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* NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize: The series' {{Long Runner|s}} lifespan (1989 to 2013), and the cast of characters from many different generations of British television and film leads to a general aversion of this effect. For example: In ''Appointment with Death'', when one sees that the victim's husband is played by Creator/TimCurry, one starts to suspect him only to have his son being played by Creator/MarkGatiss and John Hannah playing their doctor friend. ''Sad Cypress'' seems to be aiming for this, featuring Creator/PaulMcGann and Rupert Henry-Jones among the guest cast ([[spoiler:neither of them did it]]). Creator/EmilyBlunt shows up in "Death on the Nile" and [[spoiler: is the victim]]. Naturally, this only applies to viewers [[ItWasHisSled who hadn't read the books first]].

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* NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize: The series' {{Long Runner|s}} lifespan (1989 to 2013), and the cast of characters from many different generations of British television and film leads to a general aversion of this effect. For example: In ''Appointment with Death'', when one sees that the victim's husband is played by Creator/TimCurry, one starts to suspect him only to have his son being played by Creator/MarkGatiss and John Hannah playing their doctor friend. ''Sad Cypress'' seems to be aiming for this, featuring Creator/PaulMcGann and Rupert Henry-Jones among the guest cast ([[spoiler:neither of them did it]]). Creator/EmilyBlunt shows up in "Death on the Nile" and [[spoiler: is the victim]]. Naturally, this only applies to viewers [[ItWasHisSled who hadn't havn't read the books first]].


* ValuesDissonance: Invoked in ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' when Poirot and a couple of the passengers witness a stoning of an adulteress in Turkey and Poirot excuses it with this trope; it comes back to haunt him later when the girl who saw it and angrily disagreed with him asks him how he could stand back and let that happen but (in this version) is revolted by the vigilante justice of the murderers, despite the AssholeVictim being far more deserving of his fate than the adulteress was. He fails to give himself a satisfactory answer.

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Invoked in ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' when Poirot and a couple of the passengers witness a stoning of an adulteress in Turkey and Poirot excuses it with this trope; it comes back to haunt him later when the girl who saw it and angrily disagreed with him asks him how he could stand back and let that happen but (in this version) is revolted by the vigilante justice of the murderers, despite the AssholeVictim being far more deserving of his fate than the adulteress was. He fails to give himself a satisfactory answer.answer.
** The club where Major Eustace is interviewed in "Murder in the Mews" dabbles with this, with the waitstaff and lounge singer dressed in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_conical_hat Asian farmer hats]].


* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler:Michael Garfield, from ''Hallowe'en Party'', is a [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon very handsome]] man who is actually the lover of Rowena Drake and the caretaker of her garden. Together, the two are responsible for murdering six people; however, whereas the latter actually did love the former and her two children from her deceased husband, Michael seduced her so as to get at her garden and her aunt's money, expressing disgust with her appearance to Poirot, and is shown to [[ReallyGetsAround be a shameless flirt]]. In the past, Michael had killed Rowena's husband, which she blamed on reckless teenagers, and helped Rowena poison her aunt, who is revealed to have disinherited her because of the affair, instead leaving everything to au pair Olga Seminoff, when her will is read. To remedy this, Michael had Leslie Ferri clumsily forge a will--killing him afterwards--which Rowena switches with the real one before she kills Olga when confronted, with him burying her body. When he realizes that Miranda Butler, his daughter from his affair with her mother, had seen him, he told her it was a sacrifice, making her think of it as a pagan ritual sacrifice. He returns after Rowena drowns young Joyce, Miranda's friend, when she says she saw a murder at a Hallowe'en party. He kills or tries to kill people in his way, including [[OffingTheOffspring his own child]], this last one just stopped by Poirot. When Poirot reveals Michael's and Rowena's crimes, Michael shows himself to be a greedy narcissist who planned to run off with Rowena's money to purchase an island and create his own garden, [[ItsAllAboutMe caring only for his own desires]] and showing Rowena his true feelings about her]].

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* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler:Michael Garfield, from ''Hallowe'en Party'', "Hallowe'en Party", is a [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon very handsome]] man who is actually the lover of Rowena Drake and the caretaker of her garden. Together, the two are responsible for murdering six people; however, whereas the latter actually did love the former and her two children from her deceased husband, Michael seduced her so as to get at her garden and her aunt's money, expressing disgust with her appearance to Poirot, and is shown to [[ReallyGetsAround be a shameless flirt]]. In the past, Michael had killed Rowena's husband, which she blamed on reckless teenagers, and helped Rowena poison her aunt, who is revealed to have disinherited her because of the affair, instead leaving everything to au pair Olga Seminoff, when her will is read. To remedy this, Michael had Leslie Ferri clumsily forge a will--killing him afterwards--which Rowena switches with the real one before she kills Olga when confronted, with him burying her body. When he realizes that Miranda Butler, his daughter from his affair with her mother, had seen him, he told her it was a sacrifice, making her think of it as a pagan ritual sacrifice. He returns after Rowena drowns young Joyce, Miranda's friend, when she says she saw a murder at a Hallowe'en party. He kills or tries to kill people in his way, including [[OffingTheOffspring his own child]], this last one just stopped by Poirot. When Poirot reveals Michael's and Rowena's crimes, Michael shows himself to be a greedy narcissist who planned to run off with Rowena's money to purchase an island and create his own garden, [[ItsAllAboutMe caring only for his own desires]] and showing Rowena his true feelings about her]].


* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Downplayed in ''Literature/ThreeActTragedy'' with the murderer, [[spoiler:Sir Charles Cartwright]]. While the episode doesn't whitewash him for his crime, it really tries to elicit him some sympathy in a HowTheMightyHaveFallen / AlasPoorVillain / LoveMakesYouEvil kind of way. The problem is that [[spoiler:Sir Charles Cartwright]] may be one of the worst murderers of the Poirot stories, up there with the culprits of ''The ABC Murders'' or ''Evil Under the Sun''. Indeed, [[spoiler:his first murder was simply done because he wanted to do a rehearsal. Yes, a '''rehearsal''', in order to execute flawlessly the crime he wanted to do.]] He didn't do this with random people either; [[spoiler:he knew that the victim of this "rehearsal" was going to be one of his friends or acquaintances.]] He then proceeded to [[spoiler:[[MurderIsTheBestSolution murder]] his childhood friend in order to cover the fact that he had a crazy wife with whom he couldn't divorce, so he could marry the woman he loved.]] Had it never occurred to him that he could just do something like [[spoiler:just asking the man who was '''his best friend''' to keep silent about the crazy-wife-thing? After all, he wanted to marry for love and the wife was treated in a mental institution. Although, for this last point, we can give Charles the benefit of the doubt, as we don't know if he tried that and if Bartholomew Strange would have agreed to keep silent. However, neither the novel or the episode show us whether Charles tried to convince him before thinking: "Yeah! I can totally kill my childhood friend and a random friend as a rehearsal! That seems the more logical option!".]] And, after all this, the guy has the nerves to try to lie to his so-called true love and to blame Poirot for exposing him?

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Downplayed in ''Literature/ThreeActTragedy'' with the murderer, [[spoiler:Sir Charles Cartwright]]. While the episode doesn't whitewash him for his crime, it really tries to elicit him some sympathy in a HowTheMightyHaveFallen / AlasPoorVillain / LoveMakesYouEvil kind of way. The problem is that [[spoiler:Sir Charles Cartwright]] may be one of the worst murderers of the Poirot stories, up there with the culprits of ''The ABC Murders'' or ''Evil Under the Sun''. Indeed, [[spoiler:his first murder was simply done because he wanted to do a rehearsal. Yes, a '''rehearsal''', in order to execute flawlessly the crime he wanted to do.]] He didn't do this with random people either; [[spoiler:he knew that the victim of this "rehearsal" was going to be one of his friends or acquaintances.]] He then proceeded to [[spoiler:[[MurderIsTheBestSolution murder]] his childhood friend in order to cover the fact that he had a crazy wife with whom he couldn't divorce, so he could marry the woman he loved.]] Had it never occurred Finally, he [[spoiler:murders a stranger, a female patient at Strange's sanatorium, simply to him that he could just do something like [[spoiler:just asking the man who was '''his best friend''' to keep silent about the crazy-wife-thing? After all, he wanted to marry for love and the wife was treated in create a mental institution. Although, for this last point, we can give Charles the benefit of the doubt, as we don't know if he tried that and if Bartholomew Strange would have agreed to keep silent. However, neither the novel or the episode show us whether Charles tried to convince him before thinking: "Yeah! I can totally kill my childhood friend and a random friend as a rehearsal! That seems the more logical option!".false lead.]] And, after all this, the guy has the nerves to try to lie to his so-called true love and to blame Poirot for exposing him?


* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler:Michael Garfield]], from ''Hallowe'en Party'', is a [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon very handsome]] man who is actually the [[spoiler:lover of Rowena Drake and the caretaker of her garden]]. Together, the two are responsible for murdering six people, however, whereas the latter [[spoiler:actually did love the former and her two children from her deceased husband, Michael seduced her so as to get at her garden and her aunt's money]], expressing disgust with her appearance to Poirot, and is shown to [[ReallyGetsAround be a shameless flirt]]. In the past, he had killed Rowena's husband, which she blamed on reckless teenagers, and helped Rowena [[spoiler:poison her aunt]], who is revealed to have disinherited her because of the affair, instead leaving everything to au pair Olga Seminoff, when her will is read. To remedy this, he had Leslie Ferri clumsily forge a will--[[spoiler:killing him afterwards]]--which Rowena switches with the real one before she kills [[spoiler:Olga]] when confronted, with him burying her body. When he realizes that Miranda Butler, his daughter from his affair with her mother, had seen him, he told her it was a sacrifice, making her think of it as a pagan ritual sacrifice. He returns after Rowena drowns [[spoiler:young Joyce]], Miranda's friend, when she says she saw a murder at a Hallowe'en party. He kills or tries to kill people in his way, including [[spoiler:his own child]], this last one just stopped by Poirot. When Poirot reveals his and Rowena's crimes, he shows himself to be a greedy narcissist who planned to run off with Rowena's money to purchase an island and create his own garden, caring only for his own desires and showing Rowena his true feelings about her.

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* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler:Michael Garfield]], Garfield, from ''Hallowe'en Party'', is a [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon very handsome]] man who is actually the [[spoiler:lover lover of Rowena Drake and the caretaker of her garden]]. garden. Together, the two are responsible for murdering six people, people; however, whereas the latter [[spoiler:actually actually did love the former and her two children from her deceased husband, Michael seduced her so as to get at her garden and her aunt's money]], money, expressing disgust with her appearance to Poirot, and is shown to [[ReallyGetsAround be a shameless flirt]]. In the past, he Michael had killed Rowena's husband, which she blamed on reckless teenagers, and helped Rowena [[spoiler:poison poison her aunt]], aunt, who is revealed to have disinherited her because of the affair, instead leaving everything to au pair Olga Seminoff, when her will is read. To remedy this, he Michael had Leslie Ferri clumsily forge a will--[[spoiler:killing will--killing him afterwards]]--which afterwards--which Rowena switches with the real one before she kills [[spoiler:Olga]] Olga when confronted, with him burying her body. When he realizes that Miranda Butler, his daughter from his affair with her mother, had seen him, he told her it was a sacrifice, making her think of it as a pagan ritual sacrifice. He returns after Rowena drowns [[spoiler:young Joyce]], young Joyce, Miranda's friend, when she says she saw a murder at a Hallowe'en party. He kills or tries to kill people in his way, including [[spoiler:his [[OffingTheOffspring his own child]], this last one just stopped by Poirot. When Poirot reveals his Michael's and Rowena's crimes, he Michael shows himself to be a greedy narcissist who planned to run off with Rowena's money to purchase an island and create his own garden, [[ItsAllAboutMe caring only for his own desires desires]] and showing Rowena his true feelings about her.her]].


* ReplacementScrappy: After regular comic-reliefs Inspector Japp, Miss Lemon and Captain Hastings were PutOnABus for unknown reasons, numerous Scotland Yard inspectors sharing Japp's mustache, IconicOutfit and accent, and often described as [[RememberTheNewGuy old friends of Poirot]], began to appear (one of them, Inspector Spencer, even appeared several times). A faithful valet, George, was also added and took on part of Hastings' and Miss Lemon's roles. None of them were very well-liked.

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* ReplacementScrappy: After regular comic-reliefs Inspector Japp, Miss Lemon and Captain Hastings were PutOnABus for unknown reasons, numerous Scotland Yard inspectors sharing Japp's mustache, IconicOutfit and accent, and often described as [[RememberTheNewGuy old friends of Poirot]], began to appear (one of them, Inspector Spencer, even appeared several times). A faithful valet, George, was also added and took on part of Hastings' and Miss Lemon's roles. None of them were very well-liked. Japp, Miss Lemon and Hastings do appear again near the end of the series though, while the latter is also an important character in the series finale.


* HarsherInHindsight: Try watching the BittersweetEnding of ''The Plymouth Express'' after John Stone's death.

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* NarmCharm: The end of ''How Does Your Garden Grow'' features the culprit going from "normal" to [[ChewingTheScenery insane]] in about three seconds, overacting for the rest of the scene to a hilarious degree. It's so hilarious and unexpected that you can't help but be delighted during the scene.

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** In ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', [[Series/DowntonAbbey Lord Grantham]] works as a valet.


* EarWorm:
** The theme song.
** Another Ear Worm: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgu8nBQmRcM I've Forgotten You]]", from ''The Yellow Iris''.


* RetroactiveRecognition: Many actors began their careers playing supporting roles on ''Series/{{Poirot}}''. Including: Sean Pertwee, Creator/ChristopherEccleston, Creator/DamianLewis, Creator/JamieBamber, Creator/RussellTovey, Creator/EmilyBlunt, Creator/AliceEve, Creator/MichaelFassbender

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Many actors began their careers playing supporting roles on ''Series/{{Poirot}}''. Including: Sean Pertwee, Creator/ChristopherEccleston, Creator/DamianLewis, Creator/JamieBamber, Creator/RussellTovey, Creator/EmilyBlunt, Creator/AliceEve, Creator/MichaelFassbenderCreator/MichaelFassbender, and Creator/JessicaChastain.


** James Bentley in "Mrs. [=McGinty=]'s Dead"; he's a nice guy who unfortunately isn't terribly smart and is a bit of a momma's boy. He's also just lost his job and is in trouble with his landlady, which makes it VERY easy for the murderer to frame him for the crime. Ultimately, it's only because the investigator has second thoughts and asks Poirot to reinvestigate the case that Bentley is saved and the true killer exposed.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: CanonForeigner [[spoiler:Mary Jarrow from ''Elephants Can Remember'']], the daughter of [[spoiler:Dorothea, the murderess from the original book]]. Embittered and traumatised by her mother's death and blaming her mental instability on her treatment at the Willoughby Institute, she spent her life saving up to move back to England so that she could take murderous revenge.

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** James Bentley in "Mrs. [=McGinty=]'s Dead"; he's a nice guy who unfortunately isn't terribly smart and is a bit of a momma's boy. He's also just lost his job and is in trouble with his landlady, which makes it VERY easy for the murderer to frame him for the crime. Ultimately, it's only because the investigator has second thoughts and asks Poirot to reinvestigate the case that Bentley is saved and the true killer exposed.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: CanonForeigner [[spoiler:Mary Jarrow from ''Elephants Can Remember'']], the daughter of [[spoiler:Dorothea, the murderess from the original book]]. Embittered and traumatised by her mother's death and blaming her mental instability on her treatment at the Willoughby Institute, she spent her life saving up to move back to England so that she could take murderous revenge.
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** George, at least, is from the books and short stories, where his main traits are being an extremely efficient butler and a bit of a snob (Poirot puts his intricate knowledge of people's social standing to good use). There are a veriety of police inspector who appear in the source material but the ones in the show rarely even have the same names as them, let alone anything resembling their description.

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** George, at least, is from the books and short stories, where his main traits are being an extremely efficient butler and a bit of a snob (Poirot puts his intricate knowledge of people's social standing to good use). There are a veriety variety of police inspector inspectors who appear in the source material (Japp having had far fewer appearances than in the series) but the ones in the show rarely even have the same names as them, let alone anything resembling their description.


* NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize: The series' {{Long Runner|s}} lifespan (1989 to 2013), and the cast of characters from many different generations of British television and film leads to a general aversion of this effect. For example: In ''Appointment with Death'', when one sees that the victim's husband is played by Creator/TimCurry, one starts to suspect him only to have his son being played by Creator/MarkGatiss and John Hannah playing their doctor friend. ''Sad Cypress'' seems to be aiming for this, featuring Creator/PaulMcGann and Rupert Henry-Jones among the guest cast ([[spoiler:neither of them did it]]). Creator/EmilyBlunt shows up in "Death on the Nile" and [[spoiler: is the victim]].

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* NarrowedItDownToTheGuyIRecognize: The series' {{Long Runner|s}} lifespan (1989 to 2013), and the cast of characters from many different generations of British television and film leads to a general aversion of this effect. For example: In ''Appointment with Death'', when one sees that the victim's husband is played by Creator/TimCurry, one starts to suspect him only to have his son being played by Creator/MarkGatiss and John Hannah playing their doctor friend. ''Sad Cypress'' seems to be aiming for this, featuring Creator/PaulMcGann and Rupert Henry-Jones among the guest cast ([[spoiler:neither of them did it]]). Creator/EmilyBlunt shows up in "Death on the Nile" and [[spoiler: is the victim]]. Naturally, this only applies to viewers [[ItWasHisSled who hadn't read the books first]].


** Either this or FunnyAneurysmMoment, but in ''Taken at the Flood'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:"Rosaleen Cloade" is actually Eileen Corrigan, an Irish Roman Catholic maid who was impregnated by David Hunter and suffered his induced abortion on her, causing her to believe that she had been "cut off from the mercy of God"]]. This is pretty ironic, considering that Ireland now supports abortion thanks to [[https://www.ncronline.org/news/opinion/signs-times/irish-vote-shows-need-new-pro-life-strategy the overwhelming votes that made abortion legal]].

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