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Characters: The Sims
Throughout the Sims Series there are premade sims ready made for the cruel/beneviolent sim god to decide their fate. This page is dedicated to them as their current state is before your untimely intervention on their lives for good or for ill

Important Notes: Only EA neighborhood sims are allowed on the page. Avoid posting fan created characters.

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    Sims 1 

The Goth Family:

Perhaps the most famous family known to the Sims, this 3 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.
  • Meaningful Name
  • 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.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Mortimer's everyday outfit.

The Newbie family

  • 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.
  • Bumbling Dad: Bob over the years hasn't changed much from being a slob during his teens to becoming a dad who would give birth to Brandi.
  • Bag of Spilling: Betty marrying Bob didn't exactly help her musical talent much.

Michael Bachelor

A 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.

The Pleasant family

Married couple Jeff and Diane Pleasant and their children, Daniel and Jennifer.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Diane and Jennifer.
  • Fake Mixed Race: Jeff is white while Diane is Ambiguously Brown; instead of being somewhere in-between, Daniel has his father's skin tone, while Jennifer has her mother's. Justified in that there is no tan skin tone in TS1.
    • It's later Averted in the sequel, where Jennifer's daughter has a white father and so has the tan skin tone mid-way between her parents'.

The Roomies family

Chris 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 family

Frankie 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 Burb family

  • 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 Kat

  • 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.

    Sims 2 

Pleasantview

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 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.
  • May-December Romance: Mortimer is older than his current romantic interest Dina, who is younger than his own daughter.
  • Missing Mom: Bella. The story mentions that she's suppose 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.
  • 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.

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 relation with Dustin Broke, as he is 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 even initiate something herself.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 and 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.
  • Gold Digger: Dina only wants Mortimer for his money. It is not clear if this was the case with her former husband, Michael.
  • Half-Human Hybrids: Well, three-quarters human: Their grandfather Nestor was abducted by aliens and later gave birth to their father Flamenco.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 "Wenches 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.

Don Lothario

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
  • Meaningful Name: Well, he is a womanizer. By the start of the game he has four different lovers.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The Burb Family

While the Pleasants had it extremely rough during Daniel's final years as an adult, 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.

The Oldie Family

Mary-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.

Strangetown

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 Sims 3 Ambitions.
  • Agent Scully: Pascal
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Vidcund in the PSP version
  • Expy: The Curious Brothers are basically The Lone Gunmen from The X-Files-universe.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Lazlo, due to his outgoing nature and playfulness.
  • 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.
  • Hot-Blooded: Vidcund, as the PSP version confirms. This is the reason why he got kicked out of being a firefighter.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Vidcund, due to his zodiac sign putting him close to grouchy.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 18th 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.

The Beaker Family

The Specter Family

Olive Specter is known for her garden, which contains mostly gravestones whom is implied to be 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 fiancÚ, 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 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.
  • Punny Name: Olive Spectre, 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.

The Grunt Family

Buzz Grunt is the local General of town, as well as The Bully to the other residents, especially the Curious brothers and Loki Beaker. His son, Tank, wants to follow in his footsteps.

  • Arch-Nemesis: Olive Specter is this to Buzz, while Johnny Smith is this to Tank.
  • Black Sheep: Ripp, and possibly Buck, as well.
  • Fantastic Racism: Probably the reason the General hates the alien family.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Veronaville

The Capp Family

  • Hot-Blooded: Tybalt, much like his namesake.
  • My Nayme Is: Juilette's name is spelt quite differently than her namesake.
  • Parental Abandonment: Juliette and her siblings are orphans, which is the reason why they live with their grandfather.

The Monty Family

  • 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.
  • 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.

The Summerdream Family

    Sims 3 

Sunset Valley

The Goth Family

Mortimer Goth appears here as a child, living with his middle-aged parents, Gunther and Cornelia, and a whole lot of ghosts.
  • 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.
  • 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 Family

The 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.
  • 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 Family

An 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.

NPCs/Promotional Characters

  • 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.

Riverview

The Newbie Family

Legacy 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 

The Simovitch Family

Legacy 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.

The Broke Family

One 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.

Don Lothario

Yes, 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.

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