->''"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?"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/{{MikeJ}}''' on ''Film/GhostbustersII''

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

You'd be wrong.

Heroes don't always [[HundredPercentHeroismRating get gratitude]], [[DudeWheresMyRespect recognition]], or even a basic [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike "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 [[EmbarrassingRescue the ignominy of being saved]] by [[YouRebelScum those filthy]] ''[[AllOfTheOtherReindeer freaks]],'' they'll usually [[TheFarmerAndTheViper betray]] such mercy at the first opportunity. Ungrateful Bastards.

This is true even if it's a forced EnemyMine situation, and he never even acknowledges the service rendered or is grateful, much less gets CharacterDevelopment or a change in their relationship to {{reset|Button}}. This might be done either to show how utterly evil (or at least callous) the enemy is, and [[StatusQuoIsGod avoid having the show's formula change]] with the BigBad growing unable to kill or hate someone who has saved them so often.

See also NeverAcceptedInHisHometown, WhatHaveYouDoneForMeLately, and ZeroApprovalGambit.

Contrast GrudgingThankYou. Probably not related to the Film/{{inglourious|Basterds}} kind. See also EntitledBastard.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' 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.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': TheHero Kouji Kabuto, his {{Tsundere}} BattleCouple and {{Love Interest|s}} Sayaka Yumi, their families and their friends risk their lives on a constant basis to protect humankind from a MadScientist and WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds worked for Hitler and wants to TakeOverTheWorld and enslaving the whole humanity [[FreudianExcuse 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 [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]], [[TooDumbToLive 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 TheDragon Baron Ashura blackmails the Japanese Government, they demand the Government gives into their threats (episode 17 provides a good example).
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Tetsuya and Jun have the same kind of gratitude and regard. Or even worse. In the manga episodes penned by GosakuOta -one of the GoNagai assistants-, TheDragon Great Marshall Of Hell [[spoiler:warned he would blow Tokyo up unless the HomeBase and the HumongousMecha of the heroes were destroyed. People demanded the Government yielded... And they did. The Fortress of Science was destroyed, and Tetsuya and his allies were forced to flee and lie low for a while]]. During that time they had absolutely NO help to try and keep defending humankind. They did get many insults, though.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': Duke Fleed and his HumongousMecha is the only thing that stands between the human beings and global genocide. What does he get in exchange? Danbei Makiba bossing him around and [[OverprotectiveDad threatening to kill him if he so much as breathes near his daughter Hikaru]]. Danbei also complains that if Grendizer did not exist, [[TooDumbToLive they could be such good friends with the aliens]].
* Seto Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' refuses to change his opinion of Yugi, despite the latter having come to his and/or [[DistressBall his brother's rescue]] on at least three separate occasions. He has a GrudgingThankYou 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 [[spoiler:destroy ALL THREE EGYPTIAN GODS in one move]] for that to happen.
* Lolly and Menolly from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. After [[spoiler: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. [[DroppedABridgeOnHim It doesn't end well for them]]]]. They (or at least Lolly) actually hate Orihime MORE after she [[spoiler:heals them]].
-->'''Lolly:''' [[spoiler: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.
* Rufa from ''Manga/DragonHalf'', while not, technically, an enemy, treads close to this trope.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** 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.
** 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 [[BoisterousBruiser Recoome's]] incredibly powerful BreathWeapon (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 "[[{{Hypocrite}} Be grateful I don't kill you right now!]]"
* An example that's neither villains nor rivals: The {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s ordering around the Black Order in ''Manga/DGrayMan''. These jerks are supposedly on Allen's (the hero) side. Yet their reaction to him [[spoiler:saving everyone's asses, hampering the BigBad's ability to make {{mooks}}, and capturing the Ark]] at the end of the Ark Arc is to [[spoiler: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 [[BodyHorror 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 TooDumbToLive territory. Even worse now, [[spoiler:they put him in a jail cell for not obeying orders when he was trying to save everyone]].
* In ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' , Kazuki risks his life to protect the Hayasaka Twins (the series' IneffectualSympatheticVillain) 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...
* [[TheBarnum Nabiki Tendô]], of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ranma Saotome]] is not only engaged to marry her little sister in an ArrangedMarriage, 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 ([[MartialArtsAndCrafts Picolet]] [[BigEater Chardin]] showing up to claim one of them as his [[ArrangedMarriage promised wife]], Akane running off to Ryûgenzawa and its resident {{Orochi}}, [[FairWeatherMentor 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.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** [[spoiler:Sasuke Uchiha]] became this midway through ''Shippuuden''. While [[spoiler:attacking the Kage conference, Suigetsu and Jugo]] save his life, as they had against [[spoiler:Killer Bee]] earlier. However, [[spoiler:Sasuke]] leaves them both to die without looking back, collapsing the ceiling on them and the enemies alike. Later on, [[spoiler: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 [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverKill 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.]]
** Also, the treatment of Naruto by the villagers. If the Kyuubi hadn't been sealed inside him, it would have destroyed Konoha, but he is a pariah because of 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 [[NoOneGetsLeftBehind 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 [[DrivenToSuicide 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, [[spoiler:If Sakumo hadn't killed himself, Obito might never have met [[BigBad Madara]] and ''the Akatsuki would never have been formed'']]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Ash's Charizard used to a '''major''' example of this. When it was still a Charmander, its [[{{Jerkass}} 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 ''Anime/PokemonGiratinaAndTheSkyWarrior'', 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.
* In one episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', 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 [[KarmicDeath giant cross gets dropped on him]].
* The [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Council]] are this towards ''Manga/FairyTail''. 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
* In one of ''Manga/{{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 [[EvilWeapon Yamiganemaru blade]].
* In a sense, Villetta Nu of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' could be considered this for convincing Ohgi, whose love she finally accepted, [[spoiler: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.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has 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 JerkAss 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 [[spoiler:Brook]] decides to work with and proceeds to earn them a lot of money and fame, repay him by [[spoiler:turning him over to the Navy when Brook tells them that he plans to retire and return to piracy]].
** In ''Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld'', 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 [[spoiler: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 OneManArmy, 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 AxCrazy maniac with no conscience concerning anyone outside of his own crew, but [[spoiler: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 ReverseMole 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 LivingToys, 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 [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: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)'' [[http://www.onemanga2.com/One_Piece/748/14/ DROP DEAD, YOU UNGRATEFUL BASTARDS!]]
* Viper Snakely from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''. Even though Kimba went against his desire for revenge for [[YouKilledMyFather 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.
* In ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamThePlotToAssassinateGihren'', Det. Leopold Fiesler discovers that a year before the current plot against [[TheEvilPrince 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 ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', 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 GuileHero, especially after he forms the Shinpaku Alliance.
* Louise in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' 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 [[spoiler: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,[[spoiler:(JUSTIFIED since the example used came from the books and the reason she whipped him to point of unconsciousness was because during the night he had attempted to RAPE her. As in he attempted to undress her in her sleep to have sex with)]] 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?"
** [[spoiler:It is eventually mentioned that the Familiar spell also removed his willingness to leave Louise's side, so his decision to stay becomes AscendedFridgeHorror.]]
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', this lies at the heart of Emi's grievance against Miho's sister Maho in ''Little Army''. It turns out that during the tournament Maho won, [[spoiler:when one of the tanks on Maho's team fell off a cliff, the opposing team's (of which Emi's older sister was a member) flag tank went to help, but Maho ordered her tank to fire on the flag tank, even though she was winning]]. However, [[SubvertedTrope Maho's expression when it's first brought up not only indicates shame over doing so, but also quite possibly ignorance of what the flag tank was trying to accomplish]].
** This is played straight in the light novel adaptation, in which it is revealed that [[spoiler:Erika, one of Miho's fiercest critics,]] was [[spoiler:one of the girls Miho saved from the tournament, and abandoned her flag tank to do so]].
* In ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'', [[spoiler:the guy who stabs Yuu in the second-last chapter is a student who Yuu saved from bullies many chapters back]].
* Chibi-Usa once pulled this towards Usagi in the anime version of ''Anime/SailorMoon''. [[spoiler:She actually ''stole Usagi's TransformationTrinket 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 the infamous island arc of ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'', 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! ([[CanonDiscontinuity 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 NeoAtlantean dead, never mind that she would have been killed otherwise.
* In ''Manga/{{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.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': In episode 7, after helping to save Mizore from herself and her [[PowerIncontinence 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 [[DrivenToSuicide talking about killing herself]]; Mizore takes this to heart.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Bastard might be a bit strong of a word here, but whenever the Military Police Brigade or Garrison are forced to HoldTheLine, they're hoping that the [[TheAce Survey Corps]] will [[TheCavalry 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.
* In ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', the crowd is one. First, Saitama destroys a meteor that [[ApocalypseHow 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. [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech 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.

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* A justified example from the ''AudioPlay/BlakesSeven'' 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.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''Comicbook/XMen''. 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!"
** In Messiah Complex, Mystique saves her daughter Rogue's life, and Rogue responds by trying to kill her because she had risked an infant's life to do it. However everyone involved knew that Rogue wouldn't have wanted them to sacrifice said baby just for her sake.
** The real cause of humanity's ungrateful bastardry towards mutantkind? A 3-billion-year-old sentient bacteria bent on taking over the world.
* Franchise/SpiderMan 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 "[[MaliciousSlander 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 ''[[GreenEyedMonster jealous]]'' of Spider-Man, all the way back in the tenth issue.
** [[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan 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 [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2537055.html?#cutid1 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 Con}}ned as brain damage, or washing, or reversed quickly or eventually, but having only [[Creator/BrianMichaelBendis 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 AccentuateTheNegative 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 LaserGuidedKarma to any asshole who starts ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike, namely by shutting their traps with a gag of webbing.
** Some of the UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops 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 Franchise/MarvelUniverse as a whole are 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 ComicBook/{{Galactus}}, SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}, Doctor Doom, etc., ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' demonstrating that behavior. Then again, Marvel citizens are [[TooDumbToLive 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 PetTheDog 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 DC Universe in ''Comicbook/JLAAvengers'', 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, Comicbook/CaptainAmerica became suspicious that the DC Superheroes were tyrants demanding worship from humans.
** To further home what a CrapsackWorld full of {{Jerkass}}es and [[BullyingADragon dragon bulliers]] and other [[TooDumbToLive morons]] the Marvel Universe is, upon seeing how the Marvel Universe treats its superheroes, Franchise/{{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.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} can save the whole universe over and over again, and the government will still create CapeBusters 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 BerserkButton for the city of Metropolis.
** One specific example is Cat Grant's bratty little son Adam. When watching ''Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' 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 ''ComicBook/SupermanTruth''. 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.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} '':
** When she and her then boyfriend Powerboy quelled a hurricane in Mexico, a general threatens them, saying it is illegal for metahumans to interfere with Mexican affairs. [[ShutUpHannibal 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.
* As befitting a SociopathicHero and VillainProtagonist, Comicbook/ThePunisher is this trope to the extreme. Not just to criminals who even risk their lives to save his own (it won't even buy you a decent death), but also to his friends. 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 ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Tales of the Slayers]]'', a medieval Slayer saves her town from a horrific vampire attack.. and is ''[[BurnTheWitch burned as a witch]]'' for it. Her stricken Watcher, ForcedToWatch as she burned, goes to the city gates and lets the vampires in.
* Think the ComicBook/FantasticFour 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. Well, maybe it's ''possible'' that they did, but even if that's true, the point still stands: If you think you know better than Reed does, he's going to prove you wrong.
* ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog 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]]Though with Geoffrey ultimately being revealed/retconned as a long-time mole of one of the series' primary villains, this may be retroactive FridgeBrilliance.[[/note]]
* The vice-minister and the princess of Electropolis in ''[[ComicBook/{{Convergence}} 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.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/TheOneHandedGirl'', 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 ''Literature/TheFireBirdTheHorseOfPowerAndThePrincessVasilissa'', 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.
* Creator/TheBrothersGrimm story ''Literature/TheBremenTownMusicians'' 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 ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndRoseRed'' keep helping.
* The story of ''Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin'' 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 ''Literature/PussInBoots'' 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.

[[folder: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 ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'', "Dumblydore" saves the lives of [[DesignatedHero "good"]] characters at least twice. They respond by constantly insulting and deriding him for [[FelonyMisdemeanor not being "goffik" enough]]. Also, whenever anything big goes wrong, Ebony and friends [[EntitledBastard go to Dumbledore and expect him to fix it for them]].
* In one ''FanficRecs/TheLegendOfZelda'' 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 HeroicBSOD (he gets better).
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': [[spoiler:After the Mane Six strip [[EvilMatriarch 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.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': Valmont [[TheStarscream betrays]] Jade, even though he was [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen a gutter bound common thief]] when she found him, and he gets a dose of LaserGuidedKarma, stripped naked and dumped in a crowded plaza, where he gets arrested.
** Drago [[BastardUnderstudy betrayed]] the Matriarch (Jade's future self) and tried to [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight 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 [[SealedEvilInACan seal him away again]]. Both [[FutureBadass Karasu]] and the Matriarch herself point this out when fighting and punishing him (respectfully).
* In ''{{Fanfic/Vision}}'', our AntiHero is this, partially through a TraumaCongaLine, and partially through not being all that nice a pony to begin with.
* ''FanFic/AShadowOfTheTitans'': [[AxCrazy Machete]] attacks Jade even though Jade had just ''broken her out of prison'', because was trying to stop her from killing the security guards.
* ''[[FanFic/TheVinylAndOctaviaSeries 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 ''Fanfic/BoysUndSenshado'', Akio doesn't like his girlfriend [[Anime/GirlsUndPanzer Miho's]] older sister Maho, believing that she isn't there for Miho enough, because he doesn't know that [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Shiho disowns Miho]], the question of how Miho will [[spoiler:pay her apartment's rent]] comes up. After hearing that Maho has decided to help out by [[spoiler: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 [[ZigZaggingTrope all over the place]] in ''FanFic/ForHisOwnSake'':
** 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 [[EntitledBastard just keep doing everything for them]].
** Naru and Mokoto call Shinobu ungrateful and a FairWeatherFriend after she [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech 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 [[MegatonPunch attacks Chizuka's]] ''husband'' [[UnprovokedPervertPayback 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 BreakingSpeech that leaves her in tears.
* What we're meant to think of Ace Ray from ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'' 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 ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1316095/1/A-Little-Walk A Little Walk]]'', Joram the JerkAss 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 [[NeverMyFault blames Frodo for what happened]], and tries to kill him by poisoning him.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act VI'': In chapter 42, Mizore saves Arial from being killed by an enraged Kokoa, who has unleashed her [[ManOnFire 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 ''FanFic/OriginStory'', the UngratefulBastard 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.
* ''FanFic/BartSimpsonAttorneyAtLaw'': Mr. Burns, now in his ''130s'' and more irascible refuses to donate blood to Bart after [[spoiler: he is severely wounded by [[{{Slimeball}} Jeremy]], and the donation would be the only thing that can save him]], despite Bart saving his [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E22BloodFeud life years ago]]. He only agrees after [[BigSisterInstinct Lisa]] castigates Burns for his selfishness, but even afterward, he still tries to make life for the Simpson's miserable after [[spoiler: Bart beats him in a trial, and then tries to kill him when he fails to intimidate him]].
* In ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds'', 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.
* ''Fanfic/SuddenContact'': 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.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Gaston, from Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', 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 it's still pretty bastardly. [[KarmicDeath It was also the very last act he ever committed.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''
** Superheroes go into hiding to escape being sued by the people they saved.
** Buddy Pine was an extremely devout fan of Mr. Incredible [[StopHelpingMe 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.
* ''Disney/{{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 ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', 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 relative safety and... immediately tries to kill the heroes. ''Relative'' was [[DraggedOffToHell the]] [[KarmicDeath key]] [[DisneyVillainDeath word]].
* Cera in the first ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' movie. Littlefoot's mother saves her and Littlefoot from being eaten by Sharptooth. Even after this she ''[[{{Jerkass}} remains]]'' racist against "longnecks", even going so far as to call Littlefoot's mother stupid.
* [[TheHero Woody]] has his moment in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''. 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 [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory 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.
* Amos Slade in ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' is bent on shooting Tod, even after the fox [[spoiler:saves him and Copper from a bear]]. He backs down and lets Tod go after Copper gives him a HeelRealization.
* [[spoiler:[[SouthernGentleman Lotso]]]] in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. [[spoiler:Woody and [[TheLancer 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.]]
* Stoick the Vast in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' could count as this when he finally finds out about Hiccup and Toothless. [[spoiler: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 [[IHaveNoSon 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 MyGodWhatHaveIDone in every conceivable way, [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:Drago and his Bewilderbeest]] make landfall on Berk, the people cheer at the sight of Hiccup and Toothless flying in to battle them.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess 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 ''Disney/TheLionKing'', 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 [[IronicEcho "run away and never return"]], but Scar responds by throwing burning embers into Simba's face and attacking him while he is blinded. [[spoiler:He doesn't survive after his fight with Simba, though thanks to his blame on them, [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork it takes the hyenas to finally finish him.]]]]
* After saving a man's life in ''Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld'', 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 ''Disney/{{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 BrokenBird she is for most of the film.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' 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).
* Lieutenant Dan subverts this in ''Film/ForrestGump''. Initially he is not only ungrateful, [[UnwantedRescue 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 ''Film/TheDictator'', 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.
* In ''Film/{{The Phantom|1996}}'', TheDragon 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.
* In ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', "Steamboat Willie" is spared by the platoon... only to rejoin the German forces and [[spoiler:help kill the main character, Miller. No wonder shortly after he surrenders [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene he gets shot]]. By the same guy who argued with the squad that he should be let go, in fact]].
* In ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', 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 [[TooDumbToLive 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.
* ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'':
** Subverted in the finale of the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' 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, [[BrooklynRage 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 ShoutOut 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 ''Film/SpiderMan2'', 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.
* Happens in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' and ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', 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 an nice guy.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Anakin Skywalker himself from the prequel trilogy '''enjoys''' living this trope. He definitely qualifies during ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', 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 [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality whatever]] [[TheUnfairSex reason]], it's PlayedForLaughs. [[JerkassHasAPoint Rescues are kind of pointless when everyone just gets killed on the way out.]]
** The Jedi in general count too. Oh hey look, here's this nice woman who let her son come and join us. If it wasn't for her, we wouldn't have the Chosen One in our order...What's that? She's still a slave? Oh never mind. We'll just let her suffer in slavery and then get raped and murdered by savages. This also applies on a broader scale, what with the typical treatment of families who give up their ''children'' to the Order. Like the above examples, the Jedi really had their extermination coming.
* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'' a younger Clark saving a school bus full of children from drowning is met with much fear and hatred from the townspeople. Subverted by [[spoiler:Pete, who rats Clark out to his mother, who in turn confronts the Kents; but he seems to do so out of a sense of awe and appreciation, and is visibly sheepish about it. He later is not only nicer to Clark but doesn't reveal his identity when Zod calls on Earth to do so]].
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Pyro towards Professor X in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. This doesn't sit well with Magneto.
-->'''Pyro:''' [[spoiler:I would've killed]] the professor if you had given me the chance.
-->'''Magneto:''' Charles Xavier did more for mutants than you'll ever know. [[spoiler:[[AntagonistInMourning My single greatest regret is that that he had to die for our dream to live]]]].
** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', minutes after [[spoiler:the mutants single-handedly prevent World War III, the military tries to kill them since they were deemed too dangerous]].
** ''Film/TheWolverine'':
*** Mostly played straight with Ichiro Yashida towards Wolverine. He wanted to [[spoiler:acquire Wolverine's HealingFactor to achieve eternal youth, but he claims that it's for Logan's own good since that what he (Logan) [[DeathSeeker 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.
* In ''Film/LordOfIllusions'', 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.
* In ''Film/ProjectX'', 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 [[GroinAttack punch him in the nuts]].
* In the first ''Film/{{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 ''Film/DraculaUntold'', 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. [[ShamingTheMob 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. [[PapaWolf They forgot whose boy that was]].
* The two rats in ''Film/DrDolittle'' are explicitly not grateful to the good doctor after he saves one of them.
--> "You want gratitude? Get a hamster!"
* In ''Film/ExMachina'', [[spoiler:even though Caleb helped her escape, Ava left him to die of starvation in the facility]].
* In ''Film/TheDeparted'', when [[spoiler:Barrigan saves Sullivan from being arrested]] the very next thing he does is shoot his rescuer in the head.

* 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 "[[ComedicSociopathy 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.

* Lampshaded in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': 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 SeriousBusiness, and other characters point out she's being an ungrateful bastard. Her sister Ren [[spoiler: 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 ''Literature/{{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 KlingonPromotion. [[spoiler: 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 [[spoiler: 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 [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse 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, [[spoiler:Kyp Durron]] conquered his inner demons in the end, but [[spoiler:announcing his investiture]] gave the pro-Order-66 crowd a huge propaganda victory.
* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/ToRidePegasus'', 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 ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan''. 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.
* ''Literature/JenniferTheJerkIsMissing''. 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 ''Literature/HartsHope'', so much so that [[spoiler: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 BigBad, Beauty, when she was a child. So once [[spoiler: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 Creator/RobertEHoward's ''The Pool of the Black Ones'', Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian 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 Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene 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. [[spoiler: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 LastRequest.]]
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Brokenstar plots with [[spoiler: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 [[AgonyOfTheFeet 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.
* No matter how many times Literature/HarryPotter 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 ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix 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. [[spoiler: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).]]
** Then again Harry's animosity has much 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.
** 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.
* Chickenhound [[spoiler:later known as Slagar the Cruel]] in ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', who crosses the MoralEventHorizon by stealing from the Redwallers and killing Methuselah even after they nurse him back to health.
* Anyone who has read Creator/StephenKing'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!
* ''Literature/{{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 ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'' that there was some talk of building a statue of Rincewind after he saved the world from the Dungeon Dimensions (again) in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', but as the wizards became more determined to [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain 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 ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' 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.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: 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 NoHoldsBarredBeatdown 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 ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', new recruit and SixthRanger 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 [[AlienAmongUs Ax]]'s case, for ''chopping off his dad's finger'').
* In ''Literature/TheAmazingDaysOfAbbyHayes'' book ''The Best Is Yet To Come,'' when an old friend of Abby's mother named [[GranolaGirl Laurie]] comes over to visit for the summer along with her daughter, [[BrattyHalfPint 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 all (Laurie is a wealthy musician and could ''easily'' pay Abby what she owed her with more than enough money to spare) because she [[FelonyMisdemeanor 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 ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFireHouseLannister Jaime Lannister]] is reviled by the realm for his betrayal of the [[Characters/ASongOfIceAndFireHouseTargaryen 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 [[spoiler:engulf King's Landing in [[GreekFire 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 [[spoiler:murdering Joffrey]] has him do this inwardly when the court is unabashedly a KangarooCourt 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 TheCavalry to come riding in, but TheCavalry got all of the glory and Tyrion got nothing but the loss of half of his nose.
* In ''Literature/{{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 later ditch her completely in favor of the Marthas ("Look, you can't eat lunch with me anymore. I'm sorry. Oh, and don't eat those potato chips. They'll make you break out.") She pays dearly for it later.
* The short story ''[[Creator/GuyDeMaupassant Boule De Suif]]'' follows a group of French residents fleeing to Le Havre. The title character, Elisabeth Rousset, [[BigBeautifulWoman 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 ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' 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 ''Literature/GulliversTravels''. 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 [[ThouShaltNotKill 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 Literature/HonorHarrington 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 ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. 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)!
* ''Literature/KindlingAshes'': 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.
* ''Literature/TheJungleBook'':
** 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.
* Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli makes an argument ''in favor'' of "ingratitude" in his ''Literature/DiscoursesOnLivy''--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 [[IDidWhatIHadToDo went to possibly necessary extremes to protect or preserve Rome and its constitution]], [[WhatTheHellHero 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Jack Bauer in ''Series/TwentyFour'' has personally saved the USA government officials from [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:captured by Chinese agents who tortured him for almost two years for information (that he never gave.)]] Also, most of ''24'' consists of [[ObstructiveBureaucrat 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.
* In ''Series/CrossingJordan'' 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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E3FullCircle 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 "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E2TheMindOfEvil The Mind of Evil]]", the Doctor is nearly {{Mind Rape}}d 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.
* In ''Series/TheEscapeArtist'', 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 [[spoiler: 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 OffOnATechnicality), 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 ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'', 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 [[ManipulativeBastard 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.
* ''Series/TheJeffersons'': 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 TheKlan, 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.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': 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 ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had Superman facing a [[FrivolousLawsuit 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 history of suing people at the slightest provocation.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}''
** 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.
* ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''
** Sophia from the episode, "The Gates of Avalon". As one of TheFairFolk 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 [[spoiler:tells a dying Arthur his secret. At first, Arthur feels angry and betrayed and tells Merlin to get away from him. Then [[FridgeLogic 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. [[Heartwarming/{{Merlin|2008}} Thank you]].
* In ''Series/{{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.
* Elliot of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' 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 [[TheMentor Dr. Cox]] supported and helped JD out a lot than any of the other interns/residents.
** Dr. Kelso was one as well, treating [[TheChewToy Ted]], the hospital's lawyer, as his personal assistant and making him do degrading tasks. When Kelso finally retires in season 8, he finally [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8kNoIav-vk 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.
* Played straight and averted in ''Series/StargateSG1.'' 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 [[EvenEvilHasStandards 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 ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' 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 WhatTheHellHero-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).
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': {{Discussed|Trope}} by [[ItMakesSenseInContext Bobby when speaking to his younger self]], who had just killed his father, a DomesticAbuser. His mother tells him [[ThouShaltNotKill "God is going to punish [him]".]]
-->"This is where you learn they pretty much never say thanks when you save 'em".
* As shown on the quotes page, in the ''Series/{{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.
* Ingrid in ''Series/YoungDracula'', especially in season three. She's trying to distract [[spoiler: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.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' season 3: Lilah fights tooth and nail to free [[StrawMisogynist Billy Blim]] from a PrisonDimension, going so far as to [[ColdBloodedTorture torture Cordelia]] to {{blackmail}} Angel into breaking him out for her. How does Billy repay her for it? He thanks Gavin, her [[TheRival rival]], instead and [[HatePlague induces]] him into beating the ever-loving shit out of Lilah while he walks away with a PsychoticSmirk.
* After ''Series/BlackJesus'' 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 [[spoiler:gets the city to serve the group's garden an eviction notice]].
* Despite being the self-professed model of the ProudWarriorRaceGuy with the obsession for HonorBeforeReason, the Klingons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' 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 [[CoolSword Sword of Kahless]], even taunting Worf for having spared his life. Honorless ''[[PardonMyKlingon petaQ]]''.
** [[ItsAllAboutMe Chancellor Gowron]] owes his position to TheFederation--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. So what happens when the Federation opposes his invasion of Cardassia? He withdraws from the Khitomer Accords and declares war on his former allies.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' 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 [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere warping away]]. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Archer himself: "Remind me to stop trying to help people."
** Lampshaded by Archer again during a conversation with [[WorthyOpponent 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 [[EnemyMine 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.
* In ''Series/TheWrongMans'', 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 [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike sending those "dickheads" to do the job]]. She then realises [[spoiler:that he's sold a box of vital information and beats him to death, albeit accidentally]].
* Chuck [=McGill=] from ''Series/BetterCallSaul''. 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? [[spoiler: 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 NiceGuy 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.
* In ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'', it was revealed in his BackStory 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. [[spoiler:This lead to Ferricks' transformation into Frax and his StartOfDarkness]].
* During Finn's backstory in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM,'' 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.
* ''Series/{{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 ''ImagineSpot'' 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

* The captain of the ''[[Literature/ChildBallads 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, [[MoralEventHorizon refusing even to pull him back on board]]. Some versions have the kid surviving, most not.

[[folder: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.

[[folder: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 Myth/ClassicalMythology, 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, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge they paid dearly for it]], with Jason's punishment being so bad that [[EvenEvilHasStandards 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]] [[CruelMercy letting him live with it]].

* From ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', the Cowardly Lion's reason for joining the [[TorchesAndPitchforks witch-hunting mob]]:
-->'''Tin Man:''' And the lion also has a grievance to repay, if she'd let him fight his own battles when he was young he wouldn't be a coward today!
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': Cyrano lampshades, invokes and tragically averts this trope as the supreme aspiration in his work: [[FreudianExcuse After being bullied all his life]], Cyrano distrust everyone who claims to help him, and coldly reject any intent of [[FalseFriend friendship]] or [[DontYouDarePityMe any help from a powerful person (De Guiche and Cardenal Richelieu at Act II Scene VI]]). He does not suspect that Christian will help him in his love life, and that averting this trope will be [[{{Tragedy}} his downfall]]. Lampshaded in Act II Scene VIII.
-->'''Cyrano:''' ...\\
... And then, if glory come by chance your way,\\
To pay no tribute unto Caesar, none,\\
But keep the merit all your own! ...

[[folder:Video Games]]
* At one point in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', the player is given the choice whether or not to rescue ThoseTwoBadGuys 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, [[GenreSavvy explains that he's only doing it]] ''to'' piss them off.
* Good god, ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave''. 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.
* [[spoiler:Kohaku]] from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' is a rare somewhat-justified example of this trope. [[spoiler: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 ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. [[TheFarmerAndTheViper 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 ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. 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 wrong doing 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.
* [[spoiler:Scott Shelby a.k.a The Origami Killer]] from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' can be this in one of the scenarios played out. [[spoiler: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 ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder''. 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. As PawDugan put it in his LetsPlay, "YOU'RE WELCOME, YOU UNGRATEFUL '''''BIIIIIIIITCH!!'''''"
** The BrattyTeenageDaughter Lady Celeste in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow''. After all the time it took Alexander to save her from the Minotaur, too.
* ''VideoGame/{{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 PlayableEpilogue DLC, this hasn't come to pass. [[NotSoDifferent So much for being better than her dad.]]
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'': Colonel Cassandra Moore. When she asks you to [[spoiler: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 GeneralRipper, considering that, in addition to the Brotherhood, she wants to kill The Kings, the Great Khans and Mister House. [[TooDumbToLive Did she ever stop to wonder if it was reasonable to ask one person to wipe out four major factions and weather 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 WordOfGod confirms she's only motivated to get rid of my by personal vendettas. And again, she claims they're a big enough threat that they need to be take care of... But 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 [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure 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 [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: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. [[spoiler: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... [[BadassGrandpa though without as much success]].
* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'', [[spoiler: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 [[NiceJobBreakingItHero events]] of your last visit. Thankfully, the recently awakened king sets them straight before things can get hairy]].
* At the end of ''Videogame/CrashTwinsanity'' Dr. Neo Cortex [[spoiler:learned from his mistake and goes back to being Crash's arch rival]].
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** 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 [[DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks tells Phoenix she should watch what she says in court]]. This is ultimately subverted when it is revealed that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold 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 [[spoiler:she thought the continued defense would implicate her sister Ema]].
** Wocky Kitaki from ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. After Apollo proves him innocent he throws a fit, screaming his head off and threatening Apollo because [[spoiler:his girlfriend Alita turned out to be the real murderer and framed him for the crime]].
*** {{Justified|Trope}} somewhat because he's a hormonal teenager with a [[JerkassFacade tough guy persona]] (though a 19-year-old should probably know better).
* Knight Commander Meredith in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. 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 [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins 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 ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'''s ''Trespasser'' DLC. Despite preventing TheEndoftheWorldAsWeKnowIt and helping out their monarchs personally [[spoiler: 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. And whenever the Inquisitor brings up that they [[LampshadeHanging killed the Big Bad]], they simply say "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. 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 ''Franchise/MassEffect'' 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 position 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 ExactWords 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 ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' if you sacrificed the ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' 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 councils seat in the first game, he will still go against everything that you do in the second game.
* The [[PhysicalGod Demiurge]] in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''. After a [[ThatOneBoss 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 ''[[KnightTemplar not believing in its ideals]]''. The option of shoving it [[SealedEvilInACan 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 ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'', it is possible to ride to the rescue of some harassed ship only to have it jump away without offering anything as thanks.
* ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' 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 CreatorsPet 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 ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''. [[spoiler:It's because of Yuuya that Sakuya is alive and was raised as a noble.]] TheReveal in BBL, coupled with [[spoiler:Yuuya's HeroicSacrifice]], sends him into a HeroicBSOD 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 [[PlayerPunch (at the player's expense)]] in ''VideoGame/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, [[TwentyBearAsses 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 [[spoiler: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. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it, completionist]].
* Falco Lombardi from the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series is such a cocky hotshot that he not only complains when you KillSteal from him, he makes snide remarks when you shoot enemies that are ''attacking him.''
--> [[SarcasmMode "Gee, I've been saved by Fox. How swell."]]
* In ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'', 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 '[[BlatantLies they stink like echidnas do]]'.
* Bandages and medicine are worth their weight in gold in ''VideoGame/ThisWarOfMine''. 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...
* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'': [[spoiler: 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.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/BadMachinery'' 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 ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'', [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue4PAGES/ib079.html apparently the appropriate response to help is to arrest Roan]]. (Then [[WhoWillBellTheCat someone would actually have to arrest him.]]) [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter005/ib026.html A fact deeply according with the past of his people.]]
* ''Webcomic/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". [[http://www.meatshield.net/archive/jaine-lays-down-the-law/ Jaine's response sums it up best.]]
* ''Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil'': [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch02-pg20/ Loki's interpretation.]]
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', neither of the two fairies shows Annie or Kat any gratitude or even courtesy for helping them reconcile.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the AuthorAvatar saves [[spoiler:Spades Slick]] from fatal wounds and the death of his universe, and nurses him back to health. How is said AuthorAvatar thanked? Multiple stab wounds and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking stubborn refusal to drink his fresh Butler-milk]].
** Vriska thinks all of her friends are like this. The reality is, [[ObliviouslyEvil her method of "helping" people would leave anyone a bit bitter]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}''
** Rhe bride orders Maid Maleen [[BrideAndSwitch to take her place at the ceremony]] under threat of death, and Maid Maleen returns as soon as the ceremony is done. [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/maidmaleen-25/#.T298etm6SuI The bride snaps at her.]]
** The dwarf in ''Rose Red and Snow White'' -- griping about his beard when they saved his life.
* The entire elf race in ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' -- 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 ''WebComic/TwoKinds'' is completely ungrateful to Raine for helping save her life from an assassin's poison after it's revealed that Raine [[spoiler: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."

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* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Bartémulius and Nostariat, the recurring Insufferable Genius Quest Giver pair. In addition to [[EntitledBastard 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.
* ''LetsPlay/TacoMan Plays VideoGame/{{Zelda II|The Adventure of Link}}'' 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!"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Zuko was an Ungrateful Bastard pre-CharacterDevelopment. 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 "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderZukoAlone Zuko Alone]]". He comes into an Earth Kingdom town as TheDrifter, stands up to the bullying soldiers oppressing them, and saves the kid who [[HeroWorshipper 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 [[BigBrotherInstinct Sokka to step in]] and [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': 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 ([[TooDumbToLive 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 ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' 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 [[RedShirtArmy 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 MirrorUniverse 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. [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure 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 [[GatlingGood Gatling fire]].
* Good guys even show signs of this on occasion, like Robin did in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "[[Recap/TeenTitansS2E9WinnerTakeAll 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 NotJustATournament so you could say he was just being competitive.
* The FOX 90s ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries''. In one episode, this is subverted. At the end of the episode, after a plot that Comicbook/NickFury 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'', 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 [[YouCanSeeMe 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 ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' saves her once and she kisses HIM! Link is justifiably ticked off throughout the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** This trope was the whole reason Mona Simpson was always on the run from the law. 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
** 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. [[spoiler:Bob won the election [[CorruptPolitician after rigging the votes]], even though [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat he would have won legally since he got 100% of the vote.]] ]]
** In the episode "On A Clear Day I Can't See My Sister", after Bart plays some pranks on Lisa, she serves Bart with a [[DisproportionateRetribution restraining order]] and using it to bully him. Eventually forcing him to eat his lunch outside in the rain, be taught by Groundskeeper Willie in a tool shed, and sleep on the edge of the property. At one point Lisa says if she can remember three moments where Bart was nice to her, she'll lift the restraining order. She thinks as hard as she can, and can only come up with two, both of which only came from that episode. The problem is most fans could name three off the top of their head ([[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E1StarkRavingDad Lisa It's Your Birthday]], [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E8LisaOnIce the Hockey episode]], and [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E22RoundSpringfield buying Bleeding Gums Murphy's record for her]]); the episode "Separate Vocations" shows us that Lisa wouldn’t even be going to school if it wasn’t for Bart. Possibly justified, due to the poor continuity of the Simpsons.
** 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. [[BullyingTheDragon It's not too surprising when Flanders evicts them.]]
* Dan from ''WesternAnimation/DanVs''.
** 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 [[{{Jerkass}} somewhat more understandable]].
* Benson and Ticket Guy from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
** The Astronaughts as well. When Rigby points out they saved the city, their only response is to [[ItMakesSenseInContext 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"
--> '''Doug:''' ''[[VillainHasAPoint ...A guy like me, doesn’t have a lot to be thankful, but you, you got friends, a job, a nice work bed. You’ve got a good thing going here, never forget that]]''.
--> '''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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}'' is the pickiest bastard in the show.
* Gargamel the wizard in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''. Despite many a SaveTheVillain 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 [[SelfservingMemory 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', Jenny is kicked out of a popular teen hangout because [[BadBoss Mezmer]], the owner, [[FantasticRacism 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'': Soon after Penelope saved the Hooded Claw and brought up the ThinkNothingOfIt trope, he abducted her again.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Silas' subordinates save him from certain death [[spoiler: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.
* In the episode "Babel" of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'', the Turtles are being badmouthed on air by a {{Jerkass}} talk show host which has been doing well at turning the [[HeroWithBadPublicity 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 [[BadlyBatteredBabysitter Buttons]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** [=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 PoorCommunicationKills 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 [[DraggedOffToHell 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 hates [=SpongeBob=] with a passion, is absolutely ''disgusted'' with Krabs and chews him out for it, outright telling him that he should be ashamed of himself.
* Eustace Bagge from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' certainly qualifies. Courage has saved this guy's life many times, and Eustace refuses to pay the dog any respect and show some gratitude.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' would have these:
** ''Dawn Of The Eds'': Ed saves [[JerkJock Kevin]] from the [[AbhorrentAdmirer Kankers]], Kevin doesn't thank him and proceeds to call him ''space dork''.
** ''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 does everything Kevin tells him to do to prevent him from telling everyone his middle name. Kevin proceeds to tell everyone his middle name anyway. Double D tries to console Eddy when Kevin exposes his EmbarrassingMiddleName, Eddy thanks him by doing the exact same thing that Kevin did, except replace Kevin with Eddy and Eddy with Double D.
** ''If it Smells Like An Ed'': Jimmy offers Eddy friendship, Eddy pulls down the former's pants.
** [[EnfanteTerrible Sarah]], even when Ed protects her, she still treats him like shit.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In the episode "Boast Busters", [[SmallNameBigEgo "The Great and Powerful"]] [[JerkAss Trixie]] claims to be able to defeat an [[EldritchAbomination Ursa Major]]. However, when an actual Ursa shows up, exposing Trixie's lies, {{T|he Hero}}wilight [[BadassBookworm 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 [[LeeroyJenkins Rainbow Dash]].
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' titled "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 [[StopHelpingMe (rather bluntly) tell him to leave them alone]]. Hurt, Billy teams up with the rest of the Ganggreen Gang to lure them into a trap, but he ultimately can't go through with it since [[IOweYouMyLife 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''
** 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' actually has this kickstart the plot of an episode. 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), ContrivedCoincidence (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 ButtMonkey status (it's later found out in the plot that if he were never born ''everyone he knows would be more successful.'')
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'':
** 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 JerkassHasAPoint 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. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:the Colossus exploding]], Kuvira throws a rock at her face and tries to kill her again with [[spoiler:the detached superweapon.]] [[spoiler:When Korra tanks a shot and saves her again, Kuvira is more willing to listen to reason, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood if a bit incredulous as to why Korra would save her again]], and stands down]].
* Evil-Lyn in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002''. He-Man saves her from becoming a HumanSacrifice, and she doesn't even say "thank you". (To his credit, He-Man did say beforehand, "I'm probably going to regret this...")
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': 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.
* The Northwest Family in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' were cursed and possibly damned to an IronicHell because of this; 150 years prior to "Northwest Mansion Noir", they had asked local lumberjacks and laborers to build their mansion in exchange for a yearly party between the lower and upper classes. The mansion apparently takes years to complete, with several workers dying due to the unstable working conditions. And when the workers finish and ask for their reward, the Northwests laughed at them and shut them out of the party. It took a repentant Pacifica to undo the damage and it'll be her alone to enter the divine gates.
** Grunkle Stan accuses [[spoiler: his twin brother]] of this. [[spoiler: 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, which was originally his brother's home, and move out.]] The lack of gratitude is understandable because [[spoiler: 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]].
* The titular WesternAnimation/{{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 ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', Ahsoka saves Captain Tarkin, Darth Vader's future [[TheDragon Dragon]], from a dangerous [[TheAlcatraz 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''.