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Pac-Man is an arcade game released in 1980, which is considered one of the most successful video games of all time. The game was among the first to deviate from the then-dominant genres of space shooters and rudimentary sports games, and allow the player to control a simple, cartoon-like character. The popularity of the game and the visual appeal of the Pac-Man character made the Pac-Man brand one of the first to be licensed for use in toys, an animated TV series by Hanna-Barbera, and other merchandise.
- In a Muppet comic strip by Guy and Brad Gilchrist, Robin the Frog displays his Frog Scout merit badge for playing the game.
- In Fraggle Rock episode 114, Doc and Sprocket play a video game that uses sound effects from Pac-Man.
- In Elmo's World: Teeth, Elmo plays a game similar to Pac-Man on his computer, but with the titular character replaced by a set of clacking teeth.
- A sound effect in the song created expressly for "The Pig with the Froggy Tattoo" trailer samples a sound effect from Pac-Man.
- The 2012 direct-to-video special Elmo's Alphabet Challenge features a spoof of the game. A. B. C-more appears in the form of the ghosts and Elmo as Pac-Man, moving around the maze looking for various items beginning with different letters. Elmo makes a "muncha muncha" sound as he moves in lieu of Pac-Man's "wakka wakka" noise, which Elmo claims is merely a noise he makes when he's hungry.
- A photo featuring Cookie Monster uploaded on Sesame Street's Tumblr page features a "Delete Cookies" parody of Pac-Man to promote the DVD release of Elmo's Alphabet Challenge.
- The sesamestreet.org game "Cookie Monster Chase" features Cookie Monster as Pac-Man and the Yip-Yip Martians as the ghosts.