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[[caption-width-right:229:''Enter the Saint'', the first novel in the series... [[CreatorBacklash that Leslie Charteris]] [[CanonDiscontinuity was willing to acknowledge.]][[note]]The first ''Saint'' novel was actually ''Meet the Tiger'', but Charteris tended to [[CreatorBacklash discount it as a false start]], though he still allowed it to be reprinted with the rest.[[/note]]]]

The character of The Saint was created by Leslie Charteris in 1928 for a series of tales which ran until 1983, published as '''''The Saint'''''. The character's success in print -- short stories, novellas and novels in roughly equal measure -- led to [[Franchise/TheSaint many adaptations in other media]].

Our hero, Simon Templar, is significantly better known by his nickname "the Saint." The origins of his nom de guerre are uncertain, other than the coincidence of his initials, but it is certain that his heroic exploits fly in the face of a nefarious reputation. Like {{Literature/Raffles}} and Literature/ArseneLupin before him, Simon is a thoroughgoing, unrepentant and in fact joyful criminal, who nevertheless is completely on the side of the, well, saints. Police on multiple continents, including and especially [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Chief Inspector]] [[WorthyOpponent Claud Eustace Teal]] of ScotlandYard, have done their futile best to bring in the Saint... while also owing some of their biggest arrests to the assistance of Simon Templar.

Templar's usual targets are referred to collectively, by him, as the "Ungodly". Some are obvious evildoers, including gangsters, murderers and, from roughly 1939-1945, [[ThoseWackyNazis the agents of the Axis]]. Others of the Ungodly, however, are known as such only to Simon and his friends; these include corrupt politicians, crooked business men, and (''before'' 1939) warmongers. The fortunate Ungodly escape merely with vastly-reduced ill-gotten fortunes, a portion of which Templar donates to charity and the remainder to himself. This obviously leads to comparisons, both favorable and otherwise, to Myth/RobinHood. However, when his unique moral code demands it, Templar is willing to ruin the lives of the Ungodly or even kill them, justifying these admitted murders as necessary to defend the lives of the innocent.

Initially, Templar was usually depicted as working with a number of other adventurous young men: right-hand-man Roger Conway, lady-killer Richard "Dicky" Tremayne, technical wizard Archie Sheridan, and [[spoiler:doomed hero]] Norman Kent. Occasionally, the team included his OldRetainer Orace, though mainly in a background/support role. And, very often, Templar heavily relied on his true love, Patricia Holm, who was far more competent than the average heroine of her day. During this period, although the Saint could and did operate internationally, the series was strongly centered around Great Britain, and especially London -- the closest thing the Saint has to a home town.

By the mid-1930s, Conway, Tremayne, Sheridan, and Kent had left the field. Templar carried on with Patricia, Peter Quentin -- who first appeared as a con victim whom Templar saves from a long prison term -- and his most unusual associate, good old Hoppy Uniatz. Mr. Uniatz was a not-overly-bright but unswervingly loyal and courageous, not to mention [[QuickDraw handy with a Colt 1911 .45 semi-auto]], veteran of the [[TheRoaringTwenties Prohibition-era]] [[BigRottenApple NYC underworld]]. He was also (according to Charteris) the first BreakoutCharacter in the series, to the point that as the series went on, Simon would appear with only Hoppy as support. The Saint also left the UK more often during this time.

Roughly from the beginning of the 1950s, though, even Hoppy had moved on. The Saint was left, essentially, a lone wolf. His solo status also seemingly cut the last strings holding him to England; for the last 20 years of the series, Simon was a true globetrotter, and stories set in London Town became more the exception than the rule.

Beginning in the 1960s, Charteris occasionally updated stories for reprints, replacing outdated references to movie stars, etc. with more modern references. By the 1970s, he stopped doing that.

Charteris wrote all the stories and novels published between 1928 and 1963. From 1964 onwards other writers took over and continued writing stories (many of which adapted episodes of ''Series/TheSaint'' and ''Series/ReturnOfTheSaint'' from TV). These writers were usually credited inside the books, but Charteris received sole credit on the covers. The final ''Saint'' novel in the original run was published in 1983.
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!!''The Saint'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AcePilot: Simon's skill in the air is key to several adventures, notably ''The Newdick Helicopter'' and ''The Damsel in Distress'', but it is put on full display in ''The Art of Alibi''; in this story, Simon fights a dogfight and wins despite the fact that his plane is ''unarmed.''
* AchievementsInIgnorance: In ''The Newdick Helicopter'', one of the Ungodly buys plans for a 'helicopter' (actually an autogyro) to use as bait for unwary small investors. When the ConMan assembles the helicopter, he discovers it cannot take off vertically as he expected it to. Assuming he had put it together wrong, he starts tinkering with it and ends up inventing a fully functioning helicopter. (Note that this story was published in 1933, several years before the first [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Wulf_Fw_61 fully functioning helicopter]] was built.)
* TheAlibi: Simon Templar is a past master of these; further, his associates learn well from him. In ''The Gold Standard'', immediately upon the Saint's return to the UK from a trip abroad, a small but nasty specimen of the Ungodly is knocked out and robbed blind. The only clue is the Sign of the Saint, left behind by the perp. Unfortunately for the long-suffering enforcers of the Law, Simon is having a lengthy chat with Chief Inspector Teal in a provincial police station at the exact time the crime occurred. Of course, [[spoiler:it was quick-thinking Patricia who took advantage of the opportunity -- as noted above, she was far above average for the time.]]
* AllergicToRoutine: The Saint. Pat also, but not quite as badly.
* AllJustADream: The very offbeat story variously titled ''Dawn'' or ''The Darker Drink'' may have been this; or Simon may have temporarily been a DreamWalker in another's DyingDream. By the end of the story, neither he nor we are sure.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Charteris's own mixed English and Chinese ancestry may have implications for the frequent references to Simon's tanned complexion and thick, straight black hair.
* ArchEnemy: Rayt Marius for a couple of books and a short story; he has the distinction of being the only villain to [[spoiler:kill one of the Saint's gang.]]
* BadassDriver: His passengers disagree on which he is, but all who've seen him behind the wheel -- especially of his beloved Hirondel -- agree Simon Templar is either this or he just DrivesLikeCrazy.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Simon, in virtually every adventure.
* BananaRepublic: ''The Wonderful War'' is the story of how The Saint (almost) singlehandedly liberates one of these.
* BatmanGambit: The Saint loves these with a holy love. A prime example is in ''The Man From St. Louis,'' where he manipulates a vicious wannabe-bigshot mook into disposing of a white slaver -- and in such a way that Chief Inspector Teal immediately arrests said mook.
* BattleButler: Orace attends Simon throughout most of the pre-World War II adventures; however, his combat abilities are mostly implied by references to his time in the service, and he never plays as prominent a role as, say, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Alfred Pennyworth]].
* BerserkButton: Do not hurt or threaten Pat; he will go into UnstoppableRage even if he is badly wounded. In fact, do not hurt any woman in his presence. Period. He will undertake your systematic destruction and there will be absolutely nothing you can do about it, and you can expect no mercy.
* TheBigRottenApple: ''The Saint in New York'' is set in the immediate post-Prohibition era of NYC; all the corruption without even the fig leaf of resisting an unpopular law.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Pat and Simon Templar; Templar often comments that she's the only woman he's ever met who shares his lust for life and adventure. In ''The Saint in New York,'' Simon realizes that this was also true of [[spoiler:Fay Edwards -- a realization that comes too late.]]
* BlackmailBackfire: Type 2 in ''The Art Photographer'', among others.
* BookcasePassage: In ''The Affair of Hogsbotham,'' Simon's country house has a tiny room concealed behind a bookcase secret door. As one might expect from the Saint, though, the opening mechanism is far more complex than the usual pull-the-right-book trick.
* CallingCard:
** The familiar haloed stick figure was Simon's trademark, often sent before an adventure as a warning, during as an ominous reminder, and after as a signature to a completed work. Even after his identity is made public, Simon continues to use it; as Inspector Teal observes glumly, UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard knows it's his trademark, but the fact that everyone in England knows it too allows Simon to claim that some cheap crook was just copying it.
** In one of the stories in ''The Saint in London'', one of the Ungodly finally tries a FrameUp using the Sign of the Saint. Simon is only surprised that it's taken someone so long. He further muses that perhaps every other crook who thought of it was smart enough to realize that it would only attract his attention, and that it's far better to take their chances with UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard than with The Saint.
* CardSharp: ''The Man Who Was Clever'' establishes the Saint's skill at this; surrounded by a gang of experienced hoods and despite the fact that their own Sharp has stacked the deck, he still deals himself a winning hand. (Simon does, however, prefer to play honestly; although he's never shown to be a ProfessionalGambler, he usually wins anyway because he's so good at reading other people.)
* CasualDangerDialog: If there is any story in the Saint series that does not feature Templar doing this, it's not a Saint book.
* CatchPhrase: "As the bishop said to the actress/as the actress said to the bishop," an Edwardian British predecessor to "that's what she said," was used by Simon in his very first adventure and for many years thereafter.
* CementShoes: Narrowly averted in ''The High Fence''. The BigBad has gotten all he needs from Simon and has no reason to keep him alive. At that point, rather than [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim act with the same efficiency]] he's shown throughout, he [[VillainBall delegates the disposal]] to his PunchClockVillain henchman. Said henchman doesn't take the time to make actual cement shoes; he just ties the Saint to an iron weight and drops him in the Thames. Of course the Saint always has [[NothingUpMySleeve a final trick up his sleeve...]].
* TheCharmer: The Saint. Women (almost always) find him irresistible. Further, he would never take advantage of a woman and is always courteous and (barring the occasional female villain) polite towards them.
* ComicBookTime: As Charteris himself notes in ''The First Saint Omnibus,'' Templar was aging at a practically normal rate in the first decade or so... but his aging process slowed to a crawl as The Saint dealt with ThoseWackyNazis, and from the time Charteris retired from primary authorship in 1963 through the end of the series 20 years later, his aging was confined to a much more world-weary attitude.
* CondescendingCompassion: Templar loves pretending this attitude around and in regards to the police.
* ConMan: A high percentage of the Saint's targets, particularly in the short stories, are con artists who prey on the innocent, the unwary, and the desperate; it is their misfortune to attract the attention of the master of the craft, Simon himself.
* CoolCar: Leslie Charteris didn't believe that any car in the real world was cool enough for Simon to drive, so he made up one called a Hirondel. In one later story (''Vendetta for the Saint''), an Italian mechanic who has devoted himself to preserving a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugatti_Royale Bugatti Type 41]] is impressed that Simon drove a Hirondel. It's that cool.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Just in the pages of ''The First Saint Omnibus'', the Saint encounters Messrs. Hugo Campard (stock manipulator turned oil tycoon), W. Titus Oates (shady financier and philatelist), Sir Melvin Flager (trucking magnate and slave-driving, safety-ignoring boss), and, worst of all, Grant Lasser (legitimate importer of wine & spirits; smuggler of those and other things; and torture-murderer). Distaste for scum who pretend respectability is something Simon seems to more than share with the general public -- the difference being, the Saint can do something about it.
* CostumePorn: Particularly in the early adventures, Charteris goes into loving detail about the Saint's bespoke wardrobe.
* CouldSayItBut: During one of the rare and wonderful times Chief Inspector Teal and The Saint are not only on the same side, but actually working together, Claud Eustace indulges in a great deal of this to help Simon bring down ''The Appalling Politician''. It works, but not quite as Claud Eustace expects.
* DamselOutOfDistress: A number of early novels and stories feature Templar's girlfriend, Patricia Holm, who becomes an active accomplice in a number of his exploits. She's also noted to be a very good shot and is the person he trusts to [[BadassDriver drive the getaway car when the chase is particularly hot.]] Villains have been known to be more afraid of the icy steel in her voice and eyes than they are of Templar at first meeting (of course, it probably helps that she's usually the one pointing a gun in those instances).
* DecoyDamsel: Pat occasionally (for example, in ''The Gold Standard'') does a heroic version of this, allowing herself to get captured to further some plan of Simon's.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Rayt Marius, war profiteer and utter blackguard, earns his status as Simon's arch-foe, even striking out at Simon one last time from beyond the grave in ''The Simon Templar Foundation''.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Pat eventually breaks up with Templar.
* DirtyCop: ''The High Fence'' reveals an example at the very end.
* DirtyCoward: Galbraith Stride, in ''The Death Penalty," and in ''The Man From St. Louis'' reveal themselves to be thoroughgoing dastards. It is an indication of how low Simon thinks they are that, although they are now [[DeadlyEuphemism chatting each other up in a super-tropical climate]], the Saint doesn't dirty his hands on either of them.
* DissonantSerenity: The more angry The Saint is, the calmer and more relaxed he seems and the more likely he will call villains by ironic endearments as he describes in calm and loving detail how he is going to destroy them. It's only worse if he drops the endearments... ''The Unlicensed Victuallers'' learn this most horribly.
* DoesntLikeGuns: In the early stories, Simon considers firearms noisy and barbarous, isn't particularly expert with them, and further admits as much on more than one occasion; around World War II, his attitude relaxes and his expertise rises, in both cases considerably.
* EthicalSlut: Pat and Templar have an open relationship, but Templar usually avoids doing much more than flirting with other women because (while they might be more beautiful, and witty or charming) they can't match up to Pat for intelligence and thirst for adventure.
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Certainly all The Saint's marks would say this, especially when he pulls off his wide-eyed innocent look and his beatific smile that usually marks his being particularly mischievous.
* FlawExploitation: Often used by The Saint; is often attempted against him, but it is the rare time that he doesn't have a contingency for someone trying to do this.
* FloweryInsults: Occasionally, when Templar is in a poetic mood and you are starting to annoy him or piss him off or he wants to annoy and piss you off.
* FramingTheGuiltyParty: Done masterfully by The Saint in ''The Death Penalty''.
* GentlemanAdventurer: Even invokes this trope by name when describing himself.
* GentlemanSnarker: Templar and his original companions: Roger Conway, Dicky Tremayne, and Norman Kent. Peter Quentin and Monty Hayward were just as snarky, though not quite as upper-crust.
* GentlemanThief: The Saint, obviously.
* GoingByTheMatchbook: Averted in ''The Saint and the Sizzling Saboteur''. The police find the matchbook used to [[ManOnFire set fire to the victim]]. One of the officers thinks this might be the clue that breaks the case open, only for the lead detective to reach into his pocket and pull out a matchbook, saying that he has no idea where this particular bar is or how the matchbook came to be in his possession.
* GoodIsNotSoft: The Saint's entire modus operandi is built on this trope.
* GoToAlias: Sebastian Tombs; eventually, this alias becomes almost as well known as Simon's nom de guerre.
* HeelFaceTurn: It doesn't happen often -- possibly because the Ungodly often meet the Saint just before they meet their Maker -- but by the end of the story, ''The Sleepless Knight'' is a changed man. It may not be a coincidence that this is one of a very few stories in which the Saint makes not a penny of profit.
* HeroicSacrifice: In ''The Last Hero,'' made by [[spoiler:Norman Kent]]
* HighHeelFaceTurn: As one might expect, Simon often has this effect (for example, ''The Affair Of Hogsbotham''). On the other hand, "Straight Audrey" Perowne and Kathleen "The Mug" Allfield are wooed to the side of the Saints by the charms, ''not'' of The Saint, but of Dicky Tremayne and Peter Quentin respectively.
* HiredToHuntYourself: ''The Simon Templar Foundation'' introduced [[BreakoutCharacter Hoppy Uniatz]] to the series; in turn, Hoppy introduces "Pete de Blood Orconi" to the enemies of the Foundation, who hire "Pete" and Hoppy to take out the foundation's founder. Of course, "Pete" is Simon himself.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Simon regularly arranges this; he directly references (though not exact-quotes) the Shakespeare line in ''The Art Photographer'' and again in ''The Careful Terrorist'' .
* ICallItVera:
** The Saint's twin throwing knives, Anna and Belle.
** Both Simon and Hoppy refer to Hoppy's trusty equalizer as "Betsy."
* IOweYouMyLife: Downplayed with Peter Quentin; it's unlikely that the stretch in His Majesty's Gaol from which The Saint saves him would've been fatal, but as Simon himself notes, it certainly isn't healthy; and, without ever mentioning it again, Peter goes on to become a valuable member of Simon's team.
* IcyBlueEyes:
** Pat's are noted to be this, generally contrasting Simon's innocent baby blues. Also notable character-wise because it symbolizes her tendency to come across as more even keel and less manic than Templar. She can, however, do the InnocentBlueEyes too, just to freak Teal out.
** Simon has these when he's angry.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Used more than once; for example, Simon in ''Knight Templar'', and Peter Quentin in ''The Affair of Hogsbotham''.
* IronicNickname: Lots, but Templar's nickname of "Angel Face" for the very ugly Rayt Marius is the foremost example of this trope.
* IShallTauntYou: Templar doesn't have an off button when he's around the police or villains. All of his insults are very snarky and both for his own (and his comrades) amusement and to keep villains and policemen off their balance. In one adventure (''The Policeman With Wings''), he defeats a villain using ''only'' his mocking wit.
* InnocentBlueEyes: The Saint has these and is very, very aware of it. He loves giving beatifically innocent looks at his most infuriating.
* InternalDeconstruction: The late short story''The Spanish Co'' deconstructs Simon's usual attitudes and behaviour. He comes close to seducing and stealing from an unattractive, middle-aged, ''nouveau riche'' woman, and only realises at the last minute that he is about to do something truly evil to another person just because she isn't sexy and cool.
* JustLikeRobinHood:
** In the very earliest stories, The Saint steals from criminals and gives all but 10% of it to charities (unless it can be determined where the ill-gotten gains were stolen or extorted from in the first place, in which case The Saint gives it all back to its rightful owners). As the series goes on, the percentage varies, but The Saint never wavers in his philosophy -- in ''The Man From St. Louis,'' Simon even sends some of his boodle to a ''policeman'' who'd been shot by the eponymous bad guy.
** Several tales refer to the newspaper stories that explicitly dub him "the Robin Hood of Modern Crime."
* KansasCityShuffle: Another thing The Saint loves with a holy love. ''The Prince of Cherkessia'', for example, is warned of the exact day on which the Saint will -- for a variety of good reasons -- steal the crown that has just been made for him by London's finest jewelers. Chief Inspector Teal guards the Prince and his crown practically as well as England's own Crown Jewels, and yet the crown is ''still'' stolen -- because Claud Eustace could never imagine that [[spoiler:the "Prince" is actually The Saint in disguise, and has been all along]].
* KnifeNut: Templar prefers knives to guns, and is an expert with them. He is particularly fond of, and [[TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn adept at,]] throwing them.
* KnightInShiningArmour:
** In ''The Last Hero'', one of the earlier Saint novels (1931), Simon Templar takes backstage to his gallant and tragic associate Norman Kent, who falls in love hopelessly with Templar's girlfriend Patricia Holm (who hardly notices him) and at the end of the book [[spoiler:sacrifices his life]] to let Templar and his other comrades-in-arms escape the current villain and fight again another day.
** A book called ''Knights Errant of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries'' by Caroline Whitehead and George Mc Leod says it all: "Norman Kent is an archetypal knight-errant. Though formally a man of 20th Century England, he lives (and dies) by the Code of Chivalry. He loves totally his Lady, Patricia Holm - who, like Don Quixote's Dulcinea, is not aware of that love. He is totally loyal to his Liege Lord, Simon Templar. Like Sir Gawain in "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight", Norman Kent takes on the threats to his Lord. Not only physicial threats to life and limb, but also the sometimes inavoidable need to take dishourable acts which would have reflected badly on the reputation of King Arthur/Simon Templar is taken on, wholly and without reservation, by Sir Gawain/Norman Kent."
* TheLastTitle: ''The Last Hero,'' which does not refer to Simon himself, but rather to [[spoiler:Norman Kent]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Occasionally Templar talks about a situation or his life being rather like an adventure novel, and that if it stays true to form something will or won't happen. For example, in ''The Million Pound Day,'' Simon notes that he cannot be killed before page 320.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: At the close of ''Knight Templar'', Simon is writing down his latest adventure "for the benefit of an author bloke I know, who has sworn to make a blood-and-thunder classic of us one day." Charteris plays with the notion again in his notes for ''The First Saint Omnibus''.
* LockedRoomMystery: ''The Man Who Liked Toys'' was the center of one of these.
* LongRunningBookSeries: 50 books published between 1928 and 1983, all written or overseen by Leslie Charteris.
* TheMafia: In ''Vendetta for the Saint,'' Simon takes on [[UsefulNotes/TheMafia the actual Sicilian Mafia]].
* MarkOfShame: In the backstory of ''The Death Penalty,'' it's revealed that the Saint bestowed his Sign on both cheeks of Abdul Osman, in an especially agonizing manner. Mr. Osman is a combination of all the worst stereotypes associated with [[FatBastard rotund,]] [[ArabOilSheiks Middle Eastern]] [[Literature/TheSheik chieftains]]. Further, he makes his money in [[SexSlaves human trafficking]] and [[DrugsAreBad illicit narcotics]]. In short, he gets no sympathy -- nor, as it turns out, does he learn his lesson.
* MasterActor: The Saint. He often appears as a wealthy, amiable and helium-headed aristocrat (see below) but, when circumstances demand it, can appear to be a down-at-heel lorry driver, a [[AmoralAttorney haughty but corrupt barrister,]] an American [[ProfessionalKiller "button man,"]] or even a Central American peasant with little more than a change of clothes.
* MercyLead: The Saint has come to the apartment of Tex Goldman, ''The Man From St. Louis'', for a rare VigilanteExecution. Before he can make his move, though, he overhears part of a conversation between Tex and a woman Simon thinks is just the gangster's moll. When Simon does move, he gets the drop on both and tells Tex that he's there to kill ''both'' of them. Tex faces the Saint down, saying that whatever Simon thinks the girl's done, he's wrong. Tex goes on, though, to say he can take it for both of them -- because they were just married that day. Simon is so touched, he not only lets them both go (he never even intended to harm the girl anyway), he also [[spoiler:lets Tex flee with her, and even gives them back some of the loot that he, Simon, has just lifted from Tex's safe]].
* MoralGuardians: Few things that are not actual felonies raise Simon's ire more than these. One, Mr. Ebenezer Hogsbotham, sets off an adventure that Charteris himself, in ''The First Saint Omnibus,'' called "a story that in its own way would summarize them all". By the end of ''The Affair of Hogsbotham'', though Mr. H. never appears in person, the Saint has given him a most satisfactory comeuppance, while also [[spoiler:solving a bank robbery, arranging for the sudden decease of said robbers, and enriching himself and his associates to the tune of fifteen thousand pounds]].
* MotorMouth: The Saint will only stop talking when his GentlemanThief activities absolutely demand it. When he's excited or has a EurekaMoment his mouth tries a desperate job of trying to keep up with his brain, resulting in fragments of the subject in particular, bits of plans on what he's going to do, and jokes all jumbled together coming out of his mouth at a mile a minute (think [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] at his most insensibly manic). Even the most brilliant of his associates, notably Pat, find it a strain to keep up with him at these moments.
* MrFanservice: Templar, even when he's wearing all his clothes.
* MsFanservice: Pat or whatever woman happens to be in the story is usually described in 'loving' detail.
* MysteriousPast: In one of the later adventures, ''The Saint In Pursuit'', an American intelligence officer awkwardly tries to draw Simon out by mentioning that he hasn't been completely briefed about Templar's background. Simon's answer: "Nobody has."
* NeverGetsDrunk: Simon himself can hold his liquor handily (see, for example, ''The Art Photographer''), but Hoppy Uniatz's ability to imbibe is a source of astonishment to all who know him, including and especially the Saint. In view of Hoppy's unusual personality, he is probably a type 2. On the other hand, Simon hypothesizes he simply does not drink ''enough'', which given the descriptions of how much and what he drinks would make him Type 3.
* TheNicknamer: Templar hands out these like he's handing out candy to children.
* NotMyDriver: Played with on a World Cup level. It's [[LampshadeHanging both lampshaded]] [[AvertedTrope and avoided]] in ''The Story Of a Dead Man.'' It's [[InvokedTrope expected and]] [[ExploitedTrope turned against the Ungodly]] in ''The Gold Standard''. It's played straight by Simon himself or one of his associates in ''The Man From St. Louis'' and ''The Sleepless Knight''. And it's even played straight ''against'' the Saint in ''The High Fence''. (In Simon's defense, he was being carted off by a ScotlandYard detective in the last instance, so he wasn't quite on his guard.)
* {{Omniglot}}: Simon is shown to be fluent in French, Italian, German, and Spanish in addition to his native English. While the total number doesn't rise to the level of some of the examples of this trope, it should also be noted that for the Saint, fluency means pass as a native in ''multiple dialects'' as part of his MasterActor abilities.
* OnlySaneMan: Peter Quentin is introduced as a victim of a ConMan whom Simon saves from bankruptcy and a stretch in His Majesty's prisons. He becomes one of Simon's most trusted assistants, but his incredulous bemusement with the Saint's devil-may-care mad genius never changes.
* NothingUpMySleeve: Simon's favorite hiding place for [[ICallItVera Anna]], though he also uses a calf sheath on occasion.
* ThePardon: In ''Knight Templar'', the one time the bobbies had him dead to rights, all Detective-Inspector Carn can say to him is, "I think the King is waiting to speak to you." Simon had just [[spoiler:prevented the bombing of a train carrying His Majesty and other members of the royal family]].
* PercussivePickpocket: Simon uses this to save a young man from a prison stretch in ''The Man Who Was Clever''. His pickpocket skills also come in handy in ''The Gold Standard'' and ''The Man from St. Louis.''
* ProtagonistTitle: Many of the books in the series have ''The Saint'' in the title ; as noted above, though, ''The Last Hero''refers not to Simon but to [[spoiler:Norman Kent]]. Further, two of the books enshrine Mr Teal in their titles, as befitting his high status in the series (see below).
* PsychoSidekick: Hoppy Uniatz to the nth degree. Simon is no shrinking violet himself, yet several times the Saint gets the Ungodly to talk simply by threatening to leave them alone with good old Hoppy. It doesn't help that Hoppy will do ''anything'' the Saint asks, and interprets everything through his [[WrongSideOfTheTracks unorthodox upbringing]] and [[NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters previous profession]]. In ''The Case of the Frightened Innkeeper'', Templar forgets this. Meaning for Hoppy to escort some of the Ungodly from the Saint's presence, Simon carelessly says "Get rid of them;" Hoppy [[DeadlyEuphemism does]].
* QuittingToGetMarried: [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-flipped]]: it is either directly stated or strongly implied that Conway, Tremayne, Sheridan, and Quentin left the adventuring life for marriage. In Peter's case, though, it doesn't quite stick.
* RealMenCook: Simon usually prefers to eat out, but is quite capable of making a delicious meal entirely on his own.
* RebelliousSpirit: The Saint, full stop. Teal lampshades this now and again; he sarcastically suggests to his superiors that they should make it a law that British subjects ''must'' commit a crime at regular intervals. The Saint would be thus be a traditional saint for those times, just to be contrary, and they'd get a little peace from him. Said superiors are not amused.
* RegretfulTraitor: ''The Saint in Miami,'' which is also notable for being Simon's first adventure in the USA and his first direct encounter with ThoseWackyNazis, uses one of these skillfully for both its inciting incident and its climax.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Played with: The Saint's skill at ''pretending'' to be an UpperClassTwit is one of his most effective tactics against the Ungodly. However, it's strongly implied that Simon was not born into wealth and privilege, and compared to [[Franchise/IronMan some of]] [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the examples]] of this trope, he's practically impoverished.
* SafeCracking: Simon's larcenous expertise includes this too; ''The Man From St. Louis'' has him open and empty a gangster's safe "offscreen" -- i.e. so easily that Charteris doesn't bother to write the scene.
* SlummingIt: In ''The Wonderful War,'' Simon pretends to be a BananaRepublic peon -- and even [[CapturedOnPurpose lets himself be arrested!]] -- to bring about his master plan.
* SharpDressedMan: In any situation where it is remotely reasonable, Simon is the very flower of fashion. However, it is noted repeatedly that he simply looks phenomenal in whatever he happens to be wearing by virtue of good looks and sheer personality.
* TheSpymaster: Another legacy of World War II: during the war, Simon worked for an American intelligence officer known only as "Hamilton".
* SwordCane: In the early stories, particularly in ''The Man Who Was Clever'', Simon is shown to be a master with one; since in those days a cane was still appropriate for upper-class gentlemen, he was also "seldom without it."
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Chief Inspector Claude Eustace Teal; one of (perhaps) two policemen whom the Saint considers a truly WorthyOpponent, his ongoing entanglement with the Saint is a constant bright spot in the pre-WWII books. Simon loves very few things more than poking Teal both verbally and physically, in Teal's well-padded midsection. But when the chips are down, Simon speaks of him with both affection and respect. The Saint alternates helping Teal solve the good Inspector's toughest cases (other than those that Simon committed himself, that is), and leaving Teal grasping at thin air when he attempts to nail Simon for the Saint's crimes. Further, Teal is shown to be a more-than-competent detective (for example, in ''The Unusual Ending'') in every respect; it's simply that, as ''The Lawless Lady'' put it, "Simon Templar was not common clay; and Teal, who was of the good red earth earthy, recognized this without resentment." Finally, he and Simon have each saved the other's life at least once, in ''The Story of a Dead Man'' and ''The High Fence'' respectively.
* ATasteOfTheLash: TheDragon of ''The Million Pound Day'' uses a whip as his favorite instrument of torture. At the orders of TheBigBad, he tries to use it on a (for once) tightly and efficiently bound Saint. Unfortunately for both underling and mastermind, the first stroke of the whip sets off [[PowerBornOfMadness a rage rising to temporary insanity]] that allows Simon to break his bonds. Simon then goes on to prove that he himself can WhipItGood.
* TermsOfEndangerment: Templar tends to use pet names or terms of endearment when talking to villains; the sweeter, the more inappropriate, and the more frequent the endearments get, the closer the villains are to doom.
* ThemedAliases: Simon's aliases often use the initials "S.T."
* TheTheTitle: The series is called '''The''' Saint.
* ThisBearWasFramed: In ''The Convenient Monster'', a murderer kills his victim with a Polynesian club studded with shark teeth and attempts to place the blame on ''the Loch Ness Monster''!
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: In ''Salvage For The Saint'', Charles Tatenor's real name is revealed to be Schwarzkopf. As literally translating his surname into English would have sounded ridiculous ('blackhead'), he went for something that sounded like blackhead in French (''tête noire'').
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** Teal is extremely fond of gum, especially Wrigley's. Simon thoughtfully provides a fresh pack when Teal lets him know in advance that he's on his way to the Saint's current domicile for another [[SarcasmMode friendly chat.]]
** Hoppy Uniatz and Scotch whiskey.
* TheTrickster: The Saint. Oh hallowed heavens, The Saint! Perhaps the most extreme example comes in ''The Million Pound Day''. The main villain sends the Saint a thorny little surprise in a pair of gloves. Simon's usual caution saves him, fortunately. Then Simon purchases a trick matchbox from a toy & novelty shop, and uses it to return the gift to the main villain. Let's just say TheJoker [[PoisonIsEvil would've been proud.]]
* TruthSerum: Comes into play in ''The High Fence.''
* UnderhandedHero: Simon Templar is a ConMan who has repeatedly taken out criminals by kidnapping them or tricking them into killing each other. He will even, if absolutely necessary, do his dirty work himself (see immediate next item).
* VigilanteExecution: Templar rarely resorts to this; he generally prefers to let the Ungodly engineer their own dooms. However, rarely is not never, as certain of the Ungodly in ''The Unlicensed Victuallers'' and ''The Gold Standard,'' amongst others, learn to their great sorrow.
* WarriorPoet: Templar writes poetry in comic and satirical vein to entertain and amuse his compatriots and to annoy his enemies, then sometimes more serious stuff about justice and chivalry. He is also prone to, amidst jokes, philosophize on battle, honor, chivalry, love, how modern man has lost his thirst for adventure, and any numbers of those combined.
* WhatTheHellHero: The only time Patricia calls Simon out on anything in real anger occurs in ''The Melancholy Journey of Mr. Teal.'' The good Chief Inspector has almost nailed the Saint, when Simon informs him that [[spoiler:without Teal's knowledge, Simon has been depositing money into Teal's account, making it appear that the detective is a DirtyCop]]. The world, and Teal's superiors at UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard in particular, will all too readily accept this as the ''real'' reason Teal's never caught the Saint. [[HonorBeforeReason Teal proceeds with the case anyway,]] knowing the consequences to himself. This in turn causes Simon one of his ''extremely'' few [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone attacks of conscience]]. The Saint reverses himself and not only does not proceed with the plot, he makes amends by giving Teal the GreatBigBookOfEverything of London crime that Simon has taken years to compile. Of course, [[spoiler:Simon arranges for he, Patricia, and the boodle to escape anyway.]]
* TheWorldIsNotReady: In ''The Gold Standard,'' Simon encounters the inventor of a modern, {{DieselPunk}}-ish PhilosophersStone process, and the criminal who is murderously determined to make the process work for him. By the end of the story, [[spoiler:everyone who knew the secret of the process is dead, leaving no records behind]], and The Saint believes that's a good thing.
* WorthyOpponent: Prince Rudolf and The Saint view each other as one; as noted above, so do Templar & Teal.
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