Which Zodiac Sign is The Meanest? (and How to Avoid Ticking Them Off)

Which zodiac sign do you think is the meanest out of them all?

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Main image courtesy of The Watchdog.

The 12 signs of the zodiac are all unique, as are the people who are born under each sign. Whether you’re a true believer in astrology or not, you can’t deny that there are certain truths to the personality traits associated with each of the signs. Is that just coincidence or is there something deeper at work here? Well, there’s a reason that people have been turning to the stars and planets for centuries to try and find the answers they're looking for to explain human behavior, so we think there might be something to that. 

If you’re interested in learning more about your sign and the others, perhaps you’ve wondered which sign is the nicest, and which is the meanest? Although sun signs do not contribute to everything that makes up your personality, they may have some say in it after all. This is why we thought it might be helpful to discuss the “meanest” zodiac signs, as well as ways you can avoid their wrath! 

There are Strengths (and Weaknesses) for Every Zodiac Sign

Don’t be so hasty to judge a zodiac sign! 

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You may embody all the qualities of your zodiac sign, or only some of them.

As you’re probably already aware of, each of the 12 zodiac signs come with a full list of strengths and weaknesses. This only makes sense since each human who is under a particular sun sign will also come with their own batch of strength and weaknesses. No one has ever claimed that just because you’re born under a certain sign you absolutely must behave a certain way. Like everything with humans, there is room for variety and fluidity. Trust us, there are Arians who are not natural born leaders, and Virgos who aren’t always perfectionists! If everything that makes up who you are as a person was determined by your sun sign at birth, what would be the fun in that?

However, when you know what yours and others’ zodiac signs are, you can maybe see correlations in the ways that they behave towards others, and gain some insight into how they interact in the world. This is why when you first meet someone, it’s fun to ask what their sign is, that way you’ll already know a little more about the type of person they are then if you didn’t.

Which Zodiac Sign is the “Meanest,” and Ways to Avoid Their Temper

Our list of the “meanest” signs in the zodiac

Because each human is full of their own personal strengths and weaknesses, this also means that they have kind qualities, as well as qualities that might not be so kind. In life you’ll encounter some people who are very open and caring, but there are also those people who rub you the wrong way, or seem to always be mean and vindictive. However, even those mean people are sure to have some redeeming qualities about them (we hope). This is why it’s hard to write about the “meanest” sign in the zodiac, since even those signs we’re going to discuss here have admirable and positive qualities as well! But like every human, they have good sides, and bad sides.

We’re going to list the top meanest zodiac signs, as well as ways you can avoid getting on their bad side. 

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Capricorn ranks high on our list of the meanest signs in the zodiac.
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1. Capricorn

Although you might be expecting to see Scorpio at the top of the list, we think that if we have to choose a “meanest” sign, it would be Capricorn. The 10th sign of the zodiac is known for its seriousness and up-front way of communicating, with both friends and strangers alike. This kind of bluntness means there is little concern for the feelings of others, which is the definition of empathy and kindness. The general disregard for others’ feelings in pursuit of their own self interests is why Capricorns are also known for giving the cold shoulder for any perceived slight, perhaps it’s because they’re ruled by Saturn?

How to avoid the temper of Capricorn: Although you never know when their mean streak will strike, in order to protect your own feelings, don’t take their words said in anger to heart. Move on, because they have!

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Scorpios are passionate and introverted people, but they can be quite cruel when they’re crossed.
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2. Scorpio

This sign always gets a lot of shade, and we think some of that is definitely misplaced. However, there is something to be said of their vindictiveness and tendency to resort to malicious words or acts if you happen to cross them. Scorpios are known for their introverted nature, but while they may not actively project what they’re feeling or thinking, sometimes what’s going on underneath isn’t always good natured. Known for their biting sarcasm, Scorpios can also tread into cruelty very quickly, especially if they’re upset about something. Ruled by both Pluto and Mars, this sign can shift into mean mode with little to no warning.

Scorpio didn’t make the top of the list because as a water sign, they can be very compassionate, and do genuinely care about the feelings of others (when it suits them).

How to avoid the temper of Scorpio: Make them put into words what they’re upset about, regardless of how passive aggressive they’re being. That way, you’ll know for sure and avoid doing it in the future.

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3. Aries

As a fire sign ruled by Mars, Arians can tend to be downright aggressive and impatient, which can make it very difficult to deal with them. They always think they’re way is the best (and only) way to do things, and have no problem mincing words in order to get what they want. This is very off-putting to most people, who would rather just get out the way when they’re acting headstrong. Although passionate to a fault, Arians can quickly turn into bullies who insist on being the leader and making all the decisions.

How to avoid the temper of Aries: If they’re upset give them time to cool down, and don’t dwell on what they may have said while they were pushing to get what they want. 

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4. Virgo 

Rounding out our list of “meanest” signs of the zodiac is Virgo. While they can at times be shy, practical, and a lover of all things beautiful (thanks to being ruled by Venus!), this earth sign can also be an uncompromising perfectionist. While making sure everything is done right is not necessarily a bad quality to have, Virgos can take it to the extreme—so much so that they offload judgmental and critical comments to anyone who has crossed them, or whose work/ideas is less than stellar in their eyes. Masters of being passive aggressive, they’ll slide in their mean sentiments towards you so that you’re never quite sure what exactly they’re mad at.

How to avoid the temper of Virgo: Best to not engage with a Virgo when they’re upset or being snippy, since nothing nice will be coming out of their mouth. Seek them out when they’ve had time to chill!

There you have it, our list of the meanest zodiac signs. Do you agree? What other ones would you have included?

Bridget Houlihan

Bridget Houlihan is a writer, poet, and cat mom living in Pittsburgh, PA.
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