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6th Jan '17 5:23:21 PM luiz4200
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* ''[[Creator/SabanEntertainment Saban's]] Around the World in 80 Dreams'': One episode features a railroad baron trying to destroy the Wright Brothers' invention because he fears planes will make the railroad business obsolete.
13th Nov '16 4:03:14 PM Discar
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-->'''Morton:''' How does it feel sitting behind that desk, Frank?
-->'''Frank:''' Almost like holding a gun... only much more powerful.
--->-- ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''

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-->'''Morton:''' ->'''Morton:''' How does it feel sitting behind that desk, Frank?
-->'''Frank:'''
Frank?\\
'''Frank:'''
Almost like holding a gun... only much more powerful.
--->-- -->-- ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''
12th Nov '16 7:14:36 AM Herbieriffer
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* E. H. Harriman: Owned the Union Pacific and the Southern Pacific.

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* E. H. Harriman: Owned Harriman owned the Union Pacific and the Southern Pacific.Pacific, all while denying Collis P. Huntington's nephew Henry a chance at his uncle Collis' railroad. [[HeAlsoDid He also developed]] a standard locomotive design practice and passenger coach designs for both railroads, dubbed "Harrimans" by RailEnthusiasts of both the UP and SP.



* Collis P. Huntington, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford (who founded Stanford University in memory of his deceased son) and Charles Crocker, the "Big Four" of the Central Pacific Railroad. They controlled California state politics in the late nineteenth century. For a few years in the early twentieth century, Huntington's son Henry controlled all the trolley lines in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.

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* Collis P. Huntington, Mark Hopkins, Leland Stanford (who founded Stanford University in memory of his deceased son) and Charles Crocker, the "Big Four" of the Central Pacific Railroad. They controlled California state politics in the late nineteenth century. For a few years in the early twentieth century, Huntington's son nephew Henry controlled all the trolley lines in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles.UsefulNotes/LosAngeles after E.H. Harriman (mentioned above) virtually stole the Southern Pacific from under Henry at his uncle Collis' will-reading.
14th Sep '16 6:59:40 AM jamespolk
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* Tom Garner in ''Film/ThePowerAndTheGlory'' (1933) is an even earlier example. His thirst for power eventually ruins his marriage and his life.



* Tom Garner in ''Literature/ThePowerAndTheGlory'' (tragic hero)
27th Aug '16 8:48:30 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* Creator/LionelBarrymore in ''Duel in the Sun'' is an early example.
28th Jul '16 2:02:24 PM DaibhidC
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* The Fat Controller in TheRailwaySeries (Sir Topham Hatt in ''ThomasTheTankEngine'') fits the stereotypical appearance as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a stout man in a top-hat]] but, while stern and businesslike, is also sympathetic to his engines and certainly not evil.

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* The Fat Controller in TheRailwaySeries (Sir Topham Hatt in ''ThomasTheTankEngine'') fits the stereotypical appearance as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a stout man in a top-hat]] but, while stern and businesslike, is also sympathetic to his engines and certainly not evil. In addition, Sodor's railways are probably nationalised (in the two books written before the nationalisation of UK railways, he was the Fat Director), so he doesn't have the financial motives of most rail barons.
21st Jul '16 2:22:22 AM Rassilon001
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* In the [[Manga/OutlawStar Outlaw Star]] fanfic ''[[FanFic/AFistfulOfDragonite A Fistful of Dragonite]]'' Fred Luo is cast as a kindly one, the target of assassins who, once rescued, is quite happy to share some of his wealth with the protagonists.
24th Jun '16 6:51:14 PM marcoasalazarm
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* One of these is the antagonist of the GrandFinale of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', and he gets a NearVillainVictory by purchasing the land Walnut Grove is built on right out from under its citizens. The reason this is a "near victory" is because [[XanatosGambit he was expecting the people of Walnut Grove to stay on the town (and so he would be able to make them his employees) or allow themselves to be kicked out by the U.S. Army (so he could populate Walnut Grove with his employees)]]... but instead the people of Walnut Grove decide to thumb up their noses to the baron [[TrashTheSet by blowing the whole town sky-high]] and leaving with whatever they can pack into a few carriages. The baron gets even more egg on his face when the Army refuses to arrest the citizens for the fact and people from other towns threaten to do the same if the baron buys ''their'' land.

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* One of these is the antagonist of the GrandFinale of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', and he gets a NearVillainVictory by purchasing the land Walnut Grove is built on right out from under its citizens. The reason this is a "near victory" is because [[XanatosGambit he was expecting the people of Walnut Grove to stay on the town (and so he would be able to make them his employees) or allow themselves to be kicked out by the U.S. Army (so he could populate Walnut Grove with his employees)]]... but instead the people of Walnut Grove decide to thumb up their noses to the baron [[TrashTheSet by blowing the whole town sky-high]] and leaving with whatever they can pack into a few carriages. The baron gets even more egg on his face when the Army refuses to arrest the citizens for the fact (they owned the houses, [[LoopholeAbuse the baron only owned the land]]) and people from other towns threaten to do the same if the baron buys ''their'' land.
24th Jun '16 6:46:41 PM marcoasalazarm
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* One of these is the antagonist of the GrandFinale of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', and he gets a NearVillainVictory by purchasing the land Walnut Grove is built on right out from under its citizens. The reason this is a "near victory" is because [[XanathosGambit he was expecting the people of Walnut Grove to stay on the town (and so he would be able to make them his employees) or allow themselves to be kicked out by the U.S. Army (so he could populate Walnut Grove with his employees)]]... but instead the people of Walnut Grove decide to thumb up their noses to the baron [[TrashTheSet by blowing the whole town sky-high]] and leaving with whatever they can pack into a few carriages. The baron gets even more egg on his face when the Army refuses to arrest the citizens for the fact and people from other towns threaten to do the same if the baron buys ''their'' land.

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* One of these is the antagonist of the GrandFinale of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', and he gets a NearVillainVictory by purchasing the land Walnut Grove is built on right out from under its citizens. The reason this is a "near victory" is because [[XanathosGambit [[XanatosGambit he was expecting the people of Walnut Grove to stay on the town (and so he would be able to make them his employees) or allow themselves to be kicked out by the U.S. Army (so he could populate Walnut Grove with his employees)]]... but instead the people of Walnut Grove decide to thumb up their noses to the baron [[TrashTheSet by blowing the whole town sky-high]] and leaving with whatever they can pack into a few carriages. The baron gets even more egg on his face when the Army refuses to arrest the citizens for the fact and people from other towns threaten to do the same if the baron buys ''their'' land.
24th Jun '16 6:45:28 PM marcoasalazarm
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* One of these is the antagonist of the GrandFinale of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'', and he gets a NearVillainVictory by purchasing the land Walnut Grove is built on right out from under its citizens. The reason this is a "near victory" is because [[XanathosGambit he was expecting the people of Walnut Grove to stay on the town (and so he would be able to make them his employees) or allow themselves to be kicked out by the U.S. Army (so he could populate Walnut Grove with his employees)]]... but instead the people of Walnut Grove decide to thumb up their noses to the baron [[TrashTheSet by blowing the whole town sky-high]] and leaving with whatever they can pack into a few carriages. The baron gets even more egg on his face when the Army refuses to arrest the citizens for the fact and people from other towns threaten to do the same if the baron buys ''their'' land.
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