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The Goth Family:Perhaps the most famous family known to the Sims, this three-Sim family is known as the most well off of all of the Sims in the initial game.
- Actually Not a Vampire: Mortimer, who is basically an expy of Gomez Addams, has very pale skin and hates garlic.
- Ambiguously Brown: Bella and Cassandra.
- Creepy Child: Cassandra.
- Expy: Of the Addams family.
- Germanic Depressives: Averted, for the most part. Though their surname implies German ancestry and they enjoy a dark and Gothic aesthetic, they're actually mostly rather upbeat.
- Iconic Outfit: Bella's red dress.
- Only Six Faces: Due to the limited number of heads and outfits included in the base game, several of the relatives buried on the lot use the same faces and outfits as other pre-made sims.
- Perky Goth: Mortimer is actually very cheerful and Bella is an avid fan of miniature golf.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: If free will is on, Cassandra will spend a worrying amount of time mourning the tombstones.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance note : One of the ghosts that haunts the manor, "Bratty", looks exactly like Cassandra.
- Another ghost child called Boy also haunts the lot, and he bears a striking resemblance to both Cassandra and Bratty, as well as the unborn Alexander Goth.
- Waistcoat of Style: Mortimer's everyday outfit.
The Newbie familyA married couple used in the game's tutorial, the Newbies are perhaps the most well-known characters from the first game, second only to the Goths.
- Alliterative Family: Bob and Betty, who also have a daughter named Brandi in the sequel, and a dog named Buddy in one of the spin-offs.
- Bag of Spilling: Betty marrying Bob didn't exactly help her musical talent much.
- Badass Beard: Bob's most recognizable feature is probably his large beard.
- Dead Sparks: Bob and Betty are not in love at the start of the game. However their relationship got better between games as they eventually had a daughter.
- Smarter Than You Look: Bob may look grungy and filthy, but he's actually quite the bookworm.
Michael BachelorA single bachelor family designed for players to get into the game without worry about silly nuances like roommates.
- Ambiguously Brown: He uses the medium skin tone and has vaguely Asian-seeming facial features. However, his familial connection to Bella Goth (revealed in the sequel) makes it more difficult to ascertain his ethnicity, since Bella is his sister and a purer example of this trope.
- Older Than They Look: Michael was revealed to be the older brother to Bella Goth and is a teenager in The Sims 3, which takes place several years before, possibly making him in his forties or fifties.
- Expy: Of the Graduate.
The Pleasant familyMarried couple Jeff and Diane Pleasant and their children, Daniel and Jennifer.
- Ambiguously Brown: Diane and Jennifer.
- Older Than They Look: While Daniel is the same age as Jennifer due to the limited aging mechanics, The Sims 2 revealed that he would at least have been a teenager in-continuity.
The Roomies familyChris and Melissa are two young women sharing a house.
- Ms. Fanservice: The Prima Official Game Guide implies that they were included so that male players had a starting family they'd like the look of.
- No Last Name Given: Since TS 1 doesn't allow for individual surnames within a household, their surname is actually "Roomies". The console spin-off, which does allow separate last names, reveals their surnames to be Jones and Smith.
The Mashuga familyFrankie and Sylvia Marie are a married couple living in a very unique house.
- Ambiguously Jewish: Their surname is a Yiddish vocabulary word rather than a Jewish name, but still.
- Meaningful Name: Their surname is Yiddish for "crazy" and they live in a bright pink octagonal house, sleep in a vibrating heart-shaped bed, have a safari-themed animal print living room and a life-sized statue of a naked man in their bathroom.
- Sickening Sweethearts: If the decor of their house (particularly the bedroom) is anything to go by. They also have a fairly high starting relationship, which could be an attempt to nudge the player in this direction.
The Goth, Sr. familyThe elderly parents of Mortimer Goth, and their two pet cats.
- Granny Classic: Cornelia is outright stated to be this to Cassandra.
- Happily Married: Gunther and Cornelia has a great relationship, especially considering their relationship level during The Sims 3.
- Skunk Stripe: Gunther has black hair with grey hair on the sides.
- Older Than They Look: Gunther looks to be middle-aged and does not have fully grey hair, despite the fact that he's older than his wife who looks much older,
- Waistcoat of Style: Gunther has a very stylish grey, old-fashioned suit.
The Hick familyMiddle-aged former beauty queen Mama Hick lives with her grown son, Elden, and their three dogs.
- Brainless Beauty: Mama is a former beauty queen who lost her money to a phone psychic.
- Southern-Fried Genius: Despite likely having little-to-no formal education, Elden is implied to be intelligent and is known to enjoy classical music.
- Meaningful Name: They live in a shabby trailer, their stove is on the front yard and the mother lost all her money to a scammer.
The Burb familyConsists of a down-to-earth farmer, his fashionable wife, their young son, and his dog.
- A Boy and His X: Johnny and Tucker are a classic, wholesome, 1950s-stereotype example of the "a boy and his dog" trope.
- Call to Agriculture: The men of the Burb family definitely have some trace of this. Brad has moved his family from the city to the suburbs so that he can become a full-time gardener, an ambition later shared by his son in the sequel.
- Generation Xerox: Prior to the game, Brad convinces Tiffany to move from the city to the suburbs so that he can have a garden, and she agrees despite her reservations. In The Sims 2, the exact same scenario plays out between their now-adult son John and his wife, Jennifer.
- Meaningful Name: It's a contraction of "suburb", where the men of the family prefer to live.
Ginia KatAn elderly woman living alone with her four cats.
- Crazy Cat Lady: Downplayed since her personality is actually very sweet and well-adjusted, if a little on the shy side. She does have four cats, though - and her bio mentions that she likes to write and illustrate children's books based on them in her spare time.
- Granny Classic: Possibly the purest example in the game in terms of appearance and temperament, except for the fact that she has no kids or grandkids in evidence. The Sims 2 reveals that she adopted Tara sometime after The Sims 1, so it's easy to imagine her fitting this trope to all intents and purposes, though of course she's actually Tara's adopted mother rather than her grandmother.
Claire CharmingA friendly young woman who lives alone with her pet dog.
- Hospital Hottie: While she's perhaps not in-your-face stunning, Claire is a very pretty Sim who works in the Medical career.
- Meaningful Name: Claire Charming is easily one of the nicest characters in the game: she works in medicine because she likes helping people as well as being super-smart, likes to volunteer in her spare time, is witty, has esoteric interests in live music and biotechnology; and yet she's not the least bit arrogant or unapproachable, and has one of the highest nice point ratings in the whole game.
The Snooty Patooty family:A wealthy, arrogant married couple living in a mansion.
- Ambiguously Brown: Buffy and Chip both have the medium skin tone and golden-brown hair, meaning they might be mixed-race, or possibly just very tanned due to their leisurely lifestyle.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even though Chip and Buffy are jerks, they still care very much about each other, having one of the highest starting relationships of any married couple in the game.
- Iconic Outfit: Buffy dresses identically to Bella Goth, sporting her now-iconic red dress.
- Meaningful Name: Chip and Buffy are both very, very snooty.
- Rich Bitch: Buffy is obviously one.
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: They may not be idiots, but they certainly express that attitude: while it's not unusual for pre-made Sims to start off unemployed, Chip and Buffy's bios boast about how the responsibilities attached to their inherited wealth (like being part of the Bridge Club and the Yacht Club) mean they're simply too busy to get jobs.
The Jones familyA pretty average, suburban family consisting of a husband working a low-wage job, a housewife, and their young son.
- Ambiguously Brown: Barbara.
- Cheerful Child: Bobby.
- Identical Stranger:
- Barbara uses the exact same facial skin (including skin tone) as Julia Valentino, the only two playable characters for whom this is the case. Though it's possible to play them as siblings or cousins, Sims in ''TS1'' don't have formal relationships or starting relationships outside of their household, meaning they are strangers to one another at the start of the game.
- Bobby's facial skin is identical to the one used by "Boy" in the Goth family graveyard. Incidentally, this also makes him a dead ringer for the as-yet-unborn Alexander Goth.
- Nerd Glasses: Both Edward and Bobby.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Aside from the hair color and clothes, Bobby looks pretty much exactly like his father, though as a child.
The Maximus familyA wealthy, charming, yet somewhat misogynist criminal, who married a Sim Native princess and opera singer.
- Ambiguously Brown: "Jimmy" Maximus. His real first name, MAHUIZOH, is Nahuatl, possibly implying he's descended from the indigenous people of Mexico.
- Ladykiller in Love: MAHUIZOH's bio makes it clear that he was wont to use women in the past. However, he is genuinely in love with Zaghawa.
- My Name Is ???: The husband of the family is only known as MAHUIZOH "Jimmy" Maximus. Though Mahuizoh actually is an Aztec name, why it's in ALL CAPS remains a mystery.
- My Nayme Is: SPELLED WITH ALL CAPS, in MAHUIZOH's case.
- Rebellious Princess: Princess Zaghawa rejected her royal life to reach her dream of becoming an opera singer.
- Waist Coat Of Style: Wears the same outfit as Mortimer Goth.
The Hatfield familyAn extremely lower-class clan of rednecks, consisting of a husband and wife, their two sons, and daughter. The wife's bio implies that she is pregnant with her fourth child, though since pregnancy wasn't a game mechanic in The Sims, it is up to the player whether or not they have another child.
- Dead Sparks: Ulysses T and Ruby Ann have the second lowest starting relationship of any married couple in the game (the lowest belongs to Bob and Betty Newbie). They're still friends, but can't fall in love until the player intervenes to improve things between them.
- Sibling Rivalry: Hank and Billy are said to tease Elizabeth a lot.
- Southern-Fried Genius: Elizabeth Elvira starts off in a pretty unpromising situation: the youngest child and only girl of a dirt-poor family, her brothers tease her, her father seems completely disinterested in her compared to the boys, and while her mother clearly cares for her she also wants to use her to live out her own failed dreams of becoming a model and actress. However, Elizabeth's starting school grade is the highest of any child's in the game (higher even than Cassandra Goth's!), implying that she's about to discover she fits this trope.
The Valentino familyA wealthy and fashionable couple living in a mansion-style home. Julia is employed in law enforcement, while Rudy is a househusband.
- Ambiguously Brown: Both Rudy and Julia.
- Fair Cop: Julia Valentino is pretty and fashionable in her at-home appearance, and is well on her way to advancing up the ranks of the law enforcement career.
- House Husband: Rudy is unemployed at the start of the game, while his wife works.
- Identical Stranger: Julia uses the exact same facial skin (including skin tone) as Barbara Jones, the only two playable characters for whom this is the case. Though it's possible to play them as siblings or cousins, Sims in ''TS1'' don't have formal relationships or starting relationships outside of their household, meaning they are strangers to one another at the start of the game.
The Agent familySix mysterious characters whose home is known as "The White House", and who are implied to be keeping surveillance on the other inhabitants of the neighbourhood, for unknown reasons.
- Incredibly Obvious Bug: Their whole shtick in the game is that they're meant to be keeping discreet tabs on the other residents, yet even though their neighbours don't know their real names, they do know exactly which agency every agent is working for.
- No Name Given: Instead of proper names, they only go by descriptions, possibly because they're meant to be in the neighbourhood incognito: FBI Agent, NSA Agent, CIA Agent, ATF Agent, INS Agent, and Intern Agent.
The Sims 2
Presumed to be located within SimCity, Pleasantview is your typical suburban neighborhood with your average families living average, peaceful lives... right?Well, if only that were the case.In the twenty-five years that have since passed between The Sims and The Sims 2, a lot of things have changed. Mortimer is now old and his daughter Cassandra has grown into a beautiful woman engaged to the town's local womanizer, Daniel and Jennifer are now adults with families of their own, and Michael Bachelor passed away an unspecified amount of time before the start of the game. The Newbies have left a daughter, Brandi, who is struggling to raise her two sons, and a few new families have joined the descendants of the original The Sims 1 cast, each with their own ambitions and desires.One of the neighborhood's most, if not the most, prominent storyline involves the disappearance of Bella Goth, who has not been seen since she was last spotted scaling the deck of Don Lothario's condo. The Caliente sisters are said to have arrived on the eve of her disappearance, raising rumours that they may have been involved in her disappearance; Unfortunately their interest in Mortimer does nothing to help matters. Accompanying this is a messy Love Dodecahedron centered around a majority of the cast.
- Betty and Veronica: Darren Dreamer is the Betty and Don Lothario the Veronica to Cassandra's Archie, and Cassandra the Betty and Nina Caliente the Veronica to Don's Archie.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Dustin Broke and Angela Pleasant give off this dynamic.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Unlike all the other characters from The Sims 1 base game (i.e. the Goths, the Newbies, the Pleasants, and Michael Bachelor), there's no mention of what happened to Chris and Melissa Roomies.
- Counting the characters introduced in expansions to TS1, this also extends to the Hick family, the Mashugas, Claire Charming, and all the free DLC characters. Initially, only the Burbs and the members of the extended Goth clan made the cut; Ginia Kat's daughter eventually turns up in one of the expansions, however.
- Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Played with, as far as "teams" go. The playable Teens form a loose ensemble.
- Angela: The Optimist
- Lilith: The Cynic
- Dustin: The Apathetic
- Dirk: The Realist
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Natch.
- Love Dodecahedron: Don't even start.◊
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Dustin appears to be the "manlier" guy compared to Dirk, the only other playable teenage guy in the neighborhood. Darren Dreamer and Don Lothario fit this dynamic as well.
- Stepford Suburbia: Downplayed. According to the descripction, Pleasantview used to be a rather pleasant place to live in. Now, however, the neighborhood isn't quite as happy as it looks like. Every family (With the notable exception of the Burbs and the Oldies) has their own myriad of problems.
- The Brokes, as their name implies, are short on money, with recently widowed mother Brandi having to deal with her oldest son turning to crime to make a living, worrying about raising her youngest right, and coming to terms with having a third child.
- The Dreamers are stuck in a financial crisis ever since the death of Darren's wife, with his paintings barely bringing in the required funds. Darren himself has fallen in love with his long-time best friend Cassandra, but she's off-limits, and worse, engaged to the local Casanova.
- The Pleasants are your average stereotypical middle-class family, except there's more to it than one might think. Daniel is starving for intimacy, so he's started an affair with the household maid right under his workaholic wife's nose. Meanwhile, his twin daughters Angela and Lilith are caught up in an intense rivalry.
- Don Lothario is the neighborhood's local womanizer, who's involved with four different women at the start of the game. He's engaged to Cassandra Goth, although many doubt his ability to stay faithful.
- The Caliente sisters came to the neighborhood on the eve of Bella's disappearance and find themselves struggling financially as well. Dina seeks to rectify the problem by seducing the aging Mortimer.
- The Goths are trying to deal with Bella being gone from their lives. Cassandra is now engaged to womanizer Don Lothario, but no one knows if the marriage will even go through.
- Tangled Family Tree: Assuming the player obeys the various pop-up prompts and manages not to cause Don to leave Cassandra at the altar, one of these forms in combination with the Love Dodecahedron, with Dina becoming the stepmother of her niece and nephew from her first marriage, and Cassandra marrying the man who also has romantic interest in her aunt/stepmother, the twin of said aunt/stepmother, and even her own mother.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Lilith and Angela Pleasant have this dynamic, as well as Nina and Dina Caliente.
The Goth family
Since we last visited this well known family, Mortimer and Bella have welcomed another child, Alexander, while Cassandra has grown up into a beautiful woman who's already engaged. But recently, Bella has mysteriously disappeared in an alien abduction, while Mortimer finds himself being seduced by a Gold Digger.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Cassandra certainly fits the bill.
- Continuity Nod: In the original The Sims, among the ghosts that haunted the Goth manor were two children. One of them was a girl named "Bratty" who looked exactly like Cassandra, and the other was a nerdy looking boy who was simply named "Boy". Neither of the ghosts haunt the Goth manor in The Sims 2, but Alexander does bear a very close resemblance to Boy.
- Child Prodigy: Alexander's favourite hobbies are optometry and number theory!
- Girlish Pigtails: Cassandra retains them even through her adulthood.
- Gold Digger: Bella in the PSP version.
- LEGO Genetics: Alexander does not resemble either of his parents at all and instead looks like the townie Goopy.
- May–December Romance: Mortimer is older much than his current romantic interest Dina, who is younger than his own daughter. If Bella is brought back and get back together, Bella and Mortimer technically fits the bill.
- Missing Mom: Bella. The story mentions that she's supposed to be in Strangetown; though she does appear there as a non-playable character, she's probably not the same Bella.
- Another copy of Bella does exist within Pleasantview's files. However, she has a token on her that marks her as dead, and if she is simply summoned to a lot, she'll eventually turn into a ghost and vanish away.
- Older Than They Look: Bella is technically in the Adult life stage, but her memories and Mortimer's show that they were childhood friends, meaning that she actually must have lived through enough days to make her an Elder like him. Presumably she had access to better Elixir of Life than he did.
- Only Six Faces: Alexander looks nothing like the rest of his family, but looks exactly like the townie Goopy GilsCarbo.
- Runaway Groom: Even though the pop-ups at the Goth house encourage the player to marry Cassandra and Don quickly, chances are very high that Don will leave her at the altar if their relationship scores aren't quite high enough, which will almost certainly plunge Cassandra into aspiration failure. Some players report that Cassandra can also pull this on Don if he's the one to initiate the marriage interaction.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Cassandra looks almost exactly like her grandmother Cornelia when it comes to facial structure and their choice of glasses.
The Pleasant family:
Jeff and Diane have long since passed away, but their children Daniel and Jennifer have both married and are now parents of their own. Of course, Daniel's life has gone downhill as a result of being married to a workaholic, and being the father of twin girls who despise each other.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Angela's in a relationship with Dustin Broke, a criminal. No wonder Daniel hates him so much.
- Black Sheep: Lilith. It even shows in the loading screen, where her default expression is scowling while faced away from the rest of her family. Justified in that it's implied she's a victim of Parental Neglect who's had to suffer under the pressure of high standards, hence why she may feel the need to differentiate from her more rigidly perfectionistic parents and sister.
- Born Lucky: Angela. Or well, at least by high school standards. Pretty? Check. Dating a total hottie? Check. Good grades? Check. All the love and attention from parents? Hell yes.
- Delinquent: Lilith's memories show that she at one point snuck out with Dirk and wound up getting arrested by the police. Strangely enough, the "Got Busted" memory itself shows a picture of a burglar, Gordon King, implying that she may have joined him on a crime spree and got caught that way.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Lilith. While she may dress in some heavy Punk Rock/Goth inspired clothing she's not shown to be outright malicious and has just had it rougher than her sister, owing to Parental Neglect.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Dustin and Daniel start off as enemies. This is however averted with Dirk Dreamer, Lilith's boyfriend, as Daniel has not shown any visible disapproval of him.
- Dead Sparks: Mary-Sue and Daniel are distant to each other. Their relationship panel shows that they're not even in love anymore.
- Dysfunctional Family: And how! A workaholic mother who pays no attention to her daughters' squabbling while her husband has an affair with the maid because he just misses all the affection.
- Good Is Not Nice: Angela is described as "patient" and "dutiful", but she's not above slapping or shoving her younger twin around and phoning her boyfriend (Thus breaking house rules) in the middle of the night to ask him if he wants to sneak out.
- Goth: Lilith Pleasant.
- Ironic Name: They're the Pleasants, and yet they're nowhere near as pleasant as you'd expect, given that it's a family comprised of a neglectful, workaholic mother, a cheating father, and their two squabbling twin daughters, one of whom has been implied to have been heavily neglected in her childhood.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Angela and Lilith, respectively.
- Married to the Job: Mary-Sue is so focused on her job that she's oblivious to the fact that her husband is having an affair with the housemaid and that her daughters are trying to rip each other's throats out.
- Meaningful Name: Lilith is the name of a demon in the bible, whereas Angela is, quite obviously, a rendition of the word "Angel". Mary-Sue speaks for itself, really.
- Parental Neglect: It's quite obvious that Angela was favoured over Lilith in their childhood, as Lilith has no memories of being taught to walk and talk, and potty trained. Angela also has a computer, whereas Lilith does not.
- Abusive Parents: It's very easy for Daniel and Mary-Sue to slip into this if left alone with Lilith; their relationship scores start low enough for them to slap and poke her, or for her to slap and poke them. The real issue comes from if she's being targeted by more than one person, as without player intervention her queue can be so flooded with attack attempts that she won't get a chance to either initiate her own attack or escape from the room.
- Punny Name: Daniel's grandparents are named Les and Kynda Pleasant.
- Opposites Attract: Goody two-shoes Angela is dating delinquent Dustin Broke and Lillith is dating mild-mannered Dirk Dreamer.
- The Perfectionist: It's implied Angela is this. Her mother is outright stated to be one as well.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Angela and Lilith.
- Sadistic Choice: The first time you play the Pleasants, you're treated to a chatbox that expresses Daniel's frustration with the lack of affection that his wife gives him. Right after this Mary-Sue will leave for work, and the housemaid, Kaylynn Langerak, will arrive. Daniel can choose to romance Kaylynn while Mary-Sue is at work. You'll get a work chance card (A card with two answers, one of which will be either good or bad and the third being an ignore button) and no matter what cheats you used, any choice you make (except the ignore) is programmed to fail, which basically sets Mary-Sue up for a Trauma Conga Line as she loses her job and catches her husband cheating on her.
- Sibling Rivalry: The relationship between Angela and Lilith is so bad that they're marked as enemies. They also start out standing right next to each other when their house is first loaded, meaning that chances are very high one sister will immediately slap or poke the other.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite coming off as a stereotypical Bad Girl, Lilith appears to be in a relatively stable relationship with Dirk Dreamer, who is more of a Nice Guy than anything else. Ironically, if you compare their relationship with the likes of Dustin and Angela's, it's evidently quite clear that Lilith and Dirk's relationship is definently the most stable of the two twins, given that Daniel appears to have no visible problems with Dirk himself, unlike Dustin.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: The first time you play as Angela, she has a want to have her First Kiss with Dustin. Contrast Lilith, who already has memories of kissing and even making out with Dirk (as well as sneaking out with him and getting caught), which gives Lilith at least one field in where she's better than her sister - romance.
- Stepford Smiler: Daniel and Mary Sue are implied to be this, Daniel having to deal with his dad's "Shaggy Dog" Story of never becoming an astronaut and Mary-Sue being a perfectionist, which might have also triggered their daughters' rivalry.
- Rebellious Spirit: Lilith, mostly because of her neglected childhood and quite possibly also because of her family's perfectionistic lifestyle. Even Angela isn't above this, as she will at one point call Dustin and ask if he wants to sneak out when you're playing the Broke family.
- The Runaway: Lilith has the potential to become this if you don't mend her strained relationship with her parents.
- The Unfavourite: Lilith. She's going to have some serious issues in her adulthood if the player doesn't improve her current lifestyle.
- Troubled, but Cute: Lilith is looks cute without the Goth make-up, in the same vein as Dustin Broke.
- Your Cheating Heart: Daniel is having an affair with his maid Kaylynn, and when the household is first loaded, the player is given encouragement to continue this relationship since he has the house to himself all day. The player is also encouraged to force Mary-Sue to come home early through a rigged chance card, likely letting her catch Daniel in the act.
The Dreamer Family
Darren is a middle-aged widower raising his teenage son, Dirk. After his wife's death, Darren quit his nine-to-five in order to pursue his dream of becoming a famous painter. His model and muse is Cassandra Goth, whom he's secretly in love with.
- Alliterative Family: Darren Dreamer, Dirk Dreamer and the late Darleen Dreamer. Additionally, all of Darren's ancestors have first names beginning with "D".
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Averted. Darren doesn't seem to have any problems with the fact that his only son is dating the rebellious black sheep Lilith Pleasant.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Dirk's memories show that his school performance suffered after his mother's death, and he has the "Grew Up Badly" token on his age transition memory from child to teen, implying he had a bad few years. However, his bio implies that he's working hard to overcome it, and he's well on his way to becoming an overachiever by the time the game starts.
- Dummied Out: There is a hidden version of Darleen that can be found in the game files, with a scrapped haircut, a slightly different face and wearing different clothes.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Darren is this to his best friend Cassandra, who's engaged to Don Lothario. He's implied to be far too decent to try to break up their relationship, despite his distrust of Don.
- May–December Romance: Downplayed, but Cassandra's age bar shows she's quite a bit younger than Darren. Following the evidence in the back story as far as possible, she's probably around thirty, while he's maybe mid-to-late forties.
- Missing Mom: Darleen passed away some time before the events of the game and is buried in the family lot.
- Retcon: Darren's memories show that he was employed in the Business career before quitting to become a painter. However, when he appears in TS3, he's already working as a painter before meeting Darleen and having Dirk. (It could be reconciled that he chose to get a more stable job after getting married and becoming a parent, though.)
- Starving Artist: Darren's financial situation is on the rocks since Darleen's passing.
The Broke Family
The daughter of Betty and Bob Newbie, Brandi hasn't gotten much luck since her husband passed away in a pool incident, with the advent of another child and two kids growing up with one turning to crime, things are only going to get tougher for Brandi and the Broke family.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Brandi is only in the first few days of the adult life stage, nowhere near old enough to have a teenage son unless she had access to the Elixir of Life aspiration reward or cheats that allowed her to become pregnant as a teen. Fanon often seems to regard her as a former teen mother.
- Aloof Big Brother: At the start of the game Dustin and Beau don't have the highest starting relationship, possibly implying this.
- Delinquent: Dustin. He works in the crime career and is friends with a burglar, Gordon King, who was also implied to have been arrested along with Lilith Pleasant at one point, judging from her memories.
- Dummied Out: There is a hidden version of Skip that can be found in the game files, with blue eyes instead of green, and a slightly different face.
- Disappeared Dad: Skip Broke is deceased before the start of the game, and the family bio mentions him having been invloved in a "suspicious pool ladder accident".
- Meaningful Name: Among the poorest families in the game.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: Unless the player tampers with Brandi's pregnancy in some way, her unborn child will always turn out to be this. This is because the child has no genetics from Skip, and since his only genetic parent is Brandi, the game will spawn him as the other sex.
- Troubled, but Cute: Dustin works in the criminal career and is said to be acting out. He looks fairly cute as a teenager. Interestingly, he also happens to be dating Angela Pleasant, the neighborhood's Goody two-shoes.
The Caliente Twins
The lovely sisters of Pleasantview with the gold digging Dina and the maneater Nina, both sisters have it rough after Nina losing her job, Dina's husband Michael's untimely passing and the Repoman taking what they had from their inheritance.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde/Dark-Skinned Redhead: Dina and Nina, respectively.
- Dummied Out: There is a hidden version of Michael that can be found in the game files, with a very different personality, the medium skintone and a purple tracksuit.
- First Love: Nina is this to Don and vice versa: They've been romantically involved since adolescence.
- Gold Digger: Dina only wants Mortimer for his money. It is not clear if this was the case with her former husband, Michael.
- Uneven Hybrids: Their grandfather Nestor was abducted by aliens and later gave birth to their father Flamenco. Unusually, neither the sisters or their father have any alien characteristics.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Though it isn't mentioned in any descriptions, their personality points are perfect opposites of each other.
- May–December Romance: Dina is still barely into the adult life stage and seems to be no older than her mid-twenties, but her late husband Michael died naturally of old age. Her new love interest, Mortimer Goth, is also in the elder stage. Dina's actually a little younger than Mortimer's daughter.
- The Mistress: Both Dina and Nina (Nina is more likely) have the potential to become this if Don does end up marrying Cassandra. Who's probably going to be none the wiser.
- Sibling Triangle: Both are romantically involved with Don Lothario, though they don't seem to know it (yet). Also, Mortimer Goth has starting wants to flirt with both of them, meaning that another triangle will form around him if the player chooses to follow this prompt.
- Second Love: Dina is this to Mortimer Goth. The Caliente's family description throws the possibility of Dina reciprocating into ambiguity by asking if the sisters' interest in Mortimer is "physical... or fiscal?"
- Wrench Wench: Both sisters in the console version; their back-story mentions that they modelled hand tools for a local hardware store in a calendar entitled "Wrenches of Summer", Invoking this trope almost verbatim. The same bio mentions that Nina is genuinely interested in mechanics, hoping to work in medicine one day.
The single bachelor of Pleasantview and womanizer extraordinaire, currently engaged to Cassandra but has issues about sealing the deal.
- Bag of Spilling: Despite being fit, because he got zapped, he forgot his body points.
- The Casanova: Of the Neighborhood. As if it weren't obvious enough already.
- Hospital Hottie: He's employed in the Medical career.
- First Love: Don's memories indicate Nina is his first lover, and has been so since they were teenagers.
- Meaningful Name: Well, he is a womanizer. By the start of the game he has four different lovers.
- Poor Communication Kills: Don hasn't let any of his lovers know that he's seeing different women. This, of course, is bound to lead to a shitstorm sooner or later. At the start of the game the player is encouraged to hire a maid (Who will always be Kaylynn Langerak unless she's been made a playable Sim at that point) to clean Don's house whilst also encouraging them to invite Nina over for... ahem WooHoo. Unless the player is very careful or good at micromanaging Don and one lover away from the other lover, a shit ton of screaming and fighting is going to happen. And it will be ugly (Or amusing).
- Runaway Groom: Don is very likely to run away from his wedding if the player listens to the encouragement at the Goth mansion. If he initiates the wedding on his own lot, though, Cassandra might be the one leaving him at the altar. And either of these can be averted if their relationship is strong enough.
- Unknown Rival: He has an adequate relationship towards Darren at the start of the game, while Darren considers him to be an enemy.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Don and his father Nicolo look extremely alike, down to the same beard and hairstyle.
- Your Cheating Heart: Despite being engaged to Cassandra, he still continues his flings with Kaylynn and Nina, and he also has a crush on Dina, who is implied to be his next conquest.
The Burb FamilyWhile her brother Daniel struggled with his guilt over their father's failed dreams and his own crumbling marriage, Jennifer married John Burb and settled into a fast-paced city life. The Burbs have moved back into the suburbs, bringing with them their daughter named Lucy. They start the game inside the Family Bin and do not yet have a house.
- Ambiguously Brown: Jennifer.
- Call to Agriculture: Like his father in the original game, John has moved his family to the suburbs because he wants to spend more time in his garden.
- Happily Married: John and Jennifer have the strongest starting relationship of any married couple in the base game, and aren't set up for any dramas in the near future.
- House Husband: It is implied that John wants to be this, to focus on his family and his garden.
The Oldie FamilyMary-Sue's adoptive parents have decided to move back into Pleasantview to live near their daughter her family, but they don't know that Mary-Sue's facade of a happy family life is cracked at the seams. They start the game inside the Family Bin and do not yet have a house.
- Extreme Doormat: Coral is heavily implied to be one.
- Happily Married: Played with. Herb has the Romance aspiration and it's implied that he cheated on Coral several times in his youth, and will definitely roll wants to do so again during game-play; however, he's one of the few romance Sims in-game to have a positive memory of getting married, and he and Coral have a high starting relationship, and are eligible to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary.
- Stepford Smiler: Coral's bio calls her "the picture of maternal perfection", but hints that she regrets dedicating her life entirely to her husband and daughter instead of pursuing her own dreams as well.
- Your Cheating Heart: Herb's bio calls him a "mostly faithful husband", which, since he has the Romance aspiration, implies he's probably had a few affairs during his marriage to Coral.
Ah, Strangetown. A small town in the middle of nowhere, where they say strange things happen and no one ever knows if it was your mother, your father, or your mother and your father that were abducted by these strange aliens that seem to constantly pop up around the town. The inhabitants of the neighborhood are themselves rather off-the-rocker, and nothing here's ever quite as normal as they claim.Strangetown's central theme is... well, exactly that: Strange. The overall storyline of the town is mostly focused on the many mysteries and unusual occurances that are connected with the various families residing in Strangetown. Unlike Pleasantview, there's no huge Love web to supplement the drama - rather, the drama itself is from the town's inherent wackiness and the town's mysterious charm.
- Cloudcuckooland: Somewhat. If you live in Strangetown, chances are you're not really that normal.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Curious siblings (with Jenny), loosely.
- Pascal: Leukine
- Vidcund: Melancholic
- Lazlo: Choleric
- Jenny: Sanguine
- Tangled Family Tree: See the Curious' entry below. Try to make sense of it.
The Curious Family
The family of three brothers and three sisters with alien connections. Long before the events of the game, Glarn found himself abducted by aliens and had twin girls, before dumping them with his ex-wife while running off with another woman named Kitty, with whom he fathered four children: Jenny, Pascal, Vidcund and Lazlo. Today, the sons live together in a lab on top of a hill, with Pascal being abducted by aliens and carrying an alien child of his own.
- Adaptational Villainy: Vidcund in the PSP version.
- Adorkable: The brothers have weird interests, but are still likeable. Their popularity with the fanbase resulted in their ancestors being playable in The Sims 3 Ambitions.
- Agent Scully: Pascal
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Lazlo has a very lazy and sloppy personality, despite this, he has the Knowledge aspiration and a well paying job in the Science career.
- Expy: The Curious Brothers are basically The Lone Gunmen from The X-Files and The Lone Gunmen.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Chloe is the foolish to Lola's responsible.
- Also, Vidcund, Pascal and Jenny are the responsible to Lazlo's foolish.
- Friend to All Living Things: Lazlo, due to his outgoing nature and playfulness.
- Dummied Out: The Curious siblings' grandfather Notzo wears a pair of glasses that are unavailable in-game without the use of mods.
- Pascal's glasses can only be used on adult men by aging up a child sim with them.
- Generation Xerox: Pascal being abducted by aliens and being impregnated by one. His old man went through the same thing which lead to his divorce from his first wife.
- The Hedonist: Chloe's bio implies her to be this.
- Hot-Blooded: Vidcund, as the PSP version confirms. This is the reason why he got kicked out of being a firefighter.
- Has Two Mommies: Lola and Chloe have five parents, their human father Glarn, their alien father Pollination Technician 9, Glarn's (assumed to be) ex-wife Glabe, who raised them, Glarn's second wife and Jenny and the brothers' mother Kitty, as well as their own half sister and Pollination Tech 9's wife Jenny.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Vidcund, due to his zodiac sign putting him close to grouchy. Chloe is also quite grouchy.
- LEGO Genetics: Vidcund and especially Jenny look nothing like their siblings or ancestors. Pascal and Lazlo heavily resemble their father Glarn.
- Lola and Chloe don't resemble their human father, for obvious reasons.
- Long-Lost Relative: It's implied Chloe and Lola are unaware of their relationship to the Curious Brothers and Jenny and Vice-versa, as they do not count them as relatives.
- Love Interest: Vidcund and Lazlo towards Circe Beaker and Crystal Vu, respectively. We actually find out that Vidcund and Circe dated as teenagers, but she ultimately left him for Loki.
- Mr Seahorse: Pascal starts off as this, and should give birth the next morning. Meanwhile, your first action upon loading this family is to get Vidcund to look into his telescope which will trigger his abduction and get him impregnated.
- Noodle Incident: Vidcund has a memory for wetting himself... as a teenager.
- Not Blood Siblings: Inverted. Lola and Chloe are biological half-sisters to the Curious boys (as well as their sister Jenny and her kids Johnny and Jill), but the relationship isn't recognised in-game and it's implied that Jenny and her brothers don't know that their new neighbours are their long-lost sisters, or even that they have long-lost sisters. Subsequently they can date, marry, and even start a family together.
- Johnny and Jill do recognise Lola and Chloe as their sisters, however.
- Parental Abandonment: The Curious photo album heavily implies that Glarn abandoned Lola and Chloe (along with Glabe), likely because of their origins as the spawn of an alien pregnancy. PT9 is also absent from their lives, though this seems to be the norm for Pollination Technicians.
- Polar Opposite Twins: Lola and Chloe.
- Sibling Rivalry: Implied in the PSP version, due to Vidcund abducting Pascal's child.
- Remember the New Guy: One character introduced in the PSP version is confirmed to be a cousin of Lazlo (and thus, Jenny, Pascal and Vidcund), but he does not appear in the family tree in the PC version. He could be a descendant of Bunny, their great-aunt.
- Tangled Family Tree: Possibly the worst offenders in the franchise. Glarn Curious was married to Glabe, but was abducted and impregnated by Pollination Tech#9. He gave birth to twins, Lola and Chloe, but abandoned them and their step-mother when they were children. He then married Kitty, with whom he had four children: Jenny, Pascal, Vidcund and Lazlo. Jenny then married Pollination Tech#9, who had gone native and retired to Strangetown, and together they had two children, Johnny and Jill. This means that Jenny's children are also half-siblings to her half-sisters, and Lola and Chloe are both aunts and half-sisters to Johnny and Jill, meaning that Jenny is technically her half-sisters' step-mother. Trying to figure out whether she's therefore also an aunt-by-marriage and step-sibling to her own children at this point can induce a headache.
- Seriously, just take a look at the family tree here◊, if your brain hasn't already exploded from the amount of confusion.
The Smith Family
Jenny Curious was lucky enough to actually marry the alien who impregnated her father. She became a mother of two children through him legally, and when the game begins, it's her oldest child's birthday. Pollination Tech#9 is also the only one in town strong enough to win a fight with Buzz Grunt, who managed to curb-stomp Jenny's younger brothers and Loki as teenagers, which triggers the family rivalry.
- Alliterative Family: Jenny, Johnny, and Jill.
- Arch-Nemesis: General Buzz Grunt is this to Pollination Tech#9.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Jill has no physical alien traits, which in genetic terms is incredibly rare because alien genes are very dominant.
- Gender Equals Breed: Jill has no alien features whatsoever, even though green skin and black eyes are dominant in the game.
- Averted in the PSP version; she's got eyes in the back of her head!
- Happily Married: PT9 and Jenny adore each other, share the same aspiration goals, and have a high starting relationship.
- Parental Abandonment: PT9 was absent from the lives of his and Glarn Curious' daughters, which seens to be the norm for pollination technicians.
- PT9 himself has no memories of his parents, and it seems to be the norm in the alien society for the parents to not have any relationship to their mate or children.
- Kill It with Fire: Jill can actually set fire on other Sims in the PSP version.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Jill and Jenny look near identical when comparing adult Jill to Jenny.
- May–December Romance: Jenny and PT9, according to their memories although PT9 is implied to have met Jenny as an adult, not to mention the fact that Jenny is pretty close to becoming an elder herself.
The Beaker Family
The Beakers are a secretive and ambitious family who're willing to take some unsavoury measures in the name of Science. Poor Nervous Subject's been reduced to a gibbering wreck because of this, and he can't seem to catch a break from all the experiments they're performing on him. Circe has her sights set on a promotion, but the couple's secrecy might just prove a hindrance to her ambitions.
- Adorkable: Nervous. He's arguably Ugly Cute and a Family Sim who only receives bad treatment. Sometimes you just want to give him a hug.
- Aerith and Bob: Loki and his younger sister... Erin.
- Ambiguously Gay: Nervous' relationship with Pascal could be interpreted as this. Nervous is set as gay and flirts with Pascal when free will is on, so this seems to be canon.
- Born Unlucky: Nervous.
- Death by Adaptation: Nervous is deceased in the PSP version
- Dummied Out: Loki and Circe have memories of a different looking Nervous than the one in the household. The hidden Nervous can be found in the game files although his character data was deleted.
- He did appear in a trailer for the game, however.
- Evil Eyebrows: Loki. In fact, his eyebrows are permanently shaped in a angry or evil expression.
- Evil Redhead: Circe.
- Face–Heel Turn: Loki in Aurora Skies is a very nice kid, here in Strangetown though? He is mean and dead serious in the name of science.
- For Science!: The couple's justification for their experiments on Nervous.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Nervous (half-human, half-Grim Reaper).
- Jerkass: All three of them.
- Mad Doctor: Circe.
- Mad Scientist: Loki.
- Nervous Wreck: Nervous Subject.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Circe knows 238 different ways to make people scream, implying this.
- No Name Given: Nervous Subject.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Loki's younger sister Erin lives elsewhere in the neighbourhood, and is incredibly sweet and harmless, if a bit eccentric. Despite this, they seem to have no trouble maintaining a good relationship.
- Trademark Favorite Food: The Beaker family all love some kind of sandwich, Loki's is Grilled Cheese.
- Tragic Villain: Nervous isn't really a villain, but is still very rude and mean, which makes sense when you realize that the Beaker's experiments permanently wiped almost all of his personality.
The Specter Family
Olive Specter is known for her garden, which contains mostly gravestones implied to belong to people she murdered. She's been married many times, but almost all of her romances have ended in death. Her graveyard includes the tombstones of her own parents, her sister, her brother-in-law, her husbands and runaway fiancé, and even Lyla Grunt. She also had one child through the Grim Reaper who was taken away from her as an infant who was later taken in as the test subject of the Beaker family. When you first play as her, she is living with her niece, Ophelia.
- Ambiguously Evil: Olive is strongly hinted to have murdered all of the Sims whose graves rest in her yard, and her biography paints her in a suspicious and violent light, but ultimately it was up to the players to choose their own explanations.
- One town in The Sims 3 features a younger Olive and offers an explanation: She didn't kill anyone, or at least not her husbands; she's just a magnet for bad luck, even having the Unlucky trait. She didn't meet the Reaper until she furiously tracked him down to call him out on the deaths of her husbands. This doesn't say anything about what happened to all the other dead people, though...
- Arch-Nemesis: Olive to Buzz Grunt, due to the latter being upset with the presumed murder of his ex-wife. Due to one of her wants being to invite him over when you first play the household, many fans believe that Olive is targeting Buzz as her next victim.
- Black Widow: Olive. She had three husbands, all of which died early.
- Creepy Aunt: Olive.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Ophelia Nigmos.
- Divine Date: Olive has a memory of WooHooing the Grim Reaper, and he's notably also the only person she remembers having WooHooed.
- Evil Old Folks: Apparently Olive.
- Game-Breaking Bug: The deceased Sims in Olive's graveyard are notoriously buggy, with issues ranging from mismatched ages and genders, dummied-out aspirations, and corrupted facial features. While fans have attempted to recreate a less glitched version of the cemetery that's safe to mess around with, it's considered unwise to resurrect anyone there in an unmodified Strangetown, or else risk corrupting the neighborhood.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Olive is generally considered to be one of the most attractive elders in the game.
- May–December Romance: The family album indicates that Olive and Rigger Mortis married while she was an adult and he was an elder.
- December–December Romance: The album, as well as her memories, also indicate that she married Ichabod Specter when they were both elders. Notably, he's the only Sim buried on her lot who died of old age.
- Punny Name: Olive Specter, Hugh Tanasia, Earl E. DeMise, Tim Lee DeMise and Rigger Mortis.
- Self-Made Orphan: Implied, as Olive's parents died early.
- Sibling Rivalry / Cain and Abel : Implied, as Olive can actually kick her dead sister's grave and will enjoy it.
- Start of Darkness: Earl E. DeMise leaving Olive at the altar probably started her serial killings.
- Would Hurt a Child: Some of the dead included teenagers. Maybe. (As hinted in Game-Breaking Bug, those particular Sims are actually considered adults by the game. However, their appearances suggest they might be intended to be teens.)
- Your Days Are Numbered: Olive doesn't have many days in the game before it's set to have her die of old age.
The Grunt Family
Buzz Grunt is the local General of town. His son, Tank, wants to follow in his footsteps, but his other sons Ripp and Buck show no interest in pursuing a career in the military. Buzz also has a large hatred for PT9 and his family.
- Arch-Nemesis: Pollination Tech#9 is this to Buzz, while Johnny Smith is this to Tank.
- Bi the Way: Ripp is set as bi. He's got a crush on Ophelia Nigmos in the story, and it's easy to get him to fall for Johnny Smith.
- Black Sheep: Ripp, and possibly Buck, as well.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: though not a definite thing, fans often pair Buck with Jill Smith when he grows up.
- Dumbass Teenage Son: Ripp Grunt.
- Facial Markings: General Buzz and Tank both wear military face paint.
- Fantastic Racism: Probably the reason the General hates the alien family.
- Game-Breaking Bug: Lyla Grunt, who is buried in Olive Specter's graveyard has some faulty programming, and can cause some pretty scary glitches.
- Hidden Depths: Buzz's bio mentions that he used to enjoy barbershop quartet singing.
- Military Brat: Tank, Ripp and Buck. Buzz is implied to have been one himself as a child, since his family tree shows that his father was also a General, as was his grandfather.
- Missing Mom: Lyla disappears sometime before the game begins after divorcing Buzz. She's actually dead, and is buried in Lady Specter's garden, which explains her feud with Buzz.
- The Bully: Buzz's memories imply he was this as a teenager to the Curious Brothers and Loki. Nowadays, they're more or less acquaintances.
- The Unfavourite: Ripp is heavily implied to be this.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The family and personal bios imply this for Tank, and possibly Buck.
- Older Than They Look: General Buzz certainly doesn't look like a man in his forties.
The Loner FamilyConsists solely of Ajay Loner, a newly moved in resident Ajay Loner
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Compared to everybody else in Strangetown, Ajay comes off as this.
The Loste FamilyKristen Loste, who at the start of the game, is living with Erin Beaker and the Curious Twins as part of the Singles Household.
- Small Town Boredom: Her bio says she has little interest in Strangetown and doesn't see herself saying there long
Veronaville is an idyllic small town based off Europe. Arguably the smallest of the Pre-made base game neighborhoods in terms of population, Veronaville nonetheless has a myriad of houses located in two seperate districts, one with a more classic English theme, the other a traditional Italian style.As it's name implies, Veronaville is based off Verona, the central location of Shakespeare's famous Romeo and Juliet. The storyline itself is a blatant Shout-Out to the plot: The Capps and the Montys have been feuding bitterly for years, but love and friendship has blossomed among the younger generation, something that the older clan members disapprove of. Most of the adults and elders of both families fiercely despise each other, but the teenagers and younger kids have found friendship and even love despite these complications. Caught in the middle of the conflict is the Summerdream family, who are based off Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- Expy: Of Romeo and Juliet.
- Feuding Families: The Capp and Monty enmity is at the heart of the neighborhood's conflicts.
- Foil: The Capps and the Montys are this to each other; Whilst the Monty family line is patrilineal, the Capp family line is matrilineal.
- Love Triangle: Two interwoven ones among the Veronaville teens: Hermia Capp likes both Mercutio Monty and Puck Summerdream, both of whom reciprocate. Mercutio is also being crushed on by Hermia's cousin Miranda, but he doesn't return her feelings.
- Revenge by Proxy: Implied. Many of the Capp and Monty ancestors died as adults, with no explanation given. And since the two families in question are feuding...
- Shout-Out: In addition to the obvious Romeo and Juliet references, the family trees of the Montys and the Capps both are littered with names alluding to many other plays by William Shakespeare.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Romeo and Juliette.
The Capp Family
The Capps live on the English side of Veronaville, and to no one's surprise their bitter enemies are the Montys just across the town. It was once known that Consort was an associate of Patrizio, but no one knows what caused their friendship to end and if it can even be salvaged. Although Juliette's love for Romeo might pave the way to undoing years of resentment and hatred, Tybalt's pride and Consort's disapproval may just get in the way and prevent her from being able to bring the families together.
- Apron Matron: Contessa Capp would be this if she weren't dead. Interestingly, she may have been intended to be alive, as she's one of three deceased Sims in Veronaville to have a pre-made biography that describes her as a strong matriarch who can hold a grudge.
- Ambiguously Bi: Ariel Capp, though only a toddler at the start of the game, is notable for having positive attraction to both men and women; in practice, this will kick in when she becomes a teen.
- Albany and Cornwall are implied to have both married for money rather than love, have a better relationship with one another and with their respective wives, and like most men in Veronaville have positive attraction to men, to the point where they may begin an affair with autonomy set to high.
- Ambiguously Gay: Kent Capp is the object of both Bianca Monty's and Titania Summerdream's crushes. However, at the start of the game he has only friendly feelings towards them, and checking with Sim PE will show that his gender preference defaults to men.
- Arch-Enemy: Patrizio Monty to Consort Capp. Hell, the entire Monty family is this to the Capps.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Consort, Tybalt, Kent and Cornwall all have very pronounced brows.
- The Cynic: Miranda Capp.
- Continuity Snarl: Like with the Montys, the Capp birth order was messed up in The Sims 3. The overall order is mostly intact, aside from the fact that Cordelia is not yet born by the time Roaring Heights takes place, despite the fact that she had three teenage children when she died,
- Dead Sparks: Goneril and Albany are not in love at the start of the game, because it is implied that Albany married Goneril to have her children and/or money.
- The same with Cornwall and Regan. Judging by Cornwall's personality and aspiration, it is quite likely that Cornwall only married Regan for money.
- Possibly averted with Cordelia and Caliban, as they are noted to have good chemistry when resurrected.
- Deadpan Snarker: Hermia often wonders "what sort of rock her brother Tybalt crawled out from under".
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Juliet is dating Romeo Monty, the grandson of her father's rival. This could also become the case with Kent Capp.
- Hermia and Miranda both show interest in Mercutio as well.
- Expy: Of the Capulet family.
- Facial Horror: Certain ancestors suffer from weird facial glitches such as long strings coming out of their jaw, as well as disturbingly large teeth and gums.
- Grey Eyes: A major trait within the Capp bloodline.
- Hot-Blooded: Tybalt, much like his namesake.
- Marriage Before Romance: It implied that Albany and Goneril never married love.
- My Nayme Is: Juliette's name is spelt quite differently than her namesake.
- Not So Above It All: Despite her love for Romeo, Juliette is enemies with several Montys at the start of the game.
- Love Triangle: Hermia and Miranda are both interested in Mercutio, but Miranda's feelings are unrequited.
- At the start of the game, Hermia is also involved in one with Mercutio and Puck.
- Perma-Stubble: Tybalt and Consort both have this.
- Parental Abandonment: Juliette and her siblings are orphans, which is the reason why they live with their grandfather.
- Rebellious Spirit: Notably, Hermia and Miranda are the only ones not involved in the family feud and seem to even oppose it, and Miranda wants to get out of her parent's crowded home.
- Black Sheep: Kent Capp. He dosen't care about business unlike his family, has no problems with the Monty family and is in fact directly referred to as a black sheep.
- Jerkass: Consort is implied to be the main aggressor of the feud, considering the fact that Patrizio lost his job in the Business career around the time he and Consort became enemies. He is also very mean in-game with only 2 nice points.
- Tybalt is just as mean as his grandfather personality wise, and it is implied through the family photos that he has been picking on Mercutio since they were children.
- Albany has a tendency for this kind of behavior, considering that he has only one nice point, which is even fewer than Consort and Tybalt.
- Jerk Jock: Tybalt is very mean, and both physically fit and he has very high body skill.
- We Used to Be Friends: When looking at photos and memories, it becomes clear that Consort and Patrizio Monty were best friends and colleagues before becoming bitter rivals, it is also shown that Patrizio and Consort's wife Contessa were dating at one point.
- Love Triangle: Apparently, Patrizio Monty dated Consort's wife Contessa before they got married. The possible love triangle could be the reason why the Capp and Monty families hate each other.
The Monty Family
The Montys live in a ranch on the italian side of Veronaville. Patriarch Patrizio has built up a lasting legacy, and Isabella would love nothing more than to heal old wounds, but he's too caught up in his hatred for Consort Capp that he can't fully seem to enjoy his legacy. Meanwhile, Romeo has fallen for Juliette Capp, springing up hopes of reconciliation, but time is running short for the Monty elders...
- Arch-Enemy: Consort Capp is this to Patrizio Monty.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Patrizio has a very thick and prominent brow.
- Continuity Snarl: A major case when it comes to the adult's ages; before The Sims 3 it was implied that Antonio was the oldest, Claudio the middle child and Bianca the youngest, as the sibling's age bars demonstrated. When Monte Vista was released, the order was changed with Bianca appearing as a child, and Antonio just a toddler. Claudio, despite having two teenage sons in The Sims 2 is not even born when Monte Vista is first played.
- Another issue arose with the release of Monte Vista. In The Sims 2, Patrizio is close to death, and quite a few days older then Isabella, but the Monte Vista Isabella is far older than Patrizio, with only a scant few days left of adulthood.
- A minor one when it comes to Isabella's father Vincentio, who died as an adult, yet lived long enough to see his adult grandson get married.
- Dating What Daddy Hates: Romeo is dating Juliette Capp, the heiress to a rival family. Could become he case with Bianca if she dates Kent Capp.
- Dead Sparks: Patrizio and Isabella aren't shown to be in love, likely because Patrizio is too embittered from his hatred for the Capps.
- Expy: Of the Montague family.
- Family Versus Career: Antonio either has to quit his well-paying job, or let the social worker take his children away, provided he doesn't hire a nanny, or if another Sim joins the household.
- First Love: Contessa Capp was this to Patrizio, which is implied to have been what started the feud.
- Infant Immortality: Averted with Olivia's unborn child.
- Missing Mom: Hero Monty.
- Parental Abandonment: Romeo and Mercutio also lost their parents at a young age, along with an unborn sibling.
- The Patriarch: Patrizio is the Monty Clan's current Patriarch.
- Related in the Adaptation: In the Shakespeare play, Mercurtio is Romeo's best friend instead of his brother.
- Sibling Switch Squick: Inverted. Beatrice and Benedick are named after the infamous romantic leads of Much Ado About Nothing, but are twin siblings (not to mention little kids) in the game.
- Another inversion: depending on your view of the Ho Yay between best friends Romeo and Mercutio in the original play, the fact that they're brothers in the game could lead to this as well.
- Supreme Chef: Isabella has a secret recipe for the perfect baked Alaska. She also has 10 points in the cooking skill.
The Summerdream Family
The Summerdream family is heavily based upon the characters of A Midsummer Night's Dream. With their kindness and enthusiasm for life they've managed charm most of the youth into a romantic mood, but while they might be for the most part content, they themselves are missing out on a bit of the magic they've spread: Titania feels restless and wonders if she can regain the happiness she shared with her lover Oberon, Puck sees a companion in Hermia but has no idea that he has a rival in the form of his friend Mercutio, while Oberon is so busy with his job that he's begun to neglect Titania.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Bottom seems to be this to Puck.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Bottom often gets into trouble trying to get her parents' and older brother's attention.
- Black Sheep: Puck is serious and shy, and far more active than his adoptive parents and sister.
- Continuity Snarl: Oberon and Titania show up in The Sims 3: Supernatural as adults, about 50 years before The Sims 2 takes place.
- Justified, however in that Oberon and Titania are (or at least were) fairies;note supernatural life states in TS3 come with the added perk of massively slowed-down ageing.
- Expy: Of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
- Facial Markings: Every Summerdream member bar Bottom has face paint on them. This does not extend to deceased ancestors, however.
- Fan Disservice: One of Oberon's elderly ancestors wears a hula outfit that leaves very little to the imagination.
- The Hedonist: Oberon and Titania love to party.
- The Fair Folk: Implied. It's said that they've "cast a romantic spell over Veronaville's" youth. Their namesakes are also fair folk themselves. The versions of Oberon and Titania that appear in The Sims 3 are canonically fairies, thanks to this life state being added in the Supernatural expansion.
- Happily Adopted: Puck and Bottom.
- Hufflepuff House: They're neutral in the feud between the Capps and the Montys, being friendly with both sides.
- Love Triangle: Puck is in one with Hermia Capp and Mercutio Monty. When you first play the Summerdream family you're encouraged to immediately have Puck have his first kiss with Hermia, which will cause Mercutio to get jealous since he's standing right next to them.
- There's also a lopsided one between Oberon, Titania, and Kent Capp, and another between Titania, Kent, and Bianca Monty.
- Pointy Ears: Every family member (dead ancestors and adopted kids included) have these.
- Unknown Rival: Mercutio and Puck are friends, but they aren't aware that they're both after Hermia.
- Dead Sparks: Implied, it is said that Oberon has given his partner little attention due to work. Also, Oberon and Titania's relationship isn't great.
- Your Cheating Heart: The family bio implies that Titania is thinking about cheating on Oberon with Kent due to his lack of attention to her. Though Kent usually rebuffs her if she actually tries.
Sim State University
The prestigious Sim State University prides itself on its intellectual prowess and for producing many brilliant Alumni over the years. This university Subhood is commonly regarded by Fanon as the canonical university for Pleasantview. There are three playable households to chose from, as well as three other households in the family bin: The Tri-Var Sorority and Urele-Oresha-Cham Fraternity, and the Bright, Freshman, Phoenix, and Swain households. This sub-neighborhood is only available with The Sims 2: University.The story of SSU focuses mostly on the lives of the three campus households living there. The Tri-Var sorority wants to expand, but they're having trouble finding willing pledges, the Bright household wants to get away from the craziness of campus life but fears boredom and loneliness, and the Urele-Oresha-Cham Fraternity wants to keep its prestigious reputation, but its members find themselves in a dilemma over their drastically different personalities.
- Betty and Veronica: Heather is the Archie to Martin's Betty and Castor's Veronica. Conversely, Castor is the Archie to Tiffany and Allegra's Betty and Heather and Brittany's Veronica.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Martin is the responsible sibling to Joshua's foolish.
- Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
- Castor Nova is the Realist.
- Kevin Beare is the Optimist.
- Joshua Ruben is the Conflicted.
- Ashley Pitts is the Cynic.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: Allegra (Dark) and Jane (Light).
- Love Dodecahedron: In the same vein as Pleasantview. All of it can be traced back to Castor Nova, whom almost every playable female student (except Jane Stacks) has a crush on.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Tiffany is nice, Brittany is mean, and Heather is somewhere inbetween.
- Two Girls and a Guy: The Bright household, without the childhood part.
The Tri-Var Sorority
As the only Sorority on campus, the Tri-Var sorority takes great pride in being a lavish Greek house. Unfortunately, they can't seem to find anymore people wanting to join, as potential canditates are often intimidated by the Queen Bee Brittany and up-and-coming maneater Heather. Only Tiffany seems to be the only sane person among the trio.
- Alpha Bitch: Brittany is described as being one outwardly, which leads to....
- Jerkass Façade: Her being mean is mostly due to her insecurities and a desire to be liked, since no one wants to spend time with her.
- Brainy Brunette: Tiffany.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Debatable on the "drinking" part, since The Sims 2 universe doesn't appear to have any kinds of alcohol, but Heather definently loves to party.
- It's All About Me: Brittany appears to be the most self-centered of the Sorority.
- Only Sane Woman: Good lord, poor Tiffany. She has to deal with an egocentric, insecure Jerkass and a careless, lazy maneater. Her bio also states that she doesn't "like to make waves" and that she enjoys keeping things calm at the Sorority.
- Really Gets Around: Heather could probably have any guy she wanted, according to her biography.
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: All of them want Castor Nova. It's a ripe setup for house drama. Whoever ends up getting him is up to the player. Or you could pair him up with either Allegra Gorey or Jane Stacks.
- Unknown Rival: Allegra Gorey dislikes all of them, but only Tiffany doesn't seem to be aware of her ill feelings towards them. Consequently, all the girls are this to each other regarding Castor Nova.
The Urele-Oresha-Cham Fraternity
Frat brothers Castor, Joshua, Kevin, and Ashley live together in a spacious mansion. Castor is the Cool Guy on campus that every girl wants, Kevin is the quintessential Nice Guy and cuddle bear of the bunch, Joshua is the bumbling college student with no clear lifegoals, and Ashley is the self-centered Casanova Wannabe Jerkass.
- All Guys Want Sorority Women: Joshua's easily distracted by the Sorority girls.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: The other brothers can't seem to match Castor's popularity on campus.
- Be Yourself: Castor "marches to the beat of his own drum."
- Big Man on Campus: Castor Nova. Christ, every playable female student (with the notable exception of Jane Stacks) has a crush on him.
- Book Dumb: Joshua is implied to be this.
- Casanova Wannabe: Since Ashley has the romance aspiration and is described as self-centered, it wouldn't be hard to imagine him attempting to unsucessfully woo ladies. Depending on the player's interpretation, this could put him in the position of being jealous of Castor's success as a Chick Magnet and/or his Unknown Rival.
- Chick Magnet: Castor Nova. He has no idea that half the campus has hots for him.
- Distracted by the Sexy: A major reason for why Joshua can't decide what major he wants to study. (Alongside pizza, apparently)
- Fratbro: Joshua is the stereotypical frat member.
- Gender-Blender Name: Ashley Pitts.
- It's All About Me: Ashley spends an awful amount of time staring at himself in the mirror, according to his biography.
- Jerkass: Ashley, like Brittany, has only one point in niceness.
- Nice Guy: Kevin Beare. His biography describes him as the "nice guy who just can't seem to get the girl".
The Bright Household
The Bright Household banded together to get away from the crazy campus life and have some peace and quiet. Sadly, they can't always avoid being permanently isolated from the silly drama and shenanigans that often encompases College life, but they still hope to have a solid college experience.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Allegra looks down on the Tri-Var Sorority and generally acts more reserved than her other two housemates.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Martin is the responsible sibling to Joshua's foolish.
- Goth: Allegra Gorey.
- Light Feminine Dark Feminine: Allegra (Dark) and Jane (Light).
- Nerd: Martin is described as one, as he has posters of aliens hung up on his bedroom and his interests lean strongly towards the Paranormal and Sci-Fi.
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: Allegra has a crush on Castor Nova, unsurprisingly. Averted in the case of Jane, although strangely enough, her biography implies that she might fall for him in the near future.
La Fiesta Tech
La Fiesta Tech is a college located within the desert. Fanon often regards it as the canon university for Strangetown, although it can be attached to any neighborhood. Like Sim State University, the story of the neighborhood has no central plot tying it together, and each household has its own plot.Living on Campus is the Tri-Fruhm Sorority, the Oresha-Hoh-Var Fraternity, a local Garage Band named The Shifting Paradymes, and the uptight Francis J. Worthington III.This subneighborhood is available with The Sims 2: University.
- Distaff Counterpart/Spear Counterpart: The Fraternity and Sorority of La Fiesta Tech are this to the ones in Sim State University - Oresha-Hoh-Var is Tri-Var's male counterpart, and Tri-Fruhm is Urele-Oresha-Cham's female counterpart.
- Four-Girl Ensemble: Tri-Fruhm Sorority.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Sarah Love is Phlegmatic.
- Jessie Pilferson is Sanguine.
- Monica Bratford is Choleric.
- DJ Verse is Melancholic.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Rock Trio: The Shifting Paradymes.
- Gunnar Roque on the Guitar.
- Jasmine Rai on Drums.
- Zoe Zimmerman on Bass.
The Tri-Fruhm Sorority is known as one of the coolest houses to join - And with good reason. The sisters are quite chill in their own ways, but with so many events to show up to, they worry over being able to complete their studies, and to top it off, Jessica Pilferson is showing interest in Sarah's boyfriend, Matthew.
- Country Mouse: Sarah came from a small town to a big campus.
- High School Sweethearts: Sarah Love and Matthew Hart apparently were this before they came to college.
- Hypocrite: Monica is a political activist who protests against deforestation and animal testing for cosmetics... while handing out stacks of fliers and free make-up samples.
- It's All About Me: Implied in DJ's biography. The biography describes her as creative and talented - but she's only staying in the Sorority until she can find a place of her own. Sarah Love is her only friend in the Sorority.
- Love Triangle: Jessie has a crush on Matthew Hart, but he's dating her housemate Sarah Love.
- Nerd Glasses: Monica has them. They're exclusive to her and will be lost if you remove them.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Jessie wants to become a professional sports star.
- Punny Name: Jessie Pilferson. As she has a crush on Sarah's boyfriend Matthew and has the romance aspiration, this implies she might want to steal him away from her.
- Tomboyish Name: DJ Verse isn't your typical girl name.
The Oresha-Hoh-Var Fraternity is the only Frat house on Campus and is inhabited by Guy Wrightley, Matthew Hart, and Mickey Dosser. It was founded by Guy's great-grandfather decades ago and holds high academic standards, but no one knows if Guy can keep up with his Frat legacy or get too distracted by frat life.
- The Ace: Guy seems to be this.
- Country Mouse: Like his girlfriend Sarah, Matthew came from a small town.
- Fat Slob: Mickey is fat and very sloppy.
- Held Back in School: When you first play the Oresha-Hoh-Var Fraternity Mickey is on Academic Probation and would actually be in his second semester of Freshman year.
- High School Sweethearts: Matthew and his girlfriend Sarah seem to be this.
- Lazy Bum: Mickey Dosser
- Love Triangle: Matthew is unknowingly in one with Jessie and his girlfriend Sarah.
- Nice Guy: Matthew seems to be this among the trio.
- Punny Name: Guy Wrightley hints at Guy being a litertaure major, Matthew Hart for his status as The Heart among the group, and Mickey Dosser hints at his lazy nature.
- The Slacker: Mickey has no motivation to work seriously at all. When you first play the Fraternity he's already on Academic Probation (And the only pre-made college Sim to actually be on Academic Probation) but has passed the bare minimum required to move on to his second semester of Freshman year. He also has the Undeclared Major.
The Shifting Paradymes
The Shifting Paradymes are a Rock Trio consisting of Roque Gunnar, Jasmine Rai, and Zoe Zimmerman. They live in their own house on campus. While they dream of creating wonderful music, Gunnar's up in arms about his own awesomeness, and Zoe's first and foremost devotion is to her studies. Jasmine's been dreaming of being a musician, which is why she founded the band, but nowadays she mostly spends her time trying to keep the band together.
- Casanova Wannabe: Roque can't seem to understand why his two female bandmates aren't squabbling over him.
- Meaningful Name: Rai is the name of an Algerian music style. Jasmine looks like she could be of Middle-Eastern/North African descent.
- Punny Name: Gunnar Roque (Gonna Rock). "The Shifting Paradymes" is also a play on a paradigm shift.
- Rock Trio
- Gunnar on the Guitar.
- Jasmine on Drums.
- Zoe on Bass.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Gunnar apparently thinks that he's the best thing since sliced bread.
Académie Le Tour
Académie Le Tour is a college sub-neighbourhood made available with The Sims 2: University. Fanon often regards it as the canonical university for Veronaville, although it can be attached to any neighbourhood. While similar in many ways to Sim State University and La Fiesta Tech, there are a few subtle differences: primarily, there are no pre-made sororities or fraternities at the college, strengthening the popular notion that it is linked to the European-themed Veronaville (in Europe, Greek Houses are not a common part of the university system) as opposed to the more American-themed college towns usually associated with Pleasantview and Strangetown.There are six households at the college when first played: three (the Sharpe, O'Feefe, and Friends households) are already moved in, and another three (the Biggs, Students, and First Year household) are in the family bin. As with other sub-neighbourhoods in The Sims 2, there is little overarching plot, though some drama is created by siblings Edwin and Roxie Sharpe and their respective love interests, Delilah O'Feefe and Jonah Powers.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Edwin is at last a year younger than Roxie judging by their respective stages in their college career, and Roxie certainly seems to view him as this.
- Noodle Incident: The family bio states that Roxie resents having her dorky younger brother coming to live with her at college; what's not clear is why they're sharing a house at all if they can't stand each other, since housing at Simlish universities is pretty affordable, and he could easily have gone to live in one of the many on-campus dorms.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Roxie and Edwin - she's a punky-goth girl who's all about appearing cool, while he's a nerdy guy who's majorly into science, homework, and video games.
A rural town that ships with the Seasons Expansion Pack and functions as a test neighborhood for seasonal functions and activities.
The Greenman FamilyConsisting of Jason Greenman and his PlantSim wife and step-daughter, Rose and Daisy. Jason and his brother, Gabe O'Mackey, apparently found Rose along with a colony of PlantSims in the hills that gave the neighbourhood their name, and it was love at first sight for Jason and Rose.
- Happily Adopted: Jason is technically Daisy's adopted father, since PlantSims reproduce asexually and, according to memories, he and Rose met after Daisy was born. Though there's no formal in-game adoption of a spouse's child and so they have no line on the family tree, their strong relationship in-game hints at this.
- The Maiden Name Debate: Implied. Greenman is Rose's family name and Jason apparently had to take it as a condition of marrying her, though he seems to not mind it.
- Plant Person: Rose and Daisy
- Rapid Aging: As a Plantsim, Daisy will go straight from toddler to adult.
The Viejo HouseholdFollowing the death of their good friend, Linda Martin, elders Catherine Viejo and Betty Goldstein, moved into her house to help her son and grandson. Together, they have formed their own family unit.
- Absurdly YouthFul Father: Andrew Martin, when first played, is in the early days of his adulthood but has a teenage son. Though this could imply teenage parentage, this is impossible in-game and contradicted by the family photos.
- Amicable Exes: Despite his break up with her, Jacob and Jules O'Mackey remain friends.
- Cool Aunt: Catherine is this to her niece, Cleo.
- Honorary Aunt: Betty and Catherine to Andrew and Jacob
- Like Father, Like Son: Andrew and Jacob are both into video games and have the same interests
- Missing Mom: Jacob's mother and Andrew's wife, Elena, died when Jacob was young.
- Multigenerational Household
- True Companions: Linda, Betty and Catherine were all this when Linda was alive.
The Mcgreggor FamilyLeod Mcgreggor left his homeland and settled in Riverblossom Hills. He has started his own farm but wonders how he will manage without his family.
- Call to Agriculture:The reason he moved to the town was to start his own farm.
- Chick Magnet: Betty Goldstein, Catherine Viejo and Cleo Shikibu all show interest in him, but he only sees them as acquaintances at the start of the game.
- In the Blood: Comes from a long line of farmers and has now started a farm
- Man in a Kilt: As a sign of his implied native country.
- Non-Specifically Foreign: His actual country is never stated, though most people assume it's Scotland due to his name and clothing.
The Wan HouseholdBest friends Patricia Wan and Cleo Shikibu moved to the town after Cleo's aunt, Catherine, offered them her old house. Both are beginning to settle into the town,however, and form connections.
- Multiethnic Name: Both of them have one.
- The City vs. the Country: The girls were originally working in the city before coming to rural Riverblossom.
- Wicked Stepmother: Due to her poor relationship with her new boyfriend's daughter, Patricia could become this.
The Roth FamilyA wealthy family recently moved to Riverblossom Hills from the city. The move was apparently just what the family needed, though it's done little to repair The Roths' marriage.
- The City vs. the Country: Stella is apparently restless from moving to such a small town.
- Deconstructive Parody: Of the Goths. Morty and Xander are pretty similar to Mortimer and Alexander, Stella has fallen out of love with Morty, as opposed to Mortimer and Bella's strong marriage; Sandra being described as loud and boisterous in contrast the quiet, mysterious Cassandra
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For the Goth Family
The O'Mackey FamilyGabe O'Mackey was left to raise his daughter, Jules, alone after his wife, Alexandra, left him to pursue her dream career. However, he has recently found new love with Patricia Wan.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Both Gabe and Alexandra'sages are not consistent with having a teenage daughter.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Implied. Jules hates the fact that he works at her school
- Amicable Exes: Played Straight with Jules towards her ex-boyfriend, Jacob. Averted in the case of Gabe and Alexandra, who are enemies.
- Family Versus Career: Alexandra chose to pursue her dream to become a Dread Pirate rather than stay married and raise a family
- Parent with New Paramour: Jules is not happy about her dad dating Patricia. Whether the relationship will go Type II or III is up to the player.
Described as a peaceful, quiet neighborhood nestled in the hills and an ideal place for the pursuit of many activities, as appropriate for the neighborhood which ships with the Freetime EP as a test neighborhood for hobbies.
The Aspir FamilyA family considering of husband and wife, Victor and Elizabeth, their young daughter, Pauline, and Victor's father, Luis.
- Back from the Dead: Using the genie wish, it is possible to resurrect Luis' dead wife
- Came Back Wrong: If the above wish goes wrong, Noriko will be revived as a zombie.
- Family Versus Career: Elizabeth is described as a workaholic who doesn't want to increase her family, despite her husband's wishes
- Genie in a Bottle: There's one hidden in the attic of the family home
- Multi Generational Household
The Bell FamilyAn artistic family made up of husband and wife Issac and Hannah Bell, their son, Daniel and Hannah's sister, Sharon.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Sharon's foolish to Hannah's responsible
- Vicariously Ambitious: Daniel's bio implies Hannah could become this to him
The Mole FamilyA family consisting of the mysterious John Mole.
- Chick Magnet: Already has two love interests when the game begins
- Family Business: John is said to be a long line of spies
- Masquerade: John hides his spy activity from the rest of the neighborhood.
- Meaningful Name: John's last name is a term which means a double agent or spy, which is his career.
- Refusal of the Call: the family photos seem to imply John resisted the idea of following the family legacy as a teenager.
- Resignedto The Call: Nevertheless, he still followed in his family's footsteps.
The Una FamilyA family consisting of artist Natasha Una, a distant cousin of the Aspir Family
- Trademark Favorite Food: As with all people of her aspiration, she loves grilled cheese sandwiches.
The Jocque FamilyConsists of married couple Marcel and Sophia, and their daughter Violet
- Big Eater: Implied with Marcel
- It Runs in the Family: Both Sophia and Violt show an interest in physical activity.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Implied with Sophia, who wears gym clothes and has a bedroom full of sports memorabilia.
The Contrary FamilyConsisting of married couple Opal and Edward Contrary, who wish to become closer to their teenage son, Rick.
- Parents as People: Rick's parents want to understand him, but don't seem to be able to do so.
Sim Bin Families
These families are families that have no canonical neighborhood and can be placed by the players into any hood of their choosing.
The Gieke FamilyConsisting solely of Chester Gieke. Born into a family of introverted scientists, he wonders if he can break the mold of his family. Installed with Bluewater Village as part of the Open for Business expansion, but he can be placed in any neighbourhood.
- Meaningful Name: Chester's surname, Gieke, sounds like "geek" and Chester is shown to be interested in robotics and computers. He is also a Knowledge Sim.
The Larson FamilyJodie and Jason Larson are twins who recently moved out and wish to build a business together. Installed with Bluewater Village as part of the Open for Business expansion, but they can be placed in any neighbourhood.
- Big Sister Bully: The family and personal bios imply Jodie will try to push her brother around for the sake of their business.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Jodie is said to be ambitious and takes charge of things, while Jason is said to be carefree.
- Sibling Seniority Squabble: Jodie feels its her duty to be in charge as the elder twin, despite it only being by three minutes.
The Crittur FamilyTwo dogs, Sarah and Danny, who came together to face the problems of being strays and are now happy to have a home of their own.
- But Thou Must!: A minor example; there is no way, without cheats, to play them unless they are merged with another household.
- Game-Breaking Bug: Sarah's pregnancy, due to an error in the Sim Bin, is corrupted and allowing her to give birth sometimes causes corruption of the neighborhood or crashing of the game.
- Surprise Pregnancy: Since pets show no visible sign of pregnancy, Sarah's pregnancy will be unknown to the player until she gives birth.
The Roseland FamilyA man, Cyd, and his pet dog, Porthos.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Averted. Porthos holds the record for fastest learned trick and aims to beat his record.
Ottomas FamilyA large family consisting of married couple, Peter and Samantha, their three children and Peter's mother, Dora. Samantha is currently pregnant with a set of twins. Installed with Riverblossom Hills as part of the Seasons expansion, but they can be placed in any neighbourhood.
- Game-Breaking Bug: An infamous one. Like Sarah Crittur, Samantha's pregnancy is bugged, and if her twins are born, it is possible Peter will not be their father. Instead, they will receive a random Sim as the father, which could be anything from another woman, to a child to a pet or even a Sim who is in another neighborhood entirely. This causes a corruption so deep the entire neighborhood will have to be reset. Though a later patch addresses this, it will not help if the family has already been put into a neighborhood.
- Granny Classic: Dora Ottomas, who is said to enjoy caring for others and is a comfort to Samantha in rearing her children.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Peter and Samantha have three children but are expecting two more, and Dora's lifetime wish would require them to have a sixth.
The Ramaswami FamilyA husband and wife, Sanjay and Priya. Both having dreams of pursuing successful careers, in music and writing respectively. Installed with Riverblossom Hills as part of the Seasons expansion, but they can be placed in any neighbourhood.
- Family Versus Career: Priya worries about balancing her career ambitions once she has children.
The Traveller FamilyA former lawyer, Trent quit his job to go around the world with his wife, Trish and daughter Tina.
The Picaso FamilyA newlywed couple, Matthew and Jessica. Installed with Desiderata Valley as part of the Free Time expansion, but they can be placed in any neighbourhood.
- Battle Couple: they're both athletic and in the military
The Cooke FamilyA struggling chef, Julien, who moved away from his old home after losing his recipe to a rival. Installed with Desiderata Valley as part of the Free Time expansion pack, but he can be placed in any neighbourhood.
- Meaningful Name: Both Julien's surname and his rival's name, Zebest Quizine.
- Pointy Ears: Often going unnoticed, Julien has slightly pointy ears, though not to the extent of the Veronaville Summerdreams.
The Goodie FamilyAn elderly couple, Faith and Herbert, who are traveling following their retirement. Installed with Belladonna Cove as part of the Apartment Life expansion pack, but they can be placed in any neighbourhood.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Herb and Coral Oldie from the base game. Herb and Herbert even share their first name, while their surnames combine to form the phrase "an oldie but a goodie".
The Gavigan FamilyA married couple, Nathan and Mary, who have moved to a new town with their son, Isaiah. Installed with Belladonna Cove as part of the Apartment Life expansion pack, but they can be placed in any neighbourhood.
The Newson FamilyA family consisting of two teens, two children, and two toddlers who lost their parents and now struggle to stay together. Installed with Belladonna Cove as part of the Apartment Life expansion pack, but they can be placed in any neighbourhood.
- Don't Split Us Up: They chose staying together and living as a family rather than returning to foster care and splitting up
- Foster Kid: They all were this at one point.
- Half-Identical Twins: Garrett and Georgia, the twin toddlers who are the only biological siblings in the family, seem to have identical genetics, with only their respective genders accounting for any differences.
- Happily Adopted: They were this, until they lost their adoptive mother.
- Missing Mom: Their adoptive mother, Gloria, is dead for unknown reasons.
The Kat FamilyA family consisting of Tara Kat and her three pet cats.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Tara has three pet cats, dreams of owning a pet shop and has a high level of niceness.
- Spin-Offspring: She is implied to be the daughter of Ginia Kat from The Sims 1.
The Kim FamilyA family of former actors, Robert, Cynthia, and Justin who are starting a normal life following their show being cancelled.
- Former Child Star: Justin Kim
The Sims 3
The Goth FamilyMortimer Goth appears here as a child, living with his middle-aged parents, Gunther and Cornelia, and a whole lot of ghosts.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Gunther's sister Frida is nowhere to be found this time around.
- Averted, however when Frida reappears with her uncle Samuel in Moonlight Falls from The Sims 3: Supernatural.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Mortimer and Bella Bachelor are best friends in-game. Canonically, they get married in adulthood.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Lolita Goth, who's buried in the graveyard at the back of the house. Unlike the other ghosts in the house, who are all parents and grandparents of Gunther and Cornelia, her exact connection to the family is unclear. She's also a young adult, while all the other ghosts are elders, and is indeed very cute-looking. Fanon often regards her as Gunther's first wife and The Lost Lenore, which might in turn account for his poor relationship with his wife (see below).
- Dead Sparks: Gunther and Cornelia are married and have a high enough relationship to count as friends, but aren't close enough to WooHoo or even engage in some lower-scoring romantic interactions, and it will take some time for the player to raise their relationship score high enough. (This isn't helped one bit by Cornelia's Unflirty trait, which basically makes it extremely difficult to get her into any kind of romantic STC.) They even appear to have separate bedrooms.
- Goth: It shows a lot more in this game with dark purple top hats, long dresses with a black and white shirt and a ton of eyeliner.
- Guyliner: For Gunther, though it's understandable why he has it considering his gothic hair and clothes.
- Older Than They Look: Gunther and Cornelia are middle-aged yet looks like twenty-years old when it comes to their faces.
- Perky Goth: Though at a lower level. Gunther, Mortimer and Cornelia are all friendly but also gloomy and a bit grumpy.
- Spin-Off Babies: Mortimer, one of the most popular characters in the series, appeared as a grown man with a wife and child in The Sims and an elderly widower in The Sims 2. In this prequel, he's an elementary school kid, alongside his future wife and a few of their adulthood acquaintances.
The Bachelor FamilyThe future Mrs Bella Goth appears here as a child, alongside her parents and teenage brother, Michael.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Bella and Mortimer Goth are best friends in-game, and canonically will get married when they reach adulthood.
- Lovable Jock: While Michael certainly is a jock, he is still quite a nice guy.
- Perky Goth: Bella's bedroom decor hints at her interest in the gothic (foreshadowing her future marriage to Mortimer), but her outfits are all brightly coloured pinks and reds, and she's a very cheery and popular little girl.
- Retcon: Previous games had hinted that Bella's family were somewhat supernatural, with the Bustin' Out spin-off from the first game outright stating that her ancestors were all "occultists, mystics and decadents", and the Makin' Magic expansion to the PC original all but stating she's a witch. In this game, they're an extremely vanilla middle-class family, the only concession being Bella's bedroom decorated with gothic wallpaper and bedspread.
- Spin-Off Babies: Bella is a child in this prequel, which can be considered a bit of a Fan Disservice considering her iconic status as a sexy, mysterious adult woman in most of the other games.
- Michael might also count, though he's a teen and his time-line in the series is much less clear than Bella's, with his The Sims 1 appearance only in his early twenties, despite the nominal 25-year time-skip. Fanon often gets around this by considering the TS1 Michael the son of the TS2/3 Michael(s), which would put this trope into effect for him as well.
The Langerak FamilyAn up-and-coming middle class family consisting of workaholic mother Iliana, stay-at-home dad Dustin, teenage son and aspiring ladies' man Parker, and Legacy Character and compulsively neat daughter Kaylynn. Rounding off the family is Zelda Mae, Iliana's plant-obsessed younger sister.
- Ascended Extra: Kaylynn Langerak was an NPC maid with a minor story role in Pleasantview in The Sims 2. In the prequel, she's a playable character with an extended family in tow consisting of parents, older brother and maternal aunt.
- Sibling Triangle: Many players have noted the tendency of Dustin and Zelda to roll wants to flirt with each other, despite being siblings-in-law. This, coupled with Dustin and Iliana's reatively low starting relationship score, can easily become a full-blown example of this trope.
- Sibling Yin-Yang/Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Zelda and Iliana, respectively. They even look disparate, with Zelda having long, loose blonde hair and dressing in loud prints, while Iliana has black hair in a tight bun and dresses very conservatively in pale suits. Kaylynn and Parker also. While Kaylynn loves to clean and later becomes a maid, Parker is the slob responsible for most messes Kaylynn cleans up.
- Two First Names: Zelda Mae. "Mae" is actually her surname, and presumably Iliana's maiden name as well. Even the creators sometimes forget and refer to her as "Zelda Mae Langerak" by mistake.
The Alto FamilyA less than decent set of rich parents and a kind-hearted daughter.
- Abusive Parents: Due to their personalities, Nick and Vita are prone to insulting their daughter.
- The Big Guy: Not only is Nick fat, he is also extremely muscular, making him one of the largest Sims in the game.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Vita has Evil as one of her traits.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Nick certainly isn't the most honorable businessman in town.
- Corrupt Politician: Vita is one.
- Fat Bastard: Nick is fat, and he is certainly not nice.
- It Runs in the Family: Averted; Holly looks nothing like her parents, has completely different goals and a very different personality.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The Altos have a suprisingly good reputation considering their motives and personalities.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: While Nick and Vita has spent huge amounts of money on flashy and pointless stuff, Holly dresses, acts and even has her room decorated as any suburban teenage girl.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Nick is aquaphobic, and will loudly complain if made to have a bath.
The Landgraab FamilyA wealthy family consisting of the friendly doctor Geoffrey, his socialite wife Nancy and their little son Malcolm.
- The Maiden Name Debate: Averted. Geoffrey took Nancy Landgraab's name when they married.
- Missing Mom: Since Nancy's mother died as a young adult, it can be assumed that she died early in Nancy's life.
- Turn Out Like His Father: It is often suggested that Malcolm aspires to follow his father into the medical business.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Nancy and her mother have similar clothes and hairstyles, suggesting that Nancy may dress the way she does to honor her mother.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Geoffrey is a bit of a joker, while Malcolm is a bit more serious and introverted.
- Younger Than They Look: Geoffrey looks quite young except for his old-timey suit.
The Alvi FamilyA poorer family consisting of single dad Iqbal and his two sons, VJ and Miraj.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Iqbal has one,
- Jerkass: VJ, especially where his old man is concerned.
- Missing Mom: Exactly what happened to Mrs. Alvi, if Iqbal was ever married, isn't said, but she's not around anymore.
The Andrews FamilyA middle class married couple. Sensitive reporter Victoria does all the work while her husband Beau stays at home.
- Expy: Of the Newbie family.
- I Coulda Been a Contender!: Beau Andrews wanted to be an athlete, but when the game start is just lazing about the house.
- Jerkass: Beau's Lifetime Desire? Gold Digger. He may love his wife, but he'd have no problems if she died either.
The Bunch FamilyThe largest family in Sunset Valley, consisting of Jack and Judy, and their children Ethan, Lisa, Arlo and Darlene
- The Ace: Ethan seems to be this as he is a top student in school, and is very popular among the local teenagers.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Arlo seems to have a major case of this, since his bio refers to him as a superduperextremehyperactive ball of energy.
- Badass Mustache: Jack's got one, befitting his starting career in the military.
- Born Unlucky: Darlene has the 'Unlucky' trait
- Dye Hard: In-universe. Strongly suggested with Judy, who has blonde roots in her hair, matching the purely blonde hair of her children.
- Formerly Fit: According to Judy's biography she used to be thin until her stressful job, as well as being a mother of four took its toll on her eating and exercise habits.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Jack and Judy have four kids, with Judy's lifetime wish being to raise five.
- The Smart Guy: Ethan is the only one of the Bunch children pre-assigned the Genius trait.
The Clavell FamilyConsists of the retired couple Buster and Bessie, and their mooching criminal son Xander
- The Casanova: Xander's initial Lifetime Wish is to be the boyfriend of ten different Sims.
- Elegant Classical Musician: Bessie used to be one, before she retired.
- Taking Advantage of Generosity: Bessie's bio says this has happened to her in the past. This probably has something to do with Xander's mooching tendencies.
The FriosBrothers Jared and Conner Frio, who have very different problems. Jared is a jerk to everyone, and Conner refuses to socialize with anyone.
- The Aloner: Conner is Good, but he's also a Loner, believing that people will try and change him.
- The Casanova: Jared has already had a relationship with Claire Ursine that went badly. If left to his own devices, he tends to wind up repeating this with someone else.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Jared. Strangely, his bio says he doesn't have the drive or ambition to become a great chef, despite that being his Lifetime Wish.
- Jerkass: Jared is mean-spirited and inappropriate. Never a good combination.
- Loners Are Freaks: Averted, Connor seems much more friendly and well-adjusted than his outgoing brother.
- Pet the Dog: Despite his mean-spirited personality, Jared doesn't try to change Connor, and seems to accept him for who he is.
The Hart FamilyTown nutjobs Gus and Dorie Hart, and their long-suffering teenaged daughter Bebe
- But Not Too Black: Dorie is black, Gus Caucasian. Bebe's skin-tone is a mix
- Not So Above It All: According to Bebe's bio, both she and the town are worried she's going to turn out like this.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Poor Bebe is stuck with both her parents being both childish and insane.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Bebe is a technophobe, and will freak out near a television.
- Women Are Wiser: Utterly averted with Dorie, who's considered to be far stranger than her husband. Player straight with Bebe, at least.
Gobias KoffiA self-absorbed middle-aged spinster.
- Ambiguously Gay: Gobias is heavily implied to be gay. The same goes for his late father, the Punnily Named Gaylord.
- Expy: For Tobias from Arrested Development. He even looks a hell of a lot like the actor David Cross.
- Narcissist: His house is full of unnecessary mirrors. You do the guessing.
Claire UrsineA quiet, unassuming angler that resides on the beach.
- Animal Motifs/Meaningful Name: She's a hefty angler whose favorite meal is salmon, just like a grizzly bear before hibernation. She also gives birth to a baby girl, testing whether or not she can raise her like a mother bear.
- Difficulty Spike: First-time players will likely choose to play as this Sim, expecting it to be an event-less routine of fishing and going to work. Then she becomes a single parent, which tests the player's time management capabilities as they juggle work with parenting.
- Fat Girl: A reason why she stays away from people.
- Foreshadowing: Claire's waistline, nauseousness and ex-boyfriend in the relationships tab hint that she is pregnant.
- The Hermit/Not Good with People: Is a loner that loves the outdoors. As opposed to interacting with neighbors, she would rather be fishing, gardening, or taking care of her baby.
- Mama Bear: Averted; even though she's a mother whose Animal Motif is a bear, there are no situations that can arise that will evoke this trope.
- Walking Spoiler: The baby she's pregnant with.
Jamie JolinaJamie Jolina is as intelligent as she is beautiful. Can she prove to the world that the two traits can coexist?
The Keaton FamilyAvid outdoorsy Sims, Marty and Justine Keaton both have active careers and active hobbies. What effect will the impending arrival of their first child have on their lifestyle?
Erin KennedyErin Kennedy is a long-term military woman who was recently transferred to town. Making friends has always been difficult for her, and she worried that things might be the same in this town. Will her fears come true?
- Action Girl: Being as she is a long-term military person.
Roomies HouseholdCan five young adults from five different backgrounds really stand living together in a single house? Just about every personality is represented in this wacky household...but who is the exceedingly plain guy who doesn’t socialize with others? And how did he manage to get his own room?
- The Aloner: Stiles McGraw and Blair Wainright both have the Loner trait.
- Big Fun: Emma Hatch is good natured and friendly.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Stiles is described as being a mystery to his roommates because he's so average.
Sekemoto FamilyYumi Sekemoto has recently moved in with her son, Leighton, to help him raise his toddler, Sam.
- Missing Mom: The exact whereabouts of Sam's mother are unknown.
Single Moms HouseholdFiona McIrish is used to living alone with her teenage daughter, River. But when Fiona’s best friend needed a place to live with her own young daughter, Fiona readily invited the two to live in her home. Will Molly be the perfect housemate or Fiona’s biggest regret?
- Disappeared Dad: Neither River or Sandi's dad are in the game files, with no mentions of their whereabouts.
- Intrepid Reporter: Fiona starts off in the journalism career.
Christopher SteelChristopher Steel is lucky by nature. Things have always come easily for him, which is starting to get boring. Now that he’s in a brand new town with no friends or job, how will he fare?
Wainwright FamilySusan and Boyd are techno geniuses who spend all of their available time with electronics. When their daughter, Blair, was a child, they bought every toy she asked for in the hopes that she would amuse herself and give them more free time for their hobbies. Now that Blair has moved out on her own, the Wainwrights are thinking of converting her old room for their next big project... (Blair lives in the Roomies household)
- Insufferable Genius: Susan is both a genius and a snob. On the plus side, this makes her particularly easy to befriend, since flattering her genius gives a massive friendship boost.
Wan-Goddard FamilyPauline and Hank are certain that they will be 2-gether 4-ever because they have so much in common: parties, the beach, and music. The only question is whether they can maintain their lifestyle.
- Commitment Issues: Both Pauline and Hank have the trait, meaning their relationship starts off strained.
Wolff FamilyBoth the arts and having children are very important to Morgana Wolff, but she has just learned that her new husband, Thornton, actively dislikes both. Oops. Can these newlyweds save their young marriage? Should they even try?
Working Friends HouseholdFour women trying to make their way in the world have come together to share this house. Madison and Monica are best friends forever, Tori is a best-friend wannabe, and Ayesha is the tomboy who couldn’t care less.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Ayesha starts off in the Criminal career, but lacks the evil trait, or the desire to reach the top of the career path.
Agnes CrumplebottomAgnes Crumplebottom hadn’t even changed her last name to her husband’s when an unfortunate accident on her honeymoon ended their marriage. Between her growing bitterness and her husband’s ghost scaring away gentlemen callers, only the bravest Sim would ever even try to win her heart and fortune now.
- Decoy Protagonist/Lady Not-Appearing-in-This-Game: A dozen or so fully fleshed-out characters - such as Brianna, Liam O'Dourke and Kim Kent - were introduced as the denizens of Sunset Valley in the year or so leading up to the game's release and were quite popular. Fans were surprised, to say the least, when none of those promotional characters actually turned up in the game (though three were made into an official download and one was eventually included in a DLC town). Despite this, they all appear on the cover art of the base game, along with a few characters who actually did make it into the game.
The Newbie FamilyLegacy Character Bob Newbie and his parents, Robert "Bob" Sr. and Mags.
- High School Sweethearts: It's revealed that Bob and Betty Simovitch were this, first meeting in high school shortly after Bob's family moved to town.
- Romantic False Lead: Promotional videos for the Riverview download showed Bob making out with another girl while Betty looked on and cried quietly. Since canonically they end up getting married, the other girl is generally regarded to be this trope for Bob.note
- Bookworm: Bob is implied to be one.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: While Robert isn't a jock and Bob isn't overly nerdy, it is stated that Robert wishes for Bob to join him in fishing instead of spending all his time inside, reading.
The Simovitch FamilyLegacy Character Betty Simovitch (the future Mrs Newbie) and her parents, Vadim and Fatima.
- High School Sweethearts: Betty and Bob Newbie, her canonical future husband, are revealed to have met in high school shortly after Bob's family moved to town.
- Stage Mom: Fatima is one to Betty, encouraging her to practice her guitar all the time and seek out opportunities for fame instead of pursuing her romance with Bob.
- Ambiguously Brown: Vadim's skin color is just short of the black skintone.
The Broke FamilyOne of the biggest households in the game, the Broke family consists of Flat and Flo; their young adult daughter, Ruby; their much younger son, Skip, still in elementary school; Flat's widowed brother, Buck; and Buck's two children, Trigger and Susie.
- Continuity Snarl: One of the worst offenders in the game. Skip Broke, who canonically becomes the husband of Brandi Newbie, is here only a few years younger than her parents, who are teenagers in the same town and nowhere near starting a family together; furthermore, The Sims 2 gave no indication that Skip and Brandi were involved in a May–December Romance, and they were implied to be the same age.
- However, it's worth noting that the Riverview creator blog hints that this was done deliberately, although why that's the case is never explained.
- Legacy Character: Skip Broke was Brandi's deceased husband in The Sims 2, and grew very popular due to the mystery surrounding his death. Flat and Flo both appeared in their son and grandsons' family trees. The other four members of the family are new in 3, however.
- Meaningful Name: The family have seven mouths to feed and next to no money when you first play them. However, since all four adults at least have part-time jobs (and it's possible for Trigger, who's a teen, to get another), it's not actually hard to have them get by in-game.
- Punny Name: Flat Broke speaks for itself; Flo Broke is probably a pun on "cash flow"; Buck refers to the slang term for a dollar.
- The creator blog implies that "Skip" may also carry a double meaning - fan theories include this being a reference to the time-travel story-line set up in Riverview and Skip's possible involvement in it, or to a game-play tactic that will allow Brandi to "skip" quickly through several birthdays to reach the same age as her future husband.
- Black Sheep: Skip is the only living member of the family who lacks either the Slob or Party Animal traits.
- Missing Mom: Mary Lu's death is why Buck and his kids moved in with the family.
- Happily Married: Flat and Flo are a suprisingly happy couple given their financial circumstances.
Don LotharioYes, that Don Lothario. His appearance in Riverview is unusual to say the least, considering that he's the same age as he was in The Sims 2 and so, canonically, shouldn't even have been born yet.
- The Casanova: Gets sent back in time and picks straight up where he left off. His lifetime wish is "The Heartbreaker".
- Our Time Travel Is Different: Don remembers going back in time as nothing more than "a flash of bright light, a lot of women laughing", and then waking up somewhere else entirely. Since Don himself has no idea how he was sent back, this is all the elaboration we get.
- Runaway Groom: Don's cold feet about his upcoming wedding are believed to have been the reason he was sent back in time. It's (probably deliberately) left ambiguous as to whether this happens immediately after the start of 2 (when he's known to leave Cassandra at the altar if the player doesn't intervene), or whether some time has passed and it's a different fiancee he's abandoned this time.
- Time Travel: Riverview!Don is the originator of the time-travel story-line that came up now and again over the course of The Sims 3. The Ambitions and Into the Future EP's dealt with it further.
- Trapped in the Past: Riverview is set 50 years before Pleasantview. Since Don was sent back in time against his will, he has no way of getting back to his own time.
- Woman Scorned: It's heavily implied that at least two of Don's exes were involved in his involuntary trip back in time. Since the women whose affections he toyed with in 2 included quarter-alien hybrid twins, a (probable) witch, and a wealthy scientist, it's not hard to see how they might have scraped together the resources to pull off this sort of plot.
Jones FamilyA young couple that inherited a house in Riverview, that turned out to be haunted by the ghosts of their relatives.
- Cute Ghost Girl: Kirsten Remington, Hannah's deceased cousin.
- Infant Immortality: Averted, since teenaged Cody and elementary-school-aged Kirsten are dead as well.
- Missing Mom: Hannah's mother Lydia is dead and haunts the lot, she also died as an adult, meaning that she either had Hannah very early, or died when she was a teen.
Hunter CottoneyeA crazed, mean spirited conspiracy theorist who has took up residence in a bunker.
- Conspiracy Theorist: It has gone so far that he has moved to a remote bunker and has no friends or accquaintances.
- Cool Car: He drives a green-camoed pick-up.
- Cool Shades: He may be insane and violent, but he wears cool sunglasses.
- Crazy Survivalist: According to his traits, he's an insane and misanthropist jerk. He has no family or acquaintances in the neighborhood. He's fully dressed in camo. And, as previously stated, he lives alone in a freaking bunker.
- Perma-Stubble: Wears one, fitting his "rugged and badass survivalist" persona. His facial hair are a bit longer on mustache and chin areas.
Constance ShelleyA quiet journalist living on her own in a fancy house.
- Artificial Stupidity: As a result of the game's AI pathfinding (less doors to cross equals shorter way) combined with her house's layout, if she's in her kitchen, her Ai's routine to go to work consists in leaving the house through a backdoor, then going all the way back to the entrance while walking along the garden's fence (outside of the garden), which only requires to use a single door; of course, the reverse happens if she's ordered to do something in the kitchen while she's outside. There's a much more logical path in an almost straight line, but it requires to go through three doors instead a single one (kitchen to living room, then entrance door, then a gate in the fence).
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Her biography states she's not interested in having a social life or finding love, but she doesn't have any trait (Loner/Shy, Unflirty) reflecting it.
- Hot Librarian: A bookworm dressed in a long skirt, a long-sleeved shirt, and sporting big glasses and a bun. Though she's not a librariannote but she starts as a journalist, while aspiring to be a writer.
- The Klutz: Has the Clumsy and Absent-Minded traits.
- Meganekko: Her everyday and formal attires include a pair of large spectacles.
- Pink Means Feminine: In her stats, pink is her favorite colour. Her everyday clothes consists in a striped pink-and-white long-sleeved shirt with a pink long skirt.
- Shout-Out: Her name refers to Percy Bysshe Shelley and his poem "To Constantia, Singing". Both are writers.
- Super OCD: Having the Neurotic trait, she occasionnaly has various compulsions, like checking if the oven is turned off, cleaning various objects, etc.
The Curious Family
- Race Lift: Notzo is black in this game, when he was medium skinned in The Sims 2.
- Legacy Character: Notzo Curious was the grandfather of the Curious Brothers and Jenny Smith in The Sims 2. The characters' popularity led to him being included in the sequel.
The Roomies Household
- Ambiguously Gay/Hide Your Gays: Blaise Kindle and Alma Drill are implied to be about to "learn something new" about their friendship now that they've moved in together. And their shared bedroom contains two single beds pushed together to look like a double...
- Snobs Vs Slobs: Averted. Both women possess the Slob trait, meaning that their house can become filthy very quickly.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Blaise's dream is to become a firefighter, while Alma is a kindergarten teacher who'd like to become a novelist.
The Bayless FamilyA family of militray-clad survivalists living in the swamplands of Twinbrook.
- Distinguishing Mark: Skeet has unusually large ears, that can even be seen through his long hair.
- Noodle Incident: Tay is stated to have found his dislike of education after a spat over apostrphes in kindergarden.
- In the Blood: All four family members have the 'Angler' and 'Loves the Outdoors' traits.
- Tangled Family Tree: Gwayne's biography describes her family lineage as "murky" and that anyone who ever tried to track it down only went in circles.
The Racket Family
- Big, Screwed-Up Family: As expected with a family much like the Mafia.
- Creepy Uncle: Bill. He has the Inappropriate trait, likes Kids music, and is in love with a much younger woman. His nephew also hates him, leading to some disturbing implications between the two.
- Casanova Wannabe: Shark's traits have him come off as this.
- Evil Matriarch: Marigold.
- Gold Digger: Silver's personal bio implies she only married Dennis for his money.
- Also, Bill is dating a wealthy younger woman, and he has the Gold Digger lifetime wish.
- Sibling Rivalry: Shark and Lolly are enemies. It looks to be the same for their father and uncles, as well.
- Sticky Fingers: Max and Dennis both have the 'Kleptomaniac' trait.
- Kavorka Man: Despite being inappropriate and a bit creepy, Bill has managed to land an attractive and wealthy girlfriend.
- Mafia Princess: Lolly is implied to be this.
- The Mafia: The family seems to be based on one.
- Punny Name: Dennis Racket sounds a lot like "tennis racket".
- There is a deceased Sim named S. Windle Racket.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Both the family bio and Shark's personal bio imply both teenagers are this.
- White Sheep: Dudley. And the family's bio states Lolly may become one, too. This is up to the player, however.
Angelista FamilyWould-be celebrity Lala Angelista, and her film star daughter Tiara. The two masquerade as sisters while enjoying the celebrity high-life.
- Older Than They Look: Lala, despite being an adult, passes as a young adult with Tiara.
Art Central Household
Big Bling HouseholdAn odd household of grouchy music star Tom Wordy, his would-be girlfriend Sugar Bijou, wanna-be star Lil Bling, and Tom's bodyguard Big Hartley.
Drama on TV HouseholdParticipants in the popular TV show "Little Celebrity", now in its seventeenth season, consisting of Apollo Bloom, Katelyn Missoni, Matty Crew, small-time politician Kirby Wise, amateur musician Suzy Strummer, and vampire cop William Fangman.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: William's default outfit forgoes sleeves, showing off his muscly arms.
- Token Heroic Orc: William Fangman is one of the few vampires in Bridgeport to neither be a criminal or evil, instead working as a cop.
Matthew HammingThe most successful actor in Bridgeport, Matthew's looking for that certain someone, to no avail.
Hemlock familyHippie Vampires Wogan and Morrigan, and their child Belisama
Jones FamilyHappily married Johnny and Diana have no complaints with their life
King FamilyTV comedian Johanna King, and her perfectly behaved daughter Lisa
Littler FamilyOne of the larger families in Bridgeport, if not the most popular. Workaholic mom Renee spoils her child, while Reuben grows jealous of his wife's success, as he cheats on her with their housekeeper, Odine Perry.
- Jerkass: Reuben, aside from being a grouchy jerk who can't go on with anyone, abandoned Lala Angelista years ago, and is now cheating on his wife.
Polly MaloneyOne of the last of the formerly successful Maloney family, Polly has fallen on hard times, residing in the dingy basement of a building, which is putting a dent in her desires to make friends.
Mixture of Good and Bad HouseholdThree ladies five minutes away from tearing each other's throats out, and their vampire roommate, who's content to sit back and wait.
Old and New Glam HouseholdFamed movie director Alan Stanley, and his temperamental bombshell of a girlfriend, Emmy Star.
- Punny Name: Emmy, who is in the movie industry.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Emmy starts the game off disliking Tiara Angelista.
Pala HouseholdEnterprising businesswoman and low level celebrity Katarina Pala, and her niece, Hannah Smythe. Katarine is trying to get her niece to get into business, rather than breaking into show business.
Romeo RakeRomeo Rake may look like your ordinary, average, goodlooking person, but in secret he's also a secret agent
Elvira SlayerOne of the older generations of vampire in Bridgeport, Elvira's position might well be underminded by the newcomers on the scene.
- Affably Evil: Elvira's traits include evil and charismatic
- Boobs of Steel: Elvira is generously endowed, and has a tremendous physique.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Her starting wish is to wind up as the Empress of Evil
- Hospital Hottie: She starts off in the Medicine career
Talon and Striker HouseholdFeared vampire Jessica Talon, and her better half, Rafeal Striker, distant brother of Richie Striker.
Tenderlove HouseholdRoomies Barrie Tenderlove, Jun Wu and Ace Wild, all of whom want to rule the Bridgeport night scene.
The Caliente Household
- Continuity Nod: Dina's biography references Pleasantview, which also confirms that Barnacle Bay is set after The Sims 2
- Continuity Snarl: It appears that EA switched around the sisters' personalities, making Nina the gold digger and Dina the romantic one.
- Gold Digger: Nina this time instead of Dina.
The GilsCarbo Family
The Sims 4
The Goth Family
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Bella is aged down in the alternate universe from the same age as her husband (who is an Adult, in this case; The Sims 3 establishes they were at school together in the original universe) to being much younger. The result of having Bella start out on the first day of the young adult life stage is that there's no room in her new timeline for any pregnancies, let alone for her to be the mother of a teenager.
- Notably, while other games have implicitly assumed that Bella is simply Older Than They Look to keep her age in line with Mortimer's, and that she's possibly been using more age reversing rewards than he has, there's no indication that this is the case in The Sims 4. Indeed, the decision to age her down despite the lack of cosmetic differences between Young Adults and Adults in this version seems to indicate it was an active decision to have Mortimer and Bella involved in a May–December Romance in this incarnation, though it's not really explored in the family bio as might be expected.
- Age Lift:
- Bella has been aged down from an Adult who's the same age as her husband to a Young Adult who's obviously his junior.
- Both Cassandra and Alexander, in relation to their parents and each other from the original timeline. While in The Sims 2 Cassandra was in her late teens when Alexander was born, here they're much closer in age, as he's in Grade School while she's in High School. This means that Alexander was born much earlier in this continuity. The same may be true for Cassandra herself, since in The Sims she was a child rather than a teen, and would have to have been born much earlier if the fan theory that The Sims and The Sims 4 take place at around the same time in their respective universes is correct.
- Fair Cop: This continuity's version of Bella is employed in the Secret Agent career, which is basically a rename of the Law Enforcement career from previous games. And she's beautiful, of course.
- Legacy Character: Though The Sims 4 is an Alternate Universe apart from the first three games, the inclusion of the Goth family (as represented by Mortimer, Bella, Cassandra, and Alexander) was such a popular fan demand that EA/Maxis apparently didn't dare release the game without them.
- May–December Romance: Unlike the original incarnations of Mortimer and Bella, who were childhood friends, Bella is significantly younger than Mortimer in this version: she's a Young Adult, he's an Adult, making them about three weeks apart in age (which is a fairly big difference, considering Sims only have about a sixteen week life span; mathematically, the real-world equivalent would be about fifteen years, though Sims life stages don't progress naturally enough to reflect that). Notable in that they're the only couple in this version of the game whose romantic partner is outside of their own life stage.
The Pancakes Family
- Suspiciously Similar Substitutes: For Bob and Betty Newbie. Their appearances, names, and dynamic all call back to various incarnations of the Newbies over the course of the franchise's original timeline.
- Slobs Vs Snobs: Bob has the Slob trait, while Eliza is both Neat and Materialistic, therefore playing this trope both possible ways.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: While Bob is not strictly unpleasant looking, his extremely laid-back attire and increasing grubbiness if the player lets him have his way about fulfilling the Hygiene need contrast sharply with the always well-groomed Eliza.
The Spencer-Kim-Lewis Family
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Alice and Eric are only at the beginning of the Young Adult life stage, meaning that they shouldn't technically be able to have a daughter who's already a Child (or, indeed, be parents at all yet) unless they've had access to youth potion.
- The Ghost: Lydia Spencer, Alice's mother, is mentioned in the family bio but doesn't actually appear anywhere in the game. It's implied she's not dead, but moved away after divorcing Dennis.
- Overly Long Name: The family seems to have an aversion to changing their names upon marriage or choosing one partner's name to be the child's surname. Hence, Dennis Kim and Lydia Spencer have a daughter named Alice Spencer-Kim (not too bad in itself), who grows up to marry Eric Lewis, and who saddles her own daughter with the less-than-concise moniker of Olivia Spencer-Kim-Lewis.
The BFF Household
- Betty and Veronica: Up to a point. Players familiar with the source material will probably regard Summer as the Veronica to Liberty's Betty, since even though MySims Kingdom gave the player the choice of which girl to pair up with Travis, it was pretty heavily implied that he and Liberty were perfect for each other, while Summer's infatuation with him was genuine but based far more on his looks than his personality. However, The Sims 4 Averts this to a surprising degree, giving both women one trait and one skill interest in common with Travis, making them both genuinely seem like good potential love interests.
- Canon Immigrant: Summer, Liberty, and Travis all originally appeared in the MySims games before appearing here in the main series.
- Love Triangle: The household bio implies that Travis has attracted the romantic attentions of both his female roommates. This is not the case in-game, though it's a reference to the trio's story line in MySims Kingdom.
- Two Girls and a Guy: They had this dynamic in the MySims games, and continue it (sans that "childhood" part) now that they're adults in The Sims 4.
The Landgraab Family
- Adaptational Villainy: Malcolm and Nancy are much less pleasant than their The Sims 3 incarnations. Malcolm has the Evil trait (his TS3 counterpart was Good), while Nancy works as a crime lord (in TS3 she was a businesswoman).
- Legacy Character: Almost as much as the Goths. Notably, the Landgraab family in The Sims 4 is represented by versions of the same characters who appeared in The Sims 3 base game.
The Caliente Family
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Katrina Caliente, the twins' mother in the alternate universe, looks barely any older than her daughters. (She is in the Adult life stage, while they are Young Adults; in-game it can be very hard to differentiate, especially if no cosmetic ageing features have been used on the Adult, as is the case with Katrina.) It's also actually impossible for her to be their mother in-game without having used the youth potion reward, since she'd have had to have given birth to them on her first day of the Young Adult life stage (leaving no room in the time frame for the actual pregnancy).
- Adaptation Name Change: Dina and Nina's mother was named Nighat in the original continuity, but here is called Katrina. (Assuming she's meant to be the same character at all, which is unclear.)
- The Alcoholic: It's a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar, but Dina's ambitions all revolve around learning to make ever more elaborate drinks at the bar and then consuming them.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Nina is as intelligent and cunning as her other incarnations, but while they were all athletic and ambitious, she's lazy and work-shy.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Dina, as ever.
- Dark-Skinned Redhead: Nina, as usual, and Katrina.
- Family Theme Naming: Nina, Dina, and Katrina.
- Legacy Character: Don Lothario and Dina and Nina Caliente, who have all appeared (in various incarnations) in The Sims 2, The Sims 2 for console, The Sims 3, and now The Sims 4. They're getting nearly as ubiquitous as the Goths and the Landgraabs.
- Love Dodecahedron: In a change-up from previous installments, the family bio implies that Don Lothario is actually the boyfriend of Katrina Caliente, the mother of his twin girlfriends from the original timeline. However, since this is Don, Dina and Nina we're talking about, it seems highly likely that one of these will develop sooner rather than later...
- Meaningful Name: Caliente, Spanish for "hot", may apply to their appearance for some, but all three have the "hot-headed" trait, simultaneously making Katrina and Nina Fiery Redheads.
- Mum Looks Like a Sister: Try figuring out which one is Katrina and which one is Nina without scrolling over the characters' names.
- Sibling Triangle: As ever, one is about to erupt between Don, Dina, and Nina. The addition of Katrina to the mix makes it a mother-daughter triangle as well.
The Roomies Household
- Expy: For the four main characters from New Girl: Zoe is Jess (her name is even a clear homage to Zooey Deschanel), Mitchell is Nick, J is Schmidt, and Gavin is Winston.
- One-Letter Name: J Huntington III. "J" is recognised by the game engine as his full first name.
- Shout-Out/Whole Plot Reference: The entire household is a thinly veiled homage to the sitcom New Girl.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For other households named "Roomies" over the course of the series, particularly the ones which appeared in The Sims for console and The Sims 3.
- I Have No Son: His bio reveals that Johnny Zest isn't his real name, and that he's actually a Landgraab (it's unclear whether he's Nancy and Geoffrey's son, and therefore Malcolm's older brother, or a more distant relative). The name change is actually to promote his career as a comedian, but this led him to be disowned by the Landgraabs, so now he goes by it full-time.
- Only Known By Their Stage Name: Though his bio confirms that his legal surname is/was Landgraab. It's unclear whether his first name really is Johnny or not.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Johnny's trailer home looks an awful lot like Dudley Landgraab's trailer from the first generation console games. Johnny himself could easily pass for a cleaned-up version of Dudley. (Since "Johnny Zest" is a stage name, he might even be this timeline's version of Dudley).
Count Vladislaus Straud IV
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He has the "Evil" trait and is supposedly a count.
- Classical Movie Vampire: His main form.
- Expy: Of Dracula. His main form resembles Christopher Lee's take on the character, while his dark form and main outfit are a Shout-Out to Nosferatu.
- Frozen Fashion Sense: While most other vampires in the game are seen in contemporary wear, his default outfit is a simple black peacoat.
- Looks Like Orlok: His dark form.
The Vatore Family
- Action Girl: Lilith, who has the "Active" trait and is more visibly muscular than other female Sims.
- Expy: Caleb is most likely one of Edward Cullen. His "Foodie" and "Materialistic" traits, along with his fashion sense, also bring to mind Viago.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Both siblings (especially Caleb, who has the "Good Vampire" ambition by default).
- Vegetarian Vampire: They both prefer to drink from plasma packs/fruits rather than Sims.