Itoi revealed in an interview that Tony, Jeff's room-mate at the Snow Wood Boarding House in Winters is homosexual.
Itoi: Well, for example, there's a gay person in MOTHER 2. A really passionate friend who lives in an England-like place. I designed him to be a gay child. In a normal, real-life society, there are gay children, and I have many gay friends as well. So I thought it would be nice to add one in the game, too.