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Basic Trope: Evil and/or incompetent woman as queen.

  • Lampshaded: "People are oppressed, and Black Guards look too sexy and studly. Must be an Evil Queen."
  • Implied: There are Cryptic Background References to Queen Alice, and it seems like maybe she's tyrannical, but honestly we don't know.
  • Invoked: The Evil Prince Bob decides to marry an evil woman, so that when he's king, she'll have absolutely no problem with his abuse of power. King Bob and Queen Alice become an evil Ruling Couple.
  • Exploited: In an attempt to divide the competition, a group of misogynist aristocrats (who are among those eligible to take up the throne) use the queen's tyrannical reign to justify why women should not be allowed to rule.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed:
    • "Yes, that's Queen Alice. She's evil."
    • A Straw Misogynist says of the queen, "She's a woman in power; of course she's evil!"
  • Conversed: "Why is the Queen always evil in these shows?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Because Queen Alice set a precedent with her wanton cruelty to her underlings and people alike, her reckless spending and her debauched orgies, her long-lived reign of terror and decadence is used as a justification to bar any woman from wielding power again from then on.
    • Alternately, she isn't quite as evil as the typical ruler of the period locale, but she gets a bad reputation precisely because society is sexist and she's a woman—things that a male king could get away with are considered "atrocities" when she commits them because women are supposed to be gentle and delicate.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Queen Alice's wickedness is part of the Machiavellian Magnificent Bastard traits that got her to the throne in the first place, given that it's a male-dominated and particularly cutthroat medieval setting. A nicer woman would never have made it.
    • Or even in a society with gender equality, only a few women would prefer ruling the country, only to get ousted by that wicked woman, together with the rest of the men.
  • Played for Laughs:
    • Queen Alice is only a constitutional monarch whose predecessor died just after setting up the new regime and denying her the chance to rule as an absolutist tyrant. Having nothing to do, she spends her private moments complaining about this new arrangement.
    • Even if Queen Alice does have a hand in policymaking, she's hilariously inept at it.
  • Played for Drama: Queen Alice has a Heel Realization, but she's committed too many crimes to stop.

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