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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: The series-long running gag of Nobby Nobbs's questionable humanity may possibly be explained by him being a half-goblin. Vimes suspects, but doesn't conclude anything.
  • Anti-Sue: The Goblins as a whole are this. The plot bends over backwards to showcase just how sad and pathetic and deserving of pity they are, even as more established characters break character to exalt their wonders and defend them from Complete Monsters that exist only to disparage and torture Goblins.
  • Anvilicious: The message about accepting goblins into society is far from subtle. Whether Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped excuses it or not is up for debate.
    • Captain Obvious Aesop: The ending is jarring for some groups of people. Poles, Jews, Roma - all these have been called subhuman, and still are discriminated against, despite having master musicians, heroes and geniuses.
  • Don't Shoot the Message: This line theoretically supports gay and lesbian rights, but it manages to be very unkind, and the fact that the gel being described is one of the book's villains only worsens the effect:
    ... Frankly, if a gel wanted to go around with another gel who wore a shirt and tie, trained horses, and had a face like a bulldog licking vinegar off a thistle, then it was entirely her business.
  • Dude, Not Funny! / Squick: Depending on what your sense of humor is, Vimes' son's obsession with poo is either this or a Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • Ho Yay: "Your friend told you to take your trousers off as well..." Also, just what was the deal with Stratford and Flutter's conversation that couldn't be revealed while Constable Upshot was listening?
  • Moral Event Horizon: Stratford's attempt on the life of Young Sam. Gravid Rust and the Magistrates are revealed to have crossed it three years ago.
    • Gravid Rust's MEH is so terrible that the book ends with Vetinari implying that he's going to send assassins after him even though everything has been sorted out. Normally, Vetinari's actions have practically constructive results, whereas here he has already got everything under control and is considering taking revenge anyway, purely out of disgust for Gravid's actions. You know you've gone too far when Vetinari is willing to sabotage (albeit in a minor way,) a nicely wrapped up solution in order to exact justice.
      • Although resolving the situation as he's implied to does mean that Diamond King of Trolls won't be quite as upset with Vetinari for not turning Gravid over to be executed for smuggling Crystal Slam. A formal trial would be preferable as an example to others, but at least the drug-pushing bastard is still dead.
    • Unfortunately it doesn't come across as very satisfying for the reader to see Gravid get his, mostly because he is The Ghost and thus not really a character which makes it difficult to hate him personally and get much emotional impact from his downfall.
  • Woobie Species: The whole goblin race.

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