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Encyclopedia > Fred Colon
Characters from
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
Character details
Full name: Frederick Colon
Description: A slightly overweight watch sergeant
Associations: Ankh-Morpork City Watch
Location: Ankh-Morpork, usually behind a desk
Story appearances
First seen: Guards! Guards!
Also in: Moving pictures,Reaper Man,
Men at Arms,
Soul Music,
Feet of Clay,
Jingo,
The Fifth Elephant,
The Truth ,
Night Watch
,
Thud!
Other details
Notes:

Frederick "Fred" Colon is a fictional character in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. He first appears in Guards! Guards!. Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Coat of arms of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Guards! Guards! is the 8th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1989. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Reaper Man is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... For the novel by Evelyn Waugh, see Sword of Honour. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Feet of Clay is the nineteenth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, and a parody of detective novels. ... Jingo can refer to: Jingoism, belligerent chauvanistic nationalism. ... The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... This article or section should include material from [[{{{1}}}]]. Mr. ... Night Watch is the 29th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published in 2002. ... Thud! is Terry Pratchetts 34th Discworld novel, released in the United States of America and the United Kingdom on September 13, and it may have been released already in other countries, such as Norway [1] and Denmark. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Guards! Guards! is the 8th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1989. ...


Colon is a sergeant in the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, and appears to have been so for a long time. He was a corporal in the Watch at the time Samuel Vimes first joined, and subsequent to this spent some time in the army (the Duke of Quirm's Middleweight Infantry and then the Duke of Eorle's First Heavy Infantry), before returning to the Watch. For other uses, see Sergeant (disambiguation). ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Coat of arms of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. ... This article is about the military rank. ... Sam Vimes is a fictional policeman from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Quirm is a fictional city in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Infantry are soldiers who fight primarily on foot with small arms in organized military units, though they may be transported to the battlefield by horses, ships, automobiles, skis, bicycles, or other means. ...


He is described on several occasions as "one of nature's sergeants". He is overweight, and prefers to avoid trouble and exertion. He is also rather unimaginative. When not on desk duty (a post he gets more often than other sergeants, due to being responsible for working out the rota), he generally "guards" bridges or large buildings against theft. His reasoning is that until someone attempts to steal the geographic feature in question, he can lean against it and stay out of danger (as well as the wind).


In The Fifth Elephant, Colon became the head of the Traffic Squad, which also included his best friend Nobby Nobbs. This role perfectly fit the above described qualities, especially as the Traffic Squad is "self financing" (i.e. they keep the fines). A brief promotion to acting-captain confirmed what everyone, himself included, had suspected, and he has returned to his previous rank. Once he put clamps on various buildings for "causing serious traffic congestion". Among the clamped were the Opera House, three other buildings, six fountains, three statues and a gibbet. He also clamped the Patrician's Palace for the same reason, but he let it slide because Vetinari parked it on business. The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Cecil Wormsborough St. ...


He is currently holding dual position of Custody Officer and Watch Liaison Officer; jobs so vague that no one is entirely sure what they entail, least of all Colon himself. They serve the dual purpose of preventing his brain from becoming overburdened with responsibility and avoiding the catastrophic possibility that he might be given a task of any real importance.


Closer examination, though, shows that Colon has some hidden depths. As Vimes thought it, most of the other watch officers saw a fat, stupid, lazy, cowardly man and that was mostly what was there, but Colon and Nobby have a street-level knowledge of Ankh-Morpork on a par with Vimes and are good at sensing tension in a crowd. Both are also survivors of the Glorious 25th of May. Colon also performs his duties in Thud! fairly well. He is an amiable jailer, and bright enough to keep the keys in a closed tin box in the bottom drawer of his desk, well out of reach of anything an inmate would be able to use. His office, in a separate building from the main watch house, is frequented by old acquaintances who want somewhere quiet to get away from the wife, hear what's happening on the street and - in Vimes' words - "gossip like washerwomen." For this free-flowing source of information, Vimes considers the cost of donuts on an expense voucher a very favorable trade. Thud! is Terry Pratchetts 34th Discworld novel, released in the United States of America and the United Kingdom on September 13, and it may have been released already in other countries, such as Norway [1] and Denmark. ...


He is possibly related to Sergeant Doppelpunkt (German for 'colon', as in the punctuation mark), one half of the town watch in Bad Blintz, Überwald, seen in The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. Other Discworld characters with a notable similarity to Colon include a member of the guard in the Überwald town of Bonk (who was nicknamed "Colonesque" by Samuel Vimes) and one of the market guards in Al Khali, Klatch. Like the various Dibblers, this may be due to morphic resonance. In Terry Pratchetts fictional Discworld universe, Ãœberwald is a region located in near the foot of the Ramtops, farther from Ankh-Morpork than Lancre is. ... The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents is the 28th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published in 2001. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of Discworld characters. ... This article is about the country of Klatch. ... Cut Me Own Throat (C.M.O.T) Dibbler is one of the numerous bit part characters that enrich the world of Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... A morphogenetic field, according to biologist Rupert Sheldrake, is a biological (and potentially social) equivalent to an electromagnetic field that operates to shape the exact form of a living thing, as part of its epigenetics, and may also shape its behaviour and coordination with other beings. ...


Colon is married, though his wife works during the day; since he works at night, the two seldom see each other and instead communicate by leaving notes. Vimes even goes as far as to privately attribute the longevity of Fred's marriage to this fact. They have a son (now grown up), who is attributed to a particularly persuasive note.


Other media

Colon made a brief appearance in the Cosgrove Hall adaptation of Soul Music. In the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Guards! Guards! he was voiced by Stephen Thorne. In the 1988 stage play he was played by Roger Bingham. Cosgrove Hall Films is an animation studio based in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester that is a major producer of childrens television programmes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... BBC Radio 4 is a UK domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Stephen Thorne is a British actor of radio, film, stage and television. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


See also

  • All Ankh-Morpork City Watch members

The primary members of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch are (see the linked articles for full details of the characters): // Main article: Samuel Vimes Main article: Carrot Ironfoundersson Main article: Angua Main article: Detritus (Discworld) Main article: Fred Colon Main article: Nobby Nobbs Sergeant Cheery Littlebottom is a forensic alchemist...

External links

  • Discworld & Pratchett Wiki

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Fred Colon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (446 words)
Fred Colon (full name: Frederick Colon) is a fictional character in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett.
Colon is a sergeant in the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, and appears to have been so for a long time.
Other Discworld characters with a notable similarity to Colon include a member of the guard in the Überwald town of Bonk (who was nicknamed "Colonesque" by Samuel Vimes) and one of the market guards in Al Khali, Klatch.
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