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Elden Ring
The sorcerous NPC character Selvius may be based on the enigmatic wizard Severus Snape from the Harry Potter franchise. Both have similar first names and Selvius speaks in a posh, judgmental, and condescending tone just as British actor Alan Rickman does frequently in his performance as Snape in the Harry Potter film series.
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Elden Ring
The description for the Blaidd's Armor accessory ends with the line "...but the cold never bothered him anyway." This line is an homage to a lyric from the song "Let It Go" from the Disney film Frozen.
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Pikachu and Pichu's Neutral Special, Thunder Jolt, is actually a move taken from and exclusive to the Pokémon Trading Card Game, specifically the Pikachu Card from the very first Base Set. This is true for both the English and Japanese versions of the move, as the same exact name in both languages is used from the card (Thunder Jolt and "Electricity Attack" respectively). This makes Thunder Jolt the only adapted Pokémon Special Move to be directly taken from the TCG, instead of the games or anime.
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Series: Pokémon
In Generation V, the sounds that play with each individual hit of the move Thrash sound extremely similar to the opening notes of the "Ground Theme" from Super Mario Bros.
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Demon's Souls
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Within the game's files is a gun with the model ID "WP_A_9999" that when loaded is revealed to bear an identical resemblance to the Lancer from Gears of War, originally released as an Xbox 360 exclusive. It's unknown why this weapon wasn't removed from the game considering how out of place it is with the rest of Demon's Souls, but the most likely theory is that it was leftover test data originally stemming from when From Software developed the Xbox 360 exclusive Chromehounds.
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Kingdom Hearts
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Early screenshots of the game showed Sora with different clothes that were orange and black and a different hairstyle that was black but with large white tufts sticking out the front of it. This early design for the character also resembles the earlier "Lion Sora" design, albeit without the lion elements.
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Kingdom Hearts II
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In a Kingdom Hearts Ultimania for this game, there was an early design for Roxas that was shown off where he had hair and attire that greatly resembles Sora's. Spoiler:One possible reason for the change was to better hide the fact that Roxas is Sora's Nobody.
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Super Smash Bros.
Mario and his Special Moves in this game are based off of the "Shoto" style of Fighting Game characters, most specifically the character Ryu from Street Fighter. For example, like Ryu, Mario has a Hadoken-like "fireball" attack with his Neutral Special (Fireball), A punching uppercut similar to the Shoryuken via his Up Special (Super Jump Punch), and a spinning tackle akin to Ryu's Tatsumaki Senpukyaku in the form of his Down Special (Mario Tornado). However, while Mario's moveset would change in later games to be less Shoto-esque, Ryu himself would be added into the Smash series and make his debut as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
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Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire
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The games' most prominent subplot focuses on the conflict between Team Aqua and Team Magma in their efforts to gain control of the legendary Pokémon Kyogre and Groudon to change the climate in response to the effect of humans on the environment in order to create expanded environments for sea and land Pokémon respectively. This subplot may (although it has not been confirmed by the developers) have drawn direct inspiration from a real life controversy that was a prominent issue in Japan at the time of the games' development and continues to be. The Isahaya Bay land reclamation project on the Japanese island of Kyūshū, which the Hoenn region is based on, aimed to expand the available farmland in one of Japan's last wetland habitats. This lead to fierce political conflict from environmentalists who argued that the project would cause long-term damage to the wetlands and the marine ecosystem of the area through agricultural runoff released into the sea, and from reclamation activists who argued that Kyūshū needed the land as Japan has very little arable land already and needs to produce enough food to feed its increasing population and keep up with rapid industrialization. The concept of Team Aqua and Team Magma draw striking parallels to each side of this issue (i.e. reclaiming land where there used to be sea and protesting to reclaim sea where there is now land) while being written as cultic villains akin to Team Rocket from past games without distinct arguments to their positions, causing these parallels to be obscured and emphasizing the personal gain of expanding or reducing land for the sake of certain land or sea Pokémon to be won out from the conflict with little to no regard for humanity.

In Pokémon Emerald, the unified story featuring Kyogre and Groudon both being pacified by the presence of Rayquaza, a Pokémon heralding from the sky which in many religions and mythologies is where powerful gods and deities live, hints that a divine compromise between civilization and nature is the necessary solution, with how Hoenn is presented in the final game through the coexistence of different environments, humans and Pokémon being the result. This suggests that the preservation of Isahaya Bay while allowing for land reclamation elsewhere is the compromise this subplot is trying to get across.
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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
One of Hideo Kojima's early ideas for the game's ending was to have Snake and Otacon turn themselves in to the United Nations for breaking the law (presumably for the crimes they committed while operating as Philantropy during Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty), and be convicted and executed. The rest of the developers reacted negatively to this ending, which resulted in Kojima changing it. However, it's possible a remnant of this ending was left behind in the form of the game's end credits theme, a cover of "Here's to You", originally written for the 1971 Italian docudrama film "Sacco & Vanzetti". Both the song and film center on two Italian anarchists who migrated to the United States in 1908, and in 1920 were convicted and sentenced to death after being accused of murdering two people during an armed robbery. The original 1971 recording of the song would later be used as the opening theme to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
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Mega Man 9
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A device used in Dr. Light's Laboratory to hold certain items during cutscenes appears to be the same device used in the opening cutscene of Mega Man 4 that turns Rock into Mega Man.
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Super Mario 64 DS
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In the only instance of a character having a move exclusive to VS Mode, when Yoshi is wearing Wario's Cap, he can perform an additional move called the "Swing and Fling" by picking up a stunned Yoshi, spinning around in a circle and throwing him. This move is only mentioned in the game's manual. Wario's animations when using this move share similarities to the "Wild Swing-Ding" move featured in Wario World, although the Swing and Fling does not take over spinning automatically.
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Metroid Fusion
The short jingle titled "Objective Complete" that plays at certain points throughout the game sounds nearly identical to the "Race Start" jingle from F-Zero.
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Piranha Plant's side special, Poison Breath, seems to come from the Paper Mario series, specifically from the Putrid Piranhas from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Piranha Plant's "bud" even changes color to match a Putrid Piranha's yellow and red color scheme during the attack. This would make Piranha Plant the only Mario series character to have a move derived from the Paper Mario series.
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Pokémon Sword & Shield
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Leon's battle theme in the Battle Tower, composed by Undertale and Deltarune creator Toby Fox, appears to interpolate the track "A Baby Legend - The Baby is 2", from The Baby is You, a 2010 concept album by Fox based on the webcomic Homestuck. The choice of interpolation garnered attention for its strangeness by the standards of a Nintendo-affiliated game, as The Baby is You was a joke album about male pregnancy, made to poke fun at the Homestuck forum's rule against fanart surrounding the topic.
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Resident Evil Village
In May 2021, Richard Raaphorst who directed the 2013 film "Frankenstein's Army" accused Capcom of plagiarism, because the boss enemy Sturm looks almost identical to one of the monsters in the film.
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The internal name for the Alaska level on the game disc is "05_GREENLAND". this suggests that the level was originally going to be themed around and take place in the Dutch-owned island of Greenland instead of the U.S. state of Alaska.

Also, internal file names for the Pacific Island level ("07_EASTERISLAND") reveal that it was possibly supposed to be Easter Island (Rapa Nui).
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Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes
If the player has enough meter then they can have Jill preform two Supers consecutively. If this is done a certain way and timed well while the Tyrant is on the level, she will fire a rocket launcher at it and the opponent it is attacking, Spoiler:making it look like the ending to Resident Evil (1996) where Jill does the same thing to the Tyrant to defeat it.
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Around Peter Quill's room and house there are many seemingly fictional things that are actually homages to 1980's pop culture media, but with the names, concepts or brands slightly changed or parodied:

•Prouix Calculator Wristwatch Advertisement - Based on real calculator wristwatches sold by companies like Casio.

•"The Lost Starwalker" Film Poster - A spoof of the film "The Last Starfighter" and its poster.

•"Caves & Creatures" Table-top RPG - Based on table-top RPGs popular in the 1980's such as the Dungeons & Dragons series.

•"Furthings" Monster Film Poster - Parody of the film "Gremlins".

•A banana figurine playing the guitar - Resembles the old McDonald's mascot "Mac Tonight".

•"Nukegames" - a take on the film "WarGames", the plotline of which involves nuclear warfare.

•"Deathtrap Dungeon" book - An homage to "Choose Your Own Adventure" books.

•"Robot Within" newspaper ad - The poster's imagery and film's concept is a callback to the sci-fi horror film "They Live".

•"Animal Graveyard" novel - An homage to Stephen King's novel "Pet Semetary".

•"VROOM!" Show TV magazine ad - A reference to popular 80s action show "Knight Rider".
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Deltarune
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Within the data for Chapter 2 is an unused attack for Spoiler:Spamton NEO in which the player is limited to shifting the SOUL between three horizontal planes while dodging oncoming oversized bullets. This attack functions identically to the Purple SOUL mechanic in Undertale, implying that at one point, Spoiler:the Spamton NEO fight was intended to be based around that rather than the Yellow SOUL mechanic.
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