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Birthdate:Nov 15
"Mon ami, I am the famous detective Hercule Poirot. It is my intent to bring order and justice to a world that lacks such things sorely. Even, it would seem, from beyond the grave. But to also do so in a way that brings me a challenge."

Hercule Poirot enters the Bar after his death, but remains dedicated to justice, and remains entirely convinced of his skills as the great detective. He will find the mysteries of the Bar, and of its patrons, no less intriguing even if there are no murders to solve. He is quick to make friends, quick to understand what drives and motivates people, and quick to offer solutions. Whether his rather Victorian and somewhat Catholic worldview will mesh well with the lives of people of other times remains to be seen, but he is not one to stand in judgment of anything besides crime.

Poirot, born of obscure origins – even his obituaries never mention either the exact time or place of his birth – rose through the ranks of the Belgian police to become one chief of detective. But frustrated by the bureaucracy and the politics of the post, he left to become a consulting detective some years before the Great War. With war’s arrival, Poirot’s vocal opposition to the German invaders led him to be one of thousands who fled for England. Once there, he renewed acquantances with Captain Arthur Hastings and Inspector Japp, and solved the riddle of “The Mysterious Affair at Styles.” From that time on, Poirot’s renown as a great detective spread, and he launched a very successful career that would span the years between the wars.

With the passage of time, Poirot slowed down, attempting to retire more than once, watching friends move on or pass on. But all the while, he would forever seek ways to occupy “the little grey cells” even in failing health after the war. It was doing so that led to his final case, one where he chose to be judge, jury and executioner for a man the courts would never convict, after which he ended his own life by not taking a crucial medicine. It was that last case that will haunt Poirot, as he can never be certain that he did the right thing. Or that his presence in the strange limbo of Milliways and not in either Heaven or Hell is not meant as a sort of penance without judgement from the Lord.

Poirot always carries a walking stick, often an affectation, sometimes needed. He dresses fashionably and neatly, but seems dated even for his time. And his mustaches are groomed with an obssessive perfection that puzzles and amuses even his closest friends. How that will be received by people from times after such mustaches have gone out of style remains to be seen. But he shaved it off once and he will not do so again.

Hercule Poirot is copyright the estate of Agatha Christie, and portrayed by David Suchet. Canon used here is primarily from the long running ITV series and not the original novels. He appears here solely for the purpose of role-playing in [community profile] milliways_bar and online panfandom games, from which no profit whatsoever is being made.
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