Who Is TV's Ultimate Mean Girl? Let the Nominating Process Begin!

There’s a name for you, ladies. But it isn’t used in high society…outside of a kennel.” We all know and love that zinger from the 1939 classic The Women — or at least we should! — and it will certainly apply to the participants of TVLine’s next great bracket tournament.

Yes folks, get ready for TV’s Ultimate Mean Girl, a single-elimination tourney that will celebrate the small screen’s all-time greatest she-devils, harpies, vixens, harridans, and “rhymes with the English-language equivalent of brujas.” The tournament obviously would be invalid without the likes of Revenge‘s Victoria Grayson, Melrose Place‘s Amanda Woodward, and Ugly Betty‘s Wilhelmina Slater, but we need a total of 64 delectable ladies to channel our inner Tim Gunns and make it work. And that’s where you come in.

Head on down to the comments section and nominate your favorite TV mean girls — we welcome characters from classic TV series all the way through to current hits — and give us a few reasons why these battle axes shouldn’t be left out of our tournament. We’ll then scour your list of nominees and your well-reasoned arguments to select our full roster of 64.

So start your nominating below, and for up-to-the-minute alerts on when TV’s Ultimate Mean Girls will begin, sign up to follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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942 Comments
  1. Kacy says:

    Gemma Teller. (SoA)

  2. Celeste L. says:

    Patti Nyholm (The Good Wife) – Martha Plimpton

  3. Laura says:

    Definitely Lila Tournay on Dexter. Samantha Jones on SITC. Nina Myers on 24. Patty Hewes on Damages. Nellie Olsen, of course.

  4. cj4luna says:

    I think the list should include Number 6 (Tricia Helfer) from Battlestar Galactica, Tess (Cassidy Freeman) from Smallville, and Harley Quinn (Mia Sara) from Birds of Prey.

  5. Andrea says:

    Karen Walker- Will and Grace
    Wilhelmina Slater- Ugly Betty
    Gemma Teller- Sons of Anarchy
    Blair Waldorf- Gossip Girl
    Jackie Burkhart- That 70’s Show
    Angela- The Office
    Hilary Banks- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    Sue Sylvester- Glee

  6. Emily Gilmore from Gilmore Girls
    Snoop from The Wire

  7. kellyk says:

    Your tournament would be remiss if it didn’t include Valerie Malone from BH: 90210 (the original). She was one of the queen Bs of the 90s….and the best thing about that show. Her and Kelly Taylor going at it was always fun to watch.

    More recently, I’d go with Adelle DeWitt from Dollhouse. Aside from being played by the flawless Olivia Williams, the character is *the* HBIC of the Whedon world. An impeccable wardrobe, a cool English accent, a sharp wit, and a love for hard liquour….this woman trumps them all.

  8. LC says:

    Santana Lopez – Glee

  9. Anonymous says:

    Gemma- Sons
    Sadie- Awkward
    Pam-True Blood
    Faith- Buffy
    Cordelia- Buffy
    Cersie- Games
    Domina (can’t remember her real name)- Spartacus

  10. fede says:

    sadie suxton from awkward.

  11. Amyb says:

    Abby and Paige from Knots Landing

  12. Celeste L. says:

    Abby Lee Miller!!! hahahaha j/k I know.

  13. Kelly Welch says:

    Only four that I don’t think I see that I would recommend (besides the dozens of others already listed):
    Heather Taffet (aka “The Gravedigger”) from Bones
    Brenda from Six Feet Under
    Tara from True Blood
    Kim from Drop Dead Diva.

  14. Caroline says:

    Cordelia and Faith from Buffy

  15. Stephanie says:

    Santana Lopez (Glee)

  16. shannon says:

    Ling Woo or Nelle Porter from Ally McBeal

  17. Patrick Maloney says:

    Pam from True Blood

  18. Becca says:

    Cordy for sure! Also Katherine and Rebekah from vampire diaries!
    Brenda from 90210. Ruby and Meg from supernatural could gall in that category too I think.

  19. Bryce says:

    Edie Britt and Kathryn Maffair

  20. Gilda says:

    Caprica 6 and Number 8 (Athena model), Battlestar Galactica

    Aeryn Sun, Farscape

    Irene Adler, Sherlock

  21. Gilda says:

    River Song, Doctor Who

  22. Filippo says:

    Blair (Gossip Girl); Katherine (TVD); Cersei (GOT); Victoria (Revenge); Amanda (Ugly Betty); Whilelmina (Ugly Betty); Rebekah (TVD); Pam (True Blood); Santana (Glee); Quinn (Glee); Chloe (Don’t trust te B); Georgina (Gossip Girl); Naomi (90210); Regina (OUAT); Gabrielle (Desperate Housewives); Edie (Desperate Housewives); Faye (The Secret Cirlcle); Dalia (Suburgatory)

    • MaryAnn says:

      Yes, I would like to second Faye from The Secret Circle. She could be used as the very definition of a “mean girl.”

  23. Van says:

    Katherine Pierce (TVD)
    Christina Yang (Grey’s)
    Cordelia Chase (Buffy)

  24. Becca says:

    And faith from Buffy and Karen from will and grace! Almost forgot them!

  25. Van says:

    Jackie (That 70’s Show)
    Santana (Glee)
    Gemma (SoA)
    Brenda (Beverly Hills 90210)

  26. DeeKayTee says:

    Brenda Walsh!

  27. LilAngel says:

    Edie Britt, Desperate Housewives
    Karen Darling, Dirty Sexy Money
    Paige Matheson, Knots Landing

  28. Tricia says:

    For some reason the first one to pop in my head was Catherine Parker on The Pretender. I remember her being so *mean* – I loved her.

  29. Kristen Cavalleri-The Hills (SP?)
    Santana Lopez-Glee
    Celia Hodes-Weeds (I wanna see more running out there…Isa-belly)
    Karen Walker-Will and Grace
    Cordelia Chase-Buffy and Angel
    Kimber-Nip/Tuck
    Angela-The Office
    Lucille-Arrested Development
    Lindsey-Arrested Development
    Nellie Olsen-Little House
    Miss Piggy-The Muppet Show
    Marcy D’Arcy-Married with Children
    Samantha Jones-Sex and the City
    Brenda Walsh-Beverly Hills 90210
    Victoria Grayson-Revenge

  30. E says:

    I agree with others the original 90210 girls. They were mean girls before the term exisited. I second Nellie Olsen good one.

  31. DeeKayTee says:

    Allison DeLaurentis of pretty little liars

  32. Amber Louise says:

    Tess Mercer, Smallville!

  33. Jay28 says:

    Amanda Woodward
    Victoria Grayson
    Wilhelmina Slater
    Cersei Lannister
    Cordelia Chase
    Faith from Buffy
    Lucille Bluth
    Santana Lopez
    Valerie Malone
    Brooke Davis

  34. DeeKayTee says:

    Kimberly (Marcia Cross) Melrose Place

  35. pilo says:

    Lt. Singer JAG
    Maj. Houlihan(?) MASH
    Gemma SOA

  36. Riah says:

    Diana – the original V

  37. TVAddict says:

    Eva Longoria – DH

  38. Allison says:

    Dee Reynolds – It’s Always Sunny
    Jenna Maroney – 30 Rock
    Lucille Bluth – Arrested Development
    Mallory Archer – Archer
    Violet Crawley – Downton Abbey
    Rebekah – The Vampire Diaries
    Kim Kelly – Freaks and Geeks
    Tyra Collette – Friday Night Lights
    Paris Gellar – Gilmore Girls
    Ilythia – Spartacus
    Gema Teller – Sons of Anarchy
    Cece – New Girl
    Rayanne Graff – My So Called Life
    Kara Thrace – Battlestar Galactica
    Kelly – Misfits
    April Ludgate – Parks and Rec
    Sadie – Awkward

    I feel like I’ve just made clear how much I love bitchy characters… God, what does that say about me as a person?

  39. Hurley says:

    My favourites have alredy been named but I also think these should be on the list:

    Tammin Sursok (Jenna) from Pretty Little Liars
    Bellamy Young from Scandal
    Jessica Lange from American Horror Story

  40. Els says:

    I am still missing some names:
    – Morgana Pendragon [Merlin]
    – Gemma Teller Morrow [Sons Of Anarchy]
    – Tyra Collette [Friday Night Lights]
    – Jessi XX [Kyle XY]

    And I want to support the nominations of:
    – Cordelia Chase & Faith Lehane [Buffy The Vampire Slayer]
    – Cersei Lannister [Game Of Thrones]
    – Abby Morgan [Dawsons Creek]
    – Pam De Beaufort [True Blood]
    – Brook Davis [One Tree Hill]
    – Katherine Pierce [The Vampire Dairies]
    – Tess Harding [Roswell]
    – Tess Mercer [Smallville]
    – Gail Peck [Rookie Blue]
    – Wilhelmina Slater [Ugly Betty]
    – Paris Geller [Gilmore Girls]
    – Meg Masters [Supernatural]
    – Gretchen Morgan [Prison Break]
    – Julie Cooper [The OC]
    – Kimber Henry [Nip/Tuck]

    And that was 20, so that is more than enough I think….

  41. RedRobin says:

    Sue Sylvester and WILHELMINA SLATER!

  42. RachelH says:

    Ellie Torres from Cougar Town.

  43. Allison says:

    Also,
    Nicole Julian – Popular

  44. Pati D says:

    What about Faye from the Secret Circle and Bill’s maker (I can’t remember her name) on True Blood?

  45. Leigh says:

    No mention of the ladies of DALLAS? Kristin Shepard, Katherine Wentworth, and Jessica Montford?

  46. Mary says:

    The Evil Queen herself, Regina Mills of Once Upon a Time!

    Other choices – Callisto, Xena Warrior Princess,
    Darla, Buffy TVS and Angel,
    Drusilla, Buffy TVS and Angel,
    Alti, Xena Warrior Princess

  47. ben says:

    Has there seriously been noone yet who has said O’Brien (Downton Abbey)?? She must be there. ‘Mean’ is a little more pointed than just ‘bad’ – but I’ve picked a couple of badasses who are mean when its called for.

    Ok, my list

    Regina (OUAT) is definitely my number 1 seed
    O’Brien (Downton)
    Dowager Countess (Downton)
    Christina Yang (Grey’s Anatomy)
    Santana (Glee)
    Angela Petrelli (Heroes)
    Fiona Glennane (Burn Notice)

  48. Kelly says:

    Drusilla from Buffy, Brenda Walsh-Beverly Hills 90210, Nellie Olson-Little House on the Prairie, Paris Gellar-Gilmore Girls, Madison Sinclair-Veronica Mars, Faith-Buffy, Cordelia-Buffy/Angel, Lemon Breeland-Hart of Dixie, Glory-Buffy, Julie Cooper-The O.C., Nicole Julian-Popular, Endora-Bewitched, Karen Walker-Will and Grace, Hannah West-CSI (Sara’s nemesis)

  49. Tommy says:

    Sue Ann Nivens (Betty White, The Mary Tyler Moore Show)- invented mean before it was anything
    Julie Cooper (Melinda Clarke, The OC)
    Jordan Sullivan (Christa Miller, Scrubs)
    Susie Green (Susie Essman, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
    Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman, Cheers)
    Valerie Malone (Tiffani Thiessen, Beverly Hills, 90210)
    Ling Woo (Lucy Liu, Ally McBeal)
    Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh, Grey’s Anatomy)- She was mean when she started..might not count anymore
    Charlotte King (KaDee Strickland, Private Practice)- also mean when she started best character now
    Celia Hodes (Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds)
    Elle Bishop (Kristen Bell, Heroes)
    Betty Draper (January Jones, Mad Men)
    Marie Barone (Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond)

  50. Steven says:

    Joy Turner (My Name is Earl)
    Regina/Evil Queen (Once Upon a Time)
    Susie Essman (Curb your Enthusiasm)
    Lois (Malcolm in the Middle)
    Rochelle, and Ms. Morello (Everybody Hates Chris)
    Angelica (Rugrats)
    Kim, Charlotte, and Sophie (H2O)
    Morgana, and Morgause(Merlin)
    Mary Camden (7th Heaven)
    Adrianna Tate-Duncan, Naomi and Jen Clark (90210)
    Jackie Burkhart, and Laurie Forman (That 70’s Show)
    Endora (Bewitched)
    Jessica Sanders, and Angela Petrelli (Heroes)
    Sam Puckett (iCarly)
    Megan Parker (Drake and Josh)

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