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  • Animaniacs had a sketch titled "The Please Please Pleese [sic] Get a Life Foundation," about a treatment program for fans who took their obsessions just a bit too far. The fans' obsessive ramblings were taken directly from actual fans in the alt.tv.animaniacs newsgroup.
  • Duck Dodgers
  • The Freakazoid! episode "The Chip" has a couple of shout outs to one of the voice actors, Ricardo Montalban. The first is when he threatens to put "ooey gooey worms, that make you go all crazy" in the ears of Dexter and Roddy McStew. The second comes when he uses the phrase "Kirk, old friend..." before apparently realizing he was in the wrong character. Both gags come from Star Trek II.
    • In his second appearance, Guttierez gains powers like Freakazoid's, and is quite obviously Khan-inspired, with long white hair and rock-hard abs. Additionally, a Chekov-character appears in a TWOK era spacesuit.
    • In one episode, Brain and Wakko appear, after Freakazoid is called "wacko" for mowing someone's lawn. They are seen arguing over which show is Steven Speilberg's favorite. Wakko sings "Wakko's America" right after he appears!
  • Histeria! contained several nods to previous WB cartoons:
    • Big Fat Baby's jingle (the one where Father Time's chasing him in the desert) is based on the theme song from The Road Runner Show.
    • Froggo's room is decorated with merchandise for Batman: The Animated Series.
    • A song introducing a sketch about Alexander the Great is sung to the tune of the Animaniacs theme, and the sketch about Florence Nightingale as a Hospital Hottie ends with the boys shouting "Hello Nurse!" In a song about the Gold Rush, Father Time can be seen watching a TV with Yakko Warner on it. Also, the World's Oldest Woman's jingle is sung to the tune of Slappy Squirrel's theme, and Froggo's regular outfit is much like that of Wakko Warner (except that he actually wears pants).
    • The Pinky and the Brain theme music can be heard when Chit Chatterson mentions brain removal in a sketch about mummification, as well as part of the background music for the introduction to Nikola Tesla's later life.
    • Superman made three cameos himself, including one as William Clark.
    • Fetch bares a bit of resemblance to Hunter from Road Rovers.
  • Jellystone!:
    • The portion of "Yogi's Tummy Troubles" has Yogi chasing the residents of Jellystone in a Pac-Man sequence.
    • The title of "Cats Do Dance" is one to Cats Don't Dance (which was created by Turner Feature Animation, a semi-spinoff of Hanna-Barbera).
    • Another one from "Cats Do Dance"; When Top Cat and his gang see Peter Potamus' collection of anime memorabilia, K.K. Slider can be heard in the background.
    • Peter Potamus practices "ninjutsu" in an orange gi with blue accents. He even does the series' infamous Ninja Run.
    • One of the Clue Club cameos has their dog stating that the culprit was "Old Man Jenkins"; a name frequently used on SpongeBob SquarePants (which CH Greenblatt had previously worked on).
    • Speaking of SpongeBob, "Yogi's Tummy Troubles" has Top Cat trying to con the townspeople by drawing a circle around himself as protection from Yogi, similar to the Anti-Seabear Circle from "The Camping Episode".
    • "Gorilla in Our Midst" has a very obscure one: at one point Cindy gets in a spaceship and grabs a pinch of the sun, the plot of "The Golden Apples of the Sun" by Ray Bradbury.
    • Augie Doggie refusing to move from her position at her father's insistence even after he gets swept up in the chaos and disappears may be an oblique reference to the famous poem ''Casabianca" ("The boy stood on the burning deck...") about a similar real-life incident.
    • After waking up from his food coma, Grape Ape simply walks away from the ruined town and into the sea while everyone cheers.
    • "DNA, A-OK!" starts with a video of Captain Caveman offering a hi-tech service while dressed in a black turtleneck and putting his hands together a lot.
    • In "DNA, A-OK!", Yogi moves in with Top Cat and his gang after a DNA test says he is a cat, and, among other things, Yogi asks them if being a cat means eating lasagna and hating Mondays, which Top Cat brushes off as just cat stereotypes.
    • "Catanooga Cheese Explosion" has Yogi doing the boombox scene from Say Anything....
    • In a Freeze-Frame Bonus in "A Fish Sticky Situation", Brain's laptop has a tab featuring a stylized yellow lampshade - possibly TV Tropes itself (among many other tabs).
      • Additionally, when the denizens of Jellystone turn into fish after eating the expired fish sticks, they bellow "meep" over and over, much like the anchovies in the very first episode of SpongeBob.
      • Another nod to SpongeBob in "A Fish Sticky Situation": in one scene, Top Cat is flattened like a pancake and lies on the ground in a similar fashion to Squidward in Squid on Strike.
    • A joke in "My Doggie Dave" has Doggie Daddy do a very Wrath of Khan style scream.
    • A video game-themed episode is titled "Gotta Kiss Them All".
    • For that matter, the goal of the game (allegedly) is to go around town and kiss everyone.
  • Justice League:
    • In the World War II episode, Superman flies directly through a German plane and emerges from the inevitable explosion covered head to toe in flames - which makes him a dead ringer for the Marvel Universe's original, Nazi-fighting Human Torch. An unidentified Allied solider later in the episode is shown injured and clutching his eye in reference to Nick Fury.
    • In the same episode, the Flash heckles the Nazis by yelling "Over here, Colonel Klink!"
    • The Joker once remarked that "they would have gotten away with it, too, were it not for me meddling with the kids!"
    • The Joker once also remarked to Batman in "Injustice For All" after Batman beat him up one more time "YOU'RE despicable!"
    • In the episode "Legends", part one, the giant robot at the beginning looks like it was commissioned by Gendo. The Justice Guild's sidekick "Ray Thompson" is an expy of Golden Age fanboy supreme Roy Thomas.
    • The exterior of Luthor's mansion, as seen in "The Return" looks quite familiar...
    • The JLU finale has Captain Steel channeling Captain America by flinging a Parademon's shield.
    • The Thanagarians' ultimate goal in "Starcrossed" was to blow up the Earth to make a hyperspace bypass
    • In "Eclipsed" Godfrey reads an anti-superhero diatribe from a book titled "Innocents Seduced." by "Dr. Fredrick" This is a riff on "The Seduction of the Innocent" by Dr. Fredrick Wertham, an infamous book about the negative effects of superhero comics on children.
    • In "Wild Cards", the Joker buys airtime under the name of 'Gwynplaine Entertainment'. Batman gets the reference.
    • The ending of "Panic in the Sky". An orbital laser weapon fails to do its job, then a few hours later a cocky git painfully transforms into a superpowered tentacle-monster. Why does this sound familiar?
    • In "This Little Piggy", when Zatanna is trying to grab a rabbit in her hat, she calls out for "Bugs."
    • Later in the episode, Circe is crushed by a flung piano. Her feet, which are sticking out from under the piano, go flat and roll up under the piano.
    • This Little Piggy has numerous references to Bewitched.
    • Young John Stewart in "Kid's Stuff" makes constructs that look like the work of Kyle Rayner.
    • The final two episodes of JLU, "Alive" and "Destroyer" are deliberate references to KISS albums. Darkseid's outfit is also a direct reference to Gene Simmon's on the cover of Destroyer.
    • When Skeets gets spit out of a black hole, he proclaims "My God, it's full of stars..."
    • In "Epilogue," the second Royal Flush Gang features a Jack that is also a samurai. His normal human form looks suspiciously like Phil LaMarr. Also, Ten looked like Bo Derek's character in the movie "Ten". The Queen turned out to be a male in normal form, and his both forms resemble the deceased actor/performer/drag Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine
    • In "The Return" Luthor mentions Heisenberg Compensators.
    • When the Flash runs so fast he nearly enters the Speed Force in "Divided We Fall", the rapid montage of the world as he runs around it is reminiscent of Mike Jittlov's The Wizard of Speed and Time, another story about a speedster.
    • The giant, flying, turtle that attacks Japan in "Chaos at the Earth's Core" is both a Mythology Gag and a shout out to Gamera.
    • So a man named Carter went to Mars, eh?
    • In "Dead Reckoning", Superman, currently possessed by Deadman, says when he, Batman and Wonder Woman are transported to Africa, "You know, when they beam down on that TV show, they never miss."
      Booster Gold: [to teleporter technician] Energize!
      Technician: Doofus.
    • "Patriot Act" features Vigilante and Shining Knight discussing Dirty Harry.
    • In "Twilight", an incredibly powerful AI living in a space base has stumbled into the problem of having developed as far as computers allow, and must now merge with a humanoid alien in order to continue. In other words, same as the climax of Foundation and Earth.
    • The two-part episode "The Terror Beyond" is an extended homage to the Marvel Comics team The Defenders. Doctor Fate stands in for Doctor Strange, Solomon Grundy for the Hulk, Hawkgirl for Nighthawk, and Aquaman for Namor. Grundy even refers to Hawkgirl as "Bird Nose", Hulk's nickname for Nighthawk.
    • In "Task Force X", when Deadshot meets Plastique, he says he's 'seen the pictures' to which she flirtatiously responds 'and that's as close as you're gonna get' - possibly reffing her naked humiliation at the hands of Firestorm in her first appearance.
    • In the episode "Divided we Fall," Green Arrow dissuades Superman from disbanding the Justice League, and gets ready to ride off into the sunset. Just before he does, Batman stops him, saying "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" To which, GA translates as "Who guards the guardians?" Most comic fans know what they're really talking about, though.
    • Another Watchmen reference appears in the episode "Paradise Lost," where we see Bernie's newsstand.
  • Loonatics Unleashed:
  • Pibby: Two shots in the trailer have backgrounds resembling SpongeBob SquarePants' house and the city from Rocko's Modern Life. Notably, these are the only references to cartoons that Warner Bros. does not own.
  • And then there's the Pinky and the Brain short "Yes, Always". Maurice LaMarche has admitted that the Brain's voice was mainly inspired by Orson Welles, and he used the infamous "Frozen Peas" audio (where Welles got frustrated over the writing and directing of a commercial for which he was doing a voice-over) as a sound check. The aforementioned short centered on the Brain doing commercial voice-overs. Guess where 99% of the dialogue came from? (If you don't believe it, check out this audio synch featuring the original "Frozen Peas" audio over the short).
  • Super Friends (1973) episode "Dr. Pelagian's War". Dr. Pelagian's submarine the Sprite looks very similar to the submarine U.S.S. Seaview in the film and TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
  • In Superman: Doomsday, there's a scene of Superman (actually his clone) fighting Toyman's giant mechanical spider. This was a shot at how movie producer Jon Peters wanted a giant spider in Superman Lives, written by Kevin Smith. Smith even voices a citizen in Doomsday that remarks, "Like we needed him to take care of a giant spider."
  • Superman: The Animated Series:
    • In the third episode, Martha Kent tells Clark, "I don't want anyone thinking you're like that nut in Gotham City."
    • In "My Girl," Lex Luthor is overheard explaining to his henchman that he wants him in Central City by that night.
    • In the episode "Mxyzpxlated", the Daily Planet comics page has a couple of Shout Outs. One strip is "Dini the Meany", which sounds similar to Dennis the Menace (US), but with an art style similar to Calvin and Hobbes. It's attributed to "Bill Wemissunote ". Also on the page is "Gleen", with an art style directly lifted from Peanuts. "Dini" of course is a reference to Paul Dini.
    • In an example mixed with a Take That!, another episode has Supergirl reading a comic book about a spider-themed superhero before disgustedly stating that the character is gross.
  • Although lots of shows poked fun at older video games of their respective eras, Tiny Toon Adventures brought out the hilariously direct Super Plucky-o Bros, featuring a side-scrolling landscape that all but matched the original game's colors and patterns, and sounds lifted straight from Super Mario Bros. and 2.
    • Another video game reference was seen in the episode "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian". For some reason, Montana Max is the pilot of an airplane. The terminal used for piloting the plane is an arcade cabinet with the game "Plane Man", where a plane is moving around a maze while eating dots. In reality, the actual plane is eating clouds.
    • The Parody Episode A Quack in the Quarks is one big shout out to Star Wars. "Duck Vader" is the Big Bad, and Buster ends up dressed like Han Solo, while Babs has her ears curled like Leia, and Plucky is dressed like Luke. It's not just Star Wars, though — if you look closely at the loading bay, you can see the TARDIS!
  • X-Men: Evolution
    • One episode had Blob watching a cartoon with characters that suspiciously looked like The Powerpuff Girls.
    • "Survival of the Fittest", which introduced Juggernaut, also introduced us to the Danger Room program Logan's Run.
    • "On Angel's Wings" gives us a brief glimpse of Warren reading a Daily Bugle newspaper, as well as a Stark Industries building. Might be a Mythology Gag due to the fact that pretty much 90% of the major Marvel Universe players are based in New York City.
    • A scene of "Impact" has Toad knocking on the head of the petrified Mystique shouting "Hello? McFly?"
    • The Season 2 episode "Retreat" has a Bigfoot Watcher showing off his Bigfoot Caller to a buddy. He says what store you can get them in, and tells his friend to ask for Mulder. To cement the reference, a clip of The X-Files theme is played before the scene transition.
    • In "Cruise Control," on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, Bobby is goofing off using his ice powers. His trump card is to make an iceberg in front of the ship, jumps right on the stern, and shouts "I'm king of the..."
    • In the episode "Uprising" when Spyke makes his return, Xavier uses Cerebro to find him. He says he's on the corner of "Lithia" and what sounds to be "Ashland" streets, a possible reference to the town of Ashland, Oregon: the town has lithium oxide (or "lithia") in a stream found in the center of town which is pumped into certain water fountains.
    • Scott and Kurt make a very dorky and completely out of place reference to Star Trek in an early episode. Justified though, as Kurt is a fan of fantasy in the comics and the Ultimate version of Scott is a Sci-Fi fan.
    • Jean is a soccer star, and during an awards ceremony for the team we get to see their logo, a phoenix that lights up in flames.
    • In "Walk on the Wild Side", the Bayville Sirens (X-Girls + Boom-Boom) do the "super-jiggle-sexy-slo-mo" walk down the hall a la The Craft, complete with Kitty blowing a kiss just like Nancy.
    • In "Spyke Cam" the dance that Spyke gets Rogue and Kitty to do is a clear reference to Buffy and Faith's dancing in "Bad Girls", complete with Suspiciously Apropos Music.
  • Young Justice:
  • WB animated shorts are notorious for including crew names on background objects such as billboards or boxes. "Friz" shows up a lot, an homage to director Friz Freleng. In the short Rocket Squad, Porky and Daffy play future cops in a parody of Dragnet, and a list of "known criminals" they use to find the bad guy includes everyone working in the animation department at that time. A more complete listing of the various inside jokes can be found here.
    • In the short "Daffy Duck Slept Here", Daffy claims to be friends with a six-foot tall invisible kangaroo named "Hymie".

    Transformers 
  • Beast Wars:
    • A scene in Gorilla Warfare is inspired by Robocop.
    • In Victory, the scene where Optimus is falling from the Axalon after being shot by Scorponok in his Beast mode resembles a scene in King Kong.
    • There's also this one to Superman, completely with a Suspiciously Similar Song version of Supes' Main Theme:
    Dinobot: Wait! Look! Down in the sky! Is it a bird?
    Rhinox: Maybe a plane!
    Rattrap: Nah! IT'S OPTIMUS!!
    • In Dark Designs, Cheetor's "Better dead than Pred" is a pun on an anti-communism message from The '50s.
    • Another scene, where Optimus brandishes his swords before Megatron shoots him down is reminiscent of the duel between Indiana Jones and the Cairo swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Dinobot pushing Scorponok into his rotor blade weapon echoes the demise of the German engineer in the same movie.
    • Airazor's pose in "The Low Road" (as seen in the page image) is a direct reference to the famous Star Wars poster.
    • The sequence in Season 3 where Megatron is using the Transmetal Driver to create the new Dinobot II from a blank Protoform draws heavily from the classic film Frankenstein (1931).
    • In the episode "The Probe", the search and rescue probes sent out from Cybertron, shot for shot, mirror the imperial probe droids from the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back.
    • Several to classic Looney Tunes, mostly involving Waspinator getting scrapped.
    • Rock'em Sock'em Robots battle between Rhinox and Inferno in Season 2. Colors even match. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvbbQyFWrDI
    • The head writers involved were very active in the online fandom. As a result, these cropped up all the time, often in the form of locations. Subsector Hooks and Grid Joona, for example, are named after fans who posted on the alt.toys.transformers usenet group at the time.
      • At one point a concussed Waspinator refers to himself as "Wonko the Sane". While this was originally a name of a minor character in So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, the specific reference was evidently to another Beast Wars fan who used this name as an online alias. That fan, Benson Yee, went on to be recruited as a continuity consultant for the second season finale. The Beast Wars crew recognized the value of the fandom.
    • What may have been a very subtle Shout Out was Cheetor's weapon sound effect. It sounded just like Mega Man's from the cartoon. Both were voiced by Ian Corlett.
    • Rattrap and Optimus' dialog about the Ark, how "that ship wasn't built, it was poured" and "die-cast metal, its a lost art" are both about how the original Gen 1 Transformer toys (well, the better, larger ones) all had die-cast parts for at least half the body.
    • Are we forgetting Megatron's first appearing to Optimus after he gets his new dragon body? "Enter the Dragon!"
  • In the Transformers Armada episode "Cramp", Fred exclaims "The horror! The horror!" when Unicron begins attacking Cybertron.

    Others 
  • Hanna-Barbera's The Adventures of Gulliver episode "The Dark Sleep". The witch Malagar was inspired by the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
    • She lives in a huge forbidding castle.
    • After she captures Gulliver, she holds up an hourglass and says "You have until the sand runs out, young Gulliver. Then, if you do not give up the map, I shall deal with you in my own fashion".
    • At one point she says "All in good time", a line spoken by the WWotW in the movie.
  • Jimmy Neutron; try to name one episode that isn't full of these.
  • American Dad! had an episode wherein Steve got revenge on the cheerleaders for locking his girlfriend out of a class election. Besides title cards listing each victim, one prank has him feeding laxatives to a buffalo before getting one of the cheerleaders under it.
    • One episode had a gag involving a Swear Jar. It seems Francine keeps a separate labeled jar for each swear, and the one that was the fullest was labeled "Moist".
  • Avengers Assemble:
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!:
  • "Eleanor Rigby" from Beat Bugs has two bugs searching for Eleanor Rigby named "Skölly" and "Mildew," which Buzz corrupts as "Skilldoo" and "Molly."
  • When The Beatles come across the cave of a hermit in "Nowhere Man," Ringo quips "I've heard his records." A reference to Herman's Hermits, a band from the British Invasion days.
    • In "I'm Only Sleeping," the boys are confronted with a fire-breathing dragon. George nervously quips in sing-song, "The fans are getting tougher all the time," which shouts out to the 40s standard "My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time" by Les Brown.
  • Ben 10:
  • Bluey: a montage of family fun at the beach includes a one second shot of the mum, Chilli, lying in the same pose as the iconic Australian photograph Sunbaker, taken in 1937 by modernist photographer Max Dupain.
  • An episode of Bump in the Night had Mr. Bumpy and Squishington competing to scare each other. In one instance, Squishington is looking beyond an open door, averting and saying "Get back! Get back to where you once belonged!"
  • In "Stella Sprinkles!" from Butterbean's Cafe, Cricket invites Stella Sprinkles to a cupcake decorating party, then sets up the party without waiting for her acceptance. When Stella doesn't show up at the scheduled time, she goes outside the cafe and shouts "Stella! Stelllla!".
  • In Carmen Sandiego, Paper Star's hair is styled like Juri Han.
  • On Celebrity Deathmatch, Flea beats Kenny G with Nick Diamond stating "Flea killed Kenny G!" A kid in the audience then shouts, "You Bastard!"
  • Codename: Kids Next Door is full of these.
  • Code Lyoko
    • Kadic Academy was named after Philip K. Dick (look at his middle initial and last name); this is confirmed by MoonScoop themselves.
    • Several times, a Totoro plush toy can be seen in Yumi's bedroom.
    • At the end of episode "Vertigo", Odd comments that he would love to turn invisible, like Susan of the Fantastic Four. This is quite a direct shout-out since French animation company MoonScoop also produced Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes.
    • In the episode "The Secret", the demolition worker controlled by XANA distinctly looks like Mario. William even calls him a "super-plumber".
  • The Crayon Box: In "The Three Piggies", the pigs are named Lester, Chester, and Sylvester. Sylvester changes his name to Bob because Sylvester's a name for a cat.
  • The Crumpets:
    • Pac-Man is spoofed in "Save Granny" when Pa chases Granny in an 8-bit maze and sound-quality. The Crumpets' adopted cousin Cordless explicitly wants a Pac-Man game as part of his video arcade proposal in the Crumpets' house in "Gambled Gables". Cordless also wears a shirt with a Space Invaders sprite; more sprites would appear in the show's sequel Teen Crumpets.
    • In "Ransoming Dad", the Wicked Witch of the West is mentioned to demand the ransom in the forged letter.
    • One of Li'l One's plushes is an Uglydolls character.
    • In "Booty for Beauty", the words "Fifty Shades of Grey" are heard.
    • Pfff's bedroom has parodies of real bands such as a poster reading "RAGE CRUMPET THE MACHINE".
    • In "Disassister", Marylin calls a crocodile "Wally Gator".
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood:
    • When cooking soup for Mom Tiger in "Mom Tiger is Sick," Mr. Daniel Tiger adds "Just a little Mrs. Salt and some Mr. Pepper." While it was Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper on Blue's Clues, it still seems very close, especially when consider that series creator Angela C. Santomero has a story credit on the episode.
    • Daniel Tiger's fantasy sequence in "Mom Tiger is Sick" in which he imagines himself as a superhero fighting germs features the same style and general appearance as Super Mario Bros..
    • In a tribute to Fred Rogers, "After the Storm" features a song that includes the phrase "Look for the helpers," which was a phrase that Mister Rogers became known for.
    • Another installment features the characters singing to each other "I like you / I like you / I like you just the way you are." Fred Rogers would end his program by telling viewers "You've made this day a special day by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are," inspired by his grandfather who once told him "Fred, you made this day a special day, just by being yourself. Always remember there's just one person in this whole world like you — and I like you just the way you are."
    • The book Let's Play Together! features activities and crafts for parents to do with their children or teachers to do with their students. One of these is called "Handprint Cards" and involves having the child cover their hand in paint and make their handprint on a sheet of folded paper. However, the illustration accompanying doesn't depict a handprint, it depicts a blue pawprint.
  • Danny Phantom: To comic books, crewmembers, The Fairly OddParents, Doom, and Star Wars.
    • Also, after forcing Danny to Walk the Plank from Youngblood's flying pirate ship:
    • The name of the male who wears the amulet to become a dragon is Aragon. (Possibly a shout out to the popular book series Eragon?
    • The high school is named Casper High School.
    Paulina: So you're like, a friendly ghost?
    • "Urban Jungle" has Danny on an ice world floating in a defrosting tank in his underwear... just before he prepares to beat the Monster of the Week voiced by Mark Hamill.
    • The movie posters in Sam's basement: Citizen Kane, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, A Clockwork Orange and Jaws. In the same episode, see Baleful Polymorph above.
    • "Darn! Right at the part where he says, 'you complete me.'"
    • At the end of Pirate Radio, some very familiar music plays: Popeye's theme.
    • From "Fanning the Flames": Take any requests? How about "Beat It"?
    • At the end of "Reality Trip", Danny tells the Guys in White to leave his human self and his family alone, because he's not the ghost they're looking for, complete with a wave of his hand (which is currently sporting a reality warping gauntlet) to make them believe it. Also, the whole movie revolves around the villain Freakshow assembling magical gems to be placed into the Reality Gauntlet that, when complete, allows the bearer to rewrite reality at his whim. This is a huge reference to the Marvel story The Infinity Gauntlet, only with Freakshow in place of Thanos, and three gems instead of five.
    • In "Public Enemies" when Danny fights overshadowed Kwan, the latter twirls a ghost guard's stick threateningly. Unimpressed, Danny just blasts him.
    • "What You Want" features the extremely popular (at least among Paulina and her cohorts) new movie "Sayonara Pussycat".
    • In "Memory Blank" gender flipped expies of the Predator, Terminator, and Freddy Krueger appear as movie monsters brought to life by Desiree.
    • Ghost Rays in general look like the energy blasts from Dragon Ball, even the way Danny fires the extra-strong ones looks like a Kamehameha.
    • The chariot race in "King Tuck" is a reference to the famous scene in Ben-Hur, complete with Messala's wheel-cutting spoke spikes.
    • There are also a few shout-outs to Back to the Future. Marty McFly himself appears in a brief, pause-or-you'll-miss-it cameo in "Masters of All Time" and "Splitting Images". George McFly's book "A Match Made in Space" is seen in "Double Cross My Heart". And the coolest; the clock tower in the University of Madison (in "Masters of All Time") reads 10:04.
    • There's an obvious nod in the episode "Lucky in Love" to Gone with the Wind. The Once per Episode title card was a parody of the famous movie poster of Rhett holding Scarlett in front of the burning city of Atlanta.
    • In one episode, Danny plays a "Crash Nebula" arcade game, a reference to the Show Within a Show on The Fairly OddParents. Which leads to another one: in the Poorly Disguised Pilot for Crash Nebula, the young Crash is seen reading a Danny Phantom comic book.
  • Dexter's Laboratory
    • At the beginning of "Monstory", Dexter is examining what appears to be a microscopic civilization on a small speck, a deduction he calls "Horton's theory of Who".
    • In "Filet of Soul", Dexter prepares to get rid of the ghost of the family's pet goldfish and boats "Who ya gonna call?"
    • In "Sport's a Poppin", Dexter is set to kick a football Dee Dee is holding. Just before Dexter kicks it, Dee Dee puts it over Dexter just like Lucy from Peanuts does, stating she always wanted to do that. The next time Dad is seen, he has a piece of gum in his mouth so that he talks like the adults in Peanuts do.
  • Dora the Explorer: In "Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure" the Grumpy Old Troll makes Dora and Sniper solve three Christmas-related riddles. The answer to the second is Frosty the Snowman, though the image they use is of a generic snowman.
  • Dragon Tales:
  • In "A Change of Art" from Elinor Wonders Why after completing a painting, Mr. Lion tells Elinor and her friends "And that's the joy of painting." (The Joy of Painting also aired on PBS.) Furthermore, the character actually looks vaguely like Bob Ross, sporting an afro and goatee.
  • Because of the sheer similarities between the two shows, it was an inevitability that Filly Funtasia would be drawing a few allusions to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
    • One of the main Filly Characters, Will, has a distinctly black color, strange-looking green wings, and his actual race in-universe is Fairy Filly. Very reminiscent of the Changelings in Friendship Is Magic.
    • One of the Fillies looks like Fluttershy.
    • There's a Filly character named Twilight, and another Filly character named Sparkle. If that wasn't enough, Twilight has wings and Sparkle is a unicorn. Put the two together and what do you get?
  • The Generator Rex episode "Breach" has Rex telling Holiday he was fighting a little girl, and she wasn't "made of sugar and spice!"
    • The entire episode (or at least Rex's segment) seemed to reference Silent Hill, foggy town filled with monsters, a creepy school, and the possibility of Alternate Dimensions being involved, not helped by some of the questions about Breach's psyche.
  • George's aunt(?) in George Shrinks tends to respond to shocks with "What in the name of (Insert Groucho Marx Character Here)..." - this has included such luminaries as Hugo Z. Hackenbush, Jeffrey Spaulding, and Rufus T. Firefly.
  • Get Blake!: In "Get West!", the Squalliens disguise themselves by inhabiting the form of a black clad, robotic gunslinger that looks an awful lot like Yul Brynner's character in Westworld.
  • The episode Invasion from Below from the Hero Factory cartoon seems to be LEGO's take on Pacific Rim, which came out half a year prior. It has Kaiju attacking from a mysterious underground place, the Heroes riding mechs to fight them, the discovery that the beasts can communicate with each other, and one of the Heroes ejecting his escape pod upwards when his mech gets sucked into a chasm. Its animation studio Ghost VFX has also worked on Pacific Rim.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: In "Were-Kaz", Kaz's transformation via lap dissolves parodies The Wolf Man, complete with an old, grainy, black-and-white film effect.
    • In "Ami Goes Bad", Ami says "Smokin!" after getting possessed.
  • In the fifth episode of The Hollow they find an Abandoned Laboratory that has benn taken over by an aggressive alien creature. Among the slime and destruction they find a clawed-up military-style helmet labelled "Pte. Hudson".
  • In Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes, Amy describes Mr. Beech's display of little drummer boy dwarfs as "Attack of the Little Drummer Clones."
  • In the Inspector Gadget episode "Focus on Gadget", Gadget gets his nose caught in an airlock door, which is a callback to the closing sequence of Don Adams' earlier show, Get Smart.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Aside from a Whole Plot Reference to I Am Legend, the title for one episode, "Jimmy, Don't Be a Hero", is a reference to the 1974 song "Billy, Don't Be a Hero".
  • Johnny Bravo has few episodes starting and ending with narrator announcing that Johnny is now "in the zone, where normal things don’t happen very often."
  • Let's Go Luna!:
    • "Not Home on the Range" is a reference to the song, "Home on the Range".
    • In "House Music", Andy does a dance similar to Michigan J. Frog.
    • "Lizardzilla!" briefly shows poster parodies of Japanese movies like Kiki's Delivery Service. Lizardzilla is also a very obvious parody of Godzilla.
    • In "Story Story", The Hairy Games book series is a reference to both Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Said series has Districts, like Hunger Games, but they're organized more like Harry Potter houses.
    • In "Robo Kid", the gang visits a 60-foot tall robot statue. There is one in real life, and it's of none other than Unicorn Gundam from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
    • "Beetlemania":
    • In "Loco for Cocoa!", Luna sings about Montezuma II, an Aztec king who loved chocolate. He is shown going through a Pac-Man-like maze eating chocolate treats, complete with the sound effects.
    • In "Old School", the school mascot does the Pennywise jig. You can see it here.
    • In "Blanket Decision", Andy's favorite baseball team is the Rochester Hot Wings, a parody of the Rochester Red Wings.
  • In one episode of Lolirock, the main characters reach a sunken ship to rescue a character who had previously been there. After they fill the ship with air, that character asks them how they did that. Iris states that it was really complicated and that they had to use ping-pong balls. This is a reference to a Donald Duck story where a sunken ship was risen by lowering a hose from the surface and pumping it with ping-pong balls.
  • The Dandies from Long Live the Royals are introduced in a spoof of the opening shot of A Clockwork Orange.
  • Molly of Denali:
    • In "A-maze-ing Snow", the scene where Trini (and later Tooey) become lost in the snow maze references the horror film The Shining. (Specifically, the scene at the end of the movie where Danny is being chased in the snow maze by his father Jack and Jack later freezing to death in the maze where Danny makes his escape out of the maze. As you can see, both scenes of The Shining and Molly of Denali episode ended up in the same predicament.)
    • "Cabbagezilla":
    • "The Worm Turns":
      • The episode title is also the name of a Mickey Mouse cartoon.
      • When the kids search up images of giant ice worms, they find a picture of a video game character called Boltronoman, who kinda resembles Optimus Prime from Transformers. It could also be a reference to other types of Humongous Mecha franchises.
    • "Little Dog Lost":
    • "Mollyball":
      • The game of Mollyball is a reference to Calvinball.
      • When Trini mentions aliens from other planets, that's a reference to Ready Jet Go!, as Sydney (who shares the same actress as Trini) hangs out with an alien (Jet).
    • In "Visit Qyah", Maurice admits to having met celebrity weatherman Clark Newman who bares a strong resemblance to Arataka Reigen, "The Greatest Psychic of the 21st Century" from Mob Psycho 100.
    • The intro to "Qyah Spy" is a parody of James Bond.
    • In "Climb Every Mountain", the book Oscar returns to the library is part of a series called Moosebumps, by RU Fine. This is a parody of real world author R. L. Stine and his Goosebumps books.
    • A recurring book is Best Beasts Ever! And Where to Find Them.
  • In one episode of Monster Buster Club, Cathy is sent to detention, and it's specifically mentioned that it will be in Room 101.
  • My Little Pony 'n Friends, while not as Shout-Out-y as My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, does have a few.
    • "The Glass Princess" has a couple of examples:
      • The title and refrain of "Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave", is taken from Marmion, an 1808 poem by Sir Walter Scott.
      "Oh! what a tangled web we weave
      When first we practise to deceive!"
    • On one occasion, the Moochick and his rabbit assistant Habbit are seen playing three-dimensional chess. Amusingly, Habbit is winning.
  • Over the Garden Wall loves its fairytale, Fleischer, Disney, Dante, Miyazaki and Tex Avery references. Notably:
    • The name for the series itself comes at least partially from a lost silent era film of the same name.
    • Greg's frog at the piano, seen at the beginning and end of the series, resembles the title card for Flip the Frog.
    • Beatrice acts as a guide through the woods for the kids, just like her literary counterpart.
    • Befitting his status as a Satanic Archetype, The Beast's name references one of the names of the Antichrist in The Bible.
    • The Gorilla in Chapter Three looks an awful lot like the Bumble.
    • The ferry is called the McLoughlin Brothers Ferry, named for a children's storybook publishing company that operated from the 1800s to the 1920s.
    • Another comes in the Beast turning his victims into Edelwood trees either through either trickery with Greg or despair with Wirt. The representation of the Beast for suicide and how he manipulates it harks back to Canto XIII of the Inferno, where victims of suicide are turned into trees and suffer the abuse of harpies within the seventh circle of hell.
    • The "Babes in the Woods" episode shares its name with a fairytale about two lost children in the woods. In the original story, the children die, setting a grim tone for those who get the reference.
    • The rock tune that opens episode 9 is a sound-alike of the T. Rex song 'Ballrooms of Mars.'
    • Sara was named after the eponymous Fleetwood Mac song.
    • The comic miniseries has Holly Hobbie-esque girls in the first issue.
  • P.C. Pinkerton: In the episode "Slipper", when P.C. Pinkerton ands his family are trying to decide the name of their new puppy, Peter suggests that the puppy's name be "Skeletor".
  • Peppa Pig: In a Christmas Episode you can see, of all things, a picture of Suzumiya Haruhi.
  • Planet Sheen features the planet Zeenu.
  • Popeye
    • In Big Chief Ugh-Umugh-Ugh, Popeye quips to the chief "Hey, who made your bows? An amateur?". The way he says it makes it a reference to the popular radio show Major Bowes' Amateur Hour.
    • Nix on Hypnotricks and She-Sick Sailors make references to Superman.
  • "Mary Pop-pop-Poppins is my hero! ~giggles~"
  • One episode of Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders opened with a bored fairy lamenting that her town was "boring" while her pet tried to talk her out of it. It was almost line-by-line taken from one of the best Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers episodes. Turns out that it was the same voice actress, and Jewel Riders used most of the same writers and staff as Galaxy Rangers!
  • Pucca has a sequence during a costume party where the band dresses up like Devo.
  • Rainbow Brite: The wizard in episode 11 resembles Mickey from Fantasia.
  • One episode of The Real Ghostbusters had a wangsty villain whose sidekick/best friend was named DiTillio, after one of episode writer J. Michael Straczynski's former colleagues from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983).
  • ReBoot runs on this trope, so much so that the Other Wiki's episode guide has a column devoted to listing them all. Some of the most notable ones include The Prisoner (which got an episode to parody it) and The X-Files, in the form of minor characters Fax Modem and Data Nully (voiced by Gillian Anderson herself, no less). Other shout-outs include Mortal Kombat, Evil Dead, Braveheart, Pokémon (and anime in general), James Bond, Star Wars, The Last Starfighter, and Star Trek.
  • In the Rocket Monkeys episode "Trick or Trixie", Gus is watching his pet space squid Inky make paintings on the wall out of ink. When Wally asks it to paint for him it shoots ink in his face that results in him looking like Gene Simmons, complete with hanging tongue.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle has this shout out to Burma Shave:
    Do not go back
    Go on instead
    Your friend the moose
    Is just ahead
    Boris Shave
  • Samurai Jack has tons.
    • One episode famously focuses on Jack's adventure with an obvious Totoro send-up. Later, Jack completely loses his memory because of Destiny's Child. Another episode has Jack fighting over a time traveling jewel with a palette-swapped Daisuke Jigen.
    • In the episode with the flatulent dragon. Jack gets directions from an eccentric scissor-smith, who tells him to turn left at a fork in the road to get to the Dragon's Lair. When Jack asks, "Where does the other path lead?" the scissor-smith replies, "Space Ace!"
    • "Heeeere's Jackie!"
    • Nearly any given SJ ep is going to have shout-outs. One ep had him encountering Quickdraw Mc Graw and Babalooie, as he's pursued by Old-West themed bounty hunters. In one where he fights an evil witch, she is voiced by BJ Ward, the VA for both Princess Allura and Witch Haggar on Voltron and is drawn like an SJ version of Haggar. She is even called The Hag.
    • Lest we forget about the episode "Jack's Sandals." Upbeat techno music? High-speed sneakers? Blurring by anything on feet or wheels? Sounds like a certain blue-quilled speedster we all know and love.
  • Shelldon:
    • In "Alien Encounter," the musical sound coming from the U.F.O. (unidentified floating object, and clearly actually a human fishing vessel), while not the same, is clearly intended to evoke the tune from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
    • In the same story, a black crab wearing sunglasses neuralyzes two police officers before absconding with the "U.F.O."
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Light Hope, the AI that assists Adora as She-Ra, attempts to give her a pat on the shoulder while saying "There, there". It fails, as she is intangible, but it's the thought that counts.
  • Solar Opposites: Yumyulack's name is likely a reference to the name of the Coneheads' home planet of Remulak.
  • Soupe Opéra: After it's created, a rabbit checks its pocket watch and runs away.
  • One episode of Storm Hawks had two characters who were a Shout-Out to Statler and Waldorf.
  • One of the episodes of Strawberry Shortcake is called "Angel Cake in the Outfield," which is referential of the film Angels in the Outfield.
  • The 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has some of these:
    • When stranded on an alien planet and looking for transport, the turtles find Captain Ersatzes of Han and Chewie. They conclude, "We can do better."
    • In the previous episode, Michaelangelo says, "Not today, Chung Lee." A triple entendre in that he references not only Wang Chung and Bruce Lee, but Chun Li.
    • In a fight, Donatello realizes, "A bo staff? And a bunch of guys who all look the same? Time to try one of my favorite movie stunts!" He spins around his staff à la Burly Brawl, but it doesn't work. Raphael (I think) reminds Donny that "This ain't the movies."
    • One episode has Donatello find wayward computer data in the systems of a Texas paper factory — likely a Shout-Out to Heroes, where The Company uses a paper factory in Texas as a front. Makes you wonder what other kind of data he'd find there if he looked...
    • The episode "Reality Check" takes place In a World… where the Turtles are super-powered heroes. The "Shell of Justice" is a shout-out to the Hall of Justice from Super Friends, and "Shelletron-1000" probably references the Autobots computer in Transformers: Generation 1, Teletron-1. An early episode has similar shout-outs, where Mikey's fantasies of the Turtles as superheroes get mocked as "the Ninja-stice League", "the Shelltastic Four", and "the Legion of Sewer-Heroes".
    • In one episode, Mikey meets a superhero named Green Mantle. His civilian name is even "Al Gordon" after Hal Jordan.
    • The episode where Donatello meets an artist named Kirby and traveled with him to a world with people living in a city at the end of a rainbow bridge protected by warriors with godlike powers and cosmic technology. This episode's name was "The King"
    • In the Battle Nexus Tournament Mikey faces Kluh from the dimension "Levram". His father is Ammag.
  • On the subject of the Ninja Turtles, the old cartoon tended to have the Turtles (usually Raphael) use a reference to The Wizard of Oz in conversation.
  • ToddWorld:
    • There's a beetle named Twingo who speaks using The Beatles references and seems to have the power to make others speak this way too when talking to him.
      Twingo: Help. I need somebody to help me cross this stream. It's so wide and vast.
      Pickle: We can work it out. Climb into my hand. I'll help you across.
      Twingo: You've really got to hold on to me. ... I got over it with a little bit of help from my friend.
    • In "Super Sophie," the scene changer with the wing logo that represents superhero identity is displayed in a similar way and with a similar musical theme as the bat logo seen in Batman.
  • Totally Spies!:
    • The villain from the first season finale (and second season premiere) has a last name of Lumiere, and is a filmmaker. The Lumiere brothers were pioneers of French cinema.
    • The show contains a fair number of Shout Outs to Sailor Moon. Some of them are Actor Allusion moments, as Katie Griffin (who plays Alex) played Sailor Mars in the early English dub of the show.
    • The show has a metric ton of Shout Outs to Cat's Eye, which had a very popular French dub in the 80's. Alex is a Captain Ersatz of Ai, the youngest Kisugi sister, who was called "Alex" in the dub.
      • Pam, Alice, and Crimson, the predecessors of the show's protagonists, are also modeled after the three Kisugi sisters. They also acted as rival spies in an episode tiled Spies Vs Spies.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy: I know it was you Fredo!
  • In an episode of the Turbo Fast cartoon for Netflix, White Shadow, and Skidmark stay back in Turbo Town so they can watch a Gossip Girl parody titled "Gossip Snail" and are egarly awaiting the reveal of the titular Gossip Snail in question.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man has a number as well:
    • In the Cold Open for "Venom" we get a very Looney Tunes-esque recapping of Spidey's adventures with the robots of the Marvel Universe.
    • Peter tells Osborn that maybe Spider-Man sits close to him in Spanish class. Cue to Spidey singing "Donde esta la biblioteca" from Community.
    • In "For Your Eye Only", there is a James Bond riff involving Spidey in a tuxedo on a snowboard.
      • Fury's magic number is "007" and the "Doctor Octopussy" title card at the end of the episode.
    • Spider-Man falls into the trash compactor of the SHIELD Helicarrier.
    • And Spider-Man mutters sarcastically to himself in the air vents, à la Die Hard
    • The use of the scare cord during "Snow Day" seemed awfully familiar...
    • In "Spidah-Man" , the city of Boston provides Spidey with a gadget-filled cave, an English butler, a Spider-Mobile, and even an eager Kid Sidekick. Three guesses as to who these Shout Outs are aimed at.
    • "The itsy-Bitsy Spider-Man" has J Jonah Jameson airing an interview in response to accusations of the Bugle not being Fair and Balanced about Spider-Man.
    • In "Guardians of the Galaxy", Spider-Man quotes Daffy Duck's Robin Hood short as Rocket Raccoon tries to evade enemy lasers.
      • The same episode has a cutaway gag parodying the training sequence from The Empire Strikes Back, with Nova and Rocket Raccoon standing in for Luke Skywalker and Yoda.
    • In "Game Over" Spidey, Cap and Wolverine face off against LMD Doppelgangers of themselves, when they are about to square off the "Versus" image is a lot like Capcom Versus Whatever, the doubles are even a lighter shade of Palette Swap.
    • From "Ultimate Deadpool":
    • In "Awesome" Spidey steals the Awesome Android from a SHIELD lab to pass off as his science fair invention. Among the items he passed on stealing are the Ultimate Nullifier ("too tiny"), the Cosmic Cube ("too bright"), and Howard the Duck ("too weird!").
    • The " Spider-Ham" segment of the "Spider-Verse" story arc:
  • 2 Stupid Dogs once had a really weird episode where they were trained in using cartoon-violence. When they were asked to show some, very first thing they thought was to imitate The Little Mermaid (1989). Afterward, they imitate Beany and Cecil and Ren and Stimpy.
  • Wallykazam:
    • "How to Bathe Your Dragon" is referential of How to Train Your Dragon.
    • One of the characters owns a doll that looks a lot like Totoro.
    • The Bathmobile from the episode by the same name is obvious reference to the Batmobile from the Batman franchise, particularly when Wally calls out "To the bathmobile!"
  • What About Mimi?: The two bully characters were called Brock and Buddy Wickersham.
  • W.I.T.C.H.:
    • In the second intro Will owns Kermit the Frog merchandise and her room's wallpaper is of the Hoenn starters.
    • In episode 1 Cornelia mocks Taranee's star-covered Mary Janes by asking if she's going to Oz.
    • In episode 2 Hay Lin references George of the Jungle.

Alternative Title(s): Shout Out Western Animation

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