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|“||I have no pity for myself either. So let it be veronal. But I wish Hercule Poirot had never retired from work and come here to grow vegetable marrows.||„|
|~ The killer in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)|
The villains from the novels and short story collections by the British mystery novel writer, the late Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), who is famous for her creation of Hercule Poirot, one of the most legendary fictional detective in literature history. Other notable characters in her works includes but not limited to Miss Jane Marple.
It also contains villains from all kinds of adaptations of her various works, including ITV's TV series adaptation, Agatha Christie's Poirot and Agatha Christie's Marple.
- It should be noted that the majority (if not all) of Dame Christie's mystery stories happens under the SAME CONTINUTY, particularly those that involves Hercule Poirot and his allies. Evidence include:
- Poirot and Arthur Hastings being mentioned and referred in non-Poirot stories like Towards Zero and Partners in Crime as celebrities in-universe.
- Notable supporting characters in Poirot stories has appeared as protagonists in other novels, particularly Colonel Race in Sparkling Cyanide and Superintendent Battle in Towards Zero, both of them worked with Poirot in Cards on the Table.
- Recurring characters also includes Mrs. Ariadne Oliver and Miss Lemon, who appears as a recurring character in Poirot novels, but had already made their debut appearance in Parker Pyne Investigates before that. Mrs. Oliver also appared in a later novel named The Pale Horse, where Poirot's investigation in Cards on the Table was directly referenced.
- While Poirot and Arthur Hastings are referenced as fictional characters in it, the Tommy and Tuppence series is still considered to be a part of Agatha Christie's mystery novel universe, with several supporting characters from Miss Marple's story made their appearance.
- The category also includes the culprits that were introduced in Sophie Hannah's Hercule Poirot continuation novels, including The Monogram Murders (2014), Closed Casket (2016) and The Mystery of Three Quarters (2018). Sophie Hannah's Poirot novels are officially licensed by the estate of Agatha Christie and thus become canoncial.
Regarding the Villainous Victims
- The villains obviously include murderers of their respective stories. However, in some (but not rare) cases, there are several victims in Dame Christie's works who are revealed to be villianous. Some victims turned out to be the true criminal, while some are even more despicable than their murderers, to the point of even making the killers sympathetic.
- Victims that are merely not well-liked, selfish or acting as a jerk does not count (e.g. Joyce Reynolds from Hallowe'en Party). The villainous victim should be depraved, at least they had committed crimes such as blackmail, theft, abuse, lover stealing, murder, extortion, kidnapp or being accomplices to murder.
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- Lady Boynton
- Lanfranco Cassetti
- Lawrence Wargrave
- Leopold Reynolds
- Leslie Ferrier
- Linnet Doyle
- Lord Edgware
- Louise Bourget