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This page lists well-established cultural references in Fallout 3.
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  • For an overview of Fallout 3 content, please refer to "Portal:Fallout 3".
 
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1984Edit

Irving Cheng's computer contains a "Daily Affirmation" which reads, "Comrade Cheng is Watching You." See "Big Brother is watching you."

Vault 92's overseer's terminal contains the phrase, "Sanity is not statistical."

2001: A Space Odyssey (HAL 9000)Edit

Fo3 security camera

An active security camera from Fallout 3

The eye of the several security cameras found throughout the Capital Wasteland greatly ressembles HAL 9000's, the main computer of the Discovery One from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

AliensEdit

The way Sally from Mothership Zeta uses the air ducts to open the alien doors is reminiscent of Newt from the film Aliens.

A Boy And His DogEdit

Dogmeat, the vaults, the blending of 1950s America with futuristic horror, and the glowing ones all allude to Harlan Ellison's book A Boy and His Dog.

In Oasis, the man encased in a tree calls the tree "Herbert" because he thinks it's funny and it annoys the tree. In A Boy and His Dog the dog Blood, often calls his boy, Vic,"Albert". Blood finds this funny, while Vic is annoyed by it.

AC/DCEdit

The Devil's Highway perk refers to the AC/DC song "Highway to Hell".

See also Led Zeppelin.

American Civil WarEdit

Hannibal HamlinEdit

Hannibal Hamlin was the name of Abraham Lincolns's first vice president, a staunch abolitionist.

Leroy WalkerEdit

Leroy Walker is named after LeRoy Pope Walker, the first Confederate States Secretary of War who issued the orders for the firing on Fort Sumter, which began the American Civil War.

Bill SewardEdit

Bill Seward is named after William H. Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State from 1861-69.

Caleb SmithEdit

Caleb Smith is named after Caleb B. Smith, Lincoln's Secretary of Interior from 1861-62.

Simone CameronEdit

Simone Cameron is named after Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Secretary of War from 1861-62.

Apocalypse NowEdit

Mister Gutsy often says, "There is nothing I like better than the smell of plasma in the morning." See "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

Beatles, TheEdit

Charon will occasionally remark that he finds happiness in a warm gun, alluding to a song called Happiness is a Warm Gun by The Beatles.

Beneath the Planet of the ApesEdit

In Megaton, the undetonated atomic bomb and the Children of Atom are a reference to the film Beneath the Planet of the Apes, in which a cult worships an intact nuclear ICBM.

Bible, TheEdit

The Lone Wanderer's birth date, 7/13/2258, is a Biblical reference to Micah 7:13, which reads: "And the earth will become desolate because of her inhabitants, on account of the fruit of their deeds." This aptly describes the whole Fallout series.

Big Boy restaurantsEdit

The statue erected in Paradise Falls is modeled after the mascot of the Big Boy fast-food restaurant chains.

Billy IdolEdit

The quest A Nice Day for a Right Wedding is a play on the words from White Wedding, a popular Billy Idol song.

Black Isle StudiosEdit

Several names in the game make reference to Black Isle Studios, the developers of Fallout and Fallout 2.

Inside the Museum of Technology, a plaque describes the fate of the USS Ebon Atoll, a missile destroyer that was torpedoed by a US submarine, USS Interference, off the coast of Alaska. "Ebon" is short for "Ebony", a word for black, and "atoll" is another word for island, or isle. The fate of the boat is also similar to Black Isle's, having been "torpedoed" by their parent company, Interplay.

In the Point Lookout add-on, the loading screens and several terminals mention Isla Negra Holdings, the company that built the Pilgrim's Landing boardwalk. "Isla Negra" is Spanish for Black Isle.

Blade RunnerEdit

The Replicated Man quest refers, in name, content, and theme, to the replicants from the film Blade Runner.

Fawkes says "Wake up, time to die," during the quest Finding the Garden of Eden.

Bradbury, RayEdit

The McClellan family townhome and Carol's dialogue reference There Will Come Soft Rains, a short story by Ray Bradbury.

The McClellan Family Townhome is also a reference to the McClellan family in another one of Ray Bradbury's books, Fahrenheit 451.

"Calvin and Hobbes"Edit

Sugar Bombs are probably a reference to "Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs", Calvin's favorite breakfast cereal, in Calvin and Hobbes.

ChevroletEdit

The Corvega gets its name from combining the name of Chevrolet's 1950s Corvette or Corvair with the name of the Vega.

ChryslerEdit

Chryslus Motors is a reference to Chrysler.

ClueEdit

The butler in My Megaton house is a Mister Handy robot named "Wadsworth". Wadsworth the Butler is Tim Curry's character in the film Clue. Like other Mister Handy robots, Wadsworth speaks in a tone and voice similar to that employed by Tim Curry in the film.

Coca-ColaEdit

Nuka-Cola is Fallout's version of Coca-Cola. The Nuka-Cola bottles, vending machines, and advertisements mirror those of the Coca-Cola brand in the 1950s.

Sierra Petrovita claims to be addicted to Nuka-Cola, a reference to the fact that the original Coca-Cola recipe included cocaine.

Nuka-Cola Quantum is likely a reference to the short-lived Coca-Cola C2 which was advertised as having "half the carbohydrates, sugars and calories" of regular Coca-Cola, an almost opposite of Quantum's advertisement of "twice the calories, twice the carbohydrates, twice the caffeine and twice the taste" of regular Nuka-Cola.

Cool Hand LukeEdit

Rory McLaren will say, "Nobody can eat 50 eggs!", from the film Cool Hand Luke, in which the title character accepts a bet to eat 50 eggs in an hour.

Conan the BarbarianEdit

Grognak the Barbarian is modeled after the Robert E. Howard character, Conan the Barbarian.

Crowley, AleisterEdit

Allistair Tenpenny's first name and his nemesis, Mister Crowley are most likely a reference to the famed British occultist, Aleister Crowley.

Dewey, John/MelvilEdit

Dean Dewey is probably named after both John Dewey, an education reformer, and Melvil Dewey, the librarian who created the Dewey Decimal System.

Dirty HarryEdit

Callahan's magnum refers to Dirty Harry's signature Smith & Wesson revolver, and it's also the strongest revolver in the game, fitting with Harry's quote "and it's the most powerful handgun in the world".

Similarly, the character of Harold Callahan is a reference to Clint Eastwood's character in the film, Harry Callahan.

Die HardEdit

Bryan Wilks, while in the Pulowski Preservation shelter during the Those! quest, says, "Now I know what a TV dinner feels like"--a line from the movie Die Hard. His name is also very similar to that of Bruce Willis, the actor who played John McClane, the main character in the movie.

DraculaEdit

Lucy West, the woman who kicks off the Blood Ties quest, is a reference to Lucy Westenra, Mina Murray's friend in Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Arefu is a small village in Romania, most well known for its proximity to the former castle of Vlad Tepes (aka "Dracula" and "Vlad the Impaler").

Duck and CoverEdit

The explosives skill book Duck and Cover!, as well as posters present in the game-world, take their name and the image of Bert the Turtle from a propaganda film of the same name.

DuneEdit

Mentats in the book Dune are humans trained to function as "living computers;" Mentats in Fallout 3 are a chem that temporarily increases Intelligence and Perception.

The Elder Scrolls IV: OblivionEdit

TES04

The utility pole behind Big Town that bears the tag "TES-04".

A utility pole with the unique identification tag "TES-04" is located along the outside of the city wall at Big Town, at the exact center of the game map.

Ellis, WarrenEdit

Mr. Moorellis is a portmanteau of the last names of Alan Moore and Warren Ellis.

See also Alan Moore, Promethea.

Evil Dead 3: Army of DarknessEdit

One of the PC's dialogue choices upon encountering Moira, after she becomes a ghoul, is, "Honey, you got reeeal ugly!", a line from Army of Darkness.

In the sidequest The Dark Heart of Blackhall, Obadiah Blackhall asks the Lone Wanderer to retrieve a book called the Krivbeknih. The Krivbeknih is a reference to the Necronomicon Ex Mortis which is the antagonist of the Evil Dead series.

Fawkes, GuyEdit

When asked about his name, Fawkes says that it was the name of a man who died for what he believed in.

Fear FactoryEdit

The first log entry in the Research Lead terminals in the Museum of Technology contains lyrics from the song Archetype by the band Fear Factory: The infection has been removed / the soul of this machine has improved.

The mainframe is named the "Archetype Model FF06"--Archetype being the song name, FF standing for Fear Factory, and 06 being the album number.

Vocalist Burton C. Bell's name can be abbreviated to B. Bell, the researcher's name.

Flags of Our FathersEdit

During the Fallout 3 add-on Operation: Anchorage, a reporter is gathering a group of soldiers for a photo and says "Maybe someone will make this picture into a statue one day." This is a reference to the film Flags of Our Fathers.

Gorillas in the MistEdit

Isabella Proud's story is a reference to Dian Fossey's, the basis of the film Gorillas in the Mist.

GURPSEdit

The word "GURPS" can appear as a password when hacking computers; this is the name of the RPG rules system that Fallout was originally planned to be based on.

HallucinogensEdit

Jimson and Woodrose, of the Point Lookout Point Lookout tribals, are references to jimson weed and Hawaiian woodrose seeds respectively, which are both potent hallucinogens.

HarveyEdit

The picture for the Animal Friend perk may be a reference to the play Harvey, in which the main character claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend, Harvey, whom describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall anthropomorphic rabbit.

Hindu cultureEdit

The brahmin in all the Fallout games refer to the Brahmin in Hindu culture. Their use in the Fallout games is likely a play on the reverence held for cows in Hindu culture. This has been seen as disrespectful to the Hindu culture, and use of the name brahmin was banned in India from Fallout 3.

Incredible Hulk, TheEdit

A Mister Gutsy says, "I'm starting to get angry. You would not like me when I'm angry." This is much like what Dr. Banner says to Mr. Mcgee in the opening sequence of the TV series The Incredible Hulk. Exact quote: "Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

The image for the Nerd Rage! looks like Bruce Banner transforming into the Hulk.

Internet cultureEdit

Moira Brown's terminal password is MB3K-OMFG; the last four characters, OMFG, are a common internet acronym for "Oh My Fucking God".

InterplayEdit

Fallout 3 Interplay logo monument
In Chevy Chase just outside the stairs down to Tenleytown/Friendship station, there's a small square with a monument that is a wink to Interplay (the original publishers of Fallout 1 and 2). The bronze Earth with a circling rocket appeared prominently when launching Fallout 1 and 2, Interplay's official logo.

Invasion of the Body SnatchersEdit

In Mothership Zeta, the abominations point and scream to alert each other to hostiles, much the way the pod-people do in Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

James BondEdit

Wint and Kidd are references to the James Bond novel and movie "Diamonds are Forever" in which Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd were assassins charged with killing James Bond.

Jefferson, ThomasEdit

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance," and "Commerce with all nations, alliance with none," - both lines spoken by John Henry Eden - are attributed to Thomas Jefferson.

Judas PriestEdit

In The Pitt, an armor named Leather Rebel, previously owned by a priest, is a reference to the song "Leather Rebel" by the band Judas Priest.

Legend of Zelda, TheEdit

The quest name The Legend of Zeta in the DLC Mothership Zeta is a reference to the name of The Legend of Zelda.

Lincoln, AbrahamEdit

The karmic title "Last, Best Hope of Humanity" is a phrase which has its origin in Lincoln's closing remarks to his 1862 Annual Message to Congress, "We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth." ("Last, best hope" has since become a popular rhetorical trope.)

The dog's name "Four Score" is a reference to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Abraham Washington's first name is a reference to Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln's repeater is a reference to Abraham Lincoln's Henry rifle.

Living Dead/George Romero seriesEdit

The name of the quest, You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head refers to the rule of zombie fiction that the only way to dispatch a zombie is to destroy the brain.

Dawn of the DeadEdit

In the The Pitt add-on, Everett says, "from here to Monroeville," which is a reference to Dawn of the Dead, a movie in which most of the action takes place in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Land of the DeadEdit

Tenpenny Tower and its attack by ghouls is similar to Land of the Dead's Fiddler's Green, a fortress-tower owned by a wealthy elitist.

Led ZeppelinEdit

The Escalator to Heaven perk is a reference to the Led Zeppelin song "Stairway to Heaven".

See also AC/DC.

LostEdit

The combination to Billy Creel's safe is 15, 16, 23, 42, which is the latter two-thirds of a recurring chain of numbers in the television show Lost.

Lovecraft, H.P.Edit

The story told in the personal logs found in the Dunwich Building, the name of the building, and the whispering obelisk found in the Virulent Underchambers refer to Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos/setting. See The Dunwich Horror.

MacArthur, DouglasEdit

Sergeant RL-3 says, "Old warbots never die! We just rust away." This is a reference to General Douglas MacArthur's quote, "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away..."

Mad MaxEdit

Madmaxanddog

Mad Max and his dog in The Road Warrior.

This image was a direct influence on the "Main Character and Dogmeat" image on the back of Fallout 3's cover. Mad Max's attire was the inspiration for the leather armor.

The Mad Max movies, starring Mel Gibson as a post-apocalyptic warrior, are a pervasive influence on the Fallout series.

One of the Little Lamplight children uses the word humongous incorrectly, saying "humungus." Though it appears incorrect, it is actually a reference to Lord Humungus, the leader of the antagonizing gang in The Road Warrior.

Upon meeting Harkness one of his replies might be "Oh yeah? And I'm a fairy princess." this is a reference to an utterance made by Mad Max when he talks to MasterBlaster in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

The design of the leather armor in all four Fallout games is based on Mel Gibson's armor in the Mad Max series, particularly the single-sleeved armor in The Road Warrior.

A picture of the main character walking beside Dogmeat that is featured on the back of the packaging and in every ending is an homage to the image of Max walking beside his dog from The Road Warrior.

Fallout 3's Dogmeat is a Blue Heeler, the same breed as Max's dog in The Road Warrior.

There is a random encounter with a character named Mel, who wears a leather jacket and sports a sawed-off shotgun. High Perception grants the information that the shotgun is unloaded. In The Road Warrior, Max (played by Mel Gibson) threatens the Gyrocaptain with his shotgun, even though it wasn't loaded.

The raiders' style of dressing is similar to that of the various raider and biker gangs in the Mad Max films.

Medical braces are similar to those that Max wears on his left leg in the films.

The raider blastmaster helmet resembles the helmet worn by Blaster, the "muscle" of Bartertown in Beyond Thunderdome.

The scoped .44 magnum/Blackhawk resembles the gun used by the Lord Humungus in The Road Warrior, which was a scoped Smith & Wesson Model 29.

The outfit worn by Mayor Macready of Little Lamplight is identical to the costume worn by Jedediah the pilot's son in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome - a pith helmet, goggles, and a jacket one size too big.

The image for the perk Pitt Fighter depicts Vault Boy wearing armor identical to Blaster's armor in the film Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

The arena in The Pitt resembles the Thunderdome.

The outfits worn by slaves in The Pitt resemble those worn by the slaves in Beyond Thunderdome.

MandroidEdit

Dr. Zimmer is probably a reference to the film Mandroid, in which Dr. Karl Zimmer is the creator of a humanoid robot.

MegadethEdit

The phrase "First mistake... last mistake," uttered by Pitt raiders, Wildmen and several other hostiles, is from the Megadeth song "Holy Wars" from the album Rust in Peace.

MinistryEdit

Fawkes says, "I only kill to know I'm alive", which is from the song "So What" by Ministry.

Moby DickEdit

If the player visits Fort Independence and asks an Outcast named Defender Morgan, "What have you got against the Brotherhood?", she will refer to Elder Lyons as "Ahab Lyons", who "is off chasing his super mutant white whale." This is a reference to Herman Melville's Moby Dick. If the player passes an Intelligence check, you can continue the reference by inquiring as to whether Morgan believes that Lyons will be killed by the super mutants, to which Morgan expresses surprise that the player has knowledge of the story.

Monty PythonEdit

Several terminals in the Museum of Technology contain notes from the lead researcher, Professor R. J. Gumbie; a reference to the Monty Python character Professor R.J. Gumby.

Squire Maxson says that he "sort of shot" Sentinel Lyons but that it's "just a flesh wound." The black knight in the Holy Grail says the same thing, after having both of his arms cut off.

Kimba's dialogue line "That's funny, I thought we were an autonomous collective," is a reference to the Holy Grail. The line is spoken to King Arthur by a woman when she is surprised to learn that there is a king.

Moore, AlanEdit

Mr. Moorellis is a portmanteau of the last names of Alan Moore and Warren Ellis.

See also Promethea, Warren Ellis.

Music Man, TheEdit

Dr. Zimmer's line, "And he's right here in Rivet City!" is a reference to the song Trouble Right Here In River City.

"Mystery Science Theater 3000"Edit

The Hubris Comics computers list a comic called Drake Tungsten, Chrono-Cowboy. This is a reference to the episode Hercules Against the Moon Men.

A computer in the National Archives contains a memo from the man in charge of robot maintenance signed, P. Brantseg. Patrick Brantseg voiced Gypsy on the show and was in charge of building and maintaining the puppets, causing him to be listed in the show's credits as "puppet wrangler."

Mythology, ChineseEdit

In Chinese mythology, Xuanlong, also known as the Black Dragon, is the highest rank of dragons of their tiered system. Thus, the Xuanlong assault rifle, is so named because it is extremely powerful, more so than ordinary Chinese assault rifles.

Mythology, GreekEdit

Cerberus is a reference to the Cerberus of Greek mythology. While Cerberus the robot acts as a guard dog for the settlement Underworld, Cerberus of Greek mythology acts a guard dog to the gate of the Underworld.

Charon is a reference to the Charon of Greek mythology, an immortal who presides as the ferryman of Hades who carries the souls of the dead across the River Styx and Acheron.

Centaurs refer to the centaurs of Greek mythology, a mythical race of creatures that are half-man, half-horse.

Underworld is a reference to the Underworld, the last destination for souls of those recently deceased.

Mythology, NorseEdit

The slaver that kills the bartender in Paradise Falls, Ymir, is a reference to the Norse frost giant whose body is the foundation of Midgard (the Earth). His son is called Jotun, which is the name of the race of the Norse giants, Jötunn.

A raider named Thor (the Norse god of storms and strength) is referenced by recordings found in the Dunwich Building.

The names of Desmond Lockheart's dogs Freki and Geri in Point Lookout are a reference to Odin's two wolf companions named Freki and Geri. Freki roughly translates to "ravenous", Geri to "greedy".

NeuromancerEdit

Armitage is a common cyberpunk name since William Gibson used it for the Wintermute-controlled mercenary in his 1984 novel Neuromancer.

Occam's RazorEdit

Occam's Razor refers to the scientific principle of the same name that describes the more simple solution is better than the more complex one.

Paradise LostEdit

John Milton's Paradise Lost appears in Fallout 3 as a skill-training book.

The name of the area Paradise Falls is a multiple entendre referencing Paradise Lost.

PeanutsEdit

In the town "Little Lamplight" the doctor, Lucy, is a reference to the character "Lucy" from Charles Schultz's Peanuts. Inside of the clinic where she is located, a sign reading "The Doctor is in" can be found, which was often seen on Lucy's stand in the series.

PittsburghEdit

Lulu, the woman who claims to feed the army in Uptown, is named after Lulu's noodles, a popular restaurant near the University of Pittsburgh.

The character's name, Reddup, is a Pittsburgh term meaning 'to clean.'

Duke may be named after Duquesne University.

Mex is most likely a reference to the chain of Mad Mex restaurants, which are relatively popular in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, e.g. Monroeville and Squirrel Hill.

Phantom is a reference to Pittsburgh's only amusement park, Kennywood, that has a roller coaster called "The Steel Phantom", which was later rebuilt and renamed the "Phantom's Revenge".

Squill's name is likely a reference to Squirrel Hill, a residential Pittsburgh neighborhood that Carnegie Mellon University students (though not most other Pittsburghers) call "Squill Hill" for short.

Princess Bride, TheEdit

While patching up the PC during the Wasteland Survival Guide personal injury sub-quest, Moira asks the PC to describe the pain with the line, "And remember, this is for posterity!" This echoes a line used by Count Rugin in The Princess Bride when asking Westley to describe the torture in the Pit of Despair.

PrometheaEdit

Mr. Neptura refers to the character Marto Neptura from Alan Moore's Promethea.

See also Alan Moore, Warren Ellis.

P.S. I Love YouEdit

A movie marquee in Vernon Square displays the title "P.S. I Hate You," a reference to the film "P.S. I Love You".

"Raven, The"Edit

The holodisk Box 1191 - Password backup is a reference to Edgar Allen Poe's story "The Raven".

Red Army propagandaEdit

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Comparison between real-life Red Army and Fallout 3 poster

The Civil Defense Administration poster, "Where will you be when the holocaust comes?" is modeled after a Soviet Red Army recruitment poster.

"Relic Hunter"Edit

During the quest Stealing Independence, Sydney greets the PC as a fellow "relic hunter," making reference to the television series Relic Hunter, in which the main character is named Sydney Fox.

Road, TheEdit

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The Road is a 2006 novel by Cormac McCarthy. This post-apocalyptic story influenced Bethesda Softworks (as mentioned by Todd Howard in this interview) in their work on Fallout 3. The most overt references to the book are the hunters who peddle "strange meat" (human flesh) and the cannibals in the town of Andale.

Roosevelt, FranklinEdit

President Eden's radio broadcasts are modeled on the 'Fireside Chats' of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Rosie the RiveterEdit

The haircut "Wendy the Welder", available to female characters, is a reference to Rosie the Riveter, a model for working women during World War II.

Rubin, RickEdit

Terminal documents show that the overseer of Vault 92, the music preservation vault, was named Richard Rubin — a reference to the real-life Rick Rubin, an American record producer.

Sagan, CarlEdit

The planetarium exhibit's pre-recorded guide in the Museum of Technology has a voice and introduction that is a reference to Carl Sagan and his Cosmos educational series.

Saving Private RyanEdit

Asked what she does for the Brotherhood, Knight Captain Dusk replies that she is a sniper, and then says "Put any mutie bastard within one mile of me and my rifle and well, pack it up troops... fight's over." Jackson in Saving Private Ryan makes the same remark, with 'Hitler' replacing 'mutie' as the subject.

When asked what his real name is, Knight Captain Gallows responds with "What's the pool up to?", similar to Captain Miller's response in Saving Private Ryan when a query is made regarding his occupation.

SerenityEdit

After the Galaxy News Radio quest, Three Dog shouts "You can't stop the signal!" This is a quote from the film Serenity.

Shelley, Percy ByssheEdit

The Point Lookout quest "An Antique Land" is a reference to the first line of the poem "Ozymandias" by English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The name of the ship, the USS Ozymandias, is a reference to the title, and the Bysshe Company mentioned within the quest is a reference to the poet's middle name.

"Sifl and Olly Show, The"Edit

One of the 911 Dispatch terminals in the Germantown Police HQ contains rantings referencing the song "Llama School" from The Sifl and Olly Show. The password for a computer terminal in the same building is "Vicious Coy", the name of the Precious Roy knockoff on the X-and-O show.

Simpsons, TheEdit

Some of the radios and televisions in the Wasteland are called Radiation Kings (there is also a Radiation King store in downtown D.C.), which is the name of the TV Homer had as a young boy. This easter egg was originally present in the opening movie of Fallout.

SnatcherEdit

In the Capitol Post basement is Gibson who has been decapitated in the same manner as Jean-Jack Gibson in Snatcher. On both Gibsons' bodies identical notes are found, reading, "Search the house!"

Smokey the BearEdit

When Three Dog is talking about radiation, he says, "Remember, only you can prevent human flesh fires." This is a reference to the slogan iconic "only you can prevent forest fires."

SpamEdit

Cram is a reference to Spam.

Starship TroopersEdit

One of the Brotherhood of Steel soldiers spurs on his comrades by asking whether they want to live forever. The quote is similar to, "Come on, you apes, you want to live forever?" which figures prominently in Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers and its movie adaptation. That, in turn, is a reference to a quote sometimes attributed to one Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph "Dan" Daly and having an extensive history going back at least to Frederick the Great.

Star TrekEdit

"Star Trek: The Original Series"Edit

During the first fade-to-white in the opening character creation, The Overseer says, "Dammit! We need a doctor, not a scientist", a reference to lines in the original Star Trek in which Leonard McCoy says to Captain Kirk, "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a [profession that isn't medical]".

Dr. Preston in Rivet City will say "I'm a doctor, not a dealer!" when asked about purchasing chems.

The Adventures of Captain Cosmos takes its inspiration from Star Trek. Captain Cosmos is known to have aired at 8:00 P.M. on Thursdays (the timeslot that Star Trek filled during its first two seasons in the real world).

In the Mothership Zeta add-on, the Lone Wanderer and Sally (who is a fan of Captain Cosmos) take a diverse crew into ship-to-ship combat against another alien mothership.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanEdit

The password for the shipping computer in the Nuka-Cola plant is NC-C1864. The call letters of the USS Reliant, the ship hijacked by Khan, were NCC-1864.

The end of the final quest Take it Back! (if the player chooses to take the path of self-sacrifice) resembles Spock's self-sacrifice at the end of the movie.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation"Edit

Protector McGraw stated that the Anchorage Reclamation simulation ran without "safety protocols", which meant that a person killed inside the simulation would also die in the real world. The holodecks introduced in The Next Generation had a similar safety protocol feature that was often disabled as part of an episode's plot.

"Star Trek: Voyager"Edit

The robot Sawbones greets you with, "Please state the nature of the medical emergency"--the signature phrase of the Emergency Medical hologram "The Doctor" from Star Trek: Voyager.

"Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope"Edit

During the Mothership Zeta add on, you can optionally enter the waste disposal area of the ship during the quest-line 'Among The Stars' where you meet Sally fixing an elevator and an optional speech option is "what an incredible smell you've discovered" which is also Han Solo's line from Episode IV: A New Hope in which the main characters find themselves in the maintenance level of the Death Star.

Sting (musician)Edit

Terminals in Vault 92, the "musicians' vault", document a resident named Gordie Sumner; Gordon Sumner is Sting's birth name.

Strapping Young LadEdit

The bottom log entry on the Maintenance Department terminal in the Presidential sub level (accessed through a Broken Steel quest) ends with lyrics to Canadian heavy metal band Strapping Young Lad's song "Detox": "I wish that I could get to sleep and just get this over with... this is only high school bullshit. I'm lost, I'm freaking and everybody knows... everyone's watching."

SupermanEdit

The picture for the Toughness perk is similar to the Superman suit and pose.

Sweeny ToddEdit

In the village of Andale you can be given a Strange meat pie which is a referance to Sweeny Todd. In Sweeny Todd Mrs Lovett, the lady next door, turns Sweeny Todds victims into veil pies.

Tank GirlEdit

The breastplates of raider ordinance armor's female counterpart, which are missile-shaped, are similar to the one Tank Girl wears in Episode 4 (Feb-89). The film adaptation also depicts similar usage.

TerminatorEdit

When talking to the slave Prosper in The Pitt add-on, one dialogue option reads, "Your Clothes. Give them to me. Now." Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in The Terminator says the same line after arriving naked from time-traveling.

Terminator 2: Judgment DayEdit

The picture for the Cyborg perk refers to the Terminator series T-101 appearance with its face damaged.

Them!Edit

The quest Those! is a reference to the 1954 Oscar-nominated sci-fi classic Them! about giant ants, the result of nuclear testing in New Mexico.

The ThingEdit

Robert Joseph MacCready is called "RJ" — RJ MacReady was Kurt Russell's character in The Thing.

The ShiningEdit

In the Tenpenny Tower Third Floor Apartments, there is a Trycicle in the hallway, along with bloodstains on the walls and an overturned chair. This is a reference to the movie The Shining, where the main character sees two little girls in the hallway, then blinks and they are laying butchered on the ground

Tommy James & The ShondellsEdit

Eulogy Jones' slave bodyguards Crimson & Clover are references to the song "Crimson And Clover" by the group Tommy James and the Shondells.

TransformersEdit

One of the phrases Liberty Prime says while fully activated is "Freedom is the sovereign right of all Americans", which is similar to Optimus Prime's motto "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." While Emil Pagliarulo denied any intentional relation between Liberty Prime and Optimus Prime, he admitted he could have made the reference subconsciously, as he sometimes is known to do.[1]

United States nuclear weapons programEdit

Fat Man was the code name for the atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan.

United States moon landingEdit

When completing Head of State in favor of the Slavers, Three Dog will report on the incident with a news section on Galaxy News Radio. He closes with the phrase "One small step backwards for man, one giant evolutionary rewind for mankind...". This is a reference to U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong's quote after taking his first step on the moon. The original quote is "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Washington, GeorgeEdit

Abraham Washington's last name is a reference to George Washington

West Side StoryEdit

Paul Hannon Jr. has a line, "Birth to Earth, womb to tomb." This is a direct quote from the Broadway show West Side Story, in which the character is also a member of a young 50's American gang.

Wild BillEdit

Wild Bill and his .32 revolver in The Pitt is a reference to Wild Bill Hickok.

Wing Commander IVEdit

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance," is said by John Henry Eden who is voiced by Malcolm McDowell and also used this line repeatedly during his performance as Sir Admiral Geoffery Tolwyn in Wing Commander IV The Price of Freedom

Wizard of Oz, TheEdit

After completing The American Dream and convincing President Eden to self-destruct, Three Dog will report on the incident on Galaxy News Radio, opening with the phrase: "Ding, dong, the sanctimonious, self-righteous, self-proclaimed Presidential asshole is dead!". This is a reference to "Ding, dong, the witch is dead!" sung by the munchkins in The Wizard of Oz.

Wolfman JackEdit

The GNR DJ Three Dog has a similar on-air personality to 1950's radio icon Wolfman Jack, who was featured in the film American Graffiti.

X-MenEdit

The perk Adamantium Skeleton is a reference to the fictional metal alloy that makes up the skeleton of Wolverine from X-Men.

Zen BuddhismEdit

  • When the PC tries to rob Uncle Leo, his dialogue—in which he tells you the clothes are a gift and he wishes he could give you the "wonderful moon"--comes from the following Zen Buddhist koan:

Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing to steal.
Ryokan returned and caught him. "You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.
Ryoken sat naked, watching the moon. "Poor fellow," he mused, "I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."[2]

  • Much of the random dialogue from Fawkes can be heard as simple wasteland survival advice but also references Zen philosophy. Examples include "Be aware of the present moment" and "There is safety in mindfulness".

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