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When it comes to women in positions of power with royal lineage
, there are two flavors. On one hand, you have 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 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, even simple robes look majestic on her
Her beauty and goodness are usually to be admired passionately but from some distance
. The High Queen is rarely a love interest, but the few times she is, expect a little warming up
due to the charms of the hero.
A common characterization for non-evil regnant queens
, princesses (the more mature ones) and goddesses (especially the non-evil/bastardy ones). May also be the polar opposite of the Rich Bitch
. This is what The Ojou
and Princess Classic
want to be when they grow up. If she can fight, she's a Lady of War
. Sometimes we get to see glimpses — or the whole story from the POV — of The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask
. She's also very likely to have a Lady and Knight
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 Mary Sue
, though mostly an acceptable one at that.
The presence of a High Queen is sometimes an indication of a Matriarchy
The Iron Lady
is the non-royal version of this trope; because non-royals have to fight
for their position, such characters generally combine elements of The High Queen and God Save Us from the Queen!
. If she literally fights, she is a Lady of War
. If her fighting is more indirect and subtle, she is Silk Hiding Steel
In terms of the ranks of Authority Tropes
, the tropes that are equal are God Save Us from the Queen!
, The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask
, She Is the King
, Iron Lady
, The Good King
and President Evil
. The next steps down are The Evil Prince
, Prince Charming
, Prince Charmless
, Warrior Prince
, The Wise Prince
, and all Princess Tropes
. The next step up is The Emperor
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- The Queen in Futari wa Pretty Cure. 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 Yes! Pretty Cure 5 Go Go.
- Queen Serenity and Neo Serenity in Sailor Moon.
- The Queen in Ojamajo Doremi. The one that came before her, Majo Tourbillion, is the main antagonist of the series.
- Athena in Appleseed holds the office of Prime Minister of the City of Olympus, making her more or less the Supreme Leader of the World. She's not just good at her job and very capable of getting other national leaders in line, she's actually a member of a genetically engineered race specifically enhanced to govern humans.
- Princess Arika Anarkia Entheofushia of Vespertatia from Mahou Sensei Negima!. She occasionally acts as a Lady of War.
- Relena Peacecraft from Gundam Wing tries her hand at this when she briefly becomes Queen of the World in exchange for the Sanc Kingdom citizen's safety. It starts more or less well, but it doesn't really work on the long run (especially after her brother, Zechs, the new leader of White Fang, declares war on Earth) and the Rebellious Princess hands the baton to the Magnificent Bastard Treize and leaves, instead of bowing to the Romefeller group that made her Queen.
- Lacus Clyne of Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny. 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 her Body Double Meer dies in her arms) and is nicknamed The Pink Princess and is referred to as The White Queen in Gundam SEED Destiny.
- Princess Feena Fam Earthlight from Yoake Mae Yori Ruri Iro Na.
- Helba from .hack easily qualifies for this. She's a Hacker in The World who's character stats are maxed out, has the ability to access regions of the game that no normal player would ever be able to access, and plays her name off as the Queen of Darkness mentioned in the lost poem the game was based around. She's not evil though. She prefers to stay behind the scenes to help players out.
- Queen Henrietta de Tristain from Zero no Tsukaima. With a minor in Lady of War.
- This trope and Politically-Active Princess were vital in the plot of Anatolia Story, as being the Tawananna aka the Queen of the Hitites was more than merely becoming a Hot Consort to the King - she must also be his Number Two. Kail's dead mother Queen Henti was this until she was murdered by her sucessor, Nakia; years later, the struggle between the actual Tawananna and Big Bad Nakia vs. Kail's companion and prospect Tawananna Yuri Ishtar is one of the main driving points of the story. Yuri ultimately becomes victorious and banishes Nakia away, not before openly telling her tbat she will be a much better Tawananna than Nakia ever was.
- Miya Asama from Sekirei is to revealed to be this, having retired from her Lady of War role.
- Youko Nakajima alias Queen Seikishi of Kei from The Twelve Kingdoms; the novels focus on how this once Shrinking Violet Ordinary High-School Student grows into a Lady of War 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 Chonchu is one of these, despite being betrothed to a Dark Lord that she doesn't really love.
- The 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 Kanzaka's comments, she is The High Queen.
- Storm of the X-Men, who has been (or is) both a goddess and a queen.
- Titania, Queen of Faerie, in The Sandman and The Books of Magic. 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, Wonder Woman's mother and ruler of Themyscira, is usually portrayed as this. Even after she is shown going bat-shit crazy and creating an elaborate Gambit Roulette 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.
Film - Animated
- As the measured, diplomatic counterpoint to her more impulsive husband, Queen Elinor from the film Brave carries the weight of the kingdom on her shoulders. Elinor is also very elegant and ladylike, befitting her role as the queen.
- Pocahontas has The Queen of England - a beautiful and kindly woman who welcomes Pocahontas graciously to the court. As well as that she acts as a voice of reason towards her rather impatient husband.
- Princess Fiona of the Shrek films is initially portrayed like a queen from fairy tales, speaking formally in matters of courtship and presenting high expectations of how she is to be rescued, who is to rescue her, and so forth.
Film - Live Action
- Thor and Thor: The Dark World: Frigga is the Queen of Asgard, and she is beautiful, gracious and regal.
- The Light Queen from MirrorMask, who represents everything Helena loves about her Mother. Granted, she's in a coma for most of the film, but she definitely falls under this trope.
- In the prequel trilogy of Star Wars, the queens of Naboo are generally portrayed as just, kind and competent rulers. (The fact that, unlike most royals, they are elected instead of inheriting the throne, may have something to do with it.) We only really see evidence of Amidala's rule, but there is nothing to suggest anything untoward about Jamilia and Apilana's rule.
- Elizabeth I of England was this in Real Life (as noted below in that category), but various cinematic representations of her don't always fit the bill. One which very much does is her portrayal by Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
- Queen Susan Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia becomes this in Prince Caspian and will probably grow into this role even more in The Horse and His Boy.
- Neytiri actually becomes a queen at the end of Avatar.
- Sybilla in Kingdom of Heaven.
- Izzy's interpretation of Queen Isabella of Spain in The Fountain.
- The White Queen from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Her sister (who is the opposite) laments that she can make anything fall in love with her - even the furniture.
- Implied in Fairy Tale A True Story 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 she helped return Frances's father home from the war.
- Lady Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings, though technically never a queen. Explained by her having seen the faces of the Angels, which grants a greater presence; having one of the Three Rings; and being older than the sun itself, and thus possessing the wisdom of many, many: about seven or eight millennia. Surprise surprise, she's played by Cate Blanchett mentioned above in Peter Jackson's film.
- Lady Arwen becomes an actual Queen at the end, though the most we know about her comes from the appendices in the books. The film confirms that she is the trope.
- Melian from The Silmarillion 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. She knew and taught Galadriel, by the way.
- The Childlike Empress in The Neverending Story.
- Titania from John C. Wright's War of the Dreaming is this, having grace, power, serenity and beauty, as well as being a Physical God. However, she is not The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask; when her lover shows up, she turns into a Genki Girl.
- Kahlan in the Sword of Truth series, despite the fact that the third of the world she rules loses its sovereignty to the main character, ruler of another third of the world (and her husband (would create lots of intermarital conflict, but those two are just excessive examples of overly perfect people thrown into stupidly contrived bad situations by the fourth book, so it doesn't).
- Land of Oz series: While Ozma of Oz holds the title of princess, in the later books she definitely has all the other qualities required.
- In the Live-action Oz adaptation/ sequel Tin Man, the lavender-eyed queen definitely shows signs of this, especially in her flashback with Ambrose, explaining how and why the trusted advisor became the lobotomized "Glitch".
- Glinda the Good is this, as well. In the books, she's a lot more Galadriel than Billie Burke (and would NEVER wear pink). Tolkien historians have even noted how much Galadriel resembles Glinda (They're pretty much the same character), but Tolkien wasn't lifting from Baum. They were both just drawing from the same Fairy Queen archetype.
- Queen Morgase in The Wheel of Time.
- In His Dark Materials 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 Inheritance Cycle is supposed to be this.
- The Faerie Queene Gloriana, an Expy of Queen Elizabeth... or so we're often told. The author died before ever writing a chapter where the eponymous queen makes an appearance.
- Alette of Kitty Norville certainly counts as this. She's even got the Really 700 Years Old thing going for her: a very long lifespan to allow her to accumulate wealth and power...and all used to protect and shelter her family. Even better, she's set up to look like the Rich Bitch by the local lycanthropes until we learn she's just The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask.
- Gloriana is a fantasy version of Queen Elizabeth I in Michael Moorcock'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.
- Deconstructed by George Martin in A Song of Ice and Fire (of course) with Margaery Tyrell, whose reputation of purity and benevolence is largely the result of having a very PR-savvy grandmother like Lady Oleanna. In reality, while she's more savvy than Sansa Stark and tries to do what she can to free her "husband" Tommen from his evil mom Cersei's influence, poor Margaery is still nothing more than just one more pawn in the Game of Thrones. However, she does also ingratiate herself to the citizens of King's Landing. She buys food from the market, buys dresses from local seamstresses, and also gives great shows of charity. She also is helping to shape Tommen into The Good King, advising him to ride in sight of his subjects and observe the small council to see how things are run (though Cersei forbids them from doing those.)
- Daenerys Targeryen, on the other hand, may turn out to be the real deal. May. If the preview for the fifth book is any indication, she's definitely going to have to claw her way to this status.
- Book five actually deconstructs this while still portraying her as The Woman Wearing T He Queenly Mask. It's pretty hard to be The High Queen when your subjects hate your guts, bloody flux rampages through your cities and even your own dragons do not always take you seriously.
- Ysandre de la Courcel in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy books, who once stopped an entire rebel army by virtue of her sheer High-Queen-ness.
- Patricia A. McKillip:
- In The Bell at Sealey Head, Ysabo hears a great deal about Queen Hydria and her court. In the ending, she helps rescue them and learns she was living in the queen's enchanted court.
- The Book of Atrix Wolfe has the high queen in the Lost Woods who communicates with Atrix and Burne by Talking in Your Dreams.
- Rhian in Karen Miller's Godspeaker Trilogy.
- Queen Ehlana in the Elenium and Tamuli trilogies by David Eddings. At the beginning she is a Damsel in Distress 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 plots revenge against the one who poisoned her, easily Batman Gambits a church into choosing her own candidate for a pope, lectures another country's king on how to be a true Magnificent Bastard... She is on the good side, don't worry. Subverts the trope as well, as those who get beyond her carefully crafted image find she is very much sneaky, underhanded, cunning, and ruthless, though she genuinely cares for her kingdom and her people.
- As for warming up due to the charms of the hero? Somewhat reversed. She loved the hero since she was a child; convincing him she was no longer a child, overcoming his noble intention not to saddle her with an older husband, and convincing him that he wasn't taking advantage of her youthful infatuation, took a little work. She was... somewhat heavy handed.
- Another Eddings example was Polgara from Belgariad when she had ruled her own realm in the past.
- Neferet in The House of Night has the makings of one, being the high priestess of Nyx as well as being incredibly beautiful (and it's probably not Maybelline). The fact that she's up to no good (and a wee bit power hungry) puts a damper on this, though.
- Queen Selenay and High Priest Solaris in Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar books, especially from a distance. To their closer associates, they also have a strong touch of The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask.
- The Wicked Lovely series gives us Sorcha, the Queen of the high court.
- Queen Susan "the Gentle" in The Chronicles of Narnia was described as World's Most Beautiful Woman (Narnia, not Earth). The Prince of Calormene did not take it very well when she refused his marriage proposal.
- Queen Regnant Swanwhite was mostly mentioned as the Narnian version of World's Most Beautiful Woman, but it's reasonable to think that she was one of these too.
- In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "A Witch Shall Be Born", Taramis.
- Yasmina Devi in "The People of the Black Circle" fits this trope better still. Even Howard, who had an ambivalent attitude toward civilized society at best, describes her as "true aristocracy" in his narrative.
- Queen Irene of Attolia in The Queen's Thief Series and Queen Helen of Eddis are both this trope, though Eddis is not beautiful but is described as almost ugly.
- Queen Elizabeth III in Honor Harrington. She manages this even though she's in a constitutional monarchy.
- Thayet from the Tortall Universe. 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 her husband Jon.
- Empress Berenene from the Circle of Magic world is this with a wide, usually hidden but nevertheless well-known streak of God Save Us from the Queen!.
- Woodcarver from A Fire Upon the Deep.
- Rowena, queen of Alora, in Summers at Castle Auburn.
- 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 Terra Mirum Chronicles is strongly implied to have been this, admired by her son, her subjects, and the Red Queen.
- The Rainbow Magic series has Queen Titania, who rules Fairyland alongside King Oberon.
Live Action TV
- Game of Thrones: Queen Margaery Tyrell projects this image while she is married to King Renly Baratheon.
- Isabella Rossellini's Athena in the TV miniseries of The Odyssey 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 Babylon 5.
- As of the end of series four of Merlin, Queen Guinevere Pendragon.
- Series four also introduced Queen Annis, though she was portrayed as slightly older than most versions of this trope.
- In Chinese Paladin, Linger's mother, Queen Wu of Nanzhao, was this. The prequel series also gives us her grandmother Zixuan, a somewhat...different example.
- In Korean Drama series Faith aka The Great Doctor, Princess Nogook embodies this trope—beauty, intelligence, serenity, and well concealed iron will—to the point of (initially) annoying and intimidating her husband.
- Lao Ma from Xena: Warrior Princess ticks nearly every box: calm, composed, wise, regal, beautiful and so on.
- The trope is deconstructed throughout The White Queen miniseries regarding the successive queens that take the throne. Elizabeth Woodville projects the image of the High Queen marvellously, but it's clear that behind closed doors she can be very cunning and demanding. Following in her footsteps is Anne Neville, who is painfully aware of her own shortcomings in comparison to the beauty and charisma that her predecessor possessed. Finally Elizabeth of York takes the throne, who is the epitome of the trope — save for the fact that unlike the other two, she has no desire to be Queen.
- Freyja, Queen of the Valkyries in Charmed's 6th season premiere. She also appears as more of a Lady of War while the rest of the Valkyries are Action Girls.
- Queen Anne in The Musketeers, though her youth and idealism means that there's also a touch of the Princess Classic about her.
- Irish folk-rockers Horslips set the old mythology to music in two concept albums. High Queen Medhbh (see Mythology, below) gets a critical review for her shrewishness and greed, which started a destructive war over disputed ownership of a bull:
Her words were sharp, they cut him deep, in that war between the sheets.
And so when he brought his bull to her,
It meant a woman making war - beyond the eiderdown!
Charolais, charolais, we are come for you today; the champions and the seven sons are come to take away the Dun...
- Deborah from The Bible, fourth Judge of Israel and Lady of War. So inspirational that her appointed military leader didn't think he could win the impending battle without her.
- Amaterasu from Japanese Mythology 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 Greek Mythology.
- Speaking of whom, Hera herself often fit The High Queen mold when interacting with anyone who wasn't involved with Zeus in an intimate way. Basically: don't have a tryst of any kind with Zeus, pay Hera her godly respects loyally, and she will bless and reward you quite generously.
- Guinevere (picture above) in her more sympathetics iterations, when she isn't the opposite trope.
- Irish mythology has several examples, both the best and the worst. The High Queen of Connacht, Medhbh, is portrayed as scheming, domineering and greedy for wealth and possessions. She browbeats her under-the-thumb husband Ailill into opening what becomes a ruinous and destructive war over possession of the Red Bull, the finest animal in all Ireland. The war ends with ruin, including the deaths of not only Ireland's greatest heroes, Cuchullain and his blood-brother Ferdia, but with the deaths of all seven of the queen's sons.
- Queen Aurala of Aundaire in the Eberron setting of Dungeons & Dragons is an unusual High Queen: she's busy plotting global domination and aims to reignite the Last War. Her biggest adversary, and Eberron's foremost advocate of peace and tolerance, is a Lawful Evil vampire king. It's that kind of setting.
- The Scarlet Empress from the RPG Exalted. (To her subjects. To everyone else in Creation, it's God Save Us from the Queen!.)
- Also Merela, leader of the Solar Deliberative for much of the First Age.
- Before them, there was also Ruvelia, the other Fetich of Malfeas. Her death caused Malfeas to become an extremely unpleasant being.
- Warhammer has Alarielle the Radiant, Everqueen of Avelorn and one of the two co-rulers of High Elf Kingdoms of Ulthuan. She fits the trope perfectly, especially the magically majestic end (she is also a living vessel of the Elven mother goddess Isha). A slightly more rustic and earth-motherly version is found in Ariel, Mage-Queen of Loren, the Wood Elf equivalent.
- Katrina Steiner and later her daughter Melissa in the BattleTech universe. Not so much Melissa's daughter Katherine in turn, though.
- Rosalina in Super Mario Galaxy, who is not only a princess, but at least one person has made a pretty compelling argument that she's also effectively the Goddess of the Mario Universe. This trope page was inspired by a troper unlocking her in Mario Kart Wii, and finding out how bizarre it feels to see a person like this having that much fun.
- The Goddess Palutena from Kid Icarus.
- Sun Lian in Jade Empire if you make the right choices. Others include making her a tyrant who dons her disguise, possibly with the player character, to silence dissenters personally and permanently.
- Zelda, most notably in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Yet she's still called a "princess" for some reason. At least Super Smash Bros. Brawl acknowledges her as "queen".
- In Twilight Princess, Zant invaded on what would have been her coronation day, according to Word of God.
- It was that very ceremony that Link was going to travel to the capital to attend and present the sword and shield as a tribute from Ordon Village to the new queen. The fact that the village was suddenly covered in Twilight as he's about to embark does a good job establishing the time frame of the background events.
- And elsewhere in the same game, the beautiful and regal Queen Rutela of the Zora was this - until Big Bad Zant had her executed to force the Zora to yield to him.
- And yet again from that very game, Midna, the titular and legendary Twilight Princess herself. Especially at the end when she and Link broke her curse and helped her return to her world.
- This trope was deconstructed in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, when the local High Queen turned out to be a batshit insane, paranoid bitch whom you ended up fighting as the end boss.
- The goddess Azura may also count, though the 'goodness' part is highly debatable, as with any other Daedra, who are Blue and Orange Morality at best. Yes, Morrowind is like that.
- Barenziah also counts, if her unofficial biography (implied to be written and published by her) is any indication.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim had Elisif the Fair, whose title actually is High Queen of Skyrim, though it only becomes official after the Legion wins the Civil War. She strongly opposes Ulfric Stormcloak since he killed her husband Torygg in a duel of debatable officialism and seeks to become the High King of Skyrim. She is also the only Jarl who does not recline while sitting on her throne due to having a unique animation; the other members of ruling aristocracy appear to confuse their thrones for lounge chairs.
- Xelha from Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean fits this trope quite well, although her kindness comes more from her role as White Magician Girl.
- Final Fantasy IX has Princess Garnet get promoted to Queen on Disk 3. Her mother was supposedly one before being tempted by the dark side.
- In Final Fantasy XII we follow the journey of Princess Ashe as she tries to win her throne back. She succeeds and is this trope by the time of the sequel.
- Ming Numara of Lost Odyssey, the "thousand-year queen" of the country of Numara.
- Queen Arshtat, the mother of the main character of Suikoden V, fits this trope rather nicely. It's played with somewhat, however, as although her reign has been something of a golden age, after taking up the Sun Rune in an act she believed was for the greater good, Arshtat had been gradually spiraling into power-mad insanity, finally culminating in her wiping out her own husband in a blind, anger driven swing. Of course, the scene turned... seriously heart-wrenching when Arshtat actually saw who her blast was in the process of erasing... And then she tried to nuke her whole queendom out of grief. Her husband's old friend Georg then, regretfully, fulfills his promise to them and impales her before she is able to. She regains her sanity for a short time and, after thanking him for stopping her, asks Georg to watch over her children.
- Yggdra, the eponymous heroine of Yggdra Union, gradually evolves into a combination of one of these and the Messianic Archetype as she matures.
- Queen Fay of Overlord II, the ruler of Light Magic creatures who serves as the foil to your Evil Overlord and his Always Chaotic Evil Minions. Later on during an Enemy Mine situation with the Overlord she sacrifices her energy to power up his Artifact of Doom, with the side effect of being driven insane by his dark magic, thus becoming a Fallen Hero and one of his Mistresses.
- Many ladies like this are seen in Fire Emblem:
- Alexstrasza, <Queen of the Dragons> from World of Warcraft, takes the term Authority Equals Ass Kicking to a whole new level by being one of the most powerful, albeit benign creatures in Azeroth. As a matter of fact, she could take down the resident Big Bad by her own if she wanted to. Of course, that would be against her vows.
- Although, at this point, Deathwing is so absurdly powerful himself that when Alexstrasza and him finally fought in Twilight Highlands after the Cataclysm, it reached a stalemate of sorts with her severely wounded to the point that a mere mortal had to carry her off to safety, but yeah she is considered one of the most powerful creatures to ever have existed (that's about 60,000 years since she became the Queen of the Dragons/Life-binder via the Titans); it makes you wonder why she didn't just shit all over the Burning Legion, Lich King, the Old Gods, or even Malygos before the Big Damn Heroes did all the hard work for her. She has been pissed off enough to kill and enact revenge, especially when her own literal children are involved — "Nekrosss... You had them ssslay my children! My children!" (seconds before eating Nekros).
- King's Quest: 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 Dragon Age: Origins is an interesting case. She has the image of a High Queen, but once you get to know her, she quickly proves herself to be a manipulative and power-hungry politician. That does not mean she is evil, however: she really wants the best for Ferelden and its people, it's just that she is convinced she needs to be in power to make that happen.
- As far as we have heard, Empress Celene of Orlais is a great patron of the arts, a scholar, and willing to put past disputes with Ferelden behind her for the sake of peace.
- A 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 The Legend Of Heroes Trails In The Sky
- Lady Shurelia, the Tower Administrator of Ar tonelico, and the other Tower Administrators, to the degree that the three are worshiped as goddesses.
- Nimwe of the Seelie, from A Tale Of Two Kingdoms.
- Queen Gwendholyn of Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords.
- In Dragon's Dogma, Aelinore essentially represents this trope, even though she's married to the duke and not a king.
- Empress Jessamine Kaldwin of Dishonored was much beloved by the populace. Of course, you mainly learn about her from the various in-game books as she dies in the intro of the game.
- In Drowtales, Sharess, legendary dokkalfar queen, and patron goddess to the drowolath and drowussu people, is regarded as having been this by those who still revere her. According to the legend, beseiged by Shapeshifting, Body Snatching Eldritch Abominations, 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.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!. Princess Voluptua pulls off this image quite well. While not especially formal in her demeanor (as most of her immediate court are dragons, she's the only one who doesn't speak in pseudo-Elizabethan highfalute), she always exudes an air of supreme confidence and competence.
- In the Whateley Universe, 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.
- Open Blue:
- Octavia Augusta, Caesar of the Iormunean Imperium in the Back Story, 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 Lady of War who died fighting in defiance of her empire's destruction.
- And in the modern era, Khanzarina Misha of Yaman.
- Queen Elyon in W.I.T.C.H., who starts as a princess but becomes queen after 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 The Fair Folk in Gargoyles was a True Neutral version of this after she dropped her masquerade. Being voiced by Kate Mulgrew didn't hurt her regality one bit.
- The Dutchess Satine of Mandalore in the CG animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, who is also 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 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), even more so in the 2002 remake of the series where her role is expanded and she becomes more involved in her husband's governing.
- She-Ra: Princess of Power Queen Angella is so majestic she even has full length white wings. After being freed she acts as a diplomat for the rebellion.
- Equestria, the setting of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, is ruled by two godlike Winged Unicorns fitting the trope, if not by actual title due to executives believing that Everything's Better with Princesses and young girls might otherwise cry "God Save Us from the Queen!."
- Princess Celestia is swanlike, slender, graceful, wise, perpetually calm and kindly, and easily twice as tall as any other pony around. She still manages to be rather down-to-earth and mischievous as well, but it doesn't stop her from regally dominating any scene she walks in on.
- Princess Luna is younger and less poised, but still fits in her own way. The evolution of the trope is actually explored in "Luna Eclipsed". Post-Heel-Face Turn Princess Luna fits the trope as it was before she was 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. HER USE OF THE "ROYAL CANTERLOT VOICE" DOES NOT HELP MATTERS, EITHER. (Power Echoes, remember.) As a steward of the night, she also seems to prefer motifs usually associated with Obviously Evil 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, Luna has grown into the role beautifully, having become a welcome guardian of her subjects' dreams.
- When Tommy is directing a sci-fi film in All Grown Up!, 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.
Quite possibly, there are no real-life High Queens, but many female rulers deliberately fashioned themselves as such during their reign or were described according to the trope by later historians and fiction writers (often involving Historical Hero Upgrade
and/or Historical Beauty Update
). A non-exhaustive list includes:
- Queen Puduhepa from the Hitite Empire, likely one of the inspirations for the aforementioned Yuri Ishtar from Anatolia Story.
- Queen Cleopatra of Ancient Egypt.
- Queen Zenobia of Palmyra (combined with Lady of War).
- Queen Elizabeth I of England. (Not to mention her modern namesake.)
- Empress Catherine the Great of Russia.
- Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.
- Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
- The Netherlands have been particularly blessed with High Queens since having been converted to a monarchy. The first generations until 1890 were all men, but those below were four powerful women, who took their job seriously and performed admirably.
- Firstly with Queen Regent Emma (1890-1898), the below Wilhelmina's mother.
- Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands (1890/98-1948). Churchill described her as "the only real man" among the governments-in-exile in London.
- Thirdly Queen Juliana (1948-1980), who managed to become a mother to all the Dutch, and had the courage to adress the UN advocating peace at the height of the cold war.
- And most recently, Queen Beatrix (1980-2013), who has transformed the function to a sort of President of the Netherlands Ltd., quite useful in a globalised ecomony. She has recently been replaced by her son, but the next person in line after him at the moment is his oldest daughter, so we'll see what happens in 20-30 years.
- The Virgin Mary for Catholics (and Orthodoxes, to a lesser degree), both symbolically and by virtue of some of her titles ("Queen of Heaven" and "Queen of the Angels," for example).
- Queennote Margrethe I, who managed to combine Denmark, Norway, and Sweden into one kingdom. You only need to look at Scandinavia and the World to see what an accomplishment that was.