- Harvest Moon Original Series: The original SNES game
- Harvest Moon Game Boy: The Game Boy/Game Boy Color series (Harvest Moon 3)
- Harvest Moon 64: Harvest Moon 64
- Harvest Moon: Mineral Town: Back to Nature, and Friends of Mineral Town
- Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life: A Wonderful Life, Another Wonderful Life and AWL: Special Edition
- Harvest Moon Save The Homeland: Save the Homeland and Hero of Leaf Valley
- Harvest Moon: Magical Melody: Magical Melody
- Harvest Moon DS: Harvest Moon DS and DS Cute
- Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness: Island of Happiness, Sunshine Islands and Frantic Farming
- Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility: Tree of Tranquility and Animal Parade
- Harvest Moon Grand Bazaar
- Harvest Moon My Little Shop
- Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns
- Story of Seasons: Story of Seasons
The main character.
- Animals Hate Him: Animals run in fear from them (even normally predatory ones like bears). Although you can work at making them comfortable around you.
- Character Customization: You can fully customize their appearance, a first for the series.
- Dub Name Change: Known as Hart and Rio, respectively, in Japan.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: They revitalize a town that has been stagnating for years, jump start its economy in a way that would make politicians weep with envy, build houses for free despite spending a fortune in time and money on the components, meet increasingly difficult requirements to aid the growth of the town, and run their own farm all the while. Yet certain townsfolk will still berate you if you lose a honey making contest or fail to construct a garden that is up to their standards.
- Expy: Rachel is a very clear expy of Claire from the earlier games; the only major difference is a hat. Henry looks a lot like a remake of Pete.
- The Hero
- Heroic Mime
- Nice Hat: In their default/official designs, at least. Henry wears a puffy cap, and Rachel has a cowboy hat with a Holstein cow spot pattern.
- Renaissance Man: Farmer, miner, carpenter, chef, fisherman, sculptor, artist, landscaper...
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Bachelors and Bachelorettes
A waitress at the local restaurant.
- Big Eater: She's very fond of food, and she has a not-so-secret hobby as a food critic.
- In one of her dialogues, she says she only ate three meals today.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: It's Played for Laughs after marriage; in one of her pregnancy dialogues, she jokingly says that she might get jealous if you pay too much attention to the baby.
- Expy: Of Maya from Tree of Tranquility and Animal Parade; they're both waitresses who love food but aren't very good at cooking.
- Meido: Her work uniform gives off this vibe.
- The fact that befriending her unlocks maid outfits strengthens it.
- Lethal Chef: Despite her love of food, she's not very good at making it.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Becomes this quite a bit if you marry her.
A girl who works as the town's blacksmith.
- The Blacksmith
- First Girl Wins: If you're playing as a guy and choose to pursue her, since she's the first bachelorette who moves to Echo Village.
- Nice Girl: Very serious and disciplined, but one of the kindest and most mature girls in the village.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Don't let her gentle appearance fool you; she's incredibly tough.
- Tomboyish Ponytail
- Tsurime Eyes
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Sort of. She's very polite and welcoming, so she does have the characteristics of this. However, her father wanted her to be one, instead of a blacksmith, so she left home to pursue her own path. Really she just hated it as a career choice.
A magician who moved to town to set up a magic act.
- Ambiguously Bi: If you show her the blue feather while you're playing as a female character, she notes that she's received dozens of proposals in the past, from both men and women.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: If you pursue a relationship with her, you find out that she's only dating you because you're a sucker who's constantly giving her free stuff and will do anything she asks.
- Be Yourself: On the positive side she will say that being around you makes her feel true to herself.
- Even the Girls Want Her: She's received proposals from women in the past.
- Manipulative Bitch: She's the only potential bride in the game to not express any real love in her heart events, all of which revolve around you bringing her what she wants and being told that she wants something else as well. While you do find out, you still need to bring her what she wants to begin her final heart event.
- Nice Hat: A small hot pink top hat.
- Pink Means Feminine
The gossipy delivery girl for the local newspaper.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Comes across as friendly and somewhat scatterbrained, but can be quite vicious when provoked...
- Intrepid Reporter: Or an aspiring one, at least.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: She's the oldest of seven children.
- Weight Woe: In one cutscene, she laments that she's gained weight, and has taken up jogging to get rid of it. Toni is less than helpful.
A quiet, aloof girl who works as the town's tailor.
- Ambiguously Bi: In the "Yuri's Strange Behavior" cutscene, she is rather blunt in telling Iroha to take off her clothes...
- Bifauxnen: She looks very much like a boy.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Her speech reads as dreamy and halting, and she says some... interesting things...
- Fashion Designer: She arrives in town after graduating from a fashion school and opens a clothing store.
- Stoic Spectacles
- Sugar and Ice Personality: To the point where you can't actually see her relationship indicator until you begin dating her.
A cocky hairstylist, and Rod's best friend.
- Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: He starts out as a very tame, G-rated version of this, but gets better as he warms up to you.
- Childhood Friends: With Rod.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's certainly full of himself. He doesn't pull any punches should you lose a contest, and even when complimenting or thanking the female MC, he's condescending. He's a good friend to Rod, however, and will pull his weight as a boyfriend or husband.
- Never Be Hurt Again: Seems to be his reason for being a jerk, and he encourages others to see things the same way. While everyone else at the Cow Festival comments positively on your happy relationship with your cows, the first thing out of Allen's mouth is, "When it dies, you're gonna cry."
- Not a Morning Person: He gets up at 6 like most of the townspeople, but if you speak to him in the morning he'll often tell you to go away and come back in the afternoon when he's more awake.
- The Perfectionist: He gets very upset over mistakes, even when the person he's "wronged" cheerfully brushes it off.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Insufferable Genius: The townspeople admit that he's good at what he does.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Says that his dad was never home, and that he doesn't consider a man like that a father.
An adventure-loving young man who runs the pet shop.
- Chastity Couple: In contrast to the other bachelors, his relationship with the protagonist is shown as more innocent. He even mentions holding hands in bed, as opposed to anything else. However, he is also by far the most forward of the bachelors...
- Childhood Friends: With Allen. Somehow.
- The Cutie: More or less a male version in that he's sweet, lovable, and does indeed adore small animals. Even after he marries the MC, he talks about things like wanting to hold hands in bed, in a rather innocent manner.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud??: "Hints" that he'd like to be the female main character's boyfriend by stating that having a boyfriend who can cook would be useful for a farmer. Then he tells her to forget he said that.
- Friend to All Living Things: Unlike Neil, he's good with both animals and humans, although he recognizes that running a farm is very different to running a pet shop.
- Goggles Do Nothing
- Moe Stare: His expression 90% of the time.
- Nice Guy: He's one of the most straightforward of the bachelors, happy to go out with the female MC on Starry Night and delighted to receive gifts on Spring Harmony Day. He gets along well with the prickly Neil and snobbish Allen as well.
- Older Than They Look
- Rummage Sale Reject
- Self-Deprecation: Somewhat prone to this.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Once you're with him. Allen lampshades the fact at one point.
A former reporter looking for a more peaceful life.
- Big Eater: Of the "eating his emotions" variety.
- Cool Old Guy: Constantly calls himself an old man and is worried about starting a relationship with you because he thinks there's too much of an age gap.
- Intrepid Reporter: Formerly.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: He loves to flirt with the female player, and in his second heart event, he even coerces her into giving him a (literal) piggyback ride. He then without fail tells her to ignore what he just said, because (he believes) he's too old for her. As a husband, he also tends to make quite a bit of sexual innuendo.
- Not a Morning Person: Implied, he wakes up later in the day than most other villagers, and stays up late at night.
- Perma Stubble
- Punny Name: In the US version, with a side order of Stealth Pun: Natsume is the company that handles the US translations of the games, and Soseki Natsume (Natsume Soseki, in Japanese order) is a famous Japanese writer.
- Troll: He's far more of a tease than the other bachelors, even as a platonic friend. He even calls the main character gullible at one point for believing everything he tells them... though given his insecurities, it's also likely he's covering for himself.
- Vague Age: Although he often talks about being older than the protagonist (and worrying about it should you choose to date him), he noticeably lacks the Animation Anatomy Aging common to the other older bachelors in the series, aside from just being less Puni Plush. Due to his status as a known hypochondriac, it's a common fan-theory that he's not actually that much older than the main characters; he's just extremely self-conscious about it.
Amir's polite butler.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde
- The Jeeves
- Last Guy Wins: Shares this aspect with Amir in this game, since the Exotic Mansion, their home, isn't available to build until you work on the last Town Restoration Plan, making those two the last available bachelors to move into the village.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Motherly Side Plait: He has this despite being male, and he fits the personality that goes with it since he's very devoted and caring towards Amir.
- Nice Guy
- Orphanage of Love: He was raised in one of these.
A reserved and somewhat irritable young man who runs the animal shop.
- Adorkable: Although he will forever be curt with you if you don't start dating him, he will try his best to be a good boyfriend/husband if you do choose to court him. His best isn't so good at first, and even after marriage his attempt to spontaneously say something loving to the female MC will apparently make her laugh at his awkwardness.
- Expy: Of Gray and Vaughn.
- First Guy Wins: If you're playing as a girl and choose to pursue him, since he's the first bachelor (and first marriage candidate overall) who moves to Echo Village.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As stated above and below, he's not the nicest bachelor but he doesn't like to hurt the main character and is instantly apologetic when he does. Does even better once you start dating him and he promises(and follows through with it) to be a little better. He also really cares about animals.
- Not a Morning Person: He might be awake, but he doesn't have to like it...
- Not Good with People: Type 2. At high affection levels. he'll tell the MC to treat animals kindly, because they will return the favour — unlike treacherous humans.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Real Men Hate Sugar: His absolute most hated item is chocolate cake, followed by just about every dessert item in the game and then things like fish bones and manure. He actually doesn't hate it due to manly reasons, but because of overexposure. His mother loved sweets, his father didn't care either way and so he grew up in a house where every meal was sweet. Becomes a funny instance of Gameplay and Story Segregation during the Pumpkin Festival and Winter Harmony Day where he'll accept your sweets but complain about eating them anyway.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Can be cutting and rude, even when asked out to do something nice (like Starry Night), but will instantly backpedal if he suspects he's hurt the female MC's feelings.
- Troubled, but Cute: Like a few other candidates he has a bad relationship with his father, which is the reason why he ran away to Echo Village in the first place. But he's also the grumpiest candidate.
- Tsundere: It's not like he wanted to give you a cow or anything. It was definitely all Dunhill's idea. His heart events are much the same, especially the one where he gets Cuteness Proximity to Rod's dog.
- Verbal Tic : Expect to hear "geez" and "sheesh" a lot (especially when he's embarrassed). He also says "forget what I just said/forget I said that" so much it borders on being his catchphrase. To a lesser extent, "such a pain/what a pain".
DunhillThe mayor of Echo Village.
- Cool Old Guy
- Dirty Old Man: One scene shows him handing out picture albums to women in the town, including you. Wonder where he got those...
HanaAn elderly woman who runs the general store.
EmmaYuri's mother. She's in charge of shipping your produce.
- Bratty Half-Pint : Both Allen and Neil have something to say about his shenanigans at festivals.
- Disappeared Dad
- No Indoor Voice: Often greets your character with a loud shout. In one of his dialogues he asks the main character to copy him, but they are too embarrassed to do so.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The game will sometimes refer to him as Tony.
- Innocently Insensitive: To the point that he can be pretty bratty. He demands that you entertain him, gives Tina a hard time about her weight, and has one of the more obnoxious responses if you lose a crop contest, cheerfully surmising that you're "not all that, after all."
CharlesA pilot who runs a travel agency with his wife, Camellia.
CamelliaShe runs a travel agency with her husband, Charles.
- A-Cup Angst: One of the random events after Olivia moves into town has her and Rebecca getting into a heated discussion about this.
- Happily Married: To Charles.
HinaCharles' and Camellia's daughter.
- Cheerful Child: She acts her age (unlike Nico, who's the chef at the inn) and isn't as rambunctious as Toni. She dotes on her parents and is keen to come and play on the farm.
- The Cutie: She's wearing one of her dad's pilot jackets, and it makes her even more adorable.
- Precocious Crush: She likes Allen and Charles better not forget that.
- Sweet Tooth: Her most favorite food is Pudding a la Mode.
ClementA famous chef who moved to town to try new recipes.
KosaburoA fisherman and Hana's husband.
OliviaA woman who came to town to run a tea house.
- Ambiguously Bi: If you show her a blue feather, she reacts flirtatiously regardless of your gender... before turning you down, because she has a fiance.
- The Ghost: She has a fiance whom she often mentions, but who will never move to town even after she's lived there for years. Presumably his main purpose is to justify why she isn't a bachelorette.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair : Has lavender hair.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: In one cut scene, the main character has to rescue Clement from Klaus' monologue on just why macaroni has a hole in it. Clement starts getting freaked out when Klaus decided that macaroni is a commentary on the human condition.
- Dr. Jerk: He doesn't have much of a brain-to-mouth filter and he doesn't like people wasting his time. Although he genuinley does care about his patients, it irritates when when he thinks that they aren't taking care of their health, thus is always ready to lecture them. It gets to the point that players and the main character alike start to panic when collapsing from exhaustion since Klaus will now spend a minute or two lecturing them.
- The Philosopher: See the macaroni incident. He's also prone to discussing body language with you, stating that liars are easy to spot.
- Chekhov's Gunman: You see him leaving town when you first arrive.
- Adorably Precocious Child: He's a pretty good cook for someone his age.
- Big Eater
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's leaving with his father when you first arrive in town.
- Fat and Proud: He has no problem with being chubby, since he's a gourmet, and considers it a reflection on his good taste in food.
- Missing Mom: He says she's gone traveling and won't come home until she gets to travel all around the globe. She sends him things, but Niko doesn't seem to know where she is.
SandraAn elderly lady who runs a barter stall at night.
AaronOne of the two Harvest Sprites in your town.
- Nice Guy
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He is more cheerful than his sister.
- Theme Twin Naming: His Japanese name was Socra, after Greek philosopher Socrates.