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When it comes to [[{{Matriarchy}} women in positions of power with royal lineage]], there are two flavors. On one hand, you have [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the evil, power-hungry bitches]]. And on the other hand, you have this trope.

A woman of wealth, power and near-impossible beauty. She always has a calm demeanor and regal bearing. Her very voice, even if it doesn't [[PowerEchoes ring with power]] (and it often does), still lets you know that, in some way, she's probably better than you, even if the lady herself doesn't look down on you at all.

Her beauty can often be so great, [[ModestRoyalty even simple robes look majestic on her]].

Her beauty and goodness are usually to be [[CourtlyLove admired passionately but from some distance]]. The High Queen is rarely a love interest, but the few times she is, expect a little [[DefrostingIceQueen warming up]] due to the charms of the hero.

A common characterization for non-evil regnant [[RoyalBlood queens]], princesses (the more mature ones) and goddesses (especially the non-evil/bastardy ones). May also be the polar opposite of the RichBitch. This is what TheOjou and PrincessClassic want to be when they grow up. If she can fight, she's a LadyOfWar. Sometimes we get to see glimpses -- or the whole story from the POV -- of TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask. She's also very likely to have a LadyAndKnight relationship with one of her subjects at some point. For the others, she typically commands such high respect and devotion that her subjects will march to and fight at the Gates of Hell without question if she needed them to.

Like other Über-character types, The High Queen runs a risk of becoming a MarySue, though mostly an acceptable one at that.

The presence of a High Queen is sometimes an indication of a {{Matriarchy}}.

The IronLady is the non-royal version of this trope; because non-royals have to ''fight'' for their position, such characters generally combine elements of The High Queen and GodSaveUsFromTheQueen. If she literally fights, she is a LadyOfWar. If her fighting is more indirect and subtle, she is SilkHidingSteel.

In terms of the ranks of AuthorityTropes, the tropes that are equal are GodSaveUsFromTheQueen, TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask, SheIsTheKing, IronLady, TheGoodKing and PresidentEvil. The next steps down are TheEvilPrince, PrinceCharming, PrinceCharmless, WarriorPrince, TheWisePrince, and all PrincessTropes. The next step up is TheEmperor.


* The Queen in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure''. Who is, by the way, at least 10 feet high, CGI generated and has the voice of a great Goddess. Oh yes, and she never moves, not even her mouth, she seems to use telepathy.
* Flora in ''[[Anime/YesPrecure5 Yes! Pretty Cure 5 Go Go]]''.
* Queen Serenity and Neo Serenity in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
* The Queen in ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''. The one that came before her, [[spoiler:Majo Tourbillion]], [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen is the main antagonist of the series]].
* Athena in ''{{Appleseed}}'' holds the office of Prime Minister of the City of Olympus, making her more or less the Supreme Leader of the World. She's not just good at her job and very capable of getting other national leaders in line, she's actually a member of a genetically engineered race specifically enhanced to govern humans.
* [[OverlyLongName Princess Arika Anarkia Entheofushia of Vespertatia]] from ''MahouSenseiNegima''. She occasionally acts as a LadyOfWar.
* [[spoiler: Relena Peacecraft]] from ''GundamWing'' tries her hand at this [[spoiler: when she briefly becomes Queen of the World in exchange for the Sanc Kingdom citizen's safety.]] It starts more or less well, but it doesn't really work on the long run [[spoiler:(especially after her brother, Zechs, the new leader of White Fang, declares war on Earth) and the RebelliousPrincess hands the baton to the MagnificentBastard Treize and leaves, instead of bowing to the Romefeller group that made her Queen.]]
* Lacus Clyne of ''GundamSEED'' and ''GundamSEEDDestiny''. In the original Japanese her speech pattern is extremely formal and slightly princessy. She is almost always calm (there are only two times she's very emotional: when her father Siegel is killed, and when [[spoiler: her BodyDouble Meer [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in her arms]]]]) and is nicknamed The Pink Princess and is referred to as The White Queen in ''GundamSEEDDestiny''.
* Princess Feena Fam Earthlight from ''YoakeMaeYoriRuriIroNa''.
* Helba from Franchise/DotHack easily qualifies for this. She's a Hacker in ''The World'' who's character stats are maxed out, has the ability to access regions of the game that no normal player would ever be able to access, and plays her name off as the Queen of Darkness mentioned in the lost poem the game was based around. She's not evil though. She prefers to stay behind the scenes to help players out.
* Queen Henrietta de Tristain from ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima''. With a minor in LadyOfWar.
* This trope and PoliticallyActivePrincess were ''vital'' in the plot of ''AnatoliaStory'', as being [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tawananna the Tawananna]] aka the Queen of the Hitites was ''more'' than merely becoming a HotConsort to the King - she must also be his NumberTwo. [[spoiler: Kail's dead mother Queen Henti]] was this [[spoiler: until she was murdered by her sucessor, Nakia]]; years later, the struggle between the actual Tawananna and BigBad Nakia vs. Kail's companion and prospect Tawananna Yuri Ishtar is one of the main driving points of the story. [[spoiler: Yuri ultimately becomes victorious and banishes Nakia away, not before openly telling her tbat she will be a much better Tawananna than Nakia ever was.]]
* [[spoiler: Miya Asama]] from ''{{Sekirei}}'' is to revealed to be this, having retired from her LadyOfWar role.
* Youko Nakajima alias Queen Seikishi of Kei from TheTwelveKingdoms; the novels focus on how this once ShrinkingViolet OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent grows into a LadyOfWar and The High Queen. Other high queens include the queens of Kyou (Shushou) and Sai (Chuukin) who have reigned wisely and well.
* Serene, graceful and benevolent Fassa from ''Manhwa/{{Chonchu}}'' is one of these, despite being betrothed to a DarkLord that she doesn't really love.
* ''TheSlayers'' light novels mention (but not quite elaborate upon) that Zephilia, the country from where Lina came, is ruled by an immortal queen who is one of the remaining pieces of the Water Dragon God (similar to the anime-specific character Auntie Aqua). From what we know from the novels and [[WordOfGod Kanzaka's comments]], she is The High Queen.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Storm}} of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', who has been (or is) both a goddess ''and'' a queen.
* Titania, Queen of Faerie, in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' and ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic''. She's beautiful, imperious, and somewhat manipulative, though her motives are understandable and the miniseries that told her origin story made her more sympathetic.
* Depending on the writer and storyline Queen Hyppolita, WonderWoman's mother and ruler of Themyscira, is usually portrayed as this. Even after she is shown going bat-shit crazy and creating an elaborate GambitRoulette to humble her daughter and eliminate one of her opponents, she is eventually given an author-saving throw by going into the past and serving as the original JSA's Wonder Woman, returning and relinquishing voluntarily most of her authority to two elected amazons.

* Queen Remedi in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* As the measured, diplomatic counterpoint to her more impulsive husband, Queen Elinor from the film ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' carries the weight of the kingdom on her shoulders. Elinor is also very elegant and ladylike, befitting her role as the queen.
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'''s sequel has The Queen of England - a beautiful and kindly woman who welcomes Pocahontas graciously to the court. As well as that she acts as a voice of reason towards her rather impatient husband.
** The first film implies that Pocahontas's deceased mother was this in her time. Part of Pocahontas's CharacterDevelopment in the film is to learn how to someday become this to her people.
* Princess Fiona of the ''{{Shrek}}'' films is initially portrayed like a queen from fairy tales, speaking formally in matters of courtship and presenting high expectations of how she is to be rescued, who is to rescue her, and so forth.
** Her mother Queen Lillian is also kind, courteous and gracious. She's also far more accepting of Fiona's marriage to Shrek than her husband - who vehemently opposes it. The third film shows that she's also SilkHidingSteel when it comes to escaping from prison.
* Even before the [[PowerIncontinence plot got started]], Queen Elsa from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' fit the profile. She's also the first official Disney Princess[[note]]Kida from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' and Nala from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' also became Queens but they aren't in the line[[/note]] to become a Queen in her film.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': Frigga is the Queen of Asgard, and she is beautiful, gracious and regal.
** [[LadyOfWar And not to mention deadly...]]
* The Light Queen from ''Film/MirrorMask'', [[spoiler:who represents everything Helena loves about her Mother.]] Granted, she's [[SealedGoodInACan in a coma]] for most of the film, but she definitely falls under this trope.
* In the prequel trilogy of StarWars, the queens of Naboo are generally portrayed as just, kind and competent rulers. (The fact that, unlike most royals, they are elected instead of inheriting the throne, may have something to do with it.) We only really see evidence of Amidala's rule, but there is nothing to suggest anything untoward about Jamilia and Apilana's rule.
* Elizabeth I of England was this in RealLife (as noted below in that category), but various cinematic representations of her don't always fit the bill. One which very much does is her portrayal by Creator/CateBlanchett in ''[[Film/{{Elizabeth}} Elizabeth: The Golden Age]]''.
* Queen Susan Pevensie from ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' becomes this in ''Film/PrinceCaspian'' and will probably grow into this role even more in ''TheHorseAndHisBoy''.
** Although in ''TheLastBattle'' it is clearly implied that, in the "real world," she is anything but (nor is she like [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the other kind of queen]]). The novel of ''Prince Caspian'' foreshadows this. Her sister Lucy is a heroic Queen too but doesn't fit the personality type.
** Ramandu's daughter (named Lilliandil in the films) became one in between ''VoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' and ''TheSilverChair''.
* Neytiri actually becomes a queen at the end of ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
* Sybilla in ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven''.
* Izzy's interpretation of Queen Isabella of Spain in ''TheFountain''.
* The White Queen from Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland''. Her sister (who is [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the opposite]]) laments that she can make anything fall in love with her - even the furniture. WordOfGod says that part of this is just a bit of a ruse - and that she surrounds herself with bright imagery because she's too tempted by the dark side.
* Implied in ''Film/FairyTaleATrueStory'' with Mab, the Fairies' Queen. She seems to be this trope when she appears before Elsie and Frances at the end. It's also implied [[spoiler: she helped return Frances's father home from the war]].

* Lady Galadriel in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings,'' though technically [[JustTheFirstCitizen never a queen]]. Explained by her having seen the faces of the Angels, which grants a greater presence; having one of the Three Rings; and being older than ''[[TimeAbyss the sun itself]]'', and thus possessing the wisdom of ''many, many'': about seven or eight millennia. Surprise surprise, she's played by Cate Blanchett mentioned above in Peter Jackson's film.
** Lady Arwen becomes an actual Queen at the end, though the most we know about her comes from the appendices in the books. The film confirms that she is the trope.
** Melian from ''TheSilmarillion'' also qualifies. A lesser deity (like Gandalf), older than the world itself, she was Queen of Doriath; her husband Thingol ruled (unfortunately, since he was much less wise than she was) but it was she who protected their realm. [[MasterApprenticeChain She knew and taught Galadriel]], by the way.
* The Childlike Empress in ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory''.
* [[spoiler: Titania]] from JohnCWright's ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming'' is this, having grace, power, serenity and beauty, as well as being a PhysicalGod. However, she is ''not'' TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask; when her lover shows up, she turns into a GenkiGirl.
* Kahlan in the SwordOfTruth series, despite the fact that the third of the world she rules loses its sovereignty to the main character, ruler of another third of the world (and her husband (would create lots of intermarital conflict, but those two are just excessive examples of overly perfect people thrown into stupidly contrived bad situations by the fourth book, so it doesn't).
* Literature/LandOfOz series: While Ozma of Oz holds the title of princess, in the later books she definitely has all the other qualities required.
** In the Live-action Oz adaptation/[[spoiler: sequel]] ''Series/TinMan'', the lavender-eyed queen definitely shows signs of this, especially in her [[spoiler: flashback with Ambrose, explaining how and why the trusted advisor became the lobotomized "Glitch".]]
** Glinda the Good is this, as well. In the books, she's a lot more Galadriel than Billie Burke (and would NEVER wear pink). Tolkien historians have even noted how much Galadriel resembles Glinda (They're pretty much the same character), but Tolkien wasn't lifting from Baum. They were both just drawing from the same Fairy Queen archetype.
* Queen Morgase in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.
** Berelain is a really weird version, at least as portrayed after she stopped chasing Perrin.
** Egwene, especially in books [[PillarsOfMoralCharacter 11]] and [[LadyOfWar 12]]. Even better, this is when she is a [[{{Determinator}} prisoner, kept drugged, beaten to the point of requiring healing multiple times a day, and locked in a dungeon]].
* In ''HisDarkMaterials'' Serafina Pekkala is the Queen of the Witches of Lake Inara. She is a wise and benevolent ruler, as well as very helpful to the protagonists across all three books.
* Queen Islanzadí­ in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is supposed to be this.
* ''TheFaerieQueene'' Gloriana, an {{Expy}} of Queen Elizabeth... [[SecondhandStorytelling or so we're often told]]. [[AuthorExistenceFailure The author died]] before ever writing a chapter where the eponymous queen makes an appearance.
* [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Alette]] of ''KittyNorville'' certainly counts as this. She's even got the ReallySevenHundredYearsOld thing going for her: a very long lifespan to allow her to accumulate wealth and power...and all used [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming to protect and shelter her family]]. Even better, she's set up to look like the RichBitch by the local lycanthropes until we learn she's just TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask.
* Gloriana is a fantasy version of [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Queen Elizabeth I]] in Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''Gloriana; or, The Unfulfilled Queen''. She is so wrapped up in her duties as Queen of Albion that she cannot achieve orgasm no matter how kinky she gets. And, as Moorcock depicts, she gets damned kinky.
* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] by George Martin in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' (of course) with Margaery Tyrell, whose reputation of purity and benevolence is largely the result of having a very PR-savvy grandmother like Lady Oleanna. In reality, while she's more savvy than Sansa Stark and tries to do what she can to [[spoiler: free her "husband" Tommen from his evil mom Cersei's influence]], poor Margaery is still nothing more than just one more pawn in the Game of Thrones. However, she does also ingratiate herself to the citizens of King's Landing. She buys food from the market, buys dresses from local seamstresses, and also gives great shows of charity. She also is helping to shape Tommen into TheGoodKing, advising him to ride in sight of his subjects and observe the small council to see how things are run (though Cersei forbids them from doing those.)
** Daenerys Targeryen, on the other hand, may turn out to be the real deal. ''May''. If the preview for the fifth book is any indication, she's definitely going to have to claw her way to this status.
** Book five actually deconstructs this while still portraying her as TheWomanWearingTHeQueenlyMask. It's pretty hard to be The High Queen when your subjects hate your guts, bloody flux rampages through your cities and even your own dragons do not always take you seriously.
* Ysandre de la Courcel in JacquelineCarey's ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' books, who once [[spoiler:stopped an entire rebel army]] by virtue of her sheer High-Queen-ness.
* Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip:
** In ''Literature/TheBellAtSealeyHead'', Ysabo hears a great deal about Queen Hydria and her court. [[spoiler:In the ending, she helps rescue them and learns she was living in the queen's enchanted court.]]
** ''The Book of Atrix Wolfe'' has the high queen in the LostWoods who communicates with Atrix and Burne by TalkingInYourDreams.
* Rhian in Karen Miller's ''Literature/GodspeakerTrilogy''.
* Queen Ehlana in the ''{{Elenium}}'' and ''Tamuli'' trilogies by Creator/DavidEddings. At the beginning she is a DamselInDistress that was poisoned and put into sleep in crystal to keep her alive until the heroes find a cure. When she is finally awakened she [[spoiler:plots revenge against the one who poisoned her, easily {{Batman Gambit}}s a church into choosing her own candidate for a pope, lectures another country's king on how to be a true MagnificentBastard]]... She is on the good side, don't worry. Subverts the trope as well, as those who get beyond her carefully crafted image find she is very much sneaky, underhanded, cunning, and ruthless, though she genuinely cares for her kingdom and her people.
** As for [[DefrostingIceQueen warming up]] due to the charms of the hero? Somewhat reversed. She loved the hero since she was a child; convincing him she was no longer a child, overcoming his noble intention not to saddle her with an older husband, and convincing him that he wasn't taking advantage of her youthful infatuation, took a little work. She was... somewhat heavy handed.
* Another Eddings example was [[spoiler:Polgara]] from Literature/{{Belgariad}} when she had ruled her own realm in the past.
* Queen Selenay and High Priest Solaris in MercedesLackey's ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' books, especially from a distance. To their closer associates, they also have a strong touch of TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask.
* The ''WickedLovely'' series gives us Sorcha, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Queen of the high court]].
* Queen Susan "the Gentle" in ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' was described as WorldsMostBeautifulWoman (Narnia, not Earth). The Prince of Calormene did not take it very well when she refused his marriage proposal.
** Queen Regnant Swanwhite was mostly mentioned as the Narnian version of WorldsMostBeautifulWoman, but it's reasonable to think that she was one of these too.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Taramis.
** Yasmina Devi in "Literature/ThePeopleOfTheBlackCircle" fits this trope better still. Even Howard, who had an ambivalent attitude toward civilized society at best, describes her as "true aristocracy" in his narrative.
* Queen Irene of Attolia in ''[[TheQueensThief The Queen's Thief Series]]'' and Queen Helen of Eddis are both this trope, though Eddis is not beautiful but is described as almost ugly.
* Queen Elizabeth III in ''Literature/HonorHarrington''. She manages this even though she's in a constitutional monarchy.
* Thayet from the ''Literature/TortallUniverse.'' She's a legitimate badass and founded a paramilitary force to protect the more remote places in the realm, but she's also an excellent host and diplomat, serving as an excellent co-regent to [[TheGoodKing her husband Jon]].
* Empress Berenene from the Literature/CircleOfMagic world is this with a wide, [[BewareTheNiceOnes usually hidden but nevertheless well-known]] streak of GodSaveUsFromTheQueen.
* Woodcarver from ''Literature/AFireUponTheDeep''.
* Rowena, queen of Alora, in ''Literature/SummersAtCastleAuburn''.
* Catherine of Aragon as interpreted in ''Mary, Bloody Mary''. Most novels written about the same period have her in this trope and typically contrast her with Anne Boleyn who rarely gets this treatment. Also Jane Seymour though she only appears at the end of the book after Anne's death.
** The diary book ''My Tudor Queen'' does this with Catherine also, covering her journey from Princess of Aragon to her coronation as Queen of England. The trope is really played straight towards the end of the book where Catherine rallies the troops against King James of Scotland, while Henry is away fighting in France.
* Aislynn, the White Queen in ''Literature/TerraMirumChronicles'' is strongly implied to have been this, admired by her son, her subjects, and the Red Queen.
* The ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series has Queen Titania, who rules Fairyland alongside King Oberon.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* "Her Majesty" fulfills this trope in ''NinpuSentaiHurricanger''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Queen Margaery Tyrell projects this image while she is married to King Renly Baratheon.
* Isabella Rossellini's Athena in the TV miniseries of ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' has an affectionate, conversational, almost casual relationship with her mortal. Her relative lack of imperious posturing (along with a gently teasing/chiding attitude) serves to enhance her confidence and thus her authority.
* Delenn in ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* As of the end of series four of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Queen Guinevere Pendragon. As of the season five finale [[spoiler: it's revealed that ''she'' was the monarch that finally revoked the magic ban]].
** Series four also introduced Queen Annis, though she was portrayed as slightly older than most versions of this trope.
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', Linger's mother, Queen Wu of Nanzhao, was this. The prequel series also gives us her grandmother [[FemmeFatale Zixuan]], a somewhat...different example.
* In KoreanDrama series ''Faith'' aka ''The Great Doctor'', Princess Nogook embodies this trope--beauty, intelligence, serenity, and [[SilkHidingSteel well concealed iron will]]--to the point of (initially) annoying and intimidating her [[ShelteredAristocrat husband.]]
* Lao Ma from ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' ticks nearly every box: calm, composed, wise, regal, beautiful and so on.
* The trope is deconstructed throughout ''[[Literature/TheCousinsWarSeries The White Queen]]'' miniseries regarding the successive queens that take the throne. Elizabeth Woodville projects the image of the High Queen marvellously, but it's clear that behind closed doors she can be very cunning and demanding. Following in her footsteps is Anne Neville, who is painfully aware of her own shortcomings in comparison to the beauty and charisma that her predecessor possessed. Finally Elizabeth of York takes the throne, who is the epitome of the trope -- save for the fact that unlike the other two, she has no desire to be Queen.
* Freyja, Queen of the Valkyries in ''{{Charmed}}'''s 6th season premiere. She also appears as more of a LadyOfWar while the rest of the Valkyries are Action Girls.
* Queen Anne in ''Series/TheMusketeers'', though her youth and idealism means that there's also a touch of the PrincessClassic about her.
* In the episode "Liege Lord" of ''Series/{{Reign}}'' Queen Mary tells Lord [=McKenzie=], her late father's loyal man, about the secret clause in her wedding contract. She asks him to tell everyone when he returns to Scotland. He accepts, lowers his sword and bows to his Queen and tells her he's waited a long time for her to rise.
* Of Henry's six queens in ''Series/TheTudors'', Queens Catherine of Aragon, Jane Seymour and Catherine Parr fit this trope the best, all three being beautiful, self-assured, and conscious of their duties. (In comparison, Anne Boleyn is a FemmeFatale, Catherine Howard is TheDitz, and Anne of Cleves never gets the chance to technically ''become'' a High Queen).

* Irish folk-rockers Music/{{Horslips}} set the old mythology to music in two concept albums. High Queen Medhbh (see Mythology, below) gets a critical review for her shrewishness and greed, which started a destructive war over disputed ownership of a bull:
-->Her words were sharp, they cut him deep, in that war between the sheets.
-->And so when he brought his bull to her,
-->It meant a woman making war - beyond the eiderdown!
-->Charolais, charolais, we are come for you today; the champions and the seven sons are come to take away the Dun...

* Deborah from Literature/TheBible, fourth Judge of Israel and LadyOfWar. So inspirational that her appointed military leader didn't think he could win the impending battle without her.
* Amaterasu from ''JapaneseMythology'' in a rare mythological example. She was made queen of heaven due to her radiant beauty and compassion and tends to be loved by all. She is rarely if ever overshadowed by any of the male deities or portrayed as having a dark side like Hera from GreekMythology.
* Speaking of whom, [[GreekMythology Hera]] herself often fit The High Queen mold when interacting with anyone who wasn't [[WomanScorned involved with Zeus]] [[ClingyJealousGirl in an intimate way]]. Basically: don't have a tryst of any kind with Zeus, pay Hera her godly respects loyally, and she will bless and reward you quite generously. See the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, where Hera is an unambiguously heroic presence.
* [[KingArthur Guinevere]] (picture above) in her more sympathetics iterations, when she isn't [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the opposite trope]].
* Irish mythology has several examples, both the best and the worst. The High Queen of Connacht, Medhbh, is portrayed as scheming, domineering and greedy for wealth and possessions. She browbeats her under-the-thumb husband Ailill into opening what becomes a ruinous and destructive war over possession of the Red Bull, the finest animal in all Ireland. The war ends with ruin, including the deaths of not only Ireland's greatest heroes, Cuchullain and his blood-brother Ferdia, but with the deaths of all seven of the queen's sons.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Queen Aurala of Aundaire in the {{Eberron}} setting of ''DungeonsAndDragons'' is an unusual High Queen: she's busy plotting global domination and aims to reignite the Last War. Her biggest adversary, and Eberron's foremost advocate of peace and tolerance, is a LawfulEvil vampire king. It's that kind of setting.
* The Scarlet Empress from the RPG ''{{Exalted}}''. (To her subjects. To everyone else in Creation, it's GodSaveUsFromTheQueen.)
** Also Merela, leader of the Solar Deliberative for much of the First Age.
** Before them, there was also Ruvelia, the ''other'' [[AnatomyOfTheSoul Fetich]] of Malfeas. Her death caused Malfeas to become an extremely unpleasant being.
* ''{{Warhammer}}'' has Alarielle the Radiant, Everqueen of Avelorn and one of the two co-rulers of High Elf Kingdoms of Ulthuan. She fits the trope perfectly, especially the magically majestic end (she is also a living vessel of the Elven mother goddess Isha). A slightly more rustic and earth-motherly version is found in Ariel, Mage-Queen of Loren, the Wood Elf equivalent.
* Katrina Steiner and later her daughter Melissa in the ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' universe. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Not so much Melissa's daughter Katherine in turn, though.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Goddess Palutena from ''VideoGame/KidIcarus''.
* Sun Lian in ''JadeEmpire'' if you make the right choices. Others include making her a tyrant who dons her disguise, possibly with the player character, to silence dissenters personally and permanently.
* Zelda, most notably in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. Yet she's still called a "princess" for [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses some reason]]. At least ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' acknowledges her as "queen".
** In ''Twilight Princess'', Zant invaded on what would have been her coronation day, according to WordOfGod.
** It was that very ceremony that Link was going to travel to the capital to attend and present the sword and shield as a tribute from Ordon Village to the new queen. The fact that the village was suddenly covered in Twilight as he's about to embark does a good job establishing the time frame of the background events.
** And elsewhere in the same game, the beautiful and regal Queen Rutela of the Zora was this - until BigBad Zant had her executed to force the Zora to yield to him.
** And yet again from that very game, [[spoiler: Midna, the titular and legendary Twilight Princess herself. Especially at the end when she and Link broke her curse and helped her return to her world.]]
* This trope was deconstructed in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', when the local High Queen turned out to be [[spoiler: [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen a batshit insane, paranoid bitch whom you ended up fighting as the end boss.]]]]
** The goddess Azura may also count, though the 'goodness' part is highly debatable, as with any other Daedra, who are BlueAndOrangeMorality at best. Yes, Morrowind is [[GreyAndGrayMorality like that]].
** Barenziah also counts, if her unofficial biography (implied to be written and published by her) is any indication.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' had Elisif the Fair, whose title actually is High Queen of Skyrim, though it only becomes official after the Legion wins the Civil War. She strongly opposes Ulfric Stormcloak since he killed her husband Torygg in a duel of debatable officialism and seeks to become the High King of Skyrim. She is also the only Jarl who does not [[RecliningReigner recline]] while sitting on her throne due to having a unique animation; the other members of ruling aristocracy appear to confuse their thrones for lounge chairs.
* [[spoiler: Xelha]] from ''BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'' fits this trope quite well, although her kindness comes more from her role as [[spoiler: WhiteMagicianGirl]].
** Also, Queen Corellia of Anuenue. Not quite as badass as [[spoiler:Xelha]], but still very much a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has Princess Garnet get promoted to Queen on Disk 3. Her mother was supposedly one before being tempted by the dark side.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' we follow the journey of Princess Ashe as she tries to win her throne back. [[spoiler: She succeeds and is this trope]] by the time of the sequel.
* Ming Numara of ''LostOdyssey'', the "thousand-year queen" of the country of Numara.
* Queen Arshtat, the mother of the main character of ''SuikodenV'', fits this trope rather nicely. It's played with somewhat, however, as although her reign has been something of a golden age, after taking up the Sun Rune in an act she believed was for the greater good, Arshtat had been [[spoiler:gradually spiraling into power-mad insanity, finally culminating in her wiping out her own husband in a blind, anger driven swing. Of course, the scene turned... seriously heart-wrenching when Arshtat actually saw who her blast was in the process of erasing... And then she tried to nuke her whole queendom out of grief. Her husband's old friend Georg then, regretfully, fulfills his promise to them and impales her before she is able to. [[DyingAsYourself She regains her sanity for a short time]] and, after thanking him for stopping her, asks Georg to watch over her children.]]
* Yggdra, the eponymous heroine of ''YggdraUnion'', gradually evolves into a combination of one of these and the MessianicArchetype as she matures.
* Queen Fay of OverlordII, the ruler of Light Magic creatures who serves as the {{foil}} to your EvilOverlord and his AlwaysChaoticEvil Minions. Later on during an EnemyMine situation with the Overlord [[spoiler:she sacrifices her energy to power up his ArtifactOfDoom, with the side effect of being driven insane by his dark magic, thus becoming a FallenHero and one of his Mistresses.]]
* Many ladies like this are seen in FireEmblem:
** Queen Rahna of Silesia in ''[[FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu]]''. Also [[spoiler: her sucessor, former LadyOfWar Ferry, according to the manga and the ''Thracia 776'' game.]]
** Lady Eleanora of Pherae from ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken]]''.
*** And [[spoiler: Princess Guinevere]] from ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi]]'', after [[spoiler: her brother King Zephiel dies and she's crowned as the first Queen of Bern.]] The same goes to [[spoiler: Princess Lilina of Ostia, either if she rebuilds her lands alone or marries Roy.]]
** Princess/Queen Elincia from ''[[FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn]]'', despite being kind of TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask in the second game.
** Queen/Exalt Emmeryn from ''FireEmblemAwakening''. [[spoiler: Before her HeroicSuicide. [[CrowningmomentOfAwesome And even during it]].]]
** And finally, [[FireEmblemAkaneia Princess Nyna]], the one who inspired the characterization of all the others in the series.
* Alexstrasza, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent ]] from ''World of Warcraft,'' takes the term AuthorityEqualsAssKicking to a whole new level by being one of the most powerful, albeit [[BigGood benign]] creatures in Azeroth. As a matter of fact, she could take down the resident BigBad by her own if she wanted to. [[StoryBreakerPower Of course]], [[TechnicalPacifist that]] [[FriendToAllLivingThings would be]] [[Film/AliceInWonderland against her vows]].
** Although, at this point, [[BigBad Deathwing]] is so [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity absurdly powerful]] himself that when Alexstrasza and him finally fought in Twilight Highlands after the Cataclysm, it reached a stalemate of sorts with her severely wounded to the point that a mere mortal had to carry her off to safety, but yeah she is considered one of the most powerful creatures to ever have ''existed'' (that's about 60,000 years since she became the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Queen of the Dragons]]/Life-binder via the [[PowersThatBe Tit]][[NeglectfulPrecursors ans]]); it makes you wonder why she didn't just shit all over the Burning Legion, Lich King, the Old Gods, or even Malygos before the BigDamnHeroes did all the hard work for her. She ''has'' been pissed off enough to kill and enact revenge, especially when her own literal children are involved -- "Nekrosss... You had them [[BerserkButton ssslay my children]]! [[MamaBear My children]]!" (seconds before eating Nekros).
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'': Valanice is the most prominent, but Genesta and Titania also do well here.
** Valanice is a good (as in non-evil) Queen, but she is not presented as a radiant untouchable goddess who is never wrong. The Fairy Queens fit this trope much better.
* Queen Anora of Ferelden in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is an interesting case. She has the image of a High Queen, but once you get to know her, she quickly proves herself to be a manipulative and power-hungry politician. That does not mean she is evil, however: she really wants the best for Ferelden and its people, it's just that she is convinced she needs to be in power to make that happen.
** As far as we have heard, Empress Celene of Orlais is a great patron of the arts, a scholar, and willing to put past disputes with Ferelden behind her for the sake of peace.
** [[spoiler:A [[Franchise/MassEffect Paragon]]-type female human Grey Warden can become this if they marry Alistair, and no matter who's romanced a female Warden will be the Arlessa of Amaranthine (more or less) by the end of ''Awakening''.]]
* Queen Alicia II from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky''
* Lady Shurelia, the Tower Administrator of ''ArTonelico'', and the other Tower Administrators, to the degree that the three are worshiped as goddesses.
* Nimwe of the Seelie, from ''VideoGame/ATaleOfTwoKingdoms''.
* Queen Gwendholyn of ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest: Challenge of the Warlords.''
* In Videogame/DragonsDogma, Aelinore essentially represents this trope, even though she's married to the duke and not a king.
* Empress Jessamine Kaldwin of ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' was much beloved by the populace. Of course, you mainly learn about her from the various in-game books as [[WeHardlyKnewYe she dies in the intro of the game]].

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* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', Sharess, legendary dokkalfar queen, and patron goddess to the drowolath and drowussu people, is regarded as having been this by those who still revere her. According to the legend, beseiged by {{Shapeshifting}}, BodySnatching {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, she willingly sacrificed her (earthly) life to give her people a fighting chance of survival in exile.
** Her successor Diva'ratrika is also implied to have been like this for some time, keeping the Drow together, until gradually she grew more isolated and her daughters performed a coup.
* ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''. Princess Voluptua pulls off this image quite well. While not especially formal in her demeanor (as most of her immediate court are [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]], she's the only one who ''doesn't'' speak in pseudo-Elizabethan highfalute), she always exudes an air of supreme confidence and competence.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Aunghadhail, Queen of the West, Daughter of the burning Oak, one of the nine queens of the Faerie Court, all of whom were destroyed a long time ago. She's gotten better.
* ''OpenBlue'':
** Octavia Augusta, Caesar of the [[{{Precursors}} Iormunean Imperium]] in the BackStory, who was a wise and benevolent ruler. In fact, one of her recorded actions was giving the credit for a well-placed strategic move that she was clearly responsible for to wisdom from their goddess. She was also a LadyOfWar who died fighting in defiance of her [[TheEmpire empire's]] destruction.
** And in the modern era, Khanzarina Misha of Yaman.

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* Queen Elyon in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', who starts as a princess but becomes queen after [[spoiler: the evil Phobos is deposed at the end of season one]]. Still, she is still very much a young girl at heart.
* Queen Titania of TheFairFolk in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' was a TrueNeutral version of this after she dropped her {{masquerade}}. Being voiced by [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Kate Mulgrew]] didn't hurt her regality one bit.
* The Dutchess Satine of Mandalore in the CG animated ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'', who is also [[WideEyedIdealist somewhat clueless and inept in ruling a planet full of bloodthirsty space Mongols]], many of which despise her pacifistic ways and want to return to their warlike past.
* Randor's consort Queen Marlena in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', even more so in [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 the 2002 remake]] of the series where her role is expanded and she becomes more involved in her husband's governing.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' Queen Angella is so majestic she even has full length white wings. After being freed she acts as a diplomat for the rebellion.
* Equestria, the setting of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', is ruled by two [[PhysicalGod godlike]] {{Winged Unicorn}}s fitting the trope, if not by actual title due to [[ExecutiveMeddling executives]] believing that EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses and young girls might otherwise cry "GodSaveUsFromTheQueen."
** Princess Celestia is swanlike, slender, graceful, wise, perpetually calm and kindly, and [[LargeAndInCharge easily twice as tall as any other pony around]]. She still manages to be rather down-to-earth and mischievous as well, but it doesn't stop her from regally dominating any scene she walks in on.
** Princess Luna is younger and less poised, but still fits in her own way. The evolution of the trope is actually explored in "Luna Eclipsed". Post-HeelFaceTurn Princess Luna fits the trope as it was before she was [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] a thousand years ago, although she also shows some of the uncertainty of youth. As a result, she comes across as intimidating and unfriendly due to expectations of how a high queen should act having changed in the interim. '''[[NoIndoorVoice HER USE OF THE "ROYAL CANTERLOT VOICE" DOES NOT HELP MATTERS, EITHER.]]''' (PowerEchoes, remember.) As a [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant steward of the night]], she also seems to [[CreepyGood prefer motifs]] [[DarkIsNotEvil usually associated]] with ObviouslyEvil [[EvilOverlord rulers]], further freaking everyone out: She wears a hooded cloak ''made of living bats'' and her guards (unlike her sister's) look positively demonic, for instance. However, by Season 3, [[CharacterDevelopment Luna has grown into the role beautifully]], having become a welcome guardian of her subjects' dreams.
%%* On the subject of ''MyLittlePony'', Rosedust, the queen of the Flutter Ponies, qualifies.
* When Tommy is directing a sci-fi film in ''AllGrownUp'', he has Angelica play the Alien Queen. The character is apparently written as a villain but Angelica changes her lines to make the character nice.
%%* Princess Bubblegum from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
%%* ''[[SofiaTheFirst Sofia's]]'' mother Queen Miranda.