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In , Gordito quotes part of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja The Gunslinger's Creed, which convinces Dan to allow him to keep his revolvers. Dark Smoke Puncher points this out, which Gordito responds by noting that he knows an awful lot about The Dark Towers.
has plenty of these, taking place in a Akuma TH Massively Multiplayer Crossover verse, but The Undertaker stands out as one big Shout-Out to... well, guess. Other than the name, his sprites are recolors of Kane, his evil organization is called The Ministry, he uses a chokeslam in his first appearance, and his finisher is called the Super Tombstone. Which is like a regular Tombstone, only from ten feet up and on fire. This gets lampshaded in this first appearance, where Akuma mistakes him for a Kane cosplayer.
Akuma: Nice costume, but Kane doesn't wear a mask anymore...
I'm not Kane. I'm
! And don't you dare say "I don't look like him!"
A 2005 mentions " Antihero For Hire the Eccleston effect forming across the D-W matrices".
Arthur, King of Time and Space:
Many secondary characters are based on other comic characters, including Elaine of Carbonek, who is Helen B. Narbon, with her loyal knight Sir Bromell as Mell (a male Mell in the baseline arc).
Merlin's magical incantations are English phrases in Greek script, usually from appropriate 20th century sources. For example, the incantation to trap someone in a cave is " Both please, but never mind the bread". The one to intentionally initiate a jump to another arc is " Seventh chevron encoded".
Merlin's rambling when trapped in the Crystal Cave include insisting Gawaine is "unbalanced" with gold and silver in the same pouch, and something about oysters, just like Sherlock Holmes in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective".
The superhero arc is an extended Shout-Out to various superhero characters and tropes, mostly obvious (Kingman is Superman, White Night is Batman), but also subtler (one storyline features Percivale as Kingman's lawyer; no mention is made of a heroic identity, but he's blind).
One strip, in which Arthur asks Merlin if there are other groups of people going through the same adventures in different time periods, features 's Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock 's Dr Watson.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes :
Better Days The title of Chapter 9, about one of Lucy's peers dating her to get a stab at her mom, was appropriately titled "Lucy's Mom"
The hospital shown late in the comic is named after singer Grace Jones as an In Joke between Naylor and a friend. Another Jones appearance appears in .
Original Life See if you can spot the sneaky visual Shout-Out in this ''Bigger Than Cheeses'' strip. (Answer: That's unmistakably a .)
Gary Larson cow Bittersweet Candy Bowl once had a huge number of them, but they have tapered off in recent times.
features appearances from a Blown Away friendly face who likes to go inside Cubic houses
Blue Yonder Bob and George: "Oh god, I hope it's not Superman, he's a dick."
The small town in which takes place is named for American actor Ted Danson.
Buffet Of Lies A sort of a shout out appears in Naruto when Doggy is training Conroy how to be a toon. Conroy The Cartoon Chronicles of Conroy Cat comments how it sounds a lot like chakra from Naruto. And is immediately hit whit a crow-bar for it.
is overflowing with corny pop culture references. For starters, two story arcs are largely parodies of Chicanery and Parasite Eve .
Metal Gear Solid has a few, including Com'c this str'p featuring an X Days Since sign that is a shoutout to xkcd's example of the same trope:
Sign: 38 days since someone reset this xkcd reference
, an interactive metafiction webcomic, contains a lot of more or less subtle shout outs.
Creative Release Turn 006’s glass shards and broiler element refer to .
Mawaru-Penguindrum Turn 006 and 007’s doors, which seemingly each lead to the acquisition of a specific form of magic, refer to the first room of Kingdom Hearts.
Turn 009’s end card simultaneously refers to Mawaru-Penguindrum and Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Level 01’s title is “ The Scientist, the Witch and the Con Artist”.
Turn 010 is a homage to [[XKCD xkcd]]. “Minimalist mode: ON”
Given the number of Shout Outs to Mawaru Penguindrum, Turn 010’s “idol singer duo” may refer to the idol duo “Double H”.
Turn 016 introduces Etoile, a young boy piloting an entity called “ Unit 01” to defend his world from alien attacks, who wonders why he does it and concludes that he probably just wants to be praised.
Turn 017 features heavy references to . Puella Magi Madoka Magica Look out for scissors!
In Cthulhu Slippers there are constant shout outs to H.P. Lovecraft and other works that reference the mythos such as the Evil Dead series in this comic.
featured a character strikingly similar in appearance to Tyler Durden from the movie Ctrl+Alt+Del speaking for the character Ethan with the line "he fell down some stairs" to explain to a doctor the reasoning behind some suspicious facial trauma.
Fight Club Similarly, there's a strip where Ethan imagines himself in a "happy place"—a frozen cave with Ted's hated pet penguin, and a giant mallet. The penguin's even panicking and thinking, "...slide?"
To in The Big Bang Theory this strip.
A rare subtle example is a small vocal tic for Embla, which according to seasoned gamers is a match for SHODAN.
: The Daily Derp The Daily XKD3RP mimics . Also, Derpy XKCD referencing the "Substitute" move from .
Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures This contains a Shout Out to Dinosaur Comics this ◊ .
Perry Bible Fellowship :
Dominic Deegan In ,
Dragon Mango : Skitter's Drive Laser-Guided Amnesia is referred to as like a "bad episode of ".
Gilligan's Island The only real recurring shout-out in lies in Carlita Delacroix, a Elf Blood large-breasted dark-skinned catwoman. Other shout-outs have included the obligatory sunglasses one-liner and a hidden magical community with corresponding Take That.
A handpuppet of Grace from can be seen in El Goonish Shive this filler comic of
The Wotch There are several other shoutouts, mainly to EGS, in the comic. Ivan mentions having a cousin in Moperville, "where all that weird stuff happens".
And don't forget the climax of one recent story arc. About six webcomics get referenced in a single update.
And the Maginet is used by a magician to spread the word. One of the people shown is wearing plaid and is asking for advice on how to catch a demon girl.
The top row of panels in this page of is formatted like a Erfworld (Rob Balder's other webcomic) strip.
Partially Clips And, given the nature of Erfworld, it is easier to count pages that don't have shoutouts to something, explicit or otherwise.
This strip ◊ features a cameo by the Weird Sisters.
In , the bio pages for Dolly Bird and G-Nat mention that their father was a genetic engineer known as the Somewhat-Below-Average Evolutionary (a Everyday Heroes Shout-Out to Marvel Comics' High Evolutionary). Another episode features three consecutive panels of Shout-Out references:
First, the strip is set in Kurt Vonnegut's hometown of Indianapolis.
Second panel features Mell Kelly from , and the Muzak is from the song "Wind Beneath My Wings". ("Did I ever tell you you're my hero?")
Narbonic Third panel has a sign labelled "Sciuridae Labs", a reference to .
El Goonish Shive In , Faux Pas Myrtle will not come out, not by the hair of your chinny-chin-chin.!
had this little gem: FreakAngels "All your forthcoming bone fractures are belong to us."
The webcomic Freaks N Squeeks has a boy-genius mouse whose full name (used only once) is "Albert Jeremy Nonn". In case you don't get how that's a shout-out, try sounding out just the first syllable of each name.
: The Fluffton P.D. has an The Fuzzy Five Officer Krupke. For extra points, the strip title is Hey, Look! Social Commentary!
General Protection Fault In , Holiday Wars April Fools' Day makes a shoutout to , as seen in Gilmore Girls this strip
is full of these, including references to The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! Bugs Bunny, Mr. Magoo, Pepe Le Pew, The , Transformers Pinky and the Brain, , Star Trek , Doctor Who , Saturday Night Live Monty Python, , Sesame Street , Barney & Friends , You Can't Do That on Television Martin and Lewis, Cosmos, Bob & Ray, Little Richard, Marcel Marceau, Mr. T, Richard Nixon, Che Guevera, , Bloom County , Peanuts , Terry and the Pirates Norb by Pinkwater and Auth, Melonpool, Zortic, Zeera the Space Pirate, My Little Pony, Tenchi Muyo!, Ultraman, Where's Waldo?, Metropolis, Gamera, Frankenstein, Indiana Jones, Return of the Jedi, Clash of the Titans, Heavy Metal, Spider-Man, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Last Unicorn, The Little Prince, Zork, The Legend of Zelda, Atari, Izod, Pepsi and Penn State University (where the strip originated).
has tons and tons of shout outs. In Wilys Defense , just about anything else by Buffy the Vampire Slayer Joss Whedon, , Ace Attorney , Max Payne , 24 , The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , Final Fantasy I , Final Fantasy VI , Final Fantasy VII , The Legend of Zelda , EarthBound , Street Fighter , King of Fighters , Fatal Fury , Don Henley, Sonic the Hedgehog Farscape... and that's just off the top of my head.
In , Irregular Webcomic! Isaac Newton has a time machine shaped like a police box. The noise it makes when dematerialising is " Jurrrz".
I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space!!! has Red Shirt Shout Outs starting here and here.
Jack Among other things, to various other web-based furry works, , Watership Down , and Earthworm Jim Nine Inch Nails.
The afterlife is distinctively based on .
The Divine Comedy In a recent arc, a character Richek reveals that he's seen the grim reaper numerous times and considers him somewhat of a friend, but no one else has ever seen him, and he doesn't know his name. What does he call his tall, rabbitty pal? " Harvey!"
This installment of. The same arc shouts out to again with the fact that Sue is in "Saint Ninian's Hospital.
Redwall The bathhouse in "Frigid McThunderbones" is filled with Shout Outs of random cartoons.
frequently references other webcomics including the Jayden And Crusader Wotch, the Wotch Cheer, Misfile and
Questionable Content A List of Karate Bears Shout Outs
contains numerous Karin-dou 4koma Monster Hunter references:
The Kinru and Ginru's names as well as being collectively called the Otomos is a reference to the Felyne Comrade (or "Otomo Airu") feature of the portable games.
Mifi's body being "burnt ultra-deliciously" or "Hmmm! So tasty!"
The text box that shows up after Tamaryu smashes a watermelon into a fine pink spray.
does it Lightbringer a lot. Main character quotes Watchmen, his friend once dressed-up as a spoiler, and when he asked another character about how can he be sure he don't kill anybody, the answer he get was
Cassandra Cain Many, many in . Not only to Lovecraft's own works, but also Lovecraft Is Missing Robert E. Howard and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Ménage ŕ 3 often has Gary wearing shirts with various symbols from retro TV shows, like , as well as newer but still rather obscure shows, like ReBoot .
Code Lyoko In , you can play a fun game called the Mob Ties Mob Ties Shout-Out drinking game. Take a shot every time you spot a Shout-Out on a strip. Just be sure to play it someplace where you can get emergency medical attention very quickly, or you may be dead before you get halfway through the archives.
Moon Crest 24 has a few of these here and there. However, the Beach Episode chapter is chock-full of them. Can you spot them all?
In Mortifer, when Lord Artemis is explaining his reason for "removing" Johnathan:
In this strip from Muertitos, Lafcadio hides in a closet amongst a pile of plush alien toys, including Lum Invader, Marvin the Martian, Alf, King Nikochan, Dr. Zoidberg, and Sgt. Keroro.
has so many shout outs and obscure references that one has to read the Director's Cut version to find all of them. Shaenon Garrity lists everything from other webcomics to manga to Shakespeare.
Narbonic 's Nerf NOW!! news post here: "Sigh. Times are tough."
Early in the "A World Without Piffany" arc in , the hapless henchman plummets between realities... passing, as he does, Nodwick a police box with a scarf stuck in the door. The author, Aaron Williams, seems to like Who shoutouts, since he has also had an elven healer mistakenly refer to Piffany as "Romana", and then offer her a jelly baby. (The latter in a parody of the movie, where the equivalent character was in fact played by Dungeons & Dragons Tom Baker.) A further parody comes with the wizards whose psyches reside within the Orb of Omnescience; their appearances and personalities come from the Third, Fourth and Fifth Doctors, plus Romana.
Doctor Who In , the cat from " No Rest for the Wicked Puss in Boots" is named Perrault.
shouts out to The Packrat , Back to the Future (a reference which synth geeks will get the most easily) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind . The author, Spies Like Us creator David C. Lovelace, also declared shout-outs to CustomSynth and Metasonix, although these aren't shout-outs in TV Tropes' sense.
Retarded Animal Babies Pibgorn First panel, Edward Hopper
is rather fond of pop culture and video game references. In addition, PvP this strip was an obvious shout out to the Holiday Wars arc of .
Sluggy Freelance is also fond of Questionable Content Shout Outs at times. Most prominent victim is probably Dune (The booze is life!) though also animes are referenced at times, such as a crazy chick on vespa hitting men at random.
In , numerous — such as a shout out to Rusty and Co. The Order of the Stick when they have Art Evolution. Level 6 is particularly rich, with references to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, William Shakespeare, and The Muppets.
contains multiple classic rock references.
Sandusky Here Schlock the mercenary travels in "A bright, blue box, nice and inconspicuous" which "looked bigger from the inside."
has a nice reference to the current Twix ad campaign.
SERGOM Shadowgirls artist Dave Reynolds throws in a lot of these into the book. Some are nods to personal friends, fans of the book, and sources of inspirations.
The April Fool's comics at involve a Shout Out both subtle and obvious. They use the same narrative structure as Shortpacked! , but with the panels arranged vertically.
Dinosaur Comics : The heroine has a Silent Hill: Promise poster on her bedroom wall. Problem Sleuth borrows its interactive format from Promise .
MS Paint Adventures inspiration by Sinfest's is Calvin and Hobbes made obvious in this early comic strip.
features the occasional shout-outs to the Archie's Sonic The Comic Online Sonic the Hedgehog. In the 250th milestone issue Sally was revamped from her original anthro-shift design ◊ to something that more resembles her Archie ◊ design ◊ (though it looks like something Sega would make). Joe Sushi also wore a jacket ◊ similar to his Archie design ◊.
Amy is seen wearing a Green Lantern shirt in one of her solo stories.
This strip of shouts out to Slightly Damned and The Legend of Zelda .
Ace Attorney There are also more subtle Ace Attorney shout-outs with some of the speech bubbles fading to red at the bottom when a character is angry.
Torg from is named after the character Torgo from Sluggy Freelance .
"Manos" The Hands of Fate The elftrooper line from this Sluggy Freelance strip is a shout out to A New Hope.
Smithson has things like a security guard who pulls off a Spinnerette Crowning Moment Of Awesome showing up with "CMOA" on his jacket in his next appearance, and a Canadian superhero known as The Werewolf of London, Ontario. Also, a villainess learns magic from a Dungeons & Dragons rulebook, and you would not believe how often Marvel and DC are mentioned (especially Marvel, because it's...kind of obvious the writer is a fan of Spider-Man).
Super Stupor is pretty blatant when they do a shout out to the TV Tropes Wiki itself, in this strip.
has plenty of sci-fi refs, but the serious Too Much Information Shout-Out is given by Gina Gibs, the mother of main character Ace (who actually is The Ace). Years ago we learned she spoke lots of dialects of four Oriental languages, and has served in the Air Force in Korea as a translator when Ace was little. Then we learned she picked up some other languages 'when she was bored', like Arabic. Then she re-enlisted in the Air Force at the height of the Iraq War. What does she really do for the Air Force? Something else entirely.
In , Urban Underbrush the cat climbs on a box to feign a dogfight as the Red Baron.
VG Cats rips off , complete with The Colbert Report .
Stephen himself threatening to sue them for it Wapsi Square: Priceless!
Waterworks This strip from WCI High features a shout-out to ''Bambi Meets Godzilla''.
strip xkcd "Qwertial Aphasia" has the Alt Text "If this were SMBC, the alt-text drawing thingy would be a giraffe hooker fluttering her eyelashes." The following day, Zach did just that.
This page of is both a YU+ME: dream Shout-Out to The Twilight Zone and an annoyed fan.
Red Mage of has a universe-destroying spell called "Ice-9". This is a triple shout out to the also dangerous substance from the 8-Bit Theater Kurt Vonnegut novel , level-nine spells in Cat's Cradle , and the simple naming system in early Dungeons & Dragons games (Ice-1, Bolt-2, Fire-1, etc.).
Final Fantasy 8BT also has an archer captain... With a second-in-command called Commander T'Pol.
Black Mage's HADOKEN!
The ninjas don't knows it yet, but they're heads are about to explode from my ultimate swrod technique! Wait for it!
After a few episodes of the second season of aired, Black Mage asked Heroes "Did getting skewered through the chest somehow (and nonsensically) remove all my powers?" Thankfully, he did not proceed to turn up in Mexico.
Thief and Red Mage are betting on whether Black Mage's internal dia/monologue will last five or ten minutes:
Go ten, Go ten, go!
I'm more of a
When Thief stole his class change from the future the title of the strip was .
Thief of Time From this strip:
Black Mage, initiate Plan 9.
Black Mage: From Outer Space? Red Mage:
I'm living fire. You didn't think it was going to be that easy, did you?
You know, for a second there,
yeah, I kinda did
Black Mage once mentioned that he used to like black robes, but "they were killed by that play, ."
The Magics " So we've struck him down only to make him become ?!"
more powerful than we could possibly imagine the title of this comic is a shout out to the first Ghostbusters film.
Early on there were numerous references to old Simpsons dialogue.
The film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, gets more than a few gags lifted from it. Later Thief gets turned into a toad...
Darko takes the form of Magus to talk to Black Mage.
Undead Dinosaur Comics
Is it just me, or should FFVII fans find this scene disturbingly familiar? ◊
The opening segment of the epilogue is an obvious shout out to Kingdom Come
And in one strip, prior to a mass stabbing, Red Mage tells the victim that the Light Warriors are "gonna get Ides of March on your ass."
In this strip when Drizz'l describes the true guardian of Marsh Cave, Black Mage imagines Trogdor.
Fans of a certain other game series should find Fighter's helmet very familiar.
And in this strip:
This strip makes another reference - one Black Mage hilariously subverts.
Family Guy The Final Boss, Chaos, has Fomortiis' head.
When Red Mage tells Fighter to "Make your swords as things unto chainsaws", the card he uses to do it is an Exalted charm-tree card; the name and effect refer to a (now fixed) exploit with Exalted's Glorious Solar Saber charm where you could theoretically conjure a sword capable of making infinite attacks in a single second, which fans affectionately called the Glorious Chainsaw Method.
The strip where Dr Swordopolis asks Fighter "Did you choose the sword, or did the sword choose you?" is titled "A Shout-Out to All You Web-Heads Out There", presumably referencing J. Michael Straczynski's "Did the spider choose you?" storyline.
In the Epilogue, Akbar's Not-Useless Tools has among its implements for sale a buster sword and gunblade, while one of the notices Fighter reads on the quest board is a recruitment notice for SOLDIER, (Black Mage: "Lame"), repelling Galbadian aggression ("somehow even lamer"), the search for a missing Alexandrian princess (BM gets interested, but they already got a Black Mage), escorting a religious pilgrimage ("I'd rather chew my own neck off.") and join the fight against Shadowlord.
And than there was this comic which referred to the too short-lasting Ninth Doctor Who along with the famous Sixth.
There's also the title of episode 158: Unfamiliar Ceiling
Episode 645— Red Mage explains where they get their new powers from:
Red Mage: But now we've ventured into an expansion. All-new, Absurdly powerful Occupational Character Classes are now available!
Black Mage: And where does this alleged power creep come from?
in Space-Time, mostly.
Brian Clevinger shows up in Episode 124 wearing a KMFDM shirt.
Black Mage singing "A Horse With No Name" is a reference to .
NewsRadio Red Mage's advice to Fighter has both the visual appearance and the naming style of an Exalted Charm.
The last lines in this strip sure sound familiar... (The title spells it out if it isn't obvious already.)
Drizz'l: You don't pick up sub-text, do you?
is full of various references and shout outs, to the point we'd need an entire page just to list them. The most common ones include classic songs ("White Cliffs of Dover"), various 21st Century Fox Sci-Fi movies and the works of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Lots found in the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Fan Web Comics by Entropy Max, including, but not limited to, ( Neon Genesis Evangelion sample ◊), ( Suzumiya Haruhi sample ◊), , Doraemon ( Astro Boy sample ◊), and ( Dai Mahou Touge sample ◊).
There are plenty to found in , largely to Toki No Tanaka Nintendo games and exclusively to Japanese media (funnily enough).