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* In ''Literature/MaximumRide'', Gazzy was sold to the School for 10,000 dollars.

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* In ''Literature/MaximumRide'', Gazzy was most of the main cast were sold to the School for 10,000 dollars.$10,000.

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* In "Brenda's Got A Baby" by Music/TupacShakur, Brenda's parents don't care that their ''twelve'' year old is [[TeenPregnancy pregnant]]. All they care about is the money the baby could give them. This lack of support causes Brenda to [[TheRunaway run away from home]].
-->''She tries to hide her pregnancy from her family who really didn't care to see or give a damn if she went out and had a church of kids, as long as when the check came they got first dibs''.


* Harper's mother in the {{Greywalker}} series is revealed to be the reason Harper was a professionally trained dancer from a single-digit age, and eventually an "aspiring" actress, and the main reason she became a self-employed per-case contract detective (having vowed never to let someone else be her boss).

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* Harper's mother in the {{Greywalker}} ''Literature/{{Greywalker}}'' series is revealed to be the reason Harper was a professionally trained dancer from a single-digit age, and eventually an "aspiring" actress, and the main reason she became a self-employed per-case contract detective (having vowed never to let someone else be her boss).


* In ''Film/InTime'', time is literally money, with people acquiring a year on their 25th birthdays, spending and earning it like money. Many parents in this world eagerly wait for their children to turn 25 to use their allotted year to pay off their debts. When a person's countdown hits 0, he or she dies instantly. [[spoiler: The protagonist, Will, had this happen to him by his mother and wound up with a little over a week to live; he's spent his days living from paycheck to paycheck to survive. He's not resentful about it, though, and his mother is depicted as being generous (a fact which gets her killed).]]

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* In ''Film/InTime'', the aging gene has been found and turned off, effectively rendering everyone TheAgeless. To prevent overpopulation, time is literally money, with people acquiring a year on their 25th birthdays, spending and earning it like money. Many parents in this world eagerly wait for their children to turn 25 to use their allotted year to pay off their debts. When a person's countdown hits 0, he or she dies instantly. [[spoiler: The protagonist, Will, had this happen to him by his mother and wound up with a little over a week to live; he's spent his days living from paycheck to paycheck to survive. He's not resentful about it, though, and his mother is depicted as being generous (a fact which gets her killed).]]


* In ''Literature/{{Harry Potter}}'' fics where [[RonTheDeathEater Dumbledore is cast as a villain]] it's fairly common for him and potentially Mrs. Weasely to skim money out of his vaults and withhold his vault key so he can't access it himself. Less frequently the Dursleys may receive a stipend for Harry, none of which goes to his upkeep.


A subtrope of AbusiveParents and DomesticAbuse. A sister trope would be FosteringForProfit and TakingTheKids.

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A subtrope of AbusiveParents and DomesticAbuse.DomesticAbuse; see also ElderAbuse. A sister trope would be FosteringForProfit and TakingTheKids.


* Literature/HarryPotter defies this trope. On learning of the fortune in wizarding gold he has inherited from his parents, he resolves to keep it secret from the Dursleys because he knows their dislike of anything relating to magic will not stop them from wanting to get their hands on the money.

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* Literature/HarryPotter defies this trope. On learning of the fortune in wizarding gold he has inherited from his parents, he resolves to keep it secret from the Dursleys because he knows their dislike of anything relating to connected with magic will not stop them from wanting to get their hands on the money.


* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' defies this trope. On learning of the fortune in wizarding gold he has inherited from his parents, he resolves to keep it secret from the Dursleys because he knows their dislike of anything relating to magic will not stop them from wanting to get their hands on the money.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' Literature/HarryPotter defies this trope. On learning of the fortune in wizarding gold he has inherited from his parents, he resolves to keep it secret from the Dursleys because he knows their dislike of anything relating to magic will not stop them from wanting to get their hands on the money.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' defies this trope. On learning of the fortune in wizarding gold he has inherited from his parents, he resolves to keep it secret from the Dursleys because he knows their dislike of anything relating to magic will not stop them from wanting to get their hands on the money.


* ''Literature/TheAmyVirus'': Cyan's parents live off the money they make blogging about how they supposedly cured her of autism. When she begins to rebel, they crack down hard and eventually [[spoiler:threaten to have her institutionalized to prevent anyone from finding out she's still autistic]].

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* ''Literature/TheAmyVirus'': Cyan's parents live off the money they make blogging about how they supposedly cured her of autism. When she begins to rebel, they crack down hard and eventually [[spoiler:threaten to have her institutionalized to prevent anyone from finding out she's still autistic]].autistic. This is the last straw for Cyan, who runs away the next morning with the help of her friends Renate and Eroica]].


** Parodied in which an orphan is glad he doesn't have parents because of this trope.
** In another episode we found Homer spent all the money Bart earned as a baby from commercials to cover evidence of him dropping Bart off a balcony. Bart then managed to successfully sue for [[MinorLivingAlone emancipation]] because of it.

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** Parodied in which "Blame it on Lisa", where an orphan is glad he doesn't have parents TV star happily explains that his money "remains unstolen" because of this trope.
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** In another episode we found Homer spent all the money Bart earned as a baby from commercials to cover evidence of him dropping Bart off a balcony. Bart then managed to successfully sue for [[MinorLivingAlone [[EmancipatedChild emancipation]] because of it.

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* In the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck cartoon ''Disney/DonaldsCrime'', Donald stealing money from his nephews is portrayed as this, and he beats himself up over being a bad parent before he decides to pay it back. The obvious FridgeLogic is how Donald can even afford food, mortgage payments, and other base necessities if he's so flat-out broke that he has to stoop to stealing a few bucks from his nephews.

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** The main villain of Chihaya Mifune's confidant turns out to be doing this, as the leader of a ChurchOfHappyology style New Age cult; as well as making people pay extortionate amounts for seminars, he has Chihaya embroiled in a business of selling "Holy Stones", supposedly mystic orbs capable of changing a terrible fate that are actually worthless balls of table salt in reality.

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* ''Literature/TheAmyVirus'': Cyan's parents live off the money they make blogging about how they supposedly cured her of autism. When she begins to rebel, they crack down hard and eventually [[spoiler:threaten to have her institutionalized to prevent anyone from finding out she's still autistic]].


* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', among his many other abuses, Mr. Prast used to take all of the money that Klara earned from working and spend it on booze, forcing her to buy food for the both of them on credit.



* In {{Harry Potter}} fics where [[RonTheDeathEater Dumbledore is cast as a villain]] it's fairly common for him and potentially Mrs. Weasely to skim money out of his vaults and withhold his vault key so he can't access it himself. Less frequently the Dursleys may receive a stipend for Harry, none of which goes to his upkeep.

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* In {{Harry Potter}} ''Literature/{{Harry Potter}}'' fics where [[RonTheDeathEater Dumbledore is cast as a villain]] it's fairly common for him and potentially Mrs. Weasely to skim money out of his vaults and withhold his vault key so he can't access it himself. Less frequently the Dursleys may receive a stipend for Harry, none of which goes to his upkeep.



* This is basically the plot of the 2001 movie ''Film/TheGlassHouse''. [[spoiler: The siblings Ruby and Rhett were adopted by Erin and Terry, the best friends of their dead parents... only to [[OffingTheOffspring be targeted for death]] so the "new parents" can collect the kids's HUGE inheritance. (Not to mention [[ParentalIncest Terry makes passes at Ruby]], who's {{squick}}ed outta her mind.) Then, Ruby finds out that '''both Terry and Erin staged the parents's deaths'''. She then goes PluckyGirl, attempts to fight back against Terry [[BigSisterInstinct and protect Rhett]], and ultimately [[SelfMadeOrphan kills Terry]] (Erin had been DrivenToSuicide out of guilt a while before). Then, [[EarnyourHappyEnding the kids are taken in by their uncle]].]]

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* This is basically the plot of the 2001 movie ''Film/TheGlassHouse''. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The siblings Ruby and Rhett were adopted by Erin and Terry, the best friends of their dead parents... only to [[OffingTheOffspring be targeted for death]] so the "new parents" can collect the kids's HUGE inheritance. (Not to mention [[ParentalIncest Terry makes passes at Ruby]], who's {{squick}}ed outta her mind.) Then, Ruby finds out that '''both Terry and Erin staged the parents's deaths'''. She then goes PluckyGirl, attempts to fight back against Terry [[BigSisterInstinct and protect Rhett]], and ultimately [[SelfMadeOrphan kills Terry]] (Erin had been DrivenToSuicide out of guilt a while before). Then, [[EarnyourHappyEnding the kids are taken in by their uncle]].]]

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