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  • Madagascar:
    • At the very beginning of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa when the animals leave Madagascar by plane, the ship that the penguins stole in the first movie can be seen parked on the beach.
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    • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted takes several cues from the series, such as Rico being able to regurgitate anything.
  • Most Pixar films use a variation of this: in most of their films, if you look very closely at the backgrounds in some scenes, there will inevitably be an element from another Pixar film hidden somewhere-not just with their past films, but also their future ones as well.
  • Batman:
  • In the first Alien vs. Predator film, the expedition to Antarctica was financed by the Weyland Corporation and includes Charles Bishop Weyland himself. In Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, the Predator's plasma gun is turned over to the obviously very-well connected Ms. Yutani. As every fan of the Alien series knows, Weyland-Yutani was the major corporation in the background of the films, at the time of Alien³ led by the obviously many time great Identical Grandson of Charles Weyland and the model for the Bishop androids (with Lance Henrikson playing all three roles).
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • Every movie to date has included someone's remarkable survival and escape from an isolated island being explained as "Sea turtles, mate!" Except that in two of those cases we actually know what happened, while the dog's survival into the third movie is never explained.
    • Another one comes in the second movie, when Jack Sparrow says that Will Turner has a "lovely singing voice" because he's a eunuch (he's not). This is a nod to the first movie, which had multiple jokes about Will being a eunuch.
    • In the fourth film, Barbossa is eating apples by fork and knife aboard the British ship he is captaining. Apples can be seen as his Trademark Favorite Food.
  • Indiana Jones
    Elsa: What's this?
    Indy: Ark of the Covenant.
    Elsa: Are you sure?
    Indy: Pretty sure.
  • The James Bond film Die Another Day contains Shout Outs and continuity nods to all of the previous Bond films. Q's lab, for example, contains gadgets from a number of previous films, such as the jet pack from Thunderball and the crocodile sub from Octopussy.
    • In addition, when Q gives Bond his new watch, he says, "This will be your twentieth, I believe." Die Another Day was the 20th Bond film.
    • It also references several things in the Bond books that didn't make it into movies, such as the scene with M talking to Bond through bulletproof glass.
    • Ten years later, another Milestone Celebration, Skyfall, also had this despite the Continuity Reboot years before. To keep it short, Q mentions his department is out of exploding pens, Bond escapes large reptiles jumping on them, and leaves for his Scottish childhood home in a fully-equipped Aston Martin DB5.
    • In On Her Majesty's Secret Service James Bond resigns and is cleaning out his desk. He takes out Honey Ryder's knife and belt from Dr. No, Red Grant's garrote wrist watch from From Russia with Love and the aqua breather he used in Thunderball. All this while as music from each of the previous movies are played for each item. Perhaps this was a way of establishing that the new 007, George Lazenby was the same Bond of the previous adventures where he was played by Sean Connery.
    • The title of The World Is Not Enough refers to Bond's family motto, Orbis Non Sufficit, previously mentioned in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, as Bond points out to Elektra.
      • Also, at one point, Bond, masquerading as a Russian physicist, is challenged, in Russian, about his good English. He responds, in reasonably fluent Russian, that he studied in Oxford. Book!Bond did study at Oxford, and graduated with a First in Oriental Languages.
  • Jay in Men in Black II actually explains where his former partner El went before he hooks back up with Kay--apparently, she liked being a morgue worker more than an MIB. We also learn that Kay's wife left him, which not only gets her out of the way for Kay to go back to the MIB, but is also a refreshing change from the usual fare of just ignoring that the previous love interest ever existed.
  • Serenity has an extremely subtle continuity nod during Mal's Shirtless Scene, where one can see a small vertical scar on his upper right chest. This is the same scar he picked up in "The Train Job" when Crow threw a knife at him and hit him in that spot. There's also a scar in the center of his chest from the torture device in "War Stories".
  • In Speed 2: Cruise Control, a cruise liner crashes into and demolishes an expensive boat belonging to the same guy whose sports car Jack (Keanu Reeves) wrecks in pursuit of the bus in the first movie. And Alex commandeers one of the guy's smaller boats to save Annie.
  • Similar to the Batman example above, the 2007 TMNT movie had a scene near the end where Splinter had set up a trophy room. Shredder's helmet and various other artifacts from enemies of the previous three live-action films could be seen on shelves.
  • Mark from The Gamers shows up a couple of times in the second movie and makes references to it.
  • Kevin Smith's movies, particularly those set in The View Askewniverse, are full of Continuity Nods, with characters frequently making reference to events, characters, or relatives of characters that have either happened or been alluded to (or will be) in other movies.
  • Star Trek (2009) features a brief reference to Admiral Archer, who keeps beagles, an obvious reference to the star of Star Trek: Enterprise (and his owner, Captain Archer).
    • Also, one of the members of Kirk's disciplinary board is an Admiral Komack - which was the name of an Admiral in TOS.
    • A lot of nods in Star Trek: during the Kobayashi Maru test, Kirk is eating an apple nonchalantly. In The Wrath of Khan, Kirk tells Saavik how he beat the test—while eating an apple. Though according to the DVD commentary on the 2009 film, this parallel was unintentional.
    • There's a blink-your-ears-and-you'll-miss-it call for Nurse Chapel at one point.
    • Scotty had a pet tribble, in his Reassigned to Antarctica base.
  • For the most part, George Lucas ignores the Star Wars Expanded Universe. But Coruscant, the capital of the Old Republic, was established in The Thrawn Trilogy. The prequel trilogy continues to use Coruscant.
  • The Lord of the Rings films feature several nods to other books by Tolkien (though sometimes only in the EE): the allusions are much more explicit in the books, but in the films they can be easy to miss or obscure. See for instance the trolls (from The Hobbit) which are glimpsed in FotR and Aragorn singing the Lay of Luthien (from The Silmarillion).
  • Rocky
    • In Rocky II, Rocky takes Paulie's old job at the meat packing plant. During a montage of him doing grueling, manual work there Rocky playfully hits a hanging side of beef like he did to train for his fight with Apollo in the first movie.
    • Rocky Balboa is full of these. Almost every (surviving) character who appeared in the original film (Little Marie, Duke, Spider Rico, Andy the bartender) returns. In a deleted scene (cut because of disagreements with Carl Weathers), Rocky has a photo of Apollo Creed in his house. It's mentioned in dialogue that Rocky's statue (which was unveiled in Rocky III and seen in Rocky V) was removed from its place at the Philadelphia Museum of Arts. The film opens with the song "Take You Back", which was performed in the original film by Frank Stallone. Finally, the training sequence once again has Rocky run through a Philadelphia park and up the Philadelphia Museum of Arts set of steps.
  • Airplane II: The Sequel. While talking to Buck Murdock on the radio, Ted says "Roger, Murdock". Roger Murdock was the character in Airplane! played by Kareem Abdul-Jabar.
  • Mission: Impossible III makes use of "The Plot," a music cue by Lalo Schifrin from the original series that is only familiar to fans.
  • Predators had the female lead make a mention of the first Predator and about the story of how Arnold Schwarzenegger's character, Dutch, managed to defeat a Predator after it slaughtered his entire team.
  • In the original Halloween (1978), Laurie mentions having a crush on one of her classmates Ben Tramer. In the sequel, the police accidentally kill a costumed teenager after mistaking him for Michael Myers. Turns out that poor teenager was Ben Tramer.
  • Quentin Tarantino's films are full of in-universe references. Characters from distinct films can be members of the same family (most famously the Vega brothers, but Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz from Inglourious Basterds is the father of film producer Lee Donowitz from True Romance). A particularly obscure example is found with Jules' from Pulp Fiction, who quotes the same bible verse before killing people as did the Hatori Hanzo in the Japanese TV and film series, Shadow Warriors (Kage no Gundan), which starred Sonny Chiba. Hatori Hanzo, once more played by Chiba, is the sword smith who appears in the Kill Bill films, bringing the reference back around.
  • Several throughout the Robocop series:
    • In RoboCop 2, the titular character brings a Cobra Assault Cannon (the weapon used by Boddicker and his gang in the first film) to the final showdown with Cain, but it is swiftly rendered useless after the bullets fail to impede the killer cyborg.
    • In RoboCop 3, the "I'd buy that for a dollar!" television host is seen in a brief cameo, while an OCP officer named Cecil (who attempted to stop the officers from destroying Robo in the OCP parking garage during the first film) returns as an officer who walks out on OCP and helps Sergeant Reed during the Splatterpunk attack in Old Detroit.
  • In Scream 4, a girl in the beginning gets crushed by a garage door, harkening back to a similar death from the first film.
  • In The Godfather, Enzo Aguello (a baker from Sicily) helps Michael Corleone when assassins attempt to kill Don Corleone at the hospital he's staying in, by standing guard outside the building and waiting for the police to arrive. He returns in The Godfather Part III as the man who bakes a cake for Michael when he receives the Order of Saint Sebastian.
  • Two very different films are established as being in the same 'verse by one of these. In John Landis's 1978's Animal House, the "what happened to...?" epilogue states that Neidermeyer was fragged by his own troops in Vietnam. In the segment of 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie that Landis directed, the focus is on a particular group of soldiers, one of whom makes an offhand comment about having "fragged Neidermeyer".
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Iron Man 2:
      • During the final conversation between Tony and Nick Fury, a monitor displays a reporter doing live coverage of a "Crisis at Culver University." This is a reference to the Hulk's rampage about midway through The Incredible Hulk. The scene also establishes the relative timeframe of the two movies: it shows Stark accepting a job as a S.H.I.E.L.D. consultant, in which capacity he appears in the post-credits scene of The Incredible Hulk.
      • In one scene Director Fury tells Stark that has "bigger problems in the southwest region" than Tony. A nod to Thor, which is set in New Mexico (a.k.a. the Southwest).
      • The Tesseract also shows up in Howard Stark's notes.
    • The Avengers:
      • Black Widow mentions to Coulson that Stark doesn't trust her after finding out she's a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Iron Man 2.
      • We get clips from previous films either as Flash Back or as raw footage, especially when it comes to Captain America.
      • Pepper Potts' previous meetings with Coulson are referenced.
      • Banner mentions nearly destroying Harlem, referencing The Hulk's fight against The Abomination at the end of The Incredible Hulk.
      • Banner also mentions that at one point he tried to kill himself but the "other guy" spit out the bullet. This was shown in the alternative opening to The Incredible Hulk.
      • Iron Man refers to the new suit as Mark VII, indicating past armors. He also uses the lasers from Iron Man 2, and they're still apparently one-offs until he upgrades to the Mark VII suit.
      • Practically every plot element of Thor was mentioned throughout the movie.
      • Tony still doesn't like to be handed things.
      • Tony mentions that his father knew Captain America. Who found the Tesseract while searching for the Captain?
      • Insulting Thor to his back is still not a good idea.
      • Black Widow makes an allusion to Tony's talk with Gen. Ross in The Incredible Hulk.
      • It is explained that Jane Foster was transferred to a distant place to protect her from Loki.
      • The gun Coulson uses on Loki was reverse engineered from the Destroyer in Thor.
      • The Hulk can't lift Mjölnir because he isn't worthy.
      • Captain America, when first meeting Loki in Germany, notes that the last time he went to that location, he also had to deal with someone who believed he was higher than everyone else, referring to either Red Skull or Hitler.
      • When Thor shoots lightning at Tony, his suit absorbs the energy. The Arc Reactor itself was designed by Tony's father Howard after recovering the Tesseract, which is Asgardian in origin, and the lightning generated by Thor being absorbed by the Arc Reactor in Tony's suit seems to be another subtle nod to the connection between the two technologies.
      • The Mark VII Iron Man suit's shoulder-mounted micro missiles have the same kind of rocket flare, audio design, and look as the payload of the Jericho Cluster Missile from Iron Man.
      • Tony's line about bringing 'the party to you', which Natasha responds to, is a hugely delayed response to a similar line from Natasha in Iron Man 2, regarding the Hammer drones.
      • Loki flat out lampshades it when he traps Thor with an illusion trick.
    Loki: Are you ever not going to fall for that?
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron:
      • Steve's new Captain America costume combines the patterns of the "stealth suit" from Captain America: The Winter Soldier with the color scheme of his Captain America: The First Avenger uniform.
      • Tony's new Iron Man suit combines the modular design of the Mark 42 from Iron Man 3 with the red and gold color scheme of his armors in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and The Avengers.
      • The Hulkbuster armor likewise incorporates the technology of the Mark 42 from Iron Man 3, flying out of the sky to Tony's location in pieces and assembling around him. The main leitmotif from that film even plays briefly as he does this.
      • Tony is still suffering from the alien-related anxiety and PTSD he displayed in Iron Man 3. This plays a major role in the creation of Ultron and the new Iron Legion in the first place.
      • War Machine appears in this film as War Machine, not the America-themed Iron Patriot from Iron Man 3. Clearly all the jokes at his expense in that film convinced him to switch back to the classic look.
      • Near the start of the film, Sam Wilson shows up and is stated to still be searching for Bucky Barnes after the events of The Winter Soldier. It's revealed that he's doing this while Steve is otherwise preoccupied with his Avengers commitments.
      • The events of Thor: The Dark World made Jane Foster and Erik Selvig very sought after by the scientific community: the former is absent due to too much work, and when Thor visits the latter he's driving a luxury car.
      • When Wanda uses her mental abilities on the Avengers, Hawkeye is the one to take her down, stating he didn't care for it the last time someone tried to brainwash him.
      • The importance of the Infinity Stones, first revealed in Guardians of the Galaxy, is reiterated here when the Avengers learn of their existence.
      • One of the staff aboard Nick Fury's Helicarrier is the S.H.I.E.L.D. technician who refused to launch the Insight carriers.
      • Steve tells Bruce that he'd seen Natasha flirt up close (referring to their Undercover as Lovers scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and says that it wasn't anything like her interactions with Bruce.
      Bruce: Wait, what do you mean "up close"?
  • In Chill Out, Scooby-Doo! Del Chillman from Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster returns, having given up on Nessie and moved to the Himalayas where he became the mountain's DJ much to Shaggy and Scooby's happy surprise.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • In X-Men: First Class, the first scene with Erik in the camp is mostly identical to the first scene of X-Men, even down to some of the shots.
    • The Wolverine:
      • While most of the film has Wolverine remembering Jean, the scene where he wakes up has a voiceover involving Kayla Silverfox from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
      • When the ghost of Jean was jealous of Mariko, she reminds Wolverine that all the women he loves die. Silver Fox, his love from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, also died in that film.
      • The post-credits scene where Magneto and Xavier arrive to recruit Logan mirrors their brief encounter from decades earlier in X-Men: First Class.
      • Wolverine flatlines once again after having surgery done to him, just like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, though this time by it's done by himself.
      • Wolverine is afraid of flying.
      • Also a subtle one to X2, as in the movie William Striker said that the only way to make the otherwise indestructible Adamantium malleable was to superheat it. Guess how Wolverine's claws get cut off.
      • Much like Silverfox, Logan's new love interest Mariko also brings up a legend about a "kuzuri", aka the "wolverine".
      • Storm can be seen briefly on a photo in a file.
  • The fact that Dylan fell for the Big Bad in Charlie's Angels (2000) is referenced in Full Throttle.
    Alex: Check it out. Brown shorts, red board, 11 o'clock. What do you think?
    Dylan: Yummy!
    Alex: That's what I thought. Case closed. Nat, move in. Dylan think's he's hot.
    Dylan: What do you mean?
    Alex: You always fall for the bad guy.
  • The Hunger Games:
    • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1:
      • When Snow is giving a speech outlawing anything associated with the Mockingjay, his granddaughter can be seen undoing the Katniss-style hair braid he noted her sporting in Catching Fire. Creating some Fridge Horror when one remembers that the punishment for any symbol associated with Katniss or the rebellion is death.
      • The lethal venom stings from the first film are brought up again as part of the Hijacking brainwash method used on Peeta.
    • In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Finnick's death is eerily similar to Cato's. Up to and including Katniss performing a Mercy Kill.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water:
    • During the "Thank Gosh It's Monday" music video created for the Day of Positivity, the spatula that SpongeBob used in the show's pilot episode can be seen, and the seaweed mustaches from first movie can be seen in a framed picture on the wall (though that is a little odd, considering that the first movie takes place at the end of the show's timeline, while this film is said to be a prequel to the first one, although the scene does not appear in the movie, solidifying its prequel status).
    • During the credits, Squidward does the dance from his act in "Culture Shock".
    • During the part where Plankton attacks the Krusty Krab with a pickle-firing tank causing Patrick to slam into a wall, he mutters "Finland...", which he similarly yelled in "Frankendoodle" when hit with a bowling ball.
    • Similarly, when Sandy orders from the Krusty Krab, she mentions "Hold the mayo," a reference to "Planet of the Jellyfish" where she mentions her dislike of mayo.
    • One of Spongebob's ways of stopping Plankton is with the reefblower from season 1.
    • Several one shot characters, like Flats the Flounder, appear in the background at various times.
    • Mr. Krabs' superhero form resembles the robot Krabs Plankton built in "Imitation Krabs".
    • During the rap battle between Bubbles and the seagulls, one of the seagulls uses a curse word, which is censored with a dolphin noise sound effect in a similar fashion to "Sailor Mouth".
    • The Krusty Krab's drive-thru system seems to have improved from the hole in the wall and tin can phone they had in the Season 8 episode "Drive Thru".
    • Plankton having trouble comprehending the idea of "teamwork" is similar to his difficulty understanding fun in "F.U.N."
  • In Jurassic World, the Gallimimus cameo was filmed in the same location as the scene with the same dinosaurs in the original Jurassic Park.
  • Frozen II:
    • In the prologue, when Agnarr tells Elsa and Anna about when he went to an enchanted forest, Anna responds, "Wait, what?"
    • During the charades game, Anna tries to get them to guess "villain":
    Olaf: Hans! [Anna gestures to Olaf, indicating he's close.]
    Elsa: Unredeemable monster!
    Kristoff: Greatest mistake of your life!
    Olaf: Wouldn't even kiss you!
    • Olaf reads the slips of paper telling him what to act out, and says "This is so much easier now that I can read." This is a reference to him being unable to do so in "Frozen Fever".
    • Olaf reconstructs himself into various shapes for Kristoff to guess. Included in the montage is his imitation of the Sexy Walk Elsa does at the end of "Let It Go."
    • Anna knocks on Elsa's door with the same rhythm she did as a child in the first movie.
    • When they meet the Northuldra, Olaf dramatically retells the events of the original movie—complete with General Mattias acting as the Audience Surrogate.
    • After "Show Yourself," Elsa is surrounded by water memories, several of which are scenes from the first movie. She has a bit of a giggle at her trademark "Let it Go" pose, and dismissively shatters an image of Hans.
    • During the group's journey to the Enchanted Forest, they pass by the North Mountain, with Elsa's ice castle still on top of it.
    • Elsa is able to remake Olaf, much as she did in the first movie. Before she does, she asks Anna, "Do you want to build a snowman?"
    • In The Stinger, Olaf retells the events of this film to Marshmallow and the Snowgies, who were shown moving into Elsa's ice castle in Frozen Fever. Marshamallow is even still wearing the crown he picked up in the stinger of the first movie.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
    • A Freeze-Frame Bonus when the Riders return to Berk shows that one of the statues at the front of the island now has a different head, because Drago's Bewilderbeast destroyed it during the invasion of Berk in the second film.
    • One of the descriptions Hiccup read of the Night Fury in the first film was "the unholy offspring of lightning and death itself...". In the scene where the Light Fury is trying to get Toothless to turn invisible, he summons lightning from the storm clouds around them.
    • In the second movie, Hiccup irritatedly brings up that Toothless’ saliva ‘doesn’t wash out’ when the latter licks him. Turns out it makes a very effective coloured glue/fireproof coating when mixed with crushed dragon scales for the riders’ armoured flight-suits/Toothless’ new tail.
    • Astrid once again asks Hiccup an Armor-Piercing Question she asked in the first movie; "So what are you gonna do about it?", to which he responds "Probably something stupid."
    • When Hiccup is putting the finishing touches to Toothless's new tail fin that would allow him to fly without him, Astrid acknowledges that he got rid of the first one he made, only for Hiccup to point out that he did not have a reason for it until now.
    • While trying to court the Light Fury, Toothless eventually decides to draw for her which gets her attention as he draws her face. He then growls at her when she steps at a line of his drawing. Also, as he draws a very good image of the Light Fury's face, Hiccup comments, "Oh, now you can draw?"
    • At the end of the movie, as they are going their separate ways, Hiccup touches Toothless’ snout in the exact same way he did at their first meeting, though this time it plays out backwards.
    • In the epilogue, Hiccup introduces his and Astrid's two children to Toothless, and they greet him by touching his snout with their hands.
  • In the fourth Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf film, when Weslie and Wolffy are trapped under tons of debris after defeating the giant metallic dragon, Wolffy asks Weslie if he can take a bite out of him since he's traveled a desert and explored the moon, referencing the previous two films in the series (in the second film, an amusement park built over Goat Village uses up enough energy that it dries up the surrounding area and creates a desert that Weslie and Wolffy have to traverse, and in the third film the gang goes to the moon to defeat the Bitter Gourd King).
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: A tree house within the Jumanji game world has "Alan Parrish was here" carved on a beam, referencing the character who was trapped there for 26 years in the original film. In an homage to Robin Williams, Alex outright says that "it's Alan's place; we're just staying here."


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