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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In the 1994 movie, Ferguson probably feels unappreciated with his service, as shown when Cadbury threatens him for manhandling Richie. Hence why Ferguson is willing to serve Van Dough.
    • According to Occupy Richie Rich, Richie Rich is a depraved, creepy sociopath who uses his friends purely for an audience to his ostentatious displays of wealth, wishes to replace the working class with robots, has a large research branch solely focused in fusing animal and plant life with various types of money (and is a genetic monstrosity himself à la T-1000), and has an obsession with money puns which borders on the pathological.
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  • Epileptic Trees: Bart and Lisa Simpson postulate that Casper is the ghost of Richie Rich, based on their similar appearances; Lisa thinks Richie committed suicide when he realized how hollow the pursuit of money is.
  • Fridge Brilliance: While it may seem on the surface that having a McDonald's franchise in the house is a largely unnecessary excess, the Riches' many servants and the employees of the science lab on grounds are likely grateful.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In the 1994 film, jokes about the U.S. President looking for a loan aren't very funny in light of the Economic bailouts during the 2007 recession. One of said jokes has Mr. Rich telling the President "when a country spends more than it earns, it goes into debt", with the latter looking utterly perplexed by this. Again, pretty uncomfortable with sovereign debt crises all around the world.
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    • Cadbury's "they're probably not even vaccinated!" comment seems a little less overtly paranoid after anti-vaccination stances entered the public eye in The New '10s.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: At first glance, the very thought of the Robobee invention can be viewed as being pretty silly. Jump ahead to more recent years, and suddenly, the Robobee invention starts looking like a genuine necessity due to the bee population dropping to the point of being considered an endangered species.
  • Mondegreen: "MAYAN VENGEANCE!!" note 
  • Moral Event Horizon: When Van Dough finds out mountain doesn't have the Rich's money stored in it, he loses it and tries to kill the Rich family, pretty much just For the Evulz.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The molecular reorganizer in the movie.
    • The 'Dad Link' for the brief moment that the eye pupils of the virtual face get bigger.
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  • Robo Ship: Irona seems awfully attached to Richie.
  • Tear Jerker: From the movie when Richie hears that his parents' plane has gone down. He uses the 'Dad Link' to try and find his father. Nothing. He tries it again with boosted power and the computer eventually informs him 'Dad not found'. Over and over again.
    • Also, when he looks at his window to see his employees leaving, because Van Dough fired them, after Cadbury was arrested.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The business school for rich kids only appears for one scene in the film. Overall, the only purpose the scene serves is to make it clear to the viewers that Richie is unable to properly hang out with other rich kids as friends after school. One does have to wonder though how different this movie would have turned out if the film focused more on the business school setting of Richie's life rather than going the "rich kid befriends normal kids" route.
  • Toy Ship: Richie and Gloria
  • Uncanny Valley: The 'Dad Link' -from the movie- is basically a computer with a virtual face that resembles Professor Keenbean.
  • Values Dissonance: As pointed out by The Nostalgia Critic, Occupy Richie Rich and We Hate Movies, a series entirely built around ostentatious wealth which is spent in conspicuous, frivolous ways isn't quite as amusing in times of economic crisis when many people are out of work or struggling just to get by. This is also a possible factor in the Netflix reboot flopping.
  • Vindicated by History: In light of the poorly received Netflix reboot, some people have began looking at the 1994 film a bit more fairly, saying that while the Richie of that film was still pretty spoiled and stereotypical, at least he showed some vulnerabilities.
  • What an Idiot!: When Richie shows up at a baseball field to try to make some normal friends, Gloria, Omar, Pee Wee, and Tony never piece it together the possible future benefits of befriending a rich kid. While it's a bit unfair to criticize them given that they're only young kids who don't know better, it still comes off like a moment where they're throwing away a winning lottery ticket.
    • Van Dough's honest belief that the Riches store all their valuables in a small mountain-sized vault also fits. Being a businessman himself (despite being no CEO), he should know that money doesn't multiply via interest rates if it's locked in a safe.
  • The Woobie: Despite being the "Richest Kid in the World", Richie is unhappy with his life. Mostly because he has no real friends. His classmates in school are always too busy and find Richie odd for wanting to "hang out" like "normal kids". He tried to make friends with regular kids, but at first they tell him he doesn't "belong".
  • Woolseyism: In the French dub, Van Dough's line "Thank you, Beavis and Butt-Head" is replaced with "Looks like Homer and Marge." Which works a lot better.

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