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