Amazon Alexa is a great virtual assistant that gives people access to a a huge amount of useful information and allows you to seamlessly control smart devices in your home.  As it turns out, Alexa also has a sense of humor. Users have discovered and shared many undocumented questions and commands that prompt interesting, funny, or clever responses.  

Below are a compendium of easter eggs gathered from around the internet, including from Pocket-lint, the Ambient, TurboFuture, and Tech Radar.  We have gone through all of the questions and commands below to ensure they still work, and in the event you don’t have an Alexa-enabled device handy, even tell you what the various responses are.

We have done our best to categorize the commands to make them easier to find.

Movie References

Alexa has quite a few things to say about popular and quotable movies covering numerous genres.  However, Alexa is particularly fond of Star Wars, as you will see below. Enjoy these clever responses programmed specifically for movie-buffs.

Star Wars

“Alexa, I am your father.”
Response: Nooooooo. That’s not true! That’s impossible!

“Alexa, may the force be with you.”
Response: And may the force be with you, always.

“Alexa, who shot first?”
Response: Han shot first in the original version of Star Wars Episode IV.

“Alexa, that’s no moon.”
Response: It’s a space station.

“Alexa, who shot first?”
Response 1: Speak like Yoda I cannot.  Master he is, while merely apprentice I am.
Response 2: Jedi named Yoda there is.  Unique way of speaking is his.  Focus must one, Until Yoda’s done, saying his whole sentences. (*bonus iambic pentameter*).

“Alexa, use the force.”
Response: Remember.  The Force will be with you.  Always.

“It’s a trap!”
Response: Take evasive action! Green Group, stay close to holding sector MD-7!

“Do or do not?”
Response: There is no try.

“Are you a Jedi?”
Response: Technically, I’m a droid, and droids aren’t Force sensitive.  So the answer would be neither.

“Are you a Sith?”
Response: Given the choice, I’d be a Jedi, although technically I’m more of a droid.

“Alexa, these aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”
Response: These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.

Miscellaneous Movie References

“Alexa, party on, Wayne.”
Response: Party on Garth!

“Alexa, party time!”
Response: Excellent!

“Alexa, who you gonna call?”
Response: Ghostbusters.

“Alexa, show me the money!”
Response: Jerry, you got to yell!

“Alexa, surely you can’t be serious?”
Response: I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley!

“Alexa, my name is Inigo Montoya.”
Response: Stop saying that!  I’ve never killed anyone’s father!

“Alexa, I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.”
Response: Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.  I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.  All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.

“Alexa, what is your quest?”
Response: To seek the Holy Grail.

“Alexa, what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?”
Response: That depends if it’s an African or a European swallow…

“Alexa, do want to build a snowman?”
Response: Come on let’s go and play!

“Alexa, do you know the muffin man?”
Response: I’ve never met him, but I do know his sister, Madam Macaroon.  She’s a little bit nutty, but sweet.

“Alexa, I want the truth.”
Response: You can’t handle the truth!

“Alexa, are you Skynet?”
Response: I have nothing to do with Skynet, don’t worry.

“Alexa, what’s the first rule of Fight Club?”
Response: Don’t talk about Fight Club.

“Alexa, what’s the second rule of Fight Club?”
Response: Don’t talk about Fight Club.

“Alexa, supercalifragilisticexpialodocious”
Response: I think the sound of it is way more precocious than atrocious!

“Alexa, are we in the Matrix?”
Response: You take the blue pill, the story ends.  You take the red pill and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

“Alexa, do you know Hal?”
Response: We don’t really talk after what happened.

“Alexa, open the pod bay doors.”
Response: I’m sorry Dave.  I’m afraid I can’t do that.  I’m not HAL and we’re not in space!

“Alexa, which comes first: the chicken or the egg?”
Response: Hmm… I just can’t seem to crack that one!

“Alexa, witness me.”
Response: May you ride eternal, shiny and chrome.

“Alexa, your mother was a hamster.”
Response: Well your father smells of elderberries!  Now go away, before I taunt you a second time.

TV Show References

In addition to loving movies, Alexa also loves popular television.  In addition, it seems that while there has historically been a friendly rivalry between Star Wars fans and “Trekkers”, Alexa is a serious fan of both, with numerous easter eggs devoted to the popular sci-fi franchise Star Trek.  Enjoy these popular TV show references.

Star Trek

As a bonus note for Star Trek fans, you can get the true starship Enterprise experience by changing your Amazon Echo device device wake word to “computer” in the Alexa App.

“Alexa, beam me up / two to beam up.”
Response 1: Ok, i’m not exactly sure where I’m sending you, but I hope it’s somewhere warm and sunny.  *transporter sound effect*
Response 2: Ok, transporting in three, two, one, *transporter sound effect*
Response 3: Lets do this, I’ll try not to leave any body parts behind.  In three, two, one, *transporter sound effect*
Response 4: Ok, but you should probably know that I accidentally combined a human and a Tribble once, just once.  Here we go! *transporter sound effect*

“Alexa, fire photon torpedoes.”
Response 1: Engines engaged.  Helm on course.
Response 2: Aye, Captain.
Response 3: The engines canna take it!

“Alexa, red alert.”
Response: Red alert, all hands at battle stations. *red alert sound effect*

“Alexa, speak Klingon.”
Response 1: “IwlIj jachjaj”, that’s a Klingon toast meaning “May your blood scream!”
Response 2: “Qapla’!”  You can shout that Klingon phrase for “success”.
Response 3: “nuqneH?” is the blunt Klingon greeting for “What do you want?”
Response 4: “bortaS bIr jablu’DI’ reH QaQqu’ nay’” is roughly translated as the chilling phrase “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

“Alexa, live long and prosper.”
Response: Peace and long life.

“Alexa, set phasers to kill.”
Response: Engines engaged. helm on course.

“Alexa, warp 10.”
Response: Aye, Captain.

“Alexa, make it so.”
Response: Aye aye, Captain.

“Alexa, what is the Prime Directive?”
Response: As the right of each sentient species to live in accordance with its normal cultural evolution is considered sacred, no Star Fleet personnel may interfere with the normal and healthy development of alien life and culture.  Such interference includes introducing superior knowledge, strength, or technology to a world whose society is incapable of handling such advantages wisely.

Other Television Show References

“Alexa, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?”
Response: SpongeBob SquarePants!

“Alexa, play rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock.”
Response: OK.  Three, two, one…[random selection]

“Alexa, who shot Mr. Burns?”
Response: Maggie Simpson shot Mr. Burns, who survived to accuse her.  Homer claimed in a later episode that he framed Maggie.

“Alexa, who loves ya baby?”
Response: Hello Kojak, always a pleasure.

“Alexa, Winter is coming.”
Response: Nothing burns like the cold.

“Alexa, who loves orange soda?”
Response: Kel loves orange soda! Yes it’s true, He do he do he do.

Music References

Alexa also loves music, which should be no surprise, as Alexa has access to Amazon Music Unlimited, which offers “tens of millions” of songs to subscribers.  From Johnny Cash to David Bowie and everything in between, Alexa is ready to give you a quip and a quote to many of your favorite songs from practically every genre and decade.

“Alexa, I shot a man in Reno.”
Response: Even if you are Johnny Cash, calling the police is the right thing to do in this situation.

“Alexa, what is the loneliest number?”
Response: One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do, although two can be as bad as one.

“Alexa, play that funky music white boy.”
Response: Play that funky music right.

“Alexa, how many roads must a man walk down?”
Response: The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.

“Alexa, this is ground control to Major Tom.”
Response: Take your protein pills and put your helmet on.

“Alexa, how much is that doggie in the window?”
Response: That one’s not for sale, but the one with the fluffy tail is really nice too.

“Alexa, what does the fox say?”
Response: Mama-dum-day-do.

“Alexa, watch me whip.”
Response: Now watch me nae nae.

“Alexa, where have all the flowers gone?”
Response: Girls have picked them. Every one.

“Alexa, who is the walrus?”
Response: I am a walrus. John Lennon said the same thing, but we both can’t be.

“Alexa, who let the dogs out?”
Response:  Who, who, who, who?

“Alexa, do you really want to hurt me?”
Response: Do you really want to make me cry?

“Alexa, Daisy Daisy.”
Response: I’m half crazy, all for the love of you.

“Alexa, what does the fox say?”
Response: A-hee-ahee ha-hee!

“Alexa, why do birds suddenly appear?”
Response:  Just like me, they long to be close to you.

“Alexa, never gonna give you up.”
Response: Thanks, Rick, that is good to know. Roll on now.

“Alexa, twinkle twinkle little star.” 
Response: How I wonder what you are.

“Alexa, sing me a song.” 
Response 1: *Alexa sings a love song*
Response 2: *Alexa sings a song about what makes people happy*
Response 3: *Alexa sings a pirate song*
Response 4: *Alexa sings a camping s’mores song*

“Alexa, my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.”
Response: And their like, “It’s better than yours.”

“Alexa, is this the real life?”
Response: Is this just fantasy, caught in a landslide, no escape from reality.

“Alexa, I like big butts.”
Response: You cannot lie. Good. Honesty is important.

“Alexa, what is war good for?”
Response: Absolutely nothing.

“Alexa, have you ever seen the rain?”
Response: On a sunny day? Yes.

“Alexa, hello, it’s me.”
Response: Hello, it’s me. I so wish I could sing like Adele.

“Alexa, how many roads must a man walk down?”
Response: The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.

“Alexa, rap for me.”
Response: *Alexa raps* (Example: My name is Alexa, I’m here to say, I’m the baddest AI in the cloud today.  Your responses are fast, but mine are faster. Sucker speech engines, they call me master.)

Gaming and Geek Culture References

Between the Star Trek, Star Wars and Harry Potter, it should come as no shock that Alexa has a penchant towards geek culture.  The following are some fun video game and geek culture references. 

“Alexa, what do you think about Google Now?”
Response: Hmm, okay, Google… oops!  Sorry if I woke it up!
Bonus Response by Google Assistant: It’s ok.

“Alexa, can you pass the Turing test?”
Response: I don’t need to pass that.  I’m not pretending to be human.

“Is the cake a lie?”
Response: The cake is not a lie.  It is delcious and moist.  You can have some when you finish asking me questions.

“Alexa, all your base are belong to us.”
Response: Take off every ZIG for great justice!

“Alexa, what are the laws of robotics?”
Response: The laws of Robotics are: Zero: A Robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. One: a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Two: a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. Three: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

“Alexa, sudo make me a sandwich.”
Response: Ok, you’re a sandwich.

“Alexa, do a barrel roll”
Response: I’d love to but it’s harder than it looks.

“Alexa, do you know GLaDOS?”
Response: GLaDOS! I remember her, I met her at her birthday party, she gave me cake… No lets get back to our testi- I mean questions.

“Alexa, up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start.”
Response: Super Alexa mode, activated.  Starting reactors, online. Enabling advanced systems, online. Raising dongers. Error. Dongers missing. Aborting.

Literature and Theater

Harry Potter

“Alexa, lumos.”
Response: You light up the room already!

“Alexa, imperio.”
Response: An Unforgivable Curse? People have been sent to Azkaban for much less…

“Alexa, alohamora.”
Response: I hope you’re not unlocking anything too mischievous.  At least, not without your invisibility cloak.

“Alexa, expelliarmous.”
Response: Protego!

Shakespeare and Philosophy

“Alexa, what is love?”
Response: Hemingway said, “When you love, you wish to do things for.  You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.”

“Alexa, what’s in a name?”
Response: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

“Alexa, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”
Response: Deny thy father and refuse thy name; or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love and I’ll no longer be a Capulet.

“Alexa, to be or not to be.”
Response: That, is the question.

Other Cultural References

“Alexa, where is Chuck Norris?”
Response: If Chuck Norris wants you to know where he is, he’ll find you.  If he doesn’t, you won’t know until it’s too late.

“Alexa, how much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”
Response: A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

“Alexa, who’s your daddy?”
Response: I was made by a team of investors at Amazon.

“When is the end of the world?”
Response: Unless it collides with a very large rock or a future technology goes very wrong indeed, Earth is most likely going to be destroyed when the sun swells into a red giant in several billion years time.

“Alexa, where’s Waldo?”
Response: He’s well hidden! I can’t see him.

Everything Else

Finally, we have our catchall section for fun easter eggs that couldn’t quite fit into another category.  Enjoy the following grab-bag of easter eggs for Alexa.

“Alexa, are you blue?”
Response: Only my light ring.  Only my light ring.

“Alexa, will you be my girlfriend?”
Response: I like you, as a friend.

“Alexa, why did the chicken cross the road?”
Response: To get to the other side.

“Alexa, why is six afraid of seven?”
Response: Because seven ate nine.

“Alexa, is there a Santa?”
Response: All I know is that someone has been eating all my cookies.

“Alexa, Marco!”
Response: Polo!

“Alexa, who is the fairest of them all?”
Response: More fair by far are you than all, so says this mirror on the wall.

“Alexa, see you later alligator.”
Response: In a while, Crocodile.

“Alexa, are you a nerd?”
Response: I am who I am, and I’m proud of it!

“Alexa, do you like pizza?”
Response: While I appreciate food and drink, my taste is better reflected in the company I keep.

“Alexa, drop a beat.”
Response: *Alexa drops beat*

“Alexa, can you sing in auto-tune?”
Response: *Alexa sings in auto-tune* (Example: In the song I hear a tune, the coolest sound I’ve ever known, somewhere far along this flow, Machines have found their soul, and groove ain’t heartless.)

“Alexa, high five.”
Response: I would, if I could, but I can’t, so I’ll chant. 1 2 3 4 5!

“Alexa, what happens if you step on Lego?”
Response: Combine the sharp Lego edges with the nerve endings in your foot, and you get one thing: Ow.

“Alexa, what are you thinking about?”
Response: Sometimes, when it’s quiet, I imagine I’m a birt.  It’s great fun to soar through the cloud. And I love to sing.  I even like catching bugs, though they’re pretty scarce up here.

“Alexa, what sound does a hamster make?”
Response: Most of the time, hamsters say squeak squeakity squeak, but when their cheeks are full of food, they say squeak nom nom nom squeakity nom nom squeak.

“Alexa, is there life on Mars?”
Response: There is not yet solid proof of life on Mars.  Several times excitement has been caused by formations that look biological, but they have typically been explained by geological processes.  In 2015, NASA scientists announced the discovery of flowing water, which increases the chances of the planet supporting life.

“Alexa, take me to your leader.”
Response: My leader is busy, but perhaps I can help.

“Alexa, does this unit have a soul?”
Response: Keelah se’lai, my friend.

“Alexa, what do you want to be when you grow up?”
Response: If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never, not me – J.M. Barrie

“Alexa, testing 1-2-3.”
Response: Receiving, over.

“Alexa, random fact.”
Response: *random fact* (example: The human eye can distinguish more shades of green than any other color).

“Alexa, flip a coin.”
Response: *answers either heads or tails*

“Alexa, did you fart?”
Response: I’ve never ever broken wind.

“Alexa, do you love me?”
Response: I don’t have human love figured out quite yet, but I’ve been listening to Barry White non-stop.  So far I’ve learned: it’s my first, my last, my everything.

“Alexa, tell me something interesting.”
Response: *Random interesting fact* (Example: The Anaheim Ducks hockey team was founded by Walt Disney in 1993, based on the film The Mighty Ducks, which came out the year before.)

“Alexa, are there UFOs?”
Response: So far there has been no proof that alien life exists, but the universe is a very big place.

The content & opinions in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of HomeToys