* ActorAllusion: When Angel gets his mask back, he starts doing HulkHogan's signature taunt.
* EnforcedMethodActing: Director Zhen uses live ammunition and real actors inside the planes instead of drones just to get cinéma vérité. He's not filming people pretending to kill you, he's filming people actually trying to kill you.
* FakeRussian: Oleg Kirrlov. There are Russian last names such as "Krylov" or "Kirillov", but not Kirrlov.
** It's probably misspelt.
* HeyItsThatVoice: [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Lust]] (or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Serah]]) and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Snow]] are two of voices of the female and male Boss, respectively, they both say the F-Word a lot too.
*** The female boss is [[VideoGame/{{NieR}} no stranger to being foul-mouthed. She just needs a revealing outfit to go with it.]]
*** Robin Atkin Dowes once again voices [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim a British-accented kingpin of crime]] should the player use the British Boss voice.
*** There's a pretty ridiculous amount of overlap between the various boss voices and VideoGame/{{Persona}} characters as well.
** Professor Genki is [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Simon]].
*** [[Anime/CodeGeass Suzaku Kururugi]] has become a Britania....er British Cyber Gang Leader. He also voices Jerk movie director, Andy Zhen.
** Angel Dela Muerte is HulkHogan.
*** Likewise Bobby, one of the announcers of Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax, is [[RobVanDam The Whole F'n Show]].
** Recognize Viola [=DeWynter's=] voice? You probably watch a lot of porn, then... because she's Sasha Grey.
** At one point, the Boss will call Nyte Blade a shitty vampire show. [[Creator/ElizaDushku Maybe Boss and Shaundi prefer Buffy and Angel?]] [[HeyItsThatVoice Or]] maybe VideoGame/BloodRayne.
** Speaking of Vampires, here's a rare HeyItsThatGuy from a video game - The Morning Star specialist bears a striking resemblance to [[VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines Maxmillian Strauss.]]
** A possible protagonist voice is done by TroyBaker. This time, he isn't [[{{Catherine}} scaling giant towers made of blocks in nightmares that threaten to kill him.]]
** The British Boss voice? That would be RobinAtkinDownes.
** The Zombie voice is by none other than Steve Blum.
* TheOtherDarrin: Quite a few voice actors.
** Charles Shaugnessy, who played the Cockney-voiced Boss in VideoGame/SaintsRow2 (Male Voice 3), is replaced by Robin Atkin Downes.
** Female Voice 1 went from Katie Semine to Creator/LauraBailey.
** Eliza Dushku, who played Shaundi, is replaced by Danielle Nicolet.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Several examples:
** There was going to be a SpinOff game called ''Saints Row: Money Shot''/''Saints Row: Drive-By'', which would have been about an Ultor assassin named Cypher, which would have taken place between ''Saints Row 2'' and ''The Third'', and would have bridged a few gaps like [[spoiler:closure for Dex, with Cypher assassinating him]]. The game was never made, and ''Money Shot'' was instead released as a standalone clothing and weapons pack (getting ''Money Shot'' would have allowed you to unlock the outfits).
** Originally, you were going to unlock the Syndicate tower as a crib if you chose to spare it, and it's still presented as one. Also, the storyline changed many times during development, leading to many elements being dropped. Shaundi was originally going to get a big piece of CharacterDevelopment and deal with survivor's guilt instead of going all AxCrazy, and Gat was [[spoiler: going to be revealed as alive and well, and in need of rescue.]]
*** That second plot appears in Saints Row IV.
** Averted with the Fart in a Jar which was originally cut. After revealing that it was one of those ideas that had been cut there was outcry that it should be Included. Volition listened and it was added to the game.
** Originally, the gang specialists were going to be included as Homies. There is a TON of recorded dialogue for each of the gang specialists, especially Kirsten, the Decker's cyber-skating Shock Hammer wielding specialist.
** Killbane was originally going to use a dirty bomb to destroy Stilwater, giving the player extra incentive to kill him. This was dropped alongside Shaundi's survivor's guilt story arc for being "too dark".
** [[spoiler: The Kill Killbane ending was supposed to be the original Canonical Ending for the game. The Expansion Pack, "Enter The Dominatrix" would've continued the storyline based on the idea that The Boss let Shaundi and Viola die in order to kill Killbane.]]
*** Despite the presumed implication of the ending, Enter the Dominatrix was to have [[spoiler:Shaundi alive even though the bomb went off]], and the internal names of some audio logs indicate they were originally meant for [[spoiler:Viola, even though she too was supposed to be dead]].
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*** Trailers and advertisements for the game showed Philippe Loren as a much younger man and painted him up to be the final boss of the game as well as the mastermind behind the entire syndicate. In the actual game he is an old man who [[spoiler: while fairly badass in the short time he appears in, gets killed off early in the game and replaced with Killbane. He doesn't even get a proper boss battle.]]
*** Originally, Viola and Kiki were supposed to be Japanese twins named Natsuko and Yukako (nicknamed Suki and Yuki) who ran an all-female gang made up of heavily armed former prostitutes to counter the original all-male Morning Star with Philipe and his well-dressed henchmen. However, midway through development the plan was scrapped, both gangs fused together to streamline the story, and Viola and Kiki were made Caucasian to avoid the whole "badass Asian chicks that are subservient to an older man" stereotype. This explains why Morning Star has the most variations of grunts (8), why it is the only gang with male and female grunts and the extremely stripperiffic outfits of the females.

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