Magazines that characters read are often references to later episodes or plotlines for upcoming episodes in the season.
The real physical model for Ray Gillette is Lucky Yates, who is the voice actor for Dr. Krieger.
I.S.I.S. stands for International Secret Intelligence Service. On October 13, 2014, the creators decided to merge I.S.I.S. with the CIA for season six, due to the acronym's incidental association with the jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which gained attention for its violent actions in the Middle East earlier that year.
Pam Poovey (Amber Nash) has a full back tattoo which reads: "For the Angel of Death spread His wings on the Blast, and breathed in the face of the foes He passed; and the eyes of the Sleepers waxed deadly and chill, and their hearts but once heaved, and forever grew still!" This is the third stanza to the poem "The Destruction of Sennacherib" by Lord Byron (George Gordon), an eighteenth century English poet. The poem is a reference to a biblical passage (2nd Kings 18-19) of how God destroyed the Assyrian army before it could attack Jerusalem.
Cyril Figgis's alias "Chet Manley" is the name of the boy who drops four baby turtles into a sewer in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic.
One of the episodes in season six is set in Wales and titled "Achub y Morfilod" (which translates to "Save the Whales" in Welsh).
Ray (Adam Reed) has two nickel-plated M1911 pistols engraved with the names Barbra and Liza, references to Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli.
Creator Adam Reed has admitted in interviews that the show isn't set in a realistic time period. The geopolitical Cold War situation doesn't align with the technology being used, or Woodhouse's (George Coe's) age.
Woodhouse's name is a reference to famed British writer P.G. Wodehouse, best known for his series of Jeeves and Wooster stories, about a superlative British butler and his rather dimwitted employer.
Sterling Archer's aliases include: Butler, Duchess, Chet Manly, Randy Randalman, Cyril Figgis, Pirate King, Bob Belcher, Randy Magnum, Randy Randerson, and Rando.
According to art director Neal Holman, the series was titled "Duchess" (Archer's code name and Malory's favorite dog) until the last day or two of animating the opening sequence.
According to an article on Vulture.com, the characters' appearances are based on friends of the show creators, as well as actors, models, and other people in the Atlanta area. The models would pose for several pictures, which would then be used as reference points for the animation.
Lana's (Aisha Tyler's) nicknames include Truckasaurus, Monster Hands, Shirley Temper, Johnny Bench, and Spray and Pray. Nearly all the names relate to her large hands and short temper.
Because of the secrecy surrounding the change of scenery and plot for season five, the promotional clips did not involve any footage from the upcoming season. Instead, a shot-for-shot animated recreation of the "Danger Zone" music video by Kenny Loggins, made for Top Gun (1986), and a frequent reference on the show, was released instead.
Lucky Yates (Dr. Krieger) got promoted to "extra" after fan support during the 2013 live tour.
In a January 2016 episode of Jeopardy! (1984), "Archer" and " Danger Zone" were adjacent categories.
O.D.I.N. stands for Organization of Democratic Intelligence Networks. O.D.I.N. headquarters is located in Paris, France.
All of the main cast of Bob's Burgers (2011) have appeared in voice roles over the course of the series. H. Jon Benjamin plays the lead in both shows.
Jeffrey Tambor voices Len Trexler, the rival of Malory Archer, who is voiced by Jessica Walter. In the critically acclaimed comedy Arrested Development (2003), Tambor and Walter played husband and wife, and, once again, were constantly at odds with each other.
In addition to the blueprints for Vulture from Salvage 1 (1979) and Airwolf from Airwolf (1984), the opening credits also show a drawing of the Black Beauty from The Green Hornet (1966), as well as a Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat.
The tie-in book, "How to Archer", states that Dr. Krieger's (Lucky Yates') first name is "Algernop".
Cheryl (Judy Greer) is often called by the wrong name by other I.S.I.S. employees, mainly Sterling (H. Jon Benjamin) and Malory (Jessica Walter). Her aliases include Carol, Cariña, Cristal, and Cherlene.
Four cast members from this show were previously lead characters on Arrested Development (2003). In addition to Jeffrey Tambor, Judy Greer played Kitty, his very devoted assistant, and now plays Cheryl, Malory's (Jessica Walter's) less than devoted secretary, and David Cross, who played Tobias, voiced the character "Noah", in season three of this show.
Visible in the opening title montages are blueprints of the helicopter from the series Airwolf (1984), and the homemade rocket ship "The Vulture" from the series Salvage 1 (1979).
The car that Cyril Figgis (Chris Parnell) drives is a Dacia 1300 build in Romania, based on a Renault 12.
Sterling Archer's cars have been a green Plymouth GTX, a black 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 6-pack, nicknamed "Genie", a black 1970 Chevrolet El Camino, and a Ferrari 308 GTS.
Lana Kane's middle name is Anthony (as in Susan B.). Sterling Archer's middle name is Malory. Both characters have middle names that traditionally are used for the opposite gender.
In addition to Cyril's Dacia, other Eastern European vehicles can be seen roaming the streets, like the Czechoslovakian Karosa SL11 bus and the Soviet Volga-GAZ 24 saloon car.
The mascot for Red Beer changes midway through the series from a Native American to an Eagle.
Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler) and Malory Archer (Jessica Walter), after their respective recruitments, ended up "killing a man three weeks later in Tunisia."
In the opening scene of season two, episode eleven, Jeu Monégasque, the leaderboard displays three names: Bell, Bivens, and DeVoe. These are the last names of musical trio Bell Biv DeVoe.
In Archer: Dial M for Mother (2010), Archer's right foot is visible revealing a bullet scar. This scar is from Lana purposely shooting him in the foot in a previous episode.
In the opening credits, the dolphin hand puppet that Amber Nash (Pam Poovey) is using is "Yoshi" from the television series Departures (2008).
Barry Dillon uses a Desert Eagle and is seen in one episode reading a Desert Eagle magazine.
Aisha Tyler (Lana Kane) and Michael Rooker (Sheriff E.Z. Ponder) also worked on Criminal Minds (2005).
Judy Greer (Cheryl Tunt) and Jessica Walter (Malory Archer) both starred in Arrested Development (2003). In both shows, their roles and quirks are very much similar to each other. Judy Greer plays a ditzy secretary in both shows. In Arrested Development, she had a sexual fling with her boss, while in Archer, she briefly had a sexual fling with the son of her boss. Jessica Walter's character in Arrested Development owns a failing business, while in Archer, her business is always in danger of failing...the common reason in both shows is because of lack of funds or scandals. Also in both shows, she's always drinking expensive liquor and lives in an expensive condo.