Cady needs to watch out for garbage cans, apparently.
The trumpets blare announcing her entry. She holds up her hand and the crowd goes silent. The masses before her make way as the princess parades down the aisle.
Oh, wait — this is High School
A scene where the Alpha Bitch
approaches her target
in a school hallway full of students. The students, immediately acknowledging her presence, will move out of the way for her, creating a clean path right through the middle of the crowd. When the Alpha Bitch
is finished chewing out her victim, she will exit, and the path behind her will close up as quickly as it appeared. It's almost like she's parting the Red Sea herself.
Often combined with a Power Walk
, to really get the point across.
Occurs in a lot of shows with middle/high school as the main setting, where social hierarchy is king, and the Alpha Bitch
is next in line. The Cool Loser
is usually the one at the end of path.
Compare Bitch Alert
for the usual non-High School
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Anime & Manga
- High School Musical: After seeing the call-backs for the school's musical, the character Sharpay storms off in a rampage. The students jump out of the way for her, one even mentioning that she's an "Ice Queen".
- In Harriet the Spy, Marion Hawthorne, the school's Rich Bitch, liked to do this in front of the titular character.
- Mean Girls: Parodied and subverted. Cady stumbles into a trash can while doing this.
- Shelby and her Girl Posse from A Cinderella Story. They snap at people to move aside as they walked.
- Jawbreaker, complete with slow motion and soundtrack.
- Not Another Teen Movie: Parodies Jawbreaker, complete with original soundtrack.
- The Craft: The main four girls get to do this once, when they really start getting into their powers. It's even in slow-motion and set to some Awesome Music. Played with in that they're actually the school's outcasts and it's possible that people move out of the way to avoid them.
- In Dork Diaries, Nikki nearly gets herself killed as she makes her way through the hallway to her locker. Just as she finally gets there, a path immediately clears for MacKenzie, as people shout out compliments to her. When MacKenzie walks up to the locker right next to Nikki's, Nikki immediately knows that she's going to have a bad school year.
- A non-High School version of this gets lampshaded and subverted (surprise, surprise) in Making Money. Pucci Lavish attempts to make an impressive entrance to rain on Moist von Lipwig's parade, and Moist can clearly see what effect she's trying for, with her menacing bodyguards parting the crowd so she can sweep forward in her regal gown with her little dogs at her heel, but she's underestimated just how thick the crowd would be, and it's physically incapable of parting for her at the necessary speed for her to "sweep" in properly. It gets worse for her when Moist spectacularly turns the tables on her attempt to discredit him, and she ends up making a complete fool of herself while getting Moist a lot of free publicity. The encounter ends with her demonstrating that however untalented she may be when it comes to "majestically sweeping in", she more than makes up for it with her expertise in the "flouncing off in a huff" department.
Live Action TV
- Occurred in an episode of Hannah Montana. Once the Alpha Bitch made her grand exit out of the cafeteria, everyone else in the cafeteria thunders out after her.
- Alisha from Misfits gets one of these moments, only it's in a nightclub not high school. Plus the scene was interspersed with shots of her having sex with several of the guys who step aside to let her pass.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch
- Sabrina entered Alpha Bitch Libby's dream to see her dreaming of students moving aside for her, including two boys lying down over a spill on the floor and letting Libby walk over their back. Sabrina then remarks that it happened that day at school, realising "every day at school is a dream come true for Libby".
- In another episode where Sabrina gets Libby's personality, she imagines herself in an actual princess dress walking through the school with students handing her plaques and awards.
- Happens in the Bones episode The Girl with the Curl. The other girls in Briana Swanson's dance class act this way towards her (and hate her) because "Briana was the Queen."
- Wicked: In a college setting, Galinda's entrance to Dear Old Shiz, complete with her own pause in the musical number. The book version wished she had one.
- Played with in The Guild, season 2. Codex, Tinkerballa, and Clara attempt to do this at a party (also in Slow Motion), but have a few uncaring people walk across their path. The reactions on the girls' faces are more than amusing.
- As Told by Ginger: Courtney Gripling along with Miranda. In another episode, Ginger and her friends helped a girl named Hope become even more popular than Courtney for a bit, so she often indulged in this as well.
- Paulina from Danny Phantom. More specifically, she gets all the males distracted.
- The Fairly Oddparents... IN A SCHOOL BUS!