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The Best Of Roy’s T-Shirts From The IT Crowd

by Geoffrey May

October 2nd, 2012

Roy sure does have a colorful collection of t-shirts, all of which he probably ordered from the internet. While a lot of the shirts are just funny one-liners or really neat images, some of ‘em contain references to books, cult movies or even obscure websites. Below are just a few of our favourite tees that Roy has worn throughout the run of the series. These images acquired from Geeky Tees and Roy’s T-Shirts on Facebook. The IT Crowd now on Bite TV, Fridays at 10:30 ET/7:30 PT.

Funny One-Liner Shirts

Pirate Flag

A really neat pirate flag shirt that looks kinda pixelated, as if it were from a video game about pirates.

The Imports

Whether or not this shirt is a reference to the Chicago punk rock group The Imports is unclear.

Music Venn Diagram

Here’s a better picture of the graph, because it is a bit tough to read:

Battle Royale

This shirt is a reference to the movie Battle Royale, which was adapted from a novel by Koushun Takami. It’s a movie about a bunch of high school students who are forced to compete in a deadly game of last-one-standing.

Chairman Mao

A less blurry image of the shirt:

Filthy Panda

This shirt is actually from Genki Gear.

CTRL Z

If you don’t get this one, you’re probably not a Mac user.

Keyboard Cat

This one is kind of sad because Keyboard Cat died.

Angry Sun

Is this a reference to Super Mario Bros. 3?

Pixelated Muppets

It’s kinda hard to make out what it says on the shirt, so here ya go: Roy also wore one with Kermit’s face on it.

Whale Shirt

This is actually from the webcomic Dinosaur Comics.

Bill Savage

This shirt features the extremely patriotic Bill Savage, a man dedicated to riding Britain of invading Volgan forces, from the 2000 AD sci-fi comic anthologies. The line on the shirt, “Laugh this off, twinkletoes” is from the story “Invasion”, Savage’s debut tale. 2000 AD comics are noted for bringing Judge Dredd into publication.

Space Invaders

Pretty obvious reference here, unless you’re completely clueless about video games.

Lightning Bolt

Could very well be a reference to The Flash.

Dog Lady?

Roy seems to have worn this shirt twice, in two different colours. This shirt is either a Sphinx, or Sarah Jessica Parker as she appeared in Mars Attacks. Turns out, it’s from a site called Bestiario which features pics of Animal-Human hybrids.

Ludovico Technique

The aversion therapy technique from A Clockwork Orange.

Internet Tubes

According to The IT Crowd Shirts, this one is a reference to Alaskan senator Ted Stevens who was describing Net Neutrality.

Overlook Hotel

This one is based on The Shinning, as Overlook Hotel is where Jack accepts a job as caretaker.

42

Sure, it may just look like a number, but this is a reference to the Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 42 is actually the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything.

PacMan

The image on Roy’s shirt is actually a picture of the kill screen from PacMan. Kill screens are one of those rare achievements in classic arcade games – basically, if you beat so many levels, you eventually reach the kill screen, which is just a garble of data. You can’t really find ‘em much anymore in new games, but old-school ones like Donkey Kong, Centipede and PacMan all had them. He also has this shirt, which has a bunch of PacMan ghosts on it.

Mooninite

This shirt features the Mooninite Err from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, but is also a reference to the bomb scare that took place in Boston back in 2007, when LED placards of the Mooninite characters were found throughout the city to help promote the ATHF movie.

Robot Jox

This is a reference from the movie Robot Jox, a movie where territorial disputes are resolved by means of one-on-one fights between large fighting robots.

Magic Missile

This one comes right outta Final Fantasy, though you can cast “Magic Missile” in D&D. The back reads: “Guns don’t kill people, magic missiles do”.

My Pet Monster

Apparently the Japanese writing that appears on this shirt reads “My pet monster”, though the image doesn’t have anything to do with the doll-turned-kid’s-cartoon.

Lady Problems

Probably the best of all of ‘em.