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- 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 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...
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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":
- Tychus was convict number 626.
- Mira has a death sentence in twelve systems.
- Kerrigan's ghost number is 24601
- 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.
- The cheat codes, again:
- Many of the archievement titles...
- 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:
- 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:
We have our own Transformer
The rough and tough Viking
He can fly and he doesn't cry
Like the little wuss Starscream
We never served a king, no
We never served no lord
But if we lived in Azeroth
You know we'd join the Horde
- 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!
Heart of the Swarm (To be sorted)
- Lots of in-game achievements reference other works.
- The mission "With Friends Like These" has a few Star Wars and Star Trek references.
- 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.
- 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.