Every Scott Pilgrim vs The World videogame reference

Above: The horrifying sound used to bleep Julie’s F-bombs is the boot sound shrieked out by certain Commodore 64 titles. Compare if you dare!

Above: The music that plays during the fight with Lucas Lee’s stunt doubles is a chiptunesy rendition of the Baseball Furies chase/fight music in The Warriors. (Which I only mention because up until Scott Pilgrim, The Warriors was the best movie/game related anything!) Compare the songs here and here

Above: The sound Scott lets out after getting belted by Lucas Lee is possibly taken directly from the Tekken series (Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection is listed in the credits.) Either Paul or Heihatchi, we’re not quite sure…

Above: Todd Ingram’s Super Vegan powers look to be cut from the same cloth as Super Sonic, or any Dragon Ball Z character for that matter

Above: Upon defeat, an Evil Ex will explode into fountain of coins as a reward. Undoubtedly a VG trope, the comic is much clearer about being inspired specifically by River City Ransom

Above: The sound Roxy makes thudding to ground after getting punched in the boob could be nothing… or it very well could be a long overdue salute to the 1993 Tradewest sidescroller, Plok!

Above: Roxy Richter, her name a Castlevania reference in and of itself, uses a whip/sword weapon similar to Ivy of Soul Calibur. Her appearance at the club also features several sounds taken directly from Sonic the Hedgehog (Side note for Arrested Development fans: Actress Mae Whitman also played Michael Cera’s love interest, Ann Veal!)

Above: Ramona uses a hammer to defend Scott, and really, is there any VG reference more pure than a Donkey Kong reference…

Above: However, the star on the bag Ramona pulls the hammer from has led many to believe that it’s a reference to longstanding Kirby Nemesis, King Dedede. Can’t it be both?

Above: Scott wears a Rock Band shirt to an Amp vs. Amp band battle

Above: Many believe the Katayanagi twins, Evil Exes 5 and 6, are a Double Dragon reference, and the beasts they summon certainly adds some credence to that theory

Above: There’s been a lot of speculation over what the VG basis of Scott’s counter summon is, if any. If we had to guess, his ape/yeti creature bears the most resemblance to Blizzard, Primal Rage’s poster boy

Above: The extra life Scott grabs in the movie was designed by Paul Robertson, the same artist who handled the art direction in

Above: Upon defeat, the Katayanagi Twins’ amp fall in a slightly Tetris formation, most notably revealing an iconic T block


  • Partinaire - November 15, 2013 5:25 a.m.

    This is killing me.. How did NO ONE catch that Super Mario World game over acoustic guitar riff earlier in the movie? I can't remember exactly when it was but I'm sure it was near the beginning of the middle of the film...
  • ViolentLee - November 22, 2010 10:50 a.m.

    One more: Sex Bob-omb's ape avatar in the fight against the twins more closely resembles one of Kameo's forms in Rare's 360 game.
  • ViolentLee - November 22, 2010 10:46 a.m.

    I really think the "X" in the snow was related to a level in N64's GoldenEye.
  • Tronto13 - November 21, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    How about when scott is fighting Matthew Patel; Wallace says asks what he's wearing, "are you a pirate or what?" so him fighting scott (the ninja as in the arcade game) is the age old Pirate vs. Ninja debate!! :)
  • KingArchie55 - November 21, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    **************SPOILERS! FROM HERE ON, IT'S EITHER YOUR OWN CURIOSITY OR STUPIDITY THAT LEADS YOU********************* I think that when Scott dies, it's a reference to Resident Evil 2 or 3, like when you die, it shows your character, and says "YOU ARE DEAD" (I think), it points to Scott and says "DEAD". I may be wrong, and someone may have said that already but, hey.
  • thatnerdguy1 - November 21, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    You missed one.In one of the scenes, Scott is clearly wearing an Astro Boy T-shirt.
  • embracethisjosh - November 19, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    Seems like the Ramona hammer scene is actually a reference to Meru from The Legend Of Dragoon
  • aros888 - November 19, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    Ever think the seven evil ex's are like the seven kids of Bowser in Mario 3?
  • n00b - November 19, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    you also missed the part where scott punches roxy in the boob is pretty much the same move that makto from street fighter does
  • matthurley - November 18, 2010 7:52 a.m.

    it kinda feels like the "hey... HEY!' at the end of the dream sequence could be a reference to Navi...
  • cyclone306 - November 16, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    great fucking movie. You missed a reference though. When Scott & Ramona meet for the first time after he gets the package delivered. she says something like "I'm waiting on you" which is what kerrigan said in the first starcraft.
  • boondocks50 - November 15, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    what about the TMP thats seen before roxy hits the ground in the ally after being punched in the boob
  • CHAINSAWhaxor - November 14, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    At the very end, after the credits roll, a sprite version of Scott throws his arm up in the air and warps away , a reference to the Megaman series where Megaman/X does the same thing after defeating a Robot Master/Maverick
  • writinguy - November 13, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    OK, this is driving me nuts. The typeface that is used on Chaos Theatre Level 7 is from a game, and I can't for the life of me remember which one it is. It is so familiar it is driving me crazy.
  • festerblatz82 - November 12, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    Great article Mantista! Saw it in theaters, and I am buying on Bluray. I have always liked Cera since Arrested Development. This movie fucking rocks.
  • linkuu128 - November 12, 2010 3:05 p.m.

    HI Chris, great article by the way.!! but you maybe dont know something from the movie since you dont see much super robots anime. the scene where scott take the sword from his chest its from the last battle on the anime MAZINKAISER. you can look for it on you tube.
  • camelfro - November 12, 2010 6:51 a.m.

    awesome article and an awesome movie too!
  • Heyexclamationpoint - November 12, 2010 5:18 a.m.

    bought the blu-ray today!
  • Sandwhich - November 12, 2010 3:05 a.m.

    Friggin' Awesome. Any article that has two pictures of NES Ducktales is a deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
  • TDUBBS - November 12, 2010 1:43 a.m.

    Recently saw the blu-ray and liked it, but this article kind of ruined the movie for me. most of these things seemed like cool references to gaming as a culture, but now that I know things like the names of places and the fighting stances are lifted from specific games it seems to demean the films creativity. Instead of being a clever and original movie, now it just looks like it is simply relying on references to gain the cult following I'm sure it will get. Not a bad movie, just not for me.

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