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Bitch Alert
I'm so, so sick
Can't handle it?
Yeah I talk shit
Just deal with it
P!nk, "Cuz I Can"

Sometimes writers love to tease us a little with who's nice and who's not so nice in the story. Not this time, though.

The character enters the scene and she's clearly trouble. Tall, slender, regal bearing, pretentious walk, looking down on every one, long nails and pulls out icy, cutting sarcasm the minute she opens her mouth... That's right, we have a Bitch Alert and it's so blatant you could actually have this caption blinking on the screen/panel as soon as she appears.

Usually applies to the Alpha Bitch, Rich Bitch, Femme Fatale and many other types of villainesses.

This is a very obvious type of Establishing Character Moment.

Never applies to the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, since this one isn't hiding her bitchiness behind a sweet, welcoming face. Au contraire, she is rather pretty upfront and direct about it.

Compare Make Way for the Princess, for the typical High School variation.

Examples:

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    Literature 
  • Lavinia from A Little Princess.
  • Most of the girls in Carrie White's class, given that our first impression of them is seeing them throwing tampons at Carrie in the school showers while she's having her period. Only Chris is truly nasty, though — Sue in particular spends the rest of the story trying to make up for what she did.
  • Sandpaw's first appearance in the Warrior Cats series. She snarls that Firepaw smells revolting, and then makes a comment about how he's a kittypet.
  • Elizabeth Elliot is a completely rude, pushy bitch who treats Jack Ryan with total hostility in her first appearance in the Tom Clancy book Clear and Present Danger. In fact, in the followup book (for those who didn't see her the first time) she gets a similar moment.
  • There's no doubting what kind of person Amoral Attorney Judy Sherman is in Year Zero.
  • Kolkhis's entry to the Stag and Candles in The Virtu. Dressed as a lady, tall, slender, pale, and utterly cold. First question out of her mouth: "Is it true you're sleeping with him?" And it just gets worse from there.

    Live Action TV 
  • Cordelia Chase with her "softer side of Sears" comment in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot.
    • A subversion as her very first scene is to helpfully share a text-book with Buffy, befriend her in the hall, and then make the bitchy comment to Willow as Buffy's smile fades.
    • This trope also applies to Buffy's psychology professor, who introduces herself as "the evil bitch-monster of death."
  • Cordelia's carried over to Angel once, though in more of a good way. "Room W/a Vu", when Cordelia finally stands up to the evil ghost of Dennis's mom.
    Cordelia: Here's what you're going to do. You're going to pack your little ghost bags and get your wrinkly, translucent ass out of MY HOUSE! 'Cause the bitch is back!
  • Every time Morgana entered a room in series three of Merlin you could almost hear the alarm bells go off. Ironic in a way, considering her role was also an inversion of Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: despite the evil smirk, no one ever noticed that she was plotting their deaths right under their noses.
  • Happens a lot on Reality TV. For example, Ivy Higa, on eighth season of Project Runway, declared from the get-go that the show should be called "Project Ivy". The editors clearly signaled this as a Bitch Alert. She proceeded to act as in a particularly bitchy fashion, even by the show's standards. She also never won a challenge.
  • Quite a few characters on Scrubs, notably Dr Miller. Special mention, though, has to go to Nina the Malpractice Attorney whose first scene involves hospital-wide panic at the mere thought of her arrival. Not long afterwards, she's given a musical number where she dances down the hallway of the hospital literally and viciously busting the balls of every male unlucky enough to be in her eyeline. She does so while smiling. She actually becomes one of the main characters' girlfriend, but remains a massive bitch throughout the (short) relationship.

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    Theatre 
  • Katisha's melodramatic entrance in The Mikado's act one finale:
    Katisha: Your revels cease! Assist me, all of you!
    Chorus: Why who is this whose evil eyes
    Rain blight on our festivities?
    Katisha: I claim my perjured lover, Nanki-Poo!
  • La Bohème has Musetta's fancy-dress entrance in the middle of Act II, with her dragging along her human lapdog Alcindoro and doing everything she can to get Marcello's attention.
    Marcello: Bring me a glass of poison! It's her!
  • Fiddler on the Roof has Fruma-Sarah's entrance in the Dream Sequence, which according to Word of God is a homage to Katisha's entrance. Being a ghost doesn't make her any less haughty.

    Video Games 
  • Nina Williams from the Tekken series. Her ending (when we first get a sense of her character) has her stealing one of her sister's shoes and slapping her in the face when the sister gets upset about it. Wow.

    Webcomics 
  • Tripp visualizes Delia with snakes for hair when he meets her for the first time.
  • WooHoo Subverted: Amy's first appearance is basically this, with glowing-evil eyes and all, but she turns out to be one of the more helpful characters.

    Web Original 
  • The Hire: Star, has the Driver describing The Star's "galaxy of talents", while we are treated to a closeup of her glove-bound hands, her sunglasses, and part of her face. If it wasn't clear from that, the Driver then goes on to explain that she is a "cu-""CAAAAAAAAARL!!!"
  • Mai Valentine's first conversation with Yugi in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series prompts Tea to appear behind him and proclaim "Back off, bitch, he's mine!" with a Voice of the Legion.

    Western Animation 
  • Total Drama series.
    • Heather gives a Death Glare upon arriving at Camp Wawanakwa.
    • In Pahkitew Island, how Amy treats her twin sister Samey in the first 5 minutes of the first episode of that season firmly establishes her as the bitch of the 3rd generation cast.
  • When we first see Princess Cadance in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, her vicious glare that only Twilight could see is a surefire sign that she's bad news. And that she isn't really Cadance.
  • The first episode of Book Two of Avatar: The Last Airbender is an episode-long bitch alert for Princess Azula. She threatens injury or death to no fewer than three people over the course of a single episode, and is fantastically, unrepentantly, deliciously malevolent about it.

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