film characters 18 Of The Nastiest, Classiest, Sassiest Teen Movie HBICs

Rebecca Shortall
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HBIC. Head. Bitch. In. Charge. For decades, these enigmatic encapsulations of bitchery have ruled high school hallways with a perfectly manicured iron fist. They've cut the chaff from cheer squads. They've thrown lesser mortals off prom committees. They've told wannabes they can't sit with them at lunch. Sure, they’re bitches, but they're the most loveable bitches in cinema. Yes, indeed, these are bad bitches you love to hate.

You love and loathe boss-ass bitches in teen movies. They're the ones you can't stop talking about after the credits roll. This movie archetype is as prevalent as the maverick cop who doesn't play by the rules or the underdog who takes down his adversary when the odds are against them. So why not revel in reprehensible behavior and bask in the boss-ass bitchiness?

Head Bitches are cunning, devious, manipulative… Okay, that seems like a bunch of bad qualities, but you can't help "yas queen"-ing along to their bitchy on-screen smack-downs. They're bad bitches we love to hate. Brush up on the best HBICs of all time and check out these chicas diablas. Then, leave your two cents in the comments section below. 


Regina George is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 18 Of The Nastiest, Classiest, Sassiest Teen Movie HBICs
Photo:  Paramount Pictures

Like it or not, Mean Girls is a generation-defining film. Depending on your circle of friends, it's possible not a single day goes by you don't hear a quote from this movie. But can a movie really be considered classic without a great movie villain? Enter Regina George, played to peak-bitch perfection by Rachel McAdams, who makes a hell of an entrance. As in, slow-motion walking down the school hall while boys slam their bodies into lockers out of admiration and fear.

Regina George has become synonymous with Head Bitch in Charge. For millennials, she's the first face that springs to mind when you're asked to picture a high school mean girl. She's a master manipulator and it took a team of teens, plus a school bus, to bring her down. There aren't many queen bees with such a death grip on the high school crown.

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Courtney Alice Shayne From Jawbreaker


Courtney Alice Shayne From Jaw... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 18 Of The Nastiest, Classiest, Sassiest Teen Movie HBICs
Photo:  Tri-Star Pictures

Picking up where Heathers and its death toll left off, Jawbreaker starts off with a mean girl clique, headed by Courtney (Rose McGowan), accidentally killing the fourth member of their gang with a jawbreaker. The cold, calculating Courtney uses her head instead of losing it; they cover up the murder, while bribing the school geek/manslaughter-discoverer with the promise of popularity to keep the murder on the DL.

Does Courtney show any remorse when faced with a death she inadvertently caused? Not really. She's an expert in practicality and compartmentalizing. Courtney may just be the coldest, hardest, meanest HBIC on this whole list. She killed a girl so…


Kathryn Merteuil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 18 Of The Nastiest, Classiest, Sassiest Teen Movie HBICs
Photo:  Columbia Pictures

Two words: Cocaine. Crucifix. That's all you need to know about why Kathryn Merteuil earns her place on this list of the baddest bitches in the teen movie game. Kathryn, played with sexy coke-sniffing aplomb by Sarah Michelle Gellar, hides her drug addiction in her crucifix necklace, which she unscrews and takes bumps.

No one's endorsing a real cocaine habit. But fictional teen movie cocaine habits hidden in secret religious necklaces? That's something any HBIC aficionado can get behind. Kathryn is a classic teen movie HBIC to the motherf*cking max. To break it down:

First, she makes a bet with her stepbrother about seducing an innocent peer, during the process if which he develops real feelings for the mark. That's a teen movie staple. The stakes of the bet? He can do butt stuff to her (his stepsister, btw) if he wins. Second, she uses religious devotion as a means of masking her evil streak. This HBIC move pops up again on this list. But Kathryn, well, she's an OG. 

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Darla Marks In Dazed And Confused


Darla Marks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 18 Of The Nastiest, Classiest, Sassiest Teen Movie HBICs
Photo:  Focus Feature

Parker Posey's Darla Marks treads a fine line between straight-up sociopath and Head Bitch in Charge. She'd be easily condemnable as certifiably evil if she wasn't so damn fun to watch. She inhabits the role of senior mean girl with an irrepressible appetite for sadism that's imminently watchable.

Whether Darla's hazing freshman by spraying them with condiments or forcing them through a car wash to get them clean after hazing, she enjoys her place at the top of the high school hierarchy, screaming "wipe that face off your head, bitch" at anyone who even looks at her funny.

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Madison Morgan From The Duff


Madison Morgan From The Duff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 18 Of The Nastiest, Classiest, Sassiest Teen Movie HBICs
Photo:  CBS Films

Bella Thorne's Madison is a relatively new inductee to the HBIC Hall of Fame, but she doubtlessly earned her place. Madison is a thoroughly modern depiction of a queen bee. Gracing 2015's The Duff, she represents a high school mean girl ruling the roost in the time of Kardashians and Bachelor contestants extending their longevity via Instagram endorsements. Madison is all about her brand; convinced she's "pre-famous." In fact, she acts like she already is famous.

Madison's inclusion on this list goes beyond entitlement and mean girl behavior. She's notable for her use of soch-meeds (social media, for those that aren't abbrev-queens) to reign over the school. This queen bee's hive uses covert phone filming to humiliate whomever Madison deems her enemy. Now, thanks to The Duff, there's a new dirty tactic added to the HBIC playbook.

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Isis From Bring It On


Isis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 18 Of The Nastiest, Classiest, Sassiest Teen Movie HBICs
Photo:  NBC Universal

Does Isis even have a surname? Apparently not. Whether this is an example of writers disregarding the home life of a person of color, or whether the character is so perfect and absolute she has the single name recognition of your Chers, Shakiras, and Madonnas, is unclear. Regardless, Isis is a boss. Pure and simple.

Isis does not take the theft of her team's cheers lying down. She takes the fight to her rival school grounds and, Jesus, does she go in. Isis earns her place on this list by being unapologetic, determined and also, she's literally a Head Bitch in Charge. She's head cheerleader. It doesn't get more Head Bitchy than that.

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Marianne Bryant from Easy A


Marianne Bryant from Easy A is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 18 Of The Nastiest, Classiest, Sassiest Teen Movie HBICs
Photo:  Screen Gems

Hop in a time machine here real quick, and turn back the clock to a time before Amanda Bynes was calling Drake ugly on Twitter and throwing bongs out of windows. Bynes was on track to becoming a teen movie icon with hits like She's The Man and What A Girl Wants, though in those movies she played the protagonist. In Easy A, she went to the dark side, channeling her inner HBIC to play Emma Stone's religious tormentor, Marianne Bryant.

Marianne, like Cruel Intention's Kathryn before her, uses religion as a weapon to wield her judgmental bitchiness while simultaneously using it as a shield, to prevents anyone from being able to call her out on it. Pretty devious, no?


Heather Chandler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 18 Of The Nastiest, Classiest, Sassiest Teen Movie HBICs
Photo:  Image Entertainment

Oh, Heather Chandler, we barely knew ye. You bit it, or rather drank it, "it" being bleach, so early into 1988 cult-classic Heathers, we can only imagine the HBIC heights you would have risen to were you allowed to live until the third act. Hopefully, Heather got busy becoming HBIC in Hell as soon as she arrived. God, she was a massive bitch.

In Heathers, Heather Chandler, leader of the Heathers (the high school clique that set the template for Mean Girls's Plastics), is killed off by a member of her gang. During her short on screen tenure, actress Kim Walker imbues Chandler with such ferocious bitchery and popularity-climbing ambition, she leaves an impression that far outlasts the film's length

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