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* ActingUnnatural: When Miss Scarlett and Prof. Plum close the doors to the study and the lounge, they unconvincingly feign nonchalance in how they lean against the doors.

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* ActingUnnatural: When Miss Scarlett Scarlet and Prof. Plum close the doors to the study and the lounge, they unconvincingly feign nonchalance in how they lean against the doors.



-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Search me.
-->'''Col. Mustard''': All right. [Mustard starts to frisk Miss Scarlett]
-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Get your hands off me!

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-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Scarlet''': Search me.
-->'''Col. Mustard''': All right. [Mustard starts to frisk Miss Scarlett]
Scarlet]
-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Scarlet''': Get your hands off me!



-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Why? What did he do?

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-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Scarlet''': Why? What did he do?



-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Yeah?

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-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Scarlet''': Yeah?



'''Miss Scarlett:''' Why would he want to kill you in public?\\

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'''Miss Scarlett:''' Scarlet:''' Why would he want to kill you in public?\\



** The women all wear the inverse of their color names. Ms. Scarlett wears green, Mrs. White wears black, and Mrs. Peacock wears orange.

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** The women all wear the inverse of their color names. Ms. Scarlett Scarlet wears green, Mrs. White wears black, and Mrs. Peacock wears orange.



** Ms. Scarlett, to Colonel Mustard's disgust:

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** Ms. Scarlett, Scarlet, to Colonel Mustard's disgust:



'''Ms. Scarlett:''' I know, dinner wasn't that bad.\\

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'''Ms. Scarlett:''' Scarlet:''' I know, dinner wasn't that bad.\\



'''Ms. Scarlett:''' It's my defense mechanism!\\

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'''Ms. Scarlett:''' Scarlet:''' It's my defense mechanism!\\



** Mrs. White states that her husband simply “lies on his back all day.” When it’s later revealed that her husband is dead, Ms. Scarlett lampshades White’s exact wording (and very much enjoys the joke).

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** Mrs. White states that her husband simply “lies on his back all day.” When it’s later revealed that her husband is dead, Ms. Scarlett Scarlet lampshades White’s exact wording (and very much enjoys the joke).



-->'''Scarlett''': Dinner wasn’t ''that'' bad.

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-->'''Scarlett''': -->'''Scarlet''': Dinner wasn’t ''that'' bad.



-->'''Scarlett''': It’s my defense mechanism.

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-->'''Scarlett''': -->'''Scarlet''': It’s my defense mechanism.



-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Sounds like hard work to me.

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-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Scarlet''': Sounds like hard work to me.



* HighClassGloves: Mrs. Peacock and Miss Scarlett both wear long satin gloves, standard accessories for women's formal wear in the 1950's, when they arrive at the Boddy mansion, though they soon take them off and remain bare-handed for the balance of the movie.

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* HighClassGloves: Mrs. Peacock and Miss Scarlett Scarlet both wear long satin gloves, standard accessories for women's formal wear in the 1950's, when they arrive at the Boddy mansion, though they soon take them off and remain bare-handed for the balance of the movie.



** Yvette, however, is surprised by the identity of the person she's speaking to ("It's ''you''!"), so she thought it was ''someone'' else.[[note]]Which makes sense since Yvette was working for Miss Scarlett and encounters Mrs. White in the third ending. It only makes sense in the first ending when Miss Scarlett is killing her if she were expecting Wadsworth or Col. Mustard (her former client.)[[/note]] [[note]]Unless by "it's you" she meant "oh, ''you're'' the murderer!"[[/note]]

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** Yvette, however, is surprised by the identity of the person she's speaking to ("It's ''you''!"), so she thought it was ''someone'' else.[[note]]Which makes sense since Yvette was working for Miss Scarlett Scarlet and encounters Mrs. White in the third ending. It only makes sense in the first ending when Miss Scarlett Scarlet is killing her if she were expecting Wadsworth or Col. Mustard (her former client.)[[/note]] [[note]]Unless by "it's you" she meant "oh, ''you're'' the murderer!"[[/note]]



* TheOldestProfession: Miss Scarlett runs a "house of ill fame". Prof. Plum asks for the phone number.

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* TheOldestProfession: Miss Scarlett Scarlet runs a "house of ill fame". Prof. Plum asks for the phone number.



* PoliceAreUseless: The Cop, who shows up to inquire about a motorist that left his car on the side of the road, was apparently incapable of [[spoiler:noticing the blood on Mr. Boddy's head or the fact that the man he was talking to wasn't breathing. Miss Scarlett revealed that the Cop is in her payroll.]]

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* PoliceAreUseless: The Cop, who shows up to inquire about a motorist that left his car on the side of the road, was apparently incapable of [[spoiler:noticing the blood on Mr. Boddy's head or the fact that the man he was talking to wasn't breathing. Miss Scarlett Scarlet revealed that the Cop is in her payroll.]]



** In the third ending, Miss Scarlett references ''Franchise/PerryMason''. Although [[AnachronismStew the TV series did not premiere until 1957]], [[{{Averted}} it is based on a book series and character that started in 1933]].

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** In the third ending, Miss Scarlett Scarlet references ''Franchise/PerryMason''. Although [[AnachronismStew the TV series did not premiere until 1957]], [[{{Averted}} it is based on a book series and character that started in 1933]].
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* TheAlcoholic: Strongly implied by Mrs. Peacock, who has an unsteady walk and slightly slurs her words. [[spoiler: Tellingly, she "sobers up" in the second ending, wherein she committed all the murders - implying that she was ObfuscatingStupidity - but remains relatively addle-brained in the third, wherein she (and all the others) only killed one person.]]

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* TheAlcoholic: Strongly implied by Mrs. Peacock, who has an unsteady walk and slightly slurs her words. [[spoiler: Tellingly, [[spoiler:Tellingly, she "sobers up" in the second ending, wherein she committed all the murders - implying that she was ObfuscatingStupidity - but remains relatively addle-brained in the third, wherein she (and all the others) only killed one person.]]



* AndThenWhat: Every BigBad in each ending gets asked this by someone (usually Green) after admitting guilt. They always suggest, more or less, the same thing: [[spoiler: stack the bodies in the cellar, have everyone leave at different times, [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain pretend it never happened]]]], and let the BigBad [[spoiler: continue to blackmail everyone]], although not necessarily for the same reasons [[spoiler: or by the same person]].

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* AndThenWhat: Every BigBad in each ending gets asked this by someone (usually Green) after admitting guilt. They always suggest, more or less, the same thing: [[spoiler: stack [[spoiler:stack the bodies in the cellar, have everyone leave at different times, [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain pretend it never happened]]]], and let the BigBad [[spoiler: continue [[spoiler:continue to blackmail everyone]], although not necessarily for the same reasons [[spoiler: or [[spoiler:or by the same person]].



* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Wadsworth attempts this in the first ending by saying he kept track of how many times the revolver had gone off during the night and the killer has an empty gun. [[spoiler: He miscounted]].
* BadLiar: Mrs. Peacock. [[spoiler: Except in the second ending.]]
* BatmanGambit: Mr. Boddy attempts one, and it fails miserably, leading to his murder. [[spoiler: In the third ending, Wadsworth reveals ''he'' is the blackmailer and his victims did all of his work ''for'' him in tying up loose ends.]]

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Wadsworth attempts this in the first ending by saying he kept track of how many times the revolver had gone off during the night and the killer has an empty gun. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He miscounted]].
* BadLiar: Mrs. Peacock. [[spoiler: Except [[spoiler:Except in the second ending.]]
* BatmanGambit: Mr. Boddy attempts one, and it fails miserably, leading to his murder. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the third ending, Wadsworth reveals ''he'' is the blackmailer and his victims did all of his work ''for'' him in tying up loose ends.]]



* BeneathSuspicion: In the first ending, everyone is thoroughly shocked to discover [[spoiler: Yvette committed the first two murders]].

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* BeneathSuspicion: In the first ending, everyone is thoroughly shocked to discover [[spoiler: Yvette [[spoiler:Yvette committed the first two murders]].



* {{Blackmail}}: This serves as the driving force behind the plot, since Mr. Boddy had blackmailed all of the guests [[spoiler: except possibly Mr. Green in the third ending. Also, the Motorist threatened to tell his superiors about Col. Mustard's black market dealings unless he got half the profit.]]

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* {{Blackmail}}: This serves as the driving force behind the plot, since Mr. Boddy had blackmailed all of the guests [[spoiler: except [[spoiler:except possibly Mr. Green in the third ending. Also, the Motorist threatened to tell his superiors about Col. Mustard's black market dealings unless he got half the profit.]]



* TheButlerDidIt: This trope gets [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged all around]]. [[spoiler: The third ending first seems to avert it by having Wasdworth reveal that ''[[OnlySaneMan almost]]'' everyone killed someone. It then plays it straight by revealing that Wadsworth killed the singing telegram girl. But Wadsworth then inverts the trope by [[TheReveal revealing that he is Mr. Boddy]], and Professor Plum killed the real butler.[[note]]Oh shucks.[[/note]] Ultimately once Mr. Green kills Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy, the butler is the only guest who '''''didn’t''''' do it.]]
** [[spoiler: The two other endings avert this trope altogether, when it’s revealed that Wadsworth is an FBI agent, and there was no butler at all.]]
** [[spoiler: The deleted Ending D has Wadsworth revealing he committed all the murders, driven to insanity after failing to be the perfect husband and butler.]]

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* TheButlerDidIt: This trope gets [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged all around]]. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The third ending first seems to avert it by having Wasdworth reveal that ''[[OnlySaneMan almost]]'' everyone killed someone. It then plays it straight by revealing that Wadsworth killed the singing telegram girl. But Wadsworth then inverts the trope by [[TheReveal revealing that he is Mr. Boddy]], and Professor Plum killed the real butler.[[note]]Oh shucks.[[/note]] Ultimately once Mr. Green kills Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy, the butler is the only guest who '''''didn’t''''' do it.]]
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The two other endings avert this trope altogether, when it’s revealed that Wadsworth is an FBI agent, and there was no butler at all.]]
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The deleted Ending D has Wadsworth revealing he committed all the murders, driven to insanity after failing to be the perfect husband and butler.]]



** "I didn't do it!" [[spoiler: In the third ending, "I told you I didn't do it!" -- even though he ''did'' shoot Mr. Boddy. In the Hall. With the revolver.]]
* TheCameo: [[Series/{{MASH}} Nurse Kellye]] and the rhythm guitarist of Music/TheGoGos are murder victims, while [[WKRPInCincinnati Dr. Johnny Fever]] puts in an uncredited appearance as a Jehovah's Witness[[spoiler: /FBI chief]].

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** "I didn't do it!" [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the third ending, "I told you I didn't do it!" -- even though he ''did'' shoot Mr. Boddy. In the Hall. With the revolver.]]
* TheCameo: [[Series/{{MASH}} Nurse Kellye]] and the rhythm guitarist of Music/TheGoGos are murder victims, while [[WKRPInCincinnati Dr. Johnny Fever]] puts in an uncredited appearance as a Jehovah's Witness[[spoiler: /FBI Witness[[spoiler:/FBI chief]].



* CanonForeigner: Wadsworth [[spoiler: (except in the third ending)]].

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* CanonForeigner: Wadsworth [[spoiler: (except [[spoiler:(except in the third ending)]].



--->[[spoiler: '''Mr. Green:''' I told you I didn't do it!]]

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--->[[spoiler: '''Mr.--->[[spoiler:'''Mr. Green:''' I told you I didn't do it!]]



* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Miss Scarlet in the first ending, Mrs. Peacock in the second ending, Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy in the third ending.]]

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* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Miss [[spoiler:Miss Scarlet in the first ending, Mrs. Peacock in the second ending, Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy in the third ending.]]



** Wadsworth's exposition delves into this as well. Subverted with [[spoiler: Mrs. White]] in the third ending in a rambling, stumbling speech.

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** Wadsworth's exposition delves into this as well. Subverted with [[spoiler: Mrs.[[spoiler:Mrs. White]] in the third ending in a rambling, stumbling speech.



* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: The politics of the '50s plays a part in the story, [[spoiler: although mainly so the writers could make it look like there's a political conspiracy behind the murders. [[RunningGag Communism was just a red herring]]]].

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* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: The politics of the '50s plays a part in the story, [[spoiler: although [[spoiler:although mainly so the writers could make it look like there's a political conspiracy behind the murders. [[RunningGag Communism was just a red herring]]]].



** Green, however, never actually wears green. [[spoiler: Possibly because, as we find out in the third ending, he isn't really Mr. Green.]]

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** Green, however, never actually wears green. [[spoiler: Possibly [[spoiler:Possibly because, as we find out in the third ending, he isn't really Mr. Green.]]



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: "Like the Mounties, we always get our man!" "[[spoiler: Mrs. Peacock]] was a ''man?''" (cue DopeSlap)

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: "Like the Mounties, we always get our man!" "[[spoiler: Mrs."[[spoiler:Mrs. Peacock]] was a ''man?''" (cue DopeSlap)



* CountingBullets: The first ending has [[spoiler: Miss Scarlet]] and [[spoiler: Wadsworth]] arguing over how many bullets are left in the revolver, the former insisting one, and the latter insisting none. [[spoiler: Scarlet was right.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass[=/=]ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: Mrs. Peacock in the second ending and Mr. Green in the third ending.]]

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* CountingBullets: The first ending has [[spoiler: Miss [[spoiler:Miss Scarlet]] and [[spoiler: Wadsworth]] [[spoiler:Wadsworth]] arguing over how many bullets are left in the revolver, the former insisting one, and the latter insisting none. [[spoiler: Scarlet [[spoiler:Scarlet was right.]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass[=/=]ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: Mrs.[[spoiler:Mrs. Peacock in the second ending and Mr. Green in the third ending.]]



** The cook apparently dies with her eyes closed, so forcefully so that Peacock has to keep them pried open [[spoiler: during the lounge dancing scene]].
** [[spoiler: In the third ending, Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy dies this way when shot by Mr. Green.]]

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** The cook apparently dies with her eyes closed, so forcefully so that Peacock has to keep them pried open [[spoiler: during [[spoiler:during the lounge dancing scene]].
** [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the third ending, Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy dies this way when shot by Mr. Green.]]



** In the unused D ending, [[spoiler: it really ''was'' poisoned.]]
** The third ending does this as a subtle joke. [[spoiler: Nobody murdered Mr. Boddy, he was shot in self-defense.]]

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** In the unused D ending, [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it really ''was'' poisoned.]]
** The third ending does this as a subtle joke. [[spoiler: Nobody [[spoiler:Nobody murdered Mr. Boddy, he was shot in self-defense.]]



* EurekaMoment: Played with. Mr. Green has two, but one ([[spoiler: "Maybe Mr. Boddy killed the cook!"]]) is immediately exposed as false and the other ([[spoiler: "And Yvette is a link between them!"]]) turns out to be a RedHerring.

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* EurekaMoment: Played with. Mr. Green has two, but one ([[spoiler: "Maybe ([[spoiler:"Maybe Mr. Boddy killed the cook!"]]) is immediately exposed as false and the other ([[spoiler: "And ([[spoiler:"And Yvette is a link between them!"]]) turns out to be a RedHerring.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even though they're a room full of morally-dubious, underhanded folks [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg (and Mr. Green)]], everyone's disgusted by Mustard's deep, dark secret. [[spoiler: Stealing essential airplane parts and selling them on the black market.]]

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even though they're a room full of morally-dubious, underhanded folks [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg (and Mr. Green)]], everyone's disgusted by Mustard's deep, dark secret. [[spoiler: Stealing [[spoiler:Stealing essential airplane parts and selling them on the black market.]]



'''Peacock:''' [[spoiler: Well, a lot of our airmen died because their radios didn't work!]]

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'''Peacock:''' [[spoiler: Well, [[spoiler:Well, a lot of our airmen died because their radios didn't work!]]



* EveryoneIsASuspect: This is true throughout the entire film, but only the [[spoiler: third ending]] takes the trope to its full extent. Though, Mr. Green excludes himself from it since he "didn't do it".

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* EveryoneIsASuspect: This is true throughout the entire film, but only the [[spoiler: third [[spoiler:third ending]] takes the trope to its full extent. Though, Mr. Green excludes himself from it since he "didn't do it".



* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Mr. Boddy does this, pretending to be dead after realizing that the shot in the dark was intended for him, not Wadsworth. It doesn't work for him. Depending on the ending, Yvette, Mrs. Peacock or Professor Plum realizes the fake and [[KilledOffForReal kills him for real]].]]

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Boddy does this, pretending to be dead after realizing that the shot in the dark was intended for him, not Wadsworth. It doesn't work for him. Depending on the ending, Yvette, Mrs. Peacock or Professor Plum realizes the fake and [[KilledOffForReal kills him for real]].]]



* FauxYay: [[spoiler: Mr. Green in the third ending.]] Maybe.
* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler: Yvette, and Miss Scarlet in the first ending.]]

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* FauxYay: [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Green in the third ending.]] Maybe.
* FemmeFatale: [[spoiler: Yvette, [[spoiler:Yvette, and Miss Scarlet in the first ending.]]



* ForeignQueasine: The contents of the dinner ([[spoiler: monkey's brain]]) is an important clue tying [[spoiler: Mrs. Peacock to the Cook]]. When the other guests find out what it is, they react with disgust and horror.

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* ForeignQueasine: The contents of the dinner ([[spoiler: monkey's ([[spoiler:monkey's brain]]) is an important clue tying [[spoiler: Mrs.[[spoiler:Mrs. Peacock to the Cook]]. When the other guests find out what it is, they react with disgust and horror.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Colonel Mustard's quoting Creator/RudyardKipling. The women in the house are [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale significantly more dangerous]] and threatening than the men. [[spoiler: No matter which ending you watch, a woman is the/a killer, and in the first two they commit ''all'' the murders.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Colonel Mustard's quoting Creator/RudyardKipling. The women in the house are [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale significantly more dangerous]] and threatening than the men. [[spoiler: No [[spoiler:No matter which ending you watch, a woman is the/a killer, and in the first two they commit ''all'' the murders.]]



** Also Colonel Mustard looks up at the chandelier [[spoiler: that later almost kills him]].
** Mr. Green reveals he's a homosexual, Wadsworth reacts with shock, staring at him and the notes he was about to read, implying that what Green said was not what he expected. This foreshadows the third ending with [[spoiler: Mr. Green being an FBI agent]].

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** Also Colonel Mustard looks up at the chandelier [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that later almost kills him]].
** Mr. Green reveals he's a homosexual, Wadsworth reacts with shock, staring at him and the notes he was about to read, implying that what Green said was not what he expected. This foreshadows the third ending with [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Green being an FBI agent]].



** And a nice subtle one early one when Wadsworth states that [[spoiler: "Nobody here is being addressed by their real name", ''including himself''.]]
** Plum claims during dinner he helps with "family planning". However, he's a ''psychiatrist''. [[spoiler: We later find out he's having sex with patients.]]

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** And a nice subtle one early one when Wadsworth states that [[spoiler: "Nobody [[spoiler:"Nobody here is being addressed by their real name", ''including himself''.]]
** Plum claims during dinner he helps with "family planning". However, he's a ''psychiatrist''. [[spoiler: We [[spoiler:We later find out he's having sex with patients.]]



* FrenchMaid: Yvette [[spoiler: who isn't really French or a maid (although she says "it's you!" with her French accent, so it may be that the American accent was fake). But [[{{Fanservice}} that's okay]]]]. This is currently the image for the trope.

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* FrenchMaid: Yvette [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who isn't really French or a maid (although she says "it's you!" with her French accent, so it may be that the American accent was fake). But [[{{Fanservice}} that's okay]]]]. This is currently the image for the trope.



* GambitRoulette, with a SpannerInTheWorks: Mr. Boddy presents all of his blackmail victims with a lethal weapon, tells them to kill the guy who ''isn't'' blackmailing them, and then turns off all the lights, ''while still in the room.'' To the shock of no one, it doesn't end well for him. Of course, depending on the ending, [[spoiler: it was a ''successful'' Roulette - in the third ending "Mr. Boddy" was really the blackmailer's butler, and the guy he was telling everyone to kill was, in fact, Mr. Boddy. [[ReversePsychology If anybody had actually done what they were told to]], TheChessmaster would have been killed, just as the butler wanted.]]

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* GambitRoulette, with a SpannerInTheWorks: Mr. Boddy presents all of his blackmail victims with a lethal weapon, tells them to kill the guy who ''isn't'' blackmailing them, and then turns off all the lights, ''while still in the room.'' To the shock of no one, it doesn't end well for him. Of course, depending on the ending, [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it was a ''successful'' Roulette - in the third ending "Mr. Boddy" was really the blackmailer's butler, and the guy he was telling everyone to kill was, in fact, Mr. Boddy. [[ReversePsychology If anybody had actually done what they were told to]], TheChessmaster would have been killed, just as the butler wanted.]]



* TheGlassesComeOff: [[spoiler: When Wadsworth accuses Mrs. Peacock in the second ending, she takes off her glasses. This is the only time she does this in any of the endings, because she's the murderer.]]
** Nicely {{Foreshadow|ing}}ed in the dinner scene: [[spoiler: When Mr. Green says he recognizes Mrs. Peacock, she takes off her glasses and demands sharply, "How do you know who I am?"--indicating that not only the glasses but her scatterbrained behavior are just a disguise.]]
** [[spoiler: In the third ending, Mr. Green takes his glasses off before shooting Wadsworth / Boddy to hide the fact that he's reaching for his gun. He never puts them back on, either.]]

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* TheGlassesComeOff: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Wadsworth accuses Mrs. Peacock in the second ending, she takes off her glasses. This is the only time she does this in any of the endings, because she's the murderer.]]
** Nicely {{Foreshadow|ing}}ed in the dinner scene: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Mr. Green says he recognizes Mrs. Peacock, she takes off her glasses and demands sharply, "How do you know who I am?"--indicating that not only the glasses but her scatterbrained behavior are just a disguise.]]
** [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the third ending, Mr. Green takes his glasses off before shooting Wadsworth / Boddy to hide the fact that he's reaching for his gun. He never puts them back on, either.]]



* GuiltByAssociationGag: While everyone else is being blackmailed for some crime or unscrupulous activity that they know they shouldn't've done, Mr. Green's just a closeted gay man who's afraid of being outed. [[spoiler: This plays into the endings as he's the only one in all of them who never commits any of the murders, and in one is revealed to be a badass undercover Fed. And not a homosexual.]]

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* GuiltByAssociationGag: While everyone else is being blackmailed for some crime or unscrupulous activity that they know they shouldn't've done, Mr. Green's just a closeted gay man who's afraid of being outed. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This plays into the endings as he's the only one in all of them who never commits any of the murders, and in one is revealed to be a badass undercover Fed. And not a homosexual.]]



* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: In the third ending, the final line from [[spoiler: Mr. Green has him declaring loudly, ''in front of his boss,'' that he's going to sleep with his wife. Some viewers take this line at face value, making this an inversion, and thus makes Green a FauxYay. But the ostentatiousness of his loud announcement (even his boss snickers in discomfort) -- in the 1950s, mind you -- suggests to others that the line is played straight as this trope.]]

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* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: In the third ending, the final line from [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Green has him declaring loudly, ''in front of his boss,'' that he's going to sleep with his wife. Some viewers take this line at face value, making this an inversion, and thus makes Green a FauxYay. But the ostentatiousness of his loud announcement (even his boss snickers in discomfort) -- in the 1950s, mind you -- suggests to others that the line is played straight as this trope.]]



* HesDeadJim: Subverted, as Plum gets it wrong. Zigzagged in the third ending [[spoiler: because Plum did know, but lied]].

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* HesDeadJim: Subverted, as Plum gets it wrong. Zigzagged in the third ending [[spoiler: because [[spoiler:because Plum did know, but lied]].



* HypocriticalHumor: A running gag is Mrs. Peacock's moral outrage at the discovery of the other guests' indiscretions, even though she herself is guilty of taking bribes on behalf of her husband. [[spoiler: And of murder, in two of the endings.]]

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* HypocriticalHumor: A running gag is Mrs. Peacock's moral outrage at the discovery of the other guests' indiscretions, even though she herself is guilty of taking bribes on behalf of her husband. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And of murder, in two of the endings.]]



** For that matter: Yvette, [[spoiler: in the first ending, is knowingly working for someone who's been killing off all of Mr. Boddy's other accomplices. What did she think would happen?]]
* InstantDeathBullet: See KilledMidSentence just below. Inverted in the 3rd ending when [[spoiler: Wadsworth/Boddy]] is fatally shot, but keeps on talking.

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** For that matter: Yvette, [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the first ending, is knowingly working for someone who's been killing off all of Mr. Boddy's other accomplices. What did she think would happen?]]
* InstantDeathBullet: See KilledMidSentence just below. Inverted in the 3rd ending when [[spoiler: Wadsworth/Boddy]] [[spoiler:Wadsworth/Boddy]] is fatally shot, but keeps on talking.



** [[spoiler: Wadsworth/Boddy]], in the third ending, who doesn't manage to get out the last word of his sentence before dying.

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** [[spoiler: Wadsworth/Boddy]], [[spoiler:Wadsworth/Boddy]], in the third ending, who doesn't manage to get out the last word of his sentence before dying.



** This is [[spoiler: yet another cover. The Jehovah's Witness is really the FBI agent's - whether Wadsworth or Mr. Green - boss. And judging by Green's reactions (backing up, removing his glasses), a number of these lines were code words revealing the Feds were nearby and ready to move in. As the Jehovah's Witness says, "Mr. Hoover is an expert on Armageddon"]].

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** This is [[spoiler: yet [[spoiler:yet another cover. The Jehovah's Witness is really the FBI agent's - whether Wadsworth or Mr. Green - boss. And judging by Green's reactions (backing up, removing his glasses), a number of these lines were code words revealing the Feds were nearby and ready to move in. As the Jehovah's Witness says, "Mr. Hoover is an expert on Armageddon"]].



* LeftHanging / AbortedArc: Of a sort. While the movie is... decent at consistently making sure all the points of each ending work, there is one that doesn't: before she dies, Yvette the Maid has a very ominous, suspicious conversation with her killer that makes absolutely no sense unless you get a specific ending, [[spoiler: where it's revealed the two were working together]]. Without that ending, it instead becomes a plot point that is never elaborated on.

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* LeftHanging / AbortedArc: Of a sort. While the movie is... decent at consistently making sure all the points of each ending work, there is one that doesn't: before she dies, Yvette the Maid has a very ominous, suspicious conversation with her killer that makes absolutely no sense unless you get a specific ending, [[spoiler: where [[spoiler:where it's revealed the two were working together]]. Without that ending, it instead becomes a plot point that is never elaborated on.



* LightsOffSomebodyDies: Mr. Boddy's murder. He's actually the one who turns off the lights, expecting everyone in the room to attempt to murder someone else. ItMakesSenseInContext. [[spoiler: And he was actually faking his death because he realized someone was trying to kill him instead. Said guest succeeds later, but not in the dark.]]

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* LightsOffSomebodyDies: Mr. Boddy's murder. He's actually the one who turns off the lights, expecting everyone in the room to attempt to murder someone else. ItMakesSenseInContext. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And he was actually faking his death because he realized someone was trying to kill him instead. Said guest succeeds later, but not in the dark.]]



* LovableSexManiac: Professor Plum tries to put the moves on every woman in the film ''including'' Mrs. Peacock ("It's just you and me now, honeybunch!") and the singing telegram girl [[spoiler: who, it turns out, he had an affair with.]] Even his hand somehow ends up on the dead cook's ass.

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* LovableSexManiac: Professor Plum tries to put the moves on every woman in the film ''including'' Mrs. Peacock ("It's just you and me now, honeybunch!") and the singing telegram girl [[spoiler: who, [[spoiler:who, it turns out, he had an affair with.]] Even his hand somehow ends up on the dead cook's ass.



** Mr. Green [[spoiler: being a plant in the third ending]]. Also, it could refer to his clumsy nature, as green is often used as a slang term for an incompetent novice. He also is the only one who turns a metaphorical green in the second ending on learning what they ate for dinner.

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** Mr. Green [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being a plant in the third ending]]. Also, it could refer to his clumsy nature, as green is often used as a slang term for an incompetent novice. He also is the only one who turns a metaphorical green in the second ending on learning what they ate for dinner.



* MsFanservice: Colleen Camp as Yvette. [[spoiler: This is even justified, as she's actually one of Miss Scarlet's prostitutes.]]

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* MsFanservice: Colleen Camp as Yvette. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is even justified, as she's actually one of Miss Scarlet's prostitutes.]]



** Wadsworth's face when Boddy says that each of the six guests are only going to be able to keep their secrets if they kill Wadsworth at once. [[spoiler: This makes perfect sense in the third ending. Since Wadsworth is really the blackmailer, the butler he's dressed up as Mr. Boddy is about to bump him off to end the scheme.]]

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** Wadsworth's face when Boddy says that each of the six guests are only going to be able to keep their secrets if they kill Wadsworth at once. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This makes perfect sense in the third ending. Since Wadsworth is really the blackmailer, the butler he's dressed up as Mr. Boddy is about to bump him off to end the scheme.]]



* OneCrazyNight: The movie, like the game it's based on, features a cast of [[IncrediblyLamePun colorful]] characters trying to solve a murder before they're all killed. Hijinks ensue as everyone from a singing telegram to [[spoiler: a high-ranking Federal agent]] show up to interrupt them.

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* OneCrazyNight: The movie, like the game it's based on, features a cast of [[IncrediblyLamePun colorful]] characters trying to solve a murder before they're all killed. Hijinks ensue as everyone from a singing telegram to [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a high-ranking Federal agent]] show up to interrupt them.



* ThePerryMasonMethod: Wadsworth uses this [[spoiler: in the third ending to compel all the guests to confess to their respective murders.]] Miss Scarlet even lampshades Wadsworth’s use of this method.

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* ThePerryMasonMethod: Wadsworth uses this [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the third ending to compel all the guests to confess to their respective murders.]] Miss Scarlet even lampshades Wadsworth’s use of this method.



** This is [[spoiler:semi-averted in the case of the police and the FBI, who do arrest the culprit(s)]], but don't arrive until [[spoiler: at least five people have died]].

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** This is [[spoiler:semi-averted in the case of the police and the FBI, who do arrest the culprit(s)]], but don't arrive until [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at least five people have died]].



* SuspiciousSpending: Colonel Mustard drives a very expensive car for someone who lives on a colonel's paycheck. His explanation is that he inherited the money during the war. [[spoiler: He actually stole and sold airplane parts on the black market during the war.]]

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* SuspiciousSpending: Colonel Mustard drives a very expensive car for someone who lives on a colonel's paycheck. His explanation is that he inherited the money during the war. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He actually stole and sold airplane parts on the black market during the war.]]



* UndercoverCopReveal: In the first two endings, [[spoiler: Wadsworth is an FBI agent]]. In the final ending, [[spoiler: Mr. Green reveals himself as the agent just after shooting the real Mr. Boddy]]. In all the endings, [[spoiler: the Jehovah's Witness is the FBI agent's boss]].

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* UndercoverCopReveal: In the first two endings, [[spoiler: Wadsworth [[spoiler:Wadsworth is an FBI agent]]. In the final ending, [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Green reveals himself as the agent just after shooting the real Mr. Boddy]]. In all the endings, [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Jehovah's Witness is the FBI agent's boss]].



** In the unused Ending D, which appears in the {{Novelization}}, [[spoiler: Wadsworth leaves the house after all the guests are dead, gets into his car, and begins to drive away when he hears a dog growl from the backseat, which causes him to crash. It is unclear if he dies in the crash or if the dog attacks him, but the implication is that he doesn't survive.]]

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** In the unused Ending D, which appears in the {{Novelization}}, [[spoiler: Wadsworth [[spoiler:Wadsworth leaves the house after all the guests are dead, gets into his car, and begins to drive away when he hears a dog growl from the backseat, which causes him to crash. It is unclear if he dies in the crash or if the dog attacks him, but the implication is that he doesn't survive.]]



* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler: Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy]] in the third ending, after being shot by [[spoiler: Mr. Green]]:
-->'''[[spoiler: Mr. Boddy]]:''' Oh, good shot, Green! ''(slides down the wall to sitting, looks in his suit at the wound)'' [[KilledMidSentence A very]]... ''({{dies|WideOpen}})''

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* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler: Wadsworth/Mr. [[spoiler:Wadsworth/Mr. Boddy]] in the third ending, after being shot by [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Green]]:
-->'''[[spoiler: Mr.-->'''[[spoiler:Mr. Boddy]]:''' Oh, good shot, Green! ''(slides down the wall to sitting, looks in his suit at the wound)'' [[KilledMidSentence A very]]... ''({{dies|WideOpen}})''



** When [[spoiler: Yvette]] spots their [[spoiler: [[MultipleEndings former boss or former lover's wife or someone else]]]] and will-be murderer, they exclaim "It's you!"
** When [[spoiler: Wadsworth]] reveals that [[spoiler: he shot the singing telegram girl]] in the third ending, everyone else exclaims, "You?!"
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Yvette in the Ms. Scarlet ending, and all the victims (except Yvette this time, who was killed for revenge) in the "Everybody did it" ending, thanks to the BatmanGambit of the real Mr. Boddy.]]

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** When [[spoiler: Yvette]] [[spoiler:Yvette]] spots their [[spoiler: [[MultipleEndings [[spoiler:[[MultipleEndings former boss or former lover's wife or someone else]]]] and will-be murderer, they exclaim "It's you!"
** When [[spoiler: Wadsworth]] [[spoiler:Wadsworth]] reveals that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he shot the singing telegram girl]] in the third ending, everyone else exclaims, "You?!"
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Yvette [[spoiler:Yvette in the Ms. Scarlet ending, and all the victims (except Yvette this time, who was killed for revenge) in the "Everybody did it" ending, thanks to the BatmanGambit of the real Mr. Boddy.]]
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* AllMenArePerverts: Col. Mustard:
-->'''Col. Mustard''': What room's this?
-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Search me.
-->'''Col. Mustard''': All right. [Mustard starts to frisk Miss Scarlett]
-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Get your hands off me!
** And Professor Plum:
-->'''Wadsworth''': Professor Plum, you were once a professor of psychiatry, specializing in helping paranoid and homicidal lunatics suffering from delusions of grandeur.
-->'''Prof. Plum''': Yes, but now I work for the United Nations.
-->'''Wadsworth''': Your work has not changed, but you don't practice medicine at the U.N.; his license to practice has been lifted, correct?
-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Why? What did he do?
-->'''Wadsworth''': You know what doctors aren't allowed to do with their lady patients?
-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Yeah?
-->'''Wadsworth''': Well, he did.


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** Between the ladies:
-->'''Mrs. Peacock''': So, what does your husband do?
-->'''Mrs. White''' [quickly]: Nothing!
-->'''Mrs. Peacock''': Nothing?
-->'''Mrs. White''': Well, he just lies around on his back all day.
-->'''Miss Scarlett''': Sounds like hard work to me.


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** Lee Ving, the frontman for the punk rock band Fear, is Mr. Boddy, which is a MeaningfulName since Mr. Boddy will be "Lee Ving" [note]leaving,
as in leaving the world of the living[/note] soon.
26th Mar '17 3:26:59 PM snichols1973
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Mr. Green''': So it was you. I was going to expose you.[[note]] As the murderer.[[/note]]
-->'''Wadsworth''': I know, so I choose to expose myself.
-->'''Col. Mustard''': Please, there are ladies present!
**Between Col. Mustard and Mrs. White:
-->'''Col. Mustard''': You lure men to their deaths like a spider with flies.
-->'''Mrs. White''': Flies are where men are most vulnerable.
-->'''Col. Mustard''': Right!
** With Wadsworth and the cop:
-->'''Wadsworth''': I can explain everything.
-->'''Cop''': You don't have to.
-->'''Wadsworth''': I don't?
-->'''Cop''': Don't worry, there's nothing illegal about any of this.
-->'''Wadsworth''': Are you sure?
-->'''Cop''': Of course, this is America.
-->'''Wadsworth''': I see.
-->'''Cop''': It's a free country, don't you know that?
-->'''Wadsworth''': I didn't know it was ''that'' free.



--> '''Green:''' WILL YOU STOP THAT!\\
'''Wadsworth:''' No.

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--> '''Green:''' '''Green''': WILL YOU STOP THAT!\\
'''Wadsworth:''' '''Wadsworth''': No.


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** Wadsworth manages to get one past Col. Mustard:
-->'''Col. Mustard''': Are you trying to make me look stupid in front of the other guests?
->'''Wadsworth''': You don't need any help from me, sir.
-->'''Col. Mustard''': That's right!


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** Between Plum and Wadsworth:
-->'''Prof. Plum''': Is there gonna be a cover up?
-->'''Wadsworth''': Isn't that in the public interest? What could be gained by exposure?
-->'''Prof. Plum''': But is the FBI in the habit of cleaning up after a multiple murder?
-->'''Wadsworth''': Yes. Why do you think it's run by a man called Hoover?[[note]]J. Edgar Hoover, longtime director of the F.B.I. from 1935 to 1972.[[/note]]


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* WhosOnFirst: [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity and confusion ensue]] in the following conversation between Col. Mustard and Wadsworth:
-->'''Col. Mustard''': Wadsworth, am I right in thinking there's nobody else in this house?
-->'''Wadsworth''': Um... no.
-->'''Col. Mustard''': Then there is someone else in this house?
-->'''Wadsworth''': Sorry, I said "no", meaning "yes."
-->'''Col. Mustard''':"No", meaning "Yes?" Look, I want a straight answer, is there someone else, or isn't there, yes, or no?
-->'''Wadsworth''': No.
-->'''Col. Mustard''': No there is, or no there isn't?
-->'''Wadsworth''': Yes.
** Later on:
-->'''Col. Mustard''': Well, there is still some confusion as to whether or not there is anybody else in this house!
-->'''Wadsworth''': I told you, there isn't.
-->'''Col. Mustard''': There isn't any confusion, or there isn't anybody else?
-->'''Wadsworth''': Either... or both.
-->'''Col. Mustard''': Just give me a clear answer!
-->'''Wadsworth''': Certainly! [{{beat}}] What was the question?
-->'''Col. Mustard''' [shouts]: Is there anybody else in this house?
-->'''All''': No!
** When the motorist asks to use the phone:
-->'''Motorist''': Where is it?
-->'''Wadsworth''': What? The body?
-->'''Motorist''': The phone. [{{beat}}] What body?
-->'''Wadsworth''': [[VerbalBackspace There's no body- nobody; there's- there's nobody in the study.]]
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* AgentPeacock: "Mr. Green", [[MultipleEndings depending on the version of the film]] you got, he's actually [[spoiler:an FBI agent who spent the whole movie (plus whatever setup time the sting required) ''pretending'' to be gay to get into Mr. Boddy's blackmail ring. He is the one who finally killed Mr. Boddy. In the hallway. With the revolver.]]

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* AgentPeacock: "Mr. Green", [[MultipleEndings depending on the version of the film]] you got, he's actually [[spoiler:an FBI agent who spent the whole movie (plus whatever setup time the sting required) ''pretending'' ''[[FauxYay pretending]]'' to be gay to get into Mr. Boddy's blackmail ring. He is the one who finally killed Mr. Boddy. In the hallway. With the revolver.]]
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* GambitRoulette, with a SpannerInTheWorks: Mr. Boddy presents all of his blackmail victims with a lethal weapon, tells them to kill the guy who ''isn't'' blackmailing them, and then turns off all the lights, ''while still in the room.'' To the shock of no one, it doesn't end well for him. Of course, depending on the ending, [[spoiler: it was a ''successful'' Roulette - in the third ending "Mr. Boddy" was really the blackmailer's butler, and the guy he was telling everyone to kill was, in fact, Mr. Boddy. [[ReversePsychology If anybody had actually done what they were told to]], TheChessmaster would have been killed, just as the butler wanted.]]



* {{Gainaxing}}: A rare live action example courtesy of Yvette.



* {{Gainaxing}}: A rare live action example courtesy of Yvette.

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* {{Gainaxing}}: A rare live action example courtesy GambitRoulette, with a SpannerInTheWorks: Mr. Boddy presents all of Yvette.his blackmail victims with a lethal weapon, tells them to kill the guy who ''isn't'' blackmailing them, and then turns off all the lights, ''while still in the room.'' To the shock of no one, it doesn't end well for him. Of course, depending on the ending, [[spoiler: it was a ''successful'' Roulette - in the third ending "Mr. Boddy" was really the blackmailer's butler, and the guy he was telling everyone to kill was, in fact, Mr. Boddy. [[ReversePsychology If anybody had actually done what they were told to]], TheChessmaster would have been killed, just as the butler wanted.]]
25th Feb '17 4:09:15 PM mkmckoy
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* GallowsHumor: Spread throughout the movie as the body count rises, but briefly deconstructed in this dialogue:
-->'''Green''': Who would want to kill the cook?
-->'''Scarlett''': Dinner wasn’t ''that'' bad.
-->'''Mustard''': [[TooSoon How can you make jokes at a time like this?]]
-->'''Scarlett''': It’s my defense mechanism.
-->'''Mustard''': Some defense! If I was the killer I would kill you next! ''<<StunnedSilence>>'' If! [[ExactWords I said, “If!”]]
24th Feb '17 11:50:43 PM Ingonyama
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** Despite his being a pervy Casanova being played up throughout the movie, the moment when Professor Plum confesses that the Singing Telegram Girl was [[spoiler:a patient he slept with and that was how he lost his license to practice psychiatry]] is played with genuine sympathy, and it seems likely [[spoiler:he had real feelings for her]].

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** Despite his being a pervy Casanova CasanovaWannabe and LoveableSexManiac being played up throughout the movie, the moment when Professor Plum confesses that the Singing Telegram Girl was [[spoiler:a patient he slept with and that was how he lost his license to practice psychiatry]] is played with genuine sympathy, and it seems likely [[spoiler:he had real feelings for her]].
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** IceQueen: Mrs. White is the most sympathetic when Wadsworth sobs that his wife was a socialist.

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** IceQueen: IceQueen Mrs. White is the most sympathetic when Wadsworth sobs that his wife was a socialist.socialist.
** Despite his being a pervy Casanova being played up throughout the movie, the moment when Professor Plum confesses that the Singing Telegram Girl was [[spoiler:a patient he slept with and that was how he lost his license to practice psychiatry]] is played with genuine sympathy, and it seems likely [[spoiler:he had real feelings for her]].
24th Feb '17 11:41:58 PM Ingonyama
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-->''Wadsworth:'' But if those payments were made by slipping used greenbacks under the door of the men's room outside the Senate chamber, how would you describe ''that'' transaction?
-->''Scarlet:'' I'd say it stinks.
-->''Peacock:'' Oh, how would you know, [[AccidentalPublicConfession when were you in that men's room!]]

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-->''Wadsworth:'' -->'''Wadsworth:''' But if those payments were made by slipping used greenbacks under the door of the men's room outside the Senate chamber, how would you describe ''that'' transaction?
-->''Scarlet:'' -->'''Scarlet:''' I'd say it stinks.
-->''Peacock:'' -->'''Peacock:''' Oh, how would you know, [[AccidentalPublicConfession when were you in that men's room!]]
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