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** One episode has Sydney fighting VillainOfTheWeek Turley in a pit of mud, much to the amusement of the male onlookers. The same episode also has Sydney taking a shower, as well as Nigel searching said female villain's bra in one scene.


* {{Expy}}: A beautiful AdventurerArchaeologist who hunts (frequently supernatural) relics across the globe and fights off goons? Sydney has a lot in common with [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]]. The fact Relic Hunter also sounds a lot like ''Tomb Raider'' is also deliberate. There are differences, though, including the fact Sydney is America and not an aristocrat.

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* {{Expy}}: A beautiful AdventurerArchaeologist who hunts (frequently supernatural) relics across the globe and fights off goons? Sydney has a lot in common with [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]]. The fact Relic Hunter ''Relic Hunter'' also sounds a lot like ''Tomb Raider'' is also deliberate. There are differences, though, including the fact Sydney is America and not an aristocrat.


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%% * EverythingsBetterWithMonkeysEverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Monkeys show up in a number of episodes.


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* {{Expy}}: A beautiful AdventurerArchaeologist who hunts (frequently supernatural) relics across the globe and fights off goons? Sydney has a lot in common with [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]]. The fact Relic Hunter also sounds a lot like ''Tomb Raider'' is also deliberate. There are differences, though, including the fact Sydney is America and not an aristocrat.


Her Hugh Grantesque teaching assistant Nigel Bailey (Creator/ChristienAnholt) accompanies her on hunts and largely gets used as the comic relief, whilst secretaries Claudia (seasons one and two) and Karen Petruski (season three) hold the fort back at Trinity College. The latter two are respectively played by Lindy Booth and Tanja Reichert.

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Her Hugh Grantesque teaching assistant Nigel Bailey (Creator/ChristienAnholt) accompanies her on hunts and largely gets used as the comic relief, whilst secretaries Claudia (seasons one and two) and Karen Petruski (season three) hold the fort back at Trinity College. The latter two are respectively played by Lindy Booth Creator/LindyBooth and Tanja Reichert.Creator/TanjaReichert.



* ActionGirl: Sydney Fox. Relic hunting can be dangerous business, and Sydney is an expert in various martial arts. Even when she's back at her office we frequently see her practicing her kicks and punches.

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* ActionGirl: Sydney Fox. Relic hunting can be a dangerous business, and Sydney is an expert in various martial arts. Even when she's back at her office we frequently see her practicing her kicks and punches.



* {{Adorkable}}: Nigel Bailey

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* BadassBookworm: Sydney.

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* BadassBookworm: Sydney.Sydney is a university teacher who often goes on dangerous adventures in search for relics.



* NumberOneDime: In "Diamond in the Rough", Sydney is hired to find the lucky baseball glove of 'Smiling' Jimmy Jonesboro, which was stolen during the 1946 World Series. Essentially worthless (Jonesboro bought for one dollar at a garage sale), he was willing to pay $5000 to get it back in 1946. In the present day, a current major league player is willing to pay a seven figure sum to locate it, [[MagicFeather in the hope it will give him the same mojo Jonesboro had]].

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* NumberOneDime: In "Diamond in the Rough", Sydney is hired to find the lucky baseball glove of 'Smiling' Jimmy Jonesboro, which was stolen during the 1946 World Series. Essentially worthless (Jonesboro bought for one dollar at a garage sale), he was willing to pay $5000 to get it back in 1946. In the present day, a current major league player is willing to pay a seven figure seven-figure sum to locate it, [[MagicFeather in the hope it will give him the same mojo Jonesboro had]].



'''Nigel:''' Monroe?\\
'''Sydney:''' Manson.

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'''Nigel:''' Monroe?\\
[[Creator/MarilynMonroe Monroe?]]\\
'''Sydney:''' [[Music/MarilynManson Manson.]]


* ImprobableAge: Sydney looks like she's about 30 years old in the first season (Tia Carrere was 32 when it was shot), yet she is already a full professor with her own secretary.

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* ImprobableAge: Sydney looks like she's about 30 years old in the first season (Tia Carrere (Creator/TiaCarrere was 32 when it was shot), yet she is already a full professor with her own secretary.



* LingerieScene: Sydney gets quite a few of these. One of the most ludicrous examples (which is played mostly for laughs) is when she and her companions hide from their pursuers in a German Laundromat. The proprietor insist that they actually wash something, or leave. Sydney takes off her overshirt and puts it in a machine, but that doesn't satisfy the proprietor. The entire party ends up standing there in their underwear surrounded by other customers.

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* LingerieScene: Sydney gets quite a few of these. One of the most ludicrous examples (which is played mostly for laughs) is when she and her companions hide from their pursuers in a German Laundromat. The proprietor insist insists that they actually wash something, or leave. Sydney takes off her overshirt and puts it in a machine, but that doesn't satisfy the proprietor. The entire party ends up standing there in their underwear surrounded by other customers.



** In episode 2 of season 1, Sydney insists on sharing a shower with Nigel (there is no sexual intent, she is just really dirty and needs to clean up quickly). The scene ends up with a wet and miserable-looking towel-clad Nigel standing outside the bathroom door, with Sydney calling for him to come back in.

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** In episode 2 of season 1, Sydney insists on [[ShowerOfAwkward sharing a shower shower]] with Nigel (there is no sexual intent, she is just really dirty and needs to clean up quickly). The scene ends up with a wet and miserable-looking towel-clad Nigel standing outside the bathroom door, with Sydney calling for him to come back in.



* WhatDidIDoLastNight: In "Diamond in the Rough", Nigel wakes up after a boozy night to find himself in a trashed living room, thinking he has demolished the room during vigorous sex with Sydney. After an {{Adorkable}} attempt to apologise for not remembering and saying how much respected her as a woman, Sydney tells him that he had passed out and the room got trashed when she fought off an intruder during the night.

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* WhatDidIDoLastNight: In "Diamond in the Rough", Nigel wakes up after a boozy night to find himself in a trashed living room, thinking he has demolished the room during vigorous sex with Sydney. After an a {{Adorkable}} attempt to apologise apologize for not remembering and saying how much respected her as a woman, Sydney tells him that he had passed out and the room got trashed when she fought off an intruder during the night.


* WhatDidIDoLastNight: In "Diamond in the Rough", Nigel wakes up after a boozy night to find himself in a trashed living room. Thinking he had demolished the room during vigorous sex with Sydney. After an {{Adorkable}} attempt to apologise for not remembering and saying how much respected her as a woman, Sydney tells him that he had passed out and the room got trashed when she fought off an intruder during the night.

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* WhatDidIDoLastNight: In "Diamond in the Rough", Nigel wakes up after a boozy night to find himself in a trashed living room. Thinking room, thinking he had has demolished the room during vigorous sex with Sydney. After an {{Adorkable}} attempt to apologise for not remembering and saying how much respected her as a woman, Sydney tells him that he had passed out and the room got trashed when she fought off an intruder during the night.


** Her first scene has her teaching introducing a class on tribal culture by demonstrating pacific island styled dance in a bikini. She spends most of the next scene in her bra, changing clothes in front of Nigel who she's known for all of ten minutes.

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** Her first scene has her teaching introducing a class on tribal culture by demonstrating pacific island styled Pacific Island-styled dance in a bikini. She spends most of the next scene in her bra, changing clothes in front of Nigel who she's known for all of ten minutes.

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%%* SpiritualAdaptation: Wears the influence of ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' on its sleeve, right down to its similar title and ActionGirl AdventurerArchaeologist protagonist.


** Sydney doesn't have much of a nudity taboo and needs surprisingly little encouragement to take her clothes off, which leads to a large number of {{LingerieScene}}s, as well as some ToplessnessFromTheBack and some nude scenes with {{SceneryCensor}}s.

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** Sydney doesn't have much of a nudity taboo and needs surprisingly little encouragement to take her clothes off, which leads to a large number of {{LingerieScene}}s, {{Lingerie Scene}}s, as well as some ToplessnessFromTheBack and some nude scenes with {{SceneryCensor}}s.{{Scenery Censor}}s.


The [[ActionGirl tough girl]] heroine, Sydney Fox (Creator/TiaCarrere), is a renowned Relic Hunter, but also has a day job as a university professor of Ancient Studies. She somehow manages to keep her job despite taking a ridiculous amount of unscheduled time off to Relic Hunt (occasionally this is LampShaded by a boss who complains Sydney is never in, or justified by having her employer send her off on a relic hunt).

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The [[ActionGirl tough girl]] heroine, Sydney Fox (Creator/TiaCarrere), is a renowned Relic Hunter, but also has a day job as a university professor of Ancient Studies. She somehow manages to keep her job despite taking a ridiculous amount of unscheduled time off to Relic Hunt (occasionally this is LampShaded [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by a boss who complains Sydney is never in, or justified by having her employer send her off on a relic hunt).



* WhatDidIDoLastNight: In "Diamond in the Rough", Nigel wakes up after a boozy night to find himself in a trashed living room. Thinking he had demolished the room during vigorous sex with Sydney. After an {{Adorkabale}} attempt to apologise for not remembering and saying how much respected her as a woman, Sydney tells him that he had passed out and the room got trashed when she fought off an intruder during the night.

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* WhatDidIDoLastNight: In "Diamond in the Rough", Nigel wakes up after a boozy night to find himself in a trashed living room. Thinking he had demolished the room during vigorous sex with Sydney. After an {{Adorkabale}} {{Adorkable}} attempt to apologise for not remembering and saying how much respected her as a woman, Sydney tells him that he had passed out and the room got trashed when she fought off an intruder during the night.


* WhatDidIDoLastNight: In "Diamond in the Rough", Nigel makes up after a boozy night to find himself in a trashed living room. Thinking he had demolished the room during vigorous sex with Sydney. After an {{Adorkabale}} attempt to apologise for not remembering and saying how much respected her as a woman, Sydney tells him that he had passed out and the room got trashed when she fought off an intruder during the night.

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* WhatDidIDoLastNight: In "Diamond in the Rough", Nigel makes wakes up after a boozy night to find himself in a trashed living room. Thinking he had demolished the room during vigorous sex with Sydney. After an {{Adorkabale}} attempt to apologise for not remembering and saying how much respected her as a woman, Sydney tells him that he had passed out and the room got trashed when she fought off an intruder during the night.

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* AllNaturalGemPolish: Averted. In the episode "Afterlife and Death", a diamond from 1500 B.C. has an irregular shape and the fact that it has to be cut and polished now to be considered beautiful plays a big part in the plot.


The [[ActionGirl tough girl]] heroine, Sydney Fox (Tia Carrere), is a renowned Relic Hunter, but also has a day job as a university professor of Ancient Studies. She somehow manages to keep her job despite taking a ridiculous amount of unscheduled time off to Relic Hunt (occasionally this is LampShaded by a boss who complains Sydney is never in, or justified by having her employer send her off on a relic hunt).

Her Hugh Grantesque teaching assistant Nigel Bailey (Christien Anholt) accompanies her on hunts and largely gets used as the comic relief, whilst secretaries Claudia (seasons one and two) and Karen Petruski (season three) hold the fort back at Trinity College. The latter two are respectively played by Lindy Booth and Tanja Reichert.

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The [[ActionGirl tough girl]] heroine, Sydney Fox (Tia Carrere), (Creator/TiaCarrere), is a renowned Relic Hunter, but also has a day job as a university professor of Ancient Studies. She somehow manages to keep her job despite taking a ridiculous amount of unscheduled time off to Relic Hunt (occasionally this is LampShaded by a boss who complains Sydney is never in, or justified by having her employer send her off on a relic hunt).

Her Hugh Grantesque teaching assistant Nigel Bailey (Christien Anholt) (Creator/ChristienAnholt) accompanies her on hunts and largely gets used as the comic relief, whilst secretaries Claudia (seasons one and two) and Karen Petruski (season three) hold the fort back at Trinity College. The latter two are respectively played by Lindy Booth and Tanja Reichert.



* UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar: There is a Templar knights episode, of course.


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EvilIsNotAToy: In one episode a monk tricks Sydney and Nigel into helping him unleash a demon which promptly kills him. The "evil" abbot who tried to prevent it happening turned out to have been the good guy all along.
* FanService: {{Fanservice}}:



%% * MentorOccupationalHazard

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%% * MentorOccupationalHazardMentorOccupationalHazard: Sydney's old teacher who first gave her an interest in relics was murdered to obtain one. Twenty years later. Sydney caught up with the killer.



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%% * PunctuatedPoundingPunctuatedPounding: "Didn't your mother ever teach you to play! NICE?!"



%% * TheKnightsTemplar

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%% * TheKnightsTemplarUsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar: There is a Templar knights episode, of course.



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