Spoiled Brat

Veronica Lodge is not only spoiled, she's also in denial about it.

Drew: Look, sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do because they're good for us.
Angelica: Not me, Daddy. I'm special.

You know the old saying "Spare the rod, spoil the child"? Yeah, pretty much this trope in a nutshell.

Some kids can get whatever they want by screaming at their parents until they give in. "I want a pony" is one common demand of these types.

Usually, but not always, female — and may grow up to be an Alpha Bitch or a Rich Bitch. Indeed, the grown-up version may still be refered to as a spoiled brat if they still rely on their parents' money and influence. Never Nice to the Waiter and prone to Never My Fault.

On the other hand, since Children Are Innocent, the cause may be their parents' treatment of them, whether neglect or being a too Doting Parent. (To be fair, if the parents put their collective foot down, the child would have to change.) Removing them to more natural circumstances may cure them entirely, unlike adults of similar personality. Many a Magical Nanny specializes in it. This is especially likely if the parents lavish the material goods on them in place of affection or attention; any Parental Substitute may bring the child back to good manners by providing attention and discipline, and often wins the heart of the child that way, to the shock of parents, who may complain, "But we give him everything." The older the child is, the less likely this is to happen. In extreme cases, may be the result (or result in) an All Take and No Give relationship with their parents.

This often leaves the kid Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense.

A Super Trope to Royal Brat (where the brat is part of a powerful family).

Compare with Egocentrically Religious, who has this attitude towards God and the universe rather than towards father and the local community. Also compare with Idle Rich. Contrast Non-Idle Rich, Spoiled Sweet, Lonely Rich Kid.


    open/close all folders 

  • The Toyota Highlander commercials circa 2008 featuring the little blond kid. He talks about how his parents used to be lame before they got the "cool" Highlander. The way he brags about it and the way he looks down on the kid whose parents drive an older car really give off the Spoiled Brat vibe.
  • A series of condom ads[1] highlight a very poorly behaved youngster who is obviously accustomed to getting his own way.
  • A Fruit Roll Ups Ad has it to where a kid says "Pleasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss" throughout the entire comercial for his mother to get him a snack. So she gets him a snack.
  • Recently, commercials for Halos oranges, a brand of oranges specifically marketed toward kids. The tagline is "If you don't have Halos, they don't have halos." One even features a little girl who had duct taped her baby brother to a door!
  • In this commercial, a bratty little girl complains to her mother over fish that is an appropriate size for kids her age to eat. Unfortunately, the mother makes her happy rather than punish her for her ungratefulness.

     Anime & Manga 
  • Rumiko Takahashi use often these trope in her works.
    • Urusei Yatsura:
      • Shūtarō Mendō might border on being a Royal Brat, due to the fact his family is insanely wealthy (among other things, they have their own private army and own a considerable chunk of Japan). Mendō is also a Handsome Lech, has to have his servants around to cover his every whim, sometimes throws tantrums when girls don't pay attention to him, and tends to treat others of the lower class like dirt.
      • Shutarō's sister is just as much of a brat; she's just less pompous and more sadistic, with a Lack of Empathy, viewing others as simply toys to abuse for her amusement
    • Shun Mitaka from Maison Ikkoku is a more realistic version of Mendō (same voice actor, similar phobia issues), who is a "club pro" tennis coach/playboy.
    • Ranma ½:
      • Tatewaki Kuno who is so spoiled and egotistical, he can't get it through his head that not every girl is attracted to him. Similar to Mendo, he's a Handsome Lech, and a picky eater.
      • Kodachi, unlike her brother, realizes not everyone she is attracted to is automatically attracted to her, but refuses to let that get in her way because she always gets what she wants.
      • Villain of the week, Azusa is a rich and childish ice skater who has an unfortunate habit of taking any object she deems cute regardless of ownership. If she's denied, she cries, screams, and attacks the owner with a Hyper Space Mallet until they give up the item. Even the Kuno siblings found her unbearable.
      • Mariko Konjo, another minor villain, always gets a victory for any team she cheerleads for, because she cheats to win. If anyone complains, she sicks her cheerleading goons on them.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Poland starts out as this, but later matures via Character Development, defending Lithuania from the much-feared Russia.
    • Prussia is apparently also this, as Word of God says that the reason he is the way he is is because the Pope would let him do whatever he wanted when he was a child.
    • Chibiromano (South Italy, or Italy Romano, as a child) was spoiled, lazy, and entitled to boot, as his caretaker Spain definitely wasn't disciplining him. He grew into a Perpetual Frowner and very heavy Tsundere.
    • Ladonia is not only a Bratty Half-Pint, but he's prone to throwing tantrums when things don't go his way, many of which involve attacking Sweden, who seems incapable of disciplining him.
  • At first it appears that Chiko, the main character of The Daughter of Twenty Faces, plays this type straight to form. Then we find out she has a good reason to put up the act that she does. After this the trope is subverted as she practically tries too hard to contribute and be nice to her new "family".
  • A good fraction of all the plots in Detective Conan have this in grown-up form. They either get murdered or end up being the reason why someone was murdered in the first place.
    • Sonoko is a milder version. Sure, she's a Spoiled Brat quite often, but she's not outwards malicious and cares genuinely for Ran (therefore, she thinks Shinichi's not good enough for her). And her Long Distance Relationship with Makoto is quite cute.
  • Kid Trunks from Dragon Ball Z comes off as one. Unlike the selfless and heroic Future Trunks who grew up in the ruins of a world destroyed by the Androids, Kid Trunks grew up in a peaceful world as the treasured child of a rich family, with his not-dead-this-time father Vegeta as his trainer and primary male role model, rather than Gohan.
  • Barry Khan from Dragon Ball Super is depicted as such. He expects to be given anything and everything he wants, and when he doesn't get it, he throws a fit. It's so bad that when Videl rejects his flirting, he first attempts to set Gohan up to be injured in a stunt for his movie, and then tries to trick Videl into thinking Gohan is cheating on her, to no avail. Videl even calls him out on it, remarking that despite being treated like royalty, Barry is so insecure that he'll resort to trickery and blackmail whenever he's not the center of attention.
  • Nishiki from Kamisama Kiss mainly due to the influence of his family retainer and right-hand man. Brat part gets beaten out of him by the end of his story arc.
  • Xanxus from Katekyō Hitman Reborn!. He was a poor boy whose crazy mother managed to make the Ninth pity them and adopt Xanxus as his own son. The Ninth thought of him as his own son, and gave him love and affection — Xanxus, unfortunately, turned into a violent, ill-tempered Spoiled Brat who wasn't used to things not going his way. His being a Spoiled Brat is especially noticeable when one considers that, although being the Evil Counterpart to Tsuna, he actually had much less abuse and neglect in his past.
    • Even ten years into the future, as much as he's thought to be less of a douchebag than before, he's still ridiculously spoiled and rotten tempered. Most notably the "beef incident" here, where he beat the crap out of a bunch of underlings because he wanted to eat beef, and it had to be the best quality, and it had to be filleted, and how do they expect him to eat this shit?!
    • Hibari shows signs of being this, as well. Anything he wants, he gets. Or heads will roll. And the Absurdly Powerful Student Council doesn't exactly discourage his train of thought - they're pretty much his personal servants that help do anything (including some very morally ambiguous things) he wants. And just look at his reaction to when Mukuro beat him in a fight - he becomes obsessed with completely annihilating him, since he absolutely hates the idea of ever losing to someone. The only thing about Hibari, however, is that he really does have the strength and genius to justify his haughty, spoilt, stuffy attitude.
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth, Umi Ryuuzaki is like this to start. She complains incessantly about being stuck in another world with no luxuries and (in the anime) missing her fencing tournament. She does end up learning to leave it behind, although she's still very insistent on having her opinions be heard.
  • Garma Zabi is portrayed as this in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, an alternate retelling of Mobile Suit Gundam. He whines about Char getting all the glory and pesters his more prominent family members into giving him a combat posting so he can earn some fame for himself... after complaining about looking like the "baby" of the Zabi family. It should be noted, however, that this is an Alternate Character Interpretation that clashes with Garma's canon personality from the original anime.
    • Bright Noa calls Amuro Ray this when slapping him because his father never punched him... Yeah, it doesn't make much sense but he probably meant the fact that he was never corrected for showing a whiny behaviour.
  • Subverted in (what else?) Neon Genesis Evangelion. Asuka initially appears to be this... until it's revealed that she's doing it on purpose to alienate others because she's suffering from abandonment issues; there's been no-one around in her life to spoil her.
  • One Piece:
    • The World Nobles are basically what would happen if you gave a spoiled brat enough wealth and political power to be completely untouchable and able to do whatever they can. On top of being ridiculously rich, they are also spoiled to the point that they think everything belongs to them: and sadly, considering they are descended from the twenty kings who founded the World Government, few would disagree with them. Their attitude is supported by their ability to call in one of the Admirals for any reason, meaning that anyone who refuses to take the abuse they constantly dish out gets a walking natural disaster sicced on them. It's because of this that that the only people considered capable of defying the World Nobles are the Four Emperors, the four most powerful pirates in the world — mainly because not even the Admirals stand a chance against one of them.
    • Doflamingo might be the worst of the lot. He grew up as a World Noble with all of the privileges that entailed, and didn't take it well at all when his father took their family away from that life to lives as commoners. Even after killing his own father and presenting his head to the World Nobles, they refused to reinstate his status because he was from a "family of traitors". All of his villainy is done out of petty resentment at the world for taking away the privileges he feels entitled to have, which you can more or less relate to him having a temper tantrum.
  • The anime-exclusive Princess Martina from Slayers is horribly spoiled and narcissistic, and even when she's forced to make a living for herself after the destruction of her palace, her feeling of entitlement never goes away. Contrast kind and daring Princess Amelia.
  • In Wild Rock, Nava is absolutely spoiled rotten by his dad and uncles, gets into everything and has the attention span of a fruit fly.
  • It is pretty much this trope that drove Keima from The World God Only Knows into the kind of...obsessive gamer he is. He has 6 LCD TVs, 6+ home videogame consoles, 10+ portable PFPs, and a collection of gal games... in his own personal game library. And where does this all come from? Well, the "M funds".
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kaiba accuses Noah of being a Spoiled Brat (in addition to being crazy) and he pretty much is; unlike most members of this trope, Noah is incredibly dangerous, having almost godlike powers and an incredibly ego while in the Virtual World, while still having no more wisdom than the child he resembles.
  • Papirurio from Zatch Bell!. His partner Lupa gives him what he wants because he's the Replacement Goldfish for her dead son.

    Comic Books 
  • Of course, Viz magazine's eponymous Spoilt Bastard Timmy Timpson. In every strip he bullies and emotionally abuses his rather weak-willed mother, blaming her for whatever problem he's caused (and what's more she always believes it's truly her fault) and leading her to spend money she doesn't have to cater to her son's every whim. In one old strip he pretended to be sick to get out of school and kept implying that it was his mother's fault. The doctor then tells Timmy's mother that "There's nothing wrong with your son that a good smack on the bottom wouldn't cure!". In the annual he runs away from home because his mother put two sugars on his Weetabix when "She knows!" that he only has one and three quarter sugars.
  • Veronica Lodge in Archie Comics Veronica is the daughter of the wealthiest man in town, who gives her anything she wants... usually.
    • The trope picture comes from a story where she tries to prove to Betty that she also works hard, but being "forced" to drive all of her family's expensive cars, do country club sports, and attend fancy parties. She even tries to imply that wearing a designer dress and fur wrap is part of this "work".
    • In another story, she wants to get a job like all her friends have, but she's just not motivated enough to actually apply for one. In one comic chapter, everyone is busy with their summer jobs... except Veronica. She has no siblings (that we see, anyway), and her parents are busy running the family corporate empire, so she's pretty much alone and already bored with the empty days of summer vacation. She wished she had something to do, even a job, because this boredom is driving her crazy. Archie eventually comes by and visits, telling her about this one position open at the jewelry shop in the nearby mall. He says this position would be perfect for her, since she wears so much of it. Veronica looks like she's going to accept... then decides not to, because she's so wealthy she doesn't need to work. Apparently, having loads of money means one can never get an actual job, even if it's just to pass the time.
  • Victor Von Piro and Morty Vivente from Mini Monsters.
  • A somewhat common plot in girl's comics like Bunty, Mandy, Jinty and Tammy. Sometimes the heroine of the story was the brat, sometimes they weren't. If the heroine was the brat, they were soon subjected to Break the Haughty. If the heroine wasn't the brat, they would work for such a person but be unable to quit as their family needed the money from the job.

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 
  • Downplayed in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series: Calvin temporarily becomes one of these at the end of an episode.
  • Deconstructed in the Kung Fu Panda fanfic series, the Necromancers Of China Saga. Po and Tigress meet their daughter from the future, Fenhong Se. They eventually learn that their future selves spoiled her so much and gave her everything, but she could not get the one thing she wanted most: to be a greater hero than either her mother or father. Her spoiled nature plays a vital part in the existence of a Bad Future, causing Po and Tigress to realize they must raise her properly when the time comes.
  • Harry Riddle, thanks to his "auntie Bellatrix" spoiling him rotten:
    Harry: Can we go to Diagon Alley anytime soon? The letter demands my reply by today, you know, but I already sent it, so don't worry. But Draco's already gotten all of his stuff. Can I get a snake? I want a snake. Or... Can I take Nagini?
    Voldemort: No, you may not take my familiar.
  • The Reading Rainbowverse has Powderfluff, who is so sheltered that, when she does briefly visit Ponyville, many ponies interpret her paranoia and immaturity as legitimate mental illness.
  • Exaggerated and Justified with Ryuko Kiryuin in the first half of the Kill la Kill fanfic Maim de Maim, who's portrayed as easily the most hellish Spoiled Brat you can ever encounter, although she does show some brief flashes of compassion and eventually gets better much later in the story.
  • Lolly in The Racket-Rotter Chronicles. She clearly enjoyed her family's wealthy status until she lost it around the beginning of the story. Even then, she still extorts money from her father and grandparents, and acts very nasty as a result. The Builder mocks her with this information right before she's killed in Arc 3.

    Films — Animation 
  • Child star Darla Dimple in Cats Don't Dance is this to insane levels, demanding that she be given everything she wants and be focused on 100% of the time. How she got this way is never addressed, since she doesn't seem to have parents.
  • In Kiki's Delivery Service, Kiki after befriending an elderly lady helps her deliver a fried fish cake for her granddaughter's birthday, something that her granddaughter likes. Making the entire thing the old fashion way and battling through a storm, Kiki arrives and meets the granddaughter who only turned up her nose that her grandmother got her another one of those fish cakes and barely gives a thanks to the soaking wet Kiki. Though there are arguable Pet the Dog moments showing she isn't all that. She actually doesn't protest when her friends compliment Kiki's independence and shown to befriend Kiki by the epilogue.
  • In Spirited Away, Yubaba thoroughly indulges and overprotects her baby, who is self-centered and cowardly ("Play with me or I'll break your arm!"). When he is transformed into a mouse and his mother does not recognize him, he goes with Chihiro, becoming her friend, and on their return, shows his mother that he can stand on his own and demands that she be nice to Chihiro.
  • Scarlett O'Hara from Steamboy. She's insufferably spoilt for a 14-year-old, which is the result of having five "mothers" (a.k.a. servants) who go through the "motherly" motions for her. She matures quite a bit during the movie and the ending credits implies she stopped being a spoilt girl and became a haughty but independent woman.
  • Marie from The Aristocats has some shades of this. Most notable when she and her brothers Toulouse and Berlioz are fighting to see who get's inside the door first in the beginning of the film. They ask her why she has to go first, she tells them "Because I'm a lady that's why." and is constantly calling for her mother when ever her brothers mess with her.
  • The Legend of Su-Ling: Su-Ling thinks that the Emperor's son is this. Fortunately for her, her love, Chen, is that son and this trope is completely subverted.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Princess Vespa in Spaceballs. Her car's license plate even reads "Spoiled Rotten". Case in point: "My industrial strength hairdryer. AND I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT!"
  • Missy Wiener from Welcome to the Dollhouse. She acts innocent and sweet, but in reality she's a Manipulative Bitch who has mommy and daddy wrapped around her finger. Her favorite pastime is baiting Dawn into getting into trouble.
  • There was Arthur Hoggart's granddaughter in Babe, who upon seeing the beautifully made doll house that her grandfather had spent so much time making began crying, screaming that it wasn't the one she had seen on television.
  • The meaning behind the title of The House of Yes. The character of Jackie was so spoiled that the word "no" was simply never spoken in their household.
  • Natalie Sands of Girls Just Want to Have Fun has her father wrapped around her finger, including acting annoyed she only has one car. When she becomes The Rival in the dance contest, she bribes another contestant to ruin the routine of his partner, who has just ticked Natalie off (as in not letting Natalie get away with nearly running someone over).
  • In What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the titular Jane used to have a theatre act as a child in the 1910s where she was a cute Shirley Temple-esque girl who sang and danced. Off-stage she was a complete brat.
  • Angela in the "Quebec province 1975" segment of The Uncanny. Her cruelty to Lucy earns a terrible fate at the ends of her cousin and her cat.
  • In In This Our Life, Stanley is spoiled mostly by her rich uncle Fitzroy, and she gets away with everything she wants. Not only is she completely selfish because of this, but she always complains that no one cares for her.

  • In A Brother's Price, Keifer Porter is at the very least 16 when he becomes plot-relevant, but still qualifies, as his behaviour is entirely described in spoiled-brat terms. He is said to have thrown temper tantrums whenever his wives didn't do what he wanted, or sometimes just out of spite so he would have an excuse for locking himself up in his quarters and cheat on them with a lover he smuggled in through the secret passage. As he was from a noble family, and men have Gender Rarity Value in this setting, he likely grew up as Spoiled Brat.
  • Veruca Salt of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, along with the two movies based on it. In the book and the first movie, it's explicitly mentioned she's wearing a mink coat. It's not Fur and Loathing here; it's that mink coats were almost never made for girls at the time (mostly rabbit), no matter how wealthy the family.
    • Veruca's song from the 1971 adaptation is practically "Spoiled Brat: the anthem".
    • The stereotypical "pony" line is spoofed in the 2005 movie:
      Veruca: Daddy, I want another pony.
    • Although Veruca is the most glaring example in the book, the other children (except for Charlie, of course) are spoiled brats in their own ways. Augustus Gloop is a glutton whose mother just won't stop feeding him, Mike Teavee is allowed to spend all of his time watching television and apparently subsists on TV dinners and Violet Beauregard goes unquestioned on any of her decisions by her parents.
  • A couple of examples in Harry Potter:
    • Dudley is EXTREMELY spoiled, though he gets better after the fifth book. Harry even wonders what Dudley saw when they were attacked by Dementors, creatures who force their victims to relive their worst memories. Harry, of course, heard the last words his parents said before they were killed, but can only guess what they showed someone spoiled by his parents his whole life. Word of God is that Dudley saw exactly that - they forced him to see just what kind of person he was.
    • Draco Malfoy is a subversion in a way. Although he gets the best of everything it's often hinted that it's just another way for his father to show off his influence. Several scenes throughout the book show him getting very snippy when he thinks his son is acting... inelegantly. Especially in the second and fourth movies, where Lucius has no qualms whatsoever about moving people around bodily with his cane.
  • The Baby-Sitters Club: Jenny Prezzioso; to many fans, Karen Brewer also qualifies.
  • In The Secret Garden, both Colin and Mary are this, at first. Mary acts like this because she was cared for by servants who were instructed to give her her way in all things so her crying wouldn't disturb her neglectful mother. Colin was neglected by his father and coddled and treated as an invalid by the servants because of his (possibly) crooked back.
  • Captains Courageous has Harvey Cheyne, a thoroughly spoiled brat who gets it worked out of him when he is swept overboard at sea and has to spend much of the summer on a fishing boat as part of the crew.
  • In Flowers for Algernon, Charlie's younger sister Norma was this growing up due to her mother's Parental Favoritism. She grew out of it in adulthood but still retained a mild degree of neediness.
  • In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Manny is growing into this due to Parental Favoritism.
  • Soraya in the Farsala Trilogy. She's fifteen, but we first meet her when she's having a temper tantrum in her room, which involves throwing things at servants. Luckily, she grows out of it.
  • In John C. Wright's The Golden Transcedence, Atkins complains about having to rely on a "spoiled rich man's son" to rescue humanity. Phaethon is actually not spoiled. Just very, very, very pig-headed.
  • Schooled In Magic: Princess Alassa was raised with a light hand because the king had always hoped to have a son to take over the throne. By the time he realized that he would have no other children, the damage had been done and Alassa had become an entitled brat with no self-control.
  • Robert Arryn in A Song of Ice and Fire is the only living heir to a Great House, with a lot of stillbirths before and since. As such, his mother smothers him to the point that he's still being breast-fed at age six, and with the ultimate result that he's a budding Caligula, accustomed to annoying guests being executed for his amusement.
    • Joffery Baratheon is an even more dangerous one.
    • Viserys Targaryen, unlike Joffery and Robert, Viserys has lost his houses fortune and prestige. Despite that he still acts like one, treating everyone else like crap, this doesn't go well for him when he is with the Dothraki.
  • Hamish Bigmore from the Mr Majeika series.
  • Princess Elspeth in the Heralds of Valdemar series was this, to the extent that the Heralds and Court even called her (unofficially) "the Brat." It turned out her nanny was invoking this trope to ensure the grown Elspeth would lack the pure heart necessary to become a Herald and rightful Heir. Luckily Talia gets to her and soon enough it's more of a Never Live It Down past for Elspeth who goes on to be a Herald but decides ultimately against being heir as she has more important things to do.
  • Oblomov started as this - his family doesn't even mind if he skips school regularly. In fact, they push him to do so. Which leads to him not coping with life later.
  • Not even Brother Bear and Sister Bear were immune, in The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies. That story had them wanting literally everything whenever their parents took them to the shopping mall - and if they didn't get something, they'd take this trope to embarrassing levels, throwing themselves on the ground and kicking their legs and screaming their heads off.
  • Camille in Thérèse Raquin was cosseted so much as a child, that he's completely intolerable to everyone but his mother. She of course thinks he's the best son ever.
  • Her Thumbleness from Dragon and Slave. Her family owns a plot of lands with slaves to work it, and from time to time she goes with her daddy to select one to be entertained by. Generally it seems to mean being played with like a toy and beat up.
  • In Wen Spencer's Tinker, Windwolf mentions that most elves are this because their parents, if they actually have another child, do so only after the one before is fully grown.
  • British statesman Lord Chesterfield wrote in Letters to His Son, about a different young nobleman: "They have ruined their own son by what they called and thought loving him. They have made him believe that the world was made for him, not he for the world; and unless he stays abroad a great while, and falls into very good company, he will expect, what he will never find, the attentions and complaisance from others, which he has hitherto been used to from Papa and Mamma." (letter 164)
  • Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye is often interpreted as this, especially by the novel's critics.
  • Howard Hughes is portrayed as a grown-up version of this trope in the works of James Ellroy. He is frequently described as whining and pouting when things don't go his way (or even when he's told he'll have to wait for something he wants right now).
  • The Chalet School series is full of examples. Two notable Spoiled Brats are Lavender Leigh (in Lavender Laughs in the Chalet School), who has spent most of her life being spoiled rotten by her ditzy aunt, and Emerence Hope (in Shocks for the Chalet School), whose rich parents let her do whatever she wanted, culminating in her setting fire to the summer house. Most tend to grow out of it, usually with some help from Joey, their peers, and the occasional accident.
  • The Wandering Inn: Spoiled Brat: Lyonette is the typical spoiled noble child. Even when Erin saved her from being frozen to death, or even eaten, she thinks it to be natural for her to do it, as she is a noble, thus something special. Furthermore,she thinks it's only obvious that she can reside in Erin's Inn, eat her food, and get her assistance, when traveling home. After discovering that Erin expects her to work for getting all these things she thinks are her right, she is scandalized, and enraged.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Little House on the Prairie: Nellie and Willie Oleson, thanks to their mother's pampering. In later years, once their father's influence won out, Nancy became 1,000 times worse.
  • The Price Is Right: Various Showcase skits, including "The Models Babysit (model's name)" and "TPiR Nursery," where the spoiled child(ren) pout and cry for items ... which of course were prizes in the showcase being bid on.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In "The Wolf and the Lion," Lord Renly Baratheon reveals that his brothers consider him to be a spoiled child. When he says this, Ser Loras Tyrell (incidentally, Renly's lover) says nothing, but his facial expression suggests he agrees. Renly then points out that Ser Loras (whose family is richer than his) is overly-pampered as well.
    Renly: And how much did your father pay for that armour of yours?
    • Bronn accuses Tyrion of being spoiled, and from the perspective of an amoral sellsword raised in the gutter it's certainly true. You're part of the richest, most powerful family in the Seven Kingdoms, married to a beautiful Princess Classic and due to inherit half of Westeros (albeit the colder half) — who cares if you're the No Respect Guy, your sister hates you and your father's always been a cunt?
    • Despite being a bastard, Ramsay was raised by Roose and entrusted with the command and loyalty of Bolton personnel by his father. He was eventually legitimized by him and named his heir, but is still resentful of having been a bastard. This is subverted by Roose's poor treatment of Ramsay. In HBO's featurette 'Bastards of Westeros,' GRRM contrasts Ramsay being treated very poorly by Roose while Ned lovingly raised Jon as his own son, giving Ramsay a Freudian Excuse for his nature (but this wins Ramsay no sympathy points).
  • Both Lydia and Jackson from Teen Wolf come from very wealthy families who appear to give them whatever they want. In Jackson's case, this includes a brand new Porsche.
  • London Tipton from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She used to be nice, until the absence of her father among other things changed her.
  • Dakota Condor from Sonny with a Chance. Even worse, she will fire anyone on a whim if she doesn't get what she wants from the person.
  • Over time, the character of A.J. Soprano from The Sopranos evolved into a fairly hilarious depiction of a lazy, entitled spoiled rich kid. He dropped out of college, spent a lot of time sitting on his butt not working, did a whole lot of whining every single time his parents told him to do anything, and never once looked like he was working towards any real future. The constant doting by his father (especially during a rough period of separation in his parents' marriage) didn't help matters.
  • Stephen Colbert degenerates into this from time to time on The Colbert Report, usually when there's some cool new toy on the market and he thinks he should get it for free.
  • Everyone on My Super Sweet Sixteen.
    • The character Madison Penrose in My Super Psycho Sweet 16 was based on these types, only with a long case of Break the Haughty and, ultimately, Kill the Haughty. Several of her scenes deliberately evoke a number of particularly infamous Spoiled Brat moments from that show.
  • Sheldon Cooper tends to utilise this trope, often getting whatever he wants, how and when he wants it, no matter how unreasonable, merely by being extremely difficult. Ironically, his family seem to be the only people not enabling him. This is possibly a reason he's so reluctant to spend time with them, even moreso than the other characters and their respective relatives.
    • Penny also shows a deep sense of entitlement, expecting to freeload off Leonard and Sheldon for takeout and Wifi (to the extent that Sheldon even changes the Wifi password to pennyisafreeloader). When she and Leonard went to see a movie just as friends, she was taken aback by Leonard pointing out that she'd have to pay for her own ticket. She also has a superiority complex, beleiving that she, a waitress who can't be bothered to do her job properly and has to rely on handouts to keep up with the rent, is infinitely cooler than all the well educated and hardworking scientists that bail her out of the financial trouble she gets herself in, due to spending most of her money on frivolities, like shoes or booze.
    • Sometimes played for laughs with Raj. Such as in the season six episode The Tenure Turbulence, where he whines about his parents not getting him seat-warmers with the BMW they bought him for his birthday.
  • Trelane from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode " The Squire of Gothos" is one. Though he appears as an adult, he's actually a very young offspring of two Energy Beings. After his "fun" threatens the lives of The Enterprise crew, his angry parents arrive to discipline him.
  • Stingy from LazyTown is so spoiled, he believes that everything he sees belongs to him. He even has a song about it:
    "This mailbox is mine / And this triagonal sign
    The blue balloon / The month of June
    They’re mine, mine, mine, mine, mine"
  • Sally in Simon And The Witch is self-centred, superior and spiteful (and has a LOT of clothes in the second series). She'll go into a cafe and say - in the owner's hearing - that it's the sort of place her mother wouldn't want her to be in. (Her own preference is for a place called the Claridge where her mother takes her after shopping.) She'll knock someone's dominoes down and then say, with great sarcasm, "Oh dear, what a pity." She wants respect from everybody but gives none, unless she's sucking up or wants something from them. She whines and protests when things don't go her way and goes into a tantrum when teachers try to tell her off. In the books we actually see her snobbish mother and it's obvious who's really at fault. There are hints that Sally actually quite likes Simon and would like to be one of the gang, but doesn't know how.
  • Renee of the '90s BBC series Chef Her father, the nouveau riche owner of Chateau Anglais, makes Gareth take her on to work in the kitchen even though she can't even chop a carrot, and she whines, complains and generally throws a fit any time she's expected to actually do anything.
  • Daughter of the Rich Bellamys, Elizabeth, from the 1970's BBC series Upstairs Downstairs. She often has stints of protesting for social reforms for the poor and women, yet treats her "friend" and servant, Rose, like dirt. She often complains of having a horrible life, being so rich and having nothing to do, and saying how great Rose has it. Including right after the episode where Elizabeth got Rose sent to jail by accident, where she was starved and tortured, and then sent back to work like nothing happened.
  • Scarlett from SLiDE.
  • Doctor Who gave us an example in the Sontaran two-parter "The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky". Said kid was actually a teenager, but due to wealth and extreme intelligence had been getting everything he wanted his entire life. The Doctor notes that people haven't said "no" to him in a very long time.
  • Rachel's sisters Jill and Amy on Friends are both very, very much this.
    • Rachel herself is also this when we first see her, but she gets better.
  • Abby Sciuto from NCIS tends to act like this, whining and forcing others (mostly Timothy McGee) to do what she wants with no regards to rules or laws, with Gibbs enabling her and tending to blame and punish others for her mistakes (once again McGee).
  • Maris from Frasier.
  • Margaux Kramer on Punky Brewster. She even calls Punky, Allen and Cherie, her friends, "peasants."
  • Arrested Development: Lindsay Bluth is an all-grown version of this. She pretends to care about worldly issues like poverty, but it's clear she's just looking for attention. She is so self-centered and used to having things done for her, she has trouble taking care of her daughter and is very often (unintentionally) neglectful towards her.
    Lindsay: "Lindsay’s a combative, entitled princess"?! I should hire someone to kick your ass for that!
  • By her own admission, Kennedy from the seventh season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one, growing up rich and being accustomed to getting what (or who) she wants. The audience agreed with her.
  • The Andy Griffith Show featured one in the episode "Opie and the Spoiled Kid", wherein Opie befriends a very selfish, wealthy, and spoiled boy named Arnold, who is so bratty, he makes Angelica Pickles look like an angel. He is a tantrum thrower (this behavior nearly rubs off on Opie until Opie finds out tantrums don't work on Andy), and rides his bike on the sidewalks, bumping and knocking people over in the process, and smack-talks Andy and Barney when they catch him and impound his bike. This reaches it's zenith when he brings his father (who is a bit of a pushover) to the police station, hoping that he'll get his bike back. It's during this that Arnold outright implies that he'll let his own father go to jail if it means he'll get his bike back. This winds up being the wrong thing to say, as his father finally decides he's had enough, declares that he's going to sell the bike, and takes a kicking and screaming Arnold to the "good ol' fashioned woodshed" out back.


  • In The Insect Play, the ichneumon larva doesn't like the several freshly killed crickets her Daddy brings her every day.

    Video Games 
  • Disgaea:
    • Prince Laharl from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. He initially refused to pay his vassals because "That's my allowance! Nobody's touching it!" Even after Etna goads him into paying, he opts to steal the funds instead. He eventually does shape up a little, mostly because Etna made it clear that she was perfectly willing to off him and take his place if he didn't.
    • Rozalin from Disgaea 2 fits this as well, except she's a lot nicer than Laharl. Still quite a brat, but nicer.
    • Emizel from Disgaea 4. Both his profile on the official site and his early ingame class description flat-out call him a "spoiled little brat". This changes when he joins Valvatorez and Character Development kicks in, though.
  • The RPG My World, My Way takes this to its (il)logical conclusion, where a Spoiled Brat princess is the main player character, and can actually progress through the game by pouting to make the world bend to her will. Monsters attacking too quickly? Shout "Ladies first!" and the princess will get the first attack. Quest too challenging? Throw a fit until someone agrees to do it for you.
  • Dōjo from Onmyōji, most notably when she throws a fit at Seimei when he tells her he doesn't remember her because of his amnesia. She also frequently acts bratty towards her older brother Oguna.
  • Mint from Threads of Fate is a very spoiled princess.
  • The spoiled brat in the auction house in Final Fantasy VI is the number one reason you never get to have any model airships or talking chocobos (and you have to wait several minutes for the unskippable exchange to end so that something you can actually obtain might appear on the auction block).
  • Remilia Scarlet is considered Touhou's poster child for a spoiled brat. A 500+ year old vampire with a perpetually 11-year old temperment and a Hyper-Competent Sidekick for a head maid. What Remilia wants, Remilia gets.
    • Tenshi is also something of a Spoiled Brat, with emphasis on the spoiled. She also has such a silver spoon on her tongue that she was bored to death prior to the events in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody.
  • Backyard Sports: Jorge Garcia to an extent.
  • Recurring NPC Flambeaux from City of Heroes is utterly self-centered and unconcerned about anything that doesn't directly affect her. She became a superhero solely for the attention and adulation she expected she'd receive. And when she didn't get as much as she thought was her due, she became a villain and started terrorizing journalists into publishing worshipful articles about her.
  • Tales of the Abyss has this as a major flaw in Luke's character until he becomes The Atoner. It was so bad that all the other characters were surprised when they each first heard him say "Thank you."
  • In Runefall the Princess of Silverdale, who looks and sounds to be in her late teens or early twenties, runs away from the castle because her father will only allow five ponies for her birthday celebration. Then, as a side quest, she makes a long list of demands of the villagers she decides to "grace" with her presence.
  • Alexis's backstory in Evil Genius starts with her inheriting her father's massive fortune. She could have just taken that and lived a life of effort-free luxury, but she wants more, so she works her way into stardom, quadrupling the fortune in the process. But it's still not enough. The only thing big enough to satisfy her desire is to Take Over the World.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Reflections on the River, Princess Yanyu is like this at first, being disdainful of Zheng's "peasant" accommodation and lack of deference. (To be fair, of course, the fact that Zheng just kidnapped her probably contributes to her lack of politeness as well.) She becomes less haughty when it's revealed that she's not really Princess Yanyu at all, but rather a Body Double.
  • In ClockUp's Euphoria, Rika isn't a kid, but is treated such as one by everyone, using her cuteness as a way of getting everything she wants. Byakuya and Takato even drop the name of the trope in Rinne's route, and Byakuya proceeds to try to correct her behaviour.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Weiss Schnee acts as such before Character Development kicks in. A standout example is in "The Badge and the Burden," when she vocally complains about how she wasn't made leader of Team RWBY and tells Professor Port that Ozpin made a mistake making Ruby the leader. Port even sums her up as "a girl who spent her entire life getting exactly what she wanted," which Weiss admits isn't entirely wrong.
    Weiss: That's not even remotely true!
    [Port raises an eyebrow]
    Weiss: ...Well, not entirely true.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • The Amazing Atheist reads some tweets from kids/teenagers/adults who complain about what they got or what they didn't get for Christmas. He expresses extreme disgust for them.
  • Ami, from Sailor Nothing. This bit of characterization doesn't get added until later chapters, just in time to receive a horrific comeuppance for a minor slight.
  • Rich Kids of Instagram.
  • Many of the trouble-making kids in Go Animate videos are this ...sometimes...
  • This is Das Mervin's interpretation of Renesmee, since pretty much everyone she meets dotes upon her and she's actually raised by a guy who's magically enslaved via Mind Rape to cater to her every whim and refuse nothing to her. Oh, and since she's mentally an adult, she understands what this situation means perfectly well, and yet does things like bite hard enough to draw blood when she's not fed quickly enough.

    Western Animation 
  • Lemongrab of Adventure Time definitely counts. If he doesn't get what he wants (be it a reasonable or unreasonable demand), SOMEBODY is going in the dungeon. There are many reasons for his sour personality (mental illness, stupidity, immaturity), but he was raised in a castle in which everything was handed to him. That probably didn't help him much, in the long run.
  • American Dad!:
    • Roger is referred to as a spoiled brat a few times in one episode, and he and Stan tend to embody this trope whenever enabled, usually by Francine. Yet again, calling Roger a spoiled brat is basically an understatement considering the fact that he's over 1600 years old and a sociopath.
    • Steve and Hayley, the actual kids of the family, have the odd bout of this as well, even if it's more out of defiance of their parents than being spoiled by them.
    • Steve becomes an extreme example after Hayley elopes with Jeff Fischer. Stan and Francine both think the other's parenting methods drove Hayley away, so after a bike race to decide how they raise Steve, which Francine wins, Francine's extremely laid back parenting methods turn Steve into a fat, lethargic brat who practically lives on the couch. He still turns out better than the clone of him Stan had made due to Stan's belief that his way of parenting is better. Stan's extremely strict parenting methods turn the Steve clone into a cat-killing psychopath who fakes running away and abducts the real Steve to take his place. The moral of the story is that Stan and Francine's parenting methods need to balance each other out.
  • The Love Mummy in Aqua Teen Hunger Force threatens anyone who doesn't give it what it wants with a curse. However, the real curse is that the mummy is a socially inept spoiled brat with no manners.
  • D.W. from Arthur — definitely.
    • Muffy Crosswire plays an exaggerated example of this trope when her family is chosen to be on a reality show and the director, J3, wants to create drama to appeal to the viewers. He suggests that Muffy bully her beloved butler, Bailey, who she is very close with. This includes Muffy throwing food, badgering Bailey to drive faster, and a Mommie Dearest-inspired wire hanger scene. Off the reality show, while she can be mean sometimes, she is never as mean as she is on her reality show portrayal.
    • The Tibbles. Their grandmother is a soft touch and no matter what they do she never punishes them.
    • Arthur himself is shown like this at times, examples being So Funny I Forgot to Laugh, where he constantly makes fun of Sue-Ellen's fur coat and blames her when Mr Ratburn cautions him about bullying and Arthur the Loser in which he acts like a sore loser, when he keeps failing to win a quiz game, so starts cheating to win at everything.
  • In Barbie and the Secret Door, the Big Bad is a little brat named Malucia who wants all of the magic in the land for herself.
  • Claire Brewster on Beetlejuice is this in its most obnoxious way. She talks in Valley speak and takes no more delight than when she tries to humiliate Lydia. She'd succeed if not for the Ghost with the Most.
  • Elisabeth Delmas, a.k.a. Sissi (yes, that is indeed her nickname) from Code Lyoko, whose father is the headmaster of Kadic Academy, where she and the rest of the heroes go to school. She actually started out as a nice girl (and ends that way too), her obnoxious personality was largely an inadvertant result of the heroes' behavior.
  • Paulina from Danny Phantom. Her father can rent out a country club for her birthday.
  • Sarah from Ed, Edd n Eddy certainly qualifies due to telling her mother on Ed for even the smallest provocations (like telling her mom that Ed hit her when a newspaper lightly tapped her heels as it rolled to the ground).
    • Eddy could certainly qualify as well, given his attitude when he doesn't have things his way.
  • The Fairly Oddparents has Trixie Tang and Veronica plus her clique boys and Remy Buxaplenty.
  • Pistol on Goof Troop is extremely demanding and is favored by her father. She successfully goaded him into giving her 100 dollars for no reason at one point, despite being kindergarten age.
  • Fenton in Home Movies, especially during his birthday party. Spoiled Jerkass is more accurate. In one episode, he and his mother were shown eating nothing but rice for dinner, as though it was a regular occurrence. Maybe a nutritional deficiency is partly responsible for his behavior.
  • A season two episode of Jackie Chan Adventures sees Jackie and Jade helping an incredibly rich Manchild search for a mythical lost city. The guy's long-suffering butler has it even worse, as he has to put up with his employer's every demand even after they are both magically de-aged. First lines of the episode?
    Jackie: I cannot believe I am stuck in the jungle with such a spoiled brat.
    Jade: (hurt) You invited me!
    Jackie: I was talking about HIM!
  • Pizzazz from Jem is an adult but a Spoiled Brat nevertheless. She has a horrible attitude, gets angry easily, is constantly begging her daddy for things, and hates being second in anything. In "Father's Day" we're actually given a backstory that Pizzazz started acting out when her mother abandoned her as a child. Her millionaire dad spoiled her with gifts instead of actual attention and this didn't help her situation.
  • Kaeloo: Pretty, the cast's Alpha Bitch. The most notable example of her being this is in Episode 56. First, she takes Kaeloo's pet horse by force because she likes them. Later in the episode, when Kaeloo gets a pet unicorn, Pretty starts screaming and crying because she wants one too.
    • Stumpy may also count as one, although he's nowhere near as bad as Pretty.
  • Caleb, a one shot character from King of the Hill.
  • The Biskit Twins from Littlest Pet Shop (2012), to the point of near absurdity. They're so used to their wealth they barely seem to function without it.
  • Virginia in Lola And Virginia a spoiled Rich Bitch, who was transferred from a private school to a public school, because of her mindset that the whole world revolves around her. She always does everything to get her way and to torment Lola, but she usually gets what's coming to her.
  • A Looney Tunes retelling of the Goldilocks story has a girl mouse encountering three cats - Sylvester, his wife, and his son, who is constantly referred to as a spoiled brat, and that's apparently his name too.
    • Said son was Sylvester Jr, more known for his appearances in the Hippity Hopper shorts. While not quite as pronounced as in said short, he is often a condescending little know-it-all who whines or expresses shame for his father whenever he doesn't add up to his standards of an ideal role model or formidable vermin chaser.
  • Teela is portrayed like this in most versions of Masters of the Universe, except for the movie!
  • Miraculous Ladybug gives us Chloe Bourgeois, who is the daughter of the mayor of Paris. She's very used to getting her way because of her father's influence, and is prone to throwing tantrums or doing petty things if she doesn't. Is it any surprise to know that she's responsible for most of the people in the show getting akumatized?
  • Shapey in Moral Orel. Bad enough he seems to have a behavioral problem, his parents (and Orel, by their command) turn a blind eye to his destructive behavior, and cater to his every whim, lest the neighbors complain about his high-pitched screaming. Later on he does grow out of it and in the Distant Finale he grows up to become a decidedly functioning adult.
    • Clay as a kid qualifies. The reason why he becomes this is because of his religious fanatic mother.
  • Apple of Mother Up swings between her normal personality of being rather nice and this. Whenever she's affected by too much sugar or performance-enhancing drugs, Apple turns into a demanding little monster.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, an Alpha Bitch duo whose names sum up their Cutie Marks. In the MLP universe, your Cutie Mark defines what you're best at; thus, these two are destined to be little more than rich bitches. However, at least we know that Diamond's father, Filthy Rich, is a stand-up pony who is obviously not encouraging his daughter's brattiness.
      • In "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" everyone finds out Diamond Tiara has a Freudian Excuse for her brattishness: an emotionally abusive Rich Bitch of a mother (named Spoiled Rich, natch) whom Diamond tried to emulate to win her love . After Diamond put her foot down and told off her mother, she started warming up to her classmates and made a Heel–Face Turn, finding out the real meaning of her cutie mark in the process: the gift of leadership. As for Silver Spoon, even she had gotten sick of Diamond Tiara and abandoned her. They became friends again after Diamond's Heel–Face Turn.
    • Angel Bunny, Fluttershy's rabbit companion, has shown extreme signs of this as of "Putting Your Hoof Down", throwing a violent temper tantrum over a salad.]]
  • Princess Morbucks from The Powerpuff Girls is this to a ridiculous extent.Princess can arguably be a deconstruction of one. Due to being so spoiled, her father just gives her money just so he won't have to put up with her behavior. Also, she has bad social skills, making it so difficult for her to make friends her age.
  • Angelica Pickles of Rugrats was mostly extremely spoiled in the early seasons. There is an episode of the earlier seasons, where the parents takes a quiz of fifty questions to determine whether or not their children are spoiled brats. Didi worries about pampering Tommy too much because she answered "Yes" to one of the questions. Chaz reassures her that answering up to ten with "Yes" is quite normal. Drew answered "Yes" to forty-nine and a half of them, and considers ceasing to spoil his daughter. However, given and hinted that Lipschitz is a "crackpot", Drew decides to not take his advice, and Angelica remains spoiled. In later episodes, Angelica is not exactly as much of a spoiled brat as before, but her bossiness still hasn't changed much.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Male example: there's a bratty boy named Gavin who sometimes appears, bawling out his mother if she displays any reluctance to cater to his latest whim. He frequently refers to her by degoratory names such as "Stupid" on a casual basis as well. A particularly ironic scene when Bart is caught shoplifting a videogame his mother refused to buy him, as he's been taken away Gavin's mother shakes her head saying "The parents of that kid are really messing him up".
    • Bart Simpson himself used to come off this way, if only by default because he was so disobedient and disrespectful but never seemed to get punished severely for these actions. (His name is an anagram for "brat", after all.) One episode played this up by having Bart repeatedly play pranks and pull obnoxious stunts, leading his teacher to demand that Marge and Homer discipline him. Marge really did try, but her efforts were all futile because Homer constantly felt sorry for Bart and would undo Marge's punishments when she wasn't there.
    • Harper Jambowski, a girl and one-shot character. Her fater Mike Jambowski, is extremely rich, which turned Harper into a selfish and spoiled kid. She didn't let Lisa participate in any of the activities they've done together, although it's shown that she can be good sometimes. She buys Lisa a new, expensive bike, but Lisa refuses it, making Harper upset, since Lisa would "rather have (her) crappy bike". They discuss this and decide to end their friendship.
  • Eric Cartman of South Park. Here's one of his milder examples:
    Cartman: Mom, can you get me some Weight Gain 4000?
    Cartman's Mom: Okay Eric. I'll get you some at the store tomorrow.
    Cartman: But mom, I need it for tomorrow!
    Cartman's Mom: But, tomorrow is grocery day, Eric.
    Cartman: Mooooooom (whines incoherently)
    Cartman's Mom: Okay, okay. Well, I guess I'll be going to the store now, then.
    Cartman: (smiles) Sweet.
  • Wendy O. / Kootie Pie Koopa from the various Super Mario Bros. cartoons is a huge example. One of her catchphrases is simply "I WANT IT! I WANT IT! I WANT IT!" (See for yourself!) She once demanded, and was given, Antarctica, and then briefly demanded to be Empress of America.
  • Montana Max from Tiny Toon Adventures is a pretty blatant example. He's even referred to as one multiple times.
  • Total Drama has had more then its fair share
    • Season 1 has Heather. You know it's bad when we see her parents actually partying that she's gone.
    • Total Drama Action gave this to Courtney, who practically and blatantly rigs the contest in her favor, threatening to sue if she doesn't "get the win she deserves" Ironically she doesn't' because even her lawyers can't stand her whining.
    • Total Drama Revenge of the Island brought us fame magnet, Dakota, whose more interested in the publicity rather then winning the contest. Chris decides to knock her down a few pegs because of it.
    • Pahkitew Island gave us Sugar. Though no where near rich, her obsession with being a "beauty pageant queen" pretty much screams this.
    • The spinoff Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race gave us Taylor who is spoiled, entitled, rude and treats her mother like dirt.
  • Jeremy Creek in The Town Santa Forgot: He starts out spoiled until his parents stop buying him toys, he then gets the idea of writing a HUGE Christmas list to Santa but all the toys he wanted went to a town with his name, thus seeing the selfishness of his ways, he decides to reform, and therefore becomes generous