His appearance is similar to that of a silent film villain, judging by the cape, top hat, waxed mustache and his Edwardian style suit. His method of stealing money is also very dramatic, simulating the old silent film villain or a con-man.
Sims with low logic skill levels will be more liable to his tricks, while Sims with higher logic might be able to ward off his plan. He is able to enter residential lots, vacation homes, and community lots.
Players should be careful when spotting him because the Sim might be his next victim. Players should also pay close attention to any Sims wearing a top hat and monocle because that might be him, especially because his outfit changes with the theme of the vacation lot he's in (ex. in Twikkii Island he wears tropical garbs).
The Unsavory Charlatan seems to be in love with Mrs. Crumplebottom, and will attempt to serenade her if she is on the lot, to no avail. While he is serenading, the Sim has a good chance of getting away from them both.
On community lots, Sims cannot talk or interact with the Charlatan in any of the usual ways (strangely, when present on a University lot he shows up as an option for a student to "Ask for Tutoring," but the action does not actually work when selected). On Vacation lots, he can be asked for advice on the Island. If a Sim finds out he has stolen money from them, they can be told to fight him by clicking on him and selecting "Fisticuffs!". However, if he wins, another §150 is stolen. Having a high body skill greatly reduces the chance of this happening and increases the chance of reclaiming the stolen money. His most common victim is the Tourist Guide.
The Unsavory Charlatan also plays poker and he always wins, because he always gets a poker hand of Royal flush. He also plays pool and mahjong, meaning that he has distractions that may allow players to escape him, but unlike Mrs. Crumplebottom, who can remain distracted indefinitely, he is less likely to get distracted.
His hat, monocle and outfit is available in Create-A-Sim debug mode.