"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" is set to bring back the bitchiness (season premiere Mon. Nov. 4 at 8:00 p.m.), and this season fresh meat is being added to the mix: new Housewives Carlton Gebbia and Joyce Giraud are joining the cast. But no matter how many seasons of the show these lovely ladies have watched, no matter how well they've prepared for this new adventure, they may rightfully feel they've been run over by a truck (filming began this summer). Thankfully, we're here to help.

We've compiled 11 of the nastiest, meanest, most villainous female baddies in TV history so that the new girls, if they're so inspired, might be able to borrow some moves if they stay with the show. If you're going to get in the mud, you might as well aspire to greatness. These 11 fictional ladies have murdered (sometimes serially), set fires, lied, cheated, stolen and in one case tried to destroy the world. If that's not badass, we don't know what is.

So welcome to the "Real Housewives" franchise, Carlton and Joyce. We hope this helps.