Due to [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the show having many contestants]], this page is made to avoid [[TropeOverdosed overdosing]] the main page.

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[[folder:The AI Crew]]
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!Ryan Seacrest
* {{Bishounen}}
* BreakupBreakout: With his season 1 co-host Brian Dunkleman.
* TheChewToy
* ChickMagnet
* DeadpanSnarker: Especially at Simon's expense.
* DramaticPause
* ICantDance: He helped the contestants on ''Juniors'' open an episode with some very stiff dancing. The following week, he promised not to do it again.
* InteractiveNarrator
* LargeHam
* MrFanservice
* SharpDressedMan
* SigningOffCatchphrase: "Seacrest out!"
* [[GameShowHost Talent Show Host]]

!Randy Jackson (season 1-12)
* AFatherToHisMen
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy
* TheBigGuy
* CoolOldGuy
* CoolTeacher
* GentleGiant
* LargeAndInCharge
* SternTeacher
* StoicSpectacles
* TokenMinority
* VerbalTic: "Yo!", "Dawg!". In more recent seasons, he's also been known to say "That was a liiittle bit pitchy," in addition to the aforementioned "Yo" and "Dawg."
* WhatTheHellHero: Lashed out at the audience for [[spoiler: voting to eliminate Jessica Sanchez. See her section below]].

!Simon Cowell (Season 1-9)
* {{Badass}}
* BreakoutCharacter
* BrutalHonesty
* CynicalMentor
* DeadpanSnarker: Very much so.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* IceKing
* InsufferableGenius
* TheMeanBrit
* PutOnABus
* SternTeacher
* TallDarkAndSnarky

!PaulaAbdul (Season 1-8)
* CoolOldLady
* CoolTeacher
* TheHeart
* LivingLegend
* PutOnABus
** TheBusCameBack: At the season 9 finale.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Until Kara shows up.

!Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
* {{Garfunkel}}
* PutOnABus

!Kara [=DioGuardi=] (Season 8-9)
* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* CoolTeacher
* CousinOliver
* PutOnABus
* RavenHairIvorySkin

!Ellen [=DeGeneres=] (Season 9)
* {{Bifauxnen}}
* CoolTeacher
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold
* LipstickLesbian
* NiceGirl
* PutOnABus
* TokenLesbian

!JenniferLopez (Season 10-11, present)
* CoolTeacher
* TheHeart
* IdolSinger
* LivingLegend
* MsFanservice
* OlderThanTheyLook
* PutOnABus
* SpicyLatina
* TheSmurfettePrinciple

![[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]] (Season 10-11)
* BadassLongcoat
* CampStraight
* TheCasanova
* ChickMagnet
* CoolOldGuy
* CoolTeacher
* DirtyOldMan: At times
* EccentricMentor
* GutturalGrowler
* {{Keet}}
* LargeHam
* LivingLegend
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* OlderThanTheyLook
* PutOnABus
* SexyMentor
* TwoFirstNames

!Jimmy Iovine (Season 10-present)
* BrutalHonesty
* CynicalMentor
* DeadpanSnarker
* GrumpyOldMan
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* IceKing
* InsufferableGenius
* [[NiceHat Nice Cap]]
* SternTeacher
* StoicSpectacles
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Simon Cowell.
* TeamDad

!KeithUrban (Season 12-)
* CoolTeacher
* HappilyMarried: To Nicole Kidman.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* MrFanservice
* NiceGuy
* SexyMentor
* SternTeacher

!Music/MariahCarey (Season 12)
* CoolTeacher
* BunnyEarsLawyer
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* DarkSkinnedBlond
* DudeWheresMyRespect: to Nicki Minaj
* EccentricMentor: Threw glitter in a contestant's face for a congratulatory message.
* TheHeart: Surprising for some, but Mariah Carey comes off generally warm here.
* IdolSinger
* LivingLegend
* MsFanservice
* NiceGirl
* SternTeacher
* SeriousBusiness: If you claim to like the movie ''Film/MeanGirls'' you ''better know your Film/MeanGirls''.

!Music/NickiMinaj (Season 12)
* ChewingTheScenery
* CoolTeacher
* CostumePorn
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Towards MariahCarey.
* EccentricMentor
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange
** DyeHard
*** DarkSkinnedBlond
*** DarkSkinnedRedhead
*** [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Whatever Color Hair]]
* GenkiGirl
* IdolSinger
* MsFanservice
* LargeHam
* SassyBlackWoman
* SpotlightStealingSquad

!Harry Connick Jr. (season 13)
* DeadpanSnarker
* SeriousBusiness: Although he can be fun and amusing, he truly cares about music, and doesn't appreciate people treating the show like a joke; telling off [[{{Rickroll}} Rick Rowling]], who came in and told stupid, unfunny jokes solely to further his "acting career", proved this.

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[[folder:Season 1]]
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!KellyClarkson
* TheAce
* FlawlessVictory
* TheHerosJourney
* NoDamageRun
* RavenHairIvorySkin
* TropeCodifier
* TropeMaker
* UrExample

!Justin Guarini

!Nikki [=McKibbin=]

!Tamyra Gray
* ShockingElimination: She is the URExample.

!RJ Helton

!Christina Christian
* AlliterativeName
* KickTheDog: She was in the hospital when eliminated.
* RepetitiveName
* ShockingElimination

!Ryan Starr
* MsFanservice
* TomboyishName

!AJ Gil

!Jim Verraros

![=EJay=] Day
* SpellMyNameWithAnS / FunWithAcronyms

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[[folder:Season 2]]
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!Ruben Studdard
* BaldOfAwesome
* TheBigGuy
* GentleGiant

!Clay Aiken
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll
* TransparentCloset: TheReveal will take years to happen, but everyone can see it anyways.

!Kimberly Locke
* OneHitWonder: "8th World Wonder", barely.
* OneSteveLimit

!Josh Gracin
* OneHitWonder: "Nothin' To Lose"

!Trenyce
* OnlyOneName
* MsFanservice

!Carmen Rasmusen

!Kimberly Caldwell
* {{Crossover}}: After many years, she began to date Season 7 winner David Cook. They have since broken up.
* OneSteveLimit

!Rickey Smith

!Julia [=DeMato=]

!Corey Clark
* AlliterativeName

!Charles Grigsby

!Vanessa Olivarez
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[[folder:Season 3]]
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!Fantasia Barrino
* GutturalGrowler
* LargeHam: When singing.
* SassyBlackWoman

!Diana [=DeGarmo=]
* AlliterativeName
* TheCutie
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Married to a fellow ex-''Idol'' contestant, but from Season 5 rather than her own season. They met on Broadway.

!Jasmine Trias
* TheCutie
* TeensAreShort

![=LaToya=] London
* AlliterativeName
* ShockingElimination

!George Huff

!John Stevens

!Jennifer Hudson
* FunnyAfro
* LuckySeven
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: The TropeCodifier for female examples.
* ShockingElimination: The TropeMaker, and maybe the TropeCodifier for female examples.

!Jon Peter Lewis
* TwoFirstNames: Three, actually.

!Camile Velasco

!Amy Adams
* AlliterativeName
* DyeHard
* NamesTheSame: As a much more famous actress

!Matthew Rogers
* YoungerThanTheyLook

!Leah [=LaBelle=]
* AlliterativeName
* CanadaEh
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[[folder:Season 4]]
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!CarrieUnderwood
* TheAce
* TheCutie
* FanservicePack
* FlawlessVictory
* TheHerosJourney
* NoDamageRun
* OlderThanTheyLook
* SouthernBelle

!Bo Bice
* AlliterativeName
* OneHitWonder: Technically, "Inside Your Heaven" was his only top 40 hit; it peaked at number 2! However, "The Real Thing" was the only song of his to get a reasonable amount of airplay.

!Vonzell Solomon

!Anthony Fedorov

!Scott Savol
* AlliterativeName

!Constantine Maroulis
* LonghairedPrettyBoy
* ShockingElimination
* TallDarkAndHandsome

!Anwar Robinson

!Nadia Turner

!Nikko Smith

!Jessica Sierra
* TheCutie

!Mikalah Gordon
* MatzoFever

!Lindsey Cardinale
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[[folder:Season 5]]
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!Taylor Hicks
* CompetenceZone
* FlawlessVictory
* NoDamageRun
* OneHitWonder: Despite his notorious reputation as a failure, his coronation song "Do I Make You Proud" reached ''number one'' on the Billboard Hot 100.

!Katherine [=McPhee=]
* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* FanservicePack
* MsFanservice: The yellow dress she wore when she sang Music/WhitneyHouston's ''I Have Nothing''. ''[[MaleGaze God]]'' [[AbsoluteCleavage that]] [[ShesGotLegs yellow]] [[PantyShot dress]]!
** Also performed barefoot and lying on the stage for [[TheWizardOfOz "Over the Rainbow"]]
* OneHitWonder: "Over It"
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Spell My Name With A C]]
* StageMom: Her mom. Lampshaded by Kat herself during auditions.

!Elliot Yamin
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Which resulted to Daughtry's ShockingElimination.
* OneHitWonder: "Wait For You"

!Chris Daughtry
* {{Badass}}
* BadassBeard
* BaldOfAwesome
* FourIsDeath
* RatedMForManly
* ShockingElimination: The TropeCodifier.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: The TropeCodifier, ''again''.

!Paris Ana'is Bennett

!Kellie Dawn Pickler
* TheDitz
* DumbBlonde
* MsFanservice
* SweetHomeAlabama

!Brett Asa "Ace" Young
* GrandRomanticGesture: Proposed to fellow ''Idol'' alum Diana [=DeGarmo=] on-air at the Season 11 finale; they got married a year later.
* ShipsThatPassInTheNight: Both he and his wife were former ''American Idol'' finalists, but from different seasons. They only met years later when both were in ''Theatre/{{Hair}}'' on Broadway.

!William Joel "Bucky" Covington
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname

!Mandisa Hundley
* FirstNameBasis
* OnlyOneName
* SassyBlackWoman

!Lisa Gabrielle Tucker

!Kevin Patrick Covais

!Melissa Christine [=McGhee=]
* OutOfFocus
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[[folder:Season 6]]
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!Jordin Sparks
* ButNotTooBlack
* FlawlessVictory
* NoDamageRun

!Blake Lewis
* {{Bishounen}}
* ChickMagnet
* LeapOfFaith: The judges unanimously described his take on "You Give Love A Bad Name" as a successful one.
* OneHitWonder: "You Give Love A Bad Name"

!Melinda Doolittle
* CompetenceZone
* ShockingElimination

![=LaKisha=] Ann Jones
* SassyBlackWoman

!Chris Richardson
* CelebrityResemblance: Basically Justin Timberlake with larger eyes

!Phil Stacey
* BaldOfAwesome
* GenreShift: After his country album didn't work out, he switched to Christian.

!Sanjaya Malakar
* TheChewToy

!Haley Scarnato
* ShesGotLegs

!Gina Glocksen
* AlliterativeName
* EarlyBirdCameo: Possibly the earliest example of this in the show; she had auditioned for Season 5 and was cut mid-way through Hollywood rounds.

!Chris Sligh
* BigFun
* PluckyComicRelief: Was [[GenreSavvy well aware]] that he was [[HollywoodHomely comparatively]] unattractive and instead tried to win over fans with loads of personality.

!Stephanie Edwards

!Brandon Rogers

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[[folder:Season 7]]
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!David Cook
* TheAce
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBaritone
** BadassBeard
* FollowTheLeader: He started the streak for white men with guitars winning the show. Although without question, most of them pale in comparison [[TheAce to him]].
* OneOfUs
* OneSteveLimit: With co-finalist and runner-up David Archuleta, as well as first boot David Hernandez.
* ThePowerOfRock
* RatedMForManly
* TheSmartGuy
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* WaterWorks: It's probably easier to count the episodes he ''hasn't'' cried during.

!David Archuleta
* AmbiguouslyGay: According to him, [[GayBarReveal he didn't know what kind of locale it was, and was just there to see Charice perform.]] [[LGBTFanbase Riiiiiiiiggght]]
* {{Bishounen}}
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* NiceGuy: Inconsolable whenever one of his new friends is voted off. Always smiling, and sweeter than sugar.
* RavenHairIvorySkin
* OneHitWonder: "Crush"
* OneSteveLimit: With co-finalist and eventual winner David Cook and first boot David Hernandez.

!Syesha Mercado
* SassyBlackWoman

!Jason Castro
* {{Bishonen}}
* TheStoner: Though never confirmed, he plays up several stoner stereotypes and famously (and poorly) sang [[BobMarley IShotTheSheriff]]

!Brooke White

!Carly Smithson
* TheLadette
* ShockingElimination

!Kristy Lee Cook
* TheOtherRainforest

!Michael Johns
* ShockingElimination

!Ramiele Malubay
* FagHag: To Danny Noriega

!Chikezie
* FirstNameBasis
* OnlyOneName

!Amanda Overmyer

!David Hernandez
* OneSteveLimit: With eventual finalists David Cook and David Archuleta.

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[[folder:Season 8]]
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!Kris Allen
* DarkHorseVictory: Quite possibly the biggest example in the show's history.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: The vast majority of his time spent on the couches or standing next to other people, he's usually leaning on or scrunched up close to another person.
* TallDarkAndHandsome
* TwoFirstNames

!AdamLambert
* BadassLongcoat
* {{Camp}}
* CrackDefeat
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* RavenHairIvorySkin
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll

!Danny Gokey
* CrusadingWidower: The fact that his wife died just four weeks before his audition was played up during the audition and Hollywood rounds.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: He and his friend and future TheVoice contestant Jamar Rogers were very close.

!Allison Iraheta
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!Matt Giraud
* BornLucky: Recipient of the Judges' Save for the first time ever.

!Anoop Desai
* BollywoodNerd: To some extent - was awarded the 2008 Peter C. Baxter Memorial Prize in American Studies after graduating from UNC, and comes off as extremely intelligent in interviews.
* TokenMinority: So far the only Indian contestant to make the finals.

!Lil Rounds

!Scott [=MacIntyre=]
* DisabledMeansHelpless: He only needed help with orientation (navigating).
* HandicappedBadass: He's nearly blind, but he finished eighth overall.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged
* ThePianoPlayer

!Megan Joy
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* TwoFirstNames: Though she first auditioned with her married name Megan Corkrey

!Michael Sarver
* TheGenericGuy
* TheBigGuy

!Alexis Grace

!Jorge Nez

!Jasmine Murray
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[[folder:Season 9]]
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!Lee [=DeWyze=]
* {{Butt Monkey}}: If a contestant from any season is compared to Lee, ten to one is that it isn't in a positive way.
* TheGenericGuy
* OneHitWonder: His cover of [[{{U2}} "Beautiful Day"]]


!Crystal Bowersox
* CrackDefeat

!Casey James
* LonghairedPrettyBoy
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: He was the first contestant from the season to find success, enjoying moderate sales and success in the Country genre and opening for Music/{{Sugarland}} on their tour immediately after the end of the season.

!Michael Lynche
* TheBigGuy
* GentleGiant
* {{Shocking Elimination}}: Could have been one at ninth place, but was saved by the judges.

!Aaron Kelly

!Siobhan Magnus
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Oh sweet holy crap yes.
* {{Shocking Elimination}}: Definitely this for Season 9, with both the judges and David Letterman baffled at her elimination.
** Could technically be called the most important, at least in terms of effect, with the episode immediately after her elimination being the least viewed episode in American Idol history.
* TheRunnerUpTakesItAll: It took a little a while, but she seems poised to do this with her new band Doubtful Guest, which is comprised of members of Everclear, Godsmack, Third Eye Blind, Fuel, and Candlebox, and is sponsored by Hansen.

!Tim Urban

!Katie Stevens
* RunnerUpTakesItAll: It took several years, and she's not even famous as a singer, but now as one of the stars of MTV's FakingIt, she's in the only person from the season that anyone knows.

!Andrew Garcia

!Didi Benami

!Paige Miles

!Lacey Brown
* DyeHard
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[[folder:Season 10]]
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!Scotty [=McCreery=]
* BadassBaritone
* FlawlessVictory
* GoodOlBoy
* NiceHat
* NoDamageRun: Was never stated as being in the bottom three or two at any point in the competition.
* ShipTease: With Lauren.
* VocalDissonance: You wouldn't expect a big deep baritone like that from someone who looks like [[Magazine/{{Mad}} Alfred E. Neuman]].
** LyricalDissonance: Pity his songwriters; many of his songs invoke a nostalgia for the singer's youth--which for him ''is still in progress''.

!Lauren Alaina
* TheCutie
* GenkiGirl
* ShipTease: With Scotty.

!Haley Reinhart
* CrackDefeat
* GutturalGrowler
* OfficialCouple: Dating Stefano.
* OlderThanTheyLook
* ShipTease: With Casey.

!James Durbin
* {{Badass}}
* FourIsDeath
* ShockingElimination
* TheSmartGuy: As to be expected with someone with [[AspergersSyndrome Asperger's]].

!Jacob Lusk
* TheBigGuy
* CampGay
* [[SassyBlackWoman Sassy Black Man]]

!Casey Abrams
* BadassBeard
* TheBigGuy
* FieryRedhead
* GentleGiant
* GutturalGrowler
* ShipTease: With Haley.
* YoungerThanTheyLook

!Stefano Langone
* NearDeathExperience: Greatly scarred from a car accident before the show
* OfficialCouple: Dating Haley Reinhart. In fanfiction, they tend to be a BetaCouple to Lauren and Scotty.
* TallDarkAndSnarky

!Paul [=McDonald=]
* BadassBeard
* CampStraight: Wears flamboyant suits, dances with a tambourine and is married to [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Nikki Reed]].

!Pia Toscano
* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* RavenHairIvorySkin
* ShesGotLegs
* ShockingElimination
* StatuesqueStunner

!Naima Adedapo

!Thia Megia

!Karen Rodriguez

!Ashthon Jones

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[[folder:Season 11]]
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!Philip Phillips
* AlliterativeName[=/=]RepetitiveName: And yes, that actually is his real name.
* ChickMagnet
* {{Expy}}: of [[Music/DaveMatthewsBand Dave Matthews]]
* TheFettered
* FlawlessVictory
* GoodOlBoy
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Heejun.
* [[IllGirl Ill Boy]]: Has kidney problems that made him unable to be in Ford commercials. Thought of dropping out of the show for surgery several times, but [[NoDamageRun he clearly wanted to win the show]].
* LimitedWardrobe: Almost always seen in a flannel shirt, tee, and jeans.
* NoDamageRun
* VocalRangeExceeded: During "Time of the Season." Out of all eleven winners, he has the smallest range.

!Jessica Sanchez
* TheCutie
* CrackDefeat
* GoOutWithASmile: Cheers for and hugs Phillip when he's announced the winner.
* GutturalGrowler: Childhood clips show that it's a natural talent.
* TheIngenue
* MilitaryBrat
* [[NotQuiteDead Not Quite Eliminated]]
** ItIsNotYourTime
* OfficialCouple: Dating Deandre Brackensick.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Of the singing variety.
* TheQuietOne
** BewareTheQuietOnes
* ShockingElimination: Averted as she was saved by the judges.
* VocalDissonance: Tiny Asian teenager that belts with a [[GutturalGrowler Guttural Growl]].

!Joshua Ledet
* TheAce
* AmbiguouslyGay
* BlackBestFriend: To Hollie.
* CrackDefeat
* EarlyBirdCameo
* {{Expy}}: He's basically season 3 winner Fantasia's SpearCounterpart. He's even garnered the nickname of Mantasia. Further solidified when he and Fantasia had a duet in the season finale.
* GutturalGrowler
* LargeHam: When singing.
* PreachersKid
* ShockingElimination

!Hollie Cavanagh
* {{Adorkable}}: The videos describing other contestants were full of funny, although unintentionally so, material from Hollie, especially in one part where she calls Skylar "thick-boned".
* TheCutie
* EarlyBirdCameo: She was first seen in season 10.
* [[KillTheCutie Eliminate The Cutie]]
* [[FaceDeathWithDignity Face Elimination With Dignity]]
* FagHag: Possibly. It would depend on whether or not Joshua is actually gay or just CampStraight
* FanservicePack
* ForeignFanservice
* FourIsDeath
* FunnyForeigner
* GenkiGirl
* GoOutWithASmile
* GracefulLoser
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Skylar
* OlderThanTheyLook
* PintsizedPowerhouse
* VocalEvolution: Started the season with strong vocals that possibly rivals runner-up Jessica. But as the week goes on, her vocals becomes weaker. She managed to recover before a subpar performance did her in in the top 4

!Skylar Laine
* BadassAdorable
* Expy: Shares quite a few similarities with Season 10 runner up Lauren Alaina
* GenkiGirl
* GracefulLoser
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Hollie
* ShipTease: With Colton.
* ShockingElimination
* {{Shorttank}}
* SmallGirlBigGun
* SweetHomeAlabama: Well, Mississippi, but it's still Dixie all the same.

!Elise Testone
* {{Badass}}
* CompetenceZone
* [[FaceDeathWithDignity Face Elimination With Dignity]]
* GoOutWithASmile
* GracefulLoser
* GutturalGrowler
* {{Joisey}}
* NiceHat
* StatuesqueStunner
* WomanInBlack

!Music/ColtonDixon
* AscendedExtra[=/=]BornLucky: He was only accompanying his sister during auditions for moral support. The judges, knowing how talented he is during his stint in season 10, called him and made him audition ''on the spot''. We know the rest.
* AscendedFanboy: Full Stop. Sang both Daughtry's What About Now and Dave Cook's Permanent, showing he has an affinty for past contestants. Also consider he's now writing songs with Lifehouse's Jason Wade, who's song Everything he sang, as well as Daughtry.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassLongcoat: Some of his outfits.
** BadassPreacher: He prefers ChristianRock after all.
* BlatantLies: Come on, you could see it on his face when the judged brought him in that he was gonna audition.
* EarlyBirdCameo: He was first seen in season 10 and almost made the semi-finals.
* CampStraight
* ChristianRock: His preferred music type.
* [[GranolaGirl Granola Guy]]
* OutOfCharacterMoment: He states that the reason why he was axed is because his performance the night before alienated his fanbase.
* ShipTease: With Skylar.
* ShockingElimination

![=DeAndre=] Brackensick
* {{Bishounen}}
* CampStraight
* LongHairedPrettyBoy
* OfficialCouple: Now dating Jessica Sanchez.

!Heejun Han
* AlliterativeName
* AsianAndNerdy
* BitingTheHandHumor: It was pretty commonly speculated that he just was trolling the show after a certain point, especially the "mentoring" sessions.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: His eccentric nature led the judges to thinking that he was another [[HopelessAuditionees Hopeless Auditionee]], but proved quite otherwise.
* FunnyForeigner: Before it started [[EthnicScrappy to become annoying]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Phillip Phillips. They did both group numbers in Hollywood and Vegas together and were inseparable until Heejun left the show.
* MoodWhiplash: After a few weeks of crooning ballads, Heejun appears to being the same thing. He starts crooning a snoozy, painfully slow ballad yet again...then suddenly tells the band (they'd planned this ahead of time), "Stop! This is too slow for me! AND I WANNA ''DANCE'' !" and rips off his tuxedo, revealing more casual clothes underneath, and starts belting Billy Joel's "Movin' Out." Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* NerdGlasses
* NiceGuy
* OlderThanTheyLook
* SitcomArchNemesis: [[SmallNameBigEgo Richie]] [[GoodOlBoy Law]] during the Hollywood/Vegas episodes.

!Erika Van Pelt
* {{Badass}}
* ExpositoryHairStyleChange: Goes from blond to black.

!Shannon Magrane
* AmazonianBeauty
* TheCutie
* OverprotectiveDad
* StatuesqueStunner

!Jermaine Jones
* AlliterativeName
* BadassBaritone
* BadassBeard
* TheBigGuy
* DiabolusExMachina
* GentleGiant: His RedBaron.
* NonGameplayElimination
* RoleEndingMisdemeanor: Literally.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Just watch the selection for the top 13.

!Jeremy Rosado
* TheBigGuy
* GentleGiant: Fits this more than Jermaine.
* NiceGuy
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[[folder:Season 12]]
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!Candice Glover
* CoolBigSis: [[MassiveNumberedSiblings The oldest of seven]].
* MelismaticVocals
* [[MyGreatestSecondChance My Greatest Third Chance]]: Made the top 10, after being eliminated in season 9, then again during group round in season 11.
* SassyBlackWoman: COMPLETELY INVERTED. She does her best to avoid this trope. In a interview she said she regretted singing "Natural Woman" because she didn't want succumb to the stereotype.

!Kree Harrison
* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* TheQuietOne
* RavenHairIvorySkin

!Angela Miller
* BadassAdorable
* TheCutie
* LargeHam: Over the top and dramatic when she performs.
* WomanInBlack

!Amber Holcomb
* TheCutie
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Made the top 10, after being eliminated in the group round of season 11.
* MsFanservice
* OutOfFocus: During audition rounds.

!Janelle Arthur
* DumbBlonde: Subverted, she's not dumb but when sang Dolly Parton's single "Dumb Blonde" many people thought she was since that song choice resulted in her elimination.
* MsFanservice
* [[MyGreatestSecondChance My Greatest Third Chance]]: Finally made it to the top 10, after falling at the top 48 in season 10, then falling at the Vegas round in season 11.
* TwoFirstNames

!Lazaro Arbos
* AmbiguouslyGay
* TheDandy
* DashingHispanic
* DisabilitySuperpower
* HandicappedBadass
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: When speaking, he has a rather bad stutter.
* SpeechImpediment

!Burnell Taylor
* BlackAndNerdy
* CampStraight
* TheDandy

!Devin Velez
* DashingHispanic
* RedHeadedHero

!Paul Jolley
* AmbiguouslyGay
* TheDandy

!Curtis Finch, Jr.
* JerkAss
* LargeHam
* [[MyGreatestSecondChance My Greatest Third Chance]]: Initially auditioned in season 4, then auditioned in season 11, making it to the top 70, before making the top 10 this season.

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[[folder: Season 13]]


!Caleb Johnson
* {{Badass}}
* FlawlessVictory: Won the season without ever being in the bottom 2 or 3.
* LargeHam
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Made it to the top 40 in Season 11, but got cut before live shows.
* NoDamageRun: See FlawlessVictory.

!Jena Irene
* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Her name, while spelled like Jenna, is pronounced more like "Gina", something that became a bit of a running gag.

!Alex Preston
* SecurityBlanket: His guitar, which he is rarely seen without; Harry even lampshades this by comparing him and his guitar to [[{{Peanuts}} Linus and his blanket]].

!Jessica Meuse
* {{Badass}}
* FightMagnet: Well, more of an ''Argument'' Magnet, during the Hollywood rounds; she went through two groups and had issues in both, causing some fans to see her as a {{Jerkass}} who can't work with others. But in reality, she remained professional and respectful (albeit a little frustrated here and there) through both. This culminated after her group finally performed, where the mother of the only eliminated contestant from the group blamed Jessica, and this actually brought poor Jessica to tears. She even lampshades this:
--> "Drama seems to follow me wherever I go..."

!Sam Woolf
* MrFanservice: The show seemed to be pimping him as this; the judges rarely made a comment without mentioning "the ladies".

!CJ Harris
* GoodOlBoy
* NiceGuy: A lot of people think this is why he [[EliminationHoudini lasted so long]].

!Dexter Roberts
* GoodOlBoy

!Malaya Watson
* CloudCuckooLander: Shows signs of this every now and then.

!Majesty Rose
* GracefulLoser: When she was eliminated, she loudly (and surprisingly cheerfully) exclaimed "I knew it!"

!MK Nobilette
* ButchLesbian: Unlike contestants from past seasons who hid in {{Transparent Closet}}s, MK made no secret of her sexuality during interviews.
** [[TomboyishBaseballCap Butch Lesbian Baseball Cap]]: Always wearing one.
* OnlyKnownByInitials

!Ben Briley
* DeadpanSnarker
-->"[Caleb]'s been trying to figure out how this online voting thing works, but he's having trouble...he just voted for Sanjaya."
* GoodOlBoy

!Emily Piriz
* SpicyLatina: Seemed to be going for this when she sang one of J-Lo's songs; it didn't work, as she was eliminated the next night.

!Kristen O'Connor
* HospitalHottie: She's a [[HelloNurse nurse]]. And yes, she's gorgeous.

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