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->''"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."''
-->--'''Creator/RogerEbert''', review of ''Film/{{Sleepover}}''

Take your typical setting involving teenagers--say, a HighSchool--wait an establishing scene or two or three, and there she is. See that [[EvilIsSexy attractive]] blonde [[TheCheerleader cheerleader]] looking down her nose ([[StatuesqueStunner often literally]]) and sneering at the [[HollywoodHomely frumpy girl]] [[{{Meganekko}} in glasses]]? That's her. Often times, she is the authority of the cheerleading squad and decides who's on and off the squad. After all, [[TwoTeacherSchool who needs a coach?]]

The villainess of many a TeenDrama, the Alpha Bitch is the DistaffCounterpart to the JerkJock, and usually his girlfriend;[[note]] sometimes he's also her [[AttackAnimal attack dog]][[/note]] what he does with his fists, she does with a sharp tongue and sharper [[ManipulativeBitch manipulation]]. She is often surrounded by a fawning GirlPosse who suck up to her and act as her faithful minions. She's very likely to be a {{Narcissist}}, a DramaQueen, a [[TheFashionista fashionista]], a ValleyGirl, a BrattyTeenageDaughter, a DaddysGirl, an AttentionWhore, and/or a ProudBeauty.

She's also usually the scion of a [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney wealthy]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections influential]] 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 [[EvilIsSexy quite the seductress]], and consequently, all the [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders boys]] fight amongst themselves--sometimes literally--to be her [[HenpeckedHusband oppressed boyfriend]]. And to top it off, she's also [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful very good-looking]]. All this leaves her with the belief that she can [[KarmaHoudini do whatever she likes without consequences]]. Unfortunately, she's often right; the PowersThatBe are not immune to her family's wealth, connections, and influence, and they can and will be corrupted or coerced into [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem overlooking her bad behavior]].

Her natural enemy is the CoolLoser heroine. Whenever their eternal, [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy-fueled]] struggle over possessions, boyfriends, and status is sparked anew, quarter will neither be asked for nor given.

Usually the Veronica in a BettyAndVeronica situation, if she's even presented as a love interest at all. Frequently on the Snob end of SlobsVersusSnobs. ItsACostumePartyISwear, the PrankDate, and the PartySchedulingGambit are just some of the many nasty tricks she plays. Often receives her comeuppance at the hands of a member of her own GirlPosse in a BackstabbingTheAlphaBitch moment, or when the CoolLoser fights back (sometimes with an EngineeredPublicConfession). Normally joined by a BetaBitch who assists her in her various cruel deeds.

If given some CharacterDevelopment, she will become a DefrostingIceQueen and grow into a SpoiledSweet, or a LovableAlphaBitch. This trope is probably so common [[TruthInTelevision because everyone who wasn't homeschooled knew someone like this... or was one]]. It self-perpetuates because girls who want to be popular will copy what works on TV. They might even [[BecomingTheMask become the mask]].

Most examples fall into one of two types:

* '''Aggressive:''' Despite being a [[PopularIsDumb not-too-bright]], outwardly [[JerkAss rude, bullying, mean-spirited excuse for a human]], she will somehow still be the most popular girl in school, making her a weird mix of CardCarryingVillain and VillainWithGoodPublicity. She may be manipulative from time to time, but the way she acts, it's a wonder people fall for her tricks. Usually, she will have a ZeroPercentApprovalRating, but even that won't be enough to stop her. Done poorly, she can break the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief, but done well she can be used to show how masochistic teenagers can be, out of a need for acceptance and attraction towards people they perceive as powerful. Unlikely to be a FilleFatale, she's too outwardly mean for that. But who knows, if AllMenArePerverts, they might overlook her personality in favor of [[BeautyIsBad looks]]. Common in [[KidCom Kid Coms]] and shows with BlackAndWhiteMorality because she's a rather [[ObviouslyEvil unambiguous]] character. This does not mean she is necessarily a FlatCharacter. She may in fact be SourOutsideSadInside. Compare TheBully and TheLadette.
* '''Passive-Aggressive:''' A smarter, more adroit version of the first type, she is often adept at [[BitchInSheepsClothing putting on a friendly facade]], all the better for her to lull the unwary into letting their guard down. Though sometimes BookDumb out of a lack of interest in acadamics, she is usually of about average or greater intelligence, because maintaining her status requires some level of cleverness. Her beta is usually a [[DumbIsGood good-natured]] DumbBlonde, BrainlessBeauty, or AsianAirhead for contrast. Very often a FilleFatale, or if she's older, a FemmeFatale. Often, even she is [[ObliviouslyEvil just as oblivious to her inner nature]] as everyone else is, and thinks of herself as much like the way she presents herself to others. A HeelRealization may cause her to change her ways. Or she might be knowingly and unrepentantly evil and just knows how to hide it from others.

If she's not the cheerleader type with the fake smile, but is the (usually) unglamorous girl who will fight to be the best in her class, she's the AcademicAlphaBitch. Though [[AlwaysFemale almost always a she]], rare male Alpha Bitches (called Alpha Bastards) do exist, but they're just that -- rare. They're distinct from the JerkJock in that they're mainly catty and manipulative, rather than physically threatening.

Not to be confused with the ''Prison'' Alpha Bitch, found exclusively in [[GirlsBehindBars women's jail]], whose methods of bullying are much more brutal and whose goal isn't social status but outright dominance.
The reason this character type is hated more than other JerkAss characters may have to do with her privelege and looks, see also JerkSue. Contrast UnpopularPopularCharacter.

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