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Pleasant family
Name Pleasant family
Number of generations 4 generations
Family connections Burb family, Oldie family, Broke family, Dreamer family, Langerak family
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Members Jeff Pleasant, Diane Pleasant, Daniel Pleasant, Jennifer Pleasant
Funds §20,000
Other Information
Game The Sims Icon The Sims
Playability Family Bin
Neighborhood Neighborhood 1
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Members Jeff Pleasant, Diane Pleasant, Daniel Pleasant, Jennifer Pleasant
Funds §17,688
Other Information
Game The Sims (console)
Playability Family Bin
Neighborhood Willville
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Description
On the surface, Daniel and Mary-Sue Pleasant seem to have the perfect life, but is their love a flimsy façade? And can Angela and Lilith make the right choices when it comes to love?
Members Daniel Pleasant, Mary-Sue Pleasant, Angela Pleasant, Lilith Pleasant
Lot 215 Sim Lane
Funds §2,250
Other Information
Game The Sims 2 Icon The Sims 2
Playability Playable
Neighborhood Pleasantview
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Pleasant family (Sunlit Tides)
Description
Daniel and Mary Sue Pleasant are as pleasant as their name implies. After a beautiful whirlwind wedding, they've come to the island for a relaxing honeymoon. The world is their oyster and their marriage is sure to stay this blissful forever... right?
Members Daniel Pleasant, Mary-Sue Pleasant
Lot 1 Ocean Overlook
Funds §25,000
Difficulty level Difficulty2
Other Information
Game TS3SLT Icon The Sims 3 Store
Playability Playable
Neighborhood Sunlit Tides

The Pleasant family has grown bigger in the years following The Sims. Jeff and Diane Pleasant are deceased, Jennifer Pleasant marries John Burb and has one child, Lucy. Daniel Pleasant marries Mary-Sue Oldie and they have twin girls, Angela and Lilith.

They appear to portray the stereotypical "perfect" upper-middle-class family, as they are Pleasantview's second richest family at the game's start, and seemingly try to behave as if they had no problems. However it is clear, given their relationships with each other, that the family is dysfunctional.

Daniel Pleasant is having an affair with their maid, but the player can decide what happens with that. Angela, who seems to be the "sweetheart" of the family, wants to have her first kiss with her boyfriend Dustin Broke. Lilith is something of a rebel, and has had a rough childhood. When first played, Mary-Sue will either be fired from her job or demoted unless the player decides to ignore the chance card she gets. Either way she is sent home early, which was likely planned by the game designers so that she can catch Daniel with Kaylynn (if the player chooses to have Kaylynn stay after work).

The family lives at 215 Sim Lane and has a net worth of §104,000, of which §2,250 is in funds. They will be able to pay their bills, but Mary-Sue's Fortune Sim wants for stuff will be hard to satisfy.

The Pleasants appear in a televised pizza commercial, and seem to appear in one of the programs on the "Sims Broadcasting Network" channel. A Sim who appears to be Angela slaps one who appears to be Lilith, then the Sim who appears to be Lilith complains about hunger.

In The Sims, it is mentioned that Jeff, Diane, and their family is new to the neighborhood. They do not appear in Sunset Valley or Riverview, even though Jeff and Diane would have been teens, or maybe even children, at that time.

The family reappears in Sunlit Tides, a neighborhood which can be downloaded from The Sims 3 Store. In this prequel to the Pleasantview chronology, Daniel and Mary-Sue are young adult newlyweds who are on their honeymoon on a tropical island.

In their photo album in The Sims 2, Daniel has a beard in the wedding picture. However, on his honeymoon in Sunlit Tides, he does not have a beard. It may be that he shaved it off and let it grow again after returning to Pleasantview.

Onomatology

Pleasant -- "pleasing, agreeable, enjoyable"

Daniel Pleasant -- From a Hebrew name meaning "Judged by God" or "God is my judge"

Jennifer Burb -- (Daniel's sister) -- Popular name meaning "fair, white, smooth"

Mary-Sue Pleasant -- Mary Sue is a term for fictional characters that are portrayed in an overly idealized way, and lack noteworthy or realistic flaws. Also, one of the main characters of the film Pleasantville (as opposed to Pleasantview) became named Mary Sue when she entered the titular neighborhood.

For Mary-Sue's adoptive parents onomatology, see Oldie family.

Angela Pleasant -- The name derives from the heavenly angels.

Lilith Pleasant -- Meaning "of the night". This name was a demon in ancient Assyrian myths. In Jewish and Islamic tradition, she was Adam's first wife but was replaced by Eve. Offspring of Adam and Lilith were the evil spirits of the world.

Jeff Pleasant (Daniel's dad) -- Means either "territory peace", "stranger peace", "hostage peace" or "god's peace".

Diane Pleasant (Daniel's mom) -- Meaning "heavenly, divine"

Les Pleasant (Daniel's paternal grandfather) -- A pun so that the name says "Less Pleasant." The puns are quite hilarious, seeing as Les is a real name, short for Lester or Leslie.

Kynda Pleasant (Daniel's paternal grandmother) -- A pun so that the name says "Kind of Pleasant"

Danders: "loose scales formed on the skin and shed from the coat of feathers of various animals"

Marshall Danders Means "horse servant"

Melinda Danders Combination of "Mel" as in Melanie or Melissa and the popular suffix "inda". Means "honey" in Greek. Also means "sweet", "dark" and "serpent" in other languages. Might mean "horse" in Simlish.

Marsh -- "a tract of low wet land, often treeless, and periodically flooded".

William Marsh (John's maternal grandfather) -- Popular name meaning "will, desire" and "helmet, protection"

Anastasia Marsh (John's maternal grandmother) -- Means "resurrection".

No real relation there. All names seem to fit in quite nicely. The name Lilith seems to be very fitting to her character, but holds a really bad reputation. Angela's name is the most obvious, but fitting. Mary-Sue has the "wanting-to-be-perfect" role in the family. Daniel is "Judged by God" for cheating on his wife. Jennifer's name can describe her appearance.

Family tree

Pleasant-Burb Family Tree

Members

Photo album


Trivia

  • A Suzanne Pleasant appears in SimCity 3000 as the representative of the Have a Nice Day Club, which is described as originally being for divorced women. While there is no reason to assume that she necessarily is a missing family member, as people do share surnames without being related (and since it's more than likely that the development team forgot all about her), there is certainly room for players to envision her as the ex-wife of one of the Pleasants.
  • An episode of the British sitcom Outnumbered shows two characters playing a fictionalised version of a Sims-like computer game, with characters purportedly based on the show's central family. However, when the computer screen is shown, it is unmistakably the Pleasant Family of The Sims 2 being played, with Lilith as the active character.
The Pleasant Family

Les - Kynda - Jeff - Diane - Jennifer - Daniel - Mary-Sue - Angela - Lilith

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