History Series / TheAvengers

30th Mar '17 11:46:28 AM skidoo23
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* {{Adorkable}}: John Steed.

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* {{Adorkable}}: John Steed. Also Tara King, and even Mrs. Peel on occasion when she is indulging in her hobbies (or imitating the sound of a machine gun in the "Strange Case of the Missing Corpse" promo short).



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Or rather, an early installment ''lack'' of the weirdness that most people associate with the series.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Or rather, an early installment ''lack'' of the weirdness that most people associate with the series. The first season, with Steed paired with Keel, was a straightforward crime drama. Even the early Cathy episodes were pretty much just straight crime stories as well (along with those featuring short-term partners Venus Smith and Martin King). It wasn't till Cathy became Steed's only partner that the bizarre and occasionally SF-tinged stories began.
** During the first season, Ian Hendry's Dr. Keel was the lead character, so much so that there are a few episodes in which Steed does not even appear.
** The characterization of Steed in the first two seasons was markedly different, with the character being more brusque and rough-and-tumble and less-friendly. His attitude towards Cathy in her early episodes is also more sexually aggressive than it became later.
** Several of Cathy Gale's early episodes were actually written for the David Keel character, with the dialogue left more or less unchanged; this led to some characterization refinement as scripts written specifically for Cathy began to emerge.
** The first two seasons had Steed answering to an on-screen superior; this was abandoned for the better-known Cathy and Emma eras, but it was revived with the introduction of Mother in the Tara era.



* IconicOutfit: The {{Spy Catsuit}}s.

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* IconicOutfit: The {{Spy Catsuit}}s.Catsuit}}s, which came to be known as "Emma peelers".
** Emma's leather outfit from her first season (later replaced by the aforementioned catsuits).
** Although it appeared only once, the S&M-themed outfit worn by Diana Rigg in the episode "A Touch of Brimstone" became instantly iconic (even if it caused the episode to be banned in some places).
** Steed's bowler hat, umbrella and suit was itself a style-setter.



*** Debatable: unlike Gale and Peel, Steed and King were shown in unambiguously romantic scenarios and both actors have indicated their belief that the two were in an off-screen relationship.

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*** Debatable: unlike Gale and Peel, Steed and King were shown in unambiguously romantic scenarios and both actors have indicated their belief that the two were in an off-screen relationship. Macnee has also stated his belief that Steed and Peel were lovers, too, though there is no indication of this on screen.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Dr King. Also, in-universe, when the viewer catches a glimpse of Mrs. Peel's returned husband, he looks a ''lot'' like Steed.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Dr King.Dr. King, an occasional partner of Steed's during the second season who was basically just a stand-in for the now-departed Dr. Keel. Also, in-universe, when the viewer catches a glimpse of Mrs. Peel's returned husband, he looks a ''lot'' like Steed.
18th Mar '17 6:16:54 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** In France, the show was titled ''Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir'' (Bowler Hat and Leather Boots).
** The German title translated as "With Umbrella, Charm and Bowler". That hat must REALLY have made an impression.
*** Well, it's a [[NiceHat nice hat]].
** As noted, American-published comic-book version of the series needed to be retitled ''John Steed Emma Peel'' or ''Steed and Mrs. Peel'', because the title ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'' is already taken for Marvel's superhero comic. Turnabout is fair play, however: the 2012 ''Film/The Avengers'' film based on the Marvel title had to carry the title ''Avengers Assemble'' in the UK because of the TV series.



* CoolCar: Emma's Lotus Elan.

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* CoolCar: Several:
** Steed's signature cars were six vintage green 19261928 Bentley racing or town cars, including Blower Bentleys and Bentley Speed Sixes (although, uniquely, in "The Thirteenth Hole" he drives a Vauxhall 30-98). In the final season he drove two yellow Rolls Royces a 1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and a 1927 Rolls Royce New Phantom.
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Emma's Lotus Elan.Elan.
** Mother's silver Rolls Royce.
** Tara's AC 428 and Lotus Europa.
** Lady Diana Forbes Blakeney's MGC Roadster.



%% RecycledScript is already on {{YMMV/TheAvengers}}

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%% RecycledScript is already on {{YMMV/TheAvengers}}* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: John Steed, though only after the series was tweaked in an attempt to make it more appealing to American audiences.



%% ReplacementScrappy is already on {{YMMV/TheAvengers}}



%% SeasonalRot is already on YMMV/TheAvengers



* TakeOffYourClothes: In "To Catch a Rat",Purdey tells Cromwell to take of his trousers, to his obvious surprise. It turns out she had ripped his trousers during the struggle and intends to sew up the rip.

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* TakeOffYourClothes: In "To Catch a Rat",Purdey Rat", Purdey tells Cromwell to take of his trousers, to his obvious surprise. It turns out she had ripped his trousers during the struggle and intends to sew up the rip.
13th Mar '17 11:12:28 AM morenohijazo
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* SuspectExistenceFailure: The John Steed/Emma Peel. At least once.
12th Jan '17 5:39:57 PM SwiftSeraph
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* RodandReelRepurposed : The sentries in "The Eagle's Nest" are disguised as anglers, and use their fishing rods and weighted lures to kill any outsiders who come too close to discovering the island's secret.
3rd Jan '17 12:13:23 PM MarkLungo
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* SpyCatsuit: The original, in fact, and the origin of the trope.

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* SpyCatsuit: The original, in fact, and the origin UrExample of the trope.



* WillTheyOrWontThey: There was a palpable sexual chemisty between Steed and Mrs Peel. And between Steed and Mrs. Gale. And between Steed and Miss King. And between Steed and Purdey.

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* WillTheyOrWontThey: There was a palpable sexual chemisty chemistry between Steed and Mrs Peel. And between Steed and Mrs. Gale. And between Steed and Miss King. And between Steed and Purdey.
3rd Jan '17 12:12:09 PM MarkLungo
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* WholePlotReference: "Dead Man's Chest" is basically ''ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''; "The Superlative Seven" is a riff on "Literature/TheMostDangerousGame".

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* WholePlotReference: "Dead Man's Chest" is basically ''ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''; ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''; "The Superlative Seven" is a riff on "Literature/TheMostDangerousGame".
3rd Jan '17 11:31:20 AM Geoduck
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Dr King.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Dr King. Also, in-universe, when the viewer catches a glimpse of Mrs. Peel's returned husband, he looks a ''lot'' like Steed.
12th Dec '16 2:56:25 AM Arivne
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* ThrowABarrelAtIt: In "Dial A Deadly Number", a strong {{mook}} throws a barrel at Steed while they're in a wine cellar.
22nd Oct '16 2:35:28 PM Xtifr
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* WholePlotReference: "Dead Man's Chest" is basically ''ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''; "The Superlative Seven" is a riff on ''TheMostDangerousGame''.

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* WholePlotReference: "Dead Man's Chest" is basically ''ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''; "The Superlative Seven" is a riff on ''TheMostDangerousGame''."Literature/TheMostDangerousGame".
5th Oct '16 1:48:32 AM foxley
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* LetterboxArson: A variant occurs in "Complex". When Purdey is trapped inside a building that is trying to kill her, Steed and Gambit alert her that she needs to trigger the sprinkler system by dumping a large quantity of matches and lighters into the mail chute, which is the only access the AI cannot seal off. Purdey uses a lighter to set off the sprinkler and destroy the computer.
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