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Basic Trope: The rich woman who embodies many negative personality stereotypes about both the upper class and the female sex.

  • Straight: Alexis, who comes from a long line of aristocrats in all but title, speaks rudely to everyone around her, is focused on gaining and showing off her wealth, and has no empathy for the problems of those who are less privileged than herself.
  • Exaggerated: As above, and she has also gotten away with murder—in a case that went to trial—by means of Screw the Rules, I Have Money!.
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  • Downplayed: Alexis is spoiled, constantly demanding things and complaining when she doesn't get what she wants, but she shows compassion for other people and tends to be more patient when waiting for somebody to come instead of something.
  • Justified:
    • She lives in a time and place where the class struggle between rich and poor demands this. If a member of the ruling class didn't act like this, they would be perceived as weak.
    • Alexis is a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
    • Alexis got rich as a mob boss.
    • Alexis's parents spoiled her, so she thinks she's better than everyone else and is entitled to whatever she wants.
  • Inverted:
    • The Spoiled Sweet rich girl who is friendly to all.
    • Alexis is poor, but very nice.
    • Alexis is poor and a very unpleasant and rude person.
  • Subverted: Alexis seems to be a Rich Bitch at first, but is really a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
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  • Double Subverted: She was merely pretending to be nice for PR reasons, her actual tendencies actually are towards rudeness.
  • Parodied: Alexis was perfectly nice before she bought a winning lottery ticket, but even before cashing her ticket, she goes from, well, "zero to bitchy in 60 seconds."
  • Zig Zagged: It varies whether every rich character is mean and those who are depicted negatively may or may not have redeeming qualities.
  • Averted:
    • Alexis is rich, but doesn't have a particularly negative personality.
    • Alexis is a total bitch but doesn't have a particularly large sum of money to her name.
  • Enforced: The creators make a wealthy character unpleasant because they have a beef against the wealthy or because they know that the "uppity and selfish socialite" is an acceptable target.
  • Lampshaded: "Could you just go away? My jewels can't shine in all their perfect glory when insignificant people are around. Thank you."
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  • Invoked: The Gold Digger acts like a Rich Bitch not because of any inclinations toward malice, but because she believes that it's necessary for success at fitting in with the other rich people and defeating any kind of rival.
  • Exploited: A con artist looks out for spoiled, nasty women - they have money to be taken from them, and the heroes are less likely to report or investigate the crime as they'll just see it as her comeuppance.
  • Defied: Alexis believes that there's no point in impressing people with her wealth if they actually hate her guts, and therefore she makes sure to treat everyone with respect.
  • Discussed: "Whoa, the senator's daughter blew a fuse when the waiter didn't get her order just the way she wanted it. What a surprise."
  • Conversed: "The rich people on all these TV shows are total bitches and assholes, but is that really what the rich are like? It's something of an open question."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alexis decides to try her hand at being a businesswoman rather than a socialite, but discovers that it's not contemptuousness but efficiency that makes a great executive, corrupt or otherwise.
    • Alexis's Rich Bitch attitude causes her to become Lonely at the Top since nobody wants to talk to her.
  • Reconstructed: But even so, she's the CEO's wife, so the other executives have to deal with the situation without firing her or doing anything else that would hurt her feelings.

"You there, peasant, could you go and look Rich Bitch for me, and find out who named it? I wish to punish them."

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