Pop Culture References in Wizard 101 – Wizard City

The main NPCs of Wizard City


I have been playing Wizard 101 off and on since 2009 and I’ve been a devoted player since 2016. One of the things that I enjoy about the game are the many Pop Culture references that the writers have included in the game. When the world of Lemuria was released, I decided to chronicle the many references to the Pulp Heroes of the early 20th century. That fun little project made me wonder if there was a comprehensive list of ALL the pop culture references across the game. In my research I have found a number of such lists but nothing definitive. This article is the first in a series where in I try to identify as many pop culture references as possible.

Please note, this list does not claim to be every reference. I have undoubtedly missed some. I am also not chronicling the many references in Quest Names or Spells. This series will focus on creatures and NPCs. If you know of one I missed, please comment and I will update the list accordingly. As of June 30, 2022 all articles for Wizard City have been posted. On August 12, 2022 three new articles were added. They will be archived soon. If I have missed any please leave a comment and we will add them to our list and give you the credit for finding it.

Merle Ambrose – Merlin the Magician – Merlinus Ambrosius
https://101universe.fandom.com/wiki/Merle_Ambrose
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merlin

Aegon Statz – Ghostbusters, Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Aegon_Statz#axzz7VBDbx4mT
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostbusters
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egon_Spengler
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Stantz

Penny Dreadful – penny dreadful
https://101universe.fandom.com/wiki/Penny_Dreadful
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_dreadful

Doctor Purreau – Doctor Moreau
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Doctor_Purreau
https://villains.fandom.com/wiki/Dr.Moreau
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Island_of_Doctor_Moreau

The Pet Shoppe Boys: Tennant Wastelander & Lowe Springfield – Pet Shop Boys: Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/Location:Pet_Shoppe_Boys_Pet_Shop#axzz7VBDbx4mT
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Shop_Boys
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_End_Girls

Dorothy Gale, Mr. Toto, and Tin Man – Dorothy, Toto, and the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz
https://101universe.fandom.com/wiki/Dorothy_Gale
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wonderful_Wizard_of_Oz

Private O’Ryan – Private Ryan (Saving Private Ryan)
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Private_O%27Ryan#axzz7VBDbx4mT
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120815/

Brandon Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson, the author of the Mistborn epic fantasy novel series.
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Brandon_Mistborn#axzz7VBDbx4mT
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandon_Sanderson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistborn

Klortho – Vinz Clortho, Keymaster of Gozer
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Klortho#axzz7VBDbx4mT
https://ghostbusters.fandom.com/wiki/Vinz_Clortho

Lloyd Fallingwater – Frank Lloyd Wright
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Lloyd_FallingWater#axzz7VBDbx4mT
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallingwater

Renee Wooften – Renee Wooten
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Renee_Wooften#axzz7VBDbx4mT
https://101universe.fandom.com/wiki/Renee_Wooten

Professor Hargrove – A former KingsIsle Art Director. Out of respect for the family his full name will not be disclosed
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Professor_Hargrove#axzz7VBDbx4mT

Marla Stinger wants you to Fight Grubb – Marla Singer from Fight Club
Paulson – Robert Paulson
Norton – The Narrator as played by Edward Norton
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Marla_Stinger#axzz7VBDbx4mT
https://fightclub.fandom.com/wiki/Marla_Singer
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/Creature:Paulson#axzz7VXx6b6Yr
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/meat-loaf-fans-honor-fight-club-robert-paulson-1235078726/
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/Creature:Norton#axzz7VXx6b6Yr
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/Creature:Grubb#axzz7VXx6b6Yr
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fight_Club

Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!
Staff – Stick, Splinter
Purple Ninja Pig – Donatello
Orange Ninja Pig – Michelangelo
Red Ninja Pig – Raphael
Blue Ninja Pig – Leonardo
The Shedder – Shredder
B-Bug/Roachsteady — Beebop/Rocksteady
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/Quest:Go_Ninja,_Go_Ninja,_Go!#axzz7R0wIrvHc
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles

Nosferabbit – Nosferatu
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/Creature:Nosferabbit#axzz7VBDbx4mT
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosferatu

King Parsely – Elvis Presley
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/House:King_Parsley#axzz7SKtobw62
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley

King Heinrich Thermidor VIII – Henry Tudor aka King Henry VIII
Thomas Cromshell – Thomas Cromwell
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:King_Thermidor#axzz7SQx8qNhW
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_VIII
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Cromwell

Sir Phillip Jagger – Sir Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Sir_Phillip_Jagger#axzz7UE8nLCET
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Jagger

Privates Rosencranz and Guildenstern – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (Shakespeare’s Hamlet)
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Private_Rosencranz#axzz7Un4MTkfe
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Private_Guildenstern#axzz7Un4MTkfe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosencrantz_and_Guildenstern

Sergeant Muldoon – Sergeant Muldoon (The Green Berets 1968)
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Sergeant_Muldoon#axzz7Un4MTkfe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Green_Berets(film)
https://the-green-berets.fandom.com/wiki/Sergeant_Muldoon

Young Cyrus Drake – Bob Ross
https://101universe.fandom.com/wiki/Cyrus_Drake
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Ross

Felix Navidad – Feliz Navidad
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Felix_Navidad#axzz7VBDbx4mT
https://youtu.be/N8NcQzMQN_U
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feliz_Navidad_(song)

Colonel Romulus – Romulus
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Romulus#ixzz7bZRgTP5m
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romulus_and_Remus

General Akilles – Achilles
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/Creature:General_Akilles#axzz7apnjbZhZ
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles

Artemis New Moon – Artemis, goddess of the hunt
http://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/NPC:Artemis_New_Moon#ixzz7blL1zMX3
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemis

Krampus – Krampus
https://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/Creature:Krampus_(Rank_15)
https://www.wizard101central.com/wiki/Location:Krampusgarten_(Gold_Lock)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus

Unconfirmed references, Non-NPC references, Cool Puns used:
Moolinda Wu refers to the name of an actual person, Melinda Wu (connection to W101 unconfirmed)
Derrick Blaze – (Make-a-Wish kid, real name withheld for privacy reasons)
Fireglobe Theater – Shakespeare’s The Globe Theater
The pet piggle is a reference to that old saying “when pigs fly”
The school Tree names are quite punny, Bernie = Burn, Kelvin = Measure of temperature used by scientists, Torrence = Torrents, Ivan = Eye-Van, Mortis = as in rigormortis
Prof. Falmea‘s name is an anagram of “aflame
The Great One – The Killer Rabbit from Monty Python’s Holy Grail? Bunnicula? I currently do not have enough information to accurately call this reference.

Other worlds of the Spiral in the Wizard101 Pop Culture references series
Krokotopia
Marleybone
Lemuria
Zeke Quests

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