YMMV: The Colour of Magic

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The part where Rincewind accidentally teleports himself and Twoflower onto an airplane in our world and ends up thinking that he is Dr. Rjinswand, (33, a bachelor, born in Sweden, raised in New Jersey, and a specialist in the breakaway oxidation phenomena of certain nuclear reactors [a fancy way of saying that they're uncontrollably on fire])... only for the Luggage to interrupt the whole scene.
    • Becomes Fridge Brilliance when you realize that it's all an extended pun: They were transported to another plane.
    • Also an Early-Bird Cameo for Roundworld, once The Science of Discworld makes our world a canon part of the Verse's reality.
  • Ear Worm: the theme to the film.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The plane being hijacked by a swarthy, bearded man. At the time, airplane hijackings were most often done by escaping criminals trying to get to a country they could seek asylum in. The act didn't become associated with Muslim extremists until the late '80s.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Jeremy Irons as Vetinari.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Rincewind muses on how there are too many heroes in Ankh-Morpork, and how the notable questing-grounds are so busy during high season that they plan to introduce a rota. A scene familiar to anyone who ever played a regular MMORPG, all of which came out well after this book was published (with the exception of certain MUD games).
    • Plus, the troll encounter plays out exactly like a random encounter in a console RPG.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Galder Weatherwax trying to outright kill his former student via magical arrow in the film. I mean, he had to take the spell back by force but that is harsh.
  • Outof Character Moment: It's done to establish the fact that no matter how close he is to certain death, he will always be saved by something at the last minute, but Rincewind's brief Drivento Suicide moment in the two-part film seems odd for those with his familiar tenacity and desire to live. Preferably in complete boredom.
  • Special Effects Failure: In the two-part film from SkyOne, please pay no attention to Cohen's clearly visible teeth.
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: Many are displeased by the fact that Rincewind is played by an old man, rather than Eric Idle like in the games.
  • Woolseyism: In the Swedish translation, Dr. Rjinswand is Dutch, since Rjinswand doesn't actually sound Swedish.
    • It doesn't sound Dutch either, though.