History Creator / PGWodehouse

16th May '18 12:21:33 AM jamespolk
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** ''Literature/TheCodeOfTheWoosters''
3rd May '18 9:16:40 PM PaulA
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: As noted above, ''Sunset At Blandings'' was published posthumously, only half-finished.
3rd May '18 5:32:57 AM Geoduck
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** ''Literature/JoyInTheMorning''
23rd Apr '18 2:51:57 PM Geoduck
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** The general attitude of some listeners upon realizing they've gotten themselves trapped into hearing one of Mr. Mulliner's pub-stories.

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** The general On one or two occasions, this is the attitude of some displayed by listeners upon realizing they've gotten themselves trapped into hearing one of Mr. Mulliner's pub-stories.
22nd Apr '18 2:00:36 PM DoctorNemesis
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* CoolOldGuy: The Wodehouseverse has a fair few of 'em. Uncle Fred and the [[Literature/BlandingsCastle Honourable Galahad]] are perhaps the best examples, regularly helping their younger acquaintances out of trouble, often with rather impressive [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]].

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* CoolOldGuy: The Wodehouseverse has a fair few of 'em. Uncle Fred and the [[Literature/BlandingsCastle Honourable Galahad]] are perhaps the best examples, regularly helping their younger acquaintances out of trouble, trouble (or, certainly in Uncle Fred's case, cheerfully getting them into it), often with rather impressive [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]].
5th Apr '18 6:38:49 AM DoctorNemesis
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* AffectionateParody: "Honeysuckle Cottage" is a loving parody of Creator/HenryJames and his tales of haunted houses that distort the lives of those who live in them. Except, of course, instead of a horror story the main character is horrified to find himself trapped in an unbearably sentimental romance.

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* AffectionateParody: "Honeysuckle Cottage" is a loving parody of Creator/HenryJames and his tales of haunted houses that distort the lives of those who live in them. Except, of course, instead of finding himself in a supernatural horror story battling sinister ghosts from the past, the main character is horrified to find himself trapped in an unbearably sentimental romance.
23rd Mar '18 9:02:01 PM DoctorNemesis
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* AffectionateParody: "Honeysuckle Cottage" is a loving parody of Creator/HenryJames and his tales of haunted houses that distort the lives of those who live in them. Except, of course, instead of a horror story the main character is horrified to find himself trapped in an unbearably sentimental romance.
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* TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: The titular house of "Honeysuckle Cottage" seems to have an unerring ability to turn the life of anyone who lives in it into a plot straight out of a sentimental romance novel.
19th Mar '18 9:34:03 PM Xtifr
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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Many a wrong man and woman has proven fickle in absence, thus conveniently breaking up the engagement.

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%% * AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Many a wrong man and woman has proven fickle in absence, thus conveniently breaking up the engagement.



* {{Adorkable}}: Plenty of his heroes, the well-intentioned twits in particular.
* AfterActionPatchup: Offered in ''Summer Moonshine''.

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%% * {{Adorkable}}: Plenty of his heroes, the well-intentioned twits in particular.
%% * AfterActionPatchup: Offered in ''Summer Moonshine''.



* {{Arcadia}}: Bill's dream, and Elizabeth's, in ''Uneasy Money''.

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%% * {{Arcadia}}: Bill's dream, and Elizabeth's, in ''Uneasy Money''.



* AuthorCatchphrase: Many noticeable ones, such as the term "strain every nerve".

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%% * AuthorCatchphrase: Many noticeable ones, such as the term "strain every nerve".



* AristocratsAreEvil: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] for the most part, but occasionally [[ParodiedTrope parodied]].
* AsTheGoodBookSays: The letter Parker sends to Archie in ''Indiscretions of Archie''. Much of the clergy's conversation in ''Meet Mr. Mulliner''.
* BelligerentSexualTension: In ''Jill the Reckless'', Wally manifested this as a child.
* BestHerToBedHer: As, for example, in the short story "There's Always Golf," where Clarice Fitch longs for a man to hit her with a riding-crop -- used in Wodehouse to mock its serious use in the typical "sheik" romances of the [[GenteelInterbellumSetting period]], and hilariously inverted in the Mulliner story, "A Voice From The Past."
* BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame: Many, particularly in the Oldest Member stories.
* BlueBlood

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%% * AristocratsAreEvil: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] for the most part, but occasionally [[ParodiedTrope parodied]].
%% * AsTheGoodBookSays: The letter Parker sends to Archie in ''Indiscretions of Archie''. Much of the clergy's conversation in ''Meet Mr. Mulliner''.
%% * BelligerentSexualTension: In ''Jill the Reckless'', Wally manifested this as a child.
* BestHerToBedHer: As, for example, in the short story "There's Always Golf," where Clarice Fitch longs for a man to hit her with a riding-crop -- used riding-crop--used in Wodehouse to mock its serious use in the typical "sheik" romances of the [[GenteelInterbellumSetting period]], and hilariously inverted in the Mulliner story, "A Voice From The Past."
%% * BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame: Many, particularly in the Oldest Member stories.
%% * BlueBlood



* BratsWithSlingshots: In ''Cocktail Time''
* BrattyHalfPint: Pretty much every kid in his works.
* BrickJoke: With the Ukridge story "A Bit of Luck for Mabel", he manages to make the ''title'' into one of these.

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%% * BratsWithSlingshots: In ''Cocktail Time''
%% * BrattyHalfPint: Pretty much every kid in his works.
%% * BrickJoke: With the Ukridge story "A Bit of Luck for Mabel", he manages to make the ''title'' into one of these.



* CommonalityConnection: As in ''Hot Water'' or ''Uneasy Money.''

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%% * CommonalityConnection: As in ''Hot Water'' or ''Uneasy Money.''



* CorrespondenceCourse

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%% * CorrespondenceCourse



* CrushBlush: In ''Jill The Reckless''.
** Also Bill in ''Doctor Sally''--or as Sally would put it, he loses control of his vascular motors.

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%% * CrushBlush: CrushBlush:
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In ''Jill The Reckless''.
%% ** Also Bill in ''Doctor Sally''--or as Sally would put it, he loses control of his vascular motors.



* CupidHatesOddCouples: If two best friends fall for the same girl, it's likely that they'll both forswear her by the end.
* DancesAndBalls
* DeconfirmedBachelor: Eddie Denton in the Oldest Member story "A Mixed Threesome".
* DistressedDamsel: ''[[CaptainObvious A Damsel In Distress]]''.
* TheDitz: The majority of Wodehouse's heroes.
* DivorceIsTemporary: "Squiffy" Tidmouth and Lottie in ''Doctor Sally.''

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%% * CupidHatesOddCouples: If two best friends fall for the same girl, it's likely that they'll both forswear her by the end.
%% * DancesAndBalls
%% * DeconfirmedBachelor: Eddie Denton in the Oldest Member story "A Mixed Threesome".
%% * DistressedDamsel: ''[[CaptainObvious A Damsel In Distress]]''.
%% * TheDitz: The majority of Wodehouse's heroes.
%% * DivorceIsTemporary: "Squiffy" Tidmouth and Lottie in ''Doctor Sally.''



* EvilMatriarch: The horrendous aunts.
* {{Expy}}: Certain character types recurr in novel after novel.

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%% * EvilMatriarch: The horrendous aunts.
%% * {{Expy}}: Certain character types recurr in novel after novel.



* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Used on several occasions.
* FoodFight: A frequent occurrence at the Drones Club.
* TheFool: Many of Wodehouse's protagonists.
* ForgottenAnniversary: ''Indiscretions of Archie''.

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%% * FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Used on several occasions.
%% * FoodFight: A frequent occurrence at the Drones Club.
%% * TheFool: Many of Wodehouse's protagonists.
%% * ForgottenAnniversary: ''Indiscretions of Archie''.



* AFriendInNeed: Many characters help others through their intrigues.

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%% * AFriendInNeed: Many characters help others through their intrigues.



* GenreSavvy: Reading mysteries in ''Hot Water''.

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* GenreSavvy: GenreSavvy:
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Reading mysteries in ''Hot Water''.



* GetRichQuickScheme: Quite a few characters use them, but Ukridge takes the cake.
* {{Glurge}}: One of Wodehouse's frequent targets was the novelist -- particularly the woman novelist -- whose attempts to tug on the heartstrings are generally referred to by Wodehouse as "stearine bilge" or the like. Among many in-universe examples are Leila J. Pinckney in "Honeysuckle Cottage" (of whom one review consisted entirely of the words, "Oh, God!") and Bobbie Wickham's mother; but undoubtedly the pinnacle is Bingo Little's wife, Rosie M. Banks, whose romance ''Mervyn Keene, Clubman'' (related to Bertie by Madeline Bassett in ''The Mating Season'') is something of a Glurgic Apotheosis.
* GoldDigger: Claire in ''Uneasy Money'', though played somewhat sympathetically.

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%% * GetRichQuickScheme: Quite a few characters use them, but Ukridge takes the cake.
* {{Glurge}}: One of Wodehouse's frequent targets was the novelist -- particularly novelist--particularly the woman novelist -- whose novelist--whose attempts to tug on the heartstrings are generally referred to by Wodehouse as "stearine bilge" or the like. Among many in-universe examples are Leila J. Pinckney in "Honeysuckle Cottage" (of whom one review consisted entirely of the words, "Oh, God!") and Bobbie Wickham's mother; but undoubtedly the pinnacle is Bingo Little's wife, Rosie M. Banks, whose romance ''Mervyn Keene, Clubman'' (related to Bertie by Madeline Bassett in ''The Mating Season'') is something of a Glurgic Apotheosis.
%% * GoldDigger: Claire in ''Uneasy Money'', though played somewhat sympathetically.



* GreatWhiteHunter: Major Brabazon Plank.
** Jane Hubbard in ''The Girl on the Boat.''

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%% * GreatWhiteHunter: GreatWhiteHunter:
%% **
Major Brabazon Plank.
%% ** Jane Hubbard in ''The Girl on the Boat.''



* HappilyFailedSuicide: "A Sea of Troubles".

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%% * HappilyFailedSuicide: "A Sea of Troubles".



* HeartwarmingOrphan: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] with Rose Maynard in "Honeysuckle Cottage".

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%% * HeartwarmingOrphan: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] with Rose Maynard in "Honeysuckle Cottage".



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Several notable sets.
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: The wrong girl often thinks she can turn her fiance into a cultured man.
* IdleRich: The majority of his characters.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: In ''Summer Moonshine'', ''Uneasy Money'', and many others -- particularly later works.
* InsecureLoveInterest:
** Archie to Lucille in ''Indiscretions of Archie''.
** Bill to Elizabeth in ''Uneasy Money''.
* InsuranceFraud: Played for laughs in both the Mulliner story "The Fiery Wooing of Mordred" and "Ukridge's Accident Syndicate".
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Packy in ''Hot Water''. George in ''A Damsel in Distress''. Elizabeth in ''Uneasy Money''.
** [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in "Honeysuckle Cottage".

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%% * HeterosexualLifePartners: Several notable sets.
%% * ICanChangeMyBeloved: The wrong girl often thinks she can turn her fiance into a cultured man.
%% * IdleRich: The majority of his characters.
%% * ImpoverishedPatrician: In ''Summer Moonshine'', ''Uneasy Money'', and many others -- particularly others--particularly later works.
%% * InsecureLoveInterest:
%% ** Archie to Lucille in ''Indiscretions of Archie''.
%% ** Bill to Elizabeth in ''Uneasy Money''.
%% * InsuranceFraud: Played for laughs in both the Mulliner story "The Fiery Wooing of Mordred" and "Ukridge's Accident Syndicate".
%% * IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:
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Packy in ''Hot Water''. Water''.
%% **
George in ''A Damsel in Distress''. Distress''.
%% **
Elizabeth in ''Uneasy Money''.
%% ** [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in "Honeysuckle Cottage".



* TheJeeves: And [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Jeeves]] [[TropeNamer himself]] isn't the only example.

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%% * TheJeeves: And [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Jeeves]] [[TropeNamer himself]] isn't the only example.



* LoveAtFirstSight: In almost every story. Usually the likeable male lead falls for a girl and it takes her a while to return his affections.

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%% * LoveAtFirstSight: In almost every story. Usually the likeable male lead falls for a girl and it takes her a while to return his affections.



* MockMillionaire: "Oily" Carlisle, among quite a few other Wodehouse characters, pulls this as a scam.
* MommasBoy: Generally a sign of WrongGuyFirst, though he can be the hero of the BetaCouple.
* TheMunchausen: Mr. Mulliner.
** The Oldest Member, too.
* MyBelovedSmother: Lady Underhill in ''Jill the Reckless''.
* MyNaymeIs: Something of a RunningGag.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Jill in ''Jill the Reckless''. Recklessly, in fact.

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%% * MockMillionaire: "Oily" Carlisle, among quite a few other Wodehouse characters, pulls this as a scam.
%% * MommasBoy: Generally a sign of WrongGuyFirst, though he can be the hero of the BetaCouple.
%% * TheMunchausen: TheMunchausen:
%% **
Mr. Mulliner.
%% ** The Oldest Member, too.
%% * MyBelovedSmother: Lady Underhill in ''Jill the Reckless''.
%% * MyNaymeIs: Something of a RunningGag.
%% * NiceToTheWaiter: Jill in ''Jill the Reckless''. Recklessly, in fact.



* NotWithThemForTheMoney: ''Uneasy Money''.

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%% * NotWithThemForTheMoney: ''Uneasy Money''.



* ObnoxiousInLaws: In ''Indiscretions of Archie''.

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%% * ObnoxiousInLaws: In ''Indiscretions of Archie''.



* OhCrap: The general attitude of some listeners upon realizing they've gotten themselves trapped into hearing one of Mr. Mulliner's pub-stories.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
**
The general attitude of some listeners upon realizing they've gotten themselves trapped into hearing one of Mr. Mulliner's pub-stories.



* OldFlameFizzle: In ''A Damsel In Distress''.

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%% * OldFlameFizzle: In ''A Damsel In Distress''.



* ParentalMarriageVeto: A regularly-appearing plot development.
* PassedOverInheritance: In ''Uneasy Money''.

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%% * ParentalMarriageVeto: A regularly-appearing plot development.
%% * PassedOverInheritance: In ''Uneasy Money''.



* PityTheKidnapper: "Helping Freddie".

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%% * PityTheKidnapper: "Helping Freddie".



* PluckyGirl: Most of his heroines.
* ThePollyanna: Jill and her uncle in ''Jill the Reckless''.
* PoesLaw: Adressed in "How Kid Brady Broke Training", an installment of the "Kid Brady, Lightweight" series.
* ProperLady: Pops up now and then, often [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship best friends]] with the [[SpiritedYoungLady heroine]] and/or part of the BetaCouple.

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%% * PluckyGirl: Most of his heroines.
%% * ThePollyanna: Jill and her uncle in ''Jill the Reckless''.
%% * PoesLaw: Adressed in "How Kid Brady Broke Training", an installment of the "Kid Brady, Lightweight" series.
%% * ProperLady: Pops up now and then, often [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship best friends]] with the [[SpiritedYoungLady heroine]] and/or part of the BetaCouple.



* RaceForYourLove: ''Uneasy Money''.
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Makes adapting Wodehouse's work to TV or film no easy task.

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%% * RaceForYourLove: ''Uneasy Money''.
%% * RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Makes adapting Wodehouse's work to TV or film no easy task.



* RichBoredom: in ''Summer Moonshine''.

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%% * RichBoredom: in ''Summer Moonshine''.



* TheRoaringTwenties
* SameStoryDifferentNames
* ScaryBlackMan: Peteiro, Sheen's opponent in the final match of the boxing championship at the end of ''The White Feather''.
* SecondLove: In ''Jill The Reckless''.
* SecretlyWealthy: "The Man Upstairs".
* SelfDeprecation: Often included comments in his stories disparaging the intellect of writers.
* SerialSpouse: Middle-aged millionaires are often this.
** Lord "Squiffy" Tidmouth in ''Doctor Sally'' is a younger example than most.
* ServileSnarker: Most of the servants.

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%% * TheRoaringTwenties
%% * SameStoryDifferentNames
%% * ScaryBlackMan: Peteiro, Sheen's opponent in the final match of the boxing championship at the end of ''The White Feather''.
%% * SecondLove: In ''Jill The Reckless''.
%% * SecretlyWealthy: "The Man Upstairs".
%% * SelfDeprecation: Often included comments in his stories disparaging the intellect of writers.
%% * SerialSpouse: Middle-aged millionaires are often this.
%% ** Lord "Squiffy" Tidmouth in ''Doctor Sally'' is a younger example than most.
%% * ServileSnarker: Most of the servants.



* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Many, and many inversions, though the goodness is often nothing more than being reasonably brave, truthful, kind, and sporty.

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%% * SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Many, and many inversions, though the goodness is often nothing more than being reasonably brave, truthful, kind, and sporty.



* SophisticatedAsHell: A staple of Wodehouse's writing.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Most of the heroines.
* SpringtimeForHitler: In the Mr. Mulliner story ''Those in Peril on the Tee''.

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%% * SophisticatedAsHell: A staple of Wodehouse's writing.
%% * SpiritedYoungLady: Most of the heroines.
%% * SpringtimeForHitler: In the Mr. Mulliner story ''Those in Peril on the Tee''.



* TalksLikeASimile: Comedic similes are a staple of his writing.

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%% * TalksLikeASimile: Comedic similes are a staple of his writing.



* TransatlanticEquivalent: Wodehouse and Creator/SJPerelman were frequently compared to each other.
* UnableToSupportAWife: A frequent complication.
* UnexpectedInheritance: ''Uneasy Money''.

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%% * TransatlanticEquivalent: Wodehouse and Creator/SJPerelman were frequently compared to each other.
%% * UnableToSupportAWife: A frequent complication.
%% * UnexpectedInheritance: ''Uneasy Money''.



* UnprovokedPervertPayback: "A Sea of Troubles''.

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%% * UnprovokedPervertPayback: "A Sea of Troubles''.



* UpperClassTwit: Could be considered the TropeCodifier.

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%% * UpperClassTwit: Could be considered the TropeCodifier.



* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: In ''Jill the Reckless''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Any two characters who are friends will have at least a little of this going on; the Drones in particular greet each other with lines like "Cheerio, ugly."
* WeaknessTurnsHerOn: Sometimes used to explain how an UpperClassTwit can still be a ChickMagnet; a man who's sufficiently ditzy and helpless awakens a girl's maternal instinct. See for example Jane Hubbard (big game hunter) and Eustace Hignett (poet) in ''The Girl on the Boat''.
* WeddingsForEveryone: Of course.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Barker's opinion in ''Jill The Reckless''.
* WrongGuyFirst: Many a Wodehouse character has been engaged to the wrong character before the start of the novel.
* XanatosSpeedChess: What Gally and Uncle Fred usually have to resort to.
* ZanyScheme: As noted, by the truckloads.
** ZanySchemeChicken

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%% * VictoriousChildhoodFriend: In ''Jill the Reckless''.
%% * VitriolicBestBuds: Any two characters who are friends will have at least a little of this going on; the Drones in particular greet each other with lines like "Cheerio, ugly."
%% * WeaknessTurnsHerOn: Sometimes used to explain how an UpperClassTwit can still be a ChickMagnet; a man who's sufficiently ditzy and helpless awakens a girl's maternal instinct. See for example Jane Hubbard (big game hunter) and Eustace Hignett (poet) in ''The Girl on the Boat''.
%% * WeddingsForEveryone: Of course.
%% * WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Barker's opinion in ''Jill The Reckless''.
%% * WrongGuyFirst: Many a Wodehouse character has been engaged to the wrong character before the start of the novel.
%% * XanatosSpeedChess: What Gally and Uncle Fred usually have to resort to.
%% * ZanyScheme: As noted, by the truckloads.
** %% * ZanySchemeChicken
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