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15th May '18 9:48:26 AM Onlythrice
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** Empress Celene of Orlais appears on the surface to be a peaceful high queen, but players who [[BitchInSheepsClothing paid close attention or read]] ''Literature/TheMaskedEmpire'' [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition might be tempted to let Corypheus have this one]] PyrrhicVictory. She had a hand in the assassination of her uncle Emperor Florian [[TheUsurper in order to steal the throne]], had her own servants (including her lover Briala's parents) killed to fake an assassination attempt on herself, murdered thousands of her elven subjects to prove a point, [[WellIntentionedExtremist and tries to justify all of it as being for the good of the empire]].
29th Apr '18 3:02:54 PM Beed28
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* The main villainess in ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesBandOfMisfits'' is Queen Victoria herself as she has a thing for eating endangered species.

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* The main villainess in ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesBandOfMisfits'' is Queen Victoria herself herself, as she hates pirates [[spoiler:and has a thing for eating endangered species.species]].
12th Apr '18 10:05:03 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Fanfic/RecallTheTimeOfNoReturn'', Empress Twilight Sparkle appears to have become this 1000 years into the future, and is responsible for suffering all across her kingdom.

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* In ''Fanfic/RecallTheTimeOfNoReturn'', ''Webcomic/RecallTheTimeOfNoReturn'', Empress Twilight Sparkle appears to have become this 1000 years into the future, and is responsible for suffering all across her kingdom.
28th Mar '18 7:36:48 PM Camberf
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* In ''Fanfic/RecallTheTimeOfNoReturn'', Empress Twilight Sparkle appears to have become this 1000 years into the future, and is responsible for suffering all across her kingdom.
24th Mar '18 10:41:36 AM Clanger00
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* OlderThanFeudalism: Queen Athaliah of Judah who almost succeeded in [[OffingTheOffspring exterminating the family line of David]].
** On that note, her mother Jezebel. Both of them were so detested that they suffered the fate of defenestration.
* This trope was invoked by the Anglo-Saxons of Wessex to explain a period in which they refused to grant the title "Queen" to female consorts of the king. According to Asser's ''Life of King Alfred the Great'', a Mercian-born queen named Eadburh, wife of Beorhtric of Wessex, was reputed to have been a [[EvilChancellor power behind the throne]], urging Beorhtric to execute or exile advisers displeasing to her. At those times where the king refused to follow through on the punishments, she would take matters into her own hands poisoning them... until the goblet she had "prepared" for one enemy of hers accidentally ended up in the hands of her husband, who died along with the intended victim. Oops. This necessitated a quick flee to France, where she compounded her error, so the story goes, by snubbing '''''Charlemagne himself''''' by telling him [[TooDumbToLive to his face]] that she preferred one of his young and virile sons to him. She ended her days a beggar in northern Italy. Asser claimed that due to this, until the advent of the Frankish-born Judith (the second wife of King Aethelwulf and stepmother to Alfred) -- whose father the Holy Roman Emperor refused any lesser title -- the people of Wessex denied the word "Cwene" to the distaff royalty, allowing only "wife of the King". In which Asser may have been mistaken, as in Old English ''cwene'' meant "woman" and the cognate form ''cwén'' meant "woman" or "wife of a king" (both words are related to Greek ''gyne''). ''Cwene'' later evolved into Modern English ''quean'' "shrew, hussy, prostitute".[[note]]Female cats are officially called "queens" for this reason: promiscuous, capricious, and more vicious than the male.[[/note]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranavalona_I Ranavalona I]] of Madagascar qualifies -- a staunch defender of indignenous Malagasi beliefs, she made conversion to Christianity by her subjects punishable by death, and once executed 15 local church leaders by dangling them from thin rope over a 150-foot deep ravine.
* Constance of Provence, the third wife of King Robert II of France, is perhaps one of the great evil queens in medieval history, called a ''femme noire'' by the historian Jean Dhondt. Her husband's best friend, Hughes de Beauvais, tried to get Robert to divorce her, and Constance, unwilling to end up in the ex-queen scrap pile like the last couple of Robert's wives, convinced her cousin, Fulk Nerra of Anjou, to put a hit out on the guy. Hugues de Beauvais was brutally murdered in front of King Robert, who was so horrified that he tried to divorce Constance, only to be forced to take her back by political and religious pressure. In another incident, Constance struck a priest in the eye with the royal scepter in a fit of rage, and put his eye out. She was also known to threaten torture of servants she suspected of stealing (her husband, King Robert, would sometimes give thieving servants a head start to escape the queen's wrath). When her eldest son, Hugh Magnus, demanded political power from his parents, Constance turned her back on him "as if he were an enemy, born of another lineage", according to a contemporary chronicler. Forsaken by his parents, Hugh Magnus died young, an exile and a fugitive. After their eldest son's death, Robert and Constance quarreled over which of their other sons should succeed to the throne. Robert preferred their second son, Henri, while Constance favored the third son, Robert, who's temperament was similar to hers. Constance encouraged her sons to rebel and sack and pillage castles and towns belonging to their father. King Robert managed to make peace with them, but when he died in 1031, Henri became king, and almost immediately Constance was at odds with ''both'' her sons. Henri ended up laying seige to his own mother; Constance only surrendered after he vowed to slaughter everyone in the castle with her if she didn't.
* The popular image of quite a few historic queens was shaped according to this trope, often in the form of HistoricalVillainUpgrade. In France, for instance, Isabeau of Bavaria (consort of Charles VI the Mad) was sometimes portrayed as a scheming adultress who betrayed France by persuading her husband to accept the humiliating Treatey of Troyes during the Hundred Years' War. Catherine of Medici, consort of Henry II and mother of three kings of France, was (unjustly) suspected of poisoning several of her enemies and of masterminding the Bartholomew's Night massacre. Marie-Antoinette, despised as "l'Autrichienne" was widely believed to be uncaring about the sufferings of the poor (with the [[BeamMeUpScotty fabricated quote]] "let them eat cake"), a sexual deviate and also the real power behind the throne, while she actually had little or no influence on Louis XVI's policies.
* Isabella of France, known as the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast She-Wolf of France]], was a true warrior-queen. Living for years as a pious and dutiful queen consort to [[AmbiguouslyGay Edward II of England]], she finally got fed up with his constant promotion of his favorites and his general incompetency. She left the country, gathered her own troops and [[GoodAdulteryBadAdultery her own lover, Roger Mortimer,]] and invaded England. She quickly had her opponents murdered--one had his head brought to her--and then [[MurderTheHypotenuse brutally executed her husband's favorite Hugh Despenser.]] She then deposed her husband and placed her son, Edward III, on the throne and acted as regent. To round out the saga, she then had her husband secretly killed, in a [[CruelAndUnusualDeath legendarily horrific manner.]]
* Mary Queen of Scots was legitimately the Queen of Scotland (until being forced to abdicate, following her husbands death, possibly murder) but claimed to be the rightful heir to the British throne (as did many English Catholics, including those behind a rebellion called the Rising in the North). After being implicated in the Babington Plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, she was convicted of treason and executed.
* Another French queen of England, Margaret of Anjou, was certainly portrayed this way by the Yorkists, but, while Margaret was certainly a bad ruler, it is much more likely the case that she was just out of her depth than that she was actively trying to cause harm.
* UsefulNotes/WuZetian was the only woman to be named the Emperor of China. She was kind to those in her favor, and killed anyone that crossed her. This included having her personal doctors/herbalists give her own granddaughter an abortion potion, which also (intentionally or not) killed the granddaughter as well, simply because the child her granddaughter was carrying was a possible competitor for the throne.
* Mary I of England, sometimes called [[RedBaron "Bloody Mary"]] by her detractors. Her reign lasted five years, and in those five years she executed around three hundred people. Compare and contrast this with her sister, Elizabeth I, who reigned for all of forty-five years and only ordered about thirty executions, and her father, Henry VIII, who was believed to have ordered over 57,000 during his thirty-five year reign and is [[DoubleStandard not typically remembered as a tyrant]].
* Brunhilda of Austrasia, three times Queen Regnant of Burgundy and Austrasia and full-on FemmeFatale. She was still seducing men into starting wars well into her 50s, and when the Neustrians finally defeated her (due mostly to her followers betraying her en masse), they accused her of the deaths of ''ten'' kings of the Franks, which has to be some kind of record.
* Well, if you follow [[ConspiracyTheorist Lyndon LaRouche]], Queen Elizabeth II of England is responsible for...lessee...Hitler[[note]]Who came to power in Germany when she was only seven years old; the girl obviously got an early start in messing around with world politics[[/note]], [=WW2=], Bosnia genocide, Ruanda genocide, assassinations of politicians worldwide and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the instability of the Italian political party system]]. ([[Music/TheSmiths Morrissey]] and Music/SexPistols don't seem to like her either.)
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24th Mar '18 10:18:43 AM Clanger00
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* Mary I of England, sometimes called [[RedBaron "Bloody Mary"]] by her detractors. Her reign lasted five years, and in those five years she still managed to execute around three hundred people. Compare and contrast with her sister, Elizabeth I, who reigned for all of forty-five years and only ordered about thirty executions. (Although, in Mary's defense, their father, Henry VIII, was believed to have ordered over 57,000 during his thirty-five year reign.)

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* Mary I of England, sometimes called [[RedBaron "Bloody Mary"]] by her detractors. Her reign lasted five years, and in those five years she still managed to execute executed around three hundred people. Compare and contrast this with her sister, Elizabeth I, who reigned for all of forty-five years and only ordered about thirty executions. (Although, in Mary's defense, their executions, and her father, Henry VIII, who was believed to have ordered over 57,000 during his thirty-five year reign.)reign and is [[DoubleStandard not typically remembered as a tyrant]].
24th Mar '18 10:13:05 AM Clanger00
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* Whatever the justice of Boudicca's cause, the practical upshot of her short reign was about 70,000 casualties, mainly civilian, in Camulodunum (Colchester), Londinium (London) and Verulamium (St. Albans), and the loss of probably as many Iceni warriors in her final battle at Watling Street.
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* Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia for 34 years in 18th century, might be considered an example. She came into power through a coup against her husband, Peter III, whose death she may or may not have orchestrated. Also, she surely fits the "behaving like a powerful man" part: She had several lovers, some of whom she dumped when they stopped being useful to her. However, in Russia Catherine is viewed quite positively.
16th Mar '18 6:00:53 AM gb00393
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** Daenerys, while starting out on the noble course to end all slavery, [[WellIntentionedExtremist very soon resorts to questionable methods.]] She's pretty [[YoungConqueror gifted in conquering cities]], but seldomly takes care of them afterwards, causing economy to crash as Daenerys ends slavery without installing a surrogate system. So far it's just ignorance or maybe lack of practical experience, but as people confront her about the trickery of politics, Daenerys brushes it off with "I'm not a politician, I'm a queen", openly disinterested in remedying the caused problems. [[spoiler: It goes worse as she cannot control her dragons who feed on the people's livestock and children - or on noblemen Daenerys feeds to them because she accuses them of helping the rebels against her, with no proof and stating that they could just as well be innocent. In the same manner she had 163 arbirtarily chosen people crucified for killing slave children without ever investigating who of them might be guilty after all. Later, when she heads to Westeros which she claims is her rightful heirdom, she brings along her Dothraki who RapePillageAndBurn the Westerosi (who Daenerys claims are her people after all) and eventually [[KillItWithFire burns people alive]] for no other crime than that they refused to bow to her. For the opinions and interests of the local Lords, for example Jon Snow, she has little to no regard.]]

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** Daenerys, while starting out on the noble course to end all slavery, [[WellIntentionedExtremist very soon resorts to questionable methods.]] She's pretty [[YoungConqueror gifted in conquering cities]], but seldomly takes care of them afterwards, causing economy to crash as Daenerys ends slavery without installing a surrogate system. So far it's just ignorance or maybe lack of practical experience, but as people confront her about the trickery of politics, Daenerys brushes it off with "I'm not a politician, I'm a queen", openly disinterested in remedying the caused problems. [[spoiler: It goes worse as she cannot control her dragons who feed on the people's livestock and children - or on noblemen Daenerys feeds to them because she accuses them of helping the rebels against her, with no proof and stating that they could just as well be innocent. In the same manner she had 163 arbirtarily chosen people crucified for killing slave children without ever investigating who of them might be guilty after all. Later, when she heads to Westeros which she claims is her rightful heirdom, she brings along her Dothraki who RapePillageAndBurn the Westerosi (who Daenerys claims are her people after all) and eventually [[KillItWithFire burns people alive]] for no other crime than that they refused to bow to her. For the opinions and interests of the local Lords, for example Jon Snow, she has little to no regard. In this she acts similar to her father the Mad King.]]
11th Mar '18 4:28:24 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* ''VideoGame/StarControl2'': The Yehat Queen, in order not to break the oath left by the founder of her dinasty that stated as long they were in power the Yehat would never lose a battle, retreated leaving the Shofixti alone against the Ur-Quan armada, and after the former [[TakingYouWithMe caused their Sun to go supernova to attempt to stop the latter]] she surrendered to the Ur-Quan Hierarchy once they entered in the Yehat home system -a move considered dishonourable by many clans, that are unable to ally with you due to said oath [[spoiler: Until you bring them a live Shofixti causing a revolution]]-.
11th Mar '18 10:57:21 AM DynamicGobbler
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** Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab (who himself was weak-willed and something of a spoiled brat).

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** Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab (who himself was weak-willed and something of a spoiled brat). In all fairness, she was evil back when she was a princess.



** Vashti, possibly. The Book of Esther only says that she refused to appear before her husband when he demanded it, and was put to death as punishment. This alone makes her sympathetic or even proto-feminist, though [[Literature/TheTalmud Jewish tradition]] paints her as a tyrant who abused her Jewish servants. In this version her refusal to appear before the king was because the ArchangelGabriel punished her with some kind of disfigurement.

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** Vashti, possibly. The Book of Esther only says that she refused to appear before her husband when he demanded it, and was put to death as punishment.punishment (alternatively, some interpretations have her sent away). This alone makes her sympathetic or even proto-feminist, though [[Literature/TheTalmud Jewish tradition]] paints her as a tyrant who abused her Jewish servants. In this version her refusal to appear before the king was because the ArchangelGabriel punished her with some kind of disfigurement.
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