Shout Out: Dino Attack RPG
Being rather Reference Overdosed, Dino Attack RPG has most of its Shout Outs listed here instead of on the main tropes page.
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- Adventurers' Island is a major location that members can travel to. It is also the location of the Dino Attack RPG's final Story Arc.
- Sam Sinister was a major villain of Dino Attack RPG. He later allied with the Dino Attack Team. His accomplice Mr. Cunningham also appears as a dinosaur hunter employed by XERRD but still taking orders from Sinister. Through extension of Sinister's alliance with Dino Attack Team, Emperor Chang Wu is also allied with the team, and sent a fleet of his ships to aid the Dino Attack Team during the final battle.
- Johnny Thunder has made numerous cameos throughout the RPG. However, most of these are Retconned into appearances by Dr. Kilroy or Josh Thunder. The reasoning behind this retcon is that LEGO Universe revealed that Johnny Thunder would be in Nimbus Station during the time of the Dino Attack.
- Johnny Thunder's journal from the Minifig Handbook was found by several Dino Attack agents in an Adventurers Outpost.
- Dust is a direct descendant of Pharaoh Hotep III and believes that the Maelstrom Temple was built by the ancient ruler of Egypt. The mummy of Pharaoh Hotep III himself also made a humorous cameo appearance in response to a sarcastic comment by Greybeard.
- Señor Palomar allied with XERRD and oversaw operations in the XERRD Fortress on Adventurers' Island. His main ally, Rudo Villano, also appears as a dinosaur hunter for XERRD, temporary servant of the Maelstrom, and now an ally to the Dino Attack Team.
- Sam Sinister mentioned Cleopatra's time machine when talking about how he would be remembered by history. This was a nod to the "Journey to the Lost Temple" stage production in LEGOLAND California.
- The Agents Defense Organization is a major faction and was initially antagonistic toward both the Alpha Team and the Dino Attack Team, claiming they could deal with the threat of Mutant Dinos themselves. In later times, the Agents have worked closed with the Dino Attack Team.
- Dr. Inferno is a major ally of XERRD, and his agents and henchmen, including Spy Clops, have appeared in both the Goo Caverns and LEGO Island assisting XERRD's forces.
- Mayor Frictionfit, the mayor of LEGO City who made his first appearance in the Robot Chronicles, supported Greybeard's efforts to end the Antarctica riots and later delivered a speech at the Lorin Nelson Orchestra concert.
- Seymour Brickstein, a LEGO City reporter who covered the Robot Chronicles, showed up after the final battle to report on the Dino Attack Team's victory.
- Alpha Team is a major faction and ally of Dino Attack Team, having funded the creation of the Dino Attack Team.
- Ogel's Island, Goo Caverns, and Antarctica are three major locations that members can travel to. In addition, they each played major roles in two of the Dino Attack RPG's Story Arcs.
- Evil Ogel was a major villain of the RPG, then later allied with the Dino Attack Team. His Skeleton Drone and Mutant Sea Creature armies have aided the Dino Attack Team from time to time, especially during the Goo Caverns mission and during the Final Battle.
- For a long period of time, Mata Nui and Metru Nui were two major locations that members could travel to. These were later Retconned into Enchanted Island and "a generic semi-futuristic city".
- Zero and Phantom were both turned into Toa. This was later retconned so that Zero and Phantom were wearing prototype suits of armor.
- The codename of Turahk-Kal is derived from Turahk and Bohrok-Kal.
- The codename of Nui is the Matoran word for "great".
- One of the most infamous events of the Dino Attack RPG is when several Dino Attack agents traveled to Metru Nui. There, they teamed up with the Rahaga and fought alongside them in Exo-Force mechs. At last, this is where the line was drawn and BIONICLE was banned from the RPG. This event is often referred to as "BIONICLE meets Exo-Force RPG", as the focus of the RPG was drifting away from Dino Attack and towards BIONICLE and Exo-Force.
- The Goo Sphere is very similar to a Zamor.
- During the Goo Caverns mission, Rex was expressing concern over Evil Ogel's alliance with the Dino Attack Team, and recalled Sam Throramebi telling him about an evil being who had betrayed his own brotherhood and had manipulated his enemies into executing his plan. This is a reference to Makuta Teridax, the main villain of BIONICLE.
- Sam Throramebi also described this evil being as being very similar to Evil Ogel. This is a reference to Greg Farshtey being the writer of both Alpha Team and BIONICLE. According to Farshtey, Teridax was one of his favorite characters to write about in BIONICLE, and Evil Ogel was his favorite LEGO villain outside of BIONICLE.
- The Brickspider Bot v1.0 once calculated over a thousand ways to kill Rex and Amanda, mentioning that most of these methods hurt. This is a reference to one of Makuta Teridax's lines from BIONICLE Adventures #10: Time Trap.
- Andrew, Laxus, and other characters often reference retconned information in the Dino Attack RPG. Numerous times, they would recall some report of a Dino Attack agent going to Mata Nui or another Dino Attack agent who turned into a Toa. These would always be dismissed as a fault of the "anyone can edit" system of the Dino Attack database. The comm chatter is also full of references to these retconned scenes.
- Trying to get the attention of those in the Antarctica Refugee Facilities, Greybeard and Lord Vladek used methods similar to those used by Ackar in the Tesara scene of BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn. Greybeard's insisting that the fighting must stop is a slightly-altered version of Ackar's lines, and Vladek shooting lightning out of his sword is akin to Ackar shooting fire out of his sword.
- When Sauro-Hunter stated that he had "an awesome" plan, Aravis and Spino had a conversation borrowed from the BIONICLE comic "Journey's End Part 1: All That Glitters...".
- Crunchbite was originally named "Kardas" by his and Tex's parents and randomly spews energy from his inner furnace, based off of the Kardas Dragon.
- Before escaping from Enox Phorm's Arena, Aravis managed to smuggle an experimental weapon called a "Korda Blaster" from Phorm's armory, which is a nod to BIONICLE's Cordak Blaster.
- Andrew Jackson shouted "BURN IT ALL, IT MUST BE BURNED!" over the radio, which is a reference to the Bohrok's prime directives "CLEAN IT ALL" and "IT MUST BE CLEANED".
- The Panrahk XP explosive, a rare and powerful Alpha Team weapon and the only confirmed weakness of G.E. metal, is named after Panrahk.
- Castle Cove is a major location that players can travel to, based upon most LEGO Castle themes.
- Rob 'n' Hood from the Dark Forest line and King Leo from the first Knights' Kingdom line appeared to support Greybeard's attempt to stop the Antarctica riots. They were also joined by King Jayko VIII, a descendent of King Jayko.
- Willa the Witch and the Fright Knights of the Fright Knight Castle subtheme have allied with XERRD and helped the Mutant Dinos take over Castle Cove.
- Lord Vladek was a major villain of the RPG, then later allied with the Dino Attack Team. The Rogue Knights of Morcia, who followed Vladek during the last year of Knights' Kingdom, showed up in battleships to aid the Dino Attack Team in the final battle.
- Rex once noted that, following the Dino Attack, prehistoric plants were growing in various parts of LEGO City. This is a reference to the prehistoric jungle setting of Dino 2010.
- Rex, who preferred capturing the Mutant Dinos over killing them, once drew designs for what he called an "Iron Predator v2.0", which would lack a Cryothermic Cannon but possess a large cage for holding Mutant Dinos. This design was inspired by the Dino Track Transport, Dino 2010's version of the Iron Predator.
- Four of the five Dino 2010 vehicles exist as sub-models for the Dino Attack vehicles. Although they have not been seen much in-game, the Dino 4WD Trapper and Dino Air Tracker both appeared during the final battle.
- The Dino Track Transport is a vehicle that was designed by Dr. Rex and used to transport dinosaurs to the Dino Island Laboratory. After a Dino Track Transport was stolen by Dino Attack Team, it has been manufactured as a sub-model for the Iron Predator, like the other Dino 2010 vehicles. The Dino Track Transport, in addition, is the only Dino 2010 vehicle to be prominently featured in-game prior to the final battle.
- The Dino Attack chopper is based upon the motorcycle included in the Dino Air Tracker set.
- Dinosaur Island, from the LEGO Dinosaurs line (not to be confused with Adventurers Dino Island) is a major location that members can travel to, and is home to the Dino Island Laboratory.
- Before building his laboratory, Dr. Rex contained the four Mesozoic Morphing Monsters of Dinosaur Island in a cave. The Mesozoic Morphing Monsters are the four major dinosaurs of the Dinosaurs line, each with shapeshifting abilities. The name was coined by Steven Spielbrick in a LEGO Mania comic.
- LEGO Island is a major location that members can travel to. One of the Dino Attack RPG's story arcs took place on LEGO Island.
- Zachary Virchaus, Frozeen, Nicholas Saran, Wright, Andrew, Blade, Samuel "Lay" Go, and Voltage were originally LEGO Island citizens.
- The Brickster was a major villain of the RPG, then later allied with the Dino Attack Team.
- The super-spicy-tongue-melting-jail-cell-door-opening-hot pizza is a Running Gag in the Dino Attack RPG and has even influenced other RPGs. It is inspired by all the various super-hot pizzas in the LEGO Island series, such as the one that melted the Metro PD Jail's door in LEGO Island and Papa Brickolini's tongue-burning pizzas at the end of LEGO Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge.
- Enter and Return work in the Dino Attack Headquarters' medical wing, where they often provide comic relief. They are often supervised by Dr. Clickitt.
- Captain Click and the Constructopedia played important roles in the LEGO Island story arc.
- A number of LEGO Island characters have made cameos throughout the RPG, such as Bill Ding, Nubby Stevens, Papa Brickolini, the Infomaniac, and Ed Mail.
- Instead of having Egypt, Amazon, and Dino Island as major locations that players can travel to, the Dino Attack RPG uses Adventurers' Island, which originated from LEGO Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge.
- The name of Achu's tribe, the TumTum Tribe, originated from the online LEGO Island Comic Adventures game "The Crystal Brick".
- Tribe Ugalego and Chief Legog are references to a cutscene that was cut from LEGO Island 2, which would likely have preceded a mini-game in which Pepper Roni helps Chief Legog learn a good celebration dance. Since this cutscene and mini-game do not appear in the final game and thus all references to Tribe Ugalego and Chief Legog were dropped, their role in Dino Attack RPG is that of a rumored Adventurers' Island tribe said to have preceded the TumTum Tribe.
- Three Brickster-Bot Stromlings that appeared on Adventurers' Island are based upon three Brickster-Bots that ride a mine cart in LEGO Island 2.
- One of the comments in the comm chatter suggests that a former member of the Flying Legondos joined the Dino Attack Team.
- At one point during his pre-celebration speech, the Infomaniac mentioned "green-red brick clicking", referencing his line about clicking a green brick to leave LEGO Island and a red brick to stay on LEGO Island. The phrase "green red brick" is a glitched version of this line which was popularized by the YouTube video "LEGO Island gone insane".
- The New Year's Eve celebration on LEGO Island contained many references to sequences from LEGO Island, especially the "good ending" that plays when the Brickster is captured.
- A number of songs from the LEGO Island games' soundtracks were played during the LEGO Island celebration, including "Minty Fresh", "2-Step", "The Park", "Brickster-Bot Dance", and "Asteroids".
- The Lorin Nelson Orchestra, whose performance of "Baroque in Brick" can be played on the jukebox in the first LEGO Island game, performed a concert in LEGO City to celebrate Dino Attack's victory. Among the songs they played were "Sunny Hill Park", "Baroque in Brick", "Think I'm Gonna Build Me a Bridge Today" (featuring Annie Wallis from the same jukebox), and "Brick Barrel Polka - Baja On The Bayouu".
- The characters Aster Oid, King Joseph Race, Sir Robert "Bob the Bat" Batrick, and Greybeard are originated as custom characters in LEGO Racers.
- The character Sam Race originated as a custom character in LEGO Racers 2.
- Zenna and her friends once traveled to Eldorado Fortress where they found what appeared to have once been a racetrack. This is a reference to "Imperial Grand Prix".
- When King Race and Sam Race were introduced, General proposed an explanation for how there could be so many champions of the 1999 LEGO Racing Championship and Galactic Racing Championship, since each person who plays those games creates a unique character that will become champion. General explained that each championship consisted of various leagues for different skill levels, therefore allowing different Minifigs to win different leagues, and thus all becoming champions. The champions of the highest possible leagues are left unidentified, though the two Races were champions of high-class leagues.
- The portals used by Evil Ogel and Dino Attack Team are similar in design to the one on Sandy Bay.
- Sandy Bay has played a small part and occasionally been visited.
- Rocket Racer was among the famous minifigs to support Greybeard after he stopped the refugee facility riots.
- Johnny Thunder and Ann Droid were referred to as old racing partners of Basil the Bat Lord, referencing the fact that all three characters appeared in LEGO Racers.
- Trigger mentioned doing some work against XERRD on Xalax.
- Sam Race once laughed at Workman Fred for thinking that a digger could be a good racecar.
- LEGO Studios is a major location that players can visit.
- Director Steven Spielbrick was among the famous minifigs who supported Greybeard in order to stop the Antarctica riots.
- Joike, Andrew, Laxus, and Pterisa did a movie riffing of Dino Cop.
- XERRD uses the Maelstrom in the mutation of the Mutant Dinos. It was ultimately revealed that Baron Typhonus, the creator and mastermind of the Maelstrom, was behind the whole Dino Attack.
- Most of XERRD's scientists were former members of Paradox. This explains how they acquired enough knowledge about the Maelstrom to tap into its energies and mutate dinosaurs. In his backstory, Frank Einstein was also a member of Nexus Force, and was in fact a member of both Assembly and Paradox.
- Characters from LEGO Universe, such as space explorer Sky Lane and pirate captain Jack Knife, have been mentioned by other characters.
- The backstory for the Maelstrom released in The Great Minifig Mission game has been referenced by many of the RPG characters. Some (like Andrew and Laxus) have expressed doubt about the tale being true, while others who have discovered it do believe and debate about it (like David Norman and Kate Bishop).
- Many of Johnny Thunder's appearances have been Retconned, the explanation being a journal entry stating that he was going on a quest to investigate whether or not the Maelstrom was connected to the spreading rumors of Mutant Dinos. According to the Dino Attack RPG's timeline, LEGO Universe takes place roughly at the same time as the Dino Attack. Because Johnny Thunder has a prominent appearance in LEGO Universe on the planet Nimbus Station, he could not have been on LEGO Planet during the Dino Attack.
- Various breeds of Stromlings have appeared during Adventurers' Island campaign. In addition, Stromling Islanders and Stromling Spies were infiltrating Achu's tribe and Dino Attack Team through disguises, which was likely a reference to the Battle of Nimbus Station in which a group of Stromlings hide behind cardboard cut-outs of normal Minifigs.
- Achu pitted a group of Dino Attack agents into a survival challenge to see how long they could withstand endless waves of Mutant Dinos. This was intended as a reference to Commander Beck's survival challenge in LEGO Universe, in which players had to survive for at least one minute against endless waves of Stromlings.
- The idea of Rudo Villano working for the Maelstrom, but not being a Stromling, was inspired by a LEGO Universe News Network April Fools' Day article that said Bob, the mascot of LEGO Universe, is actually a spy for the Maelstrom, but yet does not appear to be a Stromling.
- Basil the Bat Lord is mentioned to have left Castle Cove for Crux Prime with Johnny Thunder and Ann Droid.
- The Temple of Creation's location was marked by a statue with a Penrose triangle. The Penrose triangle is the emblem of the Assembly faction, which focuses mainly on imagination and building; additionally, the Nexus Temple on Planet Crux where the Imagination Nexus was originally located was in the shape of a Penrose triangle.
- The Temple of Creation's cleansing of Maelstrom by the Imagination Orb was intended as a reference to clearing Properties of Maelstrom.
- Blaire Darkling's last name is a reference to the original name of Stromlings, Darklings.
- Greybeard, King Joseph Race, and Samuel Race were sharing a Cup of Yo Ho Ho before the start of the final battle. The Cup of Yo Ho Ho combines the names of two LEGO Universe pirate drinks: the Cup of Yo and the Yo Ho Ho Mug.
- Ogel was originally supposed to make a reappearance in LEGO Universe before the game was canceled. As a reference to this, Evil Ogel was last seen traveling to Nimbus System.
- One of the chapter titles for the downloadable Dino Attack RPG archive is "Creatures of Chaos", derived from the quote by the narrator in the intro movie, "... and creatures of chaos have no master".
- Pirates Forbidden Island and Eldorado Fortress are two locations where players can travel.
- After the retcon that removed BIONICLE from the RPG, the island of Mata Nui and its inhabitants were replaced with Enchanted Island and the Islanders.
- Governor Broadside and Captain Roger Redbeard were both among the famous minifigs who supported Greybeard in order to stop the Antarctica riots.
- Various other pirate characters, including Blackjack Hawkins and Captain Brickbeard, have been briefly mentioned.
- John and Brian Blackheart, who originated from the book The Golden Medallion, appeared in Greybeard's Pensieve Flashback.
- Admiral Brickhouse was a twist on the name "Admiral Woodhouse".
- The activities of the Power Miners were one of the factors of the instability of the Goo Caverns.
- In the Dino Attack RPG universe, some of the characters have some animosity for the Power Miners. Most of these are reflections of various players' views on the Power Miners line.
- A lost group of Power Miners who accidentally left the main team took a wrong turn and ended up in the Goo Caverns. They quickly departed when Hotwire informed them where they had ended up, but later showed up to participate in the final battle for the Goo Caverns.
- Willa the Witch hijacked a Thunder Driller and used in the final battle of the Castle Cove campaign.
- Axle fought alongside Zenna when a teleporter mishap got him on the LEGO Planet.
- The Teleport Pads used by XERRD and Dino Attack Team are modeled after those from Rock Raiders.
- One of the chapter titles for the downloadable Dino Attack RPG archive is "Rubble Trouble".
- Blacktron allied with a then-rogue Kotua to take down the Dino Attack Team. Echoes of their presence in the early RPG can still be found in much later RPG canon, such as when Hertz was attacked in his home by a Blacktron Future Generation agent.
- Laxus is a Martian, based upon the Life on Mars line.
- Bluetooth is a Futuron engineer.
- Silencia Venomosa once assassinated a mob boss known as the Brickfather. "Brickfather" was the preliminary name of Brick Daddy.
- Holly Vinyaya is a Space Police commander who was sent to LEGO Planet to investigate the Blacktron activity.
- Carrie Enderson worked at a space bar in 2002, and her customers included Space Police, Zotaxians, and the Ice Planet 2002 team.
- In the Dino Attack RPG timeline, time travel (and thus the Time Cruisers) have been banned by the LEGOLAND government due to misuse by the Time Twisters and the medieval thief Rob 'n' Hood. However, some time machines can be found in the possession of criminals.
- The Future Villains traveled back in time using an old Hypno-Disk they discovered.
- Coral became a pirate when, after betraying them, tried to escape Alpha Team in a Time Cruiser vehicle he got from a band of criminals, but damage taken during the escape stranded him in the Golden Age of LEGO Piracy.
- Dr. Cyber, the inventor of the Hypno-Disk that first enabled time travel, appeared with other LEGO heroes and celebrities when Greybeard sought to calm the rioters in Antarctica.
- Fort Legoredo and Gold City from LEGO Wild West are two major locations where players can travel.
- Sheriff Wild Wyatt West was among the famous minifigs to support Greybeard in Antarctica.
- Flatfoot Thompson and his gang are old rivals of Clint and Angel Eyes.
- Characters frequently use the phrase "What the Znap?" to express surprise. Znap refers to a 1998-1999 LEGO theme that many LEGO fans consider to be an attempt to compete with the rival building toy K'NEX.
- Zenna, while exploring Port Royal, once encountered what looked like a giant chess board, a reference to LEGO Chess.
- David Bowie was said to be among a group of rock stars traveling to Antarctica to help improve the morale of the refugees, where he performed his song "Let's Dance", which he said was a big hit when he performed at the "LEGO City Speedway". This is a reference to LEGO Rock Band, which features a minifig version of Bowie in a special concert at the LEGO City Speedway venue, where he sings "Let's Dance". Radio broadcasts also stated that Queen, Blur and Iggy Pop (all of whom appeared as minifigs in LEGO Rock Band) were also present.
- In an argument between David Bowie and Greybeard, Greybeard told Bowie that battles were more enjoyable than rock bands. This was a reference to two LEGO videogames released that year, LEGO Battles and LEGO Rock Band, and the conflicting views of PeabodySam and Atton Rand in regards to these games.
- After Greybeard made a speech to end the refugee facility riots, a number of important minfigs appeared to support him, including Conductor Charlie, Artimus Rhodes from Atlantis, Mr. X from LEGO Stunt Rally, Build Brickmore from Brick Kicks, Redini from LEGO Magazine, Ignatius Voltage from LEGOLAND, and Junkbot from the online game of the same name.
- Occasionally, the phrase "4+ Figures" has been used as a derogatory term. This is largely a reference to LEGO's infamous 4+ line, a short-lived series of themes aimed at younger kids which was most notable for its large minifigs. A variation is "4+ Pirates", a reference to one infamous 4+ line. Another commonly used derogatory nickname is "Jack Stone", one of the first 4+ lines centered around the adventures of the titular character, who would frequently work with the police and fire departments in order to "save the day".
- Mindstorms, Inc. is named after Mindstorms, a line of programmable LEGO robots.
- Dacta Corporation is named after Dacta, an educational LEGO line which also included kits of other LEGO lines such as Duplo and Technic.
- Lotta Brix made a cameo appearance in a flashback, reporting the assassination of Uærlig Sindstorme and the attempted heist on Dacta Corporation. She later showed up after the final battle to report on the Dino Attack Team's victory.
- There are numerous references to an alien fleet heading towards the LEGO Planet, including an attack on Ogelis Asteroid that prevented Frozeen from using FMB-Bots during the Final Battle.
- The Stone Tower Bridge was destroyed by Libo to prevent Mutant Dinos from following his team.
- In regards to the concept of combining a Fire Hammer and a digger, Greybeard quoted a maniac who said "gotta build like crazy". This is the catchphrase of the LEGO Maniac, the mascot of LEGO Mania magazine.
- Scott is said to be a reporter for the Brick Street Journal. This was at one point the official name for the news page in the LEGO Club.
- Zachary Virchaus supposedly received a Clickits purse during a "Tricky Brickster" game held in 2009, referring to the short-lived LEGO Clickits line that was an attempt by The LEGO Group to appeal to a girl demographic.
- Sam Sinister is planning to go on an expedition to Egypt in 2011, as a reference to the Pharaoh's Quest line.
Anime and Manga
- Sauro-Hunter changing his name to Fullmetal was inspired by Edward Elric, as was his braid.
- Zealot's real name is LeAnn Hawkeye-Riza, a reference to army officer Riza Hawkeye.
- Zealot's personality was a mixture of Hawkeye and Winry Rockbell.
- Zealot's comment about throwing a monkey wrench at Fullmetal's head if the mechanical limbs she had built for him got destroyed is a nod to Winry's habit of beating Ed to a pulp or hitting him over the head with a wrench if the same happened.
- Dino Attack agent Mustang was based on Colonel Roy Mustang.
- The concept of Sauro-Hunter losing both his right arm and left leg was inspired by Edward Alphonse.
- When enslaved by Inferno, Spino wore black and red armor with eyeballs on the chest, shoulders, knees, helmet and back. The armor's appearance was based off of Duskmon's from Digimon Frontier.
- One Dino Attack agent goes by the nickname Batman.
Zelda: "I was kind of thinking of doing what Nazareno did concerning Vherestorm on a wider-scale. A vigilante, I guess."Zachary: "So you can be the Batman to Holly’s Gordon, right? Because that would be cool."
- The Remous family butler, Alfred, is named after Alfred Pennyworth.
- When Zelda was discussing her prospects for the future:
- The name of Ole Kirk Christiansen, the founder of The LEGO Group, is often referred to as a deity in the Dino Attack RPG.
- Godtfred Street is named after Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Ole Kirk Christiansen's son and president of The LEGO Group from 1958 to 1979. Christiansen Street is named after the Christiansen family.
- Zachary Virchaus and Zelda Frodongan has used the name of Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, the current CEO of The LEGO Group, to express surprise.
- Many characters are named after real people, including Frank Einstein, Clint Wayne, Ronald E. Army, Marco Martinet, Scorsese, Deniro, Bogart, Attila Huntsman, Zimmer, Elfman, Williams, Holopainen, Olzon, Hietala, Nevalainen, Vuorinen, Andrew Jackson, Walker, Lovhaug, DeForest McCoy, Mr. Bonaparte, and Brichael May.
- Semick's real name is Randal Tennoly. Together, "Semick" and "Tennoly" forms an anagram of "Lemony Snicket", one of various pen names adopted by Daniel Handler.
- Bricassius was named after Gaius Cassius, one of the most famous conspirators against Julius Caesar.
- Fullmetal's real name, Leonidas Spartana, is a reference to the king of Sparta Leonidas, who was killed alongside the 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae.
- Scout's real name, Bob Rutherford, is a reference to baseball legend Babe Ruth. His mother, Helen Rutherford, is named after Babe Ruth's first wife, Helen Woodford.
- While working at Mindstorms Inc. Trigger used the alias "Schiess", taken from Christian Ferdinand Schiess, a Swiss mercenary who won the Victoria Cross for his role in the Battle of Rorke's Drift.
- Elizabeth Wilma is named after Betty Williams, who was working as a receptionist at the time that she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Dino Attack agent Reggie is named after Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo of America.
- Rosalie Mercedes's surname derives from Mercedes Rose, the voice actor for Rosalina in Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Mario Kart Wii.
- Lt. Robert Maynard was named after a real-life naval officer who is best remembered for killing the infamous pirate Edward Teach (more commonly known as "Blackbeard").
- Lorin Nelson, who composed many songs for the LEGO Island soundtrack, is said to have composed the "2010 Overture".
- Rex's handicap was primarily inspired by that of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- Solomon Koplowitz is a slight combination of Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Laurence Fishburne, Terry O'Quinn, and Eric Roberts.
- In a rather strange simile, Adventure once referred to James Earl Jones reading the work of Dr. Seuss.
- Sam Throramebi originated from the LMS saga by Primis, PeabodySam, and Mobius.
- As Frozeen considered a fate worse than MegaBlokLand for Gromtin, he came up with the idea of a desolate city in the middle of a Builder-forsaken desert. This is a reference to the setting of PeabodySam's other stories, Five Years Too Many, in which Gromtin is a major character.
- Shannon Grimton's last name is taken from a chapter of Five Years Too Many in which Gromtin reflects over the absurdity of his own name and Lahka mentions that "Grimton" would sound much more like a surname.
Film - Animated
- The device used by Michelle Glados to scan Amanda's face and identify her as Silencia Venomosa was based on the scanner used by Mirage's message to identify Mr. Incredible.
- Parr is named after Helen Parr.
- Sam Race panicking and Rex's calm retort about going in the direction of XERRD missiles that nearly killed them was a reference to a similar exchange between Dash and Helen Parr.
- The Truth Receiver was heavily inspired by the Scream Extractor.
- The name of Mindstorms, Inc. was intended as a reference to Monsters, Inc.
- According to Edward Korrupte, Dacta Corporation has been in the Korrupte family for three generations, and Edward would do anything to keep it from going under.
- Sullivan is named after James P. Sullivan.
- When Aravis sniffed a bit of Enox's blood that had lost its acidity, she commented that it smells like...
- The ending of December 21, 2010 drew heavy inspiration from the climax of Toy Story 3.
- Rex's faux surprise to seeing French Fries arrested by other Dino Attack agents, followed by him treating French Fries kindly before suddenly showing his true colors, was inspired by the scene where Lotto confronts Buzz Lightyear.
- Fredricksen is a reference to Carl Fredricksen.
- An agent on the comm chatter speaks a line from the song "Be Prepared" from The Lion King.
- Athena Fabello's attempt to flee from Zach only to snap at him, forgetting she ever met him, was based on the scene when Marlin met Dory in Finding Nemo.
- An agent on the comm chatter sung the first lines of "I'll Make a Man Out of You". In First Assignment, another agent said an altered version of another lyric from the same song.
- Gaston and Belle are named after characters from Disney's adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
Comm Chatter: "Wow, you didn't miss a shot, Gaston! You're the greatest hunter in the whole world!"
- Doubling as an Actor Allusion to Thumper, who was also voiced by David L. Lander:
The Brickster: "I'm no grasshopper, but hey, he can call me 'Thumper' and we'll call it a day."
- First Assignment is largely based upon the scene from How to Train Your Dragon in which Hiccup first meets Toothless.
Film - Live Action
- In a broad, overall sense, characters in the RPG sometimes watch or mention real films such as Titanic.
- After his Heel-Face Turn, Raptor was turned into a mutant creature resembling the titular creatures of Alien. He renamed himself "Enox Phorm", which is an an anagram of "Xenomorph", a more technical name for the monsters first mentioned in Aliens.
- Cam O'Cozy's revelation as an android planted by XERRD was heavily inspired by Ash's Robotic Reveal.
- Mary Rose draws some inspiration from Newt.
- One unidentified Dino Attack agent shouted "Game over, man! Game over!" upon seeing the size of the Mutant Dino army.
- Adventure's last words, "ZNAP YOU!", were intended as a reference to Hudson's last words.
- Sarah Bishop's rescue of Kate from Spy Clops and Greybeard's rescue of Mary Rose were both heavily inspired by the climax of Aliens.
- Dr. Noomi Shaw is named after and loosely inspired by Elizabeth Shaw.
- Shaw's anecdote about having a boyfriend who was mutated after accidentally drinking some form of goo was a reference to a plot-point in Prometheus, where David slips a mutagen into a man's drink, causing him to unwittingly implant a chestburster-like creature into Shaw before slowly mutating and ultimately allowing himself to be torched by Vickers.
- Rotor's use of classical music to scare the enemy while leading a group of T-1 Typhoons towards the XERRD Fortress was inspired by a famous scene in Apocalypse Now.
Comm chatter: I love the smell of dinosaurs in the morning!
- Lance Williams is based on Lance Johnson.
- The idea of Rotor attempting to draw Blaire Darkling by broadcasting a repeated message out of a helicopter was loosely inspired by a scene in the Redux version of the film, where a repeated message from Kilgore is played over helicopters demanding the protagonists return his surfboard.
- From First Assignment:
- Dude, Walter, and Donnie are all named after the main characters of The Big Lebowski, and even bowling enthusiasts.
- Sarah Bishop mentioned an incident in which Walter drew his gun during a bowling match, to which Walter angrily replied that someone stepped over the line. The original scene was later alluded to again after the final battle, when Walter pulled a gun on Nubby Stevens during a bowling match at the LEGO Island party.
- Walter's constant shouting of "SHUT THE ZNAP UP DONNIE!" is a reference to a similar phrase used throughout the movie.
- Dude tells a story about some people urinating on his rug.
- Elite Agent French Fries was modeled after General Melchett from Blackadder Goes Forth.
- French Fries's court-martial of Rotor and George was heavily based on the infamous courtroom scene from Blackadder Goes Forth.
- Baldrick was named after and based on the various incarnations of the character of the same name.
- Baldrick's "escape kit" and its contents was based on the aftermath of General Melchett's court martial.
- While having lunch, French Fries conversed with an agent named Darling (a reference to Captain Darling) about his "brilliant plan" which turned out to involve everyone walking very slowly out of Dino Attack Headquarters toward a very large army of mutant dinosaurs. This was a reference to a similar plan devised by General Melchett.
- Clint Wayne's shooting skills are based on the Man With No Name.
- Van Cleef was based on Lee Van Cleef's characters in For A Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
- Clint and Van Cleef entered the city of El Paso under the codenames of "Blondie" and "Angel Eyes" respectively, both nicknames given to two of the main characters in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
- Clint saving an outlaw from hanging by shooting his noose (as well as they prior connections) was based on the early scenes in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
- Cam O'Cozy apparent death by riding a bomb was inspired by a famous scene from Dr. Strangelove in which Major "King" Kong dies in a similar manner.
- Dr. Strangebrick's name is a reference to the film's title character.
- Snake is based off of Snake Plissken, and everyone he talks to thought that he was dead.
- While treating Plastic Serpent, Marco Martinet made a remark about how the team should have "placed explosives in Snake's neck".
- Elite Agent Hauk was based off of Commissioner Bob Hauk.
- At one point during the battle at the fortress, there was a gunner in the Renaissance who, while firing at the fortress's guards, repeatedly shouted "Get some". When another agent asked him about the meaning of the phrase, he simply stated that it was one of his favorite movies, "Full Plastic Jacket", which is LEGOization of the title Full Metal Jacket since LEGO is made of plastic.
- James McGregor once recalled an incident during his training in which a drill sergeant was angry at an agent named Pyle because he had a jelly doughnut in his footlocker. It was also mentioned that it did not end well and that Pyle went mad.
- While wandering the streets of LEGO City and fighting Inferno henchmen, Firecracker and Demoman talked about starting an explosives business called "Paulson and Sons". This was inspired by a similar conversation at the beginning of The Hurt Locker, when Sanborn and Eldridge comment on the lack of grass in Iraq, and joke about starting a grass business called "Sanborn and Sons".
- Rotor's final post, in particular the moment where he stands in confusion in front of a row of cereal, was based on the ending of the film.
- Colonel's real name is partially inspired by that of Colonel Ernest Vogel.
- Ahua's death was partly inspired by the death of Irina Spalko.
- Rick "Adventure" Spherus was described by Montoya as looking like a shameless knock-off of Indiana Jones.
- One comment on the comm chatter has an agent using Ole Kirk Christiansen's name in vain, only to be slapped by another agent and be accused of blasphemy.
- The rapid aging and decay of Rex's body after being possessed by the Maelstrom was inspired by that of Walter Donovan after drinking from a false grail.
- Ronald E. Army has an obsession for making his troops march up and down the square.
- Dietrich Luzwheit once shouted at Amanda Claw and Ata to stay away from "the machine that goes 'BING!'", which he described as the most expensive machine in Dino Attack Headquarters.
- Rowsdower was based upon Zap Rowsdower.
- According to Greybeard, he once conducted a wedding ceremony for two pirates aboard the Black Seas Barracuda during a sea battle against two Armada Flagships. He quoted part of his wedding speech, which was also quoted from Hector Barbossa's wedding speech in At World's End. Later, the wedding in At World's End was reenacted during the Final Battle, with Greybeard conducting the ceremony for Rex and Amanda.
The Brickster: "This will be the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught...!"
- The subtitle of Dino Attack: At War's End is a pun on the subtitle of the third Pirates movie, At World's End.
- While making his escape from the Dinosaur Island Laboratory, just before falling out a window:
Greybeard: "What? Do ye fear death? Do ye fear that dark abyss?"
- Greybeard prefaced his pre-battle speech with a quote from Davy Jones:
Lord Sam Sinister: "You can always trust a dishonorable man to be dishonorable. It's the honorable ones who always do something stupid. Evidently, as I'm not the one behind bars and you were captured thanks to me, I must not be the so-called honorable one."
- Greybeard's pre-battle speech was heavily influenced by Elizabeth Swann's "What We Shall Die For" speech in At World's End. Greybeard ended the speech by singing "Hoist the Colors", which can be heard in Hans Zimmer's score after Elizabeth's speech ends.
- Shortly after their Wartime Wedding, Rex watched in horror as Glados, to prove one of Rex's assertions wrong, turned around and killed Amanda. This scene was a reference to the death of Will Turner in At World's End.
- When talking to Senor Palomar in the Dino Attack detention block:
General: "Well, here we are. Two beings, immortalized by our impenetrable armor, locked in epic battle until judgment day."
- During the fight between General and Dr. Rex:
- During Trigger's flashback, one of his partners was named "Orange".
- Just before performing their heist, Schiess and his partners got into an argument when Scorsese refused to pay a waitress's tip.
- Barry Jackson's role as a professional sniper was loosely inspired by Private Daniel Jackson. At one point he managed to take out an enemy sniper by shooting him through the scope.
- Giovanni Wade's last name is taken from Irwin Wade.
- After being shot and fatally wounded, Dr. J.D. asked for enough morphine to kill him.
- General's G.E. Body is partially inspired by the character General Grievous.
Rockford: "Alert! The X-Wings are in the trench! I repeat, the X-Wings are in the trench!"[...]Semick: "They're pulling the Ewok strategy on us: Overwhelm and overtake."[...]
- The 1000 Raptor was named after the Millennium Falcon.
- Talia Kaahs's name is loosely based on Shaak Ti, as a reference to the Crack Pairing of Shaak Ti and General Grievous.
- Sam Throramebi and Aster Oid crash-landed onto the LEGO Planet due to Sam being distracted by watching LEGO Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Brick.
- Dr. Rex, as stated on his profile, is a huge fan of the franchise and "keeps making unintentional references to it." Among these references are his confrontation in the Goo Caverns with General and Talia Kaahs being an altered version of Anakin and Obi-Wan's confrontation before their duel on Mustafar, and having Ata order the Minifig/Mutant Lizard Hybrids to betray Dino Attack Team with "Execute Order 66".
- Both Greybeard and Carl Lutsky have shouted the line "It's a trap!" Someone on the comm chatter tried to do the same, only to get slapped in mid-sentence for it.
- The Space Knights' laser saber, used in battle by King Joseph Race and General, are modeled after the lightsaber.
- Dr. Cyborg's robotic eye having a holoprojector was inspired by R2-D2.
- As a Stromling, Zachary Virchaus has made numerous references to the villains of the franchise. After his transformation, his conversation with Ahua mimics Emperor Palpatine's talk to Darth Vader in Revenge of the Sith. Zach has also ordered the Mutant Dinos to destroy the Dino Attack in a similar way Palpatine ordered the Trade Federation to wipe out the rebellion on Naboo in The Phantom Menace. When confronting Frozeen and Greybeard, Zach spoke to them as Obi-Wan confronted General Grievous on Utapau in Episode III. Zachary's redemption also ended up being very similar to the climatic scene in Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader betrayed Emperor Palpatine to save his son.
- Rockford and Semick sending each other coded radio messages concerning the infiltration and battle for the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins:
Pharisee: "X2s lack of vision may cost us Trigger's justice, Montgonal. I do not appreciate his insubordination. He will pay an appropriate penalty. I find your lack of faith disturbing."
- Hertz attended Comic-Con in a Rebel Pilot Costume so he could have an actor who played Imperial Pilot #6 sign a vintage TIE fighter toy.
- Pharisee quotes both the Emperor and Darth Vader during his hunt for Trigger:
Comm chatter: "Much to learn, you lizards still have."Comm chatter: "Good shot kid, just don't get cocky."
- The description of Dr. Rex's Fate Worse Than Death, especially the part about being unable to even breathe without feeling pain, was inspired by Anakin Skywalker's fate as Darth Vader.
- Michelle Glados's death, in which she tried to escape but her technological means of escape malfunctioned at the wrong time and left her vulnerable to a fatal blow, was slightly inspired by that of Jango Fett.
- Of course, the comm chatter references Star Wars during the final battle.
- General asking Frozeen to remove his G.E. Body helmet before dying was a reference to Darth Vader's similar request.
- One of the chapter titles for the downloadable Dino Attack RPG archive is "Clone Wars".
- Silencia Venomosa was described in the prose using a slightly-altered quote from The Terminator:
Silencia Venomosa was out there. She couldn't be bargained with; she couldn't be reasoned with. She didn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And she absolutely would not stop, ever, until he was dead.
- An abridged form of that same quote was used by Rick to describe Mutant Dinos, which he also metaphorically described as "machines that are programmed to terminate you".
- Silencia Venomosa's final assignment to assassinate an engineer, as related by Bartholomew Enderson, was a reference to Sarah Conner's attempt to assassinate Miles Dyson.
- Mac, Garry, Windows, Fuchs, Norris, Palmer, Clark, and Doc Copper were all named after and loosely inspired by characters from The Thing (1982).
Garry: "I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you have the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this war TRAPPED IN THIS ZNAPPING TEMPLE!"
- Mac's introductory scene involves him accusing a chess computer of cheating and pouring his drink into it.
- As Atton Rand has not played LEGO Universe, his depiction of Stromlings instead took inspiration from the Thing. This is particularly reflected in his posts depicting his characters in fits of paranoia trying to figure out who is human and who has been infected.
- Norris' reveal as a Stromling occurred in a similar manner to a particularly infamous scene where one of the men has a heart attack and an attempt to revive him exposes him as being infected when his chest splits open and bites another man's arms off.
- The moments leading up to Cabin's T-1 Typhoon crashing occurred in a slightly similar manner to a scene in the 2011 prequel.
- Copper's idea for a "blood serum test" to determine Stromlings was inspired by a similar test proposed in the movie for figuring out who has been taken over by the titular monster, as was the fact that it ultimately could not be done due to an unidentified person tampering with the blood samples.
- A brief stand-off between Garry and Palmer that ultimately led to the death of Clark occurred in a similar manner to a tense scene from the film, although Garry and Palmer's namesakes were not involved in the original sequence.
- When annoyed by Rex and Frank Einstein getting distracted from the task at hand:
Sarah Bishop: "YEAH ZNAP YOU TOO!"
- Before blowing up a Hybrid:
- When a wounded and delirious Zelda mentioned "Blaire", Copper immediately thought she was talking about Blair, who mentioned was a biologist he worked with in Antarctica.
- The news report delivered after the final battle was based off the ending of The Thing from Another World.
- The Trigger/Silencia flashback drew heavy inspiration from The Usual Suspects, in particular the nature of its botched heist that killed most of those involved and their deaths at the hands of Venomosa.
- From the same flashback, Verbal and Keaton were both named after characters from the movie.
- Deniro's death was inspired by that of McManus.
- When asked about Venomosa, Pierce, believing her to be a myth, comparing her to Keyser Soze. Later on, Snake also mentioned doing a job for Keyser Soze.
- Gojira is named after the original Japanese name for Godzilla.
- Tex is inspired by the titular monster as it appears in the 1998 American remake.
- After Cobra, Voltage, and Databoard detonated a nest full of super Mutant Dinos, a surviving adult emerged from the flames and ruins of the nest, mirroring a scene from the aforementioned American remake.
- Spino's utilization of an arm-mounted blade was inspired by the Predator franchise. Also, like the blades' inspiration, removing the arm-blades would most likely kill Spino in the process (though they were removed with no damage to the aforementioned DA agent).
Comm chatter: "If it bleeds, we can kill it."
- During the final battle:
- Rex remarked that fighting Mutant Lizards mysteriously teleporting aboard a T-1 Typhoon was blasphemy and madness. After he said this, Amanda Claw proceeded to kick a Mutant Lizard out of the helicopter.
- Various elements of Amanda Claw's backstory were inspired by the backstory of "Cottonmouth" O-Ren Ishii.
- Two separate instances reference a quote from Jurassic Park:
Sauro-Hunter: Will life find a way?Williams: For what it's worth, Rex, I do believe that, in the end, life will find a way.
- As a battlecry:
Sauro-Hunter: "Into the sky! To win, or die!"
- When Aravis asked Valencia if dragons believed in an afterlife, Valencia stated that when dragons die, their souls go to the constellation Draco.
- Greybeard was thrice referred to as "an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone".
- Naomi Carver is named after the attractive and somewhat dim Bond girl Rosie Carver in the James Bond film Live and Let Die.
- Rotor's decision to have several innocent agents court-martialed was inspired by Paths of Glory.
- George Brown's refusal to follow an order to fire on the fortress while there were agents in it was inspired by the opening scene of The Running Man.
- The Brickster's destruction of the Dino Island Laboratory was loosely inspired by the Joker blowing up a hospital.
- Colonel's real name is partially inspired by Colonel Miles Quartich from Avatar.
- Trigger's looks and personality were modeled on James Woods' performance in John Carpenter's Vampires. Montoya was also named after the character of the same name from the film, though not based directly on him.
- Engineer's death was inspired by that of Shoshanna.
- Zach compared the Darkitect's plans for the LEGO Planet to an apocalyptic movie called 2010.
- Isaac Fabello's death was based on the death of Chris Chambers.
- Schiess, in an overturned crashed car on fire, looks out the windshield and sees Silencia Venomosa walking slowly towards him. This scene was visually inspired by the climax of the American film adaption of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
- Pharisee is partially inspired by Eli from The Book of Eli and Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction.
- While talking to Montoya in the Dino Attack detention block:
Amanda Claw: "But as much as you would like to come up to me and say, 'Hello. My name is Montoya. You killed my teammates. Prepare to die,' I know that you will never get your revenge."
- During Rex and Amanda's Wartime Wedding:
Greybeard: "Look, me hearties, I ain't takin' any chances, so we be doin' th' short version, savvy?"
Comm chatter: "YOU GET NOTHING. YOU LOSE. GOOD DAY, SIR!"
- Sarah Bishop and Elizabeth's attack against a group of Inferno henchmen and hybrids in an apartment building contained a number of references to famous movie quotes, including:
Sarah Bishop: "I have come here to chew bubblegum, and kick buttocks. And I'm all out of bubblegum."Sarah Bishop: "I know what you're thinking. Did she fire six shots or only five? Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself, but being this is a 12 gauge shotgun and it would blow your head clean off, you got to ask yourself one question; do I feel lucky. Well do ya, punk?"Dying Inferno agent: "Rosebud."
- Lisa has a reputation of breaking the hearts of men, including one named Johnny.
Rick Spherus: Tear those lizards apart, Lisa!
- Upon destroying Willa the Witch's Windship:
Raine Dashworthy: "Ding dong, the wicked witch is dead!"
Comm Chatter: "I WAS FROZEN TODAY!"
- Dino Attack agents Floyd, Halverson, Poole, and Moonwatcher are named after Dr. Heywood Floyd, Dr. Halverson, Dr. Francis Poole, and the Moon-Watcher, respectively.
- The Brickster quoted a couple of lines from Smartass, voiced by David L. Lander, from Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
The Brickster: "You know, before this whole apocalypse stuff happened, if I so much as stepped out of line, they were going to hang me and my laundry out to dry."The Brickster: "Stop that dancing! Don't you know what happens when you don't stop dancing? One of these days, you're going to die dancing!"
- A humorous prank performed by an unknown culprit caused Shaw to read during her hastily improvised wedding speech:
- The scientists Fuchs consulted about the Maelstrom cure after the war ended were all named after the protagonists of famous sci-fi films: Dr. Bowman, Dr. Arroway, and Dr. Lowell.
- Early in the RPG, Rex's initial reaction to learning that there was a traitor in the Dino Attack Team was swinging his fists while declaring that he was going to punch the traitor when he found him, not realizing that he was the Dino Attack agent that The Phantom was referring to. This loosely mirrors a scene in the film adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events, when "Captain Sham" acts the same way when the Baudelaire children try to call him out as Count Olaf in disguise.
- While fighting Shadow Blades aboard the Anti-Voltage:
Blade: Do you know what happens to a Shadow Blade that gets blasted with a Laser Cannon?Databoard: Err, no, what?Databoard: Dude, that line sucks.
- Chapter titles for the downloadable Dino Attack RPG archive include "The Great Escape", "Blacktron Legacy", and "Cane's Labyrinth".
Walker: You'll need a bigger boat, Williams.
- As confirmed in First Assignment, Batman has a credit card.
Comm chatter: Never give up, never surrender!
- The Einstein Device was formerly named after and inspired by the "Doctor Device".
- Señor Palomar's exploitable sense of "Spanish honor" was inspired by that of Bonzo Madrid.
- Bartholomew Enderson was mistakenly called "Endersgame" by Wallace Bishop.
- Shacklebolt was based upon Kingsley Shacklebolt.
- In Trouble's final moments, the prose referred to Trouble as a free Mutant Lizard who has no master and came to rescue Rex.
- Athena Fabello's line before going after the Mutant Lizard attacking her son was a shout-out to the famous line said by Molly Weasley to Bellatrix Lestrange.
- The spell used by Willa the Witch to cut Zach's stomach was based upon the Sectumsempra spell.
- XERRD's Veritaserum is named after the truth potion of the same name from the series.
- The Vinscale Octomus was originally inspired by the octopus-like monster that attacks the Fellowship of the Ring outside the mines of Moria.
- On the way to LEGO City, Sauro-Hunter began singing the Green Dragon song from The Return of the King.
- Enox Phorm referred to a line by Gollum, stating that his Hybrids always "craved sweeter meats".
- Sauro-Hunter, after escorting a caravan from near Enox's base, sang a song from The Lord of the Rings as a lullaby to Tex.
- The Maelstrom has the ability to spread negative emotions such as suspicion and anger, especially through Maelstrom-infected bricks. This is not an ability displayed by the Maelstrom in LEGO Universe, but is inspired by the One Ring's emotion-influencing abilities in The Lord of the Rings.
- Related to the above reference, Lord Sam Sinister resisting Baron Typhonus's temptations and dropping the Maelstrom Crystal in a volcano is a reference to the destruction of the One Ring by casting it into the fires of Mount Doom, at which point the Ring tempts its bearer to prevent him from completing the task.
- The way in which Greybeard and King Joseph Race met Mary Rose was a reference to how Luke Castellan and Thalia Grace met Annabeth Chase in The Last Olympian.
- Athena Fabello's maiden name is Chase, which is the last name of Annabeth Chase, who is one of Athena's daughters in the series.
- The number 42 is frequently used throughout Dino Attack RPG.
- Frank Einstein is named after two scientists, one of which is Victor Frankenstein.
- Greybeard nicknamed Ben Gunn after the character from the book Treasure Island.
- The part-dragon nature of many of Toa Antrakha's characters gets its roots from the Dragons in Our Midst series, of which the specific details of their "species" name of Anthrozil and a character hiding his wings in a backpack were borrowed. Other stories involving dragons that he has referenced to and based off of include the Dragonback series and the Inheritance Cycle.
- J.D. compared his consciousness being inside his detached Creative Spirit to a dragon's Eldurnari.
- Spy's (supposedly) real name, Jim Covalent, is a tribute to James Bond.
- Greybeard's Pensieve Flashback was heavily inspired by A Christmas Carol, with the flashback being inspired by Ebenezer Scrooge's journey into the past and the spirit being inspired by the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.
- Rotor's strong love for classical music was loosely inspired by that of Alex DeLarge.
- The fictional genus Quasifigus is derived from "Quasi" and "Minifig", meaning roughly "Almost Minifig", and is a reference to Quasimodo.
- Holly Vinyaya is named after Captain Holly Short and Commander Raine Vinyaya.
- Butler, an agent who worked with Vinyaya during the final battle, was based on Domovoi Butler.
- The curse Butler used (D'Arvit) while being attacked by a Mutant T-Rex is a curse used by fairies.
- When Stromling Agent Zachary decided to give Frozeen and Greybeard a head start before hunting them down, he referred to it as a "most dangerous game".
- After saying good-bye to Spino for the last time, Aravis pressed her three middle fingers to her lips and held her hand out.
- Zachary used the phrase "May the odds be ever in your favor".
- Chompy was originally going to be named "Chomper" after the titular Giganotosaurus of a Dinotopia book; however, this was altered to "Chompy" when PeabodySam realized that Chomper was also the name of a baby T-Rex from The Land Before Time. Still, as a reference to his origins:
Chompy: "Every raindrop raises the sea."
- The manner in which Uærlig Sindstorme was killed was inspired by a passing line in Snake by D.H. Lawrence.:
"For in Sicily the black, black snakes are innocent, the gold are venomous."
Comm Chatter: "FOR NARNIA!"
- Before sacrificing himself to save Rex, Amanda, Frozeen, Greybeard, and Sam Race:
Adventure: "To die... will be an awfully big adventure!"
- The Grendelwulf brothers are named after Beowulf and Grendel.
- Epic Winston is named after Winston Smith of 1984. Doctors O'Brien, Parsons, and Syme are also named after characters in 1984.
- PeabodySam's writing often uses the phrase "the sound of thunder" to describe the sound of a gunshot.
- In a broad, overall sense, characters in the RPG sometimes watch or mention real TV series such as Fawlty Towers.
- PeabodySam has modeled Specs's personality and depiction after Colonel Philip Broyles.
- Wallace Bishop is named after Fringe Division's mad scientist Walter Bishop, and the backstory of the true Wallace Bishop was also heavily inspired by that of Walter Bishop.
- While Frank Einstein is not modeled after William Bell, they have similar roles in that Bell was Walter's old lab partner and Einstein was Wallace's old lab partner. Also, several of Einstein's lines, such as "the bishop must be sacrificed" and "Hello again, Rex", were heavily-inspired by some of Bell's lines and used in similar situations. To top it all off, Einstein told Kate to tell the administrator of Napoleon XIV "William's bell is ringing".
- that guy from that show often uses the numbers 4 8 15 16 23 42 or 108.
Comm chatter: "We have to go BAAAACK!"
- Dust's personality is inspired by the personalities of Ben and Sawyer; Ben for his manipulative skills and Sawyer for his self-centered and wise-cracking character.
- When Semick defused the C-4 in the fortress, he had to remove two wires at the exact same time. In LOST, Sawyer attempts to defuse a bomb in a similar fashion.
- One post following Stranger's thoughts claimed the the Dino Attack Database "read like a convoluted TV show that made Lost look simple".
- The appearance of Dust to Lutsky is similar to the Man in Black's appearance when in the form of Christian Shephard, especially in the episode White Rabbit.
- Pharisee is based of the demeanor of Mr. Eko. Both men can be calm and peaceful one moment and a raving powerhouse the next. In addition they are both very religious Scary Black Men, and their backstories have quite a few similarities.
- Solomon Koplowitz's personality is similar to that of John Locke.
- The appearance and personality of the two men who hired Hertz was heavily inspired by the characters Jimmy Bane and his associate.
- During the final battle:
- Pharisee is partially inspired by Mr. Eko.
- After Holly Vinyaya made a sarcastic comment about not expecting a Stromling inquisition, a trio of Stromlings in purple robes suddenly appeared whilst proclaiming:
Stromling: "Nobody expects the Stromling Inquisition! Because our chief weapon is surprise! Surprise, fear, and nice purple uniforms!"
- Some of the items in the armory include a pointed stick and a banana.
- Two comments in the comm chatter (both possibly by the same Dino Attack agent) reference the episode "You're No Fun Anymore".
- Andrew, Laxus, Pterisa, and Dr. Cyborg riff movies together with agent Joike.
Comm chatter: "Deep Hurting."
- Two other Dino Attack agents are named Gypsy and Observer.
- During the final battle:
- During the battle on LEGO Island, Elite Agent Redshirt was killed shortly after being introduced.
- Gates Crusher's last name is taken from Dr. Beverly Crusher.
- Dr. DeForest "Bones" McCoy's nickname and surname are derived from Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy.
- The receptionist at the LEGOLAND Board of Shipping mentioned that the Minister of Shipping, Jim Hacker, was out.
- Atton Rand's characters have occasionally made references to M*A*S*H, most notably that Pierce is named after the main character.
- David once imitated a BBC Two logo by sprinkling his brown sugar on his coffee in the shape of a '2'.
- The Minifig/Mutant Lizard hybrid Eno was based on one of the main protagonists in the Canadian TV show Dinosapien.
- The Dino Attack Agent Rockford is named after the main character of The Rockford Files in reference to his role as an interrogator of Dust.
- Dr. John Michael "J.D." Dorian is named after the main character of Scrubs.
- In response to Rockford's comment about Star Wars geeks writing the Dino Attack Team's codes:
Mur: "At least it wasn't a Firefly reference."
- Taunting Rex over his fatal Maelstrom poisoning:
- While riffing Dino Cop, Laxus cracked a joke suggesting that Barney would call himself "Dino Cop" in an episode about police.
- When trying to tell Walter about Medic's murder, Donnie continuously mispronounced his real name, one notable example being "Luxan".
- One comment made in the comm chatter during the final battle was asking about a sonic screwdriver.
- One comment in the comm chatter was a one-liner with an incredibly lame pun describing Dr. Rex's apparent defeat, which was followed by another comment shouting "YEAH!"
- Spike, Harris, Buffy, Willow, and Anya are Captain Ersatz versions of the cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Comm chatter: "Holy distorted lizards, Batman! These dinosaurs are taking over the city!"
Comm chatter: "Mutant T-rexes are shooting lasers out of their eyes. You can't explain that."
- Greybeard introduced himself to Ben Gunn by quoting a lyric from "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)". Later, different lyrics from the same song were quoted by Andrew Jackson.
- During the riots in Antarctica, several radio reports said that various Rock Stars had traveled to Antarctica to cheer up the refugees, including David Bowie and Queen. When this did not work, Greybeard actually interrupted a concert by both, much to Bowie's annoyance.
- In response to David Bowie's objections to the interruption of the concert, Greybeard retorted that he preferred the music of The Beatles, Eric Clapton, and Yes.
- At one point, Andrewnuva199 posted a version of "Virus Alert" by "Weird Al" Yankovic with altered lyrics to reference the LEGO Island and Antarctica missions; specifically, the fact that Zenna leaked information on the latter mission and unintentionally caused riots and anger. Later, in-universe, a garage band mentioned that they were playing a rendition of "Virus Alert" that the audience went wild for; it is assumed this rendition was the altered lyrics version.
- While aboard a submarine, Elizabeth Winsor devised what she believed to be an effective "mutant dino repellant", consisting of a record player with three spinners playing Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, and Rap music at the same time as a Take That.
- At one point, during a radio broadcast about the Antarctica riots, the "sports news" reported a soccer game between the "Liverpool Beatles" and "Seatle Hearts".
- Zenna once mentioned reading a report about a project named "Experiment IV", which attempted to create sound as a weapon against mutant dinos, but went out of control and killed nearly everyone involved.
- Sauro-Hunter has been known to sing songs on occasion, usually the All-American Rejects, Queen, Owl City, and Toby Mac.
- At one point during the battle of the fortress, the Talon played "Also Sprach Zarathustra", while the Renaissance played the Blue Danube, both of which are pieces of classical music most famous for their use in 2001: A Space Odyssey. This was referenced by David when he remarked that they should also play Atmospheres, another piece of classical music to be used in the film.
- Napoleon XIV Mental Institution is named after Napoleon XIV, a songwriter best known for his hit song "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"
- When the voice was scolding Zach for drifting away from the Maelstrom in his dream, he used lines from the song "The Trial" by Pink Floyd.
- When Fullmetal woke up, the song "Gravity Hurts" by Brink was playing.
- Zachary and the Maelstrom voice in his head have lifted lines from songs by Nightwish, including "Master Passion Greed", "Scaretale", and "7 Days to the Wolves The phrase use to describe Holly Vinyaya's emotions while being pummeled by Colonel were also lifted from "Master Passion Greed."
- While locked up in Dino Attack's detention block, Demoman began singing "A Sailor Went To Sea".
- To rally up the Dino Attack Team for battle, Greybeard sang "Hoist the Colors".
- One comment in the comm chatter was a parody of the song "Singin' in the Rain".
- One comment in the comm chatter suggested Dr. Inferno was celebrating Evil Ogel's demise with the song "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps.
- Two comments in the comm chatter referred to Danny, Lisa, rocking out, and being on the radio.
- Later, Sam Race was listening to "Soldier Side" by System of a Down, whose name was LEGOized to "System of a Play".
- Thaddeus Brickhouse played symphonic metal band Epica's cover of Sergei Prokofiev's "Montagues and Capulets" while flying his Aerial Defense Unit.
- Many songs have been played by T-1 Typhoons during the final battle. Some, such as the famous "1812 Overture", are intended to boost morale, while others, such as the infamous "Friday", are meant to scare the enemy.
- One Dino Attack agent was singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" over the comm chatter.
- During her final confrontation with Oswald, Minerva quoted two lines from "Paid in Full".
- After the death of Blaire Darkling, one agent began singing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" over the comm chatter.
- Zachary Virchaus was singing "Wheel of Time" by Blind Guardian, whose name was LEGOized to "Block Guardian".
- Williams and Zimmer were reportedly playing "The Throne Room/End Title (Medley)" by John Williams and "One Last Shot" by Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt to celebrate Dino Attack's victory over Dr. Rex.
- The "2010 Overture" is named after the "1812 Overture".
- Zachary has a desire for a power metal concept album about the Dino Attack narrated by Christopher Lee, and he references Lee narrating for the band Requiem of Ice.
- The "Asteroids Megamix" by TheLairOfRockwhales was played at the LEGO Island celebration.
- One of the chapter titles for the downloadable Dino Attack RPG archive is "In Times of Trouble", quoting a lyric from "Let It Be".
Mythology and Religion
- The name Tex's parents gave to her originally was "Levia", a reference to the Leviathan, a sea monster mentioned in The Bible.
- Pharisee quotes Ezekiel 25:17 what beating up French Fries. He later quotes the beginning of a psalm before attempting to arrest Trigger.
- One comment over the comm chatter was a quote from the Bible, Psalm 23:4.
- Anubis is named after the ancient Egyptian god associated with the afterlife.
- The prose compares General holding up Dr. Rex's foot to the ancient Greek myth of Atlas holding up the sky.
- Artemis is named after the Greek goddess of the hunt.
- Loki is named after the trickster god of Norse Mythology.
- MegaBloks, the most well-known of LEGO's building toy competition, is used many times by characters as a cussword.
- While trapped in an Agents prison, David Norman was watching a television set that mentioned the value of the Stud going down, as a reference to real-life economics.
- Andrew has shown a strong interest in real world disasters, such as the sinking of the RMS Titanic, which is not unlike his creator.
- While not (yet) given any main focus on, there have been references to real-world locations on Earth, such as Sereve visiting his abandoned home of Chicago, and Andrew dreaming of New York City.
- Lord Sam Sinister once mentioned a Mayan calendar that marked the year 2010 as the apocalypse.
- The date December 21, 2010 has great significance in Dino Attack RPG, being the namesake of an apocalyptic alternate ending, the date of the final battle in the main continuity, and the day on which the RPG's final post was posted.
- During his interrogation, Dust often referred to historical events from World War II.
- Several people talked about putting XERRD Members on trial in a similar manner to the Nuremberg trials immediately after World War II, when surviving members of the Nazi party were tried for their involvement in the war.
- Williams references a famous quote by Martin Luther King Jr.
- Notable events of Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG, the original Pirates RPG, and Alpha Team RPG: Ogel's Last Stand are considered canon in Dino Attack RPG.
- Databoard, Kotua, Frozeen, and Magma originated as primary characters from Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG. The alpha female T-Rex, Rex, Chompy, PBB, the Ice Snake King, Libo, and General originated as NPCs from the same RPG.
- When Frozeen, Trigger, and Rex died, they heard a mysterious voice say "It is time." Frozeen managed to convince the voice to revive him. This concept was originally created by Kotua in Space in Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG.
- Shannon Grimton introduced herself as the only daughter of a deceased Alpha Team agent nicknamed Gromtin, who was a Red Shirt in the original Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG before becoming one of the major characters of Five Years Too Many.
- Kai is named after KanohiTakua's primary character in PeabodySam's Johnny Thunder RPG.
- Greybeard, Coral, and Elizabeth Winsor, who were primary characters from the original LEGO Pirates RPG, have been relocated to the Dino Attack RPG following its "death". A few NPCs, such as Goldbeard and Lt. Robert Maynard, have also made the transition.
- Nick Lightning was The Late Great QQQQ's primary character in TakunuvaC01's first Johnny Thunder RPG. His NPCs Mocaw and Razor also originate from the same RPG.
- Kate Bishop is a descendant of Roy Bishop, a character created by Atton Rand in TakunuvaC01's Johnny Thunder RPG Mark II.
- Samuel "Lay" Go and Ben Baseplate originated as primary characters from LEGO Island RPG.
- Rotor was actually first introduced in Alpha Team RPG: Ogel's Last Stand as a helicopter pilot who helped various Alpha Team agents in Antarctica.
- James McGregor once recounted an incident in his training which featured a character simply known as "The Drill Sergeant", a comic relief character known for his constant shouting and forcing people to march "up and down the square" who originated in Alpha Team RPG: Ogel's Last Stand.
- After reading a note from Captain Click, Rex made the following remark:
Rex: "Far too many notes for my taste. And most of them from a pirate. All we've read since we've came is pirate accent!"
- Later, Baron Typhonus and Lord Sam Sinister had the following exchange:
Baron Typhonus: "In sleep, I spoke to you. In dreams, I came. That voice which calls to you and speaks your name."
- Later, Baron Typhonus and Lord Sam Sinister had the following exchange:
- When Silencia Venomosa burst into Uærlig Sindstorme's office, he said the following line:
- Upon hearing Specs' order of retreat, an agent on the comm chatter shouting, "It's an outrage! It's a scandal!"
- A number of Dino Attack agents introduced by Jackson Lake in the Final Battle are named after figures from famous theare productions, including Giles and Desdemona.
- As he was emerging from his Angst Coma, Rex had the following thought:
Rex: "Then I defy you, stars!"
- Referencing Disney Theme Parks:
Fogel: "This chamber has no windows and no doors. Which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out! Of course, there's always my way..."
- Greybeard occasionally says "Ye may not survive to pass this way again".
- Greybeard, Ben Gunn, Brickspider Bot v1.0, Captain Click, Frank Einstein, Medic, Heavy, Michelle Glados, and Walker have spoken lines that are slightly-altered lyrics from "Still Alive".
Michelle Glados: "This is the part where we kill you."Michelle Glados: [to Trouble] "What? Are you still alive? You are joking! You have got to be kidding me!"
- Michelle Glados also gave a title drop to "Want You Gone".
- Rex tried to quickly come up with an excuse as to why he looked identical to Dr. Rex, and mentioned that Dr. Rex was a second uncle twice removed who was very good at baking cake, to which Ben Gunn replied: "That cake is a lie." Later, when Spino offered Ben Gunn cake, Ben Gunn ran away quickly.
- The Brickspider Bot v1.0 stated that Evil Ogel would have crushed it into a weighted cube and tossed into an Ogel Emergency Incinerator.
- The Brickspider Bot later quoted one of GLaDOS's lines from the climax of Portal.
- Michelle Glados is named after Chell and GLaDOS. Her parents, Caroline Glados and David Johnson Glados, are named after Caroline and Cave Johnson.
- Chell Glados holds a low opinion of Walter Breen, specifically referring to him as "a joke".
- The password required to disable the XERRD Fortress's force field was "2P2I10IB4", or "two plus two is ten in base four".
- Rick "Adventure" Spherus is based on the corrupted personality core "Rick" the Adventure Sphere.
- As a direct reference to Michelle Glados's origins, Dr. Cyborg once designed a videogame in which "Glados" was an insane artificial intelligence and "Michelle" was a woman trying to escape a lab with only a portal gun.
- Some of Michelle Glados's lines were actually taken from Wheatley:
- A number of Andrew Jackson's lines reference Cave Johnson's infamous rant about lemons. The entire rant, referred to as the "Get Mad! Fight Back!" speech by Kara Wise, is apparently a popular mp3 that was played over the comm chatter to motivate Dino Attack agents.
- Before using Ogel's new portal, General commented that Ogel should keep his Right-Hand Cat Mr. Whiskers away from the portal. General was recalling an incident in which they were testing out a new teleporter, but Mr. Whiskers jumped onto the teleporter, broke it, and sent General teleporting into the center of Alpha Team headquarters. Since then, General suggested that Ogel should rename Mr. Whiskers "Lamarr".
Dino Attack agent: "...sometimes I dream about cheese."
- One of the unnamed Dino Attack Agents has a habit of saying:
Rex: "This has been more than anyone can bear, but we will persevere."
- Laxus once got into an argument with another Dino Attack agent over the agent calling a game about beating up aliens with a crowbar "Half-LEGO," which Laxus was convinced wasn't right and didn't make sense at all. It simultaneously references the game and pokes fun at the "LEGOization" rule PeabodySam uses when referring to real-life things in-game; the Half-Life rename of "Half-LEGO" had been specifically used in the past when describing "LEGOization".
- Walter Breen is named after and inspired by Wallace Breen.
- The name "Einstein Device" is partially inspired by the Magnusson Device.
- Rex's first sentence after coming out of his Angst Coma was a line of dialogue from one of the Vortigaunts in Half-Life 2:
Andrew: "You're welcome. Oh, and if you see Baron Typhonus, tell him I said 'F-'"
- Much like Barney, Andrew wanted Rex to deliver a message to Baron Typhonus:
- Most of Spino and Aravis's weapons are based on weapons from Halo.
Ptero: "HORRIBLE, BAD, NASTY THINGS WITH TEETH AND-AND CLAWS AND- AUUGH!"
- One of Spino's nicknames is "Chief", a direct reference to Master Chief Petty Officer John-117.
- At several points, Sauro-Hunter was humming the MJOLNIR Mix.
- When describing the Mutant Dinos:
LeAnn Hanbrick: "Sir, finishing this fight."
- Claymore and Katana are named after SPARTAN-III fireteams.
- Shade is named after the turret used by Covenant forces in the Halo games, due to his ability to "rip his way" through infantry troops.
- Sauro-Hunter once made a reference to the Fall of Reach while fighting Hybrids outside of Mt. Bricklake.
- When the aforementioned outpost outside of Mountain Bricklake had been evacuated, Sauro-Hunter ordered any Dino Attack agent that wasn't a member of the Gaia Team to fall back, but LeAnn Hanbrick refused. When asked what she was doing:
Enox Phorm: "[...] I am a monument to all of your sins!"
- When Fullmetal defied Enox Phorm:
Enox Phorm: "[There] shall be two corpses in one grave— yours and mine."
- When Fullmetal attacked Enox Phorm:
- Stalling for time in the fight against Enox, Sauro-Hunter utilized one of Sergeant Johnson's lines from Halo 2, albeit changed to be appropriate for BZPower and the Dino Attack RPG.
- After the convoy reached the next outpost safely, Spino distributed Halo-inspired weapons, namely a weapon based on the DMR, Spartan Laser, and Plasma Repeater.
- The sequence in which Fullmetal counts down to the bombs being dropped on Enox Phorm's and Nekrosis' base was inspired by a cutscene in Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach.
- The modified Fire Hammer now in Fullmetal's possession was originally called the "Warthog" by its creator, but was renamed the "Puma" instead.
- When searching for a name for the UlTech dropship, the AI (who later named herself "Cortana") found the name "The Reclaimer" in a video game series involving aliens, powered armor, and AIs. This is a reference to Halo itself, and the name "The Reclaimer" is from 343 Guilty Spark's term for Master Chief.
- Dr. Cyborg's original term for Cyrista's Bane was "Promethean Knight".
- Stranger's backstory was inspired by the first Left 4 Dead game, specificially modeled after the character Bill.
Amanda Claw: "Infiltrators always hide unconscious or dead guards in the utility closet, so when things start looking fishy, that's the first place the rest of the guards will look. We'll have to look for something less orthodox... Don't ask how I know that."
- Mercy Hospital, the setting of most of Merciful Escape, is named after the hospital from the first campaign, No Mercy, in Left 4 Dead. The battle on the rooftop against a Mutant Raptor while waiting for a rescue helicopter was also a reference to the No Mercy finale.
- Expressing her point of view regarding hiding guards in utility closets, something the ordinary person shouldn't know about:
Pyro: "By the time I was done there, every Mutant Dino, XERRD scientist, and Inferno goon had third-degree burns on 95% of their bodies!"
- One comment over the comm chatter was recalling an incident involving the commenter's friend Kieth. Another comment over the comm chatter quoted Nick's last line in the "Zombie Survival Guide" trailer. Someone else on the comm chatter hates a lot of things, but not vests.
- Recalling the battle for the LEGO Island laboratory:
Lisa: Hey, Walker! Just pretend they're all carrying credit cards!
- Referencing one of Francis's lines from Crash Course:
- A Dino Attack agent named Francis thinks that the Mutant Dinos are dragons, just as Left 4 Dead's Francis thinks that the Infected are vampires.
- The statue that marked the location of the Temple of Creation was a green and brown Minifig holding a Penrose triangle above his head. This was a subtle reference to the ending of the original Legend of Zelda game, in which Link holds the Triforce above his head in a similar fashion.
- Zelda Frodongan is obviously named after Princess Zelda, but her last name is also an anagram of Ganondorf.
- In order to provoke Señor Palomar:
Frozeen: "It's dangerous to go alone. Here, take this!"
- At one point, Frozeen imagined a situation in which Gromtin's Creative Spark was flying around him, shouting "HEY!" and "LISTEN!" to catch his attention, and reminding him of things that he already knew.
- The dawn of December 21, 2010, the day of the Final Battle, was marked by the title "Dawn of The Final Day -24 Hours Remain-".
- Kara Wise made a reference to fanfictions of The Legend of Zelda. When asked about it, Kara explained that the game was about a hero named Brink who was saving a princess named Zelda from a villain named Ganonblock, an obvious LEGOization of The Legend of Zelda's character names.
- As Frozeen gave Rex a Cosmotronic Ray:
Comm chatter: "I wonder if playing the "Song of Storms" backwards will make the sun come out, because this rain is really starting to bug me."
- In response to the final battle's weather:
Baron Typhonus: Learning that he was - is - a puppet didn't do much for him either. Unfortunately, Ronald will not get death like dear Oswald. He will destroy until nothing is left. Then... well, a puppet that can no longer be used is mere garbage. This puppet's role will end soon enough.[...]Dr. Rex: I... I shall consume! Consume... consume everything!
- A number of Dino Attack agents have given Boss Subtitles to Dr. Rex, including "Mutant Tyrant Lizard King" and "Evil Madman".
- Although a more direct reference to TV Tropes, Baron Typhonus has been accused by the comm chatter of being even worse about "hijacking the plot" than Ganondorf.
- Zelda Frodongan's mother, Tetra Frodongan, is named after the pirate girl Tetra from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Her father, Noot Kiln, is an anagram for Toon Link, the name first coined in Super Smash Bros. Brawl given to the cel-shaded Link that first appeared in The Wind Waker.
- Anju and Kafei, an agent couple who decided to get married during the Final Battle, were named after characters from Majora's Mask.
- Referencing the big reveal in Majora's Mask:
- The final battle against Dr. Rex took place amongst the flames of the burning Dino Attack Headquarters, during which Dr. Rex was cloaked nearly entirely in shadow save for the glowing of his eyes. This presentation of the battle was intended as a tribute to the final battle of Ocarina of Time.
- Plastic Serpent is very loosely based on Solid Snake, with his physical appearance most closely matching that of Old Snake.
- Dr. Naomi Hale is based upon Dr. Naomi Hunter from the Metal Gear series, who was voiced by Jennifer Hale.
- One of the chapter titles for the downloadable Dino Attack RPG archive is "Cobra Unit".
- In First Assignment, Dino Attack agents use the radio frequency 140.15, which is Meryl's codec number. Rex's radio later gets knocked onto the frequency 141.12, which is Otacon's codec number.
- Holly Vinyaya's zero suit is based upon that of Samus Aran.
- Dr. Cyborg's Maelstrom-fueled Hypermode is a reference to the Hypermode capability of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
- Dr. Cyborg's combat mode is partially based off of Samus Aran's Power Suit, among other sources as well.
- In the New Year's party, there was said to be a Setroid Prime 2: Echoes multiplayer tournament that Dr. Cyborg participated in and won.
- The alpha T-Rex dons a T-Rex skull as a helmet during battle. This is inspired by the Pokémon species Cubone, which is known for wearing the skulls of their deceased mothers.
Comm chatter: "This Mutant Lizard is different from regular Mutant Lizards. It's like this Mutant Lizard is in the top percentage of Mutant Lizards."
- During the Final Battle:
- Dr. Oak and his grandson Gary are named after Professor Samuel Oak and Gary Oak.
- The name of the Torn World is derived from an early English translation of the Distortion World's Japanese name.
- There were rumors among lower Dino Attack ranks that a giant Space Police airship called the Daedalus would come to aid the team during the final battle.
- Johnny "Bricking" Gat is a homage to a prominent member of the Third Street Saints that appears in all three games of the series.
- Kotua in Space was a huge fan of Sonic the Hedgehog, and his writing contains many references to the series. Most infamously, Chaos was based upon the water creature of the same name from Sonic Adventure, with the Chaos Emeralds used by Kotua being a recurring element of the series. Kotua's airship, the Voltage, is also modeled after the Egg Carrier.
- The XERRD scientist Dr. Robert Nicholas is inspired by Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik. Dr. Nicholas was first seen in a hovercraft with a wrecking ball, a tribute to Dr. Robotnik's first boss battle in the first game.
- Zed Provhezor is inspired by Ze Professor von Kriplespak, and his death and final words were an allusion to those of Ze Professor. This was referenced by Minerva Fabello, who misheard Zed Provhezor's name as "Ze Professor".
Ronald Army: "Reporting, commander! Oh Eight Thirty, bomb must arrive at said destination! Oh Eight Twenty-Five, bomb must... wait... Oh Eight Twenty... no, that’s not right either... Oh Eight Thirty... Oh Eight... Oh Znap! Tell you what, Megablok that Znap!"
- When Sgt. Ronald Army attempts to brief Specs on the Second Headquarters Squad's activities:
- Cranky the Stromling Ape is based upon Donkey Kong from the Donkey Kong Country series. He is named after Cranky Kong, who was the Donkey Kong of the original Donkey Kong arcade games.
- Kiddy the Stromling Monkey is based upon Diddy Kong and named after Kiddy Kong.
- Cranky and Kiddy were dropped off on Adventurers' Island after Marco Martinet saved Primrose from Cranky, a reference to the original Donkey Kong arcade game in which Mario saves Pauline from Donkey Kong.
- Cranky and Kiddy's method of rolling up to Semick's Fire Hammer by Kiddy running on top of a rolling Cranky is a reference to the Kong Roll used in Donkey Kong Country Returns.
- Doctor Marco Martinet started a reference to the Dr. Mario games before expanding to being inspired by the Super Mario Bros. series as a whole. His brother, Louie Martinet, is based upon Luigi, his cousins Warner and Wallace are inspired by Wario and Waluigi, and his former love interests Pearl and Primrose are inspired by Princess Peach and Pauline, respectively. Additionally, the sports Martinet participated in his youth (including going to the olympics) are references to various Mario spin-off games.
- Dr. Alvin Gadd, a XERRD scientist, is named after Professor Elvin Gadd from Luigi's Mansion. One of Alvin Gadd's inventions, the Flight and Laser Ultra Destruction Device, is based upon one of Elvin Gadd's inventions, the Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device.
- Rosalie Mercedes is based upon Princess Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy. Her first appearance flying into the final battle with a fleet of T-1 Typhoons following her and destroying Fright Knight windships was inspired by the cutscene in Super Mario Galaxy featuring Rosalina flying into Bowser's Galaxy Reactor and destroying the airships that guarded it.
- One comment on the comm chatter showed someone finding a technicolor butterfly and declaring it "hi-technical."
- One comment thought the Maelstrom had been created by a chaos heart and needed pure hearts to defeat it, referencing the Void created by Count Bleck in Super Paper Mario.
- King Joseph Race and Lord Vladek's climatic battle against Willa the Witch and her hijacked Thunder Driller is a tribute to the final boss battle of Banjo-Tooie.
- One comment suggested that the Maelstrom used bombs to suck other worlds into a subspace.
- The Second Headquarters Squad consists of nine Dino Attack agents named after and inspired by the character classes of Team Fortress 2. The name "Second Headquarters Squad" is also a play on "Team Fortress 2".
Dr. Rex: "And then you'll kill me, right?"Baron Typhonus: "Later."
- Sniper's real name, Brixton Hale, is a reference to Saxton Hale.
- When the Brickster suggested that Spy was The Mole, Tail jokingly stated that the Mole is always the Scout, referencing the "Meet the Spy" trailer. Much later, the manner in which Engineer, Medic, Sniper, Spy, Scout, Soldier, and Heavy were killed was heavily inspired by the "Meet The Spy" trailer; Pyro and Demoman, who were the only survivors in Dino Attack RPG, were the only two classes not explicitly killed in "Meet The Spy".
- Raider's personality is inspired by the Scout and Demoman classes.
- The "Injection Saw" that was introduced as an instrument for Maelstrom formula injection by XERRD scientists was inspired by the Übersaw.
- Brick League United, a company devoted to the development of science, technology, and engineering, is named after Builders League United. Likewise, Reliable Excavation Deconstruction, a demolitions company, is named after Reliable Excavation Demolition. As revealed by Edward Korrupte, the two companies share a background similar to that of the two factions, including being founded by rival brothers and hiring teams of mercenaries in the 1950s.
- Adventure's personality draws some elements from Saxton Hale.
- Angel Eyes giving Heavy a piece of steak and claiming it was a sandwich was a reference to the Buffalo Steak Sandvich.
- Upon meeting Pyro, Clint got into a brief debate with the rest of the Second Headquarters Squad when he mistook Pyro for a woman. This, coupled with Andrea Jackson Orange briefly assuming Pyro's identity (resulting in a faux gender reveal), was inspired by real-life debates regarding the true identity of the Team Fortress 2 Pyro. In Dino Attack RPG, the real Pyro's name, Andrew Jackson, is that of an American president, as a reference to the first BLU Pyro, Abraham Lincoln.
- When A.J. Orange was posing as Pyro and attempting to defend herself from The Mole by burning everything in sight, she kept shouting the muffled message "Spmm chmmmk!" As confirmed by Word of God, what A.J. was actually saying was "Spy check!".
- In his ramblings, Adventure once mentioned a monkey named Vladimir Bananas flying off into space.
- After refusing to put on Pyro's gear, A.J. Orange explained that wearing a gas mask and balaclava for such long periods of time made her sometimes hallucinate a Sugar Bowl world full of giant lollipops that she gave to baby dinosaurs.
- A quick exchange between Dr. Rex and Baron Typhonus during the Final Battle:
- One of the chapter titles for the downloadable Dino Attack RPG archive is "Conundrums of Philosophy".
Comm chatter: Excuse me! I'm in need of medical attention!
- Tex's father Ragnorok was named after the mech of the same name from Mech Assault.
- One of the chapter titles for the downloadable Dino Attack RPG archive is "Mech Assault".
- Stranger's appearance is inspired by the player character from Nocturne.
- Mur is named after Murtaugh, a character in the puzzle game series Submachine. His prosthetic arm was based upon the the Karma arm.
- Dr. William Lee is named after Dr. Wily.
- ShadowTech's Four Guardians Harpunia, Fefnir, Leviathon, and Phantom are named after and based upon the Four Guardians of Neo Arcadia.
Comm chatter: "Do a barrel roll!"
Comm chatter: "All our base are belong to them?"
Comm chatter: "I'm sorry, guys, I'm pulling out! You are left for dead!"
- Frank Bowman originated from a Brickfilm created by Atton Rand.
- The scene involving the Hotel Owner was also inspired by the climax of the same film. The Hotel Owner himself was a random character who showed up in one scene and introduced himself as "the Owner of the Intergalactic Hotel".
- Dr. Paulie Gonepus, a XERRD scientist, is heavily based upon Dr. Octogonapus. Paulie's weapon of choice, the Maelaser, is based on the titular Lazer, and Paulie's battle cry when firing the Maelaser is a reference to the Shoop Da Whoop. Sam Sinister mistakenly refers to the scientist as "Octo Gonepus" as a reference to his inspiration.
Paulie Gonepus: "IMMA FIRIN' MAELASER!"
- Andrew Jackson's ramblings briefly reference the Shoop Da Whoop, though it's largely concealed by his Angrish.
- Dino Attack agent Randal is named after Randal Octogonapus. Randal's death, in which the lower half of his body was disintegrated by Paulie's Maelaser, was a mirrored version of Randal Octogonapus's death in The Lazer Collection 5.
- Tex and Crunchbite are named after characters of the same names from Red vs. Blue.
- The password to Dr. Inferno's laptop is "Password".
- While in Antarctica, Alpha Team agents Artix and Wyldfyr used a modified Fire Hammer nicknamed "Puma".
- After returning to LEGO City's location after the Constructopedia had a page ripped out, Sauro-Hunter felt guilty, and Aravis and Ptero assured him that it wasn't his fault, while Spino, Valencia and the Dinos stood nearby "[...] silent as a whisper you only say to the wind at midnight." The term was borrowed from Church's description of Sergeant Johnson in a Red vs Blue Halo 3: ODST PSA.
- At one point, several of the Second Headquarters Squad members were seen participating in a food debate.
With his head held high along with his hat, Engineer proudly proclaimed: "Nope."
- Demoman singing "A Sailor Went To Sea" references the Seeman.
- The partnership of Demoman and "See" the Mutant Raptor is a tribute to the Rappy "n" Demo videos by 69Starmix96.
- Heavy's beatdown of Trigger on account of his disliking sandwiches was loosely inspired by Heavy Is Dad.
Demoman: "Ah, Ronald! Why do th' good always hafta die young? They got more cross-dressin' flame-retardant arsonists than they got th' likes of you! Everyone thinks I'm just a..."
- General's final moments were partially inspired by the death of the RED Spy in The First Wave.
- Andrew once cited the "YTP method", described as a mash-up of random "loud and dumb" clips, as a method of shielding one's mind.
- When Snake and Plastic Serpent met, each one remarked that he thought the other was dead. For Plastic Serpent, it was an indirect reference to Metal Gear Awesome, in which Egoraptor gets an accidental "GAME OVER" because Colonel mistakenly "thought Snake was dead".
- Ernesto Fabello is a mute Space Police officer in a Space Police stop-motion series by Brikman McStudz who was named by a name generator on accident. He has since been established as the brother of Isaac Fabello and uncle of Minerva and Oswald.
Andrew Jackson: "... OR I'LL BURN WHERE YOU LIVE AND I'LL BURN YOUR HOUSE WHEN YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT AND BURN YOUR MOUTH!"
- Andrew Jackson shouted "BURN STUFF!◊" over the radio, as a reference to Tales Of The Chibi-Toa, a sprite comic by Tomiku which started BZPower's infamous depiction of Toa Tahu as a Pyro Maniac.
- Zelda Frodongan's musings about the difference between pirate ninjas and ninja pirates in a reference to the LEGO webcomic Brick House, in which the main protagonist, Whiskey Tango, elaborates on the difference between the two.
- Blade is based upon Black Mage of 8-Bit Theater, and much of Metty the Black Wizard's writing is full of other references to the comic.
- Rex and Zero briefly adopted the codenames "PeaSam" and "Norik". PeabodySam's character is Rex, and BZPower Noob #30000 (whose BZPower nickname was "Norik the Silver Toa" at the time)'s character is Zero.
- The Brickspider Bot v1.0 was originally designed for the "Design a Brickster-Bot" contest for Tacku's fan-made LEGO Island 3. According to the Brickspider Bot's dialogue, notable events of LEGO Island 3 are considered canon in Dino Attack RPG.
- Referencing BZPower's 92%/8% signature fad.
Comm chatter: "80 percent of teens have moved on to rap. If you're among the 20 percent of real music fans like Rotor, put this message in your Dino Attack description."
- During the final battle, Walker, Lovhaug, and Dr. Insano teamed up as a tribute to That Guy with the Glasses.
- Starting in Dino Attack: At War's End, many references to TV Tropes have been made.
- The comm chatter often references internet memes, including:
Comm chatter: "Watch out, We got a badman over here!"Comm chatter: "ERMAHGERD AH KERLED A RERPTER!"
- Zachary can't bring himself to say "idiot", instead self-censoring himself and saying "cool dude" instead. Someone on the comm chatter also tries to promote saying "cool dude" instead of "idiot".
- Bartholomew Enderson is loosely modeled after Dominic the Bartender.
- While discussing things coming out of nowhere with no lead-up, Frozeen referred to a "Big-Lipped Alligator Moment".
- The dialogue in the scene where Rex volunteers to let his Creative Spark be used in the Einstein Device was inspired by an argument between The Nostalgia Critic and Film Brain in To Boldly Flee Part 7.
- Walker is largely modeled after The Nostalgia Critic, including a pistol as a weapon of choice, ranting and criticizing anything that doesn't make sense, and having a Berserk Button pushed by a guy named "Batman" talking about his credit card.
Comm chatter: "Man, we really fried the coke in that battle, huh guys?"
- Referencing Nostalgia Critic's review of Double Team:
Comm chatter: "...I hope he will never stop, or else I will be nostalgic..."
- A lyric is quoted from the "Nostalgia Critic Anthem" by Sad Panda:
Walker: It's a Mega Bloking T-Rex!
- Referencing Nostalgia Critic's review of Jurassic Park:
- The depiction of Lovhaug as a pistol-shooting comic geek who proves his masculinity by punching things in the gut is modeled after Linkara.
Comm chatter: "If only there was an Office Max nearby!"
- Dr. Insano is a tribute to the character of the same name from The Spoony Experiment.
Comm chatter: "Anybody got change?"
- Many of Stromling!Zach's lines and much of his personality was based upon the Darkness from Stupid Mario Brothers.
- Blaire Darkling is based upon Blaire Vherestorm. His alias Matthew Vherestorm takes from the character's name and his actor, Matthew Howlett.
- Marco Martinet's backstory was heavily inspired by the events of There Will Be Brawl.
- Holly Vinyaya's eye injury was partly inspired by Samus Aran's injury.
Andrew Jackson: "... AND I'LL BURN YOU AND I'LL BURN YOUR MUTANT DINOS AND I'LL BURN YOUR FOOD AND I'LL BURN SO MUCH APPLE JUICE THAT THEY WON'T BE HAPPY IN PARAGUAY ANYMORE!"
- Elite Agent Bacon serves as an allusion to Rub Some Bacon On It.
- Zach's promise of destroying the Dino Attack Team is a reference to the "Pinkie Promise".
- One of the fake spoilers in the 2012 April Fools' Day prank claimed that Dino Attack: At War's End would be succeeded by Dino Attack RPG: Friendship is Magic.
- Raine Dashworthy is named after and based upon Rainbow Dash. Her appearance is based upon human interpretations of the character.
- One comment in the comm chatter claimed that "friendship is magic".
- Two separate lines on the comm chatter use memetic lines used by Rainbow Dash, including her "ten seconds flat" line and "20% cooler" line.
- Andrew's "other conscious" mentioned that Andrew would eventually begin to watch a TV show about color flying ponies.
- The Agent pilots that aided Raine Dashworthy in destroying Willa the Witch's Windship were named after characters in the series, including Soarin', Cloudchaser, Gilda, Spitfire, Rapidfire, Snowflake, and Nightmare Moon.
- Zachary Virchaus received a plush of Pinkie Pie, prompting Laxus to do some research on the show.
- While taunting The Mole:
Engineer: "Thought you could be a wily lil' coyote and catch yourself a roadrunner?"
- An agent on the comm chatter began to sing "The Doom Song".
- A Mutant Raptor was locked out of a room, only to perform an elaborate scheme involving a newspaper to unlock the door.
Frozeen: "You can't lock a Mutant Raptor out of a room. They're too smart!"