An ermine skirt is quite a grand and opulent way to stay warm in Winter. *
Tropes all about the many ways people can show off wealth, just to make things nicer for themselves.
These can be just because the people want to show off, or because it's socially required of them.
Note some tropes here are not strictly for the most wealthy. Even middle class people can afford the occasional luxury. It's just that wealthy characters are more likely to have several of these instead of one or two.
Compare Garnishing the Story
Contrast Poverty Tropes
- Big Fancy Castle
A castle that's impossibly big and expensive.
- Big Fancy House
A home that's big and expensive.
- City of Gold
The entire land is full of wealth and luxuries.
- Conspicuous Consumption
Spending loads just to show off wealth.
- Cool Boat
An awesome boat.
- Cool Car
An awesome car.
- Cool Garage
A garage that's far fancier than a garage needs to be.
- Cool House
A home with awesome features.
- Cool Plane
An awesome plane.
- Cool Train
An awesome train.
- Crimefighting with Cash
Buying the stuff needed to be a superhero.
- Cucumber Facial
A high-class spa treatment.
- Distracted by the Luxury
Using these tropes to please a lady.
- Ermine Cape Effect
For royalty and nobility who choose to actually live like this.
- Every Man Has His Price
Using money to open any door.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry
Jewelry is glamorous.
- Fairytale Wedding Dress
A very fancy, old fashioned bridal gown.
- Fashion Magazine
The fashions they cover usually are luxuries more than everyday clothes.
- Fiction 500
Characters who have absurdly unrealistic and uncountable amounts of wealth.
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers
Feathers are glamorous.
- French Maid
A hot maid in a skimpy dress.
Sticking jewels on anything just to pretty it up.
- Gilded Cage
A luxurious prison.
- Grapes of Luxury
Being fed by servants.
- Gold Makes Everything Shiny
Anything made of, or decorated with, gold.
- Gold Tooth
Traditionally reserved for people who like to literally put their money where their mouth is.
- Happy Holidays Dress
Fancy Christmas-themed dresses.
- High-Class Glass
Wearing a monocle.
- Idle Rich
Affording to do no real work at all.
- If I Were a Rich Man
A fantasy of luxuries.
- Maid Corps
A veritable army of maids.
A hot Japanese maid.
- Money Fetish
When money itself it the luxury.
- Money to Burn
Treating money like firewood.
- Money to Throw Away
Tossing money into the air.
- Mundane Luxury
When everyday comforts seem like an untold luxury to someone.
- Opera Gloves
When was the last time you heard of an aristocrat or socialite who didn't wear long gloves with her Pimped-Out Dress?
- Pimped Out Cape
Cape with expensive decorations.
- Pimped-Out Dress
Dress costing a lot due to all the trimmings.
- Pooled Funds
Rejoice among your fortune, literally.
- Pretty in Mink
Fur is glamorous.
- Private Military Contractors
A private army.
- Private Tutor
A private teacher all your own.
- Reclining Reigner
A ruler reclines on something.
- Requisite Royal Regalia
A necessary luxury for royalty, but still a luxury.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job
Living a rich lifestyle that hides what you really do.
- Roll Out The Red Carpet
Indicates the arrival or interior decoration of royalty, the rich, and the famous.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
Using money as a form of authority.
- Simple Yet Opulent
Luxuries that are extravagant without appearing so.
- Sommelier Speak
When a person is so familiar with fancy wines that he or she can expound upon the intricate flavor subtleties of all of them.
- Status Cell Phone
A phone shows off money and modern technology.
- The Team Benefactor
The guy who's on the team to pay for everything.
- The Thing That Goes Doink
Lawn ornaments of the wealthy.
- Travel Cool
Using an awesome vehicle to get around.
- Unlimited Wardrobe
Loads of different clothes.
- Unnecessarily Large Vessel
When a starship (or boat) is much larger than it needs to be, often for ostentatious purposes.
- Up Marketing
Appealing to consumers who spend the most.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?
Buying loads of gadgets.
- Wine Is Classy
Wine is treated as a luxury, or at least proof of being upper crust.