Academic Alpha Bitch

Weiss: I was thinking we could be on the team together.
Pyrrha: Well, that sounds grand!
Weiss: Great! [turns around with smirk and clasping hands, monologuing to self] This will be perfect! The smartest girl in class combined with the strongest girl in class! Together we will be unstoppable! I can see it now! We'll be popular! We'll be celebrities! We'll get perfect grades! Nothing could come between us now!
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Similar to the Class Representative in her concern for anything school related and like the Alpha Bitch in how ambitious she is. This character is aggressive in her academic superiority. She will act like she's in charge and decide who gets to do what. She's no shy Bookworm. This can be a male character but for some reason, probably because both Men Are Uncultured and Higher Education Is for Women, you can expect a female in the role.

They'll be found in a show that has a private school or a large cast as the one who will fight to be the best but is somehow still popular. The natural Student Council President but not necessarily the only one. Unlike a regular Alpha Bitch she is rarely glamorous and much more likely to be a friend sooner or later like the Lovable Alpha Bitch. She can often be the Beta Bitch.

The academic subtrope of The Perfectionist and Alpha Bitch. Compare to Insufferable Genius. Compare also with Go-Getter Girl.

The polar opposite is the Kindhearted Simpleton. Also contrast Gentleman and a Scholar.


Examples:

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     Anime & Manga 
  • In Kare Kano, Yukino Miyazawa starts as this. She aspires to be the #1 in her class and is not pleased with Arima steals her top spot, along with the admiration she feels should be hers. Later, however, Yukino becomes a Broken Ace: when she relaxes and then she and Arima start dating, it turns out she was so focused on being this that she can barely interact with other people.
  • Sailor Moon: Ami Mizuno, of all people, once showed tendencies of this in the Exam Battles specials: upon discovering that a mysterious boy named Mercurius had her same scores in all tests, she started going mad and trying to understand how it was possible, and when she accidentally mistook an hostile Genius Loci for him she gleefully attacked the enemy, content of having an excuse. Minako promptly declared she'll stop studying for fear of being murdered by her.
  • Character-of-the-day Giselle from episode 9 of Pokémon.
  • Student Council President Kiryuin Satsuki in Kill la Kill takes this trope to the logical extreme; she runs the school like a Social Darwinist totalitarian autocracy.
  • High School Of The Dead: Prior to the outbreak, Saya was the smartest girl at Fujimi Highschool - and it shows. Her nigh encyclopaedic intellect and analytical ability has enabled her to quickly and accurately assess a situation on repeat occasions, which has saved Takashi and the others several times. But (in the anime) it's also made her almost unbearable at times, between lauding her intellectual superiority and being a major Tsundere.
  • In Little Witch Academia, Diana Cavendish. She's well-known for being the best student in the Wizarding School and sees magic as a noble art, in contrast to Akko, who wants it to be fun. She has some Hidden Depths, though, and saves Akko at the end of the original short.
  • B-ko (Biko) Daitokuji from Project A-ko, although a bit downplayed because her rivalry with Sitcom Archnemesis A-ko tends to be more physical than intellectual. She has all the hallmarks of a standard Alpha Bitch (beautiful, rich, bratty, self-centered, head of the local Girl Posse she uses as flunkies) but doubles down by also being a top student with a genius-level intellect (she builds giant robots and advanced powersuits in her spare time, usually to take down A-ko).

     Comic Strips 
  • Gina from Big Nate is this. The smartest girl in the school, she is one of Nate's arch-nemesises.

     Fanfiction 
  • Returning shows that Ravenclaw is plagued with them, and Rose comes close to becoming one.

     Film 
  • When Elle gets to Harvard Law in Legally Blonde she faces this horrible preppy girl, Vivian Kensington, who tries to make her look bad in front of the professor. Vivian is a threat to Elle because she's a smart, serious, law student. Later, however, Vivian and Elle start interacting more, and become sort-of Fire-Forged Friends.
  • Taylor McKessie of High School Musical is the president of the science club at East High and a member of the school's national decathlon team. She wants Gabriella to join the team to beat their rivals in West High and does get involve to sabotage Gabriella's growing relationship with Troy to better get her in and keep the status. She does grow out of this when she realizes what a Jerkass move she pulled and becomes nicer.
  • Overachieving high school student Tracy Flick is running unopposed for Student Council President in Election.
  • Harriet Bentley in Wild Child is a very good example, being the "head girl" of the school and making Poppy's life miserable. She ends up being expelled when accidentally confessed that she was the responsible of a fire which Poppy was blamed.

     Literature 
  • Ethel Hallow of The Worst Witch. The narration describes her as "one of those lucky people for whom everything always goes right". She excels at all her classes but continuously rubs it in everyone's face. The TV series emphasises this by giving her only one friend in Drucilla.
  • Hermione Granger is this at first in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. She spends most of her first scenes bragging about all the spells she's read up on in advance, and showing off in class. She undergoes Character Development and becomes friends with Harry and Ron pretty soon however. According to Word of God there was a character planned to fill this role in the fourth book: a Weasley cousin called Mafalda who would get sorted into Slytherin and become Hermione's academic rival. She was dropped due to her age limiting story potential (as there would be a three year difference between the girls).
  • Hating Alison Ashley: Erica, the main character, is this. Probably the only smart student in her ill-famed school, she is an ambitious and extremely arrogant girl who believes herself superior to all her stupid classmates. When a rich and intelligent girl named Alison is placed in her class, Erica starts hating and antagonizing her because she is jealous of how Alison outshines her academically (not just because she's rich) and is loved by all the teachers.
  • In Speak, the Marthas are a group of girls led by an Alpha Bitch trio, Meg, Emily and Siobhan, who spend their time doing community service projects, but are very exclusive as to who they allow to join, look down on unpopular students and are harsh towards their junior members. It's hinted that the newer members are the ones doing most of the actual work—when it's time to decorate the ballroom for the senior prom, Meg, Emily and Siobhan delegate all the work to their juniors so they can get their nails painted and teeth whitened.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Boy Meets World: Topanga counted up her As for the year, and insisted that her final assignment get an A, even though it wasn't for the grade, just to ensure valedictorian over Minkus. In Girl Meets World, despite being happily married, a mother of two kids, and a successful attorney, when she's reunited with her former English teacher, she insists he changes an A- he once gave her.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer reveals that the stereotypical Alpha Bitch Cordelia Chase scores well on standardised tests as a gag.
    "What? I can't have layers?"
  • Community: Annie Kim, an intensely competitive student who develops a rivalry with Annie Edison.
  • Degrassi:
    • Season one has Ashley Kerwin who is popular and is glad for her unchallenged status for Student Council President.
    • Seasons 5 has Liberty Van Zandt who becomes Student Council President and then fights to be valedictorian.
    • Holly J. Sinclair becomes Student Council President in season nine so she could do things her way.
    • The "mean girl" from the original series Degrassi Junior High, Kathleen, is one of the smartest and most obnoxious students. Among other things, she drives a science fair judge crazy by reciting every stack of facts she knows, never giving her partner a chance to talk, and is shocked when that doesn't earn her first prize. She also serves as a foil to Caitlin (the other overachieving Go-Getter Girl) who can't stand Kathleen's Jerkass attitude.
  • Drake & Josh: Mindy, an intelligent and boastful girl in the boys' class at school who is always trying to top her rival Josh. She eventually gets better from this, after she gets with Josh.
  • Freaks and Geeks: Shelley Weaver, Lindsay's mathlete rival, complete with prim and proper attitude and patronizing comments.
  • Gilmore Girls: The first time that Rory meets Paris Geller at Chilton Academy, Paris tells her how she's going to be editor of the school paper and valedictorian, ending with, "You'll never catch up. You'll never beat me. This school is my domain and the Franklin is my domain. And don't you ever forget that."
  • Head of the Class: Alan Pinkard is none too pleased that others in the high IQ class do as well as he does, even better sometimes. And he was really pissed that 11 year old Janice was in his high school - and more pissed that she left early to go to Harvard, which is where he wants to go. He and Darlene were neck-and-neck when it came time to declare a class valedictorian, but the school's powers that be decided to make another girl, TJ, valedictorian instead because of the challenges she'd had to overcome.
  • Kenan & Kel has Janet, a smug brainy girl. is frequently at odds with the titular protagonists. One episode has her giving a brown-nosing book report that lasts for the entire class.
  • Modern Family: Alex Dunphy is a stereotypical Alpha Academic, often fretting before examinations and sacrificing social activities to study.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide:
    • Evelyn takes being the top student at Polk disturbingly seriously, to the extent that she'll physically injure you to get ahead.
    • Male example in Lance Widget, a nerdy bully who never hesitates to insult the people he tutors.
  • The O.C.: Taylor Townsend is introduced as a competitive, power-grabbing overachiever who quickly assumed the Student Social Chair position after Marissa is expelled. With her early behavior especially towards Summer, she was a combination of Manipulative Bitch and Go-Getter Girl (she gets better later on, when the Manipulative Bitch part is toned down).
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Libby is usually just the typical Alpha Bitch cheerleader. However there's an episode where Sabrina uses her magic to turn Libby into a nerd because she believed that it would teach her a lesson in humility and kindness. This ends up backfiring when Libby takes over the Science Club and starts bullying her old friends in the cheerleading squad. Libby also averts the ditziness usually associated with being the Alpha Bitch, and does occasionally mock Sabrina when she gets better grades than her. One episode where Sabrina is forced to find out more about Libby has her discovering that she works harder to improve her math homework.
    Quizmaster: You didn't know Libby was bad at math?
    Sabrina: No, what surprises me is that she cares that she's bad at math.
  • Strange Days At Blake Holsey High: Corrine Baxter has a very strong competitive streak.
  • The Worst Witch: The TV series mentioned above adds an original character Deirdre Swoop - from the rival Pentangles Academy. She's the prize student and helps the school win numerous competitions, which she doesn't fail to rub everyone else's noses in. Fortunately she mellows out by the time she appears in the spin-off Weirdsister College - and becomes a teacher at Cackle's later in her life.

     Video Game  
  • The head of the popular clique in Our Darker Purpose, Regan, a master of both social manipulation and dark magics. (Although only the latter is actually seen.)
  • Kameo from True Love Junai Monogatari is a Rare Male Example, always bragging about his academic accoplishments. He's also a bit of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander at times, though.
  • Subverted by Makoto Nijima from Persona 5, who isn't one but is mistakenly believed to be (which includes the Protagonist and his companion Ann Takamaki). For example, the Protagonist can hear some girls gossiping about how she knew what Kamoshida was doing but hid it because she's only pretending to care about the student body. (The truth is that she was furious and blamed herself for him being unpunished for so long, but felt she didn't have the power to do anything.)

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     Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Cindy Vortex is a popular, athletic and intelligent girl, but she has a mean streak quite big and does not like Jimmy for having usurped her position as smartest kid.
  • Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil: Kendall Perkins, straight A student and class president, tends to be bossy and dismissive towards other people.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Played with. While Sunset Shimmer is a genius, having been a former student of Princess Celestia who underwent a Face–Heel Turn and sought to use her powers for evil, she behaved more like a traditional Alpha Bitch in the first movie. Her love of and thirst for knowledge isn't prominent until the third movie in the spin-off series, by which point she had already undergone a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Pepper Ann: PA's rival Alice Kane - an arrogant overachiever who always wins the science fair and rubs her accomplishments in PA's face.
  • The Simpsons: Lisa prides herself on her intelligence and always coming top of the class with straight 'A's. One episode has her world collapsing when she gets her very first B; another deals with an even brighter girl joining her class and Lisa's utter jealousy of her, and another when she skipped a grade and was no longer the big fish in a small pond.
  • Static Shock: Madelyne Spaulding, a stuck-up "Little Miss Perfect" type who tried running for class president but failed to gain enough supporters to get on the ballot. Her latent abilities as a Bang Baby then manifested, which allowed her to control people like puppets, or "brain puppets", and be able to read minds. She couldn't control Static's mind because of his electrical abilities, but she was able to enter his mind and learn his secret identity. Madelyne then used her powers to try and take over Dakota so she would definitely become student council president.
  • Total Drama Island: Courtney, a stuck-up perfectionist overachiever whose motto is "If you can't come in first don't come in at all." She gets worse as the franchise went on.

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