Kings, queens, princes and princesses, royalty comes in many forms. Some are kind and strong rulers, some are cruel and tyrannical, and some even leave their kingdom, either in the hope of saving it or just to hide. Some of these royals end up revealing themselves at some point, which really puts a spin on the ongoing story.
There have been quite a few anime characters who seemed normal at first, but over time it turns out that they have secretly been kings all along. While some decide to leak this information sooner than others, their true identities are no less shocking.
ten Krista was actually Historia, from the Reiss Royal Family (Attack On Titan)
When viewers first meet Krista Lenz in The attack of the Titans, she appears to be a kind but slightly shy member of the 104th Training Corps and later the Survey Corps, but as the story progresses, Krista’s true identity becomes a major factor in the plot. In truth, she ends up being Historia Reiss, the last remaining member of the Reiss royal family and the only one who can inherit the first king’s will.
After being thrown into the political turmoil that could decide the fate of humanity, Historia decides to reject her father’s wishes, leaving humanity to choose its own path without the ideology of Karl Fritz. Shortly after defeating her father’s titan form, she is crowned the new queen.
9 The king turned out to be, in truth, a real king (The Seven Deadly Sins)
The true identity of Seven capital sins’ King starts off as some kind of tangled web, but his alias also turns out to be on the nose as he turns out to be a real king. As Fairy King Harlequin, he is the ruler of the Fairy King Forest, however, his estrangement from his kingdom is a tragic story.
King left the forest in order to save his best friend Helbram and a number of other fairies who were captured by humans but failed and ended up badly injured and losing their memories. Due to his long absence, the fairies despised King and believed he was abandoning his people.
8 Melty revealed to be the heir to the throne of Melromarc (The Rising Of The Shield Hero)
The Royal Family of Melromarc in The Rising of the Shield Hero at first, he comes off as evil and corrupt, as Naofumi is subjected to torment and accusations of crimes he didn’t commit by the king and his daughter Malty (aka Myne). So from the start, he has no reason to trust another member of this family again, this feeling does not change when he discovers that Melty is the heiress to the throne of the kingdom.
Despite his harsh treatment of her, especially since she didn’t reveal her royal status at first, Melty proves to be trustworthy and a reliable ally to Naofumi and her party.
7 Despite first impressions, Ling is a Crown Prince of Xing (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Introduced in Fullmetal Alchemist: Fraternity, Ling Yao is first seen by Ed and Al when they discover him starving in an alley. As it happens, despite Ling’s rather comical demeanor, he turns out to be the twelfth crowned prince of the nation of Xing who came to Amestris to discover the secret of immortality, specifically the Philosopher’s Stone.
Thanks to Xing’s constant political talk, Ling’s life was constantly threatened and yet he still retains a strong sense of duty to his people. Even crazier, he becomes the host of the homunculus, Greed.
6 Pecorine is a princess no one even remembers (Princess Connect! Re:Dive)
The sparkling Pecorine, wielding the sword and the bottomless stomach, of Princess Connect! Re: Diving At first glance it may seem like she appears, but in truth, this member of the Gourmet Guild is more than meets the eye. Unbeknownst to the viewer and the rest of Landsol, Pecorine is actually the kingdom’s rightful princess.
Her real name is Eustiana von Astraea, who made a journey to return to the kingdom forgotten even by her parents and accused of being an impostor by Mana Senri who took her place, forcing her into exile.
5 Exiled and vengeful, Lelouch is one of the many children of Charles Zi Britannia (Code Geass)
When Code Geass begins, Lelouch is introduced as Lelouch Lamperouge, but his real name was actually Lelouch vi Britannia, the eleventh prince of the British Empire. After the assassination of his mother and the paralysis and blinding of his sister Nunally, Lelouch and Nunally were exiled to Japan and held hostage for a time.
These events are what will ultimately drive Lelouch to embark on his quest for revenge against his father and the British Empire, and after obtaining his Geass, he will overthrow him and reshape the world as the masked vigilante, Zero.
4 Vivi joins the Straw Hats to save her kingdom from Crocodile and Baroque works (One Piece)
Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat crew end up getting a bit more than they bargained for shortly after entering the Grand Line. Targeted by the syndicate known as the Baroque Works, the Straw Hats discover that one of its members, Mrs. Wednesday, is actually a double agent and the princess of Arabasta, Vivi.
Vivi joins Luffy’s crew through One Piece “Arabasta Saga”, as she and the Straw Hats battle against Baroque Works and its leader Crocodile in order to save the Kingdom of Arabasta. Although Vivi cannot continue traveling with her pirate friends, traveling with them has had a lasting impact on her.
3 Saber’s true identity is actually that of the famous King Arthur (Fate/Stay Night)
The heroic spirits of Destiny The series that serve as servants to the participants of the Holy Grail War come in many forms from history and myths. The most immediately recognizable of these is the armored Saber which appears in multiple incarnations throughout the series. This particular member of the Saber Class’ true identity is Artoria Pendragon, aka King Arthur.
While the story believed that Artoria was male in her original life, she actually had to hide her true gender and a select few people knew it. In addition to being the face of Destiny franchise, Artoria definitely started a trend of reimagining famous characters in new ways across the series.
2 Vegeta boasts of being the prince of all Saiyans, which he is (Dragon Ball)
Originally an antagonist of Dragon Ball Z “Saiyan Saga”, Vegeta wastes no time bragging about his superiority and eliteness over his enemies, especially Goku. His reasoning is quite simple as he is the prince of all Saiyans and he lets everyone know it at every opportunity.
Though his father, King Vegeta, was slain, his planet destroyed, and serving under the tyrannical Frieza, Vegeta keeps his great sense of pride and royal title with a deadly grip, despite having no real kingdom. over which to rule.
1 Yugi’s other half is actually a former pharaoh (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
After completing the Millenium Puzzle, Yugi Muto begins to trade places with a sleeping spirit in the ancient artifact when in danger or to play the game of Duel Monsters. Originally called “Yami Yugi”, this other half of Yugi spends most of Yu Gi Oh! help Yugi and his friends defeat bad guys and win card games (mostly at the same time), but over time it turns out that Yami is actually the spirit of a long-dead pharaoh.
Having no memories of ancient Egypt, the pharaoh’s past comes back to haunt him throughout the series, and eventually, he regains his memories and even his real name, Atem.
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