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The developers of Terraria have put a considerable amount of nods to other works and pop culture. Here, we list all of those Shout Outs we have managed to discover in the game:
Title bar references:
Cobalt Armor used to resemble Rockman's suit from Mega Man. The current 1.1 edition of this armor (with its melee equivalent helmet) shows this same resemblance.
The Phaseblade, a mid-tier sword, and its higher-tier upgrade the Phasesaber, are very reminiscent of lightsabers.
The dungeon entrances are highly reminiscent of those from .
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link There is a rare skeleton wizard enemy named Tim.
There is another uncommon enemy found in the Jungle; a zombie named Doctor Bones that drops a unique hat.
The 1.0.5 update allowed players to wear decorative outfits over their armor, such as plumber, archaeologist, hero's outfit, a robot's hat, a straw hat, Ninja outfit, clown costume and the Doctor's clothes.
Depending on the fan you're talking to, the Bunny Hood is either Frank's mask or Link's.
The King Slime mini-boss has a ninja suspended in the middle of it (and drops a piece of the Ninja Outfit when defeated). A giant slime was a boss in the first Ninja Gaiden.
The King Slime is also a monster from the Games and the Slime Crown resemble that monster
Dragon Quest The description of the Grappling Hook says " Get over here!"
Almost every single line the clothier says is a reference to a Tom Hanks movie.
The Cursed debuff looks, acts, and as inflicted in exactly the same way as it was when Link had to deal with cursed skulls.
The Goblin Tinkerer will sometimes say " Hey, does your hat need a motor? I think I have a motor that would fit exactly in that hat."
The Breaker Blade looks identical to Clouds's Buster sword, complete with Materia embedded in the handle. It's even more hilariously huge than Cloud's one too.
Someone once told the Wizard that friendship is magic. That's ridiculous! You can't turn people into frogs with friendship!
The Wyvern enemy bears a striking resemblance to another dragon by the name of Haku, as well as Falkor.
Two of the names the short, plump, long-bearded Demolitionist can have are... Gimli and Urist.
The four weapons used to create the Night's Edge (Muramasa, Light's Bane, Fiery Greatsword, and Blade of Grass) are blue, purple, red, and green respectively. Just like the tunics of a certain split-up hero.
The Flower of Fire allows the players to shoot bouncing fireballs like a certain famous plumber.
One of the possible names for the gun merchant is Dante. Now, someone named Dante who handles guns, where did I hear that before?
One possible name for the Pirate Captain NPC is James T.
On very rare occasions, piranhas and angler fish will drop a "Robot Hat" that looks like the one worn by Quote.
Sniff around in the Jungle, and you might find MY BOOMSTICK!!!
The Party Girl is very similar to another character who likes parties down to the eye color. Two of her possible names go further with the Shout Out. In addition, there is also a Pet Turtle you can summon, who flies using a small propeller strapped to his shell.
One of the newest and best grappling hooks in the game is the Web Slinger. It lets you shoot lines of sticky web out of your hand.
1.2 provides us with a Hammush.
The effect of the Ichor debuff (decreases defense), as well as one of the weapons made using Ichor ( Golden Shower) sounds a lot like TF2's Jarate.
The Heat Ray's description simply reads " Oolaa!"
The paladins in the hardmode dungeon constantly throw ethereal hammers at you and you can use it as well if it drops it. This may be a reference to where one of the skills a paladin can learn is the Holy Hammer that summons similar, spinning hammers. The abuse of this spell caused a Diablo II Fan Nickname known as a "Hammerdin".
When delving the hardcore dungeon, beware the might of the undead martial artist Bone Lee!
One of the weapons that can be dropped in the Dungeon in Hard Mode is a Keyblade.
The Cyborg will sometimes say "My expedition efficency was critically reduced when a projectile impacted my locomotive actuator". This is an Expospeak Gag version of " I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow in the knee".
Plantera is an obvious nod to Pantera, Redigit's girlfriend's favorite band.
Red ice that spreads? Where have we seen that before?
The Magnet Sphere fires a large ball of energy that travels slowly forward, zapping any nearby enemies with energy rays, in a manner reminiscent of 's BFG, sans the explosion when the orb hits a wall.
Quake II If you open the Crimson Chest in the Dungeon, you get Vampire Knives, a reference to knife-throwing, vampire-serving maid Sakuya of (the knifes are even fired in a Touhou pattern that resembles Sakuya's danmaku pattern!)
Terrarian homes can now be constructed of Rich Mahogany.
Of the many in-game paintings that can be placed. One called "Jacking Skeletron" resembles a scene from " The Nightmare Before Christmas".
Another painting is similar looking to the famous Edvard Munch painting The Scream.
Another painting found is a portrait of the Mechanic and Goblin Tinkerer called Terrarian Gothic.
The game introduced two new weapons with the Halloween Update. The Bladed Glove and the Bloody Machete.
The costumes in the Halloween Update include:
One of the daily fish the Angler will send you to catch is a Clownfish. He says that it was frantically looking for a lost relative.
One of Duke Fishron's attacks involves him summoning Sharknados.
1.2.4 seems to be an update themed around from weapons like the Falcon Blade from crates and more pirate themed items up to and including the pirate staff that summons tiny pirates to fight for you... which crap on the floor like the game they reference...