To one who has been long in city pent,
'Tis very sweet to look into the fair
And open face of heaven, - to breathe a prayer
Full in the smile of the blue firmament.This character loves nature. Whether living in the countryside or the city, this character opts for many picnics or long walks in the wilderness, or else fascinated inspection of animals and plants about; the character sometimes lives in the wild. Extensive knowledge of animals and plants is common. Prone to The World Is Just Awesome both as a character trait and as something to reveal to others. Trapped in the city, he will often be seen in any park or just Watching the Sunset. Usually a sign of Goodness, indicating a wholesome character uncorrupted by the Vice City. Mostly a modern trope, found where most members of the audience live in cities and do not have to wrestle with nature's dangers and inconveniences regularly. Arcadia may suffice for natural settings — all that greenery — though sometimes it is not wild enough, and the Ghibli Hills are required for the character's taste. When it does suffice, the character often has a Green Thumb. This does not require the character to exert himself — mountain climbing, or canoeing, etc — though outdoors sports are popular with many Nature Lovers. Walks, picnics, and even just hanging out may be all that's required. Hunting is also possible, particularly in older works, but the Nature Lover is seldom an Egomaniac Hunter, but may be a Great White Hunter. Compare Outdoorsy Gal. The Friend to All Living Things is a subtrope with a magical flavor, and the Nature Hero is a subtrope where the character is definitely resident in the wild and so used to it as to have few social skills.
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- Finland of Axis Powers Hetalia is one of these, as a startled Iceland finds out when going on a camping trip with him. His World☆Stars character profile mentions that he "sometimes hides in his forests to daydream, study, or get covered in grass."
Finland (suddenly popping out of a bush): Nature is amazing, right?
- In Three to Triumph Luna stated that she was able to talk to trees and sense their needs and that she believed her magic had an affinity with anything green.
Film - Animated
- Princess Mononoke's San was literally Raised by Wolves after her parents threw her at Morro's feet, to save themselves, when they were caught trespassing in Morro's forest. She's even the poster child for the Nature Hero trope.
- In Tangled, Rapunzel is in ecstasies everything she finds in nature. To be sure, that's part being out of the tower.
Film - Live Action
- Julie Baker in Flipped is very attached to the sycamore tree at her bus stop. Ever since Juli retrieved a kite at the uppermost branches, she has loved the view. She tries to stop the workers from cutting it down and once they do she isn't the same for weeks but Juli's spirits are lightened when her father paints her a picture of her sycamore tree.
- Amadahy Love in Dying Embers by Betty Adams: She is actually an ecologist by trade. Her brothers Drake McCarty and Donnigan McCarty are both nature lovers as well and their cousin Em is a rabid environmentalist (or rather thinks he is).
- Freckles in Gene Stratton-Porter's Freckles once he gets over his fear of the swamp, comes to love it and insist on learning.
- L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables is familiar with every inch of the woods about Green Gables. At the end of House of Dreams, Gilbert, describing a new home to her, carefully cites all the trees about it.
- Dan in Louisa May Alcott's Little Men shows a love of wilderness despite his rough manner.
- Cassie in Animorphs was always the animal person and nature saver.
- In L. M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle, Valancy loves rambles in the woods.
- In Poul Anderson's "The Pirate", Trevelyn finds the alien ruins a bit odd, because they had no gardens or parks, even though they obviously loved and had a care for landscapes, and used floral motifs extensively. He reminds himself that they were, after all, aliens.
- Henry David Thoreau's Walden
- Radagast the Brown in The Lord of the Rings his concern for the plants and animals was so great that he out right refused to take part in the War of the Ring.
- In Jane Austen's Love and Freindship, how Laura came to meet Augusta and the others with her.
She told me that having a considerable taste for the Beauties of Nature, her curiosity to behold the delightful scenes it exhibited in that part of the World had been so much raised by Gilpin's Tour to the Highlands, that she had prevailed on her Father to undertake a Tour to Scotland and had persuaded Lady Dorothea to accompany them.
- In John Varley's Steel Beach, humanity has been kicked off of Earth, and nature is only available in small, artificial "disneylands". David Earth, the leader of the Earthists, loves nature so much that he has bio-engineered grasses growing on his head; has giant breast implants to represent Mother Earth, with more plants growing on them; has animal skin cells that grow fur implanted on his arms and legs; and has several varieties of insect, and even a few rodents living (and going to the bathroom) on him at all times. He brings nature (or as close as one can get) with him wherever he goes.
- Heidi: The title character actually becomes literally homesick to the point of sleepwalking while living in the city.
- In Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom novel Magic Without Mercy, Allie quips about the "great outdoors" when they have to hike somewhere.
- Rafael from Gives Light, who lives on an Indian reservation. He loves nature to such a degree that he knows everything there is to know about the wildlife and hates being indoors for too long (even in his own house).
- In The Changeover, it's implied that all witches have a closer relationship with nature. As a child, it was one of the things that set Sorry apart from his foster parents, and later on was an excuse for the abuse he suffered.
- In Piers Anthony's With a Tangled Skein, Niobe is quite eloquent about it.
- In C. S. Lewis's The Four Loves, he analyzes it as part of treating subhuman affection before human.
- Both Ivy Carson and Martha Abbott rescue animals throughout Zilpha Keatley Snyder's The Changeling. When they think there's a Loch Ness Monster in the swamp, they take to hiding in the reeds with a camera. Ivy is this trope; she is an Earthy Barefoot Character, almost a Friend to All Living Things, at peace only in forests and rural settings; one of Snyder's most jarring Esoteric Happy Endings comes when we learn that Ivy has gone to study ballet in New York City.
- In Robin McKinley's Sunshine, Constantine's stated reason for living near New Arcadia was the natural beauty about it.
- In Andre Norton's Catseye, the Rangers. They carefully cultivate Tikil as a luxury port for the rich because it helps them protect the wild.
- Shallan Davar in The Stormlight Archive loves to get out of the house and sketch animals, and seems to be the first person to notice the principle of symbiosis (or at least she'd never heard of the concept before, though the repeated extinction of 90+% of humanity has resulted in a certain loss of knowledge).
Live Action TV
- Subverted in a sketch on Monty Python's Flying Circus about mosquito hunters.
I've been a hunter all my life. I love animals, that's why I like to kill 'em.
- Oliver Wendell Douglas from Green Acres. Before moving to the country, he tried growing crops in his New York apartment.
- Arushka from Thunderstone loves nature as a whole and adores animals, to the point of obsession. The rest of her group seem to believe that she cares about animals more than them, and they might be right. The fact that she lives in a barren wasteland that was utterly void of any animal life until Noah brought it to her hasn�t stopped her in the slightest. Once she does get to see real animals, she instantly shows an almost supernatural ability to understand and calm them. In fact, one of her first displays of this was to calm an enraged circus lion.
- This is one of Sadie's major personality traits in Naturally Sadie. Her ambition is to become a famous naturalist.
- A Signature Trope of the Romantic Movement was writing poetry in this vein
The poetry of the earth is never dead.There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,There is a rapture on the lonely shore,There is society, where none intrudes,By the deep sea, and music in its roar:I love not man the less, but Nature more.
- Gerald Manley Hopkins
What would the world be, once bereftOf wet and of wildness? Let them be left,O let them be left, wildness and wet;Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.
- In William Shakespeare's As You Like It, the exiled duke professes this in the Forest of Arden. To be sure, everyone except one goes back to the Standard Royal Court the first chance they get.
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: According to official supplemental material, Ilia spends much of her time at the spring, just outside the village, where she bathes Epona. She also pitches in at the ranch, on occasion.
- Suikoden II has Kinnison and Ayda, a pair of archers who defend their native woodlands. The former inhabits the forest surrounding Ryukei Village, while the latter hails from the Forest Village. Needless to say, they have strong ties to nature.
- In Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, two factions turn their affinity for nature into a powerful strategy, since the ecosystem is sentient and the most common life form is a swarm of psychic mind-eating worms.
- "Loves the Outdoors" is among the traits a Sim can have in The Sims 3. Unsurprisingly, said Sim receives a mood boost for being outdoors.
- In Valkyria Chronicles, there are two types: the Nature Lover, like Welkin (or Country Bred, like Alicia), who can get a temporary boost from being in a natural setting, and the Child of Nature, like Largo, who can temporarily lose effectiveness when not in a natural setting.
- Nature loving is the Automaton's hat in Endless Space; originally built as simple clockwork robots by a dying race to restore their polluted world after their death, when the Automatons were enhanced by contact with Dust, they used their enhanced intelligence to restore the planet. Automatons reside on flying cities to lessen their impact on the planets ecosystem.
- The character Misa in Sickness definitely seems her happiest when Suoh takes her into nature settings.
- Interest in nature appears to be a good sign in Sinfest:
- Lil' E showed it when young and innocent.
- The Illumanti drones, Enlightened by the Buddha, show a rapt interest in nature.
- The green succubus show some signs of interest.
- Squigley attempts to commune with nature to deal with withdrawal.
- Satan tries to sell nature, and Jesus smashes up the booth.
- Monique enjoys spring until hayfever kicks in.
- Fuchsia is communing with nature — an early sign of her Heel–Face Turn.
- Pooch loves the outdoors -- sights, smells, etc. -- he has everything!
- Nature within the Reality Zone seems to overwhelm Satan before the drone breaks.
- In Our Little Adventure the dryad comments on the lack of this -- so why are they in the forest?
- In Squid Row, Beebs has her wedding in the forest. At a stump.
- Norway in Scandinavia and the World.
- In Freefall, Sam enjoys the limited subset of nature that terraforming's brought about -- and then subverts it with the reveal that he can't stomach any more of it.
- Fluttershy from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, to the point of being a Friend to All Living Things. Her special talent is the ability to commune with animals and she spends most of her time outdoors - even her house is a beautiful cottage covered with flowers in the middle of nowhere.
- SpongeBob SquarePants in the episode "Nature Pants", where he decides to leave his "cold, industrial life" and live among the jellyfish. After one disastrous night in the wild, he returns to civilization and the subject was never mentioned again.
- Nat Smurf in The Smurfs was this type of character, both as an adult and as a Smurfling.
- Vanilla Why Why, mother of Baby Victor in Saban Entertainment's The Why Why Family, Speaks Fluent Bird with her feathered friends, Kwik and Kwak, and is an expert on nature, plant and animal biology, and agriculture.
- John Muir was definitely this as were Enos Mills and Emily Shore.
- Theodore Roosevelt started out as this.
- Opal Whiteley was a born naturalist. Her Diary, begun around age five, describes her observations of the fields and woods around her home in Oregon. At fourteen, she was giving lectures about the Wonders of Nature in churches and schools. By 18, she was Oregon state superintendent of Junior Christian Endeavor, which embraced all denominations. Opal also planned a film career and had publicity shots taken in "child of nature" poses, of which this is probably the most famous◊. Here's the memorial wall painting in her home town◊, Cottage Grove, Oregon.
- Nemophilists are those fond of forest and forest scenery, and are most likely a majority of this trope.