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Doping

The whole episode is a reference to sports athletes and doping abuse. It could be a reference to the fact that many female athletes had strongly abused doping over the years, to the point of becoming masculine, having gotten deeper voices and more masculine features.

The Butterfly Effect

The name of the episode, "The Butterjunk Effect", is a reference to the 2004 American science fiction psychological thriller, The Butterfly Effect. They both reference the scientific term.

Elf 17

The outfits worn in the Butterfly Derby are a reference to the 1984 manga, Elf 17. The opening chapter features the protagonist participating in a martial arts tournaments, wearing a leotard and spawning pink butterfly wings.

The animated adaption of Elf 17 (1987), showing the protagonist Ruu sporting an outfit strikingly similar to the ones worn by competitors in Butterfly Derby. Here, she has spawned pink wings while competing in a violent martial arts tournament.


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