Shout Out / Literature

This page lists Shout Outs seen in literary works.
Works with their own sub-pages:


  • Penryn and the End of Days:
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Too many shout outs to Greek Mythology to list. The author really has Shown Their Work
  • In Peter Pan Captain Hook says he's "the only man whom Barbecue feared, and Flint himself feared Barbecue". Flint and Barbecue (better known as Long John Silver) are the leaders of the pirates in Treasure Island.
  • Various ponyfication of artists in Pinkie Pie and the Rockin' Ponypalooza Party!: Nine Inch Tails, Switchhoof, Neigh-Z, Coldhay, the Whooves and John Mare.
  • In Primary Colors, the names "Burton" and "Stanton" (and the use of a First-Person Peripheral Narrator) are clear allusions to All the King's Men.
  • Zee Rose's The Princess 99 makes several shout outs, usually through Skye who is probably from our world though Professeur Sweet does make a Harry Potter shout out: "Unlike in the Non stories, besoms are not for riding. I repeat: do not try to ride a besom. I cannot tell you how many students have wound up with broken legs and arms because of this mistake."
  • A recurring character in Robert Rankin's books is the "psychic youth and masturbator" Danbury Collins. This is based on Andy Collins, author of dubious New Age work The Knights of Danbury and a rival of Robert's.
  • A trilogy of Warhammer 40,000 novels are entitled Ravenor, Ravenor Returned and Ravenor Rogue; a rather highbrow nod to John Updike's equally alliterative "Rabbit" series (Rabbit, Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich, Rabbit at Rest and Rabbit Remembered).
  • The Reynard Cycle :
  • In the Rihannsu novel The Empty Chair Gurrhim tr'Siedhri comments that it will be better for the rebellion if he remains Legally Dead for the moment because his heirs will maintain control of his considerable wealth and corporate resources, which can then be used to help the Free Rihannsu. Leonard McCoy then makes a snide remark about Gurri staying dead for tax purposes.
  • Safehold:
    • The protagonist of the series is a woman whose personality is uploaded in a robotic body named Nimue. When she has to change her body's sex in order to fit into the patriarchal society of Safehold, she takes the name Merlin. Later, Merlin gives Prince Cayleb a sword that is made of advanced materials, which he names "Excalibur".
    • Weber has had fun with the series' extensive use of My Nayme Is to slip in references to pop culture. Two major secondary characters, for instance, are named Kynt Clareyk, after Clark Kent, and Nahrmahn Baytz, after the title character of Psycho. When introduced, Clareyk's second in command is even named Layn. A member of Charis's nobility is Paityr Sellyrs. A member of the Corisandian resistance movement is named Paitryk Hainree, after American historical figure Patrick Henry.
    • Place names have similar shout-outs attached to them, such as the Earldom of Gray Harbor, after earl grey tea, the Barony of White Castle, after the fast food chain, the Barony of Green Mountain, after a brand of coffee, and the Duchy of Halbrook Hollow, after a celebrity from the fifties and sixties, Hal Holbrook.
    • With the exception of the first book, most of the books in the series take their titles from the titles of hymns, such as "A Mighty Fortress" and "How Firm a Foundation", or their lyrics, such as "By Schism Rent Asunder" and "By Heresies Distressed", which come from "The Church's One Foundation".
  • In the short story "Same-Day Delivery" by Desmond Warzel, the phrase "blue bolts from the heavens" appears twice; this is a direct Shout-Out to first-edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons; specifically, the Dungeon Master's Guide.
  • Saturn's Children by Charles Stross, in addition to numerous Shout Outs to Robert A. Heinlein, has a MacGuffin disguised as a statue of a black bird and an organisation of robot butlers who are all called Jeeves one of whom has taken the name "Reginald"; Jeeves's first name in the books. Also, there's a colony ship called Bark for no apparent reason, which could be a mistransliteration of B-Ark.
  • Schooled in Magic: The plot has a strong similarity with Harry Potter, particularly in the wizarding school Whitehall. One part even seems like a direct reference to something from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, where Emily reads about different magical accidents in a book and there's a story of a girl who brewed a potion to look like someone else but accidentally used cat hair instead of the other person's, which turned her into a cat girl instead. This is exactly what Hermione does, except here it cannot be reversed and the girl is stuck that way forever. It could also be a mild Take That!. Later after learning about the world's magically binding contracts, Emily wonders whether being entered into a contest like Harry Potter is in Goblet of Fire with no knowledge of it would still bind you. It turns out no, you have to be aware of it. Emily notes that putting "unscrupulous creatures" in charge of your prison isn't a good idea (a reference to the Dementors of Azkaban). Plus the entire plot of Study In Slaughter is very similar to Chamber of Secrets, though the author stated this was unintentional. Even so, Emily thinks how a basilisk would be easier to kill than what they face in the book. She also uses the blood test for Changelings idea from Deep Space Nine. Later she wonders about whether dwarves spend their free time courting and trying to tell which one is female, like Discworld. At one point she tells Frieda the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There's also a village she visits where a beefy blacksmith doesn't seem impressed with a fishmonger who's shouting "Get your fresh fish here! Fresh fish! It's lovely", a reference to Astérix.
  • In Richard Peck's novel Secrets at Sea, one character mentions an ancestor in passing named Katinka Van Tassel, which is the name of the young woman Ichabod Crane loves in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.
  • In Seekers of the Sky, a shout-out to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry can be found: a glider pilot that has met an interesting child.
  • Fyre, the last Septimus Heap book, contains at least contains two:
    • One is to the Harry Potter series, with an Ordinary Wizard named Bertie Bott being among the deceased.
    • Another is made by Hotep-Ra, referencing the Famous Last Words of Captain Oats, one of the men on Scott's Antarctic expedition.
      Hotep-Ra got out of his chair and said to his Apprentice, Talmar Ray Bell, "I am just going outside. I may be some time."
      Talmar looked horrified. "Don't say that!"
      Hotep-Ra smiled at his Apprentice. "Why ever not?"
      "It's bad luck," she said. "Someone said it once and never came back."
      "I'll be back," said Hotep-Ra.
      "Someone said
      that once too."
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events:
    • Numerous allusions to literature, history, and mythology, among other things.
    • Why will no-one call me Ish?
  • Shaman Blues:
    • Upon seeing his old flame standing in the door, looking for help, Witkacy immediately thinks of Film Noir.
    • The book itself is named after The Doors song.
    • Witkacy, in his pale coat and with blonde hair, not to mention the ability to see ghosts, is a clear Constantine reference.
  • In Shaman of the Undead:
    • Tekla once had a student called Alice, who went on the other side of the mirror and never came back. She even lapshaded it, saying that with name like this, she's destined to become mirror-walker.
    • When main character starts to see ghosts, she says "I see dead people".
  • In Sharpe's Tiger, Sharpe briefly sees (and is warned not to steal) the Moonstone from, well, The Moonstone.
  • The Silerian Trilogy: The Honored Society, a play on the “Men of Honor” name the Mafia uses for themselves, and they are even worse. They're “honored” by people because otherwise they'll remove your water and leave you to die of thirst.
  • In the Sinister Six Trilogy, the Gentleman visits The Machiavelli Club, a special society for the Wicked Cultured. His table has on it a welcome back card from an "elegant lady thief of his acquaintance, Carmen." Other members of the Machiavelli Club (setting aside established Marvel Comics villains; they're Continuity Nods) include Hannibal, Auric, the Gruber brothers, Lex, Herr Taubmann, Ra's, Soze, Napier, Randolph and Mortimer Duke, Mr Glass, and Ernst. The Gentleman has also worked with Casper Gutman.
  • Peter David's Sir Apropos of Nothing contains a shout-out to The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. When Apropos and Princess Entipy encounter a herd of unicorns, Entipy cautions Apropos, "You must never run from anything immortal, it attracts their attention." This is word for word what the Unicorn told Schmendrick to discourage him from running from a harpy.
  • Gordon Korman's Son of the Mob and it's sequel, Hollywood Hustle, contain several references to Monty Python:
    • In the first book, when Vince's date opens the trunk of his car and finds Jimmy the Rat unconscious and bleeding (Vince is, after all, the titular mob prince), the only response the horrified Vince can think of is "a line from that old parrot sketch from Monty Python": "He's not dead, he's resting."
    • In the second book, Vince mentions that a girl named Willow could "turn on a guy in a hovercraft full of eels and can recite Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety from memory.
  • The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries have a Shout-Out to Anne Rice; her books are actually books one can buy and read in The 'Verse the series takes place in, and is why vampires are considered somewhat chic. There's also a shout out to Ann Landers.
    • The short story "Bacon" from the anthology Strange Brew contains one for The Dresden Files:
      "Actually, a girl can't make a living at full-time sorcery anymore," Kathy [a witch] said with a brave smile. "Not with so many of the supernaturals trying to do things the official, human way. The only sorcerer who's gone public is in Chicago, and I hear he's struggling."
  • Special Circumstances:
  • Dozens in Michael Flynn's Spiral Arm series. Including
  • Star Carrier: Deep Space introduces an Earthlike planet orbiting 40 Eridani A, which In-Universe was dubbed "Vulcan" after the planet in Star Trek. For the uninitiated, while no canon Star Trek work has ever flat-out stated that Vulcan orbits 40 Eridani A, that is the Word of God from Gene Roddenberry and near-universal in the Star Trek Expanded Universe, and is supported by mentions of Vulcan's distance from Earth in two Star Trek: Enterprise episodes.
  • Star Trek Novel Verse:
    • In the Star Trek Alternate Universe novella Seeds of Dissent by James Swallow, the deceased members of the Botany Bay crew are all named after Doctor Who companions.
    • In the first four books of Peter David's Star Trek: New Frontier series, he's able to sneak in the first and/or last names of all the actors who played the main characters of his TV Series Space Cases.
      • Later, he gives a more thorough one to Jewel Staite by putting a "Catalina City" on a moon of Saturn.
    • In the Star Trek: Enterprise novel The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm, the character of Trip at one point calls himself "Michael Kenmore" which is a Shout-Out to Stargate Atlantis, where the actor for Trip, Connor Trineer, played Michael Kenmore, the rogue Wraith turned human.
    • The Novelization of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan contains an extended in-universe Shout-Out to Lewis Carroll, as two of the scientists on the Genesis Project discuss the discovery of the sub-elementary particles they named "snarks" and "boojums". Just as quarks come in different "flavours" with odd names like "strange" and "charm", snarks and boojums are sorted by "five unmistakable marks" which the scientists call "taste", "tardiness", "humor", "cleanliness" and "ambition" ... all straight from Fit the Second of the nonsense poem. (The scientists names, incidentally, are Madison and March.)
  • In one of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, Han Solo points out "It's not the years, it's the parsecs." Not quite an Actor Allusion to Indiana Jones, because it's a book and Harrison Ford can't say the line himself, but close.
    • And in the Star Wars novels, Han, and later Corran Horn, have used the fake identity "Jenos Idanian", an anagram of Indiana Jones.
    • Death Star has a conman who's managed to sneak on board the Death Star setting up a fake ID under the name of Teh Roxxor.
  • In Swords of Exodus, the sequel to Dead Six, the commanding officer for Mike Valentine when the latter was in the US Air Force, was Colonel Christopher Blair, the Player Character from the Wing Commander game series.
  • Mercedes Lackey
    • Lackey pulls off a clever one in her book The Fairy Godmother. Her protagonist Elena goes to a Hiring Faire, and is the second-to-last person hired. The last person in the square, when she leaves? Mort.
    • In Home from the Sea, characters Nan and Sarah mention that they were helped out in Egypt by a woman who was called Sitt Hakim by the native people. That plus the rest of her description puts her as Amelia Peabody.
  • The Theirs Not to Reason Why series is full of these:
  • The Thirteenth Tale contains shout-outs to Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Rebecca.
  • In the BIONICLE book Time Trap, the Shadowed One responds to the notion of cutting off hands as punishment for failure with the line "I think enough hands have been removed this year", a reference to Star Wars's fondness of having its characters lose their hands, and specifically to the movie Revenge of the Sith, which came out the same year as the book.
  • The children's picture book The Tobermory Cat by Debi Gliori includes a picture of Tobermory bookshop in which all the books in the window are other picture books about cats, including Goodbye Mog by Judith Kerr and Fred by Posey Simmonds.
  • The time-travel novel To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis is one big shout-out to Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat (subtitle: To say nothing of the dog). Each of its major dogs is introduced by name several pages before the author makes it clear that the name belongs to a dog—just like Montmorency in the original. In one brief scene, the narrator even meets Jerome K. and his two friends (to say nothing of the dog) and exchanges a few words.
  • Every book in the Tough Magic trilogy has an outtake section in the back where shout-outs abound, including ones to Star Wars, Dragon Ball, Looney Tunes, Finding Nemo, The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter...
  • The Truth of Rock and Roll has a shout out to Streets of Fire: "(she) was made for another time and another place..."
  • Sophie Bell of The Ultra Violets is extremely fond of these, to the point where many of them actually predate the target audience. (Middle-school students, 9-12, for those curious.)
  • Unda Vosari has a short page of shout outs to various other works.
  • The climax of Robert Frezza's novel The VMR Theory contains a string of Shout Outs. Among them:
  • The entire book, The Vagina Ass Of Lucifer Niggerbastard, is a shout-out to Virgil's The Aeneid.
  • In Valhalla, violent personalities are measured by the VVPS (Verhoeven Violent Predilection Score).
  • Villains by Necessity: At one point Sam attempts to play off his assassin's garb as the costume for a play, "The Tragedy of Oswald, Prince of Volinar." Sam describes the plot as "the one where the fellow's uncle kills his father and marries his mother".
  • Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga:
    • Simon Illyan got his name from Illya Kuryakin.
    • Cryoburn has two: Miles thinks to himself "Imperial Auditor Vorkosigan; Threat or Menace" (in Spider-Man, J.J.J.'s paper, The Daily Bugle often ran headlines "Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?"). And Armsman Roic quips to a local "Don't worry, I have a license to stun." The local responds "I thought that has a license to kill?" Both, of course refer to James Bond's 00 "License to Kill".
  • Malik's admission that he's a fan of both Sherlock Holmes and Spider-Man in Wandering Djinn.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • As Vicky is a Star Trek fan, The New Prophecy was originally going to be called The Next Generation. She still had files on her computer with "TNG" in the name years after the New Prophecy series was done.
    • Fuzzypelt is named after Fuzzy Felt, a toy Vicky remembers playing with when she was little.
    • The magazine Cat Fancy makes an appearance in the first volume of the SkyClan manga, on page 82.
    • One of the Adventure Game chapters in Battles of the Clans is titled "Here Comes The Sun".
    • A few character name references:
    • Several quotes from movies have been altered and made it into the dialogue:
      • In Moonrise, Talon's answer to how they'll lure Sharptooth to the cave - "With blood." - is a reference to Rambo.
      • In Sunset, after Hawkfrost dies, Brambleclaw hears Hawkfrost's voice in his mind, saying, "We will meet again, my brother. This is not over yet." This is a reference to the line "One day we will meet again, my brother. But not yet, not yet." from Gladiator.
      • In Ravenpaw's Farewell, the line "There is a secret that I have kept from you without meaning to: I have always been a warrior." is a reference to the line "That's my secret, Captain. I'm always angry." from The Avengers. When Vicky got the go-ahead to write a novella about Ravenpaw's final days, the original version of the line in her head was "That's my secret, Barley. I have always been a warrior." (She changed it enough so that it wouldn't be so obvious that the line was lifted from the movie.) From there she got the idea for the rest of the book, that Ravenpaw would be confronted with his warrior loyalties one last time before his death.
      • In Tallstar's Revenge, Talltail says, "You killed my father. Now I'm going to kill you." Vicky confirmed on her Facebook that Talltail was paraphrasing Inigo Montoya.
  • Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School, Wayside's think outside the box puzzle book, features in the first chapter a series of prototype algebra problems where numbers are substituted with letters. The first such problem is ELF + TOOK = FOOL.
  • Welkin Weasels runs entirely on Shouting Out to various famous literature, movies, and historical events, often with an Incredibly Lame Pun or two mixed in. (See the reference to Treasure of the Sierra Madre and/or Blazing Saddles as the Talking Animal marmot sheriff faces off with an outlaw: "Badgers? We don't need no stinkin' badgers!")
  • The Wild Cards series has the Indio-Irish Elephant Girl, whose real name is Rhada O'Reilly (c.f. Radar O'Reilly in M*A*S*H).
  • A Wolf In The Soul has several:
    • Main character and werewolf Greg is named after Gregor Samsa.
    • Two street names mentioned offhandedly are named Voorhees and Lois Lane.
    • Greg's therapist, who really does more mystery unraveling than psychoanalyzing, is named Holmes.
  • In Wolves of the Calla, book 5 of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, there is a manufacturing plate on a round, flying weapon which reads: "SNEETCH HARRY POTTER MODEL. Serial # 465-11-AA HPJKR. CAUTION EXPLOSIVE" JKR, of course, refers to J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books; the name "SNEETCH" refers to the Golden Snitch, one of the "balls" required to play Quidditch, which is similarly small, round, flying, and dangerous. "SNEETCH" may also be a reference to the Dr. Seuss book The Sneetches. The Dark Tower is full of things like this, up to and including a green city that can only be entered if you have red shoes.
    • Also a Potter reference, in one of the books is a helping robot, called a "house elf", which is named Dobby, IIRC.
    • The city that Blaine is in constantly plays a series of drums which Eddie mentions sounds suspiciously like a ZZ Top song.
      • EVERY Steven King book EVER has a long list of obscure to vague shout outs to his sixty other 900-page books.
  • As is probably to be expected from a series about a consciousness forming and awaking in the Internet, the WWW Trilogy is chock full of references to past films and novels that have dealt with the concept of AI, mostly in the form of title-dropping.
  • Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt: The first chapter is written in a style that imitates Journey to the West and the last chapter has a shout out to Candide.
  • In High Wizardry, a man apparently fitting the description of the fifth Doctor saves Dairine from the servants of the Lone Power chasing her.
  • H.P. Lovecraft was ridiculously fond of shouting out to his other works to the point where most of the time it didn't really make any sense. The names just happened to be the same. Also, he and his circle of author friends absolutely loved shouting out at each other and shared several eldritch deities.
    • The founder of the Pickman foundation is presumably NOT the Pickman of "Pickman's Model". Lovecraft's stories tend to take place in the same small part of New England, and often concern the same kind of ladies and gentlemen from old, old families (so they can have old, old secrets). Hence, the same surnames turning up again and again is actually fairly realistic: the oldest families have a fair number of members by now, and they are fairly important to local history as well.
  • John Ringo tends to throw tons of shout outs to various things his works, including but not limited to:
    • In When the Devil Dances and Hell's Faire, from his Legacy of the Aldenata series, there's not only "Bun-Bun", the name for a massive mobile artillery piece, from Sluggy Freelance's Killer Rabbit, but one of those sent to repair some battle damage is the spitting image of Riff, not only in outfits (long coat and Cool Shades), but in some of Riff's signature traits, including "Let me check my notes"... and getting kicked in the crotch when saying something stupid to an attractive woman.
    • Bun-Bun also makes an appearance in the Council Wars series, as one of the few remaining AIs after a long-ago global-scale civil war.
    • Troy Rising uses a whole lot of them to other Science Fiction works, many of them intentional on the part of the characters using them.
    • Ringo is a big fan of Firefly, where Jayne and Wash used the line "I'll be in my bunk" as a sexual reference. In the Black Tide Rising series, Faith (a 13 year old girl who is a seriously badass zombie killer) finally finds a few cases of 12 gauge shotgun shells, grabs them away from the adult Marines who were stacking them, and walks out the door announcing "I'll be in my bunk". The two Marines look at each other and say "You don't think she means...?", at which point Faith sticks her head back in the room and yells "To reload my mags, you perverts!"
  • In Vampirocracy, Leon mentally quotes Victor/Victoria at one point, and tells a character he has no specific urge to "murder death kill."

Alternative Title(s): Shout Out Literature

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