Roderick Spode

Roderick Spode, 8th Earl of Sidcup, also known as Lord Sidcup, is a minor fictional character from the novels of P. G. Wodehouse.

Spode is modelled after and a parody of Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists. The name was probably suggested by Mosley's family connection to Staffordshire and the Potteries area. Spode was at first an 'amateur dictator' who led a farcical group of fascists called the Black Shorts. He marched his followers around London and the countryside, preaching loudly to the public on the dissoluteness of modern society until a heckler hit him in the eye with a potato.

Spode is a large and intimidating figure, appearing "as if Nature had intended to make a gorilla, and had changed its mind at the last moment". He is constantly in love with Madeline Bassett, and though he intended to remain a bachelor during his career as a dictator, he nevertheless attempted to protect her from men "playing fast and loose"; to this end, he threatened on several occasions to beat Bertie Wooster and Gussie Fink-Nottle to a jelly.

Before Spode inherited the title of Earl of Sidcup from his uncle, he made a living as the "founder and proprietor of the emporium in Bond Street known as Eulalie Soeurs", a famed designer of ladies' lingerie. Out of embarrassment, Spode had long attempted to keep his ownership of the business a secret, though Jeeves discovered the fact in the Junior Ganymede Club's official Book, where one of Spode's former valets had inscribed it. This discovery allowed Bertie to threaten Spode with public embarrassment and prevent being coshed: as Bertie says, "You can't be a successful Dictator and design women's underclothing."

Spode appears in a number of Wodehouse's novels:


"The trouble with you, Spode, is that just because you have succeeded in inducing a handful of half-wits to disfigure the London scene by going about in black shorts, you think you're someone. You hear them shouting 'Heil, Spode!' and you imagine it is the Voice of the People. That is where you make your bloomer. What the Voice of the People is saying is: 'Look at that frightful ass Spode swanking about in footer bags! Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?'"
Bertie Wooster speaking to Spode in The Code of the Woosters



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