Some girls are born mean, some achieve meanness and some have meanness thrust upon them. So in honor of Oct. 3 (aka Mean Girls Day!), Team TVLine is taking a moment to celebrate the ladies we wouldn’t want to meet in a darkened high school hallway.
Our list of 25 memorable meanies spans from 1974 to 2020, including everyone from a Pretty Little Liars dream team to a Little House on the Prairie nightmare. And while many of these characters eventually grew out of their naughty phases, we’re choosing to remember them as they were — devious, manipulative… and so much fun to watch.
If you’re at all familiar with popular TV tropes, it should come as no surprise that many of these characters are (gasp!) blonde and (double gasp!) cheerleaders. But we assure you that our list mixes things up a bit. (Three of them are cartoons, and one is a vampire!)
Scroll down to get reacquainted with 25 classic TV mean girls, then drop a comment with your thoughts below. Which of these characters would you recruit to join your own personal Plastics? And which others would you add to our list?