History Literature / Discworld

10th Jan '17 5:04:33 AM Spindriver
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* SeriousBusiness: Humor, as far as the Fools' Guild is concerned. They have incredibly strict and severe guidelines for telling jokes and being funny. Unauthorized joke-telling is severely punished, and the guild is almost completely devoid of warmth and happiness (and, ironically, humor). Graduates tend to be emotionally scarred for life.
** In contrast, the cheerful students of the Assassins' Guild (just next door). Some things are still SeriousBusiness over there, but at least they can laugh.
*** Members of the Assassins' Guild know that there are things that are serious (and they deal with some of the ''most'' serious things people who don't have to deal with magic deal with) and things that are not, how to tell the difference, and when each is in play. The Fools' Guild doesn't know these things. This has unfunny results in a universe held together by magic and driven by stories.

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* SeriousBusiness: SeriousBusiness:
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Humor, as far as the Fools' Guild is concerned. They have incredibly strict and severe guidelines for (okay, ''rules'') concerning the telling of jokes and being funny. Unauthorized joke-telling is severely punished, and the guild is almost completely devoid of warmth and happiness (and, ironically, humor). Graduates tend to be emotionally scarred for life.
** In contrast, Contrast the cheerful students of the Assassins' Guild (just next door). Some things are still SeriousBusiness over there, but at least they can laugh.
*** Members of the Assassins' Guild
laugh. Assassins know that there are things that are serious (and they deal with some of the ''most'' serious things people who don't have to deal with magic deal with) and things that are not, how to tell the difference, and when each is in play. The Fools' Guild doesn't know these things. This has unfunny results in a universe held together by magic and driven by stories.play.



* ShamefulStrip: Done to the captured soldiers in both ''Jingo'' and ''Monstrous Regiment''.
* SheepInSheepsClothing: It has a few examples.

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* ShamefulStrip: Done to the Inflicted on captured soldiers in both ''Jingo'' and ''Monstrous Regiment''.
* SheepInSheepsClothing: It The Disc has a few examples.



** Vimes's subordinate Captain Carrot also has people wonder if his IncorruptiblePurePureness isn't just a front ([[spoiler:it isn't, to the point where it's actually quite annoying to some characters]]).

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** Vimes's subordinate Captain Carrot also has makes people wonder if his IncorruptiblePurePureness isn't just a front ([[spoiler:it front. ([[spoiler:It isn't, to the point where it's actually quite annoying to some characters]]). characters]].)



* ShoutOut: So very many that the fandom collected them into [[http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/index.html The Annotated Pratchett File]]. (Written before wikis.)
** The APF annotations list appears to have been discontinued after about two-thirds of the books. The torch has been carried on by the [[http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Annotations Terry Pratchett Wiki]] who have faithfully annotated the later books as well as adding extra detail to the earlier ones.

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* ShoutOut: So very many that that, before wikis existed, the fandom collected them into [[http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/index.html The Annotated Pratchett File]]. (Written before wikis.)
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The APF annotations list appears to have been discontinued after about two-thirds of the books. The books; the torch has been carried on by the [[http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Annotations Terry Pratchett Wiki]] who have Wiki]], which faithfully annotated annotates the later books as well as adding extra detail to the earlier ones.
21st Dec '16 7:06:58 PM Tallens
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* DyingCandle: The arrival of DEATH is always heralded by any candles in the vicinity snuffing out.
20th Nov '16 8:59:16 PM foxley
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* CaughtInTheBadpartOfTown: Whenever a character finds themselves in [[TheCityNarrows The Shades]], (the most infamous and crime ridden slum in the city of [[WretchedHive Ankh-Morpork]]) it's essentially a countdown (usually a very short one) until multiple crooks try to mug or kill them.

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* CaughtInTheBadpartOfTown: CaughtInTheBadPartOfTown: Whenever a character finds themselves in [[TheCityNarrows The Shades]], (the most infamous and crime ridden slum in the city of [[WretchedHive Ankh-Morpork]]) it's essentially a countdown (usually a very short one) until multiple crooks try to mug or kill them.
20th Nov '16 8:49:55 PM foxley
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* CaughtInTheBadpartOfTown: Whenever a character finds themselves in [[TheCityNarrows The Shades]], (the most infamous and crime ridden slum in the city of [[WretchedHive Ankh-Morpork]]) it's essentially a countdown (usually a very short one) until multiple crooks try to mug or kill them.
19th Nov '16 10:42:12 AM Scorntex
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* CreatingLifeIsUnforseen: According to one legend told in ''Thud'', Tak (the Dwarf creator diety) made the First Man and the First Dwarf from a rock. Afterward, he noticed the rock was trying to come life by itself.


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* OhMyGods: Common, with the multiple gods the Disc sports. The dwarfs have their own, unique version - they don't believe in gods as such (Discworld dwarfs don't go in for belief, due to their lifestyles), but they have them anyway, because swearing to gods is better than going "Oh, Random Fluctuations In Space And Time!"
17th Nov '16 10:32:05 AM RubyVisiblyShaken
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While all of the Discworld books exist in the same ConstructedWorld, with the same continuity (and roughly in chronological order, with a few exceptions), many can be loosely grouped into [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net different series]], following some of Pratchett's recurring characters. These include [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net/Rincewind Rincewind]] the incompetent "wizzard," the Ankh-Morpork [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net/TheWatch City Watch]] (which are usually mystery novels), [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net/TheWitches the Lancre witches]] the Lancre witches (which lend themselves well to Shakespeare), and [[TheGrimReaper Death]]. Some books follow one-off protagonists who may or may not appear in supporting roles in other books.

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While all of the Discworld books exist in the same ConstructedWorld, with the same continuity (and roughly in chronological order, with a few exceptions), many can be loosely grouped into [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net different series]], following some of Pratchett's recurring characters. These include [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net/Rincewind Rincewind]] the incompetent "wizzard," the Ankh-Morpork [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net/TheWatch City Watch]] (which are usually mystery novels), [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net/TheWitches the Lancre witches]] the Lancre witches (which lend themselves well to Shakespeare), and [[TheGrimReaper Death]]. Some books follow one-off protagonists who may or may not appear in supporting roles in other books.
14th Nov '16 1:09:42 PM Bergamot
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** Invariably, a remark about anyone with "eyes like gimlets" will lead to the other party asking "what, you mean that [[Characters/TheLordOfTheRings dwarf]] who runs the delicatessen on Cable Street?" It isn't until the nineteenth novel, ''Feet of Clay,'' that we learn there really ''is'' a dwarf named Gimlet and that he is well-known for his piercing glare.
** Similarly, due to widespread illiteracy in Discworld, there have been kings capable of turning whatever they touch into glod and at least one princess cursed to spin straw in glod. Glod is, in fact, the name of a notoriously short-tempered dwarf--short-tempered mostly because various kings and princesses keeps summoning clones of him into being without warning.



** Another one crops up in ''Discworld/NightWatch''. In Discworld/TheTruth, one of the newspaper headlines is "CITTY's BIGGEST CAKE MIX-Up!!!". It's a story about a cart carrying several tons of flour overturning and causing a cart carrying a cartload of eggs to overturn, which in turn causes a cart carrying 30 churns of milk to overturn... Anyway, in Night Watch, after Vimes destroys a certain siege engine, we find out that it is not the biggest cake mix-up after all. As one of people who ordered the siege engine sent against Vimes: "Those oxen were really feisty, sir."

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** Another one crops up in ''Discworld/NightWatch''. In Discworld/TheTruth, ''Discworld/TheTruth'', one of the newspaper headlines is "CITTY's BIGGEST CAKE MIX-Up!!!". It's a story about a cart carrying several tons of flour overturning and causing a cart carrying a cartload of eggs to overturn, which in turn causes a cart carrying 30 churns of milk to overturn... Anyway, in Night Watch, after Vimes destroys a certain siege engine, we find out that it is not the biggest cake mix-up after all. As one of people who ordered the siege engine sent against Vimes: "Those oxen were really feisty, sir."
14th Nov '16 11:21:59 AM Scorntex
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* EvilChancellor: It's pretty much a default rule of the Disc that any man made chancellor is a corrupt, scheming bastard, if he wasn't one already.



* NoodleIncident: Several Ankh-Morpork-based books make references to "what happened to Mr. Hong when he opened the Three Jolly Luck Take-Away Fish Bar on the site of the old fish-god temple in Dagon Street on the night of the full moon." (The implication is something very nasty involving an EldritchAbomination, but even ''[[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness the Patrician]]'' doesn't know for sure.)
** He also left very quickly. The type of quickly that involves leaving behind a kidney and an ear hole.

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* NoodleIncident: NoodleIncident:
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Several Ankh-Morpork-based books make references to "what happened to Mr. Hong when he opened the Three Jolly Luck Take-Away Fish Bar on the site of the old fish-god temple in Dagon Street on the night of the full moon." (The implication is something very nasty involving an EldritchAbomination, but even ''[[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness the Patrician]]'' doesn't know for sure.)
** *** He also left very quickly. The type of quickly that involves leaving behind a kidney and an ear hole.hole.
** There's also the oft-mentioned fate of Vetinari's predecessor, Mad Lord Snapcase, who wound up being hung up by his figgin. A figgin is a small cake, so either there's a bizarre case of linguistic drift going on, or there really is some horrifying element to a man being suspended alongside a teacake.
5th Nov '16 10:26:35 AM ErebusElysium
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* TheUnwittingComedian: Bouncy Normo, the funniest clown who ever lived. In reality, the man was TheBore and yet everything he did made people laugh. His story heads straight into CrossesTheLineTwice territory when the narrator says that the despair of people laughing at him even as he begged them to stop eventually drew him to commit suicide. His hanging corpse was somehow considered an avant-garde comedy act by those who found him. It so funny in fact, that it stayed on the noose for weeks afterward.
30th Oct '16 5:06:11 PM Gedach
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While all of the Discworld books exist in the same ConstructedWorld, with the same continuity (and roughly in chronological order, with a few exceptions), many can be loosely grouped into different series, following some of Pratchett's recurring characters. These include Rincewind the incompetent "wizzard," the Ankh-Morpork City Watch (which are usually mystery novels), the Lancre witches (which lend themselves well to Shakespeare), and [[TheGrimReaper Death]]. Some books follow one-off protagonists who may or may not appear in supporting roles in other books.

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While all of the Discworld books exist in the same ConstructedWorld, with the same continuity (and roughly in chronological order, with a few exceptions), many can be loosely grouped into [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net different series, series]], following some of Pratchett's recurring characters. These include Rincewind [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net/Rincewind Rincewind]] the incompetent "wizzard," the Ankh-Morpork [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net/TheWatch City Watch Watch]] (which are usually mystery novels), [[http://discworldreadingorder.azurewebsites.net/TheWitches the Lancre witches]] the Lancre witches (which lend themselves well to Shakespeare), and [[TheGrimReaper Death]]. Some books follow one-off protagonists who may or may not appear in supporting roles in other books.
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