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Video Game: The Sims

The Sims is the first game in The Sims series, released in 2000, with seven expansion packs. Several sequels have succeeded it; The Sims 2 (September 14, 2004), The Sims 3 (June 2, 2009), The Sims Medieval (March 22, 2011), The Sims Free Play (December 15, 2011), and The Sims 4 (September 2, 2014).

A people simulator from Maxis, the creators of the insanely popular SimCity. Players are in charge of the lives of everyone in a neighborhood, though you can only play one household at a time. For that household, mind the Sims' needs (food, sleep, entertainment, socialization, hygiene, and the like) as they guide them through the daily grind of dealing with work, chores (and the kids, if you're inclined to get your Sims to start a family). Sometimes things go awry, and your Sims won't listen to you, or they'll have nervous breakdowns. It can be more fun to let this happen if you're feeling sadistic, or just like to see your Sims implode, have their house catch on fire, or die en masse. Alternately, you can set up your own little Soap Opera, or recreate your favorite fictional characters, or even just play normally.

It's a game about Real Life. It Will Never Catch On.

The Sims is known to be extremely addictive in most and/or all of its variants. The game includes tools which allows you to export your houses, Sims, and neighborhoods as Downloadable Content for other people; and, as mentioned, there is a huge variety of unofficial Game Mods which change the way the game functions. It has been used to create several works of fiction: Rooster Teeth Productions, creators of Red vs. Blue, were employed by EA to make "The Strangerhood" using The Sims 2 as a marketing effort; and a British college student created a homeless-father-daughter drama blog called "Alice And Kev" using the third game.

Provides Examples Of:

  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Happens to Werewolf sims.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Drew Carey. One episode actually had the characters of The Drew Carey Show behaving as Sims. Check The Cameo below as well.
  • Bag of Spilling: The Sims Bustin' Out, which is a direct sequel to The Sims (console version), reduces the player back to being poor and jobless — only this time, you're freeloading in your mom's house.
  • Beehive Hairdo: One of the pre-set head skins sports one, and is used by two pre-made playables (Melissa Roomies and Sylvia-Marie Mashuga).
    • The beehive fails to return in any version of The Sims 2, but is a hidden accessory in the base game, and can be seen on a number of thumbnails for deceased characters, including Irma Oldie.
  • Bewitched Amphibians: In Makin' Magic, the Toadification spell.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: Goth Manor in The Sims Bustin' Out. Your objective is to exorcise the ghosts with organ music.
  • Big Fancy House: The ultimate objective in the console ports.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Averted with alien sims. They can reproduce with female/male human sims without any problems (depending on which gender they are, just like with human sims). Played straight with the aliens who abduct sims at night, however, since they only abduct male sims for insemination.
  • Boring, but Practical: Benches for naps. Showers in the gym. Fruit and veggies in the community garden lots. Friends who have places you can Stay Overnight.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Possible with Michael Bachelor and Bella Goth in this game, as they weren't revealed to be siblings until The Sims 2.
  • Burglar Wear: The clothes burglars wear are kind of obvious.
  • The Cameo: Drew Carey arrives in his limo if your party is hoppin' enough. Yes, that Drew Carey.
    • Marilyn Monroe is the awards presenter in Superstar. And there is a Sims 3 expansion pack entirely dedicated to Katy Perry.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: It's possible for two children, who are friends, to hook up and get married in the future.
  • Classic Cheat Code: Press Ctrl, Shift, and C simultaneously and type rosebud for money. There are others that can be found easily—one cheat, called, "help" even lists a few of them for you.]]
    • There are ways to abuse that "Rosebud" cheat code. Typing a series of ";!;!;!;!;!" after that code, without a space, will generate an extra 1000 for each pair of ";!" you have (because each ;! "repeats" the previously-entered cheat). Typing a ":" after the last ";!" string you entered will cause an error and keep the cheat menu from closing, but you'll still get 1000 for each legitimate set of ";!" string. Hold the Enter button and watch your bank account soar. And try not to get bored at the game (since you no longer have to work for anything).
    • Before "rosebud", the original money cheat was "klapaucius".
    • Or a user can enter boolProp testingCheatsEnabled true in The Sims 2 and The Sims 3. This enables the player to access NPC clothing, alien traits, and to drag mood, relationship, and skill bars up without having to earn them. (For the former two, press Shift+N in Create-A-Sim after entering the cheat.)
    • Move_objects on! It lets you have such fun as deleting your Sims then clicking on their portrait to bring them back totally refreshed (Although this will permanently remove a character if done and then saved during The Sims 3), deleting unwanted people and pets, and moving objects while your Sims are using them! And yes, it does count as a nude code. In a sense.
    • The manual for The Sims 2 even includes a cheat code: "aging off", which does Exactly What It Says on the Tin. EA put it in the manual to ward off the inevitable barrage of They Changed It, Now It Sucks for people who didn't want their Sims dying on them (and who were presumably too incompetent to satisfy the Sims' wants enough to get Elixir of Life.) That, and Elders are restricted in their jobs and interactions. The skill meters and such are also designed for a Sim to build them since infancy, so it makes sense, at least for the first generation.
    • Also, EnableLlamas
    • The Sims 2:
      • "motherlode" allows the family you play as to recieve 50000. Writing "kaching" will give you 1000. Writing "familyFunds <family/household name> <amount>" allows you the certain amount you want.
      • "maxmotives" fills up all the need bars on a selected sim.
      • "boolprop controlpetson" allows you to control your pets, and "boolprop petactioncancelon" allows you to cancel their actions.
      • If a woman just got pregnant (you hear the lullaby), write in "forcetwins" and you will have twins when she later gives birth.
  • Command And Conquer Economy: The micromanagement... the micromanagement...!
  • Cool Car: The Sims Bustin' Out actually grants the player a car. Completing each level unlocks a new vehicle.
  • Cool Shades: Gnomes (along with red clothes and missile-shaped hats), after you max out your skill in The Sims Bustin' Out. Rocket Gnomes blast off and explode into a firework display.
  • Cosmetically Advanced Prequel: The third installment is set 25 years before the first one, but the objects you can buy are much more advanced than in the first, and the fashions reflect 2010s fashions in the third, compared to the first, which was more early 2000s.
  • Dramatic Thunder: The Goths' mansion in the console version.
  • Earth Drift: The first game was far more grounded in our reality than the later ones, even if it still featured aliens and later, magic. Many in-game items' descriptions would make references to our world rather than exclusively featuring made-up locations, even making references to real-life history and trends throughout the decades (which makes things even more confusing as The Sims 3 is a Cosmetically Advanced Prequel set 25 years earlier).
  • Evil Laugh: In The Sims Bustin' Out, each level starts with Malcolm cackling maniacally while pointing the Repo Gun at objects.
  • Expansion Pack: The Sims is notorious for having these; extensions of their main games what really makes the series a real cash cow. The most normal ones are those with new features (like Pets having pets, Seasons having seasons etc etc) and then there are those packs with extra clothing, furniture etc.
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: If you make a male sim watch through a telescope at night in The Sims 2, aliens can arrive and abduct him. When they free him later, he will be pregnant with an alien spawn. And no, we have no idea how that works, on a male no less. Females can also get abducted, but they wont get impregnated. A mod allows females to get pregnant, however.
    • As of The Sims 3, females can get pregnant as well, without cheats.
  • Face-Heel Turn: In the console versions, Malcolm Landgrabb goes nuts after the player's mom divorces him.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Each expansion tends to add more and more wacky elements; your Sims can be abducted by aliens, have wishes granted by a genie, and learn quirky magic spells.
    • All of which eventually makes a return in the sequel, and also adds the abilities to become vampires, werewolves, and plant people, befriend Bigfoot (and even ask him to move in with you), create your own robot butler/maid (who is a fully-controllable member of the family), and such.
      • Sims 3 just takes this and runs with it, especially with the living beings. We have dragons and unicorns on the animal side and aliens, ghosts,zombies, mummies, two kinds of robots, vampires, imaginary friends, genies (as playable or to grant wishes), werewolves, fairies, witches, plantsims and mermaids on the (relatively )human side. There are also magical sentient gnomes, the Grim Reaper, skeleton maids, various extra magical objects through DLC and a carnivorous cow plant. Also, if you bought the limited edition of Sims3 Supernatural, you get Peashooters from Plants vs. Zombies to defend your plants from Zombies, whom in turn you can dress up in the ironic Pv Z outfits. In a sense making the two games canon?
  • Genie in a Bottle: Genies can grant your Sims' wishes - at the risk of backfiring horribly.
    • Never, ever, ever wish for "Fire." The backfire is... literally a fire. At least if "Water" doesn't go as planned Sims only have to mop up a flood.
    • It's a quest in The Sims Medieval.
    • In The Sims 3 wishes can no longer backfire, but you can only get three from one lamp. Also you can free the genie and add him to your household for the first time.
  • Germanic Depressives: The Goth family are rather dour and spooky and though their nationality is never stated, Goth is a German surname.
  • Global Currency Exception: MagiCoins in the Makin' Magic expansion pack. Necessary to buy anything magic-related, up to and including the residential lots in Magic Town.
  • G-Rated Sex: While it's clear that the sims are having sex on occasion, it's never explicitly mentioned, and has a stand-in name for it: "Woo-hooing". If two sims does have the possibility to have sex somewhere, you can either make them "Woo-hoo" or "Try making babies".
  • Hammerspace: Sims apparently carry around everything from screwdrivers to mops to shovels in their pockets and can whip them out as needed. Hell, you can store a piano in a Sim's inventory (in the sequel at least).
  • High Voltage Death: This is one way your sims can die, by trying to repair electrical appliances with poor mechanical/handiness skills, or (in the Seasons expansions for the second two games) being struck by lightning. Comes complete with X-Ray Sparks.
  • Hobos: Bobo the bum appears in the console versions. He will show at your door asking for food.
  • It's Always Spring: Sim children go to school every day, and the plant life is always leafy and green. (The Makin' Magic expansion pack breaks the pattern by being set in the fall, although the most you can do to bring the change of season back to the main neighborhood is to use its orange-leafed flora in regular lots.) A mod allows kids and teenagers to get the whole summer off.
    • Days of the week exist in the core The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 games, including children not going to school on weekends and every job having at least two days off during the week. Seasons were added in the aptly-named Seasons expansion pack of The Sims 2.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Malcolm donates the player a spare mansion in the console version, only to evict you in the sequel. He is later chased out of his new house by your mom, allowing the player to move in.
  • Light Is Not Good: Malcolm Landgraab, the antagonist in the console games, is decked out in an almost entirely white outfit. This does nothing to prevent him from being one of the most evil Sims in the entire series.
  • Losing Your Head: The console version has a head in a jar as artwork that you can buy.
    • The original The Sims has a head in a jar on a vaguely human-body-shaped metal stand that can be bought as a statue.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: In both Sims 2 and Sims 3, it's possible for the sims to "Woohoo" in bed, in a pool, in a car, in an elevator, in a fitting booth, in the shower, in a sauna etc etc. Made frustrating if your sim is a celebrity in the third game and does any of this, which is a scandal that the magazines will be all over. Heck, sometimes you have to clear this up in trial, depending on how famous your sim is!
  • Market-Based Title: The Livin' Large and Vacation expansions were renamed Livin' It Up and On Holiday, respectively, in most European and some Asian releases.
  • Meaningful Name: A number, but Malcolm Landgraab wins points for not only having a punny surname but for even having the significance of his first name lampshaded in his bio: "If he were meant to be a good guy, he'd probably be called 'Benedict'" ('Mal' and 'Bene' being the Latin roots for a number of words connoting 'bad/evil' and 'good', respectively).
  • Modern Stasis: No matter how long you play for, the world never changes at all.
  • Mr Seahorse: A male sim can get pregnant if he gets abducted by aliens, but only with an alien spawn. However, if you use cheat codes, he can get pregnant with a normal baby.
  • My Beloved Smother: "Mom" in the console version.
  • Prophetic Name: The Goth family.
  • Remilitarized Zone: The Octagon. Unlocked if you pursue the Military career in The Sims Bustin' Out.
  • Robot / Robot Buddy / Robot Maid: Sims can create robots to assist them, which may eventually gain sentience. Judging by the timeline of the games, fairly primitive SimBots are made in The Sims 3 and eventually developed into the Servoes of The Sims and the more advanced Servoes of The Sims 2 before Sims develop the advanced technology of Into The Future's PlumBots.
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors: In the expansions, pleading for a Sim's life would involve playing Rock-Paper-Scissors with death (though your chance to win was actually based off of how much the pleading Sim loved the dead Sim). The second game replaced this with a Shell Game type system.
  • Sad Clown: If you have his painting on your wall and one of your Sims gets depressed enough, Sunny the Tragic Clown will show up to try and cheer him or her up. Since Sunny is every bit as depressed as the Sim he's trying to cheer up, this only makes things worse.
  • Sexophone: Teased in Sims 4. The Woo-Hoo soundtrack sounds like it's going to be this, but the melody is actually played by strings.
  • Shout-Out: Has a page.
  • The Slacker: Dudley Landgrabb. His mobile home in The Sims Bustin' Out is the second rung up from Mom's House.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: When the raccoon El Bandito comes to eat from the outdoor trash can, the same scary music plays as when a burglar comes.
  • Speaking Simlish: The Trope Namer.
    • Although Simlish actually seems to have some aspects of a Con Lang: among other things, there is a set word for "baby" ("nooboo"), which works just like the English word (i.e. can be used to refer to an actual baby or as a term of endearment) and "Vadish" seems to mean "Thank you".
  • Sugar Bowl: The whole game world. Though one can easily make a Crapsaccharine World out of it.
  • Take That: The congratulations prompt for attaining the "Broadway Star" job. Maxis can't resist the obvious jab at Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • The Talk: In The Sims 4 teenage sims can "Ask about Woo-hoo" to their parents.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Averted. Not only does it take up lots of time, but if you want to engage another Sim in a conversation, you can't multitask while doing so (Sims will chat if they find themselves eating at the same table or something, but you can't control the conversation that way).
    • Reinstated (more or less) with Sims 4. Sims can multi-task with most things, have group conversations, and you can direct speech while the Sim is busy doing something else. While eating & conversing was always present, pretty much any task that doesn't require intense focus will have Sims chatting with people in the same room.
  • Technology Marches On: Going back to the first game nowadays, the frequent use of the Comic Sans font will probably annoy you a lot more than it did back in the day.
  • Super Serum: In the Livin' Large expansion pack, Sims can create a variety of different potions using a chemistry set, which causes different effects when drunk depending on its colour:
  • Videogame Cruelty Potential/You Bastard
    • Cruel Player Character God: Somewhat obvious given that you're taking almost complete control over the lives of several people. You can easily and intentionally kill your Sims through starvation, burn their house to the ground as a result of bad cooking, and if you prefer to keep them alive, prevent them from going to school, force them to flirt with their (attractive or unattractive) neighbors, drive them into bankruptcy, and start familial and neighborhood conflicts that last a lifetime. Also, this. Or this list detailing the various ways you can be cruel; the basement one is rather disturbing.
    • This fake trailer takes the above and runs with it.
  • Video Game Perversity Potential: There are several adult mods/custom content out there, but due to the limitations of the first game most of them were limited to taking away censor blurs and adding sexy clothes.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Mortimer Goth. Also Drew Carey.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The Age Freeze Potion you can buy with lifetime experience lets you experience this trope in full effect.

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