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Crusaders of the Lost Idols contains numerous references to other media, such as films, video games, and internet memes. Most of the initial crusaders, for instance, have their origins in Bush Whacker 2, another game by Codename Entertainment, the developer of this game.

CrusadersEdit

The Bush Whacker Edit

RoboRabbitEdit

  • The text on the Clicking Capacitor upgrade is a reference to a line from the film, Toy Story.
  • The text on the Wind-up-Bunny upgrade is a reference to the old advertising slogan for Timex wristwatches.

Jim the LumberjackEdit

Pilot PamEdit

Emo WerewolfEdit

  • The text on the Sad Story upgrade is a reference to an internet video titled The Poptart Tragedy, which later became an internet meme.[2]
  • The text on the Teenage Angst upgrade is a reference to a lyric from the song, Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.[3]
  • The name and accompanying text of the Team Jacob upgrade are a reference to the teen novel series, Twilight.

Sasha the Fierce WarriorEdit

  • Sasha the Fierce Warrior may be a reference to an album, I Am... Sasha Fierce by Beyoncé.
  • The name and accompanying text of the Take This upgrade are a reference to the a line from the video game, The Legend of Zelda.

The Washed Up HermitEdit

Detective KaineEdit

Mister the MonkeyEdit

Larry the LeprechaunEdit

The PrincessEdit

  • The Burn Baby Burn! upgrade is a reference to a lyric from the song Disco Inferno by The Trammps.[6]
  • The Laguna Blade upgrade is a reference to an ability of the hero, Lina, from the game, Dota 2

RoboTurkeyEdit

  • The Energizer Turkey upgrade is a reference to the mascot for Energizer brand batteries. The accompanying text refers to the advertising slogan that goes with it.

Natalie DragonEdit

Jack O'LanternEdit

Jason, Master of ShadowsEdit

Pete the CarneyEdit

Artaxes, the LionEdit

  • The Simba's Pride upgrade is a reference to the main character the film, The Lion King.
  • The text of the Lion's Mane upgrade is a reference to Samson of the bible, who was strong enough to kill a lion, but lost his strength when his hair was cut off.
  • The text of the Courage upgrade is a reference to lyrics from the song If I Were King of the Forest, sung by the Cowardly Lion character from the film, The Wizard of Oz.[7]

Drizzle the Dark ElfEdit

Khouri, the Witch DoctorEdit

  • The icon on the Koffee Potion upgrade resembles a coffee cup from the coffeehouse chain, Starbucks.
  • The MLG upgrade is a reference to Major League Gaming. APM stand for "Actions Per Minute".
  • The text on the Rib Bone Necklace gear is a reference to the advertising slogan for the fast food chain, KFC.

Dark GryphonEdit

  • The name and accompanying text of the Shadowball upgrade are a reference to the media series, Pokémon.

Rocky the RockstarEdit

Sarah, the CollectorEdit

  • The Ooh Shiny! upgrade may be reference to a line from the TV series, Firefly. The text is a reference to a line from the play, Macbeth.
  • The text of the Collect Them All! upgrade is a reference to the lyric in the opening theme song for the anime TV series, Pokémon.
  • The name and accompanying text of the My Precioussss upgrade are a reference to the character, Gollum, from the series, The Lord of the Rings.
  • The Smaug's Smile upgrade is a reference to the character, Smaug, from the series, The Lord of the Rings.
  • The Bag of Holding gear is a reference to the fictional item from the role-playing game series, Dungeons & Dragons.

The Metal SoldieretteEdit

  • The Metal Soldierette in general is a parody of the Marvel superhero, Iron Man.
  • The name and accompanying text of the Avenger upgrade are a reference to the Marvel superhero team, The Avengers and it's rallying cry, "Avengers Assemble!".
  • The Somewhat Stable Jet Pack bears a resemblance to the jetpack worn by the fictional character, The Rocketeer

Gold PandaEdit

RoboSantaEdit

Prince Sal, the MermanEdit

Wendy the WitchEdit

Fire PhoenixEdit

Alan the ArchAngelEdit

King Reginald IVEdit

  • The text of the Royal Grail upgrade is a reference to a line from the film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • The Good to be King upgrade is a reference to the song, It's Good to be King by Tom Petty. The accompanying text is from the lyrics.[13]

Queen SiriEdit

  • The text of the Queen's Decree upgrade is a reference to a lyrics from the song, Every Woman is a Queen by Queen Latifah.[14]
  • The Carry a Big Stick upgrade is a reference to the foreign policy of the US president, Theodore Roosevelt: "speak softly, and carry a big stick". The accompanying text is his description of his style of foreign policy.
  • The text of the Emancipation upgrade is a direct quote from Victoria Woodhull, an American leader of the woman's suffrage movement.
  • The text of the Magic Pillow of Effortless Travel gear is a reference to a character from the series, Aladdin.

Thalia, the Thunder KingEdit

  • The text of the Storm Rider upgrade is a reference to a lyrics from the song, The Hitchhiker by The Doors.[15]
  • The Electro upgrade is a reference to the comic character. The accompanying text is a direct quote from the same character in the video game, Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro.

Frosty the SnowmanEdit

Merci, the Mad WizardEdit

  • The text of the Alchemy upgrade is a reference to a line from the anime, Fullmetal Alchemist referring to the "Law of Equivalent Exchange".
  • The text of the Sorry! upgrade and the accompanying maple leaf icon is a reference to the stereotype image that Canadians apologize for everything.
  • The text of the Deflect Evil upgrade is a reference to a character from the Harry Potter novel series.
  • The text of the Loremaster upgrade is a reference to a character from the video game series, Diablo.
  • The text of the Enchanted Gold-Trimmed Wizard Cape gear is a reference to a line[17] from a character from the film, The Incredibles.

The Bat BillionaireEdit

  • The Bat Billionaire in general is a parody of the DC superhero, Batman.
  • The name and accompanying text of the Justice upgrade are a reference to the DC superhero team, The Justice League.

Nate DragonEdit

  • The Double Dragon upgrade is a reference to a video game series of the same name.

BuffsEdit

TrinketsEdit

CampaignsEdit

World's WakeEdit

  • The campaign contains a number of references to the film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    • The sabretoothed rabbits in the Run Away objective are referring to the Rabbit of Caerbannog, described as a terrible monster with "nasty, big, pointy teeth!".[19]
    • The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch objective refers to an object of the same name in the film. It is used to kill the Rabbit of Caerbannog. The monks also resemble the ones in the film.[20]
    • The Your Mother's A Hamster objective refers to a line uttered by a french soldier insulting the main characters, "Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!".[21]
  • The Trojan Rabbit in the Your Mother's A Hamster objective is a reference to the Trojan Horse.
  • Relic Hunter Indy mentioned in levels 26 and 27's objectives are references to the titular film character, Indiana Jones. He mentions his dislike of snakes in the first film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • The Horace, Nubus and Snakeses enemies are references to the mythological Egyptian gods Horus and Anubis, and the ancient Egyptian king(s), Ramesses.
  • The Shruum enemy may be a reference to the cartoon characters, The Smurfs.
  • The Nightmare enemy are references to creatures from the role-playing game series, Dungeons & Dragons.
  • The bird-like Poe enemy are references to writer Edgar Allan Poe and his poem, The Raven.
  • The Calcifer enemy may be a reference to a character from the novel, Howl's Moving Castle. Calcifer is the name of the resident fire-demon.
  • The Valcun enemy is a reference to Vulcan, the god of fire from Roman mythology.
  • The Fire Fox enemy may be a reference to the mascot of the Firefox web browser.

Descent into DarknessEdit

Captain Ghostbeard's GreedEdit

  • The Ms. Fizzle's Field Trip objective is a reference to the teacher in the children's TV series, The Magic School Bus. The kids in the formation resemble ones from the show.

Grimm's Idle TalesEdit

  • The campaign contains numerous references to the fairy tale collection, Grimms' Fairy Tales.
  • The What Big Teeth You Have objective refers to the Grimm fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, and also features the characters.
  • The Sleeping Beauty objective refers to the Grimm fairy tale of the same name.
  • The Big Phony Wizard and Not in Kansas Anymore objectives are references from the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with the latter also featuring the characters.
  • The Down the Rabbit Hole objective is a reference to the animated film, Alice in Wonderland. The rabbit in the objective resembles the one from the film.
  • The Let It Go objective is a reference to the song from the animated film, Frozen, a retelling of the fairy tale, The Snow Queen. The queen in the objective resembles the one from the film.[22]
  • The The Lion King objective is a reference to the film of the same name.
  • The objectives for levels 1-5 and the pig and Big Bad Wolf enemies are references to the folk tale, The Three Little Pigs.
  • The Elevenses enemy is a reference to a line from the film, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • The objectives for levels 6-10 are references to the novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio.
  • The objectives for levels 11-15 and the Candy Witch enemy are references to the Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel.
  • The objectives and enemies for levels 16-20 are references to the Grimm fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood.
  • The objectives for levels 21-25 may be references to the Aesop fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf.
  • The objectives for levels 26-35 are references to the fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. The magic furniture enemies refer to the animated film.
  • The level 46 objective and Ripplestilton is a reference to the Grimm fairy tale, Rumpelstiltskin.
  • The level 47 objective is a reference to the Aesop fable, The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs.
  • The level 49 objective is a reference to the myth of King Midas.
  • The objectives for levels 51-55 and 66-70 are references to the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk.
  • The objectives for levels 56-60 are references to the Grimm fairy tale, Snow White.
  • The objectives for levels 61-65 are references to the Grimm fairy tale, Cinderella.
  • The objectives for levels 70-75 and 86-100 are references to the novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
  • The objectives for levels 76-80 are references to the folk tale, Aladdin.
  • The objectives for levels 81-85 are references to the nursery rhyme, The Muffin Man.

Mischief at MugwartsEdit

  • The campaign contains numerous references to the Harry Potter series.
    • The name itself is a reference to the school, Hogwarts.
    • Defense Against the Dark Ones is a reference to the class name Defence Against the Dark Arts.
    • No Muggles Allowed is a reference to the term for non-magic folk.
    • The text on the Teachers Pet objective refers to the Polyjuice Potion.

The Nate Before ChristmasEdit

Blood BowlEdit

  • The entire campaign is a reference to the annual championship game of the NFL, the Super Bowl
  • The Left Shark boss is a reference to the costumed backup dancer during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show who received significant attention during and after the show because of its dance moves, which out of sync with the other shark.
  • The level 36 objective mentioning "Kroxorade" is a reference to the sports drink brand, Gatorade.
  • The levels 38 - 40 objectives refer to the football tampering scandal, media dubbed "Deflategate", where the New England Patriots, and specifically their quarterback Tom Brady, were accused of tampering with footballs during a conference championship game.

Merci's Mix-upEdit

Princess' Pool PartyEdit

Hermit's Premature PartyEdit

Nate's Candy ConundrumEdit

Superhero SpringEdit

Daily QuestsEdit

  • The name and accompanying text of Monster Mash are a reference to the song.[25]
  • The name and accompanying text of Big Boss are a reference to characters from the video game series, Metal Gear.
  • The text of Click Way More! is a reference to a line from the film, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. After being told they already had breakfast, the hobbit Pippin utters, "We had one, yes. What about second breakfast?".
  • Magic 8 is presumably a reference to a Magic 8-Ball toy.
  • See What I Did There? is a reference to an internet meme.
  • The name and accompanying text of Holla Holla! are a reference to a rap song by Ja Rule.[26]
  • Medic! is a reference to a character from the video game, Team Fortress 2.
  • That'll Leave a Scar! is a reference to the character from the film, The Lion King.
  • Midas Hand is a reference to King Midas from Greek mythology who turned everything he touched into gold.
  • The text of Push For It! is a reference to the Bop It toy and it's original three inputs, "Bop it!", "Twist it!", "Pull it!".
  • Keep on Truckin'! is a reference to the Keep on Truckin' comic by artist Robert Crumb.
  • The text of Pump it up and Buff Abuse are both references to anti-drug slogans, "Winners Don't Use Drugs" and "This Is Your Brain on Drugs".
  • The text of Spoils of War is a reference to a line from the intros of the games in the Fallout series.
  • Scrooge McDuck is a reference to a Disney cartoon character who keep his vast wealth in a vault that he enjoys going for swims in.
  • The text of End Times is a reference to the theory that, because the calendar of the ancient Mayan civilization ended counting up to the year 2012, it meant the world would be coming to an end at that time.

AchievementsEdit

  • Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto is a reference to a song, Mr. Roboto by Styx.[27]
  • My Arachnid Senses Are Tingling... is a reference to the comic book character, Spider-Man, who possesses an extrasensory "danger" sense which he dubs his "spider-sense".
  • Kongqueror is a reference to the game site, Kongregate, which also hosts Crusaders.
  • You're who they call is a reference to the tag line, "Who you gonna call?", from the Ghostbusters franchise.
  • Proclamations of Adventure and its text is a reference to the song, I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers.[28]
  • I'm the captain now is a reference to a line from the film, Captain Phillips.
  • Uncle Bushwhacker wants you! is a reference to the slogan, "Uncle Sam wants you", which is paraphrased from a US Army recruitment poster from World War I and II.
  • Bun dun da daaa is a reference to the accompanying sound when acquiring an item 'The Legend of Zelda game series.[29]
  • War, War Never Changes is a reference to a line from the intros of the games in the Fallout series.
  • It's over, well you know is a reference to a line, "It's over 9000!", from the original English dub of the anime series, Dragon Ball Z, which became a popular internet meme. The icon shows a head resembling the character that uttered the line. [30]
  • Turned up to 11!, Turned up to 12!, and Turned up to 1,000,000,00... are references to an idiom coined in the movie This Is Spinal Tap.
  • Gotta unlock'em all is a reference to the tagline, "Gotta catch'em all", for the Pokémon franchise.
  • 1.21 Jigawatts is a reference to the film, Back to the Future. 1.21 gigawatts of electricity is needed to power the time machine.
  • Mr. Freeze is a reference to a character from the comic book series, Batman.
  • You're Doing It Wrong is a reference to a popular catchphrase and internet meme.
  • Helm's Deep is a reference to a location from the series, The Lord of the Rings.

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