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In Old World Blues, the Book Chute will reference using a cage over your head and a bag of mole rats, a direct reference to how the protagonist of 1984 was tortured in both the book and the movies. Old World Blues (add-on)


The Gun Runners' Arsenal challenge Even a God-King Can Bleed requires one to cripple Caesar's head with throwing spears. This is a reference to when Leonidas I of Sparta says that by the end of the battle he will prove that even a God-king can bleed, and does so by scoring a glancing blow across Xerxes's cheek with a thrown spear. Gun Runners' Arsenal


  • If the Courier has the Wild Wasteland trait, NCR Emergency Radio chatter includes the phrases "Game over, man, game over!" and "They're coming out of walls, they're coming out of the goddamn walls!" These two phrases are direct quotes from the film Aliens.
  • The kill challenge, Nuke it From Orbit, is a reference to a catchphrase that spawned from the Aliens quote, "nuke the entire site from orbit - it’s the only way to be sure."

Anarchists Cookbook

The skill magazine, the Patriot's Cookbook is a reference to the Anarchist Cookbook, a controversial book containing instructions on building homemade explosives. The in-game picture of the Patriot's Cookbook shows a "BANNED MATERIAL Marked for burn" stamp on the front cover.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Mr. New Vegas will end a news segment by saying "Stay classy, New Vegas" if the player character has the Wild Wasteland perk. In Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Ron Burgundy's signoff is "You stay classy, San Diego."


A Slave Obeys, a Gun Runners' Arsenal challenge, is a reference to the death of BioShock's villain, Andrew Ryan. The challenge requires you to kill Mr. House with a golf club, which references the way the player eventually kills Ryan in the game. The title of the challenge is a reference to the phrase Ryan repeats before he is killed: "A man chooses, a slave obeys." Gun Runners' Arsenal


  • The Gomorrah casino is a reference to the Biblical sin-cities Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • Jerusalem is a city in the bible, mentioned in scripture by Joshua Graham.
  • Edom is a location in the bible, mentioned in scripture by Joshua Graham
  • Babylon is an ancient city in the bible, mentioned in scripture by Joshua Graham

The Black Orchid

The cover of ¡La Fantoma! is a flipped replica of Adventure Comics 428, by DC comics. It is the origin issue of the character the Black Orchid.


Inside Brewer's Beer Bootlegging there is a sign for "Strategic Nuclear Moose" which is a reference to the real-life "Tactical Nuclear Penguin" imperial stout produced by Brewdog, a Scottish craft brewery.

Carmen Sandiego

During the Courier's investigation of a traitor at Camp McCarran, the traitor may utter the words "You're getting too close, Shamus." This is a line from the Carmen Sandiego line of video games.

David Caruso

During the Courier's investigation of the White Glove Society, they might encounter an investigator by the name of Crusoe who is possibly a reference to David Caruso, who has played investigator roles on NYPD: Blue and CSI: Miami.

Dean Martin

  • Ain't That a Kick in the Head is the title of a song, popularly sung by Dean Martin. The song itself also appears on Radio New Vegas.
  • Mr. New Vegas says "You're nobody 'till somebody loves you and that somebody is me." as one of his random opening statements. "You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You" was a song recorded by Dean Martin, among others.
  • The quest Volare! references the popular title of an Italian song best known in English through a translated version sung by Dean Martin. The original full title of the song is "Nel blu dipinto di blu" ("In the blue, painted blue").

Doctor Who

  • An NCR Emergency Radio broadcast references The Doctor, and the BBC, the network that Doctor Who is broadcast on. ("Bravo Bravo Charlie the Doctor is coming")
  • In combat, the Securitrons may yell "EXTERMINATE," the signature line of the Daleks.
  • Written on a pillar in a wine cellar in Dead Money is "I am not your mummy!" This is a reference to the two part episode "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances," in which the zombie-like enemies with gas-mask faces (who bear a remarkable resemblance to the ghost people in the add-on) ask everyone "Are you my mummy?" Dead Money
  • With Wild Wasteland enabled, the trauma override harnesses will say "Hey, who turned out the lights?", a reference to the Doctor Who episode Silence in the Library. In the episode, alien particles control a spacesuit containing a skeleton which repeats the dead wearer's last words over and over. Old World Blues (add-on)

Don Rickles

The Ghoul comedian Hadrian, first seen at the Atomic Wrangler, is a reference to comedy legend and Las Vegas icon Don Rickles. Hadrian's comedic style of one-liner insults to guests in the audience mirror's that of Don Rickles. A more direct reference is seen when Hadrian is performing in the Aces Theatre at The Tops. There he makes the comment "Swank is here, ladies and gentlemen, make yourself at home, Swank - hit somebody!". This is a direct reference to a joke Don Rickles once made to Frank Sinatra, where he said "Make yourself at home, Frank - hit somebody!".[1]

Dr. Strangelove

  • The achievement Love the Bomb is a reference to the film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
  • In a heavily trapped house in Nipton, just across the road from the General Store with a sandbag wall protecting the door, there is a note about "vital essence", in which the writer rants about "vital essence" in a paranoid tone very similar to General Jack D. Ripper's obsession with "precious bodily fluids" in the film "Dr. Strangelove."
  • The logo for the Atomic Wrangler is a reference to the famous scene in which Major T. J. "King" Kong rides a falling nuclear bomb like a rodeo cowboy.

Duck and Cover

The skill book Duck and Cover! is named after the practice taught to American school children to avoid harm if a nuclear war were to break out, namely to duck under a table or desk and cover their heads.

Elmer Fudd

If the player has Cass as a companion, when sneaking she occasionally says, "Be very, very quiet; we're huntin' shit heads." This is a direct reference to Elmer Fudd's famous quote, "Be vewy, vewy quiet; I'm huntin' wabbits."

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley is frequently referenced in quest names, but licensing his songs for the soundtrack proved too costly for the developers.[2]

The chalkboard in King's School of Impersonation

Army of Darkness

With the Wild Wasteland perk, when Dean Domino kills his first ghost person he will say "He's not dead... it's a trick. Get an axe." This is a reference to the 1992 horror comedy film Army of Darkness.


Euclid's C-Finder is a reference to the Greek mathematician Euclid, regarded as the "father of geometry."

Frank Sinatra

When the Courier wins 4,500 caps at Gomorrah the floor manager says "Looks like you're on a roll! Luck be a lady tonight!" This is a line from the song "Luck Be A Lady," written by Frank Loesser for Guys and Dolls, the Broadway musical about gamblers and their girls. Mr. New Vegas also mentions "lady-like luck" on the radio. Frank Sinatra played Nathan Detroit in the film version, but the song was actually sung by Marlon Brando(!) in that movie. Sinatra later made it one of his standards.

The quests My Kind of Town, One for My Baby, Come Fly With Me, Ring-a-Ding-Ding!, You'll Know It When It Happens, I Could Make You Care and Don't Make a Beggar of Me are references to songs sung and made famous by Frank Sinatra.


Inside the Cave of the Abaddon, there is a fossilized dog named Seymour. This is a reference to the Futurama episode "Jurassic Bark," in which Fry finds his dog Seymour fossilized. Seymour will only appear if the player has the Wild Wasteland trait. Lonesome Road (add-on)

La Longue Carabine

Corporal Sterling, a member of First Recon at Camp McCarran will, if asked about his gun, state that it is known as "La Longue Carabine." This is a reference from the book Last of the Mohicans, in which La Longue Carabine is one of the nicknames for both Natty Bumppo and his rifle.


With the Wild Wasteland trait, the player character can talk to Rex, and receive a map marker indicating the location of somebody (named Jimmy) who fell into a well.

Loch Ness Monster

After raising the B-29 from Lake Mead during the quest Volare!, Mr. New Vegas will talk about sightings of something rising out of lake mead that locals have dubbed the "Lake Mead Monster" and how all the photos of it so far are grainy and underexposed. This is a reference to the Loch Ness Monster.

Logan's Run

In Old World Blues, the trait Logan's Loophole is a reference to the 1976 science fiction film Logan's Run based on the 1967 novel of the same name. Old World Blues (add-on)

Mister Las Vegas

Wayne Newton is known as Mr. Las Vegas. He voices the radio personality Mr. New Vegas.

Monty Python

  • At Cottonwood Cove, spray-painted on one of the buildings is "ROMANES EUNT DOMUS" (Romans go home), which is a reference to Monty Python's The Life of Brian. This only appears with the Wild Wasteland trait.
  • Inside one of the church basements at Camp Searchlight are three Holy Frag Grenades, a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. These also only appear with the Wild Wasteland trait.
  • Another Monty Python and the Holy Grail reference appears during the quest They Went That-a-Way. When you first talk to Jessup, he will express shock at your survival. One of the possible responses to this is "I got better." This phrase used in this context is one of the many running jokes of the aforementioned film.
  • With the Wild Wasteland trait, one will be confronted by Maud's Muggers, a gang of elderly hoodlums, outside of Cerulean Robotics. This is a reference to the skit, "Hell's Grannies" from "Monty Python's Flying Circus."
  • The food item squirrel on a stick is likely a reference to the food item "rat on a stick" in "The Meaning of Life."

Obsidian Entertainment

  • The Basincreek Building is an inside joke referencing Obsidian Entertainment's former office building. It contains several things which at one point happened at Obsidian's old office building, such as a car crashing into the building, the bathroom flooding several times, having an ant infestation, a rat dying behind a wall causing the entire building to smell, and someone punching a hole in the men's bathroom.
  • In the South Vegas Ruins, there is a small building called Zapp's Neon Signs. Inside, on a terminal at the bottom of the building, there is a neon sign order from Scott Evert, a reference to Scott Everts.
  • The evil gnome has a formid of Scottegnome.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Marcus might say when attacking: "one fist, two fist, red fist, blue fist". This is a reference to the Dr. Seuss book One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.


The unique Mister Gutsy Ironbelly's line, "There's nothing I like better than making some other poor bastard die for his country!" is a version of a line from the 1970 movie Patton: "Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."


Other songs

The Princess Bride

  • With the Wild Wasteland trait, rodents of unusual size can be encountered in various places. The protagonist of the film, Wesley, states that he doesn't believe that rodents of unusual size exist, before promptly getting attacked by one.
  • The challenge I Am Not Left Handed is a reference to Inigo Montoya's line from the sword fight with The Man in Black in The Princess Bride.

Professional Wrestling

During the quest G.I. Blues when heading over to the Old Mormon Fort in Freeside, there are three men in one tent named Roy, Wayne, and Farris. The three names put together are a reference to Roy Wayne Farris, a professional wrestler who wrestled for WWF and WCW during the 1980s and 1990s as "The Honky Tonk Man."

Six String Samurai

The name and icon for the New Vegas Samurai achievement is a reference to the Palm Pictures film Six-String Samurai. The guitar, stubble, and glasses are all references to the film's main character, Buddy.


The two passwords for the Eastern and the Western reflector control terminals are text encoded in hex and can be found in the notes. The decoded Eastern password is Too many secrets and the Western decoded password is My voice is my passport. - both are notable passphrases in Sneakers.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

In the add-on Old World Blues with Wild Wasteland on near by the Construction site the player will be able to find seven garden gnomes stood facing the red stones, with a number of pickaxes on the ground. This is a reference to the children's story Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs about a girl who escapes her evil stepmother and lives with a small group of dwarven miners. Old World Blues (add-on)

Something Awful

  • The abbreviated console command for disabling Hardcore mode is "Babby," a reference to a meme that originated on the Something Awful website. In addition, the word "Babby" is often used as a pejorative in various Something Awful subforums.
  • A Wild Wasteland encounter found near Goodsprings consists of a man in glasses named Johnny found dead at the edge of a cliff. Johnny is surrounded by various objects including five ace cards and four orange balls. This is a reference to Zybourne Clock, a failed amateur game project that originated on Something Awful.

Soylent Green

Salient Green is a reference to the 1973 film Soylent Green. Old World Blues (add-on)

Star Trek

  • The perk Set Lasers for Fun is a reference to the phrase "Set phasers to stun" from Star Trek.
  • The damage challenge "Beam (Weapon) Me Up" is a reference to the phrase "Beam me up, Scotty." It comes from the oft-quoted, but never used in the show, order that Captain Kirk gives his chief engineer, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, when he needs to be transported back to the Starship Enterprise.
  • After updating House's Securitrons to Mark II, they may say "Obedience Brings Victory." This was one of the main catch phrases used by the Jem'Hadar in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. This may be a further reference to the voice of Mr. House, René Auberjonois, who played Odo on Deep Space Nine.
  • During combat, if Marcus is hit by an enemy weapon, he may occasionally cry out, "I am NOT a merry Mutant!" This is a reference to Michael Dorn's role as Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation, specifically the episode "Qpid," in which Worf protested to being given the role of a "merry man" in Q's Robin Hood recreation. This is also a reference to Fallout 2, as Marcus says the same line as the Chosen One's companion.
  • When dealing with The Kings in Freeside for Ambassador Crocker if you have the Wild Wasteland trait, Ambassador Crocker will tell you "Damn it, I'm an ambassador, not a doctor!" It's a clear reference to the "I'm a doctor, not a {type of profession}" line of quotes from Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek.
  • Some of the ICBMs derelict or otherwise that you encounter during the Lonesome Road expansion, including the one you end up launching, are Titan Vs.

Star Wars

  • The Wild Wasteland trait adds an encounter in the town of Nipton. If you follow the road from city hall east, you will find a burning house with the skeletal remains of Owen and Beru, Luke Skywalker's uncle and aunt who were burned by stormtroopers in A New Hope.
  • The challenge "...And Know Disintegrations" is a play on Darth Vader's line in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • During the quest You'll Know It When It Happens, Ranger Grant asks you to report what has happened at the top of the guard post when you kill a Legion assassin, one of the dialog options when responding to him is to say "Everything's fine up here, thank you. How are you?." This is a reference to A New Hope, when Han Solo says the same thing while he and Luke Skywalker rescue Princess Leia from the Death Star.

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

The Courier Who Broke the Bank is a reference to Joseph Jagger (1830–1892), a British engineer who was widely known as The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo.

The Rat Pack

The group of actors/singers of the 1960s, the Rat Pack, made up of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop, is poked fun at by the Rad Pack Revue, the group of entertainers working at The Aces theatre in The Tops. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin both performed songs used in Fallout: New Vegas.

The Simpsons

The Radiation King company is the manufacturer of the Simpsons' television on the cartoon of the same name.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The theme, location, climate, and design of Sierra Madre is loosely based on the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The film is about prospectors hunting for gold in the Sierra Madre, threatened by bandits, elements, and worst of all, personal greed. Dead Money

The Wizard of Oz

  • In Boulder City when Victor meets up with the player, if the player responds with "I don't like being followed." Victor will say "Now now, it's not my fault that Dorothy and the Tin Man happened to be on the same yellow-striped road, is it?"
  • In Old World Blues Dr. Mobius refers to a group of murderers who were looking for a heart, a brain, and courage or a spine which they had all along. Old World Blues (add-on)

This is Spinal Tap

During the quest Ant Misbehavin', when asked by Loyal about what frequency a sonic emitter would need to have to kill mutated ants, with insufficient Science skill, the player can suggest to "turn it up to eleven." This is an idiom, coined in one scene from This is Spinal Tap, referring to the act of exploiting something to its utmost abilities. The idiom itself is a reference to the volume setting on a guitar amplifier, the maximum of which is usually 10, and by "turning it up to eleven," one goes beyond the maximum.

Tootsie Roll Pops

  • The quest The Legend of the Star is a reference to a decades-old rumor regarding Tootsie Roll Pop wrappers that dates back to the 1930s.

Vegas Vic

Victor's name as well as the image used for his face is based on Vegas Vic.

W.B. Yeats

In the underpass near the Nipton Road reststop there is a piece of graffiti which states "The centre cannot hold," a quote from the Irish poet W.B. Yeats's poem "The Second Coming."

World War I and II propaganda

The NCR propaganda posters are similar to propaganda from the WW1 and WW2 eras.


Adamantium Skeleton is a reference to Wolverine. This perk was carried over from Fallout 3.