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Karloff, on the other hand, gives one of the finest performances of his career.


* DoNotCallMePaul: [=MacFarlane=] hates being called "Toddy" by Gray, but doesn't seem to mind it when Meg calls him that. Presumably, it's Gray's familiar tone he resents.



* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: There is nary a Scots accent to be found. Gets especially ridiculous when Meg tells Fettes that he's a Lowlander, not a Highlander like her, even though both of them have spoken in American accents the entire movie.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: There is nary a Scots accent to be found. Gets especially ridiculous when Meg tells points out to Fettes that he's a Lowlander, not a Highlander like her, even though both of them have spoken in American accents the entire movie.


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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: [=MacFarlane=] hates being called "Toddy" by Gray, but doesn't seem to mind it when Meg calls him that. Presumably, it's Gray's familiar tone he resents.

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* DoNotCallMePaul: [=MacFarlane=] hates being called "Toddy" by Gray, but doesn't seem to mind it when Meg calls him that. Presumably, it's Gray's familiar tone he resents.

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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: There is nary a Scots accent to be found. Gets especially ridiculous when Meg tells Fettes that he's a Lowlander, not a Highlander like her, even though both of them have spoken in American accents the entire movie.


* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In Gray's first scene, he kills a dog guarding its master's grave.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In Subverted with Gray's first scene, where he kills comes across as deeply charming, treating the IllGirl with great kindness. In his next scene, however, he [[FauxAffablyEvil sheds his facade]] with a dog guarding its master's grave.big, almost literal KickTheDog moment.



* JerkAssHasAPoint: Gray calls [=MacFarlane=] out on his terrible bedside manner.

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* JerkAssHasAPoint: Gray calls [=MacFarlane=] out on his terrible bedside manner.manner, as well as his hypocrisy in wanting the bodies but not wanting to know where they come from.



* MarriedToTheJob: [=MacFarlane=], according to his wife.

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* MarriedToTheJob: [=MacFarlane=], according to his wife.mistress.
* MotiveRant: Gray gives one explaining why he won't accept [=MacFarlane=]'s offer to permanently buy his silence, explaining that it's not the money he loves, or the things he can compel the doctor to do: it's the feeling of power itself. Without it, he's just a coachman and a grave robber, but if he has power over a gentleman, he's ''somebody''. [=MacFarlane=] himself gives one as well; see WellIntentionedExtremist.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Robby, the dog that sticks around at his master's grave in Greyfriars Cemetery, is very clearly modeled on a real dog called [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyfriars_Bobby Greyfriars Bobby]].
** Overlapping with ExpyCoexistence, it's clear that [=MacFarlane=] is based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Knox Dr. Robert Knox]], while Gray is [[CompositeCharacter a one-man]] version of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke_and_Hare_murders William Burke and William Hare]]. All three of these people are mentioned in the film: [=MacFarlane=] is said to have trained under Knox, and Gray was apparently a witness in the Burke and Hare trial.



%%* ShadowDiscretionShot: The murder scene.

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%%* * RightHandCat: Gray's cat, Brother, whom he picks up and strokes in a few sinister scenes.
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ShadowDiscretionShot: The Gray's murder scene.of Joseph is shown in shadows, as his cat watches.


* BlackmailBackfire: Joseph thinks that he'll be able to get easy money by blackmailing Gray. He gets strangled by him.

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* BlackmailBackfire: Joseph thinks that he'll be able to get easy money by blackmailing Gray. He gets strangled [[VorpalPillow smothered]] by him.


* VillainBall:[[spoiler: Gray had several chances to kill [=MacFarlane=] during their fight, but Gray kept sparing MacFarlane instead. This just leads to [=MacFarlane=] escaping from Gray and beating him to death.]]

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* VillainBall:[[spoiler: Gray had several chances to kill [=MacFarlane=] during their fight, but Gray kept sparing MacFarlane [=MacFarlane=] instead. This just leads to [=MacFarlane=] escaping from Gray and beating him to death.]]


* VillainBall:[[spoiler: Gray had several chances to kill MacFarlane during their fight, but Gray kept sparing MacFarlane instead. This just leads to MacFarlane escaping from Gray and beating him to death.]]

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* VillainBall:[[spoiler: Gray had several chances to kill MacFarlane [=MacFarlane=] during their fight, but Gray kept sparing MacFarlane instead. This just leads to MacFarlane [=MacFarlane=] escaping from Gray and beating him to death.]]


* {{Blackmail}}: Joseph thinks that he'll be able to get easy money by blackmailing Gray. He gets strangled by him.

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* {{Blackmail}}: BlackmailBackfire: Joseph thinks that he'll be able to get easy money by blackmailing Gray. He gets strangled by him.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In Gray's first scene, he kills a dog guarding its master's grave.

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* CheshireCatGrin: Gray often wears this until someone rankles him and the mask comes off.

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* JerkAssHasAPoint: Gray calls [=MacFarlane=] out on his terrible bedside manner.

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*VillainBall:[[spoiler: Gray had several chances to kill MacFarlane during their fight, but Gray kept sparing MacFarlane instead. This just leads to MacFarlane escaping from Gray and beating him to death.]]

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