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The Chaste Hero is a character, usually a teenage male, who is completely oblivious to the appeal of women and to romance in general. Flirtation is dismissed, often without a shred of embarrassment, because he honestly doesn't get it, and sexual advances from the Hard-Drinking Party Girl are shrugged off with irritation. This can be a paradoxical commentary on the character's lack of "maturity," but strangely, this rule does not necessarily mean the younger male characters of the cast won't react to attractive people.

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The female version is usually tomboyish and a slightly dense jock slowly being cultivated into a budding Hard-Drinking Party Girl.

One bonus from this is immunity from awkwardly placed falls, gestures, and hands that plague a lot of characters — and, if it happens, no apologies for it, something the average male would be expected to do. Similarly, it pretty much allows him to interact and talk to any woman in the series, something another friend may be incapable of doing. This is especially useful if the writers are trying to avoid Shipping, simply don't want it to seem the guy is taking advantage of having many admirers, or want to set up a romantic admirer who just doesn't get that he just doesn't get it. Quite a few times, in order to allow the Chaste Hero to string along a romantic admirer without seeming like a jerk, they might say something that sounds like a love confession, only for them to continue on by saying that they also love everyone.

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The Chaste Hero is very common in "juvenile" fiction, especially in the past. It gets rather annoying when he sometimes wonders why his close female friend is so nice to him.

Contrast with the Celibate Hero and Asexuality, tropes dealing with non-clueless characters that either actively shun romance or simply have no interest in it.

Compare Innocent Fanservice Girl and Ms. Fanservice. To double on the appeal, Chaste Heroes often double as Chick Magnets. See also Clueless Chick Magnet. If a seeming Chaste Hero turns out to be far more interested in sex than they appear, you've just met the Covert Pervert.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Eren Yeager from Attack on Titan is fairly oblivious to anything involving women. He considers his adopted sister Mikasa's protective behavior annoying, shrugs off Annie's multiple teasing comments, and states he considered Dude Magnet Krista to be kind of "creepy". His utter lack of interest in women is often played up in official parodies, often portraying him as the clueless "Archie" with Mikasa and Annie as his Betty and Veronica.
  • Azumi was so naive as a young teen she didn't even know what the differences between boys and girls were, having been raised in complete isolation from the outside world amidst a group of boys. She later grows out of her naivety, but every man she falls in love with is killed, usually right in front of her.
  • Brigadoon: Marin and Melan's hero, Melan Blue, is completely clueless about romance; he doesn't even know what a kiss is. Justified in that he belongs to a race of robots that apparently don't reproduce sexually (he tells Marin that he doesn't have parents), so why would he need to know about sexuality or romance?
  • Fear from C3 is also a female example. She doesn't seem to clue in much about love.
  • Daily Life with Monster Girl: Kimihito, the trope image in that chastity belt with a secure lock on it, lives with seven women who are each a different monster species. Each one of them loves him and several have tried to have sex with him. They are usually stopped by the competition in the house. Kimihito isn't oblivious to their affections, and would like to return someone's but knows by picking one the others would be crushed, so he strives to try and please all of them. Beyond those seven, he has earned the affections of some monster women who work on a farm and refused their passionate plea for him to stay with them on the farm. The image itself comes from when he is locked in a room with several dozen sexually aggressive lamia who are tasked with testing his ability to resist their temptations and not give into their touch. He comes out, as seen in the photo, with the belt untouched.
  • Son Goku from Dragon Ball: He only agreed to marry Chi-Chi in the first Dragon Ball because he thought "marriage" was a type of food (their wedding night must have been an exercise in patience for Chi-Chi...). Goku must have learned something from it, considering the two kids they had, and he at least has some knowledge on the subject by the time the anime shifts into Z. Interestingly, while Goku himself is chaste, he isn't above noticing that other people are attracted to ladies on a sexual level, which is presumably where he got the idea to tempt Old Kai into giving Gohan a power-up by offering naughty pictures of Bulma as a reward (which he says in front of her husband, Vegeta).
    • The classic example of Goku's approach is when Master Roshi tries to explain to him as a child what a pretty girl is with two photos: one of a hot lady, and one who, well, looks different than that. When Roshi asks which one Goku prefers, Goku nonchalantly says that he likes both, prompting Roshi to ask "What are you, a saint?".
    • Of course how often do we actually see Goku kiss his wife? Sure he may have learnt where babies come from (although he probably doesn't understand too many of the mechanics of it beyond the obvious) but he never gives the appearance of having a normal male sex drive either.
    • Their son, Gohan, seems to have inherited this from his father where Videl is concerned. At least he picked up on it a lot faster than Goku did, and by the end of the Buu Saga, the two are an item before marriage.
    • Their other son, Goten, averts this trope. He seemed to be more similar to his father than his brother did, but when puberty hit him, Goten became more interested in girls and dating than fighting.
    • It is worth noting that, in either version of the Bardock backstory, this appears to be a trait among Saiyan men. Goku's mother, Gine, notes that it's very unusual for a Saiyan male to care at all about his offspring or mate. In either version, having sex is implied to be purely for procreation and lineage alone.
    • Dragon Ball Super reveals Goku has no concept of kissing on the lips. Vegeta incredulously points out Goku is married, but Goku nonchalantly says he and Chi-Chi have never done that.
  • Eureka from Eureka Seven is a rare female example of this at first, but she does eventually grow out of it.
  • Zigzagged with Natsu in Fairy Tail. Natsu has a lovable sense of naivety in moments where any normal teenage boy would either be uncomfortable, or much too eager. He doesn't seem to understand why Lucy would be upset when he breaks into her house without permission, while she's bathing. However, there was a time he tried to peek on the girls in the hot springs. Later, when a naked Lucy is thrown into him, she desperately asks him to not look at her breasts. Natsu's reaction? He covers her breasts with his hands. It's ambiguous whether he did it on purpose to get a feel or if it was an Innocently Insensitive solution (after all, if he covered her up, he couldn't look at her, and she only asked him to stop looking, not to stop touching). And shortly after that, he bathes in the same hot spring as Lucy, Erza and Wendy, but says it's not big deal since he has seen them naked before.
  • Sagara Sousuke from Full Metal Panic!, who doesn't recognize romance when it walks up to him and slaps him in the head with a Paper Fan of Doom. Repeatedly. He thinks that "kissing" is a synonym for "CPR", tries to "pick up women" by ambushing random women on the street, putting them in cages and holding them captive at gunpoint, and wonders what high schoolers would need condoms for, since it's unlikely they'll ever need emergency water containers. Piecing together the shreds of a love letter, he assumes it's death threat and the pink paper, perfume and heart signature are an attempt at Reverse Psychology; chances are good that even if the letter hadn't been mostly destroyed, he still wouldn't have gotten it. The only Love Confession he doesn't completely misinterpret or blow off is the one that wasn't meant for him in the first place.
  • Makoto Kousaka from Genshiken partially fits this trope; he has a girlfriend, and is hardly chaste, but is otherwise a good embodiment, oblivious to flirtation even (most of the time), his girlfriend's, as well as any sense of embarrassment.
    • Then again, given his demeanor no one can guess what he does during his time alone with Saki.
    • It's made pretty clear that he isn't a virgin and that he has slept with Saki numerous times. He does partially fit the trope in terms of his personality though.
  • Shungo Ninomiya, the titular character from Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun ("My condolences, Mr. Ninomiya"), is a martial artist with a Hard-Drinking Party Girl big sis who knows kung-fu. Because of his being more or less a Chaste Hero who also knows his way around a fight, and because his being Chaste makes him semi-immune to her out-of-control magical sex appeal, she saddles him with the task of trying to "heal" a young succubus's fear of men using shock therapy... or so they say. He's also pretty much the only one unaware that his rich admirer-turned-maid friend is head over heels for him.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler
    • The titular character. He lives in the house with a master who has a crush on him and daily interacts with her circle of female friends who all also have crushes on him, and never notices. He also completely misinterprets all attempts to explain otherwise to him.
    • Hayate expressly states that he falls into this trope.
    • It's been revealed that his devotion to his ex-girlfriend from age 6 and his Failure Knight status to her, combined with her ingraining on him that only a self-sufficient male should pursue romance, has killed his libido. So it's a cross between this and Celibate Hero.
    • Strangely enough, there's no hint of this when he's staying at Hinagiku's house. He clearly has unclean thoughts of three of the members of his harem, and a negative reaction to the implication of her sister in the same position.
    • Hayate isn't exactly a Chaste Hero; he simply doesn't see his 13 years old Mistress and other girls of her age who are in love with him as a potential love interest because he considers them kids and he Definitely isn't a Lolicon. The situation changes when he is dealing with girls of his own age like Hinagiku, Ayumu or Maria. Probably best exemplified when Hina tries to figure out whether he likes anyone.
      Hina: Do you have feelings for Ayumu?
      Hayate: I-I don't know...
      Hina: ...how about me?
      Hayate: Well, th-that's—
      Hina: How about my sister?
      Hayate: (instantly) No.
  • Ichika Orimura from Infinite Stratos has this trope forced upon him, since there are at least 5 girls interested in him (with them perceiving his older sister to be a 6th rival). While he may seem incredibly dense most of the time, other times when he seems to be a little too friendly with one of the girls, the other ones get really jealous and will do what they can to stop it. Whether it's smacking him with a kendo stick while he's pinned down in bed by a naked girl grappling his arm, or nearly getting his head shot off by the girls wearing their Powered Armor suits because he tried to kiss one of them.
  • Negi Springfield from Mahou Sensei Negima!. Well, he is only ten years old.
  • Kouji Kabuto from Mazinger Z. He was not so bad in the original manga, but in the anime series, he doesn't get when a woman is interested in him, especially if that woman is Sayaka (or Maria from UFO Robo Grendizer). If they tried to flirt, often he replied by teasing them. Given that the two of them were hot-tempered Tsunderes, you can tell how well it ended for him.
    • Tetsuya Tsurugi from Great Mazinger was even worse, since he was so obsessively focused on fulfilling his mission (due to he thought piloting Great Mazinger was everything what he had) that if Jun tried to seduce him he didn't get it or taunted her or both (and since she had no patience for stupidty, they ended up fighting).
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 has Setsuna F. Seiei, who sneaks into a young princess's bedroom at night and doesn't seem to understand the implications... Then again, Setsuna pretty much has No Social Skills and is The Stoic, which doesn't exactly help his situation.
    • Plus, he himself has stated twice that he shares no romantic feeling for Marina. She was just as quick with that "No". This means he actually "graduated" to Celibate Hero, since he's now aware of what romance and sex are and just doesn't act on anything romance-related. It doesn't help that he seems to view Marina more as mix of a Cool Big Sis and a Replacement Goldfish for his Missing Mom...
      • On the other hand, he's clearly clueless about Feldt's open feelings for him in The Movie. Even though one of his fellow Innovators was shown to have Psychic Powers! Example: Feldt is a Bridge Bunny and as such, she has no reason to personally go to the docking bay to greet Setsuna as the latter is coming back from a successful mission. Yet she does exactly that and even offers him a drink, only to get ignored in Setsuna's pre-Character Development gruff manner. Lyle even lampshades it.
      Lyle: That guy can be such an idiot sometimes...
      • Or maybe he does know... And has no idea what to do about it. He's not a sterling example of family values, considering why his Missing Mom went missing...
  • Catarina in My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! can get borderline confessions, proposals and even have pretty blatant passes made at her without having the faintest idea. Her suitors think she's way too innocent for her own good and have to protect her from each other. Her denseness is so strong that she manages to shrug off being kissed by her fiancé twice.
  • Naruto:
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Deconstructed with Shinji. Asuka flirted with him several times (suggesting him sleeping in her bed in a very veiled way, pushing her breasts against his face, goading him to kiss her...), but even though he was attracted to her, he was too shy and oblivious to recognize her (admittedly clumsy) seduction attempts for what they were, or he mistook them for cruel teasing. Hence, Asuka mistook his confusion and obliviousness for indifference or rejection and her fragile self-esteem took a severe blow each time that she flirted with him, making her feeling worthless and more unstable. Cue her falling completely apart during her Mind Rape.
  • Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece doesn't find anything suggestive in a naked woman inviting him into her bedroom. (It wasn't that, anyway.)
    • The latest Shrug of God Handwavium was something to the effect that it's not that he's completely oblivious to the opposite sex, it's just that he generally doesn't pay attention to stuff like that unless he's in mixed company. Or something...
    • He's not completely clueless; he fell for Nami's Happiness Punch before. Although Usopp is a bad influence.
    • Also he is aware (at least after the timeskip) that Hancock is in love with him and wants to marry him, he just isn't interested. Which is pretty impressive, since Hancock is considered to be the most beautiful woman alive.
    • Oda said that he didn't want to focus on romance during the series, since the characters are in love with adventure. (Except Sanji, of course.)
    • Chopper is an interesting case. He's quoted as saying he does not feel physical attraction to humans. Nami trusts him enough that she permits him to see her naked in the shower in Episode 574.
  • Ash Ketchum of Pokémon is this, though he wasn't always like this:
    • As of the latest of the anime series, the list of girls to have shown canon feelings for him include Misty, Melody, Macey, Anabel, Angie, and Serena. To say nothing of the Pokémon (like Chikorita, Latias, Smoochum, Aipom, Oshawott and Meloetta) who have developed crushes on him. Although, as of the Unova League, he does seem to have picked up on the concept of Ho Yay, at least when he's in the compromising situation...
    • He's been having trouble recognizing love between Pokémon too. He assumed Grovyle had a fever when Grovyle was clearly crushing on a Meganium and, throughout Sinnoh and Unova, he's been clueless to it all, to the point that his then-newborn Pokémon Scraggy understood more about love than he does. He does employ his female Snivy's Attract against opponents, though its most likely because he recognizes it as an effective move when it hits without understanding how it works.note 
      • His response to Dawn's Piplup crushing on another trainer's Marill says it all:
        But Pokémon like each other all the time. I don't get it. What's the big deal?
      • In Unova, he doesn't understand that two Cottonees wish to mate, thinking that the male one just "wants a best buddy". This might just be the definitive showcasing of how his Characterization Marches On as, back in the first ever season of the show, Ash's Butterfree fell in love and wished to mate and Ash was well aware of this fact. This can be supported by the fact that in the Decolore Islands, Ash was aware that his Oshawott was in love with Osharina.
    • To a lesser extent, Dawn is similarly oblivious to the advances of Kenny and Piplup — ironic, since she's probably the girliest of Ash's six female companions.note  This gives her a more "childish" feel, which was probably necessary as the two "ten-year-old" companions that came before her seemed a lot older (in both behavior and looks).
    • James of Team Rocket could fall under this category as well, as the times he's shown to have fallen in love can be counted on one hand, and half the time he's under a spell (such as the Ghost on Maiden Peak episode.) The shippers will disagree, but you don't even want to start there...
  • In Record of Lodoss War, Deedlit is in love with Parn, but he seems oblivious and/or doesn't know how to handle his emotions. Even so, she persists, and he eventually falls for her.
  • Played with in Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. Saber has had at least three Girls Of The Week (a circus artist, a school teacher and a female Vapor Being), but in one episode he's shown childishly embarrassed when his female teammate April Eagle puts the moves on him and attempts to kiss him after he saves her life. We don't know what's the deal with his original Japanese self, though...
  • Ken from Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. Justified in that he spent most of his life in training to be the leader of an elite ninja team. (His Battle of the Planets counterpart Mark, though, is a Celibate Hero; while he acknowledges and admits to his feelings for Princess, he won't act on them because of duty.)
  • Keith Goodman from Tiger & Bunny reacts to sexuality in one of two ways: stunning obliviousness or stammering embarrassment.
  • Taiga in Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu. He is extremely popular with girls but doesn't seem to notice, he just finds the attention annoying due to being socially awkward. Unlike his comrades, he doesn't have any love interest.
  • UQ Holder!: Touta Konoe, Negi Springfield's grandson, also seems to be mostly oblivious to sexuality and romance. A later chapter revealed that, due to various circumstances like his age, he had no idea what sex even was, and thought that the phrase "Going all the way" meant a kiss. After that revelation, he was given The Talk.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Judai of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, not seen much only because there's only one female main character in his world. (Of course, he's just as oblivious to the feelings of members of the same sex, anyway.) The point is driven home in one episode where he accepts a duel with a wager from an Obelisk snob, the winner being allowed to be Asuka's "fiancée." Judai accepts and ultimately wins... but then it becomes clear he doesn't even know what a fiancée is.
      • Although that scene could just as easily be taken as him understanding perfectly well and jokingly working his way out of it/siding with Asuka, making it clear he was in it for the duel—"I never turn down a challenge"—and not the bet. Which would still leave it as an example of this trope.
    • Yuma in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL shows that he is a Chaste Hero in a pretty hilarious way. In Episode 9 he repeatedly interrupts Cathy trying to confess to him during a duel only to beat her in it. Even Astral notices afterwards: "Observation #11: It seems Yuma still doesn't understand the thoughts of females."
      • He's the same way with Kotori and Anna. They both have crushes on him, but he clearly doesn't realize it and is largely too focused on Dueling and Astral to notice.
      • Later, Tetsuo gets a crush on Rio and is too shy to confess. Yuma has no idea what he is trying to do.
      • In the Grand Finale when Kotori outright confesses to him, he finally gets it, though his reaction is ambiguous and he's still mostly focused on Astral.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has Yuya being generally oblivious to Yuzu's, Mieru's and Grace's interest, only noticing Mieru's advances because she's so unsubtle about them. It doesn't help Yuzu's case that he considers her his platonic life partner; though they both deny being a couple on multiple occasions, she's often angered by just how much he means it.

    Comic Books 
  • Jughead Jones from Archie Comics. There's a reason for this, though. He hates women because he fears his heart is going to get broken a second time; the first was when his first love and childhood friend Joani Jump moved out of town. Or it was he who moved away from her.
    • Another reason is that he already has a girlfriend, January McAndrews, who is from the future and works with him in the Time Police and is thus kept secret.
  • Tintin. Unlike other examples, however, it is unclear whether this is a character trait or a side effect of the lack of female characters in the series.

    Fan Works 
  • The grown up Godzilla Junior has this trope knocked in The Bridge. While he is a benign soul and his new unicorn form is alicorn size, dark; and not bad looking, he's completely clueless about romance. When a guardsmare named Blade Dancer starts flirting with him, his reaction is an odd mixture of confusion, shyness; and being creeped out. He eventually grows out of it when he realizes and admits he has feelings for Princess Luna.
    Author in response to being asked why: The only prolonged female contact he's had is his human caretakers during his youth, his cousin Raiga; and a moth the size of two 747s. He hasn't exactly been acquainted with with the wide, scary world of dating.
  • Evangelion 303: In chapter 5 Asuka is trying to seduce Shinji but he hesitates because she has been giving him mixed signals since they met and she drank several beers that afternoon (although Asuka claimed that she was perfectly sober and aware of her actions). After a short argument she lies down beside him and says: "Last chance: Do you want to do this or not?". He takes up her offer.
    • Bonus points for both Shinji and Asuka being virgins up to that point.
  • HERZ: Subverted. When Kurumi met Shinji, she thought he was not interested in women because he was shy and oblivious. Although it is true he IS shy and oblivious, the real reason was he was fixated on Asuka.
  • Unlike his canon self, Ash in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines becomes a bit of a subversion, partly because he's aged up to 15 years old and thus old enough to notice the physical appeal of his female companions, but he tries not to show it. A sidestory has him go on a swimsuit-shopping spree with Misty, and he lets slip that she actually looks good.
  • Roxas in A Song of Fire, Ice, and Hearts may be a skilled and badass warrior who can take on armies of Heartless without breaking a sweat, but he also has a child-like innocence when it comes to things like romance and sex. When he meets Ros, he has no idea that she's a prostitute who propositioning him, as her innuendos go straight over his head.
    Gared: Even I have my virtue, but I find this oddly ridiculous.
    Rodrick: God's, this must be like what Asher was like when keeping me away from the brothel girls.
    Roxas: What are you guys talking about?
    Gared: Don't you worry your pretty blond head over it, Roxas.
    Rodrick: All you need to know is that your will is stronger than most men.
    Roxas: I don't get what ya mean by that.
    Gared: And you don't have to. Just know you have our respect.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Though she wants desperately to change it, the socially awkward title character in Muriel's Wedding is utterly clueless about sex and dating.
  • Inverted in Pleasantville, with the entire cast being chaste and unaware of sexuality, except for the heroes.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Will Turner constantly misses his opportune moment with Elizabeth in the first film, and is so gentlemanly during their engagement that Elizabeth was practically shaking with frustration. "I'm so ready to be married...."
  • The Villain: Handsome Stranger. Because of this, he does NOT get the girl in the end.

    Literature 
  • Discworld:
    • Lance-Constable Carrot in the novel Guards! Guards! never got The Talk, because his dwarf foster-parents think of puberty as happening in one's fifties. Amongst other things, his innocence leads to him mishearing "bawdy house" as "boarding house" and taking lodgings in Ankh-Morpork's most popular brothel, run by the formidable Mrs. Palm, without noticing anything odd, even though his letters home make it clear one of the girls is very flagrantly propositioning him. In his next appearance (Men at Arms) he meets Angua, falls in love, and it's stated he always knew the "mechanics", even if he didn't see how they applied to him, so that meant an end to conversations like this:
      Carrot: What's a virgin?
      Colon: [quickly] An unmarried girl.
      Carrot: [horrified] What, like my friend Reet?
      Colon: Well, no.
      Carrot: She's not married, you know. None of Mrs. Palm's girls are married.
    • Discworld also has the Nac Mac Feegle, on a race-wide scale. It actually makes perfect logistical sense as there is only one female Feegle per community, the Kelda, so the only male who ever even gets the chance to have sex is her husband, the Big Man. The rest of the men seem to be oblivious to romance — and perfectly happy being so — as well as indifferent once they do learn about it. Several dozen overhear Tiffany giving Letitia The Talk in I Shall Wear Midnight and find it interesting, but not much more.
  • Galahad is given a Captain Ersatz in The Elenium with Berit, a novice knight whose chastity makes him a Clueless Chick Magnet. The other knights, both amused and slightly annoyed by the attention he gets, contrive to get him laid in The Tamuli.
  • Isaac Asimov's "The Foundation of S.F. Success": (Conversational Troping) This poem advises that aspiring authors should avoid romantic subplots, making their male heroes avoid getting entangled with distracting women.
    Then eschew all thoughts of passion of a man-and-woman fashion from your hero's thoughtful mind.
    He must spend his time on politics, and thinking up his shady tricks, and outside that he's blind.
    It's enough he's had a mother, other females are a bother, though they're jeweled and glistery.
    They will just distract his dreaming and his necessary scheming with that psychohistory.
    And all the fans will say, As you walk your narrow way, If all his yarns restrict themselves to masculinity,
    Why, what a most particularly pure young man that pure young man must be.
  • Robert A. Heinlein's early "juvenile" science fiction has several examples of this. He admitted the problem was more about outraging school librarians than boy readers, who would be either indifferent to girls or, once they reached a certain age, intensely interested in them.
    • His Citizen of the Galaxy has the protagonist becoming friends with a woman who makes an enemy of her stepfather to help him, as well as being there for him all the time. For some reason he is mystified why she is so willing to help him. And then there's this scene earlier in the book, after the hero meets a new girl on his ship:
      "Oh, just talking with Loeen. I was introducing her to n-space... and darned if she didn't catch on fast."
      Fritz looked judicial. "Yes, she's bright... Want to know how bright?"
      "Well?"
      "So bright that she taught in El Nido's school. Her specialty was math. Multi-dimensional geometry, in fact."
    • His Between Planets has the protagonist assisted by a woman who convinces her father to loan him money, despite the fact he has nothing to guarantee it. When he asks her to hold on to a ring for him (he thinks it has important secret information in it) she is startled about being given a ring and he doesn't understand why a woman would consider being given a ring something unusual. When her father finds out that the protagonist gave his daughter a ring, he questions it also, but the protagonist is still clueless about why it might be considered strange.
    • In Farmer in the Sky, Bill doesn't understand why Gretchen would get upset when she comes over to help him work and he immediately mentions they should also ask her sister to help. "Women are funny". When he is injured and she visits him in the hospital, "...[she] could hardly talk, which isn't like her".
  • Sir Galahad, as the French chivalric addition to the Arthurian myths just about qualifies as Older Than Print and, as the paragon of knighthood conceived by trickery to succeed in the quest for the Holy Grail, he is the epitome and archetype of this trope. That aspect is treated with their customary irreverence by Monty Python in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  • From the The Squire's Tales series by Gerald Morris, both Sir Dinadan and Beaufils. Galahad reads more as a deconstruction.
  • In H G Wells' The Time Machine, the hero saves and bonds with Weena, a member of the obviously quite promiscuous and beautiful Eloi race, and she follows him around. He finds her attractive and charming, but, as he says when narrating his story, "I didn't come here to find a wife" and that's it. He sleeps with her, completely innocently. He is not even sure if she is male or female.
  • Warrior Cats has Firestar in the first arc. Leafpool in Starlight might also count.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory apparently has no interest in sex, but he's also shown to be oblivious to women (and men) coming on to him.
  • Doctor Who: Depending on which regeneration we're talking about, the Doctor comes off this way from time to time.
    • The Classic series indulged in Ship Tease at times but never, ever confirmed sexual relationships between the Doctor and his companions, which due to the Doctor's state as an immortal superbeing was thought to have limited prospects.
      • Tom Baker claimed he made a point of always handling Sarah Jane in a slightly awkward way to give the impression that the Doctor wasn't used to touching women, and the Fourth Doctor referenced his lack of ability to tell if human women were beautiful in "City of Death" — though he still had a certain amount of UST with many girls, and made a point of showing he genuinely loved them.
      • Peter Davison, the young and conventionally handsome Fifth Doctor, was prevented from even touching his female companions in case the audience thought "hanky-panky" was going on in the TARDIS. Eventually, 1980s Fanon insisted the Doctor was Chaste, despite being confirmed a grandfather, with contrived explanations even appearing in print about how this may be (such as Time Lords being born on "genetic looms" due to their race's asexuality).
      • In the New Adventures novel Death and Diplomacy, the Seventh Doctor acknowledges the discrepancy, admitting that failing to notice or completely misunderstanding sexual overtures just makes his life simpler.
      • The New Adventures novel The Dying Days breaks from tradition by having companion Bernice Summerfield initiate a sexual encounter with the Eighth Doctor (debated for nearly 20 years, the fact they had sex was finally confirmed in "Benny's Story", a Big Finish audio drama).
    • The new series Doctors are generally a lot more sexual (though this is never depicted on-screen).
      • The Ninth Doctor makes a point of getting offended when Rose implies he might never have had sex.
      • Ten has never been hinted at having had sex with anyone, but he's quite attractive, which causes him to unwillingly attract a lot of girls (and guys, sometimes). He's quite clueless to people's advances, but when he does catch on, most of the time he quickly and awkwardly refuses.
      • Eleven shows something of a girls-are-icky kissing-is-gross reaction to physical affection between Amy and Rory, even on their honeymoon, but that doesn't stop him from kissing River Song, a character who later confirms a sexual relationship existed (justified by the fact the two eventually marry).
      • The relationship between Clara Oswald and both the young-looking Eleventh and older-looking Twelfth Doctor was a love affair, but there was no indication of it ever progressing into anything sexual; that didn't stop (thanks to the chemistry between the actors) intense UST being noticed throughout (with notable examples being "The Day of the Doctor", "The Time of the Doctor", "Listen", "Mummy on the Orient Express", "Last Christmas", "Under the Lake" and "The Girl Who Died").
  • Benton Fraser of Due South has skirted this trope more than a few times; while he has been known to take an interest in women, he can be astonishingly naive about sexual matters, and he is perfectly capable of carrying on a conversation with a half-dressed exotic dancer without even thinking of breaking eye contact. (Of course, the fans have a theory about this...)
  • Carter in Hogan's Heroes seems absolutely clueless when it comes to women or the appeal of women, while all the other characters jump at the chance to even hang out with attractive girls. He has had one girlfriend, later his fiancee, later leaving him for a man of lower rank a year after he was captured by the Germans, but unlike the other men he only describes her in romantic terms rather than anything relating to her physical appeal.
  • Monk's title character, Adrian Monk is actually a widower, so he is presumed to have had a sex life once. But he's also saddled with plot-dependent OCD and phobias (which are implied to be so severe because of his wife's death). He's afraid of many things and disgusted by that which he isn't afraid of; so generally he does not consider himself available, nor is he generally considered worth approaching romantically by any female who happens to cross his path.
    • More to the point, Monk thinks of himself as very married, and the mere fact that his wife happens to be deceased does not make it any less so. He dates occasionally and halfheartedly, and in the end always returns to his default condition of being in love with his wife.
    • According to Monk while talking to his psychiatrist, the most physical his love life, even with Trudy, ever was is falling asleep holding Trudy's hand and waking up holding it.
      • Monk eventually came to regret not having a child with Trudy, adored a toddler after taking him in, and absolutely gushed over Molly Evans, treating her like his own simply because she was Trudy's child.
  • In Mr. Brain, Tsukumo is totally clueless about Kazune's advances on him (mostly due to partial brain damage caused by an accident), and keeps wondering why he's in possession of a porn magazine in the first place.
  • Number Six from The Prisoner (1967) takes this trope to its logical extreme. Created as a subversion of the womanizing secret agent recently popularized by James Bond, Number Six is presented with numerous female guest characters over the course of the series, and he only shows any kind of sex drive towards his fiancé.
    • It's worth noting that the episode with Six's fiancé is the episode that star/creator Patrick McGoohan is, for the most part, not in (they did a brain swap episode to get around the fact that he was in Hollywood filming Ice Station Zebra at the time). McGoohan was uncomfortable performing love scenes and tended to avoid them throughout his career.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Book of Exalted Deeds supplement for Dungeons & Dragons, there are many Exalted Feats that can be taken after taking the Sacred Vow Feat, all of which give a Player Character benefits if they heed the vow. Vow of Chastity is one of them. (In other words, the character gains certain useful abilities by remaining chaste.)
  • GURPS Supers: Mixed Doubles. The super heroine Justice doesn't realize how attractive she is and doesn't notice most of the compliments and passes she receives from men.

    Video Games 
  • Subverted in all instances of Agarest Senki, as all generation's protagonists are required to have a child, therefore, none of them were virgins. Particularly Thoma and Leonhardt are implied to have sex with one of the romantic options -Faina and Luana, respectively- once.
    • Played more straight in Zevran's case, who many interpret as Asexuality, as he does not care for the romance going on in the group.
  • In Assassin's Creed III, the hero Connor has no known love interest or sex life despite meeting many quite attractive female characters. When one of the NPC falls in love with a woman, it takes ages for him to understand what's happening, and the first advice he offers (giving flowers to a tomboyish girl) is completely inappropriate.
  • Terra from Final Fantasy VI is a Chaste Heroine, because she doesn't know What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?. The Figaro Castle guards, and even Edgar, are surprised that Terra didn't react negatively to Edgar hitting on her. She eventually learns about the feeling of love later, but she's probably still a Chaste Heroine.
  • Similarly Justin from Grandia. Super-hot Feena's rather overt moves on him are totally lost on him, to the point where, when she asks if he loves her, he replies, "Of course I love you! And-" goes on to name all the other people in their party, who also "love" her.
    • In the epilogue, it is made perfectly clear that at some point he got the hint.
  • While it never comes up in-story, the SPARTAN IIs of Halo also bear mention as they quite literally are this trope on paper, due to their sex drive being suppressed by their augmentations (specifically, the catalytic thyroid implant). "On paper" because this hasn't stopped some IIs from feeling vague romantic emotions.
  • Hitman's titular character is kissed- on the lips- by a grateful rescuee, which results in a case of the jibblies one might get after grinding their nails over a chalkboard. Mind you, said rescuee was a kidnapped girl who had been forced into prostitution, so the 'jibblies' might just be Squick from wondering what that mouth's been doing recently. In the remade version of that mission in Hitman: Contracts, he just sneers at her grumpily. Agent 47 does seem to fit the trope, but that might have more to do with the only female in the games who isn't an unimportant civilian is his Mission Control.
    • Crosses over to The Movie, where Nika practically comes at him crotch-first at one point, and he goes so far as to use a sedative to get her off him. Very likely justified by the fact that 47 was bred to be a superior assassin, and a sex drive isn't very conducive to efficient killing. One reviewer noted 47's asexual proclivities and accused the movie of appealing to "adolescent male fantasies," strongly suggesting that said reviewer has no idea what an adolescent male actually is.
  • In The Legend of Dragoon, Dart is like this at first with Shana (not to be confused with the above show), but he warms up to her by the end of the second disc.
  • Played for laughs with Ryusei Date from Super Robot Wars. His obliviousness to Mai Kobayashi and Latooni Subota's crushes on him was apparently because he was too busy swooning over their feminine-shaped Humongous Mecha. Even though Lamia Loveless is a Robot Girl, he ignores her too in favor of her mecha.
    • Masaki Andoh is also like this, as he's oblivious to the fact that he somehow amassed an instant cluster of admirers. Polygamy isn't outlawed in his new homeworld of La Gias, but he decided not to get with any of them to make things easier for himself. His rival, Shu Shirakawa, has his own harem but chooses not to mess around with any of them in favor of messing with Masaki's head.
  • Link of the The Legend of Zelda games has been the target of flirtation from a number of female characters, but he seems to be more taken aback than tantalized. To be fair, in most of the games he's prepubescent, but he seems no less innocent when portrayed as an adult.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is when it happens the most, and it's also when it's most justified. He's only nine, and even as Adult Link he only has the body of an adult. Being raised among the eternally-young Kokiri who have no interest in that sort of thing didn't help. This also happens to be the most ironic case, as the game was originally conceived to have a Dating Sim element and Link was only going to be playable as an adult, which means there are more potential love interests here than in any other Zelda title.
    • It's justified given the time period the games emulate. In the majority of the series, he starts out as an orphan (usually) in some tiny backwater before he heads out the grand adventure. Given such a conservative background, it's unsurprising he'd be a bit bashful and uncertain around people who take that kind of interest in him.
  • Vayne from Mana Khemia Alchemists Of Alrevis, being raised by a cat for six years, he has no grasp on such a concept. When Nikki starts to develop feelings for him (mainly through her character quests), he remains absolutely clueless. At one point Vayne receives a letter; the others think it's a love letter, while Pamela says "This is Vayne we're talking about! That's impossible!"
  • Despite Mayl's obviously hitting on him, Lan in Mega Man Battle Network is mostly clueless about Mayl's feelings for him, although time to time he's aware, and the ending of the sixth game reveals that they are married together twenty years later.
  • By the time of Mega Man X8, Zero's pretty much celibate, but he's also quite clueless to the feelings his new navigator has on him. On the other hand, after what happened the last time he almost had a girlfriend, can't fault the guy for not being much for feelings.
    • In the Mega Man Zero series, it's questionable how much he cares for Ciel on the "Love" scale as well (despite the latter being very obviously in love with him by the end of the series) — whether he's a Chaste Hero, a Celibate Hero, or simply too stoic to say anything out loud is left entirely ambiguous.
  • Boxing team captain Akihiko Sanada in Persona 3 is a variation of this trope. He finds his legions of fangirls to be highly annoying, and is completely oblivious to both any romantic/flirtatious cues or other peoples' feelings (Junpei's budding feelings for Chidori are a good in-game example of this; whereas the others are either worried for him or are secret shippers on deck, Akihiko is constantly annoyed with his behavior and doesn't get the hint.) In fact, the only women he's comfortable talking to are the female members of SEES, and his longtime female friend is not only a woman with a lot of power, but has her own closet of social issues. If you play as a female protagonist in the Playstation Portable re-release, his Social Link involves him being interested in her primarily because she is SEES' new field leader, at least at first. Should you choose to become his lover, you will literally need to explain to him that his edginess around the heroine equals being in love.
    • The variation appears in later games; in Persona 4: Arena, Akihiko hits it off with kung-fu enthusiast Chie, and for a humorous event in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, in a conversation about finding "the one," you can have the P3 protagonist tell him to "find a buff girl," in which Akihiko reacts enthusiastically. These basically imply that the only women he takes interest in are ones who are as athletic or devoted to fighting as he.
  • In Pokémon, those Pokémon with the ability "Oblivious" is immune to being charmed.
  • Sanada Yukimura from Sengoku Basara, a naive teenager who knows no life other than the battlefield, is not only oblivious to any romantic feelings girls may have toward him, but gets extremely embarrassed when anyone mentions love, sex or relationships (something Keiji teases him about relentlessly). It doesn't help that the only mentors he has are Shingen and Sasuke.
    Yukimura: "I don't understand. Women are so complicated..."
  • Ryo Hazuki of the Shenmue series appears to not only be chaste, but asexual. Despite the very obvious advances of attractive females (Nozomi in Youkuska, and Joy in Hong Kong) stoic old Ryo can usually only muster a "Have you seen a black car?" when his love is clearly making advances. For all its sandbox and open-world play and decision-making structure, the complete lack of interaction options that make use of other characters' romantic feelings towards Ryo is quite jarring, as Chugworth Academy illustrates here.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Tails. Rouge flirting with him confuses him, and makes him think (correctly) that she has an ulterior motive.
  • Mario, in both video games and every other iteration. He is described as Princess Toadstool/Peach's "love interest", but they don't seem to enjoy a physical relationship. Perhaps with good reason, as at least one Nintendo-approved source describes her as still being a teenager, while he appears significantly older.
    • This arguably applies to Mario's younger brother Luigi as well. Granted, Mario and Luigi do blush whenever Princess Peach kisses them in gratitude for saving her.
  • This fully describes Senel Coolidge from Tales of Legendia. There's even a point in the game where one of the female characters suddenly grabs him and pulls him into a deep, passionate kiss...twice. He, however, is completely unaffected both times.
    • He's just too fixated on STELLAAAAAAAAAAA! to notice any other girl.
    • Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia is much the same way. Observe the following exchange between him and Sheena in Flanoir:
      Lloyd: You and I are a lot alike Sheena. I think we could be great friends!
      Sheena: Great... Friends.
      Lloyd: What, you don't wanna?
      Sheena: [aside] ...Idiot!
    • Stahn plays the trope straight... and then doesn't. He's completely oblivious to romantic infatuation he suffers from/causes towards Philia or Rutee, but when Ilene mentions she's taking him on a date, he... gets pretty expressive about the whole thing.
  • Utawarerumono: While not actually physically chaste, sleeping with six different women throughout the storyline, Hakuoro somehow fails to realize they all love him until the very end. Oh, and the bunny princess also has a thing for him. It's most obvious with Karura, Yuzuha and Eruruw. And Urtoriy. Doriy and Guraa also express some interest, but they're more into Oboro. Seriously, that's at least nine and he only expresses vague awareness of two or three tops before the story ends.
  • Adol from the Ys series. One can even say Adol is a Celibate Hero since his job description says, "After saving beautiful women and making them swoon all over for you, leave for another adventure."

    Visual Novels 
  • Saber in Fate/stay night is completely impervious to sexual or even romantic innuendo unless it's pointed out to her. This is a popular joke in doujinshi, where she usually thinks you're talking about food. This tends to be exaggerated by the fans: in the actual game, she does start picking up on it once she's aware of Shirou's feelings for her. Before that, she simply wasn't thinking of herself as female in the first place so those thoughts never occurred to her. It'd be especially odd to think she has no sexual experience considering that in her previous life she was married, and had fathered (yes, "fathered") a child.
  • Miles Edgeworth from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney has all the sexual passion of a monk. Numerous women and girls try to catch his eye, but if he can't relate to them as "older brother" or "entirely professional colleague," their interest just makes him uncomfortable (if he notices it at all).
  • Akira from Spirit Hunter: NG is mostly oblivious to the interest that Kaoru shows in him, gets irritated rather than flustered by Seiji shipping the two of them, and responds to Rosé's offer of a date with 'I'd rather sleep'. Romance is clearly not on his mind.

    Web Comics 
  • Unsettlingly deconstructed with Jin from Bastard!!. Episode 15 reveals that he doesn't know what sex is, how it's done, or what its purpose is, despite being in high school. He has to ask classmate Kyun what porn is and doesn't understand why the question flusters her. He panics when he has his first wet dream and has to ask online to confirm what that "sticky and slippery liquid kinda thing" is. Given what his father is and the nature of their relationship, Jin has learned all about a woman's "parts" but has been deliberately kept in the dark by his father in regards to sexuality, likely to keep him from acting against him out of romantic or sexual passion.
  • Girl Genius: All signs point to Barry Heterodyne having been this. Barry always ends up with "the High Priestess" in the stories and plays, "The High Priestess" being the catch-all term for whatever lost priestess, Distressed Damsel, or mad scientist's beautiful but misguided assistant (other than Lucrezia) happened to figure in any given Heterodyne play (basically, an in-world trope). There is no indication the real Barry actually had a love life though; Klaus says at one point that having a child of Barry's turn up would be a "surprise."
  • John Egbert of Homestuck. At various points in the story, Karkat, Vriska, Roxy, Terezi, and (as revealed by Pesterquest) Dave all develop crushes on him, which he remains completely oblivious to until explicitly spelled out for him. When Dave asks him if he likes Roxy, John is surprised and genuinely has no idea; when Karkat informs him that he hate-likes Terezi, John panics and tries to shut out the thought. Come the dubiously canon The Homestuck Epilogues, his cluelessness regarding romantic relationships comes back to bite him in the ass: he's a pretty inattentive boyfriend who becomes an even less attentive husband in the candy timeline, and Roxy eventually leaves him over it.
  • In Moon Crest 24, Derek doesn't quite get why Dory laughs at him when she sees him with Lucy's clothes on. Poor guy thinks he put them on backwards.
  • RPG World: Hero was completely oblivious to Cherry and Diane's crushes on him. Or anything else that didn't conform RPG combat tropes.
  • Sinfest has Criminy. Perfectly portrayed here. Bonus points for the red demon Fucshia having a crush on him but him being oblivious to it.
  • Twenty-Fifth Bam from Tower of God doesn't really realize that two beautiful princesses have at least a minor crush on him. When he returns after five years, which he presumably spent with Hwaryun, he at least knows how to push the buttons of a female.

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    Western Animation 
  • Ace Lightning — The titular main character doesn't even know how to flirt.
  • The Boondocks: Huey doesn't get romance, and doesn't want to get it either.
  • Phineas from Phineas and Ferb, who remains completely oblivious to his best female friend's repeated hints that she has a crush on him. The fact that his same-age (step)brother is a borderline Covert Pervert only emphasises this.
    • This dialogue shows this quite nicely:
    Phineas: Ferb and I are going to use a laser to carve our faces in the comet, so that when it passes over again in 73.5 years our grandchildren will see it. By the way, my parents are cooking outdoor steaks for everyone. What do you think, Isabella?
    Isabella: You had me at our grandchildren...
    Phineas: Huh?
    Isabella: Steaks! You had me at steaks!
    • Apparently, he still doesn't get it...
    • At the end of Across The 2nd Dimension, Isabella made sure he got it. However, she knew he wouldn't remember…
    • It gets even better in the flash-forward episode "Act Your Age." Phineas developed a crush on Isabella when they were in high school, but is STILL oblivious to her feelings and hasn't even tried to ask her out because he thinks he's too firmly situated in the friend zone. When he brings this up, his friends immediately set him straight, to his astonishment and disbelief.
    Baljeet: You are kidding, right? You do know she had a giant crush on you for ages.
    Phineas: Uh...no…
    Buford: Oh, come on! It was so obvious! She came over to your house every day for eleven years just to see what you were doin'!
    Baljeet: When she looked at you, her pupils actually formed little hearts. Like, I do not know how that is physically possible. She changed her eyeballs!
    Phineas: We— I don't believe it. Ferb?
    Ferb: (nods)
  • Freddy became this trope in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Ironically enough, the series cranks the historic Ship Tease Up to Eleven but he remains oblivious to all of Daphne's advances due to his obsession with solving mysteries and planting traps.
  • Cartman of South Park is the anti-hero version of this trope. He seems to be more focused on making lives of others miserable and other things than romance.
    • Although in Season 4, he nursed a brief crush on Wendy and in the "Le Petit Tourette" episode, Cartman did say he fancied and fantasized about kissing this girl named Patty Nelson.


Alternative Title(s): Chaste Heroine

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