History Literature / TheSaint

4th Jun '17 4:58:48 PM DocWildNole
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* LockedRoomMystery: ''The Man Who Liked Toys'' was the center of one of these.



* NeverGetsDrunk: Hoppy Uniatz's ability to imbibe is a source of astonishment to all who know him, including and especially the Saint. In view of Hoppy's unusual personality, he is probably a type 2. On the other hand, Simon hypothesizes he simply does not drink ''enough'', which given the descriptions of how much and what he drinks would make him Type 3.

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* NeverGetsDrunk: Simon himself can hold his liquor handily (see, for example, ''The Art Photographer''), but Hoppy Uniatz's ability to imbibe is a source of astonishment to all who know him, including and especially the Saint. In view of Hoppy's unusual personality, he is probably a type 2. On the other hand, Simon hypothesizes he simply does not drink ''enough'', which given the descriptions of how much and what he drinks would make him Type 3.



* PercussivePickpocket: Simon uses this to save a young man from a prison stretch in ''The Man Who Was Clever''.
* ProtagonistTitle: The series is named after The Saint.

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* PercussivePickpocket: Simon uses this to save a young man from a prison stretch in ''The Man Who Was Clever''.
Clever''. His pickpocket skills also come in handy in ''The Gold Standard'' and ''The Man from St. Louis.''
* ProtagonistTitle: The Many of the books in the series is named after The Saint.have ''The Saint'' in the title ; as noted above, though, ''The Last Hero''refers not to Simon but to [[spoiler: Norman Kent]]. Further, two of the books enshrine Mr Teal in their titles, as befitting his high status in the series (see below).
3rd Jun '17 6:26:38 PM Malady
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* ProtagonistTitle: The series is named after The Saint.


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* TheTheTitle: The series is called '''The''' Saint.
4th May '17 9:06:29 AM DocWildNole
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* RegretfulTraitor: ''The Saint in Miami,'' which is also notable for being Simon's first adventure in the USA and his first direct encounter with ThoseWackyNazis, uses one of these skillfully for both its inciting incident and its climax.
4th May '17 8:45:42 AM DocWildNole
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Charteris told Templar's story in different formats: novels, novella collections and short stories. Initially, Templar was usually depicted as working with a number of other adventurous young men: his right-hand-man Roger Conway, Richard "Dicky" Tremayne, Archie Sheridan, and doomed hero Norman Kent. Occasionally, the team included his OldRetainer Orace, though mainly in a background/support role. And, very often, Templar heavily relied on his true love, Patricia Holm, who was far more competent than the average heroine of her day.

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Charteris told Templar's story in different formats: novels, novella collections and short stories. Initially, Templar was usually depicted as working with a number of other adventurous young men: his right-hand-man Roger Conway, lady-killer Richard "Dicky" Tremayne, technical wizard Archie Sheridan, and [[spoiler: doomed hero hero]] Norman Kent. Occasionally, the team included his OldRetainer Orace, though mainly in a background/support role. And, very often, Templar heavily relied on his true love, Patricia Holm, who was far more competent than the average heroine of her day.



* TheLastTitle: ''The Last Hero,'' which does not refer to Simon himself, but rather to [[spoiler: Norman Kent]].



* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: At the close of ''Knight Templar'', Simon is writing down his latest adventure "for the benefit of an author bloke I know, who has sworn to make a blood-and-thunder classic of us one day." Charters plays with the notion again in his notes for ''The First Saint Omnibus''.

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* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: At the close of ''Knight Templar'', Simon is writing down his latest adventure "for the benefit of an author bloke I know, who has sworn to make a blood-and-thunder classic of us one day." Charters Charteris plays with the notion again in his notes for ''The First Saint Omnibus''.
3rd Oct '16 9:52:59 AM DocWildNole
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* BlackmailBackfire: Type 2 in ''The Art Photographer'', among others.
2nd Oct '16 6:47:19 PM DocWildNole
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By the mid-1930s, Conway, Tremayne, Sheridan, and Kent had left the field, and Templar worked with Patricia, Peter Quentin -- who first appeared as a con victim whom Templar saves from a long prison term -- and good old Hoppy Uniatz, a not-overly-bright but unswervingly loyal and courageous, not to mention [[QuickDraw handy with a Colt 1911 .45 semi-auto]], veteran of the [[TheRoaringTwenties Prohibition-era]] [[BigRottenApple NYC underworld]]. As time went on, only Hoppy would appear. Finally, Templar was featured working solo in most stories published from the late 1940s onward.

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By the mid-1930s, Conway, Tremayne, Sheridan, and Kent had left the field, and field. Templar worked carried on with Patricia, Peter Quentin -- who first appeared as a con victim whom Templar saves from a long prison term -- and his most unusual associate, good old Hoppy Uniatz, Uniatz. Mr. Uniatz was a not-overly-bright but unswervingly loyal and courageous, not to mention [[QuickDraw handy with a Colt 1911 .45 semi-auto]], veteran of the [[TheRoaringTwenties Prohibition-era]] [[BigRottenApple NYC underworld]]. As He was also (according to Charteris) the first BreakoutCharacter in the series, to the point that as time went on, Simon would appear with only Hoppy would appear. Finally, as support. Eventually, though, Templar was featured working solo in most stories published from the late 1940s onward.



* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Chief Inspector Claude Eustace Teal; one of (perhaps) two policemen whom the Saint considers a truly WorthyOpponent, his ongoing entanglement with the Saint is a constant bright spot in the pre-WWII books. Simon loves very few things more than poking Teal both verbally and physically, in Teal's well-padded midsection. But when the chips are down, Simon speaks of him with both affection and respect. The Saint alternates helping Teal solve the good Inspector's toughest cases (other than those that Simon committed himself, that is), and leaving Teal grasping at thin air when he attempts to nail Simon for the Saint's crimes. Further, Teal is shown to be a more-than-competent detective (for example, in ''The Unusual Ending'') in every respect; it's simply that, as the books put it, "Simon Templar was cut from no common clay; and Teal, who was of the good red earth earthy, recognized this without resentment." Finally, he and Simon have each saved the other's life at least once, in ''The Story of a Dead Man'' and ''The High Fence'' respectively.

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* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Chief Inspector Claude Eustace Teal; one of (perhaps) two policemen whom the Saint considers a truly WorthyOpponent, his ongoing entanglement with the Saint is a constant bright spot in the pre-WWII books. Simon loves very few things more than poking Teal both verbally and physically, in Teal's well-padded midsection. But when the chips are down, Simon speaks of him with both affection and respect. The Saint alternates helping Teal solve the good Inspector's toughest cases (other than those that Simon committed himself, that is), and leaving Teal grasping at thin air when he attempts to nail Simon for the Saint's crimes. Further, Teal is shown to be a more-than-competent detective (for example, in ''The Unusual Ending'') in every respect; it's simply that, as the books ''The Lawless Lady'' put it, "Simon Templar was cut from no not common clay; and Teal, who was of the good red earth earthy, recognized this without resentment." Finally, he and Simon have each saved the other's life at least once, in ''The Story of a Dead Man'' and ''The High Fence'' respectively.



* UnderhandedHero: Simon Templar is a ConMan who has repeatedly taken out criminals by kidnapping them, tricking them into killing each other and even performing {{Vigilante Execution}}s.
* VigilanteExecution: Templar rarely resorts to this; he generally prefers to let the Ungodly engineer their own dooms. However, rarely is not never, as certain of ''The Unlicensed Victuallers'' and Mr. Jones of ''The Gold Standard,'' amongst others, learn to their great sorrow.

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* UnderhandedHero: Simon Templar is a ConMan who has repeatedly taken out criminals by kidnapping them, tricking them into killing each other and even performing {{Vigilante Execution}}s.
Execution}}s (see below).
* VigilanteExecution: Templar rarely resorts to this; he generally prefers to let the Ungodly engineer their own dooms. However, rarely is not never, as certain of the Ungodly in ''The Unlicensed Victuallers'' and Mr. Jones of ''The Gold Standard,'' amongst others, learn to their great sorrow.



* WhatTheHellHero: The only time Patricia calls Simon out on anything in real anger occurs in ''The Melancholy Journey of Mr. Teal.'' The good Chief Inspector has almost nailed the Saint, when Simon informs him that [[spoiler: without Teal's knowledge, Simon has been depositing money into Teal's account, making it appear that the detective is a DirtyCop]] -- which the world, and Teal's superiors at UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard in particular, will all too readily accept as the ''real'' reason Teal's never caught the Saint. Teal proceeds with the case anyway, knowing it will lead to his own ruin. This in turn causes Simon one of his ''extremely'' few attacks of [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone conscience]]. The Saint reverses himself and not only does not proceed with the plot, he makes amends by giving Teal the GreatBigBookOfEverything of London crime that Simon has taken years to compile. [[spoiler: Of course, Simon arranges for he, Patricia, and the boodle to escape anyway.]]

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* WhatTheHellHero: The only time Patricia calls Simon out on anything in real anger occurs in ''The Melancholy Journey of Mr. Teal.'' The good Chief Inspector has almost nailed the Saint, when Simon informs him that [[spoiler: without Teal's knowledge, Simon has been depositing money into Teal's account, making it appear that the detective is a DirtyCop]] -- which the world, and Teal's superiors at UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard in particular, will all too readily accept as the ''real'' reason Teal's never caught the Saint. Teal proceeds with the case anyway, knowing it will lead to his own ruin. This in turn causes Simon one of his ''extremely'' few attacks of [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone attacks of conscience]]. The Saint reverses himself and not only does not proceed with the plot, he makes amends by giving Teal the GreatBigBookOfEverything of London crime that Simon has taken years to compile. Of course, [[spoiler: Of course, Simon arranges for he, Patricia, and the boodle to escape anyway.]]
1st Oct '16 8:12:45 AM DocWildNole
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Just in the pages of ''The First Saint Omnibus'', the Saint encounters Messrs. Hugo Campard, W. Titus Oates, Grant Lasser, and Sir Melvin Flager. Distaste for scum who pretend respectability is something Simon seems to more than share with the general public -- only the Saint can do something about it.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Just in the pages of ''The First Saint Omnibus'', the Saint encounters Messrs. Hugo Campard, Campard (stock manipulator turned oil tycoon), W. Titus Oates, Oates (shady financier and philatelist), Grant Lasser, Lasser (importer of wine, spirits and other things), and Sir Melvin Flager. Flager (trucking magnate and tyrannical boss). Distaste for scum who pretend respectability is something Simon seems to more than share with the general public -- only the difference being, the Saint can do something about it.


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** Both Simon and Hoppy refer to Hoppy's trusty equalizer as "Betsy."
1st Oct '16 8:02:57 AM DocWildNole
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Master thief Simon Templar, also known by his nickname "the Saint" due to his initials S.T., as well as the fact that his heroic exploits fly in the face of a nefarious reputation. Templar's usual targets are those he considers "Ungodly", such as corrupt politicians, warmongers, and other unsavory types, leading to comparisons, both favorable and otherwise, to RobinHood. However, Templar is willing to ruin the lives of the Ungodly or even kill them, justifying these admitted murders as necessary to defend the lives of the innocent.

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Master thief criminal Simon Templar, also Templar is better known by his nickname "the Saint" due to his initials S.T., as well as the fact that his heroic exploits fly in the face of a nefarious reputation. Templar's usual targets are those he considers "Ungodly", such as corrupt politicians, warmongers, and other unsavory types, leading types. The fortunate ones amongst the Ungodly escape merely with vastly-reduced ill-gotten fortunes, a portion of which Templar donates to charity and the remainder to himself. This obviously leads to comparisons, both favorable and otherwise, to RobinHood. RobinHood. However, when his unique moral code demands it, Templar is willing to ruin the lives of the Ungodly or even kill them, justifying these admitted murders as necessary to defend the lives of the innocent.



By the mid-1930s, Conway, Tremayne, Sheridan, and Kent had left the field, and Templar worked with Patricia, Peter Quentin -- who first appeared as a con victim whom Templar saves from a long prison term -- and good old Hoppy Uniatz, a not-overly-bright but unswervingly loyal and courageous former [[BigRottenApple Prohibitiion-era NYC]] hoodlum. As time went on, only Hoppy would appear. Finally, Templar was featured working solo in most stories published from the late 1940s onward.

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By the mid-1930s, Conway, Tremayne, Sheridan, and Kent had left the field, and Templar worked with Patricia, Peter Quentin -- who first appeared as a con victim whom Templar saves from a long prison term -- and good old Hoppy Uniatz, a not-overly-bright but unswervingly loyal and courageous former courageous, not to mention [[QuickDraw handy with a Colt 1911 .45 semi-auto]], veteran of the [[TheRoaringTwenties Prohibition-era]] [[BigRottenApple Prohibitiion-era NYC]] hoodlum.NYC underworld]]. As time went on, only Hoppy would appear. Finally, Templar was featured working solo in most stories published from the late 1940s onward.


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* TheAlibi: Simon Templar is a past master of these; further, his associates learn well from him. In ''The Gold Standard'', immediately upon the Saint's return to the UK from a trip abroad, a small but nasty specimen of the Ungodly is knocked out and robbed blind. The only clue is the Sign of the Saint, left behind by the perp. Unfortunately for the long-suffering enforcers of the Law, Simon is having a lengthy chat with Chief Inspector Teal in a provincial police station at the exact time the crime occurred. Of course, [[spoiler: it was quick-thinking Patricia who took advantage of the opportunity -- as noted above, she was far above average for the time.]]
11th Jul '16 7:49:12 PM IronicMouse
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* UnderhandedHero: Simon Templar is a ConMan who has repeatedly taken out criminals by kidnapping them, tricking them into killing each other and even performing {{Vigilante Execution}}s.
29th Apr '16 12:27:18 PM DocWildNole
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: In "The Newdick Helicopter", one of the Ungodly buys plans for a 'helicopter' (actually an autogyro) to use as bait for unwary small investors. When the ConMan assembles the helicopter, he discovers it cannot take off vertically as he expected it to. Assuming he had put it together wrong, he starts tinkering with it and ends up inventing a fully functioning helicopter. (Note that this story was published in 1933, several years before the first [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Fw_61 fully functioning helicopter]] was built.)

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* AchievementsInIgnorance: In "The ''The Newdick Helicopter", Helicopter'', one of the Ungodly buys plans for a 'helicopter' (actually an autogyro) to use as bait for unwary small investors. When the ConMan assembles the helicopter, he discovers it cannot take off vertically as he expected it to. Assuming he had put it together wrong, he starts tinkering with it and ends up inventing a fully functioning helicopter. (Note that this story was published in 1933, several years before the first [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Fw_61 fully functioning helicopter]] was built.)



* InternalDeconstruction: The late short story "The Spanish Cow" deconstructs Simon's usual attitudes and behaviour. He comes close to seducing and stealing from an unattractive, middle-aged, ''nouveau riche'' woman, and only realises at the last minute that he is about to do something truly evil to another person just because she isn't sexy and cool.

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* InternalDeconstruction: The late short story "The story''The Spanish Cow" Co'' deconstructs Simon's usual attitudes and behaviour. He comes close to seducing and stealing from an unattractive, middle-aged, ''nouveau riche'' woman, and only realises at the last minute that he is about to do something truly evil to another person just because she isn't sexy and cool.



* KnightInShiningArmour: In "The Last Hero", one of the earlier Saint novels (1931), Simon Templar takes backstage to his gallant and tragic associate Norman Kent, who falls in love hopelessly with Templar's girlfriend Patricia Holm (who hardly notices him) and at the end of the book [[spoiler: sacrifices his life]] to let Templar and his other comrades-in-arms escape the current villain and fight again another day.
** A book called "Knights Errant of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries" by Caroline Whitehead and George Mc Leod says it all: "Norman Kent is an archetypal knight-errant. Though formally a man of 20th Century England, he lives (and dies) by the Code of Chivalry. He loves totally his Lady, Patricia Holm - who, like Don Quixote's Dulcinea, is not aware of that love. He is totally loyal to his Liege Lord, Simon Templar. Like Sir Gawain in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", Norman Kent takes on the threats to his Lord. Not only physicial threats to life and limb, but also the sometimes inavoidable need to take dishourable acts which would have reflected badly on the reputation of King Arthur/Simon Templar is taken on, wholly and without reservation, by Sir Gawain/Norman Kent."

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* KnightInShiningArmour: In "The ''The Last Hero", Hero'', one of the earlier Saint novels (1931), Simon Templar takes backstage to his gallant and tragic associate Norman Kent, who falls in love hopelessly with Templar's girlfriend Patricia Holm (who hardly notices him) and at the end of the book [[spoiler: sacrifices his life]] to let Templar and his other comrades-in-arms escape the current villain and fight again another day.
** A book called "Knights ''Knights Errant of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries" Centuries'' by Caroline Whitehead and George Mc Leod says it all: "Norman Kent is an archetypal knight-errant. Though formally a man of 20th Century England, he lives (and dies) by the Code of Chivalry. He loves totally his Lady, Patricia Holm - who, like Don Quixote's Dulcinea, is not aware of that love. He is totally loyal to his Liege Lord, Simon Templar. Like Sir Gawain in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", Norman Kent takes on the threats to his Lord. Not only physicial threats to life and limb, but also the sometimes inavoidable need to take dishourable acts which would have reflected badly on the reputation of King Arthur/Simon Templar is taken on, wholly and without reservation, by Sir Gawain/Norman Kent."



* PsychoSidekick: Hoppy Uniatz to the nth degree. Simon is no shrinking violet himself, yet several times the Saint gets the Ungodly to talk simply by threatening to leave them alone with good old Hoppy. It doesn't help that Hoppy will do ''anything'' the Saint asks, and interprets everything through his [[WrongSideOfTheTracks unorthodox upbringing]] and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters previous profession]]. In "The Case of the Frightened Innkeeper," Templar forgets this. Meaning for Hoppy to escort some of the Ungodly from the Saint's presence, Simon carelessly says "Get rid of them;" Hoppy [[DeadlyEuphemism does]].

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* PsychoSidekick: Hoppy Uniatz to the nth degree. Simon is no shrinking violet himself, yet several times the Saint gets the Ungodly to talk simply by threatening to leave them alone with good old Hoppy. It doesn't help that Hoppy will do ''anything'' the Saint asks, and interprets everything through his [[WrongSideOfTheTracks unorthodox upbringing]] and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters previous profession]]. In "The ''The Case of the Frightened Innkeeper," Innkeeper'', Templar forgets this. Meaning for Hoppy to escort some of the Ungodly from the Saint's presence, Simon carelessly says "Get rid of them;" Hoppy [[DeadlyEuphemism does]].



* SafeCracking: Simon's larcenous expertise includes this too; "The Man From St. Louis" has him open and empty a gangster's safe "offscreen" -- i.e. so easily that Charteris doesn't bother to write the scene.

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* SafeCracking: Simon's larcenous expertise includes this too; "The ''The Man From St. Louis" Louis'' has him open and empty a gangster's safe "offscreen" -- i.e. so easily that Charteris doesn't bother to write the scene.



* SwordCane: In the early stories, particularly in "The Man Who Was Clever," Simon is shown to be a master with one; since in those days a cane was still appropriate for upper-class gentlemen, he was also "seldom without it."
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Chief Inspector Claude Eustace Teal; one of (perhaps) two policemen whom the Saint considers a truly WorthyOpponent, his ongoing entanglement with the Saint is a constant bright spot in the pre-WWII books. Simon loves very few things more than poking Teal both verbally and physically, in Teal's well-padded midsection. But when the chips are down, Simon speaks of him with both affection and respect. The Saint alternates helping Teal solve his almost-toughest cases, and leaving Teal grasping at thin air when he attempts to nail Simon for the Saint's crimes. Further, Teal is shown to be a more-than-competent detective (for example, in ''The Unusual Ending'') in every respect; it's simply that, as the books put it, "Simon Templar was cut from no common clay; and Teal, who was of the good red earth earthy, recognized this without resentment." Finally, he and Simon have each saved the other's life at least once, in ''The Story of a Dead Man'' and ''The High Fence'' respectively.

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* SwordCane: In the early stories, particularly in "The ''The Man Who Was Clever," Clever'', Simon is shown to be a master with one; since in those days a cane was still appropriate for upper-class gentlemen, he was also "seldom without it."
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Chief Inspector Claude Eustace Teal; one of (perhaps) two policemen whom the Saint considers a truly WorthyOpponent, his ongoing entanglement with the Saint is a constant bright spot in the pre-WWII books. Simon loves very few things more than poking Teal both verbally and physically, in Teal's well-padded midsection. But when the chips are down, Simon speaks of him with both affection and respect. The Saint alternates helping Teal solve his almost-toughest cases, the good Inspector's toughest cases (other than those that Simon committed himself, that is), and leaving Teal grasping at thin air when he attempts to nail Simon for the Saint's crimes. Further, Teal is shown to be a more-than-competent detective (for example, in ''The Unusual Ending'') in every respect; it's simply that, as the books put it, "Simon Templar was cut from no common clay; and Teal, who was of the good red earth earthy, recognized this without resentment." Finally, he and Simon have each saved the other's life at least once, in ''The Story of a Dead Man'' and ''The High Fence'' respectively.



* ThisBearWasFramed: In "The Convenient Monster", a murderer kills his victim with a Polynesian club studded with shark teeth and attempts to place the blame on ''the Loch Ness Monster''!

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* ThisBearWasFramed: In "The ''The Convenient Monster", Monster'', a murderer kills his victim with a Polynesian club studded with shark teeth and attempts to place the blame on ''the Loch Ness Monster''!
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