Created By: acrobox on May 18, 2017 Last Edited By: acrobox on June 20, 2017

The Diva

A stylish woman who exudes a confident assertive personality - often a celebrity or otherwise glamorous

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
trope
"A Diva is a female version of a hustler"
'Beyoncé

The strong, dark, beautiful woman. She's often a go-getter, chasing stardom, wealth, or just recognition for her talents. If she becomes an Idol, she's not constrained by the pressures of always appearing youthful, innocent, and approachable.

Part of her allure is instead her maturity, either in personality or in sexuality. When she walks in the room she not only turns heads, but she demands respect and won't hesitate to set you straight if she doesn't get it. Because of this she can age gracefully and become more refined, and won't allow herself to be so easily replace with the next young thing that comes around.

This archetype finds its roots in early 1900s opera singers, but was redefined by the pop diva's of the 1990s, before finally Beyoncé and her contemporaries put their stamp on it in the mid 2000s.

Coming from the same latin root as divine, a truly influential Diva can invoke being a goddess. In general she's a (Lovable) Alpha Bitch, is prone to melodrama, and is likely a master of throwing shade. When portrayed positively she's got self-confidence, swagger in spades, and is a consummate professional. When seen negatively, she's overly aggressive, temperamental, and hard to work with.

As an archetype almost Always Female, and frequently overlaps with Sassy Black Woman. Even if she's genuine and caring, people's own conceptions about femininity can make them intimidated by her assertiveness. As such she often framed by the dark side of femininity, and as more of a whore than a madonna in the binary. Not that she cares. Compare The Ojou for a rough eastern equivalent. —-

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Both the titular Michiko and her rival Atsuko in Michiko & Hatchin. The former embodies more of the negative aspects, she's an uncompromising Jerk Ass at times, is certainly over dramatic, and more of a fashionista than she can rightly afford to be. She's mature sexually, but less so in personality especially when paired with Hatchin. Atsuko has an outlandish Blaxploitation-esque blonde afro, and is typically more poised and professional. Both can get catty and snarky when they square off against each other.

Comic Books

  • Vixen: Hustled her way up from being a poor refugee to the heights of the fashion world. She glamourous and poised as a model, and well known for her bickering with Amanda Waller while she was on the Suicide Squad.

Live-Action TV

  • Empire: Probably most of the female characters, but head and shoulders about the rest is Cookie Lyon. After (and before) serving jail time, she's tough, outspoken, no nonsense, and extremely snarky. She also tends to dress in outlandish flamboyant costumes particularly when she wants to make an entrance or hammer a point home with someone. While a talented producer and vocalist, she's always been more of a support to her husband and her sons' music careers rather than being famous as a soloist. And despite literally being a grandma, she is still seen as very attractive and has gone through many partners over the course of the show.
  • DearWhitePeople: Coco is aggressively upwardly mobile and places a great deal of importance on appearance. Both physical (like her shame when her wig falls off) and professional (like at networking events). She dumps her boyfriend when she realizes she's more ambitious than he is, and more likely to be successful if she came up on her own instead of dating/marrying for power.

Music

  • Beyoncé: The Trope Codifier after going from a member of a girl group to being a solo artist in the early 2000s. Many of her hits embody different aspects of the trope, making her not only a well known musician but a feminist icon that embraces the power and positive attributes of the diva. She is fierce, remarkably talented, and her flawless sense of poise has fans laud as Queen Bee. She can do no wrong even when she makes mistakes.
  • Nicki Minaj: Her public persona is extremely flashy and at times even erratic but she definitely qualifies. You don't get to be the highest selling female rapper without hustling, and holding your ground. She says that when Lil' Wayne says that he doesn't want to talk to anybody, and wants everything ready for him, he's being a boss, but when she does the same thing, she's a bitch.
  • Rihanna: She's become prominent in fashion circles for her cutting edge sense of style and appreciation for couture. Known for throwing shade via Twitter or in Funny Background Events. Her music has a certain edge of maturity and darkness to it, particularly after the physical assault case with Chris Brown.

Video Games
  • Overwatch brings us...well, D.Va (real name Hana Song), an internationally famous Korean pro gamer, movie star and musician turned MEKA pilot (who live streams her battles against Kaiju sized Omnics). Her personality is a little more immature and bratty than most examples, but she certainly has the flair for the dramatic and the snark down.
    "Is this easy mode?"
  • Arms: Twintelle, the eldest of the female characters, marked by her glamorous lifestyle. She's a movie star, and much more refined and mature than Teen Idol Ribbon Girl.

Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • May 19, 2017
    Getta
    Supertrope to Evil Diva
  • May 19, 2017
    Pichu-kun
    I noticed that Evil Diva is missing a supertrope. I assumed Drama Queen was the closest equivalent. Evil Diva is actually about mind-controlling singers though.
  • May 19, 2017
    acrobox
    yeah i was surprised we don't have this already. There are a lot of things that circle it, but nothing that gets it exactly.
  • May 19, 2017
    alnair20aug93
    Do we have a Spear Counterpart of this, other than what Beyonce has said?
  • May 19, 2017
    Bisected8
    • Overwatch brings us...well, D.Va (real name Hana Song), an internationally famous Korean pro gamer, movie star and musician turned MEKA pilot (who live streams her battles against Kaiju sized Omnics). Her personality is a little more immature and bratty than most examples, but she certainly has the flair for the dramatic and the snark down.
      "Is this easy mode?"
  • May 21, 2017
    Getta
    Compare Idol Singer
  • May 21, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Also compare The Ojou for Japanese Media
  • June 20, 2017
    acrobox
    bump for more examples
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=22dz84fqrxo21hjkd0ysw4kb