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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Madison Country Club", Miss Brooks brags about how much she spends on travel, food, champagne and clothes to society matron Mrs. Grabar. Miss Brooks thinks that Mr. Conklin is poking fun of the faculty; in reality Conklin was soliciting a donation from the wealthy philanthropist.


* The controversial documentary ''Living with Music/MichaelJackson'' devotes a scene to a worryingly manic Jackson buying out a store in Los Vegas to the tune of hundred of thousands of dollars, seemingly just to show that he can spend it. Or maybe not, as at the time the King of Pop was in ''deep'' debt and not helping himself with these kind of spending sprees.

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* The controversial documentary ''Living with Music/MichaelJackson'' devotes a scene to a worryingly manic Jackson buying out a store in Los Las Vegas to the tune of hundred of thousands of dollars, seemingly just to show that he can spend it. Or maybe not, as at the time the King of Pop was in ''deep'' debt and not helping himself with these kind of spending sprees. sprees.
* High-end sports cars like Lamborghinis or Ferraris might be able to go over two hundred miles an hour, but considering that speed limits tend to be much lower than that, you'll never be able to use that power without breaking the law. Obviously, they're shorthand for "rich". The Lykan Hypersport takes that up a notch, with all the power of other supercars, plus ''diamonds'' in the headlights (unless you'd prefer rubies or sapphires).


* In 1313, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_I_of_Mali#Islam_and_pilgrimage_to_Mecca Mansa Musa of the Mali empire]], whose wealth literally has ''no'' modern-day comparison[[note]]Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has an estimated net worth of 132.8 Billion - a ''fraction'' of what Mansa Musa had[[/note]] went on pilgrimage to Mecca. He brought along so many retainers and pack animals [[https://youtu.be/4-Un2xx6Pzo?t=3m8s that it was rumored that it took a full day for it to pass]]. What was fact, though, was that his shopping sprees in Cairo, Medina, and Mecca flooded the market with so much gold that its value tanked for a ''decade'' afterward. This was deliberate on his part, as he wanted the Mali Empire to make its mark on the world.

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* In 1313, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_I_of_Mali#Islam_and_pilgrimage_to_Mecca Mansa Musa of the Mali empire]], whose wealth literally has ''no'' modern-day comparison[[note]]Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has an estimated net worth of 132.8 Billion - a ''fraction'' of what Mansa Musa had[[/note]] went on pilgrimage to Mecca. He brought along so many retainers and pack animals [[https://youtu.be/4-Un2xx6Pzo?t=3m8s that it was rumored that it took a full day for it to pass]]. What was fact, though, was that his shopping sprees in Cairo, Medina, and Mecca - along with gifting gold to the populace - flooded the market with so much gold that its value tanked for a ''decade'' afterward. This was deliberate on his part, as he wanted the Mali Empire to make its mark on the world.afterward.


* In 1313, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_I_of_Mali#Islam_and_pilgrimage_to_Mecca Mansa Musa of the Mali empire]], whose wealth literally has ''no'' modern-day comparison[[note]]Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has an estimated net worth of 132.8 Billion - a ''fraction'' of what Mansa Musa had[[/note]] went on pilgrimage to Mecca. He brought along so many retainers and pack animals [[https://youtu.be/4-Un2xx6Pzo?t=3m8s that it was rumored that it took a full day for it to pass]]. What was fact, though, was that his shopping sprees in Cairo, Medina, and Mecca flooded the market with so much gold that its value tanked for a ''decade'' afterward.

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* In 1313, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_I_of_Mali#Islam_and_pilgrimage_to_Mecca Mansa Musa of the Mali empire]], whose wealth literally has ''no'' modern-day comparison[[note]]Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has an estimated net worth of 132.8 Billion - a ''fraction'' of what Mansa Musa had[[/note]] went on pilgrimage to Mecca. He brought along so many retainers and pack animals [[https://youtu.be/4-Un2xx6Pzo?t=3m8s that it was rumored that it took a full day for it to pass]]. What was fact, though, was that his shopping sprees in Cairo, Medina, and Mecca flooded the market with so much gold that its value tanked for a ''decade'' afterward. This was deliberate on his part, as he wanted the Mali Empire to make its mark on the world.


* On ''Series/RaisingHope'' Virginia's cousin Delilah gets married, and Virginia recalls how when they were teenagers early in TheNineties, they talked about the kind of weddings they wanted. Delilah wanted a dress with an ''extremely'' long train, which was to be held up by Creator/MichaelJackson. She got exactly that when she finally ''did'' marry, and Burt "stole" Delilah's wedding to give Virginia the nice wedding she wanted but (due to...[[TeenPregnancy unforseen circumstances]] that forced her and Burt to have a simple courthouse wedding) never got. (They repeated their vows quietly in the back while Delilah and her new husband made theirs, danced discreetly to their first dance, and did the cake-cutting from the other side of the cake.) It seems Delilah cared more about being a bride than about being a wife.

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* On ''Series/RaisingHope'' Virginia's cousin Delilah gets married, and Virginia recalls how when they were teenagers early in TheNineties, they talked about the kind of weddings they wanted. Delilah wanted a dress with an ''extremely'' long train, which was to be held up by Creator/MichaelJackson.Music/MichaelJackson. She got exactly that when she finally ''did'' marry, and Burt "stole" Delilah's wedding to give Virginia the nice wedding she wanted but (due to...[[TeenPregnancy unforseen circumstances]] that forced her and Burt to have a simple courthouse wedding) never got. (They repeated their vows quietly in the back while Delilah and her new husband made theirs, danced discreetly to their first dance, and did the cake-cutting from the other side of the cake.) It seems Delilah cared more about being a bride than about being a wife.

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* Former trope namer, ''Keeping Up With the Joneses'', an early comic strip about a family's obsession with social climbing. The title characters, their neighbors, were [[TheGhost never seen]]. Also a case of GrassIsGreener.


* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. An episode taking place in President Servalan's palace was filmed in a stately home of England and this trope was used as a {{handwave}}. Rather than the usual DomedCity, Servalan has a reconstruction of a "pre-Atomic" BigFancyHouse built on the ruins of the old.
-->'''Sula:''' We could have built two cities for what it cost to build that absurdity.

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. An episode taking place in President Servalan's palace was filmed in a stately home of England and this trope was used as a {{handwave}}. Rather {{handwave}} -- rather than the usual DomedCity, Servalan has had a reconstruction of a "pre-Atomic" BigFancyHouse built on the ruins of the old.
-->'''Sula:''' We
old. A member of her administration comments bitterly, "We could have built two cities for what it cost to build that absurdity.
absurdity."

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. An episode taking place in President Servalan's palace was filmed in a stately home of England and this trope was used as a {{handwave}}. Rather than the usual DomedCity, Servalan has a reconstruction of a "pre-Atomic" BigFancyHouse built on the ruins of the old.
-->'''Sula:''' We could have built two cities for what it cost to build that absurdity.

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* Being set in 1988, ''VideoGame/Yakuza0'' is all about showing off the riches of 80s Japan in the tackiest ways possible. Yakuza wear garish suits, Tokyo and Osaka are full of glimmering neon lights, and billionaires are made and gone in the constant fight for real estate. Kazuma Kiryu can even learn to toss entire handfuls of Cash Confetti as a means to avoid fights after being taught by Mr. Moneybags, a man who literally lives in his private jets (yes, plural) and travels the world.

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** All that being said however, some Ferengi do splurge. Quark at one point bemoans that his cousin, an arms dealer, ''owns his own moon.''

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* In 1313, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_I_of_Mali#Islam_and_pilgrimage_to_Mecca Mansa Musa of the Mali empire]], whose wealth literally has ''no'' modern-day comparison[[note]]Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has an estimated net worth of 132.8 Billion - a ''fraction'' of what Mansa Musa had[[/note]] went on pilgrimage to Mecca. He brought along so many retainers and pack animals [[https://youtu.be/4-Un2xx6Pzo?t=3m8s that it was rumored that it took a full day for it to pass]]. What was fact, though, was that his shopping sprees in Cairo, Medina, and Mecca flooded the market with so much gold that its value tanked for a ''decade'' afterward.


** The merchant-prince Xaro Xoan Daxos has a sumptuous mansion filled with gold artwork. [[spoiler:It's ultimately a subversion, as Xaro's vault is empty. His lavish lifestyle is a con to make him appear wealthy. Although it could be considered a double subversion; as Danny points out the gold and gems decorating his estate represent a massive fortune by themselves]]. It's played with in his rival the Spice King; while he makes a show of sleeping in and having many servants, his estate is far plainer (more like a typical Westerns Noble) and most of his wealth is explicitly tied up in his trading fleet.

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** The merchant-prince Xaro Xoan Daxos has a sumptuous mansion filled with gold artwork. [[spoiler:It's ultimately a subversion, as Xaro's vault is empty. His lavish lifestyle is a con to make him appear wealthy. Although it could be considered a double subversion; as Danny points out the gold and gems decorating his estate represent a massive fortune by themselves]]. It's played with in his rival the Spice King; while he makes a show of sleeping in and having many servants, his estate is far plainer (more like a typical Westerns Westerossi Noble) and most of his wealth is explicitly tied up in his trading fleet.


** The merchant-prince Xaro Xoan Daxos has a sumptuous mansion filled with gold artwork. [[spoiler:It's ultimately a subversion, as Xaro's vault is empty. His lavish lifestyle is a con to make him appear wealthy]].

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** The merchant-prince Xaro Xoan Daxos has a sumptuous mansion filled with gold artwork. [[spoiler:It's ultimately a subversion, as Xaro's vault is empty. His lavish lifestyle is a con to make him appear wealthy]].wealthy. Although it could be considered a double subversion; as Danny points out the gold and gems decorating his estate represent a massive fortune by themselves]]. It's played with in his rival the Spice King; while he makes a show of sleeping in and having many servants, his estate is far plainer (more like a typical Westerns Noble) and most of his wealth is explicitly tied up in his trading fleet.

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* Zigfried von Schroeder from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has a fancy castle, an army of maids, private jets, and swimming pools filled with fresh milk... to hide the fact that his life of luxury is in jeopardy since [=SchroederCorp=] is going broke.

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* The "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/what-international-students-eat What International Students Eat]]" meme, based off the stereotype that students studying abroad must naturally be quite affluent, takes this concept ''literally'' with luxury takeout boxes filled with jewelry and designer-brand breakfast cereals.

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