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Meanest Teen Characters

Buzz In: Who Are the Meanest Teens to Ever Hit the Screen?

Lately there's been a glut of wholesome, good-natured teens (see Jonas Brothers, High School Musical, and Vanessa Hudgens's snuggly ode to sneakers). But this week's release of the 20th anniversary of the classic Heathers reminded me that onscreen teenagers can be really mean. Actually, they can be downright vicious.

The girl group in Heathers was so mean they were essentially psychopathic. And then there's the famous pack of mean teens that torments Lindsay Lohan in Tina Fey's Mean Girls. Rich girl Caroline Mulford in Sixteen Candles is incredibly cruel (well, until she spends an evening with the geeky Farmer Ted). And of course, they're not always girls: Ryan Phillippe's character in Cruel Intentions is about as scummy as it gets in terms of douchebag teen guys.

Clear your mind of Disney stars and tell me about the most memorable nasty onscreen teens.


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DanaLikeWhoa DanaLikeWhoa 9 years
I just watched Heathers for the first time last week and I looooved it ! They were definitely some pretty mean kids.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 9 years
William Zabka in The Karate Kid and I'm pretty sure he's the bad guy in Just One of the Guys. By the way, I really dislike the 'cookie-cutter' teens of today, it's so not true, high school today is WAY, WAY bitchier than Disney makes it seem.
juliegal juliegal 9 years
OMG i am lol @ some of these...johnny fr. karate kid...awesomely fun meanie! YES SENSAI! jake ryan? mean? i hardly think, yes definitely.... my votes go to the heathers girls...straight up mean bitches!
northofantastic northofantastic 9 years
I still love Heathers to bits!
MandeeLei MandeeLei 9 years
OHHH and also Sarah Michelle Gellar's character in Cruel Intentions. She was way worse that Phillippe!
MandeeLei MandeeLei 9 years
I think all of the ones said were definitely way better but Amber from Clueless came to mind. I always wondered why she was even around since everyone couldn't stand her so much. I have to agree between the Heathers and Steff being the worst!
susanec susanec 9 years
Craig Sheffer was pretty obnoxious as Hardy Jens in Some Kind of Wonderful. But not meaner than Heathers.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Most Evil Teens? William Zabka- Johnny in Karate Kid Keifer Sutherland - Ace in Stand By Me Thomas F. Wilson - Biff Tanner in Back to the Future Leilani Sarelle- Suette in Shag (totally evil to Bridgette Fondas character) Nancy Allen and PJ Soles - Chris and Norma from Carrie (pigs blood anyone?)
jaclynloro jaclynloro 9 years
Remember Taylor Vaughn from She's All That? That whole speech about Rachel Leigh Cook being dust and nothing and then spilling beer on her dress? SO MEAN!
EkaterinaBallerina EkaterinaBallerina 9 years
Hands down Steff from Pretty in Pink. And his awful girlfriend. They were both heinous and unredeemable. I also don't think Caroline in Sixteen Candles was mean. She was just self-centered. And frankly, after what she and everyone else did to that house, I would have dumped her on someone else too. She kinda deserved it. And I do believe he tried to talk to her before she got wasted and she kinda blew him off or changed the subject. Jake was definitely not a bad guy. Some people read way too much into movies sometimes.
mariellynelly mariellynelly 9 years
Steff from Pretty In Pink, hands down. What a creep. I've never been a fan of James Spader ever since. OH, and Kiefer Sutherland in Stand By Me was also a mean teen. As for a side note, I have seen Sixteen Candles well over 100 times and Jake Ryan was not evil. He was just tired of having a girlfriend that had no depth, they were just on different levels of maturity. Caroline and Farmer Ted were sort of on the same wavelength, just as Jake and Sam were. Caroline wasn't a mean girl either, she was just stuck in the mindset of being popular - but definitely not in a mean girl way. I mean she did see Sam in the hallway at the dance and said 'hi how's it going' to her.
lucy76 lucy76 9 years
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
Definitely those beast girls from Romy and Michelle.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
Ooooo I LOVE Heathers.
sweettea sweettea 9 years
I have to disagree with the comment about Jake Ryan. Having just watched Sixteen Candles last week, I don't imagine him to be an "evil" guy. And Caroline isn't really a bitch she is just self-centered which most teens are. I don't think the mentality back then was "farmer Ted is going to rape Caroline" nor do I think that was Hughes' intention. It was merely a juvenile way of getting someone else to bring your girlfriend, who just destroyed your house, home. The most evil character in a teen film has to be James Spader's character Steff in Pretty in Pink. There's a guy who would commit date rape if ever there was one.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 9 years
This is funny! I was just talking about Heathers the other day,too!! Now i want to see it again (or do I,lol)
Happsmjc Happsmjc 9 years
i was just talking about the heathers the other day---i dont think it can get meaner then that!
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Jake Ryan in 16 Candles was SUPER freaking evil. He gets tired of his old girlfriend and wants to ditch her for a new one, so he waits until she is drunk and then palms her off of some random dude. They have a whole conversation about how she is too drunk to notice that random dude isn't him, basically giving random dude permission to rape her. And yet we're supposed to swoon over him?? Seriously effed up.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
Buzz, I stand corrected! Blonde moment! *head bouncing from shoulder pad to shoulder pad*
penguins268 penguins268 9 years
Rose McGowen in Jawbreaker was evil!!! She was such a bitch.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
The girl, Benny, in Pretty in Pink is pretty mean. Rizzo in Grease, was a character you felt bad for, but still a meanie.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
fuzzles, I think you may mean Spaders's character Steff in Pretty in Pink. He was so abhorrently mean!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Thanks susanec - I had the era on the mind! All fixed.
hightechlipgloss hightechlipgloss 9 years
I was going to mention Jamie Bell, too! But yiddedea beat me to it. He is so creepy in that movie. not like the cute, Billy Elliot we all know him as!
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