Player characters are the protagonists of specific games. They are the characters that players control throughout the games. Most of them are silent; it is left up to the player to fill in what they imagine the characters' feelings, thoughts, and words. The only exceptions are during heart events, in which player is prompted to select a response out of given options. But in random events, players have no control over them.
Player characters' names can be renamed by the player at the beginning of each game.
In some Harvest Moon games, the player characters can be either male or female - they will never marry each other (except in IoH/SI). In some other games there is only male option.