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''Rune Factory'' is a game series developed by Neverland Co. It started as a SpinOff of the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series, retaining the core farming and social aspects of its parent series and integrates it into a fantasy setting complete with an anime-inspired art style and some RPG-style elements, such as the ability to fight monsters.

Has a [[Characters/RuneFactory character sheet]] and a wiki [[http://harvestmoonrunefactory.wikia.com/wiki/Rune_Factory_Wiki here]].

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The games in the series are:
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* ''Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon'' for the [[/index]]{{DS}}[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon'' (originally lacking the subtitle in Japan), again for the DS
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier'', the series' debut on the {{Wii}}, featuring the main cast of the original game
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'', the third installment on the DS
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryOceans'' (''Rune Factory: Tides Of Destiny'' in the US), the second title for the Wii and first for the {{PS3}}.
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory4'', the series' debut on the [[Nintendo3DS 3DS]]
[[/index]]

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!!This video-game series provides examples of:

* TheAce: If you play well, YOU. Look at it from the other villagers' perspective: You sweep into town from nowhere, become a more successful farmer, warrior, and item crafter. You also build up a farm that they couldn't for years, become everyone's best friend, and steal away girls that some of these characters had been going after for since childhood. And this is all in your first year! No wonder some characters hate you so much...
* AllNaturalGemPolish
* AllThereInTheManual: ''Rune Factory Official Memoirs'' (summarized [[http://www.fogu.com/hmforum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=131170 here]]) has a lot of background information not found in the games.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Magic. While some spells in later games are actually a huge help, many are just a waste of RP, especially when they can only be cast from RP. In the first game you'll have a tough time finding a good situation to use your spells in before you've used up too much RP to cast them, making them a waste of space and money.
** Fixed in [=RF3=]. Practicing magic not only reduces the RP consumption of that particular magic school, but also contributes to increasing your max RP. Add that to that wide array of spells and that it's possible to do some MegaManning of boss abilities by upgrading staves with boss drops, and magic is a viable alternative.
* BabiesEverAfter: Obviously, for a series inspired by HarvestMoon. Averted in RF2 when the protagonist's kid eventually becomes a new hero/ine.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Carlos.
* BigEater: Jasper, Sherman, Collette.
* BonusDungeon: The wireless dungeon in RuneFactory3 under your house.
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler:Raven, quite literally.]]
* ButThouMust: In the very start of Rune Factory 2, you can't decline Douglas's and Mana's offer to purchase the hoe and watering can. Similarly, you can't say no to Shara showing you around your new home in RF 3.
* TheBlacksmith: Leo for the first game, Tanya for RF 2, Ganesha for Frontier, Gaius for RF 3, Elena in ''[[VideoGame/RuneFactoryOceans Tides of Destiny]]'', and Bud for RF 4.
* CastFromHitPoints
** Not applicable in RF 3, as trying to do anything without RP leads to you fainting in short order.
*** Not ''as'' applicable, but if you've got your HP high enough and your RP consumption for a particular task low enough you can do a little.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Mist, Pia.
* ColorCodedStones: The series has purple amethysts, red rubies, green emeralds, and white diamonds. However, it also has deep blue aquamarines, so the sapphires end up being pink instead of the usual blue.
* CommonplaceRare: You would think empty bottles wouldn't be so hard to come by.
* CoolPet: Monsters can be tamed from dungeons and used as livestock, farm hands, and battle allies.
* CriticalAnnoyance: In the first Rune Factory, becomes significantly worse the less HP you have
* CuteWitch: Melody. Subverted as she can't use magic. She just likes the outfit.
** Marion from RuneFactory3 might be a better example as she CAN use magic.
* DiskOneNuke: In the first game it's perfectly possible to make the Heaven Asunder, one of the best swords in the game, well before the first Winter makes available the rest of the game's caves, and with them, the ingredients for the other, much harder to make, weapons and tools.
* DyingLikeAnimals: The townsfolk of Kardia respond to [[spoiler: the imminent [[TheEmpire Sechs]] armed invasion]] byÖ carrying out their daily routines as usual, except peppered with some bits of worried dialogue. Apparently, the week-in-advance notice they got was too short to even think of evacuating less than a couple dozen people.
** On the same vein, the Kingdom of Norad seemed surprisingly indiferent to armed excursions into their frontier towns, even with an informant posted there keeping them up to date.
* TheEmpire: The Sechs Empire. More so in the first, [[spoiler:where it directly threatened to invade the kingdom where the village is located by the use of an ancient dragon.]]
* ExpressDelivery: If not then the lead of the second game knew who you were going to have him marry and had an affair with her some time before, because your wife doesn't even take thirty days to pop a kid out after you tie the knot.
** Ditto [=RF3=]. Fifteen day pregnancies for three years running. Ow.
* EyepatchOfPower: Lynette in [=RF1=], the military commander from Sechs who moves in after you beat the BigBad. (You can also marry her.)
* EyesAlwaysShut: Neumann
* FanService: While the original game talked about bikini season, ''Frontier'' actually has people go to the beach and put on swimsuits. And aside from two little kids the only ones to do so are marriage candidates.
** ''Rune Factory 3'' takes this one step further by having not just all marriage candidates, but also many of the other villagers have their own swimsuits.
* FantasticRacism: Displayed by Jake and alluded to as being somewhat common in most of the world.
** Integral to the plot of ''RuneFactory3'', too, since [[spoiler:most of the plot is about getting the horned people and normal folk to live together peacefully.]]
** Mostly subverted, though. Every game has elves and/or dwarves living in mainly human settlements, with the only sign of racism between the three races being Jake's attitude toward humans.
* {{Fetch Quest}}s: Many of the Bulletin Board requests in [=RF2=]
*** Only Mist, Sharron, and Zavier do this. Zavier is 'an explorer' so it makes sense he'd get permits, Sharron is clearly obsessed with the dungeon she enters so it'd be FridgeLogic for her not to have a permit, and Raguna ''does'' question how Mist can always enter.
**** Melody does it once as well, but she was looking for a hot spring so she probably got a permit, too.
* GameBreakingBug: In RF2, reading some signs (especially the one in front of your barn) will cause the game to freeze.
* AGodAmI: Every non-dragon main villain has had this going. The only exception is Ethelberd [[spoiler:in his first appearance. After Raguna stops him he becomes more obsessed with obtaining ultimate power in his second appearance in the series.]]
* GreenAesop: Inevitable given the setting. It is important to protect nature and not abuse the power of runes, because their balance holds the world together, brings prosperity to the land [[{{Anvilicious}} and makes it so that the rest of the cast canít ever seem to shut up about it]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: Various half-elves appear as characters.
** And half-monsters in RuneFactory3.
* HeyItsThatVoice: Selphy in Rune Factory Frontier uses the [[WendeeLee same dub voice]] as HaruhiSuzumiya and Konata from ''LuckyStar''.
** And Raguna is voiced by JohnnyYongBosch in Rune Factory Frontier.
** Raguna's Japanese voice is done by [[Creator/RomiPark Romi Paku]].
** Lara is also voiced by Karen Strassman in the same game.
** Let's just say ''Rune Factory Frontier'' is just littered with this.
* HotLibrarian: Selphy
* HotWitch: Alicia. She actually has powers - she can control the weather, if you pay her to.
* IncestIsRelative: If you marry [[ShrinkingViolet Dorothy]] in ''RuneFactory2'' and have a son, he can court Cammy--Dorothy's younger sister, which would make her your son's aunt.
** Ditto if you marry Rosalind or Alicia, making Leann (daughter of Rosalind's brother, Max) or Sera & Serena (Twin daughters of Alica's brother, Ray) your child's cousins.
* InconsistentDub: Between ''Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon'' and ''RuneFactoryFrontier'' due to the former being localized by Natsume and the latter by XSEEDGames. The former game's Tori became known as Tart in the latter game, and the Sechs Empire was referenced as the Zzyzx Empire.
** Although to be fair on the country name change, when you say both terms correctly, Sechs does sound like a shortened version of Zzyzx. Some fans speculate the name reading was changed so that people stopped pronouncing it "Sex Empire". (The words seem to be German-based names for the games, with Sechs being said more like "zeks" (if you spell in English phonetically), and Zzyzx is roughly "zaizeks". So it could be said that the Sechs is simply a shortened version of the empire's name.)
** Referenced in the setting description of RuneFactory4's manual; apparently the change to Zzyzx was temporary, and [[LampshadeHanging "may have been a practical joke, or perhaps the result of temporary delirium due to illness"]].
* InformedAbility: When you meet anyone who is "Tough" or "A warrior", you can almost invariably count on never, EVER seeing them fight anyone or anything, despite everyone else saying how tough they are or how well they fight. Due to GameplayAndStorySegregation, most likely, but even so, it's become a running joke for many fans.
** Most professionals whose skills can be practiced by the player's skills can seem like this too. Though they may be described as "experts" or "the best" by the local villagers and brag about their years of experience and skill, the quality of merchandise they provide is only average at best and the player character can usually produce better equipment than they sell in just a few seasons.
** Averted in Rune Factory 3, where you can invite characters to adventure with you. Different characters will have different combat abilities, though they will still generally be inferior to you.
* InsurmountableWaistHighFence: Many of them throughout the series.
** Sometimes literally.
* InterspeciesRomance: Every game in the series (so far) has had at least one elf (or half-elf) marriage candidate. [=RF3=] throws in a mermaid, a horned humanoid and a half-monster (and the half-monster protagonist makes EVERY pairing this trope.)
** [=RF4=] Includes several bachelors who were originally monsters, and retained several monster features since becoming human.
* ItemCrafting: A central part of the game, as the most powerful tools and weapons aside from the basic ones will be created from this process.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Aden and Sonja of ''Oceans'' are (so far) the only series protagonists not to get a dose of this.
* LimitedWardrobe: {{Lampshaded}} in Frontier:
-->'''Bianca''': You're always wearing the same clothes. You smell.
-->'''Raguna''': Wh-what?! But aren't you always wearing the same thing, too?
-->'''Bianca''': I NEVER wear the same thing twice. I like the design of this outfit, [[HandWave so I had HUNDREDS of it made for me]].
-->'''Raguna''':...Oh.
** Thankfully, Evelyn in [=RF3=] sells plenty of different outfits for you to wear.
** Also averted in [=RF2's=] second generation. Though [[GuideDangIt no one tells you where to go to get the alternate outfits.]]
* {{Mascot}}/{{MascotMook}}/SeriesMascot: The Woollies, and the Buffamoo to a smaller extent.
* {{Meganekko}}: Tori.
** And Kuruna in Rune Factory 3.
* MarketBasedTitle: The "A Fantasy Harvest Moon" subtitle was only used on the first game in Japan. Natsume added it to all the DS games in the US.
* MilestoneCelebration: Especially notable as the series started off as being a game for ''HarvestMoon'''s 10th anniversary and then became popular enough to become its own series.
* NerfArm: In the first game, the most powerful weapon in the game is: your watering can. Likewise, Frontier has the fishing pole as the strongest weapon. The first example [[LampshadeHanging hasn't gone unnoticed]], as Kross in Frontier comments about how someone destroyed a tank with a watering can.
* NeverSayDie: Monsters, notably. They don't die; they [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence return home to the Forest of Beginnings.]]
* NonIdleRich: The de Sainte-Coquille family. The family works for its wealth, and uses its wealth and conncections to fund public spaces and organize most of the festivals. Also implied that they're responsible for shipping the player's crops and importing most products not produced locally.
* ObliviousToLove: Mist (natch) is utterly blind to Zavier's crush on her. [[ObfuscatingStupidity Probably.]]
** The player character can come across as this at times, too, if the player chooses the "wrong" romance choice.
* OddlyNamedSequel
* OfficialCouple: Raguna and Mist, Kyle and Mana, Micah and Shara, Aden and Sonja (to an extent). Considering the DatingSim aspect of the games, this trope's presence has led many to complain about the "[[StrangledByTheRedString forced couples]]".
** Its not that surprising since this occurs in most visual novels and other dating sim games with a designated "main heroine." This is one aspect that is different from the HarvestMoon games, probably due to the fact that the RuneFactory series actually have a plot instead of just being a life simulation.
* OnlySaneMan: As each games get's increasingly eccentric characters the lead obtains more and more aspects of this.
* OurElvesAreBetter: They don't seem much different from humans, and some can even be married.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Played so straight in the first game that the human who was trained by a dwarf matches every last cliche. In 3, however, when you actually see a couple dwarves, you'd almost assume they were elves at first. Only one is into mining and forging, and the other gets offended by the short bearded man stereotype.
* OverprotectiveDad: Douglas.
* ParentalAbandonment: The villages in these games tend to be populated mostly by people who aren't even old enough to drink. Roughly a quarter of those youngsters have no visible parents, and most of the rest only have one. The fates of these parents are often only vaguely alluded to if it's ever brought up at all. [[FridgeHorror Kinda makes you wonder how these places stay so darn cheery.]]
** Kardia in particular has exactly zero couples, yet no shortage of children. Everyone is either single, widowed, separated or single-parent with no further elaboration.
** To bring the point home even more, in the second half of RF2 this becomes a plot point for your player character.
** Trampoli is somewhat better about this. Every youngster has at least one related guardian and, shockingly, Eunice even has a mother AND father. Rosetta, Lara and Bianca live on their own but you know their fathers are back in Kardia (though the issue of their nonexistent mothers still apply). Danny has a family back in his hometown, Selphy is a runaway and Melody's orphan status is a plot point. Played straight with Erik though, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} and the less we talk about Mist the better]].
** Oceans/Tide of Destiny is a pretty big offender as well. The need to include bachelors ate up some extra character slots, so there are only four characters over the rough teens of the romancables. Only three are residents of the island and only two are related to anyone.
* RichBitch: Bianca.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Melody wears this ensemble in the first game, and Alicia wears a more {{Stripperific}} variation in the second.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The protagonist of RF4 is mistaken as a prince/princess, and is expected to do works like farming as such.
** [[spoiler:Ivan and Raguna are both members of the royal family of Norad, though since only Ivan is aware of this Raguna may not count.]]
* RunningGag: Protagonists' choice of attempting to sleep on other people's beds, which will enrage the owners of the beds if they're nearby.
** Protagonists' tendency to [[EasyAmnesia lose their memories]] is reaching this level.
* [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Shift To Another Plane Of Existence]]: A monster's "death" returns them to the Forest Of Beginnings ([[InconsistentDub "First Forest" in Frontier]]), a parallel plane of existence.
* ShrinkingViolet: Tori and Dorothy.
* ShrugOfGod: There is 0 confirmation that Raguna is [[spoiler:Ivan's brother. Despite it being stated in an interview that both are related to the king]] the two's relation to one another is still only suggested.
* SliceOfLife: Being a descendant of the Harvest Moon series...
* TalkToEveryone: A requirement, since you have to speak to ''everyone'' to get all the basic tools, and in RuneFactory3 your first request is literally to introduce yourself to everyone in town and then ship one item.
** Considering that building up RelationshipValues is a major part of the game, I'd say this trope, normally a side thing in most [=RPGs=], is at least a quarter of the gameplay.
* TooAwesomeToUse: A borderline case with the flowers, most notoriously the Emery Flower. Not only does it require 26 000 gold in Frontier, it takes 120 days (which is a full year by the in-game calendar) to grow without aid. What saves this from the effects of this trope is that you get 9 of them in one seed packet.
* TurnsRed
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: Quite a few examples, but the de Sainte-Coquille dads and their daughters come to mind.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange
* UnfortunateNames: Sechs Empire. Just say it out loud.
** "Zecks," for anyone knowing even basic German.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Nicholas made a ChildHoodMarriagePromise to Cecilia in Rune Factory 1 but is absent entirely in the sequel.
* UnwittingPawn: From the time Raguna stumbles up to Mist's house to the point the final boss is summoned he is single handedly supplying the enemy with all the energy they need to summon said boss.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can [[RunawayBride steal another man's wife!]] -- although you need to fill up her up with love first. And you will you get a WhatTheHellPlayer for it. Marry Mist or Rosetta in the first game and Zavier or Lucas will tell you off.
* WarpWhistle: In the original Rune Factory it's two different books. "Escape", which lets you exit a dungeon, and "Teleport", which brings you to your house. Neither can be used if you're [[strike:silenced]] sealed.
** Frontier allows you to do this with a simple menu command from the get-go.
*** As a bonus, it also works while sealed. This means that you can fight however much you want without worry that you can always escape just in time.
** In the second half of Rune Factory 2, one of the Magic Books allows you to warp back to the entrance of a dungeon. If you're not in a dungeon, it'll warp you back to your house.
** In RuneFactory3, the spell sends you to different places depending on where you are; for example if you're on your doorstep and cast it, it'll send you right next to your bed, whereas if you cast it while in your home it sends you to your doorstep.
* WaxOnWaxOff: Building up experience in mundane activities such as cooking, farming and even eating and chatting will eventually raise the character's combat-related stats.
* XMeetsY: Rune Factory is ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' meets ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' meets the dungeon crawler of your choice.

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