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->''"While other people were out living their lives, I wasted mine watching TV, because deep down, I knew it might one day help me save the world. Plus, I would have lost my Workman's Comp if I had gone outside."''
-->-- '''Fry''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "When Aliens Attack"

While the CulturedBadass and WickedCultured kill to [[Music/PyotrIlyichTchaikovsky Tchaikovsky]] and [[Music/RichardWagner Wagner]], and read [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Nietzsche]] on their spare time, the Pop-Cultured Badass rocks out to the latest hits on their [[ProductPlacement iPod]] and discusses their interpretation of recent movies.

They may very well engage in [[DiscussedTrope discussing tropes]] and ConversationalTroping, and weaponising their media awareness to [[GenreSavvy analyse and solve problems]].

Contrast CulturedBadass and WickedCultured. Sometimes the eponymous bunny ears of a BunnyEarsLawyer.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Gintoki from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' probably one of the biggest in anime and manga as a whole, coming with at least 1 ShoutOut per episode in this already ReferenceOverdosed series, even in serious arcs. He even reads [[Magazine/ShonenJump Weekly Shounen Jump]], the magazine it's from, and has only mentioned a few with a {{Bland Name|Product}}, but most are directly ShoutOut, if censored are mostly just one character/letter ●-ed or [[SoundEffectBleep bleeped]] out making it quite useless. This has not gone without issues however as both Sunrise and Shueisha prays they won't get sued anymore. He's also a HiddenBadass who's a ShellShockedVeteran with a HiddenHeartOfGold who has managed to destroy a space ship with a bokuto as WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter.
* Q-Feuille from ''Anime/KiddyGirlAnd'' is quite up to date to the latest shows in-universe and even admits to being an otaku, often shoting out to many popular real life hit Japanese media works. While not much else is shown in the show, she's also implied to be a big reader and has a large collection of novels in her rooms.
* Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' kills a dozen people while listening to White Zombie's 'Electric Head Part 1' on her walkman.
** At least in the manga; for the anime, she plumps for the just-as-awesome 'Peach Headz Addiction' by Breath Frequency.
** [[LadyOfWar Balalaika]] quotes Music/OingoBoingo during a HannibalLecture, and she nevertheless remains terrifying.
* ''Anime/{{Canaan}}'' has a taxi driver that drives like a professional stuntman while listening to girly pop idol songs.
* [[LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan Nyarko]] will beat the snot out of you while doing Series/KamenRider poses, quoting [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]], using [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma Saotome]]'s tactics, and much, '''[[ReferenceOverdosed MUCH]]''' more.
* Applies to pretty much everyone from Manga/BinboGamiGa, but especially Momiji, who tends to cosplay even while fighting.
* Joseph Joestar of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', to the point where his grandson Jotaro uses 80s pop culture trivia as a SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay test.
-->'''Jotaro:''' Who was the female lead in the 1981 film ''[[Franchise/{{Tarzan}} Tarzan the Ape Man]]''?\\
'''Joseph:''' Creator/BoDerek!\\
'''Jotaro:''' Who performed the parody of Music/MichaelJackson's ''Beat It'' titled ''Eat It''?\\
'''Joseph:''' [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Al Yankovic]]!\\
'''Jotaro:''' [[CatchPhrase Good grief]]...I guess you are the real thing if you know pointless crap like that.

* ''The'' [[TropeMaker progenitor]] and original. Franchise/{{SpiderMan}} has spouted off pop culture jokes while fighting since the beginning and still going strong despite Deadpool being the new poster boy of comedy references. From Music/{{ACDC}}, Literature/LordOfTheRings, Website/YouTube, VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, Creator/DCComics, Creator/ComedyCentral plus [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] etc. [[UpToEleven Taken to eleven]] in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderman''.
* Doc Magus from ''ComicBook/MarvelComics2''. His Sanctum Sanctorum is in [[AscendedFanboy a comic book shop]].
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}: Olsen Twins, Bea Arthur, Fat Albert, Lord of the Flies, Lethal Weapon, The Warriors, Golden Age, Steve Ditko...
-->"You're right. That's why I'm rollin' with my posse" (he was fighting Tombstone, so, gangster affectations are... excusable...)
* Marv from ''ComicBook/SinCity'' has an affinity for country music and cars. He's gone on more than one monologue about the current versions of both.
* The ComicBook/{{Runaways}} in general are this, with the troupe making various references to movies, actors, RealLife events, etc. Even two(three if you count the dinosaur) of their members superhero names are [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to Music/TheBeatles and ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace''.
* Most of the ComicBook/YoungAvengers, but particularly Billy Kaplan, aka Wiccan.
* Speedball from the ComicBook/NewWarriors became "kinda addicted to the History Channel"
* In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', Batgirl goes in to brief the Teen Titans on the situation of this storyline. She insultingly compares them to "the cast of Series/ICarly".
* Early in his tenure as ComicBook/AntMan, Scott Lang had this as his primary character trait. It faded pretty quickly, and is now a completely forgotten piece of his characterization.
* Though for much of his history he had a disdain for anything mortal, Loki became this after he was resurrected in the body of a child and discovered the Internet. He is now one of the very few Asgardians who carries a cell phone (he [[Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard even]] [[SuperCellReception boosts the reception]] with magic), will use the Internet to accomplish his goals, play video games, and is constantly making pop culture references, having apparently become quite the fan of many movies and TV shows which he gets via "torrents of bits".
* ''ComicBook/CaballisticsInc'': Hannah fights monsters and demons on a daily basis. She also happens to be a big fan of horror movies, which comes in pretty handy when the team is [[TrappedInTVLand trapped inside a horror film dimension]] by an evil director.
* Jon Kent, the newest ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'', loves playing his Xbox, watching TV, and makes references to popular titles like Star Wars during a family road trip. He's also a Half-Kryptonian FlyingBrick.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic ''{{FanFic/Gemini}},'' AxCrazy SerialKillerKiller Captain June Harper makes numerous references to ''{{Series/Firefly}},'' ''[[Series/StarTrek Star Trek]],'' ''[[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Pirates Of The Caribbean]],'' and one of her signature [[ImprobableAimingSkills trick-shots]] is based on a [[FamousFamousFictional "Taska Venkman" series of spy movies.]]
* Once he's had a chance to spend some time in the 21st century without having his memory erased, OneManArmy SuperSoldier Bucky Barnes in ''Fanfic/AintNoGrave'' becomes very fond of modern music, especially hip-hop.
* In ''Fanfic/DumbledoresArmyAndTheYearOfDarkness'', Colin Creevey is a major pop-culture fan, befitting his Muggle heritage. This comes up more in the side works, but is mentioned in the main fic.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Harry is a fan of ''Series/DoctorWho'', and often makes references to it. He also gets one of his CrazyEnoughToWork plans from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Astonishingly, it does actually work. Mostly. Doesn't hurt that the author is OneOfUs.
* A regular thing amongst characters of ''Fanfic/CoreLine''. This Very Wiki and Tropes within are quoted by name and asking if someone has seen a certain shows or film or comic is a regular InUniverse type of "AsYouKnow". This is pretty much a survival necessity because the setting has a broken Fourth Wall and many characters who were once fiction are running around.

* Bill from ''Film/KillBill'', [[AuthorAppeal who seems to be a fan]] of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] comics. Which is probably where the Bride got it from.
* Nicholas Cage's ''Film/GhostRider'' '''really''' enjoyed the music of the Carpenters. And jelly beans.
* Abigail Whistler from ''[[Film/{{Blade}} Blade: Trinity]]'', who was listening to trip hop while kicking ass. Kind of counterlogical too. Why would you want to cut off one of your main senses while wading into melee combat?
* ''Film/CrimsonTide'': Lt. Commander Ron Hunter has the balls to stare down a Naval captain and his backers who insist on launching an unconfirmed preemptive nuclear strike. He's also got time to talk the ''ComicBook/SilverSurfer'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'': Vincent and Jules both frequently reference pop-culture as they do their jobs. Creator/QuentinTarantino is famous for his eclectic, pop-culture-laden dialogue, so this extends to many of his other characters.
* In [[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]], there is a quiz game at the Law Council Dinner where a round of Pop Cultural trivia proves [[GeniusDitz Bridget]] and [[IncompatibleOrientation Rebecca]] [[BrainyBrunette Gillies]] to be this trope.
* Many of the characters in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'' fall under this trope. Superspy Harry Hart is familiar with ''Film/TradingPlaces'', ''Film/{{Nikita}}'', and ''Film/PrettyWoman,'' and discusses Literature/JamesBond and spy film tropes with the BigBad. His protege is a streetwise thug who knows ''Theatre/MyFairLady'' and names his dog after [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]],
* Among Ivan Ooze's lamentations as he's trashing the Command Center in ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' is missing ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' reunion.

* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] is constantly dropping references to everything from ''Star Wars'' to [[Franchise/HarryPotter another wizard called Harry]]. He is a self-professed follower of "the Tao of [[Franchise/SpiderMan Peter Parker]]" and even references the EvilOverlordList at a couple of points. Presumably one of his fellow badass nerds from the Alphas printed it out for him, what with the WalkingTechbane thing.
* Joseph Carrion of the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'' is arguably the biggest BadassNormal in the setting, and is also a fan of Series/StarTrek, Series/TheATeam and Music/TheBeatles.
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'' and its adaptations. Patrick Bateman tries to define himself through his appreciation for music, art, and pop culture and relates this much to the reader/audience, but his grasp and understanding of his favorite music and artists is reduced to what material they make the most appealing to the widest audiences and LowestCommonDenominator, such as dismissing early Music/{{Genesis}} albums with Music/PeterGabriel (and his "lame solo career") as being "too artsy, too intellectual" and favoring the more commercially-driven direction of the group after Music/PhilCollins became the group's frontman. Other assessments he makes of popular singers and bands are frequently off-the-mark and factually wrong, like being convinced that Music/WhitneyHouston is a ''jazz'' singer or believing [[Music/TheRollingStones "You Can't Always Get What You Want"]] is a song by Music/TheBeatles. In the book and musical, he often speaks of owning what's described as the original version of [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/600x315/5e/2e/c5/5e2ec5ee9ec77bb094ef1b45e762d45a.jpg "Sunrise with Broken Plates"]] by artist David Onica (while discreetly boasting of the high cost he paid to obtain it), only for his ex-girlfriend to later point out to him that he hung it upside down. All of this only serves to further demonstrate Patrick's shallowness and delusions about having "good taste."
* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' all make plenty of references to 90s pop culture - even Ax, an alien, gets in on it a bit once he starts [[AliensStealCable binge-watching TV]] in his spare time. [[SadClown Marco]] is the most frequent offender; he [[spoiler: unconsciously gives himself away to the Yeerk controlling his mom]] by referencing ''The Prince of Egypt''.
* Gary Karkofsky in ''Literature/TheRulesOfSupervillainy'' is constantly making references to everything from Star Wars to the Lord of the Rings to [[HomePage this very wiki]]. He's also capable of killing Kaiju with his superpowers.
* Chiun in ''[[{{Literature/TheDestroyer}} The Destroyer]]'' series of books is a [[OldMaster grand master]] of [[SupernaturalMartialArts the supreme martial art Sinanju]], which among many other things allows one to [[DodgeTheBullet dodge bullets]], break through the wall of a bank vault with one punch and survive a lethal fall by landing in a small puddle of water ''just right''. Chiun's favourite pastime is watching soap operas, which he considers the only significant artistic contribution the United States has ever managed.
* In the ''Literature/RedRoom'' series, Derek Hawthorne is a fan of Bruce Lee, the Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, James Bond films (enough to know details about individual films), several video games, Star Wars, and horror movies. {{Justified}} as it's mentioned Derek, despite the fact he's a super-cool spy, was more or less raised at home by the television.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Mr. Garibaldi is [[FanOfThePast a huge fan]] of old WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoons, specifically WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck. At one point, his [[SpaceFighter Starfury]] can be seen to have Daffy Duck NoseArt. He's even quote-checked Elmer Fudd as a PreAssKickingOneLiner. Contrast with his first boss, Commander Sinclair, [[WarriorPoet who was more of a fan of Tennyson.]]
* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'': George Luz is knowledgeable about movies and musicals.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Spike has moments of this.
** And season 4 BigBad [[FrankensteinsMonster Ad]][[HalfHumanHybrid am]] was a fan of the Beatles. Specifically, he liked the song "Helter Skelter," likely an allusion to UsefulNotes/CharlesManson's fixation on the same.
-->'''Spike:''' What a surprise.
** Xander is so very much this, after losing an eye and being made Buffy's number two, he likes to be referred to as ComicBook/NickFury, even using this to charm Renee.
** Faith has brought up everything from ''Franchise/StarWars'' to ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' to ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'', and she hasn't exactly been around Xander or [[HollywoodNerd Andrew.]]
** Buffy herself would obviously be pop cultured, and mentions both ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Films/JamesBond'' in the same breath. Her OneTrueLove Series/{{Angel}} however is even more so, being a Barry Manilow fan, a Creator/DouglasAdams fan, a huge Creator/CharltonHeston fan and just like Faith owns a UsefulNotes/PlayStation.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Bartowski loves his video-games, Sci-Fi movies, and ''[=MacGyver=]''.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Abed. The badass part is best demonstrated by the "paintball war movie" episodes.
** The same goes for Jeff, who admits in the pilot he was "raised on TV".
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Master is a fan of the Music/ScissorSisters, and Crane broadcasts ''The Lion Sleeps Tonight'' while converting the masses into Cybermen.
** The Tenth Doctor was particularly fond of 20th / 21st century Earth pop culture. For example, he seems to be a Literature/HarryPotter fan [[CelebrityParadox (although presumably he hasn't seen the fourth movie)]], and once gave a humanitarian speech to an alien race that was threatening to kill a third of Earth's population...with lyrics from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. In "The Idiot's Lantern", he uses Music/KylieMinogue lyrics for an inspirational quote.
** If that was not enough, then take the Seventh Doctor's companion, Ace, if you look closely at her jacket, and you can spot (among other things) a ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' pin, two ''ComicStrip/RupertBear'' pictures, several ''Series/BluePeter'' decorations, a Gerry Anderson fan club membership button, and a ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' patch.
** In one Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel, the Eighth Doctor (yes, the one with the [[GorgeousPeriodDress cravat]] and the long hair) [[WaxingLyrical quotes]] "All Along the Watchtower", whilst in an EnemyMine situation with a man who [[OrganTheft literally stole his heart]], trying to escape a creepy EldritchLocation (ie., ItMakesSenseInContext):
--->'"'There must be some way out of here,' said the joker to the thief".'
** The Eleventh Doctor references ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and [[Creator/LewisCarroll Lewis Carroll]], amongst others.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': John Crichton, with heavy, heavy emphasis on the Pop Culture, especially early on before he really develops the Badass. And he never stops, no matter the situation--one time, when he realized he was going to be frozen in stone for 80 years, one of his regrets was that [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] would be dead by then. To clarify, he started out as a SouthernFriedGenius who [[TookALevelInBadass took several levels in badass]].
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Sawyer, given the amount of [[TheNicknamer references]] he makes.
* In ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' the misfits defeat a person with a compelling voice by drowning it out with their individual choices of iPod music.
* ''Series/TheNanny'':
** The title character Fran is absolutely this trope. In one episode, her pop culture knowledge actually helps her successfully track down the guy who'd kidnapped C.C.'s dog (ItMakesSenseInContext).
** In "The Nanny Napper", Fran is arrested for allegedly kidnapping a foreign woman's baby (she was simply holding him for her on the subway, before being separated). She likens her plight to that of a soap opera, which the foreign woman watches too, leading to an intense conversation about the show, which convinces the police to drop the charges.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Tony seldom has a scene where he doesn't drop some kind of reference to movies.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Shawn and Gus are a gold mine of obscure references of eighties films no one but them have bothered to remember as well as more modern fare such ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', ''Series/TheMentalist'' (with appropriate TakeThat and LampshadeHanging to DuelingShows), ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and others.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'':
** Captain Jeremy Baker. He said, "This is so dramatic. You guys remember Series/OneLifeToLive?"
** Miles Matheson shows himself as this by saying, "You're gonna poke your eye out, kid," and making a comment about Jason Neville having a "boy-band" face.
** Major Tom Neville shows himself to really like Lionel Ritchie and compares John Sanborn to Travis Bickle of ''Film/TaxiDriver''.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** When not wasting hordes of Jaffa or otherwise saving the world, Colonel Jack O'Neill never misses an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. He's also a bit of a ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fan, getting upset when the USAF wouldn't name the first Earth built starship "Enterprise". Also, when he traveled back in time, he said his name was James T. Kirk...then said it was [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]].
** Teal'c, surprisingly, after he acclimates to Earth culture. Turns out he's a huge fan of ''Franchise/StarWars''. He also immediately recognizes a reference to ''Film/DieHard'' later in the show, even when Daniel failed to get it.
** From ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', there's John Sheppard, who loves Johnny Cash, Popcorn... and [[RunningGag ferris wheels.]]
** Eli Wallace in ''Series/StargateUniverse'', who frequently drops sci-fi and comic book references, built his own version of a hoverboard and uses cartoon characters as aliases. His tendency to do gets to the point where Colonel Young once orders him to "reply in English, Ancient... Bat-Signal".
*** As a cartoon character example, Eli used Ancient body-swapping technology to visit his mother on Earth in the body of someone else. She didn't have security clearance, so he wasn't allowed to say "I'm your son in someone else's body", so he identified himself as a friend of Eli named [[{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}} Phillip J Fry]].
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker of the NX-01 Enterprise is fond of his ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comics and classic movies.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Dean Winchester is a fan of classic rock and B-grade horror movies. In "Hollywood Babylon", his movie knowledge paid off. Every episode has him [[ReferenceOverdosed make tons of references]] to pop cultural including name-dropping celebrities, films, etc.
** In "Changing Channels" where his love of trashy television shows makes him incredibly savvy when the Trickster traps them in TV-Land, particularly whilst they're in the ''[[Series/GreysAnatomy Dr Sexy MD]]'' universe:
--> '''Sam''': Yeah... [[SarcasmMode you're not a fan.]]
--> '''Dean''': It's a {{guilty pleasure}}!
* ''Series/TheWire'': Chris Partlow, assassin and fan of Baltimore Club.
* Throughout the run of ''{{Series/MASH}}'', Hawkeye and Trapper/B.J. make numerous references to American pop culture of approximately the late 1940s and early 1950s (and occasionally anachronistic references to American pop culture of the later 1950s or early 1960s). For some reason, the show ''really'' loved to reference ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''.
* Justin Russo from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' manages to be both this, and a CulturedBadass. A [[BadassBookworm highly intelligent and well read]] young man, Justin loves comic books (to the point where he even ends up owning his favourite one and writing it himself), collects action figures (and plays with them), enjoys roleplaying games, can speak (fictional) alien languages and is a huge fan of inverse band "Tears of Blood". He's also a TeenGenius wizard, the last surviving [[HunterOfMonsters monster hunter]], whose done things like take on three thugs with his bare hands and emerge victorious, and stared down monsters and demons.
* Cisco Ramone of ''Series/TheFlash2014,'' aka [[spoiler: Vibe]], loves making references to everything from ''Star Wars'' to ''Harry Potter.'' The badass part only kicks in starting with season 2, however.
* Saul Goodman in ''Series/BreakingBad'' is an eccentric BunnyEarsLawyer who casually makes references to movies, TV, literature, music, and mythology in everyday conversation. He's also able to talk himself and/or his clients away from the deepest legal troubles as well as his strong connections in the criminal network. This trait carries over to his prequel series: ''Series/BetterCallSaul''.

* Subverted with Music/JonLajoie's alter ego, MC Vagina. He tries to be one, but just ends up with the funniest {{Analogy Backfire}}s ''ever''.

[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* Andrew, Laxus, and Zachary Virchaus in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. Andrew and Zach are your ordinary pop culture-loving citizens-turned-ActionSurvivor, while Laxus, like all Martians, has made extensive study of Earth's pop culture. There's also quite a few unnamed Dino Attack agents who love spewing pop cultural quotes and references on the comm chatter during the FinalBattle.

[[folder:Truth In Television]]
* Naturally, this applies to every single Troper who serves frontline duty in any sort of job where violent confrontation is a real possibility.

* Belial, the player character in ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}} Overdose'', who constantly references films and movies in his neverending series of one-liners repeated ad nauseam.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':
** Solid Snake loves action movies.
** Revolver Ocelot is a big fan of Spaghetti Western films, even wearing cowboy boots and a duster coat on the field. He's also called "Revolver" [[RevolversAreJustBetter for a reason]].
** Raiden met Rose by correcting her on which building King Kong climbed.
** Specifically averted with Naked Snake/[[spoiler:Big Boss]] however; he's constantly being told about movies by his team, with his British commanding officer Major Zero being a devout Bond fan. Snake on the other hand can only be described as naive in this field.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'': Travis Touchdown, OccidentalOtaku, Assassin.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' is a living, breathing pop culture reference. Most of his [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] are directly taken from action flicks of the 80s and 90s.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' (the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC) it turns out Garrus and Legion are this. It doesn't get much play in the game, but then most of their activities are subject to [[LawOfConservationOfDetail conservation of detail]] (Garrus listens to pop and dance music while in combat, and Legion is a gamer nerd in his spare time).
** [[AcePilot Joker]] also frequently throws out pop-culture references and the occasional FandomNod. It helps he's voiced by Creator/SethGreen.
** The Citadel DLC for 3 reveals that Tali's romance lines are lifted almost entirely from her favorite movie, which she was unaware Shepard hadn't seen.
* [[GamerChick Zoey]] in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' knows just how to handle the ZombieApocalypse because of her love for horror movies. May overlap with IKnowMortalKombat.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has this a lot, being a TropeOverdosed parody/{{Reconstruction}} of anime and Japanese fighting games. The most notable ones are [[BigBad Ha]][[FauxAffablyEvil z]][[{{Troll}} a]][[BadassInANiceSuit m]]a, [[LittleBitBeastly Ma]][[HotBlooded ko]][[MsFanservice to]], and [[TheDitz Tao]][[CatGirl kaka]].
--> '''Hazama'''
---> [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Strike me down with all of your hatred!]]
---> Come on now, Carl Clover. [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Why so]] [[Film/TheDarkKnight serious?]]
---> [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure DIEDIEDIEDIEDIE!]]
---> [[Franchise/MortalKombat Get over here!]]
---> [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei Please just die for me!]]
--> '''Makoto'''
---> [[WesternAnimation/TheTick SPOON!]]
---> [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar ATATATATATATATATATATATA!!]]
---> [[Anime/{{FLCL}} Those who conquer the left, conquers the world!]]
---> [[Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse Meka-leka-hi-meka-hiney-ho!]]
--> '''Taokaka'''
---> [[Film/BlazingSaddles Now please do... that voodoo... that YOU do... SOOOO WELLLLLL!]]
---> [[Franchise/SailorMoon In the name of...that round white thingy in the night sky...I shall punish you!]]
---> [[Franchise/SpiderMan My kitty senses are tingling!]] You're a bad guy, aren't you?
* Similarly, ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'''s majority of shout-outs come from Peacock, a walking, talking, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick killing]] throwback to UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. She looks like something out of a deranged [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] cartoon. She's actually a small-scale RealityWarper, and her love of classic animation has her manifest the power as a gang of cartoonish cronies, and various powers based on old cartoons.
* Similarly to ''Blazblue'', the protagonist of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', Sol Badguy, is stated by Daisuke Ishiwatari to be a huge Music/{{Queen}} fan. [[spoiler:Funny enough, his age of [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld around 170]] would put him as being born in the 1980's, and his real name is Frederick]].
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/FarCry3'', Jason Brody, makes a number of references to various media. [[TheDragon Vaas]] is also an example of this trope.
-->''(sets out to meet Buck)'' "Hehehe, [[Film/KillBill his name is Buck and he likes to]] [[CurseCutShort fu-]]"[[note]]This one seems a ''lot'' HarsherInHindsight when you find out what he was strongly implied to have done to one of Jason's buddies while holding him hostage to force Jason into a FetchQuest.[[/note]]
-->''(being pursued on boat)'' "[[Franchise/StarWars Use the Force,]] [[spoiler:[[Franchise/StarWars Riley!]]]]"
-->''(finds a briefcase with the [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Abstergo]] logo on it)'' "That symbol looks familiar..."
-->''(entering silo)'' "You know, I could really use a [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} portal]] right about now."
* Francis York Morgan of ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition.'' [[EstablishingCharacterMoment At his introduction, he's discussing the subtext of]] WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry and his theory about them living in a co-dependent, sadomasochistic relationship. And when the player drives around for long in a car, he will randomly start discussions about various [[BMovie B-Movies]], such as ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'', or PunkRock, during which he name-drops bands such as Music/JoyDivision, with his ImaginaryFriend Zach.
* The Boss in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' is a gigantic badass with a taste for pop music. Granted, you ''can'' listen to the Classical station, but when the in-game radio is set to something automatically, it's usually an 80s or early 90s one-hit wonder like "Opposites Attract" and the Boss will cheerfully demand their partner at that point sing along with them.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' gives us Johnny Cage, an actor whose intro lines are almost always some references.
** Casey Cage, his daughter in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' follows her father's footsteps in this regard. To the point that one of her Fatalities ends with her taking a picture next her opponents corpse, on her phone and ''posting'' it on SocialMedia.
* Ness in ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' is implied to love Rock music, due to the default Favorite Thing being "Rockin'". It also becomes his most powerful attack, and the most powerful of all the playable characters.
* Lo Wang in the 2013 version of ''[[VideoGame/ShadowWarrior2013 Shadow Warrior]]'' is introduced with ''You Got the Touch'' blaring from his car stereo, and it only gets deeper from there. He drops references to video games and movies, and in his secret lair he has comic book art hanging on the walls.
* Aya Brea, at least in the [[VideoGame/ParasiteEve2 second game,]] turns out to be a massive geek who enjoys referencing and making fun of video games (Squaresoft, natch) movies and literature. She also jokes at length at most of the things that can be looked at and...oh, is a supernatural FBI agent who is basically a [[OneManArmy one woman Hostage Rescue Team]] with superpowers.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Opplopolis}}'' the mysterious spy/mercenary (or something) Moon turns out to be [[http://www.opplopolis.com/issues/5/11 an expert at the NES game Contra.]]
* Justin of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is moving in this direction now that [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-09-27 he has]] [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-08 the badass part down.]] He works in a comic book shop, and has all of the interests that his job implies.
** Susan the magical militant feminist knows at least as much about pop media as Justin and Tedd, and even starts doing video movie reviews with Elliot, who also qualifies since becoming a bonafide superhero([[GenderBender ine]]).
** Since Grace lives with the Verres family, she's getting a lot of secondhand pop culture exposure from them. Grace is an alien hybrid super soldier.
* Jareth in ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' is a Pop Cultured HiddenBadass, he can be cool if he wants to, is the most powerful of the main cast, and is ''really'' into Internet culture [[MemeticMutation meme]]s and {{fandom}}s. He referenced the RulesOfTheInternet (intentionally badly), used {{Fan Nickname}}s, and also countered in a game SuperHero with Nyan Cat.
* Most of the kids/trolls from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' qualify for this. References made include, but aren't limited to: Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}, [[Music/InsaneClownPosse Juggalos]], Betty Crocker, [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]], Franchise/IndianaJones, ''Film/ShortCircuit'', ''ComicBook/IronMan'', ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', etc.
* Tyler Dawn in ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' is a typical D&D playing college kid obsessed with fiction. He relates all the abnormal and terrifying things in the awakened world of mages through fiction as a reference point (his reaction to having a death collar put on him was to refer to them as ''Film/BattleRoyale'' collars) it is this trait and mindset which makes him the first to adjust to his situation and to do so with unparalleled speed and enthusiasm. The more grounded characters take a while.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' lampshades how surreal ''Franchise/DukeNukem'' spouting pop-culture one-liners is [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/whos-to-say-duke-cant-have-hobbies when Jared laments that he's too nerdy to be like Duke.]]

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* CrazyAwesome Generator (Jade Sinclair) from the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, who is a Hello Kitty addict and has been known to sing J-Pop anime theme songs. In public.
** Generator has built herself a working Raising Heart (of Franchise/LyricalNanoha fame) and has a Nanoha costume in her purse of holding.
** Chaka would have to count too, since she's the team DeadpanSnarker and once beat up a CIA team while listening to Macy Gray (she was out for a jog).
** Razorback is a [[{{Berserker}} Rager]] with incredible speed and regeneration powers who looks like cross between a velociraptor and a stegosaur. He is also a talented cartoonist, and plays guitar (mostly heavy metal covers).
* Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum are protecting a pop culture universe. They need to be up on the canon; it's their job.
* Most of the reviewers for [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses Channel Awesome]] are this. It's naturally a part of their jobs to be up to date on pop culture, and they all can kick ass when the need arises.
** Then there's [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]], who is both this AND a CulturedBadass.
* Dragon of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is an AI who has quoted [[VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} Wheatley]] in response to an attempted LogicBomb. She's also the best [[GadgeteerGenius tinker]] in the world by virtue of her synthetic nature, can kick an enormous amount of ass in her extremely sophisticated PoweredArmor, and is the closest thing to a BigGood in the setting.
* Bungie of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a dedicated cosplayer, D&D player, and comic book geek in general who can produce a movie quote or a song lyric applicable to her current situation at the drop of a hat. She's also a member of the world's premiere superhero team. For extra points, she once responded to an emergency call while she was attending San Diego Comic Con... while cosplaying as her team leader, Achilles.
* Nearly ''everyone'' in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''. Taken UpToEleven where presumably the entire galaxy has its own versions of Earth classics so that even characters like Frieza and Nappa can make references to Pokemon and "Old Space Yeller"
-->'''Krillin:''' How is that a thing?!
** Gohan even lampshades this at one point:
-->'''Vegeta:''' Well if isn't Moe Howard.\\
'''Gohan:''' How do you even...?\\
'''Vegeta:''' Space Hulu.\\
'''Gohan:''' Figures.
* Alucard from ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'' is quite pop-cultured, enjoying himself some ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' between missions, amongst other things. There's also his speech with Alexander Anderson:
-->'''Anderson''': You have been chosen to reveal my existence to the world! You will witness what happens here today, and you will tell of it later! ...Except you won't! 'Cause I'll have killed ya! HA HA!!\\
'''Alucard''': [[SarcasmMode Oh, my. Brilliant speech.]] ...And unoriginal. That's totally from ''[[Film/TheBoondockSaints Boondock Saints]]''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': 21 was already pop culture savvy by the first three seasons, but by Season 4, he became a pumped up pop culture badass.
** Almost ''everyone'' in the show is this, especially the Monarch.
* Beast Boy from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' uses his pop culture knowledge of ([[ShowWithinAShow fictitious]]) television shows in order to save the day.
* When Dr. Drakken accidentally sucked everyone into television reality, [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Ron]] was able to navigate the reality with his extensive knowledge of shows and their subsequent timeslots.
* [[IdiotHero Philip J. Fry]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' who frequently drops pop culture references and does incredibly badass things... all the while screaming like a little girl.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Stumpy watches a lot of movies, and his knowledge of movies has actually helped the gang in difficult situations.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'': Clover is a ValleyGirl superspy whose wide knowledge about pop culture is often very useful in her spy missions.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' is known around the globe as the world's most dangerous spy, and for good reason. His dialogue is ReferenceOverdosed, one of his catchphrases comes from a Music/KennyLoggins song, and he has an obsession with Burt Reynolds movies.
* Derpy Hooves from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a diehard ''JustForFun/DaringDo'' fan, and has been shown cosplaying. As for the badass part? In [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 the movie]] she [[spoiler:helps save Twilight from petrification, TakingTheBullet herself (She gets better)]].