Playing With / Arab Oil Sheikh

Basic Trope: A person from somewhere in the Middle East who has a lot of wealth from their investments in oil.
  • Straight: Saleh invests in oil from his home country of Tropestan. He is able to afford luxury cars and has lots of beautiful women by his side.
  • Exaggerated: Because of his wealth, he was able to buy the entire country of Tropestan and become its sultan.
  • Downplayed:
    • Saleh is a mid level manager of an oil company, and makes about as much as a doctor or lawyer.
    • Oil was merely Saleh's source of "seed money". His successful industrialization of the country is what makes him wealthy long after the oil drys up.
  • Justified: Oil is a precious commodity, so investing in it is a shrewd move if you want to get wealthy.
  • Inverted: Investing in oil makes Saleh poor.
  • Subverted: Investing in oil doesn't give Saleh ridiculous amounts of money.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But investing in Applied Phlebotinum (which everyone is switching over to) does.
    • Alternatively, he is married or related to someone whose investments have really paid off...and leaves it all to him.
  • Parodied:
    • Everyone at the oil company, indeed all of Tropestan, is like this.
    • Saleh sees a geyser of oil right by his home, then becomes fabulously wealthy—for an unrelated reason, with the geyser still shooting out of the ground undisturbed and the oil seeping into his home's flooring.
  • Zig Zagged: Some Tropestani oil-investors become wealthy, others do not.
  • Averted: Saleh does not become wealthy from investing in Tropestani oil companies.
  • Enforced: The series' episode is sponsored by one of these people.
  • Lampshaded: "Wow! Tropestani oil is worth gazillions!"
  • Invoked: Saleh hears from his friend talking about oil investments.
  • Exploited: A person needs oil, so when he sees Saleh on some banquet, he immediately tries to make a deal with him.
  • Defied: Saleh doesn't want to invest in oil, because a) it doesn't last forever b) it is a pollutant and c) lots of people are fighting over it.
  • Discussed: "I bet he invests in oil. His look just screams rich and Arabic."
  • Conversed: "They don't seriously believe such characters are all over the place in Middle East!"

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