Many Fan Fics
use Shout Outs
- to things within fandom, and to other works, because it's all Just for Fun
Fan Fics with their own Subpages:
The Butterfly Effect
- Fanfiction.net has a humorous CSI fanfic in which Ray takes 'Morpheus' as an online username, a shout out to his The Matrix role.
Ed, Edd n Eddy
- All You Need Is Love is one to Twilight which is, naturally, also a Take That.
For some reason Naomi found herself thinking of The Godfather, and the horse's head tossed into a bed. Except the horse's head was Matt's and it was Mello's leopard printed waterbed that was soaked in blood.
- In the Crack Fic A Charmed Life Light bought a copy of Icha-Icha magazine for their articles on Kira and L and later uses Star Trek as an example when seriously considering pursuing a relationship with Ryuk. Ryuk plays Mario Kart with Light and Halo: Reach with Matt online. There are also shout outs to Bleach, Japanese Mythology and Norse Mythology, as well as an allusion to the Matt/Mello pairing.
- There are tons in a A Cure for Love: Matt hums the Star Wars "Imperial March" when Kira enters the meeting room. Also when Light gets a scar on one of their misadventures of getting shot at he grumbles in his Internal Monologue that it makes him look like Harry Potter. Also in the deleted scenes Mello compares Light to the Byronic Hero Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights and his Freudian Excuse is similar in this ficverse. There's a stealth one with the Original Character V who has a vendetta. Also "Matt had just been spectacularly killed by a zombie riding a unicycle" and Near points out that "One does not simply walk into Mordor." Also when Light confides in L about his little problem and why he can't just quit: "Think of Faust, L. It's Faust on a shorter time scale." And Light's ultimate scheme is a shout out to Children of Men.
- In Kira Sweetheart there's a Shout Out to the "Got Milk?" commercial, L dreams of Candy Land, Misa shops at Hot Topic, "An Excellent Day For An Exorcism" is a quote from The Exorcist, Rem's line "The conversion has already begun" is a Shout Out to Disturbed, L declares "I am the law,", L gets Ryuk hooked on EverQuest, Dr. House is Light's attending physician, L pays for Light's surgery with his L-Credit Card, Light and L watch Black Butler, and the title of the last chapter, Sugarcoat, aside from being an Incredibly Lame Pun was inspired by the song by Breaking Benjamin. Also there's a couple of stealth ones: one to The Godfather ( even Bad Ass mafia hitmen know it's not fun getting stabbed in the hand). Another scene is inspired by an episode of Babylon 5 where the doctor restricts the crew from eating their favorite foods and they deal with it by trying to switch their plates around.
- In the AU My Stupid Reality the first books Light read as a child that had any substance to them were Evil Genius, Artemis Fowl, Matilda, Ender’s Game, and Battle Royale-this is what causes the canon divergence because after finishing this reading list young Light Yagami decides it might be more prudent to hide his genius. Later when on the run from L, Light sets up a false trail for his pursuers that leads them through Minnesota to Fargo, North Dakota. There are also shout outs to Portal and Super Mario Bros..
- Ed, Edd, Eddy n Edna: "Can't sleep, clowns will eat me, Can't sleep, clowns will eat me, Can't sleep, clowns will eat me, Can't sleep, clowns will eat me."
- The story itself is full of shout outs to other works, usually due to Author Appeal. For instance, chapter 16 starts with Edna and May watching a One Piece movie and chapter 21 starts with the four Eds watching WWE Summerslam.
- The Ed Of The World: Ed's theory of the moon getting out of orbit and striking Earth may be a reference to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, though it may be just a coincidence.
His Dark Materials
- The Elemental Chess Trilogy has a few, both in-universe and otherwise.
- In the first story, the three main characters sneak into beseiged Central City using a hot air balloon, which is a Call Back of sorts to the 2003 anime adaptation.
- Edward Elric's son is named Lucas, after Luke Triton from the Professor Layton games.
- The Brotherhood anime showed a photograph of Roy Mustang after the end of the series in which he has a mustache, for reasons unexplained. Many members of the fandom prefer to believe that, as the picture in question belonged to Ed, he had drawn the mustache onto it; this Epileptic Tree is firmly planted in the fanfic.
The Lord of the Rings
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- 11 Drunk Nobodies Play Slender has a ton of them:
- The whole fic is a Shout-Out to 11 Drunk Guys Play Slender and Slender in general.
- Saix is apparently obsessed with the game New York Shark.
- In their game of Rock-Paper-Scissors, Xaldin and Demyx call out Chuck Norris and Mr. Spock respectively.
- Xaldin calls the random appearance of the author's friend's Original Character a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment.
- Demyx refers to the YouTube video "some guy yells at some cats" when Slender Man shows up for the first time: "RUN! FLUCKING RUN! YAAAH!
- When Roxas is scared to play the game, Axel decides it's "time to go Hajime Aoyama on his ass!" Roxas' crying is later compared to Keiichirou's.
- Luxord, who's too drunk to speak right, tells Roxas to "go Modder Wadfern 2 all over [Slender Man's] ass!"
- Axel sings, "Roasty toasty Slender, roasty toasty Slender!" like Nuka from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.
- After Xigbar calls Roxas "Rocky," Axel tries to sing the Franchise/Rocky theme music.
- A drunk Lexaeus screams "COCK-A-DOODLE DOO, THE COW SAYS MOO!" when he gets a page.
- "LEX SMASH!"
- It turns out that Zexion and Lexaeus are fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- When his daughter from the future shows up to say hello, Demyx insists that she much be confusing him for someone else, like the Netherlands.
- Somehow, Future!Luxord got Demyx' daughter stuck in the Time Vortex.
- When Zexion snaps and attacks Xigbar, Axel yells "WOOOOO! [[Franchise/Mortal Kombat MORTAL KOMBAT!"]] and Roxas tries to sing the theme song.
- To Larxene's annoyance, the boys reference Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series when Marluxia finds a giant rock.
- Marluxia jumps into Larxene's arms Scooby-Doo when he gets scared.
- Xigbar and Demyx have apparently watched Mean Girls: "Four for you, Mama Axel, you go, Mama Axel! And-none-for-Larxy-and-Mar-Mar-bye!"
- "ZEXION CHOP!"
- Demyx's Drunken Song is a variation on the Spider-Man theme song.
: Slender Man, Slender Man
Does whatever a Slender can
Can he swing, from a web?
I dunno, I'm way too drunk
Look out, he is the Slender Man
Real Person Fic
Sonic the Hedgehog
Super Mario Bros.
- ''The Writing On The Wall contains a shoutout to the curse of King Tutankhamen's tomb and to the poem Ozymandias in Daring Do's speculation about what the eponymous, then untranslated writing on the wall of the Ancient Tomb meant:
"'This is the tomb of the great and terrible So-and-So! Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair! Whosoever steals the treasure will face the gods' curse, and the sky will fall on their heads, et cetera'."
This is not a place of honor. No great deed is commemorated here. Nothing of value is here.
- A Hairy Problem: A new pony in town, Sandalwood, is a deliberate Alternate Universe version of DJ Martinez from All-American Girl.
- Applejack's first werewolf transformation is largely based on the famous sequence in An American Werewolf in London with some changes due to her being a pony
- The latest book in the Daring Do novel series is Daring Do and the Philosopher's Legacy
- The three main characters of The Golden Armor make a brief appearance in a restaurant setting, and later end up saving Applejack from making a bad situation worse where one of the trio is thanked by name.
- All-American Girl:
- "Wrote lots of books and spells, head of the mage guild, Princess Celestia’s protor…protoss…personal apprentice!"
- One of the worlds' most popular movie series is Arddun Lleuad.
- "Well, my parents were both military, and my mom has a small armory she keeps around the house for weapons reference for her artwork, so yeah, I know how to shoot. Learned on Dad’s Seburo M5 9mm."
- The title of the sidestory anthology — Be Human — is a reference to one of the Scott Matthew songs from SAC, and in universe it's DJ's favorite song, for obvious reasons.
- When a young Mike asks his sister for advice in dating DJ — an alien — his sister questions whether or not he'll wake up one day with DJ talking about ‘yellow perpendicular with making blue bisector’.
- Funnily enough, years later one of DJ's favorite games is shown to be a future version of Star Wars: The Old Republic.
- To continue the Star Wars references, when Cadance asks Lyra on advice for childrearing, Lyra makes light of how things have changed between former foalsitter and foalsat:
Lyra: “Just don’t expect me to do the whole Darth Vader thing.”
Lyra: “Star Wars reference – hubby’s a big fan of those old movies. ‘When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master.’”
- During a Halloween party, Erica dresses up as the assassin Ambika from Claude & Monet.
- In chapter 11 the Changelings get "educated" on the difference between tacics meant for terror and tactics meant for war by the Belgian special forces.
- The start of chapter 6 shows several characters travelling through a portal from Earth to Equestria, and it's described as very similar to a Stargate.
- Derpy's otherdimensional-sensing device is known as the Stereolab.
- For that matter, she boards an airship called the Serene Velocity, also the name of a Stereolab album.
- Somebody claims that mystery girl Subaru may be a student at Furinkan High School in Nerima.
- For that matter, Tsubasa and her fellow students attend Tamagawa Mikami High School note .
- One original character is named Tiny Dynamine and her unusual magic aura resembles butterflies.
- Combined with a lovely Take That in the following line:
"Would you care for a cupcake? Never cared for them myself. Too bloody
- A Minor Variation:
Rarity: Discord, the Spirit of Disharmony? Good evening, my name is Rarity Bell. As a member of the country and world of Equestria, I ask you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to your place of origin, or to the next convenient parallel dimension.
- When Rarity mentions how Nightmare Moon was banished to the moon, Jackie wants he to clarify whether she was imprisoned IN the moon, or having adventures on the surface in the form of an adorable filly.
- One of Fluttershy's Omega Flight classmates is named Dorothy Gale, who ends up carried off by a tornado to a faraway land.
- The First Steps Of The Rest Of Your Life: Hydro Pump.
- Friendship Is Magic: The Adventures of Spike:
- Equestria: A History Revealed:
- The fic is full of these, even from the main character's name, Loose Change, calling out a prominent 9/11 truther film to fit in with her crazed conspiracy beliefs.
- The Lemony Narrator uses the phrase "hot topic" in passing, which is then followed with a tiny "Buy MLP shirts today!"
- One of the cited sources in the bibliography on Starswirl the Bearded is written by "Fedora the Neckbearded".
- Princess Luna, during her transition into Nightmare Moon, was quoted to be darker and edgier. This is then followed by Linkin' Park lyrics.
- The Lemony Narrator mentions many snack food brands, like Doritos and Skittles, even going so far to call for compensation in the Bibliography for the free advertising.
- Friendship Is Magic Discord Did It:
- Friendship Is Optimal The Law Offices Of Artemis Stella And Beat: To Phoebe And Her Unicorn, which inspired Vibrant's Major General Song.
- Getting Back on Your Hooves:
- During an argument with Rarity, Applejack comments that "Ah ain't got no accent!" In fact, the entire subplot going on there appears to be based on that fic.
- Checker Monarch appears to be based on Azula, a perfectionist Manipulative Bitch Chessmaster who is jealous of a younger sibling whom she bullies and has an overbearing father. Moreover, both characters are deeply insecure beneath all their arrogance.
- Trixie is apparently a big fan of the Harry Trotter novels.
- Several Shout Outs to the Pony POV Series were included due to the author being friends with Alexwarlorn.
- The charity play Trixie puts on with help from her friends and Princess Luna is "Rescue at Midnight Castle", the original G1 My Little Pony special.
- She later tells the story of Grogar to the Cake Twins. Both of those stories are used by Trixie to defeat Checker in her final dream attack.
- Ditzy, when talking about how she accidentally wrecked city hall with her flank, says that isn't the only time it's happened, and starts to recount another time it's happened until she remembers the Doctor told her not to tell anyone about it.
- While travelling through the Everfree Forest, the Cutie Mark Crusaders realize their path will go past Zecora's hut. Scootaloo suggests a path leading off the one to Zecora's hut, but Apple Bloom quickly shuts down that idea after remembering where it goes.
- Pinkie Pie doesn't make cupcakes where audiences can see anymore, and angrily mutters about wanting to sue someone for defamation of character.
- In chapter 11, Applejack mentions a time Twilight messed up a spell and sent the six of them to a gender-flipped alternate universe.
- Chapter 12 takes some references to Persona 4 including Checker's One-Winged Angel transformation into an Ursa Major referencing the Shadows' transformations.
- Pinkie's dream (confrontation with Checker) in chapter 12 contains references to both Scooby-Doo and Wile E. Coyote.
- The God Squad: To the various properties that the squad comes across in its travels.
- Hands: All the time, though no one ever gets Andrew's references.
- The two people onboard the Enterprise whose iPhone Andrew and Twilight discover are named after the main characters from Dead Space.
- The Immortal Game: To Sherlock Holmes. For a while, the duel between Twilight and Esteem plays out just like the one between Holmes and Moriarty in A Game of Shadows.
His advantage: Experience. Our advantages: Power. Mobility.
- During that same fight with Esteem, Twilight makes one to the famous tank chase from Prototype:
Twilight Sparkle: How do you feel?
Princess Luna, newly infused with Terra's magic: Taller.
- Titan is ASSUMING CONTROL OF THIS FORM.
- Twilight's Godslayer spell is more or less a magical version of the Thanix cannon. Later versions even use the same combination of elements as the Normandy's main gun.
- Rarity and Esteem have a conversation taken almost word for word from The Empire Strikes Back:
Esteem: “It is useless to resist! Don’t let yourself be destroyed as your mother did!”
- Inner Demons: Queen!Twilight's mind control spell is very similar to a Geass. In fact, her statement when shutting down Cadence's magic — "Never use magic again!" — is very similar to Lelouch's "Never speak again!" moment with Mao. Lezard even refers to this ability as "the Power of the Queen", and his explanation of how it works sounds very similar to the mechanics of Lelouch's Geass.
- It's A Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door: The title is one (of many) to The Lord of the Rings''.
- When Rainbow Dash first uses the lightning powers she learns from the pronghorns, she says "I am a leaf on the wind."
- Even better, her mentor who had also been taught by the pronghorns was called Firefly. Though this may just be a coincidence, given that her mentor is an expy of a past-gen pony by that name.
- Dragons are apparently from Carcosa.
- Knights Of Equestria: There's quite a few Doctor Who references spread throughout both stories... which is a given since the Doctor is a character in both.
- Letters From A Disgruntled Friendship Student: "Once you go Purple, you never go back!"
- "I encouraged her to get professional help for her addiction, but she just left all huffy, claiming she could quit anytime she wanted."
- Though unintentional, Twilight's demeanor throughout this series is nearly identical to her "Mentally Advanced" persona, especially in the cynicism department. The only thing that really distinguishes the two parodies in tone is that Mentally Advanced Twilight would be too terrified of Celestia to back-talk her like Disgruntled Twilight does.
- "If Trixie ever comes back, I'm gonna get her in bed with me, just to show her that I'm better than her physically, mentally, and sexually. Three points, you dirty whore."
- "So the next plan was to make an exact copy of Ponyville. Every building, every store front, every rock and every tree, right down to the orange roof on Howard Hooves' outhouse. And we actually managed to do it. But then when I realized that you were already on your way, we were going to need a little more time. I raced out with my friends to try and build a hilariously out-of-place toll booth to slow you down even more."
- There's a lot of references to Friendship is Witchcraft throughout the series.
- "Rainbow Dash's weather team got a tornado going and flung all the snow over to the next town, so it's Molestia's problem now."
- "Rainbow tried to set a record for the most ball bounces off her head. And this is a seriously freaking amazing ball. You have got to check it out sometime."
- Also, references to Rarity's giant hats, the song "Princess of the Night", etc.
- "Two: I've gathered further evidence that Pinkie is turning into a carnivore. I mean, she tasted the rainbow pools, and everypony knows how the rainbows are made."
- To Mario Kart: "I heard if you paint it red it'll home in on the closest pony, and if you paint it blue and put spikes on it, it'll automatically home in on the pony that is succeeding the most in life."
- Twilight comments that "dragons are supposed to have great vision during the day, and even better vision at night."
- Twilight suggests that if Fluttershy really wants to get out of hurricane duty, she should just tell everypony she has the T-Virus.
- The Life And Times Of A Winning Pony: Perhaps unsurprisingly given one of the author's other works there are one or two references to The Dresden Files.
- The Light in the Darkness: Pinkie Pie is a fan of the Marx Brothers.
- Magnetism: To The Legend of Zelda, after Rainbow successfully makes cereal. The line before is a shout out to an episode of The Simpsons where Homer makes cereal and it catches fire.
- The Many Secret Origins Of Scootaloo: The entire premise of the story is to insert Scootaloo into different origin stories.
- Two of the latest chapters have seen Friendship is Witchcraft and On a Cross and Arrow referenced.
- Spike's story is a mash-up of elements from James Bond, Burn Notice, and The Emperor's New Groove.
- The author apparently loves Animaniacs, as Cadence's chapter featured 'mini mares' who find Princess Scootaloo, three of whom are named Yakko, Wakko and Dot. Later, in Discord's chapter, the chaos god opens with his version of The Muppet Show theme.
- According to Snips and Snails, Scootaloo is a vampire slayer, with Twilight as her Watcher, the rest of the CMC as her team, and Angel Bunny as her vampire lover. Spike, who is the audience while Twilight is getting much-needed reprieve from the madness, is less than enthused to be cast as the villain.
- Rainbow Dash combines The Six Million Dollar Man with The Incredible Hulk.
- Zecora borrows material from Dr. Seuss.
- In the intro, brfore the origin stories start, there is a reference to the CMC summoning a "winged squid creature" while trying to be witches. The context seems to imply it was Cthulhu.
- A nasty rumor involving Pinkie Pie's cupcakes is mentioned, then subverted when Twilight reveals it's not what we think.
- A nasty rumor involving Pinkie Pie's cupcakes is mentioned, then subverted when Twilight reveals it's not what we think... The rumor was actually that Pinkie used artificial sweeteners.
- Memories of Days Long Past: Pinkie provides most of these; in the prologue, upon hearing the setup, she directly references Inception, then asks if their ancestors were assassins.
- Mendacity: One of the... things... that Bon Bon sees when she almost passes into Faerie appears to be a ponyfied Slender Man.
- The faerie homeland of Tir na Nog?
- Nope, that's a reference to real-world mythology.
- Midnight Green: During Midnight's Dynamic Entry into Ponyville, he screams "LEEEEROOOOOOOOOY JEEEENKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINS!!!!!"
- The beginning of chapter 4 appears to be a reference to The Hangover. Quill wakes up with no memory of what happened the night before, wonders where Filter is, and proceeds to find him on the roof of Sugarcube Corner.
- When Filter reveals that he has two hearts, he wonders if that has been used before.
- Dual Image might as well be renamed "The Doctor Who Shout-Out Chapter". Not only do Quill and Filter quote the Doctor various times, the scene where Filter, powered up by King Sombra, completely overpowers Trixie and forces her to surrender before forgiving her is taken straight from "Last of the Time Lords".
- MLP: The Games We Play: To various memes in the MLP fandom, including cameos from Derpy Hooves, wingboners as plot points, "I emptied your fridge", and etc.
- The Monster Mash:
- My Little Mages: The Nightmares Return: To Lauren Faust's other works; the first mages were apparently the Powerpuff Girls, and the first Church of Faust was founded by Mac and Bloo.
- In chapter one, when Twilight complains about having to use the Charon, Celestia suggests the Minnow. Twilight changes her mind.
- Pinkie Pie mentions that Magiville's haunted house was actually just Old Man Jenkins in a bedsheet.
- Twilight uses Raven's incantation in one chapter.
- "Honk honk, mother hubbard!"
- During Pinkie's fight with the Grand Master, she uppercuts him while shouting something that sounds like 'Shower You Can'.
- Frequent in My Little Unicorn, to the point of plagiarism.
- The Non-Bronyverse: TD's lectures to the DORKS on the history of the Human race are entirely composed of references to everything from Star Wars to Kickassia.
- Of Mares And Magic: Sprinkled throughout, including;
- Sea Pony Lyra makes an appearance.
- At one point, Trixie ends up heading into the Everfree Forest to find the CMC, and stumbles upon a certain village.
- On a Cross and Arrow: Pinkie Pie suggests space as the Mane 6 hiding spot. For a moment, she turns into the Space Core whilst doing so.
- On A Whisper Of Wind: A magician named Presto? Seems familiar...
- Our First Steps: Apart from shout outs to movies like The Right Stuff and Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, there are numerous allusions to various works on the subject and to the American and Soviet space programs.
- Pages Of Harmony: During Rainbow Dash's Mind Rape torture, the story slightly mentions both Rainbow Factory and Cupcakes, two other well-known gorefics. While Cupcakes is only slightly alluded to with Pinkie in one of Rainbow's Mind Rape visions threatening to hack her wings off, the Rainbow Factory mention is quite blatant... and it makes everything much worse.
- In a non-MLP example, Pinkie's gesture language and Rainbow Dash's interpretation of it is an reference to Haroun and the Sea of Stories, when Mudra the Shadow Warrior communicates to the Storyteller Rashid in this manner.
- The Party Never Ended: Star Catcher is the name of a G3 pegasus pony.
- Rainbow Dash mentions the "Swayback Mountains" at one point. This is a nod to a previous Applejack/Rarity fan fic Butterscotch Sundae wrote.
- Chapter 11 opens up with what can only be described as a Take That parody of Cupcakes, and later, Rocket To Insanity. Made awesome by the fact that it's Nightmare's Mind Rape...which Pinkie subverts by lucid dreaming.
- Party of None: A reference to Cupcakes is made when Rainbow Dash is hesitant to accept a cake from Pinkie Pie, fearing it may have been drugged or poisoned. It’s safe, but Pinkie thinks it’s her worst batch ever.
- Past Sins: At the end of chapter 13, Pinkie Pie's saying "Who's going to make the cake when I'm gone?" is a shout out to one of GLaDOS's lines near the end of the original Portal.
- Pattycakes: The beginning of Part One is one of Cupcakes, which also began with Dash having a good day.
- Dash falls under the effects of Instant Sedation and wakes up tied to a table.
- Fluttershy calls for Pinkie to bring cupcakes in one ending of Part Two.
- The song Fluttershy sings is based directly off Want You Gone.
- The foalmula is described as odorless, colorless, and tasteless.
- Pink Personal Hell And Altering Fate: The style of narrative is a Shout-Out to Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. The term "Altering Fate" is a shout-out to Vision of Escaflowne.
- The Powers Of Harmony: When Blair enters Luna's room at the beginning of the story, he sees she has an abacus.
- Rarity's morning activities in Chapter 7 include a reference to Lyra's endeavors in Background Pony.
"Rarity worked all throughout the morning, only stopping briefly to enchant a soundstone for a mint-green unicorn wearing a gray hoodie. After finishing that, she continued to work on the necklace."
- Celestia's response to whether she'd taught Twilight any offensive magic in Chapter 17 is a nod to The Immortal Game. Also a bit of a Take That to the plot.
““If she does, she didn’t learn it from me.” Celestia adjusted one last feather and looked up at Luna. “We covered a few theories on why certain spells have been declared forbidden, but it’s not like I was prepping her for war. The next thing I’m going to hear you say is that I was secretly turning her into a brilliant military strategist so that she’d rise up and become the ultimate weapon.”
Luna rolled her eyes. “Now that’s just absurd.”
- "Rarity" asks Grovi about an artifact from The Flight Of The Alicorn while they're walking into Canterlot Castle in Chapter 21, and an airship by the name of 'Fancy Free' is seen from a distance in Chapter 27.
"Is it true that Princess Celestia keeps the Heavenstone from the Pre-Discordian Era in the Royal Vaults?"
- Blair responds to Piro's needling about Libra's actions in Chapter 25 with a line similar to one uttered by Gordon in The Dark Knight Rises:
"Celestia forbid you actually have to make a hard decision by yourself, Piro. Be grateful you've somepony to plunge their hooves into the filth for you."
- Norric grew up in Gildesdale.
- Zemblani and Elo's pre-duel banter in Chapter 19 references the famous exchange between Peter Pan and Captain Hook:
“I suppose we can do this your way, little clone,” Zemblani said. "Prepare to meet 'thy' doom!"
“Dark and sinister mare,” Elo answered. “Have at thee.”
- Applejack's group visits the town of Gallopfrey, whose ecology causes red grass and silver-leafed trees.
- That same chapter has a cameo by the title character of the MLP fic "Echo the Diamond Dog".
- Pilgrim/Pupa's story is based on the MLP fic "The Three Sisters", with some minor modifications. (And permission from the author.)
- The scene in "Luna vs Baseball" where Grey Marex steps up to bat features a subtle reference to "Casey at the Bat"
- Also in that chapter, when Applejack doesn't recognize her until after her glasses are broken, she asks, "How could you be fooled by a pair of glasses?"
- Also in that chapter, Luna's "TO THE MOON" imagine spot is likely one to a certain fan video.
- Luna's speech when getting a room with Sundance in "Luna vs. Lodging 1" is extremely reminiscent of when The 11th Doctor was getting a flat in "The Lodger."
- The scene at the Baseball game where she attempts to give a badass boast in response to a simple statement of team pride is also based on that same episode.
- One of the stallions Hoyden suggests as a possible boyfriend for Luna is named Thistle, is rather depressed, and lives in a tent made of sticks.
- In "Luna vs Ponyville, Part 1: Television", where the first show that Luna watches on Pinkie's television is a pony version of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and after changing the channel and trying to find it, she apparently stumbles across a horror movie known as Cupcakes.
- In "Luna vs Ponyville, Part 2", Luna finds a copy of the pony equivalent of Twilight, which is apparently a good deal... racier.
- Also, "AHA! Gentlecolts! You will always remember this as the day you almost caught Captain Sethisto-!"
- Also Hoyden's cutie mark, which is a skull with a pair of crutches. His job is testing very dangerous safety equipment.
- Angel has read Luna's book.
- "Luna vs. Ponyville, Part 7" features Luna breaking up a fight between a giant ape and a T. Rex.
- In the same chapter, Luna's Badass Boast to said giant ape and T. Rex is similar to one done by the Eleventh Doctor in his first episode.
- The Rex monster is a nod to Rex from the original My Little Pony cartoon's second TV special.
- Also in the same chapter, the Cutie Mark Crusaders crash to the rescue in a familiar pose.
- At the end of "Luna versus The Heat", Celestia does the infamous Horatio Caine Glasses Pull.
- Apparently, Priness Celestia mothered a whole group of famous horses, as she explains to Luna in "Luna Versus the Facts of Life." Where to begin? Let's see, Starchild, Shadowfax, Arion, Hengroen, Epona, Widow Maker...
- In "Luna vs. Storytelling", the old movie Sundance is watching is a pony version of It Happened One Night. There are also references made to Fallout: Equestria, Kamarena, and the Smooze.
- "Luna vs Ponyville 9" gets a massive one for Warhammer 40,000... by Pinkie Pie's parents, who bust out heavy weapons and shout about exterminating "xenos" in the name of God-Queen Celestia when they think their farm house is under attack by dragons. Apparently, it runs in the family.
- In "Ponies in Space 2", we meet pony versions of Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. Also, Luna's description of the God-Alpha of the Diamond Dogs sounds a lot like Crunch the Rock Dog, and after Blueblood gets scared out of joining the program, Luna quotes Still Alive.
- In "Ponies in Space 3", Cherilee's tour group gets caught in "Situation 18", a training scenario that involves the possibility of hostile, crab-like aliens on the moon.
- "Luna vs. The Dreamlands 2" has a lot of shoutouts to Inception, primarily in the accelerated time the deeper you go into the Dreamlands and the abrupt transitions between dreams.
- In "Ponies in Space 4", Sundance brings up the possibility of teleporting rockets around the launch pad, and Luna replies that they're not going to try that "after what happened with the cat." Also, Rarity thinks painting Luna's design for a giant robot red will make it go three times faster.
- "Luna vs. Vigilantism" opens with Luna reading a Batpony comic (which appears to be inspired by The Killing Joke). Later Luna (as Mare-Do-Well) performs a dead ringer for the entrance of Darkwing Duck.
- "Well then! Someday, the citizens of this city will not have their toys delivered with their meals, and will instead look up to me with a cry of 'Help us!' and I shall reply, 'No! Petition the manager instead!'"
- And prior to that, when pondering things for Luna to do? Sundance suggests charity boxing. Maybe she's read (or, likely, hadn't read) 'Of Packages and Punches''.
- Even the Recursive Fanfiction does this!
- RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse:
- When drunk, Trixie starts to quote Londo Mollari from Babylon 5
- Trixie's and Twilight's favorite novel is Don Rocinante of Equestria, an obvious shout-out to Don Quixote.
- In Longest Night, Longest Day, to keep herself amused, Trixie sings a few lines of "I, Don Quixote," slightly modified to fit into Equestria (i.e., "I am Don Rocinante" rather than "I am I, Don Quixote").
- When Lyra says that Pinkie Pie is going to throw Trixie a party, Trixie's response is "Why are you saying that like it's synonymous with 'she's going to drag me into a basement and torture me'?", a reference to Cupcakes.
- In Carrot Top of the Line: "Help me Rainbow Dash, you're my only hope!"
- And the same reference in Helping...Hands?, only this time Trixie to Lyra.
- Secret of Andalantis makes references to a musical called The Legend of Epona
- Pokey Pierce, at one point, claims that "he won't stop until he's Pierced the Heavens" with his horn.
- And he gets to quote Kamina's memetic catchphrase in Hero of Oaton.
- In Elements of Insanity, Twilight unintentionally gets her bearers for Loyalty and Honesty mixed up; they'd be far better suited to each other's elements.
- The name of Puissance's noble House, Optiebeurs-Golo, is the name of the horse that, in 1991, established the world record for the puissance jump.
- The beginning of Luna's castigation of the Night Court is based off of the scene in I, Claudius where Augustus learns of his daughter Julia's whorishness.
- School Daze: Dozens of lines of dialogue are lines from 80's songs, especially Men at Work and Talking Heads.
- Scootaloo's introduction to her auntie involves her walking across the ceiling with suction cups, ala a certain Ask a Pony blog.
- "She seems to be more caffeine than mare now. Twisted and jittering."
- Celestia also mentions that Luna once got her face covered with alfalfa sauce.
- Word of God hasn't confirmed this one yet, but the fact that Luna has a magma-powered forge and warns Scootaloo against exploring the castle cellars on her own has led SpaceBattles to conclude that she set the Hidden Fun Stuff loose in her big sister's basement. Whether or not Canterlot also has a Fuck The World lever is also unknown as yet.
- The oldshopkeeper introduced in the second half of Celestia vs. Knitting is known simply by his nickname 'Uncle', has a collection of animal talismans, and Dope Slaps ponies to keep them in line.
- Pinkie Pie's siblings and father are named Inkie, Blinkie and Clyde.
- Sophistication And Betrayal:
- The protagonist's favorite drink is Sparkle Cola.
- Pinkie Pie takes on the name of Tenacious P for one of her songs. This is immediately lampshaded by the protagonist.
- To Star Wars, when the protagonist compares unicorn magic to The Force.
- To The Dark Knight when the protagonist responds to her comment with "We kill the Batman?". Rarity naturally doesn't get the reference.
- "Time is money, friend"
- To Pink Floyd numerous times, including Chapter 14's title, "Wearing The Inside Out" and Chapter 17's title, "High Hopes".
- Eric Clapton during Chapter 3, when the Protagonist starts singing "Wonderful Tonight" to himself while waiting for Rarity to get dressed.
- Bob Seger as well, in passing.
- Airplane gets in with the usual Shirley reference. As above, naturally Rarity doesn't get it.
- Strykes Random Elements: “There's the Discordians, the Cultists for the Second Coming of the Mag'ne, the Sect of the Horned Rat just to name a few and far to (sic) many others." Including the meat-eating White Sock Society.
- In Clash of the Elements there is one to Super Mario Bros. Z in Chapter 45 of Part 1 More specifically, the act of having the Star Spirits appear and using their energy to power-up Mario and the other heroes, a concept which, while it didn't get to appear in the actual series, at least got shown in the intro. Thankfully, the author gives Alvin-Earthworm full credit for the idea instead of claiming it as his own.
- The End of Ends:
- Too many to count, though for starters, the opening line came from Corpse Bride.
- As the destruction of the universe nears, Logan makes a reference to Edgar's "It won't matter... in a few minutes, you won't even be matter." line from the first Men In Black film.
- In the JAG fanfic Abyss of the Soul, Marine Staff Sergeant Jonathan Scott Beckett had faked his death and was living under the alias "Sam Archer" when he was arrested.
- In Ringshadow's Slice of Life Star Fox fanfic Butterfly Photographs, Slippy programmed an AI into his pickup truck which has the ability to drive it. Its avatar is a face on a video screen, and its name is Max. At one point a character asks if Max is in one of the stages of rampancy in reaction to Max's slightly odd behaviour.
- Decks Fall Everyone Dies. Examples: "Reverse card open" is a shout-out to the MAD videos that feature Kaiba repeating that line. Yami's line calling dice "rolling bones" (astragali) is a shout-out to the manga.
- Disgaea: Jewel of the gods at the very begining has already gave ones to One Piece, Bleach, Dragon Ball, Soul Eater, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Chrono Trigger, Beyblade, and Metal Gear.
- In the Elemental Chess Trilogy, Ed and Winry Elric have a son named Lucas; the author chose the name after Luke from the Professor Layton games.
- In Mary Mary? Quite Contrary!, there are many shout outs made in the "Sparkly Shiny Alchemist" story. For one thing, the protagonist's full name is Christiana Sophia Maysalee Thomasnote . And there's this quote from her "bro" Jeff:
- Stray is full of these. The story's Arc Words are an obvious nod to Planescape: Torment, Snake has a dog named Kaworu (Otacon chose the name), and there are more subtle references to Watchmen and Kafka.
- Tiberium Wars has more shout-outs than you can shake a stick at. Shout-outs range from Snow Crash to Mass Effect to Metal Gear to Generation Kill, with a hefty frequency of references to Firefly and Warhammer 40,000.
- W.I.T.C.H. Fanfic Kieva Lynn's Season Three features C'thulu in one episode. The episode title "The Telemarketing Call of C'thulu" is a play on the title of Real Ghostbusters episode "The Collect Call of C'thulu." They even beat him in much the same way.
- Lord of the Land of Fire is prone to lacing the plots of his stories with references to things like World War II or The Book of Revelation, among other things.
- Dragon Age fic Middle Of Nowhere has three in its very short first chapter alone: the fic's title, Larry Niven's novel ''The Mote In God's Eye'', and Lethal Weapon. There's a fourth one if you count the direct reference to Life on Mars. And they keep coming....