Trivia / Call of Duty

  • Banned in China: World at War was banned in Japan for "gory violence against Japanese soldiers". It should be noted that the ban was quickly lifted.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Call of Duty games often use the quote "only the dead have seen the end of war," attributing it to Plato.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Since Modern Warfare 2, each new entry in the series has become one of or simply the biggest-selling game of the year. Guinness World Records has verified the series' sales to be almost 189 million units sold, putting it behind only Nintendo's three biggest franchises in terms of overall games sold, and that was in July 2014, before Advanced Warfare's release.
  • Name's the Same: There are three important characters who shared the last name Petrenko in the series (Mikhail in CoD 1, Yuri in UO, and Dimitri). None of them are related to each other.
  • Streisand Effect: World at War became one of the most popular Xbox 360 games in Japan for a time, even though it was officially banned due to what typically happens to the Japanese soldiers in-game.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: Tactical Insertions in online multiplayer. Originally debuting in Modern Warfare 2, they were intended to allow players to choose where they would respawn after their next death. However some of the community used Tac Inserts as a way to boost for easy XP, unlockable equipment and camos, and easy killstreaks. As a result, Tac Inserts were banished to the Infected game mode in both Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, though this has not discouraged boosting.