an incomplete list of iconique Sam Vimes Moments™:
- arresting a dragon
- running through the streets of ankh-morpork naked
- running through the woods of uberwald naked and fighting off werewolves with his bare fucking hands
- telling the ancient personification of darkness and vengeance to fuck off
“Well, Reg, tomorrow the sun will come up again, and I’m pretty sure that whatever happens we won’t have found Freedom, and there won’t be a whole lot of Justice, and I’m damn sure we won’t have found Truth. But it’s just possible that I might get a hard-boiled egg.”
- arresting an entire war
- the ginger beer trick
- reluctantly acquiring yet more titles, being embarassed
- responds to being told the watch can’t interfere with the aforementioned war by handing in his badge and raising a militia
- just no fucking clue how boats work
- That! Is!! Not!!! My!!!! Cow!!!!!
- giving up all hope of returning to a future with his wife and child to stay in the past and fight in a revolution he knows he can’t win because failing to try to help people is utterly antithetical to the fundamental state of being Sam Vimes
- “when the shouting started she knew Sam was alive and well, because only Sam made people that angry”
- if anyone’s setting fire to this city it’s going to be me (ankh-morpork has burned down at least twice already at this point)
- arresting fucking Havelock Vetinari
“I’ll teach him to walk! I’m good at teaching people to walk!”
- getting annoyed at the idea that the assassins are no longer willing to accept any amount of money to kill him
- defusing a riot with a cigar and a mug of cocoa
- throwing fucking Havelock Vetinari over his shoulder
- all of the international incidents because he’s fundamentally incapable of not being salty to The Man
- despite being The Man
- telling Vetinari to shut up
- Vetinari shutting up when Vimes told him to
- stopping all of ankh-morpork’s traffic because reading to his son before bed is infinitely more important
- getting obscenely rich, hating all of it except the bubble baths
- “Who are you, pray?” “The law, you sons of bitches!”
“How dare you? How dare you! At this time! In this place! They did the job they didn’t have to do, and they died doing it, and you can’t give them anything. Do you understand?”
- arresting himself
- every single fucking noir and western and cop movie one-liner
- having so many near-death experiences that Death calls them “near-Vimes experiences” and brings a book along
- fistfight on a ship being hit by a river tidal wave in the middle of a storm
- “a watchman is a civilian you inbred streak of piss”
- gleefully pointing out to the assassins that he does in fact technically own the place
- ordering rebels to take down their barricades and rebuild them properly
how do they rise up
The carrier of carriers.
A tribute to Terry Pratchett
Granny Weatherwax was often angry. She considered it one of her strong points. Genuine anger was one of the world’s great creative forces. But you had to learn how to control it. That didn’t mean you let it trickle away. It meant you dammed it, carefully, let it develop a working head, let it drown whole valleys of the mind and then, just when the whole structure was about to collapse, opened a tiny pipeline at the base and let the iron-hard steam of wrath power the turbines of revenge.
What kind of man would put a known criminal in charge of a major branch of government? Apart from, say, the average voter.
How do they rise up?