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- Street Fighter
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- A quest called Unsafe Passage given by Koro Mistweaver in Krasarang Wilds results in a part of dialog from the game Skyrim, where the guards would repeatedly say "I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee", which also became an internet meme later on. In the quest, while escorting Koro Mistweaver, you are attacked by a group of Riverblades, after which Koro would say: "Help me up, <name>. I... I took an arrow in the knee...".
- Duke Nukem
- The Numbers on Stack of Papers are a date and time stamp for when Diablo3 went online, May 15th, 2012 at 12:01AM PDT.
- Final Fantasy
- There's a house on top of a mountain in The Jade Forest, which has a reasonable amount of balloons connected to it. Inside the house, is a pandaren named Kar (which would be a reference to the old man in the movie, named Carl). Outside the house is a single grummle by the name of Rusty Nail, carrying a backpack, accompanied by a fox named Dig - these would be referring to the young boy by the name of Russell, and the dog, named Dog.
- How to Train Your Dragon
- The achievement How To Strain Your Dragon would appear to be a word play of the said movie, How To Train Your Dragon, in which there's a dragon race at the end of the film.
- Star Wars
- The Dark Knight
- The quest Why So Serious? is a popular catch-phrase by Joker, in the movie, The Dark Knight.
- Short Circuit
- The achievement Number Five Is Alive is a reference to Number 5, a designation given to 1 of 6 robots in the movie "Short Circuit". After being struck by lightning, "Number Five" becomes convinced that he is alive, and not just a machine. The achievement itself is the declaration made by the robot: "Number 5, not a machine. Number 5..... Is alive!"
- Lorewalker Cho's small crimson cloud serpent, Mishi, is a reference to Mushu, Mulan's red dragon guardian.
- The achievement You Said Crossing the Streams Was Bad is a reference to the famous line from the Ghostbusters (1984) movie.
- Alien (film)
- The achievement Face Clutchers is a reference to the Facehuggers from the Alien franchise.
- There's an NPC named Adele located in Townlong Steppes, more specifically in an area named The Widening Deep. The NPC moves by rolling on the ground, and with the name of the location, this is an obvious reference to the singer Adele and her song "Rolling in the Deep".
- Limp Bizkit
- The achievement Keep Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' is an obvious reference to Limp Bizkit's song "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)".
- The achievement Every Day I'm Pand-a-ren is an obvious reference to the song "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO, in which the phrase "every day I'm shuffling" is presented with a similar syllabication.
- The male pandaren /dance animation is based off of the choreography from LMFAO's music video, "Party Rock Anthem".
- The daily quest Red Blossom Leeks, You Make the Croc-in' World Go Down is a play off the lyrics from the song "Fat Bottomed Girls", where the actual phrase would be; "fat bottomed girls, you make the rockin' world go round".
- The female pandaren /dance animation is based off of the ever-so-popular Caramelldansen (The Caramell Dance).
- Paula Abdul
- The Protomen
- The scenario Assault the Shipyard for the Isle of Thunder achievement has Stages named after Songs of the Band. Stage 5 = Keep Quiet | Stage 6 = Light up the Night | Stage 7 / Final Stage = Breaking out
- The Yogscast
- There's an area named Honeydew Village located in The Jade Forest. This could be referring to Simon (better known as Honeydew), a member of the YouTube Let's Play group, Yogscast. Yogscast is an internet sensation that has promoted World of Warcraft in many ways, and therefore it would only make sense for this to be a dedication to Simon and the entire Yogscast team.
- Tiger Woods
- An area named Tigers' Wood located in The Jade Forest is an obvious reference to the famous golfer.
- Party of Five
- The achievement Party of Six is likely a reference to the TV show, Party of Five, which had it's run from 1994 to the year 2000.
- Dexter's Laboratory
- The achievement What Does This Button Do? is a likely reference to Dexter's sister Dee Dee who would often say, "oooooooooooo, what does this button do?" before pressing buttons at random on various machines in his lab.
- Ranma ½
- The Singing Pools, an area which is located in the pandaren starting area, The Wandering Isle, could be a vague reference to the Japanese manga series, Ranma ½, as if you fall into any of the pools, you're transformed into an animal.
- The Jungle Book
- The Hobbit
- Alice in Wonderland
- Harry Potter
- In the instance Scholomance there is a boss called professor Slate with the title <potions master>, an obvious reference to Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series.
- Lonesome George
- Conan the Barbarian
- Annie Get Your Gun (musical)
- The achievement Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better... is a reference to the famous song from Annie Get Your Gun.