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Emilia Clarke watching Kristen Wiig playing Daenerys Targaryen as part of a skit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Game of Thrones, being a very popular show, has been referenced many times by other works since its 2011 debut. Here are some of them.

Film — Live-Action


Live-Action TV

  • The Big Bang Theory: The main characters are huge fans and often reference the show as being great and them watching it. Even Penny, usually not a nerd, likes the show as it has "dragons and people doing it". Howard says he doesn't want to watch the show with his mother who would keep asking "WHO'S THE THRONES"; they compare their table tennis match for who gets a TARDIS replica to a trial by combat, or they have a viewing party, and Sheldon asks Penny whether she's up-to-date, to which she replies, "Mm, I think so. Dragons, snow zombies, and all the hot guys are dead."
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
    • Charles worries that he's accidentally planned the worst wedding in history, to which Jake responds, "Second worst. Red Wedding, Game of Thrones."
    • Gina mentions having dated a "guy who looked like Tywin Lannister".
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    • The show has a fictional book series The Skyfire Cycle! — 12 books chronicling the war between sky and sand, clouds and rocks, and other fractions and nations written by DC Parlov. When Charles says it's like a Game of Thrones type thing, Terry angrily replies that Game of Thrones is a Skyfire type thing.
    • In episode "The Box", Jake wants to play angry in order to get a murderer to confess. Captain Holt advises against it because Jake doesn't "get angry well". Jake replies, "What? That's not true. Remember how angry I got about how fast Daenerys got from Dragonstone to north of the Wall? That was intense."
  • The Flash (2014): Mason Bridge makes a brief reference to the Dothraki language, comparing it to Technobabble from his perspective. Interestingly, Rila Fukushima (a Red Priestess in Season 5) was a Recurring Character in that show's universe, while Dean S. Jagger (Smalljon Umber) played a Villain of the Week in one of its sister shows.
  • How I Met Your Mother: When Barney finds out that he may be related with his fiancée Robin, he argues that "King Joffrey's parents were brother and sister and he was a fair and wise leader!". Interestingly, show co-creator David Benioff's wife, Amanda Peet, guest-starred there in its fifth season.
  • Parks and Recreation: Ben is a massive fan of the show (to the point his wife Leslie gives him an Iron Throne replica as a gift) and can even speak Dothraki. Donna Meagle, one of his coworkers, likes it too (though mainly for the Fanservice) and is a little bemused that Ann Perkins doesn't get the references.
  • Suits: The show gets a nod in the series, which is interesting, as both Conleth Hill (Varys) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) are Recurring Characters there.
  • Supergirl (2015): The titular character and her adoptive sister are fans of the show. Interestingly, Esmé Bianco (Ros) plays the former's childhood friend.
  • Supernatural: Dean is shown having just finished watching an episode with Charlie, prompting him to call Joffrey a dick.
  • Sesame Street, somehow, were able to get away with a Affectionate Parody of the show, Game of Chairs, that directly reference beheading, the Red Wedding and the adult content of the show.
  • Titans (2018): Rachel Roth is a big fan of the show, with Daenerys being her favorite character. Interestingly, Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) plays Bruce Wayne in its universe.


  • Jon Snow (the Channel 4 news anchor, not the character played by Kit Harrington) opened a report on the 2017 UK general election, in which the Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority, with, "I know nothing. We, the media, the pundits, the experts, know nothing. We simply didn't spot it."

Video Games

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was actually initially going to be Game of Thrones: The Game and the references to the show are clear. The rebelling Nords after peace with the Empire...the Starks and the Lannisters? This over the death/murder of the previous king...Jon Arryn? The myth of dragons returning coming true...Danereys Targeryan? The bandits and Forsworn...Wildlings and Thenns? The Drauger...White Walkers? The Dark Brotherhood...Arya and the Faceless Men?
  • While Dragon Age: Origins already counted A Song of Ice and Fire among its inspirations, including the Legion of the Dead/Grey Wardens as stand ins for the Nights Watch it's Inquisition that directly addresses the show.
    • Cole can reply to the concept of the villain controlling him as being, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" which should resonate with fans of the show.
    • A romance with Dorian (Ramon Tikiman who had a small role as a bandit) can lead to the suggestion of the Chantry stripping the Inquisitor and flogging him in the street for repentance. Despite not being nearly as bad as what Cersei did.
    • Try and ally with the mages and you will get a Bad Future storyline where, among other things, Vivienne will accuse your rescue attempt as a trick intended to break her, virtually a repeat of Theon and the Dreadfort. For bonus points Vivienne is Ellaria Sand.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
    • The Bloody Baron's appearance, mannerisms, and habits greatly resemble Mark Addy's portrayal of Robert Baratheon.
    • In the keep-turned-prison Kaer Almhult, you can find the corpse of a halfling with dark blonde hair, dressed in a red tunic. The cell has no bars, just a big hole with a great view on the nearby deadly cliffs instead of one of the walls.
    Geralt: Sky cells... nice idea for a prison without bars. Shame he didn't know how to fly.
    • Occasionally, Geralt can come across a steel sword named Longclaw.

Web Original

  • In The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, Jane and Mr Rochester are both fans of the series and especially the books. They geek out and discuss it in episode 11. In "Q&A 3", Jane gets asked what character from the universe she would be. She says she thinks she was like Arya when she was little, but now she sees herself as Jon Snow. Mr Rochester disagrees and says that she's Daenerys.
  • The fifth season of Epic Rap Battles of History kickstarted with "George R. R. Martin" rap battling "J. R. R. Tolkien". Naturally, their works and their Fandom Rivalry are mentioned.
  • Hat Films routinely make jokes about Jon Snow and the pronunciation of his name.
  • Honest Trailers:
    • The first two seasons were each given their own trailers.
    • In the trailer for Cinderella, it is said that Lucifer got "Bran Stark'd out the window" at the end.
    • In the trailer for Shrek, Dragon is nicknamed "Mother of Donkeys".
    • The trailer for Avengers: Infinity War gives it the alternate title Game of Stones.
  • How It Should Have Ended: In How Avengers Age of Ultron Should Have Ended - Part 1, Thor is pissed that he can't watch the show anymore since Ultron has caused a massive power blackout.
  • The Nostalgia Critic: In his review of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, the Critic says that Linus' acting as "Minus" is "giving Joffrey a run for his money".
  • Daenerys appears in Princess Rap Battles (played by Yvonne Strahovski) rap battling Maleficent.
  • React covered the show thrice (first by the Teens in 2015, then by the Elders in 2017, and then by the Kids in 2019). Before all that, Maisie Williams was a frequent guest in the web series.
  • Sjin is a huge fan of the show and routinely makes references to it, most prominently in his Chivalry series.

Western Animation

  • American Dad!: In "Familyland", Steve and Hayley dress as Joffrey and Daenerys while leading their faction of the ruined Familyland.
  • Bob's Burgers:
    • In "World Wharf II", Bob and his landlord are tied to a pier and left to die by drowning in the incoming tide. As the tide comes in, Bob mournfully sings about missing the ending of Game of Thrones. Thankfully, they're rescued by the end.
    • In "The Gayle Tales", Louise's story is a pastiche of Game of Thrones.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "The Most Interesting Man in the World", a newly-cultured Peter tries to introduce his kids to novels that inspired various films and TV shows, including Game of Thrones.
    • A Cutaway Gag from "Hot-Pocket Dial" has Peter making Quagmire walk through a medieval town naked while he shouts "Shame!", eventually singing it to the tune of "Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin.
    • In "Hot Shots", Stewie tells the viewers that Lois will have a major role in the episode and recommends they switch over to Game of Thrones.
    • A cutaway "The Peter Principal" shows Brian's time serving in the Night's Watch.
  • Futurama: There is an episode titled "Game of Tones".
  • Rick and Morty: In "Rixty Minutes", there is a Blink-and-You-Miss-It moment that shows an interdimensional cable channel airing a version of "Game of Thrones" where everyone except Tyrion has dwarfism.
  • The Simpsons:
    • The Couch Gag for "Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart" is a parody of the title sequence.
    • In "The Marge-ian Chronicles", a logo for Game of Thrones: The Ride is seen as one of the sponsors for the Mars colonization mission.
    • In "Treehouse of Horror XXVIII", Lisa introduces the third segment by warning the viewers that it's so disturbing, they'll need to watch Game of Thrones to calm down.
  • South Park: The "Black Friday Trilogy" is based on the show, with Cartman's Xbox One faction based on the Lannisters, Stan's PlayStation 4 faction based on the Starks, and the mall security guards based on the Night's Watch.


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