A stock symbol of saving money for a rainy day (or just saving money in general) is the good ol' ceramic Piggy Bank
. It seems every child has one to store the leftovers from their allowance in ... and whenever there's something they really
want to buy with their money, the child will always, always
fetch a hammer and proceed to, well, 'break the bank'. In real life, nearly all such banks have a removable stopper that can be used to extract the contents in a much safer (and less violent) manner.
Piggy Banks often symbolize wealth and something a thief would go after in a cartoon.
The monetary storage item can also be in the shape of other animals.
Anime & Manga
- In an Imagine Spot on Sailor Moon, Rei supposes Usagi will use her Moon Wand for something mundane like breaking open a piggy bank.
Film - Animation
- The Richie Rich comic books continually played with this trope by having Richie owning giant-sized piggy banks, including one which Richie and Gloria could sit inside the head of (behind the eye holes) while it walked itself to a vault to empty itself.
- The Jolly Postman series of children's books has a story within a story about a piggy bank. The more money is put into him, the greedier he gets, eventually trying to run off with the little girl's money. She switches to a bank account instead, so the piggy bank gets better.
- The old Nickelodeon show Don't Just Sit There had a segment where a girl showed viewers how to break their piggy banks if they were too sentimental to do it the regular way. Methods included leaving it on a high shelf and waiting for a cat to knock it over, and simply gritting your teeth and breaking it yourself. Subverted at the end, when her co-host walks by emptying his piggy bank the proper way.
- In Monty Python's Flying Circus, an animated link had two characters hunting piggy banks.
- LazyTown: A character properly known as 'Stingy' has a piggy he carries around wherever he goes.
- Michelle from Full House had a piggy bank in one episode.
- In "Provider", Angel becomes obsessed about his Occult Detective agency making money to provide for his newborn son. The opening scene has Angel stuffing some coins he found down the back of the sofa into a piggy bank that's sitting on the table next to a hatchet and a machete. He then locks the piggy bank in a safe for his son's college fund.
- The 1996 game show Debt (which aired on Lifetime) gave eliminated contestants a piggy bank with a savings bond as consolation prizes.
- The piggy bank is the "zonk" prize in the Any Number game on The Price Is Right. Its value is always in single dollars plus cents.
- Dennis the Menace (US) often uses this to show he needs money. Early cartoons showed him using a butter knife or similar blunt knife to extract coins through the coin slot rather than break the bank since presumably it was made without a hole to remove coins through.
- One Pearls Before Swine storyline featured a pair of living piggybanks who were married. The husband stored all of their money inside himself to save up for their vacation on a cruise. Rat points out that the husband would need to be smashed to get the money. The wife piggybank then gets her hammer ready, confesses that she never really loved her husband, and makes plans to upgrade her cabin since she's only going to need one ticket. The final strip of the storyline has Pig steadfastly believing that the wife will choose her husband over money. The last panel shows her relaxing on a lounge-chair alone enjoying a Mai Tai.
- In the 1980s, the NatWest bank issued china piggy banks to encourage children to save — one when they opened an account, and four more when their balance reached £25, £50, £75 and £100. They're now quite collectible.
- In AdventureQuest Worlds, when Gravelyn sends you to collect on her father's Unlife Insurance policy following the Chaos incident at Swordhaven Castle, the King's greedy pig of a tax collector has you thrown in prison rather than cough up the cash. After fighting through the guards, you then have to fight the Piggy Drake, which is basically one of these in boss form, in order to get through to the vault.
- Olimar from Pikmin has one as one of the ship parts. It contains all his savings.
- Van (from Home) has one of these in Chrono Cross. Adding money to it will increase the attack power of his special attack 'Piggyboink', in which he sends it ramming into the enemy.
- In Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Video Game, flying piggy banks sometimes pass through Sub-Space.
- In Elona, the game features kitty banks of various sizes in which the player can use to store gold coins. This is useful as the money inside the bank is not counted towards the player's monthly taxes. In order to retrieve their stored money, the player must destroy the kitty bank by throwing it.
- In Terraria, piggy banks are a personal "container" item, allowing your character additional space for storing all sorts of items (not just coins).
- The CERAMIC PORKHOLLOW from Homestuck.
- In the Touhou doujin Life of Maid, after losing her DS in the beach arc, Patchy breaks open her Patchy Bank (basically a piggy bank shaped like Patchy's head) to try to find enough money to get the new DSi. Unfortunately for Patchy, it isn't enough.
- Gabe has a piggy bank that he affectionately calls Tonkatsu (after the Cardboard Tube Samurai's random pig). It contains a great deal of cash money.