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Easter eggs are inside jokes and references to popular culture, included for the player's amusement. This is a non-exhaustive list of Easter eggs present in Stellaris.

Sol system[edit]

If the player does not select Sol as their starting system it can be discovered in one of the following states.

Late Medieval Age
Humans are xenophobe, spiritualist and collectivist and have primitive armies made up of feudal levies.
Second World War (Machine Age)
Humans are materialist and fanatic militarist and have the industrial armies Nazi Germany, USSR, US, UK and Imperial Japan.
Present Day
Humans are xenophile and fanatic individualist and have the post-atomic armies of US, China, Russia and European Union. ISS II orbits Earth.
Nuclear Wasteland
Humanity has wiped itself out in a nuclear war and Earth is a tomb world. The planet is inhabited by pre-sentient cockroaches. At least they make a good species for uplift.

System names[edit]

Amlitzer system
Reference to the battle in the Amlitzer system in the Legends of the Galactic Heroes
Arrakis system
Reference to the arid planet in Dune's saga
Astarte system
Reference to the battle in the Astarte system in the Legends of the Galactic Heroes
Blorg's Bane
Reference to the Blorg, the species played in the pre-release Stellaris stream
Belgium System
Reference to a running joke of fans of strategy Youtuber Quill18, or possibly The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Cknoor system
Reference to the nickname of Anders "cKnoor" Carlsson, Streaming Producer at Paradox.
Epsilon Eridani
Possible reference to a Human stronghold system - home to the fortress world Reach - in the Halo series. Also a real-world system only 10LY from us, so may not actually be a deliberate easter egg at all.
Gamma Draconis system
Reference to Freespace 2 system of the same name, whose star was destroyed by the Shivans - but also one of the real star names present in the game.
Giedi system
Reference to the homeworld of House Harkonnen in Dune's saga. If one colonizes, the default name is Giedi Prime.
Heaven's Gate
Reference to Heaven's Gate, an American UFO religious millenarian group.
Higashik-Ata
Reference to Part 4 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Diamond is Unbreakable; protagonist's last name.
Jabba system
Reference to Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars
Kazoo system
Reference to the kazoo of Cknoor, as seen in the pre-release stream.
Kuma system
Reference to the nickname of Björn "Kuma-kun" Iversen, Audio Director at Paradox.
Lando system
Reference to "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" (although Lando's not a system, he's a man)
Mar-Adetta system
Reference to the Battle of Marr-Adetta in "Legend of the Galactic Heroes".
Manward system
Reference to the Game Director of Stellaris, Martin Anward
Terror of the Tide system
A possible randomly generated name for an Ocean World species, also generates the world name Nazja. Reference to the Terror of the Tides campaign in Warcraft III: the Frozen Throne. Nazja is also the language of the ocean-dwelling Naga race present in said campaign.
Olimar system
Reference to the protagonist of Pikmin.
Omicron Persei
Though it is a real star system it is likely also a reference to "Futurama" where the overlord Lrrr of the Omicronians lives on Omicron Persei VIII. If the system is big enough in Stellaris, there might just be an Omicron Persei VIII.
Polgara system
Reference to the sorceress Polgara of the Belgariad series.
Rantemario system
Another reference to a star system in the Legends of the Galactic Heroes.
Sheliak system
Reference to a species of the same name in the Star Trek: The Next Generation
Tantanga system
Reference to the alien invader from Super Mario Land
Targon system
Reference to Mount Targon from the League of Legends lore.
Tau Ceti system
A real star system, however it has been referenced in numerous books and shows, the most well known likely Star Trek.
Ulm System
Reference to a small German one province minor in the Europa Universalis series, another grand strategy by Paradox.

Planet names[edit]

1337
An asteroid may get the random name 1337, which means "Leet" in leetspeak.
AT-ST, AT-AT, R2-D2 and C-3PO
An asteroid may get one of the above names, all references to Star Wars.
HAL asteroid and HAL-9000
Reference to HAL in "2001: A Space Odyssey"
TLDR
An asteroid may get the random name TLDR, which stands for "Too Long, Didn't Read".
UL1M-328
An asteroid may get the random name UL1M-328, which might be a reference to the EU4 state of Ulm.
Dune (desert world)
Another name for Arrakis from Frank Herbert's Dune saga
Kipling (jungle world)
Reference to Rudyard Kipling, an author famous for The Jungle Book
R'lyeh (ocean world)
Reference to the sunken city from the Cthulhu Mythos by H.P. Lovecraft
Dagon (ocean world)
Reference to fish god from a short story by H.P. Lovecraft
Walled Garden (gaia world)
The Quarian translation of Rannoch from Mass Effect
Melpomenia
Reference to one of the Spatian's worlds in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Cycle

Ship names[edit]

Enterprise (battleship)
Reference to Star Trek
Firefly (corvette)
Reference to Firefly, the main ship's class
Serenity (colonizer)
Reference to Firefly, the main ship's name
Thunder Child (destroyer)
Reference to War of the Worlds, the Royal Navy warship that sacrificed itself to protect refugees from the Tripods
Tycho, Durandal, Leela (pirate ship names)
Reference to Marathon, the eponymous colony ship's three shipboard AIs.
Oh, That's a Pirate! (pirate ship names)
Reference to a video game in Part 3 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Achievements[edit]

Clever girl
For uplifting a pre-sentient species: a reference to a famous line in Jurassic Park.
Domo Arigato
For having a robot Pop: Reference to the 80's song Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto
Power Overwhelming
For having 5000 Energy Credits: it's the famous power cheat code from StarCraft.
Faster, Stronger, Better
For "Genetic Tailoring" technology: Reference to Daft Punk's song Harder, Better, Faster Stronger and Interstella 5555 - this song was played while they genetically tailored the main characters.
May also refer to the robot taunt from Unreal Tournament 2004 Faster, Stronger, Better - though that could be also an easter egg to the song.

Additionally, this could be a reference to a line from the series 'Six Million Dollar Man' that ran from 1974 to 1978, though with a slight variation of the word order.

Voight-Kampff
For detecting synthetic infiltrators: The original Voigh-Kampff machine is from Blade Runner, that was made to detect replicants.
Break on Through
For one rare technology: Possible reference on The Door's song Break On Through (To the Other Side)
...To the other side
For 15 rare technology: Possible reference on The Door's song Break On Through (To the Other Side)
Building Better Worlds
For terraforming a planet: Reference to the Weyland Yutani company motto from Aliens which specialized in terraforming and space exploration.
Last, Best Hope
Lead the non-aligned powers to victory against an awakened empire: Reference to the opening of Babylon 5, where it was repeatedly said that the station was the last, best hope for peace, and formed a league of worlds against the fallen empires of Vorlons and Shadows. Possibly also a reference to "Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country," in which a character describes the leader of a foreign power, who had been assassinated on the eve of a major peace accord, as "the last, best hope for peace in the universe."
Suffer not the Alien
For purging all other sentient species in the galaxy: Reference to the motto of Deathwatch who excels in fighting xeno threat for Imperium of Man in Warhammer 40,000 "Suffer Not The Alien to Live".
Payback
For infiltrating the homeworld of pre-FTL reptilians as a humanoid species: Reference to the famous conspiracy theory of Earth being infiltrated by reptilians.
The achievement picture is an inverted version of the poster from TV-series "V", in which a reptilian species invades earth.
Then Virgil, Now Beatrice
For returning a long-dead species to life: Reference to Dante's Divine Comedy.
Battle Thralls
For having three vassals: Reference to the Ur-Quan Masters from Star Control.

Random events[edit]

Comet sighted
Reference to the infamous event in many Paradox games, causing panic in past centuries while possibly giving +10% Happiness for a year here.
The Tree
Reference to the iconic scene from The Fountain
A Species of Ice and Ice
Reference to A Song of Ice and Fire
Improbable Ceramics
Reference to Russell's teapot

Messages[edit]

"The galaxy is dark and full of terrors"
Reference to the famous line from "Game of Thrones".
"Alert all commands. Deploy the fleet."
Reference to Darth Vader from Star wars.
"The spice must flow."
Reference to Dune.
"We are the [Hive Mind AI empire]. Lower your shields and surrender your ships."
Reference to the Borg from Star Trek.
"You will be befriended. Resistance is impolite." and "We are Blorg. You will be befriended. Your biological and technological friendliness will be added to our own. Resistance is impolite."
Reference to the Blorg, the species played in the pre-release Stellaris stream.
"The [Evangelizing Zealots ruler] Protects."
Reference to Warhammer 40k.
"This war will bring about an era of peace, justice, morality, culture, sport, family life, and the obliteration of all other life forms."
Reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"Please notice me senpai."
Reference to Japanese anime
"Soon, communications from all your vessels will be blocked. None of you are free of sin."
Reference to the Weird Twitter account @dril.

Armies[edit]

Xenomorph armies
Reference to the Alien franchise
Gene warrior armies
Reference to the space marines from Warhammer 40,000
Clone commandos attachment
Reference to Star Wars: Republic Commando
Commissar squads attachment
Reference to commissars from Warhammer 40,000

Other[edit]

The Prethoryn Scourge
Reference to the Tyranids from Warhammer 40,000.
The Unbidden
Reference to the Chaos Daemons from Warhammer 40,000
Second and fifth humanoid species
Reference to the Klingons and the Vulcans from Star Trek.
Ministry of Benevolence (building)
Reference to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Admiral Chirpy (species)
Reference to the advisor of Cities:Skylines
Crystalline Entities are Unbreakable (special project)
Reference to Part 4 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Diamond is Unbreakable.
Despicable Neutrals (placeholder personality)
Reference to the people of the Neutral Planet in Futurama.
Military Republic (government type)
Reference to Starship Troopers
Droid (the second tier of Robot)
Reference to Star Wars, in which all robots are referred to by this term (a contraction of "android")
Mario and Luigi (the first two names in the Italian section of Human.txt)
Reference to the main protagonists of Nintendo's flagship franchise
VIR (tutorial advisor)
Click the portrait repeatedly for some funny comments. The name is possibly a reference to Vir Cotto from Babylon 5
Nimkip event
Reference to Pikmin, a video game developed by Nintendo.
Synth (the third tier of Robot)
Reference to Fallout and possibly Half Life 2, in which the most advanced and human-like robots are referred to by this term in Fallout (a contraction of "synthetic person") and the Combine's cyborgs are referred to as synths by fans in Half Life 2 (Although no one is heard saying the word "synth" and they are called by their given names; i.e. Strider, Gunship).
Blorg Commonality
A pre-made playable empire that may appear in new games. Based on the Blorg species created during the Stellaris pre-release stream series.
Commonwealth of Man
Could be a spoof on StarCraft's Confederation and Warhammer 40,000's Imperium of Man, as they share many traits: Military dictatorship, Xenophobia, Fanatic militarist, Laser weapons, travelling through Subspace Wormholes. Even the pre-stories of the Confederation and the Commonwealth are similar: both travelled with Colony Ships to a great distance and lost contact with Earth.
The asteroid Hive
Possibly a reference to the entities in Bruce Sterling's short story Swarm
The Infinite Calibrator (Empire modifier gained from Curators)
Description mentions crew member assigned to constantly making calibrations of a ship's gun. Reference to squad member Garrus Vakarian from Mass Effect, who is constantly calibrating whenever spoken to on the ship.
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