->''"The man has carried me since I was five years old. It's my turn."''
-->-- '''Emperor Gregor Vorbarra''' (regarding Aral Vorkosigan), ''Literature/{{Cryoburn}}''

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. Unless of course the King cuts his head off first, in which case the rebels might see him as a martyr or a cautionary tale against using words against tyrants.

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.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
%%* Dan'l Baboon from ''Anime/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* Mizuki Kamurougi from ''Manga/KagerouNostalgia'' is the fiancée 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 ''LightNovel/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.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''The Basalt City Chronicles'', Priest-Emperor Zaykar and The Guardian of the Crown Lord Kosgan do ''not'' get along well, at least on the surface. However, Lord Kosgan is actually utterly loyal to the Empire; his friction with the somewhat younger Priest-Emperor was originally to make sure that the Empire got a strong ruler
* ''[[Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony The Lunar Rebellion]]'' appears to set up [[TheArchmage Sunbeam Sparkle]] as this at first, what with her ruthless pragmatism, love of LoopholeAbuse and dislike for Princess Celestia's gentler touch. However, she remains loyal to Celestia throughout the story, making her more of a TokenEvilTeammate.
* When Princess Celestia has urgent business in Ponyville in ''Fanfic/{{Green}}'', she asks Princess Luna's BeleagueredAssistant Midnight Oil to hold down the fort as her Regent for the night. When the events of that night leave Celestia mostly de-powered, Regent Midnight Oil comes into his own as TheGoodChancellor and NumberTwo to Princess Luna while Celestia recovers.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* 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]].
* In ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar,'' Aladdin is promoted to Vizier in Jafar's place. It should be noted that the viewer could easily miss this point, since he spends the rest of the movie, [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries the TV series]], and [[Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves the sequel]] just battling villains and monsters instead of governmental work.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Grand Vizier in ''Film/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 ''Film/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.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* In ''Literature/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 ''Literature/TheBelgariad''.
** 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. 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, [[UsefulNotes/GrandVizierJafar Jafar]], vizier to the Caliph Harun al-Rashid, is portrayed as one of these.
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' has a few of these:
** Chen Gong is this to Lü Bu, always trying to give him good advice and staying loyal to him even after his death.
** Wang Yun to Emperor Xian
** Zhuge Liang to Liu Bei.
* 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 Literature/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'' series, 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 heart, although aside from one PetTheDog moment towards Betsy, he was pretty neutral towards the heroes.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's King Literature/{{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 Literature/ConanTheBarbarian as well.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': This series likes to remind us that [[GoodIsNotNice Good doesn't necessarily mean Nice]]. Or that being good for the realm means being on Team Good, either.
** The various notable Hands of the King all seem to be this (there have been notable exceptions, historically). 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. Please note: sacking the guy who has been keeping everything afloat for decades is, arguably, a decent sign that you've jumped off too many slopes to be trusted (or safe) anywhere near absolute power. 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. Lord Stannis, Robert's brother, tried to be this as well. Despite being only Master of Ships and [[ReassignedToAntarctica Lord of the small island of Dragonstone]] he was one of the main helpers to Jon Arryn.
** Several historical Hands of the King were this as well, beginning with the first.
*** Orys Baratheon, the first Hand, was the best friend (and rumoured half-brother) of Aegon the Conqueror. He led armies during the Conquest and the subsequent failed invasions of Dorne, where he lost his hand to a Dornish lord, but then cut off the hands and feet of that lord's son as revenge later on.
*** Septon Barth, a commoner, worked in the Red Keep's library before Jaehaerys I appointed him as Hand and assisted the king during his long and prosperous reign, and dabbled in sorcery on the side as well.
*** Over a century and a half before Ned Stark became Hand, his ancestor Cregan Stark was Hand for a single day, and was such a badass that they called his tenure "The Hour Of The Wolf"
*** Before Viserys II ascended the throne, he was appointed Hand by his brother Aegon III near the end of his reign, and continued in that position during the reigns of his nephews Daeron I and Baelor I. He essentially ruled Westeros for them, as Daeron spent his entire reign trying to conquer Dorne and Baelor neglected the kingdom in favor of his faith.
--->'''Tyrion Lannister''': Viserys might only have reigned a year, but he ruled for fifteen, while Daeron warred and Baelor prayed.
*** Prince Baelor Breakspear was a widely beloved and highly effective Hand for his father Daeron II, and would have made a good king. [[spoiler: Too bad he's accidentally killed by his brother during a trial by combat.]]
*** Brynden "Bloodraven" Rivers ruled the Seven Kingdoms in the name of Aerys I as best he could during a time of drought and plague, but his [[StateSec police state apparatus]] and [[IDidWhatIHadToDo harsh methods]], combined with his appearance, made him [[HeroWithBadPublicity unpopular]] with both the nobility and the people, and was even considered by some to be an EvilChancellor.
** Varys 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.
** Kevan Lannister is the loyal lieutenant to his ruthless brother [[EvilChancellor Tywin]], de facto ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Unlike his brother, he is a good and honest man, though [[YesMan not very assertive]], and too willing to carry out Tywin's darker commands such as [[RapePillageAndBurn burning the Riverlands]]. However, in ''A Dance with Dragons'', he has to become regent and Hand for the underage King after every other viable Lannister candidate is dead, disgraced, or otherwise unavailable, and he proves to be nearly as capable as Tywin and far kinder about it. He's ''so'' good, in fact, that he might be the one man who could keep the Lannister regime from falling apart. [[spoiler: This is why Varys has him murdered, because Varys wants the realm to keep decaying until [[RightfulKingReturns the Targaryens can return to retake the throne]].]]
** Ser Davos Seaworth ]]spoiler: is a loyal Hand to Stannis]] and an honorable man, but his lower class background means he never recieved the kind of training in politics some others of his position have had. He tries his best, but he makes it clear in his point-of-view chapters that he is struggling all the way.
** In ''[[Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg The Hedge Knight]]'', Prince Baelor Breakspear is a straight example [[spoiler:until he's accidentally killed in a [[TrialByCombat Trial Of Seven]] by his brother Maekar]].
* Paul Kidd's TalkingAnimal novel ''Literature/TheFangsOfKaath'', has the Grand Vizier of the Kingdom of Osra, who is seemingly the only good-hearted member of the court apart from 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 ''Literature/{{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.
* In the Literature/VorkosiganSaga, Lord Admiral Aral Vorkosigan was appointed Regent for five-year-old Emperor Gregor, 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. The page quote is Gregor's explanation for why [[spoiler:he insisted on being one of the pallbearers at Aral's funeral.]]
* 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.]]
* 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]]
* ''Literature/TheGiver'': The titular Giver's role in the Community is to advise them well based on the memories he's received.
* Both Joseph and Daniel in Literature/TheBible, as well as Mordaci who replaces Haman after his downfall.
* Grimble in ''Literature/MythAdventures'', while engaging in power struggles with General Badaxe, has no desire to rule.
* In Mika Waltari's ''The Wanderer'', Suleiman the Magnificent's vizier Ibrahim seems like this, but is shown to be the sultan's only friend and politically capable. He is somewhat ruthless, but apart from the main character, so is everyone else in the book.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''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...
* Felix Gaeta tried to be this during Gaius Baltar's "tyrannical" reign as a puppet of the Cylons on New Caprica, in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003.''
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Ned Stark struggles constantly to get King Robert to do good, sensible, moral things and to mitigate the damage whenever his advice is ignored. He also tries to reduce the realm's debt and actually attempts to give justice to the commoners by ordering the execution of a band of psychopathic marauders led by Gregor Clegane, who are in service to the richest, most powerful House in the kingdoms.
** Jon Arryn is generally agreed to have given the kingdom 17 good years, but even he struggled to rein in Robert's spending.
** Tyrion serves as a much needed one to Joffrey during his brief but brilliant stint as acting Hand in Season 2. In no small part, the Lannister banner is sustained by his skill at administration and his ability to stare down Joffrey's cruelty, subvert Cersei's incompetence, and prepare the city for the inevitable siege. Varys even commends him as better than Ned Stark or Jon Arryn because he enjoys rather than disdains the game of thrones.
** Surprisingly for his horrible personality, Tywin Lannister seems this way for many people who aren't personally affected by him. He served as Hand to ''the Mad King'' for twenty of the most stable and prosperous years Westeros had experienced in recent memory, which ended almost immediately upon his dismissal. He takes up the position again in Season 3 under Joffrey (Mad King 2.0) and stabilizes the Lannister regime by cowing his sadistic grandson (making him a PuppetKing) and his quarrelsome children and actually running Westeros. When the main part of the war is officially over, he turns to consolidating the Kingdom with new alliances with the Tyrells and Martells, as well as focusing on solving the crown's debts. He's still a ''huge'' asshole but someone with a day-to-day grasp of administration.
** Davos serves as this as NumberTwo to Stannis Baratheon at Dragonstone, which helps counterbalance the influence Melisandre has on him. Stannis plans to make him Hand of the King and Davos takes the position very seriously.
--> '''Davos:''' I understand (being sentenced to death), but since you have not ''unnamed me'' Hand of the King, it is ''my duty'' to advise you against it.
* 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, he 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 ''Series/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.]]
* ''Series/Merlin2008'': Despite not having any official position (and that's purely because Arthur is extremely WrongGenreSavvy), 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.


[[folder: Religion And Mythology ]]

* Joseph, from the ''Literature/BookOfGenesis'' in Literature/TheBible. He serves under the Pharaoh as a Vizier, and unlike the [[NephariousPharaoh two infamous Pharaohs]] from ''Literature/BookOfExodus'', the Pharaoh in Genesis is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who genuinely appreciates Joseph's talents and his deeds.
* 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 ''Literature/FengshenYanyi'', aka "Creation of the Deities".


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Archduke Norris in {{TabletopGame/Traveller}}.
* In one sample campaign in TabletopGame/{{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 UsefulNotes/GrandVizier is an expected trope of the genre...
* In the [[Literature/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]][[note]]Except for [[BigEater eater]] and [[NeverGetsDrunk drinker]], where the title of greatest goes to the Emperor's son Leman Russ[[/note]].
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' they are less common than their counterparts amongst the Martian ruling caste, but they do exist. Danny Hatfield, human prince of J'lkarine has a very loyal courtesan named Gavat who functions as one.

[[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 ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/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]].
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The [[TheOrder Psijic Order]], a powerful MagicalSociety and the oldest monastic order in Tamriel, serve as advisors to the leaders of Tamriel and consider it a sacred duty which they call "seliffrnsae," meaning "grave and faithful counsel". During times of extreme turmoil, particularly when their powerful magical knowledge may be sought after by malevolent forces, the Order has been known to withdraw entirely from outside affairs, right up to making their home island disappear without a trace. Despite this typical benevolence, they have also been [[IgnoredExpert ignored]] by Tamriellic leaders. For example, Emperor Uriel V ignored their warnings and led a disastrous failed invasion of [[{{Wutai}} Akavir]]. Afterward, the Order withdrew from serving in this position and became so suspect in the eyes of the Empire that their ambassadors were barred from entering the Imperial City.
** Ocato served [[TheGoodKing Emperor Uriel Septim VII]], and later his [[HiddenBackupPrince bastard son Martin]], as both High Chancellor of the Elder Council and as [[CourtMage Imperial Battlemage]]. After the events of the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]] leave no Septim on the Imperial throne for the first time in centuries, Ocato took over as [[RegentForLife Potentate]] in accordance with the Imperial Elder Council Charter after exhausting all other alternatives. For the next ten years, Ocato successfully held the fracture Empire together. Unfortunately for the Empire, (and the rest of Tamriel in general), Ocato was so good at keeping the peace that [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] had him assassinated in an attempt to destabilize the Empire and make way for the rebirth of the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]]. The power of the Dominion would wax in the decades leading up to the [[GreatOffscreenWar Great War]] and the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' while the power of the Third Empire would wane to the point of becoming a true VestigialEmpire.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** The Warden can become one to whomever becomes ruler of Ferelden at the end of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''.
** 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.
** ''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.
*** By the time of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Bann Teagan has succeeded his brother and become the Arl of Redcliffe, but the ''Trespasser'' DLC indicates that he's serving as this for either of the possible rulers of Ferelden.
* The Chancellor of Figaro, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', seems to be this in the few appearances 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, she still manages to fulfill the same role.
* Cristo/Kiryl in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' / ''Dragon Warrior IV'' is completely loyal (and has a crush on his kingdom's princess, which doesn't hurt the loyalty thing one bit).

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* ''WebComic/GirlGenius'': Vanamonde von Mekkhan has, after taking up the mantle of seneschal to House Heterodyne from his grandfather, proven himself to be a capable administrator, organiser, spymaster and tactician, and completely devoted to the welfare of the House Heterodyne and the people of Mechanicsburg. His grandfather Carson served both Saturnus Heterodyne and Saturnus' sons Bill and Barry with similar skill and loyalty, but given the elder Heterodyne's character (not to mention Carson's youthful days as a volunteer in said elder Heterodyne's marauding horde) it's a bit unclear where on the Good-Evil axis he falls.
* In ''WebComic/RiceBoy'', the Grand Vizier of Satuar is far more intelligent, level-headed, and kinder to Rice Boy than the Prince is.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/WarPlanets'' (AKA ''Shadow Raiders''), the Grand Vizier of Planet Fire is a narrow-minded, obstructionist xenophobe. However, he is utterly devoted to his prince and the people of Fire. He even goes so far as to make a Heroic Sacrifice. He does make a reappearance afterwards where he tries to get them eaten by the Beast Planet, but like ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', it's an evil replica, not the real Vizier.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' story centered on the Ruby Yacht of Omar Khayyam features a Grand Vizier who looks the part and schemes as much as any other, but he is in fact entirely loyal to the ruler of Jaipur and actually shows genuine concern for him. He's also not noticeably more bloodthirsty than the ruler himself, and only to the same people. (He also requires {{exposition}} about the titular Ruby Yacht early on, so maybe he's just new.)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Hearth's Warming Eve", Twilight Sparkle and co. take part in a play about the founding of Equestria. Applejack's character is Smart Cookie, an advisor to Chancellor Puddinghead (played by Pinkie Pie) and much nicer (and more intelligent) than she is.

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* 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 bloodthirsty Red Guards. His adopted daughter getting persecuted and tortured to death by Red Guards might have partially motivated him in doing so.
* 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 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.