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Trivia / Saints Row IV

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  • Actor Allusion:
    • In the "Gat Is Back" Trailer, Gat says "You thinking I wanted to go to Hawaii or something?", a reference to Daniel Dae Kim's role in Hawaii Five-0, Lost, his current residence, and to the rumor that Gat "died" in the previous game because Kim was too occupied with Hawaii Five 0 to provide more lines, which he later commented as wrong.
    • The line Female Voice 1 says while doing the "Quarter Circle Forward + A" taunt is "Spinning Bird Punch!". Laura Bailey also voices Street Fighter's Chun-Li, who possesses a Spinning Bird attack—albeit, one that's a kick.
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    • If you pick the Nolan North voice, then you'll get plenty of these, since Nolan North is apparently playing himself.
    • Keith David has a few of these.
      • During one of the cutscenes, Kinzie talks with him about how he looks and sounds a lot like Julius Little, the original leader of the Saints. Keith quickly denies this. This becomes a Running Gag throughout the game.
      • His loyalty mission involves him fighting Rowdy Roddy Piper.
      • Immediately prior to said mission, there's another one where supporters of Keith David show up to a rally with "I <3 Goliath" signs.
    • In the previous game, it was stated that Michael Clarke Duncan (who originally voiced Benjamin King) would play the lead role in the movie based on King's autobiography. In this game, Roddy Piper tells King (now voiced by Terry Crews after Duncan's death) that he liked the movie, but "the guy who played you sounds nothing like you."
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  • Actor-Shared Background: Sumalee Montano (Southern!Boss) and Kim Mai Guest (simulation voice) worked together on another game, a Deep Silver one no less. The one with a little girl being thrown out a window.
  • Bad Export for You: The Australian version, due to the removal of Shaundi's loyalty mission. It's also impossible to play the censored Australian version in co-op with any other version.
  • Banned In Australia: Even with the R18+ rating now being available for video games, they still banned the game for containing "interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context" and "elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards." All Deep Silver had to do was remove the one 20 minute mission that had drugs and the game has been accepted, at an MA rating. Unfortunately, the exclusion of that mission means no one in Australia can play co-op with anyone except other Australians. Volition responded to this discrepancy by making the American/European versions of the game region-free for the Xbox 360.
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  • Talking to Himself: Keith David plays Julius and, uh, Keith David. Lampshaded in the conversation they have if they're in a party together.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Terry Crews replaces Michael Clarke Duncan as Benjamin King. Enforced, due to Duncan's passing.
    • Old/Fun Shaundi is played by Jennifer Jules Hart rather than Eliza Dushku.
    • Similarly, some of the Boss voices are swapped out and replaced, with the female Latin, female Russian and Zombie voice replaced by French, Southern and Nolan North.
    • Cyrus Temple is an interesting example. He's played by Richard Epcar in the prologue, but in "The Girl Who Hates the 50s", Kinzie's loyalty mission, audio logs and Homie Conversations involving him, he's played by his original actor, Tim Thomerson.
    • Instead of Jacques Hennequet, JB Blanc plays Phillipe Loren in his boss fight in Johnny's loyalty mission and the Dummied Out Homie conversations.
    • Mr. Sunshine is played in this game by Phil Morris, replacing Phil La Marr.
  • The Other Marty: Terry Crews replacing Michael Clarke Duncan as Ben King. Duncan had started his initial recordings for the game prior to his death, with Crews stepping in to replace him afterwards. Both actors are credited for the role, but Duncan's work is only heard during the game's end credits.
  • Promoted Fanboy: The people from Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? got turned into a DLC with them as Homies.
  • Talking to Himself: Keith David and Julius Little (voiced by Keith David) have a conversation at one point. Amusingly, it's about how people think they sound alike.
  • Throw It In!: The developers openly admit that most of the ridiculous elements in the game came about simply because someone suggested something and everyone else just shrugged and said "Why not?".
  • Troubled Production: Enter the Dominatrix was originally announced as an April Fool's gag, only to be later confirmed as actually happening as a standalone DLC expansion to Saints Row: The Third, before being cancelled & expanded into Saints Row IV, with the aspects of ETD that were left on the cutting room floor after it became SRIV being released as a DLC that is explicitly described as a set of deleted scenes.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Lin, Donnie, William Sharp, Dane Vogel, Viola, Loren, and Zimos were originally going to be homies in game and had cut audio logs and Homie Conversations. Zimos' clothes are available for purchase in stores, and his personal symbol shows up on the Saints' mothership, so it is possible they may return in DLC episodes. Zimos has indeed returned in Enter the Dominatrix.
    • The "aliens trap the Saints in a virtual Steelport" aspect was originally going to be a stand-alone expansion for The Third, called Enter the Dominatrix. It was later decided to cancel the expansion and just merge that and the concept for IV together. Who knows what could have happened if the "virtual Steelport" and "the Boss as the President" plots stayed separate.
    • Later on, Enter The Dominatrix was made a DLC pack, and several previous characters do indeed return, answering both of the above points.
    • Michael Clarke Duncan was set to reprise his role as Benjamin King before his tragic death. As a tribute, he can be heard singing "Just a Friend" in the credits.
    • The game was originally supposed to end with an elaborate Bollywood-style dance number before being cut due to the inherent cost of creating the scene. Instead, they went with a simple Curtain Call in a nightclub.
    • The Blood 106.66, the metal station of Saints Row: The Third, was originally suppose to return in IV. The logo was not only found in the files, but was updated to include Zinyak's face (suggesting that he was going to be the DJ). It was cut, presumably due to the lack of budget to license the songs, and Zinyak instead hosted Klassic 102.4.
  • Working Title: "The Next Great Sequel in the Saints Row Franchise", not a marketing descriptor but the actual working title when THQ first announced the game.

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