References, shout-outs, spoofs, parodies, homages to The Who.
Anime and Manga
- The film version of A Silent Voice opens with a title sequence set to "My Generation".
- K-On! Ritsu Tainaka admits to liking Keith Moon as her idol in an episode of the anime, though she also says that she wouldn't imitate his off-stage behavior. Shortly after, Azusa Nakano asks her if he was also the guy who burned down his house.
- Gotlib: One cartoon by Hamster Jovial has the characters spoof the album cover of Who's Next. In another Hamster has a dream which is basically one big shout-out to the lyrics of Tommy. He feels freed and just as he is about to "smash the mirror" he is awoken by the others.
- 200 Motels: In this bizarre Frank Zappa film Keith Moon plays a nun.
- Austin Powers: "My Generation" is used in the second Austin Powers film.
- Ghostbusters (2016): Upon successfully trapping the Mayhem ghost, Jillian smashes a guitar a la Pete Townshend.
- Back to the Future: Some of Marty's moves during the "Johnny B. Goode" number were purportedly inspired by The Who.
- Goodfellas: "Magic Bus" is played during the montage of Henry running errands.
- Spitting Image: Pete Townsend and John Entwistle were made into puppets. One sketch was a parody of "My Generation" where the band talked about "their generation" now that they were older and basically sell-outs. The clip provided an extra shout-out by having Townsend smash his guitar near the end.
- Classic Albums: Tommy and Who's Next were featured in respective episodes.
- Every CSI Verse show features a different Who song as its Real Song Theme Tune: "Who Are You" for the original CSI, "Won't Get Fooled Again" for CSI: Miami, "Baba O'Reilly" for CSI: NY, and "I Can See For Miles" for CSI: Cyber. This was parodied in a Two and a Half Men gag, when a CSI parody used the rather inappropriate-sounding "Squeeze Box".
- The legendary "Arctic Tern" back-and-forth during a game of "Greatest Hits" on Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Ryan had intended for his riddle to lead into The Who for the next song, but Colin decided to throw a curve ball just to troll Ryan.
- "Baba O'Reilly" is used in the first episode of Life on Mars (2006).
- Legend has it that Animal of The Muppets was based on Keith Moon.
- Frank Zappa referred to them a couple of times:
Roger Daltrey never laid a hand on me.
- Fillmore East, June 1971: In "Do You Like My New Car?"
She had a Roger Daltrey cape on.
- Bongo Fury: In "Carolina Hard-Core Esctasy"
We can laugh at Keith Moon's jokes. Huh-huh-huh.
- Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention: "We're Turning Again".
- "Weird Al" Yankovic, from a Black Comedy perspective in "Another One Rides the Bus".Haven't been in a crowd like this since I went to see The Who!
- The Pinball Arcade uses "Pinball Wizard" on the main menu screen.
- Brows Held High: In his review of The Man Who Sold The World with David Bowie presenter Oancitizen sings his entire review in parodies of famous Bowie songs. In one scene, however, when Mary-Lou calls "Tommy" Oancitizen starts singing "Tommy, can you hear me?" note , then realizes his mistake and says: "Scratch that!"
- Animaniacs: One episode had Scrappy Squirrel asks her nephew Skippy about the bands about to play at the Woodstock Festival. In a variation of Abbott and Costello's classic Who's on First sketch she keeps asking: "What's the name of the band?" to which her nephew keeps telling her directly, which she keeps misinterpreting his answer: "The Who". She: "The band!" He: "No, The Band won't perform until later." Then later in the bit Scrappy asks, "Who's on stage." Skippy: "Yes." Scrappy: "The name of the band is Yes?" Skippy: "No, Yes isn't even at this festival."
- Phineas and Ferb:
- "Finding Mary MacGuffin": The evil jingle is sung in the style of The Who, more specifically, "Won't Get Fooled Again".
- "The Baljeatles": Baljeet raises his guitar to smash it, Townsend-style, before carefully placing it back in the case.
- "Mommy Can You Hear Me?" is named for "Tommy Can You Hear Me?"
- The Simpsons: The Who were special guest voices in the episode "A Tale Of Two Springfields". "Won't Get Fooled Again" is played over the end credits. As a special tribute the drummer was modelled after Keith Moon, despite the real Moon having died decades before the episode aired. At one point Moe also says:"That fat, dumb and bald guy sure plays some real hard ball", note
- Kurt Cobain quoted "My Generation" by The Who in his suicide letter:Hope I die before I turn into Pete Townsend.