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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.

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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."

    Film — Animated 
  • 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!

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  • 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 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", however, Garak's former boss Enabran Tain makes a similar mistake.
  • The Twilight Zone: 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.

  • 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?"

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