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  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: The Laughing Man uses a quote from the book in his sigil: "What I thought I'd do was, I'd pretend to be one of those deaf-mutes."
  • Weathering With You: The main character, Hodaka Morishima is seen in possession of a copy of the book early on in the film.

Comic Strips

  • Frazz: Caulfield, the most prominent student character (and sometimes Deuteragonist) is clearly named for Holden Caulfield.

Films — Live-Action

  • The Shining: In the first scene with Wendy and Danny, she's reading the novel while he watches cartoons on TV.


  • Joel Suzuki: In Ballad of the Bluerock, Joel's English teacher asks him what Holden Caulfield's red hunting hat is a symbol of. Joel doesn't know the answer, but Suzi says, "His alienation."
  • King Dork: Catcher is one of the books that Tom reads for school, and offers his lemony commentary on. The cover of the book looks like a vandalized copy of Catcher.
  • Wild Orchid: Taylor relates to Holden Caulfield because she's mad and disgusted with other people and is dreading her future. She lists the only three things she doesn't have in common with Holden: she's a few years older, she doesn't have a red hunting hat, and she's never been in a relationship with a member of the opposite sex.

Live-Action TV

  • Drake & Josh: When asked for his favourite work of American literature; Drake replies with Catcher In The Rye. Unfortunately, he's answering the teacher who hates him, and immediately declares "WRONG!"
  • Riverdale: Veronica and Betty discuss Jughead, who Veronica calls Holden Caulfield. The character is reimagined as an Expy of Holden in the series.


  • Night Ranger's song "Night Ranger" from their first album:
    A Colorado schoolboy, days on the line
    Nights out of paperback, Catcher in the Rye


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Western Animation

  • Family Guy:
    • In "The Kiss Seen Round the World", a Running Gag involves a Caulfield-like guy heckling Peter and calling him a "phony".
    • In "Peterotica", one of Peter's pornographic novels is called Catch Her in the Eye.
    • In "Jerome is the New Black", Quagmire mentions the book during his long-winded "The Reason You Suck" Speech toward Brian.
      Quagmire: And what really bothers me is you pretend to be this deep guy who likes women for their souls, but all you do is date bimbos. Yeah, I date women for their bodies, but at least I'm honest about it! I don't buy them a copy of Catcher in the Rye and then lecture them with some 7th-grade interpretation of how Holden Caulfield was some profound intellectual! He wasn't! He was a spoiled brat! And that's why you like him so much: he's you!
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: In "The Boy Who Cried Robot", Brad brings Jenny to a bookmobile to educate Jenny on Tuck's antics. The Bookmobile's customizers are all children, except for an extremely shabby gentleman who asks for a copy of Catcher in the Rye. The driver tells him "Not today, Ed" as she glares at him.
  • South Park: In "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs", Mr. Garrison assigns his class to read the book. The boys find it boring and don't see what all the fuss is about, so they decide to write their own controversial book. Meanwhile, Butters is driven to murder John Lennon and Ronald Reagan, only to be disappointed when told they're already dead.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In "Eating Between the Lines" (part of "Looniversity Daze"), Sweetie tries to hunt Bookworm at the ACME Looniversity library, but she gets attacked by a rocket ship from The Right Stuff. After Bookworm falls from Sweetie's clutches, he is caught by a baseball player who appears on the cover of Catcher in the Rye.