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DeLorean Time Machine in Popular Culture

  • In “1977 2000”, a second-season episode of Get a Life, Chris Peterson investigates ways he could time travel. He is seen having a DeLorean time machine in his driveway, but decides not to use it because the turn signal is broken.

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  • In Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh, Crazy Steve drives into a Christmas parade in a DeLorean, from which the license plate spins and falls off.
  • In the animated series American Dad!, it was revealed that Stan Smith has built his own DeLorean DMC-12 in the episode “A DeLorean-Story”, but had never seen “Back to the Future”.
  • In Owl City’s music video for “Deer in the Headlights” Adam Young is seen to be driving a DeLorean time machine.
  • In the 2014 movie A Million Ways to Die in the West, Doc Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) and the DeLorean time machine make a brief appearance. When the main character Albert Stark bumps into Brown he asks “what’s that?” (referring to the time machine). Brown quickly covers up the time machine, calling it “a weather experiment,” in reference to the first film.
  • In the Regular Show episode “Skips vs. Technology,” the character Techmo is seen driving a DeLorean. In one scene, the car appears to be traveling through time. In the episode “A Skips in Time”, Techmo’s stormchasing car resembles the DeLorean, with its gull-wing doors and ability to fly. At the end of the episode, Techmo and the car vanish as if they’d disappeared through time. In Regular Show: The Movie, the ball-shaped time machine invented by Mordecai and Rigby is powered by plutonium, similar to the DeLorean in the first film. Techmo’s DeLorean makes another appearance in this special episode, now with laser blasters and the ability to fly.
  • In the July 14, 2015 episode of Pittsburgh Dad, the titular character tells his kids what he would do if he had a time machine, which then goes to a “what-if” cutaway of Dad time traveling in the DeLorean.
    In the 2015 short film Movie Magic, the Fairy Godfather gives the character Cody a DeLorean to take his date to the movies.
  • In Transformers: Rescue Bots, a solar-powered DeLorean is seen in the episodes “Hotshots”, “The Other Doctor”, “Time After Time”, and “Hot Rod Bot”. Invented by Dr. Greene, this version of the DeLorean features green fluid tubes around the car’s body resembling the wiring on the outside, a round core connected to these tubes is in the same position as the flux capacitor, and the gauge meters in the cockpit resemble the ones (including the alarm clock) seen on the inside of the DeLorean time machine. The car was later destroyed by the MorBot in the episode “The Other Doctor”; however, in the episode “Time After Time” Dr. Greene has either rebuilt the vehicle, or made a new one. In “Hot Rod Bot”, the car was involved in a test using a remote controlled device meant to speed up cars, similar to how Doc Brown controlled the DeLorean Time Machine in the first film.
  • In Lego Dimensions, Lego versions of Doc and the DeLorean time machine appear in a Lego version of the 1885 Hill Valley where he meets the main characters: Gandalf, Batman, and Wildstyle, and they help Doc load the time machine into the back of a stagecoach. Doc then departs to hide the DeLorean in the mines. A second DeLorean, commandeered by Marty, later appears in the middle of a battle between the protagonists and Lord Vortech (ramming him in the process) and picks up Doc after the battle has ended. A smaller vision of the DeLorean is also a playable vehicle in the game, as a part of the Back to the Future Level Pack, but uses a treadmill instead of the road to time travel. A miniature remote control vision of the DeLorean is playable if the player is playing as Doc Brown.
    In the 2015 animated film, Home, the characters Tip and Oh have a slushy-powered, apparently sentient car named the Slushious. This vehicle has the same flying capabilities as the DeLorean time machine.
  • In the 1990 television special, The Earth Day Special originally aired on ABC, Doc Brown appears in the DeLorean time machine to report that the future is “not good” due to the environmental destruction caused by mankind.
  • In the television series, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, the zucchini-shaped rocket that appears in the episodes “Pac to the Future” and “Cave Pac-Man” share a few functions with the DeLorean time machine. For example, the rocket creates a burst of light in front of it as zooms forward at high speed, and similarly leaves a trail of yellow smoke when it time travels.
  • In an episode of the television series, The Librarians (2014 TV Series) called The Final Curtain, the DeLorean time machine can temporally be seen in the time machine room when the sheet covering it is lifted revealing the “OUTATIME” license plate.
  • In Teen Titans Go! (TV series), the time machine built by Cyborg and Beast Boy in the episode “Staring into the Future” has a core that resembles the flux capacitor.
    In 2015, Jazz pianist Aaron Diehl released a composition “Flux Capacitor” from his “Space-Time-Continuum”.
  • In Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time, the washing machine-like time machine has several functions that are like the DeLorean, including the flux capacitor, time circuits, and the speedometer.
    In the 2015 video game Rocket League, the DeLorean Time Machine is available as a playable car through downloadable content.
  • The 2002 song Year 3000 by British pop-punk band Busted references a “flux capacitor” and the chorus talks about the time machine being “like the one in the film I’ve seen”.
  • In Lego Jurassic World, the DeLorean Time Machine makes a cameo appearance at the dig site in Lego Jurassic Park III. It is shown half-buried in the dirt with one of the dig site workers holding the “OUTATIME” license plate.
  • In the fan-fiction story My Immortal the protagonist Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way is helped through time by “Morty McFli’s blak tim machine”(as the author regularly misspells it), an all-black version of the DeLorean Time Machine.
  • In one of the queue videos in The Simpsons Ride, located at Universal Studios Hollywood, Professor Frink uses a DeLorean Time Machine to go back in time to save Doc Brown from having the Institute of Future Technology closed and replaced with Krustyland and accidentally running over the banker who would have kept it open.
  • In Robyn’s song ‘Time Machine’, she mentions the DeLorean.
  • In the Season 2 finale of The Last Man on Earth, Tandy drives the time machine to find his brother.
    In Generation 1, the Transformer Swinder transforms in a DeLorean and his lack of a Flux Capacitor is what keeps him from being one of the greatest Transformers ever.


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