History Discworld / GoingPostal

3rd Feb '16 10:07:49 AM Generality
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** As [[WordOfGod the director's commentary]] says, the nice old lady with a clackgram in the beginning of the film is an allusion to ''Film/TheLadykillers''.
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** As [[WordOfGod [[DVDCommentary the director's commentary]] says, the nice old lady with a clackgram in the beginning of the film is an allusion to ''Film/TheLadykillers''.
3rd Feb '16 10:06:20 AM Generality
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** Tying in with the above point, in this film Moist's fake bonds con is shown to have caused the economic crisis, closing several banks and giving Gilt the opportunity to buy the Trunk, so he has a lot more reason to be repentant. On top of that, the letters, rather than hallucinating the glorious past of the post office, directly show Moist the harm his schemes caused.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Although he was a straight villain anyway, Mr. Gryle's set of victims has been expanded to include ''all'' of the previous postmasters, because the original explanation that they were killed by the hallucinatory post office was changed. Since they died by falling or fright, and Gryle is a scary flying banshee, it works rather neatly.
15th Jan '16 7:46:06 PM nombretomado
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** There's some EpilepticTrees regarding Moist and Reacher's names. Lipwig implies a false mustache, indicating that Moist is a MasterOfDisguise. One theory has it that the name Moist is intended to call to mind "Slippery Jim", the hero of the ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' series, who is another BoxedCrook.
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** There's some EpilepticTrees regarding Moist and Reacher's names. Lipwig implies a false mustache, indicating that Moist is a MasterOfDisguise. One theory has it that the name Moist is intended to call to mind "Slippery Jim", the hero of the ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' series, who is another BoxedCrook.
15th Jan '16 9:51:46 AM Anddrix
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** The creators seemed to go ColorCodedForYourConvenience-route, fearing that a dark-haired, more menacing Vetinari could be mistaken for the villain by [[ViewersAreMorons a casual viewer]].
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** The creators seemed to go ColorCodedForYourConvenience-route, fearing that a dark-haired, more menacing Vetinari could be mistaken for the villain by [[ViewersAreMorons a casual viewer]].viewer.
13th Dec '15 8:06:46 PM Discar
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-->''' Moist Von Lipwig'''
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-->''' Moist -->-- '''Moist Von Lipwig'''

-->ĎLook, Bob, what part of this donít you understand, eh? Itís a matter of style, okay? A proper brawl doesnít just happen. You donít just pile in, not any more. Now, Oyster Dave here -- put your helmet back on, Dave -- will be the enemy in front and Basalt who, as we know, donít need a helmet, heíll be the enemy coming up behind you. Okay, itís well past knuckles time, letís say Gravy there has done his thing with the Bench Swipe, thereís a bit of knifeplay, weíve done the whole ChandelierSwing number, blah blah blah, then Second Chair -- thatís you, Bob -- you step smartly between their Number Five man and a Bottler, swing the chair back over your head like this -- sorry, Pointy -- and then swing it right back on to Number Five, bang, crash, and thereís a cushy six points in your pocket. If theyíre playing a dwarf at Number Five then a chair wonít even slow him down but donít fret, hang on to the bits that stay in your hand, pause one moment as he comes at you and then belt him across both ears. They hate that, as Stronginthearm here will tell you. Another three points. Itís probably going to be freestyle after that but I want all of you, including Mucky Mick and Crispo, to try for a Double Andrew when it gets down to the fist-fighting again. Remember? You back into each other, turn round to give the other guy a thumping, cue moment of humorous recognition, then link left arms, swing round and see to the other fellowís attacker, foot or fist, itís your choice. Fifteen points right there if you get it to flow just right. Oh, and remember weíll have an Igor standing by, so if your arm gets taken off do pick it up and hit the other bugger with it -- it gets a laugh and twenty points. On that subject, do remember what I said about getting everything tattooed with your name, all right? Igors do their best, but youíll be on your feet much quicker if you make life easier for him and, whatís more, itís your feet youíll be on. Okay, positions everyone, letís run through it again . . .í
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-->ĎLook, -->"Look, Bob, what part of this donít don't you understand, eh? Itís It's a matter of style, okay? A proper brawl doesnít doesn't just happen. You donít don't just pile in, not any more. Now, Oyster Dave here -- put your helmet back on, Dave -- will be the enemy in front and Basalt who, as we know, donít don't need a helmet, heíll he'll be the enemy coming up behind you. Okay, itís it's well past knuckles time, letís let's say Gravy there has done his thing with the Bench Swipe, thereís there's a bit of knifeplay, weíve we've done the whole ChandelierSwing number, blah blah blah, then Second Chair -- thatís that's you, Bob -- you step smartly between their Number Five man and a Bottler, swing the chair back over your head like this -- sorry, Pointy -- and then swing it right back on to Number Five, bang, crash, and thereís there's a cushy six points in your pocket. If theyíre they're playing a dwarf at Number Five then a chair wonít won't even slow him down but donít don't fret, hang on to the bits that stay in your hand, pause one moment as he comes at you and then belt him across both ears. They hate that, as Stronginthearm here will tell you. Another three points. Itís It's probably going to be freestyle after that but I want all of you, including Mucky Mick and Crispo, to try for a Double Andrew when it gets down to the fist-fighting again. Remember? You back into each other, turn round to give the other guy a thumping, cue moment of humorous recognition, then link left arms, swing round and see to the other fellowís fellow's attacker, foot or fist, itís it's your choice. Fifteen points right there if you get it to flow just right. Oh, and remember weíll we'll have an Igor standing by, so if your arm gets taken off do pick it up and hit the other bugger with it -- it gets a laugh and twenty points. On that subject, do remember what I said about getting everything tattooed with your name, all right? Igors do their best, but youíll you'll be on your feet much quicker if you make life easier for him and, whatís what's more, itís it's your feet youíll you'll be on. Okay, positions everyone, letís let's run through it again . . .íagain..."

* BrickJoke: A truly astounding one following a tiny moment in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' written eleven years earlier, regarding the Post Office motto as displayed on the facade of the building.
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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke: ** A truly astounding one following a tiny moment in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' written eleven years earlier, regarding the Post Office motto as displayed on the facade of the building.

* CallBack: All the way to Discworld/{{Maskerade}}: In that book, Granny Weatherwax asks what Walter Plinge "If your house was on fire, what would you take out?" and he answers "The fire." When [[spoiler: the Post Office]] is on fire, golems from all over the area come and do precisely that.
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* CallBack: CallBack: ** All the way to Discworld/{{Maskerade}}: In that book, Granny Weatherwax asks what Walter Plinge "If your house was on fire, what would you take out?" and he answers "The fire." When [[spoiler: the Post Office]] is on fire, golems from all over the area come and do precisely that.

* ContinuityNod: The von Lipwig family are active in the (highly schismatic) Potato Church, implying that [[Discworld/TheTruth Mr Tulip]] may actually have been remembering his religion ''accurately''.
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* ContinuityNod: ContinuityNod: ** The von Lipwig family are active in the (highly schismatic) Potato Church, implying that [[Discworld/TheTruth Mr Tulip]] may actually have been remembering his religion ''accurately''.

--> "I have never laid a finger on anyone in my life, Mr. Pump. I may be... all those things you know I am, but I am ''not'' a killer! I have never so much as drawn a sword!"\\\ "No, You Have Not. But You Have Stolen, Embezzled, Defrauded, And Swindled Without Discrimination, Mr. Lipwig. You Have Ruined Business And Destroyed Jobs. When Banks Fail, It Is Seldom Bankers Who Starve. Your Actions Have Taken Money From Those Who Had Little Enough To Begin With. In A Myriad Small Ways You Have ''Hastened'' The Deaths Of Many. You Did Not Know Them. You Did Not See Them Bleed. But You Snatched Food From Their Mouths And Tore Clothes From Their Backs. For Sport, Mr. Lipwig. For Sport. For The Joy Of The Game."
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--> "I -->'''Moist:''' I have never laid a finger on anyone in my life, Mr. Pump. I may be... all those things you know I am, but I am ''not'' a killer! I have never so much as drawn a sword!"\\\ "No, sword!\\\ '''Pump:''' No, You Have Not. But You Have Stolen, Embezzled, Defrauded, And Swindled Without Discrimination, Mr. Lipwig. You Have Ruined Business And Destroyed Jobs. When Banks Fail, It Is Seldom Bankers Who Starve. Your Actions Have Taken Money From Those Who Had Little Enough To Begin With. In A Myriad Small Ways You Have ''Hastened'' The Deaths Of Many. You Did Not Know Them. You Did Not See Them Bleed. But You Snatched Food From Their Mouths And Tore Clothes From Their Backs. For Sport, Mr. Lipwig. For Sport. For The Joy Of The Game."

* {{Determinator}}: All golems, really, but Mr Pump is chosen as Moist's parole officer for this very reason. ** Anghammarad in particular, he's ''nineteen thousand years old'' and is waiting for all of history to repeat itself over millions of years just so he can deliver a message.
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* {{Determinator}}: {{Determinator}}: ** All golems, really, but Mr Pump is chosen as Moist's parole officer for this very reason. reason. ** Anghammarad in particular, he's ''nineteen thousand years old'' and is waiting for all of history to repeat itself over millions of years just so he can deliver a message.

-->'''Moist''': If you stick a broom up my arse, I could probably sweep the floor, too.

-->'''Moist''': --->'''Moist''': If you stick a broom up my arse, I could probably sweep the floor, too.

-->'''Moist''': ''You should have seen it! You should have been there!''
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-->'''Moist''': --->'''Moist''': ''You should have seen it! You should have been there!''

* EvenEvilHasStandards: Deconstructed; despite being an unashamed ConMan and criminal Moist believes himself to not be a particularly bad person because he has certain standards (never killing people, only pulling his cons on those who 'deserve' it, and so forth). During his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, however, Mr. Pump brutally informs him that his standards didn't stop him from ruining innocent lives, hastening deaths (he didn't need to actually hold the blade or even be aware they existed to kill people) and generally making the world a worse place; just because he didn't consider himself to be a particularly evil person doesn't mean that his actions weren't harmful and evil in their way, whether he was aware of it or not. It's especially visible when it turns out Adora Belle used to work for a bank that Moist had swindled, and his internal monologue is full of despairing protest that "this is not fair" (for ''him'') and that "you're not supposed to meet these people afterwards"--thinking he is better than other criminals is only possible as long as he keeps a serious layer of denial.
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards: ** Deconstructed; despite being an unashamed ConMan and criminal Moist believes himself to not be a particularly bad person because he has certain standards (never killing people, only pulling his cons on those who 'deserve' it, and so forth). During his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, however, Mr. Pump brutally informs him that his standards didn't stop him from ruining innocent lives, hastening deaths (he didn't need to actually hold the blade or even be aware they existed to kill people) and generally making the world a worse place; just because he didn't consider himself to be a particularly evil person doesn't mean that his actions weren't harmful and evil in their way, whether he was aware of it or not. It's especially visible when it turns out Adora Belle used to work for a bank that Moist had swindled, and his internal monologue is full of despairing protest that "this is not fair" (for ''him'') and that "you're not supposed to meet these people afterwards"--thinking he is better than other criminals is only possible as long as he keeps a serious layer of denial.

* EvilCounterpart: Reacher Gilt, to Moist von Lipwig. ** Vetinari knows this. This may be the ''reason'' why he tries to recruit Moist von Lipwig. [[spoiler: And may also be the reason why he tries to recruit Reacher Gilt...]]
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* EvilCounterpart: Reacher Gilt, to Moist von Lipwig. ** Lipwig. Vetinari knows this. This may be the ''reason'' why he tries to recruit Moist von Lipwig. [[spoiler: And may also be the reason why he tries to recruit Reacher Gilt...]]

--> "Oh, the Tower of Art... How like a man."
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--> "Oh, -->'''Miss Dearheart:''' Oh, the Tower of Art... How like a man."

* GenreSavvy: Bookies give 1:8 odds for Moist to win the race, then stop taking bets when no-one will bet against him. ** Actually a subversion because [[spoiler:[[WrongGenreSavvy Moist doesn't have an icicle's chance in hell of winning the race and knows it]] -- but he has absolutely no intention of playing it fair in the first place.]]
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* GenreSavvy: Bookies give 1:8 odds for Moist to win the race, then stop taking bets when no-one will bet against him. ** him. Actually a subversion because [[spoiler:[[WrongGenreSavvy Moist doesn't have an icicle's chance in hell of winning the race and knows it]] -- but he has absolutely no intention of playing it fair in the first place.]]

* HopeSpot: Vetinari believes that providing people with these is healthy. Sometimes he does it just to twist the knife, as when he asks Vimes to escort some people out... and into some cells.
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* HopeSpot: HopeSpot: ** Vetinari believes that providing people with these is healthy. Sometimes he does it just to twist the knife, as when he asks Vimes to escort some people out... and into some cells.

-->''"Pro''phets'', I said, not pro''fits''. Don't worry yourselves, it will look better written down."''
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-->''"Pro''phets'', -->'''Gilt:''' Pro''phets'', I said, not pro''fits''. Don't worry yourselves, it will look better written down."''

-->'What?' Snapped Moist. 'I do not! Who told you that?'\\\ 'I Worked It Out. You Have Killed Two Point Three Three Eight People,' said the golem calmly.
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-->'What?' Snapped Moist. 'I -->'''Moist:''' What? I do not! Who told you that?'\\\ 'I that?\\\ '''Pump:''' I Worked It Out. You Have Killed Two Point Three Three Eight People,' said the golem calmly.People.

* MeaningfulName: There's some EpilepticTrees regarding Moist and Reacher's names. Lipwig implies a false mustache, indicating that Moist is a MasterOfDisguise. One theory has it that the name Moist is intended to call to mind "Slippery Jim", the hero of the ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' series, who is another BoxedCrook. ** Reacher Gilt is either a reference to [[Literature/TreasureIsland Long John Silver]], given how much the character looks like a {{Pirate}}, or else, according to one theory, a TakeThat against [[Literature/AtlasShrugged John Galt]].
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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName: ** There's some EpilepticTrees regarding Moist and Reacher's names. Lipwig implies a false mustache, indicating that Moist is a MasterOfDisguise. One theory has it that the name Moist is intended to call to mind "Slippery Jim", the hero of the ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' series, who is another BoxedCrook. ** Reacher Gilt Gilt: *** The name is either a reference to [[Literature/TreasureIsland Long John Silver]], given how much the character looks like a {{Pirate}}, or else, according to one theory, a TakeThat against [[Literature/AtlasShrugged John Galt]].

*** The Smoking [[http://www.gnu.org/ Gnu]] is also a ShoutOut to ''[[Literature/NomesTrilogy The Bromeliad]]'' in which the Nome confuses the words Gun and Gnu at one point (and confuses everyone he's talking to).
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*** ** The Smoking [[http://www.gnu.org/ Gnu]] is also a ShoutOut to ''[[Literature/NomesTrilogy The Bromeliad]]'' in which the Nome confuses the words Gun and Gnu at one point (and confuses everyone he's talking to).

* MythologyGag: In several earlier books, it is observed that using multiple exclamation marks is a sign of a deranged mind. In this book, Dave's Pin Exchange (the pin equivalent of a [[{{Otaku}} comic book store]]) styles itself as the "Home of Acuphilia!!!!!" ** For bonus points, five exclamation points is the exact figure mentioned for being the sign of a deranged mind.
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* MythologyGag: In several earlier books, it is observed that using multiple exclamation marks is a sign of a deranged mind. In this book, Dave's Pin Exchange (the pin equivalent of a [[{{Otaku}} comic book store]]) styles itself as the "Home of Acuphilia!!!!!" ** Acuphilia!!!!!" For bonus points, five exclamation points is the exact figure mentioned for being the sign of a deranged mind.

* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Towards the end, Moist fears that he is no better than Reacher Gilt. However--unbeknownst to Moist--the ending reveals that the Patrician caught Gilt, offered him the same chance for rehabilitation as Moist, and Gilt... refused.]] --> '''Vetinari''': You have to admire a man who ''really'' believes in freedom of choice. Sadly, he did not believe in angels.
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* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent: ** [[spoiler:Towards the end, Moist fears that he is no better than Reacher Gilt. However--unbeknownst to Moist--the ending reveals that the Patrician caught Gilt, offered him the same chance for rehabilitation as Moist, and Gilt... refused.]] --> ---> '''Vetinari''': You have to admire a man who ''really'' believes in freedom of choice. Sadly, he did not believe in angels.

* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Moist Von Lipwig is offered (as an alternative to being hanged, again) the job of Postmaster General. It's a job for life, just quite possibly not for long as it's already claimed the lives of several other "volunteers." ** Of course, Vetinari isn't going to be so crass as to force him to take the job, and tells Moist he can walk out of the room whenever he likes. Moist takes the time to confirm his suspicions that there is a long drop beyond the door, but the choice is still there.
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* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: Moist Von Lipwig is offered (as an alternative to being hanged, again) the job of Postmaster General. It's a job for life, just quite possibly not for long as it's already claimed the lives of several other "volunteers." ** " Of course, Vetinari isn't going to be so crass as to force him to take the job, and tells Moist he can walk out of the room whenever he likes. Moist takes the time to confirm his suspicions that there is a long drop beyond the door, but the choice is still there.

* OddJobGods: Anoia, goddess of Things That Get Stuck In Kitchen Drawers.
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* OddJobGods: OddJobGods: ** Anoia, goddess of Things That Get Stuck In Kitchen Drawers.

* OhCrap: Moist's reaction when he sees the cartoon in the Times about his new penny stamp. "Maybe Mr. Trooper can squeeze me in." ** For reference: The penny stamp has a profile picture of Lord Vetinari; the cartoon shows two wags discussing "licking the Patrician's backside"; Mr. Trooper is Lord Vetinari's executioner.
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* OhCrap: Moist's reaction when he sees the cartoon in the Times about his new penny stamp. "Maybe Mr. Trooper can squeeze me in." ** " For reference: The penny stamp has a profile picture of Lord Vetinari; the cartoon shows two wags discussing "licking the Patrician's backside"; Mr. Trooper is Lord Vetinari's executioner.

* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Mr. Gryle gives the first (and probably last) good look at banshees in this setting. He's basically a predatory WingedHumanoid, very gaunt and light with wiry muscles to make flight possible, and an instinct for snapping at birds as they pass. By contrast, folkloric banshees are screaming female specters. ** It's noted that the scream of the banshee, according to folklore, signals that whoever hears it shall soon die an untimely death. While civilized banshees do indeed follow the folklore, [[Discworld/ReaperMan even if they have a speech impediment and have to write it down]], [[ScreamingWarrior wild banshees cut out the middleman.]]
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* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Mr. Gryle gives the first (and probably last) good look at banshees in this setting. He's basically a predatory WingedHumanoid, very gaunt and light with wiry muscles to make flight possible, and an instinct for snapping at birds as they pass. By contrast, folkloric banshees are screaming female specters. ** specters. It's noted that the scream of the banshee, according to folklore, signals that whoever hears it shall soon die an untimely death. While civilized banshees do indeed follow the folklore, [[Discworld/ReaperMan even if they have a speech impediment and have to write it down]], [[ScreamingWarrior wild banshees cut out the middleman.]]

* PublicExecution: The book opens with a ''faked'' public execution. Moist (the accused, who doesn't know it's faked) is asked to sign the rope before hand, since it will then be worth more to collectors. He's also expected to come up with some FamousLastWords, that being traditional. ** He goes with "I commend my soul to any god that can find it.", after being told that his first choice--"I wasn't actually expecting to die."--just won't do. * RealityBreakingParadox: The mail sorting engine in the basement of the post office was designed by Bloody Stupid Johnson, who built the wheels inside using measurements where pi equaled exactly 3 (thinking "three and a bit" was untidy). This is of course impossible, but he did it anyway, and so a small bit of the universe around the engine is twisted up, causing the machine to spit out letters that have yet to be written, or should have been written and weren't, or were written in a different reality ''even after it was turned off''. The wizards of UU analyzed it and decided that trying to destroy it would also destroy the entire universe all in one go. ** A Post Office employee eventually decides to beat the thing with a crowbar until it stops spitting out letters. When called out for his actions, he explains that after he hit it the first time, he saw the wizards running away as fast as they could; thus, he figured that, unless the wizards had another universe to run ''to'', they weren't ''entirely'' sure that destroying the sorting engine would take the universe with it.
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* PublicExecution: The book opens with a ''faked'' public execution. Moist (the accused, who doesn't know it's faked) is asked to sign the rope before hand, since it will then be worth more to collectors. He's also expected to come up with some FamousLastWords, that being traditional. ** traditional. He goes with "I commend my soul to any god that can find it.", after being told that his first choice--"I wasn't actually expecting to die."--just won't do. * RealityBreakingParadox: The mail sorting engine in the basement of the post office was designed by Bloody Stupid Johnson, who built the wheels inside using measurements where pi equaled exactly 3 (thinking "three and a bit" was untidy). This is of course impossible, but he did it anyway, and so a small bit of the universe around the engine is twisted up, causing the machine to spit out letters that have yet to be written, or should have been written and weren't, or were written in a different reality ''even after it was turned off''. The wizards of UU analyzed it and decided that trying to destroy it would also destroy the entire universe all in one go. \n** A Post Office employee eventually decides to beat the thing with a crowbar until it stops spitting out letters. When called out for his actions, he explains that after he hit it the first time, he saw the wizards running away as fast as they could; thus, he figured that, unless the wizards had another universe to run ''to'', they weren't ''entirely'' sure that destroying the sorting engine would take the universe with it.

* RefugeInAudacity[=/=]DevilInPlainSight: Reacher Gilt is so obvious about being a scoundrel that people trust him. As noted above, this quality also defines Moist, although in a somewhat different way. ** Reacher gives them something they hope isn't true, Moist gives them something they hope is true.
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* RefugeInAudacity[=/=]DevilInPlainSight: RefugeInAudacity[=/=]DevilInPlainSight: ** Reacher Gilt is so obvious about being a scoundrel that people trust him. As noted above, this quality also defines Moist, although in a somewhat different way. ** way. Reacher gives them something they hope isn't true, Moist gives them something they hope is true.

* RetCon: In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', Mr. Ixolite is described as the "last living banshee". Guess nobody told the narrative about Mr. Gryle. ** Mr Gryle is described as a wild banshee from a distant jungle, so it makes sense that nobody in the city would know about him.
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* RetCon: In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', Mr. Ixolite is described as the "last living banshee". Guess nobody told the narrative about Mr. Gryle. ** Gryle. Mr Gryle is described as a wild banshee from a distant jungle, so it makes sense that nobody in the city would know about him.

** One of the signs that Reacher Gilt is a semi-{{Expy}} of [[Literature/AtlasShrugged John Galt]] is the literal stating of the question [[ArcWords "Who is Reacher Gilt?"]] Well, that and his hatred of government interference in (his) free enterprise. *** His description during his introduction as a flashy unknown outsider who appeared out of nowhere and throws parties that is the stuff of legend brings to mind ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' as well.
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** One of the signs that Reacher Gilt is a semi-{{Expy}} of [[Literature/AtlasShrugged John Galt]] is the literal stating of the question [[ArcWords "Who is Reacher Gilt?"]] Well, that and his hatred of government interference in (his) free enterprise. *** enterprise. His description during his introduction as a flashy unknown outsider who appeared out of nowhere and throws parties that is the stuff of legend brings to mind ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' as well.

---> "What is sticking in your foot is a Mitzy 'Pretty Lucretia' four-inch heel, the most dangerous footwear in the world. Considered as pounds per square inch, it's like being trodden on by a very pointy elephant. Now, I know what you're thinking: you're thinking, 'Could she press it all the way through to the floor?' And, you know, I'm not sure about that myself. The sole of your boot might give me a bit of trouble, but nothing else will. ..." * ShownTheirWork: Moist's induction into the order of Postmen is very similar to a Masonic initiation.
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---> "What --->'''Miss Dearheart:''' What is sticking in your foot is a Mitzy 'Pretty Lucretia' four-inch heel, the most dangerous footwear in the world. Considered as pounds per square inch, it's like being trodden on by a very pointy elephant. Now, I know what you're thinking: you're thinking, 'Could she press it all the way through to the floor?' And, you know, I'm not sure about that myself. The sole of your boot might give me a bit of trouble, but nothing else will. ..."\n ... * ShownTheirWork: ShownTheirWork: ** Moist's induction into the order of Postmen is very similar to a Masonic initiation.

-->''People wanted to be fooled. They really believed that you found gold nuggets lying on the ground, that this time you could find the Lady, that just for once the glass ring might be real diamond. You had to give them a show.'' * [[{{SmartPeoplePlayChess}} Smart People Play Thud]]: Vetinari and Gilt assess each other with their Thud tactics. Also, Crispin Horsefry's dismissal of the game is an(other) indication of his low intellect.
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-->''People -->"People wanted to be fooled. They really believed that you found gold nuggets lying on the ground, that this time you could find the Lady, that just for once the glass ring might be real diamond. You had to give them a show.'' " * [[{{SmartPeoplePlayChess}} Smart People Play Thud]]: SmartPeoplePlayChess: Vetinari and Gilt assess each other with their Thud tactics. Also, Crispin Horsefry's dismissal of the game is an(other) indication of his low intellect.

* StealthPun: Reacher Gilt dresses like a pirate and has a parrot that says "Twelve and a half percent!" [[DontExplainTheJoke In fractions, of course, 12.5 percent equals "pieces of eight".]]
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* StealthPun: StealthPun: ** Reacher Gilt dresses like a pirate and has a parrot that says "Twelve and a half percent!" [[DontExplainTheJoke In fractions, of course, 12.5 percent equals "pieces of eight".]]

---> "It's Gilt's, isn't it," said Miss Dearheart. "He's ''given'' you the bird?"
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---> "It's --->'''Miss Dearheart:''' It's Gilt's, isn't it," said Miss Dearheart. "He's it. He's ''given'' you the bird?"bird?

-->'''Vetinari:''' It occurs to me that this is exactly the sum of money thought to have been stolen by a recently notorious con man. -->'''Moist:''' Albert Spangler? He's dead. -->'''Vetinari:''' Are you sure? -->'''Moist:''' Yes, sir. I was there when they hanged him.
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-->'''Vetinari:''' It occurs to me that this is exactly the sum of money thought to have been stolen by a recently notorious con man. -->'''Moist:''' man.\\ '''Moist:''' Albert Spangler? He's dead. -->'''Vetinari:''' dead.\\ '''Vetinari:''' Are you sure? -->'''Moist:''' sure?\\ '''Moist:''' Yes, sir. I was there when they hanged him.

-->'I'd suspect him of anything,' said Miss Dearheart. 'But you sound ''very'' certain.' -->'That's what I'd do,' said Moist, 'er... [[OrSoIHeard if I was that kind of person]]. It's the oldest trick in the book.'
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-->'I'd suspect him of anything,' said Miss Dearheart. 'But you sound ''very'' certain.' -->'That's '\\ 'That's what I'd do,' said Moist, 'er... [[OrSoIHeard if I was that kind of person]]. It's the oldest trick in the book.'

--> "Oh, ''please'' sue the University! We've got a whole ''pond'' full of people who have tried to sue the University!"
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--> "Oh, --->'''Ridcully:''' Oh, ''please'' sue the University! We've got a whole ''pond'' full of people who have tried to sue the University!"University!

--> ''I'll kill you, Mr. Gilt. I'll kill you in our own special way, the way of the weasel and cheat and liar. I'll take away everything ''but'' your life. I'll take away your money, your reputation, and your friends. I'll spin words around you until you're cocooned in them. I'll leave you with nothing, not even hope...''
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--> ''I'll -->I'll kill you, Mr. Gilt. I'll kill you in our own special way, the way of the weasel and cheat and liar. I'll take away everything ''but'' your life. I'll take away your money, your reputation, and your friends. I'll spin words around you until you're cocooned in them. I'll leave you with nothing, not even hope...''

* AdaptationDyeJob: Or adaptation lack of a dye job. Charles Dance plays a ''blonde'' Vetinari, which is a shame, since he's otherwise pretty perfect in the role.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: AdaptationDyeJob: ** Or adaptation lack of a dye job. Charles Dance plays a ''blonde'' Vetinari, which is a shame, since he's otherwise pretty perfect in the role.

** The filmmakers also chose to have Moist become more unambiguously repentant, rather than retaining the original idea that, whatever else Moist von Lipwig is, he is still a con artist. (This does gradually happen in the books but isn't solidified until ''Discworld/RaisingSteam''). *** Since the ultimate con he runs (that he can give up everything and go back to being an itinerant con man, which allows him to ''not'' do so) is on himself and entirely in his head, it would be hard to do.
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** The filmmakers also chose to have Moist become more unambiguously repentant, rather than retaining the original idea that, whatever else Moist von Lipwig is, he is still a con artist. (This does gradually happen in the books but isn't solidified until ''Discworld/RaisingSteam''). *** ''Discworld/RaisingSteam''). Since the ultimate con he runs (that he can give up everything and go back to being an itinerant con man, which allows him to ''not'' do so) is on himself and entirely in his head, it would be hard to do.

* EvilIsHammy: ** The filmmakers also chose to have Moist become more unambiguously repentant, rather than retaining the original idea that, whatever else Moist von Lipwig is, he is still a con artist. (This does gradually happen in the books but isn't solidified until ''Discworld/RaisingSteam''). *** Since the ultimate con he runs (that he can give Gilt. "I haven't finished... SOARING!" He even stands up everything and go back to being an itinerant con man, which allows him to ''not'' do so) is on himself and entirely in spreads his head, it would be hard cape. His minion laughs in a lampshade. ** Mr. Gryle, when gloating to do.Lipwig. [[spoiler: Right before his comeuppance.]]

---> '''Pump''': How does it feel to make someone's life ''better'', Mr. Lipwig?\\
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---> --> '''Pump''': How does it feel to make someone's life ''better'', Mr. Lipwig?\\

** EvilIsHammy: Gilt. "I haven't finished... SOARING!" He even stands up and spreads his cape. His minion laughs in a lampshade. ** Mr. Gryle, when gloating to Lipwig. [[spoiler: Right before his comeuppance.]]

* OutOfCharacterMoment: Seeing Angua referring to anyone as "lunch" and changing in public (as she's seen doing in the trailer) is ''very'' jarring compared to her representation in the books, where she's an vegetarian who hates the impulses brought on by being a werewolf, and the only time she makes a corny joke about it was SelfDeprecation.
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* OutOfCharacterMoment: OutOfCharacterMoment: ** Seeing Angua referring to anyone as "lunch" and changing in public (as she's seen doing in the trailer) is ''very'' jarring compared to her representation in the books, where she's an vegetarian who hates the impulses brought on by being a werewolf, and the only time she makes a corny joke about it was SelfDeprecation.

---> '''Lipwig''': The man who has never known love has never really lived. But worst is the man who avoids love. Because the man who runs from love and all its trials and tribulations, that man is just conning himself, swindling himself out of true... happiness.
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---> --> '''Lipwig''': The man who has never known love has never really lived. But worst is the man who avoids love. Because the man who runs from love and all its trials and tribulations, that man is just conning himself, swindling himself out of true... happiness.

---> '''Gryle''': You know what they say?.. Hear the cry of a banshee... and die! (''attacks Moist'') ---> '''Lipwig''': Actually, it's "banshee cries, somebody dies". (''stabs him'') Today, it's you!
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---> --> '''Gryle''': You know what they say?.. Hear the cry of a banshee... and die! (''attacks Moist'') ---> Moist'')\\ '''Lipwig''': Actually, it's "banshee cries, somebody dies". (''stabs him'') Today, it's you!
23rd Nov '15 7:20:09 PM Geoduck
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** And Vetineri and Gilt share a moment of this regarding blithering idiot Horsefry.
12th Nov '15 8:23:01 PM eowynjedi
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* TooDumbToLive: There are people in the story who mouth off to Vetinari. Twice. Incredibly, they live. Possibly.
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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive: ** There are people in the story who mouth off to Vetinari. Twice. Incredibly, they live. Possibly.

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* TooDumbToLive: There are --> "Oh, ''please'' sue the University! We've got a whole ''pond'' full of people in who have tried to sue the story who mouth off to Vetinari. Twice. Incredibly, they live. Possibly.University!"

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* TooDumbToLive: There are people in the story who mouth off VerbalTic: Groat has a tendency to Vetinari. Twice. Incredibly, they live. Possibly.''repeat'' his words, sir, ''repeat''.
31st Oct '15 9:22:57 AM eowynjedi
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22nd Oct '15 8:51:42 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Gilt wants to corner the communications market by keeping the Post Office closed.
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** Gilt wants to corner the communications market by keeping the Post Office closed. This is actually just a side goal for his real plan, which is to drive the Trunk into the ground, embezzling all the way, and then make a killing from the eventual sale.
25th Sep '15 8:41:05 AM MrDeath
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* UnstoppableMailman: Anghammarad.
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* UnstoppableMailman: Anghammarad. He gets through The Postman's Walk -- an obstacle course including roller skates, stray bottles and a letterbox laced with razor blades, done with a hood over one's head -- by crushing everything in his path and punching a hole in the door. The other, human postmen find the display gratifying.
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