Some fictional character's height might be different than you imagine, or they might be a different age than one would assume, but the wealth of TV, film, and book characters are often baffling. Some of your favorite characters who are much too poor to afford their luxury apartments must have led double lives to pay their bills, while other fictional characters that were richer than you think managed to stay grounded.
The salaries of fictional characters can vary greatly; while many were grossly overpaid – like Peter Griffin, for example – others were just struggling to get by. Then there are a few like Eric Cartman's mom who did whatever she had to do to provide for her son. So check out the list below to get a better sense of the fortune (or misfortunes) of your favorite fictional characters.
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Springfield is the average American town. It's intended to represent any town in the United States. While we all know that Mr. Burns is the wealthiest man in Springfield, his actual net worth is surprising. C. Montgomery Burns is worth an estimated $16.8 billion. In a town like Springfield, that makes the class divide unfathomable.Did this surprise you?
Just like Kramer, Batman inherited his money. However, that didn't turn Bruce Wayne into a lazy trust fund baby. Instead, he invested his fortune into the greater good, as well as some high-tech toys. It's estimated that Bruce is worth $6.9 billion. Most of that money likely went to his sweet man cave.Did this surprise you?
J.D. from Scrubs never seems too stressed about money. However, he was likely drowning in debt. The show debuted in the early 2000s when the average medical debt was almost $140,000. In 2010, when the show ended, the average surgical intern made on about $47,000, so, it's likely the crew on Scrubs made even less.
With those figures, if J.D. nets about $1,200 every two weeks, and he is probably paying at least $1,000 a month on a 20-year repayment plan. Not to mention his undergrad would add to that bill. No wonder it seems like he lives at Sacred Heart Hospital.Did this surprise you?
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Did you ever wonder why Charlie shares a bed in a flop apartment with Frank Reynolds in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia? We know that Frank is depraved and enjoys slumming it. However, for Charlie, it's likely a necessity.
The average salary for a janitor in Philadelphia is $30,197, but Paddy's isn't a thriving pub so it's likely Charlie is making less than that. An average one-bedroom apartment in Philadelphia is roughly $1,350 a month. Charlie's salary would barely cover the average rent in Philadelphia, which would leave little money for anything else.Did this surprise you?