!!The original novel
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* IronWoobie: Lady Marguerite Blakeney.
* ItWasHisSled: The dramatic revelation, two-thirds of the way through, that the demmed idiot Sir Percy Blakeney is the Scarlet Pimpernel, to the point that ''no'' adaptations try to hide this.
* ProtagonistTitleFallacy: Poor Marguerite...
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Chauvelin, for one, would be guilty of unforgiveable GenreBlindness... except his genre didn't exist yet.
* ValuesDissonance:
** It was easier in the earlier 20th century to completely [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized vilify the French Revolution]] and have more sympathy for the [[BlueBlood French aristocracy]].
** Similarly, the depiction of the Jewish prisoner [[spoiler:or rather, Sir Percy's depiction of the Jewish prisoner]] might be read with some discomfort by modern readers. [[spoiler:Note that Percy is deliberately playing to the Frenchmen's prejudices.]]
*** There's also perhaps a touch of RealitySubtext here: at the time the Baroness wrote the novel France was still hashing out [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreyfus_affair the Dreyfus Affair]], which wouldn't be satisfactorily resolved until 1906.

!!The sequel novels

* FoeYay: Chauvelin and Sir Percy, the man who haunts "his daydreams and his sleepless nights."
* HilariousInHindsight:
** ''Sir Percy Hits Back'' reveals that Chauvelin has an 18-year-old daughter. Count how many adaptations [[PromotedToLoveInterest make him an ex-suitor or love interest]] for the [[MayDecemberRomance 25-year-old Marguerite.]] Not a lot of hindsight is even required here, since almost the first thing the original novel says about him (even before the first "fox-like") is that he's "nearer forty than thirty".
** In ''The Life and Exploits of the Scarlet Pimpernel'', written by Baroness Orczy's son, Sir Andrew recalls the day Blakeney explained his reasoning behind adopting the scarlet pimpernel motif and his m.o. of leaving his calling card whenever he made a rescue:
--->''"He told me that our best chance of safety lay in making ourselves feared. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} To superstitious, half-educated people, the mysterious device ... would reduce many to a state of fear.]]"''

!!The adaptations
* EvilIsSexy: One female viewer wrote to the ''Magazine/RadioTimes'' regarding the 1997 series, asking if she was the only one to find Martin Shaw's Chauvelin far more attractive than Richard E. Grant's Sir Percy.
* RetroactiveRecognition: The 1982 version features Creator/IanMcKellen as Chauvelin in one of his first recognizable roles.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Literally in the 1934 film. The film unaccountably bungles the trick related in the first chapter of the novel, in which the Pimpernel rescues a good twenty ''aristos'' at one time by [[spoiler: disguising them as troops pursuing escaping aristocrats]]; in the film, the entire League rescues only ''three''.
* TheWoobie: The [[Series/TheScarletPimpernel 1999 TV version]] has Tony Dewhurst, played by Creator/JamieBamber in the middle of the [[Series/{{Horatio Hornblower}} Professional Woobie stage of his career]]. Such a [[TheCutie Cutie]] and killed off so quickly, becoming the first of ''many'' of Bamber's characters to bite the dust (adding insult to injury is that Dewhurst did ''not'' die in the books the series is based on). Wiki/TVTropes send the guy a hug.