01:27:20 PM Aug 5th 2016
As the trope says, "This is Truth in Television, Older Than Feudalism, and much more common in Real Life than in fiction," and I see no reason to delete that statement or the Real Life folder. However, this trope is also considered a "villain" trope, and this website frowns on making such moral judgments on real life examples. Because of the merits of keeping the real life examples of this trope as is, I suggest striking this trope from the "Villain" and "Evil Counterpart" lists.
08:44:36 AM May 14th 2016
Does Robert Moses count? On the one hand he did hold a handful of official titles, on the other he was never elected to anything and held far more powers than his titles would indicate.
04:34:16 PM Aug 15th 2010
This troper finds the description too vague to give a clear impression of the trope.