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
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)
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?