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->''"You, sir, are the most [[PrinceCharmless uncharming prince]] I have ever met! In fact, the only thing royal about you is that you are a royal '''pain'''!"''
-->-- '''Rarity''', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

[[InWhichATropeIsDescribed In which]] great power and low wisdom are combined. A royal brat is often, but not necessarily always, young, but he has always been raised in a life of luxury and power. His most prominent features are arrogance, pettiness, and [[AllTakeAndNoGive a sense of entitlement]]. His every whim is catered to, [[NiceToTheWaiter his servants and courtiers live in fear of his temper]], and [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense he has no notion what life is like for those less fortunate than him]], and doesn't care. [[IGaveMyWord His word is worthless]], and he's very prone to be fat. A SubTrope of ItsAllAboutMe.

He does not have to be [[RoyalBlood royal]] or even [[BlueBlood blue-blooded]] -- [[NouveauRiche fat businessmen and spoiled rich kids fit the trope as well]].

Many evil rulers are like this, and through their petty cruelty drive the heroes to overthrow them. On occasion, they will have a PrinceAndPauper adventure or in some other way be confronted with [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense the horrible lives the ordinary population leads]]; in this case, they will mend their ways. This is more likely the younger they are; young Royal Brats are often the victims of ParentalAbandonment or a blind DotingParent (who has often caused RichBoredom) and can straighten out if provided with love and discipline. Many a MagicalNanny specializes in it. Older versions who appear in {{Fairy Tale}}s are prone to DudeWheresMyRespect, which has a tendency to backfire, ''badly''.

This trope should ''not'' be confused with TheCaligula, though sometimes they can overlap. Caligulae are ''insane''; these brats are just insensitive. Some child rulers are [[AChildShallLeadThem less immature]].

{{Evil Chancellor}}s and the more malevolent breed of {{Chessmaster}} absolutely ''love'' the Royal Brat, because [[PuppetKing manipulating him]] is, well, child's play. In many cases they will go so far as to murder the present incumbent so as to get a suitably vile little tyke on the throne.

Not to be confused with WellExcuseMePrincess, though they can overlap. Highly prone to be subjected to a BreakTheHaughty moment.

One of TheOldestOnesInTheBook. The king who thinks nothing of imposing the EngagementChallenge or the ImpossibleTask, and reacting to success with DudeWheresMyRespect, is a staple of legend and FairyTale (and often old enough to have a grown daughter).

A SubTrope of SpoiledBrat and IdleRich.

Compare PrinceCharmless. Contrast AChildShallLeadThem, who is usually the monarch; on the other hand, he may be encouraged to be a Royal Brat by the EvilChancellor. Contrast SpoiledSweet, LonelyRichKid. See also AristocratsAreEvil.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/CandyCandy'': Eliza and Neal Regan. Eliza especially, who makes Candy's life a living hell, ''[[ForTheEvulz because it's fun]]''.
* Princess, later Queen Mashiro Blanc de Windbloom in ''Anime/MaiOtome'' is extremely spoiled and as leader of the country she levels high taxes on her people to fund her extravagant parties and contraction projects. This combined with the fact she would rather blow off her work to mock high school girls gives her a ZeroPercentApprovalRating... [[spoiler:She learns her lesson after being overthrown and becomes a much better person and ruler when she gets the crown back.]]
* Both of the Mendou siblings from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. Shuutaro's sister Ryouko, especially. The offspring of a family that outright owns most of Japan and each with their own personal army of servants who do their every wish. Mendo is first introduced to the series proper by hitching a ride to school... in a massive heavy bomber jetplane, out of which he skydives while several jets/helicopters fly in escort.
** Ryouko takes it farther than her brother. He at least is willing to dress in current clothing and associate with regular people. Ryouko, on the other hand, dresses in kimonos and Victorian dresses while dutifully pulling out grenades and voodoo dolls or putting on a WoundedGazelleGambit to mess with her brother and his friends, all while conveying that she [[BlatantLies never holds grudges.]] [[KarmaHoudini And she gets away with all of it.]]
* Wolfram "Little Lord Brat" von Bielefeld from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh''. Thankfully, he goes through some serious CharacterDevelopment over the course of the series and mostly grows out of it.
** It's actually really sad when you think about it: he's in his ''eighties'', and his skills and maturity are at the point where they are. He grows up more in one year around Yuuri than in the twenty since the war.
* Princess Vi, from ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats''.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Vegeta]], [[IAmXSonOfY the Prince of all Saiyans]] from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' was a WarriorPrince version of this until his CharacterDevelopment towards the Buu saga.
** Frieza also counts for this trope. He's [[EvilOverlord prince of a galactic pirate empire]], [[NiceToTheWaiter has never had anyone say "no" to him and live to tell about it]], and treats his {{Mooks}} and his [[TheDragon Dragon]] as expendable. It's also suggested that, because of (or maybe despite) his appearance, he's Really700YearsOld.
** Bulma is the spoiled rich kid version. Lampshaded by Goku in the dub when he points out that it's probably why Vegeta and Bulma get along, both being rather spoiled and bratty.
* Princess Shoukei from ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms''. [[FallenPrincess Until her family is killed]] [[BreakTheHaughty and she's dragged into the dirt.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': King Wapol of Drum Island is older than most examples of the trope, but his sheer selfishness at the expense of his people puts him squarely in this category. Bonus points for being this way despite having been the son of a responsible and benevolent monarch.
** Also, the World Nobles. Oh my fucking God, the World Nobles. They're selfish as hell, are loaded enough to buy anything, including slaves, for outrageous prices without even paying attention to it (One of them spent 500 ''million'' berries like it was nothing), and have such a high opinion of themselves that they think of regular people as lowly trash. This last to the point that they even wear helmets so as to not breathe the same air as them. So, of course, if it wasn't for the fact that harming them is considered a Suicide Attack they would most likely would have all been killed a long time ago.
* Earl Tyrant of ''Anime/FinalFantasyUnlimited'' combines this with AGodAmI.
* Ciel Phantomhive in the ''Manga/BlackButler'' series.
* In the third ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' movie the team are in charge of protecting a prince and his son who are both super spoiled to the point the mother left them to live the life of a peasant because she couldn't stand how spoiled her husband was, they soon grow out of it when the team saves them.
* Karl Lichter von Randoll from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' is this when at his very worst. Being a very skilled racer (he also excels in every sport), he puts down anybody who aren't at his level of skill. He softens up later in the series, even having a sense of chivalry.
* Scarlett O'Hara (yes, ''[[Film/GoneWithTheWind that]]'' one) is showcased as this during ''Anime/{{Steamboy}}'', [[spoiler:until we find out that she's also the LonelyRichKid suffering from ParentalNeglect.]]
* Princess Mimina in ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS''. She aims for PluckyGirl, but she's still bossy, insensitive, and [[TheLoad more likely to create conflict than resolve it]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': The anime version of Yutarou.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* A djinn (or Genie if you wanna be technical) princess from ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' named Madrid was definitely this. Causing all sorts of trouble to the Diggers family and their friends through trickery and shapeshifting. However after escaping after a failed plot, she winds up in Antarctica where two dragons (who are some of the nastiest creatures in the series) were hiding and was viciously tortured and left for dead. Say the least the experience left her humbled and her next encounter with Gina was an apology for her misdeeds.
* Played terrifyingly straight with [[SinCity The Yellow Bastard a.k.a Junior Roark]] who can even get away with raping and killing children. Well,... get away with it for a little over eight years anyway until he met a detective who takes out both of [[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands Junior's]] [[GroinAttack weapons]]. Twice.
* In one the “{{Tintin}}” story ''In the Land of Black Gold'', Our hero has to find and rescue the Emir’s son Abdallah. The little prince is coddled by his father, who lets him get away with abusing his guests, and refers to him in sweet terms like “My little sugarplum”. Naturally, The Prince is a complete brat who demands everyone give him what he wants because “My father’s the Emir, and he’ll cut your head off!!!"
** In ''The Red Sea Sharks'', Abdallah is sent to Marlinspike for safekeeping during another crisis, where his entourage sets up a bedouin tent in the middle of the living room. This was referenced by a French newspaper when Libyan dictator Muammar Khadaffy set up his bedouin tent at an international conference held in France, earning him the headline: "Abdallah comes to France".
* Princess Sally Acorn acted as a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold lighter variant]] in the earlier comedic issues of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog''. As the story tone became darker however, she acted as near anything but. Snively still directly refers to her by this trope at one point however.
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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* Literature/JesperWhoHerdedTheHares brings the pearls the king demanded to [[EngagementChallenge marry the princess]]. The king doesn't approve of Jesper and starts piling up {{Impossible Task}}s.
* In ''Go To I Know Not Where, Bring Back I Know Not What'', the king gives the title command to get rid of a husband.
* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/asbjornsenmoe/dapplegrim.html Dapplegrim]]'', the king orders the hero to perform many tasks because his fellow servants falsely claimed he said he could do them, and then in an attempt to keep him from marrying the princess; in the end, he gives in.
* In "Literature/TheGratefulBeasts", the king orders Ferko to perform three tasks at the incitement of his brothers; his own daughter the princess argues with him until he imprisons her in a tower. However, the last task is to summon all the wolves in the kingdom, [[BewareTheNiceOnes the wolves then proceed to kill all the court]], and Ferko frees the princess, marries her, and becomes king.
* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/jackbeanstalk/stories/esbenwitch.html Esben and the Witch]]'', whenever Esben succeeds in a task, his enemy at court incites the king to give him another.
* In ''[[http://www.rickwalton.com/folktale/olive06.htm Jackal or Tiger?]]'', the princess is the Royal Brat; after the hero finds a marvelous anklet, she starts demanding matching pieces, and then finally that the hero marry her. The last is the worst because unbeknownst to her and her father, the hero is actually her half-brother.
* In ''[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/298.htm Prince Darling]]'', the prince starts out nice, but turns into a Royal Brat as he grows older, especially when he discards the ring that pricked him whenever he was bad. He imprisons his tutor and locks up the shepherdess Celia when she refuses to marry him. He is turned into a monster as punishment, and must work on being good to regain his human form.
* In ''Literature/BootsWhoMadeThePrincessSayThatsAStory'', the princess is chronically dishonest.
* In ''Literature/TheFireBirdTheHorseOfPowerAndThePrincessVasilissa'', the tsar keeps using the archer's success as a reason to give him more tasks.
* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/aulnoy/1892/yellowdwarf.html The Yellow Dwarf]]'', Princess Toutebelle ([[MeaningfulName meaning "all-fair" in French]]) is spoiled by her widowed mother due to her being her only living child, and as a result is [[AlphaBitch extremely arrogant and vain]]. Toutebelle is extremely beautiful and often dressed like a goddess and given constant attention by the royal court, and has turned down ''twenty'' different suitors for not being good enough for her. Her BreakTheHaughty moment, when she realizes her true love, comes too late and ends tragically.
* In ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Thrushbeard King Thrushbeard]]'', the princess is [[AlphaBitch arrogant, rude and extremely proud]]. She [[WhosLaughingNow has to learn modesty]] ''[[BreakTheHaughty the harsh way]]'' and [[EarnYourHappyEnding finally]] gets to marry the suitor she liked at the beginning of the story, but to whom she nevertheless couldn't say anything nice nor simply polite.
* The princess in ''[[http://hca.gilead.org.il/swineher.html The Swineherd]]'' is incredibly materialistic and turns down the hero because he gives her natural gifts (a nightingale and a rose). The hero disguises himself as a swineherd. He creates a musical pot to impress the princess. She gives a hundred kisses to him in exchange for it. The princess' father casts her out due to her foolishness, and the swineherd reveals himself to be a prince and tells her that she does not deserve him.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In ''FanFic/HeroesAndVillains'', Buffy retains her [[LovableAlphaBitch pre-Slayer personality]] as she she moves to Sunnydale and begins her adventures there, and proceeds to put Cordelia to shame in terms of [[VanityIsFeminine Conceit]], [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful Arrogance]], and Pettiness. Despite her self-absorbed nature, and need to control everyone and everything around her, she's still Buffy at heart, and therefore manages to charm a number of her fellow students. [[QueerRomance Especially]] Faith.


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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The evil stepsisters in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' and the older sisters in Jean Cocteau's film of ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
** In Disney's sequels, Drusilla (the brunette stepsister) remains a Royal Brat, but Anastasia (the redheaded sister) is [[CharacterDevelopment portrayed more sympathetically]].
* Also from Disney, the eponymous Beast from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' was like this at first when his inhospitality to an old beggar woman resulted in him being cursed. Ten years later, he's still selfish and arrogant, and it takes Belle's intervention to have him starting to change.
* Another example from Disney is Kuzco, the JerkAss protagonist of ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' before much needed CharacterDevelopment.
* Brent from ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs''. The making of book explicitly states that he's used to being treated like royalty, thanks to his celebrity status as the mascot for Baby Brent Sardines. Over the course of the film, he is [[BreakTheHaughty stripped of his status]], but manages to find a new purpose in life.
* Prince Naveen in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' had gotten to the point that even his PARENTS didn't want to deal with him, before hopping around in the Bayou and the love of a good woman/frog changed his life. He's nicer than most Royal Brats, though, with elements of ShelteredAristocrat.
* Hildegard from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndThePea''.
* Another Disney example is ''Disney/TheLionKing'', when Simba had thought being a king meant that he could do whatever he wanted. But he mellows out when he gets older. [[EvilUncle Scar]], on the other hand...his line of "I'm the king; I can do whatever I want!" shows that Simba had managed to avoid becoming what his uncle was.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The older daughter from ''Film/EverAfter: A Cinderella Story'' is an excellent version, even throwing tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants. Thankfully, her younger sister is more sympathetic and is a sort of SnarkKnight.
** Prince Henry is a male version, to some extent. After he gets [[BreakTheHaughty taken down a peg]] with an [[WhatTheHellHero AWESOME]] speech from Leonardo da Vinci (yes, ''[[RenaissanceMan that]]'' one), he gets better.
* The principal's daughter in the ''Film/{{Bratz}}'' movie (the "Bratz" are the FourGirlEnsemble), who rules the school's cliques with an iron fist and strives to keep them isolated from each other for ...some reason. She is so self-absorbed she throws a ''second'' Super Sweet Sixteen party for herself.
* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', Thor is most definitely one of these at the start of the film, leading to his banishment to Earth after his [[FatalFlaw pride and ego]] nearly started another war with the Frost Giants. After being [[BroughtDownToNormal stripped of his powers]] and sent to Earth, Thor loses his BoisterousBruiser ways, comes to learn the value of patience and restraint, as well as some much needed [[HumbleHero humility]], leading him to evolve into the WisePrince.
* Prince Tarn from ''Film/RedSonja''. Despite his obnoxious behavior, his retainer Falkon maintains UndyingLoyalty to him throughout the whole film, and is willing to protect his charge with his life; no explanation is given as to why Falkon has such loyalty. [[spoiler:(At the end of the movie, Tarn starts to learn honor from watching both his servant and Sonja and nearly makes a HeroicSacrifice to save them, but fortunately, he survives.)]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* David Wingrove's Literature/ChungKuo series of novels has Wang Sau-leyan, a son of the T'ang of City Africa, and also Ebert, heir to the [=GenSyn=] CEO.
* In Creator/DanAbnett's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', the Princess Royal objects to the Space Marines who [[FlashedBadgeHijack took her car]]. When a bodyguard who points out that, after all, they are Space Marines, she [[NiceToTheWaiter slaps him hard enough to knock him over]]. Then she tries to compel the Marines to escort her. (At which point an Inquisitor intervenes, and she runs off screaming.)
** She also tries to shoot the Sergeant with a mini-lasgun built into her ring. The marine's response can be summed up as "Did you ''really'' just do that?"
* Lavinia in ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' was [[AlphaBitch the most popular and richest student in school]] before Sara Crewe came along. Naturally, she really disliked Sara and when Sara lost her fortune and became a servant, Lavinia wasted no time in taking her tormenting of Sara up a notch.
* Colin Craven from ''Literature/TheSecretGarden''. He's referred to a few times as "the Rajah" because of the way he orders the servants around. Mostly he's just spoiled and cranky because [[IllBoy he thinks he's going to die]] and [[DisappearedDad his father doesn't pay any attention to him]]. He finally snaps out of it when he meets Mary Lennox-- not so much because of ThePowerOfFriendship as because she's the first person he's ever met who dares to stand up to him, being just as spoiled herself. Her mother neglected her, and the servants' only concern was to keep her quiet and out of the way.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'':
** O-Tar the jeddak, from ''Chessmen of Mars'', is entirely self-centered, on top of being a DirtyCoward, despite being old enough to have a grown son, A-Kor. He is [[GreenEyedMonster extremely jealous]] of his son's courage and popularity and imprisons him.
** In ''A Fighting Man of Mars'', Sanoma Tora: [[{{Pride}} proud of her wealth]], [[{{Greed}} contemptuous of a poor wooer]] until she learns he is related to RoyalBlood, [[DirtyCoward cowardly in captivity]], and [[spoiler:[[TurnCoat treacherous]]]]. While her father claims to be a minor noble, many suspect he has no BlueBlood.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''The Land of Hidden Men'', the Leper King Lodivarman. He takes many women into his harem and is angry that he has never succeeded in giving any of them his leprosy. And [[ThePromise his promise]] to free the hero is worthless. Fortunately, the hero can cure his "leprosy", having deduced that it was really an allergic reaction to his favorite food.
* Calchas in TeresaEdgerton's ''[[{{Celydonn}} Green Lion]]'' trilogy. His mother, the Princess Diaspad, knew that the worst revenge she could take against his biological father-- a man raised in a culture that is deeply sentimental, particularly about children and family life-- would be to raise his firstborn son as a warped creature, even though [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe the father didn't know for sure that the boy was his]].
* Ella's stepsisters Hattie and Olive in ''Literature/EllaEnchanted''.
* Princess Violet in ''[[SwordOfTruth Wizard's First Rule]]'' is this taken to the extreme. As she enters the story, she's just starting to have people executed, and later on partakes in torturing the protagonist and threatening to have his love interest raped to death. Then he kicks her in the face. [[spoiler: A few books later, she is taught to cast curses through magical drawings. Cut to a LittleMissBadass coming to visit; ''Well... Who's that on the drawing? Oh, that's right, it's me. (draws a few lines) Well, Violet, now it's you. Cut to SoundOnlyDeath.'']]
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''The Eyes of the Dragon'', Prince Thomas is somewhat similar to a Royal Brat, although he's not as personally vile as some of the other examples here; he's just depressed, confused, alcoholic (at the age of twelve), and a puppet monarch for the villainous Flagg.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** 13 year old Joffrey Baratheon, the [[AristocratsAreEvil Worst of His Name]], King of the [[DisproportionateRetribution Vandals]] and the [[GeneralRipper Rippers]] and the [[PsychoForHire Worst Men]], who was very nearly the TropeNamer, whose picture adorns the Royal Brat page. He starts out as "merely" a spoiled and arrogant brat, but later reveals himself to be a thorough psychopath through and through. He was like this since childhood. He once was told that a pregnant cat had kittens inside her, so he killed the cat and proudly presented the kitten fetuses to his father. His father, Robert Baratheon, beat the shit out him for it, but his mother didn't really give a fuck, implying that his behavior was encouraged by her (in the [[GameOfThrones show]], Cersei gets CharacterDevelopment by admitting to Tyrion that she has always tried to control her son but is unsuccessful and has basically just given up even trying). Joffrey also [[spoiler: tried to have Bran killed in his sleep when he overheard his father drunkenly saying Bran would be better off dead, as an attempt to impress his father]]. Thankfully, his siblings Tommen and Myrcella didn't take after him.
** He came by it honestly: flashbacks to Cersei as a child show that she was one herself. Which probably explains why she saw absolutely no problem with the show-and-tell project her son produced. [[spoiler: It's implied that, even before the tender age of 13, she'd thrown her friend down a well to die or at least watched her die, had already enjoyed watching servants get whipped in punishment for various transgressions (some of which may have been imagined) and had enjoyed physically bullying Tyrion at every chance she got and all this all while already practising her charming way with words -- as well as having instigated the sexual experiments with Jaime in a manner which may even have had a little coercion involved, at first.]] What a pleasant little girl who grew up to be... well... a [[PsychopathicManchild Psychpathic Womanchild]].
** Lord Robert Arryn is a marginal example. He is an extremely young, [[IllBoy sickly]] (he's implied to be epileptic) and [[MyBelovedSmother sheltered]] boy with a particular interest in watching people "fly" by being thrown off a cliff. However he doesn't really understand the consequences of his actions, being 6 years old, and doesn't seem to be knowingly malicious.
** Viserys Targaryen is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, living in exile. Like Joffrey, he is cruel and vindictive, treating everyone around him like his subjects, regardless of the fact that he's 1) in Essos, where his title is meaningless, and 2) dependent entirely on their goodwill for his survival. The Dothraki call him the "cart king" for his insistence on being carried around in a litter. He doesn't realize that he's being insulted, because in Dothraki culture carts are only used by the elderly and infirm, who are unable to ride a horse.
* In GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} HorusHeresy novel ''False Gods'', Petronella Vivar shamelessly uses her connections to get herself appointed as Horus's remembrancer, and [[NiceToTheWaiter is relentlessly demanding of her servants]]; in particular, she recounts with no shame that Maggard's vocal chords have been destroyed to prevent him speaking in an unfitting manner before her, exploits Maggard as a SexSlave, and when Maggard's defense of her wins him the respect of soldiers, is bitterly resentful and regards it as inappropriate.
* Draco Malfoy from ''Literature/HarryPotter'', through his family being from a long line of pureblooded wizards. Fortunately for him, he does grow out of it, though it nearly gets him killed in the process.
* The Grand Duke Wilfred from Dr. Seuss's ''The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.''
* In Harry Turtledove's ''Tales of the Fox'' series, most of the [[PhysicalGod Gods]] are this way, since no one is powerful enough to discipline them. Ferdulf, the [[HalfHumanHybrid demimortal]] son of an extremely impulsive wine god, grows up with nearly-godlike power among ordinary mortals and is even brattier than his father.
* In the first ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' book, ''Arrows of the Queen'', Princess Elspeth is such an example of this--complete with [[EvilChancellor Evil Nursemaid]]--that she is even called the Royal Brat by the other characters. Elspeth's issues were a serious plot point (for those responsible as well as the distraught Queen) because in Valdemar, if the heir doesn't have a pure enough heart, they can't be Chosen by a Companion, and the law forbids anyone not Chosen from ruling the country. She gets better though.
* Played with with Roshaun from ''YoungWizards''-- he starts out as the stereotypical arrogant entitled princeling, but later it's revealed that [[spoiler: his people hate his family as much as they need them, and he's been a target for assassination for his whole life, not to mention required to die to save the planet if crisis comes]].
* Prince Roger in the ''March Upcountry'' series, by Creator/JohnRingo and DavidWeber -- he gets better by about halfway through the first trilogy, surprising everyone who previously underestimated him.
* Prince Horace in ''Literature/TheWhippingBoy''. He forces his whipping boy Jemmy to run away with him in a fit of pique, and when the two of them get into trouble, he sulks and insists on his own way even when it undermines Jemmy's attempts to save his life. To be fair, when it's ''his'' turn to get whipped, he unexpectedly stays strong through the experience.
* Ugugg in Creator/LewisCarroll's ''Literature/SylvieAndBruno''
-->''"You ca'n't guess what my present is!" said Uggug, who had taken the butter-dish from the table, and was standing behind her, with a wicked leer on his face.\\
"No, I ca'n't guess," Sylvie said without looking up. She was still examining the Professor's pincushion.\\
"It's this!" cried the bad boy, exultingly, as he emptied the dish over her, and then, with a grin of delight at his own cleverness, looked round for applause.''
* Jade, the Duke's daughter, from ''Literature/TheProphecyOfTheStones'', plays this trope [[JerkSue painfully]] straight.
* Albert Kirkle, a baron's son, in ''Literature/BeyondTheWesternSea.'' His younger brother Laurence is a SpoiledSweet.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''ConanTheBarbarian'':
** Valerius from ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'' knows better. He also knows that YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness is hanging over his head, and so in a TakingYouWithMe gambit, acts like this to destroy the kingdom, so the man who will kill him will not profit from it.
** In "'Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Salome acts like this as soon as she puts her FakeKing gambit into action.
* An adult version of this trope exists in Prince John of ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}''. John is frequently referred to in the prose as petty and intemperate (as is the author's wont), and has all his attendants and subjects running in fear of his whims.
* Prince Bryan in ''Literature/SummersAtCastleAuburn''.
* Raymond Trottle in ''The Secret of Platform 13'' by Eva Ibbotson.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}'', Freckles's grandfather.
-->''He always had been spoiled, because he was an only son, so he had a title, and a big estate. He would have just his way, no matter about his sweet little wife, or his boys, or anyone. ''
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Michael O'Halloran'', Minturn's sons after they were effectively brought up by a violently abusive nurse. When Minturn gets evidence that lets him pry them free from their mother, he is quite aware that much will be needed to straight them out.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the young princesses, none older than eight, show some signs of this. They aren't cruel, but they're somewhat spoiled and definitely imperious, used to obedience and deference, contemptuous of some things, and highly dismayed when, playing soldiers with [[FriendToAllChildren Jerin]], he doesn't just let them win. It's noted that in this world a good father, not too biddable, is said to raise good children, and the little princesses' father died when they were no older than two. Since Jerin's marrying into the family and can act as their father/husband [[WifeHusbandry once they're of age]], it's believed they'll grow out of this.
* In ''TheNameOfTheWind'', Kvothe acts out this trope to obtain a decent set of clothes in spite of entering the store with no clothes and very little money.
* In Literature/BelisariusSeries Eon, prince of Axum played the part of a ostentatious Royal Brat who was TooImportantToWalk, and couldn't get enough SexSlave's as part of his cover in an elaborate intrigue. In real life he was a ModestRoyalty, who was kind to servants, and a brave soldier. And all the {{Sex Slave}}s gotten for the job were treated compassionately, and afterwords freed and sent to be handmaidens of the princess they were rescuing except for one that he fell in love with and invited to his home.
* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'', Kilda's employer is more languid than most, but her attitude is nicely summed up when she informs Kilda that she will have to do, she can't interview any more, as if Kilda could not possibly reject the position. Then she sticks her with the children for the space trip.
* From ''Literature/DragonInDistress'' there is Princess Florinara Tansimasa Qasilava Delagordune, who screams and complains to her father about wanting a dragon, kidnaps one, refuses to give it back, cries when defeated, is annoyed that Sir George and Drafir ignore her crying... Credit where credit’s due, however: she ''did'' manage to successfully capture a dragon.
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Kennedy, which is lampshaded by Kennedy herself, as she comes from a rich family with multiple mansions. Wait, is she one of ''those'' Kennedys?
* Prince Arthur (to begin with) and Lady Morgana (in recent episodes) from the BBC series ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.
** And Lady Vivian, who was worse than either of them.
* An episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has a princess that Sheppard and [=McKay=] [[LiveActionEscortMission have to escort]] to a sort of proving ground where they test that the ancestors favor her (i.e. she has enough of the Ancient Gene to power their defenses). She is polite to princely, handsome Sheppard but an annoying brat to [=McKay=] (who isn't a fan of royalty or children, and didn't really help matters), trying to lie about his abuse. Sheppard, having the blessing of being GenreSavvy, doesn't fall for it, but plays along to keep her quiet. Towards the end, however, [=McKay=] saves her life (albeit a bit haphazardly) and she starts to like him more than Sheppard.
** Though the contributing factor to that is that the planet's people don't know about the ATA gene, and when Shepard grabs her supposedly "magic" necklace and uses it to activate a drone machine, she thinks he's usurping the crown.
* Prince George in the third series of ''{{Blackadder}}''-- he's more often stupid, but does have bratty moments.
** As does Queenie in the second series.
*** And Edmund Blackadder himself, his brother and his father in the first.
* King Charles II's mother in ''The Power and the Passion'' complains at one point that she is so poor she is expected to eat all her food off one plate.
* Many examples from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' including the titular character from the episode "Elaan of Troyius", the title character from "The Squire of Gothos", the higher class citizens from "The Cloud Minders" as well as the Platonians from "Plato's Stepchildren." Not surprising since bringing the high and mighty to heel was a favorite {{aesop}} for many TOS episodes.
** Kivas Fajo in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. At one point, he comments that his father was rich...and a thief. Given that Fajo himself is very rich, a kidnapper, murderer, [[TheDoverBoys coward, bully, cad and thief]]...well...like father, like son.
* Caesarion on ''Series/{{Rome}}'', so much that he blows his cover just by being haughty and gets one of his protectors killed.
** His uncle Ptolemy was if anything worse for actually being king in Egypt. How much he understood his behavior was evil is debatable, as he was being manipulated by evil advisers, but he was ''definitely'' a spoiled brat. [[spoiler: And winds up face down in a river as a result. And Caesarion's protector mentioned above is, per WordOfGod, NotQuiteDead.]]
* All four young royals in ''Series/ThePalace'' qualify, although Richard's CharacterDevelopment involves gradually growing out of this.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Joffrey Baratheon (pictured) is the young, blond-haired heir to his kingdom and is betrothed to the beautiful, young, red-haired Sansa Stark (later [[spoiler: Margaery Tyrell]]). Not to be confused with Viserys Targaryen, another blond-haired brat from the same show who whores his sister out to local warrior tribes. Both Viserys and Joffrey are spoiled, vindictive, cruel and cowardly. Joffrey once took his sword to the face of a commoner- the Butcher's son, cutting him on the cheek for no reason. He also had the tongue of a minstrel cut out for writing a popular song about the death of his father. Incest is also a common theme in both families on this show.
* The teenage King Louis XIV from ''YoungBlades'' is a benign version of this trope - he ''is'' demanding, moody and difficult at times, but he's also a truly hilarious CloudCuckoolander who lacks any cruelty or malice.
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* Rillianne in the {{mothy}}'s "Daughter of Evil" series. [[spoiler: At least, up until she's thrown out of power and her brother dies.]]
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* Two examples from the Greek myth about Heracles:
** Originally, Heracles was required to perform ten labors. Then the king setting them ruled two of them out and demanded two more.
** Heracles himself was of RoyalBlood (both [[DivineParentage Divine and Mortal]]) and killed his lyre teacher, Linos, in a fit of rage, while still a child. While he escaped a charge of murder (claiming that Linos [[DisproportionateRetribution hit him first]]), he was sent away by his step-father, Amphitryon, to tend flocks. He got a bit better, growing up to become a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Perseus was sent to kill Medusa because the king figured it would get rid of him and let him force Danae to marry him.
* Gilgamesh in ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' was just awful. He grew up with too much power and nothing that could humble him. And then he just got more powerful. Needless to say, his people found him unbearable. One of his laws was that every bride in the city had to have sex with Gilgamesh before her husband could touch her.
* {{Satan}}, the ''Prince'' Of Darkness. A.k.a. The Dawn Prince, Prince of This World, [[IHaveManyNames etc.]]
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* Dragon-Blooded Dynastic children in ''{{Exalted}}'' can be a particularly scary version of this trope if not well-disciplined growing up (not that all the ones who ''are'' always become too terribly much better), due to their innate ElementalPowers. Woe to the poor mortal servants who not only have to deal with childish temper tantrums, but the fact that these Royal Brats can flood your lungs with seawater, lethally poison you with a touch, or simply burn you alive where you stand.
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* In the opera ''The Dwarf'' / ''The Birthday of the Infanta'' by Alexander Zemlinsky, the young Spanish princess is given a hideously misshapen dwarf, who has no idea how ugly he looks, as a birthday present. The princess plays with his belief that he is actually a handsome knight, and that she is in love with him. The dwarf is shocked when he, for the first time in his life, sees himself in the mirror, and dies in shame when the princess tells him that she just sees him as a funny plaything. After his death, she casually comments "next time I want a toy without a heart."
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* Any and all of the preps from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''.
* Prince Laharl from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea|HourOfDarkness}}'' is a Royal Brat that begins with an entitlement complex the size of the Netherworld itself. He, for example, didn't actually expect to ''pay'' for the services of his vassals. Even when Etna finally goaded him into it he resolved to steal the money from someone else, even though he has plenty of money, because, "Nobody touches [his] allowance!" He eventually does shape up a little, mostly because TheLancer made it clear that she was perfectly willing to off him and take his place if he didn't.
** Rozalin from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' fits this as well, except she's a lot nicer than Laharl. Still quite a brat, but nicer.
* The AmoralAttorney's [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Beautiful Daughter]] Franziska von Karma is a bit of this. She comes from a rich background, considering herself entitled to order around everyone else in the world, and dispenses out whippings without mercy. However, she obviously had to work very hard to become a perfect prosecutor (at thirteen, no less) and probably deserves to be a little smug.
* {{Prince Charmles|s}} in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' fits this to a tee. He gets his comeuppance when it turns out [[spoiler:the Hero is a secret heir to the same throne, as his father is the kings elder brother. Plus he actually did the FetchQuest required to complete the journey to king.]]
** There's also a prince in ''Lyra's Journey'', who purposely removes a valve that was ''keeping the island afloat'' just because it was fun.
** Prince Henry from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' is infamous for pulling pranks on servents and local kids and make other people his lackeys. He eventually learns to behave in a hard [[BreakTheHaughty way.]] Sadly, his son is just as bad as him when he's firstly introduced as a kid.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' princess Natalia L.K. Lanvaldear is a strange combination of this along with RebelliousPrincess as even though she ran away against her father the kings orders she still acts rather stuck-up and shallow, for instance ordering Guy to do things even when he is an imperial count and no longer her servant and being more worried about being sweaty then the fact she is no longer of royal blood.
** Which is ''nothing'' compared to how her cousin Luke behaves in the first third of the game. To put it into context, upon arriving in a town polluted by a poisonous gas Natalia immediately rushes to tend to the sick while Luke tells her to stay back because "they're dirty" and "she might catch something". Thankfully, Luke gets much, ''much'' better over time, and when balanced against [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething her better qualities]], Natalia really wasn't that bad to begin with.
* Mewt becomes this in ''FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' when he becomes prince of the fantasy Ivalice. Cid makes the laws stronger whenever Mewt wants it, Queen Remedi/his mommy comes whenever he wants her, and has people seeking Marche out for a bounty just so he can stay in the fantasy world forever.
* Aire, the princess of Horne and one of the party members in ''FinalFantasyThe4HeroesOfLight'' is like this before her CharacterDevelopment: she berates her bodyguard for not rescuing her fast enough, insists that her guest house in Liberte be as comfortable as the castle, and eventually drives Jusqua to leave with her antics.
* Janus in ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity''. [[spoiler:Doesn't help that he got a hold of The Sword of Lies]].
* Imperial Prince Duyare of ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits''. He's spoiled as hell, having one of the strongest [[AMechByAnyOtherName ATACs]] on the continent but is a terrible pilot, a squad of elite bodyguards follow him at every turn and are far more threatening despite their inferior [=ATACs=], and his selfishness also foils the plans of his allies and makes it easier on his enemies.
* Remilia Scarlet from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', though she tries to come across as [[TheOjou refined and dignified]], according to WordOfGod she acts like a child most of the time, even being referred by Reimu, in her Extra Stage Route, as 'another bad girl [I] left at the shrine'.
** Subverted, in that she wasn't so brattish when deciding to lock up her AxCrazy sister, [[PersonOfMassDestruction Flandre Scarlet]], in the basement, to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Also justified in that [[ImmortalImmaturity her childishness is the exact reason why she never grows up]].
* Lord Dearche, the Ruler of Darkness from ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Gears of Destiny'', the result of having the power of a HumanoidAbomination and the maturity of a little child. She only starts acting like an actual ruler after [[spoiler:her two retainers perform a HeroicSacrifice to damage the EldritchAbomination BigBad and power-up Lord Dearche]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Jarl of Whiterun's Daughter is pretty spoiled. She thinks you are a servant, and tells you how to cook her meat. Even one of her brothers calls her out in being self centered.
* A Dwarf Noble PC in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', being the second child of the dwarven king, can be played this way, with bad behavior ranging from refusing to address dwarves of [[FantasticCasteSystem lower caste]] directly (forcing his/her NumberTwo Gorim to relay his/her comments) to ordering a murder or two over a perceived slight. It's also possible to behave a little like this with the Human Noble origin, but as the Human Noble's family keep lacks the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt Deadly Decadence]] of the dwarven court and your father is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, the most the character can get away with is [[PokeThePoodle being a bit whiny and annoying]].
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* Sakuya Le Bel Shirogane from ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', complete with French noble blood and being the class president - he wasn't elected, he got the position automatically because his father's donated so much to the school. His [[DatingSim otome route]] involves reaching the point where he realizes that he really does want to pursue the path of music [[FantasyForbiddingFather forbidden by his father]] and ''leaves'', though he's still got a degree of pompous attitude. The BBL route involves extensive BreakTheHaughty and the revelation [[spoiler: that he was never really a Le Bel]], and he becomes... somewhat less self-involved.
* ''VisualNovel/LongLiveTheQueen's'' titular Elodie can be this, if she's not well-versed in court manners or refinement. Being childishly blunt and not knowing any better doesn't help any - and if Elodie is rude enough, she can ''start a civil war'', either by upset nobles or upset peasants. There's also a hidden Cruelty stat that's only progressed by certain actions, such as [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential beating your maid because you were clumsy and ran right into her, killing small animals on weekends, executing your family, and so on.]] Keep it up and [[spoiler:you can get a special ending where Togami makes Elodie his evil goon, who goes around, blowing up anyone in her path.]]
* Byakuya of ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' believes as the brilliant heir to the Togami fortune, he's the only person that truly matters and other people are simply props to prove his impressiveness and elite status. [[spoiler: This eventually leads to a HeelFaceTurn when he's fooled by the misdirection in one Class Trial specifically because his outlook keeps him from even ''considering'' the possibility that self-sacrifice or putting another before yourself could be potential motivations. He's still a smug {{Jerkass}}, but he decides to give up on the Killing Game and work with the others, realizing that they actually do have worth as people with perspectives different from his own.]]
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* In ''ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter006/ib034.html Both Dara and Caspian had thought this of each other, though Dara manages to guess quicker.]]
* In ''NipAndTuck'', the ShowWithinAShow ''Rebel Cry'' features a villainess of this type.
* Eridan in Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} fits this trope to the T, along with a little hint of TheCaligula (depending on [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation how sympathetically you receive him.]]) As a royal [[FantasticRacism violet-blooded troll]], he feels more than entitled to anything he can get his hands on, and proves consistently childish and self-centered in his relationships. At his introduction he plans to wipe out all land dwelling trolls on the planet, though Feferi (his closest, and pretty much only friend) insists that he'd [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain likely never go through with it.]] [[spoiler: He ends up [[MoralEventHorizon shooting her]] after being rejected one too many times.]]
* King [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/06/king-joffrey.html Joffrey]] was a Karate Bear was a royal Brat. This is to say that KarateBears have the same feelings of entitlement and power.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Glorianna}}'', Princess Nemi was one of these, but [[spoiler:grew out of it to become a PoliticallyActivePrincess]].
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* Royal example from the WhateleyUniverse: Prince Jobe Wilkins, son of the supervillain Gizmatic, and heir to the kingdom of Karedonia. A brilliant inventor who invented a new cure for dysentery and ''tested it on Karedonian convicts'' because he could. Non-royal examples: Phase's older sister Heather, Phase's enemy Solange, and Traduce who is an important member of the Golden Kids at Whateley Academy and is so unpleasant she can't keep a personal assistant.
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* [=LaCienega=] Boulevardez from ''TheProudFamily'' is a typical case of this, although people began to do a better job of noticing her way of talking down to them as the series went on.
* The title character of ''{{Tutenstein}}''.
* Princess Morbucks from PowerpuffGirls is a complete royal brat. She's snobby, rich, and believes things should go her way.
** Please note Princess is her name, not a title
* Princess Marie in ''AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''. However, she gets into CharacterDevelopment as she becomes one of Calla's friends when she found out about the Gummi Bears.
* Prince Zuko for the first couple of seasons of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender.'' His sense of entitlement really comes out in the second season, where he goes through a phase of stealing everything in sight, even ''[[KickTheDog the ostrich horse belonging to a girl who showed him hospitality and compassion.]]''
** Also, Azula. It's just that no one who values their life would try to pull a WellExcuseMePrincess on her.
*** Zuko and Azula are odd like that because both of them do work, very hard, and are competent and motivated, and Zuko is intimately familiar with a couple of forms of suffering--but their sense of natural superiority and habit of not taking other people into consideration are ''very'' Royal Brat. Of course, Azula ''knows'' she's doing it. Zuko had tunnel vision and... was a brat.
** Toph may count, too. She's not royalty (just rich), and while she does believe in pulling her own weight, she doesn't understand at first that she actually has to help ''other people'' too and any help given to her is not out of pity for her blindness.
* ''MikeLuAndOg'': Princess Lu. Oh sweet god, Lu.
* The Earl of Lemongrab from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is a mentally challenged, somewhat sympathetic example. He's a nasty, mean, sour-tempered jerk because he's a science experiment gone wrong- there's literally something wrong with his brain. It's highly implied that he was brought up by servants in a castle outside of the kingdom's walls, and he grew up having everything handed to him without a connection to its source- thus, he turned into a spoiled brat. Because of his... eh, issues, to put it gently, he can't read social cues. Oh- and he sends EVERYBODY IN THE KINGDOM TO THE DUNGEON FOR ONE MILLION YEARS!
** He ''seemingly'' grows out of his royal brat status after [[spoiler:Princess Bubblegum makes ''another'' Lemongrab to keep him company. Unfortunately, by the episode "Too Old", Lemongrab has become a sadistic tyrant over the lemon people and an abusive partner to Lemongrab 2, whom he later cannibalizes]].
* Beezy J. Heinous on ''JimmyTwoShoes''. His lifestyle has made him a LazyBum.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' combines this with FisherKing. At the end, he learns GoodFeelsGood and sets about trying to improve his kingdom.
* In ''KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', Po, Tigress and Mantis have to escort an obnoxiously bratty princess who gets on even Po's nerves. However, Po later learns why she is like that: she is to be sent into horrific slavery where she will likely not survive a year and thus she has ''nothing'' to live for or to connect to anyone. Naturally, Po will not stand for that and rescues her.
* [[PrinceCharmless Prince Blueblood]] of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic apparently never learned basic etiquette. He treats Rarity like trash and refers to Applejack’s food as “Common Carnival fare”.
** "Hearth's Warming Eve" gives us Princess Platinum, the leader of the unicorn tribe who regularly practiced FantasticRacism. [[CharacterDevelopment She got better,]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship of course.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Prince Wally in the episode ''Royal Pain''.
* Princess Amber was this in the pilot for ''SofiaTheFirst''. (She never truly changes, but does warm up to Sofia and become a [[LovableAlphaBitch Lovable Royal Brat]].)
* Prince Adonis in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' series.
* He's older than most examples of this Trope, but the spoiled King (obviously modeled on Charles Laughton) who Yosemite Sam works for in the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short ''Shishkabugs'' qualifies. (This is a rare time that Sam is a victim who really isn't doing anything evil while opposing Bugs.)
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* MarieAntoinette-- certainly in legend, [[WrittenByTheWinners though her history can be debated]].
* Alicia Guastaferro from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQRBaBYoXnM this episode]] of ''Series/WifeSwap''. It's debatable how much of her behavior was played up for the camera (and Alicia herself tried to sue ABC for defaming her character, claiming the show ruined her life.) As portrayed in the show however, she comes across as one of the most extreme cases of this trope ever recorded.
* Edward VI might be considered this. He was nasty enough to his much-older sister Mary in one confrontation that he reduced her to tears, which wasn't hard [[BrokenBird by that point in her life]]. Keep in mind that she was in her thirties or forties, and he was a young teenager. He was as fanatically religious as Mary would go on to be known, but he was a Protestant fanatic, and underage. So he didn't get bad press for it from the English historians. He was also known for ''ripping the wing off of a hunting falcon''[[note]] Rather close to Joffrey Baratheon's cat incident. Edward was blond and tall for his age as well..[[/note]]. He showed plenty of signs of ending up like [[HenryVIII Dear Old Dad]] later in life, with a little of his sister Mary's bad qualities on the side. There's a cruel irony in Henry's obsessive quest to "save" England by siring Edward; his early death was probably in England's best interests. Two legitimate male rulers with near-absolute power retarded the growth of the British constitutional system by a century and a half; ''three'' might have been the point of no return.
* [[BadKingJohn Prince John]] (of ''RobinHood'' fame) was reputed to be like this. His portrayal in ''Theatre/TheLionInWinter'' is that of a spoiled, block-headed teenager who's a constant, unwitting pawn in his elder brothers' schemes.
** Considering his older brother's antics historically speaking, this probably ran in the family. Yes this refers to [[RichardTheLionHeart Richard the Lion-Heart]].
** His Disney version is portrayed as a manchild with severe mommy issues, even prone to sucking his thumb.
** Historically John tried to be practical where Richard had his head in the blood-drenched clouds, but he was a dick and terrible with people.
*** John and Richard's mutual older brother Geoffrey was a real charmer as well.
* Kaiser William II of WorldWarI fame had this reputation.
** As did his uncle Edward VII in his days as Prince of Wales, although he eventually grew out of it and ended up a pretty good king. And Edward's great-uncle, George IV (mercilessly caricatured in the third season of ''{{Blackadder}}'', also shown rather unsympathetically in ''The Madness of King George'').
* In modern times, Prince Harry of Wales showed occasional tendencies towards this trope in his teens, but unlike most other examples in this section he [[CharacterDevelopment grew out of it]] and [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething joined the army]]. It could possibly be due to [[FreudianExcuse his mother's untimely passing]], although he may have had those troubleseeking traits as a child, if that one bit of news footage showing him making faces at the camera through the car window is any indication.
* FrederickTheGreat was viewed as this by his stern father, Frederick William I, who put him through a brutal disciplining regime to knock it out of him.
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