The Scarlet Pimpernel, AKA Sir Percy Blakeney, is the hero of a novel (and later play/movie/musical) written by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution. He is the leader of a secret society of 19 English aristocrats, the "League of the Scarlet Pimpernel." Together, they are engaged in rescuing their French counterparts from the daily executions. The mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel takes his nickname from the drawing of a small red flower with which he signs his messages. He hides his true identity behind the persona of a dull, slow-witted fop in order to deceive the world. They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven, or in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel!
Courageous with no need to be applauded
A man of honor and loyalty
Fights for what's good and right
Willing to die to save others
British: well-dressed, well-spoken, well-mannered
Sink me! The man's a poet!
Says things like this to his lover: "You must tell me all about yourself, in every detail, but oh, so slowly, so very slowly, so that it takes a very, very long time."
Wears wigs and plays dress-up
Has identity issues and multiple personalities
Doesn't tell his wife the truth
Nearly dies...quite a bit
Your friends and family will all think him a fool