The following is a list of Secrets and easter eggs in Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.
For a list of myths, see GTA Myths Wiki.

Easter Eggs

Gaming References


A screenshot of the Computer in one of the Guard Booth in the San Fierro Airport


  • At night if the player looks up in the sky there are stars that form the letter R in reference to Rockstar Games logo.
  • Some of the clothes the player wears, the suitcase in the start of the game that CJ holds while in the airport and more items have the Rockstar Games logo on them.
  • Northstar Rock is a reference to Rockstar North.
  • Inside Big Smoke's Crack Palace there is a doormat that reads "Not Welcome Rockstar North" with the Rockstar North logo in the center.
  • Inside Zero's RC Shop, there are figures of not just GTA Vice City characters, but also characters from Rockstar's 2003 game, Manhunt. The characters for it include James Earl Cash and Piggsy.
  • The cheat code, Chaos Mode, could reference Rockstar and VIS Entertainment's 2001 game, State of Emergency. Chaos Mode was one of the playable game modes in this game.
  • The Gasso Gas Station in Dillimore has a sign on its window reading "Max Pane- Bulletproof Glass." This is an obvious reference to Rockstar's Max Payne franchise.
  • Carcer Gas cylinders are from Carcer City, the setting of Manhunt.
  • The Jesus Saves graffiti is a reference to a save point in Grand Theft Auto 2.

Previous GTA Games

Other Games

  • In the cemetery in HashburySan Fierro, all of the tombstones read "RIP Opposition 1997-2004". This is a reference to Rockstar, which came out with its first game in 1997. The phrase "RIP Opposition" is referencing Rockstar's rivalry with other game companies, and how all of Rockstar's opposition has not been able to come out with a better video game. Opposition may also refer to the game Driver 3, which was a long-time rival of Rockstar and that came out in the same year and got negative votes from critics.
  • There are multiple billboard signs around the map referencing a company named True Grime: Street Cleaners. This is a reference to the True Crime series, another open world game of similar gameplay to the GTA series.
  • During the mission Madd Dogg's Rhymes, a guard remarks: "Tanner, you suck!" while he is playing a video game a reference to Tanner, the protagonist of the game Driver.
  • In the mission Black Project, the player can spot a crowbar on a table in a lab. This is a reference to Valve's 1998 game Half-Life.
  • Zombotech Corporation is most likely a reference of the Umbrella Corporation from the Resident Evil game series. Also based on a diagram on the wall, there appears to be a large underground facility reminiscent of the Hive from the Resident Evil Film.
  • There's an announcement found in area 69 reads"running with scissors is dangerous and not permitted". It's a possible reference to the video game company Running with Scissors, best known for its Postal games, which are considered by some to be "GTA Clones".

A screenshot of Gordon Freeman's crowbar

Media references

  • Zero's quote from the mission Supply Lines..., "The smell, you know that ozone smell, smells like...victory!" is a reference to the movie Apocalypse Now, specifically to Lieutenant Colonel William "Bill" Kilgore's well-known quote "The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory."[1].
  • The Trip Skip icon features the side profile of the Deluxo, a car mostly inspired by the DeLorean DMC-12 that is otherwise absent from the game. This is a reference to the Back to the Future franchise, which features a DeLorean-based time machine.
  • There is a female pedestrian in the game that resembles the character Catherine Trammel from Basic Instinct, as well as a male pedestrian who resembles Bishop from Juice.
  • The scene in the mission Just Business featuring a Packer jumping off a surface road in slow motion into a storm drain channel, which Big Smoke and CJ are using to escape, is a nod to a similar scene in 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where a large tow-truck executes a similar stunt as it is pursuit of John Connor.
  • Advertisements of the movie Reservoir Dregs can be seen at the movie theater in Commerce, Los Santos is a spoof of the real-life movie Reservoir Dogs, directed by Quentin Tarantino, which was released in 1992.
  • At the end of the mission Air Raid, Zero says "Great kid don't get cocky" which is a reference to Han Solo's Line from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
  • The Cobra Marital Arts gym is probably a reference to the Cobra Martial Arts gym in the movie Karate Kid.
  • An advertisement of the movie The Wizard of Ass can be seen at the Queens Theater. The title of the movie is a spoof of The Wizard Of Oz.
  • The mission Learning to Fly is named after the Pink Floyd song of the same name.


Adult Humor

  • Taste the cock

    TASTE THE COCK on the back of the uniform.

    After destroying the Sprunk billboard in the mission Reuniting the Families the slogan "A taste of things to come" will now read "A taste of come."
  • Inside the Atrium, there are five statues - one of them seems to be masturbating while the other four look away.
  • Inside Cluckin' Bell, "TASTE THE COCK" is written on the back of the employee's uniforms.
  • There are multiple references to the 69 sex position.

Real World References

  • The Los Santos Riots are an obvious reference to the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
  • If the player looks very carefully, in various shops around Eastern Los Santos, they will see shops which advertisements contain characters from the shows such as Pokémon and SpongeBob SquarePants, cartoons which did not exist in 1992. Take note that the textures for GTA: San Andreas were taken around 2003-04, and was likely an oversight by the developers.