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These days we’re all about being Gladiators and game changers thanks to characters like Olivia Pope, Annalise Keating and Mary Jane Paul. But back in the day, these 10 TV character archetypes ran the show, literally, and every Black girl loved them — for better or worse.

The Drama Queen

Whitley Gilbert was “A Different World’s” resident drama queen. The Southern Bell was used to having her way and when she didn’t get it, she threw a hissy fit. In true dramatic fashion, Whitley walked down the aisle set to marry one guy only to say, “I do” to another man. We may have rolled our eyes at her whenever she threw a tantrum but Whitley tapped into the drama queen in all of us.

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