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* BookEnds: ''The Colour Of Magic'', the first Discworld novel, features the first foreign tourist's visit to Ankh-Morpork. ''Raising Steam'', the last mainstream novel[[note ''LiteratureTheShepherdsCrown'' was the last published novel, but that is part of the Tiffany Aching side series[[/note]] in the series published before Creator/TerryPratchett's death, features the introduction of the steam train to Ankh-Morpork, which makes tourist excursions to and from the city available to pretty much anyone.

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* BookEnds: ''The Colour Of Magic'', the first Discworld novel, features the first foreign tourist's visit to Ankh-Morpork. ''Raising Steam'', the last mainstream novel[[note ''LiteratureTheShepherdsCrown'' novel[[note]]''Literature/TheShepherdsCrown'' was the last published novel, but that is part of the Tiffany Aching side series[[/note]] in the series published before Creator/TerryPratchett's death, features the introduction of the steam train to Ankh-Morpork, which makes tourist excursions to and from the city available to pretty much anyone.


* BookEnds: ''The Colour Of Magic'', the first Discworld novel, features the first foreign tourist's visit to Ankh-Morpork. ''Raising Steam'', the last novel in the series published before Creator/TerryPratchett's death, features the introduction of the steam train to Ankh-Morpork, which makes tourist excursions to and from the city available to pretty much anyone.

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* BookEnds: ''The Colour Of Magic'', the first Discworld novel, features the first foreign tourist's visit to Ankh-Morpork. ''Raising Steam'', the last novel mainstream novel[[note ''LiteratureTheShepherdsCrown'' was the last published novel, but that is part of the Tiffany Aching side series[[/note]] in the series published before Creator/TerryPratchett's death, features the introduction of the steam train to Ankh-Morpork, which makes tourist excursions to and from the city available to pretty much anyone.

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* MortalityGreyArea: Golems are only animated as long as they have a chem (a paper with magic words) in their heads. Remove the chem and they're just very big humanoid statues with empty heads that creep everyone out (as Angua puts it, the living hate the undead and the undead loathe the alive). It doesn't mean they don't have wants, however, and after the events of ''Literature/FeetOfClay'' it turns out [[spoiler:putting a golem's bill of sale to itself along with its chem frees it from its need to have a master]], and the golems start working to free themselves.
** [[spoiler:Dorfl]] argues with a bunch of priests that if they want to prove he's not alive, they can grind him down to the finest powder to find a single spark of life, but to make sure the test is fair, the same must be done to a fellow priest. The priests see the difficulty in the proposal, because the golem can just be remolded and baked to be restored.

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* NobleTongue: The Quirmian language is basically French and aristocratic young women generally go to boarding school in Quirm. Also naturally in aristocratic use is the old Ankh-Morpork language of [[DogLatin Latian]].

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* FictionalConstellations: The Discworld's constellations are primarily used for the FictionalZodiac and change as the Turtle moves past them.


* BegoneBribe: The ''modus operandi'' of the Beggars' Guild.

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The ''modus operandi'' of the Beggars' Guild.



%%* BewitchedAmphibians: Nodded to many times, by both witches and wizards. %% Trope examples should give specific instances.

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%%* * BewitchedAmphibians: Nodded Wizards in the series sometimes do this, such as Alberto Malich towards an innkeeper in ''Literature/{{Mort}}''. Meanwhile, in ''Literature/WitchesAbroad'', Granny Weatherwax prefers to many times, by both witches simply make the victim ''[[DelusionsOfDoghood think]]'' they've been transformed, which is technically less cruel but a lot more entertaining, and wizards. %% Trope examples should give specific instances.wears off after a few days.



* DivineBirds: Parodied with Blind Io, the TopGod of the local pantheon. His defining characteristic is that he has no eyes in his head, instead having a myriad of disembodied floating ones that observe the world for him. Like other sky gods, he uses birds as divine messengers, which is unfortunate because his bird of choice is ravens, which tend to cause trouble with all the floating eyeballs.



* DigAttack: It is hinted that this is how Dwarfs carry out war underground. Dwarf war appears to consist in aggressive mining, digging and listening for the other side's tunnels and shafts, and breaking through either to launch direct assaults or else to sneakily undermine and collapse enemy delvings.

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* DigAttack: It is hinted that this is how Dwarfs dwarfs carry out war underground. Dwarf war appears to consist in aggressive mining, digging and listening for the other side's tunnels and shafts, and breaking through either to launch direct assaults or else to sneakily undermine and collapse enemy delvings.delvings.
* DivineBirds: Parodied with Blind Io, the TopGod of the local pantheon. His defining characteristic is that he has no eyes in his head, instead having a myriad of disembodied floating ones that observe the world for him. Like other sky gods, he uses birds as divine messengers, which is unfortunate because his bird of choice is ravens, which tend to cause trouble with all the floating eyeballs.



** Parallels are drawn between magic and nuclear power/science: borne out the structure of the universe, it's immensely powerful and can be employed for much benefit but has to be handled with great care. Places where it went wrong are left barren and toxic and may simply be craters, the waste products are dangerous and damaging for centuries afterwards, but generally it's perfectly safe to be around [[FalseReassurance right up until the moment when it very much isn't]]. This is due likely in part to how Sir Terry Pratchett was once a press officer for Britain's nuclear energy providers, and best summed up with the below quote from ''Going Postal'':

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** Parallels are drawn between magic and nuclear power/science: borne out the structure of the universe, it's immensely powerful and can be employed for much benefit benefit, but has to be handled with great care. Places where it went wrong are left barren and toxic and may simply be craters, and the waste products are dangerous and damaging for centuries afterwards, but generally it's perfectly safe to be around [[FalseReassurance right up until the moment when it very much isn't]]. This is due likely in part to how Sir Terry Pratchett was once a press officer for Britain's nuclear energy providers, and best summed up with the below quote from ''Going Postal'':



** Inverted with [[spoiler: Lady Luck]], the only goddess who must depart if her name is spoken.

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** Inverted with [[spoiler: Lady [[spoiler:Lady Luck]], the only goddess who must depart if her name is spoken.



* KarmaHoudini: It is practically stated in the books that Mustrum Ridcully brought the poor Bursar to madness. And he never gets his comeuppance for this!



** Noble dragons are your typical fantasy dragon, but have all disappeared for some reason. They seem to have retreated to fantasy but can show up under certain circumstances which always involve a lot of belief and/or magic. Examples are the Wyrmberg and ''Literature/GuardsGuards'' Though never stated, the implication seems to be that the dragons left due to the lessening of magical energy on Discworld, possibly due to the lack of Sourcerors.

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** Noble dragons are your typical fantasy dragon, but have all disappeared for some reason. They seem to have retreated to fantasy but can show up under certain circumstances which always involve a lot of belief and/or magic. Examples are the Wyrmberg and ''Literature/GuardsGuards'' Though never stated, the implication seems to be that the dragons left due to the lessening of magical energy on Discworld, possibly due to the lack of Sourcerors.Sourcerers.



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* SamuraiShinobi: PlayedForLaughs. The portrayal of Agatea causes all the Japanese and Chinese tropes to bleed together promiscuously and randomly. If it is viewed in the West as a [[WidgetSeries Weird Japanese Thing]], it will turn up in Creator/TerryPratchett's Agatea. In ''Literature/InterestingTimes'', the almost-hero Rincewind spends a lot of time evading warriors, guards and generally annoyed people who combine aspects of samurai, ninja, regular footsoldier and even sumo wrestler.

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* SafeUnderBlankets: Weaponized against bogeymen (the traditional "bump in the night" monster): because putting yourself under a blanket causes them to go away, putting one under a blanket (or even a square of fabric) gives them an existential crisis.


Since Pratchett's passing in 2015, his daughter, Creator/RhiannaPratchett, has taken over the management of the Discworld series. This primarily involves overseeing adaptations (potential and realized) based on Discworld entities, such as [[Series/TheWatch the Amazon series based on the City Watch]], to which she was briefly attached as a co-writer, although she has since publicly distanced herself from the series and stated it is an InNameOnly adaptation. She has stated publicly that the Discworld series belonged to her father, and him alone, and as such, she has no desire to write more novels in the setting, nor allow anyone else to do so.

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Since Pratchett's passing in 2015, his daughter, Creator/RhiannaPratchett, has taken over the management of the Discworld series. This primarily involves overseeing adaptations (potential and realized) based on Discworld entities, such as [[Series/TheWatch [[Series/TheWatch2021 the Amazon series based on the City Watch]], to which she was briefly attached as a co-writer, although she has since publicly distanced herself from the series and stated it is an InNameOnly adaptation. She has stated publicly that the Discworld series belonged to her father, and him alone, and as such, she has no desire to write more novels in the setting, nor allow anyone else to do so.



* ''Series/TheWatch'', a TV show for BBC America featuring the characters of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch but in original stories

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* ''Series/TheWatch'', ''Series/TheWatch2021'', a TV show for BBC America featuring the characters of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch but in original stories


* AuthorTract: While almost all the books examine real life issues, they usually avoid leaning too heavily onto this trope, informing the stories rather than dictated them, showing rather than telling. Every once in a a while however, Terry's views on religion, race, integration, etc etc etc, take precedence and grind the story to a halt. These moments became a lot more blatant after he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers, as the books in general became much more heavy-handed. Fans overall agree this is the biggest flaw with Terry’s writing and some even think it caused SeasonalRot.

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* AuthorTract: While almost all the books examine real life issues, they usually avoid leaning too heavily onto this trope, informing the stories rather than dictated them, showing rather than telling. Every once in a a while however, Terry's views on religion, race, integration, etc etc etc, take precedence and grind the story to a halt. These moments became a lot more blatant after he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers, as the books in general became much more heavy-handed. Fans overall agree this is the biggest flaw with Terry’s writing and some even think it caused SeasonalRot.


%%* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Multiple times in every single book. For instance, much is made of the donkey/buttocks pun.

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%%* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Multiple times in every single book. For instance, much is made of the donkey/buttocks pun.

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** Any mention of the river running through Ankh-Morpork will likely be followed by a colorful description of the river's consistency. A very quick person could run across its surface, and actually sinking in it would take considerable effort. And that's before considering all the waste that gets dumped into it.

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** Cut Me Own Throat Dibbler founded his own guild, the Guild of C.M.O.T. Dibblers of which he is the head and only member, and he seems content to keep it that way. (After this happened, the laws governing formation of guilds was amended to prevent one-person guilds.)

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** The floor of the temple of the Ichor God Bel-Shammaroth is covered in perfectly tessellating octagons, something which is impossible in any universe which adheres to euclidian or euclidian-adjacent conventions of geometry.

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