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Well, this makes worshiping at her feet easier.

When you've got a large group of intelligent predators, there's usually someone they have to answer to. With vampires, this is usually a queen or a king. Often, all the vampires in the world are descended from them. They sometimes come with spouse, though it's becoming more rare in recent years.

They're almost always the most powerful of their kind, because they have to have kept their throne somehow. If not, he or she almost certainly has the loyalty of those who are, or can control the minds of their progeny.

Dracula is a popular choice, as are Judeo-Christian baddies like Lilith and Cain. Often in fiction, when a vampire turns a person into one of them, the new vampire is subservient to the creator, resulting in a sort of hierarchical family tree of vampires owing their allegiance back to the originator, who rules them all. A common variant has it that destroying a given vampire reverts all those turned by him back to human (or just kills them).


You will do what they say, or face dire consequences. Because after all, doesn’t a parent know what's best for their children?

Kingdoms they rule over will probably be Überwald

Sometimes crosses over into Cute Monster Girl for the queens.

A Sub-Trope of Our Vampires Are Different, Hive Queen, Evil Matriarch and God Save Us from the Queen!.

Compare Vampires Are Rich, Monster Lord, Monster Progenitor, The Necrocracy, and Supernatural Elite.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • 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.
  • Vampire Hunter D:
    • Count Magnus Lee. In the anime, we meet his youngest daughter Lamika, who, even though she deeply resents his actions, can do no more than argue with him or try to get Doris away -she can't oppose him directly herself.
    • Although he's never seen, there's [Dracula D's father]], referred to in the original light novels as "The Revered Ancestor". In the anime, Count Magnus refers to him as the noblest of all, and other comments indicate Dracula is the first vampire and ancestor on that world.
  • 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 Pillar Men of Jojos Bizarre Adventure are a race of Mayincatec vampire-like beings once worshiped as Mayan gods who are capable of Voluntary Shapeshifting, and devouring flesh by touch, but are petrified when exposed to sunlight. Kars, the leader of the last surviving group, created the Stone Masks as a means to overcome sunlight and to create vanilla vampires from humans, to serve both as minion labor and as more nutritious meals than humans could be.
    • Dio as well, least in the first part of the series, Phantom Blood, after he recovers from the fire at the Joestar mansion. He takes over a small country side village and turns many people into his minions. Heck one of them was Jack the Ripper. While he is the main big bad in part 3, Stardust Crusaders, only two of his minions, Nukesaku and Vanilla Ice, are vampires. Everyone else is a human or animal who works for him.

    Comic Books 
  • 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 millennium, 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.
  • Crimson: Victor Van Fleet is regarded by the Order of the Red Hood as the most powerful vampire lord in the world and has ambitions to become President. Above him however stands Lisseth, the creator of all their kind.
  • In American Vampire, vampires are divided into countless distinct bloodlines with their many differences and weaknesses. The Carpathian original (also known as Dracula, having actually served as inspiration for the fictional character) fits this trope very nicely having complete control of his progeny and being regarded as the most powerful vampire in existence.
  • In "Queen of Vampires", the titular character, Arkhalla, is the reigning monarch of Ur. The first vampire ever created, she has turned a few of her most loyal supporters into vampires. They rule over the human population, which is treated as a source of food and slave labour.
  • Raptors: Don Miguel Y Certa, while not literally a king (instead being of Spanish high nobility), is the ruler of all vampires.
  • Dark Ark: Nex is the leader of the vampires onboard the titular vessel and by extension, the unofficial leader of all the other monsters too by virtue of vampires being the most dominant species among their kind.

    Fan Works 
  • 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 the Shadowchasers Series 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).
  • My Roommate Is A Vampire: Princess Luna is queen of the vampires, and the lycans as well.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: From "Temple Breached", it appears that if any of the vampires Zarekos sired, looks him in the eye, he can control them:
    An echo of this power within his own blood responded to the foreign touch, squashing even the possibility of rebellious thoughts. "M-Master?"

  • 30 Days of Night: Marlow appears to be this for the rest of the vampires. After he dies, the rest wander around aimlessly, indicating he may have had some mind control over them which has lifted now. Lilith is referred to as Vampire Queen in the sequel Dark Days.
  • 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.
  • Lothos in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.
  • 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.
  • John Carpenter's Vampires: Jan Valek, the movie's Big Bad, was a priest that became a master vampire after a botched exorcism and the very first of their kind.
  • 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.
  • Akasha is the antagonist of Queen of the Damned, which is loosely based on the third novel of The Vampire Chronicles detailed below.
  • King Vlasdilas in Subspecies is a rare benevolent example as the vampire king of Prejner that exiled his evil son Radu for attacking and killing humans. Unfortunately, Radu returns to kill his father during the movie's opening to usurp the throne and becomes this trope himself.
  • 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 Van Helsing, all the vampires and werewolves answer to Dracula, who presumably was the first vampire.
  • Baron Meinster in The Brides of Dracula. A unique example too as it's the only in the Hammer Dracula series where is the head vampire. This was due to Christopher Lee not wanting to play the role after Horror of Dracula.
  • The titular Count Yorga in both his movies.
  • Likewise the titular Blacula.
  • Tales of an Ancient Empire: Xia, the vampire queen.

  • The Ur-Example is Bram Stoker's Dracula. Count Dracula is referred to as "King Vampire", "to whom so many more were due." In context it seems to simply refer to his having created many other vampires. However the real person Dracula is most often associated with is Vlad the Impaler, an actual 1400s ruler.
  • Nightfall (Series): Prince Vladimir. Vampires have conquered humanity, so he is ruling the world as well.
  • 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 originally 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 the lord and ruler of all the world's vampires in Anno Dracula. They refer to him as "The King of Cats". In the first book of the series he even 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 R. McCammon novel, They Thirst, where a horde of vampires overtly take over Los Angeles. He is referred to as The Master or the King.
  • The President's Vampire series by Christopher Farnsworth implies that Nathaniel Cade was turned by a 'King Vampire'; since vampires tend to be solitary apex predators and don't have a heirarchy per se, the King Vampires are implied to be the oldest, largest and most aggressive of their kind.
  • Amelie from Morganville Vampires was a princess in life before being turned into a vampire and has in the present, become the ruler of the town of Morganville's vampire population which also happens to contain most if not all the world's remaining vampires.
  • Stryker or Strykerius from The Dark Hunters is the king of the Soul Eating vampire-like Daimons and seeks to have Daimons rule the world.
  • Vampire society in the Nyctophobia books has been ruled over by King Dracula ever since he created the species, and under him are Lords (of varying genders) overseeing global regions. As of the events of the book The Dragon's Heir however, Dracula has been missing for years, and the Nyctophobia agents must escort and guard his sole biological child, Princess Elisabeta, so she can be crowned queen and restore vampire/human relations to peace.
  • Vampires in Mercy Thompson usually live together in a "Seethe" with an acting queen or king that leads them. These rulers usually have the ability to control the vampires which live in their Seethe should they wish it. Though the actual ruler of the vampire world as a whole is The Master of Milan otherwise known as Iacapo/Jacob Bonarata.
  • In Chicagoland Vampires, every house is headed by a Master Vampire who rules over it as a king. Indeed, every vampire in them has to address them as "my liege." They are all under the Greewich Presidium, which is headed by a vampire council.
  • Discworld:
    • Carpe Jugulum had one—mentioned in passing—as a Queen of Lancre. And several entries under 'years of reign'. The fact that the reign list wasn't longer suggests somebody got tired of the whole business...
    • And of course there is Lady Margolotta, titular ruler of Überwald, who, it is hinted, has been around for at least a millenium. Margolotta has become very clever at ruling and these days tends to lightly steer her country, possibly making suggestions in the right ears rather than outright commands. She was also a tutelary influence on Havelock Vetinari, although these days it is unclear as to which of them is now teaching the other.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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. Sunday, a one off character from Season 4, is shown likewise to be the leader in her small band of vampires. And Dracula, while not following the rules of the series, kinda has this as well when we meet him.
  • 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 Santanico 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, the heads of vampire hierarchy who fit this trope much better. Doubly subverted in Season 3, when the Lords are killed off, leaving Santanico as the last remaining leader to the vampires.
  • Being Human 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. In season 3, the Master Vampire is revealed to be Dracula, who is intent upon seducing Vanessa to rule the apocalypse by his side. She has other plans.
  • Power Rangers Mystic Force has Necrolai. It comes with great perks: she and those she personally turns into vampires are immune to the usual vampire weaknesses. She herself cannot die by any means (even the one thing that could supposedly destroy a vampire queen for good was found and used fairly early on. She went 'kaboom' with a spectacular lights show at the end of an epic battle... only to re-form from dust that same night.)
  • Kamen Rider Kiva features the Bat Fangire. Otherwise known as King, he is the lord of all Fangires and a genocidal maniac and tyrant. King led a genocidal purge of the Franken and Merman races which reduced both to only one surviving individual from each because of his Fantastic Racism and his belief in the superiority of Fangires. After his death in 1986 by his own son, the position of Fangire ruler is eventually won by Wataru Kurenai/Kamen Rider Kiva who helps establish peace compared to his evil predecessor. In fact, "Kiva" is short for "KIng of VAmpires", befitting as it is meant to be the Fangire King's combat regalia.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Vampire: The Masquerade: Vampire society is very stratified by generation and rank. Caine is the primogenitor of the species and the most powerful vampire, but isn't interested in ruling his kindred. The Antediluvians, thirteen ancient vampires who survived the Deluge and spawned the thirteen vampiric clans, could be considered the current rulers of vampire society, though they do so indirectly, from a great distance. The day-to-day politicians of vampire society are the princes, who are each the official political ruler of a city in the Camarilla.
  • 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.
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • On the plane of Innistrad, 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.
    • The original example of this trope from Magic is Baron Sengir, the progenitor of the ever-popular Sengir Vampires. The Baron despotically rules a fiefdom of oppressed humans at the head of a depraved family of vampires, Evil Sorcerers, and human turncoats.
    • In Ixalan, vampirism is a religious ritual, and vampires follow both the church and crown. Saint Elenda was the first vampire, but she has since disappeared, and now most follow orders from Queen Miralda. Turns out that Saint Elenda is furious at what the vampires have become, and is now heading back to give the church and crown a piece of her mind.
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • Artix Entertainment's AdventureQuest series of games have Safiria as the Vampire Queen of Darkovia.
  • Bloodborne: Queen Annalise of the Vilebloods is both aristocratic nobility and one of the many blood-worshipping undead in the city. She's also the ruler of an empty castle, since the church executioners Took a Level in Badass (discovered how to drain blood themselves, invented trick weapons for changing fighting styles from man to beast on the fly, and guns. Lots of guns.) and killed every other vampiric Vileblood. You can join her covenant and trade blood dregs for prestige, though that also makes you hostile to executioner players. If you follow Alfred's quest line, he'll kill her off himself. She can be resurrected easily.
  • BloodRayne had Kagan, the main protagonist's vampire father who also leads a cult devoted in furthering his cause. Justified by the fact the vampires are literally his children.
  • Dracula from the Castlevania series, lord of all vampires and mortal enemy of the Belmont clan.
  • Lazarus Malkoth in Dark Watch, a vampire lord who unleashes a undead apocalypse upon the Old West upon being released and turns the main protagonist, Jericho Cross, into a vampire. Its Jericho's goal to find and kill Lazarus so he can reclaim his soul and become human again. In the game's evil ending, Jericho can become this trope when he chooses to absorb Lazarus' power for himself rather than getting cured.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Morrowind has three vampire "clans" and every vampire on Vvardenfell is of their blood. Though none claim an aristocratic title, these clans are ruled by their leaders - Dhaunayne Aundae, Raxle Berne, and Volrina Quarra. The one whose clan you join becomes your primary questgiver in the vampire questline, though they generally view you with disdain.
    • In Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC, a superpowered race of vampires is pitted against an organization of vampire hunters, the titualar Dawnguard. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Remilia Scarlet from Touhou clearly wants to give off this vibe. But Remilia is also as close to an Evil Eye-type chuunibyou as a legitimate and powerful vampire can be, so any affirmations she makes in the matter should be taken with a grain of salt. As it stands, Remilia's authority doesn't seem to extend much past the fairies, Ninja Maid and gatekeeper of her Scarlet Devil Mansion, and the only other vampire seen in the setting so far is her own sister, leaving her without very much to rule over.
  • Lord Redgrave in Vampyr is the chairman of the Ascalon Club and therefore, the effective ruler of British vampire society. Downplayed, since he doesn't derive his authority from his age and power by claiming descendance to The Older Immortal, but from political influence, wealth and ultimately deception as he is secretly a lesser vampire who fooled everyone else. On the other hand, The Red Queen plays it straight due to having created their kind and being far older and powerful, and though not an actual ruler like Redgrave, she is revered as a goddess instead.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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).

    Web Comics 
  • El Goonish Shive plays with this. In the Magical Gatherings card game, the vampire lord is O.P. Aludrakrala... a vampire pro wrestler.
  • Sluggy Freelance has Queen Lysinda, leader of the Lysinda circle of vampires; and later Philinnon, leader of the Vrykolakas 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. Later, it's revealed that the first vampire, Drakku, was the God-Emperor of vampires. After the Strakoistrat vampires almost destroy the Vrykolakas, the few non-Strakoi vampire survivors crown Sam as the new high king of vampires and the successor of Drakku. The idea comes from Urja, who thinks he's the only one fit to rule because of how he has managed to prevail with all the other vampires wanting him dead before. It only takes one comic for her to grow sick of him and stake him (leaving him "alive" but unconscious) and toss him in the broom cupboard to be king there.
  • 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".
  • Charby the Vampirate has King Rodericke Robinson as king of the born vampires.
  • Total Undead Drama: Storm though an unintentional example since he really only want to feed on one person (Sadie) and things escalated due to her loving that she was turned by a vampire and devoted to him. Ultimately Storm just rolled with it.

    Web Original 
  • In Metamor Keep and Metamor City the daedra lord Lilith created both vampires and werewolves. By the time of Metamor City she's dead but her former high priestess Talia has succeeded her as queen of the vampires.
  • In Necromancer and Death Song, Lord Rostov is the leader of the vampires.

     Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time has Marceline the Vampire Queen. The relevance of her status as a monarch is debatable: Other vampires are unseen, and eventually the Stakes miniseries shows Marceline is Last of Her Kind, and got the title by process of elimination, having all but exterminated vampires before being turned herself. She was also nobility of a sort even 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. Marceline 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 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). The throne has since been usurped by Thorax, a friendly Changeling that Spike met during Season 6.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series had a Queen of the Vampires, Miriam, as Blade's main antagonist, voiced by none other than Nichelle Nichols. Bonus points for making her his mother.


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Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary is the queen of the vampires that prowl New Marais, resurrected by Cole MacGrath's blood and out for revenge against the humans.

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