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Numerous easter eggs and references to various books, movies and other games are one of the staples of the Fallout series. These are instances where something or someone from pop culture or the real world is referenced in the game itself, e.g. Fallout 2 has an encounter with King Arthur.


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Over time, Jagex has added many cultural references to RuneScape.

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Monty Python

Monty Python was a British sketch comedy ;troupe that has been the inspiration for several elements of RuneScape.

Dancing knights in the Party room
  • Party room in Falador - Pulling the lever near the Party Chest will give a player the option of summoning the dancing knights for 500 coins. The knights will dance on the tabletop, singing a song in parody of a similar scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Using a herring on a tree. - A reference to the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail is revealed if players use a herring (cooked or uncooked) with any tree in RuneScape. The text will say: "This is not the mightiest tree in the forest", in reference to the movie. Also, if used with the Grand Tree doors, the text replies "It can't be done", in reference to a line in the movie.
  • The Black Knight Titan was based off the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • In The Al Kharid Duel Arena, if you run on top of the arenas and wander around and talk to a few people, one may shout "Keep Fighting!!! It's Just a Flesh Wound!" In reference to the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • In the The Fremennik Isles quest: The watchtowers between the two islands have a surprise cut scene, which should give the guards a permanent ban from the game. The guards are yelling insults to each other which are quotes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. "Your mother was a Hamster, and your father smelled of elderberries."
  • The examine info for the non-player character Lumberjack Leif is "He's a lumberjack and he's okay." This is a reference to Monty Python's The Lumberjack Song.
  • The Undead Lumberjack's examine ("He is one, but he's not alright.") is another reference to "The Lumberjack" sketch.
  • Lumberjack clothing - When examining the clothes, it says "You'll certainly be alright wearing these." again refers to The Lumberjack Song. The clothes themselves look just like those that the titular lumberjack (played by Michael Palin) wears.
  • Royal Trouble quest - If the player asks the guard in Miscellania if he or she can go down the dungeon before he or she gets permission to go down there, the guard will say "You're the regent? Well I didn't vote for you!" This is similar to a phrase used in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Grim Tales quest - The silent q in the princess' name (Miazrqa) is a reference to the book shop sketch by Monty Python.
  • The Great Brain Robbery quest - When Rufus comments that the cats aren't moving, the character will comment that they're "probably pining", referring to "The Dead Parrot Sketch".
  • Cold War quest:
    • Michael Palin played Dr. Peaches Bartkowicz in a sketch about penguins on Monty Python's Flying Circus - A Book at Bedtime episode 38. Peaches is seen looking up at a 66-foot high penguin similar to the final cut scene in the quest.
  • The Farseer helmet has an appearance similar to the one worn by Tim the Enchanter in the movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"
  • Rum Deal quest:
    • When talking to one of the Brewers in the 'Rum' Factory he quotes Monty Python's Hungarian Phrasebook with the line 'My hovercraft is full of eels'
    • Part of Davey's Blessing is "Romanes Eunt Domus" (which is supposed to mean 'Romans Go Home', but which is accurately translated to 'People called Romanes they go to the house', which is a reference to Monty Python's Life of Brian.
  • Summoning - At level 41 Summoning, a player can summon a Macaw. The examine information for the Macaw "Lovely plumage." is a reference to the Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch "Pet Shop".
  • Barbarian Assault - The Penance Queen's examine info. is "Run Away! Run Away!", a line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, when the knights are attacked by an "evil rabbit".
  • After completing the quest Rocking Out, you can talk to 50-Ships Mufassah to get an Ex-ex-parrot, a reference to the dead parrot sketch.
  • Aggressive bandits in the bandits camp shout "You shall not pass" when you get too near; this may be a possible reference to the Black Knight in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" that acts as an obstacle in the path of those who cross him. It could also be a reference to Gandalf in Lord of the Rings.
  • In the quest Wolf Whistle your player offers to kill a wolpertinger (thinking it's a rabbit) and says "One rabbit stew coming up!" this is a quote from the killer rabbit part of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • The familiar Wolpertinger's examine text "It's just a harmless wee rabbit" is another reference to the killer rabbit scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • When a player enters the Mos Le'Harmless Caves, they have two options before entering should they not have a Witchwood icon. The option for entering says, 'Yes, I am not afraid to be killed in nasty ways', a reference to the song 'Brave Sir Robin' in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Star Wars

There are several Star Wars references throughout the game.

Bob: Hi, my name is Bob.
Cat: Hello Bob!
Player: Do you two know each other?
Cat: I don’t think so...
Bob: Yes you do. Dive deep, search your feelings.
Cat: OK, I will try.
Player: What’s up kitty?
Bob: If only you knew the power of Bob. Your master never told you who your real father was, did he?
Cat: No, but what’s that got to do with... no, nooooooo! It cannot be!!
Bob: Yes. I am your father!
Cat: That’s impossible!!
Bob: You can destroy Zamorak. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule this place as father and son.
Cat: OK dad, maybe later, you’re scaring me!
Player: I think that’s about enough of that. I’m off.
This dialogue sequence is a reference to a scene in The Empire Strikes Back, in which Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker exchange similar phrases.
  • In the fourth Summoning development diary, one of the headings is "Episode IV: A New Hype" a reference to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • In the 16th Postbag from the Hedge, under "Wise Old Tips" the Wise Old Man explains many chat forms. Under one he states: "I am fluent in over five million forms of communication."[1] This is a reference to what C-3PO commonly states throughout the Star Wars series.
  • The Rocnar creature that can be placed in player-owned houses seems to be based on the Rancor seen in Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi. Coincidentally (or not), the name 'Rocnar' is an anagram of 'Rancor'
  • The song A New Menace unlocked during Kennith's Concerns could be a reference to the Star Wars films A New Hope and The Phantom Menace, both the first films of their respective trilogies.
  • In issue 26 of Postbag from the Hedge, a player asked the fairy Chaeldar how she became a Slayer Master when she is so small. Her reply was: "Size matters not. Look at me - judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is this battleaxe, and a powerful ally it is."[2] This speech is almost verbatim from Yoda, a Jedi Master, except that "the Force" has been replaced with "this battleaxe".
  • The quest Slug Menace, could be a reference to Episode I The Phantom Menace.
  • In the notes section if you create a note named "I am your father" the game will show the note saying "Nooooooooo!"
  • During the Temple Of Ikov quest, if the player tries to attack Lucien without wearing the Pendant Of Armadyl, he will say "You do not wish to attack me. I am your friend" and wave his hand in front of the player's face, convincing him not to attack in a manner very similar to Obi Wan Kenobi's Jedi mind tricks from the original Star Wars trilogy.

Star Trek

  • Bork from the Hunt for Surok miniquest has references to the species Borg from the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series. His name included, the Ork legions he summons say the Borg phrase: "Resistance is futile!", and refer to themselves as the Collective (by saying "We are the collective!").
  • "The Hunt for Surok" is a pun on a Star Trek movie titled: "The Search for Spock". Surok is also the name of the vulcan who instituted the philosophy of logic over emotion which caused the split of the romulans from vulcan.
  • Auguste, the main NPC in the Enlightened Journey quest, is quite obviously modelled after Jean-Luc Picard, the captain of the Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The quest dialogue includes several references to Star Trek.
  • Scotty could be referred to Montgomery Scott (nicknamed "Scotty"), a character in the Star Trek media franchise.

Doctor Who

  • During the Ratcatchers quest, your cat shouts out, "Exterminate! Exterminate!" This was a catchphrase made popular by the Daleks.
  • The title of the program is referenced in one of the Varrock banker's 'knock knock' jokes.
  • Although likely a coincidence, it is worth noting that Kelda (the name of the river in Keldagrim) is an anagram of Dalek and by extension Kaled, the species from which the Daleks were created.
  • After the completion of the Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf quest, players may see the words 'Bad Wolf' in the quest journal. What do the words mean?
The words 'Bad Wolf' in the Forgettable Tale quest log.

Lord of the Rings

  • The Dancing Donkey Inn at Varrock is a parody of the Prancing Pony Inn at Bree, in Lord of the Rings.
  • The White Tree in the quest Garden of Tranquillity is a reference to the White Tree of Gondor.
  • The Bandits camp in the Wilderness has a land bridge with aggressive bandits that say "You shall not pass!", a parody of Gandalf confronting the Balrog within the Mines of Moria, from the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • When you contact Evil Dave with the NPC Contact spell, your player says, "Build me an army worthy of Zamorak". Sauron gives a similar command to Saruman in Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Whilst Fighting Sir Leye as a male in the quest Recruitment Drive he will proclaim that no man can defeat him, a reference to the Witch-king.
  • In the quest All Fired Up, your character says, "The beacon is lit!". A similar line is spoken by Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Portal

  • If you do badly enough in The Great Orb Project, one of the wizards may use the phrase "This was a disaster! I'm making a note here: HUGE FAILURE", in reference to Valve's game Portal.
  • Another reference to the video game Portal is in the Great Orb Project where you examine the portal that takes you to different altars. The examine info is 'Look at you, examining things when there's Runecrafting to do'.
  • In the cutscene in the quest Meeting History, where humans first come out of a portal, examine the portal. The examine is 'There's a cake in here, apparently'. This is another reference to Valve's game, Portal and its award-winning credit song: Still alive.

Miscellaneous

The clock above the bank in Catherby is a reference to Back to the Future
The fear reaper may be based on Ghostface from Scream.
  • The fear reaper from A Soul's Bane looks remarkably similar to Ghostface, the principal antagonist from the Scream movie trilogy.
  • The Rock Lobsters found in the Waterbirth Island dungeon are a reference to the The B-52's hit song Rock Lobster. The examine "It wasn't a rock... It was a rock lobster!" is a well-known line from the song.
  • The examine info of a War tortoise familiar is "Definitely not teenage, although the jury is out on its ninja skills." This is a reference to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • The examine info for Zombie boots is "Thrilling" a reference to Michael Jackson's Thriller.
  • The potion puzzle in the King's Ransom quest may be based off a similar riddle in the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
  • When speaking to the ghost near Glarial's Tomb without an Amulet of Ghostspeak, the player will say random phrases due to their inability to understand ghostspeak, one of which is All your base are belong to us, a famous phrase from the video game Zero Wing.
  • The dance emote wearing Flared trousers echoes a dance move made famous by John Travolta in the movie Saturday Night Fever. The examine info of Flared Trousers is 'These'll help me stay alive', a reference to the song 'Staying Alive' from the movie.
  • Bob Barter is probably an intentional play on the name of Bob Barker, who was the host of "The Price is Right" game show for many years.
  • The examine info for wooden spoon is a reference to the comic and television series The Tick.
  • The examine text for the bomber cap reads: "The red baron would be jealous." This is a reference to Manfred von Richthofen, a German fighter pilot in World War I, who was known as The Red Baron.
  • The Summoning Familiar known as the Karamthulhu Overlord is probably a reference to famous horror writer H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.
  • The examine info for the Karamthulhu overlord Summoning monster is "I will call him Squiddy, and he shall be my Squiddy, and he shall be mine." This is a reference to the popular digitally-animated film Finding Nemo.
  • The NPC Ezekial Lovecraft, who is involved in the Slug Menace and Kennith's Concerns quests, is another reference to famous horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Ezekial claims that his father is Howard. The entire city of Witchaven also draws heavily upon Lovecraft's works.
  • At the end of the Kennith's Concerns quest, Ezekial says "I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you". This line is famous from many sources such as the James Bond movie Dr. No, the television series M*A*S*H, and the movie Top Gun.
  • In the quest, What Lies Below, the player is confronted with the NPC Anna Jones, a strong reference to the Indiana Jones movies, staring Harrison Ford. The name of the quest itself may be a reference to another Harrison Ford movie, What Lies Beneath.
  • Found sleeping in the Varrock church is "Jeremy Clerksin", a parody of " Jeremy Clarkson" a British television presenter and journalist, noted for his column in "The Sun" and "The Times" newspapers, and for co-presenting the BBC's Prime Time show "Top Gear", a light-hearted motoring review show. In the Varrock census, his profession is listed as "Wagon expert".
  • The examine text for the Candle seller in Catherby is, "He has an odd smell about him," possibly a reference to a character, Gunder, in the game Oblivion.
  • At one point in the King's Ransom quest, players are in a jail cell with Merlin and several knights of the round table. Sir Tristram is leaning back against a bed, continually bouncing a ball against the wall and catching it again. This is most likely a reference to The Great Escape, in which Steve McQueen kills his time in solitary confinement by bouncing a baseball against the wall and catching it. A gublinch in the Stronghold of Player Safety also bounces a ball in a jail cell.
  • When examining the broken boat at the start of the Darkness of Hallowvale quest, it gives a description of "It's not a schooner, it's a sailboat." This is a line from the 1995 Kevin Smith comedy film Mallrats.
  • In the Black Knights' Fortress (quest), when you ask Sir Amik Varze for your quest, he will tell you "Your mission, if you decide to accept it". When he gives you the dossier it self-destructs, referring to the series Mission: Impossible.
  • Count Draynor, the vampyre in the Vampire Slayer quest, is designed after Count Dracula, a vampire prominent in modern fiction.
  • In the Another Slice of H.A.M. quest, Sigmund ties Zanik to a railway track. This is a classic scenario from old silent films and cartoons, such as The Perils of Pauline and Charlie Chaplin films from the 1920s (hence the music in this scene: Slice of Silent Movie).
  • Also when the Another Slice of H.A.M. quest was first released, the Jagex quest page had a different spoiler message. Instead of the usual message it said "Stop! H.A.M. time! No spoilers for you, this day." This refers to "Stop! Hammertime!" from the song "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer.
  • As well, in the Learning the Ropes tutorial, While down in the mine, you can examine an anvil and it will say 'Stop! Hammer-time.'
  • Searching a bookshelf in the Varrock library yields the titles "The King of Varrock and I", "Moby Richard the Pirate", "A Series of Catastrophic and Highly Unpredictable Occurrences", "Found", and "Conan the Librarian". These are, respectively, parodies of The King And I, Moby Dick, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lost and Conan the Barbarian "Conan the Librarian" is also the title of one of the shows shown on Channel U62 in Weird Al Yankovic's movie, UHF.
  • After completing The Fremennik Isles, players can talk to Olaf the Bard and he will say: "Us bards should stick together." This may be a pun on a line from the TV sitcom Bottom, in the episode called Finger. Eddie's (a man) initial chat-up line to one woman is: "Us birds should stick together." ("Bird" is an informal word for "woman" in England.)
  • The examine text for an ice titan is "Frosty the highly violent snowman." This is a reference to the popular song Frosty the Snowman.
  • The dead explorer in the Stronghold of Security wears the same hat as Link, the protagonist of the Legend of Zelda series.
  • The examine text of a piglet in Draynor Village reads "I shall call him...Mini-Pig." which refers to the Austin Powers series of films "The Spy who Shagged Me". Doctor Evil says "I shall call him...Mini Me" about his clone.
  • The quest Zogre Flesh Eaters may be a reference to the movie Zombie Flesh Eaters.
  • The examine info. for fires in Burgh de Rott is "Come bask in the fire's warm glowing warming glow.", a possible reference to the Simpsons Halloween episode, "The Shinning," which in turn is a parody of "The Shining".
  • The cat in the centre of the Sorceress's Garden minigame is named Del-Monty, after the large fruit corporation, Del Monte.
  • The region of RuneScape known as Morytania may be a reference to the real life African country of Mauritania, or more likely derived from Transylvania, the original country where Count Dracula ruled.
  • When talking to Joe, in the Prince Ali Rescue quest, he mentions "And some of the shouting I really enjoy, RESISTANCE IS USELESS!" which is a reference to the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy when Arthur and Ford are being thrown out of Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz's spaceship.
  • The Mos Le'Harmless Caves could be a reference to the book "Mostly Harmless" or the revised entry in the Encyclopaedia Galactica for humans: Mostly harmless in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.
  • The examine info of a Feather Headdress is 'It's fun to go to the O-B-E-L-I-S-K!', a reference to the well-known YMCA song.
  • The examine info of a Spirit Jelly is 'In RuneScape, acid gets indigestion from YOU!', a parody of a Russia reversal joke.
  • When you examine an open coffin in Edgeville, you get the message "I see dead people". This is either from the movie "The Sixth Sense" or the movie "The Haunted Manor".
  • When doing the quest Defender of Varrock, you unlock a song entitled Dream Theatre, a reference to the progressive metal band Dream Theater.
  • The tagline for the Player's Gallery released on Oct. 30th 2008 read "You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper" which is a line from the Reaper Rap at the end of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey.
  • When you examine Death during Halloween (when you die), the examine info is "Do not fear the reaper." This is a reference to the song "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult.
  • The title of the quest The Great Brain Robbery, is a reference to either the book The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park, or the very first motion picture, The Great Train Robbery.
  • When accessing the Ancient Guthix Temple through the Lumbridge Swamp Caves, the cutscene that occurs of the character being lowered down by a light being could be a reference to a similar scene in the movie The Abyss.
  • In the Stronghold of Player Safety, the player passes through a hole in the wall hidden by a poster. This is may be a reference to The Shawshank Redemption.
  • In the Stronghold of Player Safety, the jail bunk examine info is "This tiny rock hammer must have been used to create the chess set here." This is a reference to The Shawshank Redemption.
  • In the Giant Mole's lair, if you examine the small moles , it says," I shall call him, mini-mole." This is a reference to Austin Powers.
  • The Clan Wars arena's Kill Em All mode is most likely a reference to Metallica's debut album, Kill Em All.
  • The examine for the Ring of Fire (reward for lighting 6 beacons in he Beacon Lighting minigame which follows the All Fired Up quest) is "It burns, burns, burns". This is a line from the Johnny Cash song "Ring of Fire".
  • The examine information for the Pillars in the Brimhaven Agility Arena is "A small step for a player, a giant leap for player kind" quoted from Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon!
  • The Examine option for a Rapier is "the very butcher of a silk button", this was said by Mercutio when he was mentioning Tybalt and the latter's swordsmanship in the Shakespearean Play Romeo and Juilet.
  • In The Knight's Sword Quest, Distracting the guard is a direct reference to Kryten from the British comedy Red Dwarf. While trying to distract the Inquisitor, Kryten says "Could I possibly just distract you for a minute?"
  • It's possible the quest All Fired Up was named after the Pat Benatar song "All Fired Up".
  • The name of the quest Animal Magnetism could be a reference to the power described by the Austrian physician, Franz Mesmer, the "father of modern hypnotherapy", which he believed was the force which flows from a hypnotist to their subject, which puts the subject in a hypnotic state.
  • When you talk to the witch in the Animal Magnetism quest, she mentions shoving children in an oven. This is a reference to the fairy tale 'Hansel and Gretel'.
  • During the H.A.M. ambush in the Another Slice of H.A.M. quest if a player uses the nearby crossbow and takes cover to dodge attacks the battle becomes similar to light gun games, particularly, the Time Crisis Series.
  • The emote Zombie Dance, is a reference to Michael Jackson's hit single, Thriller, with the emote being a part of the dance in the Thriller music video.
  • After the quest, Tower of Life the room north of Homunculus in the basement has an interactive light floor which turns blue when you walk on it, similar to the disco dance floor in Saturday Night Fever or the music video Billie Jean.
  • When going to your home, it says "There's no place like home" from the 1939 "The Wizard of Oz".
  • The examine of the drummer beside Shilo Village reads: She bangs the drums. This is a reference to the song "She bangs the Drums" by The Stone Roses.
  • Examining an alchemist chart in a player owned house reads: "If there's a recipe for the philosopher's stone there, you can't see it". This is a reference to the legendary Philosopher's Stone
  • After giving a cowbell to a Ping & Pong in Cold War, they will play a song and say, "It needs more cowbell." More cowbell is an American pop culture catchphrase originally derived from an 8 April 2000 Saturday Night Live comedy sketch fictionalising the recording of the song (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult in which the record producer demands more and more cowbell until it is all that can be heard during the song.
  • Prince Ali from the Prince Ali Rescue quest may be a reference to the 1992 Disney adaptation of Aladdin.
  • If you ask Ali the Leaflet Dropper "What is there to do around here, boy?" he will answer "Listen carefully! I shall say this only once." This is the famous line from the TV series 'Allo_'Allo!
  • Fistandantilus (from legacy of seergaze) is a reference to the Dragonlance books. In that series Fistandantilus was one of the most powerful wizards in all of the "Dragonlance History". Using a powerful artefact, he was gifted with immortality and then "killed" while attempting to become a god. His soul was eventually shifted into Raistlin Majere, a wizard and main character in the novels. Raistlin goes on to become the most powerful mage ever, able to kill all of the gods, (which he almost did, but then learned that he would rule a dead and horrible world, so he refrained).
  • The wine salesman in Draynor by the name of Fortunato is a reference to an Edgar Allen Poe poem called a Cask Of Amontillado in which there is a man also named Fortunato who happens to be a wine connoisseur.
  • The polar bear Chuck is a reference to the spy Chuck in the NBC series of the same name. Chuck is also a reference to the movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, being the replacement for Larry after the quest The Hunt for Red Raktuber, which, in itself, is a parody of Hunt for Red October
  • The 12 Goblin Tribes from Land of the Goblins may be a reference to the 12 tribes of Israel.

See also

References

  1. ^ Postbag from the Hedge 16, RuneScape.com
  2. ^ "Postbag 26", RuneScape news archive (2007-12-20)
  3. ^ Back to the Future trivia at the Internet Movie database
  4. ^ Postbag from the Hedge 22, RuneScape.com
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