* The comic takes a lot of inspiration by part of English folk musician Kate Rusby. Tom is a fan of her.
** Sir Eglamore, ("Sir Eglamore") the Annan Waters ("Annan Waters") and Janet Llanwellyn, ("The Maid of Llanwellyn") all take their inspiration from several of her songs. Tom also Title Drops Awkward Annie in The Rant on one of his pages, which is the name of one of Rusby's songs/albums.
** "Playing of Ball" was also [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=939 quoted]] in the comic.
* There are also a few references to Anne Briggs.
** Reynardine's name (and his initial encounter with Annie) are inspired by the traditional song "Reynardine", which Anne covered.
** Winsbury is from the traditional song "Willie O' Winsbury" (interestingly, Kate Rusby also recorded a variant of this song, titled "John Barbury"). In the song, Willie is in a relationship with the king's daughter, Janet, much to the king's displeasure. Replace "king" with "headmaster" and ... yeah.
* Lindsey & Bud's names, and the fact that they're engineers in an underwater habitat, to ''Film/TheAbyss''.
* Reynardine and Ysengrin are heavily influnenced by Reynard and Ysegrim from ''Literature/ReynardTheFox''.
* Tom called Lily "[[Series/SesameStreet Cookie Monster]]" when he named her in a tweet. She also shares his color scheme and seemingly has toned-down mannerisms and speech patters of Cookie Monster.
* There's [[http://tea-san.deviantart.com/art/Gunnerkrigg-Ico-68650626 an official artwork]] in Tom's Website/DeviantArt page of Kat and Annie dressed as [[{{ICO}} Ico and Yorda]].
* Another piece of artwork has Kat and Annie dressed as [[VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}} Raz and Lili]].
* From ''Chapter 1: The Shadow and the Robot'':
** Shadow 2's appearance as a "horned boy" shadow is a reference to ''{{ICO}}''.
* From ''Chapter 2: Schoolyard Myths'':
** Basil is talking about the whole affaire with Theseus. After he ends his tale, he sprouts "[[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow No sir]], [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=30 I didn't like it.]]"
* From ''Chapter 4: Not Very Scary'':
** The bonus page has a quote from ''Theatre/TimonOfAthens'' by Creator/WilliamShakespeare.
--> '''Janet''' "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=68 Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon!]]"
* From ''Chapter 9: Questions And Answers'':
** Take note of [[Franchise/MetalGear the boxes]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=152 Mort is laying on]].
* From ''Chapter 10: Doctor Disaster Versus The Creepy Space Aliens From Outer Space'':
** The [[Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons evil Enigmarons]] [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=170 and their Moon base on the Moon]] .
** In the bonus page, Antimony is shown reading a book titled ''TannhauserGate'', a SpeculativeFiction meme that dates back to ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* From ''Chapter 13: A Week For Kat'':
** Logos from Tom's favorite video games appear on Alistair's clothing.
** Alistair was making a model of [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet 1428 Elm Street]].
* From ''Chapter 15: Red Returns'':
** The Model-H war horse robot's story is taken from the sixth book of ''Literature/ParadiseLost''.
* From ''Chapter 16: The Medium Beginning'':
** Annie makes a mention that they will be late for their [[Manga/BattleAngelAlita Karmatron Dynamics]] class. Tom is an admitted fan of the series.
* From ''Chapter 18: S1'':
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=439 Metal Gear Theater]], a two-page tribute to [[Franchise/MetalGear Kat's favorite videogame]].
* From ''Chapter 19: Power Station'':
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=442 Here's]] a [[ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} Lobster Johnson]] action figure on Kat's shelf.
** Gamma's plushies in Zeta's BlackBugRoom town [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=466 here]] include [[Webcomic/{{Achewood}} Ray and Roast Beef]], [[Webcomic/{{Girly}} a marshmallow kitten]] and [[Webcomic/StarslipCrisis Mr.Jinx]].
* From ''Chapter 24: Residential'':
** These comments from Tom:
--> [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=629 You are welcome,]] [[Manga/DragonBall Vegeta]].
--> [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=601 Eglamore subscribes to the]] [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]] [[http://tomopop.com/ul/12745-550x-jojo02.jpg School of Posture]].
* From ''Chapter 29: A Bad Start'':
** In the commentary of [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=749 this page]], Tom says the train is nicknamed "[[Franchise/TheDarkTower Blaine]]".
* From ''Chapter 30: The Coward Heart'':
** The crow and spiky-haired guy with triangular eye shadowing in the center of [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=774 this page]] sure seems like a shout-out to [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} Bro Strider and "Seppucrow"]].
* From ''Chapter 32: From The Forest She Came'':
** While Annie is [[spoiler:attacking the "possessed" Robot]], she suggests that Kat [[Series/{{DoctorWho}} reverse the polarity]].
** After Kat and Annie [[spoiler:make amends]], Kat confesses her like of Annie's forest dresses.
--> "Also, I '''love''' the Anime/PrincessMononoke look [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=865 you've got going on]]!" (Annie, of course, does not know what that is so they watch the film later.)
* From ''Chapter 33: Give and Take'':
** As Kat prepares to switch off the robot she brought back to life, it says "[[Film/BicentennialMan Thank you, Little Miss.]]"
* From ''Chapter 34: Faraway Morning (And Three Short Tales)'':
** [[spoiler:Janet And Winsbury finally reveal their SecretRelationship]], only to engage in an ImagineSpot. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=938 One of these imaginations]] is a reference to a ComicBook/LexLuthor meme, where he steals forty cakes (see AndThatsTerrible).
** Strips [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=936 936]] and [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=938 938]] reference ''TheFastAndTheFurious''.
** Strip #[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=937 937]] combines references to ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=burd9upXC_U this song]].
* [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1011 Strip 1011]] has Donald (Kat's dad) reading what appears to be ComicBook/TheBeano (specifically a ComicStrip/DennistheMenaceUK comic.)
* ''Chapter 50, "Totem"'':
** Kat and Annie's new dorm room looks like the one in ''Series/{{Friends}}''. [[spoiler:Reynardine is now roommates with robotic versions of Joey and Chandler.]]
* ''Chapter 56, "New Data"'': Robot's [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1599 "description"]] of his new OrganicTechnology had a lot of commenters saying ''[[Film/{{Akira}} TETSUOOOOOOO!]]''.
** The random patch of skin and hair (Robot's arm seems to have neither) could be a reference to ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', wherein Data the android gets a "skin graft" that starts out as a square inch of skin and hair.
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1595 A "sketch" of Robot with a muscular arm]] is similar to a picture in ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' describing problems with ArtificialLimbs: Robot's power source is too strong and causes the "organic" arm to explode while a robot arm on a human body is too heavy.
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