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* '''''[[Film/TopGun Danger Zone!!]]'''''
* The opening credit sequence contains a lot of nods to the same from CowboyBebop.
* Pam smashes the intercom mid-sentence, and mutters [[Franchise/StarWars "Boring conversation anyway."]]
* Lana tells Cyril "[[Franchise/StarWars I find your lack of faith disturbing.]]" before Malory commands her to [[Film/ANewHope "release him."]] Interestingly, she says that line while performing that looks like [[Franchise/StarTrek the Vulcan Neck Pinch]]. Even more interesting, [[ClosetGeek not only does she nail a female Vader perfectly when Cyril succeeds in a coup she's savvy enough to see that Malory wants to play Vader to his Palpatine.]]
* From "Killing Utne"
-->'''Colonel Jakov''': "Hello? What is the frequency?"\\
'''Archer''': "...[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What%27s_the_Frequency,_Kenneth%3F Kenneth]]"?
* Uta is a German girl with red hair and father issues, like Lola in ''Film/RunLolaRun''. She even has a boyfriend named Manni. Her relationship with a much older assassin is a riff on ''Film/TheProfessional''.
* Woodhouse's RoaringRampageOfRevenge and the taking of scalps is likely a reference to ''Film/LegendsOfTheFall''. The later flashback in which he is sprawled naked on a bunk aboard a tramp steamer with two women is an almost perfect recreation of a shot from Legends.
* Archer's butler is named [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Woodhouse]].
** And Woodhouse's best friend was named Reginald, which is Jeeves' first name.
* Due to sharing many actors and a comedic style with the show, there are many references to ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
** Malory Archer, the EvilMatriarch of ISIS, shares a voice actor with Lucille Bluth from ''Arrested Development''.
*** Malory's rivalry with her neighbour Trudy Beekman is a reference to Lucille's rivalry with her neighbor/friend Lucille Austero in ''AD''. Sterling even says, "Wow, you don't get along with your neighbors ''anywhere''."
*** While not the same in personality, Archer's relationship to his mother parallels that of Lucille's son Buster Bluth in ''AD''. In both shows, Jeffrey Tambor plays an older man who [[spoiler:may or may not be the father of Jessica Walter's character's child]] (Len Trexler in ''Archer'', Oscar Bluth in ''Arrested Development'').
** In both shows, Judy Greer plays a sexually promiscuous secretary (Cheryl/Carol Tunt in ''Archer'', Kitty Sanchez in ''Arrested Development'').
** In "Space Race, Part 2", [[spoiler:Barry]], in the [=SpaceBot=] suit, swings around the giant mechanical claws singing "[[Music/{{Styx}} Domo arigato, Archer roboto]]". This mirrors a scene in ''Arrested Development'', where [[spoiler:Buster Bluth]] sings the song whilst swinging around his HookHand.[[note]]That scene actually was also an ActorAllusion to [[spoiler:Tony Hale, who had previously sung the song on a car commercial.]][[/note]]
* Also on the airship:
-->''"Cap''tain ''Lam''mers!"''\\
"Nice read, [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Velma]]."
* From "Dial M for Mother"
-->(Cyril flashes back to an affair as Lana quizzes him on his past infidelities.\\
'''Cyril:''' [[Film/TheGraduate Ms. Archer, you're trying to seduce me. ...Aren't you?]]
** Again, from "Dial M for Mother", when Cyril is tricked into thinking Lana has had sex with every ISIS member:
-->'''Cyril:''' [loading rifle] Seven-six-two millimeter. [[FullMetalJacket Full. Metal. Jacke]]-- ''someone's in here!''.
* Sterling's codename, Duchess, is also the FanNickname for Captain Archer of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.
* The visual nod to actor David Rees Snell, whenever Archer is shown with a mustache. Not to mention, the fact that Woodhouse's dead love was named Reggie, which is a variation of REG (the initials of Snell's character on ''The Shield'').
** Similarly, the character model for Archer as a child is strikingly similar to [[FriskyDingo Simon's]].
* Archer, Krieger and Cyril subject Trexler to [[Literature/AClockworkOrange the Ludovico Treatment]] in "A Going Concern."
* [[Literature/OfMiceAndMen Give her the rabbit, Lenny!]]
** Happened prior to that in "A Going Concern", when Len(ny) Trexler asks for the rabbit.
* A ''Series/{{Friends}}'' reference: ''"You know what? We're on a break!" "Oh yeah? FINE BY ME!"''
* Krieger is a [[Literature/TheBoysFromBrazil boy from Brazil]], though he was actually raised in Brazil, unlike the Hitler clones in the film.
* "You maniac! You blew her up! Damn you all! [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes Damn you all to hell]]!"
** Krieger's voice-actor has gone on-record [[http://youtu.be/hbhlqerPuzM saying that this was his favorite moment in the role]], due to it being a bit of a {{nerdgasm}} for him.
* Krieger's many [[RunningGag ill-fated vans]], all of which have featured airbrushed murals of him as part of ''{{Music/Rush}}'' album art, as well as appropriate titles (''Exit: Van Left...'', ''Vanispheres'', ''Caress of Krieger'', and ''Van by Night'').
* The racers in the beginning of "Jeu Monegasque" are named [[Music/NewEdition Bell, Bivens & Devoe]]. The second race has participants named Moonsie, Bennett and Kotero, after the short-lived girl group [[Music/PrincesAssociates Apollonia]].
* In "Diversity Hire", Conway talks about a "Charles Whitman Sampler", which is a double reference on both Charles Whitman, a Texas mass murderer, and a Whitman Sampler, which is an assortment of chocolates.
* [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Alas, poor Reggie]]...
* Archer's rampage in "Placebo Effect" is, in his own classic style, a ([[InvokedTrope deliberate]]) ShoutOut to pretty much every RoaringRampageOfRevenge plot in the kind of media Sterling would partake in. For just a few examples, the grenade up the ass is quite similar to scene in ''Film/ManOnFire'', and "Did you see Regis this morning?" is a shot-for-shot remake of the famous ending from the third-season episode of ''MagnumPI'' "Did You See the Sun Rise?".
* Cheryl's ocelot is named "Babou" which was also the name of Creator/SalvadorDali's ocelot.
** The episode title "Un Chien Tangarine" is a reference to the Creator/SalvadorDali film Film/UnChienAndalou, probably most famous for its EyeScream scene.
* In ''The Double Deuce'' Captain Reggie Thistleton says he never drinks water because [[Creator/WCFields fish fuck in it]].
* Cheryl's family, the Tunts, are an expy of the Vanderbilt family, from their railroad fortune down to there being multiple "Corneli-i", to the "Tuntmore" (Biltmore) House and a matriarch who is nostalgic for the days of slavery. And as a sort of nesting doll of Genius Bonuses, her brother's name Cecil refers to the Cecil family, who married into the Biltmore family.
** The swimming pool in Cheryl's mansion in New York is an exact replica of the one in the basement of the Biltmore House.
* "White Knights" has Archer [[Film/DieHard barefoot]] for most of the episode. There is a lot of broken glass involved.
* "This agency is not your personal bank account for you to jet off to [[AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy Whore Island]]!"
* The "Sky Captain of Yeasteryear" outfit/setting/airplane from "Heart of Archness" references ''Series/TalesOfTheGoldMonkey''.
** The title of the episode - combined with the basic plot of Archer becoming the corrupt ruler of a tropical society - is a pretty unmistakable WholePlotReference to ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''.
* Lana's car during the Grand Prix is [[Film/TheLoveBug white with a red and blue stripe and the number 53]].
* In "Drift Problem", Woodhouse sprays Archer's eyes with glass-cleaner because he was "going all [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Bilbo-y]]".
** From the same episode, when Pam is first shown to be a drift racer, she is seen [[InitialD drift racing against a Toyota AE86]].
* The ending of "Skin Game" has [[spoiler:Barry and Katya]] on a bus in a shot for shot of the ending of ''Film/TheGraduate''.
* The [[http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=3074239703784 Ray viral video]] is a reference to the opening credits of ''Series/{{Ironside}}'' starring Raymond Burr.
* In the second part of the third season finale, there is a security alert calling attention to Pod 6. Which is [[WesternAnimation/SeaLab2021 full of jerks]].
* While on the space station, [[spoiler:Barry]] clinks beer bottles together while chanting, "Archer, come out to plaaay!" in a reference to Luther doing the same thing in the climax of ''Film/TheWarriors''.
* Barry [[spoiler: exposes his cyborg innards]] at the end of Season 2 in the exact same manner Quinn did in the first pilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}''.
* In "Heart of Archness" part 3, Noah charges Bucky with a sharpened spoon, but instead stabs Rip Riley. He yells "SPOOOOON!" while doing so, which is the battle cry of ''Series/TheTick'', played in live action by Creator/PatrickWarburton, voice of Rip Riley.
** After they put a eyepatch on Rip that Archer calls him "[[ComicBook/NickFury Nick Furious]]"
** Also when Lana fails to reach the trap door Archer quips "[[Series/GetSmart Missed it by that much]]" in a nasal voice.
** One of the island's lacrosse teams is named the "Lax-mi Singhers", after NPR midday newscaster Lakshmi Singh.
* In "Pipeline Fever", the airboat rental guy yells at "Ann", his watchdog, who appears to be asleep. When [[spoiler:he realizes that the dog is ''dead'']], the view cuts to a tombstone with the name "Old Dan" carved on it, and a red-leafed fern growing beside it. Old Dan and Little Ann were the protagonist's dogs in ''Literature/WhereTheRedFernGrows''.
* Reggie's death in "The Double Deuce" is a reference to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_on_a_match_(superstition) superstition]] supposedly held by UsefulNotes/WorldWarI soldiers (which turned out to have arisen after the war's end) that states that you should never light a cigarette three times with the same match (though Woodhouse used several) since each lighting allows an enemy sniper to spot you, take aim and fire respectively, which is what happened to Reggie.
* As Ray is being carried out of ISIS by Archer, he exclaims [[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff "Ferris Bueller, you're my hero!"]].
* In "The Rock," Archer, after being blinded, comments that "Holy crap! [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} My other senses are already heightened!"]]
* In "Movie Star", the title character goes on a mission with Lana to research a role in an upcoming spy film - the cast of which includes "[[ComicBook/SpiderMan Ben Parker]]" and "[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Kevin]] [[Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} Murphy]]".
* In "The Wind Cries Mary," Archer thinks for a moment that the Film/{{Predator}} killed Cyril when he finds his clothes, then notices a tree riddled with bullets from Lana's submachinegun and hopes she wasn't shooting at [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings an Ent.]]
* After learning that Cyril is being [[spoiler:promoted to field agent]] in "El Contador," Archer says he has to get back to Earth before the [[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate]] closes and the chevrons lock.
* "The Wind Cries Mary" is named after a Music/JimiHendrix song.
* "Once Bitten"
** Archer finds himself in the afterlife wearing a sweater and talking to James Mason, which are references to the 1978 version of ''Film/HeavenCanWait''. After dreaming that he discovers his father's identity, he wakes up and shouts, "Buck Henry," who also appears in the film.
** While looking back on his life, Archer sees himself as a star athlete in the TheFifties who is shot by his lover, referencing ''Film/TheNatural''.
* In the episode "Lo Scandalo" the the ISIS workers pretend to be a high-class dinner party at Malory Archer's with Lana Kane as the maid Lana goes by the name [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird Calpurnia]].
** Malory's landlord has a son who looks like [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Tiny Tim]], with a bad condition. Also Malory plays the typical Scrooge on refusing to give the landlord any extra money on Christmas.
-->Boy: Will I get the operation now dad?
-->Landlord: No son[wipes tears with potato], your going to die.
* One of the artists is a GiantBomb user, so "GLHB" and a drawing of Patrick "Scoops" Klepek in the infamous hot dog suit have made it into the background of two different episodes.
* In [[Film/LiveAndLetDie "Live and Let Dine"]], Creator/AnthonyBourdain running a reality show set in a restaurant [[Series/NoReservations with no reservations.]] The character of Lance Casteau and the general atmosphere of the show ''Bastard Chef'', however (rampant belittlement, hectic pacing, [[KubrickStare staring directly into the camera]], overly-dramatic graphics everywhere and pithy lines right before the commercial break), are all a direct homage to ''Series/HellsKitchen''.
** Also from "Live and Let Dine":
-->[[[spoiler:The ISIS client]] chokes on their food and dies very dramatically]\\
'''Cheryl''': ''[[WhenHarryMetSally I'll have what he's having!]]''
* In "The Papal Chase", Pam accidentally crushes the Pope with a mirror, to which Archer erroneously announces "Nice job, UsefulNotes/OliverCromwell."
** The title "The Papal Chase" is a reference to the TV series ''Series/ThePaperChase''.
** Sterling mentions that he did extensive research on the papacy... by "watching LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil, which was way underrated." Sterling's voice actor, H. Jon Benjamin, was a cast member of the aforementioned series (''as'' the Devil, no less).
* A couple of episodes contain a ShoutOut to Burt Reynolds (as Archer is a huge fan):
** In "The Rock", Archer asks Lana to compare him to Reynolds' character from ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'' in the conclusion.
** "Pipeline Fever" has a few to Gator [=McKlusky=], whom Reynolds played in ''Film/WhiteLightning'' and ''Gator''.
** When Reynolds appears as a guest star, Archer spends most of a minute listing his movies. HalNeedham is later name-checked in a car chase.
* In "Un Chien Tangerine," Lana and Archer's extraction target is Kazak [[spoiler:the English Mastiff]], a reference to ''Literature/TheSirensOfTitan''.
** The episode's title is a reference to ''Film/UnChienAndalou''.
* References to ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'':
** In "Un Chien Tangerine", Archer discusses prehensile tails and how is favorite thing with one is Nightcrawler.
** In "The Papal Chase":
--->'''Archer''': Did you learn Romansh?\\
'''Pam''': Who am I, Cypher? ''The gayest X-Man?''\\
'''Archer''': I don't know, Gambit looks like he knows his way around a pair of--
** '''Archer''': What is this thing made of, {{Wolverine}}'s bones? Does no one here read X-Men?
* In "Fugue and Riffs", Archer mentions the old live-action ''Series/{{Shazam}}'' show. He also calls Lana "Jennifer Walters", the alter ego of Series/{{She-Hulk}}.
* During "The Papal Chase", Krieger starts yelling "Jazz hands!", to which Malory states she regrets taking him to both versions of ''Theatre/TheWiz''.
* In ''Sea Tunt, Part 1" has Archer responding to Cyril with "Okay, [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Mr. Peabody]]."
* "Sea Tunt, Part 1" has Archer creating a spin on the "Fuzzy Navel" cocktail called a "[[Literature/HoratioHornblower Horatio Cornblower]]."
* The ending of "Sea Tunt, Part 1" also ends with ISIS meeting [[WesternAnimation/{{Sealab2021}} the head of an underwater laboratory called Captain Murphy.]]
* The show has numerous has multiple variants of 934TEXAS, Captain Murphy's password from Sealab, hidden in several episodes, the first in "The Rock", where the password for the jewelry case is "934TXS".
** This is also the serial number for the bomb in "Skytanic"
** The chip implanted into Archer's brain in "Dial M for Mother" is shown to be the "934 TX"
** The front of the train in "The Limited" is labeled "934TXS"
** In "Live and Let Dine", the armory supervisor refers to machine as the "934TX telephonic isolator unit." As well, the helicopter at the end of the episode is marked "934-TXS"
** And in Part 2, he's [[spoiler: crushed by a soda machine]] like his namesake was. And the fake brand name, "GOZ", is (almost certainly) a tribute to Murphy's 2021 voice actor, the late Harry Goz.
** Part 2 also gives us a take on the [[spoiler:Han Solo/Princess Leia "I love you" "I know"]] scene from Franchise/StarWars.
** Also from Part 2, when Pam is hoarding alcohol for "'''T'''he '''E'''nd '''O'''f '''T'''he '''W'''orld '''A'''s '''W'''e '''K'''now '''I'''t":
-->'''Pam''': Grain alcohol is a key component of a good bug-out bag.\\
'''Malory''': A ''what?''\\
'''Pam''': Bug out bag? Oh my God! For TEO-TWAKI?\\
'''Malory''': The bear from ''Franchise/StarWars''?
** Again in Part 2:
-->'''Malory''': Say, this stuff is pretty good. What did you say it was?\\
'''Pam''': Basically? Pure ethanol.\\
'''Malory''': Huh. Well, God bless corn subsidies.\\
'''Cheryl''': Who're you? ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Butz Earl Butz?]]''
* The Malory/Duchess photo is based on [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0MXWRY-p8Sc/TdW_sOOq7cI/AAAAAAAAAA0/2fzlpVuXMX0/s640/mole3.png an infamous Rolling Stone cover with Yoko Ono and John Lennon]].
* "More like [[ShockSite Lemon Party]] chairman"
* In "Skorpio", Archer [[MuggedForDisguise steals a crewman's clothes]], and is mocked by Lana and the very crewman he mugged, prompting this remark:
--> What? [[Film/PulpFiction These are your clothes]], idiot.
** In the same episode, Archer quotes HermanMelville's ''Bartleby the Scrivener'' ("I would prefer not to") and then is sad when nobody recognizes the quote.
-->Granted, not an easy read.
* [[{{Film/Terminator}} Your clothes. Give them to me. Now.]]
* ISIS Sat-com technician "Bilbo" is, as you would expect from the nickname, quite fond of Creator/JRRTolkien references. Other characters are familiar with the world, and mention it from time to time. Particularly Mithril.
** "I bet he wishes he had Bilbo's coat of Dwarven Mithril."
** "What is this door made of, some sort of alloy of Adamantium and Mithril?"
*** "[[Creator/BryanCranston SAY 'DWARVEN TECHNOLOGY' TO ME AGAIN!]] [[Film/PulpFiction I DARE YOU!]]
* Almost every named historical operation Malory was a part of is real.
* At the beginning of Season 4 episode "Coyote Lovely," Archer is prone with a sniper rifle next to a boulder in the Texas desert. The boulder has DOM scrawled across it; the same boulder marked the spot of the buried bottle of champagne (Dom Perignon) in the 1985 Creator/KevinCostner film "Fandango."
* The promotional materials for the new direction the show is taking is this to both ''Series/MiamiVice'' (the name, ''Archer Vice'') and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' (the artstyle and the plot revolving around cocaine and building a criminal empire). Archer refers to it as ''Series/TheATeam'' meets ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' and Lana suggests he is [[Series/HannahMontana Hannibal Montana]].
* Burt Reynolds appears AsHimself and awesome, and the HeroicComedicSociopath is totally in love with him. Wait, are we talking about Archer or ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird?''
* Sterling refers to British currency as "''Series/DoctorWho'' money".
* "Pam's so strong she might as well be [[Series/TheIncredibleHulk green and]] [[Creator/LouFerrigno half deaf!]]" Said while Pam was wearing [[IconicOutfit torn purple pants]] no less.
* Archer's misinterpretation of [[ThatsWhatSheSaid "said the actress to the bishop"]] as [[{{Film/Alien}} "said Ripley to the Android Bishop."]]
* When Barry tells Len Trexler that he was "engaged to be engaged" with Framboise, he punches Barry in the arm and says "[[Music/{{Beyonce}} If you like it put a ring on it.]]"
* In "Palace Intrigue", Archer is confused that fine art can be worth a fortune, and Lana asks if he's ever seen ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair''. Based on the context, it can be assumed she means the remake and not the original, though confusingly Archer mentions that he's not a SteveMcQueen fan, possibly implying that the original was about art theft, not a bank robbery.
** Lana also claims Archer would cry out [=McQueen's=] name in his sleep, and in "A Debt of Honour" Archer uses a Winchester 1892 "Mare's Leg" almost identical to the second one carried by [=McQueen's=] character in ''Series/WantedDeadOrAlive''.
* After Archer gets excited about having just blown up a train, Lana calls him [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Gomez.]] Archer even pauses to compliment the reference.
* Part of the season 3 finale featured Archer getting in a {{Metaphorgotten}} with Cyril and Ray over Creator/GeorgeOrwell's novel ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. One of the others makes a reference to the book, which Archer misconstrues as them talking about an actual farm with animals. When they call him out on this, he makes it perfectly clear that he knows all about Animal Farm, though is still fascinated by the idea that the space pirates might have a farm full of animals on the space station.
* Kenny Loggins has a [[PulpFiction mysterious briefcase issuing an ominous glow]]. The episode even references the popular (though {{jossed}}, see [[http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/pulpfiction.asp here]]) ''Pulp Fiction'' fan theory that the briefcase is glowing because it contains the soul of someone who made a deal with the Devil.
* The 'narco-sub' Krieger builds looks almost exactly like the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSS_Hunley H.L. Hunley]]'' from the UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar. This is [[BrickJoke even funnier]] when you recall his "Confederacy forever!" outburst back in Season 1.
* When Archer interrogates the Irish mob in "Placebo Effect" he sets it up as a mock game of ''FamilyFeud''.
* A recurring premium brand of scotch, Glen Goulie, is a reference to, mainly, Glenfiddich. The name, bottle and label design are Glenfiddich, while the colour based ranking system is Johnnie Walker.
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