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Kill Bill References Guide/TV Shows/Comics/Anime

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A list of references to TV Shows, Comic Books, Cartoons and Japanese Anime that appear in Kill Bill.

TV Shows

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

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  • There is a scene in the episode 'Breakdown' of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents series that is very similair to the Bride getting her legs back to work in the back of the Pussy Wagon in Kill Bill: Volume 1. In this by Alfred Hitchcock directed episode, the main character gets involved in a car accident in which he breaks his neck. He is not able to move and people who come by mistake him for being dead and rob him and strip his car. Then he figured that the next time people would come by, he had to move something to show them he was alive. He's lying on the seats of his car when you hear him think: "If only I could move... move a little bit" and then we see the shot.

Ironside

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  • Ironside (1967, TV series). Score excerpt from the detective series. Score by Qunicy Jones

Kage No Gundan - Shadow Warriors

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  • Japanese TV series
  • Stars Sonny Chiba as Hattori Hanzo. In Kill Bill, Chiba's Hanzo is a distant relative of the original Hattori Hanzo. There are 4 series, each of them in a different period. The inspiration for Kill Bill came mostly from Season 4. Lucy Liu's character O-Ren Ishii is named after Sue Shihomi's character O-Ren in Season 4.

Kung Fu

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  • Aired from 1972-1975
  • TV show's concept invented by Bruce Lee. Starred David Carradine.
  • The Bride walking barefoot through the sunbaked, mountainous terrain of Barstow, CA on the way to Budd's trailer is reminiscent of Kwai Chang Caine's trek through the desert in the opening of the series.

The Green Hornet

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  • 60s TV action show
  • The theme song by Al Hirt is in Kill Bill. Bruce Lee played Kato in that series. Also: Kato masks worn by The Crazy 88.

Match Game '73

  • Brett Somers famous "Good gravy, Marie!" line is quoted by Earl McGraw.

Super Heroes and Cartoons

Superman

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Captain America

  • The Serpent Society is a fictional organization of snake-themed supervillains in the Marvel Comics universe. The group was initially formed from the membership of a previous supervillain team, the Serpent Squad. The group, like its predecessor, has been made up of longtime antagonists of Captain America and his fellow Avengers.
  • Some members of the DiVAS are named like some members of the Serpent Society:

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  • Black Mamba (Tanya Sealy), a former call-girl, has a device implanted in her brain that gives her a limited form of telepathy that enable her to scan the thoughts of nearby individuals, usually to find an image of a someone that the person holds dear. She then manifests the Darkforce into the image of that cherished person, which in turn, almost hypnotically seduces its target into embracing it. Once physical contact is established, Mamba then lets the Darkforce constrict her victims to death, or at the very least, to unconsciousness. Oftentimes the victim is in too deep a state of ecstacy or euphoria to even notice. When Diamondback left the Society, Asp and Black Mamba followed, and they teamed with the African huntress named Impala to form the short-lived mercenary group called "Bad Girls, Inc." Black Mamba later joined the Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil, but recently returned as a member of the Bad Girls

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  • Copperhead (Robert Reynolds or Davis Lawfers, depending on the source) was the leader of the Fourth Serpent Squad (consisting also of Fer-de-Lance, Black Racer, and Puff Adder), and one of the Viper's most loyal minions. On a mission for her, he helped to contaminate Washington D.C.'s water supply with a chemical that could transform people into human/snake hybrids. During this assignment, friction existed between the Cobra and himself. When the Cobra became the new leader of the Society, Copperhead did not remain too long. In fact, he was only seen as a member in the X-Men Annual. Copperhead has no superhuman powers but are equipped with a pair of guantlets which fires power blasts and poisoned darts. For protection he wears a suit of copper-colored scale mail.

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  • Cottonmouth (name unknown) hails from Mobile, Alabama. He has bionic jaws and steel teeth. He can extend his lower jaw up to a foot from his upper jaw. His jaws possess superhuman strength and extremely sharp fangs. Cottonmouth and Death Adder killed M.O.D.O.K. on the Society's first mission. For a while, for reasons never explained, Cottonmouth assumed Bushmaster's real identity of Quincy McIver.

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  • Sidewinder (Seth Voelker), who possessed a cloak that allowed him to teleport himself and a companion. He was the group's leader until Diamondback defected and the Viper's Serpent Squad infiltrated the Society, after which he retired and left leadership to the Cobra. Later Sidewinder updated an offensive capability in his costume he called his "side effects": miniature flying constructs that he cybernetically controlled which shoots charges of electricity. Sidewinder was apparently killed once, but has since reappeared, the explanation offered being that another person died while wearing his teleportation cloak. Sidewinder, now reformed, has shown up in New Thunderbolts #7. A second Sidewinder has recently been seen as part of the group under Cobra's leadership.

Peanuts

  • Peanuts was a syndicated daily comic strip written and drawn by American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950 to February 13, 2000. The strip was one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium. At its peak Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 40 languages. It helped to cement the four-panel gag strip as the standard in the United States. Reprints of the strip are still syndicated and run in many newspapers.

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  • The dirty Bride approaching the cafe riminds of a Peanuts character called "Pig Pen".

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The Simpsons

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  • Shooting through the cereal is a reference to the episode of the Simpsons called "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala-D'oh-cious," which features an episode of Itchy and Scratchy called Resevoir Cats (a parody of Resevoir Dogs), guest directed by Quentin Tarantino. In the cartoon, Tarantino turns up and says something like, "What I'm trying to say with this cartoon is that violence is everywhere. It's, like, even in our breakfast cereal, man."

Japanese Anime

Ghost in The Shell (1995) Directed by Mamoru Oshii

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  • Anime sequences by Production IG who did the anime in Kill Bill.

Kite (1998)

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  • This anime movie also concentrates on a little girl orphan who becomes a hitman.