A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted/Playing With

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  • Basic Trope: A character comes into money, only to lose it all shortly thereafter.
  • Played Straight: Bob wins the lottery, but makes a poor investment choice and loses most of the money a month later.
  • Exaggerated: Bob wins the lottery, and buys a huge mansion in a gated community and two luxury cars, plus a yacht. He's bankrupt 24 hours after winning the lottery.
  • Downplayed: Bob gets a minor windfall and spends it on a vacation rather than place it in a savings account.
  • Justified: Bob has never been wealthy before, so he has no idea how to manage large sums of money.
  • Inverted: Bob earns his money little by little.
    • Bob consults a financial expert as soon as he learns he won -- before he claims the prize, even. He sets up a trust to contain it and doesn't touch a cent of it, but invests and only uses the interest.
  • Subverted: Bob loses some money in the stock market, but then earns some money on another investment.
  • Double Subverted: Not enough to break even, though.
  • Deconstructed: Bob loses his money because he doesn't know how to handle it. He assumes he can afford fancy things, which may not actually be the case.
  • Reconstructed: Bob does not waste money on luxury items, and learns to make smart choices regarding where to put the money.
  • Parodied: See "Exaggerated"
  • Lampshaded: "I had it, then I lost it."
  • Zig Zagged: Bob wins the lottery, but loses money in the stock market that he invested the money in. Then his stocks recover, and he's rich again. This happens repeatedly.
  • Averted: Bob does not become rich.
    • Bob gets rich but doesn't lose the money.
  • Enforced: An Aesop about wish fulfillment.
  • Invoked: Bob invests his lottery winnings in the stock market during rough economic times, without really knowing what he's doing.
  • Defied: Bob learns to manage his money effectively and gets himself a good and reputable financial advisor. Because of his money-managing skills, he keeps the money and increases his wealth further.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob is berated by Alice for wasting their money on stupid things.
  • Played For Drama: Alice leaves Bob for his wastefulness.
  • Discussed: "So, I hear Bob lost everything when the market crashed..."
  • Conversed: "You gotta be careful with money."