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    Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax 
I can't be having with this.

A stern, skinny old woman who walks just on the "good" side of the thin line between good witch and bad witch. Thinks she knows what's best for people, and is usually right. Not well-liked, but well-respected, and that's usually good enough for her. Lives in the mountain kingdom of Lancre, and as far as she's concerned she and her fellow witches are the ones who really run the place. Tends to avoid using actual witch-magic unless she actually has to, preferring to use "headology" - her own personal version of psychology - something she is very, very, very good at. She is widely considered to be the most powerful witch on the Disc — even the Feegles call her "The Hag O' Hags."


  • All Witches Have Cats: Averted for several books, as Granny dislikes cats — then played straight in Wintersmith and beyond, as Tiffany presents her with a white kitten. So she's now the owner of a white cat named You, as in "Get down from there, You!" or "Stop that, You!" Said cat, perhaps unsurprisingly, takes on certain aspects of her owner's personality, such as using what she has at the right moment for maximum psychological effect - namely, she's the only thing other than elves and feegles that actually scares Greebo.
  • Amicable Exes: Of a strange sort with Ridcully. They get on well enough, and it's indicated that he's still holding a torch for her.
  • Anti-Hero: She's manipulative, cynical, secretive, callous, and favours dirty tricks. But she's Good. She's Good if it kills her.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Usually averts this, on the grounds that it's much more economical and amusing to make someone think that they're a frog than to actually turn them into one. However, as the incident with Greebo demonstrates, she is capable of it, albeit only with Magrat and Nanny's help.
  • Barrier Maiden: To the point where her merely being alive keeps things like elves out.
  • Batman Gambit: She could give the trope namer lessons. More often than not she'll solve a problem by careful manipulation of people and events while keeping her magic in reserve until it is absolutely needed.
  • Being Good Sucks: Esme yearns to be the Wicked Witch. She mentions several times, with satisfaction, that if she were a villain she'd be the terror of the entire world, and more than one person has independently noted with vague horror just what she might be capable of. But she knows Right from Wrong and is far too proud to start ignoring the difference.
  • Big Good: Eventually she was Kicked Upstairs by the writer: instead of being The Hero she becomes Tiffany Aching's mentor/Sour Supporter.
  • Body Surf:
    • She practices a relatively benign version of this called "Borrowing", where she rides the mind of an animal, steering it and seeing through its eyes. This is her most commonly used technique, and she is regarded as the indisputable master of the skill.
    • In case you think it's not a particularly useful power, she can intimidate people into thinking that she's spying on them through any animal, possess just about anything (plants, buildings, bee swarms), and once Out-Gambitted a group of vampires by Borrowing her blood and tricking them into drinking it.
  • Brainwash Residue: The shapeshifting variety. For example, she stopped using owls to see at night because "You ends up for days trying to twist your head right round," and after she's borrowed an entire beehive, she declares, "I wantzzz a bunzzch of flowerzz, a pot of honey, and someone to szzzting."
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: "Get me an alligator sandwich and make it quick!" note 
  • Catchphrase: "Blessings be upon this house!", "I can't be having with this.", "I (still) aten't dead."
  • Celibate Eccentric Genius: Though it would be hard to call her eccentric - perhaps her eccentricity is that she is very, very sane - she's a type of genius, and she is celibate. See below.
  • Child Hater: Combined with Wouldn't Hurt a Child. Yes, she has that combination. She will loudly (and repeatedly) complain about children and threaten them with over-the-top punishments, but she would never act on any of them. Interestingly, children confronted with Granny Weatherwax (barring Early Installment Weirdness) seem to realise this on an instinctive level and are not afraid of her as a result.
  • Celibate Hero: Which amazes her former suitor Ridcully when he finds out.
    • she also leads a unicorn at one point, using a single hair from her head as a halter
  • Cuteness Proximity: In a very, very grudging sort of way with You the kitten.
  • The Dreaded: Trolls call her "Aaoograha hoa" ("She who must be avoided"). Dwarves name her "K'ez'rek d'b'duz" ("Go Around the Other Side of the Mountain"). You'd be an idiot (or an uppity vampire lord) to ignore her deserved reputation.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Downplayed, but Granny's own thoughts make it quite obvious just how contemptuous she is of most people for falling short of her standards of intelligence and common sense. This doesn't stop her from exploiting their superstitious thinking for her Headology, of course.
  • Family Eye Resemblance: Nanny inwardly notes, on seeing Lily Weatherwax up close, that she's got Granny's Icy Blue Eyes, and that there's 'a shard of sapphire' in the Weatherwax genetics.
  • The Fettered: Besides her fellow witches, the main thing stopping her from going bad is her own self-discipline.
  • Forced into Evil: Inverted. Granny has a sister, and she was meant to be "the bad one" while her sister (who is a fairy godmother!) was meant to be "the good one". But once Lily went bad, Granny had to stay home and be the good one. And she's been angry about it ever since. Not that it stops her from doing good to the best of her ability.
  • The Fundamentalist: Indicates in Carpe Jugulum to Pastor Oats that this is what she'd be if she was religious. Oats is left wondering just what kind of horror would come down out of the mountains if she ever got religion.
  • Genre Savvy: This, and not her magical abilities, is what makes her truly powerful.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She never wanted to be the good one, and is somewhat grumpy as a result.
  • Grumpy Old Woman: She doesn't hold with this newfangled "making your own entertainment".
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. Though it's seldom openly stated, Granny is actually not the most powerful witch around, and doesn't have the raw talent of, say, Nanny Ogg. However, she works so hard at being a witch and has become so skilled at using what she's got that she's more than earned her reputation as the greatest witch on the Disc.
  • Hijacking Cthulhu:
    • Granny Weatherwax has the ability to "borrow" the minds of living things. Among other more normal targets, she has used this ability on an entire swarm of bees, and a building (Unseen University, to be precise, which is a bit of a Genius Loci due to all the magic). Her pupil Eskarina Smith considered trying it on Great A'Tuin, the turtle that carries the world on its back, but decided against it at the last moment because she didn't think she'd be able to get back.
    • In Carpe Jugulum, she manages to place her "self" into her own blood. Which causes the vampires to become like her, instead of the other way around.
  • History Repeats: Though she would never admit it, Granny has become exactly the busy-bodying, stuck in their way old prune that she used to hate when she was younger. Lords and Ladies features a headstrong, wilful witch who in no way resembles a young Granny. Though in this case Granny has to save the younger witch when she makes a mistake Granny nearly made at her age.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Specialises in ruthlessly exploiting her enemies' mistakes, using their own abilities against them, usually via a Batman Gambit.
  • Hypocritical Humor: It's almost a Running Gag that Granny will say something and then do pretty much the same thing herself.
    • She scorns wizards for their reliance on pointy hats and elaborate robes, but insists on dressing up like a Witch Classic because how else would anyone tell that she's a witch?
    • In Maskerade, she mentally mocks her latest client for presuming that she used to magic to sense his approach, when in fact she could have just looked out the window and seen him coming up the path from a good way's off. She then admits that she actually had sensed him magically, having had her back to the window the whole time.
    • It's a recurring gag of her privately mocking muggles for falling for her Headology, but at the same time, she ruthlessly exploits it as part of her skillset.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Much attention is given to her piercing, diamond-blue eyes and their owner's ability to outstare a snake.
  • I Have Many Names: At one point, Nanny brings up that her name among the trolls translates as "She Who Must Be Avoided" and the dwarfs know her as "Go Around The Other Side Of The Mountain".
  • In-Series Nickname: Nanny Ogg calls her "Esme". Those she likes (sort of) call her "Granny." Everyone else calls her Mistress Weatherwax on pain of pain.
  • Insistent Terminology: It's Mistress Weatherwax. Not Miss, not Mrs, Mistress. If you're lucky, she'll merely snap a correction. If you're not...
  • Insufferable Genius: But they suffer her anyway, because it's way better than the alternatives.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Though she never really brings it up herself, it is noted that as a young woman she was, at the very least, striking. Certainly enough to catch Ridcully's eye - though she was never the romantic type.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her best efforts to be just a Jerkass, she knows the difference between Good and Evil and can't stand to choose Evil.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Insists she "ain't got no romance in her soul." (Though that suspiciously dramatic streak persists, and she grudgingly notes to Ridcully in Lords and Ladies that thanks to her mind bleeding into the thoughts of other Granny Weatherwaxes - some of whom were actually Grannies and happy enough that way - that there was some potential for it.)
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: While by no means dumb, it is a fact of witches that when faced with a subject they know nothing about, they'll just march straight on through without ever once admitting they're wrong. Granny Weatherwax is especially prone to this.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: On the rare occasions Granny is motivated to bring out the real magic, it counts as this. Most notable is the time in Maskerade, where she pulls off the "catch a sword in your palm" form of Bare-Handed Blade Block by moving the injury days forward in time, so she isn't hurt until after the fighting is over and she can patch herself up.
    • Earlier, in Witches Abroad, she winds up facing down Mrs Gogol, a very powerful voodoo witch, and promptly turns Mrs Gogol's voodoo doll back on her - normally, voodoo dolls work by sticking pins in a representation of someone. Granny stuck her hand in a burning torch and set the doll on fire. As Mrs Gogol notes, faintly stunned, the extremely powerful villain of the book had been trying to get through her defences for over a decade and never even got close. Granny, by contrast, didn't even have to sweat.
    • Even earlier, in Equal Rites, she goes toe to toe with Archchancellor Cutangle in a classic Wizard's Duel, and Cutangle uncomfortably mentally notes that if it had gone on much longer, she'd probably have won. And this, mark you, was back in the days when Klingon Promotion was the standard at the UU, meaning that Cutangle would have had to be a very good fighter.
  • Licked by the Dog: Sort of, in regards to the reaction that the phoenix had to her in Carpe Jugulum.
  • Memetic Badass: In-universe, Sam Vimes is the only one who comes close to her in this territory.
  • Mind over Manners: As demonstrated in Lords and Ladies in particular, she's scrupulous about this when Borrowing - she guides the creature whose body she borrows rather than controls, and repays it in some fashion (usually a bowl of milk, or some such).
  • Nay-Theist: She doesn't believe in any gods. Not because she doesn't think they exist; she knows they do. She doesn't believe in them because she thinks it would just encourage them and would rather be self-sufficient than rely on the good graces of someone else, least of all a god.
  • Never Mess with Granny: She's an extremely powerful witch with a sour disposition to match. More than one person has made the mistake of underestimating her and rarely had the opportunity to do so again.
  • Nice Hat: Comes with being a witch. If she didn't have a hat how would people know she's a witch?
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The mean one along with Nanny (inbetween) and Magrat (nice).
  • No Sense of Humor: Is famed for it.
  • Not So Stoic: Her personal plot in Carpe Jugulum, following on from Lords and Ladies, is how Granny's loneliness, years of making hard choices and personal fears ultimately catch up to her, leading to a temporary emotional crisis.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In The Sea and Little Fishes. Everyone can deal with Granny being nasty. When she tries being nice, everyone breaks down. It turns out to be invoked as a Paranoia Gambit.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She's forced into one in Witches Abroad, and again in Maskerade, in order to pose as an upper-class lady. She would never admit to liking it, of course, or the midnight black velvet cloak Tiffany gifts her.
  • Pride: Nanny Ogg describes her as 'proud' in the same sense that 'the sea is full of water'. She isn't a proud person, her existence is pride. Although it's a major flaw in her character, it has won victories (and survival) for her.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: She wears her hair in a "tight bun that could crack rocks."
  • Psychic Powers: Her magic mostly manifests in this fashion, and while she disdains the idea of actually reading minds (they're too complicated), she's terrifyingly good at it; usually, it's Borrowing, but other tricks seen include various forms of hypnotism: examples include knocking people out, in one case with Magrat, to give her aristocratic levels of arrogance, or more frequently, to make people think they're frogs for a couple of days (she considers it more economical and amusing than the fully fledged Baleful Polymorph). She can also use telekinesis sometimes, though she generally doesn't like to.
  • Red Baron: The Trolls in the Ramtops call her "Aaoograha hoa", which means "She Who Must Be Avoided", while the Dwarfs call her "K'ez'rek d'b'duz" or "Go Around the Other Side of the Mountain". The Feegles, meanwhile, a race not disposed to respect or fear anything or anyone (other than lawyers), refer to her in tones of respect as "The Hag o' Hags."
  • Running Gag:
    • Her broomstick is old, made of spare parts, and requires bump-starting. This involves holding it and running around like an idiot until the magic "catches." Or leaping off a tower to hit ignition speed.
    • Another one: Granny is such an expert at "Borrowing" (or casting her mind into animals while in a trance) that she has to carry a card with the words "I ATEN'T DEAD" on it to stop people from burying her. This turns out to be an astonishingly long range Running Gag that pays off in Carpe Jugulum where after fighting off vampires for the entire book she ends the book lying on her bed clutching a card saying I STILL ATEN'T DEAD.
    • The card appears for the final time in The Shepherd's Crown... where Granny, knowing she's about to die, changes the message to I IS PROBABLY DEAD and places it by her bedside before she meets Death.
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Although, she wasn't much different when she was young...
  • Stealth Mentor: To Magrat and, to an extent, Agnes, but most of all to Tiffany Aching. The latter reflects that Granny's method of teaching involves testing you, 'all the time.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: In Maskerade, when she tells a man with a bad back he needs to put a sheet of pine under his mattress, he suggests it's because the knots in his back will end up in the pine. She immediately agrees, mentally filing that idea away to use in future as a very good bit of bunkum.
  • Terror Hero: Although her reputation never seems to daunt the villains, she is commonly known to dwarfs as "Go around the other side of the mountain" and trolls as "She who must be avoided". In Carpe Jugulum, Pastor Oats tries to get the citizens of Lancre to go looking for her by saying that Granny's all alone in the woods with monsters... and the crowd wonder why they should care what happens to monsters.
    • The latter incident is a Call-Back to Witches Abroad when Jason Ogg, enormous blacksmith and firstborn son of Nanny Ogg, takes Magrat aside before the three witches head to Genua and asks if Magrat will look out, because he's read in the Almanac that there's all sorts of terrible monsters and mythical beasts in foreign parts. Magrat, assuming he means that he wants her to look out for his old mum and Granny Weatherwax, agrees. Jason then adds that it's only because the Almanac said that most of the creatures were almost extinct.
  • Transplant: In the Tiffany Aching books, as she stealthily grooms Tiffany as her successor.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: She can't talk to Nanny for more than a few minutes without them starting to fight.
    • As said in Witches Abroad, Granny "really couldn't be having at all with Nanny Ogg, who was her best friend."
    • And in Maskerade Nanny Ogg muses how they need to have a third, younger girl in the group to boss around or they'll just end up getting on each other's nerves, while as a trio they can get on the nerves of the rest of the world, which is much more fun.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: Despite the abundance of witches, they don't have spelling in the mountains, with Granny herself being described as 'grudgingly literate'. However, the complement to that is that she is also 'keenly numerate' - certainly, she's much better with numbers than most expect.
  • Weak, but Skilled: While she's actually the most powerful witch on the Disc, she's usually Willfully Weak and therefore comes off this way, using what magic she has sparingly and in the most economic fashion possible.
    • Indeed, it's possible Nanny is technically more powerful than her on a basic magical level — as she put it, she has natural talent at magic, as all Oggs have. Esme doesn't — she just makes what she does have work harder than hell.
  • Willfully Weak: Granny is very magically powerful, but like Ridcully, she believes in avoiding the use of magic unless she absolutely has to. Instead, she relies on "Headology"; a combination of common sense remedies and basic medicines all coated with elaborate showmanship to convince the muggles she's treating that she's using magic. For example, in Maskerade, she treats a man for his bad back by instructing him to put a good solid sheet of pine wood under his mattress, gives him a fake potion of colored, sugar-laced water, and then "accidentally" stumbles into him, which gives her a chance to apply a quick chiropractic realignment of his spine.
    • Also, when she does use magic, she doesn't exploit it to its full potential, always paying it back in some way — because she believes reckless, wanton use of magic's full Reality Warper potential is how a witch can lose her mind and end up "cackling". This is why, for example, she simply delays the injury from her Bare-Handed Blade Block instead of No Selling it entirely.
  • Witch Classic: Zigzagged. Despite adamantly refusing to let herself become the Wicked Witch, she still believes in using the classic pointy hat, cloak and all-black gear, because A: that cements her as being a Witch, and B: it strengthens her Headology. That said, she subverts the look in that she lacks the "hideous crone" aspect — in fact, it's noted that if one looks past her age and her stern features, she's actually quite good looking. She's got striking blue eyes, doesn't have a single wart or blemish, still has all her teeth, is relatively wrinkle-free, and her hair is neat and healthy (if iron grey in colour). Even her feet, despite her wearing hulking hobnailed boots, are described as immaculately cared for and completely free of corns, callouses, or even overly long toenails.
  • Witch Species: Not quite, as Discworld magic doesn't really work on this principle, but Nanny Ogg notes that all the Weatherwaxes are good at magic, even the men - and when she says 'good', she means that of the three Weatherwaxes we've met, there's been Galder Weatherwax, a distant cousin who was Arch-chancellor of the Unseen University in The Light Fantastic, Lily Weatherwax, Granny's older sister who was the Fairy-Godmother Behind The Throne and supreme ruler of Genua for over a decade, and Granny herself, who's widely acknowledged as the most powerful witch on the Disc, and personally defeated Lily.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: When she ends up infecting a clan of vampires with herself, they become unable to harm children as well. She insists this isn't the case, though.
    Nanny: But they know you wouldn't do those things either, Esme.
    Granny: No, they just know I ain't done it yet.
    • Irritatingly (to Granny) young children seem to recognize this on an instinctive level and so aren't afraid of her.

    Gytha "Nanny" Ogg 

A fat, likeable old woman with a fondness for free food, strong drink, dirty jokes, and dirtier songs. Easygoing, bends the rules all the time when reality gets too boring, gets on well with nearly everyone, given timenote  to get to know them. Has been married three times ("and that's only the official score") and had fifteen children, and is thus the absolute ruler of a massive extended family. Owns an ill-tempered tomcat named Greebo who, despite Nanny's insistence that he's "an old softy," is practically the poster child for Cats Are Mean and sires his own expansive (Granny's kitten You is the only feline in Lancre who is not descended from Greebo from at least one - and usually several - line of descent) clan (though once she admits "just between you and me, he's a fiend from hell"). Nanny has been best friends with Granny Weatherwax for decades, with the result that the two argue frequently. Despite her facade of a dim-but-lovable old lady, she hides "a mind like a buzzsaw behind a face like an elderly apple", and may be even more powerful than Granny.


  • All Witches Have Cats: Greebo.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: She's good at these. How good? She manages to bring a pissed-off Granny back to her senses. Also, don't speak ill of Granny 'round her, or you'll find yourself on the floor.
  • Bawdy Song: The dreaded "Hedgehog Song" and "A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob On The End".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Nanny is the friendliest, most affable witch you can imagine — but don't imagine for a moment that this means she's soft.
    Nanny: I'm only nice compared to Esme. But so's practically ev'rybody.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Perhaps shown clearest in the climax to Wyrd Sisters. Granny Weatherwax tries to use Headology to force Lady Felmet into a Villainous Breakdown. When this doesn't work, Nanny Ogg just knocks the lady unconscious by hitting her on the head with a cauldron.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Has a natural knack for witchcraft and magic, and Terry said she probably is more powerful than Granny Weatherwax, but she tends to eschew hard work and usually goes for the quickest, easiest solution — which often turns out to be "get someone else to do the entire job for me." As she says in "The Sea And Little Fishes", she's the one with "natural talent" for witchcraft. Granny has almost no talent, she just works it harder than hell.
  • Charm Person: A low level example, but she's got a way of winkling herself in pretty much everywhere and instantly being at home, as well as taking about five seconds to get to know someone. It's so effective that Granny occasionally wonders if she wouldn't be better off trying things Nanny's way.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Downplayed example — in The Sea and Little Fishes she notes that if she weren't around to keep Granny Weatherwax busy by being Vitriolic Best Buds, Granny'd be liable to get bored with regular witching. This is implied to be a very bad thing if it'd happen. She's shown getting particularly worried about this in Discworld/Maskerade.
  • Cool Old Lady: She's been described as "the grandmother you didn't mind visiting when you were little, and who told you dirty jokes when you got older."
  • Dirty Old Woman: Formerly a Lovable Sex Maniac.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After Esme passes in The Shepherd's Crown, but she gets better.
  • Evil Matriarch: Played With. She's very loving (and controlling) with her children and grandchildren. Her poor, poor daughters-in-law, however, certainly think so, and with good reason. Nanny Ogg sees their primary purpose in life as being to keep her content by cleaning her house — and she's very demanding about that — and providing her with all the food and drink she asks for.
  • First-Name Basis: She calls Granny Weatherwax "Esme", who in turn calls her "Gytha". Everyone else calls Nanny 'Nanny', or (if one of her children) 'Mum'.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Where Greebo is concerned, anyway. And even then, she's not above throwing a boot at his head.
    • And possibly the Nac Mac Feegle. Then again, this isn't a difficult trick for Nanny, considering she brews an incredibly strong drink known as scumble or "suicider," one drink of which is typically enough to lay someone out flat; Feegles will do a lot of favours for a drink of that stuff.
  • Friend to All Children: Not just hers, anybody's. It helps that, in the same way that they instinctively know that Granny won't hurt them, they know that Nanny is a total soft touch with children.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: She's smart enough to keep Granny Weatherwax in check.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: She smokes a pipe.
  • Granny Classic: Outwardly, at least. And whenever she's around children.
  • Hard Head:
    • According to Maskerade, where an attempt by Mrs. Plinge to lay her out cold with a full bottle of champagne to the skull merely leaves her woozy for a few seconds. Apparently, there's Dwarf in the Ogg ancestry and that means "a skull you could go mining with".
    • In Witches Abroad a falling farmhouse (the blow softened slightly by her hat) has only a similar effect, rather than leaving her flat but for her boots as the villain expected. Her specially reinforced hat also helps.
  • Hidden Depths: Terry Pratchett has hinted that she may be more powerful than Granny. This is rarely noticeable, but briefly comes up in Maskerade.
    • The short story The Sea And The Little Fishes directly states that of the two, Nanny is the more naturally talented witch and probably has more raw power, but is still less formidable because she doesn't work as hard as Granny at using what she has. Her highly developed ability to get along with people does make her the better witch in most everyday situations (for example she is the best midwife in the entire history of the world), and both recognize that they are strongest as a team.
  • Hillbilly Moonshiner: Lancre's top distiller of scumble in a country where distilled liquor is illegal, and everyone knows it. She gets away with it because Verence has no intention of trying to arrest a witch, so instead has an informal arrangement where she is sufficiently discreet about where the still is and what she does with it so that the king doesn't have to officially know what she's up to, and he doesn't make any attempt at a serious investigation into where the scumble is coming from.
  • Interspecies Romance: The dwarf Casanunda hits on Nanny Ogg shamelessly whenever they cross paths, which Nanny Ogg regards with a mixture of bafflement, amusement, and pride. It's mentioned in passing it's not the first time an Ogg caught the eye of a dwarf; at least one married into the family (or had a child with an Ogg ancestor), giving Nanny Ogg and her descendants very tough skulls.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: She may be a wrinkly, implicitly somewhat portly old lady now, but in her youth she was a very attractive (and very sexually liberated) woman. The "Mona Ogg" suggests she and Leonard of Quirm were very taken with each other, for instance. She held onto it enough that she had at least one child in her late 40s/early 50s (thanks to the events of Wyrd Sisters, time got a little wobbly up around Lancre).
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: She had several, and outlived at least three Muggle husbands.
  • Mundane Solution: At least once a book she will get by a problem she can't handle herself by just asking someone for help, which would explicitly never even occur to the other witches (especially when it's a man).
  • My Beloved Smother: Nanny Ogg is a loving, doting, and very controlling matriarch to all her family. Her daughters-in-law, however, tend to more view her as an Evil Matriarch, as mentioned above.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The inbetween with Granny (mean) and Magrat (nice). She gives off the impression of being lovely and friendly, and genuinely is, but as she warns one person, "I'm only nice compared to Esme, an' so's practic'ly everybody."
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: So much so that she's even got Granny fooled (mostly). You expect Granny to "happen to people," as Magrat puts it, but the rare occasions when Nanny is really mad about something are truly scary.
  • Really Gets Around: Her son, Shawn, was born 20 years previous. His father died thirty years previous. Shawn hasn't noticed, and Ridcully stops Stibbons from pointing it out.
    Ridcully: They do things differently in the mountains. And more often.
    • Shawn knows of the time-shift during Wyrd Sisters, but the Wizards probably don't. Of course, since she's had three husbands, plus who knows how many other liaisons...
  • Supreme Chef: With a speciality in aphrodisiac dishes, the effectiveness of which, as Maskerade reveals, is unquestionable.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Nanny delivers a threat to the King of the Elves, and admits that "I'd be a little bit sorry, 'cos I've always had a soft spot for you."
  • Technician vs. Performer: The performer to Granny's technician. She's the life of the party, can get to know people instantly and is suggested to have more raw power, but Granny works harder. At the Witch Trials, Granny wins and Nanny gets drinks from people saying "It was a good try." Both are entirely happy with this arrangement.
  • Through His Stomach: Publicly disdains this saying, commenting that it's lousy advice unless the context is instructions for stabbing someone to death (in which case, it's up and under the ribcage). Despite this, she knows enough aphrodisiac or libido-boosting dishes to publish a cookbook devoted to them.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: with Granny. The third member of their trio tends to end up as The Chew Toy as a method of defusing this.
  • Witch Classic: of course.
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    Magrat Garlick 

Third witch in a small coven consisting of herself ("The Maiden"), Nanny Ogg ("The Mother") and Granny Weatherwax ("The... Other One"). Initially a naive young woman who tries a little too hard to be nice to everyone, and who believes in the healing power of nature and all that other hippie rubbish. Magrat is a romantic soul with an open mind... so open, in fact, she's always letting in ideas before she can really think about them. However, she's quite skilled and quite dangerous when she gets her act together. She eventually goes on to marry Verence II, the King of Lancre.


  • A-Cup Angst: Is noted to have a very small bust, and is rather insecure about this.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: People often overlook her (understandably, considering that most of their attention is occupied by the overtly terrifying Granny Weatherwax), making her Let's Get Dangerous! moments that much more effective.
  • Breast Plate: In Lords and Ladies, while wearing the armor of the fictional queen Ynci.
  • Character Development: Unlike the other two, Magrat changes considerably - particularly in Lords and Ladies.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Magrat hates her first name, which was supposed to be Margaret, but her mother misspelled it; she thinks that it sounds like "something that lived in a hole in a river bank and was always getting flooded out."
  • Extreme Doormat: Comes with being a wet hen. What little self-confidence she has tends to curl up and die in the face of the overwhelming force that is Granny Weatherwax glowering at her. The last vestiges of this fade during Lords and Ladies, with her reappearance in Carpe Jugulum demonstrating that rather than being a wet hen, becoming a Mama Bear means that, at most, she's only slightly damp.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama: Early on in Wyrd Sisters she tries to be more dramatic about witching, because she thinks that's how witching should be. Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg ain't having with it (though they do acknowledge Magrat's eldritch tones were impressive).
  • Granola Girl: Explicitly designed by the author to be this, with it being noted in the afterword that there were a lot of Magrats about after Flower Power died down.
    "Magrat Garlick, you are a wet hen!"
  • Hidden Depths: She's capable of being remarkably dangerous when put in a corner, and she's got skill with herbs and medicine that even Granny (who primarily uses her own brand of psychology) acknowledges as some of the best in the mountains. The narration explicitly notes in Lords and Ladies that while Granny's awareness/exploitation of the placebo effect makes her by far the better witch, Magrat's meticulous approach to medicine makes her a much better doctor.
  • The High Queen: Becomes Queen of Lancre after marrying Verence.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Her response to the accusation that witches are cruel, sadistic, murdering hags:
    Witches just aren't like that. We live in harmony with the great cycles of Nature, and do no harm to anyone, and it's wicked of them to say we don't. We ought to fill their bones with hot lead.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Magrat usually turns badass at least one time per book where she appears, even sufficient to grudgingly impress Granny.
  • Mama Bear: After becoming a mother, she's notably become this. Agnes/Perdita comment on it, noting that mothers aren't 'wet' as Magrat used to be, merely 'slightly damp', and Perdita isn't at all sure she likes the new "mother" Magrat.
  • Morphic Resonance: Which is applied entirely to her hair. No matter what Magrat does, it soon springs back to looking like it's been dragged through a bush.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: Develops one with Verence.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The nice one along with Granny (mean) and Nanny (in-between).
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: In I Shall Wear Midnight, it's revealed that she's gone back to making potions after initially giving it up to marry King Verence.
    • Her first step into her royal role is when she was horrified at the state of the herb garden at the castle in Lords and Ladies to the point of invoking queenly authority to have things handled.
  • Shrinking Violet: Can come across as one, especially in Wyrd Sisters, though over the course of the books she gains a lot of self-confidence.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her unfortunate name is due to the fact that her mother couldn't spell "Margaret" on her birth certificate. When Magrat names her own daughter Esmerelda, she adds a "Note Spelling" to the christening card. This doesn't turn out all that well.
  • Strawman Emotional: Makes situations worse by thinking along traditional fairy-tale lines (e.g. elves are good, magic can solve all problems...) in contrast to Granny's pragmatism.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: In Lords and Ladies Granny brings a patient to Magrat because Magrat knows herbs and herbal healing better than anyone and that's what said patient needs.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Towards Granny, who's a reluctant Trickster Mentor to her.
  • Witch Classic: Herb related habits aside, not remotely.

    Agnes Nitt 

AKA "that Agnes who calls herself Perditax", Agnes is the third witch after Magrat leaves, and indeed Maskerade is about Nanny and Granny coming to Ankh-Morpork specifically to get her. Agnes is a shy, helpful, insecure fat girl who's sick and tired of being a shy, helpful, insecure fat girl (and people trying to reassure her by saying she's got good hair and a wonderful personality), and has thus developed a bit of an edge to her personality. She's able to sing in harmony with herself, thanks to a little quirk in her psychology that's exacerbated by her natural leanings towards witchcraft: she has a complete alternate personality that she unknowingly created herself. Naming it Perdita X Dream, it's the snarky inner monologue that comes out to make a mess of Agnes' life when she least expects it, but also helps her out a few times. She eventually learns to control Perdita, and falls in (and out) of love with a handsome young vampire in her second starring book.


  • Brawn Hilda: The fact that she's a very big, beefy, solidly built sort of girl comes up a lot. Especially since her appearance in Maskerade has her play the part of the large operatic singer. It's justified, as the Ramtops are basically "Northern European Mountain Country" and so this is actually considered an ideal to look for in a wife; a classically pretty woman might look sexier, but a solid Lancre girl both has the muscle to handle the hardships of life in the mountains and is probably a Supreme Chef — cooking lasts longer than kissing, as the traditional Lancrastian saying goes.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: It's remarked several times in Maskerade that for most of the history of Opera when all of the female leads were large women she would have been a legendary star. Unfortunately, the last twenty years or so has shifted the focus to conventionally attractive girls with singing ability considered a nice but optional bonus.
  • Brother Chuck: Has not been seen since Carpe Jugulum, and most of the young witch-in-training focus has shifted to Tiffany Aching. Returned in The Shepherd's Crown, explaining that she'd gotten back into singing and had been on an extended tour of the Disc.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor girl never seems to catch a break. The end of Maskerade is something close to a Humiliation Conga. Her life gets a bit better after she becomes an official witch.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Perdita, who in Carpe Jugulum has taken to provide a running commentary inside Agnes's head... and sometimes through Agnes's voice, causing everyone to get angry at Agnes for it.
  • Extreme Doormat: Fears becoming this in Maskerade; fortunately, witchery distills doormat-hood out of you.
  • Fat Girl: She struggles a lot with this trope, particularly in Maskerade. A bit of a Deconstruction, though, as a large part of her personality is how annoying she finds the stereotype and how hard she works on avoiding it.
  • Gainaxing: She's so fat she does it with her entire body. This is one of those things that's either massive Fan Disservice or Fanservice with little room for middle ground.
  • Gentle Giant: Perdita puts it best when she points out that Agnes "has all these muscles she's afraid of using."
  • Meaningful Name: "Agnes" means "lamb," but "Perdita" means "lost."
  • Musical Assassin: The top of her impressive vocal range has occasionally been used for tricks such as breaking glass, while the bottom end affects people's bowels.
  • Perdita X Dream: (Former) Trope Namer.
  • Split Personality: Agnes basically created her "Perdita" persona in order to get away from herself, which turns out to be a bad idea for a girl with natural magical abilities. The result was that she got stuck with a separate, annoying voice in her head who complains about everything, wants to rebel against everything, and occasionally takes over the body to say or do something nasty, leaving Agnes to deal with the consequences.
  • Stout Strength: Perdita, when in control of the body, demonstrates that Agnes is actually extremely strong but is afraid of using her muscles.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Invoked in-story, as she's deliberately brought in by Nanny and Granny to take Magrat's role in the witches' coven. Agnes is actually quite unlike Magrat, though.
  • Witch Classic: Unlike Magrat, she dresses the part, and develops some of the relevant steel as her arc goes on.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Maskerade centers around her desire to give up witchery, go far away, and make a career out of singing. Unfortunately, in this case, Granny Weatherwax is on Team Fate. Agnes returns to Lancre. Averted later; after she'd been unaccounted for for several books it's explained that she went back to singing offscreen with much more success.

    King Verence II 

He'd always slept in front of the door to his master. And now he was king, he slept in front of the door to his kingdom.

His initial appearance in Wyrd Sisters was as the court Fool, and his name was unknown until Magrat used magic to find it out. He ended up on the throne of Lancre after the usurper Duke Felmet, more or less because no one else was better qualified or interested in the job, and possibly something to do with that mysterious droit de signeur business. Verence is small, shy and unassuming, and his subjects are amiably indifferent to him, provided he looks appropriately kingly at ceremonies and doesn't interfere with their lives too much. He eventually married Magrat in Lords and Ladies.


  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Normally Verence is a bit of an inoffensive wimp (probably because being an inoffensive wimp was largely what kept him alive before he became King), but watch what happens when the Pictsies give him some of their brew...
  • Distressed Dude: Gets kidnapped by the Elf Queen in Lords and Ladies. Magrat saves him.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Because of his background from the Fool's Guild, he hates custard pie. He even made custard illegal in Lancre.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Portrayed as such in the animated version of Wyrd Sisters. The main difference between him and his half-brother is that Tomjon isn't nearly so pale.
  • Extreme Doormat: He's an intelligent and well-meaning person, but he shares Magrat's dangerously broad mind. He's also trying so desperately to be a kindly, just king that he misses the points where it might have been wise to exert some authority. He gets a bit more respect after Carpe Jugulum.
  • Heroic Willpower: Best shown in Carpe Jugulum.
  • Hidden Depths: He's got remarkable amounts of Heroic Willpower, shown in Carpe Jugulum, when resisting the Magpyr's control - he doesn't totally manage it, but it's clear that there is an internal battle going on, whereas no one else, not even Magrat (ex-witch) or Nanny (current witch) even notice that there's anything wrong.
    • Even in Wyrd Sisters he showed that he's far smarter than most give him credit for, understanding the nature of Zen riddles and the power of gossip and rumors.
  • Medieval Stasis: He's battling it, but not having much success. He's created a model farm to show off the benefits of crop rotation, but the Lancrastians just don't care. He's tried to adopt a parliament, but his subjects figure there's no point in ruling themselves; that's the whole point in getting themselves a King.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: Develops one with Magrat.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: As a Fool, he keeps his head down and tries acting stupid. It's fairly obvious that he's a lot smarter than he pretends.
    Lady Felmet: You are not entirely a fool, are you?
  • Rags to Royalty: He was the royal Fool before being made king by Granny.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He desperately wants to be one, and is trying to improve the country through political and social reforms. The people of Lancre politely listen to his suggestions and then ignore him and keep doing what they've always done.
  • Sad Clown: Of the literal kind, in Wyrd Sisters. He's a court jester whose main moods are depression and paranoia, and who doesn't really do a very good job of hiding it because he's terrible at the clowning business, as per the Fool's Guild model.
  • Straight Man: Though initially a Fool, he literally Cannot Tell a Joke.
    Verence: Marry, sire —
    Duke Felmet: I am already extremely married.
  • The Wise Prince: Verence is "conscientious, hard-working, and consequently held in quiet contempt." In accordance with the Rule of Funny, when he goes on a (chemically assisted) berserker rampage to free Lancre in Carpe Jugulum, his subjects finally start to warm to him.
    • On the other hand, Verence also sometimes tries to apply things he's read about kingship or technology without really thinking about them, which sometimes causes problems. Some of Magrat's issues in Lords and Ladies stem from how Verence is treating her (such as saying they will be married instead of asking her) which Verence is only doing because he thinks it's how a king is supposed to act and because Granny sent him a letter telling him to, in regards to the wedding, since she knew Magrat would never get around to it otherwise.

    Jason Ogg 

Nanny Ogg's eldest son, a blacksmith and master farrier. A big gentle soul, he's slow of thought, but it's best not to get him annoyed, because he's quite capable of picking up a pair of struggling men by the scruffs of their necks. And as he's Nanny Ogg's son, he knows more about what magical fol-de-rol should and shouldn't be messed with than your typical Lancre peasant.


  • Gentle Giant: Probably one of the physically strongest human characters in the series (in Lords and Ladies, he attacks the elves with the nearest blunt object he could find — another elf), but nice as all get out, if a bit slow.
  • The Perils of Being the Best: To retain his skill and status as ultimate blacksmith, he cannot turn down any commission, whether it's ridiculous, (such as shoeing an ant) or otherworldly/impossible. (Making horseshoes for unicorns or Death's horse.)
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: The greatest blacksmith in the world, he can shoe anything, even an ant. The catch is, he must shoe anything people bring him to be shod, or else he loses the ability to do so. One of the odd things he has to shoe on a semi-regular basis is Death's horse, Binky. Jason, for his part, takes this in stride, doing the job blindfolded, working very hard not to think about what's going on, and never, ever using the metal from the horseshoes he replaces for another living creature.

    Shawn Ogg 

Nanny Ogg's youngest son, a helper at Lancre Castle with a multitude of roles including captain of the guard, the guard, and about a dozen other jobs, including the butler on occasion.


  • Jack-of-All-Trades: He does every job around the castle that doesn't demand special training, and does them all fairly competently and with roughly the same amount of enthusiasm. He does sometimes get carried away, though.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Verence.
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     Greebo 

Nanny Ogg's heavily battle-scarred tom-cat, who has, through dint of considerable effort, become the paternal ancestor to every single cat in Lancre for the last thirty generations. Vicious, as typically sadistic as one would expect from a cat, and deceptively intelligent (at least, for a cat), he's dangerous enough even before he gains the ability to turn into a human in Witches Abroad.


  • Achievements in Ignorance: Once managed to kill a vampire while it was in bat form, primarily because he didn't know it was a vampire (and likely wouldn't have let that stop him). Besides, no-one's ever said anything on the subject of vampires rising from the cat before...
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Described as, in human form, emitting a kind of 'greasy sexuality in the megawatt range', and being extremely attractive to anyone who doesn't know what he really is - and even Granny Weatherwax goes a little pink when she sees him as a human for the first time (thereafter, she just treats him as a damn cat, because that's what he is).
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Even before his stint as a human, he's smarter than a cat has any right to be.
  • Badass Abnormal: Despite, for the most part, being a large and vicious house cat, he'll happily maul anything he can get his claws into - Carpe Jugulum mentions that he once brought down an elk - and successfully eats a vampire in Witches Abroad.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Turned into a human in Witches Abroad by Granny, Nanny, and Magrat out of necessity, and finds it an amusing experience. He later develops the ability to turn into one when pushed into a corner - whereupon he usually spends his brief period of humanity searching desperately for some underwear.
  • Cats Are Mean: Is he ever... though he's pleasant enough to Nanny and Walter Plinge, largely because they're among the few people who'll willingly feed him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: As more than one fan has pointed out, his human form (which is often described as looking like 'the more louche kind of buccaneer') bears a startling resemblance to Euron Greyjoy.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: 'Lovable' stretches the definition of the word to extremes, but despite his propensity as a cat to sexually assault everything from female cats to a freaking bear, when he's human, he's described by a noble lady who gets Mugged for Disguise by Granny Weatherwax in Witches Abroad and encounters him in her underwear as being 'eager, but shy'. On the other hand, he does express, ahem, interest in Embers earlier in the same book, before Nanny belts him over the head with her boot, so perhaps it's learned behaviour - or just avoiding making Greebo too unsympathetic.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Greebo is unpleasant and vicious, and can also be relied upon to go off 'like a Claymore Mine' on whatever villain is within range.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He's got a wicked smile that he usually smiles, slowly, for effect, in both cat and human forms to intimidate people. The only thing it doesn't work on is Legba, Mrs Gogol's very strange cockerel (things it does work on include wolves, alligators, and armed soldiers).
  • Sexy Cat Person: In human form, he is described as a battle-scarred Hell-Bent for Leather tough guy exuding enough bad-boy sexuality to leave any non-lesbian woman who sees him practically catatonic.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Or a sweet kitten, anyway, with it being noted on several occasions that that's how Nanny Ogg always sees him. Everyone else, by contrast, has a more accurate opinion that he's an absolute menace, with one piece of official art of him being encircled by the line, "Something wicked this way comes."
  • Wolverine Claws: Short ones as a human.
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