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In fantasy series it's fairly common for a king or other high-ranking ruler to [[StandardRoyalCourt keep a magic-user]] [[StealthPun on staff]], primarily to provide mystical advice and services, and possibly general wisdom as well. Can also show up in historical fiction or even RealLife, as during time periods when sorcery was widely believed in, having a mage or alchemist on hand was generally seen as a smart idea. The character can be TheGoodChancellor, the EvilChancellor, or anything in-between.

Contrast TheMagocracy and SorcerousOverlord for instances where the mage(s) is actually the ruler, rather than an advisor. If the character has high standing among other mages as well as the king, they're also TheArchmage. If this is common and magic is real and powerful, one may have to ask why the [[TheMagocracy wizards don't run things]].


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Madam Suliman in ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''. Howl is one too, and so must appear before the court anytime he is summoned. Much to his dislike.
* Fai D. Flowright in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''
* [[spoiler:Chanchellor Mogamett, at first,]] in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/ArakSonOfThunder'', Malgigi was the court mage to Carolus Magnus (a.k.a. Charlemagne).
* [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange Doctor Stephen Strange]] in ''ComicBook/{{Marvel 1602}}'' is both the Queen's physician as well as the court sorcerer/{{alchem|y is magic}}ist. [[spoiler: RealityEnsues.]]
* [[RealityWarper Reality-warping]] mage ''Mr Mxyzptlk'' from the ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' comics is a [[TheJester court jester]] in his home dimension. The mage thing probably isn't a big deal there because everyone in his world has similar powers.
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': Any lord of high enough standing employs at least one mage if they're smart about it, since not being prepared against the enemy employing magic against them could cost them their heads in this war-torn setting.

* ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'' has a few examples.
** Babus Swain is such to Queen Remedi.
** Auggie is such to the Baron of Fluorgis
* Lyndess, kind of, in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. Her main job seems to be providing sexual stimulants for Grynun, the Idri-Head. And she really, really doesn't want to be there, but it's the best place for her to be, given that she's cursed to remain in Ketafa.
* ''Fanfic/TheVow'' (a ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' fanfic) has Ah-Ma, an old and wise goat who serves as the court [[{{Seer}} Soothsayer]] and TheGoodChancellor to Gongmen City's nobility, first to Lord Shen's parents and then Lady Lianne. She's asked to foretell the future several times from her bowl. One of those instances has her foretell the prophecy about Shen's fate.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Hotep and Huy from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', though it's unclear if they really have powers beyond clever sleight-of-hand.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/JeremyIrons plays one of these (also an EvilChancellor) in the ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' movie.
* In the first ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' film, the court wizard in service to a ruler who once fell prey to the Djinn's machinations [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] the [[JackassGenie Djinn]] in a [[CrystalPrison gemstone]] to prevent him from granting a third wish (which would unleash HellOnEarth).
* ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A VideoGame/DungeonSiege Tale'' has Creator/JohnRhysDavies play King Konreid's magus named Merick, serving this purpose. Later in the film, he mentions that a magus only has his power as long as serves a king, meaning the magi were always in this role. However, only two ([[spoiler:three if you count Merick's daughter Muriella]]) magi remain: Merick and [[EvilSorcerer Gallian]]. The latter has somehow managed to become extremely powerful and uplift the mindless Krug into a horde, all without serving a king. During their confrontation, Gallian reveals that he found a [[LoopholeAbuse loophole]] -- no one says you can't declare yourself king of some group (like the Krug) and serve ''yourself''. Of course, it's implied by Merick's reaction that only a madman like Gallian could justify such twisted logic. By the end, it's implied that [[spoiler:Muriella will now serve this role for Farmer, AKA [[UnexpectedSuccessor Camden Konreid]]]].

* Myth/Merlin the Magician, of course, was Myth/KingArthur's advisor and councilor at court. Unquestionably the TropeCodifier.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Both Gandalf and Saruman have done stints as advisors to various monarchs.
* Binnesman and [[EvilOverlord Raj Ahten's]] flameweavers from ''Literature/TheRunelords''.
* Marwort the Illustrious was this to the Kingpriest in ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', despite the latter's well-documented FantasticRacism towards wizards (it only worked out because Marwort swore never to use magic without the Kingpriest's permission, and then never in his presence). Other wizards, of course, considered him a traitor. Later on [[EvilSorcerer Fistandantilus]] took the job for his own ends.
* A variant of this recurs in the ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' works. Since the Haldane kings need help (including a magical ritual) to access their powers, one or more other Deryni serve this function. It starts with Camber and his family discovering the Haldane Potential and helping Cinhil Haldane and his sons in the ''Legends of Camber'' and ''Heirs of Camber'' trilogies. Generations later, Donal Haldane uses the services of Deryni (including Alyce de Corwyn Morgan) and actually imprints instructions for his son Brion's ritual in the minds of Alyce and her son Alaric. The adult Alaric Morgan and Duncan [=McLain=] work together in this unofficial position for Brion's son Kelson.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward's father keeps a mage.
* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' most civilizations have a court mage of some kind: the Malazans have Tayschrenn, the Letherii have their Atri-Cedas (High Mages), and so on.
* Skeeve becomes one early in the ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series. His mentor Aahz insists it's a cushy job, where all you have to do is show some parlor tricks and be a status symbol. As it turns out, the king expects Skeeve to single-handedly face down an invading army...
* In ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'', Ghorgor Bey's sworn enemy keeps a mage by his side. Quite hilariously, when Ghorgor slaughters the entire castle guard and advances on the two, the lord orders the mage to kill him, at which point he says "I'd love to, your lordship, but I've got a teleport on the boil!" and teleports away.
* Many [[WitchSpecies Qirsi]] have this as a profession in ''The Winds of the Forelands''.
* Flagg from Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'' is the King's magician and also an EvilChancellor.
* In ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', Schmendrick becomes one of these for King Haggard, displacing his former court wizard Mabruk.
* Played with in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}''. When Princess Kelli becomes all but unnoticable to non-wizards, she appoints the mage Cutwell, to be her Royal Recognizer. He also fills this trope, albeit incompetently.
* Rulers in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' commonly have an Aes Sedai adviser. Most of the time its kept secret, however, due to the FantasticRacism against them.
* Cimorene, from ''Literature/TheEnchantedForestChronicles'', learned some magic from her father's court mage before she was told that magic wasn't a proper pursuit for princesses.
* Several examples in Creator/TamoraPierce's books, with probably the straightest being Quenaill Shieldsman and Ishabal Ladyhammer of ''[[Literature/CircleOfMagic The Will of the Empress]]'' -- Quenaill specialises in protective magic while Ishabal specialises in destructive magic. The plot of the book is the four leads trying to escape becoming this themselves. The Emperor of Yanjing has a whole fleet of court mages from all around the world, while Inoulia keeps Yarrun Firetamer around to protect her lands from wildfires. Sandry also acts as a court mage to her uncle, but also handles his finances, runs his household and handles entertaining at his castle.
* The Imperial Saik from the ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' books are an entire order of court mages serving the Nansur Empire.
* The King's Sorcerer, Suliman, in ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle''. He's missing for most of the book, and it turns out one of the things Howl has been so enthusiastically avoiding is getting stuck with the job.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Melisandre serves as a combination of court mage/religious adviser/oracle to Stannis. In later books, [[spoiler: Qyburn]] becomes this to [[spoiler: Cersei]], and [[spoiler: Moqorro]] to [[spoiler: Victarion]]. Danaerys briefly has Mirri Maz Duur, but it ends badly for both of them.
** Generally, this position is filled by court scholars called maesters. Some of them study magic, but ultimately believe that it is fictional. Many of them are secretly hostile to it.
** The Mad King Aerys used to have pyromancers at his court to make [[GreekFire wildfire]] for him. He is obsessed with burning people, and has them make enough wildfire to burn King's Landing to the ground.
* A popular profession among the titular Magisters of the ''Literature/MagisterTrilogy''. Kings consider these immortal, nigh omnipotent sorcerers indispensable to their reigns.
** One of the big reasons why having a Magister Royal is so indispensable is that if you have one the Magister Law forbids other Magisters from screwing around with your kingdom.
* Serving a term as a CourtMage for a minor lord is a standard step in a magician's career in Franchise/{{the Witcher}}world. High-ranking magicians are independent, but often advise kings and other rulers.
* Pug's first master Kulgan in ''[[Literature/TheRiftwarCycle Magician]]'' served as this for Duke Boric of Crydee. Pug himself was Prince Arutha's court mage for a short period, though he more often showed up temporarily to provide advice in times of need. On the Tsurani side the Warlord had a pair of Great Ones who supported his political ambitions functioning very much like this, though the Tsurani Great Ones normally stand outside the political intrigues that a part of life in the Empire.
* We meet several in Mercedes Lackey's ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Vows & Honor]]''; somewhat averted is that one of the rules of Kethry's order, the White Winds, is that they DON'T accept permanent posts.
* Morgred in the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book ''A Night in Terror Tower''. He served the previous king, [[spoiler:and cast a spell on Prince and Princess Eddie/Edward and Sue/Susannah of York to protect them from their wicked uncle, the usurper. It fails because the High Executioner interrupted his ritual and stole one of Morgred's magic orbs to chase the children into the future, causing the new memories Morgred gave them to be incomplete.]]
* In ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', Doctor Morgenes is officially employed as a scholar and physician by High King John, he's also a wizard of not-inconsiderable talent, albeit one who prefers to use his powers sparingly and not flaunt them. After John dies, his son [[AntiVillain Elias]] makes [[EvilSorcerer Pryrates]] his chief counselor. Subverted later in the series with the Duke of Nabban's advisor, the astrologer Xanassavin, who is presented as a quack, albeit one who occasionally gets lucky.
* In the ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'' series, Emily comes across several court wizards as she is traveling with Princess Alassa. The court wizard in Zangaria (Alassa's kingdom) is named Zed, he is a talented alchemist as well.
* Many vermin leaders in ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' have a seer on hand to explain their prophetic dreams, give advice, and keep the troops afraid with stage magic (multicolored smoke and explosions are popular). However, it's not a very desireable position, as they're just as likely to be victim of the warlord's moodswings, tantrums, and general bad temper.
* Several variations in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'':
** King Stephen and Queen Anne from the first book keep a wizard named Trian as one of their closest advisors; he is a friend to both royals and TheGoodChancellor.
** The [[WitchSpecies Sartan]] are a powerful WitchSpecies, but those of [[LethalLavaLand Abarrach]] have lost most of their magic, the chief exception being {{Necromancer}}s. Some of their rulers (like [[EvilOverlord Dynast Kleitus]]) are necromancers themselves; those who are not tend to keep a necromancer as an advisor. Baltazar, Court Necromancer to the king of Kairn Telest, is a significant character in the third book.
** When discussing the distant past, the Sartan leader [[KnightTemplar Samah]] describes how the Sartan's rivals, the Patryns (also a WitchSpecies) would often take this role and use it to manipulate [[{{Muggles}} mensch]] governments without sitting on the throne. He gets rather defensive when the person he's talking to points out that the Sartan [[NotSoDifferent used to do the same thing]].
* In ''Literature/SkinHunger'' it is mentioned that having a court mage became quite common after Somiss' formalized magic education and made it male-exclusive. (Beforehand, there were witches and wizards, of questionable skill, who offered their services on market places and the like)
* In ''Literture/TheTraitorSonCycle'', the courts of Alba, Morea and Daar as Salaam all keep hermeticists on staff to advise them with magical problems and perform whatever sorcery would be needed.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Melisandre to Stannis. She is a Red Priestess in the religion of R'hllor, the Lord of Light, and a close counselor to Stannis in his campaign to take the Iron Throne.
* Surprisingly averted in the episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' where the heroes find a world where magic is real. However, played straight in another episode where they slide into a world where a significant percentage of the human population has PsychicPowers. After one of them foresees and warns UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln of his impending assassination, the President creates an official Cabinet position of Prime Oracle, which appears to be a lifetime appointment. Not only that, but the next Prime Oracle is chosen by the previous one, not by the current President. Presumably, he or she uses their abilities to pick someone who will not be corrupted by this position.
* An episode of ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'' has [[AWizardDidIt Zedd]] accidentally rewriting history with a spell and making Richard the ruler of not only [[TheEmpire D'Hara]] but also all of the known world. Apparently, Zedd is his court wizard. Interestingly, while Darken Rahl himself had a powerful wizard and hundreds of sorcerers in his employ, they don't really fit, as they were never present in his court. Rahl himself could cast some spells.
* Series/{{Arabela}} has Mr. Vigo, although it seems to be more of an InformedAttribute, since we never see him performing any magic.

* Elluka Clockworker (played by [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Luka Megurine]]) from ''Franchise/EvilliousChronicles'' was this during the time of "Daughter of Evil" and one key plot element was that she [[{{Seers}} foresaw the execution of Princess Riliane in a dream]]. [[spoiler:Her prediction came true, though not quite in the way she expected]].

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* Literature/TheBible ascribes court magicians to Pharaoh (Exodus 7 and 8) and to the King of Babylon (Daniel 1, 2, 4, and 5). Confirmed at least for Egypt by historical sources: a Pharaoh always had a court mage and a physician on the payroll -- the latter was expected to perform mystical healing arts as well as mundane, thus overlapping the role somewhat. It's believed that the death of at least one Pharaoh was indirectly caused by a treacherous court mage removing the divine protection from him, and getting caught in the act -- placebo can work in both ways. (The negative effect is actually called "nocebo")
* According to some historical interpretations, TheThreeWiseMen would have had this job (rather than being kings themselves, as in other interpretations) -- they are specifically identified as ''magi'' (singular ''magus'', and the word "magic", "magician" and numerous European words for "wizard" descend from), a Persian priestly caste of sorts who also practiced alchemy and astrology and were widely considered magic-users. This makes sense considering they are shown to be {{Astrologer}}s who correctly interpret the StarOfBethlehem as signaling the birth of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* {{Defied|Trope}} in ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'', where the Order of Hermes prohibits its members from "interfering in the affairs of [[{{Muggles}} mundanes]]". This is in part to protect the somewhat open secret of their existence on the fringes of society; in part to avoid stepping on the Church's toes in a setting where divine powers are demonstrably real; and in part because the Gift of Magic causes innate distrust and disgust in people nearby, which causes [[TorchesAndPitchforks quite enough problems]] ''outside'' a royal court.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck holds this position at Disney Castle in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''.
* Delfador in ''VideoGame/BattleForWesnoth''.
* EvilChancellor and MadScientist Lord Yuna serves this role to Emperor Soniel in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfDragons'', atleast according to the [[AllThereInTheManual SNES manual]], the king of Malus has an advisor in the wizard Guindon.
* Merlin reprises his usual role in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheRound''.
* Minwu the [[WhiteMage White Wizard]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' served as the court magician for the royal family of the kingdom of Fynn.
* Kefka Palazzo, the MonsterClown BigBad of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', serves this role to Emperor Gestahl.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The office of Imperial Battlemage was created to serve as this to the Emperors of Tamriel. In addition to being a master sorcerer, the Imperial Battlemage also advises the Emperor on all matters of magic. Some of the more notable Imperial Battlemages in history:
*** Zurin Arctus served in this role to Tiber Septim, [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder of the Third Cyrodiilic Empire]] who [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended to godhood after his death]] as the "Ninth Divine" [[WarGod Talos]]. Arctus brokered the armistice between Septim and the Dunmeri [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]] Vivec which joined Morrowind to Septim's Empire as a VoluntaryVassal. In order to gain special favors for Morrowind, Vivec also traded Septim the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]]-crafted HumongousMecha known as the Numidium. Septim tasked Arctus with powering and controlling it. In official [[UnreliableExpositor Imperial dogma]], Arctus put his own soul into an unimaginably powerful [[YourSoulIsMine soul gem]], known as the Mantella, to power the Numidium, but [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade would betray Septim]]. According to (likely more-accurate) apocryphal stories, Arctus was instead Septim's HypercompetentSidekick and trapped the soul of a [[GodInHumanForm Shezarrine]], Wulfharth Ash-King, in the Mantella instead. However, [[TakingYouWithMe with his dying breath]], Wulfharth killed Arctus, [[MergerOfSouls fusing the two]] into an undead being known as the Underking. After Septim used the Numidium to complete his conquest of Tamriel, he began using it in under-handed, backstabbing ways which infuriated the Underking. He destroyed the Numidium and flung the Mantella into Aetherius, the realm of magic, where it would become an important MacGuffin hundreds of years later during the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''.
*** Jagar Tharn served Emperor Uriel Septim VII in this role, but took it down the EvilChancellor[=/=]EvilSorcerer path. Tharn trapped Septim in a pocket realm of Oblivion and usurped his throne. Tharn then acted as the BigBad in the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]''.
*** After the Tharn debacle, Uriel VII appointed the [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmer (High Elf)]] mage Ocato to this position. Ocato would also serve as High Chancellor of the Elder Council, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure performing exceptionally]] in both roles while acting as a RedeemingReplacement to Tharn. He was very much TheGoodChancellor to Uriel, and later to his [[HiddenBackupPrince bastard son]], Martin, after Uriel and his legitimate heirs were assassinated during the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]]. With no Septim heir remaining, Ocato [[TheCreon exhausted every alternative option]] before reluctantly accepting the title of [[RegentForLife Potentate]] in accordance with the Elder Council Charter. He capably held the Empire together for 10 years before he was assassinated by [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] agents in a (successful) attempt to destabilize the Empire.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Despite the [[HornyVikings Nords]]' racial [[DoesNotLikeMagic dislike of magic and magic users]], every major Hold (and two of the four minor Holds) have a Court Wizard serving the Jarl in this role. ([[KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect Though that isn't to say they get the respect they deserve...]]) They serve as vendors for various magical spells and accessories, while their quarters/laboratories contain alchemy and enchanting stations. Most also serve as minor side-quest givers, with their quests generally involving magic or mystical occurances.
*** Farengar Secret-Fire, the Court Wizard of Whiterun, factors into the main quest as a dragon researcher. He also tries to take a sample of blood and scales from [[spoiler: Odahviing when he's captured in Dragonsreach]], but that doesn't end well. Farengar is also the only one (aside from the Jarl himself) who [[spoiler: is aware of the ancient Daedric artifact they've got sealed in the basement of Dragonsreach.]]
* Rone from ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'' counts for the titular kingdom of that game, whereas Garzhad is the court mage for the Empire.
* The King of Enrich from ''Videogame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' has two. His old trusted [[TheGoodChancellor Good Chancellor]]; Sabato, and an [[EvilChancellor evil old hag]] that turned up a few months ago ([[PuppetKing in which time the King has gone a bit strange]]); Rilix.
* A number of characters from ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'', including Dethmold, Sile de Tancarville and Triss Merigold.
* A staple in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the Mage Warden can become this as well as TheGoodChancellor, for the new King or Queen of Ferelden. Another [[MultipleEndings ending]] can similarly have them share this responsibility with Wynne.
** In ''Literature/TheStolenThrone'', Severan serves as this to the Usurper King Meghren. Since Meghren is [[TheCaligula completely insane]], this means that he gets to run the country behind the scenes.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', a Mage Hawke unofficially serves the Viscount of Kirkwall in this role, becoming a legend throughout Thedas as the Apostate who rose from a simple refugee to become "The Champion of Kirkwall". Due to the fact that the "[[CityOfAdventure City of Chains]]" is known worldwide as a ''[[KnightTemplar Templar]]'' stronghold, Knight-Commander Meredith was '''not''' happy that the people chose to embrace a ''Mage'' as their protector.
** In ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Vivienne was the former Court Enchanter of Orlais. While this originally more or less amounted to the role of a court jester who performs parlor tricks for nobles, she managed to make it into a role of influence. However, by the time of the game, the the title has been taken by Morrigan, something that Vivienne is still incredibly bitter about.
* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'', the Court Conjurer of Stormwind, Nielas Aran, was such a powerful and talented mage that the Guardian Aegwynn believed he would be the [[StalkerWithATestTube perfect father for her successor Medivh]]. Aegwynn left their son for Nielas to raise. Things went pear-shaped when Nielas was slain by the backlash of Sargeras' and the Guardian's power awakening within Medivh. Medivh then took on his father's role, all the while [[EvilChancellor working to destroy Azeroth]] [[DemonicPossession under the influence of Sargeras]].
* ''VideoGame/MySimsKingdom'' has a wizard named Marlon. He created the wands that are used to build various structures throughout the game at the behest of the king. He also teaches the player character how to use them.
* If the Daughter from ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker 2'' is a good enough mage, has a decent Faith ''and'' her Intelligence is higher than her Sensitivity, [[http://princessmaker.wikia.com/wiki/Court_Magician_Ending_(PM2) one of her prospect endings]] will have her appointed as the Court Magician of her kingdom.

%%* Osric from the ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' StoryArc "[[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/19990704 The Storm Breaker Saga]]".%%ZCE
* ''Webcomic/{{Aikonia}}'': There was one, until the king killed him out of paranoia against mages.
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' shows many examples of this trope with the side's casters. In [[RPGMechanicsverse Erf]], casters are the units able to use magic and owners of special sense related to their discipline. They are popped randomly by a side and, although the respect they get is widely dependent on the side they popped in and their especific discipline, are generally considered a very useful asset. In sides with many casters there's even a position called: [[TheArchmage Chief Caster]], which is a high rank position but still below Chief Warlord.
* Erik plays this role in the ''Kings War'' arc of ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'', despite not having any magical abilities himself, because James who got promoted to Goblin Regent temporarily and also got the magic with it had [[HowDoIShotWeb absolutely no clue how the spellcasting thing works]].
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' it is said that [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder Sparks]] used to work for nobles as court mages, until the industrial revolution gave them the opportunity to build armies and take over.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Waterbending Master Pakku could be seen as ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'''s version of this in the Northern Water Tribe, while the Earth Kingdom's Long Feng is a more malevolent version.
* The Magus to Princess Katherine in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. [[EvilSorcerer The Archmage]] previously held this position to her father, but was banished for attempting to usurp the throne with his powers.
* Ixis Naugus was originally this in ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM''. He was one of the few beings War Minister Julian feared (because Julian's technology couldn't do jack against him), so when he decided to explore the Void Julian took the opportunity to leave him stuck there.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' Apart from being head of an [[TheOrder order]] of ChurchMilitant {{Praetorian Guard}}s, Jaga holds this position in the court of Thundera's King Claudus, which means that all his subordinates are ''also'' KungFuWizard {{Magic Knight}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' have Mordain serving King Argon in "The Good, The Bad, And The Smurfy", and Morlock serving Prince Theodore in "The Prince And The Hopper". Both are evil mages who seek to take over their kingdoms, and both were deposed from their positions with the help of the Smurfs.
* Orko from ''WesternAnimation/MastersOfTheUniverse'' was a ridiculously powerful [[TheArchmage archmage]] in his home dimension but got stranded on Eternia, working as King Randor's [[TheJester jester]] because magic works differently in our world.

[[folder:Real Life (Astrologers)]]
* Thrasyllus, Sr. and Jr. -- court astrologers of Tiberius and Nero
* Angelo Catto -- court astrologer of Louis XI of France
* Guido Bonatti -- official astrologer of the city of Florence
* Michel de Notredame (Nostradamus) -- court astrologer of Catherine de Medicis
* Lucas Gauricus -- court astrologer of Popes Leo X and Clement VII
* ''Galileo'' out of all people served as court astrologer (sensing a pattern here?) to the Grand Duke of Tuscany-- astrology still being an accepted branch of astronomy during the 17th century.
* Joan Quigley -- astrologer whom Nancy Reagan consulted to help plan her husband's schedule while he was President of the United States.

[[folder:Real Life (Other)]]
* Dr Faustus is often associated with the court of Charles V
* Dr. John Dee -- magician associated with the courts of Elizabeth I of England, Stephen of Poland, and Ruldolph II of the Holy Roman Empire (also associated with Rabbi Loew, the creator of the Golem).
* UsefulNotes/RasputinTheMadMonk -- He had a truly unhealthy influence on the Tsar and his family. However, historians still debate how much of what was attributed to him was truly ''his'' unhealthy ideas, and how much the imperial family's he was blamed for, to avoid ''lèse-majesté''.