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- Most of the quests are named after song titles.
- You can find a farm with two damaged farmhouses, a pickup and burnt down house with a dead body. Upon finding all four pages of the body's diary (one on the truck, one in each farmhouse, one in the house) you will learn that his parents were turned into Feral Ghouls, he killed them, and then thought that the animals were plotting to kill him and take over the farm.
- A criminal with a love for explosives with the last name Cobb, first initial J? Where have I heard that before?
- Your character is Courier #6.
- A pretty darn obscure one is the New Vegas Samurai trophy/achievement. Look at the Vault Boy picture.
- One of the brains you can heal Rex with comes from a dog named Rey.
- A drug addict expresses surprise and disbelief at seeing corn in his... waste.
- A domesticated mole rat in Sloan is named Snuffles.
- One of the possible perks to gain is called "The Professional," complete with image of a Badass Longcoat, Cool Shades, Guns Akimbo Assassin... and his plant.
- Here's a little story about Jack and Diane... two Great Khan drug cooks doin'... the best they can.
- "Good? Bad? The guy with the gun calls the shots."
- At the REPCONN Test Site, a man berates his co-worker in a terminal conversation for not bringing cake to his retirement party. The next person to recite the most overused video game quote of the last decade will be slapped. Better yet: that man's name was Gordon.
- There's a very subtle one that they really had to do the research to dig up - there's a minor, otherwise unimportant member of the gang known as The Kings carrying a unique barber's razor called Figaro. Examining the map reveals that the location he is found in corresponds almost exactly to the location of the real life Figaro's Barber Shop in Las Vegas.
- The Shotgun Surgeon perk likely alludes to the following Mexican Standoff dialogue from Kill Bill:
The Bride: You pretty good with this shotgun?
Assassin: Not that I need to be at this range, but I'm a fucking surgeon with this shotgun!
- During the battle at Hoover Dam, heard over the NCR radio:
- Also he orders unit 4 to back up unit 8, unit 15 to back up unit 16, and unit 23 to wait for backup from unit 42
- House's obituary contains a small shout out to Lolita.
- You can be forgiven for expecting the first words of his giant, green-headed avatar to be "I AM OZ!"
- After your first meeting with him, Cass actually advises you to look behind the curtain.
- Another Oz reference is in Old World Blues, where the Courier has his brain, heart and spine replaced with cybernetics and is given the respective perks "Heartless", "Brainless", and "Spineless", referencing the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion's predicaments.
- When you finally confront Mobius to get your original body parts back, he says it reminds him of a story about "a band of murderous thugs" went on a journey to get "brains, a heart and courage...spine". For bonus points, the interior Mobius's lair is emerald-tinted.
- You can be forgiven for expecting the first words of his giant, green-headed avatar to be "I AM OZ!"
- Listen awhile to Jerry The Punk come up with poetry he asks himself "What rhymes with indulgent? ...Effulgent?"
- Ralph from Mick and Ralph's says "Like I always say, a polite society is an armed society."
- When protecting the President, you have the option to make a report over the radio.
- The unique variant of the Tesla Cannon known as the "Tesla-Beaton Prototype."
- La Fantoma is obviously the female, Hispanic version of The Phantom.
- One of the sidequests involves a former Omerta trying to free his "dancer" girlfriend from her life at Gomorrah and running as far away from New Vegas with her as possible. His name? Carlito.
- Vault 11's premise is heavily based upon The Lottery, although with an additional Take That to political parties that use an ostensible democracy to undermine the good of its own citizens.
- The specific wordings used to tell you to sit in the chair in the final chamber are based on the Milgram Experiment.
- The name of one of the casinos, Gomorrah, could possibly be a shout out to a joke from Sister Act.
Sister Mary Robert: (on seeing Reno for the first time) It's beautiful!
Sister Mary Patrick: And what a lovely name, Reno!
Reverend Mother: ...and Gomorrah!
- Barring that, could just be an allusion to Sodom's neighbors.
- Trash wants to be a ghoul.
- Could also be a reference to one of Stephen King's works. Trashcan Man, anyone?
- There's a ruthless businessman running a city he views as his own personal property and talking to you in a condescending manner over a speaker.
- And one of the Gun Runners Challenges is to kill him with a golf club.
- When speaking to Loyal about his sonic emitter, if your Science skill is too low to help him figure out how to make it work, you can say "Oh. Does it have a dial or something? Turn it up to 11!"
- You can find a BFS made of a car bumper that's about seven feet long. What's it called? The Bumper Sword.
- A dead prospector located in a heavily irradiated area called the Devil's Throat bears a strong resemblance to Duke Nukem.
- Those versed in US finance will recognize NCR bear and the Legion's bull as symbols of the stock market, the bear and the bull traditionally representing a falling and rising market respectively. The NCR falling while pushing east, and the Legion rising with their conquests.
- Alternatively in Gold-rush era California bear and bull fights were a thing. It's not at all related to the stock market terms as in most cases the bear won the fight.
- A unique weapon in the game is "This Machine," named after Woody Guthrie's guitar "This Machine Kills Fascists." In response to that name, the phrase "WELL THIS MACHINE KILLS COMMIES" is written on the side of the gun.
- Speaking about weapons, "That Gun" got its name because... well, it's That Gun from Fallout 2. In turn, it's also a reference to Blade Runner.
- During the quest "How Little We Know" you meet a man who's indebted to the Omertas because they helped him cover up his accidentally killing a prostitute during a drug-induced blackout (which was actually set up by them in the first place). Now why does that sound so familiar?
- The Bright Brotherhood ghoul cult is preparing to embark on a "Great Journey" to the "Far Beyond", and refer to the Nightkin attacking them as "Demons".
- One of the tribes Caesar mentions conquering is the Fredonians. Now who wants to imagine Groucho, Chico and Harpo hi-jinxing around the Legion?
- A subtle and possibly unintentional one comes courtesy of the Terrifying Presence perk, giving a unique dialogue choice when dealing with some Brotherhood of Steel members, threatening to destroy the Brotherhood and "cast down their Codex" (their doctrine). After the BoS members run off, Veronica worriedly asks if you were joking about the Codex. It makes sense In-Universe as Veronica doesn't want you to destroy the Brotherhood, but it may also be a subtle nod to her voice actor, Felicia Day, whose character in The Guild goes by the handle of "Codex".
- Mr. New Vegas's news blurb about the simmering tensions in Freeside consists almost entirely of him quoting the King's Incredibly Lame Puns referencing various Elvis songs.
- During The King's task for you to deal with a certain NCR attack, you speak to three victims of that attack: Roy, Wayne, and Farris. Put those names together and you have the real name of the most famous wrestling Elvis impersonator in history.
- One that relies on you completing a Stealth Pun to get: Julie Farkas is a frontier pharmacist.
- The unique variant of the gauss rifle is named "YCS/186", a reference to the defunct Something Awful subforum "Your Console Sucks", which had the ID number 186.
- The Powder Gangers' founder is named Sam(uel) Cooke, after the singer of the 1950's song "Chain Gang".
- The achievements Master Blaster and You Run Bartertown are references to Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
- When crouching with Cass in the party, she will occasionally mutter "shhh, we're hunting shitheads" like a foul mouthed Elmer Fudd
- When you return to George after making it to the Boomers, he exclaims "Jumping Jesus on a Pogo Stick! You're the first one to make it through alive, let alone manage a return trip!"
- One of the loading screens◊ features a sherif dressed exactly like Lucky Luke.
- In the game's data, your companions fall under the DontTazeMeBro Faction. It's there so that they don't get attacked by securitrons in New Vegas.
- Let's just say that Goons will be playing in utter glee with an appearance from Johnny Five Aces and company.
- Just outside Goodsprings you can find a refrigerator with a skeleton in it. It's wearing a brown fedora. May double as a Take That, since many people couldn't get over the fourth film's nuclear explosion.
- In a cave you must visit during a quest, you run into some rodents of unusual size...
- A random NPC will mention a vicious gang of old ladies. You may then get attacked by three of them.
- On the wall in Cottonwood Cove (a Caesar's Legion outpost) is graffiti reading "Romanes eunt domus."
- In Nipton you find a pair of clothed, charred corpses outside of a house named Owen and Beru.
- One of the more subtle Wild Wasteland occurrences is when you're exploring a disappearance in the casino of the White Glove Society: you discover the body of a fellow detective, a sunglasses-wearing man by the name of Caruso.
- Also, at the basement of the church in Searchlight, one can acquire five... er, three Holy Frag Grenades.
- During the battle of Hoover Dam, one NCR soldier will scream that the Legions' troops are "...coming out of the goddamn walls, man!"
- Even better, you can also hear "Game over, man, game over!"
- The Securitrons guarding the Freeside entrance to the Strip will say "EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!" when in combat.
- In a wine cellar filled with Ghost People (scary regenerating zombies trapped in hazmat suits), the phrase "I AM NOT YOUR MUMMY" can be seen scrawled on the wall. Well, I guess now we know where the ghost people came from!
- With Wild Wasteland, Dog will OM NOM NOM on Ghost People.
- Again with Wild Wasteland, the first time you kill a ghost person with Dean present, he'll remark: "He's not dead, it's a trick. Get an axe." The best part is that this isn't just idle chatter, it's solid advice—Ghost People will come back to life if you don't dismember the corpses somehow after taking them down.
- The plot involves robbing a great treasure from the Sierra Madre Casino. Bonus points for it causing previously amicable seekers to grow greedy and kill each other over it.
- Besides that, the casino contains the Tampico Theatre (named after the town Bogart and Co. set out from in the film) and the Cantina Madrid (where Bogart and his partner... negotiated aggressively with their fraudulent boss). The "Police Pistol" added in the DLC is also the same model of revolver used by some characters in the film.
- The entirety of the Sierra Madre itself - an abandoned 'town' surrounded by an ominous fog, populated almost exclusively by unkillable Humanoid Abominations, and people who're trapped there without realizing they're dead, where radio static warns of imminent danger - will seem very familiar to certain people.
- Don't forget the very, very unsettling ambient music.
- Sinclair's revenge plan for Dean Domino is a reference to Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "The Cask of Amontillado." In it, a man entombs a fellow nobleman alive. Sinclair even refers to Dean as Fortunato, the nobleman from the story, in the note he leaves in the vault, which is programmed to slam shut and lock after it is read.
- One that was actually missed by Obsidian was the eery similarities between Dead Money and Hotel California's lyrics. When someone pointed this out to J.E. Sawyer, he actually was really upset since they lost an absolutely amazing chance to explore that.
- Elijah's speech to the Courier through a circular green screen in the vault is also obviously based on the eponymous wizard of Oz.
- With Wild Wasteland, one of the tribals is named "Two-Bears-High-Fiving." This is in reference to a rather peculiar New Vegas mod. The mod's author was apparently very bothered by the fact that there's no dialogue that states one of the Rorschach ink blots Doc Mitchell examines you with looks like two bears high-fiving. Said mod is solely dedicated to adding that single dialogue line in.
- Joshua's line "If you harm Daniel or any of the Sorrows or Dead Horses, I will find you. Make no mistake. God willing, you will not leave this valley." sounds a lot like the iconic line from Taken said by a man sharing many traits with Joshua.
- According to Chris Avellone, Joshua Graham's design was based on DC Comics' Unknown Soldier.
Old World Blues
- With Wild Wasteland, Dr Mobius will mention that he has several 'Plan 9s in place.'
- The Y-17 Trauma Override Harnesses (with Wild Wasteland) will occasionally say, "Hey, who turned out the lights?"
- The Book Chute telling you how to do your own "re-indoctrination" which needs "a cage that fits over your head and a bag full of mole rats." You also find his backup Personality Module in House #101. Plus, he's one big shout out to Fahrenheit 451.
- Once again with Wild Wasteland, Kilroy was here◊.
- Quite a bit of Old World Blues makes subtle reference to The Venture Bros., with Dr. 0 being voiced by James Urbaniak (the voice of Rusty Venture) and having his personality and many of his lines lifted directly from the show.
- With the Wild Wasteland perk, you can even find miniature versions of the Walking Eye. Dr. 0 will also sometimes announce over the loudspeaker a request for the Lobotomites to wash the walking eye.
- Dr. Klein, although not voiced by the same actor, sounds suspiciously like Jonas Venture from the same show.
- Dr. Borous said he created Nightstalkers and Cazadores back before the war, he can't remember exactly when, but he remembered it was Tuesday.
- In the doghouse behind Dr. Borous's house, you can find a miniature Deathclaw named Stripe.
- With Wild Wasteland, in one of the research labs, you can observe a room with Cyberdogs sitting around a table... playing poker.
- The food source of the Think Tanks is Salient Green, although it is not made from people.
- Speaking of Soylent Green, the sacrifice chamber in Vault 11 resembles the euthanasia booth from the film.
- X-13: A stealth training course with a familiar-looking sneaking suit, patrolling Robobrains, laser tripwires, and landmines.
- Bonus points since the "big bad" of the DLC is voiced by Cam Clarke.
- The revealed origin of Cazadores, they were genetically modified to be giant deadly creatures, but were never intended to leave the lab, nor did the scientists acknowledge they were still able to breed. Sound familiar?
- The Big Empty may be a reference to a 2003 film of the same name, which takes place in Baker, CA, halfway between LA and Vegas. note
- A minor one, but if one searches they will find that there are three locations within the US referred to as Big Mountain. One of them is Black Mesa.
- The sort of experiments and "SCIENCE!" mindsets going on within the Big Empty also make it a more twisted version of Aperture Science.
- The Think Tank regularly mispronounce impossible as "unpossible," which is what Ralph Wiggum said in The Simpsons when told he was failing English.
- Dr Mobius also says "raisins" instead of "reasons," like the brain in Fry's crummy novel from Futurama.
- A cave can be found (and you're required to visit it for an optional side-quest) that is home to a number of toaster-worshipping Lobotomites, including the first Lobotomite test subject. The name of the cave? The Cuckoo's Nest.
- One perk introduced here makes it so you can never get addicted to chems and they last twice as long, but your level cap is set to 30. The perk's name? Logan's Loophole.
- The DLC contains several references to the original Wasteland:
- The Proton Ax was the single best melee weapon in Wasteland.
- Doctor Moebius sends robotic scorpions after the player, while in Wasteland there was a single powerful similar enemy called Scorpitron.
- The Toaster may be a callback to the odd "Toaster Repair" skill. Successfully repairing toasters would provide the player with valuable energy weapon ammunition, which is also what The Toaster produces upon tearing up other toasters.
- The code to unlock the container for an advanced hazmat suit is a string of hexadecimal numbers, which translated to ASCII spells out "dontpanic".
- The Other Wiki claims the title and general plot of the DLC are based on a line from Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner:
"Like one that on a lonesome road / Doth walk in fear and dread, / And having once turned round walks on, / And turns no more his head; / Because he knows a frightful fiend / Doth close behind him tread.”
- Nuking both NCR and the Legion at the end of Lonesome Road with Wild Wasteland on will turn a part of Ulysses' closing narration into an almost word-for-word reference to the infamous ending of Planet of the Apes, as well as showing the Mojave Outpost Monument half-buried in sand like the Statue of Liberty.
- With the Wild Wasteland perk, the Fist of Rawr Deathclaw Gauntlet becomes the Fist of the North Rawr.
- You can find Seymour with Wild Wasteland.
- The bad guy from Ralphie the Robot, General Winter, in addition to being an Internal Homage to Fallout 3's Colonel Autumn, is also a Russian figure of speech referring to the harsh Russian winter's ability to stymie invading armies, most notably those of Napoleon and Hitler.
Gun Runner's Arsenal
- Fan Film Fallout: Nuka Break gets one in this DLC, before it's even released! A new unique rebar club called the Nuka Breaker is added in the game. Its special move is called the Nuka Break.
- The Nuka Breaker then went on to appear in the background of one scene in the Nuka Break sequel series as a shout-out to New Vegas, because the creators didn't realize that the Nuka Breaker was actually a shout-out to them and thought the name was just an amusing coincidence. After they found out, they have the main character use it in the second season finale.
- One of the One-Star Challenges added is A Slave Obeys. For those who never played BioShock, you kill Mr. House with a golf club.
- Another assassination-related Challenge is "Even A God-King Can Bleed," which you get for nailing Caesar in the head with a throwing spear.
- (in)famous intro of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Two of the other One-Star Challenges added - namely, "The Same Could Be Said of All Religious Weapons" and "You Don't Belong In This World!" - are taken from the
- The special move for the Katana is called Unlabored Flawlessness. Unlabored Flawlessness is one of the most powerful weapons from the first game of the Xbox Ninja Gaiden series.
- One of the challenges is "A Benefit or A Hazard," for destroying robots with That Gun and the 5.56mm Pistol, which were designed to resemble Deckard's gun from Blade Runner.
- There's a challenge for killing either NCR or Legion assassination teams with cowboy-style weapons called "Dyin' Ain't Much of a Living."
- The challenge for killing Caesar with a knife is called "Historical Propriety," as it's a repeat of how the original Caesar went down. Bring Arcade Gannon for added bonus, as he has the historical knowledge to appreciate your effort.
- Everything from the White Line Nightmare challenge — the name, the weapons, and the enemies — is a reference to Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.