- Magnificent Bastard: 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.
- Older Than They Think: The "----ing" joke first showed up in Mort.
- Fridge Horror: The New Firm dumps two sacks of dogs into the river Ankh. Arnold Sideways only rescues one sack. That means the other sackful of dogs all drown.
- Fridge Logic: Why did William spend 40% of his income on engraving his monthly letter? Why not just use those two days and 20 dollars to write it out four more times?