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* BlatantLies: "I thought it was a big pigeon."
* BondOneLiner: After killing someone with the mail sorter, a number of suitable puns are mentioned in the narration. Subverted, however, as Moist is just noisily sick instead.

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* BlatantLies: Moist, not wanting the watch to pry too much into his dispute with Reacher Gilt, says of the corpse of Mr. Gryle the banshee "I thought it was a big pigeon."
* BondOneLiner: Parodied; After killing someone a would-be assassin with the mail sorter, a number of suitable puns are mentioned in the narration. Subverted, however, as narration observes that this would have been a perfect time to say something clever like "''That's'' what I call 'sorted'!". But since Moist is isn't the heroic type, [[StressVomit he just gets noisily sick instead.instead]].


* TWordEuphemism: Moist's rant when he realizes what Gilt is doing apparently includes the K-word, the L-word, the T-word, two different S-words, the V-word and the Y-word.



* UnfulfilledPurposeMisery: Anghammarad is a nineteen-thousand-year-old golem who was supposed to deliver a warning that the sea goddess was angry to a city, but the city was underwater by the time he got there. Fortunately, golems believe time is cyclical, so he only needs to wait until the universe resets and he can finally deliver his message (which he has repeatedly retranscribed over the millenia). [[spoiler:When he dies in the Post Office fire, he tells Death he is perfectly happy waiting where he is, as not having to do anything is the golems' definition of freedom.]]



* TWordEuphemism: Moist's rant when he realizes what Gilt is doing apparently includes the K-word, the L-word, the T-word, two different S-words, the V-word and the Y-word.
* UnfulfilledPurposeMisery: Anghammarad is a nineteen-thousand-year-old golem who was supposed to deliver a warning that the sea goddess was angry to a city, but the city was underwater by the time he got there. Fortunately, golems believe time is cyclical, so he only needs to wait until the universe resets and he can finally deliver his message (which he has repeatedly retranscribed over the millenia). [[spoiler:When he dies in the Post Office fire, he tells Death he is perfectly happy waiting where he is, as not having to do anything is the golems' definition of freedom.]]

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* TheChosenOne: Subverted, in that the neglected Mail is so desperate that they'll Choose anyone ''who happens to be available''.


* CouldntFindALighter: Watching outside [[spoiler:the burning post office,]] Adora Bell Dearheart catches a burning piece of paper that flutters past and uses it to light a cigarette.

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* CouldntFindALighter: Watching outside [[spoiler:the burning post office,]] Adora Bell Belle Dearheart catches a burning piece of paper that flutters past and uses it to light a cigarette.


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** The chairmen of the board at first fall for Vetinari's ObfuscatingStupidity--after all, he was classically educated. Then they remember ''where'' that classical education comes from.


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* OutGambitted: Gilt is a MagnificentBastard, no doubt about it. Unfortunately for him, he's still not as good as Vetinari.


** When the Wizards are trying to tune their Omniscope, Ridcully continually complains that they keep getting [[LordOfTheRings "That damn enormous flaming eye again"]] ... which turns out to be the magnified eye of the student they're trying to contact, inflamed due to his allergies.

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** When the Wizards are trying to tune their Omniscope, Ridcully continually complains that they keep getting [[LordOfTheRings [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings "That damn enormous flaming eye again"]] ... which turns out to be the magnified eye of the student they're trying to contact, inflamed due to his allergies.


** The notion of collectors paying for used hangman's rope had previously appeared in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', as one of Fair Go Dibbler's money-making scams.[[note]] This was an actual thing that happened after public executions [[/note]]

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** The notion of collectors paying for used hangman's rope had previously appeared in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', as one of Fair Go Dibbler's money-making scams.[[note]] [[AluminumChristmasTrees This was an actual thing that happened after public executions executions]] [[/note]]


* IronicName: Adora Belle Dearheart is anything but adorable. Her late brother (affectionately) called her "Killer". Her love interest, Moist von Lipwig, calls her "Spike". Mind you, [[GoodIsNotNice she's a wonderful person, just not a very likable one]].

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* IronicName: Adora Belle Dearheart is anything but adorable. Her late brother (affectionately) called her "Killer". Her love interest, Moist von Lipwig, calls her "Spike". Mind you, [[GoodIsNotNice she's a wonderful person, just not a very likable one]].one]] (in contrast to Moist, who is, at least pre-character development, not a good person, but incredibly likable).

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* TrickedToDeath: Lord Vetinari offers (at different times) to let both Moist Von Lipwig and Reacher Gilt the opportunity to leave through a specific door, promising them "freedom" if they do. [[spoiler: Moist is genre-savvy enough to suspect a trap and refuse, but Reacher does go through the door and falls into the pit just beyond it]].

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-->'''Moist:''' ''[thinking]'' A secret society of ''postmen.'' I mean, ''why?''


* CutleryEscapeAid: Moist von Lipwig manages to secrete a spoon in his cell, which he uses to gradually chip away at the ancient mortar around one of the blocks in the wall. He finishes on the night before he's due to be hanged, only to find a freshly mortared block right behind it, with a shiny new spoon in the gap. Lord Vetinari regards false hope as a healthy prisoner activity.

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* CutleryEscapeAid: Moist von Lipwig manages to secrete secret a spoon in his cell, which he uses to gradually chip away at the ancient mortar around one of the blocks in the wall. He finishes on the night before he's due to be hanged, only to find a freshly mortared block right behind it, with a shiny new spoon in the gap. Lord Vetinari regards false hope as a healthy prisoner activity.

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* TrashLanding: Moist jumps from the window of the hotel when Mr. Pump is chasing him, only to realize that he's landed in manure.


* VerbalTic: Groat has a tendency to ''repeat'' his words, sir, ''repeat''.

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* VerbalTic: Groat has a tendency to ''repeat'', sir, ''repeat'' his words, sir, ''repeat''.words.

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* CreepyChangingPainting: Due to the imp-based technology used to print the stamps, around one in five has a small deviation from the original image. For instance, the one depicting the Tower of Art has a man throwing himself from the tower.


He let the golden glow rise. He'd fooled them all, even here. But the good bit was that he could go on doing it, he didn't have to stop.

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He let the golden glow rise. He'd fooled them all, even here.her. But the good bit was that he could go on doing it, he didn't have to stop.



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[[caption-width-right:240:Neither rain nor snow nor glo m of ni t can stay these mes engers abo t their duty.]]

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