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Rincewind and the Wizards series
Villain of The Light Fantastic
and the first proper Discworld Big Bad
. He is one of the wizards of Unseen University.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Cries out "Help me!" to Rincewind as he transforms into a Thing.
- Ambition Is Evil: Downplayed. His constant effort to kill Galder Weatherwax certainly doesn't help, but at the time of The Light Fantastic it was downright expected of the wizarding hierarchy for backstabbing and plotting.
- Boring, but Practical: Unlike other wizards, rather than using magic to find Rincewind, he just hires a hero (wizards, as a rule, don't like heroes) and sends her to find him.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Of the more sinister bent. He believes stars are untidy and inefficient.
- Control Freak: He likes to make things orderly, efficient, and straightforward, and dislikes things that don't follow those ideas.
- Demonic Possession: Is possessed by the Things during the course of the book he appears in.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Rincewind defeats the possessed Trymon.
- Evil Chancellor: To Galder Weatherwax.
- Eye Scream: Taken Up to Eleven during his climactic slugfest with Rincewind, in which the latter pushes right through his eye on into what had once been his brain.
- Humanoid Abomination: Being possessed by Things From The Dungeon Dimensions can do that to you. Trymon was no exception.
- Mad Mathematician: Trymon believes language should be replaced with an easily understood numerical system.
- One-Winged Angel: Subverted / deconstructed. Despite being possessed by the Things, he still has a frail wizard body.
- Squishy Wizard: Why the possessed Trymon could still be defeated by Rincewind. Rincewind is more physically fit than the average wizard.
- Straight Edge Evil: He doesn't smoke or drink like his fellow wizards.
- Uncanny Valley: In-universe, there's something unspeakably off about him that gives other wizards, who habitually study Things Man Was Not Meant To Know, a case of the Screaming Willies. And that's before the Things get their tentacles into him.
- Younger Than They Look: He's about the same age as Rincewind (they were in the same classes), but he doesn't look it.
Ipslore the Red
Villain of Sourcery
. A former wizard from Unseen University who decided to use his Sourceror son to destroy the University, but then went even further overboard.
The Big Bad
of Interesting Times
. He is the Grand Vizier of the Agatean Empire.
- The Ace: Deconstructed. He's excellent at everything he attempts, but only because his civilisation is so stagnant that the standards for almost every activity have declined hugely.
- Assassin Outclassin':
"Fetch me another tea girl. One with a head."
- Given this, it's unsurprising that he's eventually killed by a means no-one could possibly have predicted or planned for—Rincewind being randomly teleported away and replaced with a Barking Dog about to fire.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Twoflower knows Lord Hong has no idea his soldiers killed his wife, and as far as he's concerned that makes it worse.
- The Chessmaster: Unfortunately for him, he and his usual opponents are so locked into this way of thinking that the Horde (who we are told think "The king and pawns rush up the board and set fire to the opposing rooks" is a good opening gambit) completely blind-sides and dominates him. He almost wins anyway, but it's due to sheer numbers after all his plans and strategies have failed.
- Dramatic Irony: After tantalising himself with visions of what would happen when he takes over Ankh-Morpork, the narration notes the more likely outcome would be the typical Morporkian would take him for a nob, and mug him.
- Evil Chancellor: Is this and Rincewind and Cohen lampshade this.
Rincewind: Grand Viziers are always —
Cohen: — complete and utter bastards. Give 'em a turban with a point in the middle and it just erodes their moral wossname. I cut their heads off soon as I meet 'em, saves trouble later.
- Evil Counterpart: Lord Hong is this with respect to Lord Vetinari, having the latter's magnificent bastardy and talent for Awesomeness by Analysis, but lacking his redeeming qualities and his clear insight into human nature, at least so far as guessing how the common folk will react to him or his plans. Of course, Hong considers peasants' nature to be less than human, so never saw any need to understand them in the first place.
- Exact Words: Lord Hong promises an mole that he will never write or speak an order for his execution. He then folds an origami figure of the man... but doesn't have quite enough paper for a head.
- Foreign Culture Fetish: He's fascinated with Morporkian culture, seeing it as cruder but also more dynamic than Agatean, and has an authentic Ankh-Morpork nobleman's costume made for when he plans to conquer it. He likes to admire his suit in the mirror when no one's around.
- Klingon Promotion: Plans to kill the emperor and, once the civil war is over and done with, be the new emperor. Making it worse, all the other nobles have tacitly agreed on this fact, but still want to have the war anyway, because that's just how things are done.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After everything's said and done, Death informs Mr. Saveloy that Hong found himself being met by several ghosts, who wanted to do a little "catching up"...
- Ludicrous Gibs: Thanks to a well-timed teleportation spell, a lit cannon, and probably the intervention of The Lady.
- The Man Behind the Man: He's the one organizing the rebels, mainly because otherwise they'd be too incompetent and spineless to actually rebel, thanks to the empire's societal decay.
- Outscare the Enemy: He has a certain reputation.
[The Lord Chamberlain] risked looking up and found the point of Cohen's sword just in front of his eyes.
"Yeah, but right now who're you more frightened of? Me or this Lord Hong?"
"Uh... Lord Hong!"
Cohen raised an eyebrow. "Really? I'm impressed."
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Wears one.
- Self-Made Orphan: He killed his father. In a bizarre twist, however, Hong Senior didn't mind. In fact, he was proud of his son for keeping up the family tradition.
- Smoldering Shoes: His final fate.
- Smug Snake: A Chess Master of great skill who has mastered his culture's social system and rules... But when he comes up against people who don't follow those rules he is undone rather quickly.
- Tempting Fate: Near the end when Twoflower stands up to Lord Hong because someone has to, "Whatever happens to them", the villain sneers "Yes, let everyone see what happens." Hong is then blown up by the Barking Dog sent back to counterbalance Rincewind, who had been whisked away by a teleport spell.
- Visionary Villain: Hong wants to lift the Agatean Empire out of the stagnation it's in. This just happens to involve him murdering an awful lot of people on the way.
Andy Shank and the Ankh-Morpork United football team
Ankh-Morpork United in general
The football team that forms to rival the Unseen Academicals in the "new football". Their members include Andy Shank. who is described in more detail down below.
- Bullying a Dragon: Poisoning the Librarian was short-term gain and serious long-term loss, even without the unintended side-effect of pissing off Mustrum Ridcully.
- Cheaters Never Prosper: They're not all guilty of cheating, but those of them that do (namely by taking out The Ace for the rival team, poisoning the Librarian and attempting to stampede opposition out of the way) ultimately end up screwing themselves over in spite of the short-term gain.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: The United team's cheating does nothing but turn the crowd against them and give Trev his chance to shine. The team captain, Hoggett (who wanted to win fairly to prove a point) is furious at his out-of-control players for this.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Someone throwing a banana to the Librarian while on the field is reminiscent of real-world racist insults to black football players by throwing bananas at them. In this case, the banana happens to be poisoned (the Librarian being an orangutan and eating it immediately because of his species habits).
- Everyone Has Standards: The captain, Hoggett wants to knock the wizards down a peg as much as anyone, but the mob of cheating bullies he's saddled with disgusts him. He plays along with Glenda's gambit at the end just to deny Andy the victory, then lays him out once it's over.
- Evil Old Folks: Not the team themselves, but one of their mothers helps them cheat with the help of a poisoned banana.
- Token Good Teammate: Downplayed on "token". Trev estimates that about half of the squad is actually a decent bunch, they just happen to be lumped in with a bunch of utter arseholes that draw more attention to themselves. The most prominent member, Hoggett, actually does try to play by the rules, is nothing but polite and respectful towards opposition, congratulates them on a game well-played... and punches Andy Shank in the face for being such a tool.
- Worthy Opponent: Mr. Hoggett, captain. Despite the fact that his team contains a number of jerks, cheats, and Andy Shank, he tries to play a fair game, apologises to the ref for his team's illegal moves, and punches out Andy Shank for mucking up what would otherwise have been a fair and square game.
The closest thing to a main Big Bad
for Unseen Academicals
, Andy Shank is a thug and football hooligan who leads plays against the Unseen University team.
- Bad Boss: For a given measure of "boss", but he'll slash any of his Shove goons for minor slights.
- Big Bad Wannabe: A dangerous threat to Trev and co, but not a threat to Vetinari or anyone who isn't actually scared of him.
- Break the Haughty: He suffers a series of humiliations towards the climax.
- Bullying a Dragon: Antagonising Nutt when they first met was one thing, as neither he nor his gang knew Nutt was an Orc that could essentially come Back from the Dead. The second time he's still not entirely aware of this, just mindful Nutt had a "close call"; however, once Nutt proves himself capable of disarming someone with ease without hurting them, before his species is revealed, Andy seems to antagonise him more and almost paid for it directly.
- Determinator: The closest he gets to a redeeming trait. Andy will persist in a task - typically the attacking of other people - even when suffering from debilitating pain or having been knocked down by a punch.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Slashes one of his "chums" on the face for saying that cheating is a bad idea.
- Fantastic Racism: Against Nutt for being an Orc. Note this is after the revelation that this makes him potentially highly dangerous.
- Faux Affably Evil: He affects an oily charm, but it's so transparently hollow and he alternates from faux-chummy to murderous rage at the drop of a hat.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He can go from charming to murderous in milliseconds, and what sets him off is never entirely obvious.
- Hate Sink: A loathsome bully and thug who'll conspire to inflict grievous bodily harm, push around his "friends" and mutilate for no good reason.
- Ironic Echo: Andy Shank threatens Trev that if he plays in the big game he'll be carried out of the stadium, meaning to suggest that Trev will be too injured to walk. When Trev, and the rest of the victorious team, are carried out in triumph on the shoulders of the crowd, the narrator notes that Andy's prediction was technically correct.
- Karma Houdini: Defied. It looks like Andy Shank is going to get away virtually unscathed, but then the Camp Gay Pepe decides to make sure he gets what's coming to him.
- Meaningful Name: "Shank" can mean a stabbing weapon. Fittingly, he always carries a couple of blades.
- Small Name, Big Ego: While he is a genuinely good footballer, he relies far too much on cheating and people at a low level being afraid of him. As he discovers painfully, Pepe isn't afraid of him and is more than capable of kicking his arse handily.
- Smug Snake: Struts around like he's Carcer Dun, while sabotaging his own team through cheating. He pays for his arrogance dearly.
Witches and Tiffany Aching
Leonal Felmet and Lady Felmet
Dual antagonists of Wyrd Sisters
. They killed King Verence of Lancre and usurped the throne.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Duke Felmet is a murderer and a nutter through-and-through, but he has enough sympathetic traits to make his death ultimately a little bit sad. At least until it becomes clear he's absolutely thrilled to have become a ghost. This is thoroughly averted with his wife; the best you can say about Lady Felmet is that she didn't die a coward.
- Verence says that most of the torture devices in Castle Lancre were installed by Lady Felmet.
- Lady Felmet herself considers him to be "worse" than the rest of the cast - not because he was evil, but because he was too cowardly to be as bad as he could have been.
- He is clearly struggling with a lot of subconscious guilt over killing Verence, going by his obsessive hand-scrubbing and his Villainous Breakdown during the climax.
- His insanity is clearly only exacerbated by his extremely-villainous wife, and going by the "truthful" version of the play during the climax, she was the one who pushed him into it. It seems very unlikely that Felmet actually wanted to become king; the ambition was entirely on Lady Felmet's part.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Lady Felmet might just be one of the most psychotically evil and unhinged of Prachett's villains, which is certainly saying something. Leonal is also evil, but he's hampered by insanity, and not nearly as vile as his wife.
- Ax-Crazy: Leonal. "The duke's mind ticked like a clock, and, like a clock, it regularly went cuckoo." Lady Felmet makes him look positively tame by comparison.
- Bad Boss: Lady Felmet proposes killing some well-meaning but stupid guards. Leonal, in a relatively rare moment of sanity, has this overruled because they only have so many staff to spare.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Lady Felmut. Granny Weatherwax tries to Mind Rape her by "showing her her True Self" - and it doesn't work, because she's already well aware she's a villain, and she's proud of it.
Lady Felmet: Well, old woman, I've seen exactly what I am, do you understand, and I'm proud of it! I'd do it all again, only hotter and longer! I enjoyed it, and I did it because I wanted to!
- The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: The Felmets claim that Verence died of natural causes. Absolutely everyone in the kingdom knows they're pulling this, but in Lancre they actually do consider assassination to count as natural causes for a king so they don't care. The ones that do protest find out that falling onto one's own dagger can be contagious.
- Deadpan Snarker: Duke Felmet tries, occasionally, to be this, but finds it hard to do when his subjects are largely made up of people who Do Not Understand Sarcasm.
"I'm not sure I made your orders clear, sergeant," said the duke, in snake tones.
"I mean, it is possible I may have confused you. I meant to say 'Bring me a witch, in chains if necessary,' but perhaps what I really said was 'Go and have a cup of tea.' Was this in fact the case?"
The sergeant wrinkled his forehead. Sarcasm had not hitherto entered his life. His experience of people being annoyed with him generally involved shouting and occasional bits of wood.
"No, sir," he said.
- Died Happily Ever After: Duke Leonal is quite happy being a ghost.
- Faux Affably Evil: Leonal occasionally goes into this — he can be quite polite on occasion, but he is transparently mad and prone to violence.
- Heel Realization: Defied. Granny attempted to invoke this, but Lady Felmet is fully aware of how evil she is and is in fact proud of it.
- Karmic Death: Lady Felmet wouldn't have been killed by the angry kingdom if she had not escaped her imprisonment.
- Lady Macbeth: Lady Felmet, for obvious reasons.
- Last Villain Stand: Lady Felmet charges at the animals of the kingdom straight on despite her low chances of survival.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: They could have ruled for a long while had they not made the Lancre witches their enemies.
- No Name Given: Lady Felmet is only known by her title. Her first name is never stated.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Lady Felmet proposes killing some of the guards for idiocy, but Leonal overrules this because it would mean killing a large number of their staff.
- These Hands Have Killed: Leonal starts mutilating himself because he can't get the imaginary blood off his hands.
- Torture Technician: Lady Felmet had the castle's dungeons filled with all sorts of unpleasant torture devices, and is just about to use them on Nanny Ogg when Magrat and Granny Weatherwax show up.
- Villainous Valor: See Last Villain Stand above.
A fairy-godmother and villain of Witches Abroad
. She's Esme's older sister.
- Alas, Poor Villain: For a given measure of "dead". Despite everything she does and tries, Esme still tries to save her from being sucked into the mirrors and fails, badly injuring herself in the process.
- All Crimes Are Equal: In Lilith's Genua, thieves are beheaded on the first offence (under the logic that while cutting their hands off keeps them from stealing again, cutting their heads off keeps them from thinking of stealing again).
- And I Must Scream: Trapped inside a mirror doesn't sound a pleasant fate.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Somewhere between leaving home and becoming a fairy godmother, she acquired a title.
- Baleful Polymorph: Lily turning the footmen, who we spent a while getting to know and sympathize with, into beetles. And stepping on them.
- The Big Bad Wolf: She warps reality so it'd be like fairy tales. One tragic example involves making a wolf think more like a human so it will be a better villain (talking, opening doors, showing human-like cunning and so on). The wolf suffers horribly, stuck between species, and begs for a Mercy Kill.
- Break Them by Talking: Combined with "No More Holding Back" Speech. Granny gives both to Lilith at the same time (pointing out why Lilith isn't suited to being evil and why Granny could do so much better, but doesn't).
- Devour the Dragon: Lily eventually feels that she needs her magic for more important things than keeping the Duc human.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: In-Universe. Many of Lily's 'stories' end this way, at least the ones that have happy endings.
- Evil Counterpart: Is this to Granny Weatherwax.
- Evil Is Hammy: Subverted, to Granny's immense rage. Lily spent her whole life convinced that she was the good sister who was putting the needs of others over her own, and, so convinced of her own martyrdom, thus made herself a very understated and sinister foe. To Granny, who knew for a fact who was the good sister and who was the bad, this is almost a greater sin than any of Lily's actual wrongdoing, because Granny would have at least enjoyed it, making whole banquets of her surroundings and being bad enough to even top the legendary Black Aliss, who (when in Lily's role) could keep multiple stories going at once in the same place.
- Fairy Godmother: An evil one who cares less for the well-being of others and more for making things like stories. (Or possibly a godmother like a godfather - do as she says and you won't get hurt.)
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: The Discworld itself is already one, but under Lilith, Genua became a Fairytale Kitchen Sink.
- Felony Misdemeanor: She regards things like theft as a minor nuisance, nothing compared to the true evil of people not following the stories.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Granny Weatherwax wanted to be the irresponsible evil one, but because her elder sister, Lilly, beat her to the punch on that she felt forced to be the responsible good one. When both sisters are witches, you can see how this complicates family relationships.
- Former Teen Rebel: She used to be one, when she was younger.
- Genre Savvy: Lily is very familiar with the way stories work, and she's not afraid to abuse that knowledge.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Taken to its most extreme between Lilith and Esmerelda.
- The Good Guys Always Win: Invoked. Lily is confident of her victory because she knows good always triumphs over wickedness; unfortunately for her, she's wrong about which part she plays.
- Good Witch Versus Bad Witch: Granny vs. Lilith. The personalities are a bit unusual for the roles they take in this battle, and Lily thinks she is the good one.
- Happiness Is Mandatory: Lillith turns Genua into a sparkling clean city full of blankly smiling citizens by dint of torture and execution. This could be read as a Take That! to Disney World
- Happy Ending: Subverted, with Lily murdering and ruining people's lives to get to what the stories demand. Then played straight, releasing the city from her grip lets everyone relax and party.
- Humanity Ensues: Turns some animals human, though the only one who really benefits is The Duc. Most remain unable to talk and firmly stuck in the animal mindset.
- Light Is Not Good: Lily dresses all in white and thinks of herself as a creator of happy endings. She's still a wicked tyrant.
- Magic Mirror: It's specified that using one mirror for magic is fine, but Lily stands between two of them...
- Obliviously Evil: Lilith genuinely doesn't seem to realise she's become a tyrannical ruler and thinks that she's a benevolent witch, using stories to help ensure happy endings.
- Palantir Ploy: Lilith can use her magic mirrors to scry through any reflective surface in the world. Subverted, as her inability to find what she wants to look at through any method other than manually scrolling through all available reflective surfaces makes it a bit Awesome, but Impractical.
- Tautological Templar: Due to her mistaken belief that she's the good one, she thinks everything she does is good for everyone.
- Theory of Narrative Causality: Lilith tries to order people's lives according to fairy-tale logic, twisting events so that they unfold according to the time-honoured patterns of stories. She thinks she's making the world a better place and giving people their happy ending, but really everyone would have been happier if she'd left them alone.
- This Is My Name on Foreign: "Tempscire," Lilith's new last name, is "Weatherwax" in French.
- Trampled Underfoot: Deliberately invoked on some coachmen by Lily, who turns them into beetles and stomps on them for failing her. Also the fate of the Duc, when he reverts to frog form and fatally encounters Baron Saturday's descending foot.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Lilith feels fully justified in using totalitarian methods to create a fairy tale kingdom.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Lilith thinks she's the kind fairy godmother who's giving everyone a happy ending, to the point where she invokes happy fairytale endings at sword-point. You'll live happily ever after or else.
The Elf Queen
The Big Bad
. He works at the Opera House.
- Corpsing: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it subversion towards the end, when Andre, the Cable Street Particular who'd been investigating the goings-on at the opera house, mentions that Salzella's cooling body needs to be dealt with.
- Deadpan Snarker: He takes it so far he almost becomes the Meta Guy who subsists on Black Comedy.
- Doing It for the Art: In-Universe example: Salzella tells Mr. Bucket this is the reason why anyone produces opera, as it makes no money. It turns out he's lying through his teeth, as he's stealing all the profits and actually hates opera with a passion.
- Dude, Not Funny!: In-universe example. Salzella makes several jokes about people who have just been murdered; Mr. Bucket finds them distasteful. Once it was revealed that Salzella was the one committing the murders, it becomes a bit Harsher in Hindsight.
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: Tries to invoke this but was thankfully thwarted in the attempt.
- Frame-Up: Part of his plan involved framing Walter for all the crimes he did by impersonating as Walter's alter ego The Ghost.
- Hypocritical Humor: Gives a long Final Speech about how ridiculous opera conventions like the long Final Speech are. This comes not long after he claims to be the Only Sane Man, using multiple exclamation marks (a sure sign of madness).
- Kick the Dog: When we first meet him, Salzella appears to be a fairly normal guy, if with a very cynical sense of humor. However, his true colours shine through a bit when he mocks Agnes for her weight behind her back.
- Lampshade Hanging: Just listen to his death rant:
"... and the worst
thing about opera is the way everyone takes... such!!!
time!!!!! ... to!!!!! ...argh...argh...argh...." (dies)
- Only Sane Man: Salzella believed himself to be this but it becomes clear that he is very wrong: "You don't know what it has been like, I assure you, being the only sane man in this madhouse!!"
A family of vampires who are the villains of Carpe Jugulum
. They consist of the Count de Magpyr, the Countess, and their adult children, Vlad and Lacrimosa, as well as the (currently deceased)
The antagonist of Wintersmith
, a god who falls in love with Tiffany Aching when she accidentally interrupts the dance symbolising the seasons.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even though he doesn't truly die, Tiffany feels genuinely awful having to put him down...
- Almighty Idiot: It turns out that for all his power, he's sorely lacking in knowledge about what being human means. He tries to learn, but even that comes across as rather literal, assuming that a human being is such because of how their mind develops.
- An Ice Person: Fitting the name, his body is made of ice.
- Blue-and-Orange Morality: As the personification of winter, his POV is a little skewed and definitely nonhuman, though unlike the Elves and Auditors of Reality he is portrayed somewhat sympathetically throughout.
- Elemental Powers: As befits an ice god, he controls snow and ice. The Summer Lady, fittingly, serves as his opposite.
- Endless Winter: Creates one of these.
- Humanoid Abomination: The Wintersmith becomes more human over time, but it's not really supposed to. Note the 'it.' Thus, it never quite makes it.
- MayflyDecember Romance: The centuries old godlike being falls in love with Tiffany, a mortal teenager who accidentally took the place of the Summer Lady in the Dark Morris.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: He's genuinely unaware of the destruction he inflicts for most of the book.
- Monster-Shaped Mountain: Girl-shaped icebergs, rather; he creates multiple icebergs in the shape of Tiffany as a grand gesture to try and impress her.
- Obliviously Evil: He genuinely doesn't realise he's killing people with his actions, and when he does realise his Blue-and-Orange Morality kicks in, thinking that an end to human suffering would be a mercy.
- Snowlem: The Wintersmith's attempts to create a man ends up with this. He has the various elements (Iron enough to make a nail, etc.), but they are stuck together haphazardly into a mostly-snow body.
- Stalker with a Crush: Tragic example; thanks to his Blue-and-Orange Morality and Tiffany accidentally interfering with the Dark Morris, he believes she is the Summer Lady and tries to impress her, in the process causing chaos.
- Villainous Legacy: I Shall Wear Midnight reveals that the chaos he caused, and Tiffany's trying to rectify it all, woke the Cunning Man up and painted a target on Tiffany's back.
The Cunning Man
The antagonist of I Shall Wear Midnight
, the Cunning Man is a witchfinder
who becomes a spirit of pure hatred
and continues his work around the Disc, targeting witches every few decades and seeking to wipe witchcraft out.
- As Long as There is Evil: Being an evil spirit that feeds on hatred, its impossible to get rid of him permanently, and while he can be banished, he will be back again eventually.
- Burn the Witch!: Did this in life, until it karmically backfired when a witch pulled him onto a pyre she'd been tied to and severely injured him.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Much to the surprise of anyone who deliberately seeks to be possessed, he doesn't grant them power and has them wishing for their death.
- Freudian Excuse: A small one, in that the witch he tried to rescue attempted to burn him along with her. This didn't kill him, but did leave him severely injured. With that said...
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Eskarina Smith acknowledges his past, but still views him as irredeemably evil and a monster.
- Humanoid Abomination: Although once a particularly fanatical witchfinder, after his death hes become an incredibly powerful evil spirit that spreads his own maddening hatred (which in itself is so strong that it manifests as a horrific stench of decay) to anyone he comes into contact with, can possess others to further affect the physical world and has holes in place of his eyes, which considering the significance of eyes being the Windows of the Soul in the Discworld universe only reveals how his hatred has extinguished what little humanity he had.
- Hate Plague: He serves as this wherever he goes.
- Hate Sink: A former witch hunter who goes around persecuting them and turning communities against them, while also engineering deaths and snapping the necks of innocent creatures for no reason but his amusement.
- Kill the Host Body: If he manages to possess someone, then killing the host will be the only way to stop him.
- Kill It with Fire: Tiffany manages to defeat him by luring him into a field and tiring them out through a prolonged chase, before having Preston set the field on fire and leaving the Cunning Man, now too winded to save himself, to be immolated in the resulting blaze.
- Kick the Dog: When possessing a criminal, who had a canary as his Morality Pet from the Tanty, the Cunning Man snaps its neck for no practical reason beyond his own amusement.
- Knight Templar: Hates witchcraft and will wipe it out, regardless of who he hurts.
- The Power of Hate: What kept him going after his body gave out.
- Undead Abomination: The evil spirit of a long dead witchfinder that can corrupt others with his sheer unrelenting hatred of witches, manifests as a man with holes in his head in place of eyes, is accompanied with an ungodly stench of rot, which is the only way the mind can comprehend the sheer hatred he exudes, and cannot be permanently killed.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Though the Tiffany Aching books aren't all laughs, the Cunning Man is easily the vilest villain in the series and almost singlehandedly the reason why I Shall Wear Midnight is so dark.
- Was Once a Man: He was human until The Power of Hate kicked in.
The Duke of Sto Helit
An antagonist in Mort
(though not the
antagonist). The Duke is the Evil Uncle
of Princess Keli, who aims to kill her and take over the Kingdom.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to the King's Abel; fittingly enough, the Duke kills the king (through an assassin he hired).
- Didn't See That Coming: He adapts well to it, but he's taken aback by Keli surviving his assassin and almost being crowned.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Mort and Death fight and accidentally smash his life-timer, killing him via sudden heart-attack.
- Evil Uncle: To Princess Keli; best shown when he comforts her after her father's death (which he orchestrated, no less), then plots to kill her as well.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite his polite facade, he's an Evil Uncle to the core.
- Karma Houdini: The duke was one in the original timeline, going on to be known in history as a successful King and unifying the Sto Plains under one single kingdom. However, he dies of a sudden heart attack, subverting this.
- Visionary Villain: He has the aim of uniting the various duchies and small kingdoms of the Sto Plains into one large, single kingdom that lasts for a hundred years. When he dies, Keli is given this task to ensure the timeline remains more or less on course.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He was thoughtful enough to give the assassin that killed the King a packed lunch. Said lunch is poisoned.
The New Death
The secondary antagonist in Reaper Man
, the New Death is the replacement sent to kill "Old" Death by the Auditors of Reality and take his place.
The primary antagonist in Soul Music
, the Music chooses Imp y Celyn, a wannabe musician from Llamedos, to become the Disc's first rockstar... at a price.
- Artifact of Doom: The guitar that Imp buys from The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday, through which the Music manifests itself. It takes over Imp and doesn't like anyone else touching it. Or Imp touching any other instruments.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Imp swears that "one day soon, everyone will say that he was the greatest musician in the world". Presumably, this is why the Music chose him: because he didn't consider the implications of "soon" and "was"...
- Deal with the Devil: Imp gets to go down in history as the greatest musician of all time. But in exchange, he will have to die young.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The Music keeps Imp alive even when his lifetimer runs out, but as Death notes, it will eventually kill him. Because that's part of the deal: Imp will live fast and die young.
- The Power of Rock: It is the Power of Rock.
- Voice of the Legion: In the animated adaption.
A secondary antagonist in Soul Music
, Mr Clete is the Secretary of the Musicians Guild and constantly making efforts to kill the Band with Rocks In.
- Almighty Janitor: He wields a lot of power in the Musicians' Guild despite being just its secretary, to the point that he can call assassinations on unlicensed musicians.
- Animal Motifs: Frequently compared to a rat by the narrative (even if he never actively uses the comparison or likeness himself) to highlight his unpleasantness.
- Annoying Laugh: "Hat, Hat, Hat". Ridcully is quick to mock it in the climax.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Clearly assumes he's the brains in the Guild, and while a threat to the Band, he's clearly unprepared for the interference of Susan Sto Helit or Ridcully in his would-be murder attempts. He's also not the chief antagonist - that falls to The Music.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His entire vendetta against the Band is itself over-the-top, and eventually he keeps trying purely because their survival seems to anger him. This vendetta angers him so much that when his underling Satchelmouth says he liked the Band, he throws him to his apparent death; Satchelmouth survives, while Clete does not.
- Dreadful Musician: Despite being in the Musicians Guild. Justified in that even musicians need someone to run the numbers and keep things going.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humour: He laughs at things nobody else finds funny.
- Evil Is Petty: While Ankh-Morpork guilds are known to enforce membership fees seriously, Clete takes it a step further with his pursuit of the Band with Rocks in and subsequent attempts to kill them.
- Hate Sink: Even if he might not be "evil" at the start, he's an unsympathetic, petty character; the book highlights this by comparing him to a rat spreading the plague in that neither is inherently evil and just a natural result of something, but both are still loathsome on a fundamental level. What differentiates Clete from a rat is that he is petty and malicious, contrasting The Music which is just trying to survive.
- Jerkass: Even before attempted murder, he's unsympathetic and unpleasant.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Mr. Clete just starts out as an Obstructive Bureaucrat, who wants to stop The Band from performing music without a Guild license. Over the course of the novel, as The Band becomes more and more famous, he becomes increasingly obsessed with them, seeing their popularity as a threat to the entire Musicians Guild, and attempts several times to have them killed. He eventually loses it completely, leading to his own death.
- Necessarily Evil: Mr. Clete is not, in as many words, an evil person. He's just the logical result of having organised guilds everywhere. Without him, the Musician's Guild would just be a bunch of broke musicians who never pay their fees. With that said, the book's comparison to a plague rat shows he's still pretty disgusting regardless.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Starts this way by just blocking the Band from performing, then goes overboard.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Starts as an Obstructive Bureaucrat, ends as a Bad Boss willing to murder his own employees.
- Undignified Death: Post-death, in that it's not Death who collects him, but the Death of Rats. Clete ranks as so inhumanly petty, mundane and loathsome that he's closer to a rodent than a human being.
The villain of Hogfather
, is the personification of terrifying or just plain badass. He's one of the Assassins' Guild scholarship boys, taken in because both his parents died when he was young and they felt sorry for him. As Lord Downey put it, "Perhaps we should have wondered a bit more about that
- Adaptation Distillation: Say what you will about the movie adaptation as a whole, their version of Teatime was so disturbingly convincing that it's likely to color your perception of him forever afterward.
- Ax-Crazy: He has a wonderful mind, like a shattered mirror - all facets and rainbows, glittering and sparkling. But ultimately, you can't get around that it's something broken.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He has very childish mannerisms and his frustration with his underlings can be comical...but he's also a complete psychopath who will kill anyone he feels like the moment he no longer needs them and nearly becomes a Reality Warper.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Teatime kills nearly everyone who works with him the moment he no longer needs them.
- Crazy-Prepared: He spends his free time working out how to kill mythological figures, which comes in handy. Perhaps subverted in the fact that he spends his spare time planning to kill supposedly fictional or metaphorical characters simply because he has literally nothing else to do with his spare time. He's insane, and magically supplemented. 'Nuff said.
- Dragon Their Feet: While working for the Auditors of Reality as part of their plan, he survives their defeat to have a final showdown with Susan and Death.
- Double Jump: Somehow. He's got a magical item as a glass eye. Discworld magic. Being able to Double Jump is the least of his abilities.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
- His main plan fails because he couldn't comprehend that Banjo's morals would win out against fear of him or temptation of whatever he wants.
- He fails to understand the children wouldn't see him as the good guy for fighting death, instead of the monster he really is. This is why Susan is able to throw the 'monster killing' fireplace poker through Death to kill him.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite his politeness, it's readily apparently that Teatime is neither benevolent nor the picture of perfect sanity.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Started out as an orphan taken in by the Assassin's Guild. He then became a murderous psychopath with an extremely high bodycount and ultimately comes very close to becoming a Reality Warper and existencial threat to the world itself.
- Graceful Loser: Though he fights like hell throughout the book, his ghost goes with Death willingly with little more than an attempt at peekaboo.
- Handicapped Badass: Missing an eye, but he has a glass eye substitute which pushes him up to the level of Empowered Badass Normal.
- The Heavy: The Auditors of Reality may have commissioned his services, but Teatime is the one moving the plot and thought up the way to kill the Hogfather.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Despite featuring alongside multiple dangerous magical beings, Teatime stands out as considerably worse than any in the book he features in, being willing to threaten children and pointlessly violent even when it doesn't suit his goals. This is highlighted when the poker enchanted by belief to be harmful against monsters passes through Death harmlessly, but kills Teatime stone dead, which the subsequent conversation between Death and Susan points out.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he ultimately meets his end, when Susan throws a poker enchanted by belief at him.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": "Teh-ah-tim-eh"
- Kick the Dog: One of the first things we learn about him is that he nailed someone's dog to the ceiling to stop it from barking.
- Laughably Evil: Though his main crimes are played seriously by the narrative, his frustration with his underlings and childish mannerisms are sometimes comedic in nature.
- Psycho for Hire: This guy is a mad man, and he was given the task of killing the Hogfather. Even in his "mortal" assignments, he was pointlessly brutal, killing servants because he was being "thorough".
- Psychopathic Manchild: Oh boy, this guy kills people the very moment they stop being useful to him, all while maintaining a childish immaturity. The effect is rather creepy, to say the least.
- Reality Warper: What Teatime would've become had his plan succeeded: by being able to control what every child on the planet believes, Discworld's belief shaping reality rule would allow him to reshape it however he pleases.
- Red Right Hand: His Mismatched Eyes, which are the trope image.
- Self-Made Orphan: Heavily implied.
- Slasher Smile: Mr. Teatime really, really enjoys his job.
- The Sociopath: Mr. Teatime sees things differently from people; he sees people as things. His Fatal Flaw is also one of the common weaknesses of real life sociopaths: he has next to no impulse control.
- Stupid Evil: Teatime immediately kills anyone who stops being of use to him, with no thought to the long-term consequences or even whether or not this person might become useful again later. If he'd survived the mission, the Assassins and Thieves would likely have had him killed just because of all the incredibly valuable experts he went through. Combined with The Sociopath: he's physically incapable of thinking of people as anything beyond 'assets' beyond the moment and has incredibly poor impulse control. It's anything but a justification for him, but quite a justification for Downey not particularly minding that he dies.
- The Dreaded: The Assassin's Guild is scared of him, and by the end of the story, all his hired minions are scared to death of him.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Teatime's nature becomes disturbingly plain when Downey reproaches him for the enthusiasm with which he inhumed not only the client, but two servants and a guard-dog who might have been in the way. Teatime made very sure his client was dead. He even checked for breath with a mirror while the man's head was several feet from his body.
- "Uh-Oh" Eyes: Doubly so when you remember that on Discworld nothing can change the person's eyes...
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pretty much everybody he employs. Doesn't matter if they're potentially useful down the line.
City Watch series
The leader of The Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night and an antagonist of Guards! Guards!
. His society planned to use a dragon for their attempt to take over Ankh-Morpork.
- And I Must Scream: The Dragon turns him into its servant through hefty Mind Rape, to the point that he begs for an Assassin to kill him.
- Bad Boss: The odd Pet the Dog moment aside, he's generally demeaning to the Brethren and considered killing some of them once they were no longer of use.
- The Butler Did It: His day job was, at least at the start of the book, the Patrician's secretary.
- The Cat Came Back: Was tormented by Vetinari this way after the Dragon was dealt with.
- Disney Villain Death: Carrot throws a book at him after interpreting Vimes' order literally and Wonse is knocked down, falling to his death.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: The Dragon eventually turns on Wonse and seizes control of events to become the Big Bad of the book. He still doesn't learn his lesson after this, trying the ritual again only for Vimes to stop him.
- Godzilla Threshold: Towards the end, he attempts to summon a second dragon despite the first fairly easily turning Ankh-Morpork into its personal fiefdom, because he's just that desperate to deal with the threat. Quite what would have happened had he succeeded is anyone's guess.
- Hypocrite: He moans that the city is run by idiots and aims to change this... by replacing them with people just short of him in terms of intelligence.
- Hypocritical Humour: From his own internal monologue: Do away with the cold inhumanity of the Patrician and bring about an age of enlightenment and kindness, where people like Brother Dunnikin will be roasted over slow flames if he has anything to say about it, which he will.
- In the Hood: Exploited in his guise as Supreme Grand Master.
- Mouth of Sauron: Is reduced to this once the Dragon gets a hold of him.
- Pet the Dog: While an unrepentant schemer with little regard for most of his underlings, he does chip in money for an injured co-conspirator to get better. He also chastises Vimes for startling the head of the Teacher's Guild and leaving him a bit emotionally shaken.
- Post-Climax Confrontation: While Vimes and Wonse do face off on a few occasions, their final confrontation is after the Dragon is dealt with, with the Palace Guard providing a final roadblock.
- Rightful King Returns: He and his secret society attempted to invoke this and discussed the trope in general.
- Smug Snake: Vastly overestimates his ability to control the Dragon and thinks he can do a better job of running Ankh-Morpork than Vetinari can.
- The Starscream: The first of many that would seek to overthrow Lord Vetinari. He temporarily succeeds, but then the Dragon usurps him... leading to Wonse trying to summon another dragon to deal with the first one.
- Summon Bigger Fish: Was going to summon a second dragon after the first one turned on him, but Vimes stopped him.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Wonse frequently has this reaction to his own subordinates, who are generally as thick as a plank.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Was planning on this with some of the Brethren, but the Dragon saved him the bother.
The Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night
The various people assembled by Lupine Wonse for his secret society to overthrow Lord Vetinari. Their ranks were filled by those who were so far down the Ankh-Morpork food chain that even Vetinari's network of spies failed to take notice.
- Antiquated Linguistics: The oath of loyalty sworn by them, especially what happens if they break faith, is full of obscure and antiquated words; the Supreme Grand Master takes the fact that none of them have asked what any of the words mean as a sign of their stupidity:
- There's a running joke that they're all in mortal fear of having their figgin taken out and toasted on a spike, without any of them being entirely sure what a figgin is. (A footnote tells us it's a pastry filled with raisins, and the guards enjoy some later on.)
- Other words in the oath include welchet ("a type of waistcoat worn by certain clock-makers"), gaskin ("a shy, grey-brown bird of the coot family") and moules ("a game of skill and dexterity, involving tortoises"). The oath, when one doesn't know the meaning of the words in it, sounds much more menacing than it actually is.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: The members of the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night just wanted what was coming to them. They didn't realise that, in a case of Exact Words, this meant they'd die.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Colon comes across the rota for the building they hire. Their name stands out like a sore thumb compared to a life-drawing class and a pottery team.
- Didn't Think This Through: It's noted that in stealing from the University, the Brethren have angered both the Thieves Guild and the Unseen University (pre-Ridcully's tenure, so they were still vicious bastards even after the events of Sourcery); indeed, the Librarian ends up cluing Vimes in on what might have happened during his own investigations.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Brother Watchtower has the Dragon incinerate his brother-in-law's cart out of spite, while Brother Doorkeeper targets a vegetable seller for irritating him.
- Dumbass Has a Point: When Wonse berates them for not doing their job properly, he is called out by them for not actually telling them what they need to do. He (mentally) admits that this is one of the few times they're right.
- Epic Fail: Brother Doorkeeper's passwords are so bad that he lets in a member of a different secret society, who doesn't realise the mistake until the meeting is well underway.
- Evil Is Petty: A lot of their grievances, while driven by their being at the bottom of the Ankh-Morpork hierarchy, are less about "oppression" and more frustration that other people are better off than they are. For one, Brother Watchtower has the Dragon incinerate his brother-in-law's cart out of spite, while Brother Doorkeeper targets a vegetable seller for irritating him. This is, in fact, entirely the reason Wonse recruited them - he wanted easily-led idiots with "stomachs full of bile" who could be talked into doing what he said.
- Evil Smells Bad: Brother Dunnikin smells horrible because of his halitosis.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Brother Doorkeeper isn't a great doorkeeper, and accidentally lets the wrong society member in.
- Imperfect Ritual: The Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night are trying to summon a dragon, and the cult leader orders the brethren to find magical objects to sacrifice. They come up with really low grade magical junk, like a still-fizzing letter from a bar and an amulet the Snake Oil Salesman swore was magical (though, oddly enough, for once he seemed to be telling the truth). It doesn't seem to cause any problems except that they can only summon the dragon for a few seconds at a time before the magic runs out.
- Insane Troll Logic: Their definitions of "oppression" fall into this combined with Disproportionate Retribution.
- Karmic Death: As (sym)pathetic and "down the food chain" as they may have been, their death by incineration was fully deserved given their terrorising the city, especially those that had wronged them.
- Maximum Fun Chamber: The Oath of the Brethren is basically this; that nobody questions it is taken by Wonse as a sign of the group's stupidity. Results in a Brick Joke when Brother Fingers mistakes an offer for a toasted pastry as a threat of torture.
- Oh, Crap!: The entire group has this reaction when the Dragon lands on the roof, although they don't actually know what's happened until after the event.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: All of them, with the exception of the Supreme Grand Master (Lupine Wonse) and Brother Fingers (Bengy Boggis).
- Rightful King Returns: They're oddly knowledgeable about this despite otherwise being relatively stupid.
- Secret Circle of Secrets: Played for Laughs in that they're not the only secret society in Ankh-Morpork, and subsequently the members of the various groups go into the wrong secret meetings on at least two occasions.
- Shout-Out: Their name seems to take inspiration from the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
- Smarter Than You Look: Brother Watchtower is noted by Wonse to actually be quite intelligent, or at least less stupid than the rest of the group, and Wonse thus keeps an eye out of him.
- Sole Survivor: Brother Fingers is the only one of the five not to be incinerated by the Dragon; he had gone out to order pizza for the group and happened to not return before the Dragon killed the others. What happened to him afterwards is anyone's guess.
- Uncertain Doom: It's unknown if Brother Fingers survived running into the Shades out of sheer terror.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Wonse secretly planned to inflict this on at least some of them after the conspiracy was completed. The Dragon saved him the bother.
The Noble Dragon
The other main antagonist of Guards! Guards!
. A dragon summoned by the Brethren as part of their scheme.
- Artistic License Biology: Lampshaded multiple times throughout the story, with some discrepancies explained scientifically and others explained by magic.
- The Dog Bites Back: The "dog" in this case is angry when you use it as a pawn, grant it freedom temporarily and then imprison it again.
- Dragon Ascendant: Quite literally, when it usurps Wonse.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Upon examining Wonse's mind, it is horrified by some of the things humans have inflicted upon one another in the name of "morality".
- Evil Is Not a Toy: In this case, it is the "evil" someone tried using as a toy.
- Karma Houdini: It technically gets a happy ending by flying away with Errol, despite burning multiple people alive and eating at least two on-page.
- Mind Rape: Inflicts this upon Lupine Wonse to a horrifying degree, even if it is deserved to some extent.
- Pet the Dog: It does seem to genuinely love Errol.
- Samus Is a Girl: Assumed to be a male throughout most of the book, but turns out that it's actually a female.
The Big Bad
of Men at Arms
. Edward is an Impoverished Patrician
who, having fallen on hard times, decides that it is time the Rightful King Returns
- Accidental Murder: He was only meaning to give Beano a Tap on the Head, but caves his head in.
- Affably Evil: Most of the time, he's genuinely quite nice and polite.
- Anti-Villain: Edward isn't a malicious or mean person in the slightest, just desperate to try and restore what he thinks is best for society.
- Bad Boss: He orders one of his few remaining servants tortured for a minor cock-up. The family has no torturer (they can't afford one), but the servant tortures himself of his own free will.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It may seem easy to mock him given his reduced circumstances and stammer-like pauses, but he ends up graduating from the Assassin's Guild postgraduate course with full marks, which is no mean feat.
- Dead All Along: From around the moment he first gets his hands on the gonne. The narration states that what carried on for a while longer wasn't really Edward. Dr Cruces had actually killed him about a third of the way through the story.
- Impoverished Patrician: He is the thirty-seventh Lord d'Eath and has to borrow money to pay for even a simple funeral for his father. His primary motivation is rage over these circumstances, and thus it's this trope itself that gets the plot going.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His family name is d'Eath and he's an assassin. As the narration points out, it was a foregone conclusion, really.
- Nothing Personal: Beano the Clown is pretty miffed when he hears this from Edward, since for him it is pretty personal.
- Painting the Medium: Edward unnerves his fellow nobles because he thinks in italics. Such people, the narration asserts, need watching. Preferably from a distance.
- Rightful King Returns: Much like Wonse before him, though unlike Wonse, Edward is sincere in his belief and actually had found the "rightful" king.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He genuinely believes bringing the monarchy back is a good thing, seeing Vetinari as a tyrant holding the aristocracy back; throughout the book, he expresses regret for his actions and didn't actually mean to kill anyone. Dr Cruces eventually came to the same conclusion.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to s-peak with odd pau-ses in his words, as if his brain and mouth aren't entirely in sync with one another.
Dragon King of Arms
The Big Bad
of Feet of Clay
. He is a vampire who works as the Ankh Morpork's herald, tracing genealogies and making coat of arms.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Part of what drives Vimes to rage is that Dragon didn't know who Mrs Easy and her grandchild were and probably doesn't care that they died as collateral damage due to his machinations.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Dragon King of Arms loves his heraldic wordplay. This becomes important later, as it turns out one of these "jokes" was a vital clue.
- Faux Affably Evil: Most apparent when meeting with Vimes for the first time, where he's polite but nevertheless clearly up to something.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Subverted. Vimes claims to have put holy water in the wick of the candle that was lighting the room in which he confronted Dragon, but is implied to be bluffing.
- Karma Houdini: Vimes was worried that Dragon would get away with what he did due to how influential he was but he managed to subvert the trope. See below.
- Look on My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!: Dragon King of Arms (whose long life grants him a certain perspective on these things) reflects:
- Obviously Evil: Made apparent in his second scene if not the first. It's part of the reason the book's a howdunnit rather than a whodunnit.
- Our Vampires Are Different: In a possible case of Early Installment Weirdness, he seems to be the only shown vampire in discworld with wings in his humanoid form.
- Poetic Justice: Vimes, upon realising that Dragon is too influential for Vetinari to punish, uses a candle to burn the genealogies which Dragon has worked on for centuries.
- Smug Snake: He actually showed Vimes a vital clue early on in the story.
- Verbal Tic: Dragon, ahaha, King of Arms.
The Big Bad
. He is the head of Klatch, who seeks to unify the country by starting a war against Ankh-Morpork.
- Affably Evil: A genuinely affable man with a vision for Klatch, who nevertheless won't hesitate to murder his own brother for the war effort, to say nothing of violently suppressing large parts of his country when they'd rather not get with his program.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gets some brilliant jabs in at Rust's racist views.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He's appalled by Rust's sheer mind-boggling stupidity, even though that stupidity is helping him get causus belli.
- Villain with Good Publicity: To the point that Vimes initially refuses to believe that he's responsible.
Wolfgang Von Uberwald
One of the two villains of The Fifth Elephant
, Wolfgang served as the more obvious of the two Big Bads
. He is a dangerous werewolf, and Angua's brother.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Werewolves, as beings stuck between humans and wolves, are very doglike, to the point of disliking the words 'bath' and 'vet'. This gets him killed in the climax when he catches the signal flare Vimes shoots with his mouth.
- Ax-Crazy: Partly because he doesn't bother trying to control his violent nature as a werewolf and partly because he has been brought up by a family of Fantasy Nazis.
- Batman Gambit: Wolfgang and the other Game-playing werewolves employ this trope to put Sleeps and Skimmer right where they want them. Used against him in the climax, when Vimes kills him by playing off his dog-like instincts to get him to catch a powerful firework in his mouth.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Dee.
- Convenient Escape Boat: Subverted and Invoked, because werewolves really are very clever.
- Danger Takes a Backseat: Wolfgang's pack are fond of a low-tech variant, waiting under a tarp in a rowboat for an unsuspecting quarry to climb aboard.
- Determinator: Even after falling off a waterfall in a life-and-death struggle with a very large, very clever wolf called Gavin, and Gaspode (who, though small, has a street fighter's knack for the Groin Attack), he isn't finished yet, leading to the Post-Climax Confrontation.
- Dragon-in-Chief: In theory, he's the heir to the family while his mother and father rule. In practice, though his mother is the brains, Wolfgang is the leader.
- The Dreaded:
- To most people in Uberwald, since he's a nigh unkillable sadistic psychopath rendered even harder to actually hurt by the fact that silver isn't mined in Uberwald, leaving only fire as a weakness. Even his own mother, who thinks he's a thick sack of potatoes, is too scared to assert herself.
- Insofar as he's actually afraid of anyone, he's afraid of Angua, and for good reason - she off-handedly remarks that she could always send him away howling, intends to break up his 'Game' (which means taking on his entire pack, albeit with Gavin's help. Gavin, by the way, is a wolf), and in their one on-page fight (admittedly while Wolfgang wasn't in the best of shape) she kicks the crap out of him and sends him running, getting only scratches in return. The only thing she's afraid of is what he might do to Carrot.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Angua, most prominently, to the point where she uses him as an example of why she's so flighty and so scared of going bad. He is quite literally what she would be if she lost her conscience.
- Faux Affably Evil: Behind the sometimes-polite and cheerful facade is a sadistic murderer who takes pride in hurting others and hunting people like sport. Best shown when he pretends to be sporting with Vimes in offering him a chance to win four hundred crowns, then quickly shows his angry side when Vimes brings up Angua.
- For the Evulz:
- Unlike Dee, who had a tragic if misguided motivation for the plot, Wolfgang just joined in because it would see trolls and dwarfs killing each other en masse and he found such a prospect funny.
- Even after incapacitating Carrot, he proceeds to break his arm for sadistic amusement, then beat him further.
- The Post-Climax Confrontation serves no practical benefit beyond his own amusement, and he may well have been able to survive the political impact of his attempted coup, but he was just that keen on killing more people.
- Groin Attack: From Gaspode. Until he's killed, it's the one thing that actually seems to hurt him/slow him down - or at least, make him jump straight up.
- Hate Sink: A sadistic murderer who killed his own sister for not being a "pure blood" werewolf and conspires to upset the political landscape not because of misguided motives, but because he finds the prospect of war amusing.
- Just Toying with Them: Wolf and his cronies like to play with their food. As Angua points out, not even Vimes would have stood a chance if they'd just rushed him at once instead of giving him a "lead" and harassing him one at a time. Luckily for Vimes, they didn't know he had reinforcements coming.
- Karmic Death: Vimes kills Wolfgang with the distress flare from the clacks tower that his pack killed the operators of - the one the men never had a chance to use. Also counts as a Death by Irony. He's an Übermensch undone by his own base instincts, namely that a dog can't resist fetching a stick... even when it's dynamite.
- Kill It with Fire: Fire and silver are the typical ways to dispatch werewolves, though the latter is forbidden from being mined under the official status quo. Vimes takes this to heart and launches a flare at Wolf, expecting him to catch it in his mouth.
- Kingpin in His Gym: Wolfgang likes to give his muscles an airing.
- Never Heard That One Before: When Vimes comments on Wolfgang having that name while being a werewolf.
- "Not So Different" Remark: After Wolfgang's disappearance, Vimes explains to Sybil why he keeps his guard up by describing Wolfgang as "bottle covey" - someone who does not quit no matter how soundly he has been trounced. Sybil remarks that it sounds like someone she knows well.
- Post-Climax Confrontation: His last confrontation with Vimes happens after the plot has been solved.
- Putting on the Reich: Wolfgang and Co have this appearance when dressed (rare as it may be).
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Apparently a common birth defect in werewolves. Angua had a human-shaped sister and a wolf-shaped brother; Wolfgang killed the former and chased off the latter.
- Shapeshifter Swan Song: Downplayed — when Wolfgang comes back the last time, he seems to be having trouble controlling his transformations, and is wobbling around the halfway point between man and wolf.
- Stupid Evil: Though he's undeniably cunning and extremely powerful, Wolf is far too self-assured of his own success and ultimately makes attempts to harm his enemies even when it really isn't in his best interests.
- Tempting Fate: A subtle example appears in Wolfgang's chosen symbol of a wolf's head biting a mouthful of lightning bolts. Granted, they're not literal fireworks, but symbolically it rates as this trope.
- Undignified Death: Hes offed by the fact that his instincts compelled him to play fetch with a signal flare, a fate anybody would find laughable and pathetic.
- Would Hurt a Child: Combined with Would Hit a Girl. He murdered his young sister, implied to have just been an infant, for not being a "pure" werewolf.
The other of the two villains in The Fifth Elephant
. Dee is the Ideas Taster for the Low King.
- Boomerang Bigot: Ideas Taster Dee. Dee hates the fact that there are dwarfs who are openly female. The primary reason is that Dee is jealous they could do it while she can't.
- Evil Chancellor: Though it might not be immediately apparent, unlike most chancellors in the Disc.
- Motive Rant: Dee gives one complaining to Rhys about how they should have kept the old ways but the old ways have fallen to the wayside as more and more dwarves openly admit that they are female. Dee caps this of with "I can't!".
- Tragic Villain: Unlike her co-conspirator, Dee is motivated by tragic self loathing.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Dee outs herself as female at the end of her Motive Rant.
- Villainous Breakdown: At the end, Dee is confirmed to have done it all specifically because of the growing Dwarf Femininity movement in Ankh-Morpork. Anyone who has been around a Transgender person when they're first realizing what's going on inside them could probably have quoted significant chunks of that discussion and the one that came afterward.
- Wham Line: Near the end of the book, the words "I can't!" turn the nature of the Evil Plan on its head. In that one short sentence, it shows that while the conspiracy was perpetrated by traditionalists, it also showed that jealousy was a significant factor too.
- You Are What You Hate: Dee is revealed to be this during the climax.
The Big Bad
of Night Watch
, he's a Serial Killer
being pursued by Vimes.
- Annoying Laugh: His distinctive "haha", the laugh of a right bastard who thinks the whole thing is funny, and it's everyone else's fault for not laughing along.
- Ax-Crazy: He'd kill you for your watch rather than ask you the time.
- Book Dumb: Not implied to be very literate, but still very good at reading people.
- Combat Pragmatist: Much like Vimes, he won't bother with a straight-up fight.
- Crazy-Prepared: Carries at least three knives.
- Cop Killer: In the present day, he kills at least three police officers, one of whom was off duty and didn't even recognize him. In the past, he murders a few more.
- Determinator: Vimes bregrudingly admits that Carcer's a determined bastard, as shown in their final fight where he continues to make an effort to fight back despite his leg being buggered.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Technically, he's always in a position of subservience to someone else; first to Findthee Swing as a sergeant in the Particulars, then briefly to Lord Snapcase as Captain of the Palace Guard. It's fairly clear that he follows their orders for exactly as long as it's in his own interest and while Swing and Snapcase are bad enough, the main plot is about Vimes having to drag Carcer back through time.
- Evil Counterpart: It's heavily implied that if Vimes was to ever allow himself to become The Unfettered, then he might wind up like Carcer.
- Expy: A demented, psychopathic Jean Valjean, with Vimes as his Javert. Even brought home when he insists his initial crime was stealing a loaf of bread (Vimes objects on the grounds Carcer would never just steal the bread. He'd kill the baker, their family, and anyone who happened to be nearby).
- Faux Affably Evil: The polite and chummy facade is surprisingly convincing, right until he stabs you.
- For the Evulz: His main motivation.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: According to Vimes, he has two bad angels and they're egging each other on.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: Part of the reason Night Watch even happens is because Vimes thinks he's disarmed Carcer of his two knives. Carcer was carrying three.
- Kick the Dog: Just before the Post-Climax Confrontation, he eats the hard-boiled egg left at Keel's grave.
- Knife Nut: Carcer is never unarmed.
- Obliviously Evil: Occasionally gives off this impression, but it's probably an act given his random displays of cruelty.
- Psycho for Hire: If you manage to get a leash on him, although it probably won't stick and you'll definitely regret it.
- Psychopathic Manchild: As mentioned by Vimes:
He'd stand there amid the carnage, blood on his hands and stolen jewellery in his pocket, and with an expression of injured innocence declare, 'Me? What did I do?' And it was believable right up until you looked hard into those cheeky, smiling eyes, and saw, deep down, the demons looking back.
- Serial Killer: He likes killing, that's for sure. He graduates from this trope into (indirect) mass-murder by trying to stoke the conflict in Ankh-Morpork.
- Shadow Archetype: He provides a good idea of what Vimes might be if it let his nihilism and berserker tendencies take over.
- The Sociopath: Carcer doesn't seem to choke on guilt or regret for his numerous murders.
- Straw Nihilist: Carcer is said not to be insane but rather too sane, in that he can do whatever the hell he wants because he knows that laws and things are just arbitrary lines the normal folk draw in the sand to pretend they're safe. Needless to say, Vimes does not take this well.
- The Unfettered: As a contrast to Vimes being The Fettered.
- Villainous Valour: For all his flaws, he isn't a coward and will fight like hell even when he's suffering from a debilitating injury to his leg.
Captain Findthee Swing
The Captain of the Cable Street Particulars or the "Unmentionables", Swing comes into conflict with Vimes-as-Keel throughout Night Watch
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: Though not going quite as far as to discuss racial purity, Swing's invention of craniometrics is sadly very much Truth in Television and was employed by the Nazis in their eugenics programmes. The Unmentionables also dress themselves very much like the Gestapo of Nazi Germany and enforce the Fascists Bedtime.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Surprisingly played straight in that he puts up much more of a fight than his lackeys do.
- Bad Boss: When the Cable Street Watch House is burning down and a torturer is struggling to free himself after Vimes has restrained him and forgotten to loose his bonds before setting the place ablaze, Swing stabs his own underling. It's implied he was trying to cover up any hint that he'd tortured and killed.
- Bald of Evil: Balding rather than fully bald, but nevertheless fits the trope nicely in all other senses.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: He never does the torture himself, but will willingly have it carried out on anyone who fails a craniometrics exam; as the narrative puts it, "And from such figures he could, infallibly, tell that you were devious, untrustworthy, and congenitally criminal. After you spent the next twenty minutes in the company of his staff and their less sophisticated tools, he would, amazingly, be proven right". The results are so disgusting that young!Vimes is vomiting and Vimes-as-Keel opts to Mercy Kill a few of the victims immediately.
- The Dragon: Seems to fill this role with Lord Winder.
- The Dreaded: Even the Ankh-Morpork army know better than to question Swing or his thugs. Carcer is still able to exploit this even after Swing's death.
- Faux Affably Evil: Despite his polite demeanour, he's by far one of the nastiest characters Vimes encounters. Lampshaded when Vimes describes him as "polite as hell" but nevertheless gets a weird vibe from him, even before he sees the torture cells.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Technically this to Carcer - while Carcer's the primary antagonist of the book, Swing is one of the biggest reasons, if not the biggest, why past!Ankh-Morpork is such a shit place to live. Nevertheless, he mostly stays resigned to the background at least to begin with.
- Hate Sink: Unlike Carcer, Swing is shown to be nothing but repulsive, cruel and hateful based entirely on his pointless definition of evil, and even his underlings are not spared from his cruelty.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Suffice it to say that Swing is very much not the expert in detecting criminals he thinks he is. For one, he has multiple innocent people tortured because he thinks they're criminals, then hires the Obviously Evil Carcer Dun into the Unmentionables because he "absolutely couldn't be a criminal if he tried".
- Karmic Death: Vimes-as-Keel kills Swing with his own measuring ruler.
- Knight Templar: Swing has a hideous case of Black-and-White Insanity; anyone who fits his horrendously wrong definition of a criminal is tortured, and anyone he views as on his side is viewed as good, even if the person in question is an Obviously Evil Serial Killer.
- Lean and Mean: Noted to be quite lean, and most of the other tropes should describe the "mean" part of him pretty thoroughly.
- Never Heard That One Before: When he first introduces himself to Vimes, he invites him to make a joke about his name, with no humour behind it.
- Not So Above It All: Despite being a horrifying villain with absolutely no redeeming traits, he does get one amusing moment post-demise, when he tries to use craniometrics on Death and fails miserably as it's, well, Death.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He and the Unmentionables seem like a bunch of try-hard losers, more obsessed with being intimidating than effective, with their ridiculous but showy weapons even assassins laugh at. Then we see his Torture Cellar... and then Swing himself turns out to actually be a pretty damn good swordsman who fights with a no-frills, kill-the-other-guy style.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: The man claims he's working for the good of the city, but is so clearly suffering from Black-and-White Insanity that it's not true. That he also kills his torturer indicates he's well aware he's done horrible things and he wants to avoid the evidence getting out.
- Obliviously Evil: He honestly doesn't seem to get why Vimes, or indeed anyone, might be horrified at the things he's done, even trying to justify it as he's attacking Vimes.
- Police Are Useless: He's part of the reason the Ankh-Morpork police are the way they are. He outlawed weapons, reasoning this would reduce crime. Except for the fact only law-abiding people would obey this law. The criminals of Ankh-Morpork couldn't believe their luck. Theft skyrocketed, but Swing didn't bother doing anything about this, preferring to arrest all those weaponless people taking their aggravation out on the police.
- Secret Police: The head of them.
- Slashed Throat: How he dies.
- Sword Cane: Proves to be surprisingly efficient with one to Vimes's surprise.
- Torture Cellar: The Cable Street Watchhouse has one of these.
- Truth in Television: Unfortunately, "craniometrics" like Swing's was a real (and horribly flawed) measure of determining someone's moral nature, employed by the Nazis (among others) in their eugenics schemes.
- 2 + Torture = 5: 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.
- Verbal Tic: Swing's unusuallypaced... speech pattern is something Vimes picks up on in their first encounter.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The Discworld series isn't all laughs, but Swing is by far one of the reasons that Night Watch is among its darkest stories, and he is never played for laughs, at least before his death.
- Villain Takes an Interest: After his first meeting with Vimes-as-Keel, he attempts to recruit the man into the Unmentionables. Vimes, disgusted by such a notion, deliberately lets Ronald Rust know and pretends to actually be tempted so that Rust will block such a move.
The Patrician before Vetinari, replacing Homicidal Lord Winder. Didn't prove to be much better than his predecessor, ruling the city until everyone got fed up of him, and hung him up by his figgin. Only appears in Night Watch
- Bait the Dog: He got the seamstresses on his side by saying he'd give them a guild. He didn't.
- The Caligula: Not at first, but by the end he'd gone completely underpants-on-head insane. Like the real life one, he made a horse a councilor, which is given the old Discworld twist with the caveat that it was still better than some of his other councilors.
- Fat Bastard: Said to have the same sort of chubbiness common to all Patricians sooner or later (it's the high-class eating and dining).
- Meet the New Boss: Homicidal Lord Winder is replaced by Mad Lord Snapcase, who's every bit as insane and rotten as the man he's replaced, just better at hiding it until he got what he wanted, and the city of Ankh-Morpork doesn't get any better under his rule. The upper crust of Ankh, watching his appointment, even quote the phrase in Latatian.
- Nice to the Waiter: Before the Glorious Revolution of the 25th of May, Snapcase was already building a reputation as the man of the people, because he asked regular folk what they did for a living, and waved from his fancy carriage. Of course, once he got into power, he turned out to be a mad, frivolous, lying bastard who treats everyone like crap, with no regard for the man in the street.
- Noodle Incident:
- Hung up by his figgin, they say. A figgin is a small cake, so either there's some bizarre linguistic drift going on, or there really is some horrifying element to a man being suspended alongside a teacake.
- Related to that, the breaking point for Ankh-Morpork which led to said suspension was him forcing old Spooner Boggis to eat his own nose. Exactly what, if anything, prompted this is unclear.
- Posthumous Character: He's been dead some time by the start of The Colour of Magic, the citizens of Ankh-Morpork eventually reaching their breaking point with him. He appears in Night Watch, which shows the beginning of his rule.
- The Red Baron: Remembered as "Mad" or "Psychoneurotic" Lord Snapcase.
An extremist Dwarven grag, or wise-man, who is the Big Bad
and Raising Steam
- Ambiguous Situation: The death of Hamcrusher is one - Ardent reported to Helmclever that Ham had died when the other grags killed him for trying to destroy the device, which they would view as worse than murder (dwarves in general think destroying a book or words constitutes a serious crime). Ardent is certainly willing to kill loyal subordinates and definitely exploited Hamcrusher's death and defiled his body to sell the cover story, but whether he's the one that landed the killing blow is unclear, and the book even notes that as the grags all wear face-concealing robes, it'd be almost impossible to ID the killer.
- And Your Little Dog, Too!: Sends men to Vimes' house to kill his wife and son as an extremely ill-thought out attempt to dissuade Vimes from pursuing him.
- Bad Boss:
- To poor, poor Helmclever. And to the miners who found the Cube under Empirical Crescent, who Ardent and Hamcrusher had murdered by dark guards so they couldn't speak about what they found.
- In Steam, he punishes anyone who tries to flee with death, and couldn't give a damn about the lives of the dwarfs he radicalises and persuades to launch suicide attacks.
- "Common Knowledge": He's skilled at the in-universe form via "everybody knows" and "stands to reason". He uses it to poison others' opinions and spread his philosophy.
- Dragon-in-Chief: In Thud!, he technically serves Grag Hamcrusher and the other more venerable grags who accompanied him to Ankh-Morpork to find the Cube of Koom Valley, but it's pretty clear he exerts a lot of power over them instead and is the one truly leading the expedition after Hamcrusher's death. He was also pretty quick to establish himself after Hamcrusher bought the farm.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His sole redeeming trait. He held Albrecht Albrechtsson, a fellow dwarven "deep downer", as a dear friend, and in Raising Steam tries to persuade him to his side. Once Albrecht defies him, Ardent spares him execution and has him imprisoned in reasonably good condition, bringing him books and food.
- Evil Former Friend: Becomes this in Raising Steam to Albrecht Albrechtsson, who turns his back on Ardent and refuses to work with him. Ardent, while imprisoning him for defiance, spares him and treats him better than most of his prisoners.
- Fantastic Racism: Against Trolls, big time. He believes hatred of trolls is central to the dwarven identity. Raising Steam makes this expand towards goblins, humans and basically anything he deems "non dwarf".
- From Nobody to Nightmare: If he was telling the truth, he started Thud as an "assistant" to Hamcrusher and the other venerable grags, but then took advantage of Hamcrusher's death to become de facto leader of them. By the time of Raising Steam, he's the outright leader of the extremists.
- Hate Sink: He's so bigoted, hateful and petty that even his one redeeming trait of sparing Albrecht Albrechtsson doesn't really do much to alleviate him of this status.
- Kick the Dog:
- To frame a troll for the death of Hamcrusher, Ardent ordered Helmclever to bash in Ham's skull with a club he was gifted by Mr Shine, Diamond King of Trolls. When Helmclever refused, Ardent took the club out his hands and did the work himself, sullying Helm's gift and traumatising him. Sending a suicide squad to attack Vimes's family was similarly cruel, and also pointlessly antagonistic.
- In Steam, he orders a follower to attack a wedding between a human male and a female dwarf in remote Llamedos, resulting in two deaths including the bride. There's no reason for this except petty spite.
- Knight Templar: In his eyes, deviating from the word of Tak - as he alone interprets it - is enough to merit death.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Is an interpreter of dwarf law, not really a warrior. Grag Bashfullsson is able to defeat him relatively easily using a type of martial art at the end of Thud! even though Ardent has grabbed an axe from a dark guard and Bashfullsson is unarmed. His coup in Raising Steam is undone pretty much just by Rhys managing to make it back to Uberwald on Iron Girder, at which point what little support he has left dissolves and he's taken into custody.
- No True Scotsman: A really bad case of this. He deems any attempt to modernise dwarf culture a heretical offence and will have it punished mercilessly, and is similarly remorseless about punishing any dwarf that dares to be feminine.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He claims to be willing to do the acts he does for the benefit of all dwarves, but given how quickly he'll have them murdered even if they're loyal to him, this is obviously bullshit.
- Oh, Crap!: In Thud!, when Carrot discovers evidence that supports Ardent's claim that a troll got loose in the mine and killed Hamcrusher. This is because Ardent had made it up in order to try and cover up the fact that one of the other grags had murdered Hamcrusher and so really wasn't expecting there to be evidence suggesting a troll was in the mine that he had not already planted.
- Opportunistic Bastard: He may not have killed Hamcrusher himself... but he sure as hell took advantage of the death to rise the ranks and terrorise people, in the process desecrating his old boss's body.
- Pet the Dog: His sole redeeming trait; in Raising Steam, he spares the life of Albrecht Albrechtsson despite the latter openly defying him, when Ardent would have killed many for much less. He also has him treated reasonably well as a prisoner.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: By Raising Steam even most of the Dwarf fundamentalists think his faction is just insane. Unfortunately they have the loyalty of the Delver troops and just enough popular support to seize power in the absence of the King.
- Rogues Gallery Transplant: One of the few Discworld villains to survive out of his first book, Ardent started as a Watch villain but became a direct threat to Moist von Lipwig in Raising Steam. This wasn't too jarring a transition, as both work in Ankh-Morpork, and the Watch play a major supporting role in Steam.
- Smug Snake: For all his plotting and smug sense of superiority, he is quickly reduced to ranting and raving when his plans begin to come undone. Even when he manages to oust Rhys Rhysson while the Low King is away in Ankh-Morpork in Raising Steam, the strain of trying to hold his powerbase together while Rhys is speeding along on Iron Girder back to Uberwald to reclaim his throne sends Ardent into near hysterics.
- Stupid Evil: Ardent is not good at keeping his enemies placated, and one reason he fails is because he pisses off everyone. Special mention goes to trying to assassinate a child to scare the parent from investigating... no prizes for guessing how that works out.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He was never "nice", but he somehow becomes even more unpleasant in his second appearance, becoming much more active in his attempts to kill the king and anyone he disagrees with.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After his first defeat, which happened just after he attempted regicide directly, the Low King pardons him for his crimes. This does squat to stop Ardent scheming to depose him again.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Not so much in Thud, which got dark in several places (partly because of him), but more in Raising Steam; the book is generally Lighter and Softer, until Ardent's reign of terror and insane fundamentalism comes into play.
- Villainous Breakdown: Once in each book. In Thud, he goes nuts when he hears the Device and attempts a suicide attack on Rhys, which fails. In Raising Steam he goes to hysterics when the plans fall to pieces, then quiet defiance and terror for his life.
- Would Hurt a Child: Orders his followers to kill Young Sam. The attempt fortunately fails.
Goblin Smuggling Conspiracy - Unmarked Spoilers
A conspiracy that serve as the main antagonists in Snuff
The son of Lord Ronald Rust and head of the conspiracy.
- Fantastic Racism: He seemed to view the goblins as cheap and exploitable labour.
- The Ghost: Literally never appears in person, but still manages to be loathsome.
- Hate Sink: Especially impressive on Pterry's part, since he never appears in person. Gravid is pointlessly cruel, petty and stupid, inspiring revulsion even in his own subordinates.
- Smug Snake: So goddamn smug that even Stratford hates him.
Local magistrates who act as the de facto lawmakers in the region despite not having any actual legal standing.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: As far as they are concerned, they are the legal power and the laws of Ankh-Morpork have no standing over them. Vimes takes serious issue with this.
to Gravid Rust.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Downplayed, he has no problem with the evil he or his boss does... But apparently Gravid really is that insufferable, and Stratford immediately volunteers evidence against him once caught.
- The Heavy: As his boss never appears, Stratford is the main antagonist and the one overseeing the trafficking. This also makes him especially loathsome.
- Impostor Forgot One Detail: The act of "innocent crewman on a ship" might have fooled somebody who wasn't Vimes, but Vimes notes that an actual sailor would've been better prepared for the roughness of the river, whereas Stratford keeps being knocked over.
- Stupid Evil: He might have lived — since goblins weren't considered sapient and the law doesn't apply retroactively, but he just had to try and make an attempt on Sam's family. Willikins took him out effortlessly.
Ankh-Morpork villains (William de Worde, Moist von Lipwig)
The New Firm
A pair of crooks consisting of Mr. Pin and Mr. Tulip. They were hired to discredit Vetinari in The Truth
in a plot to overthrow him.
- Bad Habits: Mr. Pin dresses as an Omnian priest as a disguise, while Mr. Tulip dons a "Vestigial" Virgin's habit.
In a street where furtive people were selling Clang, Slap, Chop, Rhino, Skunk, Triplin, Floats, Honk, Double Honk, Gongers, and Slack, Mr. Tulip had an unerring way of finding the man who was retailing curry powder at what worked out as six hundred dollars a pound.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Genre Savvy Mr. Tulip notices something is wrong when Mr. Pin fails to kill Mr. Slant (with fire, from which even a zombie would be hard-pressed to come back) and mutters something about "I think I shall let you live today."
- Brains and Brawn: Pin is the brains, Tulip is the brawn (outside of his encyclopaedic knowledge of art).
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Mr. Tulip believes, but he doesn't believe in anything in particular, which causes something of a problem after he dies.
- Cluster Bleep-Bomb: Played with. Somehow Mr. Tulip actually pronounces the dash.
- Death Equals Redemption: It helps if Death gives you a little post-mortem therapy to help with the redemption. However, as Mr. Pin finds out too late, redemption is only possible if you're sincere about your regret for your crimes...
- Fake High: Mr. Tulip never seems to get his hands on real drugs, but that doesn't stop him from claiming it keeps his mind sharp.
- Freudian Excuse: Something very bad happened to Mr. Tulip as a child.
- Hidden Depths: Due in part to his terrible childhood, where the only thing of any value in his village was the decorations in the church, Mr. Tulip has an excellent knowledge of art history and value. He can also gauge a gem's worth by sight.
- Horrifying the Horror: A mutual version occurs when the New Firm visits Biers, the city's bar for the undead, in hopes of intimidating a werewolf into helping them track down Vetinari's terrier, Wuffles. Mr. Tulip's behavior has one of the residents asking if he's human, especially after he smashes a glass bottle against his head simply because he no longer needed it and putting it on a table was too much trouble. On the other side, when Mr. Pin asks the half-man, half-wolf to shift forms, the werewolf just gets bigger and hairier. The New Firm leave without their werewolf and feeling shook up — whilst the undead in Biers can be heard locking the door behind them, because they do not want Mr. Tulip coming back.
- Killed Off for Real: Both of them die. Pin killed Tulip to save his own ass and is himself later killed by the protagonists in self-defence.
- London Gangster: They fit the archetype, describe themselves as "the New Firm" and Ankh-Morpork is part London in its conception.
- Madness Mantra: As Mr. Pin goes progressively crazier from his dose of negative light showing him all the people he's killed waiting for him on the other side of death, he starts frantically muttering how he "wasn't born to fry." He is reincarnated as a potato, which is promptly made into crisps and chips.
- Mister X and Mister Y: Tulip and Pin, as typical of a pair of criminals.
- Narrative Profanity Filter: Played with. At first it seems as though Mr Tulip's use of "ing" is a 19th-century-style censoring of the F-word, but it turns out that what he's saying is actually just a glottal stop and then "Ing!" When Sacharissa decides to try out swearing, she clearly can't reproduce the glottal stop correctly.
- Nuns Are Spooky: Mr Tulip briefly disguises himself as a Nun, and he's pretty spooky... but Sacharissa claims that the nuns who taught at her school were far worse.
- Poor Communication Kills: The New Firm is much less effective than they should be because their employers neglected to mention a lot of things. They are not ing happy about this.
- Reincarnation: Pin and Tulip both get this after death. Mr Tulip note comes back as a woodworm in William's antique desk, happily enjoying fine works as he did in his previous life. Mr Pinnote is reincarnated as a potato in his former likeness that was destined to fry. To further add to the Disc's twist on this, both also happen to be reincarnated to a point in time before their deaths.
- Sanity Slippage: Pin starts losing it after Otto took a picture using forces he probably shouldn't be messing with, and he got an eyefull of everyone he'd ever killed waiting for him on the other side of death.
- Mr. Pin has "'Not a Nice Person at All' done in pokerwork on his purse,", Mr. Tulip at one point elaborates on "get medieval on his arse" at some length (see under Noodle Implements), and Mr. Pin and Mr. Tulip discuss foreign food at one point, including "what they call sausage-in-a-bun in Quirm." When discussing whether or not people will take a dog's word as evidence, Mr. Slant points out "A dog has personality. Personality counts for a lot."
- They call themselves the "New Firm," which has to be a reference to Neverwhere's "the Old Firm" (where there's a New, there must be an Old), though the characters themselves and the general idea behind them are based on a common archetype, not direct Expys.
- Sir Swearsalot: Subverted with Mr Tulip, who doesn't ing swear. He just says "ing" a ing lot.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Mr. Tulip and Mr. Pin, big time. They believe they are absolutely the latest, greatest thing in crime and that Ankh-Morpork's underworld is full of lily-livered amateurs. They never catch on that Ankh-Morpork is to evil and corruption what guns are to bullets and the only reason the city's criminals no longer try to upset the status quo is that is they're up against two of the most fearsome forces on the Disc: Vetinari's intelligence and Sam Vimes's dedication to the law.
- Verbal Tic: Mr. Tulip's got a ing bad one. It's implied for most of the book that the word is censored, but it turns out he's actually pronouncing it that way.
- Villainous Breakdown: Mr. Pin. Big time. All because of Otto taking a picture that involved forces he probably shouldn't be messing with. The effect it had on Mr. Pin was scary, to say the least.
- Villainous BSoD: Mr. Tulip, after Death shows him his life "as it flashed before other people's eyes".
Lord de Worde
The mastermind of the plot to overthrow Vetinari in The Truth
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Interestingly, even though it's specifically said that he never gets his hands dirty with violence — he has men for that — he seems to be pretty good with a sword in the final confrontation. Of course, facing a vampire, that doesn't help him very much... William does mention several times that the one thing the de Wordes are expected to excel at is charging into battle.
- "Begone" Bribe: William pays his father a generous estimate of what it cost to raise him in order to sever any remaining ties between them. The money isn't the thing, as Lord de Worde has gold in his DNA, but instead is based on the Dwarfish tradition in which betrothed dwarves buy one another from their parents to symbolise their independence.
- Berserk Button: He is one to William.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Eventually done by William to his father.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Lord DeWorde is horrified to learn that the New Firm tried to kill William. It doesn't stop him from trying to ship William to another continent to stop his interference, but it's the thought that counts.
- Foreshadowing: In one meeting of the Committee To Unelect The Patrician, the lead shadowy figure says the novel's Arc Words ("A lie can run around the world before the truth has got its boots on"). This is a major hint to the reveal that Lord de Worde is the Big Bad.
- Like Father, Like Son: William doesn't appreciate the comparison. They're both arrogant, single-minded, stubborn jerks. Where they are different, however, is that William tries not to be.
- "Not So Different" Remark: William and his father, as noted by more than one character.
William: Of all the bone-headed, stubborn, self-centered, arrogant—
Otto: But you make up for it in other vays.
William: I meant my father.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: After he figures out the plot against the Patrician, William gives his father some of the jewels taken from Mr. Pin, essentially repaying the cost of raising him and buying himself out of the family, but Lord de Worde tells him to keep it because William is "most ''certainly'' a de Worde".
of Going Postal
. Gilt is the new head of the Grand Trunk, the company that runs the Clacks.
to Reacher Gilt in Going Postal
, Gryle is a wild banshee and Gilt's head assassin.
- Ambiguously Human: Initially, it's not exactly clear what he is, with even Gilt's Igor not being sure and getting the creeps around him.
- The Dragon: To Reacher Gilt, as his chief assassin.
- Ludicrous Gibs: He's reduced to these after Moist shoves him into the Sorting Engine by accident. The sight makes Moist vomit.
The main antagonist of Moist von Lipwig during Making Money
Villains from other books (one-shots)
. Dios is a High Priest among High Priests in Djeylibeybi.
- Bald of Evil: He's got no hair on his head, and while not actually evil per se, he is the antagonist of the book.
- Creature of Habit: He can't fathom doing things differently, to the point where he stands in the exact same spot every day, next to the throne. The floor has been worn down so that an imprint of his feet is visible.
- Death Glare: Gives such a potent one when looking for Ptraci that Teppic is surprised the walls didn't melt.
- Determinator: It's implied he's holding off dying of old age by nothing more than sheer force of will.
- Doublethink: He's well aware of the various contradictions in the Djeyl worship systems (some of which he actually invented), but he whole-heartedly believes in all them anyway.
- Dramatic Sit-Down: Is so shocked when Teppic refuses to follow the rituals he sits down on a chair that happened to have a model ship on it. And again when the entire pantheon appears in Djeylibeybi.
- Evil Chancellor: More an evil priest but the trope is referenced in describing Dios, though unlike other examples of this trope on the Disc, he isn't malicious.
- The Fog of Ages: At the very end, when it's revealed just how old he is, he actually hesitates as he tries to think about his family, which he presumes he must have had at some point.
- Gag Nose: He's apparently got a huge conk on him, which apparently lends itself to High Priesthood.
- Rage Against the Heavens: When the gods of Djelibeybi start showing up, he's actually outraged, planning to go give them a Severe Talking To.
- Stable Time Loop: Turns out to be stuck in one. When the energy in the pyramids is unleashed, Dios is sent back to the past when Djeylibeybi is founded with no memory and does all the same things that led to the present.
- Strange-Syntax Speaker: As Pteppic notes early on, Dios never ever uses the past tense, referring to even Djeylibeybi's long-deceased rulers in the present tense.
- Time Abyss: As a result of the Stable Time Loop, it's impossible to know how old he truly is, and even he's forgotten.
- Twisting the Words: Any time his majesty King Pteppicymion XXVII, Lord of the Heavens, Charioteer of the Wagon of the Sun, Steersman of the Barque of the Sun, Guardian of the Secret Knowledge, Lord of the Horizon, Keeper of the Way, the Flail of Mercy, the High-Born One, the Never-Dying King issues any kind of declaration, Dios "interprets" it for him. Usually in a way completely at odds with what Teppic actually said, but no one dares contradict Dios.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Why is Dios manipulating generations of kings? Is it greed? Megalomania? For the Evulz? No, it's for the kingdom; he sincerely believes following tradition for eternity is the right thing to do.
Villain of Small Gods
, Vorbis is head of the Exquisitioners of the Omnian Church.
- And I Must Scream: Vorbis's final fate - an eternity in the absolute silence of his own mind, all alone with himself - is Subverted when Brutha mercifully takes him to the afterlife.
- Bad Boss: On realizing there's a secret tunnel from the Ephebian library, Vorbis tells a captain to take some men to examine the tunnel, which will almost certainly be filled with deadly traps.
- Bald of Evil: He deliberately shaves his head.
- Black Eyes of Evil: He has this. It's said that it has something to do with his coming from a tribe living deep in the desert, a Shout-Out to Dune
- Church Militant: Vorbis is this. Ultimately he cares more about his personal power and the power of the church than the god it was supposed to be dedicated to. Part of what makes him frightening is how completely unaware he is of this; he believes he's following the commands of his god all the way to end, until he passes to the desert and finally learns that he's only been hearing himself. And now that's all the company he'll ever have...
- The Corrupter: Vorbis is noted at least twice to have a tendency to make those around him more like himself.
- Death Equals Redemption: In a manner of speaking..
- Didn't See That Coming: Someone acting contrary to his expectations seems to be the easiest way to get an actual emotional reaction from Vorbis - first when Diadactylos doesn't remain defiant in the face of certain, eventual death and decides to recant his work, and later when Brutha nearly slaps him in front of everyone but doesn't.
- The Dreaded: Outright called such, and with good reason, what with being the head of the Exquisition. Even his own underlings find themselves disturbed by Vorbis, and at one point the occupying force in Ephebe loses the fight against an uprising in part because of the simple fact that Vorbis isn't there to terrify them into fighting harder.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humour: On the rare occasions Vorbis cracks a joke, they're completely lacking in actual humour, but everyone laughs like their lives depend on it. Which they do.
- For the Evulz: That he would turn a supposedly helpless tortoise on its back just to see what would happen horrifies Om, and not just because he's the tortoise in question. Om reasons that if a man will turn a tortoise on its back, he'd do the same to the universe if given half a chance.
- Heel Realization: Vorbis finally gets this after death, realising that he'd never actually been following the commandments of a god—that the only voice he'd ever heard came from his own head.
- Humans Are Bastards: Why he approves of Punch-Clock Villains working in the torture cellars, because he feels it proves everything he thinks about other people utterly right.
- Hypocrite: Among the many objects declared anathema by Omnian doctrine includes mirrors, but Vorbis has no problem using a pair as part of his plan.
- Kick the Dog: Commits several.
- Turns Om (whom he believes to be only a tortoise) on his back and props him with pebbles to ensure that he cannot right himself, just to see what would happen.
- Later forces the captain of the ship he's sailing on to harpoon a porpoise, because sailors generally believe that killing a porpoise is bad luck; a foolish superstition that must be overcome in the fundamental truth of Omnian doctrine. The sailors are right; Om is forced to make a bargain with the local sea goddess to spare him and Brutha. Later the ship does indeed sink as a direct result of Om's bargain (though a bit of bad luck and timing was involved), though after Om, Brutha, Vorbis and Simony have all disembarked.
- Nothing Personal: A brief glimpse into the mind of one of the Exquisition has this as his reason he finds Vorbis so disturbing - most of the Exquisition are either Punch Clock Villains or people who want to hurt other people for a living. Vorbis has people horrifically tortured to death on the grounds that they've sinned, but doesn't even grant them the dignity of hating them for it. note
- Obfuscating Disability: Vorbis pulls a chilling example of this on Brutha as they are about to leave the desert.
- Pet the Dog: A man comes to Vorbis bringing word of the proto-tank being built, hoping that it would earn the release of his incarcerated father. Vorbis outright states that he knows that he would be in league with the rebels if not for his father... and nonetheless orders that the father be released. It appears for a moment that he is Baiting the Dog by asking an inquisitor if they know where the man lives, but never follows up on it. Then again, Vorbis may simply not have gotten around to it. He was rather busy from that point until he died.
- The Plan: Vorbis's plans, among other things, include invading Ephebe by sending the Omnian fleet to attack Ephebe directly - and getting burned by a giant Ephebian magnifying glass - partly as a justification to his main plan to cross the desert, helped by several expeditions that left caches of food and water along the way. Pratchett referred to it as "planning your counter-attack before your attack." If the first attack works, excellent. If not, it sets up the second. Vorbis may be the most frightening villain Pratchett has ever created, because he is essentially what Vetinari would be if he were actually evil and sadistic.
- Schmuck Bait: Very fond of using it. People are noted to be afraid of asking him what he's thinking about in case the answer is "you".