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->''"Why must everything you say to me sound like a criticism?"''
-->-- '''Robin Hood''' to [[{{Tsundere}} Marian]], ''[[Series/RobinHood BBC's Robin Hood]]''

Snarky loser hero meets snarky haughty heroine. They either fall in love, or they snark. Usually both.

This is essentially a satire of the standard MagicalGirlfriend, which describes a beautiful, classy, good-mannered, loyal girl - the logical result being she should be somewhat critical of her [[LoserProtagonist loser]] boyfriend. She makes no attempt to ignore the fact that he ''is'' the LoserGuy, and frequently calls him on it, criticizes him, and rarely if ever fawns over him like some FanGirl. She expects better from him and pushes him to improve, while still expecting to be taken care of. However, the guy usually takes it in stride, [[DeadpanSnarker mocks her in return]], or just says, [[TropeNamer well...]]

A series usually says AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther to avoid portraying her as a total ball buster. Often appears in Love Comedies, depending on how satirical the story is.

See also {{Tsundere}}. Related to BelligerentSexualTension. Compare/Contrast SurroundedByIdiots.

If it involves an actual ''Princess'' Princess, see RoyalBrat. TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask can make similar demands.

The trope name comes from the old ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'' cartoon, where Link would [[CatchPhrase quite often retort]] to Zelda's nagging with those words [[note]]Though the line, including Link's delivery of it, was lifted directly from comedian Creator/SteveMartin[[/note]].
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Lum from ''UruseiYatsura'' is the TropeCodifier for this character type in anime and manga.
* Princess/Queen Mashiro Blan de Windbloom from ''{{Mai-Otome}}'' starts as this character type, but [[CharacterDevelopment matures and reforms]] over the course of the series. Partially {{gender flip}}ped, since the "loser guy" in her case is TheHero''ine'', Arika Yumemiya.
* Ermengarde's relationship with Dickon in ''SoukouNoStrain''.
* Asuka Langley Soryuu of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' -- she ''would'' have been if the series...hadn't gone the way it did.
** She is this many of the [[IkariShinjiRaisingProject spinoff]] [[NeonGenesisEvangelionAngelicDays alternate universe]] manga. Although, her portrayal in those is more like a {{tsundere}}.
* Narusegawa Naru in ''Manga/LoveHina'' to her on-off boyfriend Urashima Keitaro.
* Shinku in ''RozenMaiden'', partly because she believes Jun is her servant, partly because she has the attitude of an {{Ojou}} and Jun is a {{Hikikomori}}.
* Male example: Keigo Atobe from ''ThePrinceOfTennis''.
* Ai Amano of ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'' twists this trope in that she [[spoiler:wasn't supposed to be the girlfriend, but fell for the lovable loser she was trying to improve.]]
* Anna Kyouyama from ''ShamanKing''.
* The Goddess Pandora, the "heroine" of the manga ''Because I'M the Goddess!'', has that kind of attitude in her dealings with Aoi.
* Nagi and [[spoiler:Princess Arika]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', with some serious slaps thrown in for his uppitiness. [[ChivalrousPervert He was kind of asking for them]].
* Poor Asuka Tenjoin of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has to be like this if she wants to get respect from her universe of admirers and people trying to pimp her out as an IdolSinger.
* William and Miyako in ''PrivatePrince'' {{genderflip}} this, as he is the prince and she's the commoner with low patience.
* Louie and Melissa in ''RuneSoldierLouie'', as Melissa constantly criticizes Louie and tries to turn him into a 'champion'.
* This sums up Koji Kabuto and Maria Grace Fleed's relationship in ''UFORoboGrendizer'', which might be one of the (if not ''[[TropeMaker the]]'') earliest examples in anime. Considering that Koji is being [[IdiotHero himself]], Maria's behavior is understandable.
* In [[LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru Oregairu]], its a notable element of the chemistry between [[FirstPersonSmartass Hachiman Hikigaya]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Yukino Yukinoshita]]. Although compared to the average person, it's debatable if Hachiman is a loser. Still with Hachiman compared to Yukino this trope is likely to apply. Yukino is described as incredibly beautiful, a strong first academically and, in Hachiman's words (LN), the "epitome of nobility". On the other hand, Hachiman is described as having an [[FishEyes unpleasant]] [[PerpetualFrowner appearance]], academically variable at best and socially awkward.
* Sayoko from ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'' is the girlfriend of Sunred, an ex-sentai hero who's unemployed. Despite being the one of them ''not'' capable of punching holes in concrete and running at the speed of sound, she's the one who does everything around the house, owns their apartment and stationary, earns a steady paycheck, and (with her limited spare time) tries to get Sunred to apply himself.
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[[folder: Comics]]
* This is AdamStrange's attitude towards [[{{ComicBook/TeenTitans}} Starfire]] when they're stranded in space in'' FiftyTwo''. AnimalMan [[FreudianTrio tries to act as a mediator.]]
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* Dimitri and Anya in ''{{Anastasia}}''.
* Princess Eilonwy in the Disney animated version of ''TheBlackCauldron'', who patronizes Taran when she learns that he's not a warrior or a lord, but an Assistant Pig Keeper. When Taran pats himself on the back for enabling their castle escape, she takes him down a few notches by reminding him not only that her knowledge of the dungeon passageways allowed him to break out of there, but that Taran's magic sword did most of the work. She initially found him "fascinating" for being an Assistant Pig Keeper in the original ''Chronicles of Prydain'' because she had never met an Assistant Pig Keeper before. In fact, she held a persistently casual attitude towards most everything. Though there was an element of the stated trope present, she didn't judge him less for his station. [[spoiler:Except when she is BrainwashedAndCrazy.]]
* Jasmine of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' - however, this is ''completely'' dead by the third movie...she is very fawning in that one.
* Tiana in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. True, Naveen is [[HiddenDepths a lot more competent than he lets on]] - he's [[BrilliantButLazy just lazy]], which is enough to set a {{workaholic}} like her off.
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[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* [[LovableRogue Han Solo's]] initial relationship with [[DefrostingIceQueen Princess Leia]] in the StarWars films.
* Lone Star and Princess Vespa in the StarWars parody ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''.
* Ham Salad says '[[SteveMartin Well excuse me!]]' to Princess Anne-Droid in the '70s StarWars parody ''Hardware Wars''.
* For a while after ''Star Wars'', HarrisonFord was {{typecast}} for this kind of storyline. The number of movies with the premise "Harrison Ford is forced together with haughty woman and they [[BelligerentSexualTension hate each other]] but eventually fall in love" is considerable.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries 2'', Mia and one of her suitor constantly bitch at each other. It's like they WANT to hate each other.
* ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' with Dastan and Tamina since Dastan (as the adopted son of the King of Persia) should be higher ranked than Tamina (as princess of a smallish city state). Sure Dastan was born an urchin but after spending most of his life as a prince the interaction comes across as odd. He defers to her (when he's not [[GoGoEnslavement selling her to bandits]]) because he's a gentleman, she's overbearing and holds a grudge because he is the main reason that Persia was able to conquer her small city-state. The overbearing attitude was more or less an act because she nearly escapes (and kills) Dastan because of it.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'', this is Garion and Ce'Nedra's relationship condensed down to four words. Unsurprisingly, she's pissed when she finds out that he isn't just a farm boy, but the long-lost heir to the Rivan Throne and hereditary Overlord of the West... in other words, ''more'' royal than she is. Belgarion has the foresight [[spoiler:to find a way to make them equal in status to preserve his own sanity after the marriage.]]
* Josua and Vorzheva's relationship looks like this for most of the first and second books.
* Aravis to Shasta in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy''. This defines their relationship from the very beginning. Their first words to each other: "Why, you're only a girl." "And you're only a boy. A rude, common little boy. A slave probably who's stolen his master's horse!" The LemonyNarrator even jokes about this at the end, when he tells the readers that they continued to affectionately bicker and eventually decided to get married so they could continue to do so more conveniently.
* [[BelligerentSexualTension The relationship between]] [[FarmBoy Taran]] and [[HeroesWantRedheads Eilonwy]] in ''The Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', although the series is peppered liberally with AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments, mitigating this somewhat.
* Elizabeth Bennett of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'':
-->'''Elizabeth:''' My behavior to ''you'' was at least always bordering on the uncivil, and I never spoke to you without rather wishing to give you pain than not. Now, be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?\\
'''Mr. Darcy:''' For the liveliness of your mind, I did.
* The titular heroine of ''Literature/DaisyMiller'':
-->'''Winterbourne:''' I wish you would flirt with me, and me only.\\
'''Daisy:''' Ah! thank you—thank you very much; you are the last man I should think of flirting with. As I have had the pleasure of informing you, you are [[DoubleEntendre too stiff]].\\
'''Winterbourne:''' You say that too often.\\
'''Daisy:''' If I could have the sweet hope of making you angry, I should say it again.
* Christine of ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' (the original novel by Gaston Leroux) never lets Raoul push her around and has no problem telling him to mind his own business.
* Marguerite Blakeney of ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' -- has no idea that her husband [[SecretIdentity is a lot smarter and more competent]] than she knows...
* Carline in ''TheRiftwarCycle'' acts like this towards Pug, then later in the series, towards Laurie.
* In the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Mort'', the titular character has this sort of relationship with Ysabel, Death's adopted daughter.
* In ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'' Tristran and Yvaine start off like this. This is not exactly surprising given ''[[EngagementChallenge why]]'' she's stuck with him.
* Faile tries to do this to Perrin in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.
* Kitai of the ''Literature/CodexAlera''. She wanted to [[MagicalNativeAmerican bond]] with a ''horse'', and continues to remind Tavi at relatively regular intervals. She doesn't just look down at him for personal reasons, but also detests his ''species''. She snarks it up with some of the best and, yes, they do eventually fall in love. She gets a QuipToBlack to end out the series that doubles as this trope. It's also a mild genderflip: [[spoiler:Tavi's royalty, Kitai's just the daughter of the head of one tribe, and her people's diplomat (appointed by Tavi).]]
* Precious Stone is this to Franchise/JamesBond at the start of the ''YoungBond'' novel ''Hurricane Gold''.
* Arya of the Literature/InheritanceCycle tries to do this to keep Eragon at bay, because even though he's an adult by human standards, by the standards of the semi-immortal Elves and Dragon Riders he's the youngest of kids. She's the child of the queen, groomed for leadership, her people's diplomat, a warrior, and he's a moonstruck fledgling rider who is their only hope and doesn't need the distraction. In retrospect, she's right and he's still finishing puberty.
* Priscilla in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's NarrativePoem "The Courtship of Miles Standish". Her snarky, "Why don't you speak for yourself, John?" has even achieved meme status.
* Canderous refers to Bastila specifically as "''You spoiled little Jedi princess.''" Because of this, Canderous/Bastila is an ascended CrackShip, popularized when a fanfic writer (who writes romance novels professionally) [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1652394/1/After_the_Fall took a whack at it]].
* In ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', Gregor seems to love mocking Luxa's stiff conduct and all that. Has some pretty funny moments.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In [[Series/RobinHood the 2006 BBC Robin Hood series]]
** Robin notes that everything Marian says to him sounds like a criticism.
** Allan-a-Dale's [[http://oi44.tinypic.com/2rlyxyp.jpg priceless reaction]] to Kate snapping: "My ''NAME'' is ''KATE''!" by way of an introduction. His expression qualifies.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Both of Xander Harris' girlfriends, Cordelia and Anya, had a strong tendency in this direction. By the time he's going with Anya, he's more competent at arguing back, and so the trope is lampshaded in dialogue.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had more of Cordelia in this kind of relationship with Doyle. She soon gets enough CharacterDevelopment to [[OutgrowTheTrope outgrow it.]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' example: The Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed! For non-Trekkies, that's Lwaxana Troi, [[TheEmpath Deanna's]] mom. She marched around the Enterprise and Deep Space Nine like she owned the place, and looked awesome doing it. At least once per appearance, she would say her full title when letting some unfortunate schmo know who they were dealing with, in a way that would evoke the local equivalent of "Well, excuuuuse ''me'', Princess!" if not for the diplomatic incident it would cause. She ''wanted'' to be Picard's LoveInterest, but he wasn't interested... though she claims otherwise, [[PsychicPowers and she would know]]. It's made all the more hilarious that Lwaxana was played by Majel Barrett Roddenberry, and therefore literally owned the place (the idea, anyway).
** Later appearances had her blow through the titles like she was sick of saying it, generally when she honestly expected people to ''not'' be impressed. Her introduction to a certain constable springs to mind...
** Kaitama the First Monarch in the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "Precious Cargo". She starts off as a kidnapping victim GirlInABox. When she is removed by [[MrFixit Trip Tucker]], she spends the episode being this to him while they escape from the kidnappers, leading to the inevitable squabbling, torn clothing, and passionate clinching.
* Donna from ''That70sShow''.
* Along with BelligerentSexualTension, Mal and Inara in ''{{Firefly}}'' play this straight and invert it, sometimes simultaneously.
* Emma the "cause girl" from ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' is sarcastically called a princess at one point.
* Lady Morgana from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' in the first series.
* Penny from ''TheBigBangTheory''.
* ''{{Cheers}}'': Diane often acts like this, much to Sam's chagrin. Most of their clashes tend to stem from Diane needling Sam for his BookDumb status--and his typical predilection for women that Diane deems airheads/floozies.
--> '''Diane:''' You're a [[ManChild rapidly aging adolescent!]]
--> '''Sam:''' Well, I would ''rather'' be ''that'' than a ''snob''!
--> '''Diane:''' And I would rather be a snob.
--> '''Sam:''' Well, ''good!''--because you ''are''!
* This trope is explored in the ''ICarly'' episode "iDate Sam and Freddie".
* Joey had this kind of relationship in an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' with his co-star in a play. After much snarking they realised they were attracted to each other, but after they had sex they realised the UST had been driving their performances in the play.
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', when Charming and Snow White get properly introduced for the first time, this is thrown around with abandon. Most of the time it's GenderFlipped, with Snow being the one who nicknames him "''Charming''".
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Roxane of ''CyranoDeBergerac'' is an intellectual who needs a guy with eloquence and creative genius, and if you can't deliver, she'll show you the door.
* OlderThanSteam: Beatrice in ''MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Bioware seems to like this:
** If female you can do this to Anomen in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2'' as well.
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': If the player character is female, she can do this to the hunky pilot Carth. If the player is male, than he can have this dynamic with Bastila.
** Silk Fox in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''.
** If male, a bit of this is present with Ashley Williams in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', though she usually follows up her snarks with an overly formal "[[WithAllDueRespect Sir!]]".
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': A lot of the back-and-forth banter between Shepard and Liara in Lair of the Shadow Broker looks like this.
** The Smuggler player character and Risha in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', in homage to [[Franchise/StarWars the source material]].
* The VideoGame/NeverwinterNights mod ''VideoGame/TheBastardOfKosigan'' has the player's relationship with Alex look something like this.
* Adell and Rozalin from ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories''.
* Clarine of Reglay in ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Sword of Seals]]'', especially in regards to [[FragileSpeedster Rutger the myrmidon]] and Lance the cavalier. She eventually warms up to them and to the female Archer Dorothy, not ''always'' putting status before everything. (And Rutger admits in their A support that he likes her better like this. Awwww.)
** Serra from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword]]'', who is very similar to Clarine, but is actually quite more straightforward and blunt. [[spoiler:She's also ''not'' a noblewoman, her personality stems more from [[StepfordSmiler years of loneliness and]] ParentalAbandonment.]]
** L'Arachel from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', her very... "special" interactions with people like Ephraim, Innes, and Rennac.
* The eponymous ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' (in his recent 3-D incarnations) has this sort of a relationship with the various female sidekicks he works with.
-->'''Farah:''' WHY DID YOU PUT YOUR SWORD AWAY?!
* Almost every girl Jimmy from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' takes interest in, [[spoiler:with the exception of Zoe, though she is definitely snarky.]]
* This has become canon with ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', Link always makes a face at Midna and even Growls at her as a Wolf. It crosses into VitriolicBestBuds later in the game.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': Tetra and Link have their moments as well - Which is funny, considering the former [[spoiler:''is'' Princess Zelda herself.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'': Luke [[{{Jerkass}} fon Fabre]] will say "well, excuuuuuse me!" to Tear, complete with a whiny tone, on a few occasions.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'': Phoenix Wright thinks this exact line (complete with a drawn-out "excuuuse") after one of Franziska von Karma's foolishly foolish lines for foolishly foolish fools. Given that the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series is laden with {{Shout Out}}s, this is probably another one.
** There's also one in Ace Attourney Investigations when you are examining Lance Amano's testimony.
* In the DS game ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', in the kitchen when checking out one of the plates, Junpei says this line to Lotus complete with a drawn-out "excuuuuuuuse".
-->'''Junpei:''' Those 9 plates look pretty expensive.\\
'''Lotus:''' They're plates for appetizers. Remember appetizers usually come on square plates.\\
'''Junpei:''' Okay, okay. Well excuuuuuuse me, princess.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* An unusual reversal is found in ''MattNDusty''. [[spoiler:Mandy initially glances over greetings to Matt, but eventually joins him, Trey, and Parker Bradley in their circle of friends.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* BittersweetCandyBowl has [[http://taeshilh.deviantart.com/art/Attention-Please-107494574 "Attention Please!"]] with this line at the end.
* [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101022 Tarvek]] to our ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' (note that Agatha ''is'' a lady, but not a princess; Tarvek is a prince, but less important than Lady Heterodyne).
* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', Princess Parfait has this dynamic with the BLT Trio, especially Tomato.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible attempting to fix best friend [[{{foil}} Ron Stoppable]]. Considering how pathetic he was through Season 1 and 2, she didn't go far enough.
-->'''Kim:''' Last night he had to take off his shoes to count to 12; now he's taking a genius aptitude test.
* Link in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'' [[SuperMarioBrosSuperShow cartoon]], in his most lackadaisical and [[LoserProtagonist loser guy]] iteration. Zelda was a good mix of both this and the MagicalGirlfriend tropes.
* Courtney and Duncan in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' and ''Total Drama Action''. Just ''how'' much of this they were was DependingOnTheWriter.
* ThomasTheTankEngine was likely thinking this exact quote when Emily began trying to "advise" him in one episode. Then there was that time she took over Gordon's express and began throwing her weight around. Not to mention that one time when she visited an old castle and proclaimed her ''Queen Emily''.
* Mai of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' - GreyDeLisle (Azula) commented Mai had Zuko "[[AccidentalInnuendo totally whipped]]."
** Deconstructed in SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': [[EmotionlessGirl Eska]] treats [[{{Keet}} Bolin]] like a flunky, and he quickly wants out. [[spoiler:And then, she [[{{Yandere}} tries to force him]] to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe marry her]].]]
** Eska and Bolin play the trope up down and backwards: [[spoiler:By the end of the season, it turns out Bolin really did love her, but her insanely overbearing, borderline sociopathic ways terrified him (as they did ''everyone'' but her own brother and father). She really did love him too, in her own... Unique way. After some character development and both coming to terms with their own issues and each others', it looks like they can be together happily... Except [[BittersweetEnding now the twins have to go back to the North Pole to explain to their mother what a mess their father made.]]]]
* Defied beautifully in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', where most of the guys ''don't'' want to have any sort of relationship with her and they either didn't mind her snarkiness or didn't notice it. This was later justified as part of Daria's defenses against being emotionally hurt - she'd hit them, so they couldn't get close enough to get a chance to hurt her.
* The Canadian series ''StickinAround'' has Bradley and Stacy involved in this, especially considering Bradley's air headed nature and Stacy's witty sensibility.
* Princess Ilana and her bodyguard Lance in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.
* While they aren't in a love relationship (remove the ShippingGoggles and you'll see it) Gwen Tennyson often would have this attitude toward her cousin Ben in the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' series. This happens often in the sequels series.
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