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[[caption-width-right:300:What ho, Plum!]]

Ineffectual gentry, cunning servants, horrendous aunts--all these were contributed to the GenteelInterbellumSetting by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse ("Plum" to friends--and the last name is prounounced "Woodhouse," not "[[Film/RoadHouse Woad]][[ElmuhFuddSyndwome house]]") (5 October 1881 14 February 1975), a prolific writer of light comedies, who was also responsible for many early Broadway musicals.

Beginning his career [[TheEdwardianEra in the earliest years of the 20th century]] as a writer of topical verse for the newspapers, he first made a name as an author mainly of boys' school stories. Wodehouse soon moved into the more lucrative field of light romance, and finally, in the late Twenties, shifted permanently to the pure comedies he preferred. He additionally wrote the book to several long-running Broadway [[{{Musical}} musicals]], adapted some others to the stage, and rewrote Music/ColePorter's ''Theatre/AnythingGoes''.

In 1940 Wodehouse was living in France when [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the Germans]] showed up. After spending nearly a year in internment as an enemy alien, he was released and allowed to live in Berlin and occupied Paris. While in Berlin, he recorded six radio broadcasts recounting his experiences as a captive of the Germans. They were meant to be humorous talks in typical Wodehouse style, and they contained no pro-German or anti-British propaganda, but when second-hand information about their production finally filtered back to England, they went over very badly. His former friend Creator/AAMilne said that Wodehouse should be tried for treason as a German collaborator. MI-5 judged that Wodehouse had exhibited poor judgement but was not a traitor. Wodehouse reacted to the criticism by emigrating to the United States, becoming an American citizen, and never coming back to England for the rest of his life. He still got a knighthood from [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]] in 1975. He died the same year at the age of 93, saying that with his knighthood and a waxwork in Madame Tussaud's, he had achieved all of his life's ambitions. Nevertheless, he worked right to the end; his last Jeeves novel was published a few months before his death and he was working on a Blandings novel when he passed away, which was published posthumously and half-finished as ''Sunset at Blandings''.

Wodehouse's stories are generally tangles of {{zany scheme}}s motivated by frustrated love. For example, say a young Mr. Reggie Worthington wants to be engaged to Betty Harte, but first must (a) disengage himself from Wilhelmina "Billie" Wreckham by pairing her up with Cyril "Bunny" Rabbington-Vole; (b) match Cyril's jealous fiancée, Edith Pilsworth, with Billie's equally green-eyed brother Freddie, who has been trying to keep all men away from his sister, and (c) blackmail Aunt Geraldine into allowing the engagements by holding hostage her prized 17th Century silver MacGuffin. Naturally, Betty, Billie, Cyril, Edith and Freddie all have devised their own zany schemes, each flawlessly assured to land our Reggie example in the soup. Mistaken identities, misinterpretations of events, secrets, blackmail, theft, [[LostHimInACardGame ludicrous bets]], [[AccidentalMarriage accidental engagements]], and, of course, True Love also contribute. A typical Wodehouse novel, as nonsensical and as breezy as it strives to be, is actually very tightly plotted, with many examples of ChekhovsGun and all its related tropes.

Although Wodehouse penned several overlapping series, among them the "Oldest Member" golf stories, Mr. Mulliner's tall tales, the ongoing adventures of Literature/{{Psmith}}, and the ever-hopeful scheming of Stanley Ukridge, today he is best remembered for two -- ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' and ''Literature/BlandingsCastle'':

Wodehouse's most famous UpperClassTwit, Bertram Wilberforce "Bertie" Wooster, is the character who probably best embodies Wodehouse's gift for language. Bertie expresses himself with a loopy eloquence, giving this series its much-beloved CloudCuckooLander sense of humor. His ServileSnarker valet (''not'' butler), [[TheJeeves Reginald Jeeves]], is as capable as Bertie is ineffectual. With, apparently, the same effort most people put into buttoning their cuffs, Jeeves rescues Bertie and/or his friends from their entanglements and [[StatusQuoIsGod restores the status quo]].

Blandings, meanwhile, a castle which "has impostors the way other places have mice", is the home of the elderly and ineffectual Clarence Threepwood, Eighth Earl of Emsworth, which is routinely used by his many domineering sisters to imprison nieces or nephews intent on an unsuitable marriage. The would-be fiance has to infiltrate the castle in disguise, often with help from the Earl's ne'er-do-well brother [[LovableRogue Galahad Threepwood]], and capable, sporting butler Sebastian Beach (who actually ''is'' a butler), or less often his good friend Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, Earl of Ickenham, who aims always to spread sweetness and light, and persuade Emsworth to overrule his sister, which will, of course, give the Earl the nudge he needs to do what it takes for his prize pig, The Empress of Blandings, to win the prize at the country fair away from their arch-rival, Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, Bart., and his Pride of Matchinghham.

Sound complicated enough yet?

Wodehouse's books have been the basis for a number of films and television series. The Blandings series has seen Clive Currie and Horace Hodges as Lord Emsworth in movie versions, and Fritz Schultz (in German), Sir Ralph Richardson, and Peter O'Toole on television, although many regard the BBC radio Lord Emsworth, Richard Vernon (who also lent his voice to [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Slartibartfast]]), as definitive. Arthur Treacher was well-known as the embodiment of Jeeves in the 1930s, with David Niven (!) taking the part of Bertie Wooster; in the Sixties, Ian Carmichael ([[HeAlsoDid also known]] for playing Literature/LordPeterWimsey and the BBC radio Galahad Threepwood) as Bertie and Dennis Price as Jeeves. (It is on record that Wodehouse did not care much for any of these adaptations.) Wodehouse himself appeared in the last year of his life to introduce episodes of the well-regarded ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsHGOmmO6Nc BBC Wodehouse Playhouse]]'', which brilliantly adapted many of the Mulliner and the Golf stories.

The Jeeves stories were also the basis and inspiration for an Creator/AndrewLloydWebber musical, ''Jeeves,'' which was released in 1975 and failed so spectacularly both critically and commercially that it's still thought of as Webber's only real flop. However, in 1996 the musical was reworked, rewritten and re-released as ''By Jeeves,'' which was far more successful and got generally positive reviews.

Most recently, and perhaps most famously, the Jeeves stories formed the basis of the popular early '90s series ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'', starring Creator/StephenFry and Creator/HughLaurie, respectively.

!!Works by P. G. Wodehouse with their own trope pages include:

* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''
** ''Literature/TheCodeOfTheWoosters''
** ''Literature/JoyInTheMorning''
** ''Literature/RightHoJeeves''
** ''Literature/RingForJeeves''
* ''Literature/BlandingsCastle''
* ''Literature/{{Psmith}}''

!!Other works by P. G. Wodehouse provide examples of:
%% * AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Many a wrong man and woman has proven fickle in absence, thus conveniently breaking up the engagement.
* AccidentalMisnaming: Waddington's inability to get other people's names right (he keeps calling Finch 'Winch' and 'Pinch') becomes an important plot point in ''The Small Bachelor''.
%% * {{Adorkable}}: Plenty of his heroes, the well-intentioned twits in particular.
%% * AfterActionPatchup: Offered in ''Summer Moonshine''.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Parodied in the golf story "The Rough Stuff", in which hapless dweeb but talented golfer Ramsden Waters is madly in love with beautiful Eunice Bray. She treats him like a combination doormat/child-minder because he's willing to take her much younger brother Wilberforce out on the links with him, and when he clumsily proposes marriage to her she's almost more baffled than insulted that such a hopeless dork would think he had a chance with her. However, when he and she are paired in the mixed doubles, to her considerable surprise he turns into a curt, focused, steely-eyed {{Determinator}} who plays to win, and she finds it irresistible.
* AffectionateParody: "Honeysuckle Cottage" is a loving parody of Creator/HenryJames and his tales of haunted houses that distort the lives of those who live in them. Except, of course, instead of finding himself in a supernatural horror battling sinister ghosts from the past, the main character is horrified to find himself trapped in an unbearably sentimental romance.
%% * {{Arcadia}}: Bill's dream, and Elizabeth's, in ''Uneasy Money''.
* AuthorAvatar: Corky Corcoran in the ''Ukridge'' series, whose life incorporates a few details of Wodehouse's own early career (like living in a boarding-house run by a retired butler).
%% * AuthorCatchphrase: Many noticeable ones, such as the term "strain every nerve".
%% * AristocratsAreEvil: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] for the most part, but occasionally [[ParodiedTrope parodied]].
%% * AsTheGoodBookSays: The letter Parker sends to Archie in ''Indiscretions of Archie''. Much of the clergy's conversation in ''Meet Mr. Mulliner''.
%% * BelligerentSexualTension: In ''Jill the Reckless'', Wally manifested this as a child.
* BestHerToBedHer: As, for example, in the short story "There's Always Golf," where Clarice Fitch longs for a man to hit her with a riding-crop--used in Wodehouse to mock its serious use in the typical "sheik" romances of the [[GenteelInterbellumSetting period]], and hilariously inverted in the Mulliner story, "A Voice From The Past."
%% * BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame: Many, particularly in the Oldest Member stories.
%% * BlueBlood
* BoardingSchool: He got started writing stories of his type; the introduction of Literature/{{Psmith}} bridges the gap between his school stories and his comedies.
%% * BratsWithSlingshots: In ''Cocktail Time''
%% * BrattyHalfPint: Pretty much every kid in his works.
%% * BrickJoke: With the Ukridge story "A Bit of Luck for Mabel", he manages to make the ''title'' into one of these.
* CeilingBanger: The short story "The Man Upstairs" uses this as a MeetCute for its main characters.
* CelebrityParadox: Short story "The Clicking of Cuthbert", 1922, via a bragging Russian novelist.
--> "No novelists anywhere any good except me. P G Wodehouse and Tolstoi not bad. Not good, but not bad."
* ChekhovsGun: As noted above, these are often put on display, most notably in ''Right Ho, Jeeves:'' "We stayed at Cannes about two months, and except for the fact that Aunt Dahlia lost her shirt at baccarat and Angela nearly got inhaled by a shark while aquaplaning, a pleasant time was had by all." The shark is the indirect cause of Angela's severed engagement later in the novel.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Subverted at every opportunity -- if a child appears in a Wodehouse story, nine times out of ten he (it's usually a he) will be an obnoxious grubby little pest.
-->'''Bertie''': I've never been able to bear with fortitude anything in the shape of a kid with golden curls. Confronted with one, I feel the urge to drop things on him from a height.\\
'''Jeeves''': Many strong natures are affected in the same way, sir.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:
** Sacksby Senior of the novel ''Cocktail Time''.
--->'''Sacksby:''' Have you ever been to Jerusalem?\\
'''Nanny Bruce:''' No, sir.\\
'''Sacksby:''' Ah. You must tell me about it sometime.
%% * CommonalityConnection: As in ''Hot Water'' or ''Uneasy Money.''
* ContrivedCoincidence: Make their appearance, especially in Mr. Mulliner's tales; Wodehouse in fact created the character to give himself a venue for some of the more implausible story-ideas which occurred to him.
* CoolOldGuy: The Wodehouseverse has a fair few of 'em. Uncle Fred and the [[Literature/BlandingsCastle Honourable Galahad]] are perhaps the best examples, regularly helping their younger acquaintances out of trouble (or, certainly in Uncle Fred's case, cheerfully getting them into it), often with rather impressive [[ZanyScheme Zany Schemes]].
** Don't forget "The Oldest Member". Herewith, his famous counsel to a young golfer:
---> '''Oldest Member''': Do you love her?\\
'''Young Man''': Madly.\\
'''Oldest Member''': And how do you find it affects your game?\\
'''Young Man''': I've started shanking a bit.\\
'''Oldest Member''': I am sorry, but not surprised. Either that or missing short putts is what happens on these occasions. I doubt if golfers ought to fall in love. I have known it to cost men ten shots in a medal round.
%% * CorrespondenceCourse
* CouldSayItBut: A memorable one from ''Jill the Reckless'':
--> "... I'm rather sorry we agreed to keep clear of personalities, because I should have liked to say that, if ever they have a skunk-show at Madison Square Garden, you ought to enter -- and win the blue ribbon. Still, of course, under our agreement my lips are sealed, and I can't even hint at it. ..."
%% * CrushBlush:
%% ** In ''Jill The Reckless''.
%% ** Also Bill in ''Doctor Sally''--or as Sally would put it, he loses control of his vascular motors.
* CueTheRain: ''Indiscretions of Archie'' contains a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. In one story (originally published under the title "First Aid for Loonie Biddle"), Archie goes through a series of misfortunes trying to ensure the success of a particularly rash bet he placed on a ball game. When things are at their lowest, Cue The Rain--[[spoiler:which rains out the ball game, negating his original problem]].
%% * CupidHatesOddCouples: If two best friends fall for the same girl, it's likely that they'll both forswear her by the end.
%% * DancesAndBalls
%% * DeconfirmedBachelor: Eddie Denton in the Oldest Member story "A Mixed Threesome".
%% * DistressedDamsel: ''[[CaptainObvious A Damsel In Distress]]''.
%% * TheDitz: The majority of Wodehouse's heroes.
%% * DivorceIsTemporary: "Squiffy" Tidmouth and Lottie in ''Doctor Sally.''
* DoggedNiceGuy: Quite a few of his heroes: see the short stories "The Best Sauce" and "Ruth in Exile" for two good examples.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Many members of the Drones Club go by nicknames, often for excellent reasons.
** Also, poor Pelham Grenville Wodehouse himself. Rumour has it he refused knighthood for years to keep it a secret. One of his characters, a Mr. Trotter, avoids knighthood for much the same reason -- fear of becoming "Sir Lemuel."
*** W. N. Connor, who publicly denounced Wodehouse at the behest of the Ministry of Information, made a point of sneering at Wodehouse's high-falutin' given names. To his credit, he apologised to Wodehouse after the war; to ''his'' credit, Wodehouse forgave him, but insisted on calling him "Walpurgis"("Walp" for short) thereafter. (Connor's actual first name was "William.")
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: In ''The Head of Kay's'' it's mentioned in passing that Fenn's name is Robert Mowbray, "the second of which he had spent much of his time in concealing."
** Bertie is shocked to discover his uncle's middle name: "Portarlington".
%% * EvilMatriarch: The horrendous aunts.
%% * {{Expy}}: Certain character types recurr in novel after novel.
* ExternalRetcon: Of ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays''. In "The Tom Brown Question", Wodehouse puts forward a theory that the second half of the book was rewritten by [[MoralGuardians The Secret Society For Putting Wholesome Literature Within The Reach Of Every Boy And Seeing That He Gets It]] to conform to contemporary standards of [[{{Anvilicious}} uplifting morality]].
* ExtremeDoormat: Ukridge's friend and faithful chronicler "Corky" Corcoran lets himself be talked into just about anything, although at least as a writer he is able make a bit of money selling the resulting narratives.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Ukridge's schemes almost invariably blow up in his face.
%% * FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Used on several occasions.
%% * FoodFight: A frequent occurrence at the Drones Club.
%% * TheFool: Many of Wodehouse's protagonists.
%% * ForgottenAnniversary: ''Indiscretions of Archie''.
* FramingDevice: Wodehouse had several series of short stories that used this, including the Mr. Mulliner series, the Drones Club stories, and most of the golfing stories.
%% * AFriendInNeed: Many characters help others through their intrigues.
* GeekyTurnOn: Sally in ''Doctor Sally'' starts to take an interest in Bill when she finds out he's not just an IdleRich layabout, but she ''really'' warms up when she finds out he can recite all the common bacteria found in milk.
* GenreSavvy:
%% ** Reading mysteries in ''Hot Water''.
** In "Honeysuckle Cottage", a manly-man detective novelist moves into his RomanceNovel-writing aunt's cottage as a condition of her will. He gradually realizes, to his horror, that he's becoming the hero of a romance novel, and is powerless to do anything about it despite recognizing [[RomanceNovelTropes all the tropes involved]] as they come up.
** In ''Jill the Reckless'', Mrs. Barker recognizes lovers' problems from her reading.
* GenteelInterbellumSetting: In an 1958 [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/writers/12201.shtml interview (around 2:20)]] he said that nowadays he's writing "historical novels". In a 1973 [[http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/3773/the-art-of-fiction-no-60-p-g-wodehouse interview]] with the ''Paris Review'', he said that his stories are set "between the wars, rather. I try not to date them at all".
** However, as Christopher Hitchens and other critics point out, the attitudes and actions of Wooster & Co. are actually reflections of [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian]] comedy and mores (as in the stories of Creator/{{Saki}}) rather than the post-WWI era. Wodehouse himself addressed the accusation of his works being Edwardian in the (highly entertaining) [[http://ssmith.wodehouse.ru/prface2.htm preface]] to ''Joy In The Morning''.
** The novel ''Ring For Jeeves'' was released in 1953, and clearly set in the '50s -- UsefulNotes/WorldWarII is mentioned, and the post-war social change which caused the aristocrats to seek employment is a major plot point.
** There is also the Bingo Little short story, "Bingo Bans The Bomb." Wodehouse never intended his novels to be read as period pieces, and would update them from time to time, adjusting dates, commodity prices, and so on. The novels only ''seem'' Edwardian because Wodehouse himself ''was'' -- an Edwardian gentleman who survived well into the late Twentieth century.
** In ''Cocktail Time'' the characters not only discuss their service during World War II, but make it clear that no-one would like to see a WorldWarIII.
%% * GetRichQuickScheme: Quite a few characters use them, but Ukridge takes the cake.
* {{Glurge}}: One of Wodehouse's frequent targets was the novelist--particularly the woman novelist--whose attempts to tug on the heartstrings are generally referred to by Wodehouse as "stearine bilge" or the like. Among many in-universe examples are Leila J. Pinckney in "Honeysuckle Cottage" (of whom one review consisted entirely of the words, "Oh, God!") and Bobbie Wickham's mother; but undoubtedly the pinnacle is Bingo Little's wife, Rosie M. Banks, whose romance ''Mervyn Keene, Clubman'' (related to Bertie by Madeline Bassett in ''The Mating Season'') is something of a Glurgic Apotheosis.
%% * GoldDigger: Claire in ''Uneasy Money'', though played somewhat sympathetically.
* GrandeDame: Wodehouse (very likely under the inspiration of Creator/WSGilbert) may well claim to be the patron saint of this trope. For well over sixty years, he devised every variation imaginable, from the lovable Aunt Dahlia to the truly horrible Heloise, Princess von und zu Dwornitzchek (a RichBitch who is not even funny). Perhaps the most typical is the formidable Lady Constance (she is, of course, the sister of the many-sistered Lord Emsworth in the "Blandings Castle" saga), but the apotheosis is Bertie's Aunt Agatha, who "chews broken bottles and kills rats with her teeth."
%% * GreatWhiteHunter:
%% ** Major Brabazon Plank.
%% ** Jane Hubbard in ''The Girl on the Boat.''
* AHandfulForAnEye: In ''The Small Bachelor'', Mrs Waddington blinds Officer Garroway by throwing the contents of a pepperpot into his face in order to escape.
%% * HappilyFailedSuicide: "A Sea of Troubles".
* HappyDance: Freddie Rooke does one in ''Jill The Reckless'' on coming up with a plan to reunite Derek and Jill, much to Derek's annoyance.
%% * HeartwarmingOrphan: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] with Rose Maynard in "Honeysuckle Cottage".
* HeroOfAnotherStory: A minor character in one work will often appear as a major character in another. For instance, Monty Bodkin, a supporting character in ''[[Literature/BlandingsCastle Heavy Weather]],'' is the hero of ''The Luck of the Bodkins'' and ''Pearls, Girls, and Monty Bodkin.''
%% * HeterosexualLifePartners: Several notable sets.
%% * ICanChangeMyBeloved: The wrong girl often thinks she can turn her fiance into a cultured man.
%% * IdleRich: The majority of his characters.
%% * ImpoverishedPatrician: In ''Summer Moonshine'', ''Uneasy Money'', and many others--particularly later works.
%% * InsecureLoveInterest:
%% ** Archie to Lucille in ''Indiscretions of Archie''.
%% ** Bill to Elizabeth in ''Uneasy Money''.
%% * InsuranceFraud: Played for laughs in both the Mulliner story "The Fiery Wooing of Mordred" and "Ukridge's Accident Syndicate".
%% * IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:
%% ** Packy in ''Hot Water''.
%% ** George in ''A Damsel in Distress''.
%% ** Elizabeth in ''Uneasy Money''.
%% ** [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in "Honeysuckle Cottage".
* IWillFindYou: Maud has to be kept at Belpher Castle to prevent this in ''A Damsel in Distress''.
%% * TheJeeves: And [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Jeeves]] [[TropeNamer himself]] isn't the only example.
* LastGirlWins: If the focus character or a close friend has been pursuing the same girl across multiple books, it's almost a given he'll run off with the cook in the last installment. [[spoiler:Monty Bodkin]] is a prime example.
* LickedByTheDog: James Rodman in "Honeysuckle Cottage". Although he greatly dislikes the dog in question, [[spoiler:it ends up saving him from a bad engagement and becomes his CanineCompanion]].
* LiquidCourage: Wodehouse ''loves'' this trope. Several of his books feature timid young men having a slug of brandy or the like when nerving themselves up to propose to their dream girls. A particularly notable incident involving Gussie Fink-Nottle and some spiked orange juice appears in ''Right Ho, [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Jeeves]].''
%% * LoveAtFirstSight: In almost every story. Usually the likeable male lead falls for a girl and it takes her a while to return his affections.
* MacGuffin: This is very often a diamond or pearl necklace, though perhaps the most famous is the Seventeenth-Century English (''not'' Modern Dutch!) Silver Cow-Creamer, the attempted theft of which starts off an entire multi-book uproar in Bertie's love life. The Empress of Blandings herself and the French chef Anatole often serve as [[LivingMacGuffin Living MacGuffins]].
* MeaningfulName: Wodehouse had his own NamingConventions.
** Men with simple one or two-syllable first names, such as Bill or Jimmy, are likely to be the hero, especially in his early romances.
** Likewise, heroines will have simple one- or two-syllable names like Joan or Betty.
** Girls with two-syllable [[TomboyishName masculine sounding names]] ending in -y or -ie, like Billie or Corky, are likely to be perky, fun-loving, and rather dangerous to their male attachments.
** Males with two-syllable names ending in -ie, like Freddie or Reggie, are generally silly asses.
** Males with nicknames, ''e.g''., Barmy or Bingo, are not to be taken seriously even by the silly asses.
** Young men with names like serious romantic heroes, such as Desmond or Derek, are often heels, as are men whose names end in -o, like Orlo or Rollo.
** Young women with poetic or pretentious names like Kathrynne or Melusine are usually pills.
* MeetCute: Averted surprisingly often when you consider that each book typically has three or four couples. However, it does happen sometimes:
** Maud ducking into George's cab to hide from her brother in ''A Damsel in Distress,'' for example.
** Barmy accidentally setting Dinty Moore's hat on fire in ''Barmy in Wonderland''.
** [[Literature/{{Psmith}} Psmith]] stealing an umbrella for Eve, who's standing in the rain, in ''Leave It to Psmith''.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: "The Salvation of George Mackintosh" takes it a few steps farther.
--> "But I ''am'' diffident. What's the good of saying I mustn't be diffident when I'm the man who wrote the words and music, when Diffidence is my middle name and my telegraphic address? I can't help being diffident."
* MistakenForServant: [[http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/2233/pg2233.html The Earl of Marshmoreton]] ''(A Damsel in Distress),'' mistaken for the gardener.
%% * MockMillionaire: "Oily" Carlisle, among quite a few other Wodehouse characters, pulls this as a scam.
%% * MommasBoy: Generally a sign of WrongGuyFirst, though he can be the hero of the BetaCouple.
%% * TheMunchausen:
%% ** Mr. Mulliner.
%% ** The Oldest Member, too.
%% * MyBelovedSmother: Lady Underhill in ''Jill the Reckless''.
%% * MyNaymeIs: Something of a RunningGag.
%% * NiceToTheWaiter: Jill in ''Jill the Reckless''. Recklessly, in fact.
* NoodleIncident: What happened to/with/by Uncle Fred and Pongo "that day at the dog-races".
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Appears in-story in ''Cocktail Time''. An aristocrat, Sir Raymond Bastable writes a novel (called ''Cocktail Time'') exposing the younger generation. The book goes almost completely without notice, until a bishop catches his daughter reading it and denounces it from the pulpit:[[invoked]]
-->The burden of his address was a denunciation of the novel ''Cocktail Time'' in the course of which he described it as obscene, immoral, shocking, impure, corrupt, shameless, graceless and depraved, and all over the sacred edifice you could see eager men jotting the name down on their shirt cuffs, scarcely able to wait to add it to their library list.
%% * NotWithThemForTheMoney: ''Uneasy Money''.
* ObliviousToLove: Packy in ''Hot Water'', as soon as his engagement with Beatrice is over and he sees Jane, realizes he has been this.
%% * ObnoxiousInLaws: In ''Indiscretions of Archie''.
* OfficerOHara: Officer Garroway in ''The Small Bachelor''. When Waddington goes in search of Garroway to attmpt to buy back some shares he sold him, he can't remember Garroway's name; only that it was something Irish. As a result, he ends up encountering an endless succession of other policemen with Irish names.
* OhCrap:
** On one or two occasions, this is the attitude displayed by listeners upon realizing they've gotten themselves trapped into hearing one of Mr. Mulliner's pub-stories.
** Even more so with the golfer stories, as the younger players have learned to dread when The Oldest Member starts an unavoidable story. (Mr. Mulliner's audience tends to be more receptive, for most part.) TurnedUpToEleven when a golfer (who clearly have been scarred by The Oldest Member in the past) finds his way to The Angler's Rest, and finds out the hard way that ''there is another...''
%% * OldFlameFizzle: In ''A Damsel In Distress''.
* OneSteveLimit: Enforced by the author, to the extent that, if two previously-established characters with the same first name later appear in the same book, he'll change one.
%% * ParentalMarriageVeto: A regularly-appearing plot development.
%% * PassedOverInheritance: In ''Uneasy Money''.
* PepperSneeze: In ''The Small Bachelor'', Officer Garroway finds himself unable to stop sneezing after Mrs Waddington throws the contents of a pepperpot in his face.
* PinkElephants: Nutty assumes this in ''Uneasy Money'' when he sees a monkey, and Elizabeth encourages him.
%% * PityTheKidnapper: "Helping Freddie".
* PlagiarismInFiction: Two [[RecycledScript very similar]] school stories involve plagiarism in school poetry competitions.
* PlatoIsAMoron: In "The Clicking of Cuthbert," Russian novelist Vladimir Brusiloff opines that no novelists anywhere are any good besides himself, though Tolstoy and [[CelebrityParadox P.G. Wodehouse]] are "not bad."
%% * PluckyGirl: Most of his heroines.
%% * ThePollyanna: Jill and her uncle in ''Jill the Reckless''.
%% * PoesLaw: Adressed in "How Kid Brady Broke Training", an installment of the "Kid Brady, Lightweight" series.
%% * ProperLady: Pops up now and then, often [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship best friends]] with the [[SpiritedYoungLady heroine]] and/or part of the BetaCouple.
* PsmithPsyndrome: The ''Literature/{{Psmith}}'' series is the TropeNamer, but it also shows up in the Mr. Mulliner story "A Slice of Life" with a man named ffinch-ffarrowmere.
%% * RaceForYourLove: ''Uneasy Money''.
%% * RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Makes adapting Wodehouse's work to TV or film no easy task.
* ReleasingFromThePromise: In a Mr. Mulliner story, he explains that a Mulliner can't break an engagement; only the woman can.
%% * RichBoredom: in ''Summer Moonshine''.
* RhymesOnADime: The news article in ''A Damsel in Distress'' detailing Lord Belpher's altercation with George, and the consequences. "Outside the Carlton, 'tis averred / These stirring happenings occurred..."
%% * TheRoaringTwenties
%% * SameStoryDifferentNames
%% * ScaryBlackMan: Peteiro, Sheen's opponent in the final match of the boxing championship at the end of ''The White Feather''.
%% * SecondLove: In ''Jill The Reckless''.
%% * SecretlyWealthy: "The Man Upstairs".
%% * SelfDeprecation: Often included comments in his stories disparaging the intellect of writers.
%% * SerialSpouse: Middle-aged millionaires are often this.
%% ** Lord "Squiffy" Tidmouth in ''Doctor Sally'' is a younger example than most.
%% * ServileSnarker: Most of the servants.
* ShoutOut: In his short story "Honeysuckle Cottage", Wodehouse called his [[TheIngenue soupy heroine]] "Rose Maynard" as a tribute to Creator/WSGilbert, whose plots he freely admitted to admiring more than [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare's]].
%% * SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Many, and many inversions, though the goodness is often nothing more than being reasonably brave, truthful, kind, and sporty.
* SmokyGentlemensClub: The Drones is one of the archetypical examples.
%% * SophisticatedAsHell: A staple of Wodehouse's writing.
%% * SpiritedYoungLady: Most of the heroines.
%% * SpringtimeForHitler: In the Mr. Mulliner story ''Those in Peril on the Tee''.
* StrictlyFormula: Wodehouse's plots are very formulaic, but most readers don't mind, due to his highly entertaining style.
* TalkAboutTheWeather: In ''Hot Water'', one character's timidity is described as he would talk about the weather.
%% * TalksLikeASimile: Comedic similes are a staple of his writing.
* TakeThat: After Wodehouse had been denounced by the orders of the Minister of Information, Alfred Duff Cooper, he was lambasted in the newspapers by his fellow-author, Creator/AAMilne. In ''The Mating Season'', written while Wodehouse was being held by the Germans, Gussie Fink-Nottle on being arrested gives his name as "Duff Cooper"; in the same novel, Bertie Wooster is sickened by the prospect of reading Milne's "Christopher Robin" poems publicly. Wodehouse returned to the attack in "Rodney Has A Relapse", in which reformed ''vers libre'' poet Rodney Spelvin writes [[TastesLikeDiabetes smarmy]] poems about his toddler son, "Timothy Bobbin".
** An affectionate one occurs in the dedication of ''The Heart of a Goof'': "To my daughter Leonora without whose never-failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time."
** TakeThatUs: ''Jill The Reckless'' features a writer, well-known for creating successful stage comedies, trying his hand at a drama, with disastrous results...in a book that is more of a drama than standard Wodehouse fare.
* TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: The titular house of "Honeysuckle Cottage" seems to have an unerring ability to turn the life of anyone who lives in it into a plot straight out of a sentimental romance novel.
* ToughRoom: The golf stories are told by the Oldest Member to various young men, who desperately try to avoid having to listen to them. Mulliner also sometimes traps people into hearing his tales of his countless relatives.
* ATragedyOfImpulsiveness: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] and ultimately [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''Jill the Reckless''. Jill's impulsiveness is frowned upon by quite a few characters and even causes her fiancé to break off the engagement. [[spoiler:However, it turns out that the fiancé wasn't such a great guy anyway, and Jill's SecondLove understands that her recklessness is one of her finest qualities]].
%% * TransatlanticEquivalent: Wodehouse and Creator/SJPerelman were frequently compared to each other.
%% * UnableToSupportAWife: A frequent complication.
%% * UnexpectedInheritance: ''Uneasy Money''.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: All his earlier books. He used the same setting up through the 60s and into the 70s, by which time they had become straight HistoricalFiction.
%% * UnprovokedPervertPayback: "A Sea of Troubles''.
* UnreliableNarrator: Mr. Mulliner is a fisherman spinning tales in his local pub; Wodehouse deliberately used him to frame the more ridiculous story ideas that occurred to him.
%% * UpperClassTwit: Could be considered the TropeCodifier.
* TheVerse: Virtually all of his works seem to be set in the same world; major characters from one work will often be mentioned casually in another, and the same fictional locations pop up in various works as well.
%% * VictoriousChildhoodFriend: In ''Jill the Reckless''.
%% * VitriolicBestBuds: Any two characters who are friends will have at least a little of this going on; the Drones in particular greet each other with lines like "Cheerio, ugly."
%% * WeaknessTurnsHerOn: Sometimes used to explain how an UpperClassTwit can still be a ChickMagnet; a man who's sufficiently ditzy and helpless awakens a girl's maternal instinct. See for example Jane Hubbard (big game hunter) and Eustace Hignett (poet) in ''The Girl on the Boat''.
%% * WeddingsForEveryone: Of course.
%% * WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Barker's opinion in ''Jill The Reckless''.
%% * WrongGuyFirst: Many a Wodehouse character has been engaged to the wrong character before the start of the novel.
%% * XanatosSpeedChess: What Gally and Uncle Fred usually have to resort to.
%% * ZanyScheme: As noted, by the truckloads.
%% * ZanySchemeChicken