Character page for the Story of Seasons series (originally titled Harvest Moon.)
Character Sheets by Sub-Series:
- Harvest Moon: The original SNES game
- Harvest Moon Game Boy: The Game Boy/Game Boy Color series (Harvest Moon 3)
- Harvest Moon 64: 64
- Harvest Moon: Mineral Town: Back to Nature, Friends of Mineral Town, and Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town.
- Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life: A Wonderful Life, Another Wonderful Life and AWL: Special Edition
- Harvest Moon: Save The Homeland: Save the Homeland and Hero of Leaf Valley
- Harvest Moon: Magical Melody: Magical Melody
- Harvest Moon DS: DS and DS Cute
- Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness: Island of Happiness, Sunshine Islands and Frantic Farming
- Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility: Tree of Tranquility and Animal Parade
- Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar: Grand Bazaar
- Harvest Moon: My Little Shop: My Little Shop
- Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns: The Tale of Two Towns
- Harvest Moon: A New Beginning: A New Beginning
- Story of Seasons (2014): Story of Seasons
- Harvest Moon (Natsume): The Lost Valley, Seeds of Memories, Skytree Village, and Light of Hope.
- Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns: Trio of Towns
Characters Appearing in Multiple Games
The male player character. Several games have him take over the farm of his recently-deceased grandfather, either through inheritance or because of a desire to not leave it abandoned.
His appearance was tweaked over years, but there is always the typical overall and hat he wears.
- Canon Name: Called Pete, though many players first called him Jack because of the possibility to climb a beanstalk in the first game.
- Farm Boy: Quite obviously, taking up the pitchfork to run the farm.
- Game-Favored Gender: Especially prominent in the earlier games, where there simply was no female farmer to play as or the female farmer ended up getting cut short, resulting in the game ending upon marriage.
- Nice Hat: Wears a cap backwards. It started off as green, but eventually turned blue.
- Protagonist Without a Past: Nothing is known about them. Most games simply have him take over the farm, though Friends of Mineral Town shows that he had really good childhood memories of staying there.
The female player character.
Earlier games basically used a distaff-counterpart version of why she took over the farm, though instead of being their own grandfather, it was that of an old man that she befriended as a child.
The other female farmers were made city girls that wanted to become a farmer because they grew bored with the city life, and went to look for something simpler, where they could work with their own hands.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Claire is blonde, Pony is a brunette, and Sara has auburn hair.
- Cool Big Sis: Generally seen as one by at least one villager.
- Curtains Match the Windows: Only applies to Sara.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Pete.
- Dub Name Change: Pony's Japanese name is Aya.
- Farm Girl: Quite obviously, since they choose to take over a farm.
- Game-Favored Gender: On the one hand, GBC 3 and Back to Nature: For Girl ends your game after you get married. On the other hand, More Friends of Mineral Town, Another Wonderful Life and DS Cute adds more features that wasn't present in the boys version and fixes any bugs that existed.
- Overalls and Gingham: Claire is the image provider, having worn a gingham shirt under her overall for her initial appearance in Back to Nature: For Girl.
- Protagonist Without a Past: Averted for Claire and Pony in More Friends of Mineral Town and Another Wonderful Life, respectively. They lived in the city, but Claire got depressed over the monotonous lifestyle, and Pony took over her father's farm after tiring of citylife.
- Punny Name: Pony has a ponytail and can own a pony.
A group of tiny fairy-like guys who wear poofy, colorful clothing. In several of the games, they will help you with your farmwork if you befriend them.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Harvest Sprites from the Save the Homeland, Hero of Leaf Valley, and the Wonderful Life games. Consisting of Nik (Tall), Nak (Short) and Flak (Big).
- Fairy Companion
- Exposition Fairy: Finn, in particular.
- Meaningful Name: In Harvest Moon DS, some of the sprites have names based on the job they do. The Legendary Sprites (from Friends of Mineral Town), have names related to their personalities.
- Nature Spirit
- Pig Latin: The sprites speak this in Harvest Moon 64 before you befriend them.
- Theme Naming: Many of the groups of Harvest Sprites have names that fill some sort of theme.
- You Can See Me?: In most incarnations, only the main character can see the sprites. A "childlike heart" or something similar is what allows you to see them.
- In A New Beginning, it seems the reason most people don't see the Harvest Sprites is because they just hang out in an out-of-the-way area. The Harvest Goddess and the Sprites will appear to speak to you and you beloved on your wedding day.
- In Harvest Moon DS, Thomas and one of the Harvest Sprites actually get into a fight! This has lead some fans to speculate that Thomas is the Harvest King (In the DS version anyhow).
The Harvest Goddess is a deity that usually resides in a nearby pond. She appears to the farmer in dreams or otherwise contacts them by popping into their house. When the farmer needs to talk to her, it's usually done by tossing a crop as an offering into her pond.
Her appearance has varied wildly over the years, with certain designs making her look, and get treated by the fandom, as entirely different people in themselves. The most common and used one is her having long, green hair in a braid and wearing pale blue robes.
Her personality tends to vary from game to game, sometimes depicting her as being more hot-headed or even downright making her seem insensitively rude to the farmer. Nonetheless, she usually takes her job as the goddess of harvest and nature seriously.
The Harvest Goddess is an available, special love interest in Harvest Moon DS and Friends of Mineral Town.
The Harvest Goddess in Animal Parade is a different character. For tropes relating to her, head here.
- Bare Your Midriff: Commonly depicted wearing a pale blue tube-top.
- Bragging Rights Reward: Marrying the Harvest Goddess in various games comes with several extra requirements, many of which result in marriage being the only thing the player hasn't done. And after marrying the Harvest Goddess, she doesn't even live with the farmer, but remains in her pond.
- The Cameo: Story of Seasons has her appear on a television show. She also sends a letter to the farmer, after they have befriended Dessie.
- Curtains Match the Windows: Her eyes are generally the same color as her hair.
- Damsel in Distress: The farmer needs to save the Harvest Goddess, as part of the plot for Harvest Moon DS and Magical Melody.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Caved in the tunnel connecting the two towns in Tale of Two Towns because the mayors kept arguing with each other, and it kept the Harvest Goddess from sleeping.
- Honest Axe: The Harvest Goddess in the original game only appeared this way.
- MayflyDecember Romance: Romancing her leads to this, as she's centuries old. But none of her marriagable versions seem to ever bring this matter up.
- Nature Spirit: Resident goddess and spirit of nature and harvest.
- Nintendo Hard: Getting to marry her requires several extra requirements. This includes shipping at least one of every shippable item in the game, finding every item to be dug up or excavated from the mine, and catching every species of fish, as well as having played at least five in-game years. Some games also require certain special gems to be found, and to ask permission to marry the Harvest Goddess to begin with.
- No Name Given: Generally only called the Harvest Goddess, but certain games avert this.
- The Harvest Goddess in Magical Melody is called Mariel.
- The Harvest Goddess in Hero of Leaf Valley is Marina.
- And the most common depiction of her uses the name Gaia in her Story of Seasons cameo.
- Physical God: Resident deity that lives in a pond near the town.
- Rapunzel Hair: Several of her appearances have hair down to the ground.
- Taken for Granite
- Harvest Moon DS/DS Cute has the Harvest Goddess getting turned into stone by the Witch Princess' mistake or because the Harvest King lost his temper, depending on the version.
- Mariel in Magical Melody turned herself into stone because the townfolk had stopped believing in her.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Her personality in Friends of Mineral Town is downright rude and snippy, at times.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Strawberry.
- True Blue Femininity: Often depicted in pale blue robes.
- Unwinnable by Mistake: Cannot be married in the North American 1.0 and 1.05 versions of DS because of the Necklace not appearing in the Mining List, failing the 'Find Everything In The Mine' requirement. And getting Buckwheat Flour from the New Year's Eve festival can be difficult, resulting in not shipping it or recipes that use it, failing the 'Ship Everything' requirement. This was finally fixed in the game's 1.1 version release.
- Verbal Tic: Sings her own entry fanfare. Dum Da-Da-Daaaa!
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
- The most common depiction has her with green hair.
- The Harvest Goddess from Save the Homeland has blue hair.
- Marina and Mariel from Hero of Leaf Valley and Magical Melody, respectively, have purple hair.
The Witch Princess originated as a character in the DS and Island games, making her out to be a long-standing rival to the Harvest Goddess. Some games shorten her name to simply 'Witch'.
She tricks people and plays pranks, often for nothing but her own amusement or simply out of boredom, with the results varying. Her design has been updated and tweaked for her various appearances, though the standard of having long, blonde hair and wearing purple remains.
The Witch Princess appears as an available, special love interest in Harvest Moon DS, Island of Happiness/Sunshine Islands, and A New Beginning.
The Witch in Animal Parade is a different character. For tropes relating to her, head here.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Getting the Witch Princess to marry the farmer in DS requires the player to act neglectful beyond stupidity to their animals, the townspeople, and their own health.
- Bragging Rights Reward: Marrying her in DS requires the player to do so many things, including having already played at least five in-game years, that they've already done everything else there is to do in the game. With the extra of being hated by the townspeople because of what her requirements demand.
- Chaotic Stupid: Her attitude and reason for disliking the Harvest Goddess are based on minor slights, if there is any reason given to begin with. She also demands some pretty stupid things to be done by the farmer, in order to fulfill requirements for her to accept marriage in DS.
- Does Not Like Spam: Peach.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Wears wedding dresses of this design in Sunshine Islands and A New Beginning.
- Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Has a thing for teddy bears.
- Jerkass: Doesn't get along with the Harvest Goddess or anyone else for that matter. Even her interaction with the farmer can be called 'teasing' at its best. She also claims credit that typhoons and blizzards, that cause the farmer to lose out on a day of productivity, are her doing.
- Last Girl Wins: Should she be married in A New Beginning, as she's the last bachelorette to move in.
- MayflyDecember Romance: Given her being about as old as the Harvest Goddess, this is a given. But just like the Harvest Goddess, this factor is never actually brought up.
- Nintendo Hard: Marrying her in the DS version requires several extra requirements, which make her just as tediously difficult to marry as the Harvest Goddess. This includes killing off 50 farm animals, donating a toadstool to the Harvest Festival for at least 5 years, and having fainted at least 100 times. And she also needs to have been given 10,000 gifts, at least.
- No Name Given: Merely known as Witch Princess.
- Not a Morning Person: Visiting her in the morning will have her comment on being sleepy, if she ends up awake at the time. In A New Beginning, she straight-up sleeps until noon.
- Purple Is Powerful: Purple features heavily in her design, denoting her magical abilities.
- Really 700 Years Old: As old as the Harvest Goddess herself.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Her relationship with the Harvest Goddess. One of their 'battles' in Island of Happiness amounts to nothing but being a staring contest.
- Trademark Favorite Food
- Rainbow Curry. (DS and Island of Happiness/Sunshine Islands)
- Grape Juice. (A New Beginning)
- The Trickster: While she's mean, she's never really malicious. Not even towards her supposed rival, the Harvest Goddess. She just really enjoys playing pranks.
- Unwinnable by Mistake: Cannot be married in the North American 1.0 and 1.05 versions of DS because of a coding mistake, leading to Witch not counting how many farm animals the player has killed off, and leaving that requirement unfulfillable. This was finally fixed in the game's 1.1 version release.