Attention Whore / Comic Books

  • Sandorst in The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw who sinks so low as to blow up a bridge carrying the soldier protecting him to steal the glory for himself.
  • Subverted in Superman story Kryptonite Nevermore. After saving a person's life at a concert, Superman waves at Lois Lane. Clark Kent's boss Morgan Edge and other characters misunderstand his actions and claim that Superman loves to show off and grandstand.
  • Subverted in Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade. Linda Lee -aka Supergirl- accidentally breaks her own desk, and her school's Principal accuses her from destroying it intentionally because she demands everyone's attention. He also ignores her when she tries to explain it was an accident.
    Principal Pickelmeyer: In the future, perhaps you could choose a less destructive manner to beg for attention from your classmates?
  • X-Men:
    • Elixir. He subconsciously used his powers to change his skin into a reflective golden color so he'd stand out more. Before he discovered he was a mutant, he joined an anti-mutant terrorist group because he thought it would make him more popular.
    • Also, the Mimic, from earlier in the X-Men. This is about 90% of his motivation for screwing around with the X-Men, showing off.
    • Emma Frost. She wears those Stripperific suits on purpose. (Although it's also partially for psychological warfare against men, as she has claimed.)
  • Batman:
  • Erm, the Wasp. The reason she has the most Unlimited Wardrobe among heroines is not only to flaunt her looks, but her wealth.
  • Booster Gold:
    • The guy often ruins covert hero operations by alerting his publicist to where he and the rest of the Justice league will be just so he can draw a crowd.
    • Later subverted when Booster gets recruited by Rip Hunter as a guardian of the time stream. By this point Booster has become a competent, serious hero, but he has to maintain his public image as a screw-up attention whore to avoid getting killed in the crib.
  • Fred Christ of Transmetropolitan will do absolutely anything to keep from being ignored. He continuously champions various social causes not out of belief, but because if he's their leader, it gets him media notice. Ultimately, however, he dies fighting for a cause he actually believes in, even though nobody can see it.
  • Dreamkeepers:
    • Mace, Whip and Namah, especially in Prelude.
    • "Musical sensation" and political advisor Tinsel might very well be the mistres of this trope. One scene has her walking through a very large room, with several bickering politicians a little to the side of her path. She detours right into the center of the crowd, only to lament that she's "busy", and walks off. And considering her usual wardrobe choices, the latter word in this phrase is decidedly appropriate.
  • In Astro City, Crackerjack is the pre-eminent example of this trope. He shamelessly boasts about his crimefighting skills, hogs the spotlight without regard to the feelings of his comrades, and never met a camera he didn't like. While he is a fantastic physical specimen and Badass Normal, his grandiosity is too much for any amount of skill to back up.