!Overall / Unclassified
* The "B{{rick Roll}}" floor tile from one of the later expansions, and one of the roof tiles promises [[Music/RickAstley "Never to let you down"]].
* The [[Literature/HarryPotter Prisoner of Azkalamp]].
* In ''the Sims Castaway Stories'' spinoff, the "Shipwrecked and Single" game features a island idol that the playable Sim names "Spaulding," also in reference to CastAway
* Someone on the ''Sims Social'' team appears to be a ''Series/RedDwarf'' fan, judging by the "Rimmer Games Table" from winter 2012 (Arnold Rimmer was obsessed with Risk).

!The Sims
* One of the jobs in the adventurer career track is [[AustinPowers "Multi-Regional Sim of Some Question."]]
* In the final job in the Law career track your sim [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd becomes the law]].
* [[Music/{{Tommy}} The See Me Feel Me Pinball Machine]]
* The cheatcode for more Simoleons was [[Film/CitizenKane "Rosebud."]]

!The Sims 2
* The [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The Prototype X94 "Angsternaut" Robosuit]]. The description also has shades of HumongousMecha in general (and possibly [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurenn Lagann in particular]]).
** But wait, there's more! This game also has a trio of outfits that bear an uncanny resemblance to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]] plugsuits the main characters wear. ''That you can wear as well.'' Clearly Will Wright is a NGE fan.
** The game files refer to those suits as motor racing suits - with oddly-placed plugs.
** [[http://i788.photobucket.com/albums/yy161/ciervovolante/Sims%202/aipr_2-12.png With this screenshot]] the ShoutOut may as well be confirmed.
* There's another outfit that is basically Neo's outfit from Film/TheMatrix, complete with black trenchcoat.
* For toddlers, there's a Rip Co. Wobbly [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Wabbit]] Head toy
* Socially deprived Sims in interact with a [[DonnieDarko large, imaginary, one-eyed rabbit...]]
** In a similar vein, Knowlege Sims at the end of their rope will start holding conversations with a [[CastAway volleyball.]]
** TV shows on the SBN (Sim Broadcasting Network) include: Not-Oprah, Pseudo-Series/{{Survivor}}, Un-ER, and the Pleasant twins in some kind of [[BeverlyHills90210 generic teen drama.]]
** The windmills that you can use to reduce your Sims' energy bill have a buy-mode description that suggests that you not try to use them to cool off, as "they [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} do not]] [[MemeticMutation work that way.]]"
* There is a wallpaper in ''The Sims 2: Pets'' called "Jackson Stonewall"
* Also in ''Pets'' is "The [[Series/DoctorWho Tahdis]] Wardrobe." The description claims it has a "[[BiggerOnTheInside deceptively spacious interior]]"
* In ''Apartment Life'' expansion there's a set of wallpapers whose descriptions are lines from Theatre/{{Macbeth}}. This expansion pack introduced witches so it's fitting. Also doubles as a GeniusBonus.
* One of the paintings that can be purchased features a red-haired woman in a red dress on a blue background. The description states that it "[[Machinima/RedVsBlue illustrates the eternal struggle between red and blue]]"
* And of course, there is [[CthulhuMythos Thoggus]].
* One of the wall hangings is titled [[Film/TheFifthElement "The Fifth Element"]]
* There's also the "[[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Unlikely Whale Sculpture]]".
* One of the travel destinations in ''Bon Voyage'' features a local dish called PineappleSurprise.
* A series of tile floors is called "[[Film/FightClub Tiler Durden]]."
* A set of outfits for teen girl Sims look a lot like Avril Lavigne's early wardrobe style (tanktop, baggy pants, tie, exposed bra and underwear waistband).

!The Sims 3
[[folder:Base game/Unclassified]]
* Overall, it is quite obvious which works the creators of the game were especially fond of; the references to ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' and ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', for example, are numerous throughout the game and its expansion packs.
* To literary classics. Old (and often valuable) books such as ''[[Literature/TheRedBadgeOfCourage The White Flag of Courage]]'' can be found while searching catacombs or bought.
* Claire Ursine. Remember Claire Bear from [=TS1=] ''Unleashed''?
* Also, likely to the joy of many a Troper - There is a [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Never Nude]] trait, as well as a Funke family.
** Gobias Koffi, as well, is practically a walking shout out to [[AmbiguouslyGay Tobias]].
* And the "Bethany and Miranda" painting, which shows a little girl hugging Death, which will surely delight Literature/{{Discworld}} fans.
* One of the Large Paintings you can make is undoubtedly an alien done in the style of {{Spore}}.
* Also in the painting section, you can find a movie poster featuring a clear TheBreakfastClub {{Expy}}.
* On one of the standing mirrors (The Reflectinator), the description states that it has [[Film/BackToTheFuture 1.21 gigajoules of power.]] Just a coincidence?
* The icons for the Workaholic-only Likes Work/Missing Work moodlets are a [[TheRedStapler red stapler.]]
* One of the new books you can buy is [[Creator/DrSeuss Oh, the Destinations You'll Briefly Visit]].
** Toddlers can also read [[GreenEggsandHam Bluish Eggs with a Side of Pastrami]] and [[GreenEggsandHam Frank I'm Not]].
* From level five and up of the music skill, there's a chance that your musically gifted Sim will play the [[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Tristram theme.]]
* Look at the description of the Festus 44 stove in Buy Mode. It ends with: [[Film/DirtyHarry "You've got one question to ask yourself; 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do you, punk?"]]
* An NPC named [[Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude Pilar Ternera]] may show up in your neighborhood.
* This may be accidental, but a pop song on the radio has an extremely {{Tsundere}} female singer, with so much switching between a nice voice and a rip-your-head-off-with-my-[[BearsAreBadNews bear]]-hands that you may have a severe case of MoodWhiplash. Being translated into gibberish, all of it is mainly inaudible, except for the main verse, which is a simple [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion 'Asuka!']]
* One of the pizza delivery boys is named [[Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate Torgo]] [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Pendragon]].
* Another book your Sims can purchase is [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire A Game of Thorns]].
* There is a seven book children's series, [[Literature/HarryPotter Jimmy Sprocket]], which includes [[Literature/HarryPotterandthePhilosophersStone Jimmy Sprocket and the Squishy Stone]] and [[Literature/HarryPotterandtheGobletofFire Jimmy Sprocket and the Chalice of Lichens]].
* One of the books your Sims can read is called ''[[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird To Mock A Killing Bird]]''.
* When writing a novel, two of the default Sci-Fi titles are [[EndersGame "Blender's Fame"]] and [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour "1948".]]
* Another default title when writing a novel is "2000 Glorious Moons," a reference to Khaled Housseni's "A Thousand Splendid Suns."
* Possibly coincidential, but Agnes Crumplebottom bears a strong resemblence to actress Barbara Stanwyck, particularly Stanwyck in ''DoubleIndemnity''.
* If your sim is new to the medical career, he/she can be pushed into a garbage bin by the evil [[Series/{{Scrubs}} janitor]].
* In Sunset Valley, there is a family of powerful crime lords and their goody-good daughter. Their last name? [[TheSopranos "Alto"]].
* An opportunity for writers is to write a science-fiction book, the tittle of the opportunity is [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries "To Boldly Go"]]

[[folder:World Adventures]]
* You can find a peculiar stone in Egypt: [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Tiberium]]]]. [[CrackFic Let that sink in for a bit]]. (EA Games owns both franchises.) Get it Spire Cut for a mere 6,500, leave it out for a bit, and it will grow into a large crystal worth 30,000+ .
** Also, leave any form of it in a Sim's inventory for a significant time and they get a moodlet ([[spoiler:Visceroidal Nausea]]) with special flavor text that furthers the shout out.
** One opportunity has you deliver a sample to the science lab, and when you do a message comes saying you met a representative called [[spoiler: Mr. Kane]].
* The 'explorer' townies who can spawn in the three travel destinations are all Franchise/IndianaJones and [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] expies.

* The Time Machine has a few. One that stand out is that, when traveling to the future, you can get a message about your sim arriving amidst a big crowd, but that nobody noticed your sim because everybody was cheering about a [[Franchise/MassEffect shepherd that saved the galaxy from an ancient god-machine]].
** Also from the Time Machine, if you travel to the past, it may tell you about not catching dysentery on ''VideoGame/TheOregonTrail''.
** Another Time Machine ShoutOut - your Sim spots [[Literature/AliceInWonderland a white rabbit]], but wisely decides to leave it for "some other sucker" to chase.
* While exploring a hole, a [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Warden]] sometimes helps your Sim not die from a monster.
* The whole Ghost Hunter career contains a mix of Film/{{Ghostbusters}} and VideoGame/LuigisMansion shoutouts.
* The first in a series of tasks the science facility sends to an inventor is to help them develop a [[IronMan self-sustaining and compact energy source, by finding a piece of palladium for them]].

[[folder:Late Night]]
* The description for the 'Kickin' Strobe Light' states that you can "torture your Sim with [[Film/BackToTheFuture 1.21 gigawatts]] of pure pulsing power".
* One of the vampires in the Bridgeport neighborhood is called [[{{Twilight}} Belisama]] Hemlock, which sounds similar to the protagonist of a certain teen-novel series.
* One of the houses in Bridgeport is named [[Film/BackToTheFuture Back to the Fuscia]].

* The Pets expansion includes a small wooden horse called 'Arya's Pony' whose description features the phrase "[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Winter is coming.]]".
* One of the moodlets for pets is "[[LOLCats I Can Haz?]]"
* One of the trailers has [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Grim Reaper riding a white horse]].

* The "Night Owl" trait is described thusly:
-->"Some Sims [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Love_the_Nightlife love the night life and occasionally feel the need to boogie]]..."
* The zombies have an odd habit of [[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies destroying your garden]] and [[{{Thriller}} dancing like it's 1982]].
* There are several methods for making vampires immune to sunlight: A lifetime reward, a potion from the alchemy skill and [[{{TrueBlood}} fairy plasma]]. Side effects? [[{{Literature/Twilight}} Sparkling]]. Also, vampires can confess to their romantic interests that [[StalkingIsLove they watch them in their sleep]].
* Among the Achievements there's Swan Dive, which requires a non-supernatural female sim to make out with a vampire, break up with him, make out with a werewolf, break up with ''him'' and then marry a vampire.
* The new neighbourhood is called {{Moonlight}} Falls, which sounds a lot like [[{{TheVampireDiaries}} Mystic Falls]]
* Among the new households there are [[Series/{{Charmed}} three witch-sisters]], [[{{Expy}} Chester]] [[{{Literature/Twilight}} Swain]] and his supernatural-curious daughter [[{{CaptainObvious}} Bailey]], [[{{AlliterativeName}} Marigold Maldano]], [[{{TrueBlood}} an orphan who lives in her deceased grandmother's house and recently discovered her fairy ancestry]], the [[AccidentalMisnaming Durwood]] family, involving [[Series/{{Bewitched}} a pair of parents, the mother of which is a witch, their two children, and the mother's mother, who does not like her son-in-law]], and Chauncey {{Grimm}}, who slowly blunders into his ancestors' fairy tales. One of the "Roomies" households consists of [[BeingHuman a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire.]]
* Moonlight Falls features a beach titled [[{{Literature/Twilight}} La Shove]].
* Sims can now travel with portals disguised as English [[Series/DoctorWho phone booths]].
* One spell turns wardrobes into [[{{Narnia}} portals]].
* The buy mode contains a bust of a certain Marianne Hatsfordshire, who became known for [[{{Hipster}} encouraging people who decidedly don't own TVs to go out and flaunt that to everybody as often as possible]].
* Sims can now read [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs The Silence Of The Llamas]]. They can also read [[TheDunwichHorror The Sandwich Horror]]. And [[Film/PlanNineFromOuterSpace Plan 8 from Lunar Lakes]].
* The face in the Magic Mirror looks like the one from {{Shrek}} (itself a Shout Out to Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs).
* One of the moodlets for the Werewolf is [[Music/DuranDuran Hungry Like the Wolf.]]
* The jelly beans are likely a reference to [[Literature/HarryPotter Bertie Botts' Every Flavor Beans]]. Also, broomriding tricks.
** The MacDuff family seems to be an expy of the Weasleys (which makes [[MuggleBornOfMages Joe]] [[BlackSheep the Percy]] of the family).
* [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona On nights where the moon is full, everything gets an eerie green aura and supernatural beings suddenly appear.]]

* One of the Halloween costumes is a [[{{Franchise/FridayThe13th}} hockey mask]].
* And there is a Film/RomanHoliday firework cannon.
* On the side of the face painting booth is a poster showcasing the various designs your Sims can have painted on them, as well as a man who looks remarkably similar to [[Series/TheJoyOfPainting Bob Ross]].
* If you use the cheat 'buydebug' you can purchase an alien 'car', the description of which references Star Trek.

[[folder:University Life]]
* The launch trailer has a ''ridiculous'' number of shout outs to internet memes, including Lazy College Senior, Ehrmagerd, Overly Attached Girlfriend, and College Freshman.
* Several pop culture phenomenons have been added, including duckfacing, [[Music/{{PSY}} Gangnam Style]], and others.
* Some of the [=NPCs=] in the University World are Shout Outs: [[Creator/{{HarrisonFord}} Garrison Fort]] who looks, dresses and share traits of [[Franchise/{{IndianaJones}} Indiana Jones]]; [[Series/{{TheBigBangTheory}} Leonard Shelly]]; Level 5 rebel [[UsefulNotes/CheGuevara Che Justice]], among others.
* Sims who reach level 2 in the rebel social group receive a "Banky's Street Art Kit". The name alludes to the famous Creator/{{Banksy}}.
* No reference other than in name, but a death-related moodlet is titled ''[[Literature/TheHobbit There and Back Again]]''.
* If you take a closer look at the cinema in the university neighbourhood, you will find posters hung on the wall modeled after real-world movies, including:
** ''Film/BlackSwan'' (2nd from left)
** ''Film/IronMan'' (4th from left)
** ''Film/{{District 9}}'' (6th from left)
* One of the new outfits is the [[Series/DoctorWho Eleventh Doctor's]] iconic suit and bowtie.

* The Simlife goggles have several shout outs to different franchises.
** The Sci Fi adventure comes up with a popup saying 'Blasters on stun'. An obvious shout out to Star Trek as they often said 'Phasers on stun' before beaming down into a dangerous situation.
* If a female Sim is elected Prom Queen the description in her moodlet will read [[Creator/SallyField "My classmates like me!]] [[BeamMeUpScotty They really like me!"]]

[[folder:Island Paradise]]
* One of the items is called the Flameo Firepit. In the description itself, it even reads "[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Flameo, by Hotman]]."

[[folder: Into the Future]]
* One of the families in Oasis Landing, the "Formerly the Plains Express Household", bears a resemblance to [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Futurama]] characters. The household is made up of Fryderik Rama, Lilah Turni, and Bend0 the Plumbot.
* The Time Traveler, Emit Relevart, and one of the sims in Oasis Landing - Martin McFleet, who can occasionally be seen playing his guitar, - are a clear reference to [[Film/BackToTheFuture Back to the Future]]. Also, Windcarvers=hoverboards.
* Oasis Landing is chock full of references, really. There's a [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Bannister family]], two unrelated families that contain little [[Franchise/StarWars Leina and Loki]] (and there's also [[TheObiWan Bennet Obi]], who lives alone), the [[Series/{{Castle}} Castle family]], a female homeless sim named [[Film/TheFifthElement Samantha Loo]]...
** Some of the future fashions and designs are also very reminiscent of [[Film/TheFifthElement The Fifth Element]]
** Same goes for [[Literature/TheHungerGames The Hunger Games]]. Utopia kinda looks like the Capitol (but is obviously much nicer, considering that the world of Sims is not a [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack]] one). There's also a new beard that looks like Crane's [[WeirdBeard signature one from the film]].
* [[Franchise/StarTrek Tribble]] nanites and the three-level holochess set.
* Several of the Future Tech appliances are labeled [[Series/DoctorWho Tardisian]].

[[folder:Downloadable Content]]
* One of the lights in the Futureshock furniture set is the [[Videogame/{{Portal}} Comrade Cube]].
* A road in Lunar Lakes is named [[Literature/EndersGame Ender's Lane]]. Another is [[Literature/{{Hyperion}} Hyperion Highway]].
* The Fifth Avenue Fashions set (60s inspired clothing) is presented by two female sims bearing a striking resemblance to [[Series/MadMen Joan Holloway]] and [[Series/MadMen Betty Draper]]
* The neighborhood Midnight Hollow has [[{{Film/Psycho}} the Yates family, consisting of a young man and his elderly mother]]...

!The Sims 4
* You can buy a poster of a book-turned-movie series called ''[[Franchise/HarryPotter Henry Puffer]]''.
* One of the books you can order is [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire ''A Game of Groans'']]
* When a Sim is in a 'fine' mood for 48 hours, they get a moodlet saying [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} "What Makes a Sim Turn Neutral?"]].
!The Sims: Medieval
* In The Sims: Medieval, the Made a Few Simoles moodlet text reads "Boy, what a sound! How you love to hear that money clink! That beautiful sound of cold, hard cash!" Almost verbatim Lucy from ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas''.