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[[caption-width-right:330:"You called for a ''hero'', princess?"\\
"Yes! But, I guess ''you'll'' have to do."]]

->''"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 LoserProtagonist, 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 the trope title.

Expect a generous helping of AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments, to let the audience know why they should be supporting this couple. The idea is that the snarky loser will help the princess [[DefrostingIceQueen loosen up and be friendlier,]] while the princess constantly holding the loser to a higher standard [[ThePowerOfTrust will eventually make him improve himself]]. 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 ''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 (but excluding "princess"), is heavily inspired by comedian Creator/SteveMartin[[/note]].


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Lum from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' is the TropeCodifier for this character type in anime and manga, with her repeated electrocuting of the perverted Ataru.
%%* ''Anime/MaiOtome'': Princess/Queen Mashiro Blan de Windbloom 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 ''Manga/SoukouNoStrain''.
* True to a degree of Asuka and Shinji's relationship in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Asuka is often quite the {{Jerkass}} towards Shinji, but it is clear at least some of her meanness stems from the fact that she is attracted to him ([[CannotSpitItOut not that she would ever admit it]]), but views his passiveness, social ineptitude, and tendency to [[ApologisesALot apologise a lot]] as undesirable traits. It doesn't help that she views their guardian, Misato, as enabling these traits in Shinji by often telling him that he is good enough as he is. Evangelion being what it is, the unhealthy dynamic of this relationship is thoroughly [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]].
%%* Narusegawa Naru in ''Manga/LoveHina'' to her on-off boyfriend Urashima Keitaro.
* Shinku in ''Manga/RozenMaiden'', partly because she believes Jun is her servant, partly because she has the attitude of an {{Ojou}} and Jun is a {{Hikikomori}}.
%%* Keigo Atobe from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis''.
* Ai Amano of ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'' twists this trope in that she acted like this despite not being supposed to be the "princess" or girlfriend, but still fell for the lovable loser Youta, whom she was trying to improve.
%%* Anna Kyouyama from ''Manga/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]].
* William and Miyako in ''Manga/PrivatePrince'' {{genderflip}} this, as he is the prince and she's the commoner with low patience.
* Louie and Melissa in ''LightNovel/RuneSoldierLouie'', as Melissa constantly criticizes Louie and tries to turn him into a 'champion'.
* This sums up ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji Kabuto]]'' and Maria Grace Fleed's relationship in ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'', which might be one of the (if not ''[[TropeMakers the]]'') earliest examples in anime. Considering that Koji is being [[IdiotHero himself]], Maria's behavior is understandable.
* In ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'', 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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This is ComicBook/AdamStrange's attitude towards ComicBook/{{Starfire}} when they're stranded in space in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''. ComicBook/AnimalMan [[FreudianTrio tries to act as a mediator.]]
* ''{{ComicBook/Sabretooth}}'' shows a slight case of this toward [[Characters/GenerationX Monet]], with whom he shares a BelligerentSexualTension in ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen2015''. The first chapter has Creed making a joke after scaring a man to the point of soiling himself. Monet says toilet humor is appropriate coming from someone of his pedigree, before asking if the enemy is impressed by his everyman wit or enamored by her awesomeness. Sabretooth responds that nobody's as impressed by her as she is with herself.
** Another instance occurs during a Hellfire Club meeting.
--> '''Psylocke:''' These people may look like elitist snobs but they'll chew you up, spit you out, and feed you to their young.
--> '''Creed:''' Speaking of snobs, why isn't Monet with us on this?

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Asuka often expresses annoyance and dissatisfaction with Shinji behaving like a wimpy pushover who will not stand up for himself, will not push back when pushed and apologises for anything when she knows he can be better than that. Shinji is not a good snarker and usually he ignores or lets her criticisms go, but sometimes he will retort.
** Chapter 50 provides an example of this. Asuka complains about his lack of self-esteem and declares that she will turn him into a hero, and Shinji scowls: ''“So do I have no said on it?”''
** Chapter 21 provides an example of Asuka playing her part:
--->'''Asuka''':''“We travel to another world, hopscotch all over space and time, raise the dead, rocket around in the hottest mecha in the universe, and still all you say is ‘I’m sorry.’ I despair of improving you, Third. Am I going have to throw you in the lagoon like I said earlier?”''
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Asuka and Shinji's relationship played like this during the first chapters before getting together. She would snark and he would snark back, usually in a milder way. Or [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/911296/020b/ she would insist that he was now part of the elite so that he should act like it, and he would snark]]. [[http://eva303.smackjeeves.com/comics/918667/044/ Or she would be rude due to be upset, and he would snark]].

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
%%* Dimitri and Anya in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''.
* Princess Eilonwy in the Disney animated version of ''Disney/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.
* Jasmine of ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is a plucky rebellious princess who is takes a liking to the street boy Aladdin, but is ''not'' impressed when Prince Ali (actually, Aladdin in a disguise) comes to court her and acts ''very'' arrogantly to her. She only warms up to Ali/Aladdin when he takes her in a certain MagicCarpet ride...
* 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.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* [[LovableRogue Han Solo's]] initial relationship with [[DefrostingIceQueen Princess Leia]] in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films. Namely the first two, because by the third film they've softened to each other, and when they do snark, it's more in jest.
* For a while after ''Franchise/StarWars'', Creator/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.
* Since it's a parody of ''Star Wars'', ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' has a generous helping of this dynamic with Princess Vespa (of the planet Druidia) and Lone Starr. Creator/MelBrooks said he named the planet Druidia so he could use this one joke:
--> '''Princess''': I am Princess Vespa, daughter of Roland. King of the Druids!\\
'''Lone Starr''': ''(groans)'' That's all we needed: a [[JewishAmericanPrincess Druish princess]].\\
'''Barf''': Funny. She doesn't look Druish.
* ''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.
* ''Film/TheWizard'': Corey and Haley follow this trope to the tee. He even compares her to Zelda (someone who always needs to be rescued and is the {{Trope Namer|s}}) and she takes that as sexist.
* ''Film/TheCuttingEdge'' has a hell of a lot of this trope going on until the very last possible moment.

%%* ''Literature/SuperPowereds'': Nick and Alice
* In David Eddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', 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 ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', although the series is peppered liberally with AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments, mitigating this somewhat. 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.]]
* Lloyd Alexander seems to have liked this trope, as we also see it from Joy-in-the-Dance toward Lucian in ''The Arkadians.'' The idea that her treatment of him masks romantic feelings seems absurd to him at first, but to the other characters [[EveryoneCanSeeIt it's obvious.]]
* 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 and her husband, Lord Percy Blakeney, of ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' fame. She fell in love with him and agreed to marry him despite his foppish ways because she could sense there was some depth there. But after their marriage, those depths have apparently evaporated, and she's married to [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob a complete airhead whose most pressing concern is fashion]]. ([[SecretIdentity Or so she thinks...]]) She doesn't hold him to a high standard anymore -- she just mocks him openly to their friends. Percy doesn't fight back in his own defense, because he loves her, but does not trust her.
* Carline in ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' acts like this towards Pug, then later in the series, towards Laurie.
* Ysabelle the squirrel maiden acts this way toward Vesper the bat during the first half of Creator/RobinJarvis' ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice The Oaken Throne]]''. Their species are [[FantasticRacism sworn enemies]], and she finds him repulsive. He sees her as nothing but an "uppity tree worshipper". As they get to know each other, however, they fall in love.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{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 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 Literature/JamesBond at the start of the ''Literature/YoungBond'' novel ''Literature/HurricaneGold''. But as the hardships that she and him have to endure accumulate, she gets better and becomes a valuable ally.
* 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.
* Subverted (and gender-flipped) in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''. Darcy ''thinks'' this is what's going on with him and Elizabeth when she makes "lively" comments in response to his haughty opinions and thinks there's a growing attraction between them. Turns out it's all on his side; she really does think he's a total prat. (Which, once she spells it out, motivates him to be nicer.)
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', Safi is rather more elegant and aristocratic, whereas Merik is a sailor, so when they're not [[BelligerentSexualTension fighting or kissing]], this is what their interactions look like.

[[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'':
** 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 {{Love Interest|s}}, 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 ''Series/That70sShow''.
%%* Lady Morgana from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' in the first series.
%%* Penny from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.
* ''Series/{{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''!
%%* ''Series/ICarly'' episode "iDate Sam and Freddie".
%%* 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 {{gender flip}}ped, with Snow being the one who nicknames him "''Charming''".
* Caleb and Hanna from ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' dynamic as a couple fit this trope at the beginning of their relationship. caleb even calls her princess. She thinks it's pretty hilarious.
* In ''Literature/GossipGirl'', during their short-lived, but [[BelligerentSexualTension tumultuous]] romance arc Blair treats [[spoiler:Dan Humphrey]] this way. Bonus points for her being an actual princess part of that time.

* Roxane of ''Theatre/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''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* Bioware seems to like this:
%%** If female you can do this to Anomen in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' 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''.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** Clarine of Reglay in ''[[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. (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.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Maribelle, the daughter of a count and the local LonelyRichKid. She has a good heart ''and'' quite the pride, so several of her supports are made of this. Specially those with [[MasterSwordsman Lon'qu]].
* The eponymous ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' (in his 3-D incarnations) has this sort of a relationship with the various female sidekicks he works with.
* Almost every girl Jimmy from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' takes interest in, [[spoiler:with the exception of Zoe, though she is definitely snarky]].
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
** ''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/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'': Princess Ruto starts berating Link as soon as they meet, and forces him to ''literally'' carry her out of Jabu-Jabu's belly. Then she gets both [[{{Tsundere}} huffy and blushy]] about how the Third Elemental Stone is also the Zora Engagement Ring.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': This incarnation of Zelda is much like her cartoon counterpart, being aloof and haughty towards Link with a dose of InferioritySuperiorityComplex replacing the snark. This is for two reasons. First, Link was assigned to be her guard and knight and was ordered to stay at her side at all times, and Zelda views herself as independent enough to not need someone to protect her. Second, [[spoiler:she is (at first) unable to tap into the power of her Royal bloodline while Link was able to tap into the powers of the Hero incarnation much sooner than her. To her eyes, Link was a constant reminder of her failures]]. After Link saves her from Yiga ninjas, she has a JerkassRealization and warms up to him.
%%** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': Tetra and Link.
%%* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'':
* ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'': [[LittleMissSnarker Rachel Alucard]] is a firm believer of ToughLove it seems, and acts out this trope towards the entire cast, but ''especially'' [[TheProtagonist Ragna the Bloodedge.]] There is almost no conversation between the two that doesn't devolve into SnarkToSnarkCombat. While Rachel does care about him, [[CannotSpitItOut she absolutely refuses to admit to such]] and implying she does is a BerserkButton for her. For his part, Ragna ''does'' have a few issues he needs to get over as well. [[/folder]]

%%[[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.]]

%%* [[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.
%%* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' features this trope as [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2014/09/23/597-meet-me-at-final-destination-part-3/ one of the few times Link actually speaks]].
* Amaltea from ''Webcomic/SwordPrincessAmaltea'' sometimes gets in troubles for being so arrogant and Ossian has to call her out.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is Link in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'' [[Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow cartoon]], in his most lackadaisical and [[LoserProtagonist loser guy]] iteration. Zelda was a good mix of both this and the MagicalGirlfriend tropes.
* 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.
%%* Courtney and Duncan in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' and ''Total Drama Action''.
* WesternAnimation/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'' – Creator/GreyDeLisle (Azula) commented Mai had Zuko "[[AccidentalInnuendo totally whipped]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
** Deconstructed: [[EmotionlessGirl Eska]] treats [[{{Keet}} Bolin]] [[MistressAndServantBoy like a flunky]], and he quickly wants out. [[spoiler:And then, she [[{{Yandere}} tries to force him]] to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe marry her]]. 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]] [[ArchnemesisDad their father]] made.]]
** Prince Wu and Bolin's older brother Mako arguably fit in as a HoYay version: Wu is a {{Keet}} with a heart of gold but quite the lack of common sense whereas Mako is a textbook SociallyAwkwardHero.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'':
** It's defied by Daria since 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.
** Daria's parents, however, play this completely straight. Helen often gets frustrated with Jake and isn't afraid to lampshade how ridiculous he's acting; he in turn isn't afraid to snark at her or voice his frustration; they make out soon, however. It's even lampshaded by Helen's sister Amy, who congratulates Jake for putting up with someone as "high manteinance" as Helen.
* ''Webcomic/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 sequel series.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' has Sonic the Hedgehog, a SmugSuper with little patience and Princess Sally Acorn, the bossy {{tomboy|Princess}}ish DeadpanSnarker.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' series, Eric pulls this on Bobby after informing the pint-sized Barbarian that his pet unicorn, Uni, is hanging out with hot new guy Kosar.
--> [[WebVideo/SuburbanKnights That did sound a bit douchey.]]