The Specter family (also spelled as Spector) consists of Olive Specter and her niece Ophelia Nigmos, in The Sims 2. Olive also has a son, Nervous Subject. He was taken away from her as a child, for reasons which still remain unknown, and lives with the Beaker Family. His father is believed to be the Grim Reaper, although there is no father shown in his family tree. When Olive dies, her inheritance goes to Nervous, instead of going to Ophelia, the expected heir.
When the family is first played, it is around 6:30 pm on Tuesday, two days before Ophelia will become an adult, and two days before Olive is scheduled to die. While Tuesday is a bill-delivery day, there are no bills in the mailbox.
Olive's memories show she was left at the altar when she was an adult, and the man who left her at the altar, Earl E. DeMise, died shortly afterwards. She married many times after that, and all of her other husbands met an early end, as well. She was also the witness to several NPC deaths, and their graves remain on her lot. Their ghosts wreak havoc on the yard, causing many puddles and weeds to appear, showing that the ghosts are angry.
In The Sims 3, a descendant of the family, named Noela Spector, lives in the store world Lunar Lakes. It is unknown what type of connection she had to the family. By this time, the family's name spelling has been changed from Specter to Spector. Also, considering Olive is the only Sim alive holding the "Specter" surname in The Sims 2, the only possible way for the family to expand would be to make Olive have another child in her elder stage, which is possible via adoption. Or to give Nervous the last name Specter with hacks, such as SimPE.
The family makes its return in Midnight Hollow, also from the store. A younger version of Olive lives with her still toddler son Nervous Subject. Her sister and parents are absent in this neighborhood, but three of her ex-husbands are already buried in her cemetery. Rigger Mortis, Hugh Thanasia and Ichabod Specter all have their gravestones in Olive's lot in Midnight Hollow, although Earl E. DeMise is absent. It has been observed that the chronology of Olive's life is altered in Sims 3, as, according to her memories, Earl was her first partner, and Ichabod did not pass away until after Nervous had been taken by the social worker.
The final appearance of the Specter/Spector family is in Oasis Landing in the expansion pack The Sims 3: Into the Future. Planchette Spector is described as being the last of the Spector family. He lives in Oasis Landing with his Plumbot, 5P1R17, whose serial number resembles the word 'spirit' in leet-speak. Planchette is also described as "an adventurous Sim who is desperate to open the door to the crashed ship. It's consumed his life and has nearly driven him to madness..." He is also said to have been returned from the dead.
Specter ghost, or something that haunts the mind
Olive Specter: The olive tree.
Ichabod Specter (Olive's third husband): Hebrew for 'without honor'. Could refer to the character Ichabod of Sleepy Hollow.
Rigger Mortis (Olive's first husband): 'Rigger' means to rig or dresses, while 'Mortis' refers to the French word 'mort', which means death. Rigor Mortis is a state in which a corpse's limbs become stiff and difficult to move.
Hugh Thanasia (Olive's second husband): From the word 'Euthanasia', means literally "good death" in Ancient Greek. Refers to the practice of ending a life in a painless manner.
Lou Thanasia (Hugh's brother): A shortening of the given name Louis. Louis means "Famed Warrior." Sounds similar to Hugh Thanasia, so could also mean "good death."
Earl E. DeMise (Olive's fiancé): Means "Early Demise", early death.
Tim Lee DeMise (Earl's brother): Perhaps could refer to "Timely Demise" - "timely death."
Nigmos -- Possibly taken from "enigma" - a mysterious occurrence, also means "a confusing character or person", which could possibly refer to Olive herself.
Ophelia Nigmos (Olive's niece): In Ancient Greek, it means "help." May also refer to the Shakespeare character Ophelia from "Hamlet," who went mad and drowned herself.
Willow Nigmos (Ophelia's mother, Olive's sister): Refers to the Willow Tree. May also refer to willow as a word meaning erode as "willowing away"
Creon Nigmos (Ophelia's father): In Greek, means 'ruler'.
Hecate Nigmos (Ophelia's paternal grandmother): Greek for far-shooting. Refers to the goddess of darkness, spirits, witchcraft, and the crossroads.
Zog Nigmos (Ophelia's paternal grandfather): In Dutch, zog comes from "kielzog" which means wake, the white turbulent water behind a boat.
Muenda -- Could refer to Munda, which is a place in the Solomon Islands. Muenda is also a traditional African name meaning "one who cares for others" in the Meru language.
Lerato Muenda (Ophelia's maternal grandmother): It means "love" in the Sotho language.
Peponi Muenda (Ophelia's maternal grandfather): Peponi means melon in Greek. It also means "paradise" in the Swahili language.
Planchette Spector (An unlinked descendant of the Spector/Specter family): A planchette is the name of a piece of wood designed to hold a pencil, used in séances to communicate with the spirits of the dead.
- Lerato Muenda (Deceased)
- Peponi Muenda (Deceased)
- Zog Nigmos (Deceased)
- Hecate Nigmos (Deceased)
- Creon Nigmos (Deceased)
- Willow Nigmos (Deceased)
- Ophelia Nigmos
- Olive Specter
- Hugh Thanasia (Deceased)
- Lou Thanasia (Deceased)
- Rigger Mortis (Deceased)
- Ichabod Specter (Deceased)
- Nervous Subject
- Grim Reaper
- Noela Spector 
- Planchette Spector
|The Specter Family|
|Olive - Rigger - Hugh - Ichabod - Ophelia - Nervous - Grim Reaper - Noela - Planchette|
- ↑ Since inheritance in The Sims 2 is separate from family funds, the family funds will pass to Ophelia as long as she is living on the lot when Olive dies.
- ↑ http://www.livestream.com/electronicarts/video?clipId=flv_37b929af-4241-4569-a28f-a9d080fef6d0&utm_source=lslibrary&utm_medium=ui-thumb