* The ItemGet theme from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' 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 ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda''.
*** That snippet starts playing during the unfilling the PEE BAR scene in the bathroom, which creates a sort of FridgeBrilliance if you equate the Great Fairy of the fountain as an [[SittingontheRoof 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 ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]''. Close inspection of Young Neil's DS reveals a GameboyAdvance 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 ''SonicTheHedgehog''.
** 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 ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''.
*** When Scott "gets it", the sound that plays is from ''SonicTheHedgehog'', when your score total has finished rolling over at the end of an Act.
*** The bonus stage warp sound from Sonic is used when [[spoiler:Ramona brandishes the huge hammer.]]
* Gideon's health bar is accompanied by the mushroom power-up sound effect from SuperMarioBros.
* The ''{{Seinfeld}}''-esque scene after Scott spends the night with Ramona, complete with the Seinfeld theme.
** Followed by Scott briefly freaking out over a hair color change. Mirroring Seinfeld's tendency to dump the GirlOfTheWeek over little things.
*** Also because, to Scott, [[MythologyGag hairstyle changes are kind of a big deal]].
* Scott opens the bass battle with the battle theme from [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Final Fantasy II]], which he was learning to play [[ChekhovsSkill earlier in the movie]]. Todd counters with the opening bass riff from the song "Around the World" by the RedHotChiliPeppers.
* As horrible as it is, Scott's SARS shirt. Anyone from Toronto can appreciate it.
* Scott also wears shirts featuring the Bass symbol from ''RockBand'', the logo of the Creator/{{CBC}}, Music/TheSmashingPumpkins [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2a/Billy_Corgan_pic.jpg "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 [[CompleteWorldKnowledge 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 ''ForbiddenPlanet''. 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 ''Manga/DeathNote''. 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 ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' on his computer.
* Because the movie's script was written before volume 6 was published, [[Manga/{{Bleach}} The Power of Understanding]] doesn't make an appearance. To make up for it though, we get Knives looking almost exactly like a certain [[ActionGirl Action]] {{Ninja}} from the same series.
* [[spoiler:Gideon]] uses [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuji-in Kuji-in]] (used in various points in Japanese culture, and most well known these days from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'') to summon his 8-Bit Katana.
* [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment ...Her?]] [[http://twitter.com/edgarwright/status/21340766511 CONFIRMED.]]
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%%* The manifestation of ThePowerOfLove is possibly a reference to ''Manga/{{X1999}}''. Or ''{{Mazinkaiser}}'', which would also make it a StealthPun relating to JAMProject.
%%** Actually it's from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
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* ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' (or other RhythmGame) is definitely there. Scott literally plays a "ninja-esque" version of it.
** ... called "Ninja Ninja Revolution."
* Some form of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' 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 [[MightyGlacier Ramona]] and [[FragileSpeedster Roxy]] is pure ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur''. Roxy has Ivy's sword whip...thing, and her outfit's even ripped to match. Ramona has [[DropTheHammer 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 [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion 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 [[spoiler: Scott is convinced to go get Ramona back]], Edgar Wright uses his mundane LockAndLoadMontage parody, a favourite technique of his in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' and ''Film/HotFuzz''. And then subverts it brilliantly.
* The twins crank up their [[ThisIsSpinalTap amp to eleven]].
* Lucas Lee's message tone is the alert sound from [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid MGS]].
* Gideons pixellated beam katana could be a reference to ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes''
* One combo lasted to up to 64, possibly referring to the 64-bit games or [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Neji's 64 trigrams]]
* Before the final confrontation with Gideon, Wallace tells Scott to "[[MortalKombat Finish Him]]"
** May also count as {{Book Ends}} 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 ''Film/FlashGordon'' movie.
* The fight between the Katayanagi Twins resembled {{Pokemon}} battles, where there are people from separate sides controlling large {{Mons}} and battling it out.
** The Katayanagi Twins' released dragons resemble [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Hyorinmaru's]] Shikai form.
* Scott blocking and countering Matthew Patel is very reminiscent of ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'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 ''Film/TheWarriors''.
* The "punching" during the Roxy fight is exactly like it happens in a free comic released in 2006, which is available on the [[http://scottpilgrim.com/inside.php?id=previews 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 [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracles]]; though associated with the color red, Din herself wears pink.
** [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Pink, Blue, and Green?]]
** Or even a reference to EdgarWright's "Blood and Ice Cream" trilogy: [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Strawberry]], [[Film/HotFuzz Classico]], and [[Film/TheWorldsEnd 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 [[VideoGame/GuitarHero light blue]] [[ThePowerOfRock 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 VideoGame/DonkeyKong game. It even shares a red and black aesthetic.
* Also according to Edgar Wright, he and composer Nigel Godrich are huge ''Series/DoctorWho'' fans, and some cues from the film's score are in reference to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils 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 Music/{{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 VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld sound effects.
* This is probably a coincidence, but during the swordfight between Scott and Gideon, their styles of fighting reminded me muchly of the Film/RyanVsDorkman 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 VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld on his guitar
* Most of the evil exes resemble characters from famous fighting games:
** Matthew Patel is [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII a fireball-throwing Indian]]
** Lucas Lee is [[MortalKombat an obnoxious action star]] (and actually uses one of Cage's moves, complete with motion trails)
** Todd [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters is a near all-powerful member of a tribe]] known as Vegans (Yagami) who have special psychic abilities
** Roxy is [[VideoGame/SoulSeries a hot girl in bondage gear with a whip sword]]
** The Katayanagi Twins bring out a VideoGame/DoubleDragon during their fight.
* When Scott enters the Chaos Theatre [[spoiler: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 ''Film/PhoneBooth''.
* 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 ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''.
* 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 {{Music/Gorillaz}}.
* The posters proclaiming "TWO BANDS ENTER, ONE BAND LEAVES" took the hint from ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''.
* The dramatic leaping sword clash between Scott and Gideon is nearly a shot-for-shot remake of the opening cutscene of ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' for the NES.
* Could be a coincidence, but [[spoiler: the scene where Gideon makes Scott [[UnsoundEffect DEAD]]]] is rather reminicent of ''Webcomic/{{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 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crosby,_Stills_%26_Nash_%28and_Young%29 a trio of musicians headed by Stephen Stills]] .
* The method of describing Ramona Flowers before Scott meets her is very similar to the way [[MeanGirls Regina George]] is described.
* Music in the opening scene is from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. In the following scene Young Neil is playing the game on his NintendoDS Lite.
* Scott Pilgrim wears a ''Music/TheSmashingPumpkins'' 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 NintendoDS 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 ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales''.
* Reference points for the titles included ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]]'', ''Film/FasterPussycatKillKill'' and ''[[Series/SesameStreet Sesame Street]]''.
* In the scene after Sex Bob-omb's first song, Young Neil is reading the web-comic ''[[{{Webcomic/Achewood}} Achewood]]''.
* Amongst Wallace's games console collection are a [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]], [[SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem 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 ''Franchise/XMen'' 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 ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 Super Mario Bros. 3]]''.
* Young Neil's T-shirt in the above scene is for ''Movement'', ''[[Music/NewOrder New Order]]'''s debut album.
* One of the partygoers in the party where Scott meets Ramona is wearing a T-shirt from the band ''[[{{Music/Calexico}} 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 UsefulNotes/{{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 ''VideoGame/SuperMario64''.
* 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 ''{{Film/Munich}}'' and ''Film/DefinitelyMaybe''.
* In the Rockit, Scott wears a T-shirt for the band ''Plumtree'''s second album ''Mass Teen Fainting''.
* 'Crash' wears a ''Music/TheKinks'' T-shirt (''Word of Mouth'' album). His band is named after the ''[[VideoGame/KunioKun Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge]]'' [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] game.
* The 'DRUM' skin on ''Crash and the Boys'''s drum kit is a tribute to ''Franchise/TheMonkees'' film ''{{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 ''{{Series/Seinfeld}}'' theme. The scene also feels very ''{{Series/Seinfeld}}''-esque in general.
* In the above scene, Scott wears a ''Webcomic/DieselSweeties'' 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 [[{{Music/Radiohead}} Thom Yorke]]'s solo album ''The Eraser'' which was produced by ''[[Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld Scott Pilgrim]]'''s composer Nigel Godrich.
* When Scott says he learned the bass from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', 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 ''Film/XMen1'', ''Main/StrangeBrew'', ''{{Film/Chicago}}'', ''Film/TheTuxedo'', ''Film/ThePacifier'' and ''Main/TheLoveGuru''.
* 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 ''Film/TheWarriors''.
* There are seven stunt doubles for Lucas Lee. This is a nod to the amount of doubles that Keanu Reeves had on ''Film/TheMatrix'' 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 UmaThurman movie Jimmy refers to is ''Main/MySuperExGirlfriend''.
* Scott's T-shirt in the scene where Stephen Stills mentions "distressing news" is a ''Tetsuwan Atom'' era ''Manga/AstroBoy''.
* At the ''The Clash at Demonhead'' secret show, Scott wears a ''Music/TheSmashingPumpkins'' "Zero" T-shirt.
* Todd Ingram wears a ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' T-shirt with special skull design by Bryan Lee O'Malley during his performance.
* A ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' 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 ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' sound effect when the gauge hits 'Gets It'. It is the sound from the end-of-level points tally in the video game.
* Another ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' 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 Film/BloodAndIceCreamTrilogy.
* The scene where Scott asks multiple people to describe Ramona seems akin to the famous scene of multiple people describing Regina George in ''Film/MeanGirls''.
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