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Drew: Look, sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do because they're good for us.
Angelica: Not me, Daddy. I'm special.

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.

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 foot 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 the 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, may be the result (or result in) an All Take and No Give relationship with their parents.


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, Lonely Rich Kid.



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  • 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 
  • Rumiko Takahashi often uses this trope in her works.
    • Urusei Yatsura:
      • Shūtarō Mendō might border on being a Royal Brat, due to the fact 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.
    • Shun Mitaka from Maison Ikkoku is a more realistic version of Mendō (same voice actor, similar phobia issues), who is a "club pro" tennis coach/playboy.
    • Ranma ½:
      • Tatewaki Kuno who is so spoiled and egotistical, he can't get it through his head that not every girl is attracted to him. Similar to Mendo, he's a Handsome Lech, and a picky eater.
      • Kodachi, unlike her brother, realizes 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 found 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.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Poland starts out as this, but later matures via Character Development, defending Lithuania from the much-feared Russia.
    • Prussia is apparently also 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.
  • 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".
  • A good fraction of all the plots in Detective Conan 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 outwards 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's somewhat grown out of this as she got 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 had a temper tantrum when he learns that he couldn't use the Dragon Balls without a help of a Namekian, who 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 cost 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 met someone stronger than him, he was revealed as the spoiled child that he was. In the Non-Serial Movie Cooler's Revenge, his older brother Cooler outright describes Frieza as a "little brat" who 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 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.
  • Nishiki from Kamisama Kiss mainly due to the influence of his family retainer and right-hand man. Brat part gets beaten out of him by the end of his story arc.
  • Xanxus from Katekyō Hitman Reborn!. He 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. Most notably the "beef incident" here, 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 beat 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.
  • In Magic Knight Rayearth, Umi Ryuuzaki is like this to start. 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.
  • Garma Zabi is portrayed as this in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, an alternate retelling of Mobile Suit Gundam. 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 on him that has existed since the original anime. There's this piece of words he uttered 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.
  • 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.
  • The anime-exclusive Princess Martina from Slayers is horribly spoiled and narcissistic, and even when she's forced to make a living for herself after the destruction of her palace, her feeling of entitlement never goes away. Contrast kind and daring Princess Amelia.
  • 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.
  • Katarina in Destruction Flag Otome 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 remember 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.
  • 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 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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 pretended to be sick to get out of school and kept implying that it was 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.
  • Veronica Lodge in Archie Comics Veronica 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 wished she had 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.
  • Victor Von Piro and Morty Vivente from Mini Monsters.
  • A somewhat common plot in girl's comics like Bunty, Mandy, Jinty and Tammy. Sometimes the heroine of the story was the brat, sometimes they weren't. If the heroine was the brat, they were soon subjected to Break the Haughty. If the heroine wasn't the brat, they would work for such a person but be unable to quit as their family needed the money from the job.
  • 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"). Jon one time even gave 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.

  • Downplayed in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series: Calvin temporarily becomes one of these at the end of an episode.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Exaggerated and Justified with Ryuko Kiryuin in the first half of the Kill la Kill fanfic Maim de Maim, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In My Master Ed, this is Hohenheim's initial impression of Edward before he proved to be far too generous and beaten down to be spoiled.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Film — Animation 
  • 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.
  • Kuzco from The Emperor's New Groove is this and a Royal Brat, as, being a prince, he has had things handed to him from when he was a baby, thus, he expects to have everything, which causes the conflict,as, initially, he wanted a vacation home on Pacha's hill and expected to have it (without protest). When Yzma turns him into a llama (accidentally) and after he spends time with Pacha, he learns to mellow out and become less bratty.
  • 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 fashion way and battling through a storm, Kiki arrives and meets the granddaughter who only turned 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 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 implies she stopped being a spoilt girl and became a haughty but independent woman.
  • Marie from The Aristocats has some shades of this. 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, she tells them "Because I'm a lady that's why." and is constantly calling for her mother when ever her brothers mess with her.
  • The Legend of Su-Ling: Su-Ling thinks that the Emperor's son is this. Fortunately for her, her love, Chen, is that son and this trope is completely subverted.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Princess Vespa in Spaceballs. Her car's license plate even reads "Spoiled Rotten". Case in point: "My industrial strength hairdryer. AND I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT!" Even in the middle of a burning-hot desert.
  • 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.
  • There was Arthur Hoggett's granddaughter in Babe, who upon seeing the beautifully made doll house that her grandfather had spent so much time making began crying, screaming that it wasn't the one she had seen on television.
  • The meaning behind the title of The House of Yes. The character of Jackie was so spoiled that the word "no" was simply never spoken in their household.
  • The titular Manchild characters of Step Brothers. One of them even gets spanked by the father after a loud tantrum over not earning a raise.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sharpay Evans from High School Musical is self-centred, arrogant, and selfish. 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.
  • 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 themselves. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 actions. Not to mention, he is also constantly rude to his own mother (at one point even saying she should have died first).

  • 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 was from a noble family, and men have Gender Rarity Value in this setting, he likely grew up as Spoiled Brat.
  • Veruca Salt of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, along with the two movies based on it. In the book and the first movie, it's explicitly mentioned 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. 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.
    • Although Veruca is the most glaring example in the book, the other children (except for Charlie, of course) are spoiled brats in their own ways. Augustus Gloop is a glutton whose mother just won't stop feeding him, Mike Teavee is allowed to spend all of his time watching television and apparently subsists on TV dinners and Violet Beauregard goes unquestioned on any of her decisions by her parents.
  • A couple of examples in Harry Potter:
    • Dudley is EXTREMELY spoiled, though he gets better after the fifth book. 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 he’s a very good student) as Lucius tells him 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.
  • The Baby-Sitters Club: Jenny Prezzioso; to many fans, Karen Brewer also qualifies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Manny is growing into this due to Parental Favoritism.
  • 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 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.
  • Schooled in Magic: Princess Alassa was raised with a light hand because the king had always hoped to have a son to take over the throne. By the time he realized that he would have no other children, the damage had been done and Alassa had become an entitled brat with no self-control.
  • Robert Arryn in A Song of Ice and Fire 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.
    • Joffrey Baratheon is an even more dangerous one.
    • Viserys Targaryen, unlike Joffrey and Robert, Viserys has lost his houses 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.
  • Hamish Bigmore from the Mr. Majeika series.
  • Princess Elspeth in the Heralds of Valdemar series was this, to the extent that the Heralds and Court even called her (unofficially) "the Brat." It turned out her nanny was invoking this trope to ensure the grown Elspeth would lack the pure heart necessary to become a Herald and rightful Heir. Luckily Talia gets to her and soon enough it's more of a Never Live It Down past for Elspeth who goes on to be a Herald but decides ultimately against being heir as she has more important things to do.
  • Oblomov started 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.
  • Not even Brother Bear and Sister Bear were immune, in The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies. That story had them wanting literally everything whenever their parents took them to the shopping mall - and if they didn't get something, they'd take this trope to embarrassing levels, throwing themselves on the ground and kicking their legs and screaming their heads off.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye is often interpreted as this, especially by the novel's critics. And by Quagmire.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • The Wandering Inn: Spoiled Brat: Lyonette is the typical spoiled noble child. Even when Erin saved 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.
  • "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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Andy Griffith Show featured 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, he makes Angelica Pickles look like an angel. He is a tantrum thrower (this behavior nearly rubs off on Opie until Opie finds out tantrums don't work on Andy), and 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 an all-grown version of this. She pretends to care about worldly issues like poverty, but it's clear she's just looking for attention. She is so self-centered and used to having things done for her, 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 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 seem 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 varients 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 threw a tantrum because Sheldon wouldn't let her use his Wifi anymore, until she apologized 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 six episode "The Tenure Turbulence", where he whines about his parents not getting him seat-warmers with the BMW they bought him for his birthday.
  • By her own admission, Kennedy from the seventh season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one, growing up rich and being accustomed to getting what (or who) she wants. The audience agreed with her.
  • The Bubble Boy from Seinfeld is shown to have a large sense of entitlement bigger than his bubble. He threatens his own mother for violence if she doesn't give him what she 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 ansert 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.
  • In the Mexican sitcom, El Chavo del ocho, Quiko full stop. Whenever he sees Chavo playing with a simple handmade toy, Quiko runs into his apartment and takes out a flashy store bought one, and brags about it. If Chavo asks if he can play with with it, Quiko tells him no. Quiko also rarely shares his snacks with Chavo as well.
  • 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 has 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 he agrees. Also, Renly's opinion that the laws of succession should be blatantly broken because he thinks he'd do a better job demonstrate this. In response to Ser Loras' 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 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 Ramsay no sympathy points).
  • Bruce Wayne from Gotham. In season four, 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, 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.
  • Everyone on My Super Sweet Sixteen.
    • The character Madison Penrose in My Super Psycho Sweet 16 was based on these types, only with a long case of Break the Haughty and, ultimately, Kill the Haughty. Several of her scenes deliberately evoke a number of particularly infamous Spoiled Brat moments from that show.
  • 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".
  • 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 - in the owner's hearing - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 they don't want to see her; he convincingly shrugs, "Rich kids."
  • 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 dropped out of college, spent a lot of time sitting on his butt not working, did a whole lot of whining every single time his parents told him to do anything, and never once looked like he was working towards any real future. The constant doting by his father (especially during a rough period of separation in his parents' marriage) didn'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.
  • Daughter of the Rich Bellamys, Elizabeth, 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.

  • 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 with a mortal the latter had two options: either lay with her just to be either killed or transformed into a beast or be killed in the spot. As Gilgamesh refuses her, she threatens to release on him the Bull of Heaven, threatening other deities not supportive of her actions to open the gates of the Underworld, so the dead will outnumber the living.


    Professional Wrestling 
  • 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...
  • Jim Cornette, a nerdier expy of Hart. Cornette's mother was actually a fairly popular saleswoman, so a lot of fans didn't so much as 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.
  • 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 rough a 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.

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

    Video Games 
  • Disgaea:
    • Prince Laharl from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. He initially refused 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.
    • Rozalin from Disgaea 2 fits this as well, except she's a lot nicer than Laharl. Still quite a brat, but nicer.
    • Emizel from Disgaea 4. Both his profile on the official site and his early ingame class description flat-out call him a "spoiled little brat". This changes when he joins Valvatorez and Character Development kicks in, though.
  • The RPG My World, My Way takes this to its (il)logical conclusion, where a Spoiled Brat princess is the main player character, and can actually progress through the game by pouting to make the world bend to her will. Monsters attacking too quickly? Shout "Ladies first!" and the princess will get the first attack. Quest too challenging? Throw a fit until someone agrees to do it for you.
  • 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.
  • Mint from Threads of Fate is a very spoiled princess.
  • 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).
  • Remilia Scarlet is considered Touhou's poster child for a spoiled brat. A 500+ year old vampire with a perpetually 11-year old temperment 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.
  • Backyard Sports: Jorge Garcia to an extent.
  • 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.
  • 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 were surprised when they each first heard him say "Thank you."
  • In Runefall the Princess of Silverdale, who looks and sounds to be in her late teens or early twenties, runs away from the castle because her father will only allow five ponies for her birthday celebration. Then, as a side quest, she makes a long list of demands of the villagers she decides to "grace" with her presence.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance: Doned and Mewt become this when confronted with the possibility of having to leave Ivalice. They probably have to 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Reflections on the River, Princess Yanyu is like this at first, being disdainful of Zheng's "peasant" accommodation and lack of deference. (To be fair, of course, the fact that Zheng just kidnapped her probably contributes to her lack of politeness as well.) She becomes less haughty when it's revealed that she's not really Princess Yanyu at all, but rather a Body Double.
  • 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.


    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.
  • Ami, from Sailor Nothing. This bit of characterization doesn't get added until later chapters, just in time to receive a horrific comeuppance for a minor slight.
  • Rich Kids of Instagram.
  • Many of the trouble-making kids in GoAnimate videos are this ...sometimes...
  • This is Das Mervin's interpretation of Renesmee, 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.
  • Cobra Kai: Combine a Daddy's Girl with a Rich Bitch who gets her jollies out of picking on others and you get Yasmine.

    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 Stan's 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, Muffy is 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, who 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 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.
    • D.W.'s cousin, Cora, whom surprisingly makes D.W. look like a saint in comparison.
  • In Barbie and the Secret Door, the Big Bad is a little brat named Malucia who wants all of the magic in the land for herself.
  • Claire Brewster on Beetlejuice is this in its most obnoxious way. She talks in Valley speak and takes no more delight than when she tries to humiliate Lydia. She'd succeed if not for the Ghost with the Most.
  • Some episodes of Caillou (most of them pre-Season 1) have Caillou himself throw a temper tantrum that may be bad enough to have him put in a corner for a certain amount of time when he doesn't get things the ways he wants. It doesn't really help that it never happens to him, since many grown-ups don't really give him nearly enough discipline.
  • Elisabeth Delmas, a.k.a. Sissi (yes, that is indeed her nickname) from Code Lyoko, whose father is the headmaster of Kadic Academy, where she and the rest of the heroes go to school. She actually started out as a nice girl (and ends that way too), her obnoxious personality was largely an inadvertant result of the heroes' behavior.
  • Heinrich von Marzipan from Codename: Kids Next Door certainly acts like this; though never explicitly stated to be wealthy, any child who can hire their own grunts/bodyguards probably has money to burn. Add to that a blatant disregard for historical sites, other people's lives, and basically anything that gets in the way of what he wants... yeah. She does get better after being transformed back into a girl, though, and is implied to repair the consequences of her bad behavior.
  • Paulina from Danny Phantom. Her father can rent out a country club for her birthday.
  • Sarah from Ed, Edd n Eddy certainly qualifies due to telling her mother on Ed for even the smallest provocations (like telling her mom that Ed hit her when a newspaper lightly tapped her heels as it rolled to the ground).
    • Eddy could certainly qualify as well, given his attitude when he doesn't have things his way.
  • The Fairly Oddparents has Trixie Tang and Veronica plus her clique boys and Remy Buxaplenty.
  • 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 were shown eating nothing but rice for dinner, as though it was a regular occurrence. Maybe a nutritional deficiency is partly responsible for his behavior.
  • A season two 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" we're actually given a backstory 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 Episode 56. 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.
  • Caleb, a one shot character from King of the Hill.
  • 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 was 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 in The Loud House. While it isn't shown that her parents spoil her, she does act ill-tempered and is even liable of Disproportionate Retribution when she doesn't get her way.
  • Teela is portrayed like this in most versions of Masters of the Universe, except for the movie!
  • 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 Chloe Bourgeois, who is the daughter of 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?
  • Shapey in Moral Orel. Bad enough 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 he grows up to become a decidedly functioning adult.
    • Clay as a kid qualifies. The reason why he becomes this is because of his religious fanatic mother.
  • 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.
  • Squidward Tentacles from SpongeBob SquarePants becomes this in Can You Spare a Dime?, when he comes extremely entitled towards SpongeBob when the latter takes him in after the former loses his job. SpongeBob tries to give out some blatantly obvious hints to Squidward that he should get a job, but Squidward doesn't care in the slightest and it sends SpongeBob off the deep end.
  • 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 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 put her foot down and told off her mother, she started warming up to her classmates and made 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 had gotten sick of Diamond Tiara and abandoned her. They became 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.Princess can arguably be a deconstruction of one. Due to being so spoiled, her father just gives her money just 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.
  • Angelica Pickles of Rugrats was mostly extremely spoiled in the early seasons. There is an episode of the earlier seasons, where the parents takes 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 and hinted that Lipschitz is a "crackpot", Drew decides to not take his advice, and Angelica remains spoiled. In later episodes, Angelica is not exactly as much of a spoiled brat as before, but her bossiness still hasn't changed 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.
  • 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 degoratory names such as "Stupid" on a casual basis as well. A particularly ironic scene when Bart is caught shoplifting a videogame his mother refused to buy him, as he's been 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 did try, but her efforts were all futile because Homer constantly felt sorry for Bart and would undo Marge's punishments when she wasn't there.
    • Harper Jambowski, a girl and one-shot character. Her fater Mike Jambowski, is extremely rich, which turned Harper into a selfish and spoiled kid. She didn't let Lisa participate in any of the activities they've done 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.
  • 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 for her 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!) She once demanded, and was given, Antarctica, and then briefly demanded 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 threw 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.
  • Montana Max from Tiny Toon Adventures is a pretty blatant example. He's even referred to as one multiple times.
  • Total Drama has had more then 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, whose 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 no where 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 wanted went to a town with his name, thus seeing the selfishness of his ways, he decides to reform, and therefore becomes generous


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Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a brat who would want everything. This is her first scene from the 2005 film.

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