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Silent Hill 3
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Shingo Yuri, the character designer, based Heather's appearance off of Sophie Marceau and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Douglas Cartland was based off of Father Vito Cornelius from The Fifth Element.
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Borderlands 2
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The Bane side mission, and weapon, are both based off of the 1950's Western movie "Winchester '73" starring James Stewart. The movie revolves around a cursed rifle that leads to the death of anyone possessing it.
Contributed by Pogue-Mahone
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
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The Tranquilizer Rifle is called the "PAX-22". The word "pax" translates to "peace" in Latin. This fits with the purpose of the rifle, as it's supposed to be used as a peaceful solution for subduing enemies, rather than killing them.
Contributed by Dazz
Final Fantasy VII
The intro to Sephiroth's theme, "One-Winged Angel", was inspired by the intro to the song "Purple Haze" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
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Path of Exile
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The unique Cutthroat's Garb "Bronn's Lithe" is inspired by the character Bronn, from George RR Martin's fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire.
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The Revolution logo was inspired by the film Excalibur.
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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
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The character "Cécile Cosima Caminades" is based on the French Communications Manager of Konami, "Cécile Caminades".
Contributed by pAroxizm
Series: Pokémon
Charmander may be based on a 1000+ year old misconception about the salamander.

Both Aristotle and Pliny the Elder believed that the salamander was capable of withstanding the heat of flames, and even had the ability to extinguish them. In Pliny's Natural History, the oldest surviving encyclopedia, a fairly accurate description of the salamander is followed up by claims that "This animal is so intensely cold as to extinguish fire by its contact, in the same way as ice does" (Book 10, Chapter 86). Later in the same work, though, he seems to view these supposed properties with more skepticism, claiming that "if it had been true, it would have been made trial of at Rome long before this" (Book 29, Chapter 23).

The connection between salamanders and fire persisted, however, and we can also find it in the Talmud, which briefly mentions the salamander as a creature actually produced by flames, whose blood could protect anybody smeared in it from fire. Even Leonardo da Vinci, one of history's greatest scientific minds, seemed content to echo the received wisdom on the subject, mentioning in his notebooks that the salamander "has no digestive organs, and gets no food but from the fire, in which it constantly renews its scaly skin."
Contributed by Psychospacecow
Series: Metroid
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According to Hiroji Kiyotake, the Metroid's home planet, SR388, was named after a popular Yamaha SR 400 Series Motorcycle engine.

"...while it was called 400cc, you didn't have any choice but 388cc, but it was written like that for the time being, and that's how it came out!"
Contributed by Pogue-Mahone
Half-Life 2
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The faces of the characters in Half Life 2 are actually based on real life people. Eli's face is based on a beggar Valve found on the street.
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Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Many elements of Solid Snake are actually taken from Naked Snake (AKA Big Boss) in Metal Gear Solid 3.
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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
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The Havana clothes bear a strong resemblance with the clothes worn by an extra in the first episode of Miami Vice.
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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
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The Mr. Vercetti suit is likely based off of one of Ricardo Tubbs' suits from Miami Vice, from which the game draws inspiration.
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Series: BlazBlue
Ragna the Bloodedge's name is derived from "Ragnarök," a Norse term commonly used to describe the end of the world. This could tie into Ragna's ability to channel the Black Beast, which nearly caused the end of the world in BlazBlue's timeline.

It may also be a reference to the legendary Ragnar Lodbrok, a man who slayed the serpent Jörmungandr. This mirrors the relationship between Ragna and series antagonist Yūki Terumi, who has a snake motif for his attacks.
Contributed by TailsFiraga
Touhou Shinreibyou ~ Ten Desires
The game's final boss, Toyosatomimi no Miko, is based on the legends of Prince Shoutoku, a political figure who lived during the Asuka period in Japan. Most notably, Miko shares the exact same birthday, is stated in supplementary materials to have lived in the world outside Gensokyo, and even shares the ability to understand ten conversations at once.

Miko's identity as Prince Shoutoku is also referenced in the name of her leitmotif, "Shoutoku Legend ~ True Administrator."
Contributed by TailsFiraga
Toy Story
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The Nightmare Buzz boss fight was based on a scene deleted from the final film.
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Conker's Bad Fur Day
According to composer Robin Beanland, the farts in the song "Poo" were inspired by the song "Uncle Fucker" from the film "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"
Contributed by HolySka1991
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle
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Shinobu's outfit in No More Heroes 2 is based off the Japanese "Gothic Lolita" style.
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No More Heroes
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Shinobu's outfit in No More Heroes is based off the Japanese "kogal" style.
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No More Heroes
Shinobu's name is a pun on the word shinobi which means "to steal away". It also means ninja. However "Shinobu" can as a given name mean "endure" or "recall". This depends on how it is written in kanji.
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