Vampire Monarch

Well, this makes worshiping at her feet easier.

When you’ve got a large group of intelligent predators, there’s usually someone they have to answer to. With vampires, this is usually a queen or a king. Often, all the vampires in the world are descended from them. They sometimes come with spouse, though it's becoming more rare in recent years.

They’re almost always the most powerful of their kind, because they have to have kept their throne somehow. If not, he or she almost certainly has the loyalty of those who are, or can control the minds of their progeny.

Dracula and/or Lilith are popular choices. Often in fiction, when a vampire turns a person into one of them, the new vampire is subservient to the creator, resulting in a sort of hierarchical family tree of vampires owing their allegiance back to the originator, who rules them all. A common variant has it that destroying a given vampire reverts all those turned by him back to human (or just kills them).

You will do what they say, or face dire consequences. Because after all, doesn’t a parent know what's best for their children?

Sometimes crosses over into Cute Monster Girl for the queens.

A Sub-Trope of Our Vampires Are Different, Hive Queen, Evil Matriarch and God Save Us from the Queen!.

Compare Vampires Are Rich, Monster Lord, The Necrocracy, and Supernatural Elite.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Mina Tepes from Dance in the Vampire Bund.
  • In Vampire Hunter D, Count Magnus Lee. And in Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Carmilla.
  • In Trinity Blood, Empress Augusta Vradica the First is the leader of the Methuselah vampires of "The New Human Empire". She usually hides what she really looks like, sometimes using an underling to pose as her. In reality, she is Seth Nightroad, a Crusnik Vampire that can feed on Methuselah vampires, and is Really 700 Years Old despite looking like a young girl.
  • The Record Of A Fallen Vampire has a queen (Adelheid) and a king (Akabara).
  • In Blood+ Diva and Saya are Chiropteran queens. In this case they're born chiropterans, twins that a previous queen gives birth to, and fathered by one of that queen's sister's chevaliers. Other chiropterans, including chevaliers, are created by infecting a human with chiropteran blood. Interestingly, the blood of a chiropteran queen is extremely dangerous to that queen's sister and any derivative chiropterans.

    Comic Books 
  • The "I... Vampire" tales from House Of Mystery had Mary, Queen of Blood for their Big Bad. She wasn't the progenitor of all vampires — indeed, her sire Andrew Bennett was the protagonist, The Atoner hunting down his evil offspring — but she did create and rule over the majority of evil vampires in the original miniseries and an army of them in the reboot.
  • Marvel Comics' Dracula is the official "Lord of Vampires." He was named so and turned by the previous lord of vampires who happened to be the first vampire on the planet. Thanks to being turned by him he is one of the most powerful vampires on the planet and can mentally dominate other vampires. However, strong minded vampires can resist his control. He also is frequently challenged for his throne by rival vampires, his own son, his daughter Lilith, and the former lord of vampires himself.

    Fan Work 
  • In Shadowchasers continuity, Dracula has this role, but "Dracula" is not one being; rather, the name is a title held by whatever vampire rules the vampire race. (Which is currently a Dying Race on Earth.) The current Dracula is female and appears as a teenage girl who dresses in a modern, trendy outfit (she tells Fayte that she "figured it was time for a change") and this one seems a great deal more benign than most versions, likely interested in improving the PR of her people among other races. (The exhibition at the end of the chapter states that Fayte's membership in the Shadowchasers was due to a request she and Penelope made with Jalal.)

  • In Van Helsing, all the vampires and werewolves answer to Dracula, who presumably was the first vampire.
  • In Underworld, Marcus Corvinus is the first of the vampire elders.
    • Marcus may be the first vampire, but the leader of vampires is unquestionably Victor, who usurped power from Marcus in the 13th century. It's made pretty clear that the Death Dealers (the vampire army) are loyal primarily to Victor.
    • Marcus is the son of a warlord, while Victor was a warlord before being turned. It's implied the Amelia is also of noble blood.
  • In The Lost Boys, according to legend, if you kill a "head vampire", all the "half-vampires" turned by vampires under his command are restored to human form. This fails when the protagonists kill David — because Max is the head vampire.
  • The Big Bad from the horror movie The Hunger, who's also a Lesbian Vampire and Stalker with a Crush who actively tries to seduce the main heroine. And succeeds. Sort of.
  • Lothos in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.
  • Adam in the film version of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is the vampiric king of all the New World vamps, ruling from his home base in the Confederacy.
  • Blade Trilogy:
    • Blade II has Overlord Eli Damaskinos. It's not clear how much power he wields, as the first film has stated that the House of Erebus is ruled by a council of purebloods.
    • Blade: Trinity is kicked off when a group of vampires find and awaken the original vampire Drake, who is several orders of magnitude more powerful than an ordinary vamp and doesn't have any of the weakenesses of ordinary vamps, but does have a number of additional powers like Voluntary Shapeshifting.

  • Count Szandor is a Vampire Monarch in The Vampire Countess by Paul Féval, being the Bigger Bad behind the title character.
  • Akasha from The Vampire Chronicles, otherwise known as the Queen of the Damned. She also had a king.
    • Akasha was a queen. She ruled Kemet (Ancient Egypt) with her husband Enkil. She herself wasn't native to Kemet, though.
  • Betsy the Vampire Queen has... Betsy, the vampire queen, along with her king, Eric.
  • The Dresden Files has three (possibly four) vampire "Courts":
    • The Red Court has an actual King (who is killed along with the rest of the Court in Changes). These are blood drinkers whose true form is a bat-monster but can appear as human.
    • The White Court consists of three Houses, each of whom has their own Lord and the Lord of the currently most powerful clan is considered King by the rest. They are emotion eaters with each House having a different taste.
    • The Black Court is currently decimated to the point where only a few powerful individuals exist, so no mention of their King was ever made. Mavra is the most prominent member, but it's unclear if they're an organized group with her as the leader, or if she's just the most Badass known member of the bunch.
    • A fourth Court, the Jade Court, is mentioned as based somewhere in Southeast Asia. Little is known about them as they are isolationists.
  • In Anita Blake, Marmee Noir, Mother Of All Darkness, leader of all vampires, and head of the Vampire Council, the first (or one of the first) vampires in existence.
  • All the vampires in The Icemark Chronicles are ruled over by two ancient vampires known only as their vampiric majesties.
  • In The Saga of Darren Shan and the prequel, The Saga Of Larten Crepsley, the Vampire authority are the Princes, and to a lesser extent, the Generals.
  • Rupert Giles in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel "The Lost Slayer". A Face-Heel Turn from his character in the onscreen series.
  • Dracula himself is one in the first book of the Anno Dracula series — he marries Queen Victoria and though he's officially described as the 'Prince Consort', it's obvious that he wields the power, at least until the end of the book.
  • In Twilight there is the Volturi, a coven which considers itself the government of all vampires. It is headed by Aro, Marcus and Caius, with Aro acting as the leader.
  • Prince Vulkan of the Robert Mc Cammon novel, They Thirst, where a horde of vampires overtly take over Los Angeles. He is referred to as The Master or the King.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Doctor Who, "State of Decay", the head vampire is an Eldritch Abomination. Once the doctor stakes it with a rocket ship, the other (human) vampires crumble to dust.
  • The Master in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • In The Vampire Diaries there is Klaus. He is the at the top of the vampire hierarchy. He is an Original meaning that many vampires in existence are created from his bloodline.
    • His siblings (of which Rebekah and Elijah are still living) also count as a kind of pseudo vampire royalty. Being the very first vampires, they are widely recognized as the oldest, strongest, and most powerful vampires. And all other vampires in existence are descended from them.
  • In True Blood vampires are ruled by a system of Monarchs, who in turn answer to an NGO, which acts as the Mouth of Sauron to an Omniscient Council of Vagueness. Vampire culture also recognizes a mythological progenitor queen in the form of Lilith. So far the monarchs we've seen are..
    • Sophie-Anne Leclerq of Louisiana. Made Bill her dragon while Bill was The Mole for the pro-mainstreaming movement, so as soon as it became convenient the Authority had her staked and replaced with Bill.
    • Russell Edgington of Mississippi. Though he may have lost the position when he became a rogue human murderer, and now that he's met the true death it's unclear if he's been replaced.
    • Bill Compton of Louisiana, replacing Sophie-Anne after the Authority killed her. He's more of a puppet to the Authority then she ever was, though.
  • LaCroix in Forever Knight probably fits this trope.
  • The Charmed episode "Bite Me" has the girls fight the Vampire Queen, an enemy of the Source. Killing her destroys every vampire descended from her and also rehumanizes Paige, who was temporarily turned into a vampire but hadn't fed on human blood yet.
  • Supernatural reveals the Alpha Vampire in season 6. He is the progenitor of all the subsequent vampires, while he himself was sired by the mother of all the monster races. It's implied he might be tens of thousands of years old, he has a psychic connection to all his "children", and orders them to turn more people to prepare for a war against Crowley's demons.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Caine from Vampire: The Masquerade, though he is not particularly interesting in ruling his vampiric descendants. That task falls to the Antediluvians, thirteen ancient vampires who survived the Deluge and spawned the thirteen vampiric clans.
    • In a more literal sense, most cities with Kindred presence have a "prince" who exists to enforce the rules of the Camarilla (primarily the titular The Masquerade).
  • Dracula is the leader of the Vampire Nation in Halt Evil Doer! He's also the first vampire, even though there were vampires long before he died; it's a bit timey wimey.
  • Master Vampires are the rulers of vampires in Rifts. They serve (and are created directly by) the ultimate source of the infestation, the Vampire Intelligence.
  • On the plane of Innistrad in Magic: The Gathering, Sorin Markov's grandfather Edgar Markov is the head of House Markov and the first vampire. Sorin's relationship with his grandfather is somewhat strained since Sorin never forgave Edgar for turning him into the second vampire on Innistrad, partly because the process was painful enough to awaken Sorin's planeswalker spark (the spark can only be awakened by extreme trauma). Edgar and the other vampires resent Sorin for creating Avacyn, the guardian angel of Innistrad's human population. Sorin left Innistrad to explore the multiverse. When he returned, he was disgusted to see that the safeguards and institutions he had left behind to keep Innistrad safe had fallen apart. Sorin grimly resumed his duties as the Lord of Innistrad.
    • The original example of this trope from Magic is Baron Sengir, the progenitor of the ever-popular Sengir Vampires. The Baron despotically rules a fiefdom of oppressed humans at the head of a depraved family of vampires, Evil Sorcerers, and human turncoats.
  • Vampire Lord and Vampire Genesis in the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game.
  • Warhammer Fantasy's vampires are all ultimately descended from one of seven original vampires created by Queen Neferata of Lahmia, in her partially successful attempt to recreate the Great Necromancer Nagash's Elixir of Immortality. Neferata was herself the first of the seven, and for a while ruled openly over all vampires, when they were still resident in the city of Lahmia in ancient days. When Lahmia fell to Neferata's enemies the vampires fled across the world, and though she still exists and rules over her own scattered bloodline as a queen, no other vampires owe her fealty anymore.
    • On a smaller scale, the von Carstein bloodline in Sylvania are organised along feudal lines, with the most powerful ruling the others as Count (albeit only nominally in many cases). Initially this was Vlad von Carstein, but upon his eventual death Mannfred von Carstein succeeded in becoming top vampire, and still is, more or less, to the present day.

    Video Games 
  • No list on this would be complete without mentioning Dracula from the Castlevania series, lord of all vampires and mortal enemy of the Belmont clan.
  • Remilia Scarlet from Touhou is Gensokyo's resident Queen of the Vampires.
  • Artix Entertainment's AdventureQuest series of games have Safiria as the Vampire Queen of Darkovia.
  • In Legacy of Kain, Kain is the oldest existing vampire, the progenitor of all other existing vampires, the last surviving Guardian of the Pillars of Nosgoth, and the ruler of the known world. He was preceded by Vorador who, while not actually a king, was certainly extremely wealthy and ruled "a private kingdom" in the Termogent Forest.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has the DLC called Dawnguard, which is vampires vs hunters (with the player choosing either faction). The Vampire faction is led by a Lord Harkon, who fits the bill as a Vampire Monarch.
    • Also, if you join the vampire clan, you'll end up displacing Harkon and becoming this trope yourself.
  • In The Sims 2, the only way to get a vampire for the first time is to go to downtown and hope you run into a Count or Countess Vampire.
  • In The Secret World, you adventure to a section of Romania (formerly Transylvania) that is under siege by an army of vampires led by Vampire Queen Mara.

    Visual Novels 
  • In the extended Nasuverse, Brunestud of the Crimson Moon. He served as the template for the natural-born True Ancestor vampires and held sway over both them and the formerly-human Dead Apostles. After his death at the hands of Zelretch, the closest things he has to a successor are the "King of the Dead Apostles" Trhvmn Ortenrosse, the "unstable" Altrouge Brunestud, and the last True Ancestor Arcueid Brunestud.

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    Web Original 
  • In Metamor Keep and Metamor City the daedra lord Lilith created both vampires and werewolves. By the time of Metamor City she's dead but her former high priestess Talia has succeeded her as queen of the vampires.

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