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** Interestingly, Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry presented Gorkon as this. Intentionally modeled both in appearance and manner on Abraham Lincoln, he was presented as intelligent, wise, cultured, and, astoundingly for this franchise, more forward-thinking than the main characters.

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** Interestingly, Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' presented Chancellor Gorkon as this. Intentionally modeled both in appearance and manner on Abraham Lincoln, he was presented as intelligent, wise, cultured, and, astoundingly for this franchise, more forward-thinking than the main characters.


* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', speaking of King Scyld of the Danes, just comes out and says "he was a good king." Or, more accurately, "Þæt wæs gōd cyning," literally, "That was [a] good king." Seamus Heaney's more literal translation has it as "That was one good king," which loses something.

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* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', speaking of King Scyld of the Danes, just comes out and says "he was a good king." Or, more accurately, "Þæt wæs gōd cyning," literally, "That was [a] good king." Seamus Heaney's more literal translation has it as "That was one good king," which loses something.


* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', speaking of King Scyld of the Danes, just comes out and says "he was a good king." Or, more accurately, "Þæt wæs gōd cyning," or, literally, "That was [a] good king." Seamus Heaney's more literal translation has it as "That was one good king," which loses something.

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* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', speaking of King Scyld of the Danes, just comes out and says "he was a good king." Or, more accurately, "Þæt wæs gōd cyning," or, literally, "That was [a] good king." Seamus Heaney's more literal translation has it as "That was one good king," which loses something.


* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', speaking of King Scyld of the Danes, just comes out and says "he was a good king." Or, more accurately, "Þæt wæs gōd cyning." Which sounds like "That was good kinging." Seamus Heaney's more literal translation has it as "That was one good king," which loses something.

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* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'', speaking of King Scyld of the Danes, just comes out and says "he was a good king." Or, more accurately, "Þæt wæs gōd cyning." Which sounds like cyning," or, literally, "That was [a] good kinging.king." Seamus Heaney's more literal translation has it as "That was one good king," which loses something.


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': Saber, Rider, and Archer were all considered great kings in their times. Due to DeliberateValuesDissonance, they all hold themselves to vastly different standards. Saber isolated herself from her people and her emotions in order to be as [[TheUnfettered effective and just as possible]]. Rider was the opposite, his passionate love for his people allowing him to empathize with and inspire them. They both strongly disagree with each other's method of ruling; in particular, Saber believes that she wasn't isolated ''enough'' and wants to go back in time and never become king so that someone else could do a better job. And of course, Archer is just a [[{{Jerkass}} giant asshole]] who was nonetheless "good" due to MightMakesRight and TheDivineRightOfKings.

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': Saber, Rider, and Archer were all considered great kings in their times. Due to DeliberateValuesDissonance, they all hold themselves to vastly different standards. Saber isolated herself from her people and her emotions in order to be as [[TheUnfettered effective and just as possible]]. Rider was the opposite, his passionate love for his people allowing him to empathize with and inspire them. They both strongly disagree with each other's method of ruling; in particular, Saber believes that she wasn't isolated ''enough'' and wants to go back in time and never become king so that someone else could do a better job. And of course, Archer is just a [[{{Jerkass}} giant asshole]] who was nonetheless "good" due to MightMakesRight and TheDivineRightOfKings.DivineRightOfKings.


* ''LightNovel/FateZero'':
** Saber is similar to Myth/KingArthur and isolated herself from her people so she could be the most effective and just leader possible.
** Rider is moled similarly to UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat. Rider's passion and love for his people let him empathize with and inspire them. Rider disapproves of Saber's approach and ideal of being a perfect king while [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Archer]] admires the beauty in striving for something impossible (though he mostly just wants her because he finds her physically attractive).

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* ''LightNovel/FateZero'':
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''LightNovel/FateZero'': Saber, Rider, and Archer were all considered great kings in their times. Due to DeliberateValuesDissonance, they all hold themselves to vastly different standards. Saber is similar to Myth/KingArthur and isolated herself from her people so she could and her emotions in order to be the most as [[TheUnfettered effective and just leader possible.
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as possible]]. Rider is moled similarly to UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat. Rider's passion and was the opposite, his passionate love for his people let allowing him to empathize with and inspire them. Rider disapproves them. They both strongly disagree with each other's method of Saber's approach ruling; in particular, Saber believes that she wasn't isolated ''enough'' and ideal of being a perfect king while [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Archer]] admires the beauty in striving for something impossible (though he mostly just wants her because he finds her physically attractive).to go back in time and never become king so that someone else could do a better job. And of course, Archer is just a [[{{Jerkass}} giant asshole]] who was nonetheless "good" due to MightMakesRight and TheDivineRightOfKings.


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* ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'': Yona's father was a good man, but a bit ineffective as a king. The land withered under his rule despite his best efforts, and the best that could be said about him was that he prevented war. Of course, due to ValuesDissonance, this led to the nobles deriding him as a coward. His replacement, Soo-Won, is much more effective... but he earned the throne by murdering a man who saw him as a son, and encouraged his allies to act like common bandits against his own people to force them to acknowledge him.


The Good King is honorable, virtuous, wise and understanding. He cares about his subjects no matter how seemingly unimportant they are and puts their well-being above his own. He [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure governs the land fairly]], is a [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Royal Who Actually Does Something]], and is often very {{modest|Royalty}} about his rank and position. He also tends to be soft spoken, but when a Good King raises his voice, [[BewareTheNiceOnes youd better listen]]. Remember, [[GoodIsNotSoft good does not always equal soft]].

If the work takes place during a war, expect this king to be [[FrontlineGeneral on the front lines]] and always putting TheMenFirst. When it comes to the actual battle, The Good King tends to lead the charge and is [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking normally skilled and efficient in combat]].

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The Good King is honorable, virtuous, wise and understanding. He cares about treats his subjects no with respect (no matter how seemingly unimportant they are and puts their well-being above his own. He are), [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure governs the land fairly]], is a [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Royal Who Actually Does Something]], and is often very {{modest|Royalty}} about [[ModestRoyalty feels no need to flaunt his rank and position. He considerable power]]. The Good King also tends to be soft spoken, but when a Good King he raises his voice, [[BewareTheNiceOnes youd better listen]]. Remember, You might mistake his kindness for weakness, but you would do well to remember that [[GoodIsNotSoft good does not always equal soft]].

If the work takes place during a war, expect this king to be [[FrontlineGeneral on the front lines]] and always putting TheMenFirst. When it comes to the actual battle, The the Good King tends to lead the charge and is often [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking normally skilled and efficient more formidable in combat]].
combat than any of his soldiers]].



In terms of the ranks of AuthorityTropes, the tropes that are equal are TheHighQueen, GodSaveUsFromTheQueen, TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask, SheIsTheKing, IronLady, and PresidentEvil. The next steps down are TheEvilPrince, PrinceCharming, PrinceCharmless, WarriorPrince, TheWisePrince, and all PrincessTropes. The next step up is TheEmperor. See also BenevolentMageRuler if the king is also a spellcaster.

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In terms of the ranks of AuthorityTropes, the tropes that are equal are TheHighQueen, GodSaveUsFromTheQueen, TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask, SheIsTheKing, IronLady, and PresidentEvil. The next steps down are TheEvilPrince, PrinceCharming, PrinceCharmless, WarriorPrince, TheWisePrince, and all PrincessTropes. The next step up is TheEmperor. See also BenevolentMageRuler if the king Good King is also a spellcaster.


** ''Disney/TheLionKing'':

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** The emperor from Disney's ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' was more concerned with protecting his people from the invading Huns than with his own safety.
** King Richard the Lionheart (a ''literal'' lion) from ''Disney/RobinHood''. Everything gets better once he arrives and he takes the kingdom into his paws; Jon is imprisoned and Robin Hood gets a HappilyEverAfter ending with Marion.
** Kings Stefan (Princess Aurora's father) from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' is an affable fellow looking for the well being of his kingdom.
** The Sultan in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' becomes a good ruler in the end; he was always nice, but in the movie was insignificant because he had been controlled by an EvilVizier. In the series, he develops into The Good King. He expresses, at one point, genuine surprise that there are impoverished people living in his kingdom - though his inflection indicates a compassionate concern for them.

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** The emperor from Disney's ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Mulan}}'' was more concerned with protecting his people from the invading Huns than with his own safety.
** King Richard the Lionheart (a ''literal'' lion) from ''Disney/RobinHood''.''WesternAnimation/RobinHood''. Everything gets better once he arrives and he takes the kingdom into his paws; Jon is imprisoned and Robin Hood gets a HappilyEverAfter ending with Marion.
** Kings Stefan (Princess Aurora's father) from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' ''WesternAnimation/SleepingBeauty'' is an affable fellow looking for the well being of his kingdom.
** The Sultan in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' becomes a good ruler in the end; he was always nice, but in the movie was insignificant because he had been controlled by an EvilVizier. In the series, he develops into The Good King. He expresses, at one point, genuine surprise that there are impoverished people living in his kingdom - though his inflection indicates a compassionate concern for them.



%% ** King Triton from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''; although he's heavy-handed in a FantasyForbiddingFather kind of way, it was always with Ariel's safety in mind.
%% ** The Prince of the Forest from ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' is revered by everyone.
%% ** PrinceCharming's father in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', especially in the [[WesternAnimation/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime third film]].
%% ** Arthur "Wart" Pendragon from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''. The sword proved it.
%% ** Zeus from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''.
%% ** Kashekhim Nedakh and, later, his son-in-law [[MightyWhitey Milo]] (after he marries [[TheHighQueen Kida]], Kashekhim's daughter) from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
%% ** The King of Maldonia (Prince Naveen's father) from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. Since he disowned Naveen for being a layabout womanizer, we can assume he is the opposite.
%% ** Rapunzel's father from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has little screen time, but the kingdom of Corona is doing well.

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%% ** King Triton from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''; ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid''; although he's heavy-handed in a FantasyForbiddingFather kind of way, it was always with Ariel's safety in mind.
%% ** The Prince of the Forest from ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Bambi}}'' is revered by everyone.
%% ** PrinceCharming's father in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Cinderella}}'', especially in the [[WesternAnimation/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime third film]].
%% ** Arthur "Wart" Pendragon from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''.''WesternAnimation/TheSwordInTheStone''. The sword proved it.
%% ** Zeus from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''.
''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}''.
%% ** Kashekhim Nedakh and, later, his son-in-law [[MightyWhitey Milo]] (after he marries [[TheHighQueen Kida]], Kashekhim's daughter) from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''.
%% ** The King of Maldonia (Prince Naveen's father) from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. Since he disowned Naveen for being a layabout womanizer, we can assume he is the opposite.
%% ** Rapunzel's father from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}}'' has little screen time, but the kingdom of Corona is doing well.


* Despite being an otherwise CrapsackWorld, ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' has one of these in the form of "King Blowjob". He gained the throne by saving his people from an invading army, solved his new nation's financial problems, apparently restructured their society into a "peaceful fellatio-cracy", and stopped a cursed man on a violent rampage, first by offering himself and then by hiring specialists out-of-pocket to break the curse.

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* Despite being an otherwise CrapsackWorld, ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' has one of these in the form of "King Blowjob". He gained the throne by saving his people from an invading army, solved his new nation's financial problems, apparently restructured their society into a "peaceful fellatio-cracy", and stopped a cursed man on a violent rampage, first by offering himself and then by hiring specialists out-of-pocket to break the curse.
curse. And all through the power of [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower really good blowjobs]].


* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has a few examples:
** Odin is strict but fair, working hard to repair much of the damage his brutal father, Bor, had done (to the other realms/Asgard's relationship to them, and Asgard's society), as well as that done by the brief reign of his despotic older brother, Cul, the God of Fear (Earth had to be effectively rebooted from a back-up afterwards). He's not always the nicest monarch, or the best father, but he is a just and pragmatic ruler who brought peace to the Nine Realms and maintains it, he encourages a meritocracy, and is remarkably free of FantasticRacism - his adopted son is an unusually short Frost Giant, his chief adviser is a relatively weedy Light Elf with a strange skin disorder, and his grandson is half-human (he's also fine with Thor marrying another human, Jane, and makes pointed comments encouraging him to pop the question).
** King Arthur Pendragon was famously an example of this, to the point where it's strongly implied that the main reason [[spoiler: Doctor Strange]], who grew up under his rule and [[spoiler: served as his Court Physician and Court Bard]] is so disdainful of authority is because he feels that no leader/ruler/monarch meets the standard that Arthur set and thus none of them deserve his respect.



*** Mufasa, Simba's father and King of all animals. It says a lot that all of the animals show up for new-born Simba's presentation, even the ones that very well might end up being eaten by him or Simba. The kingdom flourishes when he is in charge, and when his ambitious evil brother overthrows him, tha land and animals suffer badly.

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*** Mufasa, Simba's father and King of all animals. It says a lot that all of the animals show up for new-born Simba's presentation, even the ones that very well might end up being eaten by him or Simba. The kingdom flourishes when he is in charge, and when his ambitious evil brother overthrows him, tha the land and animals suffer badly.



* Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is an interesting version of this trope. Hes the lost-long heir to the Throne of Ankh-Morpork and an embodiment of all the fantastic kingly tropes. [[OpenSecret While everyone knows or suspects that hes the rightful king]], he doesn't want the job - [[KingIncognito he's content with being a watchman]] while Lord Vetinari rules the city. However, he does occasionally make "suggestions" that even Vetinari finds hard to ignore, although they're almost always for the good of the city.
** King Verence II of Lancre is a benevolent and hard-working ruler who, unlike most of his predecessors, takes his job quite seriously. Although well-regarded by his subjects, Verence's attempts at modernizing his rustic backwater of a mountain kingdom go almost entirely unappreciated by the people of Lancre, who are unsophisticated but practical rural folk who are more concerned about getting up at 5:00 in the morning to milk the cows than attending parliament. He may not be the most confident ruler since his subjects don't really care about what he's doing for them, but gods know he's trying his best and people do appreciate that much about him.
** The current Low King of the Dwarfs, Rhys Rhysson, and Mr. Shine, the Diamond King of the Trolls. The two of whom work together to finally bring peace between their two peoples after centuries of emnity.

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* Carrot of ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is an interesting version of this trope. Hes the lost-long heir to the Throne of Ankh-Morpork and an embodiment of all the fantastic kingly tropes. [[OpenSecret While everyone knows or suspects that hes the rightful king]], he doesn't want the job - [[KingIncognito he's content with being a watchman]] while Lord and he doesn't like that people tend to obey him because he's charismatic rather than because it's the right thing to do. Accordingly, he and Vetinari have an Understanding: Vetinari rules wisely, and so long as he does, Carrot keeps his head down (including destroying any evidence of his heritage), in return for the city. However, he does chance to occasionally make "suggestions" that even Vetinari finds hard to ignore, although they're almost always "suggestions". Since these are more or less exclusively for the good of the city.
city ([[ManOfTheCity which both are devoted to]]), Vetinari doesn't mind.
** King Verence II of Lancre is a benevolent and hard-working ruler who, unlike most of his predecessors, takes his job quite seriously. Although well-regarded well enough regarded by his subjects, subjects (albeit with a form of fond condescension), Verence's attempts at modernizing his rustic backwater of a mountain kingdom go almost entirely unappreciated by the people of Lancre, who are unsophisticated but practical rural folk who are more concerned about getting up at 5:00 in the morning to milk the cows than attending parliament. He may not be the most confident ruler ruler, or even successful, since his subjects don't really care about what he's doing for them, but gods know he's trying his best and people do appreciate that much about him.
** The current Low King of the Dwarfs, Rhys Rhysson, and Mr. Shine, the Diamond King of the Trolls. The two of whom work together to finally bring peace between their two peoples after centuries of emnity.enmity. Of course, with Rhys, GoodIsNotNice definitely applies - the position of Low King is an elected one, and dwarf politics can get very nasty. As Cheery puts it, any dwarf up for the Low Kingship is not going to be the sort who's spent their time caring for wounded animals and singing hi-ho all the time.



** Elros Half-Elven, the First King of Numenor, seems portrayed as a very good King. After ruling for 410 years he willingly gave up his life. This counts for most of the Kings of Numenor.

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** Elros Half-Elven, the First King of Numenor, seems portrayed as a very good King. After ruling for 410 years he willingly gave up his life. This counts for most of the Kings of Numenor.Numenor... except towards the end, whereupon they started verging on TheEmperor.

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* In ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'', the Raja is shown to be a good and benevolent ruler, beloved by his subjects.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The nameless King of Vale. When a war was threatening to engulf the entire world, he [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething took to the battlefield personally]] and defeated all comers. The other kings, terrified of his power, offered him their crowns. Instead, he chose to allow them to remain largely as they were before the war, and only used his victory as leverage to create an Academy in each Kingdom. These Academies would train Huntsman and Huntresses to fight the Grimm, rather than relying on armies that could easily be turned on each other. By the time of the story, the Academies still stand, and the world has entered an unprecedented era of peace. [[spoiler:It is strongly implied that the King was one of Ozma's previous incarnations, which is why the later incarnation Ozpin was able to become headmaster of Beacon Academy at such a young age: He ''built'' it]].

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In ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019:'' [[spoiler: After [[DestructiveSavior Godzilla]] defeats [[BigBad Ghidorah]] and reclaims his throne, he's indicated to now be actively directing the other [[{{Kaiju}} Titans]] to act in ways beneficial to the world and human civilization, such as repairing environmental damage, while prohibiting them from attacking any human populations. Notably the humans come to view him as their savior as well.]]

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* In ''Film/GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters2019:'' [[spoiler: After [[DestructiveSavior Godzilla]] defeats [[BigBad Ghidorah]] and reclaims his throne, position as king, he's indicated to now be actively directing the other [[{{Kaiju}} Titans]] to act in ways beneficial to the world and human civilization, such as repairing environmental damage, while prohibiting them from attacking any human populations. Notably the humans come to view him as their savior as well.]]

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* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series is rife with these, though more often than not they tend to be [[SacrificialLion killed off rather early]] to set the protagonist to their journey. TheHero of each game traditionally becomes this at the end.


* When ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' becomes the king of Aquilonia he becomes one of these. He institutes religious freedom, lowers taxes, and punishes nobles who mistreat commoners. Whenever Aquilonia goes to war Conan personally leads his troops into battle rather than having one of his generals do it. True to his barbarian upbringing he is also modest, preferring simple garments (though made of fine fabric) to ornate and garish clothing.

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* When ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' becomes the king of Aquilonia after killing [[TheCaligula the last one]] he becomes one of these. He institutes religious freedom, lowers taxes, and punishes nobles who mistreat commoners. Whenever Aquilonia goes to war Conan personally leads his troops into battle rather than having one of his generals do it. True to his barbarian upbringing he is also modest, preferring simple garments (though made of fine fabric) to ornate and garish clothing. Despite some hiccups early in his reign, his people and his armies love and aspire to be loyal to him (rallying to him without delay when he shows up despite seemingly being dead not long before), and one religious sect aids him when he is disposed in ''The Hour of the Dragon'' while stating that he will always be their king for what he did for them.

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