Friday Top 5: Pop Culture References

There are literally hundreds of references in World of Warcraft.  It’s almost impossible to play the game (save perhaps pure battlegrounds/arena play) without coming across at least one.  Some are more subtle than others and honestly some are more obscure.  From characters to quests Blizzard tosses the references out in a myriad of ways.  These five are my personal favourites.

5. Adam Eternum/Keldor
This one is was actually pretty obvious in Shattrath City. Adam Eternum used to be (edit: no idea when he was removed) the Arathi Basin battlemaster, complete with “Battle-Tiger.” This is a direct reference to He-Man (costumes and all), including his Horde counterpart Keldor (aka Skeletor)

4. Segacedi
This one is just a chuckle for those of us around (and old enough to remember) during the Sega Genesis era. Segacedi is the name of a Shark in the Dalaran sewer. Sega introduced the addon component “Sega CD” to the system in 1992 and the first game for it was Sewer Shark.

3. Zod’s Repeating Longbow
Probably not anything fancy in the name, but the description confirms the Superman enemy reference. Looted from Lady Deathwhisper in Icecrown Citadel, the caption sums it up. “Kneel before him.” is clearly a reference to the phrase “Kneel Before Zod” in Superman II.

2. Slim <Shady Dealer>
Another one that’s pretty obvious just looking at it.  What’s even better is that he’ll tell you “I’m not Slim” in reference to Eminem and the song “The Real Slim Shady” which was of course about his nickname Slim Shady.

1. Curse Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal!
There are several references to Firefly in World of Warcraft but this one is my personal favourite. It happens during a quest in the newly dried up Loch Modan and is uttered by a Gnoll while he’s attacked by Murlocs. It played out slightly different in the television show’s opening episode.

There are many, many, more references in the game, and plenty of others that were removed during many of the various changes made to the game.  These happen to be mine.  What about you?  Any personal favourites?  Perhaps a different one that’s no longer in-game?

5 thoughts on “Friday Top 5: Pop Culture References

  1. tomeoftheancient February 24, 2012 / 11:28 am

    I’ll have to take a trip to Loch Modan for that one. Every time I see a Firefly reference in WoW I drag out the Firefly DVDs again. Luckily my husband likes Firefly too, or he’s being polite, hard to say, lol.

    • JD Kenada February 24, 2012 / 11:30 am

      Yeah, the quest chain starts with a drunk female Dwarf in Thelsamar. She’s a hoot!

  2. Navimie February 25, 2012 / 5:40 am

    Oh God, JD don’t get me started, I have so many posts about pop culture references… I’ll try to name my top 5:
    1) Datalore Smallsphere – the first part of the name is from Data and Lore, the twin androids from Star Trek next gen, and the second part is a pun on Short Round – the little asian kid in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, who also acted in the Goonies and his character name there was Data.
    2) Lady La-La – is the BEST rare in game IMO with music and everything
    3) Only the Penitent… – this achievement is where you kneel to avoid Domo’s flame and is from Indiana Jones (only the penitent man will pass)
    4) Loguhn – this wolvar with his fist weapon claws looks like Logan (Wolverine) from Xmen
    5) It’s so hard to choose, but I think that the group of 5 draenei walking around in Exodar (Tobin, Audred, Emony, Curzon and Torias) is pretty cool because they are all from Star Trek DS9 – they are the names of previous hosts of Dax.

    I’ll link you my posts on all the pop culture NPCs I’ve done so far JD (hahaha blatant post plugging FTW!)

    Oh! And you didn’t mention that Oricoe is standing in your pic next to Adam Eternium (Orko). I can see him with his red hat and robes.

    • JD Kenada February 25, 2012 / 7:42 am

      Nothing wrong with self-plugging!

      And yes, there are SO many. Darn it all, with the ones you mentioned I now have the urge to watch Last Crusade again.

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