|This page lists all cultural references in the original Fallout.|
Doctor WhoEditThe Vault Dweller may come across a blue British police box in a random encounter; as they approach it, a light on top begins to spin and the box de-materializes. This is a reference to the TARDIS, a time-traveling ship from the UK TV series Doctor Who.
Mad Max, "The Road Warrior", was an influence on the entire Fallout series; most obviously his dog and the design for the leather jacket in Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout 3. Max in turn was influenced by Harlan Ellison, in his post-apocalyptic short stories A Boy and His Dog and Eggsucker, and his script for the graphic novel Vic and Blood. Ellison in turn was almost certainly not the progenitor, and in no way the only exponent, of a genre that the Fallout series proves is alive and kicking.
Mrs. Stapleton, the librarian in the hub, shares the same name with a character from the British Dental Association skit, performed by Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Just outside the entrance to Vault 13 is a corpse. Examining the corpse provides the message: "You see Ed. Ed is dead." This may be a reference to the line from Pulp Fiction's Gold Watch story: "Zed is dead." This also is a possible reference to influential alternative rock band The Pixies, who had a song called "Ed is Dead" on their 1987 debut album.
The intro movie shows a TV with the brand name Radiation King, which is the name of the TV Homer had as a young boy.
If Officer Kenny in the Hub dies in battle, your character will exclaim "They killed Kenny! Those Bastards!" (Alternatively, if you kill Officer Kenny, the message "You killed Kenny! You bastard!" will appear in the message box). This is a reference to the running joke of Kenny dying in numerous episodes of the popular TV series, South Park, in response to which Kyle will say that same line.
When the Vault Dweller is trying to blackmail Iguana Bob, one of the dialogue options is to say "Prime Choice Select is made of people!!!! It's made of people!!!". This is a reference to Charlton Heston's famous line from the film Soylent Green.
The Brotherhood soldiers who accompany you to the mutant military base will sometimes say "I've come to kick ass and chew bubble gum and I'm all out of bubble gum", a line from the 1988 movie They Live.
When the player enters the Skumm Pitt in Junktown, and talks to one of the Skulz Gangers, one of the available dialogue options is "I came here to kick ass and chew gum... I think you can guess the rest."
This is also one of the main catch phrases of Duke Nukem.
Planet of the ApesEdit
The line "I can't believe those bastards finally did it. Damn them all to hell." in Captain Maxson's diary is strikingly similar to Charlton Heston's famous outcry ("We finally really did it... You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!") from the final scene of the Planet of the Apes.
Batman (1989 film)Edit
In The Hub's Old Town district, the thugs guarding the Brotherhood initiate prisoner (quest-related) will attack you on sight and one of them will sometimes say: "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?", just like the recurring line of Joker in Tim Burton's Batman.
A peasant in The Hub says "Let's go play Global-Thermal Nuclear War".
Loxley, the leader of the Thieves' Guild is a reference to one of the names given to the famous outlaw Robin Hood: Robin of Loxley. Loxley's fake British accent and anachronistic clothing are part of the reference.