These fictional characters have some kind of reference to another work.
Military Uniform Princess
- First and foremost, she reminds of Esdeath from Akame ga Kill!, not only in attire and hair, but also in role, personality and poder.
- Her Storm of Blades is launched just like Gilgamesh from Fate/stay night.
- Her simultaneously using them as a spinning shield comes directly from the Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy XV.
- Her backstory of her being an indie character based on a mascot that took the internet by storm first through her design being posted in a popular art sharing website and later by a music video echoes Black★Rock Shooter, and considering what look-alike video website she came from and her video clearly resembling Vocaloid visual songs, she might be a reference to the Senbonzakura version of Hatsune Miku.
- Selesia being both a skilled mecha pilot and sword fighter draws inspiration from Van de Fanel from The Vision of Escaflowne.
- Her character and anime, however, are more reminiscent of Sword Art Online. With her red braided hair, hunting dress-like attire and sword expertise, Selesia resembles Asuna; her Love Interest Charon is equivalent to Kirito, not only for being The Ace and wearing black in contrast to her lighter colors, but also for Dual Wielding swords in his mecha and having a similar name ("Charon" is written in Romaji as "Karon"); and the advertising posters of their anime are similar to those of the first season of SAO.
- Her 11th-Hour Superpower Sword Beam in episode 10 is almost identical to Saber's Excalibur in Fate/Zero.
- Meteora takes another page out of Fate/stay night's book and unleashes an attack quite similar to Caster's Beam Spam, except with magically summoned rocket launchers.
- She stole the rocket launchers from the JSDF, just like Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
- Her homeworld is superficially similar to Final Fantasy, but the exact combination of being a JRPG with a highly detailed world, a PC release and somewhat modest production values (her dialogue is shown not to be in-engine or from a pre-rendered cutscene, it's instead a talking portrait in the style of a Visual Novel) is evocative of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky instead.
- She also shares her name with a Linkin Park album.
- Her full name is a rather unsubtle nod to Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica and, just like Madoka, she is a pink-haired magical girl in a matching fancy dress who goes through traumatic realizations.
- On the other hand, her actual show seems to be more light-hearted, resembling more Pretty Cure.
- Her immensely destructive attacks and attempts to befriend her enemies are straight from Lyrical Nanoha, as well as her "civilian" white dress uniform.
- His summoned partner has been likened to either a Stand from Jojos Bizarre Adventure, a Persona from the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona franchise or a Susano'o from Naruto.
- The second case is helped by the scene in which his rival Shou expains his own Guardian Entity, Banyard, was named by "an old man and his fortune teller friend", directly referencing JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders; Shou has Polnareff's main motivation and reckless impulsiveness, and his silhouette and color scheme resemble more closely a young Joseph Joestar's, while Banyard shares the same general concept as an armored fighter with Polnareff's Silver Chariot with the powers of the Hanged Man, the Stand belonging to the man who killed his sister.
- The third case is also helped by him being a villain and The Rival to the protagonist in his series in the vein of Sasuke and Naruto.
- It could be also a reference to the shamans from Shaman King, particularly the character of Ryu (a thug with a wooden sword, just like Yuuya).
- Finally, Yuuya's fashion sense somewhat resembles visual kei, and with it Iori Yagami of The King of Fighters.
- She is beautiful blonde lady knight on a majestic steed who prefers the lance, much like the Lancer version of Artoria in Fate/Grand Order.
- From the way she describes it, Aliceteria of the Scarlet seems to be set in a suspiciously Berserk-like Crapsack World. In fact, Aliceteria gains her powers from the Gauntlet of Gotz von Berlichingen, a real life German knight and mercenary who is famously similar to Guts of Berserk, and she even shares her voice actor with Farnese from the same series - a blonde female knight who is introduced as a Knight Templar before her interactions with Guts and various supernatural beings start to shake her worldview.
- Being a stoic, blond-haired lady knight clad in silver armor who fights monster also evokes Claire from Claymore, another manga greatly inspired by Berserk.
- Blitz somewhat departs from the pattern for referencing primarily not an anime character, but a Western film character: his job of hunting synthetic monsters, his washed up life state, his attire and his preference for Hand Cannon type guns make him resemble Rick Deckard from Blade Runner, helped by the coincidental revelation in the film's sequel Blade Runner 2049 that Deckard has a daughter he was trying to protect.
- His role as a serious-looking gunman and his appearance in the opening firing his gun make him look like Emiya Kiritsugu from Fate/Zero, another anime that Ei Aoki previously directed. Just to further the parallel, he's also a father, a pragmatic killer, and uses special bullets to defeat magic. In addition, the shot of him in the opening, calmly firing a gun in the hallway of a mansion at night, is reminiscent of the fight between Kiritsugu and El-Melloi.
- The cyberpunk crime drama esthetic about cops with big guns of his series brings Psycho-Pass to memory.
- One of the biggest parallels to Blitz is the character Roy from SoltyRei, who was also a private investigator that simply wanted his daughter back.
- Being a lithe, dark-haired mecha pilot in a skintight blue suit who claims to be annoyed at being forced to get into his giant robot (at least initially) and is rather vocally attracted to his series's main heroine (whose hair is of a warm color as opposed to his own cold-colored hair) makes him a lighthearted parody of Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- His blue hair, androgynous appearance and giant mecha echo Kamille Bidan of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
- She's a dead ringer for Genocide Jill from Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. If being an Axe-Crazy, Motor Mouth, Large Ham Serial Killer with shark-teeth, braided hair, and a dark-colored Sailor Fuku wasn't enough, episode 13 reveals she attends Korougamine Gakuen - a name not far off from the school Jill attends, Kibougamine Gakuen.
- She is a crazy psychopath who deals in rather occult powers and is able to summon Lovecraftian monsters, just like Gilles from Fate/Zero. She also has the same character dynamics in that she's essentially a villain independent from the Big Bad.
- With a motor mouth and love for dramatic poses, she'd be at home in a Bakemonogatari episode. She's especially similar to Ougi Oshino with her leather gloves and black turtleneck in summer, strangely specific hatred for hypocrites, compulsion to punish liars and Nonstandard Character Design compared to both her story's characters and the main cast.
- Her pentagram gloves and red and black color scheme evoke Tokyo Babylon, especially notable given than lying is a common vice for CLAMP to go against in their Aesops. CLAMP is also famous for their Noodle People designs, just like Magane's rather lanky build, and for their CLAMP School Detectives series, which goes along Magane's in-universe series Record of the Night Window Demon being apparently starred by a child detective as well.
- She also has a bit of Rachnera Arachnera from Daily Life with Monster Girl in her, namely the purple bands, pointy teeth, extreme distaste for hypocrisy, hedonistic attitude and sporting "edgy" symbols (a skull/pentagrams).
- Her story being a mystery theme and having the ability to mess with reality via twisting lies into truth mirrors that of the Witches from Umineko: When They Cry, especially with how the truth is treated in that series.
- For her character design and smug attitude, she only lacks glasses to resemble Rip Van Winkle of Hellsing and Mari Illustrious Makinami of Rebuild of Evangelion, both also voiced by Maaya Sakamoto.
- In episode 7 the creators are conducting an online research to determine where the Military Uniform Princess comes from. One of the several characters that appear on-screen◊ looks very similar to Ky Kiske from Guilty Gear.
- During the ending credits a woman can be seen holding a bag with A/Z written on it. Aldnoah.Zero was directed by Eir Aoki and had a soundtrack by Hiroyuki Sawano as well.
- Nishio Ōnishi has a palyndrome name very similar to that of well-known novelist NisiOisiN, but he's such a hopeless pervert and loser that he's just hopefully a very superficial homage and not an actual statement on the real author or his work.