YMMV / The Sims

This YMMV page is for the series as a whole.


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Any Sim is subject to this. In particular, any Sim in The Sims 2 who has ended up with the Grilled Cheese aspiration: folks who have shed the burden of ambition and learned to enjoy the simple things in life (even if it is only grilled cheese sandwiches), or mindless, emotionless zombies whose desire for grilled cheese is all-consuming?
  • Annoying Video Game Helper: The Nanny NPC can be like this. She usually will a) not take care of your children at all, instead she will bake cakes (and ignore them if the baby starts crying, thus causing a fire) or watch TV Or b) she will pay too much attention to the baby, waking them up to feed and bathe them (when their hunger or hygiene motives are full), and then putting them on the floor instead of in a crib.
  • Awesome Music: Has its own page.
  • Broken Base:
    • Which is the best EP?
    • Is TS3 awesome, or does it suck forever?
    • When TS4 was announced, the community was broken between players that were disappointed and players that were excited.
    • The revelation that Sims 4 would not have basic features like pools or toddlers at release definitely angered the fan base. Now people are just angry about the toddlers.
    • After a demo of The Sims 4's Create-A-Sim was released, the fandom was once again split due to not everyone having received it.
    • You will either prefer the classic sim era (2000), or the newer ones (Sims 2, Sims 3). Most commonly you will either prefer Sims 2 or Sims 3 and hate the other. But there is no say that you can't like them all, it's just rarer.
    • One has already developed over TS4 on whether it's a return to the good old days of TS1/2 with its character-centered gameplay, or whether the removal of some popular features (open world, toddlers and Create-A-Style) means it's just a giant step back for the series overall. The fanbase is split into two groups: Those that find it inferior to The Sims 3, thus already obsolete, and those who like the new features it presents and enjoy the fact that it still gives the same fun open-ended experience Sims fans can expect from the franchise.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: Due to the glut of DLC, expansions and content packs, this has increasingly come to apply, with the entire set of The Sims 3 costing well over $500, and The Sims 4 eagerly trotting down this route with its many Stuff Packs and Expansions.
  • Creepy Awesome: It's very possible to build a Sim like this.
  • Ear Worm:
    • Given enough time, you will have the loading/neighborhood and buy/build music burned into your memory. Not helping matters is that every other expansion or so introduces a new version of some of these tracks to fit with the pack's theme (college marching band for University, electronic/techno for Free Time/Open for Business, tropical for Bon Voyage, etc).
    • The music played in the Sims 4 Ghosts trailer, even if you aren't a fan of the fourth game, you have to admit it's seriously catchy.
  • Evil Is Cool: Oh, hell yes! A Sim with the evil trait can amongst other things donate money to counter-charities, look for evil deeds and stars in the telescope, do an Evil Laugh every time another Sim dies, steal candy from babies and children, and Troll forums. Good Is Boring in comparison. Additionally, Evil Sims can take an Evil Bath or Evil Shower, and they also get a positive moodlet ("Fiendishly Delighted") if another Sim in the room is unhappy.
  • Fanon:
    • Frances Worthington is played as gay in many stories, and the townie Meadow Thayer is said to be "the neighborhood bicycle". Also, in fanfics usually there is some sort of connection between Strangetown and Pleasantview (because Bella Goth can be found as a townie in Strangetown), and usually Lilith Pleasant is seen as the better twin, while Angela is seen as a Mary Sue.
    • Sinjin Balani being the son/grandson of Bunny Curious.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Discounting pairings which are hinted at in canon, there's a lot of support on various forums for Darren/Brandi in The Sims 2 and Mortimer/Kaylynn in The Sims 3.
  • Funny Moments:
    • The cutscene for a Mr. Seahorse birth. Doubly funny if you compare it with the regular ones.
    • One of the jobs for the firefighters in The Sims 3: Ambitions, should you have Late Night installed too, is to save the movie set from a herd of angry llamas.
  • Fridge Horror: How do male Sims give birth to their alien offspring? The only nearby orifice is... NO.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • When Sims play chess, they move the chess pieces appropriately.
    • Raise your hands if you know that mellifera is the second part of the Latin name for a family of honey bees. note 
  • Game Breaker:
    • This trope may be the reason why people eventually started coming up with various Challenges for the game. Most of these challenges prohibit the use of some or all of Game Breakers, thus making the game, well, more challenging.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: Averted. The series was never specifically aimed at girls but it was created as a "virtual dollhouse" and is one of the most popular franchises out there with female gamers. The Sims is one of the most profitable PC video game franchises out there and is well respected amongst gamers in general.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many people often play these games either to just kill people in horrible ways, make their Sims miserable, or to make their character Really Get Around. Alternatively, they play just to be able to play as characters they like (true for a lot of games with Character Customization) or have a popular Game Mod.
  • Memetic Mutation: A list of complaints about missing features in The Sims 4 popped up containing the line "Babies are mere objects," which caught on pretty quickly.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The incessent complaining of your Sims when they were forced to get out of bed before being fully rested or were otherwise not happy enough in a need. The first game was horrible with this, as the complaining could take up to in-game 30 minutes, though it was thankfully toned down in later installments.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Several, one example being the little tune that plays when obtaining Pangu's Axe.
  • Scapegoat Creator: The disproportionate scorn heaped upon Rod Humble, at one point executive producer of the Sims division, because of his past experience working with SOE and some offhand comment that he "didn't get The Sims at first". Fan Dumb feared he was going to "turn The Sims into EverQuest." It didn't help that he appeared as a Sim in one expansion as essentially a door-to-door hype salesman.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Bella Goth has gotten a surprising amount of detractors, due to her being in every game, and who are sick of the constant shilling.
    • Mrs. Crumplebottom from The Sims 2, who is an Expy to the the first Miss Crumplebottom (Agnes) who appeared in both the prequel and sequel, is just as obnoxious as the former, but does not have her sympathetic backstory. She made an honorable mention on WatchMojo's "Top 10 Worst NPC's in Videogaming"
    • Marsha Bruenig: a townie in Pleasantview. Once you meet her, she will NEVER stop calling, even at night and during school! Simmers actually regard her with fear.
    • The Nanny, who will bring your toddler bottle after bottle, even when the toddler's not hungry. And set the house on fire while cooking. To make matters worse, she won't leave your house even after you've dismissed her!
    • Mortimer Goth was this to some in The Sims 1, due to his not-so-nice behavior, and annoying pranks.
    • A lot of Simmers are annoyed by babysitters in The Sims 3 because they will either neglect the baby or constantly bother him/her when all needs are full. Also, if there is a baby swing and the baby is in it, the sitter will often set the swing on fast, making the baby cranky and sick.
    • The Ottomas family from Seasons. They are ugly, bugged, can even corrupt the game, and Samantha gives birth to the most hideous twins in the world.
    • Angela is commonly considered "bland and boring" by many of the Fandom, most of whom prefer Lilith's more interesting rebellious and cynical personality.
    • Katrina Caliente is this to some parts of the fandom, due to her being an allegedly "whitewashed" version of Nighat Caliente.
  • Squick: For a period of time, a glitch in Sims 4 made it possible for family members to have romantic relationships with each other and even have whims to do so. This included children, meaning a parent could have the desire to "woohoo" with their child or vice versa. Thankfully, this was fixed rather quickly.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Averted in The Sims 2: Open For Business, where a new radio station is added entitled "New Wave", which features acts such as Depeche Mode and Howard Jones - who actually rerecorded their 80s hits in Simlish for the game. Other games also feature songs in Simlish, which usually sound more like English than normal Simlish.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Heck, any time a Sim dies, especially if you're one to get attached to them.
    • Sims will sometimes get the "My Love!" moodlet from seeing the ghost of their dead lover. It's both a Heartwarming Moment and a Tear Jerker.
    • A Fridge Tear Jerker: Juliett Capp is a Family Sim. Romeo Monty is a Romance Sim. This Tear Jerker applies to any relationship between a Romance Sim and a Sim of any other aspiration, since the former won't be happy unless they're cheating on their hapless partner, but this particular example is the most heartwrenching. Thought you could give Romeo and Juliet a happy ending? Think again, their incompatible aspirations will pull the rug out from under that plan. There's some weird consolation in the fact that the expansion packs accidentally gave Juliett a Romance-themed lifetime wish, so... at least that means they'll both end up sleeping around...?
    • If you read the memories of the Curious family, you'll discover that their mother, Kitty, died close to Vidcund becoming an adult.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • People who are really glued to a certain Sims game, will probably criticise the sequel hard. Most commonly is Sims 2 fans hating on Sims 3 because the sim models got more realistic (which made the game lose it's charm), and that you have much lesser control over their lives than in 2.
    • The major complaint about Sims 4 as there were quite a few drastic changes made. (Some bad, some very good)
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Many of the custom mods (specially the ones to simulate celebrities) give more detailed skins, eyes, hair, etc... it can be a little disturbing.
    • To some, the Sims in The Sims 3 are like this. While in The Sims 2 they were realistically animated and proportioned while still having cartoonish facial expressions, The Sims 3 attempts a realistic look which just makes Sims look like vacant, dead-eyed zombies. They also tend to react in ways that seem like they're not sane.
    • The Sims in The Sims 2 can be considered this as well. It's the extremely detailed teeth that do it, not to mention that some Sims lack eyebrows...
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Some of the clothing items are rather hideous, to the extent that here are mods to alter or hide them.
  • The Woobie:
    • Basically every Sim that has the loser and/or unlucky trait. Even Death takes pity on the poor sap; both provide immunity to death by anything other than old age. The drawbacks for both are pretty light, so it's really a case of Cursed with Awesome...
    • Also Bella Goth, to an extent.
    • Agnes too. She wanted to have a perfect family life with her new husband, and he died. They even had a nursery. Now she lives a depressed life and becomes the purse-wielding grump we know in Hot Date.

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