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  •  Heya, as I'm sure you've noticed, Borderlands is full of amusing pop culture references. I find endless fun in stuff like this, so I figured I'd start this thread for people to post and explain the things they see.


    Here's what I've seen so far:

    1.The mission "Some Call Me... Tim" references the enchanter in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, if you haven't seen it you should. It's pretty funny.

    2.The boss Mad Mel references Mad Max, played by Mel Gibson.

    3.Rokkmothma(sic) and Skagzilla are from the Godzilla movies.

    4. There's a rokk named Rakkanishu, which was an obnoxious elite enemy from the Diablo series who dealt fire, then lighning damage.

    5.The shotgun "Boomstick" is from Army of Darkness/Evil Dead movies where Bruce Campbell shoots people and says "this is my boomstick"

    6.Clitz Beer = Schlitz Beer, its usually found in a fishing dory, along with some naughty magazines. Probably because schlitz has a somewhat backwoods reputation.

    7.The quest "Earl Needs Food... Badly" references the Gauntlet series of games, where an announcer would boom "<playercharacter> needs food, badly" whenever their health ran low. Since this happened a lot it tended to stick in people's heads and sometimes annoy them.

    8.**mild spoiler***

    Chuck Durden runs the second arena, a reference to Tyler Durden who started Fight Club in the popular Chuck Palahniuk book turned movie.

    9.The achievement "Pandora Dog Millionaire" references the award winning bollywood film Slumdog Millionaire.

    10.In treachers landing there is a quest to destroy three gunboats, they are named Righteous Man, Great Vengeance and Furious anger. This is a biblical quote which Samuel L Jackson famously recites in the movie Pulp Fiction.

    11.Earl's dog is called Skrappy, for Scrappy-Doo. If that's not convincing enough in the quest text he actually says "Skrappy-doos"

    12.The claptrap you save in Old Haven quotes Marvin the paranoid android from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a trilogy in five parts by Douglas Adams. He says "You ought to know I'm feeling very depressed."

    13.**mild spoiler**

    The Eridian Cannon's binary description(0s and 1s) reads OMG or Oh My God, most likely you thought that the first time it was fired at you.

    14.Llama brand cigarettes clearly parody Camel cigarettes.

    15.The achievement "My Brother is an Italian Plumber", which you get for killing an enemy by jumping on his head, references the popular Super Mario series of games.

    16.The achievement "Ned's Undead... Baby" seems to reference Bruce Willis in pulp fiction, he arrives on a motorcycle with the words Zed painted on the fuel tank. His girlfriend asks who Zed is and Bruce replies "Zed's dead, baby." I know thats a bit of a stretch, but I can't see any other reason for the baby to be there.

    17.The common graffiti "Turtles all the way down" is a quote attributed to an old women who spoke to Bertrand Russel about the nature of the solar system, and was made famous by Stephen Hawking in "A Brief History of Time". I think it's also a World of Warcraft Quest.










  • Forgot to add these:

    Master McCloud always spawns with the Eridian Cannon. The ball it fires looks a good deal like one of Starfox's weapons in Starfox 64. The main character's name is Fox McCloud

    The Achievement "You're on a boat" is a reference to the music video I'm on a boat, from SNL. Youtube it, its good.

    Trashy Knoll is in the north-east area of Rust commons, the Grassy Gnoll was north-east of President Kennedy when he was assassinated and is commonly referred to as the location of the "second shooter" amongst conspiracy theorists.

    Jaynis Kobb is a reference to a character from the series Firefly, Jane Cobb.

    The achievement 1.21 Gigawatts, given for killing people with shock weapons, references Back To The Future, as the amount of energy Doc Brown needs to power his time travelling Delorean.

    The text Beyond Groovy on the Boomstick weapon references Bruce Campbell's signature phrase, Groovy.

    The character Mordecai has a bird familiar, in the Royal Tenenbaums there is a falcon named Mordecai.

    The Ludicrous Speedway seems to be from Space Balls, where there is a Ludicrous Speed setting.




  • oh and thought of these:

    The psychos yell "Now it's time for my pound of flesh", which is from the character Shylock in the Merchant of Venice, the evil jewish guy. I wonder if it's intentionally racist.

    Also I realized  Baha is Ahab backwards. Ahab is the captain in the Herman Melville book "Moby Dick", who lost his leg to the white whale. Tk Baha lost his leg to Scar, the giant Skag.

  • Well this is a cheap one: In Old Haven there is a big rotating sign that has a picture of an ass with legs that look just like the main character in the adult swim cartoon Assey Mcgee.

  • The Ludicrous Speedway seems to be from Space Balls, where there is a Ludicrous Speed setting.

    Lol i love that movie. Own it and watch when my friends come over. Crack up everytime. Back To The Future was great too."Great Scott!". Also the gun For THe Motherland is a common Russian military term used alot in WWII notably in Berlin and Stalingrad. Also the Claptraps are clearly based off of R2D2. I'm surprised no-one put it out there. Duh.

    Anyone remember me? Brandon09 and i might as well put in my old signature.

    I don't stay away from trouble i just don't participate in it.

  • Don't forget the hidden Red Ryder Gun, straight out of Christmas Story...there's even a (severed) leg lamp and christmas tree there with it!

    Get your own Gamercard Sig.

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