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- The "Brick Roll" floor tile from one of the later expansions, and one of the roof tiles promises "Never to let you down".
- The Prisoner of Azkalamp is the name of a cheap outdoor light in The Sims 2.
- 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 Cast Away
- Someone on the Sims Social team appears to be a Red Dwarf fan, judging by the "Rimmer Games Table" from winter 2012 (Arnold Rimmer was obsessed with Risk).
- Seeing as it's a Spin-Off of this game, My Sims gets a few references here and there. Amongst others, Travis, Liberty, Summer, and Vincent Skullfinder have appeared as characters (although Vincent was already dead).
- One of the jobs in the adventurer career track is "Multi-Regional Sim of Some Question."
- In the final job in the Law career track your sim becomes the law.
- The See Me Feel Me Pinball Machine
- The cheatcode for more Simoleons was "Rosebud."
The Sims 2
- The The Prototype X94 "Angsternaut" Robosuit. The description also has shades of Humongous Mecha in general (and possibly Gurenn Lagann in particular).
- But wait, there's more! This game also has a trio of outfits that bear an uncanny resemblance to 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.
- With this screenshot◊ the Shout-Out may as well be confirmed.
- There's another outfit that is basically Neo's outfit from The Matrix, complete with black trenchcoat.
- For toddlers, there's a Rip Co. Wobbly Wabbit Head toy
- Socially deprived Sims in interact with a large, imaginary, one-eyed rabbit...
- In a similar vein, Knowlege Sims at the end of their rope will start holding conversations with a volleyball.
- TV shows on the SBN (Sim Broadcasting Network) include: Not-Oprah, Pseudo-Survivor, Un-ER, and the Pleasant twins in some kind of 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 do not work that way."
- There is a wallpaper in The Sims 2: Pets called "Jackson Stonewall"
- Also in Pets is "The Tahdis Wardrobe." The description claims it has a "deceptively spacious interior"
- In Apartment Life expansion there's a set of wallpapers whose descriptions are lines from Macbeth. This expansion pack introduced witches so it's fitting. Also doubles as a Genius Bonus.
- 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 "illustrates the eternal struggle between red and blue"
- And of course, there is Thoggus.
- One of the wall hangings is titled "The Fifth Element"
- There's also the "Unlikely Whale Sculpture".
- One of the travel destinations in Bon Voyage features a local dish called Pineapple Surprise.
- A series of tile floors is called "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
- Overall, it is quite obvious which works the creators of the game were especially fond of; the references to Back to the Future, Discworld, A Song of Ice and Fire and Arrested Development, for example, are numerous throughout the game and its expansion packs.
- To literary classics. Old (and often valuable) books such as 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 Never Nude trait, as well as a Funke family.
- Gobias Koffi, as well, is practically a walking shout out to Tobias.
- And the "Bethany and Miranda" painting, which shows a little girl hugging Death, which will surely delight 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 The Breakfast Club Expy.
- On one of the standing mirrors (The Reflectinator), the description states that it has 1.21 gigajoules of power. Just a coincidence?
- The icons for the Workaholic-only Likes Work/Missing Work moodlets are a red stapler.
- One of the new books you can buy is Oh, the Destinations You'll Briefly Visit.
- From level five and up of the music skill, there's a chance that your musically gifted Sim will play the Tristram theme.
- Look at the description of the Festus 44 stove in Buy Mode. It ends with: "You've got one question to ask yourself; 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do you, punk?"
- An NPC named 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-bear-hands that you may have a severe case of Mood Whiplash. Being translated into gibberish, all of it is mainly inaudible, except for one word in the chorus, which sounds very similar to 'Asuka!'
- Another pop song sounds very similar to Maroon Five's "This Love", and to drive the point home, the track is even titled "Ramooned".
- One of the pizza delivery boys is named Torgo Pendragon.
- Another book your Sims can purchase is A Game of Thorns.
- There is a seven book children's series, Jimmy Sprocket, which includes Jimmy Sprocket and the Squishy Stone and Jimmy Sprocket and the Chalice of Lichens.
- One of the books your Sims can read is called To Mock A Killing Bird.
- When writing a novel, two of the default Sci-Fi titles are "Blender's Fame" and "1948".
- Another default title when writing a novel is "2000 Glorious Moons," a reference to Khaled Housseni's "A Thousand Splendid Suns."
- If your sim is new to the medical career, he/she can be pushed into a garbage bin by the evil janitor.
- In Sunset Valley, there is a family of powerful crime lords and their goody-good daughter. Their last name? "Alto".
- An opportunity for writers is to write a science-fiction book, the tittle of the opportunity is "To Boldly Go"
- You can find a peculiar stone in Egypt: Tiberium. 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 (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 Mr. Kane.
- The 'explorer' townies who can spawn in the three travel destinations are all Indiana Jones and 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 shepherd that saved the galaxy from an ancient god-machine.
- While exploring a hole, a Warden sometimes helps your Sim not die from a monster.
- The whole Ghost Hunter career contains a mix of Ghostbusters and Luigi's Mansion shoutouts.
- The first in a series of tasks the science facility sends to an inventor is to help them develop a self-sustaining and compact energy source, by finding a piece of palladium for them.
- The description for the 'Kickin' Strobe Light' states that you can "torture your Sim with 1.21 gigawatts of pure pulsing power".
- One of the vampires in the Bridgeport neighborhood is called Belisama Hemlock, which sounds similar to the protagonist of a certain teen-novel series.
- One of the houses in Bridgeport is named Back to the Fuscia.
- The "Night Owl" trait is described thusly:
"Some Sims love the night life and occasionally feel the need to boogie..."
- The zombies have an odd habit of destroying your garden and dancing like it's 1982. (As with the Tiberium example above, EA owns both The Sims and Plants vs. Zombies.)
- There are several methods for making vampires immune to sunlight: A lifetime reward, a potion from the alchemy skill and fairy plasma. Side effects? Sparkling. Also, vampires can confess to their romantic interests that 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 Mystic Falls
- Among the new households there are three witch-sisters, Chester Swain and his supernatural-curious daughter Bailey, Marigold Maldano, an orphan who lives in her deceased grandmother's house and recently discovered her fairy ancestry, the Durwood family, involving 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 a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire.
- Moonlight Falls features a beach titled La Shove.
- Sims can now travel with portals disguised as English phone booths.
- One spell turns wardrobes into portals.
- The buy mode contains a bust of a certain Marianne Hatsfordshire, who became known for encouraging people who decidedly don't own TVs to go out and flaunt that to everybody as often as possible.
- Sims can now read The Silence Of The Llamas. They can also read The Sandwich Horror. And Plan 8 from Lunar Lakes.
- The face in the Magic Mirror looks like the one from Shrek (itself a Shout Out to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs).
- One of the moodlets for the Werewolf is Hungry Like the Wolf.
- The jelly beans are likely a reference to Bertie Botts' Every Flavor Beans. Also, broomriding tricks.
- On nights where the moon is full, everything gets an eerie green aura and supernatural beings suddenly appear.
- The Cowboy Angel painting's description is a reference to the song Ghost Riders in the Sky
- One of the Halloween costumes is a hockey mask.
- And there is a Roman Holiday 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 Bob Ross.
- If you use the cheat 'buydebug' you can purchase an alien 'car', the description of which references Star Trek.
- 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, Gangnam Style, and others.
- Some of the NPCs in the University World are Shout Outs: Garrison Fort who looks, dresses and share traits of Indiana Jones; Leonard Shelly; Level 5 rebel 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 Banksy.
- No reference other than in name, but a death-related moodlet is titled 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:
- One of the new outfits is the 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 "My classmates like me! They really like me!"
- One of the items is called the Flameo Firepit. In the description itself, it even reads "Flameo, by Hotman."
Into the Future
- One of the families in Oasis Landing, the "Formerly the Plains Express Household", bears a resemblance to Futurama characters. The household is made up of Fryderik Rama, Lilah Turni, and Bend 0 the Plumbot.
- The Time Traveler, Emit Relevart, and one of the sims in Oasis Landing - Martin Mc Fleet, who can occasionally be seen playing his guitar, - are a clear reference to Back to the Future. Also, Windcarvers=hoverboards.
- Oasis Landing is chock full of references, really. There's a Bannister family, two unrelated families that contain little Leina and Loki (and there's also Bennet Obi, who lives alone), the Castle family, a female homeless sim named Samantha Loo...
- Some of the future fashions and designs are also very reminiscent of The Fifth Element
- Same goes for The Hunger Games. Utopia kinda looks like the Capitol (but is obviously much nicer, considering that the world of Sims is not a Crapsack one). There's also a new beard that looks like Crane's signature one from the film.
- Tribble nanites and the three-level holochess set.
- Several of the Future Tech appliances are labeled as being from Tardisian Industries.
- When randomizing a new Plumbot's name, suggestions include, among others, Data, Loar, Optimus Even, X-1338, 2B-OrNot-2B, Ausem-O, Johnathan 5, Kryten, I, PLumbot, Marvin P.A., J.A.R.V.I.X., P.A.L. 9000, The Manwitch, B3ND4R, P-3C0 and 4 8 15 16 23.
- One of the lights in the Futureshock furniture set is the Comrade Cube.
- A road in Lunar Lakes is named Ender's Lane. Another is Hyperion Highway.
- The Fifth Avenue Fashions set (60s inspired clothing) is presented by two female sims bearing a striking resemblance to Joan Holloway and Betty Draper
- The neighborhood Midnight Hollow has the Yates family, consisting of a young man and his elderly mother...
The Sims 4
- The Zero-G Training Bag's art depicts the button combination for Ryu's Hadoken.
- You can buy a poster of a book-turned-movie series called Henry Puffer.
- When a Sim is in a 'fine' mood for 48 hours, they get a moodlet saying "What Makes a Sim Turn Neutral?".
- One of the upgrades you can install in a motion gaming mat is an eMotion Engine. Which is kinda ironic since the motion gaming mat was clearly inspired by the Wii.
- Suspiciously titled novels:
- Chasing the Quadruple Rainbow
- The First Unicorn (by "Pete Corgi")
- The Little Train that Couldn't
- The Lord of the Swings
- A Game of Groans
- The Frequently Ending Story
- The 50 Shades on My Windows
- Twelve of so Swatches of WooHoo
- Where the Boardwalk Ends
- Atlas Hugged
- The Chronicles of Rodiek
- The Glutton Spiel
- The Plunder Games
- The Bladder Games
- The Sauntering Dead
- Lucas Dark and The Increasingly Unlikely Series of Coincidences
- The Spy Who Loved Measles
- The Swift and the Angriest
- Love in the Time of Sandwiches
- The books about baking are written by Bill Barretta, Frank Oz and The Swedish Chef.
- The flavor text for "Write Children's novel" being "You know, for kids!", a shout-out to The Hudsucker Proxy.
- One of the moodlets a sim can get from watching the kids network on TV is Pirates and Pineapples. Hmmm. where have I seen pirates and pineapples come together before?
- If you make your sim take medicine when they're healthy, they gain the moodlet whose flavor text reads "This is your sim. This is your sim on prescription drugs. Any questions?".
- One of the rarer animals you can catch for your sim's collections is the Hypnofrog.
- The constructor robot at the lab in the Get To Work expansion pack bears strong resemblance to an Aperture Science personality core. Additionally, it talks like R2D2note .
- Noxious elderberries. Yes, the shout-out is a rather obvious one given how the word noxious is usually used to indicate foul smell.
- Among the teas you can brew are Pitch Black and Earl Grey, Hot.
- The Get Together expansion introduces a pair of dueling clubs called the Paragons and the Renegades.
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 A Charlie Brown Christmas.