History Discworld / UnseenAcademicals

20th Sep '17 3:54:23 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** Bengo Marcaronah, meanwhile, is fairly blatantly an expy of (in)famous legendary Argentine football player Diego Maradona, though his intellectual pursuits also suggest the mercurial Eric Cantona, equally famous for his football skills, his unusually brilliant philosophical mind that netted him a successful acting career, and his explosive temper, which netted him a lengthy ban for karate kicking an opposing supporter.
31st Aug '17 5:43:52 AM Yendor
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* HumansAreBastards: People believe that [[spoiler: orcs]] were created by magically and/or eugenically altering goblins. [[spoiler: At the end, Vetinari reveals that, no, orcs are descended from humans. Goblins aren't ''vicious'' enough (an assessment borne out by ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'').]]

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* HumansAreBastards: People believe that [[spoiler: orcs]] were created by magically and/or eugenically altering goblins. [[spoiler: At the end, Vetinari Margolotta reveals that, no, orcs are descended from humans. Vetinari reflects that it's obvious: Goblins aren't ''vicious'' enough (an assessment borne out by ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'').]]
23rd Aug '17 9:52:53 AM GrammarNavi
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* TheEmpire: This is the first book to go into any kind of detail about the fallen Evil Empire of Uberwald (also called the Unholy Empire and the Dark Empire in earlier books). According to WordOfGod, it's the FantasyCounterpartCulture of the SovietUnion, combined with some fairly obvious nods to {{Mordor}}.

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* TheEmpire: This is the first book to go into any kind of detail about the fallen Evil Empire of Uberwald (also called the Unholy Empire and the Dark Empire in earlier books). According to WordOfGod, it's the FantasyCounterpartCulture of the SovietUnion, [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]], combined with some fairly obvious nods to {{Mordor}}.
22nd Jun '17 6:39:45 AM LentilSandEater
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* InterspeciesRomance: Subverted, inverted, averted and every other kind of '"ted" you can think of with Pepe and Madame Sharn, as neither one of them gives a figgin for species, gender, or sexuality labels, so you can make what you want of their relationship. The trope is also played damn well straight with [[spoiler:Glenda and Nutt]]... [[BioPunk sort]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonhuman of]]. There's also the ambiguously romantic relationship between Lady Margolotta and Vetinari.

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* InterspeciesRomance: Subverted, inverted, averted and every other kind of '"ted" you can think of with Pepe and Madame Sharn, as neither one of them gives a figgin for species, gender, or sexuality labels, so you can make what you want of their relationship. The trope is also played damn well Played straight with [[spoiler:Glenda and Nutt]]... [[BioPunk sort]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonhuman of]]. There's also the ambiguously romantic relationship between Lady Margolotta and Vetinari.
17th Jun '17 10:38:47 AM nombretomado
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** And when Hex is asked to find a football, he responds by asking whether they meant a spherical or oval ball, a shout out to [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball those]] [[RugbyUnion other]] [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball games]].
** Similarly, Hex now has a [[ReBoot white mask]] through which he can be addressed, and from which his responses appear to come.

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** And when Hex is asked to find a football, he responds by asking whether they meant a spherical or oval ball, a shout out to [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball those]] [[RugbyUnion [[UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion other]] [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball games]].
** Similarly, Hex now has a [[ReBoot [[WesternAnimation/ReBoot white mask]] through which he can be addressed, and from which his responses appear to come.
13th Jun '17 3:14:20 AM foxley
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* BringTheAnchorAlong: Nutt describes his early childhood labouring in a dark forge, where he built up his strength by working with larger and larger equipment until he could even carry the anvil. When his friend asks why that was so important to him, he clarifies that he was [[BornIntoSlavery chained to the anvil]].
1st May '17 11:07:06 AM Exxolon
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->''Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go "gloing" when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a likely lad with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt. (No one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too.) As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football the important thing about football is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!''

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->''Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go "gloing" when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a likely lad with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt. (No one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too.) As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football the important thing about football is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!''\n''
1st May '17 11:06:36 AM Exxolon
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->''Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go "gloing" when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a likely lad with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt. (No one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too.) As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever. Because the thing about football the important thing about football is that it is not just about football. Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!''
8th Mar '17 12:33:44 AM tropesnope
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** During Ridcully's tirade about [[BerserkButton the Dean leaving]] Ponder mentions that at least one wizard has retired. [[UnfortunateName Doctor]] [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Earwig]] left to get [[https://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Letice_Earwig married]].
8th Jan '17 6:35:33 AM SeptimusHeap
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* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Mr. Nutt's method of psychotherapy revolves around acknowledging repressed memories and emotions (especially vis-a-vis paternal/maternal conflict), and is based entirely on Uberwaldian philosophy which comes complete with nonsensical Germanesque names. He even adopts the stock gag-Austrian accent (with "ze" for "the"), explaining that it's "soothing". And afterwards, he asks for a [[FreudWasRight cigar.]]

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* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Mr. Nutt's method of psychotherapy revolves around acknowledging repressed memories and emotions (especially vis-a-vis paternal/maternal conflict), and is based entirely on Uberwaldian philosophy which comes complete with nonsensical Germanesque names. He even adopts the stock gag-Austrian accent (with "ze" for "the"), explaining that it's "soothing". And afterwards, he asks for a [[FreudWasRight cigar.]]
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