This is a list of many references and parodies in pop culture featured on Regular Show.
to the Alien series, as in that series, they also had a yellow electronic walker, called a power loader.
Back to the FutureEdit
Back to the Future is a movie series in which a teenager travels through time. The Two Peaks Mall may be a reference to the "Twin Pines Mall" in Back to the Future, almost the same symbol, and had the same time under both logos. In the episode "Skips vs. Technology", Techmo drives a DeLorean similar (perhaps exactly) like the time machine used in Back to the Future. In "The Christmas Special," the episode ends with a pair of flaming tracks made famous by Back to the Future.
The Big LebowskiEditThe opening of the episode "Skips Strikes" is a reference to the opening credits of the movie 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."
Big Trouble in Little ChinaEdit
The Warlock in "Fortune Cookie" is a parody of Lo Pan, the primary antagonist from this John Carpenter film.
Child's Play is the name of a comedy-horror movie series about a murderous doll. It is referenced in Terror Tales of the Park, in the short "Creepy Doll", when Percy attacks the park workers (in Child's Play, the doll is named Chucky). It also references Child's Play when Percy burns in a fire, but then later emerges out of it and is still alive but dies afterward.
A Clockwork OrangeEdit
In The episode "The Unicorns Have Got to Go" There is a Unicorn Dressed exactly as the Main Character "Alex DeLarge" from The Movie "A Clock Work Orange" Alex in the movie had a group of friends who were most often referred to as "Droogs".
Dirty Harry is a famous 1971 film, featuring actor, Clint Eastwood. In the beginning of "Eggscellent ", Mordecai and Rigby are watching a TV show, with the main character being a police officer named 'Easton'. Easton is similar tothe last name of Dirty Harry's portrayer, Clint Eastwood. Both characters are also cops, along with a similar appearance, and similar tone of voice. Then, as Mordecai mentions how he "flips a car in every episode", he makes a quote of, "hey, bus full of school kids." This phrase is also a reference to one of the film's later scenes.
Ernest Goes CampingEdit
Calvin Wong has stated on his Formspring that "Weekend at Benson's" parodies this movie.
The scene in "Skips Strikes" where Rigby says "That was their time, THEIR TIME!", is a reference to a speech given by Mikey in The Goonies. Also, as confirmed on Calvin Wong's Formspring, a song from the movie might be played in a future episode's montage
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. The magic quill from Harry Potter 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.
Indiana Jones is the name of a series of action/adventure movies that are quite popular. In "Eggscellent", the storyline resembles this movie (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. On the Christmas Special, the tiles and the instructions seem like the Last Crusade. The riddle and instructions were close to the riddle in Indy's dad's book, only the riddle was the instructions in the book, and you had to spell Jehovah (God's name) in Latin, the other was just follow the instructions so you didn't get killed, and the other was the path Indy had to get through without getting killed. The giant hole in the same Regular show episode behind the pinball machine looked like the big canyon in the same Indiana Jones movie. The pinball machine was like your trust, loose your trust, and you'll fall through. Keep you trust, you'll cross safely.
In the episode, "Muscle Woman", the scene when Mordecai and Rigby are driving away from an enraged Starla in the cart is a reference to a scene in Jurassic Park when they are running away from a dinosaur. 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.
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 .
Kindergarten Cop is the name of a 1990 American Comedy movie starring Arnold Shwarzenegger as John Kimble, a police detective who must go undercover as a kindergarten teacher to catch a notorious drug dealer.
In the episode Eggscellent, the man who Skips says once attempted the Eggscellent Challenge was named Johnathan Kimble, sharing the name of the star of the 90's movie.
King Kong is a famous movie. It is referenced in "Ello Gov'nor" when The Movie Shack Hut Employee is singing a song about renting movies outside of the store, wearing a costume with a gorilla climbing up a skyscraper.
The King of KongEdit
"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. The Ferguson Convention Center in "Video Game Wizards " features a statue of Ferguson, perhaps an in-joke about his/Mitchell's gaming prowess.
In "The Night Owl," the museum guards pursuing Mordecai, Rigby, Hi-Five Ghost and Muscle Man go "Stop, runners!" This is a hommage to the SF 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."
In "Don", when the park begins to disappear, it looks strongly like how The Matrix looks.
A Nightmare on Elm StreetEditA Nightmare on Elm Street is the name of a horror movie series about a zombie-like dream haunter named Freddy Krueger, who murders people. The movie is referenced in the episode Terror Tales of the Park in the short, Creepy Doll, when a furnace is shown in Pops' basement, which Percy burns in. Also, Robert Englund, who voiced the Stag-Man in Camping Can Be Cool played Freddy Krueger in the original film.
Over the TopEdit
Over the Top is the name of an 80's movie. It features a group of men playing arm-wrestling while drunken, which is similar to the episode with the same name.
Pee-Wee's Big AdventureEdit
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. 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 "More Smarter ," Rigby fantasizes about solving a complicated math problem in a scene identical to the fantasy at the start of this movie. Also, in "Bald Spot ," Muscle Man's barber is designed to look like the barber character played by Seymour Cassel in that film.
In "The Night Owl," Mordecai, Rigby, Hi-Five Ghost and Muscle Man are shown frozen in ice similar to Jack Nicholson in this film.
In "Cool Bikes", the scene in which Mordecai, Rigby and Benson enter the teleportation device and use it to get back to the park while they destroy the satellite is a reference to the movie.
Star Wars is a famous movie series created by George Lucas. Star Wars' biggest star, Mark Hamill,
voices Skips in the Regular Show series. In Cool Bikes, Mordecai and Rigby are brought to a round, black sphere which bares a strong resemblance to the Death Star. Later, after Benson helps the duo escape and breaks a satellite, the place blows up as the three fly away smiling, referencing A New Hope.
In the epissode Sandwich of Death, the Sensi says, "You've got a lot of guts coming here after what you've pulled." This is taken from Empire Strikes Back when Lando Calrissian greets Han Solo.
UHF is the cult film made by Weird Al Yankovic in 1989. Twinkie wiener sandwiches are made of a Twinkie, a hot dog, and squeeze cheese.
In episode 11, "Rigby's Body" Mordecai makes a twinkie wiener sandwich.
In Picking Up Margaret, One of the Wickets' gang members is hiding by a car and taunting Mordecai, saying "Mordecai, put your phone awwaaayy...." similarly, in the 1979 cult film "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: Two men (one black, one white) have a vest opened to their muscular square chests, modeled after some members of The Warriors, then the fact that they are modeled after a sport, and one has bichromatic face paint, similarizes them to The Baseball Furies. Namewise, they're closest to either The Warriors, or The Wizards, just one of the gangs that shows up to the meeting of the gangs.
Weekend at Bernie'sEdit
"Weekend at Benson"'s title, and part of the plot is a reference to this movie. Also when Benson wears the glasses they are exactly like the ones in the film. The film was about a couple of employes who think their boss is dead which is just like in the episode.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryEdit
Muscle Man's poem to Gene in "Prankless " is a parody of Willy Wonka's poem from this 1971 film. Muscle Man's attack at the rival park contains several other film parodies, such as Rambo: First Blood Part II (Muscle Man's headband) and War Games (the rival park's headquarters).
In the episode "Video Game Wizards," the Maximum Glove scene is a parody of the Power Glove scene from the 1989 film The Wizard. In addition, the plot of the episode is similar to the plot of the film. The final opponents that Mordecai and Rigby face are named "Fred" and "Jimmy," a reference to Fred Savage, the star of The Wizard, and Jimmy, the titular video savant from that film.
Video Game ReferencesEdit
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.
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. Also, Hi Five Ghost resembles a Pac-Man ghost a lot.
MarioEditMario 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.
Donkey KongEditDonkey 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".
Starla 's last name, "Gutsmansdottir" (revealed in "Fancy Restaurant ") may be a parody of Gutsman, a villain in the first Mega Man game. It could also be a parody of the Icelandic name "gudmundsdottir," which is the last name of the main character's love interest in the 1992 film The Player. In the real world, "gudmundsdottir" is also the surname of the popular Icelandic singer Bjork.
Power RangersEditPower 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 megazords 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 Esque style and even use costumes and control the duck.
Various Fighting Video GamesEdit
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 (the 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 and other games where the characters must battle ninjas, thugs, etc., usually in an urban environment.
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. It also looks like Minecraft, a game by Markus Persson.
Sega Master SystemEdit
Mordecai and Rigby's video game console resembles Sega's first home console, the Sega Master System.
Sonic the HedgehogEdit
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 referenced 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.
Other references (Music, TV, Etc.)Edit
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 characters regularly visit the Two Peaks Mall, named after this surreal 1990s TV series.
Rage Against the MachineEdit
Rage Against the TV title references the famous 90s rap metal band.
Rocko's Modern LifeEdit
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.
Dungeons and DragonsEdit
The titular creature from "Peeps" resembles the Beholder, a many-eyed creature from the D&D games.
Pokémon is a popular and famous video game franchise and anime that started in 1996. 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 Solider Porygon which was well known for giving people seizures due to the fast flashing colors.
Yu-Gi-Oh! is another popular and famous anime that started in 1997 but another anime started in 2000. In the episode "Replaced", one of the sea monsters resembled the Doom Dozer monster card. Also, in "Trash Boat", one of the musicians resembled Rafael from the Waking the Dragons arc. In Firework Run, Hector was actually a cyborg, just like The Three Emperors of Yliaster are actually cyborgs.
Penguins of MadagascarEdit
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. In "Dizzy", Mr. Maellard called Benson Burt, the elephant in the Penguins of Madagascar. In "Replaced", one of the sea monsters looks like the Snakehead. In "Yes Dude Yes", a flamingo dated Mordecai which is a reference of Pinky.
Sesame Street is a children's TV show made from Sesame Workshop that started in 1996-2012 for 40 seasons. In "Yes Dude Yes", a canary dated Mordecai which came from Big Bird, the bird in the Sesame Street show.
Ed, Edd n EddyEdit
See also: Ice King
Adventure Time is a Cartoon Network original series and is very popular like Regular Show. In "Video Game Wizards", the Glove Creature resembled Billy's gauntlet from Mortal Folly. In "Trash Boat", a musician had a bass similar to Marceline's bass. In "See You There", a man in an Ice King costume appeared. In "High Score", a boy looked like one of the two main protagonists, Finn, with his outfit, his backpack, and his blonde hair (excluding Finn's white hat). Quintel also wrote an episode called "Ocean of Fear" for the show. Also Muscle Man's wolf tattoo in Trash Boat resembles the Party God in the episode "Power Animal in Adventure Time. In the Latin America version of Diary Mordecai said he is fan of Adventure Time. Also, some of the characters are shown to have 3 or 4 fingers like in Adventure Time. Ace Balthazar's guitar looks very similar to Marceline's axe bass.
The Amazing World of GumballEdit
The Amazing World of Gumball is a Cartoon Network original series and is very popular like Adventure Time and Regular Show.. In the episode, "The Apology", when Gumball and Darwin found a dollar on the floor, they both yelled out, "OOOOOOOOOOOOOH!" which is a quote used many times in Regular Show.
Phineas and FerbEdit
Phineas and Ferb is an comedy/musical cartoon that aired on Feburary 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.
League of Super EvilEdit
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.
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 Looney Tunes ShowEdit
The Looney Tunes Show is a cartoon that aired in 2011. In "Under the Hood", Mordecai and Rigby colored themselves in order to try to catch Park Avenue which is similar to how Bugs and Daffy changed their appearance with orange paint.
The Marvelous Misadventures of FlapjackEdit
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. The second reference is 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.
We Will Rock YouEdit
In Cool Bikes, when Mordecai and Rigby were being sent to the Inter Galactic Cool Court, music similar to the song is played.
In Fool Me Twice, the announcer robot is similar to Honda's ASIMO Robot.
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.
Van Halen - "Hot for Teacher"Edit
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!"