YMMV: The Fifth Elephant

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: This is the book that most stresses the difficult question of whether Carrot is an honest idealist who has the laws of narrative causality in his favor, or more of a Magnificent Bastard / Manipulative Bastard with Obfuscating Stupidity. For instance, his Let's Fight Like Gentlemen approach against a werewolf rather conveniently leads to romantic rival Gavin making a Heroic Sacrifice. Though, it must be noted, Gavin does the wolf-ish equivalent moments later, as if to underscore how similar the two really are.
    • Suddenly fully invoking his charisma abilities when taking over from Colon as well.
      • Could be Character Development as well — he was raised in a culture that doesn't really grasp irony and puts great store by contracts and laws, but at this point he's spent years working with Vimes (who manages to at least hold his own against Vetinari most of the time) and living with Angua (who's got a lot in common with Vimes, personality wise). He's grown up.
  • Complete Monster: Wolfgang Von Uberwald is despicable. Before the book starts, he murders his little sister, Elsa, because she isn't a bimorphic werewolf and, as such, is "impure". He takes the werewolf tradition of hunting humans through a forest and adds the cruel twist of giving them the illusion that they've escaped before ripping them to shreds. He doesn't care about all the political power he and his family can gain through the civil unrest; he just likes being sadistic.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Vimes and Sybil both privately hold the opinion that Carrot and Angua's relationship is under strain because of their concerns about not being able to have children, or producing a Complete Monster if they do. This is never brought up in either Carrot's or Angua's point of view sections, and it's made pretty clear that the problem actually stem from a completely unrelated source note . While it doesn't make much sense to apply this reasoning to Carrot and Angua, it actually makes complete sense for Vimes and Sybil to think like this, since it's a projection of their own situation: Vimes is afraid that they've missed their chance to have children by marrying in middle age; and Sybil is afraid because she's just discovered that she's pregnant with her first child, and is unsure of how Vimes will react, or the effect it will have on her health.
  • Fridge Horror: Vimes, watching the clacks at work, thinks that its inventors must be making money hand over fist. The poor fellows.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Inigo Skimmer is (effectively) an Assassin...with an obscenely dangerous sliding knife attached to his wrist.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Lady Margolotta and Serafine von Uberwald, Dee and Rhys.
  • Too Cool to Live: Inigo Skimmer and Gavin.