References to ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'' are made by, among others:

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* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' has a story called ''Doctor Who and the Pirates'' which turns into a piratical musical. In addition to using many tropes common to Musicals in general, including several [[{{LampshadeHanging}} lampshades]] about characters' tendencies to break into song. The story even gives the Doctor the song, "I Am The Very Model of a Gallifreyan Buccaneer".

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* ''Film/KateAndLeopold'': Leopold gets the plot wrong.[[note]]He describes the main character as the pirate king who falls in love, and claims that the pirate king has never seen a woman. The character he was describing was actually Frederic, the apprentice pirate and main character.[[/note]] Even so, that's remarkably good going considering Leopold is from 1876 and the first performance of ''The Pirates of Penzance'' was in 1879.

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* ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "And It's Surely To Their Credit" has a RunningGag about the White House Counsel, Lionel Tribbey, mistakenly attributing "He Is An Englishman" to ''The Pirates of Penzance'' (it's actually from ''Theatre/HMSPinafore''). Nearly everyone in the cast points out his mistake and that all of Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's work is about duty.
* Aaron Sorkin also used a parody of The Major-General's Song in ''Series/Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''. Unfortunately, it wasn't very impressive as there were no real jokes and it was also sung way too slowly.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', episode "Fathers and Sons": Frasier, Niles, and Leland are familiar with, among other Gilbert and Sullivan works, ''The Pirates of Penzance''. Martin--not so much.
-->'''Leland''' (singing):...With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse!\\
'''Frasier, Niles, and Leland''' (harmonizing): With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse, with many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse, with many cheerful facts about the square of the hypote-potenuse!\\
'''Martin''' (attempting to join in): With [[{{Malaproper}} many awful facts about the scary hippopotamus]]!
** David Hyde Pierce also once did a spoof of the MajorGeneralSong as his opening monologue while hosting ''SaturdayNightLive'' in TheNineties.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Marcus Cole attempts to cheer up Dr. Franklin by singing The Major-General's song, after the episode's adventures leaves the two of them stuck in the cargo hold of a long-haul freighter. The doctor is less than amused.

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* Every MajorGeneralSong ever.
* Music/TomLehrer's song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGM-wSKFBpo The Elements]]'' uses the tune from The Major-General's song.

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* ''Film/ThoroughlyModernMillie'' sets "The Speed Test" to music based on "My Eyes Are Fully Open"[[note]]which is originally from ''Ruddigore'', but most modern listeners are more familiar with it from this show[[/note]]. The letter being dictated actually begins "My eyes are fully open to my awful situation", and the song gets progressively faster as in the ''Penzance'' and ''Ruddigore'' songs do.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' has a song titled "The Pirates of Penance"
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': Dr. Mordin Solus was at some point part of the cast of a multi-species production. [[MotorMouth Mordin was apparently the designated]] [[PatterSong patter singer.]]
** He even changed some of the Major General's lyrics to fit his current career.
-->''I am the very model of a scientist salarian,''\\
''I've studied species [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy turian]], [[ProudScholarRaceGuy asari]] and [[AlwaysChaoticEvil batarian]],''\\
''I'm quite good at genetics (as a subset of biology), because I am an expert (which I know is a tautology).''\\
''My xenoscience studies range from urban to agrarian, I am the very model of a scientist salarian.''

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': Though the play itself isn't directly referenced, a few of the music numbers from ''The Pirates of Penzance'' get some [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic Weird Al]]-esque treatment from the Warner Brothers (and Warner Sister) in the pirate-themed MusicalEpisode "[[http://www.tv.com/animaniacs/h.m.s.-yakko/episode/240196/trivia.html H.M.S. Yakko]]". For instance, the melody of "With Catlike Tread" gets used for "We Surf The Seas", and the melody of "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" gets used for "I Am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual".
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