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  • Issa in Angry Women and Love Bites is furious at the idea of Gyokuro seeing another man behind his back, ignoring that not only are they not married, but he's married to another woman and had a child with another woman while actively courting Gyokuro, all while basically ignoring Gyokuro for the last several years.
  • Avenger of Steel;
    • This trope sums up Lorelei’s attitude precisely when she comes to Earth; as far as she’s concerned, everyone else should be worshipping her and that’s it.
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    • Later on, the Beast of the Hand demonstrates a warped version of this; it's willing to provoke the destruction of this universe just so that it can feed on the despair of that destruction in the moments before it dies.
  • Robin calls Sasuke out on this in the DC/Naruto crossover Connecting the Dots while taunting him. When Sasuke drops into a rant about how "No one knows my pain." and losing his clan, Robin shuts him up by pointing out that in the DC universe, that is considered getting off lucky.
    Sasuke: "Oh? And what about losing your entire clan? Do you know what that is like?"
    Robin: "No." (shrugs) "Do you know what it's like to lose your entire planet? Your entire species? Neither do I, but I know plenty who have, and none of them are as big a loser as you are." (laughs). "So you've lost a lot. But have you ever sacrificed something? Or do you just think you deserve everything outright? Cause seriously? That's like a little baby whining for toys he can't have."
  • Contact at Kobol;
    • The definition of Admiral Helena Cain’s attitude. When her actions result in a fight between the Tau’ri and the Colonial fleet because she assumed they were Cylons breaking the treaty and reacted accordingly, Cain goes out of her way to present a scenario where her actions are ‘justified’ under Colonial law so that the Tau’ri are punished for the resulting deaths while she is spared punishment (albeit presenting it as wanting justice for the Colonial soldiers who died in the fight), when she could have simply acknowledged it was just a tragic accident, accepted a personal punishment and let the whole thing go.
    • To a degree, this is part of the problem in trying to make the Twelve Colonies aware of the wider universe; religion is so important to them that many of their people find it hard to accept that aliens are real when their holy writings state that humanity was given the stars by the Lords of Kobol. They can only ‘reconcile’ it with their existing beliefs by convincing themselves that they have a Gods-given right to rule the aliens, even the more advanced Nox.
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  • While being held hostage by Dante in Dante's Night at Freddy's, The Marionette attempts to garner his sympathy by explaining his backstory, being a child who was killed outside Fredbear's Diner and recruiting the spirits of his fellow murdered children to gain revenge. Instead, this just pisses Dante off more, since he points out that the other children weren't given a choice in the matter and are being held, against their will, as tools for Marionette's vengeance against a man they may never encounter again.
  • Equestria Girls: Friendship Souls:
    • Grogar says he's trying to master Equestrian magic to both improve the Hollow condition and benefit himself...then immediately admits he's completely doing it for his own benefit with the Hollow condition being a mere afterthought. He repeatedly states that it is his ambition and destiny to be the one to guide Hollowkind to true evolutionary perfection, and he seethes at the fact he still has to rely on Tirek and Chrysalis' favor.
    • Guto wants to be seen as the Arrancar that successfully conquers the Quincy and Soul Reapers and will take any opportunity to make a move he believes will advance his position. He drills obedience into his horde and pushes them in their training because he views their performance as a reflection of his own ability. Gilda even admits to Fluttershy she realized a long time ago that Guto has only ever cared about his glory and power with anyone else as just a stepping stone.
    • The Storm King, naturally. He's the one who stabs Tempest in the back when she's the one trying to find a compromise between Monster X's group and him, absorbs the entire Hollow army for a power up to selfishly take down Tirek and kill those against him, an he has the audacity to suggest he's the one wronged.
  • In An Extraordinary Journey, this sums up the Scoobies' initial 'justification' for their treatment of Willow when she returns to Sunnydale after officially joining the SGC; when the Scoobies' telepaths can't read Willow's mind and their hackers can't access her classified record, Buffy becomes convinced that Willow's new assignment is something to do with the supernatural and attempts everything up to outright torture to get Willow to tell them about her new job, including a truth spell so powerful that Willow only stops herself talking by using her telekinesis to sever her own vocal chords.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters:
    • Phobos is very clear on the fact that as long as he rules, he doesn't care if all of Meridian suffers. Even before Wong's first failure, he was silently considering taking his dark chi magic for himself after gaining the Heart of Meridian, just because he could.
    • Though not to the same extent as her brother, Elyon shows that she's more concerned about gaining her own happiness than anything else.
  • In the Harry Potter/Stargate Atlantis/Torchwood crossover Harry Potter and the Ancient's Bane, not only does Lily Potter become caught up in the idea of her 'status' as the mother of the Chosen One, but her elder son Thomas has an inflated opinion of himself despite being an academically average student who indirectly causes Hermione's death in first year and bribes his way onto the Quidditch team even though he isn't very good. After Lily's attempt to steal the prophecy confirms that Thomas isn't the Chosen One, Dumbledore tries to get control of Harry (who has been presumed dead for years), but by that point James Potter has already found Harry (now living under the alias of Jason Sheppard in the custody of his brother John) and begun giving him independent training in magic, subverting all of Dumbledore's attempts to control him.
  • Anakin Skywalker is a downplayed example in I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. While he's genuinely upset for Ahsoka that she was put through a sham trial and decided to leave the Jedi Order rather than become a Knight, a significant amount of his anger is because Ahsoka leaving means he didn't get promoted to Jedi Master, which would've made him one of the youngest in history.
  • In the Infinity Crisis spin-off Distant Cousins, Lex Luthor demonstrates his usual arrogance when he makes plans to unleash Doomsday, a creature that even General Zod believed was too dangerous and unpredictable to use against Superman, simply because Lex believes that he will be able to control it.
  • Infinity Train: Blossomverse:
    • Infinity Train: Knight of the Orange Lily plays with this. Gladion insists that everything he did was for his sister's sake — that he did what was necessary to become strong enough to protect her from everything. However, his methods completely disregarded how Lillie felt about any of it, as he left her behind for years, keeping critical information from her and everybody else... and would have continued doing so had circumstances not forced the truth out. In the aftermath of it all, Lillie believes that much of her suffering could have been avoided if he'd been more honest, and resents him for leaving her behind and treating her like a helpless Damsel in Distress. For his part, Gladion dismisses her frustration as ingratitude, complaining about how she doesn't understand how much he suffered on his quest... while refusing to spare a single thought to how she felt all this time.
    • Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: Much like Gladion in Knight of the Orange Lily, Goh's desire to 'save' Chloe is Secretly Selfish — he wants everything to go back to normal for the sake of soothing his guilty conscience. What Chloe wants isn't a factor; when she tells him outright that she wants to be left alone, he completely ignores it in favor of pleading with her to come back.
      • Goh's also selfishly possessive of Ash, becoming incredibly upset after learning that he's started dating Trip... to the point that he considers telling Delia in hopes that she won't approve and will break them up.
      • Goh also reacts poorly to anyone showing concerns about anyone else who's potentially trapped on the Train, as he sees that as distracting from the matter of Chloe (and, by extension, solving his problems first, as Chloe matters more to him than anyone else).
      • As the second arc continues, Goh sees Chloe's Character Development as a threat to his cushy lifestyle, blaming her for everything that goes wrong — including when his parents punish him for trying to smear and ruin her reputation. Any pretense of wanting her back for her own sake or safety has evaporated, and he wants nothing more than to make her hurt and stamp her back down into place.
  • Buffy feels anything Xander does in Influenced Out of Normality is about her. Xander spends time with his girlfriend? He's snubbing her. Xander wears his letterman jacket to school? He's rubbing in her face that he's more popular than her. Xander opposes her having a relationship with Angel? He's clearly jealous rather than considering the very valid concern that she'll break the curse on Angel again and release Angelus a second time. To a lesser extant this applies to how she feels about others as well. When Cordelia forgets to inform her what day picture day is, Buffy believes Cordelia did it out of spite. At one point Xander wonders if she has a victim complex.
    • Buffy never bothers spending time with Faith and in fact demands to know why she's at the school prom when she's homeschooled (Cordelia got Faith a date) and generally just treats Faith like a sidekick. The only time Buffy shows real concern regarding Faith, it's because she wasn't consulted about where Faith should live, insisting she (Buffy) should decide because she's the Slayer, even when the other's point out that it has nothing to do with slaying.
  • Maxima from the side story to Mare of Steel that features her; she doesn't care that her hoarding of food is causing her subjects to starve, and she doesn't care if her chosen mate loves her back or not.
  • In Mass Effect: Human Revolution, Caim sees nothing wrong with inflicting suffering on others in order to save himself from his own.
  • In Through the Looking Glass, John Dadik, a double agent who helped the Alliance during the War, not only received enough money for his services to buy his own planet, but then went on to rename the planet after himself.
  • Phoebe in A Match Made In Frost seems incapable of viewing her triplet sister's relationship with Xander in any way but how it affects her. When Xander and Celeste have sex, she enjoys the psychic feedback she gets from it, but she grows irritable when they don't have sex again since she wants to experience the feedback more. When her schemes to make them horny fails, Phoebe decides to seduce Xander while pretending to be her sister, thinking she'll get some great sex out of it and maybe steal him away. After getting caught, she doesn't see anything wrong with what she did because she "didn't use her telepathy on Xander and never claimed to be his girlfriend Celeste". The fact she dressed and acted like Celeste to have sex with him doesn't seem to cross her mind, nor that she attempted to commit rape-by-fraud.
  • Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku! has Lexi Luthor, whose genius is only matched by her obsession with Japanese pop culture and her colossal ego, not unlike her infamous grandfather, Lex Luthor.
    Lexi: [bored and annoyed at a birthday party] I know the world doesn't revolve around me, but that doesn't mean we can't put effort into making it do so.
  • SAPR:
    • Sunset Shimmer, at least at first. She goes to Beacon explicitly to become famous, and has a distinctly selfish stance on how she interacts with the world. However, she does eventually grow to become an unselfish and self-sacrificing individual.
    • Amber turns out to be this after Sunset revives her, to the point where she doesn't feel comfortable unless everyone around her is willing to throw down their lives to protect her at the slightest provocation and holds her above every other person and thing in the world. Though in this case it's a direct result of her soul being torn apart when Cinder stole half of the Maiden power, and a memory of the uncorrupted Amber is nothing like that.



  • In Animorphs Redux, David is determined to continue his vendetta against the Animorphs for 'betraying' him, even though he's in a completely new timeline where the Animorphs hadn't actually done anything to him before David started attacking them.


  • In The Outbreak, Felicity using the ATOM suit to save Oliver wrecks the suit, leading to the Alpha and Omega virus being released. Not only is she more upset that Oliver dumped her for this than she is that people are dying because of her choices, but she's also upset that everyone else is more focused on saving as many lives as possible instead of her broken heart.
  • In These Foolish Things, Felicity sees nothing wrong with hacking Oliver's bank statements going back to his prom to try and identify any gifts he might have given Laurel so that she can ask for them back because she's fixated on the implications of Laurel keeping an old sweater Oliver gave her when she was cold on a past date. While Felicity might have reason to be awkward about her boyfriend working with his ex, she demonstrates a complete disregard for Oliver's privacy and a lack of faith in their relationship that leaves Laurel and Thea pointing out that she should have considered what she expected from the relationship if she was that insecure about it.
  • In What It Takes, while Felicity frames keeping Oliver from learning the truth about the situation in Starling as protecting him, he and Diggle conclude it was really about putting her relationship with him over everyone else, even as Damien Darhk takes control of the city and Laurel is forced on the run as her father exposes her identity.
  • In Wrong Road to the Right Place, even when Oliver confronts his mother about the families who’ll die in the Undertaking if it goes ahead, Moira continues to justify her reasons for going along with Malcolm by thinking about what she stands to lose by defying him rather than acknowledge what everyone else will lose if she does nothing.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

  • Foxfire: Hongqi. Hongqi is perfectly fine with dumping his Lower Ring mistress so he could marry a richer noblewoman. But he deliberately disfigures her so she wouldn't dare to move on from him. When he realizes his toddler-aged children could be a negative since he's marrying a teenage girl? Hongqi has his children murdered and deliberately murders them far away from his home so no one would know it was him.
  • In the fancomic How I Became Yours, Katara has a miscarriage. Traumatic and tragic, right? Except the thing that upsets her most (judging by what she emphasizes) is that it happened the day before her birthday. Topped off when, at the beginning of the story, Katara visits her baby's memorial on the anniversary of the miscarriage. She quickly jumps from mourning being unable to save her child to wangsting about how she can't confess her love to Zuko.
    • Zuko accuses Mai of this, but Mai's accusation toward him fits him better since he's the one who knocked Katara up, never mind the consequences it would have for the Fire Nation.
    • Sho, while retreating, declares he has a grudge against the protagonists because they drew his blood for the first time in a while instead of his sister Mai's death.

Battlestar Galactica (2003)

  • Did I Make the Most of Loving You?;
    • President Adar goes so far as to reflect that Roslin ‘makes’ him want her even though she’s never done anything to encourage his advances since her marriage to Adama.
    • Zarek’s only goal after his memory has been restored is to set up a situation where he can achieve power in the fleet, regardless of the fact that Adama and Roslin have already saved more lives than in the original course of events.



  • Darling In The Franxx Homecoming: In chapter 14, Mitsuru declares that Code 059 knows nothing of his reasons or how he feels and has never lost anything or been betrayed compared to him, despite knowing that Code 059 and Kyu lost their entire squad, who they considered family, to a Klaxosaur attack. Code 059 rightfully calls him out on it in a rage, snapping that he's lost more than Mitsuru can possibly imagine whereas Mitsuru himself has lost virtually nothing in comparison because he doesn't care about or love anyone other than himself.

Death Note

Doctor Who

  • In Fragments the 10th Doctor wishes he could die without regenerating so he could be the last Doctor, treating 11 as a villain just for being the next Doctor. For this he gets transported into the body of his clone and is able to be with Rose.
  • In Not Better, Just Different, Rose arranges for Martha to continue travelling with the Doctor rather than Donna so that the Doctor will avoid the circumstances that led to the creation of the Metacrisis and Donna having her memory of him wiped. However, once the Daleks' plans for the Reality Bomb are defeated, Rose immediately assumes that the Doctor will want to be with her as he doesn't 'need' Martha any more, rather than considering that the Doctor has just spent some time in a relationship with Martha in this timeline and may genuinely love her now; the Doctor later explicitly assures Rose that he did love her, but he's just moved on.

Fire Emblem Awakening

  • A complaint raised at Henry's behavior in the lost Future of Despair comic is how lots of his inner thoughts can be summarized as "me, me, me, ME", like his neglecting a baby Yarne and basically killing himself out there when his one year old son desperately needs him, all because he ~can't deal~ with Panne's death.


  • In "TO On the Streets", Judy forces a teenage Monica to leave the house and tells Jack and Ross that Monica ran away on her own. When Jack and Ross discover the truth a few years later, Judy protests that she did it so that they wouldn’t have to worry about coping with Monica’s issues and the family’s status could improve, but Jack and Ross reject the idea that Judy did this for anyone but herself.


  • Glee Reprise: Several members of the cast suffer from this, as they're very dramatic teens. Beth, Julian, and Aaliyah all compete pretty fiercely for the position of lead vocalist basically from the get-go. Episode 3 is even titled "All About Me".


  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon):
    • Vivienne Graham notes that Alan Jonah has indirectly caused millions or billions of people like him to suffer all because of his own personal loss. Jonah doesn't care much about his own soldiers' welfare when refusing to get them away from the decapitated Ghidorah head's psychic influence (this might be justified by his Sanity Slippage), and Viv and San tear into him for using Asher who was like a like a surrogate son to him as a meat-shield for the so-called greater good, yet being unwilling to risk his own life when Emma Russell held him at gunpoint. It also turns out Jonah was Playing with Syringes with Ghidorah's DNA and Viv and San's Healing Factor all because he thought he could use their regenerative abilities to bring back his dead daughter.
    • For anyone who hates Mark Russell in the MonsterVerse films, it can feel quite satisfying to watch Mariko call him out on how he acts like the world revolves around him and his issues alone and not those of everybody else who's also suffered whilst she's tearing into him with a "Reason You Suck" Speech.

Harry Potter

  • In The Ariana Black Series has the titular character, though the author denies it. When something happens, she is more concerned about herself. Especially noticeable at the very beginning of her fifth year, when Muggles are being killed and her main concern is that her headaches, caused by Voldemort using magic, are now annoyingly frequent. She is also the one who tells Ron and Harry to confess their feelings to Hermione and Ginny, respectively.
  • This is Harry's attitude in the The Darkness Series when Ron comes crying to him when he's banned from Quidditch because, boo hoo-it's not like Ron was there for him when Harry thought he was going to die in the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
  • In Hope Sibyl Trelawney plots to humiliate Harry because he "ruined her prophecy" by not dying.
  • Dumbledore has this attitude in Partially Kissed Hero:
    [Dumbledore] preferred not to share knowledge of any sort, as the more his ants knew, the more complicated they made things, and the more trouble they were to manipulate 'For The Greater Good.'
    He'd never quite completed that phrase out in public. People always imagined the tag line 'for the greater good of the world', or 'society in general', but every time he spoke it he completed it in the privacy of his own mind the way he actually meant it, 'for the greater good of Albus Dumbledore.'
    It really was only fair. To his mind, the rest of wizard-kind were nothing more than bugs, deserving of pity perhaps, for not being as magnificent as he, but certainly no empathy.
    • Harry himself also expresses this attitude, his goals amount to gather power, women and happiness for himself. In the case of women, he brainwashes them to be his sex slaves.
  • In My Brother, when Fudge learns of the existence of Emma Lily Potter, Harry's younger sister, after her Sorting, he immediately travels down to Hogwarts to learn the 'truth' about her as he doesn't believe that Harry Potter could have a sister. Even after sources ranging from Dumbledore to Bartemius Crouch and Amelia Bones affirm that Emma is real and there was just no reason to tell Fudge about her, Fudge continues to act as though keeping this secret from him was a personal attack on his status.
  • Fleur at least starts with this attitude in "Apex Predator", seeing nothing wrong with seducing boys she finds interesting and discarding them when they become emotionally needy. Even when she first becomes interested in Harry, she is only interested in him as a conquest rather than a true partner, appreciating that he has power and a willingness to help others while also being comparatively submissive, although at least a part of her cares for him as more than just a convenient lay.

How to Train Your Dragon

  • In The Blacksmith's Apprentice, Snotlout takes everything Hiccup does as acting Heir as an insult to himself.
    • Granted, Hiccup acted as Heir because Stoick recognised that Snotlout wasn’t ready to be publicly introduced to other tribes, but Snotlout was simply incapable of recognising that Hiccup’s priority was helping Berk rather than showing him up.
  • A Thing of Vikings;
    • A good description of the Roman Empire's attitude towards the expanding dragon empires; Markis explicitly confirms that he's making plans for the possibility of putting Sigurd and Harald on the thrones of Berk and Norway on the chance that Hiccup and Magnus's children will prove hostile towards the Empire, even though there is no sign that such a scenario will happen. Really, it's all about making sure the Byzantines remain the biggest power in Europe instead of losing its position to Berk.
    • Harald knows Makris' plan could weaken his home, but, since he would be in charge if it works, he's very interested in seeing it work.


  • Eridan in Hivefled was so terrified of not being normal that he managed to convince himself that sex was supposed to be unpleasant rather than confront his Asexuality.

Invader Zim

Kim Possible

  • In Not Quite Heroes, Dr. Drakken rants about another villain invading and robbing his lab (the same way he and Shego routinely invade and rob other people's labs), explicitly stating that this case is different "because this time it's happened to me".

Love Hina

  • Rampant in An Alternate Keitaro Urashima:
    • Granny Hina's none too pleased that she can't force Keitaro into becoming manager of the Hinata Inn. Nor is she too thrilled with anyone else standing up to her — constantly trying to make herself out as the victim because they won't do whatever she pleases. And for all her talk about "helping" her tenants, she still takes off to continue her grand tour ASAP, exploiting Haruka's plight by leaving them in charge of her mess.
    • Naru's case of this is so severe that when Motoko suffers a major Humiliation Conga, she shows absolutely No Sympathy and thinks that it "serves her right". Not because of how Motoko's own actions led to what happened, mind. No, she's just pissed that due to Motoko losing her duel, she had to apologize for attacking Keitaro over her own mistake. She doesn't CARE that Motoko's literally lost everything because she's too hung up on the slight dent to her ego.
    • Kaolla Su gets into this, too. Anyone showing discomfort at her wacky antics is 'a meanie', and she helped spark an incident which led to an innocent boy getting hospitalized just because he asked her to stop harassing his sister.
  • For His Own Sake:
    • After Keitaro breaks up on her, Naru continues to treat him the exact same way that she always has, hostile as ever, while privately stewing over how she's hurt by being dumped. She also gives a Breaking Speech to her own sister, accusing her of being a Spoiled Brat who only pretends to care about her in order to make herself look good.
    • As far as Kaolla Su is concerned, anyone who doesn't do whatever she wants is a 'meanie' who doesn't want to play with her. Never mind whatever reasoning they might have for 'not wanting to play'; the only thing that matters is what she wants.
    • Sarah is a clingy Spoiled Brat who resents Keitaro, especially as she becomes convinced that he's turning her father against her. In reality, her father is recognizing what a toxic influence the residents of the Hinata Inn are having on her, cranking up her sense of personal entitlement to dangerous levels.


  • Steve Rogers in Enough Rope will always ignore experts on any situation because of an almost pathological need to be the one others turn to for answers, thus refusing to turn to anyone else for answers. Because he's horrendous at diplomacy or public relations, he tries to solve all his problems with violence, even if it's the worst possible solution (such as protesting the Sokovia Accords). Finally, when Tony donates Steve's shield to a Captain America exhibit, Steve starts planning to steal it and (because vibranium is sacred to Wakandans) brainwash T'Challa into allowing him to keep it.

Mega Man

Miraculous Ladybug

  • Feralnette AU (Big Fat Break):
    • Lila manipulates her classmates, teacher, and everyone else who falls for her lies for the sake of ensuring everyone focuses on HER and her alone. She even happily works with Hawkmoth, willing to help him terrorize all of Paris if it means she can punish Marinette and 'Lady-brat' for the high crime of standing up to her.
    • While she's somewhat concerned about how Marinette has changed, Alya continues to cling to the notion that she knows what her former 'bestie' needs more than Mari herself. She also cares more about the Ladyblog than she does people — when Ladybug calls her out on how she thoughtlessly put others at risk by posting gossip, Alya's immediate reaction is to fret over her reputation being ruined.
    • Miss Bustier cares more about appearances and making her most well-behaved students 'lead by example', offering Marinette absolutely NO support whatsoever. When she finally realizes that neither Marinette or Felix trust her to help, she wonders when she became seen as such an unapproachable teacher, feeling sorrier for herself above all else.
    • Future Alix/Bunnyx believes that her timeline is the One True Reality, and that all other permutations must be 'fixed' and set on the exact same path. She doesn't see the residents of other timelines as 'Real', and only wants to 'help' this world's Marinette on HER terms, because she dislikes seeing her acting so differently... but isn't so motivated that she's willing to do so on anything less than her own terms.
  • The Karma of Lies:
    • Lila naturally lives by this code. Her biggest priority is protecting herself, mining whatever she can gain along the way, heedless of who gets hurt in the process. Not only does she scam her classmates with Fake Charities and empty promises, she actively sabotages her victims' dreams all for the sake of her own personal profit.
    • Adrien also prioritizes his personal desires above all else. He refuses to expose Lila on the off chance that it might make things uncomfortable for him if he warns the others, assuring himself that Marinette can handle being socially isolated and that the others aren't losing anything they can't afford to replace. He treats his superheroic duties as a game, focusing more on flirting with Ladybug, with the reasoning that she'll magically restore everything with Miraculous Cure once she wins, so who cares if anyone gets hurt? Once he learns that his father is Hawkmoth, he uses that same reasoning to insist that Hawkmoth shouldn't face any serious charges for his terrorism. And of course, he feels entitled to 'his lady's' love, regardless of how she feels about the matter.
  • Leave for Mendeleiev:
    • Chloe is so used to getting her way that she takes Marinette getting transferred into a different class as a personal challenge. All the more so when Ms. Mendeleiev makes clear that so far as she's concerned, the rules still apply to her despite her family's wealth and her father being the Mayor. She's made it one of her goals to crush Marinette's spirit and teach her that she can't escape her so easily.
    • So far as Adrien is concerned, protecting Paris as Chat Noir takes a backseat to hooking up with his crime-fighting partner Ladybug. What she wants and how she feels on the matter is completely irrelevant; they're clearly meant to be together, after all! He also feels entitled to learning who she is behind the mask, despite being repeatedly reminded of why that's an awful idea — because again, who cares about the threat Hawkmoth poses or the fact Ladybug wants to protect herself? He wants to know! And clearly that's MUCH more important—!
  • The One to Make It Stay:
    • Adrien/Chat Noir finds it more important to flirt and tease Ladybug than actually helping her deal with akuma, and gets incredibly jealous when she brings in other temporary heroes to pick up his slack. All while accusing her of being the unreasonable one, insisting that things would be much easier if she just gave in and started dating him already.
    • Nora accuses Alya of this after her younger sister's thoughtlessness causes her to miss an important match. Alya's attempt to defend herself by declaring that she was helping some of her friends with their romantic troubles doesn't help her case any, as Nora's furious at her considering that to be more important than her other responsibilities.
    • Ultimately, Adrien's self-absorption proves so severe that when he witnesses Feline Fatale running rampant, he's more concerned and upset at her 'rubbing in' how he lost the ring and his 'freedom' as Chat Noir than he is by the destruction she's causing. He even blames Plagg for allowing her to exist, as if Plagg has any say whatsoever in the matter.
  • Becoming the titular Scarlet Lady only serves to make Chloe even more self-centered. So far as she's concerned, the only reason for her to engage in superheroics at all is so she can bask in the praise and adulation of all of Paris.
  • What Goes Around Comes Around:
    • Being a Recursive Fanfiction to The Karma of Lies, Adrien naturally suffers from the same issue, though this is painted as more naivete than deliberate behavior on his part. In particular, he fully expects Marinette to fall into his arms once she's exposed as Ladybug, despite the fact that she's happily dating Luka. He also explicitly believes that as his girlfriend, Marinette is obligated to put his happiness first and foremost, expecting her to do whatever it takes to make his wishes come true.
    • The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as the Agreste parents are far worse about this. Both Gabriel and Emilie treat Adrien's desire for personal freedom as just a pesky phase, and twist his hopes around in the worst possible way: part of the Wish they plan to make involves fusing him together with Felix into their 'ideal son' and forcing him to marry Marinette so they can have her as their successor.
    • Chloe is so self-absorbed that she gets insulted when she's last on the list of accomplices Nadja mentions during an interview on Face-to-Face.

Mummies Alive!

  • In the Mummies Alive! fanfics by Julie Horwitz, this attitude defines Tia, Jak-Al's wife when he was human; the author's two Mummies Alive trilogies reveal that Tia was so insanely jealous of Nefer-Tina showing an attraction to Jak-Al that she had Nefer-Tina raped (and one of the trilogies shows Tia killing Rapses and Scarab and spending years learning magic in order to 'punish' Nefer-Tina for starting a relationship with Jak-Al after he divorced Tia), even though Nefer-Tina had never done anything to suggest she'd act on her feelings and Jak-Al hadn't even met her one-on-one before Tia took action.

My Hero Academia

  • Izuku summarizes Bakugou's issues thusly in Powdered Gold and Pottery when Shouto wonders why he seems to dislike him so much. Effectively, Bakugou doesn't like the way either of them are managing their Quirks, convinced that they aren't 'giving their all'... and taking that as a personal attack on him despite all evidence to the contrary. As Izuku puts it:
    Izuku: "Look, Katsuki's a good person. And he's going to be a great hero — I've known that since we were little. But he has this problem with forcing his way into other people's business — and I don't mean in the way that heroes do, where they step in to help even if they aren't involved. I mean he takes things that aren't about him and makes them about him, you know?"


  • In Perfection Is Overrated, many of the SUEs exhibit such behavior. Hitomi uses Mind Control to force her victims to commit horrible crimes for her amusement, then kills them afterward. Sekai uses her allies as expendable troops while planning on harvesting the Himes' powers. The Usurper expects the SUEs to serve as his pawns and advance his plan to defeat the Himes, while planning to possess the victorious SUE's body afterwards.
    • This bites Hitomi in the ass, as both the SUEs and the Himes will lose their most important person if their Child is destroyed. Because Hitomi was so absolutely selfish and loved no one other than herself, she died when her Child did.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • The Elements of Friendship: Par for the course for Trixie Lulamoon... though it devolves into blatant solipsistic behavior by the end of the book, thanks to the Alicorn Amulet.
  • The Elements of…Love?: Trixie, after witnessing Princess Twilight’s superior magical ability, acknowledges Twilight as being better at magic then her and, quite understandably, wants to become Twilight’s student in order to improve herself. Not so understandably, she insists on living in Princess Twilight’s home, assumes she’ll be waited on hoof and hoof by Twilight’s servants, and throws a fit upon realizing Twilight doesn’t have any servants (Due to Twilight herself completely averting this trope). Trixie then continuously orders Spike around like a servant despite Twilight repeatedly explaining he’s not a servant, can’t remember his name is Spike, not Spine, and presumably doesn’t care that Spike is suffering from heartbreak due to Rarity being in love with Twilight and not him.
  • Checker Monarch, the Big Bad of Getting Back on Your Hooves. She outright tells her minion Helping Hoof that she doesn't care who gets hurt by her actions, so long as it doesn't effect her. The Diamond Dogs she hired as her minions ultimately prove to be less selfish than she is! This stems from her Social Darwinist worldview that the strong rule the weak: since she can manipulate everyone around her with her special talent for Manipulation, she's the strongest, therefore she can do whatever she wants. Justified, as she's based off of real life sociopaths, and thus a Narcissist.
  • Prince Jewelius, the Big Bad of Loved and Lost, the extended retelling of "A Canterlot Wedding". He is sociopathic to such a degree that he hates and tries to kill his aunt Princess Celestia and cousin Princess Cadancenote  for being more loved than him. He manipulates Twilight Sparkle into becoming his loyal pawn and otherwise uses ponies (including Queen Chrysalis and her Changelings) to further his diabolical plans of becoming the greatest ruler Equestria has ever known. Fancy Pants lampshades this when he fruitlessly tries to convince Jewelius to stop hunting after the heroes he has disgraced and appease Canterlot's ponies by preparing against the renewed threat of the escaped Changeling army.
    Fancy Pants: What is this obsession with those ponies? Aren't a few of them members of your family? Don't you feel any sort of concern for them?
    Jewelius: They dared to oppose MY rule! Any and all traitors to the new king of Equestria must and will be punished!
    Fancy Pants: So this is about you?!
  • The Lullaby for a Princess song: Celestia believes she didn't notice Luna's problems because of getting caught in this very mindset.
  • The Lunaverse:
    • Corona seems fully convinced that everyone's distrust and fear of her is due to lies spread by Luna rather than anything she might have done. It's kind of bizarre. She kidnaps ponies to ensure loyalty, thereby demonstrating that she knows the effect it has on others, yet she expects ponies to love her regardless. Perhaps she was hoping Stockholm Syndrome would take. In fairness to her, Corona is actually insane.
    • During most of Carrot Top Season, Applejack is convinced that Carrot Top is participating in the contest solely to hurt her and her family. She refuses to consider that Carrot Top might need the money to fix up her own farm - all she's concerned about is how this may harm Sweet Apple Acres.
    “Carrot Top, think fer a minute!” Applejack looked flustered. “All this is gonna do is take down both of us! Dang it, ah don’t know if ya’ve got some vendetta ‘gainst ma or what, but this ain’t worth it!”
    It’s not about you! thought Carrot Top.
    and later...
    “No! No, of course not!” Applejack shook her head. “Ya just bet yar farm ta try ta beat ma. Carrot Top, did ah do somethin’ ta make ya mad? Is this a grudge?”
    • Also, just earlier, Applejack mentions that she's been considering setting up a carrot field so she can branch out. It genuinely doesn't register to her that she's openly threatening to drive Carrot Top out of her business.
    • It's revealed that Applejack's behavior is due to the fact that she believes with all her heart that 1) Sweet Apple Acres is perpetually on the verge of going broke and 2) that if Sweet Apple Acres ever does go broke, all of Equestria will starve to death. Nothing seems to be able to convince her that Sweet Apple Acres is flush with cash and resources and that even if it did somehow go under, there are plenty of other farms and farmers to provide for Equestria.
    • Vicerein Puissance, a Control Freak of the highest order, believes it's up to her to name her grand-children and great-grandchildren, their parents' preferences be damned. When she and the other nobles of Equestria are called out on their corruption, she's the only one who actually demands Luna apologise (she is at least smart enough to shut up at Luna's expression).
    • Bray, Prince of Tambelon, invited the demon ram Grogar to the island so he could use his necromancy skills to murder Bray's parents and siblings, just so he could be king. Bray throws a strop when Grogar reveals a few wrinkles to his side of the deal - how can Bray be king when Grogar's killed everyone on the island?
    • Moondancer once invited Twilight Sparkle to a party. For whatever reason, Twilight proved unable to attend. Clearly, this was an insidious plot of Twilight's to sabotage Moondancer's attempt to make class valedictorian! (As opposed to a simple gaff from the utterly oblivious Twilight.) So Moondancer... fakes her own death and takes off to a shack in the middle of nowhere. That'll show her?
  • The Pony POV Series has General-Admiral Makarov, the Big Bad of the Shining Armor Arc. He's a Narcissist to such a degree that he'll sentence someone to a Fate Worse than Death for not knowing his name. He's actually one of Pandora's creations, which became a Black Hole Sue, convinced that it was perfect and therefore every story should be about it, no matter who suffers for it.
  • Vengeance of Dawn has the titular Breaking Dawn. She's very self centered, and most of her motivations stem from the fact that she thinks that deserves everything Twilight has more then Twilight does.


  • Naruto's sister Natsuki in God of Illusion, Host of the Devil's Arm is an Attention Whore of the highest order, frequently throwing fits if she's ignored. Notably, her inner world shows the girl cares about herself first and foremost, followed by her parents and friends, then those who worship her for being the Kyuubi's host. Natsuki doesn't even have an Inner Darkness because it's born from repressed negative emotions and she acts on every negative impulse she gets.
  • Naruto: Asunder: Naruto has this to say to Madara about the Uchiha/Senju feud:
    "Oh I know your story. Your clan decided to start a blood feud because "Daddy" didn't take you out for ice cream. You Uchiha really need to learn how to grow up. The world is way more than about you idiots."

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • In canon, SEELE was bad enough, given that they intended to murder humanity to become gods. Lorenz Kiel in Transposed is revealed to be of the same race that seeded planets with life and was in fact responsible for Earth getting two seeds, something that should never be done. As punishment, he was turned into a human that would take centuries to finally die and he had until his death to better mankind enough to have his punishment lifted. Instead Kiel spent hundreds of years setting the Ancient Conspiracy in motion (including writing the Dead Sea Scrolls) to regain his godhood at the expense of every living thing on the planet.

Pokémon: The Series

  • Cori Falls's renditions of Jessie and James are good at making each other's angst all about themselves; the two biggest examples are James in Thorns of the Rose, when Jessie is obviously upset about something and all he can do is cry over how she supposedly doesn't love him anymore, and Jessie in Blood on the Moon when James's bad mood makes her weepy and insecure even after she starts chastising him for it!
  • In Pokémon: A Marvelous Journey, the fourth bonus chapter focuses on a minor character named Lakeisha Knowles, a classmate who frequently bullied the main character, Julia, in their youth. When she befriends the local Alpha Bitch Kirsten Seeley, she decides to try and be more like her. In doing so, she begins becoming more selfish and antagonizes her eight-year-old autistic sister, Merlin, to the point where she begins thinking everything Merlin does is to deliberately annoy her and ruin her social standing with her friends, which anyone reading the chapter and every In-Universe character can tell is not true. This eventually escalates into Lakeisha secretly recording a video of Merlin having a meltdown and texting it to her friends so they could start bullying her; it backfires because the three of them are all disgusted with Lakeisha’s blatant disrespect of her sister’s privacy and one of them reports the incident to the principal and one of the teachers. When Lakeisha gets into huge trouble for this and receives punishment from both her teachers and family, she whines about how her friends abandoned her and how everyone is against her rather than taking responsibility and accepting that everybody is disgusted with cyberbullying her little sister. Needless to say, she is frequently called out on her callousness and selfishness.

Power Rangers

  • In Crimson Rising, Will (the Black Operation Overdrive Ranger) basically defects from the other Power Rangers to join the anti-Ranger government organisation Sector Nine because he felt he wasn’t getting any respect from the other Rangers, ignoring the fact that they made valid points about his lack of experience as a Ranger compared to them.

Rosario + Vampire

  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • First and foremost, Evil!Falla openly admits that she only cares about herself and acquiring power for herself. Even her own family comes second.
    • Even after accepting her role as Dark's guardian angel/mother figure, this is one of Arial's most defining traits; she constantly claims that she's looking out for Dark's best interests by trying to choose who he gets to marry, but it's obvious to anyone who's paying attention that she only cares about what she wants for him.
    • Sun also counts to an extent during Act VI. Despite having previously spurned Gin's Love Confession, and despite this being the first time they've even seen each other in years, Sun still fully expects that Gin will come back to her, uncaring that he's since moved on to Kokoa. Moka even takes the time to call her out on it in Act VI chapter 20. It's only after Sun pisses off Kokoa to the extent that the latter beats her into a coma, and after she comes out of said coma, that she finally grows out of it.

Robin of Sherwood

  • What Dreams May Come: Nasir reminisces about his time as a slave under the devil-worshipping sorceror Baron De Bellame, and muses that for all the Barons cruelty and madness, it all really just boiled down to the man being a self-absorbed egomaniac who wanted to force the world to adhere entirerly to his desires and wants, and saw magic and human sacrifice as a way to achieve that. He was far from the first, Rashid ad-Din Sinan, "The Old Man Of the Mountain", who had led Nasir's hashasin tribe had been the same way and cared about nothing other than himself.


  • The Makings of Team CRME has several examples (many of who are also examples of The Sociopath):
    • Cinder Fall is a narcissistic sociopath who only cares about her own desires and getting the power that she thinks she deserves. She demands complete obedience from Emerald and Mercury and only uses people for her own benefit. She also only cares about the pain that she endured in the past and getting back at the world for it. She relates to Mercury when they have stuff in common. When he starts defying her, she sees no problem with using his past against him when she has Emerald project images of his Abusive Parents. She only cares that she was abused, not about abuse in general.
    • Roman Torchwick was said to be written with narcissistic personality disorder in mind. As such, he is incredibly prideful and only considers people in terms of how they relate to him. His wife was originally so he'd have a queen for his criminal empire and she has use for him as his financial manager. He didn't even care that much when Kincaid tortured her just to get back at him. However, this is only averted in regards to Neo.
    • My Name Is Cinder: Brigit Stark is Cinder's abusive mother who is also a Gold Digger. She married her father for his money and planned on driving him to suicide to get the inheritance. Everything she does is only for her benefit. When Cinder threatens to expose her, she starts abusing her. And she starts playing the mother-card when Cinder leaves her to die in a house fire. Unfortunately for her, Cinder doesn't see Brigit as a mother.
    • The Black Hearts: Melanie Black, Mercury's mother, shows some signs of this trope. Even though she and Mercury are both being abused by Marcus, she chooses to yell at him and deflect the verbal abuse onto him. She's also a shameless serial cheater. And the reason she threatened Marcus at gunpoint when he was about to torture an innocent woman? He wouldn't come upstairs to eat the dinner she worked so hard to cook.
    • Roman's Empire: Violet Kincaid is a ruthless mob boss who is adept at Pragmatic Villainy, but she really only cares about her own bottom line and getting what she wants. Even her attachment to Roman is simply because she's sexually attracted to him. It goes out the window when he starts screwing up her business.
    • CRME: Adam once again proves that he only views Blake as a possession and thinks that she should adhere to what he wants.
  • Atlas General Hayden White from Nora's Life is a complete sociopath who only cares about his own reputation, safety, and desires. Everyone else doesn't matter to him in the slightest. He all but admits to Ruby that this is his philosophy.
  • Several of the villains from the Ruby and Nora series have elements of this.
    • Ruby's Birthday: Admah Keter is a sadistic maniac who only cares about getting a thrill out of killing families and snuffing out bloodlines For the Evulz. He even killed his own mother because of this. He just likes having that thrill. He's also shown to be very grandiose in his mannerisms as if he wants to be noticed.
    • Weiss and Pyrrha: Nurse Abigail Lemon has one heck of a god-complex and kills patients at the hospital to facilitate this delusion. Killing almost a hundred people using her EMP Semblance was all to buy herself some time to get away from Pyrrha after she reopened Weiss' stitches.
    • Pyrrha's Past: Pyrrha's mother, Colonel Lyra Nikos, was an abusive mother that put Pyrrha through Hell just for training her. And she gets on Pyrrha's case for making Miló and Akoúo̱ because she did it without Lyra's permission. She even murders her husband, Orion, when he starts taking Pyrrha's side of the argument.
    • Field Trip: Father Scorch only cares about imposing his world order about Faunus-supremacy and the irradiation of homosexuality. Any followers who don't live up to this code will have to kill their lovers or be killed themselves. He outright confirms his self-centered nature during the train bombings.
    • Recovery and Atlas: Jacques Schnee constantly proves this to be true. Even more than in canon. He is rather controlling of others and only does things for his own benefit. The reason he joins Salem is that she promises to let him rule Atlas. Basically, it's a huge ego trip.


  • In En Tempus Veritas, Lana’s first thoughts upon learning about Clark’s abilities is how he can use them to protect her from Lex, and later believes that Clark would abandon Lois and their unborn child if given the chance to be with her despite how Lana hurt him by agreeing to marry Lex in the first place. Once Clark is back in reality, she is initially certain that she and Clark will be together once she has returned to Smallville and acts as though Clark personally hurt her by starting a relationship with Lois after Lana faked her death, even though Clark genuinely believed she was dead and therefore had every right to move on even without his ‘vision’ to inspire new feelings.

Tolkien's Legendarium

  • Feanor in The Silmarillion story Lessons from the Mountain. When Maedhros tells his wife was given the option to remarry after re-embodiment, his reaction is: "How can the Valar do this to me?". When Maedhros talks about his dealings with humans, he remarks "So I WAS right about them usurping our kind's place".

[[AC Total Drama]]

  • Total Alternate Island: Courtney doesn't care about what happens to anyone else just as long as she wins and her ego fed.
  • Total Drama Cabin Fever: Suzy believes she's God's gift to mankind and expects to be treated as such.
  • Total Drama House Party: Several contestants qualify, but Dalit, Kelsey, Warwick, and Xingrong are the biggest offenders.
  • Total Drama Tweenabet: Alfie is this. Tilly even moreso.
  • Total Drama: Unfinished Business: Chris, as per canon, is extremely egotistical and self-centered.
  • Total Shuffled Island Series: Dave's general attitude towards Sky and their "relationship". He claims that Sky getting distracted by Heather calling Dave a terrible boyfriend and subsequently getting knocked into the lake while trying to defend him is a good reason for their team's loss.
  • Unbreakable Red Silken Thread: Heather has somewhat reformed, but is still very self-centered. In chapter 12, she flat out admits that if it was possible to leave the world for a perfect paradise with her few loved ones while letting the rest of the world burn she would do it without hesitation. She might be willing to leave the rest of us behind, but at least she does have some loved ones now.


  • Yukkuris, disembodied heads made from pastry in the likeness of Touhou characters are sometimes portrayed by fans as this. Many Yukkuris would like to have an "Easy Life" where they have a good home, plenty of food and a mate with children. Most smart Yukkuris know that to have an Easy Life, they need to work hard for it and help each other, but the bad selfish ones seem to think only they are entitled to have an Easy Life so other Yukkuris and humans should make their lives easy and they don't give a damn of the other's feelings. These selfish Yukkuris are very disliked by other Yukkuris and tend to suffer horrible fates, especially from Humans Are Bastards.

Touken Ranbu

  • The Final Sword goes out of its way to make the TouRabu world revolve around the OC Rebora. She wins the Superpower Lottery multiple times due to her godly origins, the outcome of canon's central conflict of Citadel vs Revisionists is now entirely hers to decide, which means the role of every single canon sword is now rendered redundant, the canon swords no longer have any personality and distinction aside from being her friends and the enemies want to have her by any means possible. It gets to the point where with the reveal of the enemies' true motives, the fic effectively implies TouRabu canon itself was started because of her.
  • The first entry of the Tales of the Undiscovered Swords stars the titular tachi Himetsuru Ichimonji, a self-proclaimed princess who bullies his brother, whines when other swords don't cater to his every whims and desires, and is all-around annoying. As a result, he manages to earn the ire of the entire Citadel leading to their agreeing to send him on an Uriah Gambit. However, his Hidden Depths start to show: even though he still considers other swords lowly, as their "princess", he will go to any length to protect his "people". He then proceeds to wipe out all the enemies by himself.