History Literature / Discworld

7th Jul '16 12:34:02 AM morenohijazo
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* ProphecyArmor: Wizards and witches know when they're going to die, though wizards are forever trying to cheat death through various means, none of them successful in the end. [[WomenAreWiser Witches]] tend to use the time to make sure their cottage isn't messy and tidy up the place for their replacement.



** Humans do, however, seem to be the only race that produces wizards, witches, or sourcerers. Even ''one'' of the latter can potentially invert this trope.
*** They're also the most numerous and gregarious, and have the most infections culture. They're also the most innovative.

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** Humans do, however, seem to be the only race that produces wizards, witches, or sourcerers. Even ''one'' of the latter can potentially invert this trope.
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trope. They're also the most numerous and gregarious, and have the most infections culture. They're also the most innovative.
22nd Jun '16 6:44:46 PM loracarol
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** 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 people wonder if his IncorruptiblePurePureness isn't just a front ([[spoiler: it ([[spoiler:it isn't, to the point where it's actually quite annoying to some characters]]).
22nd Jun '16 6:26:12 PM loracarol
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** Nanny Ogg's family is mentioned to do this if someone makes an unkind comment about any othem, even if it's a person they've been making comments about not minutes before.

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** Nanny Ogg's family is mentioned to do this if someone makes an unkind comment about any othem, of them, even if it's a person they've been making comments about not minutes before.



** Wee Mad Arthur (in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay''). He will ''not'' join the Ratcatchers' Guild, or pay their dues, and he will tell you that by ''breaking your kneecaps''. It should be mentioned that Wee Mad Arthur is a gnome[[spoiler: by adoption - he was born a Feegle]], and is therefore eight inches high[[spoiler: apparently a giant Feegle, or someone's WildMassGuess]].

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** Wee Mad Arthur (in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay''). He will ''not'' join the Ratcatchers' Guild, or pay their dues, and he will tell you that by ''breaking your kneecaps''. It should be mentioned that Wee Mad Arthur is a gnome[[spoiler: by gnome [[spoiler:by adoption - he was born a Feegle]], and is therefore eight inches high[[spoiler: apparently high [[spoiler:apparently a giant Feegle, or someone's WildMassGuess]].
22nd Jun '16 6:19:53 PM loracarol
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** Miss Treason (from ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'' is in line for this, albeit for a few people.

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** Miss Treason (from ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'' ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'') is in line for this, albeit for a few people.
20th Jun '16 11:24:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* FluffyTamer: Lady Sybil Ramkin and her dragons. Nanny Ogg and Greebo. [[BadAss Granny Weatherwax]] and You the cat.

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* FluffyTamer: Lady Sybil Ramkin and her dragons. Nanny Ogg and Greebo. [[BadAss Granny Weatherwax]] Weatherwax and You the cat.cat.
* FoodGod: The Discworld has many:
** The Hogfather, in addition to being a SantaClaus Expy, has elements of a FoodGod specializing in pork products.
** Epidity, God of Potatoes, lord of a Potato Cult.
** There is a God of Custard, Nog-Humpty
** While the details are obscure, the Grace Bissonomy has divine associations with both oysters, or perhaps bivalve aqcuatic molluscs in general, and is depicted in iconography as brandishing a bunch of root vegetables that might be parsnips. Or perhaps carrots.
18th Jun '16 12:04:22 PM Generality
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* EthnicGod: Some consider Tak the god of the Dwarfs; however, while the Dwarfs believe Tak made the world (as well as Dwarfs, men, and trolls), they don't worship him as a rule. Some human nationalities also have their own specific gods: Omnians worship Om, and Borogravians have Nuggan (though most of them actually worship the Duchess, who has posthumously become the equivalent against her will).
10th Jun '16 8:06:14 PM Bissek
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* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: The number of wizards who can hold any given level of wizardry has been fixed by tradition for centuries, so no matter how talented a given wizard is, he'll only get promoted if someone higher ranked than him dies or gets promoted into a higher level himself. This lead to the "Dead Man's Pointy Shoes" tradition in which wizards used KlingonPromotion to create openings in the higher levels, which lasted until Mustrum stopped it by virtue of being [[AssassinOutclassin unkillable]].
10th Jun '16 2:56:27 PM StFan
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* BunglingInventor: Bloody Stupid Johnson, whose works tend to warp reality when they're not outright useless. It is suggested that he possessed a form of inverse genius; not stupidity, but a form of intelligence that equated to genius in the opposite direction. His works include the Colossus of Ankh-Morpork, which fits in a pocket, an exploding sundial, a PortalNetwork apartment complex, a tower built with quicksand (it'd be built faster), several pipe organs, a shower that combines with a pipe organ and a geyser, a mail-sorting machine that receives letters from alternate universes...
** A particularly good example being that garden of Patrician's palace, which includes:

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* BunglingInventor: BunglingInventor:
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Bloody Stupid Johnson, whose works tend to warp reality when they're not outright useless. It is suggested that he possessed a form of inverse genius; not stupidity, but a form of intelligence that equated to genius in the opposite direction. His works include the Colossus of Ankh-Morpork, which fits in a pocket, an exploding sundial, a PortalNetwork apartment complex, a tower built with quicksand (it'd be built faster), several pipe organs, a shower that combines with a pipe organ and a geyser, a mail-sorting machine that receives letters from alternate universes...
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universes... Quite impressively, he managed to create an explosive out of nothing but sand and water. A particularly good example being that garden of Patrician's palace, which includes:




--> ''"To Bloody Stupid Johnson, scale was something that happened to other people."''
--> ''"If you wanted a small ground-to-air missile, you just asked him to make an ornamental fountain."''

** Quite impressively, he managed to create an explosive out of nothing but sand and water.
** Completely inverted with:
*** Leonard of Quirm, who invents, among other things, incredibly destructive siege engines as intellectual exercises, including cutting instructions and parts lists, a working submarine and spacecraft and what is hinted to be an atomic bomb.
*** Goldeneyes Silverhand Dactylos: One client tore out his eyes to prevent him from making any works greater for anyone else. Another had his hand cut off. He replaced both and was still the Discworld's greatest engineer...until he died near the end of the first book, killed by his ''last'' client, for the same reason.

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\n--> ''"To ---->''"To Bloody Stupid Johnson, scale was something that happened to other people."\\
"If you wanted a small ground-to-air missile, you just asked him to make an ornamental fountain.
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--> ''"If you wanted a small ground-to-air missile, you just asked him to make an ornamental fountain."''

** Quite impressively, he managed to create an explosive out of nothing but sand and water.
** Completely inverted with:
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with Leonard of Quirm, who invents, among other things, incredibly destructive siege engines as intellectual exercises, including cutting instructions and parts lists, a working submarine and spacecraft and what is hinted to be an atomic bomb.
*** ** Also inverted with Goldeneyes Silverhand Dactylos: One client tore out his eyes to prevent him from making any works greater for anyone else. Another had his hand cut off. He replaced both and was still the Discworld's greatest engineer... until he died near the end of the first book, killed by his ''last'' client, for the same reason.



* DownHereShot:
** The six-inch-tall Wee Mad Arthur introduces himself with "Down here, bigjobs".
** Dwarfs such as Cheery Littlebottom have also been known to utter the words.



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28th May '16 7:38:25 PM Furslid
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* CircleOfStandingStones: The druids use stone circles as computers, flying them into place (the metaphor is extended by them having to build new ones every few months because the old ones are now obsolete). This causes some friction with trolls (who are giant sentient rocks), who are often picked and dropped off miles away from where they were living.

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* CircleOfStandingStones: The druids use stone circles as computers, flying them into place (the metaphor is extended by them having to build new ones every few months because the old ones are now obsolete). It being cheaper to build a new 32 [[IncrediblyLamePun megalith]] circle than upgrade a 16 megalith circle. This causes some friction with trolls (who are giant sentient rocks), who are often picked and dropped off miles away from where they were living.
16th May '16 3:38:42 PM andrew147
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* BetaCouple: Played with sometimes in the City Watch books, where there are two Official Couples: Vimes/Sybil and Carrot/Angua. Exactly which is the Beta Couple depends on the book: Vimes/Sybil are pretty clearly the Betas in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' and ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', but ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' sees a reversal of the situation that's looking pretty permanent. Even so, a number of books in the sequence (''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', ''Discworld/NightWatch'' and ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'') avert this altogether by not having Angua appear in them.

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* BetaCouple: Played with sometimes in the City Watch books, where there are two Official Couples: Vimes/Sybil and Carrot/Angua. Exactly which is the Beta Couple depends on the book: Vimes/Sybil are pretty clearly the Betas in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' and ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', but ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' sees a reversal of the situation that's looking pretty permanent. Even so, a number of books in the sequence (''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', ''Discworld/NightWatch'' (''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' and ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'') ''Discworld/NightWatch'') avert this altogether by not having Angua appear in them.
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