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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''!
1st Apr '16 11:25:26 PM mlsmithca
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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 [[spoiler: 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, Richard "Dicky" Tremayne, 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.
18th Mar '16 8:09:00 PM DocWildNole
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* DecoyDamsel: Pat occasionally does a heroic version of this, allowing herself to get captured to further some plan of Simon's.

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* DecoyDamsel: Pat occasionally (for example, in ''The Gold Standard'') does a heroic version of this, allowing herself to get captured to further some plan of Simon's.



* JustLikeRobinHood: The Saint steals from criminals and gives all but 10% of it to charities (unless it can be determined where the stolen valuables or money was stolen or extorted from in the first place, in which case The Saint gives it all back to its rightful owners).

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* JustLikeRobinHood: In the very earliest stories, The Saint steals from criminals and gives all but 10% of it to charities (unless it can be determined where the stolen valuables or money was ill-gotten gains were stolen or extorted from in the first place, in which case The Saint gives it all back to its rightful owners).owners). As the series goes on, the percentage varies, but The Saint never wavers in his philosophy -- in ''The Man From St. Louis,'' Simon even sends some of his boodle to a ''policeman'' who'd been shot by the eponymous bad guy.



* VigilanteExecution: Templar rarely resorts to this; he generally prefers to let the Ungodly engineer their own dooms. However, rarely is not never, as ''The Unlicensed Victuallers'' learn to their sorrow.

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* 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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* TheWorldIsNotReady: In ''The Gold Standard,'' Simon encounters the inventor of a modern, {{DieselPunk}}-ish PhilosophersStone process, and the criminal who is murderously determined to make the process work for him. By the end of the story, [[spoiler: everyone who knew the secret of the process is dead, leaving no records behind]], and The Saint believes that's a good thing.
15th Feb '16 4:15:38 PM 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. While he uses many aliases, usually also incorporating the intitials S.T., his true name is unknown. Instead, he took his inspiration for the name Simon Templar from reading about the exploits of the Knights Templar.

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 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. While he uses many aliases, usually also incorporating the intitials S.T., his true name is unknown. Instead, he took his inspiration for the name Simon Templar from reading about the exploits of the Knights Templar.\n\n 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.



* GoToAlias: Sebastian Tombs

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* GoToAlias: Sebastian TombsTombs; eventually, this alias becomes almost as well known as Simon's nom de guerre.
6th Feb '16 6:11:35 PM DocWildNole
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* CouldSayItBut: During one of the rare and wonderful times Chief Inspector Teal and The Saint are not only on the same side, but actually working together, Claud Eustace indulges in a great deal of this to help Simon bring down ''The Appalling Politician''. It works, but not quite as Claud Eustace expects.



* DiabolicalMastermind: Rayt Marius, war profiteer and utter blackguard, earns his status as Simon's arch-foe, even striking out at Simon one last time from beyond the grave in ''The Simon Templar Foundation''.



* DirtyCop: ''The High Fence'' reveals an example at the very end.



* 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.



* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Used more than once; for example, Simon in ''Knight Templar'', and Peter Quentin in ''The Affair of Hogsbotham''.



* TheMafia: In ''Vendetta for the Saint,'' Simon takes on [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia the actual Sicilian Mafia]].



* SlummingIt: In ''The Wonderful War,'' Simon pretends to be a BananaRepublic peon -- and even lets himself be arrested! -- to bring about his master plan.

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* SlummingIt: In ''The Wonderful War,'' Simon pretends to be a BananaRepublic peon -- and even [[CapturedOnPurpose lets himself be arrested! arrested!]] -- to bring about his master plan.
4th Feb '16 7:32:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* CallingCard: The familiar haloed stick figure was Simon's trademark, often sent before an adventure as a warning, during as an ominous reminder, and after as a signature to a completed work. Even after his identity is made public, Simon continues to use it; as Inspector Teal observes glumly, ScotlandYard knows it's his trademark, but the fact that everyone in England knows it too allows Simon to claim that some cheap crook was just copying it.
** In one of the stories in ''The Saint in London'', one of the Ungodly finally tries a FrameUp using the Sign of the Saint. Simon is only surprised that it's taken someone so long. He further muses that perhaps every other crook who thought of it was smart enough to realize that it would only attract his attention, and that it's far better to take their chances with ScotlandYard than with The Saint.

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* CallingCard: The familiar haloed stick figure was Simon's trademark, often sent before an adventure as a warning, during as an ominous reminder, and after as a signature to a completed work. Even after his identity is made public, Simon continues to use it; as Inspector Teal observes glumly, ScotlandYard UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard knows it's his trademark, but the fact that everyone in England knows it too allows Simon to claim that some cheap crook was just copying it.
** In one of the stories in ''The Saint in London'', one of the Ungodly finally tries a FrameUp using the Sign of the Saint. Simon is only surprised that it's taken someone so long. He further muses that perhaps every other crook who thought of it was smart enough to realize that it would only attract his attention, and that it's far better to take their chances with ScotlandYard UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard than with The Saint.



* 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 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 ScotlandYard 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.]]
2nd Feb '16 4:59:49 PM 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.



* GoodIsNotSoft: The Saint's entire modus operandi is built on this trope.



* HeelFaceTurn: It doesn't happen often -- possibly because the Ungodly often meet the Saint just before they meet their Maker -- but by the end of the story, ''The Sleepless Knight'' is a changed man. It may not be a coincidence that this is one of a very few stories in which the Saint makes not a penny of profit.



* KansasCityShuffle: Another thing The Saint loves with a holy love.

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* KansasCityShuffle: Another thing The Saint loves with a holy love. ''The Prince of Cherkessia'', for example, is warned of the exact day on which the Saint will -- for a variety of good reasons -- steal the crown that has just been made for him by London's finest jewelers. Chief Inspector Teal guards the Prince and his crown practically as well as England's own Crown Jewels, and yet the crown is ''still'' stolen -- because Claud Eustace could never imagine that [[spoiler: the "Prince" is actually The Saint in disguise, and has been all along]].



* 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]].



* WorthyOpponent: The Prince and The Saint view each other as one; as noted above, so do Templar & Teal.

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* WorthyOpponent: The Prince Rudolf and The Saint view each other as one; as noted above, so do Templar & Teal.
2nd Feb '16 4:02:11 PM DocWildNole
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* BookcasePassage: In ''The Affair of Hogsbotham,'' Simon's country house has a tiny room concealed behind a bookcase secret door. As one might expect from the Saint, though, the opening mechanism is far more complex than the usual pull-the-right-book trick.
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