The ruling class are monstrous/supernatural. The literal {{Blue Blood}}s, if you will.

This is nominally about supernatural creatures who have their own upper class ([[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking who are very likely to be more powerful than the lower-class supernaturals]]), but it can include characters who happen to be both supernatural and upper-class, characters who are supernatural ''because'' they're upper-class, or characters who are upper-class because they're supernatural. Due to the proud tradition of AsskickingEqualsAuthority and AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, all four possibilities are likely to be true. Their lower-class subjects can be supernatural, "normal", or a mix of the two.

In some ways, the martial skills of feudal aristocracies (who were often the only skilled fighters at the time) could be compared to the supernatural skills of these elites. There's probably some element of [[SocialDarwinist Social Darwinism]] at work here.

Some ancient cultures believed this to be TruthInTelevision (or at least the subjects were ''supposed'' to believe that), e.g. concerning the Pharaoh of Egypt.

Subtropes include:
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* CelestialParagonsAndArchangels
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils
* GodEmperor
* HiveQueen: may or not be an example, depending on how they control their underlings.
* TheMagocracy
* MonsterKnight
* MonsterLord
* TheNecrocracy
* TopGod
* VampireMonarch
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VampiresAreRich is a SisterTrope (if not a subtrope).

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** All residents of Seireitei (lit: "The Court of Pure Souls") count as this. It's where all the privileged souls reside in the afterlife. That includes [[TheNecrocracy government officials]], {{shinigami}}, nobles, vassals, peacekeeping forces, and others. Every other soul either resides in Rukongai (lit: "Wandering Soul City") or suffers a FateWorseThanDeath elsewhere.
** Quincies are split into [[BlueBlood Echt]] and [[ServantRace Gemischt]] depending on purity of blood line. However, Uryuu Ishida's social status is murky because he is the Gemischt son of a high-ranking Echt father and a Gemischt NinjaMaid. [[spoiler:Made worse upon introduction to Quincy society, where he is immediately KickedUpstairs to become UnexpectedSuccessor to TheEmperor.]]
* In ''TheTwelveKingdoms'', the elites are immortal, can speak any language, and the kings and queens are so strong that killing demons is child's play to them.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The Empire from ''Franchise/StarWars'' is led by the Sith, wielders of the dark side of the Force who possess powers that are magical in everything but name. The ability to wield the Force is innate - an average person cannot be trained in it. The Republic (both old and new) and the Rebel Alliance likewise have the Jedi, wielders of the light side of the Force. The Jedi do not lead the Republic, but they act as its elite warriors, even replacing the regular army by the time the prequels start.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In MarionZimmerBradley's ''{{Darkover}}'' series the Comym are seen as this. The mythical origin is that they have divine ancestry. But in reality they are HalfHumanHybrid descendants of humans and a race a SpaceElves with PsychicPowers.
* The Red and White Courts of vampires in ''TheDresdenFiles'' both appear to operate on an aristocracy-based system, particularly the Red, and the two [[TheFairFolk Faerie]] Courts have monarchies and nobles.
* This appears in the ''{{Deryni}}'' works, and King Kelson Haldane in particular holds that his arcane powers, which he distinguishes from those of [[PsychicPowers Deryni]] in general, are a manifestation of divine favour, signifying his right to rule. He says as much during an archiepiscopal tribunal investigating Duncan [=McLain's=] marriage:
--> "Deryni are not the only ones to have this power, Bishop Arilan....We Haldanes can tell when a man is lying. It is a power of our sacred kingship."
* The Psi Lords of Takis in the ''WildCards'' series have built up this mystique around themselves, although in practice they are really just products of a SuperBreedingProgram to produce ever-greater [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic powers]].
* All European royals and nobles in Neil Gaiman's short story ''AStudyInEmerald'' (an IntercontinuityCrossover between SherlockHolmes and the CthulhuMythos) literally have [[AlienBlood blue blood]]. They're all either {{Eldritch Abomination}}s or the [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] [[HumanoidAbomination progeny]] of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
-->''She was called Victoria, because she had beaten us in battle, seven hundred years before, and she was called Gloriana, because she was glorious, and she was called the Queen, because the human mouth was not shaped to say her true name. She was huge, huger than I had imagined possible, and she squatted in the shadows staring down at us, without moving''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has the alphas, who are also the [[MonsterProgenitor first of their kinds]].
* In ''TrueBlood'', the vampires operate on a feudal system. A Vampire King/Queen claims a territory and appoints sheriffs to administer it for him/her. Usually the most powerful and/or oldest vampire becomes the monarch, however, the position can be reached if a vampire is politically connected with the Authority who seem to be a governing council above the monarchies.
* ''VampireDiaries'' has the Originals, who seem to be the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin original]] vampire family. They're the strongest vampires around and can compel lesser vampires to do their bidding. They cannot be killed with standard anti-vampire methods. They're mostly unknown among younger vampires since [[spoiler: the Original Klaus hunted down the rest of his family and put them into a suspended state]].
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E4StateOfDecay State of Decay]]'', the Three Who Rule are vampires, feeding off the peasants whom they rule.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': in the rushed series finale Angel ''et al.'' go up against the Circle of the Black Thorn, who are supernatural rulers/elite.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''{{Exalted}}'', the Scarlet Dynasty, the ruling class of [[TheEmpire the Realm]] is composed largely of the [[ElementalPowers Terrestrial Exalted]].
** Hell is also organised into a hierarchy of serfs, citizens and Unquestionable.
* WarhammerFantasy's many supernatural creatures provide a number of examples:
** The Nehekharan undead, an entire kingdom of resurrected egyptian-styled humans, were governed by kings, an aristocracy and a priesthood in life, which has translated into a hierarchy of undead types in death thanks to the various degrees of mummification and preservation each class enjoyed. The rulers of the Nehekharan tomb-cities are the Tomb Kings and Tomb Princes - who became fully-fledged mummies. Their royal guards, chief architects and highest courtiers were only partially mummified, so became less powerful and less independent wights. The common folk did not receive any kind of mummification, and so were resurrected as near-mindless animated skeletons. The priesthood, being scholars of death and necromancy, never died and persisted as liches.
** Warhammer's Daemons of Chaos are organised along hierarchical lines, with Greater Daemons and Daemon Princes ruling over Lesser Daemons (the most important of which are known as Heralds and Champions), who in turn have dominion over daemonic beasts and daemonic mounts. Each of the four Gods of Chaos has its own parallel hierarchy of daemons along these lines. The lowest of the low are the Furies, with no divine patron, who are little better than scavengers and looked down upon by the rest of daemonkind.
** The Vampire Counts of Sylvania maintain a vampire aristocracy ruling over a human peasantry.
** The Treemen, Branchwraiths, Branch Nymphs, Dryads and Spites of the Loren Forest seem to have their own hierarchy.
* The main feature of the ''Tabletop/{{Birthright}}'' tabletop game. All the rulers in the realm are 'scions', who have inherited some supernatural powers. (The first scions received the powers when the gods of the realm perished in battle.) It's a variation on the "divine right of kings"; an unpowered ruler couldn't hope to get the trust of the populace.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The maesters of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' are mostly unsent souls who simply aren't interested in giving away their power, even after their deaths.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', the house of Aensland is the ruling family for all of Makai.
* NipponIchi games have this to varying degrees in their games. [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl]] is a prince, generally respected within his castle. [[MakaiKingdom Zetta]], who has to regain the kingdom he accidentally destroyed, earns varying levels of respect and obedience from his vassals. He gets none from the vegetables, who [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail thought they were an autonomous collective]].
* In the obscure PS2-game ''[[{{Deception}} Kagero: Deception 2]]'', humans are basically second-class to a nobility consisting of 'Timenoids' - blue-skinned immortals. As the player, you are initially a slave to the Timenoids, but eventually, you must decide whether to help them brutally suppress an emerging human uprising, help LaResistance destroy the Timenoid elite, or just KillEmAll.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent True Ancestors]] don't exactly have a proper hierarchy, but the highest-ranking of the True Ancestors are the ones closest to manifesting the Crimson Moon -- Arcueid and Altrouge Brunestud are considered the princesses of the True Ancestors.

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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* How the [[TheFairFolk magical]] [[WitchSpecies people]] work in the ''{{Franchise/Buildingverse}}''. There are their Kings and Queens (according to ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' they either inherit or [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt win]] these titles through blood) and various lesser beings they rule. These courts seem to be also thematic thanks to a mix of the rulers being {{Fisher King}}s and their lands {{Fisher Kingdom}}s.

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[PrincessesRule Princesses Luna and Celestia]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', who are the {{Alicorn}} [[GodEmperor rulers of equestria]] and {{Physical Goddess}}es. The rest of the population is composed of simple pegasi, unicorns and Earth Ponies, and while [[WordOfGod Word of Faust]] says that the three races can mate with each other, it's obvious that a pegasus and a unicorn won't produce an Alicorn (also, the princesses look [[LargeAndInCharge more like normal horses than ponies]]).
** And most of the aristocracy of Equestria appears to consist of unicorns, though not all.
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