->''Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be a priest. He thought he'd come to the mountain kingdom of Lancre for a simple little religious ceremony. Now he's caught up in a war between vampires and witches, and he's not sure there is a right side. There're the witches young Agnes, who is really in two minds about everything, Magrat, who is trying to combine witchcraft and nappies, Nanny Ogg, who is far too knowing... and Granny Weatherwax, who is big trouble. And the vampires are intelligent not easily got rid of with a garlic enema or by going to the window, grasping the curtains and saying, "I don't know about you, but isn't it a bit stuffy in here?" They've got style and fancy waistcoats. They're out of the casket and want a bite of the future. Mightily Oats knows he has a prayer, but wishes he had an axe.''

The 23rd Literature/{{Discworld}} novel and the fifth or sixth in the Witches Theme, depending on whether ''Discworld/EqualRites'' is counted.

King Verence and Queen Magrat of Lancre have had their first child, a daughter, and have invited all the nearby rulers to her naming ceremony. Unfortunately, this includes the de Magpyr family of vampires from neighboring {{Uberwald}}, and now that they've been invited to Lancre, they have no intention of leaving. It's up to the witches, along with a drippy Omnian priest called Mightily Oats, to defeat them and save the kingdom from its new vampire overlords.

Preceded by ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', followed by ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant''. Preceded in the Witches series by ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', followed by ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen''.

!!Contains examples of:

* AboveGoodAndEvil: The vampires. Just ask them.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: The de Magpyrs have built up a tolerance to, among other things, garlic, holy water, sunlight, and OCD. This actually ends up backfiring on them, [[spoiler:when they realize that their weakness to holy symbols is dependent on them recognizing the symbols, and their training has given them a ''very'' broad knowledge of holy symbols, many of which are common geometric figures]].
* {{Acrofatic}}: Whenever Perdita takes over Agnes' body. Agnes has a quite a lot of muscle she doesn't know how to use.
* AffablyEvil: Count de Magpyr insists that he is Affably Evil and talks like a self help guru. His attempts at being friendly and affable lead to him being [[FauxAffablyEvil a far greater horror]] than his genuinely AffablyEvil uncle.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Magpyrs are strong believers in eugenics.
* AndIMustScream: Used as a threat by Granny. While (presumably) there's no way to [[KilledOffForReal permanently kill off]] a vampire, it's entirely possible to, say, trap said vampire in gaseous form in a bottle and then drop the bottle from the edge of the Disc. (If you ''really'' want to kill a vampire, ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' indicates that being eaten by a cat will do the trick).
* ArcWords: "Everyone knows that, who knows anything about vampires," and "Everywhere I look I see something holy."
* AsTheGoodBookSays: When Mightily Oats must build a fire in a wet, cold forest, he looks for guidance in the Book of Om. First, he runs into irrelevant passages ("...and in that time, in the land of the Cyrinites, there was a multiplication of camels..."), but then he finds this: "Where there is darkness we will make a great light." So, he takes the book and makes a great light.
* AssimilationBackfire: The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Magpyrs]] suck Granny Weatherwax's blood and attempt to turn her. She survives the experience without becoming a vampire; the Magpyrs aren't so lucky, however, as feeding on Granny Weatherwax has allowed her to turn ''them.'' By the end, they're craving tea instead of blood and even ''talking'' like her.
* AtLeastIAdmitIt: The Old Count, who never saw the point in trying to hide being a blood-thirsty predator. Everyone knew he was evil and he never pretended that ''not'' killing someone should somehow make them any more grateful to him. On the other hand, he was also a sportsman who gave his prey a fighting chance and held those who defeated him in high regard as a WorthyOpponent, even reminiscing about it to their descendants.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: {{Inverted}}. Vampire teenagers have "Goth" birth names like Lacrimosa, so they think calling themselves "Wendy" or "Susan" is edgy and rebellious.
* BadassPreacher: Oats, after [[TookALevelInBadass taking a few levels in badass]].
** A key moment comes when he's alone with Granny in a wet, cold forest at night, afraid she's going to freeze to death, and the only dry material he has that could start a fire to warm her up is the paper his Bible... er, Book of Om is printed on. [[spoiler: Looking for guidance, he finds a passage in it that says, "Where there is darkness we will make a great light..." He takes the Book... and makes a great light.]]
** Importantly, the whole book Oats had tried to gain faith by reading random passages from the Book of Om. When he meets Granny she stresses that he has the ability to make his own faith... and in the end, he does.
* BalancingDeathsBooks: When she's called to see to the young Mrs. Slack, a heavily-pregnant young woman who had been kicked by a cow. Death himself seems unsure of who will be going with him when he shows up, and it's hinted that the choice of whether mother or child lived fell to Granny.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Granny getting the vampires to bite her so that she could control the blood inside them.]]
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Many. Granny resists being turned into a vampire, Oats and questioning his faith, Agnes fights the allure of Vlad and becoming a beautiful, powerful, eternally-young vampire.
* BerserkButton: Seeing the IndustrializedEvil (which the Magpyrs ironically intended as a demonstration of how civilised and un-monsterly they were,) is what truly convinces Agnes that there must be no mercy for them.
* BerserkerRage: Verence, of all people, succumbs to this when the Feegles give him an overdose of Big Aggie's battle-brew. He breaks Jason Ogg's nose and needs half the men in Lancre Village to restrain him from bashing his way through his own castle's oaken doors.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Magrat, as before, is surprisingly tough when pushed into a corner (especially now that she's got MamaBear tendencies as well), but "bad girl" Perdita is shocked at just how ruthless the previously pathetic Agnes becomes when she sees the IndustrializedEvil of the Magpyrs.
* BigFriendlyDog: Scraps, Igor's lovable Frankenstein-style dog.
* BilingualBonus:
** The title is a play on the Latin phrase "Carpe Diem" (seize the day). "Carpe Jugulum" means "seize the throat". Sadly, in a lot of languages, the phrase "Carpe Diem" is not commonly used in its Latin form, which also led to the book's title getting translated to the actual language and losing the bilingual bonus.
** The musical beer stein that Shirl Ogg gave Nanny plays a German tune that translates as "I am a drunken pig".
* BloodBath: One of the Magpyr ancestors in the story is a parody of [[TropeMaker Elizabeth Bathory]] (although her name's Literature/{{Carmilla}}). The modern Magpyrs believe the story of her bathing in the blood of two hundred virgins is highly exaggerated. [[LiteralMinded The bath would overflow if you used more than eighty. They've checked.]]
* BluffTheImpostor: Even when they're being chased by homicidal vampires, Magrat knows that Nanny Ogg [[OutOfCharacterAlert would never say that now isn't the time to be telling a lewd joke]]. The vampires don't, nor do they know the joke that Magrat asked "Nanny" to tell.
* BorrowedCatchPhrase:
** When Granny leaves, Nanny and Magrat's mannerisms start to change to reflect their new roles in the coven (Nanny has taken Granny's place as the Hag and Magrat has become the Mother). Nanny even uses Granny's "I can't be having with all this" at one point, but the other witches are quick to point out that it's just not the same.
** Borrowing Granny's mannerisms is one of the first signs that [[spoiler:she's infected the vampyres instead of the other way around.]]
* BrickJoke: Granny Weatherwax ''still'' aten't dead.
* BurnTheWitch: When Oats mentions the records of Omnians doing this, Granny suggests that the victims were more likely ordinary old women who looked like easy targets. In her opinion, witches are more likely to be the ones ''doing'' the burning. ("We ain't all nice.")
* CannotCrossRunningWater: Subverted by the de Magpyrs at the start, and lampshaded by the Count when he lectures his kids about it.
* ClassicalMovieVampire: Count von Magpyr pointedly ''doesn't'' look like this. The Old Count ''does''.
* ContinuityNod:
** Granny's darker nature mentions that her sister Lilith (of ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'') gave into it.
** Oats is something of an update to ''Discworld/SmallGods''. He laments that his faith's new direction, spending their time arguing points of dogma and comparative religion studies, lacks the passion they had in earlier times. This proves Brutha's reforms worked well; when they ''had'' that fire, they were a terrible force that focused more on the monolithic church than on Om, resulting in only a single true believer, the last in an enormous institution believing only in itself that committed horrifying deeds and declared bloody holy wars in its own name, and had every neighbouring country setting aside their differences to attack Omnia exclusively. Now the church is less militant, it has spread peacefully across the continent. Ultimately Oats ends up striking a balance between pre-Brutha Omnianism and post-Brutha Omnianism that eliminates the worst aspects of both.
** There are also a lot of continuity nods to ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', in particular the reappearance of many minor characters. For example, it is shortly mentioned that one of the would-be-witches from ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' now has a baby. But to actually recognize her, you have to have read ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' too (because she took her husband's last name). The references in this book and ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' are both well hidden in lists of random names used as examples for a recent topic.
* ContractualGenreBlindness: Traditional vampires like the Old Count did this for entirely pragmatic reasons so people wouldn't try to make sure he stayed dead, and because he was a FairPlayVillain, and Igor does it too as a matter of style (though also to aggravate the new Count, whom he finds insufferable).
* ConvenientWeaknessPlacement: Deliberate on the part of the Old Count, who kept a flowing moat, easily-opened curtains, and objects that could be bent into religious symbols lying around to give his victims a fighting chance. This encouraged his killers not to take extreme efforts. Be easily dispatched and it'll be called a day once you're dust. Be hard to kill and they'll try a lot harder to kill you.
* CovertPervert: ''Magrat''. This shocks even Nanny, but Magrat reminds her that she is a married woman ''and'' a mother now.
* DaywalkingVampire: The vampires have gotten rid of their sunlight problems with the power of positive thinking.
* DeaderThanDead: The Old Count, unlike his nephew, realizes this is what a vampire who doesn't play by the customary rules of sportsmanship will eventually wind up. The Escrow villagers are all for inflicting this fate on the defeated Magpyrs, e.g. by scattering their ashes into the sea or a windstorm.
* DeconReconSwitch: Of the ClassicalMovieVampire, especially Dracula himself. The Magpyrs are the deconstruction, having overcome their various weaknesses and dropped the VillainBall so that they can be effective monsters and rule over humanity. Granny presents the reconstruction, and this is demonstrated by the Old Count, who is a good sport about the traditional cycle -- just enough of a threat that his victims get to have a fun adventure without anybody getting seriously hurt, including him.
* {{Dehumanization}}: Granny's yardstick for evil, and also the main difference between the Count von Magpyr and the Old Count. The Count views humans as cattle who should appreciate [[IndustrializedEvil the efficient system they've built with no bodycount to the village]]; the Old Count would attack and kill people but respected their rules, offered them a fighting chance, and never deluded himself into thinking that anyone should be grateful for his presence.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** "I'm fed up with you smarming at me smarmily as if you were Mister Smarm!"
** Verence fits multiple uses of "respect" into a single paragraph. {{Lampshaded}} by Nanny.
* DirtyBusiness: Part of being a witch is having to make the hard decisions so others doesn't have to make them. Granny is starting to get tired of it.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The Nac Mac Feegle are pretty similar to their later portrayal in the Tiffany Aching books, but their accent is quite [[TheUnintelligible stronger.]] Also, Terry stated that childrens' books are "...written with the knob turned down a level, so it will be more accessible to the younger market." This was probably deliberate "de-obfuscation" so that young readers wouldn't be going "Mummy, what's he saying there?" every other line. The Watsonian explanation is that the different clans just have different accents; there are cultural differences too, like this clan embracing contract law instead of fearing lawyers.
* EatMe: Granny letting the vampires suck her blood.
* EitherWorldDominationOrSomethingAboutBananas: Mightily Oats notes that although the Old Book of Om is very clear about what should be done to witches, there's a school of thought which believes the passage in question has been mistranslated and was originally referring to cockroaches, and the bit about them bringing lascivious dreams might just as easily be read in context as being about boiled lobsters.
* EmpathicEnvironment: The "gnarly ground" changes its appearance to match the mood of visitors.
* EnemyWithin: Granny's dark side tries to tempt her while she's unconscious from the vampire bite.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Once Count von Magpyr takes baby Esmerelda hostage, Igor decides that enough's enough and revives the old Count, that that may more be a case of Igor's personal GodzillaThreshold being crossed. ([[KickTheDog Killing his dog]] probably factored into it as well.) A more classic example is him being confronted with the prospect of the Magpyrs using the mist trick to get through the vault door that Magrat and baby Esmerelda are behind, simply because it's so unsporting.
** Even the Count, though his bar is set much lower. When Lacrimosa mentions they should put Granny out of her misery, she likens it to when the Count said the same thing about her cat. The Count clarifies that what he really meant was for her to stop what she was doing to it.
** The villagers liked the Old Count more than the new one because he never acted like anything other than what he was, which was a bloodthirsty predator. The new Count tries to convince people that the murderous, domineering nature of vampires is something everyone should be pleased about.
* ExpositionOfImmortality: The Old Count recognises the names of several of the peasants in the mob at his castle and reminisces about his encounters with their grandparents.
* FairPlayVillain: The Old Count was a sportsman - he'd enjoy a decade or two of HuntingTheMostDangerousGame, then some villager would pluck up the courage to venture into his lair (conveniently littered with garlic, mirrors, holy water, anatomical charts indicating where the heart is, etc), there'd be a thrilling showdown, and he'd be reduced to dust for a few decades until blood was spilled on the remains.
* FightingFromTheInside: King Verence is shown noticeably attempting to resist the vampires' mind control. [[spoiler:Agnes also shrugs off being turned by Vlad, though it helped that she was more "Weatherwaxed" than "vampired".]]
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire:
** The vampyres try to portray themselves this way, but completely fail due to their IndustrializedEvil being worse than popping up every few decades to terrorize the populace and get put down.
** The Old Count, due to his FairPlayVillain status, ends up as this. Yes, he's a monster who feeds on the living, but he never pretended to be anything else, he's a FriendlyEnemy who's free with the VillainRespect, nobody ever got ''too'' seriously hurt, and fighting him is good sport for the local lads and the occasional lass (if adventurous and over the age of nineteen) every generation or so.
** Granny mentions that Lancre once had a vampire queen who denied her vampire nature, refusing to drink blood and getting by on blue steaks. Subverted in that she ''was'' an iron-fisted dictator; it just had nothing to do with her being a vampire.
--->'''Granny:''' She had no problem with shedding blood, but she drew the line at drinking it.
* GenreBlindness: King Verence kindly invites the Magpyrs to the naming ceremony. Unfortunately, he doesn't realize that this [[MustBeInvited counts as an invitation]].
* GoFetch: Death plays fetch with [[spoiler: Scraps, at least until Igor resurrects the Franken-dog]].
* GoodOldWays: Everyone agrees that the old fashioned vampires were better.
* HateAtFirstSight: Agnes Nitt secretly desires to be a "bad girl". Then she meets Lacrimosa, an ''actual'' bad girl, and her reaction is summed up as "There ''is'' such a thing as hate at first sight."
* HeartInTheWrongPlace: The Old Count turns out to have an anatomical chart showing where the heart is to help would-be heroes, otherwise he might end up leaky as a colander.
* HeelRealization: [[spoiler: The Count outright asks the villagers of Escrow to look at him, and then at the newly-resurrected previous Count, believing that the comparison will convince them that he's the better of the two. But VillainousBreakdown ensues when he realizes that being savvy is considered far, ''far'' worse than the old Count's intentional use of the VillainBall. Vlad gets this too, presumably, since he genuinely believes that the alternative for Escrow that his father offers is better than what it used to be.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Granny Weatherwax, when she thinks she's becoming unnecessary.
* HeroicWillpower:
** King Verence is the only person who manages at least to keep a small part of his mind intact from the vampyres' MindControl.
** Granny not only manages to resist the vampyres' blood and to avoid becoming a vampire herself, but she [[spoiler:''infects the vampyres'' with her personality instead]].
** With a little unconscious help from Granny, [[spoiler:Agnes also avoids being turned, though Vlad tried]].
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The vampires' AcquiredPoisonImmunity to religious symbols backfires when that immunity wears off. They'd learned to recognize so many religious symbols by sight that ''everything'' looks like a religious symbol.
* TheIgor: This book introduces {{Uberwald}}'s clan of [[ContractualGenreBlindness classically trained]] Igors.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: Vampire mind control and mind reading doesn't work well on Agnes (because Perdita interferes). Vlad finds that fascinating.
* IndustrializedEvil: The [[spoiler: orderly and systematic blood-draining that takes place in the villages surrounding the Magpyr estate]] horrifies Agnes more than anything else the vampires do.
* ImmuneToMindControl: Agnes and Mightily Oats are able to resist the vampires' hypnosis because of their split personalities.
* ImprovisedCross: Weaponized, where the vampires have built up an immunity to all the traditional vampire repellents including garlic and holy symbols (crosses are not mentioned, but there are so many religions on the Disc there's probably one or two). This backfires spectacularly when [[spoiler:Granny gets in their heads causes them to recognize the shapes of the symbols everywhere, paralyzing them]].
* INeverToldYouMyName: When Agnes meets Vlad he says her name without being told. When she considers that he might have asked someone, Perdita asks her why anyone would ask for her name.
* IronicEcho: "Everywhere I look I see something holy!"
* LightIsNotGood:
** The vampyres are apparently less "dark" than traditional vampires. Appearances deceive.
** During Granny's BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, [[spoiler: the right answer is walking towards the darkness, because that's where the light should go]].
* LivingShadow: King Verence's (second) shadow has to be removed and "killed" by the Nac Mac Feegle (with a well-aimed crossbow bolt) because its presence allows the vampires to control Verence.
* LooksLikeOrlok: Vlad's grandfather in the Magpyr portrait gallery, which is something of a lesson on [[OurVampiresAreDifferent How Vampires Have Been Different]] through the ages.
* LotsOfLuggage: In a maternal variant, when Magrat leaves the castle she insists that Reverend Oats haul along every toy, blanket, nappy bag, basin, potty or bath item which her baby daughter might possibly need. Most are things which an infant that age won't be old enough to require for ''months'', and they're only away for a day or two.
* MagpiesAsPortents: Flocks of them. Pterry jokes that none of the traditional counting rhymes work very well because "they're not the ones the magpies use."
* MakeMeWannaShout: Agnes's superhuman vocal range lets her scream high and loud enough to stun keen-eared vampires, albeit not for long.
* MathematiciansAnswer: During a near-death experience, Granny Weatherwax asks Death if she's dying, and he answers [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: "Yes." ]]
She quickly realizes that from Death's point of view ''everyone'' is dying, so this is not a very helpful answer.
* MercyKill: One of Granny's jobs is to help people die when they need it.
--> "There was no need for desperate stuff with a pillow, or deliberate mistakes with the medicine. You didn't push them out of the world, you just stopped the world pulling them back. You just reached in, and... showed them the way."
* TheMissionary: Reverend Oats decides to act as a missionary to Uberwald. [[spoiler:As seen in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', it works]].
* MonsterShapedMountain: The witch-shaped rock formation near the cave entrance where Granny goes to isolate herself.
* MuggingTheMonster:
** A highwayman makes the mistake of holding up the Magpyrs' coach, and winds up as lunch.
** Invoked at Mightily Oats when he tries to rally the people of Lancre to go rescue Granny Weatherwax. He tells them she's out there with monsters. Bestiality Carter asks "What do we care what happens to monsters?"
* MultipleTailedBeast: "Scraps", the FrankensteinsMonster of a BigFriendlyDog created by [[TheIgor Igor]].
-->'''Nanny Ogg''': He's as happy as a dog with two... oh, he ''does'' have two tails.
* MundaneUtility: Granny's attempts to fight her vampire transformation generate incredible heat, which she transfers into an iron anvil to keep it from killing her. The blacksmith then puts a pot of tea on the anvil to boil.
* MustBeInvited: A significant plot point: Verence sends a formal invitation to the Magpyrs for the naming ceremony, failing to consider what a very bad idea this might be.
* NamingCeremony: The one for Magrat and Verence's daughter is key to the plot. The ceremony can apparently be performed by whatever priest is handy, and there seems to be a rule that whatever the priest says after "I now name you..." is irrevocable -- which is how the girl in question ends up as Princess Esmerelda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre. (Also mentioned: James What The Hell Is That Cow Doing In Here? Poorchick and King My God He's Heavy the First.)
* NayTheist: Granny. Oats is terrified of the idea of her actually finding a god who met her moral standards, given her sheer passion and persuasive ability.
* NobleDemon: The Old Count. The new Count views himself as this, but he's horribly wrong.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Omnianism is pretty much a Discworld version of Christianity, right down to having an instrument of torture as its most holy symbol.
* NoodleImplements:
** Magrat mentions a joke Nanny told about "the priest, the old woman and the rhinoceros." Nanny says that even she didn't understand that one until she was forty.
** A reference to the joke about the priest, the nun, and the camel. "Well, what are you waiting for? Stick it in the camel and let's get the hell out of here!"
* OurVampiresAreDifferent:
** Thanks to the Count training them with a little exposure at a time, the Magpyrs are not affected by traditional vampire weaknesses such as garlic, holy symbols, holy water, and sunlight.
** Also, the vampires of the Magpyr family turn into flocks of magpies instead of bats.
** They're also capable of conventional reproduction, as Vlad and Lacci were both born as vampires.
** The trope is also invoked in the story, since the method for disposing a vampire depends on which village he's from. And a footnote compares vampirism to diseases -- some are extremely virulent and deadly, and some just make you avoid fruit and walk funny.
* {{Goth}}: Completely turned on its head: Lacrimosa and her vampire friends partake in a subculture that has them wearing bright colours, pretending to drink wine, staying up well past Midday, and adopting names like "Henry" and "Freda".
* ParanoiaGambit: For the Magpyrs, Granny's Borrowing trick goes from mildly amusing delaying tactic to alarming once [[spoiler: they start succumbing to her attack from within]] and they start turning on each other, arguing about where she might be.
* PragmaticVillainy:
** The Count occasionally objects to his daughter's sadistic habits, but not for altruistic reasons. They discuss the phoenix, concluding that it's absurd for a bird to burn. After all, Lacrimosa tried with a chicken -- the count says that she really should have killed it first because at least then it would've been quieter.
** The Old Count's ContractualGenreBlindness is in no small part a survival mechanism - so long as he gives people a sporting chance, people will just stake him and wait until he comes round again. If he wins too often, someone will snap and render him DeaderThanDead.
* PreMortemOneLiner:
--> '''Count''': An axe isn't even a holy symbol!\\
'''Oats''': Oh. Then let's make it so.
* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims: The Count and Countess have a textbook example when they recall their honeymoon.
-->'''Countess:''' And we met such lovely people. Do you remember [[{{Dracula}} Mr and Mrs Harker]]?\\
'''Count:''' Very fondly. I recall they lasted nearly all week.
* ReversePsychology: The Magpyr's castle is named [=Don'tGoNearThe=] Castle, and the route to it is regularly marked by signs like "Don't take this quickest route to the Castle". According to Igor, it was always full of guests.
* RopeBridge: The gnarly ground presents Nanny and co. with one ''so'' rickety it has a certain "negative quality". Jumping off and hoping a gust of wind will carry you ''might'' work, but the bridge is certain death. Perdita, who lacks any self-doubt, just sees a serviceable stone across a ditch.
* SarcasmFailure: An upset Nanny Ogg is a pretty bad thing to see, even worse than an angry Nanny. But a Nanny Ogg who misses the chance to [[DirtyOldWoman mock Agnes']] InnocentInnuendo? Shit just got ''real''.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: The new Count uses his wealth to establish his own idea of order in his hometown.
* ShoutOut:
** [[{{Dracula}} "I do not drink... wine."]] [[TheIgor He]] does drink whiskey, though.
** And later on: "I thought we didn't drink... wine."
** "They've killed Scrapth! [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark The barthtudth!]]" ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}'' short.
** "I'm fed up with you smarming at me smarmily as if you were Mister Smarm!" [[Series/BlackAdder Nanny Ogg's cunning plan]].
** The Count and Countess reminisce about their honeymoon, where they met (and killed) [[{{Literature/Dracula}} Mr and Mrs Harker]].
** A subtle one to ''Literature/JurassicPark'': Hodgesaargh the falconer does a quick count of his birds and is satisfied that none are missing, that he has 50 as usual. A more careful count, prompted by Granny Weatherwax, reveals that he actually has 51.
** Igor expresses disdain for the kind of servant who would [[Film/{{Frankenstein1931}} fumble the genius brain he was sent for]] [[Film/YoungFrankenstein and substitute an insane one, hoping his masters didn't notice]].
** This line from Igor (possibly an unintentional Shout-Out):
--> ''"Thith ith water from the Holy Turtle Pond of Thquintth," said a voice above them. "Blessed by the Bithop himthelf in the Year of the Trout." There was a glugging noise and the sound of someone swallowing. "That wath a good year for beatitude," Igor went on. "But you don't have to take ''my'' word for it. [[{{Film/A Fistful of Dynamite}} Duck, you thuckerth!]]"''
** The old Count's name being Bela is an obvious one to Creator/BelaLugosi, but his physical appearance, being "rather taller than most men, and wearing evening dress that might have been in style once upon a time. His hair was streaked with grey and brushed back over his ears in a way that gave the impression his head had been designed for aerodynamic efficiency" is [[https://sistemaperalta.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/christopher-lee-as-dracula-christopher-lee-11461314-500-4741.jpg a very good description]] of the [[Creator/ChristopherLee other]] TropeCodifier for a ClassicalMovieVampire.
** Several aspects of the phoenixes seem to owe just a little bit to [[ComicBook/XMen Marvel's Phoenix Force]] - the habit of blending in with those around it by taking a form[=/=]host that allows it to do so until it needs to be a Phoenix, a distinct lack of tolerance for evil, sharing memories, [[spoiler: manifesting a house sized bird of flame around a small mortal form in battle]] and last but not least, in hanging out with Granny, a preference for powerful women.
* SoulJar: The heart-in-a-hidden-jar variation is mentioned to be used by magicians in Howondaland so they can't be killed.
* SplitPersonality:
** Agnes calls her second personality, which embodies the "bad girl" personality traits she would secretly like to have, "Perdita X Dream".
** Also Mightily Oats, to a much lesser extent. He has an habit of calling his "two selves" Good Oats and Bad Oats, but he hasn't acknowledged them as separate personalities. Both his pious and skeptical sides agree with their names, but have different interpretations of who is who.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: Agnes and Oats again, though in different ways.
* SpotOfTea: Granny drives the vampires mad by giving them an insatiable thirst... for tea.
* StatusQuoIsGod: The people of Lancre don't mind having a king with big ideas for change....just as long as he doesn't expect them to actually listen to any of them. They like how things are as it is thank you. King Verence however manages to upset Nanny by telling her in no uncertain terms that change 'will' come whether they likes it or not, and he intends for Lancre to be at the forefront of it.
* StealthPun: Mightily Oats's outfit - a broad-brimmed hat and a black robe - sounds an awful lot like a preacher for the ''Quakers'', and would make him a perfect mascot for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaker_Oats_Company Quaker Oats]]. (This might be coincidental, since the Quaker Oats Company is American.)
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The Nac Mac Feegle have one female and hundreds of males. [[ShoutOut Seeing as they're all six inches tall and blue...]]
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Mightily Oats ''must'' build a fire to save the life of a wounded and freezing Granny Weatherwax - but all he has for dry kindling is the Book of Om, his holy scripture. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He makes a great light.]]
* ToiletHumor: The good people of Lancre attack the vampire-occupied castle by blowing up the privy.
-->"Presently, there came a short shower of soft rain. Well... certainly a shower."
* TooDumbToFool: More like, Too Singleminded To Fool. Hodgesaargh reckons a bird is a bird is a bird, even if it's a phoenix, and goes hunting for it like he would any other. Similarly, the Count takes a look at him and sees a mind "crammed end to end with hawks," and doesn't influence him at all - partly because he can't, but also because he doesn't need to distract a guy that fixated.
* TookALevelInBadass: With a little coaching from Granny, Mightily Oats goes from a wishy-washy priest wracked with doubt and inner turmoil to [[spoiler:chopping off the head of the evil Count Magpyr with a single axe blow]].
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: The vampires [[spoiler: suck Granny Weatherwax's blood,]] and ''they're'' the ones who come off worse.
--> '''Granny''': [[spoiler: [[BadassBoast I ain't been vampired. You've been Weatherwaxed.]]]]
* TrojanHorse:
** Agnes and Oats sneak into the castle by hiding in some empty coffins that are being delivered. Luckily, the peasants who carry them in are too befuddled from being fed upon to notice the difference in weight.
** Granny [[spoiler: defeats the vampires by putting part of herself in her blood when Nanny made them think that she put herself elsewhere.]]
* VampireVannabe: {{Inverted}}. Normal rebellious teenagers start dressing in black and giving themselves elaborate names. ''Vampire'' rebellious teenagers, apparently, try to act like ordinary people for the same reason.
* VillainBall:
** Invoked by the old Count, who allows himself to die so that no one ever tries to render him DeaderThanDead.
** In effect, Granny ''enforces'' this trope on the other de Magpyrs when [[spoiler: they ingest her Borrowed blood, and with it, her refusal to run when faced with a losing battle and tendency to bluff on a weak hand]].
* VillainousBreakdown: The Magpyrs go through this, as their idea of what "modern vampirism" is about gets stripped away, leaving the bloodthirsty, power-hungry monsters at their core.
* ViolentGlaswegian: The Nac Mac Feegle.
* WeAllDieSomeday:
-->'''Granny Weatherwax:''' Am I dyin'?\\
'''Death:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: Yes. ]]
'''Granny Weatherwax:''' Will I die?\\
'''Death:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: Yes. ]]
'''Granny Weatherwax:''' But from your point of view, everyone is dying and everyone will die, right?\\
'''Death:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: Yes. ]]
'''Granny Weatherwax:''' So you aren't actually bein' a lot of help, strictly speakin'.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: Oats speculates that his own SplitPersonality is the schismatic tendency of Omnianism taken to its logical extreme.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: What Granny has to prove during her BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.
--> '''Granny''': I knows what you are, Esmerelda Weatherwax, and I ain't scared of you anymore.
* WhiteSheep: When vampires try to be goths.
* WouldntHurtAChild:
** When the witches go after Granny to the "gnarly ground", an EmpathicEnvironment, Nanny says that it's perfectly safe to take Magrat's baby daughter with them.
---> '''Nanny:''' It's Granny's thoughts that are shaping this place. But she wouldn't raise a hand to a child. Couldn't do it. Hasn't got it in her.
** [[spoiler:After Granny's blood has its effect on the vampires, she's certain that they won't hurt baby Esmerelda, because she wouldn't.]]
* TheWorfEffect:
** In a ContinuityNod, the Count dismisses the previous enemies Granny dispatched as "[[TheFairFolk inbred elves]] and gormless humans".
** More traditionally, the first thing the Magpyrs do is beat Granny in psychic battle. This gets {{Subverted}} in the end, as the Count failed to notice that the witches never defeated the villains ''themselves'', they just meddled so a {{Deuteragonist}} could get the cojones/chance/abilities to do so.
** The first indication of how formidable the Nac Mac Feegle can be? ''Greebo'' is scared of them.
* WineIsClassy: Played with, where the human subculture of vampires are considered freaks because they file down their teeth, wear bright colors, stay up past noon, and drink... ''wine''.
* YourVampiresSuck:
** The Magpyrs practice this InUniverse toward their fellow vampires.
** The entire novel could be considered a YourVampiresSuck directed against non-[[ClassicalMovieVampire classical]] vampires.
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