There are rulers whom everyone hates. There are plainoldbad rulers. There are useless rulers. Then there are characters such as The High Queen, The Good King, The Wise Prince and those who do their job so well they have Vetinari Job Security.
And then there are people with this.
Everyone loves them. They aren't just loyal. They aren't just grateful to have these rulers in charge. They actually care about their rulers on a personal level. A simple request — not an order, but an appeal — will get immediate results. They will be hugely honored when a favor is granted to them. Threatening or insulting their ruler triggers anger. If a ruler is sick or hurt, they'll worry like it's their own family. They follow wherever the rulers lead, but never forget that they're human. These rulers have a Hundred Percent Adoration Rating. They are almost always Royals Who Actually Do Something and almost always Modest Royalty.
Contrast 0% Approval Rating. An adventurer (not a ruler) treated this way has a 100% Heroism Rating. When the adoration is enforced by others, it's Unacceptable Targets.
Much like 0% Approval Rating, this trope is also impossible in Real Life, as even some of the most admired leaders (and puppies) will have some dissidents who oppose them. It is, however, common in myths, 'official' histories, and propaganda. Claiming a Hundred Percent Approval Rating is common in the People's Republic of Tyranny.
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Prince Kail, later King, and Yuri, later Queen, of Anatolia Story/Red River. Notable in that Yuri gets this treatment without actually being royal at first, though her cover was as the prince's concubine and incarnated goddess.
King Cobra and his family are normally treated this way in their home country, Alabasta, until Crocodile shows up.
King of Dressrossa Donquixote Doflamingo seems to be adored throughout the Kingdom. And when the news that he 'abdicated' became public, the citizens went into mass panic. He remains popular even after that as the crowd in the Corrida Colosseum cheered and respected the laws his underlings proclaimed, and furiously glared at Franky for speaking ill of their king.
The previous king, Riku Doldo III, even more so. A flashback shows that when an enemy tried to extort King Riku for a ridiculous amount of money, Riku proceeded to beg his subjects to lend him all their money to pay it off. He had been forbidden from saying anything about the threat to his citizens or foreign powers, so he couldn't explain himself. Yet it's implied he might well have succeeded had said enemy not proceeded to sabotage him.
It was apparently the same for Arika in Mahou Sensei Negima!, before she was framed and scapegoated for the war and Omnicidal Maniac terrorists. And even then, most of her people don't believe a word of it.
Though she isn't the ruler (her father is the democratically-elected Chairman of the ruling council), Lacus Clyne of Gundam SEED and Gundam Seed Destiny is held in this regard by ZAFT. She is held up as a paragon of kindess and gentleness (which, honestly, she kind of is), and a few words from her are enough to calm the population down from sheer panic and rage over the Earth attacking them with nukes. She actually does end up taking control of ZAFT following the Second Bloody Valentine War, gaining her father's old position as Chairperson of the Supreme Council.
Alexander the Great in Fate/Zero. Mind you, he's not a moral character by modern standards, but his subjects sure loves him and would fight by his side, even beyond death.
Not just his subjects: the one named member of his army is Mithrenes, a former enemynote As the son of the satrap of Armenia, Mithrenes was a Persian subject and the commander of Sardis' garrison. After Alexander won the Battle of the Granicus against the armies of the local satraps, Mithrenes surrendered the city, and by the time of the decisive Battle of Gaugamela was a full member of Alexander's army, fighting against his own father., and his Master in the Grail War, Waver Velvet, ends up declaring himself his retainer, and it's implied he is in Alexander's Army of the Dead as well (one of the depicted soldiers looks suspiciously similar to Waver's 10-years-older self, with his clothes also suspiciously resembling a modern-day business suit).
Prnicess Sakura from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, it only takes her to mention she likes apples for her to be presented with a bunch of them next time she's in town. This also extends to most people she meets in her travels.
In Sailor Moon, Neo-Queen Serenity is this in Crystal Tokyo. She took the position of queen of the world at the insistence of most of the population of Earth and proceeded to usher in an era of unparalleled peace and prosperity.
In The DCU, pretty much everyone who isn't a supervillain loves the heroes of their city.
Batman has the ordinary citizens of Gotham City rallying to his cause, causing crime to continuously drop, even when he's not there. Supervillains like The Joker have exploited this before, but that doesn't stop it from happening.
The Flash, arguably, has it the best of all of them, though. Flash addresses a few of the citizens of Central City by name, indicating more personal connections.
In Equestria: A History Revealed, apparently Celestia had this up the wazoo during the Classical period. There was so much universal praise for her that it caused the Lemony Narrator to replace sections of her essay with her own haikus, just because she had enough of referencing the pro-Celestia sources.
Of course, in actuality, if the references are to be taken at face-value, the Celestia propaganda was absurd within itself, with praise such as "Celestia is love, Celestia is life."
In The Fledgling Year, this is averted, even though in the original canon everyone seemed to love King Lune and the royal family. A large portion of this fanfic’s plot revolves around a conspiracy to kill them off and put a distant cousin on the throne.
In Revelations, Túrante enjoys this. She is Queen to about 300 blood elves. In chapter 18/19, when Túrante returns to her city, every blood elf, without exception, volunteers to follow Túrante to war. In chapter 21/22, when Túrante needs volunteers for a dangerous mission, the whole crowd offer themselves.
Once again her own people shocked her and she had to smile inwardly at herself... and it was hard to control her emotions, the loyalty and dedication of her people was stronger than she had thought possible...
Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequels. "Queen of Naboo" is an elected position and her constituents tried to change their laws to allow her to serve beyond the accepted number of years in her terms. Padme declined, which probably made them love her even more. Justified in that she was a war hero and in Real Life, they always do well politically after the war.
In I Married a Witch, titular witch Jennifer is in love with Wallace Wooley, a candidate for governor. She uses her magic powers to make EVERYONE in the state vote for him. He is horrified.
Wally: What if she runs me for President?
All the Animorphs after the war, but Jake becomes a legendary figure verging on superhuman.
The Lienid in Kristin Cashore's Graceling tend to feel this way about their princes, as the page quote indicates — a sea captain is explicitly described as worrying about one such prince "as if it were a member of her family". King Leck of Monsea is beloved by his people. And so kind to children and animals. His mind control powers help, though.
Cavendon Hall: The Inghams, especially the father. The father, Charles, is clearly beloved by everyone in all of his villages, to the point where the staff have no idea who could have raped Daphne and set the stable on fire. Dulcie and Daphne also seem to be particularly loved by at least the rest of the family and the staff, though it's hard to tell how far that extends beyond the family.
The Princess Bride: Princess Buttercup is described in this way on the day her engagement to Prince Humperdinck is announced. Her beauty is so overwhelming that "the majority [of the crowd] adored her instantly." Later, her popularity increases after she is safely returned from having been kidnapped.
In the Dune prequels, the Atreides are portrayed like this on Caladan. It is implied that this has been the case for generations.
The short story American History portrays John F. Kennedy as regarded this way.
Discworld series: Captain Carrot of the City Watch exudes some kind of charisma field (bags of it) that causes everyone to like him, and actually behave like decent and kind people. The worst-kept secret in Ankh-Morpork is that he's the rightful heir to the throne—not that this matters, because he firmly believes the city needs a king "like A fish needs a...er...a thing that doesn't work underwater."
Taramis, whom all Khauran loves, betraying her people to that devil from Koth!
The Neverending Story: The Childlike Empress. Every inhabitant of Fantastica from the kindly talking donkeys to the terrifying malevolent giant spiders is aware of her status as the Barrier Maiden and gives her the utmost respect.
King Håkon the Good of Norway in Heimskringla. He is so popular that, when he is killed in battle against the sons of Erik Bloodaxe, not only his subjects but even the Erikssons cry for him: “Both friends and foes wept over his death and said that never again would such a good king come to Norway.”
In Our Dumb World, Queen Rania of Jordan is portrayed as this. Heck, the entire page on Jordan is basically an adoringly written biography of her.
In Deltora Quest, after King Lief saves Deltora 'twice', his people love him. When he asks them to send him their thoughts, they reply "Our thoughts? We would give you our lives!" Pretty much every Deltoran who isn't working for the Shadow Lord agrees. Of course, then there are the Capricons and the Masked Ones...
Everybody loves the Big Brother, except for the certifiably insane, and even those can successfully overcome their oddity after a treatment in the Ministry of Love.
The four Pevensie children, during their reign over Narnia, are universally beloved by their people for having ushered in a golden era of peace and prosperity for the once-embattled kingdom.
Narnian royalty in general tends to be this. They're pretty much all described as being modest and willing to do what they must to protect the land. Even when the last king of Narnia is overthrown, it's only done out of fear of Aslan's wrath and not because the animals don't love him.
Queen Ehlana is said to have this in The Elenium and its sister series The Tamuli by virtue of her intelligence, her kindness, and being willing to avoid the incest that plagued the previous generation of royals.
Queen Mallow, of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland..., was beloved throughout Fairyland. When she was overthrown and imprisoned by the Marquess, everyone went into mourning and held tight to the hope that she was still alive somewhere. Sadly, as it turns out, Mallow and the Marquess are one and the same...
In Literature/Elantris, Roaden gains this status inside of Elantris by the end of the story, which is fairly reasonable given that he turned the suffering wretches of the city into happy, functioning people, protected them from the three warlords, and eventually restored them.
The Starks in A Song of Ice and Fire, the people of the North are very loyal to them, and declare war on the Lannisters for Neds death. Even with Robb killed in the Red Wedding by the Frey's and Boltons, several Northern houses are planning to turn against them both by siding with Stannis, and place a Stark, any Stark left as liege lord again. Even the mountain clans side with Stannis to avenge the Starks.
Game of Thrones: Renly Baratheon is so popular among the Stormlanders that they all swear fealty to him instead of Stannis, even though the bannermen are technically committing treason. (Although Renly is the Lord of Storm's End—and therefore the liege lord of the Stormlands—Stannis as the eldest surviving male member of the family is now the head of House Baratheon, and Renly is duty-bound to obey him.) After Renly's sudden demise, Davos reports to Stannis that all the men grieve for his younger brother.
Subverted in the Blackadder Back and Forth special. It ends with 21st Century!Blackadder as the King of England, so wildly popular that he was able to disband Parliament and make himself an absolute monarch...because he stole Baldrick's time machine and manipulated history to put himself on the throne.
Like the Sword of Truth example above, Richard in Legend of the Seeker gains such approval in an Alternate Timeline caused by Cara never becoming a Mord'Sith and stopping him from using the Boxes of Orden. His closest advisor is Darken Rahl, his older brother (father in novels) and enemy. Of course, the Keeper has to go and break the boxes, returning control of D'Hara to Rahl.
Ted from Better Off Ted is adored by all of his workers who will do virtually anything to curry his favor. Even his Ice Queen boss Veronica adores him.
Warhammer 40K actually has a form of this in the Imperium of Man. If only because less than devout worship of the Emperor tends to result is fates worse than death at the hands of the Inquistion if lucky, and Chaos or worse if not.
If the player chooses the Paragon ending for Mass Effect 1, s/he will have this from most people in Mass Effect 2. Your friends (with one notable exception based on him/her being Locked Out of the Loop by another character's sudden bout of Poor Communication Kills) will go to hell and back for you, will quit their jobs and affiliate with a terrorist organization to work for you (or, contrarily, will actually quit their jobs with a terrorist organization to follow along when you tell them where to stick it), and you'll even see a turian shop-owner seriously stating that he would name his first-born child after Shepard if s/he asked. In fact, only Udina and the turian Councilor seem to have a low opinion of you.
Though Hackett tells Shepard that s/he will have to make a Zero Approval Gambit after s/he was forced to destroy a mass relay which went supernova and killed over 300,000 batarians, in order to avert war between humanity and the batarians.
Princess Natalia. When she and the rest of the group are being pursued by the king's guards, normal civilians stand in the way to stop them in order to protect their princess, even though Natalia protests, pointing out that she's not the real princess, but the citizens reply that they don't care about her false title of royalty, they care about how kind and helpful she was as a leader.
Emperor Peony has this too, as seen by talking to every NPC in Grand Chokmah. Even when the world is literally falling apart around them, they all trust that he has things in hand and will do what's best for everyone.
Tales of Graces has this in the case of Richard, though only during Lineage and Legacies. Hubert and Malik suggest he might even be more well-liked in Strahta and Fendel than the current leaders of Strahta and Fendel. Note that both Strahta and Fendel's leaders are implied to be elected, while Windor is a monarchy, and Richard took the throne by murdering his (admittedly corrupt and evil) uncle.. Also keep in mind that Fendel in particular had been at war with Windor for several years previous to this, and that Richard recently spent a good amount of time possessed by a demon from space, flying around on Nova monsters, absorbing all the eleth from the valkines, screaming his head offabout his friends, and cackling while stabbing anything that got in his way. And now he's popular enough to have his own line of keychains and fruit snacks...
Melodia is the single most beloved figure in the world. She's playing 0% Approval Rating Geldoblame like a fiddle, of course.
To the citizens of Alfard, Geldoblame gets this reaction. It helps that he's deliberately cultivated strong civil pride.
Super Mario Bros.: Princess Peach is beloved on a personal level by all of her subjects.
Except for the Goombas, who defected to Bowser in the original storyline (though not all of them, as some RPGs reveal that there are benevolent Goombas)
And on that note, Bowser himself in the eyes of his minions, Depending on the Writer. Some of the earlier RPGs showed him ruling by fear and having his troops desert, while more recent material shows they follow him just as loyally as Peach's subjects do her.
Civilization: "We Love the King Day." They sure do; they pay their city's upkeep out of their own pockets for a whole year.
In Civilization V, they celebrate with increased population growth. Yes, they love their ruler so much they copulate for him/her.
Stronghold: Building nice structures, feeding your people with a variety of foods, building churches and making sure the ale houses are built will make you beloved, how the nice structures will make your people work slower at the exchange for an army that will defend their home at all costs.
In Warcraft and subsequently World of Warcraft, there was a prince who was adored by his subjects. He enjoyed talking and hanging out with the common populace and when he was serving in the army he always got to know his companions and knew to take care of them. His name wasArthas.
Gulcasa in Yggdra Union, although you don't find out until the last third of the game (the heroes resent him for variousreasons and assume that everyone else must, too). As he has spent the past three years sweating blood to repair the damage his negligent predecessor did to his country, suffered just as much as his citizens under said predecessor, and is pitifully nice to boot, the Bronquian civilians' abject adoration is a bit understandable.
Dragon Quest V, The Hero is revealed to be the prince of Gotha (and later the king.) For the rest of the game, people in that small kingdom loves him and the innkeeper will let his party stay in her inn for free despite that after he takes the crown, he goes rescuing his wife, goes missing, and is unable to do his job as a king for ten years. Maybe it's something to do with him being a son of a very good king and him being very heroic.
In The Sims Medieval you can turn your Monarch into one of these by answering Petitions (for your own populace) and passing Edicts (for annexed territories.) There's even an achievement for it. Sadly, there are few actual gameplay benefits, so you can also have a very unpopular monarch with no consequences.
In Tropico, you can be the El Presidente everyone honestly loves. Keep your citizens well-fed, raise wages, lower taxes, give people access to religion, healthcare, and entertainment; and don't forget to erect landmarks (some of which can be dedicated to you, but if you're really nice, it's justified). Even those who have already joined the rebel will return to citizenship!
Players in RuneScape can get this in the kingdom they help manage, simply by helping their subjects do their jobs. Maintaining the 100% approval rating is the way to gain the most resources in payment for managing the kingdom.
King Ludwig as he was depicted in the Gabriel Knight games. When the final part of his Thanatos Gambit fails and he is carted off to prison, he entrusts the final piece of The Plan to a local woman, having enough faith that his loyal subject will fulfil his final request - and she does.
Galactic Civilizations: you can actually achieve this. With careful structuring and a lot of VR centres, you can even manage it while taking three-quarters of your subjects' income.
In Dragon Age: Origins, depending on how you choose to play the Warden, you can achieve this with any or all of your nine potential companions. The right combination of gifts, dialogue options, and morality choices can lead to this result. Of course, since four of your companions are also possible Love Interests, this can additionally lead to some Triang Relations.
This then lends itself to the royalty aspect of the trope, as it is possible for the Warden to become King-Consort of Ferelden (by marrying the widowed Queen Anora) or Queen (by marrying the Hidden Backup Prince Alistair). In the latter case, the epilogue notes that the royal couple become extremely popular, in part because the people can see how very Happily Married they are.
If a hardened Alistair rules together with Anora, they make such a good couple that the people eventually consider the chaos of the civil war and the Landsmeet worth it for delivering such beloved monarchs.
Amusingly, former Big Bad Lord Dearche of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable games is mentioned in the Sound Stages to have gained one in Eltria after the events of The Gears of Destiny. The fact that her idea of conquering Eltria involves using her nigh-unlimited powers to perform an extensive terra-forming project to rejuvenate the dying planet may have had something to do with it. Being a Card-Carrying Villain, reminding her of this is one of the easiest ways to earn her ire.
Viciously deconstructed in the backstory of Fire Emblem Tellius. Apostle Misaha is said to have been more loved than any Apostle before her. The common citizenry loved her so much that the moment they had someone to blame for her assassination, they committed genocide in her name.
Tandi of the Fallout series was made president of the NCR after the death of her father Aradesh. She was such a popular president that she was continually re-elected until her death. In Fallout: New Vegas however, Caesar notes that this technically makes her a dictator in his eyes.
In A Witchs Tale, Queen Alice is adored and revered by all of her subjects, especially Liddell.
The musical Evita tells the story of Eva Peron, beloved wife of Argentinian president Juan Peron. Both were presented as popular among the people, but she in particular was greatly adored and eventually given the title of "spiritual leader of Argentina".
Implied and also parodied in The Piratesof Penzance—when asked to surrender "in the name of the queen", the pirates do so, no questions asked (and keep in mind that this is how the entireconflict of the play is resolved). Both a Deus ex Machina and a deliberate lampooning of Victorianism.
In Girl Genius the Old Heterodynes somehow managed to combine this trope with being Evil Mad Scientists, at least inside Mechanicsburg.
They were beloved in their own city, but had 0% Approval Rating elsewhere, because of how evil and destructive they were. Barry and Bill redeemed their family's name with their heroics and were hailed as the greatest heroes of their generation, resulting in this trope.
In S.S.D.D Collective of Anarchist States First Advisor Laura Black achieved a 96% approval rating after nuking Texas, the highest since the CAS's founder (and that poll was restricted to those who hadn't actually met him). It scared her into fleeing the country, seeing how there was now nowhere to go but down.
It's most pronounced in the beginning of Tangled. When the pregnant Queen is sick and dying, her husband, the guards, and damn near the entire civilian population set out to the mainland to search for the magic flower that can save her. Subsequently, their daughter, Rapunzel, a bright ray of sunshine in every sense of the word, is equally beloved and revered by everyone she meets, and she's just as popular as her parents when she is finally freed from Mother Gothel and reclaims her birth right.
TJ of Recess is loved by every one of the students, so much so that when one student doesn't like him, it's a plot point for the whole episode.
Even Mrs. Finster (who practically hates children) likes him.
Princess Celestia gets so much respect that the moment she shows up, even RainbowDash and PinkiePie genuflected in silent reverence - while TwilightSparkle, the only one who had personal familiarity with her, went for a hug. Might have something to do with her being a physical goddess. Later episodes, though, show that many of her subjects are a little intimidated by her, and frequently fuss about making a good impression (always needlessly), and that Twilight has Super OCD about never letting her down EVER. Celestia herself is always a bit perturbed by this, preferring to know her subjects more personally.
Surprisingly enough, the comics show that Queen Chrysalis is quite popular with the changelings.
In Superman: The Animated Series, Darkseid is revered by all of his subjects. When Superman beats him to a pulp and throws him to the downtrodden Lowlies, they immediately try to find medical attention for him.
The Flash (Wally West) in Justice League in his town of Central City. He knows more then a few citizens by name and they all love him back.
In Adventure Time, Princess Bubblegum is simple adored by her people to the point that a group of her subjects literally gave chunks of themselves for her.
Well, it was either that or Lemongrab. Still, she is pretty well liked by most of her subjects.
Optimus Prime is this beloved by the Autobots in most versions of Transformers where he is the leader of all Autobots (as opposed to just the main team, like in Beast Wars and Animated.) Notable exceptions include the comic version of G1 Grimlock, who feels Prime isn't strong enough (read: isn't a Blood Knight like Grimmy and believes smashing stuff doesn't solve everything.) and many Redshirt Autobots in Armada (a moment of realism about it being war: instead of just going along with the new situation, it was "you mean we suffered heavy losses to to the 'cons taking this territory, and now we're gonna walk away from it and work with the 'cons to fight some fairy tale bogeyman called 'Unicron'?")