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The Order of the Stick
Start of Darkness There is a Professor Xavion who has a sorcerous team called the S-Men, who look familiar.
The Oracle makes one on meeting Eugene.
And upon leaving the Oracle, Eugene, in a reference to , is followed by The Bill Cosby Show Mr. Belvedere.
Right-Eye wants an old-fashioned team-up, Marvel style with Xykon.
"Fear will keep the local nations in line. Fear of this Snarl."
When the still human Xykon gets sick and disfigured by Lirian's anti-magic virus, he pulls the hood of his cloak over his head, which distinctively makes him look like the Emperor.
The whole sequence of Xykon's transformation into a lich is a spoof of .
The Six Million Dollar Man " Hey Luuucy! I'm home!" Said by Xykon when crashing into Lirian's abode.
And from the same page:
"Next up on
: This frumpy old sorcerer suffers from an expiring lifespan, a crippling viral infection, and unsightly crow's feet."
"But once our team of clerics and stylists are done with him, he'll be undead fabulous, girlfriend!"
One of the gates that Redcloak finds is a Stargate, guarded by SG-1.
While stealing the Monster in the Darkness from the circus, Redcloak kills a pair of acrobats who turn out to be Robin's parents.
During the same escape, they're also attacked by an arrow-firing Dumbo.
Xykon banishes some angels with the Badass Boast, "Yeah, run back to your upper planes! Tell Roma Downey she's next!"
On the Origin of PCs When Elan makes his Hammy Herald entrance to a Bad-Guy Bar, he starts with "Behold, wretched hive of scum and villainy!"
Vaarsuvius's backstory in is an extended reference to .
Iron Chef It also includes a single panel showing a young Vaarsuvius using magic to make a broom carry buckets of water, in a reference to "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of Disney's .
Fantasia A couple cameos amongst the adventurers Roy interviews in the inn:
The prequel also has Haley's ID number on her mugshot as 24601.
Snips, Snails and Dragon Tales In the strip from the final issue of , the Order go through a door labeled "Do not open except in case of parody or other fair use". Behind it are stick-figure versions of characters from various cancelled Dragon Dragon comic strips: Finieous Fingers; Wormy; Snarf and Telerie ( SnarfQuest); Phil and Dixie; Yamara; and the Knights of the Dinner Table.
Larry Gardener (see below) puts in another appearance, this time with friends.
In a sequence in which the Order and their Fourth Edition counterparts take on other pastimes, the Vaarsuvii blast Superman with magic, the Durkons handle a certain sparkly vampire, the Haleys plot an attack on Mario, Belkar ambushes a player in a first-person shooter video game, and Roy attacks a cloaked wizard, scattering cards everywhere.
Magic: The Gathering In the "Stick Tales" stories, as well as riffing on the source materials, there are the following references:
In "Elan and the Beanstalk, .
Sean Bean appears as himself, but in a nod to , he is immediately The Lord of the Rings shot dead by Thog Alt!Vaarsuvius: Hrmmph. I suppose I should have seen that coming.
"Goldenleaf" is an extended Shout-Out to (and parody of) various elements in the films.
James Bond "Greenhilt: Prince of Denmark" has Alt!Belkar attempting to bust the king's ghost.
There's also a quick shout to .
A Christmas Carol Greenhilt: Start talking about why you're haunting the castle, and it better not be because I've lost the true spirit of Christmas. King: Well, you have. Greenhilt: NOT THE POINT.
When Prince Greenhilt asks the Player King (Elan) to stage "The Murder of Gonzago", he thinks it's the Muppets character. "Kermit and Fozzie must be so upset!"
The Show Within a Show during "Greenhilt" devolves into a modern Soap Opera which even includes as a character when Alt!Elan gets carried away.
Optimus Prime Book 1:
Dungeon Crawlin' Fools Book 2:
No Cure for the Paladin Blues The first time we see Vaarsuvius levelling up, he pulls a very Mr. Burns-esque "Exxxxcellent." (yes, it's written like that), complete with the gesture.
in Monty Python's Flying Circus "It's Not a Gaming Session Until Someone Quotes Monty Python".
Strip #140 is titled " My Little Pony".
"Horse Sense", when Elan says "What, how to ride a horse? Of course, of course!"
Durkon makes one to with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade "Ye have chosen... poorly."
Knowing. It's half the battle. ( G.I. Joe!)
"The Light at the End of the Tunnel": " Is it much further, Papa Roach?"
The " Headdress of Supreme Leadership" seems to be a bastard kid of Regalia of Might artifact and "Neon Orange Mohawk Wig of Death" from .
Bride of Portable Hole Lizard!V quotes the Emperor in the final panel of strip 179.
One by the "lantern" Archons and the Demon-Roaches to the Comics: Green Lantern "In Brightest Day, In Darkest Night, No Evil Shall Escape Our Sight." And then one of the Demon-Roaches says, "I dunno. I always kinda liked Kyle." A stealthy reference to one of the main characters, Kyle Rayner (who, during his time as the only GL, didn't say the oath).
Two for the price of one in "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" (not counting the title):
Roy gives us this gem:
"No Offense, Aaron":
I knew I should've taken tha job at "
"Chekov's Law Realized":
Geez! We were a lot safer when we just made fairly obvious jokes about the rules!
Vaarsuvius: I blame Cerebus
"No Flair for the Dramatic":
My gods! They're so beautiful! How could I ever pick one bag over another?? It's like "
" all over again!
"Larry Gardener and the Angry Half-Orc"
Larry: Stoppus Badguyus! Thog: little man talk funny.
Sorry about the mess.
Don't be, I've been wanting to do that for six books. Years, I mean six years.
Nale's Super-Genius Plan is very Wile E. Coyote-esque. The title of the strip is "Meep Meep!"
" Hey, wake up, Snow White! It's me, the 8th dwarf, 'Stabby'."
War and XPs Check out the road signs in the last panel of "Bing Crosby's Got Nothing on Us".
In strip #322, Belkar makes a reference to the Tootsie Pops Roll commercials.
Belkar: HEY! Wise Mister Owlbear! How many licks does it takes to get to the chewy elven center of a Vaarsuvius Pop?
Among the payment options the Oracle accepts for prophecies are " magic beans" and " your voice".
Hello. My name is Yokyok. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
A nod to in Centipede "Copper Piece Arcade".
Julia: I'm out of quarters! I mean, "spells"!
When Leaky Windstaff casts a firestorm spell, there's a Cutaway Gag to the Justice League of America, where Ronnie Raymond thinks someone's calling his name.
"The Road to Heck":
In "Caged", to with what the Demon-Roach shouts at being taken.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Demon-Roach: Help! Help! I'm being oppressed!
The paladins of Azure City (a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Japan) apparently summon their Celestial Mounts from inside Pokéballs. Complete with a "[Name of Celestial Mount], I choose you!" Lampshaded with unsound effects: " pika!" and " chu!"
A rather blatant one to when Final Fantasy VI Elan and Thog are boarding an airship. Lampshaded by Thog:
Thog: thog not get references.
To in Star Trek "A Moment of Truth":
I'm gonna suggest we try not to get too involved here.
Oh yeah, total
Elan's speech before the battle of Azure city is saturated with shout-outs:
Elan: Friends, Azurites, countrymen, lend me your ears. Not literally, because ewww. I mean, that would be disgusting.
And messy. And since you'd just be lending them, we'd have to figure out how to reattach them all, and that'd be a lot of work.
Today, we stand here on the wall, preparing to defend this city from the forces of evil. And probably chaos, too.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers
. And sisters. Definitely also sisters, they are part of the band too. I think they play drums.
A day may come when the courage of men (and women) fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day.
And if the battle lasts through tomorrow, it's not that day either.
It may or may not be the day after that, I'm not sure. Still too early to tell.
But in case it's not that day, or it is that day but the battle is already over so it doesn't matter, I want you to remember this:
No one ever won a war by dying for their country.
They won by making the other guy die for his country. Which still applies even though hobgoblins don't live in countries.
They live in caves, I think. So make them die for their caves. Which, admittedly, sounds a lot less heroic than dying for your country.
But today will be the day when Azure City declared in one voice, "
We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!
And the fact that it rhymes does not make it any less true!
We'll stand here together and tell our enemies that
they may take our lives...
But they will never take our freedom! "War Makes Boys of Us All"
"The Body Snatcher"
Don't Split the Party Book 5:
Blood Runs in the Family Plenty to in Dune "The Comics Must Flow".
Elan provides his own version of Stratovarius' "Hunting High and Low".
One to Winston Churchill, with the Empires of Blood, Sweat and Tears.
"Seat of Power":
Minister, my apologies, but the Empress is dining. She left orders not to be disturbed.
I bear news of some import, Captain. Stand aside.
The first two strips where Tarquin reveals himself as Elan and Nale's father contains , as well as " "Elan... I am your father!" I'm holding a thermal detonator!"
That's a can of tomato soup.
I know, I was just trying to keep the theme going.
In #727, Tarquin and Elan plan a festival that includes clowns, jugglers, and clown-jugglers. They juggle tiny clowns.
The Sunrise Bloody Sunrise Bed and Breakfast looks like a reference to the U2 song "Sunday Bloody Sunday".
The previous references become a Star Wars Brick Joke in #735 when Tarquin double-crosses Gannji for extorting him in front of Elan.
Gannji: That double-crossing son of a mongoose! Kilkil: He also wanted me to add, "Pray I don't alter it any further." He said you'd know what it meant.
The Oil Steward wears a fez and holds a mop, which is a lot reminiscent of the Eleventh Doctor in "The Big Bang".
In It Does Beat Scissors Belkar wants to dig a hole to freedom and cover it with a poster of Lidda.
One to of all places. This being Kukla, Fran, and Ollie OotS, they lampshaded the fact that they are having an outdated shout-out.
When Roy and Belkar are trapped in the gladiatorial arena, Belkar makes one to :
America's Funniest Home Videos Belkar: Hey! Scheduling dudes! Look at me! Over here! How about nut-shots? Crowds love nut-shots! Saget was on the air for like 8 years.
The Empire of Blood's Homecoming Parade includes parodies of and Sesame Street .
Rent The street sign pointing to the Empire's jail contains a shout-out (referencing "Go Directly to Jail, Do Not Collect $200").
Monopoly Roy mentions to the Gladiatorial Champion Thog that he has a pet peeve (villains forgetting their own crimes), then has to clarify that a peeve is not a kind of dog.
A subtle one to in Avatar: The Last Airbender "Plotting Something".
But the way these things go, you'll probably end up
losing a hand
or an eye of something.
Oh, right. Like, a big burn on the side of my face, at the very least.
"I know that sometimes the hero has to play baccarat with the enemy, even though logically it would make more sense for them to just be trying to kill each other. What I don't know is how to play baccarat."
Comic #802 is titled "Took a level in Sauceror".
Comic #863 is titled " Looking for Regroup".
In Comic #900, the Demon-Roaches seek shelter from a blast in a refrigerator, cribbing off the research of Dr. Jones.
In Comic #906, Nale utters the phrase "Not a cloud in the sky" as a signal to Zz'dtri to turn on Malack. Just for reference: "Above all Spain the cloudless sky" was the phrase broadcast to signal the start of Francisco Franco's mutiny in 1936.
In comic #919, Vaarsuvius comes back from Hell and one of the first spells the wizard casts is a Wall of Fire encircling V's friends. The title of the strip is "I Went Down, Down, Down", a lyric from the Johnny Cash song "Ring of Fire".
In comic #937, Julio Scoundrél is the Most Interesting Man in the Stickverse.
In comic #952, Belkar quips "I couldn't hold a candle next to you. 'Cause it would burn your rope." — a likely shout-out to .
You Have to Burn the Rope In #962, the High Priest of Hel ransacking Durkon's memories is justified using the same 'logic' behind the celebrity nude photos hack.