Examples of {{Actor Allusion}}s in WesternAnimation.
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', an anthropomorphic hot dog is voiced by Tim Curry, known for his role as Dr. Frank-n-further in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' (the original film).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** In one episode, Leela (played by Katey Sagal) meets and falls in love with a fellow cyclops called Alkazar... who insists she calls him Al... who then turns out to be a shiftless slob... and eventually the show temporarily [[{{Homage}} turned into an episode of]] ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', in which Sagal played Peggy Bundy, right down to the hooting FOX audience.
** In ''Bender's Big Score'', in the battle against the scammers, the Chanukah Zombie, voiced by Creator/MarkHamill, flies a stereotypically Chanukah-themed [[Franchise/StarWars TIE Fighter]].
** "Hah -- Creator/BillyWest? What a stupid, phoney, made-up name." Fry's line might be one of the least subtle actor allusions in history.
** In ''Leela and the Genestalk'' the crew find [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Jake and Finn]] trapped in [[spoiler: Mom's floating Genetics lab.]] Creator/JohnDimaggio voices both Bender and Jake.
-->'''Jake''': What time is it?\\
'''Bender''': Time for you to shut up!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** One episode titled "Brother from Another Series" starred Sideshow Bob (Grammer) and his brother Cecil, voiced by, you guessed it, David Hyde Pierce. One scene becomes an obvious extended reference to ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', down to the incidental music and sarcastic dialogue. At one point when Bart jumped on his back and yelled "Guess who!" Cecil's first guess was "Maris?" Maris was [[TheGhost the never seen/never heard]] wife of Niles Crane. A later episode starred Bob, Cecil, and their father Robert, voiced by John Mahoney. One extended CouchGag had the Simpsons running through sets from different sitcoms; they sit in the bar from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' (the show ''Frasier'' was a spin-off of) and Sideshow Bob walks in.
** Another episode features Lisa plotting against Bart and cackling evilly. When Marge asks her what's so funny, she quickly covers by saying she was just thinking about a joke she saw on ''[[Series/HermansHead Herman's Head]]'', on which Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa) starred. Conversely, Yeardley Smith's character on the show once asked if she sounded like "that girl who voices Lisa Simpson".
** In one episode Comic Book Guy says "America needs the wisdom of ''Hermans Head'' now more than ever." Comic Book Guy is voiced by Creator/HankAzaria, who co-starred on ''Hermans Head''.
** Spoofed: Mark Hamill, starring in a dinner-theatre production of ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', is [[IAmNotSpock forced to adapt everything to fit his role in]] ''Franchise/StarWars'', climaxing with the "Luke, Be a Jedi Tonight" musical number and a few references like "use the Forks!"
** The episode "Lisa's Substitute", guest-starring DustinHoffman, features an extended sequence that comes out of nowhere in which Hoffman's character and Mrs. Krabappel do a shot-for-shot reenactment of the famous seduction scene from ''Film/TheGraduate''. Ironically, Hoffman used a pseudonym in this appearance, so anyone who couldn't recognize his voice was probably completely mystified as to why the episode suddenly stopped dead in its tracks to do such a specific parody.
** In the episode "Lard of the Dance", a character voiced by Lisa Kudrow says when meets Lisa: "Your name's Lisa? Shut up, I love that name!" Later, she tells her not to be "such a [[Series/{{Friends}} Phoebe]]".
** In the Latin-American version of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when Homer wants to prove that he forgot the name of Lisa's secret boyfriend, he incorrectly gives his name as "Beto Vélez". Creator/HumbertoVelez voices Homer. In another episode, when calling a photographer for an erotic photo shoot, he gives his name as "Humberto Simpson".
** In the episode "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife", Homer meets Creator/DanCastellaneta (who's Homer's voice actor).
-->'''Tour Guide:''' Oh, why look! There's Dan Castellaneta from ''The Tracey Ullman Show.''\\
'''Homer''' ''(leaning out of the tour guide tram)'' Hey, funny man! Say something funny!\\
'''Dan Castellaneta:''' Please don't lean out of the tram, sir. You might get hurt.\\
'''Homer:''' ''(childishly imitating Castelleneta)'' Oh, don't lean out of the tram! ''(Homer hits his head on a statue of Mischa Barton)''
** In the episode "Apocalypse Cow", there's a CD called ''Anguished Animals III'', recorded by Creator/TressMacNeille. Tress [=MacNeille=] voices many female supporting characters on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** In the episode "The Bob Next Door", Bart thinks their new neighbor is his nemesis, Sideshow Bob in disguise, because he sounds like him. Homer and Marge tell him that lot of people sound like Sideshow Bob, like "Frasier on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Frasier on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', and Lt. Cmdr. Tom Dodge in ''Down Periscope''." Those roles were played by KelseyGrammer, the voice of Sideshow Bob.
** Combined with a TakeThat in a scene in which Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna) becomes emotional and says "I haven't cried this much since I paid to see ''Godfather III''" (that movie being a favorite punching bag on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.) ''Film/TheGodfather, Part III'' co-stars Joe Mantegna as Joey Zasa.
** When Rodney Dangerfield voiced Mr. Burns' son Larry, he echoed his "I don't get no respect" {{catchphrase}} with "I tell ya, I don't get no regard. No regard at all. No esteem, either."
** In "Mypods and Boomsticks", Homer has a dream sequence where he meets up with an {{expy}} of the Genie from ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'' who, like Homer, is voiced by Dan Castellaneta. He previously voiced Genie in ''The Return of Jafar'' and the ''Aladdin'' TV series.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
** A two-in-one parody in "The Fearless Ferret": an aging TV star who played a superhero on TV is voiced by Creator/AdamWest of the classic ''Series/{{Batman}}''. He coaches a successor via radio, in the form of series regular Ron. Ron's VA, Will Friedle, was the voice of the future Batman on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' -- whom the original Batman coached via radio.
** On another episode, Señor Senior Sr. speaks of chasing someone "'round perdition's flames", in much the same way his voice actor (Ricardo Montalban) did in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''.
* Will Friedle again invokes ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' by playing Bats' on-again, off-again partner BlueBeetle in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
** The show was full of these, particularly referencing the DCAU.
* Creator/AdamWest [[AdamWesting has practically made a new career out of this]]. On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' he voices a washed-up has-been actor whose most famous role was playing a superhero in a television show. Later on, he voiced Mayor Grange in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', and appeared in ''Series/LoisAndClark''. He has a steady role now as Mayor Adam West of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. (Yes, the names are the same and he's insane, but there doesn't seem to be an actual connection to Batman.)
** Adam West also appears in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' a few times.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Creator/SethMacFarlane intentionally avoids allusions to ''Series/{{Batman}}'' with Adam West because they're too obvious. Though there was the ''Super Griffins'' short where he mentioned having past experiences fighting super-powered beings.
** Also, in the episode [[TheGreatestAmericanHero "Believe It Or Not, Joe's Walking On Air"]], Peter notes the similarity between the voices of Dr. Hartman and Carter Pewtersmidt -- both played by Seth [=MacFarlane=] -- who do indeed sound nearly identical. Hartman and Carter then converse about this, with Carter noting it as being a bit lazy, whereas Hartman figures that there are only so many voices out there, with some bound to sound similar.
** There was a fairly subtle one on the first episode [[UnCancelled after the show came back]]. Peter listed all of the series on {{FOX}} that had been cancelled since they were. When Peter says ''GregTheBunny'', he looks at Chris, whose VA, Creator/SethGreen, was the star of that series.
** Later in the series, Peter and Chris [[SeinfeldianConversation have a conversation about]] ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' (which also did a ''Franchise/StarWars'' episode) with Peter dismissing the show and Chris defending it. Seth Green is the co-creator of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''.
** There's an even more obvious reference to ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' in "Road to the Multiverse:"
-->'''Stewie:''' How's it feel to be on a major network for 30 seconds?\\
'''Chris:''' [=*bleep!*=] YOU!!
** In the second ''Star Wars'' spoof, Peter short-circuits the argument by bringing up ''Without a Paddle'', which causes Chris to scream and run out of the room angrily. ''Without a Paddle'' was a horrible box office flop that starred Seth Green.
** In the third ''Star Wars'' spoof, they simply go into outright ''bashing'' Seth Green by name, which naturally irritates Chris/Luke. At the end, Chris asks Peter what's his problem with Seth Green, then turn around and starts bashing Seth [=MacFarlane=] along with Meg and Lois, with Peter, Stewie, and Brian (all voiced by [=MacFarlane=]) trying to defend him.
** In "Meet the Quagmires", where the timeline was altered, President Gore killed Osama bin Laden. Lois says: "Who woulda thought that bin Laden was hiding out in the cast of ''Series/{{MADtv}}''?" Quagmire remarks: "Man, the perfect hiding spot. The one place no one would look!" Alex Borstein, the voice of Lois had a recurring role on ''Series/{{MADtv}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Fairly OddParents}}''
** Adam West, again, in the role of Catman. Fun fact: that episode was co-written by Seth [=MacFarlane=], who of course is responsible for the "Mayor Adam West" character on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', mentioned above.
** The Crimson Chin is voiced by Jay Leno, a chin-themed superhero whose origin story comes when a "late night talk show host was bitten by a radioactive celebrity". In a later episode, the Crimson Chin crashes through a building during a fight scene... straight onto the filming of an episode of ''The Tonight Show with Jay Leno''.
** There's also Dr. Rip Studwell, voiced by series creator Butch Hartman himself. His over the top, soap opera style is a reference to Hartman's acting roles on soap operas before he made it big in animation. His design is also based on Hartman himself, originally done as a joke.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''
** Recurring villain Magnanimous is voiced by Creator/BruceCampbell. In one episode, Magnanimous gets a mech of his own... [[Franchise/EvilDead with a shotgun in one hand and a chainsaw in the other.]] Magnanimous as a whole is [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed a parody of Bruce Campbell]] [[AdamWesting who just happens to actually be voiced by Bruce Campbell]].
-->'''Magnanimous:''' AHHHH! IT HURTS! ...Oh wait, no it doesn't...
** [[Film/BubbaHoTep Plus, he looks like Elvis in one episode.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''
** There's this memorable exchange between title character Jay Sherman and his son Marty, the humor hinging on the fact that Jay is voiced by actor Jon Lovitz (and drawn to look more than a little bit like him, too):
-->'''Jay Sherman:''' Don't worry son, if you think that only handsome musicians can get beautiful women, I have two words for you: Lyle Lovett.\\
'''Marty Sherman:''' I thought that he was handsome.\\
'''Jay Sherman:''' You're thinking of Jon Lovitz. With his good looks, he takes the cake.
** One episode takes this UpToEleven by actually having Lovitz voice himself in a scene where he passes by [[TalkingToHimself Jay]]. Marty mentions their voices are similar.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', Pleakley (voiced by Kevin Macdonald of ''The Kids in the Hall'') is visited by his mother, sister and brother, voiced by Scott Thompson, Bruce [=McCullough=], and Mark [=McKinney=], respectively, three of Kevin's four regular costars from ''TheKidsInTheHall''. The remaining costar, David Foley, appears as well, playing a priest at Pleakley's mock wedding. Not to mention Pleakley is fond of crossdressing.
* Tino of ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' is voiced by Jason Marsden, who, in addition to being an accomplished voice-over actor, also served as an announcer on Disney Channel for a number of years. The episode "Careers" has this dialogue:
-->'''Tino:''' Well this is right on target! My number one career is announcer.\\
'''Lor:''' But you don't even like sports that much.\\
'''Tino:''' No, it doesn't say sports announcer. I'm thinking like one of those guys on TV. ''(doing an announcer impression)'' "Up next, a very special Teen Canyon", or "Tonight on Action Flash News: Are your socks killing you?" ''(switches to a high-pitched voice)'' Or maybe I could do cartoon voices.
* In an episode of ''The New Batman Adventures'', the Joker is attempting to kill Commissioner Gordon while he is at the dentist. Batman manages to find out first and stops him, but before he leaves the Joker tosses a grenade in while making the pun "May the floss be with you!" This is an obvious parody of the line "May the Force be with you", and it is a reference to his voice actor Creator/MarkHamill, famous for his role as Luke Skywalker in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy.
** A similar reference appears in the spin-off comic book ''Harley and Ivy'' which stars the Joker's henchgirl Harley Quinn and the villain Poison Ivy; the two are on a movie set beating up what look like Batman and the Joker, but turn out to be actors. Harley laments about some actor trying to impersonate the Joker and takes off his fake nose while the actor mumbles something about "Yoda" and the "Dagobah System". It is safe to say that this is a reference to Hamill again, probably suggesting that the actor is supposed to be him.
** Likely not intentional, but in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', Boss Zucco, voiced by Creator/MarkHamill, kills John Grayson, who is voiced by KevinConroy. As Hamill voiced the Joker in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and Conroy voiced Batman, many noticed that, in a way, the Joker finally managed to kill Batman.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' has Temple Fugate (the ClockKing) played by Alan Rachins, then best known for playing the punctilious managing partner Douglas Brachman on ''Series/LALaw'' -- a clock watcher's clock watcher.
** In his introduction in "Heart of Ice", Mr. Freeze says "Revenge is a dish best served cold.", popularly called [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan a Klingon proverb]]. Creator/MichaelAnsara, who plays Freeze, played the Klingon Captain Kang in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
** Sentinel physically resembles WesternAnimation/TheTick in both his blue color and huge chin. They have Townsend Coleman as a voice actor. The creators have confirmed that they had this in mind when designing Sentinel once they found out Coleman was cast. It's also been {{lampshade|Hanging}}d a time or two, like when Sentinel has the line of "Energon-y goodness", referencing the Tick's odd manners of speech.
** When Ratchet says Wreck-Gar wouldn't dare do something really, ''really'' moronic, he replied "I am Wreck-Gar. I ''dare'' to be stupid!", referencing his voice actor Weird Al Yankovic's song "Dare to be Stupid". This also counts as a MythologyGag as it was the Junkions' theme (the Junkions being lead by Wreck-Gar) in [[TheMovie the G1 movie]]. Another happens in "Human Error, Part 2", where he briefly tries to fight Soundwave with an accordion, an instrument Weird Al often uses.
** A script-reading for ''Animated'' called "Bee in the City" actually had ''four'':
##''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Megatron taking Sari's key and declaring that he has "a big boost of confidence", referencing the Enzyte commercials that David Kaye narrates.
## Optimus Prime (also David Kaye) saying waiting in a line "took longer than an ''Manga/InuYasha'' story arc", which is punctuated with a fist pump. Kaye had a recurring role on ''Manga/InuYasha'' as Sesshomaru.
## Bumblebee saying "My manwich!", a line Bumper Robinson previously said as Dwight Conrad in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
## Isaac Sumdac calling Sari "The joy and the laughter", referencing TaraStrong's previous role as Bubbles in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
** In the final season finale, Optimus dons a new jetpack in order to fly and be able to fight Decepticons more evenly. Upon takeoff he shouts ''Excellent!! YEEEESSSSS!!'', two words frequently pronounced by the Beast Wars Megatron. Both were voiced by David Kaye.
** Two toys based on ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' had [[Creator/GaryChalk Optimus Prime]] and [[DavidKaye Megatron]] temporarily turn into [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars a gorilla and a Tyrannosaurus rex]] while still on the Jungle Planet according to their toy bios.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''
** The title character's butler Professor Jones, voiced by Jonathan Harris, is pretty much a reprisal of Harris' role as Dr. Smith from ''Series/LostInSpace'' -- snotty and coward, with some lines directly lifted from ''[=LiS=]''. A RunningGag involves everyone asking Jones if he was "on a show with a robot". Also, Sgt. Cosgrove and the villain Guitierrez resemble their voice actors, Ed Asner and Ricardo Montalbán, respectively.
** In "The Chip", Guitierrez delivers a speech to Dexter that seems to have been taken from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. Guess what actor portrayed Khan.
** The first season's finale is titled "The Wrath of Guitierrez". One gets the impression that the writers ''really'' liked having Ricardo Montalbán on their side.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000'' musician Andre "3000" Benjamin provides the voice of Sunny Bridges. In one episode, we learn that Sunny has Andre Benjamin on his cell phone speed dial.
* According to [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19940624/REVIEWS/406240301/1023 Roger Ebert]], Scar's answer to Simba's "You're so weird," from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is a reference to an earlier Creator/JeremyIrons part in ''Reversal of Fortune'' where he played Claus von Bulow. Even the intonation is exactly the same.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' has quite a few of these.
** There are many allusions to ''Film/{{Friday}}'', both direct and indirect, which starred John Witherspoon, the voice of The Boondocks' Robert "Granddad" Freeman.
** In the episode "A Date with the Health Inspector", the character Gin Rummy (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) makes several statements pulled almost word-for-word from ''Film/PulpFiction'', including the iconic "English, motherfucker, do you speak it?". Rummy also also seems to have a certain inclination towards "tasty beverages".
** In one episode, Creator/MarkHamill plays a dealer who sells Granddad a strain of marijuana called "Skywalker".
** Rev. Rollo Goodlove messes up while singing "Go-Go Gadget Gospel," a song originally performed by his voice actor Cee-Lo. Extra layers of funny occur when you realize Cee-Lo is purposefully messing up his song when he should be able to sing it perfectly.
** Charles Murphy as Wuncler III had the line "[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney I'm rich, bitch!]]"; a line from ''Series/ChappellesShow'' where he frequently performed on.
* A neat version of this trope occurs in ''WesternAnimation/OddJobJack'' in which the episode's supposed guest star is none other then the voice actor of the main character who plays himself. Similar to the ''LuckyStar'' example but instead here the title character expresses his disapproval and criticism of the man and the two fight each other throughout the episode.
* Captain Neweyes's last line in ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'' is "And that's the way it is," referencing how his voice actor Cronkite signed off his newscasts back in the day.
* A PBS childrens show called ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'' had Cronkite as the voice of Benjamin Franklin. Separate from the main storyline (having to do with a trio of preteen reporters during the American Revolutionary War), there would be anachronistic segments, including Franklin as a newscaster-an obvious nod to voice actor Cronkite. He would even end each segment with "And that's the way it was..."
* A bit of an inversion in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'': during a scene in the second-season episode "L is for Loser", the girls wonder aloud why the Knights of Destruction have been able to feed off of their negative emotions, and why Cornelia hasn't been affected. Cornelia responds matter-of-factly with "I'm the only one here who's not starring in a soap opera". Her voice actress, Christel Khalil, plays Lily on ''The Young And The Restless'', and ''is'' the only one of the five main voice actresses who is in fact starring in a soap opera. The girls lampshade this by saying "This week".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''
** A rather obscure one: Ben Tennyson exclaims in one episode: "How stupid do you think I am?", a line uttered by Terrence of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' no less than 2 years beforehand. Both characters are voiced by TaraStrong.
** Another episode where Ben and Gwen are [[TrappedInTVLand drawn into a video game]] involves a scene where Grandpa Max notices that their game console has been left on, and drops into a deeper voice to complain, "I thought I told you to ''turn the game console off''!" If you've played ''{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'' to the ending, you will likely ''void your bowels'' at this exact moment - Paul Eiding plays both Grandpa Max and Colonel Campbell, and towards the end of ''{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', the game abruptly shifts into a NoFourthWall horror game. At the start of this downwards slide, the Colonel shouts at Raiden to "turn the game console off!"
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Wrestling/MickFoley voices The Boulder, a parody of [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]. The Rock and Foley's character Mankind formed the popular tag team The Rock and Sock Connection.
** One reason [[PortmanteauCoupleName Zutara]] was such a popular ship was that we've already heard Creator/MaeWhitman and Creator/DanteBasco hook up before on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''.
** You've also got Creator/MarkHamill voicing the BigBad, an EvilOverlord [[Franchise/StarWars who can shoot lightning from his hands.]]
** Small one from Robert Patrick when he voices Piandao. When Piandao describes swordsmanship, he says the sword is like a "extra long, really sharp arm". Robert Patrick's most famous role was as the T-1000 in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', and the Terminator he played was fond of making his arms long and sharp to use as swords.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
-->'''Quiz show host:''' ''(voiced by Alex Trebek, of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' fame)'' This automotive tool is used to tighten bolts.\\
'''Didi:''' What is a torque wrench?\\
'''Host:''' You're absolutely right, and Didi, you don't have to answer in a form of a question.
** Said host's name is Alan Quebec, both rhyming with Trebek's name and punning on Trebek being [[CanadaEh Canadian]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'': In one episode, Pepper Ann is watching a show suspiciously similar to ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks: The Animated Series''; April Winchell, who voiced PA's mother Lydia, also voiced Tanya on MD:TAS.
* The bumper for the last broadcast of ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'' has TOM delivering a closing monologue and flying away, and while he's in the distance he says "Bang". This was a line said by [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Speigel]] multiple times [[spoiler:and was his last line in the series]]. Both are voiced by Creator/SteveBlum.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', especially when it entered its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters phase, absolutely loved these.
** Examples include bringing in the entire lead cast of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' to voice the (first) Royal Flush Gang, bickering brothers Hawk and Dove being played by Wayne and Kevin Arnold from ''TheWonderYears'', and Nazi-esque villain Virman Vundabar, voiced by Arte Johnson, saying "verrry interesting... but schtupid!"[[note]]He replaced the last word with futile, but close enough. [[/note]] -- his CatchPhrase in his most famous role, Wolfgang the German Soldier on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn''.
** Not to mention tapping Nathan Fillion to voice Vigilante, [[Series/{{Firefly}} a cowboy that flies a spaceship.]] And paired with Vixen, who was voiced by Gina Torres.
** Keith David, who was Goliath in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', voice acts Despero the cult-leader. When he's brainwashing the heroes one by one, he remarks about Hawkgirl: "The wings give her an exotic quality, wouldn't you agree?"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HINrM_Y8kEk&feature=channel_page The Great Brain Robbery]]" has a FreakyFridayFlip between Flash and Lex Luthor in which [[VoicesAreMental voices are decidedly not mental]]. Flash's voice actor plays Luthor in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
** During "The Once and Future Thing, Part 2", as time itself starts to degrade and warp out of control, a group of redcoats suddenly appear. They see [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond the Terry McGinnis Batman]] and one of them shouts, "Fire at [[Creator/WillFriedle will]]."
** "Epilogue" features a new Royal Flush Gang and the Jack in this one is a samurai. When he's returned to normal, the animators made him look exactly like PhilLaMarr - the voice of SamuraiJack.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RoaryTheRacingCar'' has a racecar designer called Hugo Amarillo, apparently purely so Big Chris (voiced by Peter Kay) can say "Is this the way to Hugo Amarillo?", referring to the song he mimed to for UsefulNotes/ComicRelief.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' where Maddie married Vlad instead of Jack, Jack mistakenly called Danny "Davy" at one point. Danny's voice actor is David Kaufman.
** In "Splitting Images", while Danny is stuck inside a 1950's version of Caspar High in the Ghost Zone, there's a brief shot of Marty [=McFly=] (played by Kaufman in the [[WesternAnimation/BacktotheFuture animated series]]) amung the students.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode where the characters went to Ireland, a teenage wastrel remarked that there was "more to [Bronx] than meets the eye", a reference to the tagline for ''{{Transformers}}''. Bronx's voice was provided by Creator/FrankWelker, who also did [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Frank_Welker a lot of voices]] in ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', [[spoiler:Obi-Wan's love interest is the Duchess Satine. Ewan [=McGregor=] played Obi-Wan in the ''Star Wars'' prequels as well as the male lead in ''MoulinRouge'' His character's love interest was named Satine.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' villain Mad Stan is a psychopathic Luddite who very closely resembles Spider from ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'', even going so far as to mimic his "information overload" rant (minus the profanity.) Actor [[BlackFlag Henry Rollins]] played both roles, and Stan was probably modeled after Rollins' performance.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** In an episode, Candace (voiced by Music/AshleyTisdale) competes for a job at Mr. Slushy Burger with Wendy (voiced by Creator/BrendaSong). Both Tisdale and Song appeared on ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''.
** On another episode where Candace does a horrible job at acting in a movie her brothers made, Ferb edits the final cut resulting with a Photoshopped photo of Ashley Tisdale as a princess in a castle.
** And in "Hawaiian Vacation", we have a Hotel Manager who tries to bust Phineas and Ferb. He is voiced by Phill Lewis, who also played Mr. Moseby on ''The Suite Life''.
** On the show, Ferb (voiced by Thomas Sangster) has a PrecociousCrush on Vanessa (played by Olivia Olson). In ''LoveActually,'' Sangster's character had a crush on Olson's. [[http://whitebag.deviantart.com/art/Parody-147766811 Compare]] their [[SmoochOfVictory Smooches of Victory]].
** The Halloween-themed episode "the Curse of Candace" had three in one episode:
*** In the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' parody in the beginning of the episode, the {{Exp|y}}ies of Edward & Bella are voiced by Creator/AnnaPaquin & Stephen Moyer, who [[Series/TrueBlood have been on a show where a human woman loves a vampire]].
*** The Jacob {{Expy}} is voiced by Creator/MichaelJFox, which isn't the first time [[Film/TeenWolf he's played a teenage werewolf]].
*** And, at one point during the episode, Lawrence watches a horror movie and comments, "where are the musical numbers?" Richard O'Brian, who plays Lawrence, wrote ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', which combines horror & music.
**** In "Druselsteinoween", Vannesa voiced by Oliva Olson is dressed as a [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Vampire Queen]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Silverbolt remarks that Venus reminds him of Blackarachnia. Blackarachnia was voiced by Venus Terzo.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' featured ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' voice actor KevinConroy as an avenging superhero mourning his dead sidekick. His [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything reputation]] with teen sidekicks is [[{{shotacon}} suspect]] at best.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', Jimmy supposedly forgets Carl's name, calling him Rob -- Carl's voice actor being Creator/RobPaulsen.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
** Beast Boy talks in [[TotallyRadical stereotypical surfer lingo]] and won't touch meat. His VA, Greg Cipes, is a professional surfer, and has lived on a vegan diet since he was a kid. Also, "You're just jealous 'cause I sound like a rock star."
** Titans villain Mad Mod (voiced by Creator/MalcolmMcDowell) claims that "nothing teaches discipline and respect like [[Film/AClockworkOrange brain-erasing drugs]]." Not to mention at one point he has mechanical chairs that hold your eyes open.
** The witch character Mother Mae-Eye is voiced by Billy Hayes, who also played a witch in ''HRPufnstuf''.
* TeenTitansGo
** Raven is revealed to be a fan of the TV show Pretty Pretty Pegasus. Her voice actor also happens to be the star of the [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic show it's based on]].
* In an episode of the [[ShortRunners short-lived]] series ''WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp'', after hearing hot science teacher Miracle Groh sing, bisexual drama teacher Andrew comments "you sound good enough to be in ''Wicked''". Miracle's voice actor is Kristen Chenoweth, who was indeed in said play. (Seconds later, Miracle [[TheDitz because of her character]], reveals she has never heard of either ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' or ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''/''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain''
** OrsonWelles attempted a series of radio commercials for several foods, probably sometime around the 1960s. ''Animaniacs'' did a ''Pinky and the Brain'' sketch built around Creator/MauriceLaMarche imitating fairly famous outtakes of that recording session almost verbatim (compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V14PfDDwxlE Welles]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlXEC8kcbqc LaMarche]]). If the entire cartoon wasn't enough of one long ActorAllusion on its own, it includes a line where the Brain storms off, saying, "if you want this done, you'll just have to find some actor who does ''impressions!"''
** Other ''Pinky and the Brain'' episodes featured parodies of ''Film/CitizenKane'', ''Film/TheThirdMan'' and the Mercury Radio Theater production of ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' featured a GameShow host called "Ned Flat", resembling Ned Flanders from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' not only in name but in voice -- Harry Shearer's voice, in both cases.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
** One episode of (specifically "Arlen City Bomber") has Bobby state that his dream is to eat a corn chip right off the production line. Lucky tells him "I'm gonna help you run down that dream." [[TomPetty Lucky's portrayer]] had a song titled "Runnin' Down A Dream".
** In the season four episode "Rodeo Days", the boy Bobby (Who's voiced by Pamela Aldon) meets at the rodeo is voiced by Andrew Lawrence. [[WesternAnimation/{{Recess}} This is not the first time they've been on the same show together]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' managed to combine this with TalkingToHimself. Fred Tasticore plays both the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk (reprising the role from... practically everything the Hulk has been in since 2003) and Graviton. Then Graviton lets loose one of Hulk's {{catchphrase}}s:
-->'''Graviton:''' [[TemptingFate I am the strongest one there is!]]\\
'''Hulk:''' ''[[BigDamnHeroes (lands next to him)]]'' [[PreAsskickingOneLiner You sure about that?]]
* Baron von Ghoulish in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy and Mandy Save Christmas]]'' is introduced brushing his fangs and humming "Singing in the Rain". His voice actor is Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, who infamously sang that same song in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''
** The title orange cat is voiced by Lorenzo Music, who had previously voiced [[TheVoice Carlton the Doorman]] on the CBS sitcom ''Rhoda''. Naturally, one of the {{Couch Gag}}s featured the line, "This is Garfield, your doorman." (Doubles as a ParentalBonus, given that ''Rhoda'' aired during TheSeventies.)
** Aloysius Pig's catchphrase is "That's not right!", a reference to his voice actor Kevin Meaney.
* Whenever the children of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' visited Chef's home, there was a photograph of Isaac Hayes on the wall. Hayes provided the voice of Chef.
* Joe E. Ross played at least two Creator/{{Hanna-Barbera}} characters (Sgt. Flint in ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'', Botch in ''Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch''), who used his trademark "Ooh! Ooh!" VerbalTic. This was later given a ShoutOut in the [=RubySpears=] series ''WesternAnimation/{{Fangface}}'', where Fangs (and the title character; both voiced by Creator/FrankWelker) did it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Discord, the villain of the season 2 premiere is played by Creator/JohnDeLancie, who [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration once again plays]] a [[RealityWarper reality-warping]], [[BadassFingerSnap finger-snapping]], teleporting TricksterArchetype with a cruel sense of humor. This has lead to [[FanNickname fans calling him]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5DE6xrCgLA DisQord]] and imagining [[IntercontinuityCrossover mashups]]. Given the near omnipotence of the character and Q's InformedAbility to take any form he pleases, [[http://willdrawforfood1.deviantart.com/art/Discord-and-Picard-258126968 they]] [[http://jammerlee.deviantart.com/art/Commission-Palace-Discord-258498523 could]] [[http://ovni-the-ufo.deviantart.com/art/Discord-is-Q-258938142 quite]] [[http://suddenly-steinberg.deviantart.com/art/Discord-x-Q-312694442 easily]] [[http://lillykitten.deviantart.com/art/MON-CAPITAINE-281426602 be]] [[http://caycowa.deviantart.com/art/MLP-Star-Trek-Damnit-Q-285562224 the]] [[http://creepy99.deviantart.com/art/Dis-court-315198588 same]] [[http://brody-bot.deviantart.com/art/My-Little-Enterprise-328414487 character]].
** In the episode "Hurricane Fluttershy", Twilight Sparkle has a squirrel trying to tell her something, and on being questioned, replies, "Do I ''look'' like I speak Squirrel?" Twilight is voiced by Creator/TaraStrong, who also voiced Bubbles on ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', who ''did'' in fact speak Squirrel.
** In the episode "Sonic Rainboom", a jerk jock, voiced by Kathleen Barr, pick on the prideful main character, Rainbow Dash. Kathleen Barr also plays Kevin, a JerkJock in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' who picks on a prideful Eddy.
*** And speaking of Kathleen Barr, she also happens to voice Chrysalis, the queen of an insectoid race of creatures who cocoon the ones they've defeated. Gee, does [[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} That]]! [[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} Sound]]! [[Franchise/{{Bionicle}} Familiar]]!?
** In ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls'', Twilight's EvilCounterpart, Sunset Shimmer, is voiced by RebeccaShoichet, who provides Twilight's singing voice.
** In flashbacks we see that [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Weird Al]]'s character Cheese Sandwich wore glasses when he was younger, like Al did until the '90s.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', Claudus (voiced by Larry Kenney, the [[WesternAnimation/ThunderCats original Lion-O]]) announces that he'll show his son Lion-O what the Sword of Omens "is capable of in the proper hands." OldRetainer Jaga makes [[LampshadeHanging reference]] to how much like his son Claudus was in youth. Later, he gets to yell out "[[BattleCry ThunderCats, HO!]]" one last time.
* From ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': King is voiced by [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService George Lazenby]], who was known for his short stint as Film/JamesBond. He gets two significant lines: First, "we have all the time in the world"; a reference to one of his Bond roles. Second, "do you know what it's like living in another man's shadow?"
* In-universe example at the end of ''Jonah: A WesternAnimation/VeggieTales Movie'': When Khalil appears and asks who needed a tow, Twippo says "Uh...have we met?" This was because Archibald was Jonah and Twippo in the film and Jonah meets Khalil in the Jonah story in the film.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DanVs.'' episode "The Catburglar" is basicaly Curtis Armstrong (Dan) as his [[{{Moonlighting}} other famous character he played in the 80s]]. [[note]] He played Bert Voila for the last three seasons.[[/note]]
* Minor villain Black Spider from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' is played by Josh Keaton, who played another wisecracking person with [[TheSpectacularSpiderMan arachnid]] themed powers in a GregWeisman production.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks'' had an ImagineSpot that was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LXXSY4mhBk a parody of]] ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''. Martha's voice actress TabithaStGermain is pretty much ''the'' voice of MyLittlePony, as she's done [[WomanOfAThousandVoices tons of characters]] in both the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 G3]] era and ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]''.
* When ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' hear that a movie about them is being planned, they look at a press release and see that some guys named Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis are in the main roles.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' episode "Price of Power" has Beck (voiced by ElijahWood) being slowly driven mad by a [[Film/LordOfTheRings ring-shaped item]] which grants him incredible power, and which he must destroy through very hot means.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''
** The character of Malory Archer (played by Jessica Walter) is essentially [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Lucille Bluth]] placed in command of a spy agency. She even has a feud with her unseen neighbor Trudy Beekman, echoing Lucille's feud with "Lucille Two"
** Eventually we meet Len Trexler, the head of the rival agency ODIN who was involved with Malory in the past [[spoiler:and thus may be Archer's biological father]]. He of course is played by Jeffrey Tambor, who played [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment George Bluth]], Lucille's husband.
** A recent episode revealed Archer had developed amnesia and was selling burgers under the name Bob. Jon Benjamin voices Archer and Bob from Bob's Burgers. The idea that both characters were the same person was made all the funnier by the fact that they look nothing like each other, despite sounding exactly alike. Far from being a quick gag, the allusion was a major plot point, complete with an Archer-style makeover for the Bob's Burgers settings and characters. It tiptoed along the border of Actor Allusion and a full Crossover episode.
** In "Honeypot", Thomas Lennon guest-stars as one of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villains of the week]]. At one point, Archer is shown dressed in an outfit ''very'' similar to Terry, the recurring gay prostitute from Lennon's series ''{{Reno 911}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
** In the episode "The Dude", the main six meet Franklin Dudikoff, the school's original charismatic prankster (Like T.J.) in the '80s, who's now back to become a teacher. T.J. looks up to him like an older brother. The Dude is voiced by Joey Lawrence, who's the older brother of T.J.'s (then) voice actor, Andy Lawrence.
** In ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'', T.J.'s sister, Becky, is shown talking on the phone in one scene with her friend, Melissa. Becky's voiced by Melissa Joan Hart.
** In ''Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade'', Becky is voiced by TaraStrong instead of Melissa Joan Hart. In two made-for-TV movies for ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', both of them star in the films: Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina, and Tara Strong as Gwen.
* In the '90s ''WesternAnimation/{{Spider-Man the Animated Series}}'', Ed Asner played the voice of Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson. This isn't his first role as a news editor; his best-known role was that of Lou Grant in ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', head of a TV news program. In his own spin-off series Lou became a newspaper editor.
** He later voiced the editor of ''The Springfield Shopper'' on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated:
** This isn't the first time Creator/PatrickWarburton play a [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy lawman.]]
** In Episode 4, David Faustino plays a down-on-his-luck guy named Bud. [[MarriedWithChildren Huh, where have we seen that one before?]]
** The mother of Velma's StalkerWithACrush Jason is played by Jessica Walter, who played one herself in ''Film/PlayMistyForMe''.
** In episode 18, James Hong's character takes on the guise of a [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina powerful Chinese wizard]].
*** [[WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures James Hong as a Chinese wizard, you say?]]
*** [[Series/{{Charmed}} Yes, we do.]]
** Of course, the Creator/HPLovecraft {{Expy}} is played by Creator/JeffreyCombs.
** From "The Night the Clown Cried", Crybaby Clown is voiced by MarkHamill, who has [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker much experience]] with voicing clowns.
*** Crybaby Clown also seems like an allusion to Hamill's role as Macendale/Hobgoblin on ''WesternAnimation/{{Spider-Man The Animated Series}}'', since the villain is more practical-minded than Joker, and both [[spoiler:are shallow pretty-boys who romance the local rich girl who is fed up with her distracted ex/potential beau and turn to destructive crime waves in the name of money/fame. Both Daphne and Felicia Hardy are made to feel like fools when their date is unmasked.]]
** Early on in season two, Velma seems to have become pretty good friends with Hot Dog Water. It probably doesn't hurt Hot Dog Water's voice actress Linda Cardellini has a bit of a [[Film/ScoobyDoo past relationship]] [[Film/ScoobyDooMonstersUnleashed with Velma]]...
** Ricky Owens, an intentional CounterpartComparison {{Expy}} of Shaggy, is voiced by Creator/ScottMenville who played Shaggy in ShaggyAndScoobyDooGetAClue.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' episode "When Chaos Comes Calling" Iago is given a human head, which closely resembles his voice actor Gilbert Gottfried.
** It could also be an allusion to animator Will Finn's process into designing the character; Finn caricatured him, then gave him a parrot's body. Also related to InkSuitActor.
* In both ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' and ''WesternAnimation/HighSchoolUSA'', Jay Johnston plays a cop (he plays multiple characters in the former). He's also played a cop in live-action tv shows like ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram'' and ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode formatted like ''SaturdayNightLive'', TressMacNeille voices Bart Simpson-{{Expy}} guest host. In another episode, she voices Babs imitating Bart, Marge and Maggie. [=MacNeille=] voices many characters on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* In the ''Westernanimation/GravityFalls'' episode Carpet Diem Candy remarks that Kevin from the electronic dating game she is playing "has the voice of a robot." Her voice actress is Nikki Yang, the voice of BMO from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''
** Not the [[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines first]] [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces time]] both Creator/PaulWinchell and Creator/DonMessick worked together as an owner and his pet.
** Creator/DonMessick voiced three other cats before Azrael named [[WesternAnimation/TheRuffAndReddyShow Ruff]], [[WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussyCats Sebastian]] and [[WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey Spot]].
** Before Miner Smurf, Creator/AlanYoung provided a Scottish accent to [[Film/TheTimeMachine1960 David Filby]] and [[Series/MisterEd Wilbur Post’s father]].
** In the episode ‘The Masked Pie Smurfer,’ Papa tries to solve the identity of titular Masked Pie Smurfer. Not only are both Franchise/ScoobyDoo and Papa voiced by Creator/DonMessick but Hefty’s voiced by [[Creator/FrankWelker Fred Jones]] himself.
** During 'The Crooner Smurf,' Harmony gains the ability to sing like a professional. In actuality, Creator/HamiltonCamp is a songwriter/musician.
** If Henry Polic III provided the voice of Tracker who plays the role of a guard in “The Adventures of Robin Smurf,” than Polic had worked in a RobinHood production before as [[Series/WhenThingsWereRotten Sheriff of Nottingham]] alongside Dick Gautier, the voice of Wooly Smurf as well as additional voices, who played the titular outlaw.
*** Dutch film director and voice actor Arnold Gelderman, the Netherland dubbed voice for Jokey, played said outlaw in the [[Disney/RobinHood Disney]] version of the folklore.\\
Likewise, Brainy's and Clumsy's French dubbed voice actor Francis Lax as well has Hefty's French dubbed voice actor Albert Augier provided the voices of Nutsy and Trigger the two vultures.
** Gargamel brings Jokey’s caricature dummy of said wizard to life to cause havoc in Smurf Village to which Creator/PaulWinchell voiced. Winchell was a ventriloquist star from 1950s and 1960s television and films.
** Ray Walston, who was the voice of Scruple's teacher in "The Enchanted Quill", was also Jeff Spicoli's teacher in ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh''.
** Farmer Smurf's voice actor Creator/AlanYoung has played a farmer before in 1952 movie ''Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick'' as titular Aaron Crick. Farmer even refers to himself as a 'country bumpkin' in one episode!
* In ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Bullock (played by Patrick Stewart) shows off a device he calls the "Hologram Deck." When Dick and Stan point out the resemblance to the holodeck from Star Trek, Bullock claims not to know what that is.
-->'''Bullock:''' Some of us spent the late '80s and early '90s getting laid, Smith.
** Another episode has JonCryer guest star as Francine's high-school friend Quacky, a nod to his role as Duckie from ''Film/PrettyInPink''.
** One episode features a scene where Klaus says that he can perform animal sounds to help Stan make money. Klaus happens to be voiced by Creator/DeeBradleyBaker, who is known for being second only to Frank Welker when it comes to voicing various animal and creature characters.
** The character of Snot voiced by Curtis Armstrong is essentially an ''American Dad'' version of Booger from ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds''. In one episode, Steve and his friends discuss the film, but Snot claims to have never seen it.
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