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* AshFace: Happens to Constable Oates when using some dynamite to blow open Sir Watkyn Basset's broken safe. He lights the dynamite and instead of taking cover just steps back a few feet and watches.
12th Apr '16 7:42:01 PM eowynjedi
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* AmbiguouslyJewish: New York theater owner Blumenfeld and his son

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* AmbiguouslyJewish: New York theater owner Blumenfeld and his sonson.



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Roderick Spode enters the show with this

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The principles of Roderick Spode enters the show with thisSpode's miniature fascist movement.



* AtTheOperaTonight: In one episode a group of young men, including Wooster, attend an opera and fall asleep.

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* AtTheOperaTonight: In one episode a group of young men, including Wooster, attend an episode, Tuppy drags his friends--Bertie included--to watch his new girlfriend's opera and fall asleep.quickly nod off. Even Tuppy looks desolate when Bertie informs him that there are ''four'' acts.



** Don't mess with Gussie's newts

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** Don't mess Timid, wobbly Gussie Fink-Nottle cannot ''abide'' anyone messing with Gussie's newtshis newts. When Sir Watkyn, his would-be father-in-law, washes them down the tub, Gussie calls him an unmitigated ass.



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Jeeves doesn't give a fig if Bertie gambles, drinks too much, or commits burglary. [[spoiler:In fact he actively helps Bertie blackmail Roderick Spode for the return of Gussie's notebook. Although he refuses to actually tell Bertie what the secret he has discovered is, he happily equips him with the word 'Eulalie' to do with as he sees fit.]] But he will countenance no fiancées, mustaches, monogrammed handkerchiefs, 'American hats' or white dinner jackets.
** He is driven to weeping upon hearing that Bertie's friend Rocky "dresses" by throwing on a sweater over his pyjamas at 5 in the afternoon.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: BlueAndOrangeMorality:
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Jeeves doesn't give a fig if Bertie gambles, drinks too much, or commits burglary. [[spoiler:In fact he actively helps Bertie blackmail Roderick Spode for the return of Gussie's notebook. Although he refuses to actually tell Bertie what the secret he has discovered is, he happily equips him with the word 'Eulalie' to do with as he sees fit.]] But he will countenance no fiancées, mustaches, monogrammed handkerchiefs, 'American hats' or white dinner jackets.
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jackets. He is driven to weeping upon hearing that Bertie's friend Rocky "dresses" by throwing on a sweater over his pyjamas at 5 in the afternoon.



* BrawnHilda: Honoria Glossop

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* BrawnHilda: Honoria GlossopGlossop, who is strong of body and mind, and always makes Bertie wince whenever she proffers a friendly slap on the arm.



* TheCastShowOff: Laurie was fond of playing the piano and singing 1920s and '30s songs.
** All of those old show tunes that seem so aloof nowadays next to modern songs? NOTHING makes you realize how constant the silliness of pop music has been like listening to Bertie Wooster sing them to his valet.

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* TheCastShowOff: Laurie was fond of playing the piano and singing 1920s and '30s songs.
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songs. (All of those old show tunes that seem so aloof nowadays next to modern songs? NOTHING makes you realize how constant the silliness of pop music has been like listening to Bertie Wooster sing them to his valet.)



* ChickMagnet: Bertie manages to attract a large number of women. Then again, he's rich, not too hard on the eyes and quite a pleasant person.
** Jeeves too

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* ChickMagnet: ChickMagnet:
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Bertie manages to attract a large number of women. Then again, he's rich, not too hard on the eyes and quite a pleasant person.
** Jeeves toooccasionally gets a female admirer or two himself.



* ConfrontingYourImposter: In season 1 episode 5, "Brinkley Manor," Jeeves is away and Bertie is forced to take care of himself. While he is struggling to make tea, Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps arrives for a visit. When the phone rings, Bertie asks Barmy to answer it and pretend he is Jeeves.

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* ConfrontingYourImposter: ConfrontingYourImposter:
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In season 1 episode 5, "Brinkley Manor," Jeeves is away and Bertie is forced to take care of himself. While he is struggling to make tea, Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps arrives for a visit. When the phone rings, Bertie asks Barmy to answer it and pretend he is Jeeves.



* CoolOldLady: Aunt Dahlia

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* CoolOldLady: Aunt DahliaDahlia, who is quite happy to plot and scheme her way into getting what she wants. Though she still pushes Bertie around, she's far more affectionate than Aunt Agatha.



* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Over the course of one episode, Stilton Cheesewright threatens to break Bertie's "rotten spine in [three, four, five, '''SIX'''] places!".

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* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon:
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Over the course of one episode, Stilton Cheesewright threatens to break Bertie's "rotten spine in [three, four, five, '''SIX'''] places!".



* DirtyCommies: Bingo falls in love with a member of a Communist revolutionary group and delivers firey speeches about the bourgeoisie in a park under a fake beard so none of his bourgeois friends or relatives can recognize him. He invites himself and his new Communist friends over to Bertie's flat for tea, wherein both Bertie and Jeeves have to pretend to be Communists as well (not very sucessfully).

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* DirtyCommies: Bingo falls in love with a member of a Communist revolutionary group and delivers firey fiery speeches about the bourgeoisie in a park under a fake beard so none of his bourgeois friends or relatives can recognize him. He invites himself and his new Communist friends over to Bertie's flat for tea, wherein both Bertie and Jeeves have to pretend to be Communists as well (not very sucessfully).



* TheDitz: Cyril 'Barmy' Fotheringay-Phipps

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* TheDitz: TheDitz:
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Cyril 'Barmy' Fotheringay-PhippsFotheringay-Phipps is well-named.



* EmbarrassingFirstName: Lord Chuffnell's first name is Marmaduke. His friends all know him as "Chuffy".

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* EmbarrassingFirstName: EmbarrassingFirstName:
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Lord Chuffnell's first name is Marmaduke. His friends all know him as "Chuffy".



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Arriving back from a tour across America, Bertie comes to his apartment wearing [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a cowboy hat, a very furry jacket, and a mustache]]. After he hands the hat to Jeeves, Jeeves can be seen handing the hat off to the doorman, who takes it and puts it on as he's leaving.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: FunnyBackgroundEvent:
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Arriving back from a tour across America, Bertie comes to his apartment wearing [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking a cowboy hat, a very furry jacket, and a mustache]]. After he hands the hat to Jeeves, Jeeves can be seen handing the hat off to the doorman, who takes it and puts it on as he's leaving.



* {{Geek}}: Gussie Fink-Nottle (his particular geek-dom being newts)

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* {{Geek}}: Gussie Fink-Nottle (his particular geek-dom being newts)newts).



* HeroicBSOD: Jeeves, twice, when Bertie's friend's fashion quirks really are ''that'' bad.
** In one instance (where Bertie's friend is talking about how he wears pyjamas all day until mid evening when he throws on a jumper) Bertie actually calls out "Don't listen, Jeeves!" aware of the profound impact this will have on his manservant.

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* HaveAGayOldTime: ''Stiffie'' Byng.
* HeroicBSOD: Jeeves, twice, when Bertie's friend's fashion quirks really are ''that'' bad.
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bad. In one instance (where Bertie's friend is talking about how he wears pyjamas all day until mid evening when he throws on a jumper) Bertie actually calls out "Don't listen, Jeeves!" aware of the profound impact this will have on his manservant.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Roderick Spode, about Communists.
** He ridicules the Red Dawn in particular and Communists in general, even though he made an entry into the show with overly populist promises not very different from them.
** When a clash occured as Red Dawn members got violent, he condemned the unruly ways of the Communists, who resorted to violence, only for himself to call for violence from his own supporters.
* IdleRich: Bertie, and many of his acquaintances.
* IHaveThisFriend: Bertie never seems to learn that when he says things like 'there is a heart here that yearns for you', it's bound to be taken the wrong way. He ''really does'' have this friend.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Roderick Spode, about Communists.
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Communists. He ridicules the Red Dawn in particular and Communists in general, even though he made an entry into the show with overly populist promises not very different from them.
** When a clash occured as
them. And when the Red Dawn members got violent, he condemned the their unruly ways of the Communists, who resorted to violence, ways, only for himself to call for violence from his own supporters.
Black Shorts.
* IdleRich: Bertie, and many of his acquaintances.
acquaintances. When Lady Glossop, scouting a husband for her daughter, inquires if he's employed, the best Bertie can offer is that he is ''thinking'' about getting a job.
* IHaveThisFriend: IHaveThisFriend:
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Bertie never seems to learn that when he says things like 'there is a heart here that yearns for you', it's bound to be taken the wrong way. He ''really does'' have this friend.



* InterClassRomance: One of Bertie's friends wants to marry a waitress. To convince his uncle that it's a good idea, he makes him read romance novels where chambermaids end up marrying their masters. The uncle ''is'' convinced and promptly marries his cook.

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* InterClassRomance: InterClassRomance:
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One of Bertie's friends wants to marry a waitress. To convince his uncle that it's a good idea, he makes him read romance novels where chambermaids end up marrying their masters. The uncle ''is'' convinced and promptly marries his cook.



* JustEatGilligan: Bertie can never just explain beforehand that he doesn't ''want'' to get engaged or even just break it off once he's in the situation. It would just be ''too awkward'', so it always requires a complex social scheme (usually from Jeeves) or a lucky turn or two to get him out of it.
** More than that, it's "The Code of the Woosters"; to do so would be unchivalrous. Lying, stealing identities, scheming, stealing, and breaking up other people's engagements so the girl would get back together with her ex, though that's all fine.

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* JustEatGilligan: Bertie can never just explain beforehand that he doesn't ''want'' to get engaged or even just break it off once he's in the situation. It would just be ''too awkward'', It's against the chivalrous "Code of the Woosters", so it always requires a complex social scheme (usually from Jeeves) or a lucky turn or two to get him out of it.
** More than that, it's "The Code of the Woosters"; to do so would be unchivalrous.
it. Lying, stealing identities, scheming, stealing, and breaking up other people's engagements so the girl would get back together with her ex, though that's all fine.



** Roderick Spode. It helps that he was written as a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s. Apparently, he is unable to give a speech without [[ChewingTheScenery gnawing his lectern]] and uses simulated cheering to get help give the impression that he is important. He uses a record of a screaming appreciative crowd to give more weight to his speech to a near empty hall. When we see him practicing a speech by himself, he simply exclaims the key words of his policies in order, all dripping with dramatic intent (Bicycles! Umbrellas! Brussel sprouts!) making his own cheering audience sounds between each to further increase the effect. All of this underlines the fact that it is all a massive ego trip and that despite his best efforts, his movement is tiny. There is something so much funnier about ludicrous policies delivered with such obvious intensity and intent but with almost no-one listening. Specifically, if you actually listen to his speeches, you will not only notice plenty of {{Cloudcuckoolander}} ideas ([[InsaneTrollLogic replacing 27,000 miles of railway track in order to widen their spacing by eight inches to facilitate the transportation of livestock, paid for by the fact that sheep will be able to stand sideways]]), but also a lot of mixed metaphors ("to take up the reins of the ship of state") and sentences which he thinks will be profound sound-bites but clearly show that he has no idea what he's talking about ("Rome may have been built in a day, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis but it took only a trumpet. To bring down. The walls. Of Jericho").]]

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** Roderick Spode. It helps that he was written as a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s. Apparently, he is unable to give a speech without [[ChewingTheScenery gnawing his lectern]] and uses simulated cheering to get help give the impression that he is important. He uses a record of a screaming appreciative crowd to give more weight to his speech to a near empty hall. When we see him practicing a speech by himself, he simply exclaims the key words of his policies in order, all dripping with dramatic intent (Bicycles! Umbrellas! Brussel sprouts!) making his own cheering audience sounds between each to further increase the effect. All of this underlines the fact that it is all a massive ego trip and that despite his best efforts, his movement is tiny. There is something so much funnier about ludicrous policies delivered with such obvious intensity and intent but with almost no-one listening. Specifically, if you actually listen to his speeches, you will not only notice plenty of {{Cloudcuckoolander}} ideas ([[InsaneTrollLogic replacing 27,000 miles of railway track in order to widen their spacing by eight inches to facilitate the transportation of livestock, paid for by the fact that sheep will be able to stand sideways]]), but also a lot of mixed metaphors ("to take up the reins of the ship of state") and sentences which he thinks will be profound sound-bites but clearly show that he has no idea what he's talking about ("Rome may have been built in a day, [[PunctuatedForEmphasis but it took only a trumpet. To bring down. The walls. Of Jericho").]]



* MeaningfulName: Jeeves' first name, [[spoiler:Reginald]], means "council power" in Old German; appropriate for someone that everyone goes to for advice. Inverted with Bertie, which (also in Old German) means "bright,"

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Jeeves' first name, [[spoiler:Reginald]], means "council power" in Old German; appropriate for someone that everyone goes to for advice. Inverted with Bertie, which (also in Old German) means "bright,"



*** The club that Bertie and his friends belong to is called the Drones. Rich young men with nothing to do, buzzing around wasting time.
*** Specifically, killing time until they are forced to marry and father children, their only serious responsibility in life being to breed and continue the HeirClubForMen. So pretty much ''exactly'' like drone bees.

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*** ** The club that Bertie and his friends belong to is called the Drones. Rich young men with nothing to do, buzzing around wasting time.
*** Specifically, killing
time until they are forced to marry and father children, their only serious responsibility in life being to breed and continue the HeirClubForMen. So pretty much ''exactly'' like drone bees.



* NoIndoorVoice: Aunt Dahlia.

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* NoIndoorVoice: NoIndoorVoice:
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Aunt Dahlia.
23rd Mar '16 9:31:47 PM axordil
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* DrunkenMontage: Season three, episode one shows the feckless character Wooster is supposed to keep out of trouble cutting loose this way.
15th Feb '16 2:11:40 PM ObsidianFire
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->'''Jeeves''': ''[[GenreSavvy Experience, sir?]]''

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->'''Jeeves''': ''[[GenreSavvy Experience, sir?]]''
''Experience, sir?''



* GenreSavvy: In addition to the quote at the top of this page, an early episode has Bertie's uncle getting engaged to a waitress and Aunt Agatha planning to pay the woman off. Bertie objects, pointing out that he's read lots of novels with this exact scenario, and in all of them the girl reacts with disgust and the objecting party ends up looking foolish. "What trash you do read, Bertie."
** Roderick Spode is frightened to bits when Bertie, then Jeeves, mentions the word Eulalie, when it was still a potent weapon. However, when Bertie, threatened by Spode, uses the second arc word Celia, Spode is initially frightened, but seconds later, asks Bertie what he knows about 'Celia', and finding Bertie knows nothing, proceeds to crush him.
6th Jan '16 9:49:18 PM brianify
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** Just about every scene in the Drones Club shows the other members up to varying kinds of jackassery that wouldn't be out of place in a college frat house.
27th Nov '15 3:38:49 PM eroock
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* BecauseImJonesy: In season 1 episode 5, "Brinkley Manor," Jeeves is away and Bertie is forced to take care of himself. While he is struggling to make tea, Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps arrives for a visit. When the phone rings, Bertie asks Barmy to answer it and pretend he is Jeeves.
-->'''Barmy:''' Mr. Wooster's residence. ''[pause]'' Where is Mr. Wooster? He's not at home, sir. I'm Jeeves. ''[pause]'' What do you mean 'you think not?' ''[pause]'' Oh! ''[He hangs up.]''\\
'''Bertie:''' Who was it?\\
'''Barmy:''' Jeeves!
** Used later on a BrickJoke. In an earlier episode, Bertie had pretended to be a writer of romance novels under the pseudonym "Rosie M. Banks" in order to help one of his friends convince his uncle to approve of an engagement to a woman of lower social station. It doesn't work the first time, but in the fourth season, when his friend has fallen for another woman of lower social station, it proves to be helpful and after some initial reluctance the uncle is willing to support the marriage. [[spoiler: That is, until it's revealed that the woman Bertie's friend married actually IS Rosie M. Banks, and she's quite indignant that someone has been impersonating her, and insulted that the uncle doesn't believe her.]]


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* ConfrontingYourImposter: In season 1 episode 5, "Brinkley Manor," Jeeves is away and Bertie is forced to take care of himself. While he is struggling to make tea, Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps arrives for a visit. When the phone rings, Bertie asks Barmy to answer it and pretend he is Jeeves.
-->'''Barmy:''' Mr. Wooster's residence. ''[pause]'' Where is Mr. Wooster? He's not at home, sir. I'm Jeeves. ''[pause]'' What do you mean 'you think not?' ''[pause]'' Oh! ''[He hangs up.]''\\
'''Bertie:''' Who was it?\\
'''Barmy:''' Jeeves!
** Used later on a BrickJoke. In an earlier episode, Bertie had pretended to be a writer of romance novels under the pseudonym "Rosie M. Banks" in order to help one of his friends convince his uncle to approve of an engagement to a woman of lower social station. It doesn't work the first time, but in the fourth season, when his friend has fallen for another woman of lower social station, it proves to be helpful and after some initial reluctance the uncle is willing to support the marriage. [[spoiler: That is, until it's revealed that the woman Bertie's friend married actually IS Rosie M. Banks, and she's quite indignant that someone has been impersonating her, and insulted that the uncle doesn't believe her.]]
16th Nov '15 7:27:29 AM FF32
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* {{Shoutout}}: In the first episode, one of Bertie's cousins mentions that Bertie's last valet stole his socks, a reference to an episode of Series/{{Blackadder the Third}}

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* {{Shoutout}}: In the first episode, one of Bertie's cousins mentions that Bertie's last valet stole his socks, a reference to an episode of Series/{{Blackadder Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third}}Third.
23rd Aug '15 2:24:37 PM morenohijazo
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* LoveFreak: Madeline Bassett

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* LoveFreak: Madeline BassettBassett.
* LoveInformant: In the first episode, Bertie Wooster attempts to play this role for his friend Bingo Little, who is infatuated with Honoria Glossop, but Honoria instead gets the impression that he's speaking on his own behalf, and spends the rest of the series convinced that Bertie is pining for her.
17th Aug '15 4:46:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Shoutout}}: In the first episode, one of Bertie's cousins mentions that Bertie's last valet stole his socks, a reference to an episode of {{Blackadder the Third}}

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* {{Shoutout}}: In the first episode, one of Bertie's cousins mentions that Bertie's last valet stole his socks, a reference to an episode of {{Blackadder Series/{{Blackadder the Third}}
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