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* CharacterDevelopment: Even leaving aside EarlyInstalmentWeirdness, ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' develops how much he's changed from how he was in ''{{Discworld/Mort}}'', with a time-travelling Susan noting that he's a ''much'' more forbidding figure than the grandfather she's come to know. That said, during that conversation, as in ''{{Discworld/Mort}}'' itself, his {{Adorkable}} nature is revealed to be not ''that'' far beneath the surface.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Even leaving aside EarlyInstalmentWeirdness, EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' develops how much he's changed from how he was in ''{{Discworld/Mort}}'', with a time-travelling Susan noting that he's a ''much'' more forbidding figure than the grandfather she's come to know. That said, during that conversation, as in ''{{Discworld/Mort}}'' itself, his {{Adorkable}} nature is revealed to be not ''that'' far beneath the surface.


* BreaktheCutie: Happens to her in Soul Music, overlapped with BreaktheHaughty. She resolves to kill only the evil and let the good live on as a means to improve the world. She learns to her horror and grief that death doesn't choose who is worthy of living/dying, it just happens when people reach the end of their lives, however that happens or whether they deserve it. The ordeal breaks her, and in subsequent stories she keeps her head down and tries to avoid her family as much as possible.

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* BreaktheCutie: BreakTheCutie: Happens to her in Soul Music, ''Soul Music'', overlapped with BreaktheHaughty. She resolves to kill only the evil and let the good live on as a means to improve the world. She learns to her horror and grief that death doesn't choose who is worthy of living/dying, it just happens when people reach the end of their lives, however that happens or whether they deserve it. The ordeal breaks her, and in subsequent stories she keeps her head down and tries to avoid her family as much as possible.


* AerithAndBob: War's children, all named after things associated with War... and then there's the youngest, who's called Clancy.

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* AerithAndBob: War's children, all named after things associated with War... and then there's the youngest, who's called Clancy. Although that still might be [[Creator/TomClancy meaningful]].


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* ThePrimaDonna: Famine, who huffily refuses to join in with the world-ending unless it involves something to do with food shortage.


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* TheSoCalledCoward: Pestilence's nerves have been shaky with all these new medical science advances cropping up, but in the end he will still roll out to save/doom the world when the situation calls for it.

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* ScavengersAreScum: Subverted; although Quoth is quite unashamed about his love of scavenging (eyeballs especially), he's quite helpful and sympathetic beneath his DeadpanSnarker facade. In ''Hogfather'', the Death of Rats locates a dead sheep buried in the snow for Quoth, and it's depicted as a touching holiday gift rather than disgusting.


* BreaktheCutie: Happens to her in Soul Music, overlapped with BreaktheHaughty. She resolves to kill only the evil and let the good live on as a means to improve the world. She learns to her horror and grief that death doesn't choose who is worthy of living/dying, it just happens when people reach the end of their live, however that happens or whether they deserve it. The ordeal breaks her, and in subsequent stories she keeps her head down and tries to avoid her family as much as possible.

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* BreaktheCutie: Happens to her in Soul Music, overlapped with BreaktheHaughty. She resolves to kill only the evil and let the good live on as a means to improve the world. She learns to her horror and grief that death doesn't choose who is worthy of living/dying, it just happens when people reach the end of their live, lives, however that happens or whether they deserve it. The ordeal breaks her, and in subsequent stories she keeps her head down and tries to avoid her family as much as possible.


* CharacterDevelopment: Even leaving aside EarlyInstalmentWeirdness, ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' develops how much he's changed from how he was in ''{{Discworld/Mort}}'', with a time-travelling Susan noting that he's a ''much'' more forbidding figure than the grandfather she's come to know. That said, during that conversation, as in ''{{Discworld/Mort}}'' itself, his {{Adorkable}} nature is revealed to be not ''that'' far beneath the surface.



** This later extends to his granddaughter, Susan (though she's generally very capable of looking after herself), with it being indicated that his actions/the nature of his intervention in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' were driven by the fact that [[spoiler: the Music]] had upset Susan by [[spoiler: killing Imp/Buddy]].



Mortimer aka. Mort is the title character of ''Discworld/{{Mort}}''. As a clumsy teenager at the village fair, he's the last one left when Death arrives looking for an apprentice. Yet underneath the black robe, Mort is still a clumsy teenager, and Death apprenticed him in part as a companion for his daughter Ysabell, which leads to complications. Mort appears in his own book, and in a flashback during the sequel, ''Discworld/SoulMusic.''

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Mortimer aka.a.k.a. Mort is the title character of ''Discworld/{{Mort}}''. As a clumsy teenager at the village fair, he's the last one left when Death arrives looking for an apprentice. Yet underneath the black robe, Mort is still a clumsy teenager, and Death apprenticed him in part as a companion for his daughter Ysabell, which leads to complications. Mort appears in his own book, and in a flashback during the sequel, ''Discworld/SoulMusic.''



* BecomingTheMask: The universe needs a Death, so when the original Death [[DeathTakesAHoliday tries to retire]], his powers and personality begin to transfer to Mort.

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* BadassAbnormal: As Death's Apprentice, even before DeathTakesAHoliday, he gets a number of the powers associated with the position, such as walking through walls and being able to speak any language.
* BecomingTheMask: The universe needs a Death, so when the original Death [[DeathTakesAHoliday tries to retire]], his powers and personality (most of it) begin to transfer to Mort.Mort. The result is one of the few things that actually genuinely scares Albert.



* PreAssKickingOneLiner: A beautifully menacing one to Albert:

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* PreAssKickingOneLiner: A Delivers a beautifully menacing one to Albert:



* TookALevelInJerkass: Though not without reason. When Susan is born, he and Ysabell decided they wanted their daughter to be normal ... which meant cutting off all contact from Death save for a few short visits, that Susan doesn't even remember. This is implied to be on the grounds that, while Death had the best of intentions, they wanted to give her a normal life (which Ysabell never had) and to keep her away from the influence the position of Death can have on people (which nearly turned Mort into a HumanoidAbomination combining the most terrifying bits of Death and the worst of humanity). Considering that Susan's life becomes increasingly less normal after Death gets involved, and over time she finds it harder and harder to stay human, you can see Mort's point.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Though As he starts becoming Death, with all the bad bits of humanity thrown in, he becomes much colder and more imperious, but with a capacity for personal malice that Death ''doesn't'' have. The result scares the hell out of Albert, and unnerves Ysabell.
** After Susan was born, though
not without reason. When Susan is born, he He and Ysabell decided they wanted their daughter to be normal ... which meant cutting off all contact from Death save for a few short visits, visits that Susan doesn't even remember. This is implied to be on the grounds that, while Death had the best of intentions, they wanted to give her a normal life (which Ysabell never had) and to keep her away from the influence the position of Death can have on people (which nearly turned Mort into a HumanoidAbomination combining the most terrifying bits of Death and the worst of humanity). Considering that Susan's life becomes increasingly less normal after Death gets involved, and over time she finds it harder and harder to stay human, you can see Mort's point.




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* TookALevelInJerkass: When Susan is born, she and Mort decided they wanted their daughter to be normal ... which meant cutting off all contact from Death save for a few short visits, that Susan doesn't even remember.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: When Susan is born, she and Mort decided they wanted their daughter to be normal ...normal... which meant cutting off all contact from Death save for a few short visits, that Susan doesn't even remember. Though as noted above under Mort's tab, her experiences of ''not'' having a normal life and Mort's of the influence that Death's power can have on a human, plus the way that a running plot in Susan's books is how she's getting increasingly less human the more she gets reluctantly involved in the occult, you can see her point.



Death's coworkers, if you like, in the four horsemen of the Apocralypse - War, Pestilence and Famine. Due to reasons related to their business being much less common than Death's, they don't tend to show up as much. There's also a fifth member, Khaos, who left before they got famous.

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Death's coworkers, if you like, in the four horsemen of the Apocralypse - War, Pestilence and Famine. Due to reasons related to their business being much less common than Death's, they don't tend to show up as much. There's also a fifth member, Khaos, Kaos, who left before they got famous.
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* AerithAndBob: War's children, all named after things associated with War... and then there's the youngest, who's called Clancy.



* HenpeckedHusband: War, who is told what to do and think and eat by his Valkyrie wife.

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* HenpeckedHusband: War, who is told what to do and think and eat by his Valkyrie wife. Death is mildly impressed by the concept of keeping one's memory in someone else's head. In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', towards the end, he stops being this, politely but firmly telling his wife that he's very clear on what he's thinking.



* LoopholeAbuse: In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', they point out to the Auditors that yes, they must ride out... but no one ever said who they should ride out ''against''.



* TheQuietOne: Famine doesn't say as much as the other two, usually on account of stuffing his face

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* TheQuietOne: Famine doesn't say as much as the other two, usually on account of stuffing his faceface.


* ExactWords: He uses this a lot, sometimes to his advantage.



* NoSocialSkills: A gentle approach of this. Susan says in Hogfather that he would tackle the issue of famine by giving everyone a good meal; while he has the power and the intention to carry it out, being generous like that isn't really beneficial as enabling people to be self-sufficient.



* ThresholdGuardian: He is there when people leave their existence in one realm and ushers them to the other side, but that's it.



* BreaktheCutie: Happens to her in Soul Music, overlapped with BreaktheHaughty. She resolves to kill only the evil and let the good live on as a means to improve the world. She learns to her horror and grief that death doesn't choose who is worthy of living/dying, it just happens when people reach the end of their live, however that happens or whether they deserve it. The ordeal breaks her, and in subsequent stories she keeps her head down and tries to avoid her family as much as possible.



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Technically she is the Duchess of Sto Helit but outside of a very brief mention in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' this never comes up.

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Technically she is the Duchess of Sto Helit but outside of a very brief mention in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', this never really comes up.



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* BlessedWithSuck: The more she uses her powers (which are inherent to her very being and so she really can't ''stop'' using them), the more she becomes like her granddad. (It's heavily implied that if he ever decides to retire permanently, the post of Death will go to her.) This is all very unfortunate because she really wants to remain human.

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* BlessedWithSuck: The more she uses her powers (which are inherent to her very being and so she really can't ''stop'' using them), the more she becomes like her granddad. (It's Indeed, it's heavily implied that if he ever decides to retire permanently, the post of Death will go to her.) her. This is all very unfortunate because she really wants to remain human.



* FlatEarthAtheist: Her parents raised her as such to try and keep her away from her grandfather. In her first appearance in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' she doesn't believe in all this "death" nonsense despite the events occurring or the fact that her grandfather is Death himself, her father was his apprentice, and her mother is his adoptive daughter. She tries it again rather half-heartedly at the start of ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', in respect to the Death of Rats and Quoth, but stops bothering.

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* FlatEarthAtheist: Literally. Her parents raised her as such to try and keep her away from her grandfather. grandfather - not so much out of dislike towards him, as a desire to give her a normal life, especially after she demonstrated inclinations towards the occult (and since both her parents had seen what a human with Death's mantle could be like - her father, as Death's Apprentice - they were understandably scared witless). In her first appearance in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' she doesn't believe in all this "death" "Death" nonsense despite the events occurring or the fact that her grandfather is Death himself, her father was his apprentice, and her mother is his adoptive daughter. She tries it again rather half-heartedly at the start of ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', in respect to the Death of Rats and Quoth, but stops bothering.



* GeneticMemory: She tries hard to forget it, but she can remember both the past ''and'' future. She is not happy with her grandfather about this.

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* GeneticMemory: She tries hard to forget it, but she can remember both the past ''and'' future. She is not happy with her grandfather about this.this (though it isn't really his fault).



* RealityWarper: Not of the GameBreaker variety, but time and space have very fluid definitions to her and she moves around them in a different way than everyone else. Even resident badasses Albert and [[NeverMessWithGranny Nanny Ogg]] are creeped out and cautious around her. Mostly because sometimes she forgets about doors. And walls. Of course, in Albert's case, that might have something to do with what happened after her father took on the Duty and became something ''worse'' than Death.

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* RealityWarper: Not of the GameBreaker variety, but time and space have very fluid definitions to her and she moves around them in a different way than everyone else. Even resident badasses Albert and [[NeverMessWithGranny Nanny Ogg]] are creeped out and cautious around her. Mostly because sometimes she forgets about doors. And walls. Of course, in Albert's case, that might have something to do with what happened after her father took on the Duty and became something ''worse'' than Death.Death - specifically, what he nearly did to Albert.



* UncannyValley: She seems to give off this vibe in-universe because she doesn't exist within time like everyone else. It's creepy even to witches.
* WhiteHairedPrettyGirl: Her hair is mostly white and she gets more than a bit of male attention.

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* UncannyValley: She seems to give off this vibe in-universe because she doesn't exist within time like everyone else. It's creepy even to witches.
a senior witch like Nanny Ogg, who's more or less SeenItAll.
* WhiteHairedPrettyGirl: Her hair is mostly white and she gets more than a bit of male attention.attention - though that attention tends to become less enthusiastic after her hair displays its other distinctive habit of reshaping itself at odd moments into various different styles.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He seems to be a fairly harmless grumpy OldRetainer, but when he decides to reclaim his magic, he demonstrates that he's a force to be reckoned with - powerful enough, indeed, to take on Death on the mortal plane (whilst in the circle of the Rite of Ashe-Kente) if he'd had his staff. Unfortunately for him, the Librarian had hidden it.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: He seems to be a fairly harmless grumpy OldRetainer, but when he decides to reclaim his magic, he demonstrates that he's a force to be reckoned with - powerful enough, indeed, to take on Death on the mortal plane (whilst in the circle of the Rite of Ashe-Kente) Ashe-Kente), being speculated to be as powerful as a Wizard could be without being a Sourcerer... but only if he'd had his staff. Unfortunately And unfortunately for him, the Librarian had hidden it.



* ImmortalitySeeker: Performed the ritual to summon Death in reverse, on the theory that it would keep Death away. Didn't occur to Albert that it might summon ''him'' to ''Death'' instead. [[LivingForeverIsAwesome It did end up netting him a kind of indefinite suspension from dying, though, which is good enough for him.]] He's not afraid of death or the afterlife; he's worried about everyone he sent there first and how upset they'll be about it.
* InstantDogEnd: "Only an expert could get a rollup so thin and yet so soggy."

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* ImmortalitySeeker: Performed the ritual to summon Death in reverse, working on the theory that it would keep Death away. Didn't occur to Albert that it might summon ''him'' to ''Death'' instead. [[LivingForeverIsAwesome It did end up netting him a kind of indefinite suspension from dying, though, which is good enough for him.]] He's not afraid of death (much less Death) or the afterlife; he's worried about everyone he sent there first and how upset they'll be about it.
* InstantDogEnd: Much like Nobby.
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"Only an expert could get a rollup so thin and yet so soggy."



* RetiredBadass: He was head wizard back in the days when getting to the top meant vaporizing the guy above you, and then the guy above him... Many speculate that he was the most powerful a wizard could be without being a [[RealityWarper Sourcerer.]] He absolutely terrified the most powerful living wizards on the Disc when he went back to the world.

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* RetiredBadass: He was head wizard back in the days when getting to the top meant vaporizing the guy above you, and then the guy above him... Many speculate that he was the most powerful a wizard could be without being a [[RealityWarper Sourcerer.]] He Sourcerer]], and the evidence seems to bear this out: he absolutely terrified the most powerful living wizards on the Disc when he went back to the world.




* BadassBoast: Picks up several over the course of his apprenticeship.

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* BadassBoast: Picks up Gives several over the course of his apprenticeship.



* DeathsHourglass: Everybody has a "lifetimer" and each is stylized to represent its owner. Late in the story, Mort has a close brush with Death and gets to see his own lifetimer -- turns out it's got a [[OhCrap lot less sand]] than he thought.

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* TheCameo: He and Ysabell are referred to in passing as "the new Duke and Duchess of Sto-Helit" and "a nice young couple" in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' after Vimes has been fired, with Sybil Ramkin mentioning that they need a new captain of the guard.
* DeathsHourglass: Everybody has a "lifetimer" and each is stylized to represent its owner. Late in the story, Mort has a close brush with Death and gets to see his own lifetimer -- turns out it's got a [[OhCrap lot less sand]] than he thought. [[spoiler: It gets turned upside down at the end, which is implied to give him the same number of years he's already had over again - though that still means that he dies relatively young.]]



* TookALevelInJerkass: When Susan is born, he and Ysabell decided they wanted their daughter to be normal ... which meant cutting off all contact from Death save for a few short visits, that Susan doesn't even remember.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Though not without reason. When Susan is born, he and Ysabell decided they wanted their daughter to be normal ... which meant cutting off all contact from Death save for a few short visits, that Susan doesn't even remember. This is implied to be on the grounds that, while Death had the best of intentions, they wanted to give her a normal life (which Ysabell never had) and to keep her away from the influence the position of Death can have on people (which nearly turned Mort into a HumanoidAbomination combining the most terrifying bits of Death and the worst of humanity). Considering that Susan's life becomes increasingly less normal after Death gets involved, and over time she finds it harder and harder to stay human, you can see Mort's point.


* TheComicallySerious: His very serious-minded inability to really ''get'' human ideas is somewhere between hilarious, a little tragic, and oddly cute.

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* TheComicallySerious: His very serious-minded inability to really ''get'' human ideas is somewhere between hilarious, a little tragic, and oddly cute. Often, his cameo appearances consist of him just being in the area, not even having to do something, just speaking in [[AC:The Voice]], while the laughs come from the audience knowing what the characters don't.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' he's pretty cold and menacing, killing some people randomly to blow off steam, and even ''harming a cat''. ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' retooled him into the compassionate {{Psychopomp}} we all [[DontFearTheReaper know and love]].
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Muggles, like Mort's father, tend to think he's an undertaker because that's the closest thing their weirdness censors allow to the anthromorphic personification of death.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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In ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' he's pretty cold and menacing, killing some people randomly to blow off steam, and even ''harming a cat''. ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'' retooled him into the compassionate {{Psychopomp}} we all [[DontFearTheReaper know and love]].
** Likewise, ''Colour of Magic'' and ''The Light Fantastic'' make no mention of his very distinctive eyes.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: AFormYouAreComfortableWith:
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Muggles, like Mort's father, tend to think he's an undertaker because that's the closest thing their weirdness censors allow to the anthromorphic personification of death. death.
** In ''Pyramids'', it's mentioned he used to show up as however the person he was meeting saw Death, but that was too much of a hassle, so he sticks to the traditional skeleton in a robe look.


* BerserkButton: He takes the long view and doesn't lose his temper over most things. But he can be angered. (You don't want that.) Hypocrisy can do it; hubris; obviously interfering with the balance of life and death; less obviously, cruelty to cats. He had a grudge against Rincewind for a while, due to the latter's tendency to ''not'' die on schedule, but eventually, he just came to accept that Rincewind was a CosmicPlaything. He also hates being blamed for killing people, [[AllAPartOfTheJob he's just picking up the pieces when people die. If he doesn't do it, then reality falls out of balance.]]

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* BerserkButton: He takes the long view and doesn't lose his temper over most things. But he can be angered. (You don't want that.) Hypocrisy can do it; hubris; obviously interfering with the balance of life and death; less obviously, cruelty to cats. He had a grudge against Rincewind for a while, due to the latter's tendency to ''not'' die on schedule, but eventually, he just came to accept that Rincewind was a CosmicPlaything. He also
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hates being blamed for killing people, [[AllAPartOfTheJob he's just picking up the pieces when people die. If he doesn't do it, then reality falls out of balance.]]


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* ResignedToTheCall: He accepts his role as the reaper because it's the role that's integral to the cycle of life. He doesn't take pleasure in the deaths of others or taunt their fate, in fact, he's offended by the idea of him killing people. Death insists that reapers must care for humanity in order to do their jobs.

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* AlwaysABiggerFish: Even TheGrimReaper himself answers to someone even bigger, in this case the Death of Universes. Also inverted where there are [[OddJobGods Death of Rats, Fleas...]]

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* BackFromTheDead: He ''can'' resurrect people by refilling their DeathsHourglass, but he's ''not allowed'' to do so. [[SubbingForSanta Not normally, at least.]]


* SternTeacher: In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime''. Something of a goth version of [[TheMagicSchoolBus Miss Frizzle]], actually.

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* SternTeacher: In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime''. Something of a goth version of [[TheMagicSchoolBus [[Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus Miss Frizzle]], actually.


* WeirdnessCensor: As a walking skeleton, most ordinary folk don't see him (because obviously walking skeletons don't exist, do they?). Wizards, witches and children are among the few who can see him regularly (wizards and witches by dint of being wizards and witches, and children because they ''lack'' a weirdness censor).

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* WeirdnessCensor: As a walking skeleton, most ordinary folk don't see him (because obviously walking skeletons don't exist, do they?). In the event that something ''makes'' them see him they get a form they can comprehend without dropping into gibbering madness, either an undertaker or an abnormally skinny tall man who looks vaguely skeletal. Wizards, witches and children are among the few who can see him regularly (wizards and witches by dint of being wizards and witches, and children because they ''lack'' a weirdness censor).

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