Alpha Bitch: Literature

  • Carmelita Spats in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • One of the rare male examples of this trope is Eheca, a pipiltin (noble) companion and rival of Quetza in the Aztec Calmécac, in the novel El Conquistador.
  • The Gemma Doyle trilogy: at first, it seems like this will be Felicity's designated role, but she and Gemma wind up bestest buddies. The role is instead taken by Cecily Temple, who is jealous that the aforementioned event happened.
  • Monique de Pelouse in "The Finishing School Series'' has the attitude down to pat. The instructors at the school try to curb these tendencies but fail to have much success. She has a minion in the form of Fille Fatale Preshea.
  • Aurelia in Feliks, Net & Nika. She's probably the richest kid in school, has her Girl Posse and mocks people for being not slim enough, or not fashionable enough or not rich enough. She picks up at Nika immediately, but Nika fights back rather hard (not physically, of course).
  • Nellie Oleson from the Little House on the Prairie series thinks that she's one. In reality, she's nowhere near as Alpha as she'd like to be. Nellie first appeared in the 1937 book On the Banks of Plum Creek.
  • Older Than Radio: Amy's rivals, April Snow and May Chester, of Little Women.
  • As the Chalet School series is about a girls' school, it's no surprise that there's a good few Alpha Bitches around.
    • Betty Wynne-Davies becomes one by the time of Highland Twins at the Chalet School, due to breaking away from former best friend Elizabeth Arnett and taking a level in bitchiness as a result.
    • In the Switzerland part of the series, there's Jack Lambert, particularly in Jane and the Chalet School. She has her own clique and as a result, new girl Jane Carew is alienated by her form as a result of Jack's bullying.
    • A milder example is Lysbet Alsen in Two Sams at the Chalet School, who takes an instant dislike to Samaris Davies due to her actually wanting to pull her finger out and do well, rather than slacking off like the rest of the form. Similarly, there's Eilunedd Vaughan in Peggy of the Chalet School, who is not pleased about Peggy being Head Girl and makes trouble for her.
  • Ethel Hallow from The Worst Witch. In a slight twist, Ethel demonstrates many Cool Loser qualities such as always being top of the class and excelling at everything. In any other story she'd likely be the Cool Loser. But she's hated because she knows she's the best at everything and rubs it in their faces, as well as frequently ratting the other girls out to the teachers. The TV series gives her a rich father and stresses that she has only one friend (who even pulls off a Heel-Face Turn towards the end).
  • Animorphs:
    • Rachel is seen as this by people who don't know her. The truth is rather scarier.
    • Played straight with Taylor, a voluntary Human-Controller. She used to be the most beautiful and popular girl at her school, until a fire left her crippled and hideous. Desperate to regain the life she had, Taylor agrees to voluntary infestation in exchange for the Yeerks using their advanced technology to make her a Cyborg and restore her beauty. Though it's not her assignment at all, the Yeerk who infests her falls in love with Taylor's life and willingly plays it out after the infestation.
  • Harry Potter has quite a few:
    • Pansy Parkinson seems to be one. You don't see much of her, but she acts snotty whenever she shows up and dotes on her boyfriend Draco Malfoy. Also, she is mentioned to have a Girl Posse, and all the "good" female characters hate her with a passion. The author seems to really dislike her and she doesn't even marry Draco in the end. J. K. Rowling has stated that she embodied every girl who was mean to Rowling in school.
    • Romilda Vane, Harry's Stalker with a Crush from the sixth book, also had some Alpha Bitch tendencies, possessing her own Girl Posse and telling Harry that he didn't have to hang out with kids as "uncool" as Neville and Luna. Oddly enough this girl is fourteen when the Alpha Bitch is normally older.
    • Draco Malfoy is possibly a male Alpha Bitch, gaining some Jerk Jock traits. He's blond, rich, snobbish, presumed evil, bought his way onto the Slytherin Quidditch team, and comes complete with two other boys flanking his sides at all times — though Crabbe and Goyle aren't the stereotypically slightly less pretty posse members. Plus, he dates Pansy, as mentioned above.
    • Possibly Olive Hornby, the girl who teased Moaning Myrtle about her glasses. But there no way to know for sure. It could have been friendly teasing which Myrtle took the wrong way — it would certainly be in-character for her.
  • Elena Gilbert and Caroline Forbes from The Vampire Diaries. However, Elena was only this during the beginning of the series. Elena started off as a selfish, vain, proud, icy, and spoiled individual. However, as the series progresses she becomes a significantly better person mostly after meeting Stefan. Elena becomes more of a Lovable Alpha Bitch. Caroline, on the other hand, never really changes from this.
  • Stephen King's book Carrie, as well as the film adaptations:
    • Christine "Chris" Hargensen, Carrie's nemesis. She gets banned from the senior prom when, after gym class in the locker room, she and her friends pull an exceptionally cruel prank on Carrie by pelting her with tampons and other feminine hygiene items while chanting "plug it up!" (Carrie was having her first period at the time, and was under the impression that she was bleeding to death.) Chris then tops herself by rigging the ballots for Prom King and Queen so that Carrie and her prom date win, then dumping a bucket of pig's blood on her head when she takes the stage. This finally drives Carrie over the edge, causing her to use her telekinetic powers to go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, of which Chris is one of many victims. Nancy Allen, who played her in the 1976 adaptation, actually didn't realize she was playing an Alpha Bitch until she saw the finished film, assuming that Chris and her boyfriend/accomplice Billy (played by a young John Travolta, who felt the same way) were comic relief characters.
      • The book takes her cruelty to the point of juvenile delinquency. In the book, it's revealed that Chris had been sent to detention seventy-three times over the years, twenty of them for bullying, and that she skipped most of them. In addition, during Junior High, she had once put a firecracker into a girl's shoe and nearly blew off two of her toes. Her boyfriend Billy is himself a greaser delinquent, and their relationship is quite abusive on both ends.
    • Averted by Sue Snell, who gets her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom not to set her up for humiliation, but to genuinely atone for what she did. Though some viewers of the first film (who hadn't read the book) thought Sue was in on the prank.
  • Lara from Cherie Bennett's Life in the Fat Lane is a weird example: she starts out much like Cher from Clueless — the rich, shallow and naïve, but sweet (and supposedly intelligent) homecoming queen. Then she (suddenly) gets fat and becomes a social outcast (her immediate descent into self-loathing upon gaining the first ten pounds had nothing to do with it...). Enter at least two examples played straight...but wait—here's a girl who's at very least In with the In Crowd, but is sweet to everyone, even fat people... but wait—she's actually obnoxious and condescending and just trying to play the role of ideal homecoming queen.
  • Massie Block, the main character of The Clique series of novels.
  • Lana is a more cliched version of this in the books The Princess Diaries, as well as being a Devil in Plain Sight. Mia often retaliates. Later in the series, though, Lana extends the olive branch to Mia, and her friend Trisha enters Mia's group of friends. She becomes much more a Lovable Alpha Bitch after this as she still retains a couple Jerkass tendencies.
  • From His Majesty's Dragon: Miss Montagu, who snubbed Will Laurence at his parents' house when he stopped by on the way to the training grounds, was only a mild Alpha Bitch... until at the end of the book, when she "revealed" (Laurence had already heard), during the celebrations, that Laurence's childhood sweetheart had gotten married.
  • Lila Fowler in the Sweet Valley High series.
  • Holly and Heather Mayflower of the DRAMA! series by Paul Ruditis.
  • The Baby-Sitters Club:
    • Cokie Mason is a middle school version.
    • Cokie's friend Grace.
    • Shawna Riverson also, though she didn't appear as often.
    • In the Little Sister spinoff, Pamela Harding.
  • ...and so is Heather Fox from the Canterwood Crest series.
  • Mercedes Lackey's Jinx High has the Alpha Bitch from hell: she's actually a two-hundred-year old, bodysnatching witch who enforces her will with mental control and fatal "accidents".
  • Subverted in Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Hannah says that Courtney Crimsen could have been this, but instead spends her time making it seem like she is a genuinely nice person.
  • Lavinia of A Little Princess.
  • Hatsumomo of Memoirs of a Geisha.
  • Hattie from Ella Enchanted. She not only messes around with Ella's life, but orders her to hand over the necklace that her mother used to wear simply because she fancied it, and she also steals Ella's breakfast after claiming that it's "too rich for her". She also orders Ella not to eat anything for days and because of her curse, Ella is starved almost to collapsing.
  • Clarissa from the Bloody Jack series. Also overlaps with Rich Bitch. She gets better in the later books though.
  • Discworld:
    • Diamanda from Lords and Ladies exhibits the Alpha Bitch tendency to surround herself with envious admirers who aren't as good-looking, and then treat those girls like dirt
    • Annagramma from the Tiffany Aching books exhibits the Alpha Bitch tendency to surround herself with envious admirers who aren't as good-looking, and then treat those girls like dirt.
  • Blair from Gossip Girl, arguably more so in the books than in the TV series. On the show, she's just a Rich Bitch with an Unlimited Wardrobe; in the books, her behavior actually borders on sociopathic/bipolar/just plain crazy.
  • Carleen Lovejoy dominates the school and antagonizes the narrator in Richard Peck's A Year Down Yonder.
  • Jeanine Bryant in Replica is replaced later by Simone Cussack.
  • Aspeth Montgomery in Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld.
  • In Aaron Allston's Galatea in 2-D, Roger falls into some paintings he made as a teenager and find his hopeless crush in high school, crazy about him but as shallow as she had ever been. (He notes that she had grown up when he met her at the reunion.)
  • Constanza Grayfoot from Midnighters is the fashion-obsessed queen of the school who struts about with her girl posse and dreams of being an actress in L.A. She's part Native American, not blonde, and is more harmlessly superficial than actually evil, but instead of reading like an interesting variation on the trope, she reads like a watered-down copy of Cordelia Chase. She is, however, different from most Alpha Bitches in that she is genuinely nice to and supportive of Jess, including slapping a boy who tried to sexually assault her and giving her advice about her relationship with Jonathan.
  • Twilight
    • Lauren Mallory is apparently supposed to be a Alpha Bitch. However, this is something of an Informed Flaw. She has the usual indicators of being blonde and popular, but all she ever does is get jealous of Bella (at least according to Bella herself) and complain about her behind her back. If anything, it's Bella herself who has more of the Alpha Bitch qualities since she looks down on everyone else.
    • Rosalie Hale of the Cullen clan is actually more of a Lovable Alpha Bitch. The same could be said for Leah Clearwater, though most of that is unintentional.
    • Rosalie Hale is redeemed in Eclipse, where she reveals her tragic backstory (she always wanted children, but could never have one because she is a vampire, and her fiance raped her), and starts fawning over Bella and her child. While Leah makes good in Breaking Dawn, when she and her brother Seth are the first wolves to join Jacob in protecting the Cullens from Sam and the pack.
  • Kelly Peters in Zilpha Keatley Snyder's The Changeling. A spun-sugar nightmare with a cute face and golden curls. It makes more sense to walk into an operating buzz saw than to have anything to do with her. Most of these types are Karma Houdini, but Kelly actually gets taken down a notch or two (not much) toward the end of the book.
  • Sandra "Sandi" Mitchell from The Bailey Game. She's pretty and popular, but she's also arrogant and vain and leads her group of friends in ostracising the main characters.
  • Cheyenne Martin from Private.
  • The titular character from ''The Betrayal of Natalie Hargro
  • In the Amber Brown books, Hannah Burton. Generally regarded as the prettiest girl in Amber's class, she seems to dislike Amber for no good reason (though possibly simply because she finds her silly). She takes every opportunity to tease her and otherwise make snide comments at her and is generally just thoroughly unpleasant even though Amber has never really done anything to her at all, other than sometimes complain about her to her friends and parents because of the things she's done. It all comes to a head in Amber Brown Horses Around when the two are forced to share a tent with several other girls at summer camp. Amber gets so tired of Hannah's mean behavior and apparent pranks that she teams with the other girls to plan an elaborate prank of her own, which blows up terribly when Hannah twists her ankle after trying to run when hearing a spooky voice on a tape played as part of the prank. After this, it transpires that Hannah was not responsible for the pranks that Amber thought she was, though everyone still agrees that Hannah has been awful to Amber ever since they got to camp. In order to keep things harmonious at camp, the two decide to start making an effort to try not to be so mean to each other and take the time to think about how their behaviors and words effect each other and it seems at the end of the story that even if they could never be friends, they could possibly at least reach the point of becoming frenemies.

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