Queens and Empresses

Some little girls aspire to be queens, and who can blame them? In fairy tales, queens get to live in majestic castles, wear lavish clothes, and have ladies-in-waiting at their beck and call. But as we’ve learned from watching queens in fiction, it doesn’t always play out that way. In fact, a queen’s head may even end up on the chopping block! In this category, we face off the greatest fictional queens and impresses.

See also: Kings and Emperors, Princess.

Queens and Empresses

Evil rulers: Queen Cersei vs Queen Gorgo

Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones)

Cersei Lannister is a fictional character in the television adaptation of Game of Thrones. Cersei is a member of House Lannister, one of the wealthiest and most powerful families on the continent of Westeros. She is Queen of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros by marriage to King Robert Baratheon. Cersei has been involved in an incestuous affair with her twin brother, Jaime, since childhood. The rumored illegitimacy of her children causes a power struggle in the wake of the king’s death known as the War of Five Kings. Cersei’s main character attributes are her lust for power, transgressive viewpoint, scheming, and her love for her children, whom she seeks to protect. (Source Wikipedia)

Queen Gorgo (300, movie)

Gorgo from the movie 300 was the Queen of Sparta during the 6th and 5th centuries BC. She was the wife of King Leonidas. She is noted as one of the few female historical figures actually named by Herodotus and was known for her political judgment and wisdom. (Source Wikipedia)

Fictional Queens

As a medieval warrior, you must pledge allegiance to only one Lena Headey. Which do you trust is a better leader, Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland, 2010 movie) or The evil queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937 movie)?

Winter Time: Queen Elsa vs The White Witch

Queen Elsa (Frozen)

Elsa of Arendelle is a fictional character who appears in Disney’s animated film Frozen (2013) and its sequel Frozen II (2019). She is introduced as a princess in the fictional Scandinavian kingdom of Arendelle, heiress to the throne, and the elder sister of Princess Anna (Kristen Bell). Elsa has the magical ability to create and manipulate ice and snow. She inadvertently sends Arendelle into an eternal winter on the evening of her coronation. Throughout the film, she struggles first with controlling and concealing her abilities and then with liberating herself from her fears of unintentionally harming others, especially her younger sister. (Source Wikipedia)

The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia)

Jadis is the main antagonist of The Magician’s Nephew in C. S. Lewis’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia. She is commonly referred to as the White Witch, as she is the powerful Witch who froze Narnia in the Hundred Years Winter. (Source Wikipedia)

Fictional Queens

Your country has been in a draught for too long and you decide it’s time for winter! Which queen do you seek out to help you, Elsa (Frozen) or The White witch (The Chronicles of Narnia)?

Firepower: Empress Padmé Amidala vs High Priestess Ayesha

Empress Padmé Amidala Naberrie (Star Wars)

A fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. She is introduced in The Phantom Menace as the teenage Queen of Naboo, and after her reign, becomes a senator and an anti-war spokesperson in the Galactic Senate. She secretly marries Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker then later gives birth to twins Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa. Anakin’s fear of losing Padmé plays a part in driving him to the dark side of the Force and becoming Darth Vader. (Source Wikipedia)

High Priestess Ayesha (Guardians of the Galaxy 2)

Ayesha from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is the Golden High Priestess of the Sovereign. She hired the Guardians of the Galaxy to protect Anulax Batteries from the Abilisk, but after Rocket Raccoon stole several of the batteries with the intention to later sell them, she became enraged and sent her fleet of Omnicrafts to kill them. (Source Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki)

Fictional Queens

When it comes to space combat your forces aren’t in great shape so you need a powerful ally. Which queen do you ally with, Empress Padmé Amidala Naberrie (Star Wars) or High Priestess Ayesha (Guardians of the Galaxy 2)?

Welcome to the family! Queen Elizabeth II vs Queen Victoria

Queen Elizabeth II (The Crown)

The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Head of the Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth II was portrayed in The Crown.

Queen Victoria (The Young Victoria)

The film portrays the early childhood, teenage, and the following turbulent years of a young princess who came to be known as Queen Victoria. It also follows her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (Source: Wikipedia)

Fictional Queens

If you want to expand the power of your kingdom, why not do it the old fashion way and marry off a child? Which queen do you make your son marry, Queen Elizabeth II (The Crown) or Queen Victoria (The Young Victoria)?

Queen of Hearts vs The Evil Queen

Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland, 2010 movie)

The Red Queen appeared in Tim Burton’s 2010 film, Alice in Wonderland as an amalgam of the Queen of Hearts, the Duchess, and herself. Her name is Iracebeth of Crims. She is also married to the knave of hearts, Stain.

The Evil Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937 movie)

The Evil Queen, also known as the Wicked Queen or just the Queen, is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Productions’ first animated feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and remains a villain character in their extended Snow White franchise.

You think the world just can’t get any worse and then this queen comes into power. Who is the worse queen to live under, Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland, 2010 movie) or The Evil Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937 movie)?

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