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You know the old saying "Spare the rod, spoil the child"? Yeah, pretty much this trope in a nutshell.

Some kids can get whatever they want by screaming at their parents until they give in. "I want a pony" is one common demand of these types, as is any rude demand for food. These kids do not like being told "no", or any other words to the effect of denying them what they want, and will often fly into a tantrum if so denied.

Usually, but not always, female — and may grow up to be an Alpha Bitch or a Rich Bitch. Indeed, the grown-up version may still be referred to as a spoiled brat if they still rely on their parents' money and influence. Never Nice to the Waiter and prone to Never My Fault.

While the parents are usually depicted as the fault of their child's behaviour, it's not always their fault, as the brat is usually spoiled by enablement and a lack of consequences for their actions. It can be anyone; a cowardly teacher who lacks discipline, a naive authority figure, or someone that had put the brat on a pedestal and just never said "no" to them. They can be spoiled by the media when it gives them too much attention and praise, causing the child to believe that they can do no wrong and nobody can stop them if they get out of hand.

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On the other hand, since Children Are Innocent, the cause may be their parents' treatment of them, whether neglect or being a too-Doting Parent. (To be fair, if the parents put their collective feet down, the child would have to change.) Removing them to more natural circumstances may cure them entirely, unlike adults of similar personality. Many a Magical Nanny specializes in it. This is especially likely if the parents lavish material goods on them in place of affection or attention; any Parental Substitute may bring the child back to good manners by providing attention and discipline, and often wins the heart of the child that way, to the shock of parents, who may complain, "But we give him everything." The older the child is, the less likely this is to happen. In extreme cases, this may result in an All Take and No Give relationship with their parents.

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This often leaves the kid Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense.

A Super-Trope to Royal Brat (where the brat is part of a powerful family).

Greed and Pride are the chief sins of this character type, though not a few are also Envious as well.

In older works, the Brat may get their comeuppance in the form of a Comedic Spanking — which as in the old saying is believed to be the opposite of "spoil the child" — but this is subject to Values Dissonance these days as corporal punishment for children is considered less acceptable. Either way, if there's any Character Development, it will probably involve Break the Haughty or Pride Before a Fall.

Compare with Egocentrically Religious, who has this attitude towards God and the universe rather than towards father and the local community. Also compare with Idle Rich. Contrast Non-Idle Rich, Spoiled Sweet, and Lonely Rich Kid.


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    Advertising 
  • Generally, ads encourage Spoiled Brat behavior because the goal is to make children nag their parents to buy their products.
  • The Toyota Highlander commercials circa 2008 featuring the little blond kid. He talks about how his parents used to be lame before they got the "cool" Highlander. The way he brags about it and the way he looks down on the kid whose parents drive an older car really give off the Spoiled Brat vibe.
  • A series of condom ads highlight a very poorly behaved youngster who is obviously accustomed to getting his own way.
  • A Fruit Roll Ups Ad has it to where a kid says "Pleasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss" throughout the entire commercial for his mother to get him a snack. So she gets him a snack.
  • Recently, commercials for Halos oranges, a brand of oranges specifically marketed toward kids. The tagline is "If you don't have Halos, they don't have halos.", and one even features a little girl who duct taped her baby brother to a door.
  • In this commercial, a bratty little girl complains to her mother over fish that is an appropriate size for kids her age to eat. Unfortunately, the mother makes her happy rather than punish her for her ungratefulness.

    Anime & Manga 
  • At first it appears that Chiko, the main character of The Daughter of Twenty Faces, plays this type straight to form. Then we find out she has a good reason to put up the act that she does. After this, the trope is subverted as she practically tries too hard to contribute and be nice to her new "family".
  • Detective Conan:
    • A good fraction of all the plots have this in grown-up form. They either get murdered or end up being the reason why someone was murdered in the first place.
    • Sonoko is a milder version. Sure, she's a Spoiled Brat quite often, but she's not outwardly malicious and cares genuinely for Ran (therefore, she thinks Shinichi's not good enough for her). And her Long-Distance Relationship with Makoto is quite cute.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Bulma has spades of this, especially early in the series. She somewhat grows out of this as she gets older, although it still pops up from time to time, even after having Trunks and Bulla.
    • Kid Trunks from Dragon Ball Z comes off as one (probably gets it from his mother, Bulma). Unlike the selfless and heroic Future Trunks who grew up in the ruins of a world destroyed by the Androids, Kid Trunks grew up in a peaceful world as the treasured child of a rich family, with his not-dead-this-time father Vegeta as his trainer and primary male role model, rather than the kind-spirited Gohan.
    • Frieza hides it much better than most, but it's there. He practically has a temper tantrum when he learns that he can't use the Dragon Balls without a help of a Namekian, whom he had all but killed at this point, and when Vegeta tricked him earlier and stole his Dragon Balls, he was close to stomping his feet and threw random energy waves across the planet. His spoiled nature really comes to light when he's outmatched against Super Saiyan Goku, where he name calls, spouts words of hatred, demeans, and even begs for his life after his own foolishness costs him an arm and both of his legs. Throughout his entire life, Frieza thought he was the strongest and everyone should do what he wanted. When he finally meets someone stronger than him, he's revealed as the spoiled child that he is. In the Non-Serial Movie Cooler's Revenge, his older brother Cooler outright describes Frieza as a "little brat" whom King Cold spoiled rotten.
    • Barry Khan from Dragon Ball Super is depicted as such. He expects to be given anything and everything he wants, and when he doesn't get it, he throws a fit. It's so bad that when Videl rejects his flirting, he first attempts to set Gohan up to be injured in a stunt for his movie, and then tries to trick Videl into thinking that Gohan is cheating on her, to no avail. Videl even calls him out on it, remarking that despite being treated like royalty, Barry is so insecure that he'll resort to trickery and blackmail whenever he's not the center of attention.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • Prussia is apparently this, as Word of God says that the reason he is the way he is is because the Pope would let him do whatever he wanted when he was a child.
    • Chibiromano (South Italy, or Italy Romano, as a child) was spoiled, lazy, and entitled to boot, as his caretaker Spain definitely wasn't disciplining him. He grew into a Perpetual Frowner and very heavy Tsundere.
    • Ladonia is not only a Bratty Half-Pint, but he's prone to throwing tantrums when things don't go his way, many of which involve attacking Sweden, who seems incapable of disciplining him.
  • Nishiki from Kamisama Kiss, mainly due to the influence of his family retainer and right-hand man. The brat part gets beaten out of him by the end of his story arc.
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth, Umi Ryuuzaki is like this at first. She complains incessantly about being stuck in another world with no luxuries and (in the anime) missing her fencing tournament. She does end up learning to leave it behind, although she's still very insistent on having her opinions be heard.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, an alternate retelling of Mobile Suit Gundam:
    • Garma Zabi is portrayed as this. He whines about Char getting all the glory and pesters his more prominent family members into giving him a combat posting so he can earn some fame for himself... after complaining about looking like the "baby" of the Zabi family. It should be noted, however, that this is an Alternate Character Interpretation that clashes with Garma's canon personality from the original anime. Garma being a Spoiled Brat is actually Char's view of him that has existed since the original anime. There are these words he utters during Garma's funeral:
      Gihren: Why did my brother, Garma, has to die?
      Char: [watching the broadcast, while Gihren continues his speech] Because he was a spoiled brat.
    • Bright Noa calls Amuro Ray this when slapping him because his father never punched him... Yeah, it doesn't make much sense, but he probably meant the fact that he was never corrected for showing a whiny behaviour.
  • Katarina in My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! was spoiled growing up, and by the age of fifteen was supposed to be a jealous, scheming elitist bitch that would probably end up murdered or exiled for her behavior despite her high status. However, she hit her head when she was eight and had a total personality change as a result of remembering her past life. As a result she goes from Spoiled Brat to Spoiled Sweet, a change everyone finds equally parts charming and obnoxious as she creates even more problems with her dimwitted behavior.
  • Subverted in (what else?) Neon Genesis Evangelion. Asuka initially appears to be this... until it's revealed that she's doing it on purpose to alienate others because she's suffering from abandonment issues; there's been no-one around in her life to spoil her.
  • One Piece:
    • The World Nobles are basically what would happen if you gave a spoiled brat enough wealth and political power to be completely untouchable and able to do whatever they can. On top of being ridiculously rich, they are also spoiled to the point that they think everything belongs to them, and sadly, considering they are descended from the twenty kings who founded the World Government, few would disagree with them. Their attitude is supported by their ability to call in one of the Admirals for any reason, meaning that anyone who refuses to take the abuse they constantly dish out gets a walking natural disaster sicced on them. It's because of this that that the only people considered capable of defying the World Nobles are the Four Emperors, the four most powerful pirates in the world — mainly because not even the Admirals stand a chance against one of them.
    • Doflamingo might be the worst of the lot. He grew up as a World Noble with all of the privileges that entailed, and didn't take it well at all when his father took their family away from that life to lives as commoners. Even after killing his own father and presenting his head to the World Nobles, they refused to reinstate his status because he was from a "family of traitors". All of his villainy is done out of petty resentment at the world for taking away the privileges he feels entitled to have, which you can more or less relate to him having a temper tantrum.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Tatewaki Kuno, who is so spoiled and egotistical that he can't get it through his head that not every girl is attracted to him. He's a Handsome Lech and a picky eater.
    • Kodachi, unlike her brother, realizes that not everyone she is attracted to is automatically attracted to her, but refuses to let that get in her way, because she always gets what she wants.
    • Villain of the week Azusa is a rich and childish ice skater who has an unfortunate habit of taking any object she deems cute, regardless of ownership. If she's denied, she cries, screams, and attacks the owner with a Hyper Space Mallet until they give up the item. Even the Kuno siblings find her unbearable.
    • Mariko Konjo, another minor villain, always gets a victory for any team she cheerleads for, because she cheats to win. If anyone complains, she sics her cheerleading goons on them.
  • Reborn! (2004):
    • Xanxus was a poor boy whose crazy mother managed to make the Ninth pity them and adopt Xanxus as his own son. The Ninth thought of him as his own son, and gave him love and affection — Xanxus, unfortunately, turned into a violent, ill-tempered Spoiled Brat who wasn't used to things not going his way. His being a Spoiled Brat is especially noticeable when one considers that, although being the Evil Counterpart to Tsuna, he actually had much less abuse and neglect in his past.

      Even ten years into the future, as much as he's thought to be less of a douchebag than before, he's still ridiculously spoiled and rotten tempered. The most notable example is the "beef incident", where he beat the crap out of a bunch of underlings because he wanted to eat beef, and it had to be the best quality, and it had to be filleted, and how do they expect him to eat this shit?!
    • Hibari shows signs of being this, as well. Anything he wants, he gets. Or heads will roll. And the Absurdly Powerful Student Council doesn't exactly discourage his train of thought — they're pretty much his personal servants that help do anything (including some very morally ambiguous things) he wants. And just look at his reaction to when Mukuro beats him in a fight — he becomes obsessed with completely annihilating him, since he absolutely hates the idea of ever losing to someone. The only thing about Hibari, however, is that he really does have the strength and genius to justify his haughty, spoilt, stuffy attitude.
  • Sword Art Online: Heavily implied to be the case with Sugou Nobuyuki. Having been a spoiled rotten "prince" of a Zaibatsu family since childhood has twisted Sugou into a Corrupt Corporate Executive with a God complex who thinks he's entitled to do whatever he wants, like rule the world and have Asuna to himself, has no ability to empathize with the rest of humanity, and thinks no one has any right to stop him. When he loses to Kirito, he outright whines and throws a temper tantrum over the fact that things aren't going his way.
  • Urusei Yatsura:
    • Shūtarō Mendō might border on being a Royal Brat, due to the fact that his family is insanely wealthy (among other things, they have their own private army and own a considerable chunk of Japan). Mendō is also a Handsome Lech, has to have his servants around to cover his every whim, sometimes throws tantrums when girls don't pay attention to him, and tends to treat others of the lower classes like dirt.
    • Shutarō's sister is just as much of a brat; she's just less pompous and more sadistic, with a Lack of Empathy, viewing others as simply toys to abuse for her amusement.
  • In Wild Rock, Nava is absolutely spoiled rotten by his dad and uncles, gets into everything, and has the attention span of a fruit fly.
  • It is pretty much this trope that drove Keima from The World God Only Knows into the kind of... obsessive gamer he is. He has 6 LCD TVs, 6+ home videogame consoles, 10+ portable PFPs, and a collection of gal games... in his own personal game library. And where does this all come from? Well, the "M funds".
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kaiba accuses Noah of being a Spoiled Brat (in addition to being crazy), and he pretty much is; unlike most members of this trope, Noah is incredibly dangerous, having almost godlike powers and an incredibly ego while in the Virtual World, while still having no more wisdom than the child he resembles.
  • Papirurio from Zatch Bell!. His partner Lupa gives him what he wants because he's the Replacement Goldfish for her dead son.

    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics:
    • Veronica Lodge is the daughter of the wealthiest man in town, who gives her anything she wants... usually. The trope picture comes from a story where she tries to prove to Betty that she also works hard, by being "forced" to drive all of her family's expensive cars, do country club sports, and attend fancy parties. She even tries to imply that wearing a designer dress and white fox wrap to social events is part of this "work".
    • In another story, she wants to get a job like all her friends have, but she's just not motivated enough to actually apply for one. In one comic chapter, everyone is busy with their summer jobs... except Veronica. She has no siblings (that we see, anyway), and her parents are busy running the family corporate empire, so she's pretty much alone and already bored with the empty days of summer vacation. She wishes she has something to do, even a job, because this boredom is driving her crazy. Archie eventually comes by and visits, telling her about this one position open at the jewelry shop in the nearby mall. He says this position would be perfect for her, since she wears so much of it. Veronica looks like she's going to accept... then decides not to, because she's so wealthy she doesn't need to work. Apparently, having loads of money means one can never get an actual job, even if it's just to pass the time.
  • Of course, Viz magazine's eponymous Spoilt Bastard Timmy Timpson. In every strip he bullies and emotionally abuses his rather weak-willed mother, blaming her for whatever problem he's caused (and what's more, she always believes it's truly her fault) and leading her to spend money she doesn't have to cater to her son's every whim. In one old strip, he pretends to be sick to get out of school and keeps implying that it's his mother's fault. The doctor then tells Timmy's mother that "There's nothing wrong with your son that a good smack on the bottom wouldn't cure!". In the annual he runs away from home because his mother put two sugars on his Weetabix when "She knows!" that he only has one and three quarter sugars.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Sensation Comics: Mona Menise's father is irritated at her behavior and does tell her off, but doesn't actually punish her and gets her anything she wants despite her totaling numerous cars, and blaming the police officer when she gets pulled over for reckless driving.
    • The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016): Alpha Bitch Pamela Smuthers' father is a rich politician and it has done her personality no favors to be his spoiled daughter.

    Comic Strips 
  • The titular character of Garfield can be considered this, as Jon always feeds Garfield all the food he wants and pampers him to no end. Garfield even expects Jon to open the door for him, even though, as Jon pointed out, there's a pet door (Garfield replied "Forgot the security code"). One time, Jon even gives Garfield a hot towel after finishing his meal. Garfield, after using that towel, hangs it on Jon's face.
    Jon: You're spoiled, you know.
    Garfield: I am not. And where's my mint?
  • A downplayed example from Luann: Toni's niece Shannon. Her father leaves her with Toni every chance he gets, and since Toni is an Extreme Doormat in regards to her brother and niece, she just lets the kid do whatever she wants. As a result, Shannon has become fairly well-behaved over time... but only because everyone caters to her whims. The few times she doesn't get her way, she throws a massive tantrum, but all the adults in the strip merely grit their teeth and suffer through it (or simply cave in to her) rather than admonish or discipline her. So it's downplayed in that she only acts like a brat during those times where she's not being spoiled.

    Fairy Tales 
  • Morozko: The old woman's daughter has been thoroughly pampered since she was a child, and as a result she has grown into a rude, entitled and disrespectful child who is too stupid to understand you should not go out of your way to piss some people off.

    Fan Works 
  • In Faded Blue, Steven zigzags this trope in a very strange way. In his words, "Whatever a Diamond wants, they get." However, he hasn't really been shown as actually wanting that much, relatively -– he loves Earth as it is, and his "end goal" when the story starts is to tour all of Earth before eventually exploring space. Part of this seems to be due to Blue Pearl being extremely accepting of what Steven wants.
  • Harry Riddle, thanks to his "auntie Bellatrix" spoiling him rotten:
    Harry: Can we go to Diagon Alley anytime soon? The letter demands my reply by today, you know, but I already sent it, so don't worry. But Draco's already gotten all of his stuff. Can I get a snake? I want a snake. Or... Can I take Nagini?
    Voldemort: No, you may not take my familiar.
  • Exaggerated and justified in the first half of the Kill la Kill fanfic Maim de Maim with Ryuko Kiryuin, who's portrayed as easily the most hellish Spoiled Brat you can ever encounter, although she does show some brief flashes of compassion and eventually gets better much later in the story.
  • In My Master Ed, this is Hohenheim's initial impression of Edward before he proves to be far too generous and beaten down to be spoiled.
  • As a child in Natural Selection, Ryuko was rather self-entitled, as she refused to apologize when she hurt others by accident and would only do so when Satsuki demanded it. Even then, she didn't mean any of the apologies she gave. This only got worse as she got older, to the point where she became a Psychopathic Womanchild. Gamagoori even thinks of her as "a spoiled corporate princess with no concept of refusal".
  • Deconstructed in the Kung Fu Panda fanfic series the Necromancers of China Saga. Po and Tigress meet their daughter from the future, Fenhong Se. They eventually learn that their future selves spoiled her so much and gave her everything, but she could not get the one thing she wanted most: to be a greater hero than either her mother or father. Her spoiled nature plays a vital part in the existence of a Bad Future, causing Po and Tigress to realize they must raise her properly when the time comes.
  • Played for Laughs with Hinata Hyuuga in Of the Day's Annoyances, who grew up into a feared tyrant because her uncle Hizashi (who survived the Kumo incident) kept spoiling her to spite his brother.
  • Persephone: As he loved Hiccup, Gobber admits to Stoick that he didn't discipline his son enough, and when he did it seemed like it was overcompensating to Hiccup. He does recognize that Hiccup has learned discipline and grown since he's been gone and tells Stoick this so that the chief will speak to him as a man.
  • Lolly in The Racket-Rotter Chronicles. She clearly enjoyed her family's wealthy status until she lost it around the beginning of the story. Even then, she still extorts money from her father and grandparents, and acts very nasty as a result. The Builder mocks her with this information right before she's killed in Arc 3.
  • The Reading Rainbowverse has Powderfluff, who is so sheltered that, when she does briefly visit Ponyville, many ponies interpret her paranoia and immaturity as legitimate mental illness.
  • Retrograde Motion: While the younger Jason is generally a sweet child, he can be very bratty at times as an Annoying Younger Sibling to Tim and Damian and he is unquestionably spoiled — the only people that are able to say no to him are his parental figures, Dick and Artemis.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: Arial Kuyumaya has shades of this, constantly throwing destructive temper tantrums when she hears criticism or doesn't get her way, as well as openly expecting Mizore to respect her despite being a Jerkass who tried to murder her in a jealous rage. In Act VI chapter 15, Moka flat-out calls her "horrible and rotten" to her face.
  • Renesmee has become one by the time The Wedding Crashers takes place, since her family is ridiculously wealthy and her parents and Jacob pretty much cater to her every whim.

    Films — Animation 
  • Marie from The Aristocats has some shades of this. It's most notable when she and her brothers Toulouse and Berlioz are fighting to see who gets inside the door first in the beginning of the film. They ask her why she has to go first, and she tells them, "Because I'm a lady, that's why." She also constantly calls for her mother whenever her brothers mess with her.
  • Child star Darla Dimple in Cats Don't Dance is this to insane levels, demanding that she be given everything she wants and be focused on 100% of the time. How she got this way is never addressed, since she doesn't seem to have parents.
  • In Kiki's Delivery Service, Kiki after befriending an elderly lady, helps her deliver a fried fish cake for her granddaughter's birthday, something that her granddaughter likes. Making the entire thing the old-fashioned way and battling through a storm, Kiki arrives and meets the granddaughter, who only turns up her nose that her grandmother got her another one of those fish cakes and barely gives a thanks to the soaking wet Kiki. Though there are arguable Pet the Dog moments showing she isn't all that. She actually doesn't protest when her friends compliment Kiki's independence and is shown to befriend Kiki by the epilogue.
  • In Spirited Away, Yubaba thoroughly indulges and overprotects her baby, who is self-centered and cowardly ("Play with me or I'll break your arm!"). When he is transformed into a mouse and his mother does not recognize him, he goes with Chihiro, becoming her friend, and on their return, shows his mother that he can stand on his own and demands that she be nice to Chihiro.
  • Scarlett O'Hara from Steamboy. She's insufferably spoilt for a 14-year-old, which is the result of having five "mothers" (a.k.a. servants) who go through the "motherly" motions for her. She matures quite a bit during the movie and the ending credits imply that she stopped being a spoilt girl and became a haughty but independent woman.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Arthur Hoggett's granddaughter in Babe, who, upon seeing the beautifully made doll house that her grandfather spent so much time making, begins crying, screaming that it isn't the one she had seen on television.
  • Natalie Sands of Girls Just Want to Have Fun has her father wrapped around her finger, including acting annoyed she only has one car. When she becomes The Rival in the dance contest, she bribes another contestant to ruin the routine of his partner, who has just ticked Natalie off (as in not letting Natalie get away with nearly running someone over).
  • Britt Reid from The Green Hornet is a Rich Idiot With No Day Job Manchild. He's pretty irresponsible and self-absorbed, using his late dad's fortune for parties and drinks. He's also an Ungrateful Bastard to Kato, and anyone else for that matter.
  • Alan from The Hangover becomes this in the second and third movie, treating both his parents like servants. This gets to the point where his father dies of a heart attack after having enough of his antics. Not to mention, he is constantly rude to his own mother (at one point even saying she should have died first).
  • Sharpay Evans from High School Musical is self-centred, arrogant, and narcissistic. She wants everything to go her way, and is very entitled. Sharpay is willing to backstab anyone, including her twin brother Ryan, in order to be in the spotlight. Her family is wealthy, and often spoil her with expensive gifts. Nevertheless, she is proven to be kind and loyal towards her friends and family.
  • The meaning behind the title of The House of Yes. Jackie was so spoiled that the word "no" was simply never spoken in their household.
  • In In This Our Life, Stanley is spoiled mostly by her rich uncle Fitzroy, and she gets away with everything she wants. Not only is she completely selfish because of this, but she always complains that no one cares for her.
  • Iosef Tarasov, the asshole son of big Russian mafia boss Viggo Tarasov, whose unbridled arrogance and massive sense of entitlement lead to him pissing off John Wick, one of the deadliest men alive. He is so out of his depth when it comes to Wick that it doesn't dawn on him how absolutely screwed he is until Wick takes apart a club full of his father's men just to get to him.
  • Hugh "Ransom" Drysdale (played by Chris Evans) from Knives Out is a jobless Manchild who mooches of his entire family. In fact, when he hears he's not receiving the family's heirloom courtesy of his grandfather, he tries to have his grandfather killed.
  • Steff McKee from Pretty in Pink, is a huge example of one. He brags about his money, throws destructive parties in his parents' expensive house, and tells his best friend he'll stop hanging out with him unless he stops liking a girl that's poorer than them. He also likes to spend money just because he can. He eventually gets told off by Blane, his best friend, at the end of the movie.
  • Angela in the "Quebec province 1975" segment of The Uncanny. Her cruelty to Lucy earns a terrible fate at the ends of her cousin and her cat.
  • Missy Wiener from Welcome to the Dollhouse. She acts innocent and sweet, but in reality she's a Manipulative Bitch who has mommy and daddy wrapped around her finger. Her favorite pastime is baiting Dawn into getting into trouble.
  • In What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the titular Jane used to have a theatre act as a child in the 1910s where she was a cute Shirley Temple-esque girl who sang and danced. Off-stage she was a complete brat.

    Literature 
  • Sherlock Holmes's client Alexander Holder in the short story "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet" admits that since his wife died, he has never denied his son Arthur whatever he wanted. The boy grew up to be an irresponsible gambler. Arthur is thus prime suspect in the titular crime.
  • Not even Brother Bear and Sister Bear from The Berenstain Bears are immune. The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies has them wanting literally everything whenever their parents take them to the shopping mall — and if they don't get something, they take this trope to embarrassing levels, throwing themselves on the ground and kicking their legs and screaming their heads off.
  • In A Brother's Price, Keifer Porter is at the very least 16 when he becomes plot-relevant, but still qualifies, as his behaviour is entirely described in spoiled-brat terms. He is said to have thrown temper tantrums whenever his wives didn't do what he wanted, or sometimes just out of spite so he would have an excuse for locking himself up in his quarters and cheat on them with a lover he smuggled in through the secret passage. As he's from a noble family, and men have Gender Rarity Value in this setting, he likely grew up as Spoiled Brat.
  • Captains Courageous has Harvey Cheyne, a thoroughly spoiled brat who gets it worked out of him when he is swept overboard at sea and has to spend much of the summer on a fishing boat as part of the crew.
  • The Chalet School series is full of examples. Two notable Spoiled Brats are Lavender Leigh (in Lavender Laughs in the Chalet School), who has spent most of her life being spoiled rotten by her ditzy aunt, and Emerence Hope (in Shocks for the Chalet School), whose rich parents let her do whatever she wanted, culminating in her setting fire to the summer house. Most tend to grow out of it, usually with some help from Joey, their peers, and the occasional accident.
  • In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, along with the two movies based on it, with the exception of Charlie Bucket, all the children who got the golden ticket are spoiled.
    • Veruca Salt is the most glaring example. In the book and the first movie, it's explicitly mentioned that she's wearing a mink coat. It's not Fur and Loathing here; it's that mink coats were almost never made for girls at the time (mostly rabbit), no matter how wealthy the family. In the 2005 movie, her father, a billionaire business owner, sets up an assembly floor in one of his factories with the sole intention of getting her that golden ticket. She has her parents wrapped pretty much completely around her finger, bowing to her every demand, but both she and they meet with an awful end when her insatiable greed leads her to try to steal one of the squirrels that Wonka uses to sort nuts for his candy. Veruca's song, "I Want It Now!", from the 1971 adaptation is practically "Spoiled Brat: The Anthem". The stereotypical "pony" line is spoofed in the 2005 movie:
      Veruca: Daddy, I want another pony.
    • Augustus Gloop is a glutton whose parents just won't stop feeding him.
    • Mike Teavee is allowed to spend all of his time watching television (or playing violent video games in the 2005 version) and apparently subsists on TV dinners. He doesn't even like chocolate or candy; he only found the golden ticket for the sake of having it.
    • Violet Beauregard goes unquestioned on any of her decisions by her parents. In the 2005 version, she is a competetive overachiever who's managed to win first place in every competition she's participated in, and is determined to not only get a golden ticket, but also to win the special prize at the end of the factory tour and believes that she will, merely for one reason:
      Violet: Because I'm a WINNER!
  • Her Thumbleness from Dragon and Slave. Her family owns a plot of lands with slaves to work it, and from time to time she goes with her daddy to select one to be entertained by. Generally it seems to mean being played with like a toy and beat up.
  • Howard Hughes is portrayed as a grown-up version of this trope in the works of James Ellroy. He is frequently described as whining and pouting when things don't go his way (or even when he's told he'll have to wait for something he wants right now).
  • In the Elsie Dinsmore series, Elsie's aunt Enna, who is younger than her, is very coddled and spoiled. She actively throws tantrums when she doesn't get her way, bullies Elsie every day, constantly steals Elsie's things even when she's not entitled to them just so she can have them herself, and always has her parents scold anyone who dares call her out on her behavior. In fact, she's so spoiled that she continues to act this way even as an adult, after marrying and having children of her own. It doesn't help that her parents are jackasses who condone her behavior because they themselves hate Elsie and her father, Horace.
  • Soraya in the Farsala Trilogy. She's fifteen, but we first meet her when she's having a temper tantrum in her room, which involves throwing things at servants. Luckily, she grows out of it.
  • In Flowers for Algernon, Charlie's younger sister Norma was this growing up due to her mother's Parental Favoritism. She grew out of it in adulthood but still retained a mild degree of neediness.
  • In John C. Wright's The Golden Transcedence, Atkins complains about having to rely on a "spoiled rich man's son" to rescue humanity. Phaethon is actually not spoiled. Just very, very, very pig-headed.
  • A couple of examples in Harry Potter:
    • Dudley is extremely spoiled, though he gets better after Order of the Phoenix. Harry even wonders what Dudley saw when they were attacked by Dementors, creatures who force their victims to relive their worst memories. Harry, of course, heard the last words his parents said before they were killed, but can only guess what they showed someone spoiled by his parents his whole life. Word of God is that Dudley saw exactly that — they forced him to see just what kind of person he was.
    • Draco Malfoy is a subversion in a way. Although he gets the best of everything, it's often hinted that it's just another way for his father to show off his influence. Several scenes throughout the book show him getting very snippy when he thinks his son is acting... inelegantly. His parents also expect him to do very well in school (and for all his flaws, it's made clear that he's a very good student), as Lucius tells him in Chamber of Secrets that he's upset with him for not being the top student of the class, even if it's just because a muggleborn is.
  • British statesman Lord Chesterfield wrote in Letters to His Son about a different young nobleman: "They have ruined their own son by what they called and thought loving him. They have made him believe that the world was made for him, not he for the world; and unless he stays abroad a great while, and falls into very good company, he will expect, what he will never find, the attentions and complaisance from others, which he has hitherto been used to from Papa and Mamma." (letter 164)
  • Oblomov starts as this — his family doesn't even mind if he skips school regularly. In fact, they push him to do so. Which leads to him not coping with life later.
  • In The Secret Garden, both Colin and Mary are this, at first. Mary acts like this because she was cared for by servants who were instructed to give her her way in all things so her crying wouldn't disturb her neglectful mother. Colin was neglected by his father and coddled and treated as an invalid by the servants because of his (possibly) crooked back.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Robert Arryn is the only living heir to a Great House, with a lot of stillbirths before and since. As such, his mother smothers him to the point that he's still being breast-fed at age six, and with the ultimate result that he's a budding Caligula, accustomed to annoying guests being executed for his amusement.
    • Viserys Targaryen is one who has lost his house's fortune and prestige. Despite that, he still acts like one, treating everyone else like crap. This doesn't go well for him when he is with the Dothraki.
  • Camille in Thérèse Raquin was cosseted so much as a child that he's completely intolerable to everyone but his mother. She, of course, thinks he's the best son ever.
  • In Wen Spencer's Tinker, Windwolf mentions that most elves are this because their parents, if they actually have another child, do so only after the one before is fully grown.
  • The Veldt: Both Peter and Wendy have become very, very spoiled due to living in a futuristic Smart House and being allowed to do pretty much whatever they want by their parents.
  • The Wandering Inn: Lyonette is the typical spoiled noble child. Even when Erin saves her from being frozen to death, or even eaten, she thinks it to be natural for her to do it, as she is a noble, thus something special. Furthermore,she thinks it's only obvious that she can reside in Erin's Inn, eat her food, and get her assistance when traveling home. After discovering that Erin expects her to work for getting all these things she thinks are her right, she is scandalized and enraged.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Andy Griffith Show features one in the episode "Opie and the Spoiled Kid", wherein Opie befriends a very selfish, wealthy, and spoiled boy named Arnold, who is so bratty that he makes Angelica Pickles look like an angel. He is a tantrum thrower (this behavior nearly rubs off on Opie until he finds out that tantrums don't work on Andy) rides his bike on the sidewalks, bumping and knocking people over in the process, and smack-talks Andy and Barney when they catch him and impound his bike. This reaches its zenith when he brings his father (who is a bit of a pushover) to the police station, hoping that he'll get his bike back. It's during this that Arnold outright implies that he'll let his own father go to jail if it means he'll get his bike back. This winds up being the wrong thing to say, as his father finally decides he's had enough, declares that he's going to sell the bike, and takes a kicking and screaming Arnold to the "good ol'-fashioned woodshed" out back.
  • Arrested Development: Lindsay Bluth is a full-grown version of this. She pretends to care about worldly issues like poverty, but it's clear that she's just looking for attention. She is so self-centered and used to having things done for her that she has trouble taking care of her daughter and is very often (unintentionally) neglectful towards her.
    Lindsay: "Lindsay's a combative, entitled princess"?! I should hire someone to kick your ass for that!
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • Sheldon Cooper tends to utilise this trope, often getting whatever he wants, how and when he wants it, no matter how unreasonable, merely by being extremely difficult. Lampshaded in "The Terminator Decoupling" when Leonard is asked why the group is taking the train to a symposium in San Fransisco when, as Howard states, it's four times longer than flying and costs almost twice as much. Leonard simply replies that, "We had a vote. Three of us voted for airplane, Sheldon voted for train, so we're taking the train..." Ironically, his family seems to be the only people not enabling him. This is possibly a reason he's so reluctant to spend time with them, even moreso than the other characters and their respective relatives.
    • Penny also shows a deep sense of entitlement, helping herself to Leonard and Sheldon's food and Wifi (to the extent that Sheldon has been known to change the password to variants of pennyisafreeloader). Especially evident in the Season 2 episode "The Panty Piñata Polarization", in which Sheldon cuts her off for being a bad house guest. She throws a tantrum because Sheldon won't let her use his Wifi anymore until she apologizes for touching his food note . She also has a superiority complex, believing that she (a diner waitress who can't be bothered to do her job properly and has to rely on handouts to keep up with the rent) is infinitely better/cooler than all the "nerds" note  who bail her out of the financial trouble she gets herself in. Said financial trouble is due to spending most of her money on frivolities, like shoes or alcohol.
    • Sometimes played for laughs with Raj, such as in the Season 6 episode "The Tenure Turbulence", where he whines about his parents not getting him seat-warmers with the BMW they bought him for his birthday.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
  • In the Mexican sitcom El Chavo del ocho, Quiko is this full stop. Whenever he sees Chavo playing with a simple handmade toy, he runs into his apartment, takes out a flashy store-bought one, and brags about it. If Chavo asks if he can play with it, Quiko will tell him no. He rarely shares his snacks with Chavo either.
  • Renee of the '90s BBC series Chef!. Her father, the nouveau riche owner of Chateau Anglais, makes Gareth take her on to work in the kitchen even though she can't even chop a carrot, and she whines, complains, and generally throws a fit any time she's expected to actually do anything.
  • Stephen Colbert degenerates into this from time to time on The Colbert Report, usually when there's some cool new toy on the market and he thinks he should get it for free.
  • Doctor Who: Luke Rattigan in "The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky". He's actually a teenager, but due to wealth and extreme intelligence, he's been getting everything he wanted his entire life. The Doctor notes that people haven't said "no" to him in a very long time.
  • Eerie, Indiana: In "Reality Takes a Holiday", the Adam Westing version of Justin Shenkarow is a rude, bratty child actor who touches his co-star Julie Condra inappropriately, tries to get his history teacher fired when she gives him a D, and verbally abuses his mother when she doesn't sell stocks as he told her to do.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In "The Wolf and the Lion", Lord Renly Baratheon reveals that his brothers consider him to be a spoiled child. When he says this, Ser Loras Tyrell (incidentally, Renly's lover) says nothing, but his facial expression suggests that he agrees. Also, Renly's opinion that the laws of succession should be blatantly broken because he thinks he'd do a better job demonstrates this. In response to Ser Loras's expression, Renly then points out that Ser Loras (whose family is richer than his) is overly-pampered as well.
      Renly: And how much did your father pay for that armour of yours?
    • Bronn accuses Tyrion of being spoiled, and from the perspective of an amoral sellsword raised in the gutter it's certainly true. You're part of the richest, most powerful family in the Seven Kingdoms, married to a beautiful Princess Classic, and due to inherit half of Westeros (albeit the colder half) — who cares if you're the No Respect Guy, your sister hates you, and your father's always been a cunt? However, Bronn does admit that your immediate family barring your brother passively trying to kill you kind of sucks.
    • Despite being a bastard, Ramsay was raised by Roose and entrusted with the command and loyalty of Bolton personnel by his father. He was eventually legitimized by him and named his heir, but is still resentful of having been a bastard. This is subverted by Roose's poor treatment of Ramsay. In HBO's featurette "Bastards of Westeros", GRRM contrasts Ramsay being treated very poorly by Roose while Ned lovingly raised Jon as his own son, giving Ramsay a Freudian Excuse for his nature (but this wins him no sympathy points).
  • Bruce Wayne from Gotham. In Season 4, Bruce turns to a life of partying, alcohol, and being a teenage playboy to cope with recent events that haunt his memory. His personality change leaves him as a spoiled, selfish brat and not the Bruce Wayne that his kindly butler and mentor, Alfred Pennyworth, once knew and loved.
  • In Kim's Convenience, Janet's professor Mrs. Murray doesn't bother properly disciplining her young son, which has its consequences when she brings him to the Kims' convenience store. The child runs across the store, makes a mess and ransacks bags of chips, and Mrs. Murray doesn't bat an eye, saying that she forbids using "no" (which she dubs the "n-word") with him. She is furious and demands an apology from Mr. Kim when he flicks the boy's head in annoyance. The mother and son do not improve in the episode whatsoever, with the son still misbehaving and Mrs. Murray only getting him to calm down by offering him iPad time.
  • Stingy from LazyTown is so spoiled that he believes that everything he sees belongs to him. He even has a song about it:
    This mailbox is mine / And this triagonal sign
    The blue balloon / The month of June
    They're mine, mine, mine, mine, mine
  • Little House on the Prairie: Nellie and Willie Oleson, thanks to their mother's pampering. In later years, once their father's influence won out, Nancy became 1,000 times worse.
  • Abby Sciuto from NCIS tends to act like this, whining and forcing others (mostly Timothy McGee) to do what she wants with no regards to rules or laws, with Gibbs enabling her and tending to blame and punish others for her mistakes (once again McGee).
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "Simon Says", Simon Banks was a bratty little boy who was completely indulged by his father Gideon, which forced his mother Elise to be the disciplinarian. Simon and Elise were killed in a car accident which was directly caused by his unruly behavior. When his mother refused to take him to the toy store as he repeatedly insisted, he had a tantrum and grabbed the steering wheel. The robot possessing Simon's memories has all of the original's worst traits in abundance but his robotic status makes him more dangerous. When "his" cousin Zoe tells him that she can't take him to the merry-go-round, he has another tantrum. Zoe is injured and Gideon's apartment is ruined in the process.
  • The Price Is Right: Various showcase skits, including "The Models Babysit (model's name)" and "TPiR Nursery", where the spoiled child(ren) pout and cry for items... which of course were prizes in the showcase being bid on.
  • Margaux Kramer on Punky Brewster. She even calls Punky, Allen, and Cherie, her friends, "peasants".
  • Schitt's Creek: David and Alexis Rose begin the series as completely spoiled, clueless brats. Neither is a bad person per se, just used to getting whatever material thing they want. It's made clear that this is totally their parents' fault since they preferred to throw money at their children rather than invest time or energy in them. After going broke, the entire Rose family learns to be better people.
  • Seinfeld:
    • The Bubble Boy from is shown to have a sense of entitlement bigger than his bubble. He threatens his own mother with violence if she doesn't give him what he wants and is just generally rude to both George and Susan when he meets them. He even picks a petty fight with George simply because George says the answer to his Trivial Pursuit question is "moops" and not "moors", which eventually results in his bubble getting popped by Susan when she tries to break up the fight.
    • This is practically every child actor's role on the show. The only exceptions are babies and teenagers.
  • In A Series of Unfortunate Events, in the "Beginning" days, Count Olaf creates the illusion of this to their closest neighbor where the Baudelaires are concerned, far enough away to paint a very different picture of who they are, up to passing on the fake message that the lamb she made was too salty and that they don't want to see her; he convincingly shrugs, "Rich kids."
  • Sally in Simon And The Witch is self-centred, superior, and spiteful (and has a lot of clothes in the second series). She'll go into a cafe and say — within the owner's earshot — that it's the sort of place her mother wouldn't want her to be in. (Her own preference is for a place called the Claridge where her mother takes her after shopping.) She'll knock someone's dominoes down and then say, with great sarcasm, "Oh dear, what a pity." She wants respect from everybody but gives none, unless she's sucking up or wants something from them. She whines and protests when things don't go her way and goes into a tantrum when teachers try to tell her off. In the books we actually see her snobbish mother, and it's obvious who's really at fault. There are hints that Sally actually quite likes Simon and would like to be one of the gang, but doesn't know how.
  • Dakota Condor from Sonny with a Chance. Even worse, she will fire anyone on a whim if she doesn't get what she wants from the person.
  • Over time, the character of A.J. Soprano from The Sopranos evolved into a fairly hilarious depiction of a lazy, entitled spoiled rich kid. He drops out of college, spends a lot of time sitting on his butt not working, does a whole lot of whining every single time his parents tell him to do anything, and never once looks like he's working towards any real future. The constant doting by his father (especially during a rough period of separation in his parents' marriage) doesn't help matters.
  • Trelane from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode " The Squire of Gothos" is one. Though he appears as an adult, he's actually a very young offspring of two Energy Beings. After his "fun" threatens the lives of The Enterprise crew, his angry parents arrive to discipline him.
  • London Tipton from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. She used to be nice, until the absence of her father among other things changed her.
  • Lucifer from Supernatural may be suave, sophisticated, and charismatic, but in the end, numerous people, which include his own brother Gabriel and Death the Horseman, consider to him to be nothing but a child throwing a temper tantrum because his dad loved humans.
    Gabriel: Play the victim all you want. But you and me? We know the truth. 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. Time to grow up.
    Death: I'm more powerful than you can process, and I'm enslaved to a bratty child with a temper tantrum.
  • Both Lydia and Jackson from Teen Wolf come from very wealthy families who appear to give them whatever they want. In Jackson's case, this includes a brand new Porsche.
  • Elizabeth, daughter of the Rich Bellamys, from the 1970's BBC series Upstairs Downstairs. She often has stints of protesting for social reforms for the poor and women, yet treats her "friend" and servant, Rose, like dirt. She often complains of having a horrible life, being so rich and having nothing to do, and saying how great Rose has it. Including right after the episode where Elizabeth got Rose sent to jail by accident, where she was starved and tortured, and then sent back to work like nothing happened.
  • We Are Who We Are: Fraser comes off as pretty immature. For example, he petulantly slaps his mother Sarah when she doesn't slice meat for a sandwich thin enough for his taste. Given her interactions with him, it seems to be a result of her having overindulged him.

    Music 
  • The title character of "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates is implied to be one, as she "can rely on the old man's money" and is explicitly a Rich Bitch.
  • The girl described in "Money Bought" by Nickelback is one, but she's also a deconstruction. Most of the song is spent pointing out that everything from her lifestyle to her circle of friends has been bought with her parents money, which means she'd lose everything if that money went away.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Ishtar/Inanna in Mesopotamian Mythology. According to The Epic of Gilgamesh, when she had a crush on a mortal, he had two options: either lay with her to be killed or transformed into a beast, or be killed on the spot. As Gilgamesh refuses her, she threatens to release on him the Bull of Heaven, then threatens the other deities not supportive of her actions to open the gates of the Underworld, so the dead will outnumber the living.

    Pinball 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Aria Blake and Salina de la Renta openly refer to themselves as "Spoiled Brats" when they tag. De la Renta moreso uses her connections to help Blake continue to live her spoiled lifestyle, as de la Renta apparently had a rough childhood that made her a spiteful adult. Whether she genuinely likes Blake or sees her as another tool to make people miserable varies by promotion.
  • Jim Cornette, a nerdier expy of Gary Hart below. Cornette's mother was actually a fairly popular saleswoman, so a lot of fans didn't so much see her as purposefully spoiling him as him doing nefarious things with her money behind her back. But when he could hire a bodyguard, she was still probably giving just a few more dollars than she should have.
  • Ted Dibiase and Ted Dibiase Jr apparently did not have the best relationship in junior's delveopmental years. Sr. attempted to make up for it by spoiling his son as an adult.
  • Playboy Gary Hart, who apparently had little trouble picking up ladies but relied on his mother's money for everything else he had. Money alone wasn't quite enough to get him into the wrestling business, but he kept trying...

    Theatre 
  • In The Insect Play, the ichneumon larva doesn't like the several freshly killed crickets her Daddy brings her every day.

    Video Games 
  • Recurring NPC Flambeaux from City of Heroes is utterly self-centered and unconcerned about anything that doesn't directly affect her. She became a superhero solely for the attention and adulation she expected she'd receive. And when she didn't get as much as she thought was her due, she became a villain and started terrorizing journalists into publishing worshipful articles about her.
  • Disgaea:
    • Prince Laharl from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. He initially refuses to pay his vassals because "That's my allowance! Nobody's touching it!" Even after Etna goads him into paying, he opts to steal the funds instead. He eventually does shape up a little, mostly because Etna made it clear that she was perfectly willing to off him and take his place if he didn't.
    • Emizel from Disgaea 4. Both his profile on the official site and his early in-game class description flat-out call him a "spoiled little brat". This changes when he joins Valvatorez and Character Development kicks in, though.
  • Alexis's backstory in Evil Genius starts with her inheriting her father's massive fortune. She could have just taken that and lived a life of effort-free luxury, but she wants more, so she works her way into stardom, quadrupling the fortune in the process. But it's still not enough. The only thing big enough to satisfy her desire is to Take Over the World.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • The spoiled brat in the auction house in Final Fantasy VI is the number one reason you never get to have any model airships or talking chocobos (and you have to wait several minutes for the unskippable exchange to end so that something you can actually obtain might appear on the auction block).
    • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance: Doned and Mewt become this when confronted with the possibility of having to leave Ivalice. They probably have the two most justifiable excuses for wanting to stay: Mewt's mom is alive, his dad is in a position of power, and as prince, no one's allowed to bully him anymore, while Doned is perfectly healthy and no longer needs a wheelchair to get around. They both come to feel entitled to what they have in Ivalice and make Marche's life a nightmare trying to stop him from breaking the spell. Doned attempts to invoke this trope by claiming that Marche is the spoiled one for wanting to change the world back when he has friends and his health in either world. It falls flat when Marche reminds him that every major upheaval the family has been through was a response to or negative consequence of Doned's illness, and Doned monopolizes so much of their parents' time that Marche is functionally The Unfavorite and has to just shut up and deal with it because he's the older brother. Mewt is snapped out of it when Marche, Cid, and Babus finally convince him that forcing others to live in his delusions isn't healthy or ethical.
  • Cindy from Kindergarten is an implied example. Her parents are never seen or spoken of, but she has the arrogant, demanding personality you'd expect from this trope, and her outfit from Kindergarten 2 is called the "Spoiled Pink Dress".
  • Dōjo from Onmyōji, most notably when she throws a fit at Seimei when he tells her he doesn't remember her because of his amnesia. She also frequently acts bratty towards her older brother Oguna.
  • Tales of the Abyss has this as a major flaw in Luke's character until he becomes The Atoner. It was so bad that all the other characters are surprised when they each first hear him say "Thank you."
  • Touhou Project:
    • Remilia Scarlet is considered the franchise's poster child for a spoiled brat. A 500+ year old vampire with a perpetually 11-year old temperament and a Hyper-Competent Sidekick for a head maid. What Remilia wants, Remilia gets.
    • Tenshi is also something of a Spoiled Brat, with emphasis on the spoiled. She also has such a silver spoon on her tongue that she was bored to death prior to the events in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody.
  • Musume Ronshaku from Yandere Simulator is spoiled rotten by her Loan Shark father, and she whines and pretends to cry until he buys her whatever she wants, using the money extorted from his clients. And Musume isn't the slightest bit grateful for it, either.

    Visual Novels 
  • In ClockUp's Euphoria, Rika isn't a kid, but is treated such as one by everyone, using her cuteness as a way of getting everything she wants. Byakuya and Takato even drop the name of the trope in Rinne's route, and Byakuya proceeds to try to correct her behaviour.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Weiss Schnee acts as such before Character Development kicks in. A standout example is in "The Badge and the Burden", when she vocally complains about how she wasn't made leader of Team RWBY and tells Professor Port that Ozpin made a mistake making Ruby the leader. Port even sums her up as "a girl who spent her entire life getting exactly what she wanted", which Weiss admits isn't entirely wrong. Port goes on to point out that Weiss is basically throwing a temper tantrum over the fact that something she wanted went to someone else, which is not going to get Ozpin to reconsider his decision.

    Webcomics 
  • Ghost Theater:
    • Rahee at the beginning of the story. She begins learning empathy as she helps the ghosts with their problems.
    • Many of the students at Seoyeon High School are rich brats protected from the consequences of their actions by their influential parents.
  • Isheil (Breshen's daughter) in Juathuur. She drinks a small dose of poison because her father won't come to her birthday. And dies in agony.
  • In Sinfest, Percy accuses Pooch of spoiling his ball, unlike the tough love he gives his own ball of yarn.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Emil was raised as one, but has hit a Riches to Rags patch by the time the story proper happens. In a dream showing how he lived in his younger years, he's shown refusing to have a given cake for his dinner dessert because he already had a piece of it for breakfast. The nanny serving his dinner promptly produces another cake.
  • Gavin Gothicus in Wizard School spends his time listing things his father owns or bought for him.

    Web Original 
  • The Amazing Atheist reads some tweets from kids/teenagers/adults who complain about what they got or what they didn't get for Christmas. He expresses extreme disgust for them.
  • Cobra Kai: Combine a Daddy's Girl with a Rich Bitch who gets her jollies out of picking on others and you get Yasmine.
  • This is Das Mervin from Das Sporking's interpretation of Renesmee from Twilight, since pretty much everyone she meets dotes upon her and she's actually raised by a guy who's magically enslaved via Mind Rape to cater to her every whim and refuse nothing to her. Oh, and since she's mentally an adult, she understands what this situation means perfectly well, and yet does things like bite hard enough to draw blood when she's not fed quickly enough.

    Western Animation 
  • Lemongrab of Adventure Time definitely counts. If he doesn't get what he wants (be it a reasonable or unreasonable demand), somebody is going in the dungeon. There are many reasons for his sour personality (mental illness, stupidity, immaturity), but he was raised in a castle in which everything was handed to him. That probably didn't help him much, in the long run.
  • American Dad!:
    • Roger is referred to as a spoiled brat a few times in one episode, and he and Stan tend to embody this trope whenever enabled, usually by Francine. Yet again, calling Roger a spoiled brat is basically an understatement considering the fact that he's over 1600 years old and a sociopath.
    • Steve and Hayley, the actual kids of the family, have the odd bout of this as well, even if it's more out of defiance of their parents than being spoiled by them.
    • Steve becomes an extreme example after Hayley elopes with Jeff Fischer. Stan and Francine both think the other's parenting methods drove Hayley away, so after a bike race to decide how they raise Steve, which Francine wins, Francine's extremely laid-back parenting methods turn Steve into a fat, lethargic brat who practically lives on the couch. He still turns out better than the clone of him Stan had made due to his belief that his way of parenting is better. Stan's extremely strict parenting methods turn the Steve clone into a cat-killing psychopath who fakes running away and abducts the real Steve to take his place. The moral of the story is that Stan and Francine's parenting methods need to balance each other out.
  • The Love Mummy in Aqua Teen Hunger Force threatens anyone who doesn't give it what it wants with a curse. However, the real curse is that the mummy is a socially inept spoiled brat with no manners.
  • Arthur:
    • Muffy Crosswire comes from a wealthy family, so she is used to having, and expects to have, everything given to her on a silver platter. Despite this, she's actually pretty nice and fits in well with Arthur and the gang. An exaggerated and enforced example of this is when her family is chosen to be on a reality show and the director, J3, wants to create drama to appeal to the viewers. He suggests that Muffy bully her beloved butler, Bailey, whom she is very close with. This includes Muffy throwing food, badgering Bailey to drive faster, and a Mommie Dearest-inspired wire hanger scene.
    • Although D.W. Read comes from a modest middle-class household, she is sometimes prone to self-entitled, bratty behavior. One episode in particular which explores this is "More!", in which D.W. tries to persuade her parents to give her more allowance after finding out that her Spoiled Sweet friend Emily gets more than her.
    • The Tibbles. Their grandmother is a soft touch and no matter what they do, she never punishes them, except in the most serious of moments.
  • Pistol on Goof Troop is extremely demanding and is favored by her father. She successfully goaded him into giving her 100 dollars for no reason at one point, despite being kindergarten age.
  • Fenton in Home Movies, especially during his birthday party. Spoiled Jerkass is more accurate. In one episode, he and his mother are shown eating nothing but rice for dinner, as though it's a regular occurrence. Maybe a nutritional deficiency is partly responsible for his behavior.
  • A Season 2 episode of Jackie Chan Adventures sees Jackie and Jade helping an incredibly rich Manchild search for a mythical lost city. The guy's long-suffering butler has it even worse, as he has to put up with his employer's every demand even after they are both magically de-aged. First lines of the episode?
    Jackie: I cannot believe I am stuck in the jungle with such a spoiled brat.
    Jade: [hurt] You invited me!
    Jackie: I was talking about him!
  • Pizzazz from Jem is an adult but a Spoiled Brat nevertheless. She has a horrible attitude, gets angry easily, is constantly begging her daddy for things, and hates being second in anything. In "Father's Day" it's revealed that Pizzazz started acting out when her mother abandoned her as a child. Her millionaire dad spoiled her with gifts instead of actual attention and this didn't help her situation.
  • Kaeloo:
    • Pretty, the cast's Alpha Bitch. The most notable example of her being this is in "What if We Played at Riding Ponies?". First, she takes Kaeloo's pet horse by force because she likes horses. Later in the episode, when Kaeloo gets a pet unicorn, Pretty starts screaming and crying because she wants one too. When she does get one, she shoots the "normal" horse in the head with a gun.
    • Stumpy may also count as one, although he's nowhere near as bad as Pretty. He demands all sorts of new toys, video games and comic books, and sometimes throws tantrums if he doesn't get what he wants. In one episode, he even goes as far as staging a street protest when his mom doesn't get him something he wants.
  • The Biskit Twins from Littlest Pet Shop (2012), to the point of near absurdity. They're so used to their wealth they barely seem to function without it.
  • Virginia in Lola & Virginia a spoiled Rich Bitch, who was transferred from a private school to a public school, because of her mindset that the whole world revolves around her. She always does everything to get her way and to torment Lola, but she usually gets what's coming to her.
  • A Looney Tunes retelling of the Goldilocks story has a girl mouse encountering three cats — Sylvester, his wife, and his son, who is constantly referred to as a spoiled brat, and that's apparently his name too. Said son is Sylvester Jr, more known for his appearances in the Hippity Hopper shorts. While not quite as pronounced as in said short, he is often a condescending little know-it-all who whines or expresses shame for his father whenever he doesn't add up to his standards of an ideal role model or formidable vermin chaser.
  • Lola Loud in The Loud House. Her parents are shown to spoil her at times, since she has her own toy car, and her dad gave her a subscription to the Princess Channel in one episode. She also acts ill-tempered and is even liable of Disproportionate Retribution when she doesn't get her way. There is also the fact that she regularly attends beauty pageants and acts like a spoiled princess most of the time.
  • Mickey Mouse: In the 1932 short "Mickey's Good Deed", a bratty pig boy named Adelbert demands that his father buy him Pluto as a Christmas present. Poor Pluto ends up tormented by the little brat's games until Adelbert's father gets fed up by the chaos they're causing, throws Pluto back out into the snow, and gives Adelbert a well-deserved spanking.
  • Miraculous Ladybug gives us Chloé Bourgeois, whose doting and severely spine-lacking father is the mayor of Paris. She's very used to getting her way because of her father's influence, and is prone to throwing tantrums or doing petty things if she doesn't. Is it any surprise to know that she's responsible for most of the people in the show getting akumatized by ruining their mood and making them emotionally vulnerable? While she does improve significantly as the show goes on, even briefly becoming a superhero, come "Heart Hunter", she immediately takes a nosedive straight past brat and down into villain territory when her frustration towards Ladybug for not calling on her assistance anymore leads her to willingly team up with Hawk Moth just so she can have her Miraculous back.
  • Moral Orel: Shapey is bad enough that he seems to have a behavioral problem. His parents (and Orel, by their command) turn a blind eye to his destructive behavior and cater to his every whim, lest the neighbors complain about his high-pitched screaming. Later on he does grow out of it, and in the Distant Finale in "Honor" he grows up to become a decidedly functioning adult.
  • Apple of Mother Up swings between her normal personality of being rather nice and this. Whenever she's affected by too much sugar or performance-enhancing drugs, Apple turns into a demanding little monster.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon, an Alpha Bitch duo whose names sum up their cutie marks. In the MLP universe, your cutie mark defines what you're best at; thus, these two are destined to be little more than rich bitches. However, at least we know that Diamond's father, Filthy Rich, is a stand-up pony who is obviously not encouraging his daughter's brattiness. In "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", everyone finds out that Diamond Tiara has a Freudian Excuse for her brattishness: an emotionally abusive Rich Bitch of a mother (named Spoiled Rich, natch) whom Diamond tried to emulate to win her love. After Diamond puts her foot down and tells off her mother, she starts warming up to her classmates and makes a Heel–Face Turn, finding out the real meaning of her cutie mark in the process: the gift of leadership. As for Silver Spoon, even she gets sick of Diamond Tiara and abandons her. They become friends again after Diamond's Heel–Face Turn.
    • Angel Bunny, Fluttershy's rabbit companion, has shown extreme signs of this as of "Putting Your Hoof Down", throwing a violent temper tantrum over a salad.
  • Brattina from Pound Puppies (1980s), true to her name, is an unpleasant child who throws tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants.
  • Princess Morbucks from The Powerpuff Girls is this to a ridiculous extent, and arguably a deconstruction. Due to her being so spoiled, her father just gives her money so he won't have to put up with her behavior. Also, she has bad social skills, making it so difficult for her to make friends her age. The fact that she becomes a supervillain simply because the Powerpuff Girls rejected her desire to join their team (merely because she's jealous of their superpowers — something that she doesn't have), and even temporarily bribed her way into becoming mayor to legalize crime, doesn't help much.
  • Mitchell Peterson from Ready Jet Go! is a downplayed example. In "The Grandest Canyon", when he and his father look at the Propulsions' pictures of Valles Marineris, Mitchell whines that the hats that the group wore in the picture were not at the store that was at the canyon that the Petersons went to. Also, in "Mindy's Weather Report", Mitchell whines that the sandbags are too heavy, and his father spoils him by carrying his sandbag for him.
  • Angelica Pickles of Rugrats is mostly extremely spoiled in the early seasons. There is an episode where the parents take a quiz of fifty questions to determine whether or not their children are spoiled brats. Didi worries about pampering Tommy too much because she answered "Yes" to one of the questions. Chaz reassures her that answering up to ten with "Yes" is quite normal. Drew answered "Yes" to forty-nine and a half of them, and considers ceasing to spoil his daughter. However, given that it's hinted that Lipschitz is a "crackpot", Drew decides to not take his advice, and Angelica remains spoiled. In later episodes, Angelica isn't quite as much of a spoiled brat as before, but her bossiness still hasn't changed much.
  • Lisa Rental in Sheep in the Big City is a bratty little girl obsessed with making Sheep her pet. When she doesn't get her way, she gets furious and whiny.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Male example: there's a bratty boy named Gavin who sometimes appears, bawling out his mother if she displays any reluctance to cater to his latest whim. He frequently refers to her by derogatory names such as "Stupid" on a casual basis as well. In a particularly ironic scene when Bart is caught shoplifting a videogame his mother refused to buy him, as he's being taken away Gavin's mother shakes her head saying, "The parents of that kid are really messing him up."
    • Bart Simpson himself used to come off this way, if only by default because he was so disobedient and disrespectful but never seemed to get punished severely for these actions. (His name is an anagram for "brat", after all.) One episode played this up by having Bart repeatedly play pranks and pull obnoxious stunts, leading his teacher to demand that Marge and Homer discipline him. Marge really does try, but her efforts are all futile because Homer constantly feels sorry for Bart and undoes Marge's punishments when she isn't there.
    • Harper Jambowski, a girl and one-shot character. Her father Mike Jambowski is extremely rich, which turned Harper into a selfish and spoiled kid. She doesn't let Lisa participate in any of the activities they do together, although it's shown that she can be good sometimes. She buys Lisa a new, expensive bike, but Lisa refuses it, making Harper upset, since Lisa would "rather have [her] crappy bike". They discuss this and decide to end their friendship.
  • Eric Cartman of South Park. Here's one of his milder examples:
    Cartman: Mom, can you get me some Weight Gain 4000?
    Cartman's Mom: Okay Eric. I'll get you some at the store tomorrow.
    Cartman: But mom, I need it for tomorrow!
    Cartman's Mom: But, tomorrow is grocery day, Eric.
    Cartman: Mooooooom! [whines incoherently]
    Cartman's Mom: Okay, okay. Well, I guess I'll be going to the store now, then.
    Cartman: [smiles] Sweet.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
  • Pink Diamond from Steven Universe was this. Being the youngest of the Diamonds, she didn't have as much privileges as they did at first, and constantly demanded to be respected and to have her own colony. We even see Stevonnie portray her having a temper tantrum in "Jungle Moon". It got to the point where Pink hated herself for this, and chose to retire her Pink Diamond persona and become Rose Quartz.
  • Wendy O./Kootie Pie Koopa from the various Super Mario Bros. cartoons is a huge example. One of her catchphrases is simply "I WANT IT! I WANT IT! I WANT IT!" (See for yourself!) At one point she demands, and is given, Antarctica, and then briefly demands to be Empress of America.
  • Daisy from Thomas the Tank Engine is one of the (presumably) older examples of the trope. In her debut episode, she throws a tantrum over being assigned to pull a milk tanker, and gets away with it. However, by the CGI series, she eventually grows out of this persona.
  • Total Drama has had more than its fair share.
    • Season 1 has Heather. You know it's bad when we see her parents actually partying that she's gone.
    • Total Drama Action gave this to Courtney, who practically and blatantly rigs the contest in her favor, threatening to sue if she doesn't "get the win she deserves". Ironically she doesn't, because even her lawyers can't stand her whining.
    • Total Drama Revenge of the Island brought us fame magnet Dakota, who's more interested in the publicity rather then winning the contest. Chris decides to knock her down a few pegs because of it.
    • Pahkitew Island gave us Sugar. Though nowhere near rich, her obsession with being a "beauty pageant queen" pretty much screams this.
    • The spinoff Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race gave us Taylor, who is spoiled, entitled, rude, and treats her mother like dirt.
  • Jeremy Creek in The Town Santa Forgot. He starts out spoiled until his parents stop buying him toys. He then gets the idea of writing a huge Christmas list to Santa, but all the toys he wants go to a town with his name. Seeing the selfishness of his ways, he decides to reform, and therefore becomes generous.
  • Eileen the Birthday Girl from WordGirl literally thinks that every day is her birthday, and if she doesn't get what she wants, she'll throw a tantrum. This is a bigger problem than it sounds like, since she also has the power to grow into a giant when she gets angry. As put by the mayor in one episode, it's cheaper to buy her as many toys as she wants than to let her destroy the town.

 
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