History Discworld / WyrdSisters

29th Dec '16 6:31:17 AM DustSnitch
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* LovableSexManiac: Greebo, Nanny Ogg's cat, though only Nanny would consider him "lovable". Every cat currently living in Lancre is thought to have ancestry that can be traced to him. See also: {{Badass}}.

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* LovableSexManiac: Greebo, Nanny Ogg's cat, though only Nanny would consider him "lovable". Every cat currently living in Lancre is thought to have ancestry that can be traced to him. See also: {{Badass}}.Badass.
17th Dec '16 9:39:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: How Lady Felmet meets her end. Sure, you may be more [[{{Badass}} ruthless]] and [[CardCarryingVillain evil]] than the rest, but you were a LOT safer from the [[GeniusLoci angry kingdom]] in your nice warm cell.]]

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: How Lady Felmet meets her end. Sure, you may be more [[{{Badass}} ruthless]] ruthless and [[CardCarryingVillain evil]] than the rest, but you were a LOT safer from the [[GeniusLoci angry kingdom]] in your nice warm cell.]]
7th Dec '16 9:38:25 AM Aquila89
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The twist at the end is actually mentioned in the beginning: [[spoiler:"You'd have to be a born fool to be a king." The twist ''to the twist'' may also be alluded to, if you allow that the ghost's subplot adds elements of ''Hamlet''-parody to the book. Felmet tells the Fool "I am not thy nuncle"... which is true, because the Fool isn't Verence I's son after all. Granted, Felmet was Verence I's cousin rather than his brother, but his usurping counterpart in ''Hamlet'' is the prince's uncle.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The twist at the end is actually mentioned in the beginning: [[spoiler:"You'd have to be a born fool to be a king." Felmet later also says that Granny could strike him down and find someone to replace him with "but he would have to be a fool indeed". The twist ''to the twist'' may also be alluded to, if you allow that the ghost's subplot adds elements of ''Hamlet''-parody to the book. Felmet tells the Fool "I am not thy nuncle"... which is true, because the Fool isn't Verence I's son after all. Granted, Felmet was Verence I's cousin rather than his brother, but his usurping counterpart in ''Hamlet'' is the prince's uncle.]]
28th Nov '16 5:42:37 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: When the witches bring Tomjon to the Vitollers to raise in safety, the couple admit that their money is already stretched tight, but they'll do their best to look after him. On hearing this, Granny gives them a large bag of money she'd saved up to help them support him. When they comment that it would have been easier if she'd mentioned the money first, she clarifies that she needed to know that it wouldn't be just about the money before she'd trust Tomjon to them.
28th Nov '16 5:29:45 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* OfferedTheCrown: How [[spoiler:Verence]] becomes king. Though the witches made everyone else, including Verence, think he ''was'' a legitimate successor.

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* OfferedTheCrown: How [[spoiler:Verence]] [[spoiler:Verence (the fool, not the dead king)]] becomes king. Though the witches made everyone else, including Verence, [[spoiler:Verence]], think he ''was'' a legitimate successor.
1st Nov '16 7:51:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}:
** Granny Weatherwax, unsurprisingly. She proves herself as a master of headology, gets an unpronounceable name right on her first try, moves ''an entire kingdom'' fifteen years forward in time with a spell and gets pass a guard by twisting his arm. Basically, if she wants to do something, she does it.
** Lady Felmet is a villainous example. She's so set up to seem like a SmugSnake that you'd expect her to have a VillainousBreakdown upon losing, but for all her talking about "strong" and "weak" she actually walks the walk. [[spoiler:She withstands Granny Weatherwax's MindRape and is only taken down by Nanny Ogg's pragmatism, and when confronted with ''every beast of Lancre'' and knowing it's her end, she pulls out a knife, smiles, and dies fighting.]]
13th Oct '16 11:11:00 AM Chabal2
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* ApatheticCitizens: Among the reasons Felmet goes off the deep end is that no one seems to ''care'' he killed the former king, or even about his heavy-handed policies. We're told you can't oppress them any more than you can oppress a mattress.


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* BiggusDickus: Nanny Ogg's ''first'' suggestion as to what Tomjon should be gifted with.
16th Jun '16 2:24:38 PM maxwellsilver
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The sixth novel in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series and the first to feature the three witches (Granny Weatherwax appeared earlier in ''Discworld/EqualRites''). Largely [[TwiceToldTale a homage to[=/=]parody of]] ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' and Creator/WilliamShakespeare in general, and early modern theater practices in even-more-general.

King Verence of Lancre is murdered by his scheming cousin Leonal Felmet at the insistance of Felmet's [[LadyMacbeth ambitious and domineering wife]]. While Death informs Verence that he's due to become a ghost, a soldier loyal to the old king manages to get Verence's infant son and the royal crown of Lancre into the hands of a trio of witches: Magrat Garlick, a naive and romantic young GranolaGirl; Gytha "Nanny" Ogg, a likeable and sociable matriarch who's smarter than she lets on; and Esmeralda "Granny" Weatherwax, the stern, [[DarkIsNotEvil sinister, but ultimately benevolent]] witch among witches.

After some debate, the trio leave the child (given the name "Tomjon") and the crown (secretly snuck into a box of prop crowns) in the care of a band of traveling players (who come complete with a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Shakespeare analogue]] in the form of Hwel the dwarf).

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The sixth novel in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series and the first to feature the three witches (Granny Weatherwax appeared earlier in ''Discworld/EqualRites''). Largely [[TwiceToldTale a homage to[=/=]parody of]] of ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' and Creator/WilliamShakespeare in general, and early modern theater practices in even-more-general.

King Verence of Lancre is murdered by his scheming cousin Leonal Felmet at the insistance insistence of Felmet's [[LadyMacbeth ambitious and domineering wife]]. wife. While Death informs Verence that he's due to become a ghost, a soldier loyal to the old king manages to get Verence's infant son and the royal crown of Lancre into the hands of a trio of witches: Magrat Garlick, a naive and romantic young GranolaGirl; Gytha "Nanny" Ogg, a likeable and sociable matriarch who's smarter than she lets on; and Esmeralda "Granny" Weatherwax, the stern, [[DarkIsNotEvil sinister, but ultimately benevolent]] benevolent witch among witches.

After some debate, the trio leave the child (given the name "Tomjon") and the crown (secretly snuck into a box of prop crowns) in the care of a band of traveling players (who come complete with a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Shakespeare analogue]] analogue in the form of Hwel the dwarf).



* AnimatedAdaptation: Creator/CosgroveHall produced two six-episode animated TV series based on this book and ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', with Creator/ChristopherLee providing the voice of Death. Both series were largely faithful to the books, keeping the plots and most of the dialogue intact, though there were of course differences. In the case of ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' a few minor characters were dropped, and some characters had [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation slightly different personalities]] (most notably the Fool, who, while he's still ObfuscatingStupidity and keeping his head down, has a more genuinely cheerful demeanor and seems slightly more enthusiastic about his job).

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* AnimatedAdaptation: Creator/CosgroveHall produced two six-episode animated TV series based on this book and ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', with Creator/ChristopherLee providing the voice of Death. Both series were largely faithful to the books, keeping the plots and most of the dialogue intact, though there were of course differences. In the case of ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' ''Wyrd Sisters'' a few minor characters were dropped, and some characters had [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation slightly different personalities]] personalities (most notably the Fool, who, while he's still ObfuscatingStupidity and keeping his head down, has a more genuinely cheerful demeanor and seems slightly more enthusiastic about his job).



** Granny Weatherwax, unsurprisingly. She proves herself as a master of headology, gets an unpronunceable name right on her first try, moves ''an entire knigdom'' fifteen years forward in time with a spell and gets pass a guard by twisting his arm. Basically, if she wants to do something, she does it.

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** Granny Weatherwax, unsurprisingly. She proves herself as a master of headology, gets an unpronunceable unpronounceable name right on her first try, moves ''an entire knigdom'' kingdom'' fifteen years forward in time with a spell and gets pass a guard by twisting his arm. Basically, if she wants to do something, she does it.
3rd May '16 9:23:54 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* MosesInTheBullrushes: Subverted. After the true heir to the throne of Lancre is revealed, everyone discovers he doesn't want to be king, and would rather be an actor, like his adopted father. Fortunately, an alternative heir is found when Magrat realizes he has a half-brother, who turns out to be [[spoiler:the court jester. In a further subversion, Magrat later discovers that the half-blood was not because the king disported with the jester's wife; it was because while the king was out disporting himself with the peasants, the queen got lonely]].

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* MosesInTheBullrushes: MosesInTheBulrushes: Subverted. After the true heir to the throne of Lancre is revealed, everyone discovers he doesn't want to be king, and would rather be an actor, like his adopted father. Fortunately, an alternative heir is found when Magrat realizes he has a half-brother, who turns out to be [[spoiler:the court jester. In a further subversion, Magrat later discovers that the half-blood was not because the king disported with the jester's wife; it was because while the king was out disporting himself with the peasants, the queen got lonely]].
22nd Apr '16 7:36:06 PM Observance
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* OutDamnedSpot: It is a Theatre/{{Macbeth}} parody but with the other spouse. The Pratchett twist manages to be both darkly funny and rather deeply disturbing. His attempts to remove the blood get more and more outrageous: First it involves scrubbing too hard, then using sandpaper, then a wire brush, then a cheesegrater.

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* OutDamnedSpot: It is a Theatre/{{Macbeth}} parody but with the other spouse. The Pratchett twist manages to be both darkly funny and rather deeply disturbing. His attempts to remove the blood get more and more outrageous: First it involves scrubbing too hard, then using sandpaper, then a wire brush, then a cheesegrater. By the climax, it's said to be [[BodyHorror not quite a hand any more.]]
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