Scary-okeInto the BunkerThe Golf WarSock OperaSoos and the Real GirlLittle Gift Shop of HorrorsSociety of the Blind EyeBlendin's GameThe Love God



S2e1 stan's stash

Adult magazines

S2e1 we built this township on rock and roll

Spoof of famous songs

  • The magazines in Stan's trunk (e.g., Fully Clothed Women) are a reference to adult magazines such as Playboy.
  • In Stan's contraband box is a Tamagotchi and a Street Sharks doll.
  • Two songs on Mabel's karaoke machine ("We Built This Township on Rock and Roll" and "Danger Lane to Highway Town") are references to "We Built this City" by Starship and "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins.
  • MC Rapper is a parody of rapper MC Hammer.
  • Agent Powers' claim to have no sense of humor is allusion to Men in Black wherein Agent K makes a very similar claim.
  • The song name The Rapper's Rap is an allusion to the first rap song ever written, Rapper's Delight.
  • The zombies and their dialogue (moaning "Brains...") is a nod to the classic splatter-punk film, Return of the Living Dead.

Into the Bunker

S2e2 blink

Sideways blink

  • When the Shape Shifter reveals itself, it extends its neck and climbs a wall in the same fashion as the monster in the 1982 film The Thing.[1]
  • Using the symbol substitution cipher, one of the journal's pages says "ICE" "ICE" "BABY", which is a reference to a famous hip hop song from 1990, "Ice Ice Baby" by rapper Vanilla Ice.
  • The episode resembles Stephen King's It, which also featured a close-knit group battling a shape shifting evil in a subterranean setting.  The Shape Shifter in the episode assumes a giant spider form multiple times-- like Its final form-- and appears to take similar pleasure in psychological torment of its nemeses.
  • Smez is a spoof of Pez candy.
  • Just before the Shape Shifter reveals itself, its eyes are shown blinking sideways. This is in reference to the unlicensed cephalopoid from Men in Black (1997) blinking its gills because it was out of breath.
  • When Wendy yells to the shapeshifter, "Hey, Body Snatcher!" It is a nod to the film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

The Golf War

S2e3 Lilliputtians

The Lilliputtians

S2e3 Polly and Big Henry

Big Henry

Sock Opera

S2e4 screaming head

Head based on Khal Drogo

S2e4 stan and mcgucket puppet

Statler and Waldorf reference

  • The title is a play on rock operas.
  • Gabe claiming to be The Master of Puppets is a reference to the song with the same name by Metallica.
  • The screaming head that Bill conjures is based on Khal Drogo from HBO's Game of Thrones.[2]
  • The preacher outfit that Bill wore is based on the character Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter.[3]
  • Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" is heard when the Grunkle Stan puppet flies in slow motion.
  • The Grunkle Stan and Old Man McGucket puppets in the balcony during the credits are modeled after Statler and Waldorf from The Muppet Show.
  • The scene where Dipper wakes up from his first meeting with Bill and flails his arm in a panic is an allusion to Kermit the Frog.
    • The same for Dipper's angry face as a puppet when speaking to Mabel, who finds the expression hilarious.
  • The cryptogram in the end credits references Reptilian conspiracies.

Soos and the Real Girl

S2e5 beeblyboop's

GameStop reference

S2e5 edgy on purpose

Hot Topic reference

S2e5 soos room daytime

Stretch Armstrong, N64, Furby, Atti-cube, and NORT are all visible in Soos' room

S2e5 programmers

Allusion to Portal 2.

  • The fact that Giffany killed her creators after becoming sentient appears to be a nod to GLaDOS from the Portal series. Giffany's animation depicting a bunch of stick figures at computers greatly resembles similar animations played in Portal 2.
  • On Giffany's screen, the binary code means "SPACEJAMTWO." This is a reference to the film Space Jam and how it may be getting a sequel sometime soon.
  • The ending credits sequence is a reference to the film The Hangover.

Little Gift Shop of Horrors

S2e6 hands off

Saul Bass reference

S2e6 hand witch on throne

Game of Thrones reference

S2e6 hands touching

The Creation of Adam

S2e6 gumby soos

Soos as Gumby

Society of the Blind Eye

  • The song Soos is listening to is by a rapper called Lil Bigg Dawggg, which could be a possible allusion to Lil Wayne, The Notorious B.I.G., and Snoop Dogg.
  • McGucket's middle name is a nod to the Large Hadron Collider.
  • The statue inside The Hall of the Forgotten looks very similar to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro.
  • When Mabel and Wendy discuss Mabel's failed romances, a Triforce is visible on the wall.

Blendin's Game

  • The episode title is a reference to the book (and 2013 film) Ender's Game.
  • Some signs in the background in the future say "The Time Baby is Watching", a reference to George Orwell's book 1984.
  • Soos has a poster of Michael Jackson's 1988 film Moonwalker in his room as a child.
  • The water gun Robbie uses is a Super Soaker.
  • Some games of Globnar are references to: Tron (glowing cycle races), American Gladiators (The Joust), Colosseum-style battling, parkour, Jenga, etc.
  • When Mabel thinks they are in Japan, this is a reference to the many TV shows similar to Globnar where teams are pitted against each other to earn points and prizes.
  • The cipher key 'capacitor' is an allusion to the "flux capacitor" used in the Back to the Future movie trilogy which made time travel possible.
  • In the Globnar battle arena, there is a competitor that appears to be infinitely falling between two portals, which is possibly a reference to the game series Portal
  • The Globnar arena is inspired by the board game Crossfire.[4]
  • The Time Baby refers to the combatants as "Tributes" as in what they are referred to in the Hunger Games series.
    • Additionally, the sky of the Globnar arena resembles a grid, similar to the sky inside the Hunger Games arenas.
  • At one point Mabel refers to the time tape as a "Timey Machine," a reference to Doctor Who.
  • The guard towers outside the Infinetentiary are Penrose triangles, two-dimensional figures impossible to project into the third dimension.

The Love God

  • The name of the episode is an allusion to one of Don Knotts' movies, The Love God?
  • Woodstick is a parody of the music festival Woodstock.
  • The Valentino Funeral Home doorbell is Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach.
  • Woodstick artist parodies of real life indie artists:
    • "Dracula Weekday" = "Vampire Weekend"
    • "Lawrence + the Bicycles' = "Florence + the Machine"
    • "Boyz II Infantz" = "Boyz II Men"
    • "DJ OK" = "OK GO"
  • The photo on Tambry's phone is an allusion to the popular Duckface and the Selfie.
  • When Mabel talked with "that guy from $10 dollar", it was on obvious allusion to Alexander Hamilton.
  • Tambry's text alert tone is the Bits & Bytes tone.
  • The rising of Grunkle Stan's hot air ballon is an allusion to the anime Attack on Titan.


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