Homage (literally, an honor or tribute) is the deliberate, but respectful, recreation of one work of fiction within the context of another. Usually this is done for comedic effect, but occasionally it is serious. Sometimes it's both. An Homage is an extended sequence, significantly more than a simple Shout-Out, but does not actually constitute a crossover even when some of the original stars recreate their roles.
Sometimes — especially when the Homage is blatant, or is part of a comedy series — it's All Just a Dream. But sometimes it's a weird or haunting reflection of the original series that is a native part of the "reality" of the show in which it is found.
A pastiche is a very common type of homage, which involves trying to copy the style of a work or artist.
If a series is doing anything deliberately evocative of its own past, then it is an Internal Homage.
See also: Actor Allusion, Homage Shot, Post Modernism, Shout-Out, Trapped in TV Land, Whole Plot Reference. See also Expy, where the homage is a specific character
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Anime & Manga
Keroro Gunsou is full of these, mainly references to Mobile Suit Gundam and other Humongous Mecha series for the older audience. Examples include Keroro being loaded into a suit a la Mazinger Z ("Pilder on!"), the use of the phrase "Sieg Keron!" (a nod to the phrase "Sieg Zeon!"), and an extended scene where Keroro does his impression of Char Aznable to impress visiting cadet Taruru (the dub even cites the episode they're spoofing: "To appreciate the next minute or so, watch Mobile Suit Gundam episode 12: 'The Threat of Zeon'"). Other, mainly older anime and manga series are paid homage to as well. A Neon Genesis Evangelion homage exploited the fact one of its characters shares the look and voice actor of Kaworu Nagisa. They hang a lampshade on their use of this in episode 24, where after the frogs and Kogoro disappear in the middle of a send-up of Kamen Rider, the following dialogue occurs:
Natsumi: What in the world was that? Fuyuki: It's probably some kind of parody...
Seras and Alucard's guns qualify as well, having been named after Baron Vladimir Harkonnen from Dune and the assassin from The Day of the Jackal respectively, with the Baron himself and Edward Fox (and Bruce Willis as a crazy impostor) even making cameos in dream sequences.
In an episode of Hayate the Combat Butler, Hayate gets stabbed by three blades. In two different points, the blades change. Each time, they appear to be swords wielded by the Humongous Mecha in the Super Robot Wars series. Really, Hayate, being a series filled to the brim with homages, does this all the time. Most blatantly whenever the homage has something to do with either of the anime's main sponsors (Konami and Geneon).
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex practically invented homages. If the episode isn't an homage to an American, French, or Japanese movie, it's a reference to its source material, the Ghost in the Shell graphic novel. Let's just look at it, shall we?
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei is full of these of everything from Alias to Sailor Moon, in one episode each of the girls is murdered and their dead bodies positioned to look like characters from various anime.
Several parts of the aquatic fight against Adiane where an homage to the fight against the aquatic angel from the eighth episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion, most noticeably defeating the aquatic Gunmen by firing at it with battleship cannons at point-blank range and the cross-shape explosion it makes.
In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Kotaro's demon form was intended as an Homage to InuYasha. There's also a minor character, the mage teacher Seruhiko, who was an Homage to Serpico of Berserk. Kentaro Miura even approved the character.
Princess Tutu is filled to the brim with homages to famous ballets and operas. All the Japanese covers are based on a ballet, several episodes mimic plots of ballets or plays ("Giselle" and "Midsummer Night's Dream" being the most blatant), a large number of the dances performed in the series are based on choreography from productions of actual shows...the list goes on.
Chapter 4 of Ito Junji's Yami no Koe appears to be an homage to fellow horror author Hideshi Hinonote Hino's tropes: Characters that alledgedly correspond to real-life family members (parents, siblings, creepy Author Avatar, creepy offspring); a Nightmare Fuel Station Attendent character; an extremely creepy house setting; creepy children; creepy spouse. The two follow-up chapters reveal it's all just a dream, although the kid does seem to have supernatural powers that nonetheless rebound back on him badly.
The Duel Monsters game in Yu-Gi-Oh! started as an homage to Magic: The Gathering, but proved so popular, it became the focus of the entire series.
The scene depicting the establishment of the Lippstadt Alliance in Legend of Galactic Heroes is an homage to Jacques-Louis David's sketch on the Tennis Court Oath, which essentially makes it an Irony, since the Lippstadt Alliance is established to uphold an absolute monarchy, whereas the participants of the Tennis Court Oath were pledging against absolute monarchy.
In Imperfect Metamorphosis's side story, IM: Rhapsody of Subconscious Desire, Kaguya, Mokou and Ex-Rumia are trapped into Dream Land and meet The Zerg. Not a cross-over, because it's only a one-shot scene, and these things are directly coming from Kaguya's memories.
The dodgeball match is largely an homage to The Iliad.
The scene in The Headhunt where the USS Bajor casually catches up to the USS Enterprise-A and blows it out of warp was directly based on the similar scene in Star Trek Into Darkness, with the Bajor standing in for the USS Vengeance. The author mentioned in the author's notes that the shot of the Vengeance barreling up behind the Enterprise like the latter was standing still was one of the shots that really stuck with him from the JJverse movies.
WALL•E paid some obvious homages to 2001: A Space Odyssey. The autopilot is clearly inspired by HAL, and the scene where the passengers learn to walk uses "Also Sprach Zarathustra".
Wreck-It Ralph serves both as a lighthearted underdog story for younger audiences and one huge homage to nostalgic video games for older gamers. It includes everything from real screenshots of games turned into scenes to character cameos, and even includes dummied content and glitches as actual plot points.
It also has plenty of plot elements that parallel the ones from The Wizard of Oz.
Films — Live-Action
Doomsday is a scifi/action/thiller flick almost made of homages. The lead villain, Sol, has the same haircut as Wez from Mad Max Mad Max 2]], and leads a road gang to match. The director describes the hero's Eyepatch of Power as a Snake Plissken homage. The cannibal gang includes a random Baseball Fury. They also use a bus which pursues the heroes in a neat recreation of the attack of the Turnbull ACs from the same film.
Slither is a scifi/horror/comedy flick almost made of homages of to gory B-Movie horror films.
Pandorum is a scifi/horror/Thiller has loads of these as well.
The fight scene between Nemesis and Alice near the end of Resident Evil: Apocalypse plays out almost exactly like the fight between Kirk and the Gorn in the Star Trek episode "The Arena". Both are fights that are forced on participants that don't want to fight each other. Both contain one combatant who's human, and another who's not human. Both contain a combatant who's fast and agile against one's that's large and strong. Both are a person fighting someone in a rubber suit. The part where Nemesis breaks off a pipe is almost an exact homage to when the Gorn breaks off a limb of a tree. It also ends nearly exactly the same, with the large, muscular one impaled through the chest (with a pipe rather than the diamonds in Star Trek), but refusing to finish him despite urgings from whoever forced the fight. The homage ends when rather than complimenting the human on the virtues of mercy, the fight's forcer instead chides the human for being weak.
Bill and Teds Bogus Journey has an homage to this fight as well, lampshaded by having the episode playing on a TV in the background earlier in the film. In the battle with their evil robot doubles, they (briefly) fight for their lives on Kirk's Rock, where the Gorn fight was filmed.
The Indiana Jones movies themselves are one big homage to the classic adventure films of the '30s and '40s.
The nuclear testing scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is an homage to the first draft of the Back to the Future script, in which Marty McFly manages to power the time machine, not with a bolt of lightning but with the radiation from an atomic blast. The entire fake town, complete with mannequins and a television playing the Howdy Doody Show, is ripped straight from the BttF script. Oh, and the time machine? Was originally, not a car, but a refrigerator.
Similar to the WKRP example below, Polly Perkins' phoned-in report on the invasion of New York by robots in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow bears a striking resemblance to the Hindenberg coverage and actually includes lines lifted directly from a similar scene in Orson Welles' radio version of The War of the Worlds. Just to add a little extra fillip, the robots emit a sound effect stolen from the Martians of the 1953 The War Of The Worlds film.
Mars Attacks!. The flying saucers are modeled after the saucers in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and the War Room was made to look like the War Room in Dr. Strangelove. The aliens land in Parrumph, Nevada. That's an homage to Art Bell, who for many years broadcast Coast to Coast AM out of that city.
Almost Famous contains two examples. The first is a scene where the band members think their airplane is going to crash — it's a played-for-laughs homage to Lynyrd Skynyrd. The poignant second example involves a musician passing out after he receives a shock from his microphone — this references Keith Relf of the Yardbirds, who actually did die in very similar circumstances.
In Superman Returns, Superman rescues a runaway car (used as a diversion by Lex Luthor). The shot where Superman stands on the ground, leveraging the car in mid-air, is a direct homage to the cover of Action Comics #1, the first Superman comic book.
Scenes and characters in Lindsey Duncan's Falco series have been included, by the author's explicit admission, to be based on scenes and characters in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels.
The Vigiles are an explicit take on the Night Watch, commanded by a Vimes-reminiscent officer and including suspiciously Colon and Carrot-like policemen. Indeed, in the novel Saturnalia, Shout Outs to Hogfather are fast and frequent.
Central character Marcus Didius Falco is a dissillusioned romantic, harking after the great days of the Roman Republic and who is often far too frank to his main employer, Emperor Vespasian. Vespasian tolerates this but sends Falco out on dirty missions to the furthest-flung corners of the Empire. Part of Falco's pay goes on maintaining his dead brother's widow and child. Falco, an occassional heavy drinker, is saved by marriage to a noblewoman a long way above him in the social scale. Rank is eventually conferred on the Republican. While not keeping dragons, Falco is made Keeper Of The Imperial Geese as a subtle joke by Vespasian...
The first novel of the Hyperion Cantos has a lot of these on top of the mixed Whole Plot Reference to Keats' Hyperion and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (or maybe Boccaccio's Decameron). Each story the pilgrims tell is an Homage to one or more styles of literature. The Priest's Tale is an epistolary novel. The Soldier's Tale is high action military science fiction, a la Starship Troopers. The Poet's Tale is a mash up of fairy tales, darker elements intact. The Scholar's Tale is Old Testament Biblical. The Detective's Tale is a Film Noir (minus the film) with elements of cyberpunk. The Consul's Tale is a Shakespearean tragedy, mixing Romeo and Juliet with Hamlet.
Jonathan Lethem's Amnesia Moon was created as an homage to Philip K. Dick, and in particular, his novel Dr. Bloodmoney or How We Got Along After the Bomb. The novel contains several shout-outs to various of Dick's works.
"iBelieve in Bigfoot" is a direct homage to Scooby-Doo (further lampshaded by Freddie) sans the dog. There's 2 males and 2 females; they are investigating a certain creature; they have a vehicle; and also turns up that the said creature is actually a guy they know, in a costume.
Dan Schneider stated himself that Sabrina's thrashing of Carly's project in "iBeat the Heat" is a reference to Godzilla.
The Brady Bunch episode from the last season of The X-Files. ("Sunshine Days", broadcast 5/12/02.) (Not to mention any number of other Brady Bunch episodes on sitcoms in the 1980s and 1990s.)
In the episode "Visitors From Down The Street" of Crusade (the short-lived sequel to Babylon 5), the Excalibur discovers a world of English-speaking aliens with a UFO/conspiracy culture/mythology similar to that of late 20th-Century Earth — only humans are cast in the role of the saucerfolk! But it's the appearance of alien versions of Mulder and Scully (and Cancer Man) — and the conspiracies around them — that turns the episode into a clever homage to and satire of The X-Files.
A season one episode of 8 Simple Rules has dad Paul (played by John Ritter) dreaming his daughters and the boy both are pining for are in an episode of Three's Company.
One episode of 2point4 Children consists largely of an homage to The Prisoner set in Portmeirion, Wales, complete with appropriate costumes and giant bouncing ball.
"Countdown to Destruction", the season finale of Power Rangers in Space, contains a poignant homage to the "I Am Spartacus" scene of Spartacus, which may have earned the episode its fan-nickname of "Crisis of Infinite Rangers".
SPD homages Time Force with occasional use of Bullet Time and sending 'destroyed' monsters to containment. Even one Ranger's battle cry was an homage to Time Force, matching the title of the TF premiere. Also, one brand of Mecha-Mooks carries swords identical to those of the Time Force Rangers. Theories abound about how the organization in Power Rangers SPD evolves into the one in Time Force over the years.
Mystic Force and Overdrive each contain a Sealed Evil in a Can who says something akin to season one's famed "After ten thousand years, I'm free!" upon emerging. The evil in Mystic Force isn't connected (probably), but Overdrive's is.
Or they could be both referencing the opening credits of the original Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, in which original sealed evil Rita Repulsa says the line.
Speaking of Rita, Mystic Force has the Mystic Mother, a sort of deity of Magic. In passing, she is said to have "been known as Rita in the dark days," implying that said character is the purified Rita. What's more, all footage of the character was dubbed-over sentai footage. This is possibly because the actress who portrayed that character, who also played the sentai equivalent of Mighty Morphin's Rita, had recently passed away.
The "Connecticut" house set of Who's the Boss? was made to strongly resemble the Connecticut house in the last season of I Love Lucy, with only those changes that might have reasonably been made to a real house between 1959 and the mid-1980s.
Scrubs addressed the constant comparisons between Dr. Gregory House of House and Dr. Cox by actually having an episode where Dr. Cox hurt his leg and had to walk with a cane while he was faced with three bizarre mysteries in the hospital. And one of those mysteries was even the same as the clinic case in the very first House episode! Also, the 100th episode "My Way Home" was riddled with references to The Wizard of Oz. There was also an episode that homaged the standard sitcom format, titled "My life in Four Cameras".
The ending to the Doctor Who episode "Doomsday" is an homage to the ending of the His Dark Materials trilogy. The setting is the same (beach) and the issue is also the same (two lovers about to be separated forever across different dimensions).
Also, the episode "The Stolen Earth" echoes the ending of West Side Story, when The Doctor and Rose see one another across a street and start running... You know where this is going.
Fame! did a whole-episode homage to The Wizard of Oz, partly inspired by the fact that it filmed on the same soundstage where the 1939 movie was shot. (According to the cast, a last remaining fragment of the original yellow brick road was enshrined in the stage, and was shown to them with almost religious reverence.)
Les Nesman's broadcast of the "turkey bombing incident" on WKRP in Cincinnati was a line-by-line homage to the famous "Martian Attack" sequence from Orson Welle's broadcast of The War of the Worlds (which was itself inspired by the Real Life Hindenburg broadcast) right down to the abrupt cutoff.
We also gets a chestbuster scene (with an iratus bug) in episode "Doppelganger", with the characters mentioning the movie Alien by name.
Stargate SG-1 has the episode "200" which little more than a series of homages to Star Trek, The Wizard of Oz, and Magnum, P.I. among others along with references to more. It should be noted that one of the producers, Brad Wright's portrayal of Spoof!Scotty was so spot on, his own parents didn't realize it was him.
The Apocalypse storyline in Supernatural includes a demon named Crowley.
The aptly named episode "Monster Movie" was an homage to classic monster movies. It was filmed entirely in black and white and featured a shapeshifting villain who took the forms of a Mummy, a Wolfman, and Dracula.
The opening murder in "Mr. Monk Buys a House" looks suspiciously like the murder Tommy Udo committed in Kiss of Death.
The plot of "Mr. Monk and the Big Reward" borrowed so liberally from "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" that I was actually disappointed they didn't convene under a giant "W" to find the hidden diamond.
The "ONE HOUR LATER" scene where Jeff wakes up echoes the same scene in 28 Days Later. It also has quite a similar feel to the ending of the first Resident Evil film.
The line "Stu-dy grooo-up! Come out and play-y-y!", a paraphrase of Luther's taunt in The Warriors. And it's used by a group of retro disco students who are very reminiscent of some of the film's weirder gangs.
Jeff's wardrobe, his anticipation of Britta trying to shoot him ("No paintballs, Hans?"), and his final retaliatory gesture at the Dean are all taken directly from Die Hard.
Chang's paint bomb plays out like the end of Predator.
Chang's entrance to the study room is straight out of a John Woo movie... minus the doves. Word of God says they didn't have the budget for them.
Shirley spouting bible verses while kicking ass? There are a couple of brothers from Southie she should meet.
Troy's football pads referencing all the way back to Mad Max 2.
The Brita/Chang scene results in two paintballs colliding, a straight from a scene in the 2009 film Wanted.
For other basic examples on the series, see "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" (an extended stop-motion homage to Rankin-Bass Christmas specials) and "Basic Lupine Urology" (a long take-off on Law & Order).
Psych's 100th episode was an Homage to the movie Clue. Lampshaded in the opening credits, which use a visual motif of flipping cards from the board game rather than the usual clips.
Twin Peaks is full of nods to the Film Noir genre in terms of its style and storylines. A particular example is to the 1944 film Laura, in which a detective becomes infatuated with an alleged murder victim through the prominent portrait in her apartment, and whose presence in the story is reinforced by a particular musical theme. Agent Cooper similarly contemplates photographs of Laura Palmer throughout his investigation, a still shot of her prom photo makes up the entire closing credits for each episode, and much of the music on the show is based around "Laura Palmer's Theme".
Matthew Graham (Life on Mars DVD extra): What if there is way we can fool people into thinking we've come up with an original idea and still give them The Sweeney?note This question was posed during the early drafting for the series - the final script and idea for the show was only cemented many years later.
One episode of NUMB3RS is an homage to Scooby-Doo. An abandoned Air Force base is thought by local Conspiracy Theorists to be hosting UFOs or the ghosts of World War II veterans, and when they catch video of balls of energy raining down from the sky and killing a person the FBI gets involved. It starts to look like an Area 51-type Government Conspiracy (the strange"Department 44" agent who tags along doesn't help in that regard—though he's surprisingly helpful with the investigation) until it's discovered that the energy was from a Lightning Gun a tech company was working on for the government (the UFO lights people saw were actually from the drone carrying it). The ray was only meant to work like an EMP, and the project's engineers were conducting secret tests to try to make it nonlethal.
Lampshaded by Colby when he says, "Why do I feel like I'm in a Scooby-Doo cartoon?" while they search the base for clues.
After the mystery's solved, Charlie muses that the company could have wasted billions more dollars stringing the government along in their refusal to admit the project was a failure. Floyd replies, "Yes, and they probably would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids," referring to Charlie, Amita, and the CalSci plasma physics engineer Charlie asked for help on the case.
"Leonard" by Merle Haggard, which pays homage to songwritter Tommy Collins, the pen name of Leonard Spies. Spies wrote several of Haggard's early big hits.
The music video of "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood. The rampage scenes – where Carrie flies into a rage upon learning that her boyfriend had cheated on her – recalls Carrie's rampage in the movie (and 2002 remake) Carrie, in particular explosions and destruction on a small-town city street as Carrie walks calmly by.
Barenaked Ladies' "Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel": "Slow Motion Walter the fire engine guy"
A use of a common mondegreen for "Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky"
Veruca Salt's "Volcano Girls:" "Well, here's another clue if you please...the seether's Louise"
A parody/homage to the Beatles "Well, here's another clue for you all...the walrus was Paul"
The Blue Oyster Cult's Cult Classic album carries back cover art which is clear homage to Terry Pratchett's novel Reaper Man. Pratchett previously homaged the BOC by using their only British hit Don't Fear The Reaper as a running gag in his books - in dog-Latin, it is the motto of the extended Death family, Non Timetus Messor. Death, as a Reaper not to be feared, has a novel of his own in Reaper Man. Pratchett homage-references other BOC songs in the Discworld cycle; elements of the front cover of Cult Classic may also reference his work. (The two stained-glass windows in the weird chapel)
Jimmy Eat World's "A Praise Chorus" contains the following verse, each line of which is a line from another song:
(Crimson and clover Over and over) Our house in the middle of our street, Why did we ever meet? Kick start my rock 'n' roll fantasy. Don't don't don't let's start, Why did we ever part? Kick start my rock 'n' roll heart!
Motion City Soundtrack's "L.G. Fuad" takes lyrics from "Forget Me" by the Promise Ring, then lampshades it:
I want to thank you for being a part of my Forget-me-nots and marigolds And other things that don't get old Is it legal to do this? I surely don't know It's the only way I have learned to express myself Through other people's descriptions of life
Kimya Dawson's "My Rollercoaster": towards the middle of the song the chorus to Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again" get thrown in, and then for a while it becomes a series of nods to everything from Metallica to Bette Midler.
The video for Keri Hilson's "Pretty Girl Rock" is an homage to various African-American female singers throughout the years. They include Josephine Baker, wartime singers, The Supremes, Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, TLC and Mary J. Blige.
Inspired by a similar set of releases by Kiss, the Melvins once put out four solo EPs in the same year, which were credited to the band but titled after the member who who wrote and performed the music. Where the homage comes in is the artwork, which directly parodied the style of Kiss releases in question and had the Melvins logo stylized after that of Kiss. Compare the Melvins' King Buzzo with Kiss' Gene Simmons
The retro group Big Daddy based their entire routine on this trope. They did mashups of contemporary hits (they were active in the 80s and 90s) not just in a generic style of the 1950s, but with a carefully reconstructed homage to a specific artist's signature riffs and vocal stylings, such as "I Want To Know What Love Is" with Ritchie Valens' rapid bass accompaniment, complete with a chorus in Spanish.
Also a complete cover of the Sgt. Peppers album, replacing the 60s pop kitsch on the cover with 50s icons. Hearing "A Day In The Life" in Buddy Holly's hiccuppy voice was good, but replacing the end-of-track noise with a plane crash and a recording of the radio broadcast announcing Holly's death was sheer brilliance.
Rainbow's "Can't Let You Go" video is an homage to the silent film The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari. Guitarist/bandleader Ritchie Blackmore plays Caligari and singer Joe Lynn Turner plays Cesare.
Paula Abdul's "Coldhearted" video is an homage to Bob Fosse's All That Jazz.
Billy Joel's An Innocent Man album is an homage to the music he grew up on in the 1960's.
OutKast's video for "Hey Ya" is a blatant homage to The Beatles' American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, right down to the retraux black and white opening with an old-fashioned TV set around the border.
The video for Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" is one for Clueless — several scenes from the film, such as the debate, outfit selection, party, and the driving test are recreated in the video, with Iggy herself playing Cher Horowitz and Charli XCX playing Tai Frasier.
The Necrons in Warhammer 40,000 started as a clear and blatant homage to the Terminator films: mysterious robotic skeletons, who carried on trying to kill you even if reduced to crawling torsos with no legs, and a special rule called "I'll Be Back". Later changes departed from this, focusing more on their image as impossibly ancient servants of even more impossibly ancient monsters. Essentially now a bunch of Ancient EvilDeterminators with a lot of Implacable Man and Omnicidal Maniac along with rather too much scalpel imagery, they maintain the robo-skeleton and "I'll Be Back".
As a Merchandise-Driven franchise with legions of rabid adult fans with long memories, Transformers tends to feature quite a lot of homages, to itself or to others, even in its toys (never mind in its plot-driven media). A simple example is when one toy is rereleased with a new paint job to look like something else (e.g., the mold for Revenge Of The Fallen toy Ransack, who turns into a biplane, got a repaint into a robot named Divebomb...using the Red Baron's colors — it's particularly noteworthy that an early Fan Nickname for Ransack was Baron Ransack von Joy). Alternatively, given the number of names that are re-used, a character that has the name of a character from a different iteration of the franchise as a namesake might have design touches meant to emulate the older character. Revenge Of The Fallen Bludgeon has two toys; one which is a repaint of an older mold, and another that is a screaming homage◊ to a G1 character of the same name.
B. Orchid from Killer Instinct is practically an homage of Cheshire from DC Comics. If you think that is unbelievable, then check out the pictures of B. Orchid and Cheshire here and here.
The opening cinematic for the Company of Heroes campaign looks a lot like the Omaha Beach landing in Saving Private Ryan... which it then subverts by having the boat full of men first seen by the player get mowed down, including the sergeant-type character who's the only one to have spoken so far in the game. Every WWII game produced after Saving Private Ryan does this. Call of Duty, Commandos, Medal of Honor, in fact the Frontline\Allied Assault games are essentially the game of the film, replete with a Tom Hanks soundalike commanding officer. Not surprising when the man behind the games is Steven Spielberg.
Probably either a coincidence or yet another derival from the once-existed Romanov dynasty.
Call of Duty 1 & 2 seem to owe a lot to The Longest Day.
The (true) end cutscene of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is, in essence, a shortened recreation of the ending of the first Star Wars movie, from the heroes' near-escape of the enemy's hideout to said hideout's dithered explosion to the later awards ceremony wherein the heroes receive medals to the male lead getting a kiss from the female lead.
World of Warcraft is full of homages, the most notable being pretty much the entire Un'Goro Crater zone, featuring:
Larion and Muigin, using hammers to deal with a pest of plants, a clear Homage to Super Mario Bros..
Apes that often drop barrels for no real reason other than an Homage to Donkey Kong's origin.
The entire zone is full of references to "Lost World"-type movies, including the Warcraft equivalents of Tyranosaurs, Pterodons and Dimetrodons.
The zone is also full of references to Land of the Lost, including NPCs with names similar to those on the show (the major travel hub run by Williden Marshal), the aforementioned dinosaurs, and red, green, yellow and blue crystals littering the landscape.
Final Fantasy IX is full of explicit references and other various thematic connections to earlier games in the series.
Popular freeware game Heros Realm is a distinct homage that harks back to the old school Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games and combines what they have to offer in one package. It flows together as smoothly as what an optimistic gamer would expect.
TimeSplitters is shock full of this. In TimeSplitters 2 the level Siberia is an homage to GoldenEye. The level is set at a dam in Siberia, 1990. One might add that Free Radical are made up of the core team of GoldenEye and TimeSplitters is regarded as the Spiritual Successor to that game. But it doesn't stop there. Neo Tokyo is set in a rainy Tokyo 2019, that is a copy of the style in Blade Runner (also set in 2019). The Machine Wars levels in Future Perfect are based off the Terminator franchise.
The Contra series has many homages to Alien, eg Giger-esque Womb Levels, facehuggers, the giant Xenomorph head miniboss, the "Queen Alien" in Super Contra and Contra 3, Xenomorph-type mooks in Super C's alien stage, and the Space Jockey skulls lining the walls in the same stage.
Near the end of Resident Evil: Code: Veronica there's a location that's a nearly identical replica of the main hall from the mansion of the original game. There's an in-plot explanation for this.
A Hidden Object Game called Robinson Crusoe and the Cursed Pirates, created by a Russian developer, contains at least one homage to Monkey Island in each and every scene! The game goes so far as to start with the words "Deep in the Caribbean", have an undead pirate villain with a crew of ghosts, and ends with a cutscene where the two main characters are looking out at their new ship when the mainmast suddenly breaks off. Several scenes in the game are directly redrawn from the old VGA backdrops. The list goes on and on and on. The sheer number of homages is so vast, that it's likely tantamount to copyright infringement on a grand scale. Fortunately for the developers, Lucasarts has done nothing against it. Yet.
Baten Kaitos incorporates an extended homage to The Tower of Druaga in a sublevel with oddly familiar 8-bit look and sound. The "Golden Hero" near this area is implied to be Gilgamesh, and all the items you need to get through here are from that game.
The last stage of the arcade version of Astyanax is a techno-organic hive straight out of Aliens, complete with facehuggers, and the Alien Queen as the Final Boss.
Fallout 3's sidequest "Those!", which involves exterminating a nest of giant fire-breathing ants, is directly based on the 1954 B-movie Them!, which was also the basis for It Came From The Desert. Fallout: New Vegas also has an ant extermination mission, although these ants don't spit fire.
The Princess' story seems to be a mix between those of the sisters of House Stark and Daenerys Targaryen (a Broken Bird princess, the last survivor of her family, joins a thieves/assassin guild, etc). Her character can also be developed with characteristics typical for those three women. An optional, downloadable pre-made Player Character Princess is also named Lyanna Stormborn, further confirming this.
Vico is very similar in his bloodlust and Jerkass behavior to Sandor Clegane, but also carries some of the characteristics of his much crueler and vicious brother Gregor.
Bran and Rizzen Do'Vrinn are a barbarian, who has been imprisoned for years, and a drow outcast respectively, who form a friendship, likely a reference to Wulfgar and Drizzt Do'Urden.
Bran's enchanted greatsword is called Frost, possibly a reference to Eddard Stark's sword of rare steel, called Ice.
The Dhorn Empire seems to be named after the Kingdom of Dorne.
Similarly to the books of A Song of Ice and Fire there are many scenes of gratuitous nudity, (optional) sex, rape and references to rape, slavery, and often cases of Anyone Can Die.
Eternal Darkness is partially styled after the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. The chapter of Dr. Maximilian Roivas, "The Lurking Horror", plays out the closet to how one of Lovecraft's stories would, ending with Max locked up in an asylum.
This strip of The Order of the Stick strip is an Homage to the Monty Python's Flying Circus "Cheese Shop" sketch. Notice there's a dead parrot and a python at the bottom. Note that the name of that particular strip is "It's Not a Gaming Session Until Someone Quotes Monty Python", itself a reference to gamers' familiarity with those works.
The Illustrated Guide To Law contains a variety of homages to pop culture ranging from Star Wars to old newspaper comics to Portal to Slenderman etc. It's been known to be meta with it, with Alfred Hitchcock's silhouette appearing at one point to ask if references to his MacGuffin and to North by Northwest had crossed the line from homage to theft.
SF Debris analyzes the concept in this video, particularly in terms of the dividing line between homage and ripoff.
The Powerpuff Girls does this a few times. The episode "Boogie Frights" contains an extended sequence based on the Death Star run in the original Star Wars. The episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" was done in the style of Rocky and Bullwinkle. "Meet the Beat-Alls" pays homage to several Beatles films (in particular Yellow Submarine and Let It Be) as well as the older Beatles cartoons.
An episode of Dexter's Laboratory was done as an episode of Wacky Races, complete with an opening sequence based on that of Wacky Races, and a narrator who was a sound-alike for the late Dave Willock, the narrator on the original show. Another episode was done as Speed Racer. Yet another was done is the style of The Pink Panther cartoon series, complete with silent characters, jazz music, and DeeDee doing the panther's unique walk.
One episode of Tiny Toon Adventures featured a parody of the film Voyage of the Kon-Tiki, complete with a "making-of documentary" parody to fill out the second half of the episode.
"Ahh, mango juice" THUD!
Codename: Kids Next Door has done several of these. Some of them, especially any homages to Star Wars (in "Snowing" and "Elections"), are so close to the originals that they verge on copyright infringement. There's also one (A.R.C.H.I.V.E.) that's an homage to The Animatrix of all things.
Incidentally, it was once posted on their blog that they had to scrap an homage to "The Lorax" for being too close to the original.
The recent Johnny Test episode "Johnny Dukey Doo" is, as you can probably tell, a spoof of your typical Scooby-Doo episode, right down to the Laugh Track and "if it wasn't for you meddling kids!" line. This is lampshaded several times, when Johnny remarks that "he's seen this somewhere before".
In the first episode, Bob and Phong play a tennis-esque game using a floating disc and energy-paddles on their hands and feet. Then the camera angle becomes a view from above, and it's instantly obvious that the game is Pong.
Another episode, "Number 7", was an homage to The Prisoner, complete with farcical trial scene, seesaw-camera-chair, and use of the phrases "Who is Number One?" and "Be seeing you".
The third season also had an episode (written, appropriately enough, by D.C. Fontana) that was an homage not only to classic Star Trek (including a log entry, a tricorder, and original series sound effects) but also superhero teams such as the Legion of Super-Heroes; the death of their leader (who acted and spoke suspiciously like William Shatner overemoting) was due to having something dropped on him... and giving a version of Spock's final lines from The Wrath of Khan.
One example involves a Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer lookalike Martian ship, features a version of the Death Star trench run, and even has Marvin complaining about people getting themselves killed trying to recreate the scene. Later, just to make sure that no-one missed the reference, the deceased Duck Dodger and Space Cadet appear at the end as glowing blue ghosts wearing Jedi robes.
Another notable episode features an uncannily spot-on parody of Samurai Jack.
Another one is in the "Fudd" episode it ends with a huge The Wizard of Oz homage. The icing on the cake is that Duck Dodgers breaks the fourth wall and informs the audience "This is not copyright infringement, it's a tribute" when they dress up as the head Fudd's guards (who even do the Winkie chant from the 1939 movie).
Season 1 episode "The Deserter" seems to be an homage to Apocalypse Now, what with the ex-elite soldier leading a guerilla resistance in the jungle and being spoken of in nigh-worshipful tones by his follower. It would probably be a little too much to expect the line "I love the smell of firebending in the morning," but other than that the resemblance is, if not uncanny, at least enough to make one think.
Episode "The Great Divide": the Zhang leader's story is expressed in an animation style strikingly similar to Dead Leaves.
A later episode was probably an homage to The Rashomon Gate.
Recess has a few homages to Hogan's Heroes, one episode going so far as to take the pilot episode of Hogan's Heroes and adapt it to the playground. Similarly, TJ and Hogan both have a trademark hat and jacket and walk into the principal/warden's office with fairly regular ease and often never getting into trouble.
In the Teen Titans episode "Revolution", British supervillain Mad Mod took over America and turned it into a Britain heavily inspired by the style of Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam. They even threw in the crushing foot!
The Transformers Animated episode Decepticon Air is an Homage to both Con Air and the first Die Hard movie, complete with Optimus using the explosives down the elevator shaft and the "air vent rant" scene.
Several episodes of Code Lyoko contain direct Homages to various movies:
Futurama features an homage to one thing or another in almost every other episode.
In "Brannigan, Begin Again", Zapp and Kif are thrown out of the military and have to live like hobos on the streets. Zapp dresses up in cowboy leather clothing and hustles on a street corner, to the tune of "Everybody's Talkin' At Me". The entire montage is a straight Homage to Midnight Cowboy.
Bender's B-Plot in "Mars University" is based directly on National Lampoon's Animal House, though it mixes in various parodies of the 80's era college frat film genre as a whole.
"Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love", where Fry Plays Cyrano for Dr. Zoidberg. Of course here Fry is not so fortunate when the lady decides that she wants him instead — she's a hideous Starfish Alien — so the plot shifts gears and we're suddenly watching "Amok Time".
Discord himself is a big one to Q. This was the case even before they got Q's actual actor to take up the role (they originally intended to use a sound-a-like) and Lauren Faust admits she created him after a Star TrekArchive Binge.
"Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000" has a musical number that homages "Trouble in River City" from The Music Man, right down to the crowd chanting "Cider! Cider! Cider!" like the original song's "Trouble! Trouble! Trouble!"
Bothversions of Pound Puppies are homages to The Great Escape and Hogan's Heroes, with Cooler being a direct reference to The Great Escape's Cooler King, and both groups of dogs escaping the pound in similar fashions to the prisoners. (Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere produced the first season of the 2010 series, who also created another homage.)
Archer sees fit to do this in one particular episode, The Placebo Effect. Archer himself and undoubtedly the writers themselves were so blown away by the famous Magnum, P.I. episode Did You See The Sun Rise that they honored it in their own little tribute.