for 99 million dollars in royalties for his invention. Kim described him as "just south of billionaire." He blew a great deal of the money on Conspicuous Consumption, clothes, bling, and a private jet for himself and Kim, before Drakken and Shego stole the balance, ending his brief tenure on the Fiction 500 list. A number of fan fics suggest that he's still getting Naco royalties, which his parents had enough foresight to invest in a trust fund for him, so he may still belong on this list.
- From The Powerpuff Girls, Princess Morbucks' father. Princess finances a personal suit of Powered Armor with her allowance.
- Most of the families in Totally Spies!!. All three protagonists are shown to be rich, while their rival, as shown when her mother bought an entire high-end shoe company chain simply to get one pair, is hinted to be even richer. Very much living proof of Reality Is Unrealistic, given that it is set in Beverly Hills.
- The Metalocalypse band Dethklok as a whole is considered the seventh largest economy on Earth. (They've just passed Belgium!)
- In The Simpsons, Charles Montgomery Burns, especially with his device to blot out the sun over Springfield and his (albeit limited) ownership of the world's only trillion dollar bill.
- Lucius Heinous VII on Jimmy Two-Shoes. One episode shows he spends more on trival things for him than it costs to run his whole Mega Corp.. And his son Beezy spends even more.
- Eustace Strytch from Jimmy Neutron often rivals Jimmy's brain with his wad of cash. He easily manipulates people with his money, is able to buy space ships and fly to Mars and gets anything he points at, constantly dragging along his butler.
- In a quick joke, Eddie from Class of 3000 is drawn with five fingers to show how rich he is in relation to all the other character, who just have the average cartoon four.
- His dad is the CEO of Coca Cola... Earth Division.
- An Al Brodax Popeye cartoon does a spoof of the 1950s TV show The Millionaire with Popeye the philanthropist doling out $1 million personal checks to Olive, Swee' Pea, Wimpy and—yes—Brutus. He then goes out in his sailor outfit to see how his friends spent the money. After seeing what they all did with the money (none too wisely), Popeye gives the rest of his money to the sailors' retirement fund.
- In The Transformers episode Megatron's Master Plan, Shawn Berger has his own private army and builds a fake solar power plant for the specific purpose of luring the Decepticons to it so he could show everybody that he could stop them.