Shout Out / The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

  • The intro sequence of the show has a bit where Grim's head is ablaze and laughing with a swirly background behind him, referencing the intro to Grim and Evil, back when the series shared a timeslot alongside Evil Con Carne.
  • The very first episode of the series is a blatant pastiche of The Seventh Seal, except the Grim Reaper is wagering a hamster's life over a game of limbo rather than a knight's life over a game of chess. And the Billy & Mandy version isn't in Swedish.
  • Hoss Delgado is a blatant reference to both Ash from the Evil Dead series and Snake from Escape from New York.
  • Their version of Dracula is not only black, but he's based on Redd Foxx.
  • The episode 'Tricycle of Terror' is likely a parody of Christine, as it involves a tricycle which is haunted, can repair itself after being destroyed, and attacks the enemies of its nerdy owner before being crushed to destruction in a final confrontation.
  • The Father's Day episode includes an appearance by Country Bears lookalikes.
  • Someone on the show must have been a fan of Dune, because it gets more shout-outs than you'd expect from a children's show.
    • One episode was a straight-up parody of God-Emperor of Dune, with Mandy in the Leto II role, Billy in the Duncan Idaho role, and Grim still as Mandy's servant. Spice is replaced with cinnamon, which spice is said to similar to in smell and texture.
    • In the beauty pageant episode, one of the tests turns out to be gom jabbar.
      Mindy: It burns! (removes hand from the box)
      Pirate judge: Arr, that'll cost 'er some points. (other judges nod)
    • At the end of the episode "Scary Poppins", Mandy uses the Bene Gesserit Voice to command the neighborhood adults to attack the nanny.
    • The Secret Snake Club's second attempt to summon a big snake involved a thumper.
  • "This... is my DOOMSTICK!"
  • And there's Vampire Santa quoting the Deadites' catchphrase:
    Vampire Santa: I'll swallow your soul!
  • The entirety of "Little Rock of Horrors" is a clear parody of, well, Little Shop of Horrors, particularly the musical and its film adaptation.
  • Several examples involving Dungeons and Dragons. "Wand of Magic Missile — I'm never gonna use that thing..." said offhandedly by Grim as he rummages through his trunk of magic stuff in the basement. Obviously a reference to 2nd Edition D&D as wands of magic missile in that version of the game really were useless.
  • The creators of the show claimed that Big Boogey Adventure special was an indirect shout out to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, since like Wrath of Khan, a minor, one-time villain makes a comeback in a movie length special.
  • Pinface is a blatant reference to Pinhead of Hellraiser fame.
  • "You kids ruined half of me bedknobs and all of me broomsticks."
  • "Billy and Mandy Begins" had Shout Outs to Indiana Jones, The Silence of the Lambs, Airplane!, Star Wars, and Ghostbusters. The title itself might also be a reference to Batman Begins, since that episode aired around the same time that movie came out.
  • General Skarr in command of his army of plants: "Bloom and grow! Bloom and grow FOREVER!"
    • Later in another episode, Skarr's mutation makes him resemble the eponymous alien minions from Pikmin.
    • He's also a parody of Herr Starr from Preacher, being a bald, one-eyed villain subject to various humiliations throughout the series.
  • In "Billy and Mandy Vs. the Martians", Grim casts a spell that gets Billy's nose stuck to an alien space ship. When Billy asks him to cast it again to undo it, Grim says he can't because it has a ten minute cooldown.
    • Not to mention the Martians themselves eerily resemble the ones from Mars Attacks!.
  • And in the movie, during the race in River Styx, you can actually hear the Monkey Island theme playing, maybe.
  • "This is not my beautiful house! This is not my beautiful wife! Same as it ever was! Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was! Same as it ever was..."
  • Skarr gives one in his first Canon Immigrant appearance, getting into a battle mech and shouting "Take my love, my pain, and alllll of my anger!" (Not a direct quote to the series in reference, but still a clear Shout-Out).
  • In the episode "Wishbones", Pud'n was being chased by a truck that resembled Optimus Prime.
  • An episode revolving around Grim and Dracula driving through the desert entitled "Fear and Loathing in Endsville", complete with a title card evoking Ralph Steadman's signature style of illustration.
  • "Son of Nergal" has the kids sent off to "winter camp" - where the axe-wielding counselor is named John Jack Daniel Torrance.
  • Billy is admitted to a prestigious dancing academy, whose headmistress is actually a witch who feeds on her students to retain her immortality. This is a Whole Plot Reference to Dario Argento's Suspiria.
  • The name "The Chocolate Sailor" is a nod to the George Bernard Shaw-inspired operetta "The Chocolate Soldier".
  • And The Terminator gets one when Billy asks the ghost of Lord Byron for "a phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range" (Lord Byron wisely steers him away).
  • The episode "Hurter Monkey" alone is LOADED with them; you've got the Terminator, The Matrix, John Woo (with Disturbed Doves and Dual Wielding), Grim's Christopher Walken-esque attorney Harvey as mentioned below, Se7en, and Family Guy. Also Dickie at one point calls Grim Skeletor.
    Dickie: I admire your simple life, Grim...
    • Not to mention that in the same episode, Grim says "Groovy" after a Lock and Load Montage before going to face Dickie.
    • Don't forget this little jewel of a reference to The Warriors: "Dickie! Come out and PLAAAAYY!"
  • More than one episode shouts out to the famous anime AKIRA, but in particular Mandy is seen riding Kaneda's Cool Bike.
  • In the episode where they went to Japan, Mandy's clothes and her list made it look like she was gonna kill Billy (even the music from Ironside played).
  • Nigel Platter and Toadblatt's School of Sorcery? And Lord Moldybutt- * BOOM*
  • Grim's attorney talks like Christopher Walken.
  • Their version of Pandora looks oddly similar to another certain chara-OH wait Pandora. Har har.
  • The first time we meet Baron Von Ghoulish in the Christmas Special (voiced by Malcolm McDowell) he's humming "Singing in the Rain".
  • In "The Firebird Sweet", Grim directly references the 1939 movie Drums Along the Mohawk when the group was about to enter a factory via the sewer... then says that he was referring to the director's cut when Mandy questions the authenticity of his claim.
  • Mandy (off-camera) smells smoke after Grim and Billy accidentally torch the carpet. Mandy tells them that if she finds a scorch in the carpet that "I'm opening up a can of Powerpuff on you two." Also, in the Kids Next Door crossover, Billy answers the door, sees the Kids and says "You're not the Powerpuff Girls!" It's worth noting that The Powerpuff Girls was originally intended to target an older audience. And it was going to be called "The Whoopass Girls". Now take what Mandy said, replace "Powerpuff" with "Whoopass", and it all makes sense.
  • "Alas, poor Grim! I knew him Billy!" They get it closer to the real thing than most people, who substitute "I knew him well" for "I knew him Horatio", or some other variant.
  • Princess Morbucks was spotted in the background in the beauty pageant episode.
  • "Happy Huggy Stuffy Bears" has Billy urging contest-entrant Mandy on with "Big money, no Whammys!"
  • "Chickenball Z" has Billy and Mandy competing against each other in a martial arts tournament, where both have glowing yellow hair and raise their power by shouting. Here it is.
  • The taboo on saying Moldybutt's name references, well, the taboo against saying Voldemort in Harry Potter.
  • Sperg tossing Billy's bicycle over a sidewalk cliff, "This is Where the Sidewalk Ends Baby!" The cliff is also a reference to the book's cover.
  • In Big Boogey Adventure, the Boogeyman goes into a pipe, complete with the Warp Pipe sound from Super Mario Bros.
  • In one episode, Mandy demands that they leave the beach because she's tired of, among other things, an annoying dog that won't stop biting the back of her swimsuit, a la Coppertone (thankfully, Mandy is wearing a one-piece suit).
  • In the episode "Crushed," Mandy receives a makeover a la Sandy from Grease, with a heel-crushed lollipop in place of a cigarette.
  • In "Grim in Love," Grim and his date recreate that one scene from When Harry Met Sally..., except Malaria fakes her death.
  • In the episode "Smarten Up" Billy’s cat Milkshake eats an intelligence enhancing bookworm that was meant for Billy. After Billy complains about never being able to pass a math test now that the worm is gone Milkshake states “…I'm very well acquainted with matters mathematical. I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical.” These are lyrics from the “Major-General's Song” from the 1879 opera The Pirates of Penzance.
  • Also from "Grim in Love": Malaria and Grim dance the twist in a scene almost exactly like Mia and Vincent's in Pulp Fiction.
  • Sperg's band Purple Filth from "Battle of the Bands" is likely named after the real metal band Purple Popcorn.
    • In that same episode, when Sperg tells Grim to play his guitar, to which Grim replies, "Well, I did play that Stairway To Heaven thing in high school."
    • Billy's line "Play that funky music Grim boy" is a clear reference to the song "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry
  • At one point, Grim dives through Portal Pool and accidentally winds up in a sauna with some Japanese salarymen. He then reassures one of them that he's still got a few months left.
  • Part of the initiation into the Secret Snake Club involves choosing between a red cupcake and a blue one, and their oath contains the phrase "by Grabthar's hammer."
  • When Mandy goes to Grimm for his services in the Secret Snake Clubs debut episode, Grim has been regulated to the doghouse, which he says is too hot, has no running water, and the stupid Red Baron keeps flying by and shooting at him.
    • After Grim is forced to reboot the computer, the screen shows some text as it's restarting. At the end of it, the final line says "matrix okay. sequels not so good."
  • When the main three get into a shape-shifting fight with Eris's Apple of Discord, Grim is turned into the weird-looking creature that Daffy became in "Duck Amuck", complete with a defeated "You're despicable."
  • Mandy's line, "We accept you. We accept you. One of us." is a shout-out to the lyrics of "Pinhead" by The Ramones, itself a shout-out to the 1932 film Freaks.
    • A lot of the random lines that Mandy says after the opening titles qualify as these. Another example is when she says, "The call is coming from inside the house." This is a shout out to the famous Wham Line from When a Stranger Calls.
  • When Billy is asked what weapon he wants for a roleplaying adventure, he shouts "Warhammer!".
    • Nergal and his Nergalings might be a shout-out to Warhammer 40,000's Chaos God of Decay, Nurgle. Nergal's words to his son about romance sound suspiciously like Nurgle's attitude toward Isha, whom he imprisoned in his lab. Both beings are the namesakes of the Sumerian deity Nurgal.
  • Billy sees what looks like the shadow of a giant spider on his ceiling. He looks down to see that it is just Bubbles' stuffed octopus on top of his lamp.
  • One episode has a bunch zombies in a plane which has Air Voorhees written on its side.
  • "Don't look at me! Don't you look at me!"
  • Grim's scythe 2.0 (from "Scythe 2.0") is an homage to Kitt from Knight Rider, complete with the scrolling red light and the voice of William Daniels.
  • After being busted for using the Lord Moldybutt suit, Toadblatt says, "And I would have gotten away with it too, if wasn't for you meddling kids and that stupid dog!"
    • Reap Walking has Gladys saying the same thing when she's outed as the perpetrator. Complete with appearances from the gang!
  • The Dinobonoids from "Fiend is Like Friend Without the "R"" and "Toys Will be Toys" are a parody of DINOSAUCERS.
  • At one point, Billy's Dad goes off into a rant when he realizes that Mandy does not in fact live with them:
    "You mean to tell me that Mandy isn't our daughter? This whole time I thought she was! And what now, you say she isn't? So tell me... who does Billy belong to? How much of my life is a lie? Is our marriage fake? What about this house? My shirt? My underwear? Is this all part of some interplanetary conspiracy to make me think I'm a lowly construction worker?
  • In the episode "Brown Evil, Part 1" (which in itself is a Shout-Out to almost every zombie movie ever made), there is a moment where Billy says this as he goes to face the zombie horde:
    Billy: Alright, zombies! You wanna smell what Billy the Baker is cookin'?
  • From the go-kart episode: "Butt out, Princess Wanna-Know-Ke!"
  • "Wrath of the Spider Queen" has Grim's memory that is a clip from "Bimbo's Initiation".
  • At the end of "The Really Odd Couple", Mandy seals Billy in his closet behind a brick wall a la "The Cask of Amontillado". While she's doing so, Billy mumbles something similar to Fortunado's line "For the love of God, Montresor!" behind his gag.
  • In "Reap Walking", Gladys turns on the TV to an episode of "Fister's House for Crazy, Weirdo, Made-Up People".
  • In one episode, Fred Fredburger mentions that his favourite shows are about "one about a monkey who goes to camp, one about imaginary friends, and one about an imaginary monkey friend who goes to camp."
  • In "The Greatest Love Story Ever Told", Billy's dates to the Valentine's Prom are both Parvati and Padma Patil. He's quite the Kavorka Man it would seem.
  • In "The Taking Tree", Billy finds Waldo and Carmen Sandiego.
  • Sir Raven could be loosely based on Simon from "Living Books".
  • In "Modern Primitives," a brief scene has the kids and Grim riding on a flying bike past a full moon. Billy lampshades this one.
  • The episode title, "Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred", is a nod to The Fly (1986): "Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid."
  • One of the names Hoss calls Irwin in Underfist is "Urkel".
  • You've got to look pretty carefully to see it, but in some shots of Billy's room throughout the series, you'll notice a figure of Robot Jones.
  • In "Recipe for Disaster", Mandy ends her big motivational speech to her Person Scout troop with, "Resistance is Futile!"
  • One of the gags of Big Boogey Adventure is a shot of a seemingly innocent butterfly, followed by said butterfly suddenly appearing scary and preforming a Jump Scare. Sound familiar?
  • A possible shout out to the original short in "Skarred For Life" when Billy finds Skarrs "Stabbin-Flabber" he wants it to stab him in the forehead.
  • The titular character from "Duck!" and its habit of making people think its victims are farting is a nod to a scene from Caddyshack in which Rodney Dangerfield's character says "Who stepped on a duck?" after farting in public.
  • In "The Crawling Niceness", Billy rummages through Grim's trunk, naming things as he takes them out and throws them to the side.
    "...ouija board, eye of etna, devil's triangle, dark crystal, shampoo"
    • This shout-out would seem like stretch if said crystal didn't look exactly like the one from the movie.

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