Fallout 4 cultural references
|This page lists well-established cultural references in Fallout 4.|
- 1 Aliens
- 2 The American Revolutionary War
- 3 The Andy Griffith Show
- 4 Back to the Future
- 5 BioShock
- 6 Apocalypse Now
- 7 The Bible
- 8 Blade Runner
- 9 The Blues Brothers
- 10 A Boy and His Dog
- 11 The Cask of Amontillado
- 12 Captain Planet and the Planeteers
- 13 Cheers
- 14 Christianity
- 15 Comics Code Authority
- 16 Dark Souls
- 17 Die Hard
- 18 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
- 19 Doctor Who
- 20 The Elder Scrolls
- 21 Fallout series
- 22 Fallout developers
- 23 Filene's
- 24 Full Metal Jacket
- 25 Grand Theft Auto IV
- 26 Good Will Hunting
- 27 Howard Philips Lovecraft
- 28 I, Robot
- 29 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- 30 Jaws
- 31 The Lone red seat
- 32 Mad Max
- 33 The Matrix
- 34 Mega Man
- 35 Missile Command
- 36 Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear
- 37 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- 38 NCIS
- 39 Ozymandias
- 40 Psycho
- 41 The Shining
- 42 The Simpsons
- 43 Sons of Anarchy
- 44 Star Trek: Voyager
- 45 Star Wars
- 46 Teddy Ruxpin
- 47 Titanic
- 48 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
- 49 Mannequin scenes
- 50 The Walking Dead
- 51 Walt Disney
- 52 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
- 53 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- 54 References
- The inscription on the back of the flux sensor – "FLUX SENSOR CM-88B 180924609" – is a reference to the USCSS Nostromo (reg. 180924609).
- After the completion of Road to Freedom, Glory will remark "Not bad, for a human." This is a reference to the same compliment the Synthetic Bishop gave Ellen Ripley.
However there is another one in the Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.215;
- When describing the random encounter "Feral Ghoul Pack" the guide describes the incident as;
You see a pack of frothing ferals. You’d better get back because it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night. Mostly.”
This is an almost direct quote from Newt to the space Marines.
The American Revolutionary War
There are several allusions to the American Revolutionary War, such as;
- The Commonwealth Minutemen whom are patterned kit and ideology with the Minutemen.
- Hancock takes his surname (and authentic garb) from one of the first men to sign the Declaration of Independence; John Hancock.
- The quest the The Battle of Bunker Hill is also named after one of the opening battles of the American Revolution. Furthermore the battle itself, along with its more recent counter part and several other battles, monuments, and historical sights are apparent.
The Andy Griffith Show
Back to the Future
Mister Gutsy often says, "There is nothing I like better than the smell of plasma in the morning." This is a reference to Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore from Apocalypse Now who says the line "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
- The Lifegiver perk continues to depict its Vault Boy icon in robes with a beard and halo, as common depictions of Jesus.
- Ahab and Jezebel are references to Ahab, king of Israel, and his wife Jezebel.
- The SAFE test of Covenant is an allusion to Voight-Kampff test, both are meant to discern whether someone is a human or replicant.
- The Trophy/Achievement Hunter/Hunted invokes Rick Deckard being stalked by Vault Boy.
- On the southwest corner of the Mass Fusion containment shed rooftop is corpse of a raider lying supine in front of a kneeling, deactivated synth. The setup alludes to the 'Tears in rain' scene at the end of the film.
- One could argue that Nick Valentine is a reference to Rick Decker, both being noir detectives whom may be repicants.
- The Synth Retention Bureau performs the same function as the Replicant Detection Division.
- Takahashi's single line "Nani ni shimasho ka?" and occupation, noodle seller is a reference to the "Noodle Bar" scene of the film.
The Blues Brothers
- One of the prisoner files in the BADTFL regional office describes a Jake Redds with a list of personal effects very similar to, but not identical to the effects of Jake Blues in the motion picture The Blues Brothers. Including a very similar weight and height to John Belushi.
A Boy and His Dog
The canine companion's name met at the Red Rocket truck stop is later reveled to be Dogmeat. This is a reoccurring theme throughout the Fallout series to name the dog companion after the insult Vic exclaims to Blood in the motion picture A Boy and His Dog.
The Cask of Amontillado
General McGann's corpse in The Castle tunnels, is lying next to a crate of wine containing "Amontillado" wine bottles. Opposite him is a skeleton chained behind a half-built brick wall, with a illegible placard. This is a references to Edgar Allan Poe's famous story The Cask of Amontillado. An apocryphal legend holds that the inspiration for The Cask of Amontillado came from a story Poe had heard at Castle Island (South Boston), Massachusetts, when he was a private there in 1827.
In addition the Amontillado bottle itself is branded with the name "Montressor". Montressor was the antagonist and the narrator of the story. Furthermore, it was "Bottled by P. Edgar" (in smaller print on the bottom of the label) is another reference to Edgar Allen Poe.
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
- The bar from the Sitcom Cheers makes an appearance in the Prost Bar. Wherein the entire layout of the establishment is set up as the Cheers Beacon Hill was during the eleven year run of the series, right down to one of the skeletons at the bar wearing a Postman's outfit (Representing the Cheers character Cliff Clavin.).
- Furthermore the word "prost," is German for "cheers."
Comics Code Authority
In the southwest of Bradberton there is a ruin of a small house with a Chinese officer sword sticking into a mound of ash in the living room. Behind these ashes is an alter with symbols for the sun and stars. Kindling a fire from the glowing embers produces three stimpaks, and taking the sword produces three more. This is a direct reference to the Dark Souls series, wherein bonfires are used to refill the health of the player character.
- The main character of Die Hard, John McClane is referenced through the actor whom played him throughout the series. Bruce Willis, is referenced on regional BADTFL Sergeant Dave Mallory's terminal. In the entry he laments – among other things – how he has to deal with loose cannon officers playing by his own rules. Specifically referring to a Willison whom regularly destroys private property.
- The message contained within Bottle message #5 - Difficult to kill is directly quoting John McClane; specifically the scene when he climbs through the air vents. Furthermore the scene it leads to is a reference to the movie; the skeleton in the bathtub has a teddy bear, a pack of duct tape and a gold plated flip lighter. These items are used prominently in the movie.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
The nuclear command room scene in the Fallout 4 intro is a direct allusion to Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
The Elder Scrolls
- Sweet rolls
- Taboo Tattoos
- Raider dialogue file needed "take a bullet to the knee"
- The logo for the sports team of the D.B. Technical High School – the Bears – is nearly identical to that of the Stormcloaks of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- The Robot parts models (Mister Handy, Mister Gutsy, Protectron, sentry bot, and the amalgamated spare parts kits) are the same models that appear in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, just downsized, rather than those that appear in Fallout 4.
- When traveling with Robert MacCready in the crypt tunnels beneath the Old North Church, he will say the phrase "Tunnel Snakes rule!". Learning it during his time in the Capital Wasteland, it is a quote (most likely) from Butch DeLoria and used by the Tunnel Snakes gang of Vault 101.
- The SAFE test of Covenant and the various Vault-Tec Corporation posters within the compound originate from Vault 101 and its GOAT test.
- The Happy Birthday sweet roll is likely to be a reference to the sweetroll given to the Lone Wanderer in Fallout 3, and yet another entry in Bethesda's long-running gag involving sweet rolls.
- In Vault 75 there are three instances of wooden blocks arranged in the name "Gary." This is a reference to the Gary clones of Vault 108. The first is in the western residential room on the mezzanine floor. The second is under the open vault door behind some crates. The last is in a cabinet inside one of the children's dormitories.
Several paintings found throughout the game feature the likeness of Bethesda Softworks employees.
- Todd Howard in the style of Napoleon Crossing the Alps.
- Vice Principal Pagliarulo shares a surname with Emil Pagliarulo; the leader designer and writer of Fallout 4.
Full Metal Jacket
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Grand Theft Auto IV
Nicole Connelly, the suspect of a grand theft auto prior to the Great War, is referred to as "NiCo" in the official log entry of the Boston Police Department. "NiCo" is a reference to the protagonist Niko Bellic in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.
Good Will Hunting
At the western entrance of the Commonwealth Institute of Technology is a reference to the motion picture Good Will Hunting. Specifically the scene where Matt Damon's character, Will Hunting – is an unrecognized genius who, as part of a deferred prosecution agreement after assaulting a police officer, becomes a client of a therapist and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor – solves the mathematics challenge – "homeomorphic irreducible trees of n=10" – put forth by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgård). On the chalkboard is two of these probables and they are solved by the janitor, whose skeletal remains are next to the mop, metal bucket and chalk. Furthermore Good Will Hunting takes place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Howard Philips Lovecraft
- Pickman and his gallery are lifted wholesale from H.P. Lovecraft's short story Pickman's Model.
- Dunwich Borers continues the references to The Dunwich Horror.
- The lost temple found below the Borers and Lorenzo Cabot's backstory are a reference to Ubar and Lovecraft's The Nameless City.
The General Atomics International employee Isaac and the three high-priority command routines he was forced to program into the Handy Eats robots' personality archetypes are a cultural reference to Isaac Asimov's I, Robot and its Three Laws of Robotics.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The very beginning of the quest Kid in a Fridge is a reference to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In which Indiana Jones survives a nuclear blast by hiding in a lead-lined refrigerator, similar to Billy Peabody.
In boats all around the Commonwealth there is the skeleton of a man with the remains of a tattered blue jacket and a blue bandana, alongside a machete and the corpse of a dolphin whale. Also underneath the boats is a cage. This is a clear allusion to the motion picture Jaws; specifically when Robert Shaw's character Quint is devoured by the shark.
The Lone red seat
The lone red seat in the right field bleachers of Diamond City is an allusion to the home run, hit by Ted Williams on June 9, 1946, was officially measured at 502 feet. The lone red seat (Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21) signifies the longest home run ever hit at Fenway.
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Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear
The monkey toy used as a motion sensor of sorts for traps throughout the game is a reference to Ella. The trained monkey that murders people in the motion picture Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The main and backbone of the characters of NCIS, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, is referenced on regional BADTFL Sergeant Dave Mallory's terminal. In the entry he laments – among other things – how he has to deal with loose cannon officers playing by his own rules. Specifically referring to a "maniac" Gibbs whom is constantly putting his life on the line.
Behind one of the doors in the Fun House spinning floor room is a reference to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. In the room a manikin holds a combat knife in front of a shower with a skeleton shielding itself in the exact manner as the infamous shower scene.
Sons of Anarchy
Star Trek: Voyager
Knight Captain Cade's greeting "Please state the nature of your medical emergency." is a reference to the emergency medical hologram's greeting "Please state the nature of the medical emergency." in the television series Star Trek: Voyager.
- The title of U.S. Covert Operations Manual issue 4 is "Not the Soldiers You're Looking For". This is a reference to the Jedi mind trick Obi-Wan Kenobi used on the Stormtrooper search party in Star Wars : Episode IV – A New Hope
- There is a miniature figure within the concrete roof within the Fizztop Mountain. It is an reference to Han Solo frozen in carbonite in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Furthermore when shot the figure bleeds.
The holotape series The New Squirrel is a reference to the once popular children's toy Teddy Ruxpin. The narrator of the stories, Storytime Simon, sounds similar to the toy and all the holotapes are found next to Teddy bears.
In Somes Sound, northeast of The Nucleus, is a skeleton scene wherein a female skeleton in a blue dress is lying on a red door, while a skeleton is clutching to end of the door. They are both face to face. This is an allusion to the flooting door scene in the motion picture Titanic.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The access code that Shaun gives for full access to his terminal – "9003" – is the same as the one John Connor uses to fraudulently withdraw cash from an automated teller machine in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
The Walking Dead
- Father Gabe
- A tractor can be found crashed into a fence, with a feral lying at the front end of the tractor, near the corpse of a settler who is trapped under it. This is a reference to the Episode 1 – "A New Day" of the first season of Telltale Games's The Walking Dead.
- John-Caleb Bradberton's method of survival is similar to the many myths surrounding Walt Disney.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
- The River of Quantum found in the Nuka World World of Refreshment ride is similar to the river of chocolate in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- BADTFL regional office terminals; Terminal, Prisoner 7DD3668
- The Cask of Amontillado
- BADTFL regional office terminals; Terminal, Log Entry 10/22/77
- Goodfeels: "Exterminate."
- Robert MacCready: "Tunnel snakes rule! *Laugh* Sorry, heard that a long time ago."
(Robert MacCready's dialogue (Fallout 4)) Note: This line is spoken in the catacombs of the Old North Church.
- Settler: ""
(Vault 88 settlers' dialogue)
- South Boston Police Department terminals; South Boston Police Evidence Terminal, CASE 114-GTA: Connelly Grand Theft Auto Logs
- Fallout 4 loading screen hints: "Free your mind."
- Codsworth: "'Tis but a scratch!"
- Nick Valentine: "My name is Mister Handy, tidier of things. Look upon this room I said I'd cleaned, and despair."
(Nick Valentine's dialogue)
- Beaver Creek Lanes terminals; Terminal, Bowler Scores and Handicaps
- BADTFL regional office terminals; Terminal, Prisoner 4CA8712
- Cade: "Please state the nature of your medical emergency."