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* LiarsParadox: One of the Ephebian philosophers gets into trouble when he tries to discuss this paradox with his fellows. Discworld intellects being what they are, Xeno takes offense:
--> '''Xeno:''' He bloody well accused me of slander! \\
'''Ibid:''' I didn't! \\
'''Xeno:''' You did! You did! Tell 'em what you said! \\
'''Ibid:''' Look, I merely suggested, to indicate the nature of paradox, right, that if Xeno the Ephebian said "All Ephebians are liars--" \\
'''Xeno:''' See? See? He did it again! \\
'''Ibid:''' --no, no, listen, listen... then, since Xeno is himself an Ephebian, this would mean that he himself is a liar and therefore--

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* OpposeWhatYouSuffered: Brutha is used (and abused) as a useful pawn [[spoiler:(or sacrifice)]] by the authorities of the Church of Om, the god Om himself, and even by those opposing the church. Later,[[spoiler: once Om has regained his power and instated Brutha as the new head of the church,]] Brutha works to reform the church ''as well as his own god'' to make sure that people are never treated as mere pieces on a chessboard by the church or his god ever again. [[spoiler:This has backfired a bit by the time of ''Literature/CarpeJugulum'', but still.]]


** Om, who has been throwing excrutiating death curses left and right at that point (which would be effective if he wasn't depowered), winds up in the torture pits of the Exquisition. [[BrainBleach He silently takes in what happens in absolute horror, tries not to think of what he just saw, and tries to get back to the surface in total shock.]]

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** Om, who has been throwing excrutiating death curses left and right at that point (which would be effective if he wasn't depowered), winds up in the torture pits of the Exquisition. [[BrainBleach He silently takes in what happens in absolute horror, tries not to think of what he just saw, and tries to get back to the surface surface as quickly as possible, while in total shock.]]


** Om, who has been throwing excrutiating death curses left and right at that point (which would be effective if he wasn't depowered), winds up in the torture pits of the Exquisition. [[BrainBleach He silently takes in what happens in absolute horror, tries not to think of what he just saw, and tries to get back to the surface.]]

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** Om, who has been throwing excrutiating death curses left and right at that point (which would be effective if he wasn't depowered), winds up in the torture pits of the Exquisition. [[BrainBleach He silently takes in what happens in absolute horror, tries not to think of what he just saw, and tries to get back to the surface.surface in total shock.]]


** The wording of the trope is played with; Vorbis is more like a shepherd than Brutha, since sheep are stupid and need to be driven. Brutha is more like a goatherd, since goats are intelligent and need to be led. That early shepherd imparted a bit of wisdom that Om eventually took to heart: the shepherd had a hundred sheep, yet took the trouble to search for a single lost lamb -- after all, his willingness to search for one lost sheep was the ''reason'' he had a hundred. This is deconstructed - going off from the sheep vs. goat analogy, the narration notes that, had Om followed a ''goatherd'' instead, he would not have been violent, tolitarian, and misanthropic.
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** The wording of the trope is played with; Vorbis is more like a shepherd than Brutha, since sheep are stupid and need to be driven. Brutha is more like a goatherd, since goats are intelligent and need to be led. That early shepherd imparted a bit of wisdom that Om eventually took to heart: the shepherd had a hundred sheep, yet took the trouble to search for a single lost lamb -- after all, his willingness to search for one lost sheep was the ''reason'' he had a hundred. This is deconstructed - going off from the sheep vs. goat analogy, the narration notes that, had Om followed a ''goatherd'' instead, whose goats can think for themselves and would follow a benevolent leader, he would not have been violent, tolitarian, grown up to be a violent authoritarian thinking his followers were easily cowed simpletons there to please him and misanthropic.
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needing constant dogma to be kept in check.


** The wording of the trope is played with; Vorbis is more like a shepherd than Brutha, since sheep are stupid and need to be driven. Brutha is more like a goatherd, since goats are intelligent and need to be led. That early shepherd imparted a bit of wisdom that Om eventually took to heart: the shepherd had a hundred sheep, yet took the trouble to search for a single lost lamb -- after all, his willingness to search for one lost sheep was the ''reason'' he had a hundred.

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** The wording of the trope is played with; Vorbis is more like a shepherd than Brutha, since sheep are stupid and need to be driven. Brutha is more like a goatherd, since goats are intelligent and need to be led. That early shepherd imparted a bit of wisdom that Om eventually took to heart: the shepherd had a hundred sheep, yet took the trouble to search for a single lost lamb -- after all, his willingness to search for one lost sheep was the ''reason'' he had a hundred. This is deconstructed - going off from the sheep vs. goat analogy, the narration notes that, had Om followed a ''goatherd'' instead, he would not have been violent, tolitarian, and misanthropic.


* EvenEvilHasStandards: Deacon Cusp of the Exquisition joined mainly because he really wanted to hurt people. Vorbis terrifies the spit out of him, because hurting folk is all Cusp wanted. Vorbis, meanwhile, thinks people ''should'' be hurt, but doesn't even afford people the dignity of ''hating'' them for it.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Deacon Cusp of the Exquisition joined mainly because he really wanted to hurt people. Vorbis terrifies the spit out of him, because hurting folk is all Cusp wanted. Vorbis, meanwhile, thinks people ''should'' be hurt, but doesn't even afford people the dignity of ''hating'' them for it.it.
** Om, who has been throwing excrutiating death curses left and right at that point (which would be effective if he wasn't depowered), winds up in the torture pits of the Exquisition. [[BrainBleach He silently takes in what happens in absolute horror, tries not to think of what he just saw, and tries to get back to the surface.]]



** Brutha's zen-like tolerance of all, his quest to bring salvation free of status or dogma, and simple patience calls to mind the Buddha.

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** Brutha's zen-like tolerance of all, his quest to bring salvation free of status or dogma, and simple patience calls to mind the Buddha. Of special note is that Om is named after ''Ohm'', an important phrase in Buddhism.

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** Brutha's zen-like tolerance of all, his quest to bring salvation free of status or dogma, and simple patience calls to mind the Buddha.


The 13th Literature/{{Discworld}} novel and a standalone, although it uses some characters and locations from ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' and its events influence later works.

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The 13th Literature/{{Discworld}} novel and a standalone, although it uses some characters and locations from ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' ''Literature/{{Pyramids}}'' and its events influence later works.



''Small Gods'' is particularly renowned for its ''Zelda''-like havoc-wreaking with the always-spotty Discworld timeline due to the appearance of ''Pyramids'' characters in the "young Brutha" segments yet the fact that the Omnianism that appears in later books is the more tolerant post-Brutha version. This was eventually explained in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' as being due to the TimeyWimeyBall. It's also been said by Pratchett that he was here able to more fully explore ideas he first introduced in ''Pyramids''.

Preceded by ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', followed by ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies''.

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''Small Gods'' is particularly renowned for its ''Zelda''-like havoc-wreaking with the always-spotty Discworld timeline due to the appearance of ''Pyramids'' characters in the "young Brutha" segments yet the fact that the Omnianism that appears in later books is the more tolerant post-Brutha version. This was eventually explained in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' ''Literature/ThiefOfTime'' as being due to the TimeyWimeyBall. It's also been said by Pratchett that he was here able to more fully explore ideas he first introduced in ''Pyramids''.

Preceded by ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', ''Literature/WitchesAbroad'', followed by ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies''.
''Literature/LordsAndLadies''.



* BrickJoke: Didactylos's quip, "Do Deformed Rabbit, it's my favorite", referring back to a RunningGag from ''Discworld/MovingPictures''.

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* BrickJoke: Didactylos's quip, "Do Deformed Rabbit, it's my favorite", referring back to a RunningGag from ''Discworld/MovingPictures''.''Literature/MovingPictures''.



* TankGoodness: Urn invents what is possibly the Disc's first one in the Moving Turtle, though see also ''Discworld/{{Eric}}''.

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* TankGoodness: Urn invents what is possibly the Disc's first one in the Moving Turtle, though see also ''Discworld/{{Eric}}''.''Literature/{{Eric}}''.


** Bishop Drunah, a member of LeResistance, is the secretary of The Congress of Iams in the Omanian Church, and as many of those people are old and of poor hearing, this is implied to give him the opportunity to alter records of the meeting.

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** Bishop Drunah, a member of LeResistance, LaResistance, is the secretary of The Congress of Iams in the Omanian Church, and as many of those people are old and of poor hearing, this is implied to give him the opportunity to alter records of the meeting.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: General Fi'irt, one of the leaders of LeResistance, gets a fair amount of focus in the first quarter of the novel, but then is caught by the Quisition and KilledOffscreen.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: General Fi'irt, one of the leaders of LeResistance, LaResistance, gets a fair amount of focus in the first quarter of the novel, but then is caught by the Quisition and KilledOffscreen.



* FaceDeathWithDignity: General Fi'irt, literally (also a {{Heartwarming}} moment) after his failed attempt to kill Vorbis. While initially reluctant to cross the Desert, and be all alone with his beliefs, he considers what this beliefs are and decides:

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: General Fi'irt, literally (also a {{Heartwarming}} heartwarming moment) after his failed attempt to kill Vorbis. While initially reluctant to cross the Desert, and be all alone with his beliefs, he considers what this beliefs are and decides:

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** Bishop Drunah, a member of LeResistance, is the secretary of The Congress of Iams in the Omanian Church, and as many of those people are old and of poor hearing, this is implied to give him the opportunity to alter records of the meeting.


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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: General Fi'irt, one of the leaders of LeResistance, gets a fair amount of focus in the first quarter of the novel, but then is caught by the Quisition and KilledOffscreen.


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* FaceDeathWithDignity: General Fi'irt, literally (also a {{Heartwarming}} moment) after his failed attempt to kill Vorbis. While initially reluctant to cross the Desert, and be all alone with his beliefs, he considers what this beliefs are and decides:
--> That on the whole, and by and large, if a man liver properly, not according to what any priests said, but according to what seemed decent and honest inside, then it would, at the end, more or less, turn out all right. You couldn't get that on a banner. But the desert looked better already.

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* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Despite the institutional misogyny of the Omnian church, Vorbis is genuinely impressed by what Brutha tells him about [[IronLady his grandmother]], remarking that she would have made an excellent inquisitor... if not for the obvious deficiency of her sex.

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* ItCameFromTheFridge: The, ahem, ''live'' yogurt sold by [[HonestJohnsDealership Cut-Me-Own-Hand-Off Dhblah]], which was kept out in the sun too long. As a result, Dhblah had to keep hitting it with a spoon to prevent it from escaping.


* CaligulasHorse: When Vorbis announces his plan to promote Brutha straight to Archbishop, the other clerics are surprised but note that precedents exist, such as Ossory's ass.
-->'''Bishop Treem:''' Although the donkey was only made a bishop.\\
'''Vorbis:''' ''[sharply]'' A role for which it was ''highly'' qualified.

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* CaligulasHorse: When Vorbis announces his plan to promote Brutha straight to Archbishop, the other clerics are surprised but note that precedents exist, such as as... Ossory's ass.
-->'''Bishop Treem:''' Although the donkey was only made a bishop.\\
'''Vorbis:''' ''[sharply]'' A role for which it was ''highly'' qualified.
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