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Comic Strips

  • The Krazy and Whizzer and Chips character Steve Ford (a British character named after an American car manufacturer, by analogy with Steve Austin being an American character who shared his surname with a British car manufacturer) gained super-powers from buying a special tonic for 12½p, and therefore became "The 12½p Buytonic Boy". When the series stopped being a current reference (and the halfpenny was taken out of circulation) he was renamed "Super Steve".

Fan Works

  • Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space. Annika-709 comments that early cyborgs were poorly designed, with bionic limbs but no spinal column reinforcement. "They cost six million dollars each and could only run in slow motion."

Films -- Animated

  • Shrek the Third: As Gingy's life flashes before his eyes, we see a parody of the show's opening in which he builds up his strength after his legs were reattached to him.


  • The Dresden Files: In "Bigfoot On Campus" River Shoulders' dramatic arrival at the dorm, and battle with Barrowill's ghouls, displays his strength so vividly that it has Harry making references to The Six Million Dollar Man and quoting the Catchphrase of Marvel's The Thing.
  • On Wings Of Eagles by Ken Follet. After two American businessmen get thrown into jail with bail set at over twelve million dollars, one of the Iranian prisoners jokes that they'll soon get a visit from Farrah Fawcett, whose husband is a mere six million dollar man.

Film -- Live-Action

  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: The famous "ch-ch-ch-ch" sound plays as Ron's news team jumps into the zoo's bear pit to save Veronica.
  • Inspector Gadget: Brenda compares the newly-christened Gadget to the Six Million Dollar Man during a test of his abilities (which inevitably goes wrong).
    Chief Quimby: Well, I guess six million dollars doesn't buy what it used to.
  • Mystery Men:' When Mr. Furious, finally at full strength, leaps off the stairs, we hear the "ch-ch-ch-ch" sound.
  • Sixty Million Dollar Man. Just reading the title out loud is a giveaway that it is Six Million Dollar Man as a Hong Kong comedy.

Live-Action TV

  • El Chapulín Colorado:
    • In the Beach Episode "Un Chapulín en Acapulco", one of the characters (portrayed by Carlos Villagrán) is a madman that believed he was the Six Million Dollar Man and was hunting aliens. He even pretended to run in slow-motion, though it used a sound effect different from the "ch-ch-ch-ch" one.
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    • Referenced in the title of "The Six Pesos Man" episode, though the plot itself was about a butler robot that went rogue.

Puppet Shows

  • In a News Flash sketch on Sesame Street, Kermit interviews professor Nucleus Von Fission, who invents the Six Dollar Man, which he made from various items he bought at garage sales. When activated, the Six Dollar Man wanders around and ends up destroying both himself and Professor Fission's laboratory.

Video Games

  • In the English script for Puyo Puyo Tetris, Risukuma quotes the show when he talks about repairing the S.S. Tetra.
    Risukuma: But we can rebuild her. We have the technology. ...It's around here somewhere.

Western Animation

  • Bob's Burgers: In "Adventures in Chinchilla-sitting", the restaurant's special for the day is the Six Scallion Dollar Man Burger.
  • Dexter's Laboratory:
    • The show frequently makes use of the famous "ch-ch-ch-ch" sound effect.
    • The episode "Techno Turtle" is an extended parody of the show in which Dexter modifies an injured baby turtle.
  • Duck Dodgers: One episode has an injured Dodgers becoming "The Six Wazillion Dollar Duck".
  • Family Guy: A cutaway from "Running Mates" features a parody of the show in which Peter is rebuilt into a cheaply-made man.
  • Mickey Mouse Works: In "Mickey's Big Break", the familiar "ch-ch-ch-ch" sound plays when Mickey's football smashes into a framed picture of Minnie and Daisy.
  • Robot Chicken: A sketch from "Suck It" features the Six Million Peso Man, a Mexican who was rebuilt after he hit a cactus and made a dynamic leap over a border fence.
    Mexican Scientist: There's 283 American dollars we won't see again.
  • South Park
    • In "Prehistoric Ice Man", Kyle compares the titular Human Popsicle to Steve Austin.
    • Jimmy has a Six Billion Dollar Man poster in his room.
  • The Venture Bros. featured a Steve Austin Expy named Steve Summers, who had gone AWOL because of the hopelessness of paying back six million dollars on a government salary.

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