* MagnificentBastard:
** Vorbis. He launched his counter-attack before he launched his attack. He sent a man to Ephebe to die to justify the attack, and had to kill him when all they did was mock him.
** Lu Tze, who changed the history of Omnia with a compost heap, not sweeping a pile of sand, and a bucket of water.
* MagnumOpus: This is often cited as Pratchett's best book.
* MoralEventHorizon: Vorbis, being head of the Quisition, seems to have crossed this point well before the start of the book. [[spoiler: The death of Brother Murduck happened quite a while ago, and his plan to get through the desert, clearly costing a lot of lives, was even before that.]]
* TheWoobie: Brutha, [[AbusiveParents very]] [[CorruptChurch much]] [[ColdBloodedTorture so]]. Also an IronWoobie, since he goes through all of that without losing his good nature or morality.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Om, sometimes. He's a [[JerkassGods selfish prick]], but it's hard not to feel occasional sympathy for him given [[LossOfIdentity what he faces]] if he loses his last believer, and he does [[TookALevelInKindness become a significantly better person (well, god)]] through CharacterDevelopment.
** Simony. Also a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, at least until [[WhatTheHellHero he gets called out on it]], but given what Omnia is like to its own citizens a person from a conquered nation would have [[{{Understatement}} a very hard life]]. [[HarmfulToMinors And he was only a kid at the time.]]