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Being the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer fame gets referenced often by other works.

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  • A 1990 commercial for Duracell batteries features Rudolph and his red nose being powered by the then-new Duracell battery.
  • A 2009 Verizon commercial features an AT&T smartphone on the Island of Misfit toys. When the others ask why it's there, it produces a map showing its limited 3G coverage compared to Verizon.
  • One Nickmas short parodies the 1960s special.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Tony Tony Chopper from One Piece is a shapeshifting reindeer who is bullied for his blue nose.

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    Film — Animated 
  • Monsters, Inc.: The Yeti Mike and Sulley meet after they've been exiled by Waternoose is based on the Abominable Snow Monster from the TV special.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack's ghost dog Zero has a glowing nose, which he uses to guide Jack's sleigh when a thick fog covers Halloweentown.

    Film — Live Action 
  • Elf: Buddy talks to a snowman based on Sam from the TV special.
  • In the 2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! film, the Grinch disguises his dog Max as Rudolph in order for his Santa Claus act to work better.
  • Rudolph appears in Fred Claus as one of Santa's reindeer.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who:
    • In the webisode "Songtaran Carols", Strax mentions that Rudolph's red nose made it easy to find and punch him.
    • Rudolph appears in the Christmas special "Last Christmas".
  • Home Improvement: A Christmas episode has a Dream Sequence done in Stop Motion, in which Al appears as Sam the Snowman.
  • Mad TV has a parody of Rankin/Bass special called "Raging Rudolph" about an angry Rudolph trying to kill Santa. There's a sequel skit called "The Reinfather".
  • Saturday Night Live had a 2001 TV Funhouse sketch called "The Narrator That Ruined Christmas". Sam the Snowman is depressed over 9/11 and terror alerts and feels like narrating Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer isn't important this year note . Sam, along with Rudolph and Hermey, leave Christmas Town to visit Ground Zero. Rudolph is seen checking out a boy who is giving blood. The nurse later picks Rudolph to give blood from his red nose.
  • That '70s Show: In one Christmas episode, Kelso dreams he's in the TV special and meets Rudolph.

  • Within Temptation's "Gothic Christmas" is a comedic Christmas Song with a verse involving Rudolph changing his name to "Ragnagord" ("cause 'Rudolph' just sounds really lame"). His nose begins glowing black and he decides to become an evil reindeer overlord as well.

    Video Games 
  • Rudolph is mentioned in the tutorial for Army of Two.
  • In Guild Wars Nightfall, there is a reindeer named Rudy whose nose begins to glow red when the player approaches presents.
  • Rudolph himself appears as an event antagonist in Grimms Notes.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: In "Holly Jolly Jimmy", Sam the Snowman makes a surprise cameo during the musical sequence.
  • In the Drawn Together episode "N.R.A.y RAY", Bambi sends out a group of deer to get revenge over being hunted. Two of the deer who attack the main characters are Rudolph and Clarice. Rudolph ends up getting shot in the nose during the fight.
  • Evil Con Carne: The episode "Christmas Con Carne" features Rupert the Green-Nosed Reindeer.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "And the Wiener Is...", the family watches a TV show where Rudolph is told by a doctor that his glowing nose is due to a malignant tumor and that he's going to die.
    • A cutaway from "Papa Has a Rollin' Son" features Rudolph the Uncircumcised Reindeer.
      Santa: Look, Rudolph, it's not me, all right. It's Dasher. He's been complaining, and he is the one who has to look at it all night.
      Rudolph: I don't know. Mrs. Claus says it'll decrease my sensitivity.
      Santa: I-I'm sorry, why are you talking to my wife about this?
  • Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen stars Rudolph's cousin Rusty. Rudolph himself is never mentioned and he does appear in person.
  • Olive, the Other Reindeer:
    • The title is inspired by a Mondegreen of the lyric "All of the other reindeer".
    • When Olive meets Santa's reindeer, she asks about Rudolph, and is told he's just an urban legend.
  • Robbie from Robbie the Reindeer is supposed to be Rudolph's son, but Rudolph is never outright mentioned. It's a Running Gag that no one can say Rudolph's name (due to copyright issues).
  • Phineas and Ferb: In the Special Edition Title for the Christmas Special, one shot shows the kids standing around a giant tree as a Yeti places the star on the highest bow.
  • Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town: Rudolph makes a cameo appearance when Santa's reindeer are introduced, although he's not mentioned by name. The narrator says that he's Another Story for Another Time.
  • The Simpsons: “Simpson’s Roasting on an Open Fire” ends with the family singing the song, with Bart and Lisa making impudent comments between verses.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine: In "James Goes Buzz Buzz", when the Vicar thanks James for returning his bees, upon seeing his red nose, he tells him, "It's a pity it's not Christmas, then we could call you 'James the Red-nosed Engine'."
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In "It's A Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special", during the opening rehearsal, Buster and Babs sled by a parody of Sam the Snowman. Also in the special, Plucky's sketch, "Plucky the Red-Beaked Reinduck" gets rewritten as ''Urkel the Red-Nosed Reindude".

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