I'm so, so sickSometimes 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.
Can't handle it?
Yeah I talk shit
Just deal with it
Can't handle it?
Yeah I talk shit
Just deal with it
—P!nk, "Cuz I Can"
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Anime & Manga
- In Inu X Boku SS, Ririchiyo acts this way to every new person she meets.
- Belarus from Axis Powers Hetalia is every bit as Ax-Crazy, pushy, sadistic, possessive and prone to childlike fits as her beloved brother, Russia, if not moreso. The thing is, Russia is a manipulative Cute and Psycho Stepford Smiler, while Belarus is always scowling, always says what vile things are on her mind, and threatens little Latvia with a knife before she's even officially introduced! Lithuania still remains oblivious though. Even after she breaks his fingers.
- Summer Polanski, the resident Hate Sink of Hollow Fields, makes her debut sucker punching Lucy with an Extendo Boxing Glove. This won't be the last time she torments Lucy.
- Angie Fujioka in Pretty Cure Mother Nature sets herself up as quite a bitch (and Chiyo acknowledges it) in her very first scene.
- Fire Emblem Awakening Invisible Ties: In chapter 3, Maribelle's prissy, snobby attitude does not make a good first impression with Robin.
Robin: [thinking] Yep. Definitely don't like her.
- 17 Again has Naomi, Scarlett's best friend. Stays quite nasty.
- Brian's scumbag mother from The Breakfast Club has only two lines and establishes herself as this so it comes as no surprise when we find out later on how bad his home life is.
- The trio of Heather, Bridget and Kelly in The Final. They're established as very nasty from their first dialogue not even interacting with anyone. Then they act mean towards Emily. However it gets turned on its head when Emily becomes the real villain and Bridget turns out to be not so bad.
- The Trope Namer is Heartbreakers when Max as "Olga" meets Tensy's housekeeper and says the line. The housekeeper does indeed become quite the problem for the women and they have to plant Tensy's jewels and cigarettes on her to get her fired.
- Legally Blonde gives us Enid Wexler, who introduces herself as a Straw Feminist and punches a nerdy guy. She's later one of the notable group who snubs Elle and accuses her of being homophobic. Professor Stromwell is a subversion; she's given this introduction but it's revealed that she's really a Cool Teacher.
- Holy hell, Dizzy from Starship Troopers. It's not until halfway through the film that she actually does something un-bitchy.
- Taylor Fisher in Detention introduces herself with the following line:
"I'm Taylor Fisher. And I'm a bitch. Beauty, intelligence, talent, charisma, and Hoobastank. What? They're good."
- The Girl Posse from Jawbreaker gets this introduction. Played straight, as the original Token Good Teammate, Liz, breaks formation to help poor stomped-over Fern, who dropped her books.
- Carrigan from Casper.
- Lavinia from A Little Princess. One film adaptation shows her looking furious when Miss Minchin announces to the class how wealthy Sara Crewe isnote , as well as pranking Ermengarde by dipping her hair in pen ink.
- Carrie: 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. The effectiveness of this trope is so pronounced in the first film adaptation, that many were convinced that Sue actually was a villain and in on the prank at the end.
- 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.
- In Companions Of The Night, Regina doesn’t hide her true colors when she first meets Kerry, Ethan on the other hand…
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Delayed but ultimately played straight by Cordelia Chase. Her first scene is to helpfully share a textbook with Buffy in class and make friends with her. Then immediately after, she mocks Willow for having an unfashionable outfit - solidifying herself as the Alpha Bitch.
- 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.
- Libby in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Her first appearance is when Harvey looks like he's about to ask Sabrina to be lab partners - but she immediately buts in and says I'll be your lab partner. Her next scene has her antagonising Sabrina in the bathroom and telling her "from now on, you use the freaks' bathroom".
- 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.
- As soon as Elena's mother and Alaric's ex-wife Isobel appears, you can tell that she's an unpleasant person.
- Meredith Brooks' One-Hit Wonder "Bitch" states this plainly.
- Luna Vachon would announce that "The Bitch Is Back" on Monday Night Raw after revealing herself as the manager of The Artist Formerly Know As Goldust. Jazz would also state this upon her return and entry into Theodore Long's Thuggin and Buggin Enterprises.
- Ivory has done a photo shoot wearing a shirt that read bitch.
- Mickie Knuckles proclaimed herself "the baddest bitch here" at PGWA A Call To Arms
- On SHINE 9, Kimberly crossed out the letters on her Thing 2 shirt and marked on "Bitch 1".
- Ivelisse Vélez calls herself "The Baddest Bitch" at Lucha Underground
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.