History Literature / MurderOnTheOrientExpress

7th Aug '16 2:04:06 AM davah301
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* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Colonel Arbuthnot smokes a pipe.
29th Jul '16 8:23:33 PM illbeback312
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* RedHerring: Literally referred to by Poirot during TheReveal : he points out that the mafia member and the red kimono were just "red herrings to confuse and deceive him", and even describes the night of the murder as the "night of the red herrings". See OrgyOfEvidence.

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* RedHerring: Literally referred to by Poirot during TheReveal : he He points out that the mafia Mafia member and the red kimono were just "red herrings to confuse and deceive him", and even describes the night of the murder as the "night of the red herrings". See OrgyOfEvidence.
29th Jul '16 8:21:58 PM illbeback312
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* EverybodyDidIt: Former {{Trope Namer|s}}.

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* EverybodyDidIt: [[spoiler:EverybodyDidIt: Former {{Trope Namer|s}}.]]



* EveryoneIsASuspect: Deconstructed. Many murder mysteries set up the plot so that every character had a motive; but why would someone be in a situation where everyone in the vicinity has a motive to kill them? If the whole situation is the result of a conspiracy plotted by all the people with a motive to bring the victim among them.

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* EveryoneIsASuspect: Deconstructed. Many [[spoiler:Many murder mysteries set up the plot so that every character had a motive; but why would someone be in a situation where everyone in the vicinity has a motive to kill them? If the whole situation is the result of a conspiracy plotted by all the people with a motive to bring the victim among them.]]



* PayEvilUntoEvil: The victim had been guilty of the kidnapping and murder of a small child years before. Poirot finds the man is so deserving of his murder that he decides ''not'' to turn the murderer over to the police, and even offers them a theory of how the murderer escaped the train that is as plausible as it is false.

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: The victim had been guilty of the kidnapping and murder of a small child years before. Poirot [[spoiler:Poirot finds the man is so deserving of his murder that he decides ''not'' to turn the murderer over to the police, and even offers them a theory of how the murderer escaped the train that is as plausible as it is false.]]
19th Jul '16 10:20:38 AM redandready45
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* UnusualEuphemism: In the 1974 movie, when asking Poirot for help, Poirot asks Ratchet what business he was involved with.
--> '''Ratchet''': Baby food.
12th Jul '16 6:39:04 PM Argon2
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* GorgeousPeriodDress: One of the trademarks of Christie film adaptations

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* GorgeousPeriodDress: One of the trademarks of Christie film adaptationsadaptations.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Though all the passengers played a part in the murder (such that no-one knows who really struck the killing blow), Linda asks Poirot to just punish her and let the others go free, though it means she must suffer alone.]]


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* ToBeLawfulOrGood: The story's dramatic crux. [[spoiler:Was it right for the twelve to kill a clearly guilty murderer, given that he'd already bribed society's court system to ignore his crimes? Eventually, Poirot chooses Good.]]
4th Jul '16 8:40:59 PM Adept
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* TheBadGuyWins: [[ZigZaggingTrope Averted, subverted, played straight]]... It depends on your definitions of "bad guy" and "win".

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* TheBadGuyWins: [[ZigZaggingTrope Averted, subverted, played straight]]...Zigzagged. It depends on your definitions of "bad guy" and "win".
20th May '16 8:15:29 AM Cyanna
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* SeamlessSpontaneousLie: [[spoiler: Everyone on the train was a part of the murder. They had to make up several lies to throw Poirot off their trail. This was something like a dozen people. That kept up a lie under the scrutiny of Poirot. On a snowbound train in the middle of nowhere.
** Though not so much spontaneous, as they intentionally planned their stories so that pretty much everyone had an alibi with someone who would have no reason to lie about it (who would suspect Arbuthnot and Macqueen to be in it together, or Mrs. Hubbard and Greta, or Foscarelli and Masterman). And the stories ''do'' have flaws, just not immediately obvious ones. ]]

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* SeamlessSpontaneousLie: [[spoiler: Everyone on the train was a part of the murder. They had to make up several lies to throw Poirot off their trail. This was something like a dozen people. That kept up a lie under the scrutiny of Poirot. On a snowbound train in the middle of nowhere.
nowhere.]]
** [[spoiler: Though not so much spontaneous, as they intentionally planned their stories so that pretty much everyone had an alibi with someone who would have no reason to lie about it (who would suspect Arbuthnot and Macqueen to be in it together, or Mrs. Hubbard and Greta, or Foscarelli and Masterman). And the stories ''do'' have flaws, just not immediately obvious ones. ]]
20th May '16 8:13:58 AM Cyanna
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* SeamlessSpontaneousLie: Everyone on the train was a part of the murder. They had to make up several lies to throw Poirot off their trail. This was something like a dozen people. That kept up a lie under the scrutiny of Poirot. On a snowbound train in the middle of nowhere.
** Though not so much spontaneous, as they intentionally planned their stories so that pretty much everyone had an alibi with someone who would have no reason to lie about it (who would suspect Arbuthnot and Macqueen to be in it together, or Mrs. Hubbard and Greta, or Foscarelli and Masterman). And the stories ''do'' have flaws, just not immediately obvious ones.

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* SeamlessSpontaneousLie: [[spoiler: Everyone on the train was a part of the murder. They had to make up several lies to throw Poirot off their trail. This was something like a dozen people. That kept up a lie under the scrutiny of Poirot. On a snowbound train in the middle of nowhere.
** Though not so much spontaneous, as they intentionally planned their stories so that pretty much everyone had an alibi with someone who would have no reason to lie about it (who would suspect Arbuthnot and Macqueen to be in it together, or Mrs. Hubbard and Greta, or Foscarelli and Masterman). And the stories ''do'' have flaws, just not immediately obvious ones. ]]



* UndercoverCopReveal: Cyrus Hardman explains to Poirot that he is a private detective and therefore has a fake passport. However, he conveniently avoids to say that he also used to be a cop and was involved in the investigation of the Armstrong case.

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* UndercoverCopReveal: Cyrus Hardman explains to Poirot that he is a private detective and therefore has a fake passport. [[spoiler: However, he conveniently avoids to say that he also used to be a cop and was involved in the investigation of the Armstrong case.]]
12th May '16 10:27:49 AM ZarbiNerada
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*** The French translation corrects this.
6th Apr '16 12:47:01 AM Sharlee
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* RiddleForTheAges: Poirot never ''does'' figure out [[spoiler: who wore the scarlet kimono. He deduces its ''owner'' is the Countess, but he also concludes she never left her compartment, so somebody must've borrowed it.]]

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* RiddleForTheAges: Poirot never ''does'' figure out [[spoiler: who wore the scarlet kimono. He deduces its ''owner'' is the Countess, but he also concludes she never left her compartment, so somebody must've borrowed it.it in order to lay that false trail.]]
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