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Easter eggs refer to hidden messages and references of other media put into The Last of Us, The Last of Us: Left Behind, and The Last of Us Part II by Naughty Dog. Easter eggs may also refer to The Last of Us appearing in other media.
The Last of Us
- PlayStation 3 console - When the player goes down to the living room of Joel and Sarah's house, there is a PlayStation 3 console on the shelf under the television set.
- Album Covers - Many of the album covers in the music store reference references to real life bands and albums. These include: Blassard Boys (Backstreet Boys), Detroit Will Burn (Bad Religion's album, Los Angeles Is Burning) and Fullfunk (Daft Punk).
- 'The Shambalas' pamphlet - Among Bill's magazines in his secret cellar, a pamphlet for a band known as "The Shambalas" can be found. This is a reference to the hidden city sought after by Nathan Drake in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
- The Walking Dead House - One of the houses that Bill, Joel and Ellie travel through looks almost identical to the layout of the house from the beginning of Telltale's game: The Walking Dead.
- Uncharted Theme - When Ellie learns to whistle, the tune she whistles is vaguely similar to the Drake's Theme from the Uncharted series.
- Uncharted 13 newspaper - In the Hotel Grand, there are a number of newspapers on the ground with a headline stating: "Uncharted 13: A Lush Movie — as Drake." Drake refers to Nathan Drake from Uncharted.
- Jack Sullivinsky - When Joel and Ellie are separated in the Hotel Basement, Joel must find a keycard to escape. The owner of the keycard is named Jack Sullivinsky the surname strikingly close to Victor Sullivan's from the Uncharted series.
- JAK Company poster - Near the Mob Attack Note, the player can find a poster about employee rights. This poster is made by the JAK company, which is a reference to the Jak and Daxter series, has a phone number 1-800-555-TLOU, and has the URL for The Last of Us website on it.
- Twilight Spoof - The film poster seen on the billboard just before the Humvee encounter references the Twilight saga. (It is also seen in Sarah's room in Hometown.)
- Plush toys - Right after meeting Henry and Sam, the player will be able to enter a child's room. Jak and Daxter plush toys can be found on a dresser and a Nathan Drake plush toy can be found on the bed.
- Posters Galore - Just before entering the toy store with Sam and Henry, there is a locked room one floor above. If a shiv is used to open it, there is a bedroom filled with posters and references. These include: Hair Trigger (The Transporter), The Sword Of Vengeance (The Last Samurai) and The Lost Kingdom (Indiana Jones).
- Naughty Dog mousepad - In Henry and Sam's office room, on a computer desk, the player can find a blue mousepad with the Naughty Dog logo across it.
- I Want to Ride My Bicycle - Next to the bike store, before entering the toy store, there is a poster on the wall that shows a bicycle and says "I WANT TO RIDE MY BICYCLE". This is a reference to lyrics from the song "Bicycle Race" by British rock band .
- Board games - In the toy store, on a shelf in the far end, the player can find an Uncharted board game. The player can also find a Jak and Daxter board game on a shelf just to the left of the Uncharted board game.
- O'Sullivan's Pub - The bar found at the Pittsburgh bridge, O'Sullivan's Pub, bears a striking resemblance to the pub in the opening of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. The name "O'Sullivan's" is also a reference to Nathan Drake's companion, Victor Sullivan.
- Java Jak - A coffee cart called "Java Jak" can be found in the O'Sullivan's Pub. This is a reference to the Jak and Daxter franchise.
- Ish - Throughout "The Suburbs" chapter, the player can find several notes that mention a character named Ish, a reference to the character Isherwood "Ish" Williams, from the post-apocalyptic novel Earth Abides.
- Don't Open, Infected Inside - Right after escaping the sewers, the group find "Don't Open, Infected Inside" written on the wall. This is a reference to the first episode of the TV adaptation of The Walking Dead, in which Rick finds a sign saying "Don't open, dead inside" on a door.
- The Game of STRIFE - In the ranch house while Joel and Tommy are looking for Ellie on horseback, in one of the rooms there is a shelf in which a darker version of can be found, depicted as The Game of STRIFE.
- Lev Benioff - The journalist's name in the Newspaper Clipping artifact is a reference to the novel City of Thieves, written by David Benioff, and its protagonist Lev. The developers of The Last of Us have cited the book as a major influence on the game.
- Uncharted artifacts - In one of the dorm rooms at the University, the player can find some items that resemble collectible artifacts from the Uncharted series scattered on a desk.
- PlayStation 3 console - Right after Ellie escapes David into the blizzard, she goes through an electronics store. Inside the store on a shelf near the windows, the player can find a PlayStation 3 console with two DualShock controllers.
- Faithful Dog - At the Lakeside resort, there is a pet store called "Faithful Dog". This is a reference to Naughty Dog, the creators of The Last of Us.
- Uncharted 2 Phurba - After Ellie drops down into the kitchens of the restaurant, move into a back office where there will be a notice board. Here, a yellow poster can be seen which displays the Phurba Dagger from Uncharted 2.
- NDI Sticker - There is a NDI sticker identical to the ones seen in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception on the wall of a bathroom stall in the bus depot.
- Eye chart - In the Firefly's lab at the St. Mary's Hospital, there are eye charts with messages that can be read from left to right. One of them says "RUN YOU R NEARLY THERE DON'T QUIT!!"
- Uncharted Nathan Drake costume - In the Halloween costume store in the abandoned mall, the player can find packaged Nathan Drake costumes from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
- Jak X Jak costume - In the same Halloween store, the player can find packaged Jak costumes from Jak X, just beside the Uncharted costumes. However the costume looks more like Jak's outfit from Jak 3.
- Raja's Arcade - In the comic book American Dreams and the DLC Left Behind, there is an arcade named "Raja's Arcade" in an abandoned Boston mall. The name "Raja" is a reference to the characters Eddy Raja and Rika Raja from the Uncharted series.
- Jak X: Combat Racing arcade game - In Raja's Arcade, the player can find a dysfunctional arcade game called Jak X: Combat Racing, which is a real video game created by Naughty Dog, as part of the Jak series.
- Music record references - In a music store after Ellie kills several Cannibals there are several records found on the wall that reference real-world bands and musicians. Some include "FullFunk", in style to , "Blaggard Boys", in style to , and "The Shambalas" which is a reference to Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
- Stress Cereal - In many parts of the game, including the chapters "The Suburbs" and "Tommy's Dam", a box of cereal can be found, referencing " " cereal. The name "Trix" is replaced with "Stress", and the cereal's mascot holds a glass of wine.
- Jak and Daxter clothing - Upon beating The Last of Us, the player can unlock several clothing items for Ellie. These items include a Jak and Daxter Shirt, Jak (and Daxter) Hoodie, Daxter Backpack and Jak Goggles.
- Naughty Dog clothing - Upon beating The Last of Us, the player can also unlock Naughty Dog clothing items for Ellie.
- Kathryn McCormack - One of the books Ellie owns is called To Get To The Other Side!. The fictional author of this book is named Kathryn McCormack, a reference to author Cormac McCarty, who wrote the book , which served as a major inspiration for The Last of Us.
In other media
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
- "Deadly fungus" newspaper - In the first chapter of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, on top of the bar table, the player can find a newspaper with a headline of "Scientists are still struggling to understand deadly fungus" which refers to cordyceps brain infection.
- "Clicker" weapon upgrade - In Techland's 2015 video game Dying Light, during "The Bunker" side quest at the Old Town's town hall, the player can find a zombie in a bloody elevator shaft that looks very similar to a Clicker. Upon killing the zombie, it will drop a weapon upgrade called "Clicker".
- University of Eastern Colorado sweater - In the 2016 adventure game Firewatch developed by Campo Santo, the main character Henry can come across a supply cache while exploring the Wapiti Meadow. After entering the 1-2-3-4 code, he will find an old sweater for the University of Eastern Colorado. Henry radios his supervisor Delilah and the two doubt the existence of the university.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- Strange pendant - During Chapter 9 of Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Nathan Drake can find a collectible strange pendant in an alcove on a cliff side. The strange pendant is directly designed after the Firefly Pendants. The name on the pendant, "Druckley", is a portmanteau of the game's directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley.
- Clicker - During Chapter 12, Drake is given control of a boat where the player can freely explore parts of the ocean. Inside of a shipwreck near a small island, you can find the skeletal remains of a pirate with coral growing where his head should be, resembling that of a Clicker.
- American Daughters poster - In the epilogue a poster of a comic called The Last of Us: American Daughters can be found.
- Savage Starlight 2 poster - There is also a Savage Starlight 2 poster present in the room as well, to the right of the American Dreams poster.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
- Strange skull - During Chapter 8 of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Chloe Frazer will use her rope to swing along the side of a cliff. In a small alcove below where she came from, you can find a strange skull treasure. This is a reference to the fortune-telling toy Skeleseer that Ellie and Riley finds in the Halloween store during The Last of Us: Left Behind.
Life is Strange 2
- Creepy mushroom - During Episode 1 of Dontnod Entertainment's video game Life is Strange 2, the two main characters, Sean and Daniel, will encounter a "creepy mushroom" growing on a tree while on a walk through Mount Rainier National Park. Daniel will remark how the mushroom "looks like a Clicker" as Sean proceeds to imitate the sound of a Clicker.
- The Uncharted board game that can be found in the "Pittsburgh" chapter is a real-life board game by Naughty Dog.
- The Easter egg of the "deadly fungus" newspaper added in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception was said of being a "screw-up." When Naughty Dog added the Easter egg, they said that they expected to reveal The Last of Us before releasing Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, although, they didn't, and they forgot about the game. They state how they almost spoiled the secrecy of The Last of Us themselves.
- What some fans thought was an Easter egg was actually a phone sex line, however this was a mistake on Naughty Dog's part and therefore not an Easter egg.
- The name of the survivor group "The Marauders" in Factions is a reference to a group of the same name in Jak 3.
- In The Art of The Last of Us, there is a picture of Chloe Frazer at the store in Pittsburgh.
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