* FunnyAneurysmMoment: At one point, Mr. Pin thinks about how Mr. Tulip mainlines bath salts. This is simply part of the joke about Tulip snorting everything he can find. [[OnlyInFlorida Thirteen years later, the mention of bath salts has its own special meaning.]]
* HilariousInHindsight: Look at the cover currently pictured on the main page, where Vetinari has blond hair. This was ''long'' before TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', which cast a blond Vetinari and surprised many readers by doing so.
* MagnificentBastard: In addition to Vetinari, who's always one, William shows signs of becoming one, particularly in any scene where he has to deal with threats to the press, such as his handling of Slant.
* NightmareFuel: The book describes images resulting from dark light photography in very vivid detail. [[spoiler:Then near the end, where one of the photos comes true...]]
** Various allusions to William's childhood.
--> Lord de Worde had inclined to the old proverb that as you bend the twig, so grows the tree. William had not been a particularly flexible twig. Lord de Worde had not, himself, been a violent man. He'd merely employed them.
** Likewise, the equally vague allusions to Mr. Tulip's childhood. It's suggested he's forgotten most of it for a ''reason''.
** The final fate of the New Firm, or at least, the thing that finally gets them. It's a lot like, if [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd]] had ended up in that crematorium instead of Bond in ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''... drawn out for ''pages'' of anticipation.
** Otto, coming upon the burned remains of The Times offices, assumes that "It vas a mob, yes? Zere is alvays a mob, sooner or later. Zey got my friend Boris. He showed them zer black ribbon but zey just laughed and--" Hinting that reformed vampires are in danger from, essentially, lynch mobs.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** The "----ing" joke first showed up in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}''.
** And in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', one of the senior wizards had studied languages for so long he can pronounce parentheses (pretty cool, huh?).
** Then again in ''Men at Arms'': "D*mn," said Carrot, a difficult linguistic feat.

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