Spike: Because. You're the goody-good guys. You're the freaking cavalry.
Heroes have to deal with a lot of obstacles on their quest, or even everyday life. Not just from the Big Bad, but also fellow citizens. One of the most annoying is the Ungrateful Bastard, who won't thank the heroes over being rescued, or worse, complains! Of course, there are worse bad habits out there. Chief among them is acting like an Entitled Bastard.
Despite being a Jerkass who bad mouths the heroes, obstructs their efforts or is an outright villain, they feel entitled to the heroes' unwavering loyalty and aid in a time of crisis. Once a threat comes around that can't be slimed out of by selling out an ally, he asks for and expects to be saved, possibly even before more deserving Innocent Bystanders! He will be completely shameless about this, even if he created the threat in the first place and perhaps even intended to use it against the heroes before it backfired on him.
The Entitled Bastards usually think it's all about them; they don't feel at all sheepish about asking the people whose lives they've made hell for help, and they see no reason to thank them for it afterwards. What happens to them depends on just how annoying or harmful they've been, and how nice or naughty the heroes are. If they've just been bad-mouthing a generally Good Samaritan of a hero, they'll be saved no matter what. If the hero has a sense of humor, they might leave them in a safe place... hanging by their underpants. On the other hand, outright murderous villains will likely die with a look of bewilderment as the Anti-Hero refuses to help and leaves them to their fate... or even speeds their death along.
Usually a source of Dude, Where's My Respect?, and often a case of Villain Ball. The vast majority of villains in general show this quality to some degree given that their way in life is getting whatever they fancy without caring about whether or not they have any rightful claim over it, and it's also one of the defining traits of The Sociopath.
Not to be confused with a Heroic Bastard who gains a seat in the peerage of a kingdom. Even though he's an "entitled bastard" in the literal sense of the term, he's not necessarily an example of this trope (although he can be). Sadly Truth in Television.
- Cardcaptor Sakura: This is Syaoran's primary problem during the early part of the series. He believes that he is the rightful heir to the Clow Cards by virtue of being Clow Reed's descendant, whereas Sakura is, in his view, an incompetent weakling. His entire rivalry with Sakura is built on entitlement. Fortunately, he grows out of it.
- Dragon Ball:
Vegeta: Use your head. Do you honestly think I would stay loyal to you after you blew up the planet I was destined to rule?!
- In the first series, during their first meeting with Master Roshi after returning his pet turtle, Bulma fully expects Roshi to give her a gift in exchange despite the fact that she blatantly refused to initially help Turtle return to the sea, and tried to persuade Goku to feed Turtle to the Bear Thief to save her own hide; Turtle even outright says that Goku's the only one who really helped him.
- During the fight against Frieza in Dragon Ball Z, Vegeta gets himself critically injured by Krillin as part of a plan to get a power boost by having Dende heal him (Saiyans become more powerful upon recovering from near-death experiences), and is genuinely shocked when Dende refuses to do so since Vegeta was just as bad as Frieza and had slaughtered countless Namekians himself. He ends up doing so anyway after Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin point out that they need Vegeta to stand a chance. For bonus points, the first thing Vegeta does after getting healed is punch Dende in the stomach for taking so long.
- As a whole, this is Vegeta's Fatal Flaw, along with his pride and wrath, before the final fight with Majin Buu. He believes he should be the strongest because he's the Prince of the Saiyans and born exceptionally gifted among his race, whereas Goku was born at the absolute bottom of the Saiyan pecking order. His entire rivalry with Goku is built on entitlement.
- Despite being a sadistic bastard who regularly tortures others and a Bad Boss to the nth degree, Babidi has the gall to beg Piccolo to help him after being cut in half and left to die. Piccolo rightfully tells him to screw off. He manages to get Majin Buu to heal him shortly after, insisting that if he dies, no one will be able to set Buu free should he be sealed up again.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, Frieza offers Vegeta a high-ranking position back in his army if he kills Goku for him. Despite the fact that Frieza slaughtered Vegeta's entire species, destroyed his homeworld, belittled him at every turn while Vegeta served him, and tortured him to death for fun back on Namek, he's genuinely shocked when Vegeta shoots his offer down in favor of killing him. Vegeta even lampshades it:
- The Politicians in charge of the Free Planets Alliance in Legend of Galactic Heroes come across as this for the large part. The biggest example comes when they beg Yang Wen-li to go out and save their asses from an invasion by The Empire... while in the middle of trying to hold him under inquiry of questionable legality officially for his previous actions in saving their asses from a military coup not too long before. They don't learn a damn thing, do something similar to him later, and those actions end up forcing the Alliance to surrender to the Galactic Empire.
The worst part is that they try to make it appear that they are afraid that Yang would commit a coup d'état of his own, which does not seem at first to be an unreasonable fear considering that the Free Planets Alliance arch-enemy was founded by a successful general turned totalitarian tyrant; but it becomes extremely clear as the series goes that they know that Yang has no dictatorial ambitions and are just terrified by the idea that he might go into politics and win elections legitimately.
- Paracule from Tower of God. Plots to overthrow you and cries for your help the next day.
- The young Priestess Shion from Naruto: Shippūden the Movie acted like this, a lot. Turns out she just did that to keep people from wanting to be around her, 'cause people who get close to her often end up dead.
- In Ranma ½ many of Ranma and Akane's old enemies/rivals/unwanted fiancé will often come to the Tendō dojo pleading their help with some problem. Notably Sentarō, from the Martial Arts Tea Ceremony episodes, whose antics include kidnapping girl-type Ranma off the street in order to marry her. When he does get Ranma and Akane to help him, he takes advantage of the situation by trying to run off with Akane.
- Muteki Kanban Musume: Miki never has any doubts asking for help from the people she constantly bullies and abuses.
- Attack on Titan showcases this with a worryingly large number of the wealthy, but best highlighted with one who obstructs an emergency exit with a cart piled with goods, flat-out telling Mikasa to her face that they're there just to die so people like him can live, while also pulling Screw the Rules, I Have Connections! when she threatens him.
- One Piece, there's a subversion: Post-Time Skip, a group of impostors try to take advantage of the Straw Hats' infamy and recruit powerful pirates for their venture into the New World. Their captain, Fake Luffy, acts like this by using Luffy's reputation (especially his rather colorful heritage) to do what he wants — since he isn't the real Luffy, he's a bastard, but not an actual entitled bastard. It's one of the main reasons why Sentoumaru was able to tell they were fakes; taking advantage of his reputation to bully civilians is something the real Luffy would never do. The real Luffy also cares very little for his heritage, to the point that he seems completely unaware of it at times.
- The World Nobles. Ironically, Donquixote Doflamingo, a former World Noble, is probably the worst of the lot. His actions boil down to him having a thirty-year long temper tantrum over the fact he was not allowed to return to Mariejois just because his father decided to uproot their family and make them live as commoners. That would be a mistake, as the country they moved to (which was completely unaffiliated with the World Government) found out about their status and, being victims of the World Nobles' cruelty, decided to take their revenge on them knowing that there would be no repercussions. While he does have a genuinely tragic past, that is no excuse for his deplorable actions. And — something that is frequently pointed out out-of-universe — it was because Doflamingo kept on acting like a Spoiled Brat that the citizens were tipped off about their heritage in the first place.
- In The Testament of Sister New Devil, the hero clan, but especially Takashi Hayase, call Basara Tojo out on his involvement in the Brynhildr incident even though the incident scarred him much more than them and he was unable to control his powers at the time. Even though it's not without reason, they're just so vengeful about it that it's really hard to care. Mio Naruse calls them out with a Shut Up, Hannibal! after hearing this reason for the umpteenth time.
- Sword Art Online: Sugou Nobuyuki/Oberon, the Big Bad of the Fairy Dance arc, takes this to extreme levels, believing he has the right to do whatever he wants, like rule the world, and no one has any right to stop him. When he first reveals his true colors to Kirito, he brags that it's his right to take advantage of Asuna, since RECTO took custody of her and the other 300 SAO survivors, and that he's entitled to compensation for keeping them all alive. Later, when Kayaba's Virtual Ghost overrides his control of ALO and gives Kirito Game Master privileges, Sugou throws a screaming tantrum and rants that Kayaba always takes everything he considers rightfully his.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Shou Tucker genuinely expected to be rewarded by the State Military for turning his own daughter into a chimera for the sake of a research grant; when they instead place him under house arrest to eventually be decommissioned and court-martialed, he has the gall to gripe about how no one understands him and he got the short end of the stick.
- Myne/Princess Malty from The Rising of the Shield Hero, more specifically in the anime. Made the protagonist a pariah based on a lie in the very first chapter or episode, tried to kill both him and her much more reasonable younger sister Princess Melty due to Melty being the one who will inherit the throne, and then (in the anime, at least, due to the different handling of the scene) begged him to save her once her plans went awry and she ended up in legal trouble and about to be executed. To quote the protagonist directly:
Naofumi: She's so thick-skinned, she can beg a guy she tried to kill for her life, and mean it!
- Sandorst from The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw. The city is in ruins so he orders a salvage in order to build a comfortable lounge for himself while the rest of the citizens huddle in the cold wreckage.
- Spider-Man's greatest and best-hidden foe does this quite often. Who is he? J. Jonah Jameson. He manages to publicly badmouth and ridicule him on a daily basis, has created two supervillains (the infamous Scorpion as well as C-lister The Human Fly) and a few evil robots in his quest to kill Spidey, gets into all sorts of fights and kidnappings by Spidey's other foes (who are jealous of him), and Spider-Man always, always pulls his bacon out of the fire... though he does put him in his place with purposely embarrassing rescues.
He even gets to become the Mayor of New York, despite how often he's printed complete garbage about Spider-Man that he's later had to retract when it turned out that, yes, it really was Mysterio or Chameleon, and despite the fact he's known to have sponsored the creation of Scorpion, the Human Fly and the Spider-Slayers.
- In various continuities, this is Lex Luthor's attitude towards Superman. And pretty much everyone else's opinion of Lex himself.
- In Supergirl Volume 5 Sleazy journalist Cat Grant launched a smear campaign against Supergirl with the intention of driving her away Metropolis. Cat calls Supergirl a reckless, out-of-control teenager, accuses her of spearheading a Kryptonian Alien Invasion, and complained about her out-of-fashion dress and the length of her skirt. During one year she told everyone over and again that the world doesn't need a Supergirl. And then she ran into trouble and blackmailed Kara into helping her because she couldn't find Superman. And as they teamed up, Cat kept insulting her.
Supergirl: "The hero the world doesn't need," Cat wrote about me. Some days, though, it sure feels like it does. Though, if there weren't three kids missing, I'm not sure I'd help her. You can't say those kinds of things about a person then expect them to just fly up and give you a hand.
- Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade: Belinda spends the whole school year bullying Linda and trying to drive her and Lena apart. Finally, she snaps, attacks the school and Supergirl, steals her inter-dimensional communicator, and overloads it with her out-of-control emotions. Her actions and choices lead to her being turned into a sentient statue, a development that she blames Supergirl for. Still, when Supergirl and Lena start arguing, Belinda complains about helping her not being a priority. And she calls them jerks.
- In Supergirl Volume 5 Sleazy journalist Cat Grant launched a smear campaign against Supergirl with the intention of driving her away Metropolis. Cat calls Supergirl a reckless, out-of-control teenager, accuses her of spearheading a Kryptonian Alien Invasion, and complained about her out-of-fashion dress and the length of her skirt. During one year she told everyone over and again that the world doesn't need a Supergirl. And then she ran into trouble and blackmailed Kara into helping her because she couldn't find Superman. And as they teamed up, Cat kept insulting her.
- The Dark Knight Returns: Jerkass bystander Byron Brassballs.
- The Kingpin from Daredevil has a lot of this in his character and will pull Disproportionate Retribution on people who deny him his way. The Ultimate version was worse, ordering Spider-Man's school blown up while class was in session after Daredevil threatened to kill his wife. And during the threat, he kept pleading with Daredevil that he had done nothing wrong because it "wasn't personal" despite the fact that in the Ultimate continuity, Kingpin was the one who killed Daredevil's father. Made worse in triplicate by the fact that it was Spider-Man who talked Daredevil down. That's right, The Kingpin was going to bomb a school full of teenagers to punish the guy who saved his wife from death right in front of his eyes.
- Legion of Super Heroes: A story involved a young boy (around 10 years old) whose father was extremely wealthy. The boy placed himself recklessly in danger, expecting the Legion to save him because (in the boy's view) they expected to be paid. He eventually learns his lesson after being scared half to death by a truly murderous maniac who hated the boy's father and would have killed the boy as revenge if the Legion hadn't prevented it.
- Irredeemable: A flashback showed the Plutonian being faced with a man who complained that his boat was damaged in a pirate attack the Plutonium just prevented. This guy ended up annoying the Plutonian (who was already having a rough day) to the point that he flew to the moon just to get a few minutes of peace and quiet. And then the events that would kickstart Plutonian's Start of Darkness happened...
- Happens basically every second time the X-Men save somebody. They are getting racial slurs thrown at them and are expected to save the same people.
- When Cheshire was part of Deathstroke's Titans team, she wanted to kill him for embarrassing her and tried to get Arsenal to help. This was after their daughter Lian was killed in Justice League: Cry for Justice and Roy fell back into his heroin addiction and became a violent antihero. Cheshire first tried to feign sympathy by telling Arsenal he couldn't bring their daughter back by hurting himself, then tried to play on his loyalty to the Titans by telling him Deathstroke was soiling their name. When that didn't work, Cheshire dropped all pretense by telling Arsenal she didn't care if his drug addiction killed him but he owed her for "Letting their daughter die." What's especially hypocritical about this is that Cheshire once conceived a replacement baby to get out of the Secret Six, even though it meant Lian might be killed in the process since her well being was used as a bargaining chip to keep Cheshire on the team. And Cheshire still treats Arsenal like crap while he's on Deathstroke's team with her when she's not sleeping with him to keep him under her thumb.
- Zatanna: Benjamin Raymond, having made a deal with Mammon to help him collect souls in exchange for extended life, tries and fails to sacrifice Zatanna. This causes his own soul to be forfeit to Mammon, and he has the nerve to ask Zatanna to help him. She can't stop Mammon from claiming him, but takes pity on him and transforms him into an inanimate lump of gold so he won't suffer.
- In the famous "Unthinkable" arc of Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom used demonic possession to seize control over Reed's infant daughter Valeria, captured and tortured his family for days, and opened a portal to hell and threw his son into it. After Reed managed to save the day, he was able to trick Doom into insulting the demons who granted him his power boost, causing them to grab him and drag him into hell. After all this Doom still asked Reed to save him from an eternity of torment and claim he'd changed his ways but... It says a lot to how much suffering Doom had caused that Reed felt no guilt or shame at all in leaving him there to rot.
- The Transformers: Robots in Disguise: When the Autobots win the war and Cybertron is restored, many of the neutral Cybertonians return to the planet and try to take control, forcing the autobots to release the captive Deceptions to stop the attack. They also put blame on the autobots even though it was the autobots who fought and died to restore their world.
- In Amazing Fantasy, Mysterio was once a special effects artist but was fired during the rise of CGI because his effects were just too expensive. Rather than adapt to the times or look for cheaper ways to do his specialty, Mysterio became a supervillain just to get the money he "deserved".
- Child of the Storm has this as a feature of many of its villains: Gravemoss thinks he deserves the power to conduct his heinous experiments; HYDRA think they deserve to rule the world (based on an unclear metric of being 'better' than everyone else); the Red Room believe they deserve to regain Russia's 'lost empire' (more specifically, Yelena Belova believes that she deserves to be the Black Widow); Sinister believes that he deserves the god-given right to treat anyone and everyone as a medical experiment; Surtur believes he deserves his power (stolen from the Phoenix) and has the right to rewrite the universe according to his design (because everyone else is wrong, apparently); and Reynolds a.k.a. the Void/the Parasite believes that he deserves Clark's power because apparently he isn't using it properly.
- Sekai of Perfection is Overrated thinks of her minions as expendable, in large part the result of her impatient and self-centered personality, which is enabled by her ability to steal the powers of her enemies with her Element. The Usurper also has elements of this, as he fully expects all the SUEs, who have their own self-centered agendas that are generally exclusive from each other's and his, to fall in line with his plan to destroy the Himes and reshape the world as he sees fit.
- In the Pokemon Fanfic series A New Chance Series Jessie and James once again meet Rico, but in this story, he successfully steals Arbok, Weezing, and Meowth. They beg Ash and his friends to rescue their Pokemon, but everyone except him and Latias outright refuse, until they learn it was Rico, who had bought Larvitar's mother. It's defied later on when Brock lectures them on why they should quit, mentioning that they would be truly irredeemable if they continued to rob Pokemon even after knowing the pain of losing theirs, especially Ash, who just risked his life.
- The Hinata Girls are quite bad about this in the Love Hina fic For His Own Sake. They're pissed off that Keitaro finally got sick of putting up with them and left the inn; in the three years he ran the inn, they beat him up over the smallest of offenses, and through it all, they expected him just keep defending them and doing everything for them.
- Veran, the Big Bad of the The Legend of Zelda fic Wisdom and Courage, is an openly sadistic Jerkass who's entire Evil Plan amounts to gathering power and then using it to commit random acts of destruction For the Evulz, and yet she believes she deserves to rule all worlds and even the Golden Goddesses themselves should bow down to her. It's taken Up to Eleven when she's genuinely surprised and furious when Link rejects the We Can Rule Together card when she pulls it during the final showdown; keep in mind that Veran has spent a significant portion of the story going above and beyond to make Link's life miserable and that she makes the offer mere seconds after she inflicts a brutal Cold-Blooded Torture on Link that ends with her slashing out his right eye.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness Act VI: From chapter 27 onwards, when she accepts her role as Dark's guardian angel/mother figure and nothing more after spending most of her screentime being an Ax-Crazy Yandere over him, she becomes this to Mizore, demanding that Mizore actually shows her respect before she even considers giving her her blessing to marry Dark; considering the fact that Arial had previously savagely clawed Mizore into Ludicrous Gibs in a jealous ragenote , stole her engagement ring right off of her hand while issuing death threats in the middle of the night, and is continuing to be nothing but a Jerkass to her despite all of Mizore's attempts to bond with her, and even after Mizore saved her ungrateful life, it's been pointed out at least once that Arial has done nothing to deserve respect from Mizore.
- Blaze and Shadow from Precure Meet The Dream Traveler bully Yuko for her love of food/cooking; calling her a "glutton," rolling their eyes and scoffing when she talks about food being love, call her "please be delicious" wish 'voodoo crap', and hit Megumi when she mimics this. And despite this, both of them demand that she cooks for them.
- Viserys Targaryen from The Difference One Man Can Make thinks the Norfolks will immediately grovel and obey him when he comes at First Forge seeking an army to give him the Iron Throne. When Harry bluntly says no and details why, Viserys is so infuriated he tries to draw his sword and when his sister Daenerys stops him, his first reaction is trying to beat her.
- Erased Potential: After learning that Izuku has been training with Eraserhead to learn how to fight despite being Quirkless, Bakugou immediately decides that he wants in, and goes to meet Aizawa fully expecting that the pro will agree to teach him as well. Though he does get a lesson out of it, it's far from what he was expecting, as Aizawa instead takes him to task for his attitude problem.
- Kingdom Hearts 3: Final Stand:
- Ansem's parents acted as such, believing themselves better than everyone else purely because they were of royal blood.
- As revealed in Moons of Fate, Minoru was no better, constantly going on about how he deserves more respect and recognition than he gets, and being jealous of Yamato for getting all the glory when Minoru himself has basically done nothing to deserve any respect or recognition. It's to the extent that when he slaps Rimi, the crown princess, for criticizing him and is dishonorably discharged by Ansem for doing so, Minoru continues to rant about Ansem showing favoritism to Yamato.
- Braig as well. At the end of Re:Final Stand, he bemoans that he'll never get a Keyblade now and that Xehanort promised him his own. Terra and Aqua tell him point-blank that an evil bastard like him would never be worthy of a Keyblade anyway.
- Ms. Bustier's class is shown to be full of these in Leave For Mendeleiev:
- Chloe is used to always getting her way, thanks to exploiting her father's connections and her favorite teacher expecting her better-behaved students to serve as 'good role models' by constantly forgiving all her bullying. Since Marinette is her favorite victim, she honestly believes she should still get free access to her after she transfers out, actively seeking her out and getting pissed off whenever anyone else steps in.
- Adrien feels that because he's Chat Noir, Ladybug is destined to be his, whether she wants to be or not. He sees nothing wrong with pursuing both her and her Secret Identity against her wishes and gets annoyed whenever he's reminded that she has a life outside of him and doesn't return his interest.
- Alya feels entitled to Ladybug's Secret Identity, believing that because there are American superheroes who have publicly revealed who they are, Ladybug should do the same. Unlike Adrien, Alya eventually comes around when Ladybug hammers home why that would be a horrible idea, and switches targets to seeking Hawkmoth's identity.
- At one point, Nino grabs Marinette out of the hall and hauls her into class, forcibly volunteering her help for a group project. Nobody present is willing to acknowledge her protests that she never actually agreed, brushing off her complaints and telling her that she should be more than happy to help.
- In Unmasked's Miraculous Salt Fic Happy Birthday, Miss Bustier, Marinette gets her teacher a gift basket full of bath products, which Miss Bustier sees as the most impressive present she was given by any of her students that year. However, she also sees it as less impressive than the gifts Marinette had gotten for her before. She deems this important enough to ask Marinette to stay after class and discuss matters with her. Much more important than addressing any of the bullying she had seen certain other students subjecting Marinette to. She then has the gall to try lecturing Marinette about how she should be helping those very same students after all the abuse they've heaped upon her, and is honestly shocked when she refuses.
- The Duke of Weselton in Frozen. From the very beginning, he makes it clear that he intends to take advantage of Arendelle's riches, and when Elsa's powers are exposed, he brands her a monster and tries to have her killed. In spite of all that, when all is resolved, he still demands an audience with Elsa... only to be shocked when Elsa not only refuses to meet with him but permanently severs all business ties between Arendelle and Weselton.
- The Incredibles: Young Buddy Pine believed that being able to invent jet-boots and claiming to know Mr. Incredible's moves, fighting style and catchphrases automatically entitled him to become Mr. Incredible's ward. Even when he recalls the hurt he felt at Mr. Incredible rebuking him for his foolish decision to interrupt the confrontation between Mr. Incredible and Bomb Voyage, the audience sees the flashback is actually a Self-Serving Memory; Bomb Voyage is completely missing in Syndrome's version.
- Kuzco in The Emperor's New Groove is this in spades at the beginning. After being turned into a llama, he demands that Pacha escort him back to the palace while still openly intending to raze Pacha's village to build his summer home. He gets better...unless you count The Emperor's New School as canon, since Kuzco suffers Aesop Amnesia there and returns to his egotistical ways.
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: Chester V, despite mockingly calling his assistant Barb the Orangutan a "monkey" throughout the film and firing her when she shows hesitation at carrying out the order to kill Flint's friends, has the nerve to beg her for help when he's cornered by the heroes and the Foodimals, all the while still calling her "monkey". This is what causes Barb to fully turn on him and cement her HeelFace Turn.
- Toy Story 3: Lotso, who had enslaved the toys and put them through Cold-Blooded Torture, demands the toys to rescue him from being shredded in the dumpster, which was his own fault to begin with. He does get his wish, but he betrays them by leaving the toys to be incinerated. The toys then realize that saving Lotso was a bad idea.
- The princess in Spaceballs starts out this way. She gets over it pretty quickly, however... She kinda lost the attitude along with the matching luggage.
- There's an inversion in Batman Begins. Ra's Al Ghul is trapped on a train bound to crash, but rather than expect to be saved he taunts Batman on whether he's learned the necessity of killing for the greater good. Since his mercy earlier at the monastery allowed Ra's to torment him, he was implying that Batman's lack of desire to kill is self-invalidating and even in that case (where Ra believes he is on the right and Bruce is on the wrong) he won't be able to stop him because his thinking is inherently flawed. Batman notes (pretty much shirking the issue and glossing over that he set up with Gordon's help the train to crash):
Batman: I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you.
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park gives us Peter Ludlow, a fairly stock Corrupt Corporate Executive who views all the dinosaurs on Isla Sorna as his company's personal property and disregards the wishes of his uncle John Hammond to go after them.
- The wrestling arena manager from Spider-Man spitefully scams Peter out of his $3,000, yet once he himself gets robbed, he is genuinely surprised that Peter never helped him out.
- Happens in Titanic (1997). The fiancé actually uses a small child (just grabs her off the deck, and given that the boat tipped over and dumps most of its passengers, chances are good that said girl got dumped too) to get a seat on a lifeboat, seeming like a Karma Houdini, but then we learn he kills himself because of the 1929 Wall Street crash.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Even though Umbridge sadistically tortured Harry and many other students by making them carve words into their own skin, took over Hogwarts, and forced students to follow increasingly inane rules, she is genuinely shocked when Harry refuses to save her from a herd of centaurs that she pissed off. Harry even gets to use an Ironic Echo for her which he didn't use in the book; he uses it again in Deathly Hallows.
- In Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Obstructive Bureaucrat Galloway, after repeatedly insulting Lennox, Epps, his troops and the Autobots (even calling the dead Optimus Prime a pile of junk), expected that Lennox would help him get to safety when there was a problem (actually rigged by the heroes to go help Sam) with the airplane. Of course, Lennox does us all a favour and shoves Galloway off the plane with only his parachute.
- In Aquaman (2018), David Kane demands Arthur to rescue his father from drowning, completely ignoring that his father attacked Arthur after the latter tried to spare him. Arthur shuts him up for this, saying that they deserve no mercy after they massacred a bunch of innocent Russian sailors.
- Star Wars Expanded Universe: Borsk Fey'lya and much of his administration, particularly during the Yuuzhan Vong war. Even worse, since it's generally the military he's talking to, they actually are required to save him, no matter how much he's damaged the situation.
- Senna Wales, the witch of the Everworld series. She believes that the other four main characters are magicless fools who should shut up and do exactly as she says and be grateful for it, and is herself totally ungrateful to anything that they do for her. She's a bit different in that she isn't an antagonist originally and even helps the main four characters as often as she troubles them, at least until the very end. It helps that she's a well-documented hypocrite, with a huge helping of Moral Myopia.
- Honor Harrington
- Manticore's High Ridge Government could be the collective poster children for this trope (not least because they're all highborn idiots. They put the Haven-Manticore War on pause just when their side has the decisive upper hand, spend years chopping their political opponents (who happen to be the statesmen and military officers who made that war winnable) off at the knees out of spite, antagonize their allies to the point where some start siding with Haven, and drag out peace negotiations for no reason other than rubbing Haven's nose in it (said treatment eventually pushes the Havenites to reignite the war). Sure, at the end of War of Honor they're given the boot and made political persona non grata, but considering the mess they've created (or made worse), it still feels like they're getting off light. Captain (later Rear Admiral) Michael Oversteegen is related to seemingly half of these idiots and pulls no punches when informing those relatives how much he detests them.
- Reginald Houseman from The Honor of the Queen is another one — demanding that Honor sacrifice the planet they're trying to open up diplomatic relations with to save his own ass. She reacted rather strongly to the suggestion... they don't get along so well these days.
- The Dresden Files. Rudolph is both this and one hell of an Obstructive Bureaucrat. Despite the fact that he would have died long ago if not for Harry and Murphy, Rudolph takes every opportunity to give Internal Affairs information on Murphy and try to get Harry arrested. In Changes, he is at his worst. Rudolph gets the FBI to bring Harry in for questioning after his office is blown up, and has the FBI break down Harry's door. Oh, and he gets Murphy fired... after she helped to save him from Red Court Vampires. Rudolph is saved from imminent death at least twice in the book, in fact, which only seems to make him more rabid in his hatred for the heroes.
- It's implied that there was probably some mind control or other manipulation applied to him in order to make life hell for our heroes in a subtle way.
- A story on the Free to Be You and Me record called "Ladies First" involved a girl who felt that she was entitled to anything she demanded just because she was a "real little lady." When she went on a jungle expedition with some other kids and they were captured by talking tigers, she demanded to be released immediately, shrilling "Ladies first! Ladies first!"
And so she was. And rather tasty, too.
- Feet of Clay features a wealthy man who keeps writing to Commander Vimes to complain about all the minorities allowed in the Watch, even trying to gain some pull by claiming to be a friend of the Patrician. Later in the story, he shows up and pulls Vimes (thinking he's a normal Watchman) aside to deal with a golem (non-violently) obstructing his business. He fully expects Vimes to drop everything and help, even claiming he's a friend of the Watch Commander.
- The Rust family are typical of Ankh-Morpork's nobility, in that if the glass-half-full test were applied to them (do you see it as half-full [optimist] or as half-empty [pessimist?]), they'd add a third option: loudly and indignantly demanding to know why it was half-empty and insisting somebody made it their business to keep it full, right now! Indeed, the Right Honourable Gravid Rust — who later distinguished himself for selling goblins as slaves — first came to Watch attention for whipping a servant who laid out his shoes the wrong way round.
- In This Immortal, everyone assumes Cort Myshtigo to be one. He's from an influential family, acts rudely, ignores whoever he wants, disregards Conrad's instructions, and still expects the latter to save him and guard his life. It is later revealed that Myshtigo was a superb actor and considered this assignment his last great role, all while he was dying of some incurable disease.
- In Speak, Melinda befriends the new girl at school, Heather, only for Heather to ditch her as soon as she's able to get in with the popular Martha clique, because of Melinda's unpopularity with the rest of the school. Several months later, the Marthas' sky-high expectations have become too much for Heather, and she resorts to begging Melinda for help on a massive school project the Marthas expect her to complete. She's genuinely shocked when Melinda refuses.
Melinda's thoughts: She completely ignores the fact that I was never in, and that she dumped me, banished me from even the shadows of Martha glory. I feel like any minute a guy in a lavender suit will burst into the room with a microphone and bellow, Another alternate-reality moment brought to you by Adolescence!
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince presents Marvolo Gaunt, who abuses his daughter, Merope, regularly while forcing her to do all the menial housework without showing her any appreciation. According to Dumbledore, Marvolo, after a stint in Azkaban, expects his abused daughter to dutifully await his return with a hot meal ready on the table and is genuinely shocked upon finding out she had run away from him instead.
- Game of Thrones: Viserys seems surprised to discover Dany is unwilling to save him after he threatens her life and the life of her unborn child, and this is after a lifetime of other abuse.
- The following in Misfits:
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Spike, after his first run-in with Initiative soldiers, comes to Buffy begging for help. Buffy's immediate response is to bodily toss him off of Giles' front porch.
Spike: What part of "Help me" don't you understand?
Buffy: The part where I help you.
- After Spike explains about the chip in his brain that stops him from feeding:
Buffy: So you haven't murdered anybody lately? Let's be best pals!
- Later, when the soldiers are chasing him again, Giles asks why they should help him.
Spike: Because you do that. You're the goody-good guys. You're the bloody freaking cavalry.
- Spike, after his first run-in with Initiative soldiers, comes to Buffy begging for help. Buffy's immediate response is to bodily toss him off of Giles' front porch.
- Supergirl (2015):
- In episode six, Gen. Lane all but demands Supergirl's help testing out the Red Tornado android, blames her when things go pear-shaped, and doesn't thank her when she saves his life (along with Jimmy's and his daughter Lucy's). It's discovered later in the episode that Red Tornado was developed to deal with Kryptonians like Kara and her cousin, and that the general was actually field-testing it against her with the intention of deploying it against Superman. What really sets him up for this is when he gets told by his daughter that he is wrong about her relationship with Jimmy holding her back, he has no Heel Realization, no Villainous Breakdown, no My God, What Have I Done? moment. He just says he hopes she realizes her mistake before her entire life has passed her by. A bastard par excellence.
- Cat's mother also counts for a pure Muggle example. She has no interaction with any super or metahuman, but she does put Cat down from the moment she enters to the moment she leaves and expects Cat to take it. Cat doesn't, tells her mother off, and defends Kara's on-the-job skill, if for no other reason than she feels she is the only one entitled to talk down to Kara.
- Russell Hantz considers himself among the ranks of the game's Magnificent Bastards, like Richard Hatch and "Boston" Rob Mariano. But what they understand and he doesn't is that evicted players on the jury have to like you or at least respect you enough to vote for you to win. Russell just wantonly lied and bullied his way through the game — twice — and ended by asking "Who's the man?", to which both juries shouted "NOT YOU!" And then he had the gall, after his second loss, to argue that the rules were flawed because he didn't win, or because someone who had a drastically different playstyle (Sandra) could win twice. Russell also cried and said that he respected the game too much to lose in Redemption Island, saying it was how a professional NFL player feels about playing with a bunch of "Peewee leaders" who "lost the challenge on purpose to get him out", and claimed that nobody else was there to play the game and was only there for fame. Never mind that he was doing the exact same things he did during the previous two times he played. Asking people to flip and be a third wheel, assembling the usual (Laker Girl) harem, searching for the idol recklessly (if you're idol hunting, MAKE SURE NOBODY IS WATCHING YOU first!!), even dumping out the tribe's rice while they were out fishing, without even considering that this time, he was playing with people who had the chance to see him in action. (And if you've seen those seasons, there's absolutely zero excuse for not knowing his game inside and out.)
- Jeff Kent a few seasons later was voted out and became the second member of the jury. While he was given a nice edit, in his Elimination Statement, he tears into everyone else and acts like he deserved to win when he already had made over $60 million playing baseball. According to the MLB, however, he's certainly a Nice Character, Mean Actor.
- Kate and her mother Rebecca, two peasants in Locksley, were this on Robin Hood. The worst moment is when Rebecca blames Robin for her son's death and angrily asks him where he was when he died. You can almost see Robin thinking: "I was right next to him, watching as your stupid daughter kept messing up my plans to save him."
- Riley Matthews, an incredibly naive girl, from Girl Meets World seems to think that just because she's such a nice person that she should always get her way.
- Doctor Who:
- The Weeping Angels. They spent two episodes chasing the Doctor and his friends, killing everyone in their way. At the end of the two-parter, the Angels discover that one of the cracks in the universe is threatening to absorb them and wipe them from existence — so they have the nerve to tell the Doctor to sacrifice himself to save them. True, they say they'll spare River and Amy, but considering who we're talking about, they were probably lying about that.
- Then there's Madam Kovarian who had the nerve to ask Amy to save her — the very person whose child she kidnapped and raised into a psychotic Laser Guided Tyke Bomb to have the Doctor (who happens to be Amy's best friend) assassinated, while outright taunting her about how she'll still save her since that's what the Doctor (whom Kovarian was, as stated before, trying to kill) would do. Amy "kindly" reminds her that he isn't present and gives her exactly what she deserves.
- Big Brother:
- In the US show, Rachel and Brendon (but mostly Rachel) are almost like Russell Hantz in terms of this trope. They are good at winning competitions but have a poor social game and come off as this, but Rachel especially. Both of them, but mostly Rachel push their way through the game without regards for how everyone else thinks of them, hurls insults and Disproportionate Retribution around like balls at a baseball game and are somehow surprised that people can't stand them and hate their guts and that there are targets on their backs. And despite all that, she won, thanks in part to the most blatant Executive Meddling to date and other players picking up an Idiot Ball.
- Averted in the 2012 season — Dan may have acted like he deserved to win, and showed traces of this, but wasn't sour about losing in a six to one vote.
- Dr. Smith from Lost in Space. Episode after episode, Smith causes and/or exacerbates threat after threat, putting other members of the cast in deadly danger. Whether he's making deals with various aliens to rescue himself (and only himself) or plotting to gain phenomenal cosmic powers or wealth, he will inevitably be betrayed by said aliens, end up hoist by his own petard, and start begging the crew to save him as they're extracting themselves from the disaster he created. And they do. Every. Single. Time.
- In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Déjà Q", Q is stripped of his powers by the Continuum. Given a choice of what mortal form to take and where to be dumped, he chose to be placed in a human form onboard the Enterprise with the expectation that Picard & crew would protect him from all the beings he's pissed off with his Jerkass God behavior (despite the fact that Picard and crew have repeatedly been on the receiving end of said behavior). He's promptly disabused from the notion by Guinan spearing his hand with a fork to verify that yes, he's been stripped of his powers.
- The 16-year-olds (usually girls) that appear on the notorious MTV show My Super Sweet Sixteen are usually the spoiled poster children for this trope. Their parents are usually incompetent, indulging wimps (the main reason kids turn out like this in the first place) and spend incredible amounts of money (over $50k!) on parties and cars, and the kids STILL have the audacity to throw temper tantrums, bicker and hate on their parents if even the smallest thing they don't like happens!
- Abby Morgan from Dawson's Creek, particularly in the episode Full Moon Rising from season 2. In a fit of jealousy, she calls Jen a bitch, a slut, and all other unpleasant things and she's actually surprised when Jen smacks her one. Afterwards, she breaks into Dawson's house to spy on Jen. To get back at Jen, she tries to seduce Dawson, who was dating Joey at the time. When Dawson refuses her advances and kicks her out, Abby takes it to the point of absurdity by asking him to tell Jen that they had made out.
- JP from Fresh Meat. He attacks Kingsley for texting "his woman", Sam. Even though he didn't exactly respect Kingsley and Josie's relationship. He also seems infuriated that Kingsley stands up for himself.
- Leonard's mother Beverly in The Big Bang Theory. She has treated Leonard like dirt ever since the day he was born- To such an extent that she wouldn't even let him have a birthday party on the grounds that giving birth to him was her accomplishment and not his (so every year Leonard sends her a card with money in it). Every single book she's ever written (such as "Needy Baby, Greedy Baby" is essentially a character assassination on Leonard, just for wanting normal motherly love. She couldn't be bothered to tell Leonard that she and his father were getting a divorce, and yet she feels it unfair that the son she spent over thirty years emasculating and his wife Penny, whom she has done nothing but talk down to, didn't invite her to their wedding.
- Leonard's roommate, Sheldon Cooper, is basically Leonard's mother's Distaff Counterpart. He makes ridiculous demands that have to be followed to the letter, such as making Leonard drive him wherever and whenever he wants, and participate in activities that only Sheldon finds appealing. If he gets called out on his selfish behavior, Sheldon will have a fit where he will explain why everyone else has to cater to his genius intellect, and why he has no such responsibility to care about anyone else.
- Penny herself behaves like this sometimes. There are a number of instances where she doesn't realise that after she dumps Leonard, he is no longer obligated to pay for her food...or gas...or rent...but he does it anyway. Most evidently in "The Panty Piñata Polarization", where the Escalating War the episode revolves around is arguably caused more by her sense of entitlement than Sheldon's. She helps herself to one of Sheldon's onion rings and refuses to get out of Sheldon's seat, so he kicks her out of the apartment. She then refuses to serve Sheldon at The Cheesecake Factory, so Sheldon complains to the manager, which he does have the right to do, because of Penny's bad customer service. Penny then tampers with Sheldon's food again and later throws a tantrum because Sheldon cut off her access to his Wifi.
- The White Queen: George of Clarence, to the point that he winds up getting executed for treason. He continually whinges that he isn't being given enough power, land or money compared to his brothers, even after twice having been forgiven for rising up against King Edward IV. The latter occasion triggered another brief but bloody civil war that saw tens of thousands killed (including the kingmaker Warwick), his brothers forced into exile, and Queen Elizabeth stuck in sanctuary while bringing up a new baby.
- Victorious: Jade has this dynamic with Tori. Despite treating her horribly, she often expects Tori to help her out, such as when she wants to get back together with Beck or when she needs to find funding for her play. Tori even points this out to her. Jade responds by promising to treat her better in the future, which never happens.
- The other reindeer who verbally abused and socially isolated Rudolph for his entire life expect him to use his glowing nose as a foglight for them. He does it, the poor sap, and everyone acts like the resulting fame makes up for how poorly treated he was.
- Prince Nana, a Rich Bastard Evil Prince who didn't have to work for anything of necessity, eventually got tired of spending time in Ring of Honor and left. Given he had all but retired from the ring in favor of leading a Power Stable, his Embassy, whose sole two purposes seemed to be ruining the days of wrestler not a member and acting as a vehicle for Nana to flaunt his wealth, no one who wasn't an Embassy member was sad to see Nana go. But Nana came crawling back, disrupting shows with pleas to be rehired after he was cut off from Ghana's tax revenue. He was dragged off by security each time, so when he regained his wealth by way of a stimulus package technically not meant for him, he took revenge by hiring people to attack wrestlers who retained their ROH jobs by virtue of not quitting them.
- Andrea's reasoning for joining C4 and ambushing Shine Wrestling's top baby faces was that the promotion did not reward her for her loyalty. Given she was hired specifically by SoCal Val to wreak havoc, you'd think she'd be thankful to have any employment from Shine, much less a continual spot after Val was disposed of. Incidentally, she does get banished from Shine, but only after four-fifths of Las Sicarias beat her down at the conclusion of a loser loses a member match C4 foolishly agreed to. After that, she does show some gratitude to one staff member she had habitually harassed, for about fifteen seconds.
- The mayor from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin, who constantly wants the main characters to save him and his town, only to kick them out after the danger is gone, constantly selling them out to save his own skin in dangerous situations. Thankfully, Laser-Guided Karma catches up to him when the Big Bad gives him a supposed "cure" to a disease that was ravaging the town, which the mayor greedily drinks rather than waiting to share it with the rest of the town. The villain proceeds to give him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech as he chokes to death on the ground.
- Mass Effect
- Ambassador Udina takes every opportunity to badmouth, second-guess, and otherwise undermine you that he can get, culminating in ordering the Normandy grounded simply because it's politically expedient. When you come in and save the Citadel anyway from a massive Geth attack, the Systems Alliance either gets offered a seat on the Citadel Council or takes over the council, depending on how exactly you dealt with Sovereign and the Destiny Ascension. Either way, you're told that your recommendation will carry the most weight, and Udina seems to honestly expect you to recommend him over Captain Anderson, even after the shit he's piled on you. Of course, nothing's stopping you from doing just that, if you're the forgiving type. If.
- Happens again in the sequel if you saved the Council. Depending on your choice of Anderson or Udina, you may get to meet them (two guesses which one will get you the audience?). But if you were hoping that proving them wrong and saving their asses the last time they ignored your warnings would get them to believe anything you say now, much less help... forget about it.
- The Krogan Rebellions started in part due to this, due to the Krogan riding high on the wave of saving the entire galaxy during the Rachni Wars, feeling that they had earned the right to ask for anything as their boon. After their nature as Explosive Breeders caused them to overpopulate the worlds they were given after the Rachni Wars, only to be denied more worlds to settle on, they decided to seize those worlds by force and take the rest of the galaxy while they were at it. Ultimately, this led the unleashing of the genophage upon their species by the salarians and turians, leading to only 1 in 1000 births being successful. Wrex and Eve suggest that the salarians uplifting their species before they were ready was part of the problem, but admits that in retrospect, they did bring a lot of their misfortunes on themselves.
- The Asari in Mass Effect 3 refuse to aid Earth (or any other race) during the Reaper invasion, only to ask Shepard to drop everything and head to Thessia when the Reapers are kicking down their door. The entire Asari race also becomes this after the reveal that the Protheans had interfered in their development with the intention that they would lead the fight against the Reapers in the next Cycle, even leaving them a fully-intact beacon to aid their development. However, the Protheans didn't count on the Asari keeping their own beacon hidden (despite writing the laws that all races must share any knowledge gathered from other beacons) and became culturally and technologically stagnant, due to their long life-spans and reliance on using the knowledge data-mined from the beacon to maintain their technological supremacy over the other races in the galaxy.
- Humanity is frequently accused of this by their detractors (especially turians), due to having entered galactic politics thirty years ago and thrown aside centuries of tradition to try and push and shove their way to the head of the table. Humanity counters that they simply want to get involved and protect the galaxy, having demonstrated their considerable military strength during the First Contact War and pointing out that Asskicking Equals Authority was precisely how the turians themselves got onto the Council in the first place.
- Prince Charmles of Dragon Quest VIII. Not only do the heroes have to drag this lazy lout along on what's supposed to be his Rite of Passage, he expects them to do all the fighting and slay an Argon Lizard for its heart... and after they kill one, he immediately decides "Oh, I should have an even bigger and better Argon heart — You guys work on that!" He doesn't treat them with even the slightest shred of respect or dignity, expecting them to do everything for him because he's royalty — the only physical exertion he puts himself through during the entire trip is whipping Medea, then Trode, and after THAT stunt the player will likely join the heroes in cursing the fact they can't just leave him in the reserve. To top it all off, after you finally secure a heart he deems acceptable and return to Argonia, he finds a way to even more flagrantly flout the rules by buying a heart in the Marketplace and expects you to keep this action a secret from his father! Towards the end of the game, he reasserts his bastardry by barring you and your party from the wedding. Yet, even after all of that, he's absolutely shocked when this comes back to bite him squarely on his big fat butt.
- World of Warcraft
- The Horde under Garrosh. They believe its perfectly fine to invade anyone they choose for resources for themselves. They try to claim they need lumber for housing and... build a city out of a metal they seem to have imported from another continent and they seem to be building everything out of metal nowadays. They claim to be starving and yet they pollute their major hunting grounds that were right next to their one major population center just so they can strip mine the place for ...war. And no, they don't farm, they raise pigs and hunt. Their invasion of Ashenvale, a somewhat hilly forest really comes across as extremely selfish. And the justification for the invasion? The Night elves won't trade with them AS MUCH as before.
- In the weekly Crumbled Chamberlain quest, you are tasked with reassembling the statue that houses the soul of a Mogu chamberlain, who proceeds to talk down to you, giving you patronizing praise at best while arrogantly insisting that you stop dallying at worst as you kill monsters on the island. Upon completion, he hands you your reward, a single Shan'ze Ritual Stone (which can more easily be found through other methods, and you need three for each of the three bosses in the weekly quest) and tells you not to tell his master Lei Shen what he did, lest you end up like him. The chamberlain's attitude is unsurprising, however, when you consider that he's a high-ranking member of a species that sees all others as lesser beings.
- In one of the middle chapters of Phantom Brave, a village chieftain hires Marona to deal with Raphael, leader of the White Wolf Army, who is causing trouble on the island. You eventually find out that the troublemaker is an imposter who has taken advantage of Raphael's name repeatedly, and the real Raphael (who, unlike nearly everyone else in the setting, actually likes and respects Marona) shows up to help you take the imposter down. When you return, the chieftain stiffs you on the payment because the job instructions was, explicitly, to defeat Raphael, not an imposter (regardless of who was causing the problem). Marona is forced to accept... when the REAL Raphael, having overheard the exchange, starts up a ruckus in the village. The chieftain immediately requests Marona's aid and is genuinely surprised when she declines and wanders off instead.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim contains a similar example in the form of Delphine and Esbern. Despite being Blades, whose role is to serve the Dragonborn (i.e. you), they are perfectly happy to give you orders, disbelieve your findings, and expect you to be obedient to their every whim. They go so far as to demand that you kill Paarthurnax for them, the dragon Master of the Greybeards who has spent the last three thousand years waiting for you, teaching the Way of the Voice, suppressing his nature to help overcome his inborn urge to dominate. The dragon who was instrumental in your defeat of Alduin the World-Eater, who willingly helps you learn a Shout that was specifically meant to take down dragons (the Dragonrend), and who has been protected from harm by the Greybeards and by the Emperors that the Blades served for the last few thousand years. And they refuse to help you until you do what they tell you to do. Many players seem to enjoy making Delphine and Esbern suffer a humiliating death for such an affront. Delphine and Esbern justify this by claiming that Paarthurnax's draconic instinct to dominate (which even Paarthurnax will admit are as strong as ever) makes him too dangerous to be allowed to live. Esbern also states that justice demands that Paarthurnax answer for the crimes he committed as Alduin's former right-hand. Even Paarthurnax himself will acknowledge that they are right not to trust him.
- It says something about how reviled their "request" RE:Paarthurnax is among the fanbase that one of the most popular mods for the PC version is one that allows you to tell Delphine and Esbern to piss off.
- Harvest Moon: Hero Of Leaf Valley gives an unintentional example. If the player's horse gets sick twice, Gwen will punch the player character in the face and accuse him of neglecting the horse, even if the player checks on the horse every day and it just randomly happens the next morning. It is possible for this to happen shortly before one of Gwen's story events, in which she asks for the player's help in protecting Snowball, so she can accidentally come across as one of these.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask: At the beginning of the game, Tatl genuinely expects Link to help her track down the Skull Kid, despite the fact that not only did she help the Skull Kid mug Link and steal his horse and ocarina, but also personally interfered with Link's attempt to pursue them after he was turned into a Deku Scrub (which is how they got separated in the first place).
- Persona 4: Tohru Adachi thinks that his hard work in his youth means that the world owes him success and an intimate relationship. Because he has neither, he feels it's the fault of life, society, and the women around him. He also talks about his power to throw people into TV sets as if it was given to him to make up for his unsuccessful lot in life.
- Kingdom Hearts: This is one of Riku's character flaws in the first game; he's aware that he was meant to have the Keyblade, and became insanely jealous when it went to Sora instead, ultimately leading to a Deal with the Devil. It didn't go so well for him, and his sense of entitlement is naturally absent afterward.
- God of War III: Despite having abandoned Kratos to fall into the River Styx after their initial attack on Zeus went badly, along with the fact that she flat-out told Kratos to his face that he was nothing more than a pawn of hers and the Titans and she had no more use for him, Gaia genuinely expects Kratos to help her up when she's later having trouble reclimbing Mount Olympus... only to be shocked when Kratos basically tells her to screw off before cutting off her hand, sending her falling to her doom.
- Mortal Kombat 11: While Frost was already egotistical, willingly becoming a cyborg has put her arrogance over the top to the point of demanding others (Raiden, Sub-Zero, Kano, Shao Kahn, etc.) give her control of their respective organizations, insists Shang Tsung give her his soul powers, and even has the gall to ask Cetrion, an Elder God, to be made ruler of the realms. All of the other kombatants scoff at her demands and see her as nothing but a bratty womanchild.
- In the Team Service Announcement Metal and Dispensers, the RED Soldier causes a ton of trouble for his team's Engineer by wasting the ammo crate during the setup period. Later he dashes to him demanding a dispenser... but the Engineer doesn't feel all that obliged.
- RWBY: When Adam ruins Hazel's plan to work with Sienna Khan by killing Sienna, Hazel protests that no-one needed to die and Adam should have told him about this plan. Adam retorts that Hazel had no reason to be told because White Fang matters are his problem, not Hazel's. When the Mistral Police and Menagerie Faunus surround Adam during the battle of Haven, Adam demands Hazel help the White Fang fight off the Faunus and the police they brought with them. Hazel refuses by throwing Adam's previous words back in his face, stating it's Adam's business, not his.
- Girl Genius: Duke Strinbeck on the Pink Airship. While the ship is under attack, he still demands the captain obey his orders — at gunpoint — rather than evade the assault. Then a most satisfying order comes to throw useless objects overboard...
- In 8-Bit Theater Thief goes on a rant about this to a random villager who wants a new shovel handle about how he can't be bothered to do the most trivial tasks because they might interfere with his "schedule of vigorous masturbation" while expecting them to interrupt their work of saving the world to help him out. Except that the guy wasn't asking them to do it for him, and is rather confused at having his shopping interrupted.
- The bread and butter of most customers in Not Always Right. They deserve absurd discounts and assorted goodies when employees make inconsequential errors, get disgruntled from all the verbal abuse, or can't do what they asked because said action is literally impossible. They're the owner's friend/relative/whatever who can have you fired with a single phone call, or the Queen of England, or totally a real lawyer who will totally sue you, or whatever obvious lie they think will intimidate you into giving them what they want. Some of them don't even bother making up crazy lies and simply declare that "the customer is always right", and they are a customer, therefore they are entitled to get exactly what they want no matter how impossible it is, and any worker (or anyone they think is a worker) that fails to comply must therefore be either incompetent, lying because they're lazy and trying to avoid doing any work, or both.
- In Noob, Bartémulius and Nostariat, the recurring Insufferable Genius Quest Giver pair. Their dialogue when they run into the protagonists can be summed up as: "You're a bunch of ignorant lowlife idiots. You'd better not be asking for our help. But since you're here, would you mind killing that monster that's after us / being our escort / running an errand or two?" To top it off, they can also be found under Ungrateful Bastard.
- Earl of Lemongrab of Adventure Time acts like this towards Peppermint Butler.
Peppermint Butler: Thank you for releasing me from the dungeon early, Master Lemongrab.
Lemongrab: I determine what is early, and what is late, Mister Peppermint!
Peppermint Butler: Yes, your Earlness.
Lemongrab: Also... I don't know where food comes from!
Peppermint Butler: My Lord, food comes from Ma—
Lemongrab: AAAAAAAH- DADADADADA, NOOOOOO! That is why I am royal, and YEEEEEEOU are SERVILE!
- Deconstructed with Lumpy Space Princess as the show goes on. Yes, she's your Bratty Teenage Daughter par extraordinaire, but no one likes her much (except maybe Finn) and she often suffers for her selfishness and frequent Aesop Amnesia. Season seven episode Be Sweet reveals that, deep down, she's aware of just how selfish she is, hates herself, is terrified that she cannot ever change (which is not an unwarranted concern) and even as she keeps demanding love and luxury, feels she doesn't deserve it.
- American Dad!:
- Roger is a Jerkass and self-confessed sociopath who expects others to bend over backwards to do things for him, but is often unwilling to do even simple tasks or small favors for anyone else unless there's something in it for him.
- In the episode "LGBSteve," Hayley is genuinely shocked and driven to tears when the lesbian roller derby team she and Steve joined kicks her off the team, despite the fact that mere minutes before they do so, she exposed Steve as a boy to the others by pulling his pants down to expose his genitals right in front of them; as it turns out, the other girls had known all along that Steve was a boy and didn't care.
- Hayley also seems to have this with her family, especially Stan. It's reached the point where a lot of the things she claims as excuses for her behavior like Stan never saying he loved her or was proud of her were stuff she completely made up. She basically feels she has the right to do whatever she wants and her parents have no right to stop her. This is probably best exemplified in "Standard Deviation" where she calls Stan out for not accepting her for who she is which essentially involves mooching off of her parents and repeatedly dropping out of and re-entering college to the point where shes trying to register using a fast-food menu.
- Batman Beyond: In the episode "Sneak Peek," sleazy reporter Ian Peek, using a special intangibility belt, discovers Batman's Secret Identity and plans to expose it on national television, but is forced to postpone it when he begins to suffer Power Incontinence, upon which he calls Bruce for medical help. During the discussion, Peek reveals that he actually stole the belt from Dr. Taka, one of Bruce's associates at Wayne-Powers, and burned his lab down to cover his tracks, upon which a disgusted Bruce refuses to aid him and walks away. Even after all this, Peek still expects Bruce to help him, and only thinks of offering to give up the footage of Bruce and Terry in the Batcave when Bruce brushes him off again and he's getting desperate.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Favor", the Joker finds himself faced with the prospect of being ignominiously blown to bits in an alley. He starts desperately screaming for Batman to save him.
- Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy. One episode had him get clothes as Christmas presents, yet he believes he deserves more "good" stuff in spite of being a Jerkass all year round.
Eddy: Christmas is the one time of year your parents are supposed to buy you everything you want!
- Danny Phantom: Vlad Masters/Plasmius, hands down. In the Grand Finale, after revealing his true nature and that he doesn't consider Jack a friend, he still genuinely expects Jack to help him after his plan to phase the Ectoranium asteroid through the Earth backfires, only for Jack to leave him stranded in space.
Vlad: Jack, you've got to help me! You wouldn't turn your back on an old friend, would you?
Jack: An old friend? No. You? YES!
- Dexter's Laboratory: In Mandark's debut episode, he genuinely expects Dexter to help set him up on a date with Dee Dee, despite the fact that he had spent the entire episode one-upping Dexter and forced him to shut down his lab; Dexter only goes along with it because he realizes he can exploit Dee Dee's destructive tendencies to get back at Mandark and have his lab shut down.
- Connie D'Amico of Family Guy falls into this in the episode "Stew-Roids." She makes Chris popular, only for Chris to cheat on her and ruin her reputation. She asks Meg for help in knocking Chris down a peg, despite the fact that she has ruthlessly bullied Meg for years both on and off-screen; Meg points out that she has no reason to help Connie after everything she's done and tells her to screw off... but changes her mind after Chris throws a javelin into her shoulder for laughs.
- Taken Up to Eleven with The Duchess, an imaginary friend from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Every morning, she wants someone to open her eyes for her, carry her to her own personal bathroom, and pre-gargle her mouthwash for her, all while she openly and relentlessly insults everyone around her. And if she doesn't get her way, she is capable of producing a high pitched, shrill scream for an indefinite amount of time.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Prince Blueblood pulls some of this with Rarity, expecting her to cover a puddle for him and using her as a pony-shield from flying cake. He spits Applejack's strudel out in disgust after learning it wasn't made by Canterlot's top chefs, calling it "common carnival fare".
- The Simpsons:
Bart: What right do you have to complain [about an episode of Itchy and Scratchy]?
- Comic Book Guy acts like this. For example, in "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show":
Comic Book Guy: As a loyal fan, I feel they owe me.
Bart: What do they owe you? They provide you hours of entertainment for free. I mean, if anything, you owe them.
Comic Book Guy: Worst. Episode. Ever.
- Doctor Hibbert in "My Sister, My Sitter". Towards the end of the episode, when Bart is injured, Hibbert declares to the whole town that Bart's injuries were caused by bad babysitting, ruining Lisa's babysitting business. The next day, he calls Lisa up and asks her to look after his kids while he has Judo.
- Lisa herself often falls into this with her need to be better then everyone she meets to the point of outright sabotaging her betters either directly or indirectly. She is at her worst in Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade. After spending the entire episode resenting Bart for getting higher grades, disregarding his advice, and demeaning him behind his back, she had the gall to say that it was Barts job to protect her.
- Frank Grimes of "Homer's Enemy" has shades of this during his worst moments; adopting a self-righteous, borderline narcissistic attitude born out of resentment and petty jealousy. This ultimately overshadows his merit as a Determinator and makes the audience turn against him in favor of Homer, who despite his stupidity and irresponsibility, comes off as being the better person.
- SpongeBob SquarePants: In "The Sponge Who Could Fly", when SpongeBob runs away from the Bikini Bottom citizens after having enough of being taken advantage of by doing unnecessary chores for them, the citizens still demand SpongeBob to do more stuff for them.
Kid fish: He's flying away!Male fish: No! He owes us favors!
- Sentinel Prime of Transformers Animated is always rude and condescending to non-Cybertronians and Cybertronians below him in rank. When he gets into trouble, he becomes slightly less insulting, but still feels the need to talk down to his rescuers and any gratitude he expresses is gone by the end of the episode.
- Winx Club has Selina, the antagonist in season 6, and former childhood friend of Bloom. She trained under Eldora to learn magic, but then gets tempted by Acheron and the Legendarium with a promise for more power. She willfully chose to forsake everyone who ever gave a damn about her as she says "Acheron is the only friend she ever needs". Selina proceeds to cause misery for the Winx throughout the season, not even caring she traumatized Bloom by nearly tricking her into killing Flora for her own amusement and bragging about how she's more powerful than Bloom could ever hope to be. Once she releases Acheron, Selina is actually shocked that he never intended to keep his promise to grant her power and that he had been using her the whole time, instead he removes her powers. She had the gall to beg the Winx for help despite everything she did to them throughout the season.
- Young Justice did a great job with this in the episode "Targets". Red Arrow is going to protect the US ambassador at peace talks, and saves him from an assassin... and the man turns out to be Lex Luthor. Lex generously gets him out of trouble with the authorities (people thought he was with the assassin at first) and then makes comments throughout the whole episode about how glad he is that he has a superhero protecting him while Red Arrow can only grind his teeth. To Luthor's credit, he actually does offer to pay Roy handsomely for his efforts...
Red Arrow: Your money has blood on it, and I'm not here to make a buck.
Luthor: So, you'll provide your service, but for free? I can live with that.