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Throughout the episode, whenever a shot of the 3rd grade class is shown the numbers "666" appear in red with the rest of the numbers on the wall. The black board also reads some calculations and mathematical formulas, amongst them 2x + 3y + 1 = 666.
When Cartman gives Clyde an invitation to his Birthday Party, he refers to him as Clay.
When Damien Thorn makes things fly around the cafeteria and Chef says "we have to do something children, he's tearing my cafeteria apart!" if you freeze it for a frame you can see Mr. Hankey fly across the screen.
This is the first appearance of Satan. During this episode, his speech is echoed, but this would later be changed in other appearances.
Satan does not speak to or interact with Damien Thorn in this episode even though he is his son.
Cartman tells Jesus to not mind Kyle because he is Jewish, but Jesus himself is Jewish.
According to the DVD commentary, Pip was originally supposed to die in this episode but they decided not to kill him off because they needed him for crowd scenes. Pip would later be killed off in "201".
Damien was originally going to be voiced by Beavis and Butt-Head creator and voice actor Mike Judge. Due to the fast production of South Park, however, Judge was unable to record new lines. He later recorded lines for Kenny McCormick's unmuffled voice in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
"Rectus Dominus" would be used later in the episode "Britney's New Look", by the towns people as the Celebrity Death Cult in another reference to The Omen and Children of the Corn films.
"Let's get ready to rumble" is a trademark phrase done by Michael Buffer. Buffer is an iconic boxing announcer, who was a celebrity guest.
Satan's manager is boxing promoter and manager Don King. King is best known for his representation of boxer Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. The press interview with Satan parodies a lot of Don King's many interviews with the press.
The fight between Jesus and Satan is televised on Pay-Per-View, which is a common service provided by cable television services which are usually a one-time showing of a live event for a fixed price.
This is the first episode to air in 1998.
Cartman's beloved Mega Man toys are a parody of The Power Rangers, a live action children's show which recycles footage from the Japanese Super Sentai series.
The real Megaman is a well-known video game character.
In Japan Megaman is known as Rock Man. The character collects white round energy pellets called rocks, the name change was Because Capcom thought Rock man was not a cool name and changed it to "Mega man" in America to appeal to the American audiences.
Mega Man also references other toys of Japanese origin; Transformers (1977–present) Voltron (1981-1985).
Damien's theme music is parody of the "Ave Satani" theme from the film The Omen. The name Damien is likely another reference to The Omen films.
While being trained by Stan and Kyle for the big fight, Stan tries to get Jesus to drink a glass of raw eggs. This is likely inspired by Sylvester Stallone's character Rocky Balboa doing the same thing in the 1978 film Rocky.
Mr. Garrison is teaching the children about musicians of the Baroque era. This was a period in 17th Century Europe, which popularized the use of the tri-tone note sometimes called the Devils Triade.
Cartman asks if Damien got his hair cut by blind musician Stevie Wonder. This is also a joke told by the famous British blue comedian Roy Chubby Brown.
A reporter during the press conference asks Satan what his involvement was in the Gulf War. This is a reference to the Persian Gulf War that went from August 2, 1990, to February 28, 1991, between the United Nations and Iraq.
Instead of buying the Mega Man that Cartman specified, Kyle bought Eric the game Ants in the Pants.
Stan inspires Jesus with the quote "Don't try to be a great man, just be a man", and tells Jesus that he said it himself. When Kyle asks if it's true or not, Stan admits that he heard it on Star Trek. The line is from the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact, said by the character Zefram Cochrane.
When Damien makes demons throw Pip into the air and make a fireworks display out of him, it's similar to the scene in Dragon Ball Z where Vegeta kills Cui with an attack known as Dirty Fireworks.
The plot of the boxing match where the fight is rigged by the bad guy for personal gain is a cliche plot device in many fictional boxing stories and films.
The referee of the boxing match is a parody of referee and judge Mills Lane.
When Stan tries to give Jesus a pep-talk and encourage him to give the fight his best, he cites figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Kyle sours that motivational speech by mentioning that she won the silver medal. This is a reference to the 1994 Winter Olympics, in which Kerrigan was beat for the gold medal by 0.1 points.