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"You, sir, are the most uncharming prince I have ever met! In fact, the only thing royal about you is that you are a royal pain!"

In which great power and low wisdom are combined in a typically Jerkass package. A royal brat is often, but not necessarily always, young, but he has always been raised in a life of luxury and power. His most prominent features are arrogance, pettiness, and a sense of entitlement. His every whim is catered to, his servants and courtiers live in fear of his temper, and he has no notion what life is like for those less fortunate than him, and doesn't care. His word is worthless, and he's very prone to be fat. A Sub-Trope of It's All About Me.

He does not have to be royal or even blue-bloodedfat businessmen and spoiled rich kids fit the trope as well.

Many evil rulers are like this, and through their petty cruelty drive the heroes to overthrow them. On occasion, they will have a Prince and Pauper adventure or in some other way be confronted with the horrible lives the ordinary population leads; in this case, they will mend their ways. This is more likely the younger they are; young Royal Brats are often the victims of Parental Abandonment or a blind Doting Parent (who has often caused Rich Boredom) and can straighten out if provided with love and discipline. Many a Magical Nanny specializes in it. Older versions who appear in Fairy Tales are prone to Dude, Where's My Respect?, which has a tendency to backfire, badly.

This trope should not be confused with The Caligula, though sometimes they can overlap. Caligulae are insane; these brats are just insensitive. Some child rulers are less immature.

Evil Chancellors and the more malevolent breed of Chessmaster absolutely love the Royal Brat, because manipulating him is, well, child's play. In many cases, they will go so far as to murder the present incumbent so as to get a suitably vile, malleable little tyke on the throne. However... Evil Is Not a Toy may ensue if they fluff their selection procedure up even slightly.

Not to be confused with Well, Excuse Me, Princess!, though they can overlap. Highly prone to be subjected to a Break the Haughty moment. Should the Royal Brat's obnoxiousness, entitlement and tantrums grow too wearying on their royal parents and/or subjects, then he or she may find him or herself in the unpleasant position of being The Wrongful Heir to the Throne, or at least viewed as an Inadequate Inheritor.

One of The Oldest Ones in the Book. The king who thinks nothing of imposing the Engagement Challenge or the Impossible Task, and reacting to success with Dude, Where's My Respect?, is a staple of legend and Fairy Tale (and often old enough to have a grown daughter).

A Sub-Trope of Spoiled Brat and Idle Rich.

Compare Prince Charmless. Contrast A Child Shall Lead Them, who is usually the monarch; on the other hand, he may be encouraged to be a Royal Brat by the Evil Chancellor. Contrast Spoiled Sweet, Lonely Rich Kid. See also Aristocrats Are Evil.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Candy Candy: Eliza and Neal Regan. Eliza especially, who makes Candy's life a living hell, because it's fun.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Vegeta, the Prince of all Saiyans starts out as a Warrior Prince version of this, and a big part of his jealousy towards Goku is that he can't imagine a lowly Saiyan soldier being stronger than he is. Much of his Character Development is learning to overcome his pride and start caring about others.
    • Frieza. He's the prince of a galactic pirate empire who has never had anyone say "no" to him and live to tell about it, and treats his Mooks and even his Dragon as expendable. It's also suggested that, because of (or maybe despite) his appearance, he's Really 700 Years Old.
    • Bulma is the spoiled rich kid version. Lampshaded by Goku in the dub when he points out that it's probably why Vegeta and Bulma get along, both being rather spoiled and bratty and it explains kid Trunks' personality being much different from his alternate future counterpart's.
  • Karl Lichter von Randoll from Future GPX Cyber Formula is from an aristocratic family with royal connections, he can be this when at his very worst. Being a very skilled racer (he also excels in every sport), he puts down anybody who isn't at his level of skill. He softens up later in the series, even having a sense of chivalry.
  • The Lupin III vs. Detective Conan has Princess Mira of Vespania as this, though it's stated that she turned into that out of trauma after the deaths of her mother and older brother. She ultimately gets better and decides to become The High Queen.
  • Princess-turned-Queen Mashiro Blan de Windbloom in My-Otome is extremely spoiled, and as leader of the country, she levies high taxes on her people to fund her extravagant parties and contraction projects. This, combined with the fact she would rather blow off her work to mock the protagonists, gives her a 0% Approval Rating. She learns her lesson after being overthrown and becomes a much better person and ruler when she gets the crown back.
  • Naruto:
    • In the third movie the team are in charge of protecting a prince and his son who are both super spoiled to the point the mother left them to live the life of a peasant because she couldn't stand how spoiled her husband was, they soon grow out of it when the team saves them.
    • As the son of legendary Seventh Hokage Naruto and Hyuga Heiress/Byakugan Princess Hinata, Boruto Uzumaki counts as this. He's mischievous, a Spoiled Brat, pulling out pranks and falling back on cheating when he is cornered. In Boruto, he receives Character Development and grows into Jerk with a Heart of Gold later on and it turns out Boruto's behavior was a way to get his father's attention.
  • Princess Mimina in Nurse Angel Ririka SOS. She aims for Plucky Girl, but she's still bossy, insensitive, and more likely to create conflict than resolve it.
  • One Piece:
    • King Wapol of Drum Island is older than most examples of the trope, but his sheer selfishness at the expense of his people puts him squarely in this category. Bonus points for being this way despite having been the son of a responsible and benevolent monarch.
    • The World Nobles. They're selfish, are loaded enough to buy anything, including slaves, for outrageous prices without even paying attention to it, and have such a high opinion of themselves that they think of regular people as lowly trash. This last to the point that they even wear helmets so as to not breathe the same air as them. If it wasn't for the fact that harming them is considered a Suicide Attack for the entire island (because they promptly whine to the Navy), they would most likely have all been killed a long time ago. In the recent chapters, karma is slowly but surely catching up to them and it started several volumes ago when Luffy slugs a Noble and gave fuck all to the consequences because he's already wanted by the World Government.
    • The nobles of the Goa Kingdom weren't much better. In preparation for a visit by one of the World Nobles, they forced all poor people of their kingdom into an area called the Grey Terminal and set it on fire. If Monkey D. Dragon, the protagonist's father and leader of the revolutionaries, hadn't arrived and rescued the people, they would have burned alive. The one aversion, Sabo, who lived with Luffy and Ace for a while, even said that he was sorry for having been born a noble.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: The anime version of Yutarou begins as this. He doesn't stay as such for too long, however.
  • Scarlett O'Hara (yes, that one) is showcased as this during Steamboy, until we find out that she's also the Lonely Rich Kid suffering from Parental Neglect.
  • Both of the Mendou siblings from Urusei Yatsura:
    • Shuutaro's sister Ryouko. The offspring of a family that outright owns most of Japan and each with their own personal army of servants who do their every wish. Mendo is first introduced to the series proper by hitching a ride to school... in a massive heavy bomber jetplane, out of which he skydives while several jets/helicopters fly in escort.
    • Ryouko takes it farther than her brother. He at least is willing to dress in current clothing and associate with regular people. Ryouko, on the other hand, dresses in kimonos and Victorian dresses while dutifully pulling out grenades and voodoo dolls or putting on a Wounded Gazelle Gambit to mess with her brother and his friends, all while conveying that she never holds grudges. And she gets away with all of it.
  • Tamagotchi: In some of the episodes that take place in ancient Japan, Princess Lovelin is portrayed like this. She acts very spoiled and throws crybabish tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants. This is only one of the acting roles of Lovelin/Lovelitchi, who is otherwise civilized to a fault.

    Comic Books 
  • Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift has Prince Chlorophyll, the obnoxious and treacherous leader of the Leaflans. He's also still an adolescent boy who desperately wants people to see him as a mature man.
  • Princess Sally Acorn acted as a lighter variant in the earlier comedic issues of Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics). As the story tone became darker, however, she acted as near anything but. Snively still directly refers to her by this trope at one point, however.
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe: The Emperor of the New Roman Empire in "The Iron Legion." His mother is the queen of the Malevilus, the beings which are behind the Iron Legion. After the fall of the empire, the Doctor suggests shipping the lad off to military school.
  • A djinn (or Genie if you wanna be technical) princess from Gold Digger named Madrid was definitely this, causing all sorts of trouble to the Diggers family and their friends through trickery and shapeshifting. However, after escaping after a failed plot, she winds up in Antarctica where two dragons (who are some of the nastiest creatures in the series) were hiding and was viciously tortured and left for dead. The experience left her humbled (to say the least) and her next encounter with Gina was an apology for her misdeeds.
  • Sin City: Played terrifyingly straight with The Yellow Bastard a.k.a Junior from the Roark political dynasty who can even get away with raping and killing children. Well,... get away with it for a little over eight years anyway until he met a detective who takes out both of Junior's weapons. Twice.
  • Tintin:
    • In the Land of Black Gold, our hero has to find and rescue the Emir's son Abdallah. The little prince is coddled by his father, who lets him get away with abusing his guests, and refers to him in sweet terms like "My little sugarplum" (but he has had enough of his pranks). Naturally, The Prince is a complete brat who demands everyone give him what he wants because "My father's the Emir, and he'll cut your head off!!!" After this though, he's taken a liking to Captain Haddock.
    • In The Red Sea Sharks, Abdallah is sent to Marlinspike for safekeeping during another crisis, where his entourage sets up a bedouin tent in the middle of the living room. This was referenced by a French newspaper when Libyan dictator Muammar Khadaffy set up his bedouin tent at an international conference held in France, earning him the headline: "Abdallah comes to France".

    Fairy Tales 
  • Jesper Who Herded the Hares brings the pearls the king demanded to marry the princess. The king doesn't approve of Jesper and starts piling up Impossible Tasks.
  • In Go I Know Not Whither, Fetch I Know Not What, the king gives the title command to get rid of a husband.
  • In Dapplegrim, the king orders the hero to perform many tasks because his fellow servants falsely claimed he said he could do them, and then in an attempt to keep him from marrying the princess; in the end, he gives in.
  • In "The Grateful Beasts", the king orders Ferko to perform three tasks at the incitement of his brothers; his own daughter the princess argues with him until he imprisons her in a tower. However, the last task is to summon all the wolves in the kingdom, the wolves then proceed to kill all the court, and Ferko frees the princess, marries her, and becomes king.
  • In Esben and the Witch, whenever Esben succeeds in a task, his enemy at court incites the king to give him another.
  • In Jackal or Tiger?, the princess is the Royal Brat; after the hero finds a marvelous anklet, she starts demanding matching pieces, and then finally that the hero marries her. The last is the worst because unbeknownst to her and her father, the hero is actually her half-brother.
  • In Prince Darling, the prince starts out nice, but turns into a Royal Brat as he grows older, especially when he discards the ring that pricked him whenever he was bad. He imprisons his tutor and locks up the shepherdess Celia when she refuses to marry him. He is turned into a monster as punishment and must work on being good to regain his human form.
  • In Boots Who Made the Princess Say 'That's a Story!', the princess is chronically dishonest.
  • In The Fire-Bird, the Horse of Power, and the Princess Vasilissa, the tsar keeps using the archer's success as a reason to give him more tasks.
  • In The Yellow Dwarf, Princess Toutebelle (meaning "all-fair" in French) is spoiled by her widowed mother due to her being her only living child, and as a result is extremely arrogant and vain. Toutebelle is extremely beautiful and often dressed like a goddess and given constant attention by the royal court, and has turned down twenty different suitors for not being good enough for her. Her Break the Haughty moment, when she realizes her true love, comes too late and ends tragically.
  • In King Thrushbeard, the princess is arrogant, rude and extremely proud. She has to learn modesty the harsh way and finally gets to marry the suitor she liked at the beginning of the story, but to whom she nevertheless couldn't say anything nice nor simply polite.
  • The princess in The Swineherd is incredibly materialistic and turns down the hero because he gives her natural gifts (a nightingale and a rose). The hero disguises himself as a swineherd. He creates a musical pot to impress the princess. She gives a hundred kisses to him in exchange for it. The princess' father casts her out due to her foolishness, and the swineherd reveals himself to be a prince and tells her that she does not deserve him.
  • In Isaac Asimov's Fable of the Three Princes, the Imperial Princess Melliversa is one of those. To try and win her hand, suitors have to impress her, but no one ever managed to meet her impossibly high standards. Unfortunately for them, she also happens to be a powerful sorceress who turns the failed candidates into stone statues to adorn her garden. It's a ruse and a Secret Test of Character. She is actually looking for someone who would call her out on her cruelty, rather than being dumb enough to court her just because she is rich and beautiful. Once she finds such a suitor, she promptly turns all the statues back to men again. Though the tale never addresses that, a bit of Fridge Horror kicks in when you realize that even though she intended to eventually undo the spell, for all the relatives of all those young men knew, they were lost forever. Just how much pain and grief did Melliversa's quest for the perfect suitor indirectly cause?
  • The princess in the original version of The Frog Prince. When the frog rescues her golden ball, she's completely ungrateful and refuses to take him in and give him dinner, thinking that an ugly frog won't be welcome and won't be able to come in anyway, until he does show up at the door and the King orders her to keep her promise. The frog turns back into a prince after the princess gets so angry she throws the frog at the wall. It's easy to see why this was changed into her giving the frog a kiss.

    Fan Works 
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami has Princess Tiger, Empress Mercury's adopted sister. She constantly gloats, pulls pranks, and picks fights with Ami's advisors and other minions. She even seizes power for a while and goes completely tyrannical until stopped by her step-sister.
  • Downplayed in Ex Tenebris, Lux. Cinderella's son Maxwell is a bit rambunctious and bratty, but it's to more age-appropriate levels. Cinderella thinks her husband gives their son too much freedom.
  • In Heroes and Villains, Buffy retains her pre-Slayer personality as she moves to Sunnydale and begins her adventures there, and proceeds to put Cordelia to shame in terms of Conceit, Arrogance, and Pettiness. Despite her self-absorbed nature, and need to control everyone and everything around her, she's still Buffy at heart, and therefore manages to charm a number of her fellow students. Especially Faith.
  • In A.A. Pessimal's Discworld fic Let's Bungle In The Jungle, the canonical character of Prince Samuel, (Crown Prince of a state in Howondaland which appears to be an Expy of Nigeria), is given more depth. He turns out to be a true Royal Brat: given too much power by his elderly father, he is capricious, cruel to the point of psychosis, greedy, egotistical, and vicious. Although here his egotism and greed prove to be his downfall.
  • Fire Nation Princess Miyaki from Kyoshi Rising; she's a classist, egotistical ten-year-old who always demands that she get whatever she wants and won't take no for an answer. She begins to grow out of it once Kyoshi starts mentoring her.
  • Michelle Pantielle from The Night Unfurls fits squarely in the "spoiled rich kid" archetype. Blue-blooded, obnoxious, looks down on people of lower status, and has his gut hanging out like he's pregnant.
  • In Purple Days, Prince Joffrey of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones is put through a series of time loops until he outgrows this trope.
  • Uesugi clan tachi Himetsuru Ichimonji, the titular Tachi with the Princess Complex of the first entry of the Tales of the Undiscovered Swords. He isn't an actual royal in the strict sense, but he calls himself a princess, dresses like one and demands the entire Citadel to cater to every one of his whims. It gets to the point where everyone decides to get rid of him via an Uriah Gambit.

    Films — Animation 
  • Princess Malucia, the main villain of Barbie and the Secret Door is this as well as a Bratty Half-Pint.
  • The Beast from Beauty and the Beast was like this at first when his inhospitable treatment of an old beggar woman resulted in him being cursed. Ten years later, he's still selfish and arrogant, and it takes Belle's intervention to have him start to change.
  • Brent from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The making-of book explicitly states that he's used to being treated like royalty, thanks to his celebrity status as the mascot for Baby Brent Sardines. Over the course of the film, he is stripped of his status, but manages to find a new purpose in life.
  • Kuzco, the Jerkass protagonist and titular Emperor of The Emperor's New Groove, starts off as an entitled brat who sees no problem with making life a living hell for his subjects and servants. Much needed Character Development happens after his even worse advisor attempts to kill him but inadvertently turns him into a llama instead.
  • The Lion King (1994): Simba, being an adorable little cub and an heir to King Mufasa, initially believes being a king means that he can do whatever he wants. By the time he finally does become king, he's gone through enough Character Development to know how to be a proper one. As it is, with a father as strict as Mufasa, Simba would have matured properly under his guidance. King's brother Scar, meanwhile, has no such development and does a poor job.
  • Prince Edward from The Prince and the Pauper (1995) is very high-maintenance even when he's stuck as a Street Urchin; ordering others around, commenting if they're "too slow", generally acting haughty. Unlike a lot of examples on this page, however, he does have a good heart.
  • Prince Naveen in The Princess and the Frog had gotten to the point that even his parents didn't want to deal with him, before hopping around in the Bayou and the love of a good woman/frog changed his life. He's nicer than most Royal Brats, though, with elements of Sheltered Aristocrat, he seems to have been cut off primarily for acting like a playboy instead of a monarch, not the obnoxious and arrogant behavior usually associated with this trope.
  • Prince John from Robin Hood (1973) is an extremely self-entitled Psychopathic Manchild. Unfortunately, he's also in charge of the kingdom for most of the film.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast (2017) adds a bit of retcon to the animated version: the young prince was corrupted by his equally jerkish father, while the servants saw it happening but did nothing to prevent it. Thus the servants deserved to share in the curse.
  • The principal's daughter in the Bratz movie (the "Bratz" are the Four-Girl Ensemble), who rules the school's cliques with an iron fist and strives to keep them isolated from each other for... some reason. She is so self-absorbed she throws a second Super Sweet Sixteen party for herself.
  • Ever After: A Cinderella Story has a noble example, though she spends most of the film trying to become royal. Marguerite, Danielle's elder stepsister, is an excellent version, even throwing tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants. She's been pretty much raised to be this way by their mother, who is of similar temperament. Thankfully, her younger sister Jacqueline is more sympathetic and a sort of Snark Knight.
    • Prince Henry is a male version, to some extent. He fights a lot with his father about his looming Arranged Marriage and what's best for the kingdom, and at the beginning of the film even attempts to run away rather than face his responsibilities. Knowing Danielle helps him to improve, however, and after he gets taken down a peg with an awesome speech from Leonardo da Vinci (yes, that one), he steps up and ditches any lingering bratty traits.
  • The Last Command: Tzar Nicholas II, "thinking the war is a parlor game", as Sergius put it, takes a division from the front line for a parade.
  • Prince Tarn from Red Sonja. Despite his obnoxious behavior, his retainer Falkon maintains Undying Loyalty to him throughout the whole film, and is willing to protect his charge with his life; no explanation is given as to why Falkon has such loyalty. (At the end of the movie, Tarn starts to learn honor from watching both his servant and Sonja and nearly makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save them, but fortunately, he survives.)
  • Princess Vespa from Spaceballs is very much this trope. She whines about her arranged marriage to Prince Valium (albeit not without reason), complains about the messy interior of Lone Starr's Winnebago, and forces him and Barf to bring all of her matched luggage with her through the desert. Fortunately, she grows out of it.
  • In Thor, Thor is most definitely one of these at the start of the film, leading to his banishment to Earth after his pride and ego nearly started another war with the Frost Giants. After being stripped of his powers and sent to Earth, Thor loses his Boisterous Bruiser ways, comes to learn the value of patience and restraint, as well as some much needed humility, leading him to evolve into the Wise Prince.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Joffrey Baratheon (pictured) is the young, blond-haired heir to his kingdom and is betrothed to the beautiful, young, red-haired Sansa Stark (later Margaery Tyrell) who becomes king. Joffrey is spoiled, vindictive, cruel, and cowardly. Joffrey once took his sword to the face of a commoner — the Butcher's son, cutting him on the cheek for no reason. He also had the tongue of a minstrel cut out for writing a popular song about the death of his father. His Uncle Tyrion calls him a vicious idiot to his face and slaps him, insulting his nephew further when they are having Sansa Stark beaten for her brother's revolt. Joffrey plots to have him killed. Even his mother and his biological father (her twin brother) admit he was a monster.
    • Viserys Targaryen, another blond-haired brat from an ancient royal family who was exiled when his father's insanity became too violent for the nobles to tolerate — and naturally, given this trope, thinks that the problem was those rebellious nobles and not the fact that his father wanted to burn down an entire city out of spite. Viserys is spoiled, entitled, vindictive, cruel, cowardly, and entirely without redeeming qualities. It's strongly implied he is sexually attracted to his sister, he is abusive to her both emotionally and physically, and he whores her out to the local warrior king in the belief that it will help him get his golden crown. It does, and it is gloriously satisfying.
  • Lost Love in Times:
    • In the past Yuan Li's antics included forcing Yuan Che to undress. During the series, he gradually grows up, but his behaviour still causes headaches for his brothers.
    • Yin Cai Qian isn't technically a member of the royal family (Yuan Zhan's mother is her aunt), but her behaviour is almost as bratty as Yuan Li's. Among other things, she demands Yuan Che brings her food, and when she falls and accidentally kisses him, she accuses him of taking advantage of her.
  • Prince Arthur from Merlin is a Jerk Jock with a nasty temper and overblown pride, especially early on in the show's run. While he's respectful to his father and takes his royal duties seriously, continuously risking his life for worthy causes, he's also a swaggering bully who treats his underlings like crap and gets on everyone's nerves with his pomposity and rudeness. He grows out of it somewhat, but he's still a far cry from the typical portrayal of the legendary King Arthur. Lampshaded in the pilot episode, when the dragon declares Arthur's great destiny and Merlin flat-out refuses to believe it:
    Merlin: No. No way. There must be another Arthur because this one's an idiot.
  • King Louis XIII from The Musketeers is a complete manchild who throws tantrums when he can't get his way. In one episode the Cardinal tells him not to go out on a hunt because there's an assassin on the loose, Louis responds by storming off to his room and yelling about how unfair it is.
  • Novoland: Eagle Flag: Ying Yu takes this to psychopathic levels. She tortures and tries to drown Ji Ye, then threatens to gouge out the eyes of the servants who helped her find information on Ji Ye's family.
  • King Charles II's mother in The Power and the Passion complains at one point that she is so poor she is expected to eat all her food off one plate.
  • Princess Agents: Xiao Ce has a reputation for being exceedingly weird at best and an arrogant, entitled brat at worst. His eccentricities include refusing to eat food that's been grown or prepared by men — everything he eats is grown in a separate garden tended by women; making ridiculously elaborate preparations for short trips then travelling very slowly; and generally being a nuisance to his hosts.
  • Princess Silver:
    • Wu You starts out as one, refusing to attend court and then rejecting his bride-to-be — something that could cause a diplomatic incident because she's a foreign princess.
    • The emperor of Chen pretends to be one because it (combined with his age) makes people underestimate him.
  • Rome:
    • Caesarion. So much that he blows his cover just by being haughty and gets one of his protectors killed.
    • His uncle Ptolemy was king in Egypt. How much he understood that his behavior was evil is debatable, as he was being manipulated by evil advisers, but he was definitely a spoiled brat. And winds up face down in a river as a result. And Caesarion's protector mentioned above is, per Word of God, Not Quite Dead.
  • An episode of Stargate Atlantis has a princess that Sheppard and McKay have to escort to a sort of proving ground where they test that the ancestors favor her (i.e. she has enough of the Ancient Gene to power their defenses). She is polite to princely, handsome Sheppard but an annoying brat to McKay (who isn't a fan of royalty or children, and didn't really help matters), trying to lie about his abuse. Sheppard doesn't fall for it but plays along to keep her quiet. Towards the end, however, McKay saves her life (albeit a bit haphazardly) and she starts to like him more than Sheppard. Of course, the contributing factor to that is that the planet's people don't know about the ATA gene, and when Shepard grabs her supposedly "magic" necklace and uses it to activate a drone machine, she thinks he's usurping the crown.
  • In Supernatural, Lucifer was the favorite until the dawn of humans, which is why he decided to wage war against God and his creations:
    Gabriel: Dad loved you best. More than Michael, more than me. Then he brought the new baby home and you couldn't handle it. So this is all just one big temper tantrum.
  • The teenage King Louis XIV from Young Blades is a benign version of this trope — he is demanding, moody and difficult at times, but he's also a truly hilarious Cloud Cuckoolander who lacks any cruelty or malice.

  • Princess Riliane Lucifen d'Autriche of mothy's "Daughter of Evil" arc of the Seven Deadly Sins series, itself part of the overarching Evillious Chronicles series. At least, up until she's thrown out of power and her brother dies. Unless you’re going by the canon of the highly elusive fanmade play, in which she doesn’t get better. Possessed by the Demon of Pride, at age 14 she takes the throne and wreaks havoc, levying excessive taxes for the sake of her luxury, executing all who oppose her, and burning down a country and committing genocide because her arranged suitor and crush developed feelings for another girl. Granted, due to how demons work, little of this was actually of her free will.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • Two examples from the Greek myth about Heracles:
    • Originally, Heracles was required to perform ten labors. Then the king setting them ruled two of them out and demanded two more.
    • Heracles himself was of Royal Blood (both Divine and Mortal) and killed his lyre teacher, Linos, in a fit of rage, while still a child. While he escaped a charge of murder (claiming that Linos hit him first), he was sent away by his step-father, Amphitryon, to tend flocks. He got a bit better, growing up to become a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • The hero Perseus was sent to kill Medusa because the king was one of these and figured it would get rid of him and let him force Perseus's mother Danae to marry him. It backfired.
  • Gilgamesh in The Epic of Gilgamesh was just awful. He grew up with too much power and nothing that could humble him, on top of being literally part divine. And then he just got more powerful. Needless to say, his people found him unbearable. How bad was he? One of his laws was that every bride in the city had to have sex with Gilgamesh before her husband could touch her. Though he gets better eventually, after meeting Enkidu, going on many adventures with him, and a literal trip through the underworld to get him back (and failing).
  • He may be heroic and usually a fine guy, but Prince Arjuna of the Mahabharata and its various adaptations and reinterpretations over the years can be straight-up nasty to people who rival him in archery skill, especially if they happen to be in a lower caste than him. Especially later Punch-Clock Villain and also older half-brother, though he doesn't know this Karna. While some adaptations tone down the Jerkassery, others can dial it up a lot.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Dragon-Blooded Dynastic children in Exalted can be a particularly scary version of this trope if not well-disciplined growing up (not that all the ones who are always become too terribly much better), due to their innate Elemental Powers. Woe to the poor mortal servants who not only have to deal with childish temper tantrums, but the fact that these Royal Brats can flood your lungs with seawater, lethally poison you with a touch, or simply burn you alive where you stand.
    • There's even a between chapter comic in the Dragon Blooded splat book that shows a Dragon Blooded Royal Brat wreaking havoc in his classroom, and the mortal teacher powerless to stop him-meaning that even mortal authority figures aren't immune to this treatment!

  • In the opera The Dwarf / The Birthday of the Infanta by Alexander Zemlinsky, the young Spanish princess is given a hideously misshapen dwarf, who has no idea how ugly he looks, as a birthday present. The princess plays with his belief that he is actually a handsome knight, and that she is in love with him. The dwarf is shocked when he, for the first time in his life, sees himself in the mirror and dies in shame when the princess tells him that she just sees him as a funny plaything. After his death, she casually comments, "Next time I want a toy without a heart."

    Video Games 
  • Some education choices and upbringing events in Crusader Kings give the "Haughty" trait to children, which can make them Arbitrary and/or Cruel when they grow up.
  • Prince Laharl from Disgaea is a Royal Brat that begins with an entitlement complex the size of the Netherworld itself. He, for example, didn't actually expect to pay for the services of his vassals. Even when Etna finally goaded him into it he resolved to steal the money from someone else, even though he has plenty of money, because, "Nobody touches [his] allowance!" He eventually does shape up a little, mostly because The Lancer made it clear that she was perfectly willing to off him and take his place if he didn't.
  • A Dwarf Noble PC in Dragon Age: Origins, being the second child of the dwarven king, can be played this way, with bad behavior ranging from refusing to address dwarves of lower caste directly (forcing his/her Number Two Gorim to relay his/her comments) to ordering a murder or two over a perceived slight. It's also possible to behave a little like this with the Human Noble origin; but as the Human Noble's family keep lacks the deadly decadence of the dwarven court and your father is a Reasonable Authority Figure, the most the character can get away with is being a bit whiny and annoying.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Prince Kameha in Dragon Quest Monsters 2, who purposely removes a valve that was keeping the island afloat just because it was fun.
    • Prince Henry from Dragon Quest V is infamous for pulling pranks on servents and local kids and make other people his lackeys. He eventually learns to behave in a hard way. Sadly, his son is just as bad as him when he's firstly introduced as a kid.
    • Dragon Quest VI has Prince Howard, a whiny, cowardly kid who hires you to guard him in a dungeon while he defeats three monsters so he can prove his right to rule. Naturally, you have to fight them for him.
    • Dragon Quest VIII has Prince Charmles; the most infuriating future ruler of Argonia. Despite the many instances he was given to become a better person, he always found an easy way out just to show he was incredibly pathetic. His father heavily laments how much of a mess he is. The party gets involved with him when, like VI's Prince Howard, he hires them as bodyguards for a Rite of Passage monster hunt — and not only does the party do all the work, Charmles then buys a fake trophy anyway because it looks more impressive (his father catches him doing this, and starts to chew the Hero out for helping Charmles cheat until he realizes he's innocent). He gets his comeuppance when it turns out the Hero is a secret heir to the same throne, as his father is the king's elder brother. Plus, the Hero actually did the Fetch Quest required to complete the journey to king.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: The Jarl of Whiterun's children are pretty spoiled. His youngest son Nelkir likes to offend and belittle the Dovahkiin constantly and his daughter Dagny presumes that you are a servant, and tells you how to cook her meat. Even their older brother Frothar calls her out as being self-centered.
  • In Ensemble Stars!, Tori is the most obvious one, being a child of a wealthy family who is also part of the school's most prestigious idol unit who is typically selfish and arrogant, relying on his 'slaves' such as his butler Yuzuru or the school producer Anzu to do all of his work for him. However, it's stated many times that Eichi used to be even worse than him, to the point of turning everyone around him against him except Keito (in his case not only was he spoiled, he was extremely sickly and not expected to survive to adulthood, so he became very bitter and selfish), and considering Eichi's current Manipulative Bastard and Attention Whore tendencies, a few characters consider him to still be one.
  • Count Waltz in Eternal Sonata is a menace to even his own empire despite looking barely like a teenager. The problem is he has loyal vassals willing to follow his orders, but he won't shed a tear or regret their deaths.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Mewt in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance when he becomes prince of the fantasy Ivalice. Cid makes the laws stronger whenever Mewt wants it, Queen Remedi/his mommy comes whenever he wants her, and has people seeking Marche out for a bounty just so he can stay in the fantasy world forever.
    • Aire, the princess of Horne and one of the party members in Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light is like this before her Character Development: she berates her bodyguard for not rescuing her fast enough, insists that her guest house in Liberte be as comfortable as the castle, and eventually drives Jusqua to leave with her antics.
  • King Dedede from Kirby may be an adult (well, physically, anyway), but he mostly just cares about his own self-gratification, particularly gustatory. He's still more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold than a bad person, as he does in fact care about his kingdom and doesn't really hate Kirby in the modern games — usually, the two are forced to fight due to Dedede being under mind control or deceived.
  • Lord Dearche, the Ruler of Darkness from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny, the result of having the power of a Humanoid Abomination and the maturity of a little child. She only starts acting like an actual ruler after her two retainers perform a Heroic Sacrifice to damage the Eldritch Abomination Big Bad and power-up Lord Dearche.
  • Pokémon has Tyrunt, the "Royal Heir Pokémon", which is known to be selfish and throw fits when it doesn't get its way. Its evolved form Tyrantrum is unlikely to be any better, given how its name combines "tyrant" with "tantrum".
  • Psychonauts 2 has Gristol Malik, Gzesarevich of Grulovia and long-lost heir to the throne. He's a spoiled Psychopathic Manchild who thinks that the Ax-Crazy Maligula, who went on a rampage after accidentally drowning innocent people (including her sister and brother-in-law) under the Gzar's orders, is his key to regaining the life of luxury he knew, where he can sit around and eat caviar all day while the peasants starve. He also turns out to be The Mole at the Motherlobe, under the guise of Nick Johnsmith. Unfortunately, he's also very, very wrong about Maligula being willing to take his orders.
  • The Super Mario Bros. series has Baby Bowser, the child version of series antagonist King Bowser, in the Yoshi's Island games. Tellingly, his first on-screen appearance is him flattening Kamek for making the mistake of waking him from his nap and deciding that he wants to ride the "gween donkey".
  • Tales of the Abyss:
    • Princess Natalia L.K. Lanvaldear is a strange combination of this along with Rebellious Princess as even though she ran away against her father the kings orders she still acts rather stuck-up and shallow, for instance ordering Guy to do things even when he is an imperial count and no longer her servant and being more worried about being sweaty then the fact she is not actually of royal blood.
    • Her cousin Luke in the first third of the game. Upon arriving in a town polluted by a poisonous gas, Natalia immediately rushes to tend to the sick while Luke tells her to stay back because "they're dirty" and "she might catch something". Thankfully, Luke gets much, much better over time, and when balanced against her better qualities, Natalia really wasn't that bad to begin with. Luke was also more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold even before he Took a Level in Kindness; his spoiled, sheltered upbringing resulted in him being a downplayed case of No Social Skills as he has no idea how to properly express himself.
  • Remilia Scarlet from Touhou, though she tries to come across as refined and dignified, according to Word of God she acts like a child most of the time, even being referred by Reimu, in her Extra Stage Route, as 'another bad girl [I] left at the shrine'. She wasn't so bratty when deciding to lock up her Ax-Crazy sister, Flandre Scarlet, in the basement, to prevent The End of the World as We Know It. Her childishness is the exact reason why she never grows up.
  • Imperial Prince Duyare of Vanguard Bandits. He's spoiled as hell, having one of the strongest ATACs on the continent but is a terrible pilot, a squad of elite bodyguards follow him at every turn and are far more threatening despite their inferior ATACs, and his selfishness also foils the plans of his allies and makes it easier on his enemies.

    Visual Novels 
  • Byakuya Togami of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc believes as the brilliant heir to the Togami fortune, he's the only person that truly matters, and other people are simply props to prove his impressiveness and elite status. This eventually leads to a Heel–Face Turn when he's fooled by the misdirection in one Class Trial specifically because his outlook keeps him from even considering the possibility that self-sacrifice or putting another before yourself could be potential motivations. He's still a smug Jerkass, but he decides to give up on the Killing Game and work with the others, realizing that they actually do have worth as people with perspectives different from his own.
  • Zigzagged with Amy in her epilogue in Double Homework. As much as she likes to establish herself as someone who defines herself by qualities other than her royal status, the protagonist notes that she sometimes acts like a snotty princess when she doesn’t want to do something that her mom is telling her.
  • Sakuya Le Bel Shirogane from Hatoful Boyfriend, complete with French noble blood and being the class president — he wasn't elected, he got the position automatically because his father's donated so much to the school. His otome route involves reaching the point where he realizes that he really does want to pursue the path of music forbidden by his father and leaves, though he's still got a degree of pompous attitude. The BBL route involves extensive Break the Haughty and the revelation that he was never really a Le Bel, and he becomes... somewhat less self-involved.
  • Long Live the Queen's titular Elodie can be this if she's not well-versed in court manners or refinement. Being childishly blunt and not knowing any better doesn't help any — and if Elodie is rude enough, she can start a civil war, either by upset nobles or upset peasants. There's also a hidden Cruelty stat that's only progressed by certain actions, such as beating your maid because you were clumsy and ran right into her, killing small animals on weekends, executing your family, and so on. Keep it up and you can get a special ending where Togami makes Elodie his evil goon, who goes around, blowing up anyone in her path.
  • Miranda in Monster Promis very much this while still acting like a sweet, innocent princess due to being Obliviously Evil. As the game runs on Black Comedy, her mistreating her serfs and assassinations of other students is played for laughs except in the Eel secret ending, where she gets assassinated for her behavior and the ending shows everyone mourning over her coffin .
  • Rayfa in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is a princess of the Kingdom of Khura'in and acts very high and mighty because of her status. Because she is the one who performs the Divination Seance during a trial, whatever she sees from the victim's last moments are always taken as the absolute truth. When Phoenix manages to point out contradictions in the seances, Rayfa throws a complete tantrum over how her visions are doubted and then resorts to calling Phoenix childish names before the Judge throws her out of the courtroom. A good portion of her attitude comes from her insecurity of not being good enough to be the kingdom's queen when her time comes and also growing insecure over the fact that her seances were shown to be full of holes, which made her doubt her abilities. The entire thing is not helped when her (adoptive) mother towards the end of the game starts to verbally abuse her by making fun of her chest size and telling her she's a pathetically weak person to even consider becoming queen.

    Web Animation 
  • Elements of Justice: Prince Blueblood fills this role, believing himself to be naturally entitled to respect, only seeking to protect his "win streak" as a prosecutor rather than justice, displaying Fantastic Racism against humans, and slandering and insulting an innocent defendant of a trial when she is at her lowest.

  • Princess Mirabelle Moondrop in Brutus shows honest confusion, followed by childish rage, when called out for attacking a friend.

    Web Original 
  • Looming Gaia:
    • The teenage ruler of Matuzu, Prince Marghan, is very eager to be king and enjoys the privileges, but barely handles any of the responsibilities, leaving his mother to clean up his messes.
    • King Oberon Mogdir's daughter Tristabella is very much spoiled and used to getting anything she wants. So much that the birth of her little brother made her so jealous that she has tried to kill him many times.
    • Prince Hestal Folkvar claims to be an experienced veteran despite being born to a life of privilege and never actually being in battle like his father. He's very elitist and even had his first wife assasinated after he found out that she used to be a prostitute. Word of God has confirmed that if he found out about Sygbarne, his mentally disabled little sister that their parents keep a secret out of embarrassment, he would get furious at them, not for locking her up all her life, but for birthing a mentally disabled child in the first place, and would want her dead.
  • Royal example from the Whateley Universe: Prince Jobe Wilkins, son of the supervillain Gizmatic, and heir to the kingdom of Karedonia. A brilliant inventor who invented a new cure for dysentery and tested it on Karedonian convicts because he could. Non-royal examples: Phase's older sister Heather, Phase's enemy Solange, and Traduce who is an important member of the Golden Kids at Whateley Academy and is so unpleasant she can't keep a personal assistant.

    Western Animation 
  • The Earl of Lemongrab from Adventure Time is a mentally challenged, somewhat sympathetic example. He's a nasty, mean, sour-tempered jerk because he's a science experiment gone wrong- there's literally something wrong with his brain. It's highly implied that he was brought up by servants in a castle outside of the kingdom's walls, and he grew up having everything handed to him without a connection to its source — thus, he turned into a spoiled brat. Because of his... eh, issues, to put it gently, he can't read social cues. Oh, and he sends EVERYBODY IN THE KINGDOM TO THE DUNGEON FOR ONE MILLION YEARS! He seemingly grows out of his royal brat status after Princess Bubblegum makes another Lemongrab to keep him company. Unfortunately, by the episode "Too Old", Lemongrab has become a sadistic tyrant over the lemon people and an abusive partner to Lemongrab 2, whom he later cannibalizes.
  • Prince Zuko for the first couple of seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender. His sense of entitlement really comes out in the second season, where he goes through a phase of stealing everything in sight, even the ostrich horse belonging to a girl who showed him hospitality and compassion. He gets over it
  • Prince Wu from The Legend of Korra; he's not malicious, but he is very flighty and self-centered, concerned more for his appearance and entertainment than for actually doing his job as future Earth King (though, to his credit, he is consistently Nice to the Waiter, in stark contrast to his tyrannical aunt Hou-Ting). He grows out of it as the season progresses, and his surprisingly good oratory skills and newly-developed cunning and cleverness are vital to evacuating Republic City before Kuvira's attack. Eventually, he decides to dissolve the Earth Kingdom monarchy peacefully and let the people choose their own rulers, an act that gets a So Proud of You comment from Mako, who until this point couldn't stand the man.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983): Prince Adam's cousin Lady Edwina is this in spades, belittling every aspect of the royal city of Eternos while she visits. Despite this, and the abuse she heaps on him, Orko attempts to win her favor by going on a dangerous mission to retrieve the medallion that would let his magic work properly on Eternia, stumbling upon a Skeletor scheme when he does. Faced with the choice of sacrificing his medallion again and saving his friends or not, Edwina actually tries to seduce him into running off with her so she can have him as a royal wizard. Her attitude is so bad, King Randor actually states that, until she does some serious growing up, she's no longer welcome in Eternos.
  • In Hercules: The Animated Series, there's Prince Adonis, who has a huge ego, constantly taunts Herc and his friends, but relies on Herc to save him whenever anything involving danger or work comes around, and then takes the credit. Though he doesn't usually cause anyone permanent harm (except that rower who slipped on his discarded grape skins), he somehow manages to be the show's most unlikeable character since most of the actual villains are more entertaining.
  • In Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Po, Tigress, and Mantis have to escort an obnoxiously bratty princess who gets on even Po's nerves. However, Po later learns why she is like that: she is to be sent into horrific slavery where she will likely not survive a year and thus she has nothing to live for or to connect to anyone. Naturally, Po will not stand for that and rescues her.
  • Monster High:
    • Cleo De Nile starts off as this early in the series. She is very proud of her Egyptian heritage and revels in the fact that she's a princess, frequently using it to her advantage in order to get what she wants. She's gotten much better, though.
    • Cleo's older sister Nefera is essentially what Cleo could have become had she never gained a sense of compassion. Nefera is a vindictive, power-hungry schemer who delights in causing misery for her sister, and anyone else who crosses her path. Sometimes, she has to be sneaky with her evil, like sending a group of rival models to a wonderful five-star restaurant but not paying for the meal they can never afford, or tapping into Deuce's insecurities to break him and Cleo up so her sister can be married into the Ptolemy dynasty.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Prince Blueblood (Prince Charmless) of apparently never learned basic etiquette. He treats Rarity like trash and refers to Applejack’s food as “Common Carnival fare”.
    • "Hearth's Warming Eve" gives us Princess Platinum, the leader of the unicorn tribe who regularly practiced Fantastic Racism. She flaunted her wealth at every possible occasion and forced her advisor Clover the Clever to carry her across a tiny stream because she didn't want to ruin her ermine cape. She got better, of course. Naturally, she is played by Rarity.
  • Subverted in Shadow Raiders. Although Prince Pyrus is introduced proclaiming "I'm the prince, and I can do whatever I want!" and acting like a Bratty Half-Pint, he's less a spoiled brat and more fed up with his planet's xenophobic traditions than anything else. He's also rather competent and responsible, if reckless, and he's one of the key players in forming the Alliance because of his open-mindedness.
  • Pink Diamond from Steven Universe was the youngest member of the Diamond Authority that leads the Homeworld Gems, and is introduced in "Jungle Moon" acting like a spoiled brat, demanding her own army and planet just because Yellow Diamond had some and she wanted her own. Once she got her own colony, she's said to have taken human pets to her People Zoo as trophies. Just like most Royal Brats, her bratty behavior and insensitivity cause a member of her own personal army to turn on her and rebel. She's certainly not as bad as her older "sisters" she mimics, though (and most of her bratty behavior was an attempt to get some acknowledgement from the often dismissive other Diamonds). Turns out she eventually grew out of it.
  • King Xavier of Craig of the Creek who ruled the Other Side of Creek was a tyrant who dictated everything on The Other Side, banning things he didn't like or wasn't good at, ranking everyone by how close they were to him and handing out benefits based on that, blackamiling or tattling on people who dared to oppose him, insisting on always being the center of attention and getting mad when he wasn't and generally being a spoiled brat. All of this contributed to his downfall in the end.
  • The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: When the McDonaldland gang find their way in medieval times in "Have Time, Will Travel", they encounter a bratty king named King Murray, who threatens to throw a tantrum if the entertainment his knights offer doesn't make him happy and ends up sending Ronald and friends to the dungeon for accidentally humiliating him.


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