Nobody likes to get stung, especially by a Queen Bee. They are often the most popular and powerful people in high school, and getting on their good side is a goal for many wannabe cool kids. Most Queen Bees rule with an iron fist, using lies, manipulation, and outright viciousness to get what they want. Queen Bees are often vindictive, and their bad side should be avoided at all costs.
Not all Queen Bees are the same though. Countless actors have portrayed Queen Bees on film, and each brought her own unique spin to the long-established trope. At this point, there are almost too many Queen Bees to remember them all. Who should be remembered as the ultimate Queen Bee, and who should be deposed?
The star of Clueless (1995), Cher (Alicia Silverstone), isn't like the typical Queen Bee portrayed in movies. Sure she's popular, beautiful, and highly social, but she doesn't use her status to pick on and demean people those on the lower rungs of the social ladder.
Cher uses her influence and insight to help people as best she can, although she can be misguided those attempts. She often thinks she knows best, despite all evidence to the contrary, which makes her a bit hard-headed. Still, her heart's usually in the right place.
Regina George (Rachel McAdams) is all smiles - until, that is, you're on her bad side. She might still give you a smile, but inside, she's plotting how to utterly eliminate you. This is how Regina earned her spot as the Queen Bee of the Plastics in Mean Girls (2004), and she uses her powers of manipulation to command total loyalty from her subordinates. Sometimes, she takes things too far, however, pushing her closest friends to their breaking points.
She's also got a soft side, and is rife with personal insecurities, but you'd never know it by looking at her steely demeanor.
In Cruel Intentions (1999), Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Geller) is a complicated woman. From a family of wealthy and educated New York socialites, she excels at music, speaks three languages, and is an absolute monster. She is extremely vindictive and willing to manipulate people to attain her goals of revenge and humiliation.
In the film, adapted from the 18th-century French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Kathryn makes an incredibly bizarre bet with her stepbrother, Sebastian (Ryan Philippe). If he can seduce a virgin from school, she will hook up with him. If not, she gets to keep his car. While this starts as a twisted game, Kathryn begins to develop genuine feelings of possession and affection toward her stepbrother. Her cruel ways and manipulation ultimately lead to Sebastian's untimely demise. Kathryn might not be the meanest Queen Bee, but she's probably the most twisted and the most deviously manipulative.
Rich, popular, and a bit naive, Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald) considers herself superior to everyone else. But she begins to thaw after landing in all-day detention with a group of kids who form a cross-section of her school's stratified society in The Breakfast Club (1985). She begins to understand some of the challenges affecting the other students and learns to have a little empathy. Claire opens up about the intense peer pressure she receives from other students and her terrible relationship with her parents, and she ultimately makes friends with the others.
Shedding at least a little of her snobbery, she walks out of the library on that fateful Saturday wiser than she came in. Not all Queen Bees have such capacity for personal growth.