When you're a celebrity, or become one overnight, tabloid stories will turn your personal life into a trashy melodrama. Try not to take it too seriously, even if they are pronouncing nuptials for you and some celebrity you merely had a friendly conversation with. Truth in Television (but not in tabloids), especially applied to Hollywood actresses and actors.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- The manga/OVA Boys Love series Haru wo Daiteita is based on two actors and their relationship with each other, surrounded by paparazzi and gossips, including tabloids and talk shows.
- In Tintin The Castafiore Emerald, Paris-Flash's cover promises the wedding of Castafiore to Captain Haddock (who can't stand her voice), and she tells him not to take it too seriously, as she's been linked to hundreds of other men in the past. She later gets upset about the Tempo di Roma's unauthorized expose on "La diva ed il pappagallo".
- She-Hulk was once a victim of a paparazzi who photographed her sunbathing, topless. Fortunately for Jen, the guy's editor airbrushed the photo, making her skin look flesh-colored instead of green (likely a routine editing job by someone who didn't realize she was supposed to be green). No-one who read the rag ever realized the woman in the picture was her.
- Spider-Man once had to deal with a rather vile paparazzi (and the biggest sleazeball you'd ever meet) named Nick Katzenburg, a Fat Slob with absolutely no morals, who gained a high position at the Daily Bugle because J. Jonah Jameson had been replaced by the Chameleon, making the Bugle's attacks against Spider-Man into outright slander. When the real Jonah returned, Nick's claws were clipped a little, due to Jonah having some morals as a newsman, and then severely grounded when Thomas Fireheart became the owner in a hostile takeover, turning the Bugle's coverage towards him positive in order to repay a debt he felt he owed (which, sadly, was just as biased, only in reverse). Nick's slanderous ways finally came to a head when he took incriminating pictures of the Rose and published them with Peter Parker's name to protect himself; once the truth came out, he was the target of both the underworld and the police, and an attempt on his life led to a heart attack and his eventual death from lung cancer.
- In the Death Note AU Ragnarok, much to Light's dismay, the tabloids become interested in "the pretty boy cop" that teen idol Misa Amane hangs out with and write up a trashy article about him which concludes that if he and Misa aren't a couple then he must be gay.
- In the Harry Potter AU 3 Slytherin Marauders it seems the staff of the Daily Prophet has nothing better to do than stalk an 11-year old boy.
- In Diaries of a Madman, Navarone gets his revenge on Celestia by getting her caught up in a tabloid scandal.
- In the Shadowchasers series, Jalal Stormbringer claims to have been a victim of trash like this "ever since the printed periodical replaced the town crier". (Given how old he is, that is likely true.) He mostly ignores it these days.
- In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Mega Man has often been the subject of tabloid scrutiny, but this trope really takes effect in the interlude to Episode 14, where Tiesel Bonne gives footage of Mega and Kalinka's kiss to the Conduit, opening Mega Man and Kalinka up to tabloid scrutiny like never before should the footage be leaked.
- The movie Paparazzi did this as the whole excuse for the film's plot.
- A lot of Notting Hill revolves around trying to keep things from the tabloids.
- Rita Skeeter's job description in the Harry Potter series; she was an immoral paparazzi who really didn't care who she hurt or whose reputation she ruined (or even if her information was exaggerated a little - or more than "a little") so long as she got the dirt on a subject. As it turned out, she was using an illegal method to get her stories, being an unlicensed Animagus who could turn herself into a beetle and listen in on any conversation like a fly on the wall, literally.
- In Rewind (Terry England), the Rewound Children become instant celebrities and are hit full-force by this, the unwilling center of a media circus. At one point, a tabloid prints nude photographs taken of all seventeen by the government. This does not go over well, to say the least. Rewind generally takes a very dim view of the media.
- One episode of Absolutely Fabulous had Patsy locked in a steamy affair with an important man (possibly a cabinet minister), leading the tabloids to hound her and refer to her as a "flash fash slag."
- An two-part episode of Dream On reversed the gender roles when Martin Tupper began an affair with a woman who turned out to be the wife (Teri Garr) of a prominent politician (George Hamilton). In the ensuing tabloid uproar, cameo roles went to people like Rita Jenrette, Gennifer Flowers and Jessica Hahn, all of whom had experience with the phenomenon in real life.
- I am almost ashamed to add this Real Life example, but Jon And Kate Plus Eight is a tragic classic version.
- Taken Up to Eleven in the Batman Beyond episode "Sneak Peak". Ian Peek ran a popular celebrity gossip show that seemed like the typical one, but the difference is, he would use any method, no matter how immoral, to get the dirt on celebrities. As it turned out, he had murdered a Wayne Enterprises scientist in order to steal a device that would make him intangible, letting him spy on and record conversations that most paparazzi couldn't access. A Smug Snake to the extreme, he even dared to publically expose a mobster who turned informant on other crime bosses, and not only discovered Terry's identity as the current Batman, but Bruce Wayne's identity as the original one. However, right before he planned to air that secret in what he hoped would be his biggest hit ever, he discovered he was losing control of the device, and it was making him intangible against his will. He postponed the airing, and then called Bruce, pleading with him for help. Unfortunately, it was far too late for Bruce to do anything. As Terry arrived and a fight broke out, Ian completely lost control of it, and plummeted downward, unable to even stand on solid ground, eventually vanishing through the basement floor. He hasn't been seen since, but Bruce theorized that he would probably keep falling until he reached the center of the Earth, so it's not surprising.