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  • To Hell and Back (Arrowverse)
    • The name of Kara's realtor in Chapter 13 is "Miss Mericle", after Wendy Mericle, one of the showrunners of Arrow.
    • Chapter 16, the Christmas Episode, is titled "Beebo Day", after the stuffed toy, referencing Beebo from Legends of Tomorrow. Kal even receives a Beebo toy as a gift from Ruby.
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    • Nathaniel Adam, Bette Sans Souci's deceased fiance, is the secret identity of Captain Atom, Plastique's husband in the comics.
    • The title of Kal-El's Birthday Episode is "For the Boy Who Has Everything", in reference to the famous comic story that also dealt with Superman's birthday.


  • After her spiritual conversion to Catholicism in Angel Of The Bat, Cassandra Cain wishes to give up the Batgirl mantle and start fresh under the name of "Angel of the Bat" (usually Angel for short). After retiring from her original costume, Stephanie Brown briefly wears it in her place and mentions she'd like to take her place with her blessing, and that the costume could use some purple. These were all references to Batgirl (2009) which, in this continuity, didn't/hadn't taken place.


  • In the Contractually Obligated Chaos series, Lydia at one point realizes that her ability to communicate with animals (something she was canonically shown doing in the Animated Adaptation) is proof of something stated earlier in the fics. She then dryly comments that this ability makes her an "actual Disney princess." BJ asks what that makes him, to which she replies that he's "Something from a Tim Burton movie, of course." The fic takes place in the cartoon verse, meaning that the movie never happened.

The Black Cauldron

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • In Xendra, while Buffy is in LA after staking Angel, the other Scoobies have to take down a vampire coven run by an overweight teenage vampire going by Lestat, a nod to Buffy meeting Dracula in canon and mentioning having killed several "overweight pimply vamps calling themselves Lestat".

Calvin and Hobbes


Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

  • There are a few fanfics featuring Clarice, the female nightclub singer chipmunk from the classic Chip 'n Dale cartoon "Two Chips and a Miss". Of all the Chip 'n Dale cartoons, this one is by far the most similar to Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, being the only one without any larger character (such as Donald Duck or Pluto), the only one featuring another rodent character, the only one in which rodents regularly wear clothes, and the only one which hints at a rodent society. Rangerphiles sometimes even refer to "Two Chips and a Miss" as Episode Zero.
    Nonetheless, "Two Chips and a Miss" is from 1951, and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers aired from 1988 to 1990. Fanfic authors who include Clarice have to deal with this Time Skip of almost 40 years in some way.
    • The Midnightverse: Diamonds In The Desert relocates the events of "Two Chips and a Miss" to 1983. Nonetheless, some time has passed since then, seeing as DITD takes place in 2007. This Mythology Gag even stretches into the story itself when Clarice asks Chip and Dale to redo their routine from back then as an encore to her own musical revue.
    • Of Mice and Mayhem takes a somewhat different approach: Clarice herself doesn't appear, but Monterey Jack and Zipper have taken over the Acorn Club at which she used to perform after busting its previous owner, Rat Capone. Chip and Dale themselves come back to perform at the Acorn Club like they used to do.
  • The Nowakverse: In Under the Bridge, Widget a.k.a. The Gray Mouse channels her hatred for her twin sister Gadget into the destruction of dolls modeled after the latter. These are in fact the infamous "Gadget Plushies" (plastic head and paws, otherwise fabric, no actual plush involved) made by Applause in the early 90s and best known today for being among the best Gadget merch — and outrageously expensive. Kapitänleutnant Jürgen even asks The Gray Mouse whether they should go back to Orlandonote  and get some more.
    • The destruction of Gadget Plushies in this story might also explain why they are so expensive in Real Life and already were in 1998, when the fic was written.


  • In the Death Note and The House of Night Crossover No Hoper Light is very skilled at fencing and swordplay. In How To Read 13, the manual for the Death Note series, Ohba and Obata state that they were originally going to have Light and L be fencing masters and do a fencing duel before they ultimately settled for tennis instead. Also Light's new surname, Asahi, came from the canon as an alias used by both Light and Soichiro during the Kira investigation.
  • There are numerous references to dialogs and quotes from Ace Combat video games in Ace Combat: The Equestrian War.
  • Last Child of Krypton: When Leliel Mind Rapes Asuka with its illusions, Shinji, a. k. a. Superman confronts him saying a single word:
  • In chapter 10 of Port-Ed, as the Eds are about to incinerate the Curiosity Core, Ed states that it will be just like Narbacular Drop. Narbacular Drop was the student project that eventually became Portal.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton:
  • New Look Series: Shinnok's understanding of the universes he handles leaves us with plenty of these, such as Sonic's hydrophobia, or Ash's memories of the Ashley incident.
  • The Naruto/TMNT crossover Teenage Jinchuriki Shinobi has Raphael in a tag team with Hyuuga Neji against Kidomaru, a sound ninja who has spider-like properties. In the 2012 series of TMNT, Spiderbytez was a result of Raph's anger problems.
  • In The Captain of the Virtual Console, the Pokemon arc, despite being an adaptation of Pokemon Yellow, has some post-Gen 1 elements, like Berries and Johto Pokemon.
  • There are several in Necessary To Win, more often to the Saki side of the story as a result of the fic taking place primarily in the Girls und Panzer world.
    • Hisa vaguely references Yasuko losing to someone younger than her in the past, a reference to Yasuko's defeat against Koromo.
    • Toki, while hospitalized during the match between Pravda and Black Forest, wishes that she could use astral projection to help Ryuuka know where to go in order to win, much like Ryuuka's ability in the captain match of the semi-finals of Saki.
    • As the Saunders team discusses how to deal with Oarai, Mairu suggests that they could afford to make some sacrifices to gain the advantage, not unlike how she favored giving up the vanguard match by placing someone who wasn't good enough to win but wouldn't go under 0, and having the stronger players recoup the losses. Kirame, the said sacrifice from canon, suggests that it would be a way for them to help the team, but Himeko, who, in canon, had reservations about the plan, tells Kirame not to sell herself short.
    • In Toki's final scene, it's pointed out that she can't see the future, a reference to her ability in Saki.
  • Fist of the Moon: Ranma shows off her Gender Bender Mode Lock to try to quell a hostile girl's gym class she's been assigned to, protesting that she is just as much a girl as they are. Akane ends up adding her two cents by saying, "and better built to boot", something Ranma used to insult her with in the first volume of the manga.
  • In Wizard Runemaster, after Dobby saves the group from Aran, Onyxia warns him that if he saves her again, she will eat him.
  • In Sekirei? Is that some new species of little sister?, Naruto and Uzume do a "Lee! Gai-sensei!" style hug, yelling "Bro!" and "Little sister!". Naruto even uses his god-like powers to create an ocean at sunset for fun.
  • In The World's End, Angel wonders if Xander (Who's gained the powers of Trunks) could catch an attack even while meditating. He throws a shield at Xander, who gets hit in the face and starts cursing.
  • There are several nods to both Super Sentai and Power Rangers in Super Sentai vs. Power Rangers: The Liveblog.
    • Radiguet's monsters' naming schemes take from the naming schemes from the Rangers in several Sentai shows, such as Himitsu Sentai Goranger and Dai Sentai Goggle Five.
    • In Quest 25, Rika tells Takeru, "But don't worry, M!Takeru. You still have Haruka to fall in love with, too, you damn playboy!", and she mentions that Okelampa may likely be grumbling about a raise. Both are based on the gag sub for Maskman.
    • Task 30 has Rika say that Justin losing his powers to save the Turborangers is dumber than the old lady saying that there are no such things as monsters in "Trakeena's Revenge" and all the times Tommy sacrificed his Zords.
  • In the Danny Phantom / Beetlejuice story, Say It Thrice, the events of the Beetlejuice cartoon never happened. The fanfiction is based on the film version instead. That doesn't stop Lydia from ending up with the red spiderweb-patterned poncho that she wore in the cartoon.
  • In Sonic Generations: Friendship Is Timeless , while battling the Egg Wyvern, Sonic teases Eggman by using his taunt lines from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Sudden Contact: Kerrigan gives Legion its name. Both she (In Starcraft II) and EDI are voiced by Tricia Helfer.
  • In Thousand Shinji:
    • Shinji calls his pet hawk "Horus".
    • After her Eva attacks her best friend, Asuka calls herself "Asuka the Betrayer". Kharn the Betrayer was the greatest mortal Champion of Khorne.
    • Asuka thinks that eight is a nice number. Eight is Khorne's sacred number.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel:
    • Kara mentions she used to live in California, a few hundred miles from Sunnydale.
    • She also tells Buffy about her boyfriend problems with her high-school sweetheart Dick Malverne, Jerro the Mer-Boy and Brainiac 5.
    • She also brings up her time playing “Margo Hatton” in “Secret Hearts”.
  • In A Subtle Knife, the protagonist absently advices to a Robin fanboy to steal the Batmobile's tires if he wants to audition for the job. The kid is named Jason. Do the math.
  • Le Commencement Du Diable Blanc shows Mr Sinister telling a young Gambit he can help him with his Power Incontinence, a reference to him doing exactly that in the comics. Since he's Obviously Evil, Remy's dad instead goes to Pr Xavier who decides to put psychic blocks on the boy's powers — the same thing happened to Jean Grey in the X-Men Film Series, with the nice little bonus that Gambit legitimately had the potential to become as bad a threat than the Dark Phoenix.
  • My Huntsman Academia loves to indulge in this, with many scenes in it being tweaked versions of scenes from My Hero Academia.
    • Izuku first uses One For All when he has Tenya throw him into the sky to punch out the Giant Nevermore and save Pyrrha, mirroring how he first uses One For All in his home series to save Uraraka from the giant zero-point robot.
    • Weiss ends up on the same team as Pyrrha, a reference to Weiss' plan in the original RWBY. The kicker is that she's still not the leader, Izuku is.
    • Izuku's desperate fight against Katsuki has lines and actions taken word-for-word from the Heroes vs. Training Exercise, including Izuku's extremely narrow victory over him.
    • Izuku is forced to break all ten of his fingers by using his mouth to break his thumb for a Smash during his fight against Yang, which is extremely reminiscent of Izuku's battle against Todoroki during the Sports Festival arc.
    • Denki calls Izuku a "lucky curly haired smooth talkin' son of a bitch" after learning that he's dating Yang, a reference to his reaction to finding out that Izuku was alone with Camie Utsushimi, a girl whose Quirk renders her naked.
  • Avenger of Steel sees a few of these mentioned when Clark is travelling with Thor, Loki, Sif and the Warriors Three, such as the time Thor wore a dress and posed as his mother to retrieve a lost Mjolnir (as it turns out, even most Asgardians were unaware of the myth that Loki is the mother of Sleipnir, Sif admitting that she started that rumour to get back at Loki for taking her hair).
  • Avenger Goddess: The first time Clint Barton meets Diana (unaware of her true identity), he observes that half the problems that occurred in Greek mythology are the result of Zeus being unable to keep it in his pants.
  • In Walking in the Shadows, Xander Harris makes an offhand mention that he wears a mouthguard to bed to make sure he doesn't mutter Latin in his sleep, a nod to season four of canon when he accidentally sets a book on fire by speaking Latin while holding it.
  • Squirrel Girl's penchant for defeating the biggest baddest Big Bads while the narration is busy elsewhere is very much present in The Institute Saga.

Danny Phantom

Darkwing Duck

  • In the fanfiction series, Negaverse Chronicles, events in the Negaverse are shown rather than those of the regular universe from the show. In Bushroot's backstory, Dr. Gary and Dr. Larson start jokingly teasing him about how the potato Bushroot has been experimenting on is his new girlfriend, that it might start sucking his blood like a vampire, and that russets are evil. All of these things refer to an episode of the show, "Night of the Living Spud," where the normal universe's Bushroot tried to create a mutant potato girlfriend for companionship.

DC Universe

  • Sorrowful and Immaculate Hearts series:
    • "Wayne Manor" contains a bunch of references to events from the lives of other versions of Batman:
    • In the Scrapbook Story "Bad Publicity", a photograph identified in-universe as "the mansion from that made-for-tv movie [about the Wayne family]" is Wikipedia's photo of the mansion that represented Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises.
    • In "Christmas in Kansas", there's a scene where Bruce reflects on the way re-enactments of his parents' murder have settled on a standard narrative that is actually inaccurate in several important respects; as described, it's the version established by Frank Miller and copied by most subsequent retellings, complete with the evocative detail of Martha's necklace breaking.
    • In "Arm Candy", Clark goes gooey over one of Dick's puppies, and Dick decides they should name the puppy Kryptonite — or maybe shorten it a bit... (He settles on naming it "Kay".)

Death Note

Doctor Who

  • In "Game of Doctors" the planet the 9th Doctor starts on is called Maladoom, after the planet the 20th anniversary special was originally going to take place on.
    • The fanfic series of this writer also has a race called the Petrans, first appearing in Beginning of War named from and based on the enemies of the Daleks that would eventually become the Movellans in "Destiny of the Daleks".

Dragonball Z

  • When Beerus shows up during Bulma's birthday party in Vegito's Harem, Bulma complains that they're ruining her 28th birthday, referencing Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods where she claimed to be 38. Lampshaded by Krillin who points out that she's older than Goku who had Gohan in his twenties and Gohan is currently in his twenties.


Final Fantasy

  • The Tainted Grimoire has two:
    • One is Kain Kimahri, whose name is made up of Kain and Khimari, from Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy X, respectively.
    • The other is to do with Clan Tourneys. The Clan Tourneys shown are one-on-one duels, unlike the six-on-six shown in the games. It is mentioned that the Clan Tourneys used to be like the games but starting with the one we're shown, a format change was made to give smaller clans a chance against the larger ones.

Harry Potter

  • Knowledge Is Power: As is customary for the author, Mr and Mrs Granger are called Dan and Emma.
  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality:
    • Hermione starts a club named SPHEW.
    • A sixth-year Gryffindor attacks a sixth-year Slytherin with a curse without knowing what the curse does.
    • A second-year witch in Beauxbaton brews polyjuice and gets cat hair in it by accident, turning her permanently into a cat-girl.

Jackie Chan Adventures

  • In Queen of All Oni, Jade creates a set of magic fans she can use in battle, a reference to the series' opening sequence, where she has a pair of fans.

Kung Fu Panda

  • In The Vow, Lord Shen is revealed to be the one who invented the acupuncture restraint used to immobilize Tai Lung for twenty years. This is a reference to Po's comment about the chi disrupting cuffs used on him and the Furious Five during the second movie by Shen's soldiers being based on the same technology as Tai Lung's restraint.

Lyrical Nanoha

  • In Power Games Alicia mentions a story about a princess who slept for centuries after her kingdom was destroyed, which is referencing Ixpellia and serves as Foreshadowing for her early appearance in in the story.
  • In The Service makes a huge number of them. A Material-S reference dies at the hands of Vita in the second chapter; Isis Eaglet is a Combat Cyborg based on early fan speculations from her resemblance to Subaru and Ginga Nakajima; Uno and Signum discuss a world called "Lamia" and Uno describes it as "the loveless place" referencing Signum's status as an expy of Lamia Loveless; people who encounter Cypha of Huckebein tend to compare her to Signum though the two never meet in this continuity, referencing their fight in the canon.

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing

  • Wings To Fly' uses the line "apparently the gravity screws with their heads, or some such spacenoid propaganda", sending up much of Zeon philosophy from the original Mobile Suit Gundam.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • The fanfic, Equestria: A History Revealed is practically built upon the whole concept, with references from large past events to the minute historical details brought up in the show. The author even slips in some references to past generations and fanon material. The Bibliography itself should be prominently mentioned in this, with tiny jokes and details regarding background characters and historical books brought up once in the show.
  • There's so many in the fic Rainbow in the Dark that the author and editor released a special chapter full of trivia and extras.
  • Anthropology: Lyra's birth name was Heartstrings, but she prefered the name Lyra, since it was more of a human name. A reference to the fact that when her toy first came out, it was named Heartstrings, but the fans prefered the name Lyra, and thus she renamed as such.
  • Tealove's Steamy Adventure has a scene where a Mad Scientist tries to change Tealove's eye color. This is a nod to Tealove's inconsistent color in the official tie-in media: the original Tealove toys had pink eyes, but she suddenly had blue eyes when she appeared in the IDW comicbook.
  • Bad Future Crusaders: There are a few nods to previous generations of My Little Pony:
    • Sonhos Vale, the country where Apple Bloom and Silver Spoon grew up after leaving Equestria, is Portuguese for "Valley of Dreams".
    • Pavel, the gryphon who Apple Bloom was friends with in her youth, was from a country or town called "Grogary Gorki", which is Russian for "Grogar's Mountain"
    • There is also a filly at one point who shares a color scheme, interest in being an environmentalist, and a father who works for the paper, with a pony from My Little Pony 'n Friends. Since it's actually Bright Eyes the changeling in disguise, he also shares the same name.
  • At one point in Harmony Theory, Rainbow Dash disguises herself by dyeing her coat and mane pink and purple, the same colors as Fire Fly the generation one pony she was based on.
  • A couple ponies from past generation appeared in minor roles in Asylum:
    • Silver Glow is a pony from both G2 and G3, though considering she's a unicorn she's likely based on the G2 incarnation.
    • Toola Roola, an artist pony from My Little Pony G3 appears as the art teacher, in-charge of the arts and crafts room at the asylum.
  • Stroll: Two episodes from Season 5 are referenced:
  • Pinkie Tales: In The Little Mermare, Pinkie's coat and mane inexplicably change from pink to white and yellow, when she first transforms from a sea pony to a pegasus, the same colors as Surprise, the Generation One pony Pinkie was based on, who was also a pegasus. Though her coat and mane are back to normal after she transforms into a pegasus for good at the end.
  • Elementals of Harmony: From multiple stories in the series:
    • Elementals of Harmony: A few:
      • Quoth Applejack, "Ah'm bein' a silly pony, ain't I?"
      • In a nod to Faust's preliminary designs, Fluttershy's full name is Fluttershy Poseysfilly.
      • In a similar vein, Pinkie's father comments on how much she takes after her grandmother, calling her "a little surprise."
    • Sideboard of Harmony: Multiple:
    • The chapter about how the universe was made, is called "How Pinkie Pie Got Her Cutie Mark.".
    • No Such Pony, No Such Zone has a reference to Pinkie Pie yelling 'Oatmeal? Are you crazy?!' in The Ticket Master from the original show:
      "Anyway, the point is that you promised Twilight that you'd find a hole in all our schedules and she'd go full-on Cream of Wheat if she wasn't there for the rest."
      "'Cream of Wheat'?"
      "Even crazier than oatmeal."
    • Chrysalis and her tribe used to be the Flutter Ponies.
    • Rainbow Dash's love of telling scary stories is indirectly referenced when Ditzy tells Dinky and the CMC a ghost story that used to scare the down right off her as a filly back in Cloudsdale.
  • Petriculture: The use of Surprise, in the story, as the pony who would become Pinkie Pie, and was Twilight Sparkle's imaginary friend.
  • Flash Fog: From September 2 – 12:30 PM, when Twilight remarks on Fluttershy's competence, it references the Keep Calm and Flutter On episode of the original show, where Fluttershy does handle Discord:
    In fact, if Discord ever shows his face around here again, it might be a better idea to put you in charge.”
    “Okay, now you’re just being silly.”


  • In the fic Dead Garden, where instead of Naruto, is Sakura the one with the Nine Tails sealed within her Chapter 2 states that both Sakura and Kakashi are fans of the "Gutsy Shinobi" books series, and Naruto hating them all 'cause people keep comparing him with the Naruto from the book (which ironically would be the canon Naruto since one of them is titled "Gutsy Shinobi Clash in the Land of Snow") It has become some sort of Running Gag given that these books are mentioned at least once in every chapter afterwards.
  • Several such gags abound in Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox. One of the earliest ones concerns the code-names that the Kyuushingai use to identify each other—these are references to the Bijuu each of them hold in the main series, more specifically, the Biijus' actual names. For example, Naruto is known as "Kurama the Fox"; in the main series, Kurama is the name of the Kyuubi, whose form is that of a fox. Naruto lists off all the names in Chapter 3 to prove he is a former member of the Kyuushingai.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • Advice and Trust: After the end of second chapter Misato promises fanservice after giving a preview of the next chapter.
  • The Child of Love:
    • In the preview for chapter 2, Misato promises fanservice.
    • In chapter 2 Hikari asks Shinji giving a stack of printouts to Asuka… right like she asked Touji giving a heap of printouts to Rei in canon.
    • In chapter 4 Kaji gives Misato a variant of his old line: "May I trust your hormones or your words?"
  • Evangelion 303:
    • One of the plug suit designs is modeled after the ones from Rebuild Of Evangelion.
    • In this scene Shinji tells "Sorry" and Asuka gets angry with him because she does not believe he is sorry at all.
    • Rei slaps Shinji as she did in episode 5 of the series.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion:
    • Four-year-old Ryuko tells Asuka: "Mama! Mama, look at me!"
    • When they met again, Gendo greets Shinji saying: “It's been a while.”
  • HERZ:
    • When Shinji goes down to Terminal Dogma, Kurumi stops him pressing a gun against the back of his head. It is a reference to the time Misato tried to stop Kaji in the original series.
    • After the Final Battle, Shinji and Asuka wake up together on a beach.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide has a rather sly one. As Shinji discusses the fact with Asuka that she is is his room, on his bed, he wonders if he is dreaming. Asuka jokes that he might be; suggesting that what is happening might just be a result of him being stuck inside his Eva again, or that he is a Ordinary High-School Student dreaming about being an awesome hero with a hot roommate. Both suggestions are very popular Fandom Specific Plots.

One Piece

  • In This Bites!, after riding a T-rex on Little Garden, Cross justifies himself to Usopp and Luffy by declaring it a "man's romance".
    • In Chapter 22, Cross creates the Strawhat Broadcasting Station, which he abbreviates as SBS.


  • Pokémon: Clefairy Tales has so many that to list them all as the series progresses would require it to have its own page.
  • We Are All Pokémon Trainers:
    • Pentigan's original Trainer Title, MYSTERYMAN, was the title of Eusine in Crystal.
    • When deciding a name for their Exploration Team, Crochet mentions both Team Go-Getters and Team Poképals from the PMD anime specials.
  • Pokémon Story: Sinnoh Journey
    • Ian is introduced on Sinnoh's Route 205 where the Hallowed Tower is located. To make the reference clearer, Ian places an Odd Keystone in the tower and nets himself a chance to catch a Spiritomb.
    • Game Pokedex entries say Tangela can harmlessly regenerate their vines. Scizor is forced to tear some off, while apologizing, to escape its clutches.
    • Aaron's hometown, Metropolis Town, is located in Orre.
    • The "white hand" joke from Lavender Town is used by Ian on Dawn.
    • Ash's Pikachu beats Aaron's Steelix, the evolution of Onix, by using water to make it suspectible to electrical attacks. Just like all the way back in Pewter City with Brock.

Power Girl

  • In A Force of Four, Power Girl is called the Blonde Blockbuster at one point. A title used by Earth-One Supergirl but no by Earth-Two Kara.

Real-Person Fic

  • In The Beatles fantasy The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, the four are convinced to go questing to save the life of a baby when a priest channels a god who quotes lyrics from “Help!” at them. Later, a minstrel attracts their attention by singing “Norwegian Wood.” Again, this is a message from a god.


Sailor Moon

  • In A New Order Zoicite dies when he's reduced to a charred, blackened skeleton. This was what happened to Jadeite in the manga.

Shokugeki no Soma

  • In Nouvelle one of Erina's assistants happens to be a character from the original one-shot pilot chapter.

The Smurfs

  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf : Narrator in "Empath's Wedding" recites a modified version of his Gargamel battle sequence speech from The Smurfs during a similar one in the Imaginarium, with Grouchy reacting the same way.
    Narrator: There comes a time when every Smurf must stand up for what is good and cute and blue in the world. And on this very night before Empath and Smurfette's wedding, that time is now!
    Grouchy: Hey, seriously?
    Narrator: Sorry, it's kind of what I do.
    • In "Gargamel's First Catch", which is an adaptation of "The Smurfnapper" from the comic books, Duncan tells the fallen Gargamel that he would have made haggis from his innards, which is what Gutsy said to Patrick Winslow in The Smurfs movie.
    • Jokey in "Empath The Bandit Smurf" (an adaptation of "The Jewel Smurfer") lampshades that he should have been the one who was lost and taken instead of Empath, since that's what happened in the original story.
    • Grouchy and Duncan McSmurf in "A Vision Of The Blue Moon" (a retelling of Baby Smurf's origin) intercept Clumsy from joining in the Blue Moon Festival Dance and get smacked in the face the same way Clumsy does to Grouchy and Gutsy in The Smurfs movie.
  • In Raven Child's "How Things Smurf" from her The Smurfette Village series, there is a Synthetic Plague that wipes out the Smurfs and Smurfettes known as "The Blue Plague", named for one of the episodes in The Smurfs.

A Song of Ice and Fire

  • In Robb Returns, Benjen meets Coldhands in his ranging when he seeks a wight hand to show what's going on. Benjen is a candidate for being Coldhands in the books - and some characters imply he will become his successor.
    • Bronn is promised a keep. Unlike Tyrion, Jon Arryn manages to deliver very soon.
    • Daenerys gets her three dragons after a fire burns three people (one that wanted to protect her, the other to kill her and the latter having nothing to do with the attack) while she is in the fire.


  • In the original Spider-Man comics, Peter Parker would sometimes sarcastically observe that "the old Parker luck is running true to form" whenever his Butt-Monkey status came back to bite him. In Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light, Mary Jane Watson is much more of a Butt-Monkey than Peter, and so she makes the same references to "the old Watson luck" when things go badly for her as well.

Star Trek


  • In Hellsister Trilogy:
    • Kara mentions she once made Lois believe she was married to Superman in Lois Lane #55.
    • Satan Girl references several former Supergirl's adventures: Red Kryptonite making Supergirl grow a second head in Action Comics #283, the birth of Satan Girl in Adventure Comics #313 and the appearance of Nightflame in Adventure Comics #421.
    • The Spectre states it's the second time he rescues Kara after the events of War World
    • In the third story, Kara mentions her meeting with Lightning Man in Action Comics #289.


  • In the Earth-1 fanfic Superman Family: The Legacy, Supergirl's ex Salkor explains how he and Kara could have a child without her knowing by telling Superman that on his world babies are grown in Uterine Replicators, even using the exact phrase "birthing matrix" from Post-Crisis portrayals of Krypton. Bronze Age Supes thinks the whole thing sounds cold and clinical.

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The Powerpuff Girls

  • In the fan fiction series Home in Townsville by PerkyGoth14, Original Character Kenny calls Buttercup by the nickname of Bud. Bud was originally Buttercup's name in the actual series.

The Walking Dead

  • Shane's reaction to murdering Rick in Better Angels is a lot colder than Rick's reaction to murdering Shane in canon. However, there is a sentence that references the scene where Rick blames Shane for taking things this far, where Shane imagines Rick's corpse shouting this at him.
    Rick: You did this! Not me! NOT ME!


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