Blizzard has included many in-jokes and pop-culture references in various forms throughout WoW.
- Reference to the butler Alfred Pennyworth on Batman.
- Her quests reference the bands "Avenged Sevenfold" and "Heart".
- Reference to Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford, the actor in all of the Indiana Jones movies. In Grizzly Hills.
- Reference to the actor of the same name, who appeared in such films as Dune, Quest for Fire and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory.
- Reference to Fansy the Famous Bard, a player from the early days of EverQuest's Sullon Zek "no rules PvP" server. Fansy gained something of a cult following on the server for single-handedly forcing the game's developers to change the server rules by repeatedly taking advantage of the low-level PvP immunity to train dozens of high-level mobs onto players from the other teams, and doing so with a truly memorable style to boot.
This is almost certainly a direct nod to the film Aliens, the character reference being to Private Vasquez. The in-game model of Vaskess has short cropped black hair and a red bandanna, the same that Private Vasquez wore in Aliens.
- Might refer to the Dutch specialist and historian about the United States Maarten van Rossem.
Another possibility is the Swedish aviator Carl Gustaf von Rosen, most well known for flying relief flights for the Red Cross and to refugees in Biafra.
- During the start of the fight, he's yelling "Sweep the leg! You got a problem with that?", which is an obvious reference to Cobra-Kai technique to eliminate Daniel from the tournament in the original Karate Kid movie.
- Reference to Baba ghanoush, an Arab dish.
- The name of the Cloth Armor Merchant in Dalaran is probably a reference to Ralph Lauren.
- A reference to the Norse mythological being "Jörmungandr", translated as the sea-serpent (or "worm").
- The questgiver wants players to kill a animal called "". Next to Pitch there is some hunters from the Frenzyheart Tribe, when players attack Pitch one of them yells "It's coming right for us!". An obvious reference to "Uncle" Jimbo from South Park that kills animals in "self defense" by shouting "It's coming right for us!".
- This quest appears to be named after lines uttered by General Jack D. Ripper in the movie Dr. Strangelove. The general was obsessed at the idea that water fluoridation was "a communist plot to sap our precious bodily fluids."
- This is an Alliance quest obtained from in the Borean Tundra, who wants players to use a net to pull down and kill . s
- , sitting at a camp in Grizzly Hills, asks players to fish up some salmon to feed his grizzly friend. In real life, Hugh Glass was a mountain man mauled by a bear, robbed, and left to die in the wilderness, struggling through 200 miles to survive. (The Saga of Hugh Glass by John Myers, ISBN 0-8032-5834-8)
Quality Assurance Lingo
- , , and , all quests in Icecrown and part of the same quest chain, are also terms often used in software quality assurance.
- This quest is available on the upper ring of the Nexus in Coldarra and is the daily to train for the 3rd phase of . It's also a Song of the UK band Iron Maiden.
- This quest begins once players find the , and references to the British TV series Doctor Who. The Doctor in this series has an item called a Sonic Screwdriver, which can effect almost anything mechanical or electrical, similar to what says about the Ultrasonic Screwdriver in the second quest, .