Shout Out / Fallout

The Fallout series is a series overloaded with references. Aside from the obvious Mad Max and 1950's pulp sci-fi influences, everything from Star Trek to Monty Python gets referenced.

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The series as a whole

  • A recurring piece of armor is a one-sleeved leather jacket that's very reminiscent of the classic Mad Max outfit.
  • A recurring weapon in the first two games is a Red Ryder BB gun.
  • A recurring drug in the games are called Mentats.
  • Almost every special encounter in the series is a reference to something.
  • There are multiple Doctor Who references throughout the series, including special encounters in the first two games and numerous Wild Wasteland trait encounters in Fallout: New Vegas.
  • The Desert Rangers are given multiple mentions during the series. Tycho from the first game was one and by New Vegas they've been absorbed into the NCR Rangers.


Fallout 2

Fallout 3

  • "The Nuka-Cola Challenge" is, obviously, a reference to the 'Coca-Cola Challenge' ad campaign.
  • Three Dog's style is an homage or Expy of noted Fifties DJ Wolfman Jack.
  • The tree-god in Oasis says of his followers, "They hear me, but they don't really listen, if you know what I mean." A reference to an old song: ''I talk to the trees / But they don't listen to me...
  • Dr. Zimmer's android bodyguard is called Armitage.
  • One of the game's sidequests has you steal the Declaration of Independence.
  • Nuka-Cola Quantum's slogan is "Take the leap...enjoy a Quantum!"
  • This game's version of the .44 Magnum revolver has an attached scope, in reference to Lord Humungus' weapon in The Road Warrior.
  • Mirelurk Kings are basically Fallout's version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • The members of the Temple of the Union are named after members of Abraham Lincoln's executive staff.
  • The Dunwich Building, as evident from the name, is basically one big H.P. Lovecraft reference.
  • Liberty Prime is a clear shoutout to the Iron Giant, complete with the US government trying and utterly failing to destroy it In the main campaign, that is
  • There's a house in George Town with a Mr. Handy operating like nothing happened, a reference to the short story There Will Come Soft Rains complete with reciting the titular poem.

Fallout: New Vegas

Has its own page.

Fallout: Van Buren

Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel

  • Special Encounters:
    • A crashed plane with the remains of Amelia Earhart hanging out of the cockpit.
    • A liquid metal brahmin named the B1000 that spouts Terminator quotes.
    • A bazaar where the party can purchase the Devilthorn Jacket, a reference to the Demonspike Coat from Diablo (and completely unwearable due to having the exact same stat requirements.) The people in the bazaar also spout common MMORPG player lines (in particular from EverQuest.)
    • Two super mutants named the The Brothers Grimm.
    • A building full of people being used as human batteries for a robot overlord.
    • Two bickering factions named the Canadian People's Front and the People's Front of Canada (named after Monty Python's Life of Brian's Judean People's Front and the People's Front of Judea.)
    • A woman named Janet Badall (named after Jane Goodall) trying to open and free a cage full of deathclaws.
    • A group of invisible "Evereddy Bunnies" boasting about how they keep going and going (a reference to the Energizer Bunny.)
    • The Komodo Man (a reference to Steve Irwin).
    • A couple of l33tspeak-speaking people named Ph4tman and L33tleboy (named after the two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II).
    • The wreckage of Soviet research station Mir.
    • A near Pitch Black area covered in deathclaws, with a man named Riddick offering to lead you out safely.
    • A "Reaver Dance" (a reference to the Riverdance.)
    • A brahmin named Cole surrounded by ghost brahmin, claiming that "I see dead brahmin."
    • The body of Jack Dawson, carrying the Heart of the Ocean and a painting of one of his French girls (which is just a stick figure drawing.)
    • A cameo from Morte from Planescape: Torment.
    • You can come across a group of Super Mutants named the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. All they do is complain about their living conditions. Famine is always complaining how nothing ever grows around the camp. Pestilence is always coughing and tired, saying he's going back to bed. Death is complaining about how nobody ever respects life anymore, and War is contemplating giving peace a chance, and how people complain how he never changes.
      War: War never changes? FUCK YOU! YOU DON'T KNOW ME!
  • One of robots' combat taunts is "Hey, baby, wanna kill all da humans?"

Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel

Fallout 4

Has its own page.