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YMMV / The Sims

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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?
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  • 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.
  • Broken Base:
    • Which is the best EP?
    • Is TS3 awesome, or does it suck forever? Though after the expansion packs were completed, The Sims 2 players accept that The Sims 3 is a great game on its own, poor optimizations aside.
    • Is TS4 a return to the good old days of TS1/2 with its character-centered gameplay, or does the removal of some popular features (open world and Create-A-Style) mean it's just a huge step back for the series overall? The fanbase is split into two groups: Those who 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.
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  • 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 Aneurysm" Moment: The romance-despising Agnes Crumplebottom can be this for some players, given the revelation in The Sims 3 (which takes place before The Sims) that she was once married, but her husband tragically drowned, apparently not long after they married, thus hinting that this is the reason for her aversion of PDA.
  • Funny Moments:
    • The cutscene for a Mister 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:
    • Many, especially in The Sims 3 with the deep adjustment to the game world and the completely game-breaking lifetime awards such as reduction of needs decay, Steel Bladder (no more toilet trips), and Inheritance (large sum of money given to household no strings attached, basically "motherlode" as in-game reward, among many others.
    • 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:
  • Most Annoying Sound: The incessant 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.
  • Periphery Demographic: In-universe, adults can enjoy children's TV, movies, and books.
  • 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". Some 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, since the developers seem to make sure that she is in absolutely every game, and because she is often made out to be the "perfect sim", both in appearance and in character.
    • 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! Unless, of course, the player uses mods to put the kibosh on such behavior. Some 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!
    • The Mascots from The Sims 2 University are pretty universally loathed, since all they do is intrude on your personal space, do mean things, or flirt with you to ruin your relationships. The cheerleaders to a lesser extent, though they are more of a slight annoyance.
    • Sims in earlier games with low nice scores are generally disliked since they make keeping relationships difficult, as they autonomously go for mean interactions.
    • 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 in the Fandom, most of whom prefer Lilith's more interesting rebellious and cynical personality.
    • Speaking of Pleasants, both Daniel and Mary-Sue are quite unpopular with some people, given their generally selfish behavior.
    • Katrina Caliente has received a fair bit of criticism from fans, mostly for being a white woman who replaced an already established middle-eastern character.
  • 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. The Sims 4: City Living included Simlish versions of anime openings, including Maria The Virgin Witch and Girls Beyond The Wasteland.
  • Sequel Difficulty Drop: Over time, The Sims games have become easier and easier, with social interactions being much easier, and the moods dropping slower.
  • 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: Juliette 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 Juliette a Romance-themed lifetime wish, so... at least that means they'll both end up sleeping around...? Technology comes to the rescue though in form of Renuyu Senso-Orb...
    • If you read the memories of the Curious family, you'll discover that their mother, Kitty, died close to Vidcund becoming an adult.
    • Parents divorcing and their child crying.
  • That One Level:
    • Pregnancy, and to an extent, raising a toddler, since you either have to deal with a moody mother, which could be downright lethal in earlier games, or a toddler that you have to build skills for while being severely restricted in every part of the game while playing as one.
    • When the Tragic Clown appears in The Sims 1, be prepared to make a depressed Sim happy, while also dealing with a clown who seems to go out of his way to make life miserable.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • People who are really glued to a certain Sims game will probably criticize 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 (where finally time progresses in real-time but you can't control other household without losing control of your household and the Story Progression "feature" more often than not causes unpredictable outcomes that seems to be determined in random instead of individual Sim trait).
    • The major complaint about Sims 4 as there were quite a few drastic changes made, from the bad ones such as removal of many features already introduced in base game of 2 and 3 (such as toddlers, swimming pools, cars, customizable neighborhood) to the radically different user interfaces, and also some good ones (the overhauled "needs" and "wants" system, the new emotion system, new smartphone interaction features, and also in game videogames being more than just a fun filling machine, although in Sims 3 videogames can be used to improve relationship with distant Sims through the online feature)
  • 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 proportioned, though animesque, while still having cartoonish facial expressions, The Sims 3 attempts a realistic look, but the cartoon shading and stylized design makes them look like living dolls.
    • The Sims in The Sims 2 can be considered this as well due to the over-the-top cartoony facial expressions at times that clash with the realistically proportioned Animesque design.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The series is very popular with children, especially little girls, due to it being a very pick-up-and-play dollhouse-like game. While there's very little in the series that is inappropriate for children (besides woo-hoo and even then it's very cartoony), it is technically aimed at teens and adults.
  • 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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