Ungrateful Bastard
aka: Ungrateful Bitch

"Since saving New York, the Ghostbusters have been sued and lost all their money. Ungrateful shits. Did the fire department get sued after 9/11, as well?"

Heroes save people, even enemies. What's more, if a hero saves a rival or villain enough times, you'd expect them to change their attitude towards the hero into one of at least grudging respect or having honor dictate that they "owe them one".

You'd be wrong.

Heroes don't always get gratitude, recognition, or even a basic "thank you" for their efforts, and sometimes, any thanks are patently insincere. Rivals and enemies in particular tend to treat these saves with the same gratitude for the air they breathe (read, none). And that's if they aren't actively angry at being put through the ignominy of being saved by those filthy freaks, they'll usually betray such mercy at the first opportunity. Ungrateful Bastards. Nothing says better that someone is an irredeemable scumbag, more than treating the (often unwarranted) mercy and kindness as nothing or even worse as a weakness to be exploited.

This is true even if it's a forced Enemy Mine situation, and he never even acknowledges the service rendered or is grateful, much less gets Character Development or a change in their relationship to reset. This might be done either to show how utterly evil (or at least callous) the enemy is, and avoid having the show's formula change with the Big Bad growing unable to kill or hate someone who has saved them so often.

See also Never Accepted in His Hometown, What Have You Done for Me Lately?, and Zero-Approval Gambit.

Contrast Grudging "Thank You", and definitely I Owe You My Life. Probably not related to the inglourious kind. See also Entitled Bastard.


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  • Attack on Titan: Bastard might be a bit strong of a word here, but whenever the Military Police Brigade or Garrison are forced to Hold the Line, they're hoping that the Survey Corps will reach them in time to save the day. Immediately afterwards they and the civilians continue to treat them like crap, calling them weirdos and a waste of resources.
  • Bleach:
    • Lolly and Menolly. After Orihime heals them both (including bringing Menolly back from the dead) from the mauling they got at the hands of Grimmjow, they still consider her a useless monster not worthy of Aizen's attention. When he leaves to take out the hometown, they decide to take advantage of Ichigo being occupied with another fight and try to beat Orihime to death again. It doesn't end well for them. They (or at least Lolly) actually hate Orihime MORE after she heals them.
    Lolly: What is she... What... She's... She's... Like a monster...!?
    • Yammy also fits this description; After a nurse reattaches his arm, Yammy's first reaction is to crush her under his fist to test it out.
  • In Busou Renkin , Kazuki risks his life to protect the Hayasaka Twins (the series' Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain) from Tokiko, who wants to kill them simply because they work for L.X.E. Shusui "thanks" Kazuki by trying to kill him. Kazuki gets better (thanks to Ouka), but even so...
  • In a sense, Villetta Nu of Code Geass could be considered this for convincing Ohgi, whose love she finally accepted, to lead the charge of the Black Knights in turning on Lelouch because of some rather questionable evidence of Geass. Yeah, even though she had been keeping surveillance over Lelouch because of said power, which she must have known had limits, and that Lelouch saved Ohgi from execution via Britannian firing squad, which he had to do by going under Villetta's radar. Now alright, Lelouch didn't necessarily do it for Villetta's sake, but talk about a complete lack of class. The Black Knights themselves can be considered this as well for turning on Lelouch, the man who brought them so far against Britannia, after everything he did in an under the table deal for Japan on account of said evidence. While it's true Lelouch had been secretive, they were completely passive aggressive about it, used one of their most trusted and crucial members, Kallen, as bait, and threaten to gun her down as well when she protests, and worse, trusted the word of the enemy commander instead which was expertly skewed against their own, and did so with no input from the organization they were now serving, the UFN.
  • An example that's neither villains nor rivals: The Obstructive Bureaucrats ordering around the Black Order in D.Gray-Man. These jerks are supposedly on Allen's (the hero) side. Yet their reaction to him saving everyone's asses, hampering the Big Bad's ability to make mooks, and capturing the Ark at the end of the Ark Arc is to put him under surveillance and try him for heresy, despite the fact that it is known, in canon, that if he'd betrayed him he wouldn't still be walking around, let alone now one of their most powerful exorcists. Not only that, but they absolutely need him to continue their war, pushing this into Too Dumb to Live territory. Even worse now, they put him in a jail cell for not obeying orders when he was trying to save everyone.
  • Dragon Ball Z
    • Frieza tries to kill Goku one last time after just getting his life saved. By this point, Goku's had enough and doesn't offer him the same deal thrice. Hey, sometimes he learns, it's just Frieza who couldn't.
      • He is just as ungrateful to his minions in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ where despite the fact that they revived him and saved him from endless years of torment in hell, he is still fully willing to use his minions as his punching bag and when Tagoma, the person who helped resurrect him offer a more pragmatic solution, Frieza's response is to either toss him out of the airlock or brutally beat him up as a training dummy for four months till he snaps (Super version).
    • Another Z example would be a bit earlier in that Saga, when Gohan grabs a badly-wounded Vegeta to get him out of the way of Recoome's incredibly powerful Breath Weapon (which probably would have instantly killed him). Just why Vegeta yells at him depends on the translation, but he's pissed off about it.
    • Vegeta has a history of this. During the battle with Frieza, he has Krillin nearly kill him, thinking Dende will heal him and make him stronger; however, he's horrified to find Dende refuses to do so (rather reasonably, because Vegeta slaughtered his share of Namekians). Piccolo convinces Dende to go ahead and heal Vegeta...who immediately punches Dende in the gut and says "Be grateful I don't kill you right now!"
    • It seems to be a recurring tendency in Dragon Ball Super for a God Of Destruction to refuse gratitude from someone who helped them earlier and in some cases, made them angry even more.
      • In general, the very fact that none of the Gods are willing to credit Goku for the Tournament of Power counts, given the fact that Zen'O is planning to erase the 8 low ranked universes anyway and Goku actually gave them a fighting chance by having the last universe standing be spared from Zen'O's wrath. When Vados points this out to them, none of them are willing to listen citing Goku's non-chalant attitude and his closeness to Zen'O.
      • Despite the fact that Beerus gave Champa what he wanted by giving him Universe 6's earth, come Tournament of Power Champa still wants to take out Beerus first from the tournament despite the fact that losing the tournament means complete erasure.
      • While it is vague in the anime whether or not Rumsshi actually knew of Zamasu, in the manga he does knew of Zamasu's involvement and the fact that Beerus saved him but rather than appreciate or actually acknowledge it, Rumsshi is actually enraged that his most personal hated Go D did the job to stop Zamasu and actually hates Beerus even more due to the hide and seek incident years ago where Beerus falls asleep and the other 11 Gods Of Destruction has to do a lot of effort to calm him down.
      • In the manga during the Zen Exhibition match which in the version is basically a God Of Destruction battle royale, Sidra just saved him and the other four Go Ds from Beerus's attack using a barrier. Belmod (whom mind you is one the saved ones) immediately kicks Sidra out of the arena soon after, citing that they are not really allies in this battle royale.
  • Rufa from Dragon Half, while not, technically, an enemy, treads close to this trope.
  • The Council are this towards Fairy Tail. On occasion this makes sense, since usually Fairy Tail just rounds up random minor criminals while destroying half the city in the process, but they also get punished when stopping potential calamities without causing trouble in the process.
  • Louise in The Familiar of Zero might be one of the most exaggerated examples. Saito does/is forced to do so damn much for her after being kidnapped from his home, namely all of her chores, fight all of her battles for her. He even refuses a chance to escape from Halkeginia and go home just to be with Louise. At the end of the second season, he goes up against a giant army, and dies just to keep Louise safe. All the thanks he gets from her is whipping and beating him until he faints out of sheer agony, and destroying his self-worth to the point where he genuinely believes that he is useless. Summed up perfectly by Derflinger:
    Derflinger: "You acted coldly to him again didn't you? And then Partner went away with a bitter face... He says he loves you. Partner gave up on going home and joined the war to follow you, though he doesn't want to get involved in it. Why do you think that is? Because he loves you. Have you ever responded to his feelings, even once? While he devotes himself to you, isn't whipping the only thing you do to him?"
    • It is eventually mentioned that the Familiar spell also removed his willingness to leave Louise's side, so his decision to stay becomes Ascended Fridge Horror.
  • In one of Genzo's story arcs, a limp old man named Yasuke asks Genzo to made an artificial leg for him. As soon as Yasuke get his new limb, he tries to chop the puppetmaster with his Yamiganemaru blade.
  • In Girls und Panzer, in the light novel adaptation, in which it is revealed that Erika, one of Miho's fiercest critics, was one of the girls Miho saved from the tournament, and abandoned her flag tank to do so.
  • In Holyland, the guy who stabs Yuu in the second-last chapter is a student who Yuu saved from bullies many chapters back.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure during Part 1: Phantom Blood , Jonathan Joestar attempted this with Dio Brando, very, very hard, but Dio really is the ultimate ungrateful bastard; being nice to him results in him either thinking you're an idiot to be taken advantage of, or getting really angry and resentful. In Stardust Crusaders, DIO inverts this by inducing fierce loyalty towards him in people who weren't otherwise evil.
    • And in the 4th part Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Diamond Is Unbreakable, Josuke saves Rohan from enemy Stand Highway Star, which had the power to drain nutrients from other people. After the Stand user is defeated, Rohan blames Josuke for not listening to his warning.
  • In Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Niijima is this way towards Kenichi early on. He berates Kenichi constantly, and when Kenichi starts getting stronger, he uses him largely for his own selfish gains. Niijima does more or less grow out of this trope, and turns into more of a Guile Hero, especially after he forms the Shinpaku Alliance.
  • Viper Snakely from Kimba the White Lion. Even though Kimba went against his desire for revenge for killing both of his parents and saved his life from a car crash, Viper Snakely continues to hunt for Kimba and sometimes kill some of his subjects.
  • Mazinger Z: The Hero Kouji Kabuto, his Tsundere Battle Couple and Love Interest Sayaka Yumi, their families and their friends risk their lives on a constant basis to protect humankind from a Mad Scientist and Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds worked for Hitler and wants to Take Over the World and enslaving the whole humanity to make them pay for all grievances he suffered in the past. How much gratitude do they get? You guessed it, none. Not only that but also people constantly blame them for the destruction and the deaths caused for the battles between Mazinger-Z and the Mechanical Beasts, apparently not realizing if Mazinger-Z did not exist, all of them would be corpses or slaves (or keeping in mind how Dr. Hell got his Mooks, they could become BOTH). And every time The Dragon Baron Ashura blackmails the Japanese Government, they demand the Government gives into their threats (episode 17 provides a good example).
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam: The Plot to Assassinate Gihren, Det. Leopold Fiesler discovers that a year before the current plot against Gihren was launched, a previous attempt had been thwarted by Det. David Schiller, whose family had ties to the anti-Zabi political faction. Gihren used the failed assassination as an excuse to crack down on his political rivals, ultimately imprisoning or executing Schiller's entire family, none of whom were involved in that plot. Ungrateful indeed.
  • In the infamous island arc of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, the title character turns into one. She almost drowns while clinging to Nemo's sinking cabin, while asking the animals and the fish to save her. She receives no such response, predictably. When Jean and Marie both save her, she instead yells at them for catching even more fish. (Marie quickly calls her out on it.) She gets even worse in the Africa arc where she betrays Jean after admitting how important he was to her in the previous episode! (Both of these incidents are quickly forgotten and never mentioned again anywhere else in the show at episode 35.)
    • Even during the canonical episodes of the story, Nadia still occasionally shows this; most egregious of all is her determination to detest Nemo for shooting a Neo Atlantean dead, never mind that she would have been killed otherwise.
  • Naruto
    • Sasuke Uchiha became this midway through Shippuuden. While attacking the Kage conference, Suigetsu and Jugo save his life, as they had against Killer Bee earlier. However, Sasuke leaves them both to die without looking back, collapsing the ceiling on them and the enemies alike. Later on, Karin heals him back from the brink of death (again, saving his life twice counting Killer Bee and the Kages) and helps Sasuke defeat Danzo. When Danzo takes her hostage, Sasuke aims his Chidori Spear right through her, considering anyone dumb enough to be taken hostage a burden. She survives the spear, and just as Sasuke is about to kill her with Chidori, Sakura shows up and claims to want to join them. Sasuke (who even now isn't that stupid) tells Sakura to kill Karin, who manages to warn Sakura that Sasuke's about to chidori both of them. As much of a rabid Sasuke fangirl as Karin is, she doesn't take being skewered well.
    • If the Kyuubi hadn't been sealed inside Naruto, it would have destroyed Konoha. However, he is considered a pariah because of his association with it. Over time, this gets better as they see how much Naruto has accomplished and start regarding him as a hero.
    • Hatake Sakumo suffered greatly from it. During a dangerous mission, his teammates were captured and he went back to save them. Unfortunately this also meant he had to give up on a mission that was vital to Konoha. The result? The whole of Konoha villifies and disgraces him, including the people whose lives he saved, ultimately driving him into a depression and then suicide. As if that isn't sad enough, he leaves behind a seven year old son who absolutely idolized him, and leads to some serious plot development. After all, If Sakumo hadn't killed himself, Obito might never have met Madara and the Akatsuki would never have been formed.
  • One Piece:
    • Zeff providing Don Krieg with food to feed his starving crew with, only for Krieg to immediately turn around and attack the restaurant who had just saved both his and his crew's lives.
      • Krieg did give everyone in the restaurant time to evacuate before he took it over; still Jerk Ass behavior, but quite a concession coming from him, albeit partly necessitated by his men needing time to eat and regain their strength. A better example would be when Don Krieg himself was starving. Everyone else present loudly and proudly declared their intent to just let him keel over and die, with only Sanji willing to step forward with food for him. Once Don Krieg is done eating, the first thing he does is get up and punch out, of all people, Sanji. For absolutely no reason.
    • The Longarm tribe, who Brook decides to work with and proceeds to earn them a lot of money and fame, repay him by turning him over to the Navy when Brook tells them that he plans to retire and return to piracy.
    • In One Piece Film: Strong World, the Straw Hats go out of their way to warn Golden Lion Shiki about an incoming typhoon. After they avoid it, he repays them by kidnapping Nami as his new navigator and sends the rest of the crew pummeling down towards his floating islands as prey for the animals there.
    • Myosgard, after just having his life saved by Queen Otohime, tries to shoot her. Then again after he is healed up, all he shouts is his disgust towards having to be with them. And lastly, he voices his anger when Otohime wishes to come with him on his ship.
    • A villainous subversion in the Dressrosa arc, where Donquixote Doflamingo sees Trafalgar Law as this, as he took Law in as a child and raised him to be his right-hand man, his crew giving him the swordsmanship, martial arts, and marksmanship skills needed to become a One-Man Army, only for Law to turn on him and seek to take his life. However, it's clear to everyone that Law's reasons for betraying Doflamingo are extremely justified. Doflamingo is an Ax-Crazy maniac with no conscience concerning anyone outside of his own crew, but his younger brother Rocinante, also called Corazon, was gentle and kindhearted. He was responsible for saving Law's life from an otherwise incurable disease, spending half a year traveling around the world looking for a cure and getting gravely injured in the process. But shortly afterwards, Corazon is killed by Doflamingo for being a Reverse Mole working for the Marines.
    • Another example from the Dressrosa arc. A LOT of the country's population, along with many, many visitors to the island, were Living Toys, changed from humans into that for one reason or another and enslaved by the Donquixote Family through use of a Devil Fruit user named Sugar. They were doomed to spend the rest of their lives slaving away until their toy bodies gave out, unless by some miracle the Devil Fruit user who had converted them was forcibly rendered unconscious, which would break the spell. This happens thanks to the actions of Usopp, who was beaten to within an inch of his life on the way there. How do the toys who witnessed the battle and turned back repay him? They…well, actually, they hail him as a hero, a god even, and subject themselves to him. But then along comes Donquixote Doflamingo, the leader of the family who is NOT happy about his Masquerade being shattered. He puts out the names of all of the ones who are a threat to his power on the island, including all of the Straw Hats, putting a bounty on each one. Usopp, for his trouble, is given a bounty of 500,000,000 Berries. A large number of the former toys are suddenly taken with greed, and decide to kill him.
    Many Powerful Fighters: (while attacking) DROP DEAD, YOU UNGRATEFUL BASTARDS!
  • In One-Punch Man, the crowd is one.
    • First, Saitama destroys a meteor that would've completely and utterly annihilated at least Z-City and quite possibly a lot more but the pieces still hit and cause a lot of destruction. Two of the Tank Top brothers use this and manage to turn the crowd against him. He shuts them down.
    • The second incident is after the death of the Sea King, when some bastard points out that, because Saitama, a C-Class, just killed the Sea King with one punch, it must've been very weak and all the C- to S-Class that lost against it and all heroes in general were just useless weaklings. The crowd, again, are quick to agree. This time, Saitama manages to turn them right around again, by sacrificing his own fame and image.
  • In Oreimo, Kirino treats her big brother Kyousuke with disdain, even after he helps her open up to people about her unusual hobbies, often humiliating himself in the process. She eventually gets better about it, though.
  • Pokémon
    • Ash's Charizard used to be a major example of this. When it was still a Charmander, its former trainer abandoned it on a rock, leaving it on the brink of death on a rainy night. Ash had saved this Pokémon and took it with him on his journeys. It would eventually evolve into Charmeleon and start disobeying him. Upon evolving into a Charizard, its attitude doesn't improve much and actually costs Ash the Pokémon League Indigo Conference.
    • In Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, the main characters meet Shaymin, the Gratitude Pokémon. Yeah right... All she does throughout the film is annoy the characters and treat them badly.
    • Also lampshaded when Ash saves the Team Rocket trio. While Jessie claims it doesn't change anything and begins ranting at the heroes for saving them James interrupts saying that he, at least, is thankful. This doesn't stop him doing villain stuff a few seconds later.
    • Jessie does this again when she gets paralyzed and is not one bit grateful to Misty for providing the Salveyo Weed cure, nor to her teammates for going out of their way to take care of her in the first place. James and Meowth even call her out on this.
  • Ranma ˝:
    • Nabiki Tendô. Ranma Saotome is not only engaged to marry her little sister in an Arranged Marriage, but protects the household on a fairly regular basis from various chaos. Admittedly, some of that chaos comes to them because he's living there, but there are many events that would have fallen on the Tendôs' doorstep anyway (Picolet Chardin showing up to claim one of them as his promised wife, Akane running off to Ryûgenzawa and its resident Orochi, Happôsai coming to town...). He's also directly saved her from harm at least once, and once saved her life. How does she repay him? She's utterly indifferent to his well-being and considers him solely a source of money and amusement, to the extent she's willing to put his life in danger if she thinks it will make her some money.
    • There's also a subversion: As Genma Saotome frequently complains, Ranma Saotome is an "ungrateful son"...except in Ranma's case he's kind of justified, because everything positive Genma did for Ranma was what a father is supposed to do, while Genma also added a lot of unnecessary negative complications that he then left for Ranma to fix. Really, Genma himself is an example of this trope, ungrateful that Ranma does constantly clean up after his messes.
  • Rosario + Vampire: In episode 7, after helping to save Mizore from herself and her haywire ice clones, Mizore flat-out tells Tsukune and Inner Moka not to expect her to thank them. In response, Inner Moka lays her out flat and lectures her, telling her to actually try living her life before she starts talking about killing herself; Mizore takes this to heart.
  • Chibi-Usa once pulled this towards Usagi in the anime version of Sailor Moon. She actually stole Usagi's Transformation Trinket after learning that she was Sailor Moon, mentally whining about how terrible Usagi was and how much she hated her for being careless and whiny. Since Usagi was unable to stop the Senshi's capture at the hands of Rubeus because Chibi-Usa rendered her useless by stealing the brooch, she massively chewed Chibi-Usa out for her stupidity. From then on, she still acted bratty sometimes yet never to this extreme.
  • In one episode of Samurai Champloo, the trio supposedly meet Xavier III whose trying to spread Christianity to Japan. However he turns out to be nothing but a con man taking advantage of the locals. A girl name Yuri, whom he mercilessly abused, has him at gunpoint and is all set to kill him. But she eventually just tells him to get lost and spares his life. He responds by trying to kill her. Karma however stepped in when after a brief fight a giant cross gets dropped on him.
  • In Toriko, one jerk in the backstory threw away the food Frohze gave him because they weren't high-class ingredients. During a worldwide famine. Small wonder Midora flipped out and attacked the guy.
  • The light novel, Ultimate Antihero, might as well be titled "Ungrateful Bastards, the Light Novel". The main character, Kamishiro Homura, goes on to save the last remnants of mankind, risking his life, and sanity, by reading a tome of Eldritch lore, handed him by The Crawling Chaos to go up against a "Demon King" class monster which, with a single attack, scorched 96 percent of the Earth's surface. How do the governments of the 10 remaining countries respond to his courage and self-sacrifice? A victory parade? Hail him as a savior and champion of humanity? NO! They slap a seal on his powers that would risk 70% of the Earth if he tries to remove it, and constantly track him day and night like a wanted fugitive, strip away his human rights and erase all public records of his background, making it impossible for him to have gainful employment. They slander him, call him a traitor to his species to the point where everybody of the human race, bar a small number of people that can actually be counted on one hand, look upon him with unbridled terror. To top it all off, these same government officials continuously send assassins, if not whole armies, after him to try to kill him, and resent the fact that he still fights to save humanity in spite of them. So how do they ultimately decide to deal with the ongoing demon threat? They create an artificial Archangel Michael to kill him and obliterate his home nation. In order to secure "salvation from Heaven." Let's just say Michael doesn't have the same definition of "salvation" that they do.
  • Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! refuses to change his opinion of Yugi, despite the latter having come to his and/or his brother's rescue on at least three separate occasions. He has a Grudging "Thank You" moment at the end of Duelist Kingdom, even though defeating Yugi became an obsession for him in the following seasons.
    • At least he stopped trying to kill him in the manga. His opinion of Yugi did eventually change, but that was in episode 223, and it took seeing Yugi destroy ALL THREE EGYPTIAN GODS in one move for that to happen.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, Jonouchi is the only one who stands up for Aigami when some bullies try to pick on him. Despite this, Aigami later banishes him to another dimension that would slowly kill him, and calls Jonouchi worthless.
  • Swim Swim from Magical Girl Raising Project gets knocked out by Cranberry and is saved by Tama. The moment she wakes up, she picks up her halberd and slashes Tama's throat. All because she saw her human identity.

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  • A justified example from the Blake's 7 audios: After trying to kill or capture them for two seasons straight, did you really think Servalan would not take advantage of a crippled Liberator? That it was crippled holding the line against the Andromedan invasion is irrelevant.

    Comic Books 
  • The X-Men. They can save the world over and over again, and the public of the Marvel universe will still hate and fear them. This is particularly notable during any origin arc, most all of which can be summarized as "Hey, those mutants saved us from that rampaging robot/alien/supervillain/whatever, let's throw rocks at them!
  • Spider-Man can save J. Jonah Jameson, JJJ's family, and indeed the whole city of New York all day long if he likes; next morning, the Daily Bugle headlines are still going to be reading "Threat or Menace?"
    • There's the occasional hint that Jameson actually does like Spider-Man, but that he puts on the horse and pony show to sell newspapers. And far more regular hints that JJ can't stand him. Actually, JJJ clearly stated that he was jealous of Spider-Man, all the way back in the tenth issue.
    • Ultimate JJJ, on the other hand, got a clue after a storyline event with the Chameleon caused him to learn Spider-Man's secret identity and Spider-Man's aid kept him from dying when he got shot in the head: this JJJ refused to reveal his identity and vowed to do a complete 180 and "fight the world for him". Under most circumstances, this would likely be Ret Conned as brain damage, or washing, or reversed quickly or eventually, but having only one single writer scripting the entire series helps avoid such problems.
    • There's also enough evidence that New Yorkers, even if such mass consumers of Accentuate the Negative to make the Daily Bugle the number one paper, aren't as pliable to the mass media message, and will rally behind Spider-Man. This also pisses off J.J., but the only thing he likes more than subscription numbers is to be pissed off, so everyone's happy.
    • Spidey can deliver a quick dose of Laser-Guided Karma to any asshole who starts Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like, namely by shutting their traps with a gag of webbing.
    • Some of the New York City Cops are also more on the ball than their colleagues, and will cut the wall-crawler some slack when he makes their lives easier. On rare occasions, more belligerent cops will be called out by their partners, who point out that Spider-Man didn't actually do anything wrong.
      • Spider-Man once did have a close ally in the NYPD: Captain Jean DeWolff. Sadly, she was murdered by Stanley Carter, the original Sin-Eater, her ex-lover. (Jean may have even had feelings for Spider-Man that were warmer than he had originally thought, as evidenced from a collection of photographs he found of the two of them together that she kept; one of them, that had included the Black Cat, was altered so that the Cat was removed.)
      • Subverted in one older issue when on patrol, Spidey notices an old woman being mugged; he stops the mugger and returns her purse. She thanks him sincerely, promises to never read or believe JJJ's editorials from then on, and wishes him good luck in the future as he swings away.
  • The whole Marvel Universe as a whole is filled with ungrateful bastards, quick to turn on the heroes for no good reason or if they make a mistake despite getting their asses saved from Galactus, Magneto, Doctor Doom, etc., Civil War demonstrating that behavior. Then again, Marvel citizens are dumbasses so it's not really surprising. That said, the occasional moments when ordinary people actually show gratitude to the heroes are all the more satisfying, and can serve as Pet the Dog moments to make them likable to the readers.
    • The assholishness of the Marvel Universe inhabitants is so pronounced that, when The Avengers hopped to The DCU in JLA/Avengers, they were flabbergasted when cheering civilians mobbed them with grateful thanks (and autograph requests) for saving them from a disaster, and upon seeing how much positive media attention the JLA got for their heroics, Captain America became suspicious that the DC superheroes were tyrants demanding worship from humans.
    • To further home what a Crapsack World full of Jerkasses and dragon bulliers and other morons the Marvel Universe is, upon seeing how the Marvel Universe treats its superheroes, Superman accuses them of not doing enough to help people, claiming this is the only reason why they could be so hated by the people they are supposed to protect. The comic eventually explains Supes and Cap's Jerkass behavior by saying the differing natures of their universes (and their own strong ties to their home universes) were making them belligerent, and they make peace by the end of the story.
    • The second half of the miniseries Marvels deals heavily with point of view character Phil Sheldon's increasing cynicism over how little respect the superheroes get despite them selflessly saving them all several times over.
  • Superman can save the whole universe over and over again, and the government will still create Cape Busters to attack him. Even his supporting characters get hit with this. General Zod's heroic son, Chris Kent (Nightwing), and his girlfriend, Thara Ak-Var (Flamebird), almost always get attacked the second after they finish a rescue.
    • Was even worse in the beginning of Superman. From time to time he would lose his powers for a few days or so and would get a replacement. In this time, everyone simply forgets all his deeds he has done, there would be parades for the replacement for things Superman did every day and sometimes people would even insult him for becoming useless.
    • And on occasions when it would even only slightly seem as if Superman would do something evil, everyone would consider it the truth (maybe except Lois and Jimmy, and sometimes not even them) and think he was evil or abandoned the city.
    • However, perhaps as a way to distinguish it from Marvel, this quality was reduced considerably (though inconsistently) in DC humans over time to the point where hurting Superman is a Berserk Button for the city of Metropolis.
    • One specific example is Cat Grant's bratty little son Adam. When watching The Death of Superman on the news, Jose Delgado (Gangbuster) was appropriately horrified, but Adam got bored and changed the channel. Jose ordered him to show some respect as the hero who saved all their lives, the city, and the world so many times had just died, but Adam flat out said he didn't care.
    • Taken to its logical extreme in Superman: Truth. Superman has saved the world countless times, and when his secret identity is revealed, how does the world thank him? The police has ordered his arrest, the banks have cancelled his credit cards and several lawyers are suing for property damage. Even Perry White fired him from the Daily Planet, and behaves like he swapped personalities with J. Jonah Jameson.
    • In Kryptonite Nevermore, Superman has lost most of his power and cannot prevent a skyscraper from toppling down. The following day everyone laugh at him and Superman is distraught because people turns on him as soon as he makes one mistake.
      Superman: Ridicule... Laughter! So soon, they've forgotten all I've done... My years of service... of sacrifice! I guess I'm being bitter — and I don't care! I've a right to bitterness... No man has a better right! I've denied myself the comforts of home... family... to continue helping these... ingrates! I thought they admired me... for myself! I've lived in a fool's paradise!
  • Supergirl :
    • In Action Comics #286, Supergirl saved Lex Luthor's life. He yelled he hated her and he tried to kill her again. It didn't help that Supergirl informed him that she saved him because she wants him to pay for his crimes. He declared "[He] loathed [her] more than Superman."
    • In Supergirl Vol 1 #9, Supergirl saves a man from dying... and he complains about it.
    • In Supergirl Vol 5, when she and Powerboy quelled a hurricane in Mexico, a general threatens them, saying it is illegal for metahumans to interfere with Mexican affairs. Powerboy threatens to bring the hurricane back, and the general shuts up.
    • Supergirl, again, dealt with this with Cat Grant after saving her life (and accidentally breaking Cat's arm in the process). This led Cat to go on a surprisingly effective smear campaign against the Girl of Steel. In the end, Supergirl merely left a note on her desk promising never to rescue her again.
    • In Supergirl #34 Kara fights Silver Banshee in a baseball field. Several spectators throw their cups at her and shout that she ruined the game and trashed the field (disregarding that Silver Banshee also destroyed the place and Supergirl saved their lives). They scream that they don't need her and want her to go away until she flies away... and then they demand that she cleans the mess up. So... they say they don't need her and want her gone until she goes away.... and then they want her stay to help?
    • In Action Comics #285, Superman reveals his cousin's existence to the world, showing footage of Kara helping him save people dozens of times. At the beginning the public praises her, but as soon as she has -temporary- trouble dealing with an Eldritch Abomination, people complain about her being overrated and worse than her cousin.
    • Back in the late Silver Age Supergirl could save Nasthalthia 'Nasty' Luthor over and over again, and 'Nasty' kept mocking her and attempting to expose her Secret Identity. In Demon Spawn she tries to out Supergirl as Kara is getting her out of a burning building.
    • In Supergirl (Rebirth): The Girl of No Tomorrow, the denizens of National City swiftly and completely forget about any and all Supergirl's good actions as soon as they find out her father is a murderer whom she was trying to rehabilitate.
  • The Punisher, being a cynical, dark sociopathic antihero who is utterly determined to rid the living world of criminals is almost always this trope, even in cases when the criminal (even one as small-time as a retired thief!) in question helped him. He's not only this to his enemies, but his allies as well. Even for the innocent, getting even a thank you out of Frank requires you to go above and beyond the call of duty.
  • In one story in Tales of the Slayers, a medieval Slayer saves her town from a horrific vampire attack.. and is burned as a witch for it. Her stricken Watcher, Forced to Watch as she burned, goes to the city gates and lets the vampires in.
  • Think the Fantastic Four is immune to this? Think again. After numerous supervillain attacks on the Baxter Building, Child Protective Services accused Reed and Sue of being bad parents towards Franklin and Valeria. After much protest, they agreed to relinquish custody of their children; however, less than four hours after the officials publicly announced they were moving the two children to a safehouse, the safehouse was attacked by an unknown enemy and it - along with everything in a half-mile radius - was reduced to a smoldering crater. Fortunately, Reed had thought ahead of time - it had been a "dummy" safehouse, a condition he insisted on before he agreed to the terms, and miraculously, there were no casualties. Humiliated, the officials rescinded their decision. Unfortunately for the Fantastic Four, no-one ever found out just who had attacked the decoy safehouse, and many accused them of doing it themselves in a ploy to get their children back.
  • Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog isn't even immune to this.
    • The Dork Age was quite bad at this, with at least two instances of the Freedom Fighters being disbanded in favor of Geoffery St. John's team, despite the fact that they've been fighting much longer than his group.note 
    • When Snively pulls a We Can Rule Together on his half-sister Hope, she furiously disowns him and vows to take him down. A hurt and livid Snively believes she is just this trope and dares her to show what "an ungrateful, second rate brat" can do against his forces. She answers with her own invented artillery, a flaming shield, making clear he's char unless he gets the hell away from her now.
  • The vice-minister and the princess of Electropolis in Convergence: Green Lantern - Parallax #2. Kyle offers his help to stop Hal/Parallax in exchange for them not attacking Metropolis. But they launch the attack anyway, taking advantage of the fighting between Kyle and Hal.
  • Sonic X: Milan Ramada. When Sonic saves her and several other people from missiles shot by Eggman, she berates Sonic for letting Eggman take advantage of the distraction to steal her limousine.
  • In the Disney Ducks Comic Universe, Donald got hit with this so often that in the sixties the fans demanded he was given a way to get back at the other characters, resulting in the creation of his superhero/antihero alter ego Paperinik the Devilish Avenger.
    • As Donald can't exactly get too much of a break, Paperinik gets hit with this once in a while, with the citizens of Duckburg being prone to turn on him at the flimsiest frame-up or celebrating new heroes whenever they appear (never mind that, aside for Paperinika, whose Straw Feminist ways made her unpopular with the male half of Duckburg, and the Red Bat, who's an immense klutz and isn't too respected when paired with Paperinik, said heroes invariably reveal themselves as criminals trying to replace our hero to have free reign to rob the city blind). This, however, has a good reason: in the early stories Paperinik was an outright criminal, one that by the third story had earned such infamy that him (or rather a robot looking like him) flying over the city caused a mass-panic, and the citizens of Duckburg have not forgotten. Then there's those who expect Paperinik to just be their servant even when they know the Devilish Avenger's past...

    Fairy Tales 
  • In The One-Handed Girl, the girl refused payment for a pumpkin, instead giving it to her sister-in-law. When the sister-in-law tries to get another the next day, the girl is out, so she tells the girl's brother that the girl had refused to sell her any, even though she sold them to other.
  • In The Fire-Bird, the Horse of Power, and the Princess Vasilissa, the tsar keeps on using the archer's success as a reason to give him a new task or get his head cut off. Then when the princess demands it, he has the archer thrown into boiling water.
  • The Brothers Grimm story The Bremen Town Musicians features a donkey, a cat, a dog and a rooster who are all past their prime years and no longer able to perform their services for their masters. Instead of allowing the animals to spend their final years in peace, each animal's owner plans to simply dispose of their beasts and replace them with newer animals. The animals decide to set off on their own.
  • The dwarf who sisters Snow-White and Rose-Red keep helping.
  • The story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a classic example. The town of Hamelin refused to pay the Pied Piper the amount they had promised him for solving their terrible rat infestation. In short, they stiffed him. But they paid for it in spades, as he kidnapping their children. In fact, the saying "time to pay the piper" is derived from this story.
  • Some versions of Puss in Boots end this way, with the cat being promised a fine funeral when he eventually passes on. Playing dead to test his master's sincerity, the cat finds out that the real plan was just to fling him out the window. The cat promptly ceases his charade and leaves, understandably pissed.

    Fan Works 
  • In Team 8, Naruto's team of himself, Shino, Hinata and Kurenai fights a team of missing-nin that kidnapped Konohamaru and Hinata's younger sister Hanabi. After being released, Hanabi shows little gratitude toward her rescuers, particularly her older sister Hinata, and expresses disdain toward her for getting knocked out first.
  • In My Immortal, "Dumblydore" saves the lives of "good" characters at least twice. They respond by constantly insulting and deriding him for not being "goffik" enough. Also, whenever anything big goes wrong, Ebony and friends go to Dumbledore and expect him to fix it for them.
  • In one The Legend of Zelda fic, Link finishes up saving a village only for the mayor to throw him out because of the amount of damage Link caused. Link himself knew he was going to cause damage and was willing to fix it up, but the mayor's reaction sends him into a minor Heroic B.S.O.D. (he gets better).
  • The Immortal Game: After the Mane Six strip Terra of her power, they vote to spare her life and imprison her. She mocks them for it and calls them weak.
  • Sakura in Naruto:Asunder. Long story short, Naruto brought Sasuke back to the village but had to place a seal on him (Jiraiya taught him the basics and Naruto found a unique way to make his) that put Sasuke in a coma. The seal makes it so Sasuke has to face what he was becoming (Naruto admits he was pressed for time so couldn't get specific with the seal) or he stays in a coma. Sakura keeps bitching even when it's pointed out she didn't do anything to help.
  • Queen of All Oni: Valmont betrays Jade, even though he was a gutter bound common thief when she found him, and he gets a dose of Laser-Guided Karma, stripped naked and dumped in a crowded plaza, where he gets arrested.
    • Drago betrayed the Matriarch (Jade's future self) and tried to write her out of the timeline, even though she — against the advice of her advisors — gave him a chance to redeem himself, rather than simply seal him away again. Both Karasu and the Matriarch herself point this out when fighting and punishing him (respectfully).
  • In Vision, our Anti-Hero is this, partially through a Trauma Conga Line, and partially through not being all that nice a pony to begin with.
  • A Shadow of the Titans: Machete attacks Jade even though Jade had just broken her out of prison, because was trying to stop her from killing the security guards.
  • Vinyl and Octavia Machete Their Way Through the Jungle has the main villain, Baron von Darkhoof, locked up in a cage by a tribe of natives to the jungle, with the implication being that he'll be killed. After Octavia goes out of her way to save him, not only does he not thank her, he calls the guards on her and then flies off.
  • In Boys Und Senshado, Akio doesn't like his girlfriend Miho's older sister Maho, believing that she isn't there for Miho enough, because he doesn't know that the entire reason Maho is working to be Nishizumi heiress is so that Miho will be free to live her life her own way. After Shiho disowns Miho, the question of how Miho will pay her apartment's rent comes up. After hearing that Maho has decided to help out by paying the rent with her own money, Akio's reaction is to express disbelief and maintain that she should have been there for Miho more, even after Miho defends her sister.
  • Goes all over the place in For His Own Sake:
    • Most of the Hinata Girls are incredibly ungrateful about all that Keitaro did for them in his three years running the Inn, yet are furious and call HIM ungrateful when he leaves, because they expected him to just keep doing everything for them.
    • Naru and Mokoto call Shinobu ungrateful and a Fair Weather Friend after she points out their flaws, saying she doesn't appreciate all the help they gave her before. Said 'help' was more like bullying her into silence.
    • Naru attacks Chizuka's husband over a misunderstanding. Chizuka has her arrested for assault. Naru doggedly insists that Chizuka is an ungrateful bitch and her husband deserved to get punched out for... teasing his wife about trying a fighting game out at the arcade.
    • Played straight again concerning Naru's attitude towards her family when they try bailing her out of jail. Though they try being reasonable, she keeps lashing out, blaming them for all her problems, and gives her sister Mei a Breaking Speech that leaves her in tears.
  • What we're meant to think of Ace Ray from My Little Unicorn as, for talking bad about Starfleet, despite bringing up issues reviewers and riffers had been bringing up since the beginning (ie. killing creatures with no thinking if they are good/evil etc.). This was actually done to make fun of the riffers who made fun of the fic in the first place.
  • In A Little Walk, Joram the Jerk Ass barkeep has a sick Frodo imprisoned by some corrupt guardsmen, leading to the hobbit's illness getting worse. Despite this, Frodo manages to convince Aragorn not to punish Joram too severely, so the King merely sentences him to work in the laundries, and orders him to make a public apology to the hobbit once the punishment is complete. Instead of feeling any remorse or regret for his actions, Joram blames Frodo for what happened, and tries to kill him by poisoning him.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act VI: In chapter 42, Mizore saves Arial from being killed by an enraged Kokoa, who has unleashed her overcharge. Arial scornfully remarks that all Mizore really did was push her away and that she could have taken Kokoa down on her own; when Mizore points out that Kokoa was on fire and that Arial, as a snow girl, would most likely have been incinerated by simply being near her, Arial openly dismisses it and hits her over the head with a shard of ice.
  • In Origin Story, the Ungrateful Bastard is the entire United States government. Alex prevents an oil tanker from breaking up, and thus stops it from dousing the Florida coast in crude oil, and their response is to call SHIELD and the Avengers down on her head. Again.
  • Bart Simpson Attorney At Law: Mr. Burns, now in his 130s and more irascible refuses to donate blood to Bart after he is severely wounded by Jeremy, and the donation would be the only thing that can save him, despite Bart saving his life years ago. He only agrees after Lisa castigates Burns for his selfishness, but even afterward, he still tries to make life for the Simpson's miserable after Bart beats him in a trial, and then tries to kill him when he fails to intimidate him.
  • In The End of Ends, Beast Boy does not care that Terra is no longer a statue, he only cares about the fact that she doesn't want to be with him. Also, he never displays gratitude toward the Doom Patrol or the other Titans for taking in him, he only wangsts about their getting cross with him from time to time.
  • Sudden Contact: The Citadel to the asari and batarians, for various reasons: The asari were voted out of their Council seat despite the Citadel having helped in liberating Thessia. The batarians were offended for receiving the lack of gratitude for their role in the Great War, leading to their withdraw from the Citadel. The volus are mad at the Hierarchy for the lack of effort in eradicating the remaining zerg in their colonies after helping them in the Great War, and are seriously considering seceding from the Hierarchy.
  • In Shinji's Nightmare, after Shinji saves Ritsuko from a recurring nightmare where she's forced to murder everyone she cares about in a Portal like set up, her first reaction is to angrily berate him for invading her privacy (she apologizes to him for it, though).
  • A Brighter Dark: What Ryoma calls the lords who secede from Hoshido. He fought and nearly died to protect them and their lands while they sat by and did nothing, only for them to turn on him for making decisions they did not like.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: The Azalea townspeople are quick to gang up on a little girl and her father just because she accidentally stepped on a Slowpoke's tail. Never mind that she only did so to save a baby carriage from getting squashed by traffic, and even the baby's mother joins in the beating without a second thought.

    Films — Animation 
  • Gaston, from Disney's Beauty and the Beast, stabs the Beast moments after the Beast decides to let him go (rather than dropping him off the roof). Admittedly, the Beast wasn't actually saving him, but he was sparing him when he didn't really have to, so it's still pretty bastardly. It was also the very last act he ever committed.
  • The Incredibles
    • Superheroes go into hiding to escape being sued by the people they saved.
    • Buddy Pine was an extremely devout fan of Mr. Incredible who's implied to constantly butt in on his heroics, and in one instance, he almost gets killed, with Mr. Incredible's rescue inadvertently causing great damage, kick-starting the Superheroes Registration Act which forces Mr. Incredible into retirement and hiding. Yet years later, as Syndrome, he has the gall to say he got the short end of the stick that day.
  • Mulan. Chi Fu. Mulan destroyed nearly the entire Hun army singlehandedly, yet as soon as it's revealed she's a woman, he immediately decides that she deserves death (though, in some fairness, it was illegal for a woman to be in the army at that time, and the penalty was death; she avoids it only because she had saved Shang's life shortly before, and he repaid his debt by sparing her). After she goes even further and saves the emperor (who is also his boss) from the Hun survivors, he's no better. Shang has had enough of him though.
    Chi Fu: That creature's not worth protecting.
    Shang: She's a hero.
    Chi Fu: 'Tis a woman. She'll never be worth anything.
    Shang: (grabs his collar) Listen, you pompous...
  • In the finale of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Judge Claude Frollo throws Quasimodo off the wall of Notre Dame but is dragged along with him. Esmeralda catches and holds Quasi's hand who holds Frollo. Despite having learned that Frollo had murdered his mother, Quasi is unwilling to let the bastard go. Frollo manages to get to safety and... immediately tries to kill the heroes. He fails. ...and pays dearly for it.
  • Cera in the first The Land Before Time movie. Littlefoot's mother saves her and Littlefoot from being eaten by Sharptooth. Even after this she remains racist against "longnecks", even going so far as to call Littlefoot's mother stupid.
  • Toy Story:
    • Woody has his moment in Toy Story 2. Buzz and friends go to great lengths to get up to the apartment and rescue him from toy collector Al, who is preparing to send him to Japan. The most prominent expression of this is when Buzz gives a heartfelt speech about how he once taught him that life was only worth living if he was loved by a child and he came to rescue him because he believed him. His response? "Well, you wasted your time." Although Woody does see Buzz's point and tries to leave with him almost immediately afterward.
    • Lotso in Toy Story 3. Woody and Buzz risk their lives to save him near the end, then when he has a chance to save them with no risk he deliberately leaves them to die in the incinerator.
  • Amos Slade in The Fox and the Hound is bent on shooting Tod, even after the fox saves him and Copper from a bear. He backs down and lets Tod go after Copper gives him a Heel Realization.
  • Stoick the Vast in How to Train Your Dragon could count as this when he finally finds out about Hiccup and Toothless. After inadvertently endangering Hiccup and seeing Toothless rescue him, he attacks the dragon and orders him captured after Toothless spares his life when Hiccup begs him to. Then he tells Hiccup that he's not his son just because he befriended a dragon, then he doesn't listen to his son's stories about how big the queen dragon is and brings what is apparently most of the village on an inadvertent suicide mission. While he's forced into a My God, What Have I Done? in every conceivable way, in the end, Hiccup is responsible for saving him and everyone else, and it costs him his right foot.
    • Though, Stoick and the rest of the village DO avert this after the first "Dragon Riders" save them from the Red Death. By the second movie, Dragons become a beloved part of the village, Stoick is openly proud and supportive of his son to the point of trying to groom him into being the new Chief, and Hiccup is called "The Pride of Berk" and cheered on by the villagers, even 5 years after his victory. And, when Drago and his Bewilderbeest make landfall on Berk, the people cheer at the sight of Hiccup and Toothless flying in to battle them.
  • The Swan Princess 2. Derek saves Knuckles from falling off a cliff, only to be pushed down the same cliff by him a few seconds afterwards.
  • Originally, at the end of The Lion King, Simba actually chases Scar to the top of a cliff, causing the evil lion to plead for his life, and that the hyenas were behind the death of Mufasa, Simba actually tells Scar to "run away and never return", but Scar responds by throwing burning embers into Simba's face and attacking him while he is blinded. He doesn't survive after his fight with Simba, though thanks to his blame on them, it takes the hyenas to finally finish him.
  • After saving a man's life in Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, Pocahontas gets knocked down by that same guy and to add insult to injury he calls her a savage.
  • Appears in Megara's backstory from Hercules. She sold her soul to Hades to save her boyfriend's life, and he thanked her by dumping her for another girl almost immediately after. Crushed, she gave up on love and became the cynical Broken Bird she is for most of the film.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Departed, when Barrigan saves Sullivan from being arrested the very next thing he does is shoot his rescuer in the head.
  • In The Dictator, even after Nuclear Nadal saves Aladeen from being decapitated by angry Wadiyan refugees, Aladeen complains to him again for making a nuclear weapon that is round and not pointy.
  • The two rats in Dr. Dolittle are explicitly not grateful to the good doctor after he saves one of them.
    "You want gratitude? Get a hamster!"
  • In Dracula Untold, Vlad's people try to burn him alive the moment they find out that he's a vampire and they don't care who he is or what he had done to save them all — to them, he's just a monster. Vlad calls them out on the spot. When Vlad's vampire army has finished off the Ottomans, they turn their attention to try and kill Ingeras. They forgot whose boy that was.
  • Happens in Escape from New York and Escape from L.A., both of which end with Snake screwing over an ungrateful president. In the first one, the president shows no respect for any of the people who died in the process of getting him out of New York. The president in Escape from L.A. makes the president in Escape From New York seem like a nice guy.
  • In Ex Machina, even though Caleb helped her escape, Ava left him to die of starvation in the facility.
  • Lieutenant Dan subverts this in Forrest Gump. Initially he is not only ungrateful, but downright angry with Gump for saving his life. This was mostly a pride thing, though, as he was the first in his family not to die in battle and didn't know what to do with his life afterwards, especially after losing his legs. If anything, by the end of the movie he becomes grateful to Gump for not just saving him, but giving him a reason to live. Even before the end, he actually respected Gump and considered him his best friend. He was angry at him for saving him because he had to live without legs, but that didn't mean he truly turned against him.
    "I never thanked you for saving my life."
  • In Hellboy II: The Golden Army the civilians swing from Muggles to Ungrateful Bastards ridiculously soon after the Masquerade is broken. Although the fact that Hellboy would seem to them to have gone from "cool urban legend" to "scary demon with huge guns who attracts enormous, destructive plant monsters"... And this is why the comics has him being public knowledge since day one (that's since the 1950s).
  • Horrible Bosses: Even though Dale saved Harken by giving him his epinephine medication for a peanut allergy, Harken still acts hostile towards him just like with everyone else. Harken's wife's even lampshades this.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action:
    Kate: You can't fire me! My company made $950 million dollars.
    CEO It's not a billion.
  • In Lord of Illusions, Nix's cult have spent the better part of 15 years trying to revive him from his imprisonment in the afterlife. Upon his resurrection he murders them all for having proven themselves unworthy of him.
  • The No Budget fantasy film The Lords of Magick has a nobleman horribly mutilated and murdered by bandits, before being resurrected by two passing wizards. Said nobleman's response is to immediately have the wizards arrested for practising the forbidden art of necromancy, without any mention at all of reporting the people who actually killed him.
  • In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Ingen's dinosaur capturing party rescues Ian and his team, the supposed good guys in the film, after a T-Rex destroys all of their equipment and leaves them dangling off of a cliff. They then provide all of the information Ian and co. need to get help and personally escort them there, despite heavy losses to their own ranks (most of which directly caused by Ian's group). Despite all of this, Ian's team still feels the need to spend every minute of screen time possible heckling and sabotaging them. Nick Van Owen even steals the bullets from them as they leave the island, leaving Ingen's team helpless against the attacking dinosaurs. That's manslaughter, or at the very least depraved indifference.
  • In Man of Steel, a younger Clark saving a school bus full of children from drowning is met with much fear and hatred from the townspeople. Subverted by Pete, who rats Clark out to his mother, who in turn confronts the Kents. However, Pete seems to have done so out of a sense of awe and appreciation, and is visibly sheepish about it. His mother herself goes in the opposite direction and declares Clark a savior and a sign from God. Later, Pete is not only nicer to Clark, but doesn't reveal his identity when Zod calls on Earth to do so.
  • In Million Dollar Baby Maggie's mother and sister, who object to her buying a house for them for fear of losing their welfare and instead insist on money.
  • In The Phantom, The Dragon Quill was once saved by the 20th Phantom, after he was attacked by a rabid monkey. Quill said that he would lead him to the Sengh Brotherhood's hideout. Instead, he stabbed the Phantom in the back, stole his belt and took it to the Brotherhood, who initiated him.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides: Angelica is horrified at Jack for sacrificing her father Blackbeard by switching the chalices and even tries to shoot him as he maroons her on the island...despite the fact that he saved her life by doing so.
  • In the B Movie, Prayer For The Rollerboys, Corey Haim saves the life of The Dragon to the boss of a roller blade gang, who also happens to be Haim's childhood friend. Out of jealousy, the dragon spends the rest of the film trying to sabotage Haim's place in the gang.
  • In Project X, some bullies grab a little person and throw him into an oven. Costa forces them to leave and pulls him out, only for the midget to punch him in the nuts.
  • In Saving Private Ryan, "Steamboat Willie" is spared by the platoon... only to rejoin the German forces and help kill the main character, Miller. No wonder shortly after he surrenders he gets shot. By the same guy who argued with the squad that he should be let go, in fact.
  • Spider-Man Trilogy:
    • Subverted in the finale of the first Spider-Man film, where Spidey seems to get a lot more respect than he ever did in the comics. Just when it looks like the Green Goblin is about to end his career, the villain starts getting pelted with garbage by angry New Yorkers standing on the Queensboro Bridge. The New Yorkers scream profanities at the villain, one says "C'mon, you're gonna attack a guy who's trying to save a bunch of kids?!", and then one New Yorker shouts, "You mess wit' one of us, you mess wit' ALL of us!" Apparently, this was added in as a Shout-Out to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, to reflect the general feeling New Yorkers had following the crisis. Still, for Spider-Man, this was really something.
      • It was played straight earlier in the film, when calls were being made for Spidey's arrest. It was even fairly invoked by the Green Goblin, who told Spider-Man that the people of New York would hate him in the end despite everything he'd done for them — and they did. Also, it featured JJJ doing his thing in typical Paparazzi fashion.
    • In Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man saves Harry Osborn from being killed when Dr. Ock's experiment blows up. Harry, who still thinks Spidey killed his father, tells him it doesn't change anything. As he leaves the building with his bodyguard, Harry says Spider-Man shamed him by touching him.
  • Star Wars:
    • Anakin Skywalker himself from the prequel trilogy enjoys living this trope. He definitely qualifies during Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, where he puts the blame on Obi-Wan Kenobi for holding him back after Shmi, his mother, died in the Tusken Raider camp, assume that the Jedi Council weren't going easy on him and distrust them even more after he's refused the rank of Jedi Master, kills all of the Jedi, including the younglings, in the Jedi temple during Order 66 after all his devoted years of serving them, and, worst of all, Force chokes Padmé Amidala, his wife, to near death, after all his years of marriage with her, because he thought that she betrays him when Obi-Wan appears on her ship, so that the medical facility staff in Polis Massa will be unable to save her, leaving her eventual death inevitable. There isn't even any victory in his final defeat at the hands of Obi-Wan, because the victory for Anakin's former Jedi Master came off as Pyrrhic, resulting in the fallen Jedi apprentice being encased in black armor at the very end of the third prequel.
    • Leia. "When you came in here, didn't you have a plan for getting out?" No, we didn't, Your Worshipfullness, because we're two guys and an anthropomorphic dog up against thousands of enemy soldiers. To save your ungrateful skin. For whatever reason, it's Played for Laughs. Rescues are kind of pointless when everyone just gets killed on the way out.
    • The Jedi themselves were on the receiving end of this. When they were wiped out nobody really cared. Served the Republic in all its forms as guardians for twenty thousand years? Led the clone troopers (who also get no respect) to victory against the overwhelming Separatist forces in the current civil war? Oh, well. No use crying over spilt milk.
  • Transformers Film Series:
    • In Transformers: Dark of the Moon this seems to be the case on the surface, but is subverted. While Optimus Prime kills Megatron, despite the fact that he helped him defeat a mutual enemy it's made clear Megatron's actions were purely out of self-interest, and that aside, he was personally responsible for the death of one of Prime's comrades. Even his alleged "surrender" seemed to be nothing more than an act of mockery.
    • Played horrifically straight by humanity in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The Autobots have defended humanity from invasion, even at the cost of their own world being reborn. Humanity's response to this is to help an intergalactic Bounty Hunter kill the remaining Autobots and harvest their bodies for the raw materials to make consumer goods. For profit. There have actually been camps hoping humans get wiped out in the next movie because of this.
  • In the first Warlock movie, the warlock's reward to the first man who offered the unconscious and time-teleported warlock shelter is to murder him in his own kitchen.
  • In War for the Planet of the Apes, Caesar expresses this to Col. McCullough:
    Caesar: I did not start this war. I offered you peace. I showed you mercy. But now you're here to finish us off for good.
    • After the battle at the beginning of the movie, among the surviving soldiers Caesar allows to leave unharmed, includes Preacher, so that they can deliver a message to the Colonel. Later during the Final Battle, Preacher, who had earlier shown signs of a Heel–Face Turn, is just about to finish off Caesar when he is blown up by the gorilla, Red, who did make a Heel–Face Turn.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    Magneto: Shame. She was so beautiful.
    • In X-Men: First Class, minutes after the mutants single-handedly prevent World War III, the military tries to kill them since they were deemed too dangerous.
    • The Wolverine:
      • Mostly played straight with Ichiro Yashida towards Wolverine. He wanted to acquire Wolverine's Healing Factor to achieve eternal youth, but he claims that it's for Logan's own good since that what he (Logan) really wanted. Nonetheless, Ichiro still seemed at first genuinely thankful to Logan for saving his life back in WWII. Only when Logan said no, did he show the uglier side of him and that he would put his survival before even his savior's.
      • Shingen shows nothing but open contempt for Logan throughout the movie. He never once acknowledges or thanks him for saving his father's life, if not for which he wouldn't even exist.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: Erik—while living under a new identity—uses his powers to save a fellow steelworker, so what happens next? Another steelworker informs the authorities who he really is, which leads to the death of Lehnsherr's wife and daughter.

  • The joke about the pig that is so talented (can play piano, talk, etc) that the farmer is eating the poor thing one piece at a time, starting with its limbs, because "a pig this good, you don't eat it all at once". What makes the joke this trope is that on some versions of the story the pig saved the farmer, his entire family and all of the other animals in the farm from some disaster (fire, tornado, etc, even bodily carrying them to a safe zone-and on some versions even repeatedly) back when it had all of its limbs. Some versions of the joke do have the farmer giving the pig a very luxurious spot on the farm to live in as a symbol of gratitude, but the fact that the farmer still wishes to eat him, and has started to do so by crippling him doesn't even tries to make it Fridge Horror that it's a Gilded Cage.

  • Lampshaded in A Brother's Price: Princess Odelia is saved from certain death by the Whistler family. She promptly plans to fake unconsciousness in order to steal a kiss from the son of the family. As this culture highly values male chastity, this is Serious Business, and other characters point out she's being an ungrateful bastard. Her sister Ren is even worse. Jerin enjoys it, but still ... bad manners.
    • To a lesser extent, the Whistler grandmothers, who kidnapped Prince Alannon, and married him only after they were knighted for their role in winning the civil war ... by the very same government that wondered where Alannon was. (Somewhat justified, as Prince Alannon was part of the losing part of the royal family, and being returned to his relatives might not have been good for his health.)
  • Ward of Hurog saves a lot of people, so some of this is bound to happen, but he is heartbroken when it turns out that his own brother, whom he talked out of suicide and got to a safe place, didn't trust him and thought he intended to kill a relative for Klingon Promotion. There is also the slave girl they "rescue" who turns out to have worked for the enemy all along. She shows no remorse.
    • Another candidate for the title of most ungrateful bastard is king Jakoven. He kills the son of a man who once saved his ass in battle.
    • There is also Landislaw, whose big brother Garranon works his ass off to ensure his safety - Landislaw has nothing better to do than get himself into trouble.
  • The Jedi in the EU are consistently feared by the Galaxy. While this fear is warranted (the Jedi have had multiple civil wars, singular Jedi who go dark can wreck a galaxy, they have special powers), for a few examples, during the Vong War, a large portion of the New Republic felt that the best thing to do would be to appease the Vong by giving them the Jedi. As of this post, the New Republic (Galactic Alliance) is more fearful of the Jedi than the remnants of the Empire. Despite saving the Galaxy again and again, the Jedi just can't seem to catch a break. In fairness to the Galaxy, Sidious ran a massive anti-Jedi propaganda campaign over twenty-three years, and Luke Skywalker mishandled Caridagate. Yes, Kyp Durron conquered his inner demons in the end, but announcing his investiture gave the pro-Order-66 crowd a huge propaganda victory.
  • In Anne McCaffrey's To Ride Pegasus, early on the Talents provide a warning that saves the life of, among others, a Senator who's arguing vehemently to deny them legal protection—even though it also risks the life of their strongest defender. Undaunted, the Senator not only accuses them of perpetrating a hoax but also insists that real psychics would have known better.
  • Steve from the The Saga of Darren Shan. Darren saves him by sacrificing most of his humanity after an accident. And how does Steve repay him, by becoming a vampire slayer and vowing to kill him. All because he thought Darren stole his original dream of becoming a vampire.
  • Jennifer the Jerk Is Missing. The title character is rude and insulting to her rescuers when she's found. "I like you better tied up and muffled," one of her rescuers says.
    Jennifer: Oh, yuck! Malcolm Wylie, what are you doing here? I was hoping to be rescued by some handsome cop or maybe a federal agent or something.
  • Palicrovol in Hart's Hope, so much so that the book consists of a plea by another character for him not to kill Orem. It doesn't help that he contributed to the problem by raping the Big Bad, Beauty, when she was a child. So once Orem frees him and his closest friends — including the narrator — from their various curses, at the cost of Orem's beloved son, Palicrovol sets out to kill him due to Orem's time as Beauty's second-string consort. Discovering that Orem is his son (by a different woman) only prompts him to add incest to his list of charges.
  • In Robert E. Howard's The Pool of the Black Ones, Conan the Barbarian is rescued from the sea by a pirate ship. As soon as they make land, he goes to murder the captain so he can take over.
  • In John C. Wright's The Golden Age, the amnesiac Phaethon hears himself denounced as ungrateful and later learns that he is suing to have his father declared dead after his father had died to save him and been revived from a noumenal recording. Still later, he recovers his memory. He learns that his dying father had asked him to do something and pledged him monetary support so he could do it; he was suing to get the money to carry out his father's Last Request.
  • In Warrior Cats, Brokenstar plots with Tigerstar to take over Thunderclan, even though the same clan gave him shelter when he was blinded and saved him from being murdered by two other clans. Even his own clanmates don't treat him with the same kindness as Thunderclan.
    • Tigerclaw's Fury shows Jaggedtooth tearing out a claw to make Runningnose believe that Tigerclaw is to be the new ShadowClan leader. When Tigerclaw finds out, he makes Blackfoot the deputy instead of Jaggedtooth, claiming that he doesn't owe the latter anything.
  • Harry Potter:
    • No matter how many time Harry saves his school, the students of Hogwarts will still turn against him on a moment's notice on the strength of lies purported by the government.
    • Meanwhile, Harry never shows any gratitude to Snape for saving his life in the first book, or for attempting to save him and his friends from Sirius Black (at the time believed to be a mass murderer), or for saving their life again in Order of the Phoenix. Snape's a dick to Harry, but you'd think saving his life would merit at least a "thank you" from a kid whose defining characteristic is love. Then again it is justified since Harry's animosity has everything to do with Snape treating him like crap for no good reason. In the case of Sirius Black, Harry knew that Sirius was innocent by that time and didn't think that Snape's motivation was altruistic but merely revenge against his old enemy. Subverted when Harry finally gives Snape his due after he learns the truth by petitioning that Snape be awarded an Order of Merlin (posthumously) and naming one of his sons after him (Albus Severus Potter).
    • Draco Malfoy. Ron even lampshades it:
      "And that's the second time we've saved your life tonight, you two-faced bastard!"
    • Dolores Umbridge, who shows no gratitude whatsoever to Dumbledore after he saves her from a pack of centaurs.
    • And averted with Dudley who starts treating Harry a whole lot nicer after Harry saves him from a Dementor attack, as he fully realizes that he likely wouldn't have survived the event without his help. Unlike his parents especially Vernon who still think that Harry owes them for keeping him around as a maltreated servant.
  • Chickenhound later known as Slagar the Cruel in Redwall, who crosses the Moral Event Horizon by stealing from the Redwallers and killing Methuselah even after they nurse him back to health.
  • Anyone who has read Stephen King's Everything's Eventual will know that Diane, the character from the short story Lunch at the Gotham Cafe, is definitely this trope. You would think, that even after her husband just saved her life from a psychotic waiter, even after treating him very coldly, and demanding a divorce, would at least warrant a "thank you" from her!
  • In Robin Jarvis' Deptford Histories book Thomas, Mulligan pulls the unconscious Dimlon out of the sea, saving his life. What happens when he comes to? It turns out he is in fact Dahrem Ruhar, an adept of the Scale, who is intent on killing Mulligan.
  • Discworld heroes often get this, especially the ones who saved the world from certain destruction, because people become a lot less certain about how certain it was. In particular, we're told in Eric that there was some talk of building a statue of Rincewind after he saved the world from the Dungeon Dimensions (again) in Sourcery, but as the wizards became more determined to pretend it never happened (since they were the ones who started a magical war and opened the rift in the first place) this became a commemorative plaque, then a commendation on the roll of honour, and finally an official reprimand for being improperly dressed.
    • In The Fifth Elephant Vimes tackles the King of the Dwarves out of the way of a falling chandelier, and is promptly imprisoned because laying hands on the king is a crime.
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: The protagonists, of all people, are these! Payback has Mark Lane save Julia's life, and instead of being grateful, Charles Martin sends three men with presidential gold shields to intimidate Mark, and the three men perform a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Mark's friend Jack Emery. In that book Deja Vu, almost all the men working with the Vigilantes up and leave, and Charles has to explain to the ladies that their men risk their lives, careers and reputations on a daily basis for them, and they have never shown any sort of gratitude for their men! Unfortunately, the ladies do not take that to heart, because the men successfully find the ladies' target, point out his location, and the women respond to this by performing a No Holds Barred Beatdown on their target in front of their men, without even allowing the men to have a piece of him! Ungrateful Bitches!
  • In Animorphs, new recruit and Sixth Ranger David is none too grateful to the team for saving his life, even threatening to walk off and try figuring out what to do on his own when they try to tell him what bird to acquire. Seeing as how the David trilogy never shows his side of the story, it's unclear if he's really just plain ungrateful or if he's holding a grudge against the Animorphs for leaving his parents behind to get infested (and in Ax's case, for chopping off his dad's finger).
  • In The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes book The Best Is Yet To Come, when an old friend of Abby's mother named Laurie comes over to visit for the summer along with her daughter, Wynter, Laurie gets Abby to babysit Wynter for several hours a day. This doesn't seem so bad until we find out that Wynter is a huge spoiled brat and will only listen to Abby when she buys her candy, cookies, and various other sweets, forcing Abby to use up more and more of her own money to buy sweets to pacify Wynter. This goes on for several days until Laurie declares that she won't pay Abby at allnote  because she found chocolate in Wynter's sleeping bag that Abby gave to her. Granted, Abby's mother did eventually make Laurie pay up after arguing with her, but still...wow.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Jaime Lannister is reviled by the realm for his betrayal of the Mad King, even by those waging war against him. Jaime considers the slaying of Aerys to be his finest act though, considering that Aerys was planning to engulf King's Landing in Wildfire to "burn them all". Jaime never told anyone that particular detail because no one would believe him, instead assuming he was making shit up to seem like more of a hero. It's not reasonable to call the commonfolk ungrateful when they have no idea that they should be.
    • Tyrion's trial for supposedly murdering Joffrey has him do this inwardly when the court is unabashedly a Kangaroo Court that will pronounce him guilty through half truths, outright lying, and paid witnesses, in addition to not allowing Tyrion to speak in his own defense. In the last book, Tyrion had saved King's Landing from being taken by Stannis and massacring everyone. Thanks to him, when Stannis otherwise would have overrun the city in short order due to a lack of any large armies near it, crappy defenses, and a poorly disciplined and inexperienced City Watch, Tyrion's gambits involving a massive chain and shipfulls of wildfire, in addition to putting more men in the City Watch, let King's Landing hold out long enough for The Cavalry to come riding in, but The Cavalry got all of the glory and Tyrion got nothing but the loss of half of his nose.
    • The Lannisters seem to get this a lot. Tywin was a very competent Hand of the King to Aerys, and kept the Seven Kingdoms stable even as Aerys became less so. Aerys felt no gratitude towards the man who had been a good friend and ally to him for much of his life, only envy. He snubbed Tywin at every turn — making lewd remarks about invoking lord's right with Tywin's new wife Joanna, taking Tywin's favorite son Jaime as one of the Kingsguard just to deprive Tywin of his preferred heir, and refusing Tywin's request to marry Rhaegar to Cersei. Aerys rubbed salt in the wound with that last one by claiming that Tywin was a mere servant, and kings don't marry their sons off to the daughters of their servants. That was the last straw for Tywin — he immediately retired from being the Hand of the King. Given all the crap Aerys threw his way, Tywin's later power play against him almost seems reasonable (the brutal sacking of King's Landing, not so much).
    • Gregor Clegane had the privilege of being knighted by Prince Rhaegar himself, a great honor. He had no compunctions against later murdering Rhaegar's children and raping and killing Rhaegar's wife.
    • Aemon the Dragonknight loyally served his brother Aegon the Unworthy as a Kingsguard and even sacrificed his own life saving Aegon. Aegon repaid his brother's loyalty and sacrifice by spreading rumors that Aemon and Aegon's wife had an affair and that Aegon's son Daeron was actually their bastard. There's a reason he's called the Unworthy.
    • After Robert's death, his brother Renly declares himself King with the support of the Tyrells, leapfrogging over Stannis' (his older brother) claim. When the two meet later (after Stannis also claims the crown on the basis that Robert's children are born of incest), Renly makes it obvious that he has no compuction about killing his brother if he won't give his claim up, stating he owes him no loyalty. The ungrateful part comes from when he was nine, a time where Stannis almost died of hunger trying to keep him alive during the Siege of Storm's End... which was held by the Tyrells.
  • In Speak, Melinda befriends the new girl, Heather, goes with her to a model shoot to support her, and assists her in her first Martha Project in order to help her get into the popular Martha clique, only for Heather to ditch her completely in favor of the Marthas, due to Melinda's unpopularity. She pays dearly for it later when she's required by the Marthas to decorate the ballroom for the senior prom, and the other Marthas get sick and can't help her, leaving her on her own. She's left to beg Melinda for help, only to find out that Melinda's not interested.
  • The short story Boule De Suif follows a group of French residents fleeing to Le Havre. The title character, Elisabeth Rousset, nicknamed Boule De Suif, is a prostitute, and looked down upon by the other occupants of the coach, but she doesn't let that stop her from kindly sharing her food with them. Later, they are detained by a Prussian officer, and the rest of the party convince Boule De Suif to sleep with him, so that they may leave. She does so...and they repay her self-sacrifice by a) throwing a party without inviting her, and b) treating her with contempt when they are allowed to leave, and refusing to share their food with her, even though she's the reason they were even allowed to leave in the first place!
  • One of the most infamous events among The Wheel of Time fandom comes when Mat, a character who has yet to receive the massive power upgrades most of the cast manage to acquire, rescues Elayne and Nynaeve, two characters who are already insanely powerful, from a prison they had absolutely no chance of escaping. They proceed to berate him for daring to think they needed rescuing (they did) and offer no apology or gratitude until damn near forced to by Aviendha and Birgitte.
    • Minutes after Mat gets them out of their cell they physically restrain him with the One Power for pointing out that they should be trying to escape rather than attacking their now helpless former captor.
  • This happens to the protagonist during his first voyage in Gulliver's Travels. Despite the fact that he helps the Lilliputians by stealing the Blefuscudian fleet and crippling them, they're angry because he refuses to completely eradicate Blefuscu. Later, they convict Gulliver for "making water" in public, or urinating, despite the fact that he did it to put out a fire and saved hundreds of lives in the process, and he's sentenced to be blinded. Gulliver refuses to destroy the city for the same reason he wouldn't to that to their enemies, and with the help of one friendly Lilliputian, he is able to escape to Blefuscu, and they, of all people, are willing to help him find an abandoned boat that helps him find a ship with people his own size.
  • Many of the people of the planet Grayson feel this way toward Honor Harrington early in the series, even when she's saved their planet multiple times from enemy attack. They eventually come around.
  • Swedish writer Simona Ahrnstedt has a moment like this in her debut novel Överenskommelser. One of the villains, Edvard Löwenström, asks Seth (the male protagonist) for some money. Seth doesn't like Edvard at all, but as he happens to his best friend's brother-in-law and his love interest's cousin, he does give him some money. But how does Edvard thank Seth? By using the same money to separate him from Beatrice (the female protagonist)!
  • Kindling Ashes: Dragons aided Auland for generations against invaders and also helped them build the wall, but when it was finished, the Auland government turned its back on them.
  • The Jungle Book:
    • In "Mowgli's Brothers", Shere Khan very easily gets many of the wolf pack to turn against Akela and Mowgli, even though Akela was a wise and effective leader and Mowgli made himself very useful by leading prey to them and removing thorns and burrs from their paws and coats.
    • In "Letting In The Jungle", Messua's husband doesn't thank Mowgli for rescuing him and his wife from the villagers who wanted to burn them at the stake and only cares about how he's lost his money and status.
  • Niccolň Machiavelli makes an argument in favor of "ingratitude" in his Discourses on Livy—if it's the entire population of a free republic that's being ungrateful. Machiavelli points out that free peoples who reward their ambitious citizens who do genuinely heroic things in the republic's service with special rights or political power often end up not being free peoples much longer. He therefore praises the Romans for punishing men who went to possibly necessary extremes to protect or preserve Rome and its constitution, holding such men to account as if they hadn't done anything special and leaving them to take a pardon as a reward. When the Romans stopped doing this and started rewarding heroes with power, that was when the Republic became doomed.
  • In Wolf Hall, the Boleyn family towards Thomas Cromwell. He was the one who cut the knot to establish Henry as head of the Church and thus allowed him to annul his own marriage and marry Anne—before that they had just been minor nobles, mildly distinguished by Thomas Boleyn's ambassadorship and Mary being a former mistress. But they soon decided that they are responsible for Cromwell's rise, not the other way around. As soon as Cromwell shows he's not going to be a mindless Yes-Man, Anne declares him her enemy and the other Boleyns threaten to kill him when Henry is thought dead in a jousting mishap, and George Boleyn tries to turn Henry against Cromwell later.
  • In The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the not-actually-mad King Leopold isn't very grateful to Barney for all his efforts to restore him to the throne, quickly becoming obsessed with the idea that his supporters would have preferred Leopold to die and Barney to become king.
  • In Alexis Carew: Mutineer, Alexis is reassigned to Captain Neals, who is horribly sexist and free with the lash. Against her better judgement Alexis rescues him from Hanoverese captivity despite the fact he continuously tried to haze her into resigning, pulled a Uriah Gambit to get her killed or captured, and distracted her when she refused to beg forgiveness on bended knee and had her flogged. The moment the escapees are picked up by friendly forces, he orders her and the other crew arrested for mutiny. Fortunately the Court Martial goes in her favor.
  • Just because Nimander and his companions cared for Clip while he was in a coma in Malazan Book of the Fallen and did their level best to get his soul back out of the clutches of a god, doesn't mean he needs to thank them. He just seems annoyed that their detour took them so long.
  • Zeus is most definitely this in The Camp Half-Blood Series. At the end of The Lightning Thief, the guy can't even cough up a thank you to Percy and threatens to kill him if he travels in the sky again. At the end of The Last Olympian, he can barely eke out a thank you to Hades and Poseidon, agree to Percy's requests, and fails to fulfill all of them. At the end of The Blood of Olympus, Zeus says he is proud of Jason, and yet the moment Jason questions Zeus (when Zeus is wrong) Zeus is one step away from killing his own son.
  • Guardians of Ga'Hoole: After being burned by Soren in The Rescue, Soren's Big Bad brother Kludd is nursed back to health by Simon, a brown fish owl who's from a pilgrimage of owls bound to help others in need. Simon's reward? Getting murdered by a very ungrateful and racist Kludd.
  • In The Tale of the Body Thief David Talbot is the only one of Lestat's friends willing to help him get his stolen body back. At the end of the novel Lestat "repays" David by turning him into a vampire against his will.
  • At the end of Vanguard from The Genesis Fleet series, Lieutenant Robert Geary and Sergeant-turned-Major Melee Darcy have just saved the nascent colony of Glenlyon from the much better equipped Scathans, seeking to conquer Glenlyon. How does the Glenlyon Council thank them for doing the impossible, getting hurt in the process, and losing many of their sailors/soldiers? Why, a pat on the back and an assignment to a third-rate posting in the new Glenlyon fleet and ground forces, respectively (with Melee demoted back to sergeant). Naturally, both tell the Council (well, most of them, there is one decent and grateful politician on the planet, actually) to go to hell and resign. Of course, this is par for the course with the author, who isn't of a high opinion of most politicians. Notably averted with the government of Kosatka, who are extremely grateful to Geary and his crew for saving their planet from a hostile destroyer and send a ship of their own to help Glenlyon in return.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jack Bauer in 24 has personally saved the USA government officials from political assassinations, a false pretense for war, nuclear attacks, biological attacks, a corrupt president, and more. To thank him, the officials he worked for don't do a damn thing to save Jack when he was captured by Chinese agents who tortured him for almost two years for information (that he never gave.) Also, most of 24 consists of bureaucrats putting all their efforts in punishing Jack after or even when he's stopping terrorists from murdering hundreds of thousands of people. After everything he's done to save the country, the country's leaders give him less than squat back.
  • Angel season 3: Lilah fights tooth and nail to free Billy Blim from a Prison Dimension, going so far as to torture Cordelia to blackmail Angel into breaking him out for her. How does Billy repay her for it? He thanks Gavin, her rival, instead and induces him into beating the ever-loving shit out of Lilah while he walks away with a Psychotic Smirk.
  • Chuck McGill from Better Call Saul. His brother Jimmy slaves away and goes through all sorts of ridiculous hoops to keep him afloat despite his mental condition, and does all he can to help him return to the real world and practice law again and what's his thanks? Chuck has been conspiring to keep Jimmy a dirt-poor lawyer with a terrible reputation, and won't let him get a job at HHM.
    • In season 2 Jimmy is hired by the law firm of Davis & Main. Cliff Main is a Nice Guy who treats Jimmy really well and gives him access to all kinds of perks like a company car or a fancy desk for his office. However, Jimmy is not really cut out to work for a big law firm and starts making unilateral decisions like airing a commercial without Cliff's permission. Cliff decides to give Jimmy a second chance but Jimmy has pretty much decided to leave and start his own firm. However, if Jimmy quits he would be contractually obligated to return his signing bonus. The honorable thing for Jimmy to do would be to quit and return the money or stay on with the firm for the rest of the year as the contract requires him to. Instead, Jimmy makes himself an utter pest in the office (including never flushing the toilet) so Cliff is forced to fire Jimmy and thus allow him to keep the bonus. Cliff gave Jimmy a chance of a lifetime and in return he was humiliated and Jimmy walked away with thousands of dollars of Davis & Main money that he did not deserve.
  • After Black Jesus and his crew save Vic from losing his job and his reputation, and get him out of the almost permanent Lloyd-induced drunken stupor, he gets the city to serve the group's garden an eviction notice.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Rona has this throughout Season 7. Doesn't matter how many times Buffy saves her life, Rona will still treat her with nothing less than pure hatred and disrespect; it's to the extent that when the Scoobies force Buffy out of the house, Rona goes so far as to quip, "Ding dong, the witch is dead."
  • In Crossing Jordan Garret Macy found out that a dead victim is alive and paralyzed near death, said victim happens to be his old friend who sets his life in ruining the entire cast. When he was paralyzed he said in his mind that he would change as a better man if they saved his life. But when he got out of the hospital he decides to sue the team for negligence. On the way to his car he was killed for real when he was hit by an ambulance.
  • Doctor Who
    • In "Full Circle", one character doubles back and pulls another free from the marsh men, and is caught himself. The rescued one takes one look at his rescuer and runs off without even trying to help.
    • In "The Mind of Evil", the Doctor is nearly Mind Raped to death by a machine that feeds on fear, until Jo saves him by coming into the lab and distracting him. Rather than thank her the Doctor chastises her for not staying outside like he told her to.
    • Rassilon and the Time Lords (well, some of them) in "Hell Bent". You'd think being saved from complete annihilation in "The Day of the Doctor" would cause you to become nicer and more thankful. Wrong! Especially when you're willing to torture your savior for 4.5 billion years, immediately after (unintentionally) killing off for real his best friend and possible love interest. Yeah, be thankful you were only deposed and exiled from your home planet at the end of the universe, where there are only a few places left to go to, instead of having to suffer the Doctor's wrath. And we all know that the Doctor's wrath is nothing you want to be inflicted upon you. (Not to mention it's possible he might have been more wrathful if not for the fact that he was now insane and preoccupied with a Tragic Dream thanks to what they did. At least he got better.)
  • In The Escape Artist, William Foyle is a sociopath that shows no gratitude to either of the two people that go out of their way to help him. This applies to both Will and Maggie; he murders the former's wife and threatens his son because he didn't shake his hand (after the former got him Off on a Technicality), and stalks the latter by breaking into her apartment even after she did shake his hand (after she did the same thing for the murder trial of Will's wife).
  • Nina is this to Fabian MANY times on House of Anubis, most notably when he rescues her from falling into the chasm.
    Fabian: I...I saved you...
    Nina: Oh yeah? Well why don't you save the other girl (Joy Mercer) in this dress?!
    • Fabian has also tended to be like this towards Joy in season 3.
      • Also Rufus Zeno. Patricia had taken a huge risk and rescued him from the hospital when the teachers had put him into some sort of coma, and he repaid her by kidnapping her later on.
  • In The Flash (2014) episode "Borrowing Problems From The Future" Wally (Kid Flash) has this happen to him twice:
    • First, at the beginning of the episode, he and Barry rescue a cop from a burning building. Later on, Wally is at the precinct and overhears the cop calling Kid Flash a coward.
    • The second time is when Wally saves Barry from Plunder. Instead of thanking him, Barry scolds Wally for not following his orders to stay behind. Thankfully, he apologizes later on.
  • Frasier had an entire episode based around this trope. In "The Good Samaritan," Frasier spends all day doing good deeds, but every person he helps turns out to be a jerk. He returns a man's wallet only for the man to accuse him of stealing money out of it. Then, he helps a woman put her dog into her car and she drives off without even thanking him. Then, he helps a man fix a tire on his car only for the man to threaten to sue him because he scratched the car with his cufflinks. Finally, Frasier picks up a woman left in the rain, only to find out that she's really a prostitute (and a guy) and gets arrested for it. The last one turned out to be just an Imagine Spot Frasier thought of as what was the worst thing that can happen. He then decides to pick up the woman for real, and she turns out to be very grateful .
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Tywin Lannister. Tyrion not only carried out his father's orders in Kings Landing in reigning in Joffrey and Cersei, but he personally planned the city's defense, fatally weakened Stannis' forces, and personally led the fight against the remaining attackers despite Cersei and Joffrey's idiocy and spitefulness hampering him at every turn, including trying to assassinate him on the battlefield. Without these efforts Tywin's relief force would have been facing a far larger, better organised, and untouched army, who by the time he arrived would have likely killed both his grandson and daughter, as well as taken the city and thus made his attempted counter attack both pointless and nigh suicidal. Tywin thanks Tyrion by ignoring him for several weeks as he was wounded, and when Tyrion brings up his grievances, he gives his son a few concessions such as a larger room "more suited to your name", a position where he can continue serving his family, and a suitable wife in due time... then he flatly refuses to officially make Tyrion his heir, unleashes a spiteful tirade about how much he hates Tyrion, and threatens to kill the next whore he catches him with. This is taken Up to 11 in Season 4. Joffrey was, Tywin admits in front of his dead body no less, not a wise king. So even if Tyrion was guilty, which of course he wasn't, Tywin and company should really be thanking him for the getting the millstone out of the way but instead he lets him take the fall for Joffrey's oh so terrible murder. It's the equivalent of a wife and husband having a domestic argument and the husband grounding the child for daring to speak out against the horrible wife causing problems, "How dare you disrespect her, even though she's been a pyscho towards me and I should really be thanking you." Never have the words No Good Deed Goes Unpunished been more appropriate as far as Tyrion's concerned.
    • Cersei Lannister never has anything good to say about Tyrion or Loras, despite both of them being vital in saving her and Tommen's lives at the battle of Blackwater. Tywin even calls her out on her ingratitude to the Tyrells. Probably the most blatant example of this was her framing Ned Stark as a traitor after he warned her to save herself and her children; though it was mixed with Pragmatic Villainy, since they would be forced to go into exile if she accepted Ned's scenario.
    • Rorge is one of the three criminals Arya saved from burning to death. He responds by threatening to rape her afterwards.
  • The Jeffersons: Unlike what the episode title may imply, "Sorry, Wrong Meeting" is not a funny little story about accidentally walking into the wrong meeting, although the plot is most certainly about walking into the wrong meeting. To determine how to handle a series of burglaries in the Manhattan high-rise where the Willises and Jeffersons live, Tom plans a meeting; in the elevator, he runs into a man (who has just moved into the building) and his son, who are planning their own meeting. Tom — unknowing that the gentleman is the master of the local chapter of The Klan, and unknowing that the meeting is about running the Jeffersons out — offers to come. George, Tom and Mr. Bentley (also a white man) arrive and discover that they have the wrong meeting. A loud argument eventually ensues, with George's natural talent of wit (along with Tom's reasoning and Mr. Bentley also using sarcastic wit) thwarting the leader's racist reasoning at every turn. Eventually, the Klan leader suddenly passes out, and George — the only one who knows CPR — manages to revive him and save his life. However, when the man's son tells him that George had saved him, the leader promptly tells his son that "You should've let me die" as the paramedics take him away (The audience gasps in disbelief at this point). His attitude makes the other members realize what they're doing is wrong and, when his assistant tries to resume the meeting, the others all leave the club en masse, with the son — who had once admired his father and was starting to become the very racist image of him -- apologizes and takes a look at his own values.
  • Little House on the Prairie: The 1979 episode "Barn Burner," which deals with the hardcore racism of a Walnut Grove-area farmer, has such an example at the episode's climax. Judd Larabee is being tried for barn burning in the aftermath of the destruction of Jonathan Garvey's barn; the offense carries an automatic death penalty upon conviction. Eleven of the 12 jurors have voted to convict Larabee, but one – Joe Kagan, the black farmer whom Larabee strongly hates – is not convinced Larabee was responsible; Kagan's instincts prove correct when Jonathan's son, Andy, admits he left a lantern hanging too close to the barn and it ignited the dry tinderwood. Larabee is acquitted ... and shows his graciousness by continuing to call Kagan every racist name in the book! Larabee pays a heavy price in the end, as his family leaves him and the other townsfolk shun him; it is implied that Larabee dies shortly thereafter of a heart attack.
  • One episode of Lois & Clark had Superman facing a lawsuit after rescuing a rock musician who claimed Superman injured his hand in the process and that he couldn't play guitar anymore. Turns out the guy had a history of suing people at the slightest provocation.
  • M*A*S*H
    • In the episode "Of Moose and Men", Hawkeye saves the life of a Colonel who is angered by his unmilitary bearing and lack of discipline. After the operation the closest he can come to thanking Hawkeye is to tell him he's "letting him off the hook" (as a favor to Colonel Potter, not Hawkeye himself) by not having him court-martialed for insubordination.
    • In another episode, Hawkeye saves the life of a North Korean spy, who curses him for weakness and vows to fight him someday.
  • Merlin
    • Sophia from the episode, "The Gates of Avalon". As one of The Fair Folk forced into the body of a mortal woman, Sophia was not at all pleased when Arthur (whom she enchanted into falling in love with her) saved her from a raider attack. In fact, she was enraged that she had been lowered to a state where she had to be rescued by someone far less powerful than she had been and still plotted to kill Arthur so she and her father could return back to Avalon.
    • Arthur in the earlier seasons was completely unwilling to thank Merlin for his help or his advice. Nowadays, he's much more grateful, to the point where Merlin is practically Arthur's unofficial advisor and everyone knows it.
    • Subverted in the finale, when Merlin tells a dying Arthur his secret. At first, Arthur feels angry and betrayed and tells Merlin to get away from him. Then he realizes how much Merlin has done for him and Camelot and is grateful. His last words:
      Arthur: I want to say something I've never said to you before. Thank you.
  • In Misfits, when Nikki receives a heart transplant that saves her life, she tells the doctor she doesn't want her new heart, and orders him to take it out and give her a different one. In her defense, along with the new heart she had inherited the "gift" of spontaneous teleportation (her first trip resulted in her finding herself in the morgue, lying on top of the frozen corpse of her heart donor) but she couldn't really tell the doctor that part without sounding batshit crazy.
  • Power Rangers
    • In Power Rangers Time Force, it was revealed in his Back Story that Ransik was this to Dr. Ferricks after he used a special serum to save him from Venomark's venom by stealing all his serum, destroying his lab, and nearly killing him. This lead to Ferricks' transformation into Frax and his Start of Darkness.
    • During Finn's backstory in Power Rangers RPM, we are shown a time when he tried to get a little girl's lunchbox back from a group of bullies, which resulted in him getting beaten up for it. After the fighting is over, the little girl goes up to Finn and instead of thanking him, she dumps all the contents in her lunchbox onto him.
  • Scrubs:
    • Elliot qualifies with her behavior towards Dr. Cox in later seasons. In a few episodes, Elliot would rant at Dr. Cox about how he has never helped her. Not counting that he helps her in all of these episodes and other times, he punched out the CHIEF OF MEDICINE for her, risking his job. Though she was a bit ungrateful, she did have a point, as Dr. Cox supported and helped JD out a lot than any of the other interns/residents.
    • Dr. Kelso was one as well, treating Ted, the hospital's lawyer, as his personal assistant and making him do degrading tasks. When Kelso finally retires in season 8, he finally thanks Ted for all he's done for him.
    • Discussed in "My Big Bird": JD does extra work to diagnose a patient, then is upset when the patient doesn't thank him for his hard work. The patient says he shouldn't expect to get thanked for just doing his job, and as a garbage collector he never gets thanked. Later, JD waits outside for a garbage man to come so he could thank him and is shown hugging him.
  • In "The Parking Garage" episode on Seinfeld, George defends a little boy who is being mistreated by his mother, and the boy thanks him by saying that he's ugly.
  • Played straight and averted in Stargate SG-1. Despite various team-ups with the likes of Apophis and Ba'al, both continuously try to destroy the SG-1 afterwards. Averted with Lord Yu, who was at least honorable enough to respect their deals, though admittedly he held to a higher moral standard than most Goa'uld, for instance being the only System Lord to vote against readmitting Anubis into their ranks, and not hiding behind a pretense of being a god. It's notable he was the only one still alive from the time Anubis was expelled, making him one of the more successful ones too.
    • SG1 themselves were the Ungrateful Bastards when they left Fifth trapped in a time dilation field after he betrayed the other replicators to help them escape. This comes back to bite them in the ass... hard.
  • The living Ancients in the Stargate Atlantis episode "The Return" fall squarely within this trope. After their hyperdrive failed in the void between the Milky Way and Pegasus, they set their ship up to travel at .999 percent the speed of light. Thanks to relativity, they're still alive 10,000 years later when the Atlantis expedition finds them and brings them home. Their thanks? Kicking the entire human population out, including the people on the mainland, so they could be "alone" and have "time to adjust". Despite repeatedly stating their gratitude, they never actually show it. Arguably they could have had a chance had they not been killed within weeks of reclaiming the city, but there's really no excuse for just how unreasonable they were behaving at the beginning.
    • The Coalition of Planets that puts Sheppard's team on trial definitely counts. They made some good points (the same points the fandom made about their numerous What the Hell, Hero?-worthy moments, in fact) but, as Sheppard pointed out, the Atlantis team is the only thing standing between the Pegasus galaxy and total domination by the Wraith (or Michael).
  • Despite being the self-professed model of the Proud Warrior Race Guy with the obsession for Honor Before Reason, the Klingons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine can be sadly deficient in this area.
    • In one example, Worf is given the chance to kill Toral because of what his family did to disgrace Worf's. However, since Toral is just a boy whose family used him as a pawn, Worf spares his life. Years later, Toral confronts and tries to kill Worf over the legendary Sword of Kahless, even taunting Worf for having spared his life. Honorless petaQ.
    • Chancellor Gowron owes his position to The Federation—Picard (as the Arbiter of Succession) installed him as chancellor and exposed the illegal Romulan aid to his enemies of the House of Duras, and Worf actively fought for him and persuaded his brother Kurn to do so. After his forces win the civil war, he immediately begins re-writing history to make it look as though he didn't need Picard's help. And when the Federation opposes his invasion of Cardassia? He withdraws from the Khitomer Accords and declares war on his former allies.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise carries on the tradition of ungrateful adversaries.
    • In the episode "Sleeping Dogs," Archer and his crew save a Klingon ship in two ways: they cure the crew of a neurotoxin that they'd all unknowingly ingested and save the ship itself from being crushed in the atmosphere of a gas giant. When the Klingon captain recovers, he immediately demands Archer's surrender, even threatening to fire on Enterprise. Archer tells him to shove it up his torpedo tubes before warping away. Lampshaded by Archer himself: "Remind me to stop trying to help people."
    • Lampshaded by Archer again during a conversation with Silik, whose people (the Suliban) are one of many fighting to alter the timeline for their own benefit, despite the efforts of Daniels and his associates to protect the timeline. Archer learns that Daniels and his watchdog buddies once saved the Suliban from another faction led by a fanatic named Vosk, whom Archer and Silik are teaming up against.
    Archer: Are you saying you owe Daniels' people your lives?
    Silik: They still oppose us, they're still our enemy. That will never change.
  • Supernatural:
    "This is where you learn they pretty much never say thanks when you save 'em".
    • Castiel accuses Dean of this late in season five, when Dean has decided to say yes to Michael, which basically voids every sacrifice Castiel has made for the Winchesters up to that point.
    Castiel: I gave you everything! And this is what you give me.
  • As shown on the quotes page, in the Victorious special Locked Up!, Tori protects Jade from a prisoner who was threatening her. Jade's response: "I didn't need your help!" Which is an interesting perspective considering that said prisoner just knocked Jade to the ground with one blow.
  • In Wolf Hall, Anne Boleyn likes to call Thomas Cromwell the man she made, not believing that he'd already made himself under the tutelage of Cardinal Wolsey, to say nothing of the fact that Cromwell was the one who provided the legal framework for Henry to marry her. Her relatives get in on it too once they see Cromwell isn't their Yes-Man; they promise to kill him when everyone thinks Henry is dead in a jousting accident and George tries to remind Cromwell who is "responsible" for his rise by slandering him to Henry. It's only when Anne is arrested that someone finally points out that Cromwell is the one who got her the throne in the first place.
  • In The Wrong Mans, Scarlett's husband goes to some extreme lengths to get her safe, showing that he does genuinely care for her. Her response is to chew him out for sending those "dickheads" to do the job. She then realises that he's sold a box of vital information and beats him to death, albeit accidentally.
  • Ingrid in Young Dracula, especially in season three. She's trying to distract her brother so one of her vampires can kill him. She decides the appropriate distraction is to thank him for when he saved her life the previous episode.

  • The captain of the Golden Vanity promises the sky to whoever sinks the enemy ship (French or Spanish, depending on who's covering), then goes back on his word when the cabin boy succeeds, refusing even to pull him back on board. Some versions have the kid surviving, most not.
  • The blues standard "How Blue Can You Get", which was Covered Up by B.B. King, goes into great detail about how the speaker's wife/girlfriend is ungrateful for everything he's done for her.
    I gave you a brand new Ford,
    you said "I want a Cadillac"
    I bought you a ten dollar dinner,
    you said "Thanks for the snack"
    I let you live in my penthouse,
    you said it was just a shack
    I gave you seven children,
    and now you want to give them back

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Sensacional Carlitos came to BJ and Mr. 450's aid after they were jumped and had the World Wrestling League Americas title stolen from them by Joe Bravo, Escobar and Negrín. Since you're on this page, Mr. 450's lack of gratitude shouldn't surprise you.

    Religion and Mythology 
  • The Bible – particularly the Gospels – contain many parables and passages about gratitude:
    • Luke 17:11-19 is the story of Jesus cleansing ten lepers, but only one of them – a Samaritan – thinks to thank Jesus and praise Him. While Jesus has plenty of praise for the one who did show his gratitude, He is highly offended at the nine who didn't: "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And He said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."
    • Matthew 18: 21-35 tells the story of the unmerciful servant. Here, the ruler of a kingdom demands that a lowly servant repay all his debts – 10,000 talents, several billion dollars by modern standards – immediately or face imprisonment and torture. The servant begs for mercy and more time to repay the debt, which moves the king enough to cancel the debt altogether. Not long thereafter, the servant encounters one of his debtors, who owes him 100 denarii, which is maybe a few months' rent by modern standards. Likewise, the man's friend says he doesn't have the money and begs for time to collect the money to repay the debt, but the servant refuses to ease up on him and has him badly beaten. The king learns of this incident, summons the servant and screams at him, "You wicked servant. I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?" Jesus – who again weaves this parable – then explains that the king rescinded his pardon and had the servant jailed and tortured until the debt could be repaid (which would be... never). His entire point was that good Christians show mercy and gratitude.
    • Matthew 20:1-16 is about laborers in the vineyard. Here, the owner of the vineyard hires workers in stages, paying them all an identical sum at the end of the day, regardless of how many hours they worked, whether for several hours or just a few minutes. The workers who received their denarius for working only a short time are thankful, but those who worked all day in scorching heat and without breaks complain when they are given the same denarius. The master, sensing that his worker(s) are ungrateful for what they view as meager pay, replies, "Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?" Jesus' point, aside from gratuity, is one He makes several times in the Gospels: "The last will be first, and the first last." (Matthew 20:16).
  • In Classical Mythology, Medea sacrificed everything she had for Jason, and saved the citizens of Corinth from a famine. The Corinthians tried to get Jason to dump her and her children, and Jason went with it. As Medea was a demigoddess with enormous skill and power, they paid dearly for it, with Jason's punishment being so bad that Hera, goddess of marriage, the patron divinity Jason had spurned by abandoning Medea, and rightly infamous for her sadistic punishments against Zeus' lovers, couldn't find anything more to add aside from letting him live with it.


    Video Games 
  • At one point in The World Ends with You, the player is given the choice whether or not to rescue Those Two Bad Guys Uzuki and Kariya from Taboo Noise. If they choose to do so, Kariya is thankful... but Uzuki tells them to piss off. Amusingly, Neku is aware of this trope, and if you save them, explains that he's only doing it to piss them off.
  • Good god, Phantom Brave. Most of the population believes Marona is "the Possessed One" who can kill them all. So not only do they berate, insult, and hiss at her...they hire her services to save their bacon, and then stiff her on the payment. They get better, but geez.
  • Kohaku from Tsukihime is a rare somewhat-justified example of this trope. As an eight-year-old child, she was repeatedly and violently raped by Makihisa Tohno so that Makihisa could take advantage of Kohaku's "Synchronizer" ability to help keep him sane. When Makihisa's daughter Akiha discovered what was going on, she put a stop to it immediately and made Kohaku her personal maid... but Kohaku still sets a plan in motion to destroy the Tohno family, wiping out Akiha as well and sparing only the (adopted) Shiki. But this isn't deliberate ingratitude on Kohaku's part; in order to mentally survive repeated rapes, Kohaku killed off her emotions and became a doll, so she tried to destroy the Tohno family just to give herself a purpose in life, not out of a spiteful desire to destroy her rescuer Akiha. In fact, if Akiha dies in one of Hisui's routes, even when this was a part of Kohaku's own plan she will later mourn Akiha in her own way, bringing tea to Akiha's room despite how she's not there anymore to drink it.
  • One of the reasons Archer is so bitter in Fate/stay night. As a typical demonstration of how people felt after being saved, one of them put him to death afterward after accusing him of starting the incident.
  • The fairies in Chrono Cross. After saving them all from certain death by rampaging dwarves, they yell at you for happening to be humans. The dwarves blamed the humans for killing their marsh, but instead of going after them killed people nominally on their side. Yet Serge's party is the one who takes the blame, even for killing the dwarves who were attacking!
    • The fairies are a prime example, but really, EVERYTHING in the game that accuses Serge and company of wrongdoing is full of itself. Especially the Green Aesops toward the game's ending. The dwarves get on Serge for killing the Hydra. Said dwarves are also the guys who have been trying to kill you, no questions asked, since you got into the Marsh. Then said dwarves go off and slaughter the fairies. Save the fairies, and they act like you're the murderers. Then there's the whole "Reptites evolved more closely with the planet!" Which is a load of crock, since the Reptites were building giant castles and actively waging war, while the humans had been peaceful, and lived in harmony with nature. Nevermind the parts where the dragons try and blame you for Lavos' crimes. Chrono Cross takes place in a WORLD of ungrateful bastards.
  • Scott Shelby a.k.a The Origami Killer from Heavy Rain can be this in one of the scenarios played out. During the fight on a conveyor belt against Jayden. If you did the button prompts right, Shelby gets knocked off and hanging for his life. You can choose to let him drop or hoist him up. Choose the latter, and he still tries to kill Jayden. Not surprisingly this leads to Shelby's downfall after one last struggle.
  • The weeping willow in King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!. When you turn her back into her human form, she carelessly tosses aside her harp (the sole comfort she had the whole time she was a tree), calls her fiancé, and struts off with him withouta word of thanks to you.
  • Fallout 3 allows the Lone Wanderer to return to Vault 101, which has fallen into chaos since his/her departure. If the Wanderer sides with Amata and opens the vault to the outside world, she thanks you... and then kicks your ass out. From a story perspective, this is a temporary measure until hostilities die down, but even in the Playable Epilogue DLC, this hasn't come to pass. So much for being better than her dad.
  • Fallout: New Vegas: Colonel Cassandra Moore. When she asks you to Kill the Brotherhood of Steel, you can instead negotiate a peace treaty with them, with the Brotherhood agreeing to send men to assist at Hoover Dam You gain NCR INFAMY for doing that. It probably has something to do with her being a General Ripper, considering that, in addition to the Brotherhood, she wants to kill The Kings, the Great Khans and Mister House. Did she ever stop to wonder if it was reasonable to ask one person to wipe out four major factions and whether s/he might have a problem with it?
    • Moore served in Operation Sunburst a few years prior, which saw the NCR and Brotherhood in a state of open war and in which the NCR incurred massive casualties before wearing the Brotherhood down via sheer weight of numbers. Her unhappiness over an alliance with them is understandable, even if not exactly agreeable. Likewise, the Great Khans boast about their open antagonism towards the NCR and although they've fallen on hard times lately, even a cursory look at their recent past paints them as little more than opportunistic raiders who killed and stole whatever they pleased. A former Great Khan who was present at the Bitter Springs Massacre even says the tribe got what was coming to them.
    • It may seem reasonable at a glance, but Word of God confirms she's only motivated to get rid of her personal vendettas. And again, she claims they're a big enough threat that they need to be take care of... yet she expects one person to single handedly kill every last one of them.
    • Also, if the NCR achieves victory at Hoover Dam, Moore gets herself promoted to Brigadier-General by taking credit for all of the Courier's actions, unlike Colonel Hsu.
    • While we're on the subject of the NCR, and the Great Khans for that matter, it's generally best to encourage the Khans to flee north and go their own way. It is possible for the Khans to agree to an alliance with the NCR, and for Khan warriors to assist in the final battle... but afterwards, the NCR thank the Khans by forcibly moving them out of their home in Red Rock Canyon and relocating them to a barren reservation. If you also talk Arcade Gannon into fighting for them, they either send Rangers and bounty hunters after him (if they win) or arrest him indefinitely (if they lose to the Legion) - since his only crime is being the son of an Enclave officer, this is more than a bit douchey.
    • However, it's not like Caesar's Legion are much better. If they win the battle at Hoover Dam and kick the NCR out of Vegas, they immediately forcibly absorb the Great Khans and destroy them as a culture, and they betray their allies in the Fiends. If Caesar dies in the events before the battle and Lanius takes the reins of the horde, the Legion will also betray the Boomers and wipe them out and enslave them, and hunt down the Enclave Remnants as well... though without as much success.
  • Wasteland 2
    • If your Desert Ranger squad saves the town of Highpool from raiders at the start of the game, everyone hates you because of an incident 15 years ago where your predecessors shot a boy and his dog in self defense while fixing their water purifier. Despite the fact that everyone would be dead if not for you, one of the candidates for mayor wants to support the Rangers' rivals, the Red Skorpions, in spite of the fact that they ignored their distress calls and you didn't. Getting them to continue supporting the Rangers requires nothing less than fixing their water purifier again, stopping their irrigation system from exploding, performing surgery on all their wounded, putting out a fire, and reuniting a man with his dog.
    • On the road to Damonta you encounter a group of cattle merchants that's been ambushed. Even if you treat all their wounded, one of the men hates you because Desert Rangers killed his brother who was a raider. If you try to get him to open up about it he shoots you, and the rest of his party joins in including the people you just treated.
  • In Dragon Quest VI, even after you weaken Murdaw by defeating him in the dream world and, you know, saving the monarchs of Somnia from certain doom, the guards of Somnia will still treat you like a piece of shit due to the events of your last visit. Thankfully, the recently awakened king sets them straight before things can get hairy.
  • At the end of Crash Twinsanity Dr. Neo Cortex learned from his mistake and goes back to being Crash's arch rival.
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Miles Edgeworth comes off as one to Phoenix in the first game. When things look hopeless for him while he's on trial for murder, Maya manages to coerce Lotta into making a contradiction with her testimony by shouting out at her, getting held in contempt of court in the process, but in response, after the first day of the trial, Edgeworth tells Phoenix she should watch what she says in court. This is ultimately subverted when it is revealed that Edgeworth arranged to pay for Maya's bail. Gumshoe also notes that Edgeworth's lips were trembling during the outburst.
    • Lana Skye also comes off like this when she actually tries to confess to murder and fire you from your position as her attorney, but she has a decent reason because she thought the continued defense would implicate her sister Ema. Sadly, she's right, and Ema is briefly implicated before Phoenix is able to get them both off.
    • Wocky Kitaki from Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney. After Apollo proves him innocent he throws a fit, screaming his head off and threatening Apollo because his girlfriend Alita turned out to be the real murderer and framed him for the crime. Luckily, his more-reasonable father is more than appreciative.
      • Justified somewhat because he's a hormonal teenager with a tough guy persona (though a 19-year-old should probably know better).
  • Knight Commander Meredith in Dragon Age II. Even if you side with her during The Last Straw, she will still try to kill you. Also Grace, the apostate mage that you help earlier in an Act I quest, returns in Act III convinced that her own failure to escape the templars is your fault.
    • In the previous game, you rescue Queen Anora from Arl Howe's estate. On your way out, you're confronted with Ser Cauthrien and a number of guards who charge you with breaking and entering and murder of the Arl. You'd think having the captive Queen on hand would get you to get out of the situation without bloodshed, but drop her name and reveal her and she instead pins her kidnapping on you and your companions.
      • No, that was necessary. She even explains why the ruse after you return.
    • First Enchanter Orsino's a milder example than Meredith: even if you side with him during The Last Straw, he still snaps out of sheer despair and transforms himself into an abomination that you must then kill. He's milder than Meredith because he does seem grateful at first that you sided with him, while if you side with Meredith she still acts like she barely tolerates you, and then singles you out for supposedly "betraying" her, while Orsino merely attacks everyone indiscriminately after his transformation.
    • Fenris is like this at first after you help him in the "Bait and Switch" quest because he's distracted by the (possible) presence of mages in your party, but then he catches himself doing this and says, "I imagine I must seem ungrateful", and then he thanks you properly.
      • He has the potential to do this again, in his personal quest during Act 2, if Hawke is a mage: "What has magic ever touched that it doesn't spoil?" The look Hawke gives him in response to this says volumes. (And as before, he drops by your house to apologize.)
  • Orlais and Ferelden (or their governments, at least) in Dragon Age: Inquisition's Trespasser DLC. Despite preventing The End of the World as We Know It and helping out their monarchs personally by saving Celene's life or having Gaspard/Briala rule and helping Alistair through war table missions if he was made king back in Origins, Ferelden wants to see the Inquisition disbanded while Orlais wants to control it due to the "threat" their military strength poses. Whenever the Inquisitor brings up that they killed the Big Bad, they will simply hear, "That was two years ago." Arl Teagan even paints the Inquisition as villains for capturing a fort held by bandits, even if they helped him out by getting the rebel mages off his land peacefully. The Inquisitor, through dialogue choices and the ending, can call attention to this and show they have finally had enough of this trope.
  • The Council of Mass Effect certainly acts like this toward Shepard. Virtually any major decision in the first game will be second-guessed by them, even actions carried out by a force you had no authority over.
    • Carries over to the second game. The original Council, which owes you their lives, refuses to believe the Reapers exist and only grudgingly gives you your SPECTRE status back. If it's the human council who owe their positions to you, they won't even speak with you, and only Anderson can get you reinstated.
      • In the third, you'll be surprised that Shepard doesn't name this trope. Council Tevos's Exact Words are:
        The cruel and unfortunate truth is that while the Reapers focus on Earth, we can prepare and regroup.
    • Subverted in the third, however, if it's the "replacement council" you get in Mass Effect 3 if you sacrificed the Mass Effect Council. Like the original council, the replacement council refuses to help—but they actually have a good reason, because they don't trust that a Shepard who was willing to sacrifice the previous Council to advance human interests might not do so to them if given the chance.
      • Though the original Council can also be excused: Reapers are attacking all worlds, not just Earth. Uniting all fleets to take a single planet back would doom every other planet out there. Privates Campbell and Westmoreland say it best:
      Pvt. Campbell: I can't believe the Council won't help!
      Pvt. Westmoreland: Come on. If Thessia was under attack, and Earth hadn't been touched yet, you can be damn sure we'd be guarding our own borders.
      • Additionally, both the original and the replacement council were caught off guard by the Reaper attack (granted, they didn't believe you, but it's hard to expect them to just take your word for it) and the theoretical plans for using the Crucible (not even Liara knows what the Crucible can do, or what the Catalyst is).
    • Ambassador Udina, even if you nominate him to be part of the Council's seat in the first game, will still go against everything that you do in the second game.
  • In the Baldur's Gate series, Gorion's Ward saves the cities of Baldur's Gate and Suldanessellar, and the residents of both cities turn on them at the first ill wind. That tends to happen when your dad is a murder god.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    • At the start of the game, an innkeeper in White Orchard is assaulted by a woman for removing a Temerian shield from her wall to protect the inn from Nilfgaardians. When Geralt intervenes, he and Vesemir are accosted by a group of thugs believing them to be Nilfgaardian sympathizers. After they kill the thugs in self-defense, the innkeeper kicks them out despite Geralt having saved her cousin from a griffin and stopped her face from being beaten in any further. Later she comes across Geralt again at a tavern in Novigrad and tries to have him lynched by the other patrons, only to be ignored.
    • At one point Geralt comes across the village of Honorton, only to discover that all of its inhabitants were butchered. When he finds the culprit, a fellow Witcher from the School of the Cat, he learns that the Cat Witcher had completed a contract to kill a Leshen that was terrorizing the villagers. They then proceeded to stab him In the Back with a pitchfork rather than paying him the amount they had agreed upon. In a fit of rage, he murdered all of the villagers except for a little girl.
    • Occurs in one Downer Ending for the Blood and Wine expansion. Whether he kills Dettlaff or not, if Geralt acquiesces to his demands and brings him Syanna, the one who orchestrated the entire tragedy of the main quest, Dettlaff kills Syanna and her sister Duchess Anna Henrietta refuses to pay Geralt the amount he was owed for stopping the murders in addition to throwing him in jail. Her anger seems reasonable at first, until Geralt and Regis learn that Syanna was planning to assassinate her sister the entire time. When they reveal this information to her after Geralt is released from prison, she refuses to believe it and orders all the evidence to be destroyed, as well as telling Geralt to get out of her sight.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, after CJ finally bails Sweet out of jail after so much work done for Toreno, how does Sweet respond? He calls him out for abandoning his hood without so much of a 'thank you'.
  • Grand Theft Auto V has Franklin's aunt, Denise, who he shares his house with. Despite Franklin being the one putting a roof over both their heads and being the one who makes the money (even if it involves something shady), Denise is completely ungrateful and never wants to bother with Franklin at all unless she needs something. She even goes out of her way to say that Franklin's mother made a mistake in even having him in the first place. Once Franklin is able to get his own house, he gladly leaves Denise behind.
  • The Demiurge in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. After a long, grueling battle you manage to beat the massive monstrosity and allow it to fuse into a single being. If not Law-aligned, he immediately warns you there will be consequences for not choosing his path, demanding retribution just for not believing in its ideals. The option of shoving it back into his can is heartily welcomed at this point.
    • There are several demons who will allow you to begin negotiations with them, ask them to be your demon, make demands of you... and then refuse to join you anyway. These demons are all of either the Law or Chaos alignments (they include Angel, Oni, and Lilim), and will not pull this on you if you're of the same alignment. Thankfully, there's a Sub App called "Tea Amity" that forces them to reconsider their refusal; once they reconsider, they will always agree to join you.
  • In FTL: Faster Than Light, it is possible to ride to the rescue of some harassed ship only to have it jump away without offering anything as thanks.
  • Civilization IV: It doesn't matter how much technology you share with Tokugawa, how many of your units you donate to him, or how many of your resources you gift to his civilization - Tokugawa is such an isolationist that he won't even open his borders, let alone give you anything in return.
  • Queen Therazane in World of Warcraft Cataclysm. Despite helping her get rid of the Twilight Cult presence in her Deepholm, she never actually likes The Earthen Ring, with her outright telling them, after they repair the World Pillar (which was actually broken apart by Deathwing during "The Shattering"), that they aren't welcome there (The Earthen Ring do oblige that without objection). However, the player character, once completing the last story quest in that zone, is welcome to stay (which is a bittersweet reward: though you gained her respect and welcome, Therazane is also home to what was one of the most grueling Daily Quest grinds in the Cataclysm expansion...which was a necessity since they held the all important shoulder enchantments. Thanks a lot, Queen).
    • Much of this hatred stems from players killing Theradras, her daughter (the last boss of Maraudon, and a boss in the Elemental Invasion event), but one would think that she would be at least somewhat grateful for saving the entire Plane of Earth.
    • She might've liked Thrall, though, despite his involvement with the Earthen Ring - this is mostly attributed to the overwhelming Creator's Pet tendencies Thrall had during the Cataclysm expansion. She seemed to be sympathetic of his issue of the elements being separated from him in patch 4.2 when you helped Aggra get him back, though it seems as Aggra didn't exactly forget how ungrateful Therazane was to them earlier if you take what she says in Vash'jir just prior to you and her going into Deepholm to save the former Horde Warchief into account.
    • Magatha Grimtotem, after being rescued from the Twilight's Hammer cult, implies she will kill you if you meet her again.
  • Shirogane Sakuya is unwittingly this to his despised half-brother Sakazaki Yuuya in Hatoful Boyfriend. It's because of Yuuya that Sakuya is alive and was raised as a noble. The Reveal in BBL, coupled with Yuuya's Heroic Sacrifice, sends him into a Heroic B.S.O.D. as he thinks on this trope with deep shame. Sakuya never knew he had something to be grateful for, and he had scorned and derided Yuuya at every turn for being a "mongrel".
    • Sakuya is a shade better about this in Holiday Star. While he has nothing but disdain and anger for everything Yuuya does in most of the game, at the end he very grudgingly says that perhaps Yuuya's efforts had some worth. Yuuya, well aware of what his brother is like, is touched and says that makes it all worthwhile.
  • Played for laughs (at the player's expense) in NieR. In one sidequest, you need to find a man's son, who has run away from home and refuses to take up the family business. You chase the kid down, get tricked into finding vendor trash for him, find that he's left again, talk to his father, discover that he's run off to a desert town, get tricked again and let him escape, chase him across the desert and (at last) convince him to go back to his family...who then leave before you can talk to them. It turns out that they were criminals, and the kid wanted to get away from "the family business. And the kicker? You don't get any reward except the knowledge that you just returned the kid to a life of crime. Nice job breaking it, completionist.
  • Falco Lombardi from the Star Fox series is such a cocky hotshot that he not only complains when you Kill Steal from him, he makes snide remarks when you shoot enemies that are attacking him.
  • In Sonic Adventure 2, after being rescued by Knuckles from falling down to the lava, Rouge continues to argue with him. Then it's subverted when she gives him back the pieces of the Master Emerald that she stole, under the premise 'they stink like echidnas do'.
    • Ironically, a similar scene in the anime Sonic X also happens.
  • Bandages and medicine are worth their weight in gold in This War of Mine. The local hospital is trying desperately to treat victims despite being in pretty dire straits itself, and can solicit the player for donations of their precious medical supplies. If you decide to do the right thing, the accepting doctor not only declines to thank you, but brusquely asks if you've got any more. Perhaps understandable given his circumstances, but given how rare and valuable said supplies are for the player...
  • Minecraft: Story Mode: Aiden and the Ocelots abandon Lukas and form their own crew, The Blaze Rods, regardless of whether or not he went to go find them in Episode 4.
  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance: Marche's little brother Doned. In the real world, he's sickly and wheelchair-bound, but in fantasy!Ivalice, he's perfectly healthy and can walk. He resents Marche immensely for wanting to change the world back to normal, since Doned firmly believes that Marche had a perfect life back home and that he himself was miserable and had nothing to be thankful for. This is in complete ignorance of the fact that a) the only reason they moved to St. Ivalice was for the sake of Doned's health, b) that arguments concerning his illness are what drove his parents to divorce, and c) that Doned receives the lion's share of their parents' attention, leaving Marche lonely, withdrawn, and harboring an astounding amount of resentment that he can't express because of the circumstances. Marche is pissed at Doned for not appreciating or even recognizing all of these sacrifices, to the point of forsaking his own family for a make-believe life.
  • Despite saving his ass (and organization!) in both Metal Slug 2/X and 3, Morden still tries to kill the protagonists in 6 and 7/XX. Although he is leader of the world-wide rebellion which player opposes.
    • For what it's worth, though Either Morden or Rootmars will save the player at the end of Metal Slug 6, depending on what route you took in stage 4.
  • In Combat Instinct 3, the Hrumians turn against you after turning the tables in your favor in 2.
  • Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender acts like this when Aang and Haru try to help him out. Rather than accept their kindness and put his personal quest aside, he tries to attack them.
  • During the story mode of Dead or Alive 4, Hitomi is attacked by a Tyrannousaurus, only for Jann Lee to save her. Instead of giving him the thanks he deserves, she scolds him for attacking the dino.
  • In the final neck of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Imperius asks for your aid in defeating the Final Boss Malthael as he cannot do it himself, but, with him not giving a damn about humanity or the Nephalem (including you), he makes it clear that he will not thank you for it.
  • In Dark Souls III The Ringed City, it is revealed that the Pygmies were not the enemies of the gods scheming to replace the Age of Fire as Kaathe claimed. They revered the gods of Anor Londo and fought the Everlasting Dragons alongside them. Gwyn repaid their devotion by giving them a beautiful city to call home and even sent his youngest daughter to live with them...all to trap them in a Gilded Cage for eternity. Gwyn feared the power of the Dark Soul so much that he even placed a seal of fire upon humanity to keep that power in check, which became the Dark Sign. The Undead Curse, the cycle of linking the First Flame...all of it was due to a ungrateful deity's fear of his own devoted subjects.
  • During the very beginning of Gravity Rush a father begs the Plucky Girl heroine to save his son, despite her having no memories of who she is and why she is different from normal people. Once she gets a grasp of her floating ability, she rescues the boy and even tries to save their house, only for both of them to blame her for their house being destroyed and accusing her of being evil simply because she's a girl with powers. This becomes a constant theme throughout the game.
  • In God of War II, when Athena sacrifice herself to save her father Zeus from being stabbed to death by Kratos, Zeus barely reacts to it and just flees while leaving her there. In fact, it is Kratos whom ironically shows more grief to her death.
  • In The Elder Scrolls backstory, Lamae Bal, the Nede woman who was "ravaged" by Molag Bal (the Daedric Prince of Domination and Corruption and turned into the first vampire, was a loyal priestess of Arkay (the Aedric God of Life and Death) both before and after she was turned. After she was, though, Arkay fell silent toward her and she saw this as a terrible betrayal. Further twisting the knife is that Arkay's blessing can undo vampirism in general, but did nothing for Lamae no matter how much she begged him for it. For this reason, Lamae plots against Arkay just as much as she does against Molag Bal.
    • Towards the end of The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, you end up in position of a powerful tool (that you can't use yourself) that if handed to one of the powers of the Iliac Bay could firmly tip the balance in their favour. While three skimp on the promised payment, with only one of those is it intentional (the dialogue and code makes clear for the other two that you are meant to get what they promise, the game is just buggy), and it is the only one to go so far as to backstab you and send battlemages after you. It's King Eadwyre of Wayrest. The sneering about your naivety could be taken as fitting given all the scheming and betrayal going on in the game, except every other alternative realises that not betraying you is the better option, whether out of being a better person, recognizing how lethally dangerous you'd have to be at that point, or being cognizant that there's one more adventuring task left before the tool can be used — including the person you steal the tool from if you bother to hand it back personally.
  • Zero Escape Trilogy: Whenever you save Phi she'll always be a bitch about it.
    • In Virtue's Last Reward In K's end Phi and K get injected with poison and Sigma gets only one dose of antidote. Since K's inside Powered Armor, Sigma cannot inject him, so he injects Phi, before he gets poisoned himself. Phi then complains that she'll be in debt instead of thanking him for saving her, and claims he should've injected himself.
    • In Zero Time Dilemma during the Russian roulette, Diana can save Phi if she shoots Sigma with revolver half-filled with blanks. If Diana shoots a blank then Phi gets mad at her for risking Sigma's life, saying she didn't care that he might die, even though Sigma himself told her to shoot. If he dies it's even worse, as Phi will call Diana a murderer.
  • Slayde is like this in the DLC of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. He gets caught up in the traders' rebellion and needs Fernand and Clive to come bail him out. How does he "thank" them? First by subtly complaining that they "finally" showed up, and then pretending that he got injured as an excuse to flee and make them clean up his mess.

    Web Comics 
  • In Bad Machinery when Archie saves Linton from drowning he comments that it probably only saved him so it could kill him itself. Jack then claims to be phoning the dictionary to ask for a stronger version of the word "ungrateful".
  • In Impure Blood, people with Ancient blood can expect this treatment, as did their ancestors:
  • MeatShield: Prince Jonus of Westhame. After they saved his sorry life and soul from a demoness and a bunch of evil cultists, he has the gall to try and get the heroes arrested for "laying a hand on his person". Jaine's response sums it up best.
  • Thistil Mistil Kistil: Loki's interpretation.
  • In Gunnerkrigg Court, neither of the two fairies shows Annie or Kat any gratitude or even courtesy for helping them reconcile.
  • In Homestuck, the Author Avatar saves Spades Slick from fatal wounds and the death of his universe, and nurses him back to health. How is said Author Avatar thanked? Multiple stab wounds and stubborn refusal to drink his fresh Butler-milk.
  • Erstwhile
  • The entire elf race in Errant Story — their response to being saved from genocide? Threaten to hunt down the one that saved them if she didn't relinquish the power she "stole" to save them.
  • Maren in TwoKinds is completely ungrateful to Raine for helping save her life from an assassin's poison after it's revealed that Raine is actually half-Keidran, making her come off as even more racist than Red, who's otherwise slowly coming around to a more sympathetic angle. The best she bothers to do when Red speaks in Raine's defense concerning all Raine did for them is a dismissive "Eh, fine. Whatever."

    Web Original 
  • In Noob, Bartémulius and Nostariat, the recurring Insufferable Genius Quest Giver pair. In addition to insulting the protagonists all while expecting their help, they never thank them once the help is given. The comic version of the story at least shows their monetary rewards to be quite decent.
  • Taco-Man Plays Zelda II has Princess Zelda's ghost visit Taco-Man while he plays, and constantly express impatience with how long it takes him to wake her. After his victory in beating the game restores Zelda's ghost to her body, she doesn't thank him for his help, and sounds sarcastic when singing praises of "a banana beat[ing] a shitty game from the '80s". Before Taco-Man leaves, he tells Zelda, "You're just rude and ungrateful!"

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • Zuko was an Ungrateful Bastard pre-Character Development. Aang saves his life twice in the first season (though the first may have been a simple quid-pro-quo since Zuko freed him) and once in the second season. His uncle even points out to him that he's only alive because of the Gaang's mercy, but he still chooses to help bring him down in Ba Sing Se.
    • Early in season two, Zuko was on the receiving end of this trope in "Zuko Alone". He comes into an Earth Kingdom town as The Drifter, stands up to the bullying soldiers oppressing them, and saves the kid who hero worshiped him, but because he does the last bit after revealing his identity, the entire town, including the kid, shuns him.
    • Early on in the first season episode "Imprisoned", there's an Earth Kingdom village being occupied by the Fire Nation, which outlaws all earthbending. While Katara is talking with Haru, an earthbender who practices in secret, they find an old man who is trapped in a landslide. Haru saves his life using his earthbending, only to be repaid by the old man turning him in to the Fire Nation.
    • Thankfully averted in the third-season episode "The Painted Lady". After Katara (who has been masquerading as the eponymous spirit) drives the Fire Nation army away from the town and blows up their factory, one of the townspeople recognizes her. The rest of the town gets mad and it looks like they're going to get run out of town, only for Sokka to step in and yell at them about how ungrateful they're being, since the factory is destroyed, the army is gone, and the people can make their village prosperous again.
      • Averted by the actual Painted Lady, however. She was actually quite appreciative of Katara's efforts.
    • Played straight in "The Avatar and the Fire Lord"; Sozin and Roku are shown battling a volcano, and Roku saves Sozin's life when the Fire Lord nearly falls into the lava. How does Sozin repay him? By leaving him to die when Roku succumbs to the poisonous gasses, so that the Avatar won't be able to oppose the Fire Nation's plans for expansion.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: In "Operation F.O.U.N.T.A.I.N", Sector V try to save a mysterious student named Leona from the Delightful Children, who kidnapped her to lead them to the Fountain of Youth so as to destroy itnote . After Sector V free Leona from their grasp and dump her into the fountain making her a kid again, she thanks them by shooting them with the fountain's water trying to de-age them out of existence (which would literally kill them), ignoring Numbuh 5's attempt to talk her out of it. Subverted that she eventually does thank them and pulls a Heel–Face Turn in the end.
  • Family Guy: If there's one character who should be on this trope more than anybody, it would be Peter Griffin. Take the episode "You Can't Do That on Television, Peter" for example. Right after he was mauled by a puma (thanks to his own stupidity), Meg uses her medical knowledge to save Peter's life before the latter bleeds to death. When Peter finally regains consciousness at the hospital, how does he thank Meg? By flippantly demanding a glass of water from her instead of thanking his daughter for saving his life. What an ungrateful prick!
  • Commander Feral in SWAT Kats has been personally saved by the SWAT Kats dozens of times, as well as seeing them save the city. This does not change his opinion that they are dangerous vigilantes who should leave protecting Megakat city to The Enforcers. "The Dark Side of the SWAT Kats" features what might be an amazingly fitting inversion involving the same character. When the SWAT Kats find themselves in a Mirror Universe where their equivalents are evil, they plead with Feral to check out Pumadyne labs to see that a bomb detonator was stolen by that universe's evil SWAT Kats. He comes to believe them enough to check it out, and when the evil SWAT Kats show up and attack, admits they were telling the truth. He still thinks the Enforcers can handle it alone, though; and he might have a point, in a setting where a lone Enforcer helicopter reacts to animated skeletons by casually obliterating them with Gatling fire.
  • Teen Titans:
    • Good guys even show signs of this on occasion, like Robin did in the episode "Winner Take All". In the three-way fight between, himself, Speedy, and Wildebeast, Speedy helped him defeat Wildebeast; only for Robin to hit him with an explosive device (He did say "thank you" first, however.) In Robin's defense, neither he nor anyone else (except Cyborg) realized that this was Not Just a Tournament so you could say he was just being competitive.
    • A more straightforward example would be Val-Yor from "Troq". Despite the fact that Starfire save his life and helped fulfill the mission, he still continues to act racist towards her with only a half-hearted compliment. In addition, even though the Titans did just as much work as him in the mission, when they defend her, he immediately accuses them of being just as bad as the Tamaraneans, having not changed his opinion on them in the slightest.
  • The FOX 90s Spider-Man: The Animated Series. In one episode, this is subverted. At the end of the episode, after a plot that Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. had to recruit Jonah's help for, Spidey has saved the day, caught the Chameleon, but no-one has even said thank you. Jonah is probably going to profit from the whole episode by printing an issue that will likely sell out (no doubt blaming him for it all). As Spidey sulks on the roof of a building, wondering if it's all worth it, Fury flies by in a high-tech vehicle, shouting to him, giving him a heads up and expressing his thanks for the help. Spidey is a little surprised that someone actually did that, and figures that at least it's a start.
  • In the animated version of The Legend of Zelda, Zelda comes across this way with her continuous refusal to kiss Link even after he saves her life/father/kingdom repeatedly. Granted, he has a tendency to request the kiss when they're not yet out of danger, but even after the threat has passed she often comes up with stupid reasons not to do it. This one might be justifiable, though; she might not kiss him simply because she might not be interested in him in this continuity. Now why she doesn't give Link a reward besides a kiss, on the other hand...
    • This further brought into question in an episode where Zelda is the only one who can see a ghost Link, and it's brought up by Ganon who points out that can only happen if she's secretly in love with him.
    • Which seriously ticked off a lot of fans when Captain N: The Game Master saves her once and she kisses HIM! Link is justifiably ticked off throughout the episode.
  • The Simpsons:
    • This trope was the whole reason Mona Simpson was always on the run from the law in "Mother Simpson". After saving Mr. Burns when a hippie demonstration she was participating in went wrong, Mr. Burns was able to identify Mona, forcing her to abandon Homer at such a young age. Luckily, the demonstration had also cured a young Clancy Wiggum, who was working as a security guard, of his asthma. Unlike Mr. Burns, Wiggum was, in fact, grateful because it finally allowed him to join the police force, and he anonymously helped Mona escape from Springfield to avoid getting arrested.
    • In "Brother from Another Series", Sideshow Bob still tries to kill Bart, even teaming up with his brother Cecil on one occasion, despite that Cecil previously tried to kill them both and it was Bart who saved him.
    • Oh, but Bob's worst exhibition of this Trope was in "Sideshow Bob Roberts". After being pardoned by Mayor Quimby, he not only ran against him for the opposing party, but ran a rather nasty (as in slanderous) attack ad claiming Quimby was soft on crime, seeing as he had pardoned a convict who was twice convicted of attempted murder - Bob himself. Bob won the election after rigging the votes, even though he would have won legally since he got 100% of the vote.
    • Lisa rarely acknowledges when someone does something nice for her though mostly her family who she has a very What Have You Done for Me Lately? attitude towards. Despite being the obvious favorite to the point where Homer and Marge are willing to screw over Bart just to make it more convenient to help her she still has a massive case of Middle Child Syndrome. This is especially seen with Bart who has done numerous nice things for her to the point of making multiple Heroic Sacrifices note  which Lisa doesn’t even bother to remember as seen in "On A Clear Day I Can't See My Sister". Even as early as the first season Lisa showed this attitude in "The Crepes of Wrath" after Bart gave her a present she said it was the first unselfish thing he’d ever done completely forgetting how he defended her from being harassed by Nelson 6 episodes earlier.
    • In the episode, "No Loan Again, Naturally", the family is forced to sell the house after some financial trouble. Flanders buys the house, agrees to keep them as tenants, and he then brings the house up to code, but then Homer complains when Flanders mentions they're late on the rent, and calls the local news to do smear piece against him. It's not too surprising when Flanders evicts them.
  • Dan from Dan Vs..
    • Elise's parents, though her mother is a bit less. Despite the fact that he saved their lives, neither of them really like Chris. Dan also saved their life on a separate occasion, but their hatred of him is somewhat more understandable.
  • Benson and Ticket Guy from Regular Show.
    • The Astronaughts as well. When Rigby points out they saved the city, their only response is to throw the grilled cheese in their face and threaten their lives.
    • Rigby, after being saved by his friends from a doppelganger, manages to be an Ungrateful Bastard at ''Temp Check"
    Rigby: What a windbag! I thought he’d never shut up. I can’t believe you guys thought he was me. You must feel like idiots, right?
  • Gobsmack from Pearlie is the pickiest bastard in the show.
  • Gargamel the wizard in The Smurfs. Despite many a Save the Villain moment by the Smurfs, he still never returns the favor and is still plotting his revenge against them. Even his cat Azrael, when Natural Smurf shows him mercy, is that ungrateful.
    • In a bit of a deconstruction, with lampshading, Gargamel actually accuses The Smurfs of this when he's seen dangling off a cliff over a pool of lava after risking his own life to protect The Smurfs from extinction by rescuing the Long Life Stone from Nemesis. The deconstruction comes from the fact that, in doing so, Gargamel is both conveniently forgetting the long track record that The Smurfs have of coming to his rescue, and the fact that in that particular situation, The Smurfs were completely incapable of rescuing him even if they wanted to. Although, he does somehow manage to extricate himself off screen because he does join forces with The Smurfs to fight Nemesis again at a later date.
  • Maria Hill from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! refuses to accept the Avengers' vigilante behavior no matter how many times they save the world, S.H.I.E.L.D., and/or her.
  • In My Life as a Teenage Robot, Jenny is kicked out of a popular teen hangout because Mezmer, the owner, refuses to serve robots. Later on, she saves the shop from a gang of space bikers. Mezmer still kicks her out (and blames her for the property damage alongside them), but this time, the rest of the teens, who were grateful that Jenny saved them, are angry with him and leave as well. He doesn't care until he immediately realizes there's no one left.
  • The Perils of Penelope Pitstop: Soon after Penelope saved the Hooded Claw and brought up the Think Nothing of It trope, he abducted her again.
  • In Transformers Prime, Silas' subordinates save him from certain death by installing him in Breakdown's body. Silas is pleased with the results and thanks them for a lifetime of service. Then he casually murders them so he can join the Decepticons. This makes what happens to him that much more satisfying.
  • In the episode "Babel" of Batman Beyond, Terry saves some zookeepers from some escaped animals. Later, when Shriek makes the whole city unable to understand each other, the zookeepers are among the people demanding that Terry turn himself in. Even Bruce is ticked off at this.
  • In one episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), the Turtles are being badmouthed on air by a Jerkass talk show host which has been doing well at turning the public against them. By the end of the episode they manage to save his life from Krang and are pretty sure that by now he'll soften up. Nope, he's going to be trashing them even more than ever! After all, it may not be personal, but it is what brings in the ratings. The Turtles are understandably pretty ticked.
  • Mindy's mother is this to Buttons in Animaniacs.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • SpongeBob of all people, becomes one of these in the infamous episode "A Pal For Gary". After scolding and blaming Gary for Puffy Fluffy's actions throughout the whole episode (even when the now-monstrous Puffy is CLEARLY trying to eat the snail), he is grabbed by Puffy and nearly eaten himself. At this point, Gary has every reason to just leave SpongeBob to his fate, but instead of doing so, he shows an incredible amount of loyalty and courage, and whips Puffy to knock SpongeBob out of his mouth and drive him away...and instead of thanking Gary, or even apologizing for his earlier actions, SpongeBob a) tries to get Puffy Fluffy back, and b) after that fails, scolds Gary AGAIN!
    • Squidward is this in many instances:
      • In "Can You Spare a Dime", while initially thankful of SpongeBob taking him in from homelessness, Squidward becomes an absolute spoiled brat who refuses to leave and makes SpongeBob wait on him hand and foot. And he gets away with it in the end. Almost.
      • Also on "Good Neighbors", Squidward had set up a security alarm in his house as SpongeBob and Patrick come in without any problem to give him an apology cake and apologize for unknowingly ruining his Sunday. But Squidward tries to get them kicked out instead of accepting their apology.
      • In "Squidtastic Voyage", when he eagerly screams at SpongeBob and Patrick to get out his body without even a thank you for getting the reed out of his throat. This results in a Poor Communication Kills in the end, when he yells "Go!", resulting in Patrick pressing the grow button.
      • The entire episode of "Sponge-Cano" revolves around Squidward expressing this trope to the fullest. He admits that he isn't grateful for anything, which includes having SpongeBob as his neighbor, and then declares that he is the most miserable person in Bikini Bottom. When SpongeBob convinced the citizens from sacrificing Squidward to the volcano and offered himself as one instead, Squidward doesn't thank him and tells SpongeBob to jump in, only to fall in the volcano. Squidward begs SpongeBob to help him and tells him that he is indeed grateful for everything, so SpongeBob does so. At the end of the episode, Squidward's house was blown by the water pipe and falls into the volcano, thus ending its eruption. Just when we thought Squidward learned his lesson, he tells SpongeBob that he lied to him and he is still ungrateful for everything since doesn't have anywhere to live. Not even spending the night at SpongeBob's house would help matters.
      • "Enchanted Tiki Dreams" to an extent. SpongeBob and Patrick build this fantasy world for him so he can relax, and like in "Can You Spare a Dime", he is initially grateful, But then they wreck his "Tiki Land" and Squidward immediately disregards their good intentions and the episode ends with him hitting them with his boat. This example is a little more understandable since they caused him a lot of physical harm earlier in the episode.
    • Plankton who is solely committed in stealing the Krabby Patty Formula, that in times where he has been saved by SpongeBob or Mr Krabs he immediately goes back to stealing mode. Even his computer wife Karen is no exception, and he casually forgets her, or leaves her behind if it gets him any closer to his goals.
    • When a school bully named Flats who was going to kick SpongeBob's butt was terribly injured in a truck accident, SpongeBob preformed surgery on him that saved his life. When he wakes up he still plans to kick his butt.
    • In the episode "Born Again Krabs," when the Flying Dutchman is about to take Mr. Krabs to Davy Jones' locker as punishment for his miserly ways, SpongeBob sticks up for him, wagering his own soul that Krabs is indeed generous. How does Krabs thank him for his help? By willingly selling SpongeBob's soul to the Flying Dutchman for all of the change in the Dutchman's pocket (a mere 62 cents) without hesitation. This was such a dick move that Squidward, who finds SpongeBob annoying as heck, is absolutely disgusted with Krabs and chews him out for it, outright telling him that he should be ashamed of himself.
    • Patrick in "Yours, Mine, and Mine". When Patrick couldn't afford to pay for his meal at the Krusty Krab, SpongeBob offers to pay for it and share it with him. That is where Patrick behaves like a massive jerkass towards SpongeBob throughout the episode. Not only did he eat the meal he was supposed to be sharing with SpongeBob, but he refuses to share the Krabby Patty Toy with him throughout the episode, even going so far as to eat it in the end just to make sure SpongeBob doesn't have it.
  • Eustace Bagge from Courage the Cowardly Dog certainly qualifies. Courage has saved this guy's life many times, and Eustace refuses to pay the dog any respect and show some gratitude.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy would have these:
    • Dawn Of The Eds: Ed saves Kevin from the Kankers, Kevin doesn't thank him and proceeds to call him space dork.
    • A Boy and His Ed: For once, Kevin was about to offer the Eds something (which is eventually revealed to be jawbreakers). How does Eddy respond? With a flippant retort saying that he's heard that one before.
    • Stuck In Ed: Jimmy gives Eddy a scam that could potentially work, Eddy rejects the scam because of how childish it is.
    • Your Ed Here: Eddy was humiliated by the kids when Kevin exposes his Embarrassing Middle Name. Later Edd tries to console him and reveals to Eddy his own Embarrassing Middle Name. Eddy thanks him by doing the exact same thing that Kevin did to him, yelling Edd's middle name to everyone so that the kids can make fun of Edd instead.
    • If it Smells Like An Ed: Jimmy offers Eddy friendship, Eddy pulls down the former's pants.
    • Sarah, even when Ed protects her, she still treats him like shit.
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: In the episode "Boast Busters", "The Great and Powerful" Trixie claims to be able to defeat an Ursa Major. However, when an actual Ursa shows up, exposing Trixie's lies, Twilight Sparkle steps in and defeats the Ursa, saving hundreds of lives, including Trixie's. Trixie then proceeds to talk down to Twilight, claiming Twilight will NEVER be able to match up to her abilities before running off, much to the annoyance of Twilight's friend Rainbow Dash.
  • The Powerpuff Girls
    • In "Slave the Day," the Girls save Big Billy's life. He's so grateful that he tries to do everything he can for them, but this leads to him being a hindrance more than anything else, so they eventually (rather bluntly) tell him to leave them alone. Hurt, Billy teams up with the rest of the Gangreen Gang to lure them into a trap, but he ultimately can't go through with it since they still saved him regardless and betrays the Gang, saving the Girls at the last second. How do they respond? Beat him within an inch of his life anyway. To be fair, however, he did tie them to the tracks in the first place. So this is somewhat justified.
    • Princess in her debut episode "Schoolhouse Rocked." On her second day of school, the girls remove a bomb from her before it can explode. Naturally, she doesn't learn to avoid the danger the girls get themselves in and goes home to complain about how "jealous" the girls are of her (as well as claiming they put the bomb on her).
    • Buttercup in the episode "Down N Dirty" after she finally decides to take a bath after getting fed up with being insulted because of her smelling so badly. Rather than thanking Blossom and Bubbles for even being willing to be near her due to her smelling so bad, Buttercup just retorts on how she only took the bath so she could resume crime-fighting. Blossom even lampshades this.
    Blossom: You know Buttercup. You may be clean, but your attitude still stinks.
  • In an early episode of Rocko's Modern Life, Rocko and Filburt collaborate to repair the comic store and succeed in making tons of money selling the comics with the help of Really Really Big Man. When Mr. Smitty comes back, he demands Rocko to fire Filburt for no reason without so much of a "thank you". When Rocko refuses, explaining to Mr. Smitty that Filburt has helped him make all the money selling the comics, Mr. Smitty fires them both, which prompts Rocko to insult the boss right to his face for his ungratefulness.
    • In the episode "Cabin Fever", both the Bigheads and Rocko (with Heffer) have booked the same cabin for a vacation. Even though Ed is in the wrong (he booked the cabin for July, and it's only January), Rocko happily offers to share the cabin with the Bigheads. While Bev is grateful, Ed does nothing but gripe about having to share it with Rocko and Heffer and goes out of his way to try and ruin their good time...which backfires on him when he causes an avalanche that causes them all to be buried in a landslide.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • Gordon the Big Engine frequently uses this trope:
      • "Edward and Gordon": Edward helps him up the hill after the trucks hold him back, he forgets to thank him once he can run under his own power.
      • "Trouble in the Shed": Edward finds coaches for him, James and Henry, the three of them thank him by saying he has black wheels and blowing steam at him.
      • "You can do it, Toby!": Toby actually succeeds in pushing him up the hill, Gordon doesn't thank him nor does he apologize for insulting Toby earlier in the episode.
      • This was addressed in "Old Reliable Edward" where Edward helps push Gordon's express up the hill, and similarly, Gordon doesn't thank him. Edward complains about his lack of gratitude which led him and Thomas to hatch a plan to teach the big engine a lesson. As Thomas' plan worked, Gordon is stuck on the hill again, this time, he begs Edward to help him. Relieved that he's learned his lesson, Edward does so, and Gordon, while embarrassed, thanks him.
    • In "Dirty Work", Duck gets the trucks to stop singing their rude song towards Diesel, Diesel still goes on ahead with trying to get Duck sent away.
  • The Fairly OddParents!:
    • This actually kick-starts the plot of "It's a Wishful Life". Timmy does a bunch of different things for people (painting a set for Mr. Bickles' play, doing his parents' lawn, buying AJ a brand new computer) only to have each of his efforts quashed either by petty reasons (Mr. Bickles was overly critical about the set), Contrived Coincidence (he chose to beautify the lawn on the day of the Dimmsdale Worst Lawn Competition) and the person just being an asshole (AJ rejects the computer because it's apparently obsolete even though it just came out. He then smashes it and uses it as a doorstop that, in his words, "Doesn't work.") The entire episode in fact is just taking a great big dump on Timmy's Butt-Monkey status (it's later found out in the plot that if he were never born everyone he knows would be more successful.)
    • In "Class Clown", Timmy has just saved Trixie from being eaten by the seemingly harmless plant. Her response? To call him out on it and dump him.
  • In Legend of Korra:
    • Republic City and President Raiko are bitter and angry at Korra for the massive vines that plague their city, despite Korra having just saved the entire world from the Dark Avatar. However, this enters into Jerkass Has a Point territory, as the reason the vines are so hard to remove is because Korra left the Spirit Portals open, which was not necessary for saving the world, so the vines can't just be chopped down and removed. Given that these vines have clogged major roadways, disrupted the plumbing, and caused buildings to collapse, it would be unsurprising if people have died as a result. By Book 4, they have reached a work-around, and the banishment that Raiko issued towards her is withdrawn thanks to her help fighting the Red Lotus.
    • The first time Korra saves Kuvira, specifically from the Colossus exploding, Kuvira throws a rock at her face and tries to kill her again with the detached superweapon. When Korra tanks a shot and saves her again, Kuvira is more willing to listen to reason, if a bit incredulous as to why Korra would save her again, and stands down.
  • Evil-Lyn in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002). He-Man saves her from becoming a Human Sacrifice, and she doesn't even say "thank you". (To his credit, He-Man did say beforehand, "I'm probably going to regret this...")
  • King of the Hill: 2 words - Peggy's. Mom. Not only is the reason for her sourness towards Peggy attributed towards Peggy's refusal to accept an arranged marriage with a neighboring rancher's son (and Peggy had no say in the matter) in an underhanded attempt to gain the property of the neighboring ranch, but even after Peggy saves her mom's ranch out of nothing but the kindness of her heart, her mother minimizes and brushes off the achievement as though it was nothing.
  • Gravity Falls
    • The Northwest Family were cursed for this; 150 years prior to "Northwest Mansion Noir", they had asked local lumberjacks to build their mansion in exchange for a yearly party between the lower and upper classes. The mansion apparently took years to complete, with several workers dying due to the unsafe working conditions; then, once the workers had finished and asked for their reward, the Northwests laughed at them and shut them out of the party. Worse still, the lumberjacks' leader was killed in one of the landslides that the aggressive construction had kicked off - prompting a Dying Curse upon the Northwests.
    • Grunkle Stan accuses his twin brother of this. Stan spent the better part of three decades trying to get his brother back from an alternate dimension. Not only does his brother overtly refuse to thank him, he demands that Stan relinquish ownership of the Mystery Shack and move out; granted, Ford originally owned the shack and is understandably miffed to discover that Stan's been turning his old lab into a tourist trap for the last thirty years, but he doesn't seem to realize that kicking Stan out will leave him effectively homeless. The lack of gratitude is understandable because a) Stan was partly responsible for his brother being trapped in another dimension in the first place and b) Stan risked the destruction of the entire universe in the process of bringing his brother back.
    • Bill Cipher accuses Mabel of being this in regards to Dipper, drawing attention to all the sacrifices he made for her happiness without ever getting anything in return. Notably, Mabel acknowledges that he has a point. Unfortunately, she doesn't quite learn her lesson: when Dipper decides to accept apprenticeship with Ford, rather than sacrifice her happiness for Dipper's sake like he did for her countless times, Mabel chooses to selfishly give the rift to Blendin just for the chance of having an eternal summer and prevent Dipper from leaving her. As a result, Bill is able to emerge from the rift and take over Gravity Falls.
  • The titular Gargoyles have long suffered from protecting these kinds of people. From the inhabitants of Castle Wyvern in 994 AD (save young Tom, though the Princess and Magus do turn around) to the inhabitants of 1994 New York City. While some Gargoyles (such as Demona) refuse to protect ungrateful bastards, other Gargoyles (such as Goliath) see it as their duty to protect those incapable of protecting themselves, regardless of whether or not their charges appreciate it.
  • In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka saves Captain Tarkin, Darth Vader's future Dragon, from a dangerous Separatist prison fortress. When he's about to be executed by the deranged warden, Ahsoka risked her life to rescue him while the team tried escaping. A few episodes later, Ahsoka is framed for a crime she didn't commit. When she's on trial and facing serious punishment, Tarkin steps up...as her prosecutor and persuades the judges to give her the death penalty.
    Tarkin: I reserve my trust for those who take action, General Skywalker.
    Anakin: Then let me remind you; we rescued you back there, and I reserve my trust for those who understand gratitude, Captain Tarkin.
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode 'Carl Wheezer, Boy Genius" Carl, of all people, is this towards Jimmy even though Jimmy saved his and his girlfriend, Elke's lives, but Carl wanted Elke to believe the lies he told her in his letters, so he kept doing this until Elke admitted she was lying to him the whole time.
  • Kaeloo:
    • In the episode "Let's Play Goodbye, Mr. Cat!", Mr. Cat's friends spend a lot of time and effort in helping him stay in Smileyland. Near the end of the episode, he manages to get invisibility powers and beats them all up.
    • In Episode 92, after Quack Quack saves Kaeloo, Stumpy and Mr. Cat from being impaled with sharp objects and then crushed to death by jumping in front of them, Mr. Cat's response is to call him a show-off. Yes, really.
    • Stumpy is one to Kaeloo in Episode 128. The plot of the episode revolves around Stumpy using various schemes to trick people into giving him money to buy a video game. Each time he tries something on Kaeloo, she immediately sees through the trick, but gives him money anyway and compliments his creativity in coming upnwith the scheme. In order to get more sympathy from others and therefore more money, Stumpy goes on TV and narrates a completely false story about his life which portrays Kaeloo as a selfish and bossy jerkass.
  • In a season 5 episode of Samurai Jack, after killing most of the Daughters of Aku, Jack ends up saving the sole survivor, pre-Heel–Face Turn Ashi. When they get swallowed by a ginormous monster and Jack saves her from whatever lurks inside, Ashi (who is bound by chains at the time) is far from grateful, even trying to kill him when he's busy saving their skins. Justified, considering in her perspective, that she is being saved by someone she was raised (and brainwashed) to believe that is: A. evil, B. her worst enemy, and C. should be assassinated at all costs.
    • Fortunately, this ends up getting subverted in later episodes, for Ashi undergoes a Heel–Face Turn and is very grateful to Jack for helping her learn the truth about Aku.
  • Bluto from Popeye exemplifies this in some shorts. For example in "Abusement Park" after he tries to force himself on Olive and then attempts to kill her for rejecting his advances and then Popeye, he ends up hanging on for dear life and Popeye swings him to safety, he warmly says thank you for saving my life and promptly kicks him in the face and tries to throw him to his doom.
  • LooneyTunes: Played with in Daffy Duck Hunt with Barnyard Dog. His entire plan relied on catching Daffy by making him take pity on him by claiming that Porky would abuse him if he didn't get him and promising that he would release him afterwards. Conflicted and acting on impulse he did take pity on Daffy and took him out of the freezer without asking himself and then what, but then he decided that he had no intention of honoring his promise and letting him go ultimately playing it straight.

Alternative Title(s): Ungrateful Bitch