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The hidden references in World of Warcraft

Blizzard loves its Easter eggs, and so do we. There are literally hundreds of hidden references to popular movies, television shows, music, and videogames. There are even nods to classic literature for you wordy types. Here’s a collection of some of our favorites along with details on how to hunt them down.


Film and Television

The Big Lebowski
There are a few Big Lebowski references in WoW, but the release of WotLK brings the best in the form of dwarves Lebronski, Walt, Donny and a quest involving a soiled rug, located on the Howling Fjord.

Ace Ventura
Brave players will find a gnome named Finkle Einhorn in the literal belly of The Beast in Upper Blackrock Spire. His name refers to Jim Carrey’s crazed transsexual foe in the first Ace Ventura.

Apocalypse Now
Colonel Kurzen is located in Kurzen’s Compound in Stranglethorn Vale. The story of how he got there matches closely with the life of Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando.

Austin Powers
A certain maniacal Doctor Weavil and his Number Two are part of the epic ‘The Scepter of the Shifting Sands’ quest line. The former is on Alcaz Island in Dustwallow Marsh, the latter in Winterspring.

Forrest Gump
Firstly, you’ve got Flower vendor Bernard Gump (Florist Gump, geddit?) in Stormwind City. Then you’ve got Fishing Trainer Gubber Blump in Darkshore, who knows a few too many ways to cook crab…

Ghostbusters
You’ll find a certain ‘Egan’ in Eastern Plaguelands, who’ll give you The Restless Souls quest, which sees you using Egan’s Blaster to release the tormented ghosts of Stratholme. Don’t cross the streams!

 

Indiana Jones
You’ll find Harrison Jones, famed explorer and dashing archaeologist first in Zul’Aman and then in the Drakil’jin Ruins in eastern Grizzly Hills. Speak to him, and he’ll even don his trusty fedora for you.

Fight Club
Undead players will be familiar with Tyler, Edward, Marla and Chloe of the Undercity’s War Quarter, all characters (or actors) involved in Fight Club. Of course, we’ve broken the first two rules by telling you this.

32 comments

  • animeaddictoid - May 27, 2010 7:41 a.m.

    Not Sure if it's been commented on yet but somewhere you can find a tomb with the name 'Nova' on it and a cloaked human or blood elf with it which is a reference to StarCraft:Ghost
  • Fallen_Pumpkin - May 23, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    @nadrewod999 What is your problem? If you don't play WoW, don't read an article about it? In fact it isn't even so much about WoW, its an easter egg article. It saddens me that idiot fan boy's like yourself are allowed a membership on this website
  • AuthorityFigure - October 30, 2009 8:44 a.m.

    A reference becomes satire/parody when a game chooses to source this much material. Stupid WoW...
  • Auron - October 26, 2009 1:57 p.m.

    They forgot to put 'Oprah Windfury' in.
  • KidKobun - October 23, 2009 11:56 p.m.

    Kyle: [trying to convice Cartman to give it up] Dude! Boars are only worth two experience points a piece. Do you know how many we would have to kill to get up 30 levels? Eric Cartman: [pulls out a piece of paper] Yes. 65,340,285, which should take us 7 weeks, 5 days, 13 hours and 20 minutes, giving ourselves 3 hours a night to sleep. What do you say, guys? You can jus... you can just hang outside in the sun all day tossing a ball around. Or you can sit at your computer and do something that matters...
  • Mavarious - October 23, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    Fancy Rat - 20 hours 45 minutes ago @nadrewod999 God forbid a game review site should write an article about a video game. qft
  • TestDDs - October 23, 2009 7:14 p.m.

    World of warcraft i hate you! but the article is good
  • Ded - October 23, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    @JohnnyMaverik BioShock didn't invent the diving suit ;) Plus that NPC in World of Warcraft has been around long before BioShock was released.
  • johnthestrange - October 23, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    you forgot bambi...xD ah well, good article tho!
  • Kipper - October 23, 2009 10 a.m.

    @ EDfromRED the minimum requirements for WOW are very low, as you can see by the simplicity/ugliness of the graphics compared to other contemporary PC or console games. http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/faq/technology.html Since the annual subscription will cost you $155.88, you may want to consider the costs in addition to the costs of upgrading your pc from whatever its current specs are. http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/faq/general.html
  • JohnnyMaverik - October 23, 2009 9:50 a.m.

    Looking at the in game pic on "Ace Ventura" me thinks some1s been ripping on Bioshock...
  • comm22 - October 23, 2009 7:42 a.m.

    what about Gorge the Corpsegrinder? named after george the corpsegrinder from cannibal corpse...i dont know where to find him but its intresting i guess lol
  • EDfromRED - October 23, 2009 6:38 a.m.

    Awesome article, whenever I upgrade my computer out of the stone Age I'll have to check out WoW.
  • stuartramone - October 23, 2009 5:54 a.m.

    don't know if it's still there haven't played in a long time but there used to be quest called 'strange brew' from npc 'Mackenzie' i believe. Liked the easter eggs in wow.
  • TheWebSwinger - October 23, 2009 4:29 a.m.

    Grabbiest article bi-line ever. I don't even play WoW, but I clicked on this article.
  • SandroTheMaster - October 23, 2009 2:30 a.m.

    The "Ultrasonic Screwdriver" deserved a mention, not to mention the Mechagnomes are a stand-in to (among many others) the Cybermen. "You'll be be upgraded... I mean, decursed!"
  • Fancy Rat - October 23, 2009 12:47 a.m.

    @nadrewod999 God forbid a game review site should write an article about a video game.
  • BlackElement17 - October 23, 2009 12:47 a.m.

    I would have mentioned that Oprah runs the orphanage in the west area of Hellfire Peninsula.
  • oufour - October 23, 2009 12:22 a.m.

    the scuba suit looks more like a big daddy then something from ace ventura.
  • Hurricrane - October 23, 2009 12:03 a.m.

    I'd say that this would make me play WoW to find the Star Trek refernces... but I'd be lying

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