->'''Wesley''': She still thinks she's the [[DimensionLord god-king of the universe.]]\\
'''Gunn''': So she's like a TV star.\\
'''Wesley''': No, [[InsultToRocks nothing that bad.]]
-->--'''''{{Series/Angel}}''''', "Time Bomb"

The Primadonna is the AlphaBitch of show business. Her talent and beauty are matched only by her ego, and she is prone to making infuriating demands of her producers (like demanding an UnlimitedWardrobe), and God help the poor sap in a position of servitude to her. As a performer, she will not tolerate seeing someone else play ''her'' leading part, especially an inexperienced youngster, never considering she might be way out of her element (perhaps because she's [[WhiteDwarfStarlet too old for the part]]), or that her meddling could be actively destroying the show. Often she'll be [[NiceCharacterMeanActor considerably meaner backstage than any of her famous roles]]. Expect her to put on a sweet face for interviews and publicity appearances, but rumours of her real personality will always abound.

The Primadonna is etymologically and stereotypically female, but men are not exempt but being called one. This is because the word's meaning has become [[YouKeepUsingThatWord less specific through overuse]] in RealLife. It's Italian for "first lady" and originally simply meant the leading female singer in an opera company. Evidently enough of them embodied the traits in the preceding paragraph that it came to be used to refer to any individual who's talented in their field but insufferably egotistical. "Diva" has gained a similarly negative connotation over time, to the point that the two terms have become synonymous, though "diva" refers primarily to singers ("divalike" covering men and non-singing performers), while "primadonna" has grown to be more inclusive.

A SisterTrope to ItsAllAboutMe.

Compare TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity. See also PrimaDonnaDirector, who acts much the same.

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!!Examples:

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* Bianca Castafiore from the ''{{Tintin}}'' comics, though much nicer than most examples.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* Lina Lamont in ''Film/SinginInTheRain''.
* Sharpay Evans from the ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' movies, but she more of a LovableAlphaBitch.
** When Sharpay got to be the hero of [[Film/SharpaysFabulousAdventure her own film]], she was promptly and utterly blown out of the water by Amber Lee Adams, the film's villain. Sharpay's an emotional teenager who could conceivably grow out of it; Amber Lee, by contrast, is a ''professional'' prima donna. Just one example: when she gets the lead role in a Broadway musical about a dog, she spends the film growing increasingly paranoid that the audience will be coming for [[JustHereForGodzilla the dog, not her]], and ultimately, on the day of the very last dress rehearsal, orders ''the entire script rewritten'' to remove the dog.
* Samantha James in ''Film/JustFriends''
* Margo Channing in ''Film/AllAboutEve''.
** Eve herself, by the end of the show.
* Norma Desmond in ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'' is a WhiteDwarfStarlet who clearly used to be this. Due to her sheltered life, she still believes millions of fans are desperately eager to see her next picture.
* The plot of ''Thank Your Lucky Stars'', such as it is, involves getting GlamorousWartimeSinger Dinah Shore into a benefit revue while keeping her manager Eddie Cantor away from it by any necessary means.
-->"Well, Mr. Cantor, to be brutally frank, you have the reputation of taking over everything you participate in."
* Parodied with Helen Sinclair in ''BulletsOverBroadway''.
* [[CuteButCacophonic Lena Marelli]] in ''BugsyMalone''.
--> "Oscar! Oscar! I'm back! I'll give you one more chance, you hear me? I'll give you one more chance, you hear me, Oscar? Otherwise I'm out for ''good''! Out, out, ''out''! I'm not being ''humiliated'' in this place! You know I ''am'' the star and I should be treated like it absolutely all the time!"

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Carlotta from ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''. In the musical, she even gets a song ''called'' "Prima Donna" as the new theatre owners suck up to her and assure her that they won't let this "Opera Ghost" dictate how she should be treated; even after the Phantom humiliates her on stage and she's forced into a minor role in his ''Don Juan Triumphant'', she never lets up on this attitude.
* Eventually, Veda in ''Mildred Pierce''.
* Pornstar 'Trixie Vixen' (she had it legally changed) from [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles The Dresden Files]].

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Vanilla Hoare in the "Scott of the [[strike:Antarctic]] Sahara" sketch from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''.
-->"Look, you crumb bum. I'm a star. Star, star, star!"
* Rachel Berry in ''{{Glee}}'' seems to be one of these in-training.
* Miss Piggy of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' often acts like this.
* Bill [=McNeil=] in {{NewsRadio}}.
* Jenna and Tracy on ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]''. Tracy often shows up extremely late or not at all and Jenna once locked herself in her dressing room because her niece drew a picture of her that made her look fat.
* Series/{{Batman}}: Parodied with Dawn Robbins from ''The Penguin's A Jinx'':
--> ''Oh, what a drag it is being a famous movie star and so rich. [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere Why doesn't anything exciting ever happen to me?]]''

[[AC:NewspaperComics]]
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', where a technology Prima Donna is shown to be rude but indispensible.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
* Sheridan Whiteside from ''Theatre/TheManWhoCameToDinner''.
* Frieda Hatzfeld from ''Music in the Air''.
* Gussie in the musical ''MerrilyWeRollAlong''. In the original play, ThePrimaDonna was called Althea Royce (her stage name, of course).
* The title character in Alban Berg's opera ''Lulu'', a renowned dancer. She feigns a fainting spell on stage when she sees her lover, Dr. Schön, in the audience with his fiancee, and refuses to continue the performance unless Dr. Schön breaks the engagement.
* Desiree Armfeldt in ''ALittleNightMusic'' is a somewhat lesser version. There's only one GrandeDame in her family, and that's her mother.
* Dorothy Brock in ''42nd Street''. The UltimateJobSecurity which allows her to get away with this is not her talent (as she's long past her prime), but that she's the mistress of the show's sponsor. She gets over this attitude after she breaks her ankle and is forced to leave the production.
* ''{{Theatre/Applause}}'', being a musical version of ''Film/AllAboutEve'', has Margo and eventually Eve as this.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Sumire of ''SakuraTaisen'' is this as well as the TeamPrimaDonna.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Eden Starling in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAChristmasCarol'' is a NiceCharacterMeanActor, throwing tantrums when the curtain is closed.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' features one in the Helen Keller episode - in the form of a Broadway turkey named Alinicia. She enjoys being the center of attention and refuses to work with other turkeys, especially Gobbles.
* Dee in ''ProducingParker'' wants her wardrobe unlimited, drinks cold, and male assistants beefy.

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