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->''"Always keep your bowler on in times of stress, and a watchful eye open for [[DiabolicalMastermind diabolical masterminds]]."''

Very popular British SpyDrama running from 1961-1969, created by Creator/SydneyNewman and produced by ITC for Creator/{{ITV}}. A total of 161 episodes in six seasons. The show singlehandedly started the SpyCatsuit and ActionGirl tropes.

Its most famous male-female partnership, between 1965 and 1968, was Patrick Macnee (who would later appear in a [[Film/AViewToAKill Bond film]]) and Diana Rigg (who would later appear in a [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService Bond film]]).

In earlier seasons (1962-1964), the female co-star was Honor Blackman ([[RunningGag who would later appear in a]] [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Bond film]]).

The series was originally created as a vehicle for Ian Hendry (who would not later appear in a Bond film), to capitalise on the popularity he had developed during his previous show, ''Police Surgeon''. In the {{pilot}}, his character, Dr David Keel, was recruited by spy John Steed (Macnee) as a part-time expert assistant in return for Steed's help capturing the murderers of Keel's wife; this was pretty much [[ArtifactTitle the last time in the series any actual]] ''[[ArtifactTitle avenging]]'' [[ArtifactTitle took place]]. This first series was generally a grim-and-gritty crime affair, centering around drug smugglers, arms dealers and endless cases involving stolen diamonds.

A TV strike delayed the start of the second season, so Hendry left to pursue a film career. Steed became the show's central character and the production team started to explore other partnerships. The first, lasting just a few episodes, was Dr. King, a blatant SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute. He was followed up by stories that alternately paired Steed up with nightclub singer Venus Smith (TheChick) (played by Julie Stevens, who has never appeared in a Bond film) and female spy Catherine "Cathy" Gale (arguably TV's first true ActionGirl) (played by Blackman, who, as noted already, would later appear in a Bond film). Cathy, who was mostly written identically to Dr. Keel (WordOfGod is that some of her early scripts were actually written for Hendry), proved to be the most popular and Venus was quietly dropped.

This [[ReTool retooling]] of the show became a massive smash. With a consistent SpyCouple format, the show began to move away from more mundane villains and towards science fictional supervillains and [[DiabolicalMastermind diabolical masterminds]].

Blackman left to pursue a film career (playing Pussy Galore in ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', a Bond film) and was replaced by Diana Rigg as Mrs. Emma Peel, described as a "talented amateur". Simultaneously, production switched from videotape to 35mm film. The show became much more stylish and faster-paced and even gained a new theme tune, although it wasn't until the next season that it was produced in colour. Mrs. Peel -- whose husband didn't make an appearance until her final episode -- set the trend of the SpyCatsuit and continued the gentleman spy / ActionGirl setup. Steed and Mrs. Peel became the show's iconic pairing, helped by the introduction of filmed and colour episodes raising the show in the public's consciousness.

The stories became crazier and crazier -- Space plants from the moon! Assassination by laser! Invisible spies! Housecats trained to kill! Politicians hypnotised into becoming children! A ShrinkRay! -- and typified the swinging cool of [[TheSixties 1960s]] Britain.

Eventually Rigg left Steed for the embrace of [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService George Lazenby's doomed James Bond film]], and Steed took on his last partner, Tara King. Tara (played by Linda Thorson, who has ''not'' appeared in a Bond film, but made up for it by being the only one of the bunch to appear in the ''StarTrek'' franchise) was a more feminine character, though still an ActionGirl, but the series never survived the loss of Rigg, massive problems behind the scenes and being put up in America against ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''. The series finished after just one season with Tara King.

A {{Revival}} was attempted in 1976, with ''The New Avengers'', starring Macnee and Joanna Lumley (who's better known for ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'', [[RunningGag but had earlier appeared]] [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService in a Bond film]]) as [[OnlyOneName Purdey]]. Oh, and Gareth Hunt, the guy off the Nescafe adverts (but not Bond films, before or after ''The Avengers''), as Mike Gambit. But the new, gritty tone -- matching shows like ''Series/TheSweeney'' and (later) ''Series/TheProfessionals''[[note]] which was made by the same company as ''The New Avengers'' and continued the producers' trend toward more action-oriented material[[/note]] -- was too much of a departure and it soon collapsed. (Extensive ExecutiveMeddling in the second year was also to blame, as the producers were forced to mount several episodes in France and in Canada, which would have been fine if the scripts and production had remained up to par.) This series lasted from October, 1976 to December, 1977. A total of 26 episodes in two seasons.

The show was later [[TheFilmOfTheSeries made into a movie]] starring Ralph Fiennes (who appears in a [[{{Film/Skyfall}} Bond film]]) and Creator/UmaThurman (who may or may not appear in some future Bond film yet), whose only redeeming quality was Creator/SeanConnery ([[OverlyLongGag who had appeared ]] [[CaptainObvious in many Bond films]]) [[HamAndCheese hamming it up]] as an evil Scotsman. For more on this film, which is pretty much disowned by fans for straying too far from the concept of the series, see ''Film/TheAvengers1998''.

In the 1990s, the franchise was revived by Eclipse Comics and writer Creator/GrantMorrison for a comic book series, ''Steed and Mrs. Peel'', which could not be titled ''The Avengers'' because of the well-known Marvel comic (this also happened when Gold Key released a one-off in the 1960s). This comic was reprinted twenty years later by Creator/BoomStudios, which then went on to feature newly written stories.

Not to be confused with [[ComicBook/TheAvengers the comic]] or [[Film/TheAvengers its film adaptation]], the latter of which was renamed ''Avengers Assemble'' for the British market for precisely this reason.

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!!Character tropes include:

* ActionGirl: Cathy Gale, Emma Peel, Tara King, and Purdey in the revival.
* ActorAllusion: In one episode, Cathy Gale sends Steed and Peel a postcard from [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Fort Knox]].
* AlmostDeadGuy: Countless episodes.
* AnonymousRinger: The Prime Minister in "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Station".
* AxCrazy: "Escape in Time", "The Joker", "Don't Look Behind You".
* BadBoss: "A Touch of Brimstone".
* BadassInANiceSuit: Steed.
* BenchBreaker: At one point, Mrs. Peel gets handcuffed to a wooden chair. When the time comes, she swiftly breaks the chair and beats up the baddies with the sticks. At the end of the episode, as they stroll off across a golf course, Steed asks her what her handicap is. She shows him the chunk of wood still cuffed to one of her wrists.
* BigBad: The puppeteer in "Look (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellas".
* BikerBabe: Cathy Gale.
* BoxedCrook: Many episodes.
* BunglingInventor: Quilby in "The See-Through Man".
* TheChick: Venus Smith.
* CombatPragmatist: Steed; a producer's write-up to guide writers of episodes specifically stated that "he fights like a cad and uses ''every dirty trick in the book''..."
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: "The Fear Merchants", "Silent Dust".
* CovertGroup: Soviet spymaster Ivanov planted many undercover agents in Great Britain, where they wormed close to tactically important persons, ready to assassinate them on cue. This covert network was called "the House of Cards," because select playing cards would activate the moles. British Avengers John Steed, Emma Peel and Mike Gambit thwarted Ivanov and neutralized his moles.
* CulturedBadass: Steed.
* DamselInDistress: Tara often gets chloroformed or clubbed and kidnapped.
* DiabolicalMastermind
* DoomedAppointment: Countless.
* DoubleAgent: Merlin - actually a ''quadruple'' agent - in "The Morning After".
* FilmFelons: "Epic".
* FunnyForeigner: A few, most notably the Russian diplomat in "Fog".
* HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection: The heroes occasionally tangled with The Other Side.
* HeelFaceMole: "The Correct Way To Kill".
* HotScientist: "The Man-Eater of Surrey Green", not to mention Mrs. Peel all the time.
* IconicOutfit: The {{Spy Catsuit}}s.
* ImplacableMan: The Cybernauts in "The Cybernauts", "Return of the Cybernauts" and "The Last of the Cybernauts...?"
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Brodny in "The See-Through Man" and "Two's A Crowd".
* LastNameBasis
* LargeHam: Mother.
* LoonyFan: "Epic", "The Joker", "Don't Look Behind You".
* MadScientist: Countless episodes.
* MeaningfulName: When charged with coming up with a new character, the writers were told to create one with "Male Appeal", abbreviated as "M. Appeal".
* TheMole: Many episodes.
* {{Mooks}}: Countless episodes.
* TheNapoleon: "Escape in Time".
* OldFriend: Countless, generally doomed.
* PartTimeHero: Tara King was the first of Steed's associates to be a professional agent like him; all those that came before were "talented amateurs" who maintained their own careers between outings with Steed. The having-to-balance-heroing-with-real-life side of the trope rarely came up with any of them, though.
** Emma Peel is shown pursuing numerous hobbies that suggest she is rather lonely since the disappearance of her husband. No wonder she always looks happy to be solving mysteries with Steed.
* PlantAliens: "The Man-Eater of Surrey Green".
* PlatonicLifePartners:
** Steed and Mrs. Gale.
** Steed and Mrs. Peel.
** Steed and Miss King
*** 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.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Steed, naturally.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The clowns in "Look (Stop Me If You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellas".
* RedScare: "The Correct Way to Kill".
* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: "The Mauritius Penny", "The Eagle's Nest".
* SerialKiller: "Fog", "Game".
* TheStoic: Steed, Mrs Peel and sometimes Tara King generally treat horrible murder with barely a flicker of emotion.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Dr King.
* TechnicalPacifist: Steed.
* TerroristsWithoutACause: Countless episodes.
* ThrowTheBookAtThem: During a fight in the village library in "Murdersville", Steed grabs an armful of books off the shelf and hurls them at an attacker..
* TheVicar: Numerous episodes.
* TheVoiceless: Mother's bodyguard, Rhonda.

!!Plot tropes include:
* AloneWithThePsycho: "The Joker".
* AmnesiaDanger: "The Forget-Me-Knot".
* AnimalAssassin: "The Hidden Tiger".
* AristocratsAreEvil: "Hellfire Club".
* {{Brainwashed}}: "The Hour That Never Was", "Pandora".
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Occurs in the final original series episode, "Bizarre," when [[spoiler: Mother directly addresses the viewers]].
* BusmansHoliday: "A Chorus of Frogs".
* TheButlerDidIt: "What the Butler Saw".
* ClassReunion: "The Hour That Never Was".
* ClearMyName: "All Done With Mirrors", "Who Was That Man I Saw You With?".
* DamselOutOfDistress: Emma in "The House That Jack Built".
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler:Professor Keller]] in "The House That Jack Built".
* DeadlyPrank: "Hellfire Club", "Game".
* {{Doppelganger}}: Any way you can think of -- MagicPlasticSurgery, LatexPerfection, IdenticalStranger, FreakyFridayFlip -- ''The Avengers'' did it at least once.
* EnemyMine: "The Morning After".
* EnemyWithout: In an episode where a man's brainwaves are projected into a series of hapless British spies.
* FauxtasticVoyage: "Escape In Time", "Pandora".
* FingerPokeOfDoom: "The Positive Negative Man".
* FreakyFridayFlip: "Who's Who???"
* GroundhogDayLoop: "Stay Tuned", and kind of, in "You Have Just Been Murdered".
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: "The Superlative Seven".
* HypnoFool: "The Master Minds".
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: "Mission... Highly Improbable".
* InvisibleMainCharacter: Kind of, in "The See-Through Man". Definitely in "Get-A-Way!"
* KillerRobot: "The Cybernauts", "Return of the Cybernauts".
* KnifeThrowingAct: "Conspiracy of Silence".
* ManEatingPlant: "Man-Eater of Surrey Green".
* NastyParty: "The Superlative Seven".
* OntologicalMystery: "The House That Jack Built".
* OrgyOfEvidence: "The Curious Case of the Countless Clues", had John Steed go up against a killer who planted clues over each of his hits, and then posed as a detective attempting to "solve" each of the murders he himself committed.
* PeoplePuppets: "Return of the Cybernauts".
* SnuffFilm: "Epic".
* TenLittleMurderVictims: "The Superlative Seven".
* ThanatosGambit: "The House That Jack Built".
* TheRemake: They used to remake their own episodes. Ones with Cathy Gale were often remade with either Emma Peel or Tara King. They made three episodes with exactly the same plot, one with each of them.
** Justified in that in the 1960s episodes were wiped after being shown.
* TownWithADarkSecret: "The Town of No Return", "Murdersville".
* TreasureMap: "Dead Man's Chest".
* YourWorstNightmare: "Too Many Christmas Trees", "Death's Door".

!!Other tropes that appeared on the show include:
* AbsenteeActor: Usually the female lead.
* AcquittedTooLate
* ActorAllusion: "Too Many Christmas Trees".
* ActingForTwo: Various {{Doppelganger}} stories.
* AlanSmithee: "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Station" gives script credit to "Brian Sheriff," alias Brian Clemens and Roger Marshall (when Marshall left the series due to CreativeDifferences with Clemens, he rewrote Marshall's script - the pen-name indicates [[MeaningfulName the sheriff doing the marshal's job]]).
* AuctionOfEvil: "The Girl from Auntie".
* BoundAndGagged[=/=]DistressedDamsel: Happens fairly often to the female lead, considering the time period.
* BloodlessCarnage
* CatchPhrase: "Mrs Peel - we're needed!"
* CatFight: "The Living Dead".
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Wardrobe]]: Mrs. Peel's amazing ability to always wear a catsuit if she would be involved in a fight later.
* ClipShow: "Homicide and Old Lace".
* ChainedToARailway: "The Gravediggers".
* ChameleonCamouflage: One episode had a villain escape prison and attempt to murder John Steed with such a gimmick.
* ComicBookAdaptation: In 1968, Gold Key Comics published a one-shot comic book based on the series, reprinting a British comic strip. However due to the fact Creator/MarvelComics owned the name ''The Avengers'' in comics, the adaptation was titled ''John Steed Emma Peel'', though its official title remained ''The Avengers'' in the indicia. In 1990-1991 Eclipse Comics published a 3-issue comic book mini-series (written by Creator/GrantMorrison), but it ran into the same problem so it was titled ''Steed and Mrs. Peel''; it also suffered from a months-long delay before the release of part 3. An ''Avengers'' comic strip also ran in one of the UK weekly comic magazines, but there were no problems using the original title over there. The ''Steed and Mrs. Peel'' title of 1991 was revived by Creator/BoomComics in the early 2010s (beginning with a reprint of the Morrison mini-series and then moving into original tales) and ran for about 18 months. ''The New Avengers'' was adapted in comic strip form in a pair of UK-published Annuals.
* ContinuityNod: Cathy Gale sends a Christmas card in "Too Many Christmas Trees" from Fort Knox. Doubles as a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''.
* 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 seriess 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.
* ConveyorBeltODoom: "Epic".
* CoolCar: Emma's Lotus Elan.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: "The Living Dead".
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: "The Living Dead".
* FakeOutMakeOut: Steed and Mrs. Peel in "Escape in Time".
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: "Death's Door".
* {{Fanservice}}: Mrs. Peel in "The Girl from Auntie".
* FrickinLaserBeams: The murder weapon of choice in "From Venus, With Love".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: At one point, Steed infiltrates into a society of radical cat lovers, and the director asks him about his own cat. Steed proceeds to describe in great detail his "beloved pussy Emma", and looks quite amused when the director asks how nice Emma feels purring in his lap.
** From the arrival of Cathy Gale onwards, innuendo became a hallmark of the series.
* HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection
* HellBentForLeather
* HeyItsThatGuy: The show is a goldmine for this kind of thing.
%% HilariousInHindsight is already on {{YMMV/TheAvengers}}
* InstrumentOfMurder: One enemy agent in had a clarinet with a blade that would slide out of the bell when the right key was pressed.
* ItMustBeMine: "The Girl from Auntie".
* JumpedAtTheCall: Both Steed and Mrs Peel clearly enjoy their adventures, even though it occasionally means killing lots of people.
* LastNameBasis: Steed, Gambit and Purdey are this to each other.
* LimitedWardrobe: Steed.
* LostEpisode: All but two-and-two-thirds episodes of the first season. Videotape was expensive in the early 60's and was routinely reused. The first act of the first episode can [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKmvXaRInEs be found on YouTube]].
* MilkmanConspiracy: Many episodes, and a literal one in "False Witness".
* MissingEpisode:
** Most of the first season.
*** Although these are now being remade as audio plays by Creator/BigFinish.
** The episode "A Touch of Brimstone" was initially "banned" by the ABC network in the US, although it was merely one of ''five'' monochrome Emma Peel episodes the network never aired -- the broadcast schedule for these episodes only lasted 21 weeks, so five of the set of 26 never made it on; all five later aired in syndicated reruns in the US. Even in the UK, the most censor-troubling scene in "Brimstone", of a man attacking fetish-leather-clad Emma with a whip, was shortened; and various rerun syndications shortened it to varying greater degrees. Not until DVD release was the ''full''-length version of the scene presented.
* {{Monster Clown}}s: "Look - (Stop Me if You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellers..."
* MostWritersAreMale: In this case, ''all'' the writers - which explains a lot about Mrs. Peel in particular.
* MusicalPastiche: In "The Winged Avenger".
* NeverFoundTheBody: Mrs. Peel's husband Peter; a pilot found to be alive in the Amazonian jungle years after a plane crash, which signals Mrs. Peel's exit from the series.
* {{NewWeird}}: Some of the episodes delved into "Weird Fiction," John Steed was once shrunk to "doll-size."
* NiceHat: Steed and his bowlers, complete with a steel plate in the crown for clonking people on the head with.
* NoExportForYou: The American broadcasts of the first Emma Peel season featured a unique opening sequence (called the "chessboard opening") to explain the concept of the show to US viewers. Notable for providing a bit of leather catsuited MsFanservice of Mrs. Peel, British fans clamored to see the opening for years, but never got a chance to see it until it was included on a DVD release relatively recently. American fans, meanwhile, were disappointed when the 1990s DVD release of the series omitted the opening because it originated from the UK masters.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup
* NothingIsScarier: "Don't Look Behind You".
* OfCorsetsSexy: "A Touch of Brimstone".
* OhCisco
* OpeningNarration: The American screenings of the Emma Peel episodes.
* ParasolOfPain: Steed's umbrella.
* ParentService: Emma Peel.
* PrettyInMink: Emma Peel.
* PressurePoint: Emma Peel in "The Living Dead".
* PutOnABus: Tara King in two episodes.
%% RecycledScript is already on {{YMMV/TheAvengers}}
* ReplacedTheThemeTune: It originally had a theme tune by Johnny Dankworth. It also underwent a complete makeover when production was switched from videotape to film, simultaneous with Diana Rigg's arrival, resulting in the more familiar Laurie Johnson theme.
%% ReplacementScrappy is already on {{YMMV/TheAvengers}}
* ResemblanceReveal: In the episode that writes out Mrs. Peel, her husband (a pilot who was lost in a plane crash some years before her entry into the series) turns out to be still alive. He doesn't appear in person until the final scene, at which point he is revealed to look exactly like Steed. (What this might imply about Mrs. Peel's reasons for hanging around with Steed is left as an exercise for the viewer.)
* ReTool: The show changed dramatically with the introduction of Cathy Gale.
* ReVision: Mother.
%% SeasonalRot is already on {{YMMV/TheAvengers}}
* SheFu
* ShoutOut: In one episode a plot to destroy a train is summed up as such: "[[ThomastheTankEngine Pop goes the diesel?]]"
* ShrugOfGod: Steed and Mrs Peel -- are they or aren't they? Since they would never have been permitted to address the question explicitly on-screen, it was deliberately left ambiguous. An interviewer once asked Macnee, Rigg, and the series' head writer what was ''really'' going on with Steed and Mrs Peel, and got three different and mutually-exclusive answers.
* SpyCatsuit: The original, in fact, and the origin of the trope.
* SpyCouple
* SpyDrama
* SpyFiction
* SwordCane: Steed had a sword concealed in his umbrella.
* TheTag: Humorous variety.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: "The Cybernauts".
* VirtualRealityInterrogation: Tara King was victim of such a ploy by villains trying to locate John Steed and whoever he was protecting. Another episode had a fake "training seminar" orchestrated by enemy agents. British agents would not crack during the "interrogation simulations", but would later casually discuss the subject matter at the bar...
* WeHelpTheHelpless: The Avengers' scope of action varies from episode to episode -- sometimes it's impossible or unusual crimes, sometimes it's purely spy-based, sometimes it's breaking smuggling rings.
* WeaponizedHeadgear: Steed's steel-lined bowler.
* 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.
* WholePlotReference: "Dead Man's Chest" is basically ''ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''; "The Superlative Seven" is a riff on ''TheMostDangerousGame''.
* YouGotMurder
* YouLookFamiliar

!!The 1976-77 remake series ''The New Avengers'' provides examples of:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: "Gnaws".
* ApocalypseHitler: "The Eagle's Nest" featured a group of Nazis attempting to revive the cryogenically preserved body of Hitler.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Colonel "Mad Jack" Miller in "Dirtier By The Dozen".
* BadHabits: "The Eagle's Nest".
* BulletCatch: In one episode, the Russians had developed a super-martial arts training program which would enable those who survived to deflect bullets with their hands. The graduate did fairly well, but it turned out he could only deflect attacks from one direction at a time.
* CatFight: The episode "Angels Of Death" has Purdey taking on not one but two gorgeous female opponents (played by Caroline Munro and Pamela Stephenson), after Gambit's basic decency prevents him hitting women and they beat the bejasus out of him.
* DanceBattler: Purdey was a former ballerina who practiced a very balletic fighting form, complete with pirouettes and high kicks.
* DeathCourse: An episode had one of these disguised as a British agent training course. Agents would be shot with harmless little darts to show whether they passed. The villains poisoned the darts.
* DeepCoverAgent: The episode "House of Cards" features a rogue Russian agent activating an old cold war project of deep, deep cover agents, [[spoiler:two of whom are old friends of Steed]].
* {{Doppelganger}}: "Faces", of the MagicPlasticSurgery variety.
* EvilFormerFriend: In "Such Men Are Dangerous", Steed's life is threatened by a revenge campaign from Mark Creighton, a childhood friend (at least to Steed), who viewed Steed as a lifelong rival, and who Steed was forced to shoot when he revealed himself to be a double agent.
* EyepatchOfPower: Colonel Miller has one in "Dirtier By The Dozen". It's [[FridgeLogic never explained]] how a man with only one eye could remain as a serving line officer in the British Army.
* HiredGuns: The [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores rouge British Army unit]] in "Dirtier By The Dozen".
* LadyInRed: Purdey in "Dirtier By The Dozen", in contrast to the men all dressed in khaki.
* LivingOnBorrowedTime: An enemy agent in one episode who had a bullet working its way toward his brain, and was desperate to kill Steed before that happened.
* LockDown: "Complex".
* MarriedToTheJob: In "House of Cards", Steed refers to his career as "my one and only marriage…and I've been very faithful."
* InstantSedation: "Sleeper", where a group of bank robbers disperse a powerful knockout drug over UsefulNotes/{{London}} early on a Sunday morning in order to pull off a series of bank heists.
* OlderAndWiser: Steed.
* OnlyOneName: Purdey.
* {{Revival}}
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: "Gnaws".
* ShootingGallery: "Target!".
* StupidJetpackHitler: "The Eagle's Nest".
* TelepathicSprinklers: In "Complex", Purdey is trapped inside a building which is attempting to kill her. Steed and Gambit dump a bunch of matches and lighters to her through the mail chute. She uses these to trigger the sprinklers which go off through the entire building and short out the computer controlling the building.
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