Starcraft and Brood War
- The Wave Motion Gun on the Terran Battleship is called "Yamato Cannon".
- The Medics greet you with "State the nature of the medical emergency".
- The Firebats also references Hank Hill, with lines about "propane and propane accessories".
- The Dropship pilot clearly resembles the pilot from Aliens and spouts dialogue from the movie.
- The Siege Tank is a huge shout-out to Apocalypse Now. He even sings the opening to Ride of the Valkyries.
- The Battlecruiser Captain looks like captain Gloval (a swarthy russian man with a Badass Mustache), and he spouts Star Trek dialouge.
- When clicked on enough times, the pilot of the Valkyrie Frigate will say, "Blucher!" (followed by a horse whinny).
- 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 the Second World War.
- The core of the Zerg hivemind is called the Overmind and the units used to increase population are Overlords.
- The Zerg are truly a Shout-Out to the Xenomorphs from the Alien films.
- And to the Tyranids, Hydralisks even look like Raveners.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!"
- Artanis has some fun with his Stop Poking Me quotes:
- So many from Aliens and from Warhammer 40K:note
- The cheat codes:
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- Click on the Hero Samir Duran long enough, and he will start speaking the titles of Duran Duran songs.
Duran: "My Name is Duran, DURAN!"
- To further the reference he speaks the first two lines in the chorus to Duran Duran's most well known song.
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.
- 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."
- 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 World of Warcraft.
- 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.
- The SCV will say that you got a purty mouf... and that he is "In the rear with the gear".
- The Marine will make several quotes associated with marines in war movies.
"Oh, my cousin Lester saw a Zergling, once..."
- Like Tychus, he makes the infamous Chew Bubblegum comment when clicked on repeatedly.
- He also complains he's "still stuck in this chicken*BLEEP* outfit"...
- ...mentions that he has a relative named Lester (a character in one of the first game's cinematics killed by a Zerg)...
- ...and suspect that a medic is following them around. (They automatically try to heal injured units within their sight range and will follow them around to do so.)
- One of his quotes is also "I'm waiting on you!" — which belongs to (human) Kerrigan in the first game.
- "Thank you, sir! May I have another?"
- Many of the Thor's lines are retoolings of various Arnold Schwarzenegger lines. With the same accent. The German version has even Schwarzenegger's dub voice for the Thor.
"If somebody asks me if I've killed any Zerg, I say yes, but they were all bad."
"What is best in life: to crush the Zerg, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the Protoss."
"I'll be back!"
"Sue me, dickhead!"
"I am here! Click me!"
"What happened to you, Commander? They got you pushing too many pencils?"
"If someone asks me am I really a god, I say yes!"
- The Odin, the even bigger and stronger version of the Thor, uses T-800 cannons as its main weapons.
- Quoth The Raven:
"I'm sorry, commander, I'm afraid I can't do that".
"I know I've made some very poor decisions lately, but I can give you complete assurance that my work will be back to normal"
"All your base are belong to us!"
"Who said anything about cake?"
- Via editors people have found out how the Raven operator's face looks like. He has a blank expression staring at a screen while holding a control stick. It's suspected to be a joke towards the clichè of hardcore gamers in front of their monitors.
- The Ravens are aerial casters and detectors, and their abilities are best against groups of light enemy units (science vessel)
- The Viking pilot will say "Transform and roll out!"
- He also often follows attack orders by saying "burn and pillage!", guess what vikings were famous for?
- One of his fun quotes directly references the early Blizzard game, "The Lost Vikings". He calls out the three characters names, and concludes that they probably got lost again.
- Vikings are dual purpose walkers with anti-ground Gatling guns and anti-air missiles (Goliath, apart from changing modes... into an expy of the Valkyrie).
- The Spectre rattles off a whole bunch of titles of Steven Seagal movies when repeatedly clicked.
- The Ghost, likewise, spouts out more than a few Clint Eastwood quotes.
- There's also this gem:
- The Reaper is a walking, talking potpourri of Shout Outs, with a few obvious ones towards Repo Man.
- The Hellion seems to be a fellow troper:
"Suspension is an integral part of any vehicle, but this one requires Suspension of Disbelief... Get it?"
- The Hellions are speedy mechanical units (Vulture) armed with flamethrowers which do splash damage to small units (Firebat).
- The Medivac Dropship is just the original Dropship with healing abilities, and during development it was just the normal Dropship. When it became the Medivac, they didn't even bother to change the model except to slap a few red crosses on the wings.
"What's the vector, Victor? Give me the clearance Clarence."
"I picked the wrong day to quit stimpacks."
"In space, everyone can hear me scream... 'cause, I'm the Banshee. Get it?"
"Today's in-flight movie will be Ghost Academy: The Musical, starring Zec Afron and Corbin Green."
"Burninatin' the countryside."
"Turns out I hate the smell of napalm in the morning."\\ (Which in itself is a Mythology Gag to the first game where he expresses his love for napalm.)
- A bit of a stretch, but what are the odds of two black demolitions experts showing up right after one another?
- There is also a group of mercenaries with exceptionally volatile guns known which go by the name of Hammer Securities available for a contract in the Cantina.
A subtle one is "No problemo", a possible homage to the Terminator, considering he's a bike-riding maniac.
- The Battlecruiser captain is also apparently a World of Warcraft player as he complains: "Let's hurry up and finish this attack. It's raid night."
- The Hercules pilot not only speaks with Scottish accent he also has a blue strip over his nose. It seems like a copy of Braveheart was also onboard the old starships. It even has a kilt pattern spray-painted on his armor suit.
- The Spartan Mercenary Goliath pilot is modeled after Dustin Browder, head producer of the game. He gained internet fame by his enthusiastic reporting style, birthing the "terrible, terrible damage" meme that is also referenced in-game several times.
Heroes and story characters
- Tychus quotes the infamous Chew Bubblegum line in the first Odin mission.
- Your science guy in the Terran campaign is called "Egon Stetmann", a walking, talking reference to all sorts of stuff:
- During the mission "Belly Of The Beast", where he accompanies you, upon examining a defeated zerg queen, he'll say, "She's dead, Jim...''
- He's also the hero-medic, and unarmed. If you send him alone into a group of enemies, and your screen isn't focused on him when he's attacked, he'll shout "Game over, man! I'm done! Don't wanna play anymore!"
- A group of marines in that mission also say that line when they are about to get killed by the Brutalisk.
- And his name, "Egon Stetmann," is a combination of the three original Ghostbusters: Egon, Stantz, and Venkman.
- And one of his greetings is "Back off man. I'm a scientist."
- He also wears a shirt bearing the insignia of the Horde.
- One of his random quotes is: "Ah, yeah ok. Have you seen my stapler? Little hint, it's red."
- Tosh looks like a burlier version of Reggae legend Peter Tosh, (hence the surname) but he is most certainly not a laid-back Rastafarian.
- In the Hyperion's Cantina there's also a poster about "Tosh and the Screamers", his band.
- Valerian was derisively called "Arthas-in-Space". When the Starcraft II official site was first launched, the entire biography page on him was littered with comments about his likeness to Arthas Menethil.
- Warfield spouts one to the famous "TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE DAMAGE!" meme in the mission "The Gates Of Hell":
"Mah ship has taken terrible, terrible damage!"
- Tychus was convict number 626.
- Mira has a death sentence in twelve systems.
- Kerrigan's ghost number is 24601
- She's also a P-12.
- The Zealot Changeling has this line:
Changeling: I'm looking for a cat, means worlds to me.
- 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.
- The Colossi are a thematic shout-out to the Martian war machines from The War of the Worlds: giant stilt-legged striders with ray guns (heat-based, too, like in the original) that sweep across enemy crowds.
- Some of the Probe's quotes are robotized quotes from other games units, with the Warcraft II's Troll Axethrower's being the most recognizable.
- The new Dark Templar portrait bears a strong resemblance to a Predator.
- Mothership quote:
- The Void Ray advices you:
[["Star Wars Fire at will, commander!"]]
- The High Templar seems to be a bit of a nerd:
- 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 Mothership is literally just a bigger, more expensive Arbiter from the first game. In early previews of the game, it had different abilities, but Blizzard scaled them back.
- The Colossi are huge robotic siege units ideal for attacking masses of small units (Reavers).
- The Stalkers are basically Dragoons with the added ability to Flash Step.
- Maar sometimes says "Merely a temporary setback" when he revives.
- As noted in this Team Liquid thread, the Void Seeker unit has the same markings in its inner ring as the markings on the South Korean flag.
- Artanis looks A LOT like he's wearing Gundam Exia's head.
- The cheat codes, again:
- Many of the archievement titles...
- Mission "The Drill": "Yippee-Ki-Yay" and "Drill Hard".
- Mission "The Moebius Factor": "Alive Inside!".
- Mission "Maw Of The Void": "I Have The Power" and "Master Of The Universe".
- Mission "Outbreak": "28 Minutes Later" and "Army of Darkness".
- Mission "Safe Haven": "You Shall Not Pass" and "My Precious!".
- Mission "The Devil's Playground": "Reaper Man".
- Mission "Breakout": "Cool Hand Tosh" and "Jailhouse Rock".
- Mission "Ghost Of A Chance": "Total Protonic Reversal"note
- Mission "Shatter The Sky": "Demolition Man"
- Multiplayer: "It's Morphing Time!", "I See Dead Units", "Can't Touch This", "Big Brother Is Watching", "Meet the Spy" and "Professionals Have Standards", "Welcome Back, Commander", "Would You Kindly...".
- Other: "Stay Awhile and Listen".
- In the mission Gates of Hell, the invasion to Char looks really, really familiar to Starship Troopers, the movie and the game. No that this similarity is something new to StarCraft, but still: spore cannons shooting down ships from the orbit, capital ships in so much disarray that they crash into each other, the whole ‘badly outnumbered bunch of troops surrounded by a Horde of Alien Locusts’ situation, and to some extend Banshees wiping off some zerg in the Warfiled's rescue cinematic.
- Do you think the inmates on the prison planet New Folsom have the blues? Tychus sure does.
- There's a Metroid in the secret map, as well as a Diablo on The Devil's Playground.
- The anchorman Donny Vermillion is a loose Expy of Ron ''Burgundy''.
- The arcade game "Lost Viking" is (in name) a reference to a previous Blizzard title, The Lost Vikings. One of the achievements has the face of one of the protagonists of the game, Erik.
- The salvaged Adjutant in the laboratory is mounted in the same way as the Puppetmaster◊ in Ghost in the Shell.
- There's a Night Elf holograph doing her World of Warcraft dance in the cantina.
- With some employees of Blizzard having formed a Heavy Mithril band, it's unsurprising that there would be many references to Heavy Metal and rock music, as well:
- From the High Templar:
"Justice for all! (Except for the Zerg)"
- From the Phoenix:
- It's a double reference. It may also refer to a particular attorney...
- From the Reaper:
- From the Vulture:
- Many of the archievement titles... again:
- There's also a mission called "Belly Of The Beast"
- A line from the Raven:
- One of the on-location news reports takes place aboard the evacuation ship Skynyrd II.
- The songs listed in the commercial for the Level 800 Elite Tauren Marines albums: The song titles are all somewhat inspired by titles of 20th Century and 21st Century music.
- I Kissed a Zerg! (Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl)
- Like a Firebat out of Hell (Meatloaf - Like A Bat Out Of Hell)
- I Left My Heart on Mar Sara (Literally) (Frank Sinatra - I Left My Heart in San Fransisco)
- New Folsom Prison Planet Blues (Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues)
- Don't Cry For Me Tarsonis (Madonna - Don't Cry For Me Argentina)
- Another Hydralisk bites the dust (Queen - Another One Bites The Dust)
- With or Without Nukes (U2 - With or Without You)
- Saturday Night's Alright for Nuking (Elton John - Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting)
- Lucy In The Sky With Mutas (The Beatles - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds)
- I Can't Drive Warp 5.5! (Sammy Hagar - I Can't Drive 55)
- Every Rose Has It's Thor (Poison - Every Rose Has It's Thorn)
- The song Terran Up The Night has two pretty obvious ones:
- The whole plot could be seen as an homage to the Firefly universe in general, and the Serenity movie in particular:
- Both settings have a lot of parallels to the post-Civil War South.
- The (anti)hero is a former soldier who has become cynical and disillusioned by his experiences in war, and now captains a ship with a Badass Crew that does not-strictly-legal work to pay the bills. He has retained his sense of honor, but has a deep grudge against the government.
- The Big Guy is an amoral Starscream and a definite badass, but the hero's Combat Pragmatism means he'll win whenever they fight.
- The crew has a suicidal battle against insane, berserk opponents at the climax.
- The government's corruption is exposed by broadcasting the incriminating evidence over mass-media.
- One of the short stories on the official website writes the mutalisk's call as Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!
- Lots of in-game achievements reference other works.
- 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!Matt Horner; If we hit that bullseye the rest of those dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate.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.
- One achievement for killing a certain amount of units with Locusts grants the achievement "Epic Meal Time".
- Destroying some Protoss shuttle hangars in a particular mission gives you the achievement "My Cool Bay Explosions".
- 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. 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, Abathur is pretty much Anub'arak IN SPACE!.
- Manner of speech, suspiciously similar to Mordin Solus. 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.