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Bringing nightmares to the popular culture since the eighties, Elm Street has been referenced in many places; usually with "A Nightmare on X" titles, clothing with green and red stripes or Captain Ersatz-versions of the series main villain, Freddy Krueger.

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Comic Books

  • One of the three horror-character lookalikes in that Sledge Hammer confronts in the first issue of Marvel's Sledge Hammer! comic is a talon-fingered Crazy Teddy, whose "nightmares are insane".
  • Doctor Strange faces off with Freddy-lookalike named Eddy in a Marvel Comics Presents story "A Nightmare on Bleecker Street".
  • One issue of RoboCop: The Future of Law Enforcement features a string of crimes perpetrated by people who have been hypnotized to believe they are fictional characters. One of these people is a man dressed as Freddy Krueger, who tried to hijack a security truck.



  • In Cal Leandros book Blackout, one of the horror Shout-Out aliases that Cal uses is "Calvin F. Krueger".

Live-Action TV

  • Weird Science has an episode titled "Nightmare on Chett Street".
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Killed by Death" has a monster called Der Kindestod, who is sometimes referred to as "Der Krugerstod".
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  • Eerie, Indiana's second series (subtitled The Other Dimension) had an episode titled "Nightmare on Eerie Street".
  • In Living Color! had a Benita Buttrell skit featuring her in a physician's office say that the primary doctor is so mean that he "gives a rectal exam with a Freddy Krueger glove".
  • Saved by the Bell:
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: In the beginning of the "Mistaken Identity" episode while Carlton is driving to Palm Springs and making a verbal list of things to do, Will surprises him in the backseat dressed as Freddy and growls "Four: get the stick outta your butt!"
  • In one episode of Full House, Jesse comes back from the grocery store and talks about how Nicky and Alex both threw a temper tantrum because he wouldn't buy them any cookies. Jesse says that everyone at the store looked at him "Like he was Freddy Krueger."
  • Mr. Bean: "The Curse of Mr. Bean" has the title character and his "girlfriend" going to the movies to watch the original 1984 film.


  • DMX uses the counting rhyme from the movies in "X is Comin'" but replaces "Freddy" with "X".
  • "Trust?" by Limp Bizkit features this: "Maybe Freddy Krueger will step into your dream and burn you like a demon and leave your ass screamin'."
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's "A Nightmare On My Street."

Professional Wrestling

  • While working in Memphis, Tommy Gilbert took on the Captain Ersatz gimmick of "Nightmare Freddy." His son Doug took the gimmick to the Japanese hardcore promotion W*ING as "Freddy Krueger," with his brother Eddie as "Michael Myers".
  • On the October 23, 1995 WCW Monday Nitro, in re The Master of the Dungeon of Doom's promo about the Dungeon's "insurance policy"note , which is in a giant block of ice, commentator Eric Bischoff says, "Oh man, forget about Nightmare on Elm Street, we've got nightmare live right here in Huntsville."
  • During Summer 2005, WWE SmackDown ran promos for "The Boogeyman" which was supposed to be a new show on UPN. On the October 14th episode, UPN Executive Palmer Canon told SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long that "something happened on the set, but we've got a multi-year holding deal with this gentleman" and introduced him to The Boogeyman. Boogeyman recited a variation on the "1, 2, Freddy's coming for you" chant, with his own name in Freddy's place, though only singing the first, second and last lines, before smashing a clock over his head and reciting his catchphrase, "I'm the Boogeyman, and I'm coming to get you!"

Video Games

  • AdventureQuest Worlds has a story titled "Nightmare on Twig's Street: The Dweam Swayers", with an antagonist named Twiggy Krueger.
  • Blood
    • Typing in the cheat code "Krueger" gives Caleb 200% health and also sets him on fire, as a reference to how Freddy died originally.
    • Freddy's signature hat and sweater can be found hanging on a wall of the levels "Charnel House" and "Castle".
  • The Call of Duty: Zombies map "Call of the Dead" has four prominent actors starring As Themselves as zombie-fighting Player Characters, including Robert Englund himself. Nearly all dialogue is references to the actors' works.
    Robert Englund: This is a real nightmare!
  • The fifth boss in Crime Fighters has gloves similar to Freddy's.
  • In DragonFable, during the "Valtrith Tomb" quest, there is a monster called "Ghost of Frederick" who looks almost exactly like Freddy Krueger.
  • One of the enemies in the Graveyard stages of Gex features an enemy who doesn't just have Hockey Mask and Chainsaw, but who also wears a green and red striped t-shirt.
  • Choi Bounge of The King of Fighters wears a hat and clawed gloves similar to Freddy Krueger.
  • In Team Fortress 2, the Pocket Pyro cosmetic item has this for its description:
    Loneliness is the world's deadliest silent killer. Next to carbon monoxide. But cuddle up to this adorable firebug, hold your breath, and you'll be free to concentrate on loud killers like car crashes and Freddy Krueger.


  • This Square Root of Minus Garfield strip shows Garfield having a nightmare about being eaten alive by an armchair. He wakes up, only to find Jon dressed as Freddy Krueger.

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Western Animation

  • The Simpsons
    • In "Cape Feare", Bart is scared because he received some death threats by mail. He suspects everybody. At one point Ned Flanders approaches him with a scissor knife hand much like Freddy Krueger, but it turns out he was using it to trim his garden hedge.
    • The sixth Treehouse of Horror Halloween Special had a segment titled "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace", where Groundskeeper Willie became a Freddy-like figure after burning to death.
    • Freddy himself appeared during the Couch Gag of the ninth one.
      • He also appeared in the fifth one, as one of the "ghouls" dragging Homer out of the storeroom.
  • South Park
  • Pound Puppies (2010) had an episode titled "Nightmare on Pound Street".
  • The Rick and Morty episode "Lawnmower Dog" features a Freddy parody called Scary Terry, complete with creepy nursery rhyme. Rick even lampshades it by noting that Scary Terry appears to be "some sort of legally safe knock-off of a 80's horror character".
  • The Amazing World of Gumball has supporting character Carrie Krueger, who is named after Freddy Krueger and Carrie White.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: The short, "Duck in the Dark" (part of "Best O' Plucky Duck Day") has Buster and Plucky watching a film featuring a Freddy expy named Eddy Cougar stalk and (implied to have) kill a Bambi expy.


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