* In the manga Light's friends at school speculate that the work of Kira is being done by "some superhero brigade, like ''Franchise/XMen'' or something." ([[SarcasmMode Yeah, and this (and the Kira fansites)]] [[SmallNameBigEgo doesn't go to his head at all...]])
* In Volume 3 of the manga Light buys some apples at a produce stand with the address [[Franchise/StarTrek NCC-1701]].
* In ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'' Mello makes a snarky reference to [[Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye Holden Caulfield]] when he can't keep up the narrative tone he started with.
* Among Near's toys are Franchise/{{Godzilla}} and [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]] lookalikes.
** He also has a few toys that look like Franchise/{{LEGO}} figurines.
* Near can be seen on the back of a volume cover playing with a toy model of Series/{{Thunderbird|s}} 2. F.A.B, right?
* In the manga Roger Ruvie the head of Whammy's House is referred to as "[[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Mr. Rogers.]]"
* ''How To Read'' cites ''Film/TheMatrix'' and ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' as inspiration for some of the character designs.
** Proven by the uncanny resemblance Yotsuba Eight member Ooi bears to Morpheus of ''Film/TheMatrix'' series.
* When Misa agrees to help bring down the Yotsuba Kira:
-->'''Misa:''' With all our powers combined, we'll arrest Kira! [[[Franchise/SailorMoon two fingers to forehead]]]
* can't forget...
--> '''Ryuk:''' '''''[[VillainsOutShopping Light! ]]'''''[[VillainsOutShopping I wanna play]] ''VideoGame/MarioGolf''!
* When Misa sends her fake Kira diary to lure Light to Aoyama, one fake entry reads "Read Jump for the first time in ages. Reading it all in one go was fun." And what magazine originally ran ''Manga/DeathNote''? Yep. ''Magazine/ShonenJump''.
* The spin-off novel ''Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Serial Murder Case'' has a character make several FanBoy-ish remarks about ''Manga/AkazukinChacha''. This almost results in a WeirdAlEffect of sorts.
* In episode 14 of the anime, Light searches somthing in the computer using a site called Gentle!. The site layout and the font colors are a clear reference to Website/{{Google}}.
* The jumbotron Light passes while walking home is made by [[BlandNameProduct "Fanasonic"]].
* In volume 8 of the manga, we have Ide disguised (hopefully unintentionally) as a [[http://www.mangareader.net/113-4079-18/death-note/chapter-63.html certain dictator]]. How this got past most everyone's radar is impressive itself (but after reams of pages dedicated to killing, nasty plots and a god complex, it just isn't that surprising).
* I'm surprised this one seems to went unnoticed for so long, but remember that last shot of Light's [[spoiler:dead face]] that takes over the whole page? Go see the last frame of the controversial ''Caligula'' movie starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell ([[http://www.finalimageblog.com/image/22223108142 here]]for now) and tell me if they don't look awfully similar.
* L's in-person introduction to the considerably slimmed-down task force: [[Anime/CowboyBebop "Bang."]]
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