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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Although the son of the Ruling Steward of Gondor (a ''de facto'' King), Faramir is still effectively a Prince in all but name. Being a former student of Gandalf ("wizard's pupil"), Faramir is wiser and more thoughtful than his older brother Boromir, and unlike the latter, he ultimately doesn't try to steal the One Ring from Frodo. In the novels, Faramir becomes the Prince of Ithilien after the War of the Ring, and a photo from a [[invoked]]DeletedScene which still hasn't been released [[https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwcu7ZcFB0n/ depict him wearing a crown.]]

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Although the son of the Ruling Steward of Gondor (a ''de facto'' King), Faramir is still effectively a Prince in all but name. Being a former student of Gandalf ("wizard's pupil"), Faramir is wiser and more thoughtful than his older brother Boromir, and unlike the latter, he ultimately doesn't try to steal the One Ring from Frodo. He models himself after the idealized image of Gondor's past kings (Denethor remarks, "Ever you desire to appear lordly and gracious as a king of old"). In the novels, Faramir becomes the Prince of Ithilien after the War of the Ring, and a photo from a [[invoked]]DeletedScene which still hasn't been released [[https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwcu7ZcFB0n/ depict him wearing a crown.]]


* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Although the son of the Ruling Steward of Gondor (a ''de facto'' King), Faramir is still effectively a Prince in all but name. Being a former student of Gandalf ("wizard's pupil"), Faramir is wiser and more thoughtful than his older brother Boromir, and unlike the latter, he ultimately doesn't try to steal the One Ring from Frodo. In the novels, Faramir becomes the Prince of Ithilien after the War of the Ring, and a photo from a [[invoked]]DeletedScene which still hasn't been released [[https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwcu7ZcFB0n/ depict him wearing a crown.]]



* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Although the son of the Ruling Steward of Gondor (a ''de facto'' King), Faramir is still effectively a Prince in all but name. Being a former student of Gandalf ("wizard's pupil"), Faramir is wiser and more thoughtful than his older brother Boromir, and unlike the latter, he ultimately doesn't try to steal the One Ring from Frodo. In the novels, Faramir becomes the Prince of Ithilien after the War of the Ring, and a photo from a [[invoked]]DeletedScene which still hasn't been released [[https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwcu7ZcFB0n/ depict him wearing a crown.]]


* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Although the son of the Ruling Steward of Gondor (a ''de facto'' King), Faramir is still effectively a Prince in all but name. Being a former student of Gandalf ("wizard's pupil"), Faramir is wiser and more thoughtful than his older brother Boromir, and unlike the latter, he ultimately doesn't try to steal the One Ring from Frodo. In the novels, Faramir becomes the Prince of Ithilien after the War of the Ring, and a photo from a [[invoked]]DeletedScene which still hasn't been released [[https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwcu7ZcFB0n/ depict him wearing a crown.]]
* ''Film/{{Syriana}}'': Prince Nasir is the oldest and wisest of two sons of the king of a Middle Eastern monarchy, desiring to use oil profits sold on the open market to modernize his country and diversify its economy. Contrast to his RoyalBrat younger brother, who is content with keeping the status quo that favors the U.S., and is ultimately named the heir by his father.



* ''Film/{{Syriana}}'': Prince Nasir is the oldest and wisest of two sons of the king of a Middle Eastern monarchy, desiring to use oil profits sold on the open market to modernize his country and diversify its economy. Contrast to his RoyalBrat younger brother, who is content with keeping the status quo that favors the U.S., and is ultimately named the heir by his father.


* Ulrich in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8532691/1/A-Desert-Fairytale A Desert Fairytale]] is the beloved Second Prince, and pretty much everyone under the rule of the royal family wants him to be their next king, rather than his older brother, [[RoyalBrat William]].

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* Ulrich in [[https://www.''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8532691/1/A-Desert-Fairytale A Desert Fairytale]] Fairytale]]'' is the beloved Second Prince, and pretty much everyone under the rule of the royal family wants him to be their next king, rather than his older brother, [[RoyalBrat William]].


* Ashitaka in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''. Bonus points for being exiled.
* Shouryuu in ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' during the flashbacks in Japan. He doesn't fit as much as the character type after while.
* Hotohori from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' is very much this, although he is a king.
* Mytho from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is very much this...Or rather, he ''would'' be if [[HeartTrauma his heart wasn't literally shattered into itty bitty pieces]]. [[MetaGuy Drosselmeyer]] lampshades the {{Subversion}}
-->'''Drosselmeyer:''' If you're the prince, you have to use your wisdom and courage to...[[EmptyShell Oh.]] I ''knew'' something was missing.
%%%%% Calling someone a marty stu is not context. "lives and breathes" is a meaningless superlative.
%%%%%%%* Prince Kail from '' Manga/AnatoliaStory Red River''
* The [[LoveFreak over-enthusiastic]] Prince Phillionel, father of [[ThePollyanna Amelia]] from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', seems idiotic because [[LeeroyJenkins of his tendency to rush into battle]] [[LargeHam in the hammiest way possible]], but he's [[ObfuscatingStupidity far smarter]] than Lina and co. give him credit for. [[spoiler:Faking his own death to prevent his people from panicking over an assassination attempt, for one,]] along with bravely standing ground and leading the kingdom of Saillune through Zanaffar's assault during the ''Slayers Revolution'' anime. His desire for journeying across the lands to fight presumably influenced Amelia in both being [[SpoiledSweet kind]] and [[ModestRoyalty modest in austere settings.]]

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%% * Ashitaka in ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''. Bonus points for being exiled.
%% * Shouryuu in ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' during the flashbacks in Japan. He doesn't fit as much as the character type after while.
%% * Hotohori from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' is very much this, although he is a king.
%% * Mytho from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is very much this...Or rather, he ''would'' be if [[HeartTrauma his heart wasn't literally shattered into itty bitty pieces]]. [[MetaGuy Drosselmeyer]] lampshades the {{Subversion}}
{{Subversion}}.
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-->'''Drosselmeyer:''' If you're the prince, you have to use your wisdom and courage to...[[EmptyShell Oh.]] I ''knew'' something was missing.
%%%%% Calling someone a marty stu is not context. "lives and breathes" is a meaningless superlative.
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%%* Prince Kail from '' Manga/AnatoliaStory Red River''
* The [[LoveFreak over-enthusiastic]] Prince Phillionel, father of [[ThePollyanna Amelia]] from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', seems idiotic because [[LeeroyJenkins of his tendency to rush into battle]] [[LargeHam in the hammiest way possible]], but he's [[ObfuscatingStupidity far smarter]] than Lina and co. give him credit for. [[spoiler:Faking his own death to prevent his people from panicking over an assassination attempt, for one,]] along with bravely standing ground and leading the kingdom of Saillune through Zanaffar's assault during the ''Slayers Revolution'' anime. His desire for journeying across the lands to fight presumably influenced Amelia in both being [[SpoiledSweet kind]] kind and [[ModestRoyalty modest in austere settings.]]



%%%%%%%%% "Deconstruction" does not mean "pain and tragedy".
%%%%* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''
* Kuchiki Byakuya from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is a slightly colder variation to this trope.
* ''All'' princes in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' try their best to ''look'' like this but arguably only [[IronicName Odysseus]] really means it, albeit in a DumbIsGood sort of way. Ironic, seeing how he is the heir apparent [[spoiler:and never ascends to the throne]]. The rest of the princes fall somewhere between TheEvilPrince and The AntiHero Prince. This guy thought Lelouch talking about killing the Emperor was a joke when he clearly meant it.
** Lelouch himself is an [[AntiHero Anti-Heroic]] example of this trope in action, with RebelPrince and RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething spearing on his actions as first Zero and later [[spoiler: the Emperor of Britannia.]]
* Female example: Princess Zelda fits most aspects of the trope in some installments of the ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda'' manga, most particularly ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords Plus''.

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%%%%%%%%% "Deconstruction" does not mean "pain and tragedy".
%%%%*
%% * ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''
%% * Kuchiki Byakuya from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is a slightly colder variation to this trope.
%% * ''All'' princes in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' try their best to ''look'' like this but arguably only [[IronicName Odysseus]] really means it, albeit in a DumbIsGood sort of way. Ironic, seeing how he is the heir apparent [[spoiler:and never ascends to the throne]]. The rest of the princes fall somewhere between TheEvilPrince and The AntiHero Prince. This guy thought Lelouch talking about killing the Emperor was a joke when he clearly meant it.
%% ** Lelouch himself is an [[AntiHero Anti-Heroic]] example of this trope in action, with RebelPrince and RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething spearing on his actions as first Zero and later [[spoiler: the Emperor of Britannia.]]
%% * Female example: Princess Zelda fits most aspects of the trope in some installments of the ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda'' manga, most particularly ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords Plus''.



* Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion has most of these character traits.
* Shi Ryuuki from ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' matures to this over time, as he faces his responsibilities as TheEmperor.

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%% * Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion has most of these character traits.
%% * Shi Ryuuki from ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' matures to this over time, as he faces his responsibilities as TheEmperor.



* Similarly (but gender-flipped) to the above example, Elissa Cousland in ''Fanfic/ShadowAndRose'' has many of the trope's attributes as described by narrator Alistair.

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%% * Similarly (but gender-flipped) to the above example, Elissa Cousland in ''Fanfic/ShadowAndRose'' has many of the trope's attributes as described by narrator Alistair.



* Prince Vince of the Neitherworld has grown into this by the time of the [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos series]].

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%% * Prince Vince of the Neitherworld has grown into this by the time of the [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos series]].



%%%%* Film/{{Thor}} [[CharacterDevelopment develops]] into one of these.

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* Terem Rathai from ''Literature/TheAssassinsOfTamurin''.

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%% * Terem Rathai from ''Literature/TheAssassinsOfTamurin''.



* Prince Tryffin in Creator/TeresaEdgerton's second ''Literature/{{Celydonn}}'' trilogy, since he learned something from the events of the first trilogy.
* Kings Caspian and Tirian in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. [[spoiler: Also, King Rilian once he's rescued and succeeds Caspian.]]
* Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'':
** Prince Gwydion, though he doesn't fit some of the later bits.
** Adaon in ''The Black Cauldron''.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'':
** Gaius Septimus, by all reports.
** [[spoiler:Tavi, or rather Gaius Octavian,]] develops into this.

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%% * Prince Tryffin in Creator/TeresaEdgerton's second ''Literature/{{Celydonn}}'' trilogy, since he learned something from the events of the first trilogy.
%% * Kings Caspian and Tirian in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. [[spoiler: Also, King Rilian once he's rescued and succeeds Caspian.]]
%% * Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'':
%% ** Prince Gwydion, though he doesn't fit some of the later bits.
%% ** Adaon in ''The Black Cauldron''.
%% * ''Literature/CodexAlera'':
%% ** Gaius Septimus, by all reports.
%% ** [[spoiler:Tavi, or rather Gaius Octavian,]] develops into this.



* Prince Edward the Black Prince of England is portrayed this way in the ''Literature/DragonKnight'' series.
* Felin from ''The Dreams of Jonathan Jabbok''.
* Prince Raschid in the furry novel ''The Fangs of Kaath''. He's a kindhearted BadassBookworm in an Arabian court.
* [=FitzChivalry's=] father Chivalry in Creator/RobinHobb's ''Literature/{{Farseer}}'' trilogy apparently was one.
** Verity also qualifies, and possibly Prince Rurisk, who appears briefly in the first book, but Regal is definitely TheEvilPrince.
** Verity's son Dutiful in the Tawny Man trilogy takes after his father.
* King Randale in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels... a case of massive in-universe CharacterDevelopment which also turned an uncertain, hesitant young man who didn't even want the throne into a [[TheDeterminator Determinator]].
** Prince Daren is a mild example. He even marries TheHighQueen.
* Cei in ''Literature/HereLiesArthur'' by Philip Reeve.
* Prince Arslan in ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan''.
* Pietro Della Rocca from Alain Damasio's ''La Horde du Contrevent''.
* Hector is the UrExample in ''Literature/TheIliad''.
* Prince/King Gar from ''Literature/KingmakerKingbreaker''.
* Lir from Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', after his views have been changed by being in love with Amalthea.

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%% * Prince Edward the Black Prince of England is portrayed this way in the ''Literature/DragonKnight'' series.
%% * Felin from ''The Dreams of Jonathan Jabbok''.
%% * Prince Raschid in the furry novel ''The Fangs of Kaath''. He's a kindhearted BadassBookworm in an Arabian court.
%% * [=FitzChivalry's=] father Chivalry in Creator/RobinHobb's ''Literature/{{Farseer}}'' trilogy apparently was one.
%% ** Verity also qualifies, and possibly Prince Rurisk, who appears briefly in the first book, but Regal is definitely TheEvilPrince.
%% ** Verity's son Dutiful in the Tawny Man trilogy takes after his father.
%% * King Randale in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels... a case of massive in-universe CharacterDevelopment which also turned an uncertain, hesitant young man who didn't even want the throne into a [[TheDeterminator Determinator]].
%% ** Prince Daren is a mild example. He even marries TheHighQueen.
%% * Cei in ''Literature/HereLiesArthur'' by Philip Reeve.
%% * Prince Arslan in ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan''.
%% * Pietro Della Rocca from Alain Damasio's ''La Horde du Contrevent''.
%% * Hector is the UrExample in ''Literature/TheIliad''.
%% * Prince/King Gar from ''Literature/KingmakerKingbreaker''.
%% * Lir from Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', after his views have been changed by being in love with Amalthea.



* Faramir in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Not so much in the movie adaptation.
* ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'' may qualify. He's just a noble, not royal, but he's responsible, intelligent, and has shell-shock from World War I and general doubts of self-worth to give him the air of melancholy.
* ''Literature/MagisterTrilogy'': Andovan in ''Feast of Souls''.

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%% * Faramir in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Not so much in the movie adaptation.
* ''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'' may qualify.''Literature/LordPeterWimsey'': Lord Peter Wimsey. He's just a noble, not royal, but he's responsible, intelligent, and has shell-shock from World War I and general doubts of self-worth to give him the air of melancholy.
%% * ''Literature/MagisterTrilogy'': Andovan in ''Feast of Souls''.



* Prince Maxon in ''Literature/TheSelection'', crossed with a ShelteredAristocrat.
* Prince Eneas of Syan from ''Literature/{{Shadowmarch}}'' series definitely qualifies.
* Targaryen rulers in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' tend to be either TheWisePrince or TheCaligula. Several examples of the former are:
** Prince Rhaegar Targaryen is remembered as this by many.
** In the prequel ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' stories, we see this with Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen.
** In ''A Dance With Dragons'', we find that [[spoiler:Varys planned to deliberately engineer the claimed long-lost Aegon into one of these]].
* Prince/King Helmos from the ''Literature/TheSovereignStone'' trilogy.

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%% * Prince Maxon in ''Literature/TheSelection'', crossed with a ShelteredAristocrat.
%% * Prince Eneas of Syan from ''Literature/{{Shadowmarch}}'' series definitely qualifies.
%% * Targaryen rulers in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' tend to be either TheWisePrince or TheCaligula. Several examples of the former are:
%% ** Prince Rhaegar Targaryen is remembered as this by many.
%% ** In the prequel ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' stories, we see this with Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen.
%% ** In ''A Dance With Dragons'', we find that [[spoiler:Varys planned to deliberately engineer the claimed long-lost Aegon into one of these]].
%% * Prince/King Helmos from the ''Literature/TheSovereignStone'' trilogy.


* Though not a prince, Admiral Carth Onasi in ''StarWars'': ''{{Knights of the Old Republic}}'' II strongly resembles this trope.

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* Though not a prince, Admiral Carth Onasi in ''StarWars'': ''{{Knights of the Old Republic}}'' II ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' strongly resembles this trope.


The Wise Prince is an example of the non evil {{Aristocrat|sAreEvil}}. He's [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure kind, honorable and well-intentioned]], but with an aura of sadness and melancholy surrounding him. His biggest priority is the protection of his people, and, unlike the pampered ShelteredAristocrat, fully understands the hardship of an unprivileged life. He is usually a [[WarriorPrince good warrior]], but [[MartialPacifist doesn't like fighting]].

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The Wise Prince is an example of the non evil non-evil {{Aristocrat|sAreEvil}}. He's [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure kind, honorable and well-intentioned]], but with an aura of sadness and melancholy surrounding him. His biggest priority is the protection of his people, and, unlike the pampered ShelteredAristocrat, fully understands the hardship of an unprivileged life. He is usually a [[WarriorPrince good warrior]], but [[MartialPacifist doesn't like fighting]].


* Creator/AlecGuinness played a few of these characters, notably ''The Swan'', ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia,'' and ''Cromwell''.

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%% * Creator/AlecGuinness played a few of these characters, notably ''The Swan'', ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia,'' and ''Cromwell''.


%%* Alexander of Scotland in ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight.''

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%%* * Alexander of Scotland in ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight.''''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'' serves as a heroic counterpart to Prince John being a good natured individual and wants to aid in King Richard's ransom.


* Marcus Aurelius, last of the "Five Good Emperors" of Rome.

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* Marcus Aurelius, last of the "Five Good Emperors" of Rome. His [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditations journal of personal musings]] is one of the most famous works in western thought.

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* Dillion in ''VideoGame/HellbladeSenuasSacrifice'' is the son of a headman and a source of wisdom and inspiration for the protagonist and his people. His murder is also the driving force of the game's plot.


* ''FanFic/PurpleDays'' takes the RoyalBrat that is [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Prince Joffrey Baratheon]] and loop by loop begins molding him into this. While he still has a long way to go, he's made ''enormous'' progress.

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* ''FanFic/PurpleDays'' takes the RoyalBrat that is [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Prince Joffrey Baratheon]] and loop by loop begins molding via GroundhogDayLoop molds him into this. While he still has a long way to go, wise and just prince, until he's made ''enormous'' progress.ready to end the Long Night and rise with Sansa as the savior king of Westeros.


* ''Literature/TheMagisterTrilogy'': Andovan in ''Feast of Souls''.

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* Terem Rathai from ''Literature/TheAssassinsOfTamurin''.
* Marie Antoinette in ''Literature/TheBadQueen'' tries to encourage wisdom in her daughter, the Madame Royale [[ShelteredAristocrat Marie-Therese]], and help her gain a more realistic and compassionate view of the world. To that end, she makes the orphaned daughter of a servant the princess's companion, and allows the girl to share in all privileges which Madame Royale enjoys.
* ''Literature/TheBible'': Prince Jonathan proves to be a wiser and more caring ruler than his father King Saul, and the earlier stories involving him tend to be optimistic... until his TragicBromance with to-be-king David [[FromBadToWorse kicks in]]
* Prince Tryffin in Creator/TeresaEdgerton's second ''Literature/{{Celydonn}}'' trilogy, since he learned something from the events of the first trilogy.
* Kings Caspian and Tirian in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. [[spoiler: Also, King Rilian once he's rescued and succeeds Caspian.]]



* Lir from Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', after his views have been changed by being in love with Amalthea.
* Prince Tryffin in Creator/TeresaEdgerton's second ''Literature/{{Celydonn}}'' trilogy, since he learned something from the events of the first trilogy.
* Andovan in Celia Friedman's ''[[Literature/MagisterTrilogy Feast of Souls]]''.
* Fitzchivalry's father Chivalry in Creator/RobinHobb's ''Literature/{{Farseer}}'' trilogy apparently was one.

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* Lir from Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', after ''Literature/CodexAlera'':
** Gaius Septimus, by all reports.
** [[spoiler:Tavi, or rather Gaius Octavian,]] develops into this.
* [[spoiler:Gwerbret Rhodry Maelwadd]] in the ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' series has this at the beginning and the end of
his views have been changed reign (the time he's actually reigning was enjoyable, but it's completely passed by being in love with Amalthea.
the books). King Glyn the First also had these sentiments.
* Prince Tryffin Edward the Black Prince of England is portrayed this way in Creator/TeresaEdgerton's second ''Literature/{{Celydonn}}'' trilogy, since he learned something the ''Literature/DragonKnight'' series.
* Felin
from ''The Dreams of Jonathan Jabbok''.
* Prince Raschid in
the events furry novel ''The Fangs of the first trilogy.
* Andovan
Kaath''. He's a kindhearted BadassBookworm in Celia Friedman's ''[[Literature/MagisterTrilogy Feast of Souls]]''.
an Arabian court.
* Fitzchivalry's [=FitzChivalry's=] father Chivalry in Creator/RobinHobb's ''Literature/{{Farseer}}'' trilogy apparently was one.



* Kings Caspian and Tirian in ''Literature/{{The Chronicles of Narnia}}''. [[spoiler: Also, King Rilian once he's rescued and succeeds Caspian.]]
* Targaryen rulers in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' tend to be either TheWisePrince or TheCaligula. Several examples of the former are:
** Prince Rhaegar Targaryen is remembered as this by many.
** In the prequel ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' stories, we see this with Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen.
** In ''A Dance With Dragons'', we find that [[spoiler:Varys planned to deliberately engineer the claimed long-lost Aegon into one of these]].
* Cuneglas in ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles''. The most level headed character in the main cast, the nicest by a long way. With the fairly pessimistic nature of the series, the one time he loses his head, he dies in a duel.
* Cei in ''Here Lies Arthur'' by Philip Reeve.

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* Kings Caspian and Tirian in ''Literature/{{The Chronicles of Narnia}}''. [[spoiler: Also, King Rilian once he's rescued and succeeds Caspian.]]
* Targaryen rulers
Randale in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' tend to be either TheWisePrince or TheCaligula. Several examples of the former are:
''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels... a case of massive in-universe CharacterDevelopment which also turned an uncertain, hesitant young man who didn't even want the throne into a [[TheDeterminator Determinator]].
** Prince Rhaegar Targaryen Daren is remembered as this by many.
** In the prequel ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' stories, we see this with Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen.
** In ''A Dance With Dragons'', we find that [[spoiler:Varys planned to deliberately engineer the claimed long-lost Aegon into one of these]].
* Cuneglas in ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles''. The most level headed character in the main cast, the nicest by
a long way. With the fairly pessimistic nature of the series, the one time he loses his head, he dies in a duel.
mild example. He even marries TheHighQueen.
* Cei in ''Here Lies Arthur'' ''Literature/HereLiesArthur'' by Philip Reeve.Reeve.
* Prince Arslan in ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan''.
* Pietro Della Rocca from Alain Damasio's ''La Horde du Contrevent''.
* Hector is the UrExample in ''Literature/TheIliad''.
* Prince/King Gar from ''Literature/KingmakerKingbreaker''.
* Lir from Creator/PeterSBeagle's ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'', after his views have been changed by being in love with Amalthea.



* Faramir in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Not so much in the movie adaptation.



* Prince Ragoth, youngest son of the Taysan Empress in the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' novels, is an effective diplomat. In the second book, he displays a certain degree of grace under fire when kidnapped by terrorists - in the third, he reappears and is instrumental in securing Ashlenn asylum with the Union.
* Faramir in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Not so much in the movie adaptation.
* Prince Edward the Black Prince of England is portrayed this way in the ''Dragon Knight'' series.

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* Prince Ragoth, youngest son ''Literature/TheMagisterTrilogy'': Andovan in ''Feast of the Taysan Empress in the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' novels, is an effective diplomat. In the second book, he displays a certain degree of grace under fire when kidnapped by terrorists - in the third, he reappears and is instrumental in securing Ashlenn asylum with the Union.
* Faramir in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Not so much in the movie adaptation.
* Prince Edward the Black Prince of England is portrayed this way in the ''Dragon Knight'' series.
Souls''.



* Highprince Dalinar Kholin in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' is a fairly cynical one, whose time is spent doubting and wondering through most of the first book until he decides to [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething start doing something]] near the end.
* Felin from ''The Dreams of Jonathan Jabbok''.
* Terem Rathai from ''Literature/{{The Assassins of Tamurin}}''.
* Prince/King Helmos from the ''Literature/TheSovereignStone'' trilogy.
* Prince/King Gar from ''Literature/KingmakerKingbreaker''.



* Pietro Della Rocca from Alain Damasio's ''La Horde du Contrevent''.
* Almost every single good noble in Creator/TamoraPierce's Literature/TortallUniverse series is like this. It's to the point where expressing any disdain for peasants is a usually a clear sign that someone's a villain. (At least until ''Literature/ProvostsDog'', whose commoner protagonist has to deal with a lot of classists who are annoying but not evil.) Jon is the standout in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''.
* [[spoiler: Gwerbret Rhodry Maelwadd]] in the ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' series has this at the beginning and the end of his reign (the time he's actually reigning was enjoyable, but it's completely passed by in the books). King Glyn the First also had these sentiments.
* Rand al'Thor in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is often accused of arrogance, but considering how many powers he has gathered to himself personally and to his title as the Dragon Reborn, much of this is really a wise confidence. [[spoiler: This wisdom derails itself more than a little when he begins to go insane from the taint on the source of magic]] in the books. He gets better, though, later on and fully becomes this trope, along with a healthy does of AllLovingHero.
* [[spoiler: Tavi,]] from the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series.
** Also, Gaius Septimus, by all reports.
* Prince Raschid in the furry novel ''The Fangs of Kaath''. He's a kindhearted BadassBookworm in an Arabian court.
* King Randale in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels... a case of massive in-universe CharacterDevelopment which also turned an uncertain, hesitant young man who didn't even want the throne into a [[TheDeterminator Determinator]].
** Prince Daren is a mild example. He even marries TheHighQueen.

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* Pietro Della Rocca from Alain Damasio's ''La Horde du Contrevent''.
* Almost every single good noble in Creator/TamoraPierce's Literature/TortallUniverse series is like this. It's to the point where expressing any disdain for peasants is a usually a clear sign that someone's a villain. (At least until ''Literature/ProvostsDog'', whose commoner protagonist has to deal with a lot of classists who are annoying but not evil.) Jon is the standout in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''.
* [[spoiler: Gwerbret Rhodry Maelwadd]] in the ''Literature/{{Deverry}}'' series has this at the beginning and the end of his reign (the time he's actually reigning was enjoyable, but it's completely passed by in the books). King Glyn the First also had these sentiments.
* Rand al'Thor in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is often accused of arrogance, but considering how many powers he has gathered to himself personally and to his title as the Dragon Reborn, much of this is really a wise confidence. [[spoiler: This wisdom derails itself more than a little when he begins to go insane from the taint on the source of magic]] in the books. He gets better, though, later on and fully becomes this trope, along with a healthy does of AllLovingHero.
* [[spoiler: Tavi,]] from the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series.
** Also, Gaius Septimus, by all reports.
* Prince Raschid Maxon in the furry novel ''The Fangs of Kaath''. He's ''Literature/TheSelection'', crossed with a kindhearted BadassBookworm in an Arabian court.
* King Randale in the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels... a case of massive in-universe CharacterDevelopment which also turned an uncertain, hesitant young man who didn't even want the throne into a [[TheDeterminator Determinator]].
** Prince Daren is a mild example. He even marries TheHighQueen.
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* Marie Antoinette in ''TheBadQueen'' tries to encourage wisdom in her daughter, the Madame Royale [[ShelteredAristocrat Marie-Therese]], and help her gain a more realistic and compassionate view of the world. To that end, she makes the orphaned daughter of a servant the princess's companion, and allows the girl to share in all privileges which Madame Royale enjoys.
* Jack's (dead) twinner in ''Literature/TheTalisman.'' [[spoiler:Since they're basically the same person, this also applies to Jack himself once the Territories has had its effect on him.]]
* Prince Maxon in ''Literature/TheSelection'', crossed with a ShelteredAristocrat.
* Prince Arslan in ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan''.
* Hector is the {{Ur Example}} in ''Literature/{{The Iliad}}.''
* ''Literature/TheBible'': Prince Jonathan proves to be a wiser and more caring ruler than his father King Saul, and the earlier stories involving him tend to be optimistic...until his TragicBromance with to-be-king David [[FromBadToWorse kicks in]]...

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* Marie Antoinette Targaryen rulers in ''TheBadQueen'' tries ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' tend to encourage wisdom in her daughter, the Madame Royale [[ShelteredAristocrat Marie-Therese]], and help her gain a more realistic and compassionate view be either TheWisePrince or TheCaligula. Several examples of the world. To former are:
** Prince Rhaegar Targaryen is remembered as this by many.
** In the prequel ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' stories, we see this with Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen.
** In ''A Dance With Dragons'', we find
that end, she makes [[spoiler:Varys planned to deliberately engineer the orphaned daughter claimed long-lost Aegon into one of a servant these]].
* Prince/King Helmos from
the princess's companion, ''Literature/TheSovereignStone'' trilogy.
* Prince Ragoth, youngest son of the Taysan Empress in the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' novels, is an effective diplomat. In the second book, he displays a certain degree of grace under fire when kidnapped by terrorists - in the third, he reappears
and allows is instrumental in securing Ashlenn asylum with the girl Union.
* Highprince Dalinar Kholin in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' is a fairly cynical one, whose time is spent doubting and wondering through most of the first book until he decides
to share in all privileges which Madame Royale enjoys.
[[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething start doing something]] near the end.
* Jack's (dead) twinner in ''Literature/TheTalisman.'' ''Literature/TheTalisman''. [[spoiler:Since they're basically the same person, this also applies to Jack himself once the Territories has had its effect on him.]]
* Prince Maxon Almost every single good noble in ''Literature/TheSelection'', crossed Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' series is like this. It's to the point where expressing any disdain for peasants is a usually a clear sign that someone's a villain. (At least until ''Literature/BekaCooper'', whose commoner protagonist has to deal with a ShelteredAristocrat.
* Prince Arslan in ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan''.
* Hector
lot of classists who are annoying but not evil.) Jon is the {{Ur Example}} standout in ''Literature/{{The Iliad}}.''
''Literature/SongOfTheLioness''.
* ''Literature/TheBible'': Prince Jonathan proves Cuneglas in ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles''. The most level-headed character in the main cast, the nicest by a long way. With the fairly pessimistic nature of the series, the one time he loses his head, he dies in a duel.
* Rand al'Thor in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is often accused of arrogance, but considering how many powers he has gathered
to be a wiser himself personally and to his title as the Dragon Reborn, much of this is really a wise confidence. [[spoiler: This wisdom derails itself more caring ruler than his father King Saul, a little when he begins to go insane from the taint on the source of magic]] in the books. He gets better, though, later on and the earlier stories involving him tend to be optimistic...until his TragicBromance fully becomes this trope, along with to-be-king David [[FromBadToWorse kicks in]]...
a healthy does of AllLovingHero.



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--> '''Barristan:''' When your brother Rhaegar led his men at the battle of the Trident, men died for him because they believed in him. Because they loved him. I fought beside the last dragon that day, my grace.

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* Most main Characters ''FireEmblem'' fit this trope quite well. Examples include: Marth, Sigurd, Celice, Leaf, Roy, Eliwood, Ephraim, Eirika (Female Example)...

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has a few:
** In ''Heavensward'', Ser Aymeric de Borel is the HeroicBastard son of Ishgard's ruling archbishop. While church doctrine doesn't allow him to take any inherited title, he rose to the rank of Lord Commander of the Temple Knights and proves to be a valuable ally to the [[TheHero Warrior of Light]], his rank tempered by a desire to improve the lives of all his people. By the end of the storyline, he takes a temporary position of leadership after his father is overthrown, and brokers an end to the ForeverWar between Ishgard and their dragon neighbors.
** In ''Stormblood'', Lord Hien Rijin of Doma is the last survivor of the Doman royal family. His country having been conquered by TheEmpire before he was born, he has lived his entire life with the burden of being a symbol of his peoples' hopes for freedom despite never having lived in a time when his nation was free. By the time the Warrior of Light meets him, he asks his retainers if the people have the will to rise up against the Empire, or if he should surrender himself so that the Imperial forces won't harm his subjects trying to find him. When assured that the Doman people still have the spark of rebellion inside them, though, he wholeheartedly devotes himself to overthrowing the imperial occupation with the Warrior of Light's help.

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