* 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.
* Pets:
** All non-combat/flavour pets have [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy 42 hitpoints]]. Apparently, collecting them is the meaning of life.
** Stinker apparently uses his aroma to repel predators and [[WesternAnimation/PepeLePew attract cats]].
* 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 [[Machinima/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 UsefulNotes/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 [[WesternAnimation/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.
** In Draenor, there's an enchanted fey dragon named [[http://www.wowhead.com/npc=80300 Raindash]].
* At New Cifera in the Valley of the Four Winds, amidst the Lumpy Toads, there are three named crittes. They are called [[VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} Rash, Zitz and Pimple]].
* 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.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** In Budd's quest chain in Vashj'ir, he finds a cursed treasure that turns him into a skeleton a la ''Curse of the Black Pearl''.
** One of the quests out of Fort Wrynn in Talador is "Why is the Brew Gone"?
* 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".
* 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 and Mechanized Lumber Extractor mounts seem 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]].
* Gorgrond is also home to a rare botani (humanoid plant creature) named Bashiok. His dialogue consists entirely of the phrase [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy "I am Bashiok"]], and when you loot him, you can get an item that spawns a dancing treant.
* The Viscous Fallout boss in Gnomeregan drops a dagger called the [[Film/TheToxicAvenger Toxic]] [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Revenger]].
* A pandaren, Zach Chow, has a pet tiger named [[Manga/KOn Azunyan]].
* A random add in the Tanaan Jungle introduction's Blackrock Foundry, the Blackrock Slaghauler, is simply a shirtless orc hauling molten slag. When you fight him, he aggroes with "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Hot stuff, coming through!]]"
* The Monk class is basically one giant Shout Out to ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', boasting a HurricaneKick, a [[KamehameHadouken hand-thrown]] [[KiManipulation energy ball]], a [[BreathWeapon flaming breath attack]], a somersault kick that trails a bright slash of orange energy, and a Psycho Crusher. Even their version of the signature move [[DoppelgangerAttack Storm, Earth & Fire]] from ''Warcraft III'' gets reworked to function more like Yun & Yang's Super Art from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' and ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV IV]]''.
** And if that wasn't enough, the Windwalker Monk specialization also has an [[RapidFireFisticuffs extremely fast punch attack]], while all specs used to have access to an [[OneHitKill instant-kill move]] when their opponent's life was low, which involved hitting a {{pressure point}} on the target. Sound familiar? If not, [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar you're probably already dead]].
* An NPC on the Wandering Isle named [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Jojo Ironbrow]] constantly asks you to provide him with hard objects he can test his strength on by smashing them with a single headbutt. In the final quest, you encounter an object that all but gives him a concussion when he attempts to break it with his head. Said object happens to be a solid jade [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure stand]].
* Several mounts have them in the flavor text:
** The flying carpets have lines from "[[Disney/{{Aladdin}} A Whole New World]]" on their icons.
** The Red Drake has the quote, "[[Film/{{Dragonheart}} You should never listen to minstrels' fancies. A dragon would never hurt a soul, unless they tried to hurt him first]]."
** The Blue Drake: "[[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Always speak politely to an enraged dragon.]]"
** Black Drake: (paraphrased) "[[Literature/TheHobbit It never pays to leave a live dragon out of the equation]]."
** Bone-White Primal Raptor: "[[Film/JurassicPark They are lethal at eight months, very lethal]]."
** Smoky Direwolf: "[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Believed to reside mostly in the north. Hates weddings.]]"
** Winged Steed of the Ebon Blade: "[[Film/Robocop1987 Dead or alive, you're coming with me]]."
** [[ShoutOutToShakespeare Blue Drake]]: "[[Theatre/KingLear Come not between the dragon and his wrath.]]"
** Twilight Drake: "[[Film/{{Gremlins}} Never feed him after midnight.]]"
* The Blackrock Foundry raid features a boss encounter of twin brothers named [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Hans'gar and Franzok]]
** It's not just their names either. They quote Hans and Franz several times during the fight. When you first aggro them, they inform you that they are going to "pump you up".
* One of the elite mobs in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms is Cracklefang, [[VideoGame/DarkSouls a giant wolf that fights holding a sword in its mouth.]]
** There's another reference to that in the form of a garrison follower you can recruit named Soulare of Andorhal, a paladin who says things like [[MemeticMutation "Praise the Light!"]] He even gives you a bonfire with a sword sticking out of it for your toy collection if you use a /tired emote on him.
* At Telredor in Zangarmarsh there's a gnome engineer named [[Series/{{Firefly}} K. Lee Smallfry]]. You can give her an engine part you found.
* In the Forge of Souls instance in Icecrown, the first boss is [[Music/JamesBrown Bronjahm, Godfather of Souls]]. He even has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3jSY5fIeDA his own unique boss theme]].
* Basically everything related to the EldritchAbomination Old Gods is a ShoutOut to the works of Creator/HPLovecraft. The two gods you fight as bosses even have very similar names (C'thun = Cthulhu, Yogg-Saron = Yog-Sothoth).
* On Draenor is a large tiger named [[Literature/TheJungleBook Sher'khaan]]. The quest to kill him is "Sher'[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan KHAAAAAAANNNN]]"!
* In Stormshield, one of the vendors there asks, "[[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Commander! Would you endorse my shop]]?"
* When you get to be able to build submarines, one of the possible names is ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Sea Nine]]''.
* One of the Battle Pets trainers uses a floating skull named Mort, a possible reference to [[VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment Morte]], who is also a floating skull.
* Getting Exalted with the Order of the Cloud Serpents faction allows players with Jewelcrafting to create five different mounts. Each one is a brightly-colored artificial feline. One is black. The others are red, green, blue, and yellow. Sadly, they do not combine to form [[Anime/{{Voltron}} a larger mount]].
* [[http://beta.wowdb.com/items/137047-heathcliffs-immortality Heathcliff's Immortality]]: [[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline "Heathcliff, known as the Immortal Object, was said to be immune to any grave injury. Some questioned whether the blood knight's fortitude transcended the natural laws of the world."]]
* A Rogue legendary in ''Legion'' is some bracers called the [[Manga/HunterXHunter Zoldyck Family Training Shackles]].
* The head lumberjack in the Alliance garrison lumberyard is [[Music/JustinTimberlake Justin Timberlord]].
* The final phase of Mimiron's fight is the [[Anime/{{Voltron}} V-07-TR-0N]].
* Lady Deathwhisper in Icecrown Citadel drops a bow called [[Film/{{Superman}} Zod's Repeating Bow]]. The flavor text reads, "[[KneelBeforeZod Kneel before him]]."
* Another Icecrown drop is [[Literature/RowanOfRin Rowan's Rifle of Silver Bullets]], "For when herding just won't do."
* One Draenor quest sends you after a giant named An'dure the Awakened. The quest is "[[Wrestling/AndreTheGiant An'dure the Giant]]".
* While Reshad and Percy are rummaging through Syth's scrolls, they find one called "[[Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey Fifty Layers of Shadow]]", which Reshad calls erotic sorcery-fiction.
* In ''Legion'', part of the questline in Stormhiem has you doing quests in Thorim's Peak for a group of dragons. All of the quests you do for them are named after [[Music/DragonForce DragonForce]] songs (For the curious, the ones in question are Wings of Liberty, Heart of a Dragon, Fury of the Storm, Where Dragons Rule, and Cry Thunder!)
* Another quest in the Stormhiem area sees you having to rebuild a destroyed living statue in order to progress. The quest comes from the statue's head, and you need to find its right arm, right leg, left arm, and left leg. [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh Whether or not the reference is intentional]], it feels less like you're restoring a statue, and more like you're trying to summon [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Exodia_the_Forbidden_One Exodia the Forbidden One]].
* Bilgerudder, a giant in Azsuna who uses [=NPCs=] as Franchise/{{Pokemon}}, sometimes says "[[Film/GlengarryGlenRoss A-B-W. A-Always, B-Be]], W-Winning. Always be winning, ALWAYS BE WINNING!
* The name of the Shadow Priest's artifact weapon, Xal'atath, sounds very much like [[VideoGame/EternalDarkness Xel'lotath]].
* In Bloodthorn Cave on Dreanor there's a pale orc named [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gorum]]. He drops a ring called the Precious Bloodthorn Loop.
* In Dalaran is a flower saleswoman named [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Aerith Primrose]]. The new version of Dalaran in ''Legion'' has her accompanied by a bodyguard named Koraud.
* In Highmountain, the Stonedark drogbar have a snail race, from which you can win [[WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}} a snail named Zoom]].
* Several jokes, flirts and dance each race has often include shout outs of some sort.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sb94BZtz3A Here is a comparative video showing the origins of most of the dances in game]].
** An undead male joke asks for some odorant. [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Wet Dog, Smelly Garbage, or Low Tide]].
** The dance for female goblins comes from the music video for the Music/{{Beyonce}} song "Single Ladies". One of their flirt lines also references the song.
-->'''Female Goblin''': If you liked it you should have put a larger, more elaborate ring on it.
** Male Night Elf Demon Hunters have a joke saying that [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} "Ten years will give you such a crick in the neck."]]
** Female Blood Elf Demon Hunters joke that [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie they only wear black. And very very dark grey.]]
** The human male has a great idea for a movie split into three parts, [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings "The Brotherhood of the Bracelet", "A Couple of Towers", and the grand finale, "Hey, the King's Back!"]]
* There are three [=NPCs=] in the inn at Bradensbrook in Val'sharah - [[WebVideo/JonTron Jon Jafari]], [[WebVideo/GameGrumps Arin Hanson, and Ross O'Donovan]].