This page lists all cultural references in Fallout 76.
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"A sense of pride and accomplishment"[edit | edit source]

"A sense of pride and accomplishment" being one of the workplace benefits at the Mount Blair trainyard is a reference to the most downvoted Reddit comment in history. In response to criticism against steep requirements for unlocking iconic characters in the 2017 game Star Wars Battlefront II, a corporate account for Electronic Arts replied by saying that "the intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes." The comment was widely mocked and seen as disconnected from the playerbase.[1][2]

Alien[edit | edit source]

In the AVR Medical Center, one can find a Jangles the Moon Monkey doll lying on a stretcher with a toy alien attached to its face on the first floor, reminiscent of a facehugger from the Alien franchise.

Albert Einstein[edit | edit source]

Inside the doghouse of the isolated cabin is a mathematical formula written in chalk: R_{\mu \nu} – \tfrac{1}{2} R g_{\mu \nu} + \Lambda g_{\mu \nu} = \frac{8 \pi G} {c^4} T_{\mu \nu}. This is an Einstein field equation, first published by Albert Einstein in 1915.

Alice in Wonderland[edit | edit source]

  • Behind the counter at the Giant Teapot, there is a series of wooden blocks that spell out "LATE" next to a scrap of paper with "10/6" written on it. These are references to the Lewis Carroll novel Alice in Wonderland.
  • Another Alice in Wonderland reference can be found east of the Tyler County fairgrounds, with a table in the woods reminiscent of the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Beowulf[edit | edit source]

The tale of the "nightstalker" wendigo at the Sons of Dane compound mirrors the Old English epic Beowulf, in which Hrothgar, King of the Danes, and his men are repeatedly attacked by a foreboding creature while dining.

Breaking Bad[edit | edit source]

Just north of Sugar Grove, there are several partially buried blue barrels with money on top of them and a skeleton nearby in a lab coat. This references the scene from Breaking Bad in which Walter White buries barrels full of money in the desert.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory[edit | edit source]

Willie is a deceased ghoul in Appalachia whose body holds The Golden Holotape, a reference to the Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Willie's name is similar to that of Willy Wonka, the owner of the chocolate factory, and the "Golden Holotape" replaces the "Golden Ticket" needed to enter the factory.

Colossal Cave Adventure[edit | edit source]

In the glassed cavern, there is a small area full of ultracite ores and a series of wooden blocks that spell out the word "PLUGH." This is a reference to Colossal Cave Adventure, a text adventure game from the 1970s. One scenario from the game involves the player character hearing the word "plugh" coming from a hollow voice in a dark pit.

Developers[edit | edit source]

Distant Drums[edit | edit source]

The memetic "Wilhelm Scream" is briefly heard in a promotional video for Fallout 76.

Dog Day Afternoon[edit | edit source]

Pre-War bank robber Al Wortzik's name is a reference to the 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon, a movie inspired by a real-life bank robbery. The character Sonny Wortzik is played by actor Al Pacino, and Al Wortzik's name is a combination of these two.

Doom[edit | edit source]

A set of wooden blocks in the apartment building with the Nuka-Cola billboard on the east side of Morgantown spells out "BFG," a reference to the weapon first appearing in the Doom franchise, published by Bethesda Softworks since 2010.

Dril[edit | edit source]

The final line of the note Skeleton extraction guide is a reference to a well-known tweet from popular Twitter user @dril, stating that "if your grave doesnt say "rest in peace" on it you are automatically drafted into the skeleton war."

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim[edit | edit source]

  • The raid decals used by the raiders are strikingly similar to the Shadow marks used by the Thieves Guild in Skyrim, down to sharing the "loot" and "empty" marks.
  • At the Mount Blair trainyard, there is a series of wooden blocks that spell out "WE KNO" next to a framed picture with a bloody handprint on it. This is a reference to the Dark Brotherhood's mysterious note in Skyrim.
  • On a path west of Vault 96, there is a carriage carrying three dead settlers that resembles the intro scene of Skyrim. It is a possible location to wake up at after drinking Nukashine, referencing Skyrim's player character waking up in the carriage during the opening cinimatic.
  • One question in the Medic Pioneer Scout exam involves a patient that has been shot in the knee. One incorrect answer is to "advise Ricky to give up on adventuring," a reference to the memetic line "I used to be an adventurer like you. Then I took an arrow in the knee..."
  • Sara Matthews voices her distaste for the name of the Brotherhood of Steel and floats the "Dark Brotherhood" as a potential different name for them. This references the Dark Brotherhood, an order of assassins which appears in Skyrim.[3]

Fallout: New Vegas[edit | edit source]

A cannibalistic raider group that previously existed in Appalachia were known as the Gourmands. In Fallout: New Vegas, the White Glove Society operated a restaurant named the Gourmand, likewise serving human flesh.

Futurama[edit | edit source]

The terminal entry "Good news, everyone!" found at the RobCo Research Center is a reference to the animated series Futurama. Professor Farnsworth's catchphrase in the show is "Good news, everyone!" which appears on the Immobile weapons research terminal.

Google Home argument[edit | edit source]

The random encounter with two Mr. Handies talking back and forth in an endless loop is a reference to a January 2017 video stream of two Google Home devices (also named Mia and Vlad) stuck in a loop asking each other questions.[4]

Hackers[edit | edit source]

The last sentence of the note My advice, "It's in that place where I put that thing that time," is a reference to the 1995 film Hackers. The character Ramόn Sánchez says the same thing while making a phone call from prison.

Hamlet[edit | edit source]

Squires R. Rosen and Gilden, the last known survivors of the original Appalachian Brotherhood of Steel, are a reference to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, characters who always appear as a pair in William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.

Harley-Davidson[edit | edit source]

Harley Wheeler, a prisoner at Eastern Regional Penitentiary, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for five counts of grand theft auto. Considering their name and crime, Harley is most likely a reference to Harley-Davidson, Inc., a motorcycle manufacturing company.

Harry Potter[edit | edit source]

TestZach, a test cell in the game's files, has the display name of "Snape Kills Dumbledore." This is a reference to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This crucial event in the plot was widely spoiled before the book's release, turning the phrase into a meme relating to spoilers as a whole.[5]

Headlight fluid[edit | edit source]

Headlight fluid, a trolling bait and meme used to send someone on a search for something that doesn't exist, is referenced in the R&G Processing Services terminal entries, when Manager Jarrett Delgado suggests giving a job to Pat Rhodes involving the nonexistent item. Headlight fluid was popularized through its appearances on radio shows and the Rooster Teeth series Red vs. Blue.

It[edit | edit source]

Inside of a fridge at the Whitespring golf club, there is a clown holding a red balloon in reference to Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King's It, who is often menacingly portrayed with a red balloon.

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark[edit | edit source]

During the quest Mother of Invention, when extracting the mysterious component from the machine core at Fort Atlas, the player character is given the option to quickly swap it out with a heavy sack of dirt. This is a reference to what Indiana Jones does in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, while stealing a golden idol from a temple in Peru.

James Bond[edit | edit source]

The name of the quest From Russia With Lev is a reference to the 1957 James Bond novel, and later the 1963 movie From Russia, with Love.

Jesco White[edit | edit source]

Jesse "The Dancin' Bandit" White, a pre-War country singer who had a set list for a concert at The Rusty Pick, is a reference to Jesco "The Dancing Outlaw" White, a folk dancer from West Virginia. The set list also contains a number of real-life country songs, including ones by Jason Isbell and Jamey Johnson, among others.

Jim Croce[edit | edit source]

Leroy Brown, a guard at Eastern Regional Penitentiary, shares a name with a character in the song "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce.

The Kids in the Hall[edit | edit source]

The Garrahan Mining Headquarters terminal entries mention a Family Fun Day event featuring the band Rod Torfulson's Armada. This is a reference to the Canadian sketch comedy show The Kids in the Hall, which featured a rock band with the same name.

Killing Them Softly[edit | edit source]

The perk card design for Enforcer parodies a poster for the 2012 film Killing Them Softly, in which Brad Pitt plays a mafia enforcer named Jackie Cogan.

The Legend of Zelda[edit | edit source]

Vendor bot Raiders reference a famous line in The Legend of Zelda, saying "it's dangerous to go alone."

Little Miss Muffet[edit | edit source]

The title of the quest Who Sat Down Beside Her is a reference to a line of the nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet.

Lone Ranger[edit | edit source]

During the quest Strength in Numbers, Polly requests the player to carry her, saying "You heard the man, Silver. Hi-ho."[6] This is a reference to the Lone Ranger's catchphrase upon getting on his horse, Silver.

Loss.jpg[edit | edit source]

There is a picnic table at a campsite west of the Pumpkin House with seven beer bottles on it that are positioned in reference to "Loss," an infamous comic that often takes a minimalist form in Internet memes, using just seven lines in a sequence.

The Magic School Bus[edit | edit source]

In a parking lot outside of Camden Park, there is a school bus with a series of wooden blocks spelling out "MAGIC" lying on the dashboard. In the driver's seat is an orange tie Mr. Fuzzy with a clipboard and a clown hat, a reference to Ms. Frizzle from the educational cartoon The Magic School Bus.

The Man Who Fell to Earth[edit | edit source]

The title of the quest The Woman Who Fell to Earth, is a reference to the title of the novel "The Man Who Fell to Earth" and its 1976 film adaption.

Mary Had a Little Lamb[edit | edit source]

The name of the operation «MARY'S LITTLE LAMB» in the Calvin's security code is a reference to an English language nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb.

The Mist[edit | edit source]

The fog crawlers could be an allusion to the arachni-lobster creature from Stephen King's novella The Mist. The similarities include a mysterious crustacean, which dwells in an unnatural fog.

Monster Factory[edit | edit source]

Near the Kanawha Nuka-Cola plant, there is an unmarked riverside cottage that references the webseries Monster Factory by Justin and Griffin McElroy. Characters from their Fallout 4 series are mentioned at the house. The name "PAM" is spelled out in wooden blocks on top of the TV and there is a dapper, wedding-ready radroach in the bathroom, a reference to the character Roachie. In the series, Pam claims that her real son is a coffee tin, and the same item can be found in a crib in the cottage. The destroyed Mister Handy is a reference to Codsworth, whom Pam calls her "metal husband."[7]

Monty Python[edit | edit source]

The lumberjack Protectrons at Gilman lumber mill will occasionally say "Lumberjack Protectron works all night and also works all day," a variation on a line from "The Lumberjack Song."

The Most Dangerous Game[edit | edit source]

The holotape The Addington's Dangerous Game references "The Most Dangerous Game," a short story by Richard Connell in which the protagonist is stranded on a Caribbean island, where he is hunted by an aristocratic big game hunter, a similar situation to the proposal Westley Addington makes.

Murderhobo[edit | edit source]

Johnny Weston will refer to the player as "Captain Murder-hobo" in conversation during the setup of the quest The Ol' Weston Shuffle should the player character ask "Why don't we just go there, kill everyone and save Hal?"[8] "Murder hobo" is a term related to role-playing games (usually in table-top games) to describe players that are unattached to the context and events being presented and solve all problems with wanton violence.

Murdoch Mysteries[edit | edit source]

At the Top of the World, there is a customer comment terminal. One of the entries contains references to the Canadian mystery TV show Murdoch Mysteries on CBC. The heading reads "W. Murdock & J. Ogdin," which are references to the titular character of the television show (William Murdoch) and his wife, Dr. Julia Ogden. The text also refers to a "Crabtree Burger," which is a reference to another character on the show, George Crabtree. Finally, one of the burger ingredients is listed as "Canadian Bacon," which is a nod to the show's origin and shooting location.

Neil Armstrong[edit | edit source]

The name of the quest One Small Step is a reference to the first words spoken on the Moon, said by Neil Armstrong: "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." However, in the Fallout world, Captains Michael Hagen, Richard Wade and Mark Garris were the first humans to walk on the Moon.

The Office[edit | edit source]

In the Camden Park terminal entries, Marty Porkins is promoted to the position of Assistant to the Park Manager, before the title is changed to Assistant Park Manager. This is a reference to a running gag from The Office, in which Dwight Schrute (in the U.S. version) or Gareth Keenan (in the U.K. version) repeatedly claims that he is the Assistant Regional Manager, forcing others to correct him with his actual position, the Assistant to the Regional Manager, a much less valuable title.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest[edit | edit source]

At Fort Defiance, there is a room with a skeleton lying in bed, wearing a nightcap and a pillow over its face. This is a reference to the ending of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, where McMurphy is smothered with a pillow while in an asylum.

Peanuts[edit | edit source]

In the woods near Vault 76, there is a doghouse with a skeleton sprawled on its roof, baseball items lying on the ground outside and a birdhouse on a nearby tree. These are references to Snoopy, Woodstock and other characters from the comic strip Peanuts.

Pied Piper[edit | edit source]

The Eyebot Pied Piper random encounter is a reference to the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who leads rodents by playing music to clear out a town's rat infestation.

Rebel Wilson[edit | edit source]

Pre-War prisoner "Rebel" Wilson shares a name with Rebel Wilson, an Australian actress and writer best known for her portrayal of the character Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect film series.

Record scratch - freeze frame[edit | edit source]

The note My story, found at the Tyler County fairgrounds, is a reference to an Internet meme about a movie cliché in which a record scratch is played while the film freezes on a particular frame, followed by a character explaining how they got themselves in a particular situation. It was first popularized on 4chan's /tv/ board in 2015.[9]

Robin Hood[edit | edit source]

The perk images for the Archer, Expert Archer, and Master Archer reference the English folk hero Robin Hood. Hood was a legendary archer who in most pop culture depictions wears a green cap with a feather in it and facial hair similar to the Master Archer perk card.

Rodney Dangerfield[edit | edit source]

The note Rodney's poem, added to Clancy Manor in Wastelanders, is a reference to stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Each line of the poem is a punchline to one of Dangerfield's famous one-liners.

The Shining[edit | edit source]

  • Torrance House contains multiple references to The Shining, including the "redrum" scene, the fire axe and the hedge maze. The name itself is also a reference to the main characters of the film.
  • On the second floor of the former Allegheny Asylum, there are wooden blocks that spell out "redrum" on the floor.

The Simpsons[edit | edit source]

Dick Shale's audio tour of Uncanny Caverns references a running gag in The Simpsons, where character Troy McClure greets his viewers with "Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You may remember me from such [films, educational videos, voiceovers, etc.] as..."

Star Trek: The Next Generation[edit | edit source]

Tanagra Town and the "Darmok + Jalad" graffiti in the bus stop there are references to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Darmok." In the episode, an alien ambassador from a race that communicates using metaphors constantly makes reference to "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra."

Thomas & Friends[edit | edit source]

The train-version of Vault Boy seen on the Ordnance Express perk card shares a striking resemblance to Thomas the Tank Engine, the protagonist of the children's television series Thomas & Friends.

Throw Momma from the Train[edit | edit source]

The note Untitled is a reference to the opening scene of Throw Momma from the Train, in which character Larry Donner suffers from writer's block and can only come up with "The night was" on his typewriter.

Titanic[edit | edit source]

In the middle of the dry lake east of the lakeside cabins, there is a female skeleton lying on a door, reaching out to a disconnected skeleton arm. The scene mimics the characters Rose and Jack from the 1997 film Titanic.

Toy Story[edit | edit source]

East of Bleeding Kate's Grindhouse, there is a Comrade Chubs teddy bear sitting on the front of a truck on the highway. This is a reference to the ending of Toy Story 3, where the antagonist, teddy bear Lotso, is found by a trucker and tied to the front of his vehicle.

True Detective[edit | edit source]

The mycology notes found at the abandoned Bog Town directly quote Rust Cohle from the first season of the TV series True Detective, stating that "time is a flat circle."

Videodrome[edit | edit source]

The first line of the holotape Cultist - Mind's Eye - The cathode ray tube is the retina to the mind's eye - is a direct reference to the 1983 film Videodrome, wherein the character Dr. Brian O'Blivion states "The television screen is the retina of the mind's eye" and further posits depictions on television are as a real as raw experience for the viewer.

Wasteland[edit | edit source]

The name and gameplay of the video game Wastelad is a reference to Fallout's spiritual predecessor Wasteland.

We Bare Bears[edit | edit source]

In a tower at the Palace of the Winding Path, where the child's note is found, there is a stack of three teddy bear variants that resembles the main characters of We Bare Bears, an animated television series that began airing in 2015.[10]

Willow[edit | edit source]

In the 1988 film Willow, a character named Madmartigan is found in a crow's cage - a single occupant suspended cage. This is similar to how Hank Madigan dies at Top of the World.

The Wizard of Oz[edit | edit source]

In a terminal entry found in Harpers Ferry, Ella Ames writes that "We're not in Kansas anymore!" which is Dorothy's first line upon arriving in Oz.

Zero Wing[edit | edit source]

In the unused quest Extreme Measures, one of the lines used by the Interrogatron in the event of the player character's death is "Assessment - all your secrets are belong to us." This is a modification of one of the lines from the poorly translated introduction to the European console port of the arcade game Zero Wing, "All your base are belong to us", which has since become an internet meme.[11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mount Blair trainyard terminal entries; supervisor's terminal, Update Benefits
  2. Congratulations to EA for Posting the Most Hated Comment in Reddit History
  3. Vault Dweller: "What do you think about the Brotherhood?"
    Sara Matthews: "Brotherhood of Steel? I mean, Steel is cool and all, but kinda lame, right? Should have been like... Brotherhood of Terror... Brotherhood of the Night... Like a Dark Brotherhood or something."
  4. Thousands of People Are Watching Two Google Homes Argue With Each Other on Twitch
  5. Snape Kills Dumbledore at Know Your Meme
  6. Polly: "You heard the man, Silver. Hi-ho.
    [verification needed]
  7. Fallout 76 Makes Monster Factory's 'The Final Pam' Canon
  8. Vault Dweller: "Why don't we just go there, kill everyone and save Hal?"
    Johnny Weston: "Whoa, kick it down a notch, Captain Murder-hobo. That's plan B. Plan A is all about safety and finesse."
    (Johnny Weston's dialogue)[verification needed]
  9. *Record Scratch* *Freeze Frame* at Know Your Meme
  10. We Bare Bears comparison
  11. Interrogatron: "Assessment - all your secrets are belong to us."
    (Interrogatron's dialogue)
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