I caught a glimpse of the 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" shorts, 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 bit ditzy or backward; 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.
This is known as a Western trope, but is also common in some Asian countries. Japanese examples are rare, but do exist. It's Older Than Steam, since a lot of novels and poems in the Middle Ages were about knights meeting a farmers daughter and falling for their beauty and innocence. See also the Cowgirl sub-type in Cowboy.
- The Adventures Of Captain Jack has Janet, a raccoon daughter of a domineering father who has a fiery temper born out of years of resentment living with him, especially after her mother left with another contractor. Although she has a poor first impression with Herman, she soon warms up to him and they become lovers and Captain Jack has a moment of conscience to let her leave, sacrificing a major haul to do so.
- In "The Last Laugh" in Plop! #4, the farmer's daughter happens to be a freckled, pigtailed cute blonde in overalls and absolutely nothing else. Too bad the traveling salesman in the tale fails to realize that it isn't the daughter her father is worried about when he warns said salesman to stay away from her... She turns out to be a murderous psychopath, who seduces him into meeting her alone, then cuts his head off with an axe as a "joke".
- 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.
- Examples from the Superman mythos:
- Lana Lang was always a small town girl, but in Post-Flashpoint continuity she is explicitly daughter of farmers.
- Supergirl: Being Super has Kara Danvers, adoptive daughter of a couple of farmers from a rural Midwestern town, and pretty sweet and innocent (at least until she realized someone was after her cause of her powers).
- Maggie from The Walking Dead certainly qualifies, being the daughter of traditional farmer Hershel Greene.
- Husk from X-Men is actually a coal-miner's daughter. Since her father is dead, it's her mother wielding the shotgun, though she's generally open-minded about who her kids date. Still, you might have to worry about her big brother Cannonball.
- 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 all right and even gets a fatherly kiss from Tracy at the conclusion of the story. Of course, she takes said fatherly kiss somewhat differently than he intended...
- Li'l Abner:
- The Big Lebowski: It is eventually revealed that Bunny Lebowski is actually a Farmer's Daughter who moved to Los Angeles. In a Deconstructive Parody, the "overly curious about sex" part is exaggerated into her being a massively hedonistic nymphomaniac, so much so that she became a pornstar upon moving to the city and arguably fits in far better in the seedy LA underworld then she ever would on a farm.
How you gonna keep them down on the farm when they've seen Karl Hungus?
- Dark Was the Night: Clair, the daughter of a farmer whose livestock is attacked by the creature, is a generally nice girl who shares a flirtatious look with Donny when she first appears while brushing a horse and Paul says her dad shot at her last boyfriend.
- Joey MacDonald in El Dorado is a spitfire who is very protective of her family.
- The 1947 film, The Farmers Daughter is a Fish out of Water story of a typical farmer's daughter who goes to Washington to be the maid of a congressman. Later adapted into a 1960s TV sitcom.
- The farmer's wife from Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle - at least in spirit.
- Julia Roberts' character in Pretty Woman was also one of these - hung around with her brothers and messed with cars when she was younger.
- Played with in Russ Meyer's Supervixens, in that it's a farmer's (Mail-Order Bride) wife instead of a daughter who exploits this trope in a nymphomaniac manner.
- A farmer has three daughters, all of whom he's very protective of. One night, all three of them have dates. The farmer sits by the door with a shotgun waiting for each boy to show up. The first date arrives and says "Hi, I'm Freddy. I'm here for Betty. Were going to get spaghetti. Is she ready?" The farmer decides that the boy is trustworthy, puts down his gun and sends his daughter off with him. The second date arrives and says "Hi, I'm Joe. I'm here for Flo. We're going to see a show. Is she ready to go?" The farmer decides that the boy is also trustworthy, puts down his gun and sends his other daughter off with him. The third date arrives and says "Hi, I'm Chuck-" BANG!
- A man is driving down a country road towards Saint Louis, slowing down to take a tight turn. Suddenly a farmer with a rifle pops up from behind a tree, and yells at him to stop the car and get out. The driver does so.
"Now pull down yer pants an' jerk off!"
"Pull down yer pants an' jerk off!"
The driver reluctantly obeys, not helped by the rifle barrel pointed at him. Once he's done, the farmer says:
"Now do it agin!"
"Do it agin!"
The driver complies, but every time he finishes the farmer tells him to do it again. Finally, after four or five more times:
"Ugh... I... can't do it... anymore... just shoot me, I don't even care... It hurts just thinking about getting hard..."
The farmer puts up his gun and yells:
"Mary-Beth! C'mon out, girl, this nice man says he'll give you a ride to Saint Louis!"
- Arcane Ascension has Marissa "Mara" Callahan, who worked on her parents' farm until they sent her to the Tower for Judgement.
- Jerin Whistler is a male version of this in A Brother's Price. Also a Farm Boy, but with several women being attracted to his innocent sweetness, and ALL of his relatives wielding shotguns, he's a farmer's son, too.
- Callahan's Crosstime Saloon: 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 José Farmer to be precise.
- Mary Bishop from Chrono Hustle, although she dresses a bit more conservatively, and tends to wield a shotgun more than her father.
- Faye Vierra in The Grimnoir Chronicles fits this trope to a tee.
- She tends to pop up in Flannery OConnor'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.
- Barbara Greenwood's "A Question of Loyalty'' provides Deborah. Set in a rural landscape, she sets out to hide a young wounded enemy at their barn. Feeding him with part of what she milks there regularly.
- The Song of Songs features as one of the main characters the Shulamite, who is one in the agricultural setting of ancient Israel, who dreams of being with her Beloved, whether that's referring to King Solomon or a simple shepherd that she loves, if the Love Triangle interpretation of its story is to be believed.
- 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.
- Roald Dahl's short story "The Visitor" has a nasty twist on the old "traveling salesman / farmer's daughter" tale.
- 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.
- In the 1000 Ways to Die segment "Dung For", a farm hand is caught banging the farmer's daughter and suffers a Karmic Death by being accidentally Buried Alive in manure.
Narrator: It wouldn't be a farm story without a farmer's daughter.
- "E-I-E-I-Oww!" has the narrator mention this trope by name.
- An early episode of The Andy Griffith Show 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.
- Angel: 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."
- Ellie Mae in The Beverly Hillbillies.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Dead Zone baddie Greg Stillson is the travelling salesman to a farmer's daughter in the season 1 episode "Destiny".
- Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard is probably the Trope Codifier... considering the shorts are named after her.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mary Ann Summers is presented as an innocent girl-next-door version of this trope in Gilligan's Island, a Kansas farm girl who is usually wearing denim pants and halter top or a gingham dress, pigtails and sometimes a straw hat, and is very good at baking (especially coconut cream pies).
- 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 & Shirley. Cue Crossover episode...
- All the girls on Hee Haw dressed that way, and acted the part to one extent or another.
- 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.
- In the ITV comedy-drama Moving Story, one episode has the removal men protagonists forced to spend the night at a remote farm after their truck breaks down - it turns out that the farmer's daughter sabotaged it so she could try to seduce Asif, the youngest member of the group, who's about her age.
- On My Name Is Earl, one of the items on Earl's List of Transgressions is "Seduced Seven Virgins." There was a settlement of "Camdenites" on the outskirts of town. (Kind of like the Amish, except...bizarre. Even the wheel is too much technology for them!) The Camdenites had a Rite of Passage for the girls when they turned 21, that involved the girls leaving the Camdenite settlement to experience life in the outside world, which they could choose to stay in if they wanted. Earl and Randy pretended to be from a neighboring similar society on the same kind of journey, in order to get the girls to trust them enough to be seduced. The girls liked going to bars, drinking "barley soda" (beer), and casual sex so much, that they were all deciding not to return to the village. Earl has to make up for it by protecting the Preacher's Kid. She ends up not coming back to the village, but Earl's ex-wife Billie takes her place.
Earl: "We did it every year. Some years, the crops were plentiful. Other years...eh, there was a drought. But, a good farmer always finds somethin' to plow!"
- Betty Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Billie Jo of Petticoat Junction fit the bill, although they're technically Widowed Hotelier's Daughters.
- 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.
- Bona fide farm girl Andrea Boehlke actually showed up for Survivor: Redemption Island dressed this way. Down to the boots.
- Schmigadoon!: Betsy, Farmer McDonough's eldest and loveliest daughter, who is off-limits due to her Overprotective Dad but flirts with Josh despite her innocent appearance.
- Westworld: Dolores Abernathy's role within the theme park assigned to her by her In-Universe human creators in Season 1 is this. By the end of the season she switches out of it.
- 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.)
- The country song "Farmer's Daughter" by Rodney Atkins is about a farmer's daughter.
- According to The Beach Boys in "California Girls," the Mid-west farmer's daughter really makes them feel alright.
- And they had another song titled "Farmer's Daughter".
- Chris Cagle:
- "Chicks Dig It"
The police came and called my father
But I met the farmer's daughter
- Mentioned in Cagle's "Let There Be Cowgirls".
- "Chicks Dig It"
- Bob Dylan's "Motorpsycho Nightmare" has one, and is built around the Farmer's Daughter trope crossed with Psycho.
- There is a three girl Country band out of Canada called Farmer's Daughter.
- There's a traditional song from Ireland (this trope is Older Than They Think) called, "The Humour Is On Me Now", having to do with a Farmer's Daughter and her fickle and flippant attitude toward marriage.
- The Mellon girls from WhizBang Pinball's Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons, Melony, Ellen, and Hellen.
- 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.
- Discussed in Albert Herring, where Lady Billows makes a last-ditch suggestion for a suitable Queen of the May is "farmer's daughters, maybe." Unfortunately, her assistant Florence has investigated enough to disqualify them as well, and significantly states:
Country virgins, if there be such,
Think too little and see too much.
- Phoebe and Audrey in William Shakespeare's As You Like It are usually this, including the American southern accent.
- There is a song called "The Farmer's Daughter" in Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen's successful 1944 musical Bloomer Girl, sung by a quintet of traveling salesmen.
There's a farmer's daughter way out there,
When there's no hotel in sight.
And you'll always find her glad to spare
A little hospitality for just the night.
- In The Golden Apple, Helen is introduced as a "simple farmer's daughter" dreaming of more exciting life of the big city, but it's never stated exactly who she's the daughter of. She's already married at the start of the play, but nevertheless succeeds at eloping with a Traveling Salesman.
- "A Bushel And A Peck" in Guys and Dolls originally had the Chorus Girls like this.
- Ado Annie in Oklahoma! Complete with Traveling Salesman and Shotgun Wedding.
- Aveyond: Talia Maurva lives with her grandmother in a tiny farming village, and dreams of becoming a herbalist when she grows up.
- In Fallout 2, there is the Miria, daughter of the farmer Grisham of Modoc, who is a classic example, but there is also her brother, Davin, who is a Spear Counterpart and Rare Male Example. In keeping with the trope, Player Character can even choose to have a fling with one of them (regardless of gender), which results in Grisham finding out and forcing a Shotgun Wedding upon them. Being a Farmer's Daughter/Son, however, makes them terrible companions as they never level up and their skill stats never improve. And they always charge the nearest enemy. Mods have been made to make Miria much less of a bother but Davin... forget about it. The main use for either one was that they were forced into your party, allowing you to exceed the normal number of followers if you already had a full group.
- There's a NSFW Interactive Fiction game called The Farmer's Daughter in which you play a Traveling Salesman whose goal is to have sex with the titular farmer's daughter.
- Theresa the miller girl in Kingdom Come: Deliverance is the medieval version. She's just a simple peasant girl, very sweet and innocent, but she's wiser in the ways of love than Henry is, and can be fiercely courageous.
- The Legend of Zelda
- Ocarina of Time subverts the trope with Malon. While she is Talo's daughter and tends the livestock at Lon Lon Ranch, she dresses modestly and is presented as wholesome, rather than flirty.
- Twilight Princess' Ilia is a straighter example, in that she has a simple "downhome" look, has a strong affinity for nature, and is always barefoot. Though she also subverts the trope, since she's actually the Mayor's daughter.
- Most of the young ladies of Hateno Village in Breath of the Wild are variants of this archetype.
- We learn that the Ultimate Joke in Quest for Glory IV is a joke about "The Wizard and the Farmer's Daughter". It might be classed as a Noodle Joke.
- Story of Seasons: In Harvest Moon 64, Ann is the daughter of the local rancher. However, despite being a marriage option, she's not oversexualized. She's a cute tomboy in overalls.
- Near the end of Stubbs the Zombie, the traveling salesman aspect comes to play when it's revealed that back when he was alive, Stubbs slept with then Farmer's Daughter Maggie Monday, thus making him the father of Andrew Monday. He was soon afterwards shotgunned by her father.
- 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 Danish Poet: Kasper stays for a while on a Norwegian farm while traveling and falls in love with Ingeborg, the sweet, pretty farmer's daughter.
- 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 ball cap), Chris finds he doesn't know how to act around her because girls make him so nervous. So she suggests he just think of her as a boy like he did before. She then immediately 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 (human) farmer lets them stay, so long as they stay away from his three robot daughters - two relatively attractive humanoids named Lulubelle and Daisy Mae, and the huge truck-like Crushinator. 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!"
- Gravity Falls has Wendy, a teenage girl who's a lumberjack's daughter rather than a farmer's daughter. She still fits the trope in many respects; she's attractive, pined after by more than one male character, a native of the Oregonian backwoods and resultantly handy with an axe, proficient in activities associated with her father's profession, and able to spit with the best of them. Not to mention that her attire includes boots, and she sported overalls and Girlish Pigtails when she was younger.
- 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.