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Shout Out: Scott Pilgrim
Listing all of the references in the Scott Pilgrim series/game and movie are starting to eat up their pages, so let's list them all here! Although considering the sheer number of references, it's gonna be one hell of a chore to keep track of them.

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    Scott Pilgrim — Graphic Novels 
  • Volume 1, at the Rockit, 2nd panel features the drum set of The Archies.
  • Gideon the Cat's name is a blatant shout out to Gideon the cat from Pinocchio.
  • The high school flashback was one big River City Ransom ref.
    • At least one person has said "Barf" when getting beaten up.
    • Also, when Scott is trying to remember the name of the Katayanagi Twins, he suggests "Randy and Andy Katamari". Randy and Andy are bosses in River City High.
    • The rumors that Simon would be Gideon (given their identical appearance) is likely a reference to RCR. The final boss, Slick, is a nobody from the main character's past who was previously named Simon.
  • Scott was also wearing MOTHER 2 and Astro Boy t-shirts at some points.
  • The name of the third book, ''Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness", is a reference to the similarly-named album by The Smashing Pumpkins.
    • Chapter 16 is titled "Frail and Bedazzled" after a The Smashing Pumpkins song. Scott can also be seen wearing a Zero shirt at one point as well as his classic SP tee shirt.
  • Book 4's title is a reference the song Get It Together by The Go! Team.
  • Chapter 27 is entitled "Can't Face Up", after a Sloan song. In addition, one of Gideon's exes is named Sloane.
  • Book 4 contains a shot-for-shot parody of the iconic battle from the introduction to Ninja Gaiden.
  • Book 3 has a flashback sequence called They Were Eleven
  • Ramona's nickname is Rammy
    • O'Malley says this is an unconscious homage
  • "I grazed you!" How appropriate, You Fight Like a Cow."
  • In Book 3, Scott has the internal dialogue, "Yeah! I know! I gotta believe!!" before leaping to Ramona's aid against Envy.
  • Several of the books' first page title logos are shout outs to videogame title screens. The logo to Book 2 was done in the style of Bonk's Adventure, Book 4 had a full-color take on the title screen of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Book 5's spoofed the cover of Double Dragon III.
  • If you think about it, Kyle and Ken Katayanagi are twin brothers with a dragon motif.
  • Knives' dad has hair like Vegeta, and Tamara looks like Osaka in volume 5.
  • One to AKIRA with Todd's defacing of the moon.
    • There are actually several Akira references relating Todd to Tetsuo. In the Honest Ed's sequence he shouts "It's my brain!!! What have you done!?!" Ramona also recalls Todd's "origin" in which he was taken to a lab for testing, and is shown returning with bandages wrapped around his head.
    • another one in the title of chapter 14: about to e-x-p-l-o-d-e
    • The illustration of Ramona Flowers on the back of Volume 1 looks very similar to some art on the back of the Akira volumes.
  • Scott's avatar in his video-game dream world looks remarkably like Link
  • In a bonus page of volume 4 Comeau shouts "It's time to kick out the Jams, motherfuckers!" in reference to "Kick Out the Jams" by MC5.
  • The back of the books features a parody of the "STOP! You're reading the wrong way" page that publishers such as Tokyopop and Viz often put at the back end of American manga translations.
  • A bus in volume 1 displays the Trapnest logo from Nana.
  • Acccording to O'Malley, Wallace's super-sad eyes in the "dipping sauce bitch" panel is a shout-out to Clone High.
  • In volume four when Roxanne and Scott first meet, Roxanne teleports the way of Naruto every japanese depiction of ninjas, ever, which is having her fingers locked in a certain way like the series' usual Ninjutsu abilities.* Roxy's defeat involves her splitting apart much like Mecha Frieza, and then a much of small animals pop out like a Prison Egg capsule from the Sonic the Hedgehog games.
  • In Volume 6, Ramona and Scott use the X Slash move from Chrono Trigger against Gideon.
  • When Envy walks into Sarah's party in volume 6, there is a painting on the wall depicting a certain pirate ship.
  • There are Utena and Porco Rosso posters on Envy's college dorm room walls. And Chapter 37 is titled 'Not the End of the World', possibly another Utena reference.
  • Near the beginning of Volume 6, Scott can be seen playing a game similar to Monster Hunter on a PSP Go.
  • Once again in volume 6, the shirts that are being given away in Chaos Theater Toronto are suspiciously similar to an inverted Triforce from The Legend of Zelda, and the pyramid-shaped stage might be a reference to the one used by Daft Punk, and although it's hard to see, one of the background characters is wearing a Team Fortress 2 shirt when Scott gets stabbed by Gideon. Also, Chapter 34 is titled A Link to the Past.
    • The stage could also be the pyramid at the center of the dark world in A Link To The Past that the final battle takes place on/in.
    • Also, three Gs...
  • And yet again, in Volume 6, Scott is shown sporting a shirt with a Slime from Dragon Quest for a good portion of the book.
  • Was I the only one that thought Envy might light everyone on fire during her show at the Chaos Theater in Volume 6?
  • Travis Touchdown can be seen in the audience when Envy resumes her show in volume 6, after Scott and Ramona defeat Gideon.
  • For a change of pace, in volume 6, there's a short shout out to the internet in the "Memory Cam" of Ramona and Gideon, with Ramona saying "Babby" in place of "baby."
  • The climactic chapter of Volume 6 is entitled Music Sounds Better With You, a dance song by Stardust. It's very fitting, given the contents of said chapter.
  • Gideon's Girlfriend plot is basically a cross between A Link to the Past and Revolutionary Girl Utena
    • Not to mention the People Jars resemblance to the Castle Where Eternity Dwells...
    • And let's not forget in Volume 4, when Scott pulls a sword out of himself, much like in Revolutionary Girl Utena with the sword of Dios.
    • There's also the fact that neither Scott or Ramona are as pure or good as they believed themselves to be, or as we were led to believe, just like with Utena and Anthy when their flaws became more apparent.
    • Like Anthy, Ramona is seen as a prize to be won and Scott, like Utena, must frequently defeat unwanted opponents in order to keep her. Like the Student Council, the League of Evil Exes all have various reasons for wanting Ramona back, some still like her and others absolutely hate her, all the while relating to Scott that's she not so innocent. Scott, like Utena, is too naive to understand what they are trying to tell her.
  • A particularly obscure one: a magazine article in Volume 2 and 6 called "Bam! Kapow! Comics aren't just for kids anymore!".
    • And on the same magazine cover: "Are video games art? Source says no."
    • A similar magazine cover from vol. 1 says, "Make Headlines Believe Them Come Back," the chorus of The New Pornographers' "The Fake Headlines."
  • The Power of Understanding take the form of what appears to be Zangetsu.
  • "Scott... Scott! Good morning, Scott!"
  • In volume 5, Scott quotes the chorus to the Backstreet Boys' "As long as you love me" word for word.
  • In volume 1, when Scott tries to draw Ramona's shoes Wallace points out they look like the shoes from Mr.Men.
    • Similarly, in volume 4, Scott wears a shirt with Mr. Happy on it.
  • The last chapter of volume 5 is called World of Ruin
  • The official color for the scarf Knives wears (shown in the sprite of her on book six's back cover) are blue and silver. Similar to the house colors for Ravenclaw. The house of an asian girl who kisses the main character but is emotionally troubled and doesn't turn out to be the ending romantic lead. That doesn't sound familiar at all. Word of God confirmed all this.
  • In Volume 4, Young Neil has a shirt with the Deathly Hallows symbol.
  • Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim is coming home... and this time, it's personal!
  • Also in Volume 6, at one point someone's playing Hokuto no Ken in an arcade. The machine next to that one has the characters for Touhou (東方) on it.
  • The Chaos Theatre Toronto's basement level features a big, shiny pyramid.
  • The final scene of the series is highly reminiscent of scenes from the Future and Resurrection chapters of Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix.
  • In Chapter37, when Ramona breaks free of her cuffs and confronts Gideon, there's a visual reference to the final fight between Tron and giant Sark in Tron (though the roles are reversed)
  • The deer's head in Volume 3.
  • In the first chapter of Volume 2, Kim asks Scott to "Draw me a sheep!" Scott's rescue of Kim in that same chapter is a straight-up parody of River City Ransom.
  • On page 34 of volume 2, Scott and Kim's sex in the car is identical to a scene in Say Anything.
  • On page 117 of volume 2, the name of Lucas Lee's movie, You Just Don't Exist, is also the name of a Plumtree song.
  • Two chapters in Volume 5 are named "The Glow" and "The Glow, Pt. 2" in reference, respectively, to the song and album by The Microphones.
  • The Gilded Palace of Flying Burritos is named after the album The Gilded Palace of Sin by the Flying Burrito Brothers.
  • In the final battle when Scott enters Ramona's mind, it is vary reminiscent of the scene in Final Fantasy VII where Cloud enters the life stream to finish off Sephiroth. Compare this to this.
  • In Volume 1, Scott references Metroid: "I wish I could turn into a morphing ball and roll to the bathroom".
  • In Volume 6, there is an arcade machine called the "Murder Simulator". This could be referencing Doom as this is what it was accused of being by haters. Then again, it could just be a joke about the FPS genre...
  • The band known as The Clash At Demonhead apparently gets its name from an NES game known as Clash At Demonhead. At least, according to The Happy Video Game Nerd.
  • Probably the least likely shoutout possible here: The fancy shoes that Ramona wears in volume 1.
    Wallace: These are Mr. Silly's shoes, Scott.
    * In volume 4, after Roxanne and Ramona's fight, Roxanne tells Ramona that she hopes she's "happy with her 2.4 children."
  • In Volume 6 as Envy walks up to the bar, a picture of the Going Merry is hanging on the wall behind the bartender.
  • In the color version, Envy Adams strongly resembles Razor, the punk rock girl from Maniac Mansion.
  • Word of God confirms that in Volume 5, a visual word effect is misspelt "tumbl" in reference to a certain popular blogging website.
  • The names of Stephen Stills and (Young) Neil are a shout out to the folk legends, er, Stephen Stills and Neil Young, who played together in Buffalo Springfield.
  • In Volume 3 Scott refers to Todd Ingram as Todd Rundgren.

    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Film 
  • The Item Get theme from The Legend of Zelda is used at least twice, and one of the dream sequences features the series' fairy theme.
    • There's also a musical Shout Out early in the film during a dream sequence. A choir can be heard singing the menu/Fairy Fountain theme from The Legend of Zelda.
      • That snippet starts playing during the unfilling the PEE BAR scene in the bathroom, which creates a sort of Fridge Brilliance if you equate the Great Fairy of the fountain as an Epiphany Toilet figure, since that scene does lead into a new big development in the next after the dream sequence.
    • On the Zelda theme, there was what resembled an upside-down triforce symbol painted on Chaos Theatre's door in the last scene. This is apparently the video game equivalent of an upside-down cross. The three triangles were also G's, in reference to the initials of Gideon Gordon Graves, and if you'll count the letters, you'll see another Satanic reference, 666.
    • Also from Zelda, the beginning of the movie, the scene in the kitchen, featured a lot of music from A Link to the Past. Close inspection of Young Neil's DS reveals a Gameboy Advance cartridge sticking out the bottom, and that game was ported to the GBA.
  • Many other video game sound effects are used too, notably the ring sound from Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • Quite a few pop up during Roxy's fight.
      • When Roxy gives Scott a look just before he "gets it", the sound effect is a single star from the intro to Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
      • When Scott "gets it", the sound that plays is from Sonic the Hedgehog, when your score total has finished rolling over at the end of an Act.
      • The bonus stage warp sound from Sonic is used when Ramona brandishes the huge hammer.
  • Gideon's health bar is accompanied by the mushroom power-up sound effect from Super Mario Bros..
  • The Seinfeld-esque scene after Scott spends the night with Ramona, complete with the Seinfeld theme.
  • Scott opens the bass battle with the battle theme from Final Fantasy II, which he was learning to play earlier in the movie. Todd counters with the opening bass riff from the song "Around the World" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
  • As horrible as it is, Scott's SARS shirt. Anyone from Toronto can appreciate it.
  • Scott also wears shirts featuring the Bass symbol from Rock Band, the logo of the CBC, The Smashing Pumpkins "Zero" shirt and SP shirt, and the name of the band, Plumtree, who wrote the original "Scott Pilgrim" song that inspired the graphic novels. Young Neil wears a Sloan shirt, a shout out to band member Chris Murphy, who tutored the cast in playing instruments.
  • Todd Ingram says "That's bullroar" when the Vegan Police call him on his gelato and chicken-related crimes.
  • Sound effects and sprites from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game were added to the film in post-production (most noticeably in Ramona's comic book-style flashbacks) because the director was impressed with the game developer's work.
  • The monster Scott summons with his bass is rather similar to the one from Forbidden Planet. Given that the monster from FP was an extension of a character's Id and Scott's creature is probably driven by his jealousy upon seeing Ramona with Gideon (hence his and the monster's green eyes) its not too surprising.
  • Envy's hairstyle while singing in the club looks exactly like Misa's from Death Note. She even wears a similar outfit to one of Misa's.
  • In the scene just after the opening credits Young Neil can be seen reading the webcomic Achewood on his computer.
  • Because the movie's script was written before volume 6 was published, Zangetsu The Power of Understanding doesn't make an appearance. To make up for it though, we get Knives looking almost exactly like a certain Action Ninja from the same series.
  • Gideon uses Kuji-in (used in various points in Japanese culture, and most well known these days from Naruto) to summon his 8-Bit Katana.
  • ...Her? CONFIRMED.
  • The manifestation of The Power of Love is possibly a reference to X/1999. Or Mazinkaiser, which would also make it a Stealth Pun relating to JAM Project.
  • Dance Dance Revolution (or other Rhythm Game) is definitely there. Scott literally plays a "ninja-esque" version of it.
    • ... called "Ninja Ninja Revolution."
  • Some form of Street Fighter is present. Well, actually it's more like every fighting game in existence with all those 'Scott vs. (insertenemyhere)' type screens. Fun fact: That KO! sound you hear? It's from Street Fighter Alpha 3.
    • The KO! sound effect is also used in the game.
      • Except its a real headscratcher that the iconic, "Here come's a new challenger!" or variant isn't announced."
  • The fight between Ramona and Roxy is pure Soul Calibur. Roxy has Ivy's sword whip...thing, and her outfit's even ripped to match. Ramona has Rock's Onslaught.
    • Once the weapons are removed from the picture, both Ramona and Roxy use Jin/Hwoarang's Heel Drop move from Tekken.
  • When Knives dyes her hair blue, her appearance becomes rather Rei-esque.
  • Subverted in Scott's first meeting with Roxy.
    Scott: "I'm not up for this right now, come back later."
    Roxy: "Oh I'd love to darlin', but I'm afraid I just cashed my last raincheck."
    Scott: "What's that from?"
    Roxy: "My brain!"
  • After Scott is convinced to go get Ramona back, Edgar Wright uses his mundane Lock and Load Montage parody, a favourite technique of his in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. And then subverts it brilliantly.
  • The twins crank up their amp to eleven.
  • Lucas Lee's message tone is the alert sound from MGS.
  • Gideons pixellated beam katana could be a reference to No More Heroes
  • One combo lasted to up to 64, possibly referring to the 64-bit games or Neji's 64 trigrams
  • Before the final confrontation with Gideon, Wallace tells Scott to "Finish Him"
  • It's No More Heroes The Date Movie.
  • Gideon's glowing ring used the hypnotic ring sound effect from the 1980 Flash Gordon movie.
  • The fight between the Katayanagi Twins resembled Pokémon battles, where there are people from separate sides controlling large Mons and battling it out.
    • The Katayanagi Twins' released dragons resemble Hyorinmaru's Shikai form.
  • Scott blocking and countering Matthew Patel is very reminiscent of Dead or Alive's "reversal" system.
  • The music cue that scores the beginning of the Lucas Lee fight - titled "Rumble" on the film's score soundtrack - is heavily stylized after the score from The Warriors.
  • The "punching" during the Roxy fight is exactly like it happens in a free comic released in 2006, which is available on the Scott Pilgrim website.
  • Although the actual shade of Ramona's first dye-job is debatable, if you think it's red, that would make all three hair shades a reference to the three goddesses from Zelda.
    • Becomes even more likely if you want to consider the Oracles; though associated with the color red, Din herself wears pink.
    • Pink, Blue, and Green?
    • Or even a reference to Edgar Wright's "Blood and Ice Cream" trilogy: Strawberry, Classico, and Mint Chocolate Chip.
    • The color combination of Red, Blue, and Green could be a reference to many things, also including the RGB color system used in coding pixel colors and in mixing light.
  • The sound effect when Ramona kisses Patel in the flashback is the Mac startup sound.
  • The green-eyed Yeti summoned by Scott's Bass in the penultimate Evil Ex battle (As well as Scott's bass itself) was covered in light blue lightning.
    • Did anybody else jump up from their seats in the theater and yell "STAR POWER!" when this happened?........oh, just me.
  • According to Edgar Wright, the Chaos Theatre pyramid from which Gideon sits on top with Ramona, is partially inspired by the original arcade Donkey Kong game. It even shares a red and black aesthetic.
  • Also according to Edgar Wright, he and composer Nigel Godrich are huge Doctor Who fans, and some cues from the film's score are in reference to The Sea Devils serial, a stretch of episodes known for an improvisational score using synthesizers.
  • Scott throws the Clash At Demonhead CD on top of the BECK section of the CD store. Beck wrote Sex Bob-Omb's songs.
  • The original version of the 1-UP/second-run sequence, as seen in the Deleted Scenes on the DVD, featured a number of Super Mario World sound effects.
  • This is probably a coincidence, but during the swordfight between Scott and Gideon, their styles of fighting reminded me muchly of the Ryan Vs Dorkman series of videos.
  • The day after Scott talks to Ramona at the party, he plays what seems to be a variation of the Game Over theme of Super Mario World on his guitar
  • Most of the evil exes resemble characters from famous fighting games:
  • When Scott enters the Chaos Theatre for the second time, Comeau can be heard in the background making a rather paradoxical statement: "Their first album was better than their first album." While it comes across as a parody of hipsters and music snobbery in general, it's also a subtle reference to the band Metric, which wrote the song "Black Sheep" that appears earlier in the movie. Due to trouble with their record label, the first album they recorded - "Grow Up and Blow Away" - was released six years late, during which time they started from scratch and released two other albums. Thus, two albums that were technically first (first released and first recorded).
  • The part where Scott calls Knives from a phone booth and starts glancing around resembles a similar scene in the 2002 movie Phone Booth.
  • Scott's (really Wallace's) home phone rings in the exact same manner as Tim and Daisy's in Spaced.
  • The platform Gideon is sitting on in the final fight looks like a scene in The Killing Joke.
  • Two of Scott's T-shirts—the SP and ZERO shirts—are shout outs to Smashing Pumpkins
    • Also, during the band's first battle/the first ex battle, Scott is wearing a Plumtree shirt. Scott is named after the Plumtree song Scott Pilgrim.
  • Probably just coincidence, but one of Crash and the Boys' members is a ten-year-old Asian girl, in a band with adult men, much like Noodle of Gorillaz.
  • The posters proclaiming "TWO BANDS ENTER, ONE BAND LEAVES" took the hint from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
  • The dramatic leaping sword clash between Scott and Gideon is nearly a shot-for-shot remake of the opening cutscene of Ninja Gaiden for the NES.
  • Could be a coincidence, but the scene where Gideon makes Scott DEAD is rather reminicent of Homestuck
    • Seeing as Homestuck started that after Scott Pilgrim was released, it was probably Homestuck referencing Scott Pilgrim, if anything.
  • This isn't the only time (Young) Neil went on to join a trio of musicians headed by Stephen Stills .
  • The method of describing Ramona Flowers before Scott meets her is very similar to the way Regina George is described.

    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World — Game 
  • The game's opening text is similar to Street Fighter Alpha 3.
  • In the background of the Frying Tengu, you can see karaoke which the only lyrics are "Da Di Da Dooo~!"
  • The Map screen is done in the same style as "Super Mario Bros. 3."
  • Wallace's Mystery Shop, in the car tunnel, is a very clear homage to Merlin's Mystery Shop from River City Ransom.
    • Another direct ref is the Flat Irons bookstore. (To list the others would take up the rest of the page.)
    • The Flat Irons bookshop actually sells "Lost at Sea", another of Bryan Lee O'Malley's graphic novels.
      • The music shop sells Kupek, the name that Bryan Lee O'Malley makes music under.
    • Wallace's Mystery Shop sells "Never-ending Fantasy" and "Speedy the Porcupine" video games for stats. We can see a blue turtle shell and the dwarf's axe from Golden Axe in the background.
  • On the subject of River City Ransom, the "Grand Slam" move is lifted directly from RCR, and it is indeed still a gamebreaker.
  • There are banners on the streets for "The Wright Stuff", referring to a series of double bills in Toronto that director Edgar Wright screened while the Scott Pilgrim film was in production.
  • Speaking of Edgar Wright, he is actually in the game. During the second stage, he's the director in a stocking cap shouting directions in a megaphone. ...this probably explains why you can't hit him.
    • Apparently, his body can be seen in the stack of bodies in the cutscene after that stage.
  • The Subspace Warp Zones are filled with Bricks and ? $ Blocks that release coins.
    • Some of the Subspace levels themselves bare a more than passing resemblance to Rainbow Road.
  • Breaking the car in Stage 2 is exactly like the breaking the car mini-game in Street Fighter II.
  • Knives' Assist Kiss with Kim has her doing a little Foot Popping while she does so.
  • The band Clash At Demonhead arrives in a stretch limo version of K.I.T.T.. (Probably K.A.R.R.)
  • Many of Todd's physical attacks are lifted from AKIRA and his "move item storm" is from Slick from River City Ransom.
    • Additionally, his Super attack is identical to K9999's SDM from King of Fighters, down to even the initial pose and animation. Which makes sense since K9999 was a Tetsuo ripoff himself.
    • There's also a Spider-Man (Well, Venom, but Spider-Man as the series) reference when Todd uses his super attack. His creepy transformation as he shoots the vegetables from his arm morphs his body into a near exact copy of Venom's outfit.
  • One liftable item/weapon is a vegetable with a face.
  • At the Halloween party, there's someone in the background dressed up as Bang from the Nes Game Clash At Demonhead. In addition, one of the enemies is wearing the skull of Tom Guycott, a boss from that game.
  • The sequence on the bus is reminiscent of the first boss battle in The Punisher (Capcom), that was fought on a bus.
  • Triforce symbol on the recycling buckets.
  • Mobile's house in the park is styled much like the houses in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, much like that game; he's in the basement and gives (well, he sells it) you a special move.
  • The park is filled with Invincible Minor Minion elves who look like Link and act like the Golden Axe gnomes.
  • The key in the park is in a pedestal like the Master Sword.
    • The design and game mechanic of the keys is reminiscent of the keys from Super Mario World.
  • Gideon literally sprouts one angel wing during one of his attacks.
  • Gideon's underground base is some mix between the Technodrome and Dr. Wily's castle.
  • Whereas comic Roxy uses a regular sword and movie Roxy uses a chain blade, game Roxy's sword works as both, similar to Renji' from Bleach or Ivy's from Soul Calibur
  • When Scott finishes a stage, he blinks out ala Mega Man, Kim leaves via Warp Star. Stephen Stills leaves via a Green Pipe that appears from the ground. Finally, Ramona exits via her own bag.
  • Stephen Still's clear-out move is a localized Power Geyser, taken straight from Terry Bogard of Fatal Fury fame.
  • The little wolverines in stage 6 attack using Wolverine's standing Fierce Punch animation from the Marvel Vs. Capcom games.
    • In reference to the same character's healing ability, the end credits of the game rate the wolverines as "having to regain HP."
  • The "paparazzi" enemies from stage two appear to have covered wars, you know...
  • The Twin's Humongous Mecha description states that it's a prototype to the Kazinger K.
    • It also features detachable arms, a mono-eye, head-mounted beam weapon and a head that becomes an escape vessel, not unlike Mobile Suit Gundam's Zeong.
    • When you fight the robot; the city in the background is on fire, you're fighting it on a rooftop, and it sometimes retreats to the background, just like the third boss in the first stage of Contra Hard Corps.
  • The Subspace in Gideon's Mind has Bloody Tears and Medusa Heads.
  • The rolling balls in the Dojo stage and Dragons Den and the Chaos Theater Elevator are straight from the TMNT arcade games.
  • The character select screen for the Scott Pilgrim video game is nearly identical to the selection screen for Super Mario Bros. 2.
  • The Subspace? stage features Red Drops of Doom from the last stage in Mega Man 2 and crystal platform blocks that look like lifted straight from Mega Man Battle Network.
    • When you beat the final form of the last boss you find Gideon behind a console just like Dr. Wily in Mega Man 2.
      • He even whimpers just like Dr. Wily does at the end of the games.
  • The Ubisoft logo video at the game start has MPEG artifacts, just like video sequences from early CD-generation games.
  • Winners don't eat meat. A veganized reference to the ad that showed on later arcade machines stating that "Winners don't use drugs."
  • The scene during the end credits where they are in Ramona's back yard and a wave of zombies approaches is just like Plants Vs Zombies.
  • The very first stage features a store named Mecha-Fetus Toys, which would be the most wonderful toy store ever. There must be more references to Mecha-Fetus...
  • Right before the battle with Todd Ingram, you engage in a bass battle with note highways similar to Rock Band and Guitar Hero. After a while, Scott decides to cut the crap and hits Todd with his guitar. The actual boss battle then commences.
  • The Twins' Humongous Mecha is named "Super Fighting Robot", a Shout-Out to the opening theme of the Mega Man 90's cartoon.
  • You can find subspace highways in secret doors, like the ones that Ramona uses. The subspace highways sometimes act all glitchy and surreal with rainbows, but mostly like Glitch City.
  • Scott does the Awesome Face as a victory pose.
  • In level 4, the blue tang just keeps swimming while most of the other fish are staying in one place.
  • The graphic for the "Energy Tank" food item you can buy in the last level looks almost exactly like energy tanks from earlier Mega Man games. The in-game description even states "It has a letter E on it".
  • Ken Katayanagi, of the Katayanagi twins, had his name changed to Kevin for the game. This is a reference to Street Fighter 2010, where the character Kevin had his name changed to Ken for the American release.
  • Compare the pause theme to that of Battletoads'.
    • In fact, the music is FULL of Shout Outs in the names of the music. Lucas Lee's boss theme is called Skate Or Live, the twins' boss theme is called Twin Dragons, the final stage music is called Techno Man. In addition, some of the songs feature concepts from the comics. The music for stage six, for example, is called Leave The Past Behind which is exactly what Scott wants to do, but exactly what he shouldn't do.
  • The enemy bats do two shout outs in one: they usually appear near bottomless pits - just like the early Castlevania games - and are called G.D.Bats - Goddamned Bats!
  • At one point, Knives' mother will be summoned and call your enemies a grass mud horse.
  • When Super Fighting Robot shoots his missiles at you, it resembles a lot like another Background Boss.
  • During Todd's Massive arm attack, reactor symbols flash onscreen, a la Utsuho from Touhou.
  • One of the logos in the background of the Mini-Mart looks like the Angry Sun.
    • There's also a red bull
  • There are multiple throwbacks and Mythology Gags to the original graphic novel that are too easy to miss, for example...
    • On the window of the Video store, there are two posters depicting the covers of the second, third, fifth, and first volume of the graphic novels.
    • In level 4, why are there constantly girls attacking you on roller skates? They're the Winifred Haileys that Roxanne conjured from the short comic that came after the second book.
    • Why does Mobile teach you a special attack in his secret basement? Because there was a Red Herring in the third volume about him teaching Scott how to use psychic powers against Todd.
      • Speaking of which, why is Wallace, Jimmy, Other Scott, and Joseph doing outside of his basement? The only correlation between them and Mobile is that they're all gay secondary characters.
    • You see the symbol on the Katayanagis' organ? It's the same symbol used on their keyboard/synthesizer in the movie.
    • In stage 3, while you make your way through the club, you can see at least two "The Clash at Demonhead"-poster that are recreations of the ones used in the movie. Notably it shows Envy with blond hair rather then red hair.
    • One of the trophies/achievements you can get ("Twin Dragons") is unlocked by defeating both of the Katayanagis simultaneously. In the comic, Scott gets an achievment for doing the same thing.
    • In order to unlock the secret shop, the player has to pay $504.25 for Scott's late fees at No Account Video, an obvious reference to the comic. note 
  • Posters in Julie's party reflects the albums of Metric and the island that Anamanaguchi's Dawn Metropolis was placed in.
  • Several of the games cheats (At least on the 360 version) Are shout-outs to famous codes from other games.
    • The blood code is ripped from the Genesis version of Mortal Kombat. ABAXABB being as close as you can get to ABACABB on the 360 pad.
    • The "Change coins into animals" code is not only a shoutout to Sonic games, but the code Up, Up, Down, Down, Up, Up, Up, Up is the same as Sonic The Hedgehog 3's insanely hard level select and sound test code.
      • The Konami Code makes an appearance (With LT and RT needing to be held) as a code that spawns money when you commit suicide.
      • The select the same character code(Down, RB, Up, LB, B) is identical to the SNES version of the Vanilla Street Fighter II Code that enables Mirror Matches.
  • Ramona's secret technique (the one you have to purchase) is a front-flip-landing-in-straddle-split move, used by Kim Kap Hwan and Chun-Li.
  • A few of Super Gideon's attacks are taken from Gill's standing normals.
  • Mr. Chau is fought on an open field in the middle of a storm; it looks a lot like the place where you fight Shin Akuma in Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold. There is some sort of castle in the background, though.
  • The elves on Nega-Scot's level that can be beaten for coins resemble those on Golden Axe
  • One of Gideon's attacks is a pixelated Demon Fang.

    All of the Above 
  • Note that this article claims to list every video game reference in the series, which is at least 58.
  • Gideon's theater is called the Chaos Theater
    • Fun fact: the building actually exists, though it's currently a homeless shelter.
  • Every band name is a video game reference of some sort.
  • Scott uses Makoto's Fukiage attack against Roxanne Richter in both the comic and the movie. It's also one of his special moves in the game.
  • Scott himself was named for (and the series inspired by) a Plumtree song of the same name. Then there's also Stephen Stills and Young Neil.
    • The Plumtree song even appears in the soundtrack of the film.
    • It gets better, according to one of the Omakes, the song is based on a guy who's real name was Scott Ingram, who became the basis for Todd's name.
    • Young Neil
      • What?
  • Don't forget, the SP on Scott's shirt in Vol. 4 is all Pumpkins.
    • In an interview that was on an older version of SP's site (now sadly gone), O'Malley stated that Scott had bought it not because of an affection for the band, but simply because it had his initials on it.
  • Did we mention how much Ramona looks like Tank Girl sometimes? Especially when she's shown in roller skates and goggles wielding a baseball bat?
  • Lucas Lee is at least partially inspired by Jason Lee (a pro-skateboarder turned actor with the last name Lee)
  • Lynette Guycott is probably a reference to Tom Guycot from the game. Her arm is a reference to Bionic Commando.
  • Nega-Scott is a shout out to Shadow Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
    • In the game, he has Double Dragon II's Hyper Knee.
    • Super Dodge Ball, a game which was related to the River City Ransom universe, also has you play against the evil version of your team after you've beaten the final team without losing a match. They have a similar palette to Nega-Scott.
    • In the game, he also pays homage to the Double Illusion boss from Double Dragon II (i.e., He's the same as Scott, but purple and with the added ability to throw fireballs).
      • Nega-Scott not only throw fireballs in the same stance as Ryu, as his fireballs are purple, just like Akuma and Evil Ryu from Street Fighter.
  • When people die, they turn into coins.
  • "Okay, let's start with Launchpad McQuack."
  • The drawing of swords from the chest and Ramona's subservience in the final fight is very reminiscent of Revolutionary Girl Utena.
  • Thirst bars, pee bars, and money bars, á la Sims
  • In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, in the original cut of the Roxy vs. Ramona fight, we get this exchange:
    Roxy: You unbelievable bitch!
    Ramona: Believe it.
  • Shout-Out to the series: Rapper Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi has a song called Scott Mescudi Versus The World. Kid Kudi is well-known for being involved in the fandom community, also having written a song for The Hunger Games.
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