Shout Out / Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

This page is for Shout-Out examples from the movie. For instances from the graphic novel and videogame, see: ShoutOut.Scott Pilgrim.

  • 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, 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.
  • 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 SoulCalibur. 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"
    • May also count as Bookends of sorts, since very first evil ex duel started with Wallace screaming out loud "FIGHT!".
  • 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.
  • Music in the opening scene is from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. In the following scene Young Neil is playing the game on his Nintendo DS Lite.
  • Scott Pilgrim wears a The Smashing Pumpkins T-shirt during the first scene. Initials are both SP.
  • Sound effects after Scott first mentions Knives's name are from Link to the Past on Young Neil's Nintendo DS Lite.
  • Stephen Stills' living room features a Guitar Wolf poster on the left.
  • The first song Scott Pilgrim suggests Sex Bob-omb play is "Launchpad McQuack", who was the pilot character in Disney's DuckTales.
  • Reference points for the titles included 2001: A Space Odyssey, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Sesame Street.
  • In the scene after Sex Bob-omb's first song, Young Neil is reading the web-comic Achewood.
  • Amongst Wallace's games console collection are a NES, SNES, Nintendo Zapper and many classic games - all in working order.
  • Stacey Pilgrim's rating is "T" for Teen, which comes from the ESRB ratings board for videogames.
  • Scott Pilgrim is wearing an original X-Men logo patch on his parka.
  • In the arcade, Scott wears a Sharpie T-shirt. Sharpie is a brand of marker pen. The T-shirt was made specially for the film.
  • During the second Sex Bob-omb rehearsal scene, Young Neil can be heard playing Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Young Neil's T-shirt in the above scene is for Movement, New Order's debut album.
  • One of the partygoers in the party where Scott meets Ramona is wearing a T-shirt from the band Calexico.
  • After the "drunk Wallace" scene, Wallace wakes to the Windows '95 shutdown sound.
  • Later in the same scene, we hear the Windows '98 error sound when Knives Chau appears.
  • In the second arcade scene, Scott wears a Match Pik T-shirt. They are a well-known brand of plectrums.
  • In the scene where Stephen Stills is telling everyone about the TIBB, Young Neil's T-shirt features the logo for the Nintendo 64.
  • As Scott leaves the above scene, music from A Link to the Past leads into a Nigel Godrich orchestrated rendition. Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey from Supergrass sing the harmonies. This cover version required personal clearance from Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
  • Star doors were originally seen in Super Mario 64.
  • In Ramona's apartment, Scott wears a CBC 'exploding' logo T-shirt. CBC = Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • Ramona's number has a real 212 area code for New York - this exact number has been seen before in Munich and Definitely, Maybe.
  • In the Rockit, Scott wears a T-shirt for the band Plumtree's second album Mass Teen Fainting.
  • 'Crash' wears a The Kinks T-shirt (Word of Mouth album). His band is named after the Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge NES game.
  • The 'DRUM' skin on Crash and the Boys's drum kit is a tribute to The Monkees film Head.
  • Interior monologues (such as Scott's when he notices Knives about to tell Ramona how he and Knives met) are a staple of Japanese cartoons to minimise the precise lip-synching of the characters' mouths.
  • The sound of Ramona and Patel's kiss in the flashback is accompanied by the boot up sound of a Mac.
  • Patel's demise is inspired by legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby and his famous 'Kirby Crackle' signature style of dot filled explosions.
  • After the bus ride, the next scene at the apartment opens with the Seinfeld theme. The scene also feels very Seinfeld-esque in general.
  • In the above scene, Scott wears a Diesel Sweeties Pixel Skull T-shirt.
  • Fake Lucas Lee posters include "Let's Hope There's a Heaven", "You Just Don't Exist", "The Game Is Over 2", "Thrilled to Be Here" and "Action Doctor". All except the final one are named after Plumtree songs.
  • In the record store after Lucas Lee's movie clip, notice the hanging display for Thom Yorke's solo album The Eraser which was produced by Scott Pilgrim's composer Nigel Godrich.
  • When Scott says he learned the bass from Final Fantasy II, Michael Cera is actually playing "Final Fantasy II Battle I" by Nobuo Uematsu live on the bass.
  • When Scott and Ramona are making out after the "45 MINUTES LATER" text, note that their embrace matches the famous image of Kiss by Tanya Chalkin behind them.
  • The castle where Lucas Lee is shooting his movie is Casa Loma in Toronto, which has been featured in many films including X-Men, Strange Brew, Chicago, The Tuxedo, The Pacifier and The Love Guru.
  • The term 'competish' is trade publication slang from Variety Magazine.
  • Nigel Godrich's awesome cue "Rumble" when Lucas Lee's stunt team shows up pays respect to Barry De Vorzon's awesome score for The Warriors.
  • There are seven stunt doubles for Lucas Lee. This is a nod to the amount of doubles that Keanu Reeves had on The Matrix films.
  • The exchange of 'Big fan' and 'Why wouldn't you be?' was taken from a real life backstage encounter between Edgar Wright and The Hives singer Pelle Almqvist.
  • Ramona's 24 Unstoppable T-shirt during their conversation about Scott and Envy's break-up is in reference to Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant.
  • The Uma Thurman movie Jimmy refers to is My Super Ex-Girlfriend.
  • Scott's T-shirt in the scene where Stephen Stills mentions "distressing news" is a Tetsuwan Atom era Astro Boy.
  • At the The Clash at Demonhead secret show, Scott wears a The Smashing Pumpkins "Zero" T-shirt.
  • Todd Ingram wears a The Punisher T-shirt with special skull design by Bryan Lee O'Malley during his performance.
  • A Sonic the Hedgehog ring pickup effect soundtracks the "He Really Doesn't" caption.
  • The track "The Vegan" that plays when Todd first activates his powers is a tribute to John Carpenter.
  • Both breaking hearts in the Todd Ingram flashback have the sound effect of the Mac trash noise.
  • We hear a Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sound effect when the gauge hits 'Gets It'. It is the sound from the end-of-level points tally in the video game.
  • Another Sonic the Hedgehog video game sound effect utilised for the hammer. This time it's the sound when Sonic enters a Special Stage.
  • When Roxy smashes the disco ball, the glass shards and their reflections slightly resemble the character selection screen of a typical fighting game, with Roxy and Ramona being the giant character portraits and Scott being a mere icon.
  • The three colours of Ramona's hair in the film (pink, then blue, then green) are the same colour motifs from Edgar Wright's Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy.
  • The scene where Scott asks multiple people to describe Ramona seems akin to the famous scene of multiple people describing Regina George in Mean Girls.

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