[[caption-width-right:350:[[Music/{{Beyonce}} "Baby I can see your halo, you know you're my saving grace..."]]]]

->''"You're the famous Simon Templar!"''
-->-- The end of [[OncePerEpisode every]] pre-credits sequence

The series started in 1962. Its hero is charming, well-dressed, intelligent, British and ready to fight the bad guys--[[Film/JamesBond not to mention played by]] Creator/RogerMoore. [[JustForFun/SurprisinglySimilarStories We're talking, of course]], about ''The Saint''.

[[Franchise/TheSaint Created by Leslie Charteris]] in [[Literature/TheSaint a series of books]], Simon Templar, nicknamed The Saint ([[DontExplainTheJoke because of his initials]]), is a world-famous amateur detective who operates as a modern-day Myth/RobinHood. Many episodes of the Moore series adapted short stories and novels from the book series.

Aside from providing Moore with his defining pre-007 role (by the time the series came to an end in 1969, Moore was the highest-paid television actor in the world), ''The Saint'' was also a significant milestone for Creator/LewGrade and his ITC production company; with 118 episodes, it was outlasted only by ''Series/TheAvengers'', and enjoyed enormous success internationally. It has been credited as earning ITC as much as $350 million, and along with the aforementioned ''Avengers'' paved the way for ITC's sprawling catalogue of (usually much shorter-lived) adventure and mystery shows, including ''Series/TheChampions'', ''Series/DepartmentS'', ''Series/JasonKing'', ''Series/TheBaron'' and many others.

After it finished in 1969, it was followed in 1978 by a revival titled ''Return of the Saint'' starring Ian Ogilvy. Virtually identical to the Moore series (right down to the opening narration), except for being set in the late 1970s, the revival lasted a single season. Additional attempts have been made to bring Simon back to TV, the most successful (to a degree) being a series of Australian-made TV movies that were syndicated in North America in the late 1980s.
!!''The Saint'' provides examples of the following tropes:
* AesopEnforcer: In "The Golden Journey", Simon Templar encounters his friend's beautiful, rich, and very spoilt fiancee Belinda. He sets her up for a life-changing lesson by stealing her money and possessions, leaving her no choice but to undertake a long journey with him on foot. After encountering many hardships on the way, she learns that there are more important things than money, and becomes much more pleasant.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Simon Templar.
* BlindfoldedTrip: One episode had Simon Templar made prisoner and driven around a city. Too bad they passed some locations that made very characteristic sounds.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Early seasons began each episode with Simon Templar talking directly to the audience to set the scene for the episode. When the series moved to color production, this was dropped in favor of off-screen narration.
** Upon people recognising him, The Saint will often look upwards (and then often at the camera - see the illustration on this page for an example) as an animated halo appears to segue into the TitleSequence.
* TheCavalry: In one episode, Simon Templar actually refers to a useful group of friendly sailors as "the cavalry" after they burst in and beat up the bad guy's {{Mooks}} for him.
* ColdOpen: Home of the aforementioned fourth wall breaking.
* CoolCar: The white Volvo P1800.
* CoverIdentityAnomaly: In "The Organisation Man", Templar, working undercover for British military intelligence, has infiltrated a small private army whose current assignment is to liberate a captured, high-profile spy. They're disguised in the stolen tartans of a detachment of Scottish soldiers who were due to take over guard duty, and on handover, are being inspected by the current guard commander. Their disguises are perfect (as befits a regiment known for their punctilious attention to detail), up until the point when the commander notices that they've all placed their sgian-dubh knives in the wrong sock - the right rather than the left.
* DeathRay: In one episode, a defecting Soviet scientist is murdered with his own weapon for the secrets of the death ray he has just invented; at the end of the episode, the killer runs away with the only working prototype; he trips, falls, drops the device, the beam accidentally activates, [[KarmicDeath and....]]
* DisguisedInDrag: [[spoiler:The villain of the first episode drags up as an old woman so he can murder his wife.]]
* FascinatingEyebrow: Being played Creator/RogerMoore, Simon Templar is a natural at this.
* GentlemanAdventurer: Simon Templar, of course.
* GladiatorGames: "The Man Who Liked Lions" has Simon Templar running afoul of a thuggish Roman revivalist.
* HiredToHuntYourself: This happens to Simon Templar in the episode "To Kill a Saint". When nightclub owner Paul Verrier is tricked into believing that The Saint has tried to murder him, Templar goes to see him to try to resolve the situation. However, Verrier assumes that he's Braddock, a hitman whom Verrier has hired to kill Templar. Templar quickly adopts the role, and so becomes the hitman with a contract on himself.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Most episodes, especially in the black-and-white episodes, are called The Adjective Noun. ("The Careful Terrorist", "The Covetous Headsman", "The Romantic Matron", and so on.)
* InspectorAntagonist: Chief Inspector Teal.
* JustLikeRobinHood
* LargeHam: The episode "Island of Chance" has Dr. Charles Krayford (David Bauer) - a disgraced, reclusive scientist working to create a panacea to share with the world (using, of course, [[GratuitousLaboratoryFlasks flasks of bubbling, coloured liquids and sundry interconnected glassware]]). He's utterly dedicated to his research, and earnestly chews the scenery whenever pleading his case. He goes all-out in his death scene, which ends up being rather narmy as a result.
* LaserHallway: Done rather well and "realistic" in the two-part episode "The Fiction Makers", which first aired in December 1968 and was later released as a theatrical film. Instead of a hallway, it was a corridor between two fences.
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: In "The Master Plan", Simon Templar and GirlOfTheWeek Jean find themselves locked in a hidden cell which can only be opened by sliding a sculpture, visible through a small viewing hole, on the wall opposite the entrance. He happens to notice Jean fiddling with the beads of her necklace - by pulling the string taut, he uses it to reach the switch and release the door.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Patricia Holm was always ready to wait for The Saint in his early adventures.
* NoFourthWall: The first season began each episode with Simon Templar addressing the audience and setting the scene for each week's adventure. After the show moved to color production, this was replaced by narration.
* {{Novelization}}: Although many episodes of the series actually adapted short stories, novellas and novels already published as part of the long-running book series, a number of original episode storylines were in turn adapted as part of the Saint book series. Several ''Return of the Saint'' episodes were also adapted.
* PhraseCatcher: Right before the opening credits, somebody would always refer to "... the _____ Simon Templar." (Fill in the blank with 'illustrious', 'infamous', or something like that.) Which would cause Simon to glance up and note the halo appearing over his head, leading into the TitleSequence.
* ProfessorGuineaPig: Initially averted in an episode where a man with a heart condition wanted to use cryogenics until open heart surgery was commonplace. He did several animal tests, and wanted to start human testing with somebody else, but at the end of the episode, Simon Templar escaped and a heart attack forced the man to enter his machine in emergency.
* ProtagonistTitle: Simon Templar, a.k.a The Saint, is the protagonist.
* RoadTripRomance: "The Golden Journey" was loosely based on this idea. Simon Templar manipulated circumstances in such a way that the spoilt, entitled fiancee of his friend would be compelled to travel rough with him and learn to be more kind and sensitive.
* SettingUpdate: The stories are contemporary, despite being based on a book series that started in the 1920s.
* ShoutOut: One early black and white episode features a rare case of a ''predictive'' shout out. At the end of an episode, a middle-aged woman tells Templar she knows who he really is: Franchise/JamesBond. After this, Templar breaks the fourth wall as the Saint halo appears above his head (a rare case of this happening at the ''end'' of an episode). Moore, of course, would go on to play Bond in the 1970s, though he ''did'' appear as Bond in a spoof for a British TV show during his time as the Saint.
** Moore was also the first choice to play Film/JamesBond in ''Film/DrNo'', but he was tied in to his contract to play The Saint, and they had to go with Creator/SeanConnery instead.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Chief Inspector Teal.
* TheTheTitle
* VictoryThroughIntimidation: One episode had Simon Templar holding off a few mobsters:
-->'''Mobsters''': You can't shoot all of us!
--> '''Templar''': Which of you wants to be a hero?
* WaxMuseumMorgue: In "The Power Artists", Simon Templar has to hide a corpse in plain sight by covering it in plaster of Paris and leaving it on display in a studio. Inevitably, the sculpture gets knocked over.