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18th Jan '16 10:35:32 AM ultimomant
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* ''TurtlesForever'' has [[spoiler:the original Mirage Turtles]]. Their death will trigger the end of TheMultiverse. * In an alternate timeline of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', it turns out that if Ice King ever died while he crown still had power, it would then freeze the whole world over for hundreds of years.
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* ''TurtlesForever'' ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' has [[spoiler:the original Mirage Turtles]]. Their death will trigger the end of TheMultiverse. * In an alternate timeline of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', it turns out that if Ice King ever died while he his crown still had power, it would then freeze the whole world over for hundreds of years.
5th Jan '16 8:14:42 AM Dark_Lord_
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* Adolf Hitler is this of all persons in ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'', though in a more mundane manner. The series takes place in 1962 of an alternate timeline where the Axis powers won WWII. It is established early on that Hitler being alive is the only reason the alternate 1962 is still peaceful and not a nuclear wasteland. Japan and Germany are still at peace, because Hitler respects the Japanese and sees them as equals. Should Hitler die, his successor, probably Himmler or Goebbels, would definitely attack the Japanese Empire in an attempt at full world domination, resulting in another but more devastating war, highly implied to be a nuclear war.
14th Dec '15 2:01:18 PM Discar
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The Presidents Daughter is no longer a trope.
Of course, this makes them the target of so many [[ThePresidentsDaughter kidnapping plots]] even the ''parodies'' have become a DeadHorseTrope. Note that ''[[MundaneSolution just plain killing]]'' the Barrier Maiden is rarely an option -- either the villain becomes infatuated with her or he wants to BreakTheCutie to TheDarkSide and turn her into an ApocalypseMaiden, or there's a complex BlackMagic ritual needed before he can destroy or steal her power, or simply killing will just make her {{reincarnat|ion}}e elsewhere... the list goes on and on. The life of a poor Barrier Maiden is pretty sucky to boot [[SuperpowerfulGenetics (even more so than for a superhero's kid)]]. She's usually treated as a MacGuffin [[ThePresidentsDaughter instead of a person]][[note]](which might be technically true if she used to be an inanimate MacGuffin that was turned into a MacGuffinGirl)[[/note]], is expected to make a HeroicSacrifice if victory is on the line, and is usually chained to a temple or altar as part of her duties. As a job, maintaining the ContainmentField or being a CosmicKeystone usually isn't pleasant either: if the evil is becoming stronger or the EldritchAbomination is weakening reality, she might end up dying either holding up the roof or when the barrier breaks.
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Of course, this makes them the target of so many [[ThePresidentsDaughter kidnapping plots]] plots even the ''parodies'' have become a DeadHorseTrope. Note that ''[[MundaneSolution just plain killing]]'' the Barrier Maiden is rarely an option -- either the villain becomes infatuated with her or he wants to BreakTheCutie to TheDarkSide and turn her into an ApocalypseMaiden, or there's a complex BlackMagic ritual needed before he can destroy or steal her power, or simply killing will just make her {{reincarnat|ion}}e elsewhere... the list goes on and on. The life of a poor Barrier Maiden is pretty sucky to boot [[SuperpowerfulGenetics (even more so than for a superhero's kid)]]. She's usually treated as a MacGuffin [[ThePresidentsDaughter instead of a person]][[note]](which might be technically true if she used to be an inanimate MacGuffin that was turned into a MacGuffinGirl)[[/note]], person, is expected to make a HeroicSacrifice if victory is on the line, and is usually chained to a temple or altar as part of her duties. As a job, maintaining the ContainmentField or being a CosmicKeystone usually isn't pleasant either: if the evil is becoming stronger or the EldritchAbomination is weakening reality, she might end up dying either holding up the roof or when the barrier breaks.
14th Dec '15 1:26:52 PM Discar
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Holy Child is no longer a trope.
->"Lafrenze, don't forget. You are the last guardian of the door that protects this world from the dead that dwell in Hades. You cannot ever break the barrier of purity."
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->"Lafrenze, ->''"Lafrenze, don't forget. You are the last guardian of the door that protects this world from the dead that dwell in Hades. You cannot ever break the barrier of purity.""''

Expect the Barrier Maiden to be a WhiteMagicianGirl, AllLovingHero or ThePollyanna. Male examples are pretty uncommon, but [[Myth/GreekMythology Atlas]] at least is a good one, making this OlderThanFeudalism. See also MacGuffinGirl and HolyChild. ConditionedToAcceptHorror could sometimes overlap. Not to be confused with the BarrierWarrior, but they may occasionally overlap. Also not to be confused with a [[UnusualEuphemism Maiden Barrier]], which can also make dating awkward. Compare with LoadBearingBoss. Contrast ApocalypseMaiden.
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Expect the Barrier Maiden to be a WhiteMagicianGirl, AllLovingHero or ThePollyanna. Male examples are pretty uncommon, but [[Myth/GreekMythology Atlas]] at least is a good one, making this OlderThanFeudalism. See also MacGuffinGirl and HolyChild.MacGuffinSuperPerson. ConditionedToAcceptHorror could sometimes overlap. Not to be confused with the BarrierWarrior, but they may occasionally overlap. Also not to be confused with a [[UnusualEuphemism Maiden Barrier]], which can also make dating awkward. Compare with LoadBearingBoss. Contrast ApocalypseMaiden.
14th Dec '15 8:58:19 AM AsForMyHandle
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->"Lafrenze, don't forget. You are the last guardian of the door that protects this world from the dead that dwell in Hades. [[VirginPower You cannot ever break the barrier of purity.]]"
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->"Lafrenze, don't forget. You are the last guardian of the door that protects this world from the dead that dwell in Hades. [[VirginPower You cannot ever break the barrier of purity.]]""
11th Nov '15 6:57:46 AM porphyre77
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* The Key Guardian in ''ComicBook/{{Thorgal}}'' is a mortal who has been entrusted by the gods in the task of guarding the passages between the worlds.
3rd Nov '15 9:39:02 AM Willbyr
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* Yuri Suzuki from ''AnatoliaStory'' starts as this, since she's thrust into the Hitite Empire because [[BigBad Queen Nakia]] needs her blood to perform a curse she wants to cast on other kingdoms. She soon decides to fight back, however, [[SpannerInTheWorks and soon finds herself as the biggest danger to Nakia's evil plans.]]
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* Yuri Suzuki from ''AnatoliaStory'' ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'' starts as this, since she's thrust into the Hitite Empire because [[BigBad Queen Nakia]] needs her blood to perform a curse she wants to cast on other kingdoms. She soon decides to fight back, however, [[SpannerInTheWorks and soon finds herself as the biggest danger to Nakia's evil plans.]]
27th Oct '15 9:12:24 AM Willbyr
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* In the GirlsLove VisualNovel ''AkaiIto'', this is the job of whoever is taking the role of Ohashira. The first Ohashira was Otsune, and in the present day it's Yumei. The Ohashira essentially [[HeroicSacrifice become a ghost]] [[SealedEvilInACan to seal the soul of Nushi]] with all the might of her soul. It's quite similar to the myth of Sakuya mentioned above. In fact, a character named [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Sakuya]] was really attached to Otsune.
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* In the GirlsLove VisualNovel ''AkaiIto'', ''VisualNovel/AkaiIto'', this is the job of whoever is taking the role of Ohashira. The first Ohashira was Otsune, and in the present day it's Yumei. The Ohashira essentially [[HeroicSacrifice become a ghost]] [[SealedEvilInACan to seal the soul of Nushi]] with all the might of her soul. It's quite similar to the myth of Sakuya mentioned above. In fact, a character named [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Sakuya]] was really attached to Otsune.
17th Sep '15 8:57:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ehlana, Queen of Elenia in the ''{{Elenium}}'' trilogy by Creator/DavidEddings, serves as a Barrier Maiden during the first 2 1/4 books. The ghost of a dead knight comments to the series protagonist that "the darkness hovers at the gate, and Ehlana is our only hope of light." The action of the series mostly focuses around recovering the mystic artifact that will keep the poisoned queen from dying, and thus prevent the world from succumbing to the grip of evil.
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* Ehlana, Queen of Elenia in the ''{{Elenium}}'' ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'' trilogy by Creator/DavidEddings, serves as a Barrier Maiden during the first 2 1/4 books. The ghost of a dead knight comments to the series protagonist that "the darkness hovers at the gate, and Ehlana is our only hope of light." The action of the series mostly focuses around recovering the mystic artifact that will keep the poisoned queen from dying, and thus prevent the world from succumbing to the grip of evil.

* In ''[[TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy The Elfstones of Shannara]]'', one of the main characters is a Barrier Maiden. [[spoiler:A bit subverted, in that a magical tree is keeping shut a rift to the Demonic Underworld, and it begins to die. The female lead, Amberle, is the chosen one, but we only find out in the climax that this doesn't mean she heals the tree - she ''becomes'' the tree. Which is a bit sad when you're a 12-year-old kid.]]
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* In ''[[TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy ''[[Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy The Elfstones of Shannara]]'', one of the main characters is a Barrier Maiden. [[spoiler:A bit subverted, in that a magical tree is keeping shut a rift to the Demonic Underworld, and it begins to die. The female lead, Amberle, is the chosen one, but we only find out in the climax that this doesn't mean she heals the tree - she ''becomes'' the tree. Which is a bit sad when you're a 12-year-old kid.]]

* A rather darker example of the trope: in ''TheVampireChronicles'', the first vampire, Akasha, is in suspended animation and closely guarded in an underground vault by her vampire servants, since, while she herself is virtually indestructible, if she is harmed, all the vampires dependent on her would be destroyed. In ancient times, a usurper places her in the sunlight: while she only receives a tan, vampires around the globe burst into flame.
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* A rather darker example of the trope: in ''TheVampireChronicles'', ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'', the first vampire, Akasha, is in suspended animation and closely guarded in an underground vault by her vampire servants, since, while she herself is virtually indestructible, if she is harmed, all the vampires dependent on her would be destroyed. In ancient times, a usurper places her in the sunlight: while she only receives a tan, vampires around the globe burst into flame.

* [[ManipulativeBastard Senna]] from ''{{Everworld}}'' serves as some sort of weird cross between this and ApocalypseMaiden. She's basically a living portal between Everworld and "the Old World" (ours), and several forces in Everworld want her for various reasons. An added twist: in a world full of [[GodOfEvil murderous deities]] and a god-eating EldritchAbomination, ''she'' intends to become the BigBad herself.
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* [[ManipulativeBastard Senna]] from ''{{Everworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'' serves as some sort of weird cross between this and ApocalypseMaiden. She's basically a living portal between Everworld and "the Old World" (ours), and several forces in Everworld want her for various reasons. An added twist: in a world full of [[GodOfEvil murderous deities]] and a god-eating EldritchAbomination, ''she'' intends to become the BigBad herself.
4th Aug '15 9:05:17 PM Manw0name
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* In ''Manga/SoulEater'' the Shinigami sealed himself to the ground of what became Death City in order to imprison the first Kishin, Asura. 800 years later, Asura gets out thanks to Medusa's {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch credentials, but for the sake of the manga's storyline Shinigami stays put. The anime, however, [[HumongousMecha finds a way around that]]. Also in the manga, [[spoiler:Crona becomes the new guardian of Asura's seal. Unlike Shinigami, this seal is on the moon, so Crona has no one to keep company with in the meantime. Though, Maka and Crona did say they'd meet again. As to how...]]
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* In ''Manga/SoulEater'' the Shinigami sealed himself to the ground of what became Death City in order to imprison the first Kishin, Asura. 800 years later, Asura gets out thanks to Medusa's {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch credentials, but for the sake of the manga's storyline Shinigami stays put. The anime, however, [[HumongousMecha finds a way around that]]. Also in the manga, [[spoiler:Crona becomes the new guardian of Asura's seal. Unlike Shinigami, this seal is on the moon, so Crona has no one to keep company with in the meantime. Though, Maka and Crona did say they'd meet again. [[AndTheAdventureContinues As to how...]]]]]]
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