"Good evening, and welcome to The Money Programme. Tonight on The Money Programme, we're going to look at money. Lots of it. On film, and in the studio. Some of it in nice piles, others in lovely clanky bits of loose change. Some of it neatly counted into fat little hundreds. Delicate fivers stuffed into bulging wallets. Nice crisp clean checks. Pert pieces of copper coinage thrust deep into trouser pockets! Romantic foreign money rolling against the thigh with rough familiarity! Beautiful wayward curlicued banknotes! Filigreed copper plating cheek by jowl with tumbly hexagonal-milled edges rubbing gently against the terse leather of beautifully balanced bank books! ... I'm sorry, but I love money."Some people just really love money. Not wealth for the luxuries or the power. They love money itself, to the point they have a Money Fetish. Okay, not to the point they actually get turned on by it (usually). They just like feeling it, bathing in it, tasting it, listening to it, sleeping on it, diving around in it like a porpoise, and burrowing through it like a gopher. It could be coins, jewelry, paper money or all three. Either way, these characters treat money itself as a luxury to enjoy. They might break into a Money Song. Compare Gold Fever. Often occurs as part of an If I Were a Rich Man fantasy sequence. Compare Conspicuous Consumption.
— Monty Python's Flying Circus - The Money Programme
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Anime and Manga
- Rune Soldier Louie: Merrill is a thief and always hoping to strike it rich on their adventures. In episode 6, she locks herself away with a jar of gold coins, strips naked, and climbs in. And does so again in the 14th episode, after being mistaken for Odessa, by Sir William, who whisked away to his estate. When he tells Merrill that she can have anything she wants, she requests a tub full of gold coins to bathe in.
- Nabiki Tendo in Ranma ½ just loves money, so damn much. She's never actually shown in the usual sexual situations, but an anime filler episode does have her envision a great tidal wave of golden coins, which is used to force a telepath out of her head. So much does she adore money that she actually caused the "wedding disaster" at the end of the manga because she believed that the other members of Ranma's Unwanted Harem would A: bring money as a present for the "happy couple", B: she could take that money for herself, and C: they wouldn't cause such destruction in their outrage that it would cost more then was brought in to fix the place. She was wrong on all accounts.
- Don't forget that she never brings her own money, since she always manages to swindle someone else into paying the bill, and keeps a jar full of 1-Yen coins. Or that she made the telepathic child back off by apparently embarrassing him with sexual imagery right after the sea of money.
- Nami (pictured above) from One Piece, largely due to a tragic Freudian Excuse. She never had much money for what she wanted while growing up, and after Arlong's pirates invaded and killed her foster mother, she was forced to work to collect money to free her village. After Arlong's defeat and her village's liberation, she is just as determined to collect money, particularly since she can now use any money she collects for herself.
- Speaking of Arlong, he took over Nami's village and demanded that everyone pay "tribute" with the threat of death for anyone who couldn't pay up. Hyouzou, a mercenary hired by the New Fishman Pirates, comments that he would have worked under Arlong if he wasn't so tight with his wallet.
- Also pretty much all of the evil pirates as well, as well as unable to understand how anything besides money could be considered treasure.
- Early on in Fushigi Yuugi, this is one of Tamahome's defining character traits. Although it's traced to his Back Story regarding a poor family, it's a running gag that even the smallest coin is like catnip to him.
- And even after being reincarnated in the real world as Taka Sukunami, he's still obsessed.
- The swim team of Medaka Box are "money-zombies". Their ultimate fantasy is a swimming pool filled with cash.
- Baron Danglars from Gankutsuou. His last scene in the series was of him wallowing naked in a pile of goldbricks, suckling on one of them. This happens in a spaceship with no pilot or destination, or food or water for that matter. Danglars is subjected to Ironic Hell by the Count of Monte-Cristo by giving him what he cares for the most, and depriving him of basic necessities of life.
- Hoteye of Fairy Tail had this. After he has a magic-induced Heel-Face Turn, it turns out that he was originally a Love Freak who was trying to raise money to find his missing brother, but lost sight of his goal.
- One of the sisters in Puni Puni Poemi had this.
- Kakuzu from Naruto as well.
- Seto from NEEDLESS had this obsession as well.
- Chouji Suitengu from Speed Grapher is obsessed with acquiring money and actually rolls his cigarettes with it. This turns out to be a Subverted Trope when it is revealed that Suitengu actually hates money and is only seeking to acquire it in order to burn it all up and destroy Japan's economy.
- In Heat Guy J, Monica is talking about her recent commodity investments with Daisuke (never mind that she's only 10!), and her eyes get all sparkly, and she has Love Bubbles in the background. She also later uses J to help her gamble. Her money fetish is understandable, given that she lives in a trailer, caring for her alcoholic mother.
- Halekulani from Bo Bo Bo Bo Bo Bo Bo
- Kaneo Takarada of Kill la Kill, who heads the Osaka-based Takarada Conglomorate, practically eats money for breakfast and takes pride in Osaka's history as a merchant town. He's known by the fandom as "The Dosh King."
- Scrooge McDuck swimming in his money bin.
- Richie Rich's Aunt Noovo is constantly seen as having this, though she mostly does this for show as she is a very charitable person.
- Heavily implied with Larfleeze of the Orange Lantern Corps. His home is a ruined palace filled with rotting treasures. Every time he kills and his ring consumes another being and adds them to his corps, a new power ring is created and it goes to Larfleeze. In one panel in his first appearance, Larfleeze is seen emerging from a pile of orange power rings like Scrooge McDuck.
- Newman Xeno, Big Bad of Casanova apparently likes to have sex on bloodstained piles of money.
- Trina in the silent film Greed literally rolls around in her lottery winnings.
- In the film Danger: Diabolik, after Diabolik has a successful robbery, he has fun with his girl on a bed covered in money.
- Rogue Trader take this trope and turns it up to eleven by having the bed is covered in bearer bonds. These instruments have now been phased out, but at the time the movie was set, bearer bonds were paper certificates that were typically worth something like one hundred thousands dollars. And Nick Leeson's bed was covered with them.
- Goldfinger: "This is GOLD, Mr. Bond. all my life I've been in love with its colour, its brilliance, its divine heaviness..." Seconded by Shirley Bassey.
- Parodied in Austin Powers in Goldmember: "I love gooooold. The look of it, the taste of it, the smell of it, the texture. I love gold so much that I even lost my genitalia in an unfortunate smelting accident."
- Salluste in La Folie des Grandeurs: his manservant wakes him up every morning by dropping handfuls of gold coins in a basin—and he can tell just by the sound whether one is missing.
"C'est l'or, il est l'or, l'or de se réveiller... Monseignor, il est huitor..."
- The film version of The Spirit has Sand Saref, who wants all of the money in the world for her self (and has wanted it since her origin story!), even to the point of going after the Golden Fleece.
- Oceans Eleven: Saul sees the casino vault full of tens of millions in cash: "That's the sexiest thing I've ever seen."
- Disneyfied version: in Blank Check just after buying a house, Preston dumps his backpack of money onto his bed, and rolls around in it while fully clothed.
- Slumdog Millionaire is about two brothers who are driven by different obsessions: Jamal with love, and Salim with money. In the end, Jamal reunites with his true love and ends up rich in the bargain, and Salim dies, shot down, in a bathtub full of his ill-gotten money.
- Diana Murphy, played by Demi Moore, in Indecent Proposal.
- Perico, Bumbling Sidekick to El Santo in Santo en El Tesoro de Drácula, doesn't seem to be wealthy or greedy, but his outlandish twenty-years-before-its-time dollar sign bling◊ is otherwise pretty inexplicable.
- In Money for Nothing: The Joey Coyle Story, Joey's girlfriend Monica, having realized that Joey is the one who found and made off with the $1.2 million from the armored car, asks him to show her what that much money looks like. The film then cuts to the two of them making love atop said pile of money.
Mythology & Folklore
- This is the title character's major flaw in the classic book Silas Marner.
- As mentioned, Discworld's Dwarfs don't love gold. They just say that to get it into bed. Make of that what you will.
- Dwarfs in Warhammer aren't quite as bad, but even Gotrek will forestall his epic quest to get himself killed to go on a treasure hunt. Especially if he can do both by going after treasure someplace dangerous.
- Ella's father, Sir Peter, in Ella Enchanted.
- Smaug from The Hobbit. He rolled around in his treasure hoard for so long that he had precious metals and jewels embedded in his skin, making him Nigh Invulnerable. Except for one small spot on his chest.
- In John Updike's Rabbit Is Rich, the title character and his wife have sex on a pile of Krugerrands. Rabbit even jokingly sticks one into her vagina like a slot machine. Yes, it's gross and played for laughs.
- Lotus Cloud from Bridge of Birds, although she's a lot more picky than the standard money fetishist. Giving her pearls and jade will cause her to tremble with greed and profess her undying love to you, but giving her anything else like gold or diamonds will only bore her. It's later revealed that her insatiable love of pearls and jade isn't actually rooted in greed, but rooted in how they subconsciously remind her of her true identity — a goddess named Jade Pearl.
- Subverted in Dark Lordof Derkholm. The dragons of the setting all regularly lie on heaps of treasure . . . because dragons require dermal absorption of gold to maintain good health. The dragons end up joining La Résistance because the Big Bad is stealing their treasure and causing their population to sicken.
Live Action TV
- In Monty Python's Flying Circus, the host of "The Money Programme" gets a bit carried away (see here), and provides the page quote.
- Lampshaded in the Malcolm in the Middle episode "Malcolm Babysits" where Malcolm, having money for the first time in his life, rubs it on his face and then asks to camera "Is this as creepy as I think it is?"
- Parker of Leverage, to the point of unnerving her crewmates. When confronted with a shipping crate full of bills, she can't even speak. Of course she didn't speak! She was too busy hugging the pallet full of 100-dollar bills. She still has a money fetish despite the fact that the team's business has made her filthy rich. Given she's a very socially odd thief, it might even be that she has a highly specific Other People's Money Fetish.
- In Angel, Cordelia does get turned on once when a billionaire starts talking finance; also, she can apparently smell it.
Angel: Hide some in the office and watch her. It's uncanny.
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anya seems to have a thing for cash herself. Anya, whilst playing The Game of Life, asked if she could sell her children for more money.
- Supernatural gives us this:
Sam: How do you sleep at night?Bela: On silk sheets, rolling naked in money.
- On Las Vegas, after Danny sells his car, one suggestion of what he should do with the money was to cash the check out in singles and roll nude in the pile of cash. Danny claims that he has already tried that with the check itself, much to the consternation of the person holding it.
- In The Bill episode Big Eagle Day, two known criminals are discovered with a pile of money and two women. During the investigation one of the women admits that they did indeed to the bed of banknotes thing. Ultimately it is revealed that they got the money as compensation for being wrongfully arrested and were trying a con to get Sun Hill to also wrongfully arrest them. When signing to retrieve it and suggesting suing Sun Hill also, it turns out that a lot of the money has walked out the door hidden in the clothes of the two women.
- In The L Word, Helena and her lover Catherine win a ton of money playing poker and have sex while gloating over it.
- The Star Trek franchise of course has the Ferengi, whose society is based so much around the acquisition of wealth, that they actually have a holy scripture about it, the "Rules of Acquisition".
- When Danger: Diabolik was featured on the final episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Mike and the bots joked that the first take of the scene involved gold bars, which injured both actors. Crow also criticized the size of the haul. His reasoning: "If he had stolen just a little less, I could see her ass right now!"
- Harry Enfield created a character based entirely around this, a cockney named Loadsamoney who carries around a large wad of cash and constantly brags about how much money he has, but only likes handling cash above anything else.
- Dungeons & Dragons borrows from Western mythologies. Dragons of all alignments absolutely love to sleep on a pile of gold coins and other valuables (carapace and all, it's not painful for them). Even the goodest and nicest of dragons aren't immune to avarice. Rumours has it that they also frolick in hoards like hogs do in mud, when no one is watching.
- Harpagon from Molière's The Miser.
- Ben Jonson's Volpone opens with the title character apostrophizing a pile of money:
O thou son of Sol,But brighter than thy father, let me kiss,With adoration, thee, and every relickOf sacred treasure, in this blessed room...
I gloryMore in the cunning purchase of my wealthThan in the glad possession.
- However, he goes on to suggest that he gets off on schemes and manipulations even more than on the money itself:
- Wario defines this in both the Wario Land and WarioWare series.
- Hoggmeiser in Disgaea.
- World of Warcraft has the goblins, which have been described as "the Ferengi of Azeroth." It's commonly said that they will sell their own mother if the price is right.
- Fire Emblem series mascot Anna, usually being a merchant selling rare and expensive items, is said to have "the fattest nest egg" of anyone in the army in her playable appearance in Awakening. Even when she confesses her love to the Avatar, she just says that maybe one day she might love him more than money.
- Fran from Demon Gaze. Running a profitable business if one thing, but she's an absolute skinflint on maintenance and if you want any more than the Dragon Princess Inn's most basic services, you're looking at a sky-high bill. Dragons tend to be touchy about their treasure hoard, after all.
- The Order of the Stick: Haley Starshine obsessively shines every gold piece she owns, and once swam through a dragon's treasure pile - and losing her share of said treasure pile inflicted such mental trauma that she spoke in cryptograms for a time.note She has jokingly(?) explained that she's a half-dragon. She has also considered a more physical version of this trope.
- Thief from Eight Bit Theater.
- Kharisma, from Something*Positive, partly through being a Rich Bitch who lost the "rich" part. She even sleeps with the awful Avogadro once she sees him as his fortune and not his physically horrifying (everything sagging, falling off or harbouring illnesses) body.
- In Exiern Tiffany once got an orgasm just from seeing a vault full of gold.
- One piece of Gaia Online art has the moneygrubbing Nicolae posing naked in a wooden tub full of money. It can be found on his character profile and as a buyable background for your Aquarium (Cash only).
- The executive played by Chris Hardwick in this video can be heard saying "I fucked a pile of money" near the beginning of the clip.
- In the French webfiction Les Aventures de Morgoth, the titular mage with an Unfortunate Name has an Elf girlfriend who likes filling her bed with gold before sleep. It's actually foreshadowing that she's a polymorphed dragon.
- This guy
- Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy. There were plenty of times that his scams would have been highly successful if he wasn't so obsessed with getting every possible cent out of the neighborhood kids. This obsession frequently ended his plans, and those of the other Eds, to the point that Eddy became The Millstone of the trio. The series finale movie actually features this as a plot point, going to explain Eddy's extremely self-destructive behavior.
- Mr. Krabs from Spongebob Squarepants. Heck, in the prehistoric episode, his cry was a constant "Money, money, money,..." The crab has regular money baths and showers, he cries in pain if a dollar is put in a blender, he sticks his claw in a sink and loses his arm to retrieve a dime, and he has, at least once, had a romantic dinner with a pile of bills. And he dreams about catching a giant Moby Dick-esque dollar bill.
Mr. Krabs: The green stuff, you know, money!Spongebob: Oh, you mean your obsession?Mr. Krabs: Obsession is such a strong word.
- Not to mention this little bit of Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Hell, Spongebob, of all people, points this out in one episode:
- In an episode of King of the Hill, Khan made a lot of money—all in quarters—via ownership of a DIY carwash, and he and Minh dumped it on their bed and rolled around in it.
- The Simpsons:
- It appears in one episode as Homer's fantasy — the one where Homer loses the family's money investing in motion capture technology.
- In another episode, upon hearing of a scheme to become "moderately wealthy", Homer imagines himself rolling around on a small pile of money, shouting, "I'm sort of rich! I can rent anything I want!"
- From "A Star is Burns",:
Jay Sherman: [contemptuous] How do you sleep at night?Rainer Wolfcastle: On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.
- Futurama, "Into The Wild Green Yonder", Professor Farnsworth dances naked in a swirling vat of cash.
- Money was the motivation for everything Cousin Mel did in Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.
- Aunt Figg and Lickboot in Tom and Jerry: The Movie. They even have a whole musical number about how much they love money.
Lickboot: We've got to have... moneyyyyy!
- Looney Tunes:
- In South Park, Cartman has this reaction after winning a bet with Kyle, having the cash converted into ever-smaller denominations so he can enjoy its increased mass (loudly, in front of Kyle). This includes wallowing in a kiddie-pool full of quarters. However it was revealed that he was more interested in annoying Kyle. As soon as Kyle stopped getting annoyed Cartman stormed off leaving the money behind.
- Skwisgaar from Metalocalypse seems to literally have this trait:
"So fucking expensive that it makes me horny."
- Ruel, and his entire race of Enutrof from Wakfu. Though his race's name backwards is Fortune.
- Prince John in Disney's Robin Hood. He even sleeps with his arms wrapped around bags of gold.
- Peter Griffin wins the lottery on Family Guy and has a vault built containing a large amount of gold coins. When he tries to dive into it, a la Scrooge McDuck, he lands bloodily and twisted, screaming "Aaaaagghh! It's not a liquid! It's a great many pieces of solid matter that form a hard floor-like surface! Aaaaaaagh!"
- Gorgonzola from Chowder. After he starts earning a fortune as Chowder's manager in "Toots", he is seen rubbing money all over his face while cackling gleefully.
- Grunkle Stan from Gravity Falls. Apparently his life's dream is simply "to possess money". In "Boss Mabel" he imagines that a family going to the Mystery Shack are sentient wallets, one of whom gets car-sick and pukes out coins.
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law has this with Phil Ken Sebben, the president of Sebben & Sebben. During the episode "Employee Orientation", it opens on him sitting in a personal jet, the back half of which is filled to the ceiling with money he is counting:
Phil: Oh hello! I didn't see you there, I was counting money. Sometimes I stay up thirteen-fourteen hours a day and I still can't keep up! Ever get a papercut from a $7,000 bill? Doesn't tickle.
- In The Beatles cartoon "We Can Work It Out," Hollywood soothsayer Mr. Lucky Wizard doesn't read palms or the bumps on heads. He reads money.
- Real Life example (well, if you believe what some not-so-friendly biographer says): the original Caligula, in addition to being a generally greedy bastard, eventually started doing things like walking on piles of coins and even wallowing in them just for that special feeling of gold.
- A milder example would be scripophilia, which is not, in fact, a sexual perversion: it's the technical term for collecting old paper money and financial certificates. Nineteenth century railroad bonds and such were often very elaborate pieces of engraving and quite aesthetically pleasing to people who like that sort of thing.
- Hal Needham lived with Burt Reynolds for a while between marriages. After his earliest directorial projects were successful, he put together $100,000 in cash and gave it to Reynolds as payment for his hospitality. As Needham was leaving, he turned around to see Burt rolling around in the cash - as his business manager handled his monetary affairs, Burt hadn't actually seen how much money $100,000 was before.