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Isn't she a little fat for the show?
~ Amber cruelly mocking Tracy Turnblad

Amber Von Tussle is the secondary antagonist of Hairspray. She is the spoiled daughter of Velma Von Tussle (and, in the original film, Franklin Von Tussle) and the ex-girlfriend of Link Larkin (the source of her rivalry with the protagonist, Tracy Turnblad).

In both films, she is played by Colleen Fitzpatrick (later known as Vitamin C) and Brittany Snow, respectively. In the 2016 NBC live musical telecast, she was played by Dove Cameron, who also played Mal in the Disney Channel original movie Descendants.


She feels that she always has to be at the top and win. She is cruel to Tracy and always makes fun of her for being overweight. Tracy comes around and messes things up for her, which makes Tracy her enemy. Tracy also wins the heart of Amber's boyfriend, Link Larkin. Amber also shares an odd semi-friendship, semi-rivalry with Corny Collins over how much of the limelight they share.

Although she is very mean, Amber is not as racist or cruel as her mother, and has shown interest in black music and a handsome black dancer at the end of both movies. In the end, Amber undergoes a change of heart and accepts her defeat to Tracy before joining in the dance, much to Velma's irritation.


1988 Movie

Amber is infuriated when Tracy successfully steals her boyfriend, Link Larkin (Michael St. Gerard), and competes against her for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963. She ends up being dethroned by Tracy at the end of the movie.

2007 Movie

The teenagers featured on the The Corny Collins Show attend Tracy and Penny's school, among them Amber von Tussle and her boyfriend Link Larkin, the lead male dancer. Amber’s mother, Velma, manages WYZT and makes sure Amber is prominently featured.

At the end of the 2007 film adaption, Velma changes the pageant tallies so Amber is guaranteed to win. However, Link breaks away from Amber to dance with Tracy; later, he pulls Seaweed's sister, Little Inez, to the stage to dance in the pageant. Amber's attempt to re-claim her championship crown fails. Little Inez wins the pageant after a late surge of support, successfully integrating The Corny Collins Show. Amber, surprisingly, accept her loss. Velma tells Amber about her rigging scheme in front of a camera planted by Edna, resulting in her firing while Amber leaves her mother to her fate of being arrested. In either version of the ending, she is last seen watching everyone dance. In the original musical version and the 2016 NBC live musical telecast, however, both she and her mother are redeemed.


Okay, fatso! Let's see how you can dance!
~ Amber to Tracy in the dance competition (Hairspray 1988)
~ Amber insulting Tracy while slowdancing with Link (Hairspray 1988)
The girl's a trashcan!
~ Amber insulting Tracy before she's suspended from the show by Corny (1988 Hairspray)
I happen to have a blemish!!
~ Amber childishly whining to Link her reason why she postponed making out with him
Just pop it! Pop it!
~ Amber whining to her mother about her facial acne
That girl's got roaches in her hair!
~ Amber lying to the crowd in attempt to humiliate Tracy at the Tilted Acres amusement park
I'm not kidding! I just saw one!!
~ Amber attempting to make her lies about Tracy having "roaches in her hair" as the truth
She wouldn't dare!
~ Amber's reaction to Tracy stealing her boyfriend Link on the Corny Collins show
I'm taking out the fat retard!
~ Amber yelling at Tracy before knocking her out with a dodgeball in gym class
Hey, Thunder Thighs! This one's for you!!
~ Amber verbally abusing Tracy in gym class during a game of dodgeball
Tracy Turnblad is a human roach nest!!
~ Amber framing Tracy on live television for the race riot at Tilted Acres