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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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    Anime & Manga 
  • Tony Tony Chopper from One Piece is a shapeshifting reindeer who is bullied for his blue nose.
  • In Aggretsuko by Sanrio, a group of female reindeer make appearances in both Christmas specials, the reindeer are depicted with red noses like Rudolph.
  • In episode 82 of Black Clover, Charmy eats a mushroom which causes her to have a drug-fueled dream. During the "Seven Faces Of Charmy" sections, we see Charmy dressed up as Santa Claus (Santa Charmy) while the sheep cooks' are both dressed as Rudolph. After she wakes up, she's seen wearing her Santa outfit and her sheep are still dressed as Rudolph.

    Comic Strips 

    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. The general aesthetic for the North Pole, such as the Elf Attire and Stop-Motion Animals, is based on this Special, too.
  • 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. He also sarcastically asks Max "What are you laughing at Rudolph?" as they're stealing Christmas decorations. Rudolph along with Santa and his eight reindeer all make a cameo appearance before The Grinch starts stealing Christmas.
  • Rudolph appears in Fred Claus as one of Santa's reindeer, however he isn't depicted with a red nose and his nose doesn't glow.

  • In Wicked Good, Rory wears Rudolph-themed pajama bottoms.
  • For Enid Blyton's Noddy series, two reindeer show up in the Christmas book Noddy Meets Father Christmas where they pull Santa Claus's (known as Father Christmas in the UK) sleigh around Toyland. While Rudolph's name isn't mentioned, one reindeer has a big red nose. The same reindeer with a red nose is also seen in the Christmas Special for Noddy's Toyland Adventures.

    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 in the dark.
    • 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.
  • MADtv 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 which makes him lightheaded.
  • That '70s Show: In one Christmas episode, Kelso dreams he's in the TV special and meets Rudolph.

  • Joe Diffie's "Leroy The Redneck Reindeer" is about Rudolph's redneck cousin Leroy. One Christmas, Rudolph called in sick and got his cousin to replace him.
  • 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.
  • Rudolph is mentioned during Natalie Cole's cover of "Jingle Bells". In the beginning, Santa's Reindeer are present as she's preparing to perform the song. However, she notices that Rudolph isn't present and asks where he's at before she begins singing.

    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.
  • Reindeer enemies based on Rudolph named "Rabid Roodolph" appear in the "Christmas Grotto" stage for the Battletoads Arcade game.
  • In Animal Crossing New Horizons, Rudolph appears on a Christmas themed letter sent by the player's mother.

    Web Video 
  • CollegeHumor features a stopmotion sketched called "Rudolph the Regular Reindeer", which shows what would happen if Rudolph had a regular nose instead of his blinking red one. In the sketch, when Mrs. Donner gives birth to Rudolph, the doctor has Rudolph's red nose replaced with a regular black one. At the end of the sketch, Sam the Snowman sings a modified version of Rudolph's song, where the reindeer at first praised Rudolph for being just like them, but later berated him for not being able to help guide them through the fog.

    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 or sing the song about him (due to copyright issues). However, a portrait of Rudolph is briefly seen in the special.
  • 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.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • In a sketch from "President Evil", the Spotted Elephant and A Dolly For Sue make cameo appearances as two of the little girl's toys when the little girl's father destroys her doll for saying she hates him for making her go to bed when she doesn't want to.
    • Rudolph appears in "A Very Dragon Ball Z Christmas" where he battles a mutant Mrs. Claus by shooting lasers from his nose.
    • A sketch from "A Robot Chicken Christmas" is a parody of Unsolved Mysteries, where Santa is revealed to be a drug dealer who got murdered. Hermie and Blitzen give their sides of the story.
    • A sketch from "Snoopy Camino Lindo in: Quick and Dirty Squirrel Shot" features a parody of "The Island of Misfit Toys" called The Island of Recalled Toys. Such inhabitants include the pregnant Midge doll, the Buzz Lightyear cup with a suggestively placed straw, the Rad Repeatin' Tarzan doll, and an Elmo doll with Tourettes syndrome.
  • 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.
  • Rudolph makes a non-speaking appearance twice in another Rankin/Bass Christmas Special from 1977 called Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. He's first seen beginning another Christmas Eve journey with Santa while an old age Camel is watching on. During the ending of the special, Rudolph alongside Santa, Mrs. Claus, two elves, and the other reindeer are looking at a small nativity of the birth of Jesus with a small figure of Nestor.
  • 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'."
  • Rudolph makes a silent non-speaking cameo appearance in the The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Christmas Episode Billy & Mandy Save Christmas. While a depressed Billy is staying at the North Pole to comfort Mrs. Claus. He encounters Rudolph and decides to unscrew his red nose to put in a new red nose like a light bulb.
  • 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".
  • Rudolph is a minor character in the French/Canadian series The Secret World of Santa Claus (originally known as ''Le monde secret du Pere Noel') with the episode "Rudolph Is Missing" being entirely focused on him. In the episode, Rudolph catches a cold after falling into a lake that isn't completely frozen. As a result, his nose stops glowing until he fully recovers. Gruzzlebeard tells Rudolph to deliver a present to a far away location to prove Santa doesn't have to use more advance technology to deliver presents. Unlike other depictions of Rudolph, his fur color is blue/gray instead of brown.
  • Hilda: In the Christmas Episode of Season 2 titled "The Yule Lads". Rudolph and Hermey are seen standing between a Christmas tree that's currently playing on Hilda's TV while her mother is sleeping.


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