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* KeepTheReward: Vimes, not wanting to be forced into dukedom by accepting a package of rewards including it, says that this time the Watch don't even need a dartboard, and Vetinari wrongfoots him by instead offering to restore his ancestor's reputation.

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* ResignInProtest: After Rust fires Vimes, everyone else there from the Watch quits on the spot over it.

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* LazilyGenderFlippedName: Denephew Boot's uncomplicated parents were expecting a girl. They wanted to call their daughter Denise ("De-niece"). When trying to masculinise it, instead of going for the obvious choice "Dennis", they swapped "niece" with "nephew".


Preceded by ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', followed by ''Discworld/TheLastContinent''. Preceded in the Watch series by ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', followed by ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant''.

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Preceded by ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', ''Literature/{{Hogfather}}'', followed by ''Discworld/TheLastContinent''. ''Literature/TheLastContinent''. Preceded in the Watch series by ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', ''Literature/FeetOfClay'', followed by ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant''.''Literature/TheFifthElephant''.



** Lord Vetinari, at one point, has to take up juggling to maintain his, Colon's, and Nobby's cover as travelling performers, despite never having juggled before. When he turns out to be a perfect juggler, Colon asks him afterwards, in awe, how he knew he could do it. As in his internal monologue in ''{{Discworld/Sourcery}}'', when remarking on balancing plates, after ruling Ankh-Morpork, a little bit of juggling is easy.
** This is the second time Sergeant Colon recalls a story from his childhood with a similarity to ''The Water Babies''. He seemed to have fonder memories of it in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', though.

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** Lord Vetinari, at one point, has to take up juggling to maintain his, Colon's, and Nobby's cover as travelling performers, despite never having juggled before. When he turns out to be a perfect juggler, Colon asks him afterwards, in awe, how he knew he could do it. As in his internal monologue in ''{{Discworld/Sourcery}}'', ''{{Literature/Sourcery}}'', when remarking on balancing plates, after ruling Ankh-Morpork, a little bit of juggling is easy.
** This is the second time Sergeant Colon recalls a story from his childhood with a similarity to ''The Water Babies''. He seemed to have fonder memories of it in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', ''Literature/ReaperMan'', though.



* ContinuityNod / IronicEcho: the line "the night is always old" is one to Discworld/{{Hogfather}}, where [[AC: Death]] says it in an attempt to be dramatic. Played very straight here.

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* ContinuityNod / IronicEcho: the line "the night is always old" is one to Discworld/{{Hogfather}}, Literature/{{Hogfather}}, where [[AC: Death]] says it in an attempt to be dramatic. Played very straight here.



* EndOfAnAge: the fate of the Gnolls, who in ''Discworld/EqualRites'' were the Apache-like race who ''"practiced hospitality to travellers of the red-hot knife variety"'' and terrorised the remoter parts of the overland trade routes. Debased remnants of the race have surrendered to civilization, and have entered the city, like Reservation Indians, to occupy the lowest rung of the social ladder, as street-cleaners and rubbish pickers. By ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', the wild hills will have been ethnically cleansed of the last residual gnoll problem. Echoing the fate of American Indians?

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* EndOfAnAge: the fate of the Gnolls, who in ''Discworld/EqualRites'' ''Literature/EqualRites'' were the Apache-like race who ''"practiced hospitality to travellers of the red-hot knife variety"'' and terrorised the remoter parts of the overland trade routes. Debased remnants of the race have surrendered to civilization, and have entered the city, like Reservation Indians, to occupy the lowest rung of the social ladder, as street-cleaners and rubbish pickers. By ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', ''Literature/GoingPostal'', the wild hills will have been ethnically cleansed of the last residual gnoll problem. Echoing the fate of American Indians?



** On the other hand, his own utter inconsistency in this is instantly picked up on and mocked by Nobby as part of the joke. Also, Vimes previously noted in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' how the average Morporkian man in the street can suddenly become seized with anti-Klatchian PatrioticFervour when the moment strikes. Which is, indeed, exactly what happens in this book.

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** On the other hand, his own utter inconsistency in this is instantly picked up on and mocked by Nobby as part of the joke. Also, Vimes previously noted in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' ''Literature/GuardsGuards'' how the average Morporkian man in the street can suddenly become seized with anti-Klatchian PatrioticFervour when the moment strikes. Which is, indeed, exactly what happens in this book.



*** That one also counts as a ContinuityNod, as it was hinted in the ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' that Leshp's destruction had something to do with the EldritchAbomination Things from the Dungeon Dimensions breaking through the Silver Screen in Holy Wood.

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*** That one also counts as a ContinuityNod, as it was hinted in the ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' ''Literature/MovingPictures'' that Leshp's destruction had something to do with the EldritchAbomination Things from the Dungeon Dimensions breaking through the Silver Screen in Holy Wood.



* TurnInYourBadge: Lord Rust has Vimes hand his in, at which point the other present watchmen proceed to turn in theirs out of loyalty to Vimes. Except Detritus, whose [[AllTrollsAreDifferent badge is carved into his skin]]. If you've read ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' and seen how pathologically reluctant to part with it he was there, the fact that he hands it so quickly in protest of what he's been asked to do speaks volumes.

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* TurnInYourBadge: Lord Rust has Vimes hand his in, at which point the other present watchmen proceed to turn in theirs out of loyalty to Vimes. Except Detritus, whose [[AllTrollsAreDifferent badge is carved into his skin]]. If you've read ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' ''Literature/MenAtArms'' and seen how pathologically reluctant to part with it he was there, the fact that he hands it so quickly in protest of what he's been asked to do speaks volumes.

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* TranslationYes: "Aagragaah." Detritus says the succinct translation would be "forebodings", but its literal meaning is "the moment you see the first few pebbles before a massive landslide and just ''know'' that it's already too late to run."


* ThisIsGonnaSuck: The troll word "Aagragaah", which literally means the moment when you see the first few pebbles and just ''know'' there's about to be a huge avalanche and it's already too late to run. When Vimes asks where the word comes from, Detritus suggests it's the sound you make right before a thousand tonnes of rock hit you.

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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: The troll word "Aagragaah", which literally means the moment when you see the first few pebbles and just ''know'' there's about to be a huge avalanche landslide and it's already too late to run. When Vimes asks where the word comes from, Detritus suggests it's the sound you make right before a thousand tonnes of rock hit you.

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* StubbornMule: "You can't get a donkey down from a minaret" is apparently proverbial, to the point where [[BrickJoke it's quoted in a later Discworld book]] as an example of doing the impossible. As it turns out, you just have to find the part of the donkey that ''really wants'' to get down.


* CallBack: Carrot organizes two huge armies of hundreds of men each into playing ''[[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]]''. When asked by Vimes where and how he got a football, Carrot replies that he has taken to carrying one in his pack, since it's a very effective pacifying tool. This is a reference to much, much earlier in the book, where he also pacifies two small (but armed and violent) gangs of street urchins by organizing them into football teams. In that case, they were too embarrassed to actually play, but they each picked up their weapons and went their separate ways without fighting.

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Carrot organizes two huge armies of hundreds of men each into playing ''[[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]]''. When asked by Vimes where and how he got a football, Carrot replies that he has taken to carrying one in his pack, since it's a very effective pacifying tool. This is a reference to much, much earlier in the book, where he also pacifies two small (but armed and violent) gangs of street urchins by organizing them into football teams. In that case, they were too embarrassed to actually play, but they each picked up their weapons and went their separate ways without fighting.


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** This is the second time Sergeant Colon recalls a story from his childhood with a similarity to ''The Water Babies''. He seemed to have fonder memories of it in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', though.


* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:71-Hour Ahmed turns out to be an honest Klatchian police officer trying to prevent the war, like Vimes.]]
** [[spoiler: Prince Khufurah, though not necessarily honest, turns out to be a better man than his VillainWithGoodPublicity brother.]]

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[[spoiler:71-Hour Ahmed Ahmed]] turns out to be an honest Klatchian police officer trying to prevent the war, like Vimes.]]
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** [[spoiler: Prince Khufurah, Khufurah]], though not necessarily honest, turns out to be a better man than his VillainWithGoodPublicity brother.]]


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* HauteCuisineIsWeird: The Curious Squid are mentioned as tasting awful, but are worthwhile to fishermen because they can be sold to chefs who use their skill to create dishes containing [[TheseusShipParadox no trace of the squid whatsoever]].

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* CallingMeALogarithm: Upon seeing Angua in his room, Prince Khufurah says hes died and gone to Paradise, then asks Angua if she is a houri. Angua says I dont have to take that kind of language, thank you before jumping out the ships window.


* WaterSourceTampering: 71-Hour Ahmed once visited a man who had poisoned the only well for twenty miles worth of desert, killing five men, seven women, thirteen children, and thirty-one camels (some of which were very valuable) in the process. [[spoiler:Once he had solid evidence and witness testimony, Ahmed immediately executed the mass-murderer one hour before the customary three days of SacredHospitality was up. This is the source of his much feared nickname]].

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* WaterSourceTampering: 71-Hour Ahmed once visited a man who had poisoned the only well for twenty miles worth of desert, killing five men, seven women, thirteen children, and thirty-one camels (some of which were very valuable) in the process. [[spoiler:Once he had solid evidence and witness testimony, Ahmed immediately executed the mass-murderer one hour before the customary three days of SacredHospitality was up. This is the source of his much feared nickname]].nickname.]]


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** General Tacticus' statue, in the middle of the dead city of Tacticum, deep in the Klatchian desert, which has a simple inscription that translates as, "I can see your house from here." [[VillainKnowsWhereYouLive Think about it.]]

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** General Tacticus' statue, in the middle of the dead city of Tacticum, deep in the Klatchian desert, which has a simple inscription that translates as, "I can see your house from here." [[VillainKnowsWhereYouLive Think about it.]]"

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** The tale of the defeat of the Plum-Pudding People, after which the winners "ate their sultana." "Sultana" can also mean a raisin.

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