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* JerkassWoobie: The Antwerp jeweller of "Maigret's Night at the Crossroads", and quite light on the "jerkass" and heavy on the "woobie". On the "jerkass" side, he's fencing stolen jewellery. On the "woobie" side, he's a Holocaust survivor who only wants the money so he and his wife can move to America.

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* HilariousInHindsight: One for the 1990s series, which starred Michael Gambon and followed a 1988 made-for-TV movie starring Creator/RichardHarris - [[Franchise/HarryPotter not the last time]] they would play the same character.
* JerkassWoobie: The Antwerp jeweller jeweler of "Maigret's Night at the Crossroads", and quite light on the "jerkass" and heavy on the "woobie". On the "jerkass" side, he's fencing stolen jewellery. On the "woobie" side, he's a Holocaust survivor who only wants the money so he and his wife can move to America.


* JerkassWoobie: The Antwerp jeweller of "Maigret's Night at the Crossroads", and quite light on the "jerkass" and heavy on the "woobie". On the "jerkass" side, he's fencing stolen jewellry. On the "woobie" side, he's a Holocaust survivor who only wants the money so he and his wife can move to America.

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* CowboyCop: Maigret displays tendencies of this, setting up stings without authorization, disappearing from the office so he can't be removed from a case, and "catching a cold" when prevented from conducting an investigation.
* JerkassWoobie: The Antwerp jeweller of "Maigret's Night at the Crossroads", and quite light on the "jerkass" and heavy on the "woobie". On the "jerkass" side, he's fencing stolen jewellry.jewellery. On the "woobie" side, he's a Holocaust survivor who only wants the money so he and his wife can move to America.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Maigret'' was commissioned partly out of the hope that it would become the ''Series/{{Poirot}}'' of a new generation.


* PlayingAgainstType: Rowan Atkinson, known normally for his comedic roles.


** [[SerialKiller Jean "Dacourt"]], real name, Jean Tellière, from season 1's "Maigret's Dead Man", manipulates a group of drug-addicted, unemployed Czech nationals into murdering and robbing wealthy families with him. Having the only man with evidence of his involvement killed, Dacourt orders his lackeys to kill anyone even possibly aware of his crimes and [[BadBoss tries to murder them as well]] the [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness second they become problematic]]. Revealed to have abandoned his own wife and children to revel in luxury with a new mistress, Dacourt misses no opportunity to display just how callous he is to human suffering, as long as his life remains opulent.

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** [[SerialKiller [[TheCorrupter Jean "Dacourt"]], real name, name Jean Tellière, from season 1's "Maigret's Dead Man", [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates a group group]] of drug-addicted, unemployed Czech nationals into murdering and robbing wealthy families with him. Having the only man with evidence of his involvement killed, Dacourt orders his lackeys to kill anyone even possibly aware of his crimes and [[BadBoss tries to murder them as well]] the [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness second they become problematic]]. Revealed to have abandoned his own wife and children to revel in luxury with a new mistress, Dacourt misses no opportunity to display just how callous he is to human suffering, as long as his life remains opulent.


** [[SerialKiller Jean "Dacourt"]], real name, Jean Tellière, from from season 1's "Maigret's Dead Man", manipulates a group of drug-addicted, unemployed Czech nationals into murdering and robbing wealthy families with him. Having the only man with evidence of his involvement killed, Dacourt orders his lackeys to kill anyone even possibly aware of his crimes and [[BadBoss tries to murder them as well]] the [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness second they become problematic]]. Revealed to have abandoned his own wife and children to revel in luxury with a new mistress, Dacourt misses no opportunity to display just how callous he is to human suffering, as long as his life remains opulent.

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** [[SerialKiller Jean "Dacourt"]], real name, Jean Tellière, from from season 1's "Maigret's Dead Man", manipulates a group of drug-addicted, unemployed Czech nationals into murdering and robbing wealthy families with him. Having the only man with evidence of his involvement killed, Dacourt orders his lackeys to kill anyone even possibly aware of his crimes and [[BadBoss tries to murder them as well]] the [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness second they become problematic]]. Revealed to have abandoned his own wife and children to revel in luxury with a new mistress, Dacourt misses no opportunity to display just how callous he is to human suffering, as long as his life remains opulent.

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** [[SerialKiller Jean "Dacourt"]], real name, Jean Tellière, from from season 1's "Maigret's Dead Man", manipulates a group of drug-addicted, unemployed Czech nationals into murdering and robbing wealthy families with him. Having the only man with evidence of his involvement killed, Dacourt orders his lackeys to kill anyone even possibly aware of his crimes and [[BadBoss tries to murder them as well]] the [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness second they become problematic]]. Revealed to have abandoned his own wife and children to revel in luxury with a new mistress, Dacourt misses no opportunity to display just how callous he is to human suffering, as long as his life remains opulent.
** [[SerialKiller Oscar Bonvoisin]], from season 2's "Maigret in Montmartre", is a runty pimp and killer who blackmailed exotic dancer Arlette, real name Marie, into becoming his prostitute when she was an emotionally devastated young woman with the knowledge of her helping her kill an employer in self defense. When Marie escaped him, Oscar tracked her down, and when she refused to return, he murdered her. Mortally wounded in their struggle, Oscar killed others connected to Marie, including her old employer the Countess; a taxi driver to take his car; and Marie's former employer, while planning on murdering the man's wife in front of Maigret before killing himself to go out on his own terms. With [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil one of the most disgusting crimes]] in the series, Maigret denounces Oscar for turning the devastated Marie into a prostitute simply to make himself more comfortable, declaring Oscar is "beyond contempt" and "beyond mercy".


* MomentOfAwesome:
** Inspector Janvier gets one in "Maigret's Dead Man", when he manages to beat an armed thug to the draw, despite the man having already taken his gun out.
** Maigret himself also gets one in "Maigret's Dead Man", at the end following [[spoiler:Dacourt]] dismissing the people he murdered as unimportant little people, Maigret gives him a graving ReasonYouSuckSpeech, that completely takes the wind out of his sails.


* JerkassWoobie: The Antwerp jeweller of "Maigret's Night at the Crossroads", and quite light on the "jerkass" and heavy on the "woobie". On the "jerkass" side, he's fencing stolen jewellry. On the "woobie" side, he's a Holocaust survivor.

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* JerkassWoobie: The Antwerp jeweller of "Maigret's Night at the Crossroads", and quite light on the "jerkass" and heavy on the "woobie". On the "jerkass" side, he's fencing stolen jewellry. On the "woobie" side, he's a Holocaust survivor.survivor who only wants the money so he and his wife can move to America.

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** [[spoiler:Marcel Moncin]] is another candidate. On the one hand, he [[spoiler:murdered six women]]; on the other, he's a PsychopathicManchild who's been coddled by his mother (and eventually his wife) since birth and is a perpetual failure at any attempt to have a normal adult life.

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* JerkassWoobie: The Antwerp jeweller of "Maigret's Night at the Crossroads", and quite light on the "jerkass" and heavy on the "woobie". On the "jerkass" side, he's fencing stolen jewellry. On the "woobie" side, he's a Holocaust survivor.


** Inspector Javier gets one in "Maigret's Dead Man", when he manages to beat an armed thug to the draw, despite the man having already taken his gun out.

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** Inspector Javier Janvier gets one in "Maigret's Dead Man", when he manages to beat an armed thug to the draw, despite the man having already taken his gun out.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Rowan Atkinson, known normally for his comedic roles.


** Inspector Javier gets one in “Maigret’s Dead Man”, when he manages to beat an armed thug to the draw, despite the man having already taken his gun out.
** Magriet himself also gets one in “Maigret’s Dead Man”, at the end following [[spoiler: Dacourt]] dismissing the people he murdered as unimportant little people, Maigret gives him a graving ReasonYouSuckSpeech, that completely takes the wind out of his sails.

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** Inspector Javier gets one in “Maigret’s "Maigret's Dead Man”, Man", when he manages to beat an armed thug to the draw, despite the man having already taken his gun out.
** Magriet Maigret himself also gets one in “Maigret’s "Maigret's Dead Man”, Man", at the end following [[spoiler: Dacourt]] [[spoiler:Dacourt]] dismissing the people he murdered as unimportant little people, Maigret gives him a graving ReasonYouSuckSpeech, that completely takes the wind out of his sails.sails.
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* MomentOfAwesome:
** Inspector Javier gets one in “Maigret’s Dead Man”, when he manages to beat an armed thug to the draw, despite the man having already taken his gun out.
** Magriet himself also gets one in “Maigret’s Dead Man”, at the end following [[spoiler: Dacourt]] dismissing the people he murdered as unimportant little people, Maigret gives him a graving ReasonYouSuckSpeech, that completely takes the wind out of his sails.

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