Tsubaki: Um 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 himself or herself 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 any 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, though 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.
- The writers genuinely find no sex appeal in the character and are creeped out by fans who do, and thus prefer not to tempt the fans.
- The character is the sole character in the work who isn't legal for the sort of sordidness everyone else is doing, and the writers don't want to encourage Jail Bait.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Fairy Tail, Levy is the only flat-chested woman and she doesn't wear Skimpy clothing (unless she's at the beach).
- 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.
- Lala is much more successful at being the Token Wholesome than Centorea. She wears the least revealing clothing, she has less fanservice moments than the others, and didn't have any nude scenes or Wardrobe Malfunction until quite far into the manga's run.
- Manako has them both beat as she has only a handful of fanservice in total, as she's generally played more for cuteness than sexiness.
- Aside from occasionally being subjected to Male Gaze, Ms. Smith is almost never used for fanservice outside of a few comparatively modest scenes in the first volume.
- 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.
- In the ElfQuest series, there are very few actually monogamous characters. Moonshade and Strongbow are the most prominent ones in the first couple of books. One can only guess why they're there, but it may be to appeal to those audience members who are a bit weirded out by the extremely open attitude most of the elves have about sexuality.
- In Requiem Vampire Knight, most female characters tend to dress provocatively whether its for titillating effect (like Claudia and Rebecca) or disturbing effect (like Mitra and all female ghouls). The only exception to the rule is Queen Perfidia, who is never shown nude or in any fetishistic outfit, preferring to dress in a modest white Pimped-Out Dress. Given that she is heavily implied to be Elizabeth I, also known in life as the "Virgin Queen", it makes sense she would stand out as this.
- In Super Buddies, Mary Marvel's sweet and innocent nature makes her stand out from the rest of the team, who are much more cynical and jaded.
- In Thunderbolts, teenager Jolt was the only member of the initial team who didn't have a previous criminal history.
- It's fair to say that Kaylee is a deliberate subversion of this trope. She fulfills all the requirements of the chipper and fresh-faced farm girl role (except that 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 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.
- Even when she's Naked on Arrival, River is 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.
- Charmed had Piper as considerably less sexualised than her sisters. She only had one overt Fanservice episode and was rarely turned into a Cute Monster Girl as often as the others. Even when the sisters were collectively put in sexy costumes - superheroes, Valkyries, goddesses etc - Piper's was normally more modest.
- Kate Jackson's character Sabrina in the original Charlie's Angels — the current page illustration says it all.
- 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.
- Bayley is essentially an Adorkable Cloud Cuckoo Lander with a mild Bare Your Midriff outfit. As she's also a Kid-Appeal Character, her breasts are actually strapped down (which is something of a rarity in WWE).
- Alexa Bliss initially on NXT. She portrayed a Cute Bruiser who wore a tutu and blew glitter everywhere. She too was presented as more cute than sexy. Upon a heel turn, she adopted a sexier look.
- 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.
- 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 Ojou), as does Leo (albeit retroactively; Harada didn't reveal Leo's gender until a few months before Tag 2 was released).
- Dynasty Warriors:
- Cai Wenji 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.
- Lady of War Yue Ying was very modest with her choice of clothing,◊ befitting her status as a Renaissance Woman, Brainy Brunette, Cultured Warrior, The Engineer, etc. This goes a bit out of the window in 6◊ and 7, but she still manages to be more conservative than most of the other ladies, who seem to have a thing for barring a good deal of skin on the battlefield, and in 8 she adopts another modest outfit outfit◊.
- In Samurai Warriors, Ginchiyo Tachibana is often wearing full armor of some kind while most of the other female characters are wearing far less. Aya Gozen is also covered with her Buddhist robe.
- In Warriors Orochi, Joan of Arc wears full plate armor. Compare this◊ to Da Ji◊ and Nuwa◊, to say nothing of Ayane, and the difference is incredible.
- Mass Effect:
- 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, 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.
- 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 was rather infamous in its early days for Fanservice-y and Stripperiffic female champions, though it should be noted they've toned it down considerably over the years, and sensibly-dressed, serious or at least modest women have become less of a "minority." Some examples before this era, however:
- Lux Crownguard 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.
- Leona wears perhaps the least revealing feminine 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.
- Kayle is 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.
- Little Busters! has a straight example and an inversion:
- While in general it 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'.
- On the other hand, this doesn't apply to Token Mini-Moe Kudryavka Noumi, who gets as much (or little, depending on edition) Fanservice as the other characters, as well as ero scenes in the Updated Re Release called Ecstasy. She also gets her own 18+-rated spin-off of sorts called Kud Wafter.
- Melia in Xenoblade Chronicles's outfit selections are this compared to the mildly revealing Fiora and the Stripperific Sharla. Her swimsuit is also a stylized one-piece compared to the other girls' bikinis.
- Lin in Xenoblade Chronicles X's non-Japanese versions. All of the games' Chainmail Bikinis are much more modest on her. Undoubtedly due to her age, clocking in at 13 years old.
- 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.
- In Fire Emblem, the Dancer class often have the skimpiest outfits out of any other class with the women frequently dressing like belly dancers. The only exceptions to this rule are Ninian in Fire Emblem Elibe and Azura in Fire Emblem Fates, who dress like medieval noblewomen.
- 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.
- Among a cast of sexy ladies who usually aren't shy about showing off, Morgan from Nerf NOW!! tends to wear the most conservative clothing, is the least likely to dress in anything sexy, and be the most likely to disdain any fanservice. This hasn't stopped her from showing off, but it's much more rare than with the other girls, and is usually because she was coerced, or unaware. This came to a head with a reader's poll to determine if the fans wanted to see Morgan in a conservative cosplay outfit, or Anne-Marie in a sexy cosplay outfit. (Morgan won.)
- 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.