This character hates their birthday. And there's usually always a reason for it. Whether something traumatic happened
or they just don't like getting older
, they see no reason to celebrate.
Sometimes Truth in Television
when a person's birthday falls on a holiday (e.g. Valentine's Day) or day when something bad occurred
Compare Crappy Holidays
, which includes people who hate holidays, and The Grinch
, someone who specifically hates Christmas.
Anime and Manga
- Meia Gisborn from Vandread. Episode 21 is entirely devoted to the rest of the crew's efforts to lure her into attending the birthday party they throw for her, which she skillfully evades (like in all her previous years on Nirvana). Needless to say, said episode gives her a great deal of characterization beside that.
- Ciel Phantomhive from Black Butler. His tenth birthday was the day his house burned down with both parents inside. And he was kidnapped, and taken off to be a slave to a cult. Really great birthday! By his thirteenth birthday, he doesn't even acknowledge them unless made to.
- Mukuro from YuYu Hakusho, revealed to be because her adopted father made a special note to molest her on all of her birthdays.
- Yuuto from Omamori Himari hates his birthday, because that's also the day both of his parents died.
- In Don Rosa's "The Sign of the Triple Distelfink", Donald Duck's Born Lucky cousin Gladstone Gander tries to sequester himself in his house on his birthday every year because (thanks to an incident in his youth) his birthday is the one day of the year his extraordinary good luck turns bad.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy story "Time Waits For No Mandy" (Cartoon Network Block Party #56) has Mandy hating birthdays because she's self-proclaimed ageist. Grim conjures up Father Time himself, and Mandy cajoles him into going on vacation so time will stand still and she won't have any more birthdays.
- Bella from Twilight. She just hates the attention and how it reminds her that she still ages while Edward doesn't.
- The entire point of It'sMyF—ingBirthday by Merill Markoe.
- To Ma in Room, her twenty-sixth birthday is a painful reminder of how many years she has been imprisoned by Old Nick.
- Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory has some mental scars from past birthdays relating to his general aversion to socialization. Leonard is pretty apathetic as far as birthdays go because his mother didn't like the concept, but appreciates the gesture when his friends plan a surprise party for him.
- Jim from According to Jim hates his birthday as a result of having been Caught with Your Pants Down on his 13th birthday.
- Mad About You: Paul always has terrible birthdays. The following dialog occurs while they get ready for his birthday dinner.
Jamie: What happened?
Paul: No, no, no, I'm just practicing.
Jamie: Fine. You're gonna fall in a well. Are you happy now?
Paul: You know, I fell in a well.
Jamie: You did not.
Paul: Birthday, 15. Amish country.
Jamie: You fell in a well?
Paul: While making a wish.
Jamie: Okay? My God.
Paul: No, no, no, this is the beauty—this is the beauty of the thing. See, I know it's gonna suck. I know there's some disaster coming and still I continue to have birthdays.
Jamie: Maybe this one will be better.
Paul: Oh, no, no, it will suck. It's just that I just don't know what form the disaster will take and therein lies the fascination.
- Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation hates birthdays so much that he has gone to great lengths to keep anyone from finding out, including having it redacted from all government documents.
"I don't like loud noises. And people making a fuss. And I especially don't like people celebrating because they know a piece of private information about me. Plus the whole thing is a scam - birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards."
- Subverted at the end of the episode, when Leslie manages to actually give Ron a birthday present to his liking: having a nice, quiet evening to himself while eating meat, drinking Scotch, and watching movies of train explosions.
- An episode of Hey Dad..! revolves around Betty refusing to reveal her birthday, and even going to the length of claiming that she doesn't have a birthday. It eventually turns out that she once knew a dying child who wasn't going to live to see his next birthday, so she gave him hers.
- On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Worf doesn't look forward to his birthday as he doesn't like to be surprised, and knows that his shipmates always want to throw him a surprise party.
- Ally McBeal: Ally was unable to appreciate her friends' plans for her birthday parties and couldn't civilly accept their birthday wishes. She hated getting older without a husband in sight, feeling like a bit of a Christmas Cake. When she dated her big love Larry, he seemed to forget about her day, which unsurprisingly upset her also, and was depressed even more than usually.
- Snow White/Mary Margaret in Once Upon a Time. What was supposed to be her most special birthday of all, when she would be given the crown that marked her as the future queen at a ball held in her honor, instead ended up being the funeral for her mother, who had been poisoned by Cora.
- In the Charmed episode "Dead Man Dating", a man gets annoyed by his mother throwing him a birthday party and walks out on it, only to get murdered. After his death is avenged and he's ready to go to the afterlife, he admits how foolish he was, and tells Piper to always cherish her birthday, because each one might be her last.
- Garfield hates birthdays, mainly because they remind him of how old he is. (Considering the strip has been around for two or three regular cat lifespans, he may have a point.) When the actual party comes, however, he usually softens up.
- Pearls Before Swine: Larry the Crocodile is revealed to really hate his birthday. He tries some strange tricks like hiding from his birthday cake, and covering his ears(?) and saying "Me can't hear you!" more than once when his name is called in the "Happy Birthday" song. He does these things because he thinks he won't grow a year older if he does them. He wants to think of himself as 26 years old, when he's apparently twice that age!
- The only holiday The Nostalgia Critic enjoys is Christmas. He would rather not pay any attention to his birthday.
- Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb hates his birthday because his parents never showed up for his birth.
- Raven in the Teen Titans animated series. Of course, hers does mark The End of the World as We Know It.
- Due to the fear of the implications of growing up, Angelica behaves this way during her third birthday in a Rugrats episode, though in the end she regrets it when she realizes that, when growing up, she can eat candy with bigger teeth than the babies.
- Mac from Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends has a twist; due to his best friend Bloo giving him surprise birthdays on almost any day except the actual day of his birthday (with one exception), he's grown something of a hatred towards them. It's mainly because he's put in embarrassing situations.
- In Futurama, Mom hates "Mother's Day" (a day when all the robots her company built show their affection), since her true love, Professor Farnsworth, left her after an argument. It's not technically her birthday, but it serves the same purpose (being a celebration centered around her).
- Gloomious Maximous from the Rolie Polie Olie movie.
- Jackie Chan Adventures: Uncle makes it clear in one episode that he hates birthdays. He refuses to celebrate and when asked about it, he retorts "When I grow a year younger, then I'll celebrate!"
- The Mr. Men Show: Mr Grumpy doesn't like celebrating his birthday, he even sings about it.
- Grouchy Smurf in The Smurfs hates (among other things) his birthday, and in "The Secret Of Shadow Swamp" tries to escape celebrating it.
- An episode of Mike, Lu & Og has Og tell his mom that he doesn't want a birthday because his dad is always trying to take him hunting.