Shout Out / Video Games
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  • In 2064: Read Only Memories, when you examine the coffee pot in your apartment, your character says that they can see the letters "F and K" in it.


  • In the Doom Game Mod series Back to Saturn X, the title itself, the names of all the levels, and every other phrase in the intermission texts are titles of songs and albums by Guided By Voices.
  • Backyard Sports. Oh, where to start. Reese Worthington makes tons of Star Wars references, Dmitri Petrovich talks about many computer languages, and Sunny Day has a Putt-Putt watch. There are many more, too many to fit on this page.
  • Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn and the Expansion set "Throne of Bhaal" contain a few shout-out to former fans/forum members, including the character of Lanfear in Shadows of Amn, and Draconis, Yakman and Gromnir in Throne of Bhaal (Gromnir's speech in-game also emulates the poster's style)
    • Baldur's Gate itself has a set of more low-key shout-outs, with the spider-queen Centeol being a mocking shout-out at a player in the game writer's old Dungeons & Dragons campaign who exclusively played tall, strikingly-beautiful amazons named Centeol. Edwin was a much better-liked character from the same gaming group.
    • In Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer you can find an item named the Astral Rodent Charm. With the inscription "To M..." on the back. A shout out to Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster.
    • In the NWN 2 core campaign, the greeter in the Moonstone Mask festhall is named "Evlyn." In the back, you'll find a dancer named "Teelah." It's a nice shout-out to Mastersofthe Universe.
      • The vanilla original Neverwinter Nights had a reference to an Archdruid named Getafix.
      • A Dance With Rogues, a fan module series, includes the premade character Lyanna Stormborn, as a Shout-Out to A Song of Ice and Fire (which actually did inspire a lot of the story). The player's adventures seem somewhat similar to those of Arya Stark, after all.
  • The realm Star Kriege from Ball Revamped 3: Andromeda looks like something from Star Wars. There are T.I.E. starfighters in the background and "Kriege" means "wars" in German.
  • Level 8 in Battle for Dream Island Again episode 5b has a box styled like the Companion Cube from Portal. Like in Portal, it becomes your companion in level 9 and is left behind in level 10 by falling into a bottomless pit. Still better than being incinerated.
  • Emma, the DJ from Barrow Hill, is an obvious, albeit younger, Shout-Out to Stevie, the female DJ from John Carpenter's The Fog.
  • In Olivia's second Story Mode path in Battle Fantasia, she encounters a mysterious stranger who calls himself the "Romance Knight" (who is actually a masked Ashley), who's basically a walking shout-out to Tuxedo Kamen from Sailor Moon. He tosses a single rose at his opponent, signaling his arrival, and then gives a short speech about love and devotion before disappearing.
  • The easy mode for single-player in Battlefield: Bad Company has the line "hear the lamentations of... uhh...the people they know".
  • The Beatles: Rock Band:
    • Playing "Yellow Submarine" leads to a shout out to the movie of the same name. The band wears the same outfits as they did in the film, and the submarine itself is very similar to the one in the movie.
    • Playing "I Am the Walrus" leads to a shout out to the sequence with the song in the Magical Mystery Tour film.
  • The Beauties Battle tutorial contains a reference to Skyrim.
  • Beyond Good & Evil has a reference to its creator's most well-known work, the Rayman series, in the form of one of its photographable animals. The animal is a cartoonish mosquito found frequently in the Rayman universe, and has the species name A. raymanis. The main character of another Michel Ancel production, Tonic Trouble, appears as the Mascot of the game's brand of healing items in a Parody Commercial.
  • BioForge: Two dropships named Roenick and Chelios, in reference to two then-players of the Chicago Blackhawks.
  • In the Bionic Commando remake, one can find a Tricell billboard. There's also a billboard with a Servbot.
  • When Helen, Tom, and Luke are on the run from the police and the Mega Corp. and escape to Mars in the Visual Novel Bionic Heart, Luke’s alias is Lucas Walker.
  • BioShock has many of these, mainly references to Ayn Rand and her works (Rapture's society was founded on Randian and Objectivist philosophy).
    • One of the major characters is named Atlas. Another is coyly named Andrew Ryan.
    • There are a number of posters plastered around saying "Who is Atlas?".
    • Fontaine in his final mutated form resembles the famous statue of Atlas as seen on the cover of Atlas Shrugged.
    • Each bottle of Arcadia Merlot is embossed with the name "Fountainhead Cabarnet Sauvignon," as in The Fountainhead, another of Rand's novels.
    • Sander Cohen may be a reference to the pre-WWI playwright, songwriter, dancer, and director George M. Cohen. Sander Cohen and George M. Cohen both have a similar appearance and a similar way of criticizing people who do not perform a piece perfectly. However, George is less likely to kill you for it.
    • Non-Rand: One of the books in the library is titled Headology.
    • "Would you kindly find a crowbar or something?"
    • In BioShock 2, a poster for Sofia Lamb's services looks extremely like the "Eyes of T.J. Eckleburg" billboard from The Great Gatsby.
  • The BIT.TRIP series has several:
    • The second boss of Beat is pretty much a sideways version of Breakout.
    • The second boss battle in Core is a direct Shout-Out to Missile Command. You have to use your laser to zap the "missiles" (Bits) before they reach the cities below.
    • The bonus stages in Runner are designed similarly to Pitfall, where Commander Video has to run through a jungle collecting bars of gold while avoiding unattended campfires.
  • Boktai is stuffed with references to Westerns, most commonly Spaghetti Westerns. The main characters are named Django (after the protagonist of the Django movies, played by Franco Nero) and Sabata (after the protagonist of The Sabata Trilogy, played by Lee Van Cleef and Yul Brynner). Django kills vampires by getting them into the sunlight - to do this, he has to drag their coffins, which they sleep in, outside, referencing how the Django from the movie carries a Gatling gun in a coffin he drags along behind him. In Boktai 2, at a certain point, you encounter a character who is obviously Solid Snake, but it's actually a dual Shout-Out - he declines to identify himself, instead calling himself a "man with no name", a Shout-Out to Clint Eastwood's character from the Dollars Trilogy (which is nonetheless in character for Snake). To further the reference, he's dressed with no bandanna, but with combed-back hair, a dark blue shirt, and tight brown jeans, the same outfit worn by the Man With No Name in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly during the scene where Tuco tries to hang him in the hotel room.
  • The first game in Bubble Bobble series does shout outs in all directions.
  • When you clear a mission in Buddy Rush, there's a chance your helpers will compliment you by calling you "Magic Hands". In a earlier version of the game, they actually called you "God Hand". Also, a ruins-themed chapter has items related to Indiana Jones (whip, hat and Holy Grail) and a mushroom item obviously has a description that alludes to Super Mario Bros.
  • The Worldbuilder game Bug Hunt is an homage to the original Alien movie. Scientist gets Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong, Chest Burster hatches, and causes havoc around the space station.
  • In Burger Shop burger-making robot BurgerTron quips during the introduction "If you fry it, they will come." Also, level 60, which is the end of a stage at a beach hut restaurant on a formerly-deserted island, is called "Hippies, Surfers and the Rest."
  • The main storyline of Bushwhacker 2 involves searching for the king's daughter, who was kidnapped by bandits. When you finish chasing one of the bandits through a desert on the first island and corner him at the local dock he says "Sorry, but your princess is in another desert!" before jumping in a boat and taking off.

  • In Cake Mania 4: Main Street reopening the flower shop prompts the quip "If you build it, they will spend money.", while the "Minor Renovations" upgrade screen for the Burger Barn says "A step above fast food, but not quite fine dining. Needs more cowbell." Sumo Sushi has the following description for the "Crouching Tiger Prawn Roll."
    Ebi, ebi, burning bright,
    On my plate on sushi night,
    What immortal tongue or eye
    Could thy tastiness deny?
  • In the old Mac game Capn' Magneto, the wizard in the Shrine is named "? (The Mysterian)", a reference to the band ? and the Mysterians.
  • In the text intro to Chapter 78 of Caribbean Hideaway Planky the parrot steals back a magical talisman which had been traded to some other pirates for a ship. When he returns with it he says "Hey Mr. Talisman, tally me banana, squawk!"
  • A downright bizarre case of one: The hidden object game Cate West: The Vanishing Files has a good number of the street names named after characters from Monster, including a Tenma Street, apparently to drive the point home that it's not just generic European names. Now, how many people who play hidden object games do you think are going to get a reference like that?
  • Nicalis' releases of Cave Story changed a few things in the translation. One can't help but think of the Kool-Aid Man when Balrog shows up for any reason at all. The first time he shows up (through the Shack door), think of Balrog speaking in the Kool-Aid Man's voice for cheap, yet instant lulz:
    "Oh yeahhh!"
  • Champions Online has more than a few. Among others, one of the random chatters for Irradiates includes "One of us! One of us! Gooble gobble gooble gobble!", while a random chatter for scientists is "Why do we all have to wear these ridiculous ties?"
    Scientist 1: "Have you seen Doctor Freeman?"
    Scientist 2: "I think he went to fetch another crowbar..."
In an attempt to add more examples, two of the munitions skills have purchasable advantages called Listen to Reason and Not Without Incident

  • G-Darius, of the Darius side-scrolling scifi spaceship-shooter series, is intentionally an anagram of Gradius according to some sources.
  • The boss of the Bonus Dungeon of Dark Cloud 2 was the Big Bad of the first game.
  • In Dash Quest, the merchant says "It's dangerous to go alone..."
  • As well as numerous references in its achievements, Dead Island has Jason from Friday the 13th, the sword used to slice up Zed in Pulp Fiction and a zombified Jenna Jameson.
  • Dead Island: Riptide introduces Australian soldier John Morgan, at the start he's posing with Wolverine Claws and is modeled after Hugh Jackman. Snickt!
  • DEFCON is largely inspired by the NORAD screens in WarGames, so scrolling text in the lobby screen includes the list of games from the movie ("FALKEN'S MAZE, BLACK JACK, GIN RUMMY...THEATERWIDE BIOTOXIC AND CHEMICAL WARFARE, GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR") and "How about a nice game of chess?"
  • Descent II has green homing missile-launching robots called Lou Guards (which are also expies of the Super Hulks from the first game), a possible reference to Lou Ferrigno of The Incredible Hulk fame. Also, one of the later levels is named "Drec'nilbie K'luh".
  • In Destroy All Humans! 2, there's a mission that requires you to kill one Agent 47 in a discreet manner. And the civilian chatter in its stand-in for 1960s London includes mistaking Crypto for a Silurian, and calls for someone to get The Doctor or Professor Quatermass.
  • Rick from Dino Crisis, upon the revelation that the island is crawling with dinosaurs, laments that "it is just like that movie". Shinji Mikami, the game's director, confirmed this in an interview in Edge Magazine and went on to cite both Aliens and The Lost World: Jurassic Park as heavy influences on the game's tone and environments.
  • Almost everyone in Devil May Cry has a name that references Dante's The Divine Comedy. Those that do not usually reference something else in myth or legend - like Beowulf.
  • The Dink Smallwood mod Grasp of Darkness has an encounter where an indestructable slime offers you cake if you can last a certain number of minutes against it and its babies. A different portion of the tunnels contains a note which reads "The babies are not worth thy fists. The cake is a lie."
  • Discworld Noir is mostly a big homage to Film Noir, but includes a few Shout Outs to other things including Doctor Who ( Satrap's big villain speech is a fairly direct lift of Davros's in "Genesis of the Daleks") and other video games ("They'd hidden in a wine barrel. Now why did that make me think of the phrases 'You wait. Time passes.' and 'Thorin sits down and begins singing about gold'?" - the two phrases coming from the "hiding in wine barrels" scene in the Interactive Fiction version of The Hobbit.)
  • In Dishonored, one of the guests at Lady Boyle's party is named Brisby and wears a rat mask.
  • In DJMAX Portable Clazziquai Edition, one of the clubs in Club Tour mode has courses titled "Harder", "Better", "Faster", and "Stronger".
  • The "Party RPG" Dokapon Kingdom features a character name Robo-Agent. While he's normally a friendly, affable robot, when someone puts money into his mouth, he turns into a Killer Robot named Robo-Sassin. When he transforms into Robo-Sassin, he shouts: "EX-TER-MI-NATE!"
  • Doom II has a secret level which is basically lifted right out of id software's previous FPS, Wolfenstein 3D. If you dig deeper, you can find a secret room where you must gib four strung-up Commander Keens to progress.
  • Doom 3: One of the distress calls after the Teleporter Accident is "They're breaking through the walls!", a possible reference to the Aliens line "They're coming out of the goddamn walls!".
  • Dota2: Axe's denied phrase ("YOU GET NOTHING! GOOD DAY, SIR!") is based on Wonka's infamous meltdown scene from the 1971 movie version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu has the Black Onyx and Fire Crystal items, whose names are surely inspired by The Black Onyx, the first successful Japanese RPG, and its sequel The Fire Crystal.
  • Drakengards Easter Egg is a Shout-Out to cavia inc., who develops the Ace Combat series of games and also developed the Flight Sim portions of Drakengard.
  • Dra Koi has a Dragon Ball Z shoutout when the dragon estimates the protagonist's power level as being five. The story also does a shoutout to Demonbane, a work from the same company.
  • Drift Girls, in Episode 3: "He just doesn't understand. You have to believe in the heart of cars."
  • A "Create Gold" spell in Dungeon Keeper 2 is cast with an incantation "Expressus Americanus".
  • Dwarf Fortress. You start with seven dwarves. There are also these pages at the DF Wiki. And it's incredibly easy to add more as you see fit. For instance, there's a player-created mod that adds new reasons for dwarfs to like existing critters; among those added are "...likes Batmen for their awesome theme songs. DANANANANANANA BATMAN!"
  • While Koei have been known to deliberately make internal references and homages in the course of Gundam Musou, it's much more noticeable, and a bit startling, when shout outs like this turn up in a quote from Dynasty Warriors 7 of all things.

  • EarthBound:
    • The game makes tons of references to The Beatles (of which Shigetsato Itoi is a big fan), the most notable one being the yellow submarine.
    • The series also has a lot of old pop culture such as The Runaway Five being a reference to the Blues Brothers which was so obvious they were changed for the American translation, and theres also a reference to the Barrett strong song ("Money thats what I want").
    • The Apple Kid's mouse's self-introduction is a near-exact quote of the opening sentences of I Am a Cat; only the species has been changed.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • The series in general has plenty of shout outs. Almost all of the gods in the series are named after people who have worked on the series, and many NPCs have names that reference other fictional characters (such as Lucien Lachance and Vincente Valteri), sports teams (Tarhiel), and characters from folklore ("Springheel" Jakben of Imbel)
    • Morrowind
      • At least one of the developers seems to have really liked Pokémon. Weepingbell Hall, Marowak's Spine, Peke Utchoo, et cetera.
      • One of the developers went to Duke, so, being a big fan of Duke basketball, there is an easter egg sword Eltonbrand that you get by retrieving Shashev's Key (among other requirements). Elsewhere in the game, you come across a (likely dead) enchanter who believed he could fly named "Tarhiel".
      • The very name "Morrowind" could be a reference to The Elf Queen of Shannara, which featured the island of Morrowindl, which also had an active volcano being held in check by magic.
      • In Omalen Ancestral tomb, the corpse of an adventurer can be found crushed under a rock due to a cave in. There's a scroll that records his last thoughts, signed "Indie". It also mentions that his father made jokes about his childhood pet.
      • The Bjorn ice cave on Solstheim has a skeletal corpse with his feet stuck to the ceiling and a sword just out of his reach down below. He apparently didn't use the force.
      • Two sections of the Temple canton in Vivec City are called the Hall of Justice and the Hall of Wisdom.
    • Oblivion:
      • One of the ruined Ayleid cities is named Vindeisel.
      • One quest involves a floating inn being hijacked by a group of bandits, and when asked who the main character is, there's an option to reply "I'm just the ship's cook".
      • In the Shivering Isles expansion, there's a unique chest called the Dark Chest of Wonders. Any doubt that it's a Nightwish reference is erased when you crack it and find the Ring of the Oceanborn.
      • The Blue Suede Shoes item is a reference to the song by Carl Perkins.
      • In another Indiana Jones shout for the series, a quest wherein a rival treasure hunter tries to take your spoils right as you emerge from a trap-filled ruin is named "Nothing You Can Possess."
    • Skyrim has so many it needed its own page.
  • Elite Beat Agents has a stage whose top screen bears a striking resemblance to a Light Gun Game, complete with a gauge showing how many nuts the protagonist has left in his current magazine. Anyone who remembers hearing the infamous "RELOAD! RELOAD! SHOOT OUTSIDE OF THE SCREEN!" in The House of the Dead is going to get a kick out of failing the second section of the song. Also, the two pets in the game are a dog and a cat named Sam and Max. The dog is the one named Sam. Also, the protagonist of "Romancing Meowzilla" was a character in Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, the game EBA was based on.
  • The graphical roguelike Elona features as a potential player class, the Claymore: a mostly-female Half-Human Hybrid with silver eyes and inhuman dodging capabilities, with the ability to heal quickly (but at a price).
  • Emerald City Confidential is a Film Noir "retelling'' of the Land of Oz books. At one point, busts of L. Frank Baum and the game creator, Dave Gilbert, show up.
  • In the German Amiga game Enemy: Tempest of Violence, the antagonists are a ruthless alien race known as the Tschahis. "Tschahi" is a German phonetic rendering of the surname of Eric Chahi, creator of Another World, a game which Enemy not coincidentally resembles.
  • In Endless Ocean: Blue World, after befriending the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, the narration says "You caught the wild Pacific white-sided dolphin! Give it a nickname..? What? Wrong game? Oh."
  • Escape Velocity includes numerous shout outs to Mystery Science Theater 3000 and its featured films: the adjacent systems of Manos and Torgo, another cluster of systems named Gamera, Guiron and Zigra, and a system named Gymkata containing a planet named Hikeeba. The Easter Eggs in the game include a killer forklift, the Satellite of Love and an alternate Opening Scroll parodying the MST3K Theme Tune. There are also a fair number of Hitchhiker's Guide references, with planets named Beeblebrox (in the Zaphod system) and Ursa Minor Beta, and "Mostly Harmless" as the combat rating just above "Harmless." Also, the uninhabited planet George's World lies in the THX-1138 system, and elsewhere there is a forest moon named Endor.
    • Elite (a major influence on Escape Velocity) also calls its two lowest combat ratings "Harmless" and "Mostly Harmless".
    • Escape Velocity Nova has a randomly-occurring Leviathan-class ship called CATS. Its picture in the communication dialog is the portrait of CATS from the Zero Wing opening, and its lines of dialog are also from the Zero Wing opening.
    • Also Raczak's Roughnecks (the animated one).
    • The total conversion plug-in Colosseum has not only shout out's to the trilogy (Wild Geese, the Virtual Battle Network being themed off of Classic EV) there is also Sarge, Grif and Tucker found in one TAS system, mentions of the CIS as well as Rogue Squadron. Heck, just listen to the menu theme when the game starts up.
  • The doujin game Eternal Fighter Zero has many references to Key/Visual Arts works, as well as for other fighting games. In particular, Mio Kouzuki changes costumes with each special attack, referencing Street Fighter, The King of Fighters, Shingetsutan Tsukihime, Darkstalkers, Cardcaptor Sakura, and more. And Kano Kirishima's entire set of spells is directly lifted from the Mage and Wizard classes in the MMORPG Ragnarok Online. Her staff is an actual item from the game (Mighty Staff)
  • One system in EVE Online contains a massive black monolith.
  • The MMORPG EverQuest is full of these. Ironically, it is against the rules for players to name themselves in such a fashion, but it is fine for the designers to name NPCs to make a shout out.

  • Fallout is full of Shout Outs to almost everything including, but not limited to: SF movies, history, Monty Python, famous boxers, movie stars, history, etc.
  • In Fap Titans, the Poke-monster is a shout out to Pokémon.
  • In Fate/stay night (a Visual Novel already full of shoutouts to old legends and myths), there are skits that you earn depending how many "Bad Ends" you receive. The second of which features Rin Tohsaka and Sakura Matou, two of the game's heroines, in a rather blatant Shout-Out to the Touhou series, complete with danmaku patterns and parodies of the Spell Card activations.
  • In FEAR, the office building has a couple of shout-outs to Office Space - namely Milton's trademarked Red Stapler (no Swingline label, though), and TPS Reports scattered on the floor.
  • F.E.A.R. 2 had a few shout-outs to various Internet phenomena and other forms of media, such as:
    • A reference to the infamous Onyxia Wipe animation on a computer console.
    • "Two Beans One Cup Latte" on a menu at a cafe — a reference, of course, to the coprophiliac, uh, "classic," Two Girls One Cup.
  • Fisher-Diver has a Shout-Out to The Most Dangerous Game in the form of a character named Captain Connell.
  • Here lies a lonely Flower in the third level of Journey. A flOw-like creature is also found. Since all three were developed by thatgamecompany, this is almost immediately noticeable if you played the pre-Journey titles.
  • Forza Motorsport 4's "Drift" events have a white Toyota AE86 drifting through a corner. Players can get an achievement for doing 88 miles per hour in the Delorean, and different badges and titles (avatars and such shown in-game) usually have a shoutout - buying a Ford Falcon XB will give you the "Last of the V8s" badge.
  • Someone on the localization team for Fossil Fighters liked silly Internet memes. In addition to one NPC wondering what the worth of a man's life is ("...guarding a miserable pile of secrets?"), another gets in a "DO NOT WANT."
  • Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist, a fairly obscure Sierra game:
  • An in-game newspaper in Fret Nice talks about the new hit band "Grinning Colossus".
  • Frozen Synapse's RED expansion has, at the bottom-right of the first challenge map (outside the actual map boundaries), a dwarf.

  • The Glider series has a few references to The Wizard of Oz. Glider PRO, with its Art Nouveau aesthetic, also alluded to Little Nemo in the name "Slumberland" for the principal game scenario and the name "NEMO" on the mailboxes.
  • God Hand has tons of these. Elvis wears Akuma's prayer beads, Gene has the Shoryuken as a juggle move, and one of the God Reels is 100 Fists, a Spam Attack that references Fist of the North Star. There are also many, many tips of the hat to Clover Studios' previous games, such as Ōkami (one of the Chuihauhas you can race is called Amaterasu) and Viewtiful Joe (the Mad Midget Five). Elvis himself is a giant Shout-Out to, well, Elvis.
  • Mind-reading a certain lumberjack NPC in Golden Sun has him say "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay...with that" (it even pauses for a second after the "okay" appears before that "with that" does).
  • An early quest chain in Grand Fantasia takes place on "The Lonely Island", and the victory message you get after you complete it reads "I'm on a Boat!"
  • Guild Wars:
    • The game has a whole list of Shout-Outs in the skills players can equip. Interestingly, most of them are "shout" skills, like "For Great Justice!" and "Make Your Time!" (Zero Wing), "I Meant to Do That!" (Pee-wee's Big Adventure), "None Shall Pass!" (the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and "Can't Touch This!" (MC Hammer). A few fire elemental spells are named after Rodgort, which in turn comes from Trogdor, the dragon created by Strong Bad in Homestar Runner. And then there's the berserking dwarf Kilroy Stonekin, obviously inspired by the famed Leeroy Jenkins, right down to the battlecry.
    • A less commonly known one is the skill Headbutt, which for a short time, was named Enadiz Headbutt (Enadiz is Zidane spelled backwards). This is an obvious reference to the following meme link. Alas, the skill was renamed to just plain Headbutt in time for Nightfalls release.
    • There is also The Black Beast of Arrgh another shout out to Monty Python and the Holy Grail but this monster is actually black rather than being green like in the movie.

  • Half-Life: Opposing Force has a lot of fun with these. The Drill Sergeant Nasty in the training mission barks lines from Full Metal Jacket. The wisecracking soldiers riding in the chopper with you at the start of the game quote a line or two from Aliens. And later in the game, there's a puzzle where you have to activate a gearbox and open a valve, referencing Valve Corporation (developers of Half-Life) and Gearbox Software (creators of Opposing Force).
  • In Half-Life 2, one of the rebels is named Winston, possibly in reference to Winston Smith, protagonist of Nineteen Eighty-Four, from which the game gets a lot of its influence.
  • Dr. Kleiner's pet headcrab in Half-Life 2 is called "Lamarr" and sometimes "Hedy". This is a Shout-Out to Hedy Lamarr who, aside from being a rather attractive actress, co-invented the early form of the frequency-hopping technology vital to modern wireless communication.
  • Overlord Hol's description in Half-Minute Hero reads: "The last evil lord Noire went to. He can emit a giant laser. If only he had sharks." It also has a fully monochrome level with a boss named CATS, complete with references to the "All Your Base Are Belong to Us" meme.
  • The Halloween Hack:
    • A guy and his cat in Twoson reenact a Garfield strip.
    • The Final Boss shows up looking like a modified Uboa.
    • The Id boss was based on one of the Final Bosses from SaGa 3. Specifically, it was meant to be an inversion.
  • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak has the character search the world for three coloured marbles and insert them into a pedestal in a triangular fashion so you can pull a legendary "weapon" from a stone, whilst a familiar chest-opening score plays...
  • Harvest Moon:
    • Tree of Tranquility features a pair of carpenter's apprentices named Bo and Luke, who even share hair colors with their counterparts from The Dukes of Hazzard (Bo's got blond hair and Luke's a brunette). Their personalities are inverted, though: Luke's the impulsive apprentice, and Bo's the rational one.
  • Animal Parade has a few more:
    • In one of Animal Parade's events, Calvin can find Owen and Luke attempting to demolish a very historic wall in the mines and, scolding them, cry that "It belongs in a museum!"
    • The Pantsuit item has, as its description, "A suit for taking care of business and working overtime."
  • Hellgate: London, features a Wart, a young boy with a prosthetic leg, who will give you his spare pegleg to use as a weapon. This is a reference to a similar, but more obnoxious, character from Diablo, Wirt, whose pegleg could be used as a weapon in the sequel. This is made more explicit by the Peg Leg having the flavor text "This won't cost me 50 Palladium, will it?", a reference to Wirt's tendency to charge the player character for anything he could get away with — most noticeably, access to his shop of rare items. Hellgate: London was developed by many of the same people as the two Diablo games. Also, there's a usable cricket bat called Shaun's Trusty Sidekick.
  • In the newspaper article after one particular level in Hitman: Blood Money, the police chief investigating the murders caused by Agent 47 is named Police Chief Wiggum.
  • One of the characters in Homeworld, Group Captain Elson, is named after Peter Elson, an artist who inspired the artistic design of the game.
  • The [adult swim].com original game House of Dead Ninjas is a Retraux affair designed to resemble an early NES game - and even comes with a manual. The first enemy profiled, Niji, is described as "a Pretty Cool Guy" who runs straight ahead "and doesn't afraid of anything," which may be more memetic than referential. But then it says he likes to pretend he's a girl and calls himself "Ninjetta" - a reference to Birdo's profile in the original Super Mario Bros. 2 manual. Most of the enemies are based on classic Mario or Zelda enemies; the stone-faced crusher Gror is basically a Thwomp, while Magicloke is a Wizzrobe (note the name).



  • The arcade beat'em-up Karate Blazers by Visco, which can be found all over the place in Flash game form, references Black Rain in its third boss, identical triplets who all look like Sato, the bad guy of the film. The weirdest shout out is the fourth boss: a morbidly obese man dressed exactly like Nadia from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (seen here at about 6:25).
  • Killer Instinct:
    • A few of the fighters were reminiscent of characters from other works, like skeleton warrior Spinal coming right out of Jason and the Argonauts, werewolf Sabrewulf being loosely based on a character of the same name also from a Rare game, or the resident alien Glacius sporting the Shapeshifting abilities of the T-1000.
    • There also is Eyedol's parodic ending, in which a woman in purple approaches him claiming that he's her long lost son Billy, lost in a car incident, and that she gave him his bracelets for his birthday-mirroring exactly the epilogue of Blanka in SFII. Minus the last scene...
  • Kingdom of Loathing gives shout-outs to absolutely anything and everything. It would be easier to list things which it doesn't reference.
  • Knights of the Old Republic has a few of its own. The most obvious one is Bastila, who is a slightly more developed version of Aribeth from an earlier BioWare game.
    • "Canderous" was also the name of a minor NPC in Castlekeep.
    • The Wookie seems quite similar to Chewie, swears a life debt to your character, and travels with a "scoundrel." (Though, unlike Han, Mission is a sweet-natured teenaged girl).
    • And there are a ridiculous amount of references to the movies. From the opening shot of the Endar Spire under attack (shades of the Tantive IV) to the Star Forge (the final Boss battle area was inspired by the Throne Room in ROTJ). In the second game, the Exile can point out that lying is still lying, even if it's "from a certain point of view". When rescuing Bastila, one dialogue option is "My name is <Fullname>, and I'm here to save you!" (A recreation of Luke's line to Leia). During torture, you're also given the option to say "Alderaan. It's on Alderaan" - a direct reversal of Leia's stall tactic of "Dantooine. It's on Dantooine!" You also have the option to call Zaalbar a "walking carpet" when you meet him (a reference to Leia's dismissal of Chewbacca). In the second game, you can say "Maybe you'd like it back in your cell?" when Atton complains about your rescue attempt (reference to Han's reaction to Leia complaining about their lack of planning), and if you beat the game as a light-side and then as a dark-side character you get an easter egg in which Atton asks a female character "Are you an angel? No, that's the worst line I've ever used. Hope some poor kid doesn't start using it," doubling as a Take That! to Anakin's awkward introduction to Padme in episode 1.
  • In King's Quest II: Romancing The Throne, the Batmobile will come out of Hagatha's Cave while the Batman theme plays.
  • The first chapter of King's Quest (2015) contains a load to The Princess Bride, most obviously the raisin juice test before the Trial of Wits - underlined by Manny being voiced by Wallace Shawn, who played the villainous Vizzini in the film and died to the same test in the now famous scene. The battle against Acorn in the game is also similar to the clash of Westley and the giant Fezzik in the film.
  • The hotel manager in killer7 bares an uncanny resemblance to Edo Macalister, the hotel manager from Flower, Sun and Rain. Furthermore, when you talk to him, Gymnopedie plays in the background, the main theme of hotel Flower Sun & Rain.

  • La-Mulana, aside from the general homage to the MSX, has many references to specific games, some of them quite obscure:
    • A ROM combo involving Castlevania will make your whip more powerful. Also, Lemeza's whip upgrades are the same as the Belmonts' from various Castlevania games.note 
    • Two ROM combinations let you play parodies of Parodius and Snatcher.
    • Combining the two Metal Gear ROMs will make a "!" appear over you when you solve a puzzle.
    • Many of Elder Xelpud's seemingly-nonsensical quotes allude to MSX games:
    "With my spare money, all I could buy was Salamander. I always got the bad ending." (In the MSX Salamander, you need to have Nemesis 2 in the second cartridge slot to get the good ending.)
    "Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B A. What's that?" (none of Konami's MSX games uses the Konami Code, which originated on NES/Famicom games, and Xelpud is a staunch Famicom hater).
    "I wonder what happened to Venom? I haven't seen him since I heard him laughing while in a time slip. I certainly hope he's doing well." (Venom is the Big Bad of the MSX Nemesis 2 and 3, and the ending of Nemesis 3 has the protagonist fleeing from him in a time warp.)
    "I can't believe that Simon is a model pervert." (Simon Belmont is described that way in the MSX mahjong game Hai no Majutsushi, also known as Mahjong Wizard.
    • The Bragging Rights Punishment is a Shout-Out to Dragon Quest II. Yes.
    • One fish enemy in the Spring in the Sky has an iron pipe sticking out of its crotch, like the hero of Ashguine 2, and the background music for that stage, "Curse of IRON PIPE," is based on a theme from that game (which is why it had to be replaced in the WiiWare version). The game is also referenced in Elder Xelpud's ramblings.
  • In Lands of Lore, when you examine a random bush, you get a response: "Is that a Pseudobushia Hugiflora?" Pseudobushia Hugiflora is a talking plant you have to grow in The Legend of Kyrandia. (Both games were made by Westwood Studios.)
    • Likewise, both in Lands of Lore and Legend of Kyrandia you can find a "Piscata Rosea" item.
  • The Last Remnant has a few shout outs, but at least three to Devil May Cry.
    • The two yama NPCs in Athlum and Ghor are named Vergil and Dante, respectively.
    • Rush (voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch) at one point shouts "Jackpot!"
    • A tournament's slogan is "Welcome back to the stage of history!"
    • Almost all of the Remnants and formations are shout outs to previous entries in the SaGa series. Then there's the Bilqis, a weapon that looks like a cross between an axe and a chainsaw...
  • La Tale has a minigame named Dot Nuri, which is a clear shout out to Super Mario Bros., right down to the low-res mushroom enemies.
  • One line in The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure is a Title Drop for the M. R. James work, A Warning To The Curious, that provided much of the inspiration for the game's storyline.
  • A subtle one: at one point in Lost Planet 2, you have to fend off a giant (nearly) invincible Sand Worm type creature in a desert. It has scurrying legs at its front that are suspiciously identical to those possessed by the Ohmu from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind — similarly invincible insect creatures inhabiting an Earth that's largely desert.


  • The half-sunken Statue of Liberty at the end of the Coastal course in the original Need for Speed.
  • NetHack has plenty of examples:
  • In NieR, the hero is asked to save a prince from a forbidden shrine who is searching for his mask. When the prince is found and he finds his mask, the screen goes letter box as the camera gives a slight bird's eye-view of the prince, his mask spinning in midair a little bit over his outstretched hand. This perfectly mirrors "Item Found" cutscenes of the 3D Zelda games. It also comes complete with a Suspiciously Similar Song version of the Zelda fanfare.
  • In Night in the Woods:
  • In Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones the screen after you come out of the maze in the mines features a fedora-wearing skeleton with a whip which when spoken to says "Fortune and glory, lady... fortune and glory."
  • Horror game Night Blights has, around the house, countless toys and a few other props. One such prop is a crystal statuette of a dragon, but is quite clearly specifically a dragon frozen in crystal. Though much smaller. You can also find, on an upstairs wall, what looks to be a featherless Aku Aku.
  • The Zeppelin in Ninja Gaiden Xbox heavily resembles the Hindenburg, and goes down in flames in a similar manner. "Oh, the humanity!"
  • No Man's Sky: Numerous.
    "I've seen things...a few things before. Left the sun long behind...galaxies waiting to be found. Planets rich in resources. Battles to be fought. Treasures unknown. The wouldn't believe."
    • One of the heavy metal alloys you can find is called Lemmium.
    • The top rank for number of words learned is Babelfish. One possible alien interaction is the receiving of a slug that goes in the player character's ear and teaches new words.
    • This quote from a Gek Plaque which can be found in a Gek controlled planet:
    We are the masters of galaxies, the overlords of the cosmos. Each foe will submit with bended knee to the ALMIGHTY Gek Dominion. We are the FIRST SPAWN. Look upon our works and DESPAIR.
    • One of the damaged factories has you looping through time doing the same thing repeatedly, and one of the options to fix the problem is recharge the flux capacitor.
    • One VERY easy to miss one is what happens when you use the Pulse Drive to quickly reach distant planets. You quickly rush past sets of 2 parallel lines. This may seem inconsequential, but this is a subtle reference to MANY old space shooting games that used vector graphics, where parallel lines moved past the player constantly to indicate forward motion. Here's Star Wars Arcade as an example.
    • Star Wars:
      • One of the components a certain type of ship can have are solar panels on the side, like with TIE Fighters.
      • Some Freighters have a distinct flat wedge shape with a raised command deck at the back, much like Star Destroyers.
      • Automatically docking with a Space Station (which can be spherical) and rushing past the beams on the side with tall vertical lights on them is extremely reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon docking with the Death Star via a tractor beam from A New Hope.
  • No More Heroes:
    • The Rank 9 Assassin, Dr. Peace, sometimes holds his guns out at his sides, arms slightly bent. This is exactly the same way Curtis Blackburn holds his guns during his boss fight in killer7, Suda51's previous game. Dr. Peace bears more than a slight resemblance to Curtis as well (the major difference is that his hair is brown while Curtis's is white).
    • There are several other Killer7 references as well. Bad Girl has a "chiller7" brand fridge, and the techniques Lovikov teaches you bear names that refer to the Smiths. ("Memory of Mask": MASK DE Smith, "Memory of Child": Con Smith, "Memory of Demon": Dan Smith, etc.)
    • There are numerous Star Wars references, ranging from laser sword based combat to mooks dressed in Darth Vader costumes to the end-of-mission congratulatory screen, which sports a thematic pastiche of the Star Wars theme and ends with the famous hyperspace visual effect from the movies.
    • There's even one to God Hand. Lose a Blade Lock clash against Rank 4 and he turns Travis' beam katana into a powerless, heart-topped wand. Players of God Hand will recognize it as Shannon's weapon of choice. Also, the final boss has a similar fighting style to God Hand's Gene, a similar dodging animation, and is called "Jeane".
    • And also one to Back to the Future: The To Be Continued message.
    • Henry, a Scottish-accented Badass Longcoat with a Beam Claymore, is a Highlander shoutout.
    • When you die, the test card with the Zaka TV logo is taken from Michigan: Report From Hell and killer7.
  • In Nonstop Knight, an ad for gems says, "It's dangerous to go alone! Take these gems."
  • In one early season of Nexus Clash, hiding anywhere had a chance to send you to the Wood Between the Worlds.


  • Perfect Dark features the "MagSec 4", a large handgun which fires in bursts. It's essentially the Auto 9 of RoboCop fame with a lighter paint scheme and a different name.
  • Pony Island:
    • One of the files when you exit to the desktop for the first time is called MissingNo. Interesting because it's a shout-out to a famous glitch in a game that's all about fixing and exploiting glitches.
    • One of the glitched option screens has a list of Yes, No, Maybe, I Don't Know, and Can You Repeat the Question.
    • The way the colored version of Pony Island starts out as a bright and cheerful world and gradually decays into something more nightmarish is more than a little reminiscent of Eversion, including trees withering away and the screen briefly flickering at some points to a screen showing only a setting sun that looks similar to Eversion's World 4.
    • The I AM ERROR Room has ERROR with a design very similar to that other game he was in.
    • Louey himself is obviously a reference to Flowey. Aside of names, they both use "howdy, friend" and look innocent at first.
    • If you answer "Chara" when Hopeless Soul asks for your name, he will say "You might be in the wrong game."
      • Speaking of Chara. Asmodeus talks to you in nothing but a black screen with slowly advancing text and ominous music, he also attacks the screen if you answer his questions wrong. Sound familiar?
      • Checking the Credits in Pony Island 3D only gets the message "Credit Where Credit Is Due," written in a mix of Comic Sans, Papyrus, and Wingdings.
  • Wang-Tang from Power Stone is a homage to Goku from Dragon Ball, complete with a Super Saiyan-esque transformation and is even voiced by a woman (Megumi Ogata), which also applies for Goku's Japanese voice. The game also shares its name with a special weapon from another Capcom game.
  • In Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, push 20 enemies off ledges and you get an achievement titled "This is Persia!"

  • The Quest for Glory series contained a number of these. The most prominent example took place in the first game, where the player was required to answer three questions in order to enter Erasmus' castle. The whole sequence was a direct reference to the similar one in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The VGA version also included "I want to be a pirate" as a possible answer. In addition, in the fifth game, if the main character drowned, the game over text would mention Guybrush Threepwood's ability to hold his breath for 10 minutes.

  • The first phase of the boss of Raiden IV's second stage looks and behaves similarly to the stage 2 boss of DonPachi, while the third boss, which consists of multiple ships that first attack separately then combine, was apparently inspired by the third boss of Konami's old Raiden clone Lightning Fighters.
  • The Shin Megami Tensei game Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army has a homeless NPC that you can encounter in Episode 2 early on. After you bribe the Lucky Charm out of his hands, you can read his mind again to reveal him saying "You all assume I'm safe here in my hood, unless I try to start again." This is a shout out to Linkin Park's song, Breaking the Habit. And also in Chapter 2, Oboroguruma, a ghost car that appears at the Full moon, says this:
  • Randal's Monday is filled with references to everything, from The Lord of the Rings to The Legend of Zelda to Terminator.
  • Freebie MMO Rappelz had many NPCs in the first area directly named after characters from the Ogre Battle strategy RPG series. (At least in the English version.)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal:
    • The game features a Captain Qwark lookalike robot shouting, "Not the face!"
    • Crack in Time goes absolutely nuts with them, see the series's page for details.
  • The "Bunnies helped tame the Wild West" level of Rayman Raving Rabbids has a giant steampunk robot for the end boss, which seems startlingly reminiscent of the climax of Wild Wild West.
  • The Sega Genesis game Revenge of Shinobi features a boss fight with Spider-Man. And when you defeat him, he turns into Batman. Watch this video.
  • Revolution X has several of these.
  • The Re-Volt RC car driving game has two tracks called "Toys in the Hood", set in peaceful suburbs.
  • One of the items in Rule of Rose is a storybook titled The Little, not that one. Although both the book and game explore the journey of an emotionally repressed orphan girl struggling to retain her moral integrity when faced with the stark realities of life in Victorian England, so the mistake is understandable.


  • Freeware puzzle game TAG: The Power of Paint features a neat Shout-Out. In the game, different color paints give you different powers when you walk over them. And red paint makes you go faster.
  • In Tales of Lagoona 2: Peril at Poseidon Park several of the quests are called "You've captured their stunt doubles!," "My voice is my passport," "I'm the map," "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay" and "Say 'cello' to my little friend." The latter's description says that every time two rival orchestras get together in a back alley "finger-snapping and drum solos" take place. Leona's grandfather says "Holy barnacles, Batmanatee!" when he sees the park improvements, while a Barnacle Falls Bulletin headline states "Aperture Science lies about cake for test subjects, lawsuit pending." A quicksand-making puzzle says to watch out for "rodents of unusual size" and two of the characters are named Peabody and Sherman.
  • Every single game in Namco's Tales Series have shout outs to each other (with the exception of Tales of Phantasia, which is the first game and therefore has nothing to shout out to). In Tales of the Abyss, various other Tales characters are Bonus Bosses; in another Tales game, a character has a Mieu keychain (Mieu is the cute annoying creature from Tales of the Abyss); in Tales of Destiny, the character Klarth from Tales of Phantasia makes a cameo; and so on. A fan favorite is the Indignation spell which has appeared in every game in the franchise, with nearly the same casting incantation. The first scene where Indignation appears (the intro to Tales of Phantasia) can be replicated almost exactly in Tales of Eternia if you know when and where.
  • In Tap Adventure: Time Travel, Fiery Fox may be a reference to Firefox.
  • In Tap My Katamari, in a victory screen, the Prince says, "One does not simply roll a Katamari..."
  • In Tap Tap Infinity, there is the zombie Lurch, the frog soldiers Spartan and Prince Leomitus, and the red bat Rhed'it.
  • In Tap Titans, the hero Twitterella the Tweeter is a reference to Twitter. The enemy Nicholson is a reference to Jack Nicholson.
  • In Tap Titans 2, Sawyer is a reference to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Zato is a reference to Zatoichi, and possibly Zato-1 from Guilty Gear, and there are the Titans Ackkuh, Dead Poo, Great Old One, Drakecula, Munster Man, Sir Paul Beat, Starry Ringo, Tony Stalk, and Witty Birb John.
  • In the ZX Spectrum game Techno Cop, one crime to which the player is called is "Baby being crushed". The perp's name is Charles Paisley, the "baby crusher" mentioned in the Piranha brothers sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • Tetris: The Grand Master had a Licensed Game spinoff based on Cardcaptor Sakura. The goal in that game was to clear seven jeweled blocks rather than make lines. This objective was adapted into a game mode in the latest game in the series, Tetris: The Grand Master 3 - Terror-Instinct. Heboris, a fan clone of TGM, features a similar mode called Tomoyo.
  • In Theta vs Pi 7 early on you talk with a piano player who is less than impressed. He claims that even his plumber is a better adventurer than you.
  • Some of Thunder Force V's bosses are named after bands: for instance, Deep Purple for Stage 1, and Iron Maiden for Stage 2.
  • Time Gal has one, but only in Japan: in one of the death scenes in 1588, Reika is chased by a shark. What does she say while this is happening? "JAAAAAAAAAWZUUUUUUUUU!" In the U.S. version, when swinging on a vine in 65,000,000 B.C., she attempts a Tarzan scream.
  • The first motorcycle level in Tomb Raider: Legend is a shoutout to the ending of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
  • The acronym for the titular unit of Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X may be evocative of HAWC from the novels of Dale Brown.
  • Torchlight II has a pair of gloves called "Cool Hand Dukes" with the description "What we got here is a failure to communicate." It also has a shotgun called a "Boomstick" with the description "Listen up you primitive screwheads!"
  • Totem Tribe has a series of stones with mostly-helpful information along the coast of the game's various islands. On Monkey Island, one of them says "Guybrush Threepwood was here."
  • The earlier Touhou games seem to have a number of shout outs to Agatha Christie's novels, including music tracks named "U.N.Owen was her?" and "Who done it?", a spellcard named "And Then There Were None?", and a character whose last name is Margatroid, who is based on a character from A Murder is Announced. There are also several references to Fist of the North Star, such as Reimu's Fantasy Haven (several times), and several basic attacks in Hisoutensoku, and the Red Stone of Aja from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Seeing as how Transformers: War for Cybertron is basically High Moon Studio's love letter to the childhoods of boys who grew up in The80s, the whole game runs on Shout Outs to the Transformers universe. What isn't a blatant re-purposing of content from other continuities is simply Pragmatic Adaptation: turning Megatron's alt mode from a pistol to a tank is one of them. Clearer examples are often used for the names of achievements. For example, if you kill two snipers within 5 seconds of each other, you are rewarded with the achievement "Targetmaster." note Props go out to the boss battle with Soundwave during the Autobot half of the Campaign mode. After the player hasn't seen hide nor hair of Rumble, Frenzy, or Laserbeak during the three missions where you can play as Soundwave, and possibly a mild Shout Out in his possession of the Sentry ability, he produces all three during the boss encounter, and are in fact integral to defeating the monotone fiend.
    • The entire game is basically a re-imaging of the backstory to G1, with a TV series following up on it planned. It has shout-outs to every other Western Transformers thrown in for good measure. Actually explaining how Starscream went from a scientist and friend of Jetfire to a treacherous Decepticon is a nice touch.
    • Fall of Cybertron continues the tradition, with Slug (formerly Slag) quoting his entrance from The Transformers: The Movie. Plenty of other pop up as well, including Starscream's crown from his coronation scene in the same film.
  • In Trinity Universe, there's an optional event where Kanata and his friends run into Recit after he goes on a rash of cash register vandalism. Recit immediately admits to being responsible, which disappoints the Prinny, who expected to engage in a battle of wits where Kanata would "use logic, deduce, and present evidence" to incriminate him.
    Prinny: Take that, dood!
    Pamela: Objection!
  • True Crime: Streets of L.A.: "Like this? This is my BOOMSTICK!"
  • In the Tsukihime "sequel" Kagetsu Tohya, there is a shoutout to the boxing manga/anime Hajime no Ippo. For comedy purposes Ciel uses a fighting style she calls "The Hitman Style" and assumes a stance similar to that of Mashiba Ryo, the character who uses that style in Hajime no Ippo. This is a reference to this manga because Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, the real-life boxer who this style was based on, did not call his style "the Hitman Style."
    • Arc, in her cat form, counters this by avoiding the punches in an "oddly familiar circular motion", a reference to Ippo's "Dempsey Roll" and peek-a-boo style.
  • In Outlaw's ending of Twisted Metal: Head On, Carl accidentally wishes for Jamie to "shut up", and her mouth fuses shut in the same manner as Neo's in The Matrix.