'''Basic Trope''': Queens in power are always evil.
* '''Straight''': The queen oppresses her people and is extremely vain.
* '''Exaggerated''': The kingdom has a long line of queens with nicknames like "the terrible" and "the castrating."
* '''Downplayed''':
** The queen can be a bit hot-tempered and heavy-handed, yet she's a genuinely nice person when you get to know her and only acts for the greater good.
** As Hire travelled around the world, the queens he encountered were evil, with a few exceptions.
* '''Justified''':
** ''All'' females in the setting are affected by an overlap of AlwaysChaoticEvil and GenderEqualsBreed.
** ...or all monarchs.
** FreudianExcuse
** The only way she could have become queen was if she fought her way to the top. Naturally, she continues to act cruelly to keep power.
* '''Inverted''': TheHighQueen and/or EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* '''GenderFlipped''': An oppressive king.
* '''Subverted''': The queen seems to be a tyrannical bitch, [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask but is actually doing what she does out of genuine concern for her people.]]
* '''Double Subverted''': The evil queen explains that she is acting out of concern for her people, but when push comes to shove she's willing to make them suffer for her own gain.
* '''Parodied''':
** All queens in the world are evil.
** The main villians are ''Music/{{Queen}}''... Holy literalisms, Batman!
** As a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]], she was fine -- but once she becomes the queen, she turns into a terror.
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** The queen IS wicked but does something noble, but only because it serves her ends as well.
** The queen has BlueAndOrangeMorality.
* '''Averted''':
** There is no queen or the queen is not in power. Or, the queen is fairly reasonable, but not perfect.
** All rulers, kings or queens, are just as bad.
* '''Enforced''': The show's hero backstory has him as an orphan. During his adventures he already found and fought his long-lost evil father, so writers want to use a long-lost evil mother. As she won't be appealing as a direct opponent, they go with the "Evil Queen" stereotype.
* '''Lampshaded''': "People are oppressed, and Black Guards look ''too'' sexy and stud. Must be an Evil Queen."
* '''Invoked''': EvilPrince, Harold decides to [[UnholyMatrimony marry an evil woman]]. So that when he's king, she'll have absolutely no problem with his abuse of power.
* '''Exploited''': In an attempt to halve the competition, a group of misogynist {{aristocrats|AreEvil}} (who are among those eligible to take up the throne) use the queen's tyrannical reign to justify why women should not be allowed to rule.
* '''Defied''':
** The queen is naturally mean-spirited, but forces herself to be nice since she doesn't want to come across as evil or oppressive.
** Those around her dread the day of the princess's coronation and ascent to the throne because of this trope, but when the day comes she [[SheIsTheKing proclaims herself king]].
** A system is set up so that women are fairly, but just as strictly, evaluated before deciding who gets to rule the country.
* '''Discussed''':
** "Yes, that's Queen Marianne. She's evil."
** A StrawMisogynist states "She's a woman in power of course she's evil!" about the queen.
* '''Conversed''': "Why is the Queen always evil in these shows?"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Queens are all evil, but mainly because the society is so horribly sexist that mind-warping abuse is heaped on young women to the point that any one who gets into power is driven by a combination of vengeance and possibly insanity.
** Alternately, she isn't quite as evil in comparison to your typical ruler of the period / locale, but she gets a bad reputation precisely because society is sexist and she's a woman--things that a male king could get away with are considered "atrocities" when she commits them because women are supposed to be gentle.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** The queen's wickedness is part of the Machiavellian MagnificentBastard traits that got her to the throne in the first place, given that it's a male-dominated medieval setting. A nicer woman would never have made it.
** Or even in a society with gender equality, only a few women would prefer ruling the country, only to get ousted by that wicked woman, together with the rest of the men.
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Back to GodSaveUsFromTheQueen now, or I'll have you on a gibbet!
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