Saints Row 4: Easter Eggs & References


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Follow the many references, in-jokes and Easter eggs in Saints Row 4 with the expansive list below. There are so many to list, we can barely keep track of them all. Independence Day, Mass Effect, Air Force One, Breaking Bad, Minecraft, Starcraft, Star Trek, Star Wars — and the list goes on and on.

Keep checking the growing list of every reference and Easter egg we can compile below. If we’re missing something, let us know in the comments.

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Easter Eggs & References

8/14: Work-In-Progress

The Boss sings w/ Pierce

Secret Developer Room

  • Hidden in the Let’s Pretend store, there’s a door to the right of the counter. Shooting it will destroy it, opening a path to a secret room filled with developer headshots.
  • There’s even a new weapon; the Loud Locust, a reference to J’s powerful pistol the Noisy Cricket in Men in Black.

Literary References

  • The very first line of dialogue is from Pride & Prejudice. Classy.

Movie References

  • Some of the Zin Empire’s soldiers look very similar to the alien hunter from Predator.
  • In two clothing nods to the Karate Kid, the player can dress up as a Cobra-Kai student, or put on a Skeleton Halloween costume similar to the ones used later in the film.
  • Remember Predator? The Saints do, their chopper ride is very similar at the state of the game.
  • To quote, “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” moment from the apocalypse film Armageddon.
  • Air Force One’s famous “Get off my plane!” gets switched. This time it’s “Get off my lawn!”
  • Star Wars gets the love with costumes surprisingly similar to a Jedi Knight, Boba Fett, and Han Solo. Even the guns get Star Wars make-overs, with a Light Saber option, and the ability to turn the pistols in Han Solo blasters.
  • While in the giant simulation, there’s a reference to the Truman Show, with the control room hidden away in the sky above.
  • The Matter Miller rescue is named “Zero Cool” which is itself a reference to the movie Hackers.

Gaming References

  • The attack on the White House is oddly familiar to a classic video game. Is that Space Invaders?
  • Minecraft is everywhere. One of the costumes is of the standard extremely low-poly player character.
  • During the Matt Miller rescue, a theme very similar to Metroid will begin to play. Later, you’ll be given an arbitrary color-coded choice that will always lead to a bad outcome — a jab at the ending to Mass Effect 3.
  • Continuing the Mass Effect theme, a sequence straight out of Mass Effect 2 plays out with the player leaping to an escape ship — only to survive thanks to Mass Effect voice actor Keith David.

Television References

  • The “walk and talk” sequence in the White House is very similar to any number of similar scenes from the White House drama the West Wing.
  • One of the suits in character creation? Star Trek. A pair of glasses is also very similar to the visor from Next Generation’s chief engineer Geordi Laforge.
  • Cartoon hero Rainbow Brite gets her own costume.
  • The male voice (one of the three main options) will often quote Breaking Bad’s Walter White with this famous line, “I am the one who knocks.”
  • Mal’s gun from the cult hit Firefly makes an appearance as a pistol customization choice.

References in the Taunts & Compliments

  • Boone Goes the Dynamite (Jim Boone at PAX East)
  • Daniel-San (Karate Kid)
  • Highly Illogical (Star Trek)
  • Hoooooooooo (He-Man / Thundercats)
  • Woah (Matrix)
  • You Chicken? (Arrested Development)

More Saints Row 4 cheats, collectible locations, and guides.

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21 Comments on Saints Row 4: Easter Eggs & References

JCDenton2012

On August 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Recommended Taunts & Compliments:
1) Leerrrooyyyy Jeeennnkkiiinnnsssss
2) Ah-Bodda-Dush
3) Uh, P-Diddy Did It
4) Guess what? I’m Batman.

BillR

On August 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Just like to add on if you look at the cargo hold on the ship it looks almost exactly like the cargo hold for the Serenity from firefly. saw it almost shat bricks i was nerding out so bad.

mackadoo

On August 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm

On the ship, there are three shells next to the toilets, referencing Demolition Man. Next to those, the controls for the toilets are the generator key pattern from Total Recall.

cnett

On August 21, 2013 at 9:29 am

the semi auto shotgun skin called fortress is a refrence to the loose cannon weapon the demoman uses in tf2

The Haammer

On August 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm

in the final mission there is a reference to the original transformers movie fro 1987 where “the touch” would be playing in the background and the boss saying to zinyak “one shall stand one shall fall” with zinyak replying “why throw away your life so recklessly, saint”
“thats a question you should ask yourself zinyak”

Daniel

On August 30, 2013 at 7:37 am

there is also a dialog Easter egg refering to transformers on the last mission where the main character says “one shall stand, one shall fall”

jayc4life

On August 31, 2013 at 11:04 am

The HOOOOOOOOOOOOO taunt is more of a Hacksaw Jim Duggan wrestling reference than He-Man or Thundercats, as Jim Duggan in wrestling played a very patriotic character who would come to the ring waving a US flag.

The “Get Off My lawn” line is likely a nod to Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood.

Giovanni

On September 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

The asha odekar loyalty mission is a clear reference to metal gear solid, the alert of the guards, the box, the voice of asha in case of failure which tells “boss? Boss! Boooooooooss!” is a reference to the “Snake? Snake! Snaaaaaake!”. The johnny gat loyalty mission is a reference to streets of rage, the game is called saints of rage

tucker h

On September 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

A refrence from the movie they live where roddy piper and kieth David are fighting

Anon

On September 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

“Keep what you kill” line immediately following Zinyak’s defeat is from Chronicles of Rid

JOSH gonyea

On September 14, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Did nobody catch “Do a barrel roll!”?

Raptras

On September 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm

There are tons of references to wrestlers from Rick Flair to Hulk Hogan to Cena

steve

On September 18, 2013 at 1:18 am

i also noticed some things in the mission in which you get buff
the portal in it looks exactly like a stargat from the tv show of the same name also i may just be me but the leaving the simulation worm hole looks slightly like the one they use in stargate

Ricky

On December 8, 2013 at 5:32 am

The Cyborg Pistol is in reference to the gun Robocop uses in the movies.
Is there anything original in this game?

Ricky

On December 8, 2013 at 5:47 am

The Power Armour and Health for the suit is in reference to Red Faction Armageddon.

The-e-dawg

On January 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm

You forgot the metal gear solid reference in the mission where you save asha. They have the classic sound effects, the suit and even yes sneaking around in a cardboard box l. The entire mission is a ref to MGS.

Dwightojo

On January 19, 2014 at 5:13 am

A lot of matrix references too. how about jumping into a warden and making it explode from the inside, the agent in the first simulator (Smith?), the jumping animation, the scene where the boss gets out of the septic tank thingy, and the training simulations also clearly reference the matrix. Also in one of Keith’s audio logs he says that video games are bad for story telling, this is likely a nod to mass effect.

Adam Sparks

On June 10, 2014 at 10:18 am

what about the statue of the 3 breasted alien woman as a reference of total recall

FT2446

On June 27, 2014 at 12:55 am

The Rescue Asha Mission is full of metal gear solid references

Brian

On July 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Under Television Johnny Gat’s line of “Where would i go Hawaii?” Refers to Voice Actor’s role in Hawaii 5-0