The Most Memorable Queen Bees From Movies
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The Most Memorable Queen Bees From Movies

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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?

  • 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. 

    299 votes
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    263 VOTES

    Cher Horowitz ('Clueless')

    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.

    263 votes
  • 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.

    193 votes
  • There are few Queen Bees as cool as Rizzo (Stockard Channing) in Grease (1978). She's the undisputed leader of the Pink Ladies, dripping in sarcasm and not afraid of anyone. She drinks, smokes, and does whatever the hell she wants because she doesn't care what you think of her.

    While you really don't want to get on her bad side, she has a softer side that she rarely shows. She becomes close friends with good girl Sandy Olsson, who helps her soften up a bit. 

    144 votes
  • Heathers (1989) is a seriously messed up movie, and Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) is right at the center of it all. Chandler leads a group of popular girls called the Heathers, as three of the four share that name. She's a straight-up tyrant, using her status to openly ridicule other teenagers and do whatever she wants. She wears red to signify that she's the top dog. She relishes her power but goes a step too far: after her friend Veronica (Winona Ryder) embarrasses her at a frat party, Chandler decides to ruin her reputation. This doesn't go so well for Chandler, as she is tricked by Veronica's new boyfriend, Jason (Christian Slater), into drinking lethal drain cleaner.

    True, Chandler is outwitted at the end - but while on top, she reigns with a delicious ferocity seldom equalled in the annals of Queen Beedom.

    143 votes
  • Torrance Shipman (Kirsten Dunst), the star of Bring It On (2000), is a high school senior, leader of the Toros cheerleading squad, and overall sweetheart. She is put in a tough situation when she realizes the former squad leader has been ripping off their routines from a rival school, and Torrance is forced to deal with this ugly fact. Every move she makes to help the team seems to end in failure, causing Torrance to suffer a crisis of confidence. She nearly quits the team after qualifying in the cheerleading regional finals, even being urged to give up by her long-distance boyfriend.

    Eventually, Torrance regains her confidence and leads her team to second place. Unlike many a Queen Bee, Torrance demonstrates both pluck when the chips are down and a conscience.

    141 votes