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Shout Out: Warhammer 40,000
Warhammer 40,000 features tonnes of Shout Outs, some subtle, some just plain obvious.

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

  • The Adeptus Arbites are the Imperium's police, with big guns, eagles and ginormous shoulder pads. Hmmm... Also, void shields were clearly picked up from the Apocalypse War storyline.
  • The 5th ed Space Wolves Codex has Logan Grimnar who isn't one. But it also has a different Logan mentioned in the backstory who fought with dual Lightning Claws. You know, like that Logan.

Fan Works

  • Dark Heresy: Ascension has a quote by Vindicare Assassin cognomen-designate LIIVI, which in itself doesn't sound very weird, but if you snoop around fanon, you'll see that LIIVI also appears in the popular 40K Fan Fic Love Can Bloom, which ironically is about a Vindicare Assassin named LIIVI who falls in love with Farseer Taldeer from Dawn of War: Dark Crusade.
    • The picture on the quote's page also shows a Vindicare Assassin and a female Eldar Farseer, just to drive the point further. To really drive the point home, LIIVI is quoted as saying "one chance is all I need", one of the Vindicare's voice clips from Dark Crusade.
  • The fan campaign The Guy Who Cried Grendel is referenced on one page of The Radical's Handbook supplement.
  • 4chan gets a LOT of shout outs in Dark Heresy.


  • The entire Necron race is one big Shout-Out to the Terminator franchise.
  • Several to Star Wars:
    • One of the elite fighting forces in the Imperial Guard are know as the storm troopers, and most wear fully enclosed gas masked helmets.
    • The latest Imperial Guard codex states that some members of the older members of the Cult of Mars are "more machine than man".
    • In first edition, back when Warhammer 40k was Rogue Trader, they had a canon character named Obi-Wan. Not to mention the main protagonists of the setting are an Empire ruled by a morally ambiguous (extremist rather than evil) Emperor...
    • In the Blood Angels codex, there is a story about a Librarian defending a world from a Tyranid fleet. It specifically states that his "force can't repel a Tyranid onslaught of that magnitude."
  • The Space Marines Codex makes reference to the Zeist Campaign, a shout out to Highlander II: The Quickening. The fandom was not pleased.
  • Eldar Striking Scorpions have helmets that make them look uncannily like the Predator.
  • Some of the novels refer to a foodstuff called soylens viridiens.
  • The cover art for the 3rd edition Blood Angels codex has someone who looks suspiciously like Christopher Lee. (Compare the lower left Marine to the DVD cover for Scars of Dracula.)
  • The Black Templars get a super-grenade-thing called the Holy Orb of Antioch, carried (of course) by Brother Maynard.
  • Catachan Jungle Fighters are all Ramboes, from the huge muscles to huger guns to the lack of respect for authority figures, with a bit of Predator when fighting aliens. Oh, and red headbands are quite a popular fashion accessory.
    • Sly Marbo doesn't even try to hide it, being repeatedly referred to as a One-Man Army.


  • Dune has several notable influences:
    • The God-Emperor of the Imperium is one of the most key figures in the setting.
    • The Navis Nobilitae eventually turn into something like the mutant-frogs-in-a-jar from the movie, and they have more or less the same function.
    • In the Dark Heresy rulebook under "Sanctioning Side-effects", one of the rolls gives you the starting condition of "Pain by nerve induction", complete with a fear of bald women.
    • The planet Tallarn is an equivalent to Arrakis.
    • The Space Marines have a lot of the Fremen and the Sardaukar in them.
  • The Inquisitor Lord Fyodor Karamazov is a Shout-Out to The Brothers Karamazov.
  • "All Orks is equal, but some Orks are more equal dan uvvas."
  • The Grey Knights special character Kaldor Draigo (from the same writer as the Zeist campaign, incidentally) is likely a Shout-Out to Khal Drogo.
  • In the Battlefleet Gothic rules there is a mention of something named Portis Cthulhus.
  • There is mention of a quarantine planet named Proxima Trantor.
  • Thallarna is the villain's capital in Edmond Hamilton's Star Kings.
  • A quote from Frodo about the shiftiness of elven counsel is parodied by a quote from Inquisitor Czevak:
    Ask not the Eldar a question, for they will give you three answers, each true and terrifying to behold.

Live-Action TV

  • The two gods of the Orks are stated in Gorkamorka to be Gork and Mork.


Video Games

  • In the comic mini-series The Redeemer, the titular hero has to climb some construction beams and platforms to do battle with a four-armed mutant ape throwing down barrels of toxic waste to hinder his progress.
  • An uncharacteristically subtle one in the second edition of the Forge World supplement Imperial Armor Volume 2: War Machines of the Adeptus Astartes, so much so that it may have been a coincidence: the rules for the Spartan Assault Tank are on page 117.
  • Mass Effect:
    • The fifth edition Necron codex makes mention of a planet called Eden Prime.
    • There is also the Necron use of a "Mechanophage" (a computer virus that shuts down a planet's defence network).
  • The basic combat gear of Tau Firewarriors is clearly based on Brataccas.
  • One of the Tyranid Swarmlord's names is stated to be "The Destroyer of the Kha'la Empire". There is also a unit upgrade called "adrenal glands".

Western Animation

  • There used to be a Dark Eldar character with black and white hair called "Kruellagh the Vile" (Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians)

Multiple media

Real Life

  • The entire story of Lord Commander Solar Macharius is cleanly ripped off from the biography of Alexander the Great.
  • In the 3rd edition Craftworld Eldar book, the section on the craftworld Saim-Hann has a footnote consisting of an Edit War about how to properly pronounce it that refers to the oft-fumbled pronunciation of Samhain.
  • Most of the Space Wolves fluff derives from either Norse Mythology or mythology concerning wolves from around the world.
  • It has been argued that the current biggest Ork in the galaxy and ravager of a massively industrialized planet, Ghazkull Mag Uruk Thrakka, is a Take That towards Margaret Thatcher.
  • Many Imperial Guard regiments are basically the snazzy uniforms and laughable combat tactics of various periods of Earth warfare: the Praetorians are extremely disciplined, red-uniformed and pith-helmeted chaps with astounding mustaches from British armies, Krigeres are World War One Gas Mask Mooks take Up to Eleven, etc.
  • The quote on the Tau character page is based on part of a sermon by Henry Melvill and often misattributed to Herman Melville.
    Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibres connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibres, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects.

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