* The comic takes a lot of inspiration by part of English folk musician Kate Rusby. Tom is a fan of her.
** Sir Eglamore, ("Sir Eglamore") the Annan Waters ("Annan Waters") and Janet Llanwellyn, ("The Maid of Llanwellyn") all take their inspiration from several of her songs. Tom also Title Drops Awkward Annie in The Rant on one of his pages, which is the name of one of Rusby's songs/albums.
** "Playing of Ball" was also [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=939 quoted]] in the comic.
* There are also a few references to Anne Briggs.
** Reynardine's name (and his initial encounter with Annie) are inspired by the traditional song "Reynardine", which Anne covered.
** Winsbury is from the traditional song "Willie O' Winsbury" (interestingly, Kate Rusby also recorded a variant of this song, titled "John Barbury"). In the song, Willie is in a relationship with the king's daughter, Janet, much to the king's displeasure. Replace "king" with "headmaster" and ... yeah.
* Lindsey & Bud's names, and the fact that they're engineers in an underwater habitat, to ''Film/TheAbyss''.
* Reynardine and Ysengrin are heavily influnenced by Reynard and Ysegrim from ''Literature/ReynardTheFox''.
* Tom called Lily "[[Series/SesameStreet Cookie Monster]]" when he named her in a tweet. She also shares his color scheme and seemingly has toned-down mannerisms and speech patters of Cookie Monster. She might be also a reference to another PerkyGoth GenkiGirl with much the same colour scheme, perpetual crazy smile and lack of inhibitions in the ''L.A.W.L.S.'' comic.
* There's [[http://tea-san.deviantart.com/art/Gunnerkrigg-Ico-68650626 an official artwork]] in Tom's Website/DeviantArt page of Kat and Annie dressed as [[{{ICO}} Ico and Yorda]].
* Another piece of artwork has Kat and Annie dressed as [[VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}} Raz and Lili]].
* From ''Chapter 1: The Shadow and the Robot'':
** Shadow 2's appearance as a "horned boy" shadow is a reference to ''{{ICO}}''.
* From ''Chapter 2: Schoolyard Myths'':
** Basil is talking about the whole affaire with Theseus. After he ends his tale, he sprouts "[[RenAndStimpy No sir]], [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=30 I didn't like it.]]"
* From ''Chapter 4: Not Very Scary'':
** The bonus page has a quote from ''Theatre/TimonOfAthens'' by Creator/WilliamShakespeare.
--> '''Janet''' "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=68 Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon!]]"
* From ''Chapter 9: Questions And Answers'':
** Take note of [[Franchise/MetalGear the boxes]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=152 Mort is laying on]].
* From ''Chapter 10: Doctor Disaster Versus The Creepy Space Aliens From Outer Space'':
** The [[Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons evil Enigmarons]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=170 and their Moon base on the Moon]] .
** In the bonus page, Antimony is shown reading a book titled ''Tannhauser Gate'', a SpeculativeFiction meme that dates back to ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* From ''Chapter 13: A Week For Kat'':
** Logos from Tom's favorite video games appear on Alistair's clothing.
** Alistair was making a model of [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet 1428 Elm Street]].
* From ''Chapter 15: Red Returns'':
** The Model-H war horse robot's story is taken from the sixth book of ''Literature/ParadiseLost''.
* From ''Chapter 16: The Medium Beginning'':
** Annie makes a mention that they will be late for their [[Manga/BattleAngelAlita Karmatron Dynamics]] class. Tom is an admitted fan of the series.
* From ''Chapter 18: S1'':
** Robot's temporary body is a small mouse with a wind-up key on it's back. The key is shaped suspiciously like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacanti_mouse an ear]].
** The giant robot in [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=422 this strip]], and the ensuing fight, a reference to .
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=439 Metal Gear Theater]], a two-page tribute to [[Franchise/MetalGear Kat's favorite videogame]].
* From ''Chapter 19: Power Station'':
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=442 Here's]] a [[ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} Lobster Johnson]] action figure on Kat's shelf.
** Gamma's plushies in Zeta's BlackBugRoom town [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=466 here]] include [[Webcomic/{{Achewood}} Ray and Roast Beef]], [[Webcomic/{{Girly}} a marshmallow kitten]] and [[Webcomic/StarslipCrisis Mr.Jinx]].
* From ''Chapter 24: Residential'':
** These comments from Tom:
--> [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=629 You are welcome,]] [[Manga/DragonBall Vegeta]].
--> [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=601 Eglamore subscribes to the]] [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]] [[http://tomopop.com/ul/12745-550x-jojo02.jpg School of Posture]].
* From ''Chapter 29: A Bad Start'':
** In the commentary of [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=749 this page]], Tom says the train is nicknamed "[[Franchise/TheDarkTower Blaine]]".
* From ''Chapter 30: The Coward Heart'':
** The crow and spiky-haired guy with triangular eye shadowing in the center of [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=774 this page]] sure seems like a shout-out to [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Bro Strider and "Seppucrow"]].
** The earrings 'could' be minature Troll horns.
** And the colouration and general appearance of the couple that are the focus of the piece do suspiciously resemble a gender-swapped version of Jade- and Davesprite. (Spoiler Alert: They are not.)
* From ''Chapter 32: From The Forest She Came'':
** While Annie is [[spoiler:attacking the "possessed" Robot]], she suggests that Kat [[Series/{{DoctorWho}} reverse the polarity]].
** After Kat and Annie [[spoiler:make amends]], Kat confesses her like of Annie's forest dresses.
--> "Also, I '''love''' the PrincessMononoke look [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=865 you've got going on]]!" (Annie, of course, does not know what that is so they watch the film later.)
* From ''Chapter 33: Give and Take'':
** As Kat prepares to switch off the robot she brought back to life, it says "[[Film/BicentennialMan Thank you, Little Miss.]]"
* From ''Chapter 34: Faraway Morning (And Three Short Tales)'':
** [[spoiler:Janet And Winsbury finally reveal their SecretRelationship]], only to engage in an ImagineSpot. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=938 One of these imaginations]] is a reference to a LexLuthor meme, where he steals forty cakes (see AndThatsTerrible).
** Strips [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=936 936]] and [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=938 938]] reference ''TheFastAndTheFurious''.
** Strip #[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=937 937]] combines references to ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=burd9upXC_U this song]].
* [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1011 Strip 1011]] has Donald (Kat's dad) reading what appears to be TheBeano (specifically a ComicStrip/DennistheMenaceUK comic.)
* ''Chapter 37, "Divine"'', has had two so far:
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=1031 This page]] might be one to ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Sam unhesitatingly grabs Frodo's hand when he's in the "hospital" in front of all their friends (it was kind of a big deal while filming the movie) while Kat hesitates to hold Annie's hand despite (or perhaps because of) the only people around being [[OfficialCouple Robot, Shadow 2,]] and [[ShipperOnDeck Reynardine]].
* ''Chapter 48, "Tall Tales"'':
** By coincidence (Tom doesn't plan what days comics are posted in advance) [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1369 this calm meeting]] between a taller-than-average lady knight and a huge unwell misanthropic canine-themed warrior came just five days after [[Recap/GameOfThronesS4E10TheChildren this incredibly violent confrontation]] between a taller-than-average lady knight and a huge unwell misanthropic canine-themed warrior. Also present are the lady knight's shorter but talented male companion, a dangerous young girl who looks like her mother and acts like her father('s sister) that the canine-themed warrior "befriended", and the trickster who's manipulating them all (also just off stage is the psychotic woman who's going to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge kill everyone even remotely associated with those who killed her loved one(s)]]... wait that could be [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters anyone]]; specifically it's [[spoiler: the dead one with white hair and white skin who was left in/by a river who now only (un)lives for vengeance]]).
* ''Chapter 49, "The Torn Sea"'':
** Careful Jenny, that kind of GeometricMagic [[EquivalentExchange can cost]] [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist an arm and a leg]] even if it's only a seeking spell.
* ''Chapter 50, "Totem"'':
** Kat and Annie's new dorm room looks like the one in ''Series/{{Friends}}''. [[spoiler:Reynardine is now roommates with robotic versions of Joey and Chandler.]]
* ''Chapter 51, "The Tree"'':
** Kat gives Annie a two-way radio so they can communicate in secret after Annie has been singled out by a new teacher, severely punished, and banned from doing the thing she loves; similarly Sirius Black gave [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Harry Potter]] a two-way mirror so they could communicate in secret after Harry was singled out by a new professor, severely punished, and banned from doing the thing he loves (the difference being that Harry's punishment was [[TyrantTakesTheHelm wildly unfair]] while Annie's is [[JerkassHasAPoint a bit]] [[CheatersNeverProsper more reasonable]]).
*** Could also tie in to their (not unreasonable) mistrust of authority after being LockedOutOfTheLoop for years: It nearly backfired on Annie after Jack's soul was almost consumed by Zimmy's spiders because she tried to deal with it herself instead of telling someone more experienced with Zimmy's "issues"; Harry [[spoiler: refused to use the mirror (he didn't even really know what it was, only that it would let Sirius talk to him) so he wouldn't give away Sirius' location and then forgot about it, and because he didn't/couldn't consult with the more experienced members of Sirius' group (not wanting to harm Sirius combined with them not wanting to accidentally trigger the bit of Voldemort in Harry) he wound up putting everyone in danger which led to Sirius' death]].
* ''Chapter 52, Sneak'':
** It takes Kat several panels to get across a really long room to reach Annie, similar to [[MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Sir Lancelot's charge to Swamp Castle]].
** The room itself is reminiscent of the one at the end of ''TwoThousandOne'', minus the Versailles furnishings: it's very AsceticAesthetic and not quite "right" (the room in ''2001'' had lights on the floor and mixed modern and antique furniture; this room has similar-looking lights in the ceiling and is just plain [[UnnecessarilyLargeInterior impractical]]). Another similar room is Syndrome's computer room in ''TheIncredibles'' (huge, tall, plain, modernist room).
** A few people noticed that [[spoiler: Annie's separated ethereal half]] looks like a "stand" from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' (Eglamore once used a "Jojo pose"):
--->SomethingAwful: '''[=ZenMasterBullshit=]:''' User: Antimony Carver[,] Stand: 「We Didn't Start The Fire」; '''Nate RFB''': Annie has simply awakened her Stand, Magician's Red.
*** Because of [[spoiler: it's "haircut"]] it also looks like a [[http://cp12.nevsepic.com.ua/75/1352561345-0149949-www.nevsepic.com.ua.jpg Wayne Barlowe]] character. A lot of Barlowe's characters are from Hell...
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