|This page lists all cultural references in Fallout 2.|
1984 (George Orwell)Edit
Citizens in Vault City will sometimes say "I am feeling double-plus good today." This is a reference to the language of Newspeak which citizens of the fictitious superpower Oceania are forced to speak by the ruling totalitarian party in the book 1984.
2001: A Space OdysseyEdit
A robot in the canyon near Klamath says, "Dave, I wouldn't do that", and "I'm sorry Dave". Also, a computer on the first level of Vault 8 will say "I'm sorry Dave, I can't do that." All of these are variations upon lines spoken by the computer HAL in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
A Boy and His DogEdit
In the film, Vic refers to his telepathic dog (Blood) as Dogmeat (Fallout) on a single occasion. However the whole post apocalyptic theme of a boy and his dog is iconic in the "Post End of Days" game story line.
Arroyo is the name of the town in Tennessee Williams post-apocalyptic one act The Chalky White Substance.
As Good as it GetsEdit
In Vault City, when you talk to the religious man, you can end the conversation by saying "Go sell crazy somewhere else - we're all stocked up here." This is a reference to Jack Nicholson's character, Melvin Udall, in the movie As Good as it Gets.
Back to the FutureEdit
If you become a slaver, sometimes the victims yell "Run for it, Marty!". It is a reference to the 1985 film Back to the Future.
Big Trouble in Little ChinaEdit
Sometimes while attacking, Sulik refers to his seven demon bag. This is a reference to Egg Shen's bag of magic.
In San Francisco, the two fighters who are trying to gain control of the town are named Dragon, and Lo Pan. These two characters could be a reference to Wang Chi because of his restaurant's name being Dragon of the Black Pool, and Lo Pan being the villain of the movie.
Blues Brothers, TheEdit
After recruiting Myron in New Reno, there is a dialogue option which says "It's 106 miles to Arroyo, we've got a full fusion cell, half a pack of RadAway, it's midnight, and I'm wearing a 50 year old Vault 13 jumpsuit. Let's hit it."
A parody of Dan Aykroyd's famous line from The Blues Brothers movie: "It's 106 miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses." (John Belushi:) "Hit it."
Chryslus Motors is the maker of the drivable car, and mentioned numerous times, notably in nearly a dozen overhead non-player character lines in the Chop Shop, where the car ends up after it is stolen in New Reno.
Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight RunnersEdit
In Broken Hills residential area, the human woman in the hotel will say "Come on .. Aileen".
One of John Cassidy's floats is, "I hear they got twisters miles wide in the Midwest. It's a big ol' radioactive dustbowl now."
Roger Zelazny's "Damnation Alley" takes place in the (now usual) post-apocalyptic USA. Extreme weather, "twisters miles wide" etc., occur in the Midwest, earning it the name "Damnation Alley."
Day The Earth Stood Still, TheEdit
The phrase in Army of Darkness (below, see Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness) is itself a reference to the 1951 science fiction movie The Day The Earth Stood Still starring Michael Rennie, in which the phrase was originally, "Klaatu Barada Nikto".
The description for the .44 magnum revolver is an exact quote of a line spoken by Clint Eastwood in the film Dirty Harry (1971).
In the film, the .44 magnum is "Dirty" Harry Callahan's weapon of choice.
"Being that this...is the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you gotta to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"
- Mentats are used to raise Perception and Intelligence; in Frank Herbert's Dune, Mentats were considered living computers that used Spice to enhance perceptive consciousness.
- Certain enemies taunt the player by saying, "Fear is the mind killer." The phrase derives from the Bene Gesserit litany against fear.
Evil Dead 3: Army of DarknessEdit
In Klamath, the robot that guards the crashed vertibird among other things, he says "Klaatu Verata Nictu", the phrase that Ash must say, to get the Necronomicon off the altar without waking up the dead. This is in turn also a homage to the robotic character in the classic science fiction movie. See "The Day the Earth Stood Still", above.
- On level three of the Vault in Vault City, you come across a guy who doesn't get out much and has very poor people skills. He passes his time by singing to himself. What does he sing? Well, he sings the song "Maybe" by The Ink Spots. Fallout players will recognize this as the song in the opening and ending credits of the original.
- "Now I suppose you're going to tell me you're just out looking for a water chip. Do I look dumb? Get him!" - Enclave patroller float.
In Arroyo, the Chosen One's nephew standing by the well is named Feargus. As in Feargus Urquhart, founder of Black Isle, the developer of Fallout and Fallout 2.
Another Feargus is the subordinate of President of NCR Tandi, whose report to the raiders in Vault 15, when found by the Chosen One, exposes him as a traitor.
Per Jorner: "Ever wondered why there is at least one Feargus or similarly named character in each of Fallout 2, Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II, Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale? It might have something to do with Black Isle director Feargus MacRae Urquhart; there are close to a dozen names in these games derived from his (including Cassidy's original name, which shows up if you sell him to Metzger). Names of other developers abound, but none of them sticks out as much. "Smitty" is another ubiquitous cognomen - there are four of those in the two Fallout games, and there might well have been a fifth..."The Nearly Ultimate Fallout 2 Guide by Per Jorner.
Many tombstones, notably in Golgotha, mention names of people in the Fallout 2 team.
When you are in New Reno, watch the graffiti for names like T. Ray and other developer names.
T-Ray is the head mechanic in the Chop Shop, see below. If you refrain from taking mortal revenge on him for stealing your car, he can improve its fuel consumption and carrying capacity.
Final Fantasy VIIEdit
A prostitute may say "I had to dress up like WILMA last night, fer Christ sakes."
Lynette: "Do you like my little dreadlocks? I think Scott Rodenhizer has a strange sense of humor." Lynette: "I don't know what you intend to gain by clicking on me, but I won't tolerate it much longer." or "Perhaps you find clicking on me... amusing. Perhaps you will find the Corrections Center just as humorous."
When talking to Phyllis in the Vault City clinic (in Vault), when asking donating sperm, you can say to Phyllis, after donating, "Oh Well, I thought there weren't any children because this might be the European version of Fallout 2. Goodbye."
When in New Reno, when about to have sex with Leslie Anne Bishop, if the player refuses to have sex with her without giving an excuse and she calls the guards, one of the lines the player can end dialogue is by saying "Fuck, I hate this game."
When in NCR, if the player talks to the Enlightened One and says they are one of the enlightened, when she asks what level you are, the player can respond by telling her "Last time I checked my character page, I was level (player level), but if I keep fighting random encounters, I'm sure I'll get to level 99 in no time." Saying this will give the player an extra 100 Experience points.
If you talk to one of Orville Wright's son's while wearing Enclave armor, one of the random phrases will be, "You look like you belong in a battle mech computer game. This is Fallout 2. Maybe you opened the wrong folder on your hard drive."
From Dusk Till DawnEdit
The man outside of the Cat's Paw in New Reno constantly shouts advertisements about the "booty" sold within the establishment in a manner identical to a similar character played by Cheech Marin in From Dusk Till Dawn.
Full Metal JacketEdit
Inside a Gecko NPP a ghoul randomly says "A day without leakage is like a day without sunshine" which is a reference to the movie "Full Metal Jacket" in which the main protagonist pvt. Joker says "A day without blood is like a day without sunshine" (he in turn is quoting John Wayne).
In the town of Modoc when you go to Rose's Bed and Breakfast, you can enter into the brahmin fry eating contest. Right as you break the record, you learn that the brahmin fries are actually brahmin testicles. In the movie "Funny Farm", Chevy Chase enters a Lamb Fry Eating Contest and his reaction (when he learns that they are sheep testicles) to it is identical to your character's in the game.
In Broken Hills players can find an intelligent scorpion wearing spectacles. If these spectacles are taken and given to Renesco in New Reno then he will, begrudgingly, thank you and offer a reward. One of the dialogue options is to reply "Someday - and that day may never come - I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day accept these glasses as a gift on my daughter's wedding day." This is an obvious reference to the 1972 gangster movie The Godfather.
Good, The Bad & The Ugly, TheEdit
Acting on Boss Salvatore's orders to get money from Lloyd, if the player (unwisely) agrees to follow Lloyd's directions to the location of the loot in Golgotha, Lloyd directs the player to find a grave marked "Arch Stanton". There is no such grave. The exact name, its presence on a supposed grave marker, and the difficulty/impossibility of finding it, are all references to the site of the reputed buried treasure in TG, TB&TU. Doing this quest correctly can lead to the dialogue option: "There are two kinds of people in the world Lloyd. Those with guns and those that dig." This is also from the film.
Flick in the Den says the following line: "You think I'm some kinda clown? Am I here to amuse you, is that it?". This is a direct reference to the scene where Joe Pesci is talking to Ray Liotta in the gangster movie Goodfellas by Martin Scorsese.
When you go down into the well in the center of town in Modoc, you'll see several bags of coins lying around. If you pick one up, then your character will say a line almost identical to the line spoken by "Mouth" (played by Corey Feldman) in The Goonies when he and his friends find themselves at the bottom of a wishing well.
Depending on the Chosen One's attributes, Mrs. Bishop may make sexual advances toward the player character. The encounter and parts of the dialogue are a reference to a similar situation in The Graduate, where Mrs. Robinson attempts to seduce Ben for the first time.
A lot of times, in certain places, you will usually hear addicts in places such as The Den say, "I have the power!". This is most likely a reference to the "Masters of the Universe" cartoon series where it is the catchphrase of "He-Man".
Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyEdit
You can come across the dead carcass of a sperm whale, and a broken houseplant - obvious references to the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, where the ship's improbability drive turns 2 nuclear missiles into a sperm whale and a bowl of petunias - and one chapter details the thoughts of the two entities, as they plummet towards their death.
Holliday, John HenryEdit
The three mid-game doctors (Holliday, Henry, and Johnson), are a reference to John Henry "Doc" Holliday, a gunfighter, gambler, and dentist of the Wild West. Dr. Henry matches the physical description, Doc Johnson matches the profession, and Doc Holliday matches the unusual nickname.
In Living ColorEdit
In NCR the guy next to the car tent is a blues player. He says, "I wrote a song about, like to hear it, here it goes.".
The sheriff in Redding, Earl Marion, is a triple reference to John Wayne who was born Marion Robert Morrison and nicknamed "The Duke". Both earl and duke are titles of nobility, duke surpassing earl. John Wayne is famous for playing sheriffs in various western movies.
Little Shop of HorrorsEdit
One of the reliants in Den has been heard to say the famous Elmer Fudd quote, "Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting for wabbits."
- If you attack Dogmeat while he's not in your party, a guy named Mel will appear and attack you. This is a reference to Mel Gibson's lead role in the Mad Max series, and to Max and his dog's partnership in The Road Warrior.
- Making fun of Stuart Little's character model prompts him to call male players "Madd Max wannabes".
- Wright teenagers will sing a little of Tina Turner's Beyond Thunderdome, which was the theme to the Mad Max film of the same name, after you destroy the Oil Rig.
- The town Broken Hills is a reference to the town of Broken Hill that the Road Warrior was filmed in.
- When a male main character wears a leather jacket, he looks exactly like Mad Max does in The Road Warrior (identical jacket design, hairstyle, etc.). Many non-player characters in the game's multiple areas share this palette as well.
Magic the GatheringEdit
In Gecko location, go to the bar and talk to the bartender, Wooz. He will try to get you to buy a card game called "Tragic: The Garnering". Tragic the Garnering is a parody of Magic: the Gathering. Even the names of cards are similar - Vox Muby is an equivalent of Mox Ruby, Black Dahlia of Black Lotus and 'Earths' are the equivalent of 'Lands'.
Mech Warrior/Battle TechEdit
When talking to any of the Inhabitants of New Reno while wearing a suit of power armor, they may eventually say after constant interaction: "You look like you were on your way to one of those Battle-Mech Pc games and Got Lost!" This is a reference to the Mech Warrior games and the "BattleTech" universe in general.
Monty Python's Holy GrailEdit
You can encounter the Bridge Keeper during your journeys. He'll ask you three questions, and if you answer his final question with another question, he dies like you would have if you had answered a question incorrectly.
Another Special encounter Monty Python reference is King Arthur's knights, four 'knights' in regular power armor, who inquire as to the whereabouts of the Holy Hand Grenade.
A deleted Special encounter, which exists intact in the pre-patch files, although it is not accessible in a regular game, had these same King Arthur's knights fighting a Vorpal Rat with a Holy Hand Grenade. The Nearly Ultimate Fallout Guide by Per Jorner: Addenda (On the patched Collector's edition of Fallout this has been corrected and the scene is now available)
In Mom's kitchen she says she has rat-pie rat loaf rat... another Monty Python reference: "Can I have something without so much rat in it?". This is a reference to the Dead Bishop skit, in which Michael Palin's character asks for 'a slice of strawberry tart without so much rat in it.' Dead Bishop Sketch
Nine Inch NailsEdit
Tanker vagrant: "In fact, I would rather die than give you control" The mild delivery of this line is a contrast to the way it is sung in Head Like A Hole.
Of Mice and MenEdit
Pinky and the BrainEdit
Sometimes, a prostitute will say "You were great in Pokeahotass." This porno movie is mentioned in the game after the Chosen One becomes a porn star in New Reno. This is a spoof of the story Pocahontas.
Princess Bride, TheEdit
Trapper Town is the home of way too many rats, and a man who will tell you of rodent of unusual size, a reference to the beasties from the swamp in The Princess Bride, combined with a timely warning about pig rats and mole rats below the town.
Punch-Out!! (Nintendo game)Edit
When talking to a doctor about receiving the Dermal Impact Assault Enhancement, he will explain about the hit to your Charisma by saying, "All the curves you got are gonna become right angles." To this, the Chosen One can reply that they've always wanted to look like Kryten, the angular android from the British sci-fi sitcom, Red Dwarf.
Some addicts in New Reno say "Say hello to my little friend", a quote from the movie Scarface. In addition, when you become a Made Man with any of the New Reno crime families, Scarface is among the titles you can choose to be known by to them.
Sharpe series (Books and television) Written by Bernard Cornwell Edit
In Redding during the Sheriffs missions the chosen one will come across Obidiah Hakeswill who has 'cut up' a local whore. He says he did it because she insulted his mother. In the Sharpe series Seargeant Obidiah Hakeswill is sharpes nemisis for a large part of the series. A rapist and murderer who obsesses over his love for his mother to the point of talking to himself. He also quotes Hakeswill's often repeated line, "You can't kill me". 
A robot in the canyon near Klamath says "number five is alive" while attacking. That was robot's "Number Five" favorite words.
Silence Of the Lambs, TheEdit
- In Sierra Army Depot, you can find the medical holodisc of Dr. H. Lector who sends some liver, from a cadaver, and fava beans to some soldiers who played a joke on him by setting the Organ Extractor to extract only brains.
- The Chosen One makes the "with some fava beans and a light Chianti" reference when attempting to get Chip's spleen back from Dr Wong Yi Tze in Chinatown.
You can find boxes of Cheezy Poofs at various points in the game.
Star Trek: The Next Generation - BorgEdit
Star Trek: The Original SeriesEdit
- The special encounter Crashed Shuttle. Dead crew members. Red shirts, naturally. A Hypo.
- The special encounter Guardian of Forever. The stone ring portal is a reference to the Star Trek episode "City on the Edge of Forever", and the only way out of the encounter is to create and fulfill a predestination paradox.
Star Trek The Motion PictureEdit
- The leader of the Slags at the ghost farm is named 'Vegeir'. In Star Trek there is an alien intelligence that found an earth space explorer 'Voyager' that they referred to as V'Ger (pronounced vegeir) because the letters 'oya' on it were covered over with dirt.
- Also, when fighting the Mister Handy at the crashed vertibird in Klamath Canyon, the robot will occasionally say "v'ger....v'ger"..
- In Klamath, if you ask Whiskey Bob about the Den, he says "You will not find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Now where did I hear that?" Obi-Wan first spoke the sentence in Star Wars, describing the Mos Eisley spaceport.
- In New Reno, if you're wearing power armor, a porn actress at the Golden Globe will remark, "Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?" This line was originally spoken by Princess Leia in A New Hope.
- In the Den, if you threaten the doorman at the Slaver's Guild for information on where they find their slaves, he'll initiate combat by saying, "Now, young jet eye, you will die." This is a slight variation on a line spoken by Palpatine to Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi.
- On the world map in the box where the Highwayman will appear, in the top right corner of it is says TK-421, a reference to the Stormtrooper of the very same name. It also says AA-23, which is the name of the detention block where Leia was held on the Deathstar.
- In Vault City, if you threaten McClure you can say "Your powers are weak, old man. You are no match for me." This is what Darth Vader says as he battles Obi-Wan in A New Hope.
- Defeating the Enclave prompts a whole new set of float dialogue from Reno citizens, including, "I felt a great disturbance...as if a hundred evil bastards on an oil derrick suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Strange." This is another variation of an Obi-Wan line, this time from when the Death Star destroys Alderaan.
- In Gecko, when communicating with the Enclave Communications Officer in the Poseidon Energy Plant, the player can tell him "Uh, we're all fine here. How are you?", a quote from Han Solo as he breaks into the Death Star Prison Block.
Stranger in a Strange LandEdit
Josh: "Why, I hear that tribals eat their damn dead." ... Chosen One: "How else would we Grok their essence?"
The computer intelligence that uploads itself into the Sierra Army Depot robobrain is called Skynet. Skynet can join the player's party. The computer intelligence that became self aware and created a robotic revolution against humans in the movie Terminator was identically named.
In Redding, when opening dialogue with Sheriff Earl Marion, the player might choose the opening dialogue line "I'm here in town to kick ass and chew bubblegum. But I'm all out of gum.". This is a quote used by Roddy Piper in the 1988 movie, 'They Live'. It is also used by Duke Nukem, as a random quote he says during or after combat.
One of the random NCR guards will occasionally say "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum. Lucky for you, I still have one stick left."
Also, in the Hubologist's headquarters in San Francisco, the guards there will say "Sleep" and "Obey" when spoken to. In "They Live", after Roddy Piper's character acquires the 'special' sunglasses he is able to see the subliminal messages the aliens have placed in mankind's everyday urban surroundings in order to brainwash them. The words "Sleep" and "Obey" are among the many messages people without the glasses can see.
The X FilesEdit
Choosing to mock Stuart Little's appearance by asking if he worked at a circus prompts an argument from him. This entire argument (and the Chosen One's final line) draws extreme resemblances from the The X Files season 2 episode: Humbug, when Mulder angers a man of short stature by asking if he works as part of the circus (which he and Scully are investigating a murder at). The short man proceeds to stereotype him as someone who works for the FBI from his tie and suit and the short man remarks how a person of his stature got a job at 'hotel management'. Mulder also responds in exactly the same way by saying that he is actually an FBI agent.
Many of the characters in Fallout 2, particularly around Redding, share names with brands of tobacco pipes: Ben Wade, Ascorti, Savinelli, Stanwell, Caminetto, and Ferndown, for instance. Rattray is a popular brand of pipe tobacco, as is the Frog Morton line of tobaccos made by McClelland.
You can receive a quest from a ghoul in Gecko to find his friend Woody in The Den, upon arriving at The Den you discover that Woody has dozed off and has been put on display as a Mummy in some sort of tourist attraction (ironcally this a plot point in Toy story 2). If you open it up and find Woody inside you'll see some dialog that is very similar to the scene from the movie Toy Story in which Woody pretends to be Buzz by holding his dismembered arm out Sid's window and waving it at the other toys.
Upon inspecting the sarcophagus: "Hey, wait a minute. That's not a Mummy. That's a ghoul. WOODY! Hey WOODY! Is that you? Holy shit! That *is* Woody! Run Woody, run for it! Well, uh, gimp for it then! Go Woody go!"
The exact lines are not remembered, but in Toy Story it goes something like this: "Hey, wait a minute, that's not Buzz! That's WOODY! HEY WOODY! IS THAT YOU?"
In the basement of Shark Club in New Reno, there's a boxer who says his name is Mike and he likes ears. Additionally, the characters Mike "The Masticator" and Evan Holyfeld who you fight in the New Reno boxing match are references to Tyson and the boxer whose ear he bit off, Evander Holyfield.
There is a reference to The Unwashed Village community that's more than likely the oldest Fallout community in existence. The Unwashed Villagers present in a special encounter are some of the oldest and most respected members of the Unwashed Village (though the situation has changed over time). The spammer they are fighting is the Grim Reaper or Grim, a legendary spammer who plagued the Interplay forum for a long time as the archnemisis of the UV.
Several members have unique entries in Fallout 2, including Buffy (Rebecca Dyer, who runs the bar in the first town), Thrakazog (in an entry in a Hubologist holodisk), and The Enlightened One (in NCR).
The Unwashed Village community is still in existence and still thriving at Unwashed.eu combining both members old and new, they are still devoted to the Fallout community and the part they played in Fallout history.
- Iguana Eater
- Night Owl
- Shadow Dancer
- Amish Commando
- Alexand the Killer Bee
In Gecko, when you talk to the mutant outside the old (at least non functioning) reactor up North he starts saying the speech from the movie Wall Street. "Greed, for lack of a better term, is good". Also, his name is Gordon, Gordon of Gecko. Michael Douglas' character in the movie was Gordon Gekko.
In Vault City, the computer on the 1st floor inside the vault will randomly say "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." This line was originally said by the fictitious supercomputer WOPR in the movie WarGames, having learned the concept of Mutual Assured Destruction.
Wing Commander ProphecyEdit
Random enemies will sometimes say: "You want a piece of me? YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME?!" It's one of Lt. Casey's taunts in the game. The phrase also comes from the movie Army of Darkness where the lead character, "Ash" says that (among other things) to various miscreants and ghouls.
Wizard of Oz, TheEdit
In the special encounter The Tin Man, the player encounters someone standing, rigid and unmoving, in power armor, saying repeatedly, "Oil can". When the player uses a nearby oil can on the figure's armor, the Tin Man walks away, after gifting the player with a microfusion cell.
If you are wearing power armor, a prostitute may make the following comment: "Look, Tin Man, if you want me to dress up as Dorothy or Toto, that's extra."
In New Reno, all the way to the exit grid on second street, there is a black man standing between a couch and a table. If you're wearing power armor and talk to him, he'll say "Lose your heart, Tin Man?" It might take you a few tries, but he will say it.