Created By: MrInitialMan on May 21, 2010 Last Edited By: MrInitialMan on May 21, 2010

She Is The King

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She Is the King is when a woman reigns under a masculine title.

There are two (possibly three) varieties.

  • When the ruler in question is a Sweet Polly Oliver--that is, a woman disguised as a man.

  • When the ruler is openly a woman, but still has a masculine title.

The third variety, probably a seperate trope, is when a woman has a gender-neutral title. For example, "King" (at least in the real world) usually means a male ruler, but there have been female kings before. However, the "ruler" of the United States of America is "President", regardless of gender.


Real Life
  • Christina, King of Sweden
  • Jadwiga of Anjou, King of Poland

Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • May 21, 2010
    Probably good to expand this to any title that could be gender-ambiguous. For example, in the first Kim Possible movie, the future Big Bad is named the Supreme One. Kim assumes this is Drakken, but it turns out to be Shego.
  • May 21, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    In Patricia Wrede's Dragonsbane (also titled Dealing With Dragons), it is explained that the title of King of the Dragons is gender-neutral, as is Queen (which is a secretarial position unrelated to being the ruler or ruler's consort). Kazul is a female dragon and contestant for the title of King.
  • May 21, 2010
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  • May 21, 2010
    One of the protagonist's ancestors in Pyramids was a female king. Or a woman who declared herself to be male by royal fiat, but it works out about the same.
  • May 21, 2010
    Xanth has this, to get around the law saying a queen cannot rule, which some unseen people prevent from being changed.
  • May 21, 2010
    ...The Pyramids example is based on someone similiar in Ancient Egypt, Hatshepsut, I think. As her son was still too young to rule, she insisted on ruling in her own right as Pharaoh. There's a lot of statues of her dressed as a man, wearing the false beard.
  • May 21, 2010
    In Heir Apparent, Giannine plays a role-playing game which ends up threatening her life through a fault in the machine in which the goal is to be crowned the king. Even if the player is female. Yeah, the designers didn't think that one through.
  • May 21, 2010
    BTW, Pyramids should be linked to Discworld, for those who haven't experienced Pratchett's yummy literary goodness. :-)
  • May 21, 2010
    • In Fate Stay Night, Saber is King Arturia Pendragon. She was pretending to be a male King Arthur, but according to the narrator, most people around her realized that she is a girl, they just chose to ignore it.
  • May 21, 2010
    Symbolic application in Misfile. The best of the local street-racers is crowned 'King of The Mountain', and right now, that happens to be Ash, who is (currently) female. When she first won the title, they TRIED to change it to 'Queen of the Mountain', but due to her recent Gender Bender, she protested. LOUDLY.
  • May 21, 2010
    In Star Trek up until Voyager female superior officers were called "Sir." Janeway refused that, insisting on being called Captain or "Ma'am."
  • May 21, 2010
    Real life: Hatshepsut, pharaoh of Egypt (wore a fake beard, because she was the King)
  • May 21, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Kazul, from Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles.
  • May 21, 2010
    The legendary Pope Joan who, it was claimed, lived in the ninth century, disguised herself as a man, and reigned as Pope "John" for a few years until she was exposed as a woman when she gave birth on horseback.
  • May 21, 2010
    In Judaism, some rare verses refer to God in the feminine form instead of the more common masculine form. This isn't to suggest God is a female, but that he's asexual and therefore can be referred to both in the masculine and feminine tense.
  • May 21, 2010
    Arguably inverted in an episode of Fairly Odd Parents when Timmy is crowned Queen of the Skate Park (though his friends keep correcting him with "King" when he says "Queen")
  • May 21, 2010
    Queen Elizabeth II is the Duke of Normandy (in the Channel Islands) and the Lord of Mann (on the Isle of Mann).
  • May 21, 2010
    @Il Grevin: I hadn't thought of that. Might be a seperate trope, though.
  • May 21, 2010
    In [[Discworld The Fith Elephant]], the dwarf Low King turns out to be female. More the second type than first, because most dwarves don't acknowledge gender distinctions.
  • May 21, 2010
    Various Ancient Belka Kings in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, who still keep that title even if they are female. Specific examples include Sankt Kaiser Olivie Segbrecht and Ixpellia, the king of Garea.
  • May 21, 2010
    Real Life: Elizabeth I's official title was Elizabeth Rex meaning "Elizabeth King" in latin. In contrast Victoria's was Victoria Regina.

    Literature: In Megan Whalen Turner's series (The Thief, Queen Of Attolia, King Of Attolia) the Queen of Eddis, a fictional country, is called Eddis when she should have been called Eddia as she's a woman.