Character Profile – Sam Vimes from Discworld (My Favorite Character)

Character Name –Sam Vimes (Sir Samuel Vimes Duke of Ankh )

Book / Series they appear in –

Sir Terry Pratchetts Discworld , Primarily the Guards series of books but he crops up in several other later books as a background character later on.First introduced in Guards Guards, he is the lead in a lot of the books that follows and at his absolute best in Night Watch.

Character Description –

Initially he is the drunken head of the all but useless night watch in Guards Guards. The watch is unneeded and unwanted pretty much being reduced to one gang competing with the rest. Vimes is an Alcoholic, being born knurd (two drinks behind everyone else) and drinks nasty whiskey and wakes up regularly in the gutter.

For all that he knows things should be better and with the arrival of Carrot to the watch as a catalyst , Vimes proceeds to rise up in society , pulling the watch with him and turning it into an efficient and invaluable part of the city of Ankh Morpork.

Vimes himself marries the richest woman in the city and gets a stream of honorifics until he becomes a Duke, an Ambassador, and pretty much the second most powerful man in Ankh- Morpork.

In his rise from the gutter he never forgets where he came from and still prefers cheap boots he can feel the street through and will champion the little guy to the point of his own destruction.

The Ankh-Morpork City Watch

Why do you love this character – 

He is the ultimate rags to riches everyman hero. Despite his flaws he fights them to become a better version of himself. Originally Carrot was earmarked by Pratchett to be the main character in the Watch but Vimes proved so much more interesting. He is as well developed a character as I have read in fantasy, evoloving as society , his wife and the PAtrican push and pull him upwards.

Interestingly he is very similar to Granny Weatherwax , an other beloved Pratchett character in that both have the instinct to go over to the darkside but have a series of guards set up in their head to prevent it.

Is there any situation or plot you would like to see for this character –

I would be very interested to see Vimes in a post Patrician world . How would he react and what role would he fall into.

Would he and Moist Von Lipwig , the two powers just under the dictator find a way to work together.

We get a glimpse of Vimes in a world before the Patrician in Night Watch , where he is hurtled back in time so the opposite end of that scale would have been quite the story.


4 thoughts on “Character Profile – Sam Vimes from Discworld (My Favorite Character)

  1. Trelawn

    “but the helmet had gold decoration, and the bespoke armourers had made a new gleaming breastplate with useless gold ornamentation on it. Sam Vimes I felt like a class traitor everytime he wore it. He hated being thought of as one of those people who wore stupid ornamental armour. It was gilt by association”


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