Giles: Remind me — why should I help you?Heroes have to deal with a lot of obstacles on their quest, or even everyday life. Not just from the Big Bad, but also fellow citizens. One of the most annoying is the Ungrateful Bastard, who won't thank the heroes over being rescued, or worse, complains! Of course, there are worse bad habits out there. Chief among them is acting like an Entitled Bastard. Despite being a Jerkass who bad mouths the heroes, obstructs their efforts or is an outright villain, they feel entitled to the heroes' unwavering loyalty and aid in a time of crisis. Once a threat comes around that can't be slimed out of by selling out an ally, he asks for and expects to be saved, possibly even before more deserving Innocent Bystanders! He will be completely shameless about this, even if he created the threat in the first place and perhaps even intended to use it against the heroes before it backfired on him. The Entitled Bastards usually think it's all about them; they don't feel at all sheepish about asking the people whose lives they've made hell for help, and they see no reason to thank them for it afterwards. What happens to them depends on just how annoying or harmful they've been, and how nice or naughty the heroes are. If they've just been bad-mouthing a generally Good Samaritan of a hero, they'll be saved no matter what. If the hero has a sense of humor, they might leave them in a safe place... hanging by their underpants. On the other hand, outright murderous villains will likely die with a look of bewilderment as the Anti-Hero refuses to help... or even speeds their death along. Usually a source of Dude, Where's My Respect?, and often a case of Villain Ball. Not to be confused with a Heroic Bastard who gains a seat in the peerage of a kingdom. Even though he's an "entitled bastard" in the literal sense of the term, he's not necessarily an example of this trope (although he can be).
Spike: Because. You're the goody-good guys. You're the freaking cavalry.
Spike: Because. You're the goody-good guys. You're the freaking cavalry.
— Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "The I in Team"
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- Dragon Ball:
Vegeta: Use your head. Do you honestly think I would stay loyal to you after you blew up the planet I was destined to rule?!
- During their first meeting with Master Roshi after returning his pet turtle, Bulma fully expects Roshi to give her a gift in exchange despite the fact that she blatantly refused to initially help Turtle return to the sea, and tried to persuade Goku to feed Turtle to the Bear Thief to save her own hide; Turtle even outright says that Goku's the only one who really helped him.
- During the fight against Frieza, Vegeta gets himself critically injured by Krillin as part of a plan to get a power boost by having Dende heal him (Saiyans become more powerful upon recovering from near-death experiences), and is genuinely shocked when Dende refuses to do so, since Vegeta was just as bad as Frieza and had slaughtered countless Namekians himself. He ends up doing so anyway after Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin point out that they need Vegeta to stand a chance.
- As a whole, this is Vegeta's Fatal Flaw, along with his pride and wrath, before the final fight with Majin Buu. He believes he should be the strongest because he's the Prince of the Saiyans and born exceptionally gifted among his race, whereas Goku was born at the absolute bottom of the Saiyan pecking order. His entire rivalry with Goku is built on entitlement.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Frieza offers Vegeta a high-ranking position back in his army if he kills Goku for him. Despite the fact that Frieza slaughtered Vegeta's entire species, destroyed his homeworld, belittled him at every turn while Vegeta served him, and tortured him to death for fun back on Namek, he's genuinely shocked when Vegeta shoots his offer down in favor of killing him. Vegeta even lampshades it:
- The Politicians in charge of the Free Planets Alliance in Legend of Galactic Heroes come across as this for the large part. The biggest example comes when they beg Yang Wen-li to go out and save their asses from an invasion by The Empire... while in the middle of trying to hold him under inquiry of questionable legality officially for his previous actions in saving their asses from a military coup not too long before. They don't learn a damn thing, do something similar to him later, and those actions end up forcing the Alliance to surrender to the Galactic Empire.
The worst part is that they try to make it appear that they are afraid that Yang would commit a coup d'état of his own, which does not seems at first to be an unreasonable fear considering that the Free Planets Alliance arch-enemy was founded by a successful general turned totalitarian tyrant; but it becomes extremely clear as the series goes that they know that Yang has no dictatorial ambitions and are just terrified by the idea that he might go into politics and win elections legitimately.
- Parakewl from Tower of God. Plots to overthrow you and cries for your help the next day.
- The young Priestess Shion from Naruto: Shippūden the Movie acted like this, a lot. Turns out she just did that to keep people from wanting to be around her, 'cause people who get close to her often end up dead.
- In Ranma ˝ many of Ranma and Akane's old enemies/rivals/unwanted fiancé will often come to the Tendō dojo pleading their help with some problem. Notably Sentarō, from the Martial Arts Tea Ceremony episodes, whose antics include kidnapping girl-type Ranma off the street in order to marry her. When he does get Ranma and Akane to help him, he takes advantage of the situation by trying to run off with Akane.
- Muteki Kanban Musume: Miki never has any doubts asking for help from the people she constantly bullies and abuses.
- Attack on Titan showcases this with a worryingly large number of the wealthy, but best highlighted with one who obstructs an emergency exit with a cart piled with goods, flat-out telling Mikasa to her face that they're there just to die so people like him can live, while also pulling Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! when she threatens him.
- One Piece, there's a subversion: Post-Time Skip, a group of impostors try to take advantage of the Straw Hats' infamy and recruit powerful pirates for their venture into the New World. Their captain, Fake Luffy, acts like this by using Luffy's reputation (especially his rather colorful heritage) to do what he wants — since he isn't the real Luffy, he's a bastard, but not an actual entitled bastard. It's one of the main reasons why Sentoumaru was able to tell they were fakes; taking advantage of his reputation to bully civilians is something the real Luffy would never do. The real Luffy also cares very little for his heritage, to the point that he seems completely unaware of it at times.
- The World Nobles. Ironically, Donquixote Doflamingo, a former World Noble, is probably the worst of the lot. His actions boil down to him having a thirty-year long temper tantrum over the fact he was not allowed to return to Mariejois just because his father decided to uproot their family and make them live as commoners. That would be a mistake, as the country they moved to (which was completely unaffiliated with the World Government) found out about their status and, being victims of the World Nobles' cruelty, decided to take their revenge on them knowing that there would be no repercussions. While he does have a genuinely tragic past, that is no excuse for his deplorable actions. And — something that is frequently pointed out out-of-universe — it was because Doflamingo kept on acting like a Spoiled Brat that the citizens were tipped off about their heritage in the first place.
- The Testament of Sister New Devil: The heroes talk a good game of blaming Basara over how much the suffered from his "betrayal", never mind the fact that a), Basara was a child with a power he couldn't control at the time, nor was he able to understand what had happened, b), had Basara not acted, a lot more people would have been killed, and c), the whole incident scared him much more than them.
- Sandorst from The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw. The city is in ruins so he orders a salvage in order to build a comfortable lounge for himself while the rest of the citizens huddle in the cold wreckage.
- Spider-Man's greatest and best-hidden foe does this quite often. Who is he? J. Jonah Jameson. He manages to publicly badmouth and ridicule him on a daily basis, has created two supervillains (the infamous Scorpion as well as C-lister The Human Fly) and a few evil robots in his quest to kill Spidey, gets into all sorts of fights and kidnappings by Spidey's other foes (who are jealous of him), and Spider-Man always, always pulls his bacon out of the fire... though he does put him in his place with purposely embarrassing rescues.
He even gets to become the Mayor of New York, despite how often he's printed complete garbage about Spider-Man that he's later had to retract when it turned out that, yes, it really was Mysterio or Chameleon, and despite the fact he's known to have sponsored the creation of Scorpion, the Human Fly and the Spider-Slayers.
- In various continuities, this is Lex Luthor's attitude towards Superman. And pretty much everyone else's opinion of Lex himself.
- The Dark Knight Returns: Jerkass bystander Byron Brassballs.
- The Kingpin from Daredevil has a lot of this in his character and will pull Disproportionate Retribution on people who deny him his way. The Ultimate version was worse, ordering Spider-Man's school blown up while class was in session after Daredevil threatened to kill his wife. And during the threat, he kept pleading with Daredevil that he had done nothing wrong because it "wasn't personal" despite the fact that in the Ultimate continuity, Kingpin was the one who killed Daredevil's father. Made worse in triplicate by the fact that it was Spider-Man who talked Daredevil down. That's right, The Kingpin was going to bomb a school full of teenagers to punish the guy who saved his wife from death right in front of his eyes.
- Legion of Super Heroes: A story involved a young boy (around 10 years old) whose father was extremely wealthy. The boy placed himself recklessly in danger, expecting the Legion to save him because (in the boy's view) they expected to be paid. He eventually learns his lesson after being scared half to death by a truly murderous maniac who hated the boy's father and would have killed the boy as revenge if the Legion hadn't prevented it.
- Irredeemable: A flashback showed the Plutonian being faced with a man who complained that his boat was damaged in a pirate attack the Plutonium just prevented. This guy ended up annoying the Plutonian (who was already having a rough day) to the point that he flew to the moon just to get a few minutes of peace and quiet. And then the events that would kickstart Plutonian's Start of Darkness happened...
- Happens basically every second time the X-Men save somebody. They are getting racial slurs thrown at them and are expected to save the same people.
- Sekai of Perfection Is Overrated thinks of her minions as expendable, in large part the result of her impatient and self-centered personality, which is enabled by her ability to steal the powers of her enemies with her Element. The Usurper also has elements of this, as he fully expects all the SUEs, who have their own self-centered agendas that are generally exclusive from each other's and his, to fall in line with his plan to destroy the Himes and reshape the world as he sees fit.
- In the Pokemon Fanfic series A New Chance Series Jessie and James once again meet Rico, but in this story, he successfully steals Arbok, Weezing, and Meowth. They beg Ash and his friends to rescue their Pokemon, but everyone except him and Latias outright refuse, until they learn it was Rico, who had bought Larvitar's mother. It's defied later on when Brock lectures them on why they should quit, mentioning that they would be truly irredeemable if they continued to rob Pokemon even after knowing the pain of losing theirs, especially Ash, who just risked his life.
- The Hinata Girls are quite bad about this in the Love Hina fic For His Own Sake. They're pissed off that Keitaro finally got sick of putting up with their bitchiness and left the inn; in the three years he ran the inn, they almost consistently beat him up over the smallest of offenses, and through it all, they expected him just keep defending them and doing everything for them. With Keitaro no longer doing so, Laser-Guided Karma hits them at long last.
- Veran, the Big Bad of the The Legend of Zelda fic Wisdom and Courage, is an openly sadistic Jerkass who's entire Evil Plan amounts to gathering power and then using it to commit random acts of destruction For the Evulz, and yet she believes she deserves to rule all worlds and even the Golden Goddesses themselves should bow down to her. It's taken Up to Eleven when she's genuinely surprised and furious when Link rejects the We Can Rule Together card when she pulls it during the final showdown; keep in mind that Veran has spent a significant portion of the story going above and beyond to make Link's life miserable, and that she makes the offer mere seconds after she inflicts a brutal Cold-Blooded Torture on Link that ends with her slashing out his right eye.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act VI: From chapter 27 onwards, when she accepts her role as Dark's guardian angel/mother figure and nothing more after spending most of her screentime being an Ax-Crazy Yandere over him, she becomes this to Mizore, demanding that Mizore actually shows her respect before she even considers giving her her blessing to marry Dark; considering the fact that Arial had previously savagely clawed Mizore into Ludicrous Gibs in a jealous ragenote , stole her engagement ring right off of her hand while issuing death threats in the middle of the night, and is continuing to be nothing but a Jerkass to her despite all of Mizore's attempts to bond with her, and even after Mizore saved her ungrateful life, it's been pointed out at least once that Arial has done nothing to deserve respect from Mizore.
- Blaze and Shadow from Precure Meet The Dream Traveler bully Yuko for her love of food/cooking; calling her a "glutton," rolling their eyes and scoffing when she talks about food being love, call her "please be delicious" wish 'voodoo crap', and hit Megumi when she mimics this. And despite this, both of them demand that she cooks for them.
Films — Animation
- The Duke of Weselton in Frozen. From the very beginning, he makes it clear that he intends to take advantage of Arendelle's riches, and when Elsa's powers are exposed, he brands her a monster and tries to have her killed. In spite of all that, when all is resolved, he still demands an audience with Elsa... only to be shocked when Elsa not only refuses to meet with him, but permanently severs all business ties between Arendelle and Weselton.
- Kuzco in The Emperor's New Groove is this in spades at the beginning. After being turned into a llama, he demands that Pacha escort him back to the palace while still openly intending to raze Pacha's village to build his summer home. He gets better.
- He was raised by Yzma who is pretty similar to him.
Films — Live-Action
- The princess in Spaceballs starts out this way. She gets over it pretty quickly, however... She kinda lost the attitude along with the matching luggage.
- There's an inversion in Batman Begins. Ra's Al Ghul is trapped on a train bound to crash, but rather than expect to be saved he taunts Batman on whether he's learned the necessity of killing for the greater good. Since his mercy earlier at the monastery allowed Ra's to torment him, he was implying Batman needs to kill him. Batman notes (pretty much shirking the issue and glossing over that he set up the train to crash):
Batman: I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you.
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park gives us Peter Ludlow, a fairly stock Corrupt Corporate Executive who views all the dinosaurs on Isla Sorna as his company's personal property and disregards the wishes of his uncle John Hammond to go after them.
- Happens in Titanic (1997). The fiancé actually uses a small child (just grabs her off the deck, and given that the boat tipped over and dumps most of its passengers, chances are good that said girl got dumped too) to get a seat on a lifeboat, seeming like a Karma Houdini, but then we learn he kills himself because of the 1929 Wall Street crash.
- In Transformers, Obstructive Bureaucrat Galloway, after repeatedly insulting Lennox, Epps, his troops and the Autobots (even calling the dead Optimus Prime a pile of junk, expected that Lennox would help him get to safety when there was a problem (actually rigged by the heroes to go help Sam) with the airplane. Of course, Lennox does us all a favour and shoves Galloway off the plane with only his parachute.
- Star Wars Expanded Universe: Borsk Fey'lya and much of his administration, particularly during the Yuuzhan Vong war. Even worse, since it's generally the military he's talking to, they actually are required to save him, no matter how much he's damaged the situation.
- Senna Wales, the witch of the Everworld series. She believes that the other four main characters are magicless fools who should shut up and do exactly as she says and be grateful for it, and is herself totally ungrateful to anything that they do for her. She's a bit different in that she isn't an antagonist originally, and even helps the main four characters as often as she troubles them, at least until the very end. It helps that she's a well-documented hypocrite, with a huge helping of Moral Myopia.
- Honor Harrington
- Manticore's High Ridge Government could be the collective poster children for this trope (not least because they're all highborn idiots. They put the Haven-Manticore War on pause just when their side has the decisive upper hand, spend years chopping their political opponents (who happen to be the statesmen and military officers who made that war winnable) off at the knees out of spite, antagonize their allies to the point where some start siding with Haven, and drag out peace negotiations for no reason other than rubbing Haven's nose in it (said treatment eventually pushes the Havenites to reignite the war). Sure, at the end of War of Honor they're given the boot and made political persona non grata, but considering the mess they've created (or made worse), it still feels like they're getting off light. Captain (later Rear Admiral) Michael Oversteegen is related to seemingly half of these idiots, and pulls no punches when informing those relatives how much he detests them.
- Reginald Houseman from The Honor of the Queen is another one — demanding that Honor sacrifice the planet they're trying to open up diplomatic relations with to save his own ass. She reacted rather strongly to the suggestion... they don't get along so well these days.
- The Dresden Files. Rudolph is both this and one hell of an Obstructive Bureaucrat. Despite the fact that he would have died long ago if not for Harry and Murphy, Rudolph takes every opportunity to give Internal Affairs information on Murphy and try to get Harry arrested. In Changes, he is at his worst. Rudolph gets the FBI to bring Harry in for questioning after his office is blown up, and has the FBI break down Harry's door. Oh, and he gets Murphy fired... after she helped to save him from Red Court Vampires. Rudolph is saved from imminent death at least twice in the book, in fact, which only seems to make him more rabid in his hatred for the heroes.
- It's implied that there was probably some mind control or other manipulation applied to him in order to make life hell for our heroes in a subtle way.
- A story on the Free to Be You and Me record called "Ladies First" involved a girl who felt that she was entitled to anything she demanded just because she was a "real little lady." When she went on a jungle expedition with some other kids and they were captured by talking tigers, she demanded to be released immediately, shrilling "Ladies first! Ladies first!"
And so she was. And rather tasty, too.
- The Discworld novel Feet of Clay features a wealthy man who keep writing to Commander Vimes to complain about all the minorities allowed in the Watch, even trying to gain some pull by claiming to be a friend of the Patrician. Later in the story, he shows up and pulls Vimes (thinking he's a normal Watchman) aside to deal with a golem (non-violently) obstructing his business. He fully expects Vimes to drop everything and help, even claiming he's a friend of the Watch Commander.
- On the Discworld, the Rust family are typical of Ankh-Morpork's nobility, in that if the glass-half-full test were applied to them (do you see it as half-full [optimist] or as half-empty [pessimist?]), they'd add a third option: loudly and indignantly demanding to know why it was half-empty and insisting somebody made it their business to keep it full, right now! Indeed, the Right Honourable Gravid Rust — who later distinguished himself for selling goblins as slaves — first came to Watch attention for whipping a servant who laid out his shoes the wrong way round.
- In This Immortal, everyone assumes Cort Myshtigo to be one. He's from an influential family, acts rudely, ignores whoever he wants, disregards Conrad's instructions and still expects the latter to save him and guard his life. It is later revealed that Myshtigo was an superb actor and considered this assignment his last great role, all while he was dying of some incurable disease.
- The following in Misfits:
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Spike, after his first run-in with Initiative soldiers, comes to Buffy begging for help. Buffy's immediate response is to bodily toss him off of Giles' front porch.
Spike: What part of "Help me" don't you understand?
Buffy: The part where I help you.
- After Spike explains about the chip in his brain that stops him from feeding:
Buffy: So you haven't murdered anybody lately? Let's be best pals!
- Later, when the soldiers are chasing him again, Giles asks why they should help him.
Spike: Because you do that. You're the goody-good guys. You're the bloody freaking cavalry.
- Spike, after his first run-in with Initiative soldiers, comes to Buffy begging for help. Buffy's immediate response is to bodily toss him off of Giles' front porch.
- In episode six, Gen. Lane all but demands Supergirl's help testing out the Red Tornado android, blames her when things go pear-shaped, and doesn't thank her when she saves his life (along with Jimmy's and his daughter Lucy's). It's discovered later in the episode that Red Tornado was developed to deal with Kryptonians like Kara and her cousin, and that the general was actually field-testing it against her with the intention of deploying it against Superman. What really sets him up for this is when he gets told by his daughter that he is wrong about her relationship with Jimmy holding her back, he has no Heel Realization, no Villainous Breakdown, no My God, What Have I Done? moment. He just says he hopes she realizes her mistake before her entire life has passed her by. A bastard par excellence.
- Cat's mother also counts for a pure Muggle example. She has no interaction with any super or metahuman, but she does put Cat down from the moment she enters to the moment she leaves and expects Cat to take it. Cat doesn't, tells her mother off, and defends Kara's on-the-job skill, if for no other reason than she feels she is the only one entitled to talk down to Kara.
- Russell Hantz considers himself among the ranks of the game's Magnificent Bastards, like Richard Hatch and "Boston" Rob Mariano. But what they understand and he doesn't is that evicted players on the jury have to like you or at least respect you enough to vote for you to win. Russell just wantonly lied and bullied his way through the game — twice — and ended by asking "Who's the man?", to which both juries shouted "NOT YOU!" And then he had the gall, after his second loss, to argue that the rules were flawed because he didn't win, or because someone who had a drastically different playstyle (Sandra) could win twice. Russell also cried and said that he respected the game too much to lose in Redemption Island, saying it was how a professional NFL player feels about playing with a bunch of "Peewee leaders" who "lost the challenge on purpose to get him out", and claimed that nobody else was there to play the game and was only there for fame. Never mind that he was doing the exact same things he did during the previous two times he played. Asking people to flip and be a third wheel, assembling the usual (Laker Girl) harem, searching for the idol recklessly (if you're idol hunting, MAKE SURE NOBODY IS WATCHING YOU first!!), even dumping out the tribe's rice while they were out fishing, without even considering that this time, he was playing with people who had the chance to see him in action. (And if you've seen those seasons, there's absolutely zero excuse for not knowing his game inside and out.)
- Jeff Kent a few seasons later was voted out and became the second member of the jury. While he was given a nice edit, in his Elimination Statement, he tears into everyone else and acts like he deserved to win when he already had made over $60 million playing baseball. According to the MLB, however, he's certainly a Nice Character, Mean Actor.
- Kate and her mother Rebecca, two peasants in Locksley, were this on Robin Hood. The worst moment is when Rebecca blames Robin for her son's death, and angrily asks him where he was when he died. You can almost see Robin thinking: "I was right next to him, watching as your stupid daughter kept messing up my plans to save him."
- Doctor Who:
- The Weeping Angels. They spent two episodes chasing the Doctor and his friends, killing everyone in their way. At the end of the two-parter, the Angels discover that one of the cracks in the universe is threatening to absorb them and wipe them from existence — so they have the nerve to tell the Doctor to sacrifice himself to save them. True, they say they'll spare River and Amy, but considering who we're talking about, they were probably lying about that.
- Then there's Madam Kovarian who had the nerve to ask Amy to save her — the very person whose child she kidnapped and raised into a psychotic Laser Guided Tyke Bomb to have the Doctor (who happens to be Amy's best friend) assasinated, while outright taunting her about how she'll still save her since that's what the Doctor (whom Kovarian was, as stated before, trying to kill) would do. Amy "kindly" reminds her that he isn't present and gives her exactly what she deserves.
- Big Brother:
- In the US show, Rachel and Brendon (but mostly Rachel) are almost like Russell Hantz in terms of this trope. They are good at winning competitions but have a poor social game and come off as this, but Rachel especially. Both of them, but mostly Rachel push their way through the game without regards for how everyone else thinks of them, hurls insults and Disproportionate Retribution around like balls at a baseball game and are somehow surprised that people can't stand them and hate their guts and that there are targets on their backs. And despite all that, she won, thanks in part to the most blatant Executive Meddling to date and other players picking up an Idiot Ball.
- Averted in the 2012 season — Dan may have acted like he deserved to win, and showed traces of this, but wasn't sour about losing in a six to one vote.
- Dr. Smith from Lost in Space. Episode after episode, Smith causes and/or exacerbates threat after threat, putting other members of the cast in deadly danger. Whether he's making deals with various aliens to rescue himself (and only himself) or plotting to gain phenomenal cosmic powers or wealth, he will inevitably be betrayed by said aliens, end up hoist by his own petard, and start begging the crew to save him as they're extracting themselves from the disaster he created. And they do. Every. Single. Time.
- In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Deja Q", Q is stripped of his powers by the Continuum. Given a choice of what mortal form to take and where to be dumped, he chose to be placed in a human form on board the Enterprise with the expectation that Picard & crew would protect him from all the beings he's pissed off with his Jerkass God behavior (despite the fact that Picard and crew have repeatedly been on the receiving end of said behavior). He's promptly disabused from the notion by Guinan spearing his hand with a fork to verify that yes, he's been stripped of his powers.
- The 16 year olds (usually girls) that appear on the notorious MTV show My Super Sweet Sixteen are usually the spoiled poster children for this trope. Their parents are usually incompetent, indulging wimps (the main reason kids turn out like this in the first place) and spend incredible amounts of money (over $50k!) on parties and cars, and the kids STILL have the audacity to throw temper tantrums, bicker and hate on their parents if even the smallest thing they don't like happens!
- Abby Morgan from Dawson's Creek, particularly in the episode Full Moon Rising from season 2. In a fit of jealousy, she calls Jen a bitch, a slut and all other unpleasant things and she's actually surprised when Jen smacks her one. Afterwards, she breaks into Dawson's house to spy on Jen. To get back at Jen, she tries to seduce Dawson, who was dating Joey at the time. When Dawson refuses her advances and kicks her out, Abby takes it to the point of absurdity by asking him to tell Jen that they had made out.
- JP from Fresh Meat. He attacks Kingsley for texting "his woman", Sam. Even though he didn't exactly respect Kingsley and Josie's relationship. He also seems infuriated that Kingsley stands up for himself.
- The other reindeer who verbally abused and socially isolated Rudolph for his entire life expect him to use his glowing nose as a foglight for them. He does it, the poor sap, and everyone acts like the resulting fame makes up for how poorly treated he was.
- The mayor from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin.
- Mass Effect
- Ambassador Udina takes every opportunity to badmouth, second-guess, and otherwise undermine you that he can get, culminating in ordering the Normandy grounded simply because it's politically expedient. When you come in and save the Citadel anyway from a massive Geth attack, the Systems Alliance either gets offered a seat on the Citadel Council, or takes over the council, depending on how exactly you dealt with Sovereign and the Destiny Ascension. Either way, you're told that your recommendation will carry the most weight, and Udina seems to honestly expect you to recommend him over Captain Anderson, even after the shit he's piled on you. Of course, nothing's stopping you from doing just that, if you're the forgiving type. If.
- Happens again in the sequel if you saved the Council. Depending on your choice of Anderson or Udina, you may get to meet them (two guesses which one will get you the audience?). But if you were hoping that proving them wrong and saving their asses the last time they ignored your warnings would get them to believe anything you say now, much less help... forget about it.
- The Krogan Rebellions started in part due to this, due to the Krogan riding high on the wave of saving the entire galaxy during the Rachni Wars, feeling that they had earned the right to ask for anything as their boon. After their nature as Explosive Breeders caused them to overpopulate the worlds they were given after the Rachni Wars, only to be denied more worlds to settle on, they decided to seize those worlds by force and take the rest of the galaxy while they were at it. Ultimately, this lead the unleashing of the genophage upon their species by the salarians and turians, leading to only 1 in 1000 births being successful. Wrex and Eve suggest that the salarians uplifting their species before they were ready was part of the problem, but admits that in retrospect, they did bring a lot of their misfortunes on themselves.
- The Asari in Mass Effect 3 refuse to aid Earth (or any other race) during the Reaper invasion, only to ask Shepard to drop everything and head to Thessia when the Reapers are kicking down their door. The entire Asari race also becomes this after the reveal that the Protheans had interfered in their development with the intention that they would lead the fight against the Reapers in the next Cycle, even leaving them a fully-intact beacon to aid their development. However, the Protheans didn't count on the Asari keeping their own beacon hidden (despite writing the laws that all races must share any knowledge gathered from other beacons) and became culturally and technologically stagnant, due to their long life-spans and reliance on using the knowledge data-mined from the beacon to maintain their technological supremacy over the other races in the galaxy.
- Humanity is frequently accused of this by their detractors (especially turians), due to having entered galactic politics thirty years ago and thrown aside centuries of tradition to try and push and shove their way to the head of the table. Humanity counters that they simply want to get involved and protect the galaxy, having demonstrated their considerable military strength during the First Contact War and pointing out that Asskicking Equals Authority was precisely how the turians themselves got onto the Council in the first place.
- Prince Charmles of Dragon Quest VIII. Not only do the heroes have to drag this lazy lout along on what's supposed to be his Rite of Passage, he expects them to do all the fighting and slay an Argon Lizard for its heart... and after they kill one, he immediately decides "Oh, I should have an even bigger and better Argon heart — You guys work on that!" He doesn't treat them with even the slightest shred of respect or dignity, expecting them to do everything for him because he's royalty — the only physical exertion he puts himself through during the entire trip is whipping Medea, then Trode, and after THAT stunt the player will likely join the heroes in cursing the fact they can't just leave him in the reserve. To top it all off, after you finally secure a heart he deems acceptable and return to Argonia, he finds a way to even more flagrantly flout the rules by buying a heart in the Marketplace and expects you to keep this action a secret from his father! Towards the end of the game, he reasserts his bastardry by barring you and your party from the wedding. Yet, even after all of that, he's absolutely shocked when this comes back to bite him squarely on his big fat butt.
- World of Warcraft
- The Horde under Garrosh. They believe its perfectly fine to invade anyone they choose for resources for themselves. They try to claim they need lumber for housing and... build a city out of a metal they seem to have imported from another continent and they seem to be building everything out of metal nowadays. They claim to be starving and yet they pollute their major hunting grounds that were right next to their one major population center just so they can strip mine the place for ...war. And no, they don't farm, they raise pigs and hunt. Their invasion of Ashenvale, a somewhat hilly forest really comes across as extremely selfish. And the justification for the invasion? The Night elves won't trade with them AS MUCH as before.
- In the weekly Crumbled Chamberlain quest, you are tasked with reassembling the statue that houses the soul of a Mogu chamberlain, who proceeds to talk down to you, giving you patronizing praise at best while arrogantly insisting that you stop dallying at worst as you kill monsters on the island. Upon completion, he hands you your reward, a single Shan'ze Ritual Stone (which can more easily be found through other methods, and you need three for each of the three bosses in the weekly quest) and tells you not to tell his master Lei Shen what he did, lest you end up like him. The chamberlain's attitude is unsurprising, however, when you consider that he's a high-ranking member of a species that sees all others as lesser beings.
- In one of the middle chapters of Phantom Brave, a village chieftain hires Marona to deal with Raphael, leader of the White Wolf Army, who is causing trouble on the island. You eventually find out that the troublemaker is an imposter who has taken advantage of Raphael's name repeatedly, and the real Raphael (who, unlike nearly everyone else in the setting, actually likes and respects Marona) shows up to help you take the imposter down. When you return, the chieftain stiffs you on the payment because the job instructions was, explicitly, to defeat Raphael, not an imposter (regardless of who was causing the problem). Marona is forced to accept... when the REAL Raphael, having overheard the exchange, starts up a ruckus in the village. The chieftain immediately requests Marona's aid, and is genuinely surprised when she declines and wanders off instead.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim contains a similar example in the form of Delphine and Esbern. Despite being Blades, whose role is to serve the Dragonborn (i.e. you), they are perfectly happy to give you orders, disbelieve your findings, and expect you to be obedient to their every whim. They go so far as to demand that you kill Paarthurnax for them, the dragon Master of the Greybeards who has spent the last three thousand years waiting for you, teaching the Way of the Voice, suppressing his nature to help overcome his inborn urge to dominate. The dragon who was instrumental in your defeat of Alduin the World-Eater, who willingly helps you learn a Shout that was specifically meant to take down dragons (the Dragonrend), and who has been protected from harm by the Greybeards and by the Emperors that the Blades served for the last few thousand years. And they refuse to help you until you do what they tell you to do. Many players seem to enjoy making Delphine and Esbern suffer a humiliating death for such an affront. Delphine and Esbern justify this by claiming that Paarthurnax's draconic instinct to dominate (which even Paarthurnax will admit are as strong as ever) makes him too dangerous to be allowed to live. Esbern also states that justice demands that Paarthurnax answer for the crimes he committed as Alduin's former right-hand. Even Paarthurnax himself will acknowledge that they are right not to trust him.
- It says something about how reviled their "request" RE:Paarthurnax is among the fanbase that one of the most popular mods for the PC version is one that allows you to tell Delphine and Esbern to piss off.
- Harvest Moon: Hero Of Leaf Valley gives an unintentional example. If the player's horse gets sick twice, Gwen will punch the player character in the face and accuse him of neglecting the horse, even if the player checks on the horse everyday and it just randomly happens the next morning. It is possible for this to happen shortly before one of Gwen's story events, in which she asks for the player's help in protecting Snowball, so she can accidentally come across as one of these.
- Girl Genius: Duke Strinbeck on the Pink Airship. While the ship is under attack, he still demands the captain obey his orders — at gunpoint — rather than evade the assault. Then a most satisfying order comes to throw useless objects overboard....
- In 8-Bit Theater Thief goes on a rant about this to a random villager who wants a new shovel handle about how he can't be bothered to do the most trivial tasks because they might interfere with his "schedule of vigorous masturbation", while expecting them to interrupt their work of saving the world to help him out. Except that the guy wasn't asking them to do it for him, and is rather confused at having his shopping interrupted.
- In Noob, Bartémulius and Nostariat, the recurring Insufferable Genius Quest Giver pair. Their dialogue when they run into the protagonists can be summed up as: "You're a bunch of ignorant lowlife idiots. You'd better not be asking for our help. But since you're here, would you mind killing that monster that's after us / being our escort / running an errand or two?" To top it off, they can also be found under Ungrateful Bastard.
- Dexter's Laboratory: In Mandark's debut episode, he genuinely expects Dexter to help set him up on a date with Dee Dee, despite the fact that he had spent the entire episode one-upping Dexter and forced him to shut down his lab; Dexter only goes along with it because he realizes he can exploit Dee Dee's destructive tendencies to have Mandark's own lab shut down.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Prince Blueblood pulls some of this with Rarity, expecting her to cover a puddle for him and using her as a pony-shield from flying cake. He spits Applejack's strudel out in disgust after learning it wasn't made by Canterlot's top chefs, calling it "common carnival fare".
- Young Justice did a great job with this in the episode "Targets". Red Arrow is going to protect the US ambassador at peace talks, and saves him from an assassin... and the man turns out to be Lex Luthor. Lex generously gets him out of trouble with the authorities (people thought he was with the assassin at first) and then makes comments throughout the whole episode about how glad he is that he has a superhero protecting him while Red Arrow can only grind his teeth.
- The Simpsons:
Bart: What right do you have to complain [about an episode of Itchy and Scratchy]?
- Comic Book Guy acts like this. For example, in "The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show"
Comic Book Guy: As a loyal fan, I feel they owe me.
Bart: What do they owe you? They provide you hours of entertainment for free. I mean, if anything, you owe them.
Comic Book Guy: Worst. Episode. Ever.
- Doctor Hibbert in the episode "My Sister, My Sitter". Towards the end of the episode, when Bart is injured, Hibbert declares to the whole town that Bart's injuries were caused by bad babysitting, ruining Lisa's babysitting business. The next day, he calls Lisa up and asks her to look after his kids while he has Judo.
- Lisa herself often falls into this with her need to be better then everyone she meets to the point of outright sabotaging her betters either directly or indirectly. She is at her worse in “Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade”. After spending the entire episode resenting Bart for getting higher grades, disregarding his advice, and demeaning him behind his back, she had the gall to say that it was Bart’s job to protect her.
- Earl of Lemongrab of Adventure Time acts like this towards Peppermint Butler.
Peppermint Butler: Thank you for releasing me from the dungeon early, Master Lemongrab.
Lemongrab: I determine what is early, and what is late, Mister Peppermint!
Peppermint Butler: Yes, your Earlness.
Lemongrab: Also... I don't know where food comes from!
Peppermint Butler: My Lord, food comes from Ma—
Lemongrab: AAAAAAAH- DADADADADA, NOOOOOO! That is why I am royal, and YEEEEEEOU are SERVILE!
- Taken Up to Eleven with The Duchess, an imaginary friend from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Every morning, she wants someone to open her eyes for her, carry her to her own personal bathroom, and pre-gargle her mouthwash for her, all while she openly and relentlessly insults everyone around her. And if she doesn't get her way, she is capable of producing a high pitched, shrill scream for an indefinite amount of time.
- Sentinel Prime of Transformers Animated is always rude and condescending to non-Cybertronians and Cybertronians below him in rank. When he gets into trouble, he becomes slightly less insulting, but still feels the need to talk down to his rescuers and any gratitude he expresses is gone by the end of the episode.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Favor", the Joker finds himself faced with the prospect of being ignominiously blown to bits in an alley. He starts desperately screaming for Batman to save him.
- Dave in Total Drama Pahkitew Island towards Sky.
- Connie D'Amico of Family Guy falls into this in the episode "Stew-Roids." She makes Chris popular, only for Chris to cheat on her and ruin her reputation. She asks Meg for help in knocking Chris down a peg, despite the fact that she has ruthlessly bullied Meg for years both on and off-screen; Meg points out that she has no reason to help Connie after everything she's done and tells her to screw off... but changes her mind after Chris throws a javelin into her shoulder for laughs.
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