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->''"All men need something greater than themselves to look up to and worship. They must be able to touch the divine here on earth."''
-->-- '''Sir Francis Walsingham''', ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}''

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 are not born with their position, they have to fight for them and such characters generally combine elements of The High Queen and GodSaveUsFromTheQueen. If she literally fights, she, too, 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 (her EvilCounterpart), 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/YesPrettyCure5 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 ''Manga/{{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 ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. She occasionally acts as a LadyOfWar.
%%* [[spoiler:Relena Peacecraft]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' tries her hand at this [[spoiler:when she briefly becomes Queen of the World in exchange for the Sanc Kingdom citizen's safety.]]
* Lacus Clyne of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''. 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny''.
%%* Princess Feena Fam Earthlight from ''VideoGame/YoakeMaeYoriRuriIroNa''.
* Franchise/DotHack: Helba is a Hacker in ''The World'' whose character stats are maxed out, who has the ability to access regions of the game that no normal player would ever be able to access, and who plays her name off as the Queen of Darkness mentioned in the lost poem the game was based around. She prefers to stay behind the scenes to help players out.
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'': Queen Henrietta de Tristain's benevolence earns her a good deal of support from both her noble and common subjects. Several episodes are based around her managing the country.
* Vital to the plot of ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', which centers around the royal succession of the Hittites. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tawananna The Tawananna]] aka the Queen of the Hittites is required to be the King's NumberTwo rather than merely a HotConsort. A past Tawananna, [[spoiler: Kail's deceased mother Queen Henti]], is depicted as a sweet and kind ruler in flashbacks, in contrast to the BigBad [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Nakia]].
%%* [[spoiler: Miya Asama]] from ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' is to revealed to be this, having retired from her LadyOfWar role.
* Youko Nakajima alias Queen Seikishi of Kei from ''LightNovel/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.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' 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.

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%%* ComicBook/{{Storm}} of the ''Comicbook/XMen'', 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, Franchise/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. %%Does not actually indicate how Hyppolita fulfills the qualities specified for TheHighQueen.
%%* Medusa, queen of ComicBook/TheInhumans, consort to Black Bolt. Due to Bolt's powers effectively rendering him mute, she acts as his mouthpiece most of the time. %%Does not indicate how Medusa fulfills qualities of TheHighQueen.

* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Rayana, the Witch Queen Of Avalon. She is powerful, ageless and very committed to protect and counsel the Empire people, especially women and children. The story begins when his husband brings the main characters -Shinji and Asuka- to their Empire and they endeavor to help them because they consider that it is the right thing to do.
%%* Queen Remedi in ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire''.
%%* Queen Lisa in ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen'' ends up as not only this, but also OnlySaneWoman in Southern Isles' court. Elsa also seems to be moving in this direction, although her court is much more mentally stable. %%Does not explain how they fulfill the qualities of TheHighQueen.
* Queen Jane of Skaia in the ''FanFic/GoldenAge'' series is kind, elegant and highly respected by her subjects, although she is a slightly more pranksterish version of this trope.
* Queen Clarion in ''Fanfic/TheyreNotPussywillowPixies''. She not only willingly takes in the Smurfs, but she is more than happy to help them settle in. She also tries rather hard to keep them from getting startled or scared by her and her people.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* 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}}'' 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.%%Does not explain how they fulfill the qualities of TheHighQueen.
* ''Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld'' has The Queen of England - a beautiful and kindly woman who welcomes Pocahontas graciously to the court. She also acts as a voice of reason towards her rather impatient husband.
* ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'':
** Princess Fiona 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.
* Queen Elsa in ''{{Franchise/Frozen}}'' is a kind, and wise queen. Her [[AnIcePerson ice powers]] also make her a BenevolentMageRuler.
** Due to her PowerIncontinence in [[Disney/{{Frozen}} the first film]], she deliberately cultivates a calm demeanor and royal aloofness, and she cares about the well-being of her sister and subjects to the point of being willing to exile herself to protect them, although it doesn't last long, since her exile doesn't fix anything.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': Thor's mother Frigga of Asgard is beautiful, gracious and regal... not to mention [[LadyOfWar deadly]]. Her benevolence is not limited to her own subjects, either--she [[spoiler:dies fighting]] to protect Jane from Malekith.
* 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 ''Franchise/StarWars'', the queens of Naboo are generally portrayed as just, kind and competent rulers, although we only really see Naboo during Amidala's reign. The fact that Naboo's queens are elected instead of inheriting the throne like most royals may have something to do with that.
%%* Neytiri becomes a queen at the end of ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. %%Does not explain why she fits TheHighQueen type in particular.
%%* Sybilla in ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven''.
%%* Izzy's interpretation of Queen Isabella of Spain in ''Film/TheFountain''.
* The White Queen from Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010''. 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 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]].
* Discussed in ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'' (see the above page quote) when Sir Walsingham coaches the young Queen Elizabeth I in how to win the love and devotion of her divided people. The end sequence of the film shows Elizabeth 'remaking' herself as a virgin to better embody the trope, and it seems to work as in the sequel ''Elizabeth: The Golden Age'', the older Elizabeth is shown as being a great and powerful Queen who is beloved and almost treated as a deity by a majority of her subjects.

%%* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
%%** Queen Susan Pevensie becomes this in ''Literature/PrinceCaspian''. In ''Literature/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. %%Does not indicate how she specifically fills the qualities of TheHighQueen.
%%** Ramandu's daughter (named Lilliandil in the films) became one in between ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' and ''Literature/TheSilverChair''.
* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' has Queen Elder (and her sisters, who don't appear much), a wise and kind ruler, who does everything in her power to ensure the safety of the country. Her beauty is not much dwelled on, though it is mentioned that she shares her daughters' delicate features.
* Lady Galadriel in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings,'' though technically [[JustTheFirstCitizen never a queen]]. She is what she is due to having lived in Valinor and seen the faces of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Valar]], having one of the Three Rings, and being over seven thousand years old and thus older than ''[[TimeAbyss the sun itself]]'', and thus possessing the wisdom of a very, ''very'' long life. In the film adaptions, she is played by Creator/CateBlanchett as a beautiful, ethereal, elegant and supremely powerful leader who definitely embodies the trope.
%%** 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 ''Literature/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.
** And on a higher level, Varda is the High Queen of all Middle-earth. Of all the [[OurGodsAreGreater Valar]], the Elves hold her most in reverence.
%%* The Childlike Empress in ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory''.
* [[spoiler: Titania]] from Creator/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 Literature/SwordOfTruth series.
%%* ''Literature/LandOfOz'':
%%** 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.
%%* 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 ''Literature/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.
%%* ''Literature/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 ''Literature/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.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Margaery Tyrell's reputation of purity and benevolence is largely the result of having a very PR-savvy grandmother like Lady Oleanna. She also ingratiates 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.)
** Sansa Stark starts the series ''thinking'' that Queen Cersei Lannister is wise, kind and benevolent, being easily taken in by her beauty, grace and regal bearing. As with many other things, [[WrongGenreSavvy Sansa is dead wrong about this]], and quickly realizes [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen what Cersei is really like.]]
* 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.]]
** ''Literature/TheBookOfAtrixWolfe'' 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 ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'' 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.
%%* 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 Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' books, especially from a distance. To their closer associates, they also have a strong touch of TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask.
%%* The ''Literature/WickedLovely'' series gives us Sorcha, the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Queen of the high court]].
%%* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Taramis.
* Yasmina Devi in "Literature/ThePeopleOfTheBlackCircle".. 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 ''[[Literature/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. However, Eddis is much beloved by her subjects, who do not at all care that she is not pretty. She herself is rather insecure about this and thinks she ''should'' be beautiful to fit this trope, and wears uncomfortable, but pretty dresses to make up for her lack in beauty by increasing her elegance and regal bearing.
%%* 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.
* In ''Literature/LastSacrifice'', [[spoiler:Lissa Dragomir]] is eventually elected Queen of the Moroi. She is beautiful, calm, and regal, and intends to use her authority to resolve the injustices of the Moroi world.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Starting in ''Literature/LoomingShadow'', Kasile is a powerful and regal queen that enjoys the respect of her people.
* [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Hedwig]] in ''Literature/TheKnightsOfTheCross'' is beloved by [[TheGoodKing her husband]] and practically worshiped by her people.
* Bluestar from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is treated this way, though Clans have no monarchy so she is officially just their [[TheLeader leader]]. She is a regal blue-furred cat with IcyBlueEyes who leads [=ThunderClan=] with wisdom and dignity. She is a BrokenBird but that doesn't stop her from being the BigGood. [[spoiler:That is, until Tigerclaw's betrayal causes her to undergo a SanitySlippage]].
* Desiderata of ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'' is the Queen of Alba and WorldsMostBeautifulWoman. She's regal, intelligent and beloved by her people, to the point that even when the Galles shred her reputation to pieces, most of the country still adores her. She eventually assumes the throne as her infant son's regent and becomes Alba's BigGood.
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', Empress Vaness of Marstok is elegant, focused solely on wellbeing of her people, and both a capable politician and an excellent fighter.
* Ingrid Sterling, the Queen of Mirrelia, from "The Tale About Ingrid" and the collection of poems "The Crown of Her Brilliancy" written by Russian poet Igor-Severyanin. She is described as beautiful woman who loves her people. She is "famous as poetess, as composer and as queen" and "is glorified by all-glorying of glories".

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
%%* "Her Majesty" fulfills this trope in ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricanger''.
* In the episode "Liege Lord" of ''Series/{{Reign}}'' Lord [=McKenzie=], her late father's loyal man, believed that Queen Mary didn't care about Scotland since she has been living in the safety of France. Mary tells him about the secret clause in her wedding contract which gives Scotland to France if she dies without an heir and she cannot risk the freedom of her country. She asks him to tell everyone when he returns to Scotland. He accepts and all of his men place their swords at their Queen's feet as he kisses her hand and says that they have waited a long time for her to rise.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Sansa starts to show signs of this trope as well as SilkHidingSteel in episode "Blackwater", when she calms down a room full of anxious noble ladies, shortly after a drunken Cersei mentions how they are all gonna get raped and how much she disdains it and leaves. Sansa stands up to the Hound without once losing her resolve. In Season 6, she plans to retake her ancestral home Winterfell and uses the Stark name to lead an army against the North's enemies and kill Ramsay Bolton with her half-brother Jon by her side. Jon was elected King in the North by lords of the North and knight from the Vale. Sansa is now the Lady of Winterfell, appointed to reign in Jon's stead when he leaves on a diplomatic mission.
** Daenerys likes to see herself as High Queen and tries her best to make it true. Her most trusted advisor Jorah believes she could be a good and just ruler. However, she has a more nuanced understanding over time. She tells Tyrion that if she returns to Westeros, she wants to change and abolish the feudal power and that she wants to revise the system in favor of the poor rather than aristocrats. She also wants to break from her family as well, seeing them as being just as bad as the other houses.
---> '''Daenerys:''' Lannister. Targaryen. Baratheon. Stark. Tyrell. They’re all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top, and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground.
---> '''Tyrion:''' It's a beautiful dream, stopping the wheel. You're not the first person who's ever dreamt it.
---> '''Daenerys:''' I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to ''break'' the wheel.
** Margaery Tyrell projected this image when she was married to Renly Baratheon as part of her family's HundredPerCentAdorationRating. She is also a gracious Queen when she weds Joffrey and later his brother Tommen. She is a beutiful woman who takes an interest in charity, helping the poor and especially orphans.
* 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 ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' ticks nearly every box: calm, composed, wise, regal, beautiful and so on.
* ''[[Literature/TheCousinsWarSeries The White Queen]]'' miniseries has successive high 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.
* 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: %%The qualities described here seem like the opposite of the trope, i.e., not an example!
%%-->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 ''Myth/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 Myth/GreekMythology.
* Speaking of whom, [[Myth/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]], or was the product of such a union. Basically, don't sleep with her husband or be one of his bastards, and pay 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]].

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%%* The Scarlet Empress from the RPG ''TabletopGame/{{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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{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, her Wood Elf counterpart.
%%* Katrina Steiner and later her daughter Melissa in the ''TabletopGame/{{BattleTech}}'' universe. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Not so much Melissa's daughter Katherine in turn, though.]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', Queen Ehlissa (after whom the artifact known as the [[ClockworkCreature Marvelous Nightengale]] is named) is always portrayed as a wise and just ruler who is beloved by her subjects.
* Princess D'larna of the Martian city-state of U'valik in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge''. Attempting to advance and protect her nation from imperialistic Earthlings, D'larna only allows those Earthlings with high morals into her court. Always described in positive terms, she is poised, kind and elegant.
* Queen Aurala of Aundair in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' is ([[CharacterAlignment literally]]) [[NeutralGood good]], wise, compassionate, and all kinds of positive traits. The commoners and nobles both love her because she genuinely wants the best for the nation and has the ability to make it happen. Beyond its own borders, Aundair is also diplomatically active, an ardent supporter of the Treaty of Thronehold that ended the Last War which wracked the continent for a century. However... Aurala also believes a new war is inevitable since nobody came out of the prior one truly satisfied. She is [[SilkHidingSteel building up the military in secret and already planning her first strikes]] - her desire to protect her realm and belief in her own fitness to rule is turning into a FatalFlaw which may lead her to reignite the war because she thinks she should be High Queen of the continent.
* ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'', being about (P)rincesses (aka, magical girls), has many grown-up Princesses who are this trope. They're mostly [=NPCs=] who have just enough time to advise and encourage young heroines in between the business of actually ruling. Having a Queen as one's mentor can be such a valuable relationship that players must 'buy' it in the Merit system.

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%%* Sun Lian in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' if you make the right choices.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' Zelda is treated this way. She has been referred to as essentially being a queen in supplementary material, but is officially known as a princess. She is the sweet and poised ruler of Hyrule. She lacks the aloofness and stoicism of most examples though. Zelda is also a LadyOfWar willing to fight for her kingdom as the commander-in-chief. Link is actually a knight in training, making the LadyAndKnight aspect even more explicit than in the main series.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]'' has Queen Ambi. While she is a GodSaveUsFromTheQueen in the game, that only started after she was first [[EvilChancellor manipulated]] and then [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by [[BigBad Veran]]. Conversations with her subjects reveal that she was a benevolent and kind queen before Nayru's arrival.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'':
*** Zelda is depicted this way. Her status as this is reflected in her colours, which are [[GracefulLadiesLikePurple purple, gold, and ivory]] rather than the more standard pink. Zelda chooses to surrender in order to stop Zant from hurting her people, rather than trying to rage war, and is an AllLovingHeroine even towards the BigBad [[spoiler:Ganondorf]]. She is presented as more [[TheStoic stoic]] and regal than she usually is as well. She is the only Zelda thus far to be a queen. Zelda spends the game as a "princess" but it's mentioned that her kingdom was attacked just before her coronation. In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' she is referred to as a queen.
*** The beautiful and regal Queen Rutela of the Zora was this-- until BigBad Zant had her [[MakeAnExampleOfThem executed]] in order to force the Zora to yield to him. She was a good queen in life and watches over her son as a ghost.
%%*** [[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.]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Barenziah, former Queen of Morrowind and Wayrest and later Queen Mother of Morrowind in the backstory through her final appearance in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', is portrayed as such in her [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade official biography]], ''[[http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Biography_of_Queen_Barenziah Biography of Queen Barenziah]]'', as well as in Imperial and Tribunal Temple propaganda. In those, she possesses beauty and goodness of the highest order, and exudes loyalty to the Empire with her every word and action. However, it is subverted and ''heavily'' deconstructed in her "unofficial" biography, ''[[http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:The_Real_Barenziah The Real Barenziah]]''. It reveals that in her youth as LostOrphanedRoyalty, she got into all sorts of adventures that would be unbecoming of a Queen, including spending time as TheArtfulDodger (as a member of the ThievesGuild no less) and engaging in TheOldestProfession for a time. She had some [[RulingFamilyMassacre extremely]] [[PuppetKing negative]] [[GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion experiences]] when dealing with Tiber Septim and his Empire, and any loyalty to it came out of [[HappilyMarried love for her husband]], Symmachus, a retired Imperial Legion General, or because the Empire was the "Gray" in a GrayAndBlackMorality scenario. Naturally, ''The Real Barenziah'' version of events is denied by the official Imperial histories and the Dunmeri Tribunal Temple, who wanted to put the author to death for heresy, but Barenziah herself is said to have enjoyed the book, befriended the author, and spared his life. Make of that what you will.
** For ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', Queen Ayrenn, queen of the High Elves and founder of the first Aldmeri Dominion. She does not possess any of the extreme FantasticRacism that many of her predecessors (or [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim future successors]]) cling to, viewing her Wood Elf and Khajiit allies as well as her underlings as valued partners and equals, and while she is opposed to a human-dominated Tamriel, she would ultimately prefer peace and co-existence with humanity over conflict.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean'':
** [[spoiler: Xelha]] fits this trope quite well, although her kindness comes more from her role as [[spoiler: WhiteMagicianGirl]].
** 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.
%%* Red in ''VideoGame/HeroOfMany'' is also known as Red Queen.
%%* Ming Numara of ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'', the "thousand-year queen" of the country of Numara.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has Queen Arshtat, the mother of the main character. Her reign has been something of a golden age when the country had been on the verge of civil war. She is highly respected and certainly beautiful.
* Yggdra, the eponymous heroine of ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', gradually evolves into a combination of one of these and the MessianicArchetype as she matures.
* Queen Fay of VideoGame/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 VideoGame/FireEmblem:
%%** Queen Rahna of Silesia in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu]]''. Also [[spoiler: her successor, former LadyOfWar Ferry, according to the manga and the ''Thracia 776'' game.]]
%%** Lady Eleanora of Pherae from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken]]''.
%%*** And [[spoiler: Princess Guinevere]] from ''[[VideoGame/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 ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn]]'', despite being kind of TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask in the second game.
%%** Queen/Exalt Emmeryn from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. [[spoiler: Before her HeroicSuicide. [[CrowningmomentOfAwesome And even during it]].]]
%%** Finally, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Princess Nyna]], the one who inspired the characterization of all the others in the series.
%%** Azura from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' [[spoiler: Can become this if she weds the male Avatar in the third path.]]
* 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.
%%* ''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. %%This does not sound like TheHighQueen at all--what aspects of TheHighQueen does she fulfill?
%%** 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 ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', 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. The player mainly learn about her from the various in-game books as [[WeHardlyKnewYe she dies in the intro of the game]].
* Frost Archer Ashe in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', on top of being a skilled marksman, is also a Queen in the snowy Freljord region, with heavy emphasis on maintaining peace and unity and abhorring violence, when compared to the other warlord, Sejuani.
* Queen Himiko and Otohime of ''{{VideoGame/Okami}}''.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{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.
* ''Webcomic/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 [[FloweryElizabethanEnglish pseudo-Elizabethan highfalute),]] she always exudes an air of supreme confidence and competence.

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%%* In the Literature/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.
* ''Roleplay/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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* 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 ''WesternAnimation/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.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Equestria 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 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" ONLY MAKES THINGS WORSE.]]''' (PowerEchoes.) 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.
** Princess Cadance is this to the Crystal Empire, being TheParagon who protected them from [[BigBad King Sombra]] long enough for [[MacGuffin the Crystal Heart]] to be recovered and then rallied them to use it and free themselves from his tyranny forever. She's also the most willing out of any of the leaders to leap headfirst into danger (or be ''thrown'' in if she's too weak to fly under her own power) if anyone messes with her loved ones or her subjects.
%%* ''MyLittlePony'', Rosedust, the queen of the Flutter Ponies, qualifies.
* When Tommy is directing a sci-fi film in ''WesternAnimation/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.