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Attention Whore: Western Animation
  • Michelangelo from the 2K3 TMNT cartoon is a friendly version of this.
  • Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy. The root of his behavior is explained in the movie.
  • Angelica from Rugrats.
  • Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • Seems to be a family trait for the Griplings in As Told by Ginger.
  • Bloo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, with many storylines resulting from Bloo getting jealous of the attention received by other characters, then doing something Jerkass-ish in response. Several parts of his dialogue imply that his greatest fear is not being loved by anyone, a fear which Mac is shown to share sometimes. He probably even created Bloo for the sole purpose of having that NOT happen to him. Of course, Bloo's tries to get the others to like him backfire more than just frequently.
  • Most of the Drawn Together housemates fit this trope, but Toot Braunstein is far and away the worst of the bunch.
  • Chris from Total Drama Island definitely counts as one, it's made even funnier whenever Justin is on screen stealing the spotlight:
    Chris: (to the campers who are all staring dreamily at Justin) Hey! Stop looking at the gorgeous man-candy! Focus more on me!
    • It's hilariously worse in World Tour. One of the teams features an Ascended Fangirl who names the team Team Chris is really really really really really hot. Chris is proud.
    • All of the contestants qualify in some capacity, most particularly Heather, Izzy, Courtney, Ezekiel, Justin, Blaineley, Staci and Dakota. Deconstructed with Dakota though, as Dawn "reads her aura" and claims it's actually a repressed cry for love, which Dakota's reaction hints is correct.
  • Stewie and Peter on Family Guy, to hilarious extremes. Meg qualifies as a more desperate and lonely version of this, though she's always played as the Butt Monkey.
    • Later episodes have occasionally deconstructed Brian's left wing ethics in such a manner, claiming he only supports the less popular vote because he wants to stand out and be a contrarian. He has shown to get particularly frustrated when he isn't appreciated, and has a large tendency to boast every activity he takes part in an excessive manner, even when the family are ignoring him completely.
  • A possible tragic example of this trope is Clay Puppington, the self-centered father of Moral Orel. This is especially apparent in the third season episode where we see his past. He thought himself the center of his mother's world, and was distraught when he learned he had several older siblings who were miscarried due to his mother's blithe ignorance of proper activities to do while pregnant (knitting: yes. going on roller coasters and trampolines: no). This caused the accidental death of his mother when he pretended to have died and gave her a heart attack. When his father ignored him after this, he deliberately and repeatedly goaded the man into hitting him, and now with his own son associates beatings with affection.
    • Joe is this as well.
  • Bender of Futurama pulls stunts all the time so that people will pay attention to him. The biggest probably being when he got a slave population to build a towering statue of him that said "Remember Me!" and then shot fire from its eyes.
    "Hey! Look at my head! Look at my head! Look at my head!"
    • On Mom's birthday, all the robots went to celebrate with her. Bender started trying to draw her eye from the crowd, blithely yelling, among other things, "I need attention!"
    • Another example is actor Langdon Cobb in the episode "The Thief Of Baghead". In fact, his species literally feed off it.
  • Kuzco from the The Emperor's New Groove/School series. Even after his Character Development at the end of the movie, he still acts like a attention-loving jerk.
  • This has become something of an Animal Stereotype for ducks.
    • Daffy Duck
    • Plucky Duck
    • Darkwing Duck.
    • Donald Duck and his girlfriend, Daisy.
    • Oddly enough, there's a level of Truth in Television to this, because this is how ducks actually behave. They're one of the few types of animals to walk right up to people without a hint of apprehension. They are noisy and always try to out-noise other ducks (and people). And when there are ducklings, the mother will parade them around everywhere.
  • Ty Lee from Avatar: The Last Airbender , with a Freudian Excuse She is from a very large family and will do anything to make herself stand out from her many look-alike sisters.
    • Ty Lee actually plays with this trope a bit, as at the end of the series, she seems to have a bit of off-screen Character Development and joins the Kyoshi Warriors, and she doesn't care that they all dress identically.
    • Aang too, sometimes. Though he really just naturally finds himself at the center of attention, being the Avatar and all, and likes it there. Especially when it comes to Katara.
    Hey Katara, look what I just learned to do with earthbending!
  • James the Red Engine. He always wants to show that he's the best, and his accidents just seem to be a bit... more ridiculous than those that the other engines got into.
  • Eric Cartman of South Park.
    • "The F Word" deals with a bunch of attention-grabbing harley-riding bikers so loud and obnoxious that Cartman was the first to call them out.
  • Bill Dauterive in King of the Hill is this when wanting to have someone to interact with.
  • Bianca in Beverly Hills Teens does everything she can to be on top, and have her way. But always loses to Larke.
  • Bart from The Simpsons is very much this.
    • Epitomized in "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy", where his suggestions for (unflattering) names for Lisa's doll made to compete against Malibu Stacy fall on deaf ears, leaving him desperately crying out for attention.
    • It's also emphasized heavily in the non-cannon story in "Treehouse of Horror II":
    Dr. Marvin Monroe: The way I see it, Bart, you crave attention. Am I right?
    Bart: Hell, yes!
    Monroe: The problem is, you don't care whether it's good attention, like getting good grades in school, or bad attention, like, oh say, turning your father into a jack-in-the-box.
  • Allen in Allen Gregory is this in full spades. Everything he does always has to drawn attention to himself and everything has to be about him (he is only 7 years old!) His father, Richard, is even worse; if the attention isn't focused on him, he will make it be on him, regardless who it affects.
  • Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic can slip into becoming a real attention horse at times, up to the point that in the episode "The Mysterious Mare Do Well", she puts people in danger by insisting on shouting her new catchphrase instead of saving them from accidents.
  • Quinn in Daria seems to enjoy being the center of attention a little too much.
  • The Equalist promoter in The Legend of Korra is said to be one, according to the official website.
  • Jake Spidermonkey from My Gym Partner's a Monkey.
    "I NEED ATTENTION TWENTY-FOUR HOURS A DAY!!!!!"
  • Vana in Sidekick likes to be the center of attention and won't accept that some one else is getting more attention than her.
  • Stella is one in Winx Club. While she is a good person at heart, she always wants her friends to say how good she is. At one point she makes fake emergencies calls to her friends so that they can attend her make shift fashion show.
  • Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time is one. She even tries to crash a wedding of two people she barely knows solely to be the center of attention.

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