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* ValuesDissonance: In one of the earliest episodes, Troy refers to a lesbian couple as “a couple of old dykes”. He’s not called out for it and it’s mostly just PlayedForLaughs. Nowadays this kind of blatant homophobia would be considered a lot less acceptable.

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* ValuesDissonance: In one of the earliest episodes, Troy refers to a lesbian couple as “a couple of old dykes”. He’s not called out for it and it’s mostly just PlayedForLaughs. Nowadays this kind of blatant homophobia would be considered a lot less acceptable. In later episodes, homphobia remained part of Troy's character but Barnaby and others would call him out on it.


** In a different sense, those movies (which were supposed to be made in the 70s) were obviously filmed using modern cameras, averting the expected VideoInsideFilmOutside look.

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** In a different sense, those movies (which were supposed to be made in the 70s) were obviously filmed using modern cameras, averting the expected VideoInsideFilmOutside look.look.
* ValuesDissonance: In one of the earliest episodes, Troy refers to a lesbian couple as “a couple of old dykes”. He’s not called out for it and it’s mostly just PlayedForLaughs. Nowadays this kind of blatant homophobia would be considered a lot less acceptable.


** The killer from season 15's "Schooled in Murder"--[[spoiler:Hayley Brantner]]--to assure they aren't seen as "weak" by the town, turns to murder to feel empowered. The killer targets everyone whom they feel has put them down in the past, crushing an old schoolmate's skull with a wheel of cheese; garroting another man to death; stabbing her husband through the heart with a cheese needle; and leaving a woman and her guiltless husband to be trampled to death by cows. After their final two attempted murders are foiled, the killer's self-pitying MotiveRant is thrown right back in their face as a shallow excuse for their uniquely long line of victims.

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** The killer from season 15's "Schooled in Murder"--[[spoiler:Hayley Brantner]]--to assure they aren't seen as "weak" by the town, turns to murder to feel empowered. The killer targets everyone whom they feel has put them down in the past, crushing an old schoolmate's skull with a wheel of cheese; garroting another man to death; stabbing [[spoiler:stabbing her husband through the heart with a cheese needle; needle]]; and leaving a woman and her guiltless husband to be trampled to death by cows. After their final two attempted murders are foiled, the killer's self-pitying MotiveRant is thrown right back in their face as a shallow excuse for their uniquely long line of victims.


** The killer from season 14's "Echoes of the Dead"--[[spoiler:David Orchard]]--is a [[BitchInSheepsClothing seemingly-kindly individual]] who in truth is a depraved and sadistic monster [[HidingBehindReligion hiding behind false piety. After being dumped, the killer snaps and begins a killing spree, posing their victims in the style of famous murder cases. The killer brutally murders those they deem to have "[[KnightTemplar sinned towards God]]" and drowns a young woman who had been in a relationship outside of marriage; strangles and dismembers another who planned to marry her lesbian lover; and brutally beats to death an elderly couple with a sledgehammer, even attempting one last kill before being stopped. Upon capture, the killer attempts to play themself as a victim, but is called out by Barnaby as just a madman with [[AGodAmI a god complex]].

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** The killer from season 14's "Echoes of the Dead"--[[spoiler:David Orchard]]--is a [[BitchInSheepsClothing seemingly-kindly individual]] who in truth is a depraved and sadistic monster [[HidingBehindReligion hiding behind false piety.piety]]. After being dumped, the killer snaps and begins a killing spree, posing their victims in the style of famous murder cases. The killer brutally murders those they deem to have "[[KnightTemplar sinned towards God]]" and drowns a young woman who had been in a relationship outside of marriage; strangles and dismembers another who planned to marry her lesbian lover; and brutally beats to death an elderly couple with a sledgehammer, even attempting one last kill before being stopped. Upon capture, the killer attempts to play themself as a victim, but is called out by Barnaby as just a madman with [[AGodAmI a god complex]].

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** The killer from season 7's "The Straw Woman"--[[spoiler:Agnes Waterhouse]]--is a sociopath obsessed with the "perfect death" with a liking for [[ManOnFire burning their victims]] alive. To eliminate potential obstacles, the killer traps the local consulate in a straw woman to have him burned alive and screaming; murders the consulate's gay lover and attempts the life of a doctor by setting their clothes alight with phosphorous; and murders the innocent schoolteacher Liz Francis by bludgeoning her with a candlestick and setting her alight. The killer tosses the blame on their rival and nearly commits murder-suicide with [[spoiler:her ward Alan Clifford]], and when asked why they murdered Liz by a grieving Dan Scott, the killer's only response is a cheerful smile and a remorseless affirmation of "I had to".
** The killer from season 12's "The Black Book"--[[spoiler:Patricia Blackstone]]--seeks to [[{{Greed}} increase the value]] of their collection of paintings by the famed artist Hogson. After being outbid on a Hogson painting, they track down the seller, an old woman in her 80s, and torture her hideously by burning her on a stove before murdering her after prolonged torture. Tracking down a man involved in a forgery ring, they tie him up and spend a long while working on him with a knife to get information before dispatching him as well. Finally [[SlashedThroat slashing the throat]] of an art dealer, they confess their intention was to make sure their own collection was worth more by eliminating forgeries, showcasing a penchant for ColdBloodedTorture that surpasses many other killers.
** The killer from season 14's "Echoes of the Dead"--[[spoiler:David Orchard]]--is a [[BitchInSheepsClothing seemingly-kindly individual]] who in truth is a depraved and sadistic monster [[HidingBehindReligion hiding behind false piety. After being dumped, the killer snaps and begins a killing spree, posing their victims in the style of famous murder cases. The killer brutally murders those they deem to have "[[KnightTemplar sinned towards God]]" and drowns a young woman who had been in a relationship outside of marriage; strangles and dismembers another who planned to marry her lesbian lover; and brutally beats to death an elderly couple with a sledgehammer, even attempting one last kill before being stopped. Upon capture, the killer attempts to play themself as a victim, but is called out by Barnaby as just a madman with [[AGodAmI a god complex]].
** The killer from season 15's "Schooled in Murder"--[[spoiler:Hayley Brantner]]--to assure they aren't seen as "weak" by the town, turns to murder to feel empowered. The killer targets everyone whom they feel has put them down in the past, crushing an old schoolmate's skull with a wheel of cheese; garroting another man to death; stabbing her husband through the heart with a cheese needle; and leaving a woman and her guiltless husband to be trampled to death by cows. After their final two attempted murders are foiled, the killer's self-pitying MotiveRant is thrown right back in their face as a shallow excuse for their uniquely long line of victims.


** What should've been a horrifying death scene in the opening of "The Straw Woman" (the victim being burned alive in a wicker man) is ruined by the ''hilariously'' out-of-space stock screaming effects.

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** What should've been a horrifying death scene in the opening of "The Straw Woman" (the victim being burned alive in a wicker man) is ruined by the ''hilariously'' out-of-space out-of-place stock screaming effects.


* {{Narm}}: "Screw you, grandma!" ("Days of Misrule", series 11)

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"Screw you, grandma!" ("Days of Misrule", series 11)11)
** What should've been a horrifying death scene in the opening of "The Straw Woman" (the victim being burned alive in a wicker man) is ruined by the ''hilariously'' out-of-space stock screaming effects.


* MemeticMutation - Not internet, but a {{running gag}} in general British popular culture; while ''Series/InspectorMorse'' was already joked about for the sheer numbers of murders in a medium-sized city like Oxford, this show takes it to even more ludicrous levels in the rural setting.

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* MemeticMutation - MagnificentBastard: Season 4’s “Destroying Angel”, introduces [[spoiler:Evelyn Pope]], a local upstanding resident of Midsomer Magna, who hides a devilishly sharp mind behind an unassuming warm maternal personality and kind nature. Figuring out the truth of Karl Wainwright’s death and Gregory Chambers disappearance from the vaguest clues, she decides she can’t allow the conspirators to get away with murder or framing an innocent woman. Armed only with her wits and a natural ability to mimic voices, she masterminds a series of events leading to the conspirators deaths, agonizingly poisoning one and having another crushed to death before finally setting up the conspiracy's weakest member to unintentionally kill the ringleader when she tries to silence her. Each death relying upon her accurately predicting how they would react if put in the right circumstances, all the while setting the seeds to cause the last member's breakdown and confession of everything to the police following the last death. Despite being only a [[spoiler:frail elderly person]], even amongst the many murders to plague Midsomer over the years, few came close to [[spoiler:Evelyn]]’s level of cunning or brilliance which was matched only by her natural charm and kindness, with even Inspector Barnaby admitted to liking her.
* MemeticMutation:
Not internet, but a {{running gag}} in general British popular culture; while ''Series/InspectorMorse'' was already joked about for the sheer numbers of murders in a medium-sized city like Oxford, this show takes it to even more ludicrous levels in the rural setting.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: "The Green Man" features [[Creator/HenryCavill Superman]] acting like an asshole to [[Creator/DavidBradley Argus Filch]].


** According to a ''RadioTimes'' feature on the show, there were no less than 239 murders (plus 11 suicides, 11 accidental deaths and ''only 7'' deaths by natural causes) over its 14 series--making it about 17.1 homicides per series and 2.7 per episode. If each season corresponds to a year, then Midsomer's murder level is roughly 1/6 of that of London (pop. 8 million). The ''Third Estate'' blog assumed that Midsomer has roughly the population of the rural county of Somerset and each episode covers a typical week (meaning about 140 people die a year); that would give Midsomer a murder rate of 17-per-100 000, 12-times higher than the UK average, with only 5 countries in the world having a higher murder rate per capita.

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** According to a ''RadioTimes'' ''Magazine/RadioTimes'' feature on the show, there were no less than 239 murders (plus 11 suicides, 11 accidental deaths and ''only 7'' deaths by natural causes) over its 14 series--making it about 17.1 homicides per series and 2.7 per episode. If each season corresponds to a year, then Midsomer's murder level is roughly 1/6 of that of London (pop. 8 million). The ''Third Estate'' blog assumed that Midsomer has roughly the population of the rural county of Somerset and each episode covers a typical week (meaning about 140 people die a year); that would give Midsomer a murder rate of 17-per-100 000, 12-times higher than the UK average, with only 5 countries in the world having a higher murder rate per capita.


* MemeticMutation - Not internet, but a {{running gag}} in general British popular culture; while ''InspectorMorse'' was already joked about for the sheer numbers of murders in a medium-sized city like Oxford, this show takes it to even more ludicrous levels in the rural setting.

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* MemeticMutation - Not internet, but a {{running gag}} in general British popular culture; while ''InspectorMorse'' ''Series/InspectorMorse'' was already joked about for the sheer numbers of murders in a medium-sized city like Oxford, this show takes it to even more ludicrous levels in the rural setting.

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** "Death's Shadow": One of the three victims of the episode is killed when the murderer sets his caravan on fire. The killer watches as their victim burns to death, at first screaming for help, before merely pleading as to why he had to die this way.


* BaseBreaker: Scott could be considered one, being either [[EnsembleDarkhorse awesome for not being Troy]] or [[ReplacementScrappy awful for not being Troy]].

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* BaseBreaker: BaseBreakingCharacter: Scott could be considered one, being either [[EnsembleDarkhorse awesome for not being Troy]] or [[ReplacementScrappy awful for not being Troy]].

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** [[Series/DowntonAbbey Hugh Bonneville]] appears in "Ring Out Your Dead" as an upper-class man with money trouble.


* HilariousInHindsight: In "Judgement Day", ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is brought up in conversation (and visit a property by the name of Lothlorien). The victim in that episode (from early 2000) was played by Orlando Bloom.

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
** In "Written In Blood" writer Max Jennings is said to be "big in Denmark". [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff The series went on to become a huge hit in Denmark.]]
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In "Judgement Day", ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' is brought up in conversation (and visit a property by the name of Lothlorien). The victim in that episode (from early 2000) was played by Orlando Bloom.

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