History Creator / RobinWilliams

26th Nov '16 1:46:30 AM TimeLordVictorious
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* SophisticatedAsHell: Was frequently like this when doing stand-up.
20th Oct '16 10:25:52 PM Colonel-Knight-Rider
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* A posthumous tribute to Williams was added to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', where a character based on him can be found on an island off the southern coast of Draenor's Nagrand.

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* A posthumous tribute to Williams was added to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', where a genie-like character based on him can be found on an island off the southern coast of Draenor's Nagrand.
3rd Oct '16 8:30:33 PM KYCubbie
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In 2014, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Suffering from worsening depression for years, he [[DrivenToSuicide took his own life]]. An autopsy revealed that he really had "diffuse Lewy body dementia", which may have been misdiagnosed as Parkinson's, and was likely an aggravating factor in his depression.

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In 2014, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Suffering from worsening depression for years, he [[DrivenToSuicide took his own life]]. An autopsy revealed that he really had "diffuse Lewy body dementia", an even nastier condition which may have been misdiagnosed as Parkinson's, and was likely an aggravating factor in his depression.
25th Sep '16 7:30:26 AM Mdumas43073
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After ''Mork and Mindy'' was cancelled, Robin still struggled on the big screen, through ''Film/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Film/MoscowOnTheHudson'', and the ''very'' poorly received ''Club Paradise''. It wasn't until ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' that people started taking this comic seriously, and he got his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated again for ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' two years later, and yet again for ''Film/TheFisherKing'' two years after that. He didn't win either time. He continued to churn out classic roles, like the Genie in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (which helped establish the CelebrityVoiceActor as the "star" of an animated film) and the title role in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''. In 1996, he starred in the Creator/FrancisFordCoppola dramedy ''Film/{{Jack|1996}}'' and starred alongside Nathan Lane in the hit comedy ''Film/TheBirdcage''. In 1997, he finally won his rightfully-deserved Oscar for ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. After that, he went through a period of overly-maudlin films such as ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', ''Film/PatchAdams'', and ''Film/BicentennialMan''.

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After ''Mork and Mindy'' was cancelled, Robin still struggled on the big screen, through ''Film/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Film/MoscowOnTheHudson'', and the ''very'' poorly received ''Club Paradise''.''Film/ClubParadise''. It wasn't until ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' that people started taking this comic seriously, and he got his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated again for ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' two years later, and yet again for ''Film/TheFisherKing'' two years after that. He didn't win either time. He continued to churn out classic roles, like the Genie in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (which helped establish the CelebrityVoiceActor as the "star" of an animated film) and the title role in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''. In 1996, he starred in the Creator/FrancisFordCoppola dramedy ''Film/{{Jack|1996}}'' and starred alongside Nathan Lane in the hit comedy ''Film/TheBirdcage''. In 1997, he finally won his rightfully-deserved Oscar for ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. After that, he went through a period of overly-maudlin films such as ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', ''Film/PatchAdams'', and ''Film/BicentennialMan''.
25th Sep '16 7:29:09 AM Mdumas43073
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'''Robin [=McLaurin=] Williams''' (July 21, 1951 -- August 11, 2014) was an American actor and master comedian. Although he studied drama at Julliard (where his roommate was the late Creator/ChristopherReeve), Robin's preferred stage was to be found in standup comedy clubs. There he was discovered (several times) by TV producers and agents. Technically first appearing on TV in a failed revival of ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' and ''[[Creator/RichardPryor The Richard Pryor Show]]'', Robin rose to fame as the zany alien star of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', a role he quickly got in a way that was so distinctively him; when producer Creator/GarryMarshall asked him to take a seat for the audition interview, Williams immediately sat on his head on the chair. At that move, Marshall needed no more convincing that he found his alien.

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'''Robin Robin [=McLaurin=] Williams''' Williams (July 21, 1951 -- August 11, 2014) was an American actor and master comedian. Although he studied drama at Julliard (where his roommate was the late Creator/ChristopherReeve), Robin's preferred stage was to be found in standup comedy clubs. There he was discovered (several times) by TV producers and agents. Technically first appearing on TV in a failed revival of ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' and ''[[Creator/RichardPryor The Richard Pryor Show]]'', Robin rose to fame as the zany alien star of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', a role he quickly got in a way that was so distinctively him; when producer Creator/GarryMarshall asked him to take a seat for the audition interview, Williams immediately sat on his head on the chair. At that move, Marshall needed no more convincing that he found his alien.
24th Sep '16 5:28:00 PM nombretomado
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** The episode "Special Edna" had a brief scene parodying ''DeadPoetsSociety'' with a John Keating lookalike appropriately voiced by Dan Castellaneta, [[ThePoorMansSubstitute who replaced Robin as The Genie]] in ''Return of Jafar'' and the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' TV series.

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** The episode "Special Edna" had a brief scene parodying ''DeadPoetsSociety'' ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' with a John Keating lookalike appropriately voiced by Dan Castellaneta, [[ThePoorMansSubstitute who replaced Robin as The Genie]] in ''Return of Jafar'' and the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' TV series.
31st Aug '16 11:35:47 AM Kitch
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In 2014, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Suffering from worsening depression for years, he [[DrivenToSuicide took his own life]]. An autopsy revealed that he really had "diffuse Lewy body dementia", which may have been misdiagnosed as Parkinson's, and was likely an aggravating factor in his depression.
30th Jul '16 2:03:05 PM Premonition45
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* SadClown: He struggled with depression throughout his life.
27th Jul '16 9:41:47 AM Willbyr
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** In one routine, he notes that the parents in his audience apparently ignored the "18 and up" label on the performance flyers. "Kids, you're going to learn some new words today!"

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** In one routine, he notes that the parents in his audience apparently ignored the "18 and up" label on the performance flyers. "Kids, flyers.
--->Kids,
you're going to learn some new words today!"today!



* SelfDeprecation: Did this a lot in his stand-up and interviews. One bit from TheEighties had him imagining an argument with his future son.
-->'''Robin:''' What, ''Film/{{Popeye}}'' wasn't good enough for you?
-->'''Son:''' ''Popeye'' wasn't good for anyone! Who are you kidding?

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* SelfDeprecation: Did this a lot in his stand-up and interviews.
**
One bit from TheEighties had him imagining an argument with his future son.
-->'''Robin:''' --->'''Robin:''' What, ''Film/{{Popeye}}'' wasn't good enough for you?
-->'''Son:'''
you?\\
'''Son:'''
''Popeye'' wasn't good for anyone! Who are you kidding?



* {{Troll}}: ''Oh hell yes''. From messing around with the cameramen on the set of Johnny Carson's ''Tonight Show'', to buying Creastor/ConanOBrien a bicycle, ''bright green and orange with shamrocks on it'', just so Conan would look silly riding it. There are legends that speak of his time on ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', of goading costar Pam Dawber into {{Corpsing}} and, [[TropeMaker of course,]] GettingCrapPastTheRadar.

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* {{Troll}}: ''Oh hell yes''. From messing around with the cameramen on the set of Johnny Carson's ''Tonight Show'', to buying Creastor/ConanOBrien a bicycle, ''bright green and orange with shamrocks on it'', just so Conan would look silly riding it. There are legends that speak of his time on ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', of goading costar Pam Dawber into {{Corpsing}} and, [[TropeMaker of course,]] course]], GettingCrapPastTheRadar.






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* Robin popularized the InkSuitActor trope with ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', so when ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' had to suffer through a remake of ''Pinocchio'' with an AllStarCast of such, it was only natural that he be spoofed with the "Beige Fairy". Said Fairy is the Genie in all but name and color, GettingCrapPastTheRadar in the name of ParentalBonus.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** In "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", in a rather dated reference, [[Film/{{Hook}} Robin as]] PeterPan is seen flying around outside Amblin studios. He says "I can fly. Look ma, no wires!" before crashing into something offscreen.
** A short in "Henny Youngman Day" had Babs going to a local club's Open Mic Night to try to spark a career in RecordedAndStandUpComedy, only to find out that [[LawyerFriendlyCameo the in-world version]] of Robin Williams had stopped in for a surprise engagement. Babs choked out on stage until Robin (who had been told he was the final perfomer of the night) comes back out to give her an assist. Doubly touching, since it was the kind of thing Robin himself would have actually done in that situation.
** Robin (the "real" Robin) had a cameo at the very end of "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/misfit18.html It's A Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special]]"...still dressed as Peter Pan.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The episode "Special Edna" had a brief scene parodying ''DeadPoetsSociety'' with a John Keating lookalike appropriately voiced by Dan Castellaneta, [[ThePoorMansSubstitute who replaced Robin as The Genie]] in ''Return of Jafar'' and the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' TV series.
** The episode "Mypods and Boomsticks" featured [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} The Genie]] in Homer's dream sequence (voiced by Dan but obviously a caricature of Robin's version). This was mainly a ShoutOut to ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar,'' in which Dan Castellaneta took over the role of the Genie when Williams refused to sign on due to contract violations on Disney's part.
** In one of the comics, the family has just gotten a new satellite dish and is channel surfing with Bart. They come across a show called ''Celebrity Alien Autopsies'' and features, you guessed it, Mork on the autopsy table, wisecracking as usual.
** In one episode, a hole in the ozone layer forces everyone in Springfield to stay indoors. Kent Brockman reports that the only people who're safe enough to go outside without risk of being harmed are extremely hairy people, bringing up Williams as an example.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'': Xandir's genie boyfriend is an obvious parody.
--> "[[LargeHam Hey-hey-hey!]] [[MarxBrothers I'm Groucho Marx!]] [[Series/YouBetYourLife What's the secret word?]] [[{{Popeye}} Now I'm a wacky sailor!]] [[Film/MrsDoubtfire Now I'm a cross-dressing nanny.]] [[PatchAdams And now I'm a wacky doctor who kills cancer with laughter and a big red nose!]] {{Jumanji}}! [[Series/MorkAndMindy Nanu nanu!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' often mocked him.
** Pre-renewal, "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story" had a man in the future gets an episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' beamed into his brain, and laughs like a moron.
---> "Ha ha ha! Oh, Mork, that's not how you sit in a chair."
** Not a portrayal, but the episode "Petergeist", the first thing Peter does with the dead Native American skull is use it as a puppet, saying thusly:
---> "Hey, check it out, Chris, it's Robin Williams. 'BlahBlahBlah, black preacher voice. Blah blah blah, gay [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd]]."
** "[=McStroke=]" showed Peter as Robin's "Jumping off point".
** In "Baby Not On Board", a cutaway shows Robin as Patch Adams, doing his routine. One of the kids in the hospital pulls his IV out to kill himself.
** Stewie outright says he hates Robin Williams in "The Juice Is Loose".
*** As fate would have it, that episode aired as previously scheduled on TBS the night Robin died.
** "You knew it was going to be a touching comedy, because Robin Williams had a beard." - Brian in "Love, Blactually"
** In "Brian's Got A Brand New Bag", ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'' is one of the [=DVDs=] that no one wants to buy.
** In "Family Guy Viewer Mail 2", Peter gains the ability to turn everything and everyone he touches into Robin Williams. HilarityEnsues.
** It is worth noting that in spite of all the parodies and digs at him, [[https://twitter.com/SethMacFarlane/status/499063991617212416 Seth MacFarlane did join in the mourning]].



* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' has had two sketches with Mork in them. The first is a brief appearance during "[[http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/48339/detail/ Swedish Chef's Jaunt]]" (cute), and the second is in "[[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/Top_100_Final_Episodes_Ever The Top 100 Final Episodes Ever]]".
* An episode of ''TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob!'' had Eric giving Tim his own Robin Williams (played by professional Robin impersonator David Born), who goes out of control and runs away.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Episode "Bendin' In The Wind'' featured robot Patchcord Adams. Bender wanted to kick his ass.
** The movie ''Bender's Game'' featured a scene where Mork from Ork is referenced with [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs as Mork]]. Then the party kills them while telling them to shut up. It doesn't work.
* Frank Caliendo has a very brief Robin Williams impression that he's been known to do. It goes something like "Joke not working, just switch voices." He even did a whole routine where Williams is in a remake of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' starring him (in ''all'' the roles) and directed by Creator/QuentinTarantino.
-->''"And the tornado comes! Sucks up the house, it's in the air, spinning like Barishnikov [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on amphetamines]]-I don't care if you didn't laugh at that joke, ''[[AuthorAppeal I did it just for me!]]''
* The first episode of ''Bob & Doug'' (the animated series about [[Series/{{SCTV}} The McKenzie Brothers]]) had yet another spoof of [[Film/DeadPoetsSociety John Keating]], who does the typical shtick before two police officers show up to take him back to "the home".
-->'''Teacher''': They can't catch me, not while I have this! ''(points to shoe, leaps out the window)'' CARPE DIIIEEEEM!



* ''Website/TheOnion'' poked fun at him occasionally -- he vanished on a "free association" bender during the shoot of a movie version of ''Series/MyThreeSons'' when his improv got out of hand, and in the book ''Our Dumb Century'' we learn that scientists warned the U.S. government about "encroaching Robin Williams body hair" in the late 1970s.
* When the orcs attack Balin's Tomb in ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'', the Podcast/RiffTrax claims that they're actually something worse-"Morks! Hundreds of Robin Williamses!"-and goes into a brief impression.

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* ''Website/TheOnion'' poked fun at him occasionally -- he vanished on a "free association" bender during the shoot An episode of a movie version of ''Series/MyThreeSons'' when ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob!'' had Eric giving Tim his improv got out of hand, and in the book ''Our Dumb Century'' we learn that scientists warned the U.S. government about "encroaching own Robin Williams body hair" in (played by professional Robin impersonator David Born), who goes out of control and runs away.

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* In 2015, Music/IronMaiden dedicated
the late 1970s.
song "Tears of a Clown" from their 16th studio album to Williams.

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* When the orcs attack Balin's Tomb in ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'', the Podcast/RiffTrax claims Frank Caliendo has a very brief Robin Williams impression that they're actually he's been known to do. It goes something worse-"Morks! Hundreds like "Joke not working, just switch voices." He even did a whole routine where Williams is in a remake of Robin Williamses!"-and goes into ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' starring him (in ''all'' the roles) and directed by Creator/QuentinTarantino.
-->''"And the tornado comes! Sucks up the house, it's in the air, spinning like Barishnikov [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on amphetamines]]-I don't care if you didn't laugh at that joke, ''[[AuthorAppeal I did it just for me!]]''

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* A posthumous tribute to Williams was added to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', where
a brief impression.character based on him can be found on an island off the southern coast of Draenor's Nagrand.

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* A posthumous tribute to Williams was added to ''World of Warcraft'', where a character based on him can be found on an island off the southern coast of Draenor's Nagrand.
* And in 2015, he got the ultimate tribute: a song by Music/IronMaiden, from their 16th studio album, titled "Tears of a Clown", dedicated to him.

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[[AC:WebMedia]]
* A posthumous tribute to ''Website/TheOnion'' poked fun at him occasionally -- he vanished on a "free association" bender during the shoot of a movie version of ''Series/MyThreeSons'' when his improv got out of hand, and in the book ''Our Dumb Century'' we learn that scientists warned the U.S. government about "encroaching Robin Williams body hair" in the late 1970s.
* When the orcs attack Balin's Tomb in ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'', the Podcast/RiffTrax claims that they're actually something worse-"Morks! Hundreds of Robin Williamses!"-and goes into a brief impression.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Robin popularized the InkSuitActor trope with ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', so when ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' had to suffer through a remake of ''Pinocchio'' with an AllStarCast of such, it
was added only natural that he be spoofed with the "Beige Fairy". Said Fairy is the Genie in all but name and color, GettingCrapPastTheRadar in the name of ParentalBonus.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** In "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", in a rather dated reference, [[Film/{{Hook}} Robin as]] PeterPan is seen flying around outside Amblin studios. He says "I can fly. Look ma, no wires!" before crashing into something offscreen.
** A short in "Henny Youngman Day" had Babs going
to ''World a local club's Open Mic Night to try to spark a career in RecordedAndStandUpComedy, only to find out that [[LawyerFriendlyCameo the in-world version]] of Warcraft'', Robin Williams had stopped in for a surprise engagement. Babs choked out on stage until Robin (who had been told he was the final perfomer of the night) comes back out to give her an assist. Doubly touching, since it was the kind of thing Robin himself would have actually done in that situation.
** Robin (the "real" Robin) had a cameo at the very end of "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/misfit18.html It's A Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special]]"...still dressed as Peter Pan.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The episode "Special Edna" had a brief scene parodying ''DeadPoetsSociety'' with a John Keating lookalike appropriately voiced by Dan Castellaneta, [[ThePoorMansSubstitute who replaced Robin as The Genie]] in ''Return of Jafar'' and the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' TV series.
** The episode "Mypods and Boomsticks" featured [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} The Genie]] in Homer's dream sequence (voiced by Dan but obviously a caricature of Robin's version). This was mainly a ShoutOut to ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar,'' in which Dan Castellaneta took over the role of the Genie when Williams refused to sign on due to contract violations on Disney's part.
** In one of the comics, the family has just gotten a new satellite dish and is channel surfing with Bart. They come across a show called ''Celebrity Alien Autopsies'' and features, you guessed it, Mork on the autopsy table, wisecracking as usual.
** In one episode, a hole in the ozone layer forces everyone in Springfield to stay indoors. Kent Brockman reports that the only people who're safe enough to go outside without risk of being harmed are extremely hairy people, bringing up Williams as an example.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'': Xandir's genie boyfriend is an obvious parody.
--> "[[LargeHam Hey-hey-hey!]] [[MarxBrothers I'm Groucho Marx!]] [[Series/YouBetYourLife What's the secret word?]] [[{{Popeye}} Now I'm a wacky sailor!]] [[Film/MrsDoubtfire Now I'm a cross-dressing nanny.]] [[PatchAdams And now I'm a wacky doctor who kills cancer with laughter and a big red nose!]] {{Jumanji}}! [[Series/MorkAndMindy Nanu nanu!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' often mocked him.
** Pre-renewal, "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story" had a man in the future gets an episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' beamed into his brain, and laughs like a moron.
---> "Ha ha ha! Oh, Mork, that's not how you sit in a chair."
** Not a portrayal, but the episode "Petergeist", the first thing Peter does with the dead Native American skull is use it as a puppet, saying thusly:
---> "Hey, check it out, Chris, it's Robin Williams. 'BlahBlahBlah, black preacher voice. Blah blah blah, gay [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd]]."
** "[=McStroke=]" showed Peter as Robin's "Jumping off point".
** In "Baby Not On Board", a cutaway shows Robin as Patch Adams, doing his routine. One of the kids in the hospital pulls his IV out to kill himself.
** Stewie outright says he hates Robin Williams in "The Juice Is Loose".
*** As fate would have it, that episode aired as previously scheduled on TBS the night Robin died.
** "You knew it was going to be a touching comedy, because Robin Williams had a beard." - Brian in "Love, Blactually"
** In "Brian's Got A Brand New Bag", ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'' is one of the [=DVDs=] that no one wants to buy.
** In "Family Guy Viewer Mail 2", Peter gains the ability to turn everything and everyone he touches into Robin Williams. HilarityEnsues.
** It is worth noting that in spite of all the parodies and digs at him, [[https://twitter.com/SethMacFarlane/status/499063991617212416 Seth MacFarlane did join in the mourning]].
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' has had two sketches with Mork in them. The first is a brief appearance during "[[http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/48339/detail/ Swedish Chef's Jaunt]]" (cute), and the second is in "[[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/Top_100_Final_Episodes_Ever The Top 100 Final Episodes Ever]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Episode "Bendin' In The Wind'' featured robot Patchcord Adams. Bender wanted to kick his ass.
** The movie ''Bender's Game'' featured a scene
where a character based on him can be found on an island off the southern coast of Draenor's Nagrand.
* And in 2015, he got the ultimate tribute: a song by Music/IronMaiden,
Mork from their 16th studio album, titled "Tears Ork is referenced with [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs as Mork]]. Then the party kills them while telling them to shut up. It doesn't work.
* The first episode
of a Clown", dedicated ''Bob & Doug'' (the animated series about [[Series/{{SCTV}} The McKenzie Brothers]]) had yet another spoof of [[Film/DeadPoetsSociety John Keating]], who does the typical shtick before two police officers show up to him.take him back to "the home".
-->'''Teacher''': They can't catch me, not while I have this! *''points to shoe, leaps out the window''* CARPE DIIIEEEEM!
7th Jun '16 7:11:46 PM TotemicHero
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** [[Rule34 Not all of them were imagined.]]
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