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A Christmas Story[]

One of the Fanatics' generic combat taunts is "Careful! You'll shoot your eye out!". This is a reference to the 1983 holiday film A Christmas Story, in which main character Ralphie Parker is frequently told the same thing when he asks for a BB gun for Christmas.

"A sense of pride and accomplishment"[]

"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]


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At the AVR Medical Center, in the "Employees Only" area on the first floor, one can find a Jangles the Moon Monkey doll lying on a stretcher with a toy alien attached to its face. This is a reference to the "facehuggers" from the Alien franchise.

Alice in Wonderland[]

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  • 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, at the unmarked location known as party time diners. There is a table at the top of the mountain reminiscent of the Mad Hatter's tea party, and several hats and board games are found around the table in-game.

American Psycho[]

The description of the Roast Thrasher, featured in season 17, Pioneer Scouts: Skyline Valley, reads "Look at that subtle golden brown skin. The tasteful crispness of it. It even has a garnish!" This is a reference to the 2000 film American Psycho, paraphrasing a quote spoken by Patrick Bateman, from a famous scene in the film in which the bankers compare their business cards: "Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark."

Apocalypse Now[]

Gunther Jenkins' line "Don'tcha just love the smell of irradiated ash in the mornin'?" is a reference to a similar quote from the 1979 war film Apocalypse Now, spoken by the character Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

Back to the Future[]

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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. However, this is not necessarily simply a reference to Albert Einstein, but more so Einstein the dog from Back to the Future.


  • The description for the Heroic Photomode pose in the Atomic Shop is "You may not be the hero Appalachia wants... but you're the hero Appalachia NEEDS." This is a variation on a similar phrase from the 2008 Batman film The Dark Knight, said by Commissioner Gordon: "He's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now."
  • One of the Smiling Man's greetings is "Ever dance with a devil under a blue moon?" This is a reference to a similar line from the 1989 film Batman, said by the Joker: "Ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?"


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Hey, look out for that dog!

FO76 Point Pleasant Beetlejuice door

In case of emergency, draw a door.

There are two references to the 1988 film Beetlejuice in the Forest:

  • At the covered bridge near the Wayward, there is a wrecked truck with a skeleton wearing a dress next to it, another skeleton hanging out of the passenger's side, and a dog's bandana that can be taken behind the truck. In Beetlejuice, the characters Adam and Barbara Maitland die after crashing their car on a covered bridge while swerving to avoid hitting a dog. This reference was added early in development during an art pass by environment artist Megan Sawyer, whose favorite film is Beetlejuice.[3]
  • Another reference to Beetlejuice can be found at the church in Point Pleasant. On the outer wall facing the graveyard, a door has been drawn in chalk, complete with an "O" for a doorknob. In an important scene from the film, Adam Maitland draws a door on a similar brick wall, and the door opens after following the instructions in the "Handbook for the Recently Deceased."

Big Brother[]

The Insult Bot was inspired by The Zingbot from the reality TV series Big Brother.[4] The Zingbot and Insult Bot both say "Zing!" after their one-liners.

Biggest Ball of Twine[]

According to Giles Sweetwater, the world's Biggest Ball of Twine is located in the state of Kansas, though he notes that there is some controversy over this subject.[5] The real-life world-record holding biggest twine ball in terms of circumference is located in Cawker City, Kansas, and there have been multiple other contenders for this title across various U.S. states.

Breaking Bad[]

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Just north of Sugar Grove is an unmarked location called the barrel burial site. There, an individual was given pre-War money to bury some containment barrels.[6] The scene of their skeleton (in a lab coat), the partially buried barrels, a Pick-R-Up truck, several stacks of cash and a gas mask all reference a scene from Breaking Bad in which Walter White buries barrels full of money driven by a truck to a remote location in the desert.

Bruce Springsteen[]

The Road to Atlantic City trailer, which announced the Expeditions: Atlantic City update, contains references to the lyrics of the 1982 song "Atlantic City" by Bruce Springsteen. It replaces the lyrics "Put your makeup on and fix your hair up pretty, and meet me tonight in Atlantic City" with "Put your Rad-Shield on and fix your hair up pretty, because we're headed for the boardwalk of Atlantic City."

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory[]

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[]

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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.


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Ms. Gudkina

Devil May Cry[]

Part of the Fallout Worlds update, the world type “Dweller Must Die” is a reference to the Devil May Cry series and its hardest unlock-able difficulty Dante Must Die that has appeared in all games. Additionally, both the Dweller and Dante Must Die difficulty modes generally achieve the same effect of difficulty by making enemies tougher/more resistant and do increased damage to the player.

Distant Drums / Wilhelm Scream[]

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

Dog Day Afternoon[]

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.


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  • 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 iconic weapon which first appeared in the Doom franchise, that has been published by Bethesda Softworks after ZeniMax Media's acquisition of id Software in 2009.
  • Trogs in the Pitt may occasionally say "Rip...tear..."[verification overdue] This is a reference to the iconic Doom phrase "rip and tear," which was first uttered in the 1996 Doom comic book, and was popularized with DOOM (2016), when it is said before the start of the first level by the character Novik in a voiceover: "They are rage, brutal, without mercy. But you, you will be worse. Rip and tear, until it is done."
  • "Rip and tear" is again referenced in the name of the Expeditions: Atlantic City achievement/trophy Rip and Tear, which requires the player to kill 10 Lesser Devils with a melee weapon.


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[]

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You're finally awake...

  • 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 cinematic.
  • 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..."
  • Rudy Fernandez will occasionally say "Rudy has wares, if you have caps." This is a reference to a similar line spoken by the Khajiit in Skyrim ("Khajiit has wares, if you have coin.").
  • 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 The Elder Scrolls series.[8]

Fallout: New Vegas[]

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.

Fahrenheit 451[]

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The streetcar with the number 451 on it

In the The Pitt Industrial, there is a street car that is numbered "451." This is a reference to the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Another one of his works, "There Will Come Soft Rains," is also referenced in Fallout 3 at the McClellan family townhome.

Family Guy[]

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The deceased park ranger

At the Stony Man Lookout, there is a deceased park ranger posed in a unique position. This has led players to believe it is a Family Guy reference, as he is posed very similar to Peter Griffin in an episode of the show. The "Family Guy Death Pose" resurged as a meme in 2022.

"Friends in Low Places"[]

The achievement/trophy Friends in Low Places references the Garth Brooks song of the same name.


Game of Thrones[]

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In the Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide, an unmarked location north of the Sunshine Meadows industrial farm, consisting of two skeletons on toilets, is named Game of Thrones. This is a reference to the HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones.[9]


Joey Bello's line "Damn, I could really use another hit from that pipe. If I could just remember where it was..." appears to be a reference to a Garfield comic strip in which Jon Arbuckle wonders where his pipe is, only to discover that Garfield has been smoking it. The strip, from July 27, 1978, became an Internet meme in 2017 following a Lasagna Cat video.


Joey Bello's line "What, like a clown? You think I'm here to make you laugh?" appears to be a reference to the 1990 mobster film Goodfellas, in particular a famous scene in which Tommy DeVito asks protagonist Henry Hill "I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown? I amuse you?"

Google Home argument[]

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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.[10]

Gustav Klimt[]

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The "Lady in Gold" painting, a piece of environmental art found at the Whitespring created by Christopher Ortega, is based on Gustav Klimt's 1907 work Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.


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.


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 Shakespeare's play Hamlet.

Harry Potter[]

  • During the event Test Your Metal, a Golden Eyebot will roam around the arena, similar to the Golden Snitch from Quidditch in the Harry Potter series.
  • 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.[11]

Headlight fluid[]

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.

Hunter S. Thompson[]

Jack Hunter's holotape style is a reference to gonzo journalism, a personal, experience-based narrative form of first-person journalism which was popularized in the 1970s by Hunter S. Thompson. Both Hunter and Thompson have "Hunter" in their names, were raised in Kentucky, and used copious amounts of drugs that influenced their musings. The Decadent Metal Dome, in particular, is a reference to a famous article by Thompson, "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved."


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Inside a fridge at the Whitespring Golf Club, there is a toy 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[]

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.

I Survived[]

In the Photomode Frame bundle, a frame exists with the text "I Survived... THE MOTHMAN." This could be in reference to the children's book series I Survived, which documents historical events such as the Black Plague or 9/11 from the perspective of a child that survived the event.

James Bond[]

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

Jesco White[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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

"Little Miss Muffet"[]

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[]

During the quest Strength in Numbers, Polly requests the player to carry her, saying "You heard the man, Silver. Hi-ho."[12] This is a reference to the Lone Ranger's catchphrase upon getting on his horse, Silver.


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There is a picnic table at the glamping site 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.

Mad Max: Fury Road[]

Graffiti saying "Oh what a day What a lovely day" and "Who killed the world?" can be found in the Metal Dome, which reference the quote said by Nicholas Hoult's character Nux as he drives his car through a sand storm, and writing on the wall in the area in which Immortan Joe keeps his wives respectively.

Midnight Cowboy[]

One of Joey Bello's idle lines is "Oh, I'm walkin' here!" It is described in his script notes as "the classic NYC line," and is a reference to the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy, in which character Ratzo Rizzo says the same thing in a quote that has entered popular lexicon.

The Magic School Bus[]

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In the 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[]

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"[]

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

The Mist[]

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[]

Riverside Bathroom

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."[13]

Monty Python[]

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"[]

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.


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?"[14] "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[]

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.

National Lampoon's Animal House[]

Mentioned-only party animal and Pi Kappa Mu member Theodore Dorfman's name is a reference to Kent Dorfman from the 1978 comedy film National Lampoon’s Animal House.

Neil Armstrong[]

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[]

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[]

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At Fort Defiance, there is a room on the first floor, in the southern non-Brotherhood wing, with a skeleton lying in bed, wearing a nightcap and a pillow over its face. This is a reference to the ending of the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, where McMurphy is smothered with a pillow while in an asylum.


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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[]

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[]

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[]

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.[15]

Robin Hood[]

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[]

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.

Ronald Reagan[]

During the first conversation with Digger in Secrets Revealed, the player has the option of telling him "We're from the government. We're here to help." This is a reference to a popular quote from real-world U.S. President Ronald Reagan (served 1981-1989), who once said "The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

The Shining[]

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The Simpsons[]

In conversation with Xerxo, the player character can say "I, for one, welcome our new Zebulonian overlords."[16] This is a reference to a quote from The Simpsons episode "Deep Space Homer," during which news broadcaster Kent Brockman says, "And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords."

The Sound of Music[]

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In the Fallout 76 live action trailer, a woman in a country-style dress is seen spinning with her arms outstretched while firing dual-wielded 10mm submachine guns. This is a reference to the 1965 film The Sound of Music in which its protagonist portrayed by Julie Andrews goes to a field and sings while making a similar movement. An edited version of this scene was posted as a GIF where Julie Andrews's character fires a pair of submachine guns which became an Internet meme. Four years later after the launch of Fallout 76, a new emote called "The Hills Are Alive" allows players to recreate the reference.


When Lane Platte is first introducing himself in dialogue, the player has the choice to respond with "I'm something of a Responder myself, actually." This appears to be a reference to a similar line from the 2002 film Spider-Man, spoken by character Norman Osborn: "I'm something of a scientist myself." The Spider-Man line later became an Internet meme.

Star Trek: The Next Generation[]

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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[]

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[]

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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.


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In the middle of the dry Summersville Lake, east of the Lakeside Cabins and near a red boat, there is a female skeleton lying on a door, reaching out to a partially-sunken arm from another skeleton. The scene mimics the characters Rose and Jack from the 1997 film Titanic.

Toy Story[]

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East of Bleeding Kate's Grindhouse, there is a Comrade Chubs teddy bear strapped to 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 grill of his vehicle.

True Detective[]

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."

The Twilight Zone[]

The note Time enough at last, found in the Pitt, is a reference to the 1959 The Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last," which is about a book lover in a post-apocalyptic, anti-intellectual world. The list of names featured in the note are references to real-world people involved with the episode: Venable being Lynn Venable (the original short story writer), Brahm being John Brahm (the episode director), Sterling being Rod Serling (the teleplay writer and The Twilight Zone presenter), and Meredith being Burgess Meredith (the actor who played main character Henry Bemis).


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.


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

We Bare Bears[]

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.[17]


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[]

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

Zero Wing[]

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.[18]


  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. Meet Megan Sawyer - Senior Environment Artists at Bethesda Game Studios
  4. BGS_Steve on Bethesda Game Studios' official Discord
  5. Vault Dweller: "A Giant Teapot. In Appalachia. Really?"
    Giles Sweetwater: "But of course, friend. Before the owners settled on the Teapot, they had considered making the world's Biggest Ball of Twine. But there was already considerable controversy on that account. If you ask me: Kansas."
    (Sweetwater's dialogue)
  6. Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 476: "The Mire (Zone B) - Secondary Locations
    31. Barrel Burial Someone was paid stacks of cash to bury some barrels at the edge of the Mire. The prewar money is still there, as useless as the skeleton."
    (Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Atlas of Appalachia)
  7. BGS Official: Easter Egg, 15 June 2021
  8. 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."
    (Sara Matthews' dialogue)
  9. Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 293: "The Forest (Zone A) - Secondary Locations
    28. Game of Thrones: Two skeletons face off on a leafy hillside, each sitting on a toilet. The duel doesn't end well for either party."
    (Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Atlas of Appalachia)
  10. Thousands of People Are Watching Two Google Homes Argue With Each Other on Twitch
  11. Snape Kills Dumbledore at Know Your Meme
  12. Polly: "You heard the man, Silver. Hi-ho."
    (Polly's dialogue)
  13. Fallout 76 Makes Monster Factory's 'The Final Pam' Canon
  14. 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)
  15. *Record Scratch* *Freeze Frame* at Know Your Meme
  16. Vault Dweller: "I, for one, welcome our new Zebulonian overlords."
    Xerxo: "Good. I'm glad you're able to see the forest for the trees, even though you burned half of them down."
    (Xerxo's dialogue)
  17. We Bare Bears comparison
  18. Fallout 76 unused content Interrogatron: "Assessment - all your secrets are belong to us."
    (Interrogatron's dialogue)