Shout Out: Western Animation

This page lists Shout Outs seen in Western Animation works.



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  • Animaniacs had a sketch titled "The Please Please Pleese [sic] Get a Life Foundation," about a treatment program for fans who took their obsessions just a bit too far. The fans' obsessive ramblings were taken directly from actual fans in the alt.tv.animaniacs newsgroup.
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • In "Off Balance", Batman asks Talia whose side she is on. "That would be telling" she replies. Almost every episode of The Prisoner started with that dialogue.
    • In "Nothing to Fear" the security guard in the beginning is reading a comic book called Tiny Toon Adventures. In a later episode, Bruce is discussing a ongoing case with Barbara Gordon. When he asks, "What are you doing tonight?" she replies, "The same thing we do every night, Pinky." He does not get the reference.
    • At the start of "Christmas With the Joker," the Joker is whistling the Looney Tunes theme.
      • In the same episode, he sings "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells" as he escapes Arkham.
    • In "You Scratch My Back", a list of ships includes Andrea Doria, SS Minnow, HMS Bounty, and Poseidon.
    • Two-Face's suit is a rather obvious reference to the famous "Scarface" poster.
    • In the episode "The Laughing Fish" Joker pulls a wrench out of a box with the words "Binford Tools" written on it.
    • In the Creeper's debut, not only does he look similar to and act just like Freakazoid!, but he talks to a woman through her window and when she screams and runs...
    • The robots in the opening to "Deep Freeze" are based on Castle in the Sky.
    • Cybertron Industries appears in "Heart of Steel".
    • Poison Ivy's license plate in "Harley & Ivy" is "Rose bud".
    • Karl Rossum, the owner of Cybertron Industries and one of the pioneers in A.I. research and robotics, is named for Capek's play R.U.R. (for Rossum's Universal Robots), the origin of the term "robot."
    • The second episode of "Robin's Reckoning" has a shout out to AKIRA when Dick strikes a similar pose to Kaneda on his bike.
    • The poster for the magician The Great Prosciutto in "Be a Clown" is a cartoonified portrait of Alan Moore.
    • "Trial" has Batman capturing the skull gang's leader, who wears a T-shirt that's exactly like The Punisher's logo.
    • At one point when Batman and Robin are artificially sped up, Robin quips: "Faster than a speeding bullet..!"
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: When Batgirl tells Catwoman that if she kills Roland Daggett she will be no better than him, Catwoman tells her to "grow up."
    • The show has Adam West as part of it’s supporting cast.
    • In another episode, the inmates in Arkham are watching Bugs Bunny cartoons.
    • To It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, where one thing Sally said to Linus in the pumpkin patch was, "If you try to hold my hand, I'll slug you!"; near the beginning of "Joker's Wild", in the lounge at Arkham Asylum, Joker cozies up next to Poison Ivy, and teasingly says, "If you hold my hand, I'll slug you!"
    • In the episode "Harley's Holiday", Harley Quinn, upon returning to Arkham, says the line, "Home again, home again, jiggity jig." It's a reference to the scene where one of the toys says the same line when J.F. Sebastian comes home with a woman in Blade Runner.
    • In episode "The Clock King", the streets have the names from various comics and animation artist who worked at Batman: Keith Weesner, Jack Schiff, Jerry Robinson, Norm Breygfole, Alex Toth, and Kurt Busiek.
  • Duck Dodgers
  • The Freakazoid! episode "The Chip" has a couple of shout outs to one of the voice actors, Ricardo Montalban. The first is when he threatens to put "ooey gooey worms, that make you go all crazy" in the ears of Dexter and Roddy McStew. The second comes when he uses the phrase "Kirk, old friend..." before apparently realizing he was in the wrong character. Both gags come from Star Trek II.
    • In his second appearance, Guttierez gains powers like Freakazoid's, and is quite obviously Khan-inspired, with long white hair and rock-hard abs. Additionally, a Chekov-character appears in a TWOK era spacesuit.
    • In one episode, Brain and Wakko appear, after Freakazoid is called "wacko" for mowing someone's lawn. They are seen arguing over which show is Steven Speilberg's favorite. Wakko sings "Wakko's America" right after he appears!
  • Histeria contained several nods to previous WB cartoons:
    • Big Fat Baby's jingle (the one where Father Time's chasing him in the desert) is based on the theme song from The Road Runner Show.
    • Froggo's room is decorated with merchandise for Batman: The Animated Series.
    • A song introducing a sketch about Alexander the Great is sung to the tune of the Animaniacs theme, and the sketch about Florence Nightingale as a Hospital Hottie ends with the boys shouting "Hello Nurse!" In a song about the Gold Rush, Father Time can be seen watching a TV with Yakko Warner on it. Also, the World's Oldest Woman's jingle is sung to the tune of Slappy Squirrel's theme, and Froggo's regular outfit is much like that of Wakko Warner (except that he actually wears pants).
    • The Pinky and the Brain theme music can be heard when Chit Chatterson mentions brain removal in a sketch about mummification, as well as part of the background music for the introduction to Nikola Tesla's later life.
    • Superman made three cameos himself, including one as William Clark.
    • Fetch bares a bit of resemblance to Hunter from Road Rovers.
  • Justice League:
    Booster Gold (to teleporter technician): Energize!
    Technician: Doofus.
    • "Patriot Act" features Vigilante and Shining Knight discussing Dirty Harry.
    • In "Twilight", an incredibly powerful AI living in a space base has stumbled into the problem of having developed as far as computers allow, and must now merge with a humanoid alien in order to continue. In other words, same as the climax of Foundation and Earth.
    • The two-part episode "The Terror Beyond" is an extended homage to the Marvel Comics team The Defenders. Doctor Fate stands in for Doctor Strange, Solomon Grundy for the Hulk, Hawkgirl for Nighthawk, and Aquaman for Namor. Grundy even refers to Hawkgirl as "Bird Nose", Hulk's nickname for Nighthawk.
    • In "Task Force X", when Deadshot meets Plastique, he says he's 'seen the pictures' to which she flirtatiously responds 'and that's as close as you're gonna get' - possibly reffing her naked humiliation at the hands of Firestorm in her first appearance.
    • In the episode "Divided we Fall," Green Arrow dissuades Superman from disbanding the Justice League, and gets ready to ride off into the sunset. Just before he does, Batman stops him, saying "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" To which, GA translates as "Who guards the guardians?" Most comic fans know what they're really talking about, though.
    • Another Watchmen reference appears in the episode "Paradise Lost," where we see Bernie's newsstand.
  • Loonatics Unleashed:
  • And then there's the Pinky and the Brain short "Yes, Always". Maurice LaMarche has admitted that the Brain's voice was mainly inspired by Orson Welles, and he used the infamous "Frozen Peas" audio (where Welles got frustrated over the writing and directing of a commercial for which he was doing a voice-over) as a sound check. The aforementioned short centered on the Brain doing commercial voice-overs. Guess where 99% of the dialogue came from? (If you don't believe it, check out this audio synch featuring the original "Frozen Peas" audio over the short).
  • Super Friends (1973) episode "Dr. Pelagian's War". Dr. Pelagian's submarine the Sprite looks very similar to the submarine U.S.S. Seaview in the film and TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
  • In Superman: Doomsday, there's a scene of Superman (actually his clone) fighting Toyman's giant mechanical spider. This was a shot at how movie producer Jon Peters wanted a giant spider in Superman Lives, written by Kevin Smith. Smith even voices a citizen in Doomsday that remarks, "Like we needed him to take care of a giant spider."
  • "Superman: The Animated Series":
    • In the third episode, Martha Kent tells Clark, "I don't want anyone thinking you're like that nut in Gotham City."
    • In "My Girl," Lex Luthor is overheard explaining to his henchman that he wants him in Central City by that night.
    • In the episode "Mxyzpxlated", the Daily Planet comics page has a couple of Shout Outs. One strip is "Dini the Meany", which sounds similar to Dennis the Menace (US) , but with an art style similar to Calvin and Hobbes. It's attributed to "Bill Wemissunote ". Also on the page is "Gleen", with an art style directly lifted from Peanuts. "Dini" of course is a reference to Paul Dini.
    • In an example mixed with a Take That, another episode has Supergirl reading a comic book about a spider-themed superhero before disgustedly stating that the character is gross.
  • Although lots of shows poked fun at older video games of their respective eras, Tiny Toon Adventures brought out the hilariously direct Super Plucky-o Bros, featuring a side-scrolling landscape that all but matched the original game's colors and patterns, and sounds lifted straight from Super Mario Bros. 1 and 2.
    • Another video game reference was seen in the episode "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian". For some reason, Montana Max is the pilot of an airplane. The terminal used for piloting the plane is an arcade cabinet with the game "Plane Man", where a plane is moving around a maze while eating dots. In reality, the actual plane is eating clouds.
    • The Parody Episode A Quack in the Quarks is one big shout out to Star Wars. "Duck Vader" is the Big Bad, and Buster ends up dressed like Han Solo, while Babs has her ears curled like Leia, and Plucky is dressed like Luke. It's not just Star Wars, though — if you look closely at the loading bay, you can see the TARDIS!
  • X-Men: Evolution
    • One episode had Blob watching a cartoon with characters that suspiciously looked like the Powerpuff Girls.
    • "Survival of the Fittest", which introduced Juggernaut, also introduced us to the Danger Room program Logan's Run.
    • "On Angel's Wings" gives us a brief glimpse of Warren reading a Daily Bugle newspaper, as well as a Stark Industries building. Might be a Mythology Gag due to the fact that pretty much 90% of the major Marvel Universe players are based in New York City.
    • A scene of "Impact" has Toad knocking on the head of the petrified Mystique shouting "Hello? McFly?"
    • The Season 2 episode "Retreat" has a Bigfoot Watcher showing off his Bigfoot Caller to a buddy. He says what store you can get them in, and tells his friend to ask for Mulder. To cement the reference, a clip of The X-Files theme is played before the scene transition.
    • In Cruise Control, on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, Bobby is goofing off using his ice powers. His trump card is to make an iceberg in front of the ship, jumps right on the stern, and shouts "I'm king of the..."
    • In the episode "Uprising" when Spyke makes his return, Xavier uses Cerebro to find him. He says he's on the corner of "Lithia" and what sounds to be "Ashland" streets, a possible reference to the town of Ashland, Oregon: the town has lithium oxide (or "lithia") in a stream found in the center of town which is pumped into certain water fountains.
    • Scott and Kurt make a very dorky and completely out of place reference to Star Trek in an early episode. Justified though, as Kurt is a fan of fantasy in the comics and the Ultimate version of Scott is a Sci-Fi fan.
    • Jean is a soccer star, and during an awards ceremony for the team we get to see their logo, a phoenix that lights up in flames.
    • In "Walk on the Wild Side", the Bayville Sirens (X-Girls + Boom-Boom) do the "super-jiggle-sexy-slo-mo" walk down the hall a la The Craft, complete with Kitty blowing a kiss just like Nancy.
    • 2 episodes had Kitty sleeping, no not like that you perverts, with a stuffed, supposedly purple, dragon, Not that Dragon, but a reference to Lockheed, Kitty's pet dragon from the comics & Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Young Justice:
  • WB animated shorts are notorious for including crew names on background objects such as billboards or boxes. "Friz" shows up a lot, an homage to director Friz Freleng. In the short Rocket Squad, Porky and Daffy play future cops in a parody of Dragnet, and a list of "known criminals" they use to find the bad guy includes everyone working in the animation department at that time. A more complete listing of the various inside jokes can be found here.
    • In the short "Daffy Duck Slept Here", Daffy claims to be friends with a six-foot tall invisible kangaroo named "Hymie".

    Transformers 
  • Beast Wars:
    • A scene in Gorilla Warfare is inspired by Robocop.
    • In Victory, the scene where Optimus is falling from the Axalon after being shot by Scorponok in his Beast mode resembles a scene in King Kong.
    • There's also this one to Superman, completely with a Suspiciously Similar Song version of Supes' Main Theme:
    Dinobot: Wait! Look! Down in the sky! Is it a bird?
    Rhinox: Maybe a plane!
    Rattrap: Nah! IT'S OPTIMUS!!
    • In Dark Designs, Cheetor's "Better dead than Pred" is a pun on an anti-comunism message from The Fifties.
    • Another scene, where Optimus brandishes his swords before Megatron shoots him down is reminiscent of the duel between Indiana Jones and the Cairo swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Dinobot pushing Scorponok into his rotor blade weapon echoes the demise of the German engineer in the same movie.
    • Airazor's pose in "The Low Road" (as seen in the page image) is a direct reference to the famous Star Wars poster.
    • The sequence in Season 3 where Megatron is using the Transmetal Driver to create the new Dinobot II from a blank Protoform draws heavily from the classic film Frankenstein (1931).
    • In the episode "The Probe", the search and rescue probes sent out from Cybertron, shot for shot, mirror the imperial probe droids from the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back.
    • Several to classic Looney Tunes, mostly involving Waspinator getting scrapped.
    • Rock'em Sock'em Robots battle between Rhinox and Inferno in Season 2. Colors even match. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvbbQyFWrDI
    • The head writers involved were very active in the online fandom. As a result, these cropped up all the time, often in the form of locations. Subsector Hooks and Grid Joona, for example, are named after fans who posted on the alt.toys.transformers usenet group at the time.
      • At one point a concussed Waspinator refers to himself as "Wonko the Sane". While this was originally a name of a minor character in So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, the specific reference was evidently to another Beast Wars fan who used this name as an online alias. That fan, Benson Yee, went on to be recruited as a continuity consultant for the second season finale. The Beast Wars crew recognized the value of the fandom.
    • What may have been a very subtle Shout Out was Cheetor's weapon sound effect. It sounded just like Mega Man's from the cartoon. Both were voiced by Ian Corlett.
    • Rattrap and Optimus' dialog about the Ark, how "that ship wasn't built, it was poured" and "die-cast metal, its a lost art" are both about how the original Gen1 Transformer toys (well, the better, larger ones) all had die-cast parts for at least half the body.
    • Are we forgetting Megatron's first appearing to Optimus after he gets his new dragon body? "Enter the Dragon!"
  • Transformers Animated runs on these:
    • The artsyle itself is largely inspired from Mighty Orbots, ABC Warriors and the works of Studio Gainax.
    • Wreck-Gar, played by Weird Al Yankovic, yells at one point, "I dare to be stupid!" Which is the title of the song by Weird Al Yankovic that the original Wreck-Gar and the Autobots rocked out to for an indefinite period of of time in the original movie. The "Universal Greeting" associated with the song also gets a mention.
      • Wreck-Gar also bears a marked resemblance to his voice actor, even down to the facial hair. The whole thing gets topped off when, as he confronts Soundwave and tries to counter his music, he pulls out an Accordion.
    • In "Velocity" Blitzwing once fired out a Macross Missile Massacre in the style of the Valkyrie fighters from, well, Macross.
    • The appearances of the human villains Angry Archer and Slo-Mo are based on Hasbro executives Aaron Archer and Samantha Lomow respectively. The former was unaware of the character until late in production, but his only request was that the Archer be left-handed so he was apparently not too upset about it.
    • Also Master Yoketron may have been named after Takara's lead designer on Transformers Hideaki Yoke.
    • Perceptor's voice bears a distinct resemblance to the synthesized voice of famous physics genius Stephen Hawking.
    • Highbrow is a clear shout out to actor Terry Thomas, from his accent to his "mustache" to the gap in his "teeth".
    • Rodimus' design takes the characteristics the original shared with Marvel Comics' Hawkeye and runs with them, even giving him a bow.
      • Not to mention Rodimus is voiced by Judd Nelson, his G1 version/counterpart's original voice actor in the 1986 movie.
    • Dirt Boss' design is extremely similar to another pint sized mind controlling villain, Marvel Comics' MODOK, and he's also a caricature of various real life mob bosses, particularly Al Capone, in temperament, speech, and methods, and later pulls a huge reference to White Heat; "Top of the world, cogs!" He's also the first legitimate homage to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, his diminutive size being (especially the stubby legs) inspired by Lagann itself along with using drills to control other machines. And he looks sort of like Wario, to go with the Mario and Luigi-like pair of Scrapper and Mixmaster.
    • Huffer and Pipes take the Mario and Luigi thing to new heights, however.
    • The title "Decepticon Air" is a reference to the Nicholas Cage movie "Con Air", which also features prisoners being transported gone wrong. It help that the Decepticons are often called 'Cons for short.
    • Forsooth! It must not go unmentioned that, by Od's Beard, Ultra Magnus' hammer is strikingly similar to Mjolnir, possessed by the Odinson himself, Norse Mythology's Thor!
    • Lockdown wears a Western-style poncho in "A Fistful of Energon" for no apparent reason but to shout out to Fistful Of Dollars.
    • Flareup's accent is an obvious shoutout to how she was voiced in the Botcon script reading, "Bee in the City".
    • Plenty of incidentals are homages to characters from previous generations, such as Hot Shot, Red Alert (albeit gender-swapped), Strika, Blackout, Spittor... heck, characters like Powerglide, Beachcomber and Cosmos even show up in crowd shots on Cybertron!
    • Taken to extremes by the AllSpark Almanac, which manages shout outs to TF fandom memes, obscure characters (as in 'only appeared in a spin-off racing track set in 1984' obscure), and a metric ton of other stuff. That's not even getting into the non-Transformers stuff that gets namechecked. There's a map of the galaxy in the second Allspark Almanac featuring planets like Eternia, Krankor, and Marklar, among dozens of other refs on those two pages alone.
      • Even GoBots! Tonka was merged into Hasbro some time back, so they are now legally in the same universe after all. As such, Blackout's seismic stomp ability is said to have been based on technology from Gobots' Crasher, and Porter C. Powell's limo Stretch is patterned after the Renegade Tux. In fact, he's implied to be the very same character!
      • One of the mysterious Prisoners in Trypticon prison is Man bear Pig
      • In the Addendum at the back of the Collectors club issues has even more. Blot's chemical shells look like Metroids. And the Evil Sari of an Alternate universe has a sketchbook where she doodles a pony named Rainbow Dark.
    • In "Decepticon Air" Sari fixes the space bridge by extending her robotic fingers for quick typing. It looks exactly like similar scenes from Ghost in the Shell.
    • Sentinel Prime, voiced by Townsend Coleman, more famous for being the voice of The Tick. Sentinel Prime himself greatly resembles the character, being mainly blue, with a humongous chin and a head shaped like The Tick's mask. He even has a similar personality.
    • The Cool Shades worn by Prowl and Soundwave are a reference to the ones worn by the ABC Warriors of 2000 AD fame. (Although they also resemble those worn by Kamina, that's just a happy coincidence.)
    • Starscream's elaborate transformation in the season one finale harkens back to the stock footage transformations used in Transformers Armada and its sequels — although the Twinkle Smile smirk at the end just takes it on to parody. It does, however, bear exceptional resemblance to Gasket/Ransack's transformation from Galaxy Force/Cybertron. And Ransack's partner in crime, Crumplezone, probably wonders why Animated Bulkhead has his jaw. Furthermore, during Starscream's stock-footage transformation, he very obviously enters a state where most of him is still in jet mode, but his robot mode legs are folded below the jet. This "jet-with-legs" mode is a reference to the "GERWALK modes" that can sometimes be formed from Transformers with jet alt-modes. The term originally comes from Macross by way of the G1 Jetfire toy, (rather infamously) a recolored Macross Valkyrie, and has since been used in the fandom to describe similar "walking jet" unofficial modes.
    • Not even recolored - it's a simple repackaging of the Super Valkyrie set, and early versions came with the Macross logo painted on the wings.
    • In one of the shorts on the Season 1 DVD, one of Prime's fans asks him where his trailer goes when he transforms — a common question asked among fans of the original Optimus Prime. Optimus is confused, probably because he doesn't actually have a trailer. One of the kids kept trying to get him to turn into a fire truck. An actual episode would go on to have Blitzwing (while in crazy mode) say "Ooh, ooh, I wanna see him turn into a fire truck!"
    • Lately, Beast Wars references are all the rage: at the end of the episode that sees Wasp become Waspinator, he and Blackarachnia are teleported to a jungle, where a gorilla, a cheetah, a rhino, and a rat are standing over them, references to Optimus Primal, Cheetor, Rhinox, and Rattrap, the original four Maximals. Blackarachnia sees them, and says "You've got to be kidding." Also, a few episodes back, there was Tigatron Stadium. And earlier, during Sari's birthday party, the kids are hitting a pińata in the shape of a very familiar purple Tyrannosaurus. (You may also add the very existence of Waspy, Blackarachnia, and the more recently-introed Jetstorm, but that just comes with the TF franchise's oft-rebootedness.) Waspy is often showing parallels to the original, but being a darker and more tragic character than Beast Wars' resident Chew Toy, it's always got a sinister twist to it. "Waspinator has plans," indeed...
    • A sign that's a homage to the Sinclair Oil logo has a dinosaur that looks a lot like the Generation One Dinobot Sludge (who doesn't have a TFA incarnation).
    • There's also some self-reference lately: Bulkhead points out his susceptibility to The Worf Effect once. "I'll keep him distracted! He always shoots at me first." [Charges in, gets blasted all the way down the street by Blitzwing, flips over, and a pebble bounces off his head] "Called it."
    • Each member of Starscream's clone army has the color scheme of one of the Starscream-repaint Seekers from Generation 1.
      • They also get the names of those characters later on. The sole exception is Slipstream, since she was an entirely new color scheme for the mold as well as a girl.
  • In the Transformers Armada episode "Cramp", Fred exclaims "The horror! The horror!" when Unicron begins attacking Cybertron.

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