- Portrayed by: Kurt Kistler
An amnesiac young man 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 Steve waking up with amnesia.
- Audience Surrogate: Like the player, he has no idea who he or anyone else is at the beginning of the game, having a case of amnesia. This makes it easier to place yourself in his shoes.
- Badass Normal
- Break the Cutie: Is a healthy, sane person at the beginning of the game but Harvest being a screwed up town, his mentality goes along with it, 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 Laugh: Lets one loose in the bad ending.
- Evil Wears Black
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Doesn't seem to remember much about The '50s, despite supposedly having been raised during then. In fact, he seems to remember TV sets being in color and having this thing called a "remote control."
- Limited Wardrobe: Wears the same flannel shirt every day and his closet has a whole bunch of the exact same outfit.
- Only Sane Man: At first.
- Phrase Catcher: "You always were a kidder, Steve!" He even lampshades it at one point.
- Protagonist Journey to Villain: Subverted in the good ending. Played straight in the bad ending.
- 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.
- Portrayed by: Lisa Cangelosi
Possibly 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.
- Not Quite Dead: In both endings, but Steve can easily kill her for real in the bad one.
- Only Sane Woman: Probably because she's the only other real person besides Steve.
- Portrayed by: Mary Allen
Steve'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: Seems cheerful and nice, but you quickly find out that she's actually pretty terrible. She sexually assaults Marv regularly, is glad when Mr. Pastorelli accidentally dies, and gets mad at Steve if he saves Karin. If Steve is executed in jail or at the "blood drive," she seems awful happy about it.
- Bondage Is Bad: She keeps her husband locked in a bedroom full of bondage equipment, where she regularly physically and sexually abuses him. If Steve were to accidentally walk in on her, she'll shoot him in the face.
- Parental Incest: Will briefly consider it with Steve if you type "FUCK" into the prompter.
- Stepford Smiler: She remains cheerful, even while talking about disturbing things.
- You ALL Look Familiar: Both her and Ms. Pottsdam look almost exactly the same, and are played by the same actress.
Steve's dad. Has apparently been sick for a week in his room (which Steve can't get into).
- Bandage Mummy: He's been clumsily bandaged up to cover his wounds.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Very, very subverted (though still simultaneously played for Black Comedy like everything else in the game).
- Extreme Doormat: Doesn't seem to enjoy what Steve's Mom does to him, but puts up with it anyway.
- Walking Spoiler: He's not sick, but actually serves as proof that Steve's Mom is twisted.
- Portrayed by: Ben Morgan
Steve'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.
- I Take Offense to That Last One!:Steve: "Shut up you little shit!"Hank: "Mom! Steve called me a bad name!"Mom: "You stop right now, Steve! You know Hank is sensitive about his size!"
- Lazy Bum: He does hardly anything besides sit on his ass and watch TV.
- Morality Pet: Inverted. He's among the most disturbing and nastiest citizens of Harvest, but he's one of the only characters that the player can't kill.
- Sanity Slippage: When the TV station is burnt down, Hank continues to sit and stare at a blank TV.
- Skipping School: He stays home all week to watch TV. Claims to have the flu, though he's not even bothering with Playing Sick.
- The Sociopath: When he hears about Karin'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 Monroe
- Portrayed by: Graham Teschke
A 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.)
- 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.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Surprisingly, in regards to the Lodge. He doesn't trust the Lodge in the least, and the only reason he'd want Steve to join the lodge is to infiltrate it.
- Nuke 'em: Talking to him too long results in him shooting Steve and setting off the nuclear missiles.
- Red Scare: He really hates him some Dirty Communists. Implying Steve is one results in an automatic Game Over.
The 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"? Though it's anybody's guess what he actually means by that...
- Sadist Teacher: He is second in command at the Lodge, after all.
- Unusual Euphemism: "'Quality tiiiiime.'"
- Portrayed by: Karen Sexton
The 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...
- Ax-Crazy: Disciplining children by hitting them with a baseball bat sounds nothing sort of sane.
- Batter Up!: Her method of administering discipline.
- Sadist Teacher: She doesn't believe in "Spare the rod, spoil the child." because it's not harsh enough.
- Slasher Smile: Perhaps one of the scariest things you'll ever see in the game.
Sheriff Duane Dwayne
- Portrayed by: Nelson Knight
A sheriff whose badge seems to just be for show. He rarely fights crime, and instead seems to berate his subordinate Loomis.
- Corrupt Hick: It would be weird if he wasn't in this game.
- Dirty Cop: He's blackmailing Postmaster Boyle for burning down the Sentinel Newspaper building, and as it turns out he's one of two shareholders of the WHAR TV Station.
- 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*
- Police Are Useless: He doesn't do anything to investigate the series of murders, deaths and other crimes occurring throughout Harvest. If you kill Mc Knight, you can admit it directly to his face and he'll let you go, since killing Mc Knight just means he's now the sole shareholder of the TV Station.
- None of this immunity bleeds over to Steve without blackmail or his get out of jail free card. Getting caught will get you thrown in jail or worse, and killing a vital character is an instant game over.
- Of course, this all makes sense when its revealed that the only goal of Harvest is to train Steve to be a good serial killer. His incompetence is to ease Steve into a state of security.
- Repetitive Name: Duane DWayne. both his names also have the same sound.
- The Snack Is More Interesting: Played with. He is clearly heartbroken over the deaths of Edna and Karin. It's just that his heartbreak happens to be as big as his appetite for pie as he cries his eyes out next to their hanged bodies wile munching away.
- Portrayed by: Pieter Van Der Vliet
Doesn't seem too popular with anybody in Harvest. Think of him as the Barney Fife to Dwayne's Andy Griffith.
- 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.)
- Portrayed by: Travis Miller
A 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.
- Large Ham: Appropriately enough MEEEEEAAAAAAAT!
- Parental Incest: Again, he masturbates to his daughter. Although she isn't really his daughter, seeing as he doesn't actually exist.
- Pervert Dad: Doesn't get much worse than jerking it to his own daughter.
- Real Men Eat Meat: A staunch proponent of this philosophy.
- Portrayed by: G.P. Austin
Harvest'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.
- Portrayed by: Robert F. Cawley
An 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: All but confirmed after his Tucker gets scratched. In his rage, he calls himself a "limp-dick fat boy."
- Dirty Old Man: "What she really needs is a good, hard penis."
- Entitled to Have You: Feels this way about Edna to the point where he resents Karin's existence. You find out from Edna that he regularly bothers her.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Thinks that Edna shouldn't be raising Karin by herself that that she needs a man in her life.
- Portrayed by: Persis Forster
AKA The Wasp Woman. A very strange old woman who lives in a run-down house full of wasp nests.
- Crazy Wasp Lady: She really likes wasps.
- 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: Again, she really likes wasps.
- Wicked Cultured: Much like Moynahan.
- Portrayed by: Roxanne Lovseth
Owner of Edna's Diner (not "DNA's Diner" as everyone likes to call it,) who raises her daughter Karin by herself.
- Break the Cutie: When Karin gets kidnapped, and even moreso when her Diner is burnt down.
- Driven to Suicide: After the diner is burnt down, and she takes Karin with her.
- Good Parents: Seems to genuinely care about Karin, and is worried to pieces until she's found... Until her Diner is burnt down, and she potentially hangs Karin alongside her.
- Offing the Offspring: Hangs Karin along with herself after you burn down her diner.
- Only Sane Woman: Easily the nicest and most reasonable resident of Harvest that's not a main character, alongside Karin.
- Portrayed by: Rheagan Wallace
The 8-year old daughter of Edna.
- Buried Alive: By Mr. Pottsdam. It can be fatal if Steve doesn't find her in time
- The Cutie: She's absolutely adorable!
- Kill the Cutie: She either dies from being Buried Alive or is hung by her mother after the diner burns down
- Only Sane Woman: The only normal kid you meet in Harvester.
- Portrayed by: Christopher Reagen Ammons
Harvest'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 Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: You better 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.
- Street Urchin: Possibly. He mentions not having parents, but it's unclear if he has a home or not. It's implied that he picks up the papers to keep busy because he's afraid that the town (or at least Mr. Moynahan) will kill him if he doesn't keep busy.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: What kind of little kid goes around packing heat and threatening full-grown adults?
A 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.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Their Camp Gay tendencies make them some of the more comedic characters in Harvester. However if you go back to the fire station at night after you've stolen their bolt of cloth (you can't go back during the day), you'll find that they've killed the male model that they always draw, apparently because they thought he stole it.
- 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.
- Portrayed by: Charlie Latch
The 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.
- 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: He brutally slaughters Indians in the bloodiest way possible, and regularly curses a lot.
- 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.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Is very much a proponent of graphic violence and murder, especially of Indians.
- 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.
- Portrayed by: Lee Jacobson
The executive who owns WHAR, the TV station hosting Range Ryder's Cowboy Roundup
- Portrayed by: Doris Mc Clellan
The woman who runs the general store.
- The Stool Pigeon: She rats on Loomis to his wife whenever Loomis tries to buy girlie mags from the store.
- Portrayed by: Colonel Mason
The 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. In-game files indicate that he was originally supposed to speak, as he has portraits like the rest of the characters, but for some unknown reason his speaking parts were cut from the game.
- Portrayed by: Richard Raski
Former aluminum siding salesman. Since the bottom dropped out on the aluminum market in Harvest, he's since switched to being the town plumber.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He's tiny.
A farmer who hangs out with Pete. Apparently hunts aliens in his spare time.
- Crop Circles: Apparently gets a lot of these in his fields.
- Deep South: He looks and talks like a stereotypical southern hick.
- Egomaniac Hunter: Of aliens.
- Portrayed by: Zeb Cash Lane
A worker at the Mason's Meat Plant.
- Mystery Meat: A lot of the meat's apparently gotten from cats.
- Portrayed by: R. Kevin Obregon
The face of The Lodge, who gives Steve his daily tasks in order to become a member.
- 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.
- 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 true villains of Harvester, who designed Harvest as a VR simulation for making serial killers.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Mainly to Stephanie, but also to Steve to an extent.
- Human Sacrifice: They require one in order to create a serial killer, 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: The closest thing they get to a comeuppance is if Steve decides to not kill Stephanie. They'll deem the VR simulation a failure, but they still get away with what they did, and will keep on trying to make serial killers.
- Mad Scientist: They're behind a program to churn out Serial Killers
- The Man Behind the Man: They're the reason for everything in the game.
- Politically Incorrect Villains: Doesn't get much worse than manufacturing Serial Killers en masse
- Walking Spoiler: Knowing about them spoils the whole twist.
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: The fact that Steve's mom isn't an abusive, potentially incestuous murderous rapist clues the player in that Harvesteris a game in universe too.
Mother (Mystery of Motherly Love)
- Portrayed by: ???
- And I Must Scream: The mother is just lying there being devoured by her children and she is still alive through it.
- Evil Sounds Deep: After Steve criticized her deprecation of her motherly love to her children, she chuckles and her voice drops a few octaves as she deprecates herself and Steve just before her children attack him.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: It's implied for some reason that she cannot end her suffering after her cannibal children are defeated, so Steve has to end her suffering before proceeding to the next level.
The Children (Mystery of Motherly Love)
- Portrayed by: ???
- Creepy Child: Three children are shown eating their mother and showing no remorse for it.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The children are devouring their mother, taking bites out pf her legs before attempting to eat Steve too.