When Benjamin Franklin said "Money has never made man happy," he obviously was not talking about fictional characters and their love for the "Benjamins."
Popular characters in film, television and books loved their money a little too much. Some are villains, some are heroes — all are obsessed with them dollars.
1. Jay Gatsby
The protagonist of "The Great Gatsby" built his wealthy empire by bootlegging alcohol during Prohibition. With a desire for more, he spent his wealth on a large mansion in Long Island, a Rolls Royce and his elaborate parties.
2. Mr. Monopoly
Originally called Rich Uncle Pennybags, this character is the face of the Monopoly board game. But hey, Mr. Monopoly does spread the wealth by giving you $200 every time you pass go.
3. Charles Foster Kane
The main character from "Citizen Kane" built his fortune as a media mogul who started a war just to make a profit. His estate, Xanadu, is so lavish that it makes Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch look like a studio apartment.
4. Thurston Howell III and Eunice Howell
They are the "millionaire and his wife" who get stranded on "Gilligan's Island." They are so rich, they packed expensive clothes and belongings for what was originally a "three-hour tour." They own homes in all 50 states, and yet their vast wealth can't get them off that stupid island.
5. Ebenezer Scrooge
The main character in "A Christmas Carol" is so cheap, he forces Bob Cratchit to work long hours for little pay and refuses to give charity to the poor on Christmas.
6. Scrooge McDuck
Scrooge McDuck loves money so much, that he infamously dives into a lavish pool of money in the opening of every episode of "DuckTales."
7. Eugene Krabs
Mr Krabs, the owner of the Krusty Krab in "SpongeBob SquarePants," is obsessed with money. After losing a penny, he takes it out of SpongeBob's paycheck.
8. Lady Mary Crawley
The character from "Downton Abbey" inherited her riches from her parents, and plots for ways to hold onto her wealth. Even in England, it is all about the money.
Sidenote: We wonder about the guy who did the reverse Google image search.
9. Charles Montgomery Burns
Mr. Burns from "The Simpsons" is the epitome of greed. He will do anything for a buck, including blocking out the sun so that everyone would have to use more electricity from his nuclear power plant.
10. Carter Pewterschmidt
The billionaire father of Lois Griffin in "Family Guy" absolutely loves his money. He has so much wealth, that he hangs out with other billionaires like Ted Turner and Bill Gates. He refuses to release a cure for cancer because it is not profitable.
As the villain in the "Lorax," the Once-ler cuts down trees in the forest for his garment business. The Once-ler damages the forest because he is blinded by his greed.
12. Olivia Pope
The main character of "Scandal" charges big bucks for helping her clients cover up unpleasant news. And she might be worth about $1.5 billion.
13. Randolph and Mortimer Duke
The two wealthy brothers in "Trading Places," who own a commodities brokerage, make a wager to frame one of their directors as a thief and give his job to a homeless man. And their wager? $1.
14. Gordon Gekko
The wealthy stockbroker boss in "Wall Street" loved money so much, he famously said in the film: "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." And then his greed landed him in jail.
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