When it comes to unappealing qualities, cockiness is right up there, close to the very top of the list. Cocky people actually make arrogant people look and feel tolerable, that’s just how awful a quality it is.
But while some people deserve to be cocky, like whoever will be the first person to invent the time machine, those who are cocky without any reason to be cocky are pretty much the worst of the very worst.
Since that’s the case, you owe it to yourself to stay faraway from these cocky types. Surely your horoscope will advise you as such. And that means staying away from the five cockiest zodiac signs, because, to put it mildly, ugh.
1. LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Why is Leo cocky? We don’t know! No one knows! But yet, here is Leo, the cockiest of the cocky, strutting around like a damn peacock, chest puffed and feathers all a bloom.
Sure, they may be born under the lion sign, but that lion from The Wizard of Oz had nothing to write home about — and neither does Leo. Faux bravery is nothing of which to be proud or cocky.
2. ARIES (March 21 – April 19)
Aries’ cockiness is steeped in their arrogant “I’m always right and you’re always wrong” mentality. While Aries isn’t quite as cocky as Leo, when you throw in the stubbornness of Aries, they’re both equally annoying in their own way.
Don’t even try to get into a debate about anything with Aries, unless you enjoy pulling your hair out, of course. You could be an expert on physics and Aries, in all their cockiness, is going to try to tell you about your expertise and never back down, even if they’re wrong. I’m feeling awkward just thinking about such a scenario.
3. TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)
When it comes to the cockiness that’s found in Taurus, it’s one that’s all about looks. Because, of all the zodiac signs, Taurus is the most vain — like, to a fault, most vain.
Taurus could have the body of Jabba the Hutt, the hair of Donald Trump, and the face of The Elephant Man and still be cocky AF. Why? Vanity does that to people. It’s weird and boggles the mind.
4. LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
Although not as obvious in their cockiness as Leo, Aries, and Taurus, Libra is still pretty damn impressed with themselves. But the problem here is that Libra’s charm is so strong that you don’t even realize they’re cocky until sometimes weeks or even months down the road.
Then suddenly it hits you! And you see Libra for the cocky little brat they are. You also see that their ability to manipulate is what kept you blind to their cockiness — the cockiness they have zero reason to have — for so long.
5. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
Virgo’s cockiness is a cockiness that the rest of us just expect, so therefore it exists. As the so-called virgin of the zodiac signs, Virgo is often perceived to be holier than thou, even if that’s not exactly the case.
But it’s because of this and Virgo’s bad habit of getting overwhelmed too easily by what others think that creates the cockiness. Virgo has nothing to be cocky about, at all, but sometimes it’s just easier to throw your hands up in the air and be like, “Whatever! If you think I’m cocky, then I’m effing cocky!”
Amanda Chatel is a writer who divides her time between NYC and Paris. She’s a regular contributor to Bustle and Glamour, with bylines at Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Forbes, Livingly, Mic, The Bolde, Huffington Post and others. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or her website.