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For some reason, sibling series Proletariat Pete didn't do so hot. Even in Soviet Russia!

Richie Rich, often billed as "The Poor Little Rich Boy", debuted in 1953 as a backup character in Little Dot. He soon became Harvey Comics' flagship character, appearing in as many as 32 Harvey titles monthly and often crossing over with Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Derivative works include two Animated Series, the first of which, produced by Hanna-Barbera, had better character designs and marked the voice acting debut of Nancy Cartwright as Gloria Glad, and a 1994 feature film. The film cast Macaulay Culkin as Richie and Stephi Lineburg as Gloria. The film only earned $38,087,756 in the United States market. It was the 37th most successful film of its year, but just barely covering its budget. After the movie was released, the Richie Rich comics just stopped being published.

A direct-to-video sequel to the movie was later released, Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (1998). It cast David Gallagher as Richie and Michelle Trachtenberg as Gloria.

More information here.

Richie Rich contains the following tropes:

The 1994 live-action film contains these tropes:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Keenbean, to an extent.
  • Actor Allusion: A sideways one: When Ferguson blasts the nose off of Regina's likeness on Mount Richmore, she reacts be exclaiming, "I look like Michael Jackson!" You wonder how Macaulay Culkin reacted to that line before it was shot...
  • Affably Evil: Lawrence Van Dough.
  • Agony of the Feet: Professor Keenbean suffered from this trope after inadvertently dropping a bowling ball on his foot.
  • Bad Boss: Van Dough becomes this after he takes the helm.
  • Battle Butler: Cadbury, as seen during the scene where he busts out of prison after making quick work of the assassin sent to kill him.

  Cadbury: Never attack a man with sensitive teeth!


 Regina: Oh Richard, wake up and smell the seaweed!

  • Humiliation Conga: Both villains get one. Ferguson has a towel superglued to his face, is knocked out, and gets stung in the ass by a robotic bee. Van Dough is left hanging for dear life on a sheer rock face, is fired by a 12-year-old boy, whose father has never fired anyone in his life, and gets punched in the face by the mother.
  • Jerkass: Ferguson.
  • The Lancer: Cadbury.
  • Large Ham: The villains, obviously, especially Ferguson.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Richie.
  • Lost in Translation: A real life positive example. In the French dub, van Dough's line "Thank you, Beavis and Butthead" is replaced with an actually funny line: "Looks like Homer and Marge".
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The beginning of the film starts with the birth of Richie, all the way up to his current age.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Well, actually, Cadbury was the one being attacked, but he still ends up with the thug's clothes anyway.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Richie and his parents's relationship with Cadbury and the other Rich staff. Averted greatly with Van Dough.
  • Office Golf: Ellwood does this in school.
  • Oh Crap: Both for Keenbean and for Richie and his friends when Keenbean gets stuck in his own superglue while trying to rescue them from Ferguson.
    • Richie's parents on the plane when they realize what "trinitrotoluine" is.
  • Papa Wolf: Cadbury when Ferguson manhandles Richie towards the beginning of the movie.

 Ferguson: It's my job to protect him.

Cadbury: Yes very well Mr. Ferguson, but grab him like that again and it is YOU who will need protecting.


 Van Dough: (after his gun jams at a critical moment) Shit!

  • Product Placement: "You have your own McDonald's?!"
  • Psycho for Hire / Ax Crazy: Ferguson.
  • Reality Ensues: In the movie, the villain's plan displays this. After hearing about the "Rich Family Vault", he immediately assumes that it's where he'll find the family's fortune. Astoundingly enough, the Riches didn't get rich by locking up all their wealth in a private, zero-interest vault (which turns out to be full of family heirlooms of low monetary worth). Their actual money is in banks.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Professor Keenbean and the street kids were completely absent during the climatic scene where Richie and his parents are trapped on Mt. Richmore and trying to avoid Van Dough.
  • Shout-Out: Richie's answer to Van Dough's suggestion.

 Richie: I don't think so.


 Van Dough: The money? Where is the money?!

Mr. Rich: (in his best are-you-fucking-kidding--me? voice) In banks! Where else? Oh! And the stock market, real estate...

Van Dough: Are you kidding me? You mean to tell me that there isn't a single gold bar, or emerald, or thousand dollar bill in this entire mountain?!

Mr. Rich: Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you Lawrence, but that's not what we treasure.

Van Dough: Shoot them! Shoot them now, please!

  1. Read: Pee-wee entirely lacks personality traits aside from his eating habits.