Some people just really love money. Not wealth for the luxuries or the power. They love money itself, to the point they have a Money Fetish.
Okay, not to the point they actually get turned on by it (usually). They just like feeling it, bathing in it, tasting it, listening to it, sleeping on it, diving around in it like a porpoise, and burrowing through it like a gopher. It could be coins, jewelry, paper money or all three. Either way, these characters treat money itself as a luxury to enjoy. They might break into a Money Song.
- Glenn Radars from Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor views making Sisti his wife as an excuse to not work, and essentially, be married to money. This gets him blown away by her.
- Downplayed for Lady Kiyomi Azumabito in Attack on Titan. When Zeke tells her about Iceburst stone which Hizuru could use to improve their industries and prosper, she literally starts salivating.
- Haqua from Battle Spirits Sword Eyes. Somewhat justifiable since he owns a business, but he gets to the point of tricking Hagakure into buying useless junk, and trying to bribe Cornell to get out of prison.
- Halekulani from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo bathes in money and uses money as his source of power, being able to turn peoples into coins and diamonds.
- Io Naraku, one of the magical boys from Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, is a man who loves money so much that he's The Scrooge of the group.
- Cavalier of the Abyss: Back when he was a normal human, Jae-Hoon had to save to the point his friends considered it his defining trait.
Io: I bet I'll feel love when I get one billion in my Cayman Islands account.
- Nanami Jinnai from El-Hazard: The Magnificent World doesn't want to spend the money she earns from her restaurant in The Alternative World. She just wants to roll around in it!
- Hoteye of Fairy Tail had this. After he has a magic-induced HeelFace Turn, it turns out that he was originally a Love Freak who was trying to raise money to find his missing brother, but lost sight of his goal.
- Early on in Fushigi Yuugi, this is one of Tamahome's defining character traits. Although it's traced to his Back Story regarding a poor family, it's a running gag that even the smallest coin is like catnip to him.
- And even after being reincarnated in the real world as Taka Sukunami, he's still obsessed.
- Baron Danglars from Gankutsuou. His last scene in the series was of him wallowing naked in a pile of goldbricks, suckling on one of them. This happens in a spaceship with no pilot or destination, or food or water for that matter. Danglars is subjected to Ironic Hell by the Count of Monte-Cristo by giving him what he cares for the most, and depriving him of basic necessities of life.
- Mikami from Ghost Sweeper Mikami is so in love with money that she actually suffered a Heroic BSoD when she tried working as a civil servant exorcist, who gets paid a fixed amount of money instead of her usual ridiculously astronomical fees, and she actually considered betraying her friends for money at various points in the series.
- In Heat Guy J, Monica is talking about her recent commodity investments with Daisuke (never mind that she's only 10!), and her eyes get all sparkly, and she has Love Bubbles in the background. She also later uses J to help her gamble. Her money fetish is understandable, given that she lives in a trailer, caring for her alcoholic mother.
- Sayaka Kanamori from Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is a huge money-grubber and considers anything that doesn't involve monetary gain as a waste of time. She's not above nickel-and-diming her friends when doing favors for them, either.
- Kaneo Takarada of Kill la Kill, who heads the Osaka-based Takarada Conglomorate, practically eats money for breakfast and takes pride in Osaka's history as a merchant town. He's known by the fandom as "The Dosh King."
- The swim team of Medaka Box are "money-zombies". Their ultimate fantasy is a swimming pool filled with cash.
- One Piece, in the original manga/anime and movies:
- Pretty much all of the evil pirates as well, as well as unable to understand how anything besides money could be considered treasure.
- Nami (pictured above), largely due to a tragic Freudian Excuse. She never had much money for what she wanted while growing up, and after Arlong's pirates invaded and killed her foster mother, she was forced to work to collect money to free her village. After Arlong's defeat and her village's liberation, she is just as determined to collect money, particularly since she can now use any money she collects for herself.
- Speaking of Arlong, he took over Nami's village and demanded that everyone pay "tribute" with the threat of death for anyone who couldn't pay up. Hyouzou, a mercenary hired by the New Fishman Pirates, comments that he would have worked under Arlong if he wasn't so tight with his wallet.
- El Drago, the Big Bad of the first One Piece movie, loves gold, to the point where he rejects other valuables, such as gems and diamonds.
- Gild Tesoro, the Big Bad from One Piece Film: Gold. If the name didn't give it away, the dude loves gold. His main base is a gold tower and he practically sporting it all over his body at one point. Heck, even his main power is gold-based. Though we later find out his obsession with this is tied to the tragedy of his past and losing Stella. As since a World Noble was the one to buy her, he came to the conclusion that the world is ruled by money.
- Nabiki Tendō in Ranma ½ just loves money, so damn much. She's never actually shown in the usual sexual situations, but an anime filler episode does have her envision a great tidal wave of golden coins, which is used to force a telepath out of her head. So much does she adore money that she actually caused the "wedding disaster" at the end of the manga because she believed that the other members of Ranma's Unwanted Harem would A: bring money as a present for the "happy couple", B: she could take that money for herself, and C: they wouldn't cause such destruction in their outrage that it would cost more then was brought in to fix the place. She was wrong on all accounts. And she never brings her own money, since she always manages to swindle someone else into paying the bill, and keeps a jar full of 1-Yen coins.
- Rune Soldier Louie: Merrill is a thief and always hoping to strike it rich on their adventures. In episode 6, she locks herself away with a jar of gold coins, strips naked, and climbs in. And does so again in the 14th episode, after being mistaken for Odessa, by Sir William, who whisked away to his estate. When he tells Merrill that she can have anything she wants, she requests a tub full of gold coins to bathe in.
- Raj from the Saike Matashitemo who will often charge Saike's friends for the tiniest of services and also even unreasonably raise the price at times.
- Chouji Suitengu from Speed Grapher is obsessed with acquiring money and actually rolls his cigarettes with it. This turns out to be a Subverted Trope when it is revealed that Suitengu actually hates money and is only seeking to acquire it in order to burn it all up and destroy Japan's economy.
- Meifon Sakura from Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid quite literally weaponizes her love of money. While other girls have a human partner, Meifon uses cash to stimulate her powers.
- Newman Xeno, Big Bad of Casanova apparently likes to have sex on bloodstained piles of money.
- Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Scrooge McDuck swims in his money bin. He can apparently tell immediately if even a single coin is missing while swimming through it.
- Heavily implied with Larfleeze of the Orange Lantern Corps. His home is a ruined palace filled with rotting treasures. Every time he kills and his ring consumes another being and adds them to his corps, a new power ring is created and it goes to Larfleeze. In one panel in his first appearance, Larfleeze is seen emerging from a pile of orange power rings like Scrooge McDuck.
- Richie Rich's Aunt Noovo is constantly seen as having this, though she mostly does this for show as she is a very charitable person.
- Cricket O'Dell from Archie Comics has a bloodhound's sense of smell for money, and absolutely enjoys being near anyone who can give her some.
- Dylan Kirrin from Arcanum Heroes. Just like the Famous 5 TV series, Dylan is always looking for the opportunity to make a quick buck, even at the most inappropriate times.
- Nami in the One Piece fanfiction, This Bites!. In this version, the Money Fetish is literal. When Cross makes his grand proclamation on how rich their crew will become with his foresight, Nami has an orgasm to Cross's horror.
- Nicole Porter from the Ranma ½ fanfic, Boy Scouts ½. Being an Expy of Nabiki Tendo, it shouldn't be a surprise.
- Iago is unabashedly the greediest member of the series and always eager for cash.
- Abu is just about as greedy as Iago is (hence why he fell for the Schmuck Bait ruby in the Cave of Wonders that nearly got him killed), which is why they're surprisingly close, even if they act like they hate each other. In the cartoon series, he and Iago often egg each other on in the pursuit of treasure from their adventuring.
- Prince John in Disney's Robin Hood. He even sleeps with his arms wrapped around bags of gold.
- Trina in the silent film Greed literally rolls around in her lottery winnings.
- In the film Danger: Diabolik, after Diabolik has a successful robbery, he has fun with his girl on a bed covered in money.
- Rogue Trader takes this trope and turns it up to eleven by having the bed is covered in bearer bonds. These instruments have now been phased out, but at the time the movie was set, bearer bonds were paper certificates that were typically worth something like one hundred thousand dollars. And Nick Leeson's bed was covered with them.
- Goldfinger: "This is GOLD, Mr. Bond. All my life I've been in love with its colour, its brilliance, its divine heaviness..." Seconded by Shirley Bassey.
- Die Another Day ends with Bond and Jinx having sex surrounded by diamonds.
- Parodied in Austin Powers in Goldmember: "I love gooooold. The look of it, the taste of it, the smell of it, the texture. I love gold so much that I even lost my genitalia in an unfortunate smelting accident."
- Delusions of Grandeur: Don Salluste, Marquess of Montalegre, Baron Del Pisco, Minister of Finances and Police under Charles II of Spain and tax collector. He is obsessed with riches, and can never have enough, embezzling as much of the taxes as he can. He wakes up in the morning to the sound of gold coins cascading in a bowl, courtesy of his valet. And if only one coin happens to be missing from the bowl, Don Salluste can guess it immediately by sound.
- The film version of The Spirit has Sand Saref, who wants all of the money in the world for her self (and has wanted it since her origin story!), even to the point of going after the Golden Fleece.
- Teri from Jewel Robbery is aroused by putting jewelry on her skin.
- Ocean's Eleven: Saul sees the casino vault full of tens of millions in cash: "That's the sexiest thing I've ever seen."
- Disneyfied version: in Blank Check just after buying a house, Preston dumps his backpack of money onto his bed, and rolls around in it while fully clothed.
- Slumdog Millionaire is about two brothers who are driven by different obsessions: Jamal with love, and Salim with money. In the end, Jamal reunites with his true love and ends up rich in the bargain, and Salim dies, shot down, in a bathtub full of his ill-gotten money.
- Diana Murphy, played by Demi Moore, in Indecent Proposal.
- Perico, Bumbling Sidekick to El Santo in Santo en El Tesoro de Drácula, doesn't seem to be wealthy or greedy, but his outlandish twenty-years-before-its-time dollar sign bling◊ is otherwise pretty inexplicable.
- In Money for Nothing: The Joey Coyle Story, Joey's girlfriend Monica, having realized that Joey is the one who found and made off with the $1.2 million from the armored car, asks him to show her what that much money looks like. The film then cuts to the two of them making love atop a pile of money.
- Emperor Nero in "History of the World Part I": "Treasure bath? TREASURE BATH!"
- The Wolf of Wall Street has Jordan Belfort and his wife Naomi having sex on a bed of money. One shot is framed to hide Naomi so that it looks like Jordan is sleeping with the money itself, seen here◊.
- This is the title character's major flaw in the classic book Silas Marner.
- Discworld's Dwarfs don't love gold. They just say that to get it into bed. Make of that what you will.
- Dwarfs in Warhammer aren't quite as bad, but even Gotrek will forestall his epic quest to get himself killed to go on a treasure hunt. Especially if he can do both by going after treasure someplace dangerous.
- Ella's father, Sir Peter, in Ella Enchanted.
- Smaug from The Hobbit. He rolled around in his treasure hoard for so long that he had precious metals and jewels embedded in his skin, making him Nigh-Invulnerable. Except for one small spot on his chest.
- In John Updike's Rabbit Is Rich, the title character and his wife have sex on a pile of Krugerrands. Rabbit even jokingly sticks one into her vagina like a slot machine. Yes, it's gross and played for laughs.
- Lotus Cloud from Bridge of Birds, although she's a lot pickier than the standard money fetishist. Giving her pearls and jade will cause her to tremble with greed and profess her undying love to you, but giving her anything else like gold or diamonds will only bore her. It's later revealed that her insatiable love of pearls and jade isn't actually rooted in greed, but rooted in how they subconsciously remind her of her true identity — a goddess named Jade Pearl.
- Subverted in Dark Lord of Derkholm. The dragons of the setting all regularly lie on heaps of treasure . . . because dragons require dermal absorption of gold to maintain good health. The dragons end up joining La Résistance because the Big Bad is stealing their treasure and causing their population to sicken.
- The Belgariad: Downplayed with Ce'Nedra, a princess of the Tolnedran Proud Merchant Race. The topic rarely comes up, but when Garion has a considerable fortune in coinage at hand, she relaxes by polishing and sorting the entire thing. He jokes that they should let her at the royal treasury.
- In Monty Python's Flying Circus, the host of "The Money Programme" gets a bit carried away (see here), and provides the page quote.
- Lampshaded in the Malcolm in the Middle episode "Malcolm Babysits" where Malcolm, having money for the first time in his life, rubs it on his face and then asks to camera "Is this as creepy as I think it is?"
- Parker of Leverage, to the point of unnerving her crewmates. When confronted with a shipping crate full of bills, she can't even speak. Of course she didn't speak! She was too busy hugging the pallet full of 100-dollar bills. She still has a money fetish despite the fact that the team's business has made her filthy rich. Given she's a very socially odd thief, it might even be that she has a highly specific Other People's Money Fetish.
- In Angel, Cordelia does get turned on once when a billionaire starts talking finance; also, she can apparently smell it.
Angel: Hide some in the office and watch her. It's uncanny.
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anya seems to have a thing for cash herself. Anya, whilst playing The Game of Life, asked if she could sell her children for more money.
- In Angel, Cordelia does get turned on once when a billionaire starts talking finance; also, she can apparently smell it.
- Supernatural gives us this:
Sam: How do you sleep at night?
Bela: On silk sheets, rolling naked in money.
- On Las Vegas, after Danny sells his car, one suggestion of what he should do with the money was to cash the check out in singles and roll nude in the pile of cash. Danny claims that he has already tried that with the check itself, much to the consternation of the person holding it.
- In The Bill episode Big Eagle Day, two known criminals are discovered with a pile of money and two women. During the investigation, one of the women admits that they did indeed to the bed of banknotes thing. Ultimately it is revealed that they got the money as compensation for being wrongfully arrested and were trying a con to get Sun Hill to also wrongfully arrest them. When signing to retrieve it and suggesting suing Sun Hill also, it turns out that a lot of the money has walked out the door hidden in the clothes of the two women.
- In The L Word, Helena and her lover Catherine win a ton of money playing poker and have sex while gloating over it.
- The Star Trek franchise of course has the Ferengi. For them, money isn't just a fetish, it's a religion. The "Rules of Acquisition" are treated essentially as a holy scripture, and young Ferengi children are taught to memorize all 285 of them. They believe that when a Ferengi dies, if their life was profitable, then they're allowed into the Divine Treasury to meet the Celestial Auctioneers and place bids on new lives. But if their life was not profitable, then they're cast down into the Vault of Eternal Destitution.
- When Danger: Diabolik was featured on the final episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Mike and the bots joked that the first take of the scene involved gold bars, which injured both actors. Crow also criticized the size of the haul. His reasoning: "If he had stolen just a little less, I could see her ass right now!"
- Harry Enfield and Chums: Harry Enfield created a character based entirely around this, a cockney named Loadsamoney who carries around a large wad of cash and constantly brags about how much money he has, but only likes handling cash above anything else.
- 1000 Ways to Die featured a beautiful woman who obviously married her very old husband for his millions of dollars. She had apparently amassed a great deal of coins and cash and rather enjoyed laying on it and playing with it. Unfortunately, while she was doing so one day, there was an Earthquake that caused massive bags of money to fall down on top of her and crush her to death.
- Jake and the Fatman: In "Rhapsody in Blue", a husband and wife pair of murderers/blackmailers are shown lying in post-coital bliss atop the $250,000 in small bills they had extorted from their victim; evidently just having had sex on top of it.
- Dungeons & Dragons borrows from Western mythologies. Dragons of all alignments absolutely love to sleep on a pile of gold coins and other valuables (carapace and all, it's not painful for them). Even the goodest and nicest of dragons aren't immune to avarice. Rumor has it that they also frolic in hoards like hogs do in mud when no-one is watching.
- Harpagon from Molière's The Miser.
- Ben Jonson's Volpone opens with the title character apostrophizing a pile of money:
''O thou son of Sol,
But brighter than thy father, let me kiss,
With adoration, thee, and every relick
Of sacred treasure, in this blessed room...
- However, he goes on to suggest that he gets off on schemes and manipulations even more than on the money itself:
More in the cunning purchase of my wealth
Than in the glad possession.
- Black Friday: Frank Pricely is all but stated to have one, being deeply fixated on selling a lot of toys this Black Friday. While part of it is justified by the fact that he owns a brick-and-mortar toy store (which are very difficult to keep open in the modern era), he also enters the show literally singing an ode to capitalism, and his big song, "Our Doors Are Open," involves a lot of suggestive lyrics and pelvic thrusting.
When our doors are open,
your republic is on the market.
Your net worth is in my back pocket,
and it weighs my pants down.
As our doors first open,
I'm your annual entrepreneur!
Yes, our doors are open...
- In Azure Dreams, Fur loves money, to the point that she asks you for money when you meet her at the swimming pool just because you have the privilege of looking at her body. She will actually take 100g if you let her.
- The Merchant Sheep from Catherine is absolutely obsessed with money, which is why he's willing to accept the Enigma Coins you find lying around as currency in exchange for items. He hopes to use the amassed dream fortune to buy his freedom from the nightmare. It instead leads to his doom the bag gets too heavy and he falls off the tower.
- Robert from Child of Light. He is a businessman after all.
- The Goblins from Clash of Clans love loot. They aim for it when they are available.
- In Cytus II, this is JOE's Fatal Flaw as it leads him to give certain gangs more leeway in their operations for the sake of making some extra cash. It allows the Baro Brotherhood to act on their dangerous ambitions, disrupting the very balance Saxon sought to preserve.
- Zack from Dead or Alive. The only thing other than fame that motivates him to participate in the Dead or Alive Tournaments.
- The Rudinn species from Deltarune. The species' sole love is riches, to the point where a duo of them living in the Card Castle traded away their beds to the Hathys upstairs in exchange for piles of money.
- Greed, the Demon Lord who rules the Treasure Realm in Diablo. According to the lead writer, Brian Kindregan, "Greed is obsessed with all things valuable" to the point that she "takes a bath in all her gold every three hours." Scrooge McDuck himself would be proud!
- Warbucks, a removed character from Don't Starve, gains sanity by keeping Oincs (Hamlet's currency) in his inventory.
- The villain Baron Au'Mydas Bayconn from DragonFable really likes gold.
- Fire Emblem series mascot Anna, while usually being a merchant selling rare and expensive items, is usually not this due to keeping her Secret Shop secret for the sake of it. However the playable Anna in Awakening is said to have "the fattest nest egg" of anyone in the army. Even when she confesses her love to the Avatar, she just says that maybe one day she might love him more than money.
- Heroes Anna at first seemed to be missing this trait like the older versions of Anna, however, this Awakening aspect did appear later on in some of the seasonal event plots. Her money fetish actually helps her resist Plumeria's nectar in Book 4, Chapter 8, when the others (including his sister) succumb and try to seduce Alfonse.
- Fran from Demon Gaze. Running a profitable business if one thing, but she's an absolute skinflint on maintenance and if you want any more than the Dragon Princess Inn's most basic services, you're looking at a sky-high bill. Dragons tend to be touchy about their treasure hoard, after all.
- Fate/EXTRA CCC: Rin Tousaka, naturally. The game takes pains to point out that it's the money itself that she likes, not the luxuries she could buy with it, and explicitly calls it a fetish of hers.
- In Fairy Fencer F, Lola repeatedly states that she loves money multiple times. She loves even the smell of money, as well as hearing coins clink. And it shows with her progressively expensive wares and her attempts at getting people to buy them.
- Million Gunman from No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, a pastiche of Bond villains who's fought in a bank, fights with guns that shoot coins, and during his boss fight never shuts up about how much he loves money.
- In Octopath Traveler, most of the protagonists have emotional goals like avenging their dead father or completing a religious ritual. Tressa just really wants money, so one day she gets up, tells her parents she's leaving home, and walks halfway across the world to set up shop.
- Komachi Oba of Sakura Wars (2019) frequently loves money since she works as a gift shop vendor for the Imperial Revue.
- In SINoALICE, Aladdin is absolutely obsessed with money, believing that everything in the world can be obtained with enough money and desires to gain more wealth. When confronted with a problem in the story, his first instinct is to throw money at it, and considers it to be the most valuable thing in the world.
- Penelope in Sly Cooper loves money more than anything. In fact, this is implied that the only reason why she joined the Cooper Gang is to steal the wealth of the Cooper Vault, worth about billions. Dr. M quashed that, so she instead turned to Bentley's skills to make a fortune in weapon designs. But her greed, paranoia and jealousy consume her, turning Penelope into a cold-blooded villain and ruining her shot at wealth when Bentley dumps her for trying to murder his friends.
- Moneybags in the Spyro the Dragon games is a slimeball bear who's obsessed with gems, and spends his entire time following Spyro and charging him to open doors, learn new skills, or free imprisoned folk (who attack him right away). He never gets to keep them, either; in Avalar, Elora forces Moneybags to hand back the gems to Spyro as an reward for defeating Ripto; in the Forgotten Realms, Moneybags is attacked by Spyro when he intends to sell a dragon egg back in Avalar, causing him to lose all the gems as well as the egg. Moneybags does eventually have a HeelFace Turn and become a professional shopkeeper, though his greed remains.
- Simon Greedwell, the first boss of Sunset Riders, who's last words are "Bury me with my money."
- Wario defines this in both the Wario Land and WarioWare series.
- World of Warcraft has the goblins, which have been described as "the Ferengi of Azeroth." It's commonly said that they will sell their own mother if the price is right.
- Cabbage from Cucumber Quest. The acquirement of more and more wealth seems to be his sole motivation for existing. Gigi even (reluctantly) drew a sketch for a fan of Cabbage sleeping with a body pillow, itself printed with a drawing of himself hugging a 100-dollar bill.
- The Order of the Stick: Haley Starshine obsessively shines every gold piece she owns, and once swims through a Dragon Hoard — and losing her share of the treasure pile inflicts such mental trauma that she speaks in cryptograms for a time.note She has jokingly (or not?) explained that she's a half-dragon. She has also considered a more physical version of this trope.
- Kharisma, from Something*Positive, partly through being a Rich Bitch who lost the "rich" part. She even sleeps with the awful Avogadro once she sees him as his fortune and not his physically horrifying (everything sagging, falling off or harbouring illnesses) body.
- In Exiern, Tiffany once got an orgasm just from seeing a vault full of gold.
- One piece of Gaia Online art has the moneygrubbing Nicolae posing naked in a wooden tub full of money. It can be found on his character profile and as a buyable background for your Aquarium (Cash only).
- In the French webfiction Les Aventures de Morgoth, the titular mage with an Unfortunate Name has an Elf girlfriend who likes filling her bed with gold before sleep. It's actually foreshadowing that she's a polymorphed dragon.
- SCP Foundation: SCP-261 (a sentient Japanese vending machine):
- It was once photographed by SCP-978 (a camera that shows the desires of those photographed in its pictures). It showed SCP-261 half-way buried in yen coins.
- SCP-261 also becomes extremely hostile when people attempt to use counterfeit money or the coin-on-a-string trick or don't insert money, one time dispensing a live grenade in retaliation.
- This post by The Comics Curmudgeon argues that due to the value of spices in The Dung Ages the included Hägar the Horrible strip where Hagar and Helga spice up their love life with black pepper, ginger and cloves is a Cultural Translation of this trope.
- Mort from All Hail King Julien has one of these when Julien invents money, but this seems to be attributed solely to the fact that the money has Julien's image printed on it.
- Eustace Bagge from Courage the Cowardly Dog is often convinced to help Courage's Rogues Gallery for money; he ever bathes in cash.
- Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy. There were plenty of times that his scams would have been highly successful if he wasn't so obsessed with getting every possible cent out of the neighborhood kids. This obsession frequently ended his plans, and those of the other Eds, to the point that Eddy became The Millstone of the trio. The series finale movie actually features this as a plot point, going to explain Eddy's extremely self-destructive behavior.
- Mr. Krabs from SpongeBob SquarePants is stingy, mainly due to this trope. Heck, in the prehistoric episode, his cry was a constant "Money, money, money,..." The crab has regular money baths and showers, he cries in pain if a dollar is put in a blender, he sticks his claw in a sink and loses his arm to retrieve a dime, and he has, at least once, had a romantic dinner with a pile of bills. And he dreams about catching a giant Moby Dick-esque dollar bill. Not to mention this bit. Hell, SpongeBob, of all people, points this out in the episode "Plankton's Good Eye":
Mr. Krabs: The green stuff, you know, money!
SpongeBob: Oh, you mean your obsession?
Mr. Krabs: Obsession is such a strong word.
[Mr. Krabs opens his safe, tucks a stack of bills in a little bed and pours it a tiny glass of milk that he sets on a little nightstand]
- In an episode of King of the Hill, Khan made a lot of money—all in quarters—via ownership of a DIY carwash, and he and Minh dumped it on their bed and rolled around in it.
- The Simpsons:
- It appears in one episode as Homer's fantasy — the one where Homer loses the family's money investing in motion capture technology.
- In another episode, upon hearing of a scheme to become "moderately wealthy", Homer imagines himself rolling around on a small pile of money, shouting, "I'm sort of rich! I can rent anything I want!"
- From "A Star is Burns":
Jay Sherman: [contemptuous] How do you sleep at night?
Rainer Wolfcastle: On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.
- Futurama, "Into The Wild Green Yonder", Professor Farnsworth dances naked in a swirling vat of cash.
- Money was the motivation for everything Cousin Mel did in Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.
- Kaz Harada from Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi can definitely count as one of these. He's obsessed with money to the point that he's always coming up with new ways he can make Ami and Yumi more profitable.
- Aunt Figg and Lickboot in Tom and Jerry: The Movie. They even have a whole musical number about how much they love money.
Lickboot: We've got to have... moneyyyyy!
- Looney Tunes:
- In South Park, Cartman has this reaction after winning a bet with Kyle, having the cash converted into ever-smaller denominations so he can enjoy its increased mass (loudly, in front of Kyle). This includes wallowing in a kiddie-pool full of quarters. However, it was revealed that he was more interested in annoying Kyle. As soon as Kyle stopped getting annoyed Cartman stormed off leaving the money behind.
- Skwisgaar from Metalocalypse seems to literally have this trait:
"So fucking expensive that it makes me horny."
- Ruel, and his entire race of Enutrof from Wakfu. Though his race's name backwards is Fortune.
- Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales (1987) literally swims in money on a regular basis, and his most treasured possession is his #1 Dime.
- Peter Griffin wins the lottery on Family Guy and has a vault built containing a large amount of gold coins. When he tries to dive into it, a la Scrooge McDuck, he lands bloodily and twisted, screaming "Aaaaagghh! It's not a liquid! It's a great many pieces of solid matter that form a hard floor-like surface! Aaaaaaagh!"
- Gorgonzola from Chowder. After he starts earning a fortune as Chowder's manager in "Toots", he is seen rubbing money all over his face while cackling gleefully.
- Grunkle Stan from Gravity Falls. Apparently his life's dream is simply "to possess money". In "Boss Mabel" he imagines that a family going to the Mystery Shack are sentient wallets, one of whom gets car-sick and pukes out coins. It's part of his Freudian Excuse; Stan was disowned by his father after messing up an invention of his brother, Ford, that could have gotten the latter into a prestigious college. The last thing his father said to him was to not come back until he remade the millions they would have skimmed off Ford's success.
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law has this with Phil Ken Sebben, the president of Sebben & Sebben. During the episode "Employee Orientation", it opens on him sitting in a personal jet, the back half of which is filled to the ceiling with money he is counting:
Phil: Oh hello! I didn't see you there, I was counting money. Sometimes I stay up thirteen-fourteen hours a day and I still can't keep up! Ever get a papercut from a $7,000 bill? Doesn't tickle.
- In The Beatles cartoon "We Can Work It Out," Hollywood soothsayer Mr. Lucky Wizard doesn't read palms or the bumps on heads. He reads money.
- Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: In "Sorcerer Snacks Scare", Beverly is seen bathing in money. Daphne comments that it cannot be called "money bath" when one uses fifty-dollar bills.
- Real Life example (well, if you believe what some not-so-friendly biographer says): the original Caligula, in addition to being a generally greedy bastard, eventually started doing things like walking on piles of coins and even wallowing in them just for that special feeling of gold.
- A milder example would be scripophilia, which is not, in fact, a sexual perversion: it's the technical term for collecting old paper money and financial certificates, a branch of the wider field of Numismatics, which is all about the study and collection of coins, banknotes and other financial goods. Nineteenth-century railroad bonds and such were often very elaborate pieces of engraving and quite aesthetically pleasing to people who like that sort of thing.
- Hal Needham lived with Burt Reynolds for a while between marriages. After his earliest directorial projects were successful, he put together $100,000 in cash and gave it to Reynolds as payment for his hospitality. As Needham was leaving, he turned around to see Burt rolling around in the cash - as his business manager handled his monetary affairs, Burt hadn't actually seen how much money $100,000 was before.
- Inverted by the practice of "financial domination". It turns out some people get off on seeing someone else spend all their money. Rule 34 is truly universal.