I'm so, so sick
Can't handle it?
Yeah I talk shit
Just deal with it
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
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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.
- 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 Wexlin, who at least gets put in her place.
- 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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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! She's here!
- 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.
- Tripp visualizes Delia with snakes for hair when he meets her for the first time.
- 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.