aka: Stock Shout Out
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
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-
Some are so famous that they've become tropes themselves.
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Anime and Manga
- 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...
- For Batman, the Bat-Signal, Batcave, and the addition of the "Bat-" prefix are all referenced and parodied constantly.
- 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 phrase "Welcome to the Jungle" pops out everywhere.
- The first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
- Ode to Joy, from the Ninth Symphony.
- Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse".
- Catch Twenty Two, from the novel of the same name.
- "He who controls the Spice controls the universe!" from Dune
- "Yer a wizard, Harry", from Harry Potter.
- Forty Two: Most famous as the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything in The Hitchhiker's 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".
- 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
- 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.