No high school show or movie would be complete without mean girls. Sure, they're intolerable, but those snarky little devils bring drama to the table — without them, the story would be flat out B-O-R-I-N-G. We wouldn't want to go to school with these ladies, but we do love watching them unleash chaos and turn everyone against each other.
Below, we've rounded up our favorite pop culture meanies from evil incarnates like Megan Fox's Jennifer Check to queen bees like Rachel McAdams's Regina George (who we secretly want to be our friend).
1. Regina George — Mean Girls
Iconic Line: "Boo, you whore."
Let's start with one of the most famous mean girls of all time, Regina George. She's the queen bee of The Plastics and the most popular girl at Northshore High — no one dares to cross Regina. But, for some reason, she's hard to truly hate. Despite her notorious antics — serving backhanded compliments, seducing her friends' crushes, maintaining a Burn Book packed with insults about her peers and teachers, and sparking a school-wide girl war — we secretly want to be her friend. It doesn't hurt that she's the victim of a bus accident. At this point, we just feel sorry for her.
2. Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl
Iconic Line: "Do you have any idea the psychological torture that I have endured being nice to you?"
Let's face it: Gossip Girl would have been canceled after Season 1 were it not for the legendary queen of the upper east side, Blair Waldorf. The headband-wearing monarch of The Met steps is an expert in scheming and public humiliation, but she's smart enough to trick her minions into doing all the dirty work to keep her hands clean. She sometimes embarrasses people just for the thrill of it, and she does it looking cool and collected in head-to-toe Chanel — don't forget the Henri Bendel clutch.
3. Kate Sanders, Lizzie McGuire
Iconic Line: "Only you would think that you could hide that powder blue, puffy sleeved, 'it's kind of a peasant dress but it's really a questionable disaster of fiber content' that you wore to the spring dance. Lizzie McGuire, you are an outfit repeater!"
Forget about Disney's evil queens, evil stepmothers, and evil witches: Kate Sanders is the studio's quintessential Queen of Mean. At only 13 years old, she has every student of Hillridge Junior High bowing at her feet. She makes everyone's lives (especially Lizzie's) a living hell. Kate has no shortage of sassy remarks and can roll her eyes until she sees her brain. She'll one-up competitors every chance she gets.
4. Chanel Oberlin, Scream Queens
The leader of the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority, Chanel is tyrannical, ruthless, and downright vicious. She's as sharp-tongued as one can get, and orders her "sisters" — also called Chanels — around as if they're her slaves. She would not hesitate to stomp on anyone who tries to defy her rules, and has become so merciless that when she was accused of being a serial killer, everyone believed it.
Iconic Line: "I always know what people are thinking and feeling. It's impossible to have all that information and not manipulate them."
5. Marianne Bryant, Easy A
Iconic Line: "There's a higher power that will judge you for your indecency."
Marianne is a holier-than-thou religious zealot who forces her beliefs down everyone's throats and slut-shames Olive Penderghast to no end when she overhears her lie about losing her virginity. The bible babe spreads the rumor that Olive is a "slut," and goes out of her way to ostracize her from the school. Being mean will not guarantee you a spot in heaven, Marianne.
6. Paris Geller, Gilmore Girls
Iconic Line: "Please remember that I am your editor. I am not your mother or your hugger. If you need some love, get a hooker. If you're having a bad day, find a ledge or a way to deal. My door is not open to you. Ever. You have five minutes to enjoy your cookies."
Before Rory befriends her, Paris is the ambitious, brutally honest, Ivy League obsessed know-it-all everyone loves to hate. She knows she's superior to everyone at Chilton, and makes sure they know it, too. She might not be out to watch the world burn, but she wouldn't bat an eyelash before destroying you if you try to mess with her perfect GPA.
7. Sadie Saxton, Awkward
Iconic Line: "Spoiler Alert: You won't last the week so forgive me if I don't commit your name to memory. You're welcome."
Sadie is the type of mean girl who's only mean to mask her own insecurities. Merely gaze in her general direction and she'll spew soul-crushing insults. Behind her appalling behavior, however, she's just a girl grappling with low self-esteem and her parents' separation. One minute she'll annoy you to no end, and the next, you'll want to give her a giant bear hug to ease her pain. It's confusing, really.
8. Heather Chandler, Heathers
Iconic Line: "You were nothing before you met me. You were playing Barbies with Betty Finn. You were a Bluebird. You were a Brownie. You were a Girl Scout Cookie."
Heather Chandler is the supreme ruler of a high school clique called (yep, you guessed it) the Heathers. Like most mean girls, she's self-absorbed, nasty, and attacks anyone who dares defy her. Heather is so insufferable that her "friend," Veronica, joins forces with a rebellious outsider, J.D., to murder her and make it look like a suicide. Ouch.
9. Hilary Faye, Saved!
Iconic Line: "I am FILLED with Christ's love! You're just jealous of my success in the Lord."
As hypocritical and self-righteous as a person can be, Hilary puts up a good front to attract attention and be in the good graces of authorities. She acts like the second coming of Jesus and ostracizes everyone she considers "unholy," including her own best friend, Mary. Eventually, Hilary gets a taste of her own medicine when she wakes up to a huge pimple right before prom. Take that, Hilary Faye!
10. Kathryn Merteuil, Cruel Intentions
Iconic Line: "You gave up on the first person you ever loved because I threatened your reputation. Don't you get it? You're just a toy, Sebastian. A little toy I like to play with. And now you've completely blown it with her. I think it's the saddest thing I've ever heard."
In Cruel Intentions, The Journal makes the Burn Book look like nothing. It's a detailed account of Kathryn's crazy web of schemes, which includes sleeping with her stepbrother (major eww). As the self-proclaimed "Marcia F*cking Brady of the Upper East Side," Kathryn is a conniving, calculating, and self-absorbed druggie whose favorite pastime is making everyone just as miserable as she is. Scarily, she's a master at hiding her hideous personality and puts on a sweet, innocent front in the presence of others. Talk about fake.
11. Jackie Burkhart, That '70s Show
Iconic Line: "If somebody doesn't tell me I'm cute in the next five minutes, I'm gonna scream!"
Jackie is the perfect example of what happens when you spoil someone WAY too much. She's a snotty, self-absorbed princess who whines the moment she's not the center of attention. She's as narcissistic and shallow as they come, but we have to admit she's self-aware. She's not at all ashamed of admitting she's conceited. We've got to give her props for her honesty.
12. The Vandergeld Sisters, White Chicks
Iconic Line: "These starving kids in Africa make me so sad. They don't even have to try to be skinny!"
They're not exactly in high school, but the Vandergeld sisters are worth mentioning. Heather and Megan Vandergeld are stereotypical rich brats who use daddy's money to get away with whatever they can. The self-proclaimed Queens of New York meet their downfall when FBI agents Kevin and Marcus pose as their rivals, Brittany and Tiffany Wilson. Oh, to be a fly on the wall when they lose their titles as dance floor legends.
13. Jennifer Check, Jennifer's Body
Iconic Line: "I'm going to eat your soul, then sh*t it out!"
Jennifer is evil incarnate. To echo her best friend, Needy, she's "actually evil, not high school evil." When Jennifer goes to a rock concert, the band sacrifices her soul to the devil in exchange for fame and fortune, but the whole thing backfires. She transforms into a monster that feeds off flesh to retain its beautiful facade. She goes into a rampage and devours classmates like it's no big deal. She even hunts her best friend's boyfriend, Chip, because she'll stop at nothing to get her blood fix (and maintain her popularity).