Shout Out / StarCraft

Here's the place for every Mythology Gag, Continuity Nod, Shout-Out, Expy, Captain Ersatz and No Celebrities Were Harmed references in both Starcraft and Starcraft II.

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Starcraft and Brood War

    Terrans 

Units

Heroes

  • The Hero class unit of the Terran Firebat is called Gui Montag.
  • The Hero class unit of the Terran Wraith is called Tom Kazansky.
  • Word of God confirmed that the name "James Raynor" is one towards James Ryan.
  • The bad guy from the Enslavers campaign is called Alan Schezar.
  • The first dialogue between Kerrigan and Raynor is a nearly literal Shout-Out to a dialogue from the first season of Babylon 5.
  • General Duke is an Expy of John Wayne.
  • The Admiral Gerard DuGalle, to Charles de Gaulle.
  • Vice-Admiral Alexi Stukov to Georgi Zhukov, a Russian general in World War II.

    Zerg 

Heroes

  • The Hero class unit of the Zerg Hydralisk is called Hunter-Killer.
    • Similarly, the Hero class unit of the Defiler (not seen in-game, but available in the map editor) is the Unclean One, after a type of Nurgle-serving daemon.
  • The Hero class unit of the Zerg Ultralisk is called Torrasque, also the name of a dragon from an old French legend.

    Protoss 
  • The appearance of the Protoss is similar to that of the aliens from Independence Day.
    • They also have traits akin to those of the Predators.

Units

  • The Observer is a treasure trove of these in both games. Among its greatest hits are a German War Craft II advertisement, a Steve Irwin-like voice, a Diablo quote from Griswold and...
    "One small step for man. One giant... STOP POKING MEEE!"

Heroes

    Other 
  • So many from Aliens and from Warhammer 40K:note 
  • The cheat codes:
  • Click on the Hero Samir Duran long enough, and he will start speaking the titles of Duran Duran songs.
    • To further the reference he speaks the first two lines in the chorus to Duran Duran's most well known song.
    Duran: "My Name is Duran, DURAN!"
    Duran: "What's so funny?"
    Duran: "Please, please, tell me now!"
    Duran: "Is there something I should know?"
  • A Terran mining planet is named Moria. A mission takes place there in which you have to mine loads of minerals. Can't be any more obvious, can it?
  • The Terran victory cinematic from Brood War is a parody of newsreels from The Fifties, and probably also a shoutout to the first Starship Troopers movie.
  • The intro to Brood War is a near-direct copy of the Do Lung bridge scene from Apocalypse Now, complete with a detached soldier sporting a grenade launcher listening to a Hendrix-esque guitar track.

Starcraft II

    Terrans 

General

  • Lots of aspects of the Terrans, in particular the Used Future aesthetic and the awesome new music, give one the impression that someone at Blizzard got the Firefly DVD set for Christmas.
    • Also, a website error yields one of two messages: "Some terrible, terrible error has occurred," or "I swallowed a bug — we seem to be having a little problem with our website, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then — explode." invoked
    • That and the general feel of the campaign in general. Compare the relationship between Jim and Tychus to the one between Mal and Jayne, for example.
  • The hologram of a dancing Night Elf female in the Hyperion's cantina appears to be the actual character model, imported directly from Wo W.
  • The very first Tosh mission has you mining for boatloads of minerals on a planet called Redstone, while creepy crawly Zerg run a periodic interference on your otherwise peaceful operations.
  • The Hyperion's armory is Bay 12. Rory Swan, the manager, also looks pretty dwarvenly.

Units

Heroes and story characters

    Zerg 
  • Kerrigan's ghost number is 24601
    • She's also a P-12.
  • The Zealot Changeling has this line:
  • A lot of new units exist to fulfill the same role as a cut unit from the original game, while some new units are just old units with new abilities. Most are an improvement over the original. A few examples:
    • The Brood Lords have the same role as the guardians, and even look like guardians, with the main difference being that brood lords spawn Broodlings when they attack
    • Spore colonies and sunken colonies (creep-expanding structures that doubled as anti-air or anti-ground turrets) have been replaced with spore crawlers and spine crawlers, respectively, which function nearly the same except that they can be repositioned and don't produce more creep (the Zerg now use a different mechanic for spreading creep).
    • Completely inverted by the queen, who despite sharing its name with a unit from the original game is completely different. The original queen was an aerial support caster, the Starcraft II queen is a ground unit designed to help base expansion by spawning extra larva and expanding the creep as well as providing some basic air defense.
    • Also inverted with the Infested Terran, who is now a temporarily summoned unit that shoots guns rather than a suicide bomber (a role now filled by the Baneling).
    • A new heavy air unit prominent in the Char campaign, the Leviathan, combines features from the heavy air units of the other two races (Terran Battlecruiser, for its heavy damage attack, and Protoss Carrier, for its ability to spawn Mutalisks).
  • The Torrasque returns as a strain of the Ultralisk in Heart of the Swarm, like its namesake it regenerates when "killed". Also the mutation is acquired after some Ultralisks are exposed to radiation from an experimental nuke.
  • Also from Heart of the Swarm, the Swarm Host is a call back to the Lurker. It still burrows to attack, but instead of attacking with rows of spines, it spawns two free Locust units every 15 seconds.

    Protoss 

Units

Heroes

  • Artanis looks A LOT like he's wearing Gundam Exia's head.
  • Have Fenix do 5000 damage after you summon him in one mission, get the "Fix-It Fenix" achievement.

    Other 

    Heart of the Swarm (To be sorted) 
  • The mission "With Friends Like These" has a few Star Wars and Star Trek references.
    Rory Swann: The Hyperion may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts!
    Matt Horner: Make it so!
    Fighter Pilot: It came...from behind!
  • The first ability you have access to with the Hyperion allows the ship to travel in hyperspace over extremely short distances to confuse the enemy.
  • The primal banelings that approach, hiss, and explode? They're called creepers.
  • Yet again, Zagara may randomly let out Merely a Setback when defeated.
  • The fight with the Ancient One is similar to Diablo 3's Belial, another Blizzard game, of all things.
  • Brood Mother Niadra's infiltration of the Protoss ship is very much like Alien.
  • As per usual, the Stop Poking Me! lines include these, such as: The Hyperion has "I'd estimate the odds of successfully navigating this asteroid field as 3750 to 1", quoting The Empire Strikes Back and Zapp Brannigan's mixed metaphor in Futurama, "Knock down the first domino and the rest will fall like a pack of cards - checkmate".
  • The final cutscene is rather blatantly modeled after the climax of Return of the Jedi, with Mengsk calmly informing Kerrigan everything is All According to Plan, then using electricity to disable and torture her while he gloats, followed by a surprise save (complete with chokehold-and-toss) by Raynor (who, by the way, wear a black armor). Followed by The Emperor exploding.
  • What with his hunchbacked posture, vaguely insectoid features, talk of spinning, lack of true devotion towards his commanding entity, and of course sounding like he's gargling rocks at the bottom of a well, voiced by Steve Blum, Abathur is pretty much Anub'arak IN SPACE!.
    • Manner of speech, suspiciously similar to Mordin Solus. Both scientists, develop improved technology for leader. Specialize in biology. Probably coincidence, but direct homage also possible.
  • The hero has been redeemed and depowered in the previous game. Now, we have a few missions with the hero depowered, then a Love Interest is killed, the hero goes to repower, a few mission of Roaring Rampage of Revenge... Then it turns out the Love Interest is alive, hero swings back toward good, goes to rescue said Love Interest from a starship prison, and they flee right before it explodes. The only difference is, Kerrigan doesn't have Kyle Katarn's beard.
  • If you have Stukov before the first Hyperion mission and talk to him, he says:
    Stukov: When I see the stars arrayed before me like this, I think of Earth. I remember its green hills

    Legacy of the Void (To be sorted) 
  • As a whole, Amon is an Expy to leaders of the Burning Legion found in Blizzard's Warcraft universe.
    • Like Sargeras, he was initially good, before losing faith in his mission, and vowing to destroy all life/unmake the universe. Both also went inactive later on.
    • Like Mannoroth, he once bound a people to his will, lost control over them, and attempted to reclaim them, before ultimately failing again.
    • Like how Kil'jaeden became obsessed with hunting down Velen and the draenei, he became obsessed with destroying the protoss for their defiance to him.

    Nova Covert Ops (To be sorted) 
  • The way Nova receives her new ship strongly resembles a similar case from Mass Effect 2
  • The cardboard box right outside Nova's holding cell. She can interact with it, but can't hide underneath it. It's also called 'Reptile Box' in a subtle reference to said game's protagonist name.
  • The monomolecular blade.
  • The first mission begins with Nova awoken by a robotic camera which looks just like GLaDOS.

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