As a series that's all about exploring all the nooks and crannies you can find, it's no surprise that the Dishonored games have a few secrets tucked away for the most observant fans. Across two main games, two DLC expansions, and one spin-off title, there are more hidden Easter eggs than you can count.
Whether they take the form of pop culture references, nods to previous games, or even work to draw real-world parallels, the Easter eggs throughout each of the games are always a treat for those who spot them. Let's take a look now at 10 of the Easter eggs across all Dishonored games that you may have missed.
10 Letter To The Director
Later on in the original Dishonored game, the player will guide Corvo Attano through the Flooded District, formerly the Rudshore Financial District. This rundown area houses plague-ridden Weepers, infestations of vermin, the assassin Daud and his Whaler gang, and a reference to the TV show Scrubs.
This last part may seem a little out of place, but players can, in fact, find a note labeled "Letter to the Director" in the ruins of the Flooded District. It is signed by one Percival Cox, a clear reference to the character of Perry Cox from the show Scrubs - it seems that some of the writers at Arkane are fans, and managed to sneak in a nod to the comedy series.
9 Finally Promoted
A staple feature in many games is stock dialogue - lines spoken by NPCs that are repeated over and over and serve to flesh out the world of the game. One such line from the original Dishonored game was an exchange between a pair of patrolling guards, where one inquired if the other thought he would get his own squad soon.
The first story DLC for Dishonored, The Knife of Dunwall, featured a short conversation that followed up on this stock dialogue. After all the events of the first game, an early level in the DLC sees a guard congratulating a captain on finally getting his own squad, as a little humorous wink to the repetitive line.
8 Alexandria Hypatia
The Dishonored games take inspiration from a variety of sources, such as previous games, literature, and even the real world. This is quite evident in a character from Dishonored 2, Dr. Alexandria Hypatia, the target of the third mission.
Alexandria Hypatia's name comes directly from Hypatia of Alexandria, a real woman who lived in Ancient Egypt. Like her real-world counterpart, Alexandria Hypatia is a kind and generous person who studies natural philosophy and is known for her dedication to helping others. Whether she shares the same violent fate that befell Hypatia of Alexandria, however, is ultimately a decision left to the player.
7 A Legendary Voice
As a sandbox game, one of the most interesting and rewarding parts of a Dishonored playthrough is seeing how your actions affect the world around you. This can come in big, world-altering events that shift the course of the narrative's ending, or in smaller, less noticeable ways.
In the first Dishonored, loudspeakers around the city constantly blare out propaganda about the events that transpire. While players can affect the things that are said in these announcements, they can also change the person saying them as well. The announcer can be found in the fifth level of the game and, if killed, will be replaced by none other than the legendary Carrie Fisher, who will deliver all the news from then until the end of the story.
6 The Long Drop
As a stealth game, the Dishonored series owes a great deal to past titles in the genre. Most notably, it draws a lot of inspiration from the Thief games, both in its sneaky gameplay and open-ended levels. This inspiration is referenced in multiple Easter eggs through the series.
In Dishonored 2, when playing through the Clockwork Mansion, if the player has chosen to follow Corvo, then upon reaching a balcony he will comment that it's a long way down, referencing a similar moment in a Thief game. This is compounded by the fact that the voice actor for Corvo is Stephen Russell, the same actor who voiced Garrett in the Thief series.
5 Rest By The Bonfire
It isn't just the Thief series that Dishonored references, though. There are also nods to other famous titles that aren't in the stealth genre. This is particularly evident in the spin-off game Dishonored: Death of the Outsider.
In the game's third mission, the Bank Job, players can stumble upon the above scene while exploring the rooftops. The fire with a sword piercing its center is a clear homage to the Dark Souls series, which features similar bonfires that act as save points for players along their perilous journey.
4 Training A Thief
Another reference to the Thief games, this one is bigger than just a single line of dialogue. While exploring the hideout of the Whalers gang in the first game, players will encounter a group of initiates training in the art of stealth and the use of their supernatural abilities.
The dialogue from this scene matches that of the tutorial mission in Thief: The Dark Project. The initiates are guided through the darkened room, and the speech translates very well from a tutorial level into a training session for assassins.
3 Weeping Witch
Another reference to a TV show, this one shows up in the second DLC for the first game, The Brigmore Witches. Throughout the expansion, players can find stony statues of the antagonist Delilah, which she has the power to animate. One of them is nearby a collectible bone charm, and when the charm is taken, the statue changes position when not in view.
This is a clear reference to the show Doctor Who, where Weeping Angels are a creature that can only move when not looked at. Delilah's statue mimics their behavior, evoking the same eerie sensation as the Angels.
2 The Yu Account
The Dishonored games aren't the only titles released by Arkane Studios. They also developed the recent Prey reboot, which featured sci-fi action on the Talos I space station as it was overrun with hostile aliens. It's no surprise, then, that a reference to Prey turns up in Death of the Outsider.
In the bank level, players can find a safety deposit box for Morgan Yu, the main character of Prey. Its combination is 315, a reference to March 15th, the date that Morgan's simulation trapped them in. This Easter egg provides a fun little nod to fans of Arkane's other works.
1 The Dreadful Wale
Finally, the last Easter egg on our list comes from the second game, and deals with the character Meagan Foster, aka Billie Lurk. Foster/Lurk first appeared in The Knife of Dunwall as a cutthroat assassin who betrayed Daud and sought to usurp his control of the Whalers. After her defeat, she appears 15 years later, her temper much softened by time.
The ship Lurk captains is called the Dreadful Wale. The letters of this name can be unscrambled to form the phrase "Farewell Daud." This signifies that Billie has left her old life behind, and has become better for it.