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“I am tired of ruling in a husband’s name. If I marry again, it will not be to become a figurehead. If being a consort is not enough, then marry Alistair. Perhaps he will bend over more gracefully than I would.”
Queen Anora Theirin
Dragon Age: Origins
Though she is only queen of Fereldan by marriage, Anora has been doing all of the ruling for as long as she has been able. She is, after all, quite suited for it - intelligent, pragmatic, and loved by her people, Anora is unquestionably good at her job. Despite having married into power, she is no seductress, and her looks and sexuality have nothing to do with her authority. Instead, Anora is ruthlessly political, and players may learn soon after meeting her that Anora will do whatever she feels she has to in order to hold onto her power. She is not, however, a heartless, power-mad queen - a large part of her motivation for wanting to hold on to her position seems to stem from her understanding that there is no ruler more fit.
Anora gets a lot of hate - specifically, she’s often called a bitch (while her arguably-even-worse father is usually spared such designations). Without getting too deep into it, I don’t think you have to like a character personally in order to appreciate that they’re well-written for their role in the story.
And besides, bitches get stuff done.