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The Goonies has been referenced many times in various forms of pop culture, from simple name drops to more elaborate parodies and gags.
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Film[edit | edit source]
- In Deadpool 2, the titular character Deadpool jokingly refers to Cable as "One-Eyed Willy"; Josh Brolin, who portrayed Brand, portrays Cable in the film. At one point, Deadpool also wears the same floral shirt Chunk wears.
- One of the theatrical posters for Ready Player One is a direct parody of the poster for The Goonies.
Music[edit | edit source]
- The Ataris' fourth album, So Long, Astoria is named after Astoria, the setting of The Goonies.
- Rock band The Fratellis was named after the Fratelli family from the film; members of the band also share the last name, as they are all, coincidentally, brothers.
- Spanish pop band La Oreja de Van Gogh named their second album, El viaje de Copperpot, after Chester Copperpot.
- Punk band Slick Shoes was named after Data's invention of the same name.
Television[edit | edit source]
- In American Dad! episode "May the Best Stan Win", the character of Roger tries to rope the other characters into making an amateur film recreation of The Goonies.
- Animated comedy show Bob's Burgers has an episode parodying The Goonies, "The Belchies", involving a to-be demolished candy factory and rumored treasure within its basement. Cyndi Lauper sang a parody of "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" titled "Taffy Butt" for the ending credits.
- Family Guy has made a number of references to The Goonies:
- The Goonies appear in "Breaking Out is Hard to Do" while the Griffins are in a sewer system. Mikey points the way out and then Peter asks Chunk to do the Truffle Shuffle.
- Peter uses a coin to point out a series of landmarks in "Stew-Roids", similarly to how Mikey uses the old doubloon to pinpoint the location of the hidden tunnels.
- Sloth appears in "Hell Comes to Quahog"; Meg is tasked with feeding him.
- The comedy sitcom The Goldbergs had an episode parodying The Goonies, "Goldbergs Never Say Die!", where siblings Erica and Bailey Goldberg trick their younger brother into believing a Goonies-style pirate treasure exists in their hometown. The episode is notable for using footage from the movie and music from the original score.
- Raising Hope's character Virginia Chance mentions her belief that child actors end up playing bit roles on TV shows; the character is portrayed by Martha Plimpton, who portrayed Stef in The Goonies.
- Netflix original series Stranger Things is heavily inspired by The Goonies. Sean Astin appears in the second season as Bob Newby, who adlibbed in a line about pirate treasure after being shown a map with an X on it.
- Cartoon Teen Titans Go! had an episode parodying The Goonies, "Booty Scooty", involving the titular Teen Titans going on a pirate treasure hunt to save their home from being purchased by land owners. The episode has a gag poking fun at the octopus deleted scene.
- In an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Raphael, voiced by Sean Astin, is disappointed not to find a pirate ship after swimming into an underground cave full of water, a reference to the Inferno.
Video games[edit | edit source]
- Runescape has an extended reference to The Goonies with the hidden island of The Goon Docks, named after the location from the film. It can only be reached by finding a hidden treasure map. On the island is a pirate NPC named One-Eyed Willy who has a pet cyclops, a joke based on his name.
- Massively multiplayer game World of Warcraft has an NPC merchant named Chester Copperpot, a reference to the Goonies character of the same name.
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