Cultural and Historic References in Pirates, Vikings and Knights II

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In many occasions Pirates, Vikings and Knights II makes use of several real-world and pop culture references for the sake of creating comic relief, whether it's with characters, locations or even with achievements. This page shows a vast list of references from various materials. A notable example of influence is the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which served as the main inspiration for the mod.

Classes

Berserker

  • one of his encouragement songs is a cover of Hungry Like the Wolf from the british band Duran Duran.

Gestir

  • his only encouragement song is the famous scream of Immigration Song by Led Zepplin.

Heavy Knight

  • his model and personality is based on the Black Knight from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Archer

  • his encouragement songs include the english folk song Greensleeves, the overture song from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and In The Hall of the Mountain King, by norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.
  • the voice line "Thanks for standing still, you bastard" is a reference to the Sniper from Team Fortress 2.

Man-at-Arms

  • his model and personality are based on the French Taunter from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • most of his taunt voice lines are straight from the aforementioned character.
  • one of his encouragement songs is a sample of France's national anthem.

Skirmisher

  • several of Skirmisher's battle cries are chorus or titles of songs from the scottish pirate metal band Alestorm. These songs include Rum and Wenches, Black Sails at Midnight, Set Sail and Conquer and Captain Morgan's Revenge.

Achievements

General

  • Dr. Kevorkian: the name is a reference to Jack Kevorkian, an american pathologist infamously known for influencing the euthanasia debate and for his physician-assited suicides.
  • Sharp Pointy Teeth!: it's name, thumbnail and description reference the killer rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a rabbit known for devouring men.
  • Otzi the Iceman: a reference to a human who was found preserved in ice in the Swiss Alpes for over five thousand years.
  • This is Sparta!: it's name and thumbnail reference the quote of King Leonidas from 300, the movie adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same name.
  • This is Madness!: similar to This is Sparta!, it references the quote of the persian messenger who gets kicked by King Leonidas in the movie.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: a quote from Gandalf, the wizard from The Lord of the Rings books by J. R. R. Tolkien. The quote itself is from the movie adaptations by film director Peter Jackson.
  • First Blood: it's title and thumbnail reference the 1982 movie of the same name starring Sylvester Stallone.
  • The Last Crusade: it's title reference the third film of the Indiana Jones series.
  • My Precious!: a quote from Gollum, from The Lord of the Rings books.
  • Goldmember: a reference to Austin Powers.
  • Immaculate Imortals: a reference to the shock troopers of the Persian Empire from the movie 300, which in reality they were regular soldiers.
  • Pop, Lock and Drop It!: a reference to the rap song of the same name by Huey.
  • Bitting the Hand that Feeds: a reference to the metaphor “bitting the hand that feeds you”, used around 600 b.C. by greek poeat Sappho and first recorded in english in 1711.
  • Last Supper: both title and thumbnail reference the episode of Jesus Christ The Last Supper, from The New Testament, as well the famous painting of Leonardo DaVince of the same name.
  • Knights of Ni!: a reference to the characters of the same name from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • Madoff with the Chest: the title references stock broker Bernard Madoff, who contributed to the largest financial fraud in U.S. History.
  • I'm Burnin for You: it references a song by Blue Oyster.
  • Stop That!: it's title, thumbnail and description reference The Colonel, a character from Monty Python's Flying Circus, played by Graham Chapman.
  • Golden Ball: it references the Ballon d'Or, an annual association football award from FIFA.
  • Mighty Foot Engaged: this title references a message that appears when you use the "Quick Kick" feature in a video game Duke Nukem 3D. It is similar to PVKII's kick attack.

Skirmisher

  • Holy Hand Grenade Of Antioch: it references the weapon used to kill the Killer Rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • From Davy Jones' Locker: Davy Jones' Locker is part of nautical folklore and it's used as an euphemism for the sea floor and as the resting place of the sailors who drowned at sea.

Captain

  • Captain Blackbeard: the name of a famous pirate.
  • I Wish to Register a Complaint!: a quote from the famous Dead Parrot sketch from the television series Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • Great Balls of Fire: a song originally written by Otis Blackwell.

Gestir

  • Souvlaki: it's title references a popular greek fast food which consists of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables, grilled on a skewer.
  • Shish Kebab: similar to Souvlaki, it references the kebab, a dish from the Middle East and Southern Asia which consists of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled in a skewer.
  • Agrinanian Javelineer: it references the light troupers hired by Alexander the Great in most of his campaigns.
  • Seaxmachine: it's references aren't clear but it can be one of these three examples: a machine used to stimulate human sexual intercourse, a song by The Godfather of Soul James Brown, or the character Sex Machine from Robert Rodriguez's 1996 film From Dusk till Dawn.

Heavy Knight

  • Get to the Choppa: a reference to a famous quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger from the 1987 film Predator.

Archer

  • Legolas: a reference to the character of the same name from The Lord of the Rings books.
  • Robin Hood: a reference to the famous british folklore hero of the same name.
  • Cornish Game Hen: despite its name, Cornish hen is a strain of commercial meat chicken and not actual game bird.
  • I Can't Belive it's Not Butter!: a butter substitute which got famous worldwide by its bizarre name.
  • Clay pigeon: its name is a reference to clay pigeon shooting, the art of shooting a firearm at flying targets, which themselves are called clay pigeons.

Man-at-Arms

  • Sacre Blur!: a pun of the word Sacré Coeur, or Sacred Heart in french.
  • French Submarine: the title is a reference to The Beatles' song Yellow Submarine, while the thumbnail is a reference to the 1968 movie of the same name.
  • The One Who Knocks: the title references a quote said by Walter White, the main character from the television series Breaking Bad. The thumbnail parodies the artwork of the fourth season, the one where the quote was first heard.

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