[[caption-width-right:300:[-A few of the many types of crowns. Left to right, top to bottom: [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]], [[Film/LordOfTheRings Aragorn]], [[Anime/SailorMoon Usagi]], [[VideoGame/DragonQuest King Slime]], [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Tiana]], [[Series/IClaudius Claudius]], [[VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice Sapphire]], [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie Starscream]].-] ]]

->''This one last gift, dear child, for thee,\\
The symbol of thy royalty.\\
A crown to wear in grace and beauty,\\
As is thy right, and royal duty.''
-->--'''Flora''', ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''

A sure-fire way to get across that you are important is to wear a CoolCrown. It's the headgear of choice for Kings, Queens and {{Princess}}es alike, and no AwesomeMomentOfCrowning would be complete without it.

!!Cool Crowns come in many sizes and shapes but a few have distinct associations:

* '''Tiaras''' are the iconic crown of the PrincessClassic and heavily associated with fairytales. Perched directly on top of the head, usually with heart or flower designs worked in, they are dainty and [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkly]] and make [[HairDecorations great hair accessories]]. It's almost solely women who wear tiaras,[[note]]The Pope's triple crown used to be referred to as a "tiara" in English, despite looking nothing like the other sort of tiara[[/note]] and doesn't even need to be royalty (small tiaras were very popular--almost ''de rigeur''--for fashionable upper-crust women in the early 20th century), although queens and princesses will wear the fanciest ones. RealLife examples tend to be heavily GemEncrusted.
* Frill-like '''Diadems''', often seen being worn by Pageant Queens tend to have the same connotations as tiaras despite having more robustness, similar to a heavy circlet.
* '''Circlets''' are the staple of ModestRoyalty. Who wants to wear a heavy, clunky crown everywhere? These Royals need to be able to [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething move and get things done]]. The circlet is usually a ribbon-like strand of metal that wraps around the forehead, sometimes with a simple jewel on the front, or a heavier band that perches atop the head that may have other decorations, but no hoops or caps. They are worn by both genders, and [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] seem to like the really thin across-the-forehead kind, for some reason.
* '''Hoop Crowns''', with [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny gold arches]], {{jewelry}} (often GemEncrusted), velvety-cloth caps, [[PrettyInMink ermine-edging]] are the coolest crowns of them all. Usually seen on Kings, although the occasional Queen, Emperor, and Empress, get to wear them. They are big and in your face and anyone wearing one is really important, or seems to want you to think he is. Even most Royalty don't like to wear them ''[[ErmineCapeEffect all the time]]'', though. During everyday royal activities, a circlet will do.
** '''Coronets''' are basically a '''Hoop Crown''' without the hoops and are traditionally worn by titled noblemen (and their wives) on very festive occasions. (In the UK, they are worn only for [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning coronations]].) You will encounter a coronet as a heraldic device way more often than as an actual crown.
* '''Laurel Wreaths''' are associated with the Roman Caesars and despite being simpler than a typical crown (essentially a partial circlet), they tend to indicate someone who is at the top, in terms of importance. [[TheEmperor Emperors]] and [[ClassicalMythology Greek Gods]] really like them. Traditionally, they were given out for achieving some great accomplishment, from winning a battle to finishing first in the ancient Olympics, so it can also be used to indicate that [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething this is a ruler who actually gets out and does things]]. The wreath is often gold, but just as often made of actual leaves.
* '''[[BlingOfWar Pimped Out Helmets]]''' are perhaps the most BadAss type of crown of all. These look like war helms, only with extra decorations like golden plating, wings, dragon teeth and the like - stuff that says "a crown, not a [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic grunt's helmet]]". These crowns are the best choice for the WarriorPrince. The hoop crown is in fact a product of evolution of a certain type of pimped-out helmet that lost its practical (protective) function in the process of becoming more pimped-out.
* '''Heraldic devices''' are crowns that do not exist in physical form but are merely depicted on coats of arms. A lot of types of crowns only appear on coats of arms, especially the types reserved for communities and organizations (mural crown, astral crown, naval crown etc). Most coronets also belong here.

SubTrope of NiceHat and a key piece of RequisiteRoyalRegalia.

Sometimes combined with it's SisterTrope, CoolHelmet.


[[folder: General ]]

* In high school settings, the King and Queen of the Prom (or Homecoming Queen and King) get crowns for the occasion.
* Prince Arslan of ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'' has a circlet and gold Pimped Out Helmet for battle as crowns.
* [[http://www.visualnews.com/2014/05/04/gorgeous-henna-crowns-empower-cancer-patients-lost-hair/?utm_source=VisualNews&utm_campaign=9b57c0e12c-RSS_EMAIL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1756fd36de-9b57c0e12c-297439473 These]] gorgeous henna "crowns" decorating the heads of cancer patients.


[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Baraggan Louisenbairn has a bone-like protrusion out of his head that resembles a crown. Fitting, as prior to encountering Aizen, he was the king of Hueco Mundo. His Resurreccion form had a more normal crown on his head, made of gold and encrusted with all sorts of jewels.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', all Sailor Guardians wear tiaras in their transformed states, mostly because they're all princesses in another life. At least two had functions - Sailor Moon could throw hers like a discus while Sailor Jupiter had an antenna extend from the jewel in the center, which allowed her to bring lightning down to her. Later on, Neo-Queen Serenity wears a more pimped out tiara.
* In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', Princess Ayeka wears one, but it's very hard to see as her purple bangs hide everything save for a small part at her sideburns. The best way to see what it looks like is the opening of the first OVA series or [[spoiler:a picture of Ayeka with her original blue hair.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Pharaoh [[spoiler:Atem]] wears an elaborate gold coronet with a giant eye on the front, reflecting where it would be when he uses his shadow powers. Elaborate as it is, it still isn't as elaborate as some of the Egyptian crowns. See Real Life below.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* When seen in animation, ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'', who is king of Atlantis, is rarely to never seen with his crown on. His wife, Mera, however, is rarely to never seen without hers.


[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', the titular Russian princess wears a very sparkly diadem with her princess dress.
* Rapunzel has a tiara in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. Her parents have hoop crowns.
* Princess Aurora from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' wears a tiara, while her parents and father-in-law wear hoop crowns.
* Prince John from ''Disney/RobinHood'' wears an oversized hoop crown.
* Arthur "Wart" Pendragon wears a giant crown at the end of ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''.
* During his introductory scene in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', the King can be seen throwing his crown out the window.
* [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen The Evil Queen]] from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' apparantly wears a hoop crown over what appears to be a black hood.
* Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' wears a light blue tiara with a sapphire jewel on the front.
* King Triton, Queen Athena, and half of their daughters (Ariel is an exception) from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' series films all appear to be wearing crowns made from coral.
** At the end of the first film, Ariel wears a gold tiara with her FairytaleWeddingDress.
* Naveen and his parents from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' all wear hoop crowns on their heads, while Tiana is first seen wearing a silver tiara, and later on a green tiara made from flowers.
* Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' wears a gold crown shaped like a semicircle.
* King Julian from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' wears a crown made from leaves. At the end of the film, he replaces it with a larger crown with a gecko on it.
* The queens from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' (such as the unnamed queen seen in the prologue, and her daughter at the end of the film) all appear to be wearing small gold tiaras with large pink and blue feathers coming out of the back on their heads. The kings (such as [[Creator/LeonardNimoy Kashekhim Nedakh]], and his son-in-law at the end of the film) normally do not wear crowns.
* The Queen of England from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' is a large blue car wearing royal robes who appears to have a giant hoop crown on her roof. Her hood ornament is also shaped like a crown as well.
* In another Pixar film, ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', both Princess Atta and her mother, the Ant Queen wear crowns made from flowers.
* And in a third Pixar example, ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', Queen Elinor wears a circlets on her head. Subverted with her daughter Princess Merida, however, who is forced to wear a headdress that covers her entire head, but she prefers not to.
* The Queen and King of Hearts from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
* The Emperor of China from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' wears a traditional Chinese royal headdress on his head.
* Esmeralda wore a small gold tiara with emeralds on it (referencing both her name and her [[GreenEyes eye color]]) during her pole dance in the song "Topsy Turvy" from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
* The bottom right example in the page image is the Starscream during his very brief tenure as leader of the Decepticons in the original, animated {{Transformers}} movie.
* Xibalba from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', has a silver crown with horns sprouting from the both sides, topped with black wax candles lit with green flames. A black skull is in the middle of the crown.


[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* Averted in ''Franchise/StarWars''. Despite having royalty, no one ever sports a crown.
** Queen Amidala wears plenty of ridiculous headdresses in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Which one is the formal crown is harder to say. The novelization of Episode II, however, says that some particular one of them (not specified which) was a crown. Note that this was intentional, and part of the whole "decoy trick": the queen's exaggerated and exotic look made her stand out next to her handmaidens, so no-one would suspect that she was a decoy, and the ''real'' queen was disguised as one of the handmaidens.
* In ''Film/RobinHood2010'', King Richard's helmet has a crown built into it.
* In the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' FilmOfTheBook (specifically ''Return of the King''), the crown of Gondor looks like a circlet, though a fairly large one. Contrary to the book, where it looks like a helm (not exactly hoop crown but close). The elven lord Elrond sports a circlet of the "stock thin elven" type. The elven High King of old, Gil-Galad does, too.
* In the third ''TheElusiveAvengers movie'', appropriately titled ''The Crown of the Russian Empire'', the titular Greater Imperial Crown of Russia was the MacGuffin. (Google it. It's one of the most awesome hoop crowns of RealLife).
* ''Film/AliceInWonderland'': The Red Queen, though she actually stole it from the White Queen.
* The Pevensie siblings each get a crown in ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. The boys get traditional-looking crowns, whilst the girls get coronets that look like flower wreaths. However, the two eldest siblings, Peter and Susan, have their crowns wrought out of gold, whilst the younger two, Edmund and Lucy, have silver ones.
** In ''Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' Helen and Frank have their coronation after the dwarfs make their crowns from silver and gold peeled from a "sovereign" tree. The crowns are of the "circlet" type, much lighter than the British Royal crowns, as compared in the book.
* In ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', Santanico Pandemonium and several of the girls at the Titty Twister wear headdresses that look like gold circlet type crowns, with Santanico's being the most elaborate. This marks her as [[spoiler: Queen of the vampires]].
* Elizabeth Taylor wears an extraordinary confection in ''Cleopatra'' modeled on the traditional Egyptian crown it consisted of a golden disk between two tall horns mounted on a gold covered wig. How they kept this on her head even when she bowed deeply to Caesar is anybody's guess; superglue?


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, the Valdemaran royals wear understated circlets to go with their ModestRoyalty and indicate they don't think they are better than their subjects. Other royals in neighboring countries either copied them or came up with the idea independently (probably the latter).
* The AwesomeMomentOfCrowning scene in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' makes a special point of mentioning that the crowns given to the Pevences aren't the heavy, gaudy, over-emblished sort (like the British Crown Jewels) but elegant circlets. The royal lines of Literature/{{Narnia}} all tend to fall in the RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething camp.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' book ''A Crown of Swords'' is named after the Laurel Crown of Illian. The crown is of a laurel wreath design, but between the leaves are tiny daggers alternately pointing up and down; the intention in the design is that the wearer can never wear it comfortably, reminding him of the obligation and danger it represents. After he notices this, Rand gives the Laurel Crown its other name.
* The crown of the dragons in ''TheEnchantedForestChronicles'' is a heavy circlet made of iron. When, after her first day as King, Kazul exhaustedly hurls it against the wall, Cimorene chides that she shouldn't treat the crown that way. Kazul responds, "Of course I should. It's expected. That's why we made it out of iron and not something soft and pliable like gold."
* In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' the first crown of Gondor was a war helm that belonged to Isildur, and the second (Aragorn was crowned with it), was a more pimped-up, crown-like helm. And in the other Númenórean kingdom, Arnor, a simple circlet with a single diamond was used. The Arnorian crown also existed in two iterations: the original and the replacement that was made after the original was lost. [[AllThereInTheManual After LOTR]], the original circlet was found, giving Aragorn a total of three cool crowns.
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' there's an evil version- [[GodOfEvil Morgoth's]] Iron Crown, a massive, bulky thing most notable because it's where he displays the three stolen Silmarils.
* In the ''{{Deryni}}'' works, there's a number of these:
** The Haldanes have the State Crown of Gwynedd, bejeweled and with intertwined gold leaves and crosses, worn at coronations and state occasions. Even Kelson wears this when duty calls for it, though he prefers a "simpler circlet of gold" like the hammered gold circlet he wears when addressing the bishops at Valoret in ''The Quest for Saint Camber''.
** Also in ''The Quest for Saint Camber'', Kelson wears "the oldest and plainest of Kelson's official crowns: a band of hammered gold two fingers wide, chased with a design of Celtic interlace and set with small, round cabochon rubies in some of the interstices."
** Caitrin Quinnell, ''soi-disant'' Queen of Meara, has a regal crown of gold set with sapphires and rubies. This one is notably heavy; it creases Caitrin's brow (the marks are visible when she takes it off), Ithel flinches under its weight when Caitrin briefly sets it on his head, and Kelson complains of its weight after wearing it at the surrender ceremony in Laas.
** Mátyás brings a crown from Torenth's treasury when he comes to Rhemuth to escort Liam-Lajos back for his investiture: "a handsome circlet of beaten gold, nearly the width of a man's three fingers, set round with smoky balas rubies, baroque pearls, and chunky rough-polished emeralds the size of a man's thumbnail." Liam receives a newer traditional Torenthi crown at the ceremony: "a golden diadem studded with rubies and emeralds and pearls, with great jeweled pendants hanging just short of his shoulders at either side.".
* In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' Lancre doesn't have a flashy crown, well not compared to the crowns a group of actors have. It's lampshaded by Granny Weatherwax that imitation crowns are always cool and flashy looking, because that is what people expect crowns to be. Real crowns are just an impractical hat and badge of office so aren't that impressive.
* In the ''{{Elenium}}'', the sapphire rose [[CosmicKeystone Bhelliom]] once adorned the Crown of Thalasia, until the loss of both crown and the king who wore it in circumstances [[ShoutOut very similar]] to [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Isildur's loss of the One Ring]].
* The True Crown in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap''. Made from the gold of the spiders of Aurum, it was withold by Queen Etheldredda from her daughter Esmeralda and only taken back by Princess Jenna five hundred years later.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series there is the Diadem of Ravenclaw, a "delicate-looking circlet" with the inscription "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure". It's said to [[PuttingOnMyThinkingCap bestow wisdom on the wearer]]. Sadly, it's been lost for centuries, [[spoiler: and after being turned into a Horcrux by Voldemort, was left to rust in a version of the Room of Requirement]].
** It was given an eagle-like GemEncrusted shape and a big blue gemstone in the movie - anything but delicate.
* In ''Literature/DuneMessiah'', [[spoiler: Paul]] wears a crown with the Imperial emblem of a fist and fish. (Arranged how, no one knows).
* ''Series/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has a number of these:
** The King of the North wears a crown of bronze swords, because it's GrimUpNorth. Two iterations: the original pre-Targaryen crown and the replica made for Robb Stark after he reinstated the Northern kingdom.
** The High Septon wears a crown of crystals that throws rainbows everywhere, which is a symbol of the Faith of the Seven.
** Styled after his House's stag sigil, Renly Baratheon's crown has its own antlers.
** Daenerys Targaryen recieves a crown with three dragon heads as a gift. It's a reference to the Targaryen sigil, the three-headed dragon, and to [[spoiler: Daenerys' three dragons.]]
** There was also one decidedly ''uncool'' crown, made for Theon Greyjoy in Winterfell by a half-competent blacksmith who only crafted nails and horseshoes before, after the more or less competent one was killed on Theon's orders. It only invited extreme sarcasm from Theon's sister Asha.
** The Targaryen kings wore a whole bunch of crowns ranging from Aegon I's iron circlet, Aenys' heavy gold crown, Jaeherys I's jeweled circlet, Aegon III's gold headband, Baelor's crown of flowers, Aegon IV's dragon head crown and Maekar's crown of iron spikes.
** Stannis Baratheon wears a crown whose fringes resembles the flames of the Lord of Light.
* The titular crown in Literature/BlackCrown is a gift to the Milvian Kings from the Northern Tribes, and is a symbol in Northern culture of both strength and humility in leadership.
* The Prince's Crown in Literature/TheQuestOfTheUnaligned is either a circlet or a Hoop crown. Described as "made of white metal accented by gold trim and a myriad of diamonds that beam forth rainbows in every direction", this crown is both incredibly powerful and very dangerous. Each Crown Prince of Caederan must take this crown from its vaults at the Temple Of The Elements and carry it to the City Of Balance by the summer solstice, when it will be needed for his coronation ceremony. Except in the coronation ceremony, the Crown must never be touched, not even by the prince or its own caretakers. [[spoiler: It turns out the reason for this is that touching the Crown is necessary to become an orah or a hoshek]].


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The most distinctive crown--and the most striking piece of headwear--on the series belongs to King Renly Baratheon; [[CrownOfHorns several golden stag antlers]] (the sigil of his House) protrude prominently from its rim. It was chosen as one of [[http://io9.com/the-coolest-helmets-hats-and-headpieces-in-science-fic-1520513599 The Coolest Helmets, Hats and Headpieces in Science Fiction and Fantasy]] by io9.com.
** The other kings of the Baratheon dynasty, namely Robert, Joffrey and Tommen also wear similar crowns. Joffrey's and Tommen's is actually the same crown.
** None of the rival kings wear any crowns in the series. Not even Daenerys. It appears than in series-Westeros, cool crowns are a Baratheon only thing.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon and Amy have a fight, and Sheldon [[DistractedByTheLuxury gives Amy jewelry as an apology]]. Amy is chewing Sheldon out for such a shallow gesture, until she sees it's a tiara.
* The Corona Aurora of ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive''. It and its five scattered jewels serve as the {{MacGuffin}}s that everyone's after, granting incredible power if they're reunited.
** King Mondo of ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' had a mechanical crown that could rotate. This didn't really do anything, but it looked cool.
* KingArthur and King Uther go through a couple of crowns on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', and Arthur gets the short end of the stick each time. Whilst Uther wore a simple but respectable looking circlet, Prince Arthur had something that looked like a shiny metal head-band. In a FlashForward, Arthur was seen wearing Uther's crown, but when he finally became King himself, he switched to a giant gold crown with fleur-de-lis spikes on it, which most people thought looked a little bit like the Burger King crown. Guinevere on the other hand, is lucky enough to wear a very elaborate, but still elegant-looking silver crown adorned with jewels. Since her coronation was filmed twice (first as a FlashForward, and then in real time) you can see the difference in Arthur's crown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ITE-bwZ29o here]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeW-oDlLvxY&feature=related here]].
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' features Edwardian and 1920s fashion, and in keeping with the style Lady Grantham is sometimes seen wearing a small, elegant, jeweled tiara.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Wrestling/{{GLOW}}'s champion used to wear a blinged-out tiara instead of a championship belt.
* Debra McMichael (later Mrs. Steve Austin) used to wear one as part of her "Queen Of WCW" gimmick in the mid-1990's.
* Triple H, during his "King of Kings" period.
* Jerry Lawler, Harley Race, and Ernie Ladd all wore them as part of a "King of Wrestling" gimmick.
* Most of the winners of WWE's King Of The Ring tournaments.
** Subverted by Kurt Angle, whose crown looked stupid but went well with the oblivious dork character he was playing at the time.
* Randy Savage wore a circlet crown during his "Macho King" period, with Sensational Queen Sherri wearing a tiara.
** One of Savage's WCW girls, Miss Madness, had a tiara as part of her pageant queen gimmick.
* Madison Rayne in her later years in TNA.


[[folder: Religion And Mythology ]]

* Mockingly subverted in Literature/TheBible with the crown of thorns forced on Jesus Christ. It's usually portrayed as a bulky circlet.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The [[SeriesMascot Lady of Pain]] in the ''{{Planescape}}'' setting is an uncomfortable subversion. When seen from a distance, she seems to be wearing a ''wicked'' cool headdress made of long, razor-sharp metal blades that encircle her entire head. However, if one gets close enough to see her features more clearly (''not'' recommended, given what she's known to do to people who annoy her) one sees that it's not a headdress... It's ''part of her body!''


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The ''SuperMario'' series subverts the association of Princesses with tiaras by giving Princess Peach a heavy gold circlet decked out in sparkly jewels. Her crown is also a treasure in ''[[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Pikmin 2]]'' (the first region, pretty much as far away as you can get from the landing site). Daisy and Rosalina also wear similar crowns as well.
** A few bosses throughout the series, such as the Bob-Omb King from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', sport these; ironically, Bowser is never seen wearing one.
*** [[YouDontLookLikeYou Though he does]] in [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros the cartoon]], however.
*** And now ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar Paper Mario: Sticker Star]]'' has him sporting a big 'ol hoop crown after taking the power of the Sticker Comet.
* In ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'', some of the bigger and tougher Pigs wear crowns. Such attire is usually switched with whatever headgear is appropriate for the level's theme, however.
* Princess Zelda from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series games normally wears a circlet.
* Slowking from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a Shellder (who is normally bivalve-shaped, but becomes gastropod-shaped if evolved with Slowpoke) for a crown.
* In ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'' [[spoiler:there is a powerful crown called the Master Crown guarded by the four-headed dragon Landia that Magolor desires to rule the universe with. He guides Kirby and the others to beat Landia for him and takes it.]]
** The "elemental" abilities (Fire, Ice, Spark, for example) that Kirby obtains generally have a base design of a crown with the element being emitted from the top.
* The crown of the High King of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is a prime example of a pimped-out helmet: it's a helmet decorated with dragon's teeth.
** The crown of Barenziah from the same game is kinda hard to classify. It's technically a circlet but gold wings big enough that it seems to be a helm when looked from the front. Barenziah also never was seen wearing this crown in either ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' or ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' where she appeared in person (she wore various circlets and tiaras instead).
** Also from ''Morrowind'', Almalexia wears a circlet made of some green metal ({{orichalcum}}?).
** The Aetherial Crown in ''Dawnguard''. It's a circlet with a glowing piece of Aetherium embedded in it. It also boasts a unique and incredibly powerful effect: the ability to have two Standing Stone bonuses at once.
** The Jarls from ''Skyrim'' wear some pretty much plain circlets, not different from player-available jewelry. Justified because they are merely local aristocracy, not full royalty.
* ''VideoGame/FantasyQuest'' presents you with the Crown of Destiny, which grants you access to a sword you need.
* In the ''KingdomHearts'' series, Queen Minnie wears a tiara with gems that form the hidden Mickey symbol, while Daisy, who seems to be a noble of some sort, also wears a tiara. In the Final Mix of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' Sora could obtain a crown that perched on his hair spikes as a reward for completing quests.
* [[WorldOfWarcraft The Lich King]] has the helmet variant, and it looks incredibly badass.
* ''Franchise/ShiningSeries''
** Recovering Princess Jessa's tiara in ''VideoGame/ShiningInTheDarkness'' is required to go further in the game.
** Satera's tiara in ''Videogame/ShiningWisdom'' prevents her from coming tp physical harm, however the BigBad gets around that by turning her into a swan. The only way Mars finds her afterwards is that she's the only swan wearing a tiara.
** ''VideoGame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' you can equip crowns that will greatly raise certain stats.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the "Paragon Crown", made by whichever [[TheAce Paragon]] you encountered in the Deep Roads, can be given to whichever claimant to the throne of the dwarven city of Orzammar you wish. It's is suitably dwarven in styling, made of gold and rubies.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* The King of Town from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' appears to be wearing a paper crown he bought at Burger King, according to Strong Bad.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''{{Exiern}}'' King Urtica has the circlet (emblazoned with a stylised sun) style of crown, which is in keeping with his status as a hard-working (albeit in a MagnificentBastard cum ChessMaster kind of way) monarch.
* Xykon of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a small crown upon his head. In his case, he got it explicitly ''because'' he thought crowns were cool, rather than it being some special artifact (though it has since become a low-grade ArtifactOfDoom due some of his evil rubbing off on it). [[spoiler:He also used it to kill Eugene's mentor.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rarity wore a tiara with her dress for the Galloping Gala and Rainbow Dash wore a laurel wreath. Twilight Sparkle also has a "[[BuffySpeak big crown thingy]]" that she wears when the ponies must use the Elements of Harmony. Both Princess Celestia and Princess Luna also wear tiaras. Queen Chrysalis wears a small and spiky crown in her true form, although it's hard to tell if it's an accessory or an actual part of her head. King Sombra wears a crown too.
** Minor characters [[SpoiledBrat Diamond Tiara]] and [[SpoiledSweet Zippoorwhill]] both wear tiaras, even when not celebrating a cuteceñera. Diamond Tiara's CoolCrown is even part of her ThemeNaming and is her Cutie Mark.
* All fairies on ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'' wear "floaty crowny things".
* The Fire Lord and his family of the Fire Nation in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' all wear flame-shaped hair ornaments instead of crowns.
** Let's not forget that big-ass helmet, the Phoenix King's crown.
* [[TheStarscream After sending Megatron to his apparent doom]], Starscream wore one of these for his would-be coronation as Decepticon leader in ''TransformersTheMovie'' just right before being melted by Galvatron.
* Many royals in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' wear crowns, tiaras and other head ornaments of some kind. The Ice King's is the most notable, as aside from its large size it grants the wearer great ice-based powers. [[spoiler:It's also an ArtifactOfDoom that slowly corrupts the wearer's body and mind]].
** [[EmperorScientist Princess Bubblegum]]'s crown protects her from [[OmnicidalManiac the Lich]]'s MindControl, which may be true of other royals' crowns as well. The season four finale also reveals that their jewels can, along with [[GreatBigBookOfEverything the Enchiridion]], open a gateway between worlds.
* King Bob's crown-shaped football helmet in ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''.
* When Skullmaster claims Max's cap in the series finale of ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'', the baseball cap transforms into a magnificent jewelled crown.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': Viruses typically feature these as part of their designs, each reflecting its owner's personality. [[EvilOverlord Megabyte]]'s crown is [[SpikesOfVillainy sleek and flame-like]], [[TheTrickster Hexidecimal]]'s [[VillainousHarlequin vaguely resembles a jester's hat]] and [[DarkMessiah Daemon]]'s looks like a [[{{Foreshadowing}} clock-shaped]] HolyHalo.


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* Some of the coolest and strangest crowns ever were sported by the Pharaohs of AncientEgypt. To start with there was the official crown of the Two Kingdoms which combined the conical red crown of Lower Egypt with the tall, ninepin shaped white crown of Upper Egypt. If the king wanted a less formal look he went with the Blue War Crown, which was a [[BlingOfWar Pimped Out Helmet]]: a tall rounded hat sometimes covered with gold sequins--a particular favorite of UsefulNotes/RamsesII, to emphasize his YoungConqueror image. Best of all was the 'atef crown'. In it's simplest incarnation this consisted of a pair of rams' horns surmounted by a shape like the white crown but in reeds flanked by ostrich plumps and topped off by a sun disk. Fancier versions multiplied the reed thingies and sun disks and hung cobras all over it. What these crowns were made of and how they were kept on is mostly unknown to science; it's likely that they were at least sometimes made at least partly of cloth or dyed leather. It is possible that some of the more elaborate structures were mere artistic convention never worn in Real Life.