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

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

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

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

* '''Tiaras''' are the iconic crown of the PrincessClassic and heavily associated with fairy tales. Perched directly on top of the head, usually with heart or flower designs worked in, they are dainty and [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkly]] and make [[HairDecorations great hair accessories]]. It's almost solely women who wear tiaras,[[note]]The Pope's triple crown used to be referred to as a "tiara" in English, despite looking nothing like the other sort of tiara[[/note]] and doesn't even need to be royalty (small tiaras were very popular--almost ''de rigeur''--for fashionable upper-crust women in the early 20th century), although queens and princesses will wear the fanciest ones. RealLife examples tend to be heavily GemEncrusted.
* Frill-like '''Diadems''', often seen being worn by Pageant Queens tend to have the same connotations as tiaras despite having more robustness, similar to a heavy circlet.
* '''Circlets''' are the staple of ModestRoyalty. Who wants to wear a heavy, clunky crown everywhere? These Royals need to be able to [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething move and get things done]]. The circlet is usually a ribbon-like strand of metal that wraps around the forehead, sometimes with a simple jewel on the front, or a heavier band that perches atop the head that may have other decorations, but no hoops or caps. They are worn by both genders, and [[OurElvesAreBetter Elves]] seem to like the really thin across-the-forehead kind, for some reason.
* '''Hoop Crowns''', with [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny gold arches]], {{jewelry}} (often GemEncrusted), velvety-cloth caps, [[PrettyInMink ermine-edging]] are the coolest crowns of them all. Usually seen on Kings, although the occasional Queen, Emperor, and Empress, get to wear them. They are big and in your face and anyone wearing one is really important, or seems to want you to think he is. Even most Royalty don't like to wear them ''[[ErmineCapeEffect all the time]]'', though. During everyday royal activities, a circlet--or just an ordinary NiceHat--will do.
** '''Coronets''' are basically a '''Hoop Crown''' without the hoops and are traditionally worn by titled noblemen (and their wives) on very festive occasions. (In the UK, they are worn only for [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning coronations]].) You will encounter a coronet as a heraldic device way more often than as an actual crown.
** '''Small hoop crowns''', much smaller than the skull of the wearer, are typical for queens and worn using pins to hold them in place. Queen Victoria was known for having a silver, diamond-encrusted one from 1870 onward (both the size and the material were chosen so she could wear it with the widow's weeds she insisted on wearing after the death of Prince Albert in 1861--gold and colored jewels were not allowed in Victorian mourning colors, while silver and colorless jewels like diamonds were, while a larger crown would not fit atop her widow's cap).
* '''Laurel Wreaths''' are associated with the Roman Caesars and despite being simpler than a typical crown (essentially a partial circlet) because of Roman hatred for traditional monarchy, they tend to indicate someone who is at the top, in terms of importance. [[TheEmperor Emperors]] and [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Gods]] really like them. Traditionally, they were given out for achieving some great accomplishment, from winning a battle to finishing first in the ancient Olympics, so it can also be used to indicate that [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething this is a ruler who actually gets out and does things]]. The wreath is often gold, but just as often made of actual leaves.
* '''[[BlingOfWar Pimped Out Helmets]]''' are perhaps the most badass type of crown of all. These look like war helms, only with extra decorations like golden plating, wings, dragon teeth and the like - stuff that says "a crown, not a [[HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic grunt's helmet]]". These crowns are the best choice for the WarriorPrince. The hoop crown is in fact a product of evolution of a certain type of pimped-out helmet that lost its practical (protective) function in the process of becoming more pimped-out.
* '''Heraldic devices''' are crowns that do not exist in physical form but are merely depicted on coats of arms. A lot of types of crowns only appear on coats of arms, especially the types reserved for communities and organizations (mural crown, astral crown, naval crown etc). Most coronets also belong here.

SubTrope of NiceHat and a key piece of RequisiteRoyalRegalia.

Sometimes combined with it's SisterTrope, CoolHelmet.


[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Baraggan Louisenbairn has a bone-like protrusion poking out of his head that resembles a crown. Fitting, as prior to encountering Aizen, he was the king of Hueco Mundo. His Resurreccion form has a more normal crown on his head, made of gold and encrusted with all sorts of jewels.
* In ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'', crowns are worn by the Sakurada siblings in the promotional material for the manga and the anime, and of course, worn by Mr. Sakurada. Well, they are indeed royalty, so this is justified.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', all Sailor Guardians wear tiaras in their transformed states, mostly because they're all princesses in another life. At least two had functions - Sailor Moon could throw hers like a discus while Sailor Jupiter had an antenna extend from the jewel in the center, which allowed her to bring lightning down to her. Later on, Neo-Queen Serenity wears a more pimped out tiara.
* In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', Princess Ayeka wears one, but it's very hard to see as her purple bangs hide everything save for a small part at her sideburns. The best way to see what it looks like is the opening of the first OVA series or [[spoiler:a picture of Ayeka with her original blue hair.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Pharaoh [[spoiler:Atem]] wears an elaborate gold coronet with a giant eye on the front, reflecting where it would be when he uses his shadow powers. Elaborate as it is, it still isn't as elaborate as some of the Egyptian crowns. See Real Life below.
* Averted in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', even though it's full of royals, but not in the CLAMP artbook - they did in fact design one for Lelouch [[spoiler:as Emperor]]. They comment that it does look more like a tiara.
* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', the Dorssian royalty have circlets featuring a golden curved piece on a chain. Both genders also wear a sort of pink and purple paint around the eyes along with it. Interestingly enough, the Chancellor of the Military Federation, who overthrows the royal family, still wears this, perhaps showing the support the royals still have.

* When seen in animation, ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'', who is king of Atlantis, is rarely to never seen with his crown. His wife Mera, however, is rarely to never seen without hers.
* In ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'', when Grimlock took over as leader of the Autobots on Earth, he got himself a nice crown.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Harry get a simple golden circlet with a triskelion design, which he only really wears on official occasions, with the usual connotations of ModestRoyalty and [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething someone who does stuff.]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheVow'', Lady Lianne is given a circlet by her fiancé Lord Shen as a proposal gift for their wedding. Designed with great care by Shen himself to fit perfectly his fiancée, the circlet is made of gold and decorated with white quartz and pearls all around the edge, and it has one large red diamond in the center (with the colors being trademarks of Shen). When Lianne wears it, she turns into a queen in Shen's eyes.
* The title character of ''[[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} The Bug Princess]]'' receives her title when she's presented with a specially made tiara. It resembles a silver spiderweb adorned with four large jeweled beetles in different colors.
* ''FanFic/ThePalaververse'': The Capricious Crown of Capra, an ornate, enchanted crown that just so happens to also be alive and the supreme ruler of the nation of Capra. It speaks in a metallic voice and shows emotion by flashing its gems in different colors.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', the titular Russian princess wears a very sparkly diadem with her princess dress.
* Rapunzel's tiara in ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' is a plot piece. Her parents have hoop crowns.
* Princess Aurora from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' wears a tiara, while her parents and father-in-law wear hoop crowns.
* Prince John from ''Disney/RobinHood'' wears an oversized hoop crown.
* Arthur "Wart" Pendragon wears a giant crown at the end of ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''.
* During his introductory scene in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', the King can be seen throwing his crown out the window.
* [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen The Evil Queen]] from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' apparently wears a hoop crown over what appears to be a black Saxon-style veil.
* Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' wears a light blue tiara with a sapphire jewel on the front.
* King Triton, Queen Athena, and half of their daughters (Ariel is an exception) from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' series films all appear to be wearing crowns made from coral.
** At the end of the first film, Ariel wears a gold tiara with her FairytaleWeddingDress. In the sequel, she wears a jeweled one for Melody's party.
* Naveen and his parents from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' all wear hoop crowns on their heads, while Tiana is first seen wearing a silver tiara, and later a green tiara made from flowers, then a simple gold tiara in the final scene.
* Kuzco from ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' wears a gold crown shaped like a semicircle.
* King Julian from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' wears a crown made from leaves. At the end of the film, he replaces it with a larger crown with a gecko on it.
* The queens from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' (the unnamed queen seen in the prologue and [[spoiler:her daughter]] at the end of the film) appear to wear small gold tiaras with large pink and blue feathers coming out of the back on their heads. The only king shown in the film, [[Creator/LeonardNimoy Kashekhim Nedakh]], does not wear a crown.
* The Queen of England from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' is a large blue car wearing royal robes who appears to have a giant hoop crown on her roof. Her hood ornament is also shaped like a crown as well.
* In another Pixar film, ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', both Princess Atta and her mother, the Ant Queen, wear crowns made from flowers.
* In a third Pixar example, ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', Queen Elinor wears a circlet on her head. Her daughter Princess Merida, by comparison, usually wears nothing at all on her head; however, for the formal events concerning her betrothal, she's forced into a head-covering Saxon-style veil held in place with a circlet.
* The Queen and King of Hearts from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
* The Emperor of China from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' wears a traditional Chinese royal headdress on his head.
* Esmeralda wore a small gold tiara with emeralds on it (referencing both her name and her [[GreenEyes eye color]]) during her pole dance in the song "Topsy Turvy" from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
* The bottom right example in the page image is Starscream during his very brief tenure as leader of the Decepticons in the original, animated ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie''.
** Starscream's crown would be revived in other continuities, such as ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' and the IDW comics.
* Xibalba from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', has a silver crown with horns sprouting from the both sides, topped with black wax candles lit with green flames. A black skull is in the middle of the crown.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Queen Amidala wears plenty of ridiculous headdresses in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. Which one is the formal crown is harder to say. The novelization of Episode II, however, says that some particular one of them (not specified which) was a crown. Note that this was intentional, and part of the whole "decoy trick": the queen's exaggerated and exotic look made her stand out next to her handmaidens, so no-one would suspect that she was a decoy, and the ''real'' queen was disguised as one of the handmaidens.
* In ''Film/RobinHood2010'', King Richard's helmet has a crown built into it.
* In the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' FilmOfTheBook (specifically ''Return of the King''), the crown of Gondor looks like a circlet, though a fairly large one. This is contrary to the book, where it looks like a helm (not exactly hoop crown but close). The elven lord Elrond sports a circlet of the "stock thin elven" type. The elven High King of old, Gil-Galad, does too.
* In the third ''Film/TheElusiveAvengers'' movie, appropriately titled ''The Crown of the Russian Empire'', the titular Greater Imperial Crown of Russia was the MacGuffin. (Google it. It's one of the most awesome hoop crowns of RealLife).
* ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'': The Red Queen, though she actually stole it from the White Queen. [[spoiler:When the Jabberwocky is defeated in the big battle, the Red Queen's crown of gold and rubies ''changes back'' into the White Queen's crown of silver and sapphires.]]
* The Pevensie siblings each get a crown in ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. The boys get traditional-looking crowns, whilst the girls get coronets that look like flower wreaths. However, the two eldest siblings, Peter and Susan, have their crowns wrought out of gold, whilst the younger two, Edmund and Lucy, have silver ones.
* In ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'', Santanico Pandemonium and several of the girls at the Titty Twister wear headdresses that look like gold circlet type crowns, with Santanico's being the most elaborate. This marks her as [[spoiler:Queen of the vampires]].
* Elizabeth Taylor wears an extraordinary confection in ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'' modeled on the traditional Egyptian crown; it consisted of a golden disk between two tall horns mounted on a gold covered wig. How they kept this on her head even when she bowed deeply to Caesar is anybody's guess.

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

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

* The Jamster character [[CuteKitten Pussycat Tiger]] is seen wearing a tiara.

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

[[folder:Religion And Mythology]]
* Mockingly used in Literature/TheBible with the crown of thorns forced on Jesus Christ. It's usually portrayed as a bulky circlet.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The [[SeriesMascot Lady of Pain]] in the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' setting has something like this. When seen from a distance, she seems to be wearing a ''wicked'' cool headdress made of long, razor-sharp metal blades that encircle her entire head. However, if one gets close enough to see her features more clearly (''not'' recommended, given what she's known to do to people who annoy her) one sees that it's not a headdress... It's ''part of her body!''
* {{TabletopGame/Warhammer}} has the Crown of Sorcery, also called the Crown of Nagash, which greatly enhances a sorcerer's power and can even grant magical power to those without it. Unfortunately it suffers greatly from DependingOnTheArtist, being portrayed at various times as [[http://wiki.totalwar.com/w/Azhag_The_Slaughterer a simple circlet]], two ([[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/File:Nagash_Derp.jpg completely]] [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/File:Nagash_White_Dwarf.jpg different]]) elaborate faux-Egyption headdresses, and [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/File:Nagash-necromancer.jpg a bunch of iron spikes welded together]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/SuperMario'' series averts the association of Princesses with tiaras by giving Princess Peach a heavy gold circlet decked out in sparkly jewels. (Heavy enough to [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros be a powerful melee weapon]], even.) Her crown is also a treasure in ''[[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Pikmin 2]]'' (the first region, as far away as you can get from the landing site). Daisy and Rosalina also wear similar crowns as well.
** A few bosses throughout the series, such as the Bob-Omb King from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', sport these; ironically, Bowser is never seen wearing one.
*** [[YouDontLookLikeYou Though he does]] in [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros the cartoon]], however.
*** And now ''[[VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar Paper Mario: Sticker Star]]'' has him sporting a big 'ol hoop crown after taking the power of the Sticker Comet.
* In ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'', some of the bigger and tougher Pigs wear crowns. Such attire is usually switched with whatever headgear is appropriate for the level's theme, however.
* Princess Zelda from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series games normally wears a thin circlet.
** Starting with ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Ganondorf has worn a crown typically consisting of an amber gem set in silver and hooked to braids going to the back of his head.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', [[spoiler:Midna]] wears a kind of circlet which appears as silver knotwork in the center of her forehead, once [[spoiler:she's restored to her proper form as the Twilight Princess]].
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', [[TheGoodKing King Dorephan]] and [[AChildShallLeadThem Chief Riju]] wear silver and gold crowns respectively that are centered mainly on the backs of their heads. [[spoiler:Calamity Ganon's mechanical form also has a ThirdEye and rigid skullcap vaguely resembling Ganondorf's typical aforementioned crown.]]
* Slowking from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a Shellder (who is normally bivalve-shaped, but becomes gastropod-shaped if evolved with Slowpoke) for a crown.
* In ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'', [[spoiler:there is a powerful crown called the Master Crown guarded by the four-headed dragon Landia that Magolor desires to rule the universe with. He guides Kirby and the others to beat Landia for him and takes it.]]
** The "elemental" abilities (Fire, Ice, Spark, for example) that Kirby obtains generally have a base design of a crown with the element being emitted from the top.
* While the main lords (and royal units in general) in the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series tend to not wear crowns, probably because it makes little sense to wear one in war, there are some exceptions. [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Eliwood]] wears a very basic thin circlet around his forehead, [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Lucina]] wears a relatively modest-looking tiara, and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Marth]] wears what also seems to be a tiara, albeit a very basic one similar to Lucina's... despite being male, much to the endless amusement of the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' fanbase when his Bishounen appearance was turned UpToEleven for the series. While it is [[ItWasAGift explained to be from]] his sister Elice or LoveInterest Caeda in the OVA and manga respectively, in the games this is never explained or even noted ever. The rare non-combatant royalty often sport more elaborate hoop crowns or circlets.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Barenziah, Queen of Wayrest in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' and Queen Mother of Morrowind in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' wears circlets and tiaras. The Crown of Barenziah in ''Skyrim'' is hard to classify. It's technically a circlet, but has gold wings big enough that it seems to be a helm when looked from the front. Barenziah also never was seen wearing this crown in either previous appearance, though this is possibly justified, since in ''Skyrim'' the crown has been broken into 25 fragments and must be reassembled, and it's not made clear how long ago it was shattered.
** Also from ''Morrowind'', as seen in the ''Tribunal'' expansion, [[PhysicalGod Almalexia]] wears a crown made of some sort of greenish-bronze metal. [[spoiler:When she finally snaps and attacks the [[PlayerCharacter Nerevarine]] in the Clockwork City, she dawns a [[CoolMask scary war mask]] made of this same metal]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** The High King of Skyrim is a prime example of a pimped-out helmet: it's a helmet decorated with ''dragon's teeth''. Rather fitting for a ProudWarriorRace like the [[HornyVikings Nords]].
*** The Jarls from ''Skyrim'' wear some pretty much plain circlets, not different from player-available jewelry. Justified because they are merely local aristocracy, not full royalty.
** The Aetherial Crown from the ''Dawnguard'' DLC. It's a circlet with a glowing piece of Aetherium embedded in it. It also boasts a unique and incredibly powerful effect: the ability to have two Standing Stone bonuses at once.
* ''VideoGame/FantasyQuest'' presents you with the Crown of Destiny, which grants you access to a sword you need.
* In the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' series, Queen Minnie wears a tiara with gems that form the hidden Mickey symbol, while Daisy, who seems to be a noble of some sort, also wears a tiara. In the Final Mix of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' Sora could obtain a crown that perched on his hair spikes as a reward for completing quests.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The Lich King has the helmet variant, and it looks incredibly badass.
** In ''Warcraft III'', King Terenas preferred a relatively plain circlet adorned with golden spikes or fingers reaching upwards. (This latter detail is almost certainly so [[DramaticShattering some of them can snap off dramatically]] at plot-appropriate moments.)
* ''Franchise/ShiningSeries''
** Recovering Princess Jessa's tiara in ''VideoGame/ShiningInTheDarkness'' is required to go further in the game.
** Satera's tiara in ''Videogame/ShiningWisdom'' prevents her from coming to physical harm, however the BigBad gets around that by turning her into a swan. The only way Mars finds her afterwards is that she's the only swan wearing a tiara.
** In ''VideoGame/ShiningTheHolyArk,'' you can equip crowns that will greatly raise certain stats.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the "Paragon Crown", made by whichever [[TheAce Paragon]] you encountered in the Deep Roads, can be given to whichever claimant to the throne of the dwarven city of Orzammar you wish. It's suitably dwarven in styling, made of gold and rubies.
** Viscount Dumar, in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', wears a circlet.
* A key element in ''VideoGame/{{Kingdom}}'' is your ruler's crown. Should they be hit by something while their coin purse is empty, the crown will be knocked from their head -- and if the Greed get their hands on it, GameOver.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' had its DLC focused around crowns. The objective of each chapter of the DLC was to obtain the crown of a lost king. Getting all three of them and speaking to Vendrick afterward [[spoiler:allows him to place a charm on the crowns such that when they are worn, the player character does not Hollow.]]
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'': High Lord Wolnir gets extra points for how he had his crown made: he melted down the crowns of the kings of all the kingdoms he conquered and fashioned his own crown out of mixing them together. And yes, you can obtain his crown and wear it.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The King of Town from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' appears to be wearing a paper crown he bought at Burger King, according to Strong Bad.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_MSFkZHNi4&t=14s DOUBLE KING]] by Felix Colgrave revolves around The (Double) King constantly getting bigger and better crowns even trying to steal the crown of Olov, The Mountain King (a giant mountain). In the end, The (Double) King kills several rulers and bitches his way into [[spoiler:getting Agatha, Matriarch of Death's crown and flinging himself into space to have it all to himself]].

* Elf King Malachai of Eldenlon in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' has a [[http://www.charbythevampirate.com/comic/1106 circlet crown]] featuring the stylized figures of three elf goddesses with a single gem centered in a low downward facing arrow on his forehead.
** King Rodericke has a black crown befitting his [[VampireMonarch dark nature]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'' King Urtica has the circlet (emblazoned with a stylized sun) style of crown, which is in keeping with his status as a hard-working (albeit in a MagnificentBastard cum ChessMaster kind of way) monarch.
* Xykon of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a small crown upon his head, stolen from a wizard he murdered. In his case, he got it explicitly ''because'' he thought crowns were cool, rather than it being some special artifact (though it has since become a low-grade ArtifactOfDoom due some of his evil rubbing off on it).
* Wonderella, Wonderita, and Wonderella's mother all wear cool tiaras in ''WebComic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''. Oddly, despite it being part of their superhero outfits, they also wear those tiaras in their civilian clothes.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': The immortal Hanma made a game that rewards the winner with a crown that makes people want to obey the person who wears it. No, it's not magical.
-->'''Catalina:''' You made a ''hypno crown?!''\\
'''Hanma:''' What? No! I wouldn't do that! People just like to obey people who wear crowns! Why do you think royalty bothers to wear them?


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

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some of the [[http://beforeitsnews.com/mediadrop/uploads/2015/43/5a608a3efe9f567fea0a30447c09a6c13d05dbe9.jpg coolest and strangest crowns ever]] were sported by the Pharaohs of AncientEgypt. To start with there was the official crown of the Two Kingdoms which combined the conical red crown of Lower Egypt with the tall, ninepin shaped white crown of Upper Egypt. If the king wanted a less formal look he went with the Blue War Crown, which was a [[BlingOfWar Pimped Out Helmet]]: a tall rounded hat sometimes covered with gold sequins--a particular favorite of UsefulNotes/RamsesII, to emphasize his YoungConqueror image. Best of all was the 'atef crown'. In it's simplest incarnation this consisted of a pair of rams' horns surmounted by a shape like the white crown but in reeds flanked by ostrich plumps and topped off by a sun disk. Fancier versions multiplied the reed thingies and sun disks and hung cobras all over it. What these crowns were made of and how they were kept on is mostly unknown to science; it's likely that they were at least sometimes made at least partly of cloth or dyed leather. It is possible that some of the more elaborate structures were mere artistic convention never worn in Real Life.
* [[http://www.visualnews.com/2014/05/04/gorgeous-henna-crowns-empower-cancer-patients-lost-hair/?utm_source=VisualNews&utm_campaign=9b57c0e12c-RSS_EMAIL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1756fd36de-9b57c0e12c-297439473 These]] gorgeous henna "crowns" decorating the heads of cancer patients.
* Poland's national symbol is [[NobleBirdOfPrey a snow-white eagle]]. But how to set it apart [[NationalAnimalStereotypes from all the other countries that use eagles as symbols?]] Simple. [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Poland Give it a gold crown.]]