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The following is a list of allusions to works of fiction, people, places, events, and other cultural touchstones in Momoiro Clover Z.

Allusions and references to other works in Momoiro Clover Z are integral parts of the group's gimmicks, especially references to professional wrestling. Those references are deliberately incorporated to differentiate itself from other idol groups.[1]

The allusions, references, similarities, homages, and other items on this list should be specific, detailed, unique, or identifying. Avoid adding incidental, broad, general, or tangential similarities.

Pro Wrestling and MMAEdit

There are numerous specific allusions to Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts, mainly because of their manager Akira Kawakami is a big fans of Pro Wrestling. Some of their key persons namely Ryoji Fujishita, Atsunori Sasaki and Kenichi Maeyamada are fans of Pro Wrestling as well.


  • The color-coded theme is derived from the original Himitsu Sentai Gorenger. Some of their personality quirks also matched the traditional sentai characteristics: the red being the leader, the blue is the sub-leader, the yellow is a curry lover and the pink is childish and adores cutesy.
  • Z Densetsu ~Owarinaki Kakumei~ costume and overall themes are homages to tokusatsu show stereotypes, such as the use of transformation belts, scarfs, helmets, poses and the introductionary song lyrics. The narration is done by Fumihiko Tachiki, a renowned narrator and voice actor who also narrates Kamen Rider Kuuga.
  • Summer Dive 2011 Gokurakumon Kara Konnichiwa live concert took place in Yomiuri Land, a public amusement park where outdoor tokusatsu live show is often performed. The 45 minutes skit in the beginning of the show was also a reminiscent of tokusatsu live show.
  • The members are shown fighting the Shocker Combatmen from the original Kamen Rider in Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo music video.
  • The narration part in the flying train song Soratobu! Ozashiki Ressha is done by Kenjiro Ishimaru, the narrator from the train themed Kamen Rider series Kamen Rider Den-O.


  • The "Poosu kore yo" part in the Saikyou Pare Parade choreography is derived from Komanechi pose, a signature pose of comedian Beat Takeshi.
  • The "Momiji Manju" part in Momoclo no Nippon Banzai! came from a signature joke from 80's comedy duo B&B.
  • The dance in the refrain part of Chai Maxx came from 60's comedy group The Drifters TV show (nicknamed Dorifu) dance in their song "Dorifu no Zenin Shugo". In 2012, Momoiro Clover Z made an alter ego group named Morifu as an entire homage to the group. The costume and coreography are reminiscences of Dorifu's in their primary TV show Hachiji Da yo, Zenin Shugo! Their song Morifu Da yo! Zenin Shugo is a remix of Dorifu no Zenin Shugo and Dorifu no Zundoko Bushi.

Anime and MangaEdit

  • Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo is inspired by Lupin III.
  • Kanako is seen cosplaying as Danpei Tange, the boxing instructor from the 1968's hit manga Tommorow's Joe.
  • The Z in their name is derived from Mazinger Z. The Z announcement in the overture was also a sampling from Mazinger Z theme song singer Ichiro Mizuki. His "Z" signature pose were also taught to the girls during Shiren no Nanaban Shoubu talk event and became the group's signature pose in their introduction ever since.
  • The skit in D' no Junjou references a famous "daijoubu" remark from Akakage, a 1967 anime and manga series about ninja superheroes.
  • Momoiro Clover Z Haru no Ichidaiji 2013 Seibu Dome Taikai live concert is titled "Hoshi wo Tsugu Momo", the name came from a manga adaptation of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam titled "Hoshi wo Tsugu Mono", which translates to reach for the stars, makes it a bilingual pun.
  • The Otome Sensou costume design is inspired by Zaku II from Mobile Suit Gundam.

Music and MoviesEdit


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