To get our fifteen minutes of fame
We have no integrity, we're ready to crawl
To attain celebrity, we'll do anything at all
- Anime and Manga
- Comic Books
- Animated Films
- Live-Action Films
- Live-Action TV
- Video Games
- Web Comics
- Web Original
- Western Animation
- Subject of a song by That Handsome Devil, "Powderbomb";
Guilt don't stop you anymore; Attention whore, attention whore
- Deconstructed in "Save Me", by Poets Of The Fall: the singer is developing self-destructive tendencies in his quest for attention. Lampshaded in the chorus:
I'm my own worst enemy
Running headlong to the wall
'Cause I want my freebie.
- The subject of "Lifeguard Sleeping, Girl Drowning" by Morrissey, in which the title girl, in need of attention, feigns drowning to gain the attention of a lifeguard, but ultimately gets pulled out in the tide and drowns.
- Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" is an example and a meta-example.
You probably think this song is about you...
- The subject of "Tommy Gun" by The Clash, which mocks terrorists who get a kick reading about their exploits in the news.
- Billy Joel's "Big Shot" is a sneering Reason You Suck Speech directed at an Attention Whore.
- "Here Comes Bob" by Sparks, which details a man so desperate to have friends, he crashes his car into others. And Buses. And mobile homes. And passenger trains.
- In the subculture and genre of Visual Kei, attention whoring is used as an artist promotion tactic. It was more common with early artists and artists from that era, as, in The Eighties and early in The Nineties, artists had to promote themselves rather than work via established labels, establishment PR agencies, and the like — and it became common in the era to do stuff like appear in public fully costumed, stage a public unlicensed live solely for the purpose of attracting media attention and controversy, start a Bar Brawl with another band or trash a hotel or venue, get on the news, real life spam your band's stickers and name everywhere you could, claim to be a supernatural creature, do something offensive in public, etcetera. It's become less common as of The Turn Of The Millennium and The New Tens, as then, visual kei artists (especially established acts) don't have to self-promote as much, can be promoted by established agencies if they can afford it, and the like, and that such behavior is far more often shunned even by fans than it used to be.
- In Les Guignols de l'info, the puppet caricaturing Nicolas Sarkozy is very much an Attention Whore. Whenever he tries to tone it down, because it's making him unpopular, it causes him considerable amount of stress.
- Destroy The Godmodder: The godmodder. The players threw a flash mob party that was meant to be an attack on the godmodder. The godmodder was not aware and thought they were ignoring him and trashed it the round it started.
- Cyrano de Bergerac: Ragueneau is one at Act II Scene IV, Ragueneau's friends, the poets, don't make much of an attempt to conceal that they are there not to hear Ragueneau's poetry, but to eat his pastries. But he is too charmed by the attention they give to him to care:
Lise: (entering, to Ragueneau) Here they come, your mud-bespattered friends!
First Poet: (entering, to Ragueneau) Brother in art!...
Second Poet: (to Ragueneau, shaking his hands) Dear brother!
Third Poet: High soaring eagle among pastry-cooks!
(he sniffs) Marry! it smells good here in your eyrie!
Fourth Poet: 'Tis at Phoebus' own rays that thy roasts turn!
Fifth Poet: Apollo among master-cooksó
Ragueneau: (whom they surround and embrace) Ah! how quick a man feels at his ease with them!...
- Chicago: Roxie Hart, so much. From her eponymous song:
Roxie: I love the Audience!
Chorus: And we love her!
Roxie: And I love the audience for loving me!
Chorus: And we love her for loving us!
Roxie: And we love each other. Because none of us got enough loving in our childhoods.
- In Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonya Masha and Spike," Masha's much younger boyfriend, "craves attention as all actors do." He leaps all over the furniture and strips down to his underwear for no reason. He even does a reverse strip tease and puts on his clothes on in an incredibly sexual way.
- Violet Beauregarde in the 2013 West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a Shameless Self-Promoter starlet encouraged and managed by her Slimeball dad. All they want is fame and fortune, and by hyping up her ability to chew a piece of gum for a long time she's become a Cash Cow Franchise. When she makes the mistake of trying Willy Wonka's flawed experimental gum, she becomes the center of attention in a way she doesn't want...