[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Mandelson Peter Benjamin Mandelson, Baron Mandelson, member of the British Privy Council]]. Known as The Prince of Darkness, The Dark Lord, The Dark Prince, [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Mandelson]] and [[FluffyTheTerrible Mandy]]. While working hidden behind the scenes, he was largely responsible for his (''previously losing'') party's victory in '97, updating its image to appeal to the electorate, and covertly running the campaign from a 'tiny office with a three-legged chair, propped up by books'.

While the Labour government was in power he always maneuvered himself into positions of massive influence, simply by '''''not''''' ''wanting to have the top job''. He was forced to resign twice for scandals that he was embroiled in, but he's such a useful figure that he always ends up coming back.

The second time he resigned, he became among the most powerful men in the EU Commission. When his tenure came to an end, the government brought him back yet again, and he ran the country behind the scenes, collecting titles and government departments to add to his power. The position he held meant nobody could question his political actions unless he allowed them.

His last title while in government was The Right Honourable the Baron Mandelson of Foy in the County of Herefordshire and of Hartlepool in the County of Durham, First Secretary of State, Lord President of the Privy Council and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Even after his party's eventual ''third term defeat'' in 2010, people are still whispering rumours of his comeback, such is the power of the myth behind the man.

As of his latest return to government, before the 2010 election, a member of the [[UsefulNotes/BritishPoliticalSystem House of Lords]].

Along with the more overtly belligerent Creator/AlastairCampbell (a later addition to the team), one of New Labour's most prominent spin doctors.

Like BorisJohnson, whom he otherwise does not much resemble, a prime example of RealityIsUnrealistic.

Interestingly, Mandelson is also the grandson of Herbert Morrison, a prominent Labour cabinet minister of the 1940s. InTheBlood?

! Examples of PeterMandelson in Fiction:

* Arguably, his memoir ''The Third Man'' in which he manages to write nearly 800 pages about the Blair years without once using the phrase "in the national interest"
* ''Film/TheDeal''
* ''Mo'', the Mo Mowlam biopic, notable for Julie Walters describing him to his face as a "complete shit"
* Steve Fleming in ''Series/TheThickOfIt''- Malcolm Tucker even references the real Mandelson's sexual orientation. 'The 'tache is a bit of a giveaway.'

Neither are entirely flattering - as pointed out at some length in [[http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article7015254.ece this review]], which suggests he tends to come out badly by comparison with ''[[FindingJudas Judas Iscariot]]''.

Elements of his character are found in not one, not two, but ''three'' different characters on ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', with Malcolm Tucker being a combination of him and Creator/AlastairCampbell and Julius Nicholson and Steve Fleming being blends of Mandelson, Lord Adonis, and John Birt.

! Examples of tropes applied to PeterMandelson in Media:

* AmbiguouslyJewish: Accused in 2003 by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tam_Dalyell#Controversies Tam Dalyell]] of being part of a "Jewish cabal" of advisors to TonyBlair. Mandelson's response:
--> "Apart from the fact that I am not actually Jewish, I wear my father's parentage with pride. As for Tam, he is as incorrigible as ever."
** [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Besides, everyone knows that the cabal of advisors to Blair was]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_mafia Scottish]].
* AdamWesting: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YiqnJDrmTM TV ads]] for his memoirs, if not his entire media persona since his latest return to UK politics.
* BeamMeUpScotty: The guacamole/mushy peas incident. Apparently.
* TheCatCameBack: His first appointment to Cabinet was greeted with a notable chorus of "Oh no, not him"; his subsequent returns after ''two'' supposedly career-ending scandals and resignations were met with loud "Not again"s. See also Rory Bremner's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88N3WaqDjkE version]].
* TheCharmer: To some.
* CozyVoiceForCatastrophes
* DarkLord: Has actually used the term himself.
* {{Demonization}}: ''Literally'': it's become common practice among satirists to talk about him as though he were a malevolent supernatural entity. This has been completely embraced by him with his public persona.
--> '''[[Series/MockTheWeek Frankie Boyle]]''': Who made him a Lord? The [[Franchise/StarWars Sith]]?
* DissonantSerenity: A notable feature of his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBq5CR69jKg new media persona]], where the previous one was more prone to fits of temper.
* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: When Mandelson was outed as gay after a housing scandal, the {{BBC}} ordered people to keep quiet about it. Naturally they didn't want to listen.
* FanNickname: He's pretty much embraced the "Prince of Darkness" and "Dark Lord" ones. "Mandy", not so much.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Named Peter Benjamin due to his older brother's fondness for [[TheWorldOfPeterRabbitAndFriends Beatrix Potter's]] rabbit stories.
* FunTShirt: [[http://redmolotov.com/catalogue/tshirts/all/peter-mandelson-tshirt.html Has his own]].
* TheHumphrey
* KickedUpstairs: And ''survived''.
* LeanAndMean: Fits this trope to a T, and is considered by many to be partly the basis for Cicero in Robert Harris's novels, and oddly [[LifeImitatesArt shares]] some traits with [[MagnificentBastard Lord Vetinari]].
* LickedByTheDog / PetTheDog: Ok, so you might disagree with his tactics or his politics, but if Labrador puppies love him (and vice versa), who is anyone else to argue?
* TheManBehindTheMan: Widely portrayed (also by himself) as this to Neil Kinnock, GordonBrown and TonyBlair.
* ManipulativeBastard
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Malcolm Tucker in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' (a mixture of him and Creator/AlastairCampbell). Sebastian from ''LittleBritain'', on the other hand, so much.
* RealMenWearPink
* ReassignedToAntarctica: The [[WithEuropeButNotOfIt British]] [[BritishNewspapers press]] have tended to see his time with UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion as either this or a sinecure, though there ''might'' be other ways of seeing it.
** Given the way Mandelson became one of the first British EU officials to seriously punch his weight enough to remain in the news, declaring and winning a trade war with the United States, it can be argued this turned into ReassignmentBackfire.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness
* SissyVillain: See UnfortunateImplications.
* SmugSnake: Beginning to see a pattern?
* TheStarscream: Especially towards GordonBrown, though see HoYay, above: this is usually mixed with some combination of EnigmaticMinion, WildCard and LovableTraitor.
* StraightGay: Very much so.
* TooCleverByHalf: And yes, has been known to be so sharp he cuts himself. Expect outbreaks of BreakTheHaughty glee on the part of British media when this happens.

See also portrayals on:

* ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou''.
* ''Series/MockTheWeek'', especially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3kLl9atj0Y this bit]].
* ''Series/DeadRingers''.