One of the reasons I don’t usually play pre-made sims is because of their too obvious names. The Caliente sisters — caliente meaning “hot” in Spanish — are intended to be, well, yeah, two hot single girls, and Michael Bachelor is — surprise, surprise — a bachelor. And then, there’s Don Lothario, seducer of women.
A quick bit of history here. Lothario was the main character in The Fair Penitent, a tragedy written by Nicholas Rowe in 1703 — which was in itself an adaptation of an earlier work, The Fatal Dowry, first published in 1632. When writing his stage play, Rowe simplified the plot line somewhat and also changed the names of the characters, thus Novall Junior became Lothario.
His role in the play was that of a notorious seducer. He is charming and handsome, but also haughty and unfeeling. In The Fair Penitent, he seduces Calista, an unfaithful wife. Following the publication of the play, the character of Lothario became a standard figure in works for the English theatre and literature. The character of Lovelace in Samuel Richardson’s novel Clarissa (1848) was modeled on him, and as the stereotypical “Lothario” appeared more and more often, his name became synonymous with seduction and with unscrupulous rakes who prey upon innocent young women.
In Sims 2, we find Don Lothario living in Pleasantview. He is, indeed, a womanizer. Don is involved with both Nina and Dina Caliente, despite the fact that he’s engaged to Cassandra Goth. He’s also having a bit of fun with pretty maid, Kaylynn Langerak.
I never followed the story of Bella Goth and her disappearance, but rumor has it that she went to Don Lothario’s house to welcome him to Pleasantview and was never seen again.
Despite my dislike of pre-mades, this lothario made his way into my Sims 2 game. For a time, having a “love ’em and leave ’em” character chasing after every woman he met was amusing, but I stopped laughing when he went after innocent young Kristin Allbright.
Don brought Kristin home from work with him that day — no doubt on the pretext of helping her with her job skills — and I was aghast. I’d created Kristin only a few days before, and she was undoubtedly the most naïve young girl in my game. So sweet. So caring. So trusting.
I knew Kristin would be an easy target for a man like Don Lothario, and I sat in front of computer crying out to the poor girl, desperately wanting to warn her about the sort of man Don really was.
“No, go home! Don’t fall for his tricks!”
To my amazement, Kirstin was smarter than I’d ever guessed. Too smart even for the unscrupulous Don Lothario. Although she chatted with him quite pleasantly for a time, as soon as he tried “putting on the moves”, she got up and announced it was time for her to go.
For weeks, Don chased after Kristin, but she wasn’t buying it. He courted her with flowers and other gifts, and while she would go out with him on dates, she’d never go home with him afterward. Maybe a quick kiss now and then, but definitely no woo-hoo!
Kirstin became an obsession for him. He broke off his engagement with Cassandra and gave up his relationships with all other women. He wanted Kirstin, and he was determined to get her no matter what the cost.
In the end, Don Lothario’s story had quite a happy ending in my game. He truly feel “head over heels” in love with sweet young Kirstin, and once they married, he changed his ways completely — thanks to the game reward that allowed aspiration changes. No longer a womanizer, he became a faithful husband and, in time, a devoted father to their children. His story has become one of my favorites, proving that people can change and serving as a reminder, too, that high moral standards do have a place in our world today.
Don has also appeared in Sims 3, and is included with Sims 4, but I quickly deleted him from the current game. I wouldn’t enjoy playing his character now. In my mind, he’s always going to remain the happy husband and father from Pleasantview who met his match in a sweet, innocent young girl.