Remind me — why should I help you? Spike:
Because. You're the goody-good guys. You're the freaking cavalry
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
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).
Be careful adding Real Life
examples to this. It's already sad enough that this is Truth in Television
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Anime & Manga
- Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z often acts like this.
- 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 doubts asking for help 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 that they're there just to die for people like him to 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.
- 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 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Films — Animation
- 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 following in Misfits:
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Vampire Spike, after his first run-in with Initiative soldiers, comes to Buffy saying "Help me." 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.
- 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 jelousy, 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.
- And by the way, there was no "sorry" mentioned in the song either.......humph!
- 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 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 has a cycle.
- 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 complaining that they are a victim even when they show screenshots that clearly show them giving the enemy easy kills, cussing the team out, being afk, or using inferior items.
- For that matter, it might be easier to just rattle off a list of MOBA-games given how they are a Wretched Hive of entitled bastards who demand you never have fun than to describe specific examples like Heroes of Newerth and League of Legends. This trope goes hand-in-hand with MOBA games so much this trope could also be called "MOBA player".
- 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 or another server. If they try and use their weapons to defend themselves, they get chewed out for not healing, and if they use their Mediguns, they're seen as worthless for causing little damage. 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.
- This can theoretically happen to any class if one player is taking a unique or hard-to-notice strategy that yields major results. The Engineer and Medic get the worst of it though, as they both need a lot of aid from other players to be truly effective and are easy to take for granted.
- Star Trek Online:
- Due to the fact that the game has pretty much turned into a DPS race, it's pretty much a solid thing that if you're not bringing in the DPS, then you're just holding back the team. Thus, cruisers (tanks) and science vessels (think healers) tend to be looked down on at times as certain ones tend not to bring out the same power as escorts.
- Participating in a Special Task Force mission is even worse as players have a certain set up going that, if not followed exactly, leads to a lot of rage when the optional is failed.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the Team Service Announcement Metal and Dispensers, the RED Soldier causes a ton of trouble for his team's Engineer by wasting the ammo crate during the setup period. Later he dashes to him demanding a dispenser... but the Engineer doesn't feel all that obliged.
- 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.
- 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:
- Comic Book Guy acts like this.
What right do you have to complain [about an episode of Itchy and Scratchy
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
) CBG: Worst. Episode. Ever.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- People working in Customer Service often deal with these; you may have been one of them. 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.
- 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. Nintendo eventually did release the game on the Wii U.
- 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.
- PAYDAY 2 had entitled bastards in full force during the wait for the beta. People who pre-ordered the premium version of the game would get beta passes once the beta was ready. Emphasis on the word "ready" because the developers were not sure when said beta would be ready and they wanted to make sure that it was stable and balanced enough for people to play and test it with little trouble. Fan Dumb cried foul and demanded the beta to be released immediately. After the developers explained why they couldn't give a release date or other info, people just complained louder and proclaimed that Overkill was being greedy and some even threatened to refund their pre-order just to spite the developers. Some of the complainers tried to justify their complaining by saying they want to test the game, but everyone else knows that most people just wanted to be able to play the game sooner.
- DRM. Gamers claim to "boycott" games... yet they play the games anyway, just without paying for them. Despite this they are surprised that people still are claiming piracy is a problem and that DRM is needed. Note that it is the experience of book publisher TorBooks that not using DRM causes "no discernible increase in piracy". Also, certain types of DRM, like the kind Sony used to use on its music CDs, have given some people security concerns over things like phoning home and hidden software.
- Deconstructed by SF Debris in the introduction to his Transformers review: Fans don't own any of the franchise themselves, but they do own how it makes them feel, they're going to have opinions based on that, and trying to deny them that is true undeserved entitlement.
- 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, ie as long as there has been civilization). This also includes parents.
- There is also a stereotype in the reverse direction that older generations feel entitled to privileges.
- 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.
- A variant of this happens in League of Legends - Someone breaks the rules ingame, gets predictably banned, then complains on the forums asking why they were banned, at which point Lyte (the head of player behavior) will frequently post their chat logs showing exactly why they got banned. This happens so often that it's gained its own nickname, a 'Lyte Smite.'
- This trope is also out in full force within art sites such as Deviant ART, Sheezy Art, and FurAffinity. There are people who will demand free art from a popular artist (usually called requests) and tend to keep asking for more after they have 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 deviantART 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 FurAffinity, 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), the 3 year old ARMA II: Combined Operations went on sale for 28% off, triggering complaints that the game, which had recently become host to the very popular DayZ mod, was being milked for profit.
- The Steam Summer sale of 2014 had a competitive event where people could get a chance on their teams to win 3 games from their wishlists by crafting badges through cards that are earned from buying games or buying the cards from other people. A large group of people on Reddit believed no one should be able to sweep the leaderboards everyday, so they organized everyone to rig the contests in a way where each team could win at least twice in the contest's week. A few days later, Valve changed the rules to say that teams finishing in 2nd and 3rd place could win games as well. The notion caused everyone to complain how their teams couldn't win anymore.
- 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.
- Chances are, you've probably been guilty of this at least once or twice in your lifetime, although obviously (hopefully) on a much smaller, forgettable scale.
- As a child, you'll have no doubt kicked and screamed for something you wanted if your parents wouldn't give it to you. Nevermind that almost everything they do for you, at their own expense, is for free. Typical child logic goes like this: "I want what I want when I want it, and I want it now!" No one is born with a concept of earning what they're given.
- This works in reverse as well. Many parents have the idea they can do whatever they want with their kids, even if it's something potentially or flat-out harmful, simply because they are the parents. Never mind the kids didn't exactly ask to come into the world, and a lot of parents do use that as a guilt trip ("I brought you into this world and I didn't have to!") to make their kids think they owe them for their own choice to become parents.
- Piracy. Whether it is music, movies, or video games, there will always be people who will illegally download something just to have it without paying for it because they feel like they don't owe anything. When confronted, said pirates try to justify their piracy by saying things like "I can't afford it" or "I just want to see if it will be good or not".
- On the flipside many statistics show that pirates legally own much more of the stuff they pirate than the average member of the target audience. So the "excuse" of just checking something out seems to be valid a lot of the time.
- Money is power, but boy howdy can it turn things sour when it's not used correctly. In any form of business, a customer who has the money to spend versus someone who can't afford to buy something will always be treated better. However, customers who try to threaten establishments to walk away and not do business with them or act like they should get better treatment because they are spending money on the business tend to look like spoiled brats for not getting exactly what they wanted and sometimes the business will gladly show that customer the door so that they don't have to put up with the shenanigans.
- Free-2-Play MMO games tend to hit this badly. It's not uncommon for players to boast that they spent X amount of money and, thus, they should be heard and their demands to be met immediately and if they don't, they'll walk.
- Any form of DLC for a video game will always be met with people complaining that it's too much money or that the content should have been free. Never mind the fact that while some studios do get a bit carried away with DLC, new content isn't made without someone being compensated for it.
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