Since the other thread is growing kinda big and I have a lot of free time, I decided to put all the confirmed references in a neat thread before it gets out of hand
Only References absolutely confirmed by Cleomedes will make it here
-Fire from Within references Superman IV: The Quest for Peace; specifically, Superman tossing all the nukes in the world into the sun.
-H____ is a reference to the game "horse", since there's 5 people in the picture and he's already got one of them down, hence the H
-Black, White and Red All over is newspaper, the costume of Crime Blotter
-Kiss the Sky is part of a lyric in Jimmy Hendrick's "Purple Haze"
-15 minutes is a reference to Andy Warhol's idea that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes"
-Form Follow Function is a reference a philosophy of architecture
-Hit 'Em Where You Ain't is a play on baseball advice from William Keller who said Hit them where they ain't
-breakbeat is a kind of musical rhythm from jazz
-Kick, Push is the title of a song by Lupe Fiasco
-Daddy-o 's 3 main cards are [Ctrl] , [Alt] , and[Del] . Obviously the abbreviations that are on the keyboard for Control+Alt+Delete.
-The MementoGlory days flavor text references golden age of comics being followed by the silver age of comics. The guy in it is the mayor
-Flotsam and Jetsam are common references through many works, and also actual things
-Bump the Shark. It seems to be a pun based on the common saying to jump the shark
-Alley-Oops: In this case, I believe it was simply intended as a pun more than a specific reference. The criminals head into an alley and, oops, there's The Crime Blotter ready to beat them down. - Cleomedes
-Ixnay is a reference to the latin pig language code - Setirb
-ixnay = nix - ChuckDaRightteous
-illkay otshay = kill shot - ChuckDaRightteous
-othay otshay = hot shot - ChuckDaRightteous
-Not so much an Easter Egg, but Arch Villainy is one of the worst puns ever. - MrsDoctorHorrible
-Sweet revenge is based on the saying "Revenge is Sweet" - deathalo44
-Art for Codename: Soldier and Codename: Sidekick is one and the same
-Bantam is a boxer. Bantamweight is a (very light) boxing weight class.
-Sunder tears things asunder. - TyJeesup
-Three Harmonies was the name of a secret Chinese society that led to the term 'triad' being used to describe all Chinese organized crime. - TyJeesup
-Dimetrodon was a real animal . Though you could easily confuse it for a dinosaur, it was actually a synapsid, which were the precursors to mammals. Makes a lot of his flavor text look silly, actually. - eh, I lost the reference in the thread
-For Dr. Tessera , a tesseract is hard to explain, but it is to the 4th dimension what a cube is to the 3rd and what a square is to the 2nd. - Alectric
-Pyrotechnique: Forget me not could is a reference to the Myosotis flower - felipe970421
-Alternate reference: Tessera and the Three Harmonies are both described as being "Mosaic", which in genetics refers to an organism into which genes from another organism have been transplanted. But in the other sense of "mosaic", the word for an individual tile in a mosaic is a tessera. - plujan
-Is is possible that On the Bubble is a wordplay of On the Double?
as its effect is clearly on the double. - Elifaus
-"Some Say..." sounds like it's a reference to the Robert Frost poem "Fire and Ice" ("Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice.") - plujan
-"the bigger the are..." the higher they fall (note from Felipe, wasn't it the harder they fall?) - Swandylia-matter over mind -> mind over matter. The flavour text is a refererence to Nietzsche. - Swandylia
-8-bits version of Torrent is a shout out to BitTorrent. - Swandylia
-Screen of death refers to the screen you often get when your computer or video game crashes (blue, black or whatever color) - heavyhitter86
-there's no eye in team: eye=I - EdeEe
-Eye See Now... again a I = Eye joke
-The crime line is the bat phone from the TV series - jaolen
-two birds is a reference to the popular phrase "2 birds, 1 stone", also, the gift itself is a stone, making it a visual pun - felipe970421
-Eyes in the Skies: Big Brother may not be watching, but Big Daddy is... reference to novel : Nineteen Eighty-Four "big brother is watching you
-Daddy 2.0 is pun, as it's pronounced Daddy two point O -Red thumb > Play on the "green thumb" idiom
-Shoulders of giants references the saying "Science s made from the shoulders of giants"
-the Thunder Liger ally is a reference to the pro wrestler Jushin "Thunder" Liger
-Sticks and stones references the saying "stick and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me"
-Swamp things refers to the swamp thing.
-The worms and worm riders are a reference to Frank Herbert's Dune series (and they have also showed up in other 5PG games before, too)
-Chronarchivist is a play on Time Keeper
-Fool me once references the idiom "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me"
-found and lost : > obviously refferring to lost and found (at areas), but it also can be referring in combination with picture and text and knowing a bit from story: The Crimson Mask "found" a glowstick and "lost" his memory
-Flavor Text in Dragon Punch is actually the command input for Shoryuken (translated as Dragon Punch too) the spinning uppercut from the Street Fighter series.
-the card. flavor text: "and then there were four" should be a reference to "And then there were none"
-big stick is a reference to Theodore Roosevelt, as in his famous saying "speak softly, and carry a big stick"
-Kick, Push: "ca-kunk, ca-kunk, kunk" is part of the lyrics
-in the picture for Last Laugh , the byline is Denny Goodwin aka the Crime Blotter
-Also, Conservator: Protector makes a reference to the doctor's maxim "First do no harm" (which is often mistakenly believed to be in the Hyppocratic Oath, but the wording is different). This is the second time Cleo's made the same "First do some harm" joke, the first being in Legacy of a Thousand Suns with the officer Larisa, who wears a similarly inappropriate nurse-fetish outfit.
-Part of the Kindling's lore text is "Flame on!", which could be a reference to the Human Torch. - Silver Rose
-The artwork for the new Up and at 'em card has got to be an homage to Wolverine & Colossus' Fastball Special.
-Lore on Matter over Mind"When you gaze into the abyss , I'm what gazes back." is took from a Nietzsche quote : And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.
-The progression from Lesser Focus to Greater Focus follows the advice of The Abyss by... blocking out the advice of The Abyss (this might seem obvious, but I didn't get it until I chanced upon the text of Focus)
-the "payload of titanium rods" (of Nova/help from above) is "kinetic orbital bombardment"
-In "Sparring Practice" you can see Devastatrix, Diamonoid and Trebuchet in the poster
-8 Bit Flavor Text mentions Donkey Kong and Pack Man
-Hot potato and too hot to handle: "He Reached for the ladder. So did Beacon .... and then Denny's hands started to burn", they are also partners in art
-Early Edition : If he ever finds a place that sells fish and chips in the traditional manner, his life will be complete. refering to the way in UK fish and chips are sold (wraped in newspapers)
-On Your Feet: "Do you see a three-headed dog?" > cerberus greekmythology guardian of underworls / "A guy who can't reach an apple?" refering to Tantalus greekmythology punishment: fruits branches move away from him.
-the Public Access flavor text is a reference to this
fire & ice showes the handformation for "dragonball kamehameha / streetfightre haidoken" and the energy from fire+ ice
-By the Book - basically references the rest of the 5PG games.
-Take Down : However, they also knew that real fights didn't happen in phone booths. Derived from a boxing expression
-There is a quote on one of the worm rider cards referring to a "melange of spice", which is another Dune reference.
-Rumble: 1D8 refers to 1 throw of a 8-sided dice in a tabletop RPG
-Cornerstone Gladiator: He says gladiator is "swordsman" in his flavor text. That is because the sword used that age was known as "gladius". Gladiator is the man who wield the "gladius" thus swordsman in modern english. To elaborate on that, 'gladius' is the Latin word for 'sword'. Back then it was used to describe a range of weapons. Though in the modern age we tend to use it to refer specifically to the gladius Hispaniensis of the Roman legions.
-Look Up: The "drop a piano" thing is quite common. It can be found in many old cartoons, and other fiction works. See for examples the TVtropes entry.
-+2 Goggles "They do nothing!" = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juFZh92MUOY - ElWooko
-Scarlet Tiger's Foot Shukos make a reference to The Karate Kid~ - Silver Rose
-From the Scuba Pants: An Emergent once turned up at the EFL and announced that he could communicate with fish. The Cornerman patted him on the shoulder in an avuncular manner, and suggested that he return when he had powers that actually matter. Obvious reference to Aquaman - streetfelineblue
-The lore on the Scuba Helmet is a play on the tagline of Jaws 2. - Silver Rose
-The lore on Sleek-Shadow Pants seems to me to be a reference to Laura Branigan's "Self Control" - yuiikari
-Issue 2 Encounter Diamonds Are Forever comes from James Bond movie of same name.
-The third issue, "Welcome to the Jungle" comes from the popular song of the same name by Guns n' Roses. The various instances throughout the issue also use lyrics from said song.
-The title for chapter 4 Hat's All Folks! is based off the That's all folks! porky pig would say at the end of old cartoons but missing the T. - dynoslayer
-i7: Familiar Symmetry refers to William Blake's poem The Tyger
-All the nodes in Issue 3 are (terrible) hat puns.
-#9 node For whom the bell tolls is a song of Metallica. Beauty and the beasts refers from the story "beauty and the beast" - Swandylia
-Tinker, maser , soldier, spy is a be a refrerence to the movie/TV series title tinker, tailor, soldier, spy
-Knight Rider in selection screen of i13 referencing Knight Rider the old TV show?
-In the issue 6 encounter "Helios, Fiery Foe" Daddy-O quotes William Blake's poem "The Tyger". However, he uses the correct spelling of "tiger" instead of the original version.
-Type "somebody set up us the bomb" in chat during a brawl . The brawl boss will reply "What you say?". This is a reference to the All Your Base meme.
-this isn't technically an Easter egg in this game. In Lots the newest equipment in the lab makes direct reference to the Emergents and that they are all technically different types of psychics. They also reference Aloysius Zeroth and his satellite and thegenesis squadron .
-Dont know if this is a reference to the in game characters and their unknown back story, but the first time you encounter a mission opponent using the cold casememento are the form and the function . Is this a possible reference to the back story to the two masked EFL fighters? - dynoslayer
-Interface reference: Ludicrous speed is a reference to Spaceballs. It would be fun if it were inside Mr. Speed Setting, but I can do without the game going Plaid on me. - Milkman
-The 1st area in LoTS zone 10 (Because I'm the wanderer), the city where tech-fist and mech-leg reside is called new Culverton, and Legacy of Heros takes place in Culverton. The boss of the LoTS zone is The Hat (or current wearer of the hat ). Just wondering which came first zone 10 in LoTS or Legacy of Heroes. - dynoslayer
-Tech-fist and Mech-leg are both Vigilantes and are stated to fight supervillains together, making them a reference to the Heroes
-the Crisis difficulty setting could be a reference to the DC's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" arc - LaughTrack
-#Z03MG has a Twitter feed - Draknos
-The Space Station AI mentions how Zeroth calls the Dimetrodrones by "Red Shirts". This is a reference to Star Treck trope which states that the guys in the Red Shirts (security guys) are just cannon fodder (read: they are there just to be killed by the bad guys to make them seem a big threat ). - Setirb
-In Greek mythology, Phaeton is the son of (professor) Helios who, after learning his father is the sun god, attempts to drive his sun chariot. Being on the mortal side, he screws up and brings the sun dangerously close to Earth. He must be killed by Zeus (Zeroth) to prevent disaster. - TyJeesup
-The new craft part, the Bantem/Bookworm sparring picture looks like the freeze frame ending to Rocky III - MrsDoctorHorrible
-duel rank 17 "count of monte fisto" is a pun on count of monte christo (note from Felipe, the reference is from Rocky IV) - Swandylia
-Tactical Packs reference tictacs - EdeEe
-Show Stopper's buff says: Your Threatshave a +33% to deal +1 damage for each Allyin your depletionpile. I am a koala with 15 hands! -In the introduction of the sunderground MB, the Conservator says "Asclepius kowns we have a shortage [...]" Ascelpius is the latin/greek god of Medecine.
Only things that get the "This is correct" or similar go above this.
-In issue 7, when the hat says "There is so much time and so little you can do", this is a reference to something obscure -Is Iso-man a reference to TMBG's Particle Man? - doiron
Originally Posted by Silver Rose
Also, I should probably consider placing all of the confirmed finds in the first post. Once I stop being lazy.
Shame on you Silver
And remember people
Originally Posted by Cleomedes
Walruses are important.
spoiler formatting is weird, I can't get it to stop showing two spoilers in unconfirmed
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-The 1st area in LoTS zone 10 (Because I'm the wanderer), the city where tech-fist and mech-leg reside is called new Culverton, and Legacy of Heros takes place in Culverton. The boss of the LoTS zone is The Hat (or current wearer of the hat ). Just wondering which came first zone 10 in LoTS or Legacy of Heroes.
Tech-fist and Mech-leg are both Vigilantes and are stated to fight supervillains together, coincidence? They are the only heroes apart from maybe the Mr. Justice Alliance raid (who is he anyway? I wish I could see the rallying cries on Kong)
Tech-fist and Mech-leg are both Vigilantes and are stated to fight supervillains together, coincidence?
No, it's not a coincidence. I made them a husband / wife team because of the 5PG employees they're based on.
They are the only heroes apart from maybe the Mr. Justice Alliance raid
There are some other examples. Grim Reaper is also a vigilante, for example.
(who is he anyway? I wish I could see the rallying cries on Kong)
As soon as the tech can be put in place, that information should be available as tool-tips on all platforms. The one for Mr. Justice is just a short snippet though. It reads as follows:
It was a noble endeavor. A law enforcement agent crippled in the line of duty volunteered for an experiment designed to turn him into a superhero capable of waging war on the criminal underworld. But something went wrong, and Mr. Justice has gone berserk. Now he threatens the very people he wished to protect.
Cheap Shot is a meta-joke. In that, all first attacks are basically cheap shots, so why not make a literal card called that and make it rather terrible except in that one condition?
The name wasn't intended to be a reference / joke.
Sunder's phone number on the Collect Call card looks like 209 which would put him in Northern California not too far from the 5th Planet Games offices
The number was actually put together at random, so that's a coincidence.
Also, since she's described as being a part-human, part-gorilla, part-tiger and part-shark, the number 4 sort of fits with the name. This also fits as her being the 'next' boss after Three Harmonies, as 4 follows 3. She's also a key part of the time travel plot of volume 2, and time is often seen as the 4th dimension.
"Mere mental ability brought me victory in the past, but it is no longer enough. Now, flame has ignited within me, providing me with the strength of dragons. And with that strength, I have the burning urge to fight, incinerating any opponent I come across." - Draknos
"NOVA is the only way.. nuke him with fire.. FROM SPACE!" - Kalevra