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A Midsummer Nights Dream
act IV, scene I. Titania, with
fairies in attendance. Engraving from a painting by Henry Fuseli
Titania is the name of a character in William
Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's
Dream. In Shakespeare's play, she is the queen of the fairies.
Due to Shakespeare's influence, later fiction has often used the name "Titania" for
fairy queen characters.
In traditional folklore, the fairy queen has no name.
Shakespeare took the name 'Titania' from Ovid's Metamorphoses, where it is an
appellation given to the daughters of Titans.
In the Shakespeare play, Titania is a very proud
creature and as much of a force to contend with as her husband Oberon. The marital quarrel she and her
husband are engaged in over which of them should have the keeping
of a changeling page is the engine that drives the mix ups and
confusion of the other characters in the play. Due to an
enchantment cast by Oberon's
henchman Puck, Titania magically falls in
love with a rude mechanical (a lower class laborman), Nick Bottom the Weaver,
who has been given the head of an ass by Puck, who feels it is
better suited to his character (which bears a resemblance to the
story of Lycaon).
Oberon states in the play:
- I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
- Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
- Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
- With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
- There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
- Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight;
- And there the snake throws her enamell'd skin,
- Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in
Fairies view on human
In the second act, Titania refers to the Athenians as "human
mortals." Scholar John Hale interprets this as a reference to the
mortality of humans from the faerie point of view, indicative of Shakespeare's ability to write from the
perspective of all of his characters. Titania's use of the word
"mortal" both looks down upon and sympathizes with youths.
Subsequently, Titania has appeared in many other paintings,
poems, plays and even graphic novels.
Johann Wolfgang Goethe took the figures
from Shakespeare's work to Faust I. Titania is married to Oberon, and the couple is
celebrating its golden wedding anniversary in Faust I.
also the largest of Uranus's
among others that are also named after Shakespearian characters and
those of Alexander
Alfred Lord Tennyson's play The Foresters,
which is a Robin Hood story, has a brief segment with Titania,
queen of the Fairies.
- She has occasional cameo roles in Neil Gaiman's Sandman comic series, and is a major
supporting character in The Books of Magic. In the
mythology of those comic series, she is a mortal woman, who has
lived and ruled in fairy land so long that no one remembers she
once looked (and still is, under her magical seeming) human. It is
hinted, though never outright stated, that she may have once been
the lover of Dream, the protagonist of the
Sandman series. It is eventually revealed that she is the
mother of Timothy Hunter, the protagonist of the Books of
Magic series. The character recently returned in her own graphic novel
Save the Queen.
- In Disney's Gargoyles, Titania was the
queen of the fairies, but a millennium before the main events of
the series, she apparently greatly angered her husband Oberon, causing them to divorce and him to
banish her and all other members of their race from Avalon to teach
her to "grow up." It is possible that she manipulated Oberon into
that action though, as she was shown to make several such clever
feints and ploys during her appearances in the series. The royal
pair eventually reconciled and remarried. She was voiced by Kate Mulgrew.
- Titania and Oberon appear as major characters in the novel
Street by Orson Scott Card.
- Titania is the queen of the Summer Court of the Faeries in Jim
Butcher's Dresden Files books.
- In King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride, Titania and
Oberon must save the world of
Eldritch. This is her only appearance in the series and is the
mother of Edgar and the sister of Malacia which are both made up
- In Frewin Jones's The Faerie Path, Titania is the
mother of the book's main character, Tania.
- In E.D. Baker's book Winged Titania plays the
Queen of the Fairies who the goblins dislike, because her rules and
judgment of what the goblins do in the human world.
- In the Doubled Edge series by Mercedes Lackey
and Roberta Gellis, Titania is the High Queen of the Sidhe (elves)
and the consort to Oberon. She is the patron and protector of the
young magician Elizabeth Tudor. It is hinted
that Titania is in fact Hera.
- Titania is the aunt of the Raven King The Ladies of
Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
- In Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3, Titania is a Persona
of the Lovers Arcana, while Oberon
is a Persona of the Emperor Arcana.
- In The
Invasion of the Body Snatchers, protagonist Dr. Miles
Bennell quotes the opening line of Oberon's poem; "I know a bank
where wild thyme blows".
- Titania is the name of the axe-wielding knight in the English
versions of the Nintendo Video Games, Fire Emblem: Path of
Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. She was
second-in-command of a small mercenary group called, "Greil's
- Titania and Oberon both appear as the king and queen of the
fairies in the TV film, Voyage of the Unicorn.
- In Final Fantasy Legend II,
the final evolution of the Fairy-class was called Titania.
- Titania is the heart, the mind, the spirit, the soul of the
Titanic. novel and video game by Douglas Adams.
- In an episode of The Simpsons, Titania is a
large-breasted woman who competes in a contest sponsored by Duff
- Titania is mentioned in the Star Trek episode Time's Arrow.
While traveling back in time to save Data, the rent on the lodging for Picard and his
crew in the 20th century is due. When the landlord comes in to
collect it, Picard pretends to have an acting troupe and has the
landlord read the part of Titania.
- Titania is the name of a fictional planet in the Star Fox video game series.
- Titania appears as the King of Pride in the Little Fears
- Titania appears in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game (TCG) as a Plant-type monster known as
"Tytannial, Princess of Camellias" , which is currently one of the
strongest Plant-type monsters in the game. 
- Titania is also the nickname given to Erza
Scarlet, the strongest woman in the Fairy Tail guild, in the
Tail by Hiro
- In Summer Dream Titania is an elven
- Titania is the wife of Oberon of the Summerdream family in the PC life
simulator game The
- Titania is the name of a
Fairy type NPC(non-player character) in the MMORPG, Final Fantasy
XI. She can be
recruited as a freelance and assists in campaign battles across
Vana'diel during the Wings of the Goddess Storyline.
- In the children's book series The Sisters
Grimm, Titania and Oberon both feature in book four, "Once Upon a
Crime", as the parents of Puck, one of the main characters. They argue most
of the time they are seen interacting, but when Oberon is murdered
during a party, Titania morphs into a fire-breathing monster and
threatens to kill everyone to avenge her love if the murderer is
- Regina Titania is ruler of
the Seelie Court in the 2009 novel "Midwinter" by Matthew
Sturges. She is enemy to the Unseelie Queen Mab.
- U.A Fanthorpe's poem "Titania to Bottom"