Check Out World Of Warcraft's Tribute To Robin Williams

By Pete Haas 2014-08-21 07:51:22 discussion comments
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World of Warcraft's developers are already working on their tribute to Robin Williams. Players have already noticed three characters in the files for expansion pack Warlords of Draenor that are clear references to the deceased comedian and actor.

The first character is a blue genie. It's actually the same model that Blizzard used for Siamat, a boss in the dungeon Lost City of the Tol'vir. This character is called "Robin the Entertainer." Presumably this is a reference to Robin Williams' genie character in Aladdin.

Aladdin's genie in World of Warcraft


The other two characters dug up by Wowhead are a man and woman. The man is wearing suspenders, making him slightly resemble Williams' character Mork from the sitcom Mork and Mindy:

Robin the Entertainer, Mork edition


The female is noticeably older, with silver hair. Perhaps she's supposed to be Mrs. Doubtfire?

Mrs. Doubtfire in WoW


The man and woman, like the genie, are called "Robin the Entertainer." Wowhead speculates that all of these three models are just the same character. Robin could tell Williams' jokes in his male form, become female and spit Mrs. Doubtfire lines, and then transform into a genie to deliver some quotes from Aladdin.

If that's Blizzard's plan, it sounds like a great tribute. The most impressive aspect of Williams' career was his ability to portray such a wide range of characters. It's fitting that his World of Warcraft incarnation would be just as much of a shapeshifter as he is.

It's unclear where Robin the Entertainer will appear in the Warlords of Draenor expansion. Blizzard seems to have created the character models without placing them just yet. Draenor is still in beta, after all.

The Robin Williams tribute started as a petition by World of Warcraft players. The petition noted that Williams was a self-professed fan of WoW and should be recognized with his own in-game memorial. After the petition amassed thousands of signatures in a day, Blizzard promised they would add some reference to Williams to the game.

Blizzard announced a November 13th release date for Warlords of Draenor last week.
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