* ActorAllusion: Towards Avatar, Angel and various other things other people did.
** The Vegas episode combines Boreanaz's role of Angel (who also spent time in Vegas) with a role Angel himself played as vampire stuck in the fifties, rat-pack style. Booth spikes his hair up, dons greaser clothes and suspenders, faking a Bronx accent outta GuysAndDolls.
** Booth, like Angel before him, feels that he has to atone for the lives he's taken as a sniper.And they both play detective style roles.
* AscendedFanon: "Squintern" was a fan term referring to Brennan's six ever-rotating interns. The cast and crew have recently adopted it.
* DawsonCasting: Zach is supposed to be the youngest member of the team by a significant margin; in fact Eric Millegan is the third oldest member of the cast after David Boreanaz and Tamara Taylor.
* FanNickname
** The official forum is "The Boneyard".
** The rotating squints are "The Squinterns"
* FridayNightDeathSlot: Since mid-season 2013, and at least one person at ''Entertainment Weekly'' magazine thinks the show will end in 2015. According to the Friday Night Death Slot page there's already a few bad signs: it's on FOX, it's not family-friendly, [[RunningGag and it's on FOX]].
* HeyItsThatGuy
** {{Series/Angel}} is an FBI agent.
** [[Series/{{JAG}} AJ Chegwidden]] is an FBI Deputy Director.
** [[{{Eureka}} Tess]] and [[{{Series/Heroes}} Danko]] appear in the same episode.
** [[{{Eureka}} Allison Blake]] investigated a serial kidnapper.
** [[FreaksAndGeeks Sam Weir]] is a cheerful young FBI psychologist.
** Who was preceded by [[{{Series/Blackadder}} General]] [[Creator/{{StephenFry}} Melchett]].
** Daisy is [[Series/{{Carnivale}} Libby]]!
** [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Halfrek/Cicely]]
** [[{{Roswell}} Michael Guerin]] is Booth's brother
** [[{{Series/Angel}} Hamilton]] is the dirty FBI Agent Kenton.
** [[{{Veronica Mars}} Keith Mars]] is Micah the security guard, [[{{Veronica Mars}} Weevil]] is a suspect in the same episode, and [[{{Veronica Mars}} Mac]] is now a FBI agent. All we need now is Kristen Bell to show up...
** [[KingdomHearts Xigbar]] cameos in an episode.
** [[Series/BreakingBad Jesse Pinkman]] owned a comic book store in the first season.
** [[WarehouseThirteen Claudia Donovan]] was a suspect in a season eight episode.
** [[Film/BillAndTed Bill S. Preston, Esq.]] is a sleazy porn mogul.
* McLeaned: [[spoiler:Vincent Nigel-Murray]] is killed in "The Hole in the Heart" a few weeks before [[spoiler:Ryan Cartwright]]'s new show was set to premiere. The dialogue during the death scene even sounds like someone who's likelier to be fired than died.
* RealLifeRelative: Bones's second cousin Margaret is played by Emily Deschanel's sister [[ZooeyDeschanel Zooey]] in the Season 5 ChristmasEpisode. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] to death: "You two could be sisters!"
* RetroactiveRecognition
** [[{{Literature/Twilight}} Victoria]] was a defense lawyer before becoming a vampire.
** Before she was [[{{Series/House}} a rival doctor of House]], a [[Series/MadMen friend of Betty Draper]], and [[Series/{{Covert Affairs}} the spy's sister]], Anne Dudek was Booth's lawyer girlfriend.
** Before [[Series/{{Warehouse13}} Agent Pete Lattimer]] was in the Secret Service retrieving artifacts, he was previously FBI Special Agent Tim Sullivan before being [[PutOnABus Put On A Boat]].
** [[{{Series/Alphas}} Azita Ghanizada/Rachel]] before she was designated an Alpha has a brief cameo using her super vision to watch men play basketball.
** Before [[Series/BetterOffTed Phil]] worked at Veridian Dynamics he decided to participate in a [[spoiler:StrangersOnATrainPlotMurder inspired by Bones' book]].
** [[Series/TheEvent Simon Lee]] before being a mole in the CIA for Sophia, was training to be an astronaut. Probably to get him back to his home planet. (YMMV on whether Ian Anthony Dale is currently big enough now to warrant this.)
** [[WebVideo/TheBoothAtTheEnd The man]] or [[{{Series/Nikita}} Percy]] is a Jeffersonian Institute bigwig. (YMMV, depending on where you saw him first, since Creator/XanderBerkeley has been in everything to varying degrees from ''MiamiVice'' to ''[[{{Film/Terminator}} Terminator 2]]'' to Series/TwentyFour.)
** [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Avatar Korra]] was a car saleswoman in a past life.
** Jack Hodgins also worked at [[{{Series/Angel}} Wolfram and Hart]] and was accused of stealing money during a store robbery on ''{{Series/CSI}}''. He also worked as a bookstore owner and was arrested for murder on ''{{CSI NY}}''.
** [[{{Series/Alphas}} Gary Bell]] was Vincent Nigel Murray in a past life!
** [[MadMen Grampa Gene]] tried to kill Bones and Russ and Angela used to date [[RoyalPains Jill Tracy]].
** And there's [[Series/{{Chuck}} General Beckman]] as the victim's mother in the pilot.
** Also in the pilot, [[TrueBlood Sam Merlotte]] tried to set Brennen on fire.
** [[{{Series/Leverage}} Hardison]] plays a shell-shocked veteran in Season 1 and [[BetterOffTed Phil]] was Brennan's publisher's assistant.
** [[Franchise/MassEffect Kaiden Alenko]] is the private eye Angela and Hodgins hire to track down Angela's former husband in the first episode of the third season.
* TrollingCreator: Executive Producer Stephan Nathan seemed to really be enjoying [[InternetBackdraft how much the fans wanted to kill him]] for the season 8 finale. His response to being told [[spoiler: dropping Pelant like a nuke on the B&B engagement]] was "not right" was to laugh and call it "so much fun to do."
* WhatCouldHaveBeen
** Cam was supposed to be killed off way back in season two and if season three hadn't been cut short, Zack would have been a victim of the Gormogon.
** Supposedly, the Gormogon would have been [[spoiler:Sweets]]. In fact, the whole Gormogon arc was a string of [[WhatCouldHaveBeen What could have beens]] derailed by the Writer's Strike.
*** This receives a MythologyGag in the Season 4 finale and [[AllJustADream alternate universe]] episode "The End in the Beginning":
--->'''[[spoiler:Sweets]]:''' Um, I mean the name of the band is Gormogon. Some people think I'm Gormogon, but I'm not.
** Season three was supposed to have an episode dealing with Booth's childhood. It was never made due to, again, the writer's strike.
** In season five, there was supposed to be a NoirEpisode. This was called off due to ''{{Fringe}}'' beating them to it.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://bones.wikia.com/wiki/Bones_Wiki It's got one]].
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