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Sometimes it's the monarch[=/=][[PresidentEvil Head of State]] who's the EvilOverlord. And sometimes there's this trope, where instead of the Head of State being the person who has malicious intent, it's his adviser, assistant, second-in-command, or Head of Government (that is if the Head of State and Head of Government are separate positions, such as with having both a President and a Prime Minister, respectively). Most of the time he's actively scheming to discredit or usurp the throne, and may even be an agent sent for this purpose by an outside power. In other cases, he's perfectly content to be TheManBehindTheMan and keeps the ruler around primarily as the figurehead for the ignorant masses and as the fall guy if something goes wrong. He can also tend to have more actual power and real influence than the Head of State, especially in cases where the government is a parliamentary system or a constitutional monarchy.

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Sometimes it's the monarch[=/=][[PresidentEvil Head of State]] who's the EvilOverlord. And sometimes there's this trope, where instead of the Head of State being the person who has malicious intent, it's his adviser, assistant, second-in-command, or Head of Government (that is if the Head of State and Head of Government are separate positions, such as with e.g. having both a President and a Prime Minister, Minister respectively). Most of the time he's actively scheming to discredit or usurp the throne, and may even be an agent sent for this purpose by an outside power. In other cases, he's perfectly content to be TheManBehindTheMan and keeps the ruler around primarily as the figurehead for the ignorant masses and as the fall guy if something goes wrong. He can also tend to have more actual power and real influence than the Head of State, especially in cases where the government is a parliamentary system or a constitutional monarchy.


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---->'''James''':While I live, Andrew is my right hand. If I die, my uncle's boy inherits and Andrew goes back to being one more southern lord with better birth than land. He has no reason to seek my life, and much to guard it.

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---->'''James''':While -->'''James:''' While I live, Andrew is my right hand. If I die, my uncle's boy inherits and Andrew goes back to being one more southern lord with better birth than land. He has no reason to seek my life, and much to guard it.



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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Iblis, the demonic Grand Vizier of Vanna, ended up being a treacherous chancellor. On the one hand he was behind the equally villainous Sultana Adela's rise to power and did his best to aid her over the years, a job in which he succeeded admirably. However, in the end he betrayed Adela during the battle against the Grand Alliance and revealed that he had ultimately been working for the demonic Southern Horde with the sole intention of weakening Vanna from within for his true masters' upcoming invasion. He had thus been playing both Adela and the Alliance against each other while furthering his own goals.
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** This trope is [[spoiler: double subverted]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]].'' We eventually find out that Yuga, who's been traveling around Hyrule transforming the Seven Sages into paintings for an evil ritual, was a servant of Hilda, Princess of Lorule, and apparently trying to steal power from her. [[spoiler: Then we discover that Yuga was actually working ''for'' Hilda--it was her idea to kidnap the Sages and use their power to eventually steal the Triforce from Hyrule to revitalize her dying world. But Yuga ends up trapping Hilda in a painting and trying to seize the whole Triforce for himself, proving that he was an Evil Chancellor ''in an already evil plan.'']]

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** This trope is [[spoiler: double subverted]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]].'' We eventually find out that Yuga, who's been traveling around Hyrule transforming the Seven Sages into paintings for an evil ritual, was a servant of Hilda, Princess of Lorule, and apparently trying to steal power from her. [[spoiler: Then we discover that Yuga was actually working ''for'' Hilda--it Hilda -- it was her idea to kidnap the Sages and use their power to eventually steal the Triforce from Hyrule to revitalize her dying world. But Yuga ends up trapping Hilda in a painting and trying to seize the whole Triforce for himself, proving that he was an Evil Chancellor ''in an already evil plan.'']]



* Parodied to ridiculous levels with the ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' character [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Chancellor Usurper]] aka [[spoiler: Dark Elf King Astos]]. When he was about to take over he planned to have the man who would be the next chancellor killed since he knows you can never trust whoever is in that position. Apparently, this is par for course in Elf Land.

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* Parodied to ridiculous levels with the ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' character [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Chancellor Usurper]] aka [[spoiler: Dark a.k.a. [[spoiler:Dark Elf King Astos]]. When he was about to take over he planned to have the man who would be the next chancellor killed since he knows you can never trust whoever is in that position. Apparently, this is par for course in Elf Land.



* Subversion/Lampshade Hanging: In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', Qui-Gon is immediately suspicious of Queen Amidala's advisor Sio Bibble (whose name Qui Gon [[AccidentalMisnaming thinks is "Bubble"]]) due to his [[BeardOfEvil goatee]] and the fact that he's a "trusted advisor". However, ''never ever at all'' does Bibble do ''anything'' that would indicate this to be at all accurate. In fact, the commentary includes [[JustForFun/WeirdestInboundLinkOfTheDay a link to this page.]]
** Chancellor [[strike:Zod]] Valorum is portrayed as (ludicrously over the top) Evil, and he is a Chancellor, but oddly enough, he is not an Evil Chancellor as defined by this trope, because in the Galactic Senate "Chancellor" refers to the equivalent of President or King, rather than an advisor role, so he's more PresidentEvil.

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Subversion/Lampshade Hanging: In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', Qui-Gon is immediately suspicious of Queen Amidala's advisor Sio Bibble (whose name Qui Gon [[AccidentalMisnaming thinks is "Bubble"]]) due to his [[BeardOfEvil goatee]] and the fact that he's a "trusted advisor". However, ''never ever at all'' does Bibble do ''anything'' that would indicate this to be at all accurate. In fact, the commentary includes [[JustForFun/WeirdestInboundLinkOfTheDay a link to this page.]]
** Chancellor [[strike:Zod]] Valorum is portrayed as (ludicrously over the top) over-the-top) Evil, and he is a Chancellor, but oddly enough, he is not an Evil Chancellor as defined by this trope, because in the Galactic Senate "Chancellor" refers to the equivalent of President or King, rather than an advisor role, so he's more PresidentEvil.



* Played straight ''and'' averted in the case of [[FluffytheTerrible Mocha]], the evil-as-sin Court Magistrate in the episodic-segment story ''What is this Black Magic you call Science?'' She kills and sacrifices anyone with faint hints of liberalism, even [[spoiler: killing a little girl with [[LittleDeadRidingHood red flowers in her hair]] who Chryseis was trying to save. In front of her parents and siblings]]. Her constant, rivalry-antagonism with Chryseis is also fueled by [[spoiler: sibling rivalry, since their father thought Chryseis was a better child. I wonder why]]. Oh, and she's also [[AGodamI the goddess of female power]], and a very violent [[BloodMagic blood mage]].\\\

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* Played straight ''and'' averted in the case of [[FluffytheTerrible Mocha]], the evil-as-sin Court Magistrate in the episodic-segment story ''What is this Is This Black Magic you call You Call Science?'' She kills and sacrifices anyone with faint hints of liberalism, even [[spoiler: killing [[spoiler:killing a little girl with [[LittleDeadRidingHood red flowers in her hair]] who Chryseis was trying to save. In front of her parents and siblings]]. Her constant, rivalry-antagonism with Chryseis is also fueled by [[spoiler: sibling [[spoiler:sibling rivalry, since their father thought Chryseis was a better child. I wonder why]]. Oh, and she's also [[AGodamI the goddess of female power]], and a very violent [[BloodMagic blood mage]].\\\



* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick does the vice-president variety in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' when she spends most of the special trying to kill WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic to take the presidency for her own. Sure, by about halfway through ''everyone'' is trying to kill Critic, but she was doing it independent of the rebellion.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Iblis, the demonic Grand Vizier of Vanna, ended up being a treacherous chancellor. On the one hand he was behind the equally villainous Sultana Adela's rise to power and did his best to aid her over the years, a job in which he succeeded admirably. However, in the end he betrayed Adela during the battle against the Grand Alliance and revealed that he had ultimately been working for the demonic Southern Horde with the sole intention of weakening Vanna from within for his true masters' upcoming invasion. He had thus been playing both Adela and the Alliance against each other while furthering his own goals.



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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick does the vice-president variety in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' when she spends most of the special trying to kill WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic to take the presidency for her own. Sure, by about halfway through ''everyone'' is trying to kill Critic, but she was doing it independent of the rebellion.
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** In the episode "[[spoiler: Let's Play Me-Me-Nopoly]]", Quack Quack becomes the king of Smileyland. Mr. Cat offers to be his advisor, but he soon tricks Quack Quack into making him the king instead and tries to take steps to make it a terrible place to live.

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** In the episode "[[spoiler: Let's "[[spoiler:Let's Play Me-Me-Nopoly]]", Quack Quack becomes the king of Smileyland. Mr. Cat offers to be his advisor, but he soon tricks Quack Quack into making him the king instead and tries to take steps to make it a terrible place to live.

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* The count, who advises the king in the animated TV movie ''WesternAnimation/ThePoint''.


* [[Characters/StarWarsEmperorPalpatine Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious]] from ''Film/StarWars'' is a classic example. He starts out as a senator, but he then rose to power as Supreme Chancellor of the Republic via his charisma and cunning planning. As TheManBehindTheMan for the Separatists (in his Darth Sidious persona), he engineered their secession from TheRepublic and started the Clone Wars, using the war as an excuse to accrue more powers as Chancellor and stay in office beyond term limits. Eventually, after eliminating his rivals (most notably the Jedi), ending the war, and intimidating the Senate into letting him retain his "temporary" powers permanently, he turned the Republic into [[TheEmpire the Galactic Empire]], with himself as TheEmperor. [[StockCharacters In popular culture, Palpatine has also become a popular icon of evil and the subversion of democracy.]]

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* [[Characters/StarWarsEmperorPalpatine Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious]] from ''Film/StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' is a classic example. He starts out as a senator, but he then rose to power as Supreme Chancellor of the Republic via his charisma and cunning planning. As TheManBehindTheMan for the Separatists (in his Darth Sidious persona), he engineered their secession from TheRepublic and started the Clone Wars, using the war as an excuse to accrue more powers as Chancellor and stay in office beyond term limits. Eventually, after eliminating his rivals (most notably the Jedi), ending the war, and intimidating the Senate into letting him retain his "temporary" powers permanently, he turned the Republic into [[TheEmpire the Galactic Empire]], with himself as TheEmperor. [[StockCharacters In popular culture, Palpatine has also become a popular icon of evil and the subversion of democracy.]]


** The sequel series ''Literature/TheTamuli'' reveals exactly how he ended up like that: at the hands at ''another'' EvilChancellor who is also a BigBadFriend to a major character. And behind ultimately ''everything'' and why? Because he's in ''[[LoveMakesYouEvil love]]'' with said friend.

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** The sequel series ''Literature/TheTamuli'' reveals exactly how he ended up like that: at the hands at ''another'' EvilChancellor Evil Chancellor who is also a BigBadFriend to a major character. And behind ultimately ''everything'' and why? Because he's in ''[[LoveMakesYouEvil love]]'' with said friend.


* Kimrek in ''[[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse The Klingon Art of War]]'', the chief advisor to the rulers of the Tenka Plains who arranged the death of those rulers before serving as regent for their young son, convincing the boy to hand him ever more power while poisoning him against his own capability to rule.

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* Kimrek in ''[[Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse ''[[Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse The Klingon Art of War]]'', the chief advisor to the rulers of the Tenka Plains who arranged the death of those rulers before serving as regent for their young son, convincing the boy to hand him ever more power while poisoning him against his own capability to rule.

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' book ''Ultimate Intrigue'' introduces a [[FantasyCharacterClasses character archetype]] called the Vizier, a variant Mesmerist who specialized in manipulating their own allies. They get special abilities with names like Insidious Influence and Power Behind the Throne. Although you could play as one, it's pretty clear that the developers intended this archetype more for [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]].


* Harebrained Schemes' ''VideoGame/{{Battletech}}'' has [[EvilUncle Santiago Espinosa]], head of House Espinosa who traditionally served as chancellors to House Arano. He only technically remains the Evil Chancellor for a few minutes before seizing power in TheCoup during the opening mission, and spends the rest of the campaign as the BigBad. His motivations are also [[WellIntentionedExtremist somewhat more complex than the average example of this trope]], and claims that if Kamea had moved to strip power from the council of nobles to begin with, he would have been with her all the way.

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* Harebrained Schemes' ''VideoGame/{{Battletech}}'' has [[EvilUncle Santiago Espinosa]], head of House Espinosa who traditionally served as chancellors to House Arano. He only technically remains the Evil Chancellor for a few minutes before seizing power in TheCoup during the opening mission, and spends the rest of the campaign as the BigBad. His motivations are also [[WellIntentionedExtremist somewhat more complex than the average example of this trope]], and he claims that if Kamea had moved to strip power from the council of nobles to begin with, he would have been with her all loyal to House Arano if Kamea had been more inclined to follow his advise and centralized the way.Reach.

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* Harebrained Schemes' ''VideoGame/{{Battletech}}'' has [[EvilUncle Santiago Espinosa]], head of House Espinosa who traditionally served as chancellors to House Arano. He only technically remains the Evil Chancellor for a few minutes before seizing power in TheCoup during the opening mission, and spends the rest of the campaign as the BigBad. His motivations are also [[WellIntentionedExtremist somewhat more complex than the average example of this trope]], and claims that if Kamea had moved to strip power from the council of nobles to begin with, he would have been with her all the way.


* In the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'', [[TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel Chancellor Gilliath Osborne]] of the Erebonian empire is seen as this by other people around Western Zemuria. However at the same time, he's also a WellIntentionedExtremist in that he's fighting for the commoners who have been abused by the corrupt nobles and wants to change things with his reformation. The problem however is that his idea to weaken the hold of the Noble Alliance is to expand the empire such that other small countries get absorbed into the Erebonian empire, mostly through underhanded means like secretly sending jaegers to destroy cities and villages and the Erebonian army to "save them".

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* In the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'', [[TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel Chancellor Gilliath Osborne]] of the Erebonian empire is seen as this by other people around Western Zemuria. However at the same time, he's also a WellIntentionedExtremist in that he's fighting for the commoners who have been abused by the corrupt nobles and wants to change things with his reformation. The problem however is that his idea to weaken the hold of the Noble Alliance is to expand the empire such that other small countries get absorbed into the Erebonian empire, mostly through underhanded means like secretly sending jaegers to destroy cities and villages and the Erebonian army to "save them".


* In the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'', Chancellor Gilliath Osborne of the Erebonian empire is seen as this by other people around Western Zemuria. However at the same time, he's also a WellIntentionedExtremist in that he's fighting for the commoners who have been abused by the corrupt nobles and wants to change things with his reformation. The problem however is that his idea to weaken the hold of the Noble Alliance is to expand the empire such that other small countries get absorbed into the Erebonian empire, mostly through underhanded means like secretly sending jaegers to destroy cities and villages and the Erebonian army to "save them".

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* In the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'', [[TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel Chancellor Gilliath Osborne Osborne]] of the Erebonian empire is seen as this by other people around Western Zemuria. However at the same time, he's also a WellIntentionedExtremist in that he's fighting for the commoners who have been abused by the corrupt nobles and wants to change things with his reformation. The problem however is that his idea to weaken the hold of the Noble Alliance is to expand the empire such that other small countries get absorbed into the Erebonian empire, mostly through underhanded means like secretly sending jaegers to destroy cities and villages and the Erebonian army to "save them".


* Comes in three in ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'': Koren for the Queen of Altena, Bigieu for the leader of the Navarre Raiders and Deathjester for the Beast King.

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* %%* Comes in three in ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'': Koren ''VideoGame/TrialsOfMana'': The Crimson Wizard for the True Queen of Altena, Bigieu Belladonna for the leader of the Navarre Nevarl Raiders and Deathjester Goremand for the Beast King.

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* In ''VideoGame/ShuyanSaga'', the chancellor to [[spoiler:the King of Nan Feng]] turns out to be working for the invaders; this is why some members of the court are so quick to dismiss warnings that the invaders are using "unnatural magics" (and why there's a BodyguardBetrayal a bit later).


** Played with for the Usurpation. During the First Age, the Sidereal Exalted were known as "the viziers", they advised the Solar Exalted ruling elite, and they did set up an elaborate scheme to betray them and take over the world. The twist is that they did not do it ForTheEvil or even for personal power, but because the Solar themselves were becoming mad and evil and the Sidereal saw their removal as the only sure way to save the world. Also, the Lunar Exalted, who were known as the "viceroys" or "stewards" and were the true second in command after the Solars (whereas the Sidereals were advisors), did ''not'' betray them; most of them fought to death for their overlords, and the rest fled and fell back on guerilla tactics.

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** Played with for the Usurpation. During the First Age, the Sidereal Exalted were known as "the viziers", they advised the Solar Exalted ruling elite, and they did set up an elaborate scheme to betray them and take over the world. The twist is that they did not do it ForTheEvil ForTheEvulz or even for personal power, but because the Solar themselves were becoming mad and evil and the Sidereal saw their removal as the only sure way to save the world. Also, the Lunar Exalted, who were known as the "viceroys" or "stewards" and were the true second in command after the Solars (whereas the Sidereals were advisors), did ''not'' betray them; most of them fought to death for their overlords, and the rest fled and fell back on guerilla tactics.

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