TV's Most Lovable Mean Girls (and Mean Women!)

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Pick a random TV show, and chances are it will include at least one "mean girl." Every show needs a bad guy, and sometimes, that bad guy is actually a bad girl. When bad girls grow up, they almost always become mean women. Whether they're mean girls or mean women, these cold-hearted gals still manage to warm the hearts of TV fans.

Cersei Lannister, "Game of Thrones"

The ultimate you-know-what of Westeros is the arrogant, haughty Cersei. Despite unethical and evil acts, she is ultimately a sympathetic character. When she finally realizes how her actions have endangered the kingdom, it's hard not to feel some compassion toward this deeply flawed woman -- even if she did cause all of her own problems.

Cordelia Chase, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel"

In her first appearance, Cordelia Chase was the most popular girl at Sunnydale High School, and also the meanest. She was pretty darn unlikable, though she softened over the years. By the time her father lost his fortune, she had become a more likable, relatable character. On the "Buffy" spinoff "Angel," she was a beloved character -- even if she did occasionally revert to her former, spoiled ways.

Angela Martin, "The Office"

Angela is great when she's at her meanest. Whether it's putting down Phyllis at Party Planning Committee meetings or two-timing both of her husbands-to-be, she excels at being cold-hearted. She was especially mean to Esther during the paper airplane competition. And yet, Angela's also quite sympathetic: When she learns her husband is cheating on her, she is devastated.

Alison DiLaurentis, "Pretty Little Liars"

The ultimate mean girl is Ali, the queen bee of the group at the heart of the Liars. She was manipulative, conniving, and willing to do anything to ensure that she got what she want. But as mean as she might have been, no teenage girl deserves to be murdered. In addition, the various flashback scenes show that many of Ali's cruel actions were things she only did out of sheer desperation, in hopes of evading her fate.

Connie D'Amico, "Family Guy"

Connie constantly bullied Meg in early seasons of the show, often bringing Meg to tears. But Connie's past clearly wasn't a happy one, as Brian alluded to in the episode "Barely Legal." Connie started developing early and had a number of unhappy relationships as a result. Connie picks on Meg because she's jealous of Meg's purity.
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