Nature Lover
A character loves natural surroundings.


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To one who has been long in city pent,
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven, - to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.

This character loves nature.

Whether living in the countryside or city, this character opts for many picnics or long walks in the wilderness, or else fascinated inspection of animals and plants about; the character sometimes lives in the wild. Extensive knowledge of animals and plants is common. Prone to The World Is Just Awesome both as a character trait and as something to reveal to others. Trapped in the city, he will often be seen in any park or just Watching the Sunset.

Usually a sign of Goodness, indicating a wholesome character uncorrupted by the Vice City. Mostly a modern trope, found where most members of the audience live in cities and do not have to wrestle with nature's dangers and inconveniences regularly.

Arcadia may suffice for natural settings, though sometimes it is not wild enough, and the Ghibli Hills are required for the character's taste. When it does suffice, the character often has a Green Thumb.

This does not require the character to exert himself -- mountain climbing, or canoing, etc -- though outdoors sports are popular with many Nature Lovers. Walks, picnics, and even just hanging out may be all that's required. Compare Outdoorsy Gal.

The Friend to All Living Things is a subtrope with a magical fillip, and the Nature Hero is a subtrope where the character is definitely resident in the wild and so used to it as to have few social skills.

Examples

Anime

Literature
  • Freckles in Gene Stratton Porter's Freckles
  • L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables is familiar with every inch of the woods about Green Gables. At the end of House of Dreams, Gilbert, describing a new home to her, carefully cites all the trees about it.
  • Dan in Louisa May Alcott's Little Men shows a love of wilderness despite his rough manner.
  • Cassie in Animorphs was always the animal person and nature saver.
  • In L. M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle, Valancy loves rambles in the woods.
  • In Poul Anderson's "The Pirate", Trevelyn finds the alien ruins a bit odd, because they had no gardens or parks, even though they obviously loved and had a care for landscapes, and used floral motifs extensively. He reminds himself that they were, after all, aliens.
  • Henry David Thoreau's Walden
  • In Jane Austen's Love and Freindship, how Laura came to meet Augusta and the others with her.
    She told me that having a considerable taste for the Beauties of Nature, her curiosity to behold the delightful scenes it exhibited in that part of the World had been so much raised by Gilpin's Tour to the Highlands, that she had prevailed on her Father to undertake a Tour to Scotland and had persuaded Lady Dorothea to accompany them.
  • In John Varley's Steel Beach, humanity has been kicked off of Earth, and nature is only available in small, artificial "disneylands". David Earth, the leader of the Earthists, loves nature so much that he has bio-engineered grasses growing on his head; has giant breast implants to represent Mother Earth, with more plants growing on them; has animal skin cells that grow fur implanted on his arms and legs; and has several varieties of insect, and even a few rodents living (and going to the bathroom) on him at all times. He brings nature (or as close as one can get) with him wherever he goes.
  • Heidi: The title character actually becomes literally homesick while living in the city.

Live-Action TV
  • Subverted in a sketch on Monty Python's Flying Circus about mosquito hunters.
    I've been a hunter all my life. I love animals, that's why I like to kill 'em.

Poetry
  • A Signature Trope of the Romantic Movement was writing poetyr in this vein
    The poetry of the earth is never dead.
    There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
    There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
    There is society, where none intrudes,
    By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
    I love not man the less, but Nature more.
  • Gerald Manley Hopkins
    What would the world be, once bereft
    Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
    O let them be left, wildness and wet;
    Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

Theater

Video games
  • Twilight Princess: According to official supplemental material, Ilia spends much of her time at the spring, just outside the village, where she bathes Epona. She also pitches in at the ranch, on occasion.
  • Suikoden II has Kinnison and Ayda, a pair of archers who defend their native woodlands. The former inhabits the forest surrounding Ryukei Village, while the latter hails from the Forest Village. Needless to say, they have strong ties to nature.
  • In Sid Meierís Alpha Centauri, two factions turn their affinity for nature into a powerful strategy, since the ecosystem is sentient and the most common lifeform is a swarm of psychic mind eating worms.
  • "Loves the Outdoors" is among the traits a Sim can have in The Sims 3. Unsurprisingly, said Sim receives a mood boost for being outdoors.
  • In Valkyria Chronicles, there are two types: the Nature Lover, like Welkin (or Country Bred, like Alicia), who can get a temporary boost from being in a natural setting, and the Child of Nature, like Largo, who can temporarily lose effectiveness when not in a natural setting.

Web Comics

Western Animation
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