Shout Out: Conker's Bad Fur Day
Conkers Bad Fur Day, maybe as part of its nature as the game equivalent to South Park, contains a lot of pop culture references. This page only exists for a reason: listing them, which may well be as hard as the game itself.
The references are as follows (please list them in chapter order):General
- It wouldn't be a game by Rare unless there were shout outs to some of their other game franchises; during the main menu Banjo's head can be seen mounted on the wall over the fireplace in the bar, and Kazooie's head can be seen on the handle of an umbrella in the closet where the chapter select is.
- Also, like the main page says, one idle animation has Conker pull out a Game Boy Color and play Killer Instinct on it (though Live & Reloaded replaced it with a made-up XBOX handheld that slightly resembles a GBA SP).
- The Live & Reloaded version added a shout out to Grabbed by the Ghoulies in the menu: you can see Cooper vomiting in a toilet in the save file 3 select section. Also Live & Reloaded has a few shout outs to its N64 counterpart. During the Hangover Chapter if you look around closely you can find Conker's old N64 War chapter helmet (since he gets an entirely new war costume and helmet in that chapter in Live & Reloaded), And in Windy in Live & Reloaded you can see a tree that shows its time rings that counts how many years it's been between the N64 version of the game and the XBOX remake.
- The death loophole for red squirrels (only) is a reference to the problem the UK (where Rare is based) had with native red squirrels being driven to extinction by transplanted American gray squirrels.
- The opening to the game is a reference to the opening of A Clockwork Orange, with Conker narrating, holding milk in his hand, and with the same music from said scene (though Live & Reloaded replaced the milk glass with a goblet making the reference to the scene a little odd).
- The sign next to Birdie reads "Feck off crows!".
- Conker's Helicoptery-Tail move is a reference to Tails and his ability to fly using his two Tails.
- The Professor is of course a Captain Ersatz of Doctor Strangelove. As pointed out by the Conker Wiki, He shares several similarities with Davros from Doctor Who:
- Both characters lost their legs in a war, and now rely on technologically advanced hoverchairs
- Both are conniving, devious mad scientists.
- Both have a cybernetic eye.
- Both Kriplespac and Davros have a mechanical hand, although in the latter's case it is also his only remaining hand.
- Both are best known for creating a race of homicidal, Nazi-like cyborg killers; Kriplespac invented the Tediz, while Davros created the genocidal armoured mutants known as the Daleks.
- When offering Conker the manual to use the slingshot, Birdy first asks for some 'Mepsi pax' (Pepsi Max). He also says that Conker's will "love manual long time".
- Conker's conversation with Mister Barrel at the windmill about "wanting to go for a ride" is based on an exchange between Frank and Jeffrey from Blue Velvet.
- The Haybot boss in the Barn Boys chapter is a parody of the Terminator.
- Jack the metal box speaks in a manner similar to Foghorn Leghorn of Looney Tunes fame.
- The Bulldog Shark parodies the shark from Jaws, and the scene where the Catfish are killed and Conker runs up a pier to escape from the Bulldog are taken right from the movie.
- When Conker first throws sentient sweet corn to the Great Mighty Poo it mirrors a scene from Jaws.
- During The Great Mighty Poo's song, a back and forth between Conker and the Great Mighty Poo ("My butt!" "Your butt?") is a nod to the Bugs Bunny short Whats Opera Doc, where Bugs and Elmer have a similar exchange mid-song about his "spear and magic helmet".
- When the Great Mighty Poo gets flushed away he paraphrases the Wicked Witch of the West when she melts.
I'm flushing! I'm flushing! What a world! What a world! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little squirrel like you could destroy my beautiful clagginess?
- The giant dinosaur head in the caveman's shrine is a parody of the Dodongo Cavern level in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. To enter the dinosaur head in Zelda you have to place bombs on the dinosaurs eyes, which lights them up and opens the dinosaur's mouth. In Conker you have to place pepper in each of the dinosaur's nostrils instead, which will cause it to sneeze and open its mouth.
- The password for admittance into the rock-men's club is "Fellatio — err, "Fidelio". The creators do seem to love their Kubrick.
- Don Weaso beating Paulie to death with a Baseball Bat mirrors that famous scene from The Untouchables.
- A Star Wars reference is that one of the bosses is named Buga the Knut, which is a spoofed name of the character Jabba the Hut.
- Two Uga Buggas tried and ultimately failed to outrun a rolling boulder unlike Indiana Jones.
- Greg the Grim Reaper seems to be the polar opposite of Discworld's Death. Whereas the latter is portrayed as a deep-voiced, tall and imposing figure with a fondness of cats, Greg's a squeaky-voiced midget that hates those bloody critters with an undying bloody passion (but hates The Undead even more).
- In the Updated Re-release, "Live and Reloaded", the Spooky chapter came with a Van Helsing costume for Conker.
- Count Batula's appearance is modeled on Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula as played by Gary Oldman (though not the rejuvenated one), though he lifts lines from Bela Lugosi's portrayal.
"I never drink...wine.""Listen to them. The children of the night...what music they make"
- The Zombies episode of this chapter as a whole is a homage to the first Resident Evil: Conker's trapped inside a mansion overrun by zombies and needs 3 keys to unlock the exit. To really give the Survival Horror feeling, the shotgun controls are rather clunky and unwielding so it's preferable just to run away from The Undead and there are only 3 floating chocolates that can only be obtainted halfway throught the episode so you must be careful to not get hurt.
- Count Batula's portrait in the mansion foyer is modeled after Vigo the Carpatian's portrait from Ghostbusters II.
- In Live and Reloaded, the area where you find Greg is changed to a town featuring a place called The Slaughtered Lamb.
- Before knocking him out, Sarge distracts Conker by yelling "what the hell's that?"
- The boat scene during the War chapter where the Squirrel Soldiers are being slaughtered on the beach by the Tediz, almost mirrors the D-Day scene from Saving Private Ryan. Also, one of the scenes in the chapter select spoofs Saving Private Ryan's title as the scene is called Saving Private Rodent
- Conker at one point early in the War chapter says "Tediz? I hate these guys!"
- The Little girl experiment boss; when she reveals her true form her eyes change green and she turns her head 180 degrees. To drive the point home she says the following:
Do you know what your fucking daughter did?
- In the Casualty Department, Conker finds two surgeon tediz having a "philosophical" conversation about the nature of the game ("What if you were to give this game to - say - twenty intelligent people? I mean, what would that do? Let's face it, what would that do?" "Really, that's interesting") until they notice the red squirrel and decide to "get into character", i.e growling incoherently and trying to stab him to death with flying scalpels.
- In Live and Reloaded, after killing all the surgeon Tediz in the casualty departmen, the lead surgeon Tediz bursts outta a green test tube with Kill Bill's Ironside Siren playing as a warning.
- The beginning of the final chapter (Heist) is called Enter The Vertex. If the title isn't obvious enough, the first scene will drive the point home.
- When Conker and Berri first meet the Panther King the shutters behind him open much like the ones that do in a scene from The Empire Strikes Back.
- The final boss is a reference to Alien; in fact Conker repeats the "Get away from her you bitch!" line from Aliens. It's also fought in a similar way to the Bowser boss fights in Super Mario 64, where you have to pick the Alien up by the Tail and spin them around, then let go to try and throw him out the airlock.
- After the final confrontation, Conker exchanges a chainsaw for a katana to deliver the final blow to the Final Boss.