The conversation between Matt and CID if you have them as companions. Turns out that spoiler: Matt managed to salvage data from an internet satellite that wasn't destroyed. The data was 1.4 terabytes of naked photos of Kinzie. Oh, and she knows about it now.
Tanya Winters compliments Kinzie on her "sexy librarian" look and asks if she'd like to join a brothel she's opening up in Steelport. Kinzie says "Teacup".
Pierce asks Asha if she's tried Saints' Flow. Asha then describes a mission where she was caught and placed in a pit 6 feet deep, with nothing to consume but her own urine and the insects buzzing about her. Pierce is understandably baffled, until Asha explains that she'd rather live all that again than taste his drink a second time.
Cyrus Temple heaps praise on Benjamin King's book, saying it inspired the formation of STAG. King is...less than flattered.
Asha compliments Keith David's work, and asks for his history. Keith then explains his beginnings as an actor, but it turns out Asha had no idea he acted. She just loved the way he handled a gun.
Keith and Tanya have a chat about plans going wrong, when:
Keith David: Wait, didn't you die a few years ago?
Tanya Winters: Gawd, don't remind me.
Keith and Maero talk about the Boss, and what he thinks of his victims. Turns out, the Boss has talked about everyone else except Maero. Even Donnie Wong got a mention before he did.
Asha talks to Cyrus Temple about how STAG used MI6 technology. Cyrus denies this, saying that he was assured by his higher-ups, but Asha points out the current state of affairs. He isn't very happy about it.
Veteran Child makes fun of Rowdy Roddy Piper for wearing a kilt. Piper's response is priceless:
Rowdy Roddy Piper: You wanna know what I wear under this kilt? Your girlfriend's lipstick!
Rowdy Roddy Piper ribbing Keith David about his simulation.
Rowdy Roddy Piper: So...I guess that would mean making a movie with me was your worst nightmare, huh?
Asha: You tell anyone about that, CID, and I will rip every last resistor off your circuit board WITH. MY. TEETH.
Veteran Child thinks that he and Matt have some common ground as former enemies of the Saints brought back to life as homies. When Matt tells him that he's already reformed, joined MI6, and has been working with the Saints, the former is a bit disappointed.
"The Saints beat you? And let you leave? They let you LIVE? What the hel- this is bullshit, man."
Current!Shaundi and Veteran Child don't exactly get along:
Veteran Child: Shaundi, I was stoned. Besides, the Feed Dogs are terrible. I can't believe you ever liked ...
Shaundi: IT WAS A LIMITED EDITION!!! We... We're not talking anymore.
Gets better when you realize that with Boss permanently crippling and later killing the lead singer of the Feed Dogs, the record might have really been worth a lot for collectors. So Shaundi looks back at it with a serious "What Could Have Been" feeling.
CID attempting to get Kinzie to date him:
CID: Are you sure you do not want to go out with me sometime, Kinzie?
Kinzie: Yeah, I'm sure.
CID: It is just that I have been alone for so very long and you and I have so much in common.
Kinzie: CID, I've been doing this hacking thing for a long time, I can smell bullshit even through a monotone computery voice like your's.
The Boss' reaction to finding this out as well. Their voice just sells it, like they plan on hurting Matt when they exit the simulation and aren't afraid to admit it and the following conversation with Matt trying to justify putting the Boss into his fanfic.
The Boss: Matt... is this NyteBlade fanfiction!? Matt Miller: Well, with the world gone, it's up to the fans to keep his legacy alive! It has a rich mythology and, like any good series, it's as much a part of the creators' love as it is the fans'! The Boss: I actually sympathize with you. Matt Miller: You do? The Boss: Oh no, I don't; I just want this conversation to end and I'm just acting like it.
Another fun bit is that The Boss seems to start enjoying Nyteblade lore by the end of the simulation.
Male Voice 3: Pure poetry.
When you and Kinzie try to hack a CID, the download starts and you hear this:
Special mention has to go to the Male Voice 2 and Nolan North's reaction. The former gives a Cluster F-Bomb all throughout Zinyak' rendition while the latter screams "IT'S NOT AN OPERA!"
Male Voice 2: Aw hell naw! Hell naw! Naw man, fuck that motherfucker! YOU DON'T DO THAT SHIT! YOU DON'T FUCKING DO THAT SHIT! THAT MOTHERFUCKING BITCH, HE BETTER SHUT THE FUCK UP! beat Zinyak stepped on Biz Markie!"
One of the taunts references the bullet-dodging rooftop scene from The Matrix, and most character voices simply say, "Whooooaaaaa..." in a snarky impersonation of a low voice pitch. Male Voice 3, meanwhile, says, "Dodging your bullshit!"
Perhaps the mere fact that CID, a floating sphere of a robot, can dance better' than both Matt and Johnny Gat?
Not to mention Keith David doing the robot, and Zinyak coming in to do the worm at the very end.
Introducing Johnny Gat to Professor Genki.
Boss:Gat, you're about to meet your spirit animal.
Insurance Fraud has always been a source of comedy, but with super powers? It's a lot better when your character is tumbling all ragdoll-like down the street.
The Boss dancing on stage to "Simply Irresistible" is the most hilarious thing ever. Especially if you are playing as female voice 1, who has always said she enjoyed dancing. What really sells it are the facial expressions of pure, unadulterated glee and pep.
Also Boss having to follow and talk sense into them around while they aimlessly run and jump through the virtual world, like an adult having to track down two kids on a sugar rush. Also since most players will be experienced with the super sprint, jump and glide at this point, they will most likely be far more gracefull at it than the two.
The ending of the first mission "Zero Saints Thirty". Once the Boss jumps onto the missile, it becomes hilariously over-the-top, with Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" plays in the background and the crew giving their final words as the Boss climbs the missile... mostly. Matt says that he wouldn't have tried to kill the Boss if he knew they would save the world, and Asha, having just met the Boss, can only say that they seemed nice. It doesn't stop there — the Boss manages to disable the warhead and make the missile explode harmlessly in mid-air, and gives a thumbs-up as they fall. And then, they fall into the Oval Office of the White House, right into the President's seat, where they kick their feet up and lean back. And then, the mission lists the rewards - the adoration of America, the Presidency, Benjamin motherfuckin' King, and Vice President Keith David!
During Asha's loyalty mission, Zinyak screws with the training simulation, dumping a large present that opens to reveal Professor Genki. The Boss quips, completely deadpan:
In the final mission, as the Boss skydives into Zinyak's throne room with a suit of Powered Armor and Stan Bush's "The Touch" plays in the background, your mission objective simply reads "Be A Badass".
During one of the missions before you save Gat, a bunch of enemies from various simulations start flooding yours. You have three Bosses to fight in this battle all of which are the default characters and the co-op player from the first two Saints Row games. What should be noted is Boss' reaction to all of this going down.
'''Boss: Ah, the default players...
Some of the lines of the dying guards in Asha's simulation.
Zinyak: To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
Female Voice 1 Thanks for sharing your high school poetry.
Female Voice 2 Sorry, I don't really follow American hip hop.
Female Voice 2 Sorry, I don't really follow Scottish hip hop.
At one point in "Ghost in the Machine", Kinzie tells the Boss to defend a location while she uploads some data. When the Boss asks her how long it will take, she replies with "55 minutes". The kicker is that a timer counting down from 55:00 appears like it's an actual objective, while the Boss mentions that they "usually take three to five minutes, tops". While the time decreases to a more reasonable amount later on, it's pretty funny that the game takes the joke that far.
As a Take That to a certain competing open-world crime game, Volition has released a Johnny Gat-themed DLC on the same day as the latest entry in said competitor's series. Not only is the title of the DLC only one letter switch away from being the title of the competitor's game, but Volition made the DLC free on Steam for one day just to drive home how the dueling game has not been released on PC as of October 2013 (despite all of its predecessors being present on that platform), bought the Twitter hashtag #GATV and got it trending to further troll the other series! The icing on the cake came when CNN tweeted about the competitor's release and accidentally used Volition's hashtag, thereby getting a little more free publicity. Bravo, Volition!
The DLC is done documentary-style, and has all the characters poking fun at themselves and the plot.
Zinyak was to be a Zero-Effort Boss, getting killed very early in the game via a single gunshot followed by a short quick time event. Zinyak, who is commenting on the scene, is less than thrilled about his original demise and is clearly humiliated at getting taken down so easily. He then pretty much Rage Quits the commentary.
Zinyak: This was meant to be my shining moment! I mean, will you LOOK at that health bar! (a single bullet drains it to nothing) Just... just... just insulting! Agh! And now they want to draw it out with these ridiculous button prompts! (The Boss pulls out a gun for the Coup de Grāce) Yes, yes, yes, look at you, with your enormous weapon. OOOOH!
The ultra low-budget "animatic" for the "escape from Paul" sequence at the end of "Pop His Top", which is basically a couple of guys from Volition playing around with models.
The ending of the final mission: The Saints escape the simulation on the backs of talking velociraptors, one of whom even sings "the song of my people": "Walk the Dinosaur" by Was (Not Was). And the ending cut-scene that follows, with an entire Raptor civilization bestowing gifts on the Saints.
Zimos makes a surprise appearance in the Dominatrix's BDSM club, and winds up in a pony cart again, officially making it a "Running" Gag.