Playing With / Greedy Jew

Basic Trope: People of Jewish descent are motivated primarily by Greed and only care about themselves.
  • Straight: Joe Jewishguy works for a Fiction 500 company and embezzles millions of dollars.
  • Exaggerated: Joe will do anything for cold, hard cash, up to and including murdering his own family.
  • Downplayed: All Jews Are Cheapskates
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Joe Jewishguy has a lot of money, but he gives generously to charity.
    • Joe has a lot of money, but he's kind and helpful
    • Joe is just doing his job as a banker/lender.
  • Double Subverted:
    • He is motivated more by a desire for tax credits than generosity.
    • But he still likes living "the good life," and he puts in crazy hours at work (sometimes at the expense of his family time) get ahead in the rat race.
    • He charges a lot of interest (although in his defense, most of the proceeds go towards keeping his lending business going.)
  • Parodied: The local synagogue is actually just a cover for a casino.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Joe Jewishguy is The Everyman, or just not developed enough for the audience to discern his level of ambition.
  • Enforced: National Stereotypes
  • Lampshaded: "Your embezzling money, Mr Jewishguy? Are you trying to live up to stereotypes?"
  • Invoked: Joe takes a prestigious job, and he can afford to buy nice things for himself and his family...and becomes "hooked" on having money.
  • Exploited: Bob, a burglar, targets Jewish people as they'll have more money to steal.
  • Defied:
    • Joe realizes that his personal and spiritual life will suffer if all he's concerned with is Money, Dear Boy, and manages his time for optimum work-life balance. (This, in turn, helps keep career burnout at bay, too.)
    • Alternatively, Joe decides he doesn't need a lot of money to be happy, so he sells his house and car, rents a cheap apartment, and lives life doing something for personal satisfaction more than a paycheck.
    • The work makes it clear that being Jewish is not why Joe is so greedy, and in fact points out that many of his non-jewish colleagues and coworkers are as greedy as Joe if not moreso.
  • Discussed: "What a dumb stereotype. Who doesn't like money?"
  • Conversed: The heroes watch a propaganda film by a white supremacist group, and comment on the anti-Semitic stereotypes it portrays.

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