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Ace Combat: The Equestrian War
Ace Combat related
- The Burning Talon is a combination of Excalibur from Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War and Stonehenge from Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
- Mobius to Mobius 1, the player character from Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies. He even uses the same callsign. There are also Talisman and Shamrock, the two leading protagonists of Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation. Finally, Sky Eye. The two latter characters even mention (though it is not explicitly stated) the respective wars they took part in: The Usean Continental War and Operation "Katina" (Mobius and Sky Eye) and the Anean Continental War (Shamrock and Talisman).
- Also, the EAF logo is modeled after the ISAF logo.
- At the end of chapter 9, the ponies sing "Gotta Stay Fly" from Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, though with slightly altered lyrics.
- The Gult squadron ("Yellow"). For that matter, majority of squadrons names are derived from different Ace Combat games.
- The Sorcerer squadron on pony side.
- Likewise, most chapters have their titles derived from various mission names or musical themes in different Ace Combat games. Examples include First Flight, Shattered Skies, Flicker of Hope and The Liberation of Grace... er, Canterlot.
- Night Raven is named after a superplane from Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere.
- This line from Rainbow Dash at the end of chapter 8:
Rainbow Dash: (to Fluttershy) Donít worry about me. Weíll return... and weíll take back our shattered skies.
- In chapter 15, there is a flashback moment taken directly from Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, only that Shamrock tells Talisman about his dead little sister rather than wife and daughter, like it was done in the original.
- Chapter 18 has Lightning Bolt reading a book about four pegasi ponies who fought in a conflict together and disappeared after said conflict ended. The book's title? The Unsung War.
- Red Cyclone's Fortress Intimidation is basically a homage to most major superweapons from Ace Combat series. It's located in The Valley of Kings, named after Fortress Intolerance (which Medley lampshades), has three power generators, similarly to Megalith, anti-air defense of Chandelier and finally, its tunnel is based on the one from Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War. Oh, and the burst missiles are launched from there, too.
- Chapter 19 is full of references in dialogs.
Gale: To all units. This is probably our final sortie. Unlike you, fighting on the frontlines, I sit behind the monitor and observe the battle. Iím in no position to ask you anything, but please allow me this one request. End this war and return to Equestria. That is all.
- Gale says almost the same thing that Crux does at the beginning of mission "End of Deception", just replace Aurellia with Equestria:
Black Star: Everyone fights for what they believe in. For me, there is only one thing left worth fighting for in this world. And that is the future. Only by fighting you I can let my sins take reign.
- Black Star says a couple of lines that may immediately bring up an image of Ilya Pasternak:
Red Cyclone: Youíre going to fly straight into your deaths!
- Red Cyclone reflects Allen C. Hamilton with this quote:
- Chapter 20 has Gilda acting similarly to "Solo Wing" Pixy, right down to using several of his quotes.
- The Anthem of Harmony sang in the epilogue is based on "The Unsung War" from Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
- Some of the griffin names may sound familiar: Greyback, Jet, Slip.
- Zeakros is named after Forest of Zeakros, a location in Amiga game Shadow of the Beast 3.
- Lightning Bolt's Shining Spark is based on one of Shin Getter Robo's special attacks.
- The group's first Big Damn Heroes moment is reminiscent of the Trope Namer scene from Firefly:
Firefly: Seems like we've arrived in the nick of time. What does that make us, Thunder?
Lightning Bolt: Big Mane Heroines, Flash!
- In chapter 9, Firefly says that there is more than meets the eye about Rainbow Dash.
- When Rainbow Dash comforts Fluttershy in chapter 10, she briefly paraphrases Solid Snake.
Rainbow Dash: You may not believe me, but I understand how you feel. Every pony feels horrible when they do something awful for the first time, especially if they kill someone. Unfortunately, killing is one of those things that become easier to bear the more you do it. During the war, all of ponykindís worst instincts may surface. Itís important to not let them take you over.
- In chapter 13, Pinkie Pie says: "You know what they say, the more the merrier!"
- In chapter 19, Black Star, while fighting Firefly, quotes Sephiroth:
Black Star: If itís despair you seek... then I shall provide.
Firefly: I know that Iím not alone! Thatís why I can fight by myself!
- Earlier, Firefly quotes Squall:
- The epilogue also does a number of shoutouts:
Cloud Kicker: Hey, Fluttershy... are you all right?Fluttershy: Yes, Iím fine... but itís a terrible day for a rain.Cloud Kicker: Itís not raining...Fluttershy: It is... *reveals a crying face*
- When the ponies stand over Blueberry's grave, Fluttershy and Cloud Kicker have an exchange similar to the one between Colonel Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye.
- The moment where Firefly speaks with the spirits of her parents is reminscent of a certain scene from The Lion King.
Ace Combat: Wings of Unity
Ace Combat related
- Aurora's name is most likely a reference to another superplane from Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere.
- One of the Exile ships is a submarine, capable of firing both burst and cruise missiles. Its name is Scinfaxi.
- When Aurora's allies are revealed, they turn out to be the dragons - pretty much the stories' equivalent of airborne fortresses. Their leader is called Aigaion and the other Drake Generals are named after different airobrne fortresses or warships from the series.
- The EAF wants to fortify Canterlot with a laser turret network called "The Atmos Ring".
- Chapter 8 makes a huge shout out to Ace Combat Infinity with how Spitfire tells Rainbow Dash about the Ulyssess Disaster and its outcome. In addition, the anti-air railgun networks she mentioned are clear references to Chandelier and Megalith.
- Chapter 9 continues it with Gale announcing Operation Eternal Liberation as the joint campaign to drive Exiles away from Equestria.
- Chapter 10a introduces another EAF operator called Heavy Cloud.
- In chapter 10b, the commander of the Stalliongrad Defense Corps uses the codename "Big Bear". Unlike Ivan Stagleishov, he is all good. Furthermore, two pegasi squadrons that he shares with EAF for the battle for Fillydelphia are called Osa (Wasp) and Sova (Owl).
- Lightning Dust's squadron is called "Viper", which may reffer to either a squadron that appeared in the final mission of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon or the character from Ace Combat Infinity.
- Chapter 11b is essentially a ponified combination of "Front Line" from Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War and "Hostile Fleet" from Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, with Princess Celestia playing the role of the Arkbird.
- Chapter 12 introduces us to four, crimson-red, enchanced combat suits for the Reapers which use a special combat program, codenamed "Zeal". This is most likely a reference to Z.O.E. from Ace Combat 2 and its remake, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy .
- Deathwing's name is derived from a certain dragon.
- Same goes for Shockwave, who seems to be a whole character reference to a certain Decepticon.
- Pinkie Pie compares Aurora to GLaDOS in chapter 2.
Pinkie Pie: Good thing sheís not a mechanical alicorn from another world who wants to conquer Equestria and exterminate all ponies or use them for some wacky experiments in the name of science.
- When Firebolt shoves Spitfire out of the way and is blasted by Aigaion's flame instead, the dragon growls:
Aigaion: Bah! Such heroic nonsense...
- The earth pony leading the Canterlot unit from chapter 8, Night Watch, is most likely a reference to Game of Thrones.
- Probably unintentional, but when Rainbow Dash says a certain line to Lightning Dust in chapter 13, one can't help, but think about Undertale.
Rainbow Dash: (to Lightning Dust) You really ARE an idiot.