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24th Sep '17 11:21:41 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Vimes' disarming of a riot in ''Discworld/NightWatch'': He goes outside the watch house, unarmed, with a PowderKegCrowd forming and sits down on the front porch drinking cocoa and smoking a cigar. He makes very sure everyone can see that both his hands are full and neither hand has a weapon.

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** Vimes' disarming of a riot in ''Discworld/NightWatch'': He goes outside the watch house, unarmed, with a PowderKegCrowd forming and sits down on the front porch drinking cocoa and smoking a cigar. He makes very sure everyone can see that both his hands are full and neither hand has a weapon. Later in the book he disables a piece of siege equipment by walking right up to it like he owns the place and acting like his sabotage is maintenance.
18th Aug '17 10:56:23 AM jackpotofrainbow
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-->-- '''Ovid''', ''{{Creator/Ovid}}''

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-->-- '''Ovid''', ''{{Creator/Ovid}}''
18th Aug '17 10:56:03 AM jackpotofrainbow
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->''"God and Fortune favour the bold."''
-->-- '''Ovid''', ''{{Creator/Ovid}}''
17th Aug '17 6:56:26 PM Chip
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** In ''Dead Beat'' Harry is in dire straits as several necromancers are planning to invoke a spell to turn one of them into a minor god. He is stuck on the other side of town and cannot break any laws of magic, even if it is to save the word, which includes raising human undead to fight. His solution: [[spoiler:Resurrect a 65 million year old T-Rex and ride her into battle. As she isn't human, technically he didn't break the law]] and he saves the day.
** In ''Small Favor'' Harry is facing down a magical assassin who has killed three archmages and took their stoles as trophies. Harry couldn't beat him in a fight and both know it. [[spoiler:But Harry is owed a debt by the assassin's court and to be killed before calling it in would dishonor the assassin's queen. So, he allows Harry to name the favor, short of calling off the order to kill Harry. Harry wants a real freshly baked doughnut. It's a stall, as both know this, but by the time of delivery, the reason for the hit will have ended and Harry will be safe, but the assassin goes through with it]]. It becomes a humorous story where the assassin came from..

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** In ''Dead Beat'' Harry is in dire straits as several necromancers are planning to invoke a spell to turn one of them into a minor god. He is stuck on the other side of town and cannot break any laws of magic, even if it is to save the word, world, which includes raising human undead to fight. His solution: [[spoiler:Resurrect a 65 million year old T-Rex and ride her into battle. As she isn't human, technically he didn't break the law]] and he saves the day.
** In ''Small Favor'' Harry is facing down a magical assassin who has killed three archmages and took their stoles as trophies. Harry couldn't can't beat him in a fight and both know it. [[spoiler:But Harry is owed a debt by the assassin's court and to be killed before calling it in would dishonor the assassin's queen. So, he allows Harry to name the favor, short of calling off the order to kill Harry. Harry wants a real freshly baked doughnut. It's a stall, as and both know this, but by the time of delivery, the reason for the hit will have ended and Harry will be safe, but the assassin goes through with it]]. It becomes a humorous story where the assassin came from..



** His fairy godmother wants to capture him and turn him into one of her hounds for his own protection. One time, on a mission, he and his companions must travel close to her domain and risk being caught. [[spoiler:He gets caught, but escapes by one means: eating a poisonous mushroom that will kill him. Happily, one of his companions has the cure on hand and will trade it to the godmother in exchange for letting Harry go this night]].

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** His fairy godmother wants to capture him and turn him into one of her hounds for his own protection. One time, on a mission, he and his companions must travel close to her domain and risk being caught. [[spoiler:He gets caught, but escapes by one means: eating a poisonous mushroom that will kill him. Happily, one of his companions has the cure on hand and will trade it to the godmother in exchange for letting Harry go this night]].



* Kelsier in ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' used to be the most famous theif in the Final Empire. Once his wife was murdered by the Lord Ruler, he set his sights a bit higher, contracting with the rebellion to steal the Final Empire's capital and sell it to them. And even that is small-scale compared to his ''real'' plan: [[spoiler: start a new religion around himself, die, return from the dead (which he'd already done once), and thus trigger a mass rebellion against the Lord Ruler.]]

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* Kelsier in ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' used to be the most famous theif thief in the Final Empire. Once his wife was murdered by the Lord Ruler, he set his sights a bit higher, contracting with the rebellion to steal the Final Empire's capital and sell it to them. And even that is small-scale compared to his ''real'' plan: [[spoiler: start a new religion around himself, die, return from the dead (which he'd already done once), and thus trigger a mass rebellion against the Lord Ruler.]]
13th Jul '17 10:48:30 PM Schol-R-LEA
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* ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'': ''"The only hope now, I felt, was the possibility that wed gone to such excess, with our gig, that nobody in a position to bring the hammer down on us could possibly believe it."'' This was his stylistic signature. Memorably in his coverage of the '74 presidential campaign he devotes a solid half page to his desire to mace and cattle prod the first available politician while running them nude down main street with a bell around their neck.

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* ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'': ''"The only hope now, I felt, was the possibility that wed gone to such excess, with our gig, that nobody in a position to bring the hammer down on us could possibly believe it."'' This was his Creator/HunterSThompson's stylistic signature.signature, and appears in most of his works to some degree. Memorably in his coverage of the '74 presidential campaign he devotes a solid half page to his desire to mace and cattle prod the first available politician while running them nude down main street with a bell around their neck.
14th Jun '17 3:21:19 AM MattII
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** Vetinari uses this in ''Discworld/NightWatch'' to kill Lord Winder. Instead of creeping about like a normal assassin, he walks in, bold as brass, disables the bodyguards, and draws his sword. He never actually ''uses'' the sword, it's mere presence is enough to tip the already unhinged Winder over the edge and into a heart attack.
16th Apr '17 2:59:25 PM nombretomado
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** In Lee Lightner's SpaceWolf novel ''Wolf's Honour'', Ragnor realizes, fighting with Madox, that Madox will unquestionably wear him down with minor wounds that add up to mortally injured. So when Madox strikes at him, he [[spoiler:doesn't defend himself. In fact, he drives the sword deeper in, and Madox can't pull it out and so can't parry when Ragnor strikes with the Spear of Russ.]]

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** In Lee Lightner's SpaceWolf Literature/SpaceWolf novel ''Wolf's Honour'', Ragnor realizes, fighting with Madox, that Madox will unquestionably wear him down with minor wounds that add up to mortally injured. So when Madox strikes at him, he [[spoiler:doesn't defend himself. In fact, he drives the sword deeper in, and Madox can't pull it out and so can't parry when Ragnor strikes with the Spear of Russ.]]
1st Apr '17 1:44:32 PM DarkHunter
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*** Carrot's very good at taking laws literally. He accuses someone trying to dismiss a golem[[note]]who are, while intelligent, considered "property" and not "people"[[/note]] as ''littering''.

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*** Carrot's very good at taking laws literally. He accuses someone trying to dismiss a golem[[note]]who are, while intelligent, are legally considered "property" and not "people"[[/note]] as ''littering''.
1st Apr '17 1:44:06 PM DarkHunter
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*** Carrot's very good at taking laws literally. He accuses someone trying to dismiss a golem as ''littering''.

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*** Carrot's very good at taking laws literally. He accuses someone trying to dismiss a golem golem[[note]]who are, while intelligent, considered "property" and not "people"[[/note]] as ''littering''.
23rd Feb '17 7:51:13 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': When Dalinar decides to [[spoiler: [[BondCreatures bond a spren]] and become a [[MagicKnight Radiant]]]], he doesn't go for any typical small fry--[[spoiler: he bonds the ''freaking Stormfather himself'']]. That's roughly the equivalent of asking Jesus to personally officiate your wedding.
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