As the popularity of Dungeons & Dragons grew throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, the game was referenced more and more in popular culture. Numerous games, films and cultural references based on D&D or D&D-like fantasies, characters or adventures have been ubiquitous since the end of the 1970s. Typically, though by no means exclusively, D&D players are portrayed derogatively as the epitome of geekdom. References to the game are used as shorthand to establish characterization or provide the punchline of a joke. Many players, miffed with this stereotype, embrace the fact that comedian Stephen Colbert, musician Moby, and actors Vin Diesel, Matthew Lillard, Mike Myers, Patton Oswalt, Wil Wheaton and Robin Williams have made their D&D hobbies public.[1][2][3][4][5]

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Movies and television Edit

  • Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
  • The final episode of Freaks & Geeks entitled "Discos and Dragons", in which the Geeks invite bad-boy Daniel Desario to play the game with them. He accepts after seeing Harris reading the Monster Manual during school.
  • S.L.C. Punk
  • A recent episode of The Sarah Silverman Program.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Smashed and Chosen episodes).
  • The Futurama episode "Anthology of Interest (Part 1)" in which Gary Gygax actually starred.
  • In the X-Files, abductee Blaine Faulkner says that he "didn't spend all those years playing Dungeons & Dragons without learning a little something about courage".
  • SpongeBob Squarepants, A season 4 episode is titled "Dunces and Dragons" where SpongeBob, Patrick, and medieval versions of Sandy and Squidward must rescue Princess Pearl from the evil wizard Planktonimore and a medieval version of Karen, the computer wife who is a crystal ball and a jellyfish dragon and bring her back to King Krabs ,who at the hero parade for SpongeBob and Patrick invents the Krabby Patty.
  • Craig from Malcolm in the Middle claims to have a level 14 elven cleric.
  • Dexter and his friends in Dexter's laboratory play a game similar to Dungeons & Dragons in epsiode "DD & D".

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References Edit

  1. Diesel contributed the introduction, and both Colbert and Wheaton page long personal reflections to Johnson et al. (2004)
  2. Diesel, Williams, Moby, Lillard, Colbert: Shanafelt, Steve (November 2, 2005). "The growing chic of geek: How turning 30 made Dungeons & Dragons feel young again". Mountain Xpress 12 (14). Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  3. Diesel, Colbert, Lillard: Tonjes, Wayne (October 19, 2005). "Interview with Charles Ryan on the 2005 Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day". Gaming Report. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  4. Oswalt: Leckart, Steven (June 26, 2007), "Ratatouille Star Patton Oswalt on Geeks vs. Nerds", Wired 15 (07), archived from the original on 2012-12-09, 
  5. Myers: "Mike Myers". Inside the Actors' Studio. 2001-02-04. No. 9, season 7.

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