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Playing With: God Save Us from the Queen!
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.
    • As Hire travelled around the world, the queens he encountered were evil, with a few exceptions.
  • Justified:
    • All females in the setting are affected by an overlap of Always Chaotic Evil and Gender Equals Breed.
    • ...or all monarchs.
    • Freudian Excuse
    • The only way she could have become queen was if she fought her way to the top. Naturally, she continues to act cruelly to keep power.
  • Inverted: The High Queen and/or Everything's Better with Princesses
  • Gender Flipped: An oppressive king.
  • Subverted: The queen seems to be a tyrannical bitch, 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 Queen... Holy literalisms, Batman!
    • As a 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 Blue and Orange Morality.
  • 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: Evil Prince, Harold decides to marry an evil woman. So that when he's king, she'll have absolutely no problem with his abuse of power.
  • Exploited: In an attempt to halve the competition, a group of misogynist aristocrats (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 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 Marianne. She's evil."
    • A Straw Misogynist 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 period / locale, 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 Magnificent Bastard 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 God Save Us from the Queen! now, or I'll have you on a gibbet!

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