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* ''WebOriginal/HowToHero'' calls these types of heroes Billionaires with Issues™.


** The Batboys Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Damian Wayne, have usually averted this, and are seen as being extremely intelligent by the general public. Damian in particular makes no effort to hide how smart he really is, and even ''ran Bruce's company'' while he was thought dead. Dick, meanwhile, has held a very unusual mix of jobs, including police officer, museum curator, gymnastics instructor, bartender, male model, and Waynetech executive. On the other hand, he has been called "Gotham's very own Paris Hilton", so it may be a case of DependingOnTheWriter.

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** The Batboys [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson, Grayson]], [[ComicBook/RedRobin Tim Drake Drake]] and Damian Wayne, have usually averted this, and are seen as being extremely intelligent by the general public. Damian in particular makes no effort to hide how smart he really is, and even ''ran Bruce's company'' while he was thought dead. Dick, meanwhile, has held a very unusual mix of jobs, including police officer, museum curator, gymnastics instructor, bartender, male model, and Waynetech executive. On the other hand, he has been called "Gotham's very own Paris Hilton", so it may be a case of DependingOnTheWriter.


* This is the crux of the 1933 film ''Film/BriefMoment''. As a former working-girl, Abby knows that her rich husband is wasting his potential on his rich excesses, but he isn't the working type and his failed attempts at holding down a job create a divide between them.

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* This is the crux of the 1933 film ''Film/BriefMoment''. As a former working-girl, Abby knows that her rich husband is wasting his potential on his rich excesses, but he isn't the working type and his failed attempts at holding down a job create a divide between them.


* As usual for the character, this is [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] public persona in the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse. When he goes to ComicBook/LexLuthor' charity gala in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', he plays the [[TheAlcoholic drunken playboy]] to the hilt, especially when being interviewed by [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]].

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* As usual for the character, this is [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] public persona in the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse. When he goes to ComicBook/LexLuthor' ComicBook/LexLuthor's charity gala in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', he plays the [[TheAlcoholic drunken playboy]] to the hilt, especially when being interviewed by [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]].


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* As usual for the character, this is [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] public persona in the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse. When he goes to [[Comicbook/LexLuthor Lex's]] charity gala in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', he plays the [[TheAlcoholic drunken playboy]] to the hilt, especially when being interviewed by [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]].
--> '''Bruce''': Oh, my foundation's already issued a statement in support of, uh, books... (after being [[DistractedByTheSexy distracted]] by [[Comicbook/WonderWoman Diana]]) Wow. Pretty girl, bad habit. Don't quote me, alright?...

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* As usual for the character, this is [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] public persona in the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse. When he goes to [[Comicbook/LexLuthor Lex's]] ComicBook/LexLuthor' charity gala in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', he plays the [[TheAlcoholic drunken playboy]] to the hilt, especially when being interviewed by [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]].
--> '''Bruce''': '''Bruce:''' Oh, my foundation's already issued a statement in support of, uh, books... (after ''[after being [[DistractedByTheSexy distracted]] by [[Comicbook/WonderWoman Diana]]) [[Franchise/WonderWoman Diana]]]'' Wow. Pretty girl, bad habit. Don't quote me, alright?...



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* The Red Panda of ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'' is an interesting example; it's explained in the {{backstory}} that he basically ''was'' a rich idiot until he began training and fighting crime. This led to a SecretIdentityIdentity in the present day.
** When WorldWar2 rolls around, he throws his company's full weight behind the war effort, but doesn't go to the front himself, like a bunch of other men his age, ostensibly because of his connections. [[spoiler:Also, because Canadian intelligence wants to keep him at home, fighting off saboteurs as the Red Panda. He eventually decides to go to the front anyway. Then he vanishes under mysterious circumstances...]]

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* The Red Panda of ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'' is an interesting example; it's explained in the {{backstory}} that he basically ''was'' a rich idiot until he began training and fighting crime. This led to a SecretIdentityIdentity in the present day.
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day. When WorldWar2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII rolls around, he throws his company's full weight behind the war effort, but doesn't go to the front himself, like a bunch of other men his age, ostensibly because of his connections. [[spoiler:Also, because Canadian intelligence wants to keep him at home, fighting off saboteurs as the Red Panda. He eventually decides to go to the front anyway. Then he vanishes under mysterious circumstances...]]



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Downplayed - here, Bruce takes a more active role in Wayne Enterprises, but he still puts on a BunnyEarsLawyer mask when in public. In "Nothing to Fear", thanks to a snide remark from an old friend of his father, Bruce fears that this trope is making him a disgrace to the family name.
** His public guise is good enough to protect his identity from an attempt to reveal it:
--->'''Hugo Strange:''' I was set up! Bruce Wayne is Batman!\\

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
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''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Downplayed - -- here, Bruce takes a more active role in Wayne Enterprises, but he still puts on a BunnyEarsLawyer mask when in public. In "Nothing to Fear", thanks to a snide remark from an old friend of his father, Bruce fears that this trope is making him a disgrace to the family name.
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name. His public guise is good enough to protect his identity from an attempt to reveal it:
--->'''Hugo -->'''Hugo Strange:''' I was set up! Bruce Wayne is Batman!\\



* {{Adam West|ing}}, AKA Catman on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. {{Lampshaded}} at one point when he wonders what to do now that he has to quit crime fighting, to which Timmy responds "Oh, I don't know, [[SarcasmMode go home to your mansion and watch TV]]?"

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* {{Adam West|ing}}, AKA a.k.a. Catman on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. {{Lampshaded}} at one point when he wonders what to do now that he has to quit crime fighting, to which Timmy responds "Oh, I don't know, [[SarcasmMode go home to your mansion and watch TV]]?"


* As usual for the character, this is [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] public persona in the DCExtendedUniverse. When he goes to [[Comicbook/LexLuthor Lex's]] charity gala in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', he plays the [[TheAlcoholic drunken playboy]] to the hilt, especially when being interviewed by [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]].

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* As usual for the character, this is [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] public persona in the DCExtendedUniverse.Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse. When he goes to [[Comicbook/LexLuthor Lex's]] charity gala in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', he plays the [[TheAlcoholic drunken playboy]] to the hilt, especially when being interviewed by [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]].


* George Weathermay of {{Ravenloft}} is more of a Rich ''Wallflower'' With No Day Job, as he was born into one of Mordentshire's most well-off families, but was so socially awkward as a youth that he avoided parties and gatherings to spend time with his horses and hounds. He grew up to be a formidable monster-hunting ranger, battling lycanthropes and other horrors, yet he kept his heroic deeds a secret to shield his family from monstrous payback and ensure their reputations wouldn't be overshadowed by his reckless and morbid pursuits.

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* George Weathermay of {{Ravenloft}} TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}} is more of a Rich ''Wallflower'' With No Day Job, as he was born into one of Mordentshire's most well-off families, but was so socially awkward as a youth that he avoided parties and gatherings to spend time with his horses and hounds. He grew up to be a formidable monster-hunting ranger, battling lycanthropes and other horrors, yet he kept his heroic deeds a secret to shield his family from monstrous payback and ensure their reputations wouldn't be overshadowed by his reckless and morbid pursuits.

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* George Weathermay of {{Ravenloft}} is more of a Rich ''Wallflower'' With No Day Job, as he was born into one of Mordentshire's most well-off families, but was so socially awkward as a youth that he avoided parties and gatherings to spend time with his horses and hounds. He grew up to be a formidable monster-hunting ranger, battling lycanthropes and other horrors, yet he kept his heroic deeds a secret to shield his family from monstrous payback and ensure their reputations wouldn't be overshadowed by his reckless and morbid pursuits.

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* To outsiders ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'''s Vanamonde von Mekkahn looks like a young loafer who does nothing but laze around and drink coffee. In reality, he wrote a definitive book on coffee (under a pen name), is (according to Carson) "more competent than he appears", and, oh yeah, secretly runs Mechanicsburg.
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* Garrus in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is subtly revealed to have been carrying on this deception to his family after becoming the vigilante Archangel, as revealed in a transmission from him to one of his siblings that can be read in the ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' DLC. He claims he's on a "cruise around the galaxy," which, [[ExactWords strictly speaking isn't a lie]]. He just left out the part where he was fighting the Collectors.


** Played straight on ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' beginning in Season 4, when Bruce takes on a "spoiled billionaire brat throwing money around" persona to bid on an ancient knife he suspects Ra's al Ghul has been trying to acquire. Alfred was the one to suggest this as one of the many masks Bruce will have to wear if he insists in continuing to work as a vigilante. His main regret id that this is ''exactly'' the sort of disgraceful attitude Bruce's parents had been determined to ensure their son ''not'' develop.

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** * Played straight on ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' beginning in Season 4, when Bruce takes on a "spoiled billionaire brat throwing money around" persona to bid on an ancient knife he suspects Ra's al Ghul has been trying to acquire. Alfred was the one to suggest this as one of the many masks Bruce will have to wear if he insists in continuing to work as a vigilante. His main regret id is that this is ''exactly'' the sort of disgraceful attitude Bruce's parents had been determined to ensure their son ''not'' develop.



* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries,'' where he takes a more active role in Wayne Enterprises (though he still puts on a BunnyEarsLawyer mask when in public). In "Nothing to Fear", thanks to a snide remark from an old friend of his father, Bruce fears that this trope is making him a disgrace to the family name.
** That said, his public guise is good enough to protect his identity from an attempt to reveal it:

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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries,'' where he ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Downplayed - here, Bruce
takes a more active role in Wayne Enterprises (though Enterprises, but he still puts on a BunnyEarsLawyer mask when in public).public. In "Nothing to Fear", thanks to a snide remark from an old friend of his father, Bruce fears that this trope is making him a disgrace to the family name.
** That said, his His public guise is good enough to protect his identity from an attempt to reveal it:


* Another case of this being a cover for ObfuscatingStupidity: Prince Dryden, Millerna's fiancé from ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne''. He poses as a rich, indifferent and lazy merchant, but he's got [[DeadpanSnarker a dry wit]] and [[GuileHero a talent]] for manipulation that saves the skins of Van and his fgroup more than once.

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* Another case of this being a cover for ObfuscatingStupidity: Prince Dryden, Millerna's fiancé from ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne''. He poses as a rich, indifferent and lazy merchant, but he's got [[DeadpanSnarker a dry wit]] and [[GuileHero a talent]] for manipulation that saves the skins of Van and his fgroup group more than once.


* ''Series/{{Heroes}}:''
** While he's not a ''classic'' example, it's been impossible to tell how Peter Petrelli pays for his groceries since he resigned from his nursing job halfway through season 1. The Petrellis are rich, but given that he's stated several times that he didn't want to live off his father's money, it's all a bit of a mystery. Hiro Nakamura is a straighter example of the trope, since he has apparently inherited money from his father.
** Peter did get another job as a paramedic halfway through season 3 and he spent season 2 and the first half of season wrapped up in the plot so it's possible he might have been able to avoid this for a while.

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