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- 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: 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: Grand Bazaar
- Harvest Moon: My Little Shop: My Little Shop
- Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns: The Tale of Two Towns
- Harvest Moon: A New Beginning: A New Beginning
- Story of Seasons: Story of Seasons
- Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns: Trio of Towns
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Pete/ClaireThe protagonist. A city dweller who takes over a rundown farm.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Claire has long, blonde hair and is a nice person.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Claire has light blue eyes.
- Nice Hat: Pete wears his cap near constantly.
- Overalls and Gingham: Claire wears the getup. Pete only has overalls.
Bachelors and Bachelorettes
The daughter of the innkeeper who frequently helps out in the restaurant. Much like Ann from the original game, this one loves to tinker. Her romantic interest is Cliff.
- Big Eater: She claims to eat a lot, and usually eats the most during the Harvest Festival. In one of her heart event, this behavior resulted in a digestion problem.
- Dub Name Change:
- In Back to Nature and Friends of Mineral Town it was "Ran" -> "Ann".
- In DS it was "Afi" -> "Ann".
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Inverted. She's the most tomboyish bachelorette but is arguably the best cook in town. Being the daughter of local Supreme Chef certainly helps.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Of all the love interests, during advertisements and promotional material in Nintendo Power and such, she seemed to be shown more than others. Possibly because of her more farm-girl appearance.
- Supreme Chef: She's a very good cook who helps out her father to prepare the inn's delicious meals, and occasionally wins the annual Cooking Festival. This is stark contrast from her HM64 Lethal Chef status.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: She often hangs out with Popuri, and plays the role of the active tomboy to Popuri's more feminine childlikeness.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: She wears her hair in a braid.
The local nurse and midwife, who lives with her grandmother and younger brother. Seems to have a budding not-quite-professional relationship with the doctor.
- Dub Name Change: In DS. "Ellis" -> "Elli".
- Hospital Hottie: She's more modest than most "hot nurse" archetypes, but she's still very conventionally pretty, and is one of the favorite bachelorettes.
- Promotion to Parent: She takes care of her younger brother Stu, as their grandmother is too ill to do much, while their parents are not around at all.
- Nice Girl: She's always smiling and giving gifts to others.
- True Blue Femininity: Her nurse uniform is light blue in colour, highlighting her gentle nature.
- Related in the Adaptation: She was unrelated to Stu in 64.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Gentle, caring and motherly, she has the ideal characteristics for a good wife.
The daughter of Jeff and Sasha, the general store owners. Honest, independent and assertive, Karen seems to be the main decision maker of the family, and would collect payments from the store's debtors when her father is too weak-willed to ask money from the customers. She is close friends with Rick, whom she has known since childhood, and will marry him if the player doesn't. She loves drinking, and can often be found at the bar with Rick .
- Childhood Friend Romance: She would marry her childhood friend, Rick, unless the player marries either one of them first.
- Cool Big Sis: She has the personality and acts like this towards others.
- Dub Name Change: In DS. "Kahry/Carrie" -> "Karen".
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She loves wine, and one event actually shows her beating Duke - the winehouse owner - in a drinking contest.
- Lethal Chef: Her cooking is so terrible it once made the (male) protagonist ill from eating them. Even her parents are afraid of eating her dishes.
- Multicolored Hair: She has brown hair, while her bangs are decorated with blonde highlights. In 64 the blonde part was natural however it's unspecified in future games.
- Related in the Adaptation: Sasha is her mother in both games, however Back to Nature changed Gotz from her father into a widower. Jeff is now her father.
- Tomboy: No nonsense, assertive, and apparently wrestles a lot as a kid. Rick mentions that she used to beat him up when they're playing together, although Karen denies this.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She's rather bossy and arrogant in BTN, but this unpleasant attitude is nonexistent in Mineral Town games.
The town librarian who aspires to be a writer like her father, Basil, who is a botanist and has published many books. Mary is known to be shy, but kind-hearted. Her romantic interest is Gray.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Sweet and gentle Mary is one of the few people whom the aloof Gray trusts.
- Cute Bookworm: She's a cute librarian who loves reading, and is one of the marriageable bachelorette.
- Dub Name Change:
- In Back to Nature and Friends of Mineral Town it was "Marie" -> "Mary".
- In DS it was "Marie" -> "Maryvia"
- Hot Librarian: The town librarian who can be pursued as the male protagonist's Love Interest and is Gray's romantic interest.
- Meganekko: Her glasses highlights her shy and bookish personality, which is a part of her character's appeal.
- She Cleans Up Nicely : She takes off her glasses and does her hair nicely during her wedding day.
A bubbly, childish and friendly girl, she is the younger sister of Rick. Her father is currently away from Mineral Town, and her mother, Lillia, is ill. Her older brother has taken responsibility for her though, unfortunately for her, he can be somewhat over-protective. Her love interest is Kai.
- Curtains Match the Window: She has pink hair and eyes.
- Dub Name Change: In DS. From "Arisa/Alisa" to "Popuri".
- Love Makes You Dumb: Not exactly making her dumb, but she did make some questionable decision in the PS1 game. One notable example is her running away with Kai without telling her family, therefore, leaving her family that needs her (note: her mother suffers from a serious illness).
- The Cutie: She's very cute and childlike, and sometimes comes during the Pumpkin festival to ask for candy, like a kid would.
- The Ditz: She's not the sharpest tool in the shed.
- Flanderization: In Harvest Moon 64 she's childish because her father, who's away most of the year, babies her when he comes around. In BTN she's more spoiled and immature.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Both Popuri and her mother has bright pink hair, which is a stark contrast to the more natural hair colours of the other villagers.
A somewhat careworn young man who starts off slumming it at the church. He wanders aimlessly around, looking for something to do. He's very quiet, and reacts strongly to kindness. In your first year, you get the opportunity to offer "someone" a job. If you give it to him, he'll stay and become a winery-worker, with Manna and Duke becoming his surrogate family. His love interest is Ann.
- Character Development: Started off really shy which hinders him doing basic task such as trusting people, talking to people and getting a job. Later on, he began to open up to other people which landed him a job at the Winery and eventually marrying Ann.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He doesn't have a permanent job or home in Mineral Town, and is seeking for a place where he could settle down.
- Dub Name Change: In DS. "Hariff" -> "Cliff".
- Like a Son to Me: If the player offers him to help at the winery, he will eventually work full time under Duke and Manna. His employers would eventually come to treat him as a son, due to his excellent work performance, and would frequently take him out to dinner.
- Permanently Missable Content: If you don't offer him the job at the winery, he will move out from Mineral Town, removing him from being an eligible bachelor. Not only that, but even if you do, his and Ann's Blue Heart Event is lost forever if you don't trigger it before that point. And given that said event has even more specific criteria than others, there's a good chance you'll miss it without a guide.
- Shrinking Violet: He's an extremely shy guy who awkwardly stutters when he's first talked to.
- Troubled, but Cute: Sure he has a lot of problems to work out, but he also has long hair and wears shirts that show off his muscles.
The resident doctor of the village. His usual demeanour is very aloof and professional, and is quite difficult to befriend. Despite his apparent coldness, he cares a lot for the townspeople, and works very hard to make their lives better. His love interest is Elli.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His parents were both full-time medical workers, which resulted in his being neglected for most of his childhood. He rebelled against them at one point, but grows to resent it because of his understanding of how demanding being a doctor is.
- Dub Name Change: In DS. From "Thole" to "Trent".
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": For the most part, he is referred to only as "Doctor". His DS incarnation averts this, giving him the name Trent.
- Flat Character: Played straight in BTN where he is only featured in Rival Events which doesn't even tell us much about his back-story. Averted with Back to Nature for Girls and the GBA version where he was featured in several random events which tells us his back-story and motivation. Furthermore, they also gave him a bit more personality in those games.
- Hospital Hottie: He's the town's only doctor who is known to be quite handsome.
- No Social Skills: In his yellow heart event, he mentions how he finds it difficult to relate to his patients, and he fears that they may find him intimidating.
- Not So Stoic: His dark and brooding image certainly started to crack when he begged the player to help him try to catch fish with his bare hands in the girl version of Back To Nature.
- Workaholic: Very dedicated to his work, and seems to be distraught at his perceived failure to help the very ill, such as Ellen and Lilia.
- Younger Than They Look: Despite looking a bit older than everyone else listed her, he and Elli are actually around the same age.
A stubborn young man who works as an apprentice blacksmith to his grandfather, Saibara. He often acts rude and ill-tempered due to his frustrations at being overshadowed by his grandfather, but is revealed to be a caring and faithful friend to those he trusts. Mary is his love interest.
- Ambiguously Bi: Gray's reaction to being shown a Blue Feather by Pete in FOMT is an embarrassed expression combined with "You don't know me if you think I'll like that! Well, maybe...".
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: He's a troubled young man who is frustrated by his grandfather's high expectations for him, but opens up to Mary, who is demure and kind.
- Character Development: Started off as a stubborn and cold city boy who hates living in a small quiet town. He later began loving the quiet lifestyle of the town, and started to take his job as a blacksmith seriously. He also began to open up to the player.
- Dub Name Change: In DS. From "Purple" to "Gray".
- Family Theme Naming: The DS Gray is the descendant of the (M)FOMT Gray. They're both named after colours in Japan (Purple and Gray).
- Never Bareheaded: Only takes off his hat to get married.
- Nice Hat: His UMA hat.
- Raised by Grandparents: Lives with his grandfather, Saibara, to train as a blacksmith.
- Suddenly Blonde: Goes from a redhead to a blond in the GBA games to make him stand out more on the handheld.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: He's rather resentful of being in his grandfather's shadows, and behaves rudely because of it, but otherwise he's just a shy and awkward guy and would warm up to those he trusts.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: "I'll get that old man to praise me, no matter what!"
A foreigner who only comes down to the beach during the summer to sell food (in Back to Nature, (More) Friends of Mineral Town and DS/Cute). He's Popuri's suitor.
- Ambiguously Brown: Given that he only appears during the summer, it's hard to tell whether he might just be suntanned.
- Character Development: Started off as a boy who does not want to commit himself in a relationship as he deemed it too complicated, and he loves the carefree lifestyle. However, he later end up giving up those ideals and settled with Popuri.
- The Charmer: His Mineral Town incarnation can be a sweet-talker, and he's well-liked by the local ladies, such as Manna.
- Dub Name Change: In DS. From "Ain" to "Kai".
- Jerk Ass: His BTN incarnation is a bit of a smug dick.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In BTN he was a smug asshole who actively enjoyed bullying Rick. In FOMT he has a rocky relationship with Rick because of his overbearing Big Brother Instinct.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In 64 he was a nice and polite young man. In Back to Nature he became much more smug. This was dialed back down in Friends of Mineral Town, though not to the degree of his original personality.
Popuri's older brother in Back To Nature (For Girl) and (More) Friends of Mineral Town. He's a bit frazzled. He's overprotective of his sister and mother, and because of this, he doesn't get along with Kai. Karen is one of his oldest friends (And love interest). While he seems a bit cold at first, he has a loving and extremely loyal heart.
- Big Brother Instinct: He's very protective of Popuri, and does not want her to interact with Kai, because he feels that the latter would only hurt her.
- Berserk Button:
- Pretty much anything and everything that has to do with Kai. He hates that guy with a passion.
- He also gets really angry if someone lets a chicken die. An early event has Popuri running away after Rick scolds her for letting one of his chickens die to a wild dog. Similarly, if you let one of your own chickens die, he will chew you out hard at its funeral.
- Childhood Friend Romance: He would marry his childhood friend Karen, unless the player marries either one first.
- Dub Name Change: In DS. From "Mick" to "Rick".
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: His dislike for Kai stems from the fact that Kai takes an interest in Popuri.
- Promoted to Love Interest: His crush on Karen was only All There in the Manual in 64.
- Promotion to Parent: His father is away, and his mother Lillia is sickly, leaving him to take responsibility for Popuri and the farm.
- Unknown Rival: Kai is seemingly oblivious to how much Rick wants him to drop dead. Averted in the PS game where Kai knows Rick's hatred towards him, and deliberately pushes his Berserk Button.
A kappa. One of the possible marriage candidates in MFoMT. Lives in a lake, and likes cucumbers. Is there really anything else you need to know?
- Interspecies Romance: He is one of the marriageable bachelors, who, of course, isn't human like the player.
- Jerk Ass: He would only talk to the player if she gave him a bunch of cucumbers, and even then, he'll only come up to tell her to go away. Even if the player is patient/hardworking enough to actually be able to marry him, he'll immediately tell her he can't live inside a house and disappears into the lake, where she'll have to throw cucumbers to talk to him all over again.Farmer: Why did he marry me...?
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cucumbers.
A... wait, what on earth is he supposed to be, anyway? Well, whatever he is, he shows up for most festivals that involve crops or especially food. For whatever reason, he's also a marriage candidate, albeit a particularly difficult one, in MFoMT.
- Big Eater: His love for food is the reason he became a food critic.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He's only known as "Gourmet", based on his occupation as a food critic.
- Gonk: He's very fat and thick-lipped, and looks generally unappealing.
A colorful salesman with a stereotypical Oriental appearance. He lives with Zack, but would occasionally comes to the player's doorstep to sell them stuffs.
- Facial Profiling: He looks like a baby Fu Manchu.
- Friend in the Black Market/Honest John's Dealership: Flops between the two. He'll sell you expensive seeds for profitable crops and various other items (at obscene markups) but also sell you "premium" apples and Orange Cup seeds (Orange Cups being the only crop in the game that will sell for a net loss).
- Nice Hat: He is even described by Harris as the guy in the "yellow hat".
- Promotion To Love Interest: In More Friends of Mineral Town, he becomes a secret bachelor. He's the most "normal" of said bachelors.
- Traveling Salesman: Zigzagged. He comes once every season as a door-to-door salesman to sell his "special" apples, but does most of his trading in the Inn (BTN) or Zack's house (FoMT).
AnnaBasil's wife, Mary's mom.
- Feminine Women Can Cook - In (More) Friends Of Mineral Town, she's the one who offers cooking lessons to the protagonist.
- Gossipy Hens: Along with Manna and Sasha.
- Happily Married: She gets along nicely with her husband Basil, frequently going out with him to the mountains to help his research, and is hardly ever seen arguing at all.
- Housewife: She usually stays at home and doesn't do much — unlike Lillia, who takes care of the poultry, or Manna, who takes care of the winery.
BarleyMay's grandfather. Runs the neighboring animal ranch. One of the oldest people in Mineral Town (along with Saibara and Ellen).
- Promotion to Parent: His daughter, Joanna, is always away on business, leaving him as the sole guardian of his granddaugter May.
BasilHe's a botanist who is Mary's father and Anna's Husband.
- Happily Married: He and Anna seems to be getting along quite nicely, and they rarely, if ever, argue with each other .
CarterMineral Town's only priest.
- Christianity Is Catholic: He's a
Catholicpriest who hosts confessionals in a designated back room.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Friend to All Children: He usually plays with Stu and May during the afternoons.
- Good Shepherd: Carter is kindhearted priest who occasionally takes care of the local children (see Friend to All Children) and is one of the first persons Cliff opens up to.
DougMineral Town's inn owner and Ann's father.
- Supreme Chef: Where do you think Ann learned to cook?
DukeProprietor of the local vineyard, husband to Manna.
- The Alcoholic: Frequently helps himself with his own wine product and gets himself drunk, to Manna's constant distaste.
- Jerk Ass: A mild example, but he frequently tries to take advantage of Jeff's kindness to pretty much mooch goods from the store, much to Karen's annoyance. He also once picked a fight with Doug for no reason.
EllenElli's and Stu's grandmother and predecessor as midwife.
- Ill Girl: She could not walk due to an illness, and one of Elli's long-term goal is to cure her.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike in 64, she doesn't die.
- Vague Age: All we know is that she was married over 50 years ago, making her likely in her 70s or 80s.
GotzThe local lumberjack who lives alone (with an etymologist roommate in BTN).
- Dark and Troubled Past: He lost both his wife and daughter to a storm.
- Gentle Giant: He may be a little gruff, but is very caring towards nature.
- Not Good with People: He's a loner who lives in the secluded woods, and often comes of as rude in his interactions.
HarrisThe Mayor's only son, and the only cop in the entire town. Wears a uniform that looks like it was pilfered from a postal worker.
- Checkpoint Charlie: He's very wary of outsiders. Particularly weird-looking Chinamen! (Won)
- Long-Distance Relationship: He's still pining for his old flame, Aja. You can brighten his spirits by giving him Aja's letter.
JeffSasha's husband, and Karen's father. Runs the supermarket, and is constantly depressed because he's a pushover and has mired his family in debt due to letting everyone buy on credit.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Apparently, he and Sasha knew each other since childhood.
- Extreme Doormat: He's a bit of a pushover, and couldn't say "no" when someone (mostly Duke) tries to purchase his goods on credit and not pay for it.
- Nice Guy: His wife Sasha finds him to be very kindhearted, and he finds it difficult to refuse when other people asks for help.
LilliaPopuri and Rick's mother. Not in the best of health. The reason their father is gone is that he's out looking for a cure for Lillia's illness.
- Abled in the Adaptation: Inverted. She was healthy in 64 but suffers from a mysterious illness in future games.
- Ill Girl: She couldn't go out much because of her poor health, and needs frequent medical attention.
- Soap Opera Disease: Her illness is never named or even defined, past "it makes her weak and frail" and that it is likely she will eventually lose the ability to walk.
MayBarley's young granddaughter.
- Girlish Pigtails: She's a little girl with pigtails.
- Parental Abandonment: She was left with her grandfather by her mother for reasons unknown.
- The Cutie: She's adorable and sweet.
MannaDuke's wife. She's responsible for the sale of the winery's product.
- Gossipy Hens: Along with Anna and Sasha.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When giving her a gift she only likes/feels neutral about, she explains what her responding facial expression means in response to the gift; and at one point, when talking to you, she points out that she talks so much because you (the Heroic Mime farmer) don't talk.
- Motor Mouth: HOLY CRAP, yes. Pretty much any time you talk to her prompts about 4-8 boxes worth of text. Maybe even more if you give her a birthday gift. Sasha herself points out that once you get Manna started, it's impossible to shut her up.
Mayor ThomasThe mayor of Mineral Town and Harris' father. Runs your farm tutorial and you can go to him for occasional hints.
- Exposition Fairy: He is one of the first characters we meet upon moving to Mineral Town, and provides the basic tutorial and explanation about the gameplay and control.
- Nice Hat: Wears a red tophat, which probably signifies his position as a mayor.
- Ultimate Authority Mayor: Do you see any city council? Voting booths? He even commands the police force, since it consists of only one guy, and it's his son. And Harris is next in line to become Mayor, too. Just as Mayor Thomas' father was Mayor before him!
SaibaraGray's grandfather and the local blacksmith.
- The Blacksmith: He's the local blacksmith who is responsible for upgrading farming tool, creating jewellery and wool/egg/milk processing machine.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Grumpy Old Man: He's very gruff whenever his work is concerned, and will drive out the protagonist from his store after agreeing to upgrade their tools.
SashaJeff's wife and Karen's mom. Helps Jeff out with the local grocery store.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She and Jeff knew each other since early childhood, and reminisces on how she usually saves him from Duke's bullying.
- Gossipy Hens: Along with Anna and Manna.
- Took a Level in Cheerfulness: She was a depressed Perpetual Frowner in 64. In BTN she is perky and gossipy.
StuElli's younger brother
- Annoying Younger Sibling: He likes to play pranks on his older sister, like giving her bugs.
ZackHe lives on the beach with Won and comes to your house to ship things and give you packages. Lillia's husband brought him to Mineral Town.
- Stalker with a Crush: He has tons of pictures of Lillia posted above his bed.
GregThe local fishing expert. You'll get your fishing pole and its upgrade from him.
- Put on a Bus: Absent in the GBA ports, though he very rarely appeared in BTN to begin with (usually only very late at night/very early in the morning, and on weekends only), so many people who played BTN might not even remember him. His absence was alluded to, as he was referred to as having gone off after a rare fish and hadn't been heard from since.
- The Cameo: In A Wonderful Life, there's a show that comes on twice a season, called "Greg's Fishing Diary". Given that it discusses angling in Mineral Town and Forget-me-not Valley, it's most likely him.
- Token Minority: Not the only minority in town (Won is East Asian), but unless you count the Ambiguously Brown Kai, Greg is noticeably the ONLY black person in Mineral Town (and one of very few in the entire series - the others being Cody from Forget-me-not Valley, and maybe Denny from Island of Happiness/Sunshine Islands).
KenoThe local photographer.
- Put on a Bus: Same as Greg above. He actually is referenced by name in More Friends of Mineral Town, when Thomas reveals he one day left down, leaving a letter behind.
LouisGotz's roommate and an etymologist. Give him some of your honey and it will unlock an upgrade where the honey will sell for double the price.
- Put on a Bus: Same as Greg and Kano above. His absence is explained by him chasing after a rare butterfly, and not being heard from since.