1. Ursula - The Little Mermaid
    Listen, I wanted to be Ariel for most of my childhood (...and now), I'm not ON Ursula's side. But I am on board with a woman with some meat on her bones and confidence in her talents, who finds the weakest link in the Kings court and exploits the hell out of it.
  2. Estella Havisham - Great Expectations
    This is a girl who was always a woman. Also, immediate respect for one of my all-time favorite pop culture references in Alanis' "All I Really Want": "I'm like Estella/I like to reel it in and then spit it out." If this line is NOT about Estella from GE, I do not want to know, do not tell me, it gives me so much joy, and ignorance is bliss.
  3. Regina George - Mean Girls
    Is she unkind? Yes. Is everyone else? Yes (let's not forget, the premise of this movie is the new girl pretending to be Regina's friend in order to sabotage her life). Is she better at it than everyone else? Yes. Point: Regina.
  4. Mystique - X-Men
    In both the comics and the movies, Mystique is committed to her cause, more interested in being blue than being hot (though her blue form is pretty hot too), and always knows what to do. Can't hate on that.
  5. Lady Macbeth - Macbeth
    The OG ball-buster. Goes a little crazy, but who wouldn't.
  6. Amy Elliot-Dunne - Gone Girl
    SHE FORGETS NOTHING. SHE IS EVIL AND UNWAVERING AND I ADMIRE HER TO THE END OF TIME (this sentiment is very unsettling to my ex boyfriend #sorrynotsorry) (also, sorry for the spoiler?).
  7. Miranda Priestly - The Devil Wears Prada
    I have always had an issue with the "heroine" of this story; what an entitled brat. The so-called "villain" is a viciously smart, powerful lady who has extraordinarily high expectations. If you can't meet them, quit; don't write a whiny book. That being said, love the makeover scenes and clothes in the movie, will always watch when on TV.
  8. Catherine Tramell - Basic Instinct
    I mean. That's a lady who is in control.