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Even cute aliens can't resist impersonating the King.
A list of references in other works to Elvis Presley. These include references to his songs, live performances, TV specials, movies, album covers, persona, and life events.
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    Anime & Manga 
  • The Pecola episode "Mysterious Pecola" has a major plot point of several Cube Town citizens having a secret they find embarrassing. One of them is that Gazelle is a fan of Elvis Presley, as he receives his belt in the mail and imitates his a voice a few times throughout the episode.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Season 3 episode 20 of Happy Heroes, the flashback taking up most of the episode begins with a scene showing Doctor H. dressed up as Elvis Presley as he is getting photos taken of himself.
  • In the Simple Samosa episode "Mission 925", a few of the citizens of Chatpata Nagar are seen in strange costumes. Mayor Royal Falooda dons the famous hairdo and outfit of Elvis Presley.

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 
  • In Safe Havens Elvis faked his death and chose to become a merman instead.
    Thomas: That was him!
    Remora: That was a manatee. Elvis has gotten even larger.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Junior Officers chapter "Heal", Deborah refers to her friend Susan's boyfriend as "a hunk a' burning love".

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Pink Panther short "Pinkarella", the panther helps a young woman qualify for a date with "Pelvis Parsley".
  • Presley is a huge influence to Lilo & Stitch and its franchise. From the use of his tunes and imagery in the films, to Lilo being such a huge fangirl of him that she uses him as a role model for Stitch, to Stitch's Elvis impersonations, and even down to influencing some of the experiments' names (such as Hunkahunka), the King reigns supreme on Kauaʻi.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In 3000 Miles to Graceland, a group plans a robbery in Las Vegas dressed as Elvis impersonators.
  • In C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America it's noted that the influence that black musicians had on Presley's music put him under the eye of Confederate watchdogs, forcing him to move to Canada to continue to sing how he liked.
  • In Ghostbusters (1984), Ray is interviewed by Larry King, who asks, "How is Elvis, and have you seen him lately?"
  • In Men in Black, Kay sings along to Elvis' cover of "Promised Land" by Chuck Berry. When Jay points out that Elvis is dead, Kay replies that he just went home.
  • In Independence Day, upon escaping the Mother Ship, Hiller declares "Elvis has left the building!" to which Levinson imitates Elvis saying, "Thank you, thank you very much."
    • In an earlier scene, people are standing on top of the Library Tower in Los Angeles to welcome the aliens, and a woman is interviewed by the news saying, “Oh God, I hope they bring back Elvis!”
  • In Snatch., "Viva Las Vegas" plays over Frankie Four-Fingers fantasising about gambling.
  • Quentin Tarantino is a big Elvis fan:
  • In RoboCop 2, Elvis' skeletal remains with a picture of Elvis near it is seen by RoboCop at the sludge plant where the villain Cain and his Nuke Cult are hiding out.
  • In This is Spın̈al Tap, the band visit Graceland.
  • In Wild at Heart, Sailor and Powermad perform "Love Me".
  • In Zombieland: Double Tap, Tallahassee is shown to be a huge Elvis fan. He falls in love with Nevada, who owns an Elvis-themed hotel not far from the remains of Graceland.
  • In Like Normal People, Amy tells Roger that she thinks Elton John is better than Elvis. Roger tells her that he and Bobby went to one of Elvis's concerts once.
  • In Walk Hard, one of Dewey's first major gigs in his career involves playing as part of a concert headlined by Elvis (played by Jack White).
  • The Commitments: Jimmy Rabbitte Sr. is a huge fan of Elvis in the movie, and any attempt to criticize the King pushes his Berserk Button:
    Jimmy Rabbitte Jr.: (after his father sings a few bars of "Can't Help Falling in Love with You") Elvis is not soul.
    Jimmy Rabbitte Sr.: Elvis is God!
    Jimmy Rabbitte Jr.: I never pictured God with a fat gut and a corset singin' "My Way" at Caesar's Palace!
    Jimmy Rabbitte Sr.: Jaysis Christ!
    Mrs. Rabbitte: Don't upset your father.
    • Later, Mr. Rabbitte gets equally incensed when he hears a group of musicians playing a song called "Elvis was a Cajun". Also, Joey tells the story of when he visited Graceland.


    Live-Action TV 
  • In Cheers, Carla is a fan, even going so far as to refuse service to customers who get facts about him wrong.
  • The Father Ted episode "Competition Time" has the priests impersonate Elvis for a talent show.
  • In Miami Vice, Crockett owns an alligator named Elvis; Switek is a fan.
  • The Red Dwarf episode "Meltdown" has Elvis amongst the heroic waxwork droids on the planet.
  • An episode of The Tom Green Show had a skit where Tom was wearing an "Elvis sucks" shirt outside of Graceland. To avoid getting tossed by security, he claims that he was really wearing it in "honor" of Elvis Costello, but he soon begins to mock Presley's singing style and dancing with his own poor imitations.
  • Married... with Children:
    • "I'm Going to Sweatland" revolves around Peg and Marcy's love for the King, especially after the former bumps into an Elvis lookalike at the mall and the latter discovers a sweat stain on Al's shirt that resembles his profile.
    • In "Take My Wife, Please", Peg!Death confirms to a shocked Al that she (and her fellow Deaths) took Elvis.
  • Saved by the Bell: In "House Party", as Screech's parents go off to a second honeymoon at Graceland, her beloved Elvis statue gets accidentally broken by the gang with the rest of the episode having them trying to earn money to buy a replacement.
  • Full House:
    • Jesse is a huge fan of the King and for a while, his character almost entirely relied on his love for the musician and his moonlighting as an impersonator.
    • One episode has Becky in a Nightmare Sequence where she and Jesse are dressed just like how Priscilla and Elvis looked on their wedding day, with her sporting a comically huge beehive and him repeatedly calling her "Priscilla".
  • In The Partridge Family episode "Whatever Happened to the Old Songs?" Shirley's mother accuses her father of thinking he's "Elvis Preston."
  • Sliders: "The King is Back" doesn't feature Elvis himself, but it does contain allusions to him by portraying a world where Rembrandt's double was the equivalent of the King. Among the references are a manager patterned after Tom Parker, the regularity of impersonators (with our Rembrandt initially mistaken for one), and questions surrounding his death (though it turns out Remmy's double did fake his death in order to lead a normal life).
  • Quantum Leap: "Memphis Melody" (the penultimate episode of the series) sees Sam leap into Elvis shortly before the King's big break. Sam has to both keep history on track for Elvis and help a female singer named Anne Winters. As Gladys worries about her son's course in life, Sam assures her that Elvis will become a famous singer that she will want for nothing.
  • The Chronicle: Tucker and Wes are tasked with getting proof that Elvis Lives, which Donald calls the biggest prize of all in the tabloid business. In disguise at a convention full of super fans, they meet a guy calling himself Jesse who seems to tick every single box, but the ending strongly implies he's actually Jesse Garon. It also turns out the convention has been infiltrated by a cult of vampires who enjoy impersonating Elvis, due to the cape, shades, and other motifs.
  • Designing Women: In the third season episode "E.P., Phone Home", Charlene wins tickets for a tour of Graceland, and ends up dragging the others along. Julia is reluctant and first, but ends up bonding with a truck driver who tells her how Elvis' music helped him personally.

  • The album cover design and color typography of Elvis' 1956 Elvis Presley was paid homage to by The Clash for London Calling, by Tom Waits for Rain Dogs, Distorted Dimensions by Mad Sin in 1990, F-Punk by Big Audio Dynamitenote  in 1995, and Reintarnation in 2006 by k.d. lang. Chumbawamba's controversial single "Tony Blair" pays homage too.
  • The title and cover art of the Bon Jovi Boxed Set 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong is an obvious homage to Elvis' greatest hits album, 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong.

  • Conrad Birdie, the title character of the stage musical and movie Bye Bye Birdie, is a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Elvis, and the play itself is based upon the public hysteria that occurred when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

    Video Games 
  • In Civilization II, the "Attitude" Advisor in the player's "High Council", who advises on the peoples' happiness, is an Elvis Presley caricature, wearing sunglasses even in the Ancient period.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, one faction is called "The Kings", raiders who come across an Elvis Impersonator School. Although The Kings impersonate Elvis and know his songs, they don't know Presley's real name as none of the Elvis material they found at the school used it (The game is set a century after a nuclear war and as a result, knowledge of Elvis was lost until they found the school). They instead call Elvis "The King".
  • In Perfect Dark, the Extraterrestrial Maian Diplomat, known as Protector 1, adopts the name Elvis as he becomes enamored with terrestrial culture, going as far to own a pair of blue suede shoes during the climax of the game.

    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation: It was once thought that Listomania was an SCP, and one O5 member so feared the 'return' of it because of the rising rock scene that he took...drastic measures to neutralize it. Elvis was initially believed to be the first reoccurence of the SCP, and the Foundation 'neutralized' it by having him drafted into the Army. He was the lucky one: most of the other alleged carriers were just plain assassinated.

    Western Animation 
  • The main character of Johnny Bravo has a voice and mannerisms inspired by Presley.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Elvis appears in the Itchy and Scratchy short "The Front". Scrathcy's head ends up in his television. He complains that "This show ain't no good" and shoots the TV.
    • "Viva Ned Flanders" takes its title from "Viva Las Vegas", which plays during the chase sequence.
  • In Tamagotchi Video Adventures, Ginjirotchi has Elvis' voice and dons his hair style after going through a car wash. He also wears Elvis' iconic white dress when he presents a car for Cosmotchi to consider as a potential Earth exhibit for Tamagotchi Museum (speaking of which, that car is clearly meant to be Elvis' Cadillac, but it's colored differently).
  • Bobby's World features multiple references to Elvis, as Martha, Ted, and Ruth are big fans. "Suspects, Lies & Videotape" concerns Bobby trying to cover up accidentally breaking Martha's bust of the guy, but he's convinced to tell the truth by someone who looks suspiciously like the King.
  • Duckman: Elvis appears in "The Germ Turns" as one of the cases that Cornfed solved while Duckman was away. Cornfed simply tells the King that he has to go home sometime. Elvis occasionally appears as a background extra in later episodes.


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