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- Mina Tepes from Dance in the Vampire Bund is the sole child of the last vampire queen, and tries to hide from the other vampire leaders the fact that in her real form, she'd be able to bear their children.
- In Vampire Hunter D, Count Magnus Lee. And in Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Carmilla. Then of course, although he's never seen, there's also D's father, referred to in the original light novels as "The Revered Ancestor".
- 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.
- In Hellsing Integra once referred to Alucard as a "king of vampires, or at least a count". Though he doesn't have any authority over other vampires, excepting Seras after he turned her in the first chapter/episode, he is much more powerful than any other vampire in the series. And in the manga and OVA he is progenitor of all the vampires seen in the series, given that Millennium used Mina Harker's remains to create their mass-produced monsters.
- 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 2011 reboot.
- Marvel Comics' Dracula is the official "Lord of Vampires." He was named so and turned by the previous lord of vampires, Varnae, 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.
- In Requiem Vampire Knight, Dracula himself is the king of all vampires in the nightmarish Hell / Bizarro World of Resurrection; due to the vagaries of the Timey-Wimey Ball that seems to govern the transition between death on Earth and rebirth on Resurrection, he is also the first vampire to appear there, despite Roman emperors Nero and Caligula, as well as Attila the Hun, who all predate him historically by over a millenium, also being vampires.
- Athena Voltaire and the Vampire Queen is focused on one, as you'd expect from the title. This one is Elizabeth Báthory (who, in real life, was accused of indulging in the odd Blood Bath). She isn't actually served by any lesser vampires at the time of the story (having ghosts and werewolves instead), but is promising her followers to let them serve her as vampires if they're good.
- A Love Like Blood: Karkossa is the king of all vampires as well as their progenitor. Regular vampires look more or less like humans with fangs; Karkossa is more of a batlike monster after feeding for so long.
- In Child of the Storm, the Vampire Courts of The Dresden Files are shown, with the addition of a Grey Court of classic Dracula vampires. With the exception of the largely diminished Black Court, each is ruled by a King, Dracula being King of the Grey Court, Kukulcan the King of the Red Court (or at least, a vampire using that name) and Lord Raith is puppet King of the White Court.
- 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 that 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.
- Akasha is the antagonist of Queen of the Damned, which is loosely based on the third novel of The Vampire Chronicles detailed below.
- Lilith is referred to as Vampire Queen in 30 Days of Nights sequel Dark Days.
- The Ur-Example is Bram Stoker's Dracula, while this nobleman only has three vampiric brides, it is beyond that all vampires in the story only answer to Count Dracula, and the fact that the person whom he was named after, Vlad the Impaler, was an actual monarch.
- Count Szandor is a Vampire Monarch in The Vampire Countess by Paul Féval, being the Greater Scope Villain behind the title character.
- Akasha, the Queen of the Damned from The Vampire Chronicles: a co-ruler of ancient Egypt with her husband Enkil, she became the first vampire when a powerful spirit merges with her blood. This links her to every vampire in the world, who will suffer and die as she does; though this is avoided by another vampire eating her heart and brain to become its new host.
- 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.
- The Black Court was actually founded by Dracula (who's hinted to still be "alive" somewhere and so is likely still its King), although Drac's father is reputedly FAR more powerful than his son (some very powerful beings seem to suggest that Dracul's son is nothing more than a petulant brat by comparison).
- 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 Vampires are ruled by a group of Princes, who are promoted from the ranks of Vampire Generals. Any vampire can train to become a General, but a Prince has to nominate a General to become a Prince.
- 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.
- In the Doctor Who story "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. Kakistos is a minor example.
- 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.
- 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.
- From Dusk Till Dawn's Satanico Pandemonium is actually a subversion. She rules over the vampiric hordes of the Titty Twister but is herself subordinate (read: slave) to the leaders of The Cartel/Cult of the Culebras, who are themselves subordinate to the Nine Lords of Night.
- Being Human (UK) has Mr Snow, the head of the Old Ones. He's never actually called a king, but he acts like one and all the vampires treats him as such.
- The as-yet-unseen Master from Penny Dreadful probably qualifies, if the vassal-like behavior of the lesser vampires and The Renfield from Season One is any example.
- Caine from Vampire: The Masquerade, though he is not particularly interested 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).
- The Wan Kuei of Kindred of the East trace the foundation of their society to Xue, the Grand Arhat, the first of their kind to reach full enlightenment, who's no longer around by the present day. The Wan Kuei counterpart to a prince is an "ancestor", a sufficiently enlightened vampire who oversees a city or region.
- The New World of Darkness version, Vampire: The Requiem, has done away with the concept of active progenitor (a key point of the setting is that nobody really knows how vampires came about), but maintained the feudal hierarchy of a prince ruling a city's vampiric population.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 quite nicely. If you join the vampire side, you'll end up displacing Harkon and becoming this trope yourself.
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind: Although none of them claim an aristocratic title, Dhaunayne Aundae, Raxle Berne and Volrina Quarra rule the three vampire clans on Vvardenfell and every vampire on the island is of their blood. They (well, one of them, anyway) become your primary questgiver should you become a vampire yourself, though they generally view you with disdain.
- 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 Grand 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.
- In RuneScape, the baleful land of Morytania is ruled by one Lord Lowerniel Drakan. After his defeat, his sister Vanescula takes the throne.
- 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, the latter two inheriting his name due to having the potential to one day host his reincarnation. Technically, there is a list of 27 "Dead Apostle Ancestors" who have a claim on ruling over the vampires, but in practice most of them follow either Ortenrosse or Altrouge (while Arcueid busies herself trying to kill all of them).
- Sluggy Freelance has Lysinda, leader of the Lysinda circle of vampires; and later Philinnon, leader of the Vrykolakas circle of vampires. Sam Sein becomes the last surviving member of the Lysinda circle and renames it the Sam Cirkail Mamajama, but can't convince anyone to join him.
- True Villains has Malanor, King of the Vampires and part-time Large Ham. He is also the First Vampire, acknowledged strongest sorcerer in the world, and a threat to all life on the continent.
- Zoophobia refers to Venganza as a "queen".
- Adventure Time has Marceline the Vampire Queen. The legitimacy of her status as a monarch is debatable, as she's the only vampire to appear in the show's canon so far. She was already nobility (of a sort) before becoming a vampire, because her Demonic father is the undisputed ruler of an entire Fire and Brimstone Hell and she is his (reluctant) heir.
- She was shown participating in Princess Day in the episode of the same name, but whether she's there as Queen of the Vampires, Princess of the Nightosphere, or just crashing the event is never mentioned.
- The recent Stakes miniseries focused on Marceline shows that Marceline is in fact the Last of Her Kind, getting the title by process of elimination, having all but exterminated vampires before being turned herself.
- The Simpsons: In a Treehouse of Horror episode based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, in order to de-vampirize Bart they have to kill the head vampire. So Homer kills Mr. Burns, thinking he's the head. Turns out he's not — Marge is... who happens to be his wife.
"I do have a life outside this house, you know."
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Queen Chrysalis, the queen of the Changelings, a species that could be compared to vampires (as well as succubi).
- Spider-Man: The Animated Series had a Queen of the Vampires, as Blade's main antagonist. Bonus points for making her his mother.