Film directors start out as movie buffs, often of the most obscure sorts of films. On top of that, many modern directors went to film school and saw hundreds of legendary movies. Even after they get to direct movies of their own, they often love to use angles, compositions, and shots they saw in school. Of course, all directors use tricks and shots invented long before. But while anyone can do a PowerWalk, it takes skill and devotion to light and shoot a power walk exactly like Philip Kaufmann did in ''Film/TheRightStuff'' (especially if your film isn't about astronauts).

This trope does not count deliberate parody, or remakes of old movies, unless it's a new adaptation from the original medium. (Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy qualifies for this trope, while the remake of ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' does not.) Something similar occasionally appears in comics, but the comparative ease of copying (light tables) makes it hard to tell the homages from the flat-out swipes.

Occasionally this is InspirationNod, but usually it's more of a ShoutOut to a director that inspired them to get into the business. It's PietaPlagiarism but of the church of cinema. If the homage is referential to a series or property's own past, it's an InternalHomage.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' OAV #6 has a scene with Yuri and her mob-scion/fiance-for-an-episode running along the beach in the setting sun, tripping and rolling/falling and finally kissing. It looks like a commercial, and it is, sort of. Yuri and Beau are directly re-creating a lipstick commercial from an old ''UruseiYatsura'' episode. Only the commercial famously cut out right before the kiss.
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has done quite a few salutes to HumongousMecha franchises such as ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', with the most popular of these likely coming from [[CuteBruiser Subaru's]] TransformationSequence, where the PowerCrystal of her device comes out in the same way and with the same dimensions as the G-Stone reveal during ''GaoGaiGar'''s [[CombiningMecha Final Fusion]].
* First page of ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'' seems to be going for this general effect vis-a-vis the first page of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', not in doing the exact same thing visually but in doing close to the same thing, period, with a different era and a different made-up swordsman. See the SDK page for ridiculously intricate details.
* The ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' series has the following, since it's a reimagining of the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'':
** Lacus's exit from her escape pod at the end of episode 7 and the beginning of episode 8 was a nod to Lalah Sune's exit from her shuttle in episode 34 of ''Mobile Suit Gundam''.
** In episode 23 of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', Heine (piloting the GOUF Ignited) fighting Stellar (in her Gaia Gundam) is a nod to the fight between Amuro and Ramba Ral in episode 12 of ''Mobile Suit Gundam'', with the same pink background during the fight.
-->'''Heine''': This is no ZAKU, pal. ''NO ZAKU!!''

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* The entire ComicBooks medium can be summed up by this [[http://www.comicvine.com/homage-covers/12-43734/all-images/108-219464/ comic book cover archive.]]
* In particular, the number of comic book covers which homage the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' story ''ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast'' cover (the one with the 'wanted' and 'deceased' posters on the wall) is truly staggering.

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[[folder: Film -- Live-Action ]]

* Film sequences that are especially prone to homage:
** The "Odessa steps" scene from ''Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin'', baby carriage and/or soldiers optional.
*** ''Film/TheUntouchables'' has an example of this one, complete with baby carriage.
** The overhead shot of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler walking up to the podium flanked by soldiers standing in block formation from ''TriumphOfTheWill''
*** Nero reviewing (and saluting) Roman soldiers from his balcony in ''QuoVadis''
*** The ending of ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope''
*** Ian [=McKellen=]'s ''Film/RichardIII''
*** Clu speaking to his soldiers in ''Film/TronLegacy''.
** The shower scene from ''Film/{{Psycho}}''.
* Creator/StevenSpielberg is the absolute king of this. While his own style is distinctive (and subject to homage by other directors), he loves to work in bits from other movies.
** His longest sequence of homage shots comes in the opening scene of ''SavingPrivateRyan''. As the rangers hit the beach, Spielberg slips in bits from war movies that have come before (this case might count as PinkBunnySlippers). After Tom Hanks falls into the water, we have a shot of bullets making water trails round floating bodies that looks like a scene from Peter Weir's ''Film/{{Gallipoli}}''. As the troops crawl along the beach, we see a medic checking a wounded soldier and discovering that he's been completely eviscerated. The wounds and the pose are straight out of ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo''. Lastly, we catch a glimpse of a wounded man holding his own severed arm, a twin of a shot from Kurosawa's ''Film/{{Ran}}''.
** Many people noted the use of the generic "Japanese man looking back at Franchise/{{Godzilla}}" shot in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark''. More obscure is the sequence where the hunters are running through the tall grass at night. A series of tracking pans of each figure, snapping back to pick up the next man, it's a direct lift from Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Film/SevenSamurai'', down to the tall grass. The moonlight helps match it to the black-and-white original.
* Creator/GeorgeLucas is also an old Kurosawa fan. (He, Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola were instrumental in finding the money for ''Film/{{Ran}}''.) While ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'' is built off Kurosawa's ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'' and ''Film/TheDamBusters'', the homage shot (the pan along the ground to a severed arm) is lifted from ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}''. There's also bits and pieces of other stuff, like {{Western}}s and older SciFi movies, if you pay ''real'' close attention and know what to look for.
* Creator/PeterJackson shot one bit at Bilbo's birthday party in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: Fellowship of the Ring'' ("Proudfeet!") as an exact copy of a shot in Creator/RalphBakshi's animated ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings.'' Jackson even helpfully points this out in the commentary. A circle-round shot of the four hobbits at Weathertop is also lifted from the original, although the camera moves much faster and Aragorn is absent. And the hobbits hiding in the crotch of a tree from the Nazgûl? Also from the Bakshi version. (It's the last shot you'd expect, isn't it?)
** The scene at the black gates of Mordor appears to be a homage to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
** Saruman telekinetically closing the 4 doors in his tower to keep Gandalf trapped in Orthanc mirrors a similar scene in ''Film/{{Dragonslayer}}'' where Ulrich traps Galen in the wizard's tower - yes, four doors are also involved.
** Wormtongue brings a flame too close to some gunpowder, Saruman deftly moves the flame away = The Wise Man and Ash respectively in ''[[Franchise/EvilDead Army of Darkness]]''.
** Another ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' example: Saruman (through a possessed King Théoden) telling Gandalf that "You have no power here!", a line for line echo of what Glinda says to the Wicked Witch of the West.
** And again: Frodo and Sam crouching behind a boulder as they watch enemy troops march past near an enemy citadel essentially duplicates the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion as they plot to enter the Wicked Witch's citadel. Can you tell that PJ loves this film yet?
* The fight scenes at Helm's Deep have a certain similarity to those in ''{{Zulu}}''. ''Orc's Drift'', anyone?
* Another animation to (sorta) live-action lift: Luna's Patronus in the film version of ''Film/HarryPotter and the Order of the Phoenix'' is a rabbit. It runs around the air in a pattern lifted from the opening narration/montage of the movie ''WatershipDown'' ("Prince with a thousand enemies").
* ''Film/JennifersBody'' contains several homage shots to the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' movie, all twisted in some way, like Jennifer kissing her victim in a forest clearing that looks like the one where Edward confessed that he was a vampire to Bella; and the deer lapping the victim's corpse, which recalls the deer sipping from a pool that Edward ate at the start of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* The ''Film/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'' film had a scene where the camera rotates around The Prince on a high tower to give a good view of the landscape. The exact same shot which was used for viewpoints in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''.
* ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Gore Verbinski stuck in a virtually identical shot of Orlando Bloom in Tortuga echoing one he did in the 1st ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' film in Lothlórien: in both cases Bloom reacts to an offscreen comment or activity with a concerned look as he turns his head.
* The train crash in ''{{Film/Super8}}'' is set up almost identically to the one in ''Film/TheGreatestShowOnEarth''.
* WordOfGod has stated the scene in LoveActually where [[spoiler: Mark reveals that he's in love with Juliet by showing her his tape of her wedding, which is entirely made up of shots of her]] is a homage to the ending of CinemaParadiso.
* In ''{{Aragami}}'' there is an Homage Shot to ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', of which the director, Creator/RyuheiKitamura, is an outspoken fan. When the [[ManWithNoName nameless]] {{Samurai}} shoots at MiyamotoMusashi, Musashi dodges, and then stands framed exactly like the cyborg Ninja in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' does if you try shooting at him in battle. He performs an identical sequence of WeaponTwirling as him, and then directly quotes the Ninja by saying "You can't defeat me with a weapon like that."
* The confession scene in ''Film/AmericanPsycho'' is very evocative of Walter's confession scene in ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''.

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* Animation copying animation: Several of the shots during the final chase in the first ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode at Camp Wanaweep look exactly like a ''JonnyQuest'' episode that also featured a villain like that in ''TheCreatureFromTheBlackLagoon''. Gill swims down through the bubbles in the same pose and as the creature.
* The first shot of the fight between Diego and Soto at the end of ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' is identical to the first shot of Simba's fight with Scar at the end of ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' has a shot of Stitch walking away in a path surrounded by foliage that is taken directly from the 1939 Silly Symphony short ''The Ugly Duckling''. An earlier scene has him by the road under the rain while a frog sits by him, in reference to the bus stop scene in Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's ''MyNeighborTotoro''.
* The climax of [[VillainSong "Be Prepared"]] in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is another homage to ''TriumphOfTheWill''. It's particularly blatant because the geometry of the cave is quite suddenly artificial looking to invoke the city setting of ''TriumphOfTheWill'', and because the legions of marching hyenas are the first and last time in the film where you see more than three hyenas working for Scar.

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* In a very weird example, the "windowpane scene" between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in ''[[Series/TheColbertReport A Colbert Christmas]]: [[ChristmasSpecial The Greatest Gift Of All]]'' is a direct clone of the TearJerker ending of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. Without the Vulcan hand sign, obviously.

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* The cover of the ''{{Homestuck}}'' [[ImageSong music album]] "Medium" is a reference to the iconic Japanese/European cover of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', copying the shape of Meteor and the Black Materia almost exactly with a planet and a meteor.
* The music video to Music/MileyCyrus' "Wrecking Ball" contains a long shot of Miley's crying face directly taken from the music video for Music/SineadOConnor's "Nothing Compares 2U".

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games do this with actual hidden meanings, and so frequently it gets to the point where it's like WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic but with movies instead of religion.
** An example of one with a hidden meaning is the homage shot to ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', in which Snake's [[InvisibilityCloak stealth camo]] is shown glitching out, giving the impression of him materialising out of thin air in the same manner as the time jump effect from the film. WordOfGod explains that this is intended as {{Foreshadowing}} of how Snake's role has been significantly altered in ''2'' from being the main character to being TheObiWan for the real main character, just like how at the beginning of ''Terminator 2'' we assume that the Terminator is the BigBad just because he'd been that in the first film, when he's really TheHero.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', there's an homage shot to ''Film/TheRightStuff'', done entirely in narration. In Strangelove's audio tapes, she describes a scene where NASA is selecting someone for a suicide mission in space, and how no-one volunteered until The Boss raised her hand, "[[LampshadeHanging as if acting out a scene from a movie]]".
* In a more obscure gaming homage, the briefing scenes from Microprose's ''Gunship 2000'' helicopter simulator look almost identical to the briefing shots in ''Fire Birds''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' pays more than a few homages to ''Franchise/StarWars''. Most noticeable are the Strahl/Millenium Falcon taking off from Rabanastre/Mos Eisley, and Gabranth/Vader disembarking his shuttle as the game/movie's Imperial March plays.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'' contains a scene almost directly lifted from DavidLynch's ''BlueVelvet''.
* The anime preview FMV in ''[[VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory Star Ocean: Second Evolution]]'' has a shot of Dias standing amidst fire lifted straight out of the famous FMV of Sephiroth from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', down to the placement of the flames.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''TheSimpsons'' does this all the time, mostly for the sake of parody. The scene where Homer bites into a "Ribwich" for the first time, and his pupils dilate and we have sudden shots of the food travelling down his gullet, is a pitch-perfect recreation of a scene from ''RequiemForADream''.

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