In a world where survival is a prime driving force in making decisions, alliances are necessary to guarantee a shot at survival. This is not only true in a zombie apocalypse but real life as well. You see this in school, in the workplace, in politics, etc. as it is an inherent human behavior.
In the 14 seasons of RuPaul’s drag race, this human behavior has been seen on many different occasions. Not only that queens built alliances with each other to survive and help them win challenges, but these cliques can also sometimes be bullies.
In Season 2, an alliance between fan-favorites Manila Luzon, Raja, Carmen Carrera, and Delta Work called Heathers. The clique has helped each other through different challenges by assisting their fellow heather prepare by sinching each other’s waists and lending each other’s wigs. However, the dark side of the alliance is that they have bullied those who are not part of the group and called them ‘Boogers.’ In the end, two of the heathers made it until the end with Raja being crowned the winner.
This is not the last time that we’ve seen alliances prosper. In season 5, an alliance has also bullied the eventual winner, Jinx Monsoon, by a group called Rolaskatox. The group, composed of Roxxxy Andrews, Alaska Thunderfuck, and Detox, has played mind games throughout the season in a bid to take Jinx Monsoon out of the competition.
The All-Stars edition of the show is another story. All stars rules make the queens who win the challenge, and the lipsync for your legacy eliminate one of the bottom queens.
In AS2, the same Rolaskatox from Season 5 was cast again. This time, the group has not only asserted their pack mentality but has also kept Roxxxy Andrews, who has been performing poorly in the challenges, bringer her with Alaska and Detox to the top 4.
The alliance between ChiChi Devayne and Kennedy Davenport has also successfully saved ChiChi from going home when Kennedy sent home Milk even if ChiChi has been in the bottom for many episodes already.
This season, RPDR AS4, another alliance has kept a queen from being eliminated and has been very controversial. Reports reveal that Monet XChange, Monique Heart, and Naomi smalls have their alliance and all of them are now in the top 4.