In Baldur's Gate, there are numerous references to books, other games, movies, plays, TV shows, music and other subjects of pop culture or history inserted by the developers. This page is a list of all that appear in the base game and Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast and Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.
Note: This list is far from complete, and more additions are needed.
- Jaheira's comment "by your command," spoken in a monotonous, robotic manner, is very similar to the way the Cylons in the original Battlestar Galactica series would acknowledge an order given to them.
- Xzar's line "I am become death, destroyer of worlds!" is a reference to a verse from the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu holy book.
- In the Black Pits, the Tier I battle 'How to Raise the Dead and Influence People' is a reference to the 1937 self-help book How to Win Friends and Influence People.
- Bub Snikt is a reference to the Marvel character 'Wolverine.' 'Snikt' refers to the sound effect used in the comics to accompany the extension of his claws, and 'Bub' is a nickname he uses for just about everyone he meets. He also appears to have a heightened sense of smell, like Wolverine. Lastly, he makes a similar comment, saying, "You could say that. Ain't pretty though" (when telling him that he appears to be good at what he does), whereas Wolverine has said, "I'm the best there is at what I do. But what I do best isn't very nice."
- In the Black Pits, the Tier II battle 'Unfriendly Neighborhood Spider Man' is a clear reference to the Spider-Man franchise.
Edgar Allen PoeEdit
- Poe, a 'poet' found on the Firewine Bridge, is a reference to the 19th Century poet and author Edgar Allen Poe.
- The quest Rescue Marlowe's Daughter is a reference to the legend of Faust, which is about a man who sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for power and knowledge. Marlowe and Vongoethe refer to Christopher Marlowe and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, both of whom wrote their own versions of the legend.
Galileo Galilei Edit
- In the Temple area to the east of Beregost, an NPC by the name of Galileus can be found. Both his dialogue and name are references to the Italian astronomer Galileo of the Renaissance period.
- Montaron's line "I warrant your attention?! Oh frabjous day, callooh callay!" is a reference to Lewis Carrol's nonsense poem Jabberwocky.
Leonardo di ser Piero da VinciEdit
- In the Hall of Wonders, a vehicle described as 'Gondsman Leonardo's Helical Aerial Wonder' is displayed near the front entrance, closely resembling Leonardo's design for an ornithopter.
- Alora's line "C'mon, people, now, smile on your brother. Everybody get together, try to love one another right now" are lyrics from the song Get Together by The Youngbloods.
- Dynaheir's line "these boots were made for walking, and that's just what they'll do" is a reference to the song These Boots Are Made for Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra.
- A kobold, xvart and a tasloi named Larry, Darryl & Darryl, respectively, are found in the Fire Leaf Forest, an homage to the characters of the same name from the 1980s sitcom 'Newhart.'
Of Mice and MenEdit
- Xzar's line "Ahh, tell me 'bout the rabbits" is a reference to a mentally-retarded man named Lenny, whose dream was to start a rabbit farm, from the 1937 play Of Mice and Men.
- One of the lines that Khalid stammers out is "Th-th-th-that's all, f-folks!," the catchphrase of the Warner Bros. character Porky Pig.
- Shar-Teel's line "If it bleeds, I can kill it" is almost identical to a line from the film Predator, in which Arnold Shwarzenegger's character utters similar words.
- The Chesley Crusher is a reference to the character Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Elan Garaq is a reference to Elim Garak from Star Trek: Deep Space 9, as they are both tailors and have very similar names.
- In the Black Pits, the Tier II battle 'Red Shirt Wizards' is a reference to the infamous 'red shirts' from the original Star Trek series: stock characters who frequently died on missions to emphasise the danger posed to the main characters.
- The wild mage Adoy is a reference to Yoda from the Star Wars franchise. Both are old, wise and powerful individuals and both are depicted as living in caves (though Adoy is actually being held captive in a cave).
The Elder ScrollsEdit
- In the biography of Zelnick, one of the pre-generated party members in the Black Pits, it mentions that he once had a memorable encounter with "a particularly lusty Argonian maid," referring to The Lusty Argonian Maid, a series of books in the Elder Scrolls franchise.
The Ren & Stimpy ShowEdit
- Alora's line "I don't think you're happy enough! I'll teach you to be happy!" and the one immediately following it, "Happy happy joy joy, happy happy joy joy!," are references to the 'Happy Happy Joy Joy' song from The Ren & Stimpy Show.
- Quayle's line "I am so smart! S M R T! I ̶ I mean S M A R T!" is nearly identical to what the character Homer Simpson said after setting fire to his high school GED while it is still on the wall, inadvertently setting his home on fire, unaware of the blaze as he dances and sings the words.
The Silence of the LambsEdit
- Xzar's line "I ate his liver with a nice chianti and some fava beans" is a reference to the character Hannibal Lecter, a cannibal from the book The Silence of the Lambs and its sequels, prequels and movie adaptations.
The Walking DeadEdit
- In BG:EE, during Dorn Il-Khan's quest, the skeletons raised by Kryll are references to characters from the graphic novel The Walking Dead and its TV adaptation. Their names are Rick, Lori, Shane and Glen.
The Wizard of OzEdit
- Quayle's line "I while away the hours, conferring with the flowers, consulting with the rain" is a reference to the song If I Only Had a Brain from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.