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Alfabusa is certainly a Pop-Cultured Badass, going by the amount of references in his work. For references to other Warhammer 40,000 fan works, see "Mythology Gag" on the main page of the series.


  • One of the High Lords of Terra is an expy of Judge Dredd who even says his Catchphrase "I am the Law!". Unsurprising, considering he is the Grand Provost Marshal of the Adeptus Arbites, an entire organization of Judge Dredd expies.
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  • In episode 10, the film Les Misérables (2012) is performed by a Magos and an Inquisitor, both of whom resemble Valjean and Javert respectively.
  • The opening of episode 15 has an extended reference to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • The three other Custodes take the appearance of the Pillar Men, to the point that Awaken is their leitmotif. Others in the background are modeled after Vanilla Ice, Narciso Anasui and Diavolo from the same manga.
    • The Diavolo Custode has his own theme, a short riff from "21st Century Schizoid Man".
      • It goes even deeper, because in his introduction he asks both Kitten and Magnus if they know who he is. After both say no, he seems oddly pleased about this and once they leave he screams to himself that he will become a the new emperor. Obviously referencing the motives of Diavolo from part 5. And to top it all off he's voiced by Antfish! The creator of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged
    • When the other Custodes finally make an appearance, they obviously are other Stripperiffic male characters such as: Mr. Gold & Mr. Silver from God Hand, Voldo from Soul Series & actual figures of the Adeptus Custodes.
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    • Another quick reference to Jojo which is so subtle is almost doubles as a Funny Background Event, during the Emperor's lecture on galactic history, a pair of Eldar are seen freaking out over all the horrors running around after the War in Heaven. Their distress is vocalized using Old Man Joseph's famous "OHHH NOOOO!". It's rather hard to hear, since Emps is talking while they're screaming.
    • Santodes is one giant reference to the Pillar Man Santana, particularly his first lines, which are delivered in a slow, halting manner like Santana's speech.
  • In short "Kitten Gasping", the Custodian notices that his antics made him look like The Legend of Zelda's Link.
  • The Emperor claims his early years were largely spent "Crushing my enemies, seeing them driven before me, and hearing the lamentations of their women." His puppet looks a fair bit like Conan the Barbarian too.
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  • Age of Strife-era Emperor dresses like Kenshiro.
  • Upon hearing about Emperor's sex life, Magnus has the reaction you'd expect a child would have to hearing about the sex life of one of his parents while channeling Professor Farnsworth for a moment.
    LA LA LA, I CAN'T HEAR THIS, I DON'T WANT TO BE ON THIS PLANET ANYMORE!
  • When Emps relates how Horus has his "temper tantrum", the Primarch in question makes the Ed, Edd n Eddy "Sumo Noise". The other traitors immediately follow suit seconds later.
  • The Emperor constantly refers to Ultramarines as Smurfs and their Chapter Master as Papa Smurf.
  • When dozens of Warp Storms explode over Terra, music in the background plays Ride of the Valkyries.
  • After defeating the Ecclesiarch's last-ditch defence of the Imperial Palace for Fyodor, Lord Inquisitor Coteaz says he has to go, as he has 'a movie to shoot.'
  • During the fight between Blaktoof and Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka, there's a bunch of Ork titans and other such Ork stuff can be seen in the background, one of them is actually a Generation 1 Optimus Prime (Seen in the background as Ghazghkull makes the "rip off" joke).
    • To be more precise it is actually a fan-made model called "Orktimus Prime", a what-if, Ork-made Optimus Prime .
  • When the Emperor learns of what happened to the Sensei and flies into a ground-shaking fury, the Centurion says "We should go. I should go. I better go. I'm Commander Shep-" *gets tackled by Magnus*
  • The first half of Lucius's first scene is one to a short made by Eliphas, which itself is a reference to this, which in turn is an animation of this.
  • The phrase "the good the bad and the ugly" is used.
  • Episode 19 starts with a spoof of Alfabusa's own "Cooking With The Imperium" video.
  • The museum portion of the Imperial palace that Kitten walks through has various xenos in stasis, including a xenomorph, E.T., and a squat.
  • Magnus references (though without a name) Necoho, God of Atheism and Contradictions from Warhammer.
  • The Emperor makes the "Toasty!" sound effect in reference to the Salamander's pyromania.
  • TTS Short no 5 is a Whole Plot Reference to Yu-Gi-Oh!, down to Emperor and Kitten playing the game itself to decide an absurdly important plot issue and pretty much every memetic line from the series being quoted at one point or another.
    • The episode title and many of the jokes are lifted from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. Of particular note is exclusively referring to the Egyptian God card, Winged Dragon of Ra, as "Mega Ultra Chicken," which in itself is a reference Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • In Episode 21, Dark Angels Chaplain Asmodai demands that two battle brothers "REPENT, MOTHER FUCKER!"
  • In episode 21, we get a flashback of Marneus Calgar unleashing a "bit of the old Ultraviolence" on some necrons.
  • We shortly see the Tyranid Hive Mind logging into the Warpchat portal. Its style of writing looks like Zalgo.
  • The opening of episode 22 is re-enacting the "Are we there yet?" scene from Shrek with Asmodai and Azrael as Donkey and Shrek.
    Azrael: FUCK YOU AND FUCK YOUR REFERENCES!
    • The above can also refer to The Simpsons where in one episode, Lisa and Bart constantly bother Homer with the question repeatedly. In another Simpsons shout out, Kaldor Draigo leaves Kitten before saying "I must go. My People need me.", referring to Poochie, the cartoon character from Itchy and Scratchy.
  • Closing out episode 22 is a scene of Typhus reading an overly-sexual Troll Fic (specifically, "Squad Broken"). Typhus's voice actor is deliberately imitating Gilbert Gottfried, so the whole scene is probably a shout out to the Fifty Shades of Grey audio-book.
  • When trying to convince Kitten to follow him, Magnus covers up his Freudian Slip with "MAKE THE IMPERIUM GREAT AGAIN!"
  • The "Intermission" cards come from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • One of the High-Lords of Terra inexplicably lament that there are "too many toasters" in episode 8.
  • In Episode 24, the Emperor asks if Jaghatai used his fearsome velocity to become one with the Speed Force.
  • Tzeench proclaims events are transpiring "Just as planned!".
  • In TTS Special 2, it's revealed that Lucius has his own version of Bites The Dust. Or rather, "BITES ZA DUSTO!" To elaborate, Little Billy note  is threatened by Lucius. After running away from the mad serial killer with the weird fetishes he meets another man and then reveals the madman's name in which the man almost immediately gets killed, and time is rewound shortly afterward.
    • In the same special Lucius's cheap set is the same from the The Eric Andre Show complete with one seat shared with the co-host and guest, something Miriael Sabathiel notes and disparages. The entire opening is also a reference, complete with Lucius wrecking the entire set and generally spreading utter chaos around the area before coming back, exhausted, to an entirely replaced set which he keeps wrecking later during the show (something that Rogal Dorn also notes and disparages) while his co-host Ahriman makes a very subdued entrace similar to Hannibal Buress.
  • Cegorach's Theme "Prime Clown", while sinister with the accordion playing ominously, ends with the popping bit from Seinfeld's own theme song.
  • Calgar tell's Sicarius to shut up by (mis)quoting Party Hard.
    Calgar: Shut your face, you shitgrill! I do what I want! And I like what I do.
  • Corvus Corax's Beard of Sorrow makes him look a lot like John Wick or Season 5 Samurai Jack.
  • Vulkan describes "brainghost" Ferrus as a skull-ghost or a "skost", if you will.
  • In Short 7, the Emperor describes skeletons as being "agitating".
  • In the first podcast, Dorn and Emps claim that eating The Taco on any day of one's choosing is "indefensible, reprehensible."
    • During the same tirade, Emps quotes the "Absolutely Disgusting" meme.
  • Colonel Straken tells a guardsman named Conrad to tie his fucking laces.
  • Corvus declares that "...[he] shall not die, no!" in precisely the same cadence as a certain incredibly bald Blood Ravens captain.
  • Right before the credits of the Catachan episode:
    • Earlier, you can hear another voiceclip, being said by the Catachan having his arms ripped off.
  • When reading about how Jaghatai Khan and his army were once caught in an avalanche, the Emperor starts to ask if it was fireworks-induced before getting cut off by Custodisi.
  • During the Black Templars podcast, Boy makes a *Noot Noot* noise when laughing at Karstodes continuing illiteracy.
  • During the battle at Khaine's Gate when Kairos casts Smite against a group of Grey Knights, his second head yells out a familiar catchphrase: "LIFE IS PAIN!!! I HATE".
  • After getting into Commoragh and getting caught into the first trap for intruders: A Inter-dimensional Mirror that leads directly to the sun. Kaldor Draigo is one of the many forces caught by it. His response? "NO SUN" in almost same pronunciation and animation style as Tigtone, and with similar effect.
  • One particular face the Deceiver makes when angry looks quite close to the infamous "BUY IT AGAIN" photoshopped Todd Howard from related The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim memes.
  • Episode 2 of Bro Trip 40,000 gets some mileage out of the Attilans' tendency to hollow out skulls to use as cups, complete with giving their leader a Sea Raider accent to pronounce "I WILL DRINK FROM YOUR SKULL" with.

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