* ActorAllusion
** Ed Harris running the Black Ops his character from ''Film/TheRock'' was famous for -- even corresponding to the same places.
** The way Reznov yells '''EVERYONE!''' at the end of "Project Nova" calls back to Gary Oldman's VillainousBreakdown in ''Film/TheProfessional''.
*** For that matter, the fact that Reznov is held in a HellholePrison, only to escape and [[Franchise/HarryPotter seek revenge]].
** Ice Cube "plays" a [[Film/XXx Navy SEAL]].
* {{Defictionalization}}: A paintball group in Illinois [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNoSqW95O1U has made an exact replica of Nuketown]] for tournaments, featuring both houses and all the vehicles between them.
* FakeAmerican: Mason is voiced by Australian Sam Worthington. [[OohMeAccentsSlipping It's... quite apparent, especially when he's shouting.]]
-->'''Mason:''' YEW ''FOCKIN'' SONNUVA BAYTCH!\\
'''Mason:''' Reznov killed him ''ROIT'' IN FRONNA ME!
* FontAnachronism: The typeface on the intel collectible does not appear to be written on a typewriter or a basic word processor; the font is much more advanced than its time. This is but one tick mark in a [[http://callofduty.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:CoD_addict/Anachronisms_in_Call_of_Duty:_Black_Ops long, long list of glaring anachronisms in the game.]]
* ThrowItIn: The "Warlord" perk, which allows the player to use more than one attachment on their gun, got its name simply because the equivalent [=MW2=] perk's name ("Bling") didn't fit with the Cold War setting, and Treyarch couldn't think of anything better to call it.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before the game was officially announced, various rumors and blurbs suggested that it would span two decades, from the Vietnam War through to the 1980 Iranian embassy siege. If true, it would explain a large number of the anachronisms present in the story as many props and weapons were likely created with this in mind.
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