- Silhouette kisses the nurse in the V-J Day celebration in Times Square, taking the place of the sailor in Alfred Eisenstaedt's famous photo. The sailor can be seen in the background.
- Sally Jupiter's retirement party recreates the Last Supper painting by Leonardo Da Vinci.
- The photo of The Comedian shaking hands with President Nixon is based on the photograph of Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley.
- The image of a peace protester placing a flower in a gun barrel mirrors the famous "Flower Power" photo taken by Bernie Boston in 1967. The scene itself also suggests a later event: the shooting of protesting students by National Guard soldiers at Kent State University in Ohio in 1970.
- Ozymandias outside Studio 54. Actors representing The Village People can be seen behind him on his right, David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust is to the left and Mick Jagger can also be seen in the shot.
Adrian Veidt's sexual orientation is hinted at several times. The first is during the opening montage when Adrian is in front of Studio 54 (a popular disco club of the The Village People, whose sexuality was ambiguous and are seen as gay icons). A second time is when Night Owl II is on Adrian's computer, a folder on the floppy disc he opens in entitled "Boys". Another inference can be made during the moment when Adrian states to his captains of industry that the only person in humanity's whole history with whom he feels any sense of kinship is 'Alexander The Great' of ancient Macedonia, who is believed to have been bisexual.