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- A General Electric ad heavily references the series, showing how technology has marched on.
Anime & Manga
- The portal back to Brigadoon in Brigadoon: Marin and Melan is based off the series.
- From the dub of Dead Leaves: "Let's make like a tree and get the hell out of here!"
- Episode 20 of Digimon Xros Wars has GranLocomon using the Xros Loader to transfer Zones. He does this by speeding up, slowly creating a portal in front of him as he accelerates. Thankfully, he gets stopped before reaching 88 MPH.
- Himitsu no Akko-chan's end credits have the characters reenacting scenes from famous movies, this being among them.
- Episode 12 of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Reference Overdosed as it is, naturally has a Shout-Out to this series.
- Tenri's western clothing in The World God Only Knows is a Whole Costume Reference to Clara Clayton.
- Haiyore! Nyarko-san has Luhy Distone owning a green Delorean that can fly (and leaves behind flame trails).
- From Atomic Robo: "Should an intense young man or a wild-eyed gentleman ever approach you and mention the word 'Tunguska', I want you to shoot them."
- Also, the Telluric Interchanger that Emma presents at the National 4th Grade Science Fair is more than a little bit similar (read: identical) to the Flux Capacitor.
- A Flux Capacitor cameos in the background of issue 10 of the Darkwing Duck comic book.
- The Time Travel device used in Back to the Frollo (whose very name is also a reference to the series) is a Chevy.
- A joke about "ponymarines" in Curse of the Demon Pony is based off a similar joke in Part III.
- My Little Castlevania has a reference to "1.21 gigawatts".
- A chapter of the Total Drama story, Legacy is titled "Back To the Present", marking a return to the frame story after two chapters of flashbacks.
- In The Butterfly Effect prequel fanfic The Butterfly Effect 0, the head of the Sunnyvale Institution is named Dr. Emmett Von Braun.
- The first chapter of the Troll Fic (presumably) Gurren Lagannhen is named after "The Power of Love".
- YuYuGiDigiMoon briefly imitates the famous fading sequence.
- From I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC, during the Time Travel-heavy third season:
Deadpool: Great Scott!
Green Goblin: I know, this is heavy.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series
- "The Power of Love" is playing when the Time Roulette is used in episode 8.
Bakura: Cards? Where we're dueling we don't need cards.
- Before Yusei goes back to Jaden's time, the Crimson Dragon says "Once you hit 88-miles-per-hour..."
Films — Animation
- During the opening credits of A Christmas Carol (2009), a few kids are having fun by clinging onto the backs of carriages and hitching a ride on them. Upon being redeemed, Scrooge himself does this too.
- A chase scene in Aladdin ends with the pursuers getting covered in manure.
- Later, Aladdin pretends to jump off a balcony and is caught by a flying device hovering at a height just far enough below the balcony for his head to disappear, much like the purpose the DeLorean served in Part II.
- One of Raoul's puns in the English version of A Monster in Paris is a reference to the series.
- During the car chase between the heroes and the weasels in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the weasel driving sneers "I'm gonna ram 'im!"... then, when the attempted target of their vehicular assault dodges, he and his mooks scream as they hurtle towards a crash, just like the scene with Biff chasing a skateboard-riding Marty in Part II.
- In How to Train Your Dragon, a sketch of a flux capacitor can be seen on a wall◊ behind Hiccup.
Films — Live-Action
- The Wishful Thinking van taking off into the sky at the end of A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! mimics the famous ending shot of the first movie.
- Bloodsuckers Anonymous, among other references, has a very familiar Time Machine.
- Camp Nowhere
- As soon as Time Travel is brought up in Donnie Darko, Donnie mentions the DeLorean.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel has several references to Time Travel-related media, this being among them. One character lifts his shades ala the famous movie posters, and later a movie theater is shown playing "A Boy's Life", the Working Title for the original film.
- Seth Mc Farlane's western comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West features an in-character cameo of Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown in a reference to the third film.
- Here's some interesting trivia: originally, the climax of getting Marty McFly back, well, to the future, was that Doc Brown was going to take him and a refrigerator to an A-Bomb test, and let the bomb's effects send him back to his rightful time. However, Spielberg was uncomfortable with the idea, concerned that kids might climb into abandoned fridges to play-act the scene, and so asked Robert Zemeckis to find a different approach. However, no good idea goes unpunished, and thus was born the infamous fridge scene from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- Ciaphas Cain has a flying DeLorean in Duty Calls.
- In Dark Future, Bronson Manolo's high-tech and highly secure tank and mobile command center is a DeLorean Sand Master.
- Stop me if you've heard this one before: The male protagonist of a Time Travel story falls in love with a girl whose (married) name is "Clayton". Said Time Traveller also funds their stay by gambling on longshot sports upsets with future information. Guess what that description applies to? If you said "the Stephen King novel 11/22/63", you're right!
- The Delorelion from Zoofights has a Flux Capacitor, which gets set off in the sixth installment during a fight, sending both combatants back in time.
- The final episode of Ace Of Cakes was made for the series' 25th anniversary, and is appropriately decked with references.
- The Castle episode "He's Dead, She's Dead" has a reference to the series, among other Time Travel-based works.
- Spin City has Michael J. Fox's character looking at his watch in a matter quite similar to the famous posters for the series. This was most definitely intentional.
- In Chuck, Dr. Leo Dreyfus (played by Christopher Lloyd) is constantly called "Doc" by Chuck.
- An entire episode was laden with Back to the Future jokes, when one of the characters ill-advisedly buys an old DeLorean for cheap because it's owner is fed up with it. The car can't go faster than 22 miles per hour, and there are several jokes lampshading both the car's prominent role in the series and it's general lack of quality.
- The Community episode "Introduction to Finality", Evil Abed makes his opinions on Part II quite clear.
- The first victim in an episode of CSI: NY is named Dr. Martin Browning, a mashup of Marty McFly and Doc Brown's names.
- Doctor Who, also being a famous time travel-based series, has a few references to the series:
- One of these is in "The Shakespeare Code".
- In "The Vampires of Venice", the Doctor climbs a stone edifice in a storm in order to do something to a mechanical device.
- When the Doctor changes history in "The Waters of Mars", we see news entries with changing text. Not to mention the flaming tire trails....
- In the Hannah Montana episode "The Way We Almost Weren't", Miley and Jackson time-travel back to the diner where Robbie met their mother for the first time. When they accidentally interfere with the initial encounter, Jackson starts fading out of existence. They spend the rest of the episode trying to make their parents meet so that they are actually born.
- The series Get a Life features an episode where Chris Elliot's man child character needs to time travel (it's that sort of show). While going through, and rejecting various famous time travel devices (such as a Time Tunnel that is infested with bats), he rejects a DeLorean because it has a broken turn signal and that can be dangerous at 88 MPH.
- The Busted song "Year 3000" has several references to the series.
- The description for the "Guilty Pleasure" home video says that the label gave them $650,000 to make the video, which they blew on a sports car. Afterwards, the official video for "Guilty Pleasure" was released, and we get to see that the car the band blew all that money on was a DeLorean.
- The music video for the Electric Six song "Down at McDonnelzzz", a DeLorean shows up at one point.
- British band McFly are named after the main character and his family.
- The album "Tillbaka till samtiden" ("Back to the present") by the famous Swedish band Kent. It doubles as a pun, since "Back to the future" means "Tillbaka till framtiden" in Swedish.
- One April Fools' Day, Google calculated that the time it took to load the search results was 1.21 gigawatts.
- Dirty Laundry: An Alternate 1980s explores an Alternate Universe where the series had four films and Marty was played by John Cusack.
- The My Density ring in Gaia Online is a shout-out to the scene where George McFly accidentally substitutes the word "density" for "destiny."
- Absit Omen has a time-traveling wizard that references the series heavily.
- Somewhere in Anything Agency Vs Lawbreakers RP's mass of references, a allusion to this series pops up.
- At one point in A World Of Heroes, Wildcard calls Dax "McFly".
- In Celestial Refresh, Francis York Morgan's Intro Topic involved him meeting Doc Brown and Dr. Malcolm.
- Chrononauts has Gray's Sports Almanach.
- A very subtle one when Westridge is briefing you when you first arrive at the safehouse in the Middle East in Alpha Protocol. Apparently the computer has an internet connection "that's so fast you'll feel like you're going back in time."
- The first Amateur Surgeon game has a Bonus Boss referencing the series.
- The Time Travel plot from the very 80's-inspired game Retro City Rampage alludes to the series quite a bit.
- In the Wild West-themed "Ham 'em High" chapter of Angry Birds, Level 14-5 has a DeLorean as a set piece.
- One of BlazBlue Continuum Shift's achievements is named "1.21 Gigawatts!"
- A white-board in Black Mesa notes that the high powered laser requires 1.21 gigawatts.
- Burnout Paradise has a floating DeLorean knockoff.
- The first Borderlands game has this quote from Patricia Tannis:
"We'll need a nuclear reactor to generate the 1.21 gigawatts - oh, hey!"
- The Guardian, from Call of Duty: Black Ops II's multiplayer, consumes 1.21 gigawatts of power.
- During the Reverie DLC for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, you come across a scroll which mentions a time machine built by Emmett Marron.
- One achievement in Civilization V references the series.
- In Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley, Smiley refers to the "speed of time travel", 88 MPH. Also, Winklemeyer's helmet seems to be intended to resemble the one Doc Brown is seen wearing.
- When starting his vehicle after a full stop in Crash Tag Team Racing, Cortex sometimes says "1.8 Gigawatts of power!"
- In Crysis 2, in the electrified tunnel near the end of the second chapter, the first time you get shocked, the suit discreetly warns you that the electricity is 1.21 gigawatts.
- The power output of Tesla's Hypercoil weapon in Dark Void is 1.21 gigawatts.
- At one point in Dead Space, you have to salvage a "Singularity Core" from the USM Valor. Said core looks an awful lot like a Flux Capacitor.
- In Déjà Vu, Stogie remarks that he'd never seen anyone wearing purple underwear before. At least he didn't call you "Calvin."
- The terrorist combi van in the second Desert Strike game is ripped right out of the first movie.
- There's a quest in DragonFable called "Back To The Past". The boss is called Biff, and his death animation is a manure truck dropping on him.
- The secret Nostalgia Level in Driver: San Francisco is unlocked by driving 88 MPH in a DeLorean.
- Dungeons of Dredmor has a katana item with the description "All the best stuff is made in Japan."
- In one level of Duke Nukem: Time to Kill, Duke can come across the DeLorean.
- In FreeSpace, there's a cutscene where scientists are testing new shield technology. The firing beam discharges at 1.21 gigawatts.
- Kingdom of Loathing:
- One ultra-rare enemy can send you hopping throughout time as an attack, ending with "Great Scott!"
- Also, an encounter in the Haunted Ballroom mimics the plot of the first movie, the difference here being that the Marty stand-in is a ghost, like everyone else there, and therefore isn't really in danger of death. Nonetheless, the player character helps him out. (As an added bonus, the filename for his image is named "Keaton.jpg".)
- Another adventure is titled "Hack to the Future".
- The Five Nights at Fuckboy's series uses a time-traveling DeLorean as a major plot device.
- Yo-Jin-Bo has a reference to the series.
- Steins;Gate makes many references to the series including mentioning "1.21 gigawatts" and the main plot device is called D-Mail, which is short for DeLorean Mail. The lead writer even calls Back to the Future one of his favorite movies.
- As Twilight looks over the wreckage the titular Double Rainboom causes, a double fire trail is shown. To further cement in the reference, the famous theme cameos in the background music for a few seconds.
- After Hours
Dan: Marty gave this random black guy the push he needed to succeed in 1955, the year the civil rights movement started.
- The series is discussed, declaring Marty's mother Lorraine to be a hardcore sadist who can only orgasm when danger is involved.
Katie: First we learn that Lorraine is like a danger-slut. She only falls for George in the first place because he's injured, and then in the alternate past, Marty gets injured and she falls for him.
Soren: That's the basic plot of the movie, yeah.
- Then there's this discussion:
Katie: (bewildered) Okay...so you're saying...?
Michael: Black people invented hoverboards!
Dan: Close. I'm saying I wouldn't be surprised if the original rough draft of Back to the Future was Marty time-traveling and crafting black history. [gives examples]
Michael: I would watch that movie.
Dan: All I'm saying is that Marty influences history in exactly two ways, not related to parental boning. One, he gives black people the idea for rock music. And two, he gives a black guy political aspirations the year the civil rights movement started.
Katie: (conceding) Okay...
Michael: Huh. Why do you know what year the civil rights movement started?
Dan: Why do you not?!
- The series is discussed, declaring Marty's mother Lorraine to be a hardcore sadist who can only orgasm when danger is involved.
- At the end of the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse episode "Endless Summer", Summer rides the Mattel-branded hoverboard from the sequels.
- The time machine in the Dick Figures episode "Steakosaurus" has a Flux Capacitor right in the middle of it.
- Several references in Homestar Runner and its main attraction.
- Expect the DeLorean to show up if a game reviewed on Zero Punctuation involves Time Travel. (Either that or a TARDIS.)
- Clear Skies 3: When Sol's boosting the drive output near the end, his screen shows a prompt warning him that rerouting the power will void the warranty, and the amount of power transferred is 1.21 gigawatts.
- One of the Alternate Universes explored in certain Darths & Droids comics include "Docs and DeLoreans".
- From Dinosaur Comics: Here lies T-Rex / Where he's going, he won't need... roads.
- Marty cameos in the fake ending of Distillum.
- The Time Travel arc of Draw Your Own Story is a Whole Plot Reference to this series.
- Life in the Analog Age has a reference to the series.
- In Frankie and Stein, Shelley claims that Frankie's head will explode, citing "It is too science! I saw it on TV!" as proof. Stein tries to figure out where she got her "information," referencing (along with Doctor Who and The Time Machine) "the one with the car".
- Gender Swapped has the characters watching the movie on TV.
- The time-travelling Mysterious Mare-Do-Well in Hoofstuck paraphrases a scene from Part II: "Third, if you ever have a daughter who, when she's eight years old, accidentally sets fire to the living room rug, go easy on her."
- This Square Root of Minus Garfield strip edits the Garfield comic from October 25, 1985, the day Doc Brown successfully tested his time machine in the first film, edited so the DeLorean is about to crush Nermal.
- Retro Assist Me has a lot of references to this series, being themed around Time Travel and all.
- From Bum Reviews' take on Prince of Persia: Sands of Time: "Marty, it runs on sand!"
- Kyle (of Brows Held High)'s Kickstarter video has him trying to think of a name for his political Time Travel movie. One idea is Super-Pac to the Future.
- One of Chris Bores's other projects is called "Back to the Past".
- Doc Brown raps against the Doctor in one episode of Epic Rap Battles of History.
- Four Blokes Without Telly has a reference in episode 8.
- The Nostalgia Critic's review of A Troll in Central Park has Alan Silvestri's theme play when Stanley saves Rosie with his flying boat, a nod to when Doc saved Marty in Part II.
- Caleb's Hideous Hangover Cure for Armand in Flander's Company is a reference to Part III's.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks has two episodes named "Back to Dave's Future" and "Back to Our Future".
- In one episode of American Dad!, Stan and Steve are trying to get a door for Stan's project of building a DeLorean, and are competing with a Back to the Future fanboy, who steals the knob from Stan's gearshift. Steve climbs out onto the hood, leaps into the other guy's DeLorean, steals the knob back, and then jumps back to Stan's car, even flipping back down into the passenger's seat. All while a Suspiciously Similar version of the Back to the Future theme song plays.
- Professor T. Bird introduces his new Flying Car to the Battletoads with this line:
"Where we're going, we don't need tires!"
- Sparky from the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers episode "Does Pavlov Ring a Bell?" is quite similar to Doc Brown.
- From Chop Socky Chooks: "Where did I go? Back to the future?"
- An unused joke from Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball had a reference to the past Lorraine kissing Marty when Leia kissed Luke.
- The Family Guy episode "Meet the Quagmires" is a Whole Plot Reference to Back to the Future, with Peter going back to 1984 and accidentally preventing his marriage to Lois.
- "Finders Keepers" has a cutaway where George questions Lorraine about the similarities between their son and the "Marty" they met in 1955.
- During the chicken fight from "Internal Affairs", Peter and the Giant Chicken go back in time to the Old West and return to the present via Marty and the Time Train.
- When the twins travel into the past in an episode of Gravity Falls, Dipper asks "When the heck are we?" Mabel is about to ask the same question. This is a reference to the first film, where Marty asks "Where the hell are they?" and Doc Brown replies with, "The question is, when the hell are they?" Dipper said the line Mabel was about to say, as she expected him to start with, "Where the heck are we?", thereby copying the exchange word for word.
- During the montage in the Hey Arnold! episode "Grandpa's Birthday", Arnold and Grandpa Phil see a movie with a man hanging from a clock tower.
- The extremely rare cartoon adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors — Little Shop — has an episode called "Back to the Fuchsia".
- The Simpsons:
- In That 90's Show Homer performs at a concert, where a certain "Marvin Cobain" calls his cousin to tell him about the new sound "he's been looking for", in a parody of the scene where "Marvin Berry" makes a similar call to his cousin Chuck.
- The episode title Bart to the Future.
- In the third segment of Treehouse Of Horror XXIII, "Bart & Homer's Excellent Adventure" Bart used Professor Frink's time machine car (Similar to the DeLorean time machine) to go back into time to get a low priced comic book in 1974. While in the past, he prevented his parents from meeting and checks out his picture. The picture seems to disappear, suggesting that he prevented his existence. Instead, a new picture showed up, revealing him to still be born despite him mom marrying someone else.