List of pop culture references in Neopets

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This page lists some of the references on Neopets to off-site media and popular culture.

Games[edit]

Pokémon[edit]

  • The Red and White Toy Ball refers to the Poké Balls of the Pokémon franchise. The resemblance was more obvious in the original art.
  • When you roll over the cover of the Gallery of Evil book, the demon face is devouring a Pikachu. This was a joke reference to Adam and Donna's kitten, who had destroyed its Pikachu toy.

Other[edit]

404 messages[edit]

  • "All your page are belong to us!" — Variant of "All your base are belong to us," a mangled "engrish" phrase from the game Zero Wing.

Internet[edit]

Literature[edit]

Books[edit]

  • The book Nune is an obvious reference to the 1965 epic science fiction novel DUNE by Frank Herbert. The inscription of the book reads "This epic tale of survival and victory in the blistering heat of the Lost Desert is a must for everyone."
  • The book The Macho Kyrii is a parody of the 1984 movie The Karate Kid.

404 messages[edit]

  • "Quoth the server, "404."" — A variant of 'Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore!"' from the poem The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.

Movies[edit]

Aliens[edit]

  • In the game Kiss the Mortog, a lost game sometimes results in the message "Game over man...game over", a reference to the movie Aliens.

404 messages[edit]

  • "We'll just nuke this 404 from orbit. It's the only way to be sure..." — Reference to the movie Aliens.: "I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
  • "My mother said there are no such things as 404s, but there are, aren't there?" — Another line from Aliens: "My mommy always said there were no monsters - no real ones - but there are, aren't there?"

James Bond[edit]

  • Near the end of the Ski Lodge Murder Mystery, Maverick was holding Number Six over a cliff, who said, "Do you expect me to talk?", to which Maverick said, "No, Number Six, I expect you to die!" - this is a parody of the film Goldfinger.
  • One of the Cheat! players, secret agent 00 Hog, is named after James Bond's code name, 007.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail[edit]

  • The Quiggle that runs Neopian Adventure Generator will randomly say "Bring me a shrubbery", a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • The item "Half Coconut Shell" bears a description of, "When you bang two of these together they make a nice clip clopping sound," a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • A Shrubbery item exists on the site, and it's description reads, "For that layered effect, place beside another shrubbery, only slightly higher!" This refers to the scene where the Knights Who Say Ni are describing the kind of shrubbery that they want to King Arthur and his knights.

Star Wars[edit]

404 messages[edit]

  • "That's no page. That's a 404." — Reference to a quote in Star Wars. Said by Obi-Wan Kenobi, upon seeing the Death Star: "That's no moon. That's a space station."
  • "I find your lack of page disturbing..." — Said by Dr. Frank Sloth, in reference to Darth Vader in Star Wars: "I find your lack of faith disturbing..."
  • "Sir, the possibility of this page being broken is 3,720 to 1!" — Spoken by a Robot Chomby, reference to a quote from Star Wars (regarding the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field).

Other[edit]

  • When completing Defenders of Neopia Series 1, Mission 2, the Ghost Lupe is trapped inside a device similar to the Ghostbusters' trap.
  • The item Apple Apple is described as Its like an apple within an apple! *BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHM*, referring to the conceit (a dream within a dream) and the soundtrack of the 2010 film Inception.
  • The 'Punch Club' in the Altador plot is a reference to the film "Fight Club", as is the Grarrl's dialogue when he states "the first rule of Punch Club is that you don't talk about Punch Club" and the description that follows his speech: "He nods, agreeing with himself. You get the impression that this Grarrl is not entirely stable." is a further reference.
  • The Battle Duck's description is, "Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water..." - the tagline from the film Jaws 2.

404 messages[edit]

  • "Of all the broken links on all the websites in all the world, you had to walk into this one..." — Reference to Casablanca.
  • "No more pages, Dr. Jones! No more pages!" Refers to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom when Short Round says, "Dr Jones! No more parachutes!"
  • "Sarah, go back to your room. Play with your toys. Forget about the 404." — References a line from the movie Labyrinth: "Sarah, go back to your room. Play with your toys and your costumes. Forget about the baby."
  • "But why is the page gone?" — References quote from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl by Captain Jack Sparrow ("But why is the rum gone?"). It appears on a 404 page with a Pirate Meerca.
  • "I see dead pages!" — From the line "I see dead people" in The Sixth Sense.
  • "I'm sorry, Dave, I can't let you view this..." — Reference to HAL 9000's iconic line in 2001: A Space Odyssey, "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."

Music[edit]

Beastie Boys[edit]

The Beatles[edit]

Television[edit]

Monty Python[edit]

  • One of the random phrases uttered by the shopkeeper in Cheeseroller is "I think it's a bit runnier than you'll like it, sir" — a line from the Monty Python cheese shop sketch.

404 messages[edit]

  • "This is an ex-page, it has shuffled off its mortal coil..." A reference to the Monty Python skit, "Dead Parrot": "This is an ex-parrot, it has shuffled off its mortal coil."
  • "My brain hurts!" — a Monty Python quote.

Firefly[edit]

  • The character Hoban the Navigator is a direct reference to Joss Whedon's show, Firefly. The quote "a leaf on the wind" comes from the movie Serenity, based on the TV series. The line is spoken by the character Hoban "Wash" Washburne, the pilot on the show.
  • In Neoquest II, NPC Bledynn in the Lost Desert near Akhten-Ka refers to his large sword as "Vera". The same name is given to describe Jayne Cobb's "very favourite gun" in the episode Our Mrs. Reynolds.
  • The Engineer Grundo outfit looks to be based on one of the outfits worn by Firefly engineer, Kaylee

Blackadder[edit]

  • The regular Attack Pea's item description ("As dissimilar to other Battledome weapons as two extremely dissimilar things in a pod") is a reference to a line from the episode "Sense and Senility" of the third season. Another item containing a similar line is "Chocolate peanuts with peas."
  • The item descriptions of both the "Elixir of Marrow" and the very rare "Green Knight Shield" are references to the 2nd season episode "Beer" in which Percy successfully, with the use of alchemy, forges a substance he refers to as "green."
  • TNT has an obsession with turnips, much like the 3rd season Baldrick.
  • They also have an obsession with dung, one of the interests of a 1st and 2nd season Baldrick.

Doctor Who[edit]

  • The inventory's description as "not a huge bag, but it seems to have more room on the inside" is a reference to the TARDIS.
  • The item Grim Faerie Statue (which, when worn on a pet, will at one point spring to life) resembles a Weeping Angel.

The Simpsons[edit]

  • The Pink Doughnut mentions The Simpsons character Homer by name, while the Snowager Doughnut refers to his catchphrase, "Mmm... doughnut."
  • The description for Glowing Hanging Lanterns refers to their "warmly glowing warming glow", a description used by Homer Simpson to refer to television.

Other[edit]

  • Adam Powell's character is called Number Six, sharing his name with the main character of The Prisoner, a surreal psychological spy drama.
  • On October 13, 2007, The following phrase was shown under two Bori displaying new clothes in the New Features...
    Step 1: Make frilly Dresses
    Step 2: ?
    Step 3: Profit
    This is a reference to the South Park episode "Gnomes", the source of the popular joke.
  • The Bloyru avatar, a contraction of bless you and Shoyru, is a reference to a sketch in Look Around You, a comedy television series that parodies educational shows - "Bless you, ants. Blants."

404 messages[edit]

Radio[edit]

  • The Pan Galactic Gargle Slushie and its description, The wisest saying in the galaxy is apparently, "Never drink more than two Pan Galactic Gargle Slushies unless you are a twenty ton mega-elephant with pneumonial bronchitis" refer to the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster cocktail from Douglas Adams' radio show The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, also adapted as a series of novels, a television series, and a film.

Real life[edit]

404 messages[edit]

  • "Neopia...we have a problem..." — a reference to the Apollo 13 manned mission to the Moon.

Other[edit]