"you can take a warrior out of the fight, but you can never take the fight out of the warrior." -Oghren
"If you've ever heard of me before, it's probably all been about how I piss ale and murder little boys who look at me wrong. And that's mostly true..." -Oghren
"Misery, vomit and malt liquor. Ah, reminds me of home." -Oghren
"By the tits of my ancestors!" -Oghren
"Shave my back and call me an elf!" -Oghren
"Aye. I've tried twenty-seven different types of ale and learned I'm just the right height to give a human girl a good time. That doesn't make me a good person." -Oghren
"Yeah, the sort of 'misunderstanding' that ends with a field of dead bodies. Uh huh, I get those sometimes." -Oghren
Though Oghren was written mostly by Jay Turner, according to Sheryl Chee most of the BioWare writers, including herself, Mary Kirby, and David Gaider, have had a hand in writing him.
Oghren is one of two companions in Origins with their own unique hairstyle, the other being Morrigan.
Oghren's battle cry, "Let's see what your innards look like!", may be a reference to the dwarven companion of a very chaotic nature, Korgan Bloodaxe in the Bioware video game Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn who shouts "Let's see what yer guts be lookin' like!" during combat. Korgan is also a berserker and has an insatiable bloodlust.
Many of Zevran and Oghren's party banter include references to Legolas and Gimli from The Lord of the Rings.
Oghren's reply "No dwarf tossing!"
when the Warden gives Shale the order to throw Oghren as far as Shale can is a reference to The Lord of the Rings movie by Peter Jackson, when Gimli claims, "No one tosses a dwarf!"
, which refers to the "sport"
of dwarf tossing.
The card game Diamondback mentioned in Oghren's conversation with Alistair is a reference to a game of the same name in Dave Sim's Cerebus the Aardvark.
Oghren's "Asschabs" was added as a joke between the writers of Dragon Age: Origins. David Gaider would, "at least once or twice a week come in to their offices groaning about having "chair butt" which is essentially when your butt goes numb from sitting in your chair for too long. Someone then coined the name "Association of Chair Butt Sufferers"; its abbreviation, ASSCHABS, was then written on their whiteboard. At that time, Jay Turner was writing Oghren, and the word "would be staring at him. So since it sounds like something Oghren would say, he decided to make Oghren say it, to make sure ASSCHABS was never forgotten."
In Dragon Age II, a painting of Oghren's concept art can be seen near the bar at the Hanged Man.