These Fictional ’90s Teens Lived Lives We Would Have Killed For

Being a teen in the ’90s meant grunge music, questionable fashion, and seeing the world prepare to say good-bye to simpler times in preparation for the year 2000. However, there were some pretty awesome fictional teens who lent a lot of laughs and lessons through the lens of their lives. We envied them then, and still carry them with us today.  Check out our favorite unforgettable fictional teens we’d trade lives with in a heart beat.

The Cast Of Empire Records
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The cast of Empire Records were easy to envy. The motley crew of young '90s teens worked in the coolest record store to ever be, were surrounded by music, were hardly reprimanded for their wild behavior. They had fashion sense for days and shared the kind of lasting friendships everyone hopes to have in their lives.
Laney Boggs - She's All That
Laney Boggs was introduced as an introverted artist who had some major emotional walls in She's All That. It would be easy to disregard her as a bitter nerd who secretly wanted to be popular, but fact is, she went from sloppy to stunning, nabbed the most popular guy in school, and never lost her sense of self. Talk about confidence!
Chere Horowitz - Clueless
Who didn't envy Cher Horowitz from Clueless? The girl had a closet that held as much as a department store, a house to die for, fun friends, a great sense of humor and a heart of gold. It doesn't hurt that she ended up with her dream guy and was turn and stare gorgeous!
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Amanda Beckett - Can't Hardly Wait
In Can't Hardly Wait, Amanda Beckett started off as the new kid who became the most popular girl in school, dated the quarterback and had every other girl wishing they could be part of her BFF circle. Amanda was so envy worthy because, even with all her popularity, style and looks, she was super down to earth and realized the best guy for her was an unsuspecting classmate she never noticed.
Zack Morris - Saved by the Bell
Bayside High's coolest teen had a cell phone before they were in everyone's hand, dated the most popular girl in school, had dreamy California good looks, and was able to weasel his way out of every sticky situation. This Saved By the Bell dreamboat's charisma and charm was like a magnet for lovers and haters alike. If we could just have a little bit of Zack in all of us, the world would be just a little bit brighter.
Sue Ellen - Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
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At first it seemed Sue Ellen's summer was ruined when the babysitter died and she was left to care for her younger siblings while her mom was gone all summer, but her life soon became one to envy when she scored a sweet job in the fashion industry to make ends meet, started dating the babe chicken delivery guy, and threw a fashion show that was a massive hit! All of this makes this Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead character an icon.
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Brenda and Brandon Walsh - Beverly Hills 90210
It's easy to envy anyone who is lucky enough to be born with a twin, but Brenda and Brandon Walsh moved to Beverly Hills 90210, scored the coolest group of friends, dated total babes, and had the kind of accepting and compassionate personalities that helped change the lives around them. Plus their hangout was the Peach Pit...does it get any cooler?
Kat Stratford - 10 Things I Hate About You
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The biggest thing to envy about Kat Stratford in 10 Things I Hate About You was her unrelenting DGAF attitude. She was confident, cool, had style, sass, and captured the heart of the most cocky, cute and confident guy in her class.
Kathryn - Cruel Intentions
Kathryn may have been the biggest b*tch on the block, but we couldn't help but envy her plush apartment, mature and manipulative attitude, high end wardrobe, and that fact that Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) was her hotter than thou stepbrother. So what if no one liked her? It was Cruel Intentions after all.
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Angela Chase - My So-Called Life
Angela was one of the most relatable '90s teens on TV. Her life was wrought with teen angst and existential questions that made everyone stop and look at their life a little closer. She carried herself with a cool awkwardness that gave her mystique and unique style. Hanging with her core group of diverse friends and managing to get dreamy Jordan Catalano to fall in love with her was every '90s teen dream come true. It doesn't get much better than My So-Called Life!