When creating a new Sim in The Sims and The Sims 2, the Sim will be given the Zodiac sign that's closest to the personality that was chosen. As the player assigns and reassigns personality points, the display will change to show which sign the Sim will have with that mix of points. Zodiac signs returned in The Sims 3: Late Night and in patch 17. They do not affect a Sim's personality or lifestyle.
In The Sims and The Sims 2, there is a preset personality for each Zodiac sign. In The Sims, a player who wants a Sim to have a specific sign can cycle through them by clicking on the part of the display that shows what the Sim's Zodiac sign would be. In The Sims 2, the Sim will initially be given a random Zodiac sign and the associated personality. Players can change this by clicking on the symbol for the Zodiac sign they want the Sim to have. In both games, the preset personality for a sign is a starting point; players can reassign personality points as they see fit. Personality traits affect not only the things Sims prefer to do, but also their relationships. In The Sims 3 personality points were replaced by a system of traits, which Sims either do or do not have.
The Sim will be able to learn new behaviors or become closer to another zodiac sign in personality but still maintain its original sign, such as Tara DeBateau having the Leo sign but her personality is exactly the same as that of a pre-created Gemini. The justification is that these traits are learned and passed genetically from parents to children, but in this case Tara is an adopted child. This happens with most playable Sims in Pleasantview, Strangetown, Veronaville, and Belladonna Cove where their signs are different from its original, such as Jessica Peterson being a Libra sign and having the personality traits of a Create a Sim Leo.
Zodiac sign descriptions for The Sims
|Aries||Dynamic and confident, most Aries never shy away from the opportunity to strike up a conversation with anyone. However, they can be somewhat impulsive and quick-tempered.||Neat 5|
|Taurus||The typical Taurus is strong-willed and determined. That can often mean determined to have a good time.||Neat 5|
|Gemini||Youthful and lively, many think Gemini have enough energy for two. Also energized by conversation, it isn't surprising to find them bouncing from one topic to the next at parties.||Neat 4|
|Cancer||There is nothing extreme about Cancers—they are very balanced. They can also be very changeable which can be good or bad depending on the situation.||Neat 6|
|Leo||The ultimate "people" people, Leos are complete extroverts. Unfortunately, this makes them deficient in other areas.||Neat 4|
|Virgo||Modest and shy, introverted Virgos take pride in their meticulous and practical approach to life. Unfortunately, these same traits can result in a very fussy individual.||Neat 9|
|Libra||Romantic and charming and incredibly sociable, it's hard not to like a Libra. However, their social pursuits leave them little time for more practical endeavors.||Neat 2|
|Scorpio||While somewhat withdrawn from social activities, Scorpios are forceful and determined in more practical pursuits.||Neat 6|
|Sagittarius||Jovial and carefree, Sagittarians are also blessed with boundless energy. Unfortunately, this combination can make them restless and careless.||Neat 2|
|Capricorn||Armed with a dry wit, Capricorns can often be found telling a good joke. Also being very practical, they strive for order and discipline.||Neat 7|
|Aquarius||Friendly and amusing, Aquarians are excellent companions. Being well balanced in other areas helps to make them the most agreeable sign.||Neat 4|
|Pisces||Selfless and kind, Pisces are one of the nicest signs. They're active too. However, this combination can make them emotionally restless and indecisive.||Neat 5|
Sign compatibility in The Sims and The Sims 2
|Zodiac Sign||Image||Attracted To||Repelled by|
Sims will generally get on well with other Sims who have the same sign, because they are attracted to others with similar personalities. However, personality and zodiac are separate contributors to chemistry, because Sims will keep the same sign even if their personality points are altered. "Attracted to" and "disgusted by" are not absolutes, but modifiers that help or hinder the growth of a relationship. Sims with incompatible signs can become good friends, and even lovers, if they have enough else in common. However, it'll take longer, and they'll have to work at it harder. Likewise, Sims with compatible signs but little else in common will have trouble building a relationship, and may even end up becoming enemies.
Common sign mismatches in The Sims 2
Some premade Sims in The Sims 2 have personalities that are mismatched with their zodiac sign. Below is a list of the most common zodiac sign mismatches.
There are some premade Sims with mismatched zodiac signs which are different from the common mismatches listed above. An example of this is Patrizio Monty who is a Sagittarius but has the personality of a Cancer rather than a Libra while Nervous Subject is an Aquarius but had the personality of a Virgo (if its crawled through boolprop testingcheatsenabled true by the player) rather than a Sagittarius as well.
Sims whose zodiac signs are not visible when viewing SimPE are not mismatched in-game.
Unlike premade playable Sims who usually have their genetic personalities at the start of the game, many NPCs from The Sims 2 have randomized personalities that are different from their genetic ones, but their zodiac sign will match their genetic personality rather than the randomized one.
If testingcheatsenabled is activated before loading a lot, it is possible to manipulate the personality of a Sim by simply dragging it up and down. The zodiac sign of the Sim will change to reflect these changes.
The Sims 3
Zodiac signs returned in The Sims 3: Late Night and are carried forward with patch 17. They have no effect on personality or lifestyle, but they do make it easier to have contact with people of certain zodiac signs. For example, a Pisces will be attracted to a Scorpio, Cancer, Capricorn, Virgo and Taurus.
Sims can discover other people's signs by asking them in the romantic interactions section: "Ask sign". Also note that one of the options a vampire has when reading a Sim's mind is that Sim's sign. Sims may be repulsed by the Sim because they don't have compatible signs or the Sims may get along well because they have discovered that their signs are compatible. Zodiac signs are randomly chosen for Sims who were made before Late Night.
Fire and Air signs are compatible among themselves and Earth and Water signs are compatible among themselves unlike how it was in The Sims 2: Nightlife.
|Fire and Air signs||Earth and Water signs|
|Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius||Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces|
- Cancer is a rather unique personality. In The Sims, a Sim with 0 or 5 personality points in each area will be a Cancer. In The Sims 2, through boolprop testingcheatsenabled true, having all 0 or 10 personality points in each area will also produce a Cancer.
- In real life, a person's zodiac sign (also called an astrological sign) is determined by their date of birth. Thus, two people born on the same day will share a zodiac sign. In-game, however, Sims may be born on the same day but have different signs, since a Sim's sign is determined by their personality and not by their birth date.
- "The Sims" Zodiac Charts, at About.com
- Zodiac Compatibility: Which personalities might get along the best?, at TheSims2.com
- This has been recognized mostly in newer patches and can be seen when using "boolprop testingcheatsenabled true" in The Sims 2 while changing the personality on the fly as it will cause the sign to change according to personality.