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- In the original Yu-Gi-Oh! ("Game King") manga, there are two story arcs in which the characters play tabletop role-playing games that are inspired by the author's experiences playing D&D, Monster World and the final Millennium World arc. Also, at one point in the story, Yugi is forced to play a game called "Dragons, Dice, & Dungeons" (Dungeon Dice Monsters in the anime and English manga), which is obviously a direct Shout-Out to Dungeons & Dragons in name.
- Code Geass's titular ability is a magical ability to command someone to do whatever you want with a few limitations. Alter the limitations, spelling, and pronunciation, and you have the Geas spell.
- Chapter 3 of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality features Bounce Boots ("Made with real Flubber!"), Knives +3! Forks +2! Spoons with a +4 bonus!, goggles that turn anything you look at green, and cushy lounge chairs with ejection seats for emergencies (???). In later chapters as well, various potions come from D&D.
- In the short story "Same-Day Delivery" by Desmond Warzel, the phrase "blue bolts from the heavens" appears twice; this is a direct Shout-Out to first-edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons; specifically, the Dungeon Master's Guide.
- The web-novel Domina has a long, long list of D&D shout-outs. Most obvious is that most of the demon warlords are named after the princes of the Abyss, while the vampire ones are largely named after the dukes of Hell. Graz'zt, Obox-ob, Pale Night, Malcanthet, and Orcus for the demons, and Bel, Dispater, Mammon, Belial, Glasya, Mephistopheles, and Asmodeus for the vampires have all been mentioned—in addition to other characters like Obould (Forgotten Realms) and Abigor, Bileth, and Zepar (the warlords in charge of Maladomini).
- Terry Pratchett was a D&D player, and liked to incorporate elements and references to the game, especially in the early novels which focused on fantasy parody (as opposed to the broad satire of later books). Perhaps most notably would be in The Colour of Magic, where the game the gods play with the lives of men appears to literally be Dungeons and Dragons, and the sound of dice precedes random encounters.
Thunder rolled. It rolled a seven.
- In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Greg and Rowley are introduced by a nerd to a game called "Magic and Monsters", a clear Captain Ersatz of D&D.
Live Action TV
- Community has two episodes which centre around the game, "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" and "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons". In both cases, the study group attempts to use the game to help somebody with personal issues, but their dysfunctional nature and lack of knowledge about D&D means it doesn't quite turn out as planned.
- In an episode of Angel, a nerdy client of Angel Investigations mentions to the titular client that his friends ended up in a weird situation through their playing D&D. Angel, being a vampire with hundreds of years of supernatural experience, assumes said client is talking about actual dragons, which he's fought.
- Stranger Things: D&D games appear in a few episodes, and the Demogorgon is named after the two-headed demon lord.
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Th episode "Born to Run" briefly features a D&D game, in which one of the characters describes killing an umber hulk with a vorpal sword.
- Foxtrot: Creator Bill Amend plays the game, so Jason and Marcus can often be seen playing D&D in his strip.
- Magicka: The very first sentence to be uttered in the cutscene before the first level has no less than six shout outs. See for yourselves: "Stay a while and listen, and I will tell you a story. A story of Dungeons & Dragons, of Orcs and Goblins, of Ghouls and Ghosts, of Kings and Quests, but most importantly — of Wizards and Vamp — Well, a story of Wizards."
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance:
- Black Bolt's Level 9 ability "Power Word" is likely named after the series of spells.
- The mysterious Circle of Eight is also likely a reference to the same-named group in Greyhawk.
- Borderlands 2 has the Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep DLC, which is filled to the brim with D&D references (plus other fantasy Shout Outs). The whole premise of the game even has Tina (as the Game Master) and the original Vault Hunters play "Bunkers and Badasses", minus Roland, who is dead.
- Firewatch contains a D&D knockoff named Wizards & Wyverns, which you can find maps and even a character sheet for that were made by one of the game's supporting characters, Brian Goodwin.
- Because Futurama is a cartoon created by nerds, there's been plenty.
Gary Gygax: "Greetings! It's a— (rolls two ten-sided dice) pleasure to meet you!"
- In "I Second That Emotion", a pet Rust Monster can be seen at a veterinarian — owned by a robot!
- "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back" featured a cameo from a Beholder.
- Gary Gygax appeared as himself in the third short in "Anthology of Interest I", where he's part of a secret alliance that protects the space-time continuum along with Stephen Hawking, Nichelle Nichols, Al Gore, and the chess-playing computer Deep Blue. Naturally, most of is lines are DnD jokes.
- "Bender's Game" was one big homage to the game. The credits even say that the film was made in dedication to Gary Gygax, with clips from his guest appearance included at the end.
- In "Fry am the Egg Man", Professor Farnsworth has a book called the Gygaxicon, which he explicitly refers as a "Monster Manual".
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
- In "Billy and Mandy Begins", a Grell, an Umber Hulk, an Otyugh, and an Owlbear can be seen in a crowd of monsters.
- In "Wrath of the Spider Queen", Velma (who resembles Lolth or a Drider) is served by "Dark Elves".
- Magic Missile and the Elemental Plane of Fire have been mentioned in other episodes.
- The Gravity Falls episode "Dungeons, Dungeons, And More Dungeons" sees Dipper playing a parody of the famous tabletop game.
- An episode of Dexter's Laboratory had Dexter and his friends playing D&D. Dexter proved to be a Killer Game Master, but when Dee Dee took over, she was a lot nicer.
- Lots in Adventure Time.
- The series' title card is inspired by the 3rd Edition logo.
- After being freed from prison in "What Have You Done?", the Ice King loudly proclaims "CAST DETECT SECRET DOORS!" before blasting a hole to freedom.
- The Carrion Crawler, the Mimic, the Gelatinous Cube, and the Trapper have made cameos in episodes.
- The final conversation in "Ignition Point" references Character Alignment multiple times.
- In "Wizard Battle", the Wizard Abracadaniel shouts "Cantrip!" upon casting one of his many Useless Useful Spells.
- My Life as a Teenage Robot: In "Queen Bee",
VickyVexus throws Brit and Tiff into unpopularity! (read: the school's D&D club)
- Another episode has a very brief scene of Jenny and Sheldon playing D&D.
- The New Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Show had an episode where the gang visited a Wizards and Warlocks convention.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: In "Web of the Dreamweaver", the Monster of the Week is a villain from a "Crypts and Creatures" game that Sheriff Stone and his friends played as kids. Shaggy also admits that he used to be an avid C&C player.