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->''"Grand Viziers were '''always''' scheming megalomaniacs. It was probably in the job description: 'Are you a devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good, then you can be my most trusted advisor.'"''
-->-- '''Creator/TerryPratchett''', ''Discworld/InterestingTimes''

Sometimes it's the monarch[=/=][[PresidentEvil Head of State]] who's the EvilOverlord. And sometimes there's this trope, where instead of the Head of State being the person who has malicious intent, it's his adviser, assistant, second-in-command, or Head of Government (that is if the Head of State and Head of Government are separate positions, such as with having both a President and a Prime Minister, respectively). Most of the time he's actively scheming to discredit or usurp the throne, and may even be an agent sent for this purpose by an outside power. In other cases, he's perfectly content to be TheManBehindTheMan and keeps the ruler around primarily as the figurehead for the ignorant masses and as the fall guy if something goes wrong. He can also tend to have more actual power and real influence than the Head of State, especially in cases where the government is a parliamentary system or a constitutional monarchy.

Sometimes called the Evil (Grand) Vizier instead, in which case he will spend a lot of time [[FingerTenting tapping his fingertips together]] and calling everyone "effendi". The "Evil HighPriest" is a closely related phenomenon, with some SinisterMinister and CorruptChurch thrown in.

In stories set in Presidential democratic societies, an Evil Vice President may play the same role, although it is a lot less common. In the American political system in particular, there is a fairly legitimate reason why the vice president is an illogical position to be filled by someone evil: by default, the vice president (generally) has very little actual power, unless the president is incapacitated or has delegated significant amounts of formal authority to the vice president. However, if the Vice President is planning to have the President be assassinated or the President is an easily controlled fool, this trope would easily apply.

While Chancellors, Vice Presidents, and the like may not always be examples of this trope merely by having the job, the title "Grand Vizier" might as well just include "Evil" as part of it, in the eyes of English-speaking audiences, especially if the Vizier's name is [[UsefulNotes/GrandVizierJafar some version of "Jafar"]]. If you see a non-evil Grand Vizier, the author is probably playing with the trope... or you're talking about RealLife (the historical Ja'far ibn Yahya, while a Vizier, was [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade not particularly Evil]], and in general "vizier" is just the Persian-influenced Muslim world's word for "[government] minister"). The word "Chancellor" itself has also got a bad taste in English countries, due to [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler one of the most famous real-life codifiers of the Evil Chancellor character]].

MaliciousSlander is a particular favorite of the Evil Chancellor.

As cliched as this trope may seem, it is often justified in that if anybody's going to usurp the reigning ruler through manipulation and intrigue, it's going to be the guy who actually has the authority to replace him. Part of the basis of this trope may also come from the context in which stories are written; in a monarchy, it can be dangerous to tell stories about an evil king, so pushing all the blame onto an evil adviser is an easy way out. This extends into political commentary as well -- it is safer to vilify an adviser for hated policies than the leader themselves.

If only the King thinks the evil chancellor is his most trusted and loyal subject, he's a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter and a CluelessBoss. When only the protagonists see through the evil of this character, it's a DevilInPlainSight. If he ''doesn't'' want to steal the throne himself, then his goal is almost certainly to turn the ruler he allegedly serves into a PuppetKing.

This trope is the EvilCounterpart of TheGoodChancellor. See also: TheEvilPrince, who is usually also after the throne and rather less willing to remain in the shadows. In fantasy settings, will often overlap with an EvilSorcerer; if his "official" job is to ''be'' the ruler's personal magic-user, then he's also the CourtMage. Aspiring backstabbers may refer to the JustForFun/EvilChancellorList. If the ruler the Evil Chancellor "serves" is ''also'' evil, that's TheStarscream.

In terms of the ranks of AuthorityTropes, the tropes that are equal are TheGoodChancellor, LadyMacbeth (when it's the Queen/First Lady who's doing the scheming), StandardRoyalCourt and DeadlyDecadentCourt. The next steps up are TheEvilPrince, PrinceCharming, PrinceCharmless, WarriorPrince, PrincelyYoungMan, TheWisePrince, and all PrincessTropes. The next step down is TheBrigadier. Also see TreacherousAdvisor.

Compare DragonWithAnAgenda.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Seymour Cheese from ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'' was a very overt example of this as well.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': After the TimeSkip, [[spoiler:Rossiu]] became a WellIntentionedExtremist chancellor. [[spoiler: And when he realizes what he's done, he almost kills himself. Simon has to punch him out of it ''through hyper space''.]]
* The Eunuchs in ''Anime/CodeGeass R2'', keeping a little girl as a figurehead Empress and oppressing the Chinese Federation.
** Also Schneizel, though subverted in that his father the Emperor is not a weak figurehead, and that both turn to be [[spoiler:, like Lelouch, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]] in their own fashion, rather than well and truly evil.]] He is after the throne but his father is fully aware of the fact, and is not overly concerned ([[spoiler: When Schneizel finally makes his bid, he discovers that Charles has decided to let him have it, his own plans having at last started to come to fruition.]])
* He may not be a royal advisor (his leader is a Ninja boss, and later her granddaughter), but otherwise Tenzen Yakushiji from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' fits the trope to a T.
* Played straight with [[TheEvilPrince Prince Gihren Zabi]], ''de facto'' BigBad of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', who plays this role to his father, Sovereign Degwin Sodo Zabi, acting as his Prime Minister and the CINC of the army, while isolating his dad from the populace and the administration, leaving all the real power in his own hands. Degwin is aware of what is going on, but no longer has the power to act on it, and when he tries to make peace behind Gihren's back, his son has him killed. Degwin himself was this to Zeon Zum Deikun, before the latter's death and his own ascension to EvilOverlord.
** Fonse Kagatie from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]''
** Also [[spoiler: Urube Ishikawa]] and Prime Minister Wong from ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]''.
** Haman Khan of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' & especially in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'', acts as chancellor and RegentForLife for seven year old Mineva Zabi, who is nothing more than a PuppetKing. Bonus points for sharing her name with BiblicalBadGuy Haman, another example of this trope.
* Wiseman/Death Phantom, the BigBad of the second season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' plays the role of advisor/seer to Prince Diamond and the Black Moon Clan all the while using them for his own agenda.
* Averted in ''Anime/TheCatReturns''. The Cat King's adviser is more of a straight man to the mad king.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has [[spoiler:a whole group of them, and they've been extremely successful so far.]]
* Gargoyle from ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is an uncommonly successful example of this trope. He actually pulled off a coup in his backstory.
* In a filler arc of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' the circumstances of a daimyo's death and then that of his daughter raised concerns over treachery from within. This was further compounded by the presence of a vengeful apparition. The prime candidate was the daimyo's chief general. It turned out he was innocent; the guilty part was the ''other'' adviser who had passed himself off as a peaceful monk.
* In the ''[[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Manga]]'', Zant was said to be the late Twili King's young Aide. When the King's daughter, Midna, was chosen instead of Zant to lead due to the latter's desire for war, Zant made [[DealWithTheDevil a deal with Ganon]] to seize power.
* ''Anime/LupinIII'':
** ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' begins the story after the Count has taken power from the dead Duke who ruled. There's no suspicion raised InUniverse for why the Duke might've died in a huge blaze inside his ''Stone Castle'', especially when the Count has a secret army, counterfeiting operations, and is called the "shadow" line of the family. The only member of the "light" line of the family is Princess Clarisse, and the Count rules as regent in her place.
** There's another in the ''Anime/LupinIIIVsDetectiveConan'' special. He's the BigBad, because he murdered his Queen and the Prince Crown of [[{{Ruritania}} his land]], and attempts to murder the SoleSurvivor of the royal family, the BrokenBird Princess. In this case he was never regent, merely next in line to the throne, and upset his advice wasn't being followed by the Queen.
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'': Prime Minister Wang of the [[TheEmpire Holy Raalgon Empire]]. He's heavily implied to have been responsible for the death of the newly-crowned young Empress Goza XVI's father, hoping to take advantage of her naivete to force a war with the [[TheFederation United Planets Space Force]]. When Azalyn proves that she can't be manipulated so easily, he plots a strategically-timed assassination for her as well.
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill'': The Prime Minister, hands down, is the ringleader of the fully corrupt capital. Technically the emperor is in charge, but the prime minister pretty much orders the twelve year old into whatever political ordinances his syndicates require to grow and prosper while the poor boy is happily naïve to it all. No details yet on how good/evil the emperor really is or what the Macguffins have to do with ANY of this.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The French comic book character ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'' (from the creator of ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'') is a comic exaggeration of this character type. A [[TheNapoleon short]], excitable character who's Grand Vizier to his cousin the Caliph of Baghdad, his sole purpose in life is to try and take the Caliph's place (as outlined in his CatchPhrase "I want to be Caliph instead of the Caliph!"). [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Naturally, he never succeeds]]. The comics have been adapted into a TV series as well.
* Tantri the Mantri in Tinkle digest, whose main goal is to kill Rajah Hooja and become the Rajah (based on Iznogoud). Naturally, he always fails, and injures himself. The Rajah is ignorant enough to believe that Tantri is a devoted servant for getting himself into such dire situations.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Magic Carpet'', Hoodunnit is the Grand Vizier of India, and plans to gain power once the only heir (Princess Orinjade) is [[VirginSacrifice sacrificed to the rain gods]]. (In a ShoutOut, he mentions his cousin, Iznogoud, and uses the phrase "I'll be Rajah instead of the Rajah.")
* Averted and played straight with Araki, hereditary adviser and Chancellor to the Emperors and Empresses of the Shi'ar, who serves through a succession of clone bodies. He starts out a loyalist to [[RoyallyScrewedUp D'Ken]], but after he's sealed away he serves Empress Lilandra faithfully for years, up until he's killed by Cassandra Nova. The next Araki decides to betray Lilandra and [[GoneHorriblyWrong restore D'Ken to the throne]], and wipes out the Grey family bloodline to boot. He gets killed by Gladiator for his trouble.
* ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} has his own evil chancellor in Ozymandias. Old Ozy was cheated of his throne in Ancient Egypt by an upstart time traveler, and after an attempt at revenge made him an immortal living statue, Apocalypse took him on as an advisor and, frankly, slave. The twist is that while he's treacherous it's probably Apocalypse who's more evil.
* Yusuf, Sinbad's advisor, in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}''.
* Oddly enough, Doctor Robotnik (and after his disintegration, Doctor Eggman) in the Franchise/ArchieComics version of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog''. Before becoming the MadScientist (or, perhaps, concurrent with being such) and the EvilOverlord, Robotnik served the King of Acorn as his chief advisor and war minister... only to turn on him after the Great War was over.
* Doctor Doom was one of these, then he orchestrated a couple of [[FakeKing robot doubles]] and waited for a death or two, and had a robot double prince give all the power to him.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}'', Darth Wyyrlok is an Evil Chancellor paired with an EvilOverlord - and he's an EvilSorcerer to boot! [[spoiler: He winds up betraying his Master, but it's something of a subversion of this trope- he does it not (primarily) out of ambition, but from a devotion to Lord Krayt's dream of a unified Galactic Empire which he himself has abandoned to pursue personal goals.]]
* For a while in ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' prior to ''Comicbook/{{Siege}}'', Loki was the Evil Chancellor for the new Asgardian prince Balder who, after a good half-century of stories, should [[WhatAnIdiot really have known better]].
* Deputy Chief Judge Martin Sinfield in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' is this trope to the current Chief Judge, Dan Francisco. While Francisco is somewhat idealistic and does want to improve conditions for humans and {{mutants}} alike, but at the same time easily manipulated, Sinfield is a cynical bastard who is only interested in his own power, and has used his influence to carry out some deeds of questionable legitimacy.
* 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.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In the original ''ComicStrip/BuckRogers'' comic, Oggo was the corrupt prime minister of the [[YellowPeril Mongol Empire]] under the Celestial Mogul. The Mogul was actually a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but he had allowed Oggo the freedom to run the empire as he wished, while the Mogul puttered about with scientific research, foolishly confident that Oggo was running things justly and fairly.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Chancellor Oznabrag from [[http://fav.me/d4a27sp Super Milestone Wars]]
* In Sabaku on DA's remarkably mature ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' fanfic set in the future, the evil adult form of Kenny, called Kenneth has a scheming Evil Chancellor named Kiyomori Taira, based off the rather villainous Kiyomori from history. He also has skills as an EvilSorcerer and is blatantly more powerful than Kenneth, as seen in [=ArcadiusD's=] Time of the Serpent continuation fic
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], the griffon Chancellor Papillon fits this trope to a T. It's even hinted at he may have been responsible for a mass famine to take even more power for himself, eventually crowning himself emperor.
* Shimmering Ruby from [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/138365/the-last-crystal-unicorn The Last Crystal Unicorn]]
* Sombra acted as this in ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'', eventually killing the rulers of the Crystal Kingdom and naming himself king in their place.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Zig-Zag from the masterpiece ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''. And voiced by [[Creator/VincentPrice the master of such characters]]. Ironically, he is actually TheDragon and not the BigBad.
* Jafar, from Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Though the sultan eventually catches on, he manages to take over anyway.
* There's also Yzma from the Disney film ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. The thing is, she actually succeeds in overthrowing Kuzco shortly after he fires her, but Kuzco at the beginning of the film is such a jerk that his subjects don't seem to notice the difference (or even care). It's also implied that Yzma's the reason why Kuzco's such a jerk in the first place:
-->'''Yzma:''' Does he have any idea who he's dealing with?! I can't believe this! Why, I'm the one who ''practically raised him!''\\
'''Kronk:''' Yeah, you'd think he would've turned out better.
* The Royal Wizard from ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsAdventureInWonderland'' is evil. He kidnapped the Princess of Wonderland, because if the princess can't inherit the throne, then the wizard legally becomes King. The vizier from ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsNutcrackerSuite'' is a clone of the wizard. He wants to take over Toy Land and ruin Christmas. He forced the prince to flee. The prince teams up with the Care Bears to [[SavingChristmas save Christmas]].
* Sir Hiss from Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' is actually this to [[BigBad Prince]] [[KingofBeasts John.]] Subverted however, by the fact that Prince John is already evil from the start.
* Tzekel-Kan in ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''. His actual title is High Priest, but he's a major advisor to the ruler of El Dorado and is scheming to take it over.
%%* Pete in ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers''.
* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', Prof. Ratigan's evil plot is to replace the Queen with a [[FakeKing robot duplicate]] and install himself as her new royal consul.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicVoyage''; there's an ObviouslyEvil-looking advisor to King Ferdinand who always tells the king not to trust Columbus, but [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse after the king agrees to fund the voyage, he never shows up again]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Jaffar, from ''Film/TheThiefOfBagdad'', starts out as an Evil Vizier, although he does wind up usurping the throne rather early in the film.
* [[Characters/StarWarsEmperorPalpatine Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious]] from ''Film/StarWars'', a classic example. He starts out as a senator, but he then rose to power as Supreme Chancellor of the Republic via his charisma and cunning planning. As TheManBehindTheMan for the Separatists (in his Darth Sidious persona), he engineered their secession from the Republic and started the Clone Wars, using the war as an excuse to accrue more powers as Chancellor and stay in office beyond term limits. Eventually, after eliminating his rivals (most notably the Jedi), ending the war, and intimidating the Senate into letting him retain his "temporary" powers permanently, he turned the Republic into the Galactic Empire, with himself as Emperor. Palpatine has also become a popular icon of evil and the subversion of democracy.
* John Heard's [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed secretly-competent version of Dan Quayle]] in ''MyFellowAmericans'' is an Evil Vice President variation.
* Sir Francis Walsingham in ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'' and ''Elizabeth: The Golden Age'' is entirely loyal to his queen, but plays the Evil Chancellor role to the extent that he is willing to do the necessary dirty work for which her conscience is too tender.
** TruthInTelevision: Walsingham really filled this position for Elizabeth I.
* The scheming Empress Dowagers in ''Film/TheLastEmperor'' qualify. Actually, so do the Kuomintang, the Japanese and the Communists, seeing that this film details the life of a very marginalized and lonely man.
* The Vizier to the King of Sodom in the movie ''Film/YearOne'' definitely counts.
** He never seems to actually ''do'' anything evil, apart from opportunistically grab the crown and then put it down and run for his life. He's a parody of stock evil vizier traits, but without the actual villainy. The princess even keeps him around.
* Sir John Conroy, advisor to the Duchess of Kent and therefore nominally the guardian of the underaged Princess Victoria, in ''TheYoungVictoria''. This was another case of TruthInTelevision.
* In ''Film/MillersCrossing'' Johnny Casper's chief muscle Eddie Dane combines this trope with that of TheDragon, since he relies more on strength and bullets than brains, which he resents. Tom Regan would be Leo's TheGoodChancellor (as much as a gangster who makes recommendations on hits, and sleeps with his bosses wife can be good).
** Dane may be a vicious bastard, but he was a loyal dragon; it was just dumb romantic indiscretion that made it easy for Tom to convince Casper he was the TreacherousAdvisor. If anything, the Tom was the Evil Chancellor; he may be the protagonist, but he certainly wouldn't believe himself "good" for any of the things he'd done.
* Hedy Lamarr ([[InsistentTerminology That's HEDLEY!]]) to Governor Lepetomane in ''Film/BlazingSaddles''.
* In ''Film/{{Anonymous}}'' there's William Cecil and his son and successor Robert Cecil, who in RealLife were the chancellors in all but name to [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth I]] and James I, respectively, are portrayed as wicked, self-interested schemers who torpedo Elizabeth's chosen successor in order to safeguard their own power.
* ''Film/{{Dave}}'' features a more logical position for this role in the American government: the President's Chief of Staff. Inverted at the beginning of the movie, as the real President was as crooked as his [=CoS=], but once the title character is ordered to stand in long-term for the secretly comatose [=POTUS=], he's expected to dance on the Chief's strings.
* Roderick from ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer''.
* The [[spoiler: Vice-President of the United States]] is revealed to be this in ''Film/IronMan3'', plotting with Killian.
* ''Film/AliGIndahouse'': The Prime Minister is actually a laid-back kind of guy who's amenable to Ali's ridiculous ideas on how to make politics "sexy" again, but the villainous Deputy Prime Minister who volunteered Ali in the first place is involved in a real estate corruption scheme.
* ''Film/SinbadOfTheSevenSeas'' has its own Grand Vizier Jaffar, an EvilSorcerer usurping the throne from his good-natured boss.
* In ''Film/YamatoTakeru'' the mystic Tsukinowa serves as chief advisor to the Emperor of Yamato, turning him against his son Ousu/Yamato Takeru while secretly bringing about the return of [[BigBad Tsukuyomi]], [[spoiler:whom he is a sapient fragment of]].

* [[LateArrivalSpoiler Lord Orthallen]] from Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/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.
* In the Literature/ArabianNights tale "The Story of the Slave-Girl Anis al-Jalis and Nur al-Din Ali ibn-Khaqan", Jafar (see Exceptions below) helps Harun al-Rashid take down an evil vizier who's preying on the king and people of Basra and persecuting the titular Nur al-Din Ali (whose father was a good vizier).
* In Dante's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the 8th Bolgia (ditch) of the Eighth circle of Hell is reserved for "Evil Counselors," that is, the officers and advisors of rulers who mislead or betray their masters. He includes examples of his era in the poem. When Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle wrote the novel ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'', doing their own take on Dante, the most poignant example was UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini, who, as chancellor of Italy, turned that country to Fascism.
* Doubly subverted in ''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.
* Parodied in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series of books, in which the Grand Vizier is automatically assumed to be like this, regardless of the culture involved or the circumstances of meeting them.
** A prime example would be Lord Hong from ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', who was Grand Vizier of the Agatean Empire and probably one of the most powerful and dangerous figures to appear in the ''Discworld'' series.
** ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' has the hidebound High Priest Dios. He doesn't like the way the new ruler, Pteppic, is trying to run things, but doesn't try to overthrow him; he just "interprets" the commands of the Pharaoh so that things will be run the way they've always been run anyway. Also, he's not really evil, so much as very much steeped in the country's traditions to the point that [[CreatureOfHabit they are second nature to him.]]
** ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' has Abrim, who wanted to be a wizard, but was considered too mentally unstable. He actually succeeds in his task of overthrowing the Seriph, but is later killed in a battle with Unseen University.
** The ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' subverts it with the Grand Vizier of Al-Ybi, a sensible and unambitious accountant, who has reluctantly grown a BeardOfEvil and practiced his sinister smile, because that's what's expected. He views the whole thing as an unnecessary distraction from balancing the budget.
** Also subverted at the end of ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' when [[spoiler:Emperor]] Cohen [[spoiler:promotes ''Twoflower'' to Grand Vizier, on the basis of him knowing nothing about the role.]].
*** And then further played around with in ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', where [[spoiler: Twoflower]] betrays Cohen and reveals information liable to get Cohen killed. The twist is that he does so because Cohen has embarked on a project which would ''kill Discworld'' (including Cohen).
** In ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', the Supreme Grand Master, the leader of the plot to overthrow Vetinari by summoning a dragon, is eventually revealed to be Lupine Wonse, Vetinari's secretary. Even if his job as secretary mainly involves taking notes, it's notable that Vetinari asks him for advice and Wonse seems to abuse his position by providing questionable suggestions about the dragon situation.
** In ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', there's a scene where the Royal Vizier for the Agatean Empire decides to try and assassinate the country's child emperor, who has gotten old enough to question some of the vizier's evil rules. Unfortunately for the vizier, the emperor is very clever indeed, and uses his understanding of social niceties to force the vizier to kill himself.
** The implication at the end of ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' is that, after Carrot has saved the city, he could legitimately assert his role as heir to the throne and take the long-dormant Kingship. Vetinari hints that this is indeed the case and he could not prevent Carrot. But the unspoken hint is that King Carrot would in that case need a skilled prime minister to advise him in how to run a city in peacetime and he, Vetinari, is quite fortuitously skilled in these matters.... both agree to stick with the status quo and carry on doing what each is best at. The King protects and serves his people as a policeman; the Patrician runs the city on behalf of a king who may one day return to ask his Steward what he's been doing with it.
* Inverted in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Tywin Lannister is highly competent and (though Tywin's a bit of a [[MagnificentBastard bastard]]) he is trying to do what is best for his House. Unfortunately, both of the kings Tywin serves are [[spoiler:products of incest and dangerously insane--one of them tried to burn the city down instead of letting his enemies have it, and the other is a young sociopath who is [[DisproportionateRetribution heavily into revenge]] and managed to cause a continent-spanning war through an act of [[StupidEvil pointless, idiotic malice.]]]]
** [[TortureTechnician Qyburn]] is an aversion. He's quite shifty, he cuts open people for fun and [[spoiler: has an unhealthy interest in reanimating the dead]], but [[spoiler: by the end of the fourth book he's the only one of Cersei's advisers who is still somewhat loyal to her.]]
** And then there's Varys, who arguably fits in the school of the "scheming eunuchs" mentioned below. No one knows ''who'' the fuck Varys is playing for, but everyone bets on "himself." Varys himself claims he's doing it "for the realm".
** [[spoiler:Littlefinger]] qualifies, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder whoever]] he's serving at the time.
** Tywin's son Tyrion is a subversion: he is perceived as this by the common people of King's Landing, and is blamed for the crimes and mistakes of King Joffrey and Queen Cersei, when in fact he is doing everything in his power to rule justly and well. This has been all too common in RealLife (see below).
** Stannis gets this from the R'hllor Priestess Melissandre, who is interested in burning people. Played with in that she believes Stannis is TheChosenOne of her religion who will save the world from [[GodOfEvil The Great Other]]. She is countered by Ser Davos Seaworth, a loyal, honest and [[NiceGuy decent]] former Smuggler who Stannis knighted. Stannis names them his Hand as he values their honest counsel.
*** Stannis considers the Florents this. His wife's uncle Lord Alester Florent, who he names his Hand, tries to make peace terms with Tywin behind Stannis' back, and gets burnt. Another of Stannis' uncles-in-law, Ser Axell Florent, a R'hllor fanatic, tries to get named Hand and favors brutal courses of action. Stannis decides to name Davos as Hand when they criticize Axell's ideas.
* Gríma Wormtongue of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' succeeds in effectively ruling Rohan by manipulating the ailing King Théoden... for a while.
** Sauron becomes this to the King of Númenor in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. Using the Númenóreans fear of death and envy of the Elves' immortality, [[spoiler: he convinces them [[ReligionOfEvil to worship]] the fallen Vala [[BigBad Morgoth]] and to attack the Valar's sanctuary of Valinor, resulting in Eru (God) sinking Númenor.]]
* Creator/LloydAlexander:
** Cabbarus in ''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.
** In ''The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha'', 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. 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]].
** In ''The Castle of Llyr'', the third book of ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', 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.
* In the Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/TheEyesOfTheDragon'', the king's trusted advisor and magician Flagg plots to assassinate the king and frame the elder (and wiser) prince for the murder. The same character, under the alias "Marten Broadcloak", played the same role in the court of Gilead in the backstory of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series, while ''at the same time'' also playing evil vizier to Gilead's rival, John Farson, under the name "Walter O'Dim". All three of these roles, in addition to several others, are assumed by Flagg in his capacity as [[TheDragon right-hand man]] to [[{{Satan}} the Crimson King]], to whom he also plays TheStarscream.
* The Word Bearers' Chaplain Erebus fills this role in the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' series of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels. Somewhat different in that rather than scheming to kill Warmaster Horus, Erebus schemes to corrupt him.
* In ''Literature/TheElenium'' trilogy by Creator/DavidEddings, 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.
** The sequel series ''Literature/TheTamuli'' reveals exactly how he ended up like that: at the hands at ''another'' EvilChancellor who is also a BigBadFriend to a major character. And behind ultimately ''everything'' and why? Because he's in ''[[LoveMakesYouEvil love]]'' with said friend.
* In one book of Christopher Stasheff's ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme'' series, the title character visits a country which has an evil queen who is descended from an Evil Chancellor who usurped the throne. The Chancellor's name was [[SdrawkcabName Reiziv.]]
* In Creator/TadWilliams' ''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]].
* In ''One Good Knight'', part of the [[Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms Five Hundred Kingdoms]] series by Creator/MercedesLackey, there's an Evil Chancellor. He's lampshaded with a line somewhat like "if the king's advisor was a magician, then according to the Tradition he must be scheming after the throne." Additionally, he and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the queen]] are a [[UnholyMatrimony couple]]. He's planning to betray her.
* General Zhi Zhong in ''[[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 ''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.
* ''The Sword of Literature/{{Shannara}}'' has the evil advisor Stenmin, who drugs and manipulates the usurper Palance Buckhannah while his brother Balinor is away on the quest.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', several [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Forsaken]] become the embodiment of this trope once they're free. Semirhage as [[spoiler:Lady Anath, the Seanchan Imperial heir's most trusted advisor]] and Rahvin as [[spoiler:Lord Gaebril, the Queen of Andor's lover and avisor]] are the most obvious example, but Bel'al and Sammael could possibly qualify as well[[note]]Be'lal was impersonating a nobleman from Tear, a nation ruled by an oligarchy rather than a monarchy, so he was manipulating a group rather than a person; Sammael managed to grab a position in Illian analogous to prime minister and managed it ruthlessly enough that he effectively had more power than the king, while comporting himself more as a flat-out dictator than an evil advisor[[/note]].
** There are Messana and Aran'gar [[spoiler:who control minions (Alviarin and Sheriam, respectively) as the rival Amyrlins' Keepers of the Chronicles]].
** In the backstory, this was Mordeth's role in the city-state of Aridhol, leading to its transformation into Shadar Logoth. His new incarnation as Padan Fain pulls this trick several times, to the Seanchan High Lord Turak, Lord-Captain-Commander Pedron Niall of the Children of the Light, Elaida's White Tower, and Lord Riatin. All associations are brief, as Fain's MO is to manipulate, use, and abandon authority figures in the process of getting what he wants.
* Referenced in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' (book only): Richard calls the Marquis de Carabas the "psychotic grand vizier" to Door. While certainly a scheming MagnificentBastard who's only on the heroes' side for his own good, he doesn't actually live up to the trope and betray Door.
* Chancellor Urtica from Mark Charan Newton's ''Literature/LegendsOfTheRedSun'' series is a textbook example of this trope. In the first book alone he [[spoiler: was able to depose the empress he serves by framing her for attempted genocide of refugees (planned by ''him'' no less!) who seek to enter her city. Oh, and he is also the head of an outlawed cult that will follow his every order.]]
* Count Fenring in ''Franchise/{{Dune}}''. In his case, his chief motive is MyMasterRightOrWrong, and he is not an unsympathetic figure.
* Brodrig of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/FoundationAndEmpire''. "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. Actually, there is no indication that Brodrig's policy was different from that of Cleon -- it's quite likely the Emperor used him to play GoodCopBadCop.
* [[TheQuisling Andrew]] to [[PrincelyYoungMan King James]] in ''Literature/{{Harald}}''. Unusual in that James has a [[JustifiedTrope perfectly good reason to trust him.]]
---->'''James''':While I live, Andrew is my right hand. If I die, my uncle's boy inherits and Andrew goes back to being one more southern lord with better birth than land. He has no reason to seek my life, and much to guard it.
* The ''Literature/SanoIchiro'' series has Chamberlain Yanagisawa, who knows exactly what the Shogun wants to hear so he can get what he wants. Although [[HistoricalDomainCharacter based on a real historical figure]], the book version has received a big HistoricalVillainUpgrade
* ''Literature/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.
* The Supreme Custodian in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap''.
* Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian has dealt with some of these, most notably Nabonidus the Red Priest in ''Literature/RoguesInTheHouse''.
* Chinese senior minister Zhang Han San in the Literature/JackRyan novels is this. Appearing at first to be a high ranking spy or diplomat (U.S. intelligence wasn't even aware he existed), he is eventually revealed in ''The Bear and the Dragon'' to be the power behind the throne in Beijing, controlling government policy through his relations with the military, state security, and the puppet Premier.
* Kasreyn of the Gyre in the Second Literature/ChroniclesOfThomasCovenant, who is also an EvilSorcerer. He won a place at the court of the ''gaddhi'' of Brathairealm by imprisoning the Brathair's ancestral enemies, the Sandgorgons, in a magical whirlwind and served as kemper (essentially prime minister) to [[WizardsLiveLonger generations of ''gaddhis'']] until the Brathair government was entirely wrapped around his finger and the current ''gaddhi'' is pretty much a walking rubberstamp for whatever Kasreyn wants done.
* Kimrek in ''[[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.
* The ''Literature/PresidentsVampire'' series has Les Wyman as a Vice-President version of this trope. A self-serving egotist, he's [[TheMole been in the pocket]] of the [[AncientConspiracy Shadow Company]] in exchange for promises of power, and is all too happy to do things like help obstruct [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Cade's]] investigations of the Company's activities, give them locations of Cade's safe houses so they can try to kill him, and [[spoiler: helping arrange an attack on the White House]]. At the end of the third book, however, President Curtis lets him know that he knows what he's been up to, and intends to cut him loose once the upcoming election is over. [[spoiler: At which point Wyman [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident kills Curtis in a way that looks like a smoking-induced heart attack]], allowing him to become PresidentEvil.]]
* ''Literature/APracticalGuideToEvil'':
** Chancellor is one of the Evil names and falls under all the standard stereotypes of this trope as a result. The Empire wised up to how disruptive this could be and it's now considered treason to even ''claim'' the Name.
** Starter villain Mazus aspired to take this Name, going as far as hiring bandits to steal the taxes due to the Empress. It didn't end well for him.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' has had several evil Vice Presidents, the best example being Charles Logan, who was merely incompetent as a vice president but became evil upon his [[TwentyFifthAmendment ascension]].
** Played straight and subverted by Noah Daniels. It's made clear he was only on the ticket to add national defense creds. Turns out to be a WellIntentionedExtremist bent on nuking the Mideast for whatever flimsy justification he can get away with, but when he [[TwentyFifthAmendment ascends to power]] the [[TheChainsOfCommanding responsibilities of the office temper his views]] and he ends up making peace, then giving up the office at the next election.
** ''Series/TwentyFour'' also subverted the trope in season 5; when Vice President Hal Gardner first appears on the show, he's set up to appear to viewers to be TheManBehindTheMan. Eventually, it turns out that Gardner is completely unaware of the plot unfolding around him, and it's the ''president'' who's calling the shots.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had Vice President Clark of the Earth Alliance, who was a front man for the Shadows and arranged the assassination of the President so he could step in and run Earth to their specifications.
* Subverted in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story ''The Five Doctors''. The "treacherous" counselor was actually innocent and had been set up to take the fall by the President himself.
** Done straight in the earlier story ''The Deadly Assassin''.
** Also done straight in ''The Curse of Peladon'', then subverted in its sequel, ''Monster of Peladon''.
* ''Series/TheEvent'' features an Evil Vice President in Raymond Jarvis, who [[spoiler: makes the go-ahead call to assassinate the president.]] However, he thinks he's doing the right thing.
** Plus, he himself is just the puppet of the ''real'' villain, [[spoiler: Dempsey]].
*** But, [[spoiler: maybe Dempsey isn't such a clear-cut villain after all]], and, anyway, Jarvis [[spoiler: clearly doesn't learn his lesson from the first assassination attempt and conspires with Sophia to take another crack at it.]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Tywin Lannister deconstructs the trope quite thoroughly. Despite being very much a terrible father and TheUnfettered, he is also extraordinarily competent and committed to doing what he thinks is best for the dynasty he shares with his king.
* ''Series/IClaudius'' has a subversion in its presentation of Narcissus and other freedmen advisors of Claudius. These individuals were chancellors of the original kind, highly educated former slaves or the children of slaves who were hated by Rome's aristocrats for their influence over Claudius and probably prompted some of his more unpleasant actions. However, they were completely loyal to Claudius and thus more akin to the PoisonousFriend trope.
* Jim ''Series/{{Profit}}'' is an Evil Vice President of Acquisitions. Profit's lack of scruples and continued success eventually allows him to become CEO Charles Grayson's right hand man, who's almost as corrupt as he is.
* Francis Urquhart in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK''. Throughout the first part of the story he appears to be the faithful ally and Chief Whip to Prime Minister Henry Collingridge, all the while plotting the PM's downfall. Ironically, when Collingridge is forced to resign he throws his support behind Urquhart's own campaign to become PM, still completely unaware of who his betrayer actually was.
** His [[Series/HouseOfCardsUS American counterpart]], Frank Underwood, is exactly the same. As House Majority Whip [[spoiler: and later Vice-President]], he presents himself as a strong ally and advisor of the President, but manipulates him in order to weaken and humiliate his administration to the point of [[spoiler: resigning, allowing Frank to take his place.]]
* Chancelor Dungalor from ''Series/KrodMandoonAndTheFlamingSwordOfFire'', the AffablyEvil villain of the show.
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' season 2 gives us Oliver Leek.
* Inverted in the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' arc "Look at the Princess" - Rygel becomes the secretly good advisor to the evil queen.
* On ''Series/StargateSG1'', Senator Kinsey eventually becomes the Vice President version of this trope near the end of Season Seven, thanks to backing from the [[GovernmentConspiracy Trust]]. Hints are dropped that he eventually plans on having the President assassinated and replacing him, but thankfully before that happens, the President fires him in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* Agravaine, Arthur's uncle in ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' season 4, who is actually TheDragon to Morgana.
* Subverted in the ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'' series. Rankol is an evil, hero-torturing cybernetic mad scientist whose experiments have endangered two worlds. And he is still aghast at most of the stuff his boss does on a weekly basis. He does work for [[NamesToRunAwayfromReallyFast Ming the Merciless]].
* [[DarkMessiah Bai Yue]] is this in ''Series/ChinesePaladin''. The politics of the situation are played with slightly, though; Bai Yue's popularity is the reason he is given the position, but he is by no means the King's sole advisor, and both the TheGoodChancellor and the General actively work to prevent him becoming the power behind the throne.
* [[spoiler:The prime minister Yuriy Chuiko]] in the first season of ''Series/ServantOfThePeople''.

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* Haman from the Literature/BookOfEsther in the Hebrew [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] was a Persian wazir who tried to convince his king to exterminate the Jewish population that was scattered in the Persian empire. Since the queen was secretly Jewish (and her uncle had saved the king's life), this did not go well for him. He is probably one of the oldest in the book, as well as one of the most evil.
* Sibich, chancellor for king Ermanerich in the legend of Dietrich of Bern. Among other things, he manages to get the king's sons and nephews killed.
* The few appearances/mentions of the angel Mastema describe him like this, as the angel of disaster and the father of all evil yet also a "flatterer of God". He's the guy who advised God to test Abraham by telling him to kill his son. The role of God's "tester and tempter of humanity" is basically the same as the pre-fall Satan, but relatively little was ever written on the Mastema identity, so he comes off as an evil advisor as opposed to Satan's "doing God's dirty job".

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In the ''Series/TheWubbulousWorldOfDrSeuss'' episode, "The King's Beard", [[Literature/YertleTheTurtleAndOtherStories Yertle the Turtle]] acts as the trusted advisor to two different kings sharing the same beard; King Noogle of Nug and King Lindy of Lime. This is all part of his plan to put the two kingdoms at war so that he can wear the beard and rule both kingdoms.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Al-Qadim setting, ''A Dozen and One Adventures'' boxed set. In the city of Al-Anwahr, the treacherous vizier Zeenab tricked Amakim Ibn Issad into overthrowing his brother King Azaltin so Zeenab could steal the book "Eleven Baneful Gates".
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** In ''Literature/TimeStreams'', Radiant is being manipulated by one of these. Turns out her right-hand man is actually a Phyrexian sleeper agent.
** In the ''Literature/OdysseyCycle'', Ambassador Laquatus plays this role to [[TheCaligula Emperor Aboshan]].
* Classic ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'', ''Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society'' #12 Amber Zone article "Royal Hunt". Hamir is the trusted royal adviser of the Potentate of the planet Krajraha. He is plotting with the corporation Nusku Trade LIC to assassinate the Potentate (and the {{PC}}s guarding him) so that the company can mine the valuable minerals topoline and athast found on Krajraha.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
** Played with for the Usurpation. During the First Age, the Sidereal Exalted were known as "the viziers", they advised the Solar Exalted ruling elite, and they did set up an elaborate scheme to betray them and take over the world. The twist is that they did not do it ForTheEvil or even for personal power, but because the Solar themselves were becoming mad and evil and the Sidereal saw their removal as the only sure way to save the world. Also, the Lunar Exalted, who were known as the "viceroys" or "stewards" and were the true second in command after the Solars (whereas the Sidereals were advisors), did ''not'' betray them; most of them fought to death for their overlords, and the rest fled and fell back on guerilla tactics.
** Played straight for the Primordial War. The gods were created by the Primordial to look after the world and manage it while they were busy playing the Games of Divinity and doing whatever things the Primordials deemed more interesting than ruling Creation. They got fed up being underlings and technicians. They rebelled. They won.
* An occupational hazard for every Martian Prince or Princess in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge''.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' has Stephan Amaris AKA The Usurper. Adviser to the First Lord of the Star League, when the title passed to Richard Cameron, who was a child at the time, Stephan set himself up as a friend. It didn't take him long to convince Richard of his "dues" as First Lord and get the impressionable youth isolated from all other influences. Then Stephan personally shot Richard in the head and overthrew the Terran Hegemony government. Four hundred years after his death, both the Inner Sphere and the Clans still consider him to be one of the most hated and reviled people of all time.
* Expect to encounter them in ''TabletopGame/TalesOfTheArabianNights''. One is evil enough to get you thrown in the dungeon and all your property confiscated, just because you [[AllCrimesAreEqual broke an obscure law]] against ''eating dates out of a leather bag''. (...ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext, honestly. This game is kind of weird.)

* Phillip Ridley's play 'Feathers In The Snow' has ''two'' evil advisors. One of which tortures the main character's father and the other convinces the king to banish the main character to a distant island along with her followers. Both can be said to be ''AffablyEvil''
* In Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen, Gunther's half-brother [[BastardBastard Hagen]] plays this role. He causes Siegfried to be given a love potion so he falls in love with Gutrune, Gunther's sister, meaning Siegfried captures his love Brünnhilde for Gunther, all as part of his plot to get the RingOfPower. He finally kills Siegfried, then when Gunther disputes his claim on the ring [[CainAndAbel kills him]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Revolver Ocelot]] from ''Franchise/MetalGear'' makes this trope his identity.
* The medieval chancellor of the royal family of Guardia in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is kidnapped and impersonated by a vicious monster, Yakra. Meanwhile, his modern-day counterpart is a paranoiac who sentences Crono to death for "kidnapping" the princess and disorderly conduct, and later puts the King himself to trial. [[spoiler:He is, in fact, a descendant of Yakra who impersonates the modern-day chancellor in order to get revenge on Crono for defeating his ancestor.]]
%%* Jaffar from the ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia'' series. (Notice a pattern?) And the Vizier in ''Sands of Time''.
* Noah in the first ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' game sucked up to Eonia, claiming him for her admirable older brother in a [[BrotherSisterIncest siscon]] sort of manner while convincing him to do all the evil he did before and during the coup.
* In the Glitzville segment of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' Grubba the arena owner is portrayed as an eccentric and somewhat dishonest nice guy, while the manager and his assistant, Jolene, is cold and behaves suspiciously. [[spoiler:It turns out that Grubba is a villainous monster who has been draining people's energy to stay young forever, and although Jolene -- true to the trope -- was working to eliminate him, it was because she was the heroine of this arc who had discovered just what Grubba was.]]
* Played straight by Sima Yi and averted by Zhuge Liang (and most other strategists) in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''.
* In Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Sima Yi is played as one, although he is loyal until almost the end, and Zhuge gets a nice rant about how he's a hero and not about to betray anyone.
* ''VideoGame/ExaPico'':
** The Tenba/Misha path in ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'' has the corporate version of this, with a twist. Bourd is very obviously evil... but initially seems to be a loyal servant of his boss, Ayano, who appears to be a villainess, right down to a {{Stripperiffic}} villain costume and eyepatch. However, at TheReveal, it turns out that she's a genuinely good person who had no idea Bourd was a villain performing inhumane experiments and perverting her company away from its goal of helping people, not just making a profit, as she was poor at the actual day-to-day management of the business, and left that to Bourd.
** Played further with in ''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, forbidding the study of history and manipulating the [[PuppetKing Holy Maiden]] Cloche, may be a [[spoiler: WellIntentionedExtremist aiming to RageAgainstTheHeavens]].
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', Death's Hand appears to fit this trope perfectly: After his rise to power, the normally popular Emperor stopped making public appearances, he's the head of an evil Secret Police that was a peaceful congregation of monks, he slaughters and tortures innocents in secret, and he's [[spoiler: building a massive golem army that could easily destroy the Emperor's human one and place him in power. However, shortly before the game's fake ending, it is revealed that Death's Hand really ''is'' loyal to the Emperor, and was actually given his position so that anyone who discovered his actions would fall for the red herring and not blame the Emperor. Later, it's revealed that Death's Hand doesn't have any free will at all: He's just a spirit bound to obey the Emperor. To make matters worse ,the poor bastard is the enslaved spirit of the Emperor's little brother]].
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The backstory indicates this was the preferred role of Dread Lords before joining the Burning Legion. Members would infiltrate other races and steadily steer it into corruption and self-destruction.
** Lady Prestor pressed for the young Prince Anduin to take the crown in his father's absence and as his adviser gave him a steady stream of bad ideas. She was in fact the disguised black dragon Onyxia manipulating the Alliance to protect her brood's interests. Her good counterpart, Bolvar Fordragon, backed her suggestions due to a compulsion placed on him.
** The Lich King expansion added [[spoiler:Varimathras, a member of a race that has been AlwaysChaoticEvil from the start of time]] to this list, to the surprise of absolutely no one. The spoiler tag probably isn't even necessary.
** Played with by Magatha Grimtotem. She has all the trappings of one (suspicious motives, has shown disdain for Cairne and the Horde's new directions, leader of the Taurn's {{Evil Counterpart}}s) but didn't actually ''do'' anything to go against them until ''Cataclysm''. In an effort to get cozy with the new War Chief, she had Garrosh's weapons coated with a poison during a duel with Cairne and used the chaos following the death of their leader to try and usurp Tauren leadership in the Horde. Garrosh was ''not'' amused.
* Taken to ridiculous extremes in the Xbox game ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'', where Richard Hawk, the vice president of the United States, abandons subtle evil-advisor strategies to terrorize the country in a giant robot. Necessitating the President to don his own giant robot and take it back.
** '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Genl242_ZU8 RICHAAARD!!!]]'''
* In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' titles ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn'', the Apostle Sanaki and the Senate rule over the Bengion jointly. While claiming to share her interests, they obstruct her ability to discover their corrupt actions. In fact, [[spoiler:they killed the previous Apostle, Sanaki's grandmother, and had her installed as ruler at an young age]]. Because Sanaki was a child at the time of her installment, they made a seemingly minor member of the Senate named Sephiran Prime Minister as he was the only one to calm her tantrums. They thought they could control the two, but Sanaki ended up being politically formidable, and Sephiran became the only man she could trust. However, as events seemed to come into motion that could reveal their plot, the senators [[spoiler:launched a coup'de'tat, imprisoning Sephiran as a traitor to the empire and sending Sanaki into "seclusion", essentially securing their personal rule over Begnion, in order to continue their campaign of extermination against the "sub-human" laguz.]]\\\
Unknown to both Sanaki and the Senate, Sephiran actually had his own agenda. Actually [[spoiler:an agent of the goddess Ashera, Sephiran was tasked to watch over the two races of Tellius, the normal-human Beorc and the shapeshifting animal-like Laguz, in hopes both races will live in peace.]] [[spoiler:They failed to do so, and in fact, the assassination of Sanaki's grandmother and the framing (and near extinction) of the Herons was the last straw]]. So, with the aid of his servant [[spoiler:Zelgius, aka the Black Knight]], he [[spoiler:sparked the war as depicted in Path of Radiance in hopes of having the war engulf the entire continent forcing the goddess to awaken and wipe out all living things.]] Despite his [[spoiler:[[OmnicidalManiac intentions of having everyone in Tellius killed]]]], he is genuinely concerned for Sanaki. Long story short, [[spoiler:the Vice Minister plans to thwart his two superiors and claim power to himself, while the Prime Minister/Chancellor plans to obliterate all life because he lost faith in it.]]
* [[spoiler:Melvin]] in ''VideoGame/OdinSphere''. Exactly how much he planned beforehand and how much just happened on its own after [[spoiler:Elfaria's death]] is debatable. [[spoiler:The Three Wise Men]] are a better, albeit far less prominent, example.
* Gnarl, an aged minion in the game ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}'' serves as the evil advisor of the VillainProtagonist, serving as his guide and giving him hints and tips in-game while also encouraging the player to do as much evil as he can. At the end of the game [[spoiler:when the original Overlord returns Gnarl quickly betrays you, but it's depicted more as a duty to the owner of the Dark Tower and tells you that he'll take you back in if you kill the old Overlord.]]
** A non-evil chancellor wouldn't be much use to the Overlord, would he?
** Overlord II's ending suggests that he's biding his time...
*** Why would he be? He handpicked and cultivated from childhood exactly the Overlord he wanted, and as his mentor/custodian can exercise more authority over the Overlord than Overlord can over him. That's as comfortable a situation as a ManBehindTheMan can get.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'''s [[spoiler: Samir Duran. Twice.]]
* Examples in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** [[SorcerousOverlord Ganondorf]] first appears (in order of chronology: in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'') as a vassal of the [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter King of Hyrule]]. He already has a reputation for brutality and ruthlessness ("he even killed people!", one of his rivals declares with genuine shock, suggesting that the Gerudo were [[PiratesWhoDontDoAnything pretty benign for a race of desert robbers]]); the king should've seen trouble brewing.
** Agahnim wins a later king's trust in the backstory of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'', by ending a plague that the manual strongly hints that he [[spoiler:[[TheManBehindTheMan or someone else]]]] caused. TheCoup ensues, and Link spends the game as a HeroWithBadPublicity.
** The sorceress Veran in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleOfAges Oracle of Ages]]'' after taking possession of Nayru the titular oracle, becomes Queen Ambi's most trusted advisor. She soon has the old advisor banished from the court, manipulates the queen into building a tower and [[spoiler: eventually takes possession of Ambi herself]].
** Zant in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' was possibly one in the backstory, all we know is he was initially going to be get chosen by the Royal family as their successor, but got disqualified due to desiring to make war on Hyrule. Regardless of his position, Zant later seizes power, and [[spoiler:transforms Midna, who was chosen instead of him, into an Imp]]. The manga adaptation is more explicit about him being one.
** The ObviouslyEvil Chancellor Cole is this to Princess Zelda in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]''. Unlike Zant, he flat out ''kills'' the Princess, instead of just transforming her. It also turns out Cole is not just a greedy man, but a literal demon in [[HumansByAnyOtherName hylian]] form.
** 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.'']]
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', this trope is referenced and played for laughs. In Hyrule Castle, there are some books that can be found containing recipes from the royal family. One of these is the Monster Cake, which is described as the chancellor's favorite and a "dangerous" dish that might motivate one to plan evil schemes.
* The Pope of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', who is for all intents and purposes the Chancellor of Meltokio, plots the death of the King so he can take over and rule, among other heinous acts (see the {{Jerkass}} entry for examples, a trope he fits very well).
* All of Ansem's students in ''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.
* Ad Avis from ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory''.
** Interestingly, Jafar appears in the game in a non-villainous role.
* Vizier Abdul Alhazred from ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'' attempts to establish dominion in the Land of the Green Isles by becoming a trustworthy advisor to the king. After becoming Vizier, he has [[EvilSorcerer Mordack]] kidnap Princess Cassima, then he goes forward to kill the king and queen and become the de facto ruler while playing DivideAndConquer with the other Islands, keeping them loyal to him and suspicious of each other. [[spoiler:We see the full extent of Alhazred's EvilPlan when Cassima returns and Alhazred has her locked in a room while using this opportunity to devise a staged marriage to have himself declared king.]]
** He's ''named for the alleged author of [[TomeOfEldritchLore the Necronomicon]]'' and the king trusted him? Wow.
** Worse, in ''Literature/TheKingsQuestCompanion'', he IS the writer of [[TomeOfEldritchLore The Necronomicon]]! It wouldn't be the first time the universe crossed over with Lovecraft, either.
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege II'', the leader of the dark wizards was Valdis's EvilMentor, procedes to become his Evil Chancellor and Dragon, and [[spoiler: turns out to secretly be the ManBehindTheMan for both Vadis and the player]].
* Before usurping the throne and becoming an EvilOverlord, Murod of ''VideoGame/{{Summoner}}'' used to be this.
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', prime minister Borg is definitely one of those. He actively plots to use the princess as a bargaining chip to the approaching imperials in an attempt to allow him to be named King in her stead.
* In ''VideoGame/TheHorde'', Kronus Maelor is an example of the silly, ObviouslyEvil type. He ignores King Winthrop choking during the opening cut-scene, and tries to accuse Chauncey of attacking the King when the servant boy uses the Heimlich maneuver. During the game proper, Kronus will do things like "borrow" your Ring of Teleportation so you can't use it, put a ban on travel to reduce immigration to your villages, declare Hordelings an endangered species (so you'll have to face bigger waves of enemies), or take your money as a bonus for himself. In the ending cut-scene, Kronus [[spoiler:turns out to be the Horde King, and attacks Chauncey and King Winthrop.]]
* In ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterTheLostFrontier'' [[spoiler: it is inverted. Though you don't deal with them for very long, Duke Skyheed seems like a noble leader while his chancellor seems like a very rude, disagreeable, and scheming sort, turns out Skyheed is the BigBad and the Chancellor has been helping you all along.]]
* Chancellor Jeeves of Gotha in ''Videogame/DragonQuestV''.
* In ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXI'' [[spoiler: in the ''Treasures of Aht Urhgan'' expansion Grand Vizier Razfahd, Empress Nashmeira's brother, is pretty evil. His goal was to reconstruct [[LightIsNotGood Alexander]] so that it could fight [[DarkIsNotEvil Odin]] in a new [[ApocalypseHow Ragnarok]]. Eventually he gets what he wants, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard but dies in the process]]]]. Then much later, [[spoiler: you get to fight Alexander again, and we find out he was alive in the avatar dimension. Afterwards he [[HeelFaceTurn is sorry for the trouble that he caused]]]].
* Gigameth, the royal advisor to King Gorn of Saronia in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII''. He uses mind control to make the king exile his son and plunge all of Saronia into civil war.
* Parodied in the flash RPG ''Videogame/{{Mardek}}: Chapter 3'', where [[LizardFolk Sslen'ck]] leaves his village in the hands of his most trusted adviser, [[ObviouslyEvil Blatantly Evil]] Chancellor. Yes, that's his name.
* Vulcanus from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' is the Archangel, second-in-command to Seraph Lamington, Supreme Commander of the Celestial Hosts, got a [[AGodAmI god complex]], is [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain politically incorrect]] and ObviouslyEvil.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' had this in its original Prophescies campaign with [[spoiler:Vizier Khilbron. In a bit of a twist, he was the only survivor from destroyed kingdom Orr and thus no longer second in command. He also uses the players as unwitting pawns to his ultimate scheme.]] Late in the Nightfall campaign, we learn that this trope is subverted somewhat, [[spoiler: in that ''BigBad'' Abaddon might have been behind his corruption.]]
* Corley Motors Vice President Adrian 'Rip' Ripburger in ''VideoGame/FullThrottle''.
* In the InteractiveFiction game ''Varicella'', the titular character (Primo) is the scheming, [[SissyVillain effeminate]] councilor of an AlternateUniverse modern-day Piedmont, out to seize power after the sudden death of the King. He's also the [[VillainProtagonist player character.]] [[spoiler:Several other games set in the same universe reveal that he was eventually executed for treason.]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The BigBad of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' is Jagar Tharn, the [[CourtMage Imperial Battlemage]] of [[TheGoodKing Emperor Uriel Septim VII]]. Very much an EvilSorcerer, Tharn imprisons the Emperor in Oblivion and secretly takes his place.
** In ''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Ancano acts as an "Advisor" to the [=ArchMage=] of the [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold]], serving as a representative for the Thalmor, the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi-esque]] and [[FantasticRacism Elven Supremacist]] ruling party of the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]]. Personality wise, he's a massive SmugSnake, a JerkAss ObstructiveBureaucrat, and is so ObviouslyEvil it's impossible not to notice. The College tolerates him, if only to avoid some massive diplomatic issues, but they suspect that he's only using the post to spy on them. [[spoiler: He eventually goes on a power bender, gets a hold of a very powerful artifact of unknown origin, uses it to amplify his own magical powers, and then stages a hostile takeover of the College, [[OmnicidalManiac threatening to unmake the world just to see if he really can.]]]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Oh]], and he looks like [[http://images.uesp.net/c/c0/SR-npc-Ancano.jpg this]], in case you needed a visual clue.
** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', series' recurring villain Mannimarco is the (barely) secretly EvilAllAlong advisor to Emperor Varen Aquilarios and TheDragon to BigBad Molag Bal. Mannimarco betrays Varen and brings all-out war to Tamriel, all as part of his quest [[AGodAmI to become a god]].
* Rilix, an ancient powerful being of a long lost race of people is this to the King in ''Videogame/ShiningTheHolyArk''. She turns the King into a [[PuppetKing puppet]] an attempts to use him to bring back her race, who are [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in a can]].
* In ''Videogame/FableIII'' Reaver, the AffablyEvil Hero of Skill and the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive head of Reaver Industries]] becomes an adviser after the player ascends to the throne. He advocates evil but profitable acts like building a Brothel instead of an orphanage, reinstating child labor or draining a lake to get a mine. Since Reaver Industries builds everything [[KarmaHoudini he stands to profit either way]].
* Creon, the Queen's consort in ''VideoGame/AtlantisTheLostTales'', has her kidnapped so that he can become King.
* Archbishop Lazarus from the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series was this to King Leoric of Khanduras. He was corrupted by Diablo long ago, and not only influenced him for the worse when the archdemon in question tried to take him over, but was responsible for many of the knights of Khanduras being killed in a war with Westmarch, the luring of many adventurers into the Tristram Cathedral to be murdered by the demonic Butcher, and the kidnapping of Prince Albrecht, Leoric's youngest son, to be a vessel for Diablo.
** Chancellor Eamon from ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', in contrast, was very much TheGoodChancellor, who tried his best to save lives when the Darkening was going down, but was accused of being this by the people, resulting in his death when King Leoric fell.
* Comes in three in ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'': Koren for the Queen of Altena, Bigieu for the leader of the Navarre Raiders and Deathjester for the Beast King.
* [[spoiler: Grimald]] of ''VideoGame/{{Guenevere}}'' is nominally assisting Queen Hildegarde of the Franks in every way possible and taking delicate diplomatic matters for her sake, but is actually just scheming to take the throne for himself.
* If you're a vassal lord in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'', it's possible for your liege to appoint you as his/her chancellor. From there, you can choose to play the trope straight or invert the trope.
* In the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'', Chancellor Gilliath Osborne of the Erebonian empire is seen as this by other people around Western Zemuria. However at the same time, he's also a WellIntentionedExtremist in that he's fighting for the commoners who have been abused by the corrupt nobles and wants to change things with his reformation. The problem however is that his idea to weaken the hold of the Noble Alliance is to expand the empire such that other small countries get absorbed into the Erebonian empire, mostly through underhanded means like secretly sending jaegers to destroy cities and villages and the Erebonian army to "save them".
* In ''VideoGame/BeyondTheBeyond'', Glade, advisor to the king of Zalagoon, refuses to help the heroes because he suspects the knight Samson is a spy for the Bandore Empire, because despite being FamedInStory for his SuperStrength, Samson was unable to lift a pillar off the ground without screaming in pain due to a strength-sapping {{curse}} placed on him by the Vicious Ones' sorceress, Ramue. With Finn's party barred from entering Zalagoon Castle for a long time, Glade uses their absence to exert his will on the king and sells him out to Bandore, hoping for a peaceful surrender. He almost succeeds until the heroes return to Zalagoon after having the curse broken, proving to the king that their Samson isn't an imposter.
* In ''VideoGame/AlQadimTheGeniesCurse'', the Caliph and his Vizier have a magical telepathic link, and after the vizier turns down one of your requests, you are approached by a noble named Obdel who tells you that the link actually allows the Vizier to control the Caliph's mind. He sends you on a mission to infiltrate the Vizier's quarters, where a diary can be found to corroborate this. [[spoiler:The diary is actually a (rather clumsy) fake. The Caliph ''is'' being mentally influenced, but it's by Obdel's masters. The Vizier is trying to fight them off, so Obdel is trying to get him out of the way]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Spoofed in a Web Cartoon Series called ''Larry''. The Evil Counselor is so {{obviously evil}} with his dark clothes, he even talks to other Evil Chancellors characters such as Palpatine, Ymza, and Jafar.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied to ridiculous levels with the ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' character [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Chancellor Usurper]] aka [[spoiler: Dark Elf King Astos]]. When he was about to take over he planned to have the man who would be the next chancellor killed since he knows you can never trust whoever is in that position. Apparently, this is par for course in Elf Land.
-->'''White Mage:''' Your viziers are treacherous?\\
'''[[spoiler:Thief]]:''' It's an Elven court. It's ''all'' viziers and they're ''all assholes''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' has a comic where upon being introduced to the Chancellor, Karn immediately tosses him out a window for this very reason. Parodied in that that was the GOOD chancellor, his evil duplicate was late to work and hadn't had a chance to kidnap/replace him yet.
* Subversion/Lampshade Hanging: In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', Qui-Gon is immediately suspicious of Queen Amidala's advisor Sio Bibble (whose name Qui Gon [[AccidentalMisnaming thinks is "Bubble"]]) due to his [[BeardOfEvil goatee]] and the fact that he's a "trusted advisor". However, ''never ever at all'' does Bibble do ''anything'' that would indicate this to be at all accurate. In fact, the commentary includes [[JustForFun/WeirdestInboundLinkOfTheDay a link to this page.]]
** Chancellor [[strike:Zod]] Valorum is portrayed as (ludicrously over the top) Evil, and he is a Chancellor, but oddly enough, he is not an Evil Chancellor as defined by this trope, because in the Galactic Senate "Chancellor" refers to the equivalent of President or King, rather than an advisor role, so he's more PresidentEvil.
* LampshadeHanging ''and'' subversion in ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'', where the protagonists visit a fantasy-based parallel dimension. [[http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=450 There]], the "Evil Grand Vizier" is ''supposed'' to be constantly scheming to topple the monarch, and sure enough, the Vizier is easily recognizable as the local version of Casey & Andy's archnemesis... however, [[spoiler:in the end it turns out that he's actually a good guy, and that he'd only ''pretended'' to be a scheming, unreliable madman in order to get close to the Queen, with whom he was in love. The true Evil Chancellor turns out to be the court wizard Kasor, who plays this fairly straight.]]
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', Tycho tutors Gabe on his KillerGameMaster techniques after Gabe allows his D&D party to become demigods. For the next play session Tycho stands behind Gabe in a black cape whispering advice to him, while Gabe calls him "Vizier".
* Subversion in ''Webcomic/TheWotch'', the character of Kohain Ravime is cunning, brilliant, and the right hand man of BigBad Melleck Xaos... to whom he is utterly loyal, despite the occasional instance of taking action on his own, even when he knows Xaos wouldn't approve. He is, in fact, ''incensed'' when the Uricarn Demon implies that he'd help Ravime overthrow Xaos and seize power, and explains that he instead hopes to make sure the prophesies about Xaos are fulfilled and to enjoy a long and healthy career as Xaos's second-in-command. To some extent, this makes him more of a ManBehindTheMan, who knows the second-in-command position is more comfortable than the BigBad's. He's notable mainly because he seems to fit the trope very well at first. He looks like a duck, he walks like a duck... but at a closer look, he's a goose.
* In ''Webcomic/DeadOfSummer'', [[spoiler: [[Music/TheProtomen Doug Fetterman]]]] is somewhere between this and an EvilPrince. It's also a slight subversion in that the good guys know he's evil.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[spoiler:Tarquin and his five adventuring buddies pair up and act as this to three different empires (though they are not necessarily, in this case, opposing in alignment to their bosses) in a careful juggling act designed to give them all wealth and power without the hassles and dangers of being openly in charge.]]
* ''Webcomic/FlakyPastry'' features one of these when the heroes follow [[spoiler: Nitrine back to her homeland]]. Cranked up to... well... cartoonish levels, he's also an arch-typical SmugSnake.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Glorianna}}'', both Lord Vasgor (brother of King Arven) and Zorko (advisor to Duke Thanaktos) play this role.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': Magon Coifer, adviser to Lord Torgamous the Warlord of Mercia, in "The Stormbreaker Saga". He has Torg (main character of the comic and time traveler from the future) pretend to be the warlord ostensibly to ease the tensions created by his continues nonappearance due to being sick, but really so that he can give him bad advice that will give support to a rebellion he is funding and secure his ascension to the throne. He's pretty stereotypical about it.
-->'''Torg:''' Hey Ming! Let me guess: skull-cap, Fu-Man-Chu mustache, just stabbed a buddy in the back for knowing too much.... ''bad guy'', right?\\
'''Magon:''' I prefer the term "morally challenged."
* ''Webcomic/AssociatedSpace'' features Ursula Urquart, leader of the loyal opposition, who is apparently out to either take over, or secede her worlds from the Terran Associated States.
* Somewhat subverted in ''Webcomic/CwensQuest'' as the three scheming advisors to the Witch Queen, while unscrupulous, are actually a lot nicer than the queen. They briefly actually manage to take over the kingdom by putting a child on the throne after the original Witch Queen's death but when next we see them they've apparently lost control as the new grown up queen is viciously ordering them around.
* Over-the-top parodied (as most things are) in ''Webcomic/GorgeousPrincessCreamyBeamy'': The ''United Nations'' has a Trusted Grand Vizier, who takes over when the Secretary-General goes missing (in accordance with the U.N. Ancient Texts).
-->"Now, I know how much you hate personal power, Grand Vizier Slitherstab, but --"\\
"[[http://creamybeamy.comicgenesis.com/d/20080409.html I'll cope.]]"

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Played straight ''and'' averted in the case of [[FluffytheTerrible Mocha]], the evil-as-sin Court Magistrate in the episodic-segment story ''Literature/WhatIsThisBlackMagicYouCallScience?'' She kills and sacrifices anyone with faint hints of liberalism, even [[spoiler: killing a little girl with [[LittleDeadRidingHood red flowers in her hair]] who Chryseis was trying to save. In front of her parents and siblings]]. Her constant, rivalry-antagonism with Chryseis is also fueled by [[spoiler: sibling rivalry, since their father thought Chryseis was a better child. I wonder why]]. Oh, and she's also [[AGodamI the goddess of female power]], and a very violent [[BloodMagic blood mage]].\\\
Averted in that she does not wish to usurp the throne [[[spoiler: rather, she put him on there since she knew he'd not interfere with her wanton killing]]], and her motives for keeping people so afraid are supposedly that [[spoiler: if they left Nifl, they'd see the [[SceneryGorn rotted giantess head]] at Epoch at find out that gods really ''can'' die, and will give them some sort of sovereign power]]. However, [[spoiler: she is slowly losing power since the death of the Red Flower Girl led to [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating public outcry]].]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick does the vice-president variety in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' when she spends most of the special trying to kill WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic to take the presidency for her own. Sure, by about halfway through ''everyone'' is trying to kill Critic, but she was doing it independent of the rebellion.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Iblis, the demonic Grand Vizier of Vanna, ended up being a treacherous chancellor. On the one hand he was behind the equally villainous Sultana Adela's rise to power and did his best to aid her over the years, a job in which he succeeded admirably. However, in the end he betrayed Adela during the battle against the Grand Alliance and revealed that he had ultimately been working for the demonic Southern Horde with the sole intention of weakening Vanna from within for his true masters' upcoming invasion. He had thus been playing both Adela and the Alliance against each other while furthering his own goals.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The character of Long Feng, head of the Dai Li in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. The DVDCommentary mentions his power was based on that of Imperial Chinese eunuchs.
* Another comical, over-the-top example is Chancellor Trample from the ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' episode "The Road to Macadamia".
* [[spoiler:The character Stan]] in ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'' turns out to be one of these about half-way through the first season.
* Corvax from ''WesternAnimation/MuzzyInGondoland'' is very close to the King, though his exact position is unclear (he refers to his former position as "very important" in the sequel). He kisses up to the King (who's a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter), and wants to get an ArrangedMarriage with his daughter Princess Sylvia.
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Dr. Henry Killinger, Dr. Rusty Venture's new life coach, is [[spoiler:trying to get him to join the Guild of Calamitous Intent and become an archvillain to his more capable twin brother,]] but in rare form Killinger is actually looking out for Rusty's best interests and making him into a more successful, stronger-willed person. It seems to work: [[spoiler:we spend the climax of the episode assuming Rusty is signing a form of membership in the Guild, only to find out he's actually signing Killinger's severance agreement.]]
* Something of a RunningGag in Tarkon-based ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' episodes. King Spartos is a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, but his RebelliousPrincess daughter isn't.
* Dorkus in ''WesternAnimation/PlanetSheen''. His goal isn't to usurp the throne, however, but to get rid of Sheen for destroying his home, taking his place as imperial advisor, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking making fun of his name]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has Dick Cheney as this for [[PresidentEvil Richard Nixon]].
-->'''Cheney:''' As your vice-president, I ORDER YOU to steal that tree.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** In Episode 90, Stumpy is roleplaying as a [[DisguisedInDrag princess]], and Mr. Cat is his evil adviser/sorcerer.
** In the episode "[[spoiler: Let's Play Me-Me-Nopoly]]", Quack Quack becomes the king of Smileyland. Mr. Cat offers to be his advisor, but he soon tricks Quack Quack into making him the king instead and tries to take steps to make it a terrible place to live.