- 1 1999 AD
- 2 Missing old movie reference
- 3 Easter Egg Discussion
- 4 Well Secluded, I See All
- 5 W40K references
- 6 Name List
- 7 Scientist Names
- 8 Arrested Development
- 9 another flag reference
- 10 The pointy ear portrait
- 11 War in Heaven
- 12 Brave New World
- 13 Kerbal System should be Kerbol System
- 14 Epsilon Eridani
- 15 Pandora's World
- 16 Imperial Highway
- 17 System name: Asgard
- 18 Fourth Mamalian species
- 19 The Expanse references
- 20 System names: Castor & Pollux
- 21 Trait Portrait: Paranoid
- 22 Transcendance Ascension Perk Icon
- 23 Achievement: view from the end of the world
- 24 Junk Ball Anomaly
- 25 Tiamat System
- 26 Star Trek missed easter eggs
- 27 L-Cluster Nanites
- 28 Thy Blorg has speaketh
- 29 Prikki-Ti reference
- 30 Mammalian-inspired machine species
- 31 Strategic Resources
- 32 Prethoryn Scourge crisis
- 33 Stargate SG-1 reference
- 34 Portal Research Area; Neon Genesis Evangelion
- 35 Trait - Hell's Heart
- 36 Zroni - Peter F. Hamilton Reference
- 37 Reach for the Stars
- 38 Incorrect attribution for Zro
- 39 Additional Diplomat advisor easter egg
- 40 No Khan Do
- 41 A New Life
- 42 Judgement Corps
- 43 System Name Rhodan missing
- 44 A Hump Like a Snow-Hill
- 45 Brain Slug Host (Neural Symbiont)
- 46 Efficient Bureaucracy
- 47 Cyteen and Pell
- 48 Nier automata
- 49 Rainbow in the Dark
- 50 Central Processing
- 51 Ruthless conglomerate = Cave Johnson?
While I'm not *entirely* discounting the likelihood of this achievement title being a reference to a specific year in Chrono Trigger, it is much more likely to be a reference to the long-running and hugely influential British sci-fi magazine *2000 AD,* which has given us Judge Dredd among others, and served as a springboard for many massively influential comic and scifi authors including Alan Moore, Grant Morrisson and Garth Ennis. --WhiskeyWolfe (talk) 15:08, 27 July 2020 (UTC)
Missing old movie reference
This portrait: Mammalian slender 01.png|Slender #1
Is a reference of the "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) witch's minions. I'm not allowed to paste a reference link here, but you will see them if you search for "Wizard of Oz Flying Monkeys".
Easter Egg Discussion
I am sure this has been mentioned before but one of the mulluscoid aliens is a reference to HP Love Craft's Cthulhu mythos
IAND- Apologies if this is incorrect usage of the wiki, I have no idea how to use them and they're terrifying things. If that is the case, feel free to delete this immediately as I don't want to clutter the page.
Anyway, I made this discussion page in case anybody wished to discuss whether or not something is an Easter Egg and whether to add it to the page, or not.
This image... http://www.stellariswiki.com/images/1/16/Tech_lythuric_gas.png ...could possibly be a reference to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon or just an image of a prism. But I don't know, hence why I'm making this page.
- TT- I could agree with this, but i think we need more support for it because it's most likely a coincidence — Preceding unsigned comment added by TrueTexan (talk) 02:04, 26 October 2016 (CEST)
- IAND- There is this phrase "It also has a dulling effect on the minds of creatures exposed to the gas" in the description of the technology which might be a reference to the trippy nature of some PF songs and association with drugs. But I'm leaning more towards coincidence. — Preceding unsigned comment added by IAmNotDavenson (talk) 17:28, 26 October 2016 (CEST
I think the image of the "Payback"-archivment is also a reference to the "V" TV series where reptilians who disguise themselves looking human try to invade Earth --18.104.22.168 14:44, 14 December 2016 (CET)
- UGH... think this page needs some thorough cleaning. Marking words like droid and synth or TLDR and 1337 as easter eggs is waaaay of the mark. Same goes for a lot of names.
- First - by definition easter eggs are references or jokes that are easy to miss. Second - for every borrowed term there's a point where it stops being a reference and becomes part of the pop culture, in other words it's almost like saying that every "hobbit" is a reference to Tolkien. And third, if the original instance of appearance had a reason that is applicable outside of context of said appearance than the second appearance may as well have the same exact reason, and thus not be a reference at all. Droid is short version of android, no more, no less. SW doesn't "own" the term. Same goes for synth.
- MUCH better consideration is needed when determining what was put in-game as a hidden reference/joke, and what wasn't. "TLDR" asteroid is obviously a joke, but obviously not a hidden one. And something like "melpomenia" or "building better worlds" may as well be a coincidence.
- I'd clean this myself, but I'm so outraged by low "easter egg admission standard" of this page that I can't trust myself to do it right. Instead of setting things right I'm, likely to look at this subjectively and just set it to the opposite of what it is now which would just be wrong in the opposite way, so I'd rather let someone with a cooler head do it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 23:57, 3 March 2017 (CET)
The icon for Psionic Army is potentially a reference to the game E.Y.E Divine Cybermancy. The symbol for Psionic Army is the same as the symbol used in the game's promotional art, and the game also features psionic soldiers. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 04:22, 26 September 2017 (CEST)
- More likely, it's Babylon 5's Psi Corps. On it's own, it's just a stylized version of the Greek letter. Because that's the first letter of psychic (among other things), it's frequently used to abbreviate telepathic or telekinetic powers. Hence, "psi." But, yeah, this may be a B5 reference. EYE is likely too obscure and obtuse to pop up here. (188.8.131.52 19:13, 7 February 2018 (CET))
- This kind of reasoning is exactly why I think most of this page is ridiculous. It's a "reference" to a letter in both cases. Go search wikipedia for "psi".
- You may as well say that every use of the word "alien" is a reference to the film and thus also an Easter egg.
- Oi, and don't forget - every use of a word "scroll" is clearly a reference to the elder scrolls series. Definitely. 184.108.40.206 14:52, 24 December 2018 (CET)
- I heard you can get sued if the latter is not. 220.127.116.11 17:00, 24 December 2018 (CET)
Well Secluded, I See All
Well Secluded, I See All
I'm not sure how it was missed, but I'm pretty sure it counts as an Easter Egg. It's a message that occurs when building the galactic sensor array if you have Utopia DLC. And it's a lyric from the cult hit song "Time Warp" from the cult hit movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show," or simply known as RHPS by some of it's more devout fans. — Preceding unsigned comment added by DumDum2002 (talk) 10:56, 1 May 2017 (CEST)
What was there to suggest that the "Gene Warrior" or "Commissar squad" armies were in references to Warhammer 40,000? Commissars are/were a real thing, they aren't a reference to Warhammer 40,000 in themselves. "Gene Warrior" or genetic modified soldiers are also a pretty common sci-fi trope, there's nothing to suggest that directly had anything to do with Space Marines from Warhammer 40k although the name for the technology for them has the term "Gene Seed", which is a reference to W40K Space Marines - but the army itself doesn't seem to be beyond a reference that. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TheVoidDragon (talk) 17:44, 26 May 2017 (CEST)
- There are already a plethora of references to W40K in the game and these two fit very well within the theme. If one where to want to roleplay ruling the emperium of man, missing either of these would be pretty messed up. Normally, Commissars are nothing that special, except in W40K where they are a very big deal. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 20:01, 16 August 2017 (CEST)
- A lot of this W40K fanboyism here is total nonsense. Yeah, there are some references, but someone took it way, way too far. It becomes utterly absurd at the end where a skulls and bones flag is somehow a W40K reference too. 22.214.171.124 06:30, 30 September 2017 (CEST)
By the same measure, sorry, how are Standard Construction Templates a WH40K reference? Is the icon somehow specifically a 40K ship or something? Because the flavor text doesn't seem to indicate anything like that. 126.96.36.199 09:22, 17 February 2018 (CET)
- Here. Side effects of adopting the tradition in Stellaris includes religious fanaticism, demon incursions and the possibility of your empire falling into a dark age of technology regress. Obviously just kidding. But seriously now the devs took a lot of inspiration from Warhammer 40k, they even mentioned it in one of the Utopia dev diaries. Kami-sama (talk) 10:34, 17 February 2018 (CET)
This is probably highly obscure and may not count, but on the Italian Cultural list, the first two names are "Mario" and "Luigi" respectively. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 11:35, 19 October 2017 (CEST)
I recently purchased a scientist from the Curator Enclave and his name was 'Mentat' - a reference to the hyper-intelligent advisors in Dune
There's zero indication the Arrested Development trait refers to the TV series that I'm aware of- Arrested Development is a phrase with wide usage outside the show and it appropriate for the context it's used in.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Coldflame (talk) 16:01, 18 January 2018 (CET)
another flag reference
The pointy ear portrait
I'm sure it's a reference to fantasy elves as well, not just Vulcans. The Humanoid portrait pack continues the trend, giving us portraits for dwarves, orcs etc as well. And space elves are a very common trope. Ave369 (talk) 11:31, 16 February 2018 (CET)
War in Heaven
I know some of it has been addressed, but it seems like the entire War in Heavens event chain is a straight homage to Babylon 5. The event itself is pretty much Season 4 of B5 - two ancient empires wake up and force everybody else to pick a side, most of the younger races join together to form the "League of Non-aligned Worlds" (exact same name in both), and when the awakened empires notice you and declare war, what's the League's response? "Get the hell out of our galaxy, both of you". (One of many great Babylon 5 speeches/quotes) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jemal (talk) 05:17, 13 March 2018 (CET)
Brave New World
"Brave New World" is also a line from The Tempest by Shakespeare.
Kerbal System should be Kerbol System
that's how it appears in stellaris, and it is the community nickname given to the central star in KSP.
This is likely also a reference to Babylon 5. Epsilon Eridani is where the B5 station itself is located, and is significant to the show's setting for many other reasons as well. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laurentide Blue (talk) 10:00, 4 May 2018 (CET)
This is a reference to Peter F. Hamilton's novel "Pandora's Star", wherein humanity releases a devouring swarm from a shielded star system. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laurentide Blue (talk) 10:00, 4 May 2018 (CET)
The image resembles the Rainbow Road levels from the various Mariokart games, though I don't know if that's obscure enough to require mention. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laurentide Blue (talk) 10:00, 4 May 2018 (CET)
- If you're not convinced then I'm not either. We have had a lot of speculative edits that are tangential to the game which is why the page is locked to new users. Unless it is an out-and-out reference that has no ambiguity I don't see the point in adding it to the list. These are interesting points but they're not a clear reference put in there by PDX for the players. Also can you please can you sign your edits using ~~~~. Thanks, Dauth (talk) 11:13, 4 May 2018 (CEST)
System name: Asgard
Fourth Mamalian species
Is this not a reference the Kzinti from Larry Niven's Known Space universe? They certainly seem to meet the appearance of the Kzin.
The Expanse references
- System "Holden" probably is a reference to the main character from the Scifi-Series "The Expanse". Would be sweet if we could at this reference to the wiki!
- Also one of the Human default names for Corvette class is 'Tachi' the original name of Martian warship the protagonists salvage to become the Rocinante.
System names: Castor & Pollux
Two real life stars in the Gemini constellation, also named after the Greek and Roman mythological half-twins Castor and Pollux.
Trait Portrait: Paranoid
The figure shown in the icon resembles the characters from the Spy vs. Spy cartoon and subsequent video game.
Transcendance Ascension Perk Icon
The icon for the Transcendance AP bears resemblance to the Ethereals from the Xcom games (Furthermore making thematically sense as Ethereals are psionically gifted species.)
Achievement: view from the end of the world
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_View_from_the_End_of_the_World seems a more likely reference, considering that both it and Paradox are Swedish. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Talanic (talk) 2:54, 10 January 2019 (CET)
Junk Ball Anomaly
Reference to the Futurama episode "A Big Piece of Garbage," where there is a giant ball of garbage launched into space.
I found a system named Tiamat and someone on the discord gave me this info for Tiamat.
Tiamat, a boss monster in Darksiders Tiamat (Dungeons & Dragons), a five-headed dragon goddess in Dungeons & Dragons Titania (Fire Emblem), or Tiamat, a character in Fire Emblem Tiamat, a fictional planet in the space game Fury3 Tiamat, a Mantis ship in the real time strategy Conquest: Frontier Wars Tiamat, a mapmaker in Halo: Custom Edition Tiamat, a boss enemy in the platform adventure game La-Mulana Tiamat, a weapon in League of Legends Tiamat, a recurring monster in the Final Fantasy franchise. Tiamat, a boss in Tales of Zestiria The Bracelet of Tiamat, a bracelet stolen at the beginning of Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure that sets off the plot
Dunno which one it is but hey, might be any
- Tiamat is a goddess from the Babylonian pantheon. Guess the name became used in video games because it's both catchy and less known. I'm gonna add it to the page. Kami-sama (talk) 11:02, 24 November 2018 (CET)
Actually, it's another Legend of Galactic Heroes reference.
Star Trek missed easter eggs
I noticed 2 of them so far. First, it's description of "Voidcraft" technology:" Space is the final frontier" reference to the begining of efery TOS episode. Second, it's sample of diplomatic advisors voice. He says "..and hot tea" wich is reference to Jean Luc Picard, who is diplomat as a captain of starship, an his favourite "Tea. Earl grey, hot"
I personally don't believe this is specifically a Stargate Atlantis reference, but just a normal sci-fi trope. Nanies and such are seen in other sci-fi series. Grey Goo, large masses are not unique to Stargate--Tuskin38 (talk) 16:10, 17 December 2018 (CET)
- Nanites and the Gray Goo scenario are not uncommon in sci-fi, the reason this is a reference to Stargate Atlantis is because the three outcomes that are related to nanites in Stellaris all happen in Stargate Atlantis. Kami-sama (talk) 19:08, 17 December 2018 (CET)
Thy Blorg has speaketh
IDK how to use these tools, but here we go Today, as I opened diplomacy screen with one friendly empire, I heard "friends". Thinking that it's a feature, I closed the diplomacy and reopened it several times. I heard nothing but generic animal noises. That left me confused and I reevaluated the situation. Here are some conclusions:
- The empire in question is spiritualistic and militaristic, not xenophiliac
- They have positive opinion with me, over 50 trust and cordial attitude
- Their leader(as well as mainstream species) uses the portrait of a famous fungoid - Blorg
I was playing in a complete silence and, I assume, I'm not crazy. Thus, there was a sound - "frenz"
- Stellaris crew added a rare sound easter egg for the Blorg portrait.
- Hypothesis 2
- The "ethics expanded" mod has added such an easter egg.
I believe the Prikki-Ti are yet another shout out to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The Krikkit species were omnicidal-if-unexpectedly-charming folk who lost their bid to exterminate all other life in the galaxy and wound up with their home planet sealed inside of a time warp. Between the similar circumstances an the name being only one letter off of an anagram, I'm quite certain the cute lil lizards of doom are an easter egg. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Talanic (talk) 22:51, 10 January 2019 (CET)
Mammalian-inspired machine species
This could be a reference to the robots in Studio Ghibli's Laputa: Castle in the Sky. They're robotic caretakers tasked with protecting a secluded habitat, though in this case its a flying fortress. There is a striking resemblance including long segmented arms that extend to the ground. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 15:13, 14 January 2019 (CET)
The page currently says Zro is a reference to Element Zero from Mass Effect, but I was more inclined to thinking it referenced the Spice Melange from Dune. Is there any official confirmation on this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 05:24, 24 January 2019 (CET)
I would suggest that the living metal could be a reference to Validium from Doctor Who.
Prethoryn Scourge crisis
The page currently states that it is a Tyranids and Yuuzan Vong reference (Warhammer 40K and Star Wars Legends, respectively). While I can definitely see that as true, I think it also references the Zerg Swarm, itself a Tyranids reference in StarCraft; the portrait used by the Scourge seems reminiscent of the Zerg Overmind in particular.--Akamia (talk) 18:15, 30 March 2019 (CET)
- But the Zerg aren't extragalactic. Kami-sama (talk) 13:40, 31 March 2019 (CEST)
Stargate SG-1 reference
Portal Research Area; Neon Genesis Evangelion
Under Planetary Features, Portal Research Area may also be a reference to the Portal video games, since they are all about doing research with portal tech. It may also be a reference to Stargate, since the description mentions it as a secure complex build around a singular dimensional portal to research it.
Under species, the "Mammalian-inspired machine species" also bears a striking resemblance to Jet Alone from the original Evangelion series, with the same body structure, segmented limbs, and rods protruding from the back. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Suigen (talk) 22:24, 30 April 2019 (CEST)
Trait - Hell's Heart
It should also be noted that the "heel's heart" line is quoted in Wrath of Khan. 18.104.22.168 18:35, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
- We'll stick to Moby Dick which is the source of the quote and not its rehashing. Dauth (talk) 21:16, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
Zroni - Peter F. Hamilton Reference
The Zroni Archaeology Event mentions that their existence within the Shroud, where they can edit reality to their whims, is fueled by leeching entropy from the galactic central black hole, causing it to expand. This is a homage to Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga, specifically the Void Trilogy, where a precursor species set up a pocket reality controllable by thought, which also used the galactic central black hole (of the Milky Way in this case) as an energy source, which caused expansion of said black hole. — Preceding unsigned comment added by IainG10 (talk) 00:45, 6 June 2019 (CEST)
Reach for the Stars
Incorrect attribution for Zro
The page currently says that Zro is a reference to Element Zero in Mass Effect. However, given how it is described in-game as an addictive drug that boosts psionic abilities, I think Zro is actually a reference to Red Sand, also from Mass Effect, as Red Sand is also an addictive drug that enhances biotic abilities. 22.214.171.124 20:45, 5 August 2019 (UTC)
its description is also extremely similar to Lyrium from the Dragon Age series, made by the exact same company, which is a blue (sometimes red) dust that greatly enhances magical ability at the cost of being extremely addictive.
Additional Diplomat advisor easter egg
The diplomat advisor has a sample line where it says "Nothing is impossible to those who will try.", which is not only strikingly similar to the line by the Great Khan: "There is nothing impossible to him who will try.", but also an attributed quote by Alexander the Great, both of whom are not almost polar opposites of diplomats (not counting surrender or be destroyed as diplomacy).
No Khan Do
A New Life
Both the name and most of the description text of Expansion: A New Life is from Blade Runner where blimps floating over the city advertised moving to the off-world colonies.-- EMouse
Domination: Judgement Corps is a reference to Judge Dredd comics (and related movies) referring to 'sprawling cities' patrolled by individuals serving as 'judge, jury and enforcer'. -- EMouse
System Name Rhodan missing
The system name "Rhodan" is quite obviously a reference to the German science fiction series Perry Rhodan.
A Hump Like a Snow-Hill
I believe that the achievement "A Hump Like a Snow-Hill" which you get for defeating the Tiyanki Matriarch is a reference to Moby Dick. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 19:09, 7 October 2019 (CEST)
Brain Slug Host (Neural Symbiont)
This is from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Trill symbiont species. --188.8.131.52 19:26, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
Even more they seem to resemble the species of the same name in Futurama. There are many symbiont species in scifi, (tok'ra / goa'uldt in Stargate, ...)
A part of the Efficient Bureaucracy's description mentions, "... Not only do the mag-trains run on time ..." This could be a reference to the saying that's associated with Benito Mussolini, "Mussolini made the trains run on time." --DapperAlex (talk) 13:29, 5 January 2020 (UTC)
Cyteen and Pell
The names of the systems Cyteen and Pell are references to the planets of the same name in C. J. Cherryh's Alliance-Union series of novels. Pell is the planet around which the capital station of the Merchanter's Alliance orbits, while Cyteen is the planet which is the capital of Union. --MagmaRam (talk) 03:22, 5 April 2020 (UTC)
So I think this originated with nier, but if it didn’t feel free to correct. I was speaking to a determined exterminator machine race as a driven assimilator, with neutral or above standing, and it would sometimes say “we wish that somehow, someway, we could save all of us but the truth is that we’re only one jonus(race name).” This is a line from the special ending song of nier automata, and with it being machine to machine, comparing to android to android, I’m fairly certain that’s the reference. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 19:12, 7 April 2020 (CEST)
Rainbow in the Dark
There is an anomaly that has a chance of occurring at a black hole. The name of it is Rainbow in the Dark. This is a direct reference to Rainbow in the Dark by Dio.
The black hole system of Machine FEs is likely a reference to the original Doom, E1M6 is called Central Processing.
Ruthless conglomerate = Cave Johnson?
Is it just me or should the ruthless conglomerate advisor voice be listed as a reference to Cave Johnson from portal? He sounds and talks just like him