Top 5 Discworld Characters

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Yesterday was the 3rd anniversary of my favorite writer’s death. Sir Terence David John Pratchett, better known as Terry Pratchett was one of the greatest writers of fantasy and undoubtedly one of the funniest people on earth. His comic fantasy monster of a series, *Discworld, is well known all around the planet, with more than 80 million books sold in 37 languages. There are 41 novels in the series (plus several short stories, encyclopedias, cook books, almanacs, etc.), and each book can be read as a standalone. He wrote many other books too, and his work has been adapted for film, television, radio, stage, comics, board games, video games, etc.

I’m writing this post because I love him, I miss him, and I want to share him with anyone who hasn’t yet heard of him or read him; with anyone in need of a hilarious fantastical book. 🙂 I will not list my favorite Discworld novels, firstly because I haven’t read them all yet, and secondly because it’s really hard to choose. I will list my favorite characters – witches, animals, city watch men, wizards and more. These are the characters who made my life so much better and brighter:

*Discworld is an imaginary flat world, sitting upon the backs of four gigantic elephants, which in turn stand on the back of an enormous turtle, Great A’Tuin, slowly drifting through space. This world is filled with magic: wizards, witches, fae, vampires, trolls, dwarves, assassins, sentient luggage, and more.

Gytha Nanny Ogg

Nanny Ogg
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“Nanny Ogg knew how to start spelling ‘banana’, but didn’t know how you stopped.”

Gytha Ogg, commonly known as Nanny Ogg, is a witch and a part of the three-piece Lancre coven. She is a matriarch with an enormous family. Nanny has a tendency to get drunk and sing a hilarious song called “The Hedgehog Can Never Be Buggered At All”. She is also the proud owner of the world’s most evil and horniest cat Greebo.

She appears in: Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, Maskerade, Carpe Jugulum, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, The Shepherd’s Crown.

The Luggage

The Luggage
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“The Luggage said nothing, but louder this time.”

The Luggage is a large sentient chest made of Sapient Pearwood. It can produce hundreds of little legs sticking out from its underside; it can move very fast, and it’s basically indestructible. It has been described as “half suitcase, half homicidal maniac”.

It appears in: The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Sourcery, Eric, Interesting Times, The Last Continent, The Last Hero.


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Death in Discworld is a parody of several other versions of death. He is a black-robed skeleton carrying a scythe and, in case of a royal passing, a sword. Death owns a horse called Binky who is still very much alive. His hollow, peculiar voice is represented in the books unquoted and in all caps. Death is also quite fond of kittens.

He appears in: Mort, Sourcery, Reaper Man, Soul Music, Hogfather, Thief of Time.

Sam Vimes

Sam Vimes
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“Odd thing, ain’t it… you meet people one at a time, they seem decent, they got brains that work, and then they get together and you hear the voice of the people. And it snarls.”

Samuel “Sam” Vimes is the commander of City Watch in the city-state Ankh-Morpork. His rise from an alcoholic policeman to a respected member of the aristocracy, and the growth and development of the Watch under his command, have together been one of the major threads of the Discworld series.

He appears in: Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night Watch, Monstrous Regiment, Thud!, Snuff, Raising Steam.

Granny Esme Weatherwax

Granny Weatherwax
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“I’m not a lady, I’m a witch.”

Esmerelda “Esme” Weatherwax is a witch and the head of the Lancre coven. Granny Weatherwax is always dressed in black and wears a pointed witch’s hat atop of her ‘iron-hard gray bun’, just like a proper witch. Unlike a proper witch, she has perfect skin, and all her teeth, so she is set on undoing this by consuming a lot of sugar. She has a commanding and formidable presence, and an icy, penetrating glare. Actually, her witchy powers mostly consist of her using her intimidating stance, which she calls headology.

She appears in: Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, Maskerade, Carpe Jugulum, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, The Shepherd’s Crown.


Bonus favorite characters: Rincewind, Lord Vetinari, The Librarian, Cut-me-own-throat Dibbler, Gaspode the Wonder Dog, Detritus the Troll, the Death of Rats, Giamo Casanunda, and ughhh many, many more.

Discworld characters
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Have you read any of the Discworld novels, or do you plan to? If you did, who are your favorite characters? I promise I’ll stop spamming with Pratchett for a while, I just love him so much :’)

*All images in this post belong to Paul Kidby, a long-time Discworld illustrator

13 thoughts on “Top 5 Discworld Characters

  1. I love discworld as well and your choices of favouritess are great. However, I will always be kinda a Moist girl myself 🙂 I either want to be him or marry him because of his ‘make things work’ cunning and smarts

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        1. Same here. I haven’t read them all yet, I haven’t even read all Moist books yet because I want to stretch the un-read supply as long as possible

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  2. I love this post! I’ve only read the first Discworld novel, but I loved it so much. It made me laugh out loud so many times. I didn’t know they could be read out of order, though! I’ve been waiting until I got the second one to read more cause I thought they had to be read in order. I think I have a couple others from the series somewhere — I’ll have to pull them out now!

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    1. Thanks Kara! 🙂 You can read them however you like, but it’s more enjoyable to read chronologically because sometimes a past event is mentioned, plus I like order haha 😀 The first two novels are most tightly related, and sometimes even published as one book. Also, there are reading orders based on main characters, like the witches novels – you can read just those if you like. Goodreads has them categorized both ways. You’re in luck, because the first few books are considered his weakest, as are the last few because he was ill, so you have many good ones ahead of you 🙂 I have read around 20, and have noticed how they become better, but even the weakest ones are interesting and funny as hell 🙂

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      1. Oh neat, I’ll look into the Goodreads categories! Honestly, I’d prefer reading them in order, but I also want to read the ones I have because I enjoyed the first one so much! I know I have Mort, which Google tells me is the fourth book in the series. I think I have on other as well, but I can’t remember which one that is. Wow, they get better as they go?? That’s awesome, especially considering how much I enjoyed the first one! I specifically remember one part in the first book where one character (I think it was Rincewind) was trying to take a picture of some creature but his fingers kept getting in the way, and though I can’t remember exactly what was going on, I remember how hard I was laughing during that part. I love books that can make me laugh like that.

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        1. Me too, but I first started reading out of order and it wasn’t weird at all, then later I switched to the first book and so on. Mort is actually the first book in the Death series, so you can’t go wrong there, plus it’s awesome 🙂 Yes, I think each is better than the previous one, but many people agree he reached his peak after 5-6 novels. Here is a cool guide to the reading order: http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/38700000/The-Discworld-Reading-Order-Guide-2-0-discworld-38786764-1000-1198.jpg Some nuances do get lost if you skip some novels from a specific character series.

          That must be the camera with the little imp in it, who actually paints the photograph 😀 There are many many more lines like that, I always crack up and have to write quotes down 😀

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