One of the most iconic families in The Sims 4 has a history that the game doesn't tell you about.

If you've played previous Sims games, perhaps you're aware of it. Part of the story behind the Goths is obvious even in The Sims 4: they're a wealthy, gloomy and somewhat snobby family. But there's more to them than that. Though the Goth family is present in nearly every Sims game, the matriarch, Bella is mysteriously absent from her family in The Sims 2. The reason? Alien abduction, apparently.

From The Sims wiki:

By the time the storyline has caught up to The Sims 2, Bella has had another child, Alexander Goth, and has disappeared via alien abduction. It is then revealed that Bella is Michael Bachelor's sister. She does exist in Pleasantview, but is hidden within the game code and can only be found using cheats or third-party programs. Bella's disappearance is a major component to the background story of Pleasantview and it's theorized that Maxis picked her for this major role because she is a mysterious, yet elegant, woman. Her last known whereabouts are Don Lothario's deck, and Don's photo album and memory panel show that he had attempted some romantic interactions with Bella, which she didn't accept, before she mysteriously disappeared.

This is part of what you see in this reinterpretation by Rémi Marocelli in the video above, which shows the lead-up to the abduction. Alcohol! Cheating! Family woes! It's practically a soap opera that fills in the details of WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED leading up to the alien abduction.

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The story gets weirder, though. Even though Bella isn't actually a part of her family in The Sims 2, they still remember her...and for whatever reason, she does appear in the game as a normal townie:

Many of Mortimer's, Cassandra's, and Alexander's memories involve Bella, meaning that she hasn't been gone for too long. On the family tree panel, Bella's face is not gray, which indicates that the game does not consider her to be dead. Although her husband and daughter have memories of her being abducted by aliens, the story does not explicitly state what happened to Bella. Oddly enough, most of the furniture was left untouched after she left. If a Sim uses the fingerprint scanner, much of the furniture was touched by her. Maxis created a likeness of Bella and used it as a townie in Strangetown. This version is a little different than the Pleasantview Bella, but is acknowledged by Maxis as the same Bella. The fact that the Bella in Strangetown has no memories of her loved ones or past life is simply blamed on alien experiments during her abduction.

Strangetown Bella's career is randomized at the start of the game, whereas the Pleasantview Bella, if brought back, has no personality points, career and no premade memories, and she can not be playable without the use of hacks such as SimPE. It is rumored that Maxis originally created Bella, but she accidentally got deleted while creating the game. To cover up their mistake, they made up a story that explained her disappearance. However, if they deleted Bella, she was only deleted from the household as Bella can be added to any household with Tombstone of L&D or SimPE. Another odd detail is that, if Bella is brought back, Mortimer's relationship with her will be that of acquaintances rather than spouses. The reason for this is because the developers never bothered to check that her relationship flags were ticked.

Uh, woah? I wonder what the actual story there is. For now, all we have are wild theories and amazing machinima that explains it all.

The Sims 4 Machinima - Bella Goth [Rémi Marocelli]