"I take it as a rule of nature that all American high schools are ruled by a pack of snobs, led by a supremely confident young woman who is blonde, superficial, catty, and ripe for public humiliation. This character is followed by two friends who worship her, and are a little bit shorter".
Take your typical setting involving teenagers — say, a High School
— wait an establishing scene or two or three, and there she is. See that attractive blonde cheerleader
looking down her nose (often literally
) and sneering at the frumpy girl in glasses
? That's her.
The Distaff Counterpart
to the Jerk Jock
and probably his girlfriend; what he does with his fists, she does with a sharp tongue and sharper manipulation
. Despite being a not-too-bright
, unpleasant, bullying, and mean-spirited excuse for a human
, she will still be the most popular girl in school, surrounded by a fawning Girl Posse
who suck up to her and act as her faithful minions. Usually, she will have a 0% Approval Rating
, but even that won't be enough to stop her.
To be fair to her, her level of power is usually a lot more due to the nature of other people
, than her own nature. This type will generally have an instinctive understanding of how to manipulate both the human need for belonging, and the equally strong need that most people (especially teenagers) have, to abdicate personal responsibility and the role of making decisions, to someone else.
She's also usually the scion of a wealthy
family, the star of the school or head sister of the influential college sorority house, thus providing her a network of local celebrity, influence and wealth to exploit. She's also quite the seductress
, and consequently, all the boys
fight amongst themselves — sometimes literally — to be her oppressed boyfriend
. All this leaves her with the belief that she can do whatever she likes without consequences
. Unfortunately, she's often right; the Powers That Be
are not immune to her wealth
, and she or her family can and will corrupt or coerce them into overlooking her bad behavior. Very likely to be a Narcissist
and expect (If it's a Mature rated film or TV show) the term Country Matters
to pop up in the same sentence.
Her natural enemy is the Cool Loser
heroine. Whenever their eternal, jealousy-fueled
struggle over possessions, boyfriends, and status is sparked anew, quarter will neither be asked for nor given.
Usually the Veronica in a Betty and Veronica
situation, if she's even presented as a love interest at all. Unlikely to be a Fille Fatale
; she's too outwardly mean for that. Frequently on the Snob end of Slobs Versus Snobs
. It's a Costume Party, I Swear
, the Prank Date
, and the Party Scheduling Gambit
are just some of the many nasty tricks she plays. Often receives her comeuppance at the hands of a member of her own Girl Posse
in a Backstabbing the Alpha Bitch
moment. Normally joined by a Beta Bitch
who assists her in her various cruel deeds.
Contrast with Spoiled Sweet
, where a girl is made out to be the Alpha Bitch
, but is instead quite a sweetheart. Compare and Contrast with Lovable Alpha Bitch
who is this trope with a heart of gold
. This trope is probably so common because everyone who wasn't homeschooled knew someone like this... or was one
If she's not the cheerleader type with the fake smile, but is the unglamorous girl who will fight to be the best in her class, she's the Academic Alpha Bitch
. Though almost always a she
, rare male Alpha Bitches (called Alpha Brats) do exist, but they're just that - rare. They're distinct from the Jerk Jock
in that they're mainly catty and manipulative, rather than physically threatening.
Not to be confused with the Prison
Alpha Bitch, found exclusively in women's jail
, whose methods of bullying are much more brutal and whose goal isn't social status but outright dominance.