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  • Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time is one. She even tries to crash a wedding of two people she barely knows solely to be the center of attention.
  • Allen in Allen Gregory is this in full spades. Everything he does always has to drawn attention to himself and everything has to be about him. (He is only 7 years old!) His father, Richard, is even worse; if the attention isn't focused on him, he will make it be on him, regardless who it affects.
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  • Roger of American Dad! delves into this quite often.
    Roger: You can't do this to me! You can't leave me here! Everyone's looking! EVERYONE'S LOOKING!
    Man: Can you keep it down? No one's looking at you. We're trying to watch the skating here.
  • Master Shake in Aqua Teen Hunger Force seems to have a pathological need to always be at the center of attention, and will say or do all sorts of stupid things to try to get and keep it. Tellingly, in "The Super Hero", Shake set the city on fire with the intent of getting some publicity.
    ""I will never get the credit that I deserve for the attention-grabbing things that I do."
  • Seems to be a family trait for the Griplings in As Told by Ginger.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Ty Lee, with a Freudian Excuse. She is from a very large family and will do anything to make herself stand out from her many look-alike sisters. Ty Lee actually plays with this trope a bit, as at the end of the series, she seems to have a bit of off-screen Character Development and joins the Kyoshi Warriors, and she doesn't care that they all dress identically.
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    • Aang too, sometimes. Though he really just naturally finds himself at the center of attention, being the Avatar and all, and likes it there. Especially when it comes to Katara.
    "Hey Katara, look what I just learned to do with earthbending!"
    • This has a Freudian Excuse as well. Before he ran away and got frozen, his friends were starting to alienate him for being the Avatar, and the other monks wanted to send him away from Monk Gyatso, the closest thing to family he had. Since almost all his friends from his former life are dead now, and he has an entire army of people trying to kill him, he has a niggling fear of being lonely and unloved, making him more possessive and clingy of the friends he does have.
  • Bianca in Beverly Hills Teens does everything she can to be on top, and have her way. But always loses to Larke.
  • BoJack in BoJack Horseman combines this with Inferiority Superiority Complex. He'll do all sorts of crazy things in order to stay famous, and even as an actor, he's a Large Ham limelight hog (to the point where, when he tries to give another actor a punchline scripted for him in "That Went Well", it is a huge shock and an indication that he's really changed as a person). In reality, he hates himself and is desperately trying to find approval from anyone who'll give it to him. To give an idea, in Hank After Dark, he advocates for child labor to be re-legalized in an effort to get the spotlight off of Diane's feud with Hank Hippopolous - whether he's doing this to take the heat off her or because he's that desperate for attention is never clarified.
    • Sarah Lynn is incredibly similar to BoJack, possibly because he was her primary role model when she was younger and she really did take his advice. She stayed relevant for years past BoJack, a lot of it courtesy of her generosity (boy, has that changed), but when she turned 30 and was officially proclaimed "out", she stabbed herself with a rusty bayonet in the middle of a hardware store just to call attention to her breakup with Andrew Garfield. And that was the first time she debuted on the show at her current age. Given that she's literally always been in the spotlight, it's hardly surprising. Just take this:
    Andrew Garfield: I wanted to [break up] in public so you wouldn't make a scene.
    Sarah Lynn: You think I won't make a scene? Then you really don't know me at all!
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  • Edward from Camp Lazlo. One of the reasons they're rivals is because he's constantly trying to prove himself better than Lazlo.
  • Daffy Duck. While the motivation of this trait has changed over the years, this has always been a consistent aspect of the character.
  • Evil Diva Ember McLain from Danny Phantom is obsessed with people knowing who she is and obsessing over her. Her Freudian Excuse is that in life she was an unpopular girl who died young and forgotten.
  • Quinn in Daria seems to enjoy being the center of attention a little too much.
  • Darkwing Duck. His very first scene has him exiting the police station after apprehending some criminals... and disappointed that there's no press waiting for him outside.
  • Most of the Drawn Together housemates fit this trope, but Toot Braunstein is far and away the worst of the bunch.
  • Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy. The root of his behavior is explained in the movie.
  • Kuzco from the The Emperor's New School series, which seem to be parallel continuities. The movie features Character Development, so that at the end, he becomes a very nice, likable guy. In the series, however, he still acts like a attention-loving jerk, as though the events of the movie had never happened.
  • Flanderization turned popular kid Trixie Tang from The Fairly OddParents! into one. This is best seen in an episode where Timmy wishes that he and Trixie were the only two people on Earth. It backfires when Trixie becomes over clingy to make up for the lack of attention she was receiving.
  • Family Guy:
    • Stewie and Peter, to hilarious extremes. Meg qualifies as a more desperate and lonely version of this, though she's always played as the Butt-Monkey.
    • Later episodes have occasionally deconstructed Brian's left-wing ethics in such a manner, claiming he only supports the less popular vote because he wants to stand out and be a contrarian. He has been shown to get particularly frustrated when he isn't appreciated, and has a large tendency to boast about every activity he takes part in an excessive manner, even when the family are ignoring him completely.
  • The first episode of Fillmore! has a boy named Tommy who is an artist who heavily craves attention and recognition for his work. He even falsely accuses himself of a crime so he can be in the spotlight.
  • Bloo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, with many storylines resulting from Bloo getting jealous of the attention received by other characters, then doing something Jerkass-ish in response. Several parts of his dialogue imply that his greatest fear is not being loved by anyone, a fear which Mac is shown to share sometimes. He probably even created Bloo for the sole purpose of having that NOT happen to him. Of course, Bloo's tries to get the others to like him backfire more than just frequently.
  • Futurama:
    "Hey! Look at my head! Look at my head! Look at my head!"
    "Hooray! People are paying attention to me!"
    • Another example is actor Langdon Cobb in the episode "The Thief Of Baghead". In fact, his species literally feed off it.
  • In Jem, this is Pizzazz's primary motivation. She's a spoiled Rich Bitch who wants to be famous and adored. Her violent hatred of Jem stems from the fact the Jem and the Holograms are more popular than the Misfits. Pizzazz has a Freudian Excuse behind it though. Her mother left when she was young and her father was distant growing up. The attention of fans is a substitute for the lack of affection she had growing up.
  • Kaeloo:
    • Mr. Cat. It goes so far that one time he actually wanted to be beaten up by Bad Kaeloo - who has Super Strength - for the sake of appearing on television.
    • Pretty. She once claimed to be Driven to Suicide because of having a sister like Eugly (while Eugly was standing next to her) simply to get attention from Mr. Cat. She also has no problem with utterly humiliating Kaeloo, Stumpy, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat to get more likes on Facebook parody site "Fakebook".
  • Stumpy, especially in the later seasons. In one of the episodes, he is put on trial in court. To help him not face punishment, Mr. Cat (who is his lawyer) stages an incident so Quack Quack goes to prison instead of Stumpy; instead of being happy, Stumpy complains that Quack Quack stole the attention that he was supposed to get.
  • Bill Dauterive in King of the Hill is this when wanting to have someone to interact with.
  • The Equalist promoter in The Legend of Korra is said to be one, according to the official website.
  • A possible tragic example of this trope is Clay Puppington, the self-centered father of Moral Orel This is especially apparent in the third season episode where we see his past. He thought himself the center of his mother's world, and was distraught when he learned he had several older siblings who were miscarried due to his mother's blithe ignorance of proper activities to do while pregnant (knitting: yes. going on roller coasters and trampolines: no). This caused the accidental death of his mother when he pretended to have died and gave her a heart attack. When his father ignored him after this, he deliberately and repeatedly goaded the man into hitting him, and now with his own son associates beatings with affection.
  • Jake Spidermonkey from My Gym Partner's a Monkey.
  • Otto Rocket from Rocket Power certainly qualifies for this trope. As if being a competitive, arrogant jerk wasn't enough, he's a complete show-off who always want everyone to notice him for his skate moves. He's at his worst with this in "Reggie's Big (Beach) Break''.
  • Vana in Sidekick likes to be the center of attention and won't accept that some one else is getting more attention than her.
  • Bart from The Simpsons is very much this.
    • Epitomized in "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy", where his suggestions for (unflattering) names for Lisa's doll made to compete against Malibu Stacy fall on deaf ears, leaving him desperately crying out for attention.
    • It's also emphasized heavily in the non-canon story in "Treehouse of Horror II":
    Dr. J. Loren Pryor: The way I see it, Bart, you crave attention. Am I right?
    Bart: Hell, yes!
    Pryor: The problem is, you don't care whether it's good attention, like getting good grades in school, or bad attention, like, oh say, turning your father into a jack-in-the-box.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror VI", specifically "Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores", the ad company executive claims this is true of the giant advertising mascots and advertisements in general, and that they need attention to live; if people stop paying attention to them, they lose their power. (And indeed, isn't that how advertising works?) Of course, it's hard for the townsfolk not to give attention to a group of monsters destroying the city, but Lisa and Paul Anka are able to convince everyone to ignore them.
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman.
    • "The F Word" deals with a bunch of attention-grabbing Harley-riding bikers so loud and obnoxious that Cartman was the first to call them out.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • When Squidward's not keeping himself to himself, he's going around demanding people's attention by displaying interpretive dancing or playing his clarinet really loudly.
    • Spongebob is a more indirect example. Often he is not so much narcissistic as he is demanding of other people's company and enthusiasm, making him very clingy and completely refusing to believe anyone could not want to hang around him.
  • James the Red Engine from Thomas the Tank Engine. He always wants to show that he's the best, and his accidents just seem to be a bit... more ridiculous than those that the other engines got into.
  • Michelangelo from the 2K3 TMNT cartoon is a friendly version of this.
  • Total Drama:
    • Chris definitely counts as one, it's made even funnier whenever Justin is on screen stealing the spotlight:
      Chris: (to the campers who are all staring dreamily at Justin) Hey! Stop looking at the gorgeous man-candy! Focus more on me!
      • It's hilariously worse in World Tour. One of the teams features an Ascended Fangirl who names the team Team Chris is really really really really really hot. Chris is proud.
    • All of the contestants qualify in some capacity, most particularly Heather, Izzy, Courtney, Ezekiel, Justin, Blaineley, Staci and Dakota. Deconstructed with Dakota though, as Dawn "reads her aura" and claims it's actually a repressed cry for love, which Dakota's reaction hints is correct.
    • The Ice Dancers of the Spin-Off Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race keep this going, although they sometimes get the wrong kind of attention when someone recalls them as the Ice Dancers who lost the Olympics.
  • Trip Tank has a recurring sketch called Suicidal Attention Whore Chicken which is...well about a chicken who nearly kills himself just to be the center of attention.
  • This is a big plot point of an episode of Wander over Yonder. A race of Viking-expy anthropomorphic sheep-men are being besieged by a Troll, an actual troll with all the behaviors of a dreaded Internet-troll. The troll attacks their great hall, and feeds off of the anger he incites with his insults, making him grow to enormous side. Wander doesn't even attack him, and completely blows off his insults, weakening him. Soon Sylvia and the sheep-men realize what Wander is doing, i.e., "don't feed the troll", and ignore the troll as well. He shrinks back down to the small-rodent-size he originally was and Wander simply covers him with a teacup to drown out his cries for attention.
  • Winx Club:
    • Stella is one. While she is a good person at heart, she always wants her friends to say how good she is. At one point she makes fake emergencies calls to her friends so that they can attend her make shift fashion show.
    • Lorelei in World of Winx was hired to replace Bloom as co-host. Unfortunately for the other Winx, Lorelei is a pushy Genki Girl who sees herself as a star.
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • Gene suffers from this from time to time due Middle Child Syndrome. He generally seems to love being in the limelight due to his love of music and performing, but he's probably at his most obnoxious in "Beefsquatch".
    • Linda's sister Gayle is much worse than Gene when she gets into this mode due to her low self-esteem, which is often. She tries to steal Linda's boyfriends just because Linda likes them (Linda lets Gayle do this), she frequently fakes injuries to get attention, and she blows any instance of positive attention she gets completely out of proportion.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rainbow Dash can slip into becoming a real attention horse at times, up to the point that in the episode "The Mysterious Mare Do Well", she puts everypony in danger by insisting on shouting her new catchphrase instead of saving them from accidents. It's later shown that her personality stems from having two overly supportive parents who always cheer her on and call her the best at everything she does, no matter how mundane.
    • Rarity spent all of the episode "Sonic Rainboom" attempting to get more attention than her mystically-created butterfly wings already did, culminating in her going too close to the Sun and doing an impression of Icarus.
    • Even Pinkie Pie will slip into this if anyone dares to ignore her or reject her friendship. There are two episodes dedicated to this, where Pinkie uses copious amounts of Cartoon Physics and borderline reality warping to mercilessly chase them all over Ponyville.
    • Trixie Lulamoon has turned this kind of behavior into an income source.
    • In Equestria Games; Ms. Harshwhinny assumes Spike is one for wanting to do "something really worthy of the Crystal Empire's admiration," when he's just attempting to make up for what he sees as a failure in the torch lighting ceremony.


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