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    The Judges 
While RuPaul has the final say in who stays, who goes, and who ultimately wins the crown, she is joined by a pair of judges to bounce opinions back and forth. Ever since season 3, they've had the power to bring back a previously-eliminated queen, but only if they can agree on one. In addition, Ru also employs one or more celebrities each week to either assist with the challenges and/or participate as guest judges for the critiques.note 

RuPaul

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"If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen?"

Real Name: RuPaul Andre Charles

  • The Ace: The most successful Drag Queen in the business, bar none.
  • Artistic License – Biology: While giving Adore Delano a pep talk she talks about how when a bone breaks, the place where it heals becomes the strongest point on that bone ... this is actually a medical myth, research has shown there is no evidence that a healed fracture site on a bone is any stronger or weaker than the rest of the bone.
  • Artistic License – History: Claims that the term "DRAG" is derived from William Shakespeare himself meaning Dressed Resembling A Girl ... however, this is just a myth and is easily disproven due to the fact that not only are acronyms a product of the last century (and not used during Shakespeare's time period), but the term "girl" at the time was only used to describe a female child, and was not interchanged with "young woman" like it has been in more modern times.
  • Bald of Awesome: In Boy Mode.
  • Catchphrase: As the show's host and lead judge she has several, most delivered at least once an episode, including:
    • "Good luck, and don't fuck it up"
    • "Hello, hello, hello!" whenever she first enters the workroom.
    • "Eleganza Extravaganza!" as well as "Gag on my Eleganza!"
    • "You'd better work!", from her song Supermodel.
    • "Gentlemen, start your engines ... and may the best woman win!"
    • When Ru gets a glowing compliment from one of her judges about the gown she's wearing that week, she will occasionally reply with a "This old thing?"
    • "Condragulations" to the queen who wins the challenge of the week.
    • "Shante, you stay" for the queen who wins the lip synch for their life.
    • "Now sashay ... away" for the queen who is eliminated that week.
    • "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen? (AMEN!) Now let the music play!" at the end of every episode.
    • "You've got she-mail!" has been officially retired as of Season 6, due to the backlash from the transgender community, and has been replaced in Season 7 with "Ooo! She already done got herses!"
    • Borrowed Catchphrase: She has officially pilfered Alaska's signature "Hiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeee!"
  • Corpsing: Highly present in Season 10, there's just something about how Michelle Visage says " ... Miss Vaaaaanjie" that sends Ru into a fit of hysterics!
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Most times, by virtue of wigs. This could almost be called Ru's signature look.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Available on iTunes!
  • Fun with Acronyms: All of her queens have to come to the competition ready to show off their Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent.
  • Gender-Blender Name
  • The Hyena: Ru's laugh is even on one of the show's eyecatches.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Her hindsight reaction to Season 2's "Chicken or What?'' mini-challenge. She says it looked like a good idea on paper ... but the end result (in particular the smell) still gives her nightmares.
    • Also her reaction upon realizing she sat guest judge Leah Remini right next to Michelle Visage. As she predicted, the two end up bickering hilariously like alley cats the entire time.
  • The Mentor: Besides serving this role in the workroom, Ru also once a season sits down with the final three (or four) contestants for a "lunch" (consisting of a single Tic-Tac for the contestant) and talks to them, frequently about their life experiences and struggles.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: It is very rare indeed for Ru to ever admit she was wrong, however in Season 7 she admitted that she and the show had made a mistake in the very unflattering editing they gave Jasmine Masters, which caused Jasmine to become the target of hateful racial slurs and even death threats online (causing Jasmine to become genuinely afraid for her safety). Come the reunion, she felt she needed to make amends for this, and set up a personalized video message for Jasmine from her favorite celebrity, Patti LaBelle, to 'lift her back up' after the show made her feel so down.
  • Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: Averted, since Ru was born in 1960.
  • Older Than They Look: Believe it or not, she's 55.
  • One Judge to Rule Them All: Makes no effort to hide the fact that her choice as to who to eliminate or crown is final, though she will take the other judges' words into consideration.
  • Pungeon Master
  • Rage Breaking Point: Reached one after the ShakesQueer maxi-challenge, in which just about every member of the losing team made excuses and refused to accept any responsibility for their poor performance. Just one queen doing this is enough to irk her, but six was just too much for Mama Ru as she told them to stop making excuses and to step up their game! (rumor has it Ru's actual tirade was much, much longer than what was shown during the episode, but she actually had the cameras turned off at one point for most of it)
    “For all you girls up there, I don’t want to hear any god damn excuses! Make. it. work. Fucking make it happen!”
  • Really 700 Years Old: Played for Laughs, as she likes to jokingly claim she's really 200 years old.
  • Sassy Black Woman: While in drag ... and sometimes even while in Boy Mode.
  • Serious Business: Any of RuPaul's product lines are serious business to her (such as with her music CD's or her 'Glamazon' make-up line). When the queens have to advertise a fake product, Ru seems to lean more towards the silly and campy when it comes to the Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness, however, when it comes to her own products, although Ru enjoys an amusing ad, she wants the queens to treat her merchandise with proper respect, and not as a joke.
  • Shameless Self-Promoter: Done with a wink and a nudge, keeping it on the right side of Camp.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: In Boy Mode, is hardly ever seen without a nicely tailored suit. This has led to comments that it's impossible for Ru to look anything less than stunning as either gender, much to the dismay of people who have difficultly looking good even as one!
  • Shattering the Illusion: One of her biggest pet peeves is when queens use their own hair in drag, especially when they have a masculine buzzcut/hairline.
  • Shipper on Deck: Has no qualms about telling queens (or Santino) that she thinks they need to hook up. When she ships Ivy and Jinkx at the reunion and is told the reason they can't hook up is because Ivy already has a boyfriend, she just points out they should get Ivy's boyfriend involved as well!
  • Signature Move: Raising her left arm and posing in beat with "Covergirl", when introducing the runway part of each episode.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Is certainly no stranger to dropping F-bombs, it's even included in one of her most common catch phrases. It's said she gained this trait from her loving mother, who had the mouth of a sailor (instead of just saying "don't fuck it up", Mother Ru would say "don't fuck it up, you pussy-mouthed motherfucker!").
    • Hypocrisy: Despite this, she will usually be the first to chastise her queens on their naughty language during a challenge.
  • Split Personality: RuPaul in a suit is a caring mentor figure who helps the queens show their best face in the challenges. RuPaul in a dress is the Final Judge whose word is law.
    • There's also a third personality that most commonly shows up during the Clip Show or during a RuVealed season, that's a more in-character and scripted RuPaul which employs a liberal use of the stock "kiki" voice and generally is a lot less serious than how she seems un-(or at least less-)scripted.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Stands a staggering 6'4 ... before heels and hair! Rather appropriate given Ru's gigantic stature in the drag world in general.
  • Stealth Insult:
    • As "Workroom Ru" she specializes in these when she feels a queen she's checking up on is going in the wrong direction for a challenge. Depending on the queen they may or may not get it.
    • Multiple times during the All Stars 2 reunion she calls Phi Phi out ... although she doesn't mention her by name, its painfully obvious she's calling BS on Phi Phi's claims against the show.
  • This Is a Competition: As she has said, "this (show), like everything else in life, is a competition."

Michelle Visage

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"Don't rely on that body!"

Real Name: Michelle Lynn Shupack


  • Accentuate the Negative: Quite a few queens have called her out on her harsh and bitchy criticisms in her personalized view of what drag should be. However ...
    • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Behind the scenes (especially during her aftershow Whatcha Packin' with Michelle Visage) she has gone on record saying she thinks every single Drag Queen on the show is fabulous in their own way, and explains that when she's on the judge's panel she only critiques so harshly because she wants her queens to hone and improve their skills.
  • Berserk Button: Due to the bullying she was subjected to when she was in school, she absolutely loathes bullies and cliques, and hates seeing the queens enter into them to work to single out other queens, like with Season 3's Heathers and Season 5's Rolaskatox. She even hates it when queens pretend to act like bullies, like when she venomously criticized Season 6's Adore and Laganja's make-up ad if only because of their assigned theme of "Mean Girls".
  • Big Breast Pride: Loves to show off her big breasts. Also not afraid to admit she bought them and has no issue telling you so.
    • Subverted in February 2019, however, when Visage announced the implants were being removed due to making her ill.
  • Butt-Monkey: Is Ru's personal butt monkey, and she loves every minute of it!
  • Catchphrase: "Stop relying on that body!" ever since Season 3, given to any queen whom Michelle feels is giving too much 'fish' and not enough talent.
  • Fag Hag
  • The Hyena: Possibly as much as RuPaul herself. When Sharon Needles impersonates her for the Snatch Game, she points out Visage's infamous cackle (which according to her, could be heard anywhere backstage).
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": When Santino calls her out on mispronouncing "Brocade" she tries to claim that's how they say it in France ... as an actual Fashion Designer, he doesn't buy that even for a second.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her dislike of the color green, even though it stems due to the fact it doesn't look good on her, the fashion industry also treats green as a very difficult color to work with, as it rarely photos very well and just isn't very flattering on a lot of people. In addition, when a queen does pull off green, Michelle will normally (begrudgingly) admit it.
    • Also a number of her critiques do actually make sense at times, even if the delivery comes off a little bitchy or harsh.
  • Joisey: Often mocked.
  • Shattering the Illusion: Has a pet peeve against queens who constantly use a breast plate as a major aspect of their runway look. She once even whipped out her own breasts during a rant on how the plates just don't look like the real thing (the breastplate in this case could be spotted as fake by any random on the street!). Which is ironic considering she's freely admitted to having implants herself, but also occasionally receives a Hypocrisy Nod.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Will not hesitate to call the queens out for targeting a fellow competitor, like when Roxxxy, Alaska, and Detox (or Rolodex as she called them) gang up on Jinkx Monsoon to vote her out.


Carson Kressley

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"Be you but don’t be you. Give us less but more!"

  • Camp Gay: So very much.
  • The Fashionista: As the "fashion savant" from Queer Eye, he took over Santino Rice's role as judge.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Style superstar Carson Kressley!"
  • Put on a Bus: Was almost completely absent from judging in Season 11, finally reappearing in Episode 12 to which they joke about his season-long absence.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Averted, both him and Ross Mathews were well received as Santino's replacements at the judges' table.
  • Revolving Door Casting: He shares the position of second permanent judge with Ross Mathews and they alternate on the chair every episode or so, with Carson usually being present for the fashion challenges. They are both present for finales, or if there's only one special guest judge.



Ross Matthews

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"As quite possibly the biggest super fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the entire galaxy, I take my position as a judge very seriously and will proudly serve as a voice for my fellow super fans ... albeit a very high-pitched voice."

  • Ascended Extra: Was a guest judge in previous seasons, and upgraded to full-time judge (sharing the position with Carson Kressley) since Season 7, replacing Santino Rice.
  • The Beard: After Michelle reads Season 7's Kandy Ho for painting herself with a beard: "I had a beard once, a lovely girl."
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: When he judges the queens, he prefers them to 'have a little stank on them' and not be too pretty.
  • Phrase Catcher: Usually it's "the hilarious Ross Mathews!", sometimes "funny man Ross Mathews".
  • Pungeon Master: And it's glorious!
    Ross: The other girls better ketchup. They mustard about her. I want you to relish this moment. Somebody stop me!
  • Replacement Scrappy: Averted, both him and Carson Kressley were well received as Santino's replacements at the judges' table.
  • Revolving Door Casting: He shares the position of second permanent judge with Carson Kressley and they alternate on the chair every episode or so, with Ross usually being present for the comedy challenges. They are both present for finales, or if there's only one special guest judge.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Has quite a high-pitched Camp voice, which he himself pokes fun of.

Santino Rice

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"Hey Ru, shall we dance?"

  • Accentuate the Negative: Most of his critiques, to the frustration of some queens such as Shannel and Latrice Royale who find them more mean-spirited than anything.
  • Aesop Amnesia: After he likens Latrice Royale's runway look to a "couch from Rent-A-Center," she lays into him for giving critiques that aren't helpful, just insulting for the sake of humor. Although Rice does apologize, he does the exact same thing the following season when he likens Roxxxy Andrew's long-fringed runway look to Chewbacca. It almost feels like karma when guest judge Kristen Johnston immediately tells him to shut up, calling Roxxxy's look "perfection".
  • Bi the Way
    • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Regarding his sexuality, Santino has said in the past while he finds women beautiful, he's more often sexually attracted to men. Irony may set in given that he's a judge on a show featuring drag queens, whom are men who give the illusion of beautiful women.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Demoted to Extra: Will sashay away as full-time judge for Season 7, only being brought back for a single episode as a guest judge.
  • The Fashionista: Something of a male example and his role in the show as a judge, as he's a gay/bisexual fashion designer best known for his role on Project Runway.
  • In-Series Nickname: Sometimes teasingly referred to as "Clown-Fucker", which is slang for a guy who likes to have sex with drag queens.
  • Nice Hat: Frequently wears these due to his premature baldness.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Shake the dice and steal the rice, it's Santino!", or some variation thereof.
  • Prematurely Bald: Often when the queens retaliate to his critiques this is something they bring up. Santino for his part usually laughs along. As a note, as of Season 6 Santino has shaved his head completely smooth.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: Another thing they'll point out is that he was the runner-up on his season of Project Runway.

Merle Ginsberg

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"When I heard the name Ongina, I thought, 'Oh my dear. This sounds like a cross between a heart attack and a yeast infection.'"

  • Boring, but Practical: Although she certainly had all the credentials to be a judge, she just did not have the same level of camp that Ru and Santino (and her eventual replacement, Michelle) had.
  • The Fashionista
  • Fag Hag
  • Put on a Bus: Was only a judge during the first two seasons before being permanently replaced by Michelle Visage.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Not only was she replaced come season 3, she's also never mentioned in the context of the show ever again. Also, the true nature of her departure is somewhat of a mystery, as neither Ru nor Merle have ever provided any explanation (or even an acknowledgement).
    • This trope was played with to hilarious effect in the season 7 episode with Merle as a guest judge. The maxi challenge featured the queens performing in three different (all equally ridiculous) versions of what really happened to result in Michelle replacing Merle.
    • Two of the most prevalent theories is that she left the show to pursue new opportunities, or that she was just a placeholder for when Michelle Visage could be brought in as a judge.

Todrick Hall


  • Ascended Extra: He occupies a permanent spot at the judges' table during All Stars 2.
  • Demoted to Extra: After All Stars 2 he reverted to guest judge status.
  • Once a Season: Since Season 8, he shows up in one or two episodes to help the queens with a challenge as vocal coach and/or choreographer, then joins Ru as a guest judge.

    The Pit Crew 
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The Pit Crew are the hunky, underwear-clad models who help Ru set up the challenges, while providing eye candy for both the queens and the viewers. Jason Carter and Shawn Morales are the most well-known, but the first two seasons featured Max "The Body" Philisaire and Emanuel Palmer. Season 6 expanded the Pit Crew to four members when the show added Miles Davis Moody and Simon Sherry-Wood. As of Season 7, Shawn Morales and Simon Sherry-Wood have retired from the Pit Crew with their skimpy underwear being filled by newcomer, Bryce Eilenberg. Miles retired from the crew as of Season 9, leaving just Jason and Bryce remaining.

Common for all the Pit Crew:

  • Does Not Like Shoes: The uniform for a pit crew member is just a pair of tight briefs, no shoes allowed!
  • Five-Token Band: Despite being short one member, Season 6's Pit Crew qualifies as every member was of a different nationality, Shawn being Hispanic and Caucasian, Jason being black, Miles being a black/white mix, and Simon being white and European.
    • Token Trio: As of season 7 the Pit Crew has been downgraded to a trio, with Jason being black, Bryce being white (and straight), and Miles being bi-racial.
  • Hidden Depths: At first the Pit Crew were only there to be eye candy (in the first two seasons, Ru never even referred to them by name), later seasons have given members some additional developement, reaching a peak in Season 6 when they got their own special series on WOWPresents, and were featured in RuPaul's album The CoverGurlz.
  • Living Prop: Literal example in that it's not unusual for them to be offered to the queens as props for a challenge.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Phrase Catcher: "Oh Pit Crew!", and in Season 6 "Oh Scruff Pit Crew!"note 
  • Product Placement: Andrew Christian briefs, the only clothing they wear on the show. Some have even modeled for him outside the show.
    • In Season 6, the pit crew is sponsored by the SCRUFF gay social network.
    • In Season 7 they are sponsored by Justin Case Underwear, the site even has 'RuPaul Exclusives' called "RuPairs".
  • Put on a Bus: Max Philisaire and Emanuel Palmer disappeared from the Pit Crew after the second season.
  • The Voiceless: Unless Ru asks the crew a direct question, they are usually there to be seen, and not heard.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Coupled with a rare male example of She's Got Legs, as the pit crew are almost always walking around in just their underwear.

Shawn Morales

Jason Carter

  • Attention Whore: Accused of being one by the other queens when they noticed that whenever he's having his picture taken, he will "eye-fuck" the camera.
  • Long-Runners: Is the longest running Pit Crew member, having been part of the crew since Season 3 and still being a part of the current crew.
  • Older Than They Look: Is 35 years old as of Season 7.
  • The Twink: Hairless, and always oiled up, in opposition to fellow pit crew member, Shawn, as The Bear.

Simon Sherry-Wood

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: While Shawn's retirement was announced beforehand, many fans didn't even realize Simon had left the Pit Crew in Season 7 until a few episodes in (in Season 6 it wasn't unusual for Pit Crew members to be rotated per episode, so at first fans just assumed Simon would swap in for another member at some point).
  • Token White: He's the first permanent white member of the Pit Crew. Ironically, on The Real World he was the token gay and the only European roommate (he's from Ireland).
  • The Twink: Has this in common with Jason, especially with his blonde hair and tan.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Is the only Pit Crew member to last just one season before retiring his skimpy undies.

Miles Davis Moody

Bryce Eilenberg

  • Celebrity Resemblance: Is often told he looks like Andy Dalton, football quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Fiery Redhead: Is the first (and only) redheaded member of the Pit Crew.
  • Hot Scientist: He's an aerospace engineer in his regular job.
  • Token Minority: Is the only straight member of the Pit Crew (since the first two seasons anyway). In fact, he may very well be the only straight man of the regular cast in front of the cameras!

    All-Stars 

Mimi Imfurst (Team Mandora)

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Real Name: Braden Chapman

"This time around, I will not pick nobody up, it is time for America to see who I really am."

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Possibly the worst offender, in addition to being picked last when paired up for teams, the other queens would outright tell Mimi to her face they did not consider her an All-Star, and that the only reason she was there was because "somebody has to go home first".
  • Berserk Button: One surefire way to get a rise out of Mimi is to attack her fans.
  • Formerly Fat: Lost quite a bit of weight since her season, but this actually worked against her when she was called out on the fact she did not update her drag style to compliment her new, slimmer body.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: While the queens discuss several other previous contestants that would have been more appropriate to be an "All Star" than Mimi, they bring up Rebecca Glasscock ... and quickly decide between the two, even Mimi was a better choice.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Looked to be gearing up for a moment of awesomeness during her lip sync against season favorite, Chad Michaels, as she strips off her costume to dramatically reveal ... a boring party dress. The other queens even point out it was a rather lame attempt to excite the judges.
  • No Fair Cheating: Discussed when most of the queens find it suspicious that Mimi had the third highest rank to join All-Stars (right behind Sharon Needles and Pandora Boxx). Although it's not at all uncommon, nor against the rules, for a queen to lobby for votes, they were convinced there was something unscrupulous going on with Mimi having obtained so many votes.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Didn't learn her lesson from Season 3, as she forces a kiss onto her partner, Pandora, during a photo shoot that the latter queen was not comfortable with.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the other queens verbally attacked her in the Untucked Lounge, she grabbed her stuff and actually left the studio. If not for her partner going out there to bring her back, Mimi very well may have just quit the show right then.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Averted, although this trope was certainly in action on her partner's side, Mimi did pick Pandora to be her partner the second go-around.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Called the other queens out in Confession Cam that they should feel ashamed for bullying her the way they had, berating her talent and her fans.

Pandora Boxx (Team Mandora)

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Real Name: Michael Steck

"Did somebody order a hooker?!"

  • Gave Up Too Soon: Discussed by the other queens after her elimination. Although Pandora had given up after she was saddled with Mimi, the fact they were both hilarious camp queens could have made the pair a force to be reckoned with in the competition.
  • His Own Worst Enemy: When she gets teamed with the All Stars unfavorite, Mimi Imfurst, it's obvious she mentally checks out of the competition, even saying afterwards that she considered their team-up unfair and doomed from the start. The other queens disagreed though when they say outright that Team Mandora could have been a fierce duo if Pandora had not just given up.
  • Never My Fault: Was very quick to blame any of her team's shortcomings on her partner, and said outright when the two were in the bottom that it was Mimi who put them there.
  • Rousing Speech: Gives one to her partner when Mimi almost left the competition, telling her to not care about the past or the drama, and to just get back in there and prove the judges why she's an All Star.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: She did not want to be partnered with Mimi Imfurst and did little to hide her irritation at the outcome. It doesn't work though, and they are sent home in the first episode.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: As far as how she's changed and what she's been up to since her season. Although there was plenty of focus on her during the first episode, it was mostly of her pouting about being teamed up with Mimi Imfurst, after which she was unceremoniously eliminated.

Tammie Brown (Team Brown Flowers)

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Real Name: Keith Glen Schubert

"Well come on, Teletubby! Teleport us to Mars!"

  • Beware the Nice Ones: She proved even sweet and kooky Tammie Brown was not to be trifled with when she said although she could make the classroom laugh, she could also make them cry if she wanted to.
  • Can't Take Criticism: When Michelle Visage read her down for her poor Tammy Faye Messner she lost her cool, accusing Michelle of trying to act like a Grand Madame and reading her back on the make-up line on Michelle's neck.
  • Covert Pervert: Tammie was certainly more dirty-minded than her upbeat and goofy demeanor would have you suspect, especially in one scene where she plays a game of grab-ass with Jujubee in the workroom.
  • Graceful Loser: She never seemed to have any drive to win, she just enjoyed dancing around, making people laugh, and generally having a groovy time of things.
  • Punny Name: Their team name, as the term "Brown Flower" can also very easily be interpreted as another word for anus.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: In the joke-writing Celebrity Impersonator challenge, Tammie wants to be funny without actually telling jokes or emulating the celebrity she dresses up as, Tammy Faye Messner. Although she does end up being hilarious, the judges say outright she was funny for all the wrong reasons, completely failing the challenge.
  • Visual Pun: During the trivia challenge she's asked what underwear her partner wears, and decides the best way to figure that out is to "smell the flowers" ... so she stops and spends a few minutes sniffing her teammate, Nina Flowers.

Nina Flowers (Team Brown Flowers)

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Real Name: Jorge Flores

"I didn't won season one because I needed to be here to win All-Stars."

  • The Ace: Besides Chad Michaels, Nina was one queen whom every other competitor expressed a deep respect for, calling her one of the legends.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Towards her partner, Tammie Brown. Whereas everyone else would sometimes find Tammie weird and annoying, Nina was already used to Tammie from her own season, so it never bothered her.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Says this almost word-for-word in the Untucked lounge after facing the possibility of going home. The other queens, especially Chad and Raven, return in kind.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: As her partner was so kooky, the judges suspected that instead of trying to mesh their talents, Nina dimmed her own light and allowed Tammie to carry their team.
  • Punny Name: Their team name, as the term "Brown Flower" can also very easily be interpreted as another word for anus.
  • Small Reference Pools: Ru questioned her choice of La Lupe, a rather obscure Cuban celebrity, as her choice for the Gaff-In.
  • This Is a Competition: When Team Brown Flowers hits the bottom two she's upset since she "came to win", it was just a shame her partner seemed to be there just for fun.

Latrice Royale (Team Latrila)

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Real Name: Timothy Wilcots

"The ultimate SHADE of it all!"

  • Fat and Skinny: The fat to Manila's skinny, who was probably the most petite of the queens on All Stars.
  • Homage: Her "Bad Girls" runway is a direct homage to one of the fiercest drag bitches in history, Divine.
  • Odd Couple: Their pairing was probably the most disjointed, since (as they point out) they barely know a thing about one another, while every other team were either from the same season, and/or were friends outside of the competition.
  • Nice Guy: This is the reason Manila chose Latrice as her partner, as she put it there is not a single person who doesn't love Latrice Royale.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: When the queens have to go out in day drag and convince strangers to perform stunts, she comments that she has the hardest time with it since many people are intimidated by a 'large, seven-foot tall drag queen'.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: In reaction to Latrice's cry of "DEEP FRIED BUTTER!!" in regards to impersonating Oprah Winfrey, RuPaul thought she meant she would be impersonating Paula Deen.

Manila Luzon (Team Latrila)

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Real Name: Karl Westerberg

"I am an All-Star 'cause I'm the fiercest drag queen 'round ... GAG!"

  • Dark and Troubled Past: She was forced out of the closet by her ex-girlfriend, ending up in a really dark place for awhile and nearly Driven to Suicide, and that it was doing drag that actually saved her life.
  • Fat and Skinny: The skinny to Latrice's fat, who is the biggest of the Big Beautiful Woman on All Stars.
  • It's All About Me: The judges accused her of this when it became evident she wasn't sharing her style with Latrice, making their partnership appear disjointed.
  • Nice Hat: Manila tops herself from Season 3, strutting into the competition wearing a black, dainty hand holding a cigarette on her head, and leaving the show wearing a feathered high-heel shoe in her hair.
  • Odd Couple: Their pairing was probably the most disjointed, since (as they point out) they barely know a thing about one another, while every other team were either from the same season, and/or were friends outside of the competition.

Yara Sofia (Team Yarlexis)

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"Baby, I'm an All-Star. I'm Yara Sofia. Swallow it."

Real Name: Gabriel Burgos Ortiz

  • Anime Hair: Although a staple of her style even in season 3, it was turned Up to Eleven here when she featured her "four-way clothesline" coif.
  • Call-Back: After playing a rather confusing Amy Winehouse in Season 3's Snatch Game, she was asked why she didn't pick someone more her style, like Charo. Guess which celebrity she impersonates for this season's Gaff-In?
  • Informed Flaw: Her lack of skill with English was sighted as one by the other queens. While Yara most certainly had an issue with the English language, she never let it hold her back in the competition, always using it to her advantage when she could instead.
  • Muscle Angst: Had difficulty during the Girl Group challenge due to the fact she was not strong enough to lift her celebrity partner, Kelly Osbourne, into the air. As a result, her and Alexis had to continuously simplify their choreography until their entire performance suffered as a result.
  • The Unintelligible: To the point that Alexis Mateo once commented that even though they both speak Spanish and English half the time she didn't understand Yara in either.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Had a breakdown after Chad received a loving message from her father, since she still has such a broken relationship with her own father due to being gay and being a drag queen.

Alexis Mateo (Team Yarlexis)

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Real Name: Alexis Mateo Pacheco

"The jig is up, bitches!"

  • Informed Flaw: When asked who should go home, the other queens all say Team Yarlexis due to their language barrier. However, their lack of English had never been a hindrance to them in the show, and Alexis angrily calls bullshit on the other queens as just targeting them because they were a threat to win.
  • The Load: Alexis was accused by the other queens of coasting on her teammate's talents, as Yara had the louder personality of the pair, as well as being the one with the dressmaking skill and edgy style.
  • Rage Breaking Point: She reaches one in the third episode after the other queens singled out Team Yarlexis, or more specifically Alexis herself for being The Load of their team, to be sent home. Alexis then proceeds to read the other queens down, and let them know that her and Yara were going to be sending all of their asses home.
  • The Resenter: Claims that Mimi stole her job at a club, although Mimi says that when she was hired she had no idea Alexis was going to be let go. Regardless, Alexis still holds quite a bitter grudge.
  • Straight Man: Her Shakira celebrity impersonation was referred to as this, as although she came off kind of boring and drab, she was the perfect backboard for Yara's wacky Charo to bounce off of.

Jujubee (Team Rujubee)

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Real Name: Airline Inthyrath

"I'm Jujubee. I like long walks on the beach, big dicks, and fried chicken."

  • Always Second Best: More like always third best. Although she did hit the top a few times, she never scored a win in the competition outside of a mini-challenge, and came in third place in the overall show twice, first in Season 2, and again in All-Stars. Lampshaded during the World of Wonder Game Show when she's thrilled to have actually come in second for once.
  • Expy: Possibly unintentional, but it is difficult not to compare her comedy act in which she imitates her painfully Asian grandmother who asks her "Are you gay?!" to well-known comedian, Margaret Cho.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one after her emotional lip-synch with Raven, in which she actually started to hyperventilate and complain that she was having trouble breathing. Luckily, she got over it pretty quickly once Ru decided to keep both of them for the finale.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Team Rujubee's lip-sync against one another was heartbreaking, as the two were best friends outside of the show. Jujubee actually had a panic attack after the song was over and all the emotions hit her at once.
  • No Fair Cheating: Her and Raven were part of the "Don't Be Jealous of My Boogie" music video, and use the same choreography for the girl group challenge using that song. Ru calls them out on the fact they are basically copying the dance moves instead of making their own.
  • Shrinking Violet: Happened during the group interview in the final episode, the other queens would continue to snatch the attention, leading to Jujubee finally snapping at Shannel.

Raven (Team Rujubee)

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Real Name: David Petruschin

"I got a sassy attitude, wit, humor, I am an All-Star!"

  • Always Second Best: Is the only queen to to end the overall series as first runner-up twice, in Season 2 and again in All Stars
  • Fighting Your Friend: Was forced to lip-sync against her best friend, Jujubee, after their team landed in the bottom during the penultimate challenge.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: The subject of her comedy routine, in which she claimed the names of the men she sleeps with were an unwanted formality, and the longest relationship she has ever been in was a 48-hour romance with an inmate while incarcerated in jail.
  • No Fair Cheating: Her and Jujubee were part of the "Don't Be Jealous of My Boogie" music video, and use the same choreography for the girl group challenge using that song. Ru calls them out on the fact they are basically copying the dance moves instead of making their own.

Shannel (Team Shad)

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Real Name: Bryan Watkins

"When I competed last time, everybody thought I was this arrogant bitch."

  • Attention Whore: Was called out by the other queens of always wanting all eyes on her. At one point she even had to be reigned in by her partner when she tried changing the choreography to give herself an unfair amount of spotlight.
  • Hypocrite: When asked which team should be eliminated, she chooses Yarlexis because Yara is carrying both of them. Yara is quick to point out that in fact Chad is carrying Shannel.
  • The Load: Fully admitted that it was Chad who made their team so successful.
  • Mistaken for Racist: During her comedy act, her comment about her being a 32 year-old white man living in a black woman's body did not go over well with the judges.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: During her own season she did not win a single challenge and considered her run a total failure, during All Stars with Chad Michaels as her partner, Team Shad won a total of three challenges, over half of the total team challenges that season.
  • Rules Lawyer: Liked to claim because she asked RuPaul to eliminate her in her own season she was never actually beaten by anyone, so technically she was undefeated in Drag Race.

Chad Michaels (Team Shad)

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Real Name: Chad Michaels

"Good luck tributes, and may the odds be ever in your favor."

  • The Ace: The favorite of All-Stars and the queen to beat according to the other contestants, Shannel even said that she didn't consider any of the other queens real competition until Chad arrived.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Although she still had her Team Mom moments, she was much more arrogant, bitter (about the previous season), and hungry to win this time around.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: As seen from the above quote, taken from The Hunger Games.
  • Break the Haughty: In the first episode during the "Half-baked" photoshoot, she had the idea to apply gore make-up to her and her partner's neck in order to make their photo more editorial. The intended message of their 'heads being on the chopping block' went right over the judges' heads, and instead came off as ugly and confusing landing her team on the bottom.
  • Call-Back: While preparing for her comedy routine, Chad plans on using the joke that instead of shopping at "Forever 21" she shops at "Forever 41". Fans of the show will remember this as the read Jiggly Caliente gave Chad in Season 4, word for word.
  • Informed Attribute: Claims that in contrast to her partner, Shannel, in being an "Uptown Girl", her style has her more as a "Downtown Girl". Ru is quick to point out that Chad is really not 'downtown' since her look is always so put together.
  • Ironic Nickname: Not so much their team name in general, but how RuPaul would say "Shad" with an obvious Cher-themed inflection. Chad is a Cher impersonator and hates when people use over-the-top Cher-isms to impersonate her.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Came in second in her original season, but won the crown in All-Stars.
  • The Resenter: Walked into the competition making jokes about how Sharon Needles was only borrowing her crown and $100,000. The other queens even said outright she seemed resentful about losing season 4.
  • Shout-Out: She makes several references to The Hunger Games during this season.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: She brings this up during the penultimate challenge, when she claims that any time you can take the silly/funny route in a challenge to do so, instead of trying to make it serious (making a Call-Back to Season 4 when Jiggly Caliente got eliminated for doing just that).
  • Think of the Children!: Delivered to her by RuPaul during the Superhero challenge, in which Chad wanted to name her super-heroine "Fire Pussy". Ru told her she was hoping their comic book ideas would be less adult themed and more family friendly, so Chad ended up changing the name to "Fire Crotch" instead.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-universe, after the judges critiqued their photoshoot, Chad angrily said that an editorial picture was supposed to be misunderstood, that's what makes it editorial.


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Coco Montrese (Season 5)

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Real Name: Martin Cooper

"Orange you girls happy to see me?"

  • Call-Back: Brings back her character from the Ru Paul Roast for the stand-up challenge.
  • Ill Boy: Reveals during the reunion right before the show was was recovering from massive lung failure, although she didn't reveal this during the competition because she didn't want any special treatment because of it.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Is known as the diva of lipsynchs and is a professional showgirl and Celebrity Impersonator in Las Vegas, yet decides to step out of her box and perform a dance number inspired by the The Golden Age of Hollywood. It doesn't work in her favor, and her performance was so underwhelming that her friend Roxxxy eliminated her for it.
  • Running Gag: Her oft-mocked love of the color orange (due to her ungodly orange foundation during Season 5).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Embracing the meme from Season 5, she has taken to Nacho Cheese Doritos. Interviews have even shown her to have about a dozen snack sized bags of Doritos in her hotel room, and she first enters the workroom holding a custom makeup compact in the shape of a Dorito chip.
  • Uncanny Valley Make Up: Has worked hard to fix her make-up after having her complexion likened to a Dorito, however she's read on the fact that it's still off, and the only thing she's accomplished is that she's gone from Dorito to soot.

Adore Delano (Season 6)

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Real Name: Danny Noriega

"My name is Adore Delano and I'm a messy slut! ... I'm known for being really messy! (Producer: Gimme one LOGO will actually sign off on) Oh ok ... cause big dicks and fried chicken was very subtle!"

  • Boring, but Practical: Claims her grunge aesthetic makes it easier to perform, and that she can't crowdsurf in a corset. This is only boring in the context of the show, where extravagant outfits are prized more than t-shirts and denim.
  • Break the Cutie: Worked hard since her season to build her confidence in her messy drag, but when the judges rip her style to shreds on stage it really breaks her, making her regress back to "Baby Adore" as she puts it.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Is very defensive about her aesthetic and doesn't like being read for it. Outside the show she does her best to avoid the drama on social media, but realizes in the competition she has to face being doubted to her face, and that that just isn't an environment she wants to be in.
  • Heroic BSoD: Could not recover from the harsh critiques she received in the first episode, and ends up walking around the werk room with swollen eyes and a fake smile looking like, as she puts it, a 'swollen baby'. In the end she couldn't push through her BSOD and bows out of the competition.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Ru calls her out during the reunion when Adore says she felt bad seeing the fashion she brought compared to everyone else's. Ru states to her that when you're on All Stars you have to bring original costumes and can't just wear something "off the rack", or if you are, you have to wear it in a way that no one else can copy.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She leaves the competition in the beginning of the second episode because she feels that being read by the judges is a step backwards for her, personally and professionally. Even after Michelle apologized for her harsh words, Adore didn't want Michelle to feel obligated to tread lightly with her. As a result, Adore became the first queen to leave outside the lipsynch round.
  • Sequel Hook: During the reunion Ru actually extends an early invitation to Adore to participate in All Stars 3 ... although how serious that invitation actually is was unclear.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: Is a self-admitted messy slut with a 90's grunge aesthetic, so she naturally butts heads with judge Michelle Visage who prefers polished queens with a cinched waist and an affinity for showgirl glamour.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: With Michelle Visage, the critiques may have been harsh, but Adore explains the reason it hits her so hard is because she has much love and respect for Michelle. After having a breakdown she just can't justify staying around since her heart isn't in it, since she doesn't want to put Michelle in a position where she feels she has to treat Adore with kid gloves during the judging.

Ginger Minj (Season 7)

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Real Name: Joshua Eads-Brown

"Ribbit! Ribbit! The glamour toad is in the building."

  • A Death in the Limelight: Doesn't get a huge amount of focus in the first two episodes, until in the beginning of Episode 3, where she's complaining about only being judged as safe.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Implied she was going to do this in place of Katya when she thought Alyssa would eliminate. Alyssa doesn't quite buy it.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Hangs one on the editors after a shady comment towards Violet:
    Ginger: They'll edit that out.
    Detox: Will they, though?
    Ginger: No, they won't!
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Possible bitch edit aside, she says her personal brand of comedy made her come off as a Jerkass in Season 7, and wants to use this season to show people she's actually a sweet and kind person.
  • The Resenter: While she tried to claim she held no bad blood against Alyssa for eliminating her, the moment Ru said she would have the chance to come back for her revenge, Ginger was quick to claim she was more than ready to kick Alyssa out of the competition.
    • She's also quick to bring up her elimination in the middle of Phi Phi and Alyssa's heated argument, derailing from the conversation.

Phi Phi O'Hara (Season 4)

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Real Name: Jaremi Carey


  • Aesop Amnesia: In episode 1 she explained how the bitchy image she acquired in her season had damaged her career, prompting her to play nicer this time. One episode later she's right back at playing mind games with her competitors.
  • Art Shift: Her drag has gotten a lot more experimental and androgynous in the four years since her last appearance.
  • The Atoner: Admits that many viewers see her as the bitch from Season 4, and wants to use All-Stars as a platform to show she has grown and can play nice. Subverted as she starts getting just as manipulative and competitive as she was before by the second episode.
  • Brutal Honesty: Likes to make comments about the other queens about their performances, and while Phi Phi isn't really wrong about her criticisms most the queens feel she's less trying to be helpful and she's more trying to sow seeds of doubt in her competition.
  • Call-Back: For the stand-up comedy challenge, she brings back her 'ghetto chola' character from the "Glamazons vs. Champions" episode of Season 4.
  • Cosplay: Since her season her drag aesthetic has changed drastically from pageant to cosplayer, as she shows entering the competition dressed as a Rule 63 Riddler.
  • Hypocrite: Called out Alyssa for eliminating Ginger over Katya when Ginger did a better job in the challenge; however, when she was on the chopping block, she cited her more consistent performance in the competition over Roxxxy as why she should stay.
  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Her act for the talent show is singing a cappella to demonstrate her voice. As Ginger is quick to point out, performing without music makes it easy to lose key and rhythm, which is exactly what happens during the challenge.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Getting ready for Snatch Game she picks apart Alyssa and Roxxxy for their picks, telling Alyssa her Joan Crawford is too Alyssa and not enough Joan, and that Roxxxy's accent is completely wrong for Sofia Vergara. Although it's hard to tell if it affected Alyssa, Roxxxy was shaken and ended up dropping Sofia to do a rush-job Alaska impression which landed her on the bottom. Tatianna calls her out in the confession, calling Phi Phi very "strategic". However, Phi Phi says on social media that the other queens asked her for her opinion and she gave helpful advice. In true reality show fashion, her responses were spun to make it sound like she was manipulating them.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: Averted, through a bit of Loophole Abuse by using a Gender Lift, Phi Phi is able to enter the workroom dressed as The Riddler complete with Borrowed Catchphrase, despite it being a copyrighted character of DC Comics. Later, they also show Phi Phi dressed as Pikachu, Emily from Corpse Bride, and Princess Celestia, all copyrighted characters.
  • Reality Show Genre Blindness: Outside the show she's eager to blame the editing for coming off as unlikable, yet she keeps feeding the producers with lines that project cattiness and negativity. This is invoked outside the show, since most of her fellow queens agree that Phi Phi is actually a decent person who simply doesn't know how to play reality TV at all.
  • Sore Loser: Does NOT take being eliminated by both Alyssa and Tatianna very well even outright refusing Alyssa's hug when leaving the runway to the utter shock of the judges. She then continues to harp on about the other girls when picking up her trophy and jokingly asks the producers if she could sell the it for $10,000. Outside the show, she posted on her Twitter account that because of All Stars 2, she's cutting off all ties to the show and has started going back to boy mode.

Tatianna (Season 2)

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Real Name: Joey Santolini

"If they watched Season 2 they should know not to underestimate me, cause it doesn't really work out in the end ... thank you."

  • Catchphrase: "See me with those hands" from her Spoken Word talent became popular as both a catch phrase, and used as part of a Phrase Catcher with Ru. Also, "choices" gets thrown around a lot.
  • Corpsing: Visibly drops character during the Snatch Game when Detox's Nancy Grace tries to play off of Tati's Ariana Grande. It's one of the first times a queen has dropped her celebrity impersonation on camera during the challenge (and may be a part of why she ends up in the bottom 3).
  • Graceful Loser: While she seemed a bit bitter after her first elimination, the second time she's chopped she takes it much more in stride, happy she at least got to return to the show long enough to introduce her character a new audience who might not of known who she was.
  • Irony: In Season 2 she was underestimated because the other queens considered her a Naïve Newcomer, and now in All-Stars the queens are underestimating her because they consider her too "old school" since her season was 6 years ago and drag has evolved so much since then. Even more so when she gets sent home for her poor performance in Snatch Game when she actually won the first Snatch Game in her season.
  • Nepotism: Claims she expected she would be sent home by Alaska, since despite the fact Alaska kept claiming Rolastatox wasn't a thing anymore, she didn't expect Alaska to actually send home one of her best friends.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Invoked on herself when she's eliminated in the second episode, talking about since so many new Drag Race fans skip the early seasons she really wanted to use All Stars as a way to showing herself and what she can do now to the audience...
    • My Greatest Second Chance: ... but she and Alyssa win their way back to the competition in the fifth episode, meaning she can keep doing so. Unfortunately she ends up going home again the very next episode, but at least this time she states she got the chance to really show a lot more of herself to a new audience.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Intentionally drops her voice when in drag to shock the audience. Otherwise, she's quite high pitched.

Alyssa Edwards (Season 5)

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Real Name: Justin Johnson

"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is."

  • Breaking the Fellowship: Is the first one to break the "pact" between the queens that they would only eliminate each other based on that episode's challenge and the judge's critiques. She did this by keeping Katya over Ginger in the third episode because of Katya winning the Snatch Game the previous week, even though she was read for her performance and runway in the present challenge (whereas Ginger was only read on runway).
  • Catchphrase: Alyssa is like a catch phrase machine, but one of her most used terms this season appears to be "BEAST!"
  • Fountain of Memesinvoked: Was one of the most quotable queens of Season 5, perhaps of all time, so her status as this gets talked about on All Stars proper. Phi Phi even accuses Alyssa of being more concerned with spawning G-I-F's and catchphrases to put on T-shirts than actually winning the competition.
  • Genki Girl: This time around Alyssa is a ball of energy, spinning and twirling in the werkroom. Phi Phi even asks for her go-go juice to be taken away since it's so distracting.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite being one of the most hyper and energentic members of the entire cast, she takes both eliminations with incredible dignity and humility.
    Alyssa: I'm leaving this a better Alyssa than I came in. That's the win!
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: For the Talent Show her performance is described as "Variety", which is pretty accurate seeing as it included comedy bits, a puppet show, a lipsynch, a mid-act costume change, a rap break, and an Alyssa-style dance routine.
  • Malaproper:
    • In true form, she claims to have "buried the hatch" with Coco.
    • And no, it's not called Rigor Morris.
    • And it's Cliffs Notes, not "Clift Notes".
  • My Greatest Second Chance: She and Tatianna win their way back into the competition in the fifth episode.
    • For the challenge itself, she chooses to work with Alaska, since she has something to prove to her as a partner after her lackluster performance last time.
  • Team Mom: Has small moments of this in Season 5, but shows she really does care about the other girls, especially Adore during her breakdown. A mix of a funny and heartwarming moment, a Running Gag is that Alyssa can't be bothered when she has a mirror in front of her, but when she sees in her reflection Adore is moping Alyssa immediately checks to see if she is alright.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The other queens—especially Phi Phi—react this way when Alyssa breaks ranks and eliminates Ginger, whom everyone agreed made a better showing in the challenge and runway than Katya. However, Ginger and Alyssa end up getting the chance to reconcile their differences when the eliminated queens are brought back into the competition.

Roxxxy Andrews (Season 5)

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Real Name: Michael Feliciano

"Thick and juicy's back bitches!"

  • The Atoner: In Season 5 she claims to have had anger issues that she did not handle very well, and looks forward to the new competition to repair the bad image she received.
  • Badass Decay: In her original season, Roxxxy won two challenges and only landed one time in the bottom. In All Stars 2 she only won one challenge, and landed in the bottom FIVE TIMES.
  • Call-Back: When she starts bombing as MC for the stand-up comedy challenge, she enlists the help of Tasha Salad, her Double Entendre loving veggie-head character from the Season 5 episode "Draggle Rock".
  • Formerly Fat: Has lost even more weight since her season, yet is still as juicy as ever.
  • Hairstyle Malfunction: While attempting to sell her DVD of wig tips & tricks, she goes for her signature wig reveal only for her under-wig to be pushed halfway up her head. Even during the finished commercial, her boy hair is still peeking out from her under-wig.
  • The Load: Despite being in the bottom four times, Alaska didn't eliminate her. During her fifth time in the bottom, Detox still kept her around. Eventually, Ru Paul had to eliminate her herself.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: For Snatch Game she plays fellow contestant and her good friend Alaska, however she misses a lot of the most basic references Ru tosses her way.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:invoked Formerly Rolaskatox, Alaska has distaced herself from the other two this season so Roxxxy and Detox have settled on being known as "Rotox" instead.
    • During Episode 4, when she and Phi Phi partner up for a challenge, Roxxxy is seen with "Phoxxxy" written on her shirt.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: It's obvious she has grown a lot from her season. She states outright she won't be playing any mind games this go around, and when Adore is blindsided by extremely harsh critiques it's Roxxxy who gives her a pep talk.
    Adore: "I don't think I belong here."
    Roxxxy: "You belong here."

Detox (Season 5)

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Real Name: Matthew Sanderson

"Rehab is back in session."

  • The Fashionista: The runway queen of All Stars 2. Her looks were bold, eye-catching, and beautiful which made her stand out among the cast.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Claims that the reason she lost Season 5 was because she was trying to make friends and keep Rolastatox together, and that this time she's putting all that aside to snatch the crown. In the penultimate episode, however, she saves Roxxxy over Alyssa specified outright because Roxxxy is her best friend.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Played with. Felt guilty over scaring Phi Phi away from West Hollywood after the latter came for Willam during season 4, but still feels proud for standing up for her friend.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:invoked As Alaska has dropped out of their Season 5 clique, Detox and Roxxxy now go by "Rotox" instead of Rolaskatox. They seem to have reverted by to Rolaskatox by the end of the season however.
  • Shout-Out: The white bandages she wore for her "Future of Drag" runway look were obviously Leeloo's
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Sports a neon-yellow dye job out of drag, with matching painted eyebrows.

Katya (Season 7)

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Real Name: Brian McCook

"You may remember me as the lovable Russian hooker from Season 7 with a crippling anxiety problem, but I'm back with a refillable prescription for Xanax!"

  • Bilingual Bonus: Coming into the work room she does her intro in Russian and says what the show translates to "Happy Hunger Games ... bitches", however as she reveals later she didn't know how to say that exactly, so what she actually said is more like "The Hungry Games are happy ... bitches".
    • Call-Back: To Chad's entrance in the first All-Stars. (See her entry above.)
    • In the finale, when giving a speech on why she should win over the other girls, she concludes by saying "я звезда - навсегда. спасибо большое" in un-subtitled Russian. When Ru asks what that means, Katya responds "I have a carburetor outside that I just have to do some work on". It's not revealed during the episode, but what she actually said translates to "I am a star - forever. Thank you so much."
  • Book Dumb: Happily parodied when talking about the prize money this season:
    "We get $10,000 in addition to the grand prize of $100,000! I could walk away from this competition with at least $350,000 ... I didn't go to fucking school for math!"
    • Played with again during the finale, where she proudly declares that she's 'H-E-A-R, here!'.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Delivers perhaps the most satisfying use of Adore's "Party!" catchphrase in episode 7.
  • Hearing Voices: Discusses how all the negativity and anxiety seems to stem from a voice in her head, which she has named "Brenda" in order to personify it and tell it to shut up. She also reveals she has an opposing voice of positivity in her head to counter Brenda, named "Karl".
  • Heroic BSoD: Following bad critiques from the judges after the Herstory of the World challenge, her energy noticeably dips and she appears to shut down. Fortunately she recovers by the following week.
  • Overly Long Name: Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova, but your dad just calls her Katya.
  • This Is a Competition: In interviews she's said in Season 7 she was too nice, and wants to unleash the "monster" in All-Stars and really work towards winning. Eventually cast to the wayside, as despite these claims Katya is always friendly to her competitors, plays fair, and seems to be having a good time just being on the show.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Season 7 Katya was a mess riddled with anxiety only hit the top 5 before elimination. Come All-Stars Katya has put her vices and anxiety behind her (with one slip-up in the 3rd episode) and says there's a larger sense of joy she gets from being in the competition ... not to mention she's won three challenges and made it to the finale.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Puts on an accent when playing Björk in the Snatch Game. It sure isn't an Icelandic one.

Alaska Thunderfuck (Season 5)

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Real Name: Justin Andrew Honard

"Nobody can do Alaska except Alaska ... but I encourage you to try! It's fun!"

  • The Ace Wins four challenges, three lip-synchs, and never ends up in the bottom until the makeover episode...
    • Broken Ace: She ends up in the bottom three (by default, as anyone who wasn't in the top two that night were in the bottom) and gets the most criticism of the night. Her response is to have a massive meltdown that even her friend Detox says is making her look like a brat.
  • Call-Back:
    • For the 2-in-1 runway she dresses as Lil' Poundcake, the child-pageant doll she created with Lineysha Sparxxx in Season 5.
    • In a deleted scene during the reunion she gives Tatianna a 'Heathers' necklace as an apology for eliminating her, the same way Raja gave Stacy Lane Matthews a similar necklace during the season 3 reunion.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Not the positive kind, but midway through the make-over challenge with their loved ones Alaska jokes with her mother how she still has a bad habit of crying and throwing a fit when she doesn't get her way ... cue after the runway when Alaska is in the bottom with the harshest critiques, and she starts doing just that, throwing a mini-tantrum over the possibility of not getting to the finale like she wanted.
  • Honor Before Reason: Claims that she saved Roxxxy over Tatianna because Roxxxy lent her the top she was wearing on the runway, despite it being Roxxxy's fourth time in the bottom and Roxxxy herself seeming willing to accept her elimination.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: After she calls out Alyssa for not having a 2 in 1 runway look, Katya calls Alaska out that her own 2 in 1 runway also didn't meed the criteria, since the first look was just a mess of black garbage bags and not a real look.
  • It's All About Me: Especially evident during the finale, where she seemingly rejects her friendships because she's afraid that's going to be what costs her the crown. Fortunately, she does have My God, What Have I Done? moment later on, admitting its the pressure of the finale and the fear of coming so far and doing so well only to come up short that is fueling her poor attitude.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Hangs one during the reunion after she and Katya get into a completely joking spat.
    Katya: You're a pig from hell!
    Alaska: Fuck you! ... they're gonna edit that in the commercial to look like I meant it. (they did)
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Roxxxy decides to play her for the Snatch Game (Roxxxy as Alaska 5000), marking the second time in the show's history a contestant has impersonated someone actually in the same room note . Of course the real Alaska couldn't help but drop a little Mae West "what's the big idea?" during Roxxxy's introduction.
  • Magnificent Bastard: in the last episode of Katya's Youtube series "Total Rucall" she reflects in hindsight on how calculated Alaska's tantrum was played. According to Katya, Alaska just played the game too well.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Out of everyone, she is the winner of All Stars 2 so she finally snatched the crown that evaded her in Season 5.
  • Mythology Gag: In episode 4 she walked the runway dressed as Lil' Poundcake, her iconic styrofoam pageant daughter.
  • Out of Focus: Alaska didn't get much screentime outside of the challenges and hardly any Confession Cam talking heads until episode 7, strangely enough as she'd been doing really well up to then.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Invoked during her final "Why should you win?" speech, stating that she's been a diehard superfan of the show since the first season. Now that she's the winner of All Stars, she's been promoted about as far as any fanboy can go.
  • Running Gag: Her odd love of non-heels; she wears combat boots, kitten heels, and jelly flats more often then typical drag heels. This actually bites her in the ass come the make-over challenge. When she sends her mother down the runway in flip-flops, the judges finally call her out on it, calling it lazy.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Tries to pull this when up for elimination in the penultimate episode, she offers her friend Detox $10,000 of her own prize money (tax-free and transferred through Paypal) in exchange for not eliminating her. She's not eliminated that episode, but its unknown if the bribe was offered or taken seriously.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: With four wins, three $10,000 lipsynchs, and no times in the bottom under her belt, by the 7th episode Alaska claims to feel very 'comfortable' with her position in the competition and starts lording it over the remaining queens and snarking about it in the confessionals.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Has distanced herself from Detox and Roxxxy, stating that although all the original parts of Season 5's Rolaskatox are in this season, that it doesn't mean the band is getting back together. By the end of the season though, even Ru can see that Rolaskatox seems to be a 'thing' again, what with Alaska saving Roxxxy from elimination three times.

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Thorgy Thor (Season 8)

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Real Name: Shane Thor Galligan
"I'm back again to clown around some more, and hopefully stir up some trouble."


  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Claims she's more focused than ever...while the confessionals promptly show her fiddling with her glasses.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Subverted. Thorgy can play violin like no other, but she's best known for her kooky and offbeat personality.
  • Fixing the Game: Thorgy alleges that she is the victim of this- she doesn't see Stevie Nicks as a gay icon and argues that the lyrics in the third challenge give her zero moments to shine. The self defeating attitude massively affects her performance. When she protests on the runway, Ru swiftly shuts her down.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She blames her Season 8 loss on Bob The Drag Queen stealing the show. Chi Chi points out Bob's not here this time, and Thorgy has no one to blame but herself if she loses.
  • The Resenter:
    • While she tries to claim to be over Bob the Drag Queen, she brings it up constantly, making quite obvious she still harbors resentment for Season 8 turning into "The Bob Show".
    • She is extremely bitter over Shangela eliminating her, leaving a crude message on the mirror trying to push as many of Shangela's buttons as possible, and harping on it quite a bit during her farewell video.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriouslyinvoked: Can't fathom playing up Stevie Nicks in any hilarious way, and instead takes the character way too seriously, claiming Nicks internalizes all her emotions and doesn't really perform in a 'YAS QUEEN' sort of way. In the end the Stevie she turns in for the challenge is perfectly fine, but just doesn't meet the high bar many of the other queens set with their own divas.

Milk (Season 6)

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Real Name: Dan Donigan
"Hi, I'm Milk. The manly queen is back."


  • Call-Back: Says that she expects her time on the show to inspire future challenges, this a direct reference to her wearing facial hair on her first runway in Season 6 inspiring the Bearded Beauty runway of Season 7.
  • Drama Queen: When she starts having a crying fit over not hitting the top three in the second episode, Trixie rolls her eyes and claims that Milk's showing a lot of emotion for being safe.
  • Evil Is Petty: After her elimination she steals all the styrofoam wig heads and clothes hangers from her station, just so none of the other queens could use them.
  • The Fashionista: Milk isn't just a professional model, she's close with Marc Jacobs and has been featured in one of his ad campaigns.
  • Gender Bender: Milk's preferred aesthetic, subject to a ton of criticism in Season 6. Her Meet the Queens promo look parodies this by pairing an elegant face with an over-the-top muscle suit.
  • Genre Blindness: A LOT. One of Milk's first confessionals in the season is her stating that she's better than Trixie (who's on par with Shangela for being the fan favourite of the season). She then goes on to state that her talent show performance was 'killer' and that her backing track would be bigger than Ru Paul's Supermodel (if any queen from the show were to surpass Ru Paul's star it would be Bianca, Bob, Bebe, Adore, Courtney, Alaska, Raja, Manila...the list goes on. Needless to say, Milk is nowhere near that list.)
    • Cue the Diva's rehearsals and Milk is the only one (besides, choreographer Todrick) who seems bothered by Shangela's in-character antics. First rule of Drag Race, don't come for the fan favourites. Especially if said fan favourite is Shangela.
    • Milk then gives a very weak performance in the challenge - alongside a poor challenge look and a 'bleh' runway look that fans agree should've landed her in the bottom - she moves to the back of the stage and has a very vocal hissy fit about not being in the top. This hissy fit continues backstage where she begins to cry about being safe. Girl, if the hissy fit almost destroyed Alaska's rep last season, why would you try it?
    • In the third episode challenge when tasked to play a "crazy stalker", she proceeds to play the role entirely manic and constantly talks over her partner Trixie. Manic performances rarely ever go over well with the judges (look at Kenya Michael's Beyoncé from Season 4), and it is never good to step over your partner, still when in the bottom three Milk is completely at a loss as to what was wrong with her performance.
  • Mooning: After packing up her things, she leaves the Werk Room by mooning the camera.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has a moment of this when she returns after her elimination and everyone basically admits they thought Milk was acting rude and full of herself. She even says she feels shafted that no one told her and she was allowed to walk around like a douchebag during her entire tenure.
  • Punny Name: Like season 6, no one wastes any time milking her drag name for humor.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Getting some fan recognition and becoming a model for Marc Jacobs has seriously inflated Milk's ego, as she declares she's expecting her presence to inspire future challenges, as well as becoming hysterical when other people do better than her in challenges.
  • Sore Loser: When she missed the top three in the VH1 Diva's Live challenge not only is she caught cussing out Ru's decision when she leaves the stage, but she goes into a fit of hysterics over it in the Werk Room. This is even more true in the following episode when she is sent home, as she venomously puts down her fellow bottom queens, and calls the decision to send her home stupid.
  • Stalker with a Crush: The reason she was so excited about her assigned role in the Bitchelor challenge was that she met her real-life partner, world-class ballet dancer James Whiteside, through stalking him on MySpace and then strategically weaseling herself into his circle of friends. Unfortunately it didn't help her with creating a well-received performance, it may even have inspired her to go this overboard.

Chi Chi DeVayne (Season 8)

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Real Name: Zavion Davenport

"Wake up, wake up, wake up! This ain't no dream! I'm back, the bayou queen."

  • Always Second Best: Admits to feeling this in Season 8 and feels it again in the first comedy challenge, especially when many of her competitors are professional comedians.
  • Boring, but Practical: Wears plain black jazz shoes for her dancing and gymnastics talent. Carson tries to justify this trope, but Michelle notes that Chi Chi has done amazing tricks in heels before, landing her in the bottom.
  • Call-Back: Is aware of her poor track record in All Stars 3, and says she would prefer to be eliminated gracefully than to be kept around and turn into the Roxxxy Andrews of this season.
  • Dance Battler: Chi Chi is famous for her killer moves.
  • Graceful Loser:
    • In her elimination episode she all but tells the Top 2 to send her home for fairness reasons, since her poor track record clearly shows she's overchallenged by the competition. They both comply. This also makes her the first eliminated queen this season to not express any harsh feelings towards the LSFYL winner for sending her home.
    • When the eliminated queens are given a chance to return, Chi Chi directly states that the winner should not bring her back, as she's already accepted she's not quite on the same level as her competitors and says her return would just be beating a dead horse.
  • Heroic BSoD: After her third time in the bottom (in only three episodes) Chi Chi finally admits she doesn't think she's really as up to par as her competitors as she thought, and basically says she wouldn't be surprised if its her time to go.
  • No Budgetinvoked: Averted! Unlike Season 8, Chi Chi claims that she can afford a nice wardrobe and wigs.
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: Attempts to play Maya Angelou for the Snatch Game, but not only does she spell her name wrong, but she seems to have no idea who Maya Angelou is besides a poet who speaks very methodically. A reference towards I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Ru flies right over Chi Chi's head.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Played Maya Angelou for the Snatch Game, but spelled her name "Mya" on her name card.

Aja (Season 9)

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Real Name: Jay Rivera

"Ayo sis! I have some unfinished business."

  • The Baby of the Bunch: Aja is the youngest contestant ever in a season of All Stars, beating out Tatianna and Adore Delano by 4 years. On top of that, she appears on All Stars 3 less than a year after Season 9.
  • Break the Haughty: Admits Season 9 was this for her, she walked into the season thinking she was perfect and would steamroll the competition, only to be read to filth for not being HD ready and going home early. However, she says she's thankful for that experience and that it made her a better queen.
  • Dance Battler: One of many queens this season who can turn it in a lipsynch. She's a New York legend for it. She lives up to this during the first episode too, doing a death drop off the stage onto the main stage, and out-dancing other dance legends like Chi Chi, Shangela, and Kennedy.
  • Graceful Loser: While she does mention frustration that Bebe eliminated her after Aja had helped her sew her own challenge winning outfit, she keeps positive about her departure and just expresses happiness that she did as well as she did.
  • Heroic BSoD: After being in the bottom two and being continuously cut off and belittled by Bebe, Aja realized Bebe had no intention of saving her should she win the lipsynch and had a minor breakdown, saying the conversation left her entire mood changed.
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: Actually gets scolded during the Studio 54 Disco runway for her look reading more 60's than 70's, and for not even knowing how to pronounce France Joli, even though Aja claims she was using her as a reference. Ru tells her that being 23 isn't an excuse, and Drag Queens have a duty to know their 'Herstory' and where they came from.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In season 9, Aja was consistently safe or in the bottom. She starts All Stars 3 by winning the first challenge.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Bebe out in the sixth episode for not only taking all the credit for making her own outfit when Aja helped her, but for not even letting Aja plead her case to stay and constantly cutting her off during deliberation.

BenDeLaCreme (Season 6)

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Real Name: Benjamin Putnam

"Hi everyone! It's me, BenDeLaCreme! Again."

  • The Ace: Dela wins an unprecedented four challenges in a row and five challenges total. She's also the first contestant in the history of the show to win the Snatch Game in two seasons. The only time she gets called out by the judges was when she is just safe in the fifth episode for only giving 100% in the challenge instead of her usual 120%.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: As Goth Kitty, she identifies three things that make the world a crappy place: bigotry, the GOP, and misplaced tucks.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Shangela points out how Ben's 'playing the game' just as much as everyone else, and how she can tell how carefully BenDeLa chooses her words to minimize confrontation, making her demeanor seem almost manipulative.
  • Blessed with Suck: Really treats winning the $10,000 Lipsynch for your Legacy as this, she's in tears after having to send Morgan home in the first episode and neither the win itself nor the money offer her any comfort. The other queens just roll their eyes over the theatrics of Ben's reaction.
  • Camp: Dela's natural aesthetic, she embodies the '60s in her acts.
  • Goth: Becomes so upset over Morgan calling her out over her elimination that during the Girl Group challenge Ben channels all her angst and a negative emotions into a rather uncharacteristic goth girl persona, a stark contrast to her normal terminally delightful drag character.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Come the sixth episode when tasked with sending home someone from the top five, Ben realizes that she just doesn't care as much about the crown as her competitors do and eliminates herself.
  • Hypocrite: Gets called out by Morgan for her elimination, since Ben made a big deal out of playing a fair game and eliminating a queen based on judges' critiques, only to immediately turn around and eliminate Morgan due to a clash of personal interests.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: After winning episode 1's lip sync, she declares that the queens had come to the consensusnote  that the weaker queen of the bottom two should be the one sent home each week...and she must protect this system by eliminating Morgan. Not because Morgan was the worst that week, but because she planned to eliminate the bigger threat given the opportunity.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Comedy, burlesque, acting, improv, impersonations, hot-gluing outfits, singing ... Ben really can do it all, as 5 wins out of 6 episodes clearly demonstrates. Lampshaded during the Andy Warhol soup can challenge when her soup flavor is simply presented as an "All-Purpose Soup" that can do everything.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Dela plays a cougar to great effect in the Bitchelor challenge.
  • Nice Guy: Is trying very hard to emanate this character, she was Miss Congeniality of Season 6 and expresses concern that she doesn't want fans to think she's become bitchy since then.
  • No-Damage Run: Up to Eleven. Every other queen across ALL seasons of All Stars was up for elimination at least once. Dela never even placed below safe.
  • Patter Song: Lipsynching to Ru's song 'Call Me Mother' in the style of a Broadway Musical Julie Andrews came across this way, dishing out swag rhymes while keeping the lighthearted demeanor Andrews is famous for. During deliberation Ru even expresses awe that Ben could nail the lyrics so well in just a few hours, when it took Ru 5 days to record the track due to how busy the song is.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Benign example, but in the sixth episode Ben realizes the only reason she wanted to return to the show in the first place was to prove herself to her fans ... which winning 5 out of 6 episodes (and 2 and a half of the lip synchs) she realizes she has already done. She realizes she doesn't care about the actual title as much as the other girls do, so she eliminates herself and leaves the show on her own terms.
  • Sudden Humility: Out of no where states she doesn't think she should have won 'The Bitchelor' challenge over Trixie ... but as Shangela notes, not only did Ben not volunteer her prize if she really felt like that, but she's playing a Wounded Gazelle Gambit since she's been winning every challenge thus far.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Invoked but averted, Dela won Miss Congeniality in Season 6 and jokes that now she can be mean this time, but come the actual show is so obsessed with being 'congenial' that her competitors worry she may sabotage herself. This actually comes to pass in the sixth episode, she is so non-confrontational and against competition that she ultimately eliminates herself as the crown and title just don't mean much to her.

Morgan McMichaels (Season 2)

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Real Name: Thomas White

"I look pretty good for a dead bitch."

  • Conflict Ball: Her MTQ videos suggests that this is why she was brought back- she's famous for causing drama. She's half-responsible for creating Untucked's first big fight ("Bitch I am from CHICAGO!") and got so deeply into a feud with Season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez that Tyra was banned from performing at Morgan's home club.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: While she is thankful Ben brought her back into the competition, she is a little perturbed that Ben may have only did it because she felt guilty about eliminating Morgan first, and not because Morgan genuinely deserved to return.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Publicly declares that if she were in charge of an elimination, she would boot the bigger threat, not the poorer performer. She ends up getting eliminated because that attitude made her a bigger threat than the other eligible queen.
    • In the episode after being picked to return to the competition, she chooses a character in the Chick Flick challenge that didn't play into her talents specifically to impress the judges. Sure enough, she falls flat and she's eliminated.
  • Los Angeles: A fixture and regular in the West Hollywood drag scene, she's only gotten more prominent since season 2.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Eliminated in the first episode, but gets to return to the competition after the sixth episode.
  • Playing Against Typeinvoked: States this is why she chose the insane ballerina character of Beige Swan over something she would be more comfortable with, such as Sharon Frokovich or The Queen, she wanted to play against type for the judges and impress them ... it doesn't work out though and she ends up eliminated.
  • Reality Show Genre Blindness:
    • Announces to the Werk Room that if she wins a challenge she will send home whoever she considers her biggest competition, even if that person didn't do the worst that episode. Gets immediately called out afterwards that declaring this outloud was probably a stupid move, and sure enough, when Ben wins the first challenge she sends Morgan home specifically because Morgan made her intentions known to everyone.
    • When given the choice of her character for the Chick Flick challenge, Morgan picks the very difficult Black Swan-Expy character instead of something more inside her range of talents specifically because she didn't want to play it safe. Thing is, Morgan has missed almost all the other episodes, and the other queens point out so late in the game she really should have picked something she knew she could excel at instead of taking such a major risk that ended up sending her home.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Her "Beige Swan" character's hissing noises were based on how swans actually sound in real life, but since most people don't know this, it led to a very confusing performance, as Ross Matthews points out.
  • Take That!: After her second elimination she is quick to give every queen on the stage a hug, even the one who sent her home, saying that 'she's not Phi Phi'.
  • Tempting Fate: After returning to the fold she spends a good deal of the episode talking about how queens who return to the show typically go home the same episode they are brought back ... and goes on to be sent home herself the same episode she returns.
  • This Is a Competition: Claims outright she doesn't want a repeat of last season where the queens only eliminated each other based on judges critiques. She reminds everyone this is a competition, and if she wins a challenge she will send home whoever she feels is a threat.
  • The Unfavorite: Self-invoked, when reminded that sending home the wrong queens can cause backlash in the real world, Morgan curtly states that she knows she's probably the least popular/noteworthy queen of the cast, so everyone else is basically a "fan favorite" over her. This is also why she doesn't care who she sends home, as she expects backlash regardless of who it is.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: First eliminated from All Stars 3, and as her season originally aired way back in 2010, she really missed out on the opportunity to show how far she's come (like Tatianna last All Stars did). She returns to the competition in the Girl Group episode to get a second chance to show what she can do, but ends up going home the very next episode without really getting to spread her wings.

BeBe Zahara Benet (Season 1)

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Real Name: Nea Marshall Kudi Ngwa

"Mother, another day; another slay. Who's first?"

  • The Ace: Was the winner of Season 1 of Drag Race, when every other queen in All-Stars 3 was top 4 at best in her original season. Many of the queens are intimidated just by her presence due to her track record.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: During the Girl Group challenge she sings some vaguely African-style chant during her part, but when questioned about it by the judges during critiques she admits it was just jibberish that sounds ethnic but doesn't actually mean a thing.
  • Genre Blindness:
    • During a lip synch she takes off her wig, having nothing but her boy hair underneath. Taking off your wig (and not having another wig or surprise underneath) has become a lip synch taboo ever since season 4, and indeed as soon as Bebe does it Ru's smile disappears and Ben is declared the winner of the lip synch.
    • When the eliminated queens are brought back to decide who should make it through to the top two, Bebe meets with them and treats them coldly, making sure she gives her own big speech without trying at all to be personable, and sticking to her guns that she still doesn't want to reveal who she would have kept/sent home had she won the redemption challenge. In the end the eliminated queens say Bebe comes off as so above it all they couldn't as a majority pass her through to the final lip synch.
  • Ice Queen: Has a very frigid and haughty demeanor throughout the entire competition, and while that may be interpreted as a high level of confidence, the fact she couldn't defrost that chilly persona caused the other queens to decided to vote her out of the top two of the season.
  • It Was His Sledinvoked: Her being in this season was a tightly kept secret, and she wasn't officially revealed until the season premiere. However, a new season of Drag Race means several drag queens suddenly cancelling appearances around the same time; this evidence, along with actual leaks, meant fans already knew BeBe would be back. Averted within the show—some queens had expected the secret queen to be Valentina.
  • It's All About Me: When Aja confronts her about not sharing the credit for her challenge-winning look, Bebe quite abruptly shuts her down and says the judges' compliments were meant for her and her alone.
  • Popcultural Osmosis Failure: Does not know who Ornacia is, the memetastic bejewled mannequin head from Season 6 of Drag Race. The other queens are dumbfounded at this, and realize even though Bebe won the first season, she might not actually watch the newer seasons of the show.
  • Pride: Has no lack of overabundant confidence, as she is quite sure of herself and sees no faults with her run on All Stars, even outright ignoring judges' critiques. Trixie comments that while that sort of confidence can be an asset, it can also be a major flaw. This proves to be a major part of her undoing in the finale, she treats her eliminated competitors at arms' length and comes off as cold, so they decide to vote her out of the top two.
  • Proper Lady: BeBe has the most poise and dignity of the entire cast, which Dela worries could hold her back in comedy challenges.
  • Motor Mouth: Not usually, but during deliberation after winning the fifth episode challenge, she refuses to let Aja get a word in edgewise to defend why she shouldn't be sent home. Aja tries to explain why she wants to make it to the top, but Bebe just steamrolls her, telling Aja she should be proud with just how far she's gotten and cutting her off curtly before excusing herself from the conversation, leaving Aja visibly shaken.
  • Stealing the Credit: When her outfit wins the Studio 54 Disco challenge, Bebe neglects to admit to the judges that Aja helped her cut and/or sew her garment, taking all the credit herself (Michelle even asks point blank, 'you made this all yourself?!').
  • So Okay, It's Averageinvoked: In spite of returning as the only queen who won her season, BeBe had not won a single a challenge in the first four episodes. Trixie even calls this out in the fifth episode in that Bebe for all her grandeur had yet to really prove herself (until Bebe wins that particular episode, of course).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: When Aja calls her out for not giving her any credit on stage for helping her sew her outfit, Bebe quite rudely shuts her down and says the compliments from the judges were her's and her's alone, and giving Aja credit wouldn't have saved her anyway (this after it was noted everyone else on stage did admit when they got help, Bebe being the only exception).
  • The Un-Reveal: Refuses to reveal which lipsticks she chose for who she would send home nor who she would have had stay had she won the Girl Group lipsynch. Bebe claims it's in honor of Ben's sacrifice, although the other queens are fairly certain it is because Bebe doesn't want to risk making an enemy of one of the other queens so close to the end of the competition. This gets brought up again when the eliminated queens want to know who she would have picked (presumably under unspoken threat of them using their power to eliminate her from the final two over her head) and Bebe still doesn't budge.

Shangela (Seasons 2 & 3)

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Real Name: D J Pierce


  • Achilles' Heel: Can sing, dance, tell jokes, and do just about everything the competition requires out of her ... except sew. In spite of learning how to sew for two months, creating an outfit is just not in Shangela's wheelhouse and when a sewing challenge comes around, she fails rather spectacularly.
  • Bait-and-Switch: After winning Snatch Game, she makes a big speech about how the queen she is eliminating may have struggled on her season but left the show to become a fan favorite, making it really sound like she's about to eliminate Trixie (Trixie herself in tears as she expects the shoe to drop), only to reveal she's eliminating Chi Chi instead. To be fair, Shangela's speech could basically apply to almost any of the girls that season (except Bebe).
  • Call-Back : Constantly references jokes she's made and themes she's used in previous seasons, such as entering the workroom behing a box front prop, wearing two different outfits with her Catchphrase 'halleloo' printed on them, and wearing a sparkling corn-inspired tearaway on the third episode runway. Lampshaded by Dela upon her entrance and seeing her box: "well, hallewho could this be?"
  • The Chessmaster: Her strategy for All Stars is really a careful game of her making alliances with queens she not only thinks will remain loyal to her but who will also win future challenges so they can be in a position to save her, as well as some good old fashioned passive aggressive bullying to keep her allies in line. Every time she makes even a slightly strategic decision, expect a Confession Cam with Shangela explaining her reasoning and probably making a Game of Thrones reference.
  • Commuting on a Bus: All Stars 3 marks her third time competing on the show, minus cameos in Season 4 and All-Stars 2. This time, she's had seven years to improve since Season 3.
  • Genre Blindness: States this was the reason she failed Seasons 2 & 3, she assumed drag was all about performance and thus didn't invest any time on the polish, but states since then her make-up and fashion is well up to par.
  • Genre Savvy: Like Season 3, she knows full well she's on a reality t.v. show and partially bases her eliminations on who will keep her in the competition.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite visibly holding back tears, she takes her elimination in stride, saying she's proud of how much she improved.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Shangela is anything but a seamstress, and come the Andy Warhol sewing challenge she makes a rather hideous disco dress, Trixie even stating it's probably the single worst outfit in the history of Drag Race.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Spends the entire competition playing the game like she's on Game of Thrones, which while that gets her far in the show it doesn't really make her popular with the eliminated queens. Come the finale when the axed queens get to pick who of the final four will become the final two, they swiftly pass Shangela over and eliminate her (Shangela herself puts it best, there are three queens who are pissed at her for eliminating them, two who resent her because she's there and they aren't, and Ben who knows in the back of her mind had she not eliminated herself, she'd be the frontrunner instead of Shangie).
  • Mathematician's Answer: Right before revealing her lipstick in episode 4 she makes a speech about how the queen she's about to eliminate may have failed during her original season of Drag Race, but then went on to become a breakout hit with the fan, the show really making it sound like she's about to eliminate Trixie. Thing is, with the exception of BeBe (who won her season) that speech could literally be applied to anyone on that stage, Shangela herself included!
  • Method Actinginvoked: When tasked to play Mariah Carey, she really starts acting like an entitled and vapid diva during rehearsal, pissing off choreographer Todrick Hall and fellow competitor, Milk. Come the challenge itself she delivers a hilariously accurate diva performance, getting kudos from Todrick in spite of working his nerves with the diva routine during practice.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Gets scared out of doing Miss Cleo for the Snatch Game after Ru clocked her Jamaican Accent as sounding more Irish instead (and proceeded to stay Irish even after being pointed out as such).
  • Out-Gambitted: By none other than RuPaul herself. Shangela spent the entire season gaining allies; whenever she was in the top two, she would save a queen from elimination based whether or not they'd save her if the tables were turned. This strategy promptly bit her in the ass when Ru brought back all the previously-eliminated queens and had them vote on the top two for the crown. Since this includes queens Shangela either eliminated or would have eliminated, they unsurprisingly did not vote for her to be in the top two despite having the strongest track record after Dela.
  • Running Gag: Keeps comparing her methodology of competing in Drag Race to Game of Thrones.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shangela is infamous for starting two different seasons in the bottom two, and not knowing how to sew. She takes one of those fashion fails, upgrades it, gets lavish praise from Vanessa Williams (who had been a judge for the original challenge) and ends up winning the night.
  • You Might Remember Me from...invoked: Shangela references her many TV appearances right out the gate to show her overall improvement.

Kennedy Davenport (Season 7)

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Real Name: Reuben Asberry Jr.


  • The Atoner: Acknowledges that she was "bitchy" back in season 7 and admits she wants to do better. How successful she is actually being in that atonement is up for debate, as Kennedy is still a very abrupt and no-nonsense queen naturally.
  • Dance Battler: Like Chi Chi, Kennedy is a legendary lipsynch assassin who infamously sent fan favorite Katya home in Season 7. During the final lip synch for the crown Kennedy pulls out some of her best and most impressive dance moves ever (from slo-mo splits to running pirouettes) against Trixie ... even though the song, arguably, didn't really call from such a high octane physical performance.
  • Dark Horse Victory: In terms of stats come the final four, Kennedy was by far a distant fourth and quite unlikely to be any sort of contender for the crown compared to Shangela (who had the best stats), Trixie (big fan favorite with second best stats), or Bebe (first winner of Drag Race who had barely been on the bottom). However, when Ru changes all the rules and has the eliminated queens pick who would move on to the final two, they pick Kennedy by a landslide due to finding her situation more sympathetic and inspirational, as well as realizing Kennedy just needs the win more than the others who all already have successful careers outside the show.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: For the final lip synch for the crown, Kennedy decides to do her routine barefoot (in spite of that generally being considered a major Drag Race faux pas) so that she can really give it her all performing high-level and high-energy dance moves.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: This marks the second time Kennedy wears a rainbow gown for her finale runway, her saying that wearing a rainbow fills her with gay pride.
  • Grumpy Bear: Pretty much her role this season, she is very short with other competitors and resents any sort of foolishness, such as Thorgy and Milk leaving disparaging messages on the mirrors when they were eliminated. She also is the first to shoot down Wide-Eyed Idealist Ben's attempts to sway the girls to judge based on critiques and overall fairness, stating she's there to play the game and doesn't subscribe to playing 'fair' the same way Ben does.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Mispronounces meme as "me-me", Trixie is quick to call her out on it.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: While she's known for being a pageant queen and a dancer, Kennedy reminds Ross and the viewers that she's got serious comedy chops.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: A recurring thing for Kennedy. In episode 1, she gets into a brief spat with Shangela after Kennedy expresses surprise at Aja's return, which the others take as her underestimating her. However, when you think about it, Aja has at this point had maybe a matter of months to improve her drag and performance skills, while queens like Bebe and Morgan have had almost 10 years; so Aja returning now, against such seasoned queens, is a surprise.
  • Oh, Crap!: Visibly stunned when placed low for the second episode, since she clearly thought to be safe.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Kennedy is known as the Dancing Diva, but only when it comes to free-styling. When she is required to be more technical in her dancing and follow choreography she has a very hard time landing the moves, as shown when she puts out a sub-par Janet Jackson in the Divas' Live challenge.
  • This Is a Competition: When Ben tries to convince the girls that they should eliminate like they did last All Stars, based heavily on the judges' critiques, Kennedy is quick to shoot that idea down, stating she plans on playing the game and make her own choices, even if they are not considered fair or are based on anything other than personal grudges or preferences.
  • The Unapologetic: She stands by her decisions and her snarks, whether they be based on legitimate gripes or personal hurt feelings, and says (more than once) that she owes no one an apology if they took offense to her comments.
  • The Unfavorite: Talks about how she wants to use All Stars to become one of the Drag Race girls fans want to see first, and not a "Second Thought Queen" that's sitting alone until the last five minutes after fans have already met with the queens they actually came to see.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?invoked:
    • Kennedy's entrance look is a mishmash of disco ball mirrors, shards of glass, and a wig that resembles a mushroom cloud. Fans immediately made memes comparing it to Pokemon.
    • Invoked during her Redemption Runway, in which she wears an upgraded version of her infamous Death Becomes Her outfit, this time with a tearaway to reveal she really has been crystallized this time.

Trixie Mattel (Season 7)

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Real Name: Brian Firkus


  • Always Second Best: Gets frustrated with Ben because she puts it, both she and Ben are Darkhorses, but Ben's horse is so ahead of the competition that Trixie doesn't feel like she even can catch up. Finally breaks out of this come the fifth episode (as well as coming through and winning the entire season!).
  • Black Comedy: Trixie's forte. Her face looks like a Barbie doll, but her humor is beyond messed up.
  • Caustic Critic: Tying in with the above, she's not afraid to lambaste her sisters in the confessionals. Fans are divided on if this is funny or just rude.
  • Cursed with Awesome: When she's given the lead role of Sharon Frokovich for the Wedding Chick Flick challenge, Trixie is upset that she's been given a role with little character and the most lines ... until she gets out on set and realizes having so much of the focus centered on her gives her the opportunities to make it funny and steal the spotlight, which she does!
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Is renown for her dry wit, but this attitude may have bit her in the ass during the Girl Group challenge in which she snarks to guest judge Adam Lambert, to which he took seriously. He lambasts her during critiques for coming off as over it, to Trixie's complete shock since she was just trying to be funny.
    • Also nearly bites her in the ass again come deliberations when she chats with Bebe, with Bebe taking Trixie's blasé attitude as an indicator that she didn't care if she was eliminated or not.
  • Genre-Busting: Trixie jokes that she is the most successful (and only) folk drag musician.
  • Hates Being Touched: Casually mentions that when she's not in-character and on-stage she doesn't like being hugged.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Is constantly bested during the first half of the season and nearly gets eliminated in the Snatch Game, the single challenge Trixie was the most confident about, leaving her troubled. After that, Trixie revs up and starts winning challenges (even being praised for pulling herself out of her first half-season funk by the judges) and going to score a surprise victory, snatching the crown in the finale!
  • Never Live It Downinvoked: Even after reaching an understanding about Thorgy's hateful note with Shangela, it still gets brought up quite a bit in the following episodes.
  • Nice Guy: In comparison to Shangela and Bebe, while Trixie can be snarky she still comes off as friendly plus she never actually eliminated anyone in the competition. This is quite likely a major reason why when the eliminated queens get to vote on who to pass through to the final four, they pick Trixie (and Kennedy) over Shangela (who has been playing a cutthroat game all season) and Bebe (who comes off as very haughty).
  • Split Personality: Discusses this after being called out for being too dour and snarky by Adam Lambert, stating that while on stage and in drag she's full of energy and effervescent, off-stage she's just an introverted white boy who doesn't like hugs.
  • Take That!: While setting up their stations Trixie picks one out specifically because she remembers Pearl had that mirror ... and since Pearl coasted her way to the top three, Trixie is hoping to feed off that energy herself. She never forgets to remind Milk about her breakdown either.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After being called out by Adam Lambert for her poor attitude and snark when recording her track for the Girl Group challenge, she purposely tried to always smile and be pleasant with Ross Matthews acting as director in the next challenge, hoping to avoid a repeat critique.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets called out by Shangela when the latter finds a hateful note left by Thorgy taped to her station. It wasn't so much that Trixie kept the note, but propped it up in a way as if she was proud that Thorgy had badmouthed Shangela. When Thorgy returns to the show during the Girl Group challenge she actually takes Shangela's side in this, stating that the note was meant to be private and Trixie should not have put it up where anyone could see it.

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Jasmine Masters (Season 7)

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Real Name: Martell Robinson
"The mean queen is back to snatch the crown."

  • Brutal Honesty: Infamous for her "I am Jasmine Masters, and I have something to say" videos in which she will go off on her drag sisters, non-Drag Race queens, and the show in general. She brings the same sort of no-nonsense to the show with her, although it doesn't help her when she attempts to use it for a stand-up routine in the talent show.
  • Fountain of Memesinvoked: Invoked that she is referred to as the "Meme Queen", thanks to her hilarious Vines and YouTube videos going viral.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite being known as the "villain" of Season 7, she harbours no resentment for Trinity when she sends her packing twice, and she's very happy for the whole experience.
  • Never My Fault: In spite of bombing her stand-up routine, Jasmine is convinced the only reason she's in the bottom two was due to a slight stutter during her delivery, instead of the fact general consensus was that her comedy just wasn't funny.
  • Squickinvoked: The audience reaction to her stand-up routine, in which the majority of her comedy material centered around an ex-boyfriend who's breath smelled like a dirty asshole.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: It's discussed how she got the villain edit during one of Drag Race's least popular seasons, but through hard work and perseverance turned herself into one of the most recognized and quoted queens in the industry after the show.

Farrah Moan (Season 9)

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Real Name: Cameron Clayton
"All I want is to just be the best."

  • The Burlesque of Venus: Literally. Since she's famous for using so much highlighter in her makeup, instead of a clamshell she emerges from a highlighter compact for her variety show strip-tease.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: When Gia tries to come for her about a drunken incident 6 months prior to the show, Farrah says point blank while Gia is trying to turn it into some big thing, for herself she hasn't even thought about over the past months.
  • Ironic Echo: When Valentina eliminates her, she jokingly uses her infamous like from the Season 9 reunion "You don't love me". Then as she is leaving and Gia tries once more to seem like she's consoling Farrah, Farrah replies with a "you actually don't love me".
  • Most Annoying Soundinvoked: When she breaks down in tears after failing the first challenge, it doesn't take long before everyone in the rooms tells her that her constant whining is annoying and she needs to buck up or be prepared to be bucked out.
  • The Pratfall: During her burlesque number for the talent show, she slips on her costume and takes a hard fall to the floor. She's the third queen in history to take a fall on the runway, behind Akashia (Season 1) and Naysha Lopez (Season 8).
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: In a Girl Group challenge with the likes of Monique, Monét, and Naomi she stands out for her unfortunate 'white girl dance moves'. One of the judges even say her performance was 'white bread'.
  • Prone to Tears: Enters the competition with confidence but the moment she takes a nasty tumble on the main stage in the first episode, she is trembling in tears in humiliation. Her fellow queens pretty much tell her she has to cut the cry-baby shtick fast or they'll eliminate her.
  • Rejected Apology: When Gia attempts to apologize for trying to rattle Farrah before the Girl Group performances, Farrah promptly shoots her down and accuses Gia of just trying to get more screentime through a fake apology.

Gia Gunn (Season 6, The Switch Season 2)

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Real Name: Gia Ichikawa
"Step aside, boys, 'cause the real queen is here."

  • Aesop Amnesia:
    • Claims this is in effect when she realizes her constantly harassing and insulting the other girls comes from a place of insecurity from prior to her transition into a transgender woman.
    • Comes to All Stars without a Snatch Game backup, this after her elimination in Season 6 came about for the exact same reason (In Season 6 she got spooked out of doing Selena and instead tries Kim Kardashian on the fly, while in All Stars she planned on doing Caitlyn Jenner, but when Trinity snatched that away from her she struggled to pull together a Jenny Bui, in spite of the fact she knew nothing about her).
  • Alpha Bitch: Gets called out by Manila for picking on Farrah, when Farrah seems to be the weakest link in the current cast. Manila says it's fierce if you're coming after the strongest competitor in the bunch, but when you're purposely picking on the weakest it just makes you look like a bully who can't stand up to the big dogs. She also gets called out by Trinity for just trying to stir the pot and cause drama, over actually trying to be talented.
  • Brutal Honesty: Gia has no qualms about hurting other people's feelings with her opinions, if she feels a certain way she will share it and not give a second thought about who gets upset about it.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Finally got to perform a kabuki number, which she first talked about in her first appearance back in Season 6, during the Season's Variety Show.
  • Funny Foreigner: Her interpretation of Instagram celebrity Jenny Bui, a fresh off the boat Literal-Minded Asian Airhead. Michelle Visage actually scolds Gia for insulting Jenny with this take on her, pointing out the real Jenny Bui has worked hard for everything she has, and even survived her village in Cambodia being ravaged by war.
  • History Repeats: She's the first, and for now only, queen who got sent home twice after a poor Snatch Game performance. Both of her interpretations included using the Gag Penis trope as answers during the challenge.
  • It's All About Me: Gets accused of this in regards to her confrontational attitude, in that she's trying to stage drama for screentime. Really hammered in during deliberations in the second episode, when she insists on interrupting Farrah Moan's time to plead her case to give the latter a "genuine" apology. Trinity says pretty much straight Gia just trying to make Farrah's time all about her.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After practically harassing Latrice and Manila during Snatch Game of Love, she realizes that she's fallen into old habits and genuinely shows remorse over her actions. When she gets eliminated, she admits it's no one's fault but her own.
  • Rejected Apology: Tries to give what she claims is a genuine apology to Farrah for coming for her in the Werk Room, only for Farrah (and pretty much everyone else) to roll their eyes and call it out as a blatant grab for screentime.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While she would read a competitor to filth in Season 6, come All Stars she is almost constantly belittling or berating her fellow queens. After coming for Farrah one time too many come episode 2, she actually gets called out on her overly bitchy attitude.
  • Transgender: Gia is a trans woman, and is the first queen to be openly competing as one from the beginning of the season as opposed to previous contestants who came out during the show. She uses this in her lyrics for the Girl Group challenge, with a line that 'she puts the T in the LGB'.
  • Unknown Rival: Comes for Farrah hard out of seemingly no where because of an incident 6 months prior. Farrah even says she didn't even remember the incident in question and accuses Gia of faking drama for more camera time. Later, she seems to start coming for Latrice, but claims she did not mean to do so intentionally.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets called out during Snatch Game of Love for not only insulting Latrice Royale for being overweight and manish, but also for doing her celebrity, Jenny Bui, a disservice by turning an courageous immigrant who survived a war into a Asian Airhead slut.

Valentina (Season 9)

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Real Name: James Andrew Leyva
"Fan favorite is here!"

  • Challenge Seeker: When Manila attempts to negotiate an alliance in exchange for sparing Valentina from elimination, Valentina counters this with the fact while eliminating you're fiercest competitors might make winning easier, it won't mean as much if you didn't succeed over queens you are threatened by; and challenges Manila to keep her specifically because she is a threat.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The other contestants describe her as delusional and in her own world. It's not clear whether this is a character she's putting on or if she's just a bit odd.
  • The Fashionista: Delivers not only on the runway, but also in the Werk Room and confessional booth. While her competitors may dress down during their downtime before challenges, Valentina always makes sure to put on a performance. Sometimes verges on Awesome, but Impractical, considering she makes choices like wearing heels while painting walls for the club challenge.
  • My Greatest Failure: The notorious maskgate. Valentina is aware she is best remembered for not knowing the words and bombing her first and only lip sync in her original season. This leads to...
  • My Greatest Second Chance: While this trope applies to some extent to every contestant in all stars, Valentina’s deserves special mention. Not only does she lip sync well for her talent show but come the second episode she delivers a stunning lip sync (to an Ariana Grande song no less!) and even defeats one of the lip sync assassins of season ten. In her own words, Valentina has redeemed herself.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Self-invoked when she discussed how half the audience recognizes her as Miss Congeniality, while the other half see her as a snake. Valentina claims she is quite comfortably both and can be either nice or nasty depending on the situation.
  • Telenovela: Present during her original season but turned Up to Eleven in All Stars, she is constantly likened to a Telenovela in the Werk Room, during rehearsals, and during critiques.

Manila Luzon (Season 3, All Stars 1)

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Real Name: Karl Westerberg
"Correction Ru, you are and will always be a double All-Star!"

  • A Friend in Need: During the Snatch Game of Love, Manila realizes that Gia has made Latrice lose her patience and fall completely out character, miserably begging Ru to intervene. Manila makes it a point to refer to Latrice as Della in order to save her performance. This is not a coincidence since Manila is aware of Latrice’s previous experience in Season 4 and the All Stars 1 Gaff in, where their joint performance landed their team in the bottom. It could be argued Manila is also trying to help her friend Gia from making a “Big Fool” our of herself.
  • The Ace: The queen with the most Drag Race experience. She is the second queen in the franchise to win a cumulative of seven challenges, after BenDeLaCreme (and later followed by Trinity the Tuck). She is the first and only queen to win two challenges in a row in two separate seasons. She is also the first and only queen to have won a very first challenge, a Snatch Game, a makeover, and a ball.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Without a hint of pretense. After Latrice’s elimination and the revelation of Monét’s lipstick, the five remaining queens join hands and stare Manila down. It makes sense, since Trinity and Valentina have been in an alliance since day one and Monique, Monét, and Naomi formed another. Manila is alone.
  • Asian and Nerdy: She’s meticulous about her runways and her references sometimes go over the heads of the other queens and the judges. When Carson identifies her Curves and Swerves runway as an homage to Coco Chanel, Manila politely corrects him that it’s Rococo Chanel.
  • Aside Glance: Prone to these during confessionals more so than in the Werk room, but not by much.
  • The Atoner: Has shades of this, since in season 3 she was a bully and in All Stars 1 her It's All About Me attitude was blamed for the demise of team Latrila.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When asked in her Meet the Queens interview whether she felt capable in sending Latrice Royale home, Manila answered confidently that she had already done it in All Stars 1. Come the fourth episode of All Stars 4...
  • Bi the Way: Admits to having loving relationships with women in her youth.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Toward Gia. Possibly because they are both Asian queens, but explicitly because Manila sees some of herself in Gia, since Manila admits she was a bully in her original season. When Gia is up for elimination, Manila comfortable her and pleads that a second chance might be the wakeup call Gia needs for her bad attitude. After Gia’s elimination, Manila plays this role toward Naomi.
  • Boring, but Practical: Her use of wedged shoes for the girl group challenge does not fly with Michelle Visage.
  • Bound and Gagged: Played for Laughs with her bondage bunny runway.
  • Broken Tears: Heartbreakingly so, first when Monique is declared the winner of the lip sync and then fully when she eliminates Latrice.
  • The Bully: Manila averts the trope this season but recognizes she played it in season 3 and, in her own words, it did not work out for her.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns along with former teammate Latrice Royale to compete on the show again as individuals.
  • Call-Back: Many, both overt and subtle. Her entrance look doubles as her loss both in all stars 1 and season 3. Her bunny runway for episode 3 alludes to her carrot cake runway from season 3.
  • Camp: Manila’s drag aesthetic tends to involve fashionable silhouettes but very camp sensibilities.
  • Chekhov's Skill: While most queens discuss their talent for the show in the werk room, Manila’s painting comes as a complete surprise. Though her promo look has her wearing a dress of paint and paintbrushes as Hair Decorations.
  • Costume Porn: A dress shaped like a designer purse, a dress shaped like the table from Ladyand The Tramp, a dress shaped like a lady’s unmentionable...
  • Covert Pervert: Relatively speaking for Drag Queen, but when Rupaul dismisses the queens for deliberation so the judges can watch the Snatchelor guest judges wrestle, Manila asks to skip deliberations.
  • The Dandy: Nowhere near as overtly as Valentina. But in the werk room Manila wears various and meticulously styled suits.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Effortlessly delivers what Naomi Smalls calls “two for one” reads.
  • Eccentric Artist: A recurring motif. Her promo look is a melting palette, her talent for the show is upside-down painting, and she does shout-outs for artists Bob Ross and Tom of Finland. Her runway looks (such as the Rococo and Baroque runways) also invoke some of this.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her curves and swerves look fits the image given the improbable frills, the doll like proportions, and the clashing colors, but follows French court styles rather than Victorian or Gothic (except for the hair).
  • Executive Meddling: Both Rupaul and Production vetoed her original Padded to the Gods look due to it being based on a period pad, complete with a streak of blood coming off of it. Manila was hoping to show that such a bodily function was normal on the show, but had to settle for revealing it on instagram instead.
  • The Fashionista: On and off the runway, in and out of drag, Manila’s looks combine both subtle and bold references to artists, historical periods, and fashion movements. All are instantly recognizable as her aesthetic.
  • Genre Savvy: In something of a callback to Bianca del Rio calling prison the only thing worse than drag race, Manila realizes that Gia’s picking on Farrah, the weakest of the bunch, makes Gia look like a bully and that if she wanted to appear strong she should take out the strongest of the pack.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Monique puts Manila last on the roast lineup explicitly because she has been doing well in the comedy challenges and the pressure to end the show on bang is the highest (with the hope that Manila will bomb and land in the bottom). In the end, Manila wins the challenge and Monique ends up in the bottom.
  • Hair Decorations: For her promo look Manila wears what appears to be chopsticks but are actually paintbrushes. These foreshadow her talent for the variety show.
  • Happily Married: Speaks of this during the Snatch Game of Love, and how strange it is to play a single in a dating show.
  • Heroic Vow: Upon return to the competition, Team Latrila officially and literally breaks apart, and the two compete as individuals. But once Latrice is up for elimination, Manila admits they are still a team and she vows to save Latrice.
  • His Story Repeats Itself: Manila is unable to win a lip sync and save Latrice from elimination. Up to Eleven, since this is not even the second time she sends a close, Big Beautiful Woman home after losing a comedy challenge.
  • Informed Attribute: Her singing ability. Despite having released successful music videos, she delivers a mediocre performance during the girl group challenge, to the surprise of her collaborator, Latrice Royale.
  • The Lost Lenore: Her late partner, Sahara Davenport. During the roast challenge, Manila admits that she still misses her.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Her roast of Lady Bunny begins with, "Dearly beloved...and Michelle Visage..."
  • My Greatest Failure: Her failure to win the lip synch against Monique gets Latrice sent home.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Third actually, but she invokes this trope with Latrice, since they realize this is probably the last time they will ever compete in Drag Race.
  • Nice Guy: Manila is one of the least shady queens this season and instead acts supportive and encouraging to her competitors.
  • No Periods, Period: Enforced. Her original look for the Curves and Swerves, Padded to the Gods runway was a visibly used Maxi Pad. Though meant to be empowering, the production vetoed it.
  • Odd Friendship: With Gia Gunn and Latrice Royale. Gia could not have a more different attitude and personality but Manila behaves cordially to her and even attempts to become closer. Outside the show, Gia has least amount of negative comments for Manila. With Latrice Royale, Manila bonds as former All Stars competitors, competitors from early seasons, Happily Married queens, and old professionals.
  • Old Soldier: Deconstructed. One the one hand, young queens such as Naomi and Monét express awe at sharing the stage with a legend from the early years. On the other hand, Manila is painfully aware that both drag in general and Drag Race specifically have advanced so much since her season that she feels like an out-of-place relic of the past, especially against more contemporary, avant-garde queens like Valentina.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: She doesn’t perform poorly in the girl group challenge, but compared to teammates Trinity, Latrice, and (especially) Valentina, she lands on the bottom.
  • The Rival: Slowly building up to this toward Valentina, but hinted from the beginning when Valentina asks her, “Who’s the Booger now, bitch?”
  • Sadistic Choice: After winning the Snatch Game of Love, she's tasked with the difficult decision of making the safe choice of eliminating Gia Gunn, who was the weak link of the group and least threatening, or taking a huge risk and eliminating Valentina, who not only is a fan favorite, but would cause a sudden shift in the dynamic of all future eliminations. Averted during the second elimination since Manila does not hesitate to save Latrice and eliminate Monét. Played straight again when she has to choose between ‘four’ queens whom to eliminate.
  • Shout-Out: Her look for the talent show and the talent itself is one to artist Bob Ross, complete with an Afro. Her bondage bunny look is one for artist Tom of Finland (and Bugs Bunny!). Her Lalaparuza runway is one to Lady and the Tramp.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: For the talent show, not only does she paint a lovely still life, which no contestant has ever done on the main stage, but she does so to the tune of "In the Hall of the Mountain King"! For the roast challenge she does back-to-back looks based on Theatre/Carmen and a Baroque painting.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Latrice.
  • Whoopee Cushion: Actually a whoopee breastplate. When Manila embraces Monét for deliberations, the latter’s breastplate breaks wind. It makes then both laugh during an incredibly tense and unpleasant situation.
  • Wild Card: How the other queens feel about Manila’s elimination choices.

Latrice Royale (Season 4, All Stars 1)

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Real Name: Timothy Wilcots
"I'm the large, in charge, chunky and funky, Latrice motherfucking Royale."

  • Acrofatic: Her glorious frame doesn't impede her in the slightest and she delivers a showstopping color guard performance for her Talent Show performance.
  • Big Fun: Is generally cheerful, there's not really a single queen who doesn't have massive respect for Latrice.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns along with former teammate Manila Luzon to compete on the show as individuals.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Her reaction to Gia's "romper room fuckery" in the Snatch Game of Love, in which she outright insulted Latrice's weight, and called her a man in a dress.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: Perform a color guard flag twirling at the Talent Show.
  • Happily Married: Brought up in the third episode; although recorded prior to her fabulous wedding, Latrice speaks about how wonderful it is having someone always there for her, and how incredible it is that she can actually have a wedding after so much struggle with gays just getting the right to do so.
  • History Repeats: Once again, Latrice doesn't get to put on a performance during Snatch Game because she gets fed up with another queen's antics and unprofessional behaviour, in this case Gia's.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Third actually, but she invokes this trope with Manila since they realize this is probably the last time they will ever compete in Drag Race. Though she also doesn't count All Stars 1 as a competition since the show was such a mess.

Monique Heart (Season 10)

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Real Name: Kevin Richardson
"Hello, America. Your girl is back: Monique Heart, the heart of Season 10."

  • Animal Motifs: Her look in the first challenge pays homage to her mix-up in season 10, mistaking giraffe print for brown cow. Since then the phrase "Brown Cow Stunning" has become part of her brand.
  • Catchphrase: In addition to bringing back "Facts are facts" and "Reclaiming my time!", Monique is touting "Brown cow stunning" and the truncated "Stunning!" quite heavily this season (complete with a set of STUN/NING studded rings in the confessionals to punctuate her use of the phrase).
  • Fountain of Memesinvoked: Self-appointed as the "Meme Queen" of Season 10, and makes good on that claim by running through about every Catchphrase in her repertoire within the first 30 seconds of entering the Werk Room.
  • Running Gag: Her wig coming off. Just like the lip-sync for your life which she lost in Season 10, during the first lip-sync for your legacy of this season her wig comes undone and she sends it flying in the studio rafters. It starts to slide off again during the ninth episode challenge.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Just like Monét, she had no wins in Season 10, but here she makes up by winning three challenges and reaching the finale.

Naomi Smalls (Season 8)

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Real Name: Davis Heppenstall
"You can't spell legendary without leg."

  • Always Second Best: Is in the top three during the first three episodes, but just misses being top two each time.
  • Bald Woman: For the reveal of her talent show.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Known for being one of the nicest Rugirls out there. This doesn't stop her from sending home Manila.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Is rather demure but is able to deliver two of the fiercest lip syncs in herstory.

Monét X Change (Season 10)

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Real Name: Kevin Bertin
"Guess who's black in the house, bitch!"

  • Art Evolution: Gets positively called out in the second episode for not only killing it during the challenge, but elevating her runways into pure glamour. Ross Matthews says outright Monét is finally serving the level of polish that she just didn't have available to her in Season 10.
  • Corpsing: Her spot-on Roast of Lady Bunny provokes this on Lady Bunny herself, who is appropriately playing dead.
  • Overused Running Gag: Finally gets told by the judges that the "Sponge Queen" running gag has run its course and that she needs to bring something new to the main stage and stop relying on tired memes from the past seasons.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Despite reaching sixth place in Season 10 she had no wins under her belt. Here, she brings home three challenges, showcases several bold and elegant looks and makes the top 4. And then she wins the whole season alongside Trinity.
  • The Un-Reveal: In the final lip sync she wears a blonde pussycat wig, but partway through she tears it off to reveal...another identical pussycat wig.

Trinity the Tuck (Season 9)

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Real Name: Ryan Taylor
"The body is back!"

  • The Ace: She has the most wins (four) out of the participants in this season, and with seven wins total between Season 9 and All Stars, she's tied with BenDeLaCreme and Manila for most wins overall. She then moves on to net the crown for AS 4, sharing the title with Monét X Change in a series first.
  • Redhead In Green: Her entrance look was a homage to Sarah Paulson's look for the Ocean's 8 premiere.
  • Refuge in Audacity: For her talent show performance, she decides to showcase her comedy chops by giving the judges and audience a lip synced tutorial of how she tucks her genitals, complete with a tuck reveal at the end!
    Manila: I think I've been tucking wrong this whole time!
    • For the lip-sync for your legacy against Latrice in episode 7, she puts on a bloated old woman-suit, with pale skin, painted visible ribs and saggy tits. This proves too much Squick however, and Latrice wins the lip-sync instead.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": Since Season 9, she has rebranded herself from "Trinity Taylor" to "Trinity the Tuck", as she felt the former was too boring.


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