Ah just can't figure out why dem
city fellas wanna stay at mah daddy's farm instead of dat nice hotel down the road.
Cuz just when I thought it couldn't get no hotter
I caught a glimpse of the farmer's daughter...
— Rodney Atkins, "Farmer's Daughter"
A Farmer's Daughter is an innocent looking girl, typically from rural settings. In the United States this area tends to be in Midwestern America
, the Deep South
, or Sweet Home Alabama
, but the archetype can be found in European stories as well. They typically dress
in short sundresses or (gingham) halter tops and "Daisy Duke
, and either wear cowboy boots or go barefoot
. Sometimes an Unkempt Beauty
, but She Cleans Up Nicely
. They will often have a very pronounced Dixie accent
and be very tomboyish
and aggressive. They're typically pretty handy with tools and heavy machinery
, among other things
, having to repair tractors and such from childhood. Oh, and Girlish Pigtails
aren't unheard of among them.
Farmer's Daughters are usually kept at home under very strict rules and supposedly know very little about the "ways of the world" - or at least ''pretend'' they don't
- and therefore tend to be overly curious about sex. Watch out, though; their pops will have a shotgun
and will use it
if you try anything funny with them, like for instance a Roll in the Hay
with them. And if she's knocked up
? Shotgun Wedding
time! Often they'll be a ditz
; but even more often they'll be a lot smarter than they look
. There are two clear types: One who is drop-dead gorgeous (but, almost but not quite paradoxically, in a Girl Next Door
kind of way); the other has an okay body... but her face
... (and she is usually the more aggressive
type). Often used in Country Mouse
settings. Also tends to be the downfall of the Traveling Salesman
Given her background, she could very easily be the Distaff Counterpart
to the Farm Boy
Ö but she ainít.
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- The Farmer's Daughter is a staple of the traditional Traveling Salesman joke.
- One subversion of the classic setup has the farmer allow the salesman to spend the night on the condition that he not sleep with the farmer's only son, to which the salesman replies "Oops, I think I'm in the wrong joke."
- The Li'l Abner comic strips:
- Daisy Mae and Stupefyin' Jones might be the Trope Makers. While there were farmer's daughters long before this, Al Capp created what would become the definitive look people today recognize.
- Sadie Hawkins would be an example of the butterface version.
- In The Punisher MAX story "Welcome to the Bayou", Frank runs into one of these (on a gas station in the middle of nowhere, but the idea is the same), who is a) dressed in far-too-revealing clothes and b) "crazy as a shithouse rat". She also turns out to be part of a family of inbred cannibal hicks.
- Husk from X-Men. But since her father is dead, it's her mother wielding the shotgun, though she's generally open-minded about who her kids date.
- In "The Last Laugh" in Plop! #4, the farmer's daughter happened to be a freckled, pigtailed cute blonde in overalls and absolutely nothing else. Too bad the traveling salesman in the tale failed to realize that it wasn't the daughter her father was worried about when he warned said salesman to stay away from her...
- The Wheel of Time Rand and Mat run across a couple while making their way to Caemlyn. Else Grinwell quite clearly has a crush on Rand, but nothing happens. In an alternate timeline that Rand catches a glimpse of, he marries her and settles down, dooming the world.
- Spider Robinson's "Did You Hear The One About..." plays with the trope. A time-traveling con artist poses as an "intergalactic travelling salesman", until his scam is revealed by time cop Josie Bauer. Josie mentions that her father is a noted science-fiction author, and at the end of the story lets it slip that he's writing a new Riverworld novel. So she is indeed a Farmer's Daughter. Philip Jose Farmer to be precise.
- Tess Of The Durbervilles is a tragic Deconstruction of this trope, set in rural England in the late Victorian era. She's nubile, innocent, and sweet — but fate, with the help of her deadbeat father, flings her in the path of an aristocrat who takes advantage of her ignorance and simplicity in order to have his way with her. And that's the first volume of the novel.
- She tends to pop up in Flannery O'Connor's stories, except she's usually damaged in some way, and usually both physically and emotionally.
- Joy Hopewell from "Good Country People" lost a leg in a hunting accident and she has a bad eye-sight. She sees herself as a crippled woman and changed her name to Hulga because it sounds so very ugly. One Travelling Agent takes an advantage of her sexually, though it was voluntary from her side. He collects prosthetics from his lovers/victims and he takes Joy-Hulga's leg.
- The girl in "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" is sweet, blue-eyed and blond, but she's also mentally handicapped and she can't talk, she just makes weird grotesque noises. Her older mother tries to marry her off to a guy who came to their farm and was hired as a temporary worker.
- Faye Vierra in The Grimnoir Chronicles fits this trope to a tee.
- Mary Bishop from Chrono Hustle, although she dresses a bit more conservatively, and tends to wield a shotgun more than her father.
Live Action TV
- Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard is probably the Trope Codifier... considering the shorts are named after her.
- A surprise example is Penny on The Big Bang Theory. She comes from Nebraska. She's the sexy version, but she had her sexual encounters from a young age.
- The Dead Zone baddie Greg Stillson is the travelling salesman to a farmer's daughter in the season 1 episode "Destiny".
- All the girls on Hee Haw dressed that way, and acted the part to one extent or another.
- Ellie Mae in The Beverly Hillbillies.
- Lucy Ewing in the earlier seasons of Dallas definitely qualifies as this - her first appearance in the series is after she has had a literal and figurative roll in the hay with a farmhand about twice her age.
- In an episode of Seinfeld, Newman gets stranded by a cornfield at night, and eventually finds a very friendly farmer who will prove him hospitality on one condition: Newman doesn't mess around with his attractive daughter. Later on in the episode, he is seen being chased out of the farm by the farmer.
- In an episode of Hogan's Heroes, a beautiful Russian ally of the prisoners convinces Klink that's she's a "farmer's daughter" snatched up by a German general at the Eastern Front in a ploy to convince him to seek a transfer there. It works.
- Richie and Fonzie encountered two such girls in an episode of Happy Days. The farmer caught them with his daughters and said there was no alternative but marriage. The girls were enthusiastic about the prospect, but Richie and Fonzie countered by saying they were already engaged - to Laverne and Shirley. Cue Cross Over episode...
- An early Andy Griffith Show episode revolved around a farmer's daughter who ends up receiving a makeover by Andy's girlfriend at the time, much to the father's chagrin.
- In Firefly Kaylee used to fix engines on their folks' farm. Her daddy says she has natural talent while she says that machines talk to her. She also likes girly things like frilly dresses and strawberries. Ever cheerful, she wears her heart on her sleeve even when it comes to sex.
- Similarly, Winifred "Fred" Burkle is this crossed with Southern-Fried Genius.
Lilah: "I'm good and pure and science turns me on, and-and one day, if I pray hard enough and eat all my vegetables, I might just have hips."
- In one episode of 1000 Ways to Die, a farm hand is caught banging the farmer's daughter and suffers a Karmic Death by being accidentally Buried Alive in manure.
- One "Let's Make a Date" game in Whose Line Is It Anyway? has Ryan Stiles as a "shotgun-wielding farmer tracking down the man that slept with his daughter". Chip Esten as the guesser didn't get it at first, leading to Drew bringing up the Traveling Salesman as well. (Ryan eventually found the guy... in the front rows.)
- Bona fide farm girl Andrea Boehlke actually showed up for Survivor Redemption Island dressed this way. Down to the boots.
- In the second season Game of Thrones episode "The Night Lands", Grenn tells a story of how he used to play with the daughter of the next farm over when they were kids... and how that "play" changed when they got older.
- Dick Tracy had such a character in the 88 Keys story when said crook is hiding out at a dairy farm and while he proves hopeless working there, the farmer's preteen daughter is smitten with him. It progresses to the point where Keys manipulates her into be an accomplice to elude Tracy, but she realizes what she is doing and attempts a Heroic Sacrifice to stop him. Fortunately, unlike a lot of one-off characters in that Anyone Can Die story world, all she gets is a good scare and is returned home alright and even gets a fatherly kiss from Tracy at the conclusion of the story.
- Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling had a few: Babe the Farmer's Daughter, Sally the Farmer's Daughter, Amy the Farmer's Daughter (presumably a Suspiciously Similar Substitute situation, as each left the organization). According to The Other Wiki Babe is the current owner of the G.L.O.W. brand.
- Women of Wrestling had one, Beckie the Farmer's Daughter.
- Mickie James was to some extent during her TNA run.
- Family Guy: Chris befriends one who's such a tomboy that Chris mistakes her for a boy, ending up with quite a bit of confusion on Chris' part when they kiss. When she finally reveals that she is actually a girl (thanks to seriously Compressed Hair underneath her ballcap) it leads to a Crowning Moment of Funny when she suggests to a relieved Chris they go make out, and he promptly responds with an enthusiastic "Yes, sir!"
- Futurama: Fry, Leela, and Bender are forced to take refuge at a farm on the moon. The farmer lets them stay, so long as they stay away from his robot daughters. Guess what Bender doesn't do... Let the record show that he didn't touch the Crushinator. A lady that fine, you've gotta romance first!
- The Tex Avery short "Little Rural Riding Hood" has a particularly homely version. There's also another Tex Avery short with Red in the Farmer's Daughter role.
- The Batman: The Animated Series episode "Critters" had Batman fighting against Farmer Brown and his daughter Emmylou Brown, and thanks to some "Beef Steroids," she doesn't go down easily.
- The DCAU's version of Supergirl fits, due to her being adopted by John and Martha Kent. She (well, her clone) was even described as one in an episode of Justice League Unlimited.
- Sadie Mae Scruggins from Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers.