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Referenced By / Ludwig van Beethoven

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  • Classicaloid brings Beethoven to modern day Japan and gives him Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a buddy. This Beethoven makes gyoza his reason to live, though - he'll only conduct music if he's triggered.



  • A Clockwork Orange: In the novel, as well as the film version, Alex adores the music of Beethoven as one of his few passions other than rape and violence. The film version, A Clockwork Orange, uses music from the Ninth Symphony on the soundtrack, which causes Soundtrack Dissonance due to it actually being composed as an ode to peace.
  • In The Amy Virus, classical music buff Erica Witt goes by Eroica.
  • In Eye of a Fly, Ernest plays Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in his head. The record he memorized it from was a live performance, and to his annoyance someone coughs in the second movement, but he can't edit it out in his mind.

Live-Action TV

  • Kamen Rider Ghost features Beethoven as one of fifteen main Eyecons, based on fifteen different historical people. Assuming Beethoven Damashii, Takeru/Ghost can create energy constructs of musical notes through sound and use them in a manner similar to how a conductor controls an orchestra via hand gestures.
  • Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 is the theme music of Judge Judy.


Newspaper Comics

  • Peanuts: Generations of children first became aware of Beethoven through the character Schroeder's obsessive Loony Fandom of the composer, a trait originally devised as a means for cartoonist Charles Schulz to parody one of the first children's fads, the cult of Davy Crockett merchandise in the 1950s. According to the Beethoven Exhibit at the Charles Schulz museum in Santa Rosa, Schulz liked Mozart more, but decided that "Beethoven" was inherently funnier as a name.


  • Canadian figure skater Joseph Phan performed to "Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor Concerto)" for his long program during the 2019-2020 competitive season. Coincidentally, his training mate, Corey Circelli, also used a Beethoven piece ("Moonlight Sonata") for his long program during the same year.

Video Games

  • The second Earthworm Jim game featured the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata' as the background music for the "Jim's now a Blind Cave Salamander!/Villi People" level, while the third movement is used as the background music for the final level, "See Jim Run, Run Jim Run."
  • One of the late game tracks in Iconoclasts is "Moonlight", which borrows the early parts of Moonlight Sonata.
  • The introduction sequence of Nehrim starts with a quote from a letter Beethoven wrote to a friend while working on the Symphony No. 2:
    Ich will dem Schicksal in den Rachen greifen,
    ganz niederbeugen soll es mich gewiß nicht.note 
  • In Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? (1997), you have to help him put his fifth and sixth symphonies back together after his original copies were stolen by Carmen's thief.

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Western Animation

  • Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony is used in Fantasia and his Fifth Symphony at the start of Fantasia 2000.
  • His life story is shown in the Biopic Immortal Beloved, played by Gary Oldman.
  • Time Squad visits him in a wrong timeline where he became a wrestler and has to be persuaded to become a composer again.


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