* Its most touching Shout Out would have to be the Shrine of the Fallen Warrior, located in the Barrens. The shrine is engraved with the initials "MK" and the Spirit Healer that stands over it is named "Koiter" referring to Michael Koiter, a Blizzard employee who died during the creation of the game.
* There are, in fact, several such memorials in-game. The closest thing to an Alliance equivalent of the Shrine of the Fallen Warrior is the [[http://www.wowpedia.org/In_Loving_Memory In Loving Memory]] memorial. Less seriously, in Outland, there's also a memorial to the cancelled Blizzard game, ''Starcraft: Ghost''.
* The game contains a poem written in honor of Dak Krause, who died of leukemia. http://www.wowpedia.org/Caylee_Dak
* Another real life shout out is a quest in Mulgore which was made for a kid with cancer (who voiced the quest-giver). Said kid has since passed away.
* Similarly, the weapon Merciless Crossbow of the Phoenix has a tooltip that says "Finely crafted to Ephoenix's specification." Ephoenix was the name of Ezra Chatterton's hunter. Ezra had the opportunity to visit Blizzard as part of a Make-A-Wish wish and the crossbow is named after him.
* With the introduction of achievements, another slew of references made its way into game, including the possibility to earn the title "[[LeeroyJenkins Jenkins]]". Leeroy even got his own card in the TCG.
* On a more positive note, the game is completely packed with references to other properties. A short list: During a quest where you ride a giant in Northrend, if his HP gets low it's warned that "[[VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}} Gymer Needs Storm Cloud Badly!"]]. Many engineer [=NPCs=] are reference to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series characters such as "Jhordy Lapforge" and "Chief Engineer Trep". The manhole from Series/{{Lost}} can be found in Sholazar Basin. An Engineering item is called [[WesternAnimation/WallE MOLL-E]]. [[http://www.wowpedia.org/In-jokes_and_references There's a whole section on another site, if you want to explore.]]
** In Mists of Pandaria, there's an even more direct Gauntlet reference, the quest 'Blue Dwarf Needs Food Badly'. This expansion has more refs per square meter than you could shake a gnomish engineering created Automatic Shaking Stick at, before it blew your hand off.
* Ulduar has a boss named Kologarn who has some relatively blatant shout outs. He is a giant construct guarding a bridge (really, he ''is'' the bridge) and when first aggroed, yells '''[[MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail None shall pass!]]''' Being a construct, part of the battle strategy involves destroying his arms. When an arm is destroyed he may yell '''Just a scratch''' or '''Only a flesh wound!''' among other things.
* All non-combat/flavour pets have [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy 42 hitpoints]]. Apparently, collecting them is the meaning of life.
* Cataclysm contains the two main characters from the fanfic InteractiveFiction parody [[http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=20677329926&sid=1 You Awaken in Razor Hill]], Tednugent and his pet Scratchfever ('Tednug' and 'Scratchfever' in-game), patrolling the area around the town of Razor Hill. They even perform a little in-joke from the story, highlighting Ted's odd attraction to harpies.
* Another quest in Cataclysm involves you [[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies defending a botanist's house using solar power to grow plants to ward off zombies.]] And you get your own Singing Sunflower if you make it to the end.
* A quest called [[http://www.wowhead.com/quest=26843/a-tiny-clever-commander A Tiny, Clever Commander.]] Complete with the target enemy being "Commander" [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Nazrim]].
* The NPC [[http://www.wowwiki.com/John_J._Keeshan John J. Keeshan]] and the quests involving him made for the Cataclysm expansion in the Redridge Mountains are essentially ones to ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}''.
* The Twilight Highlands quest [[http://www.wowpedia.org/Quest:Four_Heads_are_Better_than_None Four Heads are Better than None]]. Your targets? A pair of two-headed ogres named Za'brox and Beeble'phod. [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Mix the names up a little...]]
** More subtly, [[http://www.wowhead.com/item=43364 a glyph]] that allows mages to understand other languages through the Arcane Intellect buff has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babel_fish_%28The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy%29#Babel_fish fish]] for its icon in the glyph interface.
* And who can forget the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann "See the Invisible", "Touch the Untouchable", "Break the Unbreakable", "Fight the Power"]] quest line.
* [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} Bloodgulch]] in Twilight Highlands is home to [[RedVsBlue Griff]].
* There's a gnome engineer named [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Oglethorpe Obnoticus]].
* In Silverpine Forest, the Orc forces are commanded by [[Franchise/MassEffect Admiral Hatchet]].
* In Dalaran there's a shark in The Underbelly named Segacedi after the Sega CD add-on to the SegaGenesis. He has the title of "Sewer Shark", which is the name of one of the games released for it.
* In Outland the Arakkoa capital is called "Skettis". The Arakkoa strongly resemble the Skeksis of ''Film/TheDarkCrystal''. Some also make a sort of high, humming sound similar to the VerbalTic of ''Dark Crystal's'' Chancellor.
* The first questgiver you encounter upon entering Westfall is a Stormwind chief investigator by the name of [[Series/CSIMiami Horatio Laine]]. He wears a suit and has a habit of putting on his shades right as he is making a pun.
* In the Underbelly (sewer) of Dalaran, there are [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles four small water-dwelling reptiles facing a rodent]], surrounded by toxic magic waste.
* In the Pandaren beginning area, there's a couple of ponds with bamboo platforms sticking out of them that turn you into small creatures if you fall in because of the spirits of the animals that died in them were infused with the water. [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Sounds familiar huh?]]
* The Valley of the Four Winds contains an enemy called a [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Kernel Sprite]].
* The flavor text for the Stinker battle pet, a skunk, says he uses his aroma to repel predators and [[PepeLePew attract cats, but he's not very successful at it]].
* The icon for the EZ-Gro Cabbage you grow to start the Tillers quests for farming is a perfect sphere, very reminiscent of the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/crescent_love_cabbage.jpg QUALITY cabbage]] in ''VisualNovel/YoakeMaeYoriRuriiroNa ~Crescent Love~''.
* A daily Tillers quest, VideoGame/YouHaveToBurnTheRope.
* Pandaren cubs apparently cannot refuse a [[Film/AChristmasStory double hozen dare]].
* The ENTIRETY of the Tillers faction, from farming your own crops, to making friends with certain [=NPCs=] and giving them gifts, is an obvious shout-out to the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series. Or even ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'', since you can also kill monsters like in that game.
* In the Southern Barrens, there's a [[http://www.wowhead.com/quest=24685 quest called]] ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress''. It involves helping a goblin steal the plans for a dwarven fortress. Guarding the plans is [[{{Boatmurdered}} Haggis Boatmurder]]. The plans themselves are described as "A depiction of the fortress using primitive icons to represent essential structures."
* It's hard to deny that one of the pandaren families being named Applebloom [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic might not be unintentional]].
** Although [[http://www.wowhead.com/npc=64099 Pink Peony]] the pink-clad cake vendor is more overt.
* At New Cifera in the Valley of the Four Winds, amidst the Lumpy Toads, there's a named critter named [[VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} Rash]].
* Inserted amongst all of the other newly-added tameable rare beasts, in the Swamp of Sorrows, there's a white and grey Wind Serpent named [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Yukiko]].
* In the Dread Wastes, there's a quest called [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Psycho Mantid]].
** Speaking of the Mantid, the achievement "Stay Klaxxi" requires you finish the daily quests with all ten Klaxxi-granted buffs. Those buffs are all named for heavy metal classics: [[Music/BlackSabbath Children of the Grave, Iron Man(tid)]], [[Music/DeepPurple Speed King]], [[Music/{{Manowar}} Battle Hymn]], [[Music/{{Metallica}} Seek and Destroy, Master of Puppets]], [[Music/{{Slayer}} Angel of Death, Raining Blood]], [[Music/{{Queensryche}} Silent Lucidity]], and [[Music/JudasPriest Painkiller]].
* The Shado-Pan are very clearly inspired by the [[ASongOfIceAndFire Night's Watch]]. They even say "We are the watchers on the wall" when clicked on, a line from the Watch's oath.
* In Budd's quest chain in Vashj'ir, he finds a cursed treasure that turns him into a skeleton a la the first ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''.
* One of Adarrah's quest dialogues is "[[Music/RickAstley I'm no stranger to love]]" and one of Mack's is "[[Music/RickAstley You wouldn't get this from any other guy]]!"
* A roaming NPC in Stormwind is named [[VideoGame/BioShockInfinite Elizabeth Birdsong, who mentions she's not from the area and discusses infinite possibilities.]]
* In Silverpine, players can fight [[Webcomic/PennyArcade witchaloks.]]
* One of the random phrases that the pandaren afflicted by the Sha of Despair can say is "How could this happen to me? I'm sick of this life.", a shout out to Simple Plan's [[{{Wangst}} infamous song]] "Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me?)".
* The announcement trailer for ''Warlords of Draenor'' used a dwarf and orc to illustrate the new race models, decking them out in warrior and priest gear, like the two main characters (a dwarf and orc respectively) of the [=WoW=] machinima series "Alliance vs. Horde".
* One of the male Forsaken jokes has him asking for odorant. [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Wet Dog, Smelly Garbage, or Low Tide]] will do.
* In Stormwind's west bank, the bankers on the left half are [[ShoutOutThemeNaming named]] Kirsten, Scott, and Thomas (Kristin Scott-Thomas) and the right half are named Olivia, Newton, and John (Olivia Newton-John).
* The Sky Golem mount seems to have a picture of [[VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} Sarah Kerrigan]] on the control panel.
** This is a hold over from every other shredder model with an exposed canopy since the beginning.
* The quest "Precious and Fragile Things Need Special Handling" takes its name from the opening lyrics of Music/DepecheMode's song "Precious".
* The achievement for obtaining 150 different companion pets is called "Franchise/LittlestPetShop".
* Gorgrond in ''Warlords of Draenor'' has a three-headed plant hydra named [[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Biolante]].
* The Viscous Fallout boss in Gnomeregan drops a dagger called the [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Toxic Revenger]].
* A pandaren, Zach Chow, has a pet tiger named [[Manga/KOn Azunyan]].