On the Wandering Isle you can find Mei Chele and Lamplighter Mu – named after Michele Morrow (and her boyfriend Michael Weitzman), Scream Queen of horror movies, and whom is also the gorgeous lady who hosted DirecTV’s coverage of Blizzcon in 2014 and 2015.
Michele has been a WoW player since 2007, after she had a major accident, and was given a copy of the game by her boyfriend. She immersed herself in the community and according to the her Community Spotlight Article, she involved herself in charity work and also did a number of other video-game related hosting gigs including at San Diego Comic Con in 2015. She has gaming streams and a podcast – she is one busy lady!
I’ve always admired her Blizzcon coverage style, and now it’s great to know a bit more about her and how she is involved with this game I love so much. She is even now the voice of Alleria Windrunner in Hearthstone!
She also has a Garrison follower named after her, Mychele Morrowsong. I must work on finding that follower!
Those of you who have Alliance Garrisons will know this fellow (as he becomes a follower – the Horde equivalent is Bruto), but for us Hordies we may never encounter him. Pitfighter Vaandaam is found in Gorgrond and is a reference to Jean-Claude Van Damme, and also a computer game, called Pitfighter. Pitfighter is an arcade fighting game whose characters (Ty, Buzz and Kato) were based on 3 characters from Bloodsport, a movie in which Van Damme starred (character’s name was Frank Dux). Ty bears a resemblance to Dux in the movie (according to a translated Portuguese Wikipedia). There is no mention of this, however on the English versions, but I think as both are kickboxers, that is where the resemblance lies.
Unfortunately the NPC doesn’t have any quotes that would back this up!
As you enter Westfall from Elwynn Forest you will encounter a crime scene, and Lieutenant Horatio Laine is there with some quests for you to uncover what really happened. This NPC is a reference to CSI:Miami’s main character Lieutenant Horatio Caine, played by David Caruso. His character has some rather defining mannerisms – including drawling out his sentences as he puts on or takes off his shades, as well as saying a drawn out “Yeahhhh.”
The NPC also says some lines as a throwback to Lieutenant Caine:
Lieutenant Horatio Laine says: No kidding, rookie…
Lieutenant Horatio Laine says: Looks like they really put the cart…
Lieutenant Horatio Laine says: …before the horse
Lieutenant Horatio Laine says: Doesn’t look good, rookie.
Lieutenant Horatio Laine says: This was an execution. Whoever did this was sending a message…
Lieutenant Horatio Laine says: A message for anyone who would dare snitch on these criminals.
Lieutenant Horatio Laine says: It would appear that poor Lou really put his foot…
Lieutenant Horatio Laine says: In his mouth…
And I didn’t see this when I was doing the quest, but apparently he puts on shades as he kneels down to investigate a scene!
What a shame he doesn’t say “Yeaaaaaahhhh.”
Shademaster Kiryn is one of the NPCs you have to beat in the Celestial Tournament. Her pets are named after characters in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones).
Nairn is the humanoid yeti and is named for Kristian Nairn who plays Hodor in the series. A resemblance do you think?
Stormoen the Fluxfire Feline is named after the actor Jake Stormoen, a friend of Kristian Nairn. Apparently they both visited Blizzard and they both play WoW!
Summer the Wolf (beast) is the name of Bran Stark’s Dire wolf in the series.
This was brought to my attention by Mataoka of Sugar and Blood.
Endora Moorehead is a reference to the character Endora from the TV show Bewitched. Her name is a combination of “Endora”, the mother of the main character Samantha Stevens, and Agnes “Moorehead”, the actress who played her. This NPC can be found near the Alliance Inn in Dalaran in the shop “The Sisters Sorcerous”.
Her sister in the shop, Hagatha Moorehead is also a reference to a character from the TV show Bewitched. Aunt Hagatha and Aunt Enchantra were sisters of Endora and made a number of appearances in the first 4 seasons of the show.
This NPC pet battle trainer is found in Stormwind City . Her name is a play on Audrey Hepburn, though the connection between pet battling and Ms Hepburn eludes me. And the NPC doesn’t really look like her either. But who knows what Blizz was thinking? 🙂
Though I havent’ seen him myself, Willy Wilder is a play on Willy Wonka (played by Gene Wilder in the original movie of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). He spawns in The Veiled stair and bids on Blood Soaked Invitations. He is an angry fellow – he attacks you with Stuffed and Violets and Blueberries – very Willy Wonka type attacks! If you kill him he is really does have a blood soaked invitation 🙂
With patch 5.2, 2 new islands appeared off Pandaria. The Isle of Giants is located North of Kun-Lai and is inhabited by lots of elite dinosaurs! It’s Jurassic Park!
Now this is hilarious. Does anyone remember the scene from Jurassic Park II: The Lost World when they took the T-Rex on a boat to the city? Does this not remind you of that scene?
And of course there are a whole heap of NPCs on the island named after characters in the movies, both Horde and Alliance.
Katrina Turner is named for Tina Turner who plays Aunty Entity in the movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. She can be found in Gadgetzan, Tanaris, standing next to the cage named Thunderdrome. Tina Turner also sings the song “We Don’t Need Another Hero” which is the theme song for the movie. A good likeness!
And here is a picture of Thunderdrome in Gadgetzan.
And Dr Dealwell (reference to Dr Dealgood in the movie)