Saturday, December 15, 2007
Lifestyles Of The Rich And Fictional
Lisa: The rich are different from you and me.
Marge: Yes, they're better!
-Scenes From The Class Struggle In Springfield
It's December, and that means it's time for those MBA squares at Forbes to pull out their carefully buried geek cred and run down the Top 15 Richest Fictional Characters and 25 Largest Fictional Companies. As something of an amateur design nerd, I was happy just to see all these fake company logos in one place. I'm a little surprised that Soylent Corp made the cut, though; don't they adjust for future-dystopia inflation?
At the top of the list is Scrooge McDuck, up from his third place spot in last year's list, with a net worth of 28.8 Billion. Gold is up, apparently. Cartoon characters made a good showing in the newcomers category, with Mom from Futurama at #4 and Carter Pewterschmidt of Family Guy at #7. Mom is a great addition (although again I have to wonder if they're adjusting for inflation), but I've always thought of Lois' family as being genericly rich New Englanders, and not above the likes of Bruce Wayne (#8) and Tony Stark (#10).
Sad news for gamers; Lara Croft is gone, and our favorite video game plumber suffers a triple indignity: first, he's off the list, having apparently divorced from Peach (WHAT?). Second, Princess Peach is on the list. Third, the announcer in this video wrap-up segment pronounces his name "Mer-ee-o." Rough year indeed for Mario, but at least he'll have a chance to expel all that pent-up rage and humiliation when Super Smash Brothers Brawl comes out.