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Ineffectual gentry, cunning servants, horrendous aunts -- all these were contributed to the GenteelInterbellumSetting by '''Pelham Grenville Wodehouse''' ("Plum" to friends -- and the last name is prounounced "Woodhouse," not "[[Film/RoadHouse Woad]][[ElmuhFuddSyndwome house]]") (1881-1975), a prolific writer of light comedies, who was also responsible for many early Broadway musicals.

Beginning his career [[TheEdwardianEra in the earliest years of the 20th century]] as a writer of topical verse for the newspapers, he first made a name as an author mainly of boys' school stories. Wodehouse soon moved into the more lucrative field of light romance, and finally, in the late Twenties, settled on the pure comedies he preferred, and which he continued writing up to his last book (published posthumously as ''Sunset at Blandings''). He additionally wrote the book to several long-running Broadway [[{{Musical}} musicals]], adapted some others to the stage, and rewrote Music/ColePorter's ''Theatre/AnythingGoes''.

After Wodehouse had been captured and released again by German forces in France, it was erroneously reported in the UK that he had broadcast enemy propaganda (he actually wrote radio broadcasts that supported the Allies). He was denounced as a traitor, and went into self-imposed exile on Long Island, NY, never to return to his native England, even to receive the knighthood that was granted him by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975. He died the same year at the age of 93.

Wodehouse's stories are generally tangles of {{zany scheme}}s motivated by frustrated love. For example, say a young Mr. Reggie Worthington wants to be engaged to Betty Harte, but first must (a) disengage himself from Wilhelmina "Billie" Wreckham by pairing her up with Cyril "Bunny" Rabbington-Vole; (b) match Cyril's jealous fiancée, Edith Pilsworth, with Billie's equally green-eyed brother Freddie, who has been trying to keep all men away from his sister, and (c) blackmail Aunt Geraldine into allowing the engagements by holding hostage her prized 17th Century silver MacGuffin. Naturally, Betty, Billie, Cyril, Edith and Freddie all have devised their own zany schemes, each flawlessly assured to land our Reggie example in the soup. Mistaken identities, misinterpretations of events, secrets, blackmail, theft, [[LostHimInACardGame ludicrous bets]], [[AccidentalMarriage accidental engagements]], and, of course, True Love also contribute. A typical Wodehouse novel, as nonsensical and as breezy as it strives to be, is actually very tightly plotted, with many examples of ChekhovsGun and all its related tropes.

Although Wodehouse penned several overlapping series, among them the "Oldest Member" golf stories, Mr. Mulliner's tall tales, the ongoing adventures of Literature/{{Psmith}}, and the ever-hopeful scheming of Stanley Ukridge, today he is best remembered for two -- ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' and ''Literature/BlandingsCastle'':

Wodehouse's most famous UpperClassTwit, Bertram Wilberforce "Bertie" Wooster, is the character who probably best embodies Wodehouse's gift for language. Bertie expresses himself with a loopy eloquence, giving this series its much-beloved CloudCuckooLander sense of humor. His ServileSnarker valet (''not'' butler), [[TheJeeves Reginald Jeeves]], is as capable as Bertie is ineffectual. With, apparently, the same effort most people put into buttoning their cuffs, Jeeves rescues Bertie and/or his friends from their entanglements and [[StatusQuoIsGod restores the status quo]].

Blandings, meanwhile, a castle which "has impostors the way other places have mice", is the home of the elderly and ineffectual Clarence Threepwood, Eighth Earl of Emsworth, which is routinely used by his many domineering sisters to imprison nieces or nephews intent on an unsuitable marriage. The would-be fiance has to infiltrate the castle in disguise, often with help from the Earl's ne'er-do-well brother [[LovableRogue Galahad Threepwood]], and capable, sporting butler Sebastian Beach (who actually ''is'' a butler), or less often his good friend Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, Earl of Ickenham, who aims always to spread sweetness and light, and persuade Emsworth to overrule his sister, which will, of course, give the Earl the nudge he needs to do what it takes for his prize pig, The Empress of Blandings, to win the prize at the country fair away from their arch-rival, Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, Bart., and his Pride of Matchinghham.

Sound complicated enough yet?

Wodehouse's books have been the basis for a number of films and television series. The Blandings series has seen Clive Currie and Horace Hodges as Lord Emsworth in movie versions, and Fritz Schultz (in German), Sir Ralph Richardson, and Peter O'Toole on television, although many regard the BBC radio Lord Emsworth, Richard Vernon (who also lent his voice to [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Slartibartfast]]), as definitive. Arthur Treacher was well-known as the embodiment of Jeeves in the 1930s, with David Niven (!) taking the part of Bertie Wooster; in the Sixties, Ian Carmichael ([[HeAlsoDid also known]] for playing LordPeterWimsey and the BBC radio Galahad Threepwood) as Bertie and Dennis Price as Jeeves. (It is on record that Wodehouse did not care much for any of these adaptations.) Wodehouse himself appeared in the last year of his life to introduce episodes of the well-regarded ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsHGOmmO6Nc BBC Wodehouse Playhouse]]'', which brilliantly adapted many of the Mulliner and the Golf stories.

The Jeeves stories were also the basis and inspiration for an AndrewLloydWebber musical, ''Jeeves,'' which was released in 1975 and failed so spectacularly both critically and commercially that it's still thought of as Webber's only real flop. However, in 1996 the musical was reworked, rewritten and re-released as ''By Jeeves,'' which was far more successful and got generally positive reviews.

Most recently, and perhaps most famously, the Jeeves stories formed the basis of the popular early '90s series ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'', starring Creator/StephenFry and Creator/HughLaurie, respectively.

In 2008, a josei manga adaptation of the Jeeves novels, called ''Please, Jeeves'' and drawn by Bun Katsuta, began serialization in Hana to Yume's ''Melody''.

!!Works by P. G. Wodehouse with their own trope pages include:

* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''
* ''Literature/BlandingsCastle''
* ''Literature/{{Psmith}}''

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!!Other works by P. G. Wodehouse provide examples of:
* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Many a wrong man and woman has proven fickle in absence, thus conveniently breaking up the engagement.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Waddington's inability to get other people's names right (he keeps calling Finch 'Winch' and 'Pinch') becomes an important plot point in ''The Small Bachelor''.
* {{Adorkable}}: Plenty of his heroes, the well-intentioned twits in particular.
* AfterActionPatchup: Offered in ''Summer Moonshine''.
* {{Arcadia}}: Bill's dream, and Elizabeth's, in ''Uneasy Money''.
* AuthorCatchphrase: Many noticeable ones.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: ''Sunset At Blandings'' was published posthumously, only half-finished.
* AristocratsAreEvil: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] for the most part, but occasionally [[ParodiedTrope parodied]].
* AsTheGoodBookSays: The letter Parker sends to Archie in ''Indiscretions of Archie''. Much of the clergy's conversation in ''Meet Mr. Mulliner''.
* BelligerentSexualTension: In ''Jill the Reckless'', Wally manifested this as a child.
* BestHerToBedHer: As, for example, in the short story "There's Always Golf," where Clarice Fitch longs for a man to hit her with a riding-crop -- used in Wodehouse to mock its serious use in the typical "sheik" romances of the [[GenteelInterbellumSetting period]], and hilariously inverted in the Mulliner story, "A Voice From The Past."
* BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame
* BlueBlood
* BoardingSchool: He got started writing stories of his type; the introduction of Literature/{{Psmith}} bridges the gap between his school stories and his comedies.
* BratsWithSlingshots: In ''Cocktail Time''
* BrattyHalfPint: Pretty much every kid in his works.
* CeilingBanger: The short story "The Man Upstairs" uses this as a MeetCute for its main characters.
* ChekhovsGun: As noted above, these are often put on display.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Subverted at every opportunity -- if a child appears in a Wodehouse story, nine times out of ten he (it's usually a he) will be an obnoxious grubby little pest.
-->'''Bertie''': I've never been able to bear with fortitude anything in the shape of a kid with golden curls. Confronted with one, I feel the urge to drop things on him from a height.
-->'''Jeeves''': Many strong natures are affected in the same way, sir.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Sacksby Senior of the novel ''Cocktail Time''.
--->'''Sacksby:''' Have you ever been to Jerusalem?\\
'''Nanny Bruce:''' No, sir.\\
'''Sacksby:''' Ah. You must tell me about it sometime.
* CommonalityConnection: As in ''Hot Water'' or ''Uneasy Money.''
* CoolOldGuy: The Wodehouseverse has a fair few of 'em. Uncle Fred and the Honourable Galahad are perhaps the best examples, regularly helping their younger acquaintances out of trouble, often with rather impressive [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]].
** Don't forget "The Oldest Member". Herewith, his famous counsel to a young golfer:
---> '''Oldest Member''': Do you love her?
---> '''Young Man''': Madly.
---> '''Oldest Member''': And how do you find it affects your game?
---> '''Young Man''': I've started shanking a bit.
---> '''Oldest Member''': I am sorry, but not surprised. Either that or missing short putts is what happens on these occasions. I doubt if golfers ought to fall in love. I have known it to cost men ten shots in a medal round.
* CorrespondenceCourse
* CouldSayItBut: A memorable one from ''Jill the Reckless'':
--> "... I'm rather sorry we agreed to keep clear of personalities, because I should have liked to say that, if ever they have a skunk-show at Madison Square Garden, you ought to enter -- and win the blue ribbon. Still, of course, under our agreement my lips are sealed, and I can't even hint at it. ..."
* CrushBlush: In ''Jill The Reckless''.
* CueTheRain: ''Indiscretions of Archie'' contains a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. In one story (originally published under the title "First Aid for Loonie Biddle"), Archie goes through a series of misfortunes trying to ensure the success of a particularly rash bet he placed on a ball game. When things are at their lowest, Cue The Rain--[[spoiler:which rains out the ball game, negating his original problem]].
* CupidHatesOddCouples: If two best friends fall for the same girl, it's likely that they'll both forswear her by the end.
* DancesAndBalls
* DeconfirmedBachelor: Eddie Denton in the Oldest Member story "A Mixed Threesome".
* DistressedDamsel: ''[[CaptainObvious A Damsel In Distress]]''.
* TheDitz: The majority of Wodehouse's heroes.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Quite a few of his heroes: see the short stories "The Best Sauce" and "Ruth in Exile" for two good examples.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Many members of the Drones Club go by nicknames, often for excellent reasons.
** Also, poor Pelham Grenville Wodehouse himself. Rumour has it he refused knighthood for years to keep it a secret. One of his characters, a Mr. Trotter, avoids knighthood for much the same reason -- fear of becoming "Sir Lemuel."
*** W. N. Connor, who publicly denounced Wodehouse at the behest of the Ministry of Information, made a point of sneering at Wodehouse's high-falutin' given names. To his credit, he apologised to Wodehouse after the war; to ''his'' credit, Wodehouse forgave him, but insisted on calling him "Walpurgis"("Walp" for short) thereafter. (Connor's actual first name was "William.")
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: In ''The Head of Kay's'' it's mentioned in passing that Fenn's name is Robert Mowbray, "the second of which he had spent much of his time in concealing."
** Bertie is shocked to discover his uncle's middle name: "Portarlington".
* EvilMatriarch: The horrendous aunts.
* {{Expy}}: Certain character types recurr in novel after novel.
* ExternalRetcon: Of ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays''. In "The Tom Brown Question", Wodehouse puts forward a theory that the second half of the book was rewritten by [[MoralGuardians The Secret Society For Putting Wholesome Literature Within The Reach Of Every Boy And Seeing That He Gets It]] to conform to contemporary standards of [[{{Anvilicious}} uplifting morality]].
* ExtremeDoormat: Ukridge's friend and faithful chronicaller "Corky" Corcoran lets himself be talked into just about anything, although at least as a writer he is able make a bit of money selling the resulting narratives.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Ukridge's schemes almost invariably blow up in his face.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Used on several occasions.
* FoodFight: A frequent occurrence at the Drones Club.
* TheFool: Many of Wodehouse's protagonists.
* ForgottenAnniversary: ''Indiscretions of Archie''.
* FramingDevice: Wodehouse had several series of short stories that used this, including the Mr. Mulliner series, the Drones Club stories, and most of the golfing stories.
* AFriendInNeed: Many characters help others through their intrigues.
* GenreSavvy: Reading mysteries in ''Hot Water''.
** In "Honeysuckle Cottage", a manly-man detective novelist moves into his RomanceNovel-writing aunt's cottage as a condition of her will. He gradually realizes, to his horror, that he's becoming the hero of a romance novel, and is powerless to do anything about it despite recognizing [[RomanceNovelTropes all the tropes involved]] as they come up.
** In ''Jill the Reckless'', Mrs. Barker recognizes lovers' problems from her reading.
* GenteelInterbellumSetting: In an 1958 [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/writers/12201.shtml interview (around 2:20)]] he said that nowadays he's writing "historical novels".
** However, as Christopher Hitchens and other critics point out, the attitudes and actions of Wooster & Co. are actually reflections of [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian]] comedy and mores (as in the stories of Creator/{{Saki}}) rather than the post-WWI era. Wodehouse himself addressed the accusation of his works being Edwardian in the (highly entertaining) [[http://ssmith.wodehouse.ru/prface2.htm preface]] to ''Joy In The Morning''.
** The novel ''Ring For Jeeves'' was released in 1953, and clearly set in the '50s -- WorldWarII is mentioned, and the post-war social change which caused the aristocrats to seek employment is a major plot point.
** There is also the Bingo Little short story, "Bingo Bans The Bomb." Wodehouse never intended his novels to be read as period pieces, and would update them from time to time, adjusting dates, commodity prices, and so on. The novels only ''seem'' Edwardian because Wodehouse himself ''was'' -- an Edwardian gentleman who survived well into the late Twentieth century.
** In ''Cocktail Time'' the characters not only discuss their service during World War II, but make it clear that no-one would like to see a WorldWarIII.
* GetRichQuickScheme: Quite a few characters use them, but Ukridge takes the cake.
* GoldDigger: Claire in ''Uneasy Money'', though played somewhat sympathetically.
* GrandeDame: Wodehouse (very likely under the inspiration of Creator/WSGilbert) may well claim to be the patron saint of this trope, for well over sixty years he devised every variation imaginable, from the lovable Aunt Dahlia to the truly horrible Heloise, Princess von und zu Dwornitzchek (a RichBitch who is not even funny). Perhaps the most typical is the formidable Lady Constance (she is, of course, the sister of the many-sistered Lord Emsworth in the "Blandings Castle" saga), but the apotheosis is Bertie's Aunt Agatha, who "chews broken bottles and kills rats with her teeth."
* GreatWhiteHunter: Major Brabazon Plank.
* AHandfulForAnEye: In ''The Small Bachelor'', Mrs Waddington blinds Officer Garroway by throwing the contents of a pepperpot into his face in order to escape.
* HappilyFailedSuicide: "A Sea of Troubles".
* HappyDance: Freddie Rooke does one in ''Jill The Reckless'' on coming up with a plan to reunite Derek and Jill, much to Derek's annoyance.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] with Rose Maynard in "Honeysuckle Cottage".
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Several notable sets.
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: The wrong girl often thinks she can turn her fiance into a cultured man.
* IdleRich: The majority of his characters.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: In ''Summer Moonshine'', ''Uneasy Money'', and many others -- particularly later works.
* InsecureLoveInterest: Archie to Lucille in ''Indiscretions of Archie''. Bill to Elizabeth in ''Uneasy Money''.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Packy in ''Hot Water''. George in ''A Damsel in Distress''. Elizabeth in ''Uneasy Money''.
** [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in "Honeysuckle Cottage".
* IWillFindYou: Maud has to be kept at Belpher Castle to prevent this in ''A Damsel in Distress''.
* TheJeeves: And [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Jeeves]] [[TropeNamer himself]] isn't the only example.
* LastGirlWins: If the focus character or a close friend has been pursuing the same girl across multiple books, it's almost a given he'll run off with the cook in the last installment. [[spoiler:Monty Bodkin]] is a prime example.
* LickedByTheDog: James Rodman in "Honeysuckle Cottage". Although he greatly dislikes the dog in question, [[spoiler:it ends up saving him from a bad engagement and becomes his CanineCompanion]].
* LoveAtFirstSight: In almost every story. Usually the likeable male lead falls for a girl and it takes her a while to return his affections.
* MacGuffin: This is very often a diamond or pearl necklace, though perhaps the most famous is the Seventeenth-Century English (''not'' Modern Dutch!) Silver Cow-Creamer, the attempted theft of which starts off an entire multi-book uproar in Bertie's love life. The Empress of Blandings herself and the French chef Anatole often serve as [[LivingMacGuffin Living MacGuffins]].
* MeaningfulName: Wodehouse had his own NamingConventions. Men with simple one or two-syllable first names, such as Bill or Jimmy, are likely to be the hero, especially in his early romances; likewise, heroines will have simple one or two-syllable names like Joan or Betty. Girls with two-syllable [[TomboyishName masculine sounding names]] ending in -y or -ie, like Billie or Corky, are likely to be perky, fun-loving, and rather dangerous to their male attachments. Males with two-syllable names ending in -ie, like Freddie or Reggie, are generally silly asses -- and males with nicknames, ''e.g''., Barmy or Bingo, are not to be taken seriously even by the silly asses. Young men with names like serious romantic heroes, such as Desmond or Derek, are often heels, as are men whose names end in -o, like Orlo or Rollo; young women with poetic or pretentious names like Kathrynne or Melusine are usually pills.
* MeetCute: Averted surpisingly often when you consider that each book typically has three or four couples. However, it does happen sometimes:
** Maud ducking into George's cab to hide from her brother in ''A Damsel in Distress,'' for example.
** Barmy accidentally setting Dinty Moore's hat on fire in ''Barmy in Wonderland''.
** [[Literature/{{Psmith}} Psmith]] stealing an umbrella for Eve, who's standing in the rain, in ''Leave It to Psmith''.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: "The Salvation of George Mackintosh" takes it a few steps farther.
--> "But I ''am'' diffident. What's the good of saying I mustn't be diffident when I'm the man who wrote the words and music, when Diffidence is my middle name and my telegraphic address? I can't help being diffident."
* MistakenForServant: [[http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/2233/pg2233.html The Earl of Marshmoreton]] ''(A Damsel in Distress),'' mistaken for the gardener.
* MockMillionaire: "Oily" Carlisle, among quite a few other Wodehouse characters, pulls this as a scam.
* MommasBoy: Generally a sign of WrongGuyFirst, though he can be the hero of the BetaCouple.
* TheMunchausen: Mr. Mulliner.
** The Oldest Member, too.
* MyBelovedSmother: Lady Underhill in ''Jill the Reckless''.
* MyNaymeIs: Something of a RunningGag.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Jill in ''Jill the Reckless''. Recklessly, in fact.
* NoodleIncident: What happened to/with/by Uncle Fred and Pongo "that day at the dog-races".
* NotWithThemForTheMoney: ''Uneasy Money''.
* ObliviousToLove: Packy in ''Hot Water'', as soon as his engagement with Beatrice is over and he sees Jane, realizes he has been this.
* ObnoxiousInLaws: In ''Indiscretions of Archie''.
* OldFlameFizzle: In ''A Damsel In Distress''.
* OneSteveLimit: Enforced by the author, to the extent that, if two previously-established characters with the same first name later appear in the same book, he'll change one.
* ParentalMarriageVeto: A regularly-appearing plot development.
* PassedOverInheritance: In ''Uneasy Money''.
* PepperSneeze: In ''The Small Bachelor'', Officer Garroway finds himself unable to stop sneezing after Mrs Waddington throws the contents of a pepperpot in his face.
* PinkElephants: Nutty assumes this in ''Uneasy Money'' when he sees a monkey, and Elizabeth encourages him.
* PityTheKidnapper: "Helping Freddie".
* PlagiarismInFiction: Two [[RecycledScript very similar]] school stories involve plagiarism in school poetry competitions.
* PlatoIsAMoron: In "The Clicking of Cuthbert," Russian novelist Vladimir Brusiloff opines that no novelists anywhere are any good besides himself, though Tolstoy and [[CelebrityParadox P.G. Wodehouse]] are "not bad."
* PluckyGirl: Most of his heroines.
* ThePollyanna: Jill and her uncle in ''Jill the Reckless''.
* PoesLaw: Adressed in "How Kid Brady Broke Training", an installment of the "Kid Brady, Lightweight" series.
* ProperLady: Pops up now and then, often [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship best friends]] with the [[SpiritedYoungLady heroine]] and/or part of the BetaCouple.
* PsmithPsyndrome: The ''Literature/{{Psmith}}'' series is the TropeNamer, but it also shows up in the Mr. Mulliner story "A Slice of Life" with a man named ffinch-ffarrowmere.
* RaceForYourLove: ''Uneasy Money''.
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Makes adapting Wodehouse's work to TV or film no easy task.
* ReleasingFromThePromise: In a Mr. Mulliner story, he explains that a Mulliner can't break an engagement; only the woman can.
* RichBoredom: in ''Summer Moonshine''.
* TheRoaringTwenties
* SameStoryDifferentNames
* SecondLove: In ''Jill The Reckless''.
* SecretlyWealthy: "The Man Upstairs".
* ServileSnarker: Most of the servants.
* ShoutOut: In his short story "Honeysuckle Cottage", Wodehouse called his [[TheIngenue soupy heroine]] "Rose Maynard" as a tribute to Creator/WSGilbert, whose plots he freely admitted to admiring more than [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]].
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Many, and many inversions, though the goodness is often nothing more than being reasonably brave, truthful, kind, and sporty.
* SmokyGentlemensClub: The Drones is one of the archetypical examples.
* SophisticatedAsHell: A staple of Wodehouse's writing.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Most of the heroines.
* SpringtimeForHitler: In the Mr. Mulliner story ''Those in Peril on the Tee''.
* StrictlyFormula: Wodehouse's plots are very formulaic, but most readers don't mind, due to his highly entertaining style.
* TalkAboutTheWeather: In ''Hot Water'', one character's timidity is described as he would talk about the weather.
* TalksLikeASimile: Comedic similes are a staple of his writing.
* TakeThat: After Wodehouse had been denounced by the orders of the Minister of Information, Alfred Duff Cooper, he was lambasted in the newspapers by his fellow-author, Creator/AAMilne. In ''The Mating Season'', written while Wodehouse was being held by the Germans, Gussie Fink-Nottle on being arrested gives his name as "Duff Cooper"; in the same novel, Bertie Wooster is sickened by the prospect of reading Milne's "Christopher Robin" poems publicly. Wodehouse returned to the attack in "Rodney Has A Relapse", in which reformed ''vers libre'' poet Rodney Spelvin writes [[TastesLikeDiabetes smarmy]] poems about his toddler son, "Timothy Bobbin".
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] and ultimately [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''Jill the Reckless''. Jill's impulsiveness is frowned upon by quite a few characters and even causes her fiancé to break off the engagement. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that the fiancé wasn't such a great guy anyway, and Jill's SecondLove understands that her recklessness is one of her finest qualities]].
* TransatlanticEquivalent: Wodehouse and Creator/SJPerelman were frequently compared to each other.
* UnableToSupportAWife: A frequent complication.
* UnexpectedInheritance: ''Uneasy Money''.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: All his earlier books. He used the same setting up through the 60s and into the 70s, by which time they had become straight HistoricalFiction.
* UnprovokedPervertPayback: "A Sea of Troubles''.
* UnreliableNarrator: Mr. Mulliner.
* UpperClassTwit: Could be considered the TropeCodifier.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: In ''Jill the Reckless''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Any two characters who are friends will have at least a little of this going on; the Drones in particular greet each other with lines like "Cheerio, ugly."
* WeaknessTurnsHerOn: Sometimes used to explain how an UpperClassTwit can still be a ChickMagnet; a man who's sufficiently ditzy and helpless awakens a girl's maternal instinct.
** See for example Jane Hubbard (big game hunter) and Eustace Hignett (poet) in ''The Girl on the Boat''.
* WeddingsForEveryone: Of course.
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Barker's opinion in ''Jill The Reckless''.
* WrongGuyFirst: Many a Wodehouse character has been engaged to the wrong character before the start of the novel.
* XanatosSpeedChess: What Gally and Uncle Fred usually have to resort to.
* ZanyScheme: As noted, by the truckloads.
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