Skullgirls has a ton of shout-outs as both [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Mike Z]] and Alex Ahad are fanboys of a lot of things.

For a full list of palette swap character references, see the PaletteSwap section on the Trivia page.

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[[folder:Filia]]
* Filia's Hairball move is a shout-out to [[VideoGame/DarkStalkers Felicia's]] Rolling Buckler, which may in itself be a reference to SonicTheHedgehog.
* Phonetically, the name Filia sounds very similar to [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Millia]], another [[PrehensileHair hair-based fighter]].
* She has palettes based on [[{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]], [[VideoGame/ArcanaHeart Saki]], [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Scanty]], [[HighschoolOfTheDead Rei Miyamoto]], [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Zeruel]], [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka]], [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Finn/Fiona]], and even [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Millia]] herself.
* The super in which Samson turns them into a flying cockroach is called [[Literature/TheMetamorphosis Gregor Samson]].
** Filia also sometimes says "[[HenshinHero HENSHIIIIN!]]" when using the attack.
* Her aerial heavy punch, Salon Treatment, involves tossing her hair forward in an array of sharp instruments like forks, knives and spikes. One of these sharp instruments is the [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Lance of Longinus]].
* Her Updo special and Fenrir Drive super, in which Samson turns into a giant hair maw, happens to be a shout out to one of the Dustloop forum members, who suggested no game with any hair-fighters would be complete without at least one reference to the [[{{Pokemon}} Pokémon]] Mawile.
* The win pose where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPpJtVUnmlI Samson stands fierce with arms folded]] is most likely a reference to Ryu's early-yet-iconic win pose in VideoGame/StreetFighterII. He just has [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Filia substitute for Ryu's headband blowing in the wind]].
* The combination of her [[BigEater eating habits]] and Samson's appearance on her head bears a similarity to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futakuchi-onna futakuchi-onna]], who in Japanese mythology is a woman with a mouth on the back of her head that's driven to eat and eat.
* The bar in the opening of her story mode is a parody of the famous Nighthawks painting, and is named after [[http://www.mmcafe.com/ Madman's Cafe.]]
* Mike Z has described Filia as the game's [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]]-[[ShotoClone clone]]. She has Hadoken-motion "projectile" (actually a drill that comes out of the ground some distance away from her, as determined by the strength of the button pressed), Tatsumaki Senpukyaku-motion spinning extended attack that works in air, and Shoryuken-motion uppercut.
** One of her attacks involves Samson turning into a donkey and pushing Filia as if he's bucking the opponent, causing a wall bounce in the corner. This may or may not be a reference to Ryu's Jodan Sokuto Geri, commonly known as the Donkey Kick, which also causes a wall bounce in certain situations.
* Samson's name comes from the [[Literature/TheBible story of Samson]], who had superhuman strength so long as he kept certain vows, one of which was to neither cut his hair nor shave his beard.
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[[folder:Cerebella]]
* Cerebella's gameplay is said to be based off of [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2 Juggernaut]] and [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Potemkin]].
* One of her moves has her shouting "[[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure EXCELLENT!]]" while Vice-Versa throws up the heavy-metal "horns" gesture. During said move, Vice-Versa's eyes briefly turn into [[GurrenLagann Kamina's]] [[CoolShades shades]] while Cerebella herself does the "Pierce the Heavens" pose.
* One of her command throws sometimes has her saying [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2 "I'M GONNA TAKE YOU FOR A RIDE!"]]
* There's a running attack in which Vice-Versa [[VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} sprouts ram's horns on its "head" and attacks face-first]]. You even get the standard 2000-point bonus if you manage to kill someone with it.
* The move Tumbling Run followed by pressing medium kick will result in a cross up identical to a type of Japanese prank known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kancho kancho.]]
* One move has her shouting [[Film/DiamondsAreForever "Diamonds are FOREVER!"]] or [[Literature/GentlemenPreferBlondes "A girl's best friend!"]] while she punches a giant diamond at the enemy.
* She has a close range move (that also reflects projectiles!) where Vice-Versa performs a FingerGun point. While doing this, the poses of the duo are reminiscent of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo and Star Platinum]].
* Cerebella's second alt color is a reference to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha R. Mika]]
* She also has a Potemkin color palette.
* She also has an emerald green outfit similar to one of [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Tager's]] alternates -- the same palette that lead designer Mike Z uses when playing Tager in VideoGame/BlazBlue.
* Another of her palettes has her referencing [[NightsIntoDreams NiGHTS]] from Journey of Dreams.
* She also has a palette swap with red-and-black clothing, making her look somewhat like [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Harley Quinn]].
* During one of her moves she will use Vice-Versa as a pommel horse and shout [[Film/{{Gymkata}} "Gymkata!"]]
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[[folder:Peacock]]
* Peacock's entire character, from her moveset, animations, and design, is a reference to classic cartoons. As mentioned on the main page, she could have been ripped out of an demented [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] cartoon.
* The little bird in her hat is named [[Creator/TexAvery Avery]]. Her bomb friends are named [[Literature/OfMiceAndMen Lenny and George]] (formerly [[WorldWarII Little Boy and Fat Man]], but you can understand why it was changed).
* Intro line references:
-->"[[WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} I'll gladly pay ya Tuesday, for a knuckle sammich today!]]"
-->"[[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny Of course, you know, this means war.]]"
-->''(vs. [[HospitalHottie Valentine]])'' "[[{{Vaudeville}} Helloooooooo]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} nurse!]]"
-->''(vs. [[CatGirl Ms. Fortune]])'' "[[WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird A puddy-tat!]]"
--->'''Ms. Fortune''': "Thufferin' thucotash!"
-->''(vs. [[PrehensileHair Filia]])'': "Maybe she's born with it!"[[note]]It's the first part of Maybelline's (a line of hair care products') slogan.[[/note]]
* Her Argus System is a reference to the Argus of [[ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]]. That Argus had a hundred eyes (some of those eyes in his arms). When that Argus died, Hera placed his eyes in the peacock's tail as tribute.
* She can shoot swords out of her gun (Roll with it). These swords go from the [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Fireseal]] and [[Videogame/{{Cyberbots}} Blodia Fist]] to the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Buster Sword]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII the Gunblade]] and a [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Chainsword]].
* Occasionally, when she fires her gun, she'll shout "'''[[Film/SilentNightDeadlyNightPart2 Garbage day!]]'''" With the ''exact same weird enunciation as the film'', just in case you had any doubts about whether it was a reference.
** One of the projectiles she may fire with the gun is a Bullet Bill.
** Another of her gun quotes is [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory "Reach for the sky!"]]
* One of her crouching attacks kicks the opponent with the Kuribo's Shoe from [[SuperMarioBros Super Mario Bros. 3]], complete with the good ol' "HERE-A WE GO!". Its name, Curb Your Shoe, is another part of the allusion.
* Her block techniques often have her holding up an actual block of something -- from a cinderblock to an [[VideoGame/{{Tetris}} L-block]].
* Peacock's reference palettes include [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2 Cable]], the Lucky, the Lucky Charms Leprechaun mascot, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Cirno]], and [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Hsien-Ko]]. The Cirno palette is number 9. Also, upon gaining the Skull Heart in her story mode, she says "Who needs wishes? I'm already '''the strongest''' there is!" "I'm the strongest!" being one of Cirno's memetic catchphrases....
* She can summon random {{piano drop}}s on her opponent, from an actual piano, to [[FinalFight a barrel with a roast turkey inside]]. Other drops include:\\
A Ms. Fortune [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Yukkuri]]\\
[[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Hsien-Ko's]] Tenrai-ha super\\
A television with the NicoNicoDouga face or with Filia dressed as [[TheRing Sadako]] coming out of it.\\
A [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure steamroller]], complete with her partner Avery standing on top and shouting ''[[{{Kiai}} WRYYYYYYY!]]'' when it hits. On top of that, if it hits, ''time will stop and everything else will [[ColorCodedTimeStop darken]]''. \\
A [[{{Gradius}} moai head]]\\
The Refrigerator from RequiemForADream.
** Speaking of Hsien-ko's Tenrai-Ha, one of the new features added to the game in Squigly's patch is taunts, and to do Peacock's taunt, you have to do the same button input as Tenrai-Ha had in the Darkstalkers games. Successfully pulling one off guarantees that the next level 3 item drop you get is the move.
* Another attack is her kicking and missing a football, yelling "[[{{Peanuts}} Good grief!]]" when she trips. The alternate line for that technique is "[[AceVentura Laces out!]]"
* One attack turns her arm-eyes into blades, the classic visual pun on "looking daggers" at someone. The chances of her also shouting '''[[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit "Like THIIIIIIIIS!"]]''' are about one in five.
** Keeping with the WFRR theme, one of her win quotes (when defeating Parasoul) is "You're not bad, you're just drawn badly" -- riffing on Parasoul's undeniable resemblance to Jessica Rabbit. Yet more Bonus Points for Parasoul having a color palette that gives her Mrs. Rabbit's outfit.
** Her jumping Medium Kick, which involves her beartrap mouth, is called "Nice Booby Trap", a line from Eddie Valiant about the bear trap that Jessica Rabbit keeps in a [[VictoriasSecretCompartment very punny place]].
* [[MarxBrothers Two of her win quotes]] are "I never forget a face, but for you, I'll make an exception" and "Either you're dead or my watch has stopped," all while smoking a cigar.
* Groucho's not the only [=Thirties/Forties=] comedy icon Peacock pays homage to, either. She also quotes at least two of [[Film/TheThreeStooges Moe Howard's]] {{catchphrase}}s ("Why, I oughta--" and "Spread out!"). She also references Curley: when selected, her call-out line is "Soitently!"
* Her time-out animations seems to be a reference to DaffyDuck being shot by Elmer Fudd.
* One of Peacock's lines on being KO-ed is "[[NonSequiturThud I smell bread]]" -- a reference to ''Series/{{Mash}}'' by way of ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* Before getting pulled away by a VaudevilleHook, she'll mutter [[OneFroggyEvening "Hello my baby-"]].
* Her jumping fierce punch, which involves her firing a shotgun and being blown backwards by the force, is called [[HoboWithAShotgun Robo With A Shotgun]].
* Her Level 3 super is titled "[[{{Film/Goodfellas}} Goodfellows]]".
* In her Story Mode, she's awoken from bed by Avery saying [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime "Hey! Listen!"]]
* [[BugsBunny Unsurprisingly]], she can also say "Ain't I a stinka?" and "What a maroon!" when she wins, and "This ain't Albuquerque!" when tagged in. As noted above, "Of course you know, this means war!" is one of her intro lines.
* One of her lines when using her c.LP (where she attacks the opponent with a cigar) is "Nyah, see?", imitating classic actor Edward G. Robinson, known primarily for playing gangster roles and was famous for peppering his lines with heavily accented "Yeah!" and "See?".
* When she uses her "Lonesome Lenny" super, which prompts her to drop a gigantic bomb, one of her lines is "[[WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird Fall down, go boom!]]"
* For her standing hard kick, she [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} attempts to kick a football and misses when Avery yanks it away at the last second]]. The move is even called "Kick the Football, Peacock!"
* Peacock may also be referencing ThisVeryWiki. Her aerial throw is named "BigBallOfViolence", and she has an attack named "ShadowOfImpendingDoom".
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[[folder:Parasoul]]
* Parasoul has a Level 3 super that's similar to one of [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} BB Hood's]].
* She has palettes referencing [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Olivia Armstrong]], [[Anime/{{Noir}} Mireille Bouquet]], [[{{Vocaloid}} Megurine Luka]], [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Jessica Rabbit]], [[{{Persona3}} Mitsuru Kirijo]], [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Kneesocks]], [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kula Diamond]], [[VideoGame/{{Metroid1}} Justin Bailey Samus]], [[Manga/{{Cyborg 009}} Cyborg 003]], SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Fluttershy]][[note]]Umbrella has the same color scheme (yellow with pink hair), but the eyes are Fluttershy's green rather than Umbrella's [[CurtainsMatchTheWindow pink]]. In addition, the Indiegogo backer requested the palette as a backer reward asked for Fluttershy.[[/note]].
** One that might be an [[ActorAllusion Artist Allusion]], as well -- another palette is based off of Alruna the succubus, one of Alex Ahad's characters from GaiaOnline.
* There's a small chance (1 in 20) that one of her assist soldiers will say "[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda Well, ex-CUSE me, Princess!]]" when called.
* There is a small chance that one of the Egrets yells "[[BigNo NOOOOOO!]]" when diving to protect her. It sounds remarkably similar to Darth Vader's infamous lament at the end of [[RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars Episode III]].
* In two of her supers she can be heard to say [[ComicBook/TheAvengers "Egrets assemble!"]] and [[{{Transformers}} "Egrets, roll out!"]] respectively.
* She can also be heard saying "One Million Troops!", Tak Fuji's infamous line from {{E3}} 2010, when using her Motor Brigade super move.
* The line for her sniper super is, "Ready, [[{{Golgo 13}} number thirteen!]]"
** It's also called VideoGame/SilentScope, which happens to be a Creator/{{Konami}} game.
* She borrowed [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Chun-Li's]] jd.MK or mid-air stomp attack.
* Her win quote against Valentine is "[[DrugsAreBad Winners don't use drugs.]]".
* One of the Black Egrets, Molly, has a talking pose where she salutes, closes her eyes and has an open zigzagged mouth, which may remind some people of [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Wobbuffet]].
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[[folder:Ms. Fortune]]
* Ms. Fortune's original outfit seems to be a reference to [[VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} Makoto]] (the general appearance) and [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] (the color and the pouches she has on her belt). Since then, her color scheme and hairstyle have changed to stand out from the other characters and be more fitting with the 30's era.
* She has color palettes referencing ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter'', [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan]], [[VideoGame/FatalFury Blue Mary]], [[{{Durarara}} Celty Sturluson]], ComicBook/SheHulk, [[VideoGame/{{Disgaea}} Etna]], [[VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} Makoto]], and [[{{Vocaloid}} the Kagamine Twins]] to compliment the other Vocaloid palettes above. Oh and a palette based off of infamous decapitation punchline [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Mami Tomoe.]][[note]]Unlike the other Madoka-palette ones, Ms. Fortune isn't voiced by CarrieKeranen. But the 'losing-your-head' joke proves too much to resist.[[/note]]
* Her air dash, and a lot of her blood splattering moves resemble [[VideoGame/DarkStalkers Jedah's]] moves.
* Her anti-air special, Fiber Upper, is named similarly to an anti-air used by [[Franchise/StreetFighter Sagat]].
* During her level 1 super, she might end up saying "[[VideoGame/XMenChildrenOfTheAtom Fur-serker]] [[{{Wolverine}} Purr-age]]!" which is where the move drew its inspiration from. Alternatively, she might say [[Music/TedNugent "Cat Scratch Fever!"]]
* Her level 3 is named [[ComicBook/VForVendetta "The Fifth of Dismember"]].
* This isn't the first time a disembodied head has told someone to [[Film/TotalRecall1990 "Get ready for a surprise!"]]
* [[invoked]] One of her opening quotes against Filia ([[HollywoodPudgy who's a little pudgy]]) is "[[{{Lolcats}} Can I have a cheeseburger?]]" Of course, [[NWordPrivileges she doesn't appreciate having it turned around on her.]]
--->'''Cerebella''': You can has cheezburger?\\
'''Ms. Fortune''': ''[[FantasticRacism That's RACIST!]]''
** Her severed head's grab move has her [[ManBitesMan chew on her opponent]], while saying "omnomnomnom!"
* Her entrance resembles [[Franchise/StreetFighter Cammy's]], aside from the trenchcoat she's wearing, and her head spinning 180 degrees.
* One of her winning quotes is "[[Film/TheRoom YOU'RE TEARING US APART!]]"
* Another win quote is "[[Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind A claws encounter of the furred kind.]]"
** Although ''that specific pun on it'' was also used in ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}}'' as the subtitle for the first game, so it's conceivable it's a reference to that.
*** It's a shout out to both actually.
* One of her supers involves [[VideoGame/BlazBlue a dash forward filled with scratching the opponent.]] With her head on, she headbutts the opponent backwards.
** If she uses the super with her head off, however, she turns her hand into a drill and makes a pose like a [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann certain mecha.]]
* Her other super, Feral Edge, has her using her tail as a sword to dive down in similar fashion to [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Ragna's Belial Edge]].
* One of her special attacks is done with three repetitions of the same button combination (Quarter-circle forward + Punch), similar to characters like [[Franchise/StreetFighter Fei-Long, Karin Kanzuki]] or [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Iron Fist]]. That's not the ShoutOut part, however - these types of characters are known as "Rekka-style" characters. What does Ms. Fortune say if you finish the three-hit special with one of two alternate enders? Either [[StealthPun "Wreck-a your face!" or "Wreck-a your shins!"]]
* She announces one of her low attacks by saying, "[[WesternAnimation/TaleSpin Tail spin!]]"
* Sometimes when she bowls her head at the opponent, she'll say "[[VideoGame/DaytonaUSA Rolling start!]]"
** Other times she'll yell out "[[Series/MarriedWithChildren STEEEEE-RIKE!]]"
* The logo on her collar looks a lot like the Bonne family logo from [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Mega Man Legends]].
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[[folder:Painwheel]]
* Painwheel's SuperMode, "Hatred Install", is probably inspired by [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Sol Badguy's]] Dragon Install.
* Her "Death Crawl" super move may be inspired by ''Film/TheExorcist''.
** Or, alternately, [[SoulSeries Voldo]].
* Like Filia, she also has a move that's like [[SonicTheHedgehog the classic Spin Dash]]. Painwheel's imitates the input more than the appearance.
* She also has a colour palette based off of [[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Basara Kubikiri]] and one based off of [[StreetFighter Vega]]
** And one based off the [[NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA-01]].
** She also has both regular and Mango colors patterned after [[MarvelVsCapcom2 Sentinel.]]
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[[folder:Valentine]]
* Valentine's stance is the same as [[FatalFury Mai Shiranui's]] from the later ''KingOfFighters'' games. Fittingly, her third palette is one for Mai.
* Her EKG Flatliner special is similar to [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Ibuki's Yami Shigure special]].
* She has a color palette resembling [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Yowane Haku]], keeping the Vocaloid theme going. Other palettes include [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Sheena Fujibayashi]], [[GuiltyGear Baiken]], [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Ibuki]], [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Taki]], and [[VideoGame/BlazBlueCalamityTrigger Nu-13]].
* One of her supers involves throwing scalpels the same way as [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]].
* One of her special moves is very similar to [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Chipp Zanuff's]] Alpha Blade special.
* She has a command grab patterned after fellow-ninja [[VideoGame/FinalFight Guy's]] SpinningPiledriver.
* Valentine may or may not be as crazy when in the OP Table as other insane doctors from fighting games, such as [[ThrillKill Dr. Faustus]] or [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Dr. Baldhead]].
* Heck, she's even got a reference to ''TraumaCenter'' in the name and description of her achievement, "The Medical Board Will Be Notified".
* When attacked, she might occasionally say [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "It's just a flesh wound!"]].
* Valentine's Level 3 Super features the opponent getting seven different kinds of messed up, but said messing up is concealed behind medical screens and red flashes. Very similar to [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma's Raging Demon attack]].
* If she loses by timeout, she explodes into a mass of bones as if hit by a ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' fatality, down to the multiple skulls and ribcages.
* Sometimes when Valentine tags out to Double, she says, "Prepare for trouble!" It's the first line of the Team Rocket mantra from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. (The next line of that mantra is "Make it double.")
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[[folder:Double]]
* Double's "[[SlideAttack Cilia Slide]]" special is explicitly stated to emulate [[MortalKombat Sub-Zero's]], right down to the input.
* Her level 5 super turns her into [[{{Gradius}} a Gradius Moai head]]. She even says "Shoot the core!"
** Its name? [[AceCombat04ShatteredSkies Megalith Array]].
* Her Cerebella special has her [[AssKicksYou slam butt-first into the opponent]], much like [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha R. Mika]].
* Her jump animation is extremely similar to [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Arakune's]].
* One of her intro quotes has her ask [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight "What is a man?"]] (which [[IncrediblyLamePun doubles]] as a shoutout to [[BlazBlue Arakune]], who says the same thing), and one of her winquotes answers "A miserable little pile of secrets", which also [[IncrediblyLamePun doubles]] as a Shout Out to [[MichiruYamane the game's composer]].
** She also will sometimes say "Have at you!" when using her Peacock super.
** One of her attacks is called Item Crash. [[note]] i.e. Grand Cross and Hydro Storm )[[/note]].
* One of her supers, [[IncrediblyLamePun Furobouros]], is a pun on [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom Strider Hiryu's Ourobouros]], but everyone calls it catheads.
* Her Peacock super involves [[WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop Peacock and her bomb mooks]] running over the opponent with a [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces giant cartoony jalopy]].
* When activating her Level 3 Blockbuster Nightmare Legion, she might tell you to "[[VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun Be Praying]]". At the end of her attack she then might tell you there is "[[VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}} No Refuge]]".
* Her tag-in quote? "[[VideoGame/{{Sinistar}} Run coward!]]"
* The name of one part of her tag-in attack is [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Second Impact]]
** Or alternatively, to ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Second Impact: Giant Attack''.
* One of her alternate palettes is a [[EverythingsBetterWithRainbows Rainbow]] [[VisualPun Double]]. According to the patch notes, the devs felt compelled to go "all the way" with this one. Let that sink in for a bit.
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[[folder:Squigly]]
* One of Squigly's special moves is a reference to [[GuiltyGear Millia's]] "Lust Shaker". Charging it up to level 2 causes a slide similar to Millia's "Longinus".
* Another one of her special moves is the [[BruceLee One Inch Punch]]. The developers even call it that.
* She also has a move called [[Franchise/StreetFighter Draugen Punch]], a rather literal version of the {{Shoryuken}}.
* Another one of her moves has her send out Leviathan's tail a long way to bring the opponent to her for a combo setup. [[MortalKombat Sound familiar?]] In addition, when using the move, she or Leviathan might say "GET OVER HERE!" or "C'MERE!"
* [[http://images.wikia.com/skullgirls/images/9/95/SQ2.jpg Old concept art]] of her planned SuperMode make Leviathan's head look like [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Unit-01's]].
* One of the flowers that can bloom over her foe's grave during the Daisy Pusher Blockbuster attack appears to come from [[SonicTheHedgehogCD the Little Planet]].
* When using Daisy Pusher, Leviathan may say "[[Film/StreetFighter For I beheld Satan as he]] [[Literature/TheBible fell from Heaven, like lightning!]]" or "[[Disney/SleepingBeauty A forest of thorns shall be their tomb!]]" He can also say "Time's dead flowers bereft in deadly bloom!" which seems to be a reference to "Creator/BelaLugosi's [[GothRock Dead]]" by Music/{{Bauhaus}}
* When using her standing heavy punch, she and Leviathan might yell [[VideoGame/DoubleDragon "Double!" "Dragon!"]]
* One of Squigly's beta palettes (which was replaced just prior to release because Alex didn't like it) was a reference to ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', including making Leviathan pink and Squigly's head transparent to look more like Earthworm Jim's robot suit.
** She also has palettes referencing [[VideoGame/CodeOfPrincess Zozo]], [[LittleWitchAcademia Sucy]], [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyoko Sakura]] (with Leviathan as her spear), and [[BlazBlue Litchi Faye-Ling]]. [[ActorAllusion The latter two are characters Lauren Landa previously voiced.]]
*** There is also a color pallete referencing Zone-tan, the mascot for game artist/ Rule 34 artist Zone (as noted on the Trivia page).
* During a fight, Squigly might ask Leviathan "[[VideoGame/BioShock1 Would you kindly?]]"
* Sometimes when performing a snapback, Leviathan will shout "[[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory I said good day!]]"
* Her singing super "Squigly Battle Opera" is based on "Super Battle Opera", [[UsefulNotes/FightingGameCommunity a famous fighting game tournament in Japan]].
* Her tag-in attack, which involves her coffin shooting up from the ground and her bursting out of it has some similarities to how Rayne enters stages in Bloodrayne: Betrayal (Though there the coffin usually lands from above, not bursting out of the ground). Specifically, the second part where she launches the top half of the coffin at the opponent has similarities to how Rayne can kick the top half of her coffin at opponents at the beginning of a level. The fact that Alex worked as a character designer on that game makes it likely this was intentional.
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[[folder:Big Band]]
* Big Band is explicitly stated to play like [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Q]] "but good".
** His jumping HK is a pretty blatant reference's to Q's jumping HK.
** He has a charge rush punch move.
** He can use a PracticalTaunt to power himself up.
** He can parry by pressing forward while standing or jumping and pressing down while crouching.
* His last name, "Birdland", is a reference to a famous jazz club in New York City.
* Taunting before using his charge super will give it an extra finisher where he lets loose with RapidFireFisticuffs [[JojosBizarreAdventure in a familiar fashion]]. It's even called "TUBATUBATUBATUBATUBA".
** Speaking of his taunt, its revised input is Forward, High Punch, Mid Punch, Low Punch, Forward, almost the exact same input as DIO's Space Ripper Stingy Eyes move from the Capcom fighting game.
** His level 5 super (taking out the trumpet and playing [[ThemeTuneCameo the Skullgirls theme]]) causes [[TimeStandsStill time to stop]] like Dio's famous ZA WARUDO move. Doing so lets him pound out a ton of [=TUBATUBATUBATUBATUBAs=] in rapid succession until the meter depletes to zero. Or he can just play his trumpet.
*** The name of this move is [[Music/LouisArmstrong Satchmo]] Solo.
* One of his specials is named "Giant Step", a double shout-out to ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' and Creator/JohnColtrane.
* When using Super Sonic Jam, Big Band may say, "Aww... [[XMenChildrenOfTheAtom HORN]][[MarvelVsCapcom2 CRUSH]]!!"
* He has a chance of saying "Lazy bird." during his airthrow, in another reference to John Coltrane.
* Against Mafia members (i.e. Cerebella), he gets the opening quote "You will be prosecuted to the full extent of the jam" -- which takes an infamous bit of {{Engrish}} from the ''VideoGame/DonPachi'' series and fits it into his jazz theme.
* Among his added VO clips are "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons I have to go now, my planet needs me]]" and "[[CowboyBebop See you, space cowboy]]" upon victory (the flight animation).
** Other quotes include "[[Anime/TheBigO We have come to terms]]", "[[Literature/SherlockHolmes The world is full of obvious things]]" and "[[Manga/DetectiveConan One truth prevails]]".
* One Big Band's losing quotes is "Salt...peanuts". This is a reference to the bebop tune "Salt Peanuts" composed by Dizzy Gillespie.
* Big Band's "Beat Extend" is likely a pun on "Heat Extend", [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Potemkin's]] anti-air grab move.
** Speaking of Potemkin, the Heavy Kick version of Giant Step is functionally similar to Potemkin's Sliding Head attack.
** Adding onto the Potemkin connections, his Brass Knuckles and Emergency Stop function basically the same as Potemkin's Hamerfall and Emergency Stop respectively. Brass Knuckles and Hamerfall even share the same charge motion.
* While performing a jumping LK, he'll sometimes say "[[VideoGame/MischiefMakers Shake, shake!]]".
* Take the A Train, his command grab, is a direct shout out to a [[Music/DukeEllington Duke Ellington tune.]]
* When using Brass Knuckles, he'll occasionally give a [[Music/JamesBrown James Brown-esque]] "OWW!" Take the A Train takes it a step further.
-->"Hit me! Two times!"
* Occasionally, when performing a snapback, Big Band will yell out "[[Music/MichaelJackson Beat it!]]"
** His 4th color palette looks exactly like the iconic "Smooth Criminal" outfit.
* Some of the other palettes refer to [[GameGrumps Big]] [[MobileSuitGundam Zam]], [[Comicstrip/DickTracy Dick Tracy]], [[VideoGame/AdvanceWars General Sturm]], [[Anime/TheBigO The Big O]], [[Anime/KillLaKill Nonon's Symphony Regalia]], and [[ComicBook/TheQuestion The Question]]. More bizarrely, there are a couple for [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Big the Cat]], and [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck Negaduck]]. ''Really'' weird: three's one for '''''[[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]]'''''.
* At the end of his story mode, [[spoiler:after listening to his narration, Peacock remarks that they should make his story into a comic book or something, and that they could call it [[Creator/DCComics Defective Comics]].]]
* He pulls a [[Music/LouisArmstrong Louis Armstrong]] impression sometimes, replacing St. James Infirmary with Last Hope Infirmary. Big Band also does a more direct reference when he beats Cerebella in a round.
-->"You can't strong-arm this Armstrong!"
* One of his intro quotes (and, in fact, his backstory) offers a not so subtle nod to [[Franchise/RoboCop another reconstructed police officer]]. The 16th palette reinforces the reference.
-->"Dead or alive, you're coming with me!"
* Early in his story mode when he discusses his past as a police officer [[spoiler:one of his fellow cops who beat him to near death and left him for dead is a [[VideoGame/DukeNukem Pig Feral]].]]

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[[folder:Fukua]]
* Fukua's Forever A Clone special, where she projects one of her two souls to attack, is said to be inspired by [[OneMustFall2097 Shadow's cloning gimmick]]. Its name is a pun on the [[RageComics Forever Alone]] meme.
* Her [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXN5yr4dGIc introductory trailer]] kicks shout outs to ''JojosBizarreAdventure'' (specifically, Brain Drain asks a dog to leave and says he should come back once he learns to "manipulate sand or something", referencing a character from that series), ''StreetFighterIV''s reveal of Decapre, and ''SuperMarioBros2''s ending.
** The "Filia sleeping" part might also be a reference to the beginning of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ct6FU-nsy-I Ultra Street Fighter 4's Edition Select trailer.]]
* Fukua herself is both a parody of [[Franchise/MortalKombat Ermac]]: ([[AscendedMeme ascended joke]], fusion of souls, PaletteSwap) and [[Videogame/StreetFighterIV Decapre]] (the aforementioned introductory trailer). She has an alternate color based off of Ermac.
* Almost all of Fukua's alternate colors are references to other "clone" characters in fighting games, such as [[StreetFighter Akuma,]] [[MortalKombat Rain,]] and [[MarvelVsCapcom Mech Zangief.]]
* The ending of Fukua's story mode (and the {{Stinger}} that follows the credits) references the infamous CliffHanger ending of {{Series/Twin Peaks}}.
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[[folder:Eliza]]
* For starters, damn near every one of her normals doubles as a reference to Egyptian mythology.
* Eliza's win pose (where she changes into a random alternate costume) is based on a similar win pose of [[Videogame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan's.]]
* Speaking of Darkstalkers, she also has an alternate palette based on Jedah's [[GenderBender Midnight Bliss]] form.
* Eliza's alternate palette of [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Crimson Viper]] is a recurring alternate palette ActorAllusion theme, in which both characters voiced by Creator/MichelleRuff.
* One of Eliza's alternate palettes is [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]] as he appears in ''Stardust Crusaders''. Her skeleton's alternate with this is colored like Dio's Stand, The World.
* Another one of Eliza's palettes is a ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' character, specifically Porrim Maryam, with her attire and appearance matching the colors and features of said character. Additionally, both have a penchant for blood.
* [[JojosBizarreAdventure Sekhmet has no weaknesses!]]
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[[folder:Marie]]
* Marie will occasionally say [[AlteredBeast "Rise from your graves"]] when summoning skeletons from the floor.
* The skulls she shoots at you move just like [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Medusa Head]]. [[GoddamnedBats And, yes, they're just as annoying.]]
* When transforming, Marie will occasionally say "I can't control it!" in reference to Phoenix's transformation into Dark Phoenix in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''.
* One of her lines is "[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar You are already dead]]".
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[[folder:The Announcer]]
* [[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium This is]] [[{{Mondegreen}} Tuna with Bacon!]] [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Let's Rock!]]
* [[VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium This is true love we're making!]]
* [[VideoGame/BlazBlue The Gorilla Fate is Yearning! Action!]]
** Now that's Real '''Soviet''' Damage! [[note]]Doubles as a ShoutOut to the game's creator, since Mike Z was the one who started the meme in the first place![[/note]]
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Impossible to Gauge!]]
* [[{{Pokemon}} It's super effective!]]
* [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Can anybody stop this fighting machine?!]]
** It all depends on your skill!
** Beat 'em up, guys!
** Go for broke!
** You can't give up now!
** Nobody blink!
* [[Creator/{{Nintendo}} Now you're playing with power!]]
* [[VideoGame/StreetFighterI You got a lot to learn!]]
** [[VideoGame/StreetFighterI Try again, Kid!]]
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes That's All]], [[ThatsAllFolks Folks!]]
* When a character just ''barely'' wins a match (such as landing the killing blow with one pixel's worth of health left), the announcer sometimes yells a disgusted, "[[VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe CUT! CUT! CUT!]]"
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[[folder:Combo Names]]
* A mere 11 hits is a [[VideoGame/KillerInstinct King Combo]], 12 hits is a Killer Combo. 80 hits is an Ultra Combo.
* 34 hits is [[{{Rule34}} "Crass"]]
* 37 hits is [[{{Clerks}} "In A Row"]]
* 42 hits is [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy "Meaningful"]]
* 53 hits is [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons "Cromulent"]]
* 65 hits is [[Film/JurassicPark "Jurassic"]]
* 69 hits is [[Film/BillAndTed "Dude!"]]
* 121 hits is [[Film/BackToTheFuture "Gigawatt"]]
* 187 hits is [[Music/SnoopDogg "Murderous"]]
* 300 is [[Film/ThreeHundred "Madness"]]
* 403 and 404 are references to the internet browser errors for forbidden pages and missing pages respectively.
* 420 is [[Music/SnoopDogg "Everyday"]]
* 808 is "Stately" (after the techno band 808 State).
* 950+ is [[Film/ThePrincessBride "Inconceivable"]]
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[[folder:Other]]
* The stages, too, are packed with cultural injokes. One of the main stages, Ms. Fortune's current hangout, is known as [[Creator/HPLovecraft Little Innsmouth]].
** It is also populated mostly by FishPeople.
* Two of the achievements for the game are [[VideoGame/BlazBlue Real Circus Damage]] and [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} Toil and Trouble]], respectively.
** Another achievement is obtained for [=KOing=] two characters in the same combo. Its name, of course, is [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2 Happy]] [[UsefulNotes/FightingGame Birthday]].
* The psychic director of Lab Zero is called [[Music/TheRamones Brain Drain]].
* Early on in Parasoul's story mode, Umbrella had apparently expected to see: "[[Franchise/StreetFighter Sonic boobs]], [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear pool balls]], and [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 KFC Combos]]" when she came along to see her at work. It helps when you know Parasoul plays like a charge character, which is what Guile and Venom are considered to be as well. Parasoul's playstyle is somewhat reminiscent of Venom, as well.
* One of the background characters is a sleeping man in a [[Franchise/StreetFighter familiar outfit]] leaning against a wall next to a sand bag. Said sandbag looks an awful lot like Bonus-Kun from ''VideoGame/WakuWaku7''.
* In the downloadable character movelist, each page says [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} "SHOW ME]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros YOUR MOVES"]].
* In Peacock's story mode we meet Hive, a resident of the Anti-Skullgirl Labs, who we can see in the background of the stage as well. Other than her name, her outfit and lavender hair bear a resemblance to [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Q Bee]].
* In the tutorial screen there is a drawing of Ms. Fortune's head forming the bottom slime in a slime tower from the DragonQuest series.
* Killing off 2 characters at the same time or dealing a very large amount of damage in one combo will result in legendary [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII 3rd Strike]] commentator [[AscendedFanboy John Dangerous Rockefeller]] laughing. This itself is also supposedly a shout out to Dan Forden shouting "Toasty!" in MortalKombat.
* The song "Canopy Kingdom News - In Rapid Succession" starts out with a melody similar to [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda the Hyrule Castle theme]].
* One of the members of Cirque des Cartes, [[http://d2oadd98wnjs7n.cloudfront.net/medias/690562/pictures/original/20130304230912-DLC_Hubrecht.png?1362467351 Hubrecht "Hertz" Adelhardt,]] has an appearance similar to [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Alex Louis Armstrong]]. His design is heavily influenced by VideoGame/ArcanaHeart's [[http://www.examu.co.jp/arcanaheart3/chara/chara_data/21/21.html Heart Aino]], with pink hair in a heart shape, a red ribbon tied in a bow around the wrist, red suspenders (in place of a red tie), orange pants (in place of an orange skirt), and blue boots (in place of blue shoes). He's likely also a reference to [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Mr. Heart]].
** It's worth noting that as far as his color palette relations to Heart go, an in-game image in Cerebella's story shows him with very different colors (as well as different colors for various other troupe members than what is shown in most character art), so it is currently unclear whether or not this will remain as his color palette if he is added into the game. The hair and ribbon remain key to his design.
* Visible on the right side of the New Meridian stage is [[{{VideoGame/Bastion}} The Kid]]'s hammer, along with a Squirt. They're placed on both sides of a female NPC based on the art director of the very same game, seen [[http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/107/6/6/special_guests_of_new_meridian_by_oh8-d4wgsp2.jpg here]]. (The three-eyed creature next to them is likely one of Alex "o_8" Ahad's {{Author Avatar}}s.)
* Beowulf's [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/nx6/char/vote-beowulf.png vote image]] brings in mind a certain pose of [[ChairmanOfTheBrawl another chair user]] [[Persona4Arena Kanji Tatsumi...]]
** However, his bio lists "[[{{Jossed}} not]] [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Kanji]]" among his inspirations.
* The Medici Tower stage has a billboard for "Wave Motion Emitters" with a picture of a blue fireball above it. The famous [[StreetFighter Hadouken]] is sometimes called "Wave Motion Fist" by fans, after its literal translation from Japanese.
* One of the characters at the card tables in River King Casino is dressed like [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro]], as a nod to the encounter with D'Arby during ''Stardust Crusaders''.
* If one goes off to the right of Maplecrest they'll find [[Anime/SpaceDandy a certain pompadoured space traveler as a student.]]
* [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BVw3HUpIIAAIsXE.jpg:large Also present]] in the Casino are [[http://kawaiikochan.tumblr.com/image/63107071988 Masaka and Madije]] from the ''Kawaiikochan!! Gaming No Korner'' webcomic and Yuzuriha from ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth''.
* One of the [=NPCs=] that can appear in the Glass Canopy stage is a young woman in blue and white carrying a purse with a George plushie in it. This character is actually a personification of Sanshee, one of the two companies who are licensed to make Skullgirls merchandise.
* Several backers from the Indiegogo campaign can also appear in the background of both the Casino and Glass Canopy, including some popular internet personalities such as [[TwoBestFriendsPlay Matt and Woolie]] and Zone-tan. Some of these characters represent prominent people in the competitive Skullgirls community, such as Duckator and Severin; the NPC of the latter in particular later appeared in the Fukua trailer.
* [[DanKim Cupcake-tan]] and Deadeye from Main/RPGShooterStarwish can also be seen as background characters.
* The New Meridian Rooftops stage has two billboard for Eighty Sixed, A clothing store whose Twitch channel hosts their weekly stream, and Frootsii, a bakery in California that was the original venue for said stream.
* The Under the Bridge stage contains a food van that specializes in salty items; the first item written on the truck is "Salty Cupcakes," the original name of Lab Zero's weekly Twitch stream.
* The 2013 holiday patch introduced a new mode called ''[[VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead The Typing of the Skullgirls]]'' where the player gets a chance to do extra damage with supers by typing in the words that appear on the screen. Two of the phrases that can pop up are "dogs of the ASG"[[note]]A reference to a memetic line from House of the Dead 2[[/note]] and "Suffer like we did!"[[note]]referencing both House of the Dead 4 and [[TroubledProduction Lab Zero's tendency to have bad things happen to them]][[/note]]. Several other phrases reference various parts of the game and [[MemeticMutation memes]] created by the community.
** The code to activate the typing mode is [[Anime/SonicX gottatypefast!]]
* According to [[WordOfGod patch notes]], ''VideoGame/OneMustFall2097'' inspired the Infinite Prevention System.
* The ManaMeter in Skullgirls measures Dramatic ''[[GuiltyGear Tension]].''
* The effect that happens during doublesnaps (the action lines and the Skullgirls main theme in the background) was inspired by Japanese player Poccola, who would always add the effect during a doublesnap or a Happy Birthday in Skullgirls videos.
* Finishing a match with a Blockbuster causes the background to turn black and display a white line art portrait of the defeated character with an expression of pain on their face. This is a reference to ''VideoGame/JoJosBizarreAdventureHeritageForTheFuture,'' where similar portraits appeared after a character was defeated by a super move.
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