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: "I mean, those clothes you had on! They covered every last inch of skin, and well, you know. Also, you seem so reserved
. For a young single woman such as yourself, being so chaste and demure can be both a blessing and a curse, you know? A girl such as yourself needs to show just enough to pique a man's interest, but mustn't show too much. It's a tightrope, dear, a freakin' tightrope!"
Tsubaki: "Umm... That isn't very convincing coming from you, Litchi..."
Litchi: "However, it was because of what you were wearing that I could almost hear that burning passion that you keep buried down inside you. Your smooth, silky skin, so tragically hidden beneath all those layers of clothing was just calling out to me... 'It's so uncomfortable in here!' 'Please, I just want to be free!' Especially the skin in this area..."
[Litchi giggles and pokes the exposed top of Tsubaki's thigh]
The Token Wholesome is found in works that show off the flesh of other characters as if they were in a meat market. This character is the only one to hold themselves aloof from the general debauchery. They tend to wear the least scandalous, least revealing, or least fanservice-laden
attire. They also seem immune to attempts, and sometimes even plotlines, to show off their embarrassing moments — though they may be embarrassed by the embarrassing moments of other characters.
This arises from several different concepts:
- The character is meant to be attractive, but wholesomeness is their most appealing trait. Going against this, while momentarily enticing, will ruin the appeal of the character.
- Sometimes it's better when certain aspects of a character's beauty are left to the imagination.
- The writers genuinely find no sex appeal in the character.
- A specific writer or creator Creator's Pet feels close to the character and makes a personal, specific rule against it. This will be in the Universe Bible (else it would be unenforceable).
- The character is the lead character, the one we are supposed to sympathize with, and we are meant to know it quickly. Having the Token Wholesome take this role is older than The Hays Code and codes like it, but became entrenched during that era. On the other hand, Pure Is Not Good, and just because a character dresses more conservatively does not in of itself have to mean that she's the good girl.
The Final Girl
is almost always this trope.
Contrast Ms. Fanservice
, Mr. Fanservice
. Also contrast Reluctant Fanservice Girl
, who wants to be this but the universe has it out for her.
Anime and Manga
- Elfen Lied: Almost all of the girls are depicted in their underwear or naked at least once. Despite its status as being horror violence anime, it also sometimes dips into Harem comedy, so fan service is abound with many girls/women of different ages. The Agent, however, always appears professional, wearing a suit and jacket all the time, and keeping a serious military nature. She's a Bifauxnen and her gender is only confirmed at the end.
- Saboru in .hack wears a loose-fitting green maid's outfit, covering most of her body, including some cloth around her hair. She doesn't wear the battle bikini, nor the stockings that the others wear. her player is a male, but the PC body came from another woman who fits the description of Stripperiffic.
- Tomoe in Queen's Blade. She's a Miko (and a Mamiko Noto character), her outfit covers almost her entire body except her hands and head. This is a series in which the main character only wears leather straps to cover the most essential parts of her body. Clothing Damage still leaves her naked on several occasions.
- Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force: Unlike the other two adult women of the Hückebein, Cypha's normal outfit is a fully-covering bodysuit. But Pure Is Not Good, and despite her conservative clothing she's the most outwardly vicious of the lot.
- Daily Life with Monster Girl: Centorea is the most proper of the monster girls, in both behaviour and dress. However, the fact that she's also the most well-endowed makes things difficult for her.
Live Action TV
- Dust of the X-Men is a devout Muslim and thus wears strict hijab clothing. She is also almost never portrayed in a negative light. Possibly justified, as she is one of the few visible devout Muslim heroic characters in mainstream comics.
- Klara Prast of the Runaways dresses more conservatively than any of the other girls on the team, and is the only non-snarker, though she is not considered off-limits for embarrassing moments - arcs featuring her tend to have at least one moment where she says something that might be considered inappropriate, like when she mistook the X-Men for demons or mistook Tigra for a prostitute.
- It's fair to say that Kaylee from Firefly is a deliberate subversion of this trope. She fulfills all the requirements of the chipper and fresh-faced farm girl role (except her daddy was a mechanic and so is she, leaving her often covered in engine grease in dirty overalls). Her clothes are never overtly sexy, and she is easily flustered by the object of her romantic interest, Dr. Simon Tam. However, it quickly becomes clear that Kaylee is perfectly comfortable with pursuing sex both casually and in an actual relationship.
- Simon himself may qualify, except for some sexy Shirtless Scenes in the final episode and in the movie. He's definitely the most concerned with acting "properly" towards members of the opposite sex, as seen in "Jaynestown" when he tells Kaylee that he acts reserved and respectful around her to show that he likes her.
- River is a more straight example. Even when she's Naked on Arrival, it's not presented as titillating, and her appeal is mostly her woobieness... unless you have a foot fetish. Still, she usually dresses rather conservatively, and her moments of showing she's not totally naive are rare. Since she's under eighteen and seems to be the youngest person on the ship by quite a few years, this shouldn't be all that surprising.
- Lafayette from True Blood. He's not exactly wholesome, but he's the only character to not appear in a sex scene and is generally aloof to all the debauchery. But it's hard to tell if it's this trope or But Not Too Gay disguised as this trope.
- Molly Holly entered WWE during the Attitude Era when all the Divas were sexualised in some way. Molly's initial character was of a sweet country bumpkin with fairly modest ring attire. She still attracted plenty of comments from fans and commentators such as "Good Golly, Miss Molly". She received a romance storyline that was fairly chaste - she herself described it as like Disney.
- Gail Kim also managed to avoid this during her time in WWE. She was rarely placed in Fanservice matches. She actually commented on this in an interview, saying it was surprising how she rarely got put in Bra and Panties matches. She says she feels it was because she was sexy "in my own way". Her ring gear isn't exactly modest but its attractiveness is never brought up.
- On NXT Divas Bayley and Alexa Bliss fill these roles. Bayley is essentially an Adorkable Cloud Cuckoo Lander while Alexa is a Cute Bruiser that is frequently compared to a fairy. Both have fairly modest ring attires that Bare Your Midriff but don't really provide overt Fanservice.
- Soulcalibur IV: In a series that begun to received criticism for pimping out its ladies in increasingly strange outfits — Ivy being a mainstay, but even newer ladies like Setsuka and even the previously (relatively) well-dressed, unambiguously wholesome, fifteen-year-old Talim — the new character Hilde was described by the designers as "the most alluring." Unlike all the other girls, Hilde's outfits bare almost no skin: she has a full suit of plate armor and a long flowing dress.
- This continues into SCV, although most of the other ladies do a better job of covering up this time around.
- Ashrah from Mortal Kombat.
- Ling Xiaoyu from Tekken - a Genki Girl, usually ends up with a "pants and shirt" costume each game, and even her more "revealing" outfits will often have shorts and no cleavage. One exception is her schoolgirl outfit, which shows underwear during high kicks or any other move likely to raise her skirt. But generally Xiaoyu is presented as bubbly and child-like.
- Other ladies that could also qualify include Jun (who was the main hero of 2 and mother of the series' successor protagonist, Jin), Michelle, Kunimitsu, and Angel; funnily enough, all four are the other females from the first two games besides the Williams sisters. Like Xiaoyu, their racier outfits weren't that revealing (Jun's P1 outfit showed off her midriff and came with Zettai Ryouiki; the former applies to Michelle's P2 outfit in 2 and Tag and she wears Daisy Dukes by default; Kunimitsu seemed to have taken some inspiration from Taki with her P3 attire in Tag, a skin-tight jumpsuit with a Cleavage Window). Some of their Tag 2 redesigns (particularly Michelle and Kunimitsu) are more fanservicey, although still modest in comparison to the remainder of the female cast. Lili also counts (aside of more revealing attire as alternatives, the worst she gets, much like Xiao above, is Panty Shots in that elegant white dress of hers; otherwise, Lili adheres to the utmost standards of primness, as should be expected of a Spoiled Sweet Ojou), as does Leo (albeit retroactively; Harada didn't reveal Leo's gender until a few months before Tag 2 was released).
- Cai Wenji from Dynasty Warriors probably wears more than every other female character put together, has a gentle personality and is still beautiful despite her modesty; moreover, despite her being in the story as she'd been rescued from nomads by Cao Cao's army, she's never hinted to have anything deeper than platonic friendships with the rest of the faction.
- Liara and Tali from Mass Effect can be considered this, especially in comparison to the likes of Miranda and Samara.
- Tali doesn't have much choice in this regard. She's a Quarian, a race that has to wear environmental suits at all times due to weak immune systems.
- Ashley can also be considered this, wearing full armor. If you date her in the first game, and then date Miranda in the second, she'll bring it up by reminding you, she doesn't fight in a swimsuit.
- Yurika Kirishima of Project Justice. Her Elegant Gothic Lolita-inspired outfit shows the least skin (even her arms and legs are covered up, by Opera Gloves and opaque pantyhose/tights respectively), the skirt on her dress goes down to at least her knees and her behavior typically tends to be prim and proper.
- Tytti Noorbuck from the Masou Kishin series is conservatively dressed, and got no Gainaxing in the remake, but she remains as one of the beauties of the series (which is chock full of big-boobed ladies/girls and most of them also bounce). Probably that sisterly attitude helps.
- Also Glacies of Super Robot Wars Destiny. When compared to Cliana Rimskaya, who bared her arms and legs, Glacies is fully covered with kimono when she's evil, and with a covering jacket-jeans combo when she's good.
- Kyrie from Devil May Cry 4.
- Tsubaki Yayoi from BlazBlue. Her design shows very little skin, in direct contrast to Litchi, Makoto, and Noel... at least until she gets Izayoi form...
- Leila Vergerius from Rusty Hearts. In contrast to various other Stripperiffic Ms Fanservices, including her own older sister, she wears ankle-length Elegant Gothic Lolita dress with full sleeves. Angela is a slightly lesser example in that her blouse while full lacks sleeves and her skirt is only knee-length. It's still more modest than the rest.
- League of Legends is notorious for being a World of Buxom populated by the likes of Ahri, Ashe, and Katarina. For the Token Wholesome, however, there's Lux Crownguard, who was originally going to be as midriff-baring as many of the others but received a costume revision after widespread mockery from the fanbase that left her sensibly covered up.
- Another example is Leona, who wears perhaps the least revealing femenine clothes in the game. It's worth noting that, in a poll done to find who was the most attractive champion, she came out third, behind Ahri and Sona.
- And there's Kayle who's usually covered from head to toe in the same vein of Samus Aran that people mistake her as a man. She also receives extra skins that reveal at most just her head and face, she'll not reveal any other further, and no skin-tight inner clothes either.
- While Little Busters! isn't hugely fanservicey, there's far less fanservice for Mio than any of the other girls - she has a skirt down to her mid thighs while all the other girls have miniskirts, she doesn't have a bath with the other girls in the sleepover because she already bathed beforehand (Riki notes that it's like her to not be caught off guard so easily), we never see her in her underwear like the other girls in the Mask the Saito OVA, and she has far less fanservicey merch than the other girls. In this case, it's probably because Mio's stoic, seemingly pure and delicate image makes her more attractive if she's usually modest. Her mini character bio in the Perfect Edition book even states that she is a 'long skirt character'.
- In Lost Eden, Eve, leader of the Tammnians, is the only female in the entire game who doesn't wear a Stripperiffic outfit.
- Flan Nougatt from Banzai Pecan is the only female character who doesn't work anything fanservicey at all.
- The cast page for Something Positive explicitly comments that Vanessa is the "only innocent" character (or at least adult) left in the comic. Played with in that she is still a bisexual Covert Pervert, but somewhat less crude about it than other characters. Also, while she is the most innocent character in S*P, that still makes her enough of a Deadpan Snarker to rival the snarkiest characters of less cynical comics.
- Exploited in Pantheocide where the infiltrator at DiMO(N) is spotted by her overly conservative clothing.
- The Onion's mini-series Sex House parodies this trope with Erin, a recently graduated high school virgin whose wildest party experience was a church dance. She is the only character of the promiscuous bunch to actually have sex aside from Frank, her partner and a middle-aged married man.
- As a Real Life historical example, Annie Oakley was very much this. At the highest of the Victorian era, she dressed and acted like a proper, modest Victorian woman, but also had a child-like innocence and enthusiasm that at the time was considered Fanservice.