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Trait
Trait
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Traits
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A Sim demonstrating the "Absent-Minded" trait

For trait systems in other games, see Trait.

Traits are the building blocks of a personality assigned to Sims in The Sims 3, replacing the previous system of personality points. The traits also appear in The Sims Medieval; this time, traits are adapted to the Medieval period. They determine a Sim's behaviors, abilities, and their wishes, including their Lifetime Wishes. There are 63 traits in the base game. Three traits were added with World Adventures, six with Ambitions, one with Fast Lane Stuff, two with Late Night, two with Generations, four with Pets, three with Showtime, six with Supernatural, two with Seasons, three with University Life, two with Island Paradise, and two with Into the Future. Altogether they add up to a total of 99 normal traits.

Each trait is separated into one of four categories based on mental, physical, social, or lifestyle aspects of Sims' lives. For example, social traits may include dislikes children or friendly, while lifestyle traits would consist of technophobe or daredevil. Traits are used to allow Sims a greater complexity in their daily routines over the points system. The more traits a Sim has, the more complex they will be, as a Sim with more personality traits will exhibit a wider range of behaviors than a Sim with only one.

Sims can attain traits in multiple ways. Ordinarily the player will assign a maximum of five traits to a young adult or older Sim in the Create a Sim screen under the "Personality" section. Traits can also be inherited via genetics from either parent, with babies and toddlers having two traits. If the toddler grows up well, the player will be able to choose a third trait for when the Sim becomes a child, and likewise a fourth when the Sim becomes a teen and finally a fifth trait when the Sim becomes a young adult. Furthermore, the lifetime reward "Midlife Crisis" allows the player to re-choose a Sim's traits.

There are limitations on the traits a Sim can have. Foremost, two traits may not contradict each other, such as the good and evil traits, or the can't stand art and artistic traits. Such traits are inherently built around opposing behaviors and intrinsically preclude the occurrence of the other. In addition, Sims may be unable to obtain traits based on their age; one example being that babies are unable to have the charismatic trait or that only teens and older Sims can have the hopeless romantic trait.

Traits also grant Sims different abilities or specific actions which only Sims having those traits can do. Insane Sims are able to use the command "Talk to Self" to boost their own social motive, while vegetarian Sims are able to cook vegetarian alternatives to meals containing meat (though in Showtime, all Sims are able to cook these meals, regardless of traits). Some traits can grant Sims special moodlets, with loner Sims enjoying their solitude or hydrophobic Sims fearing swimming in the pool. Other traits allow Sims a greater affinity for certain tasks, such as angler Sims being more adept at fishing while genius Sims tend to learn more quickly. In this respect, the customization that players can give to Sims via the trait system can make the game more or less challenging while offering a greater deal of variety than was possible with the personality point system used in the game's predecessors.

Features comparable to traits in previous games in the series are Zodiac signs, interests, and personality.

Learning traits[edit | edit source]

See also: Trait conflict

As Sims socialize with others, they may reveal their traits from certain interactions. For example, asking a Sim's career will reveal if they have workaholic or ambitious traits, or flirting with a Sim will reveal flirty or unflirty trait. Learning traits can be beneficial to Sims. If the Sim has the same trait as the other Sim, they will get a compatibility trait as well as a relationship boost. On the other hand, if they have any conflicting traits, they will get a negative relationship.

Learning traits is very important for Architectural Designer profession. Learning a client's traits is important in order to satisfy their desired objects, such as placing bars for party animal clients, which will boost the scores. Aside from socializing, Sims can easily learn other Sims' traits from several methods:

  • Perceptive trait has 35% chance of learning a trait while socializing.[TS3:A]
  • Completing the Personable charisma skill challenge will allow Sims to learn traits easier.
  • Observant lifetime reward allows Sims to instantly learn 3 random traits of a Sim.
  • Sims can learn all the traits by interviewing if they work in Journalism or Law Enforcement career, by interviewing using the mobile radio station[TS3:UL], or by discussing renovation if they work in Architectural Designer profession[TS3:A].
  • Vampires can read Sims' minds and learn their traits.[TS3:LN][TS3:SN]
  • Genies can ensorcel Sims outside the household to freely control them. Sometimes, the household members will randomly learn the ensorcelled Sim's traits.[TS3:ST]
  • Aliens can scan Sims and learn their traits.[TS3:S]
  • Using the holo-computer to look up friends on the holo-web will randomly learn details about the selected Sim, including their traits.[TS3:ITF]

Hidden traits[edit | edit source]

See also: Hidden trait

Hidden traits are traits in The Sims 3 that cannot be seen in-game except when a Sim performs a related action autonomously or an unlocked interaction is available.

Hidden traits become available to Sims in specific careers, life states, or to babies with an NPC for a parent. The child might then get the appropriate hidden trait

Additional traits[edit | edit source]

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This section describes features that are only available in The Sims 3: University Life.

Sims are born with two traits, and gain an additional trait on aging up from toddler to child, from child to teen, and from teen to young adult. Therefore, a fully-grown Sim has five traits. With University Life, it is possible to earn two additional traits, for a total of seven traits. The trait panel will still show only five traits, but when a Sim has more than five, a scroll bar will appear next to the traits.

The two additional traits are earned by:

  1. Completing a major / graduating from university. This trait slot has a red border.
  2. Reaching level 8 of a social group. This trait slot has a yellow border.

Sims cannot earn the extra trait slots multiple times, for example, by reaching level 8 in all social groups or completing multiple majors. If the requirement to earn an additional trait slot is completed more than once, a prompt will appear that will allow reconfirmation or replacement of the additional trait.

List of traits[edit | edit source]

From birth From childhood From teenagehood

Trait Absent-Minded small.png Absent-Minded
Trait Artistic small.png Artistic
Trait Athletic small.png Athletic
Trait Brave small.png Brave
Trait Clumsy small.png Clumsy
Trait Couch Potato small.png Couch Potato
Trait Disciplined small.png Disciplined
Trait Easily Impressed small.png Easily Impressed
Trait Eccentric small.png Eccentric
Trait Evil small.png Evil
Trait Excitable small.png Excitable
Trait Friendly small.png Friendly
Trait Genius small.png Genius
Trait Good small.png Good
Trait Grumpy small.png Grumpy
Trait Hates the Outdoors small.png Hates the Outdoors
Trait Heavy Sleeper small.png Heavy Sleeper
Trait Insane small.png Insane
Trait Light Sleeper small.png Light Sleeper
Trait Loner small.png Loner
Trait Loves the Cold small.png Loves the Cold
Trait Loves the Heat small.png Loves the Heat
Trait Loves the Outdoors small.png Loves the Outdoors
Trait Neurotic small.png Neurotic
Trait Perceptive small.png Perceptive
Trait Sailor small.png Sailor
Trait Slob small.png Slob
Trait Virtuoso small.png Virtuoso

Trait Adventurous small.png Adventurous
Trait Ambitious small.png Ambitious
Trait Angler small.png Angler
Trait Animal Lover small.png Animal Lover
Trait Bookworm small.png Bookworm
Trait Bot Fan small.png Bot Fan
Trait Can't Stand Art small.png Can't Stand Art
Trait Cat Person small.png Cat Person
Trait Computer Whiz small.png Computer Whiz
Trait Coward small.png Coward
Trait Daredevil small.png Daredevil
Trait Diva small.png Diva
Trait Dog Person small.png Dog Person
Trait Eco-Friendly small.png Eco-Friendly
Trait Equestrian small.png Equestrian
Trait Family-Oriented small.png Family-Oriented
Trait Frugal small.png Frugal
Trait Good Sense of Humor small.png Good Sense of Humor
Trait Hot-Headed small.png Hot-Headed
Trait Hydrophobic small.png Hydrophobic
Trait Inappropriate small.png Inappropriate
Trait Kleptomaniac small.png Kleptomaniac
Trait Loser small.png Loser
Trait Loves To Swim small.png Loves To Swim
Trait Lucky small.png Lucky
Trait Mean Spirited small.png Mean Spirited
Trait Mooch small.png Mooch
Trait Neat small.png Neat
Trait Never Nude small.png Never Nude
Trait Night Owl small.png Night Owl
Trait No Sense of Humor small.png No Sense of Humor
Trait Over-Emotional small.png Over-Emotional
Trait Party Animal small.png Party Animal
Trait Perfectionist small.png Perfectionist
Trait Photographer's Eye small.png Photographer's Eye
Trait Rebellious small.png Rebellious
Trait Shy small.png Shy
Trait Snob small.png Snob
Trait Star Quality small.png Star Quality
Trait Supernatural Fan small.png Supernatural Fan
Trait Technophobe small.png Technophobe
Trait Unlucky small.png Unlucky
Trait Unstable small.png Unstable
Trait Vegetarian small.png Vegetarian
Trait Vehicle Enthusiast small.png Vehicle Enthusiast
Trait Workaholic small.png Workaholic

Trait Avant Garde small.png Avant Garde
Trait Born Salesperson small.png Born Salesperson
Trait Brooding small.png Brooding
Trait Charismatic small.png Charismatic
Trait Childish small.png Childish
Trait Commitment Issues small.png Commitment Issues
Trait Dislikes Children small.png Dislikes Children
Trait Dramatic small.png Dramatic
Trait Flirty small.png Flirty
Trait Gatherer small.png Gatherer
Trait Great Kisser small.png Great Kisser
Trait Green Thumb small.png Green Thumb
Trait Handy small.png Handy
Trait Hopeless Romantic small.png Hopeless Romantic
Trait Irresistible small.png Irresistible
Trait Natural Born Performer small.png Natural Born Performer
Trait Natural Cook small.png Natural Cook
Trait Nurturing small.png Nurturing
Trait Proper small.png Proper
Trait Savvy Sculptor small.png Savvy Sculptor
Trait Schmoozer small.png Schmoozer
Trait Social Butterfly small.png Social Butterfly
Trait Socially Awkward small.png Socially Awkward
Trait Supernatural Skeptic small.png Supernatural Skeptic
Trait Unflirty small.png Unflirty

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Trait Absent-Minded small.png Absent-Minded
Trait Adventurous small.png Adventurous
Trait Ambitious small.png Ambitious
Trait Angler small.png Angler
Trait Animal Lover small.png Animal Lover
Trait Artistic small.png Artistic
Trait Athletic small.png Athletic
Trait Avant Garde small.png Avant Garde
Trait Bookworm small.png Bookworm
Trait Born Salesperson small.png Born Salesperson
Trait Bot Fan small.png Bot Fan
Trait Brave small.png Brave
Trait Brooding small.png Brooding
Trait Can't Stand Art small.png Can't Stand Art
Trait Cat Person small.png Cat Person
Trait Charismatic small.png Charismatic
Trait Childish small.png Childish
Trait Clumsy small.png Clumsy
Trait Commitment Issues small.png Commitment Issues
Trait Computer Whiz small.png Computer Whiz
Trait Couch Potato small.png Couch Potato
Trait Coward small.png Coward
Trait Daredevil small.png Daredevil
Trait Disciplined small.png Disciplined
Trait Dislikes Children small.png Dislikes Children
Trait Diva small.png Diva
Trait Dog Person small.png Dog Person
Trait Dramatic small.png Dramatic
Trait Easily Impressed small.png Easily Impressed
Trait Eccentric small.png Eccentric
Trait Eco-Friendly small.png Eco-Friendly
Trait Equestrian small.png Equestrian
Trait Evil small.png Evil

Trait Excitable small.png Excitable
Trait Family-Oriented small.png Family-Oriented
Trait Flirty small.png Flirty
Trait Friendly small.png Friendly
Trait Frugal small.png Frugal
Trait Gatherer small.png Gatherer
Trait Genius small.png Genius
Trait Good small.png Good
Trait Good Sense of Humor small.png Good Sense of Humor
Trait Great Kisser small.png Great Kisser
Trait Green Thumb small.png Green Thumb
Trait Grumpy small.png Grumpy
Trait Handy small.png Handy
Trait Hates the Outdoors small.png Hates the Outdoors
Trait Heavy Sleeper small.png Heavy Sleeper
Trait Hopeless Romantic small.png Hopeless Romantic
Trait Hot-Headed small.png Hot-Headed
Trait Hydrophobic small.png Hydrophobic
Trait Inappropriate small.png Inappropriate
Trait Insane small.png Insane
Trait Irresistible small.png Irresistible
Trait Kleptomaniac small.png Kleptomaniac
Trait Light Sleeper small.png Light Sleeper
Trait Loner small.png Loner
Trait Loser small.png Loser
Trait Loves the Cold small.png Loves the Cold
Trait Loves the Heat small.png Loves the Heat
Trait Loves the Outdoors small.png Loves the Outdoors
Trait Loves To Swim small.png Loves To Swim
Trait Lucky small.png Lucky
Trait Mean Spirited small.png Mean Spirited
Trait Mooch small.png Mooch
Trait Natural Born Performer small.png Natural Born Performer

Trait Natural Cook small.png Natural Cook
Trait Neat small.png Neat
Trait Neurotic small.png Neurotic
Trait Never Nude small.png Never Nude
Trait Night Owl small.png Night Owl
Trait No Sense of Humor small.png No Sense of Humor
Trait Nurturing small.png Nurturing
Trait Over-Emotional small.png Over-Emotional
Trait Party Animal small.png Party Animal
Trait Perceptive small.png Perceptive
Trait Perfectionist small.png Perfectionist
Trait Photographer's Eye small.png Photographer's Eye
Trait Proper small.png Proper
Trait Rebellious small.png Rebellious
Trait Sailor small.png Sailor
Trait Savvy Sculptor small.png Savvy Sculptor
Trait Schmoozer small.png Schmoozer
Trait Shy small.png Shy
Trait Slob small.png Slob
Trait Snob small.png Snob
Trait Social Butterfly small.png Social Butterfly
Trait Socially Awkward small.png Socially Awkward
Trait Star Quality small.png Star Quality
Trait Supernatural Fan small.png Supernatural Fan
Trait Supernatural Skeptic small.png Supernatural Skeptic
Trait Technophobe small.png Technophobe
Trait Unflirty small.png Unflirty
Trait Unlucky small.png Unlucky
Trait Unstable small.png Unstable
Trait Vegetarian small.png Vegetarian
Trait Vehicle Enthusiast small.png Vehicle Enthusiast
Trait Virtuoso small.png Virtuoso
Trait Workaholic small.png Workaholic

Removed traits[edit | edit source]

There are a number of traits that were removed before the game was released. Some of them might be removed because they share similar purpose with an existing trait, or might raise the ESRB rating, while some others were removed unexplained. Some removed traits have their own icons in the game files, while some are only mentioned in the old game strings.

Trait Boring.png
Boring

Boring Sims spout yawn inducing conversation topics that put others to sleep. Their jokes are terrible and they don't appreciate the funny jokes of others. Oftentimes they are satisfied doing nothing.

Replaced with No Sense of Humor.

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Braggart

Braggarts enjoy talking about how awesome they are (even if they aren't) to others, all the time.

Part of Snob.

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Chess Mastermind

Sims that are Chess Masterminds always know exactly what to do with every piece on the board several moves before their opponents.

Part of Genius. Might correspond to chess.

Trait Conversationalist.png
Conversationalist

Conversationalists love a good conversation with family and friends. They can keep almost any conversation from going south.

Replaced with Friendly. Part of Charismatic.

Trait Crybaby.png
Crybaby

Crybabies have a tearful reaction to negative situations. They won't get mad, they won't get even, they'll just cry.

Part of Loser and Over-Emotional.

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Disdains Dessert

Sugar and excess calories just aren't for Sims that Disdain Dessert. For these Sims, desserts are off the menu.

Trait Dreamer.png
Dreamer

Dreamers dream big! They never settle for the small stuff and are rewarded more when their wishes are satisfied.

Part of Ambitious.

Trait Easily Bored.png
Easily Bored

Easily Bored Sims find small talk incredibly mundane. They also need to be entertained more frequently than the average Sim.

Part with Childish.

Trait Gloomy.png
Gloomy

Gloomy Sims see the negative side of everything and are rarely pleased.

Replaced with Grumpy.

Trait Good at Massages.png
Good at Massages

Sims that are Good at Massages give amazing massages. They have the gift of incredible hands.

Part of Flirty.

Trait Greedy.png
Greedy

Greedy Sims desire money with every fiber of their being. It drives them throughout life and at every turn.

Replaced with Mooch.

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Hates Computers

Sims that Hate Computers will never use a computer willingly. They hate the machines, for no apparent reason.

Part of Technophobe.

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Hates Reading

Sims that Hate Reading will never willingly pick up a book to read unless forced to do so. They always prefer to spend their time in other ways.

Conflicts with Bookworm.

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Likes Giving Hugs

Hugs are hard to get just right. There are some great huggers out there, though. The best hugs are given by those who Like Giving Hugs!

Conflicts with Great Kisser.

Trait Materialistic.png
Materialistic

Materialistic Sims love buying new things, and therefore tend to strive towards great wealth. They dream of owning the most expensive items and work hard towards that goal.

Conflicts with Frugal.

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Mean

Mean Sims love to fight, mostly because they never lose in a brawl. They take satisfaction with every new Enemy made and dream of new ways to be nasty to others.

It has the same description with Mean Spirited, which might mean this is the original name of the trait.

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Pack-Rat

Pack Rats love to be surrounded by stuff and hate it when things are thrown away. Such a waste!

Conflicts with Frugal. Replaced with Materialistic and Slob.

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Paranoid

Paranoid Sims are constantly looking over their shoulder for unexpected threats. They see the truth... everywhere.

Replaced with Coward.

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Plain

What's there to say about Plain Sims?

Trait Quick Recovery.png
Quick Recovery

Broken promises will no longer lead to disappointment. Get back on your feet and go!

Later came back in The Sims 3: World Adventures as the Stone Hearted lifetime reward.

Trait Rude.png
Rude

Rude Sims love to mock and insult others with harsh words. A sneer is often found on their faces, and apologies never escape their lips.

Part of Inappropriate, Hot Headed, and Mean Spirited.

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Ruffian

Sims that are Ruffians are typically up for a brawl. The decision is easier to make when you know you'll never lose, naturally.

Part of Mean Spirited.

Trait Shy (removed).png
Shy

Shy Sims will never approach anyone that isn't a friend and tend to stick to their rooms if they are able. They are also uncomfortable around large crowds of people.

Replaced with Loner. Recreated in The Sims 3: Late Night.

Trait Stubborn.png
Stubborn

Stubborn Sims have a really difficult time accepting apologies and tend to hold grudges for a long time.

Replaced with Hot-Headed.

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Stupid

The road to knowledge is a slow one for Stupid Sims. They just don't get things. It's not their fault - they try real hard!

Replaced with Absent-Minded.

Trait Sweet Talker.png
Sweet Talker

Sweet Talkers are the best suck-ups in school, at work, or even when complimenting their friends and neighbors. They love to flatter and are very good at it.

Replaced with Schmoozer.

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Unforgiving

Only referenced in Personas.xml game file.

Trait Vain.png
Vain

Vain Sims love to admire themselves in the mirror and they will never turn down a compliment. As far as they are concerned, the sun revolves around them.

Part of Snob. Similar to Diva.

Trait Wanton.png
Wanton

Scrapped for game rating. It has no description.

Trait Worrywart.png
Worrywart

Worrywarts are easily stressed by the smallest problem and have a hard time getting back to a normal, relaxed state of mind. They take solace in sharing their worries with others.

Replaced with Neurotic.

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