Referenced By / Star Wars

Star Wars is one of the biggest media franchises in history, and has been so frequently referenced in pop culture since it's inception, that it would be easier to find works that dont make at least one reference to this series. Parodies and homages of the series are so common, that a whole Stock Parody trope, May the Farce Be with You, has been created, and many tropes on this website have been named by the series.


  • A commercial for Energizer batteries featured Darth Vader attempting to destroy the Energizer Bunny with his lightsaber, only for the Supervolt batteries in it to run out.

Anime & Manga:

  • Transformers Victory:
    • In the first episode, Star Saber travelled to the alien settlement of Iron Town, where some inhabitants resembled Ewoks and Jawas.
    • In episode 22, a pair of mechanoids uncannily similar to C-3PO and R2-D2 were seen at the Schaeffer Energy plant.
  • The anime version of Urusei Yatsura features a slew of examples:
    • As Urusei Yatsura itself was produced during the late 70's and early 80's references abound. The most prominent probably being the group of four high school boys obsessed with Lum who are informally referred to as her "Stormtroopers".
    • In episode 38 "Steal Darling! Copy Operation!" Ataru wishes to take Shinobu to the hottest movie of the summer in 1982, which was of course "Return of the Jedi".
    • In episode 61 "The Mendo Family Masquerade War"Ataru runs into part of the Mendo Conglomerates Security Force, who are cosplaying stormtroopers and being led by Darth Vader himself.
    • In episode 89 "Lum and Ataru A Night only for Two," Lum's Stormtroopers and Mendo freak out in a forty second homage to the franchise. Complete with lightsaber duels, Chibi as Emperor Palpatine, Megane as C-3PO and Perm disturbingly dressed as Princess Leia in the golden bikini.
    • In the third Urusei Yatsura movie "Remember My Love," a Darth Vader poster can be seen hanging up in Ataru's room.
    • In the latest OVA "The Obstacle Course Swim Meet", Ran pulls out some futuristic sic-fi weaponry to combat a group of vicious water snakes, including a red lightsaber.

Comic Book:

  • The Transformers:
    • In #4 and #8, the Dinobots flew to the Savage Lands aboard a shuttle that looked very much like the Slave I.
    • In #17, a robot resembling C-3PO appeared in the Dead End.
    • In the alternate future in #43, Wreck-Gar declared "Star Wars... nothing but Star Wars!" as his homeworld was attacked by many spaceships.
    • In #45, a movie director believes his film Monsters from Mars will be "bigger than Star Wars".
    • In #52, another robot resembling C-3PO, named Chromite, found himself a victim of anti-robot prejudice in the Grand Central Space Station.


Films: Animation

  • The climax of Looney Tunes: Back in Action has Bugs Bunny pull out a lightsaber to fight Marvin the Martian, and he reads a book about The Force while blocking Marvin's laser blasts. He also quips to him "What's up, Darth?"

Live Action TV:

  • The guys on The Big Bang Theory are big sci-fi geeky nerds, and references the franchise quite often.
  • Doctor Who: In a DVD-exclusive scene bridging "Flesh and Stone" and "The Vampires of Venice", the Doctor compares himself to both Gandalf and Yoda, or, in his words, "What was his name? The little green one." Complete with lightsaber noises.
  • In How I Met Your Mother, most of the gang are Star Wars fans and frequently reference it throughout the series, such as:
    • Barney has a life-sized Storm Trooper in his apartment.
    • In one episode, Ted starts freaking out because his girlfriend has never seen Star Wars, and when they show to her she has a very neutral reaction.
    • In another episode, Barney is concerned his girlfriend is older than she says she is because she hates the Ewoks. note 
  • In two episodes of Sesame Street in the late 1970s, R2-D2 and C-3PO visited the street.
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun: "Ooh, look at me. I am so important, my father's Darth Vader!" "He is?!"
  • The X-Files:
    • Emil compares the UFOs to something from Star Wars: Episode IVA New Hope in "Deep Throat".
    • Mulder compares his and Deep Throat’s relationship to the one between Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. When Mulder gets angry once, he tells him to cut off the Obi-Wan Kenobi crap.
    • In "Small Pototoes", Amanda Nelligan is a huge fan who has seen the films countless times and is convinced that Luke Skywalker is the father of her baby girl. She hums the theme, and Scully asks whether Luke brought his lightsaber.
    • In "Vienen" after Doggett explains how five years ago, Mulder and Scully investigated the black oil substance that somehow curved into an alien colonization theory:
      Mulder: And you’d like to help, but you left your lightsaber at home.

Video Games

  • Ratchet & Clank has included a few references to Star Wars.
    • Ratchet & Clank (2002): The Deplanetizer is an obvious ersatz of the Death Star, in that its a planet killing superweapon. The 2016 movie and game takes the similarities even further by turning it into a full blown battle station.
    • Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando: In the extras section, there's a joke poster parodying one of the original posters for A New Hope.
    • One of the planets in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal is called Tyhrranosis. Both the name of the world and its wasteland like landscape are an obvious reference to Geonosis from Attack of the Clones.
    • In Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools Of Destruction, one of the skill points is called "What's That, R2?"
    • In Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time, Qwark's infiltration plan relies on a conveniently-exposed thermal exhaust port. While trying to pull it off, you're nearly crushed in a smelly, watery trash compactor. After you beat the game, Lord Vorselon taunts you by revealing that he is your father... 's accountant.
    • The 2016 movie uses the Wilhelm Scream (made famous by the original Star Wars films) for a gag when Aleero City is being attacked by the Blarg. The accompanying video game has a holocard for the Rilgar Sewers, which state that they're a "wretched hive of scum and villainy" and that you should be cautious.
  • One of the commercials for Jak 3 has Daxter parody the "I am your father." scene from Empire Strikes Back.
  • Piratez: Much of the Smugglers faction references the Millennium Falcon, with the leader modelled after Han Solo, the engineers somewhat resembling Wookies and Public Enemy being a shout out to Obi-Wan, especially how he appears in the Star Wars Gangsta Rap 3.
  • The Pig Star from Rocket Knight Adventures is a parody of the Death Star.
  • The Death Egg from Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a parody of the Death Star.


  • Square Root of Minus Garfield references:
    • This strip edits Garfield's dialogue to be speaking in Yoda syntax.
    • This one does the same as the above, and also reverses the panels so it appears Garfield is using the force on Jon.
    • This strip contributes to the "I declare this house property of the X empire" Running Gag using the Galactic Empire.
    • This one edits a Garfield strip where Garfield declares he is absolutely not getting out of bed today, only for Jon to tell him there's a spider on his bed and him to jolt out immediately. His old response of "I keep forgetting we live in a generation without absolutes" is changed to "I keep forgetting only a sith deals in absolutes". As a bonus, the strip is titled "Don't Make Me Kill You".
  • Knights of Buena Vista is a Campaign Comic covering Disney films such as Frozen. Hans's player says he is "on a diplomatic mission to Arendelle".

Web Video

Western Animation

  • One of the Larry Doyle Looney Tunes shorts is called Attack of the Drones, an obvious play off of Attack of the Clones.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door had more than its fair share of Star Wars references. In particular, the episodes "Operation C.A.K.E.D.-F.O.U.R." and "Operation S.N.O.W.I.N.G." were respectively Whole Plot References to the Death Star scenes from A New Hope and the Hoth scenes from The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • In one episode, Dexter has "Star Wars" as the password for his lab.
    • In his first appearance, Mandark has the Death Star as part of his laboratory.
    • In "Robodexo 3000", the sounds made by the Energy Thief are the same sound effects used for the TIE fighters.
    • In "Babe Sitter", Mandark is in his lab playing with action figures of himself, Dee-Dee, and Dexter made to look like Star Wars characters.
    • In "D & DD", Dexter tells one of his companions in the game to "Use the Force!"
  • In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Mad Love", The Joker quips "May the floss be with you!". Also counts as an Actor Allusion, as Joker was voiced by Mark Hamill in that series, and he also happens to be married to a dentist.
  • The Rugrats episode "Falling Stars" is a run of the mill Star Wars parody. Angelica appears as an evil Darth Vader lookalike, Grandpa Lou comes to Tommy in a vision like a ghostly Yoba/Obi mentor, and Chuckie flies the space ship through passageways that look like the Death Star in the climactic scene of the first Star Wars movie. Angelica also throws in the obligatory parody of Luke's parental reveal by telling Tommy that she is his cousin, to which he replies with a Big "NO!".
  • Transformers: The Movie:
    • After the initial sequence with Unicron, the film's background is established with an Opening Scroll. (This is only in the British release of the film, because Britain was behind in the airings of the series. The American release jumped straight from the opening sequence to the credits.)
    • The movie's promotional material mentions that the film was "conceived in the epic tradition of Star Wars".
    • One of the film's primary characters, Arcee, has a head design styled in the likeness of Leia Organa Solo's famous "cinnamon bun" hair from A New Hope.
    • Megatron, at one point, uses a lightsaber-type weapon against Optimus Prime. So does Hot Rod during his training.
    • The villain Unicron is a gigantic planet-destroying robotic spheroid, like the Death Star.
    • The sound effect produced when Rodimus Prime opens the Autobot Matrix is a combination of several lightsaber power-up sounds; Nelson Shin, who designed the sound, was also on the sound crew for Transformers: The Movie.
    • At the scene where Rodimus Prime receives the Matrix of leadership, the voice of Optimus Prime is heard. This is a reference to Obi-wan Kenobi saying the phrase "Use the Force, Luke" to Luke Skywalker in the Battle of Yavin.
    • Unicron is voiced by the late Orson Welles, who was considered for the voice of Darth Vader.
  • The Pac-Man episode "Pacula" starts at a drive-in theater, where the movie's hero is told, "Use the power pellet force, Luke."
  • Toward the end of the Yogi's Treasure Hunt episode "Yogi Bear on the Air", the former TV presenter Connie Kindly has made herself over to resemble Princess Leia.