An amnesiac young boy who finds himself thrust into the bizarre situation of needing to gain entry into the town's lodge before the big blood drive. Unfortunately, the means of gaining membership are not at all reasonable. Or morally sound for that matter.
- Amnesiac Hero: Game begins with the protagonist waking up with amnesia.
- Badass Normal
- Break the Cutie: Is a healthy, sane person at the beginning of the game but goes through so much shit that he ends up screwed up, at least in the bad ending.
- Corrupt the Cutie
- Determinator: He WILL find out the secret of the lodge, no matter what.
- Easy Amnesia: Loses all his memory right from the start of the game.
- The Everyman: Starts out as one - no real personality besides wondering what the hell is going on. So, like the player.
- Evil Wears Black
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Doesn't seem to remember much about The Fifties, despite supposedly having been raised during then...
- Limited Wardrobe: Wears the same flannel shirt every day.
- Only Sane Man: At first.
- Phrase Catcher: "You always were a kidder, Steve!"
- He even lampshades it at one point.
- Redemption Equals Death: In the good ending.
- Sanity Slippage: Due to Harvest's cruel and messed up nature, it's not too surprising.
- Serial Killer: In the bad ending.
- Shirtless Scene: There is an FMV of him taking off his shirt every time he goes to bed each night.
Stephanie PottsdamPossibly the only other half-sane person in the entire town. She and Steve become pretty close over the course of the game. Which makes the ending even sadder.
- Deep South: Has a slight Southern accent.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: When Steve develops feelings for her.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Shares this with Steve. Her choice in sentence structure and slang indicates she's from the 90's — which is when this game was released — yet everyone else in Harvest sounds like they came from the early 50's, which is when the game "takes place."
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She gets really upset at Steve for pulling pranks on the people in Harvester, despite not being on their side.
- Killed Off for Real: In both endings, but she counts as a Sacrificial Lion in the bad one.
- Only Sane Woman
Steve's MomSteve's mom. Spends most of the game baking huge batches of cookies for the upcoming bake sale, and then throwing them away because it's too far away and they'll go bad.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
- Bondage Is Bad: She keeps her husband locked in a bedroom full of bondage equipment, where she regularly physically and sexually abuses him.
- Stepford Smiler
- You All Look Alike: Both her and Ms. Pottsdam look almost exactly the same, and are played by the same actress.
MarvSteve's dad. Has apparently been sick for a week in his room (which Steve can't get into).
- Bandage Mummy
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Very, very subverted (though still simultaneously played for Black Comedy like everything else in the game).
- Walking Spoiler
Hank MasonSteve's younger brother. He spends most of his time glued to the TV watching Range Ryder's Cowboy Roundup, an ultraviolent western kid's show.
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Creepy Child: The more you talk to him, the more apparent it is that something is clearly not right with him.
- Morality Pet: Played with. He's one of the only characters that the player can't kill, but he's also among the most disturbing citizens of Harvest.
- Sanity Slippage: When the TV station is burnt down, Hank continues to sit and stare at a blank TV.
- The Sociopath: When he hears about Karen's disappearance, he goes over to Edna's house to torment and take advantage of her.
- The Stool Pigeon: He threatens to tell on Steve to his mom about any and every perceived slight.
Colonel Buster MonroeA slightly unhinged WWII veteran who lost his legs and lower body. He's in charge of a military operation in Harvest.
- Big Red Button: He's got one (that launches nuclear missiles) strapped to where his lower body used to be, in a perfect position to be accidentally leaned on if he shoots and kills you (and even without that, he's the absolutely last person you'd want with something like that.)
- Dirty Communists: Hates 'em. Implying Steve is one results in an automatic Game Over.
- General Ripper: At his worst, but he's also a...
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: ...when he's on his best behavior.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: A non-fatal example.
Principal HerrilThe principal of Gein Memorial School. He takes pride in preparing the younger generations for the world, but there's something noticeably wrong in how he conducts himself...
- Dirty Old Man: Do you get the heeby-jeebies when he draws out the words "quality time"?
- Unusual Euphemism: "'Quality tiiiiime.'"
Miss WhaleyThe most notable teacher at Gein Memorial. She doesn't buy into that 'corporal punishment' nonsense... "Spare the rod, spoil the child." A rod's too thin. But a baseball bat...
- Acting for Two: As for many other residents of Harvest, the same actress is re-used in a very different counterpart role inside the Lodge. Whether they're intended to be the same characters, alternate versions, or simply unrelated is never clear. The actress who plays Miss Whaley also plays the Brothel Madam inside the Temple of the Mystery of Lust.
- Batter Up: Her method of administering discipline.
- Sadist Teacher
- Slasher Smile: Perhaps one of the scariest things you'll ever see in the game.
Sheriff Duane DwayneA sheriff whose badge seems to just be for show. He rarely fights crime, and instead seems to berate his subordinate Loomis.
- Corrupt Hick
- Dirty Cop
- Faux Affably Evil: While he appears friendly at first to Steve and might also be sane, he is quickly revealed to be about as crazy as everyone else in Harvest.
- Jabba Table Manners: To quote a Youtube comment:"Yup, that raht thar'z a spahnal cowrd." *Award-winning pie-eating noise*
- Repetitive Name
Deputy LoomisDoesn't seem too popular with anybody in Harvest. Think of him as the Barney Fife to Dwayne's Andy Griffith.
- Acting for Two: The same actor plays the Beggar who attacks Steve in the Lodge's Temple of the Mystery of Charity.
- Butt Monkey: Takes the butt end of several mean-spirited comments from the locals. And when he gets caught masturbating in a cell...
- A Date with Rosie Palms: A part of the game revolves around fetching Loomis some spank material.
- Dirty Old Man: "Sure would be nice to have one'a them girly pi'cher books..."
- Henpecked Husband: To the extreme. His wife beats him bloody with a broomstick if he's caught with girly mags (or even asking about girly mags.)
Mr. PottsdamA rather lazy man who claims to be Stephanie's father. His biggest driving force in life is to join the Lodge so he can have access to all the meat he can eat.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: To his own daughter.
- Bald of Evil
- Fat Bastard
- Large Ham: Appropriately enough MEEEEEAAAAAAAT!
- Karmic Death: Steve kills him in a meat locker on his way to the center of the Lodge.
- Parental Incest: Again, he masturbates to his daughter. Although she isn't really his daughter, seeing as he doesn't actually exist.
- Pervert Dad
- Real Men Eat Meat: A staunch proponent of this philosophy.
Mr. MoynahanHarvest's go-to mortician. He also runs a hotel for transients. Strangely, all the transients who wander into Harvest turn up dead long after...
- Creepy Mortician: Goes without saying.
- Nice Hat: Possesses a rather fetching top hat.
- Serial Killer: It's heavily implied that the reason so many homeless people mysteriously drop dead in Harvest is because he's been killing them.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Easily has the best fashion sense of anyone in Harvest.
- Wicked Cultured: Also rather erudite and calm compared to everyone else.
Mr. JohnsonAn old gentleman who has an obvious crush on Edna, although calling it a crush is much too innocent.
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Edna.
- Berserk Button: Do NOT even think of trying to scratch his Tucker.
- Compensating for Something
- Dirty Old Man: "What she really needs is a good, hard penis."
- Midlife Crisis Car
- Stay in the Kitchen: Thinks that Edna shouldn't be raising Karen by herself that that she needs a man in her life.
Tetsua CrumbAKA The Wasp Woman. A very strange old woman who lives in a run-down house full of wasp nests.
- Crazy Wasp Lady
- For the Evulz: Wasps apparently operate on this according to her.
- Half-Human Hybrid: They weren't kidding when they called her the Wasp Woman.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence: She actually describes wasp stings in this way.
- Nightmare Fetishist: She really likes wasps.
- Wicked Cultured: Much like Moynahan.
Edna FitzpatrickOwner of Edna's Diner (not "DNA's Diner" as everyone likes to call it,) who raises her daughter Karen by herself.
- Break the Cutie: When Karen gets kidnapped, and even moreso when her Diner is burnt down.
- Driven to Suicide: After the diner is burnt down, and she takes Karen with her.
- Only Sane Man: Easily the nicest and most reasonable resident of Harvest that's not a main character.
Jimmy JamesHarvest's resident paperboy. Since the Sentinel burnt down, he's decided to keep the business going by collecting people's papers instead, and making damn sure to let them know that they better have a newspaper for him every morning or something...unfortunate might happen.
- Berserk Button: You'd have a paper for him every morning.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: He takes a lot of damage for a little kid.
- Gosh Dangit To Heck: Subverted. He uses all kinds of inoffensive 50's sitcom language...until you piss him off, at which point he'll start breaking out actual cuss words.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: What kind of little kid goes around packing heat and threatening full-grown adults?
The FiremenA trio of extremely flaming firemen, who spend much of their time painting naked pictures of the same male model in provocative poses over and over.
- Camp Gay: Oh hell yes.
- Epic Fail: Somehow they let the Sentinel building burn down when it's right next to the fire station, and is nearby three fire hydrants.
- It's Not Porn, It's Art: They're very insistent on this.
Range RyderThe host of Range Ryder's Cowboy Roundup, a very violent kid's show that just seems to consist of him killing Indians in violent and gory ways.
- Acting for Two: The same actor plays the Curator of the Art Gallery inside the Lodge.
- Bad Bad Acting: He's got a game show announcer voice that he never breaks out of, even when he's got his foot stuck in an Indian's torso.
- Depraved Kids' Show Host
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: The show is full of graphic violence and (like many old westerns) racism against Native Americans, but what is seen and heard of it, it looks just like any cheesy kid's show, with bright colors and goofy music and sound effects.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: After the TV station burns down, he's covered in horrible burn scars.
- The Savage Indian: Ryder paints them all like this. Even the real life ones.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: If Steve calls him out on how violent his show he, he counters that the US was built on violence, and wouldn't be where it is today without the mass slaughter of Native Americans.
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: He seems to get at least some of his responses to Steve's questions off of cue cards, which even include Steve's name on them.
Mr. McKnightThe executive who owns WHAR, the TV station hosting Range Ryder's Cowboy Roundup
Mrs. PhelpsThe woman who runs the general store
- Acting for Two: The same actress plays the Lodge Librarian, although very little effort is given to changing her appearance.
- The Stool Pigeon: She rats on Loomis to his wife whenever Loomis tries to buy girlie mags from the store.
Mr PastorelliThe owner of the barbershop.
- The Barber: Subverts the "talkative gossip" part by never speaking a word of English.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Pastorelli is electrocuted to death off-screen after his barber pole is stolen when the loose wires landed in a puddle of water that just happened to be where he was standing when he turns the power back on.
- The Quiet One: It helps that he doesn't speak English.
Pete SwellFormer aluminum siding salesman. Since the bottom dropped out on the aluminum market in Harvest, he's since switched to being the town plumber.
Clem ParsonA farmer who hangs out with Pete. Apparently hunts aliens in his spare time.
- Acting for Two: The same actor plays the Lodge's Cloakroom Attendant.
- Crop Circles: Apparently gets a lot of these in his fields.
- Deep South: He looks and talks like a stereotypical southern hick.
- Egomaniac Hunter
Pat O'ReillyA worker at the Mason's Meat Plant.
- Acting for Two: The same actor plays Lodge's Chef
- Mystery Meat: A lot of the meat's apparently gotten from cats.
The Sergeant-At-ArmsThe face of The Lodge, who gives Steve his daily tasks in order to become a member.
- Acting for Two: Ironically, is played by the same voice actor who was used to dub Steve's lines, except heavily distorted.
- Beard of Evil
- Black Cloak
- Big Bad: The closest thing the game has to one. Of course, he's serving the Harvesters that programmed him.
- The Dragon:Technically the Dragon to the Harvesters.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He communicates through telepathy, but sounds like Dr. Claw.
- Evil Sounds Raspy: His voice is heavily distorted.
- In the Hood
- Lackof Empathy: Doesn't seem to particularity care about the residents of Harvest.
- Mission Control: He's the one giving Steve his missions.
- Pet the Dog: He didn't have to give Steve and Stephanie the option to have a relatively normal life and marriage in the simulation, but the fact that he did makes him better than the Harvesters who programmed him.
- Slasher Smile: After Steve takes the bad ending.
- The Stoic
- Villain with Good Publicity: Everyone in Harvest sure does want to join the Lodge after all.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Delivers this to Steve, if he chooses not to kill Stephanie.
The HarvestersThe true villains of Harvester, who designed Harvest as a VR simulation for making serial killers.
- Bigger Bad
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Mainly to Stephanie, but also to Steve to an extent.
- Human Sacrifice: They require one in order to create a serialkiller, where the subject kills a real person, thus requiring them to kidnap both Steve and Stephanie; Stephanie is only there to be the final sacrifice into turning Steve evil.
- Karma Houdini
- Mad Scientists
- Malevolent Masked Men
- The Man Behind the Man
- Politically Incorrect Villains
- Secret Circle of Secrets
- Walking Spoiler
Steve's Real Mom
- Good Parent: She obviously criticizes the game Steve plays because she's worried about its bad influence on him.
- Moral Guardians: Criticizes Steve for playing Harvester at the end of the game, saying it will make him violent.
- Walking Spoiler