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This is a list of many references and parodies in pop culture featured on Regular Show.
2001: A Space Odyssey
- The CPU of the Wall Buddy system from the episode Wall Buddy is with its characteristic red camera lense a direct hommage to the HAL 9000 computer from the Space Odyssey series, mostly famous for Stanley Kubrick's movie adaptation 2001: A Space Odyssey.
A Clockwork Orange
- In The Unicorns Have Got to Go, there is a unicorn dressed exactly as the main character Alex DeLarge from Stanley Kubrick's cult-classic, A Clockwork Orange.
- In Fool Me Twice, when the Game Show Host's hand starts growing from a lack of punching, he kneels and a red cape is covering his hand. This is similar to the anime movie Akira, in which Tetsuo's arm starts mutating and his red cape hides the arm from view.
- In Every Meat Burritos, Kaneda's motorcycle can be seen in the impound lot when High Five Ghost, Mordecai, Rigby and Muscle Man are trying to find a car.
- In Big Winner, one of the members of the SWAT Team is in a yellow electronic walker, quite reminiscent of the yellow walker that appears in the second film in the Alien franchise, Aliens. Albeit, this walker is called a power loader.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
- In the Halloween special, Terror Tales of the Park a this popular horror franchise is referenced in the segment, Creepy Doll. When the evil doll, Percy, is thrown into a furnace. This is seen as a homage to the main antagonist, Freddy Krueger, as he is known for being burned alive before becoming the ghastly killer he is now.
- Additionally, Robert Englund lent his voice to the Stag-Man in the following episode, Camping Can Be Cool. Englund is well known for playing the role of Freddy Krueger in the original film series.
- In Terror Tales of the Park III, Jebediah Townhouse's way to haunt the house (like growing out of a table, turn the stairs into his tongue to swallow Pops, ...) appears to be an hommage to Freddy Krueger's creative way to haunt dreams.
Back to the Future series
- The Two Peaks Mall is a shopping center that appears in several episodes of Regular Show, this is a reference to the "Twin Pines Mall" seen in the first film of Back to the Future. As both feature similar logos, names, and building design. Both malls even have the same time shown on their digital clocks.
- The character Techmo, owns and drives a DeLorean DMC-12 that is very well modeled after the one seen in all the Back to the Future films.
- In Exit 9B, when Muscle Man regains his memory he says, "This is heavy bro" a quoting Marty McFly's catchphrase.
- In the climax of The Christmas Special, Mordecai wishes for floating snowboards. This particular device is quite similar to that of the hoverboard seen in this film franchise. Only difference being that these snowboards are attached to each other for the sole purpose of Mordecai and Rigby's escape from the lava pit, while the hoverboard was designed for a single person to use.
- At the end of same episode, Santa Claus storms back to the North Pole in his sled, that leaves behind fiery tracks. An effect that was made famous by the Back to the Future series.
- At the end of A Skips in Time, Skips gives Mordecai and Rigby a picture with a message on it, like Doc gave Marty a photo at the end of Part III.
- In the episode Skips' Story, the theme of the prom was "Enchantment Under the Sea." This is a reference to Back to the Future.
- In Gold Watch, when Benson tries to go back in time with the Mach Infinity, he also leaves fiery tracks.
Big Trouble in Little China
- The Warlock seen in Fortune Cookie is a parody of Lo Pan, the primary antagonist from this John Carpenter film.
- The Party Pete's explosion death is a reference to the death of Thunder, one of the Three Storms.
- The battle scene in "That's My Jam" between the employess of the park and the Summertime Song was a reference to the sorceror's battle between Egg Shen and David Lopan.
- The scene in K.I.L.I.T. Radio where Mordecai and Rigby infiltrate the station dressed as mechanics is a reference to the scene where Jack Burton and Wang Chi infiltrate the Wing Kong Exchange.
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
- The scene in Mordecai and the Rigbys, where future versions of Mordecai and Rigby appear to show them how to play their instruments to become a successful band is a reference to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, where the same happens to the protagonists during a concert.
The Breakfast Club
- "Fuzzy Dice" ends with a freeze-frame high-five set to Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me," similar to this film.
- The Kenny Loggins song "I'm All Right" from this film plays over the opening montage in "First Day."
- The Park house resembles the house Michael O'Keefe's, Caddy, from the film lives in.
- Various elements of Caddyshack may be found in aspects of Regular Show, such as the characters being groundskeepers, a hot-tempered authority figure (the judge/Benson), riding around in golf carts, etc.
Child's Play series
- This horror-comedy film series is referenced in the Halloween special for Regular Show known as, Terror Tales of the Park. More specifically, the movie series served as an inspiration of the segment, Creepy Doll, where Pops has a doll named Percy who actually turns out to be an evil, living doll. Percy himself is a parody of Chucky, the main antagonist of the Child's Play series.
- The series is further referenced when Percy is kicked into a furnace by Pops, the doll is seemingly killed, but emerges from the flames in a surprise attack (but collapses moments after). Echoing Chucky's (or any horror film slasher for that matter) ability to sustain numerous fatal injuries before actually dying.
Conan the Barbarian
- In Terror Tales of the Park III, Skips is dressed up as Arnold Schwarzenegger's character Conan from the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian.
Dazed and Confused
- Mordecai's high school look in Rigby in the Sky With Burrito is based on Matthew McConaughey's character in this film.
- In Eggscellent, Mordecai and Rigby are watching a TV show, with the main character being a police officer named 'Easton'. A surname reminiscent of Dirty Harry's star actor, Clint Eastwood.
- This is further supported by the similarities between Eastwood's character, and 'Easton' in both appearance, and tone of voice. As well as the fact that both appear to be a cop.
- Then, as Mordecai mentions how Easton "flips a car in every episode", he makes a quote of, "hey, bus full of school kids.", which is a reference to one of the film's later scenes.
ET The Extra Terrestrial
- In Dumptown USA, when Mordecai and Rigby are on Lazy Wheelz being chased by Mordecai's Roomies, a bridge opens, and they jump over the lap, and there shadows are seen jumping over the Sun. This parody's the famous scene from the 1982 movie ET The Extra Terrestrial, where Elliot and ET ride on the Magic Bike and they are seen jumping over the moon.
- In The Last Laserdisc Player, the flashback to the dystopian format wars where Laserdiscs are forbidden and burnt by troops resembles the 1966 Sci-Fi movie Fahrenheit 451, where reading is against the law and a force called the firemen burns literature in all forms. This causes a secret reading society, similar to the secret laserdisc society in the episode.
- In Cool Cubed, the idea of shrinking Mordecai and Rigby to travel inside Thomas' head to unfreeze his brain is taken directly from the 1966 Sci-Fi movie Fantastic Voyage, where the protagonists get shrunk and sent inside a scientist's brain to remove a deadly blood clot.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- In More Smarter, when Rigby is attending a high school class, a few characters resemble those seen in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Most notably the instructor of the class, who is modeled after Ben Stein's character in the movie, simply known as the "Economics Teacher."
- Another background character in the same scene resembles the character Cameron Frye, complete with a red jersey, a signature piece of clothing that was worn by Frye in the film.
First Blood/Rambo series
- Muscle Man is seen wearing a red headband in the episode Prankless when he retaliates against the rival park, a trademark of Rambo's title character, John Rambo.
- In Guy's Night, Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man, and HFG watch an action film called, Sergeant AWOL. Footage of the from the movie is briefly seen, and it features a muscular character firing a machine gun in a jungle setting. This is likely a reference to the iconic scene from the film First Blood, where Sylvester Stallone's character, John Rambo fires a machine gun with one hand within a jungle.
Friday the 13th series
- In the episodes, Grave Sights and See You There, a few background characters can be seen donning hockey masks and wielding machetes, a reference to well-known horror movie icon, Jason Voorhees, the main antagonist of all the Friday the 13th movies (with the exception of the first and fifth films).
- In Trailer Trashed, the mask worn by Frank Jones during his announcement before attacking is a hockey mask similar to Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series
- In Exit 9B, Susan makes a roar that is the same sound byte used for Godzilla's roar (in this case, one of the roars created by Frank Welker for the infamous 1998 Roland Emmerich remake).
- During a scene in Caveman when Gregg is flipping through channels, one show briefly appears with a creature similar to Godzilla is seen walking in a fiery city.
Harry Potter series
- In Cool Bikes, one of the outfits Mordecai wears looks strikingly similar to how Harry dresses in the films.
- The magic quill in the episode Diary magically writes down Margaret's secrets. Quite similarly to the magic quill from Harry Potter that magically writes down magic children's names into the Hogwarts Birth Register.
- In The Christmas Special , there in an invisibility cloak, which may be a reference to the invisibility cloak in Harry Potter.
- Pops's car, Carmenita , bears ressemblance to the flying car owned by the Weasley family due to it's ability to fly and perform abnormal feats.
Indiana Jones series
- In Eggscellent, the storyline is quite reminiscent of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade because Johnathan Kimble kept a journal, the hat is a reference to the Holy Grail, and the Eggscellent Knight is a reference to the Grail Knight.
- Plus, the dungeon-like place and the "Your choice is eggscellent" instead of "wisely" are also references.
- In The Christmas Special, the tiles and the instructions are also taken from The Last Crusade. The riddle and instructions were close to the riddle in Indiana's dad's book, the only difference being that the instructions in the Regular Show episode were far less complicated.
- The chase between Mordecai, Rigby, and the Duck Collector in A Bunch of Baby Ducks seems oddly similar to the truck chase in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- The main antagonist of Trailer Trashed, Frank Jones, falls off a cliff on a truck, the same way Colonel Vogel in The Last Crusade dies by falling off a cliff on a tank.
- Some plot elements of The Last Laserdisc Player are also taken from The Last Crusade. This is demonstrated when Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man, and High Five Ghost enter a library which leads to a secret passage which could be a reference to the tomb located within the library. It was said that there were guardians of the laserdisc player, in the same way that there were guardians of the Grail.
- The plot of the episode Sugar Rush where Mordecai and Rigby have to go through several "sugar levels" to rescue Pops resembles the storyline of the movie Inception, where the protagonists have to go through several dream levels. Like in the movie, everytime they enter a new sugar level, the previous level appears to be slowed down. Additionally, the musical score at the climax of the episode sounds similar to the Inception-soundtrack, even including the characteristic blaring horn.
- In Trash Boat, the armory and color pattern of The Urge's future version looks noticeable similar to Judge Dredds appearance. Additionally, The Urge is British and is hellbent on eradicating Rigby without giving him a chance to apologize or explain himself, which reminds of Judge Dredds "first shoot, ask questions later" policy to handle situations.
- In the episode, Muscle Woman, Mordecai and Rigby are driving away from an enraged Starla in the cart and Rigby looks in the rear view mirror. This scene is an obvious reference to the iconic scene of Jurassic Park, which is often parodied in pop culture.
- Starla even mentions the line "Faster, must go faster!", as one of the characters in Jurassic Park did.
- Later in the episode, Jinx, when the business man is thrown out of the bathroom by the Negative Rigby is similar to a scene in Jurassic Park when a Tyrannosaurus found a lawyer on a toilet and ate him.
- During the reign of unfrozen cavemen in the episode, Caveman, Muscle Man hides in one of the kitchen cabnets in the snackshack, with the caveman pursuing him snorting on the door window before opening the door, just like the raptor in a similar scene.
Kareteci Kız (Karate Girl)
- This Turkish 70s movie is best known for its infamous, long death scene, in which an antagonist gets shot 5 times, each time followed by a slowmotion sequence with him screaming, tumbling around, falling, throwing things off a table, etc.. with funky music in the background. Kareteci Kız Death Scene This particular scene was parodied in the episode Every Meat Burritos , when Mordecai punches the 70s bankrobber several times, and he reacts exactly the same way, slowmotion screaming, tumbling around and the background music included.
- Benson's entire story in the episode Stick Hockey, is similar to the plot to the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme movie Kickboxer. In the movie, Kurt Solan and his brother, both nationally proclaimed kickboxers in America, travel to Thailand to compete there. It is there Kurt's brother get's his spine broken by Tong Po, and Kurt trains to fight him for revenge. Of course the difference in the show is that Benson doesn't train to take revenge, but eventually does exact revenge upon Chong. Chong's appearance also resembles the villain, Tong Po, in the movie since both have black hair in a ponytail-braid, both are very muscular, both wear bandages on their hands, and wear red shorts.
- When The Movie Shack Hut Employee is singing a song about renting movies outside of the store, he's wearing a costume with a gorilla climbing up a skyscraper. This is an obvious reference to the famous monster movie, King Kong.
Lethal Weapon series
- In the episode Carter and Briggs, the two main characters of Mordecai and Rigby 's favorite show are based on the two main characters from the Lethal Weapon series.
- The main details to support this would be their similar appearances, along with Briggs' name being similar to the name of Mel Gibson's character "Martin Riggs".
- Along with the actions of Carter and Briggs' seen in the TV show, such as getting into shoot-outs, and annoying the chief.
- In The Night Owl, the museum guards pursuing Mordecai, Rigby, Hi-Five Ghost and Muscle Man go "Stop, runners!" This is a homage to the sci-fi film about a future world where people over the age of 30 are killed and are labeled "Runners" if they flee by guards known as "Sandmen."
Mad Max series
- The road-fight scene in Trailer Trashed is a reference to the Mad Max film series, particularly scenes from Mad Max 2 (AKA, The Road Warrior) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
- This reference is completed with some of Doug MacFarlane's henchmen being quite similar to the bandits seen in the Mad Max film series. As these henchmen are dressed similarly to the bandits, have frantic personalities, and even serve a similar role to the bandits in the road-fight scene of Trailer Trashed.
Mickey's Christmas Carol
On the episode, New Year's Kiss, the clock chiming sound effect heard in Rigby's nightmare is the same one from the 1983 Disney Christmas special.
- In the episode World's Best Boss, in order to claim a "World's Best Boss" mug ordered over the internet, Mordecai and Rigby, along with everyone else except Benson (until he arrives on scene), must fight against Doug MacFarland's staff (who originally gave Doug the mug in question). While his voice and name do not directly reference Office Space's main antagonist Bill Lumbergh (a caricature of corporate management), Doug MacFarland's hair and attire (as well as always holding a mug of coffee) are a clear reference to Lumbergh.
- At one point during the brawl, Doug MacFarland orders his employee Rogers to "shred the TIE report" (referring to Muscle Man's tie). This is a reference to the TPS reports often mentioned in the 1999 film, although in the movie no similar orders are ever given.
Over the Top
- Over the Top is the name of an 80's movie. It features a group of men playing arm-wrestling while drunken, a premise that is used in the episode with the same name. The episode, Over The Top serves as a homage to this film.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
- In Do Me a Solid, the movie features a parody of the "Paging Mr. Herman" scene, complete with a bellhop designed to look like Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman's portrayer).
- In Trucker Hall of Fame, one of the Trucker Ghosts that pursues Mordecai, Rigby and Muscle Man emerges from a memorial reading "Huge Marge." This is a parody of "Large Marge," a trucker ghost from that film.
- In Terror Tales of the Park III, Pops is dressed up as Peter Pan.
- In Terror Tales of the Park III, Rigby is dressed up as Robocop from the 1987 SF film of the same name.
- In More Smarter, Rigby fantasizes about solving a complicated math problem in a scene identical to the fantasy at the start of this movie.
- Another reference would be Muscle Man's barber in Bald Spot, who is modeled after the barber character played by Seymour Cassel in the same film.
- Mordecai and Rigby's alma mater, "West Anderson High," (seen in Rigby in the Sky With Burrito) is named for Wes Anderson, the director of this film.
- In "Skips vs. Technology", Doom Ma Geddon said "Resistance is dumb" which is a reference to the "Resistance is futile" line spoken by the drones of the Borg Collective.
- At the end of the episode, Yes Dude Yes, a character in the movie, Lovebot 2, says "Love is highly illogical", which Spock in The Original Series often says in some form.
Star Wars series
- In Cool Bikes, when Mordecai and Rigby are arrested by the cool police, they are taken to a large, spherical space craft wearing shutter shades. This is most likely based on the Death Star, a hallmark of the Star Wars series.
- Later, after Benson helps the duo escape and breaks a satellite. Then the spherical craft blows up as the three fly away smiling, referencing the ending to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
- In the episode Sandwich of Death, the Sensei says, "You've got a lot of guts coming here after what you've pulled." This is taken from Star Wars: Episode V - Empire Strikes Back when Lando Calrissian greets Han Solo.
- Lastly, Mark Hamill (voice of Skips), is famous for portraying the films' central character, Luke Skywalker.
- In Meteor Moves, the way the Friend Zone is pictured (getting stuck inside of floating glass plates) is reminiscent of the Phantom Zone from the Superman movies and comics, where the Phantom Zone (floating glass plates as well) serves as an exile place for villains who get too powerful to be held captive in regular prisons.
- In Gold Watch, when Benson travels back in time by driving Mach Infinity round the Earth fast enough to reverse rotation, and leaving a cosmological light display is a reference to the 1978 Superman film, when Superman circled the earth fast enough to reverse time and stop Lois Lane from dying.
Tango and Cash
- In the episode Gold Watch, the two friendly test pilots who invite Benson to have wings with them are named Tango and Stash. This is most likely a parody of the two main characters from the 1989 American comedy film, Tango and Cash.
- This famous sci-fi/action film is first referenced in Exit 9B, during the show's title sequence. Music that sounds reminiscent of Terminator's theme also plays accompanied by the purple background fading to red (an effect commonly associated with Terminator.
- In the episode K.I.L.I.T. Radio when Donny G. explains how the K.I.L.I.T. DJ 3000 took over the radio station, the story is similar to Terminator. This becomes obvious when Donny mentions the exact time the machine became self-aware.
- Also, near the end of Caveman, Gregg, while freezing, gives Mordecai and Rigby a 'thumbs up' right before he is completely frozen. This is similar to the Terminator giving John and Sarah Connor a 'thumbs up' before he is destroyed in a vat of molten steel at the end of Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
- In Benson's Suit, Suit gives Benson a thumbs up when he was being destroyed by Benson is a reference to the Terminator's death in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
The Evil Dead series
- In But I Have a Receipt, the "Robo-Bears" summoned by Darthon/Game Store Manager have chainsaws mounted on their left hand, a homage to The Evil Dead trilogy's protagonist Ash Williams.
- The film Zombocalypse (3D) seen in Grave Sights has a protagonist that bears physical similarities to Ash Williams, and says one-liners frequently throughout the film (a trademark of Ash as well).
- He even carries what appears to be a double-barrel shotgun in the holster strapped on his back, a firearm used by Ash along with his chainsaw.
The Big Lebowski
- The opening of the episode Skips Strikes is a reference to the opening credits of the movie The Big Lebowski.
- The bowling alley employee who chastises the Magical Elements for their use of magic bears a resemblance to Steve Buscemi who played the character Donnie in The Big Lebowski
- The bowling alley is similar to the one used in the movie, and Rigby's line "You're outta your element" was also said in the movie.
- Additionally, Skips says, "Well that's just your opinion, Death," which is a reference to the line, "Yeah well, you know, that's just like, uh, your opinion, man."
The Fifth Element
- The opening of the episode Benson's Car, the pod gun used by the bounty hunter "V.I.C.K.I" bears similar resemblance to the Zorg ZF-1 pod gun, used by Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman) in the 1997 movie The Fifth Element .
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- In Terror Tales of the Park III , Benson is clearly dressed up as Clint Eastwood's character "Blondie" from the 1966 spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
- The scene in Skips Strikes where Rigby says "That was his time, HIS TIME!", is a line taken from a speech given by the character Mikey in this classic children's film.
The Lord of the Rings series
- The entire plot of The Christmas Special about a long quest quest to destroy a powerful, mind corrupting presentbox in a volcano serves as an hommage to the Lord of the Rings books and movies.
- The scene where Muscle Man unsuccessfully tries to destroy the box with a hammer is similar to the scene in The Fellowship of the Ring, where Gimli's attempt to destroy the one ring with his axe fails as well.
- Later, when Benson beats the Pinball game and the long, thin bridge over the abyss appears, the scene (especially with the collapsing bridge and the almost-falling Benson) references the moment also in The Fellowship of the Ring where Gandalf fights the Balrog on a similar bridge.
The King of Kong
- High Score parodies the plot of this documentary about players competing to get the world's highest score on a 1980s-style arcade game.
- Garrett Bobby Ferguson (G.B.F.) is designed to look like Billy Mitchell, a famed arcade-game player and ostensible antagonist of the film.
- Lastly, the Ferguson Convention Center in Video Game Wizards features a statue of Ferguson, perhaps an in-joke about his/Mitchell's gaming prowess.
- The way that Mordecai dodges one ball thrown by the Death Kwon Do Team in the episode Dodge This is very similar to Neo's slowmotion bullet dodging scenes from the movie The Matrix.
The Matrix Reloaded
- In That's My Television, the car chase scene where Mordecai and Rigby are escaping with RGB2 resembles the scene in The Matrix Reloaded where Trinity and Morpheus are escaping with The Keymaker.
- The Wickets from the episode, Picking Up Margaret, are based on this gang from this 1979 cult film of the same name. As such, the gang reference many things from this film.
- One of the Wickets' gang members is hiding by a car and taunting Mordecai, saying "Mordecai, put your phone awwaaayy...." similarly, in The Warriors, a member of rival gang The Rogues taunts the protagonists saying "Warriors, come out to plaaaayyyy......"
- Each member of The Wickets borrows an element from various gangs from The Warriors, such as having similar clothing and some members' appearances based directly off some of the characters from the film.
- The episode Video Game Wizards has plot elements heavily taken from this film, The Wizard. With The Maximum Glove being based off both the scene from the film, and the Nintendo product itself.
- This reference is complete with the commercial actor's appearance being modeled after the character Lucas.
- Lastly, the line, "It's so bad" is a line taken from Lucas in the same scene.
- This reference is complete with the commercial actor's appearance being modeled after the character Lucas.
- Mordecai and Skips enter in a video game tournament, something that the protagnists of The Wizard do later in the film.
- Finally, the last two contestants that must play against Mordecai and Rigby, are named Fred and Jimmy. With Fred's name being taken from the actor Fred Savage who had a role in this film. Jimmy's name is shared with the one of the titular video savant of the film, complete with this character sporting a blue hat, something that the Jimmy in The Wizard wore throughout the movie.
- In the episode High Score, the music that plays as they are playing the game is the same as the music heard in the background of The Wizard.
This is Spinal Tap
- In the episode Catching the Wave, antagonist Hurl Hurlbutt cranked the wave machine up to eleven. This is similar to the 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap, in which the band members crank their speakers up to eleven, the highest possible setting there is.
- The fighter pilots at the end of Cruisin' closely resemble the characters Maverick and Goose from Top Gun.
- The way Wall Buddy creates the wallmaze with highspeed in the end of the episode Wall Buddy resembles the way the lightcycles from the movie Tron create walls behind them while driving.
- This 1989 cult film by 'Weird Al' Yankovic is briefly referenced in Rigby's Body, when Mordecai makes a "Twinkie wiener sandwich." This sandwich combo was made famous by this film.
Weekend At Bernie's
- Calvin Wong has stated on his Formspring that Weekend at Benson's parodies this movie.
- The title "Weekend at Benson's" and part of the plot is a reference to this movie, as numerous plot elements from the film are used within the episode.
- When Mordecai and Rigby put shades on Benson, this mimics one of the events that happens in Weekend At Bernie's.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
- In Prankless, the scene where Muscle Man pranks Gene references the boat ride scene in this 1971 movie adaption of one of Roald Dahl's famous children's novels. Muscle Man even says the same speech as Willy Wonka in the same scene.
Transformers Live-Action Movie Series
- In Ello Gov'nor, when the taxi turns out to be a guy in a costume, the transformation soundbyte from the Transformers live-action movies plays as he stands up.
- This popular Cartoon Network show is first referenced in High Score, as one of the young gamers wears clothing that match the clothing wore by the show's main protagonist, Finn the Human.
- This character's appearance in Regular Show consists of a blue shirt, blonde hair, and a green backpack, all trademarks of Finn.
- In See You There, there's a background character can be seen wearing attire very similar to that of Adventure Time's main antogonist, the Ice King.
- In the later episode Video Game Wizards, the Maximum Glove Creature had a slight resemblance to the gauntlet worn by Billy.
- These references to Adventure Time are most likely due to the fact that RS creator, J.G. Quintel had helped storyboard the Adventure Time episode, "Ocean of Fear."
- Coincidentally, AT creator, Pendelton Ward is also friends with Quintel.
- In Terror Tales of the Park III, Techmo can clearly be seen dressed as Spike Spiegal from the popular anime Cowboy Bebop.
- Coincidentally, his voice actor Steven Jay Blum previously voiced Spike.
Ed, Edd n Eddy
- Ed, Edd n Eddy is a hit show on Cartoon Network that started in 1999 and ended in 2009 spanning 6 seasons, 4 specials and a TV movie. In one scene in "Cool Bikes", Mordecai was wearing exactly the same clothes Ed wears (green jacket, red and white striped t-shirt and blue pants).
Dog the Bounty Hunter
- Jack, the bounty hunter from the future from the episode Benson's Car shares a striking resemblance to Duane "Dog" Chapman from the television series Dog the Bounty Hunter.
- Joanne Hanatronic, Eileen's roommate from the episode Eileen Flat Screen bears a resemblance of Rhonda Wellington Lloyd except her pants and shoes are in different color instead of black and red.
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil
- Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil is a Disney XD cartoon that started in 2010 & ended in late 2012. The beginning of the episode "Wall Buddy" shows Rigby waking up shouting "Chimichanga!". This is one of the catchphrases used by the main character.
Mazinger Z/Tranzor Z
- The combined form of the geese in "A Bunch of Full Grown Geese" resembles the snake-headed robot in the classic giant robot anime Mazinger Z (broadcast as "Tranzor Z" in the US). LIke that robot, the geese are stopped by a rocket-launched fist (the credits for "Tranzor Z" with this scene may be viewed here )
Penguins of Madagascar
- Penguins of Madagascar is a Nickelodeon cartoon that started in 2008. The Baby Ducks from "A Bunch of Baby Ducks" have the same characteristics Eggy has: young, having abilities no other duck has, being friends with the main protagonists and having a responsible mother.
Phineas and Ferb
- Phineas and Ferb is a comedy/musical cartoon that aired on February 1, 2008. The show features a boy named Phineas Flynn and his British stepbrother Ferb Fletcher building numerous machines that amaze people. During Party Pete, Benson's line, " Yes, yes I do", is a reference to the "Too Young" line in the cartoon.
- In TGI Tuesday, there was a banner with the name Charlene, which is a reference to ex-wife of Heinz Doofenshmirtz. The show's creator, JG Quintel, has worked on Phineas and Ferb in the episode, Jerk De Soleil.
- Pokémon is a popular and anime and video game franchise that started in 1996. The first Pokémon reference to appear in the show is in the episode "Caffeinated Concert Tickets" . Mordecai and Rigby are assisted in their efforts to acquire concert tickets by a giant coffee bean and his Asian companion. The giant coffee bean can only say the word "coffee", and has the ability to shoot streams of coffee from its body. The coffee bean's counterpart is clearly Japanese, thus the allusion to a Pokémon and its trainer, being that Pokémon originated in Japan.
- In the episode "Replaced", Rigby invited someone called Geo Dude, which references the Pokémon Geodude. Also, the profile picture is the Thunder Badge.
- Also in Brain Eraser, Planet Chasers: Starlight Excellent clearly referenced the Pokémon episode Electric Soldier Porygon which was well known for giving people seizures due to the fast flashing colors.
- Power Rangers (otherwise known as Super Sentai) is a series which stars different super hero teams. In the episode "A Bunch of Baby Ducks", the baby ducks appear in colorful little squares then morph into a huge duck creature, referencing the Power Rangers when they form the Megazord.
- Also, in "Just Set Up the Chairs", Mordecai, Rigby, and Skips use three machines to control a giant robot/game-like power ranger creature, where at the end of most episodes, the team of usually five or sometimes three rangers form the basic Megazord out of five or three zords, and then use something like a sword, wheel, or crystal to control the megazord. In this case, the gang used the buttons and joysticks. Also, the rangers always use a finisher move on the monster they're fighting, like Rigby did in that episode. Plus, in the episode "A Bunch of Full Grown Geese" Mordecai and Rigby fight the geese in a Megazord style and even use costumes and control the duck.
Rocko's Modern Life
- Rocko's Modern Life was a show on Nickelodeon that had the main character as Rocko, a wallaby. Quintel says that it is one of his favorite shows. "Cruisin'" shares the name of an episode of both shows. Also "Gut Model" is similar to another episode of the show, titled Seat to Stardom.
- Sesame Street is a children's TV show made from Sesame Workshop that started in 1969 and ran for over 40 seasons as of today. In "Yes Dude Yes", a canary dated Mordecai which came from Big Bird, the yellow bird in the show.
- "That's My Television" parodies such gimmicky 1980s sitcoms as this and ALF.
- In "Benson's Car," Jack's weapon V.I.C.K.I. may be a satire of V.I.C.I., the little girl/robot from this show.
- Star Trek is an American science-fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry. In "Skips vs. Technology", Doom Ma Geddon said "Resistance is dumb" which is a reference to the "Resistance is futile" line in the francise.
- The Japanese gameshow in Fool Me Twice shares a similar game principle as Takeshi's Castle, where the contestants have to run through nearly impossible obstacle courses, including boxing gloves coming out of walls, jumps over big water pits etc. as seen in Fool Me Twice as well.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- In the beginning scene of Terror Tales of the Park III, the Young Gamers from the episode High Score are seen egging Skips' house. The boy with the brown hair is seen wearing a purple mask and a spiked turtle shell which references to Donatello from the TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
J.G. Quintel stated in an interview that The Simpsons was his favorite cartoon growing up and has even referenced the show a few times:
- The Limosaurous is a possible reference to Season Two of the Simpsons's "Bart the Daredevil". A Truckosaurous appears.
- In Skips vs technology, the title and technology around Skips is a possible reference to the vs episodes on the The Simpsons
- In Terror Tales of the Park III, Jebediah Townhouse is a possible reference to Jebediah Springfield.
- Terror Tales of the Park episodes are almost like The Simpsons's Treehouse of Horror.
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
- Benson Be Gone referenced the show quite clearly with Giant Susan's roar being exactly the same as the monster's roar when attacking the boat in the Unhappily Ever After episode of the show.
- In Terror Tales of the Park when Percy runs out of Pops' bedroom with his hands flapping which is similar to Flapjack's run.
- The third reference is the Das Coolest employee resembling the Inventor's Brother.
- The show's creator, J.G. Quintel, worked as a writer on the show together with some others and the show's creator, Thurop Van Orman.
- The two FBI Agents in Steak Me Amadeus are designed to look like Agent Mulder and Scully, the main protagonists from The X-Files.
Video Game References
Command & Conquer series
- General Romanoff, a character who appears in "The Real Thomas" is referenced to Alexander Romanov from Command & Conquer Red Alert 2.
- In the episode "The Christmas Special", Muscle Man challenged the first booby trap to the lava pit. This booby trap resembles the famous DDR game series which its gameplay was stepping to an arrow tile/pad.
- In the epiode, "Fuzzy Dice", you can see one "Dance Like a Loser 3" arcade cabinet in Fun Fun Zone which the game is actually a parody of DDR. Muscle Man & Hi-Five Ghost also played it in order to get tickets to win the fuzzy dice.
- Dig Dug is the name of a Namco-sponsored game, where the gameplay is blowing up enemies with your air-pumper, and digging your way from out of the inside of the ground. Dig Champs may resemble it, as the gameplay looks similar.
- Donkey Kong is a long-running series of video games rated E for Everyone, and is a sub-series of the Mario series. Its name is referenced in the episodes "Fortune Cookie" and "Busted Cart", where arcade machines are shown that say Super Donkey Bros., which is a portmanteau of the games "Super Mario Bros." and "Donkey Kong". In "Expert or Liar", a host of "Expert or Liar", Bert Coleman changes the scene of the arcade to game central and holograms people and puts up the platforms that gives Rigby 10 questions.
- Broken Bonez, the video game in "High Score," is a parody of this NES game, where one must race and jump on a motorbike without crashing.
- Mario is a long-running series of video games rated E for Everyone. In "Ello Gov'nor", Mordecai rents a movie called Shy Guy, who is a minor enemy in the Mario series, most commonly in the Yoshi sub-series of video games.
- Also in "Fortune Cookie", Rigby plays Super Donkey Bros., which is a portmanteau of the games "Super Mario Bros." and "Donkey Kong", with the latter being a sub-series of the Mario series.
- Pac-Man is the name of a classic arcade game later turned into a Namco video game and became one of the most popular video games ever. In "Just Set Up the Chairs", when the Destroyer of Worlds is defeated, it turns into a Pac-Man style cherry that can be consumed for 100 points.
- Also when Mordecai and Rigby were playing video games at the end of "Party Pete", it is possible they were playing Pac-Man because there were Pac-Man noises in the background.
- Hi Five Ghost also resembles a Pac-Man ghost.
- In Skips in the Saddle, Mordecai, Rigby and Skips go to a shop called "Player Station", which is a reference to the popular gaming console. Although, the shop name has nothing to do with gaming.
- The Maximum Glove which appears throughout the series is a direct reference to Nintendo's 1989 Power Glove, a similarly malfunctioning game controller.
Sega Master System
- The video game console that Mordecai and Rigby play throughout the series appears to be modeled after this particular console made by Sega released in 1986.
Sonic the Hedgehog
- In the episode Bad Kiss, it shows a scene where Mordecai, Rigby, Eileen and Margaret are standing around a chili dog stand, and Mordecai orders a chili dog with extra onions. This is a reference to Sonic the Hedgehog, as chili dogs are his favourite food. Even though Mordecai's chili dog fell on the floor, he continued to eat it, something similar to what happened to Sonic's chili dog in a game (Sonic and The Black Knight), however; Sonic caught it before it reached the ground. Also, Sonic's current voice actor, Roger Craig Smith, voices Thomas and many other various characters on the show.
Various Fighting Video Games
- Many of the video games (such as "Karate Choppers") that Mordecai and Rigby play in such episodes as "Rage Against the TV" and "Video Game Wizards" parody specific elements of such 1980s era fighting games as Double Dragon (Hammer) crashes out of a wall like that game's opponent Abobo), Ninja Gaiden (the Hammer's lair is similar to a boss lair from this NES game), Shinobi, River City Ransom, Final Fight, Rival Turf and other games where the characters must battle ninjas, thugs, etc., usually in an urban environment. The episode title "Sleep Fighter" is likely a spoof of Street Fighter.
Other references (Music, TV, Art, Etc.)
- Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation that designs and sells consumer electronics, computer software and personal computers. In "Skips vs. Technology", there is an old promo of Apple.
- In "Replaced", Chad and Jeremy had phones similar to iPhones and iPads which is what the company sells.
- In "Dead at Eight", Death had the same phone they had.
Bach - "Air on the G String"
- The score used during the montage of Rigby's greatest bank shot of all time in "Bank Shot".
- Air on the G String is a famous arrangement of J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major : 2. Air (BWV 1068) by August Wilhelmj.
- In Format Wars II, several Sam's Electronics employees has a similarities to the blue uniform that worn by Best Buy employees.
Blue Öyster Cult - "(Don't fear) the Reaper"
- The music that's played during the Hot Dog eating contest in Last Meal where Muscleman competes against Death sounds very similar to the 1976 song (Don't fear) the Reaper by the American rock band Blue Öyster Cult.
- Additionally, right before the contest starts Muscleman says "My stomach fears no reaper, bro!".
- In the episode Bad Portrait, Mordecai watches a tape that features the artist Benny Harris. Benny's very appearance alone is similar to that of Bob Ross's, not to mention that Benny is an artist as well. Additionally, Benny even says: "Sometimes we have to take our accidents and make them a little more chipper," and obvious play on Bob Ross's famous line of "There are no mistakes, only happy accidents."
- In the episode Guitar of Rock, the famous American icon Bruce Rock is most likely supposed to be a parody of Bruce Springsteen.
- Carl Sagan's famous references to humans as "star stuff" is referenced in "It's Time" by Father Time.
- When Jebediah Townhouse swallows Pops in the third story on Terror Tales of the Park III, he says "Aw yeah, I gotta have my Pops!"
- Antagonist Richard Buckner is a parody of Donald Trump.
Dungeons and Dragons
- In the episode "But I Have a Receipt", Mordecai and Rigby play an RPG called The Realm of Darthon. This game is quite similar to D&D.
- The titular creature from "Peeps" resembles the Beholder, a many-eyed creature from the D&D games.
- In Country Club, there can be seen a Fabergé egg on one of the toilets in the country club. The very rare Fabergé eggs are one of a limited number of jeweled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his company from 1885 to 1917.
Falco - "Rock me Amadeus"
- The title of the episode Steak Me Amadeus is a reference to Austrian 80's pop and rock musician Falco' smost famous song Rock me Amadeus.
- A character named Farmer Jimmy from The Thanksgiving Special and Happy Birthday Song Contest is obiviously a parody of Farmer John.
- Greasers were a youth subculture that originated in the 1950s among young northeastern and southern United States street gangs. In Terror Tales of the Park III, Mordecai is dressed up as a typical clishé greaser, probably referring to Fonzie or John Travolta's character from the movie Grease.
- In Fool Me Twice, the announcer robot is similar to Honda's ASIMO Robot.
- In Terror Tales of the Park III, Rigby's ready-to-assemble bed from the UMÄK company is a direct reference to the Swedish furniture company IKEA.
Journey to the Center of the Earth
- The title of the episode Journey to the Bottom of the Crash Pit is a parody of the book's title.
Lesley Gore - "It's my party"
- In the episode Gut Model, Muscle Man goes on a rampage frying up everything at the going away party and yells, "It's my party and I'll fry if I want to!" A reference to the Lesley Gore hit, "It's My Party."
- The scene in Ace Balthazar Lives where Mordecai and Rigby try to find the perfect style for the knight, shows the knight in several different outfits, including one that looks like 90's rapper MC Hammer's performance outfit - the characteristic hammer pants and the yellow jacket.
- In Terror Tales of the Park III, the background music while Jebediah Townhouse dances (MC hammerstyle as well) in front of the house sounds almost identical to MC Hammer's hit song Can't touch this. Additionally, Jebediah says "Can't touch me up here, suckers!" when he's standing on the roof.
- Ladonna is a spoof crossover between famous pop artists Madonna and Lady Gaga
- Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting Mona Lisa can be seen on one of the toilets in the episode Country Club.
- Nerf Blasters are toy weapons created by Hasbro that fire foam darts. In "Dead at Eight", Thomas, Mordecai and Rigby played with these blasters.
- "Hanatronic" in Eileen Flat Screen is obviously a parody of the real life electronics company Panasonic.
- One of the knights outfits in Ace Balthazar Lives looks like American singer Prince s performance outfit - boots, a long purple jacket and a frilly shirt underneath.
- In the episode TGI Tuesday, one of the three Ballroom Ghosts, Emp'r, looks and talks exactly like Prince. The fact that Emp'r is a ghost from the 80s reinforces the connection to Prince, who was most famous in this era. Plus, Emperor and Prince are both terms for monarchs.
- Emp'r's name, "Emp'r Johnny" might also be a reference to El DeBarge, another 1980s musician Emp'r resembles, who had a hit with "Who is Johnny?"
- Another of the ballroom ghosts, Daryl, might be a reference to the rap group Run-DMC, one of whose members was Darryl "DMC" McDaniels.
- Emp'r's name, "Emp'r Johnny" might also be a reference to El DeBarge, another 1980s musician Emp'r resembles, who had a hit with "Who is Johnny?"
- Xander Mercury, Mordecai's "Rock Star Name" in Guitar of Rock is a reference to Queen's lead singer, Freddie Mercury.
- In Ace Balthazar Lives, one of the Knight's outfits is identical to an outfit Frieddie Mercury wore in concert.
Rage Against the Machine
- Rage Against the TV title references the famous 90s rap metal band.
- One of the judges in Return of Mordecai and the Rigbys had a very similar appearance and resemblance to R.Kelly.
- The music played during the montage in The Power sounds very similar to the 1981 song Tom Sawyer by the prog-rock band Rush.
- In Video Game Wizards, the music played as they drive to the tournament is very similar to the 1982 song Subdivisions.
- In the flashback portion of K.I.L.I.T. Radio, the music sounds inspired by the song Spirit of the Radio.
- The episode 150-Piece Kit's storyline could be a nod to the popular Rush song, YYZ, which also features a very long and difficult to play drum solo.
- In The Last Laserdisc Player, the movie 21-12 Time Attack is a reference to Rush's album 2112.
- In Video 101, when Eileen shows her calculator to Mordecai and Rigby, the numbers 2112 are seen on it, which is a reference to Rush's album.
- In Bachelor Party! Zingo!!, Quips's clown appearance has the same red and yellow color scheme that Ronald McDonald has, except his hair color is orange and he has a red ruffle around his neck.
The Day the Music Died/"American Pie"
- In K.I.L.I.T. Radio , during Donny G.'s story he says, "that was the day the music died", which is a reference to "The Day the Music Died " (dubbed by Don McLean's 1971 song, American Pie ) when musicians, Buddy Holly ,Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson died in a plane crash.
The Beatles- "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"
- The title of the episode Rigby in the Sky With Burrito is an obvious play on the name of the famous Beatles song.
Van Halen - "Hot for Teacher"
- Pops quotes some of David Lee Roth's vamping exactly from the "Hot for Teacher" music video: "I brought my pencil! Give me something to write on man!"
- In the episode The Thanksgiving Special, the name of Richard Buckner's infamous store, Buckmart, is most likely a parody of Walmart's title.
We Will Rock You
- In Cool Bikes, when Mordecai and Rigby were being sent to the Inter Galactic Cool Court, music similar to the song is played.