History Discworld / MonstrousRegiment

22nd May '17 5:07:48 PM SventheCrusader
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* CrapsackWorld: Or rather Crapsack Nation, an uncommon trope for Pratchett. Even the main cast of local Borogravians understand that their homeland is just about one of the dumbest, craziest, and most backwards places on the Disc.
21st May '17 12:29:41 PM isolato
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** The uniforms, the running gag about military leaders having articles of clothing named after them, the Duchess hiding in mourning for years, the first time where military forces relied on the mass media for intel... You could find similarities in the UsefulNotes/CrimeanWar, where the British had red uniforms, with UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria who is [[PopcultularOsmosis often remembered]] when she was in a state of mourning, commanders included the "knitwear lords" - the 7th Earl of Cardigan, the 1st Baron Raglan, while the 7th Earl of Jersey was a leading member of the government of the day (oh, and balaclavas are named after the location of one of the battles) - and Russians were intercepting this new "telegraph" which the ''Times'' used to report the latest news...

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** The uniforms, the running gag about military leaders having articles of clothing named after them, the Duchess hiding in mourning for years, the first time where military forces relied on the mass media for intel... You could find similarities in the UsefulNotes/CrimeanWar, where the British had red uniforms, with UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria who is [[PopcultularOsmosis [[PopculturalOsmosis often remembered]] when she was in a state of mourning, commanders included the "knitwear lords" - the 7th Earl of Cardigan, the 1st Baron Raglan, while the 7th Earl of Jersey was a leading member of the government of the day (oh, and balaclavas are named after the location of one of the battles) - and Russians were intercepting this new "telegraph" which the ''Times'' used to report the latest news...
21st May '17 12:28:48 PM isolato
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** The uniforms, the running gag about military leaders having articles of clothing named after them, the Duchess hiding in mourning for years, the first time where military forces relied on the mass media for intel... You could find similarities in the Crimean War, where the British had red uniforms, with Queen Victoria in a state of mourning, commanders included the "knitwear lords" - the 7th Earl of Cardigan, the 1st Baron Raglan, while the 7th Earl of Jersey was a leading member of the government of the day (oh, and balaclavas are named after the location of one of the battles) - and Russians were intercepting this new "telegraph" which the ''Times'' used to report the latest news...

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** The uniforms, the running gag about military leaders having articles of clothing named after them, the Duchess hiding in mourning for years, the first time where military forces relied on the mass media for intel... You could find similarities in the Crimean War, UsefulNotes/CrimeanWar, where the British had red uniforms, with Queen Victoria UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria who is [[PopcultularOsmosis often remembered]] when she was in a state of mourning, commanders included the "knitwear lords" - the 7th Earl of Cardigan, the 1st Baron Raglan, while the 7th Earl of Jersey was a leading member of the government of the day (oh, and balaclavas are named after the location of one of the battles) - and Russians were intercepting this new "telegraph" which the ''Times'' used to report the latest news...
6th Mar '17 4:08:02 AM Andyroid
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** The Girls' Working School bears quite noticeable similarities (both in content and how girls ended up there) to Ireland's infamous Magdalene Laundries.

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** The Girls' Working School bears quite noticeable similarities (both in content and how girls ended up there) to Ireland's infamous Magdalene Laundries.Laundries and "mother and baby" homes, which were in operation as recently as the 1970s.
17th Jan '17 5:05:40 AM Zadia
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* ArcWords: "A sudden strange fancy..."
* ArmorIsUseless: Borogravian standard issue equipment includes some, but when the squad are being equipped all that's available are examples with huge gashes showing where they didn't help the previous owners so they choose to pass on it.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Polly speaks with [[spoiler: Vimes]] about the peace treaty Polly says the people of Borogravia are too proud to accept the terms of the treaty. [[spoiler: Vimes]] asks her what exactly Borogravia has to be proud of, and Polly has no answer.



* ArmorIsUseless: Borogravian standard issue equipment includes some, but when the squad are being equipped all that's available are examples with huge gashes showing where they didn't help the previous owners so they choose to pass on it.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Polly speaks with [[spoiler: Vimes]] about the peace treaty Polly says the people of Borogravia are too proud to accept the terms of the treaty. [[spoiler: Vimes]] asks her what exactly Borogravia has to be proud of, and Polly has no answer.
28th Dec '16 7:45:44 AM Morgenthaler
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Polly signs up under the alias [[MeaningfulName Oliver]] with an infantry regiment, the Ins-and-Outs, alongside a motley handful of other recruits, including four young humans (who quickly earn the nicknames "Tonker", "Lofty", "Shufti", and "Wazzer"), Carborundum the troll, Maladict the vampire and [[TheIgor an Igor]]. Led by novice officer Lieutenant Blouse and the far more savvy (and [[{{Badass}} intimidating]]) Sergeant Jackrum, the recruits are hurried to the front, learning more than they wanted to along the way about the sad state of their country and the vast alliance mounting against Borogravia.

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Polly signs up under the alias [[MeaningfulName Oliver]] with an infantry regiment, the Ins-and-Outs, alongside a motley handful of other recruits, including four young humans (who quickly earn the nicknames "Tonker", "Lofty", "Shufti", and "Wazzer"), Carborundum the troll, Maladict the vampire and [[TheIgor an Igor]]. Led by novice officer Lieutenant Blouse and the far more savvy (and [[{{Badass}} intimidating]]) intimidating) Sergeant Jackrum, the recruits are hurried to the front, learning more than they wanted to along the way about the sad state of their country and the vast alliance mounting against Borogravia.



* {{Badass}}: Very nearly landing three hits on Sergeant Jackrum in a bar brawl is something to be proud of and remembered for generations. You may infer from there.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: Blouse initially looks like a spineless, naive fop without the first idea of what war is actually about. But when the chance arises, he gets the chance to show off not only his own specialized skills (in certain areas he has a mind like a steel trap) but also a surprising amount of steel. He even makes ''[[{{Badass}} Jackrum]]'' sit down and shut up.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Blouse initially looks like a spineless, naive fop without the first idea of what war is actually about. But when the chance arises, he gets the chance to show off not only his own specialized skills (in certain areas he has a mind like a steel trap) but also a surprising amount of steel. He even makes ''[[{{Badass}} Jackrum]]'' ''Jackrum'' sit down and shut up.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: There ''are'' hints early in the book about [[spoiler: Sergeant Jackrum's real sex,]] but it takes most people a few re-reads plus advance knowledge of the spoiler to notice them. The biggest one is Jackrum's reason for getting stuck on recruiting party despite his in-universe MemeticBadass status: he got his leg sliced open, then ''bit'' the doctor who tried to treat him, and tended to the injury personally, allowing Froc to slap him with recruiting duty as a "reward" while he was laid up. While it's easy to pass off as a throwaway gag to enhance Jackrum's {{Badass}} status, it becomes foreshadowing when you realize that [[spoiler:to treat his leg, the (presumably male) doctor would have either had to take Jackrum's pants off, or at least get close enough to notice that there were one or two things either missing or sock-enhanced. No wonder Jackrum bit him and did the work himself!]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There ''are'' hints early in the book about [[spoiler: Sergeant Jackrum's real sex,]] but it takes most people a few re-reads plus advance knowledge of the spoiler to notice them. The biggest one is Jackrum's reason for getting stuck on recruiting party despite his in-universe MemeticBadass status: he got his leg sliced open, then ''bit'' the doctor who tried to treat him, and tended to the injury personally, allowing Froc to slap him with recruiting duty as a "reward" while he was laid up. While it's easy to pass off as a throwaway gag to enhance Jackrum's {{Badass}} badass status, it becomes foreshadowing when you realize that [[spoiler:to treat his leg, the (presumably male) doctor would have either had to take Jackrum's pants off, or at least get close enough to notice that there were one or two things either missing or sock-enhanced. No wonder Jackrum bit him and did the work himself!]]



* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: You don't get much more ragtag than [[spoiler:a hot-head and her pyromaniac girlfriend, an expectant mother, the Discworld equivalent of Joan of Arc]], a troll, an [[TheIgor Igor]], a [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee-crazed]] vampire, OnlySaneMan Polly and a naive clerk turned soldier. Fortunately, they've got a {{Badass}} sergeant watching their backs.

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* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: You don't get much more ragtag than [[spoiler:a hot-head and her pyromaniac girlfriend, an expectant mother, the Discworld equivalent of Joan of Arc]], a troll, an [[TheIgor Igor]], a [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee-crazed]] vampire, OnlySaneMan Polly and a naive clerk turned soldier. Fortunately, they've got a {{Badass}} badass sergeant watching their backs.
12th Dec '16 9:55:20 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* TheButcher: Borogravian propaganda refers to Vimes as "Vimes the Butcher", but neglects to make up any crimes he's suppose to have committed to back it up. Vimes himself finds this rather pathetic.
28th Nov '16 11:17:18 AM CrypticMirror
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The 28th ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book, and one of the few recent Discworld books not to center around one of the major character sets (The Watch, Death, Rincewind, or the Witches), though William de Worde from ''Discworld/TheTruth'' and Sam Vimes appear in minor supporting roles.

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The 28th ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book, and one of the few recent Discworld books not to center around one of the major character sets (The Watch, Death, Rincewind, or the Witches), though William de Worde from ''Discworld/TheTruth'' and Sam Vimes appear in minor supporting roles.
5th Oct '16 10:47:42 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* LastStand: Deconstructed. When the recruits are discussing the trope Sgt. Jackrum (who has been involved in several) tells them they're actually the nastiest fighting you'll ever find. [[spoiler: It comes back as a BrickJoke in the end, when she declares retiring and moving in with her son to be hers.]]
13th Aug '16 12:21:13 AM Teakay
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* TraumaticHaircut: Invoked when Polly is disguised as a barmaid, as she claims that her hair was cut short for smiling at a Zlobenian soldier.
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