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ZEITGEIST List of Pop Culture References in Zeitgeist

Frankie1969

Explorer
Zeitgeist has a bunch of references that people might not get if they don't know the source material. I only know a few of them, so please add to the list.

SPOILERS AHEAD, obviously.

updated by info from hirou, Elfshire, Andrew Moreton, MrPereira, and of course Ranger Wickett

Part 1: Functional References (match events/capabilities/behaviors, possibly also name or appearance)

Name
Ch
Reference
Ash Wolf0Insanity Wolf internet meme
The Dreaming0Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman
Mad Shootist (beams)0Metroid games (Samus Aran's power suit)
Rock Rackus0Kanye West (musician)
The Family0Italian Mafia (and Godfather movies)
The Obscurati0The Illuminati (conspiracy)
Lt Dale, coffee & cherry pie2Twin Peaks TV show (Dale Cooper)
Dr Wolfgang von Recklinghausen & Andrei2Frankenstein (characters)
Gale & Tinker Oddcog24 Color to Fantasy game (characters)
Mindmaker & Steelshaper2X-Men comics (Professor X & Magneto)
Wand of Expelliarmus2Harry Potter (spell)
RHC's "S.C.P. Division"5SCP Foundation games
Operation Paperclip6Cold War recruiting of former Nazi scientists
Nicodemus "cigarette smoking man"7X-Files TV show (character)
[4E] "Beshela uses Splash against each enemy.
It's super effective."
7Pokemon (quote)
The Primo8Final Fantasy VI game (Ultros)
Fourmyle & Gully Foyle
10The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester (character)
Mojang10Minecraft game (creator)
Lost Riders
11Metalocalypse TV show (Dethklok band)
Bhoior12Discworld novels (A'Tuin)
Doverspike12Order of the Stick webcomic (Familicide)
Dunkelweiss12German dark beer style
Kinava Monks12Avatar TV show (airbenders)
Damata "Masked Avenger"13Zorro
???

Part 2: Shout-Out References (match name but not functionality)

Name
Ch
Reference
Elfaivar0Legend of Five Rings (L5R) games
[4E] Monument of War "Cannon Overture"01812 Overture by Tchaikovsky
Han, Luc & Lya Jierre1Star Wars movies (characters)
The House Elf2Harry Potter (character)
"Make Them An Offer"2Godfather movie (quote)
"Monsters, Inc"2Monsters Inc movie
Colonel Harlock3Captain Harlock anime
"The Leone, The Lich, and the Snowglobe"7The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
"Mission Impossible"7Mission Impossible show
"Brave New Worlds"7Brave New World novel
"Splinter Cell"7Splinter Cell video game
Reason, the Diplomatic Rifle7Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson (firearm)
"Apocalypse Then"8Apocalypse Now movie
"Raiders of the Lost Arc"8Raiders of the Lost Ark movie
"One Does Not Simply Walk Into Methia"8Lord of the Rings movie (Boromir quote)
"I Don't Think We're In Danor Any More"8Wizard of Oz (Dorothy quote)
"That is Not Dead Which Can Eternal Lie"9Call of Cthulhu
"Much Ado"9Much Ado About Nothing play
"Elementary Deductions"9Sherlock Holmes
Iratha Ket12Eartha Kitt (singer, dancer, actress)
???

Part 3: Wink & Nod References (match appearance but not functionality)

Name
Ch
Reference
Stover Delft
1Mark Sheppard
Thames Grimsley1William Shatner
Aodhan Lesterman1Clarke Peters
Roland Stansfield1John F Kennedy
Rutger Smith1Che Guevara
Harkover Lee1Ricardo Montalban (Mr Roarke)
Asrabey Varal1Shahrukh Khan
Heward Sechim2Cleavon Little (Sheriff Bart)
Nevard Sechim2Bill Cobbs
Gale2Katrina Kaif
Verzubeck Tantovlich4Patrick Stewart
???
 
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hirou

Villager
Red veil in adventure 2, Lt. Dale "Coffee and cherry pie" technique - Twin Peaks (apparently, I still haven't watched it)
Primo - Ulthros from FFVI (see recent thread http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?653513-Who-s-That-Crime-Lord-(Spoilers))
There was a separate thread about all the prototypes of character portraits, but I can't find it now. Han, Leya and Luc are obvious, others less so, I only remember Verzubak Tantalovich as bearded Patrick Steward.
 
I don't know if I've explicitly stated the Gully Foyle or Iratha Kett ones before, so good catch!

When I was designing the Mad Shootist, we were getting art for the Gidim warbeasts, and the donut monster was basically a Metroid. But Samus doesn't get a shrink ray, does she? I'm trying to remember if we gave Tinker Oddcog a grappling hook beam.
 

Elfshire

Villager
Chapter 0 - I can't be sure, but is "Elfaivar" supposed to sound like "L5R," or rather "Legend of the Five Rings"?

Chapter 5 - There is a Player Handout which acts as a dossier for the heroes at the start of the adventure; Attachment PN16a is authored by someone from the Slate RHC's "SCP Division," which is a reference to the fictional SCP Foundation... I guess it's a subreddit? I'm not familiar, but one of my players was.

Chapter 7 - Referring to Nic as the "Cigarette Smoking Man" is a reference to a character with the same moniker in X-Files. Again, caught by one of my players.

Chapter 7 - Beshela's stat block uses the phrase, "It's super effective." This is a phrase in Pokemon that appears when you use an attack that exploits a vulnerability of your opponent.

Chapter 7 - A section in Act 2 is titled, "The Leone, the Lich, and the Snowglobe," which is a reference to "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" by CS Lewis. A few other colorful section titles include, "Walking on Sunshine," "Mission Impossible," and "Blue Banquet" (a possible reference to "Red Wedding," especially considering the massacre that follows).
 

Tormyr

Adventurer
Should this be a wiki thread? Never mind, I missed the banner at the top and was looking for the thread to be yellow in the forum.

Very cool list. :)
 
You are incorrect about the Cigarette smoking man, I thought it was too, BUT rangerwickett says Nicodemus is inspired by his father rather than the x files character

The chapter headings in the second act are full of joke references ,
Apocolypse Then
Raiders of the lost Arc
One does not simply walk into Methia (and Methia has a big tower too)
D(anor)-Day
I Don’t Think We’re in Danor Anymore........................................
 

Frankie1969

Explorer
In Ch 3 "That's Classified", is Colonel Harlock and his tentacle technique an anime reference? Is Harlock Hentai a thing?
 
Eh, Harlock is just a vague allusion to the anime. I wasn't explicitly shooting for tentacle hentai, though, no.

The "Cigarette Smoking Man" moniker was definitely yoinked from The X-Files, but the name and some background elements of Nicodemus were drawn from my dad.
 

hirou

Villager
Iratha Keth culture of music and cheerful undead reminds me of Día de Muertos and Brook "Soul King" from One Piece manga/anime, but I'm not sure if that's deliberate or just a common trope.
 

ediz

Explorer
Chapter 2's picture of the Skyseer's nephew is a spitting image of Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop... (Wearing a Lettermen's jacket...)
 

Mrpereira

Explorer
In this thread there are more information about who the different characters are based on, if you want it: http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?645264-X-Men-in-Zeitgeist

Below are some of the pieces of information (probably not all):
- Gale and Tinker Oddcog were both originally sample superheroes from our 2002 book Four-Color to Fantasy
- Alexander Grappa (inspired by the idea of Professor Xavier, but only telepathic with constructs) trying to escape Leone (directly inspired by Magneto)
- Thames Grimsley is Shatner.
- Delft is Mark Sheppard
- Aodhan is Clarke Peters
- Roland Stanfield is JFK.
- Captain Rutger Smith is Che Guevara.
- Patrick Stewart is Verzubak Tantalovich.
- Pemberton might be Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood
- Nevard Sechim is Bill Cobbs
- Gale is Katrina Kaif
- Asrabey Varal is Shahrukh Khan
- Mr Mapple is EN world user Teflon Billy

We might as well collect them all in one place. Also I am pretty sure that Rock Rackus is Kanye West.
 
Book 6 Operation Paperclip-- The Historical campaign by the US to recruit former nazi scientists and intelligence officers with useful information
 

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