->'''[[NoNameGiven The Governor]]:''' Parasitic aliens are invading Earth. And my husband is controlled by one.\\
'''Marco:''' Yeah. Basically, that's the story.\\
'''The Governor:''' Thank God. I was beginning to think something much, much worse was happening. Aliens we can fight.
-->-- ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' #51: "The Absolute"

Heroes like the IgnoredExpert have a hard enough time dealing with idiotic peasants, but their deepest problems invariably come from the antagonistic local authorities, who are dead set on ignoring their warnings and running them out of town because it's politically expedient. This makes the existence of the Reasonable Authority Figure all the rarer.

Fully aware that MachiavelliWasWrong, he'll listen to those "[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits crazy kids]]" when they say there's a fugitive nearby, and logically consider their arguments instead discarding them out of hand. However, their openness to the heroes' ideas doesn't mean they'll follow AgentMulder's crazy ideas blindly. Often, they'll ask for [[WeNeedToGetProof proof]] and facts rather than follow baseless accusations, but even then, they'll usually humor the heroes and go check out their theories; whether it pans out or turns into a [[NotSoImaginaryFriend dead end]] depends on how far along the story is.

Usually LawfulGood and the person characters must BringNewsBack to. They are the chain of command that goes past the basic CommandRoster. The RebelliousRebel is motivated by loyalty to him.

Noteworthy because, if the hero does manage to convince them, they can help in the fight but they may have to ShootTheDog as part of their position. Being in a position where you are responsible for millions and do not think that AMillionIsAStatistic can be hard.

May [[ItWasAGift present]] TheHero and his companions with valuable gifts before TheQuest or as a reward afterward.

'''This position means that they can end the story quickly unless other obstacles intervene. Which means [[HowToStopTheDeusExMachina they usually do intervene.]]'''
# They're made [[ConservationOfCompetence inaccessible]] by the ObstructiveBureaucrat and EvilChancellor who has it in for the heroes, trying to stop them getting an audience or [[MaliciousSlander outright lying]] to destroy their arguments and [[ClearMyName reputation]]. Barring this, the ReasonableAuthorityFigure might just be [[BeleagueredBureaucrat busy, overworked, or under-funded]] and might not have the time or resources to adequately solve the hero's problem as quickly as he or she would like.
# A [[AChildShallLeadThem young ruler]] (usually [[RoyalBlood hereditary]]) may have difficulty either getting to the heroes to listen, or asserting his theoretical authority. Usually they are surrounded by [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] "guardians" out to [[PretextForWar start pointless wars]].
# The Reasonable Authority Figure will inevitably be displaced when a TyrantTakesTheHelm, leading to a TenMinuteRetirement.
# If he is not the absolute ruler, InterserviceRivalry and DividedWeFall can be a problem even after you persuade him. Indeed, that you speak with this character may induce his rivals to regard you as an enemy or to undercut you in hopes of ensuring that ''their'' favorites succeed in your place.
# If he needs approval from the NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering to take action, the chances that he can convince them to agree about anything are less than favorable.

A common subversion is to have this character turn out to be the TreacherousAdvisor.

The type's opposite is HeadInTheSandManagement. If male, the ReasonableAuthorityFigure may be ThePatriarch and AFatherToHisMen, or DaChief, or a BenevolentBoss. If female, the ReasonableAuthorityFigure may be an IronLady or TheHighQueen.

In school-type shows featuring the SadistTeacher (or possibly a strict dean or vice-principal), it's usually the principal that fills this role. Mind you, sometimes this is just elaborate GoodCopBadCop.

See also InItsHourOfNeed.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Prime Minister Wong in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' is portrayed this way in his first appearances. Cheerful, friendly, applauding the hero's victories and inviting him to his penthouse for a drink, he's a stark counterpart to Master Asia. [[spoiler:And then it's revealed he's a villain and he rapidly stops applauding Domon and starts rigging the matches to get him killed.]]
* Detective Ooishi from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' borderlines between this and AgentMulder. He's always searching for clues as to the cause of the string of murders and takes any useful information, but is considered too obsessive over the topic and has been urged to step off the case a few times.
** Dr. Irie might be a straighter example from the same series. Except for the whole, you know, {{Lolicon}} thing, and even that might be a joke. The problem is, once he figures out what's going on [[spoiler:it's not always to the benefit of the person telling him what's going on]].
*** Keiichi's father, Ichiro Maebara (who only really consistently appears in the manga) is this, to a much lesser extent than the above. He fully supports Keiichi's efforts in Satoko, regardless the fallout his family faces; on the other hand, he also makes sure to let Keiichi know that he should not resort to violence to save his friend and instead handle it the right way.
* Minamo Kurosawa, the P.E. teacher, from Manga/AzumangaDaioh.
* Lero-Ro, a Ranker from ''TowerOfGod''.
* The Time-Space Administration Bureau at the start of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is a surprisingly understanding and helpful instance of TheFederation. They're perfectly willing to cooperate with the heroine even though she's JustAKid (it helps that Midchilda apparently lacks age of majority or child labor laws) and are quite understanding of the franchise's numerous {{Anti Villain}}s. Lindy Harlaown is by far the most representative of this...some of the higher-ups, less so. Nanoha's {{Muggle}} parents are also quite understanding and helpful, for a MagicalGirl's parents.
** ''TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' is somewhat of a partially alternate universe, but even with that caveat, Nanoha's parents (and siblings.. and shop assistants..) are about as {{Muggle}} as a desert is wet. They just don't use magic the same way, if at all.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has Konoemon Konoe, the principal of Mahora. All he needs is his granddaughter, a [[SchoolgirlLesbians lesbian]] [[WingedHumanoid half demon]] {{Samurai}}, and a [[WeaselMascot talking ermine]] to show up with a message from a ten-year-old that said ten-year-old's supergenius Chinese descendant from the future is going to use an army of robots to break TheMasquerade, and he sends out for a huge shipment of weapons from the Magic World, and helps organize the [[{{Muggle}} student body]] into a RedshirtArmy.
** It helps that he's at least an amateur [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] himself, and, being a mage in a CrazyAwesome universe, has probably seen weirder in his day.
* Bradley in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' seems to be one of these, but [[spoiler:like Palpatine, he's really a bad guy.]]
** Maes Hughes is a better example.
** Ling Yao appears to become this. To begin with he was already a Prince with the belief that the duty of a King is to serve his people and that a King is nothing without his subjects, but when he actually obtains what he needed to success to the throne, his first promise is to accept and protect each and every one of the rival clans within the Xing empire, which every generation up to then would war with each other over who will be next to inherit the throne.
** [[ColonelBadass Basque Grand]] is without a doubt one of these, doing his best to limit his men's casualties (often by leading the charge himself) and not only accepting the surrender of Ishval's head cleric (despite his own superior's orders to the contrary) but making sure that he gets to see [[PresidentEvil Fuhrer Bradley]], no matter what. It doesn't do a lot of good in the long-run, but given the circumstances Grand is being as reasonable as he can be.
* In ''Yuusha-Oh GaoGaiGar'', Koutarou Taiga, Yaginuma, and Rose Approval all count.
* Mr. Colbert from ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'', eager to commit treason in order to help his students.
* Yuri Koigakubo from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'', oh so much.
* ''OnePiece'' has former Fleet Admiral Sengoku. You'd think that, being in charge of the [[LawfulEvil Navy]], he would be one of the most evil characters in the series - but he genuinely puts the safety of the world first. His superiors in the World Government, as well as his successor, on the other hand...
** [[spoiler:Former]] [[AnIcePerson Admiral Aokiji]] and [[BadassGrandpa Vice Admiral Garp]] are also examples. They're harsh on pirates but will go out of their way to protect civilians.
*** Vice-Admiral Smoker, Captain Tashigi, Captain Coby...really, despite the fact the many marines are LawfulEvil, there are some LawfulGood ones as well.
** We are now introduced to [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Prince Fukaboshi]] of the Neptune Army. Most people would have freaked out if they heard that their father was being held hostage inside the palace and the kidnappers started making demands (especially since said kidnappers are prophesized to destroy Fishmen Island). Fukaboshi was very calm, agreed to the demands in return of the hostages and then passed on Jimbei's message for Luffy to Zoro as part of his duty to Jimbei, whereas most people would have been "screw that" to the kidnappers.
* In ''DairuggerXV,'' Teles was the ReasonableAuthorityFigure in the [[TheEmpire Galbeston Empire]] who wanted to end the war with TheAlliance, but he didn't have the authority to do it.
* In ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', the StudentCouncilPresident. How reasonable is he? Well, he thinks Sōsuke's way of disposing of an unknown item in his shoelocker (i.e. detonating the entrance hall with a high-yield plastic explosive) to be perfectly reasonable. After all, ''anything'' could have been in there.
** Though exactly how "reasonable" it is to automatically believe and trust in all of [[PersonOfMassDestruction Sousuke's]] [[ComedicSociopathy actions]] is debatable, ''especially'' among the other students.
*** In the light novels, it turns out he's actually figured out that Sousuke is a soldier for Mithril, so that could potentially have something to do with it.
* In ''{{Freezing}}'', among all the AxeCrazy of a BloodKnight third years, only the strongest among them, Chiffon Fairchild, is the one who isn't interested in beating Sattelizer into a messy pulp.
* Both the Third Hokage, Sarutobi and the Fifth Hokage, Tsunade from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', have fulfilled this role over the course of the story.
** Another example is post-timeskip Gaara. Notably, he's the only one of the Five Kages apart from Tsunade, below, who pushes for cooperation between the ninja villages in response to the threat of Akatsuki.
** Tsunade appears to be this because of the way she's always generous to Naruto... but that's just it, she's ''always generous to Naruto''. She sends him up against the people who are after him, consistently allows him to go after Sasuke (as well as not actually seek to eliminate Sasuke, which would be standard procedure) and refuses to place restrictions on him that would better protect him (and the EldritchAbomination inside him) from his enemies. She chooses to do these things ''entirely'' based on her personal feelings and opinions of Naruto, which is realistically an unreasonable thing to do. [[spoiler: There is the fact that Naruto is TheHero of the story, is marked by a prophecy to become a MessianicArchetype, and has defeated powerful enemies that nobody else could and ruined some of the plans of the major antagonists (even if admittedly he has been in mortal peril and requiring help many times), so Tsunade's trust in him is not entirely unfounded.]]
** The Third Hokage is later on shown to be a deconstruction or subversion; He was ''too'' reasonable. A lot of problems in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s world are the result of [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil Orochimaru]] and [[PoisonousFriend Danzo]] being allowed to do as they pleased, and they all could have been stopped had the Third learned to put his foot down.
* In ''PokemonSpecial'', despite the fact that White did forcibly draft Black into her talent agency by footing the enormous bill for the movie equipment he destroyed, she doesn't actually expect him to be able to [[WorkOffTheDebt pay off the entire thing]]. She acknowledges that he does have his own life and dreams to follow. That said, she still tries to get him to understand the world of showbiz and business a little better, and is quick to call him out whenever he ruins a potential job opportunity.
* In the undersea horror manga [[SixThousand 6000]], Wein, the director, is initially set up as a JerkAss ObstructiveBureaucrat who ignores his engineers' warnings that the instillation isn't ready for prime time; once he's convinced there's a real danger, though, he shows himself to be remarkably GenreSavvy, immediately arranging to evacuate the entire instillation at the first possible opportunity -- going so far as to avoid informing any higher-ups until everyone is safe (because they wouldn't recognize the danger fast enough and wouldn't approve an expensive complete evacuation), declaring his intention to personally take full responsibility for any objections they have to this course of action.
* The Roman Emperor from SoRaNoWoTo is never shown in the anime and is only mentioned as the guy [[spoiler: Rio's older sister, Iliya refused to marry]] even if it would end the war. When episode twelve roles around [[spoiler: Rio appears right before the final confrontation and claims that due to her recent marriage to him, the war is now over and during the ending credits she returns to the Bastion and tells them that the emperor is a pretty reasonable guy and granted her any one wish because she ended the war.]]
* Captains Kyoraku and Ukitake from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' are this. Unlike the Head Captain Yamamoto, (who follows Central 46 orders to the letter, and embodies blind obedience to tradition above all else), these two will take the time to listen to progressive mindsets from their subordinates and non-combatants give a fair audience to the accused, and even [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight defy tradition and law]] when the situation calls for it. Byakuya also becomes a variation of this after Ichigo helps him resolve an issue he had with two conflicting vows that was the reason he had been compelled to support Rukia's execution despite not wanting her to die. Captain Hitsugaya counts as well, since he realizes that something is amiss, and eventually sets out to find the Central 46 and stop the execution rather than see the Seireitei fall into chaos.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This is one way to describe the relationship between Franchise/{{Batman}} and Commissioner James Gordon, who, let's face it, is really sticking his neck out as a policeman and a city official by consistently trusting in a shadowy, anonymous vigilante who dresses up as a giant bat to beat up criminals. In {{Frank Miller}}'s run, and ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', this is {{justified|Trope}} as the rest of Gotham's police force are {{corrupt cop}}s.
* Although less famous than Gordon, {{Spider-Man}} has had a few cops that see past J. Jonah Jameson's rants and recognize Spidey for the hero he is, and give him whatever help they can. Notable examples include George Stacy, Jean [=DeWolff=], Lou Snider, and William Lamont. (In terms of "obstacles intervene", two of them are dead, though one may have returned as a demonic monster.)
* ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo: Katsuichi is the biggest example, being a respected swordsman and fair, if stern, teacher. Inspector Ishida is a kind and pleasant old policeman, and Usagi's firm friend, never once falling under InspectorJavert. This trope is usually played with in the many towns Usagi visits, often meeting the magistrate or other headman. Sometimes the result is friendly, where one magistrate and the police force sided behind Usagi against a team of bandits. Sometimes they're corrupt, like Magistrate Oda, who taxed people heavily and killed several who oppose him. Sometimes they just don't like the main character, but are otherwise not villainous.
* Hank Pym is this towards the {{Runaways}}. After Nico Minoru casts a spell that enables him and Tigra to see things from the kids' perspectives, he finally ends the Avengers' longstanding policy of trying to forcibly disband the Runaways, in exchange for the Runaways reporting to AvengersAcademy once a month so that he can be assured that they're all still alive, and rather than ask them to bring Molly and Clara to teach them actual school classes, he created a robot to do that for them. Admittedly, he had some selfish motivations for this change in policy: one of the Runaways is technically his grandson.
* When the XMen were based out of Utopia (an artificial island off the coast of San Francisco) the mayor of San Francisco practically went beyond "reasonable" and into "pushover" territory. She basically deputized them and declared the city a safe haven for mutants.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the {{Fanfic/Uplifted}} series Erwin Rommel qualifies. As does Gerald Langer. Rommel is self explanatory, especially in regards to his real life actions, while Langer quite successfully manages the quarians and the first contact.
* ''FanFic/EnemyOfMyEnemy'' gives us two: Administrator Amanda Jennings and Shipmaster Vtan 'Arume. Helped by the fact that the latter saved the life of the former's young daughter.
* The Dragon Emperor Prometheus in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7893756/1/The_Chronicles_of_Utopia_Volume_II The Chronicles of Utopia Volume II]] can always be counted on by the people around him to have a cool head on his shoulders and consider their words carefully before making a decision. Even when a major faction in his Empire seeks to stage a coup, he still considers things carefully and checks everything out before taking them on rather than flying off the handle in a rage.
* In FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire, Judgemaster Cid waits for proof of [[spoiler: Vaticus']] crimes before taking action against him.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': When [[AncientKeeper Nameless]] realizes that Jackie and the rest of the J-Team ''aren't'' evil, he quickly allies with them to stop the evils [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] in the [[EldritchLocation Vault of Endless Night]] from escaping. Jackie lampshades that unlike the last {{MacGuffin Guardian}}s (the Three Sages), he's actually willing to listen to them and work together.
* In the ''WesternAmination/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'' (part of ''FanFic/ProjectDarkJade'', like ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'' above), Himerish is willing to give Jade the benefit of the doubt rather than assume the prophecy he saw involving her was inevitable.
* In the MaiOtome fanfic, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4112795/3/Oneesama Oneesama]], Miss Maria comes off as one. When Shizuru kicks off the plot by giving a SkinshipGrope to her prospective room attendant Natsuki, Miss Maria tells Shizuru that [[RealityEnsues she could expel her if she felt it necessary]], but she won't because she believes Shizuru is a better person than that. Her alternative punishment- not allowing Shizuru to select a room attendant until she gains Natsuki's forgiveness- is meant to humble Shizuru, teach her a lesson, and get her to approach Natsuki as herself, not under the persona she's adopted as top student of her grade.
* Surprisingly, in ''Fanfic/SoullessShell'', Leif is one. When a girl is accused of trying to kill one of his advisors, Councilman Arnold, whom she says raped her, he hears her out, tricks Arnold into confessing his guilt, and sentences him to death while exonerating her.
* Most of the Angel leaders in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', except for [[GeneralRipper Metatron]]. They don't want the Metarex war to escalate, and immediately realize that Dark Tails is the biggest threat to the galaxy.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Governor Cochran and Governor Deacon, as well as President Henry, have helped and are helped by Mega Man at times.
* In the ''{{Manga/Saki}}'' doujin, ''[[http://dynasty-scans.com/chapters/so_hold_my_hand_one_more_time#10 So Hold My Hand One More Time]]'', Masae Atago, coach of the Senriyama mahjong team, is this. In a flashback, she's understanding of Toki's decision to withdraw from the individuals because of [[IllGirl her health]], saying that it's common for school aces to not go on to the individuals. Masae then tells Toki that she's mistaken if she thinks herself weak, advising her to believe in her strength, a lesson Toki comes to realize over the course the doujin.
* ''FanFic/MirrorsImage'': Celestia, as in cannon. However, as flashbacks and the Princesses' own testimony prove, she wasn't this when she was younger, punishing and banishing ponies for minor slights, or even just irritating her. And by punishing, she usually just turned ponies to stone. And that's before the FantasticRacism, the violence, or how she treated her old student, [[spoiler:Chrysalis.]]
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[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* The Emperor in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', who is clearly the wisest and most level headed person in the movie, especially when contrasted with Chi Fu, his obnoxious, opinionated advisor.
* [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' had an Archdeacon to clean up the church's name after Judge Frollo's KickTheDog moment where he contemplates killing the deformed baby Quasimodo.
* The general in ''TheIronGiant'' attempts to understand the situation and not assume the worst when confronted with a giant alien robot. Unfortunately, the FBI agent on the scene happens to be a complete bigot, and goes out of his way just to provoke the Iron Giant into retaliation.
* The Grand Councilwoman from ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' is rather reasonable for being the head of the [[TheFederation Galactic Federation]], although like most aliens, she believes Pleakly when he tells her to spare Earth from destructions because mosquitos are endangered.
** She's also willing to give Stitch a chance to speak for himself when he's initially introduced at Jumba's trial, rather than outright condemning him. Then at the end of the film [[spoiler:she expresses regret at having to take Stitch in after he's shown to have calmed down and matured somewhat, and seems rather satisfied when [[LoopholeAbuse Lilo provides a loophole]] as to why the Grand Councilwoman can't take Stitch]].
** Cobra Bubbles is this as well; rather than remove Lilo from Nani's custody right away, he listens carefully to the evidence and ultimately tries to do what he feels is best for Lilo's wellbeing. [[spoiler: The ending reveals he was also a CIA member. The thing about mosquitoes being endangered was something he made up to deter an alien invasion.]]
* [[MonstersUniversity Dean Hardscrabble]], though some of her decisions are a tad personal. She holds an understandable grudge against Mike and Sulley [[spoiler: for breaking her scream canister]] and she's often unpleasant to Mike about his endeavors. Still, she enforces fair punishment and still permits them a chance of redemption at the Scare Games and [[spoiler: does not let Oozma Kappa suffer for the actions of Mike and Sulley.]]
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* Two films from director Creator/RolandEmmerich show such characters.
** The president in the ''TheDayAfterTomorrow'' became convinced of the meteorologists' prediction of impending doom and ordered the evacuation of the southern United States.
** In ''IndependenceDay'', General Grey trusts his friend, the President, but is all too aware of his TechnicalPacifist nature that slows his decision making and [[spoiler:almost dooms his command staff in the White House when the aliens attack]]. He is quick to defend the President and advise him, and attacks the inept security adviser that made a bad situation worse. When the President decides to join [[spoiler:the other pilots at the climax of the film]], Grey realized that his friend couldn't be talked down from the idea, and settles into leading the command center himself [[spoiler:for the final battle]].
* Colonel Wayne from ''Gargantua'' apparently didn't read the manual on how to be the head military figure in a monster movie. Not only does he unfailingly listen to the experts on hand and follow their advice, but after hearing that the titular creatures could be the last of their kind; he immediately agrees that they shouldn't be killed, solely because he doesn't want to wipe out a species. He only orders his forces to fire upon one of the monsters after it had killed several of his men and was putting the rest at risk.
* The doctor from ''OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'', while bearing in mind that he's dealing with a load of crazy people, is very kind and agreeable with them.
* Professor Kirk from ''[[{{Narnia}} The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe]]'' is an interesting variation. Peter and Susan, since they disbelieve in Lucy's stories about visiting the world of Narnia, are beginning to worry about her sanity. They bring their concerns to the Professor, and he surprises them by taking the AgentMulder position and arguing that the story may be true. The more usual dynamic is for TheProtagonist to be playing Mulder and the authority figure to be Scully, but this dynamic is {{Inverted|Trope}} here. [[spoiler:It's because the Professor once visited Narnia himself (''The Magician's Nephew'')]].
** One clever thing the movie adds, that wasn't in the book, is that for the early part of the conversation, Kirk takes a indulgent, kids-will-be-kids attitude. It's only when he hears that Lucy's magical world is in the ''[[ContinuityNod wardrobe]]'' that he begins to suggest she's telling the truth.
* The general in ''GoodMorningVietnam,'' as opposed to the ObstructiveBureaucrat Sergeant Major Dickerson.
--> '''Gen. Taylor:''' Dick, I've covered for you a lot of times 'cause I thought you were a little crazy. But you're not crazy, you're mean. And this is just radio.
* Every authority figure in ''Film/NightOfTheLepus'' accepts that monsters are rampaging without question, and all immediately spring into action. Which is rather unreasonable in and of itself - not a single person ever stops and says "Giant Man Eating Rabbits? You can't be serious!?"
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' and ''GhostbustersII,'' the mayor is willing to listen to the characters about the bizarre events in his city. In the first one, Venkman gets his cooperation by appealing to his political ambition ("If we can stop this thing, ''you'' will have saved the lives of millions of registered voters"). In the sequel, when he realizes the eponymous characters have been thrown into the loony bin by his EvilChancellor he immediately has them released and him fired respectively.
* Senator Palpatine of ''Franchise/StarWars'' is a villainous subversion of an eminently Reasonable Authority Figure. He's on the ball in terms of Senate politics in ''Episode I'' and [[TreacherousAdvisor advises]] Queen Amidala on how to shake up the Senate to help Naboo. In ''Episode II'' he's [[TheChessmaster clued in enough]] to send Senator Amidala to safety, and in ''III'' he's [[EvilMentor very supportive]] of Anakin's [[AmbitionIsEvil ambitions]], all while helping lead [[TheFederation the Republic]] in a war [[RightHandVersusLeftHand against the clearly evil]] Confederacy. It's thanks to his [[ManipulativeBastard timely wisdom]] that the [[HeroWithBadPublicity treacherous]] Jedi rebellion was put down so easily, and in reward [[GullibleLemmings the Senate]] made him the first emperor of [[TheEmpire the Galactic Empire]].
** This is largely undercut when you remember that we're not even that far into ''Episode III'' before Anakin figures out that Palpatine is most definitely a Sith Lord and clearly no stranger to the Dark Side. He even sees Palpatine openly firing bolts of Force lightning at Mace Windu, an unambiguous Sith characteristic (though it could be argued that this was self-defense). For Anakin this could all be a case of AtLeastIAdmitIt.
** The web comic ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' seem to be playing this trope straighter (or at least more NeutralGood) than Star Wars did. He's actually shocked and a little horrified by Jar-Jar's suggestion for him to assume emergency powers. [[spoiler:Even Palpatine's killing of Mace Windu and order to wipe out the Jedi are due to him trying to ''protect'' the Republic while being manipulated by Anakin.]]
* The detective in ''BunnyLakeIsMissing'' embodies this trope. Despite the fact that every piece of evidence suggests that Ann Lake never really had a daughter, he continues to investigate zealously because after all, if she's not crazy then a four-year-old girl is missing. And thanks to this behavior [[spoiler: he gets possibly the most understated, British BigDamnHeroes moment in cinematic history]].
* In ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'', when most local authority figures don't take them seriously, one of the cast sends a note written in crayon to the army asking for help against the monster invasion. The army responds by sending in tanks and infantry at the end of the film, in an extended BrickJoke.
* Judi Dench's portrayal of M in the ''Film/JamesBond'' films, especially with the Creator/DanielCraig reboot. She might have problems with his methods, but once he proves himself she'll back him up.
** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Gareth Mallory becomes a ReasonableAuthorityFigure after being swayed by M's defence of "the old ways", and helps Q and Tanner with their off-the-books plan to help Bond and M. [[spoiler:By the end of the film, he succeeds Judi Dench's character and becomes the new M.]]
* ''EightLeggedFreaks''. Nobody quite believed the stories of rampaging man-eating spiders in the far-off, isolated town. But the authorities [[spoiler:sent in backup to investigate the screaming that resulted when a giant spider attacked the crowded radio station]].
* The CEO of the MegaCorp OCP in ''Film/RoboCop1987'' seems a kindly and reasonable man, if a bit "out of it" (think RonaldReagan). However, one of his assistants is a treacherous villain. Once the CEO realizes the evil of what's going on, he does what he can to stop it (to great effect in medio).
** And kept up in [[Series/RoboCopTheSeries the series]], where he has both intent and capability to fix a lot of bad situations... as long as he finds out about it in the first place, something his cadre of corrupt execs prevents as much as possible. Diane even convinces him at one point to sneak out and see the city for himself. On the other hand, just about anyone in a position immediately below him seems to have their basic human morality surgically removed.
* Frank Butterman, Chief of Police in ''Film/HotFuzz''. Whenever Sergent Angel suggests that an accident might have been a murder, the rest of the squad mocks the notion, however Butterman calmly listens to Angel's suspicions, and then orders the squad to treat the situation according to Angel's theory. [[spoiler:Subverted in that Butterman is actually behind the rash of murders, with the backing of most of the town elders and leaders, and he merely goes along with Angel in order to try to make him seem irrational and less credible.]]
* The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Morshower, in ''[[Film/{{Transformers}} Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen]]'' is presented as being 100 percent supportive of his combined team of Autobots and military operatives. That doesn't stop the ObstructiveBureaucrat from messing things up, though.
** In the preceding film the Secretary of Defense, when he's informed of what is happening, quite reasonably backs up the soldiers who have actually fought (and beat, let alone survived) a Decepticon attack and the teenage kid who obviously has a handle on what is happening.
*** Earlier in the movie, he demonstrates how such a figure can be authoritative while still being reasonable: when a young civilian contractor intrudes on his emergency meeting with some high-ranking officers, all the while making wild conjectures about extraterrestrial computer viruses, he ushers her out quickly and with no undue fuss, saying that he'd be glad to listen if she finds any proof, but that she needs to learn some manners if she wants to work at this level. Later, when proof is presented, he not only listens but appoints her as his advisor.
** Optimus himself.
** In the third film, the new head of NEST points out, correctly, that Sam is a civilian, and bars him from entering the base all willy-nilly like he used to. [[spoiler:Then when he investigates what's going on and is proven right, she calmly admits she was wrong about him, without any sort of coercion or request. In fact, it's the very first thing she says to him when they meet.]]
* Every layer of the US government in the classic mutant-ant movie ''Film/{{Them}}''.
* Evenlyn Salt's superior Ted Winter in ''Film/{{Salt}}'' was at least trying to understand why Salt was acting the way she was and acted more calmly, in contast to the more rash, frantic Peabody. [[spoiler: Winter was in fact a Russian spy, so he took Salt's side because he wanted her succeed. And in the end, when Salt was arrested, Peabody, after receiving certain information to get him to trust Salt, he lets her escape.]]
* The prosecutor in ''Film/MyCousinVinny'' is a good-natured, by-the-book, down-home country lawyer. He's dead set on getting the kids convicted and executed, but the evidence does look pretty damning. When Vinny succeeds in knocking a big hole in the case, he immediately moves to have the case dismissed and congratulates Vinny on doing such a good job. To be fair, there was no way for him to win the case at that point (the evidence exonerated the defendants). Having the case dismissed was his best move.
** He does skirt the rules at one point, by refusing to let Vinny know ahead of time that he's bringing in an expert witness (the prosecution must disclose all witnesses and evidence to the defense). Vinny comes up with a convincing and proper objection (the judge praises him for that), but it get overruled.
* Harvey Dent in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' fits the trope by leading the crusade against corruption in Gotham. He styles himself as the 'white knight' to contrast the viligantee 'Dark Knight' Batman. [[spoiler: This changes as soon as he becomes Two Face.]]
** James Gordon plays this as straight as it gets. John Blake in ''Rises'' could also qualify, though he starts at a low rank.
* SHIELD in the ''Film/IronMan'' movies (and presumably future movies set in the MarvelCinematicUniverse).
** Nick Fury throughout the entire series, but especially in Film/TheAvengers, shows a good instinct of when to reign in his RagtagBunchOfMisfits, and when to stand back and let them do their jobs.
* The police chief in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' who, after arresting Edward, seems genuinely concerned for his wellbeing and later tries to protect him from the mob.
* Odin and (in a rare villainous example) Laufey in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. Odin wants to avoid war with the Frost Giants and preserve their peace. Laufey was prepared to let Thor and his friends go for violating the truce and invading their nation.
--> '''Laufey''': "You have no idea what you would unleash. (''{{Beat}}''). [[WarIsHell I do.]]"
* The Attorney-General in ''Film/{{Shooter}}''. [[spoiler:He agrees to talk to the guy who everybody "knows" tried to kill the President on the request of a junior FBI agent, releases him instantly when confronted with evidence exonerating him, and then basically tells him to go murder the rogue intelligence operative who set the whole thing up.]]
* Colonel Phillips in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' is a pragmatic man who sticks to the reality that a scrawy, asthmatic man isn't a good soldier until he sees the scientist's transformation of Steve Rogers. But Phillips doesn't believe a single SuperSoldier like Steve Rogers is enough to win the war until Steve rescues 400 men single-handedly. When Steve presents himself for disciplinary action, Phillips is convinced of Steve's place and brings him into the military fold, with his full trust.
* General Berringer in ''Film/WarGames'', who not only turned out to be right on every significant point, but was one of the very few people in the movie who had a rational, well-thought out reason for every decision he made (even the incorrect ones).
** [=McKittrick=] isn't too far off this trope either. He doesn't seem to buy the FBI profiler's assertion that David was turned by the Soviets, and tries chatting with David to find out what's going on. His only problem is that [[CassandraTruth he can't buy David's story that WOPR is running a game of its own]]. He's willing to go a ways down the path with David... until David tries to contact the WOPR while he's alone to find out if it's really playing the game so he can avert the catastrophe if possible —- this "suspicious" behavior is what pushes [=McKittrick=] over the edge as far as trusting David.
* In ''Film/SuckerPunch'', Mrs. Gorski really does want to help the girls at the asylum recover, and even in the brothel fantasies tries to protect and care for them. Exactly how authoritative she is is difficult to pinpoint. In the brothel fantasy, she is the dance instructor, but Blue makes it clear that she doesn't have the power to challenge him. [[spoiler:In the final scenes, after Babydoll was lobotomized, Mrs. Gorski is clearly ''much'' higher in authority than the orderly Blue, bringing in the police to arrest him when she learns about his crimes.]]
* Captain Gordon Stacy is a borderline example in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. He ''is'' antagonistic toward the hero, contrary to most examples, but he has good reason ([[spoiler:Spider-Man screwed up a police investigation of an auto theft ring]]). He is established as an actual example when [[spoiler:Peter rushes into the police department with [[YouHaveToBelieveMe wild and unsubstantiated accusations]] that Dr. Curt Connors is a giant lizard monster who is responsible for recent violence in the city. Stacy is dismissive but, as soon as Parker leaves, he orders his men to check on Dr. Connors just to be sure.]]
* The King from ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'' he's a good leader who handles himself well, deals with his subjects fairly, [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething and isn't above hard labor right alongside the common soldiers]] when necessary. He also shows remarkable restraint when dealing with Jack, refraining from [[CleaningThisGun trying to intimidate him]] once it's clear there's some chemistry between him and the Princess. Not to mention he insists on fighting alongside the guards when the Giants attack, and gives Elmont a "Hell no!" when asked to leave.
** Also Elmont, the captain of the Guardians. He'll put a good scare in Jack for not kneeling when he's supposed to--but when the Princess goes missing, Elmont remembers that Jack was the peasant who'd stand up to bullies to protect a strange girl whom he didn't even ''know'' was the princess. He vouches for Jack with the King when it counts.
* General Hawk from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. Also Sergeant Stone who surprisingly seems much more pleasant than most iterations of the Joe's Drill Sergeant.
* ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'' - the police officer played by Ed Platt. He lets Jim know that he's there to talk to when things are driving him crazy (and things ''are'' driving him crazy).
* ''Film/StarTrek'' and ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'':
** Captain Pike of the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot is surprisingly reasonable and willing to listen. It helps that he has a soft spot for Kirk.
** [[PeterWeller Admiral Marcus]], Carol's father and the chief of Starfleet Command, in ''Into Darkness''. [[spoiler:He's really [[BigBadEnsemble evil]], and attempts to destroy the ''Enterprise'' to cover up Section 31's actions and start a war with the Klingons. As a few of the crew try to convince Kirk, even the "reasonable" parts are major crimes and massively immoral]].
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': President Patel is considerably less reactionary than Delacourt.
* ''Film/TheTenCommandments'' gives us Pharaoh Seti, who, when presented with a dilemma, always listens to both sides of the argument, gives praise to Moses when his unconventional tactics conquer Ethiopia near bloodlessly, welcomes the Ethiopian King with open arms, and build a city in record time. [[spoiler: Even when Moses is revealed to be a Hebrew, he remarks that he will believe Moses if he promises not to raise the slaves in revolt.]] He also is unafraid to verbally smack down priests and his own son.
--> '''Seti:''' The one best suited to rule Egypt shall follow me. I owe that to my fathers. Not to my sons.
* ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'':
** While Admiral Stenz treats Godzilla as a threat for a good reason, he doesn't go out of his way like many military characters in these type of movies would and is always open to suggestions from civilian experts. Also, related to the above plan of using a nuke, he points out that they are pretty much out of other options and have to do all they can to protect the civilians on the coast, and despite that genuinely empathizes with Serizawa's perspective on the matter.
** Serizawa himself is one. When he first sees Joe Brody being interrogated, at first he thinks the guy's a loony. But then he looks at the papers Joe had on him, and notices the patterns perfectly match the ones they're seeing now. When the US Navy picks him up, he also has them bring both Brody's along. He realizes too late that Joe had indeed predicted that something wasn't right about those readings he was examining for the last 15 years. And though his son Ford didn't have the same knowledge, he did provide enough of a clue for Serizawa to figure out that Godzilla may not be quite the bad guy as he's seen as.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** The Man in Black in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. For a G-Man, quite a NiceGuy.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':\\\
The head Congressman who's against Trask's Sentinel project. The [[WhoShotJFK incident from ten years ago]] notwithstanding, mutants are a very small portion of the population and haven't been causing trouble.\\\
Richard Nixon himself gets this treatment, [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade unlike most examples]]. While he does go along with the Sentinel Program, it's out of a desire to protect the nation from super powered beings than any genuine malice. [[spoiler:When Mystique saves his life from Magneto, it's implied he gave her a pardon and jailed Trask for trying to sell secrets to America's enemies.]]
* Rhomann Dey in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is a Nova Corps officer who has had a few antagonistic run-ins with protagonist (and petty thief) Peter Quill. Nonetheless, he is never an outright jerk to Quill and [[spoiler: before the climax affirms, without reservation, his belief in the sincerity of Quill's message warning of an impending invasion by the BigBad, resulting in the Nova Corps giving Quill's team much-needed backup.]]
* ''Film/LockUp'': The Captain of the Guard is a much more reasonable figure than the sadistic Warden. He'll follow his orders and treat the prisoners as roughly as he thinks is necessary, but he does not believe in punishing someone beyond their sentence. [[spoiler:When Frank ultimately takes Drumgoole hostage and exposes his corruption, he orders his men to arrest the Warden and makes sure Frank will be able to sit out the rest of his sentence in peace.]]
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s Lord Vetinari is one deep down, though for his own reasons he hides it well. Vimes also fits the trope; his incorruptibility is so famous that suggestions to bribe him are taken as jokes.
** Most of the Watch are personally loyal to Vimes. A fair number follow him when he [[spoiler:turns in his badge]] in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''. As one officer says, when your back's against the wall, Mister Vimes is right behind you.
* The governor from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' #51 is incredibly level-headed and good at rolling with the punches - see the page quote.
* Sam, Astrid and Edilio from ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' as the Mayors of Perdido Beach.
* [[EccentricMentor Dumbledore]] of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fame is perhaps too easygoing when it comes to Harry, but considering the trouble he tends to attract, it pays to listen when Harry says basilisks/death eaters/trolls/whatever are mucking about. He's one of the few authority figures in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' universe who is consistently not evil ''and'' [[TheChessmaster on the ball]] as far as what's going on, and therefore knows well enough to trust the heroes (and occasionally bail them out of school trouble when it's convenient).
** Professor [=McGonagall=] qualifies too [[spoiler:(appropriately, since she's Dumbledore's replacement)]]. By the end of Book 7, all she needs from Harry is a vague assurance that he's doing something important before she's entirely willing to stage a massive battle just to give Harry the time he needs. On the flip side, if she's chewing you out over something it's usually a pretty safe bet you've done something to ''earn'' it.
** Kingsley Shacklebolt, head of the Auror department at the Ministry ''and'' the de facto leader of the Order of the Phoenix, is so reasonable he even gets along with the Dursleys. Too bad the less reasonable Ministers (Fudge, later Scrimgeour) outrank him.
** It's been hinted that Amelia Bones, the Director of Magical Law Enforcement, fell into this category which was a major reason for her possibly becoming Minister... [[spoiler: and why Voldemort had her killed.]]
** Professors Slughorn, Flitwick, and Sprout all also seem like this.
** [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Professor Lupin]] is the first Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a level head. This is exemplified when he rescues Harry from Snape's wrath and covers for him with regards to the Marauder's Map. He then [[DisappointedInYou chewed Harry out himself]] when out of Snape's earshot because he had genuinely been stupid and careless.
** Snape is this... but only if you're a Slytherin. It seems to be a trend among Heads of House.
* Lord Capulet in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. It depends on the adaptation.
** He doesn't take the feud as seriously, and when Romeo crashes a party, his response is to just shrug because Romeo has a good reputation. When his younger relatives are raving about how Romeo's crashing the party, Capulet tells them to just leave Romeo alone because he's not done anything wrong. Some play it like him trying to avoid trouble, seeing as the Prince's relatives are also at the party and the Prince made it clear that he wouldn't put up with any more feuding nonsense.
* ''Literature/WatershipDown''. 'The Threarah', the Chief Rabbit of the Sandleford warren, who appears to be the ObstructiveBureaucrat-type when he dismisses [[WaifProphet Fiver's]] warning out of hand. Holly (himself a reasonable authority figure) later reveals that his reasoning was actually quite logical -- most prophets are frauds, and even if they're genuine the warren would have lost more rabbits from a mass evacuation than a flood or from hunters. Tragically, the oncoming disaster is more massive than The Threarah could imagine or Fiver could explain coherently, which leaves the Threarah as an ObstructiveBureaucrat who ''tries'' to be this trope.
** Hazel gradually becomes a pretty exemplary one of these once he becomes Chief Rabbit of the Watership Down warren. His particular skill is in recognizing and helping to develop the specific talents of the other rabbits around him, and with everyone feeling valued, they all prove unswervingly loyal. By this point, he's also grown to appreciate Fiver's prophetic abilities, and developed more-or-less absolute faith in the little guy.
** Efrafra, despite being a horribly oppressive police state, has one of these in [[WorthyOpponent Captain Campion]], and even their cruel Chief Rabbit, General Woundwort, has moments of reason, despite ultimately being a pretty bad guy. [[PosthumousCharacter Captain Mallow]] was implied to have been one of these, too.
* Chief Wyatt Porter in the ''Literature/OddThomas'' novels knows quite well about Odd's psychic gifts, and consults him whenever he can (i.e. as long as he eventually has enough evidence to back him up in courts and whatnot).
* From the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** The ''Literature/XWingSeries'' gives us an example in Wedge Antilles. When Myn Donos had a HeroicBSOD, he helped cover it up. Later, when Myn [[spoiler: fired on Lara for the destruction of Talon Squadron, and shot a torpedo at another pilot]], he was taken off duty, but not actually written up, though there was a testing period while Wedge decided whether or not to do so. And when Myn realized that the fighters were going into a trap, Wedge called them off, even though he couldn't see how and they lost two in doing so.
** [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Grand Admiral Thrawn]] is one of the bad guys (although [[AffablyEvil not strictly evil]]) and [[YouHaveFailedMe executed a tractor beam operator]] for failing to catch Luke's ship, and then lying to Thrawn about not having performed training that could have kept the tractor beam emitter from eating a torpedo, and attempted to shift the blame to another -- but in a later book he promoted a new tractor beam operator who had failed to catch another ship Luke was on because although the guy had failed, he'd tried a new method and accepted responsibility when the tactic didn't work. He also treated his second-in-command and occasional CommanderContrarian with respect.
** Pellaeon surely counts by the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology, when he's basically got Thrawn's old rank, albeit commanding the forces of a [[VestigialEmpire much smaller Empire]]. He happens to KnowWhenToFoldEm, is protective of his people, and treats his own CommanderContrarian the way Thrawn treated him. Oh, and he's trying to make peace with the New Republic, and sees efforts by various Imperial elements to make it look like the New Republic has refused as what they are: [[FalseFlagOperation a trick]]. ...Really, by that point he's not remotely one of the bad guys.
** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Doomsday Ship'', the captain of a luxury cruise starship knows it's a surly employee's fault when the systems go down, rather than Zak's, and lets Zak have access to some records he wants to see. When things start going wrong he proves to feel great responsibility for his men and the crew.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/{{Ultramarines}} novel ''Nightbringer'', the governor. Although things have gone badly under her, Barzano preempts a vote of no confidence because she seems to be the best. And she faces the troubles with equanimity and an effort to fix things.
** The Governor of Tarsis Ultra in the second ''Ultramarines'' book is also one of these - initially more concerned with pomp and ceremony than defences, he is immediately put in his place by the Astartes and Imperial Guard commanders. Rather than (some might say predictably) becoming a sulking villian, he swallows his pride and does what he can to help, becoming a vital administrator of the supply lines, and [[spoiler:dies, bravely fighting in a battle he wasn't trained for to set an example to the people.]]
** The Ultramarines themselves are this, ruling a mini Empire, Ultramar its one of the best places to live in the Imperium, minus the whole Tyranid invasion a few hundred years ago.
** In ''Dead Sky Black Sun'', [[spoiler:the Lord of the Unfleshed. True, he's a cannibalistic monster with the mind of a little child who strongly considers eating Uriel and his companions, but he's leading the Unfleshed in horrible circumstances, and has no experience with good people who are not the Unfleshed. Once Uriel persuades him, he throws all his forces into a desperate attack.]]
** In ''The Killing Grounds'', [[spoiler:the Grey Knight Leodegarius. Despite his suspicion and insistence on the ordeals to test Uriel and Pasanius, he is willing to clear them -- even acting in a more conciliatory manner after he knows if they are tainted, it was not with their knowledge -- and deals with the planet in a straightforward and just manner.]]
** Oddly enough most Governors end up as this trope, all but one named Governor in the Cain books wasn't this [[spoiler: because that one was a genestealer]]. Guess the bad ones tend to be killed off.
*** One of the Cain books actually had a short blurb that implied incompetent Governors are quickly dealt with by the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Officio Assassinorum]].
*** Chris Roberson's ''Dawn of War II'' has a wonderfully incompetent governor.
* In the second book of Creator/HilariBell's ''Literature/KnightAndRogue'' series, Michael and Fisk are surprised to find the local sheriff is willing to get their side of the story before summarily running them out of town on the say-so of an important official. [[spoiler:Though he still makes them leave once the book's over.]]
* In Sophie Kinsella's ''The Undomestic Goddess'', Ketterman comes off as cold, severe and off-putting at first, but he is the only one to listen to Samantha and investigate [[spoiler:the fraud perpetrated by Arnold Saville.]]
* Each book in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' tends to have exactly one character in this position. They usually don't last very long.
** A definite example would be Montgomery Montgomery from "The Reptile Room". The later books tend to lack this character, or have one offscreen.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Thuvia, Maid of Mars]]'', Thuvia refuses to have a prince who laid hands on her arrested, despite the gravity of the crime, because it would mean war.
** Later, the Great Jed, U-Thor. He gives Tara advice on defending herself against charges, valiantly defends his stepson A-Kor against A-Kor's own father, the jeddak, and [[spoiler:in the end is instrumental in replacing the jeddak with A-Kor]].
* In ''Annals of the Literature/BlackCompany'', the Lady [[InformedVillainy may be evil]], but she also fits this trope nicely. Admittedly, she does get [[FateWorseThanDeath somewhat cross]] with underlings who work against her, but she'll forgive (what's left of) them if she learns that the accusations were false.
* In Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Atrocity Archives]]'' and sequels, Angleton may count, despite being the scariest person in the Laundry. Exercising his authority frequently falls afoul of obstacle #4, above. Oh so much.
* Bluestar from ''Literature/WarriorCats'', but [[ZigzaggingTrope only sometimes]]. Given the information she had, she almost always made the best decision, once asking an [[KidHero apprentice]] to track down a friendly fugitive that GeneralRipper was definitely going to execute. Unfortunately the general was also the EvilChancellor, so she was [[EtTuBrute quite blind]] to his motives, despite repeat warnings from the hero.
** Firestar too after he becomes the leader.
** In fact, plenty of leaders can be this on a good day at least. Several examples include Blackstar, but the ultimate one would have to be Tallstar, who's very friendly to Firestar and his Clan (this is explained in ''Tallstar's Revenge''). But after he dies, [[TookALevelInJerkass Onestar]] (who takes over [=WindClan=] after him) averts this trope when he's in a foul mood.
* Supreme Affluent Greene Reid of ''[[Literature/AssassinFantastic A Touch of Poison]]'', who deals with a tricky situation with remarkable calm, given the circumstances (mainly, that [[spoiler: the Widow Baker nearly poisoned him, but chooses not to, comes to him with proof of the poisoning and a full confession as to how and why she attempted such a thing in the first place]]).
* King-Emperor John IV, from S. M. Stirling's novel, ''Literature/ThePeshawarLancers''. The cannibalistic Satanist Russian Empire has bred a lineage of seeresses who can see the consequences of any possible action? Your evidence is pretty convincing. Maybe you hero-types should go do something about it.
* The Literature/BelisariusSeries features Malwa noble Damodara, who starts off reasonable in actually listening to Rana Sanga's concern that they're being played by Belisarius, and then covers up the Rajput king's failure in capturing Belisarius because he accepts that anyone would have fallen for the BatmanGambit which was used.
* KingArthur.
* In Creator/JosephaSherman's ''Literature/TheShiningFalcon'', Finist. So frustrating to Ljuba.
* Faramir counts in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings.'' He provides assistance to Frodo and Sam once he learns of their quest (after making them sweat a bit) and shows mercy to Gollum when Frodo vouches for him (though Gollum doesn't realize it).
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
* Duke Gareth in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' was one, being strict and authoritative but at the same time, understanding and kind. Despite giving Alanna a stern lecture for beating up a boy who had ruthlessly bullied her (even breaking her arm at one point), he had supported her (even telling her privately that Ralon deserved to be thrashed) and was secretly pleased that she managed to do it on her own.
** In that same universe, Jonathan, as king, is considered a fair and benevolent ruler. He (technically) lifts the ban on female knights. His queen, Thayet, is an ActionGirl that starts her own band of "Riders" to serve the country.
** It's the same way with his father, for the most part. He's known as Roald the Peacemaker, but he takes it a ''bit'' far [[spoiler:when he allows a resurrected Duke Roger back into court]]. Conté's king and queen are generally examples of this trope.
** Lord Gershom of Haryse in ''Literature/ProvostsDog'', who is also DaChief of Tortall's police force. He can't investigate every case because there are just too many, but he gives Beka all the support he can when he can. It's only because of his political enemies that he has to employ {{Torture Technician}}s in the jails rather than actual truth spells.
* The Literature/HisFairAssassin trilogy has Duchess Anne, the young but extraordinarily level-headed royal served by the protagonist leads.
* [[HeroOfAnotherStory Sheriff Pangborn]] from Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheDarkHalf.'' After the villain George Stark leaves a bloody fingerprint at a crime scene that perfectly matches local writer Thad Beaumont, Pangborn arrives to arrest Thad. But when Thad produces an ironclad alibi, Pangborn believes him and does all he can to help catch Stark. Pangborn later gets to be TheHero in ''Literature/NeedfulThings.''
* Special Agent Tilly from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/{{Changes}}''. He turns off the recording tape during his interrogation of Harry, at Harry's request, and is willing to listen to and calmly evaluate what Harry says to him about the supernatural. He also handles himself very well during the [[spoiler: Red Court attack]].
** Warden Captain Anastasia Luccio is perfectly willing to listen to Harry when he reports a threat that the White Council has otherwise missed.
* Leonard Stecyk in ''Literature/ThePaleKing''.
* Artemis Butler of the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'', despite being a gang lord.
-->'''Butler:''' I swear that all I want is to safeguard ''everyone''. But this city is all I can control.
* Marcia Overstrand, [=ExtraOrdinary=] Wizard, in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' zig-zags this trope, varying from a ReasonableAuthorityFigure in e.g ''Darke'' where she immediately comes to the Palace with the other Wizards when alerted to the presence of a Darke Domaine to NotNowKiddo in ''Flyte'', when she refuses to believe that [[spoiler: Jenna has been kidnapped by her elder brother Simon Heap.]]
* Bishop Peregrino in ''[[Literature/EndersGame Speaker for the Dead]]'' first seems like a Bible-thumping fanatic dead-set on kicking the "infidel" Speaker out of Lusitania as soon as possible, including declaring Ender to be TheDevil himself. He still has plenty of reservations, but the events of the book have Peregrino mellowing and developing a level of respect for Ender, even if he doesn't agree with his methods (such as revealing embarassing personal information to everyone instead of just to the bishop and God in confession). Additionally, Ender revealing that he was baptised as a child helps the bishop accept him into their Catholic community. He also agrees to [[spoiler:rebel against the Starways Congress]] in order to save [[spoiler:Miro]].
** He does slip up in the following book ''Xenocide'', even though he is older and wiser (the book takes place 30 years later). After [[spoiler:Quim]]'s death at the "hands" of [[spoiler:Warmaker]], Valentine warns the bishop and the mayor of the impending riot the likes of which they've never seen, only for both of them to dismiss her advice. Bishop claims that his people are all good Catholics who'd never do something like that. The events of that night make him realize how wrong he'd been, and he makes all of his churchgoers build a new chapel to commemorate all those who died.
* In ''Literature/TheLongEarth'', Jansson becomes a renowned authority on "stepping" and generally does a good job preventing negative repercussions of the sudden discovery of parallel Earths.
* In the Conan story "Literature/TheGodInTheBowl", the Inspector, Demetrius, comes across as one. Despite advocating the more brutal methods that the guards have, he gives Conan a fair chance to explain himself, easily seeing past Conan's lies, and investigates instead of arresting him on the spot (partly because they couldn't take Conan, but also because he suspected it wasn't Conan). Near the end, when the nobleman who hired Conan to steal something in the citadel is found, Demetrius easily deduces that he hired Conan, and sincerely said that, if given the word, he would let Conan go, and cover this whole incident up to protect the nobleman's reputation, explaining that debt (the motive) is nothing to be ashamed of. The AristocratsAreEvil trope is in effect, and the man denies all the allegations, causing Conan to fly into a murderous rage, Demetrius still makes it out with a wounded leg, and when the real murder culprit is revealed, the titular god, the narration makes it clear that Demetrius would have stayed to investigate it, but wounded and bleeding badly, he opts to run with the rest of the guards.
* In ''Literature/{{Bisclavret}}'', the king. When Bisclavret, in wolf form, paws at his stirrup as a petitioner, the king grants him his life, since he petitioned for it.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Jago does an admirable job managing his city. To demonstrate: he refuses to let the civilians of others cities die or mutate but can't take in too many or they'll all starve. Also, he insists on protocol when letting anyone in or out of Final Shield.
* ''Literature/TheExilesViolin'':
** King Shaun II of Kenesta doesn't squash civil unrest with a heavy hand. Instead, he asks them to select [[TheFace a spokesman]] to send to an audience with him the next day so he can address their concerns. In the audience itself it crossses into OnlySaneMan because he is the only one that recognizes the stupidity in declaring war against a country that they just lost against to reclaim land that never wanted to be part of them.
** General Colborough is calm, rational and Jacquie notes that [[spoiler: when he initates his coup]] that he is not doing it out of ego or warmongering but because he believes it is the best course of action. When one of his subordinates claims that Jacquie and Clay are spies from another country simply because of a family squable, he says the idea is ridiculous but still wants them questioned because they shouldn'nt have been in a meeting that was arranged solely for locals.
** Admiral [=LeBlanc=] isn't keen on listing to a strange detective saying treanous and unlikely things, but, given to the strange circumstances and other things that Jacquie points out, she is willing to listen.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Princess Ludorica conceeds that her grandfather is right to use her as a tool for their kingdom's safety.
* In ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Dealing with Dragons]]'', [[spoiler:Kazul]] becomes one of these. [[spoiler:She knows that Cimorene is a level-headed person, so when Cimorene goes to Kazul - newly crowned as King of Dragons - saying that wizards tried to sabotage the coronation trials and the dragon Warog was behind it, Kazul is more than happy to listen. When Warog repeatedly tries to discredit Cimorene by insisting that her story is preposterous, Kazul calmly points out that he hasn't pointed out a single thing to back up that statement.]]
* Dalinar Kholin from ''[[Literature/TheStormlightArchive The Stormlight Archive]]'' is one of the few generals in charge of the Vengeance Pact that will actually listen to his troops. It's one of the things that made him so formidable as The Blackthorn, because he works very well with any of his subordinates.
** Kaladin is this to a lesser extent, only because he takes charge of Bridge Four. Unlike his commanding officers, who often neglect the bridgemen as arrow fodder, Kaladin considers each and every person's strength. He even makes the man who disagrees with him most his second-in-command to keep himself in line.
* Vikus from ''Literature/TheUnderlandChronicles'', though he's such a NiceGuy Gregor and others [[AdultsAreUseless don't feel they can always confide in him.]]
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* In ''Series/AuctionKings'', Paul is very level-headed and tends to take Jon's screw-ups in stride. Cindy tends to be more hot-headed.
* Jack [=McCoy=] from ''LawAndOrder'' is the very definition of tough but fair while he usually dishes out harsh punishments they are proportional to the crime. It is only after the opposition attempts some shifty defense that he goes all gung ho. For example [=McCoy=] once prosecuted a an unrepented drunk driver for killing three pedestrians. [=McCoy=] went Knight Templer to convict this driver, hiding witnesses, hide evidence; it is only when [=McCoy=] sees that the driver truly regrets his actions that [=McCoy=] changes his mind and submits the flight attendant's statement at trial, prompting a plea bargain. Furthermore his underlying motivation is a sincere desire to see justice done. To that end he looks at the fact meticulously, there have been a number of innocent defendants who only had their word to back up their claim. If it wasn’t for [=McCoy=] they would be in Jail.
** This came back to bite [=McCoy=] in the butt later on in the series once his name got into the text books. GenreSavvy defense attorneys knew something was up if a plea was too lenient.
* ''{{Series/MASH}}'': Col. Potter's decisions are always the right ones, and he's not afraid to yell at the DesignatedHero when he happens to be in the wrong.
* Assistant Director Skinner from ''Series/TheXFiles'' really does listen to Mulder & Scully if they can back it up.
* Pope in ''Series/PrisonBreak'' treats the inmates with a degree of respect. He doesn't talk about them in a demeaning way, as the guards tend to; seems genuinely sorry whenever he has to deliver bad news; and takes abuses of authority seriously. An interesting example because even though viewers are expected to have some sympathy for the protagonists, Pope--understandably--never supports their goal of escape. [[spoiler:At least in the first season, since he doesn't have much authority outside the prison.]]
* President Henry Hayes in ''Series/StargateSG1'', with a prejudiced/misguided Evil Vice President (Kinsey).
** Generals Hammond, O'Neill and Landry too.
--->''[Dr. Jackson has just finished giving intel about the Jaffa to SG-1 and Gen. Hammond, based on a dream]''
--->'''Dr. Jackson:''' ''[surprised]'' So, you believe me, too?
--->'''Gen. Hammond:''' The things I've heard sitting in this chair…
*** The episode "Sight Unseen" has a great example where Jonas Quinn (still sort of the new guy) claims to see something no one else can (a large bug crawling around). Hammond immediately orders a lockdown and investigation into the matter.
** It's especially evident once the President finds out about everything Kinsey has done, he shuts him up in order to listen to Dr. Weir and fires him in the same breath. In fact, the President tells him that with so much compromising evidence against him, Kinsey's lucky he's not getting shot for treason.
** Colonel Caldwell from ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' also fits this trope.
** Richard Woolsey was introduced to the franchise as an ObstructiveBureaucrat, and everyone was worried when he took command of ''Atlantis'' in the final season. While he remains an unapologetic bureaucrat, Woolsey does prove himself to be fairly reasonable, and he's willing to bend the rules here and there in exceptional circumstances.
* Sheriff Andy Taylor of ''TheAndyGriffithShow'' is both a subversion where the hero IS the authority figure, and one of the most thoroughly detailed depictions of this trope. Over the seasons, there have been a vast number of events, ranging from minor NarrativeFiligree to entire episode A-plots, depicting Andy's dedication to adapting his approach to crime based on the particular case and person at hand, and his goal of defusing tensions and trouble to prevent crime and strife from arising in the first place rather than being focused on punishing violators.
* President Bartlet of ''Series/TheWestWing'' is a mild version of one of these, in that he actually listens to practical and moral reasons for his actions, rather than scheming and ignoring the facts for political gain.
* Ultimately played for laughs (just like everything else) in ''Series/ICarly''. Principal Franklin, the principal of Carly's school, is not strict at all, once getting Carly and her friends out of detention, and even giving Carly a reprieve when her friend hacked into the school's computer to change her grades. In the end however, this is at least [[HandWave partially explained]] by the fact that the principal is a big fan of Carly's webshow, and she wouldn't be able to do the show if she were spending all her time in detention.
** It seems that he is more than aware of how [[SadistTeacher sadistic the teachers]] are at his school, which sets him up as the one ray of hope in an otherwise miserable environment.
* Admiral Forrest, Starfleet's CINC on ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is just about the only instance of a consistently supportive admiral in the franchise; the standard is more like Admiral Nechayev from TNG.
** It should be noted that Admiral Ross from ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' also had a tendency to be fairly reasonable... In fact, he tended to be the voice of reason when Sisko began to [[ChewingTheScenery chew scenery]].
** Speaking of [=DS9=], Martok is among a handful of reasonable Klingon leaders seen on screen. Though this becomes a problem when Chancellor Gowron (a thoroughly political GloryHound) thinks that Martok's victories will eventually allow him to challenge Gowron's position (something Martok, a career soldier of the Empire, has no intention of doing).
* Chief Karen Vick in ''{{Psych}}'', as well as being DaChief, also demonstrates these traits; she puts up with Shawn's antics with a remarkable amount of restraint, considering, and treats him and his "psychic" abilities reasonably and respectfully, although certainly not blindly.
** In later seasons, Head Detective Carlton Lassiter also applies. While still outwardly rude and disbelieving of Shawn, he sees that Shawn gets results and lets more and more of his childishness by.
* Camille Saroyan from ''{{Bones}}'', also DaChief, is very reasonable (albeit exasperated) with her team of squints. While she feels like the OnlySaneWoman, she respects the work her colleagues do and assists them accordingly.
** From earlier seasons, Dr. Goodman is an example as well. While he was often tired of his team's antics, he treated them well.
* Captain Stottlemeyer of ''{{Monk}}'' qualifies: he is Adrian Monk's closest friend, he rarely doubts Monk's intuition ("He's the guy."), and he even orders his officers to accommodate Monk's obsessions (one time he has officers pop all the bubbles on a piece of bubble wrap, so Monk can get on with solving the case).
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': While Principal Snyder skirted on the edge of being TheDragon to the season three BigBad (despite having shown up two seasons earlier), Sunnydale High's other two principals were both {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s. Principal Flutie meant well and tried to reach out to the students [[spoiler: (and was ''eaten'' for his pains)]], and Principal Wood comes close to joining Buffy's BandOfBrothers.
** [[spoiler: In the end he does]]
** There's also Giles who was reasonable as a Watcher when compared to Wesley (and the rest of the Watchers' Council).
** Believe it or not Faith and Kennedy become this in the comics. The former was leading a squad of slayers in England until they left her over Angel, while the latter formed an agency of former slayers turned BodyguardBabes and showed how reasonable she had become when Buffy worked for her, royally screws up, plans to skip, and attacked her. [[spoiler: The ending to ''Angel & Faith'' suggests the two will be working together.]]
* Principal Larritate in ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. Yes, he comes down hard on Alex but only because he feels she ''needs'' it more. Harper on the other hand gets off with a wrist slap because she's not really a problem. He also offers Alex an alternate to being suspended even though she may find the cure worse than the disease.
** Jerry usually qualifies.
* Bill Buchanan in ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', a rare boss who understands that Jack [[IDidWhatIHadToDo does what he has to do]].
** President David Palmer was all over this trope long before Buchanan.
** President Allison Taylor was this as well, excluding a few episodes near the end of the series.
* Visitors from the corporate headquarters in New York tend to be this in the US version of ''TheOffice''. David Wallace in particular is willing to take both business and human considerations into his decisions (e.g. his willingness to not go through with Jim's plan in "The Meeting").
** As reasonable as they are, they also managed to run the company into the ground.
* Principal Lasseter of ''LifeWithDerek'' is a disciplinarian, but is willing to consider more important things, such as the effect expelling Derek would have on school morale.
* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Not that he's there to in any way help the Winchesters, or anyone for that matter, but he values order, and is in charge of keeping the cycle of life and death continuing so the chaos doesn't destroy the universe. He is incredibly fair-handed in doing this, allows completely for the events of free will to be followed to their natural conclusion, and doesn't use "destiny" as an excuse to fuck people around. This means that all the Angels and Demons out there who play havoc with the natural order, arrogantly declaring that they can do whatever they want REALLY pisses him off (particularly considering how insignificant they are in comparison to him). As a result, if the Winchesters' aims coincide with his own, he ''will'' help them out. He is also the ''only'' entity in the whole of existence who Dean actually respects. And considering his exposure to both God and the Devil, that is saying something.
* Principal Figgins of Series/{{Glee}} qualifies. Although irrational at times (seriously, vampires?) and a occasionally a coward under Sue, He often gives rational statements over the feud between Sue and Will.
* Cedric Daniels from ''Series/TheWire''. Although [[CowboyCop McNulty]] sometimes sees him as an ObstructiveBureaucrat, he is a very competent and reasonable officer dedicated to quality police work.
** For such a deathly [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical]] series, ''Series/TheWire'' contains a surprising amount of these, from Howard "Bunny" Colvin, Tommy Carcetti [[spoiler:at first]], Gus Haynes, and [[spoiler:Roland Pryzbylewski]] when the latter becomes a teacher.
* Captain Roy Montgomery in ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is incredibly tolerant of Richard Castle's presence in the unit and remarkably willing to accommodate his theories and viewpoints on the cases he and Detective Kate Beckett investigate; this is partially because of pressure from higher-ups regarding the positive press that comes from having a bestselling mystery writer base a character on one of his police detectives, but he also appears to genuinely respect Castle's abilities and like the man personally. He also acts as a [[FatherToHisMen father figure]] to his detectives, particularly Beckett.
* District Attorney Devalos on ''{{Medium}}'' is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure. He always listens to Allison and thinks about what she says. Though frequently he doesn't immediately do anything with the information, it's not because he doesn't trust her. It's because he knows that there are only certain things he can use in court, and her visions aren't among them.
* The Mexican police chief in ''{{Terminator}}: TheSarahConnorChronicles''. A couple of American kids get in a fight in a bar, he's ready to let them off with a warning provided they call their parents. Too bad one of the kids is a wanted fugitive.
* The last episode of ''{{Titus}}'', "The Protector", has Christopher and the gang confront [[spoiler:the man who molested Erin's niece]] in the high school washroom with intentions of [[PaedoHunt "discussing"]] the issue with him. [[DeanBitterman Principal Wells]], upon hearing the evidence, proclaims he'll call the police himself...[[TorchesAndPitchforks but he'll give them 15 minutes first]]. Admittedly, more of a Sympathetic Authority Figure than a strictly Reasonable one.
* When the governor in the new ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' is informed by [=McGarrett=] that one of her old friends, campaign supporter, and well-respected local business tycoon is the head of the local yakuza, she, upon hearing the (fairly scanty and mostly circumstantial) evidence, immediately believes him despite initially having entered the office to rip him a new one for harassing her old friend.
** Which later gets averted in TheReveal that she actually is corrupt and already knew the information and in bed (metaphorically) with BigBad Wo Fat.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]'', Goth insists on trying the Doctor quickly, rather than posing the next President with the choice being forgoing the usual pardon that accompanies his installment, or releasing the murderer of a beloved President -- he would, no doubt, find it hard. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], as [[TheDragon Goth]] is actually trying to get the Doctor executed for [[BigBad the Master]].]]
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E1TheMasqueOfMandragora The Masque Of Mandragora]]'', the late duke.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E3FrontierInSpace Frontier in Space]]'', both the emperor and the president.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros Vengeance on Varos]]'' the Governor, who is ruling a BreadAndCircuses society and trying to get the best prices for his people from a CorruptCorporateExecutive despite the risk to his life.
** The Doctor himself counts as one of these, though if he '''''IS''''' tearing the crap out of you, then you definitely deserve it *cough*Adam, General Cobb*cough* and only a few people - River being one and Susan being another - can possibly calm him down.
* ''{{Roswell}}'' has Sheriff Jim Valenti, once he evolves from SecretChaser. He's willing to give [[TheHero Max]] and company the benefit of the doubt when they can't fully explain something, and actively protects them from less [[GovernmentConspiracy well meaning]] public servants.
* [[StraightMan Peter]] from ''WhiteCollar'' is this, giving a nice contrast to the other main character Neal's rather [[GentlemanThief looser]] [[GuileHero morals]].
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' Lieutenant (promoted to Captain) [[EnsembleDarkhorse Patrick Bonano]] often fills this role. Despite the fact that he knows what Nate and his crew [[JustLikeRobinHood are really doing]], he is willing to help them and let them get away with it as much as he can, often using their assistance to solve his own cases.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Admiral AJ Chegwidden qualifies with honors. He almost always backs up his subordinates, unless they’ve committed some {{Egregious}} act. Sometimes when he's hit his limit over his people's eccentricities he'll go into a tirade.
** His successor, General Cresswell, would also qualify but to a much lesser extent.
** The [=SecNavs=] do also, at various points throughout the series come across like this, albait on very rare occasions.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': President Fitzgerald Grant.
* ''Series/TheFlipsideOfDominickHide'': Caleb, Dominick's boss in both installments, despite seeming a bit sinister, is secretly helping Dominick due to the StableTimeLoop and arranges for Dominick to be KickedUpstairs rather than fired for his transgressions.
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* Arthéon from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' seems to be this. Notably, he and his RagtagBunchOfMisfits guild ended up involved in the second novel's plot because he was willing to follow a lead given by a random player nobody else was believing to.
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* The title character of "[[ChristmasSongs Good King Wenceslas]]" represents the Christian ideals of charity and caring for the meek.
** Though the real Wenceslas seems to have been more pious than competent and might have been better as a cleric than a king.
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* It was common in the past for ''all'' authority figures in the pro wrestling business to be depicted this way when they showed up on television, acting as a {{Foil}} for the antics of the heels and the zanier faces. Jack Tunney is a good example. It wasn't until the nineties that the CorruptCorporateExecutive version of the authority figure rose to popularity (in the form of Vince [=McMahon=] in the then-WWF and Eric Bischoff in the WCW).
* After years and years of the WWF being run by LawfulEvil heels like VinceMcMahon and TripleH who screwed the faces at any chance, a bit of fresh air surfaced when MickFoley became Commissioner in 2000 and actually treated everybody equally. It was a nice if brief chance of pace to watch a heel like Triple H finally get his just deserts at the hands of the man he forcefully retired no less. Still, Mick's reasonableness didn't save him from getting booed when backed into a corner by StoneColdSteveAustin.
* Theodore Long, long-suffering general manager of Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''Smackdown'' brand, is apparently a little ''too'' reasonable for CorruptCorporateExecutive Vince [=McMahon=]'s tastes; his current storyline has him being put on probation, ostensibly for being too bland and not having any major accomplishments, but implied to be more because he doesn't give special consideration to Vince's favorite wrestlers ({{Heel}}s one and all).
** Case in point; [[CreatorsPet Drew McIntyre]] ignored repeated warnings by Teddy to stop attacking an injured Matt Hardy, so Teddy stripped him of the IC title and fired him. The next week, [=McMahon=] reversed the decision, much to the dismay of Long and Kofi Kingston, who won the IC belt while [=McIntyre=] was gone.
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* In ''BuckRogers,'' the leader of the [[YellowPeril Mongol Empire]] turns out to be a surprisingly reasonable man, once the heroes have gotten past the EvilChancellor to speak to him. When he [[VillainRealization realizes]] how horribly his corrupt subordinates have tyrannized TheEmpire, he [[HeelFaceTurn releases]] North America from the Empire.
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* Examples from the ''DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign setting, ForgottenRealms: Alustriel of Silverymoon; Khelben Blackstaff, leader of the heroic breakoff organization from the Harpers; Piergeiron the Paladinson, one of the Lords of Waterdeep; and both the late King Azoun IV of Cormyr and his son, Azoun V. Given the scale of the setting, many, many others exist.
** Similarly, many of the men and women who rule the nations of {{Eberron}} are reasonable. Even King Kaius III, [[spoiler:a freakin' LawfulEvil vampire]], can occupy this role, as can Keeper of the Flame Jaela Daran, King Boranel of Breland and so forth.
* There are a few officials in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' who fit this trope, such as Literature/CiaphasCain, [[GauntsGhosts Ibram Gaunt]], and a handful of their fellow officers. Unfortunately, they are very much in the minority.
** To be fair, this is not entirely unjustified in a setting where having an open mind is practically an invitation to [[EldritchAbomination Chaos]].
*** Warmaster Horus was one, at least [[FaceHeelTurn before the heresy.]]
* Paragons (people who have a high Obligation in ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'') radiate a sense of [[TheProfessor trustworthiness and knowledge]]. As a result, they get a nice bonus to social rolls when they act like this.
* In TabletopGame/InNomine, the player characters are often angels reporting to Archangels. The books give directions for the GM to play these Archangels as anything from KnightTemplar fanatics to Reasonable Authority Figures. Their counterparts, the Demon Princes, not so much.
* Pretty much every authority figure in Ptolus has a reason they're in the position in the first place, are well-respected, and haven't been enveloped by the city by the spire's, ah, "intense" politics. [=DMs=] are given advice to not trot the players to these people for no reason, and to treat the encounters with gravity.
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* John Hancock as president of Congress in ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''. He's an independence man like UsefulNotes/JohnAdams, although he doesn't actively participate in debate or voting (except in case of deadlock, which Adams is quick to remind him of). He breaks one of those ties in favor of ''Dickonson's'' motion that a vote on independence must be unanimous and explains that not doing so would tear the country apart right from the get-go. Later, he offers to go beyond his authority to help the cause of independence when it looks sunk, but Adams tells him he needs to stay as this trope.
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* Brian Midcrid from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Original Generation'' series, sees how important the good guys are even though they are a bunch of {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s, and usually tries to be helpful. Since that would be boring he is secretly overthrown by a bunch of {{jerkass}}es who hate your characters.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has Mizuho's Vice-Chief Tiga. Sheena returns to the village having failed to assassinate the Chosen, gets sent to watch the party's movements, then brings them all to Mizuho, against all their customs, after the party has been declared traitors. Tiga hears her out in private, questions the party on what they intend to do, then formally allies Mizuho with them.
* VideoGame/CommandAndConquer: Tiberium Wars' General Granger, who still actually takes Nod seriously in the beginning, tries to prevent Boyle from annihilating an entire Yellow Zone by Ion-Cannoning Temple and tries (it could or could not be successfully, depending on player choice) to convince the player to not use the liquid T bomb of the same variety that caused the aforemention yellow zone cessation of existance.
* In ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', while everyone else is busy dying horribly, Thrall, Jaina Proudmoore and Malfurion Stormrage save their respective factions and team up in order to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has Captain Anderson (who might not really count since he only slightly outranks the main character, though in the sequel he is [[spoiler: either an admiral or the human Citadel Councilor, and, in either case, by far the biggest help you will get on that front]]), who always supports Shepard in his/her quest, even at the risk of his own reputation or career. Admiral Hackett is also one of these.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[spoiler: Wrex arguably becomes one, if he survives the events of the first game, as he is now the leader of Clan Urdnot, one of the most powerful krogan clans.]]
** In the Lair of the Shadow Broker {{DLC}} it's revealed that Admiral Hackett is the only person keeping Alliance intelligence (among others) from arresting Shepard following his/her reappearance. He's also the one who gave Commander Shepard's dogtags to Liara for her to return to the Commander, although she only reveals this if you haven't romanced her.
--->'''Liara''': "Do you remember Admiral Hackett? He gave them to me, so I could return them to you. He sends his best, and hopes you're okay."
** ''Arrival'' pretty much solidifies Hackett as this. [[spoiler: (Note: This is in response to Shepard ''blowing up an entire star system by wrecking a Mass Relay.'')]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Hackett:''' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I don't need to read the report to know you did the right thing.]]]]
** In the third game, Hackett allows Shepard to take the lead in assembling the forces necessary to retake Earth, and supports the decisions s/he makes along the way, even if it costs resources that might be needed.
** Also in the third game, the quarian Admiralty Board members [[spoiler: aside from Tali]] include one who is supportive of Shepard's attempts to broker peace with the geth, one is who is hesitant but willing to listen, one who is strongly opposed, and one who is batshit insane.
** Garrus' father, apparently. Speaking to Garrus in ''Mass Effect 3'' reveals that in between games, Garrus got ''really'' desperate to find anyone in the Turian Hierarchy to listen to him about the Reapers' imminent arrival, so he went to his father, with whom he has... never seen eye-to-eye, to put it mildly. Still, his father is a logical person and, after hearing Garrus' testimony, uses his own not-insignificant clout in the Hierarchy to force some of the other leaders to pay attention.
** Commander Shepard him/herself if Paragon who will listen to everything his/her crew has to say and make sure everyone is treated fairly.
* Sheriff Sarah Breaker from ''AlanWake'', an ordinary, level-headed, small-town sheriff who is not only explicitly against the [[CowboyCop FBI Agent Nightingale's]] hot-headed "shoot first, ask questions later" approach, but reasons that Alan Wake could not be (technically) behind everything weird happening with the town.
-->'''Nightingale:''' Sheriff Breaker, this is Agent Nightingale. I've lost contact with most of the men you assigned me. It's Wake's doing!\\
'''Breaker:''' Wait, are you seriously telling me that geek writer just took out my deputies?! Are you kidding? I mean, have you seen this guy? He wears a tweed jacket! Over.\\
'''Nightingale:''' He's the guy we're chasing! If it's not him, who, then? Bigfoot? Over.\\
'''Breaker:''' I don't know yet, but I'm not in the habit of jumping to conclusions. That tends to come back and bite you in the ass. Out.
* Several ''FireEmblem'' examples: Lord Uther in ''Blazing Sword'', King Hayden and Pontifex Mansel in ''Sacred Stones'', Empress Sanaki and King Caineghis in ''Path of Radiance''… in any given game, there’s a good bet that there’ll be a reasonable monarch somewhere willing to listen to the heroes and lend them a few troops.
* In ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'', the Royal Magister of Shang Tu is portrayed as wise and cautious, and far more reasonable than the other kingdom leaders, Prince Dail of Shuigang (who's BrainwashedAndCrazy and hell-bent on {{Revenge}}) and Mayor Zao of Shang Mu (a {{Greed}}-driven [[TheNapoleon Napoleon]]).
* In the original ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}'', [[spoiler:[[RichardTheLionHeart King Richard]] turns out to be one of these when [[PlayerCharacter Altaïr]] meets him at the end of the game and confronts him with Robert de Sable's plot to take over the Holy Land. Rather than having the Assassin killed out of hand, he listens to Altaïr's words (including his commentary that all of Richard's "best men" were working against him, to which he concedes) considers Robert's response evenly (hey, the Assassins ''are'' killing Crusader soldiers), and, confronted with two men who obviously hate each other and don't have enough proof of either of their claims, decides to let them [[TrialByCombat hash out their differences with the sword]]. Once Altaïr wins, King Richard has an amiable chat with the Assassin, offers him a bit of advice, talks kindly of Saladin (who is busy fighting his army at that very moment) and then lets Altaïr go.]]
** In the [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII second game]], both of [[PlayerCharacter Ezio Auditore's]] parents are pretty cool, and it's obvious they love each other, as well as their children. After Ezio gets involved in a street brawl and then goes to his girlfriend's house, only to get caught in her bed by her dad, the morning after, Giovanni (Ezio's father) starts off telling his son to stop being so immature and get it together... only to find himself chuckling at the fact that Ezio reminds him of himself at that age, and brushes it off. As for Ezio's mother, she's a patron of Leonardo da Vinci and goes out of her way to be kind to the lower classes. She also isn't fooled by Ezio's supposed denials of his troublemaking the night before, leading to an amusing conversation about Ezio [[CrowningMomentOfFunny needing to rethink his outlets]].
** Lorenzo de' Medici as well. Ezio's father has always been his friend, and Lorenzo is determined to help in any way he can to stop his city (and all of Italy) from falling into Templar hands.
* General Leo from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', who is a good guy at heart, working for the wrong people. He stands out for being able to make decisions on his own: refusing genetic experimentation on his body, refusing to poison Doma, and fighting Kefka without hesitation. He never quite gets a chance to really talk with the heroes, though, essentially skipping the ReasonableAuthorityFigure phase because he's one step ahead of them when it matters.
* Lord Harrowmont from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. This is part of what contributes to GrayAndGreyMorality, considering that as the dwarf noble, he asks you say, to his face, that you did not kill your brother. If you say "yes", then he says, "I believe you." It's also likely that [[spoiler:He actually ''wouldn't'' have had Bhelen arrested if he was crowned; he does kill Bhelen if he's crowned but Bhelen attacks ''first''. Even ''if'' Bhelen's crowned, he kneels before him and accepts defeat.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted when he becomes king, where he proves to be a [[UnfitForGreatness poor and ineffectual ruler]] bogged down by his bigotry of the Casteless and his adherence to the crippling traditions of the dwarves. Bhelen becomes a mix of this and WellIntentionedExtremist dragging the dwarves into the future kicking and screaming once he's king though.]]
* Grand Cleric Elthina from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. With the templar and the mages edging closer and closer to open conflict in the streets of Kirkwall, she's one of the only people in power trying to diffuse the situation instead of making it worse. [[spoiler:Which is why Anders kills her. Her death destroys any hope of a peaceful resolution and Kirkwall erupts into open war, which is exactly what Anders wanted.]]
** Viscount Marlowe Dumar was one as well, being a stabilizing figure in the otherwise unstable political climate of Kirkwall focused on making sure things ''don't'' go to hell. While [[AuthorityInNameOnly his authority is severely limited]] by the influence of Meredith, he does try to get Hawke to stem the tide. [[spoiler:Eventually, he's killed by the Arishok in his takeover of the city.]]
** Ser Thrask leads the moderate Templars in a secret opposition to Meredith and actively protects runaway mages from his overzealous colleagues' mistreatment. [[spoiler:Which is why he has to be killed by a crazed mage who requests his protection and abuses his trust to get back at Hawke.]]
** Knight-Captain Cullen is this for the Templars. Despite suffering incredible trauma at the hands of demons and mages from Origins, Cullen managed to calm down to being somewhat harsh but not fanatical and unreasonable. [[spoiler:In the finale, if Hawke sided with the mages for the final conflict, Cullen will stand against the maniacal Meredith as she cries for Hawke's death and fight alongside the Champion of Kirkwall.]]
** First Enchanter Orsino also, at least in comparison to the zealous Meredith and [[spoiler: until the player learns that he dabbled in dark magic and protected a SerialKiller necromancer [[ForScience for the sake of research]]]]. His main concern is protecting his students and subordinates, and he'll allow Hawke to take the lead or speak their piece much more readily than Meredith will. He's still as controversial in Kirkwall as his counterpart however since it's questionable whether or not he's the more misguided one, seeing as mages are extremely dangerous, especially in Kirkwall, where the Veil is thin and anyone connected to the Fade is easily possessed.
* ''InfiniteSpace'' has a few, but Kendrick Coyle of [[TheEmpire Lugovalos]] stands out the most for not approving Desmond's poor treatment toward non-Lugovalian-born citizens. His appearance arguably gives more positive light for Lugovalos, since before he appears in the story, Lugovalos is introduced as nothing but a tyrannical enemy.
* Dr. Crabblesnitch from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' can be this when he's not a DeanBitterman.
* Ryotaro Dojima from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', the protagonist's [[DaChief detective]] uncle, probably counts. He's able to figure out a lot of details behind the murders and kidnappings around the same time the Investigation Team does, and the only reason he isn't able to help is because A) he's LockedOutOfTheLoop on all of the supernatural aspects of the case, B) Even if he knew, he can't enter the TV world, so he still wouldn't be able to help much, and C) [[spoiler: his partner is the culprit.]]
* Officer Kurosawa from ''{{Persona 3}}'' could count. As a humble police officer, he realizes something bad is happening he can't control, but where did he get all those weapons? And why was a match of the swimsuits the gang wore at Yakushima in the armor section?
** #1 From his "allies" (most likely the military or mercenaries meaning he must be a very trusted person for them). #2 FetishFuel.
* ''HeavyRain'''s Norman Jayden acts as this to Ethan Mars as he is the only one who thinks he's not the Origami Killer. Even though the evidence matches, he finds his psychological profile and geolocalization doesn't match up.
** [[spoiler:If Ethan is arrested in "Under Arrest", Norman would free him]].
* Commander Thomas Laskey, the first officer of the Infinity, from ''VideoGame/{{Halo4}}''. He sees first-hand how much of an incompetent {{Jerkass}} his boss, Captain Del Rio is, to the point of allowing Master Chief to escape arrest for not surrendering Cortona's chip to Del Rio, and even giving him a fully-loaded Pelican to carry on his mission. [[spoiler: He's later rewarded when Del Rio is relieved/stripped of his command by FLEETCOM, taking over Infinity himself.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has Emperor Peony IX of Malkuth, a nice guy who genuinely wants peace between the two major nations and is willing to make concessions to get there, although his power is sometimes restricted by an offscreen NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering. It seems to help that he was raised outside the royal court - due to political intrigues, he was sent away from the capital as a child to live incognito, and there he managed to frequently sneak away from his guards and play with the commoner children, including one of your party members.
** There's also Ion, the leader of the Order of Lorelei, who, like His Imperial Majesty, wants peace between Kimlasca and Malkuth, and actively seeks to reform the Order back to being a religion of life. He acts as a mediator between the two countries.
* The King of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' serves as this, being totally devoted to helping out Freeside and willing to cooperate with the NCR if certain choices are made, though his friend Pacer is a pain in the ass for both of them.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' has Lord Nasher, the ruler of Neverwinter. He saves you from [[KangarooCourt Luskan "justice"]] even if you initially chose to undermine law enforcement in the city, later gives you a keep of your own to command, and eventually admits you into knighthood.
* VisualNovel/AceAttorney is lacking in these, but there are a few. The Judge is easily swayed, intimidated and distracted by prosecutors and witnesses but never ignores a possibility or discrepancy that's presented, no matter how minor and occasionally has moments of incredible wisdom and courage.
** [[spoiler:Edgeworth]] becomes one after his HeelFaceTurn. He takes it upon himself to play devil's advocate with Phoenix specifically to get him riled up and working at his best.
** Klavier doesn't care about winning, only the truth. He's willing to share information and indirectly help Apollo from the get-go.
** Ambassador Colias Paleano never once lies to, hinders, insults, annoys or ignores Edgeworth. He always gives all the help and information he can to the best of his ability. It was refreshing for both players and Edgeworth to have a genuinely helpful witness for once.
** The judge gets an upgrade in ''Dual Destinies'', such as when he's confronted with a choice over whether to allow [[spoiler: Athena to use analytical psychology on Detective Fulbright]]. The argument is made that emotions are not evidence, and cannot be used in court. The judge declares this is exactly right, but also says that the process has, in the past, helped uncover the truth, and allows it to go forward regardless, as court cases should be less about legal technicalities and more about the truth.
* The ''BaldursGate'' series has a few, but Duke Eltan, and his right-hand man Scar, of the Flaming Fist - the de facto police force of the eponymous city - stand out, as much of the second half of the game consists of fleshing out their initial suspicions about the Iron Throne and trying to find them the evidence they need to justify bringing the law down on them. The leadership of the [[TheOrder Order of the Radiant Heart]] are this in the second game, offering support to good-aligned or very persuasive player characters at several points of the game and notably responding to the party being tricked into murdering several of their knights by demanding that they hunt down those responsible for the deception. Inspector Brega clearly has a trace of this, but his role, while expanded by third party mods, is undermined by the over-the-top corruptness of the Amnish government (Magistrate Bylanna, by contrast, clearly considers herself this but flirts with the LawfulStupid and ObstructiveBureaucrat tropes far too much to qualify). Melissan presents herself as this, and the game forces the player to go along with it even though they're unlikely to have been fooled.
* Quaestor Verus from ''BatenKaitos Origins'', who serves as the BigGood of the story and works to help Sagi stop Baelheit's plans for promachination. [[spoiler:Subverted; Verus is actually an unrepentantly evil [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] who reveals himself as soon as Baelheit is dead.]]
* One of the first tasks in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is to go to Balgruuf, the local Jarl (leader of the region), to warn him about the rampaging dragon. Now, dragons have seemingly been extinct for hundreds of years. Most people don't think they exist any more. But upon hearing the firsthand account of the dragon attack (on top of multiple other reports), Balgruuf immediately accepts it, sends soldiers to reinforce undefended towns, and puts his guards on alert. And when it's revealed that the player is Dovahkiin, he instantly recognizes their importance and endeavors to help you in any way possible. Late in the primary storyline, if you backed him up during the civil war and protected Whiterun, he will only be ''slightly'' reluctant to agree to [[spoiler: risk his castle and city by deliberately luring Odahviing into his castle to trap it.]]
** Speaking of Franchise/TheElderScrolls, both Emperor Uriel Septim VII and High Chancellor Ocato are this. It's especially notable for Ocato, given that his predecessor, Jagar Tharn, was the [[EvilChancellor exact opposite]]. When the emperor dies in the intro of ''Oblivion'', Ocato does his very best to hold the Empire together. One of the first acts of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thal]][[ScrewYouElves mor]] is to assassinate him.
** Also from The Elder Scrolls Series, [[MadGod Sheo]][[CrazyAwesome go]][[TalkativeLoon rath]], The Prince of Madness, of all people. In Oblivion he gets you to try and stop [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The End of His Realm as He Knows It]]. And in Skyrim He has you do therapy on the series' equivalent of [[TheCaligula Caligula]]. Though strict and utterly insane, he has a twisted but clear love of his people and will reward any mortal that does what he says to the letter. Which for a Daedric Prince, means quite a lot.
** Sheogorath is somewhat like another Daedric Prince, Azura, in that they seem like Reasonable Authority Figures, to the player and to the Dunmer -- when they get their way. But sweet and nurturing Azura can be every bit as mercilessly vindictive as Sheogorath if she's defied.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', Gym Leaders frequently assist with taking down Team Plasma's criminal activities throughout the plot, culminating in them helping you [[spoiler: StormingTheCastle, and [[BigDamnHeroes keeping the Sages at bay]] while you hunt down N]].
** Ghetsis presents himself as the face of Team Plasma and seems to take a more moderate stance on the issue than the Team's [[WellIntentionedExtremist more extreme members]]. He asks only for a moment of your time to listen to his speech in Accumula Town, and even helps Bianca recover her Munna when Plasma agents steal it in Castelia City. [[spoiler: He turns out to be TheManBehindTheMan, N's TreacherousAdvisor, and not above [[AbusiveParents abusing]] (or [[WildMassGuessing possibly even]] [[OffingTheOffspring murdering]]) his own son in his pursuit of power.]]
* President Dylan Paradine of Strahta in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''. He travels his country in plainclothes to gather information personally, takes the party's word over one of the more influential members of Strahta's society, and does whatever he can to help out (as long as it's within reason).
* As far as ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' community leaders go, it would be easier to count those that ''don't'' cooperate unhesitatingly with the heroes or demonstrate good reasons for doing otherwise.
* ''GuildWars'' has several leaders who are willing to listen and aid the heroes without first seeing drastic evidence there's a problem beyond the average monster infestation.
** ''Prophecies'' has King Jalis Ironhammer, who is happy to aid the Ascalonian exodus even in the middle of a civil war.
** ''Factions'' has Emperor Kizu, though his support is somewhat undermined by the squabbling of the Luxons and Kurzicks.
** ''Nightfall'' has the Istani Elders, who accept the evidence and act on it within reason, and Prince Ahmtur, the only Vabbian noble who doesn't immediately run and hide.
** ''Eye of the North'' sees the return of King Jalis Ironhammer, who brings an army just on Ogden's word. Captain Langmar also shows this to a degree, aiding against the Destroyers and accepting Gwen despite initial mistrust.
* Princess Zelda tends to be this in ''Legend of Zelda'' games, at least when her personality is fleshed out. Usually she's blocked from actually doing much, either by her EvilChancellor or her unsuspecting father, so she asks whichever generation of Link that just stumbled into the castle to help her out.
* Every authority figure in ''[[VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan]]'' is one, having nothing except the best interests at heart for their land and its residents, as well as its neighbors. [[spoiler:However, Prince Baldur lost it in the face of the threat of his empire being completely destroyed, [[WellIntentionedExtremist resorting to more extreme measures]]. After the party foils his plan and he is rescued by the Medium, even he [[HeelFaceTurn settles back into this role]], [[GuestStarPartyMember aiding you]] in fighting the [[BonusBoss Great Dragon]] when it threatens his people.]]
** [[spoiler:Visil]] is one in ''[[VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl]]'', though it's not obvious until [[spoiler:after you're forced to kill him]].
* [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness The Council of Nations]] in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. The financial backers of the XCOM project, consisting of representatives from [[TheAlliance 16 member nations]], they absolutely recognise you as mankind's only hope against the extraterrestrial invaders, and are generally supportive of you even if you don't always do put forward an amazing monthly report. However, they're also relying on XCOM to protect them: if XCOM shows that it is unable or unwilling to protect a particular nation, then the nation erupts into full scale panic riots. If XCOM doesn't assist in reducing the panic levels, the nation will withdraw from the project in order to focus their limited resources on keeping their country from tearing itself apart. And if 8 or more leave, XCOM is shut down and then it's GameOver, for both you, ''[[ApocalypseHow and]]'' the human race.
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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'''s Mayor Chuck Goodrich ''will'' listen to you if you have some kind of WorldOfWeirdness related problem. This is because [[spoiler: as a time traveler who has to solve the problems of every parallel universe, he's probably heard it before.]]
* Mr. Verres of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is far more reasonable than one would expect from the head of an organization that essentially acts as TheMenInBlack. He has a reputation for resolving situations in a manner that tends to favor the well-being of those involved over preserving secrets, and he has earned so much respect from those serving under him, that they still often secretly report to him even when he is no longer their boss. Most dangerous plotlines occur when he is impossible to reach.
* The mayor in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' is not initially an example, but her intern ''is''. Up to and including risking his employment to protect sapient robots [[spoiler:from the Gardener in the Dark program]], going directly against the mayor's decisions to do so.
** Both Mr. Raibert and the Police chief also count.
** The Mayor eventually sees CharacterDevelopment and becomes more sympathetic to artificial intelligences... albeit because Florence pissed her off so badly that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fv02385.htm she had to acknowledge Florence as a person to justify her rage]].
---> '''Mayor:''' People think a politician is weak if they change their position. Myself, I think a politician is an idiot if they ''don't'' rethink their position when new information becomes available.
* An abbot early in ''Webcomic/GetMedieval'' establishes the comic's lack of MedievalMorons. He shelters, clothes and feeds two marooned HumanAliens because they're in need. When a paranoid monk points out that one of them has slept in for morning mass, the abbot notes that the one who attended paid more attention than half the brothers.
* Baron Wulfenbach of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' runs a ruthless dictatorship. He allows his subjects to parody or even mock him in the press, and generally he only uses lethal force when the need for it becomes blatantly obvious - even a full-fledged French Revolution-style ''uprising'' is put down with StunGuns. A very reasonable dictator.\\\
He has two rules: The (''[[SealedEvilInACan apocalyptic]]'') devices of the [[BigBad Other]] must immediately be turned over to him for study, and nations/city-states are not allowed to go to war with each other (in fact, the motto for his ''Pax Transylvania'' is "Don't make me come over there"). That's it. If he's even ''taxing'' his vassals, it's not enough that any of them as much as mentioned it so far. So the nobles are trying to dethrone Klaus mainly because he won't let them kill each other. Wherever Klaus collects his revenue, he uses it, aside of keeping crack troops, to build and maintain roads, schools, and hospitals.\\\
When he took hostages from the royal families to ensure that they didn't go to war with their neighbors, he didn't ignore them or abuse them. Instead he got the best nanny he could and proceeded to educate them out of being potential {{Royal Brat}}s and into RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething, [[KingIncognito his own son]] being among them. Tarvek mentions that being released from his hostage status was "[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090918#.U7Wfs3xOVdg the worst punishment ever"]] Also the novelization mentions that he passed an equivalent of a Civil Rights act, forbidding discrimination against [[ArtificialHuman constructs.]]\\\
Klaus managed to keep power in most of Europe (mainly excluding England and the city state of Paris) in a ''world ruled by {{mad scientist}}s''. He accepts aid from AxCrazy ex-pirate queen Bangladesh Dupree and former servants of his enemies -- having them under his control is more effective and helps keep the peace, so he not only assimilated armies as casually as GenghisKhan, but made it a standard procedure. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20071207 He made sure it's well-known]] that he also offers surrendering soldiers the opportunity to join his army or take generous severance packages. He also keeps a reasonable base of young [[MadScientist sparks]] and royals loyal to him (or at least completely awed and understanding it's the best place they could find), many becoming good friends with his heir, so that war won't break out once he's gone. It still did the moment he landed in a hospital, but at least with a few clear-cut factions and even possibility to salvage his empire, instead of the open-for-all war he stopped.
* Princess Voluptua in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' is viceroy of Earth's solar system, and (apparently unlike a lot of Nemesite aristocrats) takes her job seriously and responsibly. Even Zippobic, who hates the Nemesites in general, has conceded that he respects and trusts her. When Bob reported that Earth was being attacked by lobster aliens, she promptly sent help because it was a "legitimate police call." However, when he needed her help to find a home for a baby giant, she again helped, but this time with the warning that he shouldn't count on her to help him out of messes that she and her government have nothing to do with.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' plays with this slightly with White Noise, Captain of the Executioners... which makes him in charge of ''a band of criminals''.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** General Tarquin, despite being, you know, a LawfulEvil [[TheManBehindTheMan man behind the man]] who by genre conventions should be holding at least one of them hostage and assuming they're trying to manipulate him. He recognizes that the heroic party is probably fighting a global scale threat that is as much a danger to him as to anybody else, and aids them unconditionally regardless of the philosophical differences
** Lord Shojo, who was quite a capable ruler of Azure City, even when he needed to [[ObfuscatingStupidity fake senility]] to stave off assassination by ambitious rivals, and recruited the Order of the Stick behind the backs of his paladins because he realized that with their hidebound code, they could not both keep their oath and save the other gates.
** For that matter, Shojo's nephew Hinjo, who is quite reasonable for a paladin, often taking the advice of our heroes and accepting the fact that he cannot do everything himself. Then again, no paladin is bad compared to [[KnightTemplar Miko]]...
* A ''PvP'' arc had Brent being stalked and bullied by a bike cop after he got on the latter's wrong side. When Brent and Francis go complain to the cop's supervisor, we see that he's a nice, down-to-earth and reasonable person, who promises to look into the matter. Problem solved, right? Well...not quite. Unfortunately for Brent, Francis finds the fact that said supervisor is a midget very (and offensively) amusing...
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has Thurl, whom even Tagon recognize as [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-03-28 the prime source of advice]]. Elf was promoted after leading the rescue mission, after which designed a communication device that impressed the local MadScientist without being taught such things (or much of anything), but [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2009-04-15 it goes like this]]:
--> '''[[EnsignNewbie Elf]]''': Thurl, why did she give you a "yessir?" She won't even listen to ''me'' but she outranks ''you''!\\
'''Thurl''': That's the difference between personal authority and position authority.\\
'''Elf''': I don't get it.\\
'''Thurl''': I know. That's why you're in charge, buy you're taking orders from me at the moment.
* The U.S. military from the [[AlternateUniverse alternate]] wraith universe in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Torg, who's somewhat GenreSavvy, is surprised to discover that a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] world can have a very friendly and helpful military-industrial complex.
** The Prime counterpart of their Secretary of Defense also qualifies.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Cheer}}'', Mr. Madison is considered nice and well-liked by his students. He's the one the girls go to for help when they find that the class president was chained up in the Student Council room, and when we see him teaching, he tries to make obscure math formulas interesting before admitting that the students can forget them after the test.
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' has '''Palpatine''' as one of these. Instead of him corrupting Anakin (like in the films), [[spoiler: it's the other way around.]]
-->'''Jar Jar''': Dis meaning war, wesa needs to have a stronger leader! Mesa suggests Chancellor Palpatine gets emergency powers!\\
'''Palpatine''': What?!

-->'''Palpatine''': In the wrong hands, such a thing[[note]]The Peace Moon (aka The Death Star)[[/note]] could be... disastrous.\\
'''Anakin''': But in the right hands?\\
'''Palpatine''': There ''are'' no right hands!
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* Both the headmistress and the head of Security at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the ''WhateleyUniverse''. The headmistress turns out to be one of the great superheroines of the 20th century, and the head of security turns out to be a highly trained ex-special Forces military expert. So maybe the people who hired these guys count too.
* Explored in the short story "The Big Bitch" http://strangestoriesaboutsadpeople.blogspot.com/2010/08/big-bitch.html
* The Lord of the Supreme Council in ''TheQuestportChronicles''.
* A large part of the reason that Skitter became a VillainProtagonist in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' was because none of the authority figures she ever encountered were reasonable. That said, Miss Militia, a superhero in [[TheCity Brockton Bay]] promoted to lead the local superhero team after her predecessor's retirement, is unquestionably evenhanded and responsible.
* His Honor, Edward Dyer, Mayor of a fictionalized Orlando in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' setting. Are you a superior coming to him to report an alien invasion? He'll listen and even take your advice on how to defend the city. Zombies? He'll listen. Supervillains infiltrating the mayor's office. He'll even listen to you if he's your prime suspect. Of course, if you're wrong, he'll read you the riot act for wasting his time.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Commander Joseph Walsh, DaChief from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers''. He's a BenevolentBoss who does his best to protect the Rangers from the political pressure inflicted by ObstructiveBureaucrat Senator Whiner.
* The Earth King in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. He even had an EvilChancellor, Long Feng, who tried to discredit Aang and co. (among other unpleasantness). He listens to Aang and co. even though they fight their way into his throne room, and is eminently reasonable and rational when deciding their case. He eventually agrees to help plan an invasion of the Fire Nation and arrest Long Feng.
** It's kind of subverted in ''[[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise the Promise]]'' comics: the Earth King refuses to [[spoiler:have an audience with Zuko after the latter withdraws his support of the Harmony Restoration Movement, instead choosing to go to war with the Fire Nation over the colonies.]]
** Chief Hakoda probably qualifies also.
** General Iroh could qualify as well [[spoiler: especially after he lost his son and had no more lust for conquest. He spent the remainder of his life trying to be the voice of reason for Zuko and aimed to influence his nephew from the path of darkness Iroh's evil brother and niece were on.]]
** Monk Gyatso is another canidate as he was looking out for Aang's well-being as a boy while the other elder monks, fearful of a coming war, saw Aang as a small Avatar and wanted to force him to train rather then let Aang mature to be able to handle the responsibility.
** Katara herself becomes this in SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. The prime example that unlike the other White Lotus members, who would stop Korra from going to Republic City, she gave her her blessing to go there, remembering how she went on her journey in the original series. That, and she decides to let her son Tenzin train Korra in Airbending.
*** Tenzin as well.
** Lin Beifong may look like a hardhearted lady who continually sticks to the law, but once you get to know her, she's a good ally and will listen well if you have a crime to tell her about.
* Principal Geraldine Waxelplax from ''TheFairlyOddparents''. Sometimes played for laughs, [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes not]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Princess Celestia, who in addition to being a kind, gentle pony (willing to forgive her formerly insanely evil sister after Luna tearfully apologized), is also a ruler that isn't as stuffy and proper as one would think, as she once pulled a light-hearted prank on the Cakes to get them to loosen up during a visit from her.
** Two episodes in particular highlight this trait for the Princess:
*** "A Bird in the Hoof", in which her reaction to Fluttershy's well-intentioned bird-napping of her pet to nurse it back to health is primarily to chide Fluttershy for not asking about the bird, [[spoiler:a phoenix on the tail end of its rebirth/death cycle]], in a CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot, in addition to having said [[spoiler: phoenix]] apologize to Fluttershy for intentionally making her life difficult when the pegasus was only trying to care for it.
*** "Lesson Zero" has Twilight Sparkle having a monumental FreakOut because she hadn't written her weekly [[AnAesop aesop]] report to Celestia. The princess shows up after Twilight's attempts to rectify the situation have wreaked chaos upon Ponyville, and is implied to given Twilight a well-earned, offscreen lecture before starting to reassure her. When her friends burst in begging Celestia to forgive Twilight, citing ''their'' not taking her feelings seriously as the cause of the problems, she takes the chance to drive the lesson home ''and'' lighten Twilight's (perceived) workload by having the others join in the reporting ''only'' when there's something to report.
** Rarity is this for Sweetie Belle in "Ponyville Confidential." Rarity confronts Sweetie Belle upon learning that her little sister is one-third of the new local gossip columnist. Despite her anger (since a recent story had been excerpts from Rarity's diary), Rarity scolds her, uses her own [[HypocrisyNod going through Sweetie Belle's stuff for proof]] to drive home the point about personal privacy, and finish it up by questioning whether Sweetie Belle wants writing hurtful gossip to be her destiny-declaring Cutie Mark. Everypony else was either so angry they sent the fillies away rather than risk [[MomentOfWeakness an out of line outburst]] or just shunned them outright.
** In the episode "Sweet and Elite" we have Fancypants, a wealthy and influential unicorn that befriends Rarity. Unlike many other high society ponies, he's humble, kind, and by the end of the episode establishes himself as both a NiceGuy and UnclePennybags when he stands up for Rarity and her friends in front of what is basically the cream of Canterlot high society.
** Twilight herself is this for Spike, being the main adult figure in his life. She pulls him back when he starts to go out of line.
* The head of the monastery from ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' episode "Expedition to Khumbu". When the villains try to frame the boys for stealing an artifact from the monastery, he is ready to give them the benefit of doubt, despite the evidence against them. He then immediately turns the table on the bad guys by asking them one sensible question which they fail to answer.
* From the children's TV series ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', we have Principal Prickly, who, although tough on disobedience and often somewhat at odds with the main characters, has joined many an EnemyMine or cut them a very generous amount of slack when he felt their hearts were in the right place.
** Not to mention King Bob, the "ruler of the playground".
** Don't forget the kids' teacher, Mrs. Grotke. Probably the antithesis of the SadistTeacher trope.
** Although playground monitor Ms. Finster is generally shown as a stern authority figure, she is usually portrayed as unfailingly fair and given several humanizing episodes.
** Really, most of the adults in Recess are portrayed this way, with the exception of SmugSnake Mayor Fitzhugh. Substitute teacher Mr. E is another textbook example.
* Cortes in ''{{Skyland}}'', though he often wonders why he listens to kids.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had Chef (until they killed him off). It wasn't so much that nobody else would believe the kids, so much as he was often the only vaguely competent and intelligent adult in the entire town. It tends to be a town full of Mulders, with the kids usually playing Scully. Also, Principal Victoria and President Bush, as he was the only one in "Cartoon Wars Part 2" who defended the Family Guy writers rights to free speech instead of having them arrested like many people were recommending.
* Deputy Mayor Callie Briggs from ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats''. Unlike the LovableCoward Mayor and InspectorJavert-ish police chief, she realizes that Megakat City needs the titular vigilantes and serves as TheCommissionerGordon.
* ''TransformersAnimated'' has Ultra Magnus from Cybertron (who unfortunately has [[JerkAss Sentinel Prime]] as his primary advisor), and Captain Fanzone from Earth. Later in the series, when Ultra Magnus is [[KingOnHisDeathbed out of action]] and Sentinel Prime takes over, Alpha Trion fills this role.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has Special Agent William Fowler. While he does get frustrated with the Autobots from time to time, he lets them do their thing as long as no one gets injured ([[WhatMeasureIsAMook besides Decepticons and MECH]]). And when the Autobots need something only a human can provide, Fowler will cooperate if he's available.
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' has Mrs. Twombly, the littlest pet shop owner, helping out Blythe Baxter on certain situations[[note]]At least, when she's not being a CloudCuckooLander, which is most of the time.[[/note]].
** Fisher Biskit is this to his daughters [[DependingOnTheWriter most of the time]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs''. Normally, the universe hates Dan, and Dan reciprocates, but sometimes the universe throws Dan a bone in the form of this trope.
** In "Dan Vs. Traffic", Dan is having a PottyEmergency while stuck in traffic, and breaks several laws in his haste to get home. A cop pulls him over as he's driving on the sidewalk. Dan explains how badly he has to use the bathroom, and the cop simply lets him leave.
** In "Dan Vs. Baseball", Dan and Chris go to ludicrous lengths to kidnap the Commissioner of Baseball. However, when Dan actually stops to explain his grievances against baseball (namely that it broke his car's mirror, and it pre-empted his favorite show), the Commissioner immediately gives Dan the money to fix the mirror and promises to make sure the show never gets pre-empted again. (Turns out the Commissioner is also a fan of that show.) So the kidnapping was completely unnecessary.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', Splinter is this. It's highlit in the season one episode "It Came From The Depths", where he professes that Michelangelo is right when he says that the Turtles owe it to Leatherhead to give him a chance, but also agrees that Leatherhead must be reasonably restrained, since he is a super-strong giant gator-man prone to sporadic bursts of violent fury.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has plenty of unreasonable authority figures (strangulation is a running gag), but some are this, including of all things the Commandant of the military school in The Secret War of Lisa Simpson. When the Simpson family observes a group of cadets standing at attention, Homer mocks them by throwing stones and the Commandant seems to be genuine shocked: "They're just children, Mr. Simpson!"
** Judge Roy Snyder is also this. Although he has his quirks (the clown on his desk) he is actually one of the few authority figures in Springfield who can't be bribed.
* Of the four rulers in ''ShadowRaiders,'' King Cryos of Ice is far and away the most sensible. It's a lucky thing that he's the first one Graveheart and Tekla have to deal with.
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* King Hammurabi of Babylon, the author of one of the oldest known set of laws, the Code of Hammurabi. It was a pretty draconian code by the modern standards, that didn't recognise exceptions even in the most reasonable circumstances, or the fact that sometimes the one punished wasn't really guilty of anything - a doctor could get his hands cut off for performing an operation where the patient dies, even if the operation was the only thing giving the patient a chance, for example; or if Man A killed Man B's pregnant daughter by accident, the penalty was death ''for Man A's daughter''. But it had two big advantages over everything that had ever come before it, neither of which can be counted on even today - it was [[ReadTheFinePrint written plainly in stone for all to see]] with with zero [[LoopholeAbuse Loopholes]], and ''it applied to everyone in the country, [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules including Hammurabi himself]].''
** Hammurabi's Code and Draconian law were actually ''regressions''. Ur-Nammu, who came before Hammurabi, had an incredibly progressive legal code (for its time) - rather than an eye for an eye, it called for fines etc. It even had (some, scanty) protection for women and slaves.
* The authors of many modern [[IThoughtItMeant liberal]] democratic constitutions could be thought of as this. They were often dealing with turbulent societies and were attempting to write a set of rules that could respect individual freedoms while maintaining order. The framers of the US Constitution, the transition of Spain from fascism, and the reestablishment of an independent Japan after WorldWarII particularly stand out, as they all required careful balance to have any hope of succeeding.
* Julius Caesar and the good Roman Emperors.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar Akbar]] The Great, the 3rd Mughal Emperor. Notable for establishing an organized system of government and treating conquered territories as equal partners in his empire, rather than imposing unjust taxes on them or treating the conquered populace as second-class citizens as his predecessors had done. He also made a slew of governmental, religious and taxation reforms in order to ensure fair treatment of ''all'' of his subjects. In fact, he was vieved so much of a {{Reasonable Authority Figure}} that several neighbouring regions ''voluntarily'' joined his empire.
* In {{Italy}}, many people view the [[{{UsefulNotes/Culture of Italy}} President of the Republic]][[note]] who is, in fact, nearly powerless [[/note]] as the {{only sane man}} in a country where politics are [[{{World Gone Mad}} ridiculous]] in the very best cases.
* Following the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humberto_Vidal_Explosion Humberto Vidal explosion]], Pedro Toledo, Chief Superintendent of Puerto Rico Police Department, was forced to suspend the rescue effort due to fears about the remaining parts of the building collapsing during the attempt. Toledo’s decision was controversial, but he explained after a serious discussion: he had to weigh TheNeedsOfTheMany rescue workers, who could be killed in the collapse, against the few survivors--or possibly [[EverybodysDeadDave nonexistent survivors]]--and felt he could not in good conscience continue the search.
* American [[{{UsefulNotes/WorldWarII}} World War II]] General Omar Bradley's popular reputation was as the "GI's General" -- gentle, polite and respectful to his subordinates -- in contrast to his peers, [[{{Film/Patton}} George Patton]] and Bernard Montgomery, who were widely regarded as prima donnas.
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