Royalty AU

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Tropes and genres
Synonym(s)royal AU, royals AU
Related tropes/genresAlternate Universe, Modern Royal Family AU
See alsoHistorical AU, Medieval AU, Fairy Tale AU, Regency AU, Emperor AU
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A Royalty AU is a fanwork set in an alternate universe where one or more characters (who canonically aren't) are members of a royal family. This usually goes hand in hand with a historical period, featuring a Medieval AU or Regency AU, although some works are set in Modern times or even the Future. Fusions and pastiche/crossover with fandoms that have canon royalty are quite common. The genre is popular, with approximately 13000 works on AO3 (December 2020)

The Modern Royal Family AU trope is very common in Merlin fandom; in it Arthur Pendragon and members of his family are still royals, but transported into a modern setting (usually taking the place of the current British royal family).

These AUs are generally distinct from RPF fanfic about real present-day royalty, Royalty RPF.

Example Fanworks

The 100:

The Avengers (Marvel Movies):


Boku No Hero Academia

Generation Kill:


Harry Potter:



  • Passerine by Blujamas - royalty and Fantasy AU fic drawing on medieval and renaissance vibes, primarily featuring Tommyinnit, Philza, Technoblade, Wilbur Soot, and Kristen (aka SBI) as a ruling family of a smallish kingdom with Philza as main ruler. Including Angst, drama, and diplomacy.


One Direction

Teen Wolf:

  • The Well of Living Waters by Kalpurna - An arranged marriage fic, set in Medieval AU - King Derek takes a consort in the form of Stiles.
  • The Hollow Prince by Runningwithwerewolves - Inspired by a Grimm Fairy Tale about a big bad wolf & a young girl in a red hoodie, an angst with a happy ending Medieval AU tale of Royal Hales with magic, mystery, and romance.
  • Waiting Games by Jerakeen - Stiles is the only Heir to the throne, featuring marriage of convenience, in an A/B/O AU.
  • The Exchange by GoddessofBirth - Prince Chris Argent sends to the Hales to fulfil an ancient marriage treaty, not expecting Peter Hale to arrive at his doorstep. arrange marriage trope.
  • Like Heaven Catching Lighting by weathervaanes - Prince Stiles of Cor has always known, somewhere in the back of his mind, that he was never truly going to marry for love. Fighting it has only made it worse. Now, presented with a choice between two children of the Hale family of Ignis, Derek and Cora, he must make the decision to determine who will rule by his side. If only it were that simple.
  • A Desperate Arrangement by mikkimouse - After seven years of lengthy negotiations, the treaty between the Hales and the Argents has fallen apart and the two countries fell into war. Months later, there's an uneasy truce, thanks to the intervention of King Scott McCall, but it won't last. In a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, the Hales sign a treaty with the McCalls to marry Prince Derek to Prince Stiles Stilinski, King Scott's brother. In the history of the world, there have been many better ideas.

Star Trek:

Stargate Atlantis:

Stray Kids:


  • Prince Castiel and the Quest for 100 Orgasms by Luchia - Crack Fic in which Castiel knows gladiators can win their freedom by winning 100 fights, so Castiel has decided to operate under the assumption that if King Dean has 100 orgasms, he might let Castiel go.
  • The Dreamer and the Mystic by Bellanovaskies - a Dean/Cas Big Bang 2012 Fic where Dean was expected to choose his Queen-To-Be at his 18th birthday; instead he found himself falling for a mysterious stranger with eyes like stars. Eleven years later, accompanied by his brother and their father’s knights, Dean journeys into ancient lands that have long since faded into legend and lore, to once again find the eyes that had bewitched him. Castiel's tribe may be a force to be reckoned with, but nothing can prepare Dean to face his own father, and confess his love for a less-than-human being.

Supernatural RPF:

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