''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' just wouldn't be a Blizzard game without loads of shout-outs to various media.
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* The "Forlorn Farm" random event is a clear ShoutOut to ''RedDeadRedemption''.
* An early quest is called [[LegacyOfKain "The Legacy of Cain."]] There is also a unique Wraith enemy called [[SoulReaver Raziel]], and one type of curvy-bladed sword is called [[SoulReaver ''Reaver'']]
* Another one is called ''Anime/SwordOfTheStranger'', where you help a nameless swordsman.
* Act 2 has a powerful gold monster named ''[[VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} Nine Toads - Terror of the Borderlands.]]'' He even drops The Clipper!
* Abd al-Hazir sounds suspiciously like [[CthulhuMythos Abdul Alhazred]], doesn't it? In particular, they have ShownTheirWork, "Abdul Alhazred" is [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign bad Arabic]] and a common "correct" form of the name is Abd Al-Azrad.
* A legendary bow's name is "Etrayu". Now, exchange the letters "a" and "e": you get "Atreyu", one of the heroes of the ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'', whose weapon of choice was a bow. If you had any doubts about it, the item's description leaves no ambiguity:
-->The warrior surveyed the dead and dying arrayed about him. There would be moreómany more. He felt as if he were trapped in a '''tale that would never end'''.
* The Legendary hammer Odyn Son, which [[NorseMythology almost needs no explanation]].
* The FlavorText for the Barbarian passive Berserker Rage reads:
-->"YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry" --[[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Bannar]] the Berserker
* As usual, the achievement list yields a whole bunch of references. A crowning example of which is for purchasing all the stash upgrades: [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} "Space, I love space!"]]
** The Achievement "A Question of Lust" is a reference to a Music/DepecheMode song of the same name. Its Hardcore version "Lust, Caution" is yet another, this time to [[Film/LustCaution an Ang Lee movie]].
** And then there's "There Will Definitely Be Blood." No guesses on [[Film/ThereWillBeBlood which movie they're referencing here]].
** [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Shut Up and Take My Money!]]
** [[Music/IronMaiden No More Lies]].
* The Treasure Goblins - pesky diminutive midgets with sacks of loot which you literally beat said loot out of - are doubtlessly inspired by [[GoldenAxe a famous hack-and-slash fantasy brawler]].
* There's a walking tree called [[TheBlackCompany The Old Man]].
* A legendary one-handed sword is named [[VideoGame/MonsterHunter Monster]] [[http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/monster-hunter Hunter]].
* The Witch Doctor has a skill called [[StarCraft FireBats.]]
* There's a unique Ghastly Gravedigger with the name Digger O'Dell and subtitle "must be shoveling off." This is a reference to a 1940s radio sitcom called ''TheLifeOfRiley''. Apparently nothing is too obscure for Blizzard!
* The Monk has a skill called Exploding Palm. The key feature of this attack is that the victim [[LudicrousGibs explodes]] if the DOT kills them (later edited to apply to any damage while the debuff still applies). Four words only: [[FistOfTheNorthStar You are]] [[YouAreAlreadyDead already dead.]]
* There is a three-bladed legendary fist weapon called [[{{Wolverine}} Logan's Claw]] that regenerates the user's health.
* There is a legendary spear called [[ThreeHundred The 300th Spear]].
** There was a shield to go with it called the Phalanx Lock, but it seems to have been removed.
* A ''Legendary'' mace is called ''The Overfiend''. [[{{Hentai}} Oh dear...]]
* The ring [[http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/justice-lantern Justice Lantern]]. [[GreenLantern In brightest day, in blackest night...]]
* Exploring [[spoiler: Whimsyshire]] might have you meet [[LeagueOfLegends Annie's]] [[http://i.imgur.com/lz8ak.jpg teddy bear]].
* Also in [[spoiler:Whimsyshire]] you'll find the likes of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Midnight Sparkle, Nightmare is Magic]] and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Nightmarity, Generosity in Death]]. Upon closer inspection, the color schemes of the Lovely Presents are similar to the color schemes of the other ponies in the show.
* The [[Film/TheThreeStooges Three Brothers]] at the Drowned Temple and the "Nyuck Nyuck Nyuck!" achievement.
* One of the random monsters you can fight is a [[ThePrincessBride Rodent of Unusual Size]].
* The female Demon Hunter bears a strong resemblance to Selene from the ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' films, and a number of achievements and runes (such as "Death Dealer" and "{{Equilibrium}}") reference those and other movies with an emphasis on {{Badass Longcoat}}s and GunsAkimbo. There's even a legendary demon hunter cloak called [[Creator/KateBeckinsale Beckon Sail]].
** "Equilibrium," by the way, is one of the runes of the Strafe skill, which has the Demon Hunter [[GunKata blasting off with both crossbows in all directions like a Grammaton Cleric]].
* The dye remover. [[Film/{{Idiocracy}} It's got what plants crave!]]
* Covetous Shen strongly resembles [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina David Lo Pan]] in mannerism. Unsurprising, considering he is voiced by James Hong himself.
** You initially find Covetous Shen trapped inside a barrel. If you wait long enough before rescuing him to hear all his dialogue, you get an achievement called "Big Trouble in Little Barrel" which just underlines the reference.
* In the deserts of Caldeum, there's a [[Series/{{Lost}} shipwreck called the Black Rock]].
** You can also get Black Rock Ledger Pages - but only pages 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42.
* There is an event in Act 1 that is titled [[DefenseOfTheAncients The Last Stand of the Ancients]].
* There's a giant sandworm in the Desolate Sands in Act II called [[Literature/{{Dune}} Shaitan The Broodmother - Great Maker]]. Yeah, most sandworms are ''Dune'' references [[PopculturalOsmosis in some way, shape or form now]], but Shaitan and Maker are very specific names for the [[SandWorm Shai Hulud]]. You even can find a corpse called Stilgar which spawns a lovely bunch of sandworms when searched.
* One set is called Chantodo's Legacy. One piece of this set, the orb, is called Chantodo's Elemental Seal. ''Elemental Seal'' is a black mage ability in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'', and Shantotto is one of the most fearsome black mages of this universe. However, the orb was renamed with the 1.0.4 patch, becoming Chantodo's Force...
* Azmodan's hellish domain is reminiscent of a realm of Oblivion from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', from the creepy bloodgrass to the towers lined with demon skin. The only new things are the giant demons that hold up the towers, but even they are reminiscent of Mehrunes Dagon.
* Possibly a coincidence or an obvious play on words, but there's an achievement called [[Series/GameOfThrones Imp Slapped]].
** Also a reference to the game ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'', where you could slap your Imp workers.
* One of the possible weapons you can find is the [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Ancient Bonesaber of Zumakalis]]. Sadly, it's unknown is the Remonster of the Pultonians appear to use it on.
* There's a legendary weapon named [[LetsPlay/{{Boatmurdered}} The Burning Axe Of Sankis]].
* Random boss Fuad the Cannibal might be a reference to ''Film/BloodFeast''.
* In one conversation, the barbarian mentions that he was born on a battlefield. [[ConanTheBarbarian Another famous barbarian was also born on a battlefield.]]
* The Barbarian skill Ancient Spear pulls the targeted enemy towards you and slows them for a bit. [[Franchise/MortalKombat Someone has to have yelled 'Get over here!' the first time they used this skill.]]
* One of the legendary Demon Hunter chest armors is the Cape of [[{{Franchise/Batman}} the Dark Night]].
--> "Those who seek to do evil are a cowardly and superstitious lot." --Demon Hunter Bayne
* The potentially PS3 exclusive item The Hero's Journey are two scarfs from the characters from the game Journey.
--> Khejistan is renowned for its strange mirages. Of these, perhaps the most mysterious are the silent travelers sometimes seen near the crumbling ruins that jut from the desert's shifting sands.
* With regard to the expansion's new Witch Doctor skill, Piranhas, the third rune ability gained is called [[Film/{{Sharknado}} Piranhado]].
* There was this conversation with Covetous Shen who spoke of "I was lost in the Dry Steppes. They don't come by their name lightly! Now water, and the sun! [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings An unbearable, unblinking eye!]]"
* One mini boss in the ''Reaper of Souls'' expansion is named [[ASongOfIceAndFire Clawgane the Mountain.]]
* [[{{Hobbits}} Boggits]] are normally peaceful, but can become violent under [[LordOfTheRings the influence of magical rings]].
* The flavor text for the sword Exarian is a clear allusion for a well known [[KingArthur king]] and his sword.
* The end boss of the Vermin Alley event is a giant rat named [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Sprynter, enemy of the Foote clan]].
* The unique pants called the "[[Music/MCHammer Hammer]] Jammers" bear the flavor text, "These [[SignatureStyle large pants]] [[CatchPhrase cannot be touched]]."
* The Hassan Chopper barbarian weapon. [[WesternAnimation/AliBabaBunny That is all]].
* Adria was bound to attract more than her share of "witch" jokes in the boss achievements, but [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "Really Most Sincerely Dead"]], which you get for killing her in Hardcore Torment mode without crowd-controlling enemies, takes the cake.
* One fairly common name for an Elite monster is "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Zuul]]".
* The Witch Doctor has a Legendary voodoo mask named [[VideoGame/CarnEvil Carnevil]], with a flavor text making mention of poison taken from [[Music/EmersonLakeandPalmer the palm tree leaves from around Lake Ymirson]].
* In the ''Reaper of Souls'' expansion, you can find a [[http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/bottomless-potion-of-kulleaid legendary potion]] called "Bottomless Potion of [[DrinkingTheKoolAid Kulle-Aid]]", whose flavor text says "Oh, yeah!". Besides the usual healing effect, it allows you to burst through the walls created by elites with the Waller affix.
* One of the unique monsters you can encounter in the Blood Marsh is [[VideoGame/{{Suikoden}} Lu'ca, the Blight Monster.]]
* The Shenlong's Spirit set is a reference to the Shenlong myth from the ''{{VideoGame/Street Fighter}}'' games, complete with the following: both weapons resemble Ryu's gloves, one glove's flavor text mentions the existence of the myth itself, and the other glove references the quote that spawned the myth in the first place.
* Flavor text of Eight-Demon Boots is quote of one [[BigTroubleInLittleChina Yolk Chen.]]
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