History Discworld / Mort

18th Jul '16 7:43:37 PM Alcarin
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* RetiredBadass: Albert [[spoiler: used to be a truly might wizard at Unseen University. When he had about three months left to live, he sort-of retired to Death's domain.

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* RetiredBadass: Albert [[spoiler: used to be a truly might wizard at Unseen University. When he had about three months left to live, he sort-of retired to Death's domain. ]]
12th Jul '16 12:15:18 PM Morgenthaler
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%%* RedHeadedHero
2nd Jul '16 7:31:53 AM kill-it-with-ph1r3
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Death's scythe and sword cut through reality because they are "real" than it.

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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Death's scythe and sword cut through reality because they are more "real" than it.
6th Jun '16 6:44:23 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Death's scythe and sword.

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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Death's scythe and sword.sword cut through reality because they are "real" than it.



* BelligerentSexualTension: As stated in a later book: "Between Mort and Ysabell there was an instant dislike, and everyone knows what that means in the long term".
* BerserkButton: Mort's reaction to being called 'Boy'. He starts off calmly correcting people but it all goes downhill from there. [[spoiler:To the extent that Death calling him "boy" gives him the energy to fight back against him.]]

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* BelligerentSexualTension: As stated in a later book: "Between Mort and Ysabell there was an instant dislike, and everyone knows what that means in the long term". As far as this one goes, the two exchange insults after declaring that they will never ever marry. Albert apparently told Death that this means "teenager attraction".
* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Mort's reaction to being called 'Boy'. He starts off calmly correcting people but it all goes downhill from there. [[spoiler:To the extent that Death calling him "boy" gives him the energy to fight back against him.]]



* BiggerOnTheInside: Death's house.

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* BiggerOnTheInside: Death's house.house looks small but it contains many rooms and two of them contain the autobiographies and lifetimers of everyone has every lived.



** Ysabell, who was introduced in ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'' as [[AxCrazy insane and near homicidal]] has calmed down a lot two books later.
** Not to mention Death himself, particularly compared to his first portrayal in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''.
** The Librarian has no reaction to Albert [[BerserkButton calling him a monkey]], ''twice''.

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** Ysabell, who was introduced in ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'' as [[AxCrazy insane and near homicidal]] has calmed down a lot two books later.
later but she's still temperamental.
** Not to mention Death himself, particularly compared Compared to his first portrayal in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''.
''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', Death is much closer to the DontFearTheReaper personality he is known for, and there's also his kindness of kittens.
** The Librarian has no reaction to Albert [[BerserkButton calling him a monkey]], ''twice''. Although he ''did'' hide [[spoiler: Albert's]] staff at a crucial point so call it TranquilFury.



* CoolHorse: Binky.

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* CoolHorse: Binky.Binky is supposedly a normal horse but he is much more ''real'' than a normal horse so he can cross great distances quickly and travel to Death's Domain.



* DeathsHourglass: Every living thing is represented in Death's domain by an hourglass showing how long they have left to live. (There's also one for Death himself, but it has no sand in it.) Also notable is the fact that breaking the hourglass immediately kills the person. [[spoiler:Mort attempts to exploit this by breaking Death's hourglass during their battle, but his sword just passes through it harmlessly.]]
* DeathTakesAHoliday: Death goes on vacation, but leaves Mort in charge to make sure people die as they are supposed to. It doesn't exactly go as planned.
* DoWrongRight: A [[EvilChancellor Grand Vizier]] tries to poison his emperor but is finally tricked into eating the poisonous object himself, then kept from leaving because the emperor knows he's leaving for the antidote. As he's dying, the grand vizier actually compliments the emperor on his technique in killing him.

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* DeathsHourglass: Every living thing is represented in Death's domain by an hourglass showing how long they have left to live. (There's also one for Death himself, but it has no sand in it.) Also notable is the fact that breaking Breaking the hourglass immediately kills the person. [[spoiler:Mort attempts to exploit this by breaking Death's hourglass during their battle, but his sword just passes through it harmlessly.]]
* DeathTakesAHoliday: Death goes on vacation, but leaves Mort in charge to make sure people die as they are supposed to. It doesn't exactly go as planned.
This leads to Mort becoming like Death while Death becomes more human.
* DoWrongRight: A [[EvilChancellor Grand Vizier]] tries to poison his emperor but is finally tricked into eating the poisonous object himself, then kept from leaving because the emperor knows he's leaving for the antidote. As he's dying, the grand vizier actually compliments the emperor on his technique in killing him.



* TheDulcineaEffect: this is what first gets Mort into trouble.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: What happens if someone doesn't deal with Death's node charts. (Luckily, Ysabell knows how.)
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Keli of Sto Lat

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* TheDulcineaEffect: this is what What first gets Mort into trouble.
trouble is saving the lovely princess that he's seen for all of five seconds from her pre-destined death.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: What happens if If someone doesn't deal with Death's node charts.charts, people don't die on time and the fabric of reality unravels. (Luckily, Ysabell knows how.)
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Keli of Sto LatLat is the lynchpin of the narrative.



* FoodPorn: Possibly inverted, creating Food Gorn. The description of a meal in Harga's House of Ribs is described thusly.

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* FoodPorn: Possibly inverted, Inverted, creating Food Gorn. The description of a meal in Harga's House of Ribs is described thusly.



* TheGrimReaper: Of course.
* GroinAttack: [[spoiler: From a skeleton. Think about that for a second.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: It's an extremely bad sign when Mort starts to develop them.

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* TheGrimReaper: Of course.
Death's first character focus book and thus the one to introduce The Duty. He looks like the usual black cloak skeleton but he also wears an apron.
* GroinAttack: [[spoiler: From Hit in the gonads b a skeleton. Think about that for a second.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: It's an extremely bad sign when Mort starts to develop them.Death's blue star-like eyes.



* HiddenDepths: Albert.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Death is absolutely ''enraged'' when he eventually finds out Mort has tampered with the flow of reality by leaving alive someone who was supposed to die. [[spoiler:Ysabell later calls him out on the fact that he, Death himself, tampered with her own fate, Mort's, and several other people's whose hourglasses he accidentally broke during his fight with Mort. And she doesn't even mention that Death's attempt to take a vacation from being Death almost resulted in the collapse of all reality: sure, he taught Mort to reap, but he neglected to teach him to work the nodes so as to determine ''who'' to reap. Death seems to think that since he's ''the'' Death, those rules don't apply to him.]]

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* HiddenDepths: Albert.
Albert is more than just Death's manservant. [[spoiler: He's really Alberto Malich, the founder of Unseen University and a powerful wizard.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: Death is absolutely ''enraged'' when he eventually finds out Mort has tampered with the flow of reality by leaving alive someone who was supposed to die. [[spoiler:Ysabell later calls him out on the fact that he, Death himself, tampered with her own fate, Mort's, and several other people's whose hourglasses he accidentally broke during his fight with Mort. And she She doesn't even mention that Death's attempt to take a vacation from being Death almost resulted in the collapse of all reality: sure, he taught Mort to reap, but he neglected to teach him to work the nodes so as to determine ''who'' to reap. Death seems to think that since he's ''the'' Death, those rules don't apply to him.]]



* KarmaHoudini: the Duke of Sto Helit [[spoiler:is supposed to be one according to the original timeline. Instead, his hourglass gets broken during the fight with Mort.]]
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Albert is quite happy living the repetitive tedium of being Death's manservant outside time, and considers his plan to achieve immortality a relative success. However, this is because of an intense fear of the world after death, since he knows bad things will happen and he [[DownplayedTrope also showed missing a LOT of his actual living life when he goes back for a while and even plans to stay.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: the The Duke of Sto Helit [[spoiler:is supposed to be one according to the original timeline. Instead, his hourglass gets broken during the fight with Mort.]]
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Albert is quite happy living the repetitive tedium of being Death's manservant outside time, and considers his plan to achieve immortality a relative success. However, this is because of an intense fear of the world after death, since he knows bad things will happen and he [[DownplayedTrope also showed missing a LOT of his actual living life when he goes back for a while and even plans to stay.]]happen.



* MatterOfLifeAndDeath: Mort demands that Ysabelle come help him in the middle of the night because it's this.
* MeaningfulName: Mort is the French word for death. Lampshaded.
* MenCantKeepHouse: Cutwell's housekeeper is away. The resultant mess intimidates even Mort.

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* MatterOfLifeAndDeath: Mort demands that Ysabelle come help him in the middle of the night because it's this.
he's trying to save someone's life.
* MeaningfulName: Mort is the French word for death. Lampshaded.
This is lampshaded.
* MenCantKeepHouse: Cutwell's housekeeper is away. The away and the resultant mess intimidates even Mort.



* NeverSayDie: Obviously averted, but pops up in a behind-the-scenes anecdote. Allegedly, a [[ExecutiveMeddling meddling executive]] trying to make Mort into a movie told Terry Pratchett to "lose the Death angle." Terry Pratchett pretty much pulled out of the project then, because the entire point of the story is Death!

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* NeverSayDie: Obviously averted, but pops up in a behind-the-scenes anecdote. Allegedly, a [[ExecutiveMeddling meddling executive]] trying to make Mort into a movie told Terry Pratchett to "lose the Death angle." Terry Pratchett pretty much pulled out of the project then, because the entire point of the story is Death!



* [[PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo Poisoned Squishi Tennis]]: the poisoned piece of squishi goes back and forth between the vizier and the emperor's bowls as each thinks of a better reason for the other to eat it.

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* [[PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo Poisoned PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo: In this case it is "Poisoned Squishi Tennis]]: the Tennis". The poisoned piece of squishi goes back and forth between the vizier and the emperor's bowls as each thinks of a better reason for the other to eat it.



* RedHeadedHero
* RescueRomance: Teased, but ultimately averted, to Death's approval. [[AC:Too many young women leap into the arms of the first young man to wake them after [[Literature/SleepingBeauty a hundred years' sleep]], for example.]]
* RetiredBadass: Albert
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Princess Keli kind of, and [[spoiler: Mort and Ysabell]] become this
* RubberBandHistory: the Interface is one of the more interesting analyses.

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* %%* RedHeadedHero
* RescueRomance: Teased, but It's teased with Mort and Keli considering marriage because he saved her twice; first from an assassin and second from reality's retcon. They talk about it and ultimately averted, decide against it to Death's approval. [[AC:Too many young women leap into the arms of the first young man to wake them after [[Literature/SleepingBeauty a hundred years' sleep]], for example.]]
* RetiredBadass: Albert
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Princess Keli kind of, and
Albert [[spoiler: Mort and Ysabell]] become this
used to be a truly might wizard at Unseen University. When he had about three months left to live, he sort-of retired to Death's domain.
* RubberBandHistory: When someone changes history, reality will eventually overwrite the Interface change. This is one of the more interesting analyses.manifested in a shimmering silvery mist called "the interface".



* SlapSlapKiss: Mort and Ysabell

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* SlapSlapKiss: Mort and YsabellYsabell exchange insults, argue, and then marry.



* StealthPun: Death's home contains written stories of the lives of every person on the disc who has ever lived. Stories that write themselves. Naturally, they're called autobiographies.
** Cripple Wa is dicing with Death. (Probably a Type 2.)

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* StealthPun: StealthPun:
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Death's home contains written stories of the lives of every person on the disc who has ever lived. Stories that write themselves. Naturally, they're called autobiographies.
** Cripple Wa is dicing with Death. (Probably a Type 2.) Death literally.



* TookALevelInBadass: Becoming [[AC: Death]] for awhile made Mort a helluva lot cooler and ''scarier.''

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* TookALevelInBadass: Becoming [[AC: Death]] for awhile made Mort a helluva lot cooler and ''scarier.''



* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Death's battle with Mort could be seen as one of those. If Death wins, he punishes Mort for his perceived insolence and negligence, if Mort wins, he must take Death's place, which means that Death can finally rest.]]

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* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:Death's battle with Mort could be seen as one of those. If Death wins, he punishes Mort for his perceived insolence and negligence, negligence; if Mort wins, he must take Death's place, which means that Death can finally rest.]]
24th May '16 6:30:39 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* RunningGag: Mort repeating his name whenever people call him "boy". [[PhraseCatcher That happens often.]]

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* RunningGag: Mort repeating his name whenever people call him "boy". "boy" or "lad". [[PhraseCatcher That This happens often.]]



* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Played straight with most major characters - Mort, Ysabell, ''and even Death himself.''

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Played straight with most major characters - Mort, Ysabell, ''and even Death himself.''When reaping an age-old witch, Mort is surprised that she is ''happy'' to be dying. She replies that while she will miss some things, life gets "thin" after a while.
18th Apr '16 7:42:57 AM ChaoticNovelist
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*LivingForeverIsAwesome: Albert is quite happy living the repetitive tedium of being Death's manservant outside time, and considers his plan to achieve immortality a relative success. However, this is because of an intense fear of the world after death, since he knows bad things will happen and he [[DownplayedTrope also showed missing a LOT of his actual living life when he goes back for a while and even plans to stay.]]



* WhoWantsToLiveForever:
** Subverted with Albert, who is quite happy living the repetitive tedium of being Death's manservant outside time, and considers his plan to achieve immortality a relative success. However, this is because of an intense fear of the world after death, since he knows bad things will happen and he also showed missing a LOT of his actual living life when he goes back for a while and even plans to stay.
** Played straight with most major characters - Mort, Ysabell, ''and even Death himself.''

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever:
** Subverted with Albert, who is quite happy living the repetitive tedium of being Death's manservant outside time, and considers his plan to achieve immortality a relative success. However, this is because of an intense fear of the world after death, since he knows bad things will happen and he also showed missing a LOT of his actual living life when he goes back for a while and even plans to stay.
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WhoWantsToLiveForever: Played straight with most major characters - Mort, Ysabell, ''and even Death himself.''
26th Feb '16 9:07:25 PM NanoMoose
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: One of the books chronicling Albert's life is from before they invented spelling. Believe it or not, prior to the spread of dictionaries, there was no one way to spell things; Spelling was done entirely phonetically, and two different spellings of the same word could be completely legitimate.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: One of the books chronicling Albert's life is from before they invented spelling. Believe it or not, prior to the spread of dictionaries, dictionaries and printing presses, there was no one way to spell things; things. Spelling was done entirely phonetically, and two different spellings of the same word could be completely legitimate.
4th Nov '15 2:30:32 PM Aquila89
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* HeyYou: The other main characters all call Mort "boy", however many times he politely corrects them.
7th Oct '15 12:49:31 PM Gamecubist
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* YouKillItYouBuyIt: If Mort kills Death, he will have to take over the Duty himself.

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* YouKillItYouBuyIt: YouKillItYouBoughtIt: If Mort kills Death, he will have to take over the Duty himself.
7th Oct '15 12:49:01 PM Gamecubist
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* SubbingForSanta: Mort takes care of the reaping business when Death decides to take a break.




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* YouKillItYouBuyIt: If Mort kills Death, he will have to take over the Duty himself.
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