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* ''VideoGame/TheNewOrderLastDaysOfEurope'': "King" Rurik II ([[NapoleonDelusion in reality]] former-Red Army Major-General Nikolai Krylov) is this trope despite his [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} apparent insanity]]. He listens to his advisors, develops the kingdom in a rational manner, and enjoys good popularity with his people. He maintains the best parts of the defunct Soviet Union (like the trade unions so his subjects enjoy good working conditions and workplace democracy) but fuses it with [[DaysOfFuturePast Kievan and Muscovite aesthetics]]. [[spoiler:As he lies dying of old age shortly after reunifying Russia, he admits with his FamousLastWords to his children that it was all an act he put on to get people behind him and fix his broken country.]]





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* Zelda's father in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, where he always puts the needs of his people first. King Dorephan in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' is the Zora king that not only looks out for his own people, but also the safety of the Hylians when he expresses worry that the dam bursting would affect them and not his people. He has no objections to [[spoiler: his daughter proposing to Link]], presumably on the grounds that such an arrangement would bring her happiness. The king also is able to defeat a [[EliteMook Guardian]] by himself by tossing it off a cliff.

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* Zelda's father in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games, where he always puts the needs of his people first. King Dorephan in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' is the Zora king that not only looks out for his own people, but also the safety of the Hylians when he expresses worry that the dam bursting would affect them and not his people. He has no objections to [[spoiler: his daughter proposing to Link]], presumably on the grounds that such an arrangement would bring her happiness. The king also [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome is able said to defeat have defeated]] a [[EliteMook Guardian]] by himself by tossing it off a cliff.



* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': The King of Monsters, Asgore, is a much beloved figure by his subjects. The player hears conflicting accounts about him: some monsters say he is dangerous and the player will inevitably have to kill him to escape, others call him a "big fuzzy pushover". [[spoiler:He is in fact an extremely kind and caring person who is friendly with all his subjects and enjoys gardening and making tea in his spare time. However, he ''did'' declare war on humanity (after humans murdered his son) in a fit of rage, and he is also the most powerful monster in the Underground... and as much as he hates himself for it, he does believe he has to take the player's soul.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': The King of Monsters, Asgore, is a much beloved figure by his subjects. The player hears conflicting accounts about him: some monsters say he is dangerous and the player will inevitably have to kill him to escape, others call him a "big fuzzy pushover". [[spoiler:He is in fact an extremely kind and caring person who is friendly with all his subjects and enjoys gardening and making tea in his spare time. However, he ''did'' declare war on humanity (after humans murdered his son) in a fit of rage, and he is also the most powerful monster in the Underground... and as much as he hates himself for it, he does believe he has to take the player's soul. His compassion is best shown before the final battle when he tells the player to take all the time they need to get ready to fighr him and assures them that he isn't ready either.]]

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* Ethiopian Emperor [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menelik_II Menelik II]] was TheChessmaster in both war and diplomacy. He defeated an Italian invasion, making Ethiopia one of the only parts of Africa never fully colonized by Europe, and received diplomatic recognition of Ethiopia from many other European powers. He was an equally skilled internal reformer, cracking down on the slave trade, modernizing Ethiopia's governance, creating a new postal system and national bank, starting Ethiopia's railway network and introducing electricity, telegraphs and modern plumbing to his capital of Addis Ababa.


* The King of Midland in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' looks to be this, but ends up being more of a deconstruction by the end. He is kind, honorable, intelligent, and has led his country through lifetimes of warfare, and in a DeadlyDecadentCourt, he is willing to reward the Band of the Hawk irrespective of their common birth. As it turns out, though, BeingGoodSucks--he's become so emotionally distant from his wife that she's cheating on him, he's under so much stress that it's heavily implied that his attempts to uplift Griffith are his plan to retire, and his love for his daughter has been badly warped to the point of lust. When things start going south, he snaps completely and spends the last few years of his life as TheCaligula.

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* The King of Midland in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' looks to be this, but ends up being more of a deconstruction by the end. He is kind, honorable, intelligent, and has led his country through lifetimes of warfare, and in a DeadlyDecadentCourt, DecadentCourt, he is willing to reward the Band of the Hawk irrespective of their common birth. As it turns out, though, BeingGoodSucks--he's become so emotionally distant from his wife that she's cheating on him, he's under so much stress that it's heavily implied that his attempts to uplift Griffith are his plan to retire, and his love for his daughter has been badly warped to the point of lust. When things start going south, he snaps completely and spends the last few years of his life as TheCaligula.



%%* ''Fanfic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'': King Aurum ''wanted'' to be this, [[DeadlyDecadentCourt if the nobility would LET him that is]].

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%%* ''Fanfic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria'': King Aurum ''wanted'' to be this, [[DeadlyDecadentCourt [[DecadentCourt if the nobility would LET him that is]].


** In general throughout the series, Emperor Uriel Semptim VII serves as one [[spoiler: up until his death in ''Oblivion''.]] He's a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure fair and balanced ruler]] who keeps the Cyrodiilic Empire whole through multiple crises and intervenes directly to kick off the plots of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' and ''Morrowind''.

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** In general throughout the series, Emperor Uriel Semptim Septim VII serves as one [[spoiler: up until his death in ''Oblivion''.]] He's a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure fair and balanced ruler]] who keeps the Cyrodiilic Empire whole through multiple crises and intervenes directly to kick off the plots of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' and ''Morrowind''.

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* ''Literature/TheToughGuideToFantasyland'': Good kings are down to earth types, who can be discerned by the fact they don't hoard wealth, abide by elaborate ceremonies and have a plain-spoken manner.


** In the backstory, among the {{Posthumous Character}}s who have sat on the Iron Throne, those remembered as good are Aegon I, Jaehaerys I, and Baelor the Blessed. Aegon I and Jaehaerys I are both remembered as the greatest Targaryen kings; one established the dynasty and its basic institutions, the other consolidated it and presided over a GoldenAge by a series of diplomatic masterstrokes: he put the Faith on a leash, got rid of the right of [[DroitDuSeigneur First Night]], brokered a truce between FeudingFamilies, built roads, and developed a proper sewage system. Baelor the Blessed is considered a good king because of his religious piety which made him popular among the people, while the more educated nobility remember and regret his political mistakes and his propensity for BookBurning; he was not a bad king, but he did make some bad decisions (to the point that Tyrion calls him Baelor the Befuddled) and is mostly remembered fondly because he was highly religious. Aegon V, Aegon the Unlikely, was remembered quite fondly as well, mostly thanks to the influence of his boyhood protector Ser Duncan and his attempts to provide rights to the smallfolk, but this, coupled with the actions of his children, made him unpopular with the nobility and on his death, his reforms were undone by the Hand of the King Tywin Lannister who became popular among the same nobility, but disliked by the smallfolk.

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** In the backstory, among the {{Posthumous Character}}s who have sat on the Iron Throne, those remembered as good are Aegon I, Jaehaerys I, and Baelor the Blessed. Aegon I and Jaehaerys I are both remembered as the greatest Targaryen kings; one established the dynasty and its basic institutions, the other consolidated it and presided over a GoldenAge by a series of diplomatic masterstrokes: he put the Faith on a leash, got rid of the right of [[DroitDuSeigneur First Night]], brokered a truce between FeudingFamilies, built roads, won a war without losing a single man, and developed a proper sewage system. Baelor the Blessed is considered a good king because of his religious piety which made him popular among the people, while the more educated nobility remember and regret his political mistakes and his propensity for BookBurning; he was not a bad king, but he did make some bad decisions (to the point that Tyrion calls him Baelor the Befuddled) and is mostly remembered fondly because he was highly religious. Aegon V, Aegon the Unlikely, was remembered quite fondly as well, mostly thanks to the influence of his boyhood protector Ser Duncan and his attempts to provide rights to the smallfolk, but this, coupled with the actions of his children, made him unpopular with the nobility and on his death, his reforms were undone by the Hand of the King Tywin Lannister who became popular among the same nobility, but disliked by the smallfolk.


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* After some unfortunate missteps in his youth, Emperor Gregor of Barrayar in the Literature/VorkosiganSagaLiterature/VorkosiganSaga qualifies, being intelligent, conscientious, and completely committed to using his power to build a fairer and more peaceful society on a collection of frequently war-torn planets. He also has the "soft spoken" part down-pat, although Gregor ''never'' raises his voice--when he gets angry, it very much manifests as TranquilFury.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Chlorophylle}}'', Mithron XIII is despicted as a benevolent ruler, a Reasonable Authority Figure, a very nice person and is adored by his people. When an attempt is made on his life in Zizanion le Terrible, it is a shock for both him and the population that someone would want him dead.


--> '''King Konreid:''' Wisdom is our hammer. Prudence will be our nail. When men build lives from honest toil-. Courage never fails.

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--> '''King Konreid:''' Wisdom is our hammer. Prudence will be our nail. When men build lives from honest toil-. Courage toil-courage never fails.


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* ''Film/KullTheConqueror'': Kull, upon becoming king, immediately releases several slaves in the palace and tries to abolish slavery completely but is told he can't because the kingdom's ancient law allows it. Further, he refuses to have sex with Zareta before he's sure she's willing, as she had been the former king's sex slave and accustomed to serving that way. He also frees a priest persecuted for heresy and establishes religious tolerance, saying that people can worship whatever gods they want. All this is ''before'' Kull faces down the main villain. After he defeats her, Kull abolishes slavery anyway, ancient law be damned.

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* Unlike just about everyone else in ''Literature/TheThebaid'', King Theseus is a good guy. Despite having just returned from a tiring campaign, he welcomes refugees into his kingdom and leads the armies of Athens to force Creon to allow the widows of Argos to give proper DueToTheDead.

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** In the sister series ''Literature/{{Brotherband}},'' Erak proves himself to be this. He's smarter than he acts [[SmarterThanYouLook (though that's not particularly difficult)]], a fair judge, and knows where he's weak, and gets people he trusts to take care of those issues.


* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', if he survives the first game, Urdnot Wrex returns to his homeworld and begins forcefully taking control of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan race]], sometimes diplomatically, other times with ([[AsskickingEqualsAuthority necessary]]) force. With the krogan on the path to extinction due to a combination of a DepopulationBomb and their own self-destructive tendencies, Wrex introduces massive reforms to curb his race's bloodlust and bring their numbers back from the brink. By the time of ''3'', Wrex has become arguably the most powerful krogan in the galaxy and, with Shepard and Mordin/Wik's help, is on the path to giving the krogan a new golden age and cultural renaissance.

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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', if he survives the first game, Urdnot Wrex returns to his homeworld and begins forcefully taking control of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan race]], sometimes diplomatically, other times with ([[AsskickingEqualsAuthority necessary]]) force. With the krogan on the path to extinction due to a combination of a DepopulationBomb and their own self-destructive tendencies, Wrex introduces massive reforms to curb his race's bloodlust and bring their numbers back from the brink. By the time of ''3'', Wrex has become arguably the most powerful krogan in the galaxy and, with Shepard and Mordin/Wik's help, Wrex is on the path to giving leading the krogan into a new golden age and cultural renaissance.

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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', if he survives the first game, Urdnot Wrex returns to his homeworld and begins forcefully taking control of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy krogan race]], sometimes diplomatically, other times with ([[AsskickingEqualsAuthority necessary]]) force. With the krogan on the path to extinction due to a combination of a DepopulationBomb and their own self-destructive tendencies, Wrex introduces massive reforms to curb his race's bloodlust and bring their numbers back from the brink. By the time of ''3'', Wrex has become arguably the most powerful krogan in the galaxy and, with Shepard and Mordin/Wik's help, is on the path to giving the krogan a new golden age and cultural renaissance.


* Par for the course in most ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games. The king who sends you on your quest is usually good.

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Par for the course in most ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games. The king who sends you on your quest is usually good.good.
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'': From what is seen in the game, King Lorik seems to be popular among the people of Tantegel. He also helps the Hero out by giving him items and money and saving his progress.

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