aka: Attention Whoring
We're shameless, we will do anythingWhatever the cost, these characters have to be the center of attention. They don't even care about embarrassing themselves. That would just get them more attention... negative or positive, as long as all eyes are on them. But isn't this page what they want? Maybe, but the only thing we can be certain of is that these people are only out for themselves. They don't really care about any side, and if you think they do, you are actually giving them what they want. May be deconstructed if their attention whore behavior is the result of Parental Neglect and they seek attention from other people to compensate. Usually an attribute of the Alpha Bitch. A few Upper Class Twits do this. Often goes hand-in-hand with a Small Name, Big Ego. Children who are this are the Bratty Half-Pint. A Troll thrives as long as this trope is in effect. A pathological form of this in Real Life is Histrionic Personality Disorder. It's also a trait of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. The key difference being how they react to personal criticism; a Histrionic will spin it in their favor, while a narcissist will become extremely offended. Acquired Situational Narcissism is a more benign form — where the situation the person is in is driving the behavior, and which usually ends when the situation does. Of course, not all Attention Whore behavior is pathological — some of it is intentional and used for PR or promotional purposes. The pathological forms are also generally more extreme and more personal — for example, an Attention Whore who is relatively harmless toward other people or themselves in their attempts to get attention or celebrity (e.g. a noticeably gaudy fashion style, giving everyone business cards possibly for some made up business) is probably not suffering from a personality disorder, but is simply a bit of a Shameless Self-Promoter. A Sister Trope to Cam Whore, Drama Queen, Shameless Self-Promoter. Contrast Shrinking Violet. While this is clearly Truth in Television (and a Trope that's almost synonymous with "celebrity") No Real Life Examples, Please!, as it's an edit war waiting to happen.
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
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
— Pet Shop Boys, "Shameless"
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- A Crown Of Stars: Since she was four Asuka had sought other people's attention and praise as a way to validate her existence. Even after her mind and her body had been thoroughly broken and her pride shattered she still craved for acknowledgement and she was glad when she had a chance to show off.
- Advice And Trust: At the beginning Asuka yearned for other people's attention so that she did not feel alone, but thanks to her relationship with Shinji she gradually starts to realize she does not need their approval as long as Shinji is by her side.
- The Child Of Love: Asuka yearns for and loves attention due to be abandoned when she was a child. She tries to be the best at everything and as loud and bold as possible because she believes nobody will ever care about her otherwise.
Shinji (realizing that he just said what he thought):"I-I...I was just saying that you were cute....err..."
Asuka:"Really? I'm not so surprised. I know I'm cute. But anyway, thanks."
Shinji (to himself):"Jeez...if you were any more egotistic, you'd die from it." (to Asuka:) "That kimono fits you very well."
- Doing It Right This Time: Although Asuka is trying to ditch her negative character traits in the altered timelilne, she still likes when people pay attention to her:
Asuka:"What can I say? I'm a born show-off."
- Last Child of Krypton:
- Subverted with Shinji. Asuka thinks this is the Superman's -a. k. a. Shinji- motivation to perform heroic deeds, but later she learns he simply does not want to see people hurt.
- Played straight with Asuka. Due to deep childhood trauma she yearns for someone else’s attention in order to convince herself she is worth of something.
First of all, when she arrived at school, Shinji in tow, she discovered that she was no longer the center of attention, and this inflamed her sensibilities deeply.
- In chapter 2 she expected being met by a huge reception at the airport, not knowing Misato wanted everything low key. Kaji was gradually letting her down during the whole flight so that she did not get angry.
- As seen in chapter 8:
- The Second Try: Subverted. Although she got over that phase several years ago and drawing attention towards herself is the last thing she wants right now, Asuka gets forced to play the part so that nobody realizes that she and Shinji are time-travelers. Ironically, since she is a twenty-years-old woman stuck into the body of her thirteen-years-old self, she realizes how childish was that attitude.
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: At the beginning Asuka becomes an heroine to earn extra attention. However, her motivation gradually changes as she becomes a true heroine.
- Thousand Shinji: As soon as he met Asuka Shinji realized she was an attention-seeker and deduced why. And as far as he was concerned, she had earned her swagger and he would love doing the same thing.
- 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 '80s and early in The '90s, 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.
- Used word by word in Suicide Commando's song Attention Whore and is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Most heels have this a character trait.
- Jeff Jarrett, at least in the early years of TNA's existence. By 2007 he got most of it out of his system.
- Hulk Hogan, both onscreen and in Real Life. Yes, he is the biggest name in the history of Professional Wrestling. But the general consensus amongst modern wrestling fans is that Hogan is also the biggest Attention Whore in all of Professional Wrestling — he is absolutely desperate to keep the spotlight on himself, to the point of obsession. This led to him holding down younger talent in WCW so he and his friends could still be at the top, and was part of why the second biggest wrestling promotion in history eventually folded. He would then repeat the phenomenon with TNA, which is very close to folding for similar reasons. And to add to that, in 2010, Hogan would interrupt the aforementioned Jeff Jarrett, who was making a heartfelt speech to the audience, and accuse him of shunting aside the younger talent to keep the spotlight on himself — a legitimate criticism of Jarrett, had it not come from Hogan. The fans of the Impact Zone, knowing full well the hypocrisy of that statement, didn't hesitate to boo Hogan out of the building.
- Matt Hardy. Matt went into a personal and professional downward spiral after Lita cheated on him with Edge. It completely derailed his career, and the last couple of years during his WWE run had him squandering in the midcard before making attempts to get fired. It's effect on him, however, wouldn't really show up until after he was released from TNA — Matt posted cryptic messages insinuating that he was going to commit suicide, many of whom believed that and were genuinely afraid for his safety, to the point of calling the police on him. As it turns out, it was a work to "test his fans" and advertise his "rebirth" — there was massive backlash from this that destroyed his reputation on top of upsetting several of his friends and his sister-in-law. In fact, for many years afterwards, the previously derided drug-addled Jeff Hardy, Matt's little brother of whom Matt was always considered more professional than, ended up being considered the more responsible Hardy brother, especially after Jeff took responsibility for his actions and stayed clean. This is the same Hardy who got convicted for drug trafficking. To Matt's credit, he's worked to get his life cleaned up since then and has gotten most of it out of his system.
- Teddy Hart. A member of the famous Hart family, his own uncle Bret Hart noted his talent at a young age. So did the then-WWF, who signed Teddy at the tender age of eighteen to a developmental contract. The problem? It bloated his ego well beyond what his family name would allow. He got released in 2002 due to "attitude problems", and entered the indies, where he showcased exactly why he got fired. In the fledgling ROH, after a cage match, Teddy started to do unplanned high-risk high-flying moves off the top of the cage, forcing several wrestlers to catch him and endangering not only him but them as well. It was a blatant attempt to show off and severely diminished the story of the match. He got blackballed from ROH as a result. As the years have gone by similar stories of Teddy's backstage issues have surfaced, and many companies have admitted to firing him for his own safety since many of his coworkers were very close to murdering him.
- 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-cooks—
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...
- The third Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney game features a character named Luke Atmey. Even better, his theme song is titled "I Just Want Love...", and his Japanese name is Aiga Hoshiidake which translates to "I just want love".
- In Grisaia No Kajitsu and The Prologue of Grisaia from Grisaia No Rakuen Michiru acts (badly) like a tsundere because she wants to stand out. Mostly, it just makes people want to punch her, but she's fine with that.