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Hayate the Combat Butler gleefully makes not-so-oblique references to other animenote  regularly. If the actual (trademarked) name of the series comes up, they Brand X-ify it by covering part of it with Sound-Effect Bleep ("* BLEEP* dam" for Mobile Suit Gundam, etc.)

  • Not sure if it was there in the original work or just a joke by the translator, but there's the quote at the bottom of one page from ch. 4.
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  • The opening has Eight copying the pose from the opening of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
  • This is included in the first opening where Hayate is protecting Nagi from the silhouettes of three robots, they are from right to left Tetsujin-28 RX-78-2 Gundam and Optimus Prime.!
    • The RX-78-2 makes another appearance when Shmidt turns the mansion the group is staying at into a haunted house. One of the servants there is dressed up as a recolored version of it.
  • Birth Note showed, of all things, an apple on the poster.
  • Challenged to a kendo duel, Hayate begins to intone, "Hiten Mitsuru--" and is cut off by his opponent shouting, "Stop right there or you'll violate a major copyright!"
    • At the next episode, the Butler of the challenger kicked said challenger for being a wimp(he ordered the Butler to fight Hayate). Nagi's reaction? Down, DownLeft, Left, kick.
  • Then there's Sakuya's massive cruise ship, daringly named Titanic, which eventually sinks just like its namesake. Hayate even ends up swimming in freezing cold water to save a girl similar to the final moments of Leonardo DiCaprio's character, who is also mentioned several times. Of course, this manga also adds sharks.
  • When questioning the criminals who blew up the ship, Sakuya scolds them for confessing their plan too easily:
    Sakuya: That's not how they do it in Conan, is it?
    • Later on, the entirety of chapter 108 is one big shout-out to Detective Conan. Conan himself appears several times and the main characters dream they are transported to his world to solve a case. It's even named after Conan creator Aoyama Gosho.
    • Kaito Kid from the same anime appears in episode 30, and Nagi dresses up in a Gender Flipped version of his outfit, calling herself the Great Detective Nagi. She even goes through the trouble of putting a mustache on Hayate so he looks like Detective Mouri, knocking him out, hiding behind him, and using a voice changer disguised as a bow tie to make everyone think that Hayate has solved the case.
    • Conan himself also appears as a statue that can be seen as a Funny Background Event in episode 35.
  • And of course, one can't forget the "evil combat butlers" attempting to defeat Hayate throughout the second season, nearly all of whom were blatant Shout Outs to popular Shōnen series. "Duel Butler" was a dead ringer for Shoubu Kirifuda, "Butler B-Da", who looked like the main character from B-DaMan, "Race Butler", who looked like the main character from Crush Gear Turbo, "Butler Nabeshin", "Puppet Butler", who took over people's minds using his Evil Eye (and was voiced by Jun Fukuyama), and "Cyborg Butler", who looked like a cross between Gai Shishiou and Viral, was voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama, and used nearly all of GaoGaiGar's Super Robot attacks under Brand X names.
    • The Cyborg Butler also made a Super Robot Wars Shoutout. After Shion said, permission to use Final Hammer approved, a la GaoGaiGar, the Cyborg Butler shouted Drive, a spirit command/spell in said game.
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  • Episode 16 contains a few to Kamen Rider Den-O, in particular cameos of Hana, The Owner, and Momotaros.
  • In episode 18
    • When most of the group has been eaten by a whale, Taiga is shown holding a combination broom/axe, and thinks that their predicament was was Diana's doing.
    • Hayate goes Super Saiyan when protecting Nagi.
  • In episode 19, Nagi shows Hayate and Maria a strange video, and then claims that she'll die if she doesn't show it to two other people within a week. Hayate exclaims that it's just like that circular video. The narrator himself almost clarifies, but only gets to "Ri-" before Hayate stops him and the opening starts.
  • When Hayate was cursed to wear girl clothes, he went by the alias of "Hermionie" to avoid being recognized. Other characters commented that it sounded like a wizard's name.
  • Nagi claimed to be a superior director to Haruhi... this is clearly why Nagi's popularity fell in some of the later polls. Still gets alot of Shout Out's however.
    • Nagi also comments to Maria that when releasing anime DVD's, you should put the episodes in the order they were broadcasted, rather than their true chronological order. This is another obvious shout out to Haruhi.
    • In episode 12 of the anime when Nishizawa confesses to Hayate he claims to "only like 2D girls"...and pictures a band with CensorBox eyes with a bunny girl lead singer and a witch playing bass.
    • Klaus suggests Nagi form a S*S Brigade when she says she's bored
    • Episode 23. How does Maria catch the Lord of the Lake? It's classified. Her gestures when saying this make it obvious.
    • When Nagi goes to a large(and crowded) department store "If there are this many people, even if your not the heroine of a famous novel, you realize your insignificance."
  • In episode 35, Maria is briefly seen dressed up as Suigintou from Rozen Maiden.
  • In episode 29, when Isumi is lost in Paris looking for the tournament, you can see one of the mooks from Giant Robo in the background, as well as Jigen from Lupin III.
  • There's also Zangief and Dhalsim appearing as thugs who are stopped by Hayate. The fact that they're at an arcade definitely adds to this.
    • Not only do the thugs look like Zangief and Dhalsim, but Hayate gives Zangief a taste of Shoryuken in case someone somehow failed to notice.
  • Don't forget the new class register, formatted in the style of some manga or another filled with weird students (such as a ghost) and filled with little notes scrawled in the margins. Oh, and apparently some fellow calls himself a 'Mahou Sensei' just to make sure you get it.
    • Adding more shout out to that scene: Hayate's class number in the picture is the same one as Kaede's, who, like Hayate, is voiced by Ryoko Shiraishi.
  • In the new class register, everyone besides Hayate and Nagi is wearing a mask similar to that of Friend.
  • Hayate's boss at his delivery company in episode 1 of the anime bears a strong resemblance to Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion, complete with Scary Shiny Glasses and the typical "Gendo Pose".
  • In episode 33 when Nagi imagines Hayate working at a cosplay cafe, she imagines him dressed up as the eponymous sensei from Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, complete with comedic hanging scene.
  • CathedralTerra made an appearance in one of the latest episode in season 1
    • There's a brief arc where Hayate is one of the hostages taken by a robber — wearing a seven-eyed mask based on the symbol of SEELE.
  • In Chapter 192, Spice and Wolf is combined with Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts to produce "Fool and Test and Spice" — with a wolf-eared girl in a school uniform on the cover. Chiharu is a fan of the heroine's speech pattern, but Nagi thinks the best part is the crossdressing boy.
  • Chapter 148 has an entire page's shout out to Manga/20thCenturyBoys with the whole class being made to wear Masks similar to that of Friend in order to have their photos taken.
  • The Lucky Star cast has a cameo as posters at a shrine during a quiz game in Chapter 194.
  • Speaking of Lucky Star, in episode 23, Kagami is apparently one of Hayate and Nagi's classmates.
  • When two members of the cast go to Las Vegas, there's a few panels showing the four guys from the Gaijin 4koma. They appear again in chapter 295.
  • Not only anime and manga. In episode 40 Hayate manages to beat a talking car called CHITT in a race... a six-wheeled KITT.
  • In the same episode, Hayate shouts, "Financial Drift!" This is a reference to the Internal Drift technique in Future GPX Cyber Formula.
  • When Hayate first tries to get into the school to deliver Nagi's lunch, he's stopped by Katsura. Hayate's response is to be amazed at the strength of her cosmo and transform into a retro-anime version of himself.
    • He makes a reference to the same anime again in episode 21, when he uses the Dragon Shiryuu's move.
    • And again in Episode 31, where Nagi "adopts" a pair of street kids who are basically Phoenix Ikki and Andromeda Shun pulled straight from a childhood flashback. The opening even parodies Saint Seiya's dramatic opening narration style.
  • Episode 33 of the first season had a massive shout out to Nabeshin of all people, where he was one of the obligatory Battle Butlers, though he himself just wanted to draw Moe.
  • Episode two of season one. While Hayate is at the docks with the Very Nice People, he imagines what's going to happen to him. Among those Imagine Spots are : The crew of the Black Lagoon showing up and a weird shout out to One Piece.
  • Pay attention to the statue busts in the mansion. Quite a few are shout outs to various main characters.
  • In a recent trailer, one can see a character who resembles Iron Mask Ronah.
  • Nagi's grandfather, Mikado Sanzenin, shares a name with an obnoxious Handsome Lech of a combat figure skater in Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma ½. Whether or not this is deliberate is unknown.
  • Episode 38 of the anime features a Christmas tree that has both the the Autobot insignia and a Mokuna doll as ornaments.
  • In the manga itself, there's a poster of Ayumi from The World God Only Knows on a title page. The two mangaka are apparently friends.
  • Hinagiku is a pink-haired swordfighter and the president of an Absurdly Powerful Student Council. Already sounds pretty familiar, even before her costume and intro sequence in the Tournament Arc.
    • The fact that in each of the battles you win by either getting your opponent to give up or knocking off their neckties in itself is a clear Utena reference. Oh, Hinagiku also winds up asking for the power to revolutionize her school, and the narrator also directly references the famous "Absolute Destiny Apocalypse," line from the battle theme of the anime.
  • In terms of the manga, chapter 334 features Ruka dressed up as Kyubey.
  • Chapter 336 has Chihaya, Hibiki, Azusa and maybe the Producer in the background at one point, and two certain blue and pink-haired train information girls.
  • In chapter 342, Nagi goes to a store in Akihabara that one of the doujinshi with a pair of girls on the cover that look a lot like Tenri and Diana and a poster in the background featuring Mami and Kyubey.
  • The manga (volume eight, chapter six) has Nagi playing a game and noting "this game is divine." A close examination reveals Divine Retribution on the screen. Her companion seems uncertain about the "doggie" being the hero.
  • The infamous original Bright Slap gets referenced countless times, one of the moment even has Lampshade Hanging on it.
  • Season 1, episode 8: Cat Ear Mode Sends You To Hell. I'll serve the Earth's future ~nyan.
  • Looks like Nia was just hiding. See?
  • In episode 4 of the 1st season, there's a scene of Hayate trying to use stealth to enter Nagi's school, by sneaking inside a box of oranges, and wearing a bandana and beard.
    • In the same episode, while Miki, Izumi and Risa are having a No Fourth Wall moment, looking and waving at the camera, Risa does the Vulcan salute.
  • "I must run away, I must run away, I must run away, I must run away.".
  • One of the episode in the second season, Nagi played a card game, and uses a card which allows her to continuously attack so long as the card she picked up from the top of her deck is a character card, complete with Doro ! Character Caado !
  • One of the doll in Izumi's house is Teddy
  • One of the chapter has a spirit of a dead priest, entering a penguin costume. Sounds familiar?.
  • When Hayate is told about Hakuoh's high standard, he is stabbed with a Zankantou
  • In the panel where Hayate wields six swords at once, his stance is very reminiscent of one of burial priests in Fate/stay night and Tsukihime.
  • One of the events in the anime has Hayate using Inazuma Kick complete with the narrator stating the name of the move. Now, take a look and check the narrator's seiyuu.note 
  • In the anime filler RPG Episode, a slime's attack animation starts with it morphing into a creepy Rei Ayanami face.
  • When Hayate is looking for the legendary persimmon tree in the garden, he mentions how it looks like the background from a Studio Ghibli film (Princess Mononoke to be exact).
  • In Episode 50, Nagi mimics the Ultraman henshin sequence (with relevant sound effects).
  • The examples given for what a butler job is include Alfred, Kyrano and Watari.
  • In Chapter 370, Isumi drinks from a cup with the Penguin logo of Mawaru-Penguindrum.
  • In episode 1 of the 4th season Hayate gets into a highway race(on a bike) with an car named CHITT. yeah, he wins
  • Just as planned, from ch. 82
  • In chapter 119, Nagi squirts Hayate with a water pistol after he says that he went into the hot spring. She is disappointed when he fails to turn into a girl. She had really been looking forward to that.
  • In chapter 125, when asked what she would like to recieve, Nagi tells Hayate that she would like to receive a drill. The kind of drill that activates robots.
  • In chapter 128, the student council trio each speaks to Nagi using a childish nickname, except for Risa, who calls her Nagi Springfield.
  • In episode two of Cuties, Nagi is watching an anime about three girls with ESP who love curry, called Zettai Curry, Chilled Even?
  • Season 1, Episode 33, 06:48 - Azuma Kazuma and co. are selling bread to Hakuou Academy
  • Back at the video shop, Hayate asks Nagi's fiance (forgot the name) about a DVD lying on the table beside him. "Tengen T-" "Bamboo~~~Bamboo~~~"
  • In chapter 416, Ruka's thoughts are portrayed in a style evocative of Kaiji, including the distinctive "zawa zawa" and the over-the-top narration.
  • Due to her love for money, Katsura-sensei gets lured away from Hayate while in the Tiger's Pit and sells her body to an evil spirit for 1 million Yen (which she never receives). While possessed, she has the Majin symbol on her forehead.
  • The first season makes plenty of MÄR references (usually involving Dorothy in some way, shape or form). And considering that both shows at the time were made by the same companynote , this isn't too unexpected.
  • During Hinagiku's birthday party, Hinagiku was forced to sing A Cruel Angel's Thesis by the Student Council Trio. Hinagiku retaliates by forcing the trio to sing Natsuzora.
  • In episode 9 of Cuties, Nagi very briefly adopts Squid Girl's Verbal Tic when Chiharu is discussing the idea of holding a get-together.
    Nagi: I ink not.
  • In Chapter 391, Fumi notes that one of the employees working at Animate has Homu-Homu as his waifu.
  • In Chapter 411, Kayura tells Nagi that when someone is truly cornered, they unleash their latent powers to make it through, which she calls the Super Saiyan Theory.
  • On the cover of Chapter 490, Hinagiku is seen wearing Hestia's outfit inside a dungeon.

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