Ask any Sims 4 player who the most iconic family in the Sims franchise is, and they’ll say it’s the Goths. If you don’t know your Sims’ franchise history, you might believe that the Goths are a happy, relatively normal suburban family with a penchant for dramatic decor, but there’s actually a lot more to them than that. The Goths have a family history of tragedy, and the eldest daughter, Cassandra Goth, is no exception.
The Sims 4 is the most recent version from the franchise, and features many beloved bloodlines from throughout the mainline series. Unlike its predecessors though, this version of events takes place in a different timeline from the others; Sims 1, 2, and 3 all took place at different points in time but still on the same timeline. If you’re a fan of game lore, there’s a rich family history for the Goths, all culminating to a tragic life for poor Cassandra Goth.
The Canon History of Cassandra Goth
Though she seems to be a well-adjusted teenager in the Sims 4, Cassandra has a sordid history in the Sims’ canon timeline.
The Sims 3: Pre-Cassandra
The Sims 3 takes place well before Cassandra is born, when her parents Mortimer and Bella are still kids. They are Best Friends as children, and once they’re older they end up as high school sweethearts.
Bella & Mortimer eventually grow up & get married. They appear to be very happy throughout their early marriage and eventually welcome their first child, a daughter named Cassandra.
It’s in the Sims 3 that we also learn the ultimate fate of Bella, but we’ll get to that later.
The Sims 1: Cassandra’s Childhood
By the time we make it to the world of the Sims 1, Cassandra is already a child. She wears dark pigtails, round glasses (in the console version she wears pink sunglasses), and a white blouse over a navy skirt. She’s a good student with a close relationship to her paternal grandmother, Cornelia. The Sims 1 characters didn’t have much by way of personality, but we can infer that she was a studious child and her zodiac sign of Cancer reveals that she was serious and shy.
The Sims 2: Adulthood – It All Goes Off the Rails
The Sims 2 takes place 25 years after the Sims 1 and a lot has happened. The Goth family welcomed their son Alexander who is a child by the time we meet him. When Cassandra Goth was a teenager, her mother Bella became close with local heartthrob Don Lothario, though Bella rebuffed his advances when he tried to make a move. Then, she mysteriously disappeared.
Cassandra grows into an adult, still living with her father and brother, still wearing the childish hairstyle of her youth and the most cliche gothic dress in the entire game. She never got to learn about beauty or makeup from her glamorous mother, and apparently her self-worth is nonexistent despite having several close friends.
She somehow ends up engaged to Don Lothario, the same man who tried to get inappropriate with her mother Bella. Cassandra might not actually be aware of this detail, but she does know that her mother was last seen scaling the deck of Don’s condo before her disappearance. Despite that incredibly suspicious circumstance Cassandra allows herself to be wooed by Don, who further humiliates her by leaving her at the altar(if you immediately proceed to a wedding ceremony when first loading up this Sims 2 version of the Goth household).
Cassandra is left motherless and broken-hearted, on top of witnessing her father moving on and dating someone new, her late uncle’s widow. It’s all very daytime talkshow-ish.
Bella Goth ends up in Strange Town with no memory of her past besides the knowledge that she has been abducted by aliens, and eventually she ends up dead & alone on a planet called Lunar Lakes. We can find her grave in the Sims 3 while the childhood version of her also exists, suggesting she somehow ended up traveling to the past. Knowing that, we know that this timeline’s version of Cassandra Goth will never get closure on what really happened to her mother.
There is potential for Cassandra to have a happy ending in this timeline, as one her best friends, Darren Dreamer, is secretly in love with her. But this is entirely up to the player to decide. Overall things are pretty bleak for her though, and it seems like it all started falling apart once her mother disappeared.
The Sims 4: Alternate Timelines
As previously mentioned, the Sims 4 takes place on a timeline different from the one we’ve been following so far. In this timeline we first meet the Goth family after Alexander ages into a child but before Bella meets Don Lothario. Cassandra is a teenager who is shown to grow and mature over time.
Sims 4 Cassandra: Version 1
The launch-version of the Sims 4 featured a version of Cassandra Goth akin to the one we know & love, though in a life state we’ve never been able to play her in before. She wears her iconic pigtails, though in a lower, less childish style. Her glasses are a softer oval shape, and her outfit is more in line with a private school uniform. She’s Gloomy like you would expect, but also creative and musically gifted.
Sims 4 Cassandra: Version 2
Several years after launch, the Goth family received an update including necessary skin tone changes, but their overall looks changed as well. Cassandra has grown her hair out and she wears it in a much more mature ponytail style. Her glasses are now trendy square frames, and her top is a loose & comfy sweater. She’s added a touch of color to her outfit with maroon tights and is wearing heavier eye makeup.
Cassandra has started experimenting with her personal style and she appears to be older, or at least more mature. It seems that she’s living and growing, becoming more of her own person. This version has much more promise than the canon timeline version of Cassandra Goth we discussed earlier—she has a chance to go to college, completely avoid getting involved with Don, and grow with the support of both parents by her side.
The Sims 5: Will we see Cassandra?
The Sims 5 is still in early development and right now and we don’t yet know if the Goth family will be included, although history suggests it’s quite likely. However, what Cassandra will we meet? Will it be an older Cassandra from the canon timeline? An adult Cassandra from the current Sims 4 timeline? A different Cassandra from a completely different timeline? A dead Cassandra way into the future? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Like the rest of her infamous family, Cassandra Goth has been through quite a lot. You may not have known this if the Sims 4 is your first foray into the franchise, but now you’re more familiar with the tragic, official timeline of her life. Did you learn anything new about her? We hope so. From here on out, let’s all aim for nothing by happy days for poor Cassandra Goth!