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Bratty Teenage Daughter

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The Formula for a Teenage Girl is as follows... And don't even get started with a 1980s' version!

"Drama's a major food group for teenage girls."

Think everyone in a Dom Com with two X chromosomes is closer to Earth? Boy howdy, you haven't met this kid!

A standard member of the Dysfunctional Family, the Bratty Teenage Daughter is a natural offspring of the Bumbling Dad and his level-headed wife (who herself may have been one). The Bratty Teenage Daughter is a whiny, self-involved girl at That Age. She obsesses over the latest fashions and is incredibly boy-crazy, often more so than her parents think. The two may combine to create conflict with her parents over what she wears. If she ever dates, expect her father to instantly turn into a Boyfriend-Blocking Dad. Basically, she will either go around acting like a Drama Queen and wangsting up over every minor little thing ("My life is ruined!") or else she'll just roll her eyes exasperatedly at the "wacky" hijinks the rest of the family gets up to, often becoming a bit of a sullen killjoy in the process.

Her most valued personal possession is the phone. She talks (or texts) endlessly on it with her friends, and breaks down when she's without it. In older media, this will lead to a confrontation with Mom where she tells her to stop tying up the phone lines. Today, these confrontations are likely to revolve around cellphone bills or the loss of phone privileges as a punishment.

The natural enemies of the Bratty Teenage Daughter are assorted Annoying Younger Siblings, her Aloof Big Brother who usually treats her with scorn and anything else that upsets the status quo of her little world as she sits in her room listening on her headphones to the latest music from that hot pop star she has a huge crush on. She will be more averse to the Horrible Camping Trip than any other member of the family (and probably act like a City Mouse on that trip), near-continuously complaining about breaking her nails or how much she would rather be at the mall.

She tends to be a supporting character, with the show's focus usually only being put on her in the event of a Very Special Episode about drugs, underage sex, etc. Often (but by no means always) an Alpha Bitch or a Brainless Beauty. If she's not, expect her to hide it carefully since smart people are never cool at that age. Is usually one of the sisters caught up in The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry. She can easily become The Scrappy if she's whiny and grating enough.

If the teenage daughter is the show's protagonist, she probably won't be this character, or at least, not as extreme a version. May sometimes have a brother in the Dumbass Teenage Son. She also tends to love shopping and is often easily-embarrassed. Due to her mood swings she is most likely one of the emotional temperaments of the Four-Temperament Ensemble, like sanguine or melancholic. She is more likely to be the Girly Girl of the Tomboy and Girly Girl ensemble.

If the show covers enough time, say if it's a Long Runner or involves a Time Skip or Revival, don't be surprised if she has children of her own and gets a taste of what she put her parents through.


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  • One travel-related commercial featured a family with a seemingly somewhat quieter version of this trope, with the mother marveling at how her daughter was actually smiling for once because she was having so much fun on vacation.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Bulma from Dragon Ball. For most of the first series, she never quite matured past her selfish teenage girl phase. She gets a lot better, but she never truly loses that bratty part of her personality.
    • Bra/Bulla from Dragon Ball GT as well. She bitches at her father, Vegeta, until he shaves his mustache, and he almost kills a group of guys who hit on her, destroying their car and running them off the road, into the ocean. Plus, as a half Saiyan, she's easily strong enough to do her own bag carrying and can fly, but won't.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • Taiwan is hinted to be one of these to older brother China, who tries to act as her Big Brother Mentor; in one of the CD dramas, she tells him rather roughly to shut up, and mocks him for being "old," as well as his attempts at being "young," "cool," and "hip." One of her hobbies, as listed on her profile, is even "annoying China."
    • Iceland is a mild, gender-flipped example. He's somewhat melodramatic, pretends to be apathetic to everything in an attempt to seem mature, complains about the other Nordics' eccentric behavior (as he considers himself the most sane and mature of the group), and tends to push them away whenever they attempt to do something nice for him. He also refuses to honor his promise of calling his older brother "big brother" upon finding out that they are blood siblings out of stubbornness and pride.
      Iceland: I'm not down with you freaks enjoying being called that!
  • Being a mild Ojou, Mimi Tachikawa in Digimon Adventure starts out this way. She grows out of it, though.
  • Louise Halevy starts like this in Mobile Suit Gundam 00. When she stops being like that, it's through a heart-wrenching Wham Episode... and she ends up as a Tyke Bomb Dark Action Girl. She finds and goes to town on Nena Trinity who caused it. It takes her and Saji a LOT to get her better.
  • Invoked by Aya in Nicoichi, who was tired of being spoiled by her father and wanted him to treat her more normally. How much of this personality being actually an act is up to anyone's guesses though.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Usagi/Serena, who is also a rare example of the bratty teenage daughter also being the protagonist. Of course, she outgrows it, and while she never loses some of the milder elements (whining, mild childishness, etc.), she turns out to be the embodiment of pure heartedness and self-sacrifice.
    • She is replaced in this role by her Kid from the Future Chibi-Usagi/Rini in the second Sailor Moon R.
  • Maho from Wandering Son. She starts out somewhat whiny but it gets worse as she progresses through middle school. She complains a lot and berates Nitori even more. Maho mellows out by her late teens and just acts somewhat moody.
  • Mirai from Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is a pessimistic middle school girl with an attitude. She gets a reality check when an earthquake hits the area she is visiting with her little brother, and the experience helps her in the end.
  • Don't Meddle with My Daughter!: Clara's relationship with her mother Athena is strained because she's dealing with the pressure of being a superheroine at 17. And since she's been hiding it from her, she thinks her mom wouldn't understand. The irony being Clara doesn't know that her mom is a retired superheroine and already knows about her secret.
  • Lain's older sister Mika from Serial Experiments Lain acts like this early on. She's distant and arrogant. Mika never seems to care about Lain or her odd behavior much either. After being Mind Raped she's ultimately turned into an Empty Shell.

    Comic Books 
  • Spider-Man: Life Story: Claire Parker shows herself as one in Issue #5, even if she's 22 and not actually teenage.
  • Stargirl of the Justice Society of America starts out this way in her original comic, Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.. Being a superhero (and being on the oldest superhero team) helps her mature.
  • Post-Crisis Supergirl subverted this in her comic series. Early on she behaved as a self-absorbed, fickle, whiny fifteen-year-old. After several issues, she got over her attitude, and later it was revealed her early immature behavior was due to Kryptonite poisoning making her mentally unstable.
  • Toshi in Crossing Midnight. Her twin brother Kai thinks to himself that because she can't feel physical pain, she tries to get herself into trouble so she can feel pain, to feel human.
  • Jingle Belle is actually 224 years old, but that is apparently 16 in elf years and she has more often than not gotten onto the nerves of her father Santa Claus.
  • Hex Wives: Danali, the youngest of the witches, is given this personality in the Stepford Suburbia that is Desert Canyon.
  • The title character of Patty-Cake has a teenage sister named Sandy, who is just as troublesome to their parents as her little sister is.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Vanessa Kapatelis is a sympathetic take. She acts out because she's an insecure teenager and her single mother spends more time on her work than with her, but she still loves her mother deeply. While she does treat her friends poorly on occasion her reasoning, as poor as it may be, is always evident and she never stops caring for any of them.
    • Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons: Both Artemis and Apollo are portrayed as the female and male versions of this, being visually depicted as the youngest-looking Olympians. Fittingly, they don't get along.
  • M.M.'s daughter Janine in The Boys. In her first appearance, she leaves the house dressed like a prostitute and emotionally blackmails M.M. by threatening to go back to living with her crack whore mother when he questions it. Later on she makes good on her threat and ends up filming a mother-daughter porno with her. However, by the end of the story, she cleans up her act, explaining that she didn't mean to hurt him but felt like she had nowhere else to turn because he was rarely there.
  • X-Men: Shadowcat could lapse into this on occasion during her teenaged years, being selfish and sulky when the mood took her. A famous example would be the "Professor Xavier is a JERK!" incident. After being demoted to the New Mutants (because Charles was, admittedly, being a jerk), she spends a good long time complaining about it to everyone in range. She only stops when Magik, who was abducted as a child by a demon who wanted to use her soul as fuel for a portal along with her for other reasons, calmly points out it's hard to give a rat's ass when she's being like this.

    Comic Strips 
  • Jeri Keene in PreTeena is a classic of the type. Eleven-year-old Teena shows occasional signs of teetering on the cusp of pre-teenage brattiness.
  • Maybonne in Lynda Barry's strips. In some issues, she's given more POV, while in others she fits the standard exterior view of the teenage daughter. Regardless, she's the oldest in the family and is a boy-crazy, mildly rebellious girl who frequently fights with her mother over phone usage and ability to see friends and go out.
  • Paige Fox of FoxTrot, complete with the Annoying Younger Sibling who drives her insane at every opportunity. When the family went to Washington DC in one Story Arc, Paige broke down into tears at the National Mall because it wasn't that kind of mall.
  • Luann DeGroot of Luann, though these days she's a Neurotic College-Aged Girl.

    Fan Works 
  • The Shin Sekai: Ritsura has traits of this; in the first chapter, she snuck out to play games at the arcade all night, and Tsurara's dialogue implies she does such things often.
    Tsurara: Tell me, dearie... why does this have to happen all the time?
  • This parody of Steven Universe has Pink Diamond (and Yellow Diamond) behave like stereotypical examples of this trope.
  • This human AU of Steven Universe has Blue fit this trope to a T.
  • The Mob Psycho 100 gender swap fic Everyone Loves Mob has Mob's mother think Mob is turning into one as of chapter 7.
    Mob's Mother: Shigeko, what happened to the other half of that dress?
    Mob's Father: Hana, let it go.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: Somewhat downplayed with Queen Scolopidia, who was the equivalent of a teenager when she had to take the throne for her hive. She's less whiny and spoiled and more moody and touchy, due to dealing with a combination of her teenage hormones and the new ones released during the sudden maturation process.

    Films — Animation 
  • Brave: Merida is a rare tomboy variant of this. Before Character Development, she comes off as a selfish, disrespectful, stubborn girl who insults her mother and refuses to admit her mistakes. Reconstructed as she gets better over the course of the movie with Merida learning to be more mature and open-minded, even regarding her relationship with her mother.
  • Norman's older sister, Courtney, from Paranorman acts as your typical self-centered teenage girl most of the time but when her brother is in danger, she shows a selfless good side.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Cher Horowitz from Clueless is a good example of the smarter (if still shallow and naïve) version and is also unusual in being the actual protagonist. She's also sweeter and more considerate than the usual example in several ways, in that she's constantly fretting about her father's stress levels and need to have a proper breakfast, and reaches out to make friends with the awkward and unfashionable newcomer to the school (for pretty shallow reasons at the time, but still).
  • Star Wars:
    • Luke Skywalker in A New Hope comes off as a male version at first, although it's pretty understandable (his foster aunt and uncle forbidding him to pursue his dream of attending the Imperial Academy and becoming a pilot like his father). He does whine and moan quite a bit throughout A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, although by Return of the Jedi this behavior has completely disappeared. And through it all, he looks pretty sympathetic compared to Jerk with a Heart of Gold Han Solo. Ironically, his twin sister averts this entirely, as Leia is all business even at nineteen.
    • Luke, even at his most sulky and brattish, has nothing on his father at that age...
  • The teenage daughters of the protagonist in Dan in Real Life, who spend the entire movie whining and sulking about, in one case, not being allowed to drive the car, and in the other, being separated for a few days from the boy who is kind of their boyfriend. While their behaviour is kind of bratty, the girls do have bigger underlying issues and sympathetic reasons that were later revealed Mom's dead, Dad is super overprotective (as mentioned in the commentary on the film by the director).
  • Sarah Gopnik from A Serious Man qualifies, thanks to her vanity and frequently obnoxious attitudes.
  • This is deconstructedion in the Film Noir Mildred Pierce. Fiercely protective mother Mildred tries to do anything to please her daughter Veda, who is an unappreciative brat. Mildred ends up ruining her own life just to try to get love back from her daughter.
  • Audrey Griswald was very much this in National Lampoon's European Vacation. During practically all of this movie, all she does is whine about her missing her boyfriend and her weight.
  • Lana, the snobby cheerleader, from The Princess Diaries had this annoying attitude towards the title character. That, however, made Lilly (the title character's best friend) say "Lana got coned" as the mean girl turns to Vice Principal Gupta for assistance but the school's head honcho says "send it out for dry cleaning".
  • Sarah from Labyrinth begins the film acting like a complete spoiled brat who blames every problem she has on her stepmother and half-brother. The events of the film mature her.
    • Also a subtle deconstruction. She's a spoiled brat with a roomful of toys and pitches fits, but her parents are emotionally unavailable at best and passive-aggressively snide at worst; her outbursts are obvious cries for attention. The movie ends with Sarah learning to turn inward for comfort, without losing perspective in the real world. That, however, made the bratty girl wear some kind of extremely heavy formal gown during a dance sequence (as a prettiest princess similar to Mia Thermopolis).
  • Sharpay Evans, unlike Sarah (from Labyrinth), also has a nasty, mean girl, violent, bratty, bossy attitude towards Gabriella Montez (in which Ms. Darbus, her mentor, gives the "Plucky Princess" detention) in High School Musical. That, however, made Gabriella spill some chili cheese fries on her pink long-sleeved blouse during a musical number of "Stick to the Status Quo". The only words that describe Sharpay Evans: SPOILED BRAT (because she owns a country club in the sequel).
  • The four heroines (from Bratz) are actually becoming good girls but Meredith, the mean girl, says "YOU BRATZ!" right in front of them (as they are nothing but a spoiled brat foursome).
  • The teenage daughter in the 1962 atomic-war drama Panic In Year Zero, who characterizes the global thermonuclear war that has just devastated her hometown and killed all her friends and extended family with a whine of "This whole thing is a bore, such a drag!"
  • Tender Mercies: Sue Ann, 18 years old, determined to rebel against her mother. First she looks up her father against Dixie's wishes, then she does worse by getting married to a hard-drinking musician 12 years older than her. Tragic consequences ensue.
  • One of the victims in Silent Night (2012) is a snotty teenage girl who knocks her mother's heart pills out of her and demands to be taken to the mall.
  • Downplayed in Paddington (2014); Judy, the eldest child of the Brown family, isn't particularly spoiled nor is prone to tantrums. But she has clearly reached the age where puberty-driven sullenness and oversensitivity have set in, she suffers from a severe case of acute embarrassment regarding her family (which Paddington himself seems to believe is akin to the flu) to the point where "That's so embarrassing!" is practically her catchphrase, and in communal situations tends to charge ahead at a distance from everyone with her head down wearing a pair of large noise-cancelling headphones.
  • In The Aggression Scale, Maggie's daughter Lauren is not happy about her mother marrying a total stranger, being uprooted from the city, moving to the middle of nowhere, or acquiring a stepbrother with an unspecified mental disorder, and is quite vocal about her displeasure. She toughens up over the course of the film.
  • In Deadpool (2016), Deadpool describes superhero Negasonic Teenage Warhead as a teenage girl who is "all about long sullen silences, followed by mean comments and then more silences".
  • Hostage:
    • Jennifer Smith argues with her father at the drop of a hat (although, to be fair, he is keeping secrets from his kids), spends her screen time in a revealing shirt with the phrase "Burn it" written on it, and has a bong under her bed.
    • Talley's daughter expresses Small Town Boredom toward her father in a pretty bitter and frustrated manner.
  • The Secret (2007): Sam is a moody, rebellious 16-year-old girl who thinks her mom's too uncool to bear and dislikes being around her most of the time. After her mom's death, though, it's made clear she really did love her even so; she's just at that age.
  • Mom and Dad: Carly and Riley are both disrespectful to their moms, even stealing money from them for buying drugs. Neither shows any care for them at first, with Carly rudely blowing off her mom lamenting how they were once very close by saying her mom's lack of social life isn't her problem. Both their moms deeply resent this and complain about their behavior together. They really do love their moms of course, and naturally also neither expects her mom will turn against them in a murderous rage.
  • Halloween Ends: Well not exactly teenage anymore as Allyson is 21 in this film in contrast to her being seventeen in the previous films, but she fits the bill after having Took a Level in Jerkass by blaming Laurie for ruining her life with her actions as a Failure Heroine and have Took a Level in Dumbass by making stupid decisions after another with her being short-sighted and ignorant of any warning signs, especially in regards to the increasingly unstable Corey.

  • Claudia starts out this way in A Thread of Grace. She grows out of it.
  • Cleo, the title character's older sister in Amelia's Notebook. Along with having awful table manners, too, from Amelia's point of view, at least.
  • Meg Murry is this to a degree in A Wrinkle in Time, both before and during her adventures. Justified, or at least excused at times, such as when her beloved little brother Charles Wallace is back at Camazotz caught up in IT. She is called out on this at various times, by persons from Principal Jenkins to Mrs. Whatsit.
  • Thea in Halvgudene is this to the point of almost being an Emo Teen, while her father doesn't mind, her siblings and the bullies at her school do...
  • The members of The Baby-Sitters Club each show at least a few aspects of the trope from time to time.
  • Zig-zagged with Nikki Maxwell, the main character of the DorkDiaries book series. She isn't seen insulting her parents or getting into fights with them but doesn't really share the desire to bond with her family and writes about how much they annoy her in her diary. Justified considering how odd and annoying they can be.
  • As one of the two main protagonists of Galaxy of Fear, thirteen-year-old Tash Arranda doesn't display much of this - her family lived on Alderaan and she's had to step up to look after her little brother, plus she's constantly being dragged into danger. With everything going on she has to be focused on surviving, what's left of her family, and, when there's time, the Force. However, there are a few hints of the trope now and then - at the start of Planet Plague things are pretty quiet, and she locks herself into a refresher to study new pimples in the mirror and angst over them, thinking "They were as noticeable as orbital beacons." In The Brain Spiders her efforts to be "adult" cause her little brother to sigh "Teenagers!"
  • The Mortal Instruments:
    • Clary Fray is often almost insanely self-absorbed. Even though she is unconcerned about things like popularity, she can be rather spectacularly heedless of other people's feelings, tends to jump into dangerous situations without thinking about it, and will do whatever she wants even if it literally results in endangering the entire world. Luke calls her out on it one time, when she tries to blindly Portal to Idris and she is shocked because he has never chastised her before.
    • Isabelle Lightwood has some shades of this, constantly complaining and lashing out at her parents. It turns out it's mostly a ploy to distract their parents from Alec's homosexuality.
  • In Mostly Harmless (the fifth book in the series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), Random Frequent Flyer Dent, daughter of Arthur and Trillian, acts this way, being somewhat unsurprising given both her upbringing and after being dumped on her father on some boring backwater planet when he barely knew she existed, so her mother (by then a reporter) is off covering a war.
  • Dolores Haze in Lolita towards her mother and later to her stepfather Humbert Humbert. Or so he'd have us believe. Humbert is so self-absorbed he fails to realise that much of this is Dolores lashing out at his nightly sexual abuse and daily control of every aspect of her life.
  • The three younger Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice are this, in their own different ways, making this trope Older Than Television. Lydia is selfish, materialistic, and cares nothing about the consequences of her actions or the trouble she caused for her family. What's worse is that she won't acknowledge her actions were damaging or wrong and this is helped along by her mother who has a similar personality type. Kitty is a milder version of Lydia and thankfully changes once Lydia isn't there to reinforce her old habits. Mary takes every opportunity to show herself off as intelligent and moral since she is the least attractive out of her sisters. Like Kitty, she is forced to socialize more when her sisters are married off and she feels better about herself when she is no longer compared to her prettier sisters.
  • In Bubble World, unlike her Agalinas self, Angel is definitely this in the real world.
  • Rally Round the Flag, Boys! has Comfort Goodpasture, a curvaceous sixteen-year-old who cares infinitely more about Elvis Presley than her schoolwork. Her Totally Radical speech and her Supermodel Strut drive her conservative-minded single father up a wall.
  • Played more positively with Wiktoria in Shaman Blues. She's quick-talking, apparently very attached to her phone, has an attitude, insults her dad at their first meeting, and refuses to call him "father"note , but seems rather intelligent overall.
  • Melodía of The Dinosaur Lords has shades of this. While she's intelligent, she rarely thinks of things beyond her own needs and wishes, and throws a hissing fit when her boyfriend, who's doing his best not to collapse from exhaustion after several days of hard work, fails to hear her talking.
  • Sophie Donnelly in Schooled, acts like your typical boy-crazed, kitschy-teen-drama-watching, sixteen-year-old. She also mistreats Cap, a house guest, seeing him and his hippie ways as an embarrassment. As she starts growing out of this, she acts more in a Tsundere way to Cap.
  • The Amy Virus: Cyan's parents' blog posts portray her as an eye-rolling teenager who thinks her parents are "soooo laaaaaame." Justified, since they're trying to make her look as neurotypical as possible.
    Cyan: I have never said laaaaaaame in my entire life.
  • In the later Ramona Quimby books, as Beezus becomes a teenager, she starts to move past the "sensible, well-behaved big sister" role she played in the earlier books and shows traces of this trope. In Ramona and Her Mother she refuses to let her mother cut her hair because all her friends go to beauty shops, in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 she throws a tantrum when her mother won't let her go to a sleepover, and in Ramona's World, she gets her ears pierced without her parents' permission.
  • Mary Yoo from Miracle Creek, partly as a reaction to being uprooted and moved from Seoul to Baltimore as a preteen. Once Teresa overhears her talking on the phone to a friend, complaining about getting caught stealing Pak's credit card and mentioning her secret cigarette stash. After she hangs up, she makes fun of her friend and mutters, "Bitch."
  • In I Think I Love You, Petra's thirteen-year-old daughter Molly constantly fights with her. Petra tells herself it's progress, as she was too scared to stand up to her mother at that age.
  • Serge A. Storms: Debbie Davenport is 16 during The Triggerfish Twist and is constantly storming out of the house to spend time with her scuzzy boyfriend while refusing to acknowledge her parents.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Sansa Stark starts out as a medieval version of this. She is a highborn lady who grew up being taught about heroics and courtly love, and dreams of meeting and marrying a Knight in Shining Armor. As a result, she treats her sister, the very tomboyish Arya, like crap, and tends to bully her with her fellow noble ladies back in Winterfell. Upon meeting Joffrey Baratheon, the princely heir to the Iron Throne, she is immediately smitten and willingly throws herself into the marriage that their parents arranged, staying loyal to him despite mounting evidence of his family's questionable affairs, and even (unwittingly) betraying her father so she can remain by his side. Suffice to say, it doesn't end well. In a way, Sansa ends up experiencing a (rather brutal) Coming of Age Story, as she is forced to learn that life doesn't always revolve around love and boys.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Hilary Banks of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, although strictly speaking Hilary was in her twenties. In later episodes, Ashley acts like this as well.
  • Vanessa from The Bernie Mac Show serves as the niece variant in her worst days. She's often sarcastic, disobedient, has very little respect for her Uncle Bernie, and rebels against his orders most of the time. Somewhat justified, with the fact that she practically had to care for her siblings due to her own mother's inability to care for her and her kids and simply wants to be left alone at times.
  • Carly Shay from iCarly. Spencer on the other hand, whilst he's an adult male... he will act like this whenever Carly has to take on the Team Mom role.
  • Subverted by Maeby from Arrested Development. Her parents assume that she's just a moody teenager and make it a point not to question her motives or activities. In reality, she's secretly a high-ranking executive at a movie studio and tends to make out with two of her cousins. Of course, it turns out she's not related to either of them.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Colin Mochrie, as a news anchor, once had his teenage daughter (played by that week's female guest) appear on the news, and she was so comically immature that he responded, "Well, that was an experiment that went awry."
  • Power Rangers:
  • Charlene Sinclair from Dinosaurs.
  • Dawn Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer often borders on this trope, but a lot of it is understandable given what happens to her in season five. She grows out of it the last season. Buffy herself fit this trope on more than a few occasions.
  • Carmen from The George Lopez Show fits this trope to a T, especially the Very Special Episode part.
  • Alex from Wizards of Waverly Place and Megan of Drake & Josh count but only if "bordering on supervillain" is allowed.
  • Zoe from Eureka at first, eventually turning into a Deadpan Snarker and possibly Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • For a strange, nerd twist on this, Alex also filled this trope. Compounded by the fact she often tries to be the exact opposite of her sister.
  • Emily Lightman from Lie to Me is usually an aversion of this trope, but bringing a boy home during school hours and complaining that "It's just sex" when her father figures it out suggests she's moving toward this. * Especially since she wasn't actually having sex.
  • As the page quote suggests, Elliot Stabler of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit deals with his share of this. His oldest daughter, Maureen, is a fairly mild example, but second daughter Kathleen, especially in her late teen years, puts him through the wringer, including several run-ins with the law; she's ultimately diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
    • It's averted entirely with Elliot's youngest daughter Elizabeth (or at least we never hear about it, which suggests it's not the case), however, Elizabeth's twin brother Dickie seems to be a male version of this at times.
  • Alexis Castle in Castle is a delightful inversion of this trope, being consistently both one of the most well-adjusted, mature, and down-to-earth members of Richard Castle's entire family. She does have her moments, but they're usually triggered by her father's immaturity(-stroke-overprotective-ness) rather than the other way round.
    • It's at times hinted that Beckett went through one of these stages as a teenage girl; the advice she often gives to Castle whenever he raises an issue he's having with Alexis often seems to come from the perspective of someone who knows first-hand exactly what a Bratty Teenage Daughter can be like. The death of her mother appears to have put a rather brutal end to it, however.
  • No Ordinary Family: Telepathic Daphne starts out as this, but thanks to some Character Development, she is becoming less so.
  • Lily Finnerty from Grounded for Life. Most of the episode plots involving her revolve around her being rebellious/angry at her parents for one reason or another and rolling her eyes and letting out a disgusted "ugh!" is practically her Catchphrase.
  • Kath & Kim's Kim was this when she was a teenager... and in her late 20s, she still acts like it, though with less emphasis on boys (she's too busy moping over husband Brett.)
  • Victorious' Trina Vega. Complete with It's All About Me attitude.
  • Lucy from Single Father, justifiably so as she is lashing out in the wake of her mother's death.
  • Scarlett from SLiDE, who gets called out on it by her father. A lot.
  • Lindsey Willows from CSI. Like the time she hitchhiked downtown and got chewed out for it by her mother, Catherine.
  • Sophie Stagner of Burn Notice is a prime example of this, at least during most of her one episode.
  • Dana Brody from Homeland, although she becomes a more sympathetic character as the series progresses.
  • Becky Conner from Roseanne went through a really bratty period during her teen years.
  • Angie, Clara's charge from Doctor Who is constantly doing the You're Not My Father thing, even though Clara isn't her stepmother or even dating their father.
  • I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Both daughters are Jerkass Alpha Bitches who remind their mothers of the kind of girls they hated in high school, hence the title.
  • In later episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond, Allie Barone begins to manifest this trope, giving Ray another parental headache. Especially shocking as the series has followed Allie from the ages of six through fourteen and she has grown up with the show and her TV parents.
  • Mad Men:
    • Roger Sterling's daughter Margaret in the early seasons: she has numerous fits about how little attention Roger gives her, and about him marrying Jane, which is a fair point but she acts like a child about it (Mona isn't nearly as bothered by it as Margaret).
    • Also, by Season 6, Sally Draper fits the bill, mouthing off to Betty and going on a Model United Nations trip to Manhattan basically to hang out with boys unsupervised (albeit she takes the actual MUNing more seriously than her committee partner, who hasn't done any research and is there only for the boys).
  • Sue Sue Heck from The Middle acted like this after puberty set in for the character, often being every bit as demanding and self-centered as big brother Axel. In fact all the Heck children tend to have bratty phases as the series progressed, though they do each settle a bit in later seasons.
  • True Blood: Jessica Hamby, at first, after Bill Compton is sentenced to turning her by the magister. She's such a burden for Bill that he leaves her with Eric and Pam until she proves too much for them to handle so they return her to Bill. It's not until season 3 that Bill begins to actively warm up to her.
  • Vanessa from The Cosby Show. While Denise showed signs of this too, Vanessa went from a smart but mischievous child to a teenager constantly pushing the boundaries of what she's allowed to wear, who she can date, where she can go, etc. The season 3 intro drives this home; Cliff does a silly dance with each family member, but when it's Vanessa's turn, she just stands there rolling her eyes (she rejoins the fun in later seasons).
  • Alexis Rose on Schitt's Creek begins the series in her twenties, but she's still bratty and numerous stories of her teenage brattiness are told, often by her. She thought the diamond tennis bracelet her dad bought her for her sweet sixteen was an awful gift, she dropped out of a $250,000 boarding school without graduating and she shared her First Kiss with a much older Jared Leto...and that's just for starters.
  • Deva from Banshee definitely starts out as this. But as time goes on, she becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Sophie from In Treatment, although later in the season she improves as, under Paul's therapeutic influence, she begins to reconcile with her mother.
  • Northern Exposure: Maddie has her moments, especially at the beginning of the story.
  • Amanda Bernstein from Crash & Bernstein.
  • Dawn Buckets, older sister of the titular character of Kirby Buckets.
  • The White Lotus: Olivia fits this to a tee. She's a jerk to everyone except her friend Paula, spending her vacation complaining and making lots of rude remarks, even demanding her little brother sleep in another room.
  • Nowhere Boys: Viv in the alternate universe. She's much nicer in the original one.
  • In the present timeline for Yellowjackets, Callie Sadecki is openly disrespectful and condescending to her parents. Her one sweet Pet the Dog moment of understanding about her mother's trauma is followed by an attempt to blackmail her in exchange for more privileges. Her mom neutralizes it.
  • In From the Cold: Becca. Aside from her complaining about her mother's admittedly erratic behavior, she also kills a bird, makes a bracelet out of its feathers for a friend, and puts its skeleton in the soup of a rival. She also likely sabotaged her rival's ice skate so she suffers an accident.
  • Once Upon a Time: Robin in Season 7, when she's 18 and just coming into her magic and is hitting a 'rebel against the parents' stage of life. It almost turns out very badly for her when Gothel uses it as a way to weasel into her life.
  • You Me Her: Ava is a rude, sarcastic teenage girl who addresses both her mom and dad by their names just because it annoys them, taking devilish glee in getting at other people generally.
  • The Power (2023): Jos is embarrassed by her mom, dislikes her being mayor due to how much attention this gets them along with her having little time, and leaves negative comments on her online to hit back.
  • ''Mad TV": Katie Williams milks this trope for all its worth in both of her sketches. She acts happy and loving towards her parents at first. But everything goes to hell when somebody she knows appears. She will loudly groan and whine any time her parents so much as breathe. Both sketches end with her going back to the happy act.

  • In The Moon is Blue, David Slater's daughter Cynthia seems to have many traits of this (phoning men at odd hours and bitterly complaining to her father after Don rejects her), despite being old enough to drink.

    Video Games 
  • Wendy O. Koopa of the Super Mario Bros. canon, especially in the Super Mario Adventures comics and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 animated series.
  • Natalie from Harvest Moon DS Island Of Happiness, who loves to find ways to tease her meek older brother Elliott.
  • In the survival horror game, Camp Sunshine, even though there is a mass murderer lurking around who has killed almost everyone, there is one NPC girl, whose parents have made sure she got a luxury cabin, and who only cares about getting her heating fixed. Even when Jez, the player character, tries to reason with her about what's going on, she treats him like he works for her and demands that he help fix said heating.
  • The Winged Humanoid Lady Celeste, daughter of Lord Azure and Lady Ariel in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow. She can be quite an ungrateful bitch when Alexander rescues her from the Minotaur. Of course, her parents are that way toward humans too.
  • Severa from Fire Emblem: Awakening is this towards her parents at first glance, but unlike most examples she has plenty of good reasons why she's like that. Also, by the time of her A-rank supports with her parents, Severa does mellow out (slightly), and at least explains and admits to her mother why she's like that. This concludes with Severa openly telling her mother how much she loves her.
  • Despite being 22, Michael De Santa's daughter Tracey still largely acts like this in Grand Theft Auto V. She's a stereotypical Valley Girl raised in the game's fictionalized version of Beverly Hills, one who spends most of her time partying with porn stars, auditioning for a talent show, dressing in inappropriate clothing, yelling at her parents, and generally embarrassing Michael. That said, he still stands up for her when anyone tries to take advantage of her, she shows genuine concern when he starts falling back into his old ways, and the ending reveals that she's applied for college — and finally achieved her dream of making it onto TV (even if it's to embarrass herself on Fame or Shame).
  • Bass from Mega Man (Classic) is a male example to his creator, Dr. Wily.
  • Beyond: Two Souls: Jodie in the "Like Other Girls" chapter wants to go out on a Saturday night but Nathan grounds her in her room. She proceeds to throw a tantrum, play loud guitar music to annoy Cole, and use Aiden to break stuff.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, the Honest Corporate Executive Wong Ho's daughter Kiki gets kidnapped by the Tong, which doesn't restrain her from mouthing off to the player character while you're saving her life. Happily, you have the option of telling her you'll put her back where you found her if she doesn't pipe down.
  • Not for Broadcast: Stacey is a one-note character who rolls her eyes, is constantly sarcastic, and plays with her phone the whole time she's on screen. Until the finale of her appearance, where she delivers a memorable monologue describing her struggle of surviving abuse in a state-run Orphanage of Fear until Advance won the Government election and actually made her life worth living.

  • Summer Mighty of Everyday Heroes shows a bit of attitude here with a Curse Cut Short. She often shows her frustration at dealing with unwanted superpowers, especially the poorly controlled eyebeams that make it necessary to wear a mask all the time.
  • Diana in Furry Experience. She has a tendency to take things without asking, feeling her "special projects" gives her some kind of right to it, especially her mother's good yarn which she's been told not to use. She also tends to go after her older brother's stuff as well.
  • Inverted in Sluggy Freelance with Katie Zalia.
    Mrs. Zalia: How you've grown, Katie. My baby's a teenager already! And as a teenager you're supposed to be depressed and giving me the silent treatment!
    Katie: Ohhhh, yeah, sorry.
    Mrs. Zalia: I mean, aren't you embarrassed by everything going on in this house? "What if my friends found out" and stuff?
    Katie: Embarrassed? My mixed-up family is the coolest ever! Yeah, it makes me a little weird at school... but nobody bugs me or I'd just have Oasis kill 'em!
    Mrs. Zalia: ''*gasps* '
    Katie: Mom, I'm kidding. Mom, I know you're sad and depressed, but if you'd just talk to me...
    Mrs. Zalia: You wouldn't understand! *slams door*
  • Wendi Colt from Wootlabs - a humanoid lizard construct who, despite only being two years old, has all the markers of adolescent attitude.
  • Gender flipped with Hector of Charby the Vampirate who is a bratty teenage son who does everything in his power to be cool while also deciding he's so unique that no one can understand him. He combines this with being the Vampire Vannabe Annoying Younger Sibling of a Vampire Hunter.

    Web Original 
  • Though we never actually see her parents, Cheerleader from Teen Girl Squad definitely fits the bill.
  • MacKenzieheartsu in her vlog. It turned out she was just acting and it was some Viral Marketing for Domino's Pizza.
  • It turns out that The Nostalgia Chick was like this, screaming and stomping up to her room when she didn't get her way.
  • The Most Popular Girls in School: Brittnay Matthews.
  • Dr. Havoc's Diary: Ally Havoc. Though she's considerably ditsier and a lot less violent than Brittnay Matthews.
  • Anon: Miranda is the definition of spoiled. And no, she's not above assaulting family members when things don't go her way.
  • Gossip City:
    • Miki doesn't only act bratty towards her mother Kobayashi and calls her useless, even getting her dad to side with her and kick her out. Turns out that Miki isn't Kobayashi's biological daughter, as her real mother passed away before her dad married Kobayashi.
    • Mika constantly disrespected her father Kotaro. When he tried to confront her when he saw her hanging out with a group of boys, she poured milk which caused him to snap and point out that he isn't her biological father.
  • Manga-Waido: Akina became a brat to her adoptive father Kengo and constantly told him that he stinks due to being a garbageman and their relationship became strained. When Saeko, her adoptive mother told her the truth about why Kengo took that job, she broke down and admitted that her friend insulted her father. She became more gentle and even helped her father with his job.

    Western Animation 
  • Caprice the goth teenager from The Crumpets is into fashion and liking boys, but she does remarkably rude things, gets frustrated, and can extravagantly gush when she can't get things the way she wants. She may hate "this world" or herself, the latter case maybe going into suicidal territory.
  • Quinn Morgendorffer from Daria, as well as Sandi Griffin, who is also an Alpha Bitch. Quinn, at least, grows out of it a bit.
  • Candy of Dave the Barbarian. Dave and the other lampshade her many attributes with incredible familiarity.
  • Judy Funnie of Doug is this sometimes, when she's not being a Cloudcuckoolander or Cool Big Sis. Beebe Bluff too, in the Disney version, anyway.
  • This was the original characterization of Meg Griffin from Family Guy, which was justified by the desire to gain acceptance from her high school peers.
  • In the short-lived God, the Devil and Bob, Megan qualifies as one, which her mother revels in when Megan, over her objections, tries to adopt a disobedient dog, complaining about it behaving the same way she tends to.
  • Trina Riffin of Grojband is an exaggerated take to the point of being downright evil in her self-centered, overdramatic attitude. In fact, Grojband gets the inspiration for their songs' lyrics from her angst-filled diary entries. However, it's been hinted that she wasn't always this way.
  • Judy Jetson of The Jetsons. She sometimes acts much like a typical rebellious American teenage daughter whose interests include clothes, hanging out with boys, and revealing secrets to her diary.
  • Discussed In The Legend of Korra episode "A Leaf in the Wind" when Tenzin expresses frustration with his teenaged live-in Airbending student, Korra (the fact she's the reincarnation of his father Aang provides a very odd family dynamic). After his daughters witness a particularly bad bout where Korra insults Tenzin's teaching skills, Tenzin tries to avoid the inevitable.
    Tenzin: You must promise me your teenage years won't be like this!
  • Lori Loud of The Loud House tends to get uptight when things don't go her way. Justified, given her Valley Girl tendencies.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Chloé Bourgeois’ father Andre is not only Mayor of Paris but also a hotel owner. It’s no surprise she’s spoiled and used to getting what she wants, throwing tantrums, or doing petty things out of revenge when she doesn’t. She gets it from her mother.
  • Serenity Zilla from My Dad the Rock Star, who's spoiled by the rich lifestyle of being a famous rock star's daughter. However, she does have her moments showing she's not quite as shallow or self-centered as she seems.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Downplayed, but Jenny occasionally acts like a bratty teenage delinquent towards her mother Dr. Nora Wakeman if she doesn’t get her way.
  • Peppermint Rose has Rose start out as this, and she learns to put others' needs before her own.
  • Candace of Phineas and Ferb. High-strung, to boot. Though she's a more minor example. A more major one from the show would be Vanessa, but having an "evil" goofball for a father would do that to any girl.
  • Martha DeBoar in Pig City is concerned solely with things that benefit her, and takes pleasure in things that negatively impact her brother and cousin in any way.
  • Becky Detweiler in Recess at times. By the end of the movie, she gets better, and is back to the way she was for the DTV movie "Taking the Fifth Grade".
  • On South Park, Stan's sister Shelley has been this, but it has become progressively less and less covert.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Mr. Krabs' daughter Pearl often falls into this category. She's regularly crying about mild inconveniences and has little patience for Mr. Krabs' weirder quirks even beyond his greed.
  • Gems in Steven Universe are The Ageless, but some of them certainly look and act like teenage girls:
    • Amethyst is the "rebellious teen" of the Crystal Gems and is frequently at odds with Pearl, the "mother" of the team.
    • Flashbacks show Pearl acting rather petulant when she was younger, mostly towards Greg, especially for things involving Rose.
    • After Lapis Lazuli is defused from Malachite, she has a consistent attitude of apathy and untrusting aloofness. She shows a warmer side toward Steven and, eventually, Peridot.
    • A flashback dream in "Jungle Moon" reveals Pink Diamond to have been a mix of this and Annoying Younger Sibling to Yellow Diamond, with Yellow Diamond acting like an Aloof Big Sis who gets fed up when her bratty fellow Diamond gets in the way of her work. Pink Diamond, clearly trying to get Yellow's attention, whines that she deserves her own army and colony since she's a Diamond and thus just as important as Yellow Diamond. Yellow Diamond snaps that Pink Diamond sure isn't acting very important. The dream ends with Pink Diamond smashing a window in hurt frustration. And by the way, Pink is about twelve feet tall, but still completely dwarfed by the other Diamonds.
  • Molly from Taz-Mania is Taz's younger sister, who despite being more refined than him, often shares his vicious nature, though in a more Sibling Rivalry sense. She loves the boy band New Chips off the Block and worries constantly about her image.
  • Kitten from Teen Titans (2003), daughter of the supervillain Killer Moth, who forces her father to threaten Robin into taking her to her junior prom.
  • Amanda Duff, Elmyra's older sister from the Tiny Toon Adventures episodes, "Take Elmyra Please" and "Grandma's Dead".
  • Debbie Thornberry from The Wild Thornberrys, who would be anywhere except travelling the world to film wild animals with the rest of her family. Though she's at least a little smarter than the average.


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