Deus Ex: Human Revolution Easter Eggs

WARNING: SPOILERS WITHIN

There’s a whole lot of content hidden in the wings of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but if you look closely — mostly by hacking computers and reading emails — you can find a whole lot of it. We’ve compiled a few examples of a few hilarious and a few intriguing Easter Eggs that are somewhat off the beaten path of DXHR.

These are a few of our favorites, but obviously, there are likely to be TONS more. Found something we didn’t? Leave it in the comments.

Joseph Manderley Engineers the Cover-Up

Deus Ex fans will know Joseph Manderley. In 2052, he’s in charge of UNATCO, the United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition, and J.C. Denton’s boss. In 2027, Manderley works at FEMA as Advisor to the Deputy Administrator for National Preparedness. What’s important about this is you can see Manderley’s hand at work in 2027 during Adam Jensen’s investigations. If you head to the Detroit Police Department early in the game, you can gain entry to several computers with information pointing to a cover-up of the investigations into the attacks on Sarif Industries. Check the computers of Captain Penn and Officer Wagner, both key in the cover-up, to see emails directing their actions from Manderley.

Rick Deckard, DPD Detective

Start hacking a few computers in the Detroit Police Department on the first floor, and you’ll find some interesting accounts and emails. The bullpen (that cubical area) is filled with work stations for several cops, and among them are some notable figures. Chief among them, probably, is author Philip K. Dick:

The password to get into the terminal is “LECTROLAMB,” a reference to Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, on which the Ridley Scott film Blade Runner is based.

The main character from Blade Runner and Androids, former cop Rick Deckard, is also referenced at a terminal in the bullpen (it’s actually owned by Robin Deckard). Find it and you can access it with the password “UNICORN,” a reference to Rick Deckard’s recurring unicorn dream in the director’s cut of Blade Runner that suggests he might be a replicant.

Open up Deckard’s terminal and there’s a funny email correspondence between him and someone called “Roy.” In Androids and Blade Runner, Roy Batty is the chief antagonist, one of the escaped Replicants that Deckard has to “retire.” Another is Priss, a sexy pleasurebot-type model Replicant. In the email, Roy asks to borrow Deckard’s “Priss Coupe” car. Roy also mentions Deckard owing him a favor — likely because Roy didn’t kill him even though he had the chance to at the conclusion of Blade Runner. If you’re familiar, it’s a funny exchange.

Finally, there are a couple of other references to authors in the bullpen. You’ll find a terminal for HELLISON (Harlan Ellison) with password CORDWAINER (a reference to his pseudonym) and JBALLARD (J.G. Ballard) with password SOLEMPIRE (a reference to his novel Empire of the Sun).

Dead or Alive, You’re Coming With Me

When I first played DXHR, I was struck by how much Adam Jensen is basically Robocop. That comparison was not lost on the DXHR team at Eidos Montreal, either. In the Detroit Police Department, there’s actually a cop called Alex Murphy — Robocop’s real name before he was, you know, Robocop. If you head to Murphy’s office on the third floor, you can actually hear him have a conversation with another cop who is describing the plot of Robocop to Murphy, who responds with, “I don’t really remember that one.” If the cops see Jensen, they reference how HE is basically Robocop in a bit of meta-humor.

Finally, if you can get onto Murphy’s computer (he’s sitting at it so you’ll likely have to put him down somehow), you can tap into his computer with a Robocop-perfect password: THIGHGUN.

Charlotte the Harlot

Wander around on Grand River Road in Detroit and you’ll run across a few hookers. None of them have names when you meet them — except one, called Charlotte. This is a reference to the Iron Maiden song Charlotte the Harlot. A subtle Easter Egg, but still fun.

Dopefish Lives!

Yes, there’s a hidden Dopefish in DXHR, near the exit to the sewer path when you enter Derelict Row in Detroit (it’s also at the end of the “Cloaks and Daggers” side quest). You’ll discover a small ammo cache hidden under a concrete floor, with Dopefish drawn on the wall nearby. Not sure what the hell Dopefish is all about? You’ll wanna read this.

He Doesn’t Know How to Use the Three Seashells

This one, a reference to the Sylvester Stallone movie Demolition Man, can be found in Hengsha when Jensen goes to investigate Arie van Bruggen’s apartment. Head into the bathroom and you’ll find three seashells beside the toilet. A little disconcerting, given the clip below.

This is What Happens When you F–k a Stranger in the A$$, Larry

Upon returning to Detroit for the second time, during the riots, Jensen has the opportunity to run down a link from Pritchard that takes him to the home of Private Investigator Brent Radford. When Jensen arrives, Radford is getting braced by a hitman, who has injured him pretty badly. There’s blood all over the apartment, and you can overhear Radford make mention of his ruined rug, a reference to The Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski.

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

Toward the end of the game, upon arriving at the Omega Ranch, players can hack through a bunch of computers and read in email about an inter-office dispute between one employee, Dwayne Crosby, and several others who seem to be pulling pranks on him endlessly. In a couple emails, there are even references to Dwayne’s missing stapler, which he suspects “Jim” took from him. In another, an employee mentions, “Wait until you see what I did with his stapler.”

This one’s a reference to “The Office,” and a prank involving the stapler as seen in the pilot episode:

The Mystery of Hangar 18

Toward the end of the Omega Ranch level, when the scientists escape with the help of a VTOL, observant players will realize they’re in Hangar 18. Since “Hangar 18″ is also the title of a Megadeth song, you’d be smart to expect another Easter Egg. There’s actually a small hidden room Jensen can crawl into in the hangar off a blocked hallway. Inside is a Level 5 computer terminal with the username MSTAINE — referencing Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustaine. Hack the computer and you’ll find emails referencing “Hangar 18″ lyrics, as well as unlock an Achievement or Trophy.

We’ll be posting more Easter Eggs as we find them, so if you’ve got some, let us know!

Join the Conversation   

* required field

By submitting a comment here you grant GameFront a perpetual license to reproduce your words and name/web site in attribution. Inappropriate or irrelevant comments will be removed at an admin's discretion.

38 Comments on Deus Ex: Human Revolution Easter Eggs

Nero576

On September 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm

while sneaking i found a poster of Final Fantasy xxvii.
Don’t remember where exactly, but is is after you go out of the sewer and onto the docks, and when the bomb goes off. Located in a dorm room like room.

LTenhet

On September 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm

@Nero

It’s actually in a lot of places, the easiest place to find it is in the IT room at the Sarif HQ

j

On September 9, 2011 at 6:00 am

Wow, that’s a really decent amount of reference content, I found almost all of them on my own, but I don’t watch battle star galactiga, the office, blade runner, or robocop, so i didnt pick up on them

DERKA

On September 9, 2011 at 8:29 am

Its ridiculous how nobody mentions the Black Mesa tram ride e-mails.

Me

On September 9, 2011 at 10:44 am

Another fun one if the constant references the Detroit people make to the Detroit Red Wings. However, in one police HQ computer, you can access an e-mail about how the Detroit Red Wings got creamed by the Montreal Canadiens in the prior year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Appropriate, since the game was made in Montreal.

TheOtherTheoG

On September 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm

As DERKA says, at Omega Ranch, there are a bunch of emails whcih say the transcript from the tram ride at the beginning of Half-Life, with all “Black Mesa”‘s replaced with ‘Omega Ranch’.

Ryhanon

On September 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

In Sarif HQ later in the game (I think while the building is under siege, maybe this can be found before that point but I’m not sure), there’s a duct you can climb into below the break room (near the helipad).

Inside this duct is a small room with a ladder leading down to a platform at the bottom. Well, between the top and bottom platforms is another platform that you can’t exit onto. There are some small boxes on it, nothing really interesting. However, if you let go of the ladder very near the top and sort of guide your fall, you can land on this center platform. Then, crouch down and take a peek behind the boxes on that platform and you’ll see what looks like a small stuffed animal lion.

I’ve not seen it anywhere else in the game and I have no idea what it might be in reference to, but I thought it worth mentioning.

Telknor

On September 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm

When you are ready to leave Hangar 18 in the shuttle pod looking thing the code the computer rattles off to confirm the launch is a weak reference to the auto destruct codes used to blow up the USS Enterprise in both the original series and the third movie. See both here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqe-mr_zBdg . After the shuttle ride when you are standing on the platform between the big red fuel tank and the funny helicopter look out at the huge ship there use sniper rifle to read name is RMS Titanic.

Earlier in the game while in the Alice Garden Pods during the cut scene where you are confronting the hacker guy and he ask for a gun and you reply “..this concerns me how?” That whole scene is in reference and almost identical to a scene from Stargate Atlantis where Sheppard is talking to a Wraith that has betrayed other of his kind by sharing secretes whit the Atlantis team. There is a squad of heavily armed Wraith who are now coming to kill him. He begs Sheppard to help him or at least give him a weapon. Sheppard give the same look and says the same line just before leaving the guy to die just like you do to the hacker.

The stuffed lion that Ryhanon points out might be a reference to the anime Bleach. One of the characters is a stuffed lion with a soul in it. But I’m not sure as I missed the lion in my first play through and will look for it in the next run through.

Did not catch the ‘Black Mesa’ Refs but did catch the Aliens Ref from the guards at Fema place when you use cloak and kill a few of them from different directions without being seen one of them screams out “Can’t see ‘em he’s all around us.” You have to do it with a group of guys and quickly for the weakest one in group to panic and say it. Almost didn’t catch it the first time around. Group in TV station will do it as will group in court yard area just before hanger 18 when your trying to find the three scientist.

Grace

On September 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

After you hack Radford’s computer located in the storage unit, you’ll read a correspondence between Radford and a hacker who’s e-mail is zer0cool@planet.hack. A reference to Johnny Lee Miller’s character in the amazing cyberpunk film Hackers.

Summer

On September 10, 2011 at 9:32 am

There’s a usable air vent a room or two before exiting to the main Pangu area/TYM 1st Floor has a line of Chinese above it that says “follow the white rabbit” – an obvious reference to Alice in Wonderland/The Matrix.

Dean

On September 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

In the police station, there is a computer you can hack. The name is MPOST, the password is Blues. This is in reference to Hill Street Blues, a police show from the 80′s. The fantastic theme of the show was written by Mick Post.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a5u-X9XTCw

Martin C

On September 11, 2011 at 10:46 am

I thought that the mini boss Barrett was an easter egg to, as a nod to the playable character in FFVII. They both had machine gun hands.

MrFob

On September 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I didn’t think of Manderlay as an eater-egg (he is even mentioned in a conversation) but since he is mentioned, almost all the major characters of DX1 make an appearance in one way or anoth:
Most obvious is Bob Page (Intro and the end)
In the Picus building you find emails from Beth DuClare, Stanton Dowd and Morgan Everett (After the end credits, Bob Page is also just finishing a phone call to Morgan as Dr. Reed pops in)
On Athenas computer in front of David Sarif’s office you can find an email of Sarif complaining about the annoying “L. DeBeers”, a reference to DX1′s old Illuminati leader Lucius DeBeers.

Phil Hornshaw

On September 11, 2011 at 6:48 pm

@MrFob

You’re probably right but we threw in Manderley (with plans to add in the others as we pin them down) because they’re easy to miss. The L. DeBeers reference is, as I interpret it, Sarif’s avoidance of Illuminati interference that triggers the events of the game in the first place. Sarif won’t play ball with the Illuminati so they set out to take the company by force.

TGRwulf

On September 14, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Also in the the police department, one of the computer passwords for user “bgum” is “justicar”. This is probably a reference to Mass Effect 2 where one of the main characters was part of a warrior-monk like order called the Justicars whose job it was to keep the peace and protect innocent lives. The reference is even more amusing considering that it’s a cop with that password.

BIGBOSS

On September 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm

in the police station offices, in one of the computers, youll see a message with a name John Doe, John Doe is Naked Snake’s Real name from Metal gear Solid 3

lamebrain

On September 27, 2011 at 6:41 am

Ryhanon the small stuffed lion is also found in the hackers apt in Hengsha Court Gardens. It opens the panel to his “hidden” computer room.

corvan

On September 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm

for dx1 fans – on your return to detroit, theres a crazy guy ranting at the basketball court behind the gas station. he talks about a conspiracy for a while, and finishes by talking about a plague thats coming. he refers to it as grey and deadly, and says that it will come on the backs of 12 kings. killer reference to the grey death and mj12.
theres some cool dx1 music coming from radios as you play, too. when you find meghan, you can use the graphophone to play music from the knights templar part of dx1.

odd attachment

On October 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm

The part near the end of the game at Omega Ranch where you enter The White Room, this is actually the bedroom from near the end of 2001 A Space Odyssey where Dave Bowman spends years in isolation. Genius!

SharpeBlue

On October 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

In the TYM building there is a email from Wondmill (Van Bruggen) to Kevin Mitnick a well known RL hacker

Gerry

On October 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm

When you at the the docks in hengshai there are ships with name viva la vida (coldplay song). And one with the name RMS TITANIC.

Jess

On November 6, 2011 at 2:53 am

I love the references to the first DX. Especially the lemon-lime/orange debate. In the harvesters lair they have the tvs set to the news, but at the bottom scrolling past is a line reading something like: “annual reports in, lemon-lime sales up xx% while orange sales fall xx%”.

James

On November 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

There is also one to do with Barret.

Barret is a character out of Final Fantasy, also by Square Enix, and that Barret also has an arm gun.

Daniel Ferry

On December 15, 2011 at 1:38 am

Mitnick is also a character in Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines

AsgarD

On January 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

I’m surprised that no one saw that there is a computer in the Picus building where you’re escaping the soldiers that belongs to “Penny Cuoco” (pcuoco) a clear reference to The Big Bang Theory’s Penny character. Actual actress name is Kailey Cuoco.
=)

Cappy

On January 20, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I can’t believe no one noticed anonymous. After Faridah Malik asks for you to look into the death of her friend, you will then be ask to go to the limb clinic with a secret phrase and the guy will be named anonymous x and if you look close his hat will say # chan. Obliviously 4 chan lolz..

bob

On January 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

LOL—The tranq darts have a picture of PCP (phencyclidine) on the box–and nobody seems to have noticed this except me? clearly–obviously–the “hypodermic” tranq darts are PCP. The only city in canada where anyone knows about/slings/makes pcp is Vancouver–so why pcp?
that would make you go in crazy–they don’t call it “buck naked” for nothing, you know

Colin

On January 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

There are an abundance of post-it notes throughout the game. Most of them are illegible, but there are occasionally little gags or notes.
In Jenson’s apartment, for instance, you can find Reddit troll faces.

Preacher13

On March 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I’m not exactly sure what it’s referencing, but in one of the China apartments, there’s a toaster in the bathtub and several other references to suicide.

Did any one put this together? There are emails, too.

rapaces

On October 19, 2012 at 7:11 am

when in picus, taking the elevator, prichard says to go to room 802 11, with spike of energy blabla. well its the room where eliza is, and since she emits the info and she’s an A.I :
“IEEE 802.11 is a set of standards for implementing wireless local area network (WLAN) computer communication”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11)

DeadlyxReconz

On June 9, 2013 at 7:06 am

When walking through sarif industries after the first mission which involved zeke sanders as you walk around you can hear a conversation about bill gates and steve job. The makers of Microsoft and the Macs

Mike

On August 13, 2013 at 4:31 am

Ive recently starting playing deus ex again and found a reference to aliens, its the re:re:Biomech laser code email found in omega ranch, the email has been sent by dwayne hicks, played by michael biehn in the aliens film.

Mike

On August 13, 2013 at 4:41 am

When you are about to take the leo shuttle at omega ranch, the launch sequence the computer says is from the film star trek 3 search for spock, when kirk activates the self destruct sequence when the klingons board the enterprise

Dark Helmet

On August 26, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Nobody else found the Fight Club reference? In The Hive you can find a pocket secretary in the bathroom that says “The Bull has been asking questions about our little basement club” and then it gives you the basement door code. It is signed only with “T”, which is an obvious reference to Tyler Durden of Fight Club….

Midian2013

On September 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

i noticed a reference to some one named marchand in the game while my bf was playing and automatically thought of the creator of the lament configuration from the hellraiser franchiswe is this right perhaps?

metalheadHippie

On November 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

*** Spoiler alert *** Near the end of the game, at Omega Ranch, the last eBook required for the “Doctorate” achievement is in the safe in Megan’s isolation room. The content of the book refers to Dr. Dobelle and his work with visual impairment implants and his patient, which the ebook refers to as “Jens”. This is a reference to Dr. William H. Dobelle, who actually did create a sophisticated visual implant and Jens Naumann, one of several blind people to greatly benefit from Dr. Dobelle’s life work.
— http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_H._Dobelle

@ Dark Helmet – Yeah, I caught that! It even goes so far as to say, “Has someone broken the first rule?”.

About the small toy/stuffed lions, I’m not sure what they are a reference to, but there’s a lot of them. More than the two or three mentioned; closer to 10-15. It’s got to be something, but I haven’t the slightest idea what yet. Anyone figure this out?

johm

On June 13, 2014 at 9:57 pm

if you look at the Paint bottels the picture on them is actually a meme and its pretty funny to…

Robert

On August 8, 2014 at 1:35 pm

in Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut, there’s an Achievement names “The Foxiest of Hounds” given for going through the game without setting off a single Alarm. This is a reference to Metal Gear, In which your character, Solid Snake, is part of a unit called “Foxhound”