5. Plants vs. Zombies
"Thriller" did zombies before they became such a cultural touchstone, with MJ's classic music video demonstrating that there could be a lighter side to the undead. From that moment onward, you couldn't wear a red leather jacket without someone assuming you were a Jackson superfan, a zombie, or both. Flash forward to May 2009, when PopCap Games put out its adorable tower defense/gardening game Plants vs. Zombies.
With dozens of zombie variants, you knew there had to be an MJ reference in there somewhere. Sure enough, the Dancing Zombie moonwalked onto your lawn during the game's second chapter, wearing the iconic Thriller jacket, a white sequined glove, and Jackson's unmistakable Jheri Curls. Unfortunately, the timing on this homage couldn't have been worse--Jackson died a month after PvZ was released, turning the tongue-in-cheek reference into a depressing parody. PopCap did the right thing by swapping out the character at the request of the Michael Jackson estate, turning the Dancing Zombie into a Disco Stu doppelganger. But we'll always remember this groovy stiff as he was in his original incarnation.