There are a lot of shout outs in ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale''. It's part of what makes the game so enjoyable.

* This game is full of good one liners.
-->'''Recette:''' Given how "Series/{{lost}}" you seem to be, I hope the [[EpilepticTrees trees don't start shaking...]].\\
'''Recette:''' ''[reading a quest posting]'' "Drive away the God of Destruction. [[VideoGame/WhatDidIDoToDeserveThisMyLord Beware pickaxes.]]"\\
'''Recette:''' ''[reading a quest posting]'' "[[VideoGame/DragonQuestI Slay the lord of Dragons for all of us!]]"\\
'''Recette:''' ''[reading a quest posting]'' "[[VideoGame/Persona4 My inner mind has become a reality-cracking Overgod. He torments me! Please help!]]"\\
'''Recette:''' ''[upon being surprised by Griff]'' [[VideoGame/DwarfFortress Oh Carp!]]\\
'''Tear:''' We automatically refuse to place [[Film/TheGodfather horse heads]] in anyone's bed.\\
'''Euria:''' [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Son of a SUBMARINER!]]
* Tear starts to call the magic door you use to instantly escape from deep in a dungeon a [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} goho-M]], but catches herself. Afterwards she insists that you call it an "Exit Door" and that absolutely nobody is to use the phrase "going home" around it.
* When Tear is explaining Recette's [[DisappearedDad father's disappearance]], she shows a photo of man ontop of a volcano fighting a dragon, a reference to Ortega from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII''.
* Tear notes that meeting someone was [[Manga/{{Trigun}} not unlike meeting a hurricane in human form]].
* Some back to other tropes - the description of a cloth newsboy-style cap describes it as being popular with young runaway boys and [[SweetPollyOliver girls who want to look like runaway boys]].
* In the description of a "Fur ball" - [[Franchise/StarTrek "Contrary to popular opinion, it does not coo."]]
* [[ A Man's Fist]]: [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Made by a line of men who believed in others who believed in them. Unrefined but burns with passion.]]
* [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Divine Finger: He who uses this with love and sorrow cannot lose.]]
* [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion TH Shield: Uses a Total Horror Field to use the wielder's own psyche to protect him.]]
** [[ShowWithinAShow Eldon's]] final two books are titled Eldon: Doom/Reborn and End of Eldon, likely references to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion's]] ''Death and Rebirth'' and ''End of Evangelion'' movies (especially since their descriptions imply a GainaxEnding).
* [[Film/ThreeHundred 200 Warriors]] - [[AffectionateParody Surprisingly, a slapstick comedy about 200 warriors saving a village.]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis This is humor!]]
* [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Silver Watch: An old watch that still works perfectly. The inner cover seems to have an inscription, but you can't read it.]]
* Louie thought eating a mushroom will [[SuperMarioBros make him bigger]].
* Recette meets Alouette for the first time when the other girl infiltrates her store by [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid hiding in a cardboard box]] whose insignia suggests that it came from
* Description for a Tail: "The long, flexible tail of a giant mouse. Useful as an ingredient. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Occasionally searched for by dragons.]]"
* Elan's Fist Flurry ability is fundamentally [[StreetFighter Akuma's Shun Goku Satsu]] without the screen going black. The icon for it even looks like Akuma!
* Some monsters looks very much like ones in other games.
** Example, [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Bombs, Ahrimans/Evil Eyes]] and [[VideoGame/TalesSeries Ropers]].
** The fire-shooting teleporter wizards are quite reminiscent of those in [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda another top-down action RPG.]]
** The game's version of ropers were originally from ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'' but most Americans have probably never heard of that series.
* One man that Recette (and Griff) meets stargazing comments on the constellations. [[Film/BladeRunner One of them being]] "TannhauserGate".
* The Survival Knife: "Cuts rope, food, [[Film/CrocodileDundee crocodiles]], and throats with ease."
* Power Glove: "A glove which enhances the user's strength, though [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast not enough to lift boulders]]. [[Film/TheWizard Not so bad after all.]]"
* The Picnic Basket tells you to you "[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Beware of bears]]" while carrying it.
** Relatedly, an ingredient called the Jellystone.
* Shortcake: "[[WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake Does not transform into a little girl.]]"
* The Plaid Muffler is "[[Literature/HarryPotter oddly popular with wizards.]]"
* Candy: "[[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory People keep saying you can find golden prize wrappers, but no luck today.]]"
* The icon for Nagi's Hundred Thrusts attack resembles [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune]]
* Brave Heart: Medicines made from this increase a person's courage tremendously. [[Film/{{Braveheart}} Not actually taken from from Blue-faced men.]]
* Louie plays almost identically to the 2D incarnations of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda another hero who battles with a sword and shield.]]
* [[spoiler:Arma's one and only special skill, [[ Vector Cannon]], is a direct copy of its original from VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders 2, [[ with the same activation time and firing delay, orbiting nodes, and even the charge meter]]!]]
* Caillou's Teleport ability shows [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Dhalsim]] as the icon.
** His Gemini Force spell has [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Youmu Konpaku]] as its icon.
* [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Dudely Mitts: "Gloves made by a race of beings obsessed with fighting. All for the perfect punch.]]"
* Star Glove: [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar "The foes of he who wears this glove are already defeated."]]
* Melon: [[Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance The very paragon]] of a [[MajorGeneralSong palatable papaya-gourd]].
* The icon for Griff's Dark Claw ability is [[VideoGame/DarkStalkers Hsien-Ko.]]
** The icon for his Vampire Vortex is [[Manga/TsukuyomiMoonPhase Hazuki]].
* Near the beginning of the game when Recette is aware of the bill, she doesn't know how to pay it back. She considers selling a internal organ, thinking that if she eats enough spinach it could replace her blood, but is worried because [[{{Popeye}} she doesn't want to become a sailor]].
* The knight-type enemies all have rare drops in the form of crystals. Admittedly, there are crystals for [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Earth, Water, Air, and Fire]].
* The Guildmaster is occasionally ordered to buy and sell stuff from [[Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey "She Who Must Be Obeyed"]].
* One of the quest listings in the pub reads [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft "Please kill 10 crows around the garbage dump. Green item offered"]].
* Blue Line Shield: "The old shield of the [[VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga Golden Knight]]. There's one with a red line too, but this one is better."
* Again from ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'', the Golden Helmet: "The helm of the Golden Knight. He used this helm to scale a tower full of demons, aided only by a priestess."
* Ak-kai Claw: "Claws of a legendary demon that could travel on water and land. [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority The red color]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam triples their value]].
* One item is a book called "[[Literature/LesMiserables Les Infortunes]]". The description comments on the difficulty in keeping track of its [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large cast]].
** There's another book entitled [[VideoGame/{{Chantelise}} Tale of Two Sisters]]. "A nonfiction work about two sisters and their travels. [[LampshadeHanging Shouldn't this have been released sooner?]]"
* Upon your first trip into a dungeon, Tear opens up with, "'[[Music/GunsNRoses Welcome to the jungle]]', as they say."
* Caillou's Sparkbomb power: "Fires off a torrent of [[ arcane missiles, penetrating any darkness]]."
* Arma's Null-Parts weapon fires a [[BulletHell very dense spray]] of bullets. The bullets' art and spray pattern are lifted right from VideoGame/{{Touhou}}.
* Upon trying to rip off Louie...
--> '''Louie''': [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam My soul burns with an awesome power! This feeling tells me... that this here thing is worth more money!]]
* Giant mouse boss Reginald Drisby is likely named after The Secret of NIMH's Jonathan Brisby.