This YMMV page is for the series as a whole.
* For the first game, [[YMMV/TheSims1 click here]].
* For the second game, [[YMMV/TheSims2 click here]].
* For the third game, [[YMMV/TheSims3 click here]].
* For the fourth game, [[YMMV/TheSims4 click here]].

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: 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?
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[AwesomeMusic/TheSims Has its own page.]]
* BlackHoleSue: [[AddressingThePlayer You]]! The more you play the game, the more the entire city changes to suit your Sims.
* BrokenBase:
** 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.
* CrackIsCheaper: 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.
* CreepyAwesome: It's very possible to build a Sim like this.
* EarWorm:
** 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4kq_VDA8cM Sims 4 Ghosts trailer]], even if you aren't a fan of the fourth game, you have to admit it's seriously catchy.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Many players enjoy improving Lilith Pleasant's life, often at the expense of [[TheScrappy Angela's]].
** And it seems like some players like the Townie Goopy, maybe because of his name and his big nose.
** The Pleasantview Goths and Strangetown Curious family are pretty popular.
** Kaylynn Langerak was an NPC with a minor story role in ''The Sims 2'', but it made her popular enough to merit a promotion to playable character with her own extended family in ''The Sims 3''.
** There's a sizable minority of players who prefer to marry Mortimer to Kaylynn instead of his canonical wife, Bella, in ''The Sims 3''. The two most commonly cited reasons are Bella's ubiquitous place in the games getting annoying, and fans being upset by a throwaway comment in the PSP spin-off suggesting that Bella only married Mortimer for his money.
** Many players seem to enjoy developing Bailey Swain (a Moonlight Falls teen sim) to be much, much more awesome than the character that she's the {{Expy}} of, [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Bella Swan]].
** The Landgraabs originally appeared as the main antagonists of The Sims 1 console port, but has become popular enough to appear in every game afterward.
* EvilIsCool: 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 EvilLaugh every time another Sim dies, steal candy from babies and children, and {{Troll}} forums. GoodIsBoring 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.
** [[http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Sinjin_Balani Sinjin Balani]] being the son/grandson of [[http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Bunny_Curious Bunny Curious]].
* FanPreferredCouple: 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''.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments:
** The cutscene for [[spoiler:a MisterSeahorse 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 [[spoiler: [[EverythingsBetterWithLlamas from a herd of angry llamas]].]]
* GameBreaker:
** 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, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin more challenging]].
* HollywoodPudgy: Female "fat" Sims, with only a slightly wider waist than the rail-thin "normal" Sim ladies, somewhat larger boobs, and HartmanHips (or at least they're HartmanHips compared to regular female Sims). Male fat Sims are kind of similar; they have potbellies, less muscle definition, and slightly larger thighs, but that's all. And both sexes are lumpier of build than the regular Sims. The second game is the worst offender.
** By Sims 4 this has been completely averted. The Create-A-Sim makes it easy to create a naturally fat Sim, and there are a few fat folks in the neighbourhood. It's also possible for your Sim to get fat if they eat too much and don't exercise, and even allows you to create characters who look genuinely anorexic thanks to its flexible sliders.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Nervous Subject. He might be a mean, antisocial slob with no sense of humour, but he was neglected as a child and used by his 'adoptive parents', the Beakers, who are also very mean, for experiments. He's a Family Sim, and is a far more capable babysitter than the nannies the game provides (though that may say more about [[GameBreakingBug the nannies]] than Nervous Subject himself).
** Agnes Crumplebottom is built out of this. She lost her husband as a young adult, and they were planning to have children. To make matters worse, the ghost of her husband is stated to have scared away any potential suitors, eventually making her the bitter and love-hating Miss Crumplebottom.
** Tybalt Capp, who lost both of his parents and his grandmother in a short period of time, as well as being a Popularity Sim with no friends outside his family.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Many people often play these games either to just kill people in horrible ways, make their Sims miserable, or to make their character [[ReallyGetsAround Really Get Around]]. Alternatively, they play just to be able to play as characters they like (true for a lot of games with CharacterCustomization) or have a popular GameMod.
* MarySue:
** Literally with Mary-Sue Pleasant, who actually turns out to be a {{deconstruction}} of the trope. She's so obsessed with her job that she doesn't notice her husband's affair with the maid, or the fact that her twin daughters hate each other.
** The majority of female Sims put on the Exchange have a description like "omg this is Jennifer she is so kewl and awesome and pretty please download!!!!!!11"
** To a lesser extent, Mary-Sue's daughter Angela could be considered this.
** "Jamie Jolina is an intelligent as she is beautiful. Can she prove to the world that two traits can coexist?"
* MemeticMutation: [[http://ts4news.com/post/94541924952/89-features-missing-from-the-sims-4 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.
* MostAnnoyingSound: 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.
* SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound: Several, one example being the little tune that plays when obtaining Pangu's Axe.
* ScapegoatCreator: 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". FanDumb feared he was going to "turn ''The Sims'' into EverQuest." It didn't help that he [[AuthorAvatar appeared as a Sim]] in one expansion as essentially a door-to-door hype salesman.
* TheScrappy:
** 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 ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', 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, [[GameBreakingBug 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.
* StopHelpingMe: 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.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: 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.
* TearJerker:
** 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 HeartwarmingMoment and a TearJerker.
** A Fridge Tear Jerker: Juliett Capp is a Family Sim. Romeo Monty is a [[CasanovaWannabe 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 ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' a happy ending? [[YankTheDogsChain 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... [[BittersweetEnding at least that means they'll]] ''[[BittersweetEnding both]]'' [[BittersweetEnding 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.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks:
** 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)
* UncannyValley:
** 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''...
* WTHCostumingDepartment: Some of the clothing items are rather hideous, to the extent that here are mods [[http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=445642 to]] [[http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=478334 alter]] [[http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=436182 or]] [[http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=419327 hide]] [[http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=418991 them]].
* TheWoobie: 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 CursedWithAwesome...
** Also Bella Goth, to an extent.
** Lilith Pleasant and Ripp Grunt, the famous [[TheUnfavourite unfavorites]]. Same for Joe [=MacDuff=], MuggleBornOfMages.
** 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''.
** The Newsons from ''Apartment Life''. They're a family of adopted children whose parents have died, and the two teens have to juggle school, caring for the younger ones and providing a steady income. Unless you move them in with an adult Sim of course.
** Vidcund Curious might also have been the unfavourite to his brothers. Compared to Pascal and Lazlo, Vidcund was never helped with his homework by his parents, and his girlfriend dumped him for Loki Beaker, which according to his memories is implied to be because of a bladder accident.
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