Portal 2 Easter egg guide: 30 secrets and references you may have missed

Turret song translated

Behold, our favorite Portal 2 Easter egg by far. You thought the turret opera during the single player’s ending was heart-achingly beautiful already? When the lyrics have been translated from Italian to English and you realize how much bittersweet metaphor is woven into every line, you’ll get chills. When you reflect on the possible relationship between GLaDOS and Chell, you might cry. And when you notice that this is actually the voice of GLaDOS – Ellen McLain is an opera singer in addition to a voice actress – you’ll want to put the video on repeat. Forever.

Co-op cake ingredients

At the start of each cooperative course, above the menu you use to choose which test chamber you’d like to play, are two monitors with orange text running across them. Mixed in with a bunch of nonsense programming code are ingredients for the cake from Portal 1 (stuff like “chocolate cake mix,” “coconut frosting” and, of course, “fish shaped crackers”). A monitor like this was also present in the first game… it’s possible this is the exact same monitor copied over to Portal 2.

Co-op companion cube

Course 4, Test Chamber 9
Unlocks “Party of Three” Achievement / Trophy

What’s the significance of this particular Companion Cube, and why is it so well hidden? It can’t be Chell’s original cube from Portal 1, as that was kicked out at the end of Portal 2’s single player, which takes place before the co-op. Regardless, simply catching a glimpse of this treasure will earn you an Achievement / Trophy… the trick is even getting to a place where that’s possible. Our video can point the way.

Portal 2 meets Super 8

Technically not an Easter egg, but too cool and – since it’s unavailable to console players – too overlooked not to at least mention. Dumped without much promotion in the Extras menu of the PC version is an interactive Super 8 trailer that allows you to explore the classified government train car featured in the J.J. Abrams / Steven Spielberg summer movie. Study maps, listen to radio transmissions… oh, and crash in a fiery explosion, then be attacked by terrifying aliens. The usual.


Yeeeeaaaah, we’ve captured and freeze-framed a lot of trash chutes during the making of this feature, desperately hoping to prove this screenshot real. Sadly, we’re pretty sure it’s a fake. Still, we want to believe. Enjoy either way, and let us know if you’ve found any other Portal 2 Easter eggs by commenting below.

May 11, 2011

Portal 2 single player walkthrough
Video solutions to every puzzle in Portal 2's single player chapters


Portal 2 cooperative walkthrough
Our Portal 2 co-op video guide will help you and your frustrated friend from killing each other


Portal 2 Achievements and Trophies guide
Portal 2 has some tricky Achievements and Trophies to hunt down. Fortunately, we've got videos to help




  • Nick90 - May 26, 2014 6:24 a.m.

    Great, thank u guys!
  • CaveJohnson - April 22, 2014 7:12 p.m.

    Guess what everyone? You can actually see Doug Rattmam in the game!!!!!! During turret opera, you can see him traveling with his companion cube! hehe..... I won't tell when or where you will see him.. >:-) A little gift from CaveJohnson ;-)
  • KingAntonius - August 18, 2014 5:57 p.m.

    Holy hand grenades...he's there! He almost didn't look human, extremely paranoid though.
  • pierre-jassogne - September 22, 2014 2:01 p.m.

    it's not rattman , it's a frankenturret . sorry dude
  • jack-white - April 9, 2014 6:20 p.m.

    Hmm is that box at the end a message from GLaDOS or rat mans companion cube think of that one
  • Denelz - April 4, 2014 1:52 a.m.

    Anyone els noticed the moon cycle on the ceiling in the firs chapter among the paintings done by Rattman. The numbers are mirrored and it's some weird markings within the cycle. WHY MIRRORED NUMBERS?!?!
  • Zeusthemonk - January 1, 2014 9:59 p.m.

    One easter egg is when that you can leave the game and outside of the game is Glados and the cake with the companion cube
  • realdealman456 - March 3, 2014 6:14 p.m.

    How do you do that
  • McKnight - September 2, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    Here is a weird one, in the co-op hub if you jump off the right side you can clearly see a lamp post.
  • DiscardedSlinky - August 19, 2013 1:32 p.m.

    I read through all the comments and here are the ones you missed. 1.)My favorite one which is Rat Man muttering to himself behind a wall in the den with the secret commentary and coffee mugs. Stand close to the wall with the Mural and listen closely. This is what you'll hear: There is also a way to get under the room though there is nothing exciting down there. Shoot a portal through the fan in the middle of the room. 2.)A really funny one which is a Fat Turret in the elevator before you ride up. In the raw files of the game it is named "turret_wife" 3.)One I found myself actually which is in Chamber 7 the Companion Cude very softly plays the turret opera theme. 4.)A core (Possible Atlas, or Wheatly) peeking his head out of a panel near the lift in chamber 7. I can't find a good video for this but I found it in the game myself 5.)You can trap yourself in many test chambers in Portal 2 which will comes with funny dialog. 5.5.)Kinda a Easter egg, but if you look closely in the turret opera you can see one of Wheatly's box turrets crawling around and a Companion cube jumping. 6.)In the very first room of the game not only does the Painting change to the moon and darkness the walls do aswell. Having a surfer on the beach being replaced with a wolf howling at the moon. 7.)SirMcMuffintosh gave a fantasic one. In the second Rat Man den, you see the file with papers flying out. Look at the numbers--- ----That made me wonder... Why those numbers? So, I decided to look around, and found this--- 8.)The third project at the "Bring your daughter to work day" expo is signed by one "Alyx". This means that either Eli or his wife or both have worked at Aperture once.
  • SherlockandWatson - June 26, 2013 7:53 p.m.

    In Ratman den #7 if you throw a portal in the room underneath the big fan on the floor I'm told (well not really TOLD I saw a youtube video that just told you how to get there then ends) you can find Doug Ratman muttering to himself! ( I am on my way to chamber 17 to see if this is true)
  • Qwert5638 - June 13, 2013 11:32 p.m.

    Has nobody noticed the leopard-spotted turret during the cara Mia song? Look for it, it's at the back. Huge Easter egg!
  • zane-cole - June 24, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    its kinda hard to miss haha, that's the king turret,
  • pingpongpanda - June 9, 2013 12:17 a.m.

    You know the painting changes after you go to sleep? Well its the same thing with the wall with the palmtrees. It goes all stormy lol!
  • Dommo - February 21, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    In Cara mia there are these following things 1. There is the heart companion cube doing flips and flying in the background of the bit where there are the turrets in the rooms before that huge hall 2. Just after king turret does the loud base you can see one of wheatelys Franken cubes (turret cube morphs) walking along the row of turrets 3. That big turret from the quartet in the chamber 4. The painting of chell in the room where you get the blue gun there is e satanic voice that the other comment , there also a lab rat reference : the chell painting is the front picture
  • amelia-mia-garcia - July 17, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    They missed something on this list. In chapter 3 chamber 17 they say if you dont have commentary on there's nothing there. When you go into Ratmans hideout on a normal game if you stand by the graffiti wall with the picture of chell painted on it turn the volume up and make sure the music is on, if the music is off you wont hear it. When you stand by the wall you can hear Ratman chanting in the depths somewhere. Its barely audible but someone used software to clean up the sound. What he's chanting : Guilty, Doug Rattman! Nothing is a must; who's in charge? I had no choice! Help me, Uncle Johnson; help me to design. Look at me,.....combustible lemons. Mutilation, mutilation comes to [garbled] shift has started. The shift has started; I let you down, men. I feel pain in me now, pain; it's a horrid fume!.. She is dead, she is! Please, look at me, Doug! Children!... The prisoner's gone! The metal voice won! [garbled] Johnson! Will you help me? Help me work, Cave
  • Wouzz - March 18, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    Tremendous compilation, I started a new game just for it! :) As a modest contribution, here's one I just found myself while playing, and that does not seem to be part of your (awesome) list: In Part 8 - chamber 15, at the beginning when Wheatley starts tearing apart another room on the right, stare closely at the part of the room that does not move (on its left). Zoom in and... WHOA! Who's this ? :) Here's a video of it, not by myself though: [SPOILER ALERT]
  • poly_dog - February 6, 2012 5:53 p.m.

    I was replaying the beginning part (The Courtesy Call) and found something that *might* be an easter egg. Remember Portal, where a cake icon was displayed on the sign for the test chamber? In place of that is where the incinerator leads to (the part where you replace the template turret with the defect, and you later see the turrets falling into there after being thrown in the incinerator). Just thought that was interesting... It's in the lower right corner. That's where the cake icon used to be.
  • poly_dog - February 6, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    In addition: I noticed this in test chamber 4 at the beginning of the test chamber. I'm not sure if it's in any other ones. Please let me know if it is.
  • randomfangirl - January 28, 2012 4:20 a.m.

    since you added the Moby Dick quote... At some early point in the game, GlaDOS starts telling Chell that "[she] saw a deer today". This is also the title of one of the songs in the official sound track. It seems to be a misspelled qoute from Robert F. Young's "The Dandelion Girl", a scifi short story, were, on the first meeting between the two main characters, the following is said: "Day before yesterday I saw a rabbit, and yesterday a deer, and today, you." This is interesting because: a) There are plenty of time traveling references once you reach the 1952 aperture's facilities. b) The story is about a girl traveling back in time and becoming her husband's secretary before marrying him. Something about Cave and Caroline's relationship might be implied here.

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