- Genius Bonus:
- When Om re-ascends to full godhood, it's described as "theophany", Ancient Greek for "the appearance of a God". Which it certainly is.
- Ephebe is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Greece. The name of the country derives from the Greek word for an adolescent boy, making it a sly reference to the Greek practice of pederasty.
- "Septateuch" is a reference to the first five books of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, sometimes called the Pentateuch.
- Brutha has the nickname of the "Dumb Ox" - as did St. Thomas Aquinas, known for bridging Christian theology and Greek philosophy.
- Growing the Beard: While there's naturally some disagreement among fans about when the series really became its best, this is the latest book you're likely to hear named as that moment.
- Jerkass Woobie:
- Om, sometimes. He's a selfish prick, but it's hard not to feel occasional sympathy for him given what he faces if he loses his last believer, and he does become a significantly better person (well, god) through Character Development.
- Simony. Also a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, at least until he gets called out on it, but given what Omnia is like to its own citizens a person from a conquered nation would have a very hard life. And he was only a kid at the time.
- Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Pratchett got letters from Christians who found Brutha to be a position depiction of a person of faith.
- Moral Event Horizon: Vorbis, being head of the Quisition, seems to have crossed this point well before the start of the book. 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.
- The Woobie: Brutha, very much so. Also an Iron Woobie, since he goes through all of that without losing his good nature or morality.
YMMV / Small Gods