The Mean Girl Trope, Explained

  • Published: 27 November 2019
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  • The Take
    The Take   16 ngày trước

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    • thom_cat88
      thom_cat88  8 ngày trước

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      • Seongin Kang
        Seongin Kang  13 ngày trước

        what movie is 3:13??

        • Joyce Rhythms
          Joyce Rhythms  13 ngày trước

          PLEASE ! PLEASE ! PLEASE ! PLEASE ! Do "Catherine the Great" HBO series

          • Maii
            Maii  13 ngày trước

            Just want to say to the team who compiled this. You did an excellent job in all aspects. Well done.

            • kshiftkometh
              kshiftkometh  14 ngày trước

              @j mula stop trying to make that happen, it's not going to happen

              • Mallow278
                Mallow278  50 phút trước

                I'm only here for Blaire :D

                • Martu
                  Martu  5 giờ trước

                  A Girl Like Her is a movie with the mean girl trope although a bit altered and far darker than these movies n series

                  • MARILYN MONHOE
                    MARILYN MONHOE  7 giờ trước

                    Kathryn Merteuil is the most evil, conniving, lil bitch and had the most satisfying ending

                    • Daniel Gutierrez
                      Daniel Gutierrez  8 giờ trước

                      And... I just watched Mean Girls again on this video.

                      • Mareike Einfachso
                        Mareike Einfachso  11 giờ trước

                        Where was that Emma Roberts Movie Scene from?

                        • Jermy Hartwell
                          Jermy Hartwell  18 giờ trước

                          I get your view here

                          • HB
                            HB  23 giờ trước

                            That line from Sharpee made me LOL.

                            • Fiona Kelm
                              Fiona Kelm  23 giờ trước

                              This is nothing but a romanticization of insecurity, familial problems, and narcissism. Society is not responsible for creating narcissists. No one is obligated to feel sorry for someone who bullies others because they are spineless and have no self-esteem. I'm sorry, but this video is riddled with radical feminist ideology. There is nothing "empowering" about a girl who thinks that she is the "victim" of being her own gender. Women are not oppressed. Society is nothing but a social construct.

                              • yellowishfish
                                yellowishfish  Ngày trước

                                Wild Child explores in my opinion what happens when a potential Mean Girl gets the chance to be supported by adults who genuinely care about her and see her potential. Poppy Moore felt overseen and in pain. She was a teenage girl with no healthy outlet, rich, white, and privileged, in grief over the loss of her mother and with no actual female role model. All her friends were no friends at all. She never learned to recognize the difference of toxic people and people who mean well and was, in a sense, a victim herself. But when she comes to a british boarding school, were women in power see her potential and give her the chance to grow in a safe environment, and she learns to have friends who actually care about her, her complete behavior totally changes. She discovers herself and learns see what she has the potential to achieve for the very first time. I really love that about the movie.

                                • Jaycee E.
                                  Jaycee E.  Ngày trước

                                  The fact that Cheryl Blossom stands in the thumbnail with Regina George and not Heather Chandler, the mythic bitch, is an insult to mean girls everywhere.

                                  • Suzan Thomasse
                                    Suzan Thomasse  Ngày trước

                                    I'm gonna need more of these videos

                                    • Big Potato
                                      Big Potato  Ngày trước

                                      Women get power by being hot, popular and gossiping Men just get it by making money

                                      • cameron taylor
                                        cameron taylor  Ngày trước

                                        This is some deep and real shit! Especially when you know about the occults use of doublespeak and the cryptic linguistics used in English spelling...

                                        • Your boy Zed
                                          Your boy Zed  2 ngày trước

                                          I always wanted to be like the mean girls but i was always the shy awkward one 😂

                                          • Shay Destiny
                                            Shay Destiny  2 ngày trước

                                            @10:41 is how I feel about the kardashians. 🙃

                                            • Shaina Cilimberg
                                              Shaina Cilimberg  2 ngày trước

                                              I like they also included Janis Ian as a mean girl. I thought she was mean as well, dragging some newbie into her drama

                                              • Shaina Cilimberg
                                                Shaina Cilimberg  2 ngày trước

                                                Cheryl is nicer now

                                                • Kyle 2006
                                                  Kyle 2006  2 ngày trước

                                                  Cheryl isn’t mean she is unfunny and annoying lol

                                                  • MegaKaitouKID1412
                                                    MegaKaitouKID1412  2 ngày trước

                                                    Honestly, I think what makes Mean Girls so good is that it really is just a realistic portrayal of "Girl World". There are mean people on all sides, there's girl fighting in every group, every clique has their own problems, and at the end of the day, even Regina George was just a child who was working through learning to handle her own emotions in a healthy manner.

                                                    • Just Done
                                                      Just Done  2 ngày trước

                                                      Okay but like... can you write my essay?

                                                      • Gabriela Aponte
                                                        Gabriela Aponte  3 ngày trước

                                                        I love Blair

                                                        • Shruti Dark Gupta
                                                          Shruti Dark Gupta  3 ngày trước

                                                          Are you telling me Agression of men is better than whatever mean girls were doing tbh these mean girls mostly change and its mostly because they are ready to talk. Girls are better in communication than men if we are actually going by stereotypes.

                                                          • xtph
                                                            xtph  3 ngày trước

                                                            Girl's world sucks, there I said it

                                                            • Bunny B
                                                              Bunny B  3 ngày trước

                                                              Pleeease make a character analysis of Blair Waldorf

                                                              • Dustin Oehlers
                                                                Dustin Oehlers  3 ngày trước

                                                                And the queen of Mean girls? Alison DiLaurentis? Just my opinion but she is the queen! And the meanest mean girl I’ve ever seen in a show.😂

                                                                • Jack K
                                                                  Jack K  3 ngày trước

                                                                  Kathryn is the best mean girl, imo

                                                                  • I don’t know YouTube wanted a name for me

                                                                    Im pretty sure the mean girl architype is a gay icon to a certain extent

                                                                    • Katherine Su
                                                                      Katherine Su  3 ngày trước

                                                                      Lol I never really understood why would anyone want to obey mean girls?? Who on earth would want to be a minion?? There’s no leader without followers...

                                                                      • that bitch
                                                                        that bitch  3 ngày trước

                                                                        These women raised me to be the bad bitch i am today

                                                                        • jeremyud
                                                                          jeremyud  3 ngày trước

                                                                          My personal theory is that Benny from Pretty in Pink was subconsciously aware that Stef wanted Andie, hence her being a bitch to her

                                                                          • Nicole Llih
                                                                            Nicole Llih  3 ngày trước

                                                                            Toxic Femininity......

                                                                            • VanityIsDeadly
                                                                              VanityIsDeadly  3 ngày trước

                                                                              I’ve always thought that we could learn a lot from the mean girls/antagonist. They have a lot of beneficial character traits and skills

                                                                              • Dango Animations
                                                                                Dango Animations  3 ngày trước

                                                                                9:56 - OK I know this video is about mean girls BUT who else still wanted Andie to end up with DUCKIE in pretty in pink

                                                                                • Sirama
                                                                                  Sirama  3 ngày trước

                                                                                  This essay was interesting but I still don’t think it’s true that the mean girl is doing better living in the world. It’s not even about her peaking in high school, it’s the thought of staying in that high school mindset and being constricted within the box she has inherited. Blair Waldorf and others wanted to be the wife of a powerful man instead of being the powerful one. The idea that it isn’t “enough” for her to be with a guy less “ambitious” because he doesn’t have the desire to be a titan.

                                                                                  • moonfacebaby :p
                                                                                    moonfacebaby :p  4 ngày trước

                                                                                    Ambitious and cunning My potter head said SLYTHERIN

                                                                                    • Isabella Ferraz
                                                                                      Isabella Ferraz  4 ngày trước

                                                                                      anyone can list the movies that were used in the whole video? pls?

                                                                                      • Jordan Grosshart
                                                                                        Jordan Grosshart  4 ngày trước

                                                                                        Oh wow. All of my favorite characters. 💕

                                                                                        • Honey Boo
                                                                                          Honey Boo  4 ngày trước

                                                                                          You have to do a whole video on scarlett ohara she was the mother of all the mean girls and also a hard worker

                                                                                          • Lema A
                                                                                            Lema A  4 ngày trước

                                                                                            Chanel Oberlin is the ultimate queen of mean girls and don't try to disagree with me✨ We need a video just for her!

                                                                                            • Chezza Outta Nowhere
                                                                                              Chezza Outta Nowhere  4 ngày trước

                                                                                              I love this take

                                                                                              • rhea waterfall
                                                                                                rhea waterfall  4 ngày trước

                                                                                                Where's hilly from the help? And Madison from AHS?

                                                                                                • Uriela Siefer
                                                                                                  Uriela Siefer  4 ngày trước

                                                                                                  These paterns are narcessistic

                                                                                                  • Uriela Siefer
                                                                                                    Uriela Siefer  4 ngày trước

                                                                                                    The back stabing manipulation of guys just gos under the radar. Thats what sterotyps do.

                                                                                                    • pulchritudinous
                                                                                                      pulchritudinous  4 ngày trước

                                                                                                      cheryl WISHES she were blair or regina

                                                                                                      • Nitisha Sahu
                                                                                                        Nitisha Sahu  4 ngày trước

                                                                                                        One thing that should be learned from any mean girl is that she believes in herself

                                                                                                        • Nitisha Sahu
                                                                                                          Nitisha Sahu  4 ngày trước

                                                                                                          Sharpay Evans is my favorite😍no matter what

                                                                                                          • Nitisha Sahu
                                                                                                            Nitisha Sahu  4 ngày trước

                                                                                                            3:37 is that Ariana Grande at the back?

                                                                                                            • Aliona L
                                                                                                              Aliona L  4 ngày trước

                                                                                                              This vid really makes me want to see your Gossip Girl analysis ☺☺

                                                                                                              • ForeverDreamWithinADream
                                                                                                                ForeverDreamWithinADream  4 ngày trước

                                                                                                                So you're saying that people bullied me because they envied me? Sure I never felt pretty, but I always did my own thing not caring if it was popular or not. The friends I had were goths, emos, etc....and we did all sorts of fun things as we valued that over trying to impress people as we knew it was impossible to have everyone like us.

                                                                                                                • joyful & bubbly
                                                                                                                  joyful & bubbly  4 ngày trước

                                                                                                                  Also, why are mean girls always blonde?

                                                                                                                  • dino celik
                                                                                                                    dino celik  4 ngày trước

                                                                                                                    what about the Ashley's from recess ?

                                                                                                                    • theSupercasa
                                                                                                                      theSupercasa  5 ngày trước

                                                                                                                      My only problem is that Blair Waldorf is idolised for being an absolute cruel bitch by young girls.

                                                                                                                      • Talia PP
                                                                                                                        Talia PP  5 ngày trước

                                                                                                                        I have a question for USA high school students, is that real of the popular group of people? lol I'm not american and this don't happen

                                                                                                                        • Yes Beach
                                                                                                                          Yes Beach  5 ngày trước

                                                                                                                          K I was totally a plastic wannabe if u want to see a true shit show CLICK ON THE EYE!

                                                                                                                          • Fatoumata condé
                                                                                                                            Fatoumata condé  5 ngày trước

                                                                                                                            can you please list all the movies you analyzed some of them i don’t know and i would like to watch

                                                                                                                            • Alrune La Brune
                                                                                                                              Alrune La Brune  5 ngày trước

                                                                                                                              Oh please! Mean Girls don't exist because of what men do to women. They exist because of how women treat other women, get real.

                                                                                                                              • Mia Bia
                                                                                                                                Mia Bia  5 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                Ew.. I had to deal with them in highschool it made my life in highschool a hell, because I only wanted to be me and I feel like she wanted to be me too so she made everyone hate me, tried to ruin my reputation and call things I like weird even tho she liked them too (we used to be friends and have things in common) It’s sad because all I wanted was to be her friend but she ended up hating me for the whole highschool experience aka 4 years . She hated being compared to be but copied my hair and my clothes. And still hates me to this day but can’t ever explain why she truly hates me lol. Mean girls always go to far honestly .. -you’re not the only one dealing with problems at home- 🤷🏽‍♀️

                                                                                                                                • Zuza Nebuna
                                                                                                                                  Zuza Nebuna  6 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                  Cherly who?What about Alison Dilaurentis who is an ICONIC!🙄

                                                                                                                                  • Random Reveluv
                                                                                                                                    Random Reveluv  6 ngày trước

                                                                                                                                    14:17 Ph-Phoebe?