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Bratty Half-Pint

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Vanellope: Why are your hands so freakishly big?
Ralph: I don't know, why are you so freakishly annoying?

A self-important kid with a serious attitude problem.

Sometimes a younger sibling, other times an older one. Talks a good game but often falls into trouble and needs to be rescued when that isn't the job of The Chick. Hates being called a kid but lacks real maturity. Often a boy, but female examples aren't uncommon. Such a character seldom gets along with anyone, except The Hero. The getting along part always happens after The Hero gives him/her the slap across the face or the fatherly/motherly spanking that the kid needed badly.

Unlike the Mouthy Kid, the Bratty Half-Pint isn't the voice of reason of the party but rather a troublemaker who likes to get on people's nerves through sass or sabotaging their plans. At their best, they're small, mischievous annoyances or Attention Whores. At their worst, they're a huge pain in the ass, a millstone, made even worse because they enjoy being that way.


If overdone and excessively obnoxious the brat risks becoming The Scrappy to some of the audience. Often the party's attack magician if there isn't a Black Magician Girl. They may also use a slingshot. Attempts to insult people usually descend to Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head. Might also be a case of Motor Mouth if the kid is the kind to never shut up.

See also: Tagalong Kid, Annoying Younger Sibling, Affection-Hating Kid, Spoiled Brat, Kid-Appeal Character. Might grow into a Bratty Teenage Daughter or Dumbass Teenage Son. When downplayed, see Mouthy Kid.


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    Asian Animation 
  • Masha from Masha and The Bear can be annoying at times and likes to talk a lot and easily becomes hyperactive.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. He's an Attention Whore, and his massive ego is often the cause of many of his problems (when he doesn't cause mayhem for the sake of causing mayhem, anyway).
  • Barry from Curtis could be the Trope Codifier. When he's bored, he provokes Curtis, then runs sobbing to his mother that mean ol' Curtis is trying to hit him for no good reason at all. Then, for his sins, he is given ice cream and the opportunity to gloat over all the extra chores Curtis gets. This happens with such frequency that when Curtis assesses that the family could, in fact, be qualified as "poor", one wonders if the source of their economic troubles isn't all this damn ice cream Diane's buying for Barry.
  • Shannon, Toni's niece, from Luann. Bad-tempered (drawn with a perpetual scowl on her face), disrespectful, greedy, and completely self-centered. Toni has recently admitted to Luann that she enjoys pawning Shannon off on her simply to enjoy being away from the little brat. (Though given that Shannon technically still has a father, she isn't really Toni's responsibility in the first place...)

    Fan Works 
  • Doing It Right This Time: Sakura Suzuhara is tiny, cranky, demanding, and constantly follows her big brother around. The "Don't like being called 'a kid'" came when Asuka did do right that.
  • Solakku the Turtle, a minor character in Don't Keep Your Distance. While she has a good heart, her behavior with new people is less than tactful (notably, demanding they stay still while she draws them, as she craves more practice as an artist) and her behavior even with her parents is more talking back than anything else (although they seem perfectly okay with it).
  • Princess Miyaki from Kyoshi Rising constantly demands that people obey her commands as Princess of the Fire Nation (most of which are for one character or another to teach her Firebending). Kyoshi takes it upon herself to teach Miyaki patience, and Miyaki is able to mellow out considerably.
  • In The Lion King Adventures, Tara is this.
  • In A Load of Bulk, six-year-old Lana Loud from The Loud House drinks a strength potion which has the side effect of making her mean and she yells at and bullies her siblings.
  • In When the Brush hits the Canvas, Gulley is all too eager to throw Link to the wolves (a.k.a. his pissed-off father) and enjoy the show. He's even disappointed when the yelling stops.
    "For an adorable, seven-year-old, fully cheeked, short boy with blond hair, cute freckles, and wide sparkly blue eyes, Gulley could surely be a jerk."

  • In Alligator, the cop protagonist has to deal with a pretty mouthy kid who is a witness to one of the eponymous creature's attacks.
  • The Book of Life:
    • Implied with the Detention Kids, given how they all were given detention. Goth-kid exemplifies this the most.
    • Joaquin shows shades of this as a child. He denies an old man, Xibalba in disguise, bread and eats said bread in front of him. It's only when Xibalba offers him the Medal of Everlasting Life does a young Joaquin give it up.
  • Ash in Fantastic Mr. Fox is actually older than his unbearably perfect cousin Kristofferson but he otherwise fits the character trope with his resentful ill temper. However, he dramatically matures in the story and becomes a nice kit at the end.
  • W. C. Fields films often involved Fields as a Child Hater, a Henpecked Husband, or both, and thus often used this trope. In It's a Gift bratty son Norman leaves roller skates on the floor for Harold (Fields) to trip on and irritates Harold on a family road trip by continually blowing a whistle in the back seat. In The Bank Dick his bratty daughter Elsie whacks him over the head with a director's bullhorn when Egbert (Fields), working as a director, won't put Elsie in the movie.
  • Connie's spoiled nephew Raymond in George Washington Slept Here.
  • Dani in Hocus Pocus — an extreme version, who offers up various comments about her Big Brother's non-existent sex life. (She's only eight.)
  • The Hug stars Aiden, a bratty, short-tempered birthday boy who cheats at skee ball and demands a show from Pandory despite him being on his "dinner break".
  • In It's Love I'm After, Gracie has a habit of peeping through keyholes and telling everyone whatever she overhears.
  • Mowgli as portrayed in The Jungle Book (1967) qualifies, despite being the main character, bratty and insisting that he possesses the necessary jungle skills when he clearly does not. Of course, he does Take A Level In Badass eventually.
  • The Young Man with a Cornflower in Loving Vincent repeatedly teases Armand. Even his father concedes he's an annoyance.
  • Alexander in Murder, She Said.
  • The Prophet: Almitra's mischief and constantly stealing doesn't delight her to the Baker or the other townsfolk.
  • In Ship of Monsters, Lauriano has an annoying little brother named Chuy, who is always sticking his nose in his business and getting in trouble.
  • A Slight Case of Murder: When Marco visits the orphanage where he grew up, he volunteers to spend a month fostering the brattiest kid at the orphanage to try and "mold" him into a productive member of society. The kid is fairly surly and annoying throughout the film.
  • In The Ten Commandments (1956), it is Rameses II's first-born son Prince Amun who clearly is not only rude and spoiled, he has the nerve to kick Moses' staff that he used to demonstrate God's power by turning into a cobra, thereby insulting both Moses and God. This is clearly so we don't mind too much what happens later to the princely brat when the Death Angel comes calling...
  • Molly in Toy Story 3.
  • Trick or Treats: Christopher is one. He's a budding magician who spends most of the movie pulling a seemingly endless parade of pranks on Linda.
  • Wreck-It Ralph:

  • In the song "Nuttin' for Christmas," the singer's character is a bratty half-pint singing about delighting in his wicked deeds. Stan Freberg's cover of the song even ends with him gleefully letting a burglar into his family's house on Christmas evening for a cut of the fence.

  • Elicia from Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues is a headstrong and prideful young girl who doesn't hesitate to let her opinion be known. Her aggravating attitude is due to being tumultuously raised in poverty.

    Visual Novels 
  • Makina in The Fruit of Grisaia is a weird, immature girl who tends to copy the people around her and mock Michiru as much as possible. There's more to her than that, but unfortunately by The Eden of Grisaia flanderization has left her with little else.



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Stanley, the mall's resident spoiled, undisciplined kid, harasses Caitlin with his ball gun.

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