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?
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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.Does she rule?
Cher Horowitz ('Clueless')Photo: Paramount Pictures
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.Does she rule?
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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.Does she rule?
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In She's All That (1999), Taylor Vaughan (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) is a popular narcissist, ditching her jock boyfriend, Zack (Freddie Prinze Jr.), for a reality TV star she met in Florida. While Zack attempts to move on by grooming the nerdy Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) to become his prom queen, Taylor becomes increasingly jealous of his new girl. She begins to target Laney and humiliates her at a party, and the two women become bitter rivals. Both are nominated for prom queen, and Taylor eventually wins. Her cruel acceptance speech showcases her true colors to the entire school, however, and her reputation is ruined.
In many ways, Taylor is petty and not that bright, but you have to respect her ambition: she's already looking beyond the high school campus for romantic partners.Does she rule?