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Gerald Lightseeker

The name Gerald is an old Germanic name that means Rule of the Spear.

  • "Prepare for glory!"
    • Spoken by King Leonidas in the graphic novel/film 300
  • "Honor guide me!"
    • The first of several quotes taken from StarCraft, this is a confirmation quote for the Zealot unit.
  • "Come on, you wanna live forever?"
    • Censored version of the Daniel Daly's (American sergeant, he was decorated twice with Medal of Honor) quote
    • "Come on you sons of b****es, do you want to live forever?"
  • "I will cleanse this land!"
    • The Wiki started by the developers states this is a quote from Diablo II. It is also a line from a song called The Cleansing by Nothing More.

Alleria Swiftwind

There is a character in Warcraft called Alleria Windrunner, who is also both an elf and an archer.

  • "Give me a target!"
    • A quote of the character Varus in the multiplayer online game League of Legends.
  • "If it bleeds, I can kill it!"
    • A riff on a line spoken by the character Dutch in the film Predator.
  • "Swift, like the wind!"
    • As swift as wind (Traditional Chinese: 故其疾如風) is a line from Sun Tzu's The Art of War, part of the verse "故其疾如風、其徐如林、侵掠如火、難知如陰、不動如山、動如雷霆" (Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your compactness that of the forest, in raiding and plundering be like fire, be as hard to know as the shadow, be immovable like a mountain, move as fast as lightning).
  • "Calm and careful"
    • A line spoken by Robin in the 2010 version of Robin Hood.

Malik Hammerfury

Malik (Arabic: ملك‎) (Hebrew: מֶלֶךְ‎) is a Semitic name, meaning king, chieftain.

  • "It's hammer time!"
  • "Can't touch this!'
    • A second line from the MC Hammer song, both this and Hammer Time have entered popular culture as catch phrases and are used in numerous sources.
  • "I pity the fool!"
    • A quote made by the character B.A.Barachus in the TV series The A-Team. B.A. is portrayed as a large bodied black man that nobody wants to mess with, much like Malik is portrayed in the game.

Bolin Farslayer

The surname Bolin is derived from someone who lived in one of the numerous locations named Borland or Boreland in the counties of Dumfriesshire, Galloway, Fife, and Perthshire in Scotland. All Dwarfs in Kingdom Rush are portrayed with a Scottish accent.

  • "I never miss!"
    • A line spoken by El Wray in the Grindhouse film Planet Terror.
  • "Hasta la vista baby!"
    • The catch phrase associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger's titular character in Terminator II: Judgement Day. "Hasta la vista" is a Spanish phrase meaning "see you later".
  • "Oh-ho, do you feel lucky, punk?"
    • A line spoken by Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry. The full line "I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking "did he fire six shots or only five?" Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow you head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?" is understandably very long and therefore very hard to remember, which is why only the last part has become the most memorable.

Magnus Spellbane

The name Magnus is a late Latin word meaning Great. His name and his appearance are a nod to Magnus Bane, the warlock of the Shadowhunters Chronicles novel series.

  • "Hocus pocus"
    • Famous 'magic words' that usually take second place behind Abra Cadabra.
  • "Knowlege is power"
    • Translated from the Latin proverb 'Scientia potentia est', and commonly attributed to Sir Francis Bacon, it implies that having knowledge and education will make one greater or give them better potential in life than those who have no knowledge.
  • "Power, unlimited power!"
    • Words spoken by the Dark Lord of the Sith in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith when he is revealed to be the Emperor and main antagonist of the trilogy.
  • "It's a kind of magic"
    • A line spoken by Connor MacLeod in the film Highlander. It is more commonly known from the song A Kind of Magic by English rock band Queen. The song was made for the film, based on the spoken line.

Ignus

"Ignus" is similar to the latin word for "fire", "Ignis".

  • "Let's burn!"
    • A quote from StarCraft, this is the confirmation phrase used by the Firebat.
  • "Need a light?"
    • Another quote from the StarCraft Firebat.
  • "Fire and Brimstone!"
    • A term used to describe the wrath of God in the Old Testament. Brimstone is an archaic name for Sulfur, an element often associated with the acrid odour found near volcanic activity (hydrogen sulfide has the distinct smell of rotten eggs).
  • "By fire be purged!"
    • A quote from World of Warcraft made by the character Ragnaros, who is the master of all fire elementals.

King Denas

Denas' name is an anagram of 'Sande', the first surname of Gonzalo Sande (GONZASAN), a founder of Ironhide.

  • "Go ahead, make my day!"
    • A line spoken by Harry Callahan in the film Sudden Impact. The film is part of the Dirty Harry series, making it the second quote from the series, the first made by Bolin.

Elora Wintersong

  • "Winter is coming"
    • Motto of the House of Stark in A Song of Ice and Fire.
  • "Ice, ice, baby"
    • The name and lyric of a song by rapper Vanilla Ice. The song is well known for sharing the baseline of the song Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie.
  • "Cool!"
    • Meaning both cold and awesome.
  • "It's chilling time!"
    • A sleight on the phrase "It's clobberin' time!", the catch phrase of choice for The Thing from Marvel series The Fantastic Four. This phrase would later be used in it's original format for Frontiers hero Grawl.

Ingvar Bearclaw

The name Ingvar comes from the Norse name Yngvarr, derived from the alternate name of the god Freyr, and combined with the word arr meaning Warrior.

Norse Berserkers were warriors able to enter an uncontrollable trance of fury and rage that gave them great strength. In regards to the translation of the old Norse words, and the writings of them in Norse legend, they wore bear pelts and would undergo shape shifting though more like shifting into the state of rage rather than an actual form change.

  • "Bear with me"
    • He turns into a bear, so it's a funny.
  • "Valhalla awaits!"
    • A reference to Valhalla (the Norse afterlife for fallen warriors) but also a line from the song Valhalla Awaits Me by Amon Amarth.
  • "You wont like me when I'm angry."
    • Said by Bruce Banner before he turns into the Hulk.
  • "Until Ragnarok!"
    • Another song line, this time from In Chains Until Ragnarok by Enslaved. Ragnarok, or Ragnarök, in Norse Mythology, is the end of the worlds.

Oni

An Oni (Kanji: 鬼) is a demon in Japanese folklore, they are usually ugly looking with wide grins, horns, fangs and usually red or blue skin. Whilst usually malicious monsters that attack people, they can also be considered protective, as statues bearing their grimacing faces are found on buildings to ward of other spirits (like gargoyles found on European buildings for the same purpose). The Oni feature a great deal in Japanese culture, appearing in some form in numerous Manga, Anime and computer games.

  • "Off with their heads"
    • Said in several different forms, but popularly linked to the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.
  • "Banzai!"
    • The Banzai charge is the term used by the Allied forces to refer to Japanese human wave attacks mounted by infantry units. This term came from the Japanese cry "Tenno Heika Banzai" (天皇陛下萬歲, "Long live the Emperor"), shortened to banzai, and it specifically refers to a tactic used by Japanese soldiers during the Pacific War.
  • "My blades are thirsty"
    • Google tells me this is a line of a song called 'Swordmaster' by Battlelore. It has a similar genre style as the songs that inspired lines for Ingvar Bearclaw.
  • "A good death"
    • A line spoken by Kasumoto in the film The Last Samurai.
  • "Death brings me honour"
    • When killed, Oni performs seppuku, the ritual suicide that samurai perform so they can die with honour.

Hacksaw

A Hacksaw is a type of blade used for cutting materials. They're usually used in the early stages of construction. Likewise, to refer to someone or something as 'a hack' is to say that it's not up to the standard that is expected of it. If someone is doing a hack job then they're not as good as a professional, and if something is considered a hack, then it's not as good at its purpose than a properly vetted one. Since Hacksaw is a gnome in a self constructed robot suit, both he and the suit could be considered 'hacks'.

  • "Timber! Hoo hoo haa haa!"
    • The laughing bit is a little odd, but Timber! is what lumberjacks and others in similar professions shout when a tree is being cut down, as a warning to those around to get the merry hell out of its way and avoid getting crushed. Sound advice. Timber is also the word used to describe wood intended to be used for construction.
  • "Cowabunga!"
    • Popularised by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character Michelangelo. It's surfer slang for "Whoo hoo!".
  • "Bazinga!"
    • Another phrase popularised by a TV character, this time Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. Again, it's a phrase meaning "That went well."
  • "Ridiculous!"
    • From the way it's spoken, it sounds like a take on the Riddikulus spell from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a spell used to turn a boggart's illusions back against it.
  • "I am not finished!"
    • Except he is finished. Dead.

Thor

Thor (Proto-Germanic: Þunraz, Old Norse: Þórr, Old English: Þunor, Old High German: Þonar) is the Germanic God of Strength, Thunder and War. Thor is now most commonly known as a character from the Marvel universe, both comic and film. The name Thor itself means Thunder.

  • "For Midgard!"
    • Midgard is the name used in Norse mythology to describe the realm of Earth, as oppose to Asgard, the realm of the gods. This phrase is commonly used by Marvel's Thor as a battle cry.
  • "I say thee nay, vile one!"
    • Another battle cry from Marvel's Thor, often when countering the attacks of a villain.
  • "Heavy Metal Thunder!!"
    • A line from the song Born to be Wild by rock band Steppenwolf. This is the second instance of this song being used for a quote as the song title itself is used by the Rangers Hideout.
  • "Wrath of the Heavens!"
    • Based on the title of the Playstation 2 action-stealth game Tenchu: Wrath of the Heaven
  • "Mjolnir!!!"
    • Mjolnir is the name of the enchanted hammer that Thor carries.

Towers

Archer Tower

Musketeer Garrison

  • "This is my boomstick"
    • A line spoken by the character Ash in the 1992 cult film Army of Darkness. Ash impresses medieval peasants with his modern shotgun, by shooting a knights sword in two.
  • "One shot, one kill."
    • A term used to describe the most efficient way of causing a death with a fire arm. A head-shot kills instantly, and you only need to use one bullet.
  • "Fire at will!"
    • A commonly used term to stop following procedure and use as much power and force as necessary to get the job done.

Rangers Hideout

  • "I see dead people."
    • A line spoken by the character Cole in the 1999 film The Sixth Sense, about a young boy who can see and communicate with the ghosts of dead people.
  • "Born to be wild!"

Militia Barracks

  • "For the king!"
  • "Have at thee!"
    • A battle cry from Marvel's Thor. This is the first occurrence of a quote from this character, more were later added when the hero Thor was introduced."

Holy Order

  • "Feel my wrath"
    • A quote made by both the Priest units and the Shade units in Warcraft III
  • "Let there be light!"
    • As written in the first book of Genesis, where God created the Earth and filled the darkness of the void with light.

Mage Tower

  • "Like a charm"
    • Part of a common phrase "worked like a charm" used when something has done exactly what it was meant to.
  • "I put a spell on you"
  • "Might and magic"
    • The name of a series of RPG games for the PC that started in 1996. Might and Magic are considered defining examples of early Role-playing games.

Arcane Wizard

  • "Klaatu barada nikto"
    • A line spoken by the character Klaatu in 1951 film The Day The Earth Stood Still. The phrase was used to stop the robot Gort from destroying the Earth. The phrase has been used in many other games, films and TV shows since.
  • "Avada Kedavra"
    • The spoken word for the unforgivable killing spell used in the Harry Potter series (book and film), which kills the target outright. The character Harry Potter is the only person known to have survived the spell.
  • "You shall not pass"

Sorcerer Mage

  • "Do or do not. There is no try"
  • "Ashes to ashes"
    • Part of the phrase "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust" spoken during a burial service, to denote the finality of the coporeal body.

Dwarven Bombard

  • "Want some, get some"
    • A line spoken by the character Kirk Lazarus in the 2008 film Tropic Thunder.
  • "Hail to the king, baby"
    • The final line spoken by the character Ash in the 1992 cult film Army Of Darkness, declaring himself to be a King in one way or another.

Big Bertha

  • "Say hello to my little friend"
    • A line spoken by the character Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface.
  • "Yippee ki-yay, motherf*****!"
    • A line spoken by the character John McClane in the 1988 film Die Hard. Though it only has context in the first film, it becomes the character's catch-phrase in the sequels that followed. In the game, it is bleeped out.
  • "Rest in pieces!"
    • A quote made by the character Duke Nukem in the 2002 Xbox 360 game Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project

Tesla X104

  • "Ride the lightning"
    • The name of the second album by heavy metal band Metallica. It is also the name of the second track on the album.
  • "Toasty!"
    • A line spoken in 1993 game Mortal Kombat II. It started as an easter egg, where an image of one of the game designers would appear on screen and speak the line if a particular move was performed. Secret characters could be encountered if certain buttons were pressed whilst the image was on screen.

Sylvan Elf Hall

Sylvan is a word used to refer to an association with the woodland. In mythology it refers to forest spirits or deities.

  • "By the light of the moon."
    • A quote made by a Night Elf Sentinel unit in Warcraft III
  • "The world is changed."
    • A line spoken by the character Galadriel in the 2001 film The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. It is the first line spoken in the film.

Bosses

Vez'nan

  • "I love the smell of blasphemy at midnight..."
    • Similar to a line spoken by the character Kilgore, in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now. The full line is "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
  • "Dyin' time's here!"
    • A line spoken by the character Dr. Dealgood in the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome when introducing the gladiatorial events of the titular 'Thunderdome'.
  • "Would you kindly die already?"
    • Would You Kindly is a post-hypnotic trigger used in the Bioshock games to control the actions of the games protagonist.
  • "You will be baked, and then there will be cake."
    • A line spoken by GLaDOS, the AI antagonist of the video game Portal.
  • "All your base are belong to us!"
    • A line taken from the 1991 Mega Drive game Zero Wing. The games' Japanese to English translation was done poorly, and resulted in many lines of broken English. The phrase 'All your base are belong to us" became a craze on the internet when the game was rediscovered in 1999.
  • "Haha! Who you gonna call?"
    • The catch-phrase of the Ghostbusters from the 1984 film of the same name. The phrase originated in the theme song for the film written and performed by Ray Parker, Jr.
  • "Yes we shall pass!"
    • A response to a line spoken by the character Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. The line spoken by Gandalf is "You shall not pass!", in defiance of an evil being that is approaching the afore mentioned Fellowship.
  • "There will be no dawn...for men."
    • A line spoken by the secondary antagonist Saruman in The Two Towers, the second volume of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
  • "There is no life in the void. Only death."
  • "Prepare for unforeseen consequences."
  • "Good! I can feel your anger!"
  • "Heeeeeere's Vez'nan!"
    • Similar to a line spoken by the character Jack in the 1980 horror film The Shining based on a Stephen King novel of the same name. The original line "Here's Johnny!" was ad-libbed by Jack Nicholson (playing Jack).
  • "Abandon all hope!"
    • Part of an inscription above the gate of Hell, in the first part of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy, Inferno. The full inscription reads (in Italian) "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'entrate", or "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."
  • "Why so SERIOUS?"
    • The catch-phrase of the antagonist The Joker in the 2008 film The Dark Knight. The phrase quickly became an internet craze.
  • "I may be bad, but I feel GOOOOOD!"
    • A line spoken by the character Sheila in the film Army Of Darkness, after being turned into a 'deadite'.
  • "Looks like it's time for me to go POSTAL!"
    • A catch-phrase of the character Duke Nukem from the video game series of the same name.

Elder Shaman

  • "Good...I can feel your anger!"
    • A line spoken by the antagonist Emperor Palpatine in the 1983 film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Achievements

  • ARMAGGEDON
    • Armageddon is a 1998 science fiction disaster movie featuring a meteor that is on a collision course with Earth. The achievement name is misspelled as Armaggedon in the game.
  • HOME IMPROVEMENT
    • Home Improvement is an American sitcom where the main character has a tv show (a show within a show) called Tool Time where he offers DIY advice.
  • SUPERMARIO
    • Stars are one of the key items collected by Mario in the Super Mario game series by Nintendo. Stars were originally an item that granted temporary invincibility, but in more recent games they have become the basis for treasured items that are part of a collection.
  • TERMINATOR
    • The name (and image) is taken from the Terminator series that began in 1984, and featured a cyborg sent through time to change future events by killing and/or saving key people. One of the Terminator's catch phrases is spoken by the hero Bolin Farslayer, whilst another is spoken by the Frontiers hero Cronan.
  • DIE HARD
    • The name (and image) is taken from the Die Hard series beginning in 1988, featuring a protagonist played by Bruce Willis as a LA detective who faces terrorists. His catch phrase is used by the dwarves on the Big Bertha tower.
  • G.I. JOE
    • G.I. Joe is a line of action figures based on members of the armed forces, created by Hasbro. Two films were released based on the toys and the success of other films based on Hasbro toys (namely Transformers).
  • LIKE A HENDERSON
    • The Hendersons are a family that accidently injure and then take into their family a Sasquatch (Bigfoot) in the 1987 film Harry and the Hendersons.
  • MEDIC!
    • The common phrase of TF2 when somebody is almost dying.
  • DUST TO DUST
    • "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust" is a phrase from the burial service. 'Ashes to ashes' is quoted by the wizards on the Sorcerer tower.
  • BEAM ME UP SCOTTY
    • A misquote from the original Star Trek series. The line is famously associated with the show, but equally famous for never being said.
  • ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?
    • A line spoken by the main protagonist Maximus from the 2000 film Gladiator, when he first faces the baying audience in the gladiatorial arena.
  • ROCKETEER
    • The Rocketeer is a superhero from a comic of the same name.
  • AC/DC
    • AC/DC stand for 'alternating current' and 'direct current', respectively, the two types of current used in mains power.
  • OVINOPHOBIA
    • Ovinophobia means 'fear of sheep', derived from Latin ovis, meaning sheep, and Greek phobos (φόβος) meaning fear.
  • FREE FREDO
  • ARACHNOPHOBIA
    • Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders, derived from Greek arachne (ἀράχνη), meaning spider, and phobos (φόβος) meaning fear.
  • I AM THE LAW
    • The catch phrase of the character Judge Dredd from the comic series of the same name.
  • COOLRUNNING
    • Cool Runnings is a 1993 film about a group of Jamaican athletes that form a bobsled team. The icon for this achievement is coloured the same way as the Jamaican flag.
  • SCRAT'S MEAL
    • Scrat is the name of a diminutive squirrel in the Ice Age series of films. Scrat spends the majority of each film in a desperate attempt to reclaim a lone acorn, but inevitably gets injured or separated from it.
  • PLANTS VS TROLLS
    • Based on the game Plants vs Zombies a tower defense game where plants are used in place of towers to attack an invading horde of zombies.
  • WE DINE IN HELL
    • A line spoken by King Leonidas in the graphic novel/film 300.
  • ARMY OF ONE
  • HELL-O
    • The title of the 1988 debut album for the American thrash metal band Gwar.
  • SPORE
    • Spore is the name of a 2008 video game that simulates the evolution of a species. The icon for the achievement is the same one from the game.
  • STILL COUNTS AS ONE
  • SUPER MUSHROOM

Levels

The Citadel

  • Replaying this level on Iron or Heroic modes, finds the Juggernaut's head/helmet, mounted on a pike outside the castle walls. This theme of the bosses remains being found in the level is continued in almost every future boss level.

Coldstep Mines

  • The frozen mammoth in the corner makes an appearance in Clash of the Olympians also by Ironhide as a item thrown by Hercules.

Stormcloud Temple

  • Replaying this level on Iron or Heroic modes, finds two footmen cooking a huge chunk of meat over a fire, roasting J.T.s eyes on a stick like marshmallows.

The Dark Tower

  • The Dark Tower itself is probably a reference to Barad-dûr, the Dark Tower of Sauron in Mordor in The Lord of the Rings.
  • Replaying this level on Iron or Heroic modes will reveal that the Dark Tower is up for sale. In Kingdom Rush: Vengeance, the tower is revealed to have been bought and is being turned into a fairground attraction.
  • There are several skulls on spikes at the front of the tower. Those wearing hats reflect the different kind of towers available in the game. From left to right: A Ranger, a Mage, an plain skull (possibly a Barbarian), a Footman, a Musketeer, an Arcane Wizard and a Knight.

Ruins of Acaroth

Pandaemonium

  • Pandæmonium is the name of the capital of Hell in John Milton's epic Paradise Lost.
  • In the initial update of the level, Vez'nan was seen in the cage beside Moloch with his staff still in his hand. This was changed in the next update when it was pointed out that Vez'nan dropped his staff upon his defeat and it was taken by Lord Malagar.
  • The throne Moloch is sat upon is similar in appearance to the Iron Throne as seen in the TV Series Game of Thrones based on the books by George R. R. Martin.
  • Replaying this level on Iron or Heroic modes reveals Vez'nan has broken out of his cage, and the throne is left empty.
  • In the top right corner, the Dark Horse character Hellboy and the DC character Etrigan the Demon are seen arm-wrestling. Both characters are demons from Hell, though they are heroes.

Ancient Necropolis

  • Beetlejuice can be found sitting on one of the gravestones near the top right exit.

Nightfang Swale

  • Outside the structure in the middle of the swale is a bundle of sticks like those found in The Blair Witch Project.

Castle Blackburn

  • The blue flag in the lower right corner of the map looks like the flag of Gondor from The Lord of the Rings.

Heroes

Alric

The name Alric is a variant of the Germanic name "Alaric" which means Ruler of All. The name is composed of two elements, ala (noble) and ric (ruler).

  • "Blood and sand!"
    • Likely taken from the name Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the first season of an American TV series that ran from 2010-2013.
  • "Stay Frosty!"
    • A common turn of phrase used in many films and TV shows to mean "stay alert". It may also be a reference to a song of the same name by American rock band Valen Halen.
  • "Till shade is gone" 
    • A quote said by the Aiel, a desert race featured in the book series Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (specifically the third book The Dragon Reborn). The full quote is "Till shade is gone, till water is gone, into the Shadow with teeth bared, screaming defiance with the last breath, to spit into Sightblinder's eye on the Last Day."

Mirage

A mirage is a naturally occurring phenomena caused by the sun's ray bending to displace an object or area. A commonly portrayed mirage is that of an oasis of clean water being seen in the middle of a desert.

  • "They won't see me coming."
    • A quote made by the Variant in the online battle simulator Universe at War.

Cronan

Presumably named after Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian as they do share a similar appearance. Cronan's accent is very similar to that of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays the character in the 1982 film adaptation. The name Conan itself is Gaelic in origin and means 'little wolf'.

  • "The hunt is on!"
    • The name of an event that occurs between two characters in League of Legends. The phrase is also the tag-line for the 1990 film The Hunt For Red October, but this is unlikely to be the reference originally intended by the developers.
  • "Master. Beastmaster"
    • The catch phrase of 'Bond. James Bond."
  • "Danger is my trade!"
    • A line spoken by the character Kalidor in the 1985 film Red Sonja. Kalidor is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • "I'll be back
    • A further Schwarzenegger reference, spoken by the titular character in the 1984 film The Terminator.

Bruxa

The Bruxsa is a Portuguese vampire that has become that way through witchcraft. Bruxa is presented visually and verbally similar to the character Tia Dalma from the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

  • "The payment is fair."
    • A word of word line made by the character Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
  • "Crucio!"
    • The spoken word for the unforgivable torture spell used in the Harry Potter series (book and film), which unleashes unbearable pain upon the victim.
  • "The bones were drawn!"
    • Osteomancy (throwing oracle bones into fire) is a common method of divination of many religions.
  • Voodoo Doll
    • A doll made to represent a person with the intent that any actions performed upon the effigy will be transferred to the subject based on sympathetic magic, which is often associated with torture via burning or stabbing with pins in pop culture. In reality, so-called 'voodoo dolls' are not a part of Vodou at all. They originated in Europe where they were called 'poppets', and Vodou's actual use of dolls (which have nothing to do with sympathetic magic) was most likely mistaken for this by European onlookers.

Captain Blackthorne

  • "Ahoy matey!"
    • The greeting used by participants of the International Talk Like a Pirate Day (19 September).
  • "Where be the treasure?"
    • A common pirate phrase.
  • "Drink up, me hearties, yo-ho!"
    • A common pirate phrase.
  • "Hoist the Colours!"
    • Said by the pirates (kicked off by Elizabeth Swan) at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End when they face the Queens naval fleet.
  • Release the Kraken
    • Featured in the second Pirates of the Caribbean film Dead Man's Chest. The Kraken is a giant cephalopod monster of massive size that appears in lots of sea or myth based media. It is also a catchphrase spawned by the movie Clash of the Titans, in which the Kraken was released.

Nivus

  • "Excelsior!"
    • One of Stan Lee's (brainchild of Marvel Comics) most used phrases.
  • "A Wizard is never late!"
    • A line spoken by Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring. The full quote is "A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to."
  • "Boomshakala!"
    • The key phrase from 1993 hit song Boom-Shak-A-Lak by Apache Indian. The song has been used in films and commercials across the world.
  • "Merlin's Pants!"
    • A line spoken by Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (book and film) as an exclamation of shock or surprise. The character of Merlin (though only mentioned in the series) is so well known that his name has entered everyday vernacular.

Dierdre

Dierdre or Deirdre, is both a Welsh and an Irish name. In Welsh it means dark whereas in Irish it means sorrowful

  • "Purification is at hand"
    • A line spoken by a disgruntled employee in The Simpsons episode 'Marge Gets A Job' (Series 4 episode 7). The full line is "I am the angel of death. The time of purification is at hand."
  • "My faithful, join me"
    • A quote made by the character Chen in Dota 2.
  • "For the fallen"
    • Possibly related to a poem of the same name written by Laurence Binyon. It's from this poem that the 'Ode of Remembrance' originates, which is used to honor those who died during World War I.

Grawl

The word Grawl comes from brawl, a word used to describe a noisy fight.

  • "Here comes the pain."
    • The sub-title of WWE Smackdown! Here Comes The Pain, a wrestling game released for the Playstation 2 in 2003.
  • "Is there no one else?"
    • A quote made by Achilles in the 2004 film Troy. When Achilles easily slays the best fighter of the opposing side, he calls out to the crowd to see if anyone else dares face him.
  • "It's clobberin' time!"
    • The catch phrase of The Thing from Marvel series The Fantastic Four. This phrase has been previously used in a similar format by Elora Wintersong in Kingdom Rush.
  • "Let there be rock!"
    • A sleight on the phrase "Let there be light" as written in the Book of Genesis, first book of the Hebrew Bible, where God created the Earth and filled the darkness of the void with light.

Sha'tra

As Sha'tra does not speak in English, his quotes can only be written based on what they sound like. However, transliterating them into Latin reveals some similarities:

  • "Nas'de Zagon!"
    • This phrase contains some of the the letters that make up the name 'Gonzalo Sande', one of the co-founders of Ironhide Studios.
  • "Aroval Siniros!"
    • The first part of this phrase contains the letters from the name 'Álvaro', another co-founder.
  • "Ini'laer Sai'tam!"
    • The first part of this phrase is almost 'Realini' backwards, the third co-founder of Ironhide. The second part is the first name of the comic artist, Matias Bergara, backwards.
  • "Edih Nori!"
    • This is 'Iron Hide' backwards.
  • Abduction
    • Alien abduction is the event reported to be experienced by people who have been taken aboard an alien spacecraft for different reasons, most commonly to be experimented on by aliens. It is a common feature in many forms of alien media.
  • Vibro Blades
    • A Vibroblade is a weapon featured in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. It is described as a bladed weapon that uses ultrasonic frequencies to increase cutting power.
  • Final Countdown
    • The Final Countdown is a 1986 song by Swedish rock band Europe. The song mentions space travel and other planets (namely Venus).

Sha'Tra makes an appearance in Ironhide Game Studios RTS game Iron Marines. You can find out more about Sha'Tra at the Official Iron Marines Wiki.


Karkinos

In Greek mythology, Karkinos (Greek: Καρκίνος) was a giant crab that fought alongside the Hydra, in its battle with Heracles (more commonly known as Hercules). Though crushed underfoot in battle, it was then lifted to the heavens and became the constellation Cancer.

  • "I am Karkinos"
    • Most likely a reference to the Marvel character Groot, from Guardians of the Galaxy. Groot's catch phrase (and only spoken line) is "I am Groot."
  • "Never retreat, never surrender."
    • Similar to a line spoken by King Leonidas in the graphic novel/film 300. The full line is 'Spartans never retreat. Spartans never surrender.'
  • "I am made of rage!"
    • A quote made by the character Colossus in Marvel's Astonishing X-Men, under the penmanship of Joss Whedon.

Kutsao

  • "Fear is the mind killer"
    • The start of a litany against fear used by the Bene Gesserit, a political and religious force in the series Dune by Frank Herbert. The litany is used to focus the mind in a time of peril. The full quote is "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.".
  • "Shapeless like water"
    • A quote made by famous martial artist Bruce Lee. The full quote is "You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend."
  • "The obstacle is the path"
    • A Zen proverb. The obstacle isn’t something standing in our way. It’s the way itself.
  • "There is no spoon."
    • A quote made by the (erroneously named) character Spoon Boy from the 1999 film The Matrix.

Dante

The name Dante comes from the Latin name Durans, which meant 'enduring'. The most well known Dante is Dante Alighieri, who wrote The Divine Comedy, an epic poem that that tells of his descent through the many levels of Hell and then into the paradise of Heaven.

Dante also bears resemblance to many vampire hunters from pop culture, such as Solomon Kane, Abraham Van Helsing and Blade.

  • "I'm the best at what I do"
    • The catch phrase of Marvel's Wolverine, one of the most popular comic book characters ever. The full quote is "I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn't very nice".
  • "There are many paths to redemption"
    • A line spoken in the 2009 film Solomon Kane by an Abbot. The full quote is "There are many paths to redemption... not all of them peaceful"
  • "Bless me, for I have sinned"
    • When Catholics go to confession, they greet the priest with the line "Bless me father, for I have sinned."
  • Akimbo Style
    • Akimbo is a human body position in which the hands are on the hips and the elbows are bowed outward. Perhaps because this pose is often used by two-pistoled gunfighters in media, the word is sometimes mistakenly applied to any situation in which someone has a matched pair of weapons in his hands.
  • Silver Bullet
    • A "silver bullet" is a simple solution to a complicated problem. The skill's ability to instant-kill Werewolves and Lycans is a reference to how silver is shown in pop culture as a method of killing werewolves.

Kahz

In Greek mythology, the minotaur was a humanoid beast with a bull's head. It was imprisoned in a labyrinth under King Minos of Crete's palace. Seven people were annually sent into the labyrinth to feed it. The minotaur was finally slain by the hero Theseus.

  • "Where's the beef?"
  • "Fus ro dah!"
    • The most famous thu'um in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Using it launches enemies.
  • "Death smiles at us all!"
    • A quote within a quote from the 2000 film Gladiator. The full quote is made by the main character Maximus, but within it he refers to the quote as made by a separate character, Marcus Aurelius. The full quote is "I knew a man once who said, "Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back."
  • "...Mooooo!"
    • Another joke about Kahz's species.
  • Daedalus' Maze
    • A reference to the aforementioned myth of the Labyrinth. Daedalus was the name of the architect of said Labyrinth.

Ashbite

  • Reign of Fire
    • This is the name of a 2002 film about fire breathing dragons being reintroduced into the modern world (with devastating results).

Bonehart

  • "Never laugh at undead dragons!"
    • A change on a quote from The Hobbit made by Bilbo Baggins. The original quote is "Never laugh at living dragons."
  • "Have a bone to pick?"
    • To "have a bone to pick" means to want to talk to a person about something he/she has done that has annoyed you.
  • "The plague has arrived!"
    • This one is rather ambiguous, as there are multiple definitions. A plague is a rapidly-spreading disease that is usually fatal. The plague is a disease caused by Yersinia pestis, a bacterium spread through the bite of the rat flea. Ironhide is probably referring to the former.
  • "Throw me a bone!"
    • To "throw someone a bone" is to give praise or a reward to a person, even though they haven't contributed much.
  • Bone Golem
    • The golems are all named "Wishbone", which either refers to a forked bone formed by the collarbones of certain theropod dinosaurs (the coelophysids, allosaurs, oviraptorids, tyrannosaurs, troodontids, dromaeosaurids and birds) or an American children's TV series which tells an abridged version of classic literature.

Rurin Longbeard

His name is probably a reference to Durin Longbeard, father of the most important clan of dwarves and their first king in Tolkien's works.

  • "Dungeon's deep and cavern's old."
    • A line from the song 'Far Over The Misty Mountains Cold' sung by the party of Dwarves in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.
  • "Send them to me"
    • A line spoken by the dwarf character Gimli in The Two Towers (again written by Tolkien), where he encourages his comrades to send enemies in his direction for a beating.
  • "Not the beard!"
    • Another line from Gimli in The Fellowship of the Ring, as he expresses his distress when a character grabs on to his beard to stop him from falling to his death.

Lucrezia

  • Her name may come from Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519), a femme fatale who in some circles of folk stories and mythology, was believed to be a vampire. 
  • "The blood is the life."
    • A line spoken by Dracula, in the 1992 film of the same name, based on the 1897 book by Bram Stoker. The full quote is "The blood is the life... and it shall be mine."
  • "Blah blah vampire emergency blah"
    • A word for word line spoken by the character Pam De Beaufort in the HBO series True Blood.
  • "Got blood?"
    • A take on the advertising phrase "Got Milk?" which encourages the drinking of cow milk.
  • Life Drain 
    • Using this skill creates an aura around Lucrezia in the shape of a red cross. This could be a reference to the humanitarian organization known as the "International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies", which provides aid to disaster victims.

Towers

Crossbow Fort

  • "Time for target practice"
    • A line spoken by the hero Sniper in Dota 2.
  • "Blackbird fly!"
    • A line from the song Blackbird by The Beatles.
  • "Be quick or be dead"
    • A song by heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

Tribal Axethrowers

  • "The tribe has spoken, mon"
    • A line spoken in the reality-TV series Survivor, used when a contestant is being voted off the show.
  • Fight magic with magic
    • Similar to the idiom 'Fight fire with fire', meaning the best response to attack is with a similar or equal attack.

Assassin's Guild

  • "Requiescat in pace"
    • A line spoken by the character Ezio in the game Assassin's Creed. The phrase itself is Latin for "rest in peace".

Knights Templar

  • "Hooah!"
    • Military slang meaning 'referring to or meaning anything and everything except no' used by soldiers in the U.S. Army and Air Force.
  • "A Sword day... a red day!"
    • A line spoken by the character Théoden, the king of Rohan, in the 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Spoken to the amassed troops before they enter the battle at Minas Tirith.
  • "Rise a Knight"
    • A line spoken by Balian in the 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven. The full quote is "Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Safeguard the helpless. Never lie, even if it leads to your death; that is your oath. (slaps a man) And that is so you don't forget it. Rise a knight... rise a knight!"
  • When the going gets tough
    • Part of a proverb 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going'. Also the name of a song by Billy Ocean.
  • Let it bleed
    • The name of a song by rock band The Rolling Stones.
  • That's the cup of a carpenter
    • A line spoken by the character Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade whilst searching for the Holy Grail, he discards all the gold and jewel encrusted cups in favour of one roughly carved out of wood.

Archmage Tower

  • "Gone... with the wind"
    • The name of a 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell, later made into a film in 1939.
  • Is there an F5?
    • A line spoken by the character Melissa in the 1996 film Twister, in reference to the scale tornados are classed by.

Necromancer Tower

  • "Fear the Reaper..."
    • A reverse on the advice given by the song '(Don't Fear) The Reaper' by the Blue Oyster Cult.
  • "Let's ride..."
    • A line spoken by the character Johnny Blaze in the 2007 film Ghost Rider, based on the comic series of the same name.

DWAARP

  • "Ready to Rumble!"
    • Part of the catch-phrase of Michael Buffer, a ring announcer for professional wrestling and boxing. The full quote features is exaggerated on the 'r' sounds, "Let's get ready to rumble!"
  • "Great Scott!"
    • The catch-phrase of Doctor Emett Brown in the 1985 film Back to the Future.
  • "Shake and bake!"
    • A food package made by Kraft Foods. A bag of bread crumbs or flavoring to which meat is added, shook up, then sealed and baked to release the flavouring of the power.
  • Give me fuel, give me fire
    • A line from the song Fuel by Metallica

Battle-Mecha T200

  • "Down the garbage chute"
    • Similar to a line spoken by Princess Leia in 1977 film Star Wars: A new Hope, where she orders other characters "Into the garbage chute..."

Spear Maiden Hut

The spear maiden names are references to fictional characters and warrior groups

  • Balsa
    • The main character, a female spear fighter, in Seirei no Moribito
  • Chiad, Enaila and Sulin
    • Maidens of the Spear in The Wheel of Time
  • Far Dareis Mai
    • An all-female warrior group in The Wheel of Time
  • Hama N'dore, Seia Doon and Sovin Nai
    • Warrior groups in The Wheel of Time
  • Jane
    • The main female character in Tarzan

Dwarven Bastion

  • "Lock stock and barrel"
    • A figure of speech used when referring to 'everything'. The lock, stock and barrel are the effective portions of a gun, and therefore, everything.
  • TNT! ... and i'll win the fight!
    • A line from the song TNT by AC/DC
  • Full Mithril Jacket
    • A take on the name of a 1987 film Full Metal Jacket. Mithril is a metal mined by dwarves in The Lord of the Rings.
  • Seven-six-two millimeter..
    • A line spoken by the character Private Pyle in the film Full Metal Jacket

Dwarf Hall

  • "That still counts as one!"
    • A line spoken by the character Gimli in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
  • "Let them come!"
    • A line spoken by the character Gimli in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
  • "Khazâd ai-mênu!"
    • A phrase spoken in Khuzdul, a dwarven language created by J.R.R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings. The phrase translates as "The Dwarves are upon you!"
  • As light as a feather
    • The first part of a line spoken by Bilbo Bagins in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, when he passes on his Mithril vest to his nephew Frodo.
  • ...as hard as dragon scales
    • The second half of the same quote.
  • Dwarfweiser
    • A take on the name Budweiser, a German lager that is one of the highest selling beers in the United States.
  • Wassuuuup!
    • A reference to an advertising campaign for Budweiser that began in 1999. The phrase entered pop-culture almost immediately.

The Dwarf unit names are all taken from Tolkien's works. Tolkien himself got the names from a list of dwarf names in the Völuspá, an epic Norse poem from the Poetic Edda.

  • Balin
  • Bifur
  • Bofur
  • Bombur
  • Durin
  • Dwalin
  • Gimli
  • Gloin
  • Oin
  • Thorin

Dark Forge

  • "Electric funeral!"
    • The name of a song by rock band Black Sabbath
  • "It's alive! Huahaha!"
    • A line spoken by the character Frankenstein in the 1931 film of the same name. It is spoken when the monster he has created comes to life.
  • It's electrifying
    • A line from the song 'Your the one that I want" from the 1978 film musical Grease.
  • "Frankie smash!"
    • A sleight on the catch phrase of the Hulk, who says "Hulk smash!"
  • Jaxx v2 arms
    • A reference to the character Jax from the Mortal Kombat series. Between two games, Jax has a set of metal arms fitted.

Bosses

Lord Malagar

  • "Resistance is futile!"
    • The catch-phrase of the antagonists The Borg in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • "Llama face!"
    • Said by Prince Kuzco when he discovers he has been turned into a llama in the Disney film The Emperor's New Groove
  • "Wake up, it's time to die!"
    • A line spoken to the replicant Leon in the 1982 film Blade Runner.
  • "If you are into evil, you're a friend of mine"
    • A line from the song Hells Bells by AC/DC
  • "Exit light, enter night"
    • A line from the song Enter Sandman by Metallica
  • "The cake is a lie!"
    • aA message written on the walls in a secret area of the game Portal.
  • "You spoony bard!"
    • A quote from the video game Final Fantasy IV, it is a well known example of poor translation.
  • "I look inside myself and see my heart is black."
    • A line from the song Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones
  • "It's the end of the world as *YOU* know it."
    • A play on the song It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M.
  • "Unliiiiiimmited poooower!!!!"
    • Words spoken by the Dark Lord of the Sith in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith when he is revealed to be the Emperor and main antagonist of the trilogy.
  • "I am the lizard king, I can do anything!"
    • A quote attributed to Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors. He was nicknamed The Lizard King
  • "You are an inspiration for birth control."
    • A line spoken by Duke Nukem in the video game Duke Nukem 3D
  • "Need a strategy guide?"
    • In the days before the internet, Strategy Guides would be sold for popular games that provided all the same kind of maps, stats and information that this wiki now has for free.
  • "Ex-Mortis!"
    • Exmortsi is an adventure/horror Point-and-click flash game
  • "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum!"
    • Part of the catchphrase of the giant in the the English fairytale, Jack and the Beanstalk
  • "Fus-Ro-Dah!"
    • The most famous thu'um in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Using it launches enemies.
  • "C'mon, show me your moves!"
    • A line spoken by Camptain Falcon from the video game F-Zero. The line itself is one of the Captain's taunts from Super Smash Bros.
  • "Corp Por!"
    • Two words used to cast the spell Death Bolt in Ultima Online
  • "[I find your lack of faith disturbing..."
    • A line spoken by Darth Vader in Star Wars IV: A New Hope
  • "You're off the edge of the map. Here there be monsters!"
    • A line spoken by Hector Barbossa in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • "I ain't no tailor but I know what suits me!"
    • A line spoken by Popeye the Sailor Man
  • "This is gonna be Legen - wait for itttt - DARY!"
    • The catchphrase of Barney Stinson in the tv series How I Met Your Mother
  • "It's the final countdown..."
    • A line from the song The Final Countdown by Swedish rock band Europe.
  • "I *now* expect you to die!"
    • A line spoken by Goldfinger in titular James Bond film.
    • "It's moving. It's alive. It's ALIIIIVE!"
    • A line spoken by Doctor Frankenstein in the 1931 film Frankenstein, when his monster comes to life.


Umbra

Umbra is a term used to describe the darkest part of a shadow, most often in terms of celestial bodies obscuring one another.

  • "I'm not afraid of the dark, the dark is afraid of ME"
  • "This is going to be legen (wait for it) dary!"
  • "I'm every nightmare you ever had!"
    • A line spoken by the titular evil clown in the 1990 mini series It, adapted from a Stephen King book of the same name.
  • "I am a God, you dull creature"
    • A line spoken by the antagonist Loki in the 2012 film The Avengers when facing the brute force of the Hulk.
  • "Shadows betray you because they belong to me!"
    • A fragment of a line spoken by the antagonist Bane in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises. The full quote is "The shadows betray you because they belong to me!"
  • "Fascinating!"
    • The catch-phrase of the character Spock in the original Star Trek TV series.
  • "You're not afraid of the dark, are you?"
    • A second line spoken by the character Riddick in Chronicles of Riddick.
  • "Welcome to your doom!"
    • A line spoken by the villain Neff in Sega's 1988 video game Altered Beast
  • "I'm not bad i'm just drawn that way"
  • "Humans are a disease, I am the cure!"
    • A fragment of a line spoken by the primary antagonist Agent Smith, in the 1999 film The Matrix. The full line is "Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure".
  • "The darkness, for me, is where I shine!"
    • A further line spoken by the character Riddick, this time from the Chronicles of Riddick video game Assault on Dark Athena.
  • "Kneel before Umbra!"
    • Similar to a line spoken by the antagonist Zod, in the 1980 film Superman II. The quote "Kneel before Zod!" is a very popular pop-culture reference.
  • "One, two, Umbra is coming for you"
  • "Resistance is futile!"
  • "You and your friends are dead!"
    • Word found on the infamous Game Over screen of the 1989 NES video game Friday the 13th
  • "Do you smell it? The scent of fear?"
    • A line spoken by antagonist Azog The Defiler, in the 2012 film adaption of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit
  • "I'll tear your soul apart!"
    • A line spoken by the antagonist Pinhead in the 1987 horror film Hellraiser
  • "Why do you live?"

Vasile

  • "No time for interviews!"
    • A reference to the 1976 book and 1994 film Interview with a Vampire, where the main character recounts his long life as a vampire.
  • "Evil is a point of view."
    • A line spoken by the character Lestat de Lioncourt, in Interview With A Vampire
  • "I'm going to give you the choice I never had."
    • A second line spoken by the character Lestat de Lioncourt, in Interview With A Vampire
  • "Listen to them, the children of the night."
    • A line said by Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula
  • "Denn die Todten reiten Schnell"
    • A line from the poem Lenore, written by German poet Gottfried August Bürger in 1773 which has been influential on vampire literature. The line translates to "For the dead ride fast".
  • "We, vampires don't sparkle in the sun."
    • A reference to the book and film series Twilight, where vampire skin sparkles in direct sunlight instead of burning as it does in traditional lore.
  • "Fushta!"
  • "Oh, it's night-time. I was having... a daymare."
    • A line said by Count Dracula in Dracula: Dead and Loving It!

God King

The God King's appearance and attitude is based on the character Xerxes from the graphic novel and film 300, who himself is based on Xerxes I (Persian: خشایارشا), the fourth Shahanshah of the Achaemenid Empire, whose invasion of Greece is the basis for the story. The name 'Xerxes' means 'ruling over heroes'.

  • "For glory's sake, WAR!"
    • Spoken by Xerxes in the trailer for the 2014 film 300: Rise of an Empire. This is spoken only in the trailer and not in the film.
  • "Aren't we always sometimes monsters?"
    • Always Sometimes Monsters is an RPG made by Devolver Digital about the journey of modern human experience. As this game is available on Steam and through Humble, it is possibly added via a friendship or exchange of ideas between both Devolver Digital and Ironhide Game Studio.
  • "Nothing will stop the march of my Empire!"
    • Spoken by Xerxes in the trailer for the 2014 film 300: Rise of an Empire. Again, this line does not appear in the film.
  • "I like you begging! Do it again!"
    • A line spoken by the villain Maleficent in the 2014 film of the same name.
  • "One world, one master. Kneel before me!"
    • The first part of the quote is spoken by Xerxes in the 1962 film The 300 Spartans. The second is likely part of the continuing use of "Kneel before Zod!" from Superman II, which has been said by several other bosses. It!

(Unknown)

Following the defeat of Umbra, in a post-credit sequence, a green and scaly hand is shown picking up the Tear of Elynie jewel; presumably, this creature will become the primary antagonist in an upcoming sequel game.

  • "Mine... Mine!" (spoken in word balloons)
    • The code in which these words are written is the Alienese substitution cipher (AL1) from Futurama.

Achievements

  • AND SO IT BEGINS
    • A line spoken by King Théoden of Rohan in the Peter Jackson film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers at the beginning of the battle for Helm's Deep.
  • ARMAGEDDON
    • Based on the 1998 film Armageddon, where a meteorite threatens the earth.
  • HOME IMPROVEMENT
    • The title of an American comedy series.
  • SUPERMARIO
    • A game in which you can collect stars that make you invincible. In Kingdom Rush Frontiers, you can also collect stars.
  • KONGICIDE - Based on the film King Kong, but here you have to kill Quincon.
  • TERMINATOR
    • The film Terminator is about a cyborg that kills many people. He has mechanical eyes, which look like the symbol for the achievement.
  • DIE HARD
    • Based on the film series Die Hard.
  • G.I. JOE
    • This is the nickname of an American soldier (just any American soldier, not a specific one).
  • DIVIDE AND CONQUER
    • The name of a novel by Tom Clancy.
  • YOU SHALL NOT PASS
    • A line spoken by Gandalf in the film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • ORGANIC IMPULSE
    • You have to move a Desert Bantah to get this achievement. The Desert Bantah is very similar to the Desert Bantha in the film series Star Wars.
  • MUA'DIB
    • Probably based on Frank Herbert's novel Dune, where a Muad'dib is a sort of desert mouse. The main protagonist of the novel is also named after such a mouse.
  • MONEY TALKS
    • The name of an American comedy film.
  • THE BLACK PEARL
    • The Black Pearl is a very important ship in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
  • MUMMY AT THE GATES
    • Probably based on the film Enemy at the Gates, which is about the battle for Stalingrad.
  • TWIST AND SHOUT
    • The title of a Beatles song.
  • SOS TO THE WORLD
    • A line from the song Message in a Bottle by The Police.
  • FEED ME SEYMOUR
    • A line from a scene in Little Shop of Horrors.
  • SAVE THE PRINCESS
    • What you have to do in the Super Mario games.
  • ONE *UGLY* $%@#
    • The hidden alien hunters are likely of the Predator species, featured in the 1987 film series of the same name. The quote "You're one ugly motherf*****" is said by Arnold Schwarzenegger upon meeting them in the first installment of the franchise.
  • THE WALKING DEAD
    • The name of a television series.
  • IS THAT WILHELM
    • A Wilhelm scream is a prerecorded sound for a scream, used in many films and commercials. When the Saurians fall down, they scream and that is a Wilhelm scream.
  • DR HENRY WALTON
    • Indiana Jones's real name is Henry Walton Jones, so it is a reference to that, as you have to help someone who looks like Indiana Jones in order to get the achievement.
  • ALI BABA
    • There is a fairy tale about Ali Baba and forty robbers. Ali Baba gets revenge on the robbers by stealing their gold.
  • BLOT OUT THE SUN
    • A quote from the film 300.
  • FUJITA #5
    • There is a scale of Fujita for measuring hurricanes (F1, F2 etc.).
  • HIGHLANDER
    • The name of the 1986 film Highlander, in which there is a group of immortals that are destined to kill each other (they can be killed only by complete decapitation) until one remains.
  • LET IT BLEED
    • The name of an album by The Rolling Stones.
  • CULL THE WEAK
    • This achievement could be a reference to a skill in Diablo III.
  • NECROPOLIS
    • Necropolis means 'City of the dead' in Greek.
  • GRIM REAPER
    • The Grim Reaper is death itself.
  • MECHWARRIOR
    • Mechwarrior could be a reference to a series of games.
  • OPTIMUS PRIME
    • The leader of the Autobots (the 'good' robots) in the film series Transformers.
  • HERO OF THE DAY
    • A song by Metallica.
  • LEGEN (WAIT FOR IT) DARY
    • A quote from the film How I Met Your Mother.
  • TARZAN BOY
    • A song by Baltimora.
  • IN THE NAVY
    • A song by The Village People.
  • PERFECT STORM
    • The Perfect Storm is a film from 2000
  • JAWS
    • A reference to the 1975 film Jaws.
  • WATERWORLD
    • Most likely based on the 1995 film Water'world.
  • MOONWALKER
    • Probably a reference to Michael Jackson's Moonwalk.
  • ZOMBIE WALK
    • A zombie walk is a public activity in which a large group of people dressed up as zombies walk around.
  • GHOSTBUSTERS
    • Based on the 1984 film Ghostbusters.
  • I SEE DEAD PEOPLE
    • A quote from the film The Sixth Sense.
  • DEAD AND LOVING IT
    • A reference to the 1995 film Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
  • YOU'VE FOUND ME
    • Probably based on the song You've Found Me' by The Fray. The hidden combatant is Reptile, who originated as a secret fighter in the first Mortal Kombat game. He is known for his excellent camouflaging, explaining how he's rather difficult to discover.
  • OAKENSHIELD
    • A reference to J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit, in which there is a dwarf prince named Thorin Oakenshield.
  • I'M THE LIZARD KING
    • Possibly based on a line from the song Celebration of the Lizard by The Doors.
  • COME ON YOU APES!
    • A quote from the 1997 film Starship Troopers.
  • WANT A PIECE OF ME?
    • A quote from the 2004 film Alien Vs Predator.

Levels

Hammerhold

  • The largest building in the top right corner of the map has a small boy standing beside it. The shadow he is casting is in the shape of something bigger. This is the teaser poster made for Star Wars Episode I, of a young Anakin Skywalker and the foreshadwoing of him becoming Darth Vader.

Sandhawk Hamlet

  • At the bottom of the map is a metal ring from the film Stargate . In the film it features instant wormhole travel to a desert planet on the other side of the galaxy. If you click on it, it shorts out before it cycles around. A fully functioning version appears in the Ruins of Nas'De Endless Challenge and acts as an entrance for enemies.

Sape Oasis

  • The two Bantas in the level are based on the Bantha found on the desert planet Tatooine in the Star Wars universe. They are ridden by Tusken Raiders, which are represented here as the Duskar.

Buccaneer's Den

  • The DWAARP is introduced in this level, and as such a large crate on the shore line has various metal parts from the tower (including the central plunger and a side panel) and a set of blue prints for its construction.
  • In the Steam version of the game, where the map is wider than normal, Wilson; the ball with a face painted on it from the film Cast Away; can be found nestled in the rocks near the western exit.

Nazeru's Gates

  • Replaying this level on Iron or Heroic modes has a shop set up where a trader is settling Nazeru's lamp.

Lost Jungle

  • As seen with the DWAARP, the Battle-Mecha T200 is introduced here, and a large crate has been air-dropped into the level containing the parts used to build the tower.

Temple of Saqra

  • Replaying this level on Iron or Heroic modes finds three monkeys; that are found on previous jungle levels in the trees, throwing harmless banana skins at enemies; dancing with Quincons staff while his crown sits on the floor.

Emberspike Depths

  • Replaying this level on Iron or Heroic modes finds the Hammer of Ages and Vez'nan's Staff sat in the dirt on either side of the crystal prison Umbra was trapped in.

Port Tortuga

  • Tortuga is Spanish for turtle.
  • Tortuga is the name of an island in the Caribbean (Turtle Island) that makes up part of Haiti. It was a centre of piracy in the Caribbean during the 17th century. Tortuga has been popularised in many pirate films,most notably the 1961 film Pirates of Tortuga and the more recent 2000's series Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Sunken Citadel

  • The name of the city, Ryly'eh, is named after the nightmare corpse-city that appears in the H. P. Lovecraft short story The Call of Cthulhu, where the Leviathan-esque Cthulhu sleeps, dreaming.
  • On the map, the level flag is placed on a location named Mompoey Island, which is named after Pablo Realini Mompoey, one of the co-founders of Ironhide Game Studio.
  • On the beach near the water-side exit flag, is a half-buried stone hand. This is a reference to a famous sculpture called The Hand by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal. It is located in Punta del Este, in Uruguay, which is where Ironhide Game Studio is based.
  • The level preview shows a slightly different layout to the level as it is actually presented. "The Hand" is located on the beach near the land exit in the preview, whereas in the gameplay level it has moved over to the right, away from the battle. Its repositioning suggests that another Strategic Point was needed.

Dusk Chateau

  • Replaying this level on Iron or Heroic modes finds a ticket booth outside the gates and a sign for the Dusk Chateau Scare Tour
  • Hidden on the edges of the forest are references to well-known horror films. On the left side of the level is Chucky from Child's Play, on the right side is the hockey mask worn by Jason Vorhees in Friday the 13th and a stone slab bearing the logo of the Umbrella Corporation from Resident Evil, and near the bottom center of the screen is Billy the Puppet's head from the Saw franchise (briefly visible when Vasile first appears and all frames vanish from the screen).
  • Vasile is a traditional Romanian name (where Dracula is rumoured to be from), though nowadays it is mostly associated with older people and/or from the countryside.

Darklight Depths

  • The kingdom the dwarves are searching for, 'Loria' is based on the similar sounding [[[wikipedia:Moria (Middle-earth)|Moria]] from The Lord of the Rings. It is a great underground Dwarven City where Gold, Mithril and many other treasures are mined.
  • This is referenced again in the level, a faint outline of an arch can be seen on the wall in the lower right corner. Clicking on it will light the arch much like how the door to Moria is seen in the film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring.

Ruins of Nas'De

  • 'Nas'de' is an anagram of 'Sande', the first surname of Gonzalo Sande, one of the three founders of Ironhide Game Studio.

Heroes

Eridan

Eridan's appearance suggest he was based on Legolas from The Lord of the Rings, or Eredan, a character in the video game The Lord of the Rings: War in the North.

According to the developers, Eridan and Arivan are brothers, and sons of a sorceress and a druid. Arivan followed the family tradition of being a wizard, but Eridan became a ranger, becoming a bit of a black sheep in the process. As a result, the brothers do not get along well. This is not considered canon as it is not mentioned anywhere in the published games.

  • "Selur Edihnori"
    • Ironhide Rules in reverse. It is similar to the phrase Edih Nori spoken by Sha'tra.
  • "Keelah!"
    • A common Quarian phrase, from the video game trilogy Mass Effect, meaning "By the home world." They wander the galaxy after being forced into exile by their own creations.

Arivan

  • "Shazam!" 
    • A catchphrase of the DC Comics hero Captain Marvel/Shazam that allows him to transform to or from his superhero form and it usually involves lightning.
  • "I bend all elements!"
    • A reference to the "Avatar: The Last Airbender" series, where many of the characters bend (manipulate) the four classic elements and the titular Avatar is able to bend all of the elements.


Catha

Catha's appearance with her little green dress is strongly influenced by the design of Tinker Bell from Disney's Peter Pan.

  • "Sugar, spice and everything nice!"
    • A line from the well-known nursery rhyme What Are Little Boys Made Of?. In the rhyme, boys are made from nasty things, whilst girls are made of sweet things. It also references the Cartoon Network series The Powerpuff Girls, where the line is the very origin of the three pixie-like heroines.
  • "Let's put a smile on that face!"
    • A line spoken by the Joker in the 2008 film The Dark Knight, in reference to his horrific facial scars in the shape of a smile.
  • "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!"
    • The title of a song in the Disney film Cinderella, sung by the Fairy Godmother.
  • "Here I come to save the day!" is the catchphrase of the animated superhero Mighty Mouse by Terrytoons studio.

Razz and Rags

Razz & Rags appearance of a small person riding a larger one is likely based on the relationship between Bran Stark and Hodor in George R.R. Martin’s book series A Song of Fire and Ice, or the T.V. adaption Game of Thrones.

Razz is the second Gnome hero introduced, following Hacksaw from the first Kingdom Rush. Because of their different appearances and fighting styles, it is unlikely they are related, but they both did think of the concept of building something big to help them in battle.

  • Kamihare
    • The word Kamikaze but adapted to include hare. Kamikaze (Japanese: 神風; literally: "god-wind"; usual translation: "divine wind") is a name given to a typhoon that destroyed mongol troops and saved the country in the 13th century. It is now commonly used to describe a surprise or suicidal attack,
  • Hammer Time
    • The music that plays during the Hammer Time attack is the 8-bit theme song from the original arcade Donkey Kong. It’s more well known as the music that plays in the Smash Brothers series when a player picks up the Hammer item, which causes them to rapidly beat a giant hammer up and down to attack opponents. The name of the skill is derived from a popular song U Can't Touch This!, a line from which is spoken by Malik Hammerfury.
  • Changeling
    • In many European mythologies (prominently in Irish and British) a changeling is a type of fairy or sprite that has replaced a human infant.


Lilith

The name Lilith is derived from the Akkadian lilitu meaning of the night. Lilith is a demonic figure in ancient Assyrian mythology. In Jewish folklore, she is the first wife of Adam, created before Eve but cast out of the Garden of Eden after refusing to be sub servant to Adam.

Lilith has been popularised in many forms, perhaps the most well known of recent adaptions is from the TV Series Supernatural, where the demon Lilith, is the first demon ever created by Lucifer, and the key to his escaping his cage in Hell.

  • "Your soul is mine!"
    • The battle cry of Shang Tsung from the Mortal Kombat series. Though not often spoken in the game, it was said several times in the 1995 film adaptation.
  • "Pity those who cross me."
    • A spoken line of the character Varus in the League of Legends game.
  • "Look into my eyes!"
    • Spoken by Ghost Rider when using his Penance Stare, causing the target to suffer all the pain combined that they have dealt to the innocent in the past.

Reg'son

  • Eldtritch
    • A word that means weird, otherworldly or uncanny.
  • Wait and Bleed
    • A 1999 song by the heavy metal band Slipknot.

Prince Denas

  • Sybarite
    • A Sybarite (a native of Sybaris, an ancient Greek city in Italy) as stereotyped as being seekers of pleasure and luxury and are often self-indulgent in their means. Prince Denas goes from being a buff soldier on the front lines to a fat King that needs to be carried.
  • Celebrity
    • When Denas uses his Celebrity skill, there are several flashes around him, imitating the flashes of a paparazzi's camera as if he were being photoed at a red carpet event.
  • The Avenger
    • A reference to Captain America throwing his shield at foes.

Xin

Xin is possibly inspired by the World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria which added the race Pandarians and the class monk. Also his move inspire is in WoW and has the relatively effect. He may also be based on Po from the film Kung Fu Panda, which was released a long time before Mists of Pandaria, though the WoW expansions was closer to the release of Origins.

  • "Panda Style!"
    • Many styles of martial arts are named after animals, some of which are seen as Kutsao skills.
  • "Fear is the only darkness."
    • A line spoken by Master Po in the 1972 TV Series 'Kung Fu'.
  • "Oh-hoh-hoh-hoah!"
    • Though not instantly obvious in written form, when spoken it is the opening chant of the song 'Kung Fu Fighting' by Carl Douglas.
  • "Skadoosh!"
    • The catchphrase of Po, the lead character and titular 'Kung Fu Panda' from the 2008 Dreamworks film.

Lynn

  • "The end is near."
    • A common phrase used to indicate the 'end of world'.
  • "Ignorant thralls."
    • A quote made by the character Diana in the game League of Legends.
  • "What do you want errand boy?"
    • A quote made by Victor Von Doom, enemy to the Fantastic Four, in the Marvel comics.
  • "Resistance is futile."
    • The catchphrase of the alien species The Borg first seen in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Vez'nan

In the game's ending comic strip, Vez'nan, Eridan and Prince Denas find the corrupted Tear of Elynie. Denas says that the corrupted Tear must be destroyed, and Eridan suggests casting it into the Rift of Cinders, at which point Vez'nan volunteers to do it

  • "All magic comes with a price."
    • A line spoken by Rumpelstiltskin in the 2011 TV Series 'Once Upon A Time'.
  • "Witness true sorcery."
    • A response made by the hero Invoker in Dota 2.
  • "With glorious purpose."
    • A line spoken by the villain Loki is the 2012 film The Avengers. The full line is "I am burdened with glorious purpose.".
  • "Power is... POWER!"
    • A line spoken by Cersei in the TV Series 'A Game of Thrones', based on the book series 'A Song of Fire And Ice' by George R. Martin. It is said to counter the common phrase "Knowledge is power.".
  • "You mewling quim!"
    • Another line spoken by Loki in The Avengers. Joss Whedon (writer and director) considers getting the line into the film a great achievement, as the meaning is highly insulting.

The Demon has different names each time it is summoned.

Durax

Durax bears a striking similarity to the Sorcerer Stones that are found in the ancient city of the Elves, especially when he is in his Lethal Prism form.

The basis for Durax has been explained by Ironhide on their official Facebook page. "Durax was a Uruguayan brand for glass made plates and cups that pride itself in making them very resistant. So when the time came for making a crystal made golem, we couldn't resist the joke. So there, now you know."

Durax may also have been partially inspired by the alien Diamondhead from the cartoon television series Ben 10. Diamondhead is a being of living diamond, able to shape his body into blades and throw projectile diamonds much like Durax.

Durax, along with Karkinos and Saitam, are the only heroes to speak their own names. He is also the only hero outside of Kingdom Rush Frontiers to do so.

  • "I'm the one who knocks"
    • A line spoken by Walt in the television series Breaking Bad. It is part of a monologue where he implies that he is the person behind the door with a gun, as opposed to the person who opens the door and gets shot. He isn't in danger, he is the danger.
  • "Durax don't text"
    • A slightly out of context quote (as 'texting' doesn't exist in the Kingdom Rush universe) but is from the 2010 Machete, where the texting ability of the titular character is often brought up.

Bravebark

Ents are a sentient tree-like race from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

The inspiration behind including an Ent may have also have come from the popularity of Groot, another tree-like being from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, the film version of which was released and became very popular during the time Origins was being created and developed.

Bravebark's Greenlings look very similar to Tainted Treants from the original Kingdom Rush.

  • "Welcome to the Jungle"
  • "I'm smarter than the average tree"
    • A reference to Yogi Bear who is known for saying "I'm smarter than the average bear."

Bruce

Bruce is named in honour of Bruno de Leone, aka Delebru, who was the first member of Ironhide to be recruited outside of the three founding members. He has since left Ironhide and moved to New Zealand to work for game developer Ninja Kiwi. His surname Leone is Italian for lion.

  • "War never changes."
    • A quote is used in the introduction scene of all Fallout games.
  • "Respect, and honor."
    • Used as both a greeting or farewell in the film 300 where it is first spoken by King Leonidas whilst teaching his son.
  • "You're gonna hear me roar!"
    • A line from the 2013 Roar song by singer Katy Perry.
  • "Courage my friends!"
    • Part of a quote made by Canadian politician Tommy Douglas. The full quote is"Courage, my friends; 'tis not too late to build a better world.".

Phoenix

The Phoenix is a mythological bird often associated with fire and rebirth.

Although the game text refers to Phoenix as male (his is used in a skill description), posts made by Ironhide Developers on the community forums have stated that Phoenix is female, and references to being a male in game are typos. As such, she is listed as female here and the correct pronouns put in place.

Wilbur

Wilbur is named after Wilbur Wright; brother of Orvil Wright; who together are credited with building the first successful airplane.

Wilbur's bombs in Boom Box Mk. resemble Bob-ombs from the Super Mario Bros. series.

Wilbur's various skills suggest that he is the inventor of many of the Dwarf towers in the (chronologically) second and third games.

  • M.A.D. Missiles
  • Dwaaarps Engine
    • Similar name to the DWAARP tower.
  • Airplane
    • Very similar to the airplane used to deploy the Big Boy bomb.
  • "You can be my wingman any time!"
    • A line spoken by 'Iceman' in the 1986 movie Top Gun
  • "Welcome to the danger zone!"
    • The song Dangerzone by Kenny Loggins was used in Top Gun.
  • "Do a barrel roll!"
    • In the Starfox game series, a barrel roll is used to bounce enemy attacks away without them doing damage. In Starfox 64 (AUS/EU: Lylat Wars) the phrase is spoken by one of the characters and has since become a popular meme.
  • "Mayday!"
    • The inter nation distress signal used in radio procedure. Taken from the french phrase m’aidez which means help me.
  • The M.A.D. in M.A.D. Missiles is likely a reference to the Cold War term M.A.D. or Mutually Assured Destruction

Faustus

Though not implied, the younger appearances of several other established Kingdom Rush and Frontiers characters suggests that Faustus may be the living form of Bonehart, as they both share an eloquent form of speech and Faustus makes a passing comment about 'living forever'.

The link is further suggested by the origin of Faustus' name. Doctor Faustus is a play based on a German tale called Faust about a scholar who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for unlimited knowledge and earthly pleasures for a set number of years, after which the Devil claims his soul and he becomes eternally damned.       

  • "Dracarys"
    • A word that means "dragon fire" in the fictional High Valyrian language from the book series [[Wikipedia:A Song of Ice and Fire|A Song of Ice and Fire] by George R.R. Martin.
  • "A dragon lives forever"

Malik

When you free Malik his hammer drops down from the sky. As you've used the Thunderbolt to free him, the hammer may be a reference to Thor, as the swirl on the face of the hammer Malik wields appears on Mjolnir; as wielded by Thor; in his profile art. The later appearance of Malik in Kingdom Rush, sees the pattern missing.

Bolverk

Bolverk is based on a character of the same name, from the game The Banner Saga by Stoic Studio.

The cameo came about as a result of gaming website Gamezebo's 10 Best iPad Games of 2014, which saw both Kingdom Rush: Origins come up alongside The Banner Saga. After exchanging compliments and admiration on twitter, a subtle hint from Gamezebo "what's it going to take to get Varls in Kingom Rush 4?" resulted in Bolverk making an appearance.

  • Battlecry
    • The skill is based on Bolverk's active ability in The Banner Saga Bear Rage where he terrifies enemies into losing their armour.
  • Twin Axes
    • The skill is based on Bolverk's active ability in The Banner Saga Cull the Weak, an attack that deals damage
  • "I'm not a giant, I am a Varl!"
    • In The Banner Saga, the Varl are a race of powerful giants with horns and beards.
  • "Last of the Varl berserks.. Rawr!"
    • Varl's are only male and unable to reproduce, suggesting that Bolerk is the last survivor of his kind.
  • "Ravens feast on death."
    • The Ravens are the mercenary group lead by Bolverk in The Banner Saga.

Towers

Arcane Archers

  • "Hado i philinn."
    • An elvish phrase spoken in the Lord of the Rings film. It translates to "hurl the arrows"
  • "Sweet dreams are made of this."
    • The title of an 1983 song by Eurythmics
  • "Natha daged dhaer" Another elvish phrase, this one meaning "They are all going to die".

Golden Longbows

  • Shot through the heart
    • A line from the 1986 song "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi.
  • "Shoot to thrill, ready to kill"A reference to the song "Shoot to Thrill!" by the Australian rock band AC/DC.

Bladesinger Hall

  • Shapeless, like water
    • A line previously by Kutsao. A quote made by famous martial artist Bruce Lee. The full quote is "You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend."
  • "A red sun rises"
    • A quote used by Legolas in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
  • "A Song of Death"
    • A musical composition, usually an existing pop culture song, used throughout each film of the Final Destination series to foreshadow

Forest Keepers

The Forest Keepers are based on the Night-Elf hero-unit of the same name appearing in Warcraft III. They share the same name, appearance and abilities as their Real Time Strategy counterparts.

  • "You reap what you sow"
    • A proverb that a person is rewarded only by what they put in. Here it is paraphrased from the bible passage in Galatians 6:7
  • "Live long and prosper"
    • A phrase said by Vulcans in Star Trek, it is commonly associated with the character Spock.

The names of the Keepers are a reference to many horses or horse-like characters, both real and fictional

  • Bucefalus
    • A misspelling of Bucephalus, the horse of Alexander the Great.
  • Incitatus
    • The favorite horse of Roman emperor Caligula.
  • Khartoum
    • The horse of Jack Woltz in The Godfather
  • Mandarb
    • The horse ridden by Lan Mandragoran in A Wheel of Time
  • Othar
    • Atilla the Hun's horse.
  • Quiron
    • A Spanish form of Chiron, a centaur from mythology
  • Shadowfax
    • Gandalf the Grey's horse from The Lord of the Rings
  • Shadowmere
    • A red-eyed horse from the Elder Scrolls video games.
  • Stonebrow
    • A centaur from the Time Spiral TCG.

Mage Tower

  • "Wit beyond measure!"
    • Part of the philosophy "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure." belonging to Rowena Ravenclaw, the founder of one of the houses of Hogwarts featured in the Harry Potter series.
  • "Time is mana!"
    • A play on the phrase "Time is money"

Wild Magus

  • Ashes to ashes
    • A line spoken once by the Sorcerer Mage. Part of the phrase "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust" spoken during a burial service, to denote the finality of the corporeal body.
  • The images of Eldritch Doom's bolt and explosion are the same as Saurian Savant's ranged attack and Critcal Mass, respectively.
  • "You shall not cast!" - A reference to the line "You shall not pass", spoken by the character Gandalf in the 2001 film Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • "Explode into space"
    • A line from the song Born to be Wild by rock band Steppenwolf. This is the third instance of this song being used for a quote as the song title itself is used by the Rangers Hideout and another line used by the hero Thor.
  • "Smokin'!"

High Elven Mage

  • "Seek and destroy!"
    • A popular song of the same name which comes from the album "Kill em all" by the metal band Metallica.

Arch-Druid Henge

  • "Into the Wild"
    • A 2007 biographical drama film adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction novel of the same name by Jon Krakauer, based on the adventures of Christopher McCandless.
  • "Verdant Fury"
    • An attack response said by Nature's Prophet in DOTA2

The Runed Bears have different names, as with all soldier units.

  • Yogi
    • The bear of the same name created by Hannah Barbera
  • Booboo
    • The bear of the same name created by Hannah Barbera
  • Fozzy
    • The stand-up comic bear from The Muppets

Weirdwood

Weirdwood is likely to be a reference to the Weirwoods, sacred religious trees in the A Song of Ice and Fire universe. They have very similar appearances and names.

  • "Beat it!"
    • The title of a song by Michael Jackson

Awok Hut

The Awok are based; both in name and appearance; on the "Ewoks" from Star Wars.

Some of the unit names are based on bears; though different ones to the Runed Bears of the Arch-Druid Henge; or cute furry creatures.

  • Geezmo
    • Based on Gizmo, the furry creature in the Gremlins film series
  • Gummy
    • From Gummy Bears, a cartoon released by Disney in the 1980's
  • Mowai
    • Based on the Mogwai, the species of aforementioned Gizmo

Gnome Garden

These are the same gnomes that Razz of Razz and Rags is a member of.

  • "Gernumbli Gardensi!"
    • According to the Harry Potter series, this is the Latin name for the [1] species.
  • "Expialidocious!"
    • The last portion of the nonsense word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, taken from the song of the same name featured in Mary Poppins.

Renegade Post

  • Can't touch this!
    • A reference to the award-winning MC Hammer song with the same name released in 1990.

The names of the soldiers are a reference to many fictional characters of video games and comics, which share similar themes of evilness, darkness or anti-heroism:

  • Malekith
    • The name of two characters: A supervillain, the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, and the enemy of the superhero Thor in the Marvel Comics Universe; and The Eternity King of Athel Loren, ruler of the Elves in Warhammer, and one of the major villains in the setting.
  • Yondu
    • The name of a superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe, one of the founders of the superhero team "Guardians of the Galaxy".
  • Malfurion
    • The name of Night Elf in Warcraft, known for spreading the use of druidism among the night elves. His full name is Malfurion Stormrage.
  • Vaati
    • The name of a recurring antagonist of Link in the Zelda series.
  • Zaknafein
    • The name of an Undead Drow, the famed weapon master of the House Daermon N'a'shezbaernon in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Astos
    • The name of the evil king of the dark elves in the original Final Fantasy video game.
  • Kaldorei
    • The name of the night elves in Warcraft, which means "Children of the Stars" in the native tongue of Darnassian.
  • Lanys T'Vyl
    • The name of a demigoddess in the EverQuest franchise. She is known as the Daughter of Hate and is the goddess of envy.
  • Jarlaxle
    • The name of a drow mercenary leader of the Bregan D'aerthe mercenary company in the Forgotten Realms setting of Dungeon & Dragons.
  • Menzoberranzan
    • The City of Spiders, is a fictional drow city-state in the world of the Forgotten Realms, a Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting.
  • Traxex
    • The proper name of the Drow Ranger hero in the Warcraft III custom map Defense of the Ancients and its remake Dota 2.
  • Grizz't
    • The combination of the names of Drizzt Do'Urden, a good drow ranger in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, and Graz'zt, a recurring demon lord in Dungeons & Dragons.

Bosses

Hi-Hi Enha

  • In the Heroic Challenge and Iron Challenge of Gryphon Point, there's a huge, enclosed cage on the peak, with a pair of glowing red eyes glaring menacingly outside. It's strongly implied to be Hi-Hi Enha's new home after being defeated.
  • Hi-Hi Enha's imprisonment suggests that he is not a particularly friendly individual, reinforced by the crushing of the Gnoll Reavers transporting him. It can be assumed that by the time the battle of Gryphon Point has reached it's breaking point, the Gnolls are desperate enough to release a berserker upon their foes, regardless of the casualties he causes them.
  • Hi-HI Enha is probably based on the Dungeons & Dragons Demon Lord of Gnolls, Yeenoghu. Both Hi-Hi Enha and Yeenoghu wield a triple flail.

Malicia

  • Malicia's name seems to be a pun off the adjective "malicious", which is commonly associated with evil, and "Alicia", a common girl's name.
  • Malicia is the first boss in the Kingdom Rush series to be battled twice, the second time in the form of Spider Goddess.
  • "It's that a Vorpal Sword?" is a phrase that appears in the nonsense poem "Jabberwocky", from Lewis Carroll.
  • "Get over here!" is the trademark phrase of Scorpion in the Mortal Kombat series.
  • "Who's the fairest of them all?" is the base question of the plot behind Snow White.
  • "It's only a flesh wound" is a piece of the quote from the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • In the comic preceding the Shrine of Elynie, Malicia seems to have doubts taking the Tear of Elynie, stating that "the price could be too high." Interestingly enough, after Spider Goddess was vanquished, one of the elves said that although they won the war, "the price was too high," as the tear was already corrupted with evil power.
  • Malicia is also the first female boss since Sarelgaz from the original Kingdom Rush. Oddly enough, both are giant spiders (Not originally in the case of Malicia, though.)
  • "There is no good and evil. There is only power!" spoken in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Spider Goddess

  • Spider Goddess is the first boss in the Kingdom Rush series to have any magic resistance. It was the only one until the Paragon arrived in Kingdom Rush: Vengeance.
  • Spider Goddess's design is very similar to that of Drider, which makes sense considering that both are half-elf, half spider.
  • Like Vez'nan and Umbra before her, the Spider Goddess explodes on death in an epic sphere of white light.
  • The Spider Goddess appears as a boss in the upcoming board game Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time. So far, she is the only boss from Kingdom Rush: Origins to do so.

Bram the Beheader

  • Although Bram is fully crystallized, including his head, his head still comes back for the heroic and iron challenges.
  • Some of Bram and his brother's heads' quotes reference the 1993 cartoon Animaniacs, saying lines from Pinky and the Brain. The line "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?" by Bram and then "I think so, but where can we find party hats at this hour?" by his brother are said by Brain and then Pinky.
  • "Zort!" is also one of Pinky's lines.

Baj'Nimen the Hateful

  • The Achievement gained for defeating Baj'Nimen is named after the Japanese fairytale Tawara Tōda [俵藤太 "Rice-bag Tōda"] about a hero that kills a giant centipede to save a dragon princess.
  • 'Bajnimen' is an anagram of the boy's name Benjamin, but as this name is not used by any of the known Ironhide developers, it's unknown if this is just coincidence or not.

Godieth

  • Godieth is based on Durin's Bane the Balrog that was uncovered by the Dwarves in Moria from the Lord Of The Rings franchise. The 'more famous' big brother also references said Balrog.

Achievements

  • SHENZI, BANZAI & ED
    • The three hyenas from Disney's animated film The Lion King.
  • BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR
    • An 1938 animated film made by Disney.
  • GEORGE FALL
    • George of the Jungle, an animated TV series from 1967.
  • GATHERING THE MAGIC
    • Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game.
  • WHY SO SERIOUS?
    • One of the Joker's well-known lines from the 2008 film The Dark Knight.
  • ROBIN OF ELFWOOD
    • Robin of Sherwood was a TV series from the 1980s.
  • CANDY RUSH
    • Could be Candy Crush, a popular match-three game, or a play on Kingdom Rush.
  • FEE-FI-FO-FUM
    • Spoken by a giant in the fairy tail Jack and the Beanstalk.
  • JURASSIC LAKE
    • Jurassic Park, a 1993 film.
  • GARGAMEL
    • The Smurfs franchise, where the villain, Gargamel, usually tries to catch Smurfs.
  • SHROOM SAYS
    • Simon Says is a game, usually played by children.
  • KILLER TOMATOES!
    • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1978 film.
  • GARDEN SONG
    • Garden Song is a popular children's song from 1975.
  • VORPAL BLADE
    • Likely the Vorpal Sword from the 1871 poem Jabberwocky.
  • PIXIEBELL
    • Tinker Bell from the Peter Pan play/animated film.
  • GAME OF THRONES
    • A television series from the 2010s.
  • I LIKE TO MOVE IT!
    • A song featured throughout the Madagascar animated films.
  • CALL ME MR. PIG
    • Based on "They call me Mr. Pig!", said by Pumbaa from Disney's animated film Lion King.
  • D&D
    • Dungeons & Dragons, a popular tabletop RPG often abbreviated as D&D.
  • THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE
    • Likely the 1797 poem The Sorcerer's Apprentice.
  • IT'S A TRAP
    • Said by Admiral Ackbar in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
  • WINTER IS COMING
    • Said by Eddard Stark from Game of Thrones, a 2010s television series.
  • THE BIGGER THEY ARE...
    • A phrase; "The bigger they are, the harder they fall."
  • CITY OF SPLENDORS
    • Possibly the City of Splendors: Waterdeep supplement to the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG.
  • WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
    • A 1977 song by Queen.
  • STARCRAFT
    • A 1998 computer game.
  • THE ART OF WAR
    • A Chinese military treatise.
  • SIMCITY
    • The Sim City franchise.
  • GREEN ARROW
    • A superhero from the DC Comics.
  • WAR NEVER CHANGES
    • Said in the intro to Fallout, a 1997 computer game.
  • THE BONE COLLECTOR
    • A 1997 book/1999 film.
  • ONLY COUNTS AS ONE
    • Said by Gimli from the 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
  • 1.21 GIGAWATTS!
    • The amount of power needed for the DeLorean time machine from the Back to the Future franchise.
  • FOOTLOOSE
    • A 1984 film.
  • RED FIVE
    • The callsign for one of the X-Wing pilots from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • VALAR MLORGHULIS
    • From the 2010s television series Game of Thrones.
  • KILLTACULAR!
    • Possibly the medal from the Halo franchise.
  • BEORNINGS
    • A race from The Lord of the Rings franchise.
  • NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS
    • Said by Han Solo in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
  • COME AND GET THEM!
    • Said by Leonidas I in the 2006 film 300.
  • MITCHELL-HEDGES
    • F. A. Mitchell-Hedges claimed to have found a crystal skull in 1924.
  • WILE E.
    • Wile E. Coyote is one of the characters from various Looney Tunes cartoon episodes.
  • WITH YOUR SHIELD OR ON IT
    • Part of a phrase said by the Greeks. Could also be from the 2006 film 300.
  • NIMLOTH THE FAIR
    • The name of the White Tree from J. R. R. Tolkien's stories.
  • MY LORD BAG OF RICE
    • A fairy tale from 1711.

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Heroes

Veruk

  • Veruk's attire is based entirely on the gladiators from the 4th century, during the Roman Empire's time. His origin story is also a reference to Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator who managed to beat the Romans with just a handful of gladiators in the Third Servile War.
  •  "Strength and honor."
    • A line spoken by several characters in the 2000 film Gladiator. It is used as both a greeting and farewell.
  •  "Are you not entertained?"
    • A line spoken by Maximus when standing in the arena, in the 2000 film Gladiator.
  •  "Manflesh"
    • A line said by an Orc in the 2002 film, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
  • "Freedom!"
    • This single word is taken from an iconic moment in the film Braveheart following the life of William Wallace.

Asra

Asra is an Arabic name (أسرى) meaning travel at night

  • "I am the sword in the dark!"
    • The first line of the oath said by the men of the Night's Watch in George R.R. Martin's book series A Song of Ice and Fire, also known as the tv series Game of Thrones.
  • "Dark necessities"
    • The title of a song by the rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • "You think darkness is your ally?"
    • Spoken by Bane in the film The Dark Knight Rises.
  • "In darkest night"
    • In Darkest Knight is a Batman comic released in 1994, where Batman becomes a Green Lantern. The title comes from the Green Lantern's oath "In brightest day, in blackest night.." which likely also inspired Asra's phrase.

Oloch

  •  The name Oloch is found in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, although in this game it is attributed to an orc instead of a demon.
  • Several of Oloch's abilities are derived from previous Demon enemies in Kingdom Rush. The Infernal Combustion passive is a trait shared by all Demon enemies, Duplication is unique to the Demon Legion, and Demonic Blast comes from the fire throwing Flareon.
  • "Wanna make a deal?"
    • Demons, particularly Crossroad Demons are known for making deals with humans. It is usually some kind of power or privilege, in exchange for the human soul.
  • "Toasty!"
    • An Easter Egg found in the video game Mortal Kombat II. The face and voice of sound designer Dan Forden appears on the screen and says this phrase if the player performs a particular move. Making additional button presses during this brief pop-up unlocks a battle with a hidden character.
  • "Smoking!"
    • A variation of "Smokin'!" The catchphrase of the titular character of the 1994 film The Mask
  • "Hot damn, I'm too hot!"
    • Two sections in reverse from the song Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson. The original line is "I'm too hot, hot damn!"
  • "The clock ticks life away!"
    • Lyrics from the song "In the End" by American rock band Linkin Park.

Margosa

  • The name Margosa is possibly derived from the Spanish word Amargo which means bitter. The -sa suffix likely comes to maintain the similarity to the Vampiresa, on which Margosa is based.
  • Margosa's Bat Form is based on both Lucrezia and the Vampiresa's form of movement. Equally, her Beast Form is possibly based on the Lycans transformation from human(oid) to beast.
  • "I never drink... wine."
    • A line spoken by the 1931 film Dracula. The line is closely associated with the character and said in numerous related media.
  • "I find your suffering exquisite."
  • "Not my blood type"
    • Based on the phrase "Not my type" to indicate a person does not fit the preferences of the person stating the phrase. In this context, it also includes a reference to blood type and may be related to transfusion, as different blood types are often incompatible.
  • "The hunter becomes prey"
    • The hunter becomes the hunted is a popular trope wherein the normally powerful hunter has the tables turned in it by the weaker or less intelligent prey, essentially becoming the hunted itself.

Mortemis

  • The name Mortemis is likely a portmanteau of Artemis and Mort. The former is a Greek Goddess of wild animals, wilderness, childbirth and virginity and likely has no influence on this character, while the latter is French for Death. Mort is also the name of a book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. The book follows the titular Mort, as he becomes an apprentice to Death.
  • Death is but the beginning
    • Similar to a line taken from the 1999 film The Mummy. The sarcophagus of the Mummy has the words "death is only the beginning" carved on the inside.
  • I love the smell of rot
    • Based on the line "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" from the film Apocalypse Now
  • Join my army of darkness
    • Army of Darkness is a horror-comedy film and the third in the Evil Dead series. Several references to Evil Dead have been made through the Kingdom Rush franchise.
  • Call of the Haunted
    • Call of the Haunted is a magic card from the TCG Yu-Gi-Oh. Playing it allows the player to bring back a fallen monster from their graveyard.

Tramin

  • The bomb has been planted
    • An audio clip from Counter Strike that has been used in various meme formats to draw attention to how it could draw unnecessary and unwanted attention to a person.
  • Goblins don’t look at explosions
    • Based on the song Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions, a spoof song performed by three comedians at the MTV Movie Awards. It is based on the concept of film characters walking calmly away from explosions.
  • I regret nothing!

Jigou

  • "Winter is coming!"
    • The famous motto of House Stark, one of the Great Houses of Westeros, from the Game of Thrones series.
  • "Prepare for the ice age!"
    • A quote uttered by the Dodo leader from the 2002 animated film Ice Age.
  • "Let it snow!"
    • Most likely a reference to the winter song "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.
  • "Snow cone?"
    • A quote from the Abominable Snowman in the 2001 animated film Monster Inc.
  • "I feel... warm."
    • Possibly an alteration for the death quote of Barbarossa in the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
    • Jigou means, to come out of desperate situation and make a complete return in one sudden burst in Japanese.
  • Jigou is based on Yeti from Kingdom Rush.

Jun'Pai

  • I'm the Captain now!
    • A line from the film Captain Phillips, inspired by the true events of the Maersk Alabama hijacking near Somalia in 2009.
  • Your bases belong to me!
  • "From the depths!"
    • The name of a naval combat game by Brilliant Skies Ltd.
  • Banner of Courage
    • The Banner of Courage is a magic card from the TCG Yu-Gi-Oh. Playing it grants all monsters controlled by the player a boost in attack damage. The card image portrays a banner similar to the one that Jun'pai conjure.
  • Gaze of the Naga
    • Naga is a Sanskrit word for serpent or snake. The Naga are divine creatures that have snake like appearances. There is also a Naga race in Warcraft which are more akin to the Deep Devils, as an aquatic serpentine species. Jun'pai himself appears to be modelled on a Naga Royal Guard.
  • Splash
    • An infamous move from the Pokémon game series. Splash was (originally) the signature move of Magikarp, however the move itself would have no effect in battle, accompanied by the phrase "But nothing happened". With perseverance, Magikarp would evolve into Gyarados, a leviathan like sea creature who's appearance is not unlike Jun'pai.
  • Terror From The Deep
    • A video game from 1995 X-COM: Terror from the Deep was an underwater strategy game where soldiers would face off against an alien race that were amphibious or fish like in appearance, similar to the Deep Devils.

Doom Tank SG-11

  • Its naming scheme of SG-11 is most likely based on the Metal Slug SV-001 tank from its eponymous series.
  • Unlike traditional hero deaths, the Doom Tank doesn't vanish. Instead it's body breaks down from the caterpillars, gives an embarrassed smile, and it's pilot ducks inside the cockpit waving a white flag.
  • The Expendables
    • Named after the film series The Expendables about a team of Elite mercenaries. The film is noted for having a main cast consisting of film stars famous for having appeared in action films.
  • Call of the Valkyrie
    • The Valkyrie is a female warrior figure from Norse mythology who choose who lives and who dies in battle, before leading the noble dead to Valhalla, the afterlife that celebrates those slain in battle. In this context, it may be based on the XB-70 Strategic Bomber or Operation Valkyrie after which a number of films were based.
  • Ready to Rumble
    • Part of the catch-phrase of Michael Buffer, a ring announcer for professional wrestling and boxing. The full quote features exaggerated on the 'r' sounds, "Let's get ready to rumble!". This quote was previously used by the DWAARP In Kingdom Rush: Frontiers
  • Wilhelm Scream
    • The Wilhelm Scream is a famous sound effect; and an Easter egg for film fans; that has been used in hundreds of films. It is named after Private Wilhelm, a character in the 1953 film The Charge at Feather River, who screams as he is killed, but originated from the 1951 film Distant Drums.

Beresad

  • "All that glitters is mine"
    • A play on the term all that glitters is gold.
  • "My breath is death"
    • Reference to a line spoken by the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit
  • The Dragon Spawn is based on the Inferno Golem from Warcraft III

Murglun

  • "Summer is coming!"
    • Based on the line "Winter is coming", the motto for House Stark in A Song of Ice and Fire, also known as Game of Thrones. The season is flipped here to represent the heat of the character.
  • "Catch my fire!"
    • Based on the phrase "Catch my drift", but the implication of drift being a snow drift is swapped again to a hotter antonym to better represent the character. It may also reference Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games series.

Eiskalt

  • Eiskalt is German for freezing.

Towers

Shadow Archers

  • The Shadow Archer is based on the Shadow Archer enemy from the first Kingdom Rush.
  • "The night is dark."
    • A line said by the character Melisandre, in the TV series Game of Thrones, based on the series of books A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. The full line is "The night is dark and full of terrors."
  • "An arrow to your knee!"
    • Based on a line from the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, "I used to be an adventurer like you, then I took an arrow in the knee.". The phrase has been parodied many times and is more commonly seen in meme format.
  • "The arrow finds its mark."
    • A line spoken by the character Hanzo in the video game Overwatch. He normally says My arrow finds it mark.

Orc Warriors Den

  • The Orc Warrior Den is based on the Orc enemy from the first Kingdom Rush.
  • The tier 3 Orcs are a reference to the Grunts from Warcraft 3.
  • "Puny Humans"
    • seems to loosely refer to "Puny Human", a line spoken by the 2003 Hulk.
  • "Ka Mate! Ka Mate!"
    • Part of the Haka a ceremonial Māori dance most commonly seen performed by the New Zealand rugby team the All Blacks, who chant and perform the dance before a match as a means to intimidate their opponents. The words "Ka Mate" translate to "I die".
  • "We die, we live again"
    • Taken from the 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road. The original line is spoken by the character Nux "I live, I die. I LIVE AGAIN!"
  • Orc Warrior names do not appear to have any significant meaning or reference. They are simple, one or two syllable names.
    • Trahg
    • Mgon
    • Gaoq
    • Goteg
    • Drok
    • Blokk
    • Aruk
    • Tklo
    • Grub

Infernal Mage

  • The Infernal Mage is based on the Demon enemies from the first Kingdom Rush
  • "Fight fire with fire."
    • A common metaphor used to imply fighting something using the same tactics or measures.
  • "Light my fire."
    • The title of a song by 1967 rock band The Doors. 

Rocket Riders

  • The Rocket Rider is based on the Goblin race from the first Kingdom Rush, but not a specific enemy. It does share a name with the Rocket Rider enemy, but appears to be unrelated in ability.
  • "To infinity and beyond!"
    • The catchphrase of Buzz Lightyear, from the 1995 animated film Toy Story
  • "Prepare for trouble!"
    • Part of the Team Rocket motto from the anime Pokémon. The motto begins "Prepare for trouble, and make it double!"
  • "Ride or Die!"
  • "Witness me!!"

Dark Knights

  • The Dark Knights at Tier 4 are based on the Dark Slayer from the first Kingdom Rush but their armor looks very similar to the Fallen Knights from Castle Blackburn.
  • The Brutal Strike skill and the weapon is based on the Chainsword from the game Total War Warhammer 40k used by Space Marines.
  • The upgrade Armor of Thorns is based on the armor set of the same name in the game Dark Souls, worn by Knight Kirk who shares a similar appearance to the tier 4 barracks.
  • "Here comes the pain"
    • The subtitle of the 2003 video game, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain
  • "For the Dark Lord!"
  • "We're the bad-guys!"
    • A line said by the character Deadshot in the 2016 film Suicide Squad. Harley Quinn has a similar line in the film; We're bad-guys; which it may also be derived from.
  • "Come on, make my day!"
    • Likely to be adapted from the line "Go ahead, make my day" said by the character Harry Callahan in the 1983 film Sudden Impact (part of the Dirty Harry series).
  • "Witness true strength!"
    • A line said by the character Darius in the 2009 video game League of Legends
  • Regardless of the fact that they are evil, the Dark Knights are still Knights, so all their names are prefixed by the title Sir. The unit names are all inspired by actors who have played Batman; aka the Dark Knight; on screen,
    • Sir Wilson - Lewis Wilson, first seen in a 1943 serial Batman. Wilson was the first ever screen Batman.
    • Sir Lowery - Robert Lowery, starred in the follow up to Wilson's series, Batman and Robin in 1949
    • Sir West - Adam West, logged the most hours as Batman in the iconic 1960's series
    • Sir Keaton - Michael Keaton, first seen in Tim Burton's 1989 big-screen film
    • Sir Kilmer - Val Kilmer, seen only in Joel Schumacher's 1995 Batman Forever
    • Sir Clooney - George Clooney, seen in the follow up to Kilmer's film Batman & Robin in 1997
    • Sir Bale - Christian Bale, first seen in 2005's Batman Begins
    • Sir Affleck - Ben Affleck, first seen in Zack Snyder's 2016 film Batman v Superman
    • Sir Conroy - Kevin Conroy, the only name listed that was not seen on screen, Conroy voiced Batman in Batman: The Animated Series and many other DC animated series featuring the character.

Melting Furnace

  • The Melting Furnace is not based on any kind of enemy seen so far in the Kingdom Rush series. It is based on the DWAARP tower seen in Kingdom Rush: Frontiers.
  • Presto Logs
    • Presto Logs are artificial fuel for wood burning stoves developed from leftover sawdust in 1930. In the image of the skill and achievement, they have the appearance of the Presto Logs seen in the 1990 film Back to the Future 3 where they are used to accelerate the train.
  • "Hell's kitchen!"
    • A reality cooking TV series hosted by British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The series originated in the UK but became more popular in the US. It features amateur chefs competing to be Head Chef of a restaurant whilst facing the increasing pressures of the competition.
  • "Smell the Ashes."
    • part of a quote from the Half-Life franchise.
  • "So Hot right now."
    • Quote by Jacobim Mugatu from Zoolander.
  • "The log is about to blow!"
    • Referring to the aforementioned Presto Logs, when the Red Log reaches a critical temperature, Marty says "Doc, the red log is about to blow!"
  • "Out of the frying pan!"
    • A common phrase "Out of the frying pan and into the fire" used to indicate moving from one bad situation into a worse one.

Specters Mausoleum

  • When the Mausoleum posses an enemy that can summon other enemies, these enemies will be on your side too; but instead of walking to the entrance and subsequently returning to normal, they will not move but they will attack incoming enemies, just like barracks. Also, they remain under your control you till they die.
  • The Specters Mausoleum is not based on a particular enemy, but is inspired by the Ghost and the tombs they would appear from in Desecrated Grove. It has a similar attack style of the Archmage Tower where spirits are spawned and stored to attack at once.
  • A Mausoleum is a tomb. It is a building found in burial sites much like a monument to the person interred there. The name comes from the burial chambers of King Mausolus, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus; known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • Gargoyles are architectural features on large gothic styled buildings used to direct flowing water away from the building. They are designed as grotesque creatures or animals in order to deter evil spirits from entering, especially when featured on the rooves of churches or spiritual buildings.
  • "We are legion"
    • In the Bible; the Christian New Testament Matthew (8:28-34); Jesus encounters a man possessed by demons who answers a question for his name (the man) with "My name is Legion, for we are many."
  • "Ghosts and ashes."
    • As Ashes and Ghosts, it is the name of a song by The Cult and features lines such as "Can't cast a spell on me". In the original spoken format, it is the name of a 2017 science fiction novel by F. T. Lukens.
  • "No rest for the wicked."
    • A common phrase used to indicate that a person or people are always busy with something to do, as the implied 'wicked' are the souls of the damned suffering eternal torment without reprieve.
  • "Fly, my pretties, fly!"
    • An example of the Mandela Effect, as the line is associated with the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz with the Wicked Witch saying it as she releases her flying monkeys. In fact, she only says "Fly, fly, fly!" but the quoted line is more commonly known.
    • To be more direct since the quote applies to gargoyles, it is also spoken by Laverne the gargoyle in the Disney film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

Goblirangs

  • "Bangarang!"
    • The battle cry of the Lost Boys in the 1991 film Hook
  • "What goes around comes around!"
    • A proverb that means 'your actions will eventually have consequences'. It is effectively the same as "You reap what you sow" previously stated by the Forest Keepers
  • "I'm rubber, you're glue!"
    • A riposte used if insulted. "I'm rubber, you're glue, it bounces off me and sticks on you" implying that an insult or accusation is reflected back on the accuser.
  • "Not the bees! Not the bees!!"
    • Taken from the 2006 remake of The Wicker Man, the line is spoken by the character Edward Malus after he is taken captive and tortured with bees.

Bone Flingers

  • Doot doo-doot!
    • Reference to the Skull Trumpet meme where a skeleton plays a trumpet making a "Doot" sound.
  • Spooky and Scary!
    • The song "Spooky Scary Skeletons" performed by Andrew Gold, often used in several skeleton-related memes.
  • Who let the dogs out?
    • A lyric created by Baha Men.
  • Big ol' pile of them bones!
    • Lyrics from the Alice in Chains song "Them Bones" ("Gonna end up a big old pile of them bones")
  • The Skeleton War
    • Reference to the Skeleton War meme where people post various skeleton related media.

Elite Harassers

  • The Elite Harassers are based on the Twilight Harassers from Kingdom Rush: Origins. As they are introduced for Silveroak Outpost, Vez'nan likely chose them as they were the enemies of the Aredale elves, of which Alleria Swiftwind was the princess.
  • The achievement ULTRA INSTINCT is a reference to Dragon Ball Super, where the ability allows the user to dodge and defend themsleves without thinking about doing so.
  • "Swift as a coursing river."
    • A line from the song "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from the Disney film Mulan.
  • "Not today!"
    • A line from Game of Thrones spoken by several characters but associated mostly with Arya Stark. When asked "What do we say to the God of Death?" the answer is "Not today".

Orc Shaman

  • "Electrifying!"
    • Likely from the song 'Your the one that I want" from the 1978 film musical Grease, where the phrase "It's electrifying" is used.
  • "Thunderstruck"
    • The name of a song from rock band AC/DC.
  • Orc! Use Thunderbolt!
    • A reference from the Pokemon series, A quote Pokemon Trainer Ash says to his Pokemon Pikachu in battle "Pikachu! Use Thunderbolt!".
  • Stand under my umbrella
    • A line from a song Umbrella by Rihanna.

Grim Cemetery

  • “Plants. . . Bad”
    • A reference to the video game Plants Vs Zombies, In which you defend your house from hordes of zombies with mutant plant seeds.
  • "Zombies love spicy tacos"
    • Another reference to the Plants Vs Zombies series an Item the "Magic Taco" that has appeared in many PVZ games. In Plants vs Zombies 1 a zombie drops a taco in one of the levels after you beat it, In Plants vs Zombies 2 there's a magic taco with hot sauce that's the main plot of the game, Plants vs Zombies Garden warfare 1 & 2 both have modes in which players in the zombie team have to either find or steal tacos from the plants team in order to win.
  • "The Foulest Stench"
    • Lyrics from the song "Thriller" by Michael Jackson.
  • "Do Cardio"
    • Quite possibly a reference to "Rules to Survive Zombieland". Rule #1. Cardio.

Rotten Forest

  • "Intruders Beware!"
    • part of a warning by the late One-Eyed Willy in the film "The Goonies".
  • "The Forest has eyes."
    • The title of a children's picture book by Bev Dolittle.
  • "Burárum"
    • An Entish sound or word, from The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, issued by Treebeard when he spoke of the orcs. The word is described as a "deep rumbling noise like a discord on a great organ", signifying Treebeard's disgust at the thought of these creatures. It is glossed as an "Entish noise of disgust".
  • "There's something in the mist."
    • A line from the film The Mist based on a Steven King book of the same name. A largely unseen creature hides in the titular mist and drives a town to madness.

Blazing Gem

  • The Blazing Gem and the acolytes are similar to the Sunray Tower from Kingdom Rush Flash version.
  • The Blazing Gem is a reference to the tainted Tear of Elynie formerly used by Vez'nan in the first game.
  • 'Another one bites the blast."
    • From the song "Another one Bites the Dust" by Queen.
  • "Ohhhmmmm!"
    • Essentially a popular yoga mantra.
  • "Behold our precious."
    • Presumably inspired by "my precious" spoken often by Gollum in Lord of the Rings.

Deep Devil's Reef

  • The Deep Devil's Reef features three enemies first seen in the Rising Tides mini-campaign from Kingdom Rush: Frontiers; the Bluegale, Greenfin and Redspine
  • Sleep with the fishes
    • A phrase pertaining to gangster cliché. Anyone that was killed or had their body disposed of in a river, ocean or significant body of water was described as "sleeping with the fishes" as they were at the bottom of the waterbed, where the fish lived.
  • Deep Devil names do not appear to have any significant meaning or reference. Like the Orc Warriors Den, they are simple, two or three syllable names.
    • Vanarka
    • Irucza
    • Antha
    • Elhith
    • Etula
    • Midas
    • Rekar

Wicked Sisters

  • The tower is based on the Black Hag enemy from Kingdom Rush.
  • The name Wicked Sisters may be related to two of different terms.
    • The Wicked Witch of the West and the Wicked Witch of the East in The Wizard of Oz are both sisters.
    • The three witches in William Shakespeare's Macbeth are referred to as Weird Sisters. This name is used in a number of other magic themed series, such as Discworld, Harry Potter and Sabrina to name but a few.
  • Hanging from the Wicked Sisters' house are bundles of wood similar to those found in the woods in the film The Blair Witch Project
  • "Swish and flick!"
  • "We'll get you my pretty! Ha ha ha!"
    • A line spoken by the Wicked Witch of the West in the film The Wizard of Oz. The original line is "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!". As there are two witches in the tower the conjunction I'll is pluralized.
  • "Twist the bones and bend the back!"
    • The first line of the spell used to turn someone into a cat, used by the witches in the film Hocus Pocus
  • "So you wanna play with magic?"
  • "It's not easy being green."
  • "Sure you can manage that broom?"
    • A line from the book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when Harry is given a new broom. This line is not featured in the film due to the scenes occurring at different points.
    • Nimbus 4000 is based on a magic broomstick brand in the same series, in which the highest model for the Nimbus line is merely 2001.

Goblin War Zeppelin

  • The Paratrooper that drops onto the field of play is a Goblin Zapper, first seen in the Kingdom Rush level Ruins of Acaroth. However, updates of the first game have changed the enemy name to Goblin Sapper. It remains to be seen if this was an error, or if the Zapper in this instance is the mistake.
  • "Gimme Fuel!"
    • Part of a line from the song Fuel by Metallica.
  • "What do your goblin eyes see?"
  • "Chocolate Rain!"

Spider Nest

  • Spider nest, spider nest
    • Based on the theme song to the Spider-Man TV series from 1967. The first line "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can" is still widely recognised and a permanent part of Spiderman fan culture.
  • Here comes the spider-man!
    • Again, this line comes directly from the same theme song, this time it is the last line of the song "Look out, here comes the Spider-Man!"

Bosses

Jokull

  • Jökull is the Icelandic word for Glacier. Which seems to be what Jokull was supposed to resemble before Arkuz broke the ice.
  • Jökull is the name of a Frost Giant in Norse Mythology.
  • The achievement earned for defeating Jokull, is a reference, to the popular movie/book franchise, How To Train Your Dragon

Polyx the Wise

  • "One does not simply defeat the king of the Anurians."
    • Based on the One does not simply meme, which is in turn based on the line "One does not simply walk into Mordor" spoken by Boromir in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The meme uses the term to imply that something a person is implying or intending to do will not be as easy as they think; such as defeating the boss in this instance.
  • "Who let the frogs out?"

The Winter Queen

  • The Solar Heat quartz used to stop and imprison the Winter Queen is likely referring to the Sunray Tower. This could possibly explain why the tower was destroyed - it is possible that followers of winter destroyed it so it could never again be used to trap the Winter Queen.
  • The Winter Queen could be a more corrupt form of Elora Wintersong from the first Kingdom Rush. They bear many similarities in looks and abilities, including the frozen hair, the blue gem in the Ice Queen’s chest (this gem is in Elora’s headband), and the overall color scheme. However, this seems to be disproved by the fact that the Winter Queen has been trapped since before the events of the first Kingdom Rush, in which it is possible to use Elora as a hero. This leaves another possibility, which suggests that Elora could be related to the Winter Queen in some way.

Achievements

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Levels


Vez'nan's Tower

  • The tower now shows that the visitors attraction that was originally demonstrated in Heroic or Iron playthroughs of Dark Tower has been developed into a much bigger tourist attraction.
  • The exit location has changed since the Dark Tower level in Kingdom Rush. Whereas it was once at the very bottom, that area has now been built over and blocked off. The exit replaces what was once a Graveyard to the left of the path.

Dwarven Gate

  • A beam of light comes from the small hole in the mountainside. By tapping on the light, a small man opens the door with a key but is subsequently consumed by fire. This is all based on the hidden entrance to the Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit, which is unlocked by the titular hobbit Bilbo Baggins. Within the mountain is the fire-breathing dragon Smaug.

Corridors of the Old City

  • The Runes visible all over the map are Cirth, a semi-artificial script, with letters shaped on those of actual runic alphabets, invented by J. R. R. Tolkien for the constructed languages he devised and used in his works.

Clockwork Factory

Bolgur's Throne

  • Replaying this level on Iron or Heroic shows two Goblins playing around on the site of Bolgur's former throne. One is wearing the former king's crown, the other is standing beside the electrical socket with a fork. If you tap them, the foolish goblin sticks the fork into the socket and gets a nasty shock, much to the amusement of its companion.

Northerners' Outpost

  • Occasionally, a Troll Pathfinder can be seen sledging down the mountains in the northeast corner. Some times it will hit the mast of the boat.
  • Tapping the giant horn in the level will eventually result in the woman stationed that to blow out the first few notes from the song Careless Whisper by George Michael.

Frozen Rapids

  • When the longboat enters the screen it does so in reverse, resulting in it beeping in the same way large vehicles do to announce their presence to other drivers and pedestrians.
  • The four secret agents are the Penguins of Madagascar

Northerners' Village

  • This level contains a few references to wikipedia:Game of Thrones. Arkuz refers to himself as the King of the North, a title given to several people over the course of the series.
  • Also present is a large man holding a door. This and the subsequent Achievement is referring to the character Hodor and his origin story coming full circle as he holds the door.
  • The Draugr first introduced in this level (though based on the mythical creatures of the same name) are an analogy to the White Walkers that plague the people of the North.
  • When Arkuz is defeated, a ladder drops down from his dragon which he grabs on to before being flown away. This is similar to ladders being dropped from helicopters in many action films.

Jokull's Nest

  • Replaying this level on Iron or Heroic finds Arkuz frozen in place at Jokull's former resting place. Surrounding him are four more statues of Demon Imps. Repeated tapping of Arkus chips away the ice around him until all that is left is a ballerina's body with his head and axe on top.

Otil Farmlands

  • The pre-battle music is a remix of the original music from the first Kingdom Rush game, reflecting the return to Linirean soil after all this time.

City of Lozagon

Lightseeker Camp

  • Gerald Lightseeker's fortress is similar in shape and structure to the Footmen Barracks from the first Kingdom Rush, albeit with improved design.
  • Replaying this level on Iron or Heroic sees the Goblins have invaded Gerald's fortress. The sword, shield, banner and flag has been pulled down, with party banners in their place and a pair of Y-fronts on the flagpole. Three Goblins are partying with red cups, one is sunning itself on the bed and the butler is standing dutifully by, barbecuing some meat.

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