->''"This man has carried me since I was five years old. It's my turn."''
-->-- '''Emperor Gregor Vorbarra''' (serving as pallbearer to '''Aral Vorkosigan'''), ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''

As the EvilChancellor is plotting to control the kingdom by usurping power, the Good Chancellor serves his kingdom or nation with utmost fervour. He follows the King's orders to the letter if the king is noble, and he tries to mitigate the suffering of his people if the king's intentions are of the bad kind. Rarely would he be seen actively opposing the King's actions, since as a LawfulGood person, he must not let ideas like rebellion or jealousy get in the way of running the kingdom in the king's name. This often does not sit well with some rebels, who see him as a moderate who must lose his head for being a supposed YesMan to the king they want on a pike.

When meeting the heroes, he, not the king, is usually the true person who has information about the situation at hand. The king may know of the secrets, but the Chancellor knows the best answer for them.

In terms of the ranks of AuthorityTropes, the tropes that are equal are TheCaligula, EvilChancellor, StandardRoyalCourt and DeadlyDecadentCourt. The next step down is TheBrigadier. The next steps up are TheEvilPrince, PrinceCharming, PrinceCharmless, WarriorPrince, TheWisePrince, and all PrincessTropes.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Dan'l Baboon from ''KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* Mizuki Kamurougi from ''{{Kagerou-Nostalgia}}'' is the fiancee of Princess Mio XI and her Prime Minister in all but name. He's a cold-blooded self-admitted ManipulativeBastard who doesn't particularly care about hurting anybody's feelings and sees emotion and empathy as weaknesses, yet there's no denying that he's effective at his post, and is not only completely loyal to the Princess, but despite his protestations to the contrary, genuinely in love with her. When [[spoiler:she dies]] Mizuki takes over the reins of the kingdom, and has no trouble earning the loyalty of the population.
* The kirin of TheTwelveKingdoms are ostensibly this. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] though due to their StupidGood natures. Good rulers learn when to heed their kirin and when to disregard their advice because compassion alone cannot administer a nation.

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* The Grand Vizier in ''TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad'' has taken over the running of the city since the death of the old caliph and wears a golden mask to hide a face hideously scarred by fire. He is also, however, brave, noble and wise, and a true companion to Sinbad throughout the adventure.
* General Afir in ''MomAndDadSaveTheWorld''. He is notable in that, while his evil boss (along with everyone else on the planet) is an idiot, he's reasonably competent ''and'' isn't all that interested in destroying the Earth.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicVoyage'', that unnamed scary pale guy lurking behind the king's throne may be an intentional subversion of the EvilChancellor or an AbortedArc. Either way, despite his shady appearance all he ever does is try to calm the king down and warn him not to trust Columbus, both of which are good things to say given [[IdiotHero Columbus' portrayal]] [[UselessProtagonist in the movie]].

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* In ''TheLordOfTheRings'', the Stewards of Gondor have as their proudest boast that they never made themselves kings, and ruled the city strictly in the name of the King until an heir to the throne returned. Even Denethor, as crazy as he was, never tried to claim the throne.
** It is stated that Denethor was and remained TheGoodChancellor, despite being almost completely overcome with grief and despair in his final days, brought on by the stress of holding together a state in decline, combined with the despair brought on by the death of his wife and oldest son, as well as Sauron's lies. Even at the very end, though, he showed himself an excellent statesman and soldier, preparing as best he could for war, though he did not hope for victory. For example, the attack against Osgiliath, portrayed in the movies as suicidal, was in fact a brilliantly timed counterattack that took advantage of the enemy's bottleneck (crossing the Anduin river) and the fact that the forces that had crossed had were forced to fan out to secure the city. The counterattack ended up buying Minas Tirith time to prepare, and time to evacuate the civilian population of the land surrounding Minas Tirith (the city itself had long since been evacuated). Perhaps most importantly, Denethor was actually stronger than Saruman, an angelic being, in that he managed to use the palantír extensively without actually being corrupted, though he was not able to control it, allowing Sauron to show him images of unassailable strength, which contributed to his despair.
** The Rivan Warders, always named Brand, are a deliberate homage to this in David Eddings's ''{{Belgariad}}''.
** Though he has no desire to take the throne, he refused to bow down to Aragorn.
-->'''Gandalf:''' Authority is not given to you to deny the return of the king, ''Steward''.\\
'''Denethor:''' The rule of Gondor is mine! And no other's!
** He doesn't consider Aragorn to be the true heir though, since the Council of Gondor ruled out Isildur's line from having a right to the throne long ago, though Denethor conveniently ignores that Aragorn ''is'' Anárion's heir as well, though through the female line by marriage, not a direct male-line descendant. Denethor also ignores that, without Aragorn's tenuous relation, the House of Anárion is ''extinct'' (though the Kings of Rohan are distantly related), and Aragorn, as Isildur's heir, is also the heir of Elendil, who founded both kingdoms and fathered both Isildur and Anárion, giving him by far the strongest claim to the throne of Gondor, to the point where he is the only viable candidate.
-->''I am Steward of the House of Anárion. I will not step down to be the dotard chamberlain of an upstart. Even were his claim proved to me, still he comes but of the line of Isildur. I will not bow to such a one, last of a ragged house long bereft of lordship and dignity.'' [ROTK- The Pyre of Denethor]
* In the original ''Literature/ArabianNights'' stories, [[GrandVizierJafar Jafar]], vizier to the Caliph Harun al-Rashid, is portrayed as one of these.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Interesting Times]]'', Twoflower ends up as the Prime Minister of the Agatean Empire, replacing an evil chancellor, despite not knowing what to do. Discworld runs on narrativium (the implication is that someone who ''did'' know about it would become evil), but luckily Twoflower is WrongGenreSavvy: he thinks he's in a heroic fantasy, not a CrapsackWorld satire.
** He does end up betraying his monarch, but he has a very good reason for that: if he doesn't, there is a very large risk that the world will end.
* The EnchantedForestChronicles: Willin the elf. He's perhaps overly fond of tradition and ceremonies--he insists on referring to the king as "Your Majesty" even in private, and his greatest pleasure is organizing elaborate formal occasions--but he's fiercely loyal and keeps the castle administration running smoothly.
* In Creator/LFrankBaum's [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz books]], the Scarecrow takes up this position for Ozma.
** Kaliko was this to the Nome King for some time [[spoiler: until Ruggedo was dethroned and Kaliko OfferedTheCrown in his place.]] He was portrayed as much more competent than his boss and consistently had the best interests of his kingdom at hear, although aside from one PetTheDog moment towards Betsy, he was pretty neutral towards the heroes.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's King {{Kull}} stories, Kull's vizier Tu fits this trope, helping the mighty but savage warrior navigate the dangerous complexities of royal tradition and Valusia's DeadlyDecadentCourt.
** Prospero to ConanTheBarbarian as well.
* The various Hands of the King in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' all seem to be this. Jon Arryn and Ned Stark work very hard to support the rule of King Robert, while Tyrion and Tywin did the same for Joffrey. The only possible exception is the aforementioned Tywin, who helped depose the mad King Aerys, but only after he'd been sacked. Before that he was Aerys's best friend, leading Westeros through twenty years of peace and prosperity before Aerys got jealous and sacked him in anger.
** A case could be made for Lord Varys from ASongOfIceAndFire. He may be a conniving, sneaky MagnificentBastard who is rightly distrusted by... well, ''everyone'' in Kings Landing. And yet, on the eve of Ned Stark's execution, Varys is his only visitor, brings him water and keeps him informed of the happenings in the court. When questioned by Ned about who he serves, his response is simply "the realm." [[spoiler: Of course, after A Dance with Dragons shows him to be somewhat less pure-hearted than previously believed, this applies a little less.]]
-->'''Stark''': What do you want from me?
-->'''Varys''': I want you to serve the realm.
** In ''[[Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg The Hedge Knight]]'', Baelor Breakspear is a straight example.
* Paul Kidd's TalkingAnimal novel ''The Fangs of Kaath'', has the Grand Vizier of the Kingdom of Osra who is seemingly the only good hearted member of the court outside Prince Raschid. In fact, given that the Shah is callously indifferent to his own son, the Vizier is effectively much more a father to the naive prince than his biological one. Even Raschid's love, the cynical Sandhri, is the first to defend the Vizier when Raschid suspects him of jailing her without cause. When the villains magically drive him to his death, Raschid learns he is singled out for an inheritance, but his only request is the honor of carrying his beloved friend's ashes to his tomb at the funeral.
* Just about every First Counselor or person of equivalent rank is this in the ''{{Safehold}}'' series. Largely because the rulers of Safehold's kingdoms are typically smart enough to get good people into the position and both ruler and chancellor are concerned for their kingdom's well being.
* Lord Admiral Aral Vorkosigan was appointed Regent for five year old Emperor Gregor in the Literature/VorkosiganSaga, serving loyally for fifteen years when most of his enemies thought he would make a grab for the throne. Upon Gregor's ascension to the throne, he stepped down and continued in the role as the Emperor's Prime Minister.
* Prime Minister Allen Summervale, Duke of Cromarty in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' universe. Even though the queen becomes more and more involved in politics, it is Cromarty who steers the Star Kingdom of Manticore through much of the First Havenite War. [[spoiler:When he is killed in an assassination attempt on the queen, it puts the realm in a major crisis.]]
* Felix Gaeta tried to be this during Gaius Baltar's "tyrannical" reign as a puppet of the Cylons on New Caprica, in ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined.''
* Darien Serlast essentially runs the Kingdom of Welce in ''Literature/ElementalBlessings''. He himself admits that he doesn't ''like'' it, but his personality will not let him put aside any burden that has been placed on his shoulders. [[spoiler: His competency and loyalty are the reasons why the Primes are considering making ''him'' the king to resolve the SuccessionCrisis]]
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had Prime Minister Malachi, a dedicated servant to Centauri Emperor Turhan. Lord Refa and the other warmongering nobles assassinated Malachi in the wake of Emperor Turhan's death because they wanted to put their own puppet on the throne, and they knew that there was no way Malachi would allow a [[AxeCrazy psychotic megalomaniac]] like Cartagia (the puppet in question) to reach the throne. In the end, of course, they would have been better off keeping Malachi and killing Cartagia...
* In ''Series/IClaudius'' (and in history), there is Narcissus and Claudius' other freemen. They might or might not count as evil (they were ruthlessly protective of their man, after all), but they were loyal to Claudius.
* In ''Series/TinMan'' Ambrose is all over this trope and has the exact same position in the [[spoiler: Ozian court as his Scarecrow counterpart]]. When the {{Mooks}} march into the Queen's garden, he literally stands between them and his Queen, ready to die for her. [[spoiler: Of course, is isn't killed, but he is given a alchemical lobotomy and tossed into the wild, taking the name "Glitch." His loyalty and service to the Queen is one of the very few things he will never forget.]]
* Police Commissioner Frank Reagan in ''Series/BlueBloods'' is a very good example of this. He is sternly incorruptible and has an air of gravitas that reminds one of an idealized Roman Magistrate.
* [[Series/DoctorWho Borusa]] was this for one story (despite not legally being chancellor because there was no one around to actually appoint him). He did such a good job of it that by the time we next see him, he's President, but shortly after that he fits [[PresidentEvil another trope entirely]].
* Elder Shi from ''ChinesePaladin'' is this, loyally obeying the King even when he believes the orders to be idiotic (and says as much). The trope is given a slight twist, however, in his staunch insistence on ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption towards the BigBad, a position that sets him at ([[LetsYouAndHimFight further]]) odds with the heroes. [[spoiler: It turns out that ViolenceReallyIsTheAnswer.]]
* Despite not having any official position (and that's purely because Arthur is extremely WrongGenreSavvy), {{Series/Merlin}} qualifies for this trope quite well. He's one of the wisest characters in the cast, gives consistently good advice,and helps the oppressed magical people. It's extremely telling that when [[SpoiledSweet Princess Mithian]] wanted to marry Arthur, she went to Merlin to ask for his support, noting that Arthur valued his opinion above all others. This was after being in Camelot for a total of one day.

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* Joseph, from the book of Genesis in Literature/TheBible.
* Chinese myth has a few, but two stand out: Zhuge Liang (courtesy name Kong Ming) from the semi-historical RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms and Jiang Ziya from the similarly semi-mythological Fengshen Yanyi, aka "Creation of the Deities".

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* Archduke Norris in {{TabletopGame/Traveller}}.
* In one sample campaign in {{GURPS}} ''Arabian Nights'', there is an NPC whom everyone thinks is an EvilChancellor but is really a [[TheGoodChancellor Good Chancellor.]]
** There's also a description of how to make a good vizier in the character creation section, but with a caveat that the Evil GrandVizier is an expected trope of the genre...
* In the [[HorusHeresy past]] of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Malcador the Sigillite. The Emperor's right-hand man and regent when away from Terra, he is the greatest politician, administrator, and (non-PhysicalGod) human psyker of all time, as the Emperor is the [[PsychicPowers greatest]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking everything]] [[EmperorScientist else]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', Scribe Rothchild can be seen as the Good Chancellor to the Lyon's Pride. He is the one who knows about the nitty gritty details of fighting the Enclave.
** Senior Council Member [=McClure=] served in most regards as this to First Citizen Lynette of Vault City in VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}. He is one of the most prominent politicians of Vault City, behind only the First Citizen herself. He is also much less bigoted, and more willing to listen to reason. It is publically known that he butts heads with her repeatedly, though.
* Magistrate Lasselle in ''StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''. He's generally a jerk, but only has the kingdom's best interests in mind.
* There are two in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', but they're both kidnapped and replaced with an evil doppelganger.
* [[ElderlyImmortal Apus Major]] in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX''. Although Zenus and Celestria are the two technical leaders of the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Celestrians]], [[HaveYouSeenMyGod they have long since disappeared]]. Apus Major leads the Celestrians in their stead, but fortunately he is extremely loyal to the gods and a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure generally fair-minded ruler]].
* Although he's part of a board of directors instead of a royal court, Reeve Tuesti of ''FinalFantasyVII'' fits this role to a T. He struggles for a while between [[ToBeLawfulOrGood following orders and doing what's best for the people of his city and the world at large]], and eventually [[HeelFaceTurn chooses to be on the side of the good guys]].
* Ocato in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', but particularly in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', where he actually plays a role bigger than being mentioned or just showing up in a short cutscene with no lines. The fact that the (good) Emperor spends the entire game dead in Uriel's case or not actually taken the throne [[spoiler:and later [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence becoming an avatar]]]] in Martin's probably helps.
** [[spoiler: ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' reveals that for ten years after the Oblivion Crisis, Ocato served as the ''de facto'' leader of the Empire while the Elder Council debated on who should take the throne. Unfortunately for the Empire, (and the rest of Tamriel in general), he was so good at keeping the peace that [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] decided to have him assassinated.]]
* While he's technically the seneschal of Vigil's Keep, Varel functions as this trope in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening''. Prior to the start of the story, Varel was imprisoned by Arl Rendon Howe for attempting to counteract the worst of his lord's atrocities. When the Grey Wardens are awarded the arling of Amaranthine, he is re-appointed as seneschal and is a helpful ally.
** The Warden can become one to whomever becomes ruler of Ferelden at the end of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', if played from a save file that saw [[spoiler:Alistair]] become Ferelden's ruler, can have Hawke encounter said sovereign in a small quest during Act 3. Also appearing in the scene is Bann Teagan, brother to the Arl of Redcliffe, who has apparently become this trope.
* The Chancellor of Figaro, in ''FinalFantasyVI'', seems to be this in the few appearences he makes.
* Sabato from ''Videogame/ShiningTheHolyArk'' was the most trusted royal adviser before EvilChancellor Rilix turned up. While still loyal to the king, who is making increasingly odd decisions, he helps/manipulates the main characters to save the kingdom.
* Chancellor Eamon from the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series stayed in Tristram and tried his best to save what lives he could when the Darkening was going down. Unfortunately, the people viewed him as having some kind of hand in King Leoric being driven mad (though [[EvilChancellor Lazarus]] was more to blame for that than anything else), resulting in his death when Leoric fell.
* Impa from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is portrayed as always looking out for the best interests of Princess Zelda and the Kingdom of Hyrule. Occasionally, she is even shown as a ParentalSubstitute for Zelda. Even in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', where Zelda is not a princess and there is no Kingdom of Hyrule to be a chancellor in, she manages to fulfill the same role.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Imhotep (believed to have lived between 2660 and 2600 BC), Chancellor to King Djoser of the Egyptian Third Dynasty, and was the first engineer, architect, and physician known to history by name. He was such a respected figure in Ancient Egypt he was deified and considered a god after his death, something usually reserved only to the Pharaohs. He even got a constellation [[note]]Ophiuchus the Serpent-Bearer, just north of Scorpius.[[/note]]. [[Film/TheMummyTrilogy Pity about that]] HistoricalVillainUpgrade though...
* During the Cultural Revolution in China, Zhou Enlai, the Premier of the [[RedChina PRC]] and widely considered to be Mao's NumberTwo, used his authority to save artists, intellectuals, and ancient treasures from the blood-thirsty Red Guards.
* Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor Sir UsefulNotes/ThomasMore might, or might not, be an example. He was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church for his refusal to ratify his king's breach with Catholicism, but he is regarded by some non-Catholics as a monster for his persecution of heretics when his king was still a Catholic.
* A case can be made for Henry VIII's Secretary Thomas Cromwell and More's predecessor as Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey - both were hated by pretty much everyone but they ran things pretty well for Henry. There's a reason Henry later regretted having Cromwell executed.
* Maio of Bari, the 'amiratus amiratorum' ('emir of emirs' or 'admiral of admirals') and Chancellor of Sicily in the 1150s, was either a Good Chancellor or an EvilChancellor, depending on who you listen to. According to the mysterious chronicler known only as Hugo Falcandus, Maio made public speeches to the effect that if Sicily's king, William I, ordered anything barbarous or cruel, Maio would countermand the orders - making him a Good Chancellor. Amusingly, Falcandus uses these supposed speeches to illustrate that Maio was actually an EvilChancellor, grasping after the king's power.
* The "Duke of Zhou" is practically a mythic figure out of Chinese history. He lived during the Early Zhou Dynasty and acted as steward to the imperial throne, stepping down after the emperor came of age despite his renown at court and the accepted fact that he could have usurped the throne with literally no difficulty and established his own dynasty. Confucius and nearly every Chinese historian and philosopher since have sung his praises for this expounding upon him as the perfect statesman.
* [[TheChancellorsOfGermany Konrad Adenauer]], the BadassGrandpa chancellor of the [[WestGermany Federal Republic of Germany]] from 1949 to 1963. He led Germany through the postwar reconstruction, beat down both Fascist and Communist threats, brought Germany into world politics, and restored German prosperity in the Economic Miracle. He was freely and fairly elected Chancellor no less than ''four times''. Of course, in the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany, the chancellor is de-facto on top(the presidency was deliberately made weak, so as to avoid one of the pitfalls of the Weimar system), so it might not be this trope despite Adenauer literally being a good chancellor.
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