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
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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.
- Special Encounters:
- A crashed Federation shuttle with some dead Red Shirts.
- A giant stone ring that takes the player back in time to before Vault 13's water chip broke. The stone ring itself is a reference to the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "City On The Edge Of Forever.''
- A group of men in power armor claiming to be King Arthur and his knights, who ask if you've seen the Holy Hand Grenade Of Antioch. A Dummied Out (and restored in the Restoration Project mod) second encounter features them fighting (and most likely getting slaughtered by) a vorpal rat, with the Holy Hand Grenade as droppable loot.
- Related to the above, the player can also find themselves having to cross the Bridge of Death, but first they have to answer the bridgekeeper's three questions: "What is your name?" "What is your quest?" and then a random question pertaining to fairly obscure Fallout trivia. Failure is punishable by instant death, but it's also possible to answer the third question with a question, whereupon the bridgekeeper explodes messily.
- An exploded whale and a bowl of petunias.
- The "Tin Man" (really just a man in Enclave power armor that has rusted into immobility and needs to be oiled.)
- "The Unwashed Villagers hunting a spammer" (referencing an occurrence on the Interplay forum, where a Troll called The Grim Reaper continuously harassed a Fallout fan community called the Unwashed Villagers.)
- One of Cassidy's fourth wall-breaking lines has him wishing that he had a limit break.
- Vault City citizens will occasionally remark that they feel doubleplusgood today.
- Upon recruiting Myron, the player can say "It's 106 miles to Arroyo, we've got a full fusion cell, half a pack of RadAway, it's midnight, and I'm wearing a 50 year old Vault 13 jumpsuit. Let's hit it."
- Gecko features an intelligent mole rat named Brain who talks about taking over the world.
- The Chosen One can ask Jeremy for a Moss Covered Three Handled Family Gredunza.
- Cassidy will occasionally mention that his dad named him after a comic book character, possibly referencing Cassidy from Preacher.
- When becoming a pro boxer in New Reno, some of the nicknames you can choose for yourself are the names of characters from Punch-Out!! or G.I. Joe.
- One of your boxing opponents in New Reno can bite off your ear and inflict a permanent Perception point loss, referencing Mike Tyson's infamous bout with Evander Holyfield.
- One of the game's recruitable NPCs is an AI named Skynet.
- A computer inside the Vault City vault will occasionally remark "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play."
- Cassidy will also occasionally wonder if Texas survived the war.
- Asking Whiskey Bob about the Den will have him remark that you will not find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
- The Hubologists are a Take That! to Scientology.
- Kitsune, one of the Dummied Out recruitable NPCs (and restored in the Restoration Project mod,) has Mismatched Eyes thanks to an eye transplant. When asked about it, she'll say that she feels like she sees the past in one eye and the present in the other.
- Cat Jules, another of the Dummied Out recruitable NPCs, is basically a Captain Ersatz of Cat from Red Dwarf.
- The Toaster appears in the Restoration mod. Lister's line of "Or muffins! We don't like muffins here! We want no muffins, no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and DEFINITELY no smeggin' flapjacks!" as a dialogue option for the player.
- Asking Dex, the third of the Dummied Out recruitable NPCs what life was like before the end of the war will have him spin an outlandish tale featuring, among other things, Godzilla, Ferris Bueller and the Tarrasque.
- After tracking down the location of Chip's spleen in San Francisco to Dr. Wong, he jokes about preparing it with fava beans and a nice Chianti.
- Another one to Monty Python. In the Den, a dialogue with Mom the diner owner is a shout-out to the spam sketch:
Mom: We just have rat-pie, rat-loaf, and spaghetti.
Chosen One: Uh, could I get something without so much rat in it?
Mom: You could have the spaghetti. It doesn't have too much rat in it—just the sauce, that's all.
- A reference to the Church Police sketch, in Redding if you ask the Sheriff how he knew you were a ranger he tells you that it's tattooed on the back of your neck.
- The description text of the .44 Magnum revolver includes the famous quote of Harry Callahan about feeling lucky.
- The game Tragic: The Garnering, which the ghoul Wooz in the town of Gecko plays, is a parody of Magic: The Gathering.
- In the town of Gecko where's a ghoul named Gordon, who believes that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
- Some of the Enclave troopers sing "Shines the name, shines the name, shines the name of Rodger Young".
- If you bring Renesco the Rocketman in New Reno the glasses gotten from the sentient radscorpion, Renesco will thank you, and you'll have an option to say:
- You can also ask Renesco about the song "Rocketman" by Elton John.
- There is a mining town named Broken Hills in the game. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior was filmed near a mining town called Broken Hill.
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- A full list can be found here.
- "The Nuka-Cola Challenge" is, obviously, a reference to the 'Coca-Cola Challenge' ad campaign.
- Three Dog's style is an Homage/Expy of noted Fifties DJ Wolfman Jack.
- The tree-god Harold in Oasis says of his followers, "They hear me, but they don't really listen, if you know what I mean." That can be seen as a reference to the song "I Talk to the Trees" from the 1969 musical Paint Your Wagon: ''I talk to the trees / But they don't listen to me..."
- Dr. Zimmer's android bodyguard is called Armitage. And the entirety of "The Replicated Man" sidequest is a Homage to Blade Runner.
- One of the game's sidequests has you steal the Declaration of Independence.
- Nuka-Cola Quantum's marketing slogan is "Take the leap...enjoy a Quantum!"
- The main quest "Tranquility Lane" is one huge Homage to Harlan Ellison®'s I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.
- This game's version of the .44 Magnum revolver has an attached scope, in reference to Lord Humungus' weapon in The Road Warrior.
- In general, the Mad Max films are referenced prominently throughout the game. Most notably, the Raiders encountered throughout the Capital Wasteland have their clothing and armor designed to resemble the armor used by the antagonists and bandits of The Road Warrior. Additionally, Little Lamplight being a settlement made up entirely of young children in a post-apocalyptic wasteland is likely a reference to Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
- Mirelurk Kings are basically Fallout's version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
- The members of the Temple of the Union are all named after members of Abraham Lincoln's executive staff.
- Liberty Prime is a clear Shout-Out to The Iron Giant, complete with the US government trying and utterly failing to destroy it In the main campaign, that is.
- In the Georgetown townhouse, there is a Mr. Handy acting like nothing has happened in the intervening 200 years, and whom will go to the (long dead) children's room and read them the poem "There Will Come Soft Rains" (in which nature rolls on after mankind has killed itself in nuclear war). Indeed, the whole house is a reference to Ray Bradbury's story based on the poem (You can read it on this website or this PDF document.)
- The Mysterious Stranger carries a .44 Magnum. The Mark Twain story The Mysterious Stranger has an alt title: No. 44.
- The Dunwich Building is named after The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft, and has a suitably Lovecraftian atmosphere. The Good Karma ending to the quest "The Dark Heart of Blackhall" (given in the Point Lookout DLC) involves taking a Necronomicon Expy there to be destroyed.
- Doctor Lesko is named after the scientist from the ant movie Phase IV, and sounds like (and is about as responsible as) Professor Farnsworth.
- Tenpenny Tower is possibly a Shout-Out to Land of the Dead, where a corrupt leader has an elitist refuge against the outside world under threat by zombies (who are significantly smarter than most others think they are).
- In the game's opening, one of the images shown is the head of a statue, lying amongst a pile of rubble. This could be reminiscent of the poem "Ozymandias", as is the general theme of the entire game.
- You find a highly-intelligent Super Mutant named Fawkes in Isolation Cell 5 of a vault that was a secret government installation testing the use of gene and germ therapy on unwilling subjects. Sound familiar?
- Mayor R.J. Macready of Little Lamplight probably takes his name from a character in The Thing (1982).
- The houses in Minefield are one big reference to Hideo Kojima's Snatcher. You find a dead body labelled "Gibson", said body is missing his head, which is placed near the body, and searching said body yields a note reading "Search the house!" Searching said house yields items. This is referencing Snatcher's Jean-Jack Gibson, who also ended up decapitated and had the exact same note on him.
- There's a restaurant chain called Dot's Diners.
- When they spot you, Mothership Zeta's Abominations will point their fingers at you and make a really creepy open-mouthed howl, a reference to the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
- When the game was released, many reviewers pointed out similarities to Philip K. Dick's The Penultimate Truth, including the hero venturing out from an underground vault into an irradiated wasteland and finding out the President of the United States, heard only over loudspeakers, is secretly an artificial intelligence. Not only that, but the game's 50s-inspired Zeerust aesthetic and tragicomic black humor owe a significant debt to the author's work.
- Beneath the Planet of the Apes has some pretty clear influences on the game, what with a ruined subway station that leads to a human settlement and a cult that worships a nuclear bomb.
- 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.
- One of robots' combat taunts is "Hey, baby, wanna kill all da humans?"