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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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Film (includes Actors)
- Con Air has such an extended shout out that it's a fundamental part of the plot. Later this extends to Nicolas Cage in general.
- John has a bunch of movie posters. So do Karkat and Jake.
- The Past and Future trails in the Midnight Crew intermission are a reference to Donnie's visions.
- Really, would you trust a game made by SkaiaNet?
- This attic is spooky. I wish those bullies would just leave me alone. Later I am going to ride a long magic dog through the sky and fuck their shit up.
- Considering he does exactly that, doubly so.
- Later, a John/Jade fraymotif is named "Fantasia's Inhale". Fantasia being the name of the world inside the book (In the movie version)
- When the cherubs' jujus combine into the Spiral Sucker, an image of AURYN (which could be said to be a möbius double reacharound Ouroboros) briefly appears.
- When each of them is alchemized, an image of half of AURYN flashes on them too.
- Cherubs turn into giant serpents when they mate and form an AURYN shape when one of them dominates.
- Caliborn complains to Hussie that the "ATROCIOUS GARBAGE" that is Act 6 Act 5 is "NEVERENDING ENOUGH."
- AG: Ok. Til next time, Mr. Anderson.
- This three-way standoff is a Shout-Out to the final showdown from The Good The Bad And The Ugly.
- In Jade's introduction sequence, when testing out her Pictionary Modus for her Eclectic Bass, she accidentally creates a ghost image of Johnny 5. Later, during her Alchemize-o-rama, she creates a Johnnytop from her lunchtop and the image, and also attempts to make a massive weapon from a Transformer ghost image, a powerful gun and her own personal Iron Lass suit. She makes...Johnny 5.
Motherfucker thinks he's alive.
HE IS A TIN CAN, ROBOTS DON'T HAVE FEELINGS.
- John's dad has a picture of Bing Crosby in his room at the beginning of the game. It pops up in random places as the game progresses. Nobody ever recognizes him.
- In [S] Cascade, when Jade becomes the God-Tier Witch of Space, she gets ruby slippers and striped socks
- Sayonara, Kansas
- Follow the yellow brick road!
- God Tier Feferi also has striped socks.
- Jade finally gets the death she had coming...with SBAHJ captioning to make sure you know how blatant this reference is.
- A more subtle and less funny example is when Aranea manipulates Doc Scratch's clock to make Jade's death "Just". The clock makes a loud "DING DONG" afterward.
"Ding dong the witch is dead..."
- After dying, Jade somehow appears in Calliope's bubble and turns the spiral path from white to the hue of the yellow brick road. Her reaction?
CALLIOPE: PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE GIRL BEHIND THE CURTAIN!!!
- Terezi asks John to think of a phrase he can remember for something she wants to try. John comes up with it while looking at Terezi's ruby slippers, which she took from a witch who got crushed under a house:
John: there's no place like home.
- OBEY. STAY ASLEEP.
- Jane becomes Inspector Clouseau and Hercule Poirot
- Jake loves Neytiri (and Diva Pavalaguna and (adult) Mystique and washed-out Lara Croft and...)
- At one point, Karkat, who is obsessed with romantic comedies and extremely foul-mouthed, orders Equius not to 'GET OFF ON PHRASES LIKE FUCK FUCK FUCKETY FUCK'.
- "TT: Why have you activated dear, sweet Huggy Bear?"
- John is a huge fan of Ghostbusters. Later this extends to almost everyone.
- The heading of the first chapter of Karkat's ~ATH handbook can be seen to be: ~ATH: A HANDBOOK FOR THE IMMINENTLY DECEASED
- Hussie, YOU MANIAC. YOU BLEW IT UP. AUGH, DAMN YOU. GOG DAMN YOU RIGHT TO HELL.
- Dirk's AR renames himself "Lil Hal", even taking it so far as to display the namesake in his lenses, ominously refer to it as the protagonist, and even make a horrible pun on a certain meme.
- In Act 6 Act 4, Jake is The Man With the Golden Gun(s).
- Also in A6.4, Dirk's utility belt is ripped straight from The Dark Knight Saga.
- The way Tavros plays Fiduspawn is highly reminiscent of the famous chestburster scene in Alien.
- Many of Caliborn's mannerisms are references to Saw. The most notable one? Ripping his leg off to get out of his shackle.
- The acronym of Jake's land, LOMAX, matches the last name of the titular character of Weekend at Bernie's.
- Hook is referenced as well. This scene heralded a nice comment from the actor of Rufio.
- Sollux's lusus is a Bicyclops, further cemented by his yellow blood color.
- The newly real Brain Ghost Dirk channels Inigo Montoya:
DIRK: You kissed my boyfriend.
- AR: Be the law.
- Terezi's interrogation scene is a massive shoutout to Two-Face, with the coin that has a mutilated side (to reflect her blindness) and the fact she's playing a lawyer...
- This is lampshaded by Dave, though Terezi was unaware of the character, and is put off by the fact someone else came up with it first.
- One of Rose's outfits is all-black with a grim, white skull-like Squiddle on the front.
- John's glasses on this page appear to be a Shout-Out to the Corinthian of The Sandman.
- This page is pretty clearly a reference to a classic X-Men panel◊.
- Abraxas, Denizen of Hope, is usually thought to be, like Yaldabaoth, a reference to Gnosticism, but alternatively, it's the name of a Marvel villain with several parallels to Lord English.
- Jake's exclamation upon being impaled with Jane's fork is "Oh my stars and garters."
- At one point, John says that "with great power comes great responsibility" in regard to his time/space-altering powers.
- This page is an apparent Shout-Out to The Postman.
- When Rose fells the Lime Ogre and surfs it into the ocean:
TG: i dont know beach the thing first i guess
- MOBY DICK!
- Upon Meenah's third meeting with John:
MEENAH: (you are my obsession lil bluefish)
MEENAH: (my shrimpiest of whales)
MEENAH: (my mobiest of dicks)
- Some of the trolls embark on a quest to destroy a ring of great power in a volcano.
- 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.
- Kanaya's a lumberjack and she's okay, she sleeps at night and reads all day.
- 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..."
- 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:
- As of Act 6 Act 1, Prospit and Derse's names are portrayed like (and may actually be) real 3D bodies floating in space near their respective planets
- TRICKSTER MODE has an unexpected Shout-Out to The Legend of Zelda.
- Later, John's costume resembles Link's outfit in Wind Waker and he comments on it.
- Meenah finds one of the empty bottles Rose has been using for alchemy... and promptly throws it away, because it's just an empty bottle. note
- Trollish is inverted Daedric.
- "In a fit of enthusiasm you SHUT UP AND JAM the bunny back in the box, executing a textbook CHAOS DUNK. Millions would have perished, if everything in the ocean weren't dead already, that is."
- In addition, one of the songs on the "Dave, Rose: Shut Up And Jam" (which is itself a reference) is called "Octoroon Rangoon". In Barkley, Shut Up And Jam: Gaiden, one of the party members is Balthios, who is referred to as "the octoroon note great-grandson of LeBron James".
- Terezi's theme is called "The Lemonsnout Turnabout."
- The fan album includes the distinct Terezi tracks Vigilante, and it's variation: Vigilante - Cornered.
- Nepeta's theme, the delightful "Walls Covered In Blood" was made with Mario Paint!
- [S] Past Karkat: Wake Up and the resulting style it introduced is essentially a huge homage to EarthBound, but other specific ones within the aforementioned flash:
- The Chrono Trigger time portal gets used.
- The portrait sprites were explicitly based on Disgaea.
- Vriska's quick battle sprite is a shout out to Paul Robertson (NSFW), of Scott Pilgrim: The Game fame.
- Gamzee's constantly dances, similar to shop keepers in the Secret of Mana.
- Not to mention he's jokingly acting like an innkeeper and charging people to rest in his pile of horns.
- Entering Trickster Mode plays (most) of Totaka's Song.
- The Sims (with the house-building and item-placing) and Spore (with all the Space Compression planetary hijinks) are also cited inspirations. Particularly in naming "Sburb", by Word of God a "deliberately ugly word reminiscent of the name of a Sim game".
- Wayward Vagabond's Dream Sequence features a shout out to how spells are displayed in Final Fantasy games, as does Dave and Jade using Adagio Redshift, and Jack's use of Red Miles.
- The shop from Final Fantasy VI makes a cameo appearance in AlterniaBound's Trickster Mode screen, and ends up in the story itself later on, as part of Gamzee's trap for Terezi at the end of Year 2/Disc 1.
- Proton Cannon!
- The 1/22/11 flash has a reference to M. Bison when Eridan throws his cape before his battle against Sollux.
- A page has Terezi posing very similarly to how Miles Edgeworth does.
- Your guardians are... in another castle.
- [S] Seer: Ascend has the appearance of one Troll Guybrush Threepwood.
- Roxy's use of travel with FENESTRATED PLANES is quite reminiscent of Portal, as well as being a Mythology Gag to Problem Sleuth.
- The Portal reference is made more explicit when Roxy alchemizes a sniper rifle that makes fenestrated planes appear.
- now u are believin w petrol
- The flashes at the start of Act 6 Act 3 are a shout out to Myst, according to Hussie.
- Lara Croft, for obvious reasons, influenced Jake's LOMAX outfit in Act 6 Act 4.
- Though Lord English's name was at first unintentionally similar to that of Lord British from Ultima, it seems that his servant Gamzee, given the discovery in A6I4 that he's nigh immortal in all timelines, is rapidly becoming an Expy of Chuckles, Lord British's jester.
- Bro's collection of "incredibly shitty swords" include iconic swords from late 90s/early 00s Final Fantasy games - the Gunblade from Final Fantasy VIII and the Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII. At one point, Dave uses them to create a hideous, garish Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff-themed weapon called "SORD........" which is supposed to be so shitty he can't even hold it - and looks a lot like the Cadalbog from Final Fantasy X.
- Here◊, John yells something that should be very familiar to Half-Life 2 players...
- When asked to name a video game he likes to play, John mentions Crash Bandicoot.
- HORSARONI, I CHOOSE YOU!!!!!!
- The "Egbert Punch" is most likely a nod to the Falcon Punch.
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."
- A dinosaur from the Dinosaur Comics website's background appears momentarily here. Ryan North thinks it signifies something more.*
- One of the possible outcomes for John's roll of the final die in the Pop-a-Matic Vrillyhoo Hammer against Bec Noir is "T-REX".
- Gamzee gets pretty excited by CLOWNS OF A GRIM PERSUASION WHICH MAY NOT BE IN FULL POSSESSION OF THEIR MENTAL FACULTIES, and loves his MoThErFuCkInG MiRaClEs.
- A DoUbLe mEtApHoR AlL ThE WaY, AcRoSs sKaIa :o)
- Kanaya kindly requests that you Deal With It
- Karkat's freakout during his conversation with Doc Scratch is a shoutout to Tough Guys Don't Dance.
- Vriska herself could be a shout out to Dungeons & Dragons. Besides being a FLARPer, her lusus was a giant spider, and she could easily be described as a self-serving, back-stabbing bitch.
- "Drow" and "Troll" were originally both names for little fairy-goblin things, derived from "Trow". Homestuck trolls also all have grey skin and dislike the sun and bright lights.
- Quoth Dirk's auto-responder: "It seems you think I am a fucking douche". At the very least, it feels like it carries that Office Assistant type vibe.
- Roxy's MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE fetch modus may be a reference to The Police, since that song and "Roxanne" are two of their most famous numbers.
- The Green Sun and troll society's sexual standards both seem to be a reference to Exalted.
- animation's URL ends in the letters "DOTA" which presumably stand for Death of the Author, since, well, Hussie has just been killed by Lord English. Death of the Author is also a famous 1967 essay by Roland Barthe. In it, Barthe suggests that the author has no authority over the text, the true meaning of which is created uniquely in each reader's mind according to their own impressions as opposed to the intentions of the author. Kinda appropriate considering MSPA's reliance on audience participation, fixation on cultural references and exploring the boundaries of fiction and reality. And of course, Hussie's self-inserted character's inability to control events at this point in the story.
The end of Act 6
- A reference to This Very Wiki.
- Doc Scratch also makes an allusion when talking to Rose, referring to his preference for white text.
I don't particularly enjoy spoiling things for people when unnecessary. I find speaking in a discreet color helps avoid this.
- The Midnight Crew are actually named after a song by Eddie Morton. It's actually sampled at the very beginning of Jack: Ascend.
- Near the end of the first page of Act 6 Intermission 3, Meenah encounters Aranea sitting in a wooden booth with a sign reading "The Sylph is In." The art style even changes to make the reference more obvious.
- In the same intermission, we have "Dave's "ebubbles", which spout out seemingly random sentence fragments from Dave's previous pesterlogs. Both the name and the result are reminiscent of the infamous spam Twitter account Horse_ebooks.
- The entire flash segment with Meenah is very much an extended parody of Tumblr and the kinds of people who frequent it.
- Said parody is taken Up to Eleven with Meulin. In addition, Mituna is a parody of Imageboards, 4chan in particular.
- Dirk's gas mask in the Act 6 Act 4 flash bears similarity in both design and color to the mask of Tahu from BIONICLE.
- It sounds suspiciously like Cans is about to plow through the wall Kool-Aid man style All of a sudden, Cans plows through the wall Kool-Aid man style Resist urge to shout "Oh Yeah!"
- 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:
- 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:
Music Shout Outs (Limited to songs not featured in comic)
- There's also some Complete Darkness in there.
- From the Alterniabound Album, we have shoutouts such as quotes from Doctor Who and phrases spoken from Vocaloid (Arisen Anew), and several audio shoutouts by way of Suspiciously Similar Song to Ace Attorney (BL1ND JUST1C3: 1NV3ST1G4T1ON!!), Pirates of the Caribbean (She's a Sp8der), and the first two generations of Pokémon (FIDUSPAWN, GO!), among many others.
- The Wanderers album has at least a couple:
- A concrete MOTHER shout-out in the music: Frog Forager sounds a whole lot like the series' Bootstrapped Theme, "Pollyanna (I Believe in You)".
- It also sounds suspiciously similar to Final Fantasy II's Town theme.
- The name of the song Battle Against an Unfathomable Enemy is likely a reference to similarly named themes in the MOTHER series.
- Colo Urs and Mayhem, Universe A has Iron Knight, which is a direct homage of Through The Fire And Flames
- ETERNAL SUFFERING, a song from the Tomb of the Ancestors album, has voice clip "Through Fire, Justice is Served!" from the game Mischief Makers
- Volume 8 has a song titled "Afraid of the Darko".
- Courser, the basis for Umbral Ultimatum, sounds like it's straight out of Ōkami (and in fact samples some riffs from the game). This refers to the similarities between Becquerel and Amaterasu.
- "Entrance of the Salamanders" includes a motif lifted from Mother 3's "His Highness' Theme."
- "Similarly, Pumpkin Cravings appears to use elements of Porky/Pokey's theme.
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