Breath of Fire contains easter egg references to Street Fighter and Ghosts 'n Goblins, two other Capcom properties. In Bleak, a thief inside one of the houses will offer to perform a magic trick for 100 GP. If the player responds twice with "No" and then once with "Yes", the result is a brief cameo appearance by Chun-li, a heroine from the Street Fighter series of fighting games. Also included within the game is a reference to Arthur, the javelin-tossing protagonist from Ghosts 'n Goblins. Arthur's portrait can be seen hanging in several house interiors throughout the game.
Early in the game, players will encounter a town called Romero which is plagued by zombies at nighttime. This is a likely reference to George Romero, director of such horror films as Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. The name "Romero" appears in both the Japanese and North American release.