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* The opening of episode 25 parodies ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', with Whisper wearing the same attire as the narrator and mentioning the "Yo-kai Zone".

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* The opening of episode 25 parodies ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'', with Whisper wearing the same attire as the narrator host Creator/RodSerling and mentioning the "Yo-kai Zone".



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* [=YW3=] introduces a boxer Yo-kai that changes references depending on the side of the Pacific. In Japan he's called Annojoe, a reference to ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe''. In the West he's called Rocky Badboya, referencing the ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' film franchise.


* A spin-off called ''VideoGame/YokaiWatchBlasters'' blatantly parodies ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'', right down to including a Boss Yo-kai called "Whismallowman" that combines the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man with Whisper. The same game also includes [[Anime/{{Gigantor}} Robonyan #28]]. Robonyan #28 has a slight recolor for Moon Rabbit Team, known as Robonyan 3000. While it continues the reference to ''Gigantor'', Robonyan 3k is based on Black Ox.

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* A spin-off called ''VideoGame/YokaiWatchBlasters'' blatantly parodies ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'', right down to including a Boss Yo-kai called "Whismallowman" that combines the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man with Whisper. Sadly these had to get altered in the localization. The same game also includes [[Anime/{{Gigantor}} Robonyan #28]]. Robonyan #28 has a slight recolor for Moon Rabbit Team, known as Robonyan 3000. While it continues the reference to ''Gigantor'', Robonyan 3k is based on Black Ox.




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* Dr. Maddiman's three turtle Yo-kai friends/pets are named Squirty, Warty, and Blaster. A clear reference to the Squirtle line from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''



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* The third game features a boss named Rongo Swirls. Said boss is a [[Music/TheBeatles Liverpool-accented drummer.]]
* For the tanuki Yokai Slackoon, three of the possible preset nicknames for it are [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Nook, Timmy, and Tommo.]]



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* The ''Y'' movie has one big homage to the works of Nayutan Seijin; a Yo-kai featured in the movie references the Andromedako featured in "Alien Alien", and the theme song "Meteor" is done in his usual style of songs.


-->'''Baddinyan''': [[Music/BrunoMars And if you don't believe me], [[Music/MarkRonson just watch!]]

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-->'''Baddinyan''': [[Music/BrunoMars And if you don't believe me], me]], [[Music/MarkRonson just watch!]]


* The arcade has [[VideoGame/PopnMusic Pop n' Music]]-looking cabinets, along with a [[BlandNameProduct "Vokaloid"]] poster with a character similar to [[LawyerFriendlyCameo (a recolored) Hatsune Miku]].

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* The arcade has [[VideoGame/PopnMusic Pop n' Music]]-looking VideoGame/PopNMusic-looking cabinets, along with a [[BlandNameProduct "Vokaloid"]] poster with a character similar to [[LawyerFriendlyCameo (a recolored) Hatsune Miku]].



* There's also Jibanyan's favorite band, called "[[Music/AKB48 Nya-KB 48]]" in the Japanese version and "Next Harmeowny" in the English version, in reference to Fifth Harmony.

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* There's also Jibanyan's favorite band, called "[[Music/AKB48 Nya-KB 48]]" in the Japanese version and "Next Harmeowny" in the English version, in reference to Fifth Harmony.Music/FifthHarmony.



* In the first episode, Jibanyan shouts "Eye of the Tiger!" right before getting hit by a truck in the English version.

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* In the first episode, Jibanyan shouts "Eye "[[Film/RockyIII Eye of the Tiger!" Tiger!]]" right before getting hit by a truck in the English version.



-->'''Baddinyan''': [[Music/JoanJett I don't care about my bad reputation!]]
-->'''Baddinyan''': [[Music/BrunoMars And if you don't believe me, just watch!]]
-->'''Baddinyan''': I'm bad to the bone![[note]]This references the song "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood.

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-->'''Baddinyan''': [[Music/JoanJett I don't care about my my]] [[Creator/RondaRousey bad reputation!]]
-->'''Baddinyan''': [[Music/BrunoMars And if you don't believe me, me], [[Music/MarkRonson just watch!]]
-->'''Baddinyan''': [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay I'm bad to the bone![[note]]This bone!]][[note]]This references the song "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood.


* Update 2.0 of ''Yo-Kai Watch 3'' has the ''[[Manga/DeathNote Enma Note]]'' sidequests, featuring Enma as the mysterious detective "E"... and don't worry, the Enma Note does not kill Yo-kai.

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* Update 2.0 of ''Yo-Kai Watch 3'' has the ''[[Manga/DeathNote Enma Note]]'' sidequests, featuring Enma as the mysterious detective "E"... "Big E"... and don't worry, yes, the Enma Note does not kill Yo-kai.Yo-kai, and eventually makes everyone's memories of them fade.


* #54. Yokai Furdinand can grow anyone's hair to ridiculous length, while some folks like Yo-kai get crazy hairstyles instead - Jibanyan gets one that's straight out of ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' (with rose motif in case you missed it.)

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* #54. Yokai Furdinand can grow anyone's hair to ridiculous length, while some folks like Yo-kai get crazy hairstyles instead - Jibanyan gets one that's straight out of ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' ''Manga/TheRoseOfVersailles'' (with rose motif in case you missed it.)


* In the Update 4.0 of ''Yo-Kai Watch 3'' and ''Yo-kai Watch Blasters 2'', among the new Yo-kai introduced, there is [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy Jaws]].

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* In the Update 4.0 of ''Yo-Kai Watch 3'' and ''Yo-kai Watch Blasters 2'', among the new Yo-kai introduced, there is [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy Jaws]].Indiana Jaws]]. There's also his assistant [[Franchise/StarTrek Shovulcan]].


* At the beginning of ''Yo-Kai Watch: Wibble Wobble'', Whisper remarks that the Wib Wobs are "[[Series/DoctorWho wibbly wobbly, timey whimey things]]"

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* At the beginning of ''Yo-Kai Watch: Wibble Wobble'', ''VideoGame/YokaiWatchWibbleWobble'', Whisper remarks that the Wib Wobs are "[[Series/DoctorWho wibbly wobbly, timey whimey things]]"


* A spin-off called ''[[http://www.youkai-watch.jp/busters/ Yo-Kai Watch Blasters]]'' blatantly parodies ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'', right down to including a Boss Yo-kai called "Whismallowman" that combines the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man with Whisper. The same game also includes [[Anime/{{Gigantor}} Robonyan #28]]. Robonyan #28 has a slight recolor for Moon Rabbit Team, known as Robonyan 3000. While it continues the reference to ''Gigantor'', Robonyan 3k is based on Black Ox.

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* A spin-off called ''[[http://www.youkai-watch.jp/busters/ Yo-Kai Watch Blasters]]'' ''VideoGame/YokaiWatchBlasters'' blatantly parodies ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'', right down to including a Boss Yo-kai called "Whismallowman" that combines the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man with Whisper. The same game also includes [[Anime/{{Gigantor}} Robonyan #28]]. Robonyan #28 has a slight recolor for Moon Rabbit Team, known as Robonyan 3000. While it continues the reference to ''Gigantor'', Robonyan 3k is based on Black Ox.



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* Though it's not apparent from his Japanese name (Warunolin), the Yo-kai Deadcool is a very clear parody of SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, right down to BreakingTheFourthWall.


** Then in ''Yo-kai Watch Busters'', Captain Thunder accesses his Serious Mode by calling a shot from a satelite with seems like the Death Star. Even more, the chapter which he is the Boss of has a picture like the franchise logo, and even an introductory text like those of the movies!

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** Then in ''Yo-kai Watch Busters'', Blasters'', Captain Thunder accesses his Serious Mode by calling a shot from a satelite with seems like the Death Star. Even more, the chapter which he is the Boss of has a picture like the franchise logo, and even an introductory text like those of the movies!movies!
** Similarly, the opening of ''Moon Rabbit Crew'' is modeled after the opening crawl of Star Wars.



* In the Update 4.0 of ''Yo-Kai Watch 3'' and ''Yo-kai Watch Busters 2'', among the new Yo-kai introduced, there is [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy Jaws]].
* The Soultimate moves of the 'Merican Ninja Yo-kai Nunchucky and Shurikenny are "Float Like a Butterfly" and "Sting Like a Bee". Referencing famed boxer Muhammad Ali.

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* In the Update 4.0 of ''Yo-Kai Watch 3'' and ''Yo-kai Watch Busters Blasters 2'', among the new Yo-kai introduced, there is [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy Jaws]].
* The Soultimate moves of the 'Merican Ninja Yo-kai Nunchucky and Shurikenny are "Float Like a Butterfly" and "Sting Like a Bee". Referencing famed boxer Muhammad Ali. These were changed in ''Yo-kai Watch 3''.




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* The final boss of ''Yo-kai Watch 3's'' story is The Ghoulfather, a clear reference to ''Film/TheGodfather''. His battle theme is even a remix of the iconic Nino Rota theme.
* Hailey Anne is a big fan of the ''[[ShowWithinAShow Sailor Cuties]]'' series, a combination of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' and ''Franchise/PrettyCure''
* Oridjinn bears a resemblance to [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Dr. Manhattan]].


* In the Update 4.0 of ''Yo-Kai Watch 3'' and ''Yo-kai Watch Busters 2'', among the new Yo-kai introduced, there is [[Film/IndianaJones Indy Jaws]].

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* In the Update 4.0 of ''Yo-Kai Watch 3'' and ''Yo-kai Watch Busters 2'', among the new Yo-kai introduced, there is [[Film/IndianaJones [[Franchise/IndianaJones Indy Jaws]].

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