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!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Alex says:

    Blair Waldorf – Gossip Girl
    Santana Lopez – Glee
    Sue Sylvester – Glee
    Alison DiLaurentis – Pretty Little Liars
    Cersei Lannister – Game of Thrones
    Victoria Grayson – Revenge
    Paris Gellar – Gilmore Girls (the early years at Chilton)
    Celia Hodes – Weeds


  2. megalion says:

    Reading the nominees, I really hope the editors make an effort to weed out the ones that are definitely bad ass/don’t take crap from the truly MEAN

    • megalion says:

      Somewhat bitchy shouldn’t count either.

      • And it shouldn’t be someone who was only sort of mean and then was totally nice.

        • megalion says:

          Exactly! Which definitely includes everyone mentioned from Greys Anatomy/private Practice. Everyone got softened up

          Christina yang would be the best candidate except that her so called meanness comes from her inability to suffer fools and thereby be very blunt. Thats not being mean. It’s honest.

          What I’m looking for are the characters who were consistent and intentionally mean or rude. Cruel is even better.

          Of all the ones I’ve seconded or also thought of, Callisto remains my ultimate MEAN girl. She reveled in it, slaughtered people for the heck of it. Sue Sylvester, Sophia and etc may be wickedly sharp in tongue but mass destruction rules! Callisto wins over Drusilla if only because she got more airtime ;)

          • ben says:

            Thats great. Thanks for telling us what you are looking for. Now, lets hope the editors take into account a broad range of what people will be looking for, eh? All through the bad boys tournament I had to suffer through comments saying people didn’t know what they were doing if they didn’t vote for people who were willing to slaughter people for the heck of it. For me, there is absolutely zero to commend that kind of character to me, give me more flawed and ambiguous mean girls any day. Both points of view are easy to accomodate in such a contest.

          • megalion says:

            To Ben,
            Perhaps, you missed my mention of Sophia Petrillo & Sue sylvester. I also love the nominations of Andrea Parker, Cordelia Chase and Karen Walker to name a couple.

            That’s a range as you say, I only pointed out that for ME, the insane mayhem women win out over the wickedly clever tongued women.

          • ben says:

            Acually, you were talking about stuff that ‘shouldn’t count’ and hoping things were ‘weeded out’, and this is what I was disagreeing with.

          • megalion says:

            Hi Ben,

            I didn’t give any examples in that first part but here’s a couple now.

            Olivia Dunham – Fringe, mean? Or just kick ass? (unless perhaps they meant other Olivia, also if there were any significant personality changes in seasons 3-4 I’m not up to date there)

            Mira of Terra Nova, the reasoning given was “destroying civilization = meanness”. But that ignores the context of her character. Her driving motivation was not meanness but a desire to be with her daughter. Bad ass, kicks butt taking names? Yes to all that. But this is a MEAN girls not BAD ASS girls poll

            I already pointed out that none of the Sh

          • megalion says:

            … Shonda Rhimes characters are mean. Yang is blunt and does not put up with any BS. Charlotte, is a fierce woman protecting her people/patients. She was sometimes bitchy but usually provoked. Neither of them are mean hearted.

            Last example, one of my favorite bad ass women, Xena (I can tell you are so surprised). On one level, she was an evil warlord. Thereby mean. But in context of the show which was about the redemption of Xena, atoning the sins of her past, it wouldn’t be correct to stick her in this group. She was fighting to become a good person.

            Consistency I think is a good rule of thumb, ie if the majority of the characters airtime was devoted to meanness.

    • Mary says:

      While reading through these suggestions I am baffled by a lot of them. Maybe it’s just that when you have people like Victoria Grayson and Alexis Carrington you have high expectations. Of course TVline needs 64 “mean girls” so unfortunately some of the less deserving mean girls are going to make the list. Is Blair from Gossip Girl mean? Sure, but she’s a teen and not in Victoria’s league.Is Paris or Emily from Gilmore Girls mean? Off and on, but nowhere as mean as Lucille Bluth from Arrested Development.

      • megalion says:

        Im not familiar with all the characters named nor have I counted the nominees but it certainly feels like they’ve got enough to be able to toss out the ones who may be bad ass and awesome but aren’t mean spirited.

        It kind of goes to the trend where if a woman that stands up to anyone is labeled a bitch. Or mean (for calling the pot black and ruining the illicit fun). It’s like saying Buffy is mean.

  3. William says:

    – Georgina Sparks (Gossip Girl)
    – Ruby (Supernatural)
    – Erie Britt (Desperate Housewives)
    – The Fashion Club (Daria)
    – Constance Langdon (American Horror Story)
    – Julie Cooper (The OC)
    – Patty and Selma Bouvier(The Simpsons)
    – Lucy Spiller (Dirt)
    – Kristin Cavallari (Laguna Beach)
    – Katie Fitch (Skins)
    – Nicole Julian (Popular)
    – Sadie Saxton (Awkward)

  4. Amy says:

    Good Wife’s Patti Nyholm
    Ugly Betty’s Amanda and Wilhemina
    Desperate Housewives’ Edie
    Once Upon a Time’s Regina
    90210’s Naomi
    Gossip Girl’s Blair

  5. Liz says:

    Emily gilmore gilmore girls
    Gemma teller sons of anarchy
    Ellie torres cougar town
    Cersei lannister game of thrones
    Ursula Buffay Friends
    Elle bishop heroes
    Amanda nikita
    Karen Jackson shameless
    Livia Soprano the sopranos

  6. megalion says:

    SOPHIA of Golden Girls!!

  7. frank says:

    Celia Hodes – Weeds
    Faye Chamberlain – The Secret Circle
    Elle Bishop – Heroes
    Sadie – Awkward
    Lucille Bluth – Arrested Development
    Hayden McClaine & Constance Langdon – American Horror Story
    Chloe – Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23

  8. KTR says:

    Sgt Maritza Cruz (Tia Texada) from Third Watch
    Cordelia Chase (Charisma Carpenter) from Buffy
    Drusilla (Juliet Landau) from Buffy (and Angel)
    Diana (Jane Badler) from the original V
    Anna (Morena Baccarin) from the new V
    Irina Derevko (Lena Olin) from Alias
    Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) from Game of Thrones
    Number Six (Tricia Helfer) from Battlestar Galactica
    Number Three/D’Anna (Lucy Lawless) from Battlestar Galactica
    Atia of the Julii (Polly Walker) from Rome
    Angela Channing (Jane Wyman) from Falcon Crest
    Grace Musso (Melanie Chartoff) from Parker Lewis Can’t Lose

    • Andrea says:

      Holy bananas! And I thought I watched a lot of tv. You listed a couple of shows I’ve never heard of. Lol

    • Beth Ann says:

      yes, Yes, YES to Angela Channing, and to Grace Musso! How many windows did she break over the course of that series?! Both great mean girls/ladies!

  9. nick1372 says:

    Yay! OK here goes:

    Dalia Royce, Suburgatory (If you watch, you know)
    The B in Apartment 23 (obvious reasons)
    The Evil Queen/Regina Mills, OUAT (The EVIL Queen, not the nice one)
    Mira, Terra Nova (Anyone trying to destroy a civilization is mean)
    Lemon Breeland, Hart of Dixie (She’s more of a mean, spoiled brat then many reality stars)

  10. Brad says:

    – Kimberly Shaw (Melrose Place)
    – Libby Chessler (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
    – Angelica Pickles (Rugrats)
    – Kate Saunders (Lizzie McGuire)
    – Gwen Winthrop (Passions)
    – Paige Michalchuk (Degrassi)
    – Nicole Julian (Popular)
    – The Ashleys (Recess)
    – Carlene Cockburn (GCB)
    – Lucy Spiller (Dirt)
    – Juliet Sharp (Gossip Girl)

  11. Chris says:

    Madeline from La Femme Nikita, Anna Espinosa from Alias, Lauren Reed from Alias and Peyton from Alias

  12. Steven says:

    Benny Lopez (George Lopez)

  13. CrayZCueT says:

    Angelica from Rugrats

  14. Steven says:

    Mary Cherry – Popular
    Nicole Julian – Popular
    Sadie Saxton – Awkward
    Christy Jenkins – Charmed
    Tess Harding – Roswell
    Cersei Lannister – Game of Thrones
    Lucy Spiller – Dirt
    Lucille Bluth – Arrested Development
    Dee Reynolds – It’s Always Sunny
    Sophia Petrillo – The Golden Girls

  15. Steven says:

    Libby Chessler – Sabrina the Teenage Witch

  16. april says:

    How about some Dorian Cramer from One Life To Live? Soaps definitely have some mean girls.

  17. Jesse says:

    What about Nina Garcia from Project Runway? She’s so mean that Tim Gunn actually has a catchphrase warning designers not to bore her!

    I think everybody’s additions of Celia Hodes (Weeds), Number Six (Battlestar Galactica), Lilah Morgan (Angel), and Pam (True Blood) are all fantastic. I’d also add Christina Hendricks’ character from Firefly, Saffron.

    • Rain says:

      Love love love including Nina Garcia – she’s a true life mean girl! My opinion, you can include Heidi Klum on that list as well!

  18. Ryan says:

    Irina Derevko – Alias – I doubt she’ll go very far, but she has to be in the top 64. Her storyline in season 2 was great.

  19. Thari says:

    Fringe’s Fauxlivia, The Good Wife’s Kalinda and Jackie Florrick, Gossip Girl’s Serena, Jenny, Georgina and Juliet Sharp (?), Game of Thrones’ Cersei,
    Dexter’s Deb, Justified’s Mags Bennett, Addison Montgomery in her early days in Seatle Grace, Mona from PLL, Shameless’ Fiona, Too many female characters on Buffy, but I wanna give Faith a special shout-out, cuz she was a bitch haha! and so many more!

    • Lily says:

      Fauxlivia, good one! I wished they had kept her mean though, she was so much more interesting at the beginning of season 3.

    • megalion says:

      Was Mags Bennett really mean though? She was the matriarch of her family. Just about everything she did was in defense of her people or to keep people in line. She considered herself, judge, jury and executioner because that was her job as head of the family

      Awesome role though. So please Margo won an Emmy for it.

  20. Andrea says:

    Agent Stahl- Sons of Anarchy

    Now that was one mean bitch. She framed Opie and it got his wife killed. She framed Gemma to cover her own tracks. She constantly twisted documented agreements to her benefit. She killed her own lover to cover her tracks. Her actions made SAMCRO look like saints.

    • megalion says:

      I don’t watch SOA but jeez… That’s a mean girl alright. I second just based on your description haha!

  21. Alexis (dynasty)
    blair waldorf (gg)
    victoria grayson (revenge)
    santana lopez (glee)
    pam (true blood)

  22. kellen says:

    Constance Langdon, of course. AHS FTW!

  23. Jake says:

    Chloe Sullivan from smallville

  24. Mita says:

    Madison Sinclair on Veronica Mars!

  25. Bruce_F says:

    Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies – the original mean girl.

  26. Row says:

    Santana Lopez, Glee
    Eddie Britt, Desperate Housewives
    Chloe McGruff, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23
    Cercei Lannister, Game of Thrones
    Victoria Grayson, Revenge
    Pam De Beaufort, True Blood

  27. Tanner says:

    BLAIR WALDORF(high school years!)>

  28. Karen says:

    Santana & Sue – Glee
    Pam – True Blood
    Meghan – felicity
    April – Parks & Rec
    Jordan – Scrubs
    Ellie – Cougar Town
    Jackie – That 70’s Show
    Blair, Jenny & Serena – Gossip Girl
    Rebecca – Greek
    Lemon – Hart of Dixie
    Joan – Mad Men
    Angela – The Office

  29. Rashad says:

    Katherine (The Vampire Diaries)

  30. Evolution says:


    • Ally says:

      I’m not sure Irina was a mean girl. I think she was just someone who happened to be on the wrong side due to circumstance. Irina was such a complex character you can’t categorize her. If anyone was a mean girl on Alias it was Lauren Reed.

  31. megalion says:

    Not to discount her definite candidacy for mean girl but curious if I’m the only one who sees Regina (OUAT) and her evil queen counterpart as more of a desperately sad character?

    It’s like all she wants is to BE loved by the person she l

    • megalion says:


      Snow White inadvertently ruins her chance for a love marriage and in the mundane world, she’s trying for the love of a son. And snow white’s daughter is getting in the way of that (quite rightly of course as his real mom).

      The frustration is like her own enspellment and if she ever finds someone who sees the real person and loves her, the “spell” will be broken and she won’t be mean or evil anymore.

      I definitely think way too much about these things sometimes.

      • nick1372 says:

        She’s still mean to Snow/Mary and Emma.

        • megalion says:

          Even if they don’t yet understand why, it’s justified. Snow White cost her her true love and Emma is thwarting her attempts to be a mother.

          I’m not a mother myself but I watch Henry plotting against his “mother” who is the only mother he’s ever known til Emma showed up. Regina is aware of this. Imagine how she feels? Her son behaving this way when all she’s ever done (regarding Henry that is) is try to love and protect him.

          Each surge of her energy to be mean to Emma usually comes on the heels of experiencing Henry’s obvious lack of l

          • megalion says:

            … Lack of love for his mother.

            She’s mean because she hurts. She is a very unlucky character.

          • nick1372 says:

            Snow White was tricked into taking away the Queen’s true love. It wasn’t Snow’s fault, it was the Queen’s mom’s. I do not view that as a legitimate reason for killing her own father, making someone kill her husband, and putting a curse on a whole world and making everyone’s lives miserable.

  32. Kim says:

    Katherine for sure!

  33. Richard Katze says:

    Servalan from “Blakes Seven.” Everone else is just an amateur compared to her.

  34. Khorrie says:

    Tess Mercer, Smallville.

  35. Suzanne says:

    I have to go with Glee’s Santana Lopez and Buffy’s Cordelia Chase

  36. Melissa says:

    Blair from gossip girl, Santana from glee, sue from glee, Katerine from vampire diaries, Rachel from one tree hill

  37. MandaBear says:

    Angelica Pickles!

  38. Car says:

    Margaret Chenoweth – Six Feet Under
    Suzy – Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Constance – American Horror Story

  39. David says:

    Technically, Kate from ‘Lost’ was a bad girl.

  40. JC says:

    Blair Waldorf & Georgina Sparks from GG who can forget her “tell Jesus that the bitch is back” line? Katherine from TVD, Edie Britt from Desperate Housewives, Wilhelmina Slater from Ugly Betty, Regina from Once upon a time and one of the classic mean girls Karen Walker from Will & Grace :))

  41. corey says:

    Haven’t seen this one yet, Abby Ewing from Knots Landing

  42. gita says:

    Adalind Schade- grimm

  43. Jaki says:

    Alexis Carrington!!!!!!!!!!

  44. gertie says:

    Mags from Justified season 2.

  45. Flo says:

    Cordelia Chase, Alison DiLaurentis, Ella Simms, Amanda Woodward, Victoria Grayson, Rebekah (TVD), Jen Clark …

  46. S says:

    omg Wilhelmina!! She was bad but has her nice girl moments I suppose. She did have a heart deep deeeeeeeeeep down

  47. Kelly Hall says:

    Kim Kaswell, Drop Dead Diva
    Celia Hodes, Weeds
    Pam Swynford De Beaufort, True Blood
    Joan Holloway, Mad Men

  48. Jenn says:

    Regina/The Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time. Ultimate mean (and incredibly hot) girl!

  49. Kelly Hall says:

    oooo and Constance from American Horror Story and Effy Stonem from Skins

  50. Mandy says:

    I just skimmed the last 5 pages but it seems most of my nominees have already been nominated. These may have already been mentioned but just in case..

    Candace: Phineas & Ferb
    Blair: Facts of Life
    Whitley Gilbert: A Different World
    Meghan: Felicity
    Abby Morgan: Dawson’s Creek
    Nina Van Horn: Just Shoot Me
    Sweet Dee-It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    Libby-Sabrina The Teenage Witch
    Endora: Bewitched
    Carla: Cheers
    Sophia-Golden Girls (she had no filter when it came to speaking her mind)
    Xena-Xena, The Princess Warrior
    Darlene Connor: Roseanne
    Jackie Florrick: The Good Wife
    C.C. Babcock: The Nanny