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Shout Out: Wander over Yonder
Wander over Yonder has quite a few Shout Outs.
  • One of the aliens from Ward Kimball's "Mars and Beyond" (an episode of Walt Disney Presents) appears as a Freeze-Frame Bonus in the intro.
  • Lord Hater's name is an obvious nod to Darth Vader.
  • In "The Greatest," you can clearly see Sylvia dancing like Snoopy in one scene.
    • She does it again in "The Birthday Boy", which has an additional Peanuts nod when Wander, after taming a giant beast, says that "Happiness is a warm puppy".
    • Another Peanuts ref shows up in "The Little Guy". When it starts snowing, the background music plays a piano bit that resembles Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
  • In "The Prisoner" Lord Hater holds a magical sword by its hilt and blade and claims that he has the power before Wander disrupts his plan.
  • Wander's sinking into the mud as he becomes hesitant to stop Hater's sun-destroying missile is very reminiscent of Artax's drowning into the Swamp of Sadness from The NeverEnding Story, with an inversion in roles; it's the hero himself that (almost) succumbs both metaphorically and literally, while it's the steed who tries (successfully) to snap him out of it.
  • "The Pet" is pretty much a love letter to Alien. It takes place in a dark, enclosed spaceship. Sylvia dress up in an outfit that resembles Vasquez's (complete with face paint). The monster of the story is heavily Alien inspired with the fact that it spits acid and crawls around vents to kill people. At one point Sylvia rides around in an exosuit and quotes Ripley's famous line from Aliens almost word for word.
    • There's also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sequence of Captain Timnote  doing a Captain Kirk-style speech.
      • And the Jump Scare at the very end of the closing credits is similar to one at the end of the Samurai Champloo episode "Cosmic Collisions".
  • Numerous references to Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera, right down to sound effects.
  • Amid the planets moving into alignment in "The Picnic" are a katamari, an Everlasting Gobstopper, and a twenty-sided die.
  • The watchdogs have a chant: "Hate's great! Best villain!" Which is a riff on "Tastes great! Less Filling!" Might even double as Getting Crap Past the Radar since that chant was from a beer commercial.
    • While mocking it in "The Greatest," Wander comes even closer to the original slogan, rendering it as "Taste cake, it's fillin'"
  • Sylvia is a Zbornak, which was the last name of Dorothy from The Golden Girls.
  • During a Fantasy Sequence in "The Bounty," Lord Hater's rule spreading over the Galaxy is represented by an expanding Symbol of Chaos — actually resembling the original Michael Moorcock version from The Elric Saga rather than the better-known Warhammer version.
  • In "The Hero", when Wander is singing Brad Starlight's theme song, Brad tells him to mention that he fought a bear so folks will know how strong he is. This is an obvious shoutout to Billy's theme song from Adventure Time.
    • The guards inside Draco's castle bear a strong resemblence to Maleficent's Evil Minions in Sleeping Beauty.
    • Inside the Maze of Delusion there is a sword embedded in stone, which Brad tries to pull out, to no avail (while Wander is able to remove it easily).
  • In "The Lonely Planet", Wander and Sylvia explain that "there ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough, and ain't no river deep enough" to keep the two of them apart.
  • When Wander and Sylvia use the speed boosting arrows toward the end of "The Time Bomb," they emit a very familiar-looking streak of pink, green and blue colored light.
  • The way Wander looks when he's giant and holding Sylvia in "The Void" reminds one of Attack on Titan.
  • What do you get if you stick Wander and Sylvia in Michael Crichton's sphere? You get "The Void." (No giant squid, but lots of jellyfish...)
  • In "The Birthday Boy", Wander's quest to throw an amazing party for Lord Hater—and get him to smile—reminds this troper of the episode "A Friend in Deed" from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It doesn't help that the Smile Song was sung in the MLP episode as well, and a similar song was sung by Wander (albeit his song didn't have the primary focus that Pinkie Pie's had—his was having a happy birthday overall; Pinkie's was all about smiling and not having anything to do about birthdays at all) in "The Birthday Boy".

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