->''The lot of man is ceaseless labor,\\
Or ceaseless idleness, which is still harder,''
-->-- '''TSEliot''', ''Choruses from The Rock''

Money [[LonelyAtTheTop makes you lonely]], [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense foolish]], or even evil, but worse than any of these: since you can buy anything, including having people do everything that needs to be done, you are bored, ''bored'', '''bored'''. There are no more challenges in life. You don't have to work. You don't have to keep house. [[IdleRich You don't, in fact, have to]] ''[[IdleRich do]]'' [[IdleRich anything.]]

And everyone expects you to like it.

Even the RoyalBrat, suffocated with toys, may suffer from this and straighten out when given something worth doing. Many rich characters find themselves abruptly precipitated into adventure and (once they get over the shock) loving it because [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife it lends meaning to their life]].

More proactively, the RichIdiotWithNoDayJob, GentlemanAdventurer, and GentlemanThief all often turn to InHarmsWay to escape. Other characters may turn to charity works, travel, writing books, scholarly work, or other ways of becoming NonIdleRich to avoid this problem. The GentlemanSnarker may be warding it off with his observations. Expect it to be a feature of any GildedCage.

Not all the IdleRich are bored; the intelligent, the well-intentioned, and those with a lot of energy may be alone, and the family may regard their boredom as silly, or recommend shopping as an infallible antidote. Those who like idleness will often clash with NonIdleRich in their own family.

The courtiers of the DeadlyDecadentCourt are uncommonly likely to suffer, despite their intrigues and their culture.

Compare VictoryIsBoring; overlap is possible. Can justify CutLexLuthorACheck; they have enough money so the point of their EvilPlan is excitement

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* In ''Anime/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', the rich boys and girls set up the Ouran Host Club for that very reason: they're bored.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Princess Euphemia seems to be bored with being a princess, always sneaking off and getting into trouble.
** More specifically, she's bored with being the PrincessClassic while most of her siblings either spend their time as socialites or [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething deeply entrenched in political/military affairs]]. She has spent most of her life either in school or playing the AuthorityInNameOnly, something she isn't proud of.
* The World Nobles of ''OnePiece'' seem to do the horrendous atrocities they commit simply as a form of sick entertainment.
** A main example was that one of them [[MadeASlave bought a mermaid]] with 500,000,000 Beli simply so he could watch her outrun the piranha in his fish tank.

* ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'' - Young Luba is bored with her life as a rich housewife, and goes looking for excitement. [[spoiler: She finds it in drugs, affairs and dancing]]
* The British comic ''Whoopee!'' featured the Bumpkin Billionaires, a family of yokels who had come into some money but were desperate to get rid of it and go back to their old life. Their attempts to rid themselves of their wealth was always unsuccessful and often ended up increasing their wealth.
* The British comic ''Lion'' had the anti-hero ''The Spider'' (not the same as the character created by [[TheSpider R.T.M. Scott]]) whose back story is that he was a bored, rich, super-fit middle-aged man who initially took up cat burglary but then decided it was too easy, returned everything he'd stolen and became a crime-fighter instead.
* Benito Medici, the son of one of the richest and most powerful men in the world in ''[[OneHundredBullets 100 Bullets]]''. He's so bored that he gambles just for fun and gets involved with some very dangerous people out of his father's reach, just for fun.
* Defied in one ''{{Dilbert}}'' comic strip. Dogbert, due to some ''very'' good investments, gets a few hundred thousand from said investments. He's out for a walk, when he tells a random businessman "Roll around in that mud puddle over there and I will give you $1,000 dollars." The businessman does so, with Dogbert quipping "I don't know how rich people ''ever'' get bored."
* In HarveyComicsBlackCat, Linda Turner chooses to become a masked vigilante simply because she is bored of her glamorous hollywood life.

* ''TheThomasCrownAffair'' revolves around this trope.
* ''RatRace'': The film is about a group of rich people who shove two million dollars into a locker several hundred miles away, tell a few normal people where it is, and then take bets on who will get there first.
** As well as bet on random things during the race.
* ''SurvivingTheGame'': The rich hunting clients all pay $50,000 in order to go hunting - hunting a human, that is - for the ultimate rush.
* Mr. Clamp from ''Gremlins2TheNewBatch''.
* Linda Seton in ''{{Film/Holiday}}'' need never work a day in her life. She ''hates'' it!
-->'''Johnny:''' What you need's some time off from what you've been doing day in, day out.
-->'''Linda:''' You mean from what I've ''not'' been doing days in -- please -- ''years'' out!
** Her brother Ned's discontent with his lot, too. His father makes him go into the office and "work" till 6:00, even though there's nothing for him to do. He spends most of his free time drinking.
* Creator/WesAnderson's early works are all about dissatisfied wealthy people. Sometimes this is because of simple boredom:
** ''Film/BottleRocket'' is about a group of aimless rich kids who turn to petty thievery for some sort of direction in their lives.
** ''Film/{{Rushmore}}'': Bill Murray's character is a bored rich man suffering a mid-life crisis.
* In Creator/BusterKeaton comedy ''Film/TheNavigator'', Buster is an IdleRich nitwit who asks his girlfriend to marry him that day because he doesn't have anything better to do.

* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': During their stay at the palace, Jerin and his sisters are soon bored because there is nothing to do.
* Literature/{{Animorphs}} has Marco after the end of the war. He has money, fame, and his own TV show, but he admitted it himself - he was bored out of his mind, so much so that he volunteered to join his old friend on a probable SuicideMission pretty cheerfully.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Summer Moonshine'', Mr. Bulpitt has only once failed to serve processes on anyone: a multi-millionaire who died leaving a note that Mr. Bulpiit had cured him of "onwee" as Mr. Bulpitt says it. [[spoiler:Also, he had left him his entire fortune for it. Mr. Bulpitt retired, briefly, and found out what "onwee" was, but even back in business, he can save his ImpoverishedPatrician niece.]]
* In "The Case of the Rich Woman", one of Creator/AgathaChristie's [[Literature/ParkerPyneInvestigates Parker Pyne]] stories, this is the problem that the rich woman wants Mr. Parker Pyne to solve for her.
* In Creator/SamuelJohnson's ''Rasselas'', Rasselas's problem in the valley is exactly this, because he is surrounded by every luxury.
* In John Buchan's ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'', the narrator Richard Hannay JumpedAtTheCall because of this trope. Later books find him happily working hard as a regimental officer in the ensuing war.
* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''Gaudy Night'', Harriet indignantly defends LordPeterWimsey: catching murderers, even for fun, is difficult and dangerous, and many people have reason to be grateful for it.
* In Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'', Prendick had studied biology as a relief from the dullness of his life.

* Jed Clampett of the ''BeverlyHillbillies''. He has millions due to selling his land to an oil company, but is many times shown being bored as he would rather work than be idle rich. He enjoys doing work like mending, repairing, or gardening, but of course Mr Drysdale won't let him work a job because it's embarrassing to him. There's also no place for him to do much hunting or fishing in Beverly Hills.
* On ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' in the episode "A Nice Place To Visit": A small time crook is killed and ends up in the afterlife where he gets whatever he wants. It soon gets incredibly dull and the crook asks why he wasn't sent to "the other place" (i.e. hell). It turns out [[spoiler: this is actually "the other place" and getting what he wants all the time is his punishment]].
* An episode of ''CSIMiami'' has rich people pay to hunt humans.

* In TheMusical of ''{{Candide}}'', in the song "Bon Voyage", the Governor sings about this.
-->I'm so rich that my life is an utter bore:
-->There is just not a thing that I need.
-->My desires are as dry as an apple core,
-->And my only emotion is greed.
-->Which is why, though I've nothing to spend it for,
-->I have swindled this gold from Candidi-di-di-di-dide,
-->Poor Candide!
* In ''{{Company}}'', Joanne's song, ''[[BSODSong The Ladies Who Lunch]]'', is a scathing description of the empty and ultimately meaningless lives of rich, middle-aged women, herself included.

* Sir Raleigh in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperAndTheThieviusRaccoonus'' was a rich aristocrat, but grew bored with his money. Then he tried piracy and found it to his liking.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'': Flavio, self-proclaimed "Trader extraordinaire, millionaire sailor of the seven seas" sets out on a voyage with Mario just for the thrills, as he's grown bored of hanging out in the tavern staring at his jewel.

* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-25.html Perrault laughs at the idea of doing things for money because he has plenty.]] [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-36.html He's glad he no longer has to eat mice]], but [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/01-37.html November figures out that he's lacking in challenge.]]
* In ''Webcomic/KoanOfTheDay'', the banker is often bored and desires the guru's [[http://www.koanoftheday.com/88/ meditative peace]], but not enough to give up his money.

* The indie short drama [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ4DYhhPxio Kingdom Egg]] has the "terribly bored" queen.

* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': This was the exact reason Seņor Senior Sr. gives for becoming a [[ContractualGenreBlindness by-the-book supervillain]]. He doesn't even do it ForTheEvulz, he's just ridiculously wealthy and has no idea what to do with his time. Thus, he takes up supervillainy as a hobby. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The guy even follows a guidebook!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Mr. Krabs sells the Krusty Krab for a lot of loot. It's not long before he runs out of things to do in his retirement, goes on a rampage that destroys the Krusty Krab, buys the destroyed restaurant back, and it's all fixed up the next time we see it (in the next episode).
** Before the rampage, Mr. Krabs became a dishwasher at the restaurant just so he'd not stay bored. If he didn't care about how Mr. Blandy was running the place, he'd gladly remain a dishwasher and treat his former employees as equals. He even allowed Spongebob to call him "Eugene".
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' incarnations of the Terrible Trio are young millionaire scions who turned to villainy for no reason other than boredom. Given how malicious they were (in one scene assaulting a defenseless old man), Batman claimed that "people like this are worse than the Joker. At least ''he'' has ''madness'' as an excuse."
* It's explained a lot of super-villains in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' are idle rich who chose to go into villainy out of boredom. One reason the authorities tolerate the Guild Of Calamitous Intent is that it's safer to have these people in an evil organization with rules and laws than risk letting a bunch of pissed off rich people with access to super-weapons do whatever they feel like.
* In KingOfTheHill when Mihn and Kahn finally manage to join the prestigious Nine Rivers Country Club this ends up being the case. Mihn is openly bored during a discussion of the values of pairing different cheeses and wines while Kahn only feigns interest (and comprehension) to impress Ted Wassonasong.