YMMV / Agent Pendergast

  • Broken Base: Revealing that Diogenes was still alive in The Obsidian Chamber. Many people feel he had no place returning and should have stayed dead after the events of Book of the Dead, while others like having him be brought back and point out that since we never actually saw him fall into the volcano and only had Constance's account, it perfectly left the door open for him to return later on.
  • Complete Monster: Diogenes Pendergast in the Dance of Death and Book of the Dead is a massive monster, and considering what happened to him as a child doesn't excuse his horrific actions. Through the course of two books he kills numerous close friends of his brother while taunting him about it and doing it to set him up for life in prison, enacts the same procedure that drove him insane on some unlucky souls as a test run before enacting the real thing on thousands of people at once, drugs up one of the oldest friends of Pendergast and D'Agosta after failing to kill her once so she's left in a death-like state and he can return to properly kill her whenever he wants, and tries to completely shatter the mental state of his brother's ward in order to get her to commit suicide simply For the Evulz. The fact that even before his proper introduction in the books his mere mention is enough to completely unnerve his usually very calm brother truly speaks volumes of how dangerous this man is.
  • Ending Fatigue: The conclusion to Book of the Dead is hit with a bit of this. Even after the climax has happened, there's still nearly a hundred pages devoted to Constance hunting Diogenes across the globe.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse - Corrie. Fans kept pestering the authors as to when she'd be back.
  • Escapist Character - Pendergast shows traits of this.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple - Pendergast/Corrie, Pendergast/Diogenes, Pendergast/D'Agosta, Pendergast/Constance...
  • Homage: Pendergast is a much more sociable - and American - version of Sherlock Holmes. For example, he talks to D'Agosta in a 'My dear Vincent' fashion, uses the 'elementary' comment, and of course employs Sherlock Scans. This hits its apex in White Fire where part of the plot involves a long-lost Holmes story and includes several references to the original books.
  • Ho Yay - Pendergast and D'Agosta have made more than one reader wonder.
  • Like You Would Really Do It - Let's face it: did anyone really think that they would just kill off Pendergast at the very beginning of Cold Vengeance?
  • The Scrappy - Constance and Viola, to some.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: There are a couple of books where a supporting character has to deal with something that spins off of the main plot but is otherwise unrelated to it.