The hidden references in World of Warcraft

Haggle is much like his Labyrinth counterpart Hoggle, a disgusting gnome obsessed with trinkets and trash. You can find him on the Ironforge side of the Deeprun Tram station.

This is a great one. You’ll find Blizzard’s hilarious take on He-Man, Battle-Cat, Orko and Skeletor doing the rounds as Arathi Basin battlemasters in the Lower City area of neutral Shattrath City.

Men in Black
Area 52 in the Netherstorm is packed with bizarre references, but it’s these Goblins in Black that stand out for us. Leave town and they’ll even zap you with a Neuralyzer debuff that says “The flash of light you did not see did not erase your memories.” Cute.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Let it never be said that the folks at Blizzard lack a sense of humor. Canny players passing through the Dalaran Underbelly can spot a level 80 rat instructing four level 1 turtles surrounded by vials of green ooze. No sign of Bebop or Rocksteady, though.

Silence of the Lambs
First there’s Clarice Foster character in Thunderbluff (with her lips sewn shut). Then there’s a quest in Dire Maul North to make an ogre-skin suit, which eventually angers an ogre to say “It puts the tannin in the basket or it gets the mallet again!”

Star Trek
There are more Star Trek references than we care to count. So here are the best you can find: a Chief Engineer Scooty in Booty Bay, a Sprok in Gnomeregan, and a be-goggled Jhordy Lapforge in Gadgetzan. Nice.

You’ll find a mysterious vault on an island in Sholazar Basin. Try to open it, and you’ll see the numbers: 5, 9, 16, 17, 24, and 43, a rather unsubtle play on the reoccurring digits in the television show, LOST.


  • 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. 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.
  • 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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