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Abathur

  • Abathur work ethic definitely stems from Daft Punk.
    Abathur: Work harder, better. Make faster, stronger. Evolution never over.

Alexstrasza

  • Alexstrasza of course has a lot of jokes based on World of Warcraft or actual quotes from it since she was an NPC in that game.
  • In addition to quoting herself "Life...goes on." from World of Warcraft, she follows up by saying "It goes on, and on, and on, and on." from Journey's song 'Don't Stop Believin''
  • She claims Ruby Dragons don't actually use hearthstones, because they instead click their talons together a few times to get home, like Dorthy's ruby slippers of The Wizard of Oz.
  • She complains about how she can't say a "Life, uh, finds a way." joke because Dehaka was there first.
  • She describes as life being many things, even strange, but not a highway like the Tom Cochrane song "Life Is a Highway".
  • And thirdly because Alexstrasza must have listened to a lot of music over all of her centuries, she says "Before battle, I always assure my forces that through the fire and the flames we'll carry on."

Anduin

  • Anduin makes a reference to The Lion King, with him being Simba and his father, Varian, being Mufasa.
    Anduin: My father once said that everywhere the Light touches is our kingdom. But not Deadwind Pass. We don't go there. Explanation 

Artanis

  • Artanis referencing his namesake
    Artanis: I have lived a life that's full. I've traveled each and every star array. And more, much more than this, I did it my way.

Azmodan

Cassia

Chen

Chromie

  • She tries explaining how time isn't really a straight line; it's a lot more wibbly wobbly than that.

Dehaka

Garrosh

Genji

Illidan

Imperius

  • Clicking Imperius enough times will make him recite Imagine Dragons' "Believer":
    Imperius: You are making me angry! I'm fired up, and I'm tired of the way that things have been!
  • He also makes a reference to Bob Dylan:
    Imperius: For eons, I have wanted to post guards at the Diamond Gates. I hate it when someone comes knock-knock-knocking on heaven's door.
  • For Imperius, the Silver City is truly a city of angels, though he hates the horrific traffic. Explanation 
  • Another quote makes a reference to All Dogs Go to Heaven. note 
    Imperius: All Dogs Go to Heaven. Except for zombie dogs. Blame the Nephalem note . I do.
  • In one of his quotes, he makes a "Change my mind" meme joke.

Jaina

  • Jaina tries to avoid slipping into a Frozen reference. It doesn't work.
    Jaina: By the way, if you're holding out for a Frozen reference, just let it go. *gasp* Oh no, what have I done?!
  • Two more lines of hers reference songs:
    Jaina: Do you believe in magic, in a young girl's heart? Because you're encased in ice, so you probably should start."
    Jaina: I put a spell on you, because you're mine.
  • Jaina mistakes one of Raven's spells for her own.
    Jaina: I wonder if my teleport spells will work here? Now where'd that spell go... ah, here it is! Azeroth metreon zinthos!]] Wait, that's not right.
  • Of course, as a mage, a line referencing Harry Potter has to be there.
  • Dreadlord Jaina has one of her voice lines changed to the well known Ash Naz Gimbatul.

Johanna

Kael'thas

  • To Khorne from Warhammer 40,000.
    Kael'thas: Blood for the Blood Elves! Sun for the Sun King!

Kharazim

Lucio

Maiev

Mal'Ganis:

Mephisto

Muradin

  • Muradin would like you to know that you never toss a dwarf. You hurl a dwarf, there's a difference. Ironic, given that one of his abilities is named Dwarf Toss.

Ragnaros

Raynor

Rexxar

Samuro

  • Samuro has definitely borrowed a page from Saitama's book.
    Samuro: Blademaster training is simple, yet effective. One hundred cuts, one hundred stabs, one hundred parries, ten miles of wandering every single day.

Sonya

  • Sonya has a pair aimed at Conan the Barbarian.
    Sonya: Bul-Kathos, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one will remember why we fight, or why we die. All that matters is that five stood against five. I ask you, grant me one request. Improve my MMR! If you do not listen, then to Hell with you!
    Sonya: Let's see, crush enemies, done. Drive them before me, of course. Hear the lamentations of their women... let's skip that one.
  • Sonya borrows a threat from Futurama:
    Sonya: You! Death by snu-snu!

Stukov

Sylvanas

Tyrael

  • As expected, Mecha Tyrael comes packed with quotes referencing many franchises involving mechas, notably Gundam (in particular G Gundam), Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Pacific Rim.
    Mecha Tyrael: The original plan to deal with the Kaijo was to block their path with a giant wall equipped with powerful laser turrets. It was a dam with guns on it. A GUN... DAM.

Valeera

  • One of Valeera's quotes refer that she's both a rogue and rouge, and she's okay with it... unlike a certain Rogue Knight who insists he's not Rouge.
  • Lots of shout-outs to Hearthstone. Note that Valeera is the Rogue representative there.
    Valeera: I'm an excellent Rogue. But I can't perform miracles. Not after that nerf at least... Explanation 
    Valeera: (to Rexxar) Have you ever aimed to somewhere other than the face? Just... curious. Explanation 

Valla

Varian:

Whitemane

  • Whitemane references Queen's song "We Are the Champions" in one of her Stop Poking Me! lines.
    Whitemane: Well, Renault always got a rise out of that one. Huhuhu
  • A rather obvious one to Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    Whitemane: No one expects the Scarlet Inquisition!
  • The line about "Greymanes" being neutrals is also a reference to Zapp Brannigan.
    Whitemane: We Whitemanes have never approved of the Greymanes' rule. They're too neutral. With Blackmanes, you know where they stand. But with Greymanes, who knows? It sickens me.
  • Her Obliviously Evil line is a line taken from Seymour Skinner.
    Whitemane: Why does everyone who comes to the Scarlet Monastery want to kill me? Am I out of touch? No, it is the heathens who are wrong.
  • Her Not Evil, Just Misunderstood voice line is a reference to a scene from Who Framed Roger Rabbit:
    Whitemane: I'm not bad, I'm just rendered that way!
  • She references the Stock Phrase of "Join the army! See the world! Meet interesting people! And shoot them.". Instead she provides "Join the Scarlet Crusade. Meet interesting and stimulating people. Purify them!"
  • She may be referring to the The Scarlet Letter when she says "My Scarlet Diviners examined every Scarlet letter of every Scarlet Book in Scarlet Monastery's Scarlet Library... yet none was a Scarlet Thesaurus. So I burnt it down."

Yrel

Zarya

Zul'jin

  • Much like in Warcraft 2, Zul'jin is a walking Tony Montana reference. Fitting, since he's voiced by Tony's voice actor from the video game.
    Zul'jin: In dis game, you gotta get da XP first. Den, when you get da XP, you get da power! Den, when you get da power, you get da... Wait... what we even talkin' about?

    Skins and tints 

Abathur

  • An unusual one; the description for Abathur's Pajamathur skin is the Muppet Babies theme song, as if it were spoken by Abathur.
    Abathur: Upon occasion reality appears unsuitable. Desire for absence occurs. Inhibit ocular reception. Internally visualize. Possible for current location to alter. Make dreams come true.

Alarak

Alexstrasza

Ana

Anub'arak

Artanis

  • The Purifier skin for Artanis is clearly based on iconic mechas. note .

Arthas

Auriel

Azmodan

  • Azmodunk and his basketball-themed demons are clearly a reference to Space Jam.
  • Dominus Vile is pretty much an exact copy of Immortan Joe.

Blaze

Brightwing

The Butcher

Cassia

  • One of the extra tints of the base Cassia skin is an homage to Wonder Woman, who's also an Amazon (in her realm at least). It's also titled 'Wondrous'.

Chen

Cho'gall

Chromie

D.Va

  • Keeping with the Neon Genesis Evangelion themed skins that many character have recieved, D.Va herself is given the red plugsuit that Asuka wears. Her MEKA takes after EVA unit 02.
  • While her Goliath skin is an obvious reference, it also hides a more sneaky one: her rabbit keychain is replaced with a Carbot Zergling.

Deckard

Dehaka

  • Dehaka's second tint for his Mecha skin is one to Eva Unit 00, complete with a double O appearing on his left shoulder.
  • Dehakasaurus' teaser art showed packaging very similar to toys based off Jurassic Park.

Diablo

E.T.C.

  • Name aside, E.T.C. wants to rock 'n' roll all nite in his Black Metal skin.
  • His Glam Metal skin also changes his guitar to resemble the Love Symbol, with the Azure tint even coloring it purple.
  • His Marine Doombringer skin has 'E1M01' written on his shoulderpads.

Falstad

Fenix

Garrosh

Gazlowe

Genji

  • Genji brings two with his alternate Steel Dragon tints: Master and Neon.

Greymane

  • Greymane's Dr. Wolf & Stein skin makes reference to many fictional scientists.

Gul'dan

Hanzo

Illidan

Imperius

Jaina

Johanna

Junkrat

Kael'thas

Kel'Thuzad

Kerrigan

  • Countess Kerrigan has hair meant to evoke the Bride of Frankenstein.
  • Kerrigan's Cruel Queen of Ghosts skin tint is another reference to Neon Genesis Evangelion (and if you want to go deeper, even the name of the skin is a reference to the theme song; a Cruel Angels Thesis.)

Kharazim

  • One of Kharazim's base tints makes him look like an older Aang.
  • His Jade Dragon tints references Avatar in Roku, and Dragon Ball Z.
  • His new Berserker skin is Logan, with an alternate tint based off Old Man Logan.

Leoric

Li Li

Li-Ming

  • A tint for Li-Ming's base skin gives her a distinct orange and red color scheme, which, given her voice actress, might make people think of Azula.
  • Star Princess/Queen Li-Ming is a reference to Magical Girls, specifically SailorMoon, with the various color variations referencing the other Sailor Scouts. Out of these, the most obvious one is Thunder Star Princess Li-Ming, colored green and referencing Sailor Jupiter's Shock and Awe powers. Her lore is also a StarWars reference, with Li-Ming basically being Princess Leia.

The Lost Vikings

Lt. Morales

  • Lt. Morales' First Lieutenant skin has tints based off Samus Aran and Arcee.
  • Love Doctor Morales launched with a Megaman X tint, later receiving a Protoman one, along with a Mercy recolor for her base skin.

Lunara

Lúcio

Maiev

Malfurion

Mal'Ganis

  • Dreadmachine Mal'Ganis has a tint that has the color schemes of the Master Chief.

Malthael

Medivh

Mephisto

Muradin

Murky

Nazeebo

Nova

Orphea

Probius

Ragnaros

Raynor

  • Stars and Stripes Raynor looks like Captain America. The Agent Stars and Stripes Raynor variation, which is colored black, red and white, might be a reference to the period Steve Rogers went as "The Captain", donning a black, red and white costume; the man who was replacing him as Captain America at the time would later become the "U.S. Agent", an ally hero of his.

Rehgar

Rexxar

Samuro

  • One of Samuro's skins turns him into the Monkey King.
  • A tint for the skin colors his fur black, his skin green and his armor purple and white. The name? "Genius".

Sgt. Hammer

Sonya

Stitches

Stukov

  • The Dictator tint for Stukov's base skin colors his coat and peaked cap red, making him resemble M. Bison.
  • Ghost Admiral Krakenov shares his color scheme with fellow ghost pirate LeChuck, while his Tideswept variant brings Octodad to mind.

Sylvanas

  • One of Sylvanas' Ranger-General skins is a green variation (with her hood and cape tinted green), and she also has a black stripe across her face at the eyes, which looks like a domino mask.

Tassadar

Thrall

Tracer

Tychus

  • Changing the tint on Tychus' default skin changes the pin-up picture on his shoulder pad. The two tints you unlock with Tychus both have Overwatch characters (Widowmaker and Tracer).

Tyrael

Tyrande

  • Eagle Eye Tyrande is most likely a reference to Hawkeye.

Uther

Valeera

Valla

Varian

Whitemane

Xul

Yrel

  • Yrel's Mad Jester skin is a very obvious reference to Harley Quinn.

Zagara

Zarya

Zeratul

Zul'jin

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Abathur

Alarak

  • Alarak's Discord Strike (and the key it's assigned to) are both shout-outs to Discord and Q, two roles John de Lancie also played. Discord gets a second shout-out with Alarak's "silly" emoticon, which shows him with Discord's distinctive horn and antler.

Alexstrasza

  • Two potential lines from her using her Cleansing Flame ultimate are out of her own card's use in Hearthstone

Ana

Anub'arak

Artanis

Arthas

Auriel

Azmodan

Blaze

Brightwing

The Butcher

Cassia

Chen

Cho'gall

  • During his Blizzcon reveal segment, Cho'gall introduces himself with this line from Team Rocket:
    Cho: (punched in the face) Prepare for trouble!
    Gall: (punched in the face) Make it double!
  • Cho'gall's Q ability is called 'Surging Fist', while it didn't look too familiar with the original, it involves fist, and in Japan, it translates to 'Hadoken'

Chromie

D.Va

Deckard

Dehaka

Diablo

E.T.C.

Falstad

Fenix

Garrosh

Gazlowe

Genji

Greymane

  • Due to Gilneas being Victorian era and Gothic Horror inspired it can be dismissed as a coincidence, but talent names like Visceral Attacks and Hunter's Blunderbuss, Greymane often emphasizing that he is "on the Hunt" and his fighting style in general can be seen as a Heroes interpretation of a hunter from Bloodborne.

Gul'dan

Hanzo

Illidan

Jaina

  • If Jaina kills an enemy Jaina, she quotes a line from "Let it go".
    Jaina: The cold never bothered me anyway!
  • Aside from the Frozen reference above, her Water Elemental upgrade is called Wintermute.

Johanna

Junkrat

Kael'thas

Kel'Thuzad

Kerrigan

Kharazim

Leoric

Li Li

Li-Ming

The Lost Vikings

Lt. Morales

Lunara

Lúcio

Maiev

Malfurion

Malthael

Medivh

Mephisto

  • If Mephisto gets a takedown on Malthael, he will reference H. P. Lovecraft's famous line from Necronomicon.
    Mephisto: It is a strange place where even death may die.

Muradin

Murky

Nazeebo

Nova

Orphea

  • Orphea can be seen as one to Raven with them being similar in so many aspects that she may even qualify as an Expy. Both are young, raven-themed Dark Is Not Evil women (with bob cut hair), who firmly oppose their evil father.

Probius

Ragnaros

Raynor

Rehgar

Rexxar

Samuro

Sgt. Hammer

  • Sgt. Hammer's Blunt Force Gun fires a Banzai Bill.
  • Sgt. Hammer's appearance in the Obey the Call trailer reveals that she has a Carbot Zergling doll in the cockpit of her siege tank.

Sonya

Stitches

  • Stitches' name, together with his master Abercrombie, is a reference to Abercrombie & Fitch.

Stukov

Sylvanas

Tassadar

Thrall

Tracer

Tychus

Tyrael

Tyrande

Uther

Valeera

Valla

Varian

Whitemane

Xul

Yrel

Zagara

Zarya

Zeratul

Zul'jin

  • Even outside of his poke quotes, Zul'jin still can't stop referencing Scarface.
    Zul'jin: Make way for da bad guy!
    Zul'jin: Say hello to my little friend!

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