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“ Life is a cupcake, and I’m the fucking icing. ”

–Sharpay


Sharpay Evans is the narcissistic fraternal twin of Ryan, who grew up with the belief that everything can go her way, and should around East High. She's pretty, she's talented, and she's dating one of the kindest guys in school, Zeke. Sharpay wants fame, her name in lights on Broadway, and with Miss Darbus wrapped around her finger, getting the attention in the East High drama department should be a cinch.

Sharpay believes she owns the school, she struts around it thinking she is in charge and that everyone wants to be her friend. Although this necessarily isn't correct, the other main characters in the show aren't rushing to her every need and looking towards her, but she does have her own little minions that follow her around and do what she asks of them, and a few boys who would like to be with her. This is also different because Sharpay is trying to find a way to get the boy, Troy, she likes, although he is not interested in her. But to relate back to the common stereotype of the queen bee, Sharpay is manipulative in finding ways of getting Troy to herself, using her family's high wealth status to her advantage. Sharpay is given the stereotype of the queen bee as she is pretty and her parents are quite wealthy, having their own servants and owning their own country club.

Sharpay is the co-president of the East High drama department, which she has starred in seventeen school productions. She's a selfish and entitled rich girl who often uses her money and connection to steal Troy from Gabriella, and tries to sabotage their duet performance. However, she's not popular like the typical queen bee and doesn't seem to have any friends at school and the way the basketball team talks about her, she actually comes across as incredibly unpopular. However, this shows her as a very popular girl with a lot of adoring fans (other students) wanting her signature in their yearbooks. It's very possible they're just acquaintances/fans though, and people don't try to actually be her friends and get to know her. And she's not dumb, in any means. She has a brain, and she knows how to use it in the most conniving ways possible. Sharpay's wardrobe is often extravagant and over-the-top, done up in sparkles and glitter, and she's almost always wearing a pair of heels.

Sharpay is ruthless, selfish, and cunning. All her life, all she wanted to do is to have a great boyfriend like Troy, and be in the spotlight. She became the most popular and the meanest girl of East High. Sharpay is not a nice person, and, usually, says whatever goes through her mind. She likes to belittle and bully people and make them do whatever she wants. Typically, Sharpay considers everyone an enemy and inferior to her. She has a very snotty attitude and she can be quite a bully to other people, and even treats Gabriella poorly, since Gabriella is dating Troy.

She can show kindness on occasion, such as the time she tried to pay for Troy’s college tuition, but these displays are usually cancelled out by other bad things she does, or they have an ulterior motive. Popularity, humiliating, and blackmailing are essential things in her life. Every time Sharpay wants something she has to get it, or else, she will make a big scene in front of everyone which involves her screaming and crying because she feels superior and no one can ever tell her to stop because she will start insulting that person physically and emotionally. As a queen bee, she walks with a lot of confidence and is always the center of attention wherever she goes.

Sharpay is very spoiled and regularly clarifies that she is extremely rich. She appears to have severe anger issues, and is arguably one of the most aggressive students at East High. Sharpay gets really freaked out when things do not go the way she wanted and blames other people for her problems. Sharpay also shows a lot ruthless attitude towards everyone weaker than her. She needs to be cruel to other people so she can feel confident. The reason why she is a horrible person to everyone is because, in reality, she is very insecure and she feels really lonely, because she has never had true friends, and her parents are always working. She has tried being a nice person, but all things that include being a good person make her want to vomit. Sharpay appears to have the most power in the drama department, leaving Ryan as her right-hand man. However, the sibling loyalty is not always mutual. Classmate Taylor McKessie suspects that if Sharpay "could figure out how to play both Romeo and Juliet, her own brother would be aced out of a job." 

Her in-the-closet twin brother, Ryan, is always willing to do her bidding. Even when he has an attack of morality and sabotages her schemes, he always comes running back, usually in floral-print pants and knee-high boots. There's also Kelsi Nielsen, East High's resident troll, who writes all of Sharpay's original musical numbers.


Physical Appearance

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Sharpay is a beautiful young woman, magically blessed with wavy waist-length golden hair like sunshine, brown eyes, a tall and slender figure, and lips that shame the red rose. Her skin is fair and flawless. Unlike Gabriella or Taylor, her face is less rounded and more refined, giving her an appearance of maturity rather than youth despite being only 18.


She may be the center-of-attention of East High only in her own mind, but Sharpay dresses the part of a true Hollywood starlet, pairing high-end separates, "straight off the runway," from the likes of Betsey Johnson, Marc Jacobs, Rock and Republic and Kitson, with piled on bling. To achieve her over-the-top look, she bases her outfits in one eye-popping hue like fuchsia or cobalt blue and doesn't be afraid to go overboard with the accessories -- to be a larger-than-life character, her clothes must reflect her confidence.


Personality and Traits

What you're going to hear -- above all else -- is that Shapray is a bitch. As crazy as it is, it's a rather accurate and fair assessment. Sharpay's magnetic and sensual persona easily sucks people in, and spits them back out. She makes no excuses for her actions and comes off as rather nonchalant about most of her mistakes, because she forces herself to not care. It's what she's been taught most of her life. In return, it's hard for her to make real friends and she's lived with a small yet close circle.

Having a family who gave her almost everything she wanted, Sharpay has a somewhat entitled attitude. She knows what she wants, and she knows that she's going to get it. She betides anyone who gets in the way of what she wants. The same goes for the people who hurt her friends. She has a vindictive, mean-spirited streak that, luckily, few people have truly witnessed. Sharpay is a perfectionist. Everything has to be just so for her to be satisfied, which can be annoying as she starts nitpicking when she's nervous about something. This is often the only indication to those who don't know her that something is amiss, otherwise she is incredibly poised and rarely lets things get to her. On the rare occasion that something does go wrong, Sharpay has a tendency to blow things out of proportion and it takes her a while to come back down.

Despite her privileged upbringing, Sharpay is determined to make her own way in the world. She possesses an air of confidence that so many of the wealthy possess, one that comes with rarely having to worry about the ordinary problems people face in their lives. She has breezed through life for the most part so there are few notches on her belt. One of the few is that she struggles to trust people getting close to her, as almost every relationship she's had has been highly superficial. Sharpay has also had a few meaningless flings, but nothing has ever gone too far.

For all her spitefulness, Sharpay is secretly insecure about herself. She takes offense to those who cannot understand her voice, and is notoriously envious of Gabriella's popularity. Sharpay's bad luck also plays a part in her low self-esteem, as she sometimes sees herself as a failure due to her frequent mishaps. Sharpay tends to hide this with a boisterous veneer, though she has confided in Ryan about her inhibition on occasion. What Sharpay sometimes lacks in confidence, she makes up for with perseverance. Her aggressive nature can act as a double-edged sword; while it at times is a hindrance and even a handicap for her, it has also helped her in times of need. When faced with a threat of some kind, Sharpay may get frightened and even intimidated (mostly by her nemesis Tiara), but rather than getting scared, she gets mad and has taken up fights and even the forces of nature.


Role in Series

Appearances

Season One (12/12)

Season Two (12/12)


Trivia

  • Though some students believed Sharpay Evans deserved better, others saw her as a high school mean girl who thrived on stirring up trouble.
    • But honestly, we loved every second of Sharpay's drama-fueled, well, drama.
    • She's a selfish rich girl who often uses her money and connection to steal Troy from Gabriella, and tries to sabotage their relationship.
    • However, she's not popular like the typical mean girl and doesn't seem to have any friends at school and the way the basketball team talks about her, she actually comes across as incredibly unpopular. On the other hand, in What Time Is It? shows her as a very popular girl with a lot of adoring fans (other students) wanting her signature in their yearbooks. It's very possible they're just acquaintances/fans though, and people don't try to actually be her friends and get to know her.
    • Sharpay is arrogant, snobby, and has shades of narcissism. She does become a jerk with a heart of gold at the mid-end of Season 1.
  • Sharpay wasn't nice in the first half of Season 1, sure, but the second half blew her negative qualities up to ridiculous proportions.
    • Her main objective -- stealing someone's boyfriend -- is far more heinous than anything she did in the first half. She even went as far as to treat her own brother like crap.
  • Her family is filthy rich, and she uses this to her full advantage to try and steal Troy (by seducing him, while mistreating Gabriella and the rest of his friends -- whom he invited to come work with him, causing their relationship to fall apart).
  • Though she is generally unkind to everyone around her, she does however truly love her family and dog and though she doesn't generally show it, respects Gabriella and talent for singing.
  • Sharpay comes across as less of an arrogant bitch and more star-struck and neurotic. Her passion for theatre and her determination to be successful also suggests that Sharpay doesn't do the manipulative things she does out of malice -- she just truly wants to be the best at everything (star in the musical, dating one of the most popular boys in school, etc.)
  • She doesn't dislike the Wildcats in the second episode because of any reason other than "they'll steal my talent show!" Selfish, yes, but by the ending of each episode she's realized her mistakes.
  • Over the course of the series she slowly goes through certain stages in which she becomes a better person in the end. Also she appears to be slightly narcissistic.
  • Sharpay's locker is the only pink locker in the school. It is also the only one shown that is not white.
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