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->''"Did you hear about the Scottish drag queen? He wore pants."''
-->--'''Lynn Lavner''', comedian

Unlike {{Transsexual}}s and {{Crossdresser}}s, drag queens wear women's clothing only on special occasions. They are usually gay men who occasionally like to get that little bit more flamboyant by dressing up as a tornado that's just rushed through a mountain of candyfloss and glitter. They can get dolled up for a variety of reasons; perhaps they are paid entertainers and the drag is part of their act, perhaps they consider it an art form; or perhaps they just enjoy it. It differs from person to person.

Drag queens on TV are sometimes used for the old [[UnsettlingGenderReveal "straight man comes on to a girl in a bar... but she's not a girl!"]] joke. A popular variation on this will have the straight man remain [[AttractiveBentGender completely oblivious]] to the fact that he's copping off with a man until the last possible moment. However, this joke usually uses {{Transsexual}}s instead, since they tend to dress up a little more plausibly than drag queens, who are usually clad in a stylized and outlandish parody of feminine clothing. It's also common for women to comment on how much they wish they had the queen's [[ShesGotLegs legs]].

Drag queens on TV are usually sharp-tongued and witty, matching the stage personas of real-life professional stage performers. They may provide the main character with world-weary advice or help put forward (ironically) a "just be yourself" [[AnAesop Aesop]].

There are many heterosexual men who "drag up" to play characters. One such man is Barry Humphries, who appears as TV presenter Dame Edna Everage in both the United Kingdom and Australia. They are generally included in the drag queen category as well, especially if the female characters are a predominant part of their act.

The [[DistaffCounterpart Distaff (ahem) Counterpart]] is the Drag King -- a woman dressed as a man, performing masculinity with levels of exaggeration similar to that of the Drag Queen. While popular with the lesbian crowd, the Drag King is not as well-known in mainstream culture.

A few drag performers also happen to be {{Transsexual}}, but one doesn't indicate the other. Those who are tend to leave the drag world behind after transitioning, if they're too convincing as their desired gender.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The Arrancar Charlotte Chuhlhourne of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', who faces off against resident [[{{Bishounen}} pretty boy]] Shinigami Yumichika Ayasegawa. He also cranks the drag factor up to eleven with [[http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t280/Warugaki88/13.jpg?t=1217052133 eye-searing]] [[http://s4.photobucket.com/albums/y113/bagabondo/bleach/?action=viewĄt=bleachchap321p2.jpg results]]. He fires ''heart-shaped'' Ceros/Doom Blasts.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Mr. 2 Bon Clay of Baroque Works is a drag queen. He wears a ballerina outfit, doesn't have a female partner, and for Pete's sake, his style of karate is Okama Kenpo, which translates as Crossdresser Fist! Interestingly, he eventually proves himself to be roughly the manliest BadAss in the series.
** There's also the Kamabakka Kingdom (which translates almost literally as filled with Okama), where everyone has the heart of a maiden. Much to his despair [[spoiler:Sanji]] lands here.
** Also, in the secret 5.5th level of Impel Down, former "Queen" of the Kamabakka Kingdom has created the New Kama Kingdom, filled with even more okama (including himself).
* Haruhi's father Ryuuji in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' works at a crossdresser bar, and is absolutely fabulous. Since his daughter also [[{{Bifauxnen}} dresses up as a boy]], one wonders if it's hereditary. He prefers to be called "Ranka", although he doesn't always crossdress.
* In 'PetShopOfHorrors'', all of Count D's animals can be seen in human-like forms by their owners or by special people. The peacocks look like drag queens.
* Grell Sutcliffe in ''BlackButler'' has some of the traits of one, but is ultimately a subversion; that's what she's actually like.
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[[folder:{{Film}}]]
* ''[[TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert Priscilla, Queen of the Desert]]'' has Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith from ''Film/TheMatrix''), Guy Pearce (Leonard from ''Memento''), and Terrance Stamp (General Zod (!) from ''Film/SupermanII'') as a trio of drag queens traveling through Australia. (However, Stamp's character is a {{transsexual}} woman, not a gay man.)
* The comic response to the above, ''ToWongFooThanksForEverythingJulieNewmar'', starring Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo. Leguizamo is a comedy actor, but the other two are PlayingAgainstType so hard that the roles are arguably [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOAs]].
* Captain Shakespeare in the film version of ''Film/{{Stardust}}''.
* The role of Edna Turnblad in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' has always been [[CrossCastRole played by a man]], the original 80's version had Divine play the part, the stage version had Harvey Fierstein, and the new 2007 version has JohnTravolta.
** Divine was a regular in the works of Creator/JohnWaters until his death.
* Lola and the Angel Boys in ''KinkyBoots''.
* Albert in ''Film/TheBirdcage''.
** And in the film it's based on, Albin in ''LaCageAuxFolles''.
* The Lady Chablis in ''MidnightInTheGardenOfGoodAndEvil'', notable in that the movie is based on a real murder case and Chablis [[AutobiographicalRole plays herself]].
* The title characters' friends in ''Connie and Carla." They eponymous girls themselves are more like {{Sweet Polly Oliver}}s...kinda.
* Hana from ''TokyoGodfathers'' was a successful drag performer in the backstory, and is still dressed as a woman living on the streets. In the subtitles, teen Miyuki calls him "Uncle Bag"; in the original Japanese it's "okamasan," a clever portmanteau of okaasan, "auntie/older woman," and okama, "effeminate gay man."
* Feodor Basmanov in ''Film/IvanTheTerrible'', doubling up as a VillainousCrossdresser.
* The titular character of ''CrocodileDundee'' almost falls for one of these, until informed that the "girl" he was chatting up was really a guy.
* Harold Perrineau ([[{{Lost}} Michael "WAAAAAALT!" Dawson]]) was that in two roles, ''[[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet Romeo + Juliet]]'' and ''Woman on Top''.
* ''The Curiosity Of Chance'' has a group of catty drag queens that arouse the interest of the main character and awaken [[ThisWasHisTrueForm his inner queen]]. Perhaps more ostentatious than them though is how everyone in the movie ''fawns'' over them like a fourth of July parade.
* In {{Bent}}, the cabaret featured a crossdresser (played by ''Mick Jagger!''), who ends up abandoning his lifestyle to run away and lie low from the Gestapo.
* Both ''Nick and Jane'' and ''Trick'', among others, feature sizable supporting roles for a catty drag character named Miss Coco Peru, played by Clinton Leupp.
* ''MoulinRouge'' features Toulouse Latrec (unconvincingly) and a straighter example in Chocolat, one of the Moulin's dancers.
* Ignacio/Zahara in ''Film/BadEducation''. His/her drag performance features [[NudeColoredClothes this]] [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/artimageslibrary/5842512231/ dress]].
* In ''VictorVictoria'', Julie Andrews plays a woman who dresses as a man who dresses as a woman, making her a [[RecursiveCrossdressing recursive]] drag king/queen.
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[[folder:{{Literature}}]]
* In [[Literature/{{Discworld}} The Last Continent]], Rincewind's wanderings across [[FantasyCounterpartCulture FourEcks]] lead him to the Galah, an obvious parade for homosexuals. He finds that his Luggage has been adopted by a troupe of drag queens (one of whom is [[RecursiveCrossdressing actually a woman]]) but never clues in that most of the sequins, makeup, and high heels are being worn by men. For one thing, he's a wizard, and most of his experience with women is when they're trying to convince him to do something dangerous. For another, he's from Ankh-Morpork, where a lot of women get in fistfights. And win.
* In ''The Boy Who Followed Ripley'', [[{{Ripliad}} Tom Ripley]] (best known from ''The Talented Mr. Ripley'') decides that the best way to rescue a friend from kidnappers is to disguise himself. In drag. He showed a knack for disguises in previous stories, but he seems incredibly amused to try drag for the first time. (He's not really gay. [[AmbiguouslyGay Or is he?]])
* Adrian in {{Bloodshot}} is a drag queen with the stage name Sister Rose. He also happens to be an [[RetiredBadAss ex-Navy Seal]]. The main character [[FemaleGaze talks about how attractive he is in and out of drag]].
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* One episode of ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'' had a drag queen friend of a pimp tag along for a while (Liza Minnelli references included).
* RuPaulsDragRace, honey.
* Series/{{Bramwell}} featured an episode about a 1890s transvestite Hackett, implied to be a performer and openly stated to be a male prostitute involved with sailors.
* The US version of the game show ''Dog Eat Dog'' featured a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RerZJJzYz7o challenge]] involving drag queens and the invariably male contestant attempting to guess who wasn't in drag.
* ''NoahsArc'': Alex, with Noah, Ricky and Chance as drag backup singers in one episode.
* One skit of ''MorecambeAndWise'' (in the 1975 ChristmasEpisode) involved Eric and Ernie dressed up as background dancers for ''Big Spender''.
* In one episode of ''Series/TeenWolf'', Scott and Stiles follow [[OurMonstersAreDifferent the kanima]] into a gay club, and Stiles is immediately surrounded by a group of drag queens. Three episodes later, he has apparently become friends with them and invites them to Lydia's birthday party.
* Parodied in ''Series/{{Metrosexuality}}'' where the LocalHangout's bouncer is a tall, imposing and massively built ScaryBlackGuy (DeObia Oparei) who speaks in a very deep [[BadassBarytone baritone]] register, despite wearing incredibly flashy colours and feathers.
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* John Mulaney had a bit on his special ''The Top Part'' questioning why so many drag queens go for the same "big & brassy" persona and deliberately tacky choice of costume, wondering if their ideal notion of a woman is a housewife from ''TheFarSide''. He also expresses his annoyance that a lot of them like to bully him and criticize his style:
--> ''Why are you so mean? You went to all the trouble of putting on a nice dress, and now you're going to be rude and bossy to people? Do you know what your version of a woman is a lot like? A '''guy'''. You could have stayed a '''guy''', if you were going be an asshole about it!''
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[[folder:{{Theatre}}]]
* The Dame in traditional British {{Pantomime}}. ("Her" actual name and role depends on the story, but there's always one character played as a comedy drag queen.)
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* Appears in ''PokemonXAndY'', which is somewhat fitting for a game named after sex chromosomes. The pink PlagueDoctor bird Pokemon Spritzee's evolved form, Aromatisse, resembles Divine, maybe as a ShoutOut to the Creator/JohnWaters film ''Film/PinkFlamingos''.
* ''VideoGame/SoulHackers'' features Drag Queen as recruitable de{{mons}}. Of note is that these drag queens were so devoted that they became zombies after dying.
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[[folder:WebComics]]
* The eponymous hero of ''TheDragonQueen'' is a male who likes to dress up as a female superhero and got his start cross-dressing in a Drag Queen bar. The character seems to be tending toward identifying as [[{{Transsexual}} completely female]] though.
* Yoshi of JennyHaniver is a weekend drag queen, singing at the local drag bar.
* ''{{Sinfest}}'' supporting character Squigley dresses up as "[[SarahPalin Sarah Piglin]]" in a number of strips, usually for political satire.
* [[http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws9/ Darren]] in ''GirlsWithSlingshots''
* A number of characters in ''Webcomic/{{Concession}}'', most notably Zoe (real name "Franz") who wears a padded bra and skirt nearly all the time. [[CampGay Nicole]] (Aaron) drags it up a bit sometimes as well. And there was an arc where Zoe introduced Matt to crossdressing. And finally there's Joel's "Julia Chase" persona.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* ''KingOfTheHill'': Peggy Hill falls in with a group of drag queens and bond over their shared fashion sense. Notably, neither Peggy nor the other queens figure out the others' real gender for most of the episode.
* A StealthPun example of GettingCrapPastTheRadar in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. During the "Epilogue" episode, as Amanda Waller is recounting the League's last tussle with the Royal Flush Gang, the new Queen, whose make up suspiciously resembled Divine's, turned out to be a ''man'' (who also resembled Divine in his clean-face, masculine look).
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[[folder:RealLife]]
* Paul O'Grady is a British comedian who made a living through the 1980s and 1990s as Lily Savage, his sharp-tongued drag queen alter ego. O'Grady has since dropped Savage and mostly appears as himself these days.
* Verka Serduchka, the Drag personality of Ukranian singer Andriy Mykhailovych Danylko finished second in the [[EurovisionSongContest Eurovision]] 2007 contest.
** He is also a very popular singer in both Russia and Ukraine and successfully performed as a stand-up comedian. Note that he is heterosexual.
* Comedian EddieIzzard has performed in drag for almost his entire stand-up career.
** Izzard even does a bit on the differences between being a drag queen and a transvestite (a transvestite being a "male tomboy.") He even identifies himself as the latter, rather than the former.
** Izzard does not only dress in female clothes for performances. It's a personal thing. He's ''not'' a drag queen.
** A live trailer for a chat show once referred to Paul O'Grady as a "transvestite comedian." O'Grady could be heard yelling from backstage "Eddie Izzard's a tranny; I'm a drag artist!"
* Dame Edna and her (winkwink) manager Barry Humphries.
** Plus the performance of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJPXksRnM5I I'm Every Woman]] by Dame Edna and KD Lang.
* [=RuPaul=] Andre Charles is the most famous drag queen in American media. His [=RuPaul=] persona became famous in TheNineties for being very approachable...if [[ScaryBlackMan scarily tall]], standing at 6'4 ''before'' factoring in the platform heels and big hair. She has released albums and hosted talk shows, and has lately been in the spotlight for the reality show ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace'', [[XMeetsY essentially]] ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' meets ''ProjectRunway'' meets ''Series/AmericanIdol''...with gender-bending.
* {{Queen}}'s video for "I Want to Break Free" had the members dressing up in drag.
** And also The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moe_Bandy Moe Bandy]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Stampley Joe Stampley]] music video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0fzeVbicd4 Where's The Dress]] (Link goes to the actual music video).
** DavidBowie famously wore a dress on the cover of 1970's ''The Man Who Sold the World'', and later combined this with ActingForTwo in the video "Boys Keep Swinging" (1979) -- all three of his [[Main/SelfBackingVocalist backup singers]] are him in drag, and the instrumental finish of the song is used to underscore a FashionShow that gives each one a turn on the catwalk.
*** MarilynManson has also done this...many, many times
* The Lady Chablis is a preoperative transgender woman who also appears onstage at Club One in Savannah, GA, as an elaborate drag queen, and in drag pageants. She plays a major part in both the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and appears as herself in the film, as mentioned above.
* Bert Savoy was one of the earliest examples of the type, and a major influence on Creator/MaeWest (several of whose plays included drag queens as characters).
* At the Carnival in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aalst,_Belgium Aalst]], there are a lot of ''Voil Jeanetten'' [[note]]Loose translation: Dirty Fags; though it is not an insult[[/note]]. These are men dressed in drag, but with a lot of beer and some rather weird attributes - like umbrellas with rubber chickens and dead fish tied to them. And for those three days in the year, everyone finds it normal.
* Seattle actors Jerick Hoffer (Jinkx Monsoon) and Marc Kenison (Waxie Moon).
* Actor Creator/MishaCollins renewed his wedding vows at a grocery store, in drag.
* Music/ConchitaWurst, the winner of the EurovisionSongContest 2014.
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