No one knows where these creatures originated. It is speculated that they are
descendants of Token Characters. Evidence of their existence has been traced
back to the dawn of television itself, which indicates a strong correlation
between the species and popular human culture, where the presence of this
species is predominant.
At some point in time during the 1990's, mainstream popular culture assimilated
the concepts of gender/racial equality, male sensitivity
and homosexuality. That was after much debate and rampant name-calling.
Not to mention a few hate crimes here and there. These exchanges have yet
to come to a complete end.
Upon (what was generally perceived as) the resolution of each issue and the
completion of extensive market research into public opinion regarding
those issues; provocative cutting edge TV show writers felt it
was time to express their newly formulated controversial avant-garde
views. Token TV Show Characters became the message and the vessel, and to
this day, like mindless automatons, continue to spout those radical messages.
Popular Token TV Shows Characters include:
Token Female Character (also Token Female Sidekick). Token Female's
special abilities include being exceedingly cute or sexy and smashing
through glass ceilings yet stopping safely before the reinforced steel ceilings
Leading Male Characters had installed recently.
Token Sensitive New Age Guy. Sensitive New Age Guy is not really
a Token Character as such due the fact that his strain eradicated Chauvinist
Male Pigs and took their place. Their rampant increase in numbers has lead
to concern about the decaying accuracy of the Token classification and possible
footholds for world domination through media contamination.
Token Minority Group Character With Charming Good Looks. Representative
of a minority group suitable for presentation on TV due to photogenic qualities.
Short life span. Regularly used as an example of attempted equality. Sometimes
employed as a comic relief device.
Token Geek Character. The Token Geek is typically male and appears
when anything needs hacking. Or cracking. Specialties include accessing
secret government files, The Truth and the launch codes for several
weapons of mass destruction by randomly tapping on any keyboard. You
usually don't ever see it onscreen but (s)he usually has an enviable collection
of porn. What did you think those high tech command centres with 12 foot
widescreen plasma displays were really for?
Token Homosexual Character. Token Homosexuals are commonly male.
They sometimes appears in pairs as Token Homosexual Couples. Typically vexed
by the conundrum of whether or not to come out of the closet and
risk being shunned by a small community with puritan morals and/or views.
The other variety, Token Homosexual Female Characters are a rare sight.
The appearance of a Token Lesbian Couple is usually part of a contingency
plan which goes into effect when a TV show suffers a severe ratings smackdown.