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22nd Aug '16 4:10:39 PM nombretomado
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* In the Creator/DavidEddings' ''{{Elenium}}'' trilogy, the churchman Annias serves as this trope to King Aldreas, the weak-minded ruler of Elenia. Annias needs to control the crown while he works on becoming Archprelate (the story's equivalent of the Pope), and to that end he [[spoiler:convinces the king that it's okay to [[BrotherSisterIncest sleep with his own sister, Arissa]], who is the mother of Annias's son Lycheas.]] It keeps Aldreas distracted.

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* In the Creator/DavidEddings' ''{{Elenium}}'' ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'' trilogy, the churchman Annias serves as this trope to King Aldreas, the weak-minded ruler of Elenia. Annias needs to control the crown while he works on becoming Archprelate (the story's equivalent of the Pope), and to that end he [[spoiler:convinces the king that it's okay to [[BrotherSisterIncest sleep with his own sister, Arissa]], who is the mother of Annias's son Lycheas.]] It keeps Aldreas distracted.
1st Aug '16 5:23:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[LateArrivalSpoiler Lord Orthallen]] from ''MercedesLackey'''s HeraldsofValdemar series. With the twist that three of the books where he's the secret enemy were written after the book where he's (permanently) dealt with since they were prequels.

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* [[LateArrivalSpoiler Lord Orthallen]] from ''MercedesLackey'''s ''Literature/MercedesLackey'''s HeraldsofValdemar series. With the twist that three of the books where he's the secret enemy were written after the book where he's (permanently) dealt with since they were prequels.



* Doubly subverted in ''WarAndPeace'' with Speransky, who most characters assume to be an Evil Chancellor until Prince Andrei meets with him and finds him to be a pleasant man only concerned for the betterment of Russia. He is later PutOnABus when he's discharged from the sovereign's court on charges of corruption and treason.

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* Doubly subverted in ''WarAndPeace'' ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' with Speransky, who most characters assume to be an Evil Chancellor until Prince Andrei meets with him and finds him to be a pleasant man only concerned for the betterment of Russia. He is later PutOnABus when he's discharged from the sovereign's court on charges of corruption and treason.



* In Creator/TadWilliams' ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' series, Pryrates gleefully occupies this role to the [[UnwittingPawn ill-fated]] King Elias. In the end, he turns out to be TheDragon to the [[BigBad Storm King]].

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* In Creator/TadWilliams' ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' series, Pryrates gleefully occupies this role to the [[UnwittingPawn ill-fated]] King Elias. In the end, he turns out to be TheDragon to the [[BigBad Storm King]].



* General Zhi Zhong in ''[[{{Conqueror}} Lords of the Bow]]'' is, for the most part, loyal to Emperor Wei, but outside the royal court openly considers him a foolish weakling. When his army is crushed by Genghis Khan at the Battle of the Badger's Mouth, he returns to Yenking, kills the emperor, and installs Wei's seven-year-old son, Xuan, as the new emperor, with himself as regent. His subsequent refusal to surrender to Genghis Khan quickly leads Yenking to starvation and eventually cannibalism.
* [[KnightTemplar The Kingpriest]] in ''{{Dragonlance}}'' was unlucky enough to be stuck with ''two'' of these guys- the conniving Elven ambassador Quarath and the enigmatic EvilSorcerer Fistandantilus. The two are often contrasted, as the former is a SmugSnake who plays politics for fun and profit, while the latter is a MagnificentBastard with far more... [[AGodAmI epic]] ambitions.

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* General Zhi Zhong in ''[[{{Conqueror}} ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Lords of the Bow]]'' is, for the most part, loyal to Emperor Wei, but outside the royal court openly considers him a foolish weakling. When his army is crushed by Genghis Khan at the Battle of the Badger's Mouth, he returns to Yenking, kills the emperor, and installs Wei's seven-year-old son, Xuan, as the new emperor, with himself as regent. His subsequent refusal to surrender to Genghis Khan quickly leads Yenking to starvation and eventually cannibalism.
* [[KnightTemplar The Kingpriest]] in ''{{Dragonlance}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' was unlucky enough to be stuck with ''two'' of these guys- the conniving Elven ambassador Quarath and the enigmatic EvilSorcerer Fistandantilus. The two are often contrasted, as the former is a SmugSnake who plays politics for fun and profit, while the latter is a MagnificentBastard with far more... [[AGodAmI epic]] ambitions.
16th Jul '16 4:18:49 PM nombretomado
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** Played further with in ''ArTonelico2'', where Alfman Uranous, the [[ObviouslyEvil very suspicious]] Chancellor of the Grand Bell (thus the protagonist's superior), responsible for brutal public health and safety policies, closing schools and manipulating the [[PuppetKing Holy Maiden]] Cloche, may be a [[spoiler: WellIntentionedExtremist aiming to RageAgainstTheHeavens]].

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** Played further with in ''ArTonelico2'', ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoIIMelodyOfMetafalica'', where Alfman Uranous, the [[ObviouslyEvil very suspicious]] Chancellor of the Grand Bell (thus the protagonist's superior), responsible for brutal public health and safety policies, closing schools and manipulating the [[PuppetKing Holy Maiden]] Cloche, may be a [[spoiler: WellIntentionedExtremist aiming to RageAgainstTheHeavens]].
28th Jun '16 12:19:34 AM PaulA
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* Cabbarus in LloydAlexander's ''Literature/{{Westmark}}'' manipulates the king's grief over his dead daughter... but it all gets blown sky high when [[spoiler:the daughter turns out to be NotQuiteDead]]. In the sequel, the king of the next country over has an EvilUncle doubling as an Evil Chancellor, too.
** Alexander also uses the trope in ''The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha'', which is sort of [[XMeetsY Alice in Wonderland meets the Arabian Nights]]: a boy falls asleep and wakes up to discover that he has been mistaken for the ruler of a delightfully Arabesque kingdom complete with not-so-delightful Vizier. The titular character later deliberately averts the trope by [[spoiler:appointing the only person he trusts, a somewhat seedy character, to be his vizier. Unsurprisingly, he does a better job than the original Evil Vizier]].
** He uses it again in ''The Castle of Llyr'', the third book of the PrydainChronicles, in which Magg is chancellor to the kindly King of Mona. Unfortunately for King Rhuddlum, Magg's real loyalty lies with the wicked Queen Achren, who has promised him a kingdom if he helps her kidnap Princess Eilonwy.

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Cabbarus in LloydAlexander's ''Literature/{{Westmark}}'' manipulates the king's grief over his dead daughter... but it all gets blown sky high when [[spoiler:the daughter turns out to be NotQuiteDead]]. In the sequel, the king of the next country over has an EvilUncle doubling as an Evil Chancellor, too.
** Alexander also uses the trope in In ''The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha'', which is sort of [[XMeetsY Alice in Wonderland meets the Arabian Nights]]: a boy falls asleep and wakes up to discover that he has been mistaken for the ruler of a delightfully Arabesque kingdom complete with not-so-delightful Vizier. The titular character Kasha later deliberately averts the trope by [[spoiler:appointing the only person he trusts, a somewhat seedy character, to be his vizier. Unsurprisingly, he does a better job than the original Evil Vizier]].
** He uses it again in In ''The Castle of Llyr'', the third book of the PrydainChronicles, Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain, in which Magg is chancellor to the kindly King of Mona. Unfortunately for King Rhuddlum, Magg's real loyalty lies with the wicked Queen Achren, who has promised him a kingdom if he helps her kidnap Princess Eilonwy.
6th Jun '16 11:29:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* Brodrig of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}} and Empire.'' "The low-born, faithful Brodrig. Faithful because he had to be faithful, since unless he owned the fastest speed-ship in the Galaxy and took to it the day of the Emperor's death, it would be the radiation chamber the day after." Eventually the Emperor comes to distrust Brodrig and execute him.

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* Brodrig of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}} ''Literature/{{Foundation}} and Empire.'' "The low-born, faithful Brodrig. Faithful because he had to be faithful, since unless he owned the fastest speed-ship in the Galaxy and took to it the day of the Emperor's death, it would be the radiation chamber the day after." Eventually the Emperor comes to distrust Brodrig and execute him.



* [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Cao Cao]] might be the original example. At any rate, he was certainly a chancellor to the emperor, and traditionally depicted as an evil schemer.

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* [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'': Cao Cao]] Cao might be the original example. At any rate, he was certainly a chancellor to the emperor, and traditionally depicted as an evil schemer.
2nd Jun '16 11:22:29 PM Anddrix
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* In ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Pax Americana #1]]'', the Vice President is revealed to be the story's evil mastermind, trying to prevent the President from being revived from the dead and thereby the best shot at world peace simply so he can be President.
28th May '16 7:59:19 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has [[spoiler:a whole group of them, and they've been extremely successful so far.]]

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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has [[spoiler:a whole group of them, and they've been extremely successful so far.]]
22nd May '16 9:46:23 PM Gravidef
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** This trope is [[spoiler: double subverted]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]].'' We eventually find out that Yuga, who's been traveling around Hyrule transforming the Seven Sages into paintings for an evil ritual, was a servant of Hilda, Princess of Lorule, and apparently trying to steal power from her. [[spoiler: Then we discover that Yuga was actually working ''for'' Hilda--it was her idea to kidnap the Sages and use their power to eventually steal the Triforce from Hyrule to revitalize her dying world. But Yuga ends up trapping Hilda in a painting and trying to seize the whole Triforce for himself, proving that he was an Evil Chancellor ''in an already evil plan.'']]
20th May '16 12:16:44 PM Doug86
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* Kimrek in ''[[StarTrekNovelVerse The Klingon Art of War]]'', the chief advisor to the rulers of the Tenka Plains who arranged the death of those rulers before serving as regent for their young son, convincing the boy to hand him ever more power while poisoning him against his own capability to rule.

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* Kimrek in ''[[StarTrekNovelVerse ''[[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse The Klingon Art of War]]'', the chief advisor to the rulers of the Tenka Plains who arranged the death of those rulers before serving as regent for their young son, convincing the boy to hand him ever more power while poisoning him against his own capability to rule.
17th May '16 1:48:40 PM Willbyr
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* All of Ansem's students in ''KingdomHearts'' betrayed him and took his place, when he forbid them to do researches on the darkness, including Xehanort, who even went as far as to steal the name of his teacher, who was trusting him so much. Afterwards, Xehanort banished Ansem into the realm of nothingness, a fate worse than death.

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* All of Ansem's students in ''KingdomHearts'' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' betrayed him and took his place, when he forbid them to do researches on the darkness, including Xehanort, who even went as far as to steal the name of his teacher, who was trusting him so much. Afterwards, Xehanort banished Ansem into the realm of nothingness, a fate worse than death.
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