History Literature / TheSaint

5th Apr '18 2:32:18 PM DocWildNole
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* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Played with: The Saint's skill at [[ObfuscatingStupidity ''pretending'']] to be an UpperClassTwit is one of his most effective tactics against the Ungodly. However, it's strongly implied that Simon was not born into wealth and privilege, and compared to [[Franchise/IronMan some of]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the examples]] of this trope, he's practically impoverished.

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* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Played with: The Saint's skill at [[ObfuscatingStupidity ''pretending'']] ''[[ObfuscatingStupidity pretending]]'' to be an UpperClassTwit is one of his most effective tactics against the Ungodly. However, it's strongly implied that Simon was not born into wealth and privilege, and compared to [[Franchise/IronMan some of]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the examples]] of this trope, he's practically impoverished.
5th Apr '18 2:29:55 PM DocWildNole
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* EnhancedInterrogationTechniques: The Saint himself almost never resorts to what used to be called "the third degree" (although Hoppy isn't nearly so squeamish), but his manner when threatening mayhem is so unnervingly ''saintly'' that it usually breaks the resistance of the Mook-du-jour. Occasionally, though, Simon has to get creative with his techniques; for example, both ''The Unblemished Bootlegger'' and ''The Sleepless Knight'' get sent on variations of the FauxtasticVoyage that literally bring them to their knees.



* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Played with: The Saint's skill at ''pretending'' to be an UpperClassTwit is one of his most effective tactics against the Ungodly. However, it's strongly implied that Simon was not born into wealth and privilege, and compared to [[Franchise/IronMan some of]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the examples]] of this trope, he's practically impoverished.

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* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Played with: The Saint's skill at ''pretending'' [[ObfuscatingStupidity ''pretending'']] to be an UpperClassTwit is one of his most effective tactics against the Ungodly. However, it's strongly implied that Simon was not born into wealth and privilege, and compared to [[Franchise/IronMan some of]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the examples]] of this trope, he's practically impoverished.
5th Apr '18 1:46:47 PM DocWildNole
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* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: In ''The Million Pound Day,'' Simon foils a diabolically clever counterfeiting scheme that would've unleashed the titular value of fake lira on the European market. No one but he himself, Pat, and a few highly-placed Italian officials will ever know, though, because news of the very attempt would cause a financial panic. This would devastate Europe's economy even worse than it had already been by UsefulNotes/TheGreatDepression, if such a thing were possible. (It should also be noted that this adventure took place several years before Italy broke away from the League of Nations and from a friendly relationship with the U.K.)

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* TheGreatEscape: In ''The Case of the Frightened Innkeeper,'' Simon and Hoppy become embroiled in one of these -- but not as escapees themselves.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: In ''The Million Pound Day,'' Simon the Saint foils a diabolically clever counterfeiting scheme that would've unleashed the titular value of fake lira on the European market. No one but he Simon himself, Pat, and a few highly-placed Italian officials will ever know, though, because news of the very attempt would cause a financial panic. This would devastate Europe's economy even worse than it had already been by UsefulNotes/TheGreatDepression, if such a thing were possible. (It should also be noted that this adventure took place several years before Italy broke away from the League of Nations and from a friendly relationship with the U.K.)
14th Mar '18 7:55:24 AM DocWildNole
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* UnderhandedHero: Simon Templar is a ConMan who has repeatedly taken out criminals by kidnapping them or tricking them into killing each other. He will even, if absolutely necessary, do his dirty work himself (see immediate next item).

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* UnderhandedHero: Above and beyond his already-noted larcenous proficiencies, Simon Templar is a ConMan who [[ConMan confidence artist]] on a level above even [[Theatre/TheMusicMan Professor Harold Hill]] or [[Film/TheSting Gondorff and Hooker]]. More often than not, the Ungodly are eagerly thrusting their ill-gotten gains into the Saint's hands. Beyond that, Simon has repeatedly taken out criminals by kidnapping them or tricking them even conned the Ungodly into killing each other. He will even, other or ''themselves''. Finally, if absolutely necessary, the Saint will not hesitate to do his dirty work himself (see immediate next item).
14th Mar '18 7:34:57 AM DocWildNole
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* CulturedBadass: Simon has a deserved reputation as a connoisseur of fine food and wine; as noted in several entries on this very page, his fashion sense is impeccable; he behaves flawlessly in the highest of high society; and he is a five-star kicker of hindquarters.

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* CulturedBadass: Simon has a deserved reputation as a connoisseur of fine food and wine; as noted in several entries on this very page, his fashion sense is impeccable; he behaves flawlessly in the highest of high society; society (unless his plans require deliberate ''mis''behavior); and he is a five-star kicker of hindquarters.
14th Mar '18 7:30:46 AM DocWildNole
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Beginning in the 1960s, Charteris occasionally updated stories for reprints, replacing outdated references to movie stars, etc. with more modern references. By the 1970s, he stopped doing that, feeling that part of the charm of the originals was their evocation of the period.

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Beginning in the 1960s, Charteris occasionally updated stories for reprints, replacing outdated references to movie stars, etc. with more modern references. By the 1970s, he stopped doing that, feeling that; as with Literature/SherlockHolmes, to which he directly referred, Charteris believed that part of the charm of the originals stories was their evocation of the their time period.
5th Mar '18 7:28:09 AM DocWildNole
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Our hero, Simon Templar, is significantly better known by his nickname "the Saint." The origins of his nom de guerre are uncertain, other than the coincidence of his initials, but it is certain that his heroic exploits fly in the face of a nefarious reputation. Like {{Literature/Raffles}} and Literature/ArseneLupin before him, Simon is a thoroughgoing, unrepentant and in fact joyful criminal. The Saint is a past master at every way (that existed in his time) of illegally separating marks from their money. Police on multiple continents, including and especially [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Chief Inspector]] [[WorthyOpponent Claud Eustace Teal]] of ScotlandYard, have done their futile best to bring in the Saint... while also owing some of their biggest arrests to the assistance of Simon Templar.

Nevertheless, Simon's unique moral philosophy places him completely on the side of the, well, saints. His usual targets are referred to collectively, by him, as the "Ungodly". Some are obvious evildoers, including gangsters, murderers and, from roughly 1939-1945, [[ThoseWackyNazis the agents of the Axis]]. Others of the Ungodly, however, are known as such only to the Saint and his friends; these include corrupt politicians, crooked business men, and (''before'' 1939) warmongering arms dealers. The fortunate Ungodly escape merely with vastly-reduced ill-gotten fortunes; the Saint donates a percentage of his score to charity, and the remainder to himself and his partners in crime. This obviously leads to comparisons, both favorable and otherwise, to Myth/RobinHood. However, when his singular code of ethics 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.

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Our hero, Simon Templar, is significantly better known by his nickname "the Saint." The origins of his nom de guerre are uncertain, other than the coincidence of his initials, but it is certain that his heroic exploits fly in the face of a nefarious reputation. Like {{Literature/Raffles}} and Literature/ArseneLupin before him, Simon is a thoroughgoing, unrepentant and in fact joyful criminal. The Saint is a past master at every way (that existed in his time) of illegally separating marks from their money. Police on multiple continents, including and especially [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Chief Inspector]] [[WorthyOpponent Claud Eustace Teal]] of ScotlandYard, have done their futile best to bring in the Saint... Saint -- while also at the same time owing some of their biggest arrests to the assistance of Simon Templar.

Nevertheless, This unusual relationship to law enforcement is because Simon's unique moral philosophy places him completely on the side of the, well, saints. His usual targets are referred to collectively, by him, as the "Ungodly". Some are obvious evildoers, including gangsters, murderers and, from roughly 1939-1945, [[ThoseWackyNazis the agents of the Axis]]. Others of the Ungodly, however, are known as such only to the Saint and his friends; these include corrupt politicians, crooked business men, and (''before'' 1939) warmongering arms dealers. The fortunate Ungodly escape merely with vastly-reduced ill-gotten fortunes; the Saint donates a percentage of his score to charity, and the remainder to himself and his partners in crime. This obviously leads to comparisons, both favorable and otherwise, to Myth/RobinHood. However, when his singular code of ethics 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.
5th Mar '18 7:26:41 AM DocWildNole
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Our hero, Simon Templar, is significantly better known by his nickname "the Saint." The origins of his nom de guerre are uncertain, other than the coincidence of his initials, but it is certain that his heroic exploits fly in the face of a nefarious reputation. Like {{Literature/Raffles}} and Literature/ArseneLupin before him, Simon is a thoroughgoing, unrepentant and in fact joyful criminal. The Saint is a past master at every way (that existed in his time) of illegally separating marks from their money. Nevertheless, Simon's unique moral philosophy places him completely on the side of the, well, saints. Police on multiple continents, including and especially [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Chief Inspector]] [[WorthyOpponent Claud Eustace Teal]] of ScotlandYard, have done their futile best to bring in the Saint... while also owing some of their biggest arrests to the assistance of Simon Templar.

Templar's usual targets are referred to collectively, by him, as the "Ungodly". Some are obvious evildoers, including gangsters, murderers and, from roughly 1939-1945, [[ThoseWackyNazis the agents of the Axis]]. Others of the Ungodly, however, are known as such only to Simon and his friends; these include corrupt politicians, crooked business men, and (''before'' 1939) warmongering arms dealers. The fortunate Ungodly escape merely with vastly-reduced ill-gotten fortunes; the Saint donates a percentage of his score to charity, and the remainder to himself and his partners in crime. This obviously leads to comparisons, both favorable and otherwise, to Myth/RobinHood. However, when his singular code of ethics 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.

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Our hero, Simon Templar, is significantly better known by his nickname "the Saint." The origins of his nom de guerre are uncertain, other than the coincidence of his initials, but it is certain that his heroic exploits fly in the face of a nefarious reputation. Like {{Literature/Raffles}} and Literature/ArseneLupin before him, Simon is a thoroughgoing, unrepentant and in fact joyful criminal. The Saint is a past master at every way (that existed in his time) of illegally separating marks from their money. Nevertheless, Simon's unique moral philosophy places him completely on the side of the, well, saints. Police on multiple continents, including and especially [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Chief Inspector]] [[WorthyOpponent Claud Eustace Teal]] of ScotlandYard, have done their futile best to bring in the Saint... while also owing some of their biggest arrests to the assistance of Simon Templar.

Templar's Nevertheless, Simon's unique moral philosophy places him completely on the side of the, well, saints. His usual targets are referred to collectively, by him, as the "Ungodly". Some are obvious evildoers, including gangsters, murderers and, from roughly 1939-1945, [[ThoseWackyNazis the agents of the Axis]]. Others of the Ungodly, however, are known as such only to Simon the Saint and his friends; these include corrupt politicians, crooked business men, and (''before'' 1939) warmongering arms dealers. The fortunate Ungodly escape merely with vastly-reduced ill-gotten fortunes; the Saint donates a percentage of his score to charity, and the remainder to himself and his partners in crime. This obviously leads to comparisons, both favorable and otherwise, to Myth/RobinHood. However, when his singular code of ethics 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.



Beginning in the 1960s, Charteris occasionally updated stories for reprints, replacing outdated references to movie stars, etc. with more modern references. By the 1970s, he stopped doing that.

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Beginning in the 1960s, Charteris occasionally updated stories for reprints, replacing outdated references to movie stars, etc. with more modern references. By the 1970s, he stopped doing that.
that, feeling that part of the charm of the originals was their evocation of the period.
2nd Mar '18 8:00:42 AM DocWildNole
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* DirectLineToTheAuthor: 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." Charteris plays with the notion again (almost in a LiteraryAgentHypothesis fashion) in his notes for ''The First Saint Omnibus''.



* 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." Charteris plays with the notion again in his notes for ''The First Saint Omnibus''.
26th Feb '18 6:16:05 PM DocWildNole
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* GentlemanSnarker: Templar and his original companions: Roger Conway, Dicky Tremayne, and Norman Kent. Peter Quentin and Monty Hayward were just as snarky, though not quite as upper-crust.

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* GentlemanSnarker: Templar and his original companions: Roger companions noted above: Conway, Dicky Tremayne, Sheridan and Norman Kent. Peter Quentin and Monty Hayward were just as snarky, though not quite as upper-crust.
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