Shout Out / Homestuck

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So many sweet references. You'd almost think it was simultaneously your birthday, AND Christmas or something.
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     Comic Books 

  • This page is a clear Shout-Out to The Postman. (The letter in question is addressed to "Dr. David Brinner", and The Postman was written by David Brin, who does in fact have a doctorate.)
  • When Rose fells the Lime Ogre and surfs it into the ocean:
    TG: i dont know beach the thing first i guess
    TG: unless you were planning on sailing that ogre down the mississippi with a runaway slave
  • There's a pretty clear reference to MobyDick upon Meenah's third meeting with John:
    MEENAH: (you are my obsession lil bluefish)
    MEENAH: (my shrimpiest of whales)
    MEENAH: (my mobiest of dicks)
    MEENAH: (call me)
    MEENAH: (fishmael)
    MEENAH: 3B|
  • Some of the trolls embark on a quest to destroy a ring of great power in a volcano. After a long series of events, Wayward Vagabond heads off to do this.
    • Not to mention someone named Strider who wields a broken sword.
    • And the best broken sword in the game being the Royal Deringer.
    • The way Jack uses said sword to slay the Black Queen is also in direct reference (exploding her by cutting off her ring finger).
    • And of course, John finds a ring in the sand, and an ornery member of a species he hardly (visually) recognizes demands it back.
      • When John makes off with the ring and Tavros can't find it, he even starts calling it his Precious.
    • Aranea steals this same ring, and her aspirations of godhood compare well to those of Galadriel.
  • Cthulhu Mythos references can be found in the form of Jade's island (matches one of Lovecraft's descriptions) and in the beasties from Rose's grimoire. The word "dreamself" also seems to be derived from his works.
  • Vriska writing I 8n't dead is an intentional reference to Granny Weatherwax, as confirmed on Andrew's Formspring.
    • With that in mind, WV?'s actions are probably a shout out to Vimes's idea of the pawns establishing their own democracy in Night Watch.
    • And a troll who can't use a bow because he keeps breaking them. Someone should have told Equius that bows aren't troll weapons.
    • And Sopor Slime fits neatly into the likes of Slab, Scrape, Slice and Slunkie, being a psychoactive troll drug that starts with 'S'
  • When Colonol Sassacre is killed, it says "People would think reports of the man's death were greatly exaggerated. But they weren't." This is based on a famous Mark Twain quote, whom Sassacre is very loosely modeled after.
  • Not only does Cronus' backstory reveal that he's a failed Harry Potter imitation (with magical scars, no less) who eventually rejects magic altogether, but presumably, Lord English is his version of Voldemort, and the Jujus are his horcruxes. And the only known "Juju breaker," Crowbar's crowbar, shares a color with the Sword of Gryffindor's house of origin.
  • Vriska and Tavros's tumultuous relationship involves frequent references to Peter Pan, with Tavros as Peter and Vriska using tropes from both Tinkerbell and Hook. The shoutouts cover the entire expanded universe, including the filmed theatre adaptation and Hook, but also use references that only appear in the book, such as Vriska's weapon being a collection of eight stone dice called the Fluorite Octet (a pun on Captain Hook's last words, "floreat etona").
    • As of the end of the Midnight Crew intermission, Vriska, Spades Slick, the harlequin doll all bear the same set of injuries: An injured eye and a missing arm. These are the same as the injuries borne by Hook.
  • While Mituna's introduction in Openbound included at least one misspelling of the word "helmet" as "H4ML37", it is only in [S] [A6I3] Ministrife!!! that Kurloz plays on the reference by showing up to the Meenah-Vriska battle/costume party dressed as a prince at the same time Mituna shows up asking for his helmet.
  • The resemblance of Crockerdark Jane's costume design to that of Little Red Riding Hood would be coincidental due to the Crocker colors...were it not for the fact that the one that makes her transform is Grimbark Jade, who has been turned by the Condesce into Jane Riding Hood's Big, Bad, Badass Wolf.
    • Not to mention that both have alternate incarnations that were surrogate grandmothers...
  • MEENAH: you need to take that shit off right now MEENAH: throw it in a volcano or somefin

     Live Action Television 
  • "Rose: Wear the scarf. Be the Rider."
  • WV names his firefly Serenity.
  • GT: what does your time machine look like? a phone booth? phone booths are a popular thing for some reason.
    • And, in that vein...
    TG: "...and i want to know exactly when i got to clear some space in my calendar for when some fuckwit blunders out of a magical phone booth..."]]
    GT: ... i'm just the timey-wimey messenger
    • In the same vein, Arisen Anew has just that page's title quote.
    • During a discussion with Calliope, Dirk questions whether aliens are British or not.
    • One of Kurloz' gifs in his signing conversation with Meulin is the famous "Tenth Doctor in the rain" clip from the end of "Journey's End". Given Kurloz' service to an entirely different kind of Lord of Time, Meulin could be considered a companion.
    • A mention for Caliborn's suspiciously similar sounding godtier "Lord of Time". Also just like his adult self and the Eleventh Doctor, Caliborn rocks a bowtie and suspenders.
    • The stripes on Lord English's Cairo Overcoat resemble a flashy version of the Fourth Doctor's scarf.
    • In later strips, Roxy discovers a magical crack in her bedroom.
    • When Lil' Cal is given to Alpha Jack Noir and Jack stares into Cal's eyes, Caliborn's soul takes him over completely when he sees Cal's eyes become Lord English pool balls. The subsequent events suggest that like anything that sees or records a Weeping Angel's eyes, that which holds the image of Lord English becomes itself Lord English.
    • Later inverted in a Take That, where John describes the show as being "lame" and lamenting the fact that Harry Anderson never got to play the character.
  • Sometimes you tell dad you really want poppop in the attic. He says the mere fact you call it that tells him you're not ready.
    • Not to mention that Jane has a poster of Tobias Funke from his "I just blue myself" scene hanging on her wall.
  • Jane's Swanson poster is one thing, but now she's named the bunny she got from Strider Li'l Sebastian.
  • Blatant Red Dwarf reference in this pesterlog, of the "everybody's dead, [name]" variety.
    • The reference gets repeated again by Terezi.
    • In Caliborn's session, he plays pool with planets.
  • Dave tries to recuse himself from advising Terezi on her blackrom with Gamzee by claiming:
    DAVE: this is like some ex alien boyfriend prime directive shit

     Video Games 


The entire series is more or less an extended shout out to the MOTHER trilogy, most especially EarthBound.
  • The title "Homestuck" can be construed as a synonym of EarthBound.
    • The first published volume of Homestuck confirms that John's pesterchum initials, "EB", are also an 'EarthBound reference.
  • "Rambunctious Crow" is reminiscent of "Spiteful Crow", an early-game Goomba with a penchant for stealing players' items (or Sburb beta).
  • This panel has an Instant Revitalizing Device in the corner; oddly, while it's clearly the EarthBound variant in that it's not stamped with a Pigmask logo, it otherwise has the color scheme of their Mother 3 incarnation.
    • And it's used as a Mundane Utility by Dave to make coffee. And there's this piece of dialog:
      DAVE: two hot revitalizing cups of shitty coffee
  • Word of God instance: Hussie has stated that, of her extensive gaming repertoire, Roxy's favorites are EarthBound and Pikmin, two titles he himself particularly enjoyed.
  • The interactive games, starting with AlterniaBound are meant to resemble... you guessed it.
  • The song "Plumbthroat Gives Chase" from the "Squiddles!" album begins with Skipper Plumbthroat saying "This might not fit my... rude outer ego, but I really love drinking tea and eating broccoli," which is a reference to a line one of The Sharks says in Onett's arcade. "To tell you the truth, I like drinking tea and eating fresh vegetables, but that doesn't fit my super cool image."
  • Lord English happens to be an Expy of Giygas, being an "almighty idiot" who is completely undefeatable by conventional means. Those means also make him an Expy of Porky Minch, namely trapping him in an inescapable prison of his own making wherein he contentedly toils in irrelevance


     Western Animation 
  • The beginning of the Midnight Crew's introduction resembles the beginning of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' opening credits.
  • It's implied that Bro makes/is into saucy puppet shows.
  • From here:
    EB: it is bill cosby.
    EB: he's back.
  • A few Rainbow Dash pictures can be seen in Dirk Strider's room. While he purports to have a "strictly academic" interest in cartoon ponies, he soon admits that his affection for Rainbow Dash, at least, is totally unironic.
    • One of Meulin's gifs from her signing features Apple Bloom pressing an "Unsee" button.
    • In the Tricksterlog accompanying Dirk's "Engage" flash, Jake drunkenly misspells "everybody." No, the result is not "EVERYPONY," as you might expect; it's "EVERYBRONY."
  • One of Meenah's hashtags in A6I3 is "#the goggles do nothing".
    • The Wayward Vagabond, while trying to switch monitors on his computer, he presses Tab. But he actually gets Tab.
    • Jane's mouth, in its A6A6 closeups, is disturbingly Simpsonesque.
  • Some of the gifs used to represent Meulin's sign language include clips of Adventure Time.
  • After ascension to his full potential, Jake bellows this when he hears Jane, rather than Jade, speaking to him:
  • Jasprosesprite^2 is basically one giant shoutout to Alice in Wonderland's Cheshire Cat, from her purple and pink striped color scheme to her fading out leaving nothing but an alarming smile.
  • Jasprosesprite^2 and Davepetasprite^2 seem to be a reference to Steven Universe's Fusion Dance (more so than when Tavrisprite, Fefetasprite, Erisolsprite, and ARQuiuusprite existed as Steven Universe wasn't yet a thing).
    Something Awful user Acne Rain: I have found it amusing that two characters named Jasper and Rose became a perma-fusion in this comic considering Jasper and Rose [Quartz] on That Show and their natures.
  • During [S] Collide, when a bunch of Troll Ghosts are stampeding over Lord English, Shrek (for some reason) appears among them.

     Music Shout Outs (Limited to songs not featured in comic) 
  • There's also some Complete Darkness in there.

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