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Shangela

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Real Name: D J Pierce

"Noooooooo! Halleloo!"

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  • Iron Butt Monkey: Locked in a box, set on fire, attacked by a rabid honey badger, and finally eaten by zombies ... and she still makes it back for a cameo in the Reunion Show!
  • Running Gag: Her very presence in Season 4's opener, and subsequent unceremonious removal from the work-room, is a sportingly knowing Take That! at her Season 3 surprise appearance.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: She was brought back (in a manner very similar to her big reveal in Season 3) only to be eaten by zombies during the apocalypse-themed challenge in the first episode.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Played for Laughs, but gets her box taken out back and set aflame (after having a rabid Honey Badger thrown in there for good measure) all for calling RuPaul OLD, no one insults the top queen!
    Ru: Pit crew! Take this box out back, throw in a rabid honey badger, and set. it. on. FIRE!!!
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Alisa Summers

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Real Name: Alex Hernandez

"I'm definitely a fishy queen, I can walk down the street and I can never get clocked!"

  • Big Breast Pride: Like India before her, she insisted that she wanted to use her breast plate as the focus of her Apocalyptic runway, despite warnings from Ru that the plate alone should not make or break the look.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Although use of this trope while a queen is in drag should be used sparingly, Alisa was very proud of the fact that no man on the street, straight or gay, could clock her while in drag.
  • My Greatest Failure: Was arrested once for a DUI in full drag, she goes on to explain how the police made her de-drag in the middle of the station, and how having that on her record has made finding a job almost impossible.
  • Phrase Catcher: "A queen for all seasons." Ru only got to say it once, but it would have most likely become her catchphrase for Alisa had she stuck around.
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Lashauwn Beyond

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Real Name: Jamall Jackson

"Bitch this is not RuPaul's Best Friend Race!"

  • Book Dumb: Could not pronounce "apocalyptic," so she called the first challenge "apopaloptic". This becomes a Brick Joke in the reunion episode.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Her famous quote.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Despite being well-known in her drag community, she was more of a seamstress than a queen. She commented that she had missed out on her "Drag Childhood" and was hoping to use the show to make up for lost time.
  • Not So Stoic: She had no problem being sassy towards Jiggly, but would become as quiet as a church mouse in front of RuPaul
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Was a highly skilled dressmaker and designer, but her naivety in competitive drag caused her to constantly second guess herself and got herself outshined by the other queens.
  • Shrinking Violet: While in the top three of the first challenge, she kept claiming she couldn't believe she was actually in the competition and how nervous she was. Eventually her lack of nerve and confidence had the judges rethink her position and placed her in the bottom instead.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Is renown as a drag designer.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Her design skills are renown in the drag world, and many thought she was booted from the show way too early.

The Princess

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Real Name: Adam Hey

"I'm basically an introvert."

  • Ambiguous Gender: Purposely incorporates masculinity into her drag to present an androgynous look.
  • Bald Women
  • Cyber Punk: Like Nina Flowers before her, her make-up and hairstyles often evoke this look.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Subverted, although her name is The Princess she does not use any typical princess stereotypes in her drag style.
  • Ironic Nickname: Her drag name is "The Princess" even though her style is much more anarchist and punk.
  • Manly Gay: With her manly voice and tattooed body this was certainly true out of drag, Jiggly even remarked that The Princess looked like a truck driver the first time she de-dragged.
  • Overly Long Name: Although it never came up in the show itself, "The Princess" is actually short for "The Punk Phunk Phairytale Princess".
  • Shrinking Violet
  • Spell My Name with a "The"
  • The Stoic: A self-described introvert. This ends up being her undoing when she is eliminated for not showing enough passion and drive in the competition.

Madame LaQueer

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Real Name: Carlos Melendez

"Finally! I'm not gonna get picked last!!!!"

  • Acrofatic: One half of the winning team for the wrestling challenge, one of the most physically demanding challenges in the entire run of the show, on a busted ankle no less!
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Was picked last for every challenge she wasn't a captain of, and was once likened to previous season queen, Stacy Layne Matthews, in her lack of runway polish.
  • Big Beautiful Woman
  • Handicapped Badass: Recently recovered from a broken ankle, although that did not stop her from participating in (and winning!) the wrestling challenge.
  • Informed Ability: She went on and on about her acting ability and the fact she worked in an acting studio, yet in the "Hot In Tuckahoe" acting challenge she kept messing up her lines, losing her English accent, and being incapable of taking stage direction.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Has a thick Puerto Rican accent, during the "Hot In Tuckahoe" challenge she tried to speak with an uptight British accent, but it slipped, leading to ...
    • What the Hell Is That Accent?: ... the judges admitting they had no idea what her accent was, but at one point thought it might have been Russian.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: In one of the acting challenges she was asked to emulate Lucille Ball's famous "Eeeeew!" from I Love Lucy, however this seemed to go completely over LaQueer's head and she kept doing it her own way regardless of Ru's constant direction.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Also in the "Hot in Tuckahoe" challenge, she casts Kenya Michaels as the butch prison guard, on the grounds that it would be funny to see an intimidating guard played by a little person. Unfortunately, Kenya is also extremely femme, and does not pull it off well.

Milan

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Real Name: Dwayne Cooper

"Milan is FIERCE! She's FABULOUS, she's DIVA! She can act, sing, dance, produce, and you don't want it from her!"

  • Ambiguous Gender: She purposely incorporated varying degrees of masculinity in her drag to present an androgynous look, such as making her grand entrance in a pimp-style pantsuit, and cites performance artist Kevin Aviance as an influence. Much like Ongina before her, she also did gender-blended drag king once on the runway, which the judges thought looked beautiful but just wasn't the point of the show.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Her full drag name outside the show is Dwayne Milan.
  • Genre Savvy: Played for Laughs during the first challenge when they had to get the materials for their outfits from zombified contestants of previous Drag Race seasons.
  • Informed Ability: Claims that she is a trained actor, however during the Hot in Tuckahoe challenge the judges were baffled by her performance, and say outright if they had to guess anyone on her team was a trained actor, it wouldn't have been Milan.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: Was harshly read for her Janelle Monáe-inspired runway look, since she simply looked like a man in a tuxedo.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe, as during any lip-synch for her life she would always give a high energy performance, but also always rip off her wig halfway through the number, always. It got to the point where Michelle Visage said outright that Milan had better not rip off her wig during her next lip-synch (she did, and was ultimately eliminated).
  • Phrase Catcher: "Paris ... London ... Milan!"
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: This is part of what gets her sent home, when the judges were offended when she put her name on the side of her parade float when the challenge was supposed to be about LGBT pride. Willam did the exact same thing Up to Eleven and won that same challenge, though — the other critiques about Milan's boat were that the message just didn't come across and that it looked unprofessional.
  • Toothy Issue: One of the many queens this season to have obvious dental issues.
  • Waif-Fu: Her lipsynch against Madame LaQueer invoked this.
    Willam: I was looking at Madame like, "Milan is dancing circles around you and is Swiffering the floor with her taint."

Jiggly Caliente

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Real Name: Bianca Arabejo

"One small corset, plus another small corset, equals one fat ass corset!"

  • Acrofatic: A very agile dancer for a queen of her size, even capable of performing a jumping split.
  • Asian and Nerdy
  • Big Beautiful Woman
  • Brutal Honesty: Her being 100 with the other queens usually led to her insulting her competitors often. The queens realized that this was more a result of Jiggly's own low self-esteem caused by her weight and the emotional loss caused by her mother's recent passing.
  • Catchphrase: "I'mma be 100 with you ... " and "Let's get real, now ... "
  • Dull Surprise: Appeared to be her default expression, her mouth slightly ajar and an empty look in her eyes.
  • Fish out of Water: She came across as bewildered and fairly inept prior to any of the challenges the girls were tasked with. Many of the girls commented that they were surprised she stayed in as long as she did.
  • Glass Cannon: Happy to dish it out and be "100" and "real" with the other queens, but any criticism volleyed back at her resulted in sulkiness at best, and a full-blown meltdown in the reunion show.
  • Informed Ability: She was often touted by the judges as being "warm", "talented" and "so funny" but these qualities never really came across in the show edit. In fact, she appeared to be permanently baffled by the tasks in hand.
  • Missing Mom: She recalls how her mother finally came to terms with her drag lifestyle just months before she passed away, and her recent death still affected Jiggly throughout the competition.
  • Naïve Newcomer: One of the greenest queens presented by the series so far.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Her first name is taken after Jigglypuff, one of the mascots of the Pokémon franchise.
  • Never My Fault: During the Reunion, she fully blamed Phi Phi for sabotaging her in the Dragazine challenge. While it is true that Phi Phi helped Jiggly to shoot herself in the foot, it was Jiggly herself who adamantly wanted to go in a serious direction with her magazine, even though Chad Michaels, Latrice Royale, and even RuPaul herself begged her to go with her strengths in comedy.
  • Phrase Catcher: "May I call you Jiggly?"note 
  • Self-Deprecating Humor: While some of her jokes were funny, the other queens accused her of using humor to mask her insecurity.
    • Ironically, her failure to embrace this type of humor during the Dragazines challenge leads to her elimination. When assigned a fitness magazine, Jiggly takes a serious approach despite most of the other queens advising her that she will probably be more successful if she pokes fun at her weight and makes it funny.
  • Toothy Issue: During a read, Chad Michaels hands Jiggly the card of her personal dentist and tells Jiggly to go get her teeth fixed.
  • Transgender: Came out as transgender in early 2016.
  • You Are Fat: A sensitive subject for her, so she actually inverts this trope, constantly making jokes about her own weight before anyone else could.
  • You Know I'm Black, Right?: Starts talking about how gross it is for drag queens to sleep with each other, not even realizing that some of the other drag queens might actually do that. In fact, this is what caused a rather nasty argument with Sharon Needles (who at the time was dating fellow drag queen, Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, and the two of them had sex in drag regularly).

Willam

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Real Name: Willam Belli

"I'm not gonna RuPaulogize!"

  • The Ace: One the most commercially successful queens to participate in the show thus far.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Is a self-admitted shoe queen, he brought 34 pairs of shoes with him to the competition!
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: The money he spent on his clothes (that he constantly label-dropped) most likely cost more than the prize money.
  • Catchphrase: "Sorry 'bout it."
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: To the surprise of no one, Willam later admitted to having smoked amazing amounts of weed on set, to eating a pill he found "on the floor", and to getting drunk with the crew (and Sharon) during the boat challenge.
    • During the reunion episode, he tried to lick a Pit Crew guy.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Loved to deliver these, like when trying to build an outfit around the color orange Jiggly Caliente complained that she looked like a sweet potato, Willam reminded her that sweet potatoes have antioxidants and were good for you.
  • Emotionless Girl: Rarely showed any genuine emotion in the competition, claiming emotions were for "ugly people". The judges quickly chastise him in that beautiful people can have emotions as well, and that's what they wanted to see from him.
    • Not So Stoic: Later that same challenge he comes out on stage and breaks down in tears, talking about the friends he had made during the show ... as the other queens point out though, this breakdown was quite miraculously timed with the judges just saying they wanted to see emotion from him.
  • Establishing Character Moment: From the moment he walked in, looked at the sewing dummies, and said “Size 26? We got some big girls. I hope they don’t have diabetes.”, and following suit by telling Jiggly, who said Willam looks very familiar, "You must have a television." Not only that, but when Shangela appears like she's going to be on a the show again, Willam was the only one to clap and run up to give Shangela a high-five!
  • The Fashionista: And he would label drop his fashions constantly.
  • The Gadfly: He got a real kick out of winding the other girls up, and a good portion of his narcissistic schtick was undoubtedly deployed to wobble the other contestants, especially less-seasoned queens like Jiggly and Phi Phi.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Uses his real name in drag because he's primarily an actor and it simplifies the process of finding work.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Was disqualified for supposedly having conjugal visits with his husband behind the producers' backs. It's become abundantly clear that this story is a complete fake, and what actually happened remains a mystery.
  • Noodle Incident: The reason for his disqualification from the competition up until the reunion. Even so, several of the queens of the season have said that the reason given (conjugal visits from his husband) was not the real reason Willam was eliminated.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Although he liked to play the role of the Brainless Beauty, he was much smarter and wittier than he initially let on. In fact, a lot of the queens didn't realize just how threatening he really was until closer to the end of the competition. When asked about the Stonewall riots, he is easily the most informed queen and loses all of his silly bravado when discussing it.
  • Perma-Stubble: Clocked more than once for having 5'o-clock shadow showing through in drag.
  • Pretty Boy: In boy mode.
  • Pride: One of the vainest contestants to compete in the series so far, although, as mentioned above, a lot of this behavior was deployed to wind the other girls up.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: Loved to mention the shows he's been on and the actors he's met. To him, it was simply relating to the challenges, but the other queens (especially Phi Phi) found it grating.
  • Stripperiffic: Loved to show off his ass. In fact, when he was eliminated he pressed a butt-print on the mirror just to give the other queens one last look at his backside.
  • Understatement: Enjoyed delivering these, and it seemed to be his defense against some of the antagonizing he'd receive during the show. When Phi Phi gets in his face and yells at him for being a talentless queen who only knows about shoes, he just replied very flatly "Your tone seems very pointed right now."
  • Vocal Dissonance: Has a very soft and feminine voice that was perfect while in drag, but was this trope in action when out of it.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Just prior to his elimination for breaking the rules, he rushes off-set to completely barf his guts up — which is all mercilessly captured on camera.

DiDa Ritz

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Real Name: Xavier Hairston

"Cheesecake!"

  • Catchphrase: "Cheesecake!"
  • Girly Girl: Just looking at her nightshirt dress and teddy bear skirt, it was obvious that DiDa's aesthetic bent more towards the young miss side of things.
  • Never Live It Down: In-Universe. When she came out on the runway in a stunning dress...and ashy knees.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Everything tastes better on a DiDa Ritz!"
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Goes as far as to refuse to eat fried chicken or watermelon in public due to racial stereotypes.
  • She's Got Legs ...As long as she remembers to lotion them up.
  • So Okay, It's Average: In-universe. Despite coming in a respectable 6th place in the competition, she had little establishing character screen-time and never hit the top three even once during her entire tenure on the show.

Kenya Michaels

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Real Name: Kenya Olivera

"I'm a little person, but I'm FIERCE ... BITCH!"

  • Badass Adorable: Was a rather tiny and adorable queen, but as she herself stated, she was a fierce bitch!
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Generally presented herself as sweet, but after her elimination she wrote the remaining queens a letter reading them all to filth.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Latrice's "Jesus is a biscuit", but due to her thick accent (or possibly on purpose to be funny) it would come out as "Jesus is a Bisquick!"
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Looks remarkably fishy even out of drag.
  • In-Series Nickname: Ru added the "Little" part of her name around a third of the way through the season, prior to this, she was just known as Kenya Michaels.
  • Mean Boss: During the drag make-over challenge she constantly told her drag sister to shut up and stop complaining about the shoes hurting his feet, and picked a drag name for himnote  that he obviously did not like. This ended up being her downfall when her drag sister looked miserable on the runway, leading to her elimination.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Just like Carmen Carrera in Season 3, she was brought back into the game by the judges after her elimination ... also like Carmen, she was eliminated again the same episode she was brought back (this was also the last time RuPaul let her judges bring back a previously eliminated queen).
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Ru dubbed her "Little Kenya" when she wore an outfit and wig that made her bear a striking resemblance to Lil' Kim.
  • Older Than They Look: Not only does she look like a real girl out of drag, but she appeared so young-looking that she could have easily passed for a preteen girl to boot!
  • "Shaggy Frog" Story: Quite versed in word salad, although whether this was a fault of the language barrier or just a touch of being a Cloudcuckoolander (or a mix of the two) is not clear.
  • Spicy Latina
  • Transgender: One of the queens to start medically transitioning after the show.
  • The Unintelligible: Most of the time the other queens hadn't the slightest clue what she was saying.
    Sharon Needles: ...Okay, I understood about seven words of that, but as long as you two came to an understanding, that's what's important.

Latrice Royale

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Real Name: Timothy Wilcots

"She is large and in charge, chunky, yet funky. Bold and Beautiful baby!"

  • Acrofatic: Capable of pulling out the dance moves when she needs to, didn't you know her alter-ego was a stripper?
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Loves to show off her curves and swerves.
  • Big Eater: While portraying Aretha Franklin she's eating "something that really satisfies her" ... however before the Snatch Game is even over she's already completely polished off her plate, and actually had to be brought back-up snacks!
  • Big Fun: Has a positive and cheerful attitude through most of the competition (except when Willam or Phi Phi are getting on her nerves), and that laugh!
  • Catchphrase: She had quite a few, "5 G's, please: Good God Girl, Get a Grip!", "Jesus is a biscuit, let Him sop you up!", "Eat it!", and "The shade, the shade of it all!"
  • Chewing the Scenery: When she played a lesbian prison guard during the acting challenge "Hot in Tuckahoe".
    "Get those nuts away from my face!"
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In addition to having an abusive father whom she never had the chance to reconcile with, she was once sent to prison where she was forced to reside when her mother died.
  • Determinator: Has had more than her fair share of hardships, yet always kept a positive attitude, and is a firm believer of never letting the hardships keep you down, and to always believe in Forgiveness and The Power of Love.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Had very little patience when it came to bullshit, as evidenced when she lost her cool after an unprofessional showing by several of the queens at the Snatch Game.
  • Fun with Acronyms: According to her, a bitch is Being In Total Control of Herself, and read Jiggly as being a BMW, Body Made Wrong.
  • Gospel Revival Number: Asked by the other queens to take them to church ... Jesus is a biscuit, let him sop you up!
  • The Hyena: Observe.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Doesn't even attempt to hide his deep voice when in drag...and sometimes just makes it funnier.
  • Manly Gay: Is a very large (and in charge!) man out of drag, at first look you would never believe that she would be such a fabulous and kindhearted drag queen. Jiggly said it best when Latrice de-dragged for the first time:
    Jiggly Caliente: Latrice, she look like she went from Aretha Franklin to Biggie Smalls!
  • The Mentor: Took the role of surrogate Drag Mother for Lashauwn Beyond (for the two episodes Lashauwn was there) since both of them were from the same drag scene back in Florida.
  • Nice Girl: Season four's Miss Congeniality.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She stood as the tallest competitor in the show's history (until Season 7), at 6'4 and a half inches, she's actually a half inch taller than even RuPaul herself!
  • Team Mom: Occasionally overlapping with Mama Bear, which is a major reason she won that season's Miss Congeniality award.
  • Toothy Issue: Yet another queen this season with dental issues, having crooked teeth in her case.

Phi Phi O'Hara

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Real Name: Jaremi Carey

"This is a competition for talented people, not people who can buy a fucking pair of shoes!"

  • Abusive Parents: Phi Phi's father was horribly abusive and they remain estranged; she mentions this as the cause of her abrasive personality.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Despite Phi Phi's abrasive personality, most of the other queens grudgingly admitted that she's very attractive in boy mode.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Jennifer Love Hewitt found both Phi Phi her "Dads I'd Like To Frock" drag sister Gi Gi quite attractive in their striptease and runway looks.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Evil may be going a little far, but as far as her aggression to win the crown. At one point after being criticized for being overly competitive, she flat out asks why the other queens aren't as hungry as she is to win.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her overall nasty attitude is the result of having a physically and verbally abusive father.
  • In-Series Nickname: After calling Sharon Needles "Party City" (after the American chain of cheap costume stores), Sharon retorted with a new nickname of her own for Phi Phi, namely "Tired-Ass Showgirl".
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When she points out that Willam was praised (and would win) the "Hope Floats" challenge for the exact same thing that got Milan harshly read and later eliminated: making her Pride float about herself rather than the LGBTQ community.
  • Kick the Dog: The point where she crosses the line into being the villain of the season seems to be when she purposely tricks Jiggly into sabotaging herself in the magazine challenge, and then gloating about it afterwards.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Purposely sabotaged Jiggly in the magazine challenge by preying on her weight insecurities, and attempted to bribe Latrice into throwing the Frenemies challenge in order to send Willam home.
  • Mistaken for Racist: While playing the role of an insensitive politician, she referred to Latrice Royale and DiDa Ritz (who are both black) as "The Help". The editing made it look like they were offended by the line, but in reality, both queens laughed at it; their dour expressions came from other parts of the segment. It was primarily the judges who argued over whether or not the joke was in poor taste.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Ru even commented that she started very green but grew quickly through the competition. Within the final three she was even referred to as "The Ingénue".
  • Pet the Dog: Although usually seen as the Designated Villain of the season, she does have her kindhearted moment early in the season when she wins the phone call home mini-challenge and gives her prize to Chad Michaels, who wanted to call her husband for their anniversary. Most fans forget this moment, however, since it came before the worst of her Kick the Dog moments.
  • The Rival: To Sharon Needles.
  • This Is a Competition: And she's hungry to win, no matter what!
  • Toothy Issue: Has a snaggletooth, which she was teased about occasionally.
  • Unknown Rival: To Willam. Despite constantly getting in Willam's face, Willam never retaliated because she frankly couldn't care less what Phi Phi thought of her.

Chad Michaels

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Real Name: Chad Michaels

"I'm a professional!"

  • Back-Alley Doctor: Got at-home plastic surgery on her lips by a friend, and has since had to have several additional professional procedures to fix the damage it did.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Chad's opinion on a lot of "Cher-isms."
    Chad: I like to inject some reality into my Cher impersonation. You'll never see me go...[clicks tongue and flips her hair back] because Cher doesn't do that.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Practically the Team Mom for the other queens, but when you got on her bad side the claws most certainly came out.
  • Boring, but Practical: One of the most polished queens of the season, but since she always served up flawless elegance time after time, the judges (Michelle Visage, in particular) grew bored with Chad's constant perfection on the runway.
  • Catchphrase: "I'm a professional!"
  • Celebrity Impersonator: Her Cher impersonation is legendary. Not only does she provide the page image for this trope, but even in the first episode of Season 4, the other queens were already familiar with Chad's work and were a bit starstruck to be working with her this season (though Milan does say in the confessional that she wants to see what else Chad has to offer).
  • Creator Couple: Her partner Adam is a professional drag costume designer. He, for instance, made Chad's giraffe one-piece that received lots of praise from the judges.
  • Gender-Blender Name
  • Proper Lady
  • Second Place Is for Losers: As we would later see in All-Stars, Chad did not take kindly to losing the Season 4 crown to Sharon.
  • Serious Business: Takes her Cher-impersonation very seriously, and absolutely hates when other people use over-the-top stereotypical "Cher-isms" to impersonate her idol. This leads to a Funny Moment when after a particularly emotional rant on the subject RuPaul herself walks through the workroom and uses one of these Cher-isms towards Chad!
  • Stage Names: Averted, however she used to go by the drag name of Brigitte Love before going back to using her real name.
  • Too Clever by Half: Her most common criticism was that she would often come off as too polished or too perfect, to the point where she was not as engaging as her competitors.

Sharon Needles

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Real Name: Aaron Coady

"Three words I'd use to describe Sharon are beautiful, spooky, and stupid."

  • The Ace: Won four individual challenges throughout the season along with the crown.
  • Brainless Beauty: Is proud of the fact that Sharon Needles as a character is a completely brain-dead bimbo.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Does not do well with criticism while trying to perform, she argued with producer Max Mutchnick and professional dancer Candis Cayne, to the horror of the other queens.
  • Country Mouse: Despite claiming Pittsburgh as her adopted hometown, she's originally from Newton, Iowa, and it was in Des Moines (Iowa's capital and largest city) that she got her first taste of urban gay nightlife.
  • Eye Colour Change: As a goth queen she, of course, has sets of contacts to give her blood-red eyes and zombie-white eyes.
  • The Determinator:
    "If anyone ever boos you off stage, that is simply applause from ghosts."
  • Freaky Fashion, Mild Mind: Almost all of the outfits she wore for the show were fantastically freaky, even macabre, and with the exception of her "dog park chic" look, there was a touch of the night in everything she designed. In personality, however, she's definitely a Perky Goth.
    • Uncanny Valley Make Up: Used to compliment her outfits, including eye make-up in deepest black, combined with ghostly white cadaver foundation.
  • Funny Background Event: During the ending of every episode when Ru would ask "Can I get an Amen?" Sharon would always wave towards the floor, as if hailing Satan. This was apparently because Sharon hated religion in general, and has even said having to say "Amen" was her least favorite part of the show.
  • Genre Blindness: Called herself out on the fact she stubbornly wanted to wear her zombie-white contacts with what could have been a very beautiful dress, instead making her look creepy and putting off the judges.
  • Hollywood Satanism
  • I Can't Dance
  • I'll Take That as a Compliment: Her reaction to The Princess saying she loved her meth look was to claim she's probably the only person who could take being told she has a "meth look" as a compliment.
  • In-Series Nickname: Affectionately dubbed "Party City" by Phi Phi O'Hara after a chain of party supply stores that sells cheap Halloween costumes in October, she countered by claiming she liked Party City, and gave Phi Phi a nickname of her own, "Tired-Ass Showgirl". Alaska calls her "Noodles".
  • Never Accepted in His Hometown: Zig-zagged. Sharon was The Scrappy in Pittsburgh's drag scene before the show, and she would talk about how no one back home really understood her spooky goth style. After winning the season, she was showered with praise from the city government (June 19th is officially "Sharon Needles Day") but is still controversial in the local gay community. It is telling that she has never performed at Pittsburgh Pride.
  • Official Couple: With Season 5's Alaska, until they broke up in 2013.
  • Perky Goth: Her own personal style, as well as almost all of her runway looks, are in the least very quirky and at most downright horror-themed — to great success.
  • The Rival: To Phi Phi O'Hara.
  • Rule of Three: Is a firm believer that you need three distinct attributes to be a successful drag queen, Sharon's three are being Beautiful, Spooky, and Stupid.
  • Running Gag: Her constantly complaining that she still hadn't won a cruise in the competition.
  • Sadist: She released a couple of vines in which she hammily slapped, beat and burned some friends (who were giggling throughout). Fan Dumb interpreted it as "assault", of course.
  • Seers: Claimed to have the power to see the future, since she apparently predicted the outcome of the "Hot In Tuckahoe" challenge perfectly...
    • Not So Omniscient After All: ... however when pressed to predict the final three of the season, she chose Latrice Royale, Chad Michaels, and Phi Phi O'Hara, which, fortunately for her, was off the mark.
  • Squee!: The only real way to describe that sound she makes after winning the first challenge of the competition: getting to create a post-apocalyptic bloodied zombie look and to show it off to her childhood idol, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Phi Phi in the "Frenemy" challenge, and later with Mike in the "DILF" challenge, at least at first.
  • Toothy Issue: Her teeth appear yellow from smoking, but it may have just been the contrast against her pale foundation. Either way, the effect has diminished as she appears to have gotten them whitened since then.
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