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Mackenzie Zales

Voiced by

Marian Bruno (Episodes 1–3)
Kate Frisbee (Episode 6–present)






April 17, 1996


Overland Park Cheer Squad (former head cheerleader)

Sexual Orientation




First Appearance

Episode 1

Latest Appearance

Episode 54


Mrs. Zales (mother)
Katelynn Zales (sister)

You Van Burens have your heads so far up your own fucking asses I can't tell where your bullshit ends and your stupid fucking pigtails begin.

–Mackenzie Zales

Mackenzie Zales (born April 17, 1996; age 17) is former head cheerleader of the Overland Park Cheer Squad. She is also homecoming queen, part-time model, member of The Prom Committee and Candy Cane Princess.


As someone who has a large status at Overland Park High School, Mackenzie’s primary interest is her appearance and status within the student body and community of Overland Park. She is not afraid to use whatever methods are necessary to ensure that she remains at the top of the proverbial food chain in high school. She does not like to concede when an adversary has her backed into a corner, such as when the Van Buren family forced her into apologizing to Shay for calling her a “fucking liar,” or when Tanya Berkowitz won against her in a battle of wits at the mall. Mackenzie also used to have a problem with her hair falling off when she got stressed or said bad words .

Like a cliché “popular girl,” Mackenzie is always telling people off with an aggressive and uncouth manner. In episode 1 when she meets Deandra for the first time, she immediately brings out her instinctive rudeness and determination. While not as extreme as Brittany, Mackenzie does have selfish and bratty attitude, and she is not afraid of foul language. However, In episode 18, it was announced that she is losing hair due to stress. She is now trying to keep her temper down to prevent further hair loss. Unfortunately her attempts so far have proven to be largely unsuccessful, primarily due to the intrusion of the Atchison cheer squad at the Oak Park Mall.

Mackenzie is shown to have some skill for social graces and courtesy, such as when she displayed a calm and collected demeanor when offering Deandra a position on the cheer squad. However, these traits are only ever utilized when she is trying to gain support or information that will better her position.


Mackenzie and Shay used to be good friends in elementary school along with Brittany Matthews and Rachel Tice. When Shay was still being considered for the head cheerleader position, Mackenzie was very quick to express her loyalty. However, once Shay was taken out of the running, Mackenzie seized the opportunity and claimed the title of head cheerleader for herself. Since then the two girls have been bitter enemies who constantly battle for social status at Overland Park.

It was revealed during a viewer mail video that Mackenzie's motivation for usurping the title of head cheerleader from Shay was because Shay had allegedly eaten Mackenzie's Lunchable while she was in the restroom.

The rest of Shay’s family is not seen directly interacting very much with Mackenzie. However the entire Van Buren family regards her as an enemy for what they did to Shay.

Overland Park Cheer Squad

Brittnay Matthews and Trisha Cappelletti are her two closest friends. Although she considers them friends, she is often seen yelling at them if she thinks they’re trying to become more popular than her. She and Brittnay will bicker frequently, mostly regarding who is more popular or deserving of certain awards, such as prom queen. Mackenzie and Trisha get along well for the most part, however she is not above berating her for perceived transgressions against her, such as when Trisha nominated Brittany for Prom queen. see (Mackenzie). see (Trisha).


She has a little sister in the first grade at Meadowlane Elementary named Katelynn. Mikayla Van Buren threatens to tell everyone that Katelynn has cooties and to push her down a flight of stairs. see (Katelynn).

Although Steven Carmichael is her boyfriend, at prom she got quiet when she heard that Brittany was kissing Justin MichaelsonAshley Katchadourian’s boyfriend. In Episode 1, Deandra said that Shay had told her that she knew all about Mackenzie and Justin Michaelson. Therefore, many people believe that they had (or have) a romance.

Despite being Rachel Tice's friend in elementary school, Mackenzie now does not consider her as such and will insult her whenever the situation arises. It is not known exactly why Mackenzie and Rachel are no longer friends, however it is likely that she took Brittany’s side after she de-friended her.

Deandra and Mackenzie have a rocky relationship. Mackenzie initially did not like Deandra, mostly because she refused to back down during their initial confrontation. Since then, the two girls don't seem to interact much, but when they do their exchanges are usually bitter, particularly after Deandra’s arms were ripped off.

Like apparently everyone else, Mackenzie seems to have a genuine respect for Amberlynn Wagers, stating that she really deserves her prom queen nomination.


Doll Type: Dollar Store knockoff See Collector’s Info for more information and where to buy

Mackenize Zales looks like your typical Barbie Doll. Throughout the episodes she has only been shown wearing three outfits total in the first season. Her first outfit is shown in episode 1 as a green and blue dress with straps that tie around her neck. As also described in episode 1, Trisha agrees that she is really pretty. She is always seen with her hair up in a high ponytail. Her second outfit is her cheer outfit, a pink uniform with the word Park across the middle. Her third outfit is a floor-length strapless white dress that she wore to the 2012 Overland Park Prom.

In episode 14, a blood stain from Deandra’s arms getting ripped off is still visible on Mackenzie’s uniform, and in Episode 18 there is a flashback in which she is yelling at the dry cleaners about their inability to remove blood and semen stains, holding up the bloody uniform as an example.

Mackenzie with a slightly bald head, due to her PFB.

Throughout the series she has had a noticeable bald spot on the right side of her head. Shay was the first one to ever say anything about it in the season one finale when she says “Enjoy your bald spot, bitch.” It wasn’t addressed again until episode 18 when she visits a doctor to find out it's FPB (Female Pattern Baldness), which she acquired through the stresses of her daily high school life. 


  • Mackenzie has a little sister in first grade named Katelynn.
  • She claims her grandfather may or may not be Pat Morita, the famed actor from Happy Days and Karate Kid, though this could be because she was drunk during the fan mail interview.
  • She was Homecoming Queen and Candy Cane princess.
  • She thinks that being mean and bratty keeps you on top.
  • She has a condition called FPB (Female Pattern Baldness) that caused her bald spot and is worsened by stress.
  • When Mackenzie speaks a lot of the time her voice goes from high-pitched to normal pitched after only speaking a few words. An example of this comes from episode 6 where she properly introduces herself to Deandra. She says "I don't know" high-pitched and then "...if you remember me." normal pitched.
  • She is on the top of the cheerleading pyramid.
  • She has portraits of Hillary Clinton  and Oprah Winfrey hanging in her room. 
  • Mackenzie is a part-time (motherfucking) model.

Memorable QuotesEdit

"I am Mackenzie Zales! Head cheerleader, home coming queen, part time MOTHER FUCKING model!"

"Who the fuck are you?"

"Alright Jenna, that's it. I'm done, you've crossed my last line. Congratulations! Because from here on out, I will not sleep until your life is completley fucked. I am the Queen of Revenge, Jenna. I've disbanded cheer squads, ruined people's social lives, and I fucking ripped a girl's arms off. But all of that is going to pale in comparison to what I'm going to do to you. Mark my words, I will destroy every part of your life, I will not stop until you are sitting alone in a dark hole thinking over and over again, "Why did I ever fuck with Mackenzie Zales?""

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