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Referenced By / Horatio Hornblower

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Live Action TV

  • One episode of Angel (the one with the children's show puppets) had a kid named "Ratio Hornblower".
  • Monday Mornings had a nice Actor Allusion. Ioan Gruffudd played a doctor and his boss asked him several times if he was familiar with the concept of "captain of his ship".
  • Star Trek took a lot of inspiration from the Hornblower books, and they do put in a few nods:
    • In one episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Data is put in temporary command of a ship called the Sutherland where he proceeds to act as a very straight-faced Military Maverick on a blockade.
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    • Jake Sisko, son of The Captain in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, is a writer. Whenever the camera peeks in on the manuscript he's editing, though, it's text from Commodore Hornblower.


  • In one Honor Harrington novel, the title character is reading a Hornblower book. And, in fact, the whole series had its genesis as a "Hornblower In Space" book; the matching initials are a deliberate Shout-Out and the first book is dedicated to C.S. Forester himself.
  • One book in the Alan Lewrie series (depicting a much less heroic naval hero) has the main character notice of a tall, thin, and melancholy-looking lieutenant in a threadbare uniform at the Admiralty during the Peace of Amiens—a tacit reference to Hornblower, who was without either a ship or half-pay during that time.
  • The third Ciaphas Cain book mentions a navy commander named "Horatio Bugler."
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  • Harry Dresden, though he knows how to steer a boat, mentions that he's no Horatio Hornblower.


Video Games

  • In Age of Pirates II, a character named Horatio Hornblower will aid the player if they ask him the right questions.

Web Original

  • It's a running joke on this very wiki to call Honor Harrington novels Horatio Hornblower IN SPACE!
  • In a parody rap song "Jane Austen is My Homegirl (Downton Abbey Rap)" by Pretty Darn Funny, one part says, one part referenced the dashing sailor. Watch it here.
    My friend loves Phillip but, I'll have to show her, no man stills my heart like Horatio Hornblower.


Western Animation

  • The title of the Bugs Bunny cartoon Captain Hareblower is a reference to Hornblower.


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