History Main / TheButlerDidIt

24th Jul '16 4:41:22 PM pinkdalek
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Robots of Death" - with its plot structure and art-deco set design implying 1930s murder mysteries - the crew refuse to believe a ''service robot'' could possibly be behind the murders, as they are blinded by their lifestyle from noticing how ubiquitous robots are. Since they're robots, the fact that they're ThreeLawsCompliant is a justification.
17th Jul '16 4:53:00 PM mariic
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In one cartoon, two detectives are summoned to solve a murder -- at a butler's convention. {{Punchline}}: "I hate to start a Monday with a case like this."

to:

** In one cartoon, two detectives are summoned to solve a murder -- at a butler's convention. {{Punchline}}: [[ThisIsGonnaSuck "I hate to start a Monday with a case like this.""]]
8th Jul '16 12:34:08 PM shokoshu
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* Quoted and inverted: "The Murderer Seldom is The Butler", a book on social criticism in "high" German crime literature (like Hoffmann, Fontane, Noll).
8th Jul '16 12:27:39 PM shokoshu
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

[[folder: RealLife]]
* A case of MeaningfulName plus this trope: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Butler_of_Roscrea A Butler]] was involved in the murder of Wallenstein.
[[/folder]]
24th Jun '16 8:14:45 AM ChaoticNovelist
Is there an issue? Send a Message


A DeadUnicornTrope in murder mysteries, essentially a form of TheDogWasTheMastermind that's too well-known to use.



The butler is the avatar of the most unlikely suspect that, of course, turns out to be guilty because the author wasn't creative enough to come up with a better way to surprise the reader. It's the mystery writer equivalent of the AssPull, except that you can see it coming a mile away, making it, for modern readers, TheUntwist. Ironically, because this trope is so well known, when an ''actual'' butler is involved he rarely "did it", or when he did then it's often a parody and PlayedForLaughs.

to:

The butler is the avatar of the most unlikely suspect that, of course, that turns out to be guilty because the author wasn't creative enough to come up with a better way to surprise the reader. It's the mystery writer equivalent of the AssPull, except that you can see it coming a mile away, making it, for modern readers, TheUntwist. Ironically, because this trope is so well known, when an ''actual'' butler is involved he rarely "did it", or when he did then it's often a parody and PlayedForLaughs.



It is okay, however, for a butler to be a suspect, [[RedHerring primarily to mislead the reader]].

Not to be confused with AWizardDidIt.

to:

This is a DeadUnicornTrope in murder mysteries, essentially a form of TheDogWasTheMastermind that's too well-known to use. It is okay, however, for a butler to be a suspect, [[RedHerring primarily to mislead the reader]].

Not to be confused with AWizardDidIt.
AWizardDidIt, which is a form of HandWave (and doesn't have much to do with actual wizards).
19th Jun '16 9:19:47 AM SteveMB
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' in which Spellbinder brainwashes several rich people's butlers (Alfred included) to steal for him is actually titled "The Butler Did It".
19th May '16 8:18:20 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** [[spoiler:Subverted]] in AndThenThereWereNone. The butler, Mr. Rogers, and his wife Edith are two of the suspects, [[spoiler:but are two of the first victims. They're guilty of ''something else'', though (killing their former boss, a rich and sickly spinster whose meds they tampered with so they could inherit he state), and ''that'' is why they got killed. (Edith dies first and in her sleep since her husband pressured her into helping kill their old woman, Rogers is killed in a far more bloody manner a while later)]]

to:

** [[spoiler:Subverted]] in AndThenThereWereNone.''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. The butler, Mr. Rogers, and his wife Edith are two of the suspects, [[spoiler:but are two of the first victims. They're guilty of ''something else'', though (killing their former boss, a rich and sickly spinster whose meds they tampered with so they could inherit he state), and ''that'' is why they got killed. (Edith dies first and in her sleep since her husband pressured her into helping kill their old woman, Rogers is killed in a far more bloody manner a while later)]]
8th May '16 1:50:17 PM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''[[{{Nightside}} Hell To Pay]]'', John Taylor admits that he was reluctant to suspect the Griffins' butler because it's such a cliche. [[spoiler: The butler ''did'' do it, but charging him with the crime becomes a bit beside the point when his true identity as an archdemon is exposed.]]

to:

* In ''[[{{Nightside}} ''[[Literature/{{Nightside}} Hell To Pay]]'', John Taylor admits that he was reluctant to suspect the Griffins' butler because it's such a cliche. [[spoiler: The butler ''did'' do it, but charging him with the crime becomes a bit beside the point when his true identity as an archdemon is exposed.]]



* ''InDeath'': At one point in ''Divided In Death'', Eve talks to Baxter about his partner Trueheart. Baxter is letting Trueheart handle a case in which a woman was found manually strangled in Upper East Side, New York City. She had a lot of money, a miserable disposition, a huge mean streak, and a dozen heirs who are all glad to see her dead. Baxter then says, "I told him I thought the butler did it, and he just nodded, all serious, and said he'd do a probability. Christ, he's a sweet kid." Clearly, Baxter was just being funny.

to:

* ''InDeath'': ''Literature/InDeath'': At one point in ''Divided In Death'', Eve talks to Baxter about his partner Trueheart. Baxter is letting Trueheart handle a case in which a woman was found manually strangled in Upper East Side, New York City. She had a lot of money, a miserable disposition, a huge mean streak, and a dozen heirs who are all glad to see her dead. Baxter then says, "I told him I thought the butler did it, and he just nodded, all serious, and said he'd do a probability. Christ, he's a sweet kid." Clearly, Baxter was just being funny.



* In ''TheBerenstainBears in Maniac Mansion'', it LOOKS like the butler was TheMole working with the thieves, and a character who is an actress points out that [[LampshadeHanging in plays "The butler always does it"]] but it turns out to have been [[spoiler: his EvilTwin brother impersonating him. The actual butler is totally innocent.]]

to:

* In ''TheBerenstainBears ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears in Maniac Mansion'', it LOOKS like the butler was TheMole working with the thieves, and a character who is an actress points out that [[LampshadeHanging in plays "The butler always does it"]] but it turns out to have been [[spoiler: his EvilTwin brother impersonating him. The actual butler is totally innocent.]]
4th May '16 7:32:28 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the second ''Film/ScaryMovie'', the creepy, depraved butler turns out to be in league with the evil ghost inhabitating the haunted house.

to:

* In the second ''Film/ScaryMovie'', ''Film/ScaryMovie2'', the creepy, depraved butler turns out to be in league with the evil ghost inhabitating the haunted house.
11th Mar '16 2:24:52 PM SilverDragon
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** In the Literature/JeevesAndWooster story ''Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit''(Released in the U.S. as ''Bertie Wooster Sees it Through''), when Bertie meets the author of the murder mystery he's reading, he asks him who's the killer, and he answers that it's the butler.

to:

** In the Literature/JeevesAndWooster story ''Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit''(Released Spirit'' (Released in the U.S. as ''Bertie Wooster Sees it Through''), when Bertie meets the author of the murder mystery he's reading, he asks him who's the killer, and he answers that it's the butler.


Added DiffLines:

---> '''Drebin:''' Is there a ransom note?\\
'''Hocken:''' Yes. The butler found it. It was tied to this window and thrown into the rock garden.
This list shows the last 10 events of 148. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.TheButlerDidIt