Mala Proper: Season 2 reunion: "Sold out like beagles", instead of "hotcakes". She herself lampshades it.
Heidi: "What do I know, I'm German"
She later misremembers the idiom as "selling like pancakes," and is visibly nonplussed at the subtle difference.
In season 12 she also asks the final five designers if they can see "the sausage dangling in front of [their] noses" and when Tim points out it's actually a "carrot" she again says she's German and likes sausages better.
The Mentor: She was this for the models in the "Models of the Runway" segment for seasons 6 and 7.
One Drink Will Kill the Baby: She goes out of her way to make it clear that she is not partaking in the champagne the contestants usually enjoy during the parties, since she's often pregnant.
Ascended Extra: Though he's never been what you might consider an extra, in season 12 he sits on the judging panel, giving the judges insight into the process behind a design, and has a "Tim Gunn Save" he can use to save an eliminated designer if he feels the judges have erred in their choice.
Asexual: Though he defines his romantic orientation as "homoromantic", Tim Gunn is a self-identified Asexual. He hasn't been in a relationship since the early 1980s and says he has no interest in being in another one.
City Mouse: During Andy's home-visit, Tim shrieks at the sight of catfish.
Classical Tongue: Season 3 reunion rolled a footage of Tim's refined language in action, which required dictionary quotation at the designer's blank faces. Words included: "Mitigating", "Faux-bois", "Consternation", "Sturm and Drang", "Caucus" and many others.
Sometimes goes into Sophisticated as Hell when interacting in the workroom with some of the designers, immediately laughing.
Cooldown Hug: He's in charge of giving this to the stressed designers.
Dark and Troubled Past: He's doing quite well now, but he attempted suicide when he was a teenager and spent several years at a residential psychiatric treatment center, and at one point feared he might have HIV after his then-partner revealed that he was infected and had been sleeping around behind his back, which led to their breakup.
Papa Wolf: Stated that he feels like the final 5-10 designers are like his kids, and he hates hearing them get torn apart by the judges.
Sharp-Dressed Man: To the point the most "outdoor" he could get was a camouflage-printed suit.
Silver Fox: He was named one of People Magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2006.
Spin-Off: He had a short-lived makeover fashion show called "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style", where he helped women to dress better. Unlike other makeover shows, Tim actually helped the women to feel better about their sizes by dressing accordingly. Also heads the spin off Under The Gunn which involves other designers mentoring each other.
Limited Wardrobe: He always dresses the same: Black jacket, black t-shirt and jeans. Sometimes he varies it wearing white pants.
Mad Libs Catch Phrase: He's fond of describing bad outfits with some variation of "She looks like a [mother of the bride/stripper/nun/waitress/Always Female occupation] on her way to a [funeral/disco/wedding/other event] in [geographic location]."
Nobody over 50 Is Gay: Averted, since Kors was born in 1959 and married his longtime partner in 2011 after New York State legalized gay marriage.
Not So Stoic: In the Season 4 reunion special, a footage is shown where Michael just looses it when one of the models made a pelvic thrust and he couldn't stop laughing at all. Even Nina cracked when watching him.
Put on a Bus: He's no longer in the judges panel starting season 11.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Played with during the Swimsuit Challenge: Austin and Jay go to a magazine stand to see the photo spread of the Austin's winning design; Jay at first congratulates Austin... only for the cameras to cut to him beating up Austin in the street (jokingly, of course).
The Ace: Managed to win 4 challenges in total and 2 in a row.
Fashion-Victim Villain: Invoked even by the other designers. She didn't know how to put together an outfit, style her hair or apply her own makeup. Her appearance improved slightly in the third episode (after Kara Saun gave her a makeover) and during Fashion Week (by which time she'd finally dyed her hair the proper shade).
Jay comments that ironically, for the final challenge before the finale (in which incidentally Wendy won), all he could think in that moment was that the least Wendy could have done was wear lipstick.
Green-Eyed Monster: Invoked for the second challenge, which was coincidentally "envy themed". She repeatedly mentioned that Robert and Alexandra could win people over because they were more charming and better-looking, and that Nora and Austin were still young and had all the time ahead for their careers (while her clock was ticking).
Irony: She is the person that directly eliminated Morgan so that she might be on good graces with the other designers. After this episode, it's now apparent that she became anger target No.1 from the other designers due to her own actions.
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She invited her adorable young daughter into the work room for a visit during Fashion Week... but only as a tactic to emotionally manipulate her fellow competitors and put them off guard.
Jerkass Has a Point: She is the first to call out Kara Saun for the "Shoe-Gate", because it gave her an unfair advantage over Wendy and Jay, who had to shop for cheap shoes while Kara Saun had custom-made shoes practically for free.
Smug Snake: She was perfectly fine with throwing team leaders under the bus for the team challenges, first by accusing Austin of being a bad leader, then pointing out all the group flaws in front of the judges (instead of voicing them during in the workroom), making Kevin look responsible for the mistakes.
Dude Looks Like a Lady: When Jay's model couldn't make it, Austin filled for her... And he looked fabulous (and it's worth mentioning that Jay's outfit was the most butch he has ever looked).
Irony: The Wedding challenge was one of his worst entry in his series. After the show, Austin was hired by Amsalenote If you don't know, it's a wedding gown design studio as Head Designer for Kenneth Pool Bridal.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Played with when Austin and Jay went to the mart and know who was the Winner of the Swimsuit challenge. Jay at first reacted fine... only for the cameras to cut to Jay beating up Austin in the street (jokingly, of course).
Brainless Beauty: How the others jokingly describe him. At one point, Jay described him as "Horny Monkey-dog".
Nice Guy: He was the only one the remaining designers who didn't voice any attack towards Wendy and got along with everyone.
Just Friends: With Alexandra, according to her confession cam.
Mr. Fanservice: We get A LOT of shots of Rob in underwear. And also one take of his naked butt.
Plucky Comic Relief: For the last challenge, he is brought back as "technical support". All the four remaining knew it was the same as "no-help at all", since Rob's sewing skills were average, and he was only there to fill space, goof around and drink their beer supply.
Tagalong Kid: Kara Saun and Jay said he was this because of his lack of skills, so he only served as a tag-along.
For the Wedding Challenge, instead of making her own ideas and adapting them to some of Melissa's ideas, she just went along with her "Disney Princess gown" idea and kept badmouthing her in the workroom and the confessional.
Hypocrite: During the wedding challenge, her job was to treat Melissa as her client, and she requested a rose-covered gown. In the confessionals, Nora said a lot how Melissa didn't know a thing, how tacky the dress was and how the models "think they're designers". With Melissa in front of her, she just went along with everything and did a very generic white-princess gown for her, instead of proposing new ideas. This, of course, got her auf'd.
Also is ironic to note that this happened right after the episode where Nora was trying to impose her POV on her team, only to be completely condescending for this episode.
Improbable Age: She was the youngest of the cast (21) and fresh out of college.
The Scapegoat: Was accused by Jay for vandalizing Wendy's photo (that shows Wendy's child).
Too Dumb to Live: He let his model, Morgan, go to a party with his swimsuit on, even when the other designers were saying that was a stupid idea. Result: Morgan arrived with the garment ripped. He's lucky the judges auf'd Alexandra instead of him.
Critical Research Failure: In the interview (see Jerkass), Vanessa mentioned that she believed that Heidi wanted Project Runway to make it all about her. A little research would've revealed that Heidi had hosted Victoria's Secret shows in the past, had done TV work previously (and avoided the Spotlight-Stealing Squad) and also runs Germany's Next Top Model (which came after Project Runway).
Too Dumb to Live: When all the designers were asked who should go home, Vanessa had a verbal diarrhea and chose herself, saying she was the worst sewer of the group. She promptly regretted saying that to the judges.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a very good tailor, but tends to bounce and dance around his dressform and talk about happiness and bliss.
In a minor level, Julia requested from Austin a very crazy bride gown that landed him in the Bottom 3.
Cuteand Psycho: Morgan was jokingly referred by the others to be this, since despite having a killer walk, was very unpredictable and crazy.
Drama Queen: Morgan, she was the one who actually started the first drama in the entire series (by being late on the first runway show).
Olga in the wedding dress challenge.
Foreshadowing: In the first episode, Morgan arrived late because her former model agency has dropped her, despite showing a great walk after that. As the season went on, they might have made a good choice.
Genki Girl: Martinique. She jumped every time she got chosen.
Morgan in general. Most notable example was when she ripped Kevin's garment after insisting she could go with it on, with only an "Oops" about it. When Kevin confronted her, Morgan had the ovaries to get attitudinal about it.
Olga. According to the designers she was nasty, vain and difficult to work with.
Meaningful Name: According to Melissa, her middle name is "Rose", so she had to have a bride gown with roses in it, which truncated Nora for the challenge.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Morgan for the first half, who arguably get the same amount of screen time as the designers. Basically, she's practically the first respond for a fan when talking about models in Project Runway.
Disappointed In You: His finale collection disappointed everyone and the judges, who expected better from him. It's so bad that the term "Vosovic'd"note The designer who had a strong run in the season created a disappointing finale collection derived from him.
Jerkass Has a Point: Althought Santino never voiced all his opinions to their faces, but to the Confession Cam, he was right about Nick's garment for Daniel looked like a girl's jacket, and that Daniel was going to be in trouble if he didn't realize his collection wasn't right.
The Cast Showoff: He was constantly singing (usually tunes of his own making), and his impersonations of Tim Gunn and the judges are legendary among the show's fans.
Years later his teaching skills get to test for the spinoff "Under the Gunn".
Heroic BSOD: Has this when Zulema switched models with him. Nick got it hard, since he adored Tara, so he spent most of the episode sad and considering to quit the competition. He got over it in the last half of the episode.
Nice Guy: In contrast to Zulema, Nick was very gentle to his models. While he initially was upset by the model switch (venting all his anger about how Rachael's walk sucked), he eventually came to terms with the situation and started to treat Rachael better. Both Rachael and Tara had stated that Nick was the sweetest designer to work with.
Real Men Wear Pink: He won a Barbie challenge and the outfit made for him by Chloe for the makeover challenge had a pink-back vest and pink shirt, and he looked awesome in it.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Santino. Even thought he didn't want to either work in a team with Santino or take any of his annoying jokes, Nick declared in the reunion that part of him wants Santino to win in the Finale. Outside of Santino's Jerkass moments, he and Nick are seen having fun, being good roomates and singing along in the workroom.
When teamed up with Kara, she told her to "Cut the cry or Cry and cut", which is also one Crowning Moment Of Awesome from her. Even Kara herself agreed Zulema was right.
Although all the other designers were in shock for the model switch, Zulema was still right when she said her model didn't have a good walk and Nick should try to win to take Tara back instead of whine.
Establishing Character Moment: When they moved to the apartments, Zulema immediately claimed the closet for herself, explaining in the confessionals how territorial she was, being the oldest of seven children. She only conceded to Marla one hanger.
Straight Gay: Even without the editing, you wouldn't suspect that she has a wife.
Cool Old Lady: Subverted. While many of the designers liked her and she was overall a nice lady, everybody thought her below technical and design skills were going to get her out anytime soon.
Extreme Doormat: She quickly was intimidated by Zulema taking over the closet and conformed with having just one hanger out of it.
Sincerest Form of Flattery: For the Nicky Hilton challenge, she started to rip off one of Nicky's dresses fom the catalogue, since she "didn't trust her own creative voice". After Tim pointed out she was being a copycat, she made slight changes to the dress, but it was still blatantly obvious the dress was a copy. What makes it worse is that she insisted all the time that it was her dress. Marla was lucky Guadalupe made a dress so horrible that it gained the elimination instead.
Team Mom: Averted. While her attitude was gentle and she kept mentioning she had to rise her son while running her boutique, the others had to teach her in the workroom how to put her garment together, since Marla was a self-taught dressmaker and the others had professional training.
In her first episode, she mentioned her haircut was inspired in Bruce Lee, so she could beat the competition.
For the lingerie challenge, her sketches for Heidi were... Comicbook inspired underwear with Written Sound Effect bubbles.
Impossibly Tacky Clothes: All her designs. To the point she was eliminated instead of Marla (who ripped off her dress from one of the references, a big No for a self-respected designer in a design competition).
She was seen picking on Kara's Hot-Blooded attitude while she herself was being incoherent.
In the Nicky Hilton Challenge, she immediately mentioned to Nicky how Marla ripped off one of her dresses. Not that she needed that to be pointed out, as it was blatantly obvious, but not cool, Lupe...
Ineffectual Loner: In the first episode, Emmet aimed immediately for the room with the single bed, and was ok with having the apartment all for himself after his two roomates were eliminated. Also he isn't seen hanging out with Santino, Nick, Daniel and Andrae after work hours, as he preferred to be far from the noise. At one point Andrae stated he thought of Emmet as a selfish person, which he later took back at the reunion.
Only Sane Man: Compared to Santino and the other male contestants, he was really the highlight of this trope in his season.
The Pollyanna: Even when she got eliminated in the first episode, she kept saying "I'm fine. Have a nice day!"
Hello, Attorney!: She is a lawyer and a swimsuit designer, and also modelled her own pieces.
Honor Before Reason: She refused to integrate her scarf to the garment because it was a family heirloom. When she was eliminated because of this, she said she didn't regret it, as she considered her family ties to be more important than the competition.
Obvious Pregnancy: Played with. After several months, the designers get together for the Reunion episode, and everyone get surprised when they see Kirsten is pregnant.
Daniel Franco: (joking while pointing at Kirsten) What's that?!
Raymundo: You tell me. You're heterosexual.
Too Dumb to Live: She had a scarf that she had to incorporate in her design, but she didn't because it was a family heirloom. At the runway, Nina and Heidi pointed out she didn't have to destroy it at all.
Yes, because they were in the competition as well.
Funny Afro: Danyelle (Andrae's model), also noting she was a DJ besides her modelling job. To the point Andrae verbally confronted the judges about not wanting to cover her afro with a blond wig for the Barbie challenge.
Genki Girl: Tara, seeing from her interactions with Nick.
Big Fun: He was always funny in the workroom and full of quirky jokes.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Invoked for the Prom dress challenge, where Chris wondered why his client chose him, in spite that his portfolio was full of crazy costumes and no gowns. He turned up doing a beautiful prom dress and, much later after the show, a Red Carpet dress for Meryl Streep.
"I... was given Kerry. I said "What you like?". And she said "I don't like print, I don't like color, I would never wear a dress, I would never wear a skirt, I don't like to show my arms and I wear black everyday and a pair of jeans". So I got very scared and I was like "Okay... Because she doesn't like ANYTHING!!"."
"I am not a miracle-worker, lady. I can't make you have an ass."
Bromance: Played for laughs at the reunion special, the footage was edited portraying Kevin and Jack as this.
Camp Straight: Played with and joked around, he even had a whole segment of this in the Reunion Episode, including phone conversations with his girlfriend, judges critiques (they once described one of his color palettes as "fruity") and all his interactions with Jack, crowned with shirtless shots of both of them in the apartment.
Tim crowned with "Being in Project Runway didn't turn you gay, nothing will".
Hypocrite: He took Leah (then Elisa's model) and said he didn't care what others may think because it was a competition. When Jack chose to swap and get Leah from Ricky, Ricky then started to say "Everybody is starting to show their true colors" in a reproach tone at the confession cam.
Men Don't Cry: Subverted. He cries in every episode except, ironically, for the one in which he is eliminated.
The Ace: Started out as one of the judges favorites.
Broken Ace: Mid-way throught the competition, the judges started to get bored of his draping technique.
Covert Pervert: In his audition tape, he's checking his drafts of a male model and says "I wish I asked his number", and for the menswear challenge, he was gushing hard on his male model.
Control Freak: She clearly took control during the team challenge and headbutted often with Ricky, who was made the actual team leader. She only rejected the leader position because she didn't want to take any blame.
Not So Stoic: When Jack left the show, it looked like she was pissed while everyone was tearfully saying goodby to him. In reality she was pissed off at the production for not suspending the competition to give Jack a time for recovery.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Suede claimed that his grandfather appeared on his dreams and told him to make a lettuce garden... which Suede thought it meant to put literal lettuces on Hedda Letuce'snote his client for the Drag Queen challengedress.
Bumbling Dad: Dresses as a punk-rock cloudcuckoolander, is a wacky fashion designer for a living and has a sitcom-like family. They also have a Elastic Bed in their backyard, and both father and son were in glee dragging Tim to it.
Drama Queen: Downplayed. She complained about Alexis not choosing her for the second challenge (and spent most of the workroom time sending indirects to Anthony about it), and also complained about the others not congratulating her for getting Top 2. She didn't do a drama out of those, but she did annoyed most of the others by going on and on.
Fag Hag: Inverted. As far as shown, the other gay competitors didn't want to be with her.
Adorkable: Whenever he squeed like a big girl. He even did a flip on the farm.
Bigot vs. Bigot: Mila and Jay, to the point Tom and Lorenzo entitled a post "Pissy vs. Prissy. You get to choose who is who".
He and Cerri in the reunion show.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He was a fan favorite, but in the reunion special, after Cerri (one of the models) expressed her dislike of his designs in a confessional cam, he insulted Cerri by saying she had bad teeth and thick legs. Everyone there called him out, and he still grinned about it.
Stealth Insult: During the "Apology Reunion", Anthony apologised to Mila while clasifying her as an "Old Classy Lady". Also added that althought they weren't in bad terms, he still wasn't friends with her enough to give her a kidney.
Fragile Flower: Cries in the first minute of the first episode of the season.
Brutal Honesty: He had to be blunt with Ping about her design not working for the challenge and also calling her out for not accepting his suggestions. The viewers still Misblamed him for the elimination.
Brandise. She said aloud she hoped Jay was eliminated instead of Jonathan, right next to Brittany (Jay's model). Saying they weren't fond of each other is an Understatement.
Alexis also always brought up eliminations and mentioned in glee everytime there will be less and less models in the competition, to the chagrin of the other girls. They theorized maybe she was putting a Jerkass Façade because she didn't want to get emotionally attached to anyone.
The Jinx: Brittany got to think she was this because Jesus landed in the Bottom 3 three times and Jeanine was eliminated. This got better once she started working with Jay.
Non-Gameplay Elimination: Valeria. She was ready to reject the sidejob, even when it offered her a big opportunity and double pay, but Seth Aaron encouraged her to take it.
Perpetual Frowner: Sophia. One of the reasons the designers didn't want her (the other reason being that she was alergic to hairspray, so they couldn't do her much styling choices), making her the third eliminated model.
Tranquil Fury: During the last challenges, Brandise and Cerri were openly stating they wanted Jay auf'd right next to Brittany. Brittany, instead of arguing with them, just stayed quiet, while Lorena could tell she really was pissed by their comments.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Alexis kept saying she was "playing the game", by applying the same approach as Wendy Pepper in Season 1. Needless to say that all her "mind games" (which, by the way, only consisted on annoying the other girls about who will get out of the house next) didn't have anything to do with the actual process, since the designers were the ones who chose who stayed anyway.
Broken Bird: By the time of the show, Gretchen was through a bad break-up with her ex-boyfriend and was nearly broke, to the point Tim's visit was on the day she was about to get evicted from her house.
Control Freak: Right when a Team Challenge was announced, the other team already knew Gretchen was going to take over, even when there weren't going to be leaders at all.
In Confession Cams, she said her work was so good that the others would have to up their game just to catch up to hers.
When Mondo revealed his backstory in the print challenge, Gretchen said "she was glad being present to form part of this revelation".
Jerk Ass: She was always making everything about herself, and in the Team Challenge she contradicted herself in the same episode by putting the blame on Michael Costello and invoking a Never My Fault, right after she said all the pieces were her babies and a team collaboration that got under her editing.
My God, What Have I Done?: During the Reunion Show, she looked back at her behavior during the course of the season, and was flabbergasted at the way she treated everyone. Although we don't know if she was just playing it up to gain a sympathy card.
Character Development: He started very reserved and barely interacted with the others after work hours. As the episodes progressed, not only became close friends with Michael Costello, he also started to open more and finally revealed his HIV status to the judges and the audience.
Nice Guy: Even thought he wasn't friends with Michael Costello at all, he still didn't say anything negative about him on camera while the other designers were openly badmouthing him.
All of the Other Reindeer: The other designers questioned frequently why he kept winning despite his designs looking unfinished (even though the judges clearly liked his garments), to the point Michael felt rejected during most of the competition.
Beta Bitch: If Gretchen was sort of the "Alpha Bitch", Ivy was always backing her up, and even being more active at bitching against Michael Costello.
Break the Haughty: She started boasting about her skills and taste nd that Project Runway would be "The Ivy Show". She placed in the bottom most of the time.
Conflict Ball: She accused Michael Costello of: 1. Telling the customers to not vote for her and 2. Of cheating for the Jackie Kennedy challenge several weeks after that. All that went nowhere, since there was no footage about this (if it was true, then it was a wasted drama material for the producers).
Manipulative Bitch: Although it wasn't intentional on her part, she got a lot of help in the workroom (Laura helped her sewing, Anthony gave her money after she lost hers, etc), and she didn't have to do anything in return. She even denied help to Josh after all this.
Nice Girl: Despite accusations of being a Creator's Pet both in an out of show, she never seemed to be anything but an honestly nice person. invoked
Obfuscating Stupidity: She constantly reminded everyone she just learned to sew four months prior the show. Especially since she had already launched two clothing lines before applying for Project Runway, and almost never mentioned that she does have design degrees from a top school in Trinidad as well as from Parson's (although not in the field of actual garment construction, which means her claims of sewing inexperience are technically true). Even more so now that she won the season, and she admitted that even she was surprised that she made it all the way to the end.
Old Shame: The news about an old sex tape were brought back to light when the announcement of her casting for the show was made.
Ungrateful Bastard / Hypocrite: Josh pointed out Anya got A LOT of help throught the competition (Laura helped her finishing her jumpsuit and Anthony Ryan lend her money after she lost her own at MOOD), and then she didn't want to lend Josh some extra fabric.
Jerkass Has a Point: Josh pointed out Anya got A LOT of help throught the competition (Laura helped her finishing her jumpsuit and Anthony Ryan lend her money after she lost her own at MOOD), and then she didn't want to lend Josh some extra fabric.
Mr. Fanservice / Female Gaze: Say whatever about his personality, but he provided the obligatory shirtless morning shots this season.
Innocent Bigot: Had a bad reputation due to his comments about how his designs should only be worn by thin models and freaking out about making clothes for women with big boobs and big men. He, clearly, didn't seem to realize what was wrong with anything he was saying on camera.
Intergenerational Friendship: He seemed to get along very well with Bert. When Bert didn't notice Olivier was right next to him, Bert predicted he would be in the Top 3.
Ill Boy: Prior to the competition, he had (and survived) testicular cancer.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Anthony Ryan reportedly put back some of his own fabric at Mood in order to spare Anya $11 when she lost her money. She won the challenge and had her garment sold online; he was eliminated.
Extreme Doormat: To the point she let Josh boss her around and had to redo a skirt three times just to please him.
Hide Your Lesbians: Averted, unlike Zulema from Season 2, who the producers edited out all the scenes where Zulema talked about her wife. Alicia openly gave a tour to her house in her demo reel and presented her girlfriend to the viewers.
Only Sane Woman: In episode 8, trapped between Dmitry and Elena, who despise each other and take every opportunity to snipe. Alicia pays for the drama.
Tomboy: Even her entire style is based in jumpers for tomboy girls.
Nice Hat: In the tour of his apartment we see his collection of hats, and he says he wears hats almost every day.
Real Men Wear Pink: Wears what are essentially dresses several times, leading to Michael Kors joking during the real women challenge that it took a boy in a dress to get his female client to wear a dress, and at one point wears a crown of pink flowers.
He's also the only one who had any idea of how to deal with the babies in episode 11, and says that when he first came to New York did a lot of babysitting.
Nice Guy: At least that was his image during the Season 9 selection. He was one of the four first to go home before the first challenge, and accepted the desition very gracefully. This contrast led the viewers to see him like he...
Took a Level in Jerkass: Right at the very first episode of Season 10, he started to act more bitchy. Some people suggest that he was playing it for the camera.
Fantastic Time Management: heavily averted during the second challenge. She begins her (heavily ambitious) project, but ditches it partway through which leads to....
Too Dumb to Live: It's by now well known that any designers who go for cloth-like fabrics in the unconventional materials challenge get reamed by the judges, so what does she do? Make a dress that's almost entirely made out of fabric with a few pieces of candy thrown on for posterity. The judges were not amused and she was unsurprisingly auf'd.
To be fair, while a few other contestants used clothlike materials (Buffi, Dimitri, Andrea), those contestants made a heck of a lot more effort than she did and were saved by their innovation and efforts to actually make something wearable and (in most cases) fashionable from candy. (Buffi made the top, Dimitri made the hand-beaded skirt and Andrea had a candy dot apron)
Only Sane Man: When forced to work with Christopher and Gunnar, who despise each other. Recappers Tom & Lorenzo theorized that she took them aside and read them their rights, which kept the drama from boiling over.
Blue also seemed to come up quite a bit for her in the competition (among her garments, she made a blue baby outfit and used blue lollies for her candy dress)
The Ace: Pulls off the nigh-impossible feat of winning two challenges in a row.
Broken Ace: ... only to very nearly get eliminated in episode 6, and even closer in episode 9, with him finally being eliminated for real in Episode 10.
Author Appeal: By his own admission, really likes the color red, as the tour of his apartment shows.
Digging Yourself Deeper: When he works with a plus size client in episode 6, he completely fails to grasp that he shouldn't be saying things that remind her of her size, like mentioning that he doesn't have a belt in the right size.
Jerkass: In episode 6, Ven constantly complained about his client's figure. The other designers were horrified.
Never My Fault: Even after the show, Ven still tweeted how the show set him up with that client, showing he didn't learn anything.
No Social Skills / Lack of Empathy: See above, since he honestly doesn't seem to get why his behavior is a problem. In fact, his complete failure to communicate with his client very nearly gets him eliminated.
Signature Style: The judges remark that it's very easy to spot his pieces, and he winds up using the same technique so often that Heidi explicitly warns him that if he uses it again he'll probably get eliminated.
It should be noted that many of his pieces were sleeveless and/or strapless, and contains rose patterns in some way.
Messy Hair: During Tim's home visit he's sporting curly hair that would make Tim Burton jealous. Usually it's straightened and slicked down.
Twofer Token Minority: He refers to himself as being both Latino and gay and how this affected him growing up. However given the makeup of the show and his season's cast in particular he's far from being in the minority.
Break the Haughty: Starts off the first episode telling the other designers to watch out, she'll be the winner, etc., only for things to go south very quickly once the competition actually starts. And to cap it off she's the first one out.
Improbable Age: She's one of the youngest designers at 24. Only Kate, who's 23, is younger.
Manipulative Bitch: By her own words, thoguht she never gets to do this in the competition.
Mistress and Servant Boy: The other designers comment that she and Tu come off this way, and she even flat out admits that one reason she likes to work with him is because he listens to what he says and doesn't really fight with her about what to do. This unfortunately leads to them both getting eliminated.
Apologizes a Lot: And this ultimately gets him eliminated, since while Michelle was also in the bottom she still stuck by her look.
Michelle Lesniak Franklin
The Jinx: At one point she wonders if she kicked a rabbit when she was a kid based on how often the team she's on ends up in the bottom. Including an instance where the team that had won two challenges in a row lost after she was transferred to them. Eventually broken when she wins the Duck Tape challenge along with Amanda, and then later wins not only Lord & Taylor challenge but the entire season.
Perky Goth: While not a completely straight example, since she wears colors other than black and her personal style could be described as "rocker chick" she otherwise fits.
Plucky Girl: Something the judges admire about her, since she stands by her looks even when the judges criticize them. This attitude also inspired her final collection, which cast the women as "hunters" and "lone wolves" going in for "that last kill."
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever she winds up on the same team as Patricia, which happens distressingly often. Patricia for her part seems oblivious to Michelle's feelings about her.
Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Several things she wears has this aesthetic, and she proudly identifies as a Native American. She also think she's the first Native American contestant on the show, but Santino Rice from Season 2 also had Native ancestry.
The Load: He winds up playing this to Patricia on a team challenge, and lands them in the bottom two. While he goes home that week the next week he winds up on a team with her again as her "randomly selected" sewing assistant, and she more or less has a Heroic BSOD, but manages to pull through. And then happens a third time when he's Stanley's sewing assistant.
Only Sane Man: When stuck on a team with Richard an Layana, who despise each other. She mostly just keeps to herself and tries to keep things from imploding. She pays for it and gets auf'd.
Jerkass: Zig-zagged during the Marie Claire challenge. On the one hand, he pushes Tu very hard to the point that the other designers seem appalled, but he seems sincere when he credits Tu for helping him while being judged.
Lookalike Lovers: Though his partner is white they otherwise look very similar, including similar tastes in eyewear.
Ridiculous Procrastinator: Everyone up to and including Tim Gunn were horrified when they realized that he came to the final runway with tons of work left to do. He was sewing models into their dresses literally seconds before they were sent out on the runway.
The Stoic: Usually, though he loses it a bit when working with Patricia for the Lord & Taylor challenge.
Straight Gay: To the point that some viewers were genuinely surprised when he introduced his male partner of 20 years to Tim during his home visit. There was also his reaction to the male dancers.
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Camp Gay: Though his orientation is not made clear in the actual show.
Mistress and Servant Boy: The other designers comment he and Kate come off this way, and she even flat out admits that one reason she likes to work with him is because he listens to what he says and takes a mostly passive role. This unfortunately leads to them both getting eliminated.
Wacky Marriage Proposal: He proposed on camera in the 4th episode after winning the challenge, and he would have to wait for the answer until the episode airs. Bradon still told this to his fiance via skype the following day.
Boring, but Practical: Her designs consistently get her either safe or in the top, but she tends to fade into the background next to some of the louder personalities around her.
Defeating the Undefeatable: Against Alexandria in the finale, who while is not the best designer on this season, Alexandria made a finale collection that was considered the most on trend in Spring 2014.
Odd Friendship / Not So Different: Despite vocally being displeased when she sees that Kate has returned for the competition they actually grow to like each other when put on the same team for a challenge, surprising both of them.
Lifelines: He's the recipient of the "Tim Gunn Save" after Tim decides that his elimination was too soon.
Manly Tears: He shed these when he was eliminated and again during the challenge in which he managed to retool his own dress.
Nice Guy: One of the few designers that all of the others truly like, even Ken.
Nice Hat: Almost always seem wearing a flat cap, even at home, possibly because of both his hearing aid and because he's balding.
Retool: During one of the challenges later on in the season, he was given the opportunity to retool a losing garment from earlier on in the season. He chose his own dress that originally would have got him eliminated had it not been for the Tim Gun Rescue.
Straight Gay: In addition to being deaf he's also gay, though you probably wouldn't be able to tell until he says something about it.
Took a Level in Badass: After the "Tim Gunn Save" he started doing better in challenges. He also seemed to reflect better on his designs (see Retool) and was able to determine where he had gone wrong.
Out of Focus: Seemed to mainly reside in the background apart from the occasional team challenge.
Ascended Fanboy: Declares that he's been "secretly competing" on the show for the past 11 seasons because he's been following it and incorporating the judges' critiques into his own designs.
Bowties Are Cool: He thinks so, to the point of having one tattooed on his chest.
Break the Haughty: Goes into the Belk challenge confident he'll win since he's one of the few contestants from the South, but he gets reamed by the judges for missing the point of the challenge and ends up in the bottom three.
Fan Nickname: Tom and Lorenzo quickly dubbed him Coco Montrese after a contestant on that show who was known for stirring drama.
Funny Background Event: When Bradon's look is being praised during the Belk challenge he can be seen doing a hilariously bitchy "Oh my God" eye roll.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Essentially called out as such by Tim Gunn when he explodes at Bradon and Alexander as they're moving into the same room. The producers actually moved Ken to his own room because they feared what might happen if he was forced to live with the others, especially after what happened with Sandro.
Pet the Dog: Is surprisingly courteous to his fan during the Real Women challenge, a challenge traditionally known to cause trouble for the more drama-prone designers. He still wound up getting eliminated though.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Stands up for Helen during her critique in the second episode by telling the judges she tried her hardest.
Jerkass Has a Point: When declared he was safe, Sandro interrupts the judges and asks for critique for his design, upset that he still is not giving them what they want to see from him. Despite the judges and other contestants berating him for being rude and that he should be 'thankful' to be safe, the designers are constantly told being safe is not a good thing, and Sandro's request for constructive feedback seems perfectly fair (Zac Posen just angrily insults Sandro's design, instead).
Malaproper: Isn't always sure he's using the right idiom, and at one point asks if anyone has a pin because "I need to sew my hookers."note He probably meant hooks
No Indoor Voice: To the point that Justin actually takes off his hearing aid when he's arguing with Ken.
Non-Gameplay Elimination: Although he got in the middle, he still questioned the judges, got into a screaming argument with Helen and Ken and left the building. The producers eventually tracked him down the next day and brought him back just long enough to apologize for his behavior before he formally left the competition.
The Ditz: Did not have a lot of experience with a sewing machine.
Animal Motifs: Unicorns, as he proudly declares in his home visit.
Bigot vs. Bigot: From day one Miranda didn't like Timothy, also from Milwaukee like him, so by the 3rd challenge they end up in the same team. Drama-ensues.
Camp Gay: To the point he was standing next to his model wearing sparkly high heels while she was barefoot. Something the judges were not amused by.
Cloudcuckoolander: His entire concept for his first look, which involves not having his model wear any makeup to her visible irritation, not use any electricity in the production of the garment or to prep her hair, and to have her mime being bound as she goes down the runway (which she refuses to actually do on the runway minus a small motion at the end of the catwalk).
Granola Boy: Defines himself as a sustainable designer.
It then went to irritating levels when he refused to use makeup, electricity and burned synthetic material, which makes it far than sustainable.
Hypocrite: The judges tear him into regarding the above, since burning material like parachute fabric releases chemicals into the air and is not exactly eco friendly. Not to mention wearing (women's) shoes while his model isn't.
Jerkass: He kept badmouthing Sandhya, and accused her of giving him the most horrible suit on purpose, even when Sandhya herself tried to make everyone understand she tried to match the choices with their styles.
Laser-Guided Karma: He gets eliminated in the episode where he bitched at Sandhya the most.
Never My Fault: He took control over the entire team in the second episode and then blamed Sandhya when the team lost and then spent the entire fourth episode blaming Sandhya for giving him a bad suit when several other designers also didn't like their suits but still managed to produce good looks.
All of the Other Reindeer: Most of the designers in the competiton dislike her because they don't understand how she won two challenges.
Good Is Not Dumb: When Hernan said to her a "Thank you Sandhya again, bitch", Sandhya flipped the bird at him and warned him to never talk to her like that again.
I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Inverted, she genuinely wanted to form friendships, but due to her events in her first two episodes, she's not popular with the other designers.
Nice Girl: She tries to get along with everyone. For the 4th challenge, she tried to give everyone suits according to their styles, even when some of them kept saying she gave them "the ugliest" on purpose.
My Greatest Second Chance: Originally placing 7th, he wins the entire season this time around. Going into fashion week he even expressed nervousness at the fact that he was the only finalist who wasn't in the top 3 in his original season.
My Greatest ''Third'' Chance: Subverted. She placed in the bottom for the All-Stars episode, and got into the Final 3 for this season. Her rank dropped a notch compared to the original Season 3 and placed second runner up.
Joshua McKinley (season 9)
Hero-Worshipper: From all people, Josh was the one who squeed the most when he found out Wendy was in the show.
Josh: (making a toast) From one bitch to another!
Hidden Depths: Like the original season, Josh connected well with his client, being this was also his only win throughout the season.
My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted as he's the fourth to last to be eliminated, failing to reach the finale this time around.
Pet the Dog: Is very friendly with his season-mate Anthony Ryan. He also tries to tell Laura Kathleen not to let the others get to her when she expresses frustration at being seen as an outsider.
Rich Bitch: Even more pronounced than it was in her season. And the other designers resent her not because she comes from such a privileged background while most of them are struggling to get by, but because she can't seem to resist bringing it up in conversation.
Team Mom: She got especially close with Suede. The others still saw her as "The Old Villain"
Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to her first appearance she's mellowed out considerably, and admits she has quite a reputation from her first time on the show. She also now aware that this is a talent show.