Greedy men in cinema are always the same: They're reprehensible, sure, but they're always so cocky and self-important in their "Wall Street" slickness that they become humorless antiheroes. Plenty of the most towering characters in TV and film are greedy dudes who excuse their bad behavior with financial success. It's so pervasive a character type that there's no use revisiting its past.

Meanwhile, greedy women are much harder to find in movies and television. They're often relegated to supporting roles, but they are typically much funnier than the average Gordon Gekko. Thus, before we celebrate another Black Friday, let's take a look back at a slew of the most deliciously greedy female characters in entertainment. These are dames who want money, jewels, and snozberries, and they'll fly first-class to get them all. 

  • Miss Piggy in "The Muppet Movie" (etc.)
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    Originally inspired by the sultry fabulousness of Peggy Lee (in fact, her original name was "Miss Piggy Lee"), Miss Piggy can't resist glamor, a makeup counter, and luscious jewelry. She demands attention and money, and she manages to turn almost every Muppet scene into the "Material Girl" video. 

  • Hilary Banks (Karyn Parsons) from "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"
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    "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" was a silly, addictive series, and Hilary (Karyn Parsons) elevated every scene with her prissy, entitled brassiness. While Will emasculated Carlton at every turn, Hilary would storm into a room, ignore their nonsense, and yell, "Daddy, I need $300." It's kind of a wonder that Hilary predates "Clueless" because her flippant flair is worthy of Cher Horowitz's posse. 

  • Meredith Blake (Elaine Hendrix) in "The Parent Trap" (1998)
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    "Being young and beautiful's not a crime, you know," Meredith intones at one point, and it tells you nearly all you need to know about the character, a gold-digging publicist who latches on to the wealthy father of Lindsay Lohan's freckled mischief-makers. Not that Hendrix (now enjoying a career resurgence on FX's "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll") needs to say much at all; those severely arched eyebrows do most of the talking for her.

  • Alexis Carrington (Joan Collins) on "Dynasty"
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    She's manipulative, diabolical, composed, and d-r-i-p-p-i-n-g with pearls. Alexis has as many opinions about your burnt champagne and choice of caviar as she does your status as "a company whore," but facts are facts: She always wins. And she can't given a compliment without dousing it in shade: "I loved that outfit since I first saw it. I'm amazed it's lasted so many seasons." 

  • Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) and Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) in "Death Becomes Her"
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    Madeline and Helen are driven more by vanity than greed, but their frantic attempts to remain young and beautiful are a byproduct of the toxic exceptionalism that so often infects the ultra-wealthy. Their explosive, vitriolic chemistry makes for an unapologetic, deliciously mean-spirited viewing experience from first frame to last.

  • Sharpay in "High School Musical"
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    The bratty soul of the "High School Musical" series, Sharpay inflicted much-needed sass onto Troy, Gabriella, and their heinously dull romance. "I've always bought my parents expensive gifts... using their credit card, of course," she once snapped. Ashley Tisdale, we honor your work as the pinkest single character on television.

  • Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy) on "A Different World"
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    It was supposed to be Lisa Bonet's show, but Jasmine Guy swept into Hillman College with fluttering eyelashes and stole the spotlight. She'll wonder aloud how you got in first class. She'll sit in front of a vanity flashing her baubles with a grin on her face. And she almost certainly never has time for your lectures. Though Whitley evolved over the series, she was at her most hilarious when exhibiting that shameless Southern belle aristocracy. 

  • Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) on "Saved by the Bell"
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    Somehow it's gone under-discussed that Lisa Turtle is the funniest character on "Saved by the Bell." She preps you for her Sweet Sixteen party by declaring how many shopping days are left. She'd rather discuss her makeup than Slater and Jessie's issues. She once told a guy, "You know, if I ever have to work, which I never plan on doing, I hope it's for you." She's Bayside's credit-loving star, and God bless her for putting up with Screech's advances and inexcusable taste. 

  • Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole) in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
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    A quick list of the things Veruca Salt wants: a golden goose, a bean feast, donuts, fruitcakes, braids, and no sharing whatsoever. She's the definitive brat of cinematic history, and it's prerogative to make sure you know that. While Charlie can't even admit he wants the whole chocolate factory, Veruca defiantly sings, "I want it now." She may have been a bad egg, but she was also just one bad dame. 

  • Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) in "Gone with the Wind"
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    The role of Scarlett O'Hara is so legendary that we've somehow forgotten what she's all about: pure, unapologetic greed. The war doesn't matter to Scarlett. It's simply an inconvenience for her. She's bored at her first husband's funeral, she openly complains about having to spend time with her crying infant, and she learns nothing after four hours of Victor Fleming wartime spectacle. "Tomorrow is another day" is remembered as an inspirational quote, but it's really just confirming that Scarlett will keep on terrorizing the South with her single-minded greed and narcissism. 

  • Nina Van Horn (Wendie Malick) on "Just Shoot Me"
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    Nina Van Horn. That name alone feels almost like an adequate description in and of itself, and yet it wouldn't do justice to Malick's scene-stealing performance as a boozy, shallow model-turned-fashion editor who would sooner destroy a P.A. system than have her age revealed over it.

  • Muriel Lang (Rosie Perez) in "It Could Happen to You"
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    In the marginally less-progressive era of the mid-1990s, recent Oscar nominee Rosie Perez was saddled with the lazily-written role of a money-grubbing, fast-talking, couch-jumping Puerto Rican wife. Is it offensive? Yes. But Perez makes the most of the part, chewing scenery with all the fiery, dimpled aplomb she could muster. The movie is boring and vanilla, but Perez isn't, making her the one redeeming element in one of the dumbest rom-coms of the post-"When Harry Met Sally" era.

  • Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter) on "Arrested Development"
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    As the martini-swilling, black-hearted matriarch of the dysfunctional Bluth clan, Walter makes it easy to understand how three-quarters of her children went totally off the rails. Lucille is a monster, but easy to "love" thanks to devilish bon mots like the line she delivers when confronted with a gay protest: "Everything they do is so dramatic and flamboyant. It just makes me want to set myself on fire."

  • Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) in "Will & Grace"
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    If there's any character in recent sitcom history who deserved her own spinoff and never got one, it's Megan Mullally's Karen Walker, the ultra-wealthy, pill-popping socialite who gave "Will & Grace" its biting energy. In one episode, Grace describes Karen as "a spoiled, shrill, gold-digging socialite who would sooner chew off her own foot than do an honest day's work" -- a sentiment I'm sure she meant as an insult.

  • Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski) on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
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    Jane Krakowski previously played selfish and/or shallow characters on "Ally McBeal" and "30 Rock," but her upper-crust obliviousness really peaks with her performance as Jacqueline Voorhees on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." After she's told she looks like a million bucks, Jacqueline grouses, "I know you didn't mean to be hurtful, but..." And when she finds herself without a housekeeper, she wonders, "I mean, what did Vera do with all this trash? It used to just disappear. Did she eat it?" Her greed is so well-honed that she doesn't realize it consumes her entirely. 

  • Debbie Jellinsky (Joan Cusack) in "Addams Family Values"
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    Known as the Black Widow, Debbie Jellinsky takes over Uncle Fester's life and quickly becomes the most ruthless gold-digger in all of cinema. What set her off? Her parents got her the wrong Barbie and a tender age, and it's been a pretty steep descent ever since. You can't not love a woman who screams, "I want you dead and I want your money" without a trace of irony. 

  • Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) on "Designing Women"
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    Sure, Julia Sugarbaker tended to be the more fiery monologuist in the family, but pageant vet Suzanne Sugarbaker's style, charisma, and love of all things glamorous were just delicious. "I thought being rich was the American dream, you know, something to aspire to," she once said. "My goodness, rich people are the ones who built this country! At least they built most of the really nice stores." And is there a finer quote to sum up her charms than "My five husbands left me plenty of money! And I'm sure I'll marry again. Or as my grandmother used to say, 'Honey, if you ever need a million dollars, just remember, you're sitting on it!'"?

  • Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova) in "Freaks"
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    Baclanova was referred in her day as the "Russian Tigress," and she lived up to that label here as a gold-digging trapeze artist who conspires to murder a sensitive circus midget for his inheritance. By the end of the film Cleopatra's outsides match her hideous insides, in a grisly reveal that remains shocking even now.

  • Cruella de Vil (Betty Lou Gerson) in "101 Dalmatians"
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    Cruella wants to kill puppies and then -- for some reason -- wear their coats for the hell of it and give away that she's a puppy killer. It's not a foolproof plan, but she is a perfect character. Voiced ingeniously by Betty Lou Gerson, Cruella is one of the freakiest Disney creations ever. Her Tallulah Bankhead-like energy is both campy and terrifying. 

  • Max Conners (Sigourney Weaver) in "Heartbreakers"
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    "Heartbreakers" isn't a great film, but Weaver's performance -- as one-half of a mother-daughter duo of con artists -- makes it well worth watching. Her wide-eyed affectations of innocence, tacky Eastern European accents and over-the-top wardrobe (at one point, she literally wears a sailor's cap as an accessory) suggest an even less-subtle Katharine Parker.