->''Mr. Shine, him diamond!''

The 30th ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel and the seventh in the Watch theme.

"Thud" is the Discworld equivalent of chess, with pieces portraying dwarfs on one side and trolls on the other, at the legendary Battle of Koom Valley. The anniversary of the Battle is just around the corner. Since this was a very important date for both the Dwarfs and the Trolls (No one knows who won, who started it or what the heck actually ''happened'', but everyone cries "Remember Koom Valley!" when they want to get the blood up), tensions are running high in Ankh-Morpork. Commander Vimes of the City Watch is not happy about this, nor about Salacia Von Humpeding, the new vampire recruit, nor about the Patrician's clerks poking about the Watch. Nevertheless, he takes all this in stride, and still manages to get home every day at six to read his son a bedtime story.

The situation only becomes worse when Hamcrusher, a ''grag'' (a sort of dwarven preacher and lorekeeper, a "deep-down" dwarf fundamentalist) who vehemently speaks out against trolls, is found murdered beside a troll club. Vimes visits the scene, butting heads with Hamcrusher's right-hand man Ardent and a nervous servant named Helmclever, and finding an expansive tunnel system filled with doorways stretching underneath the streets of Ankh-Morpork. While there, he catches his hand on one of the sealed doorways, and it begins to itch...

Preceded by ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', followed by ''Discworld/MakingMoney''. Preceded in the Watch series by ''Discworld/NightWatch'', followed by ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}''.
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!!This book provides examples of:
* AdultFear: Vimes' nightmares about his son, which involve empty cots and darkness.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Trolls in Literature/{{Discworld}} are made out of metamorphorical rock (a pune, or play on words, upon the terms metaphor and metamorphic). Once in a while a special [[spoiler: diamond]] troll will turn up; these trolls tend to be the [[spoiler: kings and leaders]] of the troll race. [[spoiler: This is because diamond trolls are capable of regulating their internal body temperature; troll brains, being silicon-based, work better and faster the colder they get, so diamond trolls are naturally the smartest trolls around]]
* AngstComa: Vimes remembered at one point Mrs. Oldburton, who went mad after the death of her baby and began compulsively cleaning the house non-stop.
* ArcWords: More like Arc Symbols -- the mine signs.
** Also: ''Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?'' -- Who watches the watchmen?
** And: "Mr. Shine! Him diamond!"
* AscendedExtra: A.E. Pessimal previously appeared as a humble ObstructiveBureaucrat in a short story, but is elevated to [[BewareTheNiceOnes Beware The Boring Ones]] here.
* BadassBoast: One brilliant yet simple one from [[spoiler: the Guarding Dark]].
--> Imagine how strong I must be.
** And an unexpected one from [[spoiler: A.E. Pessimal]]: Come on then, if you think you're hard enough!
* BattleButler: Willikins, who was once a member of a street gang, helped to calm the riots, and stabbed a Dwarf with his ice knife. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Which he happened to be holding, having been cutting ice in the cellar.]]
** A.E. Pessimal is similar -- although he's a Battle ''Bureaucrat''... wannabe. [[spoiler:At the end of the book, Vimes makes him a watchman with a desk job, but stipulates he needs to go onto patrols two nights a week to make sure he understands the job fully. This is the stuffy, short office worker's dream come true--although Vimes is quick to point out that anyone who would go after a troll ''bare handed, quite literally tooth and nail'' to protect his commander has ''earned'' his place in the Watch... as well as the right to call His Excellency His Grace Commander Sir Samuel Vimes "Mister Vimes".]]
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: The Summoning Dark vs [[spoiler:The Guarding Dark, Vimes' inner Watchman.]] ''Quis custodiet ipsos custodes'' indeed.
--> [[spoiler: "He created me. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen? Me. I watch him. Always." [...] "But I think you misunderstand. I am not here to keep darkness out. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome I'm here to keep it in.]]"]]
** Also therefore a rather literal example of WhatYouAreInTheDark.
* BeneathSuspicion: Brick is so far down in the dregs even Chrysophrase's most intensive search blows right over him.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: The Summoning Dark searches for these in its victims to use as a portal into the world. See above for what happens in Sam Vimes' mind when it tries the same thing on him.]]
* BeyondTheImpossible: The head of the [[VegetarianVampire Uberwald Temperance League]] has somehow learned how to roll his w's, apparently overcompensating for an after-lifetime of speaking in VampireVords.
* TheBrainlessBeauty: Tawneee Mobil. Thicker than a yard of lard, but it doesn't really matter.
* BrickJoke: Koom Valley was mentioned back in ''Men at Arms'' as the only battle in history where both armies ambushed each other. [[spoiler: It turns out that was a misunderstanding.]]
* CallingCard: Supernatural variant, as scattered objects near the Dark-inhabited Vimes keep arranging themselves into the Summoning Dark symbol.
* CerebusRetcon: Vimes' previous joke that he used to be "blackboard monitor" in ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' suddenly isn't so funny any more when he ends up dealing with some ''very'' fundamentalist dwarves, who attach the same stigma to someone wiping out words as, say, a human would to someone who defaces sacred items.
** Also, the revelation of what actually happened at Koom Valley. What was once a humorous NoodleIncident (both sides somehow ambushed each other) is now [[spoiler:a tragic mistake and conspiracy that led to centuries of needless deaths.]]
* ChalkOutline: At the crime scene Carrot examines as "smelter", the position of Hamcrusher's body is outlined in glowing chalk made from crushed vurms. A rare case where Discworld does ''not'' play this trope for laughs, but for creepiness.
* CharacterDevelopment: Vimes is forced to compromise on two of his most strongly held principles, which go back to ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' and have been referenced in nearly every Watch book since: his particular hatred of vampires and refusal to employ them in the Watch, and his reluctance to ask the wizards for help.
** Also, paralleling the way computer technology has gone from a gimmick to mainstream use in police work, he finally learns how to use one of his Dis-organizers and puts it to good use. Granted, he finds a person to do the same work for him, but he seems quite fond of Gooseberry.
* CompanionCube: Reputedly played straight by the Tenth Egg Street Can't-Think-Of-A-Name gang, a band of street trolls so thick that they count a lump of concrete on a piece of string as a gang member.
* ContinuityNod: In the barricade scene, when the Watch stands its ground between two mobs of battle-crazy dwarfs and trolls, Fred Colon asks Vimes if he remembers 'another barricade.' Colon is of course referring to the barricades erected by the Watch and the citizenry of Ankh Morpork on the night of the Glorious Revolution, at which both Colon and a sixteen year-old Vimes had been present. Colon also mentions Sergeant Keel, who 'pulled a trick or two that night'. The 'Sergeant Keel' Colon refers to was in fact Vimes himself, who travelled back thirty years into his own past during the events of ''Discworld/NightWatch'' due to a major time anomaly that was the focus of ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime''.
** Vimes also mentions, sardonically, that [[Discworld/TheColourOfMagic it's been a long time since the city burned down]]. Faced with the complexities of city politics and running the modern Watch, he grows nostalgic for the days when it was just him, Colon, Nobby and Carrot confronting ''obvious'' problems, like [[Discworld/GuardsGuards a gigantic fire-breathing dragon]].
** Mention is also made of Detritus's girl, [[Discworld/MovingPictures Ruby]], now his wife.
** Several to the immediately previous ''Discworld'' novel, ''Discworld/GoingPostal'':
*** Mr. Pony is mentioned briefly as the head of the Guild of Artificers (quite a step up since ''Going Postal'').
*** Vimes complains about "that idiot from the Post Office" making commemorative Koom Valley stamps (one showing the dwarves ambushing the trolls, the other showing the situation in reverse); afterwards he and Cheery discuss Sto Plains cabbage stamps, which Moist designed in the last book - with the added nugget that they've turned out to be highly volatile if you place too many together.
*** Dave's Pin Emporium is implied to have become a stamp collector's specialist shop.
**** Sir Reynold almost recites the old saying about pins, which goes "See a pin and pick it up, and all day long you'll have a pin."
** Sybil, [[spoiler: accompanying Vimes and co. to Koom Valley]], cheerfully mentions her and Sam's last 'holiday'. Vimes reminds her that [[Discworld/TheFifthElephant werewolves tried to eat him]].
** Sir Reynold mentions that the museum's night watchman lives in the attic. Presumably, it was ''his'' time-frozen family whom Lady Myria was using as furniture ("Pull up a small child") in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime''.
* CowboyCop: Vimes always has elements of this, but after the deep dwarfs make things very personal he has to fight the urge to embrace it totally.
-->"Beating people up in little rooms...he knew where that led. And if you did it for a good reason, you'd do it for a bad one."
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: the Summoning Dark-possessed]] Vimes vs. the dark dwarfs. [[spoiler: And the Guarding Dark against the Summoning Dark]].
* {{Defictionalisation}}: There are now official 'Thud' rules and boards available. Well worth a look.
** They were around at least a year before the book came out. (It's still a Defictionalization, though: 'Thud' was first mentioned in ''Going Postal'' and one of Pratchett's fans came up with a set of rules based on the ancient Norse games of ''tafl''.)
** Moreover, ''Where's My Cow?'' has been published, albeit as the story of Vimes ''reading'' a book by that title.
* DemonicPossession: The Summoning Dark.
** [[spoiler: Turns into a MuggingTheMonster moment.]]
* {{Determinator}}: It's Vimes. Always. [[spoiler:Even if he's fighting UnstoppableRage itself.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The contrast between Hamcrusher and Bashfulsson and those who follow them is obviously based on the contrast between radical and moderate Islam preachers.
** Although really, it could just as easily apply to extremist versus moderate Christians. Or Jews. Or probably just about any other major religion you'd care to name. It even works for the different varieties of ''atheism'' (gain acceptance vs. wipe out religion).
** The larger context however, with radical preachers trying to take over parallel communities of immigrants in other countries, trying to turn them against the culture of their adopted home by invoking fundamentalist ideas and traditions, as well as those groups insistence that their internal problems are to be handled internally and according to their tradition not general law, is something that is strongly analogous to the struggle between traditionalist/fundamentalist and moderate streams most visible in Islamic immigrant communities, at least in western countries
** Once again, female dwarfs admitting they're female reminds one of homosexuality. Especially when Carrot implies that the deep-downers (very religious, set-in-their-ways dwarfs) are very hostile towards them.
* DoomedNewClothes: When Vimes meets a gangster troll in a cold warehouse, the trolls give him a [[PrettyInMink fur coat]] to keep him warm, and offers to let him take it home to give to his wife. Vimes quickly has it destroyed, to show that he won't be bribed.
* EldritchAbomination: The Summoning Dark.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Quite early in, during one of the Summoning Dark scenes, the narration mentions footsteps, slow, but the Dark knows they'll catch up. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome They do]].
** And ''Mr Shine: him diamond!'' [[spoiler: Mr Shine is a diamond ''troll'']].
** When Vimes thinks of those guilty of the murders, he says "When I catch up with them, ''and I will'', I hope there's someone to hold me back." [[spoiler:That's exactly what happens.]]
** This exchange between Vimes and Pessimal:
---> '''Pessimal:''' Who watches the watchmen?\\
'''Vimes:''' (''immediately'') Me.\\
'''Pessimal:''' Ah, but who watches you?\\
'''Vimes:''' I do that, too.
** "You stared into the dark until it blinked. You stared it down."
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Sally, seemingly just trying to get along in the Big Wahoonie, but [[spoiler:is subsequently found to be a spy for Rhys Rhysson, Low King of the Dwarfs... which Vetinari knows already, and Vimes suspects from the beginning but can't prove, in the usual wheels-within-wheels fashion of most things relating to Vetinari.]]
* FullFrontalAssault: Blink and you'll miss it, but during the climax, Sally uses her "turn into a cloud of bats" ability during combat, which has the abovementioned drawback.
** ''Both'' Angua and Sally in their scene in the sewers--drawbacks of being shapeshifters.
-->He raised the bow again, looked round at a noise like two slabs of meat being slapped together, and was picked up and thrown across the cave by a naked woman. An astonished miner swung his axe at the smiling girl, who vanished in a cloud of bats.
* FurAgainstFang: Werewolves and vampires do ''not'' get on.
* GenreSavvy: Indeed, how ''did'' Bashfullsson know Vimes would be going [[spoiler:to Koom Valley]]? Was it the power of story, or [[spoiler:the Summoning Dark]]? Or did he just realize that Vimes (with or without [[spoiler: the Summoning Dark]]) would ''never'' stop investigating until he'd rooted out the whole mystery?
** When Vetinari and Drumknott discuss who would win between Vimes and a semi-demonic elemental force of vengeance as old as the universe, they conclude it's too close to call.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Angua, Sally, Cheery, and Tawneee have their little night on the town, Fred Colon refers to it as "[[{{Malaproper}} minge drinking]]". BINGE drinking is the overconsumption of alcohol, which does occur. [[CountryMatters "Minge"]], on the other hand....
** Also see PardonMyKlingon, below.
* HeroicWillpower: Vimes, particularly at the end of the book.
* IJustWantToBeBadass: A.E. Pessimal
* IKnowKarate: [[spoiler:Bashfulsson dispatches Ardent with some sort of dwarf martial art:]]
-->[[spoiler:"It is like using an axe, but without the axe."]]
* ImplacableMan: Vimes when [[spoiler: possessed by the Summoning Dark]].
* IncorruptiblePurePureness
-->''Watchmen across half the continent will say that Sam Vimes is as straight as an arrow, can't be corrupted, won't be turned, never took a bribe.''
** Though Vimes is a {{Deconstruction}}: the reason he is incorruptible is his constant vigilance against his dark side.
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Vimes calls out the troll Chrysophrase during their talk. [[spoiler:Chrysophrase knew there was a troll club found at Hamcrusher's murder scene. Chrysophrase dismisses the accusation by claiming that he has merely overheard Dwarf gossip. Which is probably true, as Brick hadn't yet told anyone what he'd seen when Chrysophrase met with Vimes.]]
* InnocentSwearing: Sam Vimes reads his son his own version of ''Discworld/WheresMyCow'' with the {{Catch Phrase}}s of prominant Ankh-Morporkians instead of animal noises, including Foul Old Ron's "Bugrit! Millenium hand and shrimp!" The next day Young Sam announces "Buglit!" to his nanny, and from then on Vimes sticks to the written version.
* InsistentTerminology: Vimes can tell the difference between "Mr. Vimes" and "Mister Vimes" and only allows people who have fought alongside him to call him "Mister".
** Judging from the audiobook, the issue seems to be not so much that Vimes can hear the difference between Mr. Vimes and Mister Vimes as that in the original manuscript, Brick accidentally called him Missus Vimes, and somewhere along the line an overzealous copyeditor "fixed" the "typo."
* IronicEcho: When Vimes first gets an audience with a grag, he mocks their belief that light is evil and blinds you. However, some dozens of pages later, Vimes talks about visible shades of darkness, and recalls the memory of when he stopped using the lantern in the Night Watch.
-->''He'd learned, then, not to use his little lantern. Light only ruined your vision, it blinded you. You stared into the dark until it blinked. You stared it down.''
* IronicNurseryTune
* ItsNotPornItsArt: Spoofed in both directions: Colon reasons that a picture's in a museum and has an urn, a plinth, or a cherub somewhere in it, it must be art; Nobby rationalizes Tawneee's job as "artistic."
** Subverted with Tawneee as she honestly believes men come to watch her dance because she's really good at dancing. Some of what she does is quite difficult, see?
* LargeHam: Mr. Boggis is apparently in danger of being killed by the god of Over-Acting.
* UsefulNotes/TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar
* MalevolentArchitecture: Anything designed by Bloody Stupid Johnson, such as Empirical Crescent, which continues his [[Discworld/GoingPostal newly-revealed]] ability to turn simple stupidity into [[AlienGeometries mind-bending horror]].
* MemeticBadass: Being a Trollish culture hero, Mr Shine is one of these in-universe.
--> [[NighInvulnerable Him who mountain crush him no]]
--> [[ImplacableMan Him who sun him stop him no]]
--> Him who hammer him break him no
--> Him who fire him fear him no
-->[[TheParagon Him who raise him head above him heart]]
-->[[ArcWords Him diamond]]
* TheMenFirst
* MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels: Vimes mentions that this is about how far he understands dwarfish.
--> He knew dwarfish, in a 'The axe of my aunt is in your head' kind of way, and it didn't sound like that at all.
* NightmareFuel: In-universe, Vimes quietly thinks this of his butler. He defended himself against an assassination squad in the cellar using an ice knife. A knife used for cutting foot-wide blocks. It's a foot and a half of steel.
--> If Willikins wanted someone dead, he wouldn't have taken a prisoner. It must have been a surprise, breaking into a cellar and meeting something like Willikins.
** Note that this is a rare ''positive'' instance of this trope. When you've got incidents like [[spoiler: teams of assassins coming through your basement walls to murder your family]] it's a ''very good thing'' to have a loyal butler like this.
* NoodleIncident: Non-comedic example in the Battle of Koom Valley. All they know is that dwarves fought trolls and vice-versa.
* TheNoseKnows: One of Angua's main contributions to the Watch, but here Sally's ability to sense heartbeats continually threatens to one-up her.
* NotInFrontOfTheKid: When Lady Sybil and young Sam spend time at Pseudopolis Yard, the officers begin combing their hair, speaking quietly and less coarsely, and wiping their boots at the door.
* NotSoDifferent: Mr. Shine invokes this subtly on Vimes when the latter questions his concern for Brick:
-->'''Vimes''': Why do you care about some troll?
-->'''Shine''': Why do you care about some dwarf?
-->'''Vimes''': Because [[KnightInSourArmor somebody has to]]!
-->'''Shine''': Exactly! Good day, Mr. Vimes.
* NotSoOmniscientAfterAll: When Vetinari learns that A. E Pessimal attacked a troll bare-handed, he looks genuinely taken aback for one of the only times in the entire series. He has to make very sure they're talking about the same A. E. Pessimal ("Small man? Very clean shoes?"), before asking ''"Why?"''
* NowILayMeDownToSleep: It's mentioned that instead of 4 angels guarding his bed, young Sam has 4 trolls watching over him.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: A.E. Pessimal.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Sally could have passed for 16, but is actually 51, though by vampire standards she's of "no age at all."
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: It's subtle, but Vimes is acting much angrier than normal for a significant portion of the book. By that point, readers may have already guessed that [[spoiler: [[DemonicPossession he's the Summoning Dark's host.]]]]
* PaintingTheMedium: There are some instances, but mostly:
--> '''Carrot''': Well, technomantic Devices look like things that are built, you know, out of -
--> '''Vimes''': Captain, you've lost me again. What are Devices and why do you pronounce the capital D?
** Sections of text are set apart, not by Pratchett's usual row of asterisks, but by the symbol of the Summoning Dark. At one point, a section ends with "''For Brick, everything went dar-''", immediately followed by a symbol that '''is''' Dark.
* PapaWolf: Vimes does ''not'' react well to the thought of his son being in danger.
* PardonMyKlingon: "Why don't you go ''ghuhg'' yourself?"
** This could be a ShoutOut to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoti fish]].
* PlotTriggeringDeath: Grag Hamcrusher's.
* {{Portmanteau}}: Trolls are said to be made out of "metamorphorical" rock, a portmanteau of "metamorphic", a type of rock, and "metaphorical". This is used to explain Brick: trolls tend to take on the appearance of the dominant rock where they grow up, and he grew up in a city.
* PowderKegCrowd: Dwarves and trolls around Koom Valley Day.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[spoiler:[[UnstoppableRage That! Is!! Not!!!]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome My!!!!]] [[AxCrazy Cow!!!!!]]]]
* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: Vimes's reputation as an honest copper, who will arrest ''anyone'' if they break the law, is based on the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments Of Awesome]] in previous Watch novels.
** Vimes gets a bit narked at the fact that, amid listing his achievements (arresting two armies, killing a werewolf with his bare hands), the people saying this usually include "maybe not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but..."
* RevealingCoverup: The dark dwarfs attempt to cover up [[spoiler: the truth of Koom Valley]], but by trying to do so they lead Vimes right to it.
* {{Revenge}}: The Summoning Dark ''is'' this trope.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: After two troll thugs working for the troll crime boss Chrysophrase tell Commander Vimes that their boss wants to see him, Vimes tells them "Well, he knows where I live," to which one of them remarks meaningfully "Yeah, he ''does''." [[BerserkButton Not a good idea.]] Later, Chrysophrase insists to Vimes that he never gave orders to make any threats, and had the infractors... [[YouHaveFailedMe dealt with.]] Later in the story, [[spoiler:the Low King of the Dwarfs]] unthinkingly does this in a moment of anger. To his credit, he ''immediately'' shuts up when he realizes what he said and is informed what [[spoiler:the fundamentalist grags]] had ordered earlier in the book (and what happened to the people who carried those orders out)...
* ShoutOut: The Long Dark rune, which simply symbolizes the entrance to any mine or delving, is a circle with a horizontal line through it - which in RealLife is the symbol of UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground and is displayed on signs outside the entrances to Tube stations.
** The term may be a reference to the "long dark of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Moria]]".
** "The Gooseberry", the new Dis-organizer, is an obvious one for the RealLife Blackberry mobile e-mail device.
*** Possibly unintentional, but another well-known fruit-named computer, the Macintosh, was the first computer to become easily usable to new computer users. It was also the 5th Apple computer (after the I, II, III, and Lisa), much like the Gooseberry is the Disorganizer Mark V.
*** Excellent double pun as well, since (at least in the UK) 'gooseberry' is another term for a third wheel, or in other words someone you really wish would leave you alone and let you get on with the task at hand...
** There's also the [[OlderThanPrint older than... something]] legend surrounding KingArthur that his army met Mordred's army to parlay but one of Arthur's knights sees a snake about to strike. The knight raises his sword to kill the snake which Mordred's guys take as an ambush and the whole thing just gets messy. Sounds a lot like Koom Valley, doesn't it?
** The unsanitary game of "Poosticks" (referenced in a footnote) seems to be a shout out to "Poohsticks" from Franchise/WinnieThePooh
** [[{{Dracula}} "I do not drink... wine."]] Subverted by Sally and Angua after a night of what Sergeant Colon terms as a night of minge drinking, as Sally is throwing up in a corner.
--->'''Angua:''' Serves you right for drinking... vine.\\
'''Sally:''' Oh ha ha. I am perfectly fine with ''sarcastic pause'' "vine" thank you!
** A double shoutout, to the American Civil War and the song "War" comes from Sergeant Colon and Corporal Nobbs:
--->'''Fred:''' War, Nobby. Huh! What is it good for?\\
'''Nobby:''' Dunno, Sarge. Freeing slaves, maybe?\\
'''Fred:''' Absol--well, okay.
** "The Battle of Koom Valley" is based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclorama similar pictures in real life.]] More specifically, it's an allusion to the Civil War cyclorama, famous for being the 'Largest Painting in the World', painted in the 1890's
** Vimes maintains three boxes for paperwork on his desk: In, Out, and Shake It All About. This implies the "Hokey Pokey" song is known in Discworld.
** Bashful Bashfullsson's name is yet another example of Discworld dwarf names that ShoutOut to ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
** Sir Reynold Stitched, curator of the Royal Art Museum of Ankh-Morpork, is a play on British arts pundit Sir Brian Sewell, who has a similarly thick accent.
** similarly, ''enfant terrible'' artist Daniellerina Pouter, whose masterpiece is an artfully assembled pile of rags and rubbish, who is known to get confrontational concerning her work, is a Discworld take on avant-garde artiste TraceyEmin.
* SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX: [[spoiler:Mr Shine]] is explaining how humans came to view trolls as mindless monsters.
-->'''Vimes:''' Don't look at me when you say that. Detritus is one of my best officers!
* StockPhrase: "It's a [=dwarf/werewolf/vampire/married couple/female=] thing."
* StolenMacGuffinReveal
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Vimes wonders if "the community leaders appealed for calm" really means that they're winking and saying "Do not use those shiny new battle-axes in that cupboard over there... No, not that one, the other one."
* TakeThat: Dan Brown's ''TheDaVinciCode'' is parodied and roundly mocked in this book, as is its FanDumb.
* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: "This is just a trick!"
* ThatWasntARequest: Carrot is attempting to investigate the death of a prominent dwarf community leader, but is being stymied by another dwarf:
-->'''Helmclever''': I refuse to comply with your request!\\
'''Carrot''': ''It wasn't a request.''
* [[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs They Call Me Mister Vimes]]: Sam Vimes has a strict code of who may call him "Commander," "Mr. Vimes," and even "Sam."
* UnstoppableRage: "'''They will ''burn''.'''"
** Subverted in that [[spoiler:Vimes does, in fact, manage to stop it when it comes to the moment of glowering over the cowering dwarfs with an axe in his hand. Far more awesome than it sounds since in stopping himself he was putting a ''lot'' of strain on his body, as in he was tearing himself apart. Thank whatever gods look out for coppers that Angua was about.]]
--->'''Angua:''' You resisted for about four seconds, and then I brought you down.
* UpperClassTwit: Averted with the museum curator, who despite speaking so posh that Nobby and Colon can barely understand him and being flabbergasted at their (lack of) knowledge of art is never demeaning to either of them.
* TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive:
** The dwarves send a suicide squad to assassinate Vimes' family... causing him to pursue their sorry asses all the way into Koom Valley, and filling him with so much primal vengeful rage, [[spoiler: he ''[[TheFettered almost]]'' murders them]].
** One of the two troll enforcers for [[TheMafia The Breccia]] attempt to intimidate Vimes by saying this... [[WhatAnIdiot right in the middle of the Watch house while surrounded by officers.]] [[spoiler:The Mafia Boss assures Vimes later his man had no authorization to say that and would never make such a threat to a man like Vimes.]]
*** [[spoiler:And offers Vimes a stone garden, while sitting on a box that Vimes notes as too small to hold a whole troll.]]
** The Low King of the Dwarves ''almost'' pulls this on Vimes in a moment of anger before catching himself and mentioning diplomatically how nice it would be to meet his family. Vimes isn't fooled, but lets it slide.
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: Vimes finds himself alone in a cave with the dwarfs who have instigated the entire mess. [[spoiler:Egged on by the Summoning Dark, he nearly kills them... but his own will to ''not cross that line'' overcomes it]].
** In other words, [[WhatYouAreInTheDark What is the Dark in You?]]
* WhoWatchesTheWatchmen: Vimes claims that they watch each other. But when he's alone [[spoiler:his own inner watchman, the Guarding Dark, watches him]].
--> I watch him. Always.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Fred is the only member of the Watch alive with more experience than Sam Vimes. Thus when the usually slow Fred calls his commander "Sam," Vimes knows Fred senses something very big and uneasy in the streets.
* YouSayTomato: The peculiarly "posh" pronunciation of words used by the Arts Curator draws a lot of comment from Nobby and Colon particularly, complete with its own lampshade and characteristic merciless mocking. Leads to plenty of exchanges like this:
-->'''Sir Reynold Stitched:''' We've had a burglareah, officer!\\
'''Nobby:''' A burglar rear?\\
Fred Colon was impressed. You could barely understand the man, he was that posh.
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