Commander George Challenger is the secondary antagonist of Dame Agatha Christie's 1932 Hercule Poirot novel Peril of the End House, and its adaptations.

He was portrayed by William Senior in the 1940 stage play adaptation and by John Harding in Agatha Christie's Poirot, which adpated the novel in 1992.


Navy Commander George Challenger was a navy commander who was also a playboy and had a disgraced romance. He is a close friend of Nick Buckley and bears an one-sided romantic feelings towards her. However, in the epoligue, it was revealed that Commander Challenger was a drug dealer, and he was the source of coccaine under Nick's and Freddie Rice's possession.

As a result, when Nick was exposed as the true culprit, Challenger had became her own accomplice, albeit indirectly and unwittingly. However, he was far from being innocent all along. While investigating the coccaine case, Poirot discovered that Commander Challenger was close to Nick and Freddie at the same time, and he discovered that he supported both of them with coccaineand gained profits from Freddie's drug addiction caused by her abusive husband.

After expsoing Challenger, Poirot threatened him to choose between two options; either facing the police arrest, or leaving the house as soon as possible. Challenger immediately fled, much to the dismay of Hastings about his speed. His further fate remained unknown.


  • In Agatha Christie's Poirot, Challenger was arrested by Japp due to the crime of drug trafficking, instead of escaped from the house.


Agatha Christie's Poirot (title card).png Villains

Alfred Inglethorp | Alistair Ravenscroft | Ann Shapland | Anne Meredith | Bella Tanios | Claude Darrell | David Hunter | Dorothea Jarrow | Dr. Geoffrey Roberts | Dr. James Sheppard | Elsa Greer | Evelyn Howard | Franklin Clarke | Gerda Christow | Jacqueline de Bellefort | Jane Wilkinson | Jessie Hopkins | Lady Westholme | Lanfranco Cassetti | Marthe Daubreuil | Martin Alistair Blunt | Michael Garfield | Miss Chadwick | Miss Gilchrist | Nick Buckley | Nigel Chapman | Norman Gale | Patrick Redfern | Rowena Drake | Simon Doyle | Sir Charles Cartwright | Stephen Norton | Superintendent Sugden
Short Stories
Marrascaud | Nurse Harris | Roger Havering | Zoe Havering

Villainous Victims
Abandoned Accomplices
Anne Morisot | Carlotta Adams | Eileen Corrigan | Leslie Ferrier
Lady Boynton | Lord Edgware | Simeon Lee
Angèle Blanche | Charles Trenton | Henry Reedburn | Leopold Reynolds | Louise Bourget | Madame Giselle
Lanfranco Cassetti | Mrs. Lorrimer | Paul Déroulard | Stephen Norton
John Christow | Linnet Doyle | Mrs. Clapperton | Paul Renauld | Sir Reuben Astwell

Accomplices & Others
Alice Cunningham | Anne Morisot | Big Four | Carlotta Adams | Christine Redfern | Countess Vera Rosakoff | The Crofts | Eileen Corrigan | Frances Cloade | Freddie Rice's husband | George Challenger | Henrietta Savernake | Leslie Ferrier | Madame Daubreuil | Miss Van Schuyler | Rowley Cloade

Sophie Hannah's Continuations
The Monogram Murders (2014): Jennie Hobbs | Nancy Ducane | Samuel Kidd

Adaptational, Homage & Non-Canonical
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Grace Springer | Harrington Pace | Marie McDermott | Sister Agnieszka |

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