The Sims 4
The Howlter Household
The klutzy, awkward Sim who started it all, Dil Howlter is the first Sim in the series and the leader of the Howlter household.
- Adorkable: As the combination of Dan and Phil, this is practically a given.
- Alien Abduction: He gets to experience it in the bowling episode, and takes the experience much better than Tabitha did in her experiences. This abduction is what gets him pregnant. He's since been abducted a second time with no consequence.
- Beauty Mark: Located on his right cheek.
- Color Motifs: Wears all black, like Dan, but retains Phil's silliness with coordinating bunny slippers.
- Composite Character: Designed to be one for Dan and Phil.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's a bit of a ditz.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: A tad; he has a tendency to intervene whenever Tabitha is talking to someone else (with Dan and Phil's influence, of course).
- Doting Parent: He acts like one occasionally.
- Fainting: Of the exhaustion variety. Dil is prone to going so long without re-energizing that his energy stat bar will completely deplete, and he'll have an energy failure and collapse.
- Family Man: Dil cares a lot about his wife and children.
- Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: He's been a mixologist, a violinist, a painter, a bonsai trimmer, and a guitarist. While he shows some proficiency in each of these, they are all fleeting hobbies because Dan and Phil tend to sacrifice the hobby items to sell when they need money for something else.
- Happily Married: To Tabitha as of Episode 29.
- Has Two Daddies: Technically since Dan and Phil created him. They even talk about him as though he's their son sometimes, and micromanage his life, due to the way the game works.
- In-Series Nickname: Dan and Phil call him "Dilly" every now and then.
- The Klutz: He's constantly dropping plates and bowls in the sink and breaking them when trying to wash them. Well, Dan and Phil did give him the clumsy trait...
- Mad Scientist: Since becoming a scientist, he's fallen in this category, and at Dan's behest, a creepy laboratory was even added to his home to go with this idea. He's more clueless and excited than malicious, but still, his activities in this played-straight LP include:
- Freezing people and transforming so many objects with his SimRay that the ray only creates flames, on multiple occasions.
- Going as far as to break into the home of his tenuous friends and start transforming their things, too, which makes them none too happy, especially after it creates a fire instead.
- Cloning Eliza.
- Building a portal to an alien planet, taking the clone Eliza on a visit there with him and leaving her there. Except Dan and Phil accidentally sent the real Eliza instead.
- Meaningful Name: It's a combination of "Dan Howell" and "Phil Lester", as he's designed to resemble a combination of his two creators.
- Mr. Seahorse: His abduction leaves him pregnant with an alien baby.
- No Social Skills: Subverted. While he's quite friendly and sociable, he's also very weird and has no real close friendships, with past contacts either becoming enemies, forgetting about him, or only weakly remaining friends due to his actions.
- Official Couple: With Tabitha.
- Parents as People: Loves his sons, but is rather neglectful due to his busy schedule and clumsiness, to the point that his son Dab once collapsed due to exhaustion and hunger.
- Second Love: Tabitha was married before him, but now, the two of them are Happily Married.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Erica Pendleton.
- Would Hit a Girl: Dil publicly fights Erica Pendleton on two occasions, the first time solidifying their enmity, and the second making the enmity officially declared.
- The Xenophile: Being abducted by aliens usually leaves the abductee (such as his wife) dazed. But when Dil comes back from being abducted, he's having a Fanboy moment over the alien technology!
- Your Cheating Heart: Maybe? He was impregnated by an alien during his first abduction, but the clinical title of said alien and the question of consent make it hard to define as cheating.
The fourth girl Dil gets involved with, and the one who becomes his wife. Though her marital past comes into question upon her moving in, she seems to be in a better situation with Dil.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: It's unclear how old she's supposed to be (she has been married before Dil, so she can't be that young), but during his childhood, she could have easily passed herself off as Dab's older sister.
- Adorkable: Like Dil, Tabitha can definitely come across as such.
- Alien Abduction: This has happened to her three times.
- Ascended Extra: She went from a background stranger to Dil's girlfriend and wife, and Dan and Phil have since given her some focus after gaining the ability to oversee her actions upon her moving in with Dil.
- Boring, but Practical: Her job as an entertainment entrepreneur bores Phil, but her salary is enticing enough to let her keep the job once Dan and Phil gain control of her.
- Birds of a Feather: She and Dil are both weird, geeky types who get overly-excited about things.
- Cloudcuckoolander: She's a good match for Dil, as she sleeps in sunglasses and stays up all night swimming and dancing after WooHoo, in addition to playing with toys in the middle of the street and dancing with shop mannequins.
- Contrived Coincidence: In a meta sense. In appearance and personality, she might be compared to a female combination of Dan and Phil, and she ends up with the male, intentional combination of the two in Dil. This, as well as her lack of official info, has fueled a conspiracy theory about Dan and Phil creating her to hook up with Dil, despite randomly-generated Sims being a thing, and her visible apprearances prior to becoming a relevant character.
- Cool Shades: She wears these with her work outfit and, bizarrely, with her pajamas.
- Early-Bird Cameo: She made an early appearance in the ninth episode of the playthrough when Dil went out fishing.
- Gasshole: Has been seen farting on multiple occasions, and is the only character in the playthrough seen doing so.
- Happily Married: To Dil.
- In-Series Nickname: She's often referred to as "Tabs" and "T-bag." (The latter being used despite both Dan and Phil agreeing it's a terrible nickname and they should stop.)
- Last Girl Wins: She's the fourth and last character introduced as a love interest for Dil, and she was the first of them that entered a serious relationship with him. Eventually, they married and have each had a child.)
- Moment Killer: She becomes the most embarrassing mom ever when she stops by Dab's room while Evan is over and starts dancing to his jukebox right when things were about to get more a little more serious between the teens.
- Official Couple: She became the first proper girlfriend, and soon after, wife, to Dil, and has started a family with him.
- Parents as People: Loves her sons, but is rather neglectful due to her absentmindedness to the point that Dab once collapsed due to exhaustion and hunger, and her stress drives her to distract herself with a game of Blicblock while Dil is giving birth to Dalien.
- Perky Goth: She has dark hair and wears a shirt with a fancy skull pattern, but she's a childlike personality who often wears lighter colors (including the color of her skull shirt). Likely conscious of this vibe, Dan and Phil have Tabitha buy a skeleton-rabbit guitar during a shopping trip.
- The Pigpen: In Dan's words, she's a "stinky ho", which is to say that one of her inherent traits is Slob, which makes her prone to flatulence, dirtiness, and poor hygiene. Even Dil has been grossed out by her.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has black hair and is rather pale.
- Tears of Fear: When Dil scares her with his panda costume on their camping trip, she is startled to tears, but he quickly cheers her up with a stroke of the cheek and a kiss...while still wearing the creepy panda costume.
- Two First Names: Her surname, Casper, is also commonly a first name.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Her default outfit includes these.
- Wicked Stepmother: Inverted. She's not Dalien's biological mother, but raises him as her own, and doesn't love him any less than she loves Dab.
- Womanchild: She has the "childish" trait, after all. Downplayed in that she's capable of taking care of herself (mostly) and has a job and can do "adult" things like pay bills... she just does those things in between playing with a toy dinosaur, dancing with mannequins, and drawing on the back of menus. She also frequently raids her sons' toy chest and has genuinely played with the toys more than her children have.
- Your Cheating Heart: She was still living with another man prior to dating (and later marrying) Dil, to which neither Dan or Phil were actually privy to until they looked at her relationship tab. There, they found she was on extremely bad terms with him, now listed as an ex (though it remains unclear whether the divorce happened before due to the relationship, automatically once Tabitha agreed to move in with Dil, or if Tabitha was for some reason living miserably with her ex-husband).
The son of Dil and Tabitha Howlter. He's energetic and artistically inclined, and while emotional, he tends to be a bit of a flirt with a goofy wild side. He goes into acting upon becoming an adult and moving out.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: While there are a few setbacks, Dab manages to puzzle his way through an ancient temple by taking time to examine everything first, which narrows down his courses of action.
- Cheerful Child: He becomes this when he ages into a toddler, and Dan and Phil choose for him to retain this trait when he ages up.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He and Evan were born close to the same time and knew each other ever since, becoming friends and later developing feelings for each other upon becoming teenagers. They become a couple soon after.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's made friends with the monster under his bed. He acts a bit weird in other ways, too, and is often very theatrical and inappropriately grandiose in his romantic expression.
- Emo Teen: Dan and Phil interpret him this way once he gets rejected by Evan and throws himself under the covers in apparent shame. His bedroom is also redecorated to be very pretentious.
- Flowers of Romance: Due to his romantic tendencies, he tends to itch for the chance to produce these, and this turns out to be the safer, successful way for him to initiate romantic interactions with Evan.
- Friend to All Living Things: On a jungle trip with Evan, he continually chooses to help wild animals thanks to Dan and Phil, even after failures that hurt him and upset the wildlife.
- From the Mouths of Babes: He appalls a group of teenagers at the park by shouting curse words, and this isn't the first time Dan and Phil have made him do so during his childhood.
- Growing Up Sucks: Dab misses toddlerhood during his child years.
- I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Per Dan and Phil, Dab exercises a bit of caution in trying again to engage romantically with Evan after an embarrassing faux pas. Turns out the friendship was fine, but Dab was just way too forward.
- I Kiss Your Hand: An attempted romantic advance with Evan that backfired horribly. The two got over it, though, and it has since succeeded.
- Like Father, Like Son: Tends to alienate others with his exuberance, and Dan and Phil make him wear bunny slippers like Dil. Dab also follows in his father's footsteps by immediately falling asleep after his first sexual experience.
- Meaningful Name: It's a combination of his parents', much like Dil's was a combination of his creators'. Also, it doubles as a memetic reference that annoys Dan.
- Messy Hair: During toddlerhood, his hair is a huge frizzy bob. His hair is much neater as a child, but upon becoming a teenager, his hair becomes a bit less tidy.
- Official Couple: With Evan.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The energetic, artistic Red Oni to Evan's shy, scientific Blue. When it comes to romance, there are further contrasts, as Dab is much bolder and naughtier than Evan.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He looks very much like Dil...right down to inheriting his bunny slippers! However, his are restricted to his sleepwear. Additionally, upon aging up again, his default teen outfit shows about the same amount of class as his parents'.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin is blue.
- Cool Shades: His human swimwear includes them as a child.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Half-alien, half-human. This allows him to transform into a humanoid form at will.
- Happily Adopted: In a sense, by Tabitha, since his biological mother isn't around. Tabitha seems fine with raising Dalien as her own, and Dalien probably can't tell the difference, anyhow.
- Humanoid Aliens: Born from a species of them and from an actual human. But his blue skin, black eyes, and lack of hair mean he can't be mistaken for anything but an alien.
- Meaningful Name: Like Dil and Dab, he's a combination of his parents' names.
- Missing Mom: He has never met his biological mother and sadly, he never can, seeing as she only exists for genetic purposes in the game's code. However, he is happy in his new family, and his mother sent a letter to him.
- Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: He's an alien with a red-haired, green-eyed human disguise.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can make himself look like an ordinary human at will, which becomes his default guise under Dan and Phil's discretion.
The family dog, a "Shiba Corgu" mix.
The Pancakes Household
Dil's friend and initially a prospective girlfriend whose relationship potential with him ended due to her existing marriage. While she turned out to be something of a clingy friend, a SimRay incident that both made Dil seem like an ass to them and led to Eliza and her husband conceiving Evan in the aftermath has brought her closer to her husband.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: She's been married for several years and has a child, yet she still looks relatively young.
- Awful Wedded Life: She and Bob don't seem very happy, but with the birth of Evan, it may be getting better. The couple are seen passionately kissing later on, so maybe it did help.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Dan and Phil note that she's still quite beautiful upon aging up to an elder.
- Moment Killer: She always seems to text at the worst time. Like when Tabitha is in labor, for instance. She also interrupts a get-together between Dab and Evan (in which Dab was trying to figure out his friend's potential feelings for him) by sitting on the couch between them and chatting.
- Romantic False Lead: She was originally intended to be Dil's love interest and they did spend a fair amount of time together. However, her marriage ended the romance before it could begin, with her rejecting Dil and Dan and Phil backing off with his pursuit.
- Scare Chord: Dan and Phil always mark her frequent uninvited appearances with these.
- Stalker with a Crush: Dan and Phil interpret her behavior as such after Dil stopped pursuing her. She has a habit of showing up unannounced at Dil's house and texting him at extremely inopportune times, especially involving Tabitha.
- Your Cheating Heart: Averted. While she didn't like her marriage, it prevented her from reciprocating any feelings Dil had for her. Even with her weird stalkerish behavior, it's never officially romantic in nature.
Eliza's husband. He and Dil have a somewhat shaky friendship, due to Dil's brief attempts to court his wife.
- Awful Wedded Life: He and Eliza don't have the best marriage. Time will tell if Evan's birth will change it. Judging by their makeout session seen later, they must not be doing too badly.
The son of Eliza and Bob Pancakes. After buying the Pancakes family a new bed (they lit their old one on fire), Dan and Phil have Bob and Eliza WooHoo to test the bed, and Eliza becomes pregnant, with Evan as the result. He is shy and reserved and interested in science, and goes into the medical field as an adult.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He and Dab have known each other all their lives, and later become romantically interested in each other as teenagers before becoming boyfriends.
- Meaningful Name: Subverted since Dan and Phil missed the birth and Evan had already been named. Perhaps this was for the best, as the only probable names under Dan and Phil's established pattern would be "Boliza" or "Elizob".
- Mixed Ancestry: His mother is white and his father is black. He takes after his father more, but his skin is lighter than Bob's.
- Official Couple: With Dab.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The reserved, scientific Blue Oni to Dab's energetic, artistic Red Oni. He is also more shy and reserved when it comes to romance, whereas Dab is a bold and theatrical flirt.
- Secret Keeper: So far, he is the only person beside the Howlter family that knows Dalien is an alien. He was initially shaken, but quickly got over it.
- Shrinking Violet: Certainly qualified as this when he was little, but has since gained a sense of confidence, though not enough to make him take any action to leave a city club after the Howlters forgot him there for three days. Dan and Phil choose to keep a shy, awkward element in his personality, however.
The Pancakes family cat.
- Artistic License Biology: She has a raccoon's voice, due to Dan and Phil selecting that vocal setting to test it out as a joke and never switching it back to a cat setting.
- Cats Are Mean: Has no problem with taking another animal's pet bed, and makes no efforts to leave.
- Cute Kitten: Cute enough for Dab to just casually steal her and take her home.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Her name, though it's partially influenced by her golden brown coloring.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Subverted as of episode 53. Dan and Phil forgot to give her cat amenities or any kind of attention at all when she was first added to the Pancakes household, not realizing their error because they don't play as the Pancakeses that often. Thanks to a storm of distressed comments, they finally got around to it.
- Cloning Blues: Thus far averted. Both Elizas are okay with each other.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Her outfits were initially the only thing setting her apart from Eliza, but a couple of episodes after her introduction, where Dan and Phil age up the cast, they deliberately elect to leave her alone so the now-elderly Eliza will be easier to tell apart.
- Theme Naming: Her name is slightly different from Eliza's, but similar enough to make it clear she's a clone.
Friends and Acquaintances
A girl Dil sees sleeping on a park bench on his first night. Dan and Phil try to get them to hook up, but she is definitely not the girl for Dil, as her evil personality and a public fight turn them into bitter enemies instead.
- Jerkass: Since she's literally evil, it makes sense. She'll openly fight and insult Dil, and even refuses to attend his wedding before showing up anyway.
- Odd Friendship: Bizarrely, she's apparently rather good friends with Tabitha.
- Pet the Dog: She comes to Dil and Tabitha's wedding even though she and Dil hate each other, presumably because she's friends with Tabitha.
- Romantic False Lead: She was originally intended to be a love interest for Dil, but that didn't last very long due to their clashing personalities and clear distaste for each other. She instead became his...
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: After a public fight completely destroyed any salvageable goodwill between her and Dil (and a second one made them Official Enemies), she serves this role from time to time, and is the closest thing the playthrough has to a villain.
A former love interest of Dil's. Like Eliza, she doesn't seem to want to leave Dil alone.
- Expy: Bears a striking resemblance to Queen Elsa.
- Ironic Name: Looks like Elsa, but is named for the opposite of winter.
- Out of Focus: Since she and Dil stopped seeing each other, she's been seen increasingly less, and only remained a presence in the playthrough by continuing to text Dil. As Dil is married and the focus has shifted to the new generation of Howlters and Pancakeses, she is unlikely to reappear by Dan and Phil's intention.
- Romantic False Lead: She was set up as a possible girlfriend for Dil earlier in the series, but the relationship didn't stick.
- Stalker with a Crush: She has bothered Dil with requests to spend time with him, including texting Dil right before his wedding asking him out on a date.
- Unrequited Love Switcheroo: After tepid interactions with Dil, which fizzled out when she rejected him, she started to show more interest in him, asking to hang out with him despite his having well moved on with Tabitha.
The Mark of Oxin
A hero whose ordinary adventures soon take him on a much stranger journey. He bears the titular Mark of Oxin, which he is reluctant to acknowledge.
- Disney Death: Ryan kills him, but he receives a second-chance resurrection and returns to his adventure.
- Good People Have Good Sex: According to the angels he has threesomes with in Heaven, he's "great".
- Holy Hand Grenade: He gains a "holy" attack from God.
- Jerkass: He's not especially kind to Emily.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Alex discovers that he is the son of an angel and Satan, and is transformed into another demon by his father. This background gave him the Mark that allows him to access both worlds.
- Playing with Fire: He can use fire-based attacks.
The main sidekick of Alex, specializing in magic.
- The Medic: She has healing magic and is most useful in this role.
- Shock and Awe: She has an electric attack known as "Sparkle".
- Spell My Name with an "S": Being from a game created by a fourteen-year-old Phil, her name is frequently misspelled as "Emiliy" in the game's text.
- Women Are Wiser: She is more cautious and sensible than Alex, but her suggestions are largely ignored.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The sprite and artwork Phil chose for her are blue-haired.
Emily's brother, and a late addition to the party.
A mysterious villain who really kicks off the story by killing Alex.
- Tom the Dark Lord: Yes, he is the major villain, and yes, his name is Ryan.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He loses all relevance after killing Alex, and the game ends without him ever appearing again.
- White Hair, Black Heart: A striking feature of his, and he is a villain.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Completely averted. When he catches up, he does not hesitate to push Alex into a pool of deadly lava.