In nearly every feature film, there is at least one character who viewers aspire to imitate. These morally upstanding individuals almost always embody admirable values. On the other hand, spoiled characters in comedic or family films aren’t a new phenomenon. These individuals create humor or an obstacle for the protagonist. Other times, these entitled characters serve as an example of what not to become.
Some films, like Cars, introduce bratty or egocentric protagonists who inevitably undergo some form of personal growth by the end. Other characters, like Darla Dimple in Disney’s Cats Don’t Dance, serve as blatant antagonists and cannot be redeemed. Whether the audience roots for these characters to change or eagerly awaits their demise, there’s no doubt that the unadulterated attention bestowed upon these movie characters has made them rotten to the core.
10 Charlotte La Bouff (The Princess and the Frog)
More commonly known as Lottie, Charlotte La Bouff in Disney’sThe Princess and the Frog represents the entitlement commonly associated with the title of princess. She serves as a foil to Tiana’s hard-working character, as everything is handed to her upon her demand.
Lottie’s spoiled nature largely stems from her father’s influence, as he can’t resist showering her with gifts. Despite her affluent status and her privilege, Lottie does have the ability to be kind. When Tiana’s dress is ruined at her party, she doesn’t hesitate to let her borrow one of hers. Lottie undoubtedly has more depth than the average debutant in The Princess and the Frog, but she is spoiled rotten nonetheless.
9 Darla (Finding Nemo)
Finding Nemo contains numerous threats to its main characters, including sharks, jellyfish and killer fish. But it’s the human child Darla who is Nemo’s biggest adversary, as her spoiled behavior could end his life.
Darla is a poorly behaved child whose mistreatment of animals goes unnoticed by her family members. Despite killing her previous fish due to poor care, her uncle doesn’t hesitate to give her a new one. A good example is never set for her, so Darla believes she has the right to treat any fish the way she wants, even if it means endangering them. It’s because of her bad-mannered behavior that audience members are glad to see her put in her place during Finding Nemo‘sclimax.
8 Claire Standish (The Breakfast Club)
Dubbed the princess of The Breakfast Club, Claire Standish initially believes she is above her classmates due to her upbringing. Dressed from head to toe like a fashionista, Claire has always had a life of luxury.
In The Breakfast Club‘s third act, it’s revealed Claire feels like she suffers from intense peer pressure and that her parents are manipulative to her at home. Even so, the reason she is in detention is that she skipped school to go shopping. Believing there are no consequences for her behavior is a prime example of Claire’s entitled nature. That’s why part of her growth as a character is gaining humility and respect for others who differ from her.
7 Lightning McQueen (Cars)
Being number one has its perks, but Lightning McQueen from Cars reveals how being the best can be taken too far. As someone who is used to being at the top of racing, Lightning benefits from all kinds of praise and promotional gifts.
His status as a rich and famous racer initially makes him a despicable character. At the beginning of Cars, he is visibly repulsed at the thought of talking to rusty cars who are also big fans of him. He makes it no secret that he thinks he is better than most of his peers, which is why his character arc ultimately humbles him. Despite going through a momentous change, Lightning McQueen is one of Pixar’s most spoiled protagonists.
6 Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)
Elle Woods is initially a vapid sorority girl in Legally Blonde. She cares for nothing except fashion and her romantic relationship with her ex-boyfriend. She is undoubtedly someone who has grown up spoiled, and it’s apparent via her disapproval of anyone who isn’t at the height of glamor.
That’s why the fun in Legally Blonde is watching Elle gradually transform into a capable and hard-working young woman. While she is originally motivated to pursue a law degree to win back Warner, she ultimately realizes she can develop her agency. Elle realizes working hard doesn’t make someone pathetic — it actually gives them the ability to achieve greatness and help others. By the end of the film, it’s apparent she has moved away from her spoiled princess persona.
5 Sharpay Evans (High School Musical)
Sharpay Evans is the queen of East High School, and she makes sure everyone knows it in Disney Channel’sHigh School Musical. With an unlimited supply of outfits and a bad attitude to go with them, Sharpay is spoiled senseless by her family, allies and peers.
Because she expects everything to be handed to her, she assumes she will be the star of their school’s talent show. Sharpay even goes out of her way to make Gabriella’s life miserable when she presents a threat to her musical talent. Throughout High School Musical, it’s apparent Sharpay sees her peers and even her own brother as pawns to use at her will.
4 Darla Dimple (Cats Don’t Dance)
Serving as an evil parody of Shirley Temple, Darla Dimple in Disney’sCats Don’t Dance represents every stereotypical child star prima donna. She may present a cute and innocent image up front, but behind the scenes, Darla is a nightmare on set.
Darla is so used to being handed all the fame and credit that she becomes instantly threatened when the animals want larger acting roles. She deliberately manipulates them to ensure she always remains the star. This superiority complex stems from a privileged life of getting exactly what she wants as soon as she wants it. While she eventually gets what’s coming to her in Cats Don’t Dance, Darla isn’t the darling idol she claims to be.
3 Regina George (Mean Girls)
As the primary antagonist of Mean Girls, Regina George’s over-the-top entitlement serves as the film’s main comedic source, as well as a major obstacle for Cady. Portrayed by Rachel McAdams, Regina is every high school girl’s worst nightmare.
Regina’s faults revolve around her inability to think about anyone but herself. She expects everyone at North Shore High School to bow down to her. She even frequently insults her own friends to their faces and behind their backs. In the brief glimpse Cady gets of Regina’s home life, it’s glaringly obvious her mother spoils her to the core. While Mean Girls has oodles of comedy and drama, most of it stems from Regina’s self-absorbed personality.
2 Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter)
Draco Malfoy may have a terrible home life, but audiences wouldn’t know it at the start of the Harry Potter series. From his introduction in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, he doesn’t hesitate to flaunt his status and privilege.
One of Draco’s key personality flaws is to put down anyone of the lower class, including the Weasley family. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he even makes it a point to brag about how his father bought his entire Quidditch team new brooms. Although Draco Malfoy is a coward through and through, he is often too prideful to seek help. He is the ultimate embodiment of a spoiled rich brat.
1 Veruca Salt (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Perhaps one of the most wildly recognized spoiled characters in movie history, Veruca Salt is as bratty as they come. She screams at her father to get her whatever she wants in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, including the elusive golden ticket.
Veruca is so spoiled and greedy that she even has her own famous song, “I Want It Now.” Despite Willy Wonka’s numerous warnings to behave, Veruca only cares about getting the next shiny thing for herself. While she never quite learns her lesson, she gets some long-overdue discipline in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Immediately after she sings her entitled solo, she is deemed a bad egg and disappears to where all the rotten eggs go.