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Funny / The Scarlet Pimpernel

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The Book

  • Percy and Chauvelin both pretending to doze in Lord Grenville's dining room is pretty funny. The former is waiting for one his men to contact him; the latter for the Scarlet Pimpernel. Chauvelin decides that Sir Percy's snoring won't interrupt his plans for ambushing the Pimpernel.
    • Also leads into Fridge Funny—one wonders just how long it took him to realize the Pimpernel's identity. The You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me! reaction isn't shown onscreen, but it had to have been hilarious.
  • Percy's Refuge in Audacity method of getting rid of Chauvelin—pouring pepper into his snuffbox, then casually offering some to his archenemy. While Chauvelin is helpless, Percy simply picks up his hat, leaves some money, and strolls straight out the door.
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  • During "Sir Percy Hits Back," Chauvelin's Oh, Crap! when he realizes that his daughter has sided with Sir Percy out of her love for a nobleman is absolutely hilarious.

The musical

  • "The Creation of Man," an utterly gleeful ode to the responsibility of men to "uphold the banner of beauty".
    La, but someone has to strike a pose and bear the weight of well-tailored clothes
    Each species has a sex that's fated to be highly de-co-ra-ted
    That is why the Lord created men!
  • The song “The Scarlett Pimpernel” from beginning to end with all the Shrouded in Myth Gossip Evolution about the pimpernel (with the local ladies swooning over him and plenty of the men putting in jealous lies about his appearance and hygiene) as Percy gets in a Sarcastic Confession or two and some bemused reactions to the claims about him (that he’s a maharaja from Bombay , a bishop in disguise, rides a camel and has warts on his nose, just to name a few).


The TV series

  • Sir Percy, in order to get information out of a French woman official who's captured Marguerite, pretends to be Chauvelin, with Sir Andrew pretending to be his assistant Fumier. Hilarious enough as it is. Then, he goes on about how handsome and brave and terrifying the Scarlet Pimpernel is, and how dedicated he, Chauvelin, is to catching him.
    • Then, then official brings in Marguerite, who fortunately is quick on the uptake, and the two of them flirt as "Chauvelin" makes fun of her and Sir Percy, while Marguerite insists that her husband loves her and will always come for her. Then, Chauvelin himself comes in, except that Percy persuades her that he is actually Sir Percy, the notorious Pimpernel, and that his assistant is Sir Andrew, ending in Chauvelin and his assistant being locked up.
    • Percy then goes on to seduce the woman, flirting outrageously with her, bearing her down to the couch...and then stuffing a handkerchief in her mouth and tying her up. Meanwhile, the guards hear thumping and muffled moaning, but they assume that it means something entirely different, allowing Percy to literally waltz right past them with a smirk and a wink, before making his escape with Andrew and Marguerite.