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If Nobody Dies is known for anything besides being over-the-top and awesome, it's for its love of Shout Outs; quite a few so far, and more are certain to come:

Multiple references:

Zero Wing

Animaniacs/Pinky and The Brain

  • Yui and Gendo pull an "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?" exchange.
  • "I'm waiting for an interview." "Why?" "Because I want to work here." "Why?" "Because it is interesting work?" "Why?" "Because I studied it in college." "Why?"


  • Shinji unlocking the Magoroku prompts Misato to say that Unit 01 "went Voltron on the enemy's ass".
  • In ch. 55, the Ree are implied to have actually built Voltron.

The Terminator

  • Rei's first complete sentence in the story? "Come with me if you want to live."
  • When Mana is revealed as a cyborg in Chapter 22, she is described as having a Terminator-like endoskeleton.
  • Chapter 90: GLaDOS Naok00 is nicknamed Skynet by Mana.
  • Ichi's words when firing herself from the Eva launch chutes into an Angel, so she can try to punch it to death. "I'll be back." And she wasn't even in her Evangelion body...
  • ... and after catching fire and losing all her skin while doing so, her skinless avatar-body resembles the T-X.


  • Rei's line in the Stuff Blowing Up entry on the main page. Also, there's Mana's Machine Man reference in ch. 33.

  "Death to the fleshy ones!"

  • Evidently, Mana is also "full of useful devices" which can, among other things, make other girls pregnant.

James Bond

  • "Rei, do you expect me to talk?" "No, Mr. Kaji, I expect you to die."
  • Kei deliberately emulating Blofeld while on a hijacked television broadcast and stroking one of Ritsuko's cats. Her line at that moment is practically a stock quote in that it references numerous previous invocations ranging from As the World Turns to Austin Powers.

The Simpsons

  • "It's like I'm wearing nothing at all. Nothing At All. NOTHING AT ALL." "Stupid Sexy Maya." Said by Ritsuko of all people. Cue Squee from Maya.
  • "Can't sleep, ADAM will eat me."
  • Rei on Shinji becoming an unwilling Chick Magnet: "Every girl in 50 yards kinda wants to strap him in and make him feel the G's!"


  • In Chapter 6, Unit-01 dances to Higher and Higher in what's described as a "sympathetic reaction", similar to the red slime in Ghostbusters 2.
  • "(Yui) has given (Rei) strict instructions on what to do if someone asks her if she is a God."
  • Evidently firing two Positron cannons in two different dimensions at each other at the same time through the Sea of Dirac causes a controlled total protonic reversal.
  • Chapter 52:

 Mordin: Terrified. Beyond capacity for rational thought.


Doctor Who


  • Ritsuko mentions having an Orange Box in her office when the Ree escape.
  • Multiple references in Chapter 57, including "The Cake is not a lie" and Naoko Akagi reciting G La DOS' monologue from the beginning of Portal 2.
  • The AI of Naoko soon actually gets nicknamed G La DOS among the whole NERV staff.
  • Chapter 77: Naok00 sings a variation of "Still Alive" to Yui and considers not gassing her with neurotoxin.
  • Chapter 84: Shinji and Hikari get trapped in what appears to be a Portal 2 co-op level.
  • Chapter 95: Naok00 now has turrets.
  • Chapter 95: Naok00 has an incredibly similar response to victims falling for her trap to G La DOS in Portal 2, to the point where they both say that "If I’d known you’d let yourself get captured this easily, I’d have dangled a turkey leg on a rope from the ceiling.”
  • Chapter 97: Naok000 uses the "deploying smooth jazz" line from Portal 2. Misato comments that she's been abusing her video game privileges.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

  • After Go-Kun's Dynamic Entry in the virtual sim, his description sounds like a certain blue-haired, hot-blooded Badass.
  • Rei and Go-Kun defeat the Iruel-possessed Rampel with a "GIGA! DRILL! BUH-REAKAAAH!".
  • S2 engines generate power "by using the power of perpetuating spirals to generate energy from nothing".

Mega Man ZX

  • Jet Alone Prime's boot-up sequence: "Biolink established. Meta Encapsulated Granule Awareness System: Online."
  • Kaworu mentions a "Game of Destiny that his brethren must engage in."


  • Evangelion Provisional Unit 05 ("Go-kun") is Liberty fucking Prime.
  • New Vegas apparently exists in the ND-verse.

Mass Effect

  • "Child, do you think you've accomplished anything? Your world is dying, and it's by human hands. We 'Angels' are your salvation through destruction. Each one of us is a harbinger to perfection. We are the only hope you deluded Lilim have."
  • Mark 5:9. My name is Legion, for I am Many. This name is acceptable.
  • From the forum thread:


  • "Limited creatures of blood and flesh. You are brought into my mind and you fumble in ignorance, incapable of understanding that which is before you. Unaware of what you have done."
  • Tali'Zorah vas Normandy's presence, due to the effects of Rei Ayanami Does the Multiverse.
  • "You have FAILED. We will find another way. I am now assuming Direct Control." Zeruel's here.
    • This later gets re-used by Kaworu.
  • Chapter 98: Khalisa Bin Al-Jilani? Gee, wonder where else I've heard that name.
    • "Ah yes 'SEELE' The supposed collective of old men who somehow manage to wield enough influence to manipulate the UN. We have dismissed that claim."


Babylon 5

  • "You will know fear. You will know pain. And then, you will die."
  • Misato borrows a bit from Susan Ivanova's Badass Boast as she faces down Adam.

  I am the right hand of retribution and the last human being you will ever see.

  • While looking for information, Uri knocks out everyone in a bar, and realizes that now he has to wait for someone to wake up.


  • Evangelion DA FLAMETHROWAH.
  • "Engaging ludicrous speed."
  • Chapter 88: Kihl's safe combination is "the sort of thing an idiot would put on his luggage".

How I Met Your Mother

  • "Did I ever tell you how I met your mother?"
  • In ch. 54, Junior recites from the Bro Code.


  • Go-Kun gets a Transformer avatar body, doubling as Misato's car.
  • Several nods to the new movies:
    • Rei slides Go-Kun between the legs of a Trident and shoots it in the crotch.
    • During their Leliel-aided travels across several parallel universes, Go-Kun, who the author has stated would be voiced by Peter Cullen and who has uttered such lines as "Life is the right of all sentient beings", picks up some flame decals.
    • In ch. 55, Kei and the Ree turn a bunch of construction vehicles into Devastator.
    • Go-kun, ch. 78: "GIVE ME YOUR FACE!"
  • And to the original franchise:
    • Four-Chan has multiple faces, each with a different expression, which rotate on his head to suit his mood. In other words, he's a Quintesson.
    • The N2 reactor installed in Go-kun is modeled after the Matrix of Leadership.
    • Direct quote from chapter 39:

  Prime, as they have come to call Jet Alone...

    • Also, from chapter 41: Life is the right of all sentient beings, not to mention One will stand. And one will fall.
    • Chapter 68, SEELE 06: "The Angel must be stopped, no matter the cost."

Fan Fiction

  • Mana's battle prayer:


  • Apart from the aforementioned game of Exalted 40K, anyone familiar with Exalted's backstory will find Kei's experiments in Chapter Two of The Kei Files to be quite familiar. She also hosts her vaguely threatening dinner party in what is clearly Malfeas.
  • Hikari regularly GMs games of Exalted with Rei, becoming versed enough in the game to start making references to it by Chapter 84.

Final Fantasy

Assassin's Creed

  • "What. The. F____."
  • Gendo's avatar in the Ree-written game is based on the main character.
    • The "initializing" area where he selects his avatar resembles the Animus.

Battle Angel Alita

  • The "little mechanical avatars" from chapter 19.
  • In Chapter 56, one of the life-sized avatar units generates a plasma jet from its hand.

Bungie games

  • The opening speech of Shalgiel, the first "Cherubim", references the Prophet of Truth's speech at the start of the second mission of Halo 3.
  • While in the game, Kei describes the Narrator's bizarre behavior as the program having gone rampant.
  • In chapter 100, Magi 28, 29, and 30 are named Durandal, Curtana, and Merchant, which are all AI's (or deliberate misspellings of them) from Halo and Marathon.

Star Trek

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • Shinji's predicament in Chapter 71 is quite reminiscent of Xander's in the episode "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered."
  • Chapter 90. "Bored now."

Dragon Ball

  • Go-Kun pulls off a Big Bang Attack during a fight with ADAM.
    • In Chapter 87, Go-kun uses a Kamehameha.

Iron Man

Scott Pilgrim

  • At the end of Asuka's fight with Mana, she's challenged by the Ree in the same manner as the Seven Evil Exes.
    • From Nobody Dies: The Ayanami Sisters Fight Crime: "Oh no." "Oh no!" "Oh No!" "Oh Yeah!"



  Yui: Oh dear Lord, she's infecting him.

    • Chapter 89: A Reego attacks Shinji like a Facehugger.

The Matrix

Monty Python and The Holy Grail

  • "RUN AWAY!"
  • In Chapter 93, Mana and Zophael reenact the Black Knight scene.

Sonic the Hedgehog

  • In chapter 14, Kaworu is forced by Rei to admit she's the ultimate life form.
    • Which gets a Call Back in Chapter 93 when Rei does the same thing to Zophael.

Team Fortress 2

Red vs. Blue

  • "I am Mari Illustrious Makinami! And you will fear my LASERFACE!"
    • During the Cherubrim attack on New Vegas, Touji, Hikari and Rei face down Kei (who they believe just pulled a Heel Face Turn). Touji's weapon of choice? An orange safety cone, referencing Grif's classic "Protect me, cone!" line.
    • And earlier, her utter manhandling of the Section Two agents starts in much the same way as Tex's.
    • Chapter 93: "Oh, son of a Bi-"

Marvel Comics

The Man Your Man Could Smell Like

  • Chapter 71 reveals that Zyuu sees Shinji as the Old Spice Guy.
  • Chapter 97: "Is on a Horse".



  • "Kool-Aid!" *CRASH* "OH YEAH!"

Anime and Manga

  • Rei's plot to blackmail the school principal is very similar to Haruhi Suzumiya's method of computer acquisition.
  • In chapter 31, Rei's finishing speech towards the virtual Sachiel is a direct rip of Domon Kasshu's Shining Finger Sword, ending with Rei using Go-Kun's left arm to grab hold of Sachiel's chest and fire its cannon point blank into its core, ending, naturally, with a Shining....FINGAHHH!!!!!. Fuyutsuki questions if Unit 5 was built for such a thing, while Pieter simply replies that anything Rei does is impossible to plan via paper.
  • During the battle against Iruel, with some prodding from Asuka, Ichi turns into a 200' Pikachu.
  • The bodies of the Reigo/Reichigoma bodies sound awfully familiar...
  • The random schoolgirl who hits on Shinji is named Kaname Chidori.
  • Iruel's "Dating Sim" in Chapter 31, 32 and 41 has "Stick it in" as the fourth option in every dialogue choice. The dating sim in the fourth episode of Excel Saga has "Put it in" as the third option in every dialogue choice.
  • Chapter 72. Hatchi. "DIVINE... BUSTAH!!!"
  • Chapter 80. Most of the now-stabilized Ree have become costumed vigilantes in their spare time. Kiko has modeled her costume after Sailor Moon.
  • Mark-09's activation sequence at the beginning of Chapter 101 closely follows the ones used by Alucard.

Comic Books


 "I asked myself what it would be like if Yui went ahead with that damn experiment. And now I know what the difference is between you and my wife. The difference is, you both looked into the abyss. And when the abyss looked back... You blinked."

  • Merrill the Murder Kitteh is an expy of Dex-Starr.




Live Action TV



 Heh. Heh heheheh. Oh, what the Hell.

Please allow me to introduce myself,

I'm an Angel of wealth and taste


Tabletop Games

Video Games

Web Original


 "You even have a web page about you on the internet with all sorts of facts about you. Is it true the AT Field isn't supposed to keep the Evas out, but you in?"


Web Comics

Western Animation

Combined References


  "Let me tell you how much I've come to hate you Lilim over the past week."


 Something Pieter realized about Kyoko years ago, and probably one of the things that drew him back to her after their years apart, is that the terminology gentle, cuddling, and half measure are foreign to her.

With Kyoko, you strap yourself in and ride the Gees.

    • And Kensuke puts it on YouTube. Yui not only refuses to take it down, but says she'll unleash Rei on both of them if either of them try.

Real Life

  • The robot avatar of Unit-02 is the Big Dog.
  • In chapter 81, the robot that serves drinks and then falls down the stairs is a reference to the Honda Asimo and its infamous press conference.
  • During chapter 30, Misato notes after a long night of drinking that the devil on her shoulder is bigger and taking food orders, a reference to Larry Miller's classic "Five levels of drinking" stand-up routine.
  • In chapter 1, Rei refers to Ritsuko as a friend of Gendo's "in a Ugandan way".


  1. Of course, depending on which fic wrote the scene first, the Shout-Out could be the other way around...
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