Playing With: A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted

Basic Trope: A character comes into money, only to lose it all shortly thereafter.
  • Straight: Bob wins the lottery, but makes a poor investment choice and loses most of the money a month later.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob wins the lottery, and buys a huge mansion in a gated community, two luxury cars, and a yacht. He's bankrupt 24 hours after winning the lottery.
    • As soon as Bob cashes the check, the stock market crashes, society and civilization collapse, and anarchy ensues, rendering paper money and liquid assets useless. Then he gets mugged.
    • Bob and all of his friends win the lottery, but then lose their money due to hyperinflation.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob gets a minor windfall and spends it on a vacation rather than place it in a savings account.
    • Bob wins $5000 from a one-dollar lottery ticket. As soon as he gets his winnings, he buys 5000 more lottery tickets which proceed to win ... nothing.
  • Justified: Bob has never been wealthy before, so he has no idea how to manage large sums of money.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob loses some money in the stock market, but then earns some money on another investment.
  • Double Subverted: This is insufficient to break even, though.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob wins $50 on a lotto ticket, but acts as if he had won millions: he starts strutting around wearing a monocle and top hat and attempts to buy a boat.
    • Bob wins the lottery, but The Status Quo Demon tears up his ticket.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob wins the lottery, but loses money in the stock market because the company in which he invested the lion's share of the money has just gone down. Then his stocks recover, and he's rich again. This happens repeatedly.
  • Averted:
    • Bob does not become rich.
    • Bob gets rich but doesn't lose the money.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded:
    • "I had it, then I lost it."
    • "So, I hear Bob lost everything when the market crashed." "No. He lost his money before the crisis, because he was foolish with it."
  • Invoked: Bob invests his lottery winnings in the stock market during rough economic times, without really knowing what he's doing.
  • Exploited: Alice knows that Bob can't handle money very well, so bets that Bob will lose all the money within a month with Bob himself, the stakes being Bob's last $5000 should he lose.
  • Defied: Bob learns to manage his money effectively and gets himself a good and reputable financial adviser. Because of his money-managing skills, he keeps the money and increases his wealth further.
  • Discussed: "Be careful with your savings, Bob. I've heard of people blowing vast fortunes overnight."
  • Conversed: "This show has An Aesop that you don't see every day: You gotta be careful with money."
  • Implied: Bob wins the lottery, and in the next episode, he's back where he started. It is never stated what happened to his money.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob loses his money because he doesn't know how to handle it. He assumes he can afford fancy things, which may not actually be the case.
    • Alice leaves Bob for his wastefulness.
  • Reconstructed: Bob does not waste money on luxury items, and learns to make smart choices regarding where to put the money, but still ends up losing it due to circumstances.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Bob is berated by Alice for wasting their money on stupid things.
    • "Why the heck did you buy a yacht? We're LANDLOCKED!"
  • Played For Drama:

Drat, the stock market crashed. Back to A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted, I guess.