The Little House Series - Main characters
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Laura Ingalls Wilder
The original pioneer girl and author of the first Little House Series.
- All Girls Like Ponies: One wonders if Almanzo could have courted her at all, without his horses. Lampshaded by Ma at one point:
- "Are you sure Laura? Sometimes, I think you care more for the horses, than you do for their master."
- Big Sister Instinct: Don't bully her little sister. Just don't.
- Outdoorsy Gal: Prefers working in the fields to staying inside.
- Plucky Girl
- Ladyof Adventure: Has inherited her father's 'itching foot'.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Mary. Laura is active and adventurous, while Mary is gentle and passive.
- Spirited Young Lady: Spends her free time playing with the boys and driving horses as oppose to sewing and knitting.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Mary's girly girl.
Laura's husband and the main character of Farmer Boy
- Cool Horse: It's his horses, a pair of matched Morgans named Prince and Lady, that first catch Laura's attention. At a Fourth of July celebration in Little Town on the Prairie, he enters them in a buggy race despite not having a buggy and having to make do with a much heavier cart than any of the other competitors are driving... and wins.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Drives forty miles in a blizzard to bring Laura home for the weekend. After she's said she's not interested in him.
- The Determinator: Undertakes a perilous journey through the snow in order to find grain for the town.
- That's nothing. He continues to maintain both of his farms despite debilitating illness and suffers a stroke for it. And it still doesn't stop him from trying, even though he was historically dependent on a cane the rest of his life (which is never mentioned in the Rose books).
- Embarrassing First Name: He explains to Laura that it's a Wilder family tradition, derived from the name of a Moor ("Al-Manzoor" or something to that effect) who saved the life of one of his ancestors.
- Nice Guy: A defining feature.
Laura's father, known for his itching foot that sent the Ingalls family pioneering across America.
- The Determinator: Once walked 200 miles to find work to feed his starving family.
- Papa Wolf: Will go to great lengths to protect his family.
Laura's little sister, known as "Baby Carrie" up until Plum Creek
or so. She's too young to be Laura's playmate, but she later comes to look up to and admire Laura, while Laura appreciates her company and matter-of-fact sense.
Laura's baby sister. Grace was only eight or so when Laura married and left home, so she never featured heavily in the books. Rose describes her as 'jolly' in On the Way Home
, and when she isn't acting rather spoiled, she is a lot like Laura.
- Generation Xerox: Like Laura, she was rambunctious, prone to singing, temporarily a schoolteacher, and married a farmer.
- Tagalong Kid: She wants to be, until her parents put their feet down.
- Spoiled Brat: Owing mainly to the fact that she's about ten years younger than her sisters.
Laura's daughter and main character of the spin off series 'The Rose Years'.
Caroline Quiner Ingalls
Laura's mother and main character of the spin off series The Caroline Years
about her childhood on the Western frontier.
- Brainy Brunette.
- Beware of the Nice Ones: Gentle, ladylike Ma shocks Laura when she remarks with unusual fierceness that Almanzo, who is courting Laura, is likely to get Laura's neck broken driving her around behind half-trained horses and she hopes he breaks his own first. Ouch.
- Determined Homesteader's Wife: Practically the trope namer.
- Determined Homesteader's Children: Like her daughter she grew up on the Western Frontier.
- Country Mouse: When she visits her aunt and uncle in the city. She grows out of it though.
- Plucky Girl
- Schoolmarm: Unlike her daughter, she genuinely loved teaching, and giving it up to get married and follow Charles wherever he wandered was a difficult decision.
- The Smart Girl: The most intelligent of her sisters and even goes to the city to further her studies.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Seems sweet as pie at first glance... then you realize she's spent her life hiking across the Wild West, facing Indians, wolves and bandits.
- Proper Lady: As a child and later, an adult. Laura comments on it frequently.
Laura's grandmother and main character of the spin-off series The Charlotte Years
, about her childhood in Boston.
Laura's great grandmother and main character of the spin off series 'The Martha Years' about her childhood in Scotland.
- Outdoorsy Gal: Is increasingly frustrated as she is forced to stay inside, instead of exploring the Scottish highlands.
- Hot-Blooded: Martha's temper causes several...issues during the series. (Like scaring her governess out of a job).
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted. Martha is a complete Tomboy despite being an excellent cook. Ironically its her older sister Proper Lady Grisie who struggles in the kitchen.
- Fiery Red Head: In spades.
- Lady of Adventure: Emigrates to America in the 1800's despite having a comfortable and wealthy life in Scotland.
- Rebellious Spirit: Martha does not appreciate being told what to do.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With older sister Grisie. See Tomboy and Girly Girl for more details.
- Spirited Young Lady.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Lew. She's the daughter of a lord, he's the local blacksmith. Historically it is established fact her parents disapproved of the match and probably a major reason they emigrated to America to get married.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Grisie's girly girl. Martha likes footracing and playing with the village boys. Grisie prefers to stay inside sewing.
- Uptown Girl: Again for Lew, as Martha is gentry and he is working class.