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  • In earlier builds, characters with high stress would occasionally go "Game Over, man, Game Over!"
  • The name of Swine King's spotter, Wilbur, is a reference to The Dunwich Horror and Charlotte's Web. There's also an achievement for losing a hero to him called "That'll do, Pig".
  • The pregenerate names for the heroes include an Occultist named Alhazred, a Hellion named Boudica, a Plague Doctor named Paracelsus or Vaughan, or a Leper named Baldwin.
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  • The mask the leper wears is most likely a reference to Kingdom of Heaven. note 
  • The Occultist will sometimes namedrop Nyarlothotep himself when he is Masochistic. Sometimes he will even shout "TEKELI-LI!". In fact, many of the Occultist's lines are in Rlyehian, the fictional language used by the Cthulhu cult.
  • Two of the Bounty Hunter's techniques are called Finish Him!, which does more damage to stunned targets, and Come Hither — effectively an old-fashioned way to say "Get over here!"
  • The Jester has the camp skills Tiger's Eye, Turn Back Time, and Every Rose Has Its Thorns, all of which are references to real songs with similar titles.
  • One of the Hellion's abilities is called If It Bleeds. It makes enemies bleed.
  • One of the Bounty Hunter's color schemes is the same as Boba Fett's. Another one is the same as Jango Fett's.
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  • The Formless Flesh boss takes heavy inspiration from The Thing (1982), particularly its One-Winged Angel form at the end of the movie. It's a Body Horrific, constantly shapeshifting mass of flesh.
  • The bodies of swine are perennially popular candidates for Demonic Possession, as in The Four Gospels.
  • The Houndmaster can buff his hound by giving him a Dog Treat. While calling this a reference might seem like a bit of a stretch, the Corpse and Hound patch notes make it screamingly obvious by outright referring to the treats as "Scooby Snacks" and suggesting calling Houndmaster characters "SHAG & SCOOB".
  • The Musketeer's response to being targeted by the Heart of Darkness' Come Unto Your Maker attack is, of course, "All for one, and one for all!"
  • The Fish Idol in the Cove bears great resemblance to Cthulhu.
  • The Collector wears a cage on his head that has a striking resemblance to the ones worn by members of the School of Mensis. The cage vaguely resembles a crown and the Collector also wears a tattered yellow robe, with the patch notes even describing him as a "king in yellow". Two of the trinkets he may drop are "Junia's head" and "Barristan's Head".
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  • There's an achievement, gained by having a character survive 5 attacks at Death's Door in a row, called What Is Dead May Never Die.
  • The Crusader's appearance bears heavy similarities to the Elite Knight Set, and the bandit outfits are strikingly similar to the hollow bandits in Huntsman's Copse.
  • The final boss of the game seems to heavily resemble The Idea of Evil.
  • The Hellion's Barbaric YAWP! skill references a poem by Walt Whitman. The same poem was also prominently featured in Dead Poets Society.
  • Some of the party combo names:
  • There is a town event offering Antiquarians for hire, named Antique Roadshow.
  • The Flagellant's Critical Hit cry of "Blood for the burden! Bones for the Light!" is heavily reminiscent of "Blood for the Blood God! Skulls for the Skull Throne!"
    • And a hero in the throes of the Crimson Curse bloodlust may call out, "I am a Blood God!"
  • An Irrational Houndmaster can yell about how his dog is the first being to orbit the world.
  • Completing the Warrens-unique quest named "We Must Eat" grants a town event called "Bumper Crop". When this event occurs, a pair of familiar figures and some farm produce appear near the town memorial.
  • The description and name of the new The Colour of Madness DLC make it clear that it is a shout-out (or even a Whole Plot Reference) to Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space (a meteor lands in a rural farm and turns all around it into monsters). The announcement post even starts with a quote from Lovecraft that, while not actually from The Colour Out of Space, does closely relate to itThe quote... .
  • The achievement for collecting the baron's invitation is named An Unexpected Party
  • A party of a Crusader, a Houndmaster, a Grave Robber, and a Plague Doctor are called "Those Meddling Kids," consisting of an athletic fellow, a scruffy guy and his dog, a pretty girl, and a bookish girl.
  • The Thing From The Stars is highly reminiscent of Ludwig from the Bloodborne DLC The Old Hunters, being a disgustingly haphazard mixture of human and horse body parts armed with a massive, bluish-green Laser Blade.
  • A generic reaction to the Necromancer's "The Flesh Is Willing" attack is "What can one do against such reckless hate?", a genderless take on Theoden's line in The Two Towers.
  • Some of the secret backer trinkets reference many other media such as Berserk The Black swordsman's gauntlet and Behelit and AKIRA Tetsuo
  • Ectoplasms are clear references to oozes from Dungeons & Dragons. The mammoth cysts also bear a close resemblance to beholders from the same game.
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