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* NotWorthKilling: The assassins Ferret ratted out settle for giving him a bit of a kicking, as he's not worth the effort of actually killing.

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* NotWorthKilling: The assassins Ferret ratted out settle for giving him a bit of a kicking, as he's not worth the effort killing him would be "an embarrassing and demeaning waste of actually killing.fist."


* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Keel may have been a revolutionary (it's left ambiguous), but Vimes only raised the barricades to keep a handful of people safe.

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* NotInThisForYourRevolution: NotInThisForYourRevolution:
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Keel may have been a revolutionary (it's left ambiguous), but Vimes only raised the barricades to keep a handful of people safe.


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* NotWorthKilling: The assassins Ferret ratted out settle for giving him a bit of a kicking, as he's not worth the effort of actually killing.

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* ContemptCrossfire: Carcer fully shares Vimes's view of Knock and Quirke, he just approaches it from "the other direction." And "Ferret" is treated with disdain by absolutely everyone.


* CallForward: For instance, Vimes accidentally inspires [[HonestJohnsDealership Cut-Me-Own-Throat-Dibbler's]] CatchPhrase, establishing a StableTimeLoop. More cynically, the new would-be ruler Snapcase is spoken of with praise by some characters... both Vimes and the readers know that he will become Mad Lord Snapcase and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment be hung up by his figgin]].

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* CallForward: For instance, CallForward
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Vimes accidentally inspires [[HonestJohnsDealership Cut-Me-Own-Throat-Dibbler's]] CatchPhrase, establishing a StableTimeLoop. More cynically, the new would-be ruler Snapcase is spoken of with praise by some characters... both Vimes and the readers know that he will become Mad Lord Snapcase and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment be hung up by his figgin]].StableTimeLoop.


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** More cynically, the new would-be ruler Snapcase is spoken of with praise by some characters... both Vimes and the readers know that he will become Mad Lord Snapcase and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment be hung up by his figgin]].


** Vimes fondly recalls a time when he was on patrol and stood so unobtrusively that a thief fleeing some other guards hid in the same patch of shadow and leaned on Vimes while catching his breath. His reaction when Vimes suddenly made his presence known was to "forget everything his mother had, forty years earlier, spent many hours patiently teaching him".

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** Vimes fondly recalls a time when he was on patrol and stood so unobtrusively that a thief fleeing some other guards hid in the same patch of shadow and leaned on Vimes while catching his breath. His reaction when Vimes suddenly made his presence known was to "forget everything do "what his mother had, dear mother, some forty years earlier, spent many hours before, had very patiently teaching him".taught him not to do.".


* NoodleImplements: The Ginger Beer torture method. Pratchett eventually did reveal what the "Ginger Beer Trick" actually is, although he despaired a bit that people actually had to be told. You shake it up real good to get the fizz going, then you stick it up the poor bastard's ''nose''. '''''Ouch.''''' For those familiar only with Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer is a whole different, and much HOTTER, sort of animal.

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* NoodleImplements: The Ginger Beer torture method. Pratchett eventually did reveal what the "Ginger Beer Trick" actually is, although he despaired a bit that people actually had to be told. You shake it up real good to get the fizz going, then you stick it up the poor bastard's ''nose''. '''''Ouch.''''' For those familiar only with Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer is a whole different, and much HOTTER, sort of animal. However, as long as it was still carbonated, any sort of fizzy beverage would likely work, if not as well. (Notably, a dirty cop on Television/{{Dexter}} used it in an unofficial interrogation.

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* UnreliableExpositor: Lu-tze openly admits that what he tells Vimes is a lie he can understand and the truth is much more complicated. What he doesn't tell him is that the monks don't actually know what's going on; they're keeping both timelines going in the hopes that RubberBandHistory will kick in after the new one hits CloseEnoughTimeline, but Vimes taking Keel's place happened all on it's own and they have several competing hypothesis as to why (one of which is that its' "Just Plain Weird").


* HenpeckedHusband: One Spencer Rutherford, who gets dragged into the Glorious Revolution by dint of his father in-law's chair being made part of the Treacle Street barricade while said father in-law was asleep on it, making his wife complain at the police. Vimes sizes him up as the sort of man who wouldn't dream of divorce, but thinks of killing his wife every single day.

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* HenpeckedHusband: One Spencer Rutherford, who gets dragged into the Glorious Revolution by dint of his father in-law's chair being made part of the Treacle Street Mine Road barricade while said father in-law was asleep on it, making his wife complain at the police. Vimes sizes him up as the sort of man who wouldn't dream of divorce, but thinks of killing his wife every single day.



* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: [[spoiler:Wiglet, the second member of the Treacle Street crew to die, gets an arrow straight through the body and drops dead in the space of a sentence.]]

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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: [[spoiler:Wiglet, the second member of the Treacle Street Mine Road crew to die, gets an arrow straight through the body and drops dead in the space of a sentence.]]


* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: [[spoiler:Wiggins, the second member of the Treacle Street crew to die, gets an arrow straight through the body and drops dead in the space of a sentence.]]

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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: [[spoiler:Wiggins, [[spoiler:Wiglet, the second member of the Treacle Street crew to die, gets an arrow straight through the body and drops dead in the space of a sentence.]]


** Normally amiable Fred Colon's reaction to a young corporal asking why they were wearing sprigs of lilac, and whether the corporal should be wearing one, seems quite disproportionate, as it seems like a fair question to us, but as the reason becomes apparent later in the book the incident implies that the subject of the revolution is a BerserkButton for Colon.

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** Normally amiable Fred Colon's reaction to a young corporal Corporal Ping asking why they were wearing sprigs of lilac, and lilac (and whether the corporal Ping should be wearing one, one) seems quite disproportionate, as it seems like a fair question to us, but as on the reason becomes apparent later in face of it. However, when at the book the incident implies climax it's revealed that the subject of lilac was used by those who were there at the revolution is end as an impromptu plume, in a BerserkButton for Colon.fight where several watchmen were killed, it becomes a lot more understandable.



* BrokenRecord: [[spoiler:After Snapcase sends Carcer to murder Keel and his men, Dickens can only repeat "there was an armistice" over and over.]]

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* BrokenRecord: [[spoiler:After Snapcase sends Carcer to murder Keel and his men, Dickens can only repeat "there was an armistice" amnesty" over and over.over, first in confusion and horror, and then in outrage.]]



* CerebusRetcon: We first met Reg Shoe in ''Discworld/ReaperMan,'' already dead and working as a zombie activist, with no mention of how he actually died. In this book, [[TearJerker we find out.]]

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* CerebusRetcon: We first met Reg Shoe in ''Discworld/ReaperMan,'' already dead and working as a comically over-enthusiastic zombie activist, with no mention of how he actually died. In this book, [[TearJerker we find out.]]



* ColourCodedTimestop: During the brief moments [[spoiler:time is "stopped" by Lu-tze just before Vimes faces off against Carcer]], the whole world becomes gray.

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* ColourCodedTimestop: During the brief moments [[spoiler:time is "stopped" by Lu-tze just before Vimes faces off against Carcer]], the whole world becomes gray.grey.



* DoomedMoralVictor: Parodied, as the villains consider "You may take our lives, but you'll never take our freedom" to be the dumbest revolutionary slogan ever. Specifically, Carcer replies "Wrong," and cue the hail of crossbow bolts. Unknown to the speaker, it was nothing but the literal truth.

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* DoomedMoralVictor: Parodied, as the villains consider "You may take our lives, but you'll never take our freedom" to be the dumbest revolutionary slogan ever. Specifically, Carcer replies "Wrong," "Wrong!" and cue the hail of crossbow bolts. Unknown to Since the speaker, speaker is a pre-zombie Reg Shoe, however, it was turned out to be nothing but the literal truth.



* DueToTheDead: Present day Morporkians remembering the Glorious 25th of May by wearing lilacs and taking care of the graves of the fallen. Only people who were there can wear the lilac.
* EmptyShell: Vimes finds several people in the Unmentionable's headquarters who've been tortured so much there's nothing of them left.

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* DueToTheDead: Present day Morporkians remembering the Glorious 25th of May by wearing lilacs and taking care of the graves of the fallen. Only However, only people who were there can wear the lilac.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Reg, made no less awesome by the fact that he doesn't actually ''stay'' dead.
* EmptyShell: Vimes finds several people in the Unmentionable's headquarters who've been tortured so much there's nothing of them left.left and quietly does [[MercyKill the needful.]]



** Lady Meserole was clearly as power-hungry a schemer as anyone else, whose nephew suggested that she let him kill Keel for expediency (though she only gave him empty threats). But when she sees [[spoiler:Snapcase turn around and order his death despite the amnesty]] she's so disgusted she [[spoiler:orders Vetinari to protect Keel, and he happily obliges.]]
** The Night Watch aren't above accepting bribes and engaging in the occasional bit of police brutality. The Unmentionables' behavior makes them very uncomfortable, though. Similarly, the Watch don't have many standards even amongst themselves, but you ''do not drop your mates in the cacky.''

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** Lady Meserole was clearly is fairly morally grey, and certainly as power-hungry a schemer as anyone else, else (albeit one with some scruples, who wants a better leader for Ankh-Morpork, and acknowledges to Vimes/Keel that Snapcase is simply the best of a bad bunch), whose nephew suggested that she let him kill Keel for expediency (though she only gave him empty threats). But when she sees [[spoiler:Snapcase turn around and order his death despite the amnesty]] she's so disgusted she [[spoiler:orders Vetinari to protect Keel, and he happily obliges.]]
** The Night Watch aren't above accepting bribes and engaging in the occasional bit of police brutality. The Unmentionables' behavior behaviour makes them very uncomfortable, though. Similarly, the Watch don't have many standards even amongst themselves, but you ''do not drop your mates in the cacky.''



* FullCircleRevolution: A pretty much ForegoneConclusion. Snapcase, mentioned as [[TheCaligula Mad Lord Snapcase]] in previous books, isn't much better than Winder.

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* FullCircleRevolution: A pretty much ForegoneConclusion. ForegoneConclusion, and the way that all revolutions tend towards this is a running theme throughout the book. Snapcase, mentioned as [[TheCaligula Mad Lord Snapcase]] in previous books, isn't much better than Winder.Winder - something acknowledged by Madam Meserole, who bluntly remarks that he's the best of a bad bunch.



* TheGhost: The actual Keel is killed offscreen before Vimes is aware of the situation, and we only have his reminiscences to get a sense of what the actual man was like. Vimes doesn't make any particular effort to imitate him, except insofar as it allows him to take the man's place, and muses on whether he was really a revolutionary, so it's unclear what Keel what really about in the original timeline.

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* TheGhost: The actual Keel is killed offscreen before Vimes is aware of the situation, and we only have his reminiscences to get a sense of what the actual man was like. Vimes doesn't make any particular effort to imitate him, except insofar as it allows him to take the man's place, and muses on whether he was really a revolutionary, revolutionary or just (like Vimes himself) swept up in events, so it's unclear what Keel what really about in the original timeline.



* GoneHorriblyRight: In a non-science trope, Vimes' plan for the barricade. The original John Keel may have been a revolutionary, but Vimes just wanted to keep a few silly, innocent people safe and protect those in his street.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: In a non-science trope, Vimes' plan for the barricade. The original John Keel may or may not have been a revolutionary, but Vimes just wanted to keep a few silly, innocent people safe and protect those in his street.



* HonorAmongThieves: The Night Watch are little better than the criminals they police; they bully citizens, openly accept bribes and have no morals to speak of. But You Do Not Drop Your Mates In The Cacky, and ''especially'' not the stupid little rookie who doesn't know better.

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* HonorAmongThieves: The Night Watch are little better than the criminals they police; they bully citizens, openly accept bribes and have no few morals to speak of. But if they do have one solid belief, it's that You Do Not Drop Your Mates In The Cacky, and ''especially'' not the stupid little rookie who doesn't know better.



* ALessonInDefeat: An overconfident student from the Assassins' Guild is sent after Vimes at the beginning of the book for pretty much this purpose.

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* ALessonInDefeat: An overconfident student from the Assassins' Guild is sent after Vimes (who's beaten a number of assassins sent after him, to the point of regarding it as a hobby, and extensively booby-trapped his home) on a recon mission at the beginning of the book for pretty much this purpose.



* MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal: How Vimes un-corrupts the younger Sam before it can really set in - asking what Mother Vimes would think if she knew ''where'' that dollar came from.

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* MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal: How Vimes un-corrupts the younger Sam before it can really set in - asking what Mother Mrs Vimes would think if she knew ''where'' that dollar came from.from. Apparently she would have tanned his hide.



** Sergeant Abba Stronginthearm, who previously appeared in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' and ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', moving up the ranks but never becoming a main character. He's still well enough known for his death at Carcer's hands to be a shock.
** Also, Ned Coates. A cynical badass watchman who seems to be on the inside with the real revolution, he seemingly opts out in the middle of the book, comes back to be a big help in the end... [[spoiler: and then in the very last pages we learn that he died during the clash between the watch and Carcer's men.]]

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** Sergeant Abba Stronginthearm, who previously appeared in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' and ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', moving up the ranks but never becoming a main character. He's still well enough known for his death at Carcer's hands to be a shock.
** Also, Ned Coates. A cynical badass watchman who seems to be on the inside with the real revolution, he seemingly opts out in the middle of the book, comes back to be a big help in the end... [[spoiler: and then in the very last pages we learn that he died during the clash between the watch Watch and Carcer's men.]]



* MundaneUtility: Sweeper uses Procrastinators, devices capable of taking objects outside of the flow of time, to keep food fresh.

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* MundaneUtility: Sweeper Lu-Tze uses Procrastinators, devices capable of taking objects outside of the flow of time, to keep food fresh. He also talked Qu into creating the 'Temporal Toilet', which discharges 10 million years into the past, into a volcano.



* NoodleIncident / TheFunInFuneral: If Colon had one dollar for every officer funeral he went to he'd have nineteen and a half dollars. A half because in one of them, the officer woke up just in time and banged on the lid.

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* NoodleIncident / TheFunInFuneral: NoodleIncident[=/=]TheFunInFuneral: If Colon had one dollar for every officer funeral he went to he'd have nineteen and a half dollars. A half because in one of them, the officer woke up just in time and banged on the lid.



** Another: Vimes finally revealed that he wasn't really Sergeant Keel to Ned Coates. He admitted he traveled through time. This is after a huge melee. Coates looked over Sam, blood and all, heavily-used [[DualWielding swords in his hands]], and once he was told Vimes was a time-traveler, he had just one thing to ask: [[spoiler:"From how far ''back''?"]]

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** Another: Vimes finally revealed that he wasn't really Sergeant Keel to Ned Coates. He admitted he traveled through time. This is after a huge melee. Coates looked over Sam, Vimes, blood and all, heavily-used [[DualWielding swords in his hands]], and once he was told Vimes was a time-traveler, time-traveller, he had just one thing to ask: [[spoiler:"From how far ''back''?"]]



** Captain Findthee Swing also has a lot of correspondences with the deranged secret policeman Liutnant Verkramp in Creator/TomSharpe's ''Literature/IndecentExposure'' amd ''Literature/RiotousAssembly''. Verkramp is also borderline insane with an obsession with how far racial impurity in White South Africans can be measured and quantified - a big deal in TheApartheidEra - and also works for a controlling and pernicious secret police force which routinely tortures political suspects (BOSS).

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** Captain Findthee Swing also has a lot of correspondences with the deranged secret policeman Liutnant Verkramp in Creator/TomSharpe's ''Literature/IndecentExposure'' amd and ''Literature/RiotousAssembly''. Verkramp is also borderline insane with an obsession with how far racial impurity in White South Africans can be measured and quantified - a big deal in TheApartheidEra - and also works for a controlling and pernicious secret police force which routinely tortures political suspects (BOSS).


* AssassinOutclassin: Winder's paranoia means that after eleven years the Assassins Guild have had no luck getting to him, which he's naturally proud of.



* BaitAndSwitchComment: After the explanation of the tradition of the Bean King (to whit: in Ancient Times a man was chosen as king by a bean hidden in a meal, and once things started going poorly the monks who chose him got out the knives and chose a new king), the narration states that these days, things are done differently... no-one has to eat beans.



* ChekhovsSkill: Vimes' ability to booby-trap damn near everywhere, when some of the Unmentionables are sent to get him.



* LiesToChildren: Lu-Tze's explanation to Vimes about some of the mechanics of time travel is noted by another history monk as being completely inaccurate but he doesn't care so long as Vimes can wrap his head around it.

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* LiesToChildren: LiesToChildren:
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Lu-Tze's explanation to Vimes about some of the mechanics of time travel is noted by another history monk as being completely inaccurate but he doesn't care so long as Vimes can wrap his head around it.it.
** Mother Vimes told Sam his father was killed by an out-of-control oxen cart. The older Sam is impressed at how good a liar she was.


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* MamaDidntRaiseNoCriminal: How Vimes un-corrupts the younger Sam before it can really set in - asking what Mother Vimes would think if she knew ''where'' that dollar came from.


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** On returning back to his own time, Sam thinks that time-travel should look a little more impressive, like a [[Series/DoctorWho swirling blue tunnel]] or something.


* BriarPatching: When Captain Swing tries to get Vimes transferred into the Unmentionables, Vimes mentions to his current Captain that he's looking forward to it, counting on him to block the transfer out of spite.

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* BriarPatching: When Captain Swing tries to get Vimes transferred into the Unmentionables, Vimes mentions to his current Captain - one R. Rust - that he's looking forward to it, counting on him to block the transfer out of spite.



* BrokenRecord: [[spoiler:After Snapcase sends Carcer to murder Keel and his men, Dickens can only repeat "there was an armistice" over and over.]]



* CultureClash: A military man from Quirm has to have a captain from Ankh-Morpork explain to him why cavalry troops in the Ankh is a ''bad'' idea - aside from the natural problems of a horse in a tightly packed city, a man in fancy armor in Morpork is just walking loot.



* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:Knock, when confronted by Vimes at the climax, legs it and is never seen again.]]



* FantasticRacism:
** Leggy First doesn't like seeing Reg. No dead people should be in his graveyard, walkin' about the place.
** Since Vimes is in The Past, dwarves are nowhere near as present as they are in the modern day, and the idea of them making weapons is met with scorn and mockery.

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* FantasticRacism:
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FantasticRacism: Leggy First doesn't like seeing Reg. No dead people should be in his graveyard, walkin' about the place.
** Since Vimes is in The Past, dwarves are nowhere near as present as they are in the modern day, and the idea of them making weapons is met with scorn and mockery.
place.



** John Keel could not have been a revolutionary because neither known revolutionaries like CMOT Dibbler, Lady Roberta Meserole, Rosie Palm or [[spoiler: Ned Coates]] had included him in their plans before he came to town and Keel sure as hell wasn't aware of the Morphic Street Conspiracy. The best explanation is that Keel was a rebel sympathizer and that [[spoiler: Ned Coates]] convinced him to support the barricades when the riots started out.

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** John Keel could not have been a revolutionary because neither known revolutionaries like CMOT Dibbler, Lady Roberta Meserole, Rosie Palm or [[spoiler: Ned [[spoiler:Ned Coates]] had included him in their plans before he came to town and Keel sure as hell wasn't aware of the Morphic Street Conspiracy. The best explanation is that Keel was a rebel sympathizer and that [[spoiler: Ned [[spoiler:Ned Coates]] convinced him to support the barricades when the riots started out.



* {{Redshirt}}: [[spoiler:Poor Nancyball, who gets a few lines but no real characterization, before dying due to a grapnel hook to the stomach during the revolution. Deconstructed when Young Sam mentions that he doesn't know much about him, and Wiggins mentions Nancyball didn't speak much about anything to anyone.]]



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: In the time since Pseudopolis Yard got burnt down, some dwarfs have moved into the cellar. Of course, enough money means less dwarf, and no-one can outbid Vetenari.



* StagedPopulistUprising: The rebellion against Lord Winder is being subtly masterminded by [[spoiler: Madam Meserole]]. In fact for the most part it isn't really happening at all; the military is being sent in to break up protests (turning them into massacres and riots), and most of the barricades are just the neighborhoods trying to keep the chaos out of their own area until the whole thing dies down.

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* StagedPopulistUprising: The rebellion against Lord Winder is being subtly masterminded by [[spoiler: Madam [[spoiler:Madam Meserole]]. In fact for the most part it isn't really happening at all; the military is being sent in to break up protests (turning them into massacres and riots), and most of the barricades are just the neighborhoods trying to keep the chaos out of their own area until the whole thing dies down.



* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: [[spoiler:Wiggins, the second member of the Treacle Street crew to die, gets an arrow straight through the body and drops dead in the space of a sentence.]]



* YouJustToldMe: [[spoiler: Present day Vetinari confirms his suspicion that Vimes was Keel by calling him "Sergeant". Played with: What actually confirms it is Vimes' response when he notices: "You knew?"]]
* YouWillBeBeethoven: Vimes takes Keel's place after Carcer murders him. Subverted, though, as it's openly stated that the John Keel that Vimes knew ''was'' the real John Keel... but time travel works as it does in the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' series, meaning that Vimes' replacement of Keel [[spoiler: and the much longer-lived barricade]] don't undo the fact that Vimes originally was taught by Keel himself. The book is then Vimes' attempt to replicate Keel as accurately as possible.

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* YouJustToldMe: [[spoiler: Present [[spoiler:Present day Vetinari confirms his suspicion that Vimes was Keel by calling him "Sergeant". Played with: What actually confirms it is Vimes' response when he notices: "You knew?"]]
* YouWillBeBeethoven: Vimes takes Keel's place after Carcer murders him. Subverted, though, as it's openly stated that the John Keel that Vimes knew ''was'' the real John Keel... but time travel works as it does in the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' series, meaning that Vimes' replacement of Keel [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and the much longer-lived barricade]] don't undo the fact that Vimes originally was taught by Keel himself. The book is then Vimes' attempt to replicate Keel as accurately as possible.


-->'''Dibbler:''' "It's called victory stew, Sergeant. Tuppence a bowl, or I'll cut my own throat, eh?"
-->'''Vimes:''' "Close enough."

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-->'''Dibbler:''' "It's It's called victory stew, Sergeant. Tuppence a bowl, or I'll cut my own throat, eh?"
eh?
-->'''Vimes:''' "Close Close enough."



** Related to Vetinari, he makes a polite enquiry about the Assassin Guild doorman's son, a precursor to how in the future he makes a point of knowing about the guild heads' families.
** Madame Meserole makes a point of getting "Keel" angry to see where he goes, just as her nephew will.



* CircularReasoning: Everyone knows the Unmentionables torture people, but no-one does anything because the Unmentionables torture people.



** Early on, Vimes tries going to the wizards in the past for help. Lu-Tze discourages him by pointing out they are ''not'' Ridicully's bunch of old duffers. The wizards of thirty years ago are the arrogant, vicious, murderous bastard kind of wizards, who'd just laugh Vimes away.
** Mention is made once against of the neighbourhood Vimes grew up in, and how it had ''Standards'', as brought up in ''Feet of Clay''.

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** Early on, Vimes tries going to the wizards in the past for help. Lu-Tze discourages him by pointing out they are ''not'' Ridicully's bunch of old duffers. The wizards of thirty years ago are the arrogant, vicious, murderous bastard kind of wizards, wizards from the pre-''Moving Pictures'' books, who'd just laugh Vimes away.
** Mention is made once against of the neighbourhood Vimes grew up in, Cockbill Street, and how it had ''Standards'', as brought up in ''Feet of Clay''.



* EmptyShell: Vimes finds several people in the Unmentionable's headquarters who've been tortured so much there's nothing of them left.



* HenpeckedHusband: One Spencer Rutherford, who gets dragged into the Glorious Revolution by dint of his father in-law's chair being made part of the Treacle Street barricade while said father in-law was asleep on it, making his wife complain at the police. Vimes sizes him up as the sort of man who wouldn't dream of divorce, but thinks of killing his wife every single day.



* HonorAmongThieves: The Night Watch are little better than the criminals they police; they bully citizens, openly accept bribes and have no morals to speak of. But You Do Not Drop Your Mates In The Cacky.

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* HonorAmongThieves: The Night Watch are little better than the criminals they police; they bully citizens, openly accept bribes and have no morals to speak of. But You Do Not Drop Your Mates In The Cacky.Cacky, and ''especially'' not the stupid little rookie who doesn't know better.



* IRejectYourReality: Vimes, in a fit of exasperated brutal honest, tells Reg that he doesn't have a file on him, half the cops at Treacle Mine can't read, and in fact no-one has a file on him because no-one ''cares'' about him. It takes Reg a moment to restore his delusional view of reality.



'''Qu:''' Er, yes? ... Everyone I talk to is going to die. [[WeAllDieSomeday Everyone you talk to is going to die. Everybody dies.]]

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'''Qu:''' Er, yes? ...yes?\\
'''Sweeper:''' ...
Everyone I talk to is going to die. [[WeAllDieSomeday Everyone you talk to is going to die. Everybody dies.]]



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Vimes plays the stupid, loud but unshakable copper to arrest an Unmentionable.

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Vimes plays the stupid, loud but unshakable copper to arrest an Unmentionable.



* PunchClockVillain: A clerk Vimes finds in the Cable Street Watchhouse screams as Vimes confronts him that he was just doing his job.



* SaveTheVillain: Vimes sets fire to the Particulars' HQ but remembers too late that he left one of their thugs strapped into a prisoner's chair inside. He runs back in, deciding that he'll only undo one of the straps before legging it, as it'll be more of a chance than any of their victims got. [[spoiler:He runs into Swing, who has already killed the man.]]

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* SaveTheVillain: Vimes sets fire to the Particulars' HQ but remembers too late that he left one of their thugs strapped into a prisoner's chair inside. He runs back in, deciding that he'll only undo one of the straps before legging it, as it'll be more of a chance than any of their victims got. [[spoiler:He runs into Swing, who has already killed kills the man.]]


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** Twice, Vimes asks "[[Radio/TheShadow Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?]]" The second time gets the unheard answer [[AC:Me.]]


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* TwoPlusTortureEqualsFive: Captain Findthee Swing uses craniometrics to determine whether someone was a criminal or not. And funnily enough, after a short stay in the care of his much more ''direct'' underlings, he would inevitably be proven right.


** Early on, Vimes tries going to the wizards in the past for help. Lu-Tze discourages him by pointing out they are ''not'' Ridicully's bunch of old duffers. The wizards of thirty years ago are the arrogant, vicious, murderous bastard kind of wizards, who'd just laugh Vimes away.
** Mention is made once against of the neighbourhood Vimes grew up in, and how it had ''Standards'', as brought up in ''Feet of Clay''.
** Lu-Tze is still apparently quoting Ms. Cosmopolite and treating her common sayings as profound knowledge.



* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Lord Winder is so paranoid about assassins that Vetinari doesn't even have to lay a finger on him -- the man just dies from fear-induced shock when Vetinari enters.]]
* DecapitatedArmy: Discussed. [[spoiler: When the Monks finally take Vimes and Carcer back to the present, the bad guys leg it and the guards fight like tigers.]]

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* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Lord [[spoiler:Lord Winder is so paranoid about assassins that Vetinari doesn't even have to lay a finger on him -- the man just dies from fear-induced shock when Vetinari enters.]]
* DecapitatedArmy: Discussed. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When the Monks finally take Vimes and Carcer back to the present, the bad guys leg it and the guards fight like tigers.]]



* TheDreaded: The Agony Aunts, enforcers of the Guild of Seamstresses, are a greater figure of dread than the Watch. The Watch have ''rules''. The Aunts do not, and they can do all manner of creative things with a handbag and a parrot-handled umbrella... they stand as two of the few beings who can walk through The Shades without fear.



* EveryoneHasStandards: Vimes' childhood neighbourhood had Standards, the kind where having clean tables to eat food off of was more important than having food ''to'' eat. In this instance, it's explained that part of Standards was selling your clothes at the pawn shop, but ''never'' buying clothes there. You got them from Mr. Shonky, and you ''never'' asked where he got them (even though everyone knew).



* FantasticRacism:
** Leggy First doesn't like seeing Reg. No dead people should be in his graveyard, walkin' about the place.
** Since Vimes is in The Past, dwarves are nowhere near as present as they are in the modern day, and the idea of them making weapons is met with scorn and mockery.



* FrightDeathtrap: [[spoiler: Winder's ultimate fate is a terror-induced heart attack at the mere sight of Vetinari.]]

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* FrightDeathtrap: [[spoiler: Winder's [[spoiler:Winder's ultimate fate is a terror-induced heart attack at the mere sight of Vetinari.]]



* MeetTheNewBoss: Said by Mr Slant and Dr Follett after [[spoiler: Winder dies and Snapcase becomes the new Patrician.]] In Latin, no less. Then again in CanisLatinicus just for fun.

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** Snouty's name comes from his nose having been broken when he was younger, and it never quite set properly.
* MeetTheNewBoss: Said by Mr Slant and Dr Follett after [[spoiler: Winder [[spoiler:Winder dies and Snapcase becomes the new Patrician.]] In Latin, no less. Then again in CanisLatinicus just for fun.


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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The Cable Street Particulars were instructed by the paranoid Lord Snapcase to round people up under suspicion of being plotters and schemers. The narration points out that if you start rounding up people for this, pretty soon there are going to be ''actual'' plots and schemes happening.


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* YourHeadAsplode: A common problem the History Monks have is causing this. Lu-Tze disapproves, on the grounds there are better things to do with one's head.


* CantTakeAnythingWithYou: When going forward in time.

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* CantTakeAnythingWithYou: When going forward in time.time, because there isn't a huge mystical lightning storm powering the journey like there was on the way back, Vimes can't take anything that wasn't among the clothes and personal items he brought back with him. And because he's changed into different clothes, those are left behind and he arrives naked.

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