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7th Jun '16 7:18:14 PM Willbyr
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* ''{{Guyver}}'' has this in the Zoalords, Hyper-Zoanoids, and bog standard [[{{Mook}} Zoanoids]].

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* ''{{Guyver}}'' ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' has this in the Zoalords, Hyper-Zoanoids, and bog standard [[{{Mook}} Zoanoids]].



* The Abyssal Ones in ''{{Claymore}}'', the strongest among the Awakened Beings and Yoma. In particular, Isley of the North, who rallies an army of lesser Awakened Beings to assault Pieta.
* The royal family of monsters in ''PrincessResurrection'' fit this trope to a 'T'.

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* The Abyssal Ones in ''{{Claymore}}'', ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', the strongest among the Awakened Beings and Yoma. In particular, Isley of the North, who rallies an army of lesser Awakened Beings to assault Pieta.
* The royal family of monsters in ''PrincessResurrection'' ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' fit this trope to a 'T'.



* Demon King Chestra ''ViolinistOfHameln'' is the only Mazoku to possess infinate magical power, and thus immortality. All the other Mazoku depend on the flow of magic from him, and without him they will eventually crumble to dust and die.

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* Demon King Chestra ''ViolinistOfHameln'' ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' is the only Mazoku to possess infinate magical power, and thus immortality. All the other Mazoku depend on the flow of magic from him, and without him they will eventually crumble to dust and die.
17th May '16 9:55:40 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* {{Insect queen}}s are this by definition.
7th May '16 11:38:06 AM justanid
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--> -- Flavor text on the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card "Zombie Master"

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--> -- Flavor text on the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' --''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card "Zombie Master"
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The net effect is that the Monster Lord is a KingMook with a few extra bells and whistles. In video games, their "sprite" will likely be wholly unique, not a PaletteSwap. They may be able to [[CrossMeltingAura repel]] things that weaken lesser monsters. Their children/[[ViralTransformation infectees]] will likely be stronger than other mooks, have an easier time becoming a Monster Lord, or naturally be born one. They will usually become a HiveQueen or have great PsychicPowers over the lesser monsters, especially ones they create. And of course, they will be [[EliteMooks physically stronger]], [[SuperPoweredMooks tougher, and faster.]] Sometimes, they'll even [[MonstrousCannibalism prey upon their lesser kin]]. Monster Lords also tend to be [[StrongerWithAge the oldest members of their species, thus the strongest]].

Frequently, the Monster Lord will be TheManBehindTheMonsters. Even though not human, they will look human-like because the process of climbing the EvolutionaryLevels ladder raised them higher up on the BishounenLine. Likewise, while their lesser kin may only be about as smart as an animal, the Monster Lord will typically have human-level (or higher) intelligence and be capable of speaking and understanding human speech ([[BlueAndOrangeMorality though this doesn't necessarily make their motives less incomprehensible to true humans]]). Of course, in some cases (like ''Literature/TheWitches'' and ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''), the Monster Lords look ''more'' monstrous than their brethren. And even in settings where the BishounenLine is in effect, if there's a rung above Monster Lord, it'll probably be a OneWingedAngel and make them monstrous again.

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The net effect is that Frequently, the Monster Lord is a KingMook with a few extra bells and whistles. In video games, will be TheManBehindTheMonsters. Even though not human, they will look human-like because the process of climbing the EvolutionaryLevels ladder raised them higher up on the BishounenLine. Likewise, while their "sprite" lesser kin may only be about as smart as an animal, the Monster Lord will typically have human-level or higher intelligence and be capable of speaking and understanding human speech ([[BlueAndOrangeMorality though not human morals]]). Of course, in some works the Monster Lord looks ''more'' monstrous than their brethren. And even in settings where the BishounenLine is in effect, if there's a rung above Monster Lord, it'll probably be a OneWingedAngel and make them monstrous again. Both types are likely be wholly unique, not a PaletteSwap. They may be able to [[CrossMeltingAura repel]] things that weaken what lesser monsters. monsters are weak to.

Their children/[[ViralTransformation infectees]] will likely be stronger than other mooks, have an easier time becoming a Monster Lord, or naturally be born one. They will usually become a HiveQueen or have great PsychicPowers over the lesser monsters, especially ones they create. And of course, they will be [[EliteMooks physically stronger]], [[SuperPoweredMooks tougher, and faster.]] Sometimes, they'll even [[MonstrousCannibalism prey upon their lesser kin]]. Monster Lords also tend to be [[StrongerWithAge the oldest members of their species, thus the strongest]].

Frequently, the Monster Lord will be TheManBehindTheMonsters. Even though not human, they will look human-like because the process of climbing the EvolutionaryLevels ladder raised them higher up on the BishounenLine. Likewise, while their lesser kin may only be about as smart as an animal, the Monster Lord will typically have human-level (or higher) intelligence and be capable of speaking and understanding human speech ([[BlueAndOrangeMorality though this doesn't necessarily make their motives less incomprehensible to true humans]]). Of course, in some cases (like ''Literature/TheWitches'' and ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''), the Monster Lords look ''more'' monstrous than their brethren. And even in settings where the BishounenLine is in effect, if there's a rung above Monster Lord, it'll probably be a OneWingedAngel and make them monstrous again.
strongest]].



Supertrope of InsectQueen. For the mechanical equivalent, see MechanicalMonster for examples. Contrast TheManBehindTheMonsters.

See also the MonsterProgenitor, who is usually the top Monster Lord of its kind.

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In video games, their "sprite" will likely be wholly unique, not a PaletteSwap. The net effect is that the Monster Lord is a KingMook with a few extra bells and whistles.

Supertrope of InsectQueen. For the mechanical equivalent, see MechanicalMonster for examples. examples.

Contrast TheManBehindTheMonsters.

TheManBehindTheMonsters. See also the MonsterProgenitor, who is usually the top Monster Lord of its kind.
28th Mar '16 10:48:44 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Gorillas usually live in troops led by a single mature patriarch. True to form, this patriarch is visually distinct from the other members of the troop by the patch of silver fur on his back (which is why they're called "silverbacks"). Most of the other troop members are his mates and children, but he may have several subordinate "blackbacks" - adolescent males who aren't quite old enough to have the distinctive silver fur.

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* Gorillas usually live in troops led by a single mature patriarch. True to form, this patriarch is visually distinct from the other members of the troop by the patch of silver fur on his back (which is why they're called "silverbacks"). Most of the other troop members are his the silverback's mates and children, but he may have several subordinate "blackbacks" - adolescent males who aren't quite old enough to have the distinctive silver fur.
22nd Feb '16 8:56:50 PM dalek955
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*In ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'', a particularly strong, smart and well-fed [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent goblin]] can metamorphose into a hobgoblin: bigger, smarter, more territorial and [[HornedHumanoid bearing horns]], and often found commanding goblin tribes. There's a substantial bounty on hobgoblins due to how much more dangerous they can make a goblin tribe.
5th Feb '16 6:05:51 PM nombretomado
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** Beating Mario by a few days, however, was the lesser-known "Great Demon Lord" (Dai Maoh) Astaroth from the ArcadeGame ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins''.

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** Beating Mario by a few days, however, was the lesser-known "Great Demon Lord" (Dai Maoh) Astaroth from the ArcadeGame UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins''.
28th Jan '16 11:14:11 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' gives us the unforgettable [[MrFanservice Jareth the Goblin King]]. Unlike his subjects, who mostly consist of UglyCute {{Muppet}}s, Jareth is portrayed by Music/DavidBowie in a pair of PaintedOnPants that leave very little to the imagination. ''Dance, magic, dance!''

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* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' gives us the unforgettable [[MrFanservice Jareth the Goblin King]]. Unlike his subjects, who mostly consist of UglyCute {{Muppet}}s, Jareth is portrayed by Music/DavidBowie in a pair of PaintedOnPants that leave very little to the imagination. ''Dance, magic, dance!''
28th Jan '16 11:12:40 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' gives us the unforgettable [[Music/DavidBowie Jareth the Goblin King]]. ''Dance, magic, dance!''

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* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' gives us the unforgettable [[Music/DavidBowie [[MrFanservice Jareth the Goblin King]].King]]. Unlike his subjects, who mostly consist of UglyCute {{Muppet}}s, Jareth is portrayed by Music/DavidBowie in a pair of PaintedOnPants that leave very little to the imagination. ''Dance, magic, dance!''
23rd Jan '16 9:41:37 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series by StephenKing has a couple of examples. The Low Men are weak-minded ratlike creatures; they rank lower than the Taheen, which are more or less humans with animal heads; and the whole bunch turns out to be led by ancient vampires. Among the vampires themselves, there are a couple of weak echelons made up of people converted to vampirism by the ancients, who are again the Monster Lords.

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* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series by StephenKing Creator/StephenKing has a couple of examples. The Low Men are weak-minded ratlike creatures; they rank lower than the Taheen, which are more or less humans with animal heads; and the whole bunch turns out to be led by ancient vampires. Among the vampires themselves, there are a couple of weak echelons made up of people converted to vampirism by the ancients, who are again the Monster Lords.
16th Jan '16 1:26:37 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' gives us the unspeakably nightmarish Grand High Witch, memorably portrayed by Creator/AnjelicaHuston in the 1990 film adaptation. She's an inversion of [[TheManBehindTheMonsters the way this trope often plays out]], as she looks far less human than her underlings do.

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* Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches'' gives us the unspeakably nightmarish Grand High Witch, memorably portrayed by Creator/AnjelicaHuston in the 1990 film adaptation. She's an inversion of [[TheManBehindTheMonsters the way this trope often plays out]], as she looks far less human than her underlings do.
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