Playing With / God Save Us from the Queen!

Basic Trope: Evil and/or incompetent woman as queen.
  • Straight: Queen Alice 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: Queen Alice can be a bit hot-tempered and heavy-handed, and she's certainly made a few bad choices as queen, but the story has Grey and Gray Morality and she's basically doing the best she can.
  • Justified:
    • All females in the setting are portrayed as evil.
    • All monarchs in the story are are portrayed as evil.
    • The only way Queen Alice could have become queen was if she fought her way to the top. Naturally, she continues to act cruelly to keep power.
    • Queen Alice rules in a traditionally male-dominated society which distrusts women with power and sees benevolence as weakness. In order to gain respect (and survive) she must prove herself to be twice as cold-hearted and ruthless as her male counterparts and rivals.
    • Queen Alice is Drunk On Power.
    • Queen Alice is from a Royally Screwed Up family.
    • Queen Alice was evil before becoming queen, so it isn't surprising that she continued to be evil after becoming queen.
  • Inverted: The High Queen
  • Gender Flipped: Evil Overlord.
  • Subverted: Queen Alice seems to be a tyrannical bitch, but is actually doing what she does out of genuine concern for her people.
  • Double Subverted: Queen Alice 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: As a princess, Alice was fine — but once she becomes the queen, she turns into a terror.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Queen Alice is wicked but does something noble, but only because it serves her ends as well.
    • Queen Alice has Blue and Orange Morality.
  • Averted: There is no queen or the queen is not in power.
  • Enforced: The story is Historical Fiction, based on a piece of history where there really was a cruel, tyrannical queen.
  • Lampshaded: "People are oppressed, and Black Guards look too sexy and studly. Must be an Evil Queen."
  • Implied: There are Cryptic Background References to Queen Alice, and it seems like maybe she's tyrannical, but honestly we don't know.
  • Invoked: Evil Prince, Bob decides to 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 Ruling Couple.
  • 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:
    • Queen Alice is naturally mean-spirited, but forces herself to be nice since she doesn't want to come across as evil or oppressive.
    • Those around Princess Alice dread the day of the her 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 Alice. 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 anyone 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:
    • Queen Alice'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.


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