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  • Ace Attorney:
    • In episode two of the Netflix documentary High Score, a pixel-art dramatization of the infamous Universal vs. Nintendo case over whether Donkey Kong was a copyright infringement over King Kong appropriately has Nintendo's lawyer John Kirby pointing during the trial, including a replica of the rushing blue background.
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent: SCP Foundation: SCP-2786 is a metaphysical entity that can insert itself into horror narratives, where it attempts to portray itself as a brave hero and alter the story itself. One of these is listed as the videogame Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
  • Among Us:
    • Milk And Mocha ran a a comic depicting the titular duo playing the game, with Milk as a crewmate and Mocha as an impostor.impostor.
    • SCP Foundation:
      • SCP-5167 is a technological anomaly afflicting Among Us, taking the form of a player named "Phthonus" that causes other players to believe their loved ones are in fact imposters. In reality, he is the real Phthonus from Greek Mythology wandering around the modern world in a depressive stupor.
      • SCP-5761 is an entity who took control of the ISS and forces its personnel to perform basic repair work on the interior of the station, some of them have been executed via bisection by an invisible force. The researchers theorized it is related to SCP-5167, who is Phthonus as a technological anomaly afflicting Among Us. Meville (an AI by the foundation) used Phthonus as a power source to become a similar entity like him. It calls itself Amogusrath and is now designated as SCP-5761-1.
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    Mayim: Slang adjective for someone you think is not what they seem, especially if they might be the impostor in the game Among Us. Mattea.
    Mattea: What is sus?
    Mayim: Yes.
  • Beneath a Steel Sky: Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror: If Nico Collard tries to give a chocolate to a ghost, Robert Foster shows up in a tunnel.
  • Clash at Demonhead
    • In Scott Pilgrim, one of Ramona's evil exes is the bassist for a band called "The Clash at Demonhead" (which references both this game and the band The Clash). The band's drummer, Lynette Guycot, is named after Tom Guycot, a skeleton NPC you meet early in the game.
    • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes has a character named A Real Magic Skeleton, a Friendly Skeleton who looks just like Tom Guycot, right down to the red cape.
  • Dragon's Lair
    • Samurai Jack has a gag that references both this game and Space Ace:
      Scissorsmith: At the fork in the road, follow the rocky path! It will take you to the Dragon's Lair!
      Jack: Where will the other one take me?
      Scissorsmith: Space Ace!
      (cut to Jack's baffled face as a goofy sound effect plays)
  • Joust:
    • In Milo Murphy's Law episode "Secrets and Pies", Milo and friends order from a Renaissance-themed pizzeria. After delivering, the incredibly badass delivery woman rides away on an ostrich.
  • Gone Home: Tacoma: The Christmas Duck can be found in one of the rooms.
  • Mafia II:
    • MF 217, during his co-op Let's Play video for Digimon World 4, notices that SkullGreymon's Oblivion Bird move could be interrupted by magic attacks from which his friend Cory did by accident but MF217 was quickly aware of how to deal with SkullGreymon. Among the things he said to get the point across during the fight was "Back me up Vito!".
  • Neverhood: Paradigm: The glam nun has a tattoo of Klaymen on her arm.
  • Punch-Out!!:
    • WarioWare games often include a Punch-Out minigame in the 9-Volt levels.
    • In The Lonely Island song "Incredibad", the trio are said to be playing Punch-Out at the beginning.
    • A Punch-Out arcade machine appears in "The Age of Darkness", an episode of The Goldbergs.
  • Technician Ted:
  • Downwell
    • Tower Fortress is said to be directly inspired by Downwell. In fact, one of the main character's suits, the Downwell suit, stylizes the game into the style of Downwell.
  • Hitman:
  • Secret Files: In a Take That! from Goodbye Deponia, Rufus is groping around in the dark and finds something "dry, long, and thin" which he jokingly identifies as "...the plot of Secret Files: Tunguska! Or a low-hanging branch. Either one."
  • StarTropics
    • Pilotwings 64 has Crescent Island as a location, its design basically being a 3D rendition of StarTropics' C-Island.
    • In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Gulliver compares the pleasant greeting he receives from your offer of aid to being marooned in the town of Coralcola.
  • Tetris:
    • In one episode of Arthur, D.W. mispronounces the term "tetanus booster" as "Tetris booster".
    • Family Guy: In "Prick Up Your Ears", when Peter shows up at Meg's sex education class where Lois is teaching, Lois asks him why he's there. Peter tells her that he's not going to miss his chance to share his knowledge with Meg's class, as he's already missed out on too many other opportunities. What follows is a cutaway where Peter appears as a straight Tetromino about to dive into a narrow gap built by other Tetrominos. Unfortunately for Peter, he accidentally lands just outside the gap, which the other Tetrominos berate him for. Bruce then appears as a Skew Tetromino and lands on top of Peter, saying "I know I don't fit here, but I'm just gonna settle right in."
    • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf:
      • The Episode Title Cards for Mr.Wolffy, Mr.Right! feature Tetris being played.
      • In episode 46 of Mighty Little Defenders, big colorful blocks resembling tetrominoes are sent falling on Wolffy.
    • The Simpsons: In "Strong Arms of the Ma", after the Simpson family shops at a Garage Sale hosted by Rainier Wolfcastle, Homer uses his experience in playing Tetris to fit everything he bought and his family in the car. Unfortunately, he forgot to include himself in the equation. During this sequence, the Type A music from the Game Boy version plays, followed by a fanfare from the NES version when Homer realizes there's no room for him in the car.
    • Soul: Moonwind mentions Tetris was his passion.
    • Star Tropics 2: A character called "Tetris" is featured.
    • Treehouse Masters: Out On a Limb had music from the game play during a scene in the episode "Mindbending Silver Maple".
  • Whispered World: Chaos On Deponia: Returning through the teleporter in the second game's final act causes Rufus to briefly enter the Whispered World.