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1999 AD[edit source]

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[edit source]

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".

Added it Kami-sama (talk) 08:41, 8 July 2020 (UTC)

Easter Egg Discussion[edit source]

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... ...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.

Again, apologies if this is pointless and messy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by IAmNotDavenson (talk) 15:40, 25 October 2016 (CEST

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 -- 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 (talk) 23:57, 3 March 2017‎ (CET)

The icon for Army psionic.png 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 (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. ( 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. 14:52, 24 December 2018 (CET)
I heard you can get sued if the latter is not. 17:00, 24 December 2018 (CET)

Well Secluded, I See All[edit source]

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)

W40K references[edit source]

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 (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. 06:30, 30 September 2017 (CEST)
It is not a simple "skull and bones" flag, it is a very exact replica of the Crux Terminatus, which is a 40k symbol. However the explanation was wrong, so I fixed that. ShiroSWR (talk) 08:10, 27 December 2017 (CET)

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. 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)

Name List[edit source]

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 (talk) 11:35, 19 October 2017 (CEST)

A potential scientist name is Farnsworth, a reference to Futurama. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:44, 2 February 2018‎ (CEST)

Scientist Names[edit source]

I recently purchased a scientist from the Curator Enclave and his name was 'Mentat' - a reference to the hyper-intelligent advisors in Dune

Arrested Development[edit source]

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)

Agreed and it has been removed. Dauth (talk) 16:07, 18 January 2018 (CET)

another flag reference[edit source]

One of the flag designs is clearly the forerunner eld from halo — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:58, 11 February 2018‎ (CEST)

It's a perfect match, nice find ^_^ Kami-sama (talk) 22:34, 11 February 2018 (CET)

The pointy ear portrait[edit source]

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[edit source]

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[edit source]

"Brave New World" is also a line from The Tempest by Shakespeare.

Kerbal System should be Kerbol System[edit source]

that's how it appears in stellaris, and it is the community nickname given to the central star in KSP.

Thanks for the notice, changed it ^_^ Kami-sama (talk) 00:39, 23 April 2018 (CEST)

Epsilon Eridani[edit source]

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)

Real star takes precedence over this. See below Dauth (talk) 11:13, 4 May 2018 (CEST)

Pandora's World[edit source]

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)

Or perhaps Pandora's box from Greek mythology? See below Dauth (talk) 11:13, 4 May 2018 (CEST)

Imperial Highway[edit source]

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[edit source]

Reference to either Norse mythology or Stargate SG-1 (and Atlantis) extraterrestrial race. Can this be added? --Sennin8 (talk) 18:01, 17 June 2018 (CEST)

Fourth Mamalian species[edit source]

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[edit source]

- 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[edit source]

Two real life stars in the Gemini constellation, also named after the Greek and Roman mythological half-twins Castor and Pollux.

Trait Portrait: Paranoid[edit source]

The figure shown in the icon resembles the characters from the Spy vs. Spy cartoon and subsequent video game.

Transcendance Ascension Perk Icon[edit source]

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[edit source]

A reference to ELO's masterpiece 'from the end of the world'? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:04, 2 November 2018 (CET) 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[edit source]

Reference to the Futurama episode "A Big Piece of Garbage," where there is a giant ball of garbage launched into space.

Tiamat System[edit source]

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[edit source]

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"

L-Cluster Nanites[edit source]

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)

Hm, maybe that should be included in the description to make it more clear.--Tuskin38 (talk) 02:39, 18 December 2018 (CET)

Thy Blorg has speaketh[edit source]

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:

  1. The empire in question is spiritualistic and militaristic, not xenophiliac
  2. They have positive opinion with me, over 50 trust and cordial attitude
  3. 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.

Could someone please experiment with the empires bearing Blorg portrait in the diplomacy screen? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:31, 3 January 2019 (CET)

I just checked and you are right, there's a fungoid audio file where they say "Umm...friends?". It's coded to be extremely rare (1 in 140 chance to hear it). I'm gonna add it to the page. Kami-sama (talk) 02:29, 13 January 2019 (CET)

Prikki-Ti reference[edit source]

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)

Added the reference Kami-sama (talk) 22:18, 12 January 2019 (CET)

Mammalian-inspired machine species[edit source]

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 (talk) 15:13, 14 January 2019‎ (CET)

Strategic Resources[edit source]

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 (talk) 05:24, 24 January 2019‎ (CET)

I would suggest that the living metal could be a reference to Validium from Doctor Who. To add on to this, the way it's described is also very reminiscent of Biometal from Battlezone 98 video game and it's sequel Battlezone: Combat Commander.

Prethoryn Scourge crisis[edit source]

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)
Perhaps not, but the Tyranids don't have a cycloptic avatar either, at least not that I know of. I don't even know what the Yuuzan Vong are supposed to look like.--Akamia (talk) 06:18, 2 April 2019 (CEST)

Stargate SG-1 reference[edit source]

The event Broken Union is a reference to the Goa'uld species of Stargate SG-1. the event text closely matches their origin story RichoDemus (talk) 14:35, 13 April 2019 (CET)

You're right, I've added it. Kami-sama (talk) 00:19, 14 April 2019 (UTC)

Portal Research Area; Neon Genesis Evangelion[edit source]

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[edit source]

It should also be noted that the "heel's heart" line is quoted in Wrath of Khan. 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[edit source]

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[edit source]

The Reach for the Stars tradition is probably a reference to the obscure space strategy game Reach for the Stars. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 5:58, 7 June 2019‎ (CEST)

Incorrect attribution for Zro[edit source]

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. 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.

Or of course, it could be Spice Melange from Dune--Gruegirl (talk) 00:26, 8 January 2021 (UTC)

Additional Diplomat advisor easter egg[edit source]

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[edit source]

Is it just me, or does the icon for "No Khan Do" remind anyone else of that one scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to some extent or another?--Akamia (talk) 15:36, 13 August 2019 (UTC)

A New Life[edit source]

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

Judgement Corps[edit source]

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[edit source]

The system name "Rhodan" is quite obviously a reference to the German science fiction series Perry Rhodan.

A Hump Like a Snow-Hill[edit source]

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 (talk) 19:09, 7 October 2019 (CEST)

Brain Slug Host (Neural Symbiont)[edit source]

This is from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the Trill symbiont species. -- 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, ...)

Efficient Bureaucracy[edit source]

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[edit source]

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)

Nier automata[edit source]

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 (talk) 19:12, 7 April 2020‎ (CEST)

Rainbow in the Dark[edit source]

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.

Central Processing[edit source]

The black hole system of Machine FEs is likely a reference to the original Doom, E1M6 is called Central Processing.

Ruthless conglomerate = Cave Johnson?[edit source]

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

Puntrazed[edit source]

I'm not 100% sure about this, and it's a tentative suggestion at best, but the system name "Puntrazed" might be a reference to the infamous Dwarf Fortress succession game "Boatmurdered". My current game even has it spawning with three molten worlds (which, to me at least, looks like a nod to the "flood the world with magma to kill all the insanely homicidal elephants" levers that Boatmurdered had). Can anyone confirm that this is consistent?

Independence day reference[edit source]

Pacifist's dialogue option in Unbidden endgame crisis "greeting" and the response to it is directly quoting the dialogue between the president and captured alien from 1996 movie "Independence day".

Star control references(will update if I see more as I love this game too much not to see any)[edit source]

The gas giant dweller event chain at least the idea of the species seems to come from star control 2.
The federation type hegemony could be a reference to the Ur-quan hierarchy.

Obscure music references in Necroid 4 namelist[edit source]

One of the science ships can be called Dark and Twisty Road, which may be a reference to a song of the same name by Abney Park.

Another one is "Gone Gone Gone" which may be a reference to a song of the same name by Styx.

Zero Point Reactor - Stargate reference[edit source]

Zero point reactors can be a reference to the Stargate series and their ZPMs or Zero Point Modules. The description of the Zero Point Reactors is very similar to how they describe ZPMs in Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis.

It's an existing (speculative) scientific concept not original to the Stargate franchise. Splodgenik (talk) 19:48, 3 January 2021 (UTC)

Regarding "Covfefe" easter egg[edit source]

Donald Trump is the former POTUS as of about nine and a half hours before time of this comment. 02:30, 21 January 2021 (UTC)

Thanks for the reminder, Dauth (talk) 14:17, 21 January 2021 (UTC)

Dagon[edit source]

Are we sure it's a Lovecraft reference not a reference to the Mesopotamian deity? (commonly associated with merpeople)

Lando's not a man, it's a system[edit source]

I feel like it's pretty obvious that making a system called 'Lando' is a reversal of the semi-famous The Empire Strikes Back quote "Lando's not a system, he's a man!" -- 09:41, 14 February 2021 (UTC)

Gargantua (Interstellar reference)[edit source]

Found a black Hole named Gargantua in a Stellaris Game. Could be a Reference to Interstellar(2014). — Preceding unsigned comment added by ISzox (talk) 17:45, 16 April 2021 (CEST)

It's already mentioned in the Leviathans section. Kami-sama (talk) 15:50, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

"Government" easter eggs are a stretch.[edit source]

  • The notion of a corporation that is also the government is not unique to, nor invented by the Aliens series, and the icon looks nothing like the Weyland-Yutani logo except for the fact that it has a pointing-down bit and Ws also have pointing-down bits.
  • "Imperial cult" isn't necessarily a Warhammer reference. Lots of civilizations throughout history have had imperial cults, where the king/emperor was believed to be a god. See the Wikipedia article for "Imperial cult". It absolutely was not something Warhammer invented.
  • "Rogue Servitor"s bear no resemblance whatsoever to the Minds in The Culture series. Humans aren't bio-trophies in The Culture books.

Don't just put down whatever crap comes to mind, please. This isn't tvtropes. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:10, 23 April 2021‎ (CEST)

Removed. – Lillebror (talk) 07:11, 23 April 2021 (UTC)

Imperial Cult is most definitely a Warhammer reference. They didn't invent the idea sure, but the Imperial Cult is the name of the state religion in the Imperium of Man. The concept isn't the reference, the name is. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Smilyio (talk) 21:22, 23 April 2021‎ (CEST)

It's actually Roman: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:56, 29 April 2021‎ (CEST)

As stated: The concept isn't the reference, the name is. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

The megacorp logo is an 'M' for megacorp instead of a 'W' for Weyland-Yutani, but the style is similar. And yes of course the concept of corporate governance didn't originate in Alien, but Megacorp is undoubtedly drawing on the tradition of over-mighty corporations in popular SF, including Weyland-Yutani from Alien and the Tyrell Corporation from Blade Runner. Splodgenik (talk) 19:56, 7 May 2021 (UTC)

Barbaric Despoilers is a WH40K reference.[edit source]

It seems clear to me that the Barbaric Despoilers civic is a reference to Chaos from Warhammer 40k. Not only is the icon for the civic literally the symbol of Chaos in WH40K, the name is a reference to Abaddon the Despoiler who is one of the main Chaos characters in WH40K. Additionally, the actual effects of the civic closely resemble the behavior of the Chaos Space Marine legions in WH40K. So basically Barbaric Despoilers is obviously a reference to WH40K. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Smilyio (talk) 20:58, 23 April 2021‎ (CEST

We shall be as gods.[edit source]

One of the Galactic Nemesis dialog windows has a response that says, "We shall be as gods." It's original source is a sentence from Genesis 3:5 (KJV Bible). However it's requoted in all sorts of sci-fi settings promising technological divinity. Xenogears (you shall be as gods) and NieR:Automata (become as gods) for example. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:53, 29 April 2021‎ (CEST)

'Proles' is a word and not a reference[edit source]

While there is an economic class called 'Proles' in Nineteen Eighty-Four by Orwell, the term 'prole' is an abbreviation of the word 'proletarian'. Thereby, the trait named 'Proles' is unlikely to be a reference, especially since the trait description does not offer any further connection to Nineteen Eighty-Four. The mere usage of the same word in two different pieces of media should not constitute an easter egg.
Plumebec (talk) 13:53, 23 May 2021 (UTC)

Agree. Removed. – Lillebror (talk) 16:28, 23 May 2021 (UTC)

Gigantic skeleton[edit source]

Gigantic organic starship with crew consists of at least three separate species from "Gigantic skeleton" anomaly probably is a reference to the Lexx series.

Sheliak and Rana star systems are Star Trek TNG references[edit source]

The Sheliak were a by-the-books race of advanced aliens that caused some trouble for Picard and the gang at one point. The Rana system was the location of a Federation colony destroyed by the Husnock in a different episode.

Reference of "Hyperion" planet and "Helios" moon.[edit source]

I can't figure out what media this references to, as I've had multiple ideas come to the top of my head. Anyways, I'll describe the situation first: When starting as the Commonwealth of Man, in the starting system (Deneb), the fourth (gas)planet is called "Hyperion" and it's moon called "Helios".

This could be one of these three references (from most to least likely):

  • Reference to Borderlands 2, where one of the corporations, 'Hyperion', owns a space station called 'Helios'. However, in Borderlands 2, the actual planet is called Pandora and its moon called Elpis.
  • Reference to the Greek Titan of light 'Hyperion' and his son 'Helios', also titan of light. This one would make more sense if it was a binary star system with Hyperion and Helios the primary and secondary star respectively.
  • Reference to the planet 'Hyperion' in the Dan Simmons novels. However, there is no mention of Helios in the novels, and the planet isn't gaseous.

This Easter Egg doesn't exactly fit the criteria for each reference, but I find it highly unlikely it is a mere coincidence seeing these two names literally next to each other. Maybe someone can make more sense of this?

Star Trek edit suggestions[edit source]

  • "Pointy-eared humanoid species" listed as "Similar to the Vulcans from Star Trek" should say "Similar to the Vulcans or Romulans from Star Trek", as many Vulcans and Romulans look identical
  • "No Khan Do - Reference to Star Trek Into Darkness" should say "No Khan Do - Reference to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or Star Trek Into Darkness"
  • "Extradimensional Invaders - Reference to the Devidians from Star Trek: The Next Generation": I think this is tenuous. While visually similar, the Devidians were not extradimensional beings, but simply "out of phase" with the rest of the universe. They would travel through time and surreptitiously consume souls, which is different from how the extradimensional invaders bring massive fleets through wormholes. There are extradimensional aliens in Star Trek but nothing really fits this crisis too well.
  • Crystalline entity pace creatures are (I assume) a reference to the Crystalline Entity, an antagonist in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • The Lost Amoeba event chain may be a reference to the episode "Galaxy's Child" from Star Trek: TNG, where a space-faring amoeba thinks the Enterprise is its mother.

Pyetech (talk) 18:59, 31 October 2021 (UTC)

Double headed eagle[edit source]

Most likely a Byzantium reference, as it's one of the most popular nations in most Paradox games. Heck, they put a formable Byzantium in HOI, which is hilariously unnecessary, but yet it exists. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ambarenya (talk) 02:37, 1 January 2022‎ (CET)

Daft Punk Reference[edit source]

I suck at editing wiki pages or I'd do it myself, but the description for the Transubstantion Synthesis living standard is "Solider. Improved. Speedier. Forcefuller.", which is a direct reference to the Daft Punk song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"

Solaris Reference[edit source]

Why isn't the "Sea of Consciousness" ocean planet noted as a reference to Stanisław Lem's "Solaris"? Not only is it a dead ringer, the developers themselves confirmed as much on twitter.