History Literature / TheSaint

17th Aug '17 3:23:20 PM foxley
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* GoingByTheMatchbook: Averted in "The Saint and the Sizzling Saboteur". The police find the matchbook used to [[ManOnFire set fire to the victim]]. One of the officers thinks this might be the clue that breaks the case open, only for the lead detective to reach into his pocket and pull out a matchbook, saying that he has no idea where this particular bar is or how the matchbook came to be in his possession.

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* GoingByTheMatchbook: Averted in "The ''The Saint and the Sizzling Saboteur".Saboteur''. The police find the matchbook used to [[ManOnFire set fire to the victim]]. One of the officers thinks this might be the clue that breaks the case open, only for the lead detective to reach into his pocket and pull out a matchbook, saying that he has no idea where this particular bar is or how the matchbook came to be in his possession.
17th Aug '17 3:22:00 PM foxley
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* GoingByTheMatchbook: Averted in "The Saint and the Sizzling Saboteur". The police find the matchbook used to [[ManOnFire set fire to the victim]]. One of the officers thinks this might be the clue that breaks the case open, only for the lead detective to reach into his pocket and pull out a matchbook, saying that he has no idea where this particular bar is or how the matchbook came to be in his possession.
11th Aug '17 4:33:35 AM DocWildNole
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Just in the pages of ''The First Saint Omnibus'', the Saint encounters Messrs. Hugo Campard (stock manipulator turned oil tycoon), W. Titus Oates (shady financier and philatelist), Grant Lasser (importer of wine, spirits and other things), and Sir Melvin Flager (trucking magnate and tyrannical boss). Distaste for scum who pretend respectability is something Simon seems to more than share with the general public -- the difference being, 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 (stock manipulator turned oil tycoon), W. Titus Oates (shady financier and philatelist), Grant Lasser (importer of wine, spirits and other things), and Sir Melvin Flager (trucking magnate and tyrannical boss).slave-driving, safety-ignoring boss), and, worst of all, Grant Lasser (legitimate importer of wine & spirits; smuggler of those and other things; and torture-murderer). Distaste for scum who pretend respectability is something Simon seems to more than share with the general public -- the difference being, the Saint can do something about it.
10th Aug '17 2:15:30 PM DocWildNole
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* HighHeelFaceTurn: As one might expect, Simon often has this effect (for example, ''TheAffairOfHogsbotham''). On the other hand, "Straight Audrey" Perowne and Kathleen "The Mug" Allfield are wooed to the side of the Saints by the charms, ''not'' of The Saint, but of Dicky Tremayne and Peter Quentin respectively.

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* HighHeelFaceTurn: As one might expect, Simon often has this effect (for example, ''TheAffairOfHogsbotham'').''The Affair Of Hogsbotham''). On the other hand, "Straight Audrey" Perowne and Kathleen "The Mug" Allfield are wooed to the side of the Saints by the charms, ''not'' of The Saint, but of Dicky Tremayne and Peter Quentin respectively.
23rd Jul '17 10:40:31 AM DocWildNole
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* MasterActor: The Saint. He often appears as a wealthy, amiable and helium-headed aristocrat (see below) but, when circumstances demand it, can appear to be a down-at-heel lorry driver, a haughty but corrupt barrister, an American "button man," or even a Central American peasant with little more than a change of clothes.

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* MasterActor: The Saint. He often appears as a wealthy, amiable and helium-headed aristocrat (see below) but, when circumstances demand it, can appear to be a down-at-heel lorry driver, a [[AmoralAttorney haughty but corrupt barrister, barrister,]] an American [[ProfessionalKiller "button man," man,"]] or even a Central American peasant with little more than a change of clothes.
23rd Jul '17 10:35:11 AM DocWildNole
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* ATasteOfTheLash: TheDragon of ''The Million Pound Day'' uses a whip as his favorite instrument of torture. At the orders of TheBigBad, he tries to use it on a (for once) tightly and efficiently bound Saint. Unfortunately for both underling and mastermind, the first stroke of the whip sets off a PowerBornOfMadness that allows Simon to break his bonds. Simon then goes on to prove that he himself can WhipItGood.

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* ATasteOfTheLash: TheDragon of ''The Million Pound Day'' uses a whip as his favorite instrument of torture. At the orders of TheBigBad, he tries to use it on a (for once) tightly and efficiently bound Saint. Unfortunately for both underling and mastermind, the first stroke of the whip sets off [[PowerBornOfMadness a PowerBornOfMadness rage rising to temporary insanity]] that allows Simon to break his bonds. Simon then goes on to prove that he himself can WhipItGood.
23rd Jul '17 10:32:30 AM DocWildNole
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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Sometimes Templar talks about a situation or his life being rather like an adventure novel, and that if it stays true to form something will or won't happen.

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* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Sometimes Occasionally Templar talks about a situation or his life being rather like an adventure novel, and that if it stays true to form something will or won't happen.happen. For example, in ''The Million Pound Day,'' Simon notes that he cannot be killed before page 320.


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* ATasteOfTheLash: TheDragon of ''The Million Pound Day'' uses a whip as his favorite instrument of torture. At the orders of TheBigBad, he tries to use it on a (for once) tightly and efficiently bound Saint. Unfortunately for both underling and mastermind, the first stroke of the whip sets off a PowerBornOfMadness that allows Simon to break his bonds. Simon then goes on to prove that he himself can WhipItGood.
23rd Jul '17 10:13:48 AM DocWildNole
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* HighHeelFaceTurn: "Straight Audrey" Perowne, and Kathleen "The Mug" Allfield are wooed to the side of the Saints by the charms, ''not'' of The Saint, but of Dicky Tremayne and Peter Quentin respectively.

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* HighHeelFaceTurn: As one might expect, Simon often has this effect (for example, ''TheAffairOfHogsbotham''). On the other hand, "Straight Audrey" Perowne, Perowne and Kathleen "The Mug" Allfield are wooed to the side of the Saints by the charms, ''not'' of The Saint, but of Dicky Tremayne and Peter Quentin respectively.respectively.
* HiredToHuntYourself: ''The Simon Templar Foundation'' introduced [[BreakoutCharacter Hoppy Uniatz]] to the series; in turn, Hoppy introduces "Pete de Blood Orconi" to the enemies of the Foundation, who hire "Pete" and Hoppy to take out the foundation's founder. Of course, "Pete" is Simon himself.



* MasterActor: The Saint. He often appears as a wealthy, amiable and helium-headed aristocrat (see below) but, when circumstances demand it, can appear to be a down-at-heel lorry driver, a haughty but corrupt barrister, or even a Central American peasant with little more than a change of clothes.
* MercyLead: The Saint has come to the apartment of Tex Goldman, ''The Man From St. Louis'', for a rare VigilanteExecution; before he can make his move, though, he overhears part of a conversation between Tex and what Simon thinks is just the gangster's moll. When Simon does move, he gets the drop on both and tells Tex that he's there to kill ''both'' of them. Tex faces the Saint down, saying that whatever Simon thinks, he's wrong, but that Tex can take it for both of them-- because they were just married that day. Simon is so touched, he not only lets the girl go (whom he never really intended to kill anyway), he also [[spoiler: lets Tex flee with her, and even gives them back some of the loot that he, Simon, has just lifted from Tex's safe]].
* MoralGuardians: Few things that are not actual felonies raise Simon's ire more than these. One, Mr. Ebenezer Hogsbotham, sets off an adventure that Charteris himself, in ''The First Saint Omnibus,'' called "a story that in its own way would summarize them all". By the end of ''The Affair of Hogsbotham'', though Mr. H. never appears in person, the Saint has given him a most satisfactory comeuppance -- while also [[spoiler: solving a bank robbery, arranging for the sudden decease of said robbers, and enriching himself and his associates to the tune of fifteen thousand pounds]].

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* MasterActor: The Saint. He often appears as a wealthy, amiable and helium-headed aristocrat (see below) but, when circumstances demand it, can appear to be a down-at-heel lorry driver, a haughty but corrupt barrister, an American "button man," or even a Central American peasant with little more than a change of clothes.
* MercyLead: The Saint has come to the apartment of Tex Goldman, ''The Man From St. Louis'', for a rare VigilanteExecution; before VigilanteExecution. Before he can make his move, though, he overhears part of a conversation between Tex and what a woman Simon thinks is just the gangster's moll. When Simon does move, he gets the drop on both and tells Tex that he's there to kill ''both'' of them. Tex faces the Saint down, saying that whatever Simon thinks, thinks the girl's done, he's wrong, but that wrong. Tex goes on, though, to say he can take it for both of them-- them -- because they were just married that day. Simon is so touched, he not only lets the girl them both go (whom he (he never really even intended to kill harm the girl anyway), he also [[spoiler: lets Tex flee with her, and even gives them back some of the loot that he, Simon, has just lifted from Tex's safe]].
* MoralGuardians: Few things that are not actual felonies raise Simon's ire more than these. One, Mr. Ebenezer Hogsbotham, sets off an adventure that Charteris himself, in ''The First Saint Omnibus,'' called "a story that in its own way would summarize them all". By the end of ''The Affair of Hogsbotham'', though Mr. H. never appears in person, the Saint has given him a most satisfactory comeuppance -- comeuppance, while also [[spoiler: solving a bank robbery, arranging for the sudden decease of said robbers, and enriching himself and his associates to the tune of fifteen thousand pounds]].
23rd Jul '17 9:54:41 AM DocWildNole
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* AllJustADream: The very offbeat story variously titled ''Dawn'' or ''The Darker Drink'' may have been this; or Simon may have temporarily been a DreamWalker in another's DyingDream. By the end of the story, neither he nor we are sure.
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).
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