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  • Actor Allusion: A few.
    • Kind of. Alix Wilton Regan, one of the voices for the female Inquisitor, played Samantha Traynor in Mass Effect 3, a comm officer who can challenge Commander Shepard to a game of chess. This time, Cullen can challenge the Inquisitor to a game of chess, and the line to accept the challenge is "prepare the board, Commander" - an address just ambiguous enough to make someone think of Shepard.
    • Morrigan gets to call the elves who built the resident Portal Network "Ancients".
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    • During The Descent DLC, the devices needed to open doors to get special loot can only be opened by old metallic dwarven gears lost for millennia. Of course, one of your NPC companions for that quest is voiced by David Hayter. "Metal gear?"
  • Banned In India: Obscenity Laws prevent the release of Inquisition in India.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Though he often uses the same reason, Solas never actually says "I saw it in the Fade" to Hand Wave his expansive knowledge of ancient elven lore.
  • The Cast Showoff: Cullen and Leliana get a moment of focus in the "Dawn Will Come" singing scene.
  • Defictionalization: Well shit, Varric's writer Mary Kirby has released Hard in Hightown as a book. It contains all the codex entries (which can be read on the wiki) plus a few expanded scenes and a lot of illustrations. And, just like in Thedas, it was an immediate best-seller.
  • Development Gag: Hawke reveals that he/she left Kirkwall to attempt to dissuade the Divine from sending an Exalted March against it, but after the mage rebellions, it never came anyway. This likely refers to the cancelled Exalted March expansion pack for Dragon Age II.
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    • There's a quest at the Western Approach keep where you have to deal with a poisoned well. Poisoning that well as part of taking the keep was part of a mechanic that never made it into the final game but was featured in the 2013 PAX demo.
    • Cassandra mentions in conversation with the Inquisitor that she had hoped to recruit Hawke to lead the Inquisition. This is rooted to Development in which Inquisition was originally planned to be an expansion of Dragon Age II, with Hawke still as the lead.note 
  • Fan Community Nicknames: It's common to add "-mancer" (Cullenmancer, Dorianmancer, etc.) to a character's name to denote fans of a particular Romance Side Quest. After The Stinger, Solasmancers have started calling themselves the Wolf Pack. The devs are aware of this and even address the fans as such: writer Patrick Weekes apologized to Solasmancers for the Downer Ending to his romance, and voice actor Gareth David Lloyd had a message addressed to the spoilered name.
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    • "Sexyback" - for Iron Bull, since we kept seeing him from behind before seeing his face.
    • "Qunquisitor" is a popular nickname for, well, a Qunari inquisitor. "Inqunsitor" is also seen (and, rarely, "Inkossithor", though that one invites Internet Backdraft due to a Qunari vs. kossith race name war), and there have been efforts to get equivalent "Inquisihuman", "Elfquisitor", and "Inquisidwarf" names going, to various degrees of success. One cheeky poster even went so far as to declare the player's mount "Inquisithorse". Similarly, "Manquisitor" for a male Inquisitor of any race seems to have caught on, as has "Femquisitor" for a female of any race.
      • "Saarebas" seems to be accepted shorthand for a Qunari Mage Inquisitor.
      • "Twinquisitor", for the demonic Evil Knockoff of the Inquisitor featured in the "Enemy of Thedas" trailer. In-game, it's when an Envy Demon takes the form of the Inquisitor.
    • "Scribe Girl", "Scribbles," or "Queen of Antiva" for Josephine, the last member of the Inquisition whose name was revealed. The developers eventually started using "Scribbles" themselves in lieu of actually revealing the character's name to the public, and later gave the nickname to Shaper Valta in The Descent.
    • "Dramatic Hands Mustache Guy" (or DHMG for short) was the name used before Dorian was named. He caught the attention of fans after he appeared in a piece of concept art striking a jazz hands-like pose.
    • Blackwall was a fountain of fan nicknames given that he went unnamed for so long; "Feathers," "Beardy," "Ser Bara," "Beard Warden," "Hot Daddy Grey Warden," and "Ser Beefcakes," to name but a few.
    • "Arcane Warrior 2.0" for the Knight Enchanter specialization due how it turns the Mage Inquistor (or Vivienne) into a game breaking Lightning Bruiser just like in the first game.
    • "FleMythal" after learning of the connection between Flemeth and Mythal.
    • "Razikale" for the fake Archdemon, from fans who assumed that they must be raised in the order they are named.
    • "Pajamas" or "beige pajamas" for the Inquisitor's default outfit in Skyhold because it's the one that you wore after you wake from the one of the big battles at the beginning of the game and the only casual outfit that was initially available. Thankfully, BioWare released a free patch that gives the Inquisitor over a dozen casual outfits to wear when roaming Skyhold (albeit only for PC, PS4, and XBOne).
    • "The egg" or "egg elf" for Solas is popular on Tumblr, due to his bald head bearing a close resemblance to an egg; the devs have apparently taken to this one, as they occasionally tweet egg-themed pictures. After The Reveal, he's also often called the "dubious egg of ill intent". He's also occasionally called "Fade Nerd" and "pajama elf"; at least one fan has declared him the "official" romance (despite being added late in development and extremely restricted) simply because of how well his pajamas complement the Inquisitor's pajamas.
    • The theorized eighth Old God is commonly called Draconis. Fans reason that the constellation which revealed the possibility is as good a name as any until they learn more.
  • Fandom Nod: A large portion of the Dragon Age fanbase is freaked out by the giant spiders. When the party is sent into the Fade, they face the embodiment of people's fears. Both the Inquisitor and Hawke see them as spiders. Players that go out of their way will find one called "Ironically, Spiders."
  • I Knew It!: Many players predicted that the Qunari would attack even if the player allied with them, and that Iron Bull would choose the Qunari over the Inquisitor in that scenario.
  • Name's the Same: A super obscure one. There's a war table operation called "Grand Cleric Iona," in which the Inquisition must choose the means by which a very outspoken Chantry sister will be made to stop slandering them. Iona is also the name of Lady Landra's handmaiden, an Optional Sexual Encounter for the Human Noble Warden during their origin story, in Dragon Age: Origins.
  • One Steve Limit: The game has two Templars named Mattrin. One is in Haven, where he keeps trying to persuade his friend Lysette to leave the Inquisition; the other is found dead in the Hinterlands, and is carrying the phylactery belonging to Enchanter Ellendra.
    • The name Evangeline also appears in two places. Evangeline, as those who read Asunder know, is a female Templar who befriended Cole; she doesn't show up in the game in person, but she and Rhys can be rescued via a war table operation. A couple of codex entries about Orlesian royal history mention Princess Evangeline, the daughter of Emperor Florian, who died as an infant during the Hundred Days' Cough (thereby clearing the way for her younger cousin Celene to take the throne later).
  • Playing Against Type: Jon Curry as the Inquisitor, using a Badass Baritone, can be a surprise to those are familiar with some of his other work, especially compared to Zevran.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Josephine's voice actress, Allegra Clark, has been a fan of the series since 2009 and has cosplayed as Isabela.
  • Prop Recycling: Quite a few animations from Dragon Age II and Mass Effect 3 are reused in this game.
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor: Much like her character Josephine, Allegra Clark is openly bisexual.
  • Real-Life Relative: Morrigan's son, Kieran, is voiced by Odin Black, Claudia Black's son. They should probably both be complimented for the Awesome Mc Coolname.
  • Shrug of God: The writers for Josephine and Solas (who do not have an explicit Optional Sexual Encounter in-game) have stated it's up to the player to decide exactly how intimate they were. Questions about Solas in general tend to be met with a reply of "Spoilers!"
    • However, in Trespasser, a romanced Solas explicitly states why he refused to get physical.
  • Teasing Creator: Despite (or maybe because of) knowing how much an Ensemble Dark Horse Cullen is, the writers and creative director neither confirmed nor denied him being a companion and seemingly avoided talking about him.
    • Case in point, from Twitter:
    Fan: You can always spend the day giving us Cullen information. :)
    Mike Laidlaw: Cullen's name starts with a "C."
    Patrick Weekes: What the HELL, man? You didn't tell them he was a Templar, did you?
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: For a while both before and after the game's release, there were rumors that playing with a world state in which Varric kept the red lyrium idol would have dire consequences, ranging from Varric going insane and needing to be killed, to Varric being possessed by a demon and becoming a Token Evil Teammate. This was quickly proven to be false, however; Varric has it sealed in a purpose-built-vault, and any examiners and experimenters have to follow a very strict regimen to avoid red lyrium madness.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Iron Bull's romance was originally intended to be restricted to certain races because of animation issues (with the in-story justification that the Bull won't sleep with anyone he fears that he'll "break"), but the animators were able to solve the problem in time for the Bull to be available to Inquisitors of all races.
    • Early in development, Focus Abilities were at the bottom of the standard skill trees rather than early in the specializations. Three were either removed or repurposed into a normal ability.
    • Originally, the player would have been able to walk around the Conclave and talk to attendees pre-Breach. The devs concluded that it really dragged down the pacing, however, and went for a more explosive opening.
    • Datamining the PC files revealed Cullen was intended as a bisexual romance, having male Inquisitor voice files for Cullen's romance and Dorian and Cassandra (both male exclusive romances) having reactions to the Inquisitor flirting with them in addition to Cullen.
      • Similarly there are data mined audio files which indicate that Solas was also intended as a bisexual romance.
    • At one point in development, it was discussed what would happen if the Inquisitor got enough influence to name him/herself Divine. On its own it was considered a bit far-fetched; but then it was pointed out that a male Qunari Inquisitor could declare himself Divine. After that, the team backed away from the idea when they considered how badly such an action would be a "game- and lore-breaking act of heresy."note 
    • Concept art exists of a bearded and disheveled Anders, who would presumably have been encountered if spared in Dragon Age II.
    • The original intention for the "Champions of the Just" quest apparently involved the envy demon tricking the Inquisitor into believing they had already won and trying to find out more about them to take their place; this included a moment where it took Leliana's form and attempted to seduce them, an option that could be accepted with consequences. However, it was pointed out that this in some ways could be taken as rape of Leliana, which led to the entire idea being scrapped.
    • Solas, who is bald, was initially designed with hair.
    • The three Dales regions (the Exalted Plains, the Emerald Graves, and Emprise du Lion), were originally going to be a single massive region.
    • The demo shown at PAX Prime in September 2013 was markedly different from the final released version, and it appears a lot of the mechanics and levels had to be cut in the intervening 14 months.
    • Originally, the Inquisitor would have been able to besiege fortresses in an event similar to the attack on Adamant Fortress. This would have involved gathering your army and defeating whoever held it. Once done, you would have the option of making the fort work for you as either a military outpost, a economic/diplomatic base, or a intelligence gathering base. These bases would have made some manner of impact on the player's resources, and been set up as major moments in the game. This feature was almost completely scrapped, replaced instead by the much smaller sieges of Caer Bronach, Griffon Wing Keep, and Suledin Keep (all of which are liberated from enemy forces). Oddly enough, this mechanic was seemingly removed extremely late, as the footage remains in trailers leading up until the last few months, implying it to be a last minute removal.
    • Unused dialogue seems to imply it was possible at one time to spar with Cassandra and that your companions would have their own horses to ride when you mounted up (instead of simply disappearing as they do now). Even more unused dialogue implies it was possible to allow Cole to kill the Templar that killed the real Cole
    • During the quest line "Here Lies the Abyss," the Grey Warden assisting the Inquisitor and Hawke was supposed to be the Hero of Ferelden. Ultimately, BioWare decided that, given the Warden's "blank slate" personality, implementing them in a satisfactory way was too difficult and the role was given to Stroud/Alistair/Loghain. Considering how difficult it is for many players to accept the option to sacrifice Hawke, this is probably for the best - imagine trying to choose between both of your previous heroes!
    • Iron Bull was a woman in the very early development stages.
    • Vivienne was originally a lot more cold-hearted and murderous. Bastien's death was originally a result of her poisoning him.
      • Vivienne was also originally going to be an advisor. When she was changed to a companion, she was almost cut from the game entirely.
    • Hawke was originally going to be the Inquisitor, becoming the main character of two Dragon Age games not unlike how Commander Shepard was the protagonist of the original Mass Effect trilogy. The negative fan reception to Hawke and Dragon Age II as a whole led to this plan being scrapped, and the Inquisitor was re-imagined as a new character entirely.
    • Group concept artwork of the companions and advisers shows Dorian using a Spirit Blade, suggesting that he was at one point intended to be the Knight Enchanter companion, but switched with Vivienne.
    • The developers seriously considered making Viddasala and her followers rogues so as to not have to kill a Qun-loyal Iron Bull, but decided against it because it "lacked teeth". A note from the Qunari claiming that they are is still in the game, but it's little more than an Easter Egg.
    • Krem's backstory was originally going to be much darker, but was changed after trans consultants let the writers know of the Unfortunate Implications. In addition, Krem was originally supposed to be voiced by Gwendoline Christie.

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