Just like its predecessor, Fable II, the newly released Fable III is full of subtle humor and countless nods to fans of movies, literature and video games. Throughout your journey across the fictional nation of Albion for the third time, you may have missed the numerous popular culture references sprinkled across the game.
Many of these references may appear as random and incoherent to those who don't get the connection. That's where this handy list comes in! The following is a collection of just about every pop culture reference you can find in Lionhead Studio's Fable III.
In the Bowerstone Industrial Orphanage, you will find some food laid out on a table that resembles Pac-Man eating some pellets with a ghost. Those poor orphans must be bored out of there minds!
In an area called “The Hideout” located in Bowerstone Industrial, you will find a hobbe in a cell worshiping a wooden crate with hearts on the sides. This is similar to the Companion Cube from Portal. To top it off, there's a cake on the side of the cell, which is a reference to the game's famous line “The cake is a lie”.
Hidden Lionhead Studios Logo
After entering Driftwood, swim toward that large tower in the horizon. Fable II players will recognize that this is the Spire from the previous game. Eventually, you'll be able to see a black image of the Lionhead Studio's logo on the ocean floor.
The Legend of Zelda Reference
In Mourningwood Cemetery, one of the gravestone will read, “It's dangerous to go alone. Take this.” This is a reference to the 1986 NES game, The Legend of Zelda, where the old man gives Link his first wooden sword. If you dig up the grave, you'll find, appropriately enough, a toy sword.
Arnold Schwarzenegger/Terminator Reference
Another Mouringwood tombstone reads, “In loving memory of Arnold. He won't be back.” This is a play off of Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous line, “I'll be back.”
“He's a Woman, She's a Man” Achievement Reference
The “He's a Woman, She's a Man” achievement is a reference to a Hong Kong movie of the same name. The 1994 film, directed by Peter Chan Ho Sun and starred Leslie Cheung,
involves a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to audition to be a male pop star.
Colonel Sanders Reference
One of the racing chickens in Bowerstone Village is named, “The Colonel,” which is a reference to Harland “Colonel” Sanders.
One of the Mourningwood Gravestones (there are hundreds of them!) reads, “And I would have gotten away with it too if it hadn't been for that meddling hero.” At the end of most episodes of the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cartoons, the villain would say a similar line when he/she is caught.
One of the makeup designs is called “inkblot.” This design resembles Rorschach's mask from The Watchmen movie/comic book series.
Coronation Street Reference
Jack and Vera Duckworth of Duckworth Manor have the same names with two popular characters from the British prime-time soap opera, Coronation Street.
Sam and Max Reference
Max and Sam, the two mischievous ghosts found in Mourningwood, share names with Sam and Max, freelance police. Sam N Max is a graphic novel series and adventure game series created by Steve Purcell.