What properties would you say are referenced too often based on their ACTUAL popularity?

About 5 years ago I was speaking at Career Day to some middle schoolers and tried to illustrate a point by saying “It’s like the little kid in the Oracle’s place in the Matrix says… Do not try to bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead, realize the truth… there is no spoon. Then you will see it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.”

I was 100% met with dull stares. I quickly realized none of these kids had ever seen The Matrix. I assume it only gets more and more true as years go by.