Before we started throwing around the word "queen" to describe every woman we admire (like, say, Queen Beyoncé), fictional queens — of the Royal Highness kind, that is — were our original rulers. In beloved myths, fables, fantasies, and even comedies, we couldn't get enough of them. Ahead, we're taking a closer look at the royal women who certainly impressed, even if their reigns weren't exactly crowning achievements. From the tragically doomed villain to the heroine with a heart of gold, here are the 11 queens who deserve regal praise.
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