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The Hotel Hellion is the bratty little kid that terrorizes the hotel, causing trouble and funny situations along the way. Often they are a Spoiled Brat because the hotel's owner is likely their parent, but they may just be spoiled rascals who in reality are good kids.

This can extend to places that, while not exactly hotels, are functionally similar such as cruise ships, fraternities or even plain old apartment buildings, where the child in question may be the landlord's.

The Trope Maker is probably the title character from the Eloise books. Not to be confused with Hell Hotel, which is when it's the hotel itself that is scary.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • James from Gregory Horror Show makes trouble for everyone in the Hell Hotel, especially his grandfather. And apparently he's meant to inherit the place when he's old enough. God help them.

    Card Games 
  • Mafia Casino, a card game about competing Las Vegas tourism destinations, has the "Troublesome Guests" card, which lets you block your opponent's hotel properties from generating any income.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Dunston Checks In has an orangutan instead of a child.
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York has Kevin McAllister staying at the Plaza Hotel in New York for part of the movie, on his dad's credit card (which has been reported as stolen, causing some chaos). This is a rare case where the kid is actually trying to keep a low profile and not cause any trouble at all.
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    Literature 
  • The Trope Maker is Eloise of the Eloise books, which were later adapted into a movie and an animated series.
  • Non-comedic example: In the Sarah Monette short story "The Wall of Clouds", the protagonist is staying at the "Hotel Chrysalis", which is really a sort of convalescent hospital, and he hears a story about a little girl who used to stay there with her mother. The girl was a total brat who enjoyed causing trouble and used to break the elevator for fun—until one day she died mysteriously while she was trapped in the elevator waiting for the maintenance man to fix it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody has twins who live in the hotel (as their divorced single mom works there) and cause trouble (especially in the case of Zack).
  • That kid who changes the sign every episode in front of Fawlty Towers, although he's implied not to be a guest and to simply live in town. The episode "Gourtmet Night" also briefly features a Bratty Half-Pint named Ronald who complains about the hotel restaurant's chips (French fries, to North American viewers) being "the wrong shape" and "just awful", although aside from complaining, he doesn't actually cause any real trouble.
  • In "The 70's Mini Series" , a Republican intern goes to the hotel where the Democratic Convention is being held and steals the shoes out outside for shining, dumping them down the laundry chute.

    Western Animation 
  • Donald Duck has to deal with one in the Classic Disney Short "Bellboy Donald".
  • Stōked has bratty guest kids who like to cause trouble at the hotel and make messes for the staff to clean up.
  • Quinn Morgendorffer becomes one in Daria, when her family are rehoused in a hotel after her father burns out the kitchen. She teams up with an employee claiming to be son of the owner, who blithely says thousands of dollars' worth of extra services can be written off because he is related to the owners. She happily runs up a massive bill. He isn't. He's just a lowly bellhop who's infatuated with her. Chaos ensues.
  • Chloé Bourgeois from Miraculous Ladybug. She lives in the luxury hotel her father owns, and often has the staff on his payroll participate in her Ladybug LARPing.
  • "Porky's Hotel" (1939) features a motor-mouthed little kid duck making things uncomfortable for invalid guest Mr. Gowdy Goat.

    Real Life 
  • In an adult version, there is a reason many hotels are sometimes reluctant to rent to musicians (rock and metal artists are the most notorious, but rappers are close behind, with many others competing), their entourages, or fans in town for a show. Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll and Hookers and Blow get invoked, and once they are, enough of the people invoking them will become adult Hotel Hellions, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
  • Convention-goers to some types of conventions also get this, specifically if others attending the convention did it in the past. Such as this example
  • Geri Halliwell writes in her autobiography that the manager of a luxury hotel had to deal with complaints when she and Mel B went rollerblading through the corridors. Girls will be girls.
  • Fraternities and sororities at the University of Michigan may have trouble renting space after six of them went nuts trashing two resorts in January 2015.
  • In an ironic inversion from the Eloise formula, Charlie Sheen reportedly vandalised a Plaza Hotel suite themed after the character in a drug-fuelled rampage shortly after coming out of rehab.
  • Similar concerns were brought up by hotel manager Alphonse Salomone (yes, that Mr. Salomone) when The Beatles arrived in the United States for their first Ed Sullivan Show appearance in early 1964. He was worried about the possible damage that would ensue should the band check in at the Plaza and considered cancelling their reservations, but was persuaded otherwise by his young daughter.
  • The older children from The Sound of Music (namely, Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies, Duane Chase, and Angela Cartwright) cheerfully confess to being little terrors at the Hotel Mirabell, where they stayed while filming in and around Salzburg, including swapping shoes (put outside each room for shining) and room service cards. (Charmian Carr, at 21, was staying at the Hotel Bristol with the adults, and Debbie Turner and Kym Karath were too young to be included.)

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