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The Best Mean Girl Characters in Film & TV

Updated January 4, 2021 12.4k votes 2.1k voters 37.8k views22 items

List RulesVote up your favorite catty, manipulative females from movies and TV. List only contains females high school through recent grad age.

What would a teenage/young adult television show or movie be without a mean girl? We need the villain in order to highlight the hero. Cady Heron is nothing without Regina George in Mean Girls. Sure, we hate the mean girl, but we also worship her in that love-to-hate sort of way. Here are the best mean girls in movies and TV.

There seems to be one fairly consistent trend among this storied list of mean girl characters. Many, if not all of them, are the queen bee of their respective group. It’s as if in order to lead, you have to be a bully. The standard operating procedure of bossy female characters is to be cruel to enemies, friends, and frenemies alike.

The mean female characters on this list are generally evil, malicious, selfish, and unfortunately, also attractive. They wear the trendiest designer clothes and have the Coach bags to match. Their hair is seemingly never out of place, and they can pull off gym uniform grays like a model during fashion week.

Some of the girls on this list are just commonly cruel and catty, but are otherwise harmless. They will even flash a sensitive side when no one is looking. But others are killers (literally) who will destroy anyone who stands in the way of what they want.

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    Alison DiLaurentis, 'Pretty Little Liars'

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    Before her disappearance, Alison was the popular queen bee of her teenage clique. Her social status put her in prime position to blackmail, manipulate, lie, cheat, and even shove a girl down the steps at a frat party.

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  • Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) is the leader of the high school clique called the Heathers. She is ruthless, vindictive, and self-absorbed. The group is so powerful that they are universally feared around Westerburg High, until J.D. (Christian Slater) makes her his first victim.
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    Courtney Shayne, 'Jawbreaker'

    Courtney (Rose McGowan) is the queen bee of her popular high school clique. Basically, she and her friends are responsible for accidentally murdering their friend with a jawbreaker. Courtney ruthlessly tries to cover up the incident and will stop at nothing to keep it a secret.

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  • Yes, there are even mean girls on the Disney Channel. The blonde queen bee/drama queen loves the spotlight and is generally a malicious person.
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