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  • Ascended Fanon:
    • Clem the Grineer has been acknowledged by the devs, first as the canonical name of the Steel Meridian medallion trader before he became an Ascended Extra and was featured in the "A Man of Few Words" quest. What's more, his weapon of choice, the "Two Grakata", were released as an actual weapon with Update 17 as the Twin Grakata.
    • John Prodman, who originated from a thread about a Prod Crewman taking on Phorid by himself would later become an opponent in The Index who drops an autographed poster of himself.
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    • Fortuna 69 is now a permanent instance, meaning it won't be purged for lack of population
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: From the end of The New War, many believed that the inhuman bellowing from The Man In The Wall after the fight with Ballas translated to "Oull - Ris - Xata - Vome. Khra - Lohk", presumably summing up the events of the quest with the descriptions of the corresponding Requiem Mods and implying that it knew everything that was going to happen ahead of time. It wasn't until Tennocon 2022's Sounds of The System panel came that lead sound designer Erich Preston mentioned at this moment that the true meaning has yet to be deciphered and no one has found it yet.
  • Colbert Bump: Two:
    • The devs credit youtubers such as Totalbiscuit for helping to bring them publicity in the early days of Warframe.
    • An odd example; while it was a rather popular game beforehand, the massive ongoing controversy kicked up by the blunders of Destiny 2 (see Dueling Works below) ended up bringing a lot of extra attention to Warframe as people began mentioning it in discussions as "like Destiny 2 if it wasn't crap". Particular attention was paid to how its monetisation methods are less exploitative, despite Warframe being an actual F2P game, unlike Destiny 2 which goes the whole hog with lootboxes and restricted content despite being a full-priced AAA game. As a result, Destiny 2's losses have proved to be Warframe's gains. Extra Credits even did an episode about how Activision had ended up investing $500 million in marketing... for Warframe.
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  • Defictionalization: Among the Tennocon 2021 merch items were real-life versions of the floofs for the Sunny Pobber and the Kubrodon Incarnadine.
  • Diagnosis of God: A tweet by the game's Live Operations & Community Producer has confirmed that Rell is autistic coded.
  • Dueling Works: With Destiny, thanks to both being post-apocalyptic sci-fi games set in the distant future with a focus on loot collecting. Considering Plains of Eidolon was released around the same time as Destiny 2 and the expansion's extensive advertising campaign, many believe it's official.
    • Also with Anthem, which is stylistically even closer to Warframe than Destiny is (with a 3rd-person perspective, a range of different powered armour suits to choose from, and an emphasis on high mobility). Warframe ultimately won when further development of Anthem was shelved in 2021.
  • Dummied Out: As one would expect from a game developed since 2004 and first released in 2012, Warframe has a surprisingly large amount of unused content. Digital Extremes often teases content years before releasing it, which leads to them sitting unused in the game files for a while.
    • The Tanukai armor set and sword skin were originally known as the Shinai set. They were first created in 2017, but remained unreleased until 2021 during Tennocon.
    • The original incarnation of the New War weapons bundle concept from 2018 included the Shedu rifle, a pistol and a speargun. The Shedu was released as part of the Scarlet Spear event, but the other two weapons remain unreleased to this day.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: A semi-example; Digital Extreme constantly refers to the players as ''Tenno".
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    • When Rebecca Ford accidentally mixed up "users" with "losers" during an interview on the 2016 VGA, the community rolled with it and adopted "Losers" as a nickname.
    • Fashionframe both for the game itself and the part of the community that likes to play with fancy skins.
  • Funny Character, Boring Actor: Inverted with The Lotus / Rebecca Ford. While The Lotus is a stoic, calculating Voice with an Internet Connection who only really emotes when things are about to go truly pear-shaped, like when the Grustrag Three are sent after you in a mission, Rebecca Ford is more along the lines of a fun-loving and energetic lady with a charming sense of humor.
  • Genius Bonus: The name of the Perrin Sequence syndicate originates from the mathematical number sequence named after mathematician Raoul Perinn.
  • In Memoriam: The Echoes of Veilbreaker update added a memorial of Datareaper, who had passed away earlier in 2022. He was Clem’s original creator and designer of the Kronen, behind Clem’s fort in Iron Wake, and his memorial has an Excalibur Prime and Kronen Prime decorated after his gear.
  • Meaningful Release Date: Amongst updates, Update 26: The Old Blood, which introduced Grendel and the Kuva Liches to the game, was released on October 31st, 2019 for PC - that is to say, Halloween Day.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • DE understably delayed the release of Operation Scarlet Spear from early March to the last full week of the month due to the coronavirus outbreak, which forced all of their staff to work from home for safety reasons.
    • Similarly, they delayed the release of The New War from early 2020 to December 2021. DE actually liked this better, as it allowed them to introduce Necramechs and the Orphix, which could then be incorporated into the quest.
    • Due to bugs, "Veilbreaker" was released in two parts — the first portion (containing the Veilbreaker quest, the 50th Warframe celebration that provided players access to Styanax for free, and the Archon Hunts) was released on September 7, 2022. The second portion, containing Kahl's garrison and the Break Narmer missions, would be released the following week.
  • Troubled Production: The New War suffered this due to the at the time ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which forced DE to push back its release date from early 2020 to December 2021. This also forced them to replace the intended release of the Duviri Paradox with Heart of Deimos, and even when the New War dropped, only the quest itself and follow up bounties were included because DE no longer desired to change the release date again.
  • What Could Have Been: Inverted — Warframe is this to darkSector, or to be more precise, to this trailer. The lore might be different, but the looks are nearly identical. As for straight examples:
    • In an earlier design phase, all Warframes were intended to have both male and female variants; Nyx was originally Excalibur's female variant, hence why her body is nearly identical to his. There is also concept art of a female Ash.
      • As an extension of this, Ember was originally released as a male Warframe, before he was replaced by her current version in Update 5.3, Blazing Embers.
    • Ember's first Deluxe Skin was originally going to be Ember Phlegeton by IgnusDei. Unfortunately, an alteration to the design done by Digital Extremes' art team (The blade on the head was added by DE) led to a heated argument that ended with DE ending his contract with them and replacing the skin with Ember Vermillion.
    • Protea's original name was to be Obalisque.
    • Equinox's original names were Animus and Anima. Equinox Day was Animus, and Equinox Night was Anima.
    • Nef Anyo has been teased for years as an upcoming boss rework to his original version (now known just as "The Sergeant"). So far, nothing's come of it yet.
      • Nef was also going to fight alongside his son/nephew Derf, a Loony Fan of the Tenno who flies with a disk-like hover vehicle.
    • The Kuva Liches were originally supposed to have a more eldritch theme toward their immortality.
    • There existed a proof-of-concept gamemode where players would play as the Stalker, invading Tenno cells. Despite Digital Extremes stating their intent to include something like it in the future, there has been little news about the idea, possibly due to the formidable balancing challenges, the developers' focus on The New War and the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The initial version of Cetus had a few more Ostrons in it, alongside Corpus actually doing merchant work. These would be excluded until several years later due to time crunch.
    • When Lunaro was released, there were plans to make a weapon version of the Arcata (A Jai alai Xistera-like gauntlet) that could throw Lunaro balls at enemies. It was ultimately never released because the ball kept getting stuck on terrain due to its wonky physics.
    • Sanctuary Onslaught was originally intended to be the Spiritual Successor of the PVP Dark Sectors, with more cooperation in mind instead of competition.
    • The Sentinels were going to have a quest related to them, which would explain them in more detail. The Taxon was going to be the reward for completing the quest, instead of having to obtain the blueprint by beating the Venus Junction.
    • The Grineer Hellions were going to have their own weapon, a more advanced rocket launcher.
    • The Zundi was originally going to be a weapon instead of an universal pistol skin. According to its concept art, it was an Uzi-like submachine gun and the secondary counterpart of the Quellor rifle and the Pennant nikana. This is given a nod ingame, with the lore mentioning that no Zundi weapons survived the Old War.
      • There's also two more Railjack-styled weapons that remain unused: A massive glaive shaped like a pendulum blade and a missile launcher that fires up to 24 small warheads.
    • The Shedu Arm Cannon was originally going to be the weapon of a modular Sentient enemy. The Shedu was one of its potential weapons which could be ripped out from the Sentient and used. When the Shedu was released, it was as a permanent weapon instead of a temporary one.
    • The very earliest trailer for The New War implied that Natah's mother, Praghasa, would have a greater role than the one she ultimately had (A braindead Doomsday Device).
      • At one point, Praghasa (or the Sentient Outpost, as she used to be known during development) was going to be the main "planet" of the Sentients.
  • Word of God: During an interview, following Tennocon 2022, Rebecca confirmed that Veso was killed when his ship was destroyed in "The New War". She also revealed that the devs left Kahl's fate open-ended because they wanted to see if the fandom liked him before committing to giving him a dedicated game-mode.
  • The Wiki Rule: The WARFRAME Wiki.
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