Playing With / Evil Chancellor

Basic Trope: The king's main advisor is evil and (usually) trying to overthrow him.
  • Straight: The Kingdom of Tropia has a good king and an evil Grand Vizier. Or, the United States of Trope has a good President and an evil Vice President.
  • Exaggerated: The Grand Vizier is Obviously Evil, refers to himself as the Evil Grand Vizier, and still has his job.
  • Downplayed: The vizier is a neutral or Ambiguously Evil figure often at odds with his king, but most of his evil deeds are done out of necessity and he isn't a main antagonist.
  • Justified:
    • Exactly because the king is good-natured, he is also very naïve and trusting which makes him a Horrible Judge of Character, so despite how blatant the vizier's wickedness might be, he fails to notice it.
    • The work is historically based and the period of history actually did have a coup by a grand vizier.
    • Chancellors, Prime Minsters, Grand Advisors and such had more power as actual Heads of Government with little publicity, making these positions suitable spots for The Man Behind the Man.
  • Inverted: The kingdom of Tropia has an evil king. The Grand Vizier is The Good Chancellor who is secretly funding La Résistance.
  • Subverted: The Grand Vizier of Tropia seems to be loyal to his king...
  • Double Subverted: ...but he isn't good. The king is also evil and working for him allows the vizier to subjugate and torture the populace more effectively.
  • Parodied: The Vizier is not nice, but he's a poodle-poking Harmless Villain who's only being bad because he's "supposed to" (like the necromancer in Unseen Academicals). He's not really trying to take over, he's more likely to put salt in the king's coffee than poison, he drives heroes away with cruel practical jokes or bizarre threats rather than genuine harm, and the court, including the king, see him as their Token Evil Teammate.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The Grand Vizier of Tropia seems to be disloyal, but is later revealed to be loyal and the signs of disloyalty were coincidental. However, his king is bad, so the heroes think they have to get rid of both of them...until the vizier pulls a Starscream and then reveals he was Good All Along and overthrew the king in order to Pay Evil unto Evil, becoming a much fairer ruler once he's actually on the throne.
    • Or, there are multiple viziers in the story with different alignments.
    • Not, however, anything to do with this Zig Zag who plays the trope straight.
  • Averted: The chancellor of Tropia is a good man and loyal to his king.
  • Enforced: The story is written in a strict monarchy where it is forbidden to depict kings as evil, but the author still wants his hero to fight against unjust authority.
  • Lampshaded: The Grand Vizier throws a visiting hero into the dungeon for no reason. The hero turns to his cellmate and says, "You know, as soon as I saw the Grand Vizier, I was sort of expecting this."
  • Invoked: The Grand Vizier is a good man, but his population doesn't respect him. He assumes Machiavelli was right, and attempts to seem more evil to make them fear him instead.
  • Exploited: The Grand Vizier's assistant, aware of his master's evil nature, uses that to arrange his own schemes, knowing everyone will just assume the Vizier is behind it.
  • Defied: The Grand Vizier knows that people think he's evil, and spends most of his time finding ways to run the kingdom fairly and even pet a few dogs to make them stop thinking that.
  • Discussed: Hero Sir Tropesalot is talking with his Five-Man Band about how they should be careful in kingdoms because every time they've run into a Grand Vizier he's been evil.
  • Conversed: Political candidate Thomas Roper talks to his campaign team about finding a trustworthy running mate and mentions how it would be easier if the real-world evil viziers were as obvious as the fictional ones.
  • Implied: The head of state seems much more pleasant than the head of government or chief administrator/advisor/what have you.
  • Deconstructed: The Grand Vizier is originally good and does his best to follow his king's orders, but the people never think ill of their king and, because this trope exists in the world they blame the Vizier for any of the King's mistakes, while not giving him any credit for things the government does right. As a result, he becomes very bitter and resentful.
  • Reconstructed: His bitterness leads him to hate the King, becoming the evil vizier that everyone already thought he was.

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