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The novel

  • Only two pages in and the Discworld series immediately establishes what it's going to be full of: semi-relevant anecdotes (in this case, a discussion on the World Turtle A'Tuin) with a So Bad, It's Good punny joke at the end (the big "bang" theory).
  • Rincewind trying to swear at Twoflower in Trobian, which doesn't really have profanities:
    You little [such a one who, while wearing a copper nose ring, stands in the bath atop Mt. Raruaruaha during a thunderstorm and shouts that the goddess of lightning has the face of a diseased uloruaha root]!!
  • Rincewind working out the meaning of several words Twoflower uses, like "tourist":
    Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant "idiot".
  • "Some pirates achieved immortality by grand deeds of cruelty or derring-do. Some achieved immortality by amassing great amounts of wealth. But the Captain had long ago decided that he would, on the whole, prefer to achieve immortality by not dying."
  • The competing theories about the nature of the universe: the Steady Gait (as opposed to our world's Steady State theory of Fred Hoyle) and the Big Bang hypothesis - which, as it involves turtles mating, is the other meaning of 'bang'...

The 2008 TV film

  • Rincewind attempting suicide by jumping off the docks is sad an all, but it immediately becomes funny when he's saved by a rising platform... And then it becomes hilarious when we suddenly cut to Death nearby who grumbles at the man's survival.
    Death: ...Disappointing.
  • When Rincewind and Twoflower are meeting for the first time they are discussing the Counterweight Continent.
    Rincewind: But the legend says it's made of gold.
    Twoflower: Well, it's not made of gold. Gold is just a really common metal there.
    Rincewind: You might like to keep that to ourselves.
    (Rincewind turns around and sees Broadman several inches away from his face)
  • Rincewind is trying to drag Twoflower out of Death's house. Then we get this exchange:
    Twoflower: Amazing! I've never been at Death's door before!
  • Rincewind flipping off Broadman and Blind Hugh after succeeding in communicating with Twoflower.
  • In a deleted scene, Trymon is shown hiring Herenna to bring back Rincewind. Herenna asks if Rincewind is like all wizards, long-robed smokers. Trymon states the contrary: Rincewind is scruffy, incompetent and can't even spell the word "wizard". Herenna has a hilarious look of disbelief on the last remark.
  • From the Hilarious Outtakes:
    • David and Sean, tied together, try to stand up... and the rope breaks.
    • Lord Vetinari getting Rincewind's name wrong.
    • Rincewind tries to bail on Twoflower, but forgets his hat.
    • David drawling, "Yes, you try it, love, I've already sorted a girl out."
  • In another deleted scene, Rincewind uses reverse psychology to get Twoflower to come to Ankh-Morpork with him and can't help but insult Twoflower while doing so.
    Rincewind: Anyway, following me only guarantees the risk of death. Or was it following you? I can't remember.