For a flash game tetralogy with two {{Gaiden Game}}s, ''VideoGame/EpicBattleFantasy'' has a '''[[ReferenceOverdosed lot]]''' of {{Shout Out}}s. With the third game's open world exploration that continued on to the 4th, the games started to pick up greatly with more references.

!!General

* The design for Matt's [[http://kupo707.deviantart.com/art/Swords-4-109488842 Soul Eater sword]] was [[http://comments.deviantart.com/1/109488842/945786491 originally based]] on a certain other sword (the SoulCalibur), not to mention its name is from Manga/SoulEater.
* VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: Matt's Legend attack looks a lot like Cloud Strife's Omnislash.
** As does his Cleaver LimitBreak, as slyly noted by Matt himself in the fourth game.
* Natalie assumes a pose from MacrossFrontier in her Kyun LimitBreak.
* One of Natalie's most basic spells is LuckyStar, which is the stylized star from the anime's intro dealing random damage to an enemy.
* Lance wields a gunblade a la VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII and his scanner is a scouter from Anime/DragonBallZ.
* Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda: Various triforces can be found across the games.
* There are a couple of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' {{Shout Out}}s throughout the series: the Heaven's Gate sword bears a striking resemblance to the Titan Blade, Water of Life appears as an item in the first two games, and Seiken is similar to the Ragnarok unleash, not to mention the actual Ragnarok LimitBreak from the third game, which takes the same "summon a magic sword to fall on an enemy" idea up to eleven.
* A small clip of Music/DragonForce 's ''Through The Fire and Flames'' plays when Matt casts "Power Metal".

!!Epic Battle Fantasy 1

* The first game doesn't even ''bother'' with Shout Outs, and directly ''uses'' foreign material; the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pichu, Mareep, Registeel, Regirock, Regice, The VideoGame/GoldenSun spell Catastrophe, the {{FLCL}} character Lord Canti, and Manga/DragonBall protagonist Goku are all present.
* When you fight against the first robot, you can read "Mobile Suits" in the sign (it's a Franchise/{{Gundam}}!). It also happens to be named {{Defender}}.

!!Epic Battle Fantasy 2

* Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann: Matt shouts out "Pierce the heavens!" when he first uses his Cleaver LimitBreak. He later says [[MemeticMutation "Fight da powah!!!"]]
* The final boss, a [[ThoseWackyNazis neo-Nazi]] named Lance and [[TankGoodness his tank]], seems to be a blatant ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}''. The tank's pilot even wears an eyepatch like Tom Cruise's character does in the movie. While the tank itself was inspired by MetalSlug; Matt called it the Valkyrie because some friends of his noticed that Lance looked like Tom Cruise's character, which surprised him because he hadn't seen the movie.

!!Epic Battle Fantasy 3

* Among the [[IdleAnimation idle animations]] are Natz playing Franchise/SuperMarioBros, Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda, or Franchise/{{Pokemon}} on a NintendoDS, as well as an old grey-brick GameBoy.
* There's an NPC early on wearing KaminaShades. Later, [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann the man himself appears, alongside Simon and Yoko]], who all give you quests. Kamina will even teach your characters the "Tera Drill".
** Using Tera Drill the first time will prompt the user to say "Pierce the heavens with your drill!" The old flying robots with drills seen in the second game are now described with something like "They'll pierce your heavens.", and when they use a drill attack the first time, a character will remark that it's a good thing they don't have the spirit for a [[FinishingMove Giga Drill Breaker]]. Yup, ''lots'' of ''Gurren Lagann'' {{Shout Out}}s...
** Yoko's quest nets you the Flame Skirt, armor for Natalie that is almost exactly the same as Yoko's outfit, and has high fire resistance.
** Yoko's hairpin can be found in the secret area of Kitten Ruins, which increases accuracy. Simon's quest also nets you a pair of drill hairclips, which increase defense.
* The third area has snow sculptures of VideoGame/{{Kirby}} and the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pichu and Pikachu. The fourth area has a sand statue of Meowth.
** Also in the third area: a snow sculpture of a castle and the VideoGame/CastleCrashers, and another snow sculpture of a White Mage, a Black Mage, a Fighter, and a Ninja using the character designs of VideoGame/FinalFantasyI. The heroes feel a sense of deja vu when both of these sculptures are approached, but can't ''quite'' put their finger on it.
* Some of the electric slimes in the fourth area have [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu-style]] tails.
* One of the attacks Leaf Eaters use involves sending razor sharp leaves at the players (a la the attack Razor Leaf from Franchise/{{Pokemon}}).
** One of the attacks the black crows use lowers accuracy. When this happens, Natz says "Pidgey used Sand Attack! Accuracy fell!".
* Music/DragonForce: The Diamond item is described as "The hardest metal known to man.".
* The Game over screens for the third game always have a quote with some kind of ShoutOut:
** ThreeHundred - "Tonight we dine in hell"
** VisualNovel/FateStayNight - "People die [[MemeticMutation when they are killed."]]
** "You are out of usable Franchise/{{Pokemon}}... You blacked out!"
** MajorasMask - "You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?"
** ZeroWing - [[SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb "Someone set]] you up the bomb."
** WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes - "That's all, folks!"
** MetalGearSolid - "FissionMailed."
** {{Queen}} - "Another one bites the dust"
** "AndThenThereWereNone"
** {{Videogame/Borderlands}} - "How much longer are you gonna admire that dirt?"
** "JesusSaves... After every level."
* Konata from Anime/LuckyStar is a NPC who gives you a quest, and if you complete it, she rewards you with [[TrademarkFavoriteFood chocolate cornets]]. Also, one of Natalie's spells is called "Lucky Star", though that may be [[NamesTheSame just a coincidence]].
* Manga/RurouniKenshin: The NPC for the first minigame is a red-haired samurai with an odd manner of speaking named Sir Ken.
** And the NPC for the final minigame is Curly from VideoGame/CaveStory. When you speak to her the first time, her first sentence is actually "Did you know the witch woman Jenka had... oh, wrong person." She also describes the minigame as "Looks like your cat wants to speedrun this stage", which could be a reference to how many players speedrun the [[BonusLevelOfHell bonus level]] in Cave Story.
* Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion: Natalie's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Genesis]] LimitBreak creates a huge cross-[[CreepyCoolCrosses shaped]] [[HolyHandGrenade explosion]]. She also quotes Film/TheMatrix, saying "May God have mercy on man and machine for their sins."
* Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure: Lance's Oblivion LimitBreak consists of dropping a tank on the enemy. Complete with "[[MemeticMutation WRYYYYYYYYY]]".
* Matt's Protect move summons a slightly modified [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Triforce]].
* The FinalBoss, Akron, has an attack that turns the screen black with eyes and jagged smiles, which is reminiscent of [[spoiler:Pride]] from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' or Alucard's ({{Hellsing}}) transformations.
** That, and its design is eerily similar to Anima from VideoGame/FinalFantasyX.
*** There's also some semblance to Asura from Manga/SoulEater.
** Akron's name comes from the BigBad of the RhapsodyOfFire songs, believe it or not.
* When a character gets hit in the third, sometimes they have the [[MemeticMutation "shoop da whoop"]] face.
* LordOfTheRings: Fighting a Trojan Horse enemy in the first area and witnessing it use its buff ability will cause the player characters to shout, "It's the Horn of Gondor! It boosts their morale!"
* The Cosmic Monolith is an obvious reference to ''2001: ASpaceOdyssey''.
* {{Dune}}: When you fight the Sand Worm miniboss in the ruins, one of them will say "Walk without rhythm to confuse the worm!"
* More Anime/DragonBallZ references: When the Ancient Monolith in the fourth area unleashes its beam attack, Matt will say "I once knew a guy with golden hair who shot beams like that. Was nasty."
** Lance also implies in an early conversation that he stole his scouter from [[Anime/DragonBallZ Vegeta]].
-->'''Bill''': That's an interesting device you've got there, my son.
-->'''Lance''': I'm not your son, and it's called a scouter. I stole it from a guy with a rough attitude and a tail. It seems to gauge an opponent's power level.
* When fighting a Fire Elemental for the first time, Lance may comment about how it must think it's a [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Mobile Suit]], with the beam sword and all.
* When you revive Lance, he may say quote ''Film/FightClub'':
-->'''Lance''': Tomorrow my breakfast will taste better than any meal I have ever had.
--> or this: I am Jack's crippling morning headache.
* There's a crafting item called a Franchise/MetalGear.
* ''VideoGame/WildArms2'': There's a battle robot named Jack, and Lance's Heavy Claw weapon looks like the weapon wielded by Ptolomea.
* An NPC that offers a quest for mushrooms references VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames: "Mah boi!"
* The victory fanfare bears a strong resemblance to that from the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.

!!Bullet Heaven
* The use of the '3.3' rather than something like 3.5 or '[[GaidenGame gaiden]]' is probably a ShoutOut to VideoGame/{{Touhou}}, which has Hisoutensoku as 12.3[[note]]This turned out pretty well, since there ended up being two other spinoffs that took 12.5 and 12.8, but it looked damn odd when it was the only one[[/note]].
* The FinalBoss's YinYangBomb tendencies is an extended {{Ikaruga}} ShoutOut.
* The [[BonusBoss bonus]] version of the third boss is essentially [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Utsuho]], complete with a near-replica of her Mega Flare spellcard.
** The second BonusBoss cribs off of Flandre, specifically her Cranberry Trap and her And Then There Will Be None? cards, as well as ganking Yukari's Border of Wave and Particle.
** Lance's bomb is his giant laser attack, which works remarkably like a Master Spark here.
*** Except that he still moves at full speed when using it.
* One of the medals is I Like Swords (Webcomic/EightBitTheater Fighter's CatchPhrase).
** This may also be a minor reference to the developer's Newgrounds account: Matt-Likes-Swords.
* The Kongregate achievements are Can't Outsmart Bullet (VideoGame/TeamFortress2), Ten Desires (VideoGame/{{Touhou}}), All Cats Go to Bullet Heaven (AllDogsGoToHeaven), and Imperishable Player (VideoGame/{{Touhou}} again).
* The first bonus stage, Razor Leaf Storm, is named for two Franchise/{{Pokemon}} moves.

!!Epic Battle Fantasy 4
Following the third game, this game also has many, many, many shoutouts.

* The cutscenes are done in same artwork style of TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass' story cutscenes.
* VideoGame/CaveStory: The puppy cap is available as a hat.
** There is a snowman of Balrog in the game. The differently toned eye lines are hard to see but there.
* BanjoKazooie: You can use a honeycomb to increase your max life.
* There is a character who looks like Ash Ketchum holding a stick in the beginning battle areas.
* In the Beginning town of Greenwood there are boulders that can be moved by the player. moving them awards you the achievement "Used Strength"
** You also get medals for using the axe, candle, and hammer for the first time, respectively named "Used Cut", "Used Flash", and "Used Rock Smash".
* There is a man with a large sword called "Gust" with spiky light blond hair.
* Manga/FullmetalAlchemist: In the beginning town, there is a man named Alphonse with metal arms who identifies himself as an alchemist.
* More than one {{Minecraft}} references have been made during the game. As the party meets a miner who advises them to "never dig straight up or down", which makes Lance reminisce of a mining trip that was ruined by spiders and exploding monsters. Examine the snow sculpture of a Creeper in Whitefall with Lance in the first slot, and he has a HeroicBSOD.
* VideoGame/GoldenSun: A mage named Mia who's used to the snow shows up in Whitefall.
** Along with the numerous other snowmen, there are two Djinn outside a shop in the same village, a Mercury and Jupiter with the wrong color gems for eyes.
** Returning snowmen include the VideoGame/FinalFantasyI character classes and {{Kirby}}.
* Upon a weak attack early in the game, Matt quips the below line, but he will do it more with other attacks and monsters as well.
--> Generic bird monster uses wing attack. It's not very effective.
** There's also the Hyper Beam attack, what seems to be a dead Pikachu in Greenwood, and plants who can use Solar Beam, as noted by Natalie.
** In the Waste Disposal Plant, at a door requiring 3 batteries to open, Matt says that he's confused. Natalie tells him not to hit himself in his confusion.
* There is an old man with a long beard and white hair named Humblebore (a CaptainErsatz of Dumbledore from Literature/HarryPotter).
* SoulEater: A witch NPC named Blair offers a quest and gives you cat ears for completing it.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' Gun is in the final equip shop, sitting next to the VideoGame/CaveStory weapon Polar Star.
* {{Firefly}}: "No power in the 'verse can stop me!"
* In the Graveyard is a marker that reads: "Here lies [[Anime/DragonBallZ Son Goku.]] His body couldn't take it."
* "Your fortitude is an obscenity" is spoken in the exact same situation as in ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi Daifukkatsu]]'', namely by the BigBad leading into the final boss battle.
* The Swords merchant in Greenwood is [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Himura Kenshin]]
* During the battle with the Praetorian, Lance may reference NeonGenesisEvangelion: "An AT Field?! That's impossible!"
* Several shoutouts in the equipment:
** [[NeonGenesisEvangelion Misato's cross]] and a Freezie are available as flair.
* [[ParksAndRecreation A magnificently-mustached gentleman in Whitefalls eating breakfast, named Ron...]]
* When wearing certain hair accessories, Natalie has [[TouhouProject Toyosatomimi no Miko's]] signature animal-ears hairstyle.

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