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A Shout-Out is something subtle (a name, line of dialogue, or prop) in a show that refers to fans or family members of the cast or crew, or to another source of inspiration. By nature, these can be obscure for casual fans.

You can even talk about them in English class if only you call them "allusions". However, remember that many {{trope}}s, symbols, and such are older than they look and can, often, arise in parallel. So despite (or because of) the ubiquitous nature of some creative properties, that doesn't mean that anything that seems somewhat similar is referencing said work.

ReferenceOverdosed is when a series is loaded with these. ReferencedBy is for the work that the Shout-Out is aimed at.

Giving references to other works can predate to older times but became increasingly common in medieval times. In modern times, almost every larger film, VideoGame and so on intentionally references some other work, making the phenomenon nearly omnipresent.

TropesAreTools applies to shout-outs. A good shout-out should still fit within the context of the story or it may end up a BigLippedAlligatorMoment to people not familiar with what's being shouted about. It also has to be subtle enough that viewers either only notice the [[DoubleEntendre double meaning]] after a trip to the [[FridgeBrilliance fridge]] or have a short chuckle if they notice it immediately, a blatant Shout-Out will break the SuspensionOfDisbelief and kick viewers out of the story. (Especially if it's BreakingTheFourthWall. Shout-outs that the characters would recognize get a little more leeway.) An explicit, open shout-out to one of the work's sources of inspiration is an InspirationNod.

Remember that a Shout Out must be ''deliberate'' on the part of the authors; simply resembling something from another work is not sufficient, and the very existence of tropes and popular culture means that it's natural for resemblances to appear without any intent on the part of the authors. Just because two characters use similar [[ImprobableWeaponUser unusual weapons]] or wear similarly-shaped sunglasses doesn't mean one is a reference to the other; just because two plots are similar doesn't mean there's actually any connection between them. SmallReferencePools can also lead people to see shout-outs where none exist because their own favorite things loom large in their mind. A true shout-out is intended to be noticed, so if there's any doubt, it's probably just a coincidence.

See also {{Homage}}, StockShoutOuts, OpeningShoutOut, ShoutOutThemeNaming and TheJoyOfX. LiteraryAllusionTitle is a subtrope. Easily confused with a MythologyGag and ContinuityNod, and may overlap with ActorAllusion. Contrast TakeThat, which is a negatively-spirited Shout-Out. Biblical Shout-Outs should go on AsTheGoodBookSays.

See StockShoutOuts for a list of Shout-Outs and other references common enough to earn their own page.
'''Remember, a Shout-Out is intentional.''' If a character just happened to use a similar turn of phrase to another work, that's [[Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs just a coincidence]].
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!!Examples
[[index]]
* ShoutOut/{{Advertising}}
* [[ShoutOut/AnimeAndManga Anime & Manga]]
* ShoutOut/CardGames
* ShoutOut/{{Comics}}
* ShoutOut/FanFiction
* ShoutOut/{{Film}}
* ShoutOut/{{Literature}}
** [[ShoutOut/ToHPLovecraft Shouts-Out to H.P. Lovecraft]]
** [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shouts-Out to Shakespeare]]
* ShoutOut/LiveActionTV
* ShoutOut/{{Music}}
* [[ShoutOut/ToNorseMythology Shouts-Out to Norse Mythology]]
* ShoutOut/{{Pinball}}
* ShoutOut/ProfessionalWrestling
* ShoutOut/{{Radio}}
* ShoutOut/{{Roleplay}}
* ShoutOut/TabletopGames
* ShoutOut/{{Theater}}
* ShoutOut/{{Toys}}
* ShoutOut/VideoGames
* ShoutOut/WebComics
* ShoutOut/WebOriginal
* ShoutOut/WesternAnimation
* ShoutOut/{{Other}}
* ShoutOut/RealLife
[[/index]]
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