|This page lists well-established cultural references in Fallout 3.|
- 1 1984
- 2 Aliens
- 3 A Boy And His Dog
- 4 AC/DC
- 5 American Civil War
- 6 Apocalypse Now
- 7 Beatles, The
- 8 Beneath the Planet of the Apes
- 9 Bible, the
- 10 Big Boy restaurants
- 11 Billy Idol
- 12 Black Isle Studios
- 13 Blade Runner
- 14 Bradbury, Ray
- 15 "Calvin and Hobbes"
- 16 Chevrolet
- 17 Christianity
- 18 Chrysler
- 19 Clue
- 20 Coca-Cola
- 21 Cool Hand Luke
- 22 Conan the Barbarian
- 23 Crowley, Aleister
- 24 Dewey, John
- 25 Dirty Harry
- 26 Die Hard
- 27 Dracula
- 28 Duck and Cover
- 29 Dune
- 30 The Elder Scrolls games
- 31 Ellis, Warren
- 32 Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness
- 33 Fawkes, Guy
- 34 Fear Factory
- 35 Flags of Our Fathers
- 36 Gorillas in the Mist
- 37 GURPS
- 38 Hallucinogens
- 39 Harvey
- 40 I Married a Communist
- 41 Hindu culture
- 42 Incredible Hulk, The
- 43 Internet culture
- 44 Interplay
- 45 Invasion of the Body Snatchers
- 46 James Bond
- 47 Jefferson, Thomas
- 48 Judas Priest
- 49 Lincoln, Abraham
- 50 Living Dead/George Romero series
- 51 Led Zeppelin
- 52 Lost
- 53 Lovecraft, H.P.
- 54 MacArthur, Douglas
- 55 Mad Max
- 56 Mandroid
- 57 Megadeth
- 58 Ministry
- 59 Moby Dick
- 60 Monty Python
- 61 Moore, Alan
- 62 Music Man, The
- 63 "Mystery Science Theater 3000"
- 64 Mythology, Chinese
- 65 Mythology, Greek
- 66 Mythology, Norse
- 67 Neuromancer
- 68 Occam's Razor
- 69 Paradise Lost
- 70 Peanuts
- 71 Pittsburgh
- 72 Princess Bride, The
- 73 Promethea
- 74 P.S. I Love You
- 75 "Raven, The"
- 76 Red Army propaganda
- 77 "Relic Hunter"
- 78 Road, The
- 79 Roosevelt, Franklin
- 80 Rosie the Riveter
- 81 Rubin, Rick
- 82 Sagan, Carl
- 83 Saving Private Ryan
- 84 Schindler's List
- 85 Serenity
- 86 "Sifl and Olly Show, The"
- 87 Simpsons, The
- 88 Snatcher
- 89 Smokey the Bear
- 90 Spam
- 91 Starship Troopers
- 92 Star Trek
- 93 "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope"
- 94 Sting (musician)
- 95 Strapping Young Lad
- 96 Superman
- 97 Tank Girl
- 98 Terminator
- 99 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
- 100 Them!
- 101 The Thing
- 102 Tommy James & The Shondells
- 103 Transformers
- 104 United States nuclear weapons program
- 105 United States moon landing
- 106 Washington, George
- 107 Wasteland
- 108 West Side Story
- 109 Wild Bill
- 110 Wizard of Oz, The
- 111 Wolfman Jack
- 112 X-Men
- 113 Zen Buddhism
- 114 References
- Irving Cheng's computer contains a "Daily Affirmation" which reads, "Comrade Cheng is Watching You." See "Big Brother is watching you."
- Vault 92's overseer's terminal contains the phrase, "Sanity is not statistical."
- It is possible that Vault 101 is named after the infamous Room 101 in the novel 1984.
- Brick is most likely inspired by Vasquez, the Marine from Aliens, who has the same kind of weapon, haircut and attitude.
- The way Sally from Mothership Zeta uses the air ducts to open the alien doors is reminiscent of Newt from the film.
A Boy And His Dog
See also Led Zeppelin.
American Civil War
Mister Gutsy often says, "There is nothing I like better than the smell of plasma in the morning." See "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
Charon will occasionally remark that he finds happiness in a warm gun, alluding to a song called 'Happiness is a Warm Gun' by The Beatles.
Beneath the Planet of the Apes
The Lone Wanderer's birth date, 7/13/2258, is a Biblical reference to Micah 7:13, which reads: "And the earth will become desolate because of her inhabitants, on account of the fruit of their deeds." This aptly describes the whole Fallout series.
Big Boy restaurants
Black Isle Studios
- Inside the Museum of Technology, a plaque describes the fate of the USS Ebon Atoll, a missile destroyer that was torpedoed by a US submarine off the coast of Alaska. "Ebon" is short for "Ebony", a word for black, and "atoll" is another word for island, or isle. The fate of the boat is also similar to Black Isle's, having been "torpedoed" by their parent company, Interplay.
- In the Point Lookout add-on, the loading screens and several terminals mention Isla Negra Holdings, the company that built the Pilgrim's Landing boardwalk. "Isla Negra" is Spanish for Black Isle.
- The Replicated Man refers, in name, content and theme, to the replicants from the film Blade Runner.
- Fawkes says "Wake up, time to die," during the quest Finding the Garden of Eden.
The McClellan Family Townhome is also a reference to the McClellan family in another one of Ray Bradbury's books, Fahrenheit 451.
"Calvin and Hobbes"
Chryslus Motors is a reference to Chrysler.
The butler in My Megaton house is a Mister Handy robot named "Wadsworth". Wadsworth the Butler is Tim Curry's character in the film Clue. Like other Mister Handy robots, Wadsworth speaks in a tone and voice similar to that employed by Tim Curry in the film.
- Nuka-Cola is Fallout's version of Coca-Cola. The Nuka-Cola bottles, vending machines, and advertisements mirror those of the Coca-Cola brand in the 1950s.
- Sierra Petrovita claims to be addicted to Nuka-Cola, a reference to the fact that the original Coca-Cola recipe included cocaine.
Cool Hand Luke
Conan the Barbarian
Callahan's magnum refers to Dirty Harry's signature Smith & Wesson revolver, and it's also the strongest revolver in the game, fitting with Harry's quote "and it's the most powerful handgun in the world".
Similarly, the character of Harold Callahan is a reference to Clint Eastwood's character in the film, Harry Callahan.
- Lucy West, the woman who kicks off the Blood Ties quest, is a reference to Lucy Westenra, Mina Murray's friend in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Arefu is a small village in Romania, most well known for its proximity to the former castle of Vlad Tepes (aka "Dracula" and "Vlad the Impaler").
Duck and Cover
The Elder Scrolls games
Bethesda Softworks, which created all the Elder Scrolls games as well as Fallout 3, has a practice and history of reusing voice actors, quest designs, names of places, character designs, dialogue lines, and other game materials. Use of such in Fallout 3 does not constitute a cultural reference.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- A utility pole with the unique identification tag "TES-04" is located along the outside of the city wall at Big Town, at the exact center of the game map.
Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness
One of the PC's dialogue choices upon encountering Moira, after she becomes a ghoul, is, "Honey, you got reeeal ugly!", a line from Army of Darkness.
- The first log entry in the Research Lead terminals in the Museum of Technology contains lyrics from the song Archetype by the band Fear Factory: The infection has been removed / the soul of this machine has improved.
- The mainframe is named the "Archetype Model FF06"--Archetype being the song name, FF standing for Fear Factory, and 06 being the album number.
- Vocalist Burton C. Bell's name can be abbreviated to B. Bell, the researcher's name.
Flags of Our Fathers
During the Fallout 3 add-on Operation: Anchorage, a reporter is gathering a group of soldiers for a photo and says "Maybe someone will make this picture into a statue one day." This is a reference to the film Flags of Our Fathers.
Gorillas in the Mist
The picture for the Animal Friend perk may be a reference to the play Harvey, in which the main character claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend, Harvey, whom describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall anthropomorphic rabbit.
I Married a Communist
The brahmin in all the Fallout games refer to the Brahmin in Hindu culture. Their use in the Fallout games is likely a play on the reverence held for cows in Hindu culture. This has been seen as disrespectful to the Hindu culture, and use of the name brahmin was banned in India from Fallout 3.
Incredible Hulk, The
- A Mister Gutsy says, "I'm starting to get angry. You would not like me when I'm angry." This is much like what Dr. Banner says to Mr. Mcgee in the opening sequence of the TV series The Incredible Hulk. Exact quote: "Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."
- The image for the Nerd Rage looks like Bruce Banner transforming into the Hulk.
Moira Brown's terminal password is MB3K-OMFG; the last four characters, OMFG, are a common internet acronym for "Oh My Fucking God".
In Chevy Chase just outside the stairs down to Tenleytown/Friendship station, there's a small square with a monument that is a wink to Interplay (the original publishers of Fallout 1 and 2). The bronze Earth with a circling rocket appeared prominently when launching Fallout 1 and 2, Interplay's official logo.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance," and "Commerce with all nations, alliance with none," - both lines spoken by John Henry Eden - are attributed to Thomas Jefferson.
The unique raider armor Leather Rebel in the The Pitt is a reference to the Judas Priest song "Leather Rebel". Specifically, the claim that the armor was previously owned by a priest who claimed to be bulletproof. The claim of bullet proof is in the fifth verse while the "Priest" is the band name.
- The karmic title "Last, Best Hope of Humanity" is a phrase which has its origin in Lincoln's closing remarks to his 1862 Annual Message to Congress, "We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth." ("Last, best hope" has since become a popular rhetorical trope.)
- The dog's name "Four Score" is a reference to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
- Abraham Washington's first name is a reference to Abraham Lincoln.
- Lincoln's repeater is a reference to Abraham Lincoln's Henry rifle.
Living Dead/George Romero series
The name of the quest, You Gotta Shoot 'Em in the Head refers to the rule of zombie fiction that the only way to dispatch a zombie is to destroy the brain.
Dawn of the Dead
- In the The Pitt add-on, Everett says, "from here to Monroeville," which is a reference to Dawn of the Dead, a movie in which most of the action takes place in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.
Land of the Dead
The Escalator to Heaven perk is a reference to the Led Zeppelin song "Stairway to Heaven".
See also AC/DC.
The story told in the personal logs found in the Dunwich Building, the name of the building, and the whispering obelisk found in the Virulent Underchambers refer to Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos/setting. See The Dunwich Horror.
Sergeant RL-3 paraphrases General Douglas MacArthur's famous farewell speech, in which he – in his last official appearance – addressed the U.S. Congress, presenting and defending his side of the disagreement with Truman over the conduct of the Korean War.
Specifically, Sergeant RL-3 quotes the line "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away..." – with "Old warbots never die! We just rust away.". This is originally from a stanza from the soldiers' folklore song Old soldiers never die.
The Mad Max movies, starring Mel Gibson as a post-apocalyptic warrior, are a pervasive influence on the Fallout series.
- The raiders' style of dressing is similar to that of the various raider and biker gangs in the Mad Max films.
- The design of the leather armor in all four Fallout games is based on Mel Gibson's armor in the Mad Max series, particularly the single-sleeved armor in The Road Warrior.
- Medical braces are similar to those that Max wears on his left leg in the films.
- One of the Little Lamplight children uses the word humongous incorrectly, saying "humungus." Though it appears incorrect, it is actually a reference to Lord Humungus, the leader of the antagonizing gang in The Road Warrior.
- A picture of the main character walking beside Dogmeat that is featured on the back of the packaging and in every ending is an homage to the image of Max walking beside his dog from The Road Warrior.
- Fallout 3's Dogmeat is a Blue Heeler, the same breed as Max's dog in The Road Warrior.
- There is a random encounter with a character named Mel, who wears a leather jacket and sports a sawed-off shotgun. High Perception grants the information that the shotgun is unloaded. In The Road Warrior, Max (played by Mel Gibson) threatens the Gyrocaptain with his shotgun, even though it wasn't loaded.
- The scoped .44 magnum/Blackhawk resembles the gun used by the Lord Humungus in The Road Warrior, which was a scoped Smith & Wesson Model 29.
- The raider blastmaster helmet resembles the helmet worn by Blaster.
- The outfit worn by Robert MacCready – Mayor of Little Lamplight – is identical to the costume worn by Jedediah Jr.: a pith helmet, goggles, and a jacket one size too big. Jedediah Jr. is the son of Jedediah the Transavia PL-12 Airtruk aka "The Flying Jalopy".
- The image for the perk Pitt Fighter depicts Vault Boy wearing armor identical to the armor worn by Blaster.
- The name of the unique metal armor Metal Master armor is a reference to Blaster.
- The unique laser rifle "Metal Blaster" is a reference to Blaster. Both in its name and in that it was built by a genius from out of town.
- The form and function of The Hole resembles the Thunderdome itself.
- The tattered and worn outfits worn by the slaves of The Pitt resemble those worn by the slaves of Bartertown.
Dr. Zimmer is probably a reference to the film Mandroid, in which Dr. Karl Zimmer is the creator of a humanoid robot.
The phrase "First mistake... last mistake," uttered by Pitt raiders, Wildmen and several other hostiles, is from the Megadeth song "Holy Wars" from the album Rust in Peace.
If the player visits Fort Independence and asks an Outcast named Defender Morgan, "What have you got against the Brotherhood?", she will refer to Elder Lyons as "Ahab Lyons", who "is off chasing his super mutant white whale." This is a reference to Herman Melville's Moby Dick. If the player passes an Intelligence check, you can continue the reference by inquiring as to whether Morgan believes that Lyons will be killed by the super mutants, to which Morgan expresses surprise that the player has knowledge of the story.
- Several terminals in the Museum of Technology contain notes from the lead researcher, Professor R. J. Gumbie; a reference to the Monty Python character Professor R.J. Gumby.
- Squire Maxson says that he "sort of shot" Sentinel Lyons but that it's "just a flesh wound." The black knight in The Holy Grail says the same thing, after having his arms and legs cut off.
Music Man, The
Dr. Zimmer's line, "And he's right here in Rivet City!" is a reference to the song Trouble Right Here In River City.
"Mystery Science Theater 3000"
- The Hubris Comics computers list a comic called Drake Tungsten, Chrono-Cowboy. This is a reference to the episode Hercules Against the Moon Men.
- A computer in the National Archives contains a memo from the man in charge of robot maintenance signed, P. Brantseg. Patrick Brantseg voiced Gypsy on the show and was in charge of building and maintaining the puppets, causing him to be listed in the show's credits as "puppet wrangler."
- In Chinese mythology, Xuanlong, also known as the Black Dragon, is the highest rank of dragons of their tiered system. Thus, the Xuanlong assault rifle, is so named because it is extremely powerful, more so than ordinary Chinese assault rifles.
- Cerberus is a reference to the Cerberus of Greek mythology. While Cerberus the robot acts as a guard dog for the settlement Underworld, Cerberus of Greek mythology acts a guard dog to the gate of the Underworld.
- Charon is a reference to the Charon of Greek mythology, an immortal who presides as the ferryman of Hades who carries the souls of the dead across the River Styx and Acheron.
- Centaurs refer to the centaurs of Greek mythology, a mythical race of creatures that are half-man, half-horse.
- Underworld is an reference to the Underworld, the last destination for souls of those recently deceased.
- The slaver that kills the bartender in Paradise Falls, Ymir, is a reference to the Norse frost giant whose body is the foundation of Midgard (the Earth). His son is called Jotun, which is the name of the race of the Norse giants, Jötunn.
- A raider named Thor (the Norse god of storms and strength) is referenced by recordings found in the Dunwich Building.
- The names of Desmond Lockheart's dogs Freki and Geri in Point Lookout are a reference to Odin's two wolf companions named Freki and Geri. Freki roughly translates to "ravenous", Geri to "greedy".
Occam's Razor refers to the scientific principle of the same name. The principle states that among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. Other, more complicated solutions may ultimately prove correct, but—in the absence of certainty—the fewer assumptions that are made, the better. It was popularized by William of Ockham, who used it frequently and effectively.
- John Milton's Paradise Lost appears in Fallout 3 as a skill-training book.
- The name of the area Paradise Falls is a multiple entendre referencing Paradise Lost.
In the town "Little Lamplight" the doctor, Lucy, is a reference to the character "Lucy" from Charles Schultz's Peanuts. Inside of the clinic where she is located, a sign reading "The Doctor is in" can be found, which was often seen on Lucy's stand in the series.
- Lulu, the woman who claims to feed the army in Uptown, is named after Lulu's noodles, a popular restaurant near the University of Pittsburgh.
- The character's name, Reddup, is a Pittsburgh term meaning 'to clean.'
- Duke may be named after Duquesne University.
- Mex is most likely a reference to the chain of Mad Mex restaurants, which are relatively popular in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, e.g. Monroeville and Squirrel Hill.
- Phantom is a reference to Pittsburgh's only amusement park, Kennywood, that has a roller coaster called "The Steel Phantom", which was later rebuilt and renamed the "Phantom's Revenge".
- Squill's name is likely a reference to Squirrel Hill, a residential Pittsburgh neighborhood that Carnegie Mellon University students (though not most other Pittsburghers) call "Squill Hill" for short.
Princess Bride, The
While patching up the PC during the Wasteland Survival Guide personal injury sub-quest, Moira asks the PC to describe the pain with the line, "And remember, this is for posterity!" This echoes a line used by Count Rugin in The Princess Bride when asking Westley to describe the torture in the Pit of Despair.
P.S. I Love You
A movie marquee in Vernon Square displays the title "P.S. I Hate You," a reference to the film "P.S. I Love You".
The holodisk Box 1191 - Password Backup is a reference to Edgar Allen Poe's story "The Raven".
Red Army propaganda
The Civil Defense Administration poster, "Where will you be when the holocaust comes?" is modeled after a Soviet Red Army recruitment poster.
The Road is a 2006 novel by Cormac McCarthy. This post-apocalyptic story influenced Bethesda Softworks (as mentioned by Todd Howard in this interview) in their work on Fallout 3. There are no specific references to the book in the game.
Rosie the Riveter
The haircut "Wendy the Welder", available to female characters, is a reference to Rosie the Riveter, a model for working women during World War II.
The planetarium exhibit's prerecorded guide in the Museum of Technology has a voice and introduction that is a reference to Carl Sagan and his Cosmos educational series.
Saving Private Ryan
- When asked what she does for the Brotherhood, Knight Captain Dusk replies that she is a sniper, and then says "I'm a sniper with the Pride. Put any mutie bastard within one mile of me and my rifle and, well... pack it up troops. Fight's over. Colvin thinks he's a better shot. Man's delusional." Jackson in Saving Private Ryan makes the same remark, with 'Hitler' replacing 'mutie' as the subject.
- When asked what his real name is, Knight Captain Gallows responds with "What's the pool up to?", similar to Captain Miller's response in Saving Private Ryan when a query is made regarding his occupation.
"Sifl and Olly Show, The"
One of the 911 Dispatch terminals in the Germantown police HQ contains rantings referencing the song "Llama School" from The Sifl and Olly Show. The password for a computer terminal in the same building is "Vicious Coy", the name of the Precious Roy knockoff on the X-and-O show.
Some of the radios and televisions in the Wasteland are called Radiation Kings (there is also a Radiation King store in downtown D.C.), which is the name of the TV Homer had as a young boy. This easter egg was originally present in the opening movie of Fallout.
Smokey the Bear
When Three Dog is talking about radiation, he says, "Remember, only you can prevent human flesh fires." This is a reference to the iconic slogan "only you can prevent forest fires."
One of the Brotherhood of Steel soldiers spurs on his comrades by asking whether they want to live forever. The quote is similar to, "Come on, you apes, you want to live forever?" which figures prominently in Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers and its movie adaptation. That, in turn, is a reference to a quote sometimes attributed to one Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph "Dan" Daly and having an extensive history going back at least to Frederick the Great.
"Star Trek: The Original Series"
- During the first fade-to-white in the opening character creation, The Overseer says, "Dammit! We need a doctor, not a scientist", a reference to lines in the original Star Trek in which Leonard McCoy says to Captain Kirk, "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a [profession that isn't medical]".
- Dr. Preston in Rivet City will say "I'm a doctor, not a dealer!" when asked about purchasing chems.
- The Adventures of Captain Cosmos takes its inspiration from Star Trek. Captain Cosmos is known to have aired at 8:00 P.M. on Thursdays (the timeslot that Star Trek filled during its first two seasons in the real world).
- In the Mothership Zeta add-on, the Lone Wanderer and Sally (who is a fan of Captain Cosmos) take a diverse crew into ship-to-ship combat against another alien mothership.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- The password for the shipping computer in the Nuka-Cola plant is NC-C1864. The call letters of the USS Reliant, the ship hijacked by Khan, were NCC-1864.
- The end of the final quest Take it Back! (if the player chooses to take the path of self-sacrifice) resembles Spock's self-sacrifice at the end of the movie.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
"Star Trek: The Next Generation"
- Protector McGraw stated that the Anchorage Reclamation Simulation ran without "safety protocols", which meant that a person killed inside the simulation would also die in the real world. The holodecks introduced in The Next Generation had a similar safety protocol feature that was often disabled as part of an episode's plot.
Star Trek: Voyager
- The robot Sawbones greets you with, "Please state the nature of the medical emergency"--the signature phrase of the Emergency Medical hologram "The Doctor" from Star Trek: Voyager.
"Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope"
During the Mothership Zeta add on, you can optionally enter the waste disposal area of the ship during the quest-line 'Among The Stars' where you meet Sally fixing an elevator and an optional speech option is "what an incredible smell you've discovered" which is also Han Solo's line from Episode IV: A New Hope in which the main characters find themselves in the maintenance level of the Death Star.
Strapping Young Lad
The bottom log entry on the Maintenance Department terminal in the Presidential Sub Level (accessed through a Broken Steel quest) ends with lyrics to Canadian heavy metal band Strapping Young Lad's song "Detox": "I wish that I could get to sleep and just get this over with... this is only high school bullshit. I'm lost, I'm freaking and everybody knows... everyone's watching."
The picture for the Toughness perk is similar to the Superman suit and pose.
The breastplates of raider ordinance armor's female counterpart, which are missile-shaped, are similar to the one Tank Girl wears in Episode 4 (Feb-89). The film adaptation also depicts similar usage.
When talking to the slave Prosper in The Pitt add-on, one dialogue option reads, "Your Clothes. Give them to me. Now." Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in The Terminator says the same line after arriving naked from time-traveling.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The picture for the Cyborg perk refers to the Terminator series T-800 appearance with its face damaged.
Tommy James & The Shondells
One of the phrases Liberty Prime says while fully activated is "Freedom is the sovereign right of all Americans", which is similar to Optimus Prime's motto "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." While Emil Pagliarulo denied any intentional relation between Liberty Prime and Optimus Prime, he admitted he could have made the reference subconsciously, as he sometimes is known to do.
United States nuclear weapons program
United States moon landing
When completing Head of State in favor of the Slavers, Three Dog will report on the incident with a news section on Galaxy News Radio. He closes with the phrase "One small step backwards for man, one giant evolutionary rewind for mankind...". This is a reference to U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong's quote after taking his first step on the moon. The original quote is "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Abraham Washington's last name is a reference to George Washington
West Side Story
Paul Hannon Jr. has a line, "Birth to Earth, womb to tomb." This is a direct quote from the Broadway show West Side Story, in which the character is also a member of a young 50's American gang.
Wizard of Oz, The
After completing The American Dream and convincing President Eden to self-destruct, Three Dog will report on the incident on Galaxy News Radio, opening with the phrase: "Ding, dong, the sanctimonious, self-righteous, self-proclaimed Presidential asshole is dead!". This is a reference to "Ding, dong, the witch is dead!" sung by the munchkins in The Wizard of Oz.
- When the PC tries to rob Uncle Leo, his dialogue—in which he tells you the clothes are a gift and he wishes he could give you the "wonderful moon"--comes from the following Zen Buddhist koan:
Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing to steal.
Ryokan returned and caught him. "You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.
Ryoken sat naked, watching the moon. "Poor fellow," he mused, "I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Much of the random dialogue from Fawkes can be heard as simple wasteland survival advice but also references Zen philosophy. Examples include "Be aware of the present moment" and "There is safety in mindfulness".
- The Lone Wanderer: "I just wanted to make sure you were still here. Goodbye."
Sergeant RL-3: "Old war-bots never die! We just rust away."
(Sergeant RL-3's dialogue)
- The Lone Wanderer: "What do you do here?"
Dusk: "I'm a sniper with the Pride. Put any mutie bastard within one mile of me and my rifle and, well... pack it up troops. Fight's over. Colvin thinks he's a better shot. Man's delusional."
- Museum Authority Workstation, Log Entry MA-0085
- Sawbones: "Please state the nature of the medical emergency."
(Sawbones' dialogue (Fallout 3))
- Fallout 3 Afterthoughts on 1Up.com