In the first season finale, Webby remarks that if Millionara, the Villain of the Day, "offered me an apple in the forest, I sure wouldn't eat it!", and later Millionara says, "I'm glad I only packed the bare necessities!"
In the original movie, he also turned into Pinocchio and pulled Sebastian out of a book.
Saleen, an evil mermaid, references Ariel in Aladdin: The Series: "You don't want red hair, you'll look like every other princess under the sea." Genie also turns into Ariel as a figurehead on a ship in the sequel.
Another episode of the series featured a female genie named Eden—you know, as in Barbara.
The character of Abu is based on a character of the same name in The Thief of Bagdad. The original was nota monkey but is still fairly blatantly the inspiration for Aladdin's Abu.
Hit the pause button during the scene in the original movie in which the Sultan is stacking his toys, and you'll find the Beast among them.
James Bond isn't the only spy\special agent Kim has nods to. Her Kimmunicator ringtone, sound familiar? Used by a certain federal agent perhaps? And one episode has her don a black stealth suit, where at the end they are picked up by boat, who just happens to be driven by someone Kim refers to as Sam.
Cheerleading Instructor: This formation will make you stronger than a Geodude using its Harden attack!
Spinelli even appears in one episode as a background student with Kim Possible (Which is pretty funny for both of them, as Kim is in high school, not middle school, and had the Recess cast age in real time, Spinelli would've also been in high school by then)
It's slower than in the original The Court Jester, but in "Two Wheels, Full Throttle, No Brakes", Folsom and Fillmore reprise the "Get it?" "Got it." "Good." Running Gag.
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".
In Loonatics Unleashed, the bizarre cartoon about the descendents of the Looney Tunes characters operating as superheroes ...IN SPACE!, the most significant planets in the show's cosmology are Freleng (after Looney Tunes director Friz Freleng) and Blanc (after virtuoso voice artist Mel Blanc).
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.
The episode that introduces The Creeper has this exchange:
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.
The Ren & Stimpy Show did this in at least one episode, where they used quotes from real kids' fan-mail saying how great Stimpy was, and viciously tearing into Ren. ("What is he anyway, some kind of mosquito?")
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.
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.
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.
The Parody EpisodeA 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!
The camping episode had some bigfoot hunters mistake Beast for Bigfoot; when one is using a 'bigfoot whistle' he gets asked where to find it. His reply? Go to some bigfoot store & 'Ask for Maulder' just as The X-Files theme plays.
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.
Another Watchmen reference appears in the episode "Paradise Lost," where we see Bernie's newsstand.
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."
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.
Wreck Gar, voiced by "Weird Al" Yankovic, proudly exclaims that he "Dares to be Stupid!", referencing the use of that Weird Al song in the animated movie. The "Universal Greeting" from the movie also gets a reference (utterly at random, but appreciated nonetheless). And yes, Wreck Gar is very, very stupid. The design of Wreck Gar's head is based on the rather brickish G1 toy's design.
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.
The head writers involved in Transformers: Beast Wars 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.
In one of the Beast Wars comics, Megatron is threatened by someone claiming to be his greatest enemy, leading Megatron to ask if she's "Raksha". Raksha was the screenname of a well-known (and rather out there) Decepticon fan who absolutely loathed Beast Wars.
Many of the structures in Republic City are shout-outs to easily recognizable real life architecture, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the statues in the harbors of Hong Kong, Alcatraz, and the Empire State Building, and Avatar Aangs statue is green like Statue of Liberty. The city itself also bears a great resemblance to 1920s-era Shanghai and is similar in setting to many classic kung-fu action movies.
Asami's character design also seems a lot like a certain character from Fullmetal Alchemist (Bryan Konietzko did say that he watched FMA "after" designing Asami, but he did "borrow" Lust's lipstick color for her."
"Nugget": There is a placard for "Mr. Warburton's Flim Flam Elixir"◊ in the background. It is a reference to the series creator Tom Warburton (who on this show is always credited as just "Mr. Warburton").
The Delightful Children are turned into sheep in one episode. The middle one resembles Sheep from Sheep in the Big City. Also, in "T.H.E.-F.L.Y.", one of the stuffed animals shown in Numbuh 3's room is Sheep.
In the series premiere, there are a great many gargoyles shown, in reference to director Greg Weisman's series of the same name, also set in New York. And when Mysterio lets loose little gargoyle-ish imps to harass Spider-Man, JJ Jameson loves it and says they should have their own show.
In the Title Sequence, one of the "photos" of Spider-Man is a tribute to the cover of Amazing Fantasy #15, his debut issue.
Musical leitmotifs from the 1960s and 1990s series can be heard in the background music.
In the second season episode, "First Steps," Sandman is stealing the "Urn of Morpheus" from a museum for Hammerhead.
In the fourth episode of the 1st season, Spider-Man comments to the Shocker/Montana "I mock. I'm a mocker." The Mocker was a comic by Spider-Man creator Steve Ditko.
In "Opening Night", Black Cat impersonates a female prison employee named Selina.
Futurama had the Harlem Globetrotter planet, which was an extended shout-out to the old Hanna-BarberaHarlem Globetrotters cartoon series.
As well as the Globetrotters themselves.
In "Beast with a Billion Backs", when Bender assaults Yivo, the scene resembles a certain savvy pirate meeting a kraken with his sword.
Bender's guess about the nature of the god-like entity in "Godfellas", "the remains of a space probe that collided with God", is also a fairly accurate description of V'ger in Star Trek.
The episode "A Bicyclops Built for Two" contains several Shout Outs to Married... with Children, the show actress Katey Sagal (who voices Leela) was best known for before her work on Futurama. At one point, Leela does her hair up like Peggy Bundy, dresses like her, walks like her, and exchanges cheap dirty insults with her husband-to-be, an alien named Alkazar.
Turanga Leela: Aaaaaaaaal!
Two shout-outs to Star Trek in the episode "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love": The Decapodian tradition of dueling to the death is named Claw-plah (after the Klingon word for victory, Qapla'), and their national anthem is the dueling music often featured in similar deathmatches fought in the Original Series.
Another Star Trek shout-out that has already been used twice is the reference to Christopher Pike, former captain of the Enterprise, and particularly his wheelchair. The chair appears first in the episode "Love's Labours Lost in Space". Pike himself appears in the chair at Professor Farnsworth's 150's birthday in "A Clone of My Own". In both cases either the chair or pike's disfigured visage are subverted. The sliding doors used all throughout the show have the same sound effect from the ones in Star Trek, which is commented on by Fry in the first episode. He later gets stuck in the door too.
Even before Bender's Game, there were numerous shout outs to Dungeons & Dragons in the series, ranging from the obvious (Gary Gygax showing up in "Anthology of Interest") to the subtle (ranging from a rust monster at a veterinary hospital to a beholder in "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back").
One episode famously focuses on Jack's adventure with an obvious Totoro send-up. Later, Jack completely loses his memory because of Destiny's Child. Another episode has Jack fighting over a time traveling jewel with a palette-swappedDaisuke Jigen.
In the episode with the flatulent dragon. Jack gets directions from an eccentric scissor-smith, who tells him to turn left at a fork in the road to get to the Dragon's Lair. When Jack asks, "Where does the other path lead?" the scissor-smith replies, "Space Ace!"
Nearly any given SJ ep is going to have shout-outs. One ep had him encountering Quickdraw Mc Graw and Babalooie, as he's pursued by Old-West themed bounty hunters. In one where he fights an evil witch, she is voiced by BJ Ward, the VA for both Princess Allura and Witch Haggar on Voltron and is drawn like an SJ version of Haggar. She is even called The Hag.
Lest we forget about the episode "Jack's Sandals." Upbeat techno music? High-speed sneakers? Blurring by anything on feet or wheels? Sounds like a certain blue-quilled speedster we all know and love.
The Boondocks has numerous Shout Outs to anime and manga, even in the opening credits of the first season, which are similar to the opening credits of Samurai Champloo. Jin also makes a brief cameo appearance. Another big Shout-Out is to Fist of the North Star at the very end of "Soul Plane 2: The Blackjacking", when Huey and Ruckus leap at each other, their outstretched legs crossing in midair. It's a reference to the first attacks Shin and Kenshiro make against each other when they finally fight.
In the previous episode, Michaelangelo says, "Not today, Chung Lee." A triple entendre in that he references not only Wang Chung and Bruce Lee, but Chun Li.
In a fight, Donatello realizes, "A bo staff? And a bunch of guys who all look the same? Time to try one of my favorite movie stunts!" He spins around his staff Ă la Burly Brawl, but it doesn't work. Raphael (I think) reminds Donny that "This ain't the movies."
One episode has Donatello find wayward computer data in the systems of a Texas paper factory — likely a Shout-Out to Heroes, where The Company uses a paper factory in Texas as a front. Makes you wonder what other kind of data he'd find there if he looked...
There are many shout outs in Arthur. There are shout outs to Chopin's Revolutionary etude, Invention 8 by J.S Bach, Child's Play — the movies, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Stellaluna, Jeopardy, James Bond, The Adventures of Tintin, Alice in Wonderland, Law and Order, Mondarin, Monty Python. This is still only about 4-5% of the shout outs from Arthur.
There's an obvious nod in the episode "Lucky in Love" to Gone with the Wind. The Once per Episode title card was a parody of the famous movie poster of Rhett holding Scarlett in front of the burning city of Atlanta.
In the episode "The Secret", the demolition worker controlled by XANA distinctly looks like Mario. William even calls him a "super-plumber".
Hanna-Barbera's The Adventures of Gulliver episode "The Dark Sleep". The witch Malagar was inspired by the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
She lives in a huge forbidding castle.
After she captures Gulliver, she holds up an hourglass and says "You have until the sand runs out, young Gulliver. Then, if you do not give up the map, I shall deal with you in my own fashion".
At one point she says "All in good time", a line spoken by the WWotW in the movie.
Johnny Bravo has few episodes starting and ending with narrator announcing that Johnny is now "in the zone, where normal things doesn’t happen very often."
2 Stupid Dogs once had a really weird episode where they were trained in using cartoon-violence. When they were asked to show some, very first thing they thought was to imitate The Little Mermaid.
One episode of Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders opened with a bored fairy lamenting that her town was "boring" while her pet tried to talk her out of it. It was almost line-by-line taken from one of the best Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers episodes. Turns out that it was the same voice actress, and Jewel Riders used most of the same writers and staff as Galaxy Rangers!
The Generator Rex episode "Breach" has Rex telling Holiday he was fighting a little girl, and she wasn't "made of sugar and spice!"
The entire episode (or at least Rex's segment) seemed to reference Silent Hill, foggy town filled with monsters, a creepy school, and the possibility of Alternate Dimensions being involved, not helped by some of the questions about Breach's psyche.
George's aunt(?) in George Shrinks tends to respond to shocks with "What in the name of (Insert Groucho Marx Character Here)..." - this has included such luminaries as Hugo Z. Hackenbush, Jeffrey Spaulding, and Rufus T. Firefly.
The Critic is chock-full of them. (These are originally located on the show's own work page.)
In the episode "Frankie and Ellie Get Lost," Franklin behaving like Curly after drinking spiked punch (also resulting in him being the show's Cloud Cuckoolander), and has Albert Einstein acting like Larry and Ted Kennedy acting like Moe.
In the season 1 episode "A Little Deb Will Do Ya," Jay is about to do the deed with a woman he met at his sister Margo's debutante ball, but the woman admits to having a "terrible" secret below her waist. She's wearing the bottom half of the Humphrey the Hippo costume, also revealing to be his TV-ratings rival.
A reviewer's face melting off and reducing him to a skeleton (after Roger Ebert shows him a clip of a bad movie) is a reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark.
While not as Shout-Out-y as the current series, the original My Little Pony did have a few. For instance, on one occasion the Moochick and his rabbit assistant Habbit are seen playing three-dimensional chess. Amusingly, Habbit is winning.
In the Rocket Monkeys episode "Trick or Trixie", Gus is watching his pet space squid Inky make paintings on the wall out of ink. When Wally asks it to paint for him it shoots ink in his face that results in him looking like Gene Simmons, complete with hanging tongue.
In the Inspector Gadget episode "Focus on Gadget", Gadget gets his nose caught in an airlock door, which is a callback to the closing sequence of Don Adams' earlier show, Get Smart.
When The Beatles come across the cave of a hermit in "Nowhere Man," Ringo quips "I've heard his records." A reference to Herman's Hermits, a band from the British Invasion days.