If you have a great person in charge then a benevolent dictator is wonderful.
Dickens pretended to be a benevolent father, but he scared his kids half to death.
They are often characterized as benevolent and admirable; when we do the same, we are angry and unreasonable.
mid-15c., "wishing to do good, kindly," from Middle French benivolent and directly from Latin benevolentem (nominative benevolens) "wishing (someone) well, benevolent," related to benevolentia "good feeling" (see benevolence). Related: Benevolently.