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  • 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 Awaynote .
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  • 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, MySims gets a few references here and there. Amongst others, Travis, Liberty, Summer, and Vincent Skullfinder have appeared as characters (although Vincent was already dead).

The Sims


The Sims 2

  • In the final job in the Law career track your sim becomes the law.
  • One of the jobs in the adventurer career track is "Multi-Regional Sim of Some Question."
  • The "Brick Roll" floor tile from Mansions and Garden, 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.
  • The The Prototype X94 "Angsternaut" Robosuit. The description also has shades of Humongous Mecha in general (and possibly Gurenn Lagann in particular).
    • The French version instead gives a shoutout to Star Wars.
    • 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.
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  • 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 Grim Reaper biography, which can only be seen using a hack or SimPe, mentions that his favorite band is Styx.
  • In the chance card for the first level of the science career (Test Subject), your sim has to choose between taking a blue licorice or a red licorice, another reference to The Matrix.
  • The Sports hobby lot in FreeTime is called Dreamy Fields.
  • A chance card for the Recruit job in the Military career references a recruit sneaking a donut in his footlocker.

The Sims 3

    Base Game/Unclassified 

    World Adventures 
  • 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.
  • Each country has a bookstore. All 3 have a Jimmy Sprocket book available to buy. China also has a book titled The Dragon's Age.


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  • 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. Her mother Morrigan shares her name, appearance, and personality with a witch from an unrelated video game.
  • One of the houses in Bridgeport is named Back to the Fuscia.



  • 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.

    University Life 

  • 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!"

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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.note 
  • One of the lines a possessed sim in Strangervile can say is "(The) Mother is love, mother is life".
  • Suspiciously titled novels:
  • 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?
  • The "romance" TV show option is very clearly inspired by Downton Abbey, down to familiar shots of the staff in front of the house as visitors drive by, a Violet Crawley-like old woman in the family, and going so far as to parody Matthew's death by car accident by showing a man drive off only for his car to explode.
  • 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 .
  • One of the illnesses Sims can contract in Get To Work is Bloaty Head.
  • 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.
  • Sims with the Geek trait can debate about which captain is better.
  • The Get Together expansion introduces a pair of dueling clubs called the Paragons and the Renegades.
  • The workplace in the Business career is called Dewey, Cheatem and Howe.
  • With the Movie Stuff pack, Sims can get a "Cinema Sin'' moodlet that makes them Angry, with claims to be able to "list all the movie's mistakes, plot holes, and bad dialog in less than ten minutes".
  • The "Vampire Nexus" lot trait introduced with the Vampires game pack states that "a dark void envelops this place in the upside down."
  • When describing getting a voodoo doll through high-level Mischief skill on the loading screen: "What power? The power of voodoo. Who do? You do!"
  • Vladislaud Straud, a premade vampire from the appropriately named Vampires Game Pack, has "Master Vampire" as his Lifetime Wish, and looks suspiciously like another Master...
    • "Straud" may also be a shoutout to the Dungeons and Dragons module Curse of Strahd.
  • In the Jungle Adventure game pack, a can of Dr. Parker's Spider Repellent is all you need to keep those nasty creepy crawlies from waking you up at night.
  • If your Sim has a career in business, you may get a notification asking if you want to retaliate when your coworker plays a prank and puts your stapler in jello.
    • Your Sim will also be promoted to Assistant TO the Manager before being promoted to Assistant Manager.
  • The caption for the Comedy skill states that "As soon as one realizes that everything is a joke, being a comedian is the only thing that makes sense." Man, that sounds familiar...
  • With Seasons, there's the "Real Square Shady" umbrella.
  • One of the potential relationship statuses that two Sims can have is "Bad Romance."
  • In Get Famous, successfully bribing the bouncer will give you the dialogue "I'm not like a regular bouncer. I'm a fun bouncer."
  • Also in Get Famous, if a Sim's an Actor with the A.I. Staffing Agency, they would get a chance to be given a reminder the agency ran 14 million simulations of their next acting gig, with the ones where they practiced their scenes would give them resounding success.
  • In "Island Living", mermaids occasionally make a sound similar to fish mouths.
  • The trailer for Realm of Magic is jam-packed with Shout Outs to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It's set to K. Flay's "Blood in the Cut", the song used in the trailer for Sabrina's first season, and the featured Sim, with his blond hair and red jacket, looks uncannily like a male version of Kiernan Shipka.
    • The cut and length of his jacket and his messy hair can also bring to mind Newt Scamander.
  • Also in Realm of Magic, a wicked witch named L. Faba is the Sage of Mischief Magic.
  • One of the items included in Get to Work is a Cat Loves Food Inc. Warming Rack. This could be a nod to three different things, either the Dragon Ball Z Abridged segment that popularized it, the Dragon Ball Z dub that they were parodying, or the original 1980s commercial it originated in.
  • In Discover University, the Secret Society's salute resembles the Diamond salute.
  • If you have City Living installed, one of the character creation questions is 'My interest in politics is...', with one of the possible responses being 'measured by medieval serial dramas'.
  • In Snowy Escape, one of the pre-made sims living in the Japan-inspired winter resort town of Mt. Komorebi is a teenage girl named Kaori Nishidake, who shares her name, her cheerful personality, and her love of snowboarding with one of the playable characters in the SSX series (also made by EA).
  • In Get Together, one of the child Sims from a Nordic themed family is named Elsa and even sports the exact same hairstyle as her younger self.
  • When 'cook together' was added into the game, not one but multiple positive moodlets associated with it were references to Too Many Cooks.
    Cooking Memories (From Feeling Close with Someone Nearby): [Sim] is remembering it takes a lot to make a stew; a pinch of laughter, a scoop of Sims, and a dash of love to make it nice! Sometimes having too many cooks is just what you need.
    Pinch of Salt and Laughter (From Feeling Close with Someone Nearby): They say too many cooks will spoil the broth, but remembering all those cooking jokes fills [Sim] with laughter.
  • A death introduced in Cottage Living is your Sim being attacked by a rabbit after aggravating it for the last time. The animation for this looks very familiar.
  • One of the names a skeleton temple guardian can spawn with in Jungle Adventure is Sans.
  • When exploring space with the rocket ship, a Sim can encounter a small green alien who speaks with odd grammar, just like Yoda.
  • The Werewolves expansion slipped in two items that take a nod to Final Fantasy XIV.
    • The "Racked Teak-a Greatshelves" is a reference to the Rak'tika Greatwood, a forest area in the Shadowbringers expansion known for its background music having the memetic "La-HEE!" that begins it. The flavor text also references the expansion's main theme's lyrics.
    • The Seventh Confectioner's Calamity Firewood Rack is named after the Seventh Umbral Calamity, a major event that ended the original Version 1.0 and paved the way for 2.0, A Realm Reborn. The flavor text there, parodies a major (and spoilery!) speech from the Endwalker expansion.

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.
  • While patrolling the forest a possible chance card sees you encounter "two peculiarly dressed young men standing next to what appeared to be an upright metal and glass coffin". You have a choice of either pointing them to the castle, or sending them to the Judgement Zone. If you send them to the castle the result card mentions that "Excellent!" suddenly becomes common parlance throughout the kingdom.
  • When Peterans pray, they perform the "Wax on, wax off" movements.
  • The sword Animuslaver from the quest of the same name is an amalgam of the demonic sword Stormbringer and the One Ring.

The Sims Freeplay

  • Achievements:
    • Proclaimer!: Drive a total of 500 miles.note 
    • Sim Town 90210: Have a town worth 12,000,000 Simoleons.
    • Wax On... and Wax Off: Have a pre-teen Sim get a Blue and Black belt in Karate, respectively.
    • Hello, Newman: Have a Sim with 1 nemesis.
    • Dr. Evil!: Have a town worth 1,000,000 Simoleons.

Alternative Title(s): The Sims 1, The Sims 2, The Sims 3, The Sims 4, The Sims Medieval, The Sims Freeplay