History Discworld / MonstrousRegiment

29th Oct '17 4:48:41 AM nighttrainfm
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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: The Girls' Working School. Blouse's "school for young gentlemen" wasn't as extreme, but the other soldiers have to wonder "what kind of life an officer could have led that inclined him to like scubbo".

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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: BoardingSchoolOfHorrors:
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The Girls' Working School. School, with a side-order of OrphanageOfFear. It's basically the Discworld equivalent of a Magdalene laundry, and no one comes out of it unscathed.
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Blouse's "school for young gentlemen" school wasn't as extreme, but the other soldiers have to wonder "what kind of life an officer could have led that inclined him to like scubbo".scubbo".
-->'''Jackrum:''' He went to a school for young gentlemen, so prison will be just like old times.
1st Oct '17 1:54:30 PM nighttrainfm
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* WeaponForIntimidation: Being a vampire, Maladict doesn't actually ''need'' a sword - and, in fact, has no training with it. He carries it because it's an obvious visual shorthand for "not someone you should attack".
1st Oct '17 1:53:02 PM nighttrainfm
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* AxCrazy: Tonker will slice you open if you touch Lofty, Lofty [[spoiler: will torch the world if it does something she doesn't like]] and Wazzer will try to take on someone three times her size if they bad-mouth the Duchess. The results are not pretty.

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* AxCrazy: AxCrazy:
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Tonker will slice you open if you touch Lofty, Lofty [[spoiler: will torch the world if it does something she doesn't like]] and Wazzer will try to take on someone three times her size if they bad-mouth the Duchess. The results are not pretty.



* BatmanGambit: When the regiment captures a Zlobenian sergeant, WideEyedIdealist Lieutenant Blouse decides to take him prisoner. [[spoiler:Jackrum acquiesces... and puts him under the guard of the two wimpiest members of the regiment. When the sergeant breaks loose and takes Blouse hostage, Jackrum is "forced" to shoot the man dead. As he explains to Polly later, there was no way they could've realistically kept him alive and a prisoner.]]

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* BatmanGambit: BatmanGambit:
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When the regiment captures a Zlobenian sergeant, WideEyedIdealist Lieutenant Blouse decides to take him prisoner. [[spoiler:Jackrum acquiesces... and puts him under the guard of the two wimpiest members of the regiment. When the sergeant breaks loose and takes Blouse hostage, Jackrum is "forced" to shoot the man dead. As he explains to Polly later, there was no way they could've realistically kept him alive and a prisoner.]]



* ExactWords: How Sergeant Jackrum gets away with everything.

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* ExactWords: ExactWords:
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How Sergeant Jackrum gets away with everything.



* FieldPromotion: Maladict.
** Polly, too. Twice; once when "storming" the castle and second [[spoiler: when promoted to sergeant after the court-martial]]

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* FieldPromotion: FieldPromotion:
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Maladict.
** Polly, too. Twice; once when "storming" the castle and second [[spoiler: when promoted to sergeant after the court-martial]]court-martial.]]
1st Oct '17 1:52:15 PM nighttrainfm
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* GroinAttack: Parodied, {{lampshaded}} and [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]]. "Sock Drawer" indeed...

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* GroinAttack: GroinAttack:
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Parodied, {{lampshaded}} and [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]]. "Sock Drawer" indeed...
20th Aug '17 6:07:24 PM Azaram
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* NonActionGuy: Blouse is extremely book-smart, but no use in a fight.

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* NonActionGuy: Blouse is extremely book-smart, but no use in a fight. [[EpicFail At one point he manages to cut his sword hand with the sword he was wielding in it at the time, while practicing.]]
29th Jul '17 4:35:07 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ThePoliticalOfficer: Strappi.

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* ThePoliticalOfficer: Strappi.Strappi is a particularly loathsome example. He takes cruel delight in bullying his soldiers (to the point that one of them throws up whenever he starts yelling), talks big about patriotism, and when it looks like he's actually going to get sent to the front, wets himself and deserts. Oddly, the identities of Borogravian political officers seems to be a secret - Strappi's status is just rumoured at first, until TheReveal. As such they're probably more of a cross between this trope and [[StateSec Stasi-esque]] informants, presumably to avert the inherent risk of [[UnfriendlyFire fragging]] that comes with the role (and indeed, the squad were fairly openly planning to do this at the first opportunity before he deserted). The finale reveals [[spoiler: he was actually there to investigate the paperwork irregularities around the Sergeant in a relatively mundane InternalAffairs operation, and when his actions come to light (not just the desertion but his general conduct) he's put up on official charges himself]].
28th Jul '17 5:08:55 AM NanoMoose
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Borogravia's geography and constant wars are reminiscent of the Balkan conflicts following the disintegration of Yugoslavia, while the treatment of women in Nugganic Borogravia is basically cherry-picked from a number of misogynistic {{Double Standard}}s throughout history, from Polly needing her brother to act as the nominal owner of the family inn to women being threatened with beatings or even imprisonment for various crimes to "unattached" women being frowned upon. As a starving country where the military is the only functional part of the government and the head of state is worshiped as a demi-god, it's also rather reminiscent of North Korea.
** There is planty of resemblance to both Yugoslavia and the old Austro-Hungarian Empire bits of it used to be bits of. The country name "Zlobenia" is a dead giveaway, being a simple mashing of "zlo" (evil) and Slovenia, just like a native german speaker would mispronounce it. Borogravia could stand in for any of the Yugoslav (or Austro-Hungarian) states on a bad day. The constant wars which plagued the region for centuries, the way citizens are practically only there to be servants and cannon fodder, and the ever more bizzare religious zealotry is also right on the money.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Borogravia's geography and constant wars are reminiscent of the Balkan conflicts following the disintegration of Yugoslavia, while the treatment of women in Nugganic Borogravia is basically cherry-picked from a number of misogynistic {{Double Standard}}s throughout history, from Polly needing her brother to act as the nominal owner of the family inn to women being threatened with beatings or even imprisonment for various crimes to "unattached" women being frowned upon. As a starving country where the military is the only functional part of the government and the head of state is worshiped worshipped as a demi-god, it's also rather reminiscent of North Korea.
** There is planty of resemblance to both Yugoslavia and the old Austro-Hungarian Empire bits of it used to be bits of. The country name "Zlobenia" is a dead giveaway, being a simple mashing of "zlo" (evil) and Slovenia, just like a native german German speaker would mispronounce it. Borogravia could stand in for any of the Yugoslav (or Austro-Hungarian) states on a bad day. The constant wars which plagued the region for centuries, the way citizens are practically only there to be servants and cannon fodder, and the ever more bizzare bizarre religious zealotry is also right on the money.



* NothingIsScarier: The ''very'' little we hear about how the Girls' Working School treated the girls who were locked up there is twice as terrifying as a detailed description would have been. As a specific example, Polly says she met a man who worked there who seemed nice enough. Tonker replies, without going into any further detail, that "He was good at seeming."

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* NothingIsScarier: The ''very'' little we hear about how the Girls' Working School treated the girls who were locked up there is twice as terrifying as a detailed description would have been. As a specific example, Polly says she met a man local priest who worked there who and seemed nice enough.harmless, if kind of stodgy. Tonker replies, without going into any further detail, that "He was good at seeming."
18th Jul '17 10:50:37 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* GenreSavvy: The Zlobenians don't make the same mistake.
** [[spoiler: It's implied that the Alliance let Blouse's charade go on so that the rest of his unit would come to the fortress and be captured.]]
** [[spoiler:Or alternatively, that despite the laughably bad acting he showed the squad before he sneaked in, he's actually an ''amazingly good actor''. He is one of the most unexpected [[BunnyEarsLawyer bunny-eared lawyers]] in the series, after all.]]
** [[spoiler: It doesn't hurt that he irons like a demon, either.]]
2nd Jul '17 12:15:55 PM nombretomado
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* SpoilerTitle: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Blast_of_the_Trumpet_Against_the_Monstrous_Regiment_of_Women Here's]] the [[TheOtherWiki Other Wiki]] article for those interested.
** More of a shout out, as the article on the [[TheOtherWiki Other Wiki]] is about a mid 1500s political work from which the title of the book itself is taken as a [[HistoricalInJoke Historical In-Joke]]

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* SpoilerTitle: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_First_Blast_of_the_Trumpet_Against_the_Monstrous_Regiment_of_Women Here's]] the [[TheOtherWiki Other Wiki]] Wiki/TheOtherWiki article for those interested.
** More of a shout out, as the article on the [[TheOtherWiki Other Wiki]] Wiki/TheOtherWiki is about a mid 1500s political work from which the title of the book itself is taken as a [[HistoricalInJoke Historical In-Joke]]HistoricalInJoke.
1st Jul '17 8:44:30 PM sabremeister
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* TitleDrop: A captured enemy soldier calls the protagonists the "monsterous regiment" because they've got a vampire, a troll, and an Igor among their ranks.

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* TitleDrop: A captured enemy soldier calls the protagonists the "monsterous regiment" because they've got a vampire, a troll, and an Igor and a werewolf among their ranks.ranks. [[spoiler: The bit about the werewolf isn't true, but it is a [[{{Foreshadowing}} hint]] that Angua is keeping the squad under observation.]]
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