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If there's anything Monster Hunter is particularly known for apart from the basic premise of tiny resourceful human fighting titanic ferocious creatures, it's in not taking itself too seriously, as evidenced in part by the subtle references to various other media peppered throughout the games.

1st Generation

  • Lao Shan Lung looks suspiciously like Godzilla when he stands up.
  • Khezu's anatomy seems to take many cues from the mass-produced Eva unit in End of Evangelion.

2nd Generation

  • Rajang's overall appearance recalls the Dragon Ball series' Saiyans, a race of Humanoid Aliens who turn into giant rampaging apes at the sight of a full moon. Not only can it be DePowered by cutting its tail off, its hair turning gold once it goes into Rage Mode also visually resembles the Super Saiyan power boost.
  • When Akantor emerges from the volcanic ground, showing only its back spikes, it looks quite similar to Lavos.
  • The starting Great Sword in MHF2 is called the Buster Sword.
  • In Unite there is a quest that takes place in the Volcano area where you have to kill a certain number of large monsters. The name of the quest? "Hotter than Hell itself", a nod to Ace Attorney's Coffee.
  • "You will drive your prey before you and hear the lamentations of their mates." — The Savvy Hunter, on pulling off a perfect Spirit Slash combo.
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  • MHFU has a hammer called Fist of Fury

3rd Generation

  • Godzilla shrunk down: Deviljho. A big green dinosaur with a destructive breath attack who attacks and kills other monsters.
  • From Monster Hunter Tri:
    Argosy Captain: Now that other lands want to trade with you, we must formulate keikaku. "Keikaku" means plan!
  • The endgame Deviljho hammer from Tri onwards is called Devil's Crush.
  • "Hunter is GO!"
  • In Portable 3rd, one of the available weapons is based on Asuna's BFS.
  • A Shout Out in translation: The Male and Female Blademaster and Gunner sets for Jhen Mohran are all supposed to be named after Japanese Battleships or Aircraft Carriers. One doesn't have to wonder what the translator was thinking of when the Female Blademaster armor, supposed to be named after the Battleship Hyuga, got called Hinata instead.
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  • The Jhen Mohran looks strikingly similar to P'ung Ryong from Breath of Fire IV.
  • If you feed Kayamba a Well-Done Steak while he's wearing the False Felyne mask, he says, "Om nom nom nom. Kayamba can haz more?"
  • After defeating the Ivory Lagiacrus, the Argosy Captain says A Winner Is You.
  • In 3 Ultimate, one of the available character poses for your Guild Card is downright bizarre. Also, an armor set for the Palico in 4 Ultimate is Jotaro's clothes.
  • Although nowhere near as blatant as the Rajang; the Zinogre's ability to induce its rage mode by powering up whilst sitting still, with said rage mode spiking all of its fur upwards and covering it in bright energy whilst wreathed in arcs of electricity, was also just too similar to Super Saiyans that it did not go unnocticed by fans. Most comments on it tend to affectionately call it some variation of Super Saiyan Wolf Dragon.
  • The male Royal Ludroth Gunner armor is a bright orange jumpsuit with a spiky orange hairdo.

4th Generation

4 Ultimate


  • Every time the Master of Style teaches you a new Hunter Art, he asks you if your "body is ready."
    • When you first speak to him, he says that he can see you "Want to be the very best," "Like no hunter ever was before!" Sound familiar?
  • One of the Special Palicoes players can download is named Link, whose comment is "Excu-u-use me!"
  • The "Shoryugeki" Hunter Art, in its' style and execution, is a reference to Ryu from Capcom's Street Fighter franchise and his signature "Shoryuken" uppercut attack.

5th Generation

  • In World, the achievement for completing the first Arena quest is "Step into the Arena".
  • An armor set for female hunters makes them resemble Aloy. The PS4 version of World also has crossover material with Horizon: Zero Dawn, including a special full-armor set for Palicos based on the Watcher from that game.
  • The achievement for beating Nergigante is "One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall".
  • The title of the high-rank Anjanath Optional Quest is called "It Can't See You If You Don't Move".
  • The high-rank quest for Kulu-Ya-Ku is called "Keep Your Hands To Yourself".
  • Vaal Hazak comes off as a big, fat love letter to Dark Souls. It can reduce your maximum health in a way similar to how Curse works in DS2 and 3, has a design that wouldn't look out of place in the Namco series, and its armor takes cues from a few sets, including Ruin Sentinel and Dark Wraith.
  • Vaal Hazak also bears a noticeable visual resemblance to Jabberwocky.
  • The flavor text for one of the arena quests for Diablos refers to it as "Biggus Diggus".




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