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The following is a list of trivia in Bully.

Movie Connections[]

  • The costume that Jimmy Hopkins wears in the mission, Halloween, is the same costume worn on Halloween by the main antagonist, Johnny Lawrence, leader of the Cobra Kais, who torments Daniel in The Karate Kid.
  • The Nerds passcode to the gate leading to the observatory (1138) refers to George Lucas' signature easter egg which appears in all of the films he has worked on, being a reference to his first film, THX-1138.
  • The quote "I'm the daddy now." from Jimmy, may have been taken from the 1979 movie Scum.
  • The clock tower is stopped at the same time as in the Back to the Future movies.
  • Students make mention of the film Prom Night when discussing their own upcoming prom in Chapter 6.
  • In an errand in Bullworth Town for Tobias Mason, he can be heard saying "Dude, where's my bike?" This is a reference to the movie Dude, Where's My Car?
  • Most of the cars in the game have the registration plate BDR 529, apparently drawing inspiration from the plate of the Bluesmobile in the film The Blues Brothers.
  • The gates in Blue Skies Industrial Park which Russell rams during Busting In, Part I are very similar to the gates from Jurassic Park. The stronghold also resembles the stronghold in Mad Max II: Road Warrior.
  • Fatty Johnson will sometimes greet fellow Nerds and students with "Hailing frequencies open", a reference to Star Trek
  • Melvin O'Connor will sometimes say "'Tis only a flesh wound" when knocked out, a reference to the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • If Jimmy is knocked out during Prep Challenge, after respawning, Justin will sometimes say "Just like Rocky", a reference to the film series Rocky.
  • The way the Nerds take their revenge on the Jocks in Chapter 4 is similar to the 1984 film Revenge of the Nerds.
  • If the player is fighting Trent Northwick and decides to hide from him, Trent will say "Jimmy Hopkins, come out and plaay-aay!". Edward Seymour II also says “Come out to play-ay!” when hiding from him. Both of these quotes are references to the 1979 film The Warriors.
  • Vance Medici will sometimes say, "You're tearin' me apart." when knocked out, a line said by James Dean's character, Jim Stark, in the film Rebel Without a Cause, and even maybe The Room.
  • The ongoing rivalry between the Preppies and the Greasers is nearly identical to the rivalry between the Greasers and the Socs in the 1983 movie, The Outsiders. The Greaser Lefty seems to be designed heavily off of the character Johnny Cade, also from The Outsiders.
  • When the player knocks out Vance from the Greasers, you can hear him saying, "I could have been a contender" which is a reference to the movie On the Waterfront.
  • The Halloween costume that Pete wears during the mission, Halloween, looks similar to the bunny costume that Ralphie wears in the 1983 movie, A Christmas Story.

Video Gaming Connections[]

Rockstar Games[]

  • The cars being worked on in the background of the Shop class are all cars from Rockstar's popular Grand Theft Auto franchise (Stallion and Regina).
  • In Happy Volts Asylum, a drawing of a cartoonish pig labelled 'Piggy' can be seen in the recreational room. This is a probable reference to Piggsy in Manhunt.
  • Two students, namely Lance and Vance, are a likely reference to the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories character Lance Vance.
  • Several handling lines for vehicles in the Grand Theft Auto series can be found in the handling.cfg file. Presumably, they were left behind as a template for coding the handling lines of vehicles in Bully.
  • A car advertisement in Grand Theft Auto V uses part of the Prefects' chase theme.[1]
  • Edgar has a tattoo reminiscent of the "Valkyr" logo from Max Payne.
  • The windows and roof of the entrance of Easy Drugs in Old Bullworth Vale has a logo that is labeled after the Rockstar Games logo.


  • Ray Hughes can be heard saying "They say that kids imitate characters from video games, but I have yet to become a mustached plumber", a reference to Mario from the Super Mario Bros franchise. It also refers to the moral panic surrounding Bully before the game's release, where protesters claimed that children would imitate the game and school violence would skyrocket.

Comics Connections[]

  • Ray Hughes makes several references to comics, including:
    • Wolverine, as one of his lines when he starts a fight is "Snkt! Let's go, bub!" Snkt is the sound effect of Wolverine's claws unsheathing. He also references Wolverine while fighting, often shouting "Berserker Barrage!"
    • The Avengers. When yelling for help from the prefects, he says "Avengers, assemble!"
  • While fighting, Russell Northrop makes a reference to The Incredible Hulk by yelling "Russell Smash!".

Literature Connections[]

  • Melvin threatens to go "snicker-snack with [his] vorpal sword" and calls people "foul bandersnatch" while fighting, both references to Lewis Caroll's Jabberwocky. The references are more apparent when he's hit in the groin, as he cries out "Right in my Jabberwocky!".
  • Many Greasers quote The Outsiders. The lines "Do it for Johnny", "Johnny, a fire!", "I did it for Johnny", and "Stay gold, Ponyboy" are almost verbatim quotes. The rivalry between the Greasers and Preps also references the rivalry in the same book. The mission featuring the all-out fight between the two cliques, The Rumble, has the same name as the chapter featuring the brawl between the story's Greasers and Socs.
  • Miss Danvers was very likely named after the character Mrs. Danvers from the novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Both are single, middle-aged women fanatically devoted to their respective masters, although Miss Danvers is far less villainous than the novel's Mrs. Danvers.
  • Many parallels are drawn between Jimmy Hopkins and Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye. For instance, both characters have been expelled from multiple schools. Jimmy also uses Holden's favorite insult, "phony", in the beginning cutscene. Also, the Lumberjack hat, which can be purchased at Worn In, resembles the hat Holden is described to wear in the book.
  • In the last mission Complete Mayhem, in the gym post-vandalism, in the fire around the middle a bull head on a stick can be seen. This is a likely reference to the mounted pig's head in the movie and William Golding novel Lord of the Flies.
  • Fatty screams "the horror, the horror" when given a swirlie, a verbatim reference to the dying words of Kurtz in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.[2]
  • Several characters make references to the novel Moby-Dick:
    • Fatty mutters an inverted version of this famous revenge line when knocked out.
    • Pedro makes a verbatim reference to the novel's famous opening sentence, "Call me Ishmael."
    • When starting a fight, Ray sometimes quotes Ahab, saying "To the last, I will grapple with thee!". He also quotes Ahab when knocked out, saying "From hell's heart, I stab at thee. For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee..."
  • Clint (aka Henry)'s name and personality refer to Henry Bowers from the novel IT by Stephen King. Henry in the game makes references to abusing animals, albeit in a much milder way than Bowers. Henry in the game is also coulrophobic, a reference to IT's titular main villain, which is best known for taking the form of the clown Pennywise.

Television Connections[]

  • Sometimes when the Townie Omar Romero is knocked out, he will say "I'm coming, Elizabeth.", which is a reference to 1970s sitcom, Sanford and Son.
  • When the fire alarm goes off, Preppy Bif says: "Saved by the Bell", a common expression that also inspired the name of a 1990s school-based sitcom, Saved by the Bell.
  • In the mission Wrong Part of Town, Nerd Algie states that he is "big boned, not fat" which is a reference to Eric Cartman of South Park, an adult animated show. In addition, during free roam a line from Seth states "Who was disrespecting my authority?" which is also a reference to the show.
  • One of Justin's quotes when starting a fight references a Bugs Bunny catchphrase “Ain’t I a stinka?”


  • In a video where he took questions from fans, Jimmy's voice actor Gerry Rosenthal revealed that the character was initially voiced by a different actor, who also did motion capture work. Gerry said he was hired to re-record Jimmy's lines, as Rockstar was not satisfied with the original actor.[3]
    • It is rumored that Jimmy's original voice actor was Daniel Zaitchik, as he is credited as a Motion Capture Performer. His voice lines can be heard, albeit not clearly, in an ambience file for the Boy's Dorm. This file is titled BoysDormRoom04.wav in the game's files.
  • The sound of a running chainsaw and laughter can be heard coming from a rundown house in Blue Skies Industrial Park, next to Zoe's house.
  • Damon wears different shoes during cutscenes. During free-roam, his shoes are blue and white, similar to Ted's, but with an inverted color scheme. During cutscenes, his shoes are brown, resembling Tyler Wilson's version of Damon.