- Zhou Cheng, in "The Blessing of Many Fractures", is a thinly veiled Expy of Jackie Chan's Wong Fei-Hong in Drunken Master.
- One of the mental patients who are set loose to attack Danny at Birch Hospital says "Ward Meachum sends his regards."
- Ward uses the pseudonym "Frank N. Stein" for Harold on his phone. When Harold resurrects after being stabbed by Ward, he appears to go through an accelerated version of the learning process described by Frankenstein's monster in the book, until he regains his memories.
- When Davos mentions a dragon, Claire asks if it's like a Komodo dragon or Pete's Dragon (1977).
- Davos: I don't know who Pete is.
- In Season 1, several of the episodes titles are very, very subtle references to real-life Kung Fu moves from several styles, such as Shaolin Kung Fu. "Black Tiger Steals Heart" is one such example.
Shout Out / Iron Fist (2017)