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Below is a list of references to films, novels, other video games, etc. in the 2016 video game Overwatch.
References to films
- Soldier: 76's line "I love the smell of pulse munitions in the morning" is a reference to Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore's famous line from Apocalypse Now, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning".
- Junkrat's line "Why so serious?" (upon killing Reaper) is a reference to the Joker's famous line from the 2008 film The Dark Knight.
- Reaper's line "If it lives, I can kill it" is a reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger's line "If it bleeds, we can kill it" in the 1987 film Predator.
- Mei's line "You have to let it go" is a reference to the song "Let It Go" from the 2013 film Frozen.
- Mei's line "Do you wanna build a snowman?" is a reference to the song "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from Frozen.
- Mei's voice line "I'm going to have to science the heck out of this" is a reference to Matt Damon's line "I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this" from the 2015 film The Martian.
- Winston's line "Don't get me angry" is a reference to the line "Don't make me angry; you wouldn't like me when I'm angry" from the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk.
- Winston's line "I'm not even angry" is also a reference to The Incredible Hulk or the character the Hulk himself.
- Winston's voice line "Houston, we have a problem" references the famous quote "Houston, we have a problem".
- Zarya's line "I will break you" is a reference to Ivan Drago's line "I must break you" in the 1985 film Rocky IV.
- Hanzo's voice line "You are already dead" is a reference to the same line spoken by Ken from the anime Fist of the North Star.
- McCree's voice line "I'm not good, not bad, but I sure as hell ain't ugly" is a reference to the 1966 Western film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
- McCree's voice line "I've got a bullet with your name on it" is a reference to the lyric "I've got a bullet with a name on it" from the song "Bullet with a Name" from the album To the Pain by the American rock band Nonpoint.
- McCree's voice line "I'm your huckleberry" is a reference to the same line from the 1993 Western film Tombstone.
- Soldier: 76's voice line "Young punks, get off my lawn" is a reference to the famous American idiom "You kids get off my lawn!"
- The "Some Like It Bot" poster on the Hollywood map is a reference to the 1959 romantic comedy film Some Like It Hot.
- Bastion's emotes "ALERT! ALERT!" and "Rest Mode" are animated similarly to animations in the 1999 animated film The Iron Giant.
- Hanzo's voice line "I choose you, Spirit Dragon" is a reference to the line "I choose you, Pikachu!" from the anime Pokémon.
- Zenyatta's voice line "Death is whimsical today" is a reference to the same line spoken by Norman Stansfield in the 1994 thriller film Léon: The Professional.
- Reinhardt's line "This is no castle; it's a tomb" is a reference to Boromir's line "This is no mine; it's a tomb" from the 2001 adventure film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
- Lúcio voice line "That's how you get tinnitus!" is a reference to the
- Sombra's spray "Deaf-Mute" is a reference to the hacker, The Laughing Man, in the anime Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, in which the catchphrase of the hacker is "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes," with a logo covering the person's face.
- Sombra's voice lines "Mess with the best, and die like the rest" and "Hack the planet" are references to the lines "Mess with the best, die like the rest" and "Hack the planet!" from the 1995 crime film Hackers.
- Winston's lines (said when his Yeti skin is equipped) "Welcome to the Himalayas" and "Snow cone? They're lemon" are references to the Abominable Snowman's lines "Welcome to the Himalayas!" and "Snow cone? Oh no, don't worry; it's lemon" from the 2001 animated film Monsters, Inc.
- D.Va's line (when her Junker skin is equipped) "You hear me, baby? Hold together" is a reference to the same line spoken by Han Solo in the 1977 space opera film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
- Ana's voice line "Witness me" is a reference to the same line in the 2015 action film Mad Max: Fury Road.
References to TV series
- The sign saying "Deadlock Propane and Propane Accessories" on the map Route 66 is a reference to Hank Hill's catchphrase "I sell propane and propane accessories" in the animated sitcom TV series King of the Hill.
- Reaper's voice line "I'm not a psychopath… I'm a high-functioning psychopath" is a reference to Sherlock's line "I'm not a psychopath, Anderson, I'm a high-functioning sociopath" from the BBC TV series Sherlock.
References to video games
References to Blizzard games
- The Heroes of my Storm poster and the Fighters of the Storm arcade game on the Hanamura map are references to Blizzard Entertainment's MOBA game Heroes of the Storm.
- The arcade game The Lost Vikings VI on the Hanamura map is a reference to Blizzard Entertainment's puzzle-platform game The Lost Vikings.
- A murloc, a species in Blizzard Entertainment's MMORPG game World of Warcraft, can be seen at the bottom of one of the soda dispensers in the arcade on the Hanamura map.
- A large murloc statue can also be found outside of the arcade on Hanamura. Shooting it will play a murloc sound effect from World of Warcraft.
- Outside the arcade on the Hanamura map, there is a large 16-bit version of Jim Raynor, a character from Blizzard Entertainment's military science fiction media franchise StarCraft.
- In the spawn area for the attacking team on the Temple of Anubis, Hollywood, and Ilios maps, a tablet playing Blizzard Entertainment's collectible card video game Hearthstone.
- On the Temple of Anubis map, murloc graffiti can be found on the side of a truck.
- In the spawn area for the attacking team on the Temple of Anubis map, the skull of a zerg, a species from StarCraft, can be seen hanging on the wall.
- The symbol of the Horde, a faction in World of Warcraft, can be found as an Egyptian hieroglyphs on the Temple of Anubis map.
- The lockers on the Watchpoint: Gibraltar map display the last names of several Blizzard Entertainment employees.
- On the Hollywood map, several signs and buildings display logos for Goldshire Pictures, Goldshire Studious, and Goldshire Way, which all reference the town Goldshire from World of Warcraft.
- The symbol of the Grand Alliance, a faction from World of Warcraft, can be found in several locations on the Hollywood map.
- The Walk of Fame stars outside the attacking team's spawn on the Hollywood map display the names of three characters from The Lost Vikings.
- A trailer on the Hollywood map has the name "Tyrael" on its side, referencing the character Tyrael from Blizzard North's ARPG hack and slash video game Diablo.
- In the attacking team's spawn area on the Route 66 map, there is a check signed by Deckard Cain from Diablo on the wall.
- In the attacking team's spawn area on the Route 66 map, there is a poster of Diableaux Hot Sauce, which is a reference to Diablo.
- On the restaurant's counter in the attacking team's spawn on Route 66, there is a comic titled Craft from the Stars, a word play of "StarCraft".
- On the soda fountain in the restaurant of Route 66, there is a Zerg symbol from StarCraft.
- Also on the soda fountain, there is a beverage called Dr. Boom, which is a reference to a World of Warcraft NPC, as well as a playing card in Hearthstone.
References to non-Blizzard games
- Roadhog's spray "Eyes" consists of a pig similar to the pig characters in the video game franchise Angry Birds.
- Torbjörn's spray "Catch a Ride" is a reference the character Scooter's catchphrase, as well as a mission, in the action role-playing first-person shooter Borderlands.
- Pharah's voice line "Rocket jump? That sounds dangerous" is a reference to the maneuver in the team-based online multiplayer first-person shooter video game Team Fortress 2, of which Overwatch is the "spiritual successor," being heavily inspired by it.
- Mercy's voice line "Need a second opinion?" is a reference to the line "Would you like a second opinion? You are also ugly!" spoken by the character the Medic in Team Fortress 2.
- Lúcio's voice line "You gotta believe!" is a reference to PaRappa's catchphrase, "I gotta believe!" in the rhythm video game PaRappa the Rapper.
- The "Huge Success" achievement for Symmetra is a reference to "Still Alive", the song featured during the closing credits of the 2007 puzzle-platform video game Portal.
- On the Eichenwalde map, the horns of Diablo, a character from Diablo, hangs on the wall among animal antlers in a store.
- Randomly, D.Va will enumerate the Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, B, A, start).
References to music
- Winston's line "Once more unto the breach" is a reference to the same quote from the Shakespeare play Henry V.
- Pharah's voice line "Play nice; play Pharah" is a reference to Blizzard Entertainment's mission statement, "Play nice; play fair."
- Pharah's voice line "Flying the friendly skies" is a reference to the American airline United Airlines' tagline.
- Torbjörn's voice line "Completion date? *laugh* When it's done!" is a reference to Blizzard Entertainment's history of not releasing release dates early in a game's development.[no citations needed here]
- D.Va's has several voice lines referencing Internet/video game slang: "Is this easy mode?" "*sigh* AFK" ("away from keyboard"), "GG!" ("good game"), "Nerf this" (a term used when a video game developer reduces the effectiveness of an in-game character, weapon, ability, etc.), "BRB" ("be right back"), "Ready, player 1?" "LOL" ("laugh out loud"), "No hacks required" (referring to video game cheating), and "Winkyface" (
- D.Va's line "Op, op, op D.Va style!" is a reference to the lyric "오빤 강남스타일 강남스타일" from the K-pop song "Gangnam Style".
- Hanzo's voice line "Flow like water" is a reference to Bruce Lee's quote "Be formless, shapeless, like water."
- Hanzo's voice line "From one thing, know ten thousand things" references the line from the book The Book of Five Rings.
- Tracer's line "Keep calm and Tracer on!" is a reference to the World War II motivational poster Keep Calm and Carry On.
- Zarya's line "In Russia, game plays you" is a reference to the Internet meme known as "Russian reversal" or "In Soviet Russia", popularized by the Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff in 1985.
- Zenyatta's voice line "I think; therefore, I am" is the English translation of "Cogito ergo sum", a famous philosophical proposition by the French philosopher René Descartes.
- Widowmaker's voice line "Let them eat cake" is a reference to the same quote, "Let them eat cake", a translation of the French phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche".
- The "Jail" spray, available for all heroes, has the caption "Go directly to jail", which is a reference to the "GO TO JAIL" card in the original 1933 board game Monopoly.
- Torbjörn's voice line "Some assembly required" is a reference to the Swedish multinational furniture corporation IKEA, which sells ready-to-assemble furniture.
- Torbjörn's "Uppgradera" and "Kanon" sprays mimic IKEA manuals.
- Zenyatta’s voice line "Hello, world" is a reference to "Hello, World!" programs, computer programs which simply displays or outputs "Hello, World!" to the user.
- Zenyatta's name, paired with the name of Tekhartha Mondatta (another character from Overwatch), reference Zenyatta Mondatta, an album by the English new wave band The Police.
- Lúcio's line "When the music hits, you feel no pain" is a reference to the quote "One good thing about music: when it hits you, you feel no pain" by Bob Marley.