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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Daenerys Targaryen, who goes from an innocent [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] to this over the course of the series.

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* Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Daenerys Targaryen, who goes from an innocent [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] princess to this over the course of the series.


* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.[[labelnote:note]]It's less heroic than that in reality. The Romans were the underdog in the war against her, not the other way around. Boudica was defeated even though she held massive numerical advantage over the Romans. Governor Paulinus' already small army was made even smaller when one legion refused to answer his call to arms and another got routed while trying to reach him. In total, Paulinus had only 10,000 men to his name against Boudicca's 230,000 (per Romans accounts). Emperor Nero found the situation so hopeless that he considered abandoning Britain altogether. Inspite of this overwhelming odds, Paulinus chose to fight on his own terms rather than run, eventually picking a bottleneck location where Boudica's superior number was ineffective and attacking her entire army head-on. The poorly-equipped Iceni warriors were no match for the heavily-armored Romans and died in droves. The battle might not have ended in total disaster had it not been for one giant blunder from Boudica's part. She had set up some wagons behind her army to let their families witness a triumphant victory over the Romans, only for those wagons to end up preventing ''her'' army from escaping when the battle went south for them instead. Unable to retreat, the panicked Iceni got absolutely massacred. Her rebellion fell apart soon after this CrackDefeat.[[/labelnote]]

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* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.[[labelnote:note]]It's less heroic than that in reality. The Romans were the underdog in the war against her, not the other way around. Boudica was defeated even though she held massive numerical advantage over the Romans. The Roman Governor Paulinus' already small army was made even smaller when one legion refused to answer his call to arms and another got routed while trying to reach him. In total, Paulinus had only 10,000 men to his name against Boudicca's 230,000 (per Romans accounts). Emperor Nero found the situation so hopeless that he considered abandoning Britain altogether. Inspite of this overwhelming odds, Paulinus chose to fight on his own terms rather than run, eventually picking a bottleneck location where Boudica's superior number was ineffective and attacking her entire army head-on. The poorly-equipped Iceni warriors were no match for the heavily-armored Romans and died in droves. The battle might not have ended in total disaster had it not been for one giant blunder from Boudica's part. She had set up some wagons behind her army to let their families witness a triumphant victory over the Romans, only for those wagons to end up preventing ''her'' army from escaping when the battle went south for them instead. Unable to retreat, the panicked Iceni got absolutely massacred. Her rebellion fell apart soon after this CrackDefeat.[[/labelnote]]


* [[spoiler:Saber, aka Arthuria, aka [[SheIsTheKing King]] Arthur]] of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' not only fulfilled this trope to a T, she even had to give up her femininity and pose as a ''[[SweetPollyOliver boy]]'' to do it - even to most of her closest allies. Worse, because HumansAreBastards, some detractors against "his" rule actually used "his" inhuman image as a way to stir dissent. Her nation destroyed itself in civil war, and she died fighting against the people she had tried so hard to rule well. Even after her death, [[spoiler:she seeks the Holy Grail in an attempt to set things right for her country]].

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* [[spoiler:Saber, aka Arthuria, Artoria, aka [[SheIsTheKing King]] Arthur]] of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' not only fulfilled this trope to a T, she even had to give up her femininity and pose as a ''[[SweetPollyOliver boy]]'' to do it - even to most of her closest allies. Worse, because HumansAreBastards, some detractors against "his" rule actually used "his" inhuman image as a way to stir dissent. Her nation destroyed itself in civil war, and she died fighting against the people she had tried so hard to rule well. Even after her death, [[spoiler:she seeks the Holy Grail in an attempt to set things right for her country]].


This trope can be done with a male regent as well, but a woman just looks more exquisitely tragic and beautiful in this role. For the male public, there can also be something appealing about such a character. Who wouldn't love to [[DefrostingIceQueen make her laugh]], and keep her company in her [[TheChainsOfCommanding leader's loneliness]]? Care is needed, however, as DontYouDarePityMe may come into effect. SuddenlySuitableSuitor may also be required, leading to plentiful anguish before the discovery.

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This While this trope can could be done with applied to a male regent regent, the key dynamic making this trope AlwaysFemale is the inversion of [[GenderDynamicsIndex gender dynamics]] adding an element of exquisite tragedy the gender popularly seen as well, but a woman just looks less proactive and more exquisitely tragic reactive is thrust into an atypical position of power, and beautiful in this role.must cope with it. For the male public, there can also be something appealing about such a character. Who wouldn't love to [[DefrostingIceQueen make her laugh]], and keep her company in her [[TheChainsOfCommanding leader's loneliness]]? Care is needed, however, as DontYouDarePityMe may come into effect. SuddenlySuitableSuitor may also be required, leading to plentiful anguish before the discovery.


* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.[[labelnote:note]]It's less heroic than that in reality. Boudica was defeated even though she held massive numerical advantage over the Romans. Governor Paulinus' already small army was made even smaller when one legion refused to answer his call to arms and another got routed while trying to reach him. In total, Paulinus had only 10,000 men to his name against Boudicca's 230,000 (per Romans accounts). Emperor Nero found the situation so hopeless that he considered abandoning Britain altogether. Inspite of this overwhelming odds, Paulinus chose to fight on his own terms rather than run, eventually picking a bottleneck location where Boudica's superior number was ineffective and slowly destroying her entire army head-on. The battle might not have ended in total disaster had it not been for one giant blunder from Boudica's part. She had set up some wagons behind her army beforehand to let their families witness a triumphant victory over the Romans, only for those wagons to end up preventing ''her'' army from escaping when the battle went south for them instead. Unable to retreat, the panicked Iceni got absolutely massacred. Her rebellion fell apart soon after this CrackDefeat.[[/labelnote]]

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* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.[[labelnote:note]]It's less heroic than that in reality. The Romans were the underdog in the war against her, not the other way around. Boudica was defeated even though she held massive numerical advantage over the Romans. Governor Paulinus' already small army was made even smaller when one legion refused to answer his call to arms and another got routed while trying to reach him. In total, Paulinus had only 10,000 men to his name against Boudicca's 230,000 (per Romans accounts). Emperor Nero found the situation so hopeless that he considered abandoning Britain altogether. Inspite of this overwhelming odds, Paulinus chose to fight on his own terms rather than run, eventually picking a bottleneck location where Boudica's superior number was ineffective and slowly destroying attacking her entire army head-on.head-on. The poorly-equipped Iceni warriors were no match for the heavily-armored Romans and died in droves. The battle might not have ended in total disaster had it not been for one giant blunder from Boudica's part. She had set up some wagons behind her army beforehand to let their families witness a triumphant victory over the Romans, only for those wagons to end up preventing ''her'' army from escaping when the battle went south for them instead. Unable to retreat, the panicked Iceni got absolutely massacred. Her rebellion fell apart soon after this CrackDefeat.[[/labelnote]]


* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.[[labelnote:note]]It's less heroic than that in reality, however. Boudicca was defeated even though she held massive numerical advantage over the Romans. Boudicca had everything she needed to win the war. Governor Paulinus not only had fewer men, most of his men were also retired veterans called to arms after a previous defeat left him with only 500 legionnaires. There was another legion nearby, but this legion refused to answer Paulinus's summon and left him to rot against Boudicca. In total, Paulinus had only 10,000 men to his name against Boudicca's 230,000 according to Romans accounts. Emperor Nero was so terrified of the situation that he considered abandoning Britain altogether. Despite the odds, Paulinus chose to fight on his own terms rather than running, eventually picking a location where Boudicca's superior number was ineffective and destroying her entire army in one fell swoop. Boudicca set up some wagons behind her army to let their families witness their triumph, only for those wagons to end up preventing ''her'' army from escaping when the battle turned south. Her rebellion fell apart soon after this CrackDefeat.[[/labelnote]]

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* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.[[labelnote:note]]It's less heroic than that in reality, however. Boudicca reality. Boudica was defeated even though she held massive numerical advantage over the Romans. Boudicca had everything she needed to win the war. Governor Paulinus not only had fewer men, most of his men were also retired veterans called to arms after a previous defeat left him with only 500 legionnaires. There Paulinus' already small army was another legion nearby, but this made even smaller when one legion refused to answer Paulinus's summon his call to arms and left him another got routed while trying to rot against Boudicca. reach him. In total, Paulinus had only 10,000 men to his name against Boudicca's 230,000 according to (per Romans accounts. accounts). Emperor Nero was so terrified of found the situation so hopeless that he considered abandoning Britain altogether. Despite the Inspite of this overwhelming odds, Paulinus chose to fight on his own terms rather than running, run, eventually picking a bottleneck location where Boudicca's Boudica's superior number was ineffective and slowly destroying her entire army head-on. The battle might not have ended in total disaster had it not been for one fell swoop. Boudicca giant blunder from Boudica's part. She had set up some wagons behind her army beforehand to let their families witness their triumph, a triumphant victory over the Romans, only for those wagons to end up preventing ''her'' army from escaping when the battle turned south.went south for them instead. Unable to retreat, the panicked Iceni got absolutely massacred. Her rebellion fell apart soon after this CrackDefeat.[[/labelnote]]


* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.[[labelnote]]It's less heroic than that in reality, however. Boudicca was defeated even though she held massive numerical advantage over the Romans. Boudicca had everything she needed to win the war. Governor Paulinus not only had fewer men, most of his men were also retired veterans called to arms after a previous defeat left him with only 500 legionnaires. There was another legion nearby, but this legion refused to answer Paulinus's summon and left him to rot against Boudicca. In total, Paulinus had only 10,000 men to his name against Boudicca's 230,000 according to Romans accounts. Emperor Nero was so terrified of the situation that he considered abandoning Britain altogether. Despite the odds, Paulinus chose to fight on his own terms rather than running, eventually picking a location where Boudicca's superior number was ineffective and destroying her entire army in one fell swoop. Boudicca set up some wagons behind her army to let their families witness their triumph, only for those wagons to end up preventing ''her'' army from escaping when the battle turned south. Her rebellion fell apart soon after this CrackDefeat.[[/labelnote]]

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* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.[[labelnote]]It's [[labelnote:note]]It's less heroic than that in reality, however. Boudicca was defeated even though she held massive numerical advantage over the Romans. Boudicca had everything she needed to win the war. Governor Paulinus not only had fewer men, most of his men were also retired veterans called to arms after a previous defeat left him with only 500 legionnaires. There was another legion nearby, but this legion refused to answer Paulinus's summon and left him to rot against Boudicca. In total, Paulinus had only 10,000 men to his name against Boudicca's 230,000 according to Romans accounts. Emperor Nero was so terrified of the situation that he considered abandoning Britain altogether. Despite the odds, Paulinus chose to fight on his own terms rather than running, eventually picking a location where Boudicca's superior number was ineffective and destroying her entire army in one fell swoop. Boudicca set up some wagons behind her army to let their families witness their triumph, only for those wagons to end up preventing ''her'' army from escaping when the battle turned south. Her rebellion fell apart soon after this CrackDefeat.[[/labelnote]]


* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.

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* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.[[labelnote]]It's less heroic than that in reality, however. Boudicca was defeated even though she held massive numerical advantage over the Romans. Boudicca had everything she needed to win the war. Governor Paulinus not only had fewer men, most of his men were also retired veterans called to arms after a previous defeat left him with only 500 legionnaires. There was another legion nearby, but this legion refused to answer Paulinus's summon and left him to rot against Boudicca. In total, Paulinus had only 10,000 men to his name against Boudicca's 230,000 according to Romans accounts. Emperor Nero was so terrified of the situation that he considered abandoning Britain altogether. Despite the odds, Paulinus chose to fight on his own terms rather than running, eventually picking a location where Boudicca's superior number was ineffective and destroying her entire army in one fell swoop. Boudicca set up some wagons behind her army to let their families witness their triumph, only for those wagons to end up preventing ''her'' army from escaping when the battle turned south. Her rebellion fell apart soon after this CrackDefeat.[[/labelnote]]


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* Deconstructed in ''The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess'' oneshot ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11322470/1/They-Are-Wrong They Are Wrong]]''. Zelda's detached attitude makes her unpopular because people mistake her for cold and uncaring.

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* Deconstructed in ''The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess'' oneshot ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11322470/1/They-Are-Wrong They Are Wrong]]''. Zelda's detached attitude makes her an unpopular queen because people others mistake her for cold and uncaring.



* Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/TheirBond''. Zelda is so emotionally detached because of past trauma. She has trouble accepting or understanding love.

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* Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/TheirBond''. Queen Zelda is so emotionally detached predominantly because of past trauma. She has trouble accepting or understanding love.


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* Hinata from ''FanFic/PrincessOfKonoha'' is an {{Ojou}} and is the heir to the most powerful clan in her village. She keeps her emotions in check and normally seems like an EmotionlessGirl.

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* In ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'', Princess (later Queen) Sibylla tells the protagonist, "A woman in my place has two faces, one for the world and one which she wears in private." Her characterization throughout the film is largely in keeping with this idea.


* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series:
** Elincia of the ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Tellius games]]'' was [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses the lost princess]] during ''Path of Radiance'', and rules as queen of Crimea in the sequel. Her desire to avert this trope by ruling with kindness and compassion led to internal unrest and rebellion in Crimea, which forced her to reevaluate her rule and be willing to use more force as necessary.
** [[spoiler:Princess Nyna]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' as well.. Especially after [[spoiler:marrying the future Emperor Hardin not for love but because she thought it was the best for their kingdoms, ''and'' sacrificing her love for [[BlackKnight Camus]] in the process. Things went downhill soon afterward.]]
*** From the same game, Princess Sheema of Gra (she's luckier than Nyna, thankfully). She commands an aura of protectiveness and leadership and the most femininity she could afford is her pink armor, she loves cute things but had to hide a plushie which was a memento from her late mother, as she thought if anyone sees her with it, she'd be ridiculed and deemed unfit of leading.
** [[spoiler: Queen Ismaire]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', too.
** Queen/Exalt Emmeryn from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is more of TheHighQueen, but she can fit in here as well. After all, she became Exalt before hitting her teens '''and''' after a horrible war that tore the continent of Ylisse apart, and pretty much dedicated her life to re-fit the Halidom of Ylisse into a more peaceful nature, barely thinking of her own needs...

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series:
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** Elincia of the ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Tellius games]]'' was is [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses the lost princess]] during ''Path of Radiance'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'', and rules as queen of Crimea in the sequel. sequel ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn''. Her desire to avert this trope by ruling with kindness and compassion led leads to internal unrest and rebellion in Crimea, which forced forces her to reevaluate her rule and be willing to use more force as if necessary.
** [[spoiler:Princess Nyna]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' as well.. Especially ''VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'' is almost terrifying in her willingness to throw away her personal happiness for the greater good. This especially comes into play after [[spoiler:marrying [[spoiler:she marries the future Emperor Hardin not for love but because she thought it was the best for their kingdoms, ''and'' sacrificing her love for [[BlackKnight Camus]] in the process. Things went goes downhill soon afterward.]]
*** From the same game, ** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'' also gives us Princess Sheema Sheena of Gra (she's luckier than Nyna, thankfully). She commands an aura of protectiveness and leadership and the most femininity she could can afford is her pink armor, armor. Though she loves cute things but had to hide things, she keeps secret a plushie which was a memento from her late mother, as she thought believes that if anyone sees her with it, she'd be ridiculed and deemed unfit of leading.
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** [[spoiler: Queen Ismaire]] Ismaire from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', too.
''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'' is a beloved ruler, but her total dedication to her nation after the death of her husband [[spoiler:led to her becoming estranged from her son Joshua, who eventually abandoned her to pursue his own adventures]].
** Queen/Exalt Emmeryn from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is more of TheHighQueen, but she can fit in here as well. After all, she became Exalt before hitting her teens '''and''' after a horrible war that tore the continent of Ylisse apart, and pretty much dedicated dedicates her life to re-fit reform the Halidom of Ylisse into a more peaceful nature, barely thinking of her own needs...needs...
** Edelgard von Hresvelg from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'' is the heir to the throne of the Adrestian Empire, and as such maintains an unflappably formal and ruthlessly determined persona towards all but her closest companions, despite still being a 17-year-old girl with all the attendant quirks, anxieties, and insecurities. [[spoiler:If Byleth is not there by her side after she ascends the throne, she retreats even further into her queenly mask after the TimeSkip, becoming a "harsh leader with a heart of ice".]]


An important part of this character is that she isn't in a trusting and happy relationship (platonic or otherwise) as this would make her burden less heavy for her and thus remove much of the conflict inherent in this archetype. (It would also make her less alluringly lonely). Naturally this sad state can change over the course of the story.

This trope can be done with a male regent as well, but a woman just looks more exquisitely tragic and beautiful in this role. For the male public there can also be something appealing about such a character. Who wouldn't love to [[DefrostingIceQueen make her laugh]], and keep her company in her [[TheChainsOfCommanding leader's loneliness]]? Care is needed, however, as DontYouDarePityMe may come into effect. SuddenlySuitableSuitor may also be required, leading to plentiful anguish before the discovery.

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An important part of this character is that she isn't in a trusting and happy relationship (platonic or otherwise) as this would make her burden less heavy for her and thus remove much of the conflict inherent in this archetype. (It would also make her less alluringly lonely). Naturally Naturally, this sad state can change over the course of the story.

This trope can be done with a male regent as well, but a woman just looks more exquisitely tragic and beautiful in this role. For the male public public, there can also be something appealing about such a character. Who wouldn't love to [[DefrostingIceQueen make her laugh]], and keep her company in her [[TheChainsOfCommanding leader's loneliness]]? Care is needed, however, as DontYouDarePityMe may come into effect. SuddenlySuitableSuitor may also be required, leading to plentiful anguish before the discovery.



In terms of the ranks of AuthorityTropes, the tropes that are equal are GodSaveUsFromTheQueen, TheHighQueen, TheGoodKing and PresidentEvil. The next steps down are TheEvilPrince, PrinceCharming, PrinceCharmless, WarriorPrince, TheWisePrince, and all PrincessTropes. The next step up is TheEmperor. SilkHidingSteel is near the bottom; she's not in charge and not supposed to have authority, but uses similar methods to pursue her goals.

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In terms of the ranks of AuthorityTropes, the tropes that are equal are GodSaveUsFromTheQueen, TheHighQueen, TheGoodKing TheGoodKing, and PresidentEvil. The next steps down are TheEvilPrince, PrinceCharming, PrinceCharmless, WarriorPrince, TheWisePrince, and all PrincessTropes. The next step up is TheEmperor. SilkHidingSteel is near the bottom; she's not in charge and not supposed to have authority, but uses similar methods to pursue her goals.



* As time goes on in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' [[AntiHero Lelouch]] turns out to be a RareMaleExample; though he JumpedAtTheCall to become [[SecretIdentity Zero]], the persona of a confident rebel leader, strategist, and ruthless BigGood starts to take a toll on him. Underneath his bitter cynicism is a NiceGuy who genuinely wants to help the world and ''hates'' the fact he has to even kill innocents to change the world. However, with his multiple secret identities the only one he can rely on is [[MysteriousWaif C.C.]] for support. [[spoiler: This is especially evident when he's forced to kill his BrainwashedAndCrazy half-sister [[AllLovingHero Euphemia]] after a careless phrase and PowerIncontinence sent her on a massacre. He makes a glorious speech as Zero against her actions and Britannia, then goes off alone except for C.C. and cries over having to kill her and make her TheScapegoat.]]

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* As time goes on in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' [[AntiHero Lelouch]] turns out to be a RareMaleExample; though he JumpedAtTheCall to become [[SecretIdentity Zero]], the persona of a confident rebel leader, strategist, and ruthless BigGood starts to take a toll on him. Underneath his bitter cynicism is a NiceGuy who genuinely wants to help the world and ''hates'' the fact he has to even kill innocents to change the world. However, with his multiple secret identities identities, the only one he can rely on is [[MysteriousWaif C.C.]] for support. [[spoiler: This is especially evident when he's forced to kill his BrainwashedAndCrazy half-sister [[AllLovingHero Euphemia]] after a careless phrase and PowerIncontinence sent her on a massacre. He makes a glorious speech as Zero against her actions and Britannia, then goes off alone except for C.C. and cries over having to kill her and make her TheScapegoat.]]



* One of the main plots of ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' kicks off when Youko not only has to fight her way into Kei to claim her throne, but once crowned she starts having serious doubts about her own hability to reign over the Kei kingdom.

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* One of the main plots of ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' kicks off when Youko not only has to fight her way into Kei to claim her throne, throne but once crowned she starts having serious doubts about her own hability to reign over the Kei kingdom.



* In ''Fanfic/InSottoVoce'', the WiseBeyondTheirYears 16 year old Zelda is [[AChildShallLeadThem crowned queen]] after her father's sudden murder. Despite her wisdom, Zelda is still just a teenager whose father was brutally killed in front of her. She's unable to emotionally handle the role of queen so she hides behind a mask of stoicism. Zelda's cold even towards Impa [[spoiler:because she believes Impa betrayed her]].

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* In ''Fanfic/InSottoVoce'', the WiseBeyondTheirYears 16 year old 16-year-old Zelda is [[AChildShallLeadThem crowned queen]] after her father's sudden murder. Despite her wisdom, Zelda is still just a teenager whose father was brutally killed in front of her. She's unable to emotionally handle the role of queen so she hides behind a mask of stoicism. Zelda's cold even towards Impa [[spoiler:because she believes Impa betrayed her]].



* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Elsa represses her feelings and isolates herself from others because she is next in line to the throne... and she is ''absolutely terrified'' of screwing up. Unlike other queens, she has the additional burden that anxiety makes her PowerIncontinence worse... and her [[AnIcePerson magical abilities]] are potentially deadly. "[[SurvivalMantra Conceal, don't feel]]." Unfortunately, one argument with Anna, she snaps and outs her powers by accident which caused her mask to whittle down. In the end, she completely abandons it and becomes a benevolent queen who entertains her people with her powers and have fun skating with them as well.
* Somewhat subverted with Queen Elinor in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''. She fits the trope very well, being the more level-headed sovereign; her husband, King Fergus, is a BoisterousBruiser with a good heart who is much more prone to being ruled by his emotions than his wife. Elinor is the one who is able to calm a crowd of feuding Scots simply by walking through it with the utmost dignity, and takes care of details such as the betrothal of their daughter. The subversion comes in where it doesn't appear that Elinor is remotely ruffled by her holding this position; she doesn't seem to find it at all wearying, and it's only later in the story that she comes to realize that she's adopted the mask a little too well, and learns to let her hair down again (literally, in fact).

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Elsa represses her feelings and isolates herself from others because she is next in line to the throne... and she is ''absolutely terrified'' of screwing up. Unlike other queens, she has the additional burden that anxiety makes her PowerIncontinence worse... and her [[AnIcePerson magical abilities]] are potentially deadly. "[[SurvivalMantra Conceal, don't feel]]." Unfortunately, one argument with Anna, she snaps and outs her powers by accident which caused her mask to whittle down. In the end, she completely abandons it and becomes a benevolent queen who entertains her people with her powers and have has fun skating with them as well.
* Somewhat subverted with Queen Elinor in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''. She fits the trope very well, being the more level-headed sovereign; her husband, King Fergus, is a BoisterousBruiser with a good heart who is much more prone to being ruled by his emotions than his wife. Elinor is the one who is able to calm a crowd of feuding Scots simply by walking through it with the utmost dignity, dignity and takes care of details such as the betrothal of their daughter. The subversion comes in where it doesn't appear that Elinor is remotely ruffled by her holding this position; she doesn't seem to find it at all wearying, and it's only later in the story that she comes to realize that she's adopted the mask a little too well, and learns to let her hair down again (literally, in fact).



'''The Queen:''' Yes. Very. Nowadays, people want glamour and tears, the grand performance. I am not very good at that, never have been. [[StiffUpperLip I prefer to keep my feelings to myself; and foolishly I believed that that was what people wanted from their Queen; not to make a fuss, not to wear one's heart on a sleeve. "Duty first, self second!" ... That was how I was brought up. That's all I have ever known]]. \\

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'''The Queen:''' Yes. Very. Nowadays, people want glamour and tears, the grand performance. I am not very good at that, never have been. [[StiffUpperLip I prefer to keep my feelings to myself; myself, and foolishly I believed that that was what people wanted from their Queen; not to make a fuss, not to wear one's heart on a sleeve. "Duty first, self second!" ... That was how I was brought up. That's all I have ever known]]. \\



* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': Ren isn't really keen on all the responsibility that comes with being Princess Eldest. Her sister Halley, who was more respected, vanished, and left her to do the job, but they both were born as younger sisters, and didn't expect to ever have to shoulder that much responsibility. [[spoiler: Halley later reveals that she vanished on purpose, at least partly in order to make people look up to Ren more.]]

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* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': Ren isn't really keen on all the responsibility that comes with being Princess Eldest. Her sister Halley, who was more respected, vanished, vanished and left her to do the job, but they both were born as younger sisters, sisters and didn't expect to ever have to shoulder that much responsibility. [[spoiler: Halley later reveals that she vanished on purpose, at least partly in order to make people look up to Ren more.]]



* Creator/MichaelMoorcock, in his novel ''Gloriana; or, the Unfulfill'd Queen'', portrays [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth I]] as a queen so intent on her responsibilities as a monarch that she is incapable of reaching orgasm no matter how kinky she gets. And she gets ''very'' kinky.

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* Creator/MichaelMoorcock, in his novel ''Gloriana; or, the Unfulfill'd Queen'', portrays [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth I]] UsefulNotes/ElizabethI as a queen so intent on her responsibilities as a monarch that she is incapable of reaching orgasm no matter how kinky she gets. And she gets ''very'' kinky.



* Historical/literary example: Pearl Buck's interpretation of Tsu Hsi (Ci-xi) in the historical novel ''Imperial Woman''. In real life it's still debated if Cixi truly as much of an EvilMatriarch as usually depicted or if RedChina and its propaganda [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade made her worse than she really was.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Dowager_Cixi#Historical_opinions Considering other testimonies]], Cixi was a polemic and very shady figure, but not the uber-horrid monster that she's portrayed to be.

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* Historical/literary example: Pearl Buck's interpretation of Tsu Hsi (Ci-xi) in the historical novel ''Imperial Woman''. In real life life, it's still debated if Cixi truly as much of an EvilMatriarch as usually depicted or if RedChina and its propaganda [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade made her worse than she really was.]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Dowager_Cixi#Historical_opinions Considering other testimonies]], Cixi was a polemic and very shady figure, but not the uber-horrid monster that she's portrayed to be.



** Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth III of [[TheGoodKingdom Manticore]] was forced to wear the Queenly Mask for some time in her youth, after her parents were assassinated by [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Haven's]] sympathizers, who hoped that a teenage queen would be easy to manipulate. They happened to be wrong. Very, [[RoyallyScrewedUp very]], ''[[{{Determinator}} very]]'' [[{{Determinator}} wrong]]. She had it tough for some time, though, until she won a broad popular support, and not just that of her close allies.

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** Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth III of [[TheGoodKingdom Manticore]] was forced to wear the Queenly Mask for some time in her youth, youth after her parents were assassinated by [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Haven's]] sympathizers, who hoped that a teenage queen would be easy to manipulate. They happened to be wrong. Very, [[RoyallyScrewedUp very]], ''[[{{Determinator}} very]]'' [[{{Determinator}} wrong]]. She had it tough for some time, though, until she won a broad popular support, and not just that of her close allies.



** Honor herself is not exactly royalty, but her capacity as a commander suffers from this on-and-off starting with the middle of the second book, and coming in full force after the fourth.

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** Honor herself is not exactly royalty, but her capacity as a commander suffers from this on-and-off starting with the middle of the second book, book and coming in full force after the fourth.



* Played with in Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Isle of Woman'', during a segment that follows a Chinese royal concubine. She follows the trope pretty much to the letter, and later becomes the Queen in all but name.

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* Played with in Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Isle of Woman'', during a segment that follows a Chinese royal concubine. She follows the trope pretty much to the letter, letter and later becomes the Queen in all but name.



-->And if she were not Hatshepsut the pharaoh, she might blurt out, simply, with tears: ''I want to go'', the way she had ached when her explorers had come back to her and told of great waterfalls and strange tribes and unknown coasts and vast seas. ''I want to go'', because she had ruled two thirds of the known world and had no freedom ever to see those things, she could only send others....

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-->And if she were not Hatshepsut the pharaoh, she might blurt out, simply, with tears: ''I want to go'', the way she had ached when her explorers had come back to her and told of great waterfalls and strange tribes and unknown coasts and vast seas. ''I want to go'', go'' because she had ruled two thirds two-thirds of the known world and had no freedom ever to see those things, she could only send others....others...



* Orual from ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces,'' as the page quote notes. In this case she ''literally'' wore a mask/veil as well.

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* Orual from ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces,'' as the page quote notes. In this case case, she ''literally'' wore a mask/veil as well.



* In Fred Saberhagen's ''[[Literature/BooksOfSwords Third Book of Swords]]'', Princess Kristin was prepared to marry Mark, who was just a common soldier, and was completely informal with him, right up until they arrived back in Tasavalta and learned that her older sister Princess Rimac had been killed, and the principality was on the verge of civil war with no clear heir to the throne, since everyone thought Kristin was also dead. Kristin then agreed to take the throne, but that of course meant she could no longer marry Mark or be his lover. After that, she had to be totally formal with Mark and hide her true feelings. The mask slipped once or twice, as when her uncle, the wizard Karel, was reluctant to leave them alone together, and Kristin angrily pointed out that it was ''way'' too late to be worried about that. [[spoiler:It all worked out in the end, when Mark was revealed to be the son of the Emperor, and as such an appropriate consort for the princess after all.]]

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* In Fred Saberhagen's ''[[Literature/BooksOfSwords Third Book of Swords]]'', Princess Kristin was prepared to marry Mark, who was just a common soldier, and was completely informal with him, right up until they arrived back in Tasavalta and learned that her older sister Princess Rimac had been killed, and the principality was on the verge of civil war with no clear heir to the throne, since everyone thought Kristin was also dead. Kristin then agreed to take the throne, but that of course meant she could no longer marry Mark or be his lover. After that, she had to be totally formal with Mark and hide her true feelings. The mask slipped once or twice, as when her uncle, the wizard Karel, was reluctant to leave them alone together, and Kristin angrily pointed out that it was ''way'' too late to be worried about that. [[spoiler:It all worked out in the end, end when Mark was revealed to be the son of the Emperor, and as such an appropriate consort for the princess after all.]]



* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Maia quickly becomes a male version of this. While he has the right sex, being half goblin is not exactly working in his favour. He tries to not wear the mask of the emperor, but when one of his bodyguards tells him that they cannot be his friends, he realizes that he has to. His attempts to make his ArrangedMarriage at least a somewhat friendly arrangement are met with cold formality. He feels like a tyrant whenever he asserts his position, but feels he has no choice. [[spoiler: At the end of the novel he has figured out that he can have emotional connections to the people around him, even though none of them are, strictly speaking, ''friends''.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', Maia quickly becomes a male version of this. While he has the right sex, being half goblin is not exactly working in his favour. He tries to not wear the mask of the emperor, but when one of his bodyguards tells him that they cannot be his friends, he realizes that he has to. His attempts to make his ArrangedMarriage at least a somewhat friendly arrangement are met with cold formality. He feels like a tyrant whenever he asserts his position, position but feels he has no choice. [[spoiler: At the end of the novel he has figured out that he can have emotional connections to the people around him, even though none of them are, strictly speaking, ''friends''.]]



* ''Literature/WonderWomanWarbringer'': Diana mentions that her mother Queen Hippolyta has to make sure to present the exact right image to the other Amazons, and that she can never act the was she wishes to without considering the consequences.

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* ''Literature/WonderWomanWarbringer'': Diana mentions that her mother Queen Hippolyta has to make sure to present the exact right image to the other Amazons, Amazons and that she can never act the was she wishes to without considering the consequences.



* Empress Elisabetta Barbados from ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy''. She didn't want to become Empress after the death of her father, but took the crown because she know that otherwise the Empire would collapse and as Empress has to deal not only with the many people who think she's just a puppet or that a woman must not rule the Empire (mostly as she's also a religious leader), but also with the Azur Alliance.

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* Empress Elisabetta Barbados from ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy''. She didn't want to become Empress after the death of her father, but took the crown because she know that otherwise the Empire would collapse and as Empress has to deal not only with the many people who think she's just a puppet or that a woman must not rule the Empire (mostly as she's also a religious leader), leader) but also with the Azur Alliance.



* This is the eventual fate of Glinda in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Her official title may only be that of "Good Witch", but for all intents and purposes, she is a queen. [[spoiler: After Elphaba is forced into FakingTheDead, and has to flee with Fiyero before any of them can tell Glinda of their plan, Glinda believes the only two real friends she's ever had to be dead - yet she keeps her promise to Elphaba, and spends the rest of her life as a deeply lonely StepfordSmiler being forced to uphold a GovernmentConspiracy.]]

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* This is the eventual fate of Glinda in ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. Her official title may only be that of "Good Witch", but for all intents and purposes, she is a queen. [[spoiler: After Elphaba is forced into FakingTheDead, FakingTheDead and has to flee with Fiyero before any of them can tell Glinda of their plan, Glinda believes the only two real friends she's ever had to be dead - yet she keeps her promise to Elphaba, and spends the rest of her life as a deeply lonely StepfordSmiler being forced to uphold a GovernmentConspiracy.]]



* Queen Arshtat from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' combines this with BlessedWithSuck. Taking the throne after her mother (a real [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Evil Queen]]) dies, she is forced to bear the country's all-powerful Sun Rune herself to stop it from being stolen. Unfortunately for her, along with power it also confers mental instability and delusions of grandeur that have isolated her from both her family and people, not to mention the hard decisions she has had to make to keep her country from full scale civil war. The game actually plays with this early on, trailers and her actions at the beginning of the game portraying her as a merciless [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Tyrant]], totally at odds with her real character. [[note]] Arshtat was not always this trope; she became queen during a time when the country was on the verge of civil war. However, a bordering nation invided the country and Arshtat and her Husband Ferid (they're HappilyMarried by the way) managed to unite the Queendom and drive out the invaders. Since then, she had the love of the people; was renowned as a kind, fair, and strong ruler(too strong for the various political groups to control); was on good terms with her sister and cousin (both of whom had voluntarily abdicated their rights to the throne); still HappilyMarried to her husband; and was a loving mother to her two children. Those years were probably the happiest of her life. However, things started to go downhill about two years before the start of the game, when events forced her to bear the Sun Rune. That's when she became this trope. Her sheer force of personality, along with her husband's, had been keeping the country stable for that entire time. But with the run pushing her closer to the edge, both of them know that it's only a matter of time before she goes completely insane, and/or the political groups make a grab for power (restarting the civil war). [[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'': Ming Numara, the Free Ocean State of Numara's "Thousand-Year-Old Queen". Be aware "Thousand-Year-Old" is [[TheAgeless not an exaggeration]]. She may have worn the mask during the early years of her reign and after she became amnesiac, but for most of the time she spent ruling her kingdom, she was neither as isolated (having enjoyed a thousand years of ongoing stellar popularity) nor her rule as fragile as the other examples: being the most experienced and cunning ruler -she will know with a quick glance who among her bureaucrat and officers will betray her, ''decades before'' they start to contemplate treason, will let them rise in rank for as long as they are useful to her kingdom and single-handedly outgambit them when they finally turn against her- as well as one of the three most powerful mages on the planet makes things like strictly adhering to the protocol, hiding her emotions, carefully choosing her consort, etc... superfluous considering how unshakable her throne is.

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* Queen Arshtat from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' combines this with BlessedWithSuck. Taking the throne after her mother (a real [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Evil Queen]]) dies, she is forced to bear the country's all-powerful Sun Rune herself to stop it from being stolen. Unfortunately for her, along with power it also confers mental instability and delusions of grandeur that have has isolated her from both her family and people, not to mention the hard decisions she has had to make to keep her country from full scale full-scale civil war. The game actually plays with this early on, trailers and her actions at the beginning of the game portraying her as a merciless [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Tyrant]], totally at odds with her real character. [[note]] Arshtat was not always this trope; she became queen during a time when the country was on the verge of civil war. However, a bordering nation invided invaded the country and Arshtat and her Husband Ferid (they're HappilyMarried by the way) managed to unite the Queendom and drive out the invaders. Since then, she had the love of the people; was renowned as a kind, fair, and strong ruler(too strong for the various political groups to control); was on good terms with her sister and cousin (both of whom had voluntarily abdicated their rights to the throne); still HappilyMarried to her husband; and was a loving mother to her two children. Those years were probably the happiest of her life. However, things started to go downhill about two years before the start of the game, when events forced her to bear the Sun Rune. That's when she became this trope. Her sheer force of personality, along with her husband's, had been keeping the country stable for that entire time. But with the run pushing her closer to the edge, both of them know that it's only a matter of time before she goes completely insane, and/or the political groups make a grab for power (restarting the civil war). [[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'': Ming Numara, the Free Ocean State of Numara's "Thousand-Year-Old Queen". Be aware "Thousand-Year-Old" is [[TheAgeless not an exaggeration]]. She may have worn the mask during the early years of her reign and after she became amnesiac, but for most of the time she spent ruling her kingdom, she was neither as isolated (having enjoyed a thousand years of ongoing stellar popularity) nor her rule as fragile as the other examples: being the most experienced and cunning ruler -she will know with a quick glance who among her bureaucrat and officers will betray her, ''decades before'' they start to contemplate treason, will let them rise in rank for as long as they are useful to her kingdom and single-handedly outgambit out-gambit them when they finally turn against her- as well as one of the three most powerful mages on the planet makes things like strictly adhering to the protocol, hiding her emotions, carefully choosing her consort, etc... superfluous considering how unshakable her throne is.



* Princess Zelda of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' fits this role in a few of her incarnations, most particularly in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' (which is the only incarnation thus far where she is queen, or she was supposed to be before her coronation was put on hold). In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Zelda's father warns her the nobles believe she's treading this path, because she hasn't manifested the sealing powers that Hyrulean queens and princesses possess. He grows upset with the intrigue and shadow politics, telling Zelda she ''must'' prove them wrong. She eventually does... but not without the entire kingdom falling into ruin beforehand.

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* Princess Zelda of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' fits this role in a few of her incarnations, most particularly in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' (which is the only incarnation thus far where she is queen, or she was supposed to be before her coronation was put on hold). In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', Zelda's father warns her the nobles believe she's treading this path, path because she hasn't manifested the sealing powers that Hyrulean queens and princesses possess. He grows upset with the intrigue and shadow politics, telling Zelda she ''must'' prove them wrong. She eventually does... but not without the entire kingdom falling into ruin beforehand.



* Queen Aula from ''VideoGame/GravityRush2'' was the unusually young queen of the kingdom of Eto, which resides at the top of the World Pillar. The World Pillar was slowly being consumed by black hole at the bottom, but Eto's Senate assured her it wouldn't reach them for thousands of years. But Aula, apparently unlike her predecessors, was worried about the people who lived farther down the World Pillar, and tried to save them. When the Senate balked at the idea Aula [[spoiler: sent a message down to the people below offering them shelter. This led to a coup where Aula was thrown off the Pillar]].

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* Queen Aula from ''VideoGame/GravityRush2'' was the unusually young queen of the kingdom of Eto, which resides at the top of the World Pillar. The World Pillar was slowly being consumed by black hole at the bottom, but Eto's Senate assured her it wouldn't reach them for thousands of years. But Aula, apparently unlike her predecessors, was worried about the people who lived farther down the World Pillar, Pillar and tried to save them. When the Senate balked at the idea Aula [[spoiler: sent a message down to the people below offering them shelter. This led to a coup where Aula was thrown off the Pillar]].



** It's telling that when she was temporary restored to her 13-year-old self, she did not want to take back the reigns of her 18-year-old self and indulged in spending [[ShipTease alot of time with Finn.]] She was also more jovial and light-hearted. She only re-aged herself back up since her successor Lemongrab, was running the Candy Kingdom to the ground.

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** It's telling that when she was temporary restored to her 13-year-old self, she did not want to take back the reigns of her 18-year-old self and indulged in spending [[ShipTease alot a lot of time with Finn.]] She was also more jovial and light-hearted. She only re-aged herself back up since her successor Lemongrab, Lemongrab was running the Candy Kingdom to the ground.



* The driving antagonists of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are led by a trio (formerly a quartet) of royalty-caste beings called the Diamonds, who lead a highly invasive multi-galactic empire. As the show develops these antagonists, variations on this trope come into play:

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* The driving antagonists of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are led by a trio (formerly a quartet) of royalty-caste beings called the Diamonds, who lead led a highly invasive multi-galactic empire. As the show develops these antagonists, variations on this trope come into play:



* Urraca, Queen of Leon and Castile from 1109 AD to 1126 AD. She was Queen in her own right, and reigned alone from 1110 onwards.

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* Urraca, Queen of Leon and Castile from 1109 AD to 1126 AD. She was Queen in her own right, right and reigned alone from 1110 onwards.



* UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat ''had'' to be this in the beginning of her reign, because her claim for the Russian throne was dubious at best - she wasn't Romanov or even Russian at all, leading many to basically ask, "Seriously, what the hell?" But when her position was somewhat stronger, she [[ReallyGetsAround relaxed a bit]].

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* UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat ''had'' to be this in at the beginning of her reign, because her claim for the Russian throne was dubious at best - she wasn't Romanov or even Russian at all, leading many to basically ask, "Seriously, what the hell?" But when her position was somewhat stronger, she [[ReallyGetsAround relaxed a bit]].



* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down, and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated, but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.

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* The Celtic queen Boudicea. Her husband was killed, she was beaten, and her two daughters were raped by Roman invaders. She did not choose to take that sitting down, down and declared war on them. She was ultimately defeated, defeated but did so much damage that ''to this day'' excavators in London still find what's been deemed the "Boudicca's Destruction Horizon" so she certainly didn't go down without a fight.


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