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The Elder ScrollsEdit

Metal power poles have a plate on them that reads TES-04. This is a reference to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, another game produced by Bethesda Softworks.


Elvis PresleyEdit

  • G.I. Blues is the title of a film starring Elvis Presley.
  • The Freeside gang The Kings are rife with references to Elvis. The King's dialogue frequently uses song titles as turns of phrase. In addition, the quest Nothin' But a Hound Dog is also the name of an Elvis song.

Eyes Wide ShutEdit

The venetian-style masks work by members of the White Glove Society are based on similar masks worn in the film Eyes Wide Shut by the guests and servants present at a Satanic Orgy. Like the quests that take place at the Ultra-Luxe, the film is concerned with the dehumanizing commodification of individuals for the benefit of depraved luxury enjoyed by the rich and famous.


Forrest GumpEdit

The quest,"Run, Goodsprings, Run," is a possible reference to a line from the film.


Howard HughesEdit

Mr. House's personality is based on Howard Hughes's.


Indiana JonesEdit

  • The Wild Wasteland trait may add an encounter containing a refrigerator, which contains a fedora and skeleton. This is a reference to the scene in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" where Indiana Jones saves himself from an atom bomb in a fridge (this scene was infamous for its absurdity) .
  • An email outbox on a computer terminal in the Sunset Sarsaparilla Headquarters includes a message addressed to "Marcus Brody, VP of Technology."

Kate BeatonEdit

The unique Tesla cannon, Tesla-Beaton prototype, is named after Kate Beaton, a Canadian webcomic artist known, among other things, for several comic strips about Nikola Tesla.


Mad MaxEdit

The achievements Blast Mastery and You Run Barter Town are both references to Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Blast Mastery refers to the character of Masterblaster, and Bartertown was the location around which Beyond Thunderdome was set. The leather armor, reinforced also bears a strong resemblance to the armor worn by the main character.


Monty PythonEdit

At Cottonwood Cove, spray painted on one of the buildings is "ROMANES EUNT DOMUS", which is a reference to Monty Python's Life of Brian. This only appears with Wild Wasteland.

Inside one of the church basements at Camp Searchlight are three Holy Frag Grenades. These also only appear with Wild Wasteland.


Mister Las VegasEdit

Wayne Newton is known as Mister Las Vegas, he is also the voice of the radio personality Mister New Vegas.


Obsidian EntertainmentEdit

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 Everts.


Period songsEdit

  • The quest Aba Daba Honeymoon is named for a song by Debbie Reynolds.
  • Ain't That a Kick in the Head is the title of a song, popularly sung by Dean Martin.
  • The quest Ant Misbehavin' is named for the song Ain't Misbehavin' by Fats Waller.
  • The quest Anywhere I Wander is named for a song written by Frank Loesser and popularized by Danny Kaye.
  • The quest Back in Your Own Backyard is named for a song written by Billy Rose and Dave Dreyer, which was popularized by Al Jolson.
  • The quest Bitter Springs Infirmary Blues is named for the song St. James Infirmary Blues, popularized by Louis Armstrong.
  • The quests Ring-a-Ding-Ding, My Kind of Town and Come Fly With Me are titles of songs sung by Frank Sinatra.
  • Bye Bye Love is the title of a song by The Everly Brothers.
  • The perk and challenge Day Tripper is the title of a Beatles song.
  • The perk Mister Sandman is a reference to the song of the same name.
  • Mr. New Vegas's "new album", Nuclear Winter Wonderland, is a reference to the song Winter Wonderland.
  • The quest I Fought the Law is a reference to the song of the same name by The Bobby Fuller Four

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte CarloEdit

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 Princess BrideEdit

With the Wild Wasteland trait, rodents of unusual size can be encountered in various places.


The ProfessionalEdit

The perk, The Professional is a reference to the 1994 film of the same name, directed by Luc Besson. The correlating in-game picture features a stylized Vault Boy with a coat, stubble and round glasses similar to the main character of the film. The picture also features a potted plant that plays a significant role in the film.


Professional WrestlingEdit

During the quest G.I. Blues when heading over to the Old Mormon Fort in Freeside, there are three men in a 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 1980's and 1990's as "The Honky Tonk Man".

Star TrekEdit

The perk Set Lasers for Fun is a reference to the phrase "Set phasers to stun" from the tv show Star Trek.

Star WarsEdit

  • 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.

Something AwfulEdit

  • The YCS/186 Gauss rifle is named for the "Your Console Sucks" forum that has the forum ID number 186.
  • 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 perjorative 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, an infamously awful failed amateur game project that originated on Something Awful.
  • Pew Pew, a unique laser pistol found as part of A Valuable Lesson, is named for a Something Awful Forums Meme that arose from the mockery of recruitment advertisements for a Something Awful Forums based EVE Online group named Goonfleet.

Tootsie Roll PopsEdit

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 1930's. Some Tootsie Roll Pops come packaged in wrappers that depict a boy dressed like a "wild west Indian", shooting an arrow at a star. Ever since the wrappers were found rumors have circulated that there is some kind of secret prize attached to sending in wrappers. In the 1980's the Tootsie Roll company began replying to queries about the wrappers with a short story entitled "The Legend of the Indian Wrapper" that forms the basis for the story Festus tells the player upon the completion of The Legend of the Star.

The terminal entries found in Sunset Sarsaparilla Headquarters depict the Sunset Sarsaparilla company capitalizing on a similar rumor about star caps.


Valve CorporationEdit

  • In the REPCONN Test Site, on a terminal you can find a entry from a man named Gordon who is disappointed because there was no cake at his retirement party. This references Half-Life's main protagonist, Gordon Freeman, and "The Cake is a lie" from Portal both of which were developed by Valve.
  • There are also numerous valves located throughout the game and they can be found attached to air ducts and pipes,etc.
  • The Robobrains also have some interesting dialogue that references Valve's "Portal" game, such as "Are you still there?"
  • The crowbar's Vault Boy picture is Gordon Freeman, Half-Life's main protagonist.

Vegas VicEdit

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

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