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->''You two really ''are'' a double act, aren't you!''
->- '''DI Fiona Knight''', ''The Inspector Lynley Mysteries'', "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS05E01NaturalCauses Natural Causes]]"

->'''Barbara Havers:''' No. [[UndyingLoyalty You resign]], [[MostImportantPerson I resign]].
->'''Tommy Lynley:''' But that's absurd! Why, for heaven's sake?
->'''Barbara:''' [[OddCouple Well... no one else will work with me]].
->'''Lynley:''' [[{{Tsundere}} This is you being nice to me, isn't it]].
->'''Barbara:''' [[SarcasticDevotee Yeah]]. [[TrueCompanions Shall we hit the pub]]?
->-''The Inspector Lynley Mysteries'', "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS01E02PaymentInBlood Payment In Blood]]"

'''''The Inspector Lynley Mysteries''''' was a {{BBC}} series that ran from 2001--2007, starring Creator/NathanielParker as aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley, [[TheBritishTitleSystem 8th Earl of Asherton]], and Creator/SharonSmall as his working-class partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, both of UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard. The first eleven episodes were based on novels by the American author Elizabeth George, though the author's plots and characters were often significantly altered, and the show went its own way from that point on. Most, if not all, fans consider the television show to take place in an AlternateContinuity from the books.

George is one of only two American writers[[note]]the other is Tony Hillerman[[/note]] whose novels have been adapted for Creator/{{PBS}}' ''MYSTERY!''

The intrigue of the show came almost entirely from watching the lead characters navigate the inevitable clashes of personality, gender, class, and opinion that arose from their radically differing backgrounds. Over time, Lynley and Havers discovered that their differences complemented each other more thoroughly than either of them could have expected. Moreover, they found numerous unexpected similarities, including a mutual devotion to justice, distrust of the higher-ups, and [[ChaoticGood tendency to]] [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight screw the rules in favour of doing what's right]]. While they remained two ''very'' different people, the [[TrueCompanions bond]] that developed between them changed them both for the better and created a partnership more enduring and effective than anyone could have ever predicted.

If you're looking for tropes specific to the lead characters, please see the [[Characters/InspectorLynley character sheet]]. And for tropes specific to individual episodes, check out the [[Recap/InspectorLynley episode recaps here]], but beware spoilers!

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!!!This show provided examples of:

* AbilityOverAppearance: Creator/SharonSmall was supposedly too pretty to play the plain Barbara Havers, but absolutely nailed the character in the pilot and won author Elizabeth George completely over. Her performance is to this day lauded as one of the best aspects of the series.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** In the novel series, Barbara Havers is described as short, ugly, overweight and poorly dressed. Sharon Small, who plays Havers, is short.
** Reverse direction for Lynley: The books regularly refer to him as a 'Greek god' type, which usually means Apollon/Adonis, when Nathaniel Parker probably only could get away as Hephaistos (if he fakes a limp). Ruggedly handsome, yes, but an Adonis he is not.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Lynley went from blond in the novels to being played by brunet Nathaniel Parker.
* AloofOlderBrother: Lynley has been one towards his brother Peter for a long time. He tries hard to make up for it in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS02E03ASuitableVengeance A Suitable Vengeance]]", when the said brother falls in trouble.
* AlternateContinuity: Adapting Elizabeth George's novels to television resulted in such massive changes to both characters and storyline, particularly after the programme OvertookTheSeries, that the two are generally seen as entirely separate entities. See the trope page for details.
* AlwaysMurder: Even if it starts looking out like something else, it usually winds up as murder in the end. Not a surprise given that this is a British DetectiveDrama.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The unintentional effect of cancelling the final series halfway through production, resulting in only the first two episodes being filmed.
* AnimalWrongsGroup: Appear in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS02E01PlayingForTheAshes Playing for the Ashes]]", as suspects for the murder.
* ArtisticLicense: When Barbara is [[spoiler:busted down a rank in the series 3 premiere]], she is [[spoiler:issued a uniform]] but is consistently referred to as [[spoiler:'''D'''C]] Havers. This is incorrect, as [[spoiler:DC means ''Detective'' Constable. Detectives - attached to CID or Special Branch - wear plainclothes. If she was issued a uniform, it would mean she was kicked out of CID, yet the prefix "Detective" indicates that she was not - especially since she went back to plainclothes when she was reinstated in the third episode of that series]]. The likely explanation for this is that [[spoiler:being busted back into a uniform]] packs more of an emotional punch.
* BeautifulDreamer: In a meta instance of this trope, "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E02InTheGuiseOfDeath In The Guise Of Death]]" gives viewers a lovely shot of the normally-frumpy Barbara sleeping peacefully, her hair a [[FieryRedhead halo of reddish-gold]] around her face. Then she's [[NotAMorningPerson woken up]] by her irritatingly cheerful partner knocking on her door asking her to go traipsing about Cornwall with him... and he [[WhatAnIdiot doesn't even let her]] [[MustHaveCaffeine drink her coffee first]]. HilarityEnsues.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: {{Invoked}} by Lynley in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS03E04IfWishesWereHorses If Wishes Were Horses]]" when Helen [[spoiler: miscarries]]. He feels responsible because earlier, when he had first heard that [[spoiler: Helen was pregnant]], he had been less than thrilled. Barbara, very sensibly, tells him that it isn't his fault.
* BerserkButton: The one surefire way to make sure Thomas Lynley will hate you forever is to injure or threaten Barbara Havers. (His wife is also a pretty reasonable bet.) Barbara, meanwhile, tends to lose her shit if anyone goes after Lynley - or [[FriendToAllChildren kids]].
* BigFancyHouse: Howenstowe, the seat of the Earls of Asherton. It's located in Cornwall. [[SceneryPorn Shameless advantage is taken of this]].
* BlueBlood: Lynley's. Not only is he an aristocrat, but he is the ''eighth'' earl to bear the title, and given how ennobling worked historically, his family was almost certainly aristocracy even before they got the earldom. His partner Barbara [[WorkingClassHero could not be less impressed]].
* BreakTheCutie: Barbara Havers starts out as a BrokenBird, so she's not exactly [[JerkassWoobie sweet and adorable any more]] in the [[Recap/InspectorLynleyS00E01AGreatDeliverance pilot]]. And yet somehow, the show proceeds to break her ''even further''. [[note]]First her father dies and she has to put her mentally ill mother in a nursing home (where she most likely dies during the early seasons). Then she's demoted (and almost sacked) for doing the right thing, after which she's shot in the line of duty and then held hostage at gunpoint on her first case back after said shooting, whereupon she has a panic attack as a result of said hostage-taking. Then her partner's suspended for excessive violence. Once he's back she's hit over the head with a rock by a psycho and would have died on a deserted moor if her partner hadn't found her. Then her partner's wife is killed right in front of them (who she couldn't save despite her attempts at CPR), after which he then goes on a drinking binge and takes all his anger and bitterness out on her despite her only trying to help.[[/note]] Ouch, show. Ouch. (This looks light compared to what her partner goes through, until you remember that in her case, a lot of the breaking was done [[BrokenBird before she even met Thomas Lynley]].)
* BreakTheHaughty: Although he's not without his own angst, Barbara [[DarkAndTroubledPast has quite a bit more angst in her past]] than Lynley does. The storyline proceeds to make up for this rather thoroughly. [[note]]To wit: he almost loses his wife to a deliberate car accident perpetrated by someone angry with his work on a case, which also causes his wife to miscarry their baby and break up with him. Then his devoted partner is shot in the line of duty right in front of him. Then he and his wife become even more estranged, with him eventually thinking she's going to ask him for a divorce. Then he's suspended for allegedly using excessive violence on a suspect. Then, just as he and his wife are starting to reconcile, ''she'' is shot and killed right in front of him by someone connected to a case he's working. As soon as he comes back on the job after ''that'', he becomes the chief suspect in a murder investigation, with the victim in question being probably the first romantic contact he's had since his wife's death.[[/note]] ...''ouch.''
* BritishAccents: Lynley is of course R.P., while Havers speaks what appears to be Estuary English with an East London twist (which fits, as one of the centerpieces of her character is that she is solidly working-class).
* BritishBrevity: A two-episode pilot, five series of four episodes each, and one aborted series of two episodes.
* BusmansHoliday: Both times Lynley ([[TrueCompanions and]] [[TheNotLoveInterest Barbara]]) go to visit his family in Cornwall, they get caught up in a local mystery, largely because Lynley cannot keep his nose out of ''anything'' and Barbara will follow him wherever he goes (albeit with [[SarcasticDevotee plenty of]] [[DeadpanSnarker snarking]] along the way).
* CharacterDevelopment: Through his partnership with Barbara, Lynley becomes less snobbish and elitist, not to mention less likely to fly off the handle. Through her partnership with Lynley, Barbara begins to let her softer side show more often and learns that the world isn't out to get her and that it's okay to trust people and let them in.[[note]]This doesn't even ''begin'' to cover what these two do for each other over the course of the series, but it's a start.[[/note]] In the end, they are not only more effective detectives due to their partnership, they are, quite simply, better ''people''. And it is [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming beautiful]].
* ClearMyName: "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS06E01Limbo Limbo]]".
* ContinuityNod: Billy, the young Adorkable DC from "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS03E01InPursuitOfTheProperSinner In Pursuit Of The Proper Sinner]]", appears again in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS03E03ACryForJustice A Cry For Justice]]".
* CoolCar: Lynley drives a Bristol 410, which oozes not only class but exclusivity in that fewer than a hundred of them were ever built. (You will never see a dealer for these cars; you go straight to the builder, or you go without.) In the pilot, he drives a Peugeot 407, however.
* CooldownHug: How Lynley calms Barbara down (for a given value of "calmed down"; she progresses from hysterical punching and screaming to hysterical sobbing, which at least has the benefit of no one winding up with a bloody nose) after she's [[spoiler:held hostage]] in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E01InDivineProportion In Divine Proportion]]".
* CuteAndPsycho: [[spoiler: Carly in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS05E02OneGuiltyDeed One Guilty Deed]]" went a little unhinged after she killed Martin.]]
* CryIntoChest: Played textbook straight when Barbara [[TearsOfFear falls apart after being held hostage at gunpoint]] and suffers a FlashbackEcho. See also SecurityCling, InelegantBlubbering and CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* CynicismCatalyst: For Barbara, her little brother's [[spoiler:death from cancer]], which gave her much of her renowned cynicism; she's really quite a romantic at heart.
* DeadpanSnarker / TheSnarkKnight: Havers. Oh, Havers. That poor, dear girl.
* DefectiveDetective: Lynley and Havers, both of them. One is a [[MarriedToTheJob workaholic]] with a personal life worthy of a soap opera; the other is a BrokenBird who has raised antisociality and [[JerkassFacade self-protection via jerkassery]] to an art form. Somehow, they become [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple incredibly]] [[TrueCompanions close]] [[TheNotLoveInterest friends]] anyway, which spawns an absolutely glorious amount of CharacterDevelopment for both of them. And [[ThePowerOfFriendship it]] [[ThePowerOfTrust is]] [[ThePowerOfLove beautiful]].
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Havers, in a ''rare'' example of an [[TheInspector Inspector's]] partner being this. Unlike most non-protagonist Detective Sergeants in British mystery fiction, Havers' storyline gets almost as much focus as the eponymous protagonist's right from the get-go. In addition, though she frequently acts as TheWatson to her partner, it isn't uncommon for ''him'' to act as TheWatson to ''her'' (for instance, the majority of "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS05E01NaturalCauses Natural Causes]]", or the caravan site in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS05E02OneGuiltyDeed One Guilty Deed]]"). This very trope has been cited as one of the things that sets this series apart from other {{Detective Drama}}s of its kind, and as one of the best aspects of the show.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Say it with me now... oh, ''Barbara''.
* DrivenToSuicide: Lynley very nearly killed himself when he was at school, after learning that his father had died and he'd inherited the title. Luckily, his roomate & best friend talked him down.
* DrowningMySorrows: This is how Lynley "copes" with [[spoiler:Helen's death]] until [[MostImportantPerson Barbara]], after six months of trying, finally snaps him out of it in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS06E01Limbo Limbo]]".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Lynley introduces himself to Roberta as "Thomas" in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS00E01AGreatDeliverance]]", but in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS06E01Limbo Limbo]]", he tells Julia "It's Tommy. No-one calls me Thomas!"
* ElephantInTheRoom: In "Well Schooled In Murder" a young boy is found dead, covered in yellow paint. Though it's explained by the end of the episode, the really strange thing is that throughout the investigation, ''no one'' ever mentions it.
* EpiphanyTherapy: Lynley goes through this in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS05E01NaturalCauses Natural Causes]]", realizing he wants to make it work with Helen. He does it while "undercover" at a center that's a cross between a rehab clinic and a ChurchOfHappyology. [[spoiler: It turns out the head of the center is behind a real estate land-grab, not the murders.]]
* FairCop: Lynley certainly has the "ruggedly handsome" thing going on, and Barbara Havers is adorableness incarnate.
* FakeBrit: The very Scottish Sharon Small as the very working-class ''English'' Barbara Havers.
* FanServicePack[=/=]ProgressivelyPrettier: During the pilot and the first four series, Barbara has short hair and goes around in baggy sweaters and coats. In series five and six, her hair has lengthened dramatically and she's wearing clothes that are much more form-fitting. The end result is [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/content/images/2007/01/10/haverscharlead_396x222.jpg this]].
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: In "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS05E01NaturalCauses Natural Causes]]", Lynley and Havers go back and forth like this when they solve the MysteryOfTheWeek, upon which DI Fiona Knight, temporarily partnered with Havers, remarks, "You really ''are'' a double act, aren't you!"
* FireForgedFriends: Barbara and Lynley Do Not Like Each Other when they're originally assigned together. Their superior officers were counting on this, hoping they would do something outrageous enough to get themselves fired when forced to work together. By the end of "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS00E01AGreatDeliverance A Great Deliverance]]", their plan has [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfired]] [[TrueCompanions quite]] [[UndyingLoyalty spectacularly]]... and Barbara and Lynley only get ''[[MostImportantPerson closer]]'' from there.
* FlashbackEcho / {{Trigger}}: In "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E01InDivineProportion In Divine Proportion]]" when Barbara [[spoiler:is held hostage at gunpoint]]. Her flashback is to the [[Recap/InspectorLynleyS03E04IfWishesWereHorses previous series' finale]], in which [[spoiler:she was shot in the abdomen]]; she shows obvious signs of PTSD throughout the episode and goes a little nuts at the end. It takes -- who else? -- Lynley literally [[spoiler:pulling her off the guy]] and administering a CooldownHug to bring her back to normal. (No actual flashback occurs; because the triggering event happens in the previous episode, however, the audience is quite clearly supposed to draw the parallel.)
* ForbiddenFriendship: Part of the reason Barbara is so hostile to Lynley in early episodes is because she is absolutely convinced this trope is in play. It is made fairly clear, however, that ''she'' is a great deal more concerned by the class differences between them than ''he'' is. She [[CharacterDevelopment gets better]] eventually.
* FriendToAllChildren: Barbara Havers may be difficult to work with, but she has a real gift for getting children to talk to her.
* FriendshipMoment: ''Many'' between Lynley and Havers, right from the middle of the pilot.
* FromBadToWorse: Poor Lynley. In the [[Recap/InspectorLynleyS03E04IfWishesWereHorses final episode of series 3]], his wife is [[spoiler:involved in a car accident that results in her miscarriage, a hospital stay, and their separation]]. As if that's not bad enough, days later [[spoiler:his partner is shot in the line of duty]], resulting in [[spoiler:yet another hospital stay, months of recovery time and PTSD]]. Wow.
* GentlemanDetective: Lynley, naturally. Though he did work his way there.
* GentlemanSnarker: Lynley, oh so very much, which makes him an excellent match for the equally snarky Barbara.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Barbara Havers has a quite earthy[[note]]read: perverted[[/note]] sense of humour, and some of her quips can make viewers wonder how this ever got aired before the watershed. For instance, during the episode "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS01E03ForTheSakeOfElena For The Sake Of Elena]]" after one of their suspects has, er, exposed himself:
-->'''Havers''': How shall I phrase that in my notes, sir? [[GagPenis Would "hung" and "donkey" cover it?]]
* GutFeeling: If Barbara Havers feels uneasy around someone, that person is either shady or an outright villain (or aristocratic, which in Barbara's mind is pretty much the same thing). The only times this fails, the characters involved are [[spoiler:working-class, like Barbara, and being kicked down by society, ''also'' like Barbara]], which blinds her to their true natures.
* HeldGaze: Lynley and Havers give [[Series/TheXFiles Mulder and Scully]] a run for their money in terms of just how charged these moments could get. These looks between them spoke ''volumes'' about the depths of their relationship. In fact, during many of the most critical moments of their relationship, the words coming out of their mouths were completely incidental to the conversation they were having with their eyes.
* HeroesLoveDogs: Anytime a dog shows up onscreen, expect Lynley to get chummy with it. It is, quite frankly, adorable.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Pairing Havers and Lynley was originally done in order to keep Barbara's mouth shut about not getting any good cases (and, if they were lucky, get her tossed out of the force for disrespect and/or violence). Yeah, [[OddCouple that]] [[OppositesAttract worked out]] [[UndyingLoyalty well]]...
** Especially since Lynley [[GenreSavvy realised this was the plan]], and was doing his best not to give in, because while he didn't like her (yet), Havers ''was'' a good copper.
* HonestAdvisor: Barbara to Lynley again; she can get away with saying things no one else could, because she has earned his trust a thousand times over. He might bark at her for whatever she says, but he ''always'' listens to what she has to say, even if he ignores her advice five minutes later.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: In the [[Recap/InspectorLynleyS00E01AGreatDeliverance pilot]] episode, Barbara goes on a long diatribe about everything she thinks is wrong with Thomas Lynley as a man and as a detective. When Lynley's old partner shows up and levels a number of those very same accusations at him just hours later, she immediately jumps to his defense, completely ignoring her earlier complaints. This sets up the entire precedent of their relationship: ''Barbara'' can [[WhatTheHellHero call Lynley out]] just as much as she pleases, but if anyone else tries the same thing, the 'anyone else' in question is going to get a dressing-down the likes of which s/he will never forget. Although it's not seen as much, this works in reverse as well -- Lynley has no problems [[WhatTheHellHero calling Barbara out]], but will immediately and fiercely defend her from anyone else who dares to try the same thing. Essentially, Lynley and Havers have WhatTheHellHero privileges with each other, which no one else is allowed.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Partner]]: A couple of perps try and pull this on Lynley with Havers. This is [[BerserkButton a universally bad move]].
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Or rather, "D'you fancy a drink?" -- frequently said by one partner to the other after a particularly hard case.
* InelegantBlubbering: What happens once Lynley manages to administer the above-mentioned CooldownHug, although we don't see the evidence as her face is buried against his shirt. Barbara in general is not a pretty crier, but then, neither is Lynley.
* InLoveWithLove: [[spoiler:Lynley believes his feelings for Helen were this]].
* [[InstantDeathBullet Instant Death Stab]]: Averted in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS01E02PaymentInBlood Payment In Blood]]", where a single stab through the throat is enough to kill the victim, but only because it impales her to a mattress, allowing a bleed-out.
* JerkassFacade: Barbara. Yes, she is and always will be a blunt, outspoken, cranky, DeadpanSnarker SarcasticDevotee, but by and large, her harsh personality is a defense mechanism against a lifetime of torment and ridicule. Arguably the most critical moment of her first case with Lynley is him catching on to the fact that it ''is'' a facade and telling her she doesn't have to do it any more; he knows she's a good person, and in fact he genuinely cares about her. This freaks Barbara the hell out, but she gets used to it. Eventually.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Seems to be the killer's motive in the episode "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E01InDivineProportion In Divine Proportion]]". [[spoiler: The killer is a police officer. Years ago, he murdered a rapist after the rapist's victim committed suicide. In the episode, he kills the victim's sister, and at the end of the episode is ready to kill everyone who helped him kill the rapist.]]
* LastNameBasis: Lynley and Havers are this, with a couple of exceptions. The first one, noted lower down, is YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious; the other is when Havers is staying with him at the family estate in Cornwall. This is lampshaded in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E02InTheGuiseOfDeath In The Guise Of Death]]" when Lynley wants her help on a local murder investigation; he wakes her up at an ungodly hour of the morning, briskly saying, "Come on, Havers! Follow me!" Havers [[DeadpanSnarker snarks]]:
-->'''Barbara''': Oh, see? Now you want my help, it's bye-bye 'Barbara' and hello 'Havers'!
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Once they get on even footing with each other, their bickering takes on a hefty shading of this. It really becomes apparent after the events of "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E01InDivineProportion In Divine Proportion]]"; the next episode in particular ("[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E02InTheGuiseOfDeath In The Guise Of Death]]") is especially notable for this vibe.
* LimitedSocialCircle: Our Heroes ''do'' spend time with people other than each other, but none of them seem to last more than a few episodes[[note]]Christine Miller, Lynley's LoveInterest in series 5, whom he winds up ditching for Barbara[[/note]], or at most a single series[[note]]Azhar and Haddiyah, Barbara's sort-of LoveInterest and his daughter, in series 2, who regrettably [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse vanish]] after that series' finale[[/note]]. The only characters to not fall victim to this, aside from their police superiors, are Helen[[note]]who is [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal at the end of series 5, and their reconciliation likely wouldn't have lasted anyway]][[/note]], their coworker DC Winston Nkata[[note]]who first shows up in series 5[[/note]], and the Medical Examiner Stuart Lafferty[[note]]ditto[[/note]]. And even they aren't seen hanging out with the [[OddCouple main duo]] outside of work to any great extent. And finally, they can't be apart for any great length of time. Lynley goes to Cornwall for vacation? Havers goes along. Havers [[spoiler:gets demoted]]? Lynley [[spoiler:[[SubordinateExcuse calls her in on every case he can]]]]. Etc, etc, etc. Let's face it; at the end of the day, they just keep coming back to each other.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: As [[http://spikewriter.livejournal.com spikewriter]] on LJ put it, Lynley and Havers are "...two screwed-up individuals who are surviving as well as they are because they found someone they could cling to." Fortunately, unlike most uses of this trope, it actually makes them a bit ''more'' emotionally stable. Once they find and lock on to each other, the worst of their flaws are slowly but surely mitigated.
* LoveHurts: Something that Lynley experiences again and again [[spoiler: and again]] in his life.
* LoveMartyr: Goes along with LivingEmotionalCrutch, although it's not openly romantic. Barbara sticks with Lynley even though he is, at first, a frankly high-handed and often arrogant berk to pretty much everyone, even when he later takes all his pain out on her because she's the only safe outlet he has. Meanwhile, Lynley sticks with Barbara despite her being, initially, a JerkassWoobie who deliberately [[JerkassFacade pushes everyone -- especially him -- away with harsh words]] because she's [[HopeIsScary too scared to believe]] anyone could possibly like and/or respect her for herself. In addition, both have a DarkAndTroubledPast with a cartload of baggage and family issues galore. Any sane person would have gone running, and in fact [[HighTurnoverRate all of their previous partners did just that]]. Fortunately for them both, they find exactly what they need -- although not always exactly what they ''want'' -- in each other.
* MaybeEverAfter: No romantic interest is ever overtly expressed on either side between Lynley and Havers, but the series ends with both of them unattached, reunited as partners, and the most important person in each others' lives. Now keep in mind that these same two characters had explicitly acknowledged each other as ''their reason to get up in the morning''. Cue post-series headcanon galore.
* MustHaveCaffeine: British or not, they're still cops. It's not uncommon to see one or the other of them with two paper coffee cups in hand -- one for their partner, and one for them. Whether the substance inside is coffee or tea, however, is anybody's guess. (When not on the job, they tend to drink [[INeedAFreakingDrink alcohol]]. And they need it, [[{{Woobie}} poor things]].)
* NeverOneMurder: Again, British detective drama. It's never just one murder.
* NewMeat: Billy, a young rookie DC who shows up twice in Series 3. He's well meaning, but still very young and boyish. Barbara takes a shine to him.
* NonIdleRich: Lynley works at Scotland Yard though he's both rich and the eighth Earl of Asherton. Barbara is ''deeply'' uncomfortable with his wealth, being a WorkingClassHero, but is noticeably less uptight when she visits Howenstow in the fourth series than she was in the second and generally less likely to flee when any hint of it comes up as the show goes on.
** As the series goes on, it's revealed that despite being Oxford-educated, Lynley worked his way up the ranks from Constable to Detective Inspector.
* NotAMorningPerson: Most obvious in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E02InTheGuiseOfDeath In The Guise Of Death]]", when Lynley finds out the hard way that a Havers awakened too early and denied caffeine is not exactly the most pleasant creature to be around. The results are amusing.
* TheNotLoveInterest: As has been demonstrated time and time again, no one will ''ever'' be as important to Thomas Lynley or Barbara Havers as they are to each other.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Havers has a knack for pulling the "I'm just an uneducated working-class bumpkin" or the "I'm just a silly little girl" front when she needs to trick suspects into confiding in her. Behind this façade is a sharp-as-a-tack police officer with street smarts and common sense that can make ''Lynley'' look stupid.
* OddCouple: Whose bright idea was it to pair an Eton-and-Oxford-schooled hereditary Lord with a cranky, [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]] working-class sergeant? [[UndyingLoyalty A genius]], [[TrueCompanions of course.]] They were, and remained, ''very'' different people, but this only seemed to strengthen the bond between them. Of course, the person doing the pairing [[HoistByHisOwnPetard didn't exactly have that outcome in mind...]]
* OhCrap: Multiple times, considering the nature of their work. One of the most notable comes when [[spoiler:Lynley realises that Barbara is trapped inside a pub at gunpoint and that this is going to trigger her like nothing else]]. The only thing that stops him from going in on the spot is an armed assault team holding him back.
** Havers, during the same scene, takes this trope to even higher levels, going chalk white with absolute fear. Considering [[spoiler:she's on the wrong end of the exact same kind of gun that put her in hospital at the end of the last episode]], she has every reason to be terrified, but the kicker is that she doesn't make a production of it. She stops viewers' hearts in pure terror with nothing more than a facial expression and the words, "He's here."
* OneHeadTaller: Lynley and Havers.
* OldCopYoungCop: One of a very few British detective series ''not'' to follow this trope, in yet another example of this show breaking the mold. Although their ages are never given in-series, Nathaniel Parker is only five years older than Sharon Small.
* OneOfOurOwn: "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS06E01Limbo Limbo]]". Barbara Havers has ''no'' intention of letting her partner get [[spoiler:convicted of murder]].
* OppositesAttract: Cranky, has-class-issues working-class Sergeant paired with an Oxford-educated Inspector who happens to be a hereditary Lord? Violence waiting to happen, right? [[UndyingLoyalty Not so much]].
* OvertookTheSeries: Done midway through the third series. "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS03E02ATraitorToMemory A Traitor To Memory]]" is the last episode to be based on a book.
* {{Oxbridge}}: Lynley is an Oxford alum, and this plays a plot-important role in several episodes.
-->'''Havers''': One tug on the old school tie and you come running.
* ParentalIssues: Both Lynley and Havers are hounded by these:
** Havers has spent much of her life reminding her parents that they failed to care properly for her brother - their younger son - while he was dying of cancer. Now that both parents are mentally unwell, Havers has a raging GuiltComplex.
** Lynley is tormented by the fact that his mother cheated on his father with the family doctor while his father lay dying. This becomes the main source of {{angst}} in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS02E03ASuitableVengeance A Suitable Vengeance]]", when Lynley and his fiancée spend a few days with his mother at Howenstowe.
* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Lynley. This makes for some interesting confrontations with [[HairTriggerTemper Barbara]], as their fights often consisted of her yelling and him using sarcasm to lethal effect.
* ThePowerOfTrust: The hard-earned building of this is entire foundation of the show, and what makes watching it worthwhile.
* {{Protectorate}}: There is nothing Barbara Havers will not do to [[BigSisterInstinct protect children]] -- probably because of her [[CynicismCatalyst dead little brother]]. She'll also stop at nothing to rescue her partner. Meanwhile, Lynley is protective of quite a few things -- mostly children and his wife. But there is no single faster way to make Thomas Lynley lose his cool than putting Barbara Havers in danger - any semblance of reason usually goes out the window when she's threatened. As in, it takes an ''armed assault team'' to keep him from bursting into the pub where Barbara is [[spoiler:being held hostage at gunpoint]] in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E01InDivineProportion In Divine Proportion]]".
* PuppyDogEyes: Barbara's large, expressive green eyes are more than capable of this, and clue the audience in to her [[TheWoobie vulnerability]] when she's covering it up with a [[{{Tsundere}} scathing remark]]. It is, in fact, largely because of her eyes that Barbara is such a sympathetic character; if her eyes didn't provide a window into just what a good reason she has to be defensive and prickly, she would come off as a complete bitch in early episodes.
* RedOniBlueOni: Havers is red, Lynley is blue. However, as is this show's habit, the reality is slightly more complex: Havers is certainly more fiery and hotheaded in daily life, but she is generally the cool, collected one in a crisis, whereas Lynley is usually the more rational and pragmatic one, but tends to panic when the shit hits the fan. Also, Lynley is more likely to fly off the handle at suspects, whereas Havers is more likely to react with TranquilFury. In fact, by the end of the show, the two might be said to have swapped their "red" and "blue" alignments altogether.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Lynley and Helen start as friends. Matters progress over the course of the show.
* SarcasticDevotee: Barbara Havers snarks up, down, and all around at Lynley and is the first to tell him when she thinks he's about to do something stupid. There is also no force in the universe strong enough to break her loyalty to him or to keep her from moving heaven and earth to get back to him. And God forbid [[HypocriticalHeartwarming anyone else say anything remotely unpleasant about him]]!
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Helen, who has very little purpose other than to be Lynley's love interest.
* SceneryPorn: Whenever the main characters solve cases outside of London.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: In this case, the network was the BBC.
* SecurityCling: The aforementioned CryIntoChest doubles as this -- they're both absolutely ''terrified'' after what had just happened.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: [[UnresolvedSexualTension ...yet]].
* SharpDressedMan: Lynley, at the start, which doesn't help Havers' perception of him. Interestingly, as the series goes by, Lynley starts to lose some of the sharpness for more casual attire (compare his suit and tie in the pilot, with his shirt and jeans in the "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS06E02KnowThineEnemy Know Thine Enemy]]"), while Havers sharpens up her appearance.
* ShipperOnDeck: Barbara appears to be this for Lynley and Helen. Whether she a) genuinely wants them to get together, b) genuinely wants them to get together and doesn't realize she's in love with Lynley, c) genuinely wants them to get together but is in [[ListingShip unrequited love]] with Lynley anyway, or d) is in unrequited love with Lynley and is encouraging him in order to hide her own feelings is a matter for endless debate.
** Meta example: Nathaniel Parker says he considers Sharon Small his little sister. He ''also'' ships Lynley/Havers like it's going out of style, and said that had he been in charge of the series, the last episode would have them walking off into the sunset holding hands.
* ShipSinking: Meta example. In the Creator/{{PBS}} airing of "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS01E04MissingJoseph Missing Joseph]]", host Diana Rigg notes that "[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial it might appear that Sergeant Havers has a thing for her partner]]" but hastily goes on to mention that "she gives him nothing but grief" (while apparently missing and/or ignoring the fact that the [[UnresolvedSexualTension subtext]] in the first season alone could crush your average linebacker). She then goes on to note that Lynley is already in love with Helen Clyde - who [[spoiler:dies at the end of series 5]]. Considering that [[FanPreferredCouple shippers]] have looked past [[IncestYayShipping blood relationships]], [[GhostShipping death]], [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight little-to-no interaction]], and ''[[CrossoverShip not even being from the same universe]]'', this is hardly proof positive that nothing will ever happen, and in fact they are given an [[AndTheAdventureContinues open ending]] with [[spoiler:all romantic competition out of the way]] and seven years of added depth to their relationship. In light of all this, the denial is not particularly convincing.
* ShirtlessScene: Lynley gets a couple. Thankfully, Nat Parker is... quite a good-looking bloke.
* SlummingIt: Tangled up in all the ''many'' reasons Barbara Havers initially loathes Thomas Lynley is her perception that he is doing this. [[NonIdleRich He's not]], is rather offended she'd think so, and proceeds to disabuse her of the notion in short order. After she eats humble pie, she [[FireForgedFriends gains a tremendous amount of respect for him]].
* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Lynley and Havers. ''Lots'' of it.
* StrictlyProfessionalRelationship: Allegedly.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Helen, at the end of series 5]], because her character dies in the books. (Despite the fact that the television series had abandoned the novel canon three series earlier). This also renders [[spoiler:DieForOurShip]] unnecessary, as it [[spoiler:clears the way for [[FanPreferredCouple Lynley/Havers]] in just about the most convenient manner possible]].
* SubordinateExcuse: When Barbara is [[spoiler:demoted at the beginning of series 3]], Lynley plays this trope to the ''hilt'' to [[spoiler:keep her with him, and calls her in on every case he possibly can even though she's not technically under his supervision any more]]. When forced to justify this to ''his'' supervisor, he tells said supervisor that [[spoiler:he's calling her in because she's proven that she can work with him effectively and that paper-shuffling will be good for her]]. This is absolutely true, and has absolutely ''nothing'' to do with [[TrueCompanions why he wants her around]].
* SurvivorGuilt: Implied to be the main cause of Lynley's HeroicBSOD following [[spoiler:Helen's death]], as she was [[spoiler:shot right in front of him because of a case he was working]].
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Our two heroes start out as this. It evolves rather quickly into FireForgedFriends.
* TheOtherDarrin: Lynley's wife Helen was played by three separate actresses: Emma Fielding in the pilot, Lesley Vickerage in series one through three (up until she separated from Lynley), and Catherine Russell in series five.
* TheyFightCrime: He's a Lord with a title and a complicated personal life. She's a cranky, foul-mouthed working-class junk food addict with massive class resentment issues.
* TrueCompanions: It doesn't seem to matter how badly they're fighting this week -- any outside attempt to turn them against each other ''will'' fail, and probably end whatever fight they're having to boot.
* TurnInYourBadge: In "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS06E01Limbo Limbo]]", Lynley is on [[spoiler:indefinite compassionate leave]] after [[spoiler:Helen's death]] when he is [[spoiler:hauled in for questioning on suspicion of murder]]. Naturally, he ropes Barbara in to help him as they fight to clear his name.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Averted. Both of the main characters are at serious risk of being fired at least once during the series' run.
* UndyingLoyalty: It must be seen to be believed. There's nothing these two would not do for each other.
-->'''Lynley''': No, see, that's the thing I think you've got wrong. ''I'' think he's counting on my loyalty to ''you''.
** "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS03E02ATraitorToMemory A Traitor To Memory]]" also shows this between Chief Superintendent Webberley and Detective Sergeant Leach, who were partners years before, who're [[NotSoDifferent another upper-class/working-class pair]].
* UnequalPairing: Lynley/Havers has this in ''spades'', in both class disparity and in rank. This is somewhat mitigated in that by the end of the series their interactions are much, much more those of police ''partners'' as opposed to superior/subordinate, but there are still massive, massive issues to overcome. [[FanPreferredCouple The entire fandom ships them anyway.]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Many episodes can be seen as this.
** "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS05E02OneGuiltyDeed One Guilty Deed]]" and "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS03E04IfWishesWereHorses If Wishes Were Horses]]", which both involve [[spoiler: Lynley running to Havers' aid after she gets hit with a rock and shot, respectively. Very special mention to the latter, where Lynley calls her "Barbara" and not "Havers."]]
** The last two scenes of "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E01InDivineProportion In Divine Proportion]]", in which Barbara is [[spoiler:held hostage at gunpoint on her first case back from getting shot. The way he holds her close and soothes her is... a bit more than friendly. Especially that kiss he presses to the top of her head...]]
** The "shower scene" in "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS05E02OneGuiltyDeed One Guilty Deed]]", when they dance around each other in tight quarters while she's in pyjamas and he's in - a ''towel''.
** "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS04E04WordOfGod Word Of God]]" where he [[spoiler:''breaks off a date, shows up at Barbara's flat in the middle of the night'' and ''questions whether or not he ever truly loved Helen'']]. Immediately after this, [[spoiler:they admit that they are ''each others' reason to get up in the morning'']] -- sorry, was this supposed to be ''{{subtext}}??''
* VitriolicBestBuds: Lynley and Havers, of course.
* TheWatson: Havers, usually, although as noted above it isn't uncommon for Lynley to be this to her as well.
* WhamEpisode: Most of the series finales. Series 2 had [[spoiler:the events in the North Sea that led to Barbara's demotion]], Series 3 had [[spoiler:Helen's miscarriage and Barbara being shot]], Series 4 had [[spoiler:Lynley's suspension]], and Series 5 had [[spoiler:Helen's death]]. Series 6 didn't follow this pattern, but that was because the show was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelled]] before the third and fourth episodes of the series could be completed.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Hadiyyah and Azhar vanish without explanation after the events of "[[Recap/InspectorLynleyS02E04DeceptionOnHisMind Deception On His Mind]]", incidentally removing the only viable romantic interest [[FanPreferredCouple not named Thomas Lynley]] Barbara ever has on the show.
* WhatTheHellHero: Part of the reason Lynley and Havers are such an effective team is not simply because they're willing to call each other out, both personally and professionally, but because they ''listen'' to each other when their partner is directing one of these at them.
* WithDueRespect: Any variant of this phrase out of Barbara's mouth is code for, "I'm about to tell you I think you're an idiot." She's usually right. Its sister phrase, "Yes, ''sir''," is code for, "I think you're an idiot, but I'm following your orders because I have to."
* {{Workaholic}}: Both Lynley and Havers, who can't pass up so much as a ''sniff'' of a mystery, to the point where they will quite literally drop anything and everything else to solve one. [[BusmansHoliday Even when they're on holiday]].
* WorkingClassHero: Barbara fits this far more than she doesn't, as she's much better than Lynley when it comes to street smarts and, frequently, reading people's interactions, particularly those of the working class -- Lynley tends to get a bit clueless about these things when he's not among the powerful or well-educated. This is, of course, why they are perfect partners for each other. Incidentally, Slate Magazine called her [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/tv_club/features/2012/downton_abbey_season_2/week_7/what_should_i_watch_while_downton_abbey_is_gone_.html "one of the great working-class characters of British television."]]
* WorthLivingFor: Lynley and Havers, for each other. A CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming for the entire show.
-->'''Lynley''': How do you do it? Living alone.
-->'''Havers''': Oh... you get used to it. I've never been married, never had anything you could call a relationship. So you get to a point where you just have to accept what you are, what you have. And then you find something else, and that gives you the reason to get up in the morning. And I have that, don't I.
-->'''Lynley''': We both do.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Suffice it to say that when Lynley calls Havers "Barbara," it's either a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming or a massive, massive TearJerker - like when [[spoiler:Havers gets shot]], at which point Lynley loses it quite spectacularly and can only say, "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Barbara?]] ''[[TearJerker Barbara]]??''"

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