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Characters: Mean Girls
Warning! Character sheets are spoilerific.

The Plastics

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     As a Whole 

     Cady Heron 

Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan)

(narrating) : I know it looked like I was being a bitch, but that's only because I was acting like a bitch.

  • Home Schooled Kids: Until the beginning of the movie, Cady had never gone to a regular school and had been homeschooled since she was around four years old.

     Regina George 

Regina George (Rachel McAdams)

"You know what people say about you? They say that you're a homeschooled jungle freak who's a less hot version of me!"

  • The Chessmaster: Comes up with her plan to get revenge on Cady and throw the entire school into chaos in the course of one screaming car ride home.
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Regina's a specific example. She could rattle off several mostly-illegal weight loss drugs (most of which either were expensive before being banned or would be expensive to ship from countries where they're still legal). Yet, she didn't know enough about health and nutrition to know whether or not butter is a carb. This is most likely a jab at the stereotype of American teenage girls wanting to get thin or in shape the fast and unhealthy way than through actual healthy living.
  • Twisting the Words:
    Regina: You're, like, really pretty.
    Cady: Thanks.
    Regina: So you agree?
    Cady: What?
    Regina: You think you're really pretty?
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • When she realizes that Cady deliberately made her gain weight. But then she recovers almost immediately and turns right back into the Chessmaster.
    • After Janis humiliates her in front of the school by revealing her ploy with Cady, Regina begins suffering another breakdown. This time, it is cut short by a school bus.

     Gretchen Weiners 

Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert)

"That is so fetch!"

  • Beta Bitch: She appears to be this to Regina initially.
  • Catch Phrase: "That is so fetch!"
  • Everyone Is Christian At Christmas: Despite the fact that Gretchen's Jewish, she performs Jingle Bell Rock, which is a Christmas song, with the other Plastics every year for the Winter Talent Show.
  • Villainous Breakdown: "WE SHOULD TOTALLY JUST STAB CAESAR!!!"
  • What Could Have Been: Gretchen was originally meant to be a plain and frumpy girl whom Regina only kept around because her parents were so rich. Naturally this trait was thrown out completely when Lacey Chabert was cast. The script, however, still has a few places where Regina claims no one finds Gretchen attractive.

     Karen Smith 

Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried)

"So if you're from Africa... why are you white?"

  • Advertised Extra: Karen doesn't have that large of a part (especially compared to the other three plastics) and has little impact on the plot, but is featured in all of the advertisements because she is a Plastic and thus one of the Mean Girls.
  • Blondes are Evil: Subverted; she's pretty nice mostly and is easily the least malicious of the Plastics (Cady included.)
  • Brainless Beauty: One of the iconic examples!
  • The Ditz: Stands in the rain, feeling her breasts (see Informed Ability below), and declares that "there's a 30% chance that it's already raining!" With complete sincerity.
  • The Pollyanna: As well as being the least malicious Plastic she's easily the happiest too, lacking Regina's rage, Gretchen's crippling neurose, or Cady's need to fit in. She's even aware of (and comfortable with) the knowledge she's not very bright.
  • Really Gets Around: Somewhat of an Informed Flaw, but she has a reputation and is perfectly willing to hook up with her cousin.

Others

     Ms Sharon Norbury 

Ms. Sharon Norbury (Tina Fey)

"You girls have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores, because if you do, it makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores."

  • Cool Teacher: Sometimes.
    Cady: (stating why she can't go to the dance) I'm grounded.
    Norbury: You're already out.
  • Clear My Name: Actually, Cady confesses that she was the one who said that she had drugs in her house.

     Janis Ian 

Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan)

"...And evil takes a human form in Regina George. Ah, now don't be fooled. Because she may seem like your typical selfish, backstabbing, slut-faced ho-bag, but in reality, she is so much more than that."

  • Ambiguously Gay: Is Janis Ian a lesbian? Damn hard to say. It's proven she's not a lesbian when she starts dating Kevin at the end of the movie.
  • Fallen Princess: Janis used to be popular, but her reputation was destroyed by a rumor and she now willingly embraces outsiderdom.
  • Heel-Face Turn: At the end.
  • Important Haircut: Offscreen. After Regina spread the rumor in middle school that Janis was a lesbian, Janis dropped out of school for the rest of the year; when she returned in the fall, "all her hair was cut off, and she was totally weird."

     Damian 

Damian (Daniel Franzese)

"And I want my pink shirt back. I WANT MY PINK SHIRT BACK!"

  • Camp Gay: Damian is "too gay to function," though to be fair he's only mildly flamboyant.

    Principal Duvall 

Principal Duvall (Tim Meadows)


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