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Shout Out: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Although it came out after Skyrim, the Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard film The Cabin in the Woods has been known about for years beforehand, due to a troubled development schedule (filmed in two dimensions, converted into 3D because we did the time warp back to the 80s somehow, and then MGM went bankrupt, leading to the film being shelved for a while). In Skyrim, you can find a book called The Cabin In The Woods. Appropriately, the film itself is made out of shout outs.
  • Occasionally in Bandit hideouts, it's possible to find a corpse riddled with arrows, with an apple balanced on his head.
  • Sweetrolls are almost impossible to not encounter in Skyrim. Of all things, why would a Bethesda Softworks title, particularly an Elder Scrolls title have Sweetrolls as a food that heals 5 HP? Also, some guards when met with eye contact ask "Let me guess, someone stole your sweetroll?".
    • Sweet rolls have been a Running Gag ever since Arena, where the scene acted out in Fallout 3's CharGen dungeon is only merely postulated in CharGen (as it is in Daggerfall and Morrowind too).
  • Star Trek:
    • In Ivarstead, an irate Nordic woman is named Temba Wide-Arms, making for a gag name alluding to the Tamarian phrase "Temba, his arms wide".
    • At one point during the Stormcloak campaign, Galmar Stone-Fist calls the Thalmor "pointy-eared bastards".
    • The book "Great Harbingers" details several prominent past Harbingers of The Companions. The first non-Nord to assume the illustrious title was a redguard named "Cirroc the Lofty". Cirroc Lofton, an african-american actor, portrayed Jake Sisko (who, ironically, was *not* a martially apt character like a Harbinger like Cirroc) in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • One of the Companions, when asked why he became one, says "Fortune and glory, friend. Fortune and glory."
    • In some dungeons, there are treasures resting on pressure plates that trigger a trap when you pick them up. Even better, you can even switch the treasure for something else of similar weight if you're fast enough and avoid springing the trap.
  • The writers of the official strategy guide clearly had a lot of fun thinking up quest sub-headers. "Hadvar's Heroes", "The Windhelm Scream", "This Means War!", "A Shaggy Dog Story", and more.
  • The fact that Alduin can control mist.
  • In the Abandoned House in Markarth, after it becomes apparent there's a daedric influence in the house, items start flying around the room and the chairs get stacked up in a pile on the dining table.
  • After killing Mirmulnir, one of the guards with you will say that he's proud to be your Battle Brother.
  • An example only in the Italian dub: when meeting with the Dragonborn, Sanguine will congratulate him for his "Lion's night". "Una notte da leone" is the Italian title for The Hangover.
  • Wuuthrad's reforging is a shout out to the reforging of the sword Gram from Norse Mythology.
  • One of the loading screens has a Nord wearing blue war paint and hefting a claymore.
    • There's even a preset for male Nords that looks like Mel Gibson as William Wallace.
  • Delvin Mallory, a Thieves' Guild contact in Riften, is suspiciously similar to both Vinnie Jones and Jason Statham in accent, appearance and mannerism. His voice and manner of speaking can also be seen as an homage to London Gangster films.
  • Star Wars:
    • The Bleakcoast Cave north of Winterhold is filled with frost trolls and a hallway has a skeleton frozen upside-down in the ceiling over other bones and a sword.
    • Lucien Lachance channels an evil Obi-Wan Kenobi — he's a ghostly robed figure who guides the player and at one point makes reference to a great disturbance in something. In one mission for the Dark Brotherhood, he'll say: "There is a disturbance in the Void."
    • "I find your wolfish grin...disturbing."
    • If you talk to Imperial soldiers while wearing a Stormcloak uniform, they'll question you about it. One of your dialogue options is to state that you are, in fact, a Stormcloak — to which they call you "Rebel scum".
    • One of Delvin's lines when you ask him for a new Thieves' Guild job is "Good. My clients are getting impatient."
    • When asking Tolfdir about the Augur of Dunlain, he will reply with "Well now, that's a name I haven't heard in some time."
  • Cynric's a hooded Master Thief with the distinct cool tone of Stephen Russell. Sounds distantly familiar...
    • Speaking of Thief, the draconic word for thief is 'tafiir (taffer).
  • The quest "A Night To Remember" is basically The Hangover in Skyrim. In fact this video makes a silly comparison between the quest and the film.
  • A 10 year old looking vampire named Babette? That sounds familiar somehow...
  • In the highest point in the game world, one can find a one of a kind Notched Pickaxe. It's well-known that Todd Howard and Notch are close friends and fans of each other's work.
  • When asking Farkas if everyone in the Companions is a werewolf, he'll say, "Not everyone. But all the Circle are. It's a secret to everybody".
    • The remains of a high elf clad in a familiar green tunic and hat can be found at the bottom of a mammoth trap. Possibly doubles as a nod to the original Final Fantasy's Link tombstone.
    • Also, Jarl Elisif bears a striking resemblance to Princess Zelda.
  • It can't be a coincidence that many male Nords try their best to mimic Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Urag gro-Shub on the Elder Scrolls: "But at the same time, all of it is true. Even the falsehoods. Especially the falsehoods."
  • Along the trade road in Whiterun, you can find an overturned wagon of cabbages.
  • One of the loading screens has an orc covered in blood, wielding two war axes, who looks a lot like Kratos. The provided gameplay tip is about the orcs' berserker power.
  • During peace negotiations in "Season Unending", siding with the Empire or Stormcloaks might prompt Ulfric or Tulius to deliver this gem:
  • The giants having mammoths may seem a bit familiar.
    • In Dawnstar, you can meet an old soldier of the Legion named Horik Half-Hand.
    • In the Dawnguard DLC, there are armored dogs you can recruit. One is named Bran, and looks a bit like a direwolf.
    • As for the Thieves' Guild, never trust a Frey.
    • Lisette the bard looks like Daenerys Targaryen.
    • Dawnguard armor bears a striking resemblance to the armor worn by Stark soldiers.
  • Doctor Who:
  • The mammoths have four tusks, much like the oliphaunts in The Lord of the Rings movies.
    • The design of the frost spiders, with their particularly large upper jaws, is also quite evocative of the movies' Shelob.
    • Daedric armor looks a lot like Sauron's armor. Add in the fact you can equip gold rings (which appear on the right index finger) and wield a mace.
    • And Dragonsreach has a fair bit in common with Théoden's hall of Meduseld, and they both owe a fair bit to Heorot, featured in Beowulf, which is also a real place.
      • The whole city of Whiterun is definitely based on the Rohirric town of Edoras: Its silhouette when looking from the path to Riverwood resembles Edoras' first shot in the movie The Two Towers, its symbol shows a horse's head on the top half, and the Whiterun Guards wear a yellow uniform, when one of Rohan's colors was that same gold (if a little bit darker). The clincher is that Edoras is described in passing as having a stream which rises from in front of the door of Meduseld and flows through the whole town to exit by the gate: it's such a minor detail the fact Whiterun has the same thing must be intentional.
      • In Angarvunde, you find a Broken Steel Sword that bears a striking resemblance to Narsil.
  • In the Twilight Sepulcher, you can find the remains of a couple of thieves named Nystrom and Anders, and the former's journal references "night is the new day" and "the ghost of the sun".
  • "I understand you're an elf who knows how to get things."
  • Mercer prying the eyes out of the giant Falmer statue in the final Thieves' Guild quest bears a surprising resemblance to the cover of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook.
    • Another D&D reference: Hermaeus Mora's book is appropriately named the Oghma Infinium.
  • Perhaps unintentional, but Finn's Lute is sought for in the Bard's College.
    • The troll slaying guide also authored by the adventurer Finn may be a nod to the Finnish metal band, Finntroll.
    • This could also be a reference to the "Saga of Finn", a poem sung by a bard in Beowulf.
  • In Winterhold, one of the magicians not affiliated with the College was doing a magical experiment. It ended with the creature turning inside out and then exploding, which could be a reference to either Galaxy Quest or The Fly.
  • Lars Battle-Born in Whiterun informs you that his funniest pastime has been "tipping the cow in the backyard". Cow Tipping is a recurring gag in the Fallout series.
  • The Master-level Destruction spell Lightning Storm's third-person casting animation mimics the Kamehameha wave.
    • So do all dual-cast Destruction spells, although the Lightning Storm spell has the classic blue.
  • An achievement for gaining access to the College of Winterhold is "Gatekeeper". The perk for stealing keys is "Keymaster".
  • Let's get the obvious out of the way: High Hrothgar. Although it's technically not limited to Skyrim (introduced with Redguard back in 1998).
  • In "The Mind of Madness" Sheogorath says "A good day to you, sir! I SAID GOOD DAY!" to Pelagius.
  • One of the quest rewards is a book of ancient forbidden knowledge called the Oghma Infinium. The book's cover also appears to be made out of patches of skin from various races of Mer.
  • Towards the south of Markarth, there's a reference to "Three Billy Goats Gruff" here.
  • While it might be a coincidence, the story of Olaf One-Eye and Dragonsreach is reminiscent of a Polish folk tale about the founding of Krakow, which states that the first king of Poland took the throne when he slew a dragon and built his castle around its lair, from which the city of Krakow was built out from.
  • In the quest in which the player (has the option to) obtain the horse Frost, you will also receive Frost's lineage papers. Upon reading said papers, the player will discover - among other things - that Frost's father was Sleipnir. Sleipnir was Odin's horse (and Loki's child) in Norse Mythology.
    • Frost himself may be a reference to the Robert Frost poem "Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening".
  • Look at the Elven class of Light Armor in Skyrim. Then, look at the armor worn by the elf armies in the Lord of the Rings films.
  • For one of the quests in the College of Winterhold, you need to make contact with the Augur of Dunlain, a former student. He was the brightest mage of his age, but after a horrible accident, he took to hiding in the tunnels beneath the college.
  • After fighting Frostbite Spiders under Helgen, Hadvar will sometimes comment "What next, Giant Snakes?"
  • One of the Dragon Priests is named Volsung.
  • Belrand, a mercenary you can hire in Solitude, appears to be a homage to Minsc from Baldur's Gate.
  • There are two references to King Arthur myths in the game: The Lady of the Lake and The Sword in the Stone. A certain mod takes the Shout-Out and runs with it.
  • College of Winterhold quest line. Crawling through an old underground complex. Disembodied, creepy, deep voice of a monster talking to you. One of the things it says that you can actually understand? Something to the effect of "You are not Savos Aren." S. Aren. Saren?
    • Given that he constantly refers to him as only Aren after, and the fact you only see Savos in this quest as a shade, it might very well be a sneaky reference to another old archmage who's only encountered as a shade, Nielas Aran.
  • The spriggans look an awful lot like El Fauno.
  • The Vigil of Stendarr are a group of otherwise ordinary people who are dedicated to exterminating various supernatural threats to mortals like vampires, werewolves, Daedra and the undead. This description matches that of Hunters almost word for word, and the group's name is the New World of Darkness term for a group of Hunters.
  • The Dragonborn DLC features seven black books linked to the resurrection of an ancient evil.
  • In Dragonborn, there's a set of elemental powers. The Water one is called Waters of Life. "Waters of Life" is part of a recurring quote and motif in Bethesda's Fallout 3.
  • Hermaeus Mora himself is a walking (or floating) shout out to H.P Lovecraft and Eldritch Abominations in general, including his realm of forbidden knowledge, the Apocrypha and his Fish-man underlings.
  • The 'Dawnguard' DLC contains several nods to the Underworld series:
    • The Vampire Lord transformation looks like Markus' Hybrid form from Evolution.
    • Serana shares several traits with Selene and Sonja. The names and looks are similar, also all of them have a strained father-daughter-relationship.
    • Harkon's voice actor seems to have channelled Bill Nighy in his role as Victor.
  • Dragonborn adds a book titled Confessions of a Dunmer Skooma Eater.
  • Labyrinthine is accessed by placing the striker into an ornate door knocker and then knocking, as Sarah does in Labyrinth.
  • The ability to shout in the Dragon language is known as The Voice. Strangely enough, it wasn't until Dragonborn that a shout that allowed you to bend the will of others was introduced.
  • In Endon's house in Markarth, has a piece of cheese cut into the shape of Pacman chasing garlics to a bowl of glowdust
  • The Blood On The Ice quest may be a shout-out to Jack the Ripper. (Butchering attractive young woman wandering the streets at night)
  • One of the random books you can find around Skyrim, Palla, is an extended reference to Lolita, particularly the famous opening lines.


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