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Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (14th)

Real Name: Jose Luis Cancel

"Get these cookies, baby!"

  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Seeing as she is her drag daughter, she gets hit with Alexis Mateo's "Bam!" fairly often.
  • Cute Bruiser: The judges actually loved this about her, her runway was serving pure sugar, but when she opened her mouth she was total banjee bitch.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In an amusing inversion, she went with the name Vanjie because Alexis Mateo, her drag mother, couldn't pronounce "banjee".
  • Overly Long Gag: After her elimination she slowly makes her way off the stage while saying "Miss Vanjie ... Miss Vanjie ... Miss...Vanjie... ". Even after she leaves, Michelle Visage starts doing it, completely cracking Ru up.
    • Not only that, but the queens are still saying "Vaaaaaaaaaaanjie," for weeks after she leaves.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Despite being eliminated in the first episode, her "Miss Vanjie" exit quote was spotlighted in every episode thereafter, not to mention its viral impact outside of the competition, making Miss Vanjie one of the most recognizable faces of the season! Come the penultimate episode, the queens even remark Vanjie could probably be considered the unofficial winner of the season simply due to how recognizable she still is on the show long, long after her early elimination.
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  • Spicy Latina: She's from Tampa and, as mentioned before, is Alexis Mateo's drag daughter.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: First eliminated from Season 10, beyond the fact she's Alexis Mateo's drag daughter and that her drag style is "banjee" we really don't get to know very much about her before her departure.

Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams (13th)

Real Name: Daniel Hernandez

"Hope you're ready for your all-carb, high-calorie diet!"

  • Big Beautiful Woman: The self-professed big girl of Season 10 even though she's actually one of three. Kalorie wants to "invoke sexiness" and "wear things she's not supposed to wear".
  • Dresses the Same: Gets read for her "Drag on a Dime" money dress as it was so similar to previous outfits created by Raja, Manila, and Acid Betty, all of whom did the dress much better than Kalorie did.
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  • A Hero to His Hometown: Played with, Kalorie is from New Mexico, which doesn't have a pronounced drag scene like NYC, LA, or Chicago. Thus when she's up for elimination, she's fearful that she's going to fail the New Mexico drag community by being a poor representative of what they can do.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: After her elimination, she starts sobbing uncontrollably, so much so the producers actually have to stop the normal elimination walk and ask if she is going to be alright.
  • Nice Guy: Before her elimination, all of the other queens say that with all the big and brash personalities this season, they all enjoyed working with Kalorie because she was just a nice person and a pleasure to work with.
  • Overly Long Name: Longest name of the season, so of course Ru has a field day adding extra names to it.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Literally. During the reunion, when The Vixen and Eureka are arguing with each other, she is seen munching popcorn in the background.
  • Punny Name
  • Shaking the Rump: Self proclaimed "Twerk Queen", which she proved multiple times during the show.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is pronounced "Calorie" but with a K.

Yuhua Hamasaki (12th)

Real Name: Yuhua Ou

"Can you feel the shade?!"

  • Big Applesauce: Is one of five New York drag queens this season.
  • Boring Yet Practical: Is an adept seamstress, but typically she sews other people's designs for them. When it comes to using her own creativity to create an outfit, she flounders and ultimately creates something that's well crafted, but not necessarily jaw-dropping.
  • Blatant Lies: Is fond of claiming publically that she actually won season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race despite actually coming 12th. She even placed a sign outside her DragCon booth proclaiming she was the winner. In a weird way, it's true since Yuhua was responsible for getting Aquaria her first gig as a Queen, and likely without Yuhua's faith in young Aquaria, there'd be no Aquaria today.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Yuhua's off-beat sense of humour and generally kooky personality has compared her to the likes of Tammie Brown. Other queens have referred to her as a 'genuine crazy person'.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a very sharp sense of humour and skill for one-liners, as shown almost instantly after entering when Miz Cracker is confused over her Chinese heritage and Japanese drag surname.
    Yuhua: Well, you're not a real woman, either!
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Arguably looks more "naturally" feminine out of drag than in drag, simply because of how exaggerated and Bianca-esque her paint is.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Yuhua is actually her boy name.
  • Identical-Looking Asians: Inverted. Yuhua was teased by the black queens when she quite literally could not tell them apart when they de-dragged for the first time due to their similar skintones and body types. The queens had a field day that Yuhua thought all black people looked alike.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Self-invoked; despite being ethnically Chinese, she took the drag surname of Hamasaki, which is of Japanese origin. When asked about it, she jokes that she's not an actual woman either. Yuhua's stated she wants to be a role model to Asian-American kids since there's not enough representation.
  • Punny Name: Presumably unintentional on her part, given Yuhua is her real name, but during her time on the show she's subject to a number of puns playing on "you". When she avoids the bottom Ru is quite eager to tell her "Yuhua're safe". Michelle also stumbled with this pun a couple times. Carson joins in on the pun in the third episode, and Yuhua herself ends with her name as a pun upon her elimination.
  • Team Mom: Is responsible for providing both Aquaria and Miz Cracker both their first gigs as Drag Queens.

Dusty Ray Bottoms (11th)

Real Name: Dustin Rayburn

"Never loved ya!"

  • Appropriated Appellation: Dusty Ray is a nickname given to her by her family, but she picked up the Bottoms part of it because after she moved to New York City, she picked up a bussing job where her coworkers would bully her by calling her a bottom, which eventually became Dusty Ray Bottoms.
  • Big Applesauce: Is one of five New York drag queens this season.
  • Cure Your Gays: Reveals that her zealously religious family subjected her to this after finding "something" on Dusty's computer, including having her exorcised for having a 'gay demon' inside of her, and sending her to an anti-gay therapist. Eventually, Dusty finally packed up her stuff and left her family to find happiness on her own.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Similarly to Kandy Ho's "appearance" on April Carrion's shirt in Season 6, Alexis Michelle wore a Dusty Ray Bottoms shirt once in the werkroom on Season 9.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: For her Last Ball on Earth look she constructs a metallic corset that starts cutting into her sides and underarms as she walks. When up for elimination, she actually ditches the outfit backstage and performs in a glittery robe, the first time outside of an All Stars season a queen actually changes outfits before heading back to the mainstage after Untucked.
  • Signature Style: The dots she draws on her face. Even when Michelle reads her rather harshly for them, Dusty is hesitant to ditch them entirely since her drag character always has them.
  • Uke: The idea behind the last part of her drag name.
  • Uncanny Valley Make Up: Gets read fairly hard for her signature "dot face", Michelle showing trepidation that Dusty will bring the same make-up every week, and Carson stating he thought it looked like plaque psoriasis. While she is against removing her signature dots entirely, she does learn to dial it back to appease the judges.

Mayhem Miller (10th)

Real Name: Dequan Johnson

"Guess who finally decided to crash the party!"

  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Inverted. She's the originator of Adore's famous "Party!" catchphrase.
  • Determinator: Has tried out for Drag Race multiple times before making it onto Season 10, it's actually a bit of a sore subject for her since being rejected so many times caused her to start questioning if drag was really what she was supposed to be doing.
  • Graceful Loser: Her second time in the bottom she's accepted her place there and that she likely will be going home, but explains that she had so much fun in the challenge that she's alright with it being her time, knowing she went out with drag being fun again.
  • Jossed: In-universe. Before the start of each season, fans would constantly place her on lists of speculated contestants, and it was soul-crushing for her to look at that every year knowing she hadn't gotten in.
  • Los Angeles: A notable fixture of the West Hollywood drag scene and Raven's drag twin (they started doing drag on the same day).
  • The Quiet One: Becomes an issue in the Dating App team challenge, when faced with so many loud personalities Mayhem just withdraws and doesn't voice her opinion, seemingly intimidated by her team leader and teammates.
  • Never My Fault: Has shades of this in the third episode when she's in the bottom two, she claims it's because Monique was such a domineering leader and Mayhem allowed herself to be bullied into playing nice with the team that caused her to flounder, completely ignoring the fact that she took a backseat on the team by choice and was asked several times by Monique for her opinion.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Most of her runway looks have brightly coloured contacts, including orange, white, and red .

Blair St Clair (9th)

Real Name: Andrew Bryson

"🎶I'm Blair St. Clair🎶, just got here this morning!"

  • The Alcoholic: Reveals during the reunion this was the way she coped with her traumatic experiences (see Rape as Drama below). However, since coming home from the competition she has been sober.
  • The All-American Boy: When he’s in boy-mode, Ru comments that with his cherubic, youthful face, he looks just like the archetypal “gee whizz, mister!” American story-book kid.
  • Badass Boast: When she's eliminated.
    "I do declare, I am the Blair St. Clair, and I'm comin' out."
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Possibly the most convincing queen this season.
  • Indianapolis: She prides herself on being the first Indy queen to make it on the show.
  • Informed Ability: Touted herself as the "Broadway Queen", but during the lip-synch musical challenge, she has an exceptionally difficult time with the choreography and character. Her team even says out of everyone, they thought Blair would have had the easiest time with this challenge. She does get to show her chops in the next episode, however, when she shows off her tap dancing skills and her acting ability. Willam of Season 4 questioned Blair's credentials and rephrased her a "Drag Queen who likes show tunes".
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Was given her drag name by her mom, who saw the street name "St. Clair" while driving and in the moment paired the name "Blair" with it.
  • Momma's Boy: Describes a very close relationship to her mother, to the point that mother even contributed to Blair's drag name.
  • Nice Guy: Has a very sweet air about her, which comes back to haunt her during the DragCon challenge when she takes some playful shading from Miz Cracker and The Vixen. While it was meant to be in the good fun, the judges comment that since Blair comes off as so sweet and meek, the reads instead came off as mean-spirited digs and hurt the entire team. Outside the show, her high school twitter was uncovered which revealed some rather unpleasant standings on race, when Blair found that people had uncovered it, she promptly deleted the whole thing.
  • Older Than They Look: While 22 is still quite young, there's also the fact that Blair has naturally round facial features. In drag, it makes for a beautiful feminine face, but as a man, he looks extremely young and the other queens remark that he looks like a boy scout and/or somebody's son hanging out in the studio.
  • Odd Friendship: Of all people, she's bonded with The Vixen after teaming up with each other in three challenges. The two are obviously disheartened when they have to lipsync against one another.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Her elimination comes partially because of her being on a team with the likes of Miz Cracker and The Vixen, who both have larger than life personalities. The Vixen even comments that with her giving a 10 and Cracker giving an 8, no matter what Blair did during the challenge she couldn't have competed with a 10 and a 8 on top of her.
  • Phrase Catcher: Ru frequently announces her as "Blair St. Clair, I do declare!" in a hokey Southern accent, despite Blair being from Indiana.
  • Proper Lady: Leaps and bounds from the rest of the cast. Carson even calls her, “Amish Amy Adams.”
  • Pretty Boy: In boy mode.
  • Rape as Drama: Reveals in episode 6 that she was raped in college. The reveal visibly shakes everyone on the stage.
  • Southern Belle: One could argue this trope is enforced. As mentioned above, Blair is from Indiana not the South, but by the time Blair adopts Rupaul’s catchphrase she embodies this trope.
  • Stepford Smiler: After she was raped at a college party, Blair made the conscious decision to see the world with rainbows and sunshine instead of allowing herself to become a Broken Bird.

Monique Heart (8th)

Real Name: Kevin Richardson

"I'm relying on glitter and Jesus to get me through the competition."

  • Brick Joke: The queens joke about Monique's distinctive laugh and how it should used in the ad-bumper instead of Ru's. And sure enough, as soon as the show went to commercials, Monique's laugh was used.
  • Camp Straight: Zigzagged, Monique tends to act straight, but also has moments of being very Camp Gay which she says is her being her 'true self'. She says hiding her fruitiness comes a lot from being scared of the backlash of her mother.
  • Can't Take Criticism: When she finally makes it on stage for critiques, the judges were quite underwhelmed with her Snatch Game and mermaid runway, leaving Monique giving them the stink eye and complaining that she doesn't understand what they are asking for from her.
  • Control Freak: When made team leader in the third episode, she takes full control of her team. She even admits during taping that she's probably overstepping her bounds and micromanaging her teammates, but argues since she's the team leader it'll come on her back if the team goes under.
  • Cure Your Gays: Admits to trying to use religion to pray the gay away, only to realize that's not how the world works.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Apparently decided to go on Drag Race without realizing she might not be ready for her mother and the rest of her family to know so openly about her drag career. She expresses fear in the second Untucked that her doing drag on such an international scale will cause her mother to become upset with her.
  • The Heart: Claims to be this for Season 10 and invoked in her name.
  • Momma's Boy: Says her mother is the most important thing in her life, and fears that coming on Drag Race and doing her drag so publicly will cause a rift between them.
  • No Budget: invokedBy episode 6 she reveals every single outfit she's worn on the runway was crafted mere hours beforehand. She only brought a handful of actual completed garments to the show, otherwise bringing piles of fabric to make what she needs on the fly. This actually leads to her elimination not only when her mermaid runway is read for being sloppy, but she didn't know the lyrics to the lipsynch specifically because she spent all night sewing her garment instead of learning any of the words.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Averted. Her original drag name was Kutahbetch Heart, but her sisters pointed out how unwieldy a name it was to shout across a crowded bar.

The Vixen (7th)

Real Name: Anthony "Tony" Taylor

"I'm just here to fight!"

  • Alpha Bitch: Loud and wants to be in control, has no qualms calling out other queens and airing their dirty laundry just to cause drama, and plans on playing the game through cutting her competition down. This trait really shines through when she's made team leader in the second episode, and lords her power over her teammates gleefully, even saying she might screw them over with casting for shits and giggles.
  • Angry Black Man: Gets called out by Asia that her combative attitude makes her come off like this, that her extreme dislike for Eureka seems to stem more from a place of resenting Eureka for being a widely accepted white queen when The Vixen has it so much harder since society doesn't accept her being black, gay, and a drag queen.
  • Can't Take Criticism: When the other queens try and justify why they named her as the queen who should go home after the Snatch Game (ranging from her failing the challenge, for starting to consistently hit the bottom, etc.), The Vixen refuses to accept that and instead accuses them all of stabbing her in the back and purposely trying to ruin her dreams just by being spiteful.
  • Control Freak: When she becomes team leader for the lip-synch musical, she tells everyone she'll be making the decisions and doesn't want to bother hearing anyone else's opinions on the matter.
  • Designated Villain: Invoked when she gets into it with Aquaria, who responds by starting to cry. The Vixen calls Aquaria (and the audience) out that when a small white girl starts shit then begins to cry when they get pushback, it makes herself, the African-American queen, come off as the Angry Black Man regardless of who started it and who was right.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Not on the show itself, but she featured in the music video "Cocky" by Season 9's Shea Couleé. One of her lines, appropriately, was, "Shea stays dressed to the nines? Lemme get my tens."
  • Genre Savvy: To a degree, she is well aware that with her brash personality she will likely get the "Villain Edit" of the season, so she calls the show out on it in Untucked. Later, she simply accepts that she's the Villain of the season and even refers to herself as such, albeit sarcastically.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Self-admitted, in learning how to express herself in this turbulent political climate she only knows how to go from 0 to 100, and never learned how to bring it down to a 50.
  • Hypocrite: Angrily singles out Eureka for being hard to work with, always being loud, always having to get the last word, and just generally annoying everyone around her ... this in spite of the fact (at least based on the edit) The Vixen is guilty of every criticism she lobs Eureka's way.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In episode five, The Vixen mostly pairs up people she thinks will work well together - except Aquaria and Eureka, because she wants their loud, stubborn personalities to clash so they'll do poorly. Given that the challenge was to improv as guests on a Maury-style talk show, having two people each willing to do anything to be more out there and extreme than the other results in a sketch the judges love. Not only does it net Eureka her first win, it boosts her confidence and helps her perform better in subsequent episodes as well. The Vixen's sketch, meanwhile, doesn't land nearly as well and puts her in the bottom three for that week.
  • Jerkass: She does not hide the fact that she's there to cause drama and fight with the other queens, openly antagonizing some of them.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Her feud with Aquaria in the third episode is this. Yes, the Vixen may be aggressive and abrasive, but Aquaria was the one who started the push her buttons, then tried to act like she was the victim and Vixen the attacker.
    • In general while The Vixen may be 'The Bear' and doesn't know any other way than coming at everything at a 100, the points she makes about blatant racism in the drag community are perfectly valid. While her competitors may criticize her on her aggression or her polish as a queen, at no point do any of them try and take away from the actual points she's making about how black people are treated in gay culture.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold / Hidden Depths / Pet the Dog: For all of her feistiness, she's much more compassionate, diplomatic, and self-aware than she lets on:
    • When Kalorie breaks down about not wanting to lipsync against Eureka, The Vixen shows up to comfort her.
    • Before her fight with Eureka, she does her best to ignore her and politely asks Eureka to not touch her when trying to get her attention. When Eureka claims she's tired of hearing The Vixen talk and announces going for a smoke, The Vixen tells her calmly that Eureka could've made her exit without being rude. After the fight, The Vixen explains that she's tried to understand Eureka and has deduced her as a sweet person, despite acknowledging that her tendencies don't make things okay. When she and Eureka patch things up, The Vixen assesses that she doesn't know how to bring it down from a 10.
    • When Blair reveals her college rape experience, The Vixen comforts her and vows to find her rapist. Even after their lipsync, The Vixen is visibly sobbing as she hugs Blair goodbye.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Enters the werk room claiming she's there to fight and isn't looking to have a repeat of last season with all the queens acting so reserved and nice around one another. She makes good on that threat in the second episode where she makes it her goal to throw Aquaria under the bus towards Miz Cracker, and flat out tells her team she'll be picking their roles and she might just miscast them just to be a bitch.
    • Subverted due to her friendship with Blair as the two bonded over three challenges together. Both of them understood that one of them was going home in their lipsync, with Vixen less remorseful about sending home her opponent. When The Vixen survives and Blair is eliminated, she hugs Blair goodbye in tears.
    • Come the 8th episode, however, when she feels everyone has turned on her she actually expresses relief that she doesn't have a friend left in the competition, as she claims she can finally give it her all without worrying about who she offends. Subverted again when she reconciles with Asia prior to the runway.
  • It's All About Me: After almost everyone on stage pegged The Vixen as the one who should go home next, she berates all of them that winning Drag race is her dream and it's messed up they would even think of naming her ... in spite of the fact she failed the challenge, had been in the bottom two weeks in a row, and every single queens who has ever auditioned (not just the queens on this season) probably consider even being on Drag Race their dream.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Has been read for her unflattering body proportions on the runway, her mermaid lake being one the worst offenders when she was told her breasts looks like they were growing out of her armpits.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Attempts this when pairing Aquaria and Eureka together for the Episode 5 challenge, assuming that they wouldn't work well together and would wind up in the Bottom 2. This approach backfires pretty spectacularly, as Eureka ends up claiming the win for the challenge, while The Vixen herself narrowly avoids the Bottom 2 due to her fixation on shading Aquaria dictating her challenge performance.
  • Never My Fault: Zigzagged, The Vixen seems to only have two mindsets; that it is all her fault, or that it is all someone else's fault, with no room for grey area. Perfectly encapsulated when discussing her tumultuous confrontation with Eureka during the Reunion, The Vixen actually thought it was all her own fault and she was some sort of monster until the episode aired and Eureka admitted she was trying to 'test' The Vixen, after which The Vixen decided everything was Eureka's fault solely and that she was the victim. When Ru tries to tell her that it works both ways and The Vixen has her own attitude problems, The Vixen simply leaves the studio and refuses to return.
  • Odd Friendship: With Nice Girl Blair. It visibly kills her that the two eventually lipsync against each other.
  • Peacock Girl: Her "Feathers" runway look.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Invokes this in her act, as she proudly states back in Chicago she will walk in wearing a crucifix on her back covered in racial slurs just to capitalize on the White Guilt in the audience.
  • Red Baron: "The Bear", and the other queens in the werk room know you don't poke the bear!
  • Rejected Apology: Played with, Eureka attempts to apologize to The Vixen after coming for her in Untucked, and while The Vixen agrees to be cordial with Eureka from that point forward, she refuses a handshake and says she hasn't decided yet if she wants to bother trying to mend fences with Eureka for any sort of friendship. By the eighth episode, The Vixen had made the decision to officially reject Eureka and her apology.
  • The Rival:
    • Clashes hard with Aquaria, as both queens are said to have a tendency to push buttons and get a rise out of others. The Vixen doesn't even seem to want to work things out with Aquaria, instead just telling the latter to leave her alone completely.
    • After her rivalry with Aquaria dies down, The Vixen hits it hard with Eureka O'Hara, the two have similar personalities but very differing views of drag and work ethic. The two have gotten into screaming matches multiple times in Untucked.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the reunion episode, Ru calls Vixen out on her attitude and behavior, pointing out that for all the times she played the victim, she gave as good as she got. In response, Vixen makes a vague statement thanking her fans then abruptly leaves the studio.
  • Shallow Parody: For the Daytime Talk Show challenge when tasked with the topic of "You're stealing my looks!" she decides to riff on Miz Cracker and Aquaria by copying their feud and try and humiliate them. However, it goes very poorly as the judges state she was just loud and one-note, ending up in the bottom three.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: After her elimination instead of leaving a normal lipstick elimination message on the mirror, she instead ends it with "Buy my album!".
  • Sore Loser: Gets accused as such after the girls read her farewell message on the mirror which read "Evil triumphs/trumps when good queens do nothing", and they all just take it as some vague and hateful dig at Eureka.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": It's "The" Vixen.
  • Small Reference Pools: Ends up being the case when they choose to mimic Aquaria and Miz Cracker's (supposed) beef over the latter copying the former's looks for the Daytime Talk Show challenge. The others queens didn't actually get to see them perform, the judges were unaware of any drama between Aquaria and Cracker, as were the live studio audience, so in the end the jokes really play to no one and winds up landing The Vixen in the bottom.
  • Stripperific: A lot of her outfits leave very little to the imagination.
  • The Stool Pigeon: The self-proclaimed "Whistleblower" of Season 9; when present during the first Untucked where Aquaria complained about previous drama between her and Miz Cracker (accusing Cracker of stealing her style), The Vixen immediately at the start of the next episode tattles on her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Actually invokes this on the other queens when they name her as the one who should go home after failing the Snatch Game. Not even willing to consider that she failed the challenge, she berates the other queens for stabbing her in the back, being bad friends, and trying to take away her dream of winning the show.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Her immediate reaction upon learning that Blair St. Clair had suffered a horribly traumatic rape experience in college.
    "I can't wait to find that motherfucker."

Monét X Change (6th)

Real Name: Kevin Bertin

"Oh don't mind me, I'm just here to sweep up the competition girl."

  • Always Second Best: Never won a challenge, but was runner up for a win four weeks in a row! Eureka, Aquaria, Kameron, and Asia each snatched a win right out of her hands.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Claims that the modern day "British Accent" actually came about after the United States seceded from the UK, and that prior to that the people of Great Britain sounded like Americans do today. While this sounds like Artistic License – History, there actually is some truth behind this claim as the English developed nonrhotic pronunciations (the modern "British" accent) some time in the 19th century.
  • Big Applesauce: Specifically from the Bronx, and is one of five New York drag queens this season.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Monet's oft-mocked love of "pussycat wigs", in spite of the fact someone (usually Ru) constantly telling her to wear some big hair for once!
  • Celebrity Resemblance: For a certain interpretation of "celebrity"—she's been noted to bear a striking resemblance to Season 8 winner Bob The Drag Queen, who also happens to be her drag sister. This resemblance seemingly has not escaped them.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: In spite of her humor and charisma, Monet is constantly read for her lacking runways. There have been a few challenges where it seemed Monet was a shoe-in to win only to come up short due to a poor or tacky runway turning off the judges.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Saw a currency exchange booth while eating sticky wings.
  • Nice Guy: Miss Congeniality for Season 10, Ru decided to change up the game after the normal fan voting was attacked by spamming bots, tainting the vote (by the time the Miss Congeniality poll was closed, The Vixen was leading thanks to bots by around a 12 million vote lead). If the expressions shown on Monique and The Vixen's faces during the crowning are anything to go by, the queens did not have any objections to the vote this time.
  • Running Gag:
    • Her sponge dress from the first challenge gets brought up often, and Monet always seems to have a piece of that sponge dress handy to blot her own face or to offer to her competitors. It even makes an appearance all the way up to Monet's elimination in episode 10.
    • Almost every week it seems someone (usually Ru) is telling Monet to stop wearing "pussycat wigs".
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: After her second time in the bottom two, she is in tears that all she really wanted to get out of coming on the show was to prove to her family that she is good at drag and make them proud of her.

Miz Cracker (5th)

Real Name: Maxwell Heller

"I'm thin, I'm white and I'm very salty, and that's what makes me a Cracker."

  • Always Second Best: Was runner-up for a challenge four times, half of those are to eliminated queens! Finally scores her first win all the way in Episode 10!
  • An Aesop: After revealing that she struggled with low self-esteem and that she doesn't love who she is, she addresses the audience directly and tells any young person struggling to accept themselves to learn how to do that as soon as possible, as shrugging it off as unimportant or procrastinating about it is the worst thing you can do and will cause you to live an unhappy life.
  • Big Applesauce: Is the drag daughter of Season 8's winner, Bob The Drag Queen. Is also one of five New York drag queens this season.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Houses an incredibly dry wit and is quick on the quips.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Is very down on herself and constantly second-guesses how she does in challenges in spite of being in top three almost every week. She claims this is because she doesn't love herself, but she does promise to work on that.
  • Hidden Depths: Casually mentioned that she won a National Gold Medal in Karate during one of her confessionals.
  • Identical Stranger: With Aquaria in the New York scene, they are constantly confused for one another for having very similar body/face shapes and aesthetics.
  • Informed Attribute: For how much she touts herself as a comedy queen, she didn't really excel in any of the comedy-based challenges except for the Bossy Rossy Show.
  • Jewish American Princess: Invoked in the description she offers of her style, "a Jewish barbie on bath salts".
  • No-Damage Run: Averted at the last second. Cracker seemed to be headed this way, coming to the penultimate episode with no bottom placements and having won the challenge immediately before. Even worse, she goes home against Kameron who had now lipsynced three times in row.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Her "Captain Cracker" persona during the military mini-challenge specialized in "white girl twerking", which she demonstrated. Her shoulders shook more than her butt.
  • Punny Name: Reveals she used to be known as Brianna Cracker (Brie on a Cracker) before she changed her name because the other queens in the club told her it was too long. That, and she claims the name was too cheesy.
  • Raygun Gothic: In her Meet The Queens interview with Sasha Velour, she explicitly states that her style is influenced heavily by retro-futurism by way of Metropolis, The Jetsons and Flash Gordon.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Took the name "Cracker" knowing full well it's also a pejorative term for a white person... in fact she revels in this fact since it makes a lot of the southern black queens very uncomfortable calling her that.
  • Token White: She lives in Harlem and jokes that she gets called "by name" all the time.

Asia T. O'Hara (4th)

Real Name: Antwan Lee

"Well guys, Texas is back in the house!"

  • Bald Women: Her evil twin North Korea.
  • Bi the Way: Sort of. She identifies as gay, but admits she's slept with women both before and after she realized it... although she does claim her first time with a woman didn't count since it was in high school and she only did it because everyone else was.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: One of three this season.
  • Costume Porn: Wears a massive headdress for her Meet The Queens interview with Sasha Velour. Also her enormous, campy Tweety Bird costume. She notes that she herself designs and constructs the vast majority of the outfits she wears.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Invoked when it comes to her Snatch Game pick of cracked out (possibly on powdered sugar) version of Whitney Houston. Ru pretty much tells her she's not allowed to make the drug references, so Asia backs down and settles on a poorly thought-out and downright hateful caricature of Beyoncé.
  • Epic Fail: About the only way to describe her botched stunt during the finale of using live butterlies as a reveal. The temperamental little insects don't fly off as expected and instead just fall to the stage floor, leaving Asia without the pizzazz she needed to best Kameron in the lipsync.
  • Excessive Evil Eye Shadow: Her evil twin North Korea
  • Fixing the Game: Claims that she got shafted in the Cher challenge by getting 80's Movie-era Moonstruck Cher, claiming that compared to all the other Cher incarnations movie-Cher just isn't the first thing that comes to mind from the gay community. She says outright in Untucked the role was so bad that anyone who would have gotten that part would have been in the bottom.
  • Gonk: Used to perfection in the dating app challenge of episode 3, painting on a prosthetic nose, multiple moles and a unibrow to create a hilariously grotesque character. In doing so, she effortlessly steals the scene from her teammates and ends up romping to victory for the episode.
  • My Beloved Smother: Makes the rather baffling executive decision to play a controlling and verbally abusive Beyoncé against The Vixen's Blue Ivy Carter.
  • Name's the Same: The third O'Hara to be on the show, and is actually sharing the season with another O'Hara in Eureka O'Hara (although the latter doesn't seem to use her last name). Ru asks Asia if Eureka is part of the 'House of O'Hara', although Asia says she didn't even know about Eureka prior to Season 9.
  • Nerves of Steel: At the reunion, she stands up to Ru after The Vixen walks out of the reunion and how his pseudo armchair therapist shtick is not effective and that as queens, she (and the others) have to do more to help others, including The Vixen, and not leave them unloved and misguided.
  • Never Work with Children or Animals: Had the idea to use live butterflies as a reveal for the lipsync finale ... only for them to fail quite spectacularly. Basically what happened is Asia didn't let the butterflies in her wrist or boob compartments get warm enough, so when she went to reveal them, they all just sleepily fell to the floor instead of taking marvelous flight.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In the 'End of the World' Ball, she wastes her own time preparing her looks to help everyone else in the room, which lands her in the bottom three. The next episode she expresses her anger that she helped everyone else while no one offered to help her.
  • Nonindicative Name: Despite her stage name, she's actually a black queen. There are plenty of black women named Asia, but it causes a moment of humor when Yuhua, a queen of Chinese descent, enters the werk room.
  • Not So Above It All: In the Bossy Rossy Show challenge, she appeals to The Vixen by basing their characters, a pair of girls where one is copy-catting the other, directly off of Aquaria and Miz Cracker, even going so far as to wear the same type of dress Aquaria claimed that Cracker copied from her. To a certain degree however, this turns out to have been a case of...
  • Reality Show Genre Blindness: After her first choice of a cracked-out Whitney Houston gets shot down, she decides to play a rather hateful and angry Beyoncé instead ... in spite of Ru outright telling her that Beyoncé just isn't funny and it has been done and failed at twice in previous seasons (by Tyra Sanchez in Season 2 and Kenya Michaels in Season 4).
  • Pest Controller: Attempts to release live butterflies during her finale lip sync. Apparently this was painstakingly planned and rehearsed with experts, but the butterflies end up remaining torpid and simply fall to the floor. She ends up losing the lip sync.
  • Small Reference Pools: Ends up being the case when they choose to mimic Aquaria and Miz Cracker's (supposed) beef over the latter copying the former's looks for the Daytime Talk Show challenge. The others queens didn't actually get to see them perform, the judges were unaware of any drama between Aquaria and Cracker, as were the live studio audience, so in the end the jokes really play to no one and winds up landing flat.
  • Team Mom: Claims that acting motherly towards the others just comes naturally to her. This ends up biting her in the ass come the Last Ball on Earth challenge, where she spends her time helping almost every other queen in the competition and ends up walking the runway in looks that are lacking polish due to poor time management.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Gets called out by Miz Cracker when after Ru asks who should go home, Asia goes beyond the questions and states that she doesn't consider Cracker to be a star. Miz Cracker felt it was a low blow, and the next episode even though Asia stands firm that it's her opinion, she laments she should have known what not to say to avoid unnecessary hurt feelings.
    • Asia actually calls RuPaul out during the Reunion, along with herself and all the other girls, after The Vixen storms out of the studio and not a single one of them followed after her. Asia claims the gay community are always the first to claim they are treated unfairly, and it makes her sick that they can so easily turn around and abandon a fellow queen who so obviously needs their help.

Eureka O'Hara (2nd)

Real Name: David Huggard

"Like a phoenix from the ashes, Eureka is back!"

  • Big Beautiful Woman: In her own words, "Looking fatter than ever!"
  • Bullying a Dragon: Admits that she purposely pissed off The Vixen because she was sure The Vixen was harboring negative feelings towards. Sure enough, The Vixen takes the bait and the two end up in a screaming match in Untucked.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns for Season 10 after a knee injury sustained during the filming of Season 9 knocked her out of the race.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Rolls around on the floor in a diaper having a full-blown temper tantrum for Episode 5's challenge.
  • Cool Big Sis: She more or less is this for her fellow Tennessee Queen Kameron, and to an extent some of the other queens as well as she often gives them emotional support and occasionally some needed brutal honesty whenever they are lacking in self confidence.
  • Fat Comic Relief: In spite of knowing it's cliche, Eureka has no problem using her weight for humor.
  • Large Ham: Goes without saying for her in general, but this quality of hers comes out in full force for the Bossy Rossy Show challenge, where she plays an adult baby fetishist to full comedic effect.
  • Momma's Boy: While last season she claimed she got her name of Eureka off the vacuum cleaner brand, she reveals Eureka is actually her mother's name, and that she almost decided to bow out of Season 10 to take care of her mother who is fighting throat cancer.
  • Motor Mouth: When Eureka elects to add herself to Asia's musical lipsynch team, Asia is upset because 'Eureka likes to talk a lot'. Eureka does indeed talk throughout the challenge, constantly adding in her two cents or challenging most of Asia's executive decisions.
  • Name's the Same: She's the second O'Hara this season along with Asia O'Hara, although just like last season Eureka seems to go by Only One Name and doesn't bring up her O'Hara drag surname.
  • Never Live It Down: Invoked by The Vixen during one Untucked then the two butted heads, that Eureka's reputation for being loud, rude, and making everything about herself still precedes her from Season 9.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Of all the queens this season, Eureka appears to be this with Kameron, the two get along great and have often worked together in group challenges rather well, and they have also bonded over being Tennessee queens, and have great chemistry together with Eureka offering Kameron some needed emotional support and vice-versa.
  • The Rival: While The Vixen has butted heads with a number of queens, by the 7th episode it is clear Eureka and The Vixen probably have the worst chemistry, as they are constantly snapping at one another.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The fact she injured herself during a choreography challenge comes to bite Eureka on the ass during the lip-synch musical number, where she is quite visibly timid and scared to push herself too hard with her just recently healed knee. She outright describes the fear she feels as PTSD.
  • Your Mom: During the Snatch Game when The Vixen's Blue Ivy comes for her, calling her Honey Boo Boo 'poor and fat', Eureka retorts with a "your momma!" without missing a beat. Even better, Asia was playing Blue Ivy's mother Beyoncé at the time!

Kameron Michaels (2nd)

Real Name: Dane Young

"Well I auditioned for Pit Crew, but this is gonna be way more fun!"

  • Accentuate the Negative: Admits that she doesn't typically focus on the good she does in the competition, instead she zeros in on what she lacks or what the judges critiqued her about. She says that because of this, even in challenges where she does well (like the Cher challenge), she is always mentally prepared to lipsynch for her life.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: As the Bodybuilder Barbie.
  • Bi the Way: Admits in Untucked she sleeps with both men and women.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Gets accused of this during the reunion, Dusty Ray Bottoms saying that she comes off as a rather self-absorbed to her fellow Season 10 contestants during normal gigs. Although its worth noting that after the reunion, Mayhem Miller came to Kameron's defence, saying that she really is a shy person who just tended to keep to herself a lot.
    • The other girls in the top 5 (Eureka, Aquaria, Asia and Cracker) all defended Kameron after the reunion. In a group interview, Aquaria noted that there was likely an element of jealousy with the eliminated contestants that made them lash out.
  • Dance Battler: She ends up in the bottom two a fair few times on her journey to the top four, but manages to slay the competition in the lip-sync each time via perfectly choreographed dance moves, combined with her incredibly impressive gymnastic abilities. It takes her all the way to the final lypsinc for the crown.
  • Darkhorse Victory: As was the case for Peppermint in season 9 and Kennedy in All Stars 3, in terms of stats come the final four, Kameron was by far a distant fourth and quite unlikely to be any sort of contender for the crown compared to Aquaria (three challenge wins, never in the bottom), Asia (two challenge wins, one time in the bottom) and Eureka (two challenge wins, two times in the bottom). In contrast, Kameron had only one challenge win and had landed in the bottom three times in a row. Nevertheless, Kameron survives five lip syncs and effectively earns second place in the competition.
  • Determinator: Whenever she ends up in the bottom two, she is visibly shaken, but spends little time in Untucked chatting and fervently practices the song for the lip sync. Each time she proclaims she isn't ready to go home.
  • Flat Character: Zigzagged. When it comes to her acting ability, Kameron comes off quite drab and wooden. The judges even accuse her outright that acting just might not be her thing. However, in the Bossy Rossy Show challenge, Kameron notes that since she's been paired with Monet, she needs to up her game. She does so successfully enough playing a character addicted to huffing used panty liners that she overshadows Monet, who ends up lipsyncing for her life. Later her characterization of Cher nets her first win. But in the next episode, she lip-syncs for her life because of a one-note character, despite her perfect characterization of Grandma Yetta from The Nanny. Come Episode 12 Michelle Visage bluntly tells her that in spite of her making it to the top four, she still can't get a beat on Kameron's character and personality.
  • Gender-Blender Name
  • Girly Girl: In spite of her manly, muscled appearance out of drag, Kameron's drag aesthetic is always very soft and feminine.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Due to her musculature.
    Yuhua Hamasaki: That's a man, Maury!
  • Macho Camp: Her body is tattooed and extremely muscular out of drag (and oftentimes in drag). She brands herself as a Muscle Queen because she actively plays with this juxtaposition. Despite this, during the lead up to her appearance on season 10 Kameron took to social media to specifically explain to fans old and new that she's always had a stronger interest in very feminine things like dolls and high heels than typically masculine stuff.
  • Nice Guy: As part of her quiet demeanor, she never raises her voice or throws shade at the other queens, despite their teasing.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Dubbed the "Trade Queen" of the season.
  • Out of Focus: For most of the season, she gets very little airtime in comparison to the bigger, louder and more dramatic personalities in the cast. She finally gets some of the spotlight in the eighth episode where she wins her first challenge, then in the next two episodes where she lands in the bottom.
  • The Quiet One: The self-admitted quiet one of the group, she really has to push herself when it comes to acting challenges to not fade into the background.
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Used to be a slender, feminine sort of guy before she started dating a Gym Bunny boyfriend. After bulking up she attempted to return to drag only for the girls at her club to read her to filth for looking like a dude in a dress.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Of all the queens this season, Kameron appears to be this with Eureka, the two get along great and have often worked together in group challenges rather well, and they have also bonded over being Tennessee queens, and have great chemistry together with Eureka offering Kameron some needed emotional support and vice-versa.
  • The Stoic: During episode 9's Untucked she admits her role as The Quiet One is more this than anything else, she took after her father in the mentality that emotions were ugly and not meant to be shared, so she's been attempting to bottle them up during the competition. Leads to a Not So Stoic moment in the same Untucked when she realizes she's going to be lipsynching and all her emotions come flooding out at once.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Downplayed. She was shown to shut down when she finds out her partner for the makeover challenge is straight, because of the bullying she suffered in her childhood. This later turned out to be another case of..
    • Manipulative Editing: She and Anthony Padilla (her makeover partner) publicly expressed annoyance on social media after the episode aired. She implied that her comments about being bullied were from a completely different conversation and had nothing to do with Anthony. Anthony himself said he had a great time with Kameron and had nothing but positive things to say about her.
  • The Unfavorite: Gets this edit during the reunion, when Ru asks the queens not in the top four who they would like to see win, not a single girl names Kameron as their choice. If that wasn't enough, the editors made sure to cut to Kameron multiple times during the queens' responses just to get her reaction at being passed over and over again.

Aquaria (winner)

Real Name: Giovanni Palandrani

"I don't define drag, drag is defined by me."

  • The Ace: Undisputedly the pack leader in terms of stats. She is the only queen this season to win three challenges AND have no bottom two placements. Furthermore, she is the first and only queen in herstory to win both the snatch game and the ball in the same season (Bianca del Rio didn’t win either!)
  • Ambiguous Gender: Her aesthetic plays heavily with this, but her second episode runway invokes this pretty much outright as she walks with her nipples purposely exposed.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: She is the youngest queen of her season at 21 years old, although this is not to say she's inexperienced, as she had been doing drag for three years by the time of filming and had already amassed a significant fan following (210,000 to be precise) on Instagram. Ru herself notes this on the show, pointing out that despite Aquaria being 21 at the time of filming, Ru had been hearing her name in the drag scene for multiple years already. Deconstructed in that her age is a handicap in comparison to the older queens who are more familiar with earlier history. She was notably the only one who didn’t know about the WB Frog and in the silver fox runway had no idea what actual aging would look like. Though beautiful, her runway felt wrong for the category and likely cost her the win.
  • Big Applesauce: Hails from Brooklyn, and is one of five New York drag queens this season.
  • Chewbacca Defense: Gets accused of this when her and The Vixen butt heads, and Aquaria responds by starting to cry. The Vixen calls her out that when a white girl starts crying in an argument with a black queen, it'll make someone like The Vixen look like the Angry Black Man.
  • Expy: Mainly of Violet Chachki since both are known flawless looks and stunning silhouettes, three challenge wins, including the ball and the last challenge of the season, they make it to the finale with not bottom placements, despite their young age and somewhat abrasive personality. However, the same is also true of Tyra Sanchez!
  • The Fashionista: Did a photoshoot pre-season with Steven Klein for Vogue Italia. This comes into play on the show when Aquaria nets her first win in the Last Ball on Earth challenge, where each of her looks are distinct and well-executed. Her evil twin look was named among the top ten in the herstory by no less than Rupaul herself!
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Says she was advised by Sharon Needles, her "drag mentor", not to drink whiskey at four in the morning when you have a 10 a.m. call time... advice she immediately admits to not following.
  • Identical Stranger: Is constantly confused with Miz Cracker in the New York drag scene, Aquaria claiming it's because Cracker keeps stealing her looks.
  • Irony: Was partially upset about the double 'Shante You Stay' Eureka and Kameron got because that meant the one double-save of the season was all used up and couldn't be used if she needed it. Come the finale semi-final round, and Ru turns around and saves both Eureka and Aquaria from elimination, giving Aquaria a never-before-seen double seasonal 'Shante'.
  • It's All About Me: Gets called out on this when after both Eureka and Kameron narrowly avoid elimination, Aquaria goes off how it's unfair to her that there's a non-elimination, not only because she's been working so hard and deserves to be in the top 5, but because now that some other queens took the 'double-save' of the season, it won't be available for her should she land in the bottom two. She never once uses the royal we in her tangent either, it's clear Aquaria is only upset about how this will affect herself.
  • No-Damage Run: Only Queen this season to make it to the finale without lip syncing for her life.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Notes in her Meet The Queens video that she's been watching Drag Race since Season 1 (during which she would've only been 12 years old) and has been biding her time until she turned 21. Also notable in that while no one on the show is exactly averse to referencing it, Aquaria manages to pop in an allusion to one Drag Race meme or another almost constantly. The WOW Presents YouTube shows are clearly not immune to this from her either, as evidenced by her "den-ummm" reference in Episode 5's Denim and Diamonds runway.
  • The Resenter: Resents Miz Cracker for continuously stealing her looks and fashions, and claims them being on the same season this disagreement will come to the surface eventually.
  • The Rival: Starting from the second episode she's started seriously clashing with The Vixen, as both like to push buttons and get a rise out of others, just in different ways.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Invoked in regards to the 'Double-Save' of Eureka and Kameron, she not only says the fact that Ru saved both queens piss her off, but that she's always hated the idea of a non-elimination episode in every previous season it's happened.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When fellow NYC queens Monet and Dusty are in the bottom, Aquaria makes sure to tell them both that they are fierce and incredible queens, and to not give up. Dusty even says she's shocked that Aquaria was being so nice to her, but Aquaria insists she's always like that.
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Gets accused of this, that when other queens in the competition seem in need of sympathy, she'll just ignore them and start talking about she's going to win. To be fair, she claims she isn't trying to come across this way, and attempts to to be nicer to her competitors once it's brought to her attention.
  • Workaholic: When a rumor circulating the NYC drag scene about her having a sugar daddy is brought up, the justification given for the rumor is that this is the only way she could possibly afford to have garments as expensive-looking as the ones she has. Aquaria, however, debunks the rumors by explaining that she is this, working multiple gigs each day sometimes.
  • Young and in Charge: Joins the likes of Tyra Sanchez and Violet Chachki as a young winner with a strong track record and uncanny fashion sense.

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