Oh, why did you have to choose such horrid pictures of me? Everyone will just laugh at me now! My life is RUINED!!!
I would just die of a shattered heart if you didn't Describe Drama Queen Here!
Characters who act dramatically a lot of the time, or at least when they have little reason to.
Whether it's Fainting
, hysterics, acting like they are in a second rate drama
, or hyperbole to the point of bursting
from it, the characters just live to be over-dramatic, even to the point of Chewing the Scenery
and being a Large Ham
. They also love Wangst
and the tropes overlap.
Even if not everything is a crisis, when it is a crisis, it is more important than anything else could possibly be. They could be in the hospital, but who cares about the guy with the broken leg? They have a hangnail!
Although this is usually Played for Laughs
, the term actually started as a nickname for Histrionic personality disorder
. Yet over time, people would use the term, even about themselves
, to describe people who were just being dramatic all the time.
Teens, particularly teenage girls, are sometimes portrayed this way, often overlapping with Bratty Teenage Daughter
. But this trope isn't exclusive to women. Guys can do this a lot as well, but this term is still used to describe them.
, Chewing the Scenery
A Sister Trope
to Attention Whore
, Large Ham
, The Prima Donna
, Comical Overreacting
Compare It's All About Me
, Sickly Neurotic Geek
(who over-dramatizes things in other ways), Hair-Trigger Temper
(who oozes anger instead of drama), Jewish Mother
(who oozes guilt trips), Wangst
Contrast The Stoic
(who genuinely avoids drama), Stepford Smiler
(who has plenty of reason to be dramatic but isn't).
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Anime and Manga
- Lala the demon who takes the form of a teenage girl from the "Devilman" anime, she will cry if she's hurt in the slightest or if she doesn't get what she wants, on one occasion she paused to do her makeup before resuming crying.
- In Love Hina, Whenever Motoko Aoyama's stoic facade breaks, she becomes extremely emotional.
- Tamaki of Ouran High School Host Club will act extremely emotional if anything sets him off enough. This includes having to lie down on a comfy bed, when being told about how the Lobelia academy works.
- Team Rocket from Pokémon. Jessie is the most prominent one, but they all can be ridiculously dramatic at times. It's mostly the reason why they're so loved despite being so ineffective.
- Other Pokémon anime drama queens include Harley, Ursala, Burgundy and Georgia.
- Howl from Howl's Moving Castle is this in spades. He summons the spirits of darkness because his hair was dyed the wrong color. And apparently, the last time he summoned them, it was because his girlfriend dumped him.
- The Twilight Child: Averted in one instance with Rarity, who runs out of taffeta while in the middle of designing a dress. Spike and the pony she's designing the dress for brace themselves for a freak out, and Rarity declares it... annoying. She then goes to look around her stores for spare taffeta.
- Played with later on in regards to an older version of Rarity. Princess Twilight Sparkle and Rarity's daughter are talking when they hear Rarity scream in another room. Her daughter just calmly waits, before announcing that since she didn't hear a thump, she's not worried.
- Howard's mother in The Big Bang Theory is both this and a Jewish Mother, almost always doing both at the same time.
- Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch is slightly less extreme than other examples, but she could wax hysterical with the best of them. Prime examples include her reaction to her missing trophies in "Her Sister's Shadow" and her anger at Alan for breaking their date in "Brace Yourself".
- Diane Chambers of Cheers is often one, when she gets going.
you? After all we've been through
...! What we had together was real
—and now you've...cheapened it
for—all eternity—by broadcasting to the entire Boston Metropolitan Area
!—that I was...nothing but—an odelisk! In your...seraglio!
- Interestingly enough, her special appearance on Frasier briefly shows Diane seemingly invoking Rarity—before Rarity even existed! (Sans the fainting, of course....)
"OH, it's not that!—It's my WHOLE LIFE! It's RUINED!!!"
- Misty on the "Moody's Point" segments of The Amanda Show.
"YOU'RE SO HURTFUL!"
- In Frasier, both Frasier and Niles often act like this. Every situation that could make them look bad to Society is a reason to act like it's the end of the world.
- In the Monk episode "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever," Natalie has one bout of this on the lottery set, which is done to demonstrate how much her personality has changed as a result of her becoming more and more distant from her duties to Monk.
- Noah's Arc: This is a defining aspect of Alex's personality, generally Played for Laughs. Noah has shades of this at times too though.
- Elliot is a self-confessed drama queen on Scrubs. There's also an episode titled "My Drama Queen" dedicated to J.D.'s new girlfriend.
Elliot: She's a drama queen, J.D.! When her husband was in a coma, it was all, like, taboo and exciting; but now that it's okay for the two of you to be together, the relationship's got no snap... it's got no crackle. J.D... It's got no pop. I know! Because I'm a drama queen, too!
- The BBC Sherlock is a Man Child / Insufferable Genius combo, and so addicted to adrenaline that he puts bullets in the walls of his own flat when he's bored. After two and a half seasons of this behaviour, John has this to say:
"You are not a puzzle-solver, you never have been. You're a drama queen! Now there is a man in there about to die, "the game is on", SOLVE IT!"
- Rachel Berry from Glee
- The acting script for Little Shop of Horrors notes that Audrey should be played in a melodramatic way—not because she's being subversive or trying to parody the genre, but because she sincerely feels the emotions she expresses and "sees the world as her personal B-movie".
- Make that "Drama Prince"! Alexander sure acts like one in King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow while he is feigning suicide in front of Shamir Shamazel and the Pawn Shop Owner.
- Demon Lord Ghirahim from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is ridiculously dramatic, but this also highlights his Ax-Crazy persona as well.
- Fhjull Fork-Tongue, a greater devil in Planescape: Torment is bound by a deal with an angel to do charitable deeds. Though he can't reject any requests, he can evade volunteering aid, and then whine, guilt-trip, and passive-aggressively insult over every request he's obligated to comply with.
- In Sticky Dilly Buns, the Camp Gay title character, Dillon, sometimes lurches this way, possibly manipulatively — as here. Also, the nerdy Ruby is a tightly-wound neurotic who reacts to many provocations by yelling, unintentionally increasing the drama levels.
- Iku, from UC, lives and breathes drama. For her, if something can be complained about it should be complained about at the top of her lungs with waving arms for emphasis. At one point she even started complaning to the author that both she and Kelsi have the same color highlights.
- The Order of the Stick: Julio Scoundrél (Good Version) AND General Tarquin (Evil Version). Both try to make their major actions as dramatic as possible, even though it sometimes screws up their plans and makes things miserable for their allies. Julio satisfies his desire to be an action hero by causing massive chaos and rushing in at the last moment to save everyone. Tarquin... kills a LOT of people with black humor snarking to look up to Darth Vader.