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Shout Out: Naruto
In addition to allusions to Japanese folklore and mythology, there's also plenty of references to other works.
  • The Hokage Mountain evokes Mt. Rushmore, with faces of the four Hokages carved on it. Tsunade's face is added during the Time Skip.
  • The Third Hokage summoning Monkey King Enma and wieding a magic staff refer to Journey to the West.
  • "Ino Shika Cho" is a reference to a high-ranking hand in the card game Hanafuda.
  • The Valley of the End is similar to the Argonath.
  • The anime has used Star Wars stock sounds, such as the lightsaber humming and TIE Fighter laser sounds.
    • In that respect, the Shinigami the Third Hokage summons during his battle with Orochimaru uses the same sound effect as the Ringwraiths.
    • And speaking of Star Wars, after receiving the powers of the Six paths, Naruto and Sasuke confront Madara, who starts his attack on them with a jutsu almost identical to Force Lightning.
  • In the High School AU OVA, Naruto uses "attack yo-yos" to beat up on a gangster. A technique used by "mutts..." Sakura even says "Haven't I seen this before?" It's worth noting that in all the urban fantasy and slice of life Jump series Shonen Jump itself exists. Therefore, it's quite reasonable that she would have read Yu-Gi-Oh in said AU.
  • Kabutomaru wears a black hood with white eye-like markings similar to fellow snake-themed baddie Medusa.
  • The arrival at and the look of the island where Killer Bee and Naruto meet is reminiscent of the island from King Kong. The giant gorilla that the team meets is called "King-chan", it doesn't get more obvious than that.
  • Kushina's red hair and grey eyes may be a homage to Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables fame who also has the same eye and hair color. The books are part of the school curiculum and quite popular in Japan.
  • Kisame, a ninja associated with sharks, summons a giant ninja shark thing. Guy defeats it by essentially setting off a pressurized air explosion in the mouth.
  • The Sage of six paths and the form Naruto Takes after absorbing all of the Kyuubi's chakra is definitely similar looking to the oni warriors of Onimusha fame, Soki in particular
  • When Naruto fails at turning into the Kyuubi after taming it, he actually transforms into the chibi-kyuubi design from the pilot, which was originally supposed to be his true form.
  • The real names of the Kyuubi and the Four Tails: Kurama and Son Goku.
  • The Four Tailed Beast is one big reference to Dragon Ball. Its design is partially based off of the Oozaru, the host's name is Roshi and its number of tails is the same as Goku's favorite Dragonball. Its horns are also apparently modelled after the diadem worn by Sun Wukong from Journey to the West, who is himself one of the original inspirations for Goku. And the four tailed beast's proper name is SON GOKU!!!!!!
  • According to Kakashi, the Kyuubi's red chakra makes his techniques three times as powerful.
  • When we finally see the flashback fight between Madara and Hashirama, Hasirama summons something that might seem a bit...Familiar.
  • Mu wears bandages because he's The Invisible Man.
  • The 10-Tails' crossing of the Bishounen Line, its massive form being sucked inward into itself to take the size & shape of a human, brings to mind Janemba's transformation in Dragon Ball Z Movie 12.
  • While based on Hindu Mythology, one can't help but feel that Kishimoto Played Asura's Wrath when concieving the characters of Ashura and Indra. The former being Asura and the latter being Deus, who was based on Indra.
  • The Infinite Tsukuyomi is actually a big freaking Matrix. But worse, it's like a matrix where Agent Smith turns everyone into his clones, in their physical bodies!
  • Kaguya's icy mountain range with the castle near a summit is based on the location of Elsa's ice palace in Frozen.

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