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Scrooge McDuck takes a swim in his literally liquid assets.
"Aaahhh! IT'S NOT A LIQUID!! It's a great many pieces of solid matter that form a hard, floor-like surface! Aaahhh!"

The greedy character finally has his desired fortune piled under his feet, he couldn't be any more glad. So how does he enjoy this moment? He dives into the pile and gleefully swims around like it was the best swimming pool ever, or rest on it like you would while floating peacefully. Furthermore, the mass of gold, gems and other assorted valuables will behave like a fluid in other scenarios, flowing out of holes like water and possibly even being subject to waves on its surface.

As the page quote demonstrates, pooling together large quantities of small, solid material won't magically give it the properties of a liquid, as anyone who's ever laid down on sand at the beach can tell you. In fact, diving into a pool of gold coins won't be much different from diving into a giant solid block of gold. Likewise, you still wouldn't be able to swim through a vast amount of coins even if you stood inside an empty container then had the coins poured in; the heavy mass of currency moving around your legs would make it difficult to even walk around. But, you can't let a little thing like physics get in the way of demonstrating a perfect example of just how wealthy a character can be. The effect can also be achieved (much more realistically) with dollars/bills, which are softer and, when pooled together, much more malleable (though you may run the risk of a few papercuts depending on how crisp the bill are).

It doesn't have to be actual currency; it could be jewels, treasures, some valuable fluid or pretty much anything the character wants.

Subtrope of Conspicuous Consumption. May overlap with Money Fetish and Sand Is Water. Often a part of an If I Were a Rich Man fantasy.

Not to be confused with Liquid Assets, or with the standard usage of "pooling" funds, that is, raising them among a group of people to be distributed in case of some emergency, or as a prize. See also Dragon Hoard.


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  • Cryptoland: The De-Stress Room is full of coins. Christopher takes the opportunity to swim in it.

    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In the Hellboy story "Box Full of Evil", one of the people opening the titular box demands from the demon within "Enough gold to lie down in and a gold crown upon my head." He gets it sort of. The demon tells him that the treasure he seeks is already hidden within a wall of the castle, then possesses his sister and turns him into a monkey. At the end of the story, he's killed by being thrown though a wall, lands on top of a large pile of money, and a crown falls on his head.
  • Larfleeze, leader of the Orange Lantern Corps, swims in a pile of collected orange power rings.
  • Scrooge McDuck of the Disney Ducks Comic Universe is probably the best-known example, as well as the page image. This originated in the comics but is probably most well-known because of his animated incarnation in DuckTales (1987). At times in the comics, there are even things that happen (or don't happen) to Scrooge because swimming in coins made his pores covered in metal.
    "I dive around in it like a porpoise! And I burrow through it like a gopher! And I toss it up and let it hit me on the head!"
    • Lampshaded in that Donald Duck and his nephews will occasionally try it, and break their heads on the metal (the first time they saw him do it, they feared for his sanity/health). Scrooge even managed to trick the Beagle Boys into trying this in Only a Poor Old Man, the first comic with Scrooge as protagonist. And then when he had to prove his identity against a doppelganger, he used this ability to do so, noting that it took him years of practice to be able to do it.
    • In some stories, Donald can also do this, thanks to observing Scrooge doing it all day. He's nowhere as proficient as his uncle, however.
    • Also, it only works with money, even for Scrooge. While diving around in his cash-filled train wagons in the second-to-last album of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, he comes to an abrupt halt on a pile of coals.
    • In one story, they actually turn the vault into a tourist attraction, with people taking rowboats onto the gold.
    • In another story Rockerduck had built his own money bin and started a competition on who could build the best one. Eventually Scrooge grew tired of the competition and pulled this with Rockerduck's money in front of witnesses, forcing him to try it himself... And then put his cash back in the banks and destroy his own money bin after cracking his head and nearly drowning in the cash before Scrooge saved him. Points for actually coming close to pull it off, though.
    • Subverted in The Last Lord of Eldorado. After having found a pile of coins on a treasure cruise, Scrooge tries to dive into it. Instead he cracks his head because the coins were fused together after spending hundreds of years on the bottom of the sea.
    • Of course it's Depending on the Writer, but according to the Don Rosa continuity, that money piled up in the bin is nowhere near Scrooge's entire fortune, just what he made personally before (briefly) retiring. Most of his assets are (unsurprisingly) spread out over his global business empire—having a swimming pool of coins is just sentimentality.
  • Expect Richie Rich's Aunt Noovo or some rich relative of his to be swimming in a pool of money.
  • Referenced in All-New Wolverine. Multiple characters with healing factors are gathered to cure a plague, with Deadpool specifically mentioning that he wants enough money to fill a pool. Gabby tries to point out that this won't actually work.
  • At the end of a Simpsons comic story which had been one huge parody of DuckTales (1987), Burns attempts this with a room filled with all the treasure he'd collected in the story. He ends up in a full-body cast afterwards.
  • In Ziggy Pig - Silly Seal Comics, Silly Seal has a vault full of money that he swims in, serving as a Shout-Out to Scrooge McDuck.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Subverted in Saw II with the dirty needle trap. Despite summaries suggesting that Amanda was wading through a pool of used hypodermic needles, it's more like a level ground surface that she's just sifting through.
  • According to the Studio 54 movie, Steve Rubell would take his nightclub's receipts home in cash, dump it on his bed, and roll around it. Then he'd likely throw up.
  • In Oz the Great and Powerful, Oscar jumps into and rolls around in a huge pile of gold coins in the royal treasury at the Emerald City.
  • In silent short film The Mystery of the Leaping Fish, the bad guy literally sleeps on a pile of money.
  • In The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan and his wife have sex atop some money spread on their bed. (the actors apparently had lots of paper cuts that day)
  • Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug slithers through his immense hoard as if it were lightly-packed sand. This may be more justified than most examples given his tremendous size, and corresponding weight and strength, compared to Bilbo, who generally has little issue standing and climbing on it.
    • Later dwarves try to kill him by dousing him with liquid gold. They fail, and he emerges from the resulting pool with a fabulous golden plating.
  • A variant in The Dark Knight has the Joker build a giant pile out of the money he extorted from the mob. He then slides down it like it was a hill of snow. Rather than Conspicuous Consumption, it's a sign of just how little money means to him.

  • In the SF novel Rocheworld, a multimillionaire discovers she's been selected for a one-way interstellar expedition. Since she'll never need money again, she instructs her broker to liquidate everything into cash. She also contacts the owner of a staggeringly rare gold coin, and arranges to purchase it for a number equal to her approximate net worth. He shows up at a warehouse with the coin in a protective briefcase, expecting a check or similar. She emerges from the warehouse adjusting her clothes, and says, "Don't try to swim in the bills. Paper cuts." She then puts the coin in her pocket, walks away, and takes it with her when she leaves the Solar System.
  • In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, a book in C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia series, Eustace sleeps on the money of a dragon's hoard, and this winds up turning him into a dragon.
  • In the Magic: The Gathering novel Scourge, Kuberr and anyone near him can swim through a pile of coins because of his control over gold.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Queen of the Black Coast", Belit does this.
    With a cry Belît dropped to her knees among the bloodstained rubble on the brink and thrust her white arms shoulder-deep into that pool of splendor.
  • The Clark Ashton Smith story "The Weird of Avoosl Wuthoqquan" has this, although the titular greedy merchant discovers all too late that a huge pit of jewels is less like water and more like quicksand.
  • In the Gotrek & Felix novel Dragonslayer, one of the Dwarf Slayers succumbs to Gold Fever in the middle of the fight with the Dragon and dives into its hoard. He's later crushed under the Dragon, with several coins embedded into his corpse by the weight.
  • In Brandon Sanderson's The Stormlight Archive, Shadesmar, the Cognitive Realm Refection of Roshar, features seas of glass beads, with embedded crystals in them. These seas have to be navigated as if they were an actual liquid. In the Physical Realm, glass beads filled with polished gemstones are the most usual form of currency, and have been since Time Immemorial.
  • In Dear Dumb Diary, Jamie has an Imagine Spot of Angeline, a girl she hates for no reason, taking a bath in pure money, complete with hot and cold running diamonds, jewel-encrusted soap and a "rug of extraordinary fluffiness".

    Live-Action TV 
  • A Dutch lottery show once had a game where people were standing knee deep in a big tank of coins and had one minute to grab as much coins as they could and stuff it into their pockets (in overalls covered with pockets). And yes, they could keep it too.
    • Similarly, in the UK in The '90s, Noel's House Party featured "Grab A Grand" in which the contestant was placed in a wind chamber full of banknotes with the goal of collecting £1000 in a minute.
  • Alluded to in How I Met Your Mother when Marshall jokes with his loan officer about getting the loan in singles so he can fill up a swimming pool and dive through it.
  • In Breaking Bad, when Huell and Kuby are sent to pick up a huge pile of cash, Huell refuses to do any heavy lifting until he's had the chance to lie down on it for a few minutes.
    Huell: I gotta do it, man. [lies down]
    Kuby: We are here to do a job, not channel Scrooge McDuck! [...] Ah, screw it. [joins him]
  • On Family Ties, Alex lands a job with a financial firm by telling the interviewer he loves money so much that he's rolled around naked in it.
  • In one segment of an episode of 1000 Ways to Die, was about a woman who spent her days frolicking in the cash she embezzled from her rich husband. One day an earthquake strikes and multiple bags of money fall on top of her, suffocating her.
  • In one episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Salem the cat has money brought to him in singles for the express purpose of rolling around on it.
    Salem: I'm rich! Rich, I tell you!
    Hilda: Salem, it's only a few hundred dollars.
    Salem: I'm well-off! Well-off, I tell you!
  • Elementary: One victim of the week steals a ton of money from a drug dealer and is later found dead having laid down to sleep on it, causing Marcus to describe him as "pulling a Scrooge McDuck".
    Joan: Think your father, but as a duck.
  • In an Earboy sketch from All That, Ross Perot bathes in a tub of money.
  • Ghosts (US): When a vault is discovered under Woodstone, Jay talks about diving into gold coins like Scrooge McDuck.

  • Done frequently in the animations for Monopoly.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In one episode of Dinosaurs, after Earl wins a lawsuit, he has enough money to fill a swimming pool.
  • A sketch from Les Guignols de l'Info has then-French President Jacques Chirac (wearing an Old-Timey Bathing Suit) swim into a pool filled with franc bills from his numerous embezzling. He invites his wife Bernadette to join him now, because after the change to euros the pool will not be as deep.

  • Results in a Surprisingly Realistic Outcome for the Storyteller in the final episode of Season 4 of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme.
    Storyteller: It took place in the spring of 1908, a year which found me even more than usually rich. As a result I took time off from diving into my swimming pool full of gold florins to recover from the various head injuries thus sustained.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Western Paladin in the Magic: The Gathering card Greed does this.
  • This is considered standard behavior for dragons in Dungeons & Dragons. One book devoted to them, the Draconomicon, points out how improbable this is considering the volume of the coins and the size of most dragons (even taking into consideration that they are typically three times as rich as monsters of the same power level). The book even mentions that some dragons will convert their treasure into smaller denominations just to make wallowing in their wealth more practical.

    Video Games 
  • If you watch the Orkz' Pile O' Gunz in Dawn of War long enough, a gretchin will take a dip in it this way.
  • In the Updated Re-release of the DuckTales game, you can swim around in Scrooge's money vault. The Steam and PlayStation 3 versions even award an achievement/trophy for doing it.
  • The Fallen London fangame Rat Sending Simulator 2kXX contains an area called Gold Zone. Naturally, you get an option to try diving into the gold, but...
    If there were an onomatopoeia for an unwise tourist slamming face-first into a giant pile of gold, that'd be it. You obtain nothing more than a headache and regrets.
  • Fallout 4: If Deacon is with the player while they're getting rewarded bottle caps (the Wasteland equivalent of money) for a job well done, he'll reference this sometimes:
    Deacon: You ever wanna fill a bathtub with caps?
  • Mog speaks of doing this once the party resolves the paradox in the Bresha Ruins in Final Fantasy XIII-2 but the prize turns out to be a coupon good for free toilet paper.
  • In Hi-Fi RUSH, the third phase of Roquefort's boss fight takes place within the Vandelay company's vault, which is filled to the brim with coins, gold bars and even statues. Roquefort can even swim within the pile of coins to try and catch Chai off-guard (which can be used against him by dodging the attack and making him dive head-first into a statue, briefly stunning him for Chai to whale on). He eventually meets his end when he ends up getting Buried Alive beneath quarter three's earnings.
  • Leprechaun 1982: When the Player Character reaches the pot of gold, he dives in.
  • The opening animated cinematic of Persona 5 Royal includes a scene where the Phantom Thieves treat a pile of jewels as if it was snow, with Joker letting himself fall backwards into the solid, pointy gems while the others playfully throw them at each other like snowballs.
  • In the prologue of Retro City Rampage, the StoogeMac Bank has a pool vault, complete with a "No Diving" sign.
  • Smite: Fafnir, a very greedy dwarven prince that turns into a dragon, is amongst the roster. If he wins the match, his victory animation involves taking a dip in his Dragon Hoard, swimming there and turning into a dragon in the middle of the swim to enjoy his hoard.
  • In Super Castlevania IV's Block 9, you go through the treasury, which at several points have piles of gold. You can sink into the gold, and completely submerging yourself in it has the same effect as submerging yourself in water.
  • WarioWare Gold: Wario at one point takes a bath in a tub filled with gold coins.
  • One of the playable characters in Yakuza 4, Akiyama, runs a loan business. One family takes advantage of his loan in order to fill a hot tub with bills and lounge in it naked.


    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner: Homestar is shown bathing in a tub of gold coins while singing the DuckTales theme in an easter egg for the toon "Ever and More"
  • CollegeHumor: Deconstructed in this parody video, where Scrooge McDuck from DuckTales (1987) accidentally breaks all of his bones after jumping into his pool of money, resulting in him being immediately rushed to the hospital where he then dies. A funeral is held for him, where he is buried with all of his money, and as a result his grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie go crazy over their granduncle's death and end up in prison, their uncle (and Scrooge's nephew) Donald Duck becoming very angry with them and refuses to pay their "duck bail", before finally going bankrupt and committing suicide.
    DuckTales! (Whoo-hoo!)
    Get to the ER before his brain swells! (Uh-oh!)
    Stabilize his neck, Oh, no! His heart failed!
    Book a funeral, time for mourning
    Happened so fast without warning
    This peaceful bird's now a duck angel! (Uh-oh!)
    Kids can't cope and wind up in a duck jail! (Uh-oh!)
    Donald's pissed and he refused to pay the duck bail! (Uh-oh!)
    Family falls apart, now there's no more DuckTales! (Boo-hoo!)

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    Western Animation 
  • Scrooge McDuck of DuckTales (1987) does this as his main pastime. See the comics section for more information.
  • On SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward does this on a pile of Krabby Patties after he becomes addicted to them.
    • Mr. Krabs does this with money, and in one episode, a vault full of diamonds.
  • On South Park, Cartman proves Kyle wrong and wins money in the process, so he turns it into change and makes a swimming pool out of it so Kyle can see him swim in it.
  • Daffy Duck does this with piles of gold coins in the Looney Tunes short Ali Baba Bunny starting at 2:15.
  • Subverted on The Simpsons when Homer is told he could become a "moderately wealthy man" and has a daydream of rolling around in not quite enough cash. Daydream Homer commented that, as a "moderately wealthy man", he could rent anything he wanted.
    • And the simulation of Thomas Edison's heirs, after the discovery of his six-legged chair.
    • Exaggerated in "Behind the Laughter": as the success of the Simpsons merchandise makes the family exceedingly rich, not only are the five of them seen rolling around in their wads of cash, but so is Santa's Little Helper, Snowball II and their rarely seen fish is happily flopping around in it just outside of its bowl.
  • Deconstructed in a Cutaway Gag on Family Guy. Peter jumps into one of these after hitting the lottery and winds up bloody with bones sticking out. It turns out that gold is quite dense, so even though it's malleable, you don't want to jump into a pile of it.
  • In the Title Sequence of The Raccoons, Cyril Sneer is seen lounging in his vault with piles of gold similar to Scrooge McDuck's.
  • In The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow, Gutsy lies down on top of a big patch of smurfberries that he found Brainy picking his smurfberries from after he scared Brainy away, looking like he's doing the backstroke.
  • In Clarence, the titular character swims in a vault full of his homemade "Clarence Dolars" during a Dream Sequence in the episode "Clarence's Millions", complete with music that parodies the DuckTales theme song.
  • The very first episode of Mysticons has Piper try taking a plunge into the heaps of coins of the Royal Treasury. "Try" being the operative word; she smacks face-first into the unyielding metal.
  • Teen Titans Go!:
  • In an episode of Steven Universe, Steven trades a copying wand to Onion for a hard-to-find collectible figure. Onion proceeds to abuse this power and floods the beach with capsules of more figures. Amethyst asks Steven how to move though the pile, and Steven references Scrooge McDuck's trick:
    Amethyst: How do you much in this stuff?
    Steven: Try and act like a rich duck.
    Amethyst: What does that mean?
  • In the "Robbin Juice of Sherweird Forest" episode of Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice relieves the royal accountant of all the gold coins he's carrying. He is then seen diving off a springboard into a large swimming pool full of said coins and doing the "buckstroke" (backstroke) as Flubbo calls it.
  • Played straight and then subverted in Miraculous Ladybug. The villain Moolak turns people into gold coins and stores them inside his flying safe, where he is also hiding. Moolak isn't affected by all the coins he's swimming in, but when Pegasus attempts to teleport inside the safe, he simply runs into a solid wall of coins.

    Real Life 
  • A waiter at the London Hilton discovered hugely-talented-but-wasted N.I. footballer George Best one morning, on a bed covered with both cash (won at gambling) and the newly-crowned Miss World (1974 Miss USA Marjorie Wallace). The waiter asked: "George, where did it all go wrong?"
  • Hank Williams, a country music singer, after finally getting out of the poverty that plagued him for much of his life, did this when his first hit record sold a million dollars.
  • If you wanted to do this with dollar bills (bills are probably the way to go to not be injured, save maybe paper cuts), you'd need about 335,000 if you wanted to a fill a standard-sized bathtub, according to this. Even if you only filled it halfway in order to swim a little, you'd still need about $167,500 to fill it halfway if you used U.S. one dollar bills.
  • In 2017, to promote the release of DuckTales (2017), one of the attractions at the the D23 Expo was a recreation of Scrooge McDuck's vault in the form of a pit filled with giant gold foam coins that visitors could (safely!) jump into.


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After Lucy and Ben blow up the UFO, the explosion blows them into their house, where they watch the destruction they caused. Lucy asks if was it really worth it, and Ben posts a cat video, which makes the computer blast out thousands of dollars.

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