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: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Let's see... a blonde high school cheerleader who's the latest in a line of generational slayers of the undead? Nah, doesn't sound familiar. Not to mention the main way of upgrading her is to engage in Sparkle Hunting. One wonders if that term was deliberately chosen to evoke images of Buffy going up against the new heartthrob version of vampires. From the Valentine's Day Trailer: "You know how some girls have vampires for boyfriends?". While there would usually just be one true candidate, the scene has gotten rather crowded lately... She slices a zombie in half from the groin up. This was one of You Know Who's more brutal... well, slayings. Nick, on the other hand, makes one think of Xander in looks and personality. Except he's a jock instead of an unpopular nerd. One of Juliet's sisters is named Cordelia, though that's as much a shout-out to Shakespeare. Rosalind on the other hand rocks a wrecking ball to fight zombies, much like Xander did against Glory. : Evil Dead Juliet's chainsaw and enemies of choice are an arguable example, since the chainsaw has become such a prevalent tool for zombie killing that it's hard to nail a source down if it's even intended. Just the way the regular zombies talk is similar to the way the deadites speak. One of the pre-order bonuses is an Ash Williams costume ◊. Juliet's dad also looks and speaks a lot like Bruce Campbell. Three of the settings are San Romero High School, the Fulci Fun Center and the O'Bannon Farm. if you look at the name of the school, it could also be read as Sans Romeo, or "without romeo" Still living, talking heads with some sort of a metal collar around their neck stumps... , anyone? Futurama A bunch of the outfits you get for beating the game are taken directly from anime and manga, some are in theme with monster/zombie hunting from the game itself. Juliet's sisters are Cordelia and Rosalind. Someone in that family is a Shakespeare buff. Or they might be a buff of... someone else. To be fair, Cordelia in "Buffy" is explicitly modeled after Cordelia in "King Lear"; for one thing, they both have a habit of always telling the truth even when it's not a good idea. Cordelia Starling, on the other hand, has little to do with either character aside from being the most blunt and straightforward of the three sisters. One of Juliet's possible lines after a successful minigame is "If it bleeds, I can kill it!" Stage Four is set in San Romero's local youth center/arcade. As you progress through the level, you end up in a bunch of areas that are patterned after classic arcade games. In order, they're Pac-Man, Elevator Action, a weird combination of Pong and Breakout, and Krazy Klimber. Swan is an older teen of the Neutral Evil alignment that uses a demonic tome's magic powers to achieve his ends. Sound familiar? That, and he's also a wangsty Emo Teen connected to the undead. The only way they could've made the Take That at more obvious is if Swan were female. Twilight He also looks like Billy the puppet from Saw. The elevator coming down to pick up Morikawa's spirit after he dies with the cherubs orbiting it is reminiscent to Catherine. The achievement unlocked after killing Zed is " Zed's Dead, Baby, Zed's Dead" Upon dying, one of the things she can say is " Oops, I did it again." A monster-hunting protagonist with a sidekick who is just a head? Seems familiar to a certain other Suda51 game. "What's your favorite color, Nick?" - " Blue. No Green. I fucked up, it's yellow." Juliet's super-mode has her change a variety of different colors, and a special music plays ala Mario once he gets a star. During the Fulci Fun Center stage: Josey, the funk Zombie, says I'm JOSEY JAMES, Bitch!. One of his influences is Rick James, after all. In the Fulci Fun Center, one of the zombies says " I think I'm down with the sickness!" During the fight against Lewis: "Hey, it's dead Starsky & Hutch!" "Look who it is! Mary-Kate and Ashley!" During the fight against Vikke, he may start playing on his drum kit, which can prompt Nick to say "Who does he think he is, that one-armed dude from Def Leppard?" During the Cathedral stage, one zombie shouts " Die, die my darling!" Lewis Legend rides a flaming motorcycle. Several to Grasshopper themselves: A zombie in the prologue says "Zombies not dead!" One of Juliet's taunts against Zed is "Punk IS dead!" Both are riffs on Grasshopper's "Punk's Not Dead" epigram. A bomb zombie in the first stage grabs and explodes a student in a manner identical to a Heaven Smile. "Shut up, grass!" is a reference to James Guns movie . James Gun collaborated on this game. Super One of the phone messages from Rosalind has her mention that she was listening to MSI. This doubles as an in-joke, as the first boss, Zedd, is voiced by the band's lead singer.