Created By: MorningStar1337 on June 2, 2013 Last Edited By: MorningStar1337 on June 16, 2013
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Benevolent Mage Ruler

An benevolent ruler with magic powers.

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When a sorcerer gains enough knowledge of magic, Alchemy, Elemental Powers, or the the innermost workings of magic. Sometimes he may use his powers to Take Over the World. This is not that trope.

The Benevolent Mage Ruler (Refereed to for the rest of the article as a Sorcerer King,) is a ruler of a a good Kingdom.

The Sorcerer King will usually rule over Fantasy settings. Often in charge of one of two warring factions; his kingdom and an evil empire.

Note that female examples also exist, they are the Sorceress Queens.

This sometimes overlaps with Emperor Scientist, especially where Clarke's Third Law, Alchemy Is Magic, and/or Magitek is in this setting. But this trope is different as while the Emperor Scientist focuses on the sciences (and is usually evil or Mad). This character type is more in tune with the art of magic (and is usually good). This also overlaps with The Good King, The High Queen, The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask, Princesses Rule and She Is the King.

Compare Emperor Scientist and Magocracy, the sci-fi and Vast Bureaucracy counterparts, and Authority Equals Asskicking or Asskicking Equals Authority depending on how he became King or Queen in the first place. Contrast Sorcerous Overlord.

When adding wicks to this trope on work pages, Please use the Wiki Words Sorcerer King (if male), Sorcerer Queen, Sorceress Queen (if female) Or Sorceress King (if She Is the King)


Examples

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[[folder: Anime And Manga]]
  • Clow Reed from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle was the world's most powerful sorcerer who ruled over Clow Country. As it turns out, though, he wasn't the original ruler due to time-travel mess-ups.
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[[folder: Comic Books]] [[/folder]]

[[folder: Film]]
  • Glinda in Oz: The Great and Powerful after Oscar wins her kingdom back. Her father was also a powerful wizard. Oscar is not, but he uses his technical knowledge and stage magic to create this impression.
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[[folder: Literature]]
  • Paul Atreides and his son Leto II in Dune. Though how "good" they are is debatable, considering how many billions died during the jihads of Paul's Fremen and how Leto played tyrant in order to get people to leave the stagnant core worlds and scatter throughout the universe. They have the ability of prescience and conscious control over their bodies to an improbable level. And of course Leto II merged with a sandworm and became the Trope Namer for God Emperor.
  • Jonathan IV of Conte becomes king of Tortall in the fourth book of Song of the Lioness, Lioness Rampant. Jon was born with magic and uses it throughout the series, most notable when Duke Roger threatens the kingdom, Jonathan uses the Dominion Jewel, brought to him by Alanna, to counteract Roger's spells.
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, several Supreme Chancellors of the Galactic Republic were also Jedi Knights. In fact, there was a 400 year period when the Republic was ruled by only Jedi chancellors. All of them were this trope, and the Republic lived another thousand years because of their leadership.
  • Princess Ozma is a good and magical ruler of a fairyland.
  • The Dragon Knight is a baron who's also a magician (albeit a low-level one, since being a feudal lord means he can't dedicate his life to magecraft).
  • The Farseer dynasty in Robin Hobb's Realm of the Elderlings saga are psychically gifted with a variety of powers. Whether they fall here or under Sorcerous Overlord depends on the monarch: Kings Shrewd and Verity are definite examples of The Good King, while Regal is a prejudiced asshole and part of the first trilogy's Big Bad Ensemble.
  • The backstory of the Heralds of Valdemar books features the conflict between reluctant leader Urtho, the Mage of Silence, and would-be world conqueror Ma'ar... along with it's world-shattering aftermath.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
  • Warhammer 40,000: The God Emperor of Mankind, among other things, was considered the greatest psyker (The series' term for psychics and sorcerers) of all time, capable of bending the fabric of reality and destroying much. His power was considered godlike, despite his insistence otherwise.
  • King Gareth Dragonsbane of Damara in the Forgotten Realms is an epic-level paladin and cleric of Ilmater. His magics are divinely given and tied to him remaining Lawful Good, and in the course of gaining the throne he helped drive out an occupying army from neighboring Vaasa's Sorcerous Overlord.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
  • Lord British in the Ultima series is an extremely powerful (if aging) magician and a benevolent ruler of the land named after him, Britannia.
  • Apostle Sanaki, Empress of Begnion, in Fire Emblem Tellius. Not seen in Path of Radiance but in Radiant Dawn she is a mage type class capable of using all classes of magic. Micaiah also once she becomes queen of Deain. She's also Sanaki's elder sister and the true heir of the Begnion, but decides against taking it.
  • Jieun of Dandelion grows into this in the Happily Ever After "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue. In the game proper, he's merely a Sorcerer Wise Prince.
  • In the WarCraft universe the High Elves of Quel'Thalas were ruled by the Sunstrider dynasty, all powerful mages, until Keal'Thas went off the deep end.
    • Jaina Proudmoore while she was the ruler of Theramore.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
  • In the Web Serial Flight of the Godkin Griffin Shraeven, a newly conquered province of the Godkindred Kingdom that still considers itself a country, has nobility who are chosen by the gods instead of by bloodline, indicated by markings on their body and wielding of Elemental Magic as gods are the sole source of magic in this setting. Angharad, the new governor of Shraeven looks like she is being set up to make Shraeven independent and be their new queen as god after god marks her. But after destroying the physical form of the Godkindred's God Emperor she gives rulership of Shraeven to her "native guide" (and lover) Ragna, and becomes Priest-Sorcerer-Queen of the Godkindred instead.
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Community Feedback Replies: 55
  • June 2, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    I have a question. Can someone check to see if King Bradly fits the "Ruler with magic powers" mold?
  • June 2, 2013
    LordGro
    We already have Sorcerous Overlord. Is there a difference?
  • June 2, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ Yeah, the emperor sorcerer is the Good Counterpart to the unambiguously evil Sorcerous Overlord. Or rather it will be after I Re Tool the trope.
  • June 2, 2013
    Koveras
    The "emporer's" throne room is an Emporium, I presume? :)
  • June 2, 2013
    MrRuano
    • Warhammer 40000: The God Emperor of Mankind, among other things, was considered the greatest psyker (The series' term for psychics and sorcerers) of all time, capable of bending the fabric of reality and destroying much. His power was considered godlike, despite his insistence otherwise.
  • June 2, 2013
    DracMonster
    Uh well The Emperor is almost always evil. Wizard King or Magical Majesty may be a better title.
  • June 2, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Good point. I changed the name to Sorcerer King.
  • June 2, 2013
    MorningStar1337
  • June 3, 2013
    MorningStar1337
  • June 3, 2013
    Koveras
    • Lord British in the Ultima series is an extremely powerful (if aging) magician and a benevolent ruler of the land named after him, Britannia.
  • June 3, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • Paul Atreides and his son Leto II in Dune use their prescience to guide humanity down the "Golden Path". Though how "good" they are is debatable, considering how many billions died during the jihads of Paul's Fremen and how Leto played tyrant in order to get people to leave the stagnant core worlds and scatter throughout the universe.
  • June 3, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ but what to they rule over. What you have is a Zero Context Example. I will remove it if you don't explain what they rule over and of they have magic powers (Dune is a scy-fy book series)
  • June 3, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ I assume you use that spelling as it's one of the softer sci-fi series.
  • June 3, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ Um that was a mistake on my part. But I still need you to explain what House Atreides rules over and if they have magic powers (The former is to add context to the example, and the latter is to make sure they qualify for the "Sorcerer" part)
  • June 3, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ Well, they have the ability of prescience and conscious control over their bodies to an improbable level. And of course Leto II merged with a sandworm and became the Trope Namer for God Emperor.
  • June 3, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^Thank you.
  • June 3, 2013
    lexicon
    Jonathan IV of Conté becomes king of Tortall in the fourth book of Song of the Lioness, Lioness Rampant. Jon was born with magic and uses it throughout the series, most notable when Duke Roger threatens the kingdom, Jonathan uses the Dominion Jewel, brought to him by Alanna, to counteract Roger's spells.
  • June 5, 2013
    CrimsonZephyr
    In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, several Supreme Chancellors of the Galactic Republic were also Jedi Knights. In fact, there was a 400 year period when the Republic was ruled by only Jedi chancellors. All of them were this trope, and the Republic lived another thousand years because of their leadership.
  • June 7, 2013
    thewriter
    • Elyon eventually becomes a Sorceress Princess to the Kingdom of Meridian in WITCH and its cartoon adaption; this is in stark contrast to her brother Phobos, who ruled for many years as a Sorcerous Overlord.
  • June 7, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Princess Ozma of Oz is a good and kind magical ruler of a fairy land.
  • June 8, 2013
    Synchronicity
    • Clow Reed from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle was the world's most powerful sorcerer who ruled over Clow Country. As it turns out, though, he wasn't the original ruler due to time-travel mess-ups.
  • June 8, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • In the Web Serial Flight of the Godkin Griffin Shraeven, a newly conquered province of the Godkindred Kingdom that still considers itself a country, has nobility who are chosen by the gods instead of by bloodline, indicated by markings on their body and wielding of Elemental Magic as gods are the sole source of magic in this setting. Angharad, the new governor of Shraeven looks like she is being set up to make Shraeven independent and be their new queen as god after god marks her. But after destroying the physical form of the Godkindred's God Emperor she gives rulership of Shraeven to her "native guide" (and lover) Ragna, and becomes Priest-Sorcerer-Queen of the Godkindred instead.
  • June 8, 2013
    Tallens
    • Glinda in Oz The Great And Powerful after Oscar wins her kingdom back. Her father was also a powerful wizard. Oscar is not, but he uses his technical knowledge and stage magic to create this impression.
  • June 8, 2013
    Synchronicity
    Compare Asskicking Equals Authority or Authority Equals Asskicking, depending on how they got to be king in the first place.
  • June 8, 2013
    Tallens
    • Apostle Sanaki, Empress of Begnion, in Fire Emblem Tellius. Not seen in Path of Radiance but in Radiant Dawn she is a mage type class capable of using all classes of magic. Micaiah also once she becomes queen of Deain. She's also Sanaki's elder sister and the true heir of the Begnion, but decides against taking it.
  • June 9, 2013
    MorningStar1337
  • June 10, 2013
    ClockStopping
  • June 10, 2013
    somerandomdude
    Might I suggest changing the name to Wizard King? "Sorcerer" often has negative connotations.
  • June 10, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ Aw but I like having a trope where both parts of the names can be conjugated to female forms =P and I've never see someone use Wizardess.

    Besides There are some example some good sorcerers like Yen Sid (That number/shorts wasn't called "The Wizard's Apprentice" was it? =P)

    That said, I'll consider it when I launch it.
  • June 10, 2013
    lexicon
    You could make it Magical Ruler. If the title stays the same you should probably mention in the description that it might be a Sorceress Queen and you can say that in that case she's The High Queen.
  • June 11, 2013
    CrimsonZephyr
    Just have Sorceress Queen as a redirect. Magical Ruler sounds a little too generic, and Sorcerer King sounds more benevolent than Sorcerous Overlord because kingdoms default to good while empires default to evil. I think the name is good as is.
  • June 11, 2013
    Tallens
    Magical Ruler sounds good to me.
  • June 11, 2013
    zarpaulus
    I'd suggest something like Benevolent Mage Ruler
  • June 11, 2013
    Tallens
    ^That would work too.

    • In the War Craft universe the High Elves of Quel'Thalas were ruled by the Sunstrider dynasty, all powerful mages, until Keal'Thas went off the deep end.

    Couple addendum to the Fire Emblem example, while Sanaki and Micaiah are both good, their kingdoms are not necessarily. Deain launched a brutal war of aggression against their neighbors in Path of Radiance and Begnion, despite Sanaki's efforts, is rife with corruption.
  • June 11, 2013
    dalek955
    Somebody suggested Magical Majesty. I like that one. Or Mage King; I think "mage" is gender-neutral.
    • The Dragon Knight is a baron who's also a magician (albeit a low-level one, since being a feudal lord means he can't dedicate his life to magecraft).
  • June 11, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ Again, I;ll consider it when I launch the trope. But right now I like the idea of a trope being called "Sorcerer King", "Sorcerer Queen", "Sorceress Queen" or even "Sorceress King"

    Also the literature section seem to get the bulk of examples huh?
  • June 13, 2013
    MorningStar1337
  • June 13, 2013
    Tallens
    You missed an example.
  • June 13, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ is it the War Craft one. 'Cause I added that in now.
  • June 14, 2013
    MorningStar1337
  • June 14, 2013
    arromdee
    Dark Sun is a roleplaying setting with evil sorcerer-kings. I don't think we should have a "sorcerer kings cannot vbe evil" requirement for the trope.
  • June 14, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ There's already an "evil sorcerer-king" trope, Sorcerous Overlord.
  • June 14, 2013
    Madrugada
    The name Sorceror King is actively misleading. It does not indicate in any way that this is limited to "good" kingdoms or kings.
  • June 14, 2013
    lexicon
    I would support Benevolent Mage Ruler. I think that's the only way to say that a monarch is good and magical.
  • June 14, 2013
    Tallens
    I agree.
  • June 14, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Changed the title to Benevolent Mage Ruler. But I'll still keep Sorcerer King as a redirect. Due to the fact that this trope was launched by a vandal, and I already made the redirects.
  • June 14, 2013
    StarSword
    ^I like that name.

    Literature:

    Tabletop Games:
    • King Gareth Dragonsbane of Damara in the Forgotten Realms is an epic-level paladin and cleric of Ilmater. His magics are divinely given and tied to him remaining Lawful Good, and in the course of gaining the throne he helped drive out an occupying army from neighboring Vaasa's Sorcerous Overlord.
  • June 15, 2013
    morenohijazo
    Someone (Aerorater, according to the launch list) launched this as Sorcerer King. I'll change the name to the one that has been agreed. I've added the trope to my watchlist (along with the two tropes that were early launched), but I can bring this back to the YKTTW, if anyone's interested.

    EDIT: Oh, I see the YKTTW thread is active anyway. Strange, since it's still in the launch list.
  • June 15, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Yeah, Aerorater was a Wiki Vandal who hit YKTTW earlier this week. The mods unlaunched several tropes he launched prematurely, including this one.
  • June 15, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    ^ Yeah I know. I asked the tropers about this after I made the redirects. Hence the clause/blurb about the Wiki Word redirects.

    BTW is Aerorater banned now?
  • June 15, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    On A side note It appears I don;t have to worry about making Sorcerer King a redirect.
  • June 15, 2013
    StarSword
    ^^Yep, zapped.

    Also, somehow my two most recent examples ended up in the draft twice. Fixed.
  • June 16, 2013
    morenohijazo
    • The backstory of the Heralds Of Valdemar books features the conflict between reluctant leader Urtho, the Mage of Silence, and would-be world conqueror Ma'ar... along with it's world-shattering aftermath.
  • June 16, 2013
    Tallens
    Another from Warcraft

    • Jaina Proudmoore while she was the ruler of Theramore.

    Not sure if her current position counts since it's elected, sort of.
  • June 16, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    Alright Now that it has 5 hats I'm ready to launch.
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