->''"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. Nothing says better that someone is an irredeemable scumbag, more than treating the (often unwarranted) mercy and kindness as nothing or even worse as a weakness to be exploited.

This is true even if it's a forced 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, and ''definitely'' IOweYouMyLife. Probably not related to the Film/{{inglourious|Basterds}} kind. See also EntitledBastard.


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