Like most of {{Suda 51}}'s games, ''Lollipop Chainsaw'' is practically ReferenceOverdosed and needed its own subpage.
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Let's see... a blonde high school cheerleader who's the latest in a line of generational slayers of the undead? [[SarcasmMode Nah, doesn't sound familiar.]]
** Not to mention the main way of upgrading her is to engage in Sparkle Hunting. One wonders if that term was deliberately chosen to evoke images of Buffy going up against [[Literature/{{Twilight}} the new heartthrob version of vampires.]]
** From the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Dy8O2ktJNEA Valentine's Day Trailer]]: "You know how some girls have vampires for boyfriends?". While there would usually just be [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer one true candidate]], the scene has [[Literature/{{Twilight}} gotten]] [[TheVampireDiaries rather]] [[TrueBlood crowded]] lately...
** She slices a zombie in half [[GroinAttack from the groin up]]. This was one of You Know Who's more brutal... well, slayings.
** Nick, on the other hand, makes one think of Xander in looks and personality. Except he's a jock instead of an unpopular nerd.
** One of Juliet's sisters is named [[Series/{{Angel}} Cordelia]], though that's as much a shout-out to [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]].
** Rosalind on the other hand rocks a wrecking ball to fight zombies, much like Xander did against Glory.
* ''Franchise/EvilDead'':
** Juliet's chainsaw and enemies of choice are an arguable example, since the chainsaw has become such a prevalent tool for zombie killing that it's hard to nail a source down if it's even intended.
** Just the way the regular zombies talk is similar to the way the deadites speak.
** One of the pre-order bonuses is an [[http://i.imgur.com/gk56Z.jpg Ash Williams costume]].
** Juliet's dad also looks and speaks a lot like Creator/BruceCampbell.
* Three of the settings are San [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead Romero]] High School (home of the K[[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead nights]]), the [[Creator/LucioFulci Fulci]] Fun Center and the [[ReturnOfTheLivingDead O'Bannon]] Farm.
** if you look at the name of the school, it could also be read as Sans Romeo, [[RomeoAndJuliet or "without romeo"]]
* Still living, talking heads with some sort of a metal collar around their neck stumps... ''{{Futurama}}'', anyone?
* A bunch of the outfits you get for beating the game are taken directly from {{anime}} and {{manga}}, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-03-06/lollipop-chainsaw-game-gets-crossover-costumes-from-4-anime some are in theme with monster/zombie hunting from the game itself]].
** Juliet with purple hair in a SailorFuku, and as a brunette with the same style -- Saeko Busujima and Rei Miyamoto respectively, from ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead''.
** Juliet with white hair in a spandex suit -- Shiro from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland''.
** Juliet with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]] in skimpy {{ninja}} clothes, with a [[ScarfOfAsskicking scarf]] -- Chifusa Manyu from ''Manga/ManyuHikencho''.
** Juliet with brown hair in a pink MagicalGirl dress -- Haruna from ''KoreWaZombieDesuKa''.
* Juliet's sisters are [[Theatre/KingLear Cordelia]] and [[AsYouLikeIt Rosalind]]. Someone in that family is a [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] buff. Or they might be a [[ShapedLikeItself buff]] of... [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer someone else.]]
** To be fair, Cordelia in "Buffy" is explicitly modeled after Cordelia in "King Lear"; for one thing, they both have a habit of always telling the truth even when it's not a good idea. Cordelia ''Starling'', on the other hand, has little to do with either character aside from being the most blunt and straightforward of the three sisters.
* One of Juliet's possible lines after a successful minigame is [[Film/{{Predator}} "If it bleeds, I can kill it!"]]
** Or [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar "You're already dead".]]
* Stage Four is set in San Romero's local youth center/arcade. As you progress through the level, you end up in a bunch of areas that are patterned after classic arcade games. In order, they're [[spoiler: ''Pac-Man'', ''Elevator Action'', a weird combination of ''Pong'' and ''Breakout'', and ''Krazy Klimber''.]]
* Swan is an older teen of the NeutralEvil alignment that uses a demonic tome's magic powers to achieve his ends. [[Manga/DeathNote Sound familiar?]]
** That, and he's also a {{wangst}}y EmoTeen connected to the undead. The only way they could've made the TakeThat at ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' more obvious is if Swan were female.
** He also looks like Billy the puppet from Film/{{Saw}}.
* [[spoiler: The elevator coming down to pick up Morikawa's spirit after he dies with the cherubs orbiting it]] is reminiscent to ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}.''
* The achievement unlocked after killing Zed is "[[Film/PulpFiction Zed's Dead, Baby, Zed's Dead]]"
* Upon dying, one of the things she can say is "[[BritneySpears Oops, I did it again.]]"
* A monster-hunting protagonist with a sidekick who is just a head? [[ShadowsOfTheDamned Seems familiar to a certain other Suda51 game]].
* "What's your favorite color, Nick?" - "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Blue. No Green. I fucked up, it's yellow.]]"
** Another ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' reference: "Dude! [[OnlyAFleshWound Black Knight]]! You have no legs! Stop already!"
* Juliet's super-mode has her change a variety of different colors, and a special music plays ala [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] once he gets a star.
** During the Fulci Fun Center stage:
--> '''Nick:''' Alright, this is all too surreal. If a [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros little dude in a red cap and blue overalls]] pops out at me I am seriously gonna vomit all over myself.
* Josey, the funk Zombie, says [[Series/ChappellesShow I'm JOSEY JAMES, Bitch!]]. One of his influences is Rick James, after all.
* In the Fulci Fun Center, one of the zombies says "[[Music/{{Disturbed}} I think I'm down with the sickness]]!"
* During the fight against Lewis:
--> '''Nick:''' We're getting ''[[CandidCameraPrank Punk'd]]'', right? When's Creator/AshtonKutcher gonna pop out?
* "Hey, it's dead Series/StarskyAndHutch!"
* "Look who it is! [[MaryKateAndAshleyOlsen Mary-Kate and Ashley]]!"
* During the fight against Vikke, he may start playing on his drum kit, which can prompt Nick to say "Who does he think he is, [[HandicappedBadass that one-armed dude]] from DefLeppard?"
* During the Cathedral stage, one zombie shouts "[[Music/TheMisfits Die, die my darling!]]"
* Lewis Legend rides a [[Film/GhostRider flaming motorcycle]].
* Several to Grasshopper themselves:
** A zombie in the prologue says "Zombies not dead!" One of Juliet's taunts against Zed is "Punk IS dead!" Both are riffs on Grasshopper's "Punk's Not Dead" epigram.
** A bomb zombie in the first stage grabs and explodes a student in a manner identical to a [[{{Killer7}} Heaven Smile.]]
* "Shut up, grass!" is a reference to James Guns movie ''Film/{{Super}}''. James Gun collaborated on this game.
* One of the phone messages from Rosalind has her mention that she was listening to [[MindlessSelfIndulgence MSI]]. This doubles as an in-joke, as the first boss, Zedd, is voiced by the band's lead singer.
* Juliet calls Zed a 'MyChemicalRomance wannabe', and Nick promptly replied that he loves their song 'Teengers'.
* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: Juliet Starling wears pink and purple, is good at magic, has connections with Japan, and is played by TaraStrong using her Twilight Sparkle voice. Coincidence? You decide!