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*
(bonus points if it's their own doing)
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!
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 Samaritanof 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?.
Careful adding Real Life examples to this. It's already sad enough that this is Truth in Television.
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 ½ many of Ranma and Akane's old enemies/rivals/unwanted fiance' will often come to the Tendo dojo pleading their help with some problem. Notably Sentaro, from the Martial Arts Tea Ceremony episodes, who's 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 doubts asking for help the people she constantly bullies and abuses.
Comics — Books
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.
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 arguably 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.
A Legion of Super-Heroes story involved a young boy (around 10yo) 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.
The Plutonian is faced with a man who complains his boat was damaged in a pirate attack the Plutonium just prevented. This total Entitled Bastard so infuriated the Superman-like character, the Plutonian flew to the moon, to get the first peace and quiet he'd had for years. Then drama pursued.
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.
Films — Live-Action
The princess in Spaceballs start 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):
Batman: I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you.
Happens in Titanic. 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.
Films — Animated
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.
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 magiclessfools 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.
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.
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.
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!"
Vampire Spike, after his first run-in with Initiative soldiers, comes to Buffy saying "Help me." Buffy has a short, violent response.
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 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.
Russell Hantz of Survivor 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 to 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 absolutelyzeroexcuse 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, his Elimination Statement, he tears into everyone else and acts like he deserved to win when he already had made over $60 million. 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."
The Weeping Angels from Doctor Who. 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.
In Big Brother US, 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 Jerk Ass God behavior (despite the fact that Picard and crew have repeatedly been on the receiving end of said behavior).
The 16 year olds (usually girls) that appear on the notorious MTV show My Super Sweet 16 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!
Music and Popular Culture
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.
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 entire krogan species is a huge example, as they feel that they are entitled to the entire galaxy. They waged a war on the galaxy to colonize it with their Explosive Breeders, until the salarians enacted the relatively humane solution of just lowering their birth rates to end the war. The krogan hold a grudge for this, seeing it as unjustified, and are planning on going to war with the salarians the minute they get cured. Now wouldn't anyone want to cure them? Wrex at least acknowledges that the krogans brought most of their problems on themselves.
Prince Charmles of Dragon Quest VIII. Not only do the heroes have to drag this lazy lout along on what's supposed to be hisRite 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 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.
A player type that shows up, especially using the dungeon finder that groups people from different servers who will probably never see each other again even online — the GIFT is magnified in that circumstance. Most of the time they're damage dealers who attitude is permanently "gogogogo" regardless of whether everyone's ready. They tend to overlook two things. 1. If they start blasting away at monsters before the tank is ready, it may decide that if they want the monster's attention so badly, they can have it. 2. In a fair number of encounters players will take damage greatly exceeding their total health. So calling the person you're expecting to save your life several times a noob because they like to have mana before starting a fight works out badly.
It's also not just the DPS classes who do this. Tanks often tend to Leeroy Jenkins right on in, sometimes even using abilities to increase their movement and going out of the healer's range and neglecting to actually get aggro on mobs before moving on, and then when the group wipes or somebody dies, either blame the healer for neglecting them, or the DPS for not knowing how to manage aggro and taking too much damage. (Which is going to happen in a lot of fights, either simply because of the enemies or because the tank hasn't bothered to position themselves to avoid, say, giant lightning bolts hitting the entire group.)
That's also not to say there aren't healers who are like this; too. Some have been known to completely ignore healing DPS period even though a lot of fights summon trash mobs that must be off-tanked, inflict a debuff on a random party member that deals damage or increases damage taken by a certain percent, or worse yet, inflict unavoidable Area of Effect damage. Then act like it's the DPS's fault they died.
Much of this attitude, for all party roles, stems from expecting the party to be massively overgeared for the dungeon. As such it was particularly prevalent in the latter days of the Wrath expansion because of new incentives for players to keep running old dungeons long after they've gained all the gear they want from them. And due to heirloom gear this situation doesn't change much when leveling up a new character, causing lazy habits to become ingrained. This sort of player doesn't expect to have to pay attention, think, or try to get through an instance, and resents having to do so because, e.g. the tank doesn't have twenty thousand more health than is actually needed to complete the dungeon, or players aren't killing the enemy too fast for it to use its dangerous abilities.
And for a plot example: 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.
Left 4 Dead and its sequel. Every single player is guilty of this at some point. Even the ones who try to keep the entire survivor team alive. Usually, players who rush ahead will be the ones who will get caught by a special infected and then scream at the other players to run in and save him. Most people will just laugh and let the player die for stupidly running ahead, but if the team do decide to save the player, usually no word of thanks is given and off they go running ahead once more.
Heroes of Newerth As it is a team game you come across many players who embody this. They will spend most of the game demanding you buy wards or even give them your health potions. They will freak out if you do not do everything possible to save them, and when you do they will completely ignore it and berate you the next time they feel you slip up. And don't EVER expect them to help you or call them out on abandoning you in a team fight or letting you get swarmed, as they'll just insult you.
League of Legends has this system called the Tribunal, where players vote on a report on a case to tell Riot what they think should happen. Naturally, the Tribunal forum is full of people who had their accounts suspended (Not banned - suspended) bitching that they were clearly trolled by players who just hit "punish" for every case and Jerk Ass players who reported them, as they're always the victim. Even when they show screenshots that clearly show them obviously feeding, cussing the team out, sabotaging the team by being afk or buying a bunch of wards instead of actual items...
Team Fortress 2. There are plenty of players who subscribe to the "blame the medic" school of thought. They'll never aid the medic, ignore that he's the one healing their health. They'll often say "Medic" in morse code even when they're being healed. They'll never body block the medic or help them out, run over all the medkits so the medic can't get them, blame the medics whenever they die, ask for them to use their invulnerability even when it wouldn't help, then wonder why the medic switches to another class. In short; don't abuse the healer.
Engineers also have to deal with these. Their sentries form the basis of area denial, their dispensers keep the team locked and loaded, and teleporters are VITAL on large maps. Yet too often, one lone hardhat has to try to build-let alone hold-a nest against the enemy with no support, no spycheck, and teammates constantly stealing ammo packs that could be used for building upgrades and repairs. If you somehow manage to succeed, don't expect thanks.
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 the Greybeards call the essence of pure hatred (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.
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.
He spit 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 ambassdor 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.
Doctor Hibbert in the episode My Sister, My Sitter. Towards the end of the episode, when Bart is injured, Hibbert delcares 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.
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. And if she doesn't get her way, her shrill screaming and ranting will quickly annoy everyone.
People working in Customer Service often deal with these; you may have been one of them.
Statistically, being scrupulously polite-but-firm with Customer Service is far more likely to get you what you want, when you want it.
Of course, given that people working in Customer Service with whom you deal generally work for companies you've either paid money to or are considering paying money to, and are often, shall we say, less than helpful - sometimes spectacularly so - this cuts both ways.
That has much more to do with the bureaucracy of most Customer Service protocol than then agents themselves. Many are discouraged from handing customers over to someone higher up the ladder, even if that's the only way to adequately assist the customer.
Fan Dumb and Hate Dumb often overlap with this trope, believing that they own the franchise and medium in its entirety and that all executive decisions should be run through them first, and are naturally finding something to complain about no matter what.
This often overlaps with Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things. Numerous times, people have constantly complained over and over again, demanding that the creator shape the work(s) to their desires, ignoring that this is a business and making stuff takes money (or because it's developed for free of charge to them). Eventually the creator decides they're sick of bending over backwards for them and only receiving Nothing But Hates and decides "Well fuck you, too," and start catering to people who give them constructive criticism and positive feedback. Then the entitled bastards start complaining about being abandoned.
Music is also a touchy subject in video games. Nowadays, lots of musical pieces are either ported directly or are used as a parody. Thanks to just how sensitive trademarks and licensing are in general, game developers are forced to change the music in order to keep selling the game without causing infringement. Gamers who don't understand it tend to ignore the explanation given by the developers and demand that they put the old music back.
Earthbound wasn't able to be released on the Virtual Console due to the sheer amount of musical nods and parodies the game contained that would probably get Nintendo sued today. Fans of the game dismissed it as Nintendo just being super stingy and they keep demanding that Nintendo release the game.
PAYDAY: The Heist had a few musical pieces that was composed by someone other than the company's main music composer. The music was changed several months later so that 100% of the game's soundtrack would be by the company's composer, thus allowing the official soundtrack to be released for sale. Fans of the game were not happy about it and harassed the music composer for a response, to which he stated that the company did not have the full rights to the old music and it would have hindered the ability to release a soundtrack. Despite the statement, fans still demand the old music back.
DRM. Gamers claim to "Boycott" games...yet they play the games anyways, just not pay for them. Despite this they are surprised that people still are claiming piracy is a problem and that DRM is needed. At the same time, games like Demi God, World of Goo, and The Witcher 2 reported massive piracy figures, not helping the case of "no DRM" any more...good job gamers.
A common stereotype of the modern day, younger generations (and has been more or less ever since the point where technological progress made life different between one generation and the next).
This also includes parents.
If you moderate a forum, you'll know a lot of people who complain that you were being disproportionate to punishing them... despite clear proof they were breaking the policy.
This extends to more than just forum policies, mind you... there were numerous people who are surprised that their wanton disrespect of the law catches up to them.
They are also the same people that claim their freedom of speech is being violated, despite the fact that privately owned web sites are not linked to the federal government or the laws like the First Amendment in any way.
This becomes more hilarious if the forum is maintained outside the United States and the offenders try to pull the First Amendment card.
This trope is also out in full force within art sites such as Deviant ART, Sheezy Art, and Fur Affinity. There are people who will demand free art from a popular artist (usually called requests) and tend to keep asking for more after they gotten an art piece or they keep asking after being told no. This results in the artist locking down on requests, possibly forever, while the freeloader acts surprised that they caused it to happen.
Similarly, people paying for an artist to draw them something may tend to go overboard on making sure the artist gets every single detail exactly right. While the customer does have some say on what they want since they are paying for it, some tend to forget the artist is human and are limited by their own abilities and they won't get the work done any faster or squeeze in every single detail if you keep bugging them about it. Other people paying for commissions may try to abuse a loophole with some artists that let their customers see the art piece as it develops by asking them to change details very often (scoring free art basically). The artist then throws up their hands in frustration and either places restrictions on how they can be commissioned or they simply raise their commission rates which not only pisses off everyone else, but also somehow shocks the offender that drove the artist to that point in the first place.
This can also work in reverse with artists whining on how people should follow them and pay attention to their artwork more than others. Often, this is done by newer members, but older members have been known to do this as well.
On Deviant ART at least, one particular infamous example of this are the sheer number of "artists" who constantly demand they get "points" (a form of "currency" use to "purchase" downloads on the site) for the pictures they draw. This is often found with what are known as "adoptables", copy-n-pasted (and often poorly-edited) screengrabs or character sprites people charge "points" for in exhange for "adopting" (IE: Being allowed to post it on their gallery) one.
Recently on Fur Affinity, an artist really needed money fast and took a bunch of commissions to raise money for a trip to New York City to see his recently diagnosed with cancer Mother. Note that he had not seen her (or the rest of his family) for three years. So in order to entice more people to commission him, he slashed down the prices and gave discounts. Given how much he was giving, he promised that he would sketch them first (with commissioner approval after all) and then finish them in later streams. However, his older commissioners see that he's offering commissions for less...and then demand refunds from him, effectively sabotaging his trip to see his family. This trope was even listed word for word by one of his "new" commissioners who understood that he needed the money.
Art Auctions on any art site. Some of them in fact offer a piece for sale or an adoptable. What some people do is do absolutely nothing during the auction...until the last second where they outbid the current bidder by the minimum amount, ensuring that they pay as little for the piece as they can and making it so that nobody can outbid them back. They then go around showing off that art piece or the adoptable bragging about how they "won" it.
Related to the above, auction trolls. Suffice to say there is a reason that most auctions extend the bidding time whenever a bid is made. However...write-in auctions usually end up having these people waiting for the very last second to write something in.
Many websites are offered for free, with the web master often paying out of their own pocket to maintain the site or have to turn to ads so they can pay to afford the site. Sure enough, whenever something happens to inconvenience the site, the regular users start to bitch about how incompetent the webmaster is, when all they've never invested a cent into the site itself.
During the 2012 year of the famous Steam Summer Sale (where games, even recently released AAA titles, can receive discounts up to 75% off), nothing received more flak than the ARMA II: Combined Operations (the main game plus its expansion and all DLC) sale. It was on sale for $25 and when it went down to $18 on the daily featured sale, the forums were rife about how Bohemian Interactive was being greedy for trying to milk a 3 year old game for all it was worth. The main reason why people were pissed off? They didn't care about the actual game and instead wanted to get the game for Day Z.
When it was announced that Bayonetta 2 would be exclusive to the Wii U, Hideki Kamiya received death threats from fans demanding an Xbox release. Apparently, they were unable to comprehend that Bayonetta is in fact Platinum Games's property, and that they can do whatever they want with it, or that Nintendo is in fact publishing the game for the Wii U.
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