With the Queen of England officially becoming the UK’s longest serving monarch overtaking Queen Victoria’s reign of 63 years, seven months and two days, I felt it would be nice to honor this by going through some of my favorite Royals from comics, science fiction and literature. I know this is a weird tribute but it’s a tribute none the less, so for Queen and country here I go.
Kicking off with DC comic’s King of the sea but I’m not picking just any Aquaman, I am picking my favorite Aquaman, The Brave and the Bold’s own outrageous aquatic monarch. I know the Justice League cartoon brought us the King so bad-ass that he was willing to chop his own hand off and now we are about to get the Khal Drogo Aquaman when Batman vs Superman hits cinemas next year. However my favorite Aquaman still is The Brave and the Bold interpretation of this great hero. Voiced by John DiMaggio this interpretation is a happy go lucky swash buckler who protects the sea at all costs and is always there to lend a hand, even if you don’t want him there. Coming to TV sets with his larger-than-life” personality; he has habits of giving his exploits titles, for his many memoirs or just telling these tales to anyone within distance of his voice. He uses the phrase “Outrageous!” whenever he is shocked and fills his speech with sea-based references, such as Neptune’s beard. As always he can breathe underwater, has super strength and the ability to communicate telepathically with sea life. Like other televised versions of Aquaman, he could manipulate the water around him; creating balls, swords, and shields.
The God of Thunder and Prince of Asgard, for Thor though I’m going with the most stream variation of this Princely Thunder wielding God. He is a complete bad-ass and starts off as kind of a dick but over time he learns that there is more to life and more to being a leader than smashing your enemies, though he is pretty dam good at that. He develops a much softer side and gives us a lot of great comedy relief moments in the Avengers and his own movies, besides he is the only Avenger to use the London Underground (that we know of). So yes this Prince deserves to be in my top list for these and many other reasons (like he is a complete piece of man candy – NO HOMO).
A character who is now non canon, Roan Fel was leader of the Fel Emperor, to quickly explain what the Fel Empire is –
Basically and this is me summing up the story in as short a way as possible, after the the Emperor was killed in Return of the Jedi and Rebels became the New Glacatic Republic and things where going great, but not everyone was happy about this, eventually one of the Moff’s founded the Fel Empire, which was a new Empire created from those who did join the republic. Unlike the original Empire they actively recruited non humans, had their own Jedi and where against the Dark Side of the Force.
A character who was far from perfect this guy would gain control of most of what the Empire had lost, though he did not want this, he would then be betrayed and lose it all again, though after an incredible use of cunning and guile he would take back what was lost. A strong but firm leader his people saw him as a benevolent Emperor who was very forgiving, his final days where not so kind though. During his life he was a skilled politician and was dedicated to the new mission of the Empire even wanting to help the Jedi and informing his own Jedi to kill him if he ever went to the Dark Side. By the way this Emperor was a fully trained Imperial Jedi Knight, skilled in the force and with a light saber, on power with a Dark Lord of the Sith, there is definitely more to this monarch than meets the eye.
The son of Duke Leto Atreides and the Lady Jessica, Paul Atreides is the heir of House Atreides, a nuclear-armed aristocratic family that rules the planet Caladan. In Dune he is the messiah of this universe and leads a powerful Jihad across the universe taking all worlds for himself. Paul is a gentle spirit but he is also a deadly one, he has great powers of premonition as well as superhuman abilities and is also a living computer, mix all this with an inhuman wiseness and Paul’s rise to Emperor is truly brilliant. When everyone he has ever known and loved, except his mother are wiped out Paul is forced to flee into the harsh desert of Dune where he joins the local Freman Tribes and eventually becomes known as Maud’Dib.
“Muad’Dib is wise in the ways of the desert. Muad’Dib creates his own water. Muad’Dib hides from the sun and travels in the cool night. Muad’Dib is fruitful and multiplies over the land. Muad’Dib we call ‘instructor-of-boys.’ That is a powerful base on which to build your life, Paul-Muad’Dib.“―Stilgar
Paul is someone who is willing to fight and kill but takes no pleasure in it even when that person wishes to kill him. In his early teens he already showed great promise and helped changed the destiny of the entire universe single handily.
Mare Molly Barrow is the main protagonist and the narrator of Red Queen. In the Red Queen normal red blooded humans are ruled over by a powerful elite of Silver Bloods, who are similar to reds in every way except they are stronger, faster and have incredible powers like telepathy, cloning and magnetism to name a few. When Mare is revealed to be a red blooded human with fantastic powers she is forced to marry into the ruling family and take on a false identity of a missing noble women and become the newest princess. I have to say The Red Queen was a fantastic read and I won’t say too much about it but I will say it was my favourite book to read in 2015 and I can’t wait till its sequel is released next year. Mare is strong, cunning and an utter powerhous but she is sweet and delicate in her own way. She is one of the strongest female characters in modern fiction and Victoria Aveyard has created a fantastic female lead for her novel that anyone who has ever felt powerless can relate too.
This was a hard choice between Anduin and his father but in the end the Prince was the best choice. He is noble, brave and disciplines, plus the dude is massively forgiving, he is just pretty likable, like the ant Joffery. Anduin will do anything for peace, he was even willing to risk his life and confront his arch enemy Garrosh Hellscream with peaceful intentions, in the end this left his body broken but after he healed he still had the balls and the heart to go and help in Garrosh’s defense when he was on trial. Through the War Crimes novel Anduin proved time and time again that he will be a great king and even pulled his father away from his murderous ways. He is one of those characters that you have to respect and one of the few truly good characters in Warcraft, someone that always operates for the greater good even if that goes against his allies, he has such a strong conviction, that many of them still forgive him because they know that he will always do the right thing.
Lumpy Space Princess
I have to say one of my favourite characters from Adventure Time is this valley girl who is bratty, apathetic, sassy, attention-seeking and willfully ignorant teenager, often texting on her phone. Though this may be a way of hiding her actual problems and insecurities, I still love her for it. There really is a lot I can say here but the videos below will do more justice than any words I can type.
Queen Sabriel is another great Queen. She is the main character of book one of the Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix. She is another great female lead in literature and is completely under appreciated. To give you an example of what this lady is like Sabriel’s father is a necromancer, whose job is to stop the undead from overwhelming their kingdom. One day her Dad goes missing and without even a second thought she goes on a quest to save her Dad and save the kingdom. There is a lot I can say about her but I would rather you just read the books, trust me you will love her.
In the alternate timeline, the evil one, where humans are the villains in Star Trek, so you know the realistic time line. Sato assisted Jonathan Archer in using the Defiant to gain power. However, before the Defiant could make it to Eart, she seduced Archer’s personal guard Travis Mayweather into conspiring to poison Archer. Sato subsequently took command of the Defiant, proclaimed herself “Empress Sato”, and ordered Fleet Admiral Gardner to surrender and stand by for instructions, or she would open fire on Earth. I really don’t know what she was like as an Empress but she took control in such a quick, cold and calculated way that I can’t help but add her to this list, Miss Sato, my hats off to you.
This was a tough choice, Lord of the Rings has so many great people in positions of power and Éowyn is technically not a Royal, though after the defeat of Sauran she does become Lady of Ithilien in contrast to her husband Faramir, who was dubbed Prince of Ithilien, but in the end she was the one who took down the Witch King, which was kind of jaw dropping. Not only did she take down one of the most powerful villians in the franchise but she was a true inspiration to her people and one of the strongest female charcters in Lord of the Rings, so it’sfor these reason that I am choosing Éowyn. She is niece to one King of Rohan and sister to another as well as the wife of a Gondorian prince. Éowyn’s titles included the (White) Lady of Rohan, Lady of Ithilien and Lady of Enyn Arnen. She was also known as the Lady of the Shield-arm in recognition of her triumph over the Witch-king.
Plus Éowyn did have one of the best pieces of dialogue in the whole series: ‘But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.’
This was a tough call Game of Thrones has many great choices for Kings and Queens but when it came down to it I really had to go with The King Of the North. Robb unlike many of the other contenders for the throne has a strong sense of honor and nobility, instilled in him by his father Eddard. He is fair, caring, and will do anything to keep his family safe, this also extends to his entire kingdom. Originally seen as the under dog by Tywin Lannister , Robb quickly took him and most others by surprise with devastating strategies that managed to limit the causalities on both sides. More than just a keen strategist Robb was a commander with a set on him, he was always willing to lead from the front which was one of his strongest military traits, then again having a pet Dire Wolf by your side totally comes in handy. Much like his name sake Robert Baratheon, Robb is a great warrior, one of the greatest in his time but he lacks the political skills that are needed off the battlefield.
Setting all that aside Robb is a pretty likable guy, he married out of love, he fought for what he believed in, he was never afraid and unlike most other characters was always willing to say he was sorry for his mistakes, he is a man of integrity and would have been the greatest leader in all of Westeros if things had of turned out differently.
Unlike everyone on this list this illegitimate bastard is only a possible King, he needs a little help from his Pal the Warden, which is you. He is a noble but reluctant King who would rather be on the battlefield fighting hordes of monsters than in a throne room working through politics. A man who hides his fears and pains with his quick whit and charm, he could be your husband or your bro, depending on your choices, Alister is one of the best characters from all of Dragon Age and one of the most well rounded and human people in the series.
I’m sure plenty of you will disagree with my choices, but these are just opinions not fact, except Brave and the Bold Aquaman, that is a solid fact that you cannot disagree with.