These are currently all the Easter eggs and references to other media found in RAGE.
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Blake Bobble Head
- Main article: Collectible bobbleheads
Breaking Bad reference
Tuco's grill can be found on a shelf in Sheriff Black's office. This is a reference to Hank keeping the grill as a trophy. This is likely because RAGE had been featured on the show; Jesse Pinkman can be seen playing the game on several occasions, albeit (incorrectly) with a light gun.
Charon the Ferry Man
- Main article: Charon
Charon is the name of the character who brings the protagonist back and forth from Subway Town and Wellspring. In Greek mythology, Charon is the ferry man who brought souls of the departed back and to Hades across the river Styx.
Concept art graffiti
- Main article: Concept art graffiti
Several walls in RAGE have graffiti on them that is actually concept art from id Software's earlier games.
Death Race reference
- Main article: Monarch
Dev Graffiti room
Note that an autograph from "Cacodemon" can be found among the various graffiti within this room. This is referencing the Cacodemon monster from the Doom series.
- The Achievements/Trophies for completing RAGE on various difficulty levels, "Hey, not too rough", "Hurt me plenty" and "Ultra-violence", are references to the names of three difficulty settings available in Doom. The fourth difficulty trophy, "RAGE Nightmare", references Doom's hardest difficulty, "Nightmare!".
- While having the Rocket Launcher equipped and standing in one spot doing absolutely nothing for about five minutes, the targeting screen will flip down and a game of Doom will be playing.
- In Wellspring, a man named Dallas can be found in the Second Chance bar, reading the Doom Comic (pages 6 and 2, specifically).
- The small object called "Black Coffee Mug" is emblazoned with a Doom 3 logo. The cups can be found throughout the Wasteland. For example, one could be seen on the Mayor Clayton's desk in Wellspring.
- There is the secret Doom room in RAGE that is located in the Gearhead Vault. Follow the steps here to find it.
- On the upper-left corner of the Doom door "E1M1" is written which is the internal label for "Hangar", the first level of Doom.
- A Doom Space Marine bobblehead can be found within the aforementioned secret room, similar to the unobtainable one seen in the Dan Hagar's Dune Buster during the Prologue after Dan saves the protagonist from two Ghosts.
- Several boxes in the game are labelled "MIXOM: Model A-2515", e.g. in Wellspring, next to Rusty. A Mixom building is seen when near the Dead City. There are quite a few barrels found in different places labeled "Mixom". It also says MIXOM on the side of the gas tanks on the default buggy. Mixom was a tool company in Doom 3 that was constantly confused with its rival, Moxim.
- In Subway Town, an elderly woman named Siri can be seen smoking a hookah. On this hookah there is part of the cover art from Doom II.
- Up at Crazy Joe's Swamp, Crazy Joe himself has a Doom 3 shirt on.
- The alternative ammunition for the Authority Pulse Cannon is called BFG Rounds — an obvious reference to the most powerful gun in the Doom series.
- In Subway town, there is a WANTED vid screen directly outside of Jani's Supplies. In the lower right hand corner is a picture of Doomguy.
- In the Dead City Central a poster is seen in the food court advertising a sale on both Doom 5 and, amusingly, RAGE 2.
- In Dead City, after picking up the Defibrillator, you will have to fight a couple of mutants and a slime mutant. You will go through an opening through the wall and down a flight of stairs until you reach a white sofa. Continue on your way and you will reach a room with a door that you have to go through to escape. Next to the door is a graffiti in red and white of the hellish face that looks exactly like the loading screen of the Hell Levels in Doom 3. You can also find the same Easter egg in the Ghost Hideout when moving through the caves. It appears in the face of the rocks of the cave tunnel.
- Before entering the Wasted Garage in the Wasted Territory, Graffiti on the wall will read "Hell On Earth". This is a reference to DOOM 2: Hell on Earth, the second installment in the Doom franchise.
This Easter egg is located at the Mutant Bash last arena. The player has to shoot three lights and then a dopefish pops up; shoot that three time as it appears from behind the painted waves to gain bonus money. See video here, and note that this also makes earning the "Bringin' Home the Bacon" Achievement/Trophy much easier.
This fish is dopefish, a popular Easter egg in id Software games. Created by Tom Hall, one of the co-founders, and first introduced in the Commander Keen game, it has made quite a few appearances over the years in games from several developers, including Wolfenstein 3D, Quake, Anachronox, Max Payne, and Hitman 2. It is mostly used as an Easter egg, generally in a secret area.
- In Subway Town, the picture in the magazine Dietrich is reading is the mushroom cloud freeze scene seen at the end of Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game game with the tag line "War, war never changes". The player can also see the explosion and an Enclave eyebot and the surrounding area is faint.
- There is a Vault Boy bobblehead Easter egg in RAGE. A rare Vault Boy bobblehead from Fallout 3, another Bethesda title, can be found in Wellspring, on the right side of Mayor Clayton's desk. It seems to be the Charisma bobblehead, which in the game would improve the player's ability to influence other people through dialogue. It might perhaps explain how Mayor Clayton is, or tries to be, so charismatic.
- In the Trophy Room, an instrumental version of "Home on the Wastes," a song sung by The Lonesome Drifter in the Aces Theater at The Tops Casino in Fallout: New Vegas, can be heard on the Radio.
Half-Life 2 reference
In Subway Town an Authority guard can be found standing next to a can. Approaching him will cause him to give an order to the protagonist: "Pick up that can!" After the player picks the can up the Authority guard will say, "That's a good boy". This is a reference to Half-Life 2 where a Civil Protection officer tells the players to do the same thing.
In the Dead City there is a old news van labeled Hexinews 6. This is a reference to Hexen, a game developed by Raven software and published by id Software using the DOOM engine.
Duke Nukem 3D
In the beginning of the quest "Defibrillator Upgrade" just before the entrance to Dead City there is a room full of slimed corpses. One of the corpses is a nude female in the standing position with her arms attached to a pillar behind her, a reference to women caputured by aliens that Duke must rescue that are often held in a similar position.
id Software logo
- Main article: id Software
- In the Mutant Bash TV lobby on one of the monitors behind J.K. Stiles the id logo is seen that plays at the start of the game.
- Another id logos — sculptures, one seems to be the Modern Art piece and the other is crafted with several pieces of scrap, — are displayed in the Ghost Hideout and in the middle of the secret Developer Graffiti room respectively.
- Yet another id logo can be found on a buggy's side in Wellspring, and can also be bought as a theme for the Dune Buster.
Jan van Eyck reference
- In the Abandoned Distillery at the start, there is a pillar with "ЯН БЫЛ ЗДЕСЬ" written on it (video @6:17), meaning "Jan was here", referring to painter Jan van Eyck (Source: Russian Wikipedia article for RAGE).
- In the Wasted Garage's second floor is a street sign that has "4 8 15 16 23 42" written on it. These are the mysterious numbers that are present in the series.
- In the secret Dev graffiti room the phrase "Not Penny's Boat" can be seen on the wall, a clear reference to the series.
Mad Max references
- The sawed-off Double Barrel Shotgun included in the Anarchy Edition strongly resembles the weapon Mel Gibson uses in the first two films of the series.
- Wingsticks are an homage to a boomerang weapon featured in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.
- Crossbows are featured heavily in the Mad Max film series.
- The Dune Buster and its bandit equivalents are very much in the style of the numerous custom-built buggies and off-road vehicles that appear in the second and third Mad Max movies.
- Similarly, much of the clothing worn by various NPCs in the game is clearly inspired by what is seen in the films.
A patch of blue mushrooms can be found in the Hagar Caves that when acquired, will cause the player's screen to flash multiple colors. This is likely a reference to hallucinogenic mushrooms and drug culture.
This may also be a reference to Fable and Fable the Lost Chapters which contain a mission to recover Blue Mushrooms for a witch to make an antidote for a young boy who has eaten the same Blue Mushrooms.
They are located in the room with the TNT detonator.
- Main article: Pinkies
These are an homage to "Twinkies" snack cakes which, according to urban legend, are (incorrectly) said to have an infinite shelf life and thus presumably would still be edible in a post-apocalyptic future. It is also a nod to the original Doom enemy, the Demon, popularly nicknamed "Pinky", due to its coloration; a cartoon monster resembling the Pinky Demon's Doom 3 incarnation can be seen on the front of the box. When picked up, the sound file of a Demon snarling can be heard.
- The Quake room Easter egg is located in the Wasted Garage. Inside there are three buttons the player has to press in order to open a portal. Follow the steps on this video. The Shambler Plush collectible can be found in the secret room.
- The Combat Shotgun iron sights form a figure that resembles Quake logo when the player aims down the sight.
- Inarguably a reference to the criticism that Quake featured too many brown tones, a box of "Quayola" crayons can be found and collected in the game. This critique was referenced by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw in his Zero Punctuation review video of Clive Barker's Jericho, claiming: "id software's original Quake […]. I'm sure with the benefit of hindsight we can all agree that Quake wasn't exactly easy on the eye. Which was your favorite Quake level? The brown castle, the greenish brown temple or the other brown castle?" The name itself is a reference to "Crayola" brand crayons.
Sinclair Motor Oil
In the "Second Chance" bar in Wellspring, there are some signs that read "Rexsor Motor Oil". As the signs are green and have a dinosaur on them, they are likely a reference to Sinclair Motor Oil.
- In the Wasted Garage, in a bathroom there is a graffiti saying "Tommy + Jenny". Jenny is the girl referenced in the song "867-5309", where Tommy finds Jenny's number on a bathroom wall.
Possibly, the bathroom graffiti could instead be a reference to the game Prey, which features the main character Tommy and his girlfriend Jenny, Prey opens with the main character in a bathroom thinking about his relationship. The rights to Prey were transferred to Bethesda Softworks and Id Software parent company ZeniMax Media before Rage was released. The game itself also ran on ID Tech 4.
The Darkness "Eating Hearts" reference
- In Dr. Kvasir's laboratory, there are two mechanical arms that come out from both sides of the room. When the player places a quest item onto the table, the arms will both attempt to retrieve the item. The animation that occurs is a subtle nod to the original comic-book inspired video game, The Darkness.
- In this montage video from the original Darkness game, you can see the interaction between the dark eel-like tentacles that are summoned by Jackie Estacado using his darkness powers. In the game, Jackie must devour hearts from fallen enemies to regain his full darkness potential. In these animations, sometimes the two tentacles will fight over the heart, in which the right-hand tentacle will always win. The animation seems to indicate that the right tentacle is dominant over the left, suggesting a direct correlation to which half of Jackie's brain is the more dominant side. (The left brain is responsible for logic, analyzing, and reason; whereas the right brain is attrubuted with intuition, passion, and creativity)
In this video clip from Dr. Kvasir's lab (RAGE), you can see the animation that occurs when the mechanical arms retrieve the item from the table. The left arm will attempt to grab the item from the right arm's grasp, a slight struggle will ensue, but the right arm will always retrieve the item for the doctor. The left arm will drop itself downward as if to express sorrow at its own defeat. This is an unconfirmed reference, but the similar animations make this an extremely likely nod by the animators to a favorite moment from The Darkness.
- Main article: Wolfenstein room
The Wolf Goblet collectible can be found in the secret room.