YMMV / The Scarlet Pimpernel

The original novel

The sequel novels

The adaptations

  • Evil Is Sexy: One female viewer wrote to the Radio Times 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.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: 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 disguising them as troops pursuing escaping aristocrats; in the film, the entire League rescues only three.
  • The Woobie: The 1999 TV version has Tony Dewhurst, played by Jamie Bamber in the middle of the Professional Woobie stage of his career. Such a 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). TV Tropes send the guy a hug.

Alternative Title(s): The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934