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The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog
subdirectory_arrow_right Sonic The Hedgehog (Franchise)
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Attachment In The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog, when Sonic is found presumed dead on the ground, the pose he is laying in is a reference to a meme within animation circles known as the "Family Guy Death Pose". This pose is frequently used throughout the animated series of the same name created by Seth MacFarlane, which became criticized in later years for utilizing cheaper animation. This is not the first time this pose was referenced in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise; the first time being in Issue #3 of the IDW comic book miniseries "Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome", where the character Surge collapses into the pose at one point.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month May 7, 2024
Trailer for the game:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC8sIhr-z5I

Sonic the Hedgehog: Imposter Syndrome Issue #3 (Page 9; info and source provided by chocolatejr9):
https://readallcomics.com/sonic-the-hedgehog-imposter-syndrome-3-2022/

Know Your Meme article:
https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/family-guy-death-pose-peter-falls-down-the-stairs
War: Final Assault
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Attachment By clipping the camera through a wall in the 6th level "Munition Line", a hidden image of a creepy person can be found. This is an old Internet meme known as "Creepy Ugly Guy", a photoshopped image based on an example photo used in the API plug-in "Kai's Power Goo", that spliced together stock images of a man, a young girl, and a chimpanzee, and is believed to have been spread online as early as 1996 when the software originally came out.
person Joog calendar_month April 30, 2024
War: Final Assault Easter egg:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12_RO_paEJU

Kai's Power Goo - Creepy Ugly Guy original merged image:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt06OSIQ0PE?t=4m7s

Kai's Power Goo 1996 release:
https://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/68752/Kai's%20Power%20Goo/
Freddy in Space 3: Chica in Space
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person Violett calendar_month April 21, 2024
Paper Mario: The Origami King
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Attachment After getting the Blue Streamer, a Toad will appear at the entrance to the Shogun Studios, trying to look through a window and complaining about the price of admission, exclaiming "Let me in—LET ME IN!" This is likely a reference to the segment "Eric Near the DNC" from the Adult Swim series "The Eric Andre Show", which features a similar moment that became a popular internet meme.
Pokémon Black Version
subdirectory_arrow_right Pokémon White Version (Game), Pokémon White Version 2 (Game), Pokémon Black Version 2 (Game)
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Attachment When Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 first released in Japan, fake leaks were posted on various websites claiming to be ROMs of the game, but in reality contained an FMV of a parody of the theme song to the Disney Channel series Cory in the House. The parody featured several of the games' characters and other memes at the time superimposed over the actors' heads, including talk show host Stephen Colbert, a caricature of the Pokémon fan website Serebii.net with a Trollface superimposed over it, and legacy Pokémon character Gary Oak. Before the title card of the show appears at the end, a barely visible screenshot of a post from the imageboard 4chan can be seen featuring the box art of the Nintendo DS game adaptation of the show, implying that the parody and fake ROMs originated from there. The video also features several scrolling text statements including:

• "Amber killed Gary" - supposedly referring to an incident on 4chan's dedicated Pokémon board /vp/ starting on August 26, 2010 where several posters using Gary Oak and Mewtwo as avatars tried to "revive" or "kill" the anime-only character Amber from The Uncut Story of Mewtwo's Origin by trying to predict their post numbers in advance.
• "SHE IS BLACK ?!?" - referring to Pokémon Black & White Gym Leader Lenora.
• "GIANT HAIR EVERYWHERE" - on the following shot with four Bouffalants superimposed over Mount Rushmore.
• "FINAL GYM LEADER (IT HAS BEEN SEREBII CONFIRMED)" - referring to Iris, the last Gym Leader in Pokémon White and seems to be referring to leaks from the first Pokémon Black and Pokémon White games.
• "THIS FLOATING TEXT IS UP IN YO' SCREEN DAWG"
• "AMERICA" - on a shot of Stephen Colbert.

An upload of the fake ROM's FMV on YouTube dates back to September 16, 2010, two days before Pokemon Black & White's release date in Japan, and features several comments mentioning 4chan and /vp/ on top of the references in the video, suggesting that the hoax actually dates back to the release of the first Pokémon Black and Pokémon White, although discussion of this FMV from that time does not appear to have been preserved. While this ROM is also not known to be preserved (though its contents are), as recently as 2018 there have been reports of ROM dumps of Pokémon White 2 being silently modified to include Cory in the House references, including NPCs with dialogue featuring the lyrics to the show's theme song.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month March 14, 2024
GBATemp forum thread from Pokémon Black & White 2's release discussing the Cory "leaks":
https://gbatemp.net/threads/pokemon-black-white-2-j-ot.325098/page-59

The Cory in the House FMV:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTcf2n7WODU

A documented Cory-related mod in Pokémon White 2:
https://www.realmeye.com/forum/t/pokemon-white-2-has-a-cory-in-the-house-reference/29349/6

Bulbapedia user article on /vp/ that seems to be the only archived text online explaining what "Amber killed Gary" even means:
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/User:The_Great_Butler//vp/#Notable_Creations
Prey
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person VinchVolt calendar_month February 29, 2024
The Cutting Room Floor article:
https://tcrf.net/Prey_(2017)/Mooncrash

KnowYourMeme article about Dickbutt:
https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/dick-butt
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
subdirectory_arrow_right Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl (Game)
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When it was announced that Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's paid DLC characters were due to be revealed, it was with a tweet reading "Back to the lab again". Some theorized this was a tease for either Jimmy Neutron or Jenny Wakeman, both highly-requested characters with a technology theme. However, this seems to actually be a reference to a livestream by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate YouTuber GimR from two days earlier. GimR advertised the livestream for days prior, promising a new technique that would change the game's competitive scene, only to fail to actually start the stream due to technical issues. During the time he was live, he played a looping intermission animation depicting him as Dexter from the Cartoon Network series Dexter's Laboratory and playing the song "Back to the Lab" by Prince Paul and Wordsworth for over an hour. This mistake would become a meme within the Super Smash Bros. community for a short while afterwards. Ultimately, Jenny, Rocko and Hugh Neutron, the latter two not being related to technology, were revealed, and GimR would separately reveal the promised new technique, the "Slingshot", two days after the failed livestream.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month February 26, 2024
Yo! Noid 2
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Yo! Noid 2 was made for a game jam called New Jam City, hosted by the Vice Waypoint community. One of the rules of the game jam was that its name had to be derived from an episode of the Waypoint Radio podcast, with "Yo! Noid was Ahead of Its Time" being chosen for the game, and the Noid himself being used as the protagonist. The name itself is not actually used in-game, but is used on its Itch.io page. The inclusion of dabbing in this game was in reference to this, with the joke being that the Noid would be so "ahead of his time" that he would dab in a late-1990s video game.
Sonic X Shadow Generations
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Sonic X Shadow Generations' title was leaked a day prior to its reveal by notable leakers and a URL registration. Following the leaks, some fans and gaming news websites jokingly noted that the term "Sonic X Shadow" had previously also been used on the internet since the 2000s to refer to fan art, fan-fiction and slash fiction depicting the hedgehogs as a romantic couple.
Lemmings
subdirectory_arrow_right Scooby-Doo (Franchise)
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Attachment Lemmings was originally going to use a soundtrack of plagarised copyrighted music, something that was common in microcomputer games the decade prior, including pop songs and television theme songs. In the final game, these were swapped for public domain songs, though a sample of Don Messick as Scooby-Doo used for a cover of the Scooby-Doo & Scrappy-Doo theme song would be retained in the How Much is that Doggie in the Window? music track. The Mission: Impossible theme seems to have been chosen in reference to a fad on British television at the time of showing squirrels performing stunts to the song.
Holocure: Save the Fans!
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The "X-Potato" weapon is a reference to one of Inugami Korone's livestreams of Blasphemous, in which she accidentally mispronounces the name Exposito while looking up boss names up after beating the game. It is unlocked by surviving 10 minutes while playing as Korone in a run. Its available Collabs (fusions between two weapons) are also references to Korone:

• Rap Dog (combined with Idol Song): Alludes to Korone's ability to rap, most prominently shown off when she and Nekomata Okayu sang "if..." by DA PUMP.
• MiKorone (combined with Elite Lava Bucket): A portmanteau of Inugami Korone and Sakura Miko's names, a term for streams featuring the two collaborating together.
• I'm Die, Thank You Forever (combined with Holo Bomb): References a collaboration between her and Mori Calliope played Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes, each using their non-native language (English for Korone and Japanese for Calliope). During one attempt, Korone, realizing she couldn't diffuse the bomb in time, uttered "Ah, I'm die, thank you forever" before exploding.
person aa1205 calendar_month February 2, 2024
Hololive Wiki Page on X-Potato:
https://holocure.fandom.com/wiki/X-Potato

Origin of the X-Potato meme:
https://youtu.be/5FIqKEHSzAY

Hololive Wiki Page on Rap Dog:
https://holocure.fandom.com/wiki/Rap_Dog

Korone Rapping:
https://youtu.be/eb76nfjSaXA

Hololive Wiki Page on MiKorone:
https://holocure.fandom.com/wiki/MiKorone

Hololive Wiki Page on I'm Die, Thank You Forever:
https://holocure.fandom.com/wiki/I%27m_Die,_Thank_You_Forever

Origin of the quote:
https://youtu.be/uLhNEN1ISRg?t=214
Holocure: Save the Fans!
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person aa1205 calendar_month February 2, 2024
HoloCure Wiki Page on Bounce Ball:
https://holocure.fandom.com/wiki/Bounce_Ball

HoloCure Wiki Page on Cutting Board:
https://holocure.fandom.com/wiki/Cutting_Board

Video of Rushia insisting she is "boing boing":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSiN5uKZfhs
Hannah Montana: Wireless Quest
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Attachment Hannah Montana: Wireless Quest has an unused graphic, likely a placeholder, that is a red square with the word "Doge" written below. While the game's exact release date is unknown, it was available at least one year after the Hannah Montana TV show began in 2006, but the "Doge" internet meme first appeared 2 years after the show was cancelled in 2011. The shared name is a coincidence rather than a reference to the meme, and it is not known what "Doge" means in this context, though it is likely some kind of debug function, as there are other unused square graphics with phrases like "Control Game" and "Control Main" next to them.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 24, 2024
Hitman
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Around six copies of the Doge meme at different sizes exist in the files of 2016's Hitman. These were likely placeholders for an item or weapon's menu images.
Franchise: Hello Neighbor
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Attachment When the first episode of the Hello Neighbor animated series debuted on YouTube, series publisher tinyBuild unprofessionally and unsuccessfully attempted to encourage MatPat of The Game Theorists and The Film Theorists YouTube channels to make a video on it by sending him public messages on Twitter such as "I believe @MatPatGT will enjoy dissecting this frame by frame" and "Yes @MatPatGT you should totally reply to our DM". These tweets have since been deleted, and have become a minor meme of sorts. tinyBuild CEO Alex Nichiporchik would later claim on The Game Theorists' subreddit that he felt the tweets were "the cringiest moment of [his] career".

In 2024, shortly before MatPat's retirement from YouTube, he would analyse the cartoon frame-by-frame to pay tribute to the meme.
person Rocko & Heffer calendar_month January 22, 2024
Shipwrecked 64
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Two of the game's achievements are references to popular memes. The first, titled "WHERE'S THE LAMB SAUCE" (awarded for failing Giovanni Goose's minigame), is a reference to the American adaptation of British reality show "Hell's Kitchen": in an episode from 2006, Chef Gordon Ramsey berates a kitchen full of chefs, demanding to know where the lamb sauce is for a dish being made. The second, titled "A Happy Little Accident" (awarded for clearing Stumbler O'Hare's minigame), is a reference to the art instruction show "The Joy of Painting": host Bob Ross was famous for the phrase "We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents," which is often seen as a guiding principle for the unpredictable nature of life.
person chocolatejr9 calendar_month January 19, 2024
Pikmin 4
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Attachment During the pre-release to Pikmin 4, many fans of the franchise were upset that the game did not recieve a larger marketing push from Nintendo, given its spotty sales history. In response, a large swathe of Pikmin fans took to the PixelStar service (which allows individuals to cheaply buy temporary advertising space that would usually be reserved for wealthy corporations in Times Square in New York City) to display Pikmin memes and fan art as a form of unsanctioned advertising. The total amount of money spent by Pikmin fans was estimated by MeriStation USA to be $300 minimum.

Pikmin 4 would end up becoming the best selling installment of the Pikmin franchise. This result most likely has much more to do with the popularity of the Nintendo Switch relative to the GameCube and Wii U, but given how major an advertising space like Times Square is, it isn't completely impossible that the PixelStar advertising could have contributed to the game's sales.
Shipwrecked 64
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The concept for Shipwrecked 64 first came about in 2016, when creator Squeaks D'Corgeh was making fangames based on Five Nights at Treasure Island, a Five Nights at Freddy's fangame featuring Disney characters. In 2020, he scrapped the Disney characters and replaced them with original characters, those being Bucky Beaver and his friends. He dropped the project for some time, but was reminded of it again after discovering a satirical Super Mario 64 Iceberg Tiers meme. The deepest fact below the iceberg, asserting that "every copy of Mario 64 is personalized", inspired the gameplay loop for Shipwrecked 64. He would restart development in 2021, which would ultimately lead to the version of the game released on Steam.
person chocolatejr9 calendar_month January 11, 2024
Interview with Squeaks D'Corgeh:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfhEhgk-FSI#t=863

Super Mario 64 Iceberg Tiers meme:
https://sm64-conspiracies.fandom.com/wiki/Iceberg
Pizza Tower
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The Noise was designed to be an obvious parody of the 1980s Domino's Pizza claymation anti-mascot "The Noid". The game's developer McPig has claimed that if The Noise wasn't based on The Noid, the boss would've had a parody of Vocaloid Hatsune Miku instead, in reference to Domino's App feat. Hatsune Miku, an app that became a niche YouTube Poop meme in the early 2010s.
Undertale
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Prior to the release of the official Japanese version, Japanese audiences, who previously experienced the game through various fan translations, frequently debated about how Sans would refer to himself in dialogue. In the Japanese language, there are multiple first-person singular pronouns, each with their own distinct connotations. Among Japanese fans, the common consensus was that Sans would either refer to himself with 僕 ("boku") or 俺 ("ore"). While both pronouns are masculine, the former has an informal and "boyish" connotation, while the latter typically indicates brashness.

Once the Japanese localization came out, audiences were surprised to discover that Sans instead refers to himself with オイラ ("oira"), a relatively archaic pronoun which is commonly associated with hillbillies (though milder in connotation than おら, "ora"), only using "ore" during his sterner moments. The atypical choice of pronoun resulted in #オイラショック ("#OiraShock") becoming a trending topic on Twitter in Japan, with many fanartists in the country responding by making tongue-in-cheek drawings riffing on it.
person VinchVolt calendar_month January 7, 2024
Kotaku article about the "Oria Shock" phenomenon:
https://kotaku.com/undertales-japanese-localization-is-causing-a-fan-frenz-1796085385

Legends of Localization article on first-person pronouns in Japanese that uses Sans as an example of "oira":
https://legendsoflocalization.com/personal-pronouns-in-japanese/
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