In fiction, it's dangerous to carry one's head to high. What kind of character is used for this story varies, it can be anyone from warrior prince to high school beauty but their defining trait is that they have a really high opinion of themselves a rather low opinion of... everyone else. The plot usually sets out to teach them the error of their ways through a lot of painful and/or humiliating lessons. The proud character either ends up bitter and alone or having to depend on others which makes them more humble. They learn the Aesop or not, but the public gets to learn it either way. It might be related to Rape as Redemption
(with particularly disturbing implications) or Ineffectual Loner
though the character can be just as well very popular and sociable. Not related to Spikification
because high-and-mighty isn't as great as they think and also hasn't necessarily any inner demons. They're just arrogant. A really stupid example would be Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z
who doubles as Ineffectual Loner
. Can you think of other examples where this has happened?