They Live (1988) Poster



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Live Free or Die Hard (Project 12, 8/12) (2011) (Short)
Imagery from the film appears in this short


The A-Team (1983) (TV Series)
Underground tunnel guard: "It's a win, man ! We've got to meet the A-Team !"
Repo Man (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The communicators that the guards use are the P.K.E. meters from the earlier film.

Referenced in 

The Real Ghostbusters: The Haunting of Heck House (1990) (TV Episode)
Peter says, "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ecto-plasm, and I'm all out of bubblegum."
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (1991) (Video Game)
Bart's X-ray specs allow him to see aliens.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I have come here to chew sushi and kick butt, and I'm all out of sushi."
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Super Specs (1992) (TV Episode)
This episode is inspired by this movie
Flashback: The Quest for Identity (1992) (Video Game)
Aliens are disguised as normal people in this game
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Clint, in a twist on the famous bubble gum line, says, "I only came here to do two things man: kick some ass and drink some beer. Looks like we're almost out of beer."
Bill Hicks: United States of Advertising (1993) (Video)
Mentioned in conversation
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Outlaw of Gor (1993) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Crow
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) (TV Episode)
Santa: "I'm here to eat candy canes and kick ass. And I'm all out of candy canes."
Duke Nukem 3D (1996) (Video Game)
"It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum. And I'm all out of gum."
3rd Rock from the Sun: Hotel Dick (1996) (TV Episode)
The movie poster is on the wall at the sci-fi convention.
Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game (1997) (Video Game)
The Brotherhood soldiers who accompany you to the mutant military base will sometimes say "I've come to kick ass and chew bubble gum and I'm all out of bubble gum", a line from They Live.
The Matrix (1999)
The freedom fighters all wear sunglasses when they are in the Matrix. Another movie called They Live (1988) also featured a mind-bending and reality altering plot with humans living in a fake world while being kept as slaves by a highly evolved enemy, in which sunglasses were used in order to spot the enemies.
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
A kid at the theme park wears a "They Live" T-shirt.
Battlefield Earth (2000)
Aliens create illusory reality to enslave mankind, and are polluting the Earth's atmosphere to make it like their own planet's.
Will & Grace: Ben? Her?: Part 1 (2000) (TV Episode)
Grace tells Jack, "Do whatever you want, 'cause today I'm handing out lollipops and ass whoopings, and I'm all out of lollipops."
Will & Grace: Ben? Her?: Part 2 (2000) (TV Episode)
Grace warns Jack that today she's handing out lollipops and ass whoopins and she's all out of lollipops.
Farscape: Season of Death (2001) (TV Episode)
Before Scorpius gets his "ass kicked" John chews a piece of bubblegum referencing the famous quote from They Live "I'm here to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I'm all out of bubblegum."
The Nightmare Room: Four Eyes (2001) (TV Episode)
This episode is inspired by this movie
Retarded Animal Babies (2003) (TV Series)
Animal babies finds sunglasses that allow them to see aliens.
Spartan (2004)
An officer in Spartan: "I've got two things for you boys. That's a stiff dick and bubble gum. And guess what: I'm all out of bubble gum."
Corpses Are Forever (2004) (Video)
One character says, "You remember that John Carpenter movie, 'They Live'?", then describes the final scene.
Lightning Bug (2004)
The Fangoria magazine mentions the film.
Freddy vs Ghostbusters (2004) (Short)
The bubble gum line is quoted.
Blade: Trinity (2004)
Before Whistler dies he flips off the FBI agents, which is the last thing John Nana did before dying in They Live
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Guitar Hero (2005) (Video Game)
Axel Steel's profile spoofs the bubble gum line.
Horror Business (2005) (Video)
DVD is shown.
ROH Supercard of Honor (2006) (Video)
Samoa Joe uses the "I have come here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I'm all out of bubblegum" line before the three-way match with Christopher Daniels and Jimmy Jacobs
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: ...In America (2006) (TV Episode)
I have come here to play card games and kick ass, and I'm all out of cards
The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Simpsons (2007) (TV Episode)
James mentions that one of the enemies resembles the monsters in "They Live".
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Yami of Darkness (2007) (TV Episode)
"I'm here to kick ass & drink cups of tea. And I'm all out of tea"
WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2008 (2007) (Video Game)
Roddy Piper says "I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, but im all out of bubblegum".
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
Open reference by a character.
WWE Legends of WrestleMania (2009) (Video Game)
Jerry Lawler says that Roddy Piper told him that he was gonna "chew bubblegum and kick butt, but he was all out of bubblegum"
MythBusters: Bottle Bash (2010) (TV Episode)
"Mr Hyneman says it's time to bash some heads in and chew some gum. And he's fresh out of gum."
The IT Crowd: The Final Countdown (2010) (TV Episode)
Moss's line concerning his drinking milk and kicking ass and him "having just run out of milk".
Midnight Movie Review: Halloween Horror Top 25, nr. 7: Cigarette Burns (2010) (TV Episode)
In overview on John Carpenter's career.
Edición Especial Coleccionista: Masters del universo (2011) (TV Episode)
Meg Foster movie mentioned
Duke Nukem Forever (2011) (Video Game)
On-screen captions during the opening credits, "It's Time To Kick Ass And Chew Bubble Gum..." "And I'm All Outta Gum."
Breaking In: The Contra Club (2012) (TV Episode)
Veronica quotes a line from the movie
Futurama: The Thief of Baghead (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Bender
Stand Up Guys (2012)
The characters repeately reference a line from They Live: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum. "
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Killer Klowns from Outer Space (2012) (TV Episode)
another '80s movie Rolfe laments not getting to review this year
Honest Trailers: Amazing Spider-Man (2012) (TV Episode)
Bubblegum quote
Frankenstein's Hungry Dead (2013)
One of the aliens from They Live is seen as a wax statue.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Titans Retrospective: Titans #26-#50 (2013) (TV Episode)
"Basically it's the plot of "They Live", only without Roddy Piper and...lamer."
How I Met Your Mother: Something Old (2013) (TV Episode)
Ted says he's "Here to pack boxes and chew bubble-gum"
The World's End (2013)
The blanks' plan for conformity and their methods of congregation echo the aliens in John Carpenter's film.
Saints Row IV (2013) (Video Game)
Mission title "He Lives" is a reference to this movie.
He Lives: Interview with John Carpenter (2013) (Short)
documentary about this film
Raising Hope: Ship Happens (2013) (TV Episode)
Sabrina's line "I came here to deliver a boat and have a nice vacation. Right now I'm all out of vacation." is an homage to Nada's (Roddy Piper) iconic line, "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum."
Adventure Time: The Red Throne (2014) (TV Episode)
The fight between Flame King and Flame Lord is a nod to the fight scene in the John Carpenter film; the characters are voiced by the actors from said film
Honest Trailers: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2014) (TV Episode)
Bubblegum quote
Honest Game Trailers: The Sims (2015) (TV Episode)
Bubblegum quote
Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.17 (2015) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "World of Wrestling Entertainment" category
Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard (2015)
Quoted in dialogue
WatchMojo: Another Famous Top 10 Cheats in Video Games (2015) (TV Episode)
Bubblegum quote
Honest Trailers: Fantastic Four (2005) (2015) (TV Episode)
Bubblegum quote
Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.14 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mr Moot.
Doctor Who: The Zygon Inversion (2015) (TV Episode)
In Clara's dream world, ordinary household items are shown stripped of their trade dress, which is replaced with a utilitarian description of the contents. Sunglasses also play a role in both stories.
Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past (2015) (TV Short)
In the last scene the New York buildings are full of messages reminiscent of those in They Live.
Nostalgia Critic: Why Do Good Directors Go Bad? (2016) (TV Episode)
another good work by John Carpenter
The 5th Wave (2016)
Glasses able to see aliens hidden inside their human host
Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.56 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Patricia.
Traceroute (2016)
mentioned by name
Supernatural: Don't Call Me Shurley (2016) (TV Episode)
When Chuck tells Metatron to put on the sunglasses to see his true appearance
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Viola Davis/Simon Helberg/Declan McKenna (2016) (TV Episode)
During Viola Davis's interview, Stephen says, "I'm here to chew gum and free slaves... and I'm all out of gum," referring to the movie's iconic line, "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum."
Honest Game Trailers: Monster Hunter (2016) (TV Episode)
"I'm here to play Pokemon Go and kick ass, and I'm all out of battery life"
Brute Sanity (2017)
The use of special sunglasses to see Superreality was inspired by this film.
Dimension 404: Cinethrax (2017) (TV Episode)
Uncle Dusty is wearing a shirt that say CONFORM with a picture of one of the aliens from THEY LIVE.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Beast of Hollow Mountain (2017) (TV Episode)
Jonah: "I came here to kick butt and chew bubblegum, and bubblegum hasn't been invented yet."
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Learns About the Weather! (2017) (TV Episode)
"I'm all out of --" line.
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders: Episode 1 (2017) (TV Episode)
A framed poster is hanging on the wall of José Menendez' office lounge when the two lead detectives are lead around by a receptionist.
Rick and Morty: The Rickchurian Mortydate (2017) (TV Episode)
endures a rather lengthy fight scene with the film's main character, much like his fight with Rick this episode.
Happy Death Day (2017)
poster in dorm room
Pray for Death: A John Carpenter Tribute at the Leona Gallery (2017)
The John Carpenter Film is Referenced as a work of art in the Leona Gallery
Ready Player One (2018)
Daito's avatar flips off Nolan before dying
Evil Bong 777 (2018)
Masks and costumes of characters from 'They Live' are on display at 'Tom Devlin's Monster Museum'
Housewife Alien vs. Gay Zombie (2017)
Line "I'm here to chew bubble gum and kick ass"


The Monolith Monsters (1957)
Movie shown on television at homeless camp.

Featured in 

The Making of 'They Live' (1988) (TV Short)
Making of Featurette
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
Excerpts appear in the film.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Monsters vs Aliens/The Haunting in Connecticut/12 Rounds (2009) (TV Episode)
Footage shown during the Wrestlers Turned Actors segment
Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)
John Carpenter mentions it. Also, footage of this movie is shown.
Movie Nights: Hell Comes to Frogtown (2012) (TV Episode)
Lupa states how she dislikes this movie
The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012)
discusion on ideology
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Nightbeast (2012) (TV Episode)
compares fight scenes
He Lives: Interview with John Carpenter (2013) (Short)
shows clips from
Bad Movie Beatdown: Shepherd (2013) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Ser es gratis (2014) (Video)
Clip shown
Metropolice (2014) (Short)
Clips shown
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: They Live (2014) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
Conspiracy Theorists Lie (2015)
Science fiction depiction of conspiracy theories.
Kent Hovind: An Atheist's Worst Nightmare (2016) (Video)
A clip is shown.
Atop the Fourth Wall: Comic Book Quickies #6 (2016) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Trailer Trauma 3: '80s Horror-Thon (2017) (Video)
The film's theatrical trailer is featured.
Mark Latham's Outsiders: Episode #1.4 (2017) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Renegade Cut: They Live (2017) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
Scope (2017) (Video)
clip shown
Killing Gaza (2018)
allusion to clarity from a cloud of propaganda

Spoofed in 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Putty on the Brain (1994) (TV Episode)
The plot is a spoof on the 1988 John Carpenter film.
South Park: Cripple Fight (2001) (TV Episode)
The cripple fight between Timmy and Jimmy is a parody of the fight between Nada and Frank.
Retarded Animal Babies (2003) (TV Series)
Episode RAB12 parodies the movie.
Family Guy: No Chris Left Behind (2007) (TV Episode)
The fight between Peter and the giant chicken spoofs the long fight between Nada and Frank.
The Neighbor and the Beer (2011) (Video)
The tagline spoofs Roddy Piper's character, Nada's famous line, "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum."
Saints Row IV (2013) (Video Game)
The Mission "He Lives"
Back Again (2014) (Short)
Characters and scene is recreated and referenced

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