Culture of Combat Dome

The following is an incomplete list of cultural references within Combat-Dome media. I'm working on the incomplete bit…

LITERATURE

The Charge of the Light Brigade

OTHER:

  • The poem 'Charge of the Pheonix' is based on this poem.
  • The section of this very wiki dealing with non-canon works is entitled Canon to the Left of Them.

The Complete Works of Tolstoy

FIRST GAME:

  • Read by Springheel Jack when bored, and subsequently thrown into the Thames.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

FFVII GAME:

  • An incident in Hojo's notes, dealing with the accidental transferrence of a dog to Medieval England, is entitled 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Knight Time'

The Discworld Series

FIRST GAME:

  • A Discworld-esque Death appears in the epilogue.

FFVII GAME:

  • The Discworld is one of the universes visited by Hojo in his experiments.
  • A set of claws from the Agatean Empire were offered to Loki by a shopkeeper.

DUNGEON DIMENSIONS AND DRAGONS

  • The entire game is set and based on the Discworld.

OTHER

  • The First Rule of Combat Dome states merely: 'Remember Rule One', a phrase which repeatedly appears in Theif of Time.

Dream Park Series

OTHER:

  • The inspiration for the name Combat Dome came from the large domes used for VR LARPs†

Ender's Game

FFVII GAME:

  • J.A.N.E is based on Ender's computer of the same name.

OTHER:

  • In 'For Want of a Nail', the Sourceworlder berates Rebecca for assuming she won't get to the Enemy Gate pub in time, explaining that she is on a meltable metal plate right above it. He goes on to quote Ender's Game: "The Enemy Gate is DOWN".

Harry Potter Series

FFVII GAME:

  • Loki briefly uses the Elder Wand, looted from its own universe by Bugenhagen, to fend off magical attacks

The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

FFVII GAME:

  • The Sourceworlder references the HHGTTG universe as one of those he visited.

(See also the music section)

The Lord of the Rings

OTHER:

  • In The Life of Joanna Hojo-Be-Damned Whatyoulike, the Sourceworlder mentions Middle Earth as somewhere he's been before.

Man of La Mancha

See under the music section.

The Number of the Beast

FFVII GAME:

  • Hojo's description of how the multiverse works is similar to that used as the central concept of this novel.

Waiting for Godot

OTHER:

  • In The Biography of Joanna Hojo-Be-Damned Whatyoulike, the first chapter involves Joanna's parents hiding in a shack, waiting for Godo Kisaragi.

FILM AND TV

The A-Team

FFVII GAME:

  • When the Sourceworlder appears beside him, Brall exclaims 'I love it when a man comes together' echoing Hannibal's catchphrase 'I love it when a plan comes together'

OTHER

  • A picture of Barret on the Combat Dome site is described by Calum as resembling 'BA Barrackas as a PE teacher'.
  • The Sourceworlder himself gets to declare "I love it when a plane comes together" after stabilising Rebecca's plane of existence in For Want of a Nail.

Batman

FFVII GAME:

  • In the final battle, Loki at one point whistles the theme tune to the game; echoing the scene in the original Batman film where the Joker whistles his own theme.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

FFVII GAME:

  • Before running out to join the Deepground War, Loki asks Brall "Did you see Weiss out there?" to which Brall replies "No" and Loki responds with "Good. For a minute there I thought we were in trouble". This echoes the conversation between Butch and Sundance shortly before they run out into a hail of bullets. Unlike in the film, Brall is then immediately proven wrong.

Doctor Who

FFVII GAME:

  • Loki uses Davros's prototype Reality Bomb to destroy half of Deepground's army.

DUNGEON DIMENSIONS AND DRAGONS

  • Lu Tze's comment, "I'm Lu Tze. I'm a History Monk. I'm over 800 years old and I'm the man who's going to save you and all six billion people on the Disc below" echoes a similar comment made by the Doctor in Voyage of the Damned.

Fight Club

OTHER

  • Both the 31st and 32nd Rules of Combat Dome are, for "no apparent reason", 'We Don't Talk About Fight Club'.

The Godfather

DD&D

  • While trying to get the gods of the Disc to respond, Lu Tze asks an effigy-maker to "Make [the priests] and Offler they can't refuse", echoing the famous "An offer he couldn't refuse" line.

Heroes

OTHER

  • In For Want of a Nail the Sourceworlder's line "save the tree-speaker, save the world" is a deliberately painful pun on Heroes tagline 'Save the cheerleader, save the world'. He apologises for it afterwards.

The Simpsons

DD&D

  • Lu Tze's sarcastic comment "I suppose you're going to tell me a Wizzard did it" echoes the infamous "A wizard did it" line from the Simpsons.

OTHER

  • The Welcome Page of this very wiki contains the phrase "Hi everybody!" and the response "Hi, Dr Nick!

Star Wars

FFVII GAME:

  • Bugenhagen gives Loki a lightsaber to fight with in the Deepground War
  • When fighting an illusion of Sephiroth, Hojo angrily declares "I am your father!" in Vaderesque style.

Top Gun

See under the music section.

The Wacky Races

OTHER:

  • The spoiler section on this very wiki is entitled Curses, Spoiled Again!, referencing Dick Dastardly's cry of "Curses, foiled again!"

MUSIC

Consider Yourself

FIRST GAME:

  • Whistled by Springheel Jack

Highway to the Danger Zone

OTHER:

  • The Unofficial Theme tune to both Combat Dome and Info Dome is 'Highway to the Combat/Info [DELETE AS APPROPRIATE] Dome'.

I am the One and Only

FFVII GAME:

  • The Sourceworlder says these words to Loki.

Journey of the Sorceror

FFVII GAME:

  • The Sourceworlder is a fairly major character, and this is his theme tune.
  • One of the headings in Hojo's notes is 'Journey of the Sourceworlder'.

Mas Que Nada

FIRST GAME:

  • Whistled by Springheel Jack when bored.

Monster Mash

FFVII GAME:

  • This is the name of a special ability used in Arena Combat by Loki

Rage Against the Machine (Band)

OTHER:

  • In 'For Want of a Nail', the mind of Shelke is described as having nothing to do but "rage against the machine" she has been imprisoned within.

Those Who Fight

FFVII GAME:

  • Used in the soundtrack along with multiple other FF tunes, specifically the piano version is Loki's theme tune.
  • After dying, Loki produces the ghost of an iPOD and plays a song entitled 'Those Who Fight Pianos'

To Dream the Impossible Dream

FIST GAME:

  • The first song in 'Springtime for Springheel' is called 'To Leap the Impossible Leap' and is based on the famous song from Man of La Mancha

GAMING

Final Fantasy Series

FFVII GAME:

  • The entire Game is set, and based, on Gaia - the FFVII Universe.
  • The FFX Universe is also referenced occasionally by Hojo

OTHER:

  • There are various minor references, throughout all Combat Dome media to date, to almost all of the Final Fantasy games.

FOLKLORE, RELIGION AND MYTHOLOGY

Arabic

FFVII GAME:

  • Loki's favourite summon is an Ifrit.

Christianity

FIRST GAME:

  • There is a major character named Lazarus who comes back from the dead repeatedly.
  • A supernatural horseman named 'Death' appears in the epilogue.

FFVII GAME:

  • The Sourceworlder mentions a universe in which he was mistaken for God and almost crucified.

DUNGEON DIMENSIONS AND DRAGONS

  • Again, Death is mentioned.

OTHER:

  • In 'It Runs in the Family', Von III's favoured summon is a 'Leviathon', clearly a creature based on the Biblical Leviathan.
  • One of the Gamemaster/Jokester Relationships compares them to an Old-Testament-style God and Satan.

English

FIRST GAME:

  • Springheel Jack is a major character.

Norse

FFVII GAME:

  • Hojo mentions Valhalla as one of the universes he's visited
  • 'Loki' apparently names himself after the Norse God (despite there being no way he could know of the mythology) and his bike, 'Fenrir' after Loki's wolf-like son.
  • The game ends in a huge battle wherein various heroes and villains face each other. This type of ending is known as a 'Ragnarok Climax'

Scottish

FFVII GAME:

  • Loki refers to WEAPON as 'CGI Nessie'

†VR means Virtual Reality and a LARP is a Live Action Role Playing game.

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