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The world of Anime is filled with gorgeous, charming and mesmerizing female characters whom we regard as beauty queens. However, from time to time we get to meet actual queens of royal descent. They own our hearts by birth of right and their every wish is our command.
Today, Their Majesties demand to be paid tribute, so we’re making a selection of the finest queens in anime. Regardless of how good or how terrible they are at managing their respective realms, the following ladies are all awesome. They make great and unique monarchs in their own way. I, now, give you the Top 10 Anime queens!
10. Gyokuen Ren from Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct 2012 – Mar 2013
Gyokuen Ren is definitely a queen of evil. She’s a deceitful, cold-blooded, psycho woman hiding behind her façade of a loving and caring wife and mother. Gyokuen’s the widow of the last two Emperors of the Kou Empire, for which she now holds the title of Empress Regnant.
Gyokuen’s known for her great beauty and her gentle manners. Although, when she reveals her true self, Gyokuen’s charming blue eyes turn red and she displays a grim smile, which may be the last thing you see as she cuts you down in tiny pieces. This sadistic lady takes great pleasure in deceiving people and Gyokuen’s capable of anything to gain power, even if it means killing her own husbands (or should I say: especially if it means killing her own husbands?).
9. Vivaldi / Queen of Hearts from Heart no Kuni no Alice: Wonderful Wonder World
- Episodes: 1 (Movie)
- Aired: July 30, 2011
We know Vivaldi as the Queen of Hearts from the anime version of Alice in Wonderland. She is Queen of most of Heartland and, as such, Vivaldi is very powerful. Vivaldi shares many of the original Queen of Hearts’ characteristics, mainly her cruelty and her obsession with beheading people for even the slightest offense or mistake.
However, Vivaldi is quite original and unique in some things. She is particularly glamorous and attractive, to the point of causing Alice to admire her. Plus, Vivaldi seems to have a soft side. Vivaldi is very fond of stuffed animals and cute things, as she has a room full of them. She also has strong feelings for her brother and for the King, although Vivaldi hides those feelings quite well most of the time.
8. Otohime from One Piece
- Episodes: Not yet finished
- Aired: Oct 1999 – Currently airing…
Otohime is one good and noble Queen. As Neptune’s wife, she holds the title of Queen of the Ryugu Kingdom. She’s a fair mermaid with a pure heart, who only seeks to achieve peace and fraternity between fishmen and humans. Sadly, Otohime can’t manage to make a difference before her time comes.
Otohime can be constantly seen preaching about equality and how humans and fishmen should leave their differences behind and coexist. As a pacifist, she encourages people to let go of hate and to forgive those who do them harm. However, Otohime is not all rainbows and butterflies. If your manners are not right, she can get really mad and smack your face off. So, just try not to have snot hanging from one nostril (from both is fine, though).
7. Neo-Queen Serenity from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
- Episodes: 46
- Aired: Mar 1992 – Feb 1993
Neo-Queen Serenity is the future version of Princess Serenity and the Queen of Crystal Tokyo. This is Usagi’s most powerful form and it is revealed that when she becomes queen, she stops aging. In fact, Neo-Queen Serenity remains Queen of Crystal Tokyo well after the 30th Century!
It’s also revealed that in this future, Neo-Queen Serenity is married to King Endymion, the future version of Mamoru Chiba (Tuxedo Mask), and that she gives birth to Chibiusa Tsukino on the same year that she becomes queen. She looks pretty much the same as her teenage self, except for some more mature looking features and a fancier dress. Neo-Queen Serenity also has exceptional healing powers and the ability to render humanity virtually immortal. It is not surprising that Neo-Queen Serenity is regarded as the “True Messiah”.
6. Shiro from No Game No Life
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2014 – Jun 2014
Shiro is an 11 year old child prodigy who excels at any kind of games. Together with her step-brother Sora, they are known in the virtual world as “the blanks”, a group of players who are invincible. For their exceptional gaming skills, the two are transported to the world of Disboard, where everything is decided through games.
In little time, Sora and Shiro win a local tournament that grants the winner the crown of the Kingdom of Elchea, the last kingdom of Imanity (humanity). Thus, Shiro becomes the new Queen of Elchea and leads her people to prosperity. With her brother’s equally brilliant mind and his guidance, Shiro sets her mind to conquer new lands for the welfare of the Imanity… and for fun of course; Disboard is a world of games after all.
5. Petralka Anne Eldant III from Outbreak Company
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2013 – Dec 2013
Petralka Anne Eldant III is one of our favorite loli queens ever. The 16 year old monarch of the Holy Eldant Empire has everything we want from a royal spoiled brat. Petralka Anne Eldant III’s cute, childish, she always gets what she wants, and she’s an otaku (she gets extra points for that, obviously) who loves to make Shinichi read manga for her.
Out of her love for the Otaku culture, Petralka Anne Eldant III develops strong feelings towards Shinichi. Thus, she’s often jealous of Myucel and constantly gets between them. Queen Petralka could well be regarded as the Queen of Tsunderes.
4. Youko Nakajima from Juuni Kokuki / The Twelve Kingdoms
- Episodes: 45
- Aired: Apr 2002 – Aug 2003
As an honor student leading a completely ordinary life in Japan, Youko Nakajima would have never thought she was bound to become the ruler of a fantastic kingdom. When a knight appeared kneeling before her, she was even reluctant to accept his oath. Shortly after she was magically sent to Youko land of the Twelve Kingdoms, she learns that she’s the heiress to the throne of the Kei Kingdom.
Although Youko initially refuses to accept her place on the throne, in time, Youko becomes a strong character and a confident leader. Eventually, she’s willing to embrace her destiny as Queen of Kei. Youko proves to be a fine ruler as Youko cares for the well-being of her subjects and is capable of overcoming the many challenges of being the head of a realm.
3. Elizabeth from Nanatsu no Taizai / The Seven Deadly Sins
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 2014 – Mar 2015
Elizabeth is the third princess of the Kingdom of Liones, yet a rightful and worthy heiress to the throne after her father was captured during a coup d’état. She’s determined to defeat the Holy Knights and recover her kingdom by seeking the aid of the Seven Deadly Sins. Thus, Elizabeth joins Meliodas, captain of the Deadly Sins, in his journey to find the other members.
Elizabeth is not just another member of the royal family. She also happens to have a divine origin, as it is revealed that Elizabeth’s the “apostle of the goddesses” as well as the reincarnation of Meliodas’ past lover, Liz. Due to her divine nature, Elizabeth has special healing powers, although we have to admit her well-endowed figure is her most divine characteristic.
2. Henrietta de Tristain from Zero no Tsukaima / The Familiar of Zero
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 2006 – Sep 2006
Henrietta de Tristain is first introduced in the series as the Crown Princess of Tristain, to later become the actual Queen of Tristain with the passing of her father. Henrietta makes a wonderful and honorable queen, since she really cares for her subjects and is capable of enduring great trials. Despite being so kind and loving, Henrietta proved to be a strong leader by holding off an invasion while mourning for his recently assassinated cousin and lover, Prince Wales.
Eventually, Henrietta is able to overcome her loss and begins to develop feelings for Saito. As the strong ruler she is, Henrietta’s even willing to compete with Louise for the love of Saito. This lovely queen certainly knows what she wants. Talk about an iron fist in a velvet glove…
1. Saber from Fate/Stay Night
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Jan 2006 – Jun 2006
As you may have guessed, our #1 queen is Saber, also known as Queen Arturia Pendragon. Saber is the legendary ruler of Britain, regarded as King Arthur in the legend. Sabe’s known as the heroic “King (should we say Queen) of Knights”, who now serves Shirou Emiya in the Fifth Holy Grail War. As a proud knight, Saber holds her honor in the highest esteem, often letting go the chance to destroy another servant.
The only thing Saber cares for as much as her pride is the Holy Grail, which she seeks to make up for her failure during her time as Queen of Britain. Despite being such a proud and honorable knight Saber’s not overly confident as protector of her realm, as can be seen in Fate/Zero when she’s given a free lesson on kingship by Iskandar and Gilgamesh. Saber makes a better knight than a queen but we love her anyway. :3
Here ends our journey through the realm of anime queens. They are all very unique rulers, some more successful than others, some a bit sadistic and tyrannical and some a bit banal and self-centered. Of course, they’re royalty, which means that no one can tell them how to rule their kingdoms. So, who are we to judge, right?
You can go ahead and tell me what you think of these beauty queens. Which of them is your favorite? Would you include any other queen on this list? And why? Just keep in mind, those who do not comment… “Off with their heads!!”