->'''Mr. Albert Campion'''
->''Coups neatly executed.''
->'' Nothing sordid, vulgar, or plebeian.''
->'' Deserving cases preferred.''
->''Police no object.''

Albert Campion is the protagonist of a series of novels by Margery Allingham; outwardly a RichIdiotWithNoDayJob but in reality a GentlemanAdventurer [[WeHelpTheHelpless who is willing to sell his skills to anyone in trouble]]. Aside from his enquiring mind and deductive abilities, his main attributes are his incredible range and depth of contacts, ranging from low class criminals up to the Chief Constables of a number of police forces and his ability to insinuate himself anywhere and get along with pretty much anybody.
He was assisted on most of his adventurers by Magersfontein Lugg a burglar turned valet.

A television adaptation, ''Series/{{Campion}}'', debuted in 1989. It featured Creator/PeterDavison as Campion.

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[[folder:Novels in this series]]
* "The Crime at Black Dudley" (1929), also known as "The Black Dudley Murder".
* "Mystery Mile" (1930).
* "Look to the Lady" (1931), also known as "The Gyrth Chalice Mystery".
* "Police at the Funeral" (1931).
* "Sweet Danger" (1933), also known as "Kingdom of Death" and "The Fear Sign".
* "Death of a Ghost" (1934).
* "Flowers for the Judge" (1936), also known as "Legacy in Blood".
* "The Case of the Late Pig" (1937).
* "Dancers in Mourning" (1937), also known as "Who Killed Chloe?".
* "The Fashion in Shrouds" (1938).
* "Traitor's Purse" (1941), also known as "The Sabotage Murder Mystery".
* "Coroner's Pidgin" (1945), also known as "Pearls Before Swine".
* "More Work for the Undertaker" (1948).
* "The Tiger in the Smoke" (1952).
* "The Beckoning Lady" (1955), also known as "The Estate of the Beckoning Lady".
* "Hide My Eyes" (1958), also known as "Tether's End" and "Ten Were Missing".
* "The China Governess" (1962).
* "The Mind Readers" (1965).
* "Cargo of Eagles" (1968). Novel left incomplete due to the death of Allingham in 1966. Completed by her husband Philip Youngman Carter.
* "Mr. Campion's Farthing" (1969) by Philip Youngman Carter.
* "Mr. Campion's Falcon" (1970) by Philip Youngman Carter. Published posthumously as Carter died in 1969.
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!!These books provide examples of:
* AccentDepundent: The clue to the answer of who Simister is [[spoiler: (Alistair "Ali" Barber)]], is likely to take American readers a moment or two to 'get' it.
* AffablyEvil: Several of the villains.
* AloneWithThePsycho: [[spoiler: Canon Avril is alone with a serial killer, on purpose! BadassPacifist, indeed.]]
* AmnesiacHero: Campion in "Traitors Purse". Possibly first amnesiac secret agent who must find out [[IdentityAmnesia who he is]], and what he forgot that is so important so he can stop an evil plan during World War II.
* AssholeVictim: Most of them.
* AuthorAvatar: The short story "A Border-Line Case" is essentially a conversation between Campion, a police detective (I forget which one), and the {{Narrator}}, whom the others call Margery.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Allingham passed away in the middle of writing a Campion novel. It was finished by her husband Phillip Youngman Carter, who later wrote two more Campion novels of his own. They're remembered as pretty mediocre, if they're remembered at all.
* BaldWoman: Mrs. Munsy.
* BattleButler: Lugg and Scatty Williams.
* BavarianFireDrill: Campion sometimes engineers these.
* BigDamnHeroes: In [[spoiler: "The Crime at Black Dudley"]] Guffy Randall and The Hunt, of all things
* BigDamnKiss: Campion and Amanda after thwarting a plot by Nazis that could have brought the U.K. to its knees.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Faradays.
* BlackSheep: Campion, his sister Valentine, and if they're any indication of what their family frowns upon, probably Canon Avril as well.
* BluffingTheMurderer: Done by Campion quite a bit (he uses Type 3 a lot because a lot of times that's the only way he feels that others will be safe).
* BodyDouble: At the end of "Mystery Mile" Campion is asked to do this [[NoodleIncident apparently again]] for a foreign prince, and he uses one for himself in [[spoiler: "Sweet Danger"]].
* BookcasePassage
* BreakoutCharacter: Campion was originally a supporting character in a relatively interesting spin on a [[DarkHouse manor murder mystery]] which, frankly, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness wasn't that great]]. The main character ended up as TheWatson in the same book, simply because Campion was such fun to write.
* BrokenMessiah: Campion when seriously contemplating ignoring his ideals, [[spoiler: i.e. seriously contemplating pointing the authorities toward his client so he could steal the man's wife,]] even falling into a HeroicBSOD and putting on some pretty thick JadeColoredGlasses, but [[HesBack he's brought back to himself]] in the next book via LoveRedeems.
* ChildProdigy
* ChivalricRomance: The whole book "Look to the Lady" is filled with many a ShoutOut to chivalric romances, especially KingArthur and OrlandoFurioso, and considering the subject matter it is somewhat justified but there is much more in there than necessary or that [[ViewersAreGeniuses the casual modern-day reader]] would notice.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Richie Barnabas. Canon Avril is a mild one. Gilbert Whippet [[spoiler: appears to be one, but is actually more a case of BrilliantButLazy and SmarterThanYouLook.]]
* CoolCar: Campion's red Lagonda he gets (finally replacing his broken-down, falling apart old Bentley) in "Flowers for the Judge".
* CreepyMortician: Jas. Bowels in "More Work for the Undertaker."
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: To the [[BigBad BigBads]] in both 'Mystery Mile' and 'Sweet Danger'.
* DeathByChildbirth: Charlie Luke's wife.
* DisguisedInDrag: Campion in "Sweet Danger" so as to avoid being instantly recognisable by his enemies and friends from a distance; leads, of course, to one of his many hilarious entrances.
* DoubleSpeak: Whenever Campion calls up his contact in L.C. Corkran's GovernmentAgencyOfFiction.
* ElCidPloy: Campion plays this in the beginning of "Sweet Danger" in order to try to draw the villains into the open.
* EldritchAbomination: The guardian of the Gyrth Chalice, according to legend, though perhaps the only one that really knows for sure is now dead (and if the legend is true, because of the guardian).
** Subverted in that same story with the creature of Pharisee's Clearing.
* EverybodySmokes
** SmokingIsCool
* FriendInTheBlackMarket: Campion and Lugg have more than a couple of these.
* FriendOnTheForce: Stanislaus Oates and Charlie Luke are the most notable, however there are a few others.
* FunWithAcronyms / PunnyName: Roland Isidore Peters [[spoiler: the victim in "Case of the Late Pig" who faked his death once and then made trouble in a small town, then was murdered and his body stolen]]. Now go back and read his initials again.
* GenreAdultery: The Campion books might be billed as mystery stories, but Margery Allingham often switched between genres (helped by the fact that Campion was quite versatile). Sure, she had whodunnits and country house murders, but there were also adventure novels, thrillers, comedies of manners, secret agent thrillers, mild science fiction, and mild fantasy/horror.
* GenteelInterbellumSetting: About half of the books are set during this time and like this.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: What Campion works for during and after World War II.
* HairpinLockpick: Campion employs this several times (usually borrowing one from a female companion), though he prefers his real lockpicking tools.
* HoldingTheFloor: Campion is very, very good at this and it's saved his and many others' lives, either while he maneuvers into a favourable position or is waiting for backup. One character mentally comments that this is probably one of Campion's "chief stock in trade."
* HonoraryUncle:
** Lugg to Rupert.
** William Faraday to Campion.
** Campion terms himself 'universal uncle', making himself honorary uncle to everyone.
* IronLady: Mrs. Faraday.
* ItsForABook: Campion says that Eager-Wright (to Eager-Wright's chagrin) is doing this so he and Eager-Wright (and Guffy Randall) can ask questions without being too suspicious in a small town.
* IUhYouToo: Campion's proposal to Amanda (after having been [[UndercoverAsLovers "engaged" to divert suspicion from those who might get suspicious of their spending a lot of time together]]) effectively amounts to: "I wouldn't mind, if you wouldn't mind, if you wanted to keep the engagement ring on in its official capacity."
* JoinOrDie: A choice given to Campion a couple of times.
* KidsAreCruel: When asked how Campion knew [[SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp Roland Peters]], Campion gives a short bit of backstory about how he and [[TheBully Peters]] attended the same school as young children and that Peters once sliced off three square inches of skin off his (Campion's) chest and held him over an unlit gas lamp until he passed out.
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: In "Crime at Black Dudley" and in "Flowers for the Judge" (by a SympatheticMurderer).
* KillItWithFire: How the BigBad in "The Crime at Black Dudley" intends to kill his hostages, and how Campion deals with the menace in [[spoiler: "Traitor's Purse"]]
* KingIncognito: Subverted in so many ways in "Sweet Danger." Campion pretends to be royalty (which, as one character noted [[ShrugOfGod Campion may actually be]] ) obviously undercover.
* KnifeNut: Captain Jack Havoc
* LetOffByTheDetective: Campion does this to [[spoiler: Richie Barnabas]] and [[spoiler: Abbershaw does this to Wade Petrie]].
* LetsGetDangerous: Campion, of course, especially in "The Crime at Black Dudley" where everyone has taken him for a [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} idiot]] and a [[TheSoCalledCoward coward]] (for his whimsical [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]] of all their plans for escape), then [[spoiler: single-handedly rescues Abbershaw and Meggie, in an attempt to fight back against their captors efficiently takes down one of the toughest mooks all on his own while it takes three of the other men to take out the other, then takes out Dawlish's TheDragon, all after being [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] for information.]]
* LifeImitatesArt: After World War II, Margery Allingham was told that the diabolical Nazi plan that Campion has to stop in "Traitor's Purse" was something that the Nazis had actually tried to do.
* LightsOffSomebodyDies: In 'The Crime at Black Dudley' and 'Death of a Ghost'.
* LockedRoomMystery: In "Flowers for the Judge."
* LoveTriangle: Crops up a few times and is generally written in a contemptuous fashion so the reader doesn't sympathize with those involved. Most notably the one between Campion, his client, and his client's wife (see BrokenMessiah for how this ends up affecting Campion) in "Dancers in Mourning", and the one between Campion's sister, Amanda's boss, and an actress in "The Fashion in Shrouds" (which tends towards the PsychoticLoveTriangle end of things) against which the non-possessive and rather sweet romance of Campion and Amanda is juxtaposed.
* LovingAShadow: Campion is afraid Amanda is in love with the idea of him being the perfect hero rather than with his true self (failings and all) and though (when they first met) she might have started out her crush that way she's much too practical to stay that way for long and soon assures him that she's in love with him and not such a shadow.
* MacGuffin: The Gyrth Chalice in "Look to the Lady". The Crown, the Charter, and Metternich's Receipt in "Sweet Danger". The telepathic devices in "The Mind Readers." The [[spoiler: golden Eagles]] in "Cargo of Eagles."
* TheMentallyDisturbed: Campion is occasionally taken for this.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: In [[spoiler:"More Work for the Undertaker"]]
* NewOldFlame: Janet Pursuivant
* NoodleIncident: Campion and Thos. T. Knapp's previous times working together
** The 'other' time Campion [[BodyDouble body doubled]] for a prince in order to draw out and catch people who were trying to kill his highness. Also qualifies as a OffscreenMomentOfAwesome twice, because he does it again, again offscreen.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Most of World War II, where it is implied Campion was something of a {{Badass}} spy/secret agent and possibly something of an {{Ambadassador}}, but we only get to see a little of his wartime activities in "Traitor's Purse."
* OldDarkHouse: Black Dudley
* OldFlameFizzle: Campion rather apprehensively meets up with Janet Pursuivant [[spoiler: now Janet Whippet]] at a party some years after having married Amanda, wondering if he'll still be attracted to her, only to realise what we did all along: that she's not bright and would have been an incredibly bad match for him.
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: Campion (in his sixties) having to fight a murderer who is not only nearly half his age, but a master of martial arts.
* OneOfTheKids: Campion and Amanda seem to take turns with who is to be the responsible adult after they have Rupert (Campion and Rupert plan involved gags on Amanda and Lugg, and Amanda can oft be found playing a cheerful and rather destructive game of tag with Rupert). Lugg is this whenever he's around children.
* PunnyName: [[SmugSnake Max Fustian]]
* QuirkyHousehold: What happens when Campion and Amanda get married, and even more so when they occasionally stay at Campion's uncle's (Canon Avril) house.
* RecruitingTheCriminal: Thos. T. Knapp
* RelationshipUpgrade: Campion and Amanda at the end of "The Fashion in Shrouds."
* RightfulKingReturns: Suberted and played straight in the same book, "Sweet Danger". Campion pretends to be the earl of Pontisbright and king of Averna to draw the villains into the open, then by the end of the book he's found (and crowned) the rightful heir.
* ShoutOut:
** In "Police At the Funeral" Campion can't resist wearing a [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes deerstalker cap]] to impress a client and jokes around with Stanislaus Oates by pretending to deduce all about someone from the sound of their footsteps.
** In "The Case of the Late Pig" Campion is asked if his unusual butler [[Literature/LordPeterWimsey saved his life in the war]].
* SmokeOut: Campion uses his homemade smoke bombs to smoke the criminals out of a house which his friends had charged into against orders on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* SpySpeak
* SuicideNotMurder: [[spoiler: In "Police at the Funeral," but not only does Andrew set up his own suicide to look like murder, he leaves behind lethal booby-traps to kill off his relatives and they succeed in killing two of them.]]
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler: Wade Petrie and Richie Barnabas]]
* ATasteOfTheLash: Happens 'off-screen' in "The Crime at Black Dudley" after Campion [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu makes a fool]] out of the BigBad that has him held hostage.
* {{Telepathy}}: "The Mind Readers"
* TenMinuteRetirement: Campion briefly attempts to retire to accept a well-paying, stuffy, boring job so as to provide a steady income for his family, but he soon gives this idea up (much to Amanda and Lugg's relief) when several people (all unrelated to each other) ask for his help in solving a mystery.
* UndercoverAsLovers: Campion and Amanda in "The Fashion in Shrouds", though by the end of the book the engagement is for real.
* TheUnreveal: Campion's identity; subverted when in "The Crime at Black Dudley" Abbershaw thinks he's finally figured out who Campion is, then uses the name to try to shock Campion, but it's just another of Campion's aliases.
* UnsuspectinglySoused: Campion has this done to him when BluffingTheMurderer (Type 3) he accepts a dinner invitation and is manipulated by the MagnificentBastard into having a cocktail. The cocktail however reacts with the rare wine the murderer had specially ordered at the restaurant, and causes Campion to become soused. [[spoiler: Fortunately Campion had asked Inspector Oates for a few plain clothes policemen to watch over him, otherwise the murderer would have gotten away with pushing the inebriated Campion beneath a train.]]
* TheVicar: Swithin Cush
* VillainousWidowsPeak
* WeirdAside: Campion, Amanda, Whippet, and the occasional old woman tend to do these.
* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: A lot of people wonder that about Campion.
* WindsOfDestinyChange: Capt. Jack Havoc and Canon Avril are both what Havoc calls 'Watchers'
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