DeWitt: How do you convince a man like Mr. Morgan that you're a combination of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Humphrey Bogart and Sherlock Holmes all rolled into one?
Banacek: Elementary, my dear Penniman... that's who I am! Only you left out the Green Hornet.
A character refers to Banacek as a combination of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Humphrey Bogart and Sherlock Holmes. Banacek adds in the Green Hornet. These refer to Banacek's skills at uncovering deception and solving problems. The Scarlet Pimpernel is an adventure novel set during the French Reign of Terror; the title character spirited French aristocrats out from under Robespierre and his revolutionaries, who desired to shorten them by a head. Humphrey Bogart was an American actor famous for no-nonsense tough guy roles. Sherlock Holmes, the fictional creation of Englishman Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, may have been the first detective to apply observation and intellect to solving crimes, as Banacek does. Like Banacek, the solutions to Doyle's mysteries frequently depended on the fact that Holmes noticed something no one else did, and realized its significance. Finally, the Green Hornet is a fictional “mystery man”, a vigilante who poses as a criminal to bring other criminals to justice. Like Banacek, he is chauffeur driven in an expensive car – but his chauffeur Kato is much more useful than Banacek's Jay Drury.