"They don't call me Greed for nothing. I want money. I want women, status, and power. I want everything this world's selling and eternity's topping the list!"Greed, or avarice, is the desire for large amounts of money and material possessions. While simply attempting to earn more money to make oneself better off is no big deal, greed applies when one attempts to garner ever greater amounts of possessions and money simply for the sake of having more than everyone else. The thing about Greed is that it's never satisfied - as soon as the thing sought after is obtained, the obtainer starts craving more, and more, and more, ad infinitum. It's an addiction. Greed is the main motivation of the Corrupt Corporate Executive. It is also a Fatal Flaw of the Miser Advisor and commonly of a Mr. Vice Guy; in the cases of these characters, they usually learn a valuable lesson at some point about what's really important. The Gold Digger is motivated by Greed — as is, often enough, the Black Widow. A character defined by Greed often has a Money Fetish. This trope can be the reason behind characters who are Only in It for the Money. Greedy villains often try to bribe the hero, a tactic in which they have great confidence. After all, justice and even Revenge aren't shiny, and don't get a very good exchange rate. When The Hero turns down the Briefcase Full of Money, it can be a great shock. Obviously, bribes work great on them. Villains — and heroes — seemingly afflicted by Greed can be humanized by demonstrating that it is not the money they are after; they need it to buy something of actual value. At the same time, their Greed may threaten to transform their goal into a Tragic Dream. Villains may also want it not for itself but for equally villainous reasons — to effect Revenge, to live the slothful life of the Idle Rich — which changes the motivation without making it less evil. May lead to Death by Materialism. Gold Fever is a subtrope. Often goes hand in hand with gluttony. Compare Lust, which is desire for abstract concepts and feelings as opposed to material possessions. If a greedy character is featured in a musical, expect a Money Song. For the less sophisticated, there's Giant Food. Compare Love Hungry. For the classic silent film on the subject, see Greed. For the Chuck Woolery game show, see Greed.
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Anime and Manga
- The third Kira in Death Note uses the notebook to kill off executives of rival companies along with criminals in order to make his own company expand and increase his salary.
- Kakuzu for Naruto.
- Also, Shiranami. He even stated that the reason he killed his father, who was protecting the expensive forbidden jutsu, was because he's greedy.
- Nabiki of Ranma ½ — she likes nice things, provided someone else is paying.
- Genma accidently knocks his wife off a cliff in his attempts to steal a 20 dollar medal to pawn.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- Greed, as his name would imply. However, the positive qualities related to his sin are also inspected: He is so possessive over his minions that it crosses to being actual loyalty and caring. Even Greed himself eventually addresses the fact that while things like wanting money, food, power, etc. seem worlds apart from wanting to protect people, they're also still both forms of desire. In addition, despite his desire for "Money, food, women, everything!", he's able to keep his desire under enough control that it doesn't ruin him, and he ends up working for the good guys (under the guise that they work for him, of course). Greed also dies for good due to entirely selfless reasons — though he'd probably protest it and rationalize it as "getting revenge by proxy/taking care of his possessions".
- While Ling Yao has nobler beliefs than the previous example, he embodies some of these qualities as well, having goals such as becoming emperor and obtaining immortality, but being absolutely against sacrificing his followers or letting them sacrifice themselves for him. This serves as foreshadowing as to why he ends up becoming the second Greed.
- Nami from One Piece started off as treasure obsessed, and would do nearly anything to get large amounts of money, which includes raiding a Marine's base during the confusion of an attack. This is justified a couple arcs in: She wants to use the money for the REAL Greed-monger, her then-captain, so she could buy him off and he'll leave her hometown alone.
- The fact that it's a defining characteristic of hers is played with in her in-betweener. Even after Arlong is dealt with, she's still just as greedy.
- To do her justice, if any of her friends are in danger, she will pay any price in order to save them. At least she sets her priorities straight.
- The original Noah in Soul Eater, as he is the embodiment of Greed.
- Lina Inverse of Slayers fame has this as a rather significant personality trait, though it crops up more earlier on. However she is always on the look out to make a bit of cash. It's part of the reason she left home in the first place, having gotten into trouble by selling illusions of her elder sister Luna in the bath.
- Baron Danglars from Gankutsuou.
- Viper from Katekyo Hitman Reborn! is a baby who cares about nothing but money. He frequently attempts to charge his own team members for favors or just to watch him fight, and he complains if he has to do something for free. His alias, Mammon, even means greed.
- Meiko Shimono from Hell Girl is such a selfish Rich Bitch that she first kills her parents for their money, and later murders her baby son to not have to share said wealth.
- Reiko Mikami could very well take the crown for this trope. It seems there's nothing she won't do to get a little more money.
- Lawrence from Spice and Wolf suffers in episode 10 because of this trope. He ended up trying to buy too much armor on credit, only to find out that the value of armor in the city he was going to sell it in crashed. None of his merchant associates want to help him repay the debt as well because he got greedy.
- One of the video games in the Gundam franchise is entitled Gihren's Greed in honour of Mobile Suit Gundam's Big Bad, Gihren Zabi. There is a reason for this. A cold, Machiavellian personality, Gihren's entire goal in life seems to be the accumulation of more wealth, power, and possessions for himself.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, this is very likely Kyubey's motive for the plot line.
- Played with in Fate/stay night and the prequel, Fate/Zero. Gilgamesh, the King of Heroes, is insistent that everything of any worth belongs to him, and is seeking the Holy Grail not because he really wants it, but because he refuses to let anyone touch it without his permission. The thing is, at one point he really did own literally everything in the world, and due to the way magic works in this 'verse (making new things is unspeakably difficult, but making inferior copies isn't that hard), it's quite likely that everything of worth is based on things he used to own, so he's actually got a pretty good case for owning everything. So when he claims everyone else are just low-born thieves who need to be punished, he's not doing it out of greed, but out of a simple (albeit outdated) understanding of property rights. He's actually quite magnanimous with his treasures, and is more than willing to lend any of them indefinitely to vassals who ask for them.
- Reiko the Zombie Shop is a necromancer for hire motivated solely by money, despite a lot of people dying as a result of her work. Later in the series other motives crop up, but Reiko remains liable to demand payment for saving the day.
- Scrooge McDuck. He may be a Noble Demon or just a Jerk with a Heart of Gold Depending on the Writer, but no matter how admirable his dedication to hard work and honesty is, Greed is always his defining vice.
- It runs in the family; his nephew has sinned of this as well.
- Pictured above is "Agent Orange", real name Larfleeze, "leader" of the Orange Lantern Corps in The DCU. In the emotional spectrum, Orange represents selfishness and greed, and Agent Orange is the greediest creature to ever live. True to form, he's the only true member of the corps; the others are all spirits of the people he killed in his constant search for more.
- Funnily enough, Larfleeze was once referred to in-story as "Scrooge McDuck with a power ring"
- Johns has stated one of Larfleeze's inspirations is Daffy Duck.
- Later on, Lex Luthor is inducted as a deputy Orange Lantern and becomes so utterly consumed by greed that he turns on the other lanterns, wanting ALL the rings.
Larfleeze to Lex Luthor: Victory is mine! And if you had hair that would be mine, too!
- Ironically enough, his last act of the Blackest Night arc was tossing Luthor back to the humans, which Sinestro lampshaded was an act of him giving something to someone. Larfleeze reacts in stunned shock.
- Lex has long had greed as one of his defining vices. The orange ring ends up worsening his greed, leaving him with a yawning gulf inside when he loses it.
- Larfleeze starts hanging around on Earth after Blackest Night because he believes Earth caters to greedy bastards like him. After watching commercials he's come to the conclusion that everyone else on Earth shares his neverending desire for more.
- The Orange Lantern is always a singular individual because nobody avaricious enough to activate and control the orange light could ever bear the thought of sharing it. This is why the deputy didn't work out: they'd fight each other over the power, cutting their strength to less than half.
- As a bit of a Tragic Hero, the top thing Larfleeze wanted was the only thing he really wants, his family.
- In the end he gets reunited with them. Then promptly falls back into stealing and hoarding because old habits die hard.
- Funnily enough, Larfleeze was once referred to in-story as "Scrooge McDuck with a power ring"
- In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond, Superman's Evil Twin Ultraman mentions that on his world, ruled by evil, the only god people knew was Mammon, the demon who patronizes greed in the Seven Deadly Sins. However, when Ultraman found out about Mandrakk The Dark Monitor, he was more than happy to follow this greater evil.
- In the original Lee-Ditko run of Spider-Man, J. the real reason Jameson hates Spider-Man is that Jameson has always been greedy and he can't understand how Spider-Man can give without any personal gain for himself.
- Speaking of Spider-Man, Electro pretty much shouts out a bit from the intro paragraphs verbatim in his first appearance as he gloats over his victory, readily admitting that he's greedy, but he doesn't care. Fitting then that Electro is pretty typically the most greed-driven villain in most incarnations.
- Jack Horner of Fables shows how much greed can stab you in the back. After losing a fortune several times in his series, he resigns to never spend the gold he gained from El Dorado, just to ensure he can't lose it. He consequently becomes a dragon as a result of his greed. He spends at least a few years (if not decades) in this state before the last issue. Everyone Dies .
- This is The Kingpin's defining vice. He takes and takes and takes, but it's never enough. He'll always want more.
- Cinderella's Wicked Stepmother is often depicted as wanting Cinderella's inheritance for her daughters' dowries.
- In "The Juniper Tree", the Wicked Stepmother murders her stepson so that her daughter will inherit everything.
- Hansel and Gretel's Wicked Stepmother begrudges her stepchildren their food and has them abandoned so they will not have to feed them. Although sometimes she has the excuse that there is a famine, in some variants, she just resents spending anything on them.
Films — Animated
- In Tangled, Flynn's motivation — he even, with No Honor Among Thieves, escapes with the goods and without his partners. Only with Character Development does he try to make amends. We also get some Hidden Depths about his childhood dream, inspired by stories of very rich man who could, consequently go anywhere and do anything.
- Greed is a major motif in Spirited Away, as it affects characters both the human world (Chihiro's parents who consume the food at the carnival without permission) and the Spirit World (the workers of the bathhouse who lust for gold). No-Face becomes powerful, yet insane when he feeds off the greed of the workers.
Films — Live-Action
- The eponymous villain of Goldfinger, whose ultimate goal is to increase the value of his gold reserves by irradiating all the gold in Fort Knox.
- Greed is the motivating factor in the lives of all three protagonists in The Good The Bad And The Ugly. They want the Civil War gold, and they don't care what they have to do to get it. Angel Eyes, The Bad, is by far the worst about it. He's basically this vice in a coat and a cowboy hat.
- Greed by Erich von Stroheim, a silent movie classic.
- Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (1993).
"All for one... and more for me!"
- Gordon Gecko in Wall Street:
"The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed - for lack of a better word - is good. Greed is right. Greed works."
- The defining characteristic of most antagonists in the Indiana Jones series.
- In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Walter Donovan seeks the Holy Grail so he can obtain immortality. In the end, greed blinds him from reason and he gets tricked into drinking from a fake grail, which causes him to age rapidly to death. In a perfect example of greed, Elsa Schneider then attempts to take the true grail outside the temple, despite warnings not to cross the seal. In the ensuing chaos, she drops the grail into a chasm and nearly falls in herself, but Indy catches her. The grail ends up on a small ledge and Elsa, consumed by her greed, reaches for it. Her hand comes up just short, which only fuels her desire to keep trying, despite the fact she’s slipping from Indy’s hold. Overcome by her lust for the cup, she stretches too far and Indy loses his grip on her slippery gloved hand. Indy by contrast is able to let go of the grail and thus escapes with his life, though even he was reluctant to give up such a historic find.
- In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, this is the reason Max turns coat on America and sides with the Soviets. The myths of Akator and legends of streets made of gold start making him think he could be richer than Howard Hughes (a comaprison he makes to Indy himself). He even tries to convince Indy to side with him; he should have know that Indy was more than willing to oppose anyone who thought like this as far as archaeology was concerned.
- This is the whole point of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Frank Dobbs starts as a normal guy just trying to get by while constantly being swindled and scammed. Once he starts getting his hands on gold his sanity starts to spiral downhill to the point where he's quite content to torture and then attempt to murder his best friend just so he can make off with everybody's share of the gold as well as his own. This ends up being his undoing, as his eagerness to get away gets him ambushed and murdered by the bandits, which results in the loss of all the gold.
- The main villains' primary motivation in The Lone Ranger.
- The villain in Ghost Ship uses this sin most of all to lead the people on the Graza to their demise. The crew of the Graza salvaged the gold from the Lorelei and took the villain onboard, and he then drove them insane with desire, causing them to murder the passengers first and then turn on each other. He uses the same prospect of gold and riches on the salvage crews he lures there, and even tries to tempt Epps at the end with other material trappings.
- The Brass Teapot is a movie about a magical teapot that gives you money if you hurt yourself and others. The longer it is in your possession the more you fall under the control of your own greed.
- Beni from The Mummy (1999) ends up serving Imhotep due to his greed and cowardice. Imhotep was just going to kill him, but decided he could be useful after hearing him speak Hebrew ("the language of the slaves"). Beni is easily tempted when Imhotep promises rich rewards while offering him a handful of gold and jewels.
- Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol is the greediest, most miserly man in London. After a visit from the Ghost of Christmas-Yet-To-Come, he gets second thoughts.
- Each of the villains in the Keys to the Kingdom series represents a deadly sin, with Grim Tuesday representing greed. He takes it to rather ridiculous levels, in fact. He turns his entire kingdom into an open-pit mine and risks the destruction of the entire universe in order to obtain more stuff. And he already posseses the power to make anything out of Nothing and a building about the size of a small town filled entirely with treasure.
- Miss Minchin in A Little Princess — Miss Amelia's description of her in one of the movie adaptations as "a pitiless, hard-hearted woman who cares for nothing but money!" holds very true in the original book.
- Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Pretty much everything that he does is because of his desire to obtain the Baudelaire fortune.
- Sir Peter, Ella's father, in Ella Enchanted.
- Smaug from The Hobbit - probably the Trope Codifier for the evil dragon sleeping on a bed of treasure. We are told that dragons hoard an incredible amount of riches, but would never, ever spend any of it.
- As well as the character he is based on - the dragon from Beowulf who has similar ... ummm ... exactly the same hoarding-and-killing tendencies.
- In Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn, while King Haggard explains that the reason he keeps unicorns is that they are the only thing that makes him happy. Where it becomes greed is that his goal is to collect them all — every unicorn in the world.
"Each time I see the unicorns, MY unicorns, it is like that morning in the woods, and I am truly young, in spite of myself!"
- In Robert E. Howard's The Hour of the Dragon, a man offers to betray Conan the Barbarian for this. True motive, Revenge. He reveals all when he has led them into the trap, because they have so utterly ruined his life he does not care about their killing him.
"Men say you have gold," mouthed the man, shivering under his rags. "Give some to me! Give me gold and I will show you how to defeat the king!"
- Chichikov's vice in Dead Souls which drives him.
- In Julian May's The Rampart Worlds sci-fi trilogy, this is pretty much the main reason the Hundred Concerns start dealing with the Haluk (although Emily Konigsberg started all the trouble through naivete). It turns out that giving technology to a touchy, paranoid race is not a good idea.
- Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Let's see...the Monarch HMO from Payback. The Barristers from The Jury. Rosemary Hershey in Sweet Revenge. Arden Gillespie and Roland Sullivan in Lethal Justice. Maxwell Zenowicz in Fast Track. Baron Bell in Deadly Deals. Owen Orzell and Jason Parker in Home Free. In at least 7 books out of 20, you have Greed as the motive for their terrible actions!
- Greed is a major cause of the conflict in Galaxy of Fear: Spore. The miners who Dug Too Deep and found Spore sealed into an asteroid decided to open it in the belief that it was valuable. Spore itself has endless greed, an endless desire to make sentient beings join its Hive Mind, even spending itself to search after the most minor escapees.
- The Apprentice Rogue: Falita's greed is set up in the first chapter when she plunders a corpse. As a child and even as an adult she would steal things and then forget about them; she simply wanted to take them.
- Five Weeks in a Balloon: Joe falls prey to this vice when he and his companions find rocks with gold deposits deep in Africa. As the rocks are heavy, they take them on board their balloon to act as ballast, but Joe is very reluctant to toss them out so that they can lift off. He gets over it, though.
Live Action TV
- One of the primary vices of the mercenary Jayne Cobb of Firefly, though he's usually smart enough not to let this drive him to do stupid things. Unless the money's too good...
- The villains of Kamen Rider OOO, the Greeed (sic), are literally made out of desire. The hero Eiji has no desires due to Survivor Guilt, which allows him to use their powers easily. Interestingly, it slowly becomes apparent that having no desires is a bad thing, with the Big Good believing that desire is necessary for life and encouraging his workers to be ambitious as long as they are not prideful.
- Parker on Leverage. From the episode "The Nigerian Job": "My money is not in my account. That makes me cry inside... in my special angry place." From "The Homecoming Job": "I don't like stuff.. I like MONEY."
- Pick a villain from the show. They're all greedy bastards, with Victor Dubenich (who can't seem to even plan revenge without trying to profit from it) being the worst.
- Subverted in the Penn & Teller: Bullshit! episode "World Peace," where they argue that greed is the key to world peace, since war is usually bad for profits.
- The Ferengi (see above) would disagree vehemently. While "Peace is good for business" is one of the most important Rules of Acquisition, the very next rule is "War is good for business", and they would know
- In Star Trek, this is the hat of the Ferengi, who have built an entire society out of greed and avarice. While they even have a codified system of rules governing this behavior, going around said rules if it's for a profitable goal isn't considered a bad thing. Thus, things like theft or piracy are only considered bad if you get caught.
- On the bright side, the Ferengi don't practice racism, slavery, or genocide because they consider it bad for business (fewer customers->lower demand->LESS PROFITS)
- It's almost a case of Blue and Orange Morality for them, as any action which is not profit-seeking is seen as disgraceful (whether it was acting out of Charity or Revenge, if there's no profit to be made, it's just WRONG).
- Illustrated by Liquidator Brunt (Ferengi Commerce Authority) when he accuses Quark of being a "phil-AN-thro-pist!" in much the same tone a human might accuse someone of eating their own children.
- In Sir Arthur Conan Doyles The Lost World, Marguerite loves her treasure.
- Greed, with a dose of pride, is the cause of many of the problems that befall Walter in Breaking Bad.
- First, he isn't satisfied with how fast Jesse is slinging his super-pure meth, leading the duo to deal with Tuco Salamanca. This results in Jesse getting beaten up, and later both of them getting kidnapped.
- Later, when Jesse sets up his own smaller-scale distribution network with his three buddies slinging the blue meth, they have a nice, steady stream going, each taking $3,000 a day. Then Walter insists they expand into new territories, leading to Combo getting shot by rival dealers. This sends Jesse into depression and heroin use, which drives a wedge between the two. Even after they reunite, the killing later ends up turning Jesse violently against Gus' organsiation and Walter is forced to side with him against powerful, violent men.
- And much later, in the final season, a rival distributor offers Walter, Jesse, and Mike $5 million each for a shipment of methylamine they lifted. This is more money than Walter could ever spend, and an order of magnitude more than he originally intended to make, but turns down the offer so that he can keep cooking meth in order to make even more money.
- In mothy's Evillious Chronicles, Gallerian (played by Kaito), a judge, accepts bribes from customers to make them "innocent". The reason he needs this money is to help his "daughter" Michelle (played by Miku) and to collect the Seven Deadly Sins in order to restore her condition. Later, he is bribed by a general for mass murder and lets him walk free. This eventually causes a civil war and he is killed in a fire. He is then faced with "the Master of the Hellish Yard" who tells him he can be saved if he gives up his money. He refuses to give his fortune to anyone and is sent to Hell, where he hopes to make the place a utopia for himself and his "daughter" after he collects the sins. In other words, his greed was an Invoked Trope.
- The topic of George Michael's "Praying For Time".
The rich declare themselves poor,And most of us are not sure if we have too much,But we'll take our chances,'Cause God's stopped keeping score.
- Pooh-Bah in The Mikado.
Pooh-Bah: I am, in point of fact, a particularly haughty and exclusive person, of pre-Adamite ancestral descent. You will understand this when I tell you that I can trace my ancestry back to a protoplasmal primordial atomic globule. Consequently, my family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering. But I struggle hard to overcome this defect. I mortify my pride continually. When all the great officers of State resigned in a body because they were too proud to serve under an ex-tailor, did I not unhesitatingly accept all their posts at once?
Pish-Tush: And the salaries attached to them? You did.
- Fafnir from Der Ring des Nibelungen. His greed was so great that he transformed himself into a dragon to protect his hoard. Possibly the inspiration for Smaug from The Hobbit.
- In In Nomine, Mammon is the Demon Prince of Greed, though lately he's lost a lot of his power and influence, particularly to Haggenti, the Demon Prince of Gluttony. The game describes the difference between the two as while Gluttony wants to consume, Greed just wants to have. Mammon's demons aren't allowed to give away anything...even the time of day.
- In Dungeons & Dragons mythos, Greed is often seen as the biggest handicap that dwarves have as a race. They even have a god who embodies the concept called Abbathor, and while their other gods don't like him, they accept him as their own, as he sides with them against traditional enemies of the dwarves, like orcs. This makes it gives dwarves a bad reputation at times, because their gods grudingly accept the embodiment of Greed as one of their own.
- In the third chapter of Disgaea, the main characters target someone specifically because they are rich and its the prinny's pay day.
- Wa◊rio◊ pretty much exemplifies this, in both the Wario Land and WarioWare series. His motivations for most of the game stories are pretty much to get as much money and treasure as he possibly can, doesn't really pay his 'staff' in WarioWare, ignores the captured damsel in Wario Land: Shake It for the infinite cash purse and manages to subvert the Honest Axe trope.
- His Arch-Nemesis, Captain Syrup, is also known for her greed, in Wario Land: Shake It, she even ninjas the said purse behind Wario's back, being that it was the sole reason she lured Wario there in the first place.
- Waluigi, altough he prefers to sneak behind the people´s backs to obtain his prize. He even tried to steal a treasure chest from Wario.
- Bowser's no slouch in the greed department either.
- Overlord has Goldo Golderson, the Dwarf Fallen Hero who is the epitome of this trope. His greed drove him to invade the Elven forests to enslave the population to put in his mines.
- Big Bad of Jagged Alliance 2 Deidrana usurped the throne of a backwater country Arulko and was milking its natural resources dry and practically starving its population before your team intervened.
- Arl Rendon Howe of Dragon Age: Origins is driven by an unhealthy mix of Greed, Ambition, and Envy. His last words say it all:
- "Maker spit on you! I... deserved... more."
- Greed is basically the reason Pigma Dengar is so repugnant. He sold out the people who were supposed to be his friends to Andross just for the money, and a reward is basically his only motivation for doing anything.
- Sector Carina in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. A massive shopping mall, warped by a demonic viewpoint on Humanity's excesses and obscene desire for more possessions. Fittingly, the resident Tyrant, Horkos, is a demon obsessed with devouring everything - food, energy, inanimate objects, people, his own servants... And the worse thing is, when finally confronted, he calls out Humanity on being even more greedy and materialistic than he.
- Laethys, the Dragon of Earth, in Rift.
- The Goblin race as a whole in World of Warcraftare well known for their greed, though no single goblin fit the archetype more than Trade Prince Gallywix as he masterfully demonstrated in the quote below.
"I never cover up the things I'm proud of. If the world was gonna split in half tomorrow, I’d buy the Dark Portal, slap a toll booth on it, and charge refugees the last of their pocket change, the rings off their fingers, a bite of their sandwiches, and a contractual obligation to build me a rocket palace in the skies of Nagrand. It's the goblin way! Supply and demand! Deal with it!"
- Like the other six of the Seven Deadly Sins, Greed is a bss you sometimes fight in The Binding of Isaac. He only appears in Shops and Secret Rooms, implying that if you're greedy enough to look for a free power-up from the Secret Room or a bought power-up from the Shop, you may just be punished for your greed by fighting Greed.
- A central component of Morganite ideology in Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri. Morgan even wrote a book "The Ethics of Greed" promoting it.
"Resources exist to be consumed. And consumed they will be, if not by this generation then by some future. By what right does this forgotten future seek to deny us our birthright? None I say! Let us take what is ours, chew and eat our fill."
- The central premise of the Fallout: New Vegas expansion pack Dead Money is greed and what it costs those who can't overcome it. All of the main characters in it are consumed by one form of greed or another. Emphasized by the primary reward for beating the expansion pack: A shit-ton of extremely valuable gold...which weighs far more than you can easily carry. It is possible to get out with all of it, but extremely difficult, and if you don't get out in time it's game over.
- The greed that most of the other characters exhibit isn't for wealth. Elijah and Christine are both greedy for revenge (Elijah wants revenge against the NCR and Christine wants revenge against Elijah), Dog is greedy with his endless hunger and God, his alternate personality, is greedy for control. Dean is just greedy in the general sense.
- Borderlands treats greed differently than most games, highlighting it as a necessary emotion to survive in a harsh world like Pandora. Telltale and Gearbox's collaboration, Tales from the Borderlands is even designed with it as a positive force.
- In Dead Rising 2, Tyrone "TK" King was paid handsomely to trigger a zombie outbreak in Fortune City. He decided to take advantage of the disaster to loot the casinos and banks.
- In Dead Rising 3, Albert Contiello is a psychopath meant to embody greed. He kidnaps people and harvests their organs for the black market. When Nick Ramos faces him, Albert claims profit is the only thing that matters.
- In Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Greed is represented by a girl/demon named Mammon, one of the Seven Stakes of Purgatory and Ange's "closest friend". She's the one who is serious about "taking Sakutaro home", and constantly wants more of pretty much everything, whether it's knowledge, affection, or material things.
- Haley's opening motivation in The Order of the Stick. Then, we learn why.
- As pointed out in the author commentary for the first prequel book, she was always pretty greedy before getting a motivation. And she still intends to ultimately make a profit from that.
- So it's odd that since we learned that motivation, that aspect of her character has been rather de-Flanderized.
- It's still here, it's just not her main motivation — see "The Love of Money" strip.
- Vince, the Anthropomorphic Personification of Greed in Jack, "earned" his position in Hell because he was an insane cult leader in life who always wanted more worshipers — he got greedy for power.
- In Sinfest, the bank tries to guilt Seymour over this.
- In Brawl in the Family, not even Mario is immune.
- In Freefall, one of Sam's major motivations is to get rich, ideally to him by way of the path of least resistance.
- In Homestuck, Meenah Peixes desires wealth (in addition to power). She really desires it, and will take every opportunity to profit from it. When she's given an entire flash walkabout to herself, she spends much of it picking up items belonging to other characters, with the stated intention of pawning them at the first opportunity. And when one of her friends sets up a booth selling information, it was Meenah getting paid, because said friend really wanted to talk and knew money was the way to get Meenah to sit through it, if not actually listen.
- Sunwoo Narea from Tower of God climbs the tower for the riches it has to offer and sees moneymaking opportunities at possible corner.
- Swindle in Transformers is defined by his greed. In Transformers Generation 1, he sells off parts of his fellow Combaticons to a shady arms dealer to make himself a profit. In Transformers Animated, Megatron comments that he'd sell his own motherboard if the price was enough, and Swindle just laughs and moves on to his sales pitch.
- Another candidate for undeniable greed-botdom is Doubledealer, a two-faced scoundrel with no loyalties to anything other than who can give him the most power and Energon. Doesn't have a single qualm betraying anyone as long as it's worth more money, more fuel, more something. In one continuity, this results in his messy end when someone finally figures that there is no line Doubledealer won't cross in his greed and throws (well, blasts) him off a mountain.
- Mr. Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants is very greedy. He always gets angry when something happens to his money. In fact, in Jellyfish Hunter, he got Spongebob to capture most of the jellyfish for their jelly. It turned out Mr. Krabs was processing and killing them in horrendous conditions in his factory and Spongebob was appalled when he found out.
- Mr. Krabs put a toe over the Moral Event Horizon when he sold his most loyal employee, SpongeBob, to the Flying Dutchman for the grand total of...sixty-two cents. Even Squidward , who hates SpongeBob, called him out on it. Cue My God, What Have I Done?...and then the Flying Dutchman dumps SpongeBob back onto Mr. Krabs, partly because Status Quo Is God, but mostly because he's too damn annoying to keep in Davy Jones' locker.
- Kaz from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.
- Codename: Kids Next Door:
- "A good candy taken in greed always turns sour." Greed is a recurring theme in conjunction with candy hunting. Number 5's old partner-now-rival Heinrich uncovered a tomb of candy but ignored the warning "Share not, and only taste asparagus," which sure enough happened when he refuses to share the candy. When a candy pirate named Black John didn't share the licorice he cut down on an island but hoarded "it all for himself," he and his crew were cursed by being pretty much turned into licorice. The Noodle Incident at Guatemala also turned out to be Heinrich performing a ritual to get perfect caramel that cursed him at the same time; the only way to break the curse is to share the caramel.
- Of course, those were all small potatoes compared to Chester. A Mad Scientist who concocted some of the most vile schemes on the show (like feeding live children to sharks and creating a Lotus-Eater Machine) his only motivation for all of them was to make money.
- In the animated video to Disturbed's version of Land Of Confusion, the giant fat man (called Big Daddy by many) is either an Anthropomorphic Personification of greed or big industry. When The Guy kills him, he explodes, revealing that inside he was full of money and nothing else at all.
- Looney Tunes'': Daffy Duck.
It's MINE, you understand!? Mine, all mine! Get back in there! Down! Down! Down! Go! Go! Go! Mine! Mine! Mine!
- Kahn from King of the Hill
- C. Montgomery Burns of the The Simpsons.
"I'd trade it all for a little more.""One dollar for eternal happiness? I'd be happier with the dollar."
- Ren Höek from The Ren & Stimpy Show.
"IT'S MY MONEY! I WROTE THAT POEM!"
- In Powerpuff Girls, Princess Morbucks is a Lonely Rich Kid from a family so wealthy, her allowance alone amounts to Impossibly Cool Wealth. However, after the Power Puff Girls reject her application for membership, she decides to become a villain out of jealousy that she can't be a superhero too. Forgetting the fact that she could have just used her wealth to found a superhero group herself.
- But, of course, being a superhero wasn't the point. She wanted to be a Powerpuff Girl specifically. She was denied this. And no one denies her.
- Lucius on Jimmy Two-Shoes. Not his main sin (that would be Pride) but definitly present, as noted by his demand for more gifts at his birthday and his willingness to marry Beezy off in exchange for a large dowry.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Dragons have greed as a racial weakness. The more they acquire, the larger they get, and the more they want. Spike ends up trapped in this loop in "The Secret of My Excess".
- Oddly enough, despite being the bearer of the Element of Generosity, Rarity has a bit of avarice herself.
- She is the Element of Generosity for a reason. She will freely give her time and services to her friends, but has realistic struggles due to being a bit of a Ms. Vice Gal. She expects to get, well, something, anything for her time.
- Lord Tirek's defining character trait is his greed. He feels like he's entitled to all the magic in Equestria and that it should have been his for the thousand plus years he was imprisoned. His greed is so immense that he was willing to refuse his own brother's attempt to make him perform a Heel-Face Turn to continue his pursuit of it and his argument to Discord to make him do a Face-Heel Turn was incredibly self centered and basically amounted to saying 'you should be able to do whatever you want without having to worry about anyone else'. And, despite being incredibly bitter at Scorpan for betraying him, is more than willing to stab Discord himself in the back so he can have his power too. In the end, all Tirek cares about is hording all the power in the world for himself.
- Griffins, too, are immensely greedy, to the point of being explicitly compared to dragons. It is this racial vice, along with Pride, that caused the downfall of the kingdom of Griffonstone after the theft of the symbol of their unity, the Idol of Boreas. Present-day Griffonstone is a miserable dump whose inhabitants are obsessed with money and who refuse to cooperate with anybody, over anything, unless they're getting paid for it.
- One griffin in particular, known by some fans as 'Gimme Moore' seems especially obsessed with getting paid, even to the point where she leaves Rainbow Dash to her probable death because she had no more money to give.
- Oddly enough, despite being the bearer of the Element of Generosity, Rarity has a bit of avarice herself.
- Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy.
- Grunkle Stan in Gravity Falls. His life's dream is to possess money, and he'll do anything from cutting corners at the Mystery Shack, having the twins counterfeit money, or straight up robbery in order to get more cash.
- Scott Boras has a reputation among baseball fans as the most vile agent in the game because of the way he always tries to drive up the price of his clients, which can often lead to them ending up nowhere until the season has almost started when his asking price is too high. After all, since his salary is based on percentage, the more money his clients make, the more money he makes.
- Ayn Rand valued greed as a virtue and criticized altruism.
- In 1306 the English attacked Scottish rebels at Kildrummy Castle by bribing a royal Scottish blacksmith named Osbourne. In exchange for all the gold he could carry, Osbourne set fire to the defenders' food supplies, allowing the English to take the castle. When he demanded his reward, however, the English were so disgusted by his greed that they Rewarded Him As A Traitor Deserves and poured the gold, molten, down his throat.