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!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]].
* [[Pinball/TheWhosTommy 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 one word in the chorus, which sounds very similar to [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion 'Asuka!']]
** Another pop song sounds very similar to Music/MaroonFive's "This Love", and to drive the point home, the track is even titled "Ramooned".
* 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."
* 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"]]
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[[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.
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[[folder:Ambitions]]
* 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]].
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[[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]].
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[[folder:Pets]]
* 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 "[[WebOriginal/LOLCats I Can Haz?]]"
* One of the trailers has [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Grim Reaper riding a white horse]].
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[[folder:Supernatural]]
* 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 Series/{{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.]]
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[[folder:Seasons]]
* 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.
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[[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.
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[[folder:Generations]]
* 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!"]]
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[[folder:Island Paradise]]
* One of the items is called the Flameo Firepit. In the description itself, it even reads "[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Flameo, by Hotman]]."
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[[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]].
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[[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]]...
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!The Sims 4
* You can buy a poster of a book-turned-movie series called ''[[Franchise/HarryPotter Henry Puffer]]''.
* When a Sim is in a 'fine' mood for 48 hours, they get a moodlet saying [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} "What Makes a Sim Turn Neutral?"]].
* One of the upgrades you can install in a motion gaming mat is an [[PlayStation2 eMotion Engine]]. Which is kinda ironic since the motion gaming mat was clearly inspired by the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}.
* Suspiciously titled novels:
** [[Literature/ChasingTheRainbow Chasing the]] [[MemeticMutation Quadruple Rainbow]]
** [[Literature/TheLastUnicorn The First Unicorn]]
** [[Literature/TheLittleEngineThatCould The Little Train that Couldn't]]
** [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Swings]]
** [[Literature/AGameOfThrones A Game of Groans]]
*** [[Literature/ASongOFIceAndFire A Game of Musical Chairs: A Song of Hot and Cold]] (bonus points for also being a double shout-out to Music/KatyPerry, whose titular song appeared in VideoGame/TheSims2)
** [[Film/TheNeverendingStory The Frequently Ending Story]]
** [[Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey The 50 Shades on My Windows]]
*** Twelve of so Swatches of [[UnusualEuphemism WooHoo]]
** [[Creator/ShelSilverstein Where the Boardwalk Ends]]
** [[Literature/AtlasShrugged Atlas Hugged]]
** [[Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick The Chronicles of Rodiek]]
** [[Literature/TheHungerGames The Glutton Spiel]]
*** The Plunder Games
*** The Bladder Games
** [[Series/TheWalkingDead The Sauntering Dead]]
** [[Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents Lucas Dark and The Increasingly Unlikely Series of Coincidences]]
** [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe The Spy Who Loved Measles]]
** [[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious The Swift and the Angriest]]
* The flavor text for "Write Children's novel" being "You know, for kids!", a shout-out to ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy''.
* One of the moodlets a sim can get from watching the kids network on TV is ''Pirates and Pineapples''. Hmmm. [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants 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. [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs This is your sim on prescription drugs]]. Any questions?".
* One of the rarer animals you can catch for your sim's collections is the [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Hypnofrog]].
* The constructor robot at the lab in the ''Get To Work'' expansion pack bears strong resemblance to an [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Aperture Science personality core]]. Additionally, it talks like [[Franchise/StarWars R2D2]][[note]]The latter is unsurprising given that EA not only has the video game rights to the franchise, but have also released Star Wars costumes into the game to drum up interest for [[Film/TheForceAwakens Episode 7]][[/note]].
* [[Creator/MontyPython Noxious elderberries]]. Yes, the shout-out is a rather obvious one given how the word noxious is usually used to indicate foul smell.
!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''.