I, (Annoyed Grunt)-bot/References
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- The episode title is a pun on I, Robot, which is the title of a collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov, as well as a 2004 sci-fi movie loosely based on the stories in the book. Reference is also made to the Three Laws of Robotics (see Trivia below).
- The song that plays when Bart and Milhouse ride the "Psycho Cycle" is "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf.
- Chief Wiggum puts a "Dominoe's Pizza" sticker on the police car, a reference to Domino's Pizza.
- When Dr. Hibbert hits Bart's bike, he says "What the Halle Berry?"
- References in Robot Rumble:
- The show itself is a reference to the sci-fi films 'Robot Jox and Crash and Burn.
- The show is also a reference to Royal Rumble, the WWE's annual series of pay-per-view TV specials.
- The show is also a parody of robot combat shows such as Robot Wars and BattleBots.
- Chop Screwy is a reference to Chop suey.
- The robot names "Ralph-O-Cop" and "Killhammad Aieee" are references to RoboCop and Muhammad Ali, respectively.
- Killhammad Aieee bears a strong resemblance to the ED-209 droid in RoboCop.
- When Chief Knock-A-Homer dispatches Buzzkill with his own circular saw, the announcers say that he's "killing him softly with his saw," referencing the 1970s pop tune "Killing Me Softly with His Song".
- Coltrane is named after jazz musician John Coltrane.
- "Watching Scotty Grow" by Bobby Goldsboro plays during the Robot Rumble montage.
- In Homer's dream, his wife is Anjelica Huston.
- When Bart and Homer watch video of Killhammad Aieee's previous fights:
- One of the tapes is labeled "Killhammad Aieee vs. Bender". Bender is a character from Matt Groening's other TV series, Futurama. Bender also fought in an Ultimate Robot Fighting League in Futurama.
- One of Killhammad Aiee's opponents resembles a Terminator endoskeleton.
- Two of Killhammad Aieee's opponents are Circuit Ray Leonard and Joe Wall Switch, a reference to boxers Sugar Ray Leonard and Jersey Joe Walcott.
- Another opponent is Grim Beeper, a reference to the Grim Reaper.
- The song that plays in Chief Knock-A-Homer's fight against Killhammad Aieee is "...In a Bag" by Static-X.
- Professor Frink says that Killhammad Aieee has been programmed with the Three Laws of Robotics, which are as follows:
- A robot may not harm a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
- When Skinner points out that pretending like nothing happened is a cheat, Lisa points out his real name: Armin Tamzarian. ("The Principal and the Pauper")
- This is referring to how Skinner forced the students to use his fake name, and it is a self-referential joke.