Despite World of Warcraft genre being an MMORPG, Much of World of Warcraft's story continues from the previous Warcraft real time strategy games.
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In Kun-Lai Summit, there is a character named Lun-Chi, with a title <The Streetfighter>. Her name, title, appearance, and dialog are all references to Chun-Li from the Street Fighter series.
This game contains both a quest and an achievement called "Do a Barrel Roll!", referencing the famous quote by Peppy Hare in Star Fox 64.
There is a quest called Bottletoads, which is a reference to the NES game Battletoads.
In The Jade Forest, there is a house on top of a mountain with a large number of balloons connected to it. This is a reference to the Disney Pixar movie Up. The NPCs at the house are references to the movie as well, with Kar representing main protagonist Carl and Rusty Nail and Dig representing his companions Russell and Dug.
In the dungeon "Naxxramas", gamers could sometimes spot a cat running through this dungeon called "Mr. Bigglesworth". A clear pointer to Dr. Evil's cat from the Austin Powers movies.
In the entrance to the Mana Tombs, there is a shady dealer by the name of "Slim". This is a reference to Eminem aka Slim Shady.
In Un'Goro Crater there are two brothers called Larion and Muigin wearing plumbers' clothing, a reference to the Nintendo characters Mario and Luigi.
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