A Shout-Out that pops up in a lot of places. An oddly specific Shout Out. Apparently multiple authors independently noticed the same detail and decided to reference it in their own story. The fact that so many authors possess such a thorough knowledge of the original story goes to show just how influential the subject of the Shout-Out is. Stock Shout Outs differ from Stock Parodies in two ways: They aren't played for laughs (beyond the inherent in-joke-esque nature of the common reference point) and they're usually blink-and-you'll-miss-it short. Some are so famous that they've become tropes themselves. The Other Wiki also has more information. A Super Trope to: If an example fits into one of these subtropes, it should be on that page, not here.
- Alice Allusion
- Fountain of Expies
- Hyperspace Holmes Hat
- Jaws Attack Parody
- "King Kong" Climb
- Konami Code
- Knuckle Tattoos
- Long John Shoutout
- Magic Ampersand
- Moby Schtick
- My Little Phony
- Noah's Story Arc
- Not Zilla
- Oceanic Airlines
- The Password Is Always Swordfish (At least, the subtrope thereof where it's literally "swordfish.")
- Sgt. Pepper's Shout-Out
- Shout-Out to Shakespeare
- Stock Scream
- Talk Like a Pirate
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- The giant sloped freight elevator from AKIRA
- Mazinger Z gave us the Super Alloy Z and the Rocket Punch. They pop up frequently, especially the second, which has quickly became THE most famous and most ubiquitous Super Robot weapon, showing up in all kind of works. Whenever a character screams "Roketto Panchi!" it is directly referencing the Trope Namer.
- Since Spaniards Love Mazinger-Z, the Spanish Dub Name Change variant ("¡Puños Fuera!", meaning "Fists Out!") has become so omnipresent that it has been used in movie titles. And when a foreign work features a Rocket Punch, whatever attack name that the character screams is automatically replaced by "¡Puños Fuera!" more often than not.
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Amuro's sentence "You slapped me! Not even my father slaps me!" pops up in all kind of places, including videogames (the Super Robot Wars franchise) or completely unrelated shows like Kotetsu Jeeg.
- "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." from the Hulk.
- "It's a bird! It's a plane!" from Superman. Also, "This looks like a job for..."
- Various Superman pastiches; changing costumes in a phone booth, working as a reporter, disguising yourself with only glasses...
- The cover of Action Comics #1 with Superman holding a car over his head and smashing it into a rock.
- For Batman, the Bat-Signal, Batcave, and the addition of the "Bat-" prefix are all referenced and parodied constantly.
- The TV version also gives us the theme song, "Bam!" and "Pow!" showing up in fight scenes, "Holy something, Batman," and the transition between scenes with the bat logo.
- Spider-Man's "My Spider-Senses are tingling" line, sometimes with the "Spider-" part replaced with a more appropriate prefix, sometimes not.
- "With great power comes great responsibility."
- The entire "Luke, I Am Your Father" scene in The Empire Strikes Back. Ironically, most shout outs to this will get the line wrong
- "Use the Force!"
- "Wax on, wax off", from The Karate Kid, although it's sometimes parodied with the trainer simply needing those things done.
- "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" and "The horror... the horror..." from Apocalypse Now. The latter line originates in the book, Heart of Darkness.
- Wagner as the theme tune of helicopters and napalm.
- "Oh Captain, My Captain!", along with standing on a desk — from Dead Poets Society, and therefore often used with Save Our Students plots.
- The "One of Us" chant from Freaks
- "Preciousssssss" or "my Precioussssss". Lord of the Rings
- "That's the second-[adjective]-est [noun] I've ever seen!" from Get Smart
- The Alien series has given us quite a few.
- "GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER!"
- "Nuke it from orbit. It's the Only Way to Be Sure"
- Planet of the Apes:
- The Statue of Liberty half-buried or submerged
- The line "You maniacs! You blew it up!"
- Also the "damn dirty ape" line should be expected any time there's an antagonism with a primate.
- "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?" from Taxi Driver
- The "King of the World" stance from Titanic.
- The Silence of the Lambs: "Well, Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?"
- "It puts the lotion on its skin..." and "I ate his liver with a fava beans and a nice chianti (with the odd sucking sound)" are both often used, humorously, as an exaggerated way of saying that somebody is psychotically crazy.
- 1138: George Lucas' student film, later made a full motion picture, THX 1138.
- Even referenced in the Disney Theme Parks in Star Tours
- Two Thousand One A Space Odyssey
- The monolith, and the use of "Also Sprach Zarathustra".
- "Open the pod-bay doors, HAL." Often paired with:
- "I'm afraid I can't do that." or the misquote, "I'm sorry, Dave, I can't do that" or "I'm afraid I can't let you do that" (both are used).
- Any use of "The Blue Danube" to images in space.
- "STELLLLLLLLLLLAAAA!!!!!!" from A Streetcar Named Desire
- "I'll get you, my pretty! And Your Little Dog Too!", from The Wizard of Oz
- "I'll be back." From the films of Arnold Schwarzenegger, including, but not limited to, the Terminator series.
- "That'll do, Xnote . That'll do," from Babe.
- "I'm walkin' here!", from Midnight Cowboy
- The Babel Building, from Metropolis
- "Klaatu Barada Nikto!" From The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).
- "See you next Wednesday": to director John Landis' Creator Thumbprint.
- "Tannhäuser Gate", usually as a space battle in Science Fiction. From Blade Runner. Spelling may vary. Or the whole speech may be used:
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. [pause] Time to die.
- "Feed Me!" Or "Feed me, Seymour!", delivered in a Large Ham fashion, usually in a voice as deep as the speaker can manage; from Little Shop of Horrors
- Crocodile Dundee's infamous "That's not a knife" exchange.
- "Be afraid. Be very afraid." From the remake The Fly (1986).
- The iconic shot of Cesare carrying a sleeping Jane over the rooftops in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
- Orlok's shadow ascending a staircase in Nosferatu. To the point where, when they made a movie that fictionalized the filming of Nosferatu, they literally called it Shadow of the Vampire.
- "The Spice must flow!", from David Lynch's Dune (also see below, under Literature).
- Brainwashing people will often resemble The Ludovico Technique.
- In any James Bond parody, whether it's the whole basis of the work or a fleeting gag, the villain is very likely to be based on Donald Pleasance's performance, costume and make-up as Blofeld in You Only Live Twice.
- Playing Chess with Death, from The Seventh Seal.
- A dinosaur in the rear-view mirror, from Jurassic Park.
- Any time a character dives under a lowering door as it is about to close, expect to see them drop and then retrieve their hat in reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Any sequel inexplicably subtitled "Electric Boogaloo".
- The phrase "Welcome to the Jungle" pops out everywhere.
- The first four notes of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
- Ode to Joy, from the Ninth Symphony.
- Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" has been used countless times in animated cartoons.
- Elvis Presley in his Las Vegas period.
- The Beatles in their mob top haircut days.
- The cover of Abbey Road.
- Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Parody: Because sometimes it's not even meant as a parody, but more as a shout-out.
- Sampling music is a kind of shout out in itself.
- The line "Put your hands up in the air/and wave 'm like you just don't care" from The Sugar Hill Gang has been used in countless rap songs.
- The Amen Break by the Winston Brothers and James Brown 's "The Funky Drummer" have beats and breaks that have been sampled to death.
- The announcement "The Official Adventures of..." from Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five has also been re-used countless times.
- The album cover of The Dark Side of the Moon.
- The Bo Diddley Beat.
- Catch-22, from the novel of the same name.
- "He who controls the Spice controls the universe!" from Dune
- Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear may show up once in a while.
- "Yer a wizard, Harry", from Harry Potter.
- 42: Most famous as the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything in The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, though it occurs over and over again in Lewis Carroll's works.
- "Nevermore." Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. Expect it wherever or whenever anything corvid-related appears.
- Room 101 from 1984
- Sherlock Holmes in general, but in particular lines like "elementary, my dear Watson", "the game's afoot", and "when you've ruled out the impossible, whatever remains, [however improbable,] must be the truth".
- Jean Valjean's prisoner number, #24601, pops up frequently when a series visits a prison.
- The "Gimlet" joke that is re-used throughout many of the Discworld novels: it related to a Dwarf with the capacity to really hold your gaze.
- JRR Tolkien's wise words on dwarfs in Lord of the Rings also take a repeated hammering. The original Gimli's assertion that there such things as female Dwarfs, only "they are in look and garb so alike to the males that the eyes of Man cannot tell them apart" spawns several books' worth of Shout Outs to dwarfs who favour chain-mail lingerie and take more care with grooming their beards. A Dwarf schoolgirl is allowed into a prestigious boarding school, but must plait her beard with ribbons in the school colours. Then there is Dwarf feminist Cheery Littlebottom, who rebels against all that but cannot bring herself to shave her beard off.
- References to the various Tomes of Eldritch Lore of the Cthulhu Mythos. The Necronomicon and Chambers's The King in Yellow (pre-Lovecraft but later absorbed into the mythos) are the standards, but it's not unheard of for De Vermis Mysteriis or Die Unsprechliche Kulten to make appearances.
- 23: Used in a similar way, often in reference to its appearance in conspiracy theories (There even was a whole movie about that.)
- 4 8 15 16 23 42: The Lost numbers, which notably include two numbers listed separately above.
- "Beam me up, Scotty", of course, is a misquote, but it serves as one of these nonetheless. The actual beaming up sequence is also an example, as are phasers with the settings "stun" and "kill".
- The entire opening conversation to The Prisoner.
- The piped jacket worn by the title character.
- The monstrous weather balloon Rover.
- The phrase "Questions are a burden to others; answers a prison for the self."
- "Be seeing you."
- Twin Peaks
- "Who killed Laura Palmer?"
- The iconic 'waiting room dream' that Agent Cooper has
- "Damn good coffee!"
- "The owls are not what they seem."
- "I used to be a ____ like you, then I took an arrow in the knee," from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. As of 2012 it's received nods from NCIS and Borderlands 2, among others. It's become a Discredited Meme quite quickly, which went to the point where mocking it is the new standard.
- The Cake Is a Lie had a similar lifespan. Used first in Portal, then turned into a meme, then to a Stock Shout-Out and finally a Discredited Meme. It was so abused, even the creators got sick of it and removed the references to the joke in Portal 2.
- "You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike", from Colossal Cave.
- Super Mario Bros. brought us the denial of victory in "Thank you Mario! But our princess is in another castle!" Usually only the second sentence gets used, and often as "Your Princess Is in Another Castle."
- At least in Mass Effect Fan Fiction, having one of Miranda Lawson's aliases be named Sarah Walker. This is because Miranda's character is heavily based off of hers and she's voiced by Sarah's actor Yvonne Strahovski.
- Zero Wing references invariably use CATS' opening spiel: "All your ____ are belong to us," et cetera. One example from Charles Stross' The Atrocity Archive when the protagonist is giving an overview of computational demonology:
"This has several consequences, starting with screwing over most cryptography algorithms—translation: all your bank account are belong to us ..."
- The crowbar from Half-Life.
- The children dancing during A Charlie Brown Christmas.
- Many from Scooby-Doo, but the one that stands out is "I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids." Beat. "And your dog, too." "Dog" is replaced with the appropriate qualifier.
- Or "And that stupid dog."
- Eyes popping out of their sockets and enormous rolling tongues will often be a shout-out to Tex Avery.
- A113: A reference to the California Institute for the Arts, specifically the classroom for first-year graphic design. This one is common in Pixar films (witness "special order A113" in WALL•E), but Cal Arts grad and Pixar stalwart Brad Bird also included references in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
- Someone sticking out both hands and making the V-sign with them will immediately bring up images of Richard Nixon.
- Fiction about boxing (and possibly any sort of combat sport in general) will almost always contain some sort of variation on "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee". In a similar vein, expect the protagonist to do the Ali Shuffle at some point too.