“People avenge themselves for the favors done them.”
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night
Athena: Thank you, sir. I owe you one.
Adama: You and a lot of other people owe me one, but you know what? Very few of 'em ever pay it back. Especially the ones that owe you their lives.
—Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined), "Daybreak"
Jade: I didn't need your help.
Tori: She would've EATEN you!
Jade: ... She wouldn't have liked it.
— Victorious, Locked Up!
Grrrrrrrr... Ungrateful... grrrrrr...
Guybrush Threepwood, Escape from Monkey Island
Tony Stark: Thank you, Maria. Thank you for staying with me. You saved my life.
Maria Hill: This doesn't change anything. Registration is going to happen.
Tony Stark: (sigh) This was the part where you were supposed to thank me for saving your life.
—The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Alone Against AIM
Mom: ...is Anora betraying me?
Reg: Yep. Blew that one.
Mom: Wha—I saved her ass.
"The crowd rolled up to see the "terrorist" arrive and free their loved ones. But that wasn't good enough for them. I risked my life to save their families, and they want to stone me in return!? Ungrateful bastards!"'
— Cole Mc Grath, inFamous when you complete the train mission on the Evil path. On the good path, the citizens are grateful.
Kagome: If there's a person right there who I can save and I'm told she can only be saved by me, of course I'll choose to save her!
Kikyo: Then I won't thank you, since you made the choice.
Kagome: (thinking) Whaddaya mean you won't thank me?!
—''InuYasha episode 151
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
"Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs."
"I took the train to Los Angeles in order to see to my film version of Billy the Kid, which Paul Newman and I had set up at Warner Bros. Paul and I had selected a television producer in need of a job to oversee the production. Immediately, our employee replaced our original director with his own, who in turn brought in a friend to "improve" the script of what was supposedly my film. Paul, no tower of strength in these matters, allowed the hijacking to take place. The result was The Left Handed Gun, a film that only somebody French could like."
"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?"
"[Bill] Finger, the co-creator of Batman, died in obscurity without ever getting to claim his creation. Even today, you could read Batman comics for years and never see his name. To be fair to everyone involved, I want to stress that this is in no way the fault of DC Comics. I’m pretty sure that everyone working over there would be more than happy to give Finger the credit he deserves, but thanks to [Bob] Kane’s contract that specified that he would be credited as the sole creator of Batman until the end of time, they can’t. And the main reason for that, judging by reports from most of the people concerned, is that Finger was a great writer but an awful businessman, and Kane was a moderately talented artist who happened to be an evil genius... Finally, in 1998, when Kane died, he did finally credit a co-creator, and he even did it on his actual tombstone. According to Bob Kane he did have a collaborator on Batman: God Himself."
—Chirs Sims, "Bob Kane is Just the Worst"
"In 2008, after nearly 40 years in the band, Jon Anderson, lead singer of Yes, suffered an asthma attack requiring hospitalization. Doctors diagnosed Anderson with severe respiratory failure and recommended that he rest for at least six months. Faced with the serious illness of their collaborator and friend of four decades, the other members of the band were left with no choice but to tell Anderson to fuck off while they hit the road with some putz they picked up from a Yes tribute band."
"I saved you. I saved this city and all your worthless lives! I should have let Stannis kill you all."
— Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones