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Friends, Tropers, countrymen, lend me your ears — no, not literally, that's gross — while we tell thee of these references to Julius Caesar.

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  • A Running Gag in Asterix is that Caesar is always saying "Et tu, Brute?", and it's getting on Brutus's nerves. "One of these days, I'll..."
  • A Patsy Walker comic has Hellcat quoting mostly right a Brutus soliquoy from Act 4 while being swept by a wave:
    There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the something something is uh, tied to shallows and in miseries. [...] On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves or lose our ventures.
  • The Sandman: In "Sound and Fury", John Dee dreams that he is the ruler of the world, dressed like Caesar and advised by a trio of soothsayers, who warn him to "beware the ideas of March". He protests that he's sure that's not right — could it be "beware the march of ideas?" — no, that's not it either. Their next attempt is "beware the brides of Frankstein", at which point he tells them to go away.
  • In Superman storyline The Planet Eater Trilogy, Brainiac quotes Mark Antony:
    Brainiac: "One of your Earthmen once said— "The evil that men do lives after them.""

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  • In Pearls Before Swine, Rat gets a job writing horoscopes and writes, "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars, but in ourselves." When Goat tells him that Shakespeare already wrote that, he responds, "Good literature is not a race."

    Films — Animation 
  • Mrs. Henscher, the local drama teacher in ParaNorman, yells the famous "dogs of war" line at one point, only to discover her compatriots aren't familiar with the reference.
    Mrs. Henscher: [Beat] Let's tear 'em apart!

  • The Transformers: The Movie has this famous exchange where Optimus Prime quotes Marc Antony's "sterner stuff" line from Ceasar's funeral:
    Megatron: No more, Optimus Prime! Grant me mercy, I beg of you!
    Optimus Prime: You, who are without mercy, now plead for it? I thought you were made of sterner stuff.

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  • The title of the Frederick Forsyth novel The Dogs of War is taken from the line "Cry 'havoc', and let slip the dogs of war." (3.1 273)
  • The Fault in Our Stars' title comes from a line in Act I, Scene II.
  • Pyramids: When discussing the life and accomplishments of the decidedly late pharoah, the narration notes that the people making the tomb had a bit of difficulty depicting them since he never in his life did bestride the world like a mighty colossus (or, in fact, anything impressive at all).
  • Major Hogan in Sharpe's Eagle quotes "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!"
  • Title of Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie.
  • The dogs of war quote is one of the epigraphs in Watership Down. It's also foreshadowing, as an unleashed dog is plot-relevant for that particular chapter.

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  • Doctor Who: When Romana departs in "Warriors' Gate", the Doctor pays tribute by describing her as "the noblest Romana of them all".
  • Enemy at the Door: The episode "Treason" revolves around a German officer who is secretly part of a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler before he brings ruin down on Germany. Officially, Major Richter and Major Freidel know nothing of this, but at the end of the episode Richter, speaking of the officer and one of his co-conspirators, paraphrases Marc Antony's description of Caesar's assassins as "honorable men" before sharing a meaningful look with Freidel.
  • In the Family Ties episode "The Disciple," Jennifer begins a class presentation with "Friends, classmates, citizens, lend me your ears."
  • Lewis: In "Old School Ties," Diane stages Julius Caesar while working with prison inmates, with her future husband, convicted hacker Nicky Turnbull, playing Caesar.
  • M*A*S*H: In the season nine episode "Oh How We Danced", Charles gives a poor rating to a combat medical unit, and Major Finch, the unit commander, responds by slugging him. When Hawkeye asks him why he doesn't press charges, Charles admits he doesn't want to admit he was afraid, and says Shakespeare was right in that "cowards die many times before their deaths."
  • The Muppet Show: The episode guest-starring Paul Williams has a sketch in which a muppet gradually takes himself apart and places his component pieces into a box. As he removes his ears, he quotes, "Friends, Romans, countrymen..."
  • In an episode of The Odd Couple the Trigger Phrase for Oscar's post hypnotic suggestion to be neat is "The fault lies not in our stars but in ourselves."
  • Done interestingly in Rome. The scene of Caesar's death is an incredibly tense, violent and brilliantly acted scuffle, almost free of dialogue — Caesar doesn't say "Et tu, Brute?" or anything else while he's dying, since he's too busy spasming and bleeding to death all over the marble senate floor. Instead they went with Plutarch's version of events, where he pulls his toga over his face (or tries to). However, once he's twitched his last and the conspirators are standing around shaking and silent, Cassius raises Brutus' arm and declaims, "Thus ever for tyrants!" Brutus doesn't take it well.
    • It gets better. Instead of seeing Brutus and Antony give the legendary speeches to the plebeians, we see the aftermath, where a smug Antony sarcastically consoles Brutus for giving a good speech but perhaps "a bit too cerebral" for the crowd to appreciate. Later, a pleb describes the speeches to his friends, showing yet another perspective of these famous monologues without showing us exactly what happened.
    • In the next episode when Brutus goes home — thoroughly regretting his part in the whole thing — and realizes his co-conspirators are considering killing Antony too, his mother encourages him to do it, and he responds, "You too, Mother?"
  • The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Improbable Cause" opens with Garak and Bashir having one of their literature discussions over lunch. Garak, hailing from a society where everyone really is out to get you, views Caesar's blind spot regarding Brutus as farcical instead of tragic. In the following episode "The Die is Cast" (also a quote from Julius Caesar, but the person rather than the play), however, Garak's former boss Enabran Tain makes a similar mistake. Garak meanwhile, finally understands it.
    Garak: I'm afraid the fault, dear Tain, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
    Tain: What?
    Garak: Something I learned from Doctor Bashir.
  • Star Trek: Picard: The final scene of the show ends with Picard quoting Brutus’ exhortation to Cassius in Act IV, Scene III ("There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune…") as his toast for the Enterprise-D crew.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959): In the final scene of "The Passersby", Abraham Lincoln quotes the following line from Act II, Scene II: "Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come."
  • Wayne and Shuster, "Rinse the Blood Off My Toga":
    Mark Antony: I'm Mark Antony.
    Flavius: Mark Antony?
    Mark Antony: Yes. I just made a speech over the body of Caesar. I said, "Friends, Romans and countrymen, lend me your ears!"
    Flavius: Yeah... What have you got in that sack?
    Mark Antony: Ears.
  • Yellowjackets: Episode 2.01 is titled "Friends, Romans, Countrymen". Minimal description: an ear comes into play.

  • Buttress: The plot of "Brutus" is inspired by the play, with the main conflict arising from Brutus' betrayal of her friend and benefactor Julius Caesar.
  • Iron Maiden has a song called "The Evil That Men Do". Bruce Dickinson sometimes uses the quote "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones" (3.2 77-8) with the two lines reversed.
  • One of Ray Stevens' albums is titled Lend Me Your Ears.

  • The Fantasticks: when Henry boasts of his acting ability El Gallo asks him to do "Friends, Romans, Countrymen." Henry fucks it up.
  • Harry in Half A Sixpence quotes "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!"

    Video Games 
  • In Ad Verbum, one of the characters is a pig wearing a Roman senatorial toga who only responds if spoken to in Pig Latin. If you figure this out, the resulting status message says that he's "willing to lend you an ear".
  • Bully: "Et tu, Jimmy?"
  • Mortal Kombat 1: An pre-fight intro between Johnny Cage and Havik has the latter ask if they should "let slip the dogs of war", to which Johnny responds "I'm gonna make you cry, Havik."

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