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Shangela Laquifa Wadley

Real Name: D J Pierce


  • Catchphrase: "Halleloo!"
  • Fighting Your Friend: Was eliminated by her good friend and former college classmate, Sahara Davenport.
  • Follow the Leader: When she got eliminated, she wrote a brief farewell message in lipstick on the mirror, which quickly became a Drag Race tradition.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Had the least amount of drag experience of any contestant, having only been at it for five months when she was accepted to the show.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Corn, although not to eat, but to wear.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Played straight in Season 2, but would eventually be averted when she returned in Season 3.


Nicole Paige Brooks

Real Name: Bryan Christopher Pryor

"My name is Nicole. Paige. Brooks from Atlanta, Georgia"

  • Brutal Honesty: Always spoke her mind openly, whether it was to hit on Raven or to call Tatianna a tranny for going to high school in drag. Jujubee even calls her out as a bitch, to which she doesn't deny.
  • Full-Name Basis: "Nicole. Paige. Brooks. From. Atlanta. Georgia."
    • Uses "NPBFAG" a lot these days, though, and loves the pun.
  • I Can't Dance
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: As Raven bluntly puts it: "This is a sexiness contest — and Nicole isn't sexy."
  • Southern Belle: Quite proud of her Southern charms.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Invoked but ultimately averted when she confronts Raven about the mean and insulting things she said via Confession Cam when Nicole thought they were becoming friends. Raven bluntly tells her they never connected during the competition and were never friends in the first place.

Mystique Summers Madison

Real Name: Donté Sims

"I will whoop your fucking ass! Bitch, I am from Chicago!"

  • Acrofatic: Performed a full split on-stage during her first runway, and right after her elimination.
  • Big Beautiful Woman
  • Big Eater: Proudly claims that a 'Cheeseburger, Taco Bell and a Diet Coke on the side' was what let to her being a beautiful plus-sized queen.
  • Black and Nerdy
  • Blatant Lies: Claimed that she never eats fried foods and only eats healthy... after having previously won a deep fried food eating contest and bragged about eating burgers and tacos to get her body. The other contestants very quickly pointed out they've seen her eat fast food along with the rest of them.
  • Catchphrase: "Two piece and a biscuit."
  • Chicago: A proud resident ... except she's not. She used to be part of the Chicago drag scene, but in the third episode she admits she lives and works in Texas.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Was the first (by quite a bit) to finish a mini-challenge where she had to eat a basket of chicken, rabbit, alligator, and cow-brains.
  • The Gimmick: Called out by the queens on the fact that doing a split on the main stage was just a gimmick.
    • The judges also called her out on twirling up and down the runway as a gimmick to distract them from a poor "Country Realness" look.
  • Lame Excuse: In the first episode she made up an excuse that her outfit was so terrible because the mannequin was too thin. Ru and other contestants pointed out that she could very easily solve the problem by padding the mannequin, to which she quickly said she just didn't want to.
    • During the third episode she was the only one who couldn't think up a western inspired cowgirl outfit for the runway and just wore a completely mundane outfit one would wear to the market, citing that she didn't want to look like an offensive "mammy". The other contestants (and judges) didn't seem to buy her claim and interpreted as laziness and a lack of creativity (note that she was also recycling the outfit she wore during the challenge), as no one in the history of Texas has ever been offended by a loving tribute to cowboy fashion.
    • During the reunion Ru pressed her further for an explanation for her non-country outfit, and Mystique threw out a truly bizarre incoherent ramble that seemed to vaguely imply she thought Mexican drug cartel would kill her mom if she wore a cowgirl hat on tv. Ru didn't buy it either.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Named herself after two X-Men characters, Mystique after a Shapeshifting Femme Fatale, and Summers after leader of the X-Men, Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Tanked the "Country Realness" runway because she was convinced if she came out in a stereotypical Western/Cowboy look she'd deeply offend her Texan fanbase. It got to the point where Mystique was in tears defending her fear of the backlash.
  • You Are Fat: When she hears the other girls commenting about her weight and appetite, she mentions that she's a constant target of those insults outside of the competition.


Real Name: Kylie Sonique Love

"It looked like Mortal Kombat..."

  • Celebrity Resemblance: When the girls are tasked with depicting their favourite celebrity icons in the Snatch Game challenge, everyone is shocked that Sonique doesn't portray Madonna, given that she looks just like her.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In the reunion show, she reveals that she's a much happier girl following her decision to begin medically transitioning.
  • Emotion Suppression: She reveals that she felt as if she were "living in a dream" during her time on the show.
  • Heroic BSoD: After Ru welcomes her on stage during the reunion show, she chokes back tears and has to walk off set. Morgan rushes to comfort her, and once she manages to compose herself, she explains that all throughout her time on the show, she was struggling to come to terms with being transgender.
  • Jerk Justifications: She was never a jerk per se, but was certainly a little aloof and slightly brisk, mostly due to her personal struggle with being transgender, as she explains on the reunion show.
  • Military School: In her youth, her mother sent her to one to try to "straighten her out" — it didn't stick.
  • No Social Skills: While trying to sell cherry pie gift certificates in drag she would snap at prospective customers, even telling one that her time was valuable and to step off. Ru comments that no one wants to buy a cherry pie that bites back.
  • Pretty Boy: In boy-mode.
  • The Quiet One / Out of Focus: During her tenure on the show, she had somewhat less screen-time than the other girls, and generally just observed conversations, as opposed to involving herself in them.
  • She-Fu: When she has to lip-sync for her life, Sonique whips out some truly awesome acrobatics and even backflips across the catwalk — in 6 inch heels.
  • Sudden Humility: Sonique was quite aloof and accused by some of the other girls of having constant "stink-face". However, when she loses out to Morgan, and has to leave the show, she is genuinely humbled, realizes she shouldn't have been so serious and regrets not being friendlier to the others.
  • Surfer Dude: Her look in boy-mode.
  • Transgender: As revealed during the reunion, when she announced that she'd begun medically transitioning.

Morgan McMichaels

Real Name: Thomas White

"People think that, since I'm pretty, and I'm sexy, that I should just do slutty all the time."

Sahara Davenport

Real Name: Antoine Ashley

"We don't have sex in drag, so no, I'm not Kai-Kai."

  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Shangela's "Halleloo!", makes sense since the two were very good friends outside of the competition.
  • Dance Battler: She was pegged as "The Dancer" when in the first episode, she had to "lip-synch for your life" against her former college classmate, Shangela.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Eliminated her good friend and former college classmate, Shangela, in the first episode.
  • Official Couple: With Season 3's Manila Luzon.
  • Proper Lady

Jessica Wild

Real Name: José David Sierra

"My biggest fear in the competition is with my English, but if I don't understand something I am going to smile."

  • The Ditz: Very sweet, and slightly dizzy.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: The book challenge really caused her problems as she could not figure out what to do for her book cover, and she just could not recover.
    Photographer: "She came in defeated. If you come in defeated, then you are defeated."
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-universe, used by the judges to describe her book interview/Absolut Berri Acai cocktail plug. Despite this, the challenge still ended up sending her home.
  • Spicy Latina
  • Stepford Smiler: Her tactic for dealing with the language barrier, to just smile and look pretty.
  • The Unintelligible: Not the worst offender on Drag Race, but when she presented her book, "Dreams of a Golden Child", the judges thought she had said "Dreams of a Golden Shower"!

Pandora Boxx

Real Name: Michael Steck

"Hey fake ladies!"


Real Name: Joey Santolini

"Thank you."

  • Attractive Bent-Gender: To the point that during the challenge where the queens had to do a pole dance one of the guys in the audience actually asked for her numbernote . Seriously though, this guy can pass off as one gorgeous girl.
  • Berserk Button: Admitted that it really pissed her off when the other queens just assumed she was a pretty face, when she came to the competition with something to say. Raven, in particular, was very good at pushing this particular button.
  • Catchphrase: "Thank you."
  • Manipulative Bastard: Tried to be this when she paired Raven with the oldest and hairiest man for the drag make-over challenge. Backfires spectacularly when Raven bonds with the old man, and wins the challenge due to finally showing a softer side of her personality. You can see Tatianna cursing to herself in the background!
  • Naïve Newcomer: Invoked when the other queens call her out as this, as despite seven years of drag experience she only performed in seven drag shows. At first this pissed her off since she did not see herself as this at all, but then decided if the queens wanted to underestimate her, that was their own problem.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Was upset that the other queens just saw her as a pretty face and didn't regard her as real competition.
  • Transgender: Played with, as she has admitted there are some days she honestly felt like a woman while in drag, and other days when she feels more like a Drag Queen.note 


Real Name: Airline Inthyrath

"Jujubee's just this fabulous Asian girl, she's very like poppy and like, fashion-forward. She loves accessories and she likes glitter, 'cause it's wicked sparkly!"

  • Asian and Nerdy
  • Bilingual Bonus: Performed a few of her reads of the other queens in Thai.
  • Dance Battler: The first lip sync assassin to reach legendary status, having sent three other queens home, two of whom were challenge winners while the other was consistently in the top. Up to Eleven after the season since Jujubee has yet to lose a lip sync.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: When describing herself as Jujubee; "She likes glitter, 'cause it's wicked sparkly!"
  • Hahvahd Yahd In My Cah: Is from Boston, and this occasionally slips through with a dropped R or a New Englandism like "wicked."
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Her drunkenness was so legendary (particularly in the punk rock challenge where she's visibly sloshed), that the producers have since limited the queens to one drink backstage...and probably a weak one at that.
  • Missing Mom: Recounts how her mom remarried after her father died...
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Jujubee delivers one to Tyra Sanchez on the main stage, "Girl I know I'm gorgeous. You don't have to tell me anything, Miss Thing. Just get yourself some manners, so you don't look so damn stupid."
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Probably one of the most skilled contestant in the art of shade. She could throw out some vicious cutting insults to people and still manage to come off as cute and endearing while doing so, which Raven was never quite able to pull off as smoothly. She also had a tendency to play nice and friendly to people and then shit-talk them behind their back to others- often declaring one-on-one to each of the other final 3 contestants to be her "best friend", which Tatianna calls out as a blatant lie because she is fully aware of the things she says about her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fried chicken.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Raven, they grew closer as friends after Raven's previous best bud, Morgan McMichaels, was eliminated.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Jujubee's first name out of drag is Airline.


Real Name: David Petruschin

"I like to be that mysterious, dark, ice queen. I think I have a look that people might be a little intimidated by."

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Her reaction to Nicole admitting that Raven would be the one queen she'd most like to kai-kainote  with among the cast.
  • Blatant Lies: "I would NEVER say that." has become one of her most iconic moments, and one of the most memorable edits in Untucked history.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She even gets called out on her Confession Cam snarking during the reunion by Nicole and Tatianna.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Terri Nunn's reaction after seeing Raven in drag, she comments how much she hopes Raven will show her ass in her runway look, to which Raven was only too happy to oblige.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Although, ironically, she ended up growing quite close with Jujubee before the competition was over.
  • Ice Queen: Invoked herself, she says that as Raven she likes to be a mysterious, dark, ice queen.
    • Defrosting Ice Queen: Most noticeable when interacting with her Drag Mother, and even carried her off stage at the end of their lipsync.
  • Phrase Catcher: "That's So Raven!", or occasionally "That's so not Raven!" when she'd mix things up.
  • Playing a Tree: Was very upset when she had to play the chicken during the Disco (Extra Greasy!) Shortening commercial.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Obvious pun aside, this was often a look Raven presented.
  • This Is a Competition: While being verbally accosted by Tatianna about the hurtful things she had said during the show, Raven points out that they were filming a drag competition, not an episode of 7th Heaven.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: The reason Raven doesn't carry a purse is that she can 'stick it all in her tits'.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: First with Morgan McMichaels until she was eliminated, and then with Jujubee.

Tyra Sanchez

Real Name: James William Ross IV

"I'm not a bitch. I'm America's Sweetheart!"

  • Absurdly Youthful Father: James Ross was 21 when on the show and his son was just starting preschool. Do the math.
  • The Ace: By far the best performing queen of the season and one of the top across the entire series. She’s the first ever queen to win three challenges, had continuous high placements, and no times in the bottom.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender
  • Berserk Button: Badmouthing Beyoncé.
    Sahara: She hated me because I said Beyoncé has cellulite!
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was thrown out as a teenager, spent some time homeless and was living off her drag mother's couch before being on the show.
  • Determinator: During the wedding dress challenge, Tyra actually hot glued fabric to her bare leg! Works in her favor too, since she won that particular challenge.
  • Enfant Terrible: Invoked while playing a baby during the Disco (Extra Greasy!) Shortening commercial, where the director loved how her deep voice reminded her of a baby right out of prison.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Tyra was unpopular with other queens throughout the season, with her co-competitors mentioning often that they found her annoying and immature. This friction lasted long after her time on the show ended, with Tatianna even denouncing Tyra's win years later on Twitter.
  • Heroic BSoD: In the final episode, ironically in reaction to winning. Immediately after the announcement of her win Tyra claims that she had an "out of body experience" and collapsed on stage, and had to take a few moments to pull herself together.
  • In-Series Nickname: Has a few, the self-appointed "America's Sweetheart", and from RuPaul "The Other Tyra". The other queens had their own nickname for Tyra as well, "Lazy Bitch".
    • In season 3 Raja twists Tyra's nickname into a pretty cutting jab when playing as "Not the OTHER Tyra, the ACTUAL Tyra."
  • Morality Pet: Tyra's son, who she talked about frequently as a motivation for wanting to win, and was also one of the signs that despite acting like it Tyra wasn't a total bitch.
  • No-Damage Run: Second queen and first winner to make it to the finale without lip syncing for her life.
  • Phrase Catcher: "The other Tyra."
  • Power Copying: Had the uncanny ability to just watch choreography and instantly master it, without even having to practice the routine beforehand. This caused friction with the other queens, as they assumed she was just being lazy while she stood there memorizing the moves.
  • Rags to Riches: Before the show, she was all but destitute and sleeping on her drag mother's floor, then goes on to win the crown and the $25,000 check.
  • Serious Business: Her love for Beyoncé, as the queens found out you don't talk shit about Beyoncé within earshot or Tyra will shut you down. Jujubee accuses Tyra of being so delusional about her adoration for Beyoncé that Tyra thinks on some subconscious level that somehow Beyoncé pays all her bills.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Tallest of her season at 6'3.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Doesn't mind being called a bitch, as long as you put a Miss in front of it.
  • Toothy Issue: Tyra's "grill" was the subject of several reads, but she had some dental work done by the time of the reunion episode.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Has an extremely deep voice, making it a bit of a shock when she speaks while in drag.
  • Young and in Charge: Was the youngest queen in her season, and remains the youngest season winner in the show's history.

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