Top 10 Supporting Female Characters in Comedy Films

Script written by Nick Spake These women didn’t make the marquee, yet they managed to steal the show. Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Supporting Female Characters in Comedy Films. For this list, we’re focusing specifically on female characters that played a pivotal role in comedy productions, but didn’t quite guide the narrative like Charlotte did in “Lost and Translation” – in other words, those who would not be considered the lead because of a more prominent male character or female character and thus secondary or supporting the others. The films don’t have to be straight-up comedies either and can straddle genres, as long as they’re at least partly considered comedic. We’ve also excluded animated characters because they deserve a list of their own.
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Top 10 Supporting Female Characters in Comedy Films


These women didn’t make the marquee, yet they managed to steal the show. Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Supporting Female Characters in Comedy Films.

For this list, we’re focusing specifically on female characters that played a pivotal role in comedy productions, but didn’t quite guide the narrative like Charlotte did in “Lost and Translation” – in other words, those who would not be considered the lead because of a more prominent male character or female character and thus secondary or supporting the others. The films don’t have to be straight-up comedies either and can straddle genres, as long as they’re at least partly considered comedic. We’ve also excluded animated characters because they deserve a list of their own.


#10: Veronica Corningstone
“Anchorman” franchise (2004-)


Ambitious, beautiful, and observant of the world around her, this woman made a significant career move by leaving Asheville, North Carolina for sunny San Diego. Sure, Veronica Corningstone may come across as a bit stiff at times, but when you’re working with the likes of Brick Tamland, Brian Fantana, and Champ Kind, well, a firm demeanor goes a long way. And though she’s not exactly immune to the charm of Ron Burgundy, she still understands how to keep him in check. As to professionalism in the workplace, Veronica Corningstone is a strong example of a newswoman truly on top of her game.

#9: Patricia ‘Fat’ Amy
“Pitch Perfect” franchise (2012-)


At Barden University, this woman from Tasmania is the cream of the crop when it comes to self-confidence. And yeah, maybe her adopted moniker isn’t the ideal way for a woman to introduce herself, but Fat Amy doesn’t operate like most. And when a girl can riff like this one, she’s allowed to work by her own set of rules. Fat Amy’s got it like that. Even President Obama was silenced by her “treat from down under.” No, Fat Amy may not be the most polished of performance artists, at least in terms of public speaking, but she’s honest, engaging, and a representation of a real woman.


#8: Natalie ‘Envy’ Adams
“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (2010)


She’s a former flame of the awkward protagonist, and she’s the alluring lead singer of The Clash at Demonhead. Oh, and she’s also the current girlfriend of Ramona’s third ex. With a blonde set of locks, the film version of Envy Adams differs slightly from the comics - but look at her! This bombshell kills every minute of her screen time with her rock star aesthetic, thus confusing Scott Pilgrim even more in his quest to conquer Ramona’s past suitors. Envy has a way of making her presence known, as she’s a dominant female character that demands attention.


#7: Olive Hoover
“Little Miss Sunshine” (2006)


In contrast to the more self-aware and mature Envy Adams, this young superstar performs simply for the love of dance. Olive Hoover IS Little Miss Sunshine, and despite the varying personalities of her familial travel companions, she keeps her eyes on the prize at all times. Olive may not look like other beauty pageant contestants her age, but that’s probably a good thing. She’s a fast learner and boasts a most eclectic style during her big finale. If only we could all retain this sense of pure joy throughout our lives.

#6: Margot Tenenbaum
“The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001)


As the adopted daughter of Royal Tenenbaum, this esteemed playwright has a resounding influence over the men in her life. For one, Margot Tenenbaum’s own brother developed a crush on her during their childhood, yet it’s the present that brings the most difficult challenges in Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy. With both Eli Cash and Raleigh St. Clair as Margot’s unique objects of affection, all that she really seems to want is some peace and quiet, and perhaps a little alone time to enjoy her secret vice. All in all, though, she’s a high-class woman, both unattainable and still very much engaged at the same time.

#5: Velma Kelly
“Chicago” (2002)


Liquor and jazz can be a deadly combination. And when you’ve got it all, somebody else wants to snatch it away. For Velma Kelly, she had a lot working for her, yet a simple twist of fate opened the doors to a jailhouse cell - along with an opportunity for young Roxie Hart. Whereas the latter character represents a new school of thought in “Chicago,” Velma and all her magnetic bravado highlights the essence of the roaring twenties and the mental toughness needed to get by. And when paired in scenes with Roxie, Velma’s starkly contrasting character adds yet another layer of theatrics to the musical comedy.

#4: Regina George
“Mean Girls” (2004)


Representing the prototypical Queen Bee of the high school experience, this woman has the looks, the sass, and the influence to hold court. But once the home-schooled Cady Heron arrives at North Shore High, well, Regina George begins to feel the pressure. Armed with plenty of biting one-liners and a cool detachment, the character breathes plenty of life into “Mean Girls” - especially once the “Burn Book” adds a bit more comedy to the film. She’s easy to despise as a character, yet with all her moments of hilarity, it’s not difficult to cherish every second of Regina’s screen time. And that’s the sign of an iconic antagonist.

#3: Mia Wallace
“Pulp Fiction” (1994)


In Quentin Tarantino’s non-linear classic, Vincent Vega must entertain a specific kind of woman. For one, Mia Wallace has a striking demeanor. And two, she’s the girlfriend of a mob boss. In other words, this is a woman that deserves special attention at all times. And in several of the film’s iconic moments, all of these distinct elements unveil the essence of her character. Mia’s a failed actress, sure, but she’s a well-traveled woman that understands how to capture the moment. Of course, the bob cut reminds of classic Hollywood, but it’s the way Mia converses that make her a modern icon of the genre.

#2: Sam Thomson
“Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” (2014)


In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s satirical black comedy film, it’s the young daughter of the actor known for playing the titular superhero that essentially saves the day. As a nod to the millennial generation, Sam Thomson’s dialogue reflects the modern world, and her emotional conversations bring some much-needed levity to her father. Yet, her rough around the edges persona also highlights a timely perspective about a rapidly changing society. It’s not enough to bask in the good ol’ days, and as difficult as life may be for Sam at times, she’s always progressing with her life.


Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Louise Schumacher
“Network” (1976)


Mona Lisa Vito
“My Cousin Vinny” (1992)

Daisy Domergue aka ‘The Prisoner
“The Hateful Eight” (2015)

#1: Megan Price
“Bridesmaids” (2011)


So, just the idea of a best friend’s wedding can be stressful, and then you have to factor in dealing with an entire group of bridesmaids. In Paul Feig’s instant classic, the groom’s rather descriptive sister, Megan Price, immediately stands out as a wildcard. This woman will say just about anything - anywhere, anytime. She’s in full command of every situation – well, most of the time - and she’s always ready to throw down. There’s something about the way Megan moves… something in the way she manages to say those extra few words that make the average situation both comedic and hilariously bizarre.

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