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** The Lokomo of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Spirit Tracks]]'' are charged by the Spirits of Good with keeping the Demon King Malladus sealed inside his prison.

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** The Lokomo of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Spirit Tracks]]'' are charged by the Spirits of Good with keeping the Demon King Malladus sealed inside his prison. Unlike most examples, the Lokomo are mostly elderly males.
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' has seven of these (successors to the seven Sages in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'') maintaining the seal on the Dark World.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' does it again with [[spoiler:Zelda, revealed to be the mortal reincarnation of the goddess Hylia. After you beat the sixth dungeon and meet up with her in the past, she reveals her identity and puts herself to sleep in the Sealed Temple to keep the seal on [[BigBad Demise]] intact. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt That's why if you manage to let The Imprisoned reach the temple even once...]]]]
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', [[spoiler:Zelda]] has been keeping Calamity Ganon sealed inside Hyrule Castle with her for the past 100 years.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' has seven of these (successors to the seven Sages in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'') maintaining the seal on the Dark World.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures Four Swords Adventures]]'', Zelda and the six Shrine Maidens are responsible for ensuring that Vaati remains sealed inside the Four Sword Sanctuary.
** The Lokomo of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Spirit Tracks]]'' are charged by the Spirits of Good with keeping the Demon King Malladus sealed inside his prison.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]''
does it again with [[spoiler:Zelda, revealed to be the mortal reincarnation of the goddess Hylia. After you beat the sixth dungeon and meet up with her in the past, she reveals her identity and puts herself to sleep in the Sealed Temple to keep the seal on [[BigBad Demise]] intact. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt That's why if you manage to let The Imprisoned reach the temple even once...]]]]
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', [[spoiler:Zelda]] has been keeping Calamity Ganon sealed inside Hyrule Castle with her for the past 100 years.
23rd Mar '17 12:03:50 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' has seven of these (successors to the seven Sages in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'') maintaining the seal on the Dark World.
** Princess Zelda also takes on this role voluntarily in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess,'' first when she [[spoiler:surrenders to the Twilight King Zant in order to save her people from being massacred]], and again later when she [[spoiler:transfers her powers into Midna, to stop the imp from dying, and appears to die herself in the process.]]

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' has seven of these (successors to the seven Sages in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'') maintaining the seal on the Dark World.
** Princess Zelda also takes on this role voluntarily in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess,'' first when she [[spoiler:surrenders to the Twilight King Zant in order to save her people from being massacred]], and again later when she [[spoiler:transfers her powers into Midna, to stop the imp from dying, and appears to die herself in the process.]]
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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', [[spoiler:Zelda]] has been keeping Calamity Ganon sealed inside Hyrule Castle with her for the past 100 years.
10th Mar '17 7:51:10 PM thatother1dude
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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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* 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 [[DeusExitMachina leaving Shinigami stays put.unable to reach him]]. The anime, however, [[HumongousMecha finds a way around that]]. Also in In the manga, [[spoiler:Crona becomes [[spoiler:Asura is re-sealed with Crona as the new guardian of Asura's seal. guardian. Unlike Shinigami, this seal is on the moon, so which is even more secure, but leaves 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...]]]]
4th Feb '17 5:38:47 PM Starfire
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**[[spoiler: there is a bit of a subversion here, as the solution to the problem is in fact [[WhamEpisode killing the barrier maiden. She summoned the heroes intending that they should kill her.]]]]
28th Jan '17 6:26:53 PM LadyNorbert
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* The Childlike Empress in ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' was a FisherKing for the land and her illness is thought to be what's causing The Nothing that's destroying Fantasia, but her sickness is actually due to her needing a new name. (Fantasia is failing because [[spoiler:very few humans are visiting these days]]. The two problems are related and can be solved in a similar manner.)
* Ehlana, Queen of Elenia in ''Literature/TheElenium'' trilogy by Creator/DavidEddings, serves as a Barrier Maiden during the first 2¼ 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. Unusual in that it's not any magical power she has that makes saving her critical, but that allowing the next in line (her cousin and suspected [[BrotherSisterIncest half-brother]]) to take the throne would give the villains enough cash to buy leadership of the church and turn it into a ChurchOfEvil.

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* The Childlike Empress in ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' was is a FisherKing for the land land, and her illness is thought to be what's causing The Nothing that's destroying Fantasia, but her sickness is actually due to her needing a new name. (Fantasia is failing because [[spoiler:very few humans are visiting these days]]. The two problems are related and can be solved in a similar manner.)
* Ehlana, Queen of Elenia in ''Literature/TheElenium'' trilogy by Creator/DavidEddings, serves as a Barrier Maiden during the first 2¼ 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. Unusual Her situation is unusual in that it's not any magical power she has that makes saving her critical, but that allowing the next in line (her cousin and suspected [[BrotherSisterIncest half-brother]]) to take the throne would give the villains enough cash to buy leadership of the church and turn it into a ChurchOfEvil.



* A rather darker example of the trope: in ''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.

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* A rather darker example of the trope: in ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'', the first vampire, Akasha, is in suspended animation and closely guarded in an underground vault by her vampire servants, since, servants; 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 placed her in the sunlight: while she only receives received a tan, vampires around the globe burst into flame.



* Burn from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' serves as a barrier maiden and CosmicKeystone. As long as Burn is sleeping, she dreams existence into reality. You really shouldn't harm Burn, if you like having a world to live on.

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* Burn from ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' serves as a barrier maiden and CosmicKeystone. As long as Burn is sleeping, she dreams existence into reality. You really shouldn't harm Burn, if you like having a world in which to live on.live.



* Bastila Shan in VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic, though this is due to her incredible skill with [[InformedAbility battle meditation]] and her [[spoiler:telepathic link with a former Dark Lord of the Sith]], so she is much more of an ActionGirl than most Barrier Maidens.

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* Bastila Shan in VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic, ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', though this is due to her incredible skill with [[InformedAbility battle meditation]] and her [[spoiler:telepathic link with a former Dark Lord of the Sith]], so she is much more of an ActionGirl than most Barrier Maidens.



* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' has seven of these (successors to the seven Sages in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'') maintaining the seal on the Dark World. Princess Zelda also takes on this role voluntarily in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess,'' first when she [[spoiler:surrenders to the Twilight King Zant in order to save her people from being massacred]], and again later when she [[spoiler:transfers her powers into Midna, to stop the imp from dying, and appears to die herself in the process.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' has seven of these (successors to the seven Sages in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'') maintaining the seal on the Dark World.
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Princess Zelda also takes on this role voluntarily in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess,'' first when she [[spoiler:surrenders to the Twilight King Zant in order to save her people from being massacred]], and again later when she [[spoiler:transfers her powers into Midna, to stop the imp from dying, and appears to die herself in the process.]]



* Princess Peach in the original ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]'', the plot of the 1985 NES game [[AllThereInTheManual told only in the manual]], is that Bowser turned the habitants of the Mushroom Kingdom into bricks, and Peach has the power to bring them back, not much is talked about Peach's magical habilities in later games, and there's the issue about Mario breaking bricks around, joked in this [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/348-bricks/ Brawl in the Family strip]].

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* Princess Peach in the original ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]'', the plot of the 1985 NES game [[AllThereInTheManual told only in the manual]], is that Bowser turned the habitants inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom into bricks, and Peach has the power to bring them back, not much is talked about Peach's magical habilities abilities in later games, and there's the issue about Mario breaking bricks around, joked in this [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/348-bricks/ Brawl in the Family strip]].



** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Thalmor have made worshipping Talos illegal. Why? [[spoiler: according to the lore, Talos is one of these, and if nobody worships him, along with the Heart of Lorkhan gone and the Dragonfires extinguished, Tamriel itself will cease existing.]]

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Thalmor have made worshipping worshiping Talos illegal. Why? [[spoiler: according According to the lore, Talos is one of these, and if nobody worships him, along with the Heart of Lorkhan being gone and the Dragonfires extinguished, Tamriel itself will cease existing.]]



* [[spoiler: Will Vandom]] and the other Guardians from ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' may be partial examples, as the Veil that separates the worlds is drawn from the Heart of Candracar and the resulting drain on their power makes them weaker during Season 1, [[spoiler: Will]] having the worst of it since it deprives her of any offensive ability; she doesn't even know what her elemental affiliation ''is''! When the Veil is lowered in Season 2 all the Guardians receive a power boost as their powers return, [[spoiler: Will gaining the power of Quintessence which is ShockAndAwe, the ability to animate objects and give personalities to electrical appliance among other abilities]].

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* [[spoiler: Will Vandom]] and the other Guardians from ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' may be partial examples, as the Veil that separates the worlds is drawn from the Heart of Candracar and the resulting drain on their power makes them weaker during Season 1, [[spoiler: Will]] having the worst of it since it deprives her of any offensive ability; she doesn't even know what her elemental affiliation ''is''! When the Veil is lowered in Season 2 2, all the Guardians receive a power boost as their powers return, [[spoiler: Will gaining the power of Quintessence which is ShockAndAwe, the ability to animate objects and give personalities to electrical appliance among other abilities]].




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* Merlin, in the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'', heavily implies that Queen Guenivere is one of these, calling her "our last hope for the future." Unfortunately, the series didn't last long enough for it to be clarified just why she would be this.
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* Yuri Suzuki from ''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.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Rare male version; the Soul King is the lynchpin of existence. If he dies, Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, the World of the Living, and everything else, will fade into oblivion. [[spoiler: In 616, after the Soul King is "killed" in ''VERY'' messy circumstances and the world begins to collapse and fade... Captain Junshirou Ukitake uses the powers of a LivingShadow that had been keeping him alive since childhood to replace the Soul King's missing limbs, essentially ''turning himself'' into this.]]
* Anime/BlueCometSPTLayzner gives us [[spoiler: Julia Asuka/Albatro Mille, the local MysticalWaif and older sister of TheHero Eiji Asuka/Albatro Null.]] As the series advances, she takes up this role as well as those of: [[spoiler: the "Holy Maiden" who [[ActualPacifist works for peace]] in a ravaged Earth [[VichyEarth conquered by]] [[TheEmpire the Gradosian Empire ]], one of the few people who know the truth behind both Grados and Earth, and the only one who can handle [[MacGuffin the Seal of Grados]].]]
* Played with in ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', where Ryūji "Bon" Suguro is a male example of this during the battle against the Impure King. His protector/companion Rin mockingly calls him "Princess" for the duration of the fight.
* The anime ''Anime/BlueSeed'' has Momiji, a girl from a family line whose daughters, descended from the legendary Princess Kushinada, [[ApocalypseMaiden must ritually sacrifice themselves]] [[spoiler:([[TakeAThirdOption or not]])]] to seal the dreaded Orochi from rising again. Things were fine until ''twin girls'' (the aforementioned Momiji Fujimiya and her older twin Kaede Kunikida) were born, "splitting" the bloodline and rousing the demon. Of course, it doesn't help that [[spoiler: Kaede, who is as powerful as Momiji but ''much'' more knowledgeable as well as [[BrokenBird very embittered]], has come to the conclusion that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.]]



* The anime ''Anime/BlueSeed'' has Momiji, a girl from a family line whose daughters, descended from the legendary Princess Kushinada, [[ApocalypseMaiden must ritually sacrifice themselves]] [[spoiler:([[TakeAThirdOption or not]])]] to seal the dreaded Orochi from rising again. Things were fine until ''twin girls'' (the aforementioned Momiji Fujimiya and her older twin Kaede Kunikida) were born, "splitting" the bloodline and rousing the demon. Of course, it doesn't help that [[spoiler: Kaede, who is as powerful as Momiji but ''much'' more knowledgeable as well as [[BrokenBird very embittered]], has come to the conclusion that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.]]

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* The anime ''Anime/BlueSeed'' has Momiji, [[ItWasHisSled A certain character]] in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is a barrier for ''herself''; if she gets in a bad mood, or discovers her own volatile abilities, she's likely to unintentionally erase the entire Universe (while ''not even being aware'' that she'll do so). No one is sure what would happen if she died, but she seems to have [[spoiler:created the current universe three years ago and made herself its God]], so it probably wouldn't be good.
* Shiori from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is a little
girl from a family line whose daughters, descended from who [[HalfHumanHybrids is half-bat demon and half-human]], and as such she has powers like this. She can use her energy to power up the legendary Princess Kushinada, [[ApocalypseMaiden must ritually sacrifice themselves]] [[spoiler:([[TakeAThirdOption or not]])]] [[ArtifactOfDoom Blood Coral Crystal]] belonging to seal the dreaded Orochi from rising again. Things were fine until ''twin girls'' (the aforementioned Momiji Fujimiya bat demons, and also use it to create DeflectorShields. This presents quite the problem for Inuyasha, who both [[BirdsOfAFeather has some empathy for her older twin Kaede Kunikida) were born, "splitting" the bloodline and rousing the demon. Of course, it doesn't help that plight]] since he is a half-demon too ''and'' will have to kill her to get a power upgrade for his CoolSword Tetsusaiga. [[spoiler: Kaede, who is as powerful as Momiji but ''much'' It's solved more knowledgeable as well as [[BrokenBird very embittered]], has come to peacefully when Shiori, having been released from her abusive grandfather's control, willingly gives him the conclusion power he needs.]]
* [[spoiler: The title character]] in the manga version of ''Manga/{{Karin}}''. [[spoiler: Karin turns out to not just be a "blood creator", but a special kind of vampire named "Spirit of Psyche"
that UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.is born when the vampire species is struggling, so the blood Karin produces can bestow fertility in other vampires.]] Therefore, [[spoiler: she's kidnapped by the Brownlick clan, which intends to first have the poor girl [[MedicalRapeAndImpregnate raped and forcibly impregnated]] so there will be more Psyche Vampires around, then feed from her blood to rejuvenate themselves -- even when that's almost invariably going to kill her.]]



* [[spoiler: Asuna Kagurazaka]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', mixing it with ActionGirl.

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[[spoiler: Asuna Kagurazaka]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', , mixing it with ActionGirl.



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** [[spoiler: Naruto's mother Kushina Uzumaki]]. [[spoiler: She was the former host of the Nine-Tailed Fox, and later the seal keeping him inside Naruto was made of her chakra.]] She's also the rare BarrierMaiden who mixes this is ActionGirl, since she was in a BattleCouple with [[spoiler: her husband Minato aka the fourth Hokage and Naruto's father.]]
** If [[spoiler: Kushina]] is one of these, then so is [[spoiler: Mito Uzumaki, her OldMaster as well as the first Kyuubi host.]]
** A sort-of unofficial example is [[spoiler: Anko Mitarashi. After defeating her in battle, Kabuto spares her...only to keep her prisoner and barely alive, to slowly absorb Anko's chakra so he can get all of Orochimaru's power, coming from her Cursed Seal]].
** It's later revealed that [[spoiler: Kakashi's friend and partner Rin Nohara was forcibly turned into one, having the Three Tails Beast sealed into her so she'd go the TragicMonster way and destroy Konoha. She averted this via [[SuicideByCop throwing herself in front of Kakashi and letting him impale her]], [[HeroicSacrifice dying to save the village and escape this trope]]. Bad thing, [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom she didn't know]] that her and Kakashi's ''other'' friend and partner Obito Uchiha wasn't exactly dead as they believed, [[StartOfDarkness and saw everything]]...]]
* In ''Anime/ThePlacePromisedInOurEarlyDays'', [[spoiler:Sayuri]] ends up in a coma, which [[MindScrew somehow]] prevents [[spoiler:the giant tower]] from overwriting the world with part of a parallel universe. [[spoiler:Destroying the tower might leave her in a coma forever, but waking her up could end the world (literally), so naturally they decide to [[TakeAThirdOption do both.]]]]
* The jewels inside the {{magical girl}}s of ''Anime/RakugoTennyoOyui'' are also what enforce the barrier around Edo. As far as barrier maidens go, though, they're pretty active in the field.



* ''Anime/SailorMoon''
** It sorta happens in the R season . [[spoiler: After Neo Queen Serenity [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet]] for Chibi-Usa and is put out of commission, the four Inner Senshi of Crystal Tokyo place her in a CrystalPrison and then gather themselves in the center of the city, casting a protective barrier over it that comes from what remains of their powers. When Wiseman is defeated, Chibi-Usa returns to the newly healed Cystal Tokyo and the Senshi are fine.]]
** In the S season [[spoiler: the Inners pull a similar stunt to create another barrier that will let them keep Pharaoh 90 and their minions confined to the surroundings of Mugen Gakuen as Moon and the Inners fight Mistress 9; said barrier breaks at a critical moment, the place almost collapses and the Inners barely survive, but manage to send out the remains of their energy to Moon so she can become Super Sailor Moon without the recently destroyed Grail.]]



** Also, Shun's TrainingFromHell and armor are heavily based on the legend of Princess Andromeda from the myths. You can guess what role he's filled more than once during battle... Lampshaded very often when his backstory is explained and everyone wonders if Shun's destiny is to die for others like Andromeda was willing to do. [[spoiler: And he almost does once, for his friend Hyoga.]]



* Reversed in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Next''. Lina Inverse is the only person who can [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy the world]]...but she's actually a BlackMagicianGirl. [[spoiler: The bad guys spend most of the season pissing her off for just this reason.]]



* Sharak Sanzo of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Reload Blast'' uses her Kouten Sutra to make the villages around her invisible, thus protecting them from Youkai attack.



* Reversed in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Next''. Lina Inverse is the only person who can [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy the world]]...but she's actually a BlackMagicianGirl. [[spoiler: The bad guys spend most of the season pissing her off for just this reason.]]
* Kotori Monou from ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'', who unbeknownst to her is one of the keys to the world's doom or salvation. [[spoiler: She ends up dying at the hands of her {{Face Heel Turn}}ed brother Fuuma.]]



* [[spoiler: Naruto's mother Kushina Uzumaki]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. [[spoiler: She was the former host of the Nine-Tailed Fox, and later the seal keeping him inside Naruto was made of her chakra.]] She's also the rare BarrierMaiden who mixes this is ActionGirl, since she was in a BattleCouple with [[spoiler: her husband Minato aka the fourth Hokage and Naruto's father.]]
** If [[spoiler: Kushina]] is one of these, then so is [[spoiler: Mito Uzumaki, her OldMaster as well as the first Kyuubi host.]]
** A sort-of unofficial example is [[spoiler: Anko Mitarashi. After defeating her in battle, Kabuto spares her...only to keep her prisoner and barely alive, to slowly absorb Anko's chakra so he can get all of Orochimaru's power, coming from her Cursed Seal]].
** Both [[TheChosenOne chosen children]] [[AllLovingHero Naruto]] and [[DarkMessiah Nagato]] could be considered male examples of this.
** It's later revealed that [[spoiler: Kakashi's friend and partner Rin Nohara was forcibly turned into one, having the Three Tails Beast sealed into her so she'd go the TragicMonster way and destroy Konoha. She averted this via [[SuicideByCop throwing herself in front of Kakashi and letting him impale her]], [[HeroicSacrifice dying to save the village and escape this trope]]. Bad thing, [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom she didn't know]] that her and Kakashi's ''other'' friend and partner Obito Uchiha wasn't exactly dead as they believed, [[StartOfDarkness and saw everything]]...]]
* The jewels inside the {{magical girl}}s of ''Anime/RakugoTennyoOyui'' are also what enforce the barrier around Edo. As far as barrier maidens go, though, they're pretty active in the field.
* [[spoiler: The title character]] in the manga version of ''Manga/{{Karin}}''. [[spoiler: Karin turns out to not just be a "blood creator", but a special kind of vampire named "Spirit of Psyche" that is born when the vampire species is struggling, so the blood Karin produces can bestow fertility in other vampires.]] Therefore, [[spoiler: she's kidnapped by the Brownlick clan, which intends to first have the poor girl [[MedicalRapeAndImpregnate raped and forcibly impregnated]] so there will be more Psyche Vampires around, then feed from her blood to rejuvenate themselves -- even when that's almost invariably going to kill her.]]
* [[ItWasHisSled A certain character]] in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is a barrier for ''herself''; if she gets in a bad mood, or discovers her own volatile abilities, she's likely to unintentionally erase the entire Universe (while ''not even being aware'' that she'll do so). No one is sure what would happen if she died, but she seems to have [[spoiler:created the current universe three years ago and made herself its God]], so it probably wouldn't be good.
* In ''Anime/ThePlacePromisedInOurEarlyDays'', [[spoiler:Sayuri]] ends up in a coma, which [[MindScrew somehow]] prevents [[spoiler:the giant tower]] from overwriting the world with part of a parallel universe. [[spoiler:Destroying the tower might leave her in a coma forever, but waking her up could end the world (literally), so naturally they decide to [[TakeAThirdOption do both.]]]]
* Yuri Suzuki from ''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.]]
* Played with in ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', where Ryūji "Bon" Suguro is a male example of this during the battle against the Impure King. His protector/companion Rin mockingly calls him "Princess" for the duration of the fight.



* It sorta happens in the R season of the first Anime/SailorMoon. [[spoiler: After Neo Queen Serenity [[TakingTheBullet takes the bullet]] for Chibi-Usa and is put out of commission, the four Inner Senshi of Crystal Tokyo place her in a CrystalPrison and then gather themselves in the center of the city, casting a protective barrier over it that comes from what remains of their powers. When Wiseman is defeated, Chibi-Usa returns to the newly healed Cystal Tokyo and the Senshi are fine.]]
** In the S season [[spoiler: the Inners pull a similar stunt to create another barrier that will let them keep Pharaoh 90 and their minions confined to the surroundings of Mugen Gakuen as Moon and the Inners fight Mistress 9; said barrier breaks at a critical moment, the place almost collapses and the Inners barely survive, but manage to send out the remains of their energy to Moon so she can become Super Sailor Moon without the recently destroyed Grail.]]
* Shiori from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is a little girl who [[HalfHumanHybrids is half-bat demon and half-human]], and as such she has powers like this. She can use her energy to power up the [[ArtifactOfDoom Blood Coral Crystal]] belonging to the bat demons, and also use it to create DeflectorShields. This presents quite the problem for Inuyasha, who both [[BirdsOfAFeather has some empathy for her plight]] since he is a half-demon too ''and'' will have to kill her to get a power upgrade for his CoolSword Tetsusaiga. [[spoiler: It's solved more peacefully when Shiori, having been released from her abusive grandfather's control, willingly gives him the power he needs.]]
* Anime/BlueCometSPTLayzner gives us [[spoiler: Julia Asuka/Albatro Mille, the local MysticalWaif and older sister of TheHero Eiji Asuka/Albatro Null.]] As the series advances, she takes up this role as well as those of: [[spoiler: the "Holy Maiden" who [[ActualPacifist works for peace]] in a ravaged Earth [[VichyEarth conquered by]] [[TheEmpire the Gradosian Empire ]], one of the few people who know the truth behind both Grados and Earth, and the only one who can handle [[MacGuffin the Seal of Grados]].]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Rare male version; the Soul King is the lynchpin of existence. If he dies, Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, the World of the Living, and everything else, will fade into oblivion. [[spoiler: In 616, after the Soul King is "killed" in ''VERY'' messy circumstances and the world begins to collapse and fade... Captain Junshirou Ukitake uses the powers of a LivingShadow that had been keeping him alive since childhood to replace the Soul King's missing limbs, essentially ''turning himself'' into this.]]
* Sharak Sanzo of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Reload Blast'' uses her Kouten Sutra to make the villages around her invisible, thus protecting them from Youkai attack.

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* It sorta happens in the R season Kotori Monou from ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'', who unbeknownst to her is one of the first Anime/SailorMoon. keys to the world's doom or salvation. [[spoiler: After Neo Queen Serenity [[TakingTheBullet takes She ends up dying at the bullet]] for Chibi-Usa and is put out hands of commission, the four Inner Senshi of Crystal Tokyo place her in a CrystalPrison and then gather themselves in the center of the city, casting a protective barrier over it that comes from what remains of their powers. When Wiseman is defeated, Chibi-Usa returns to the newly healed Cystal Tokyo and the Senshi are fine.]]
** In the S season [[spoiler: the Inners pull a similar stunt to create another barrier that will let them keep Pharaoh 90 and their minions confined to the surroundings of Mugen Gakuen as Moon and the Inners fight Mistress 9; said barrier breaks at a critical moment, the place almost collapses and the Inners barely survive, but manage to send out the remains of their energy to Moon so she can become Super Sailor Moon without the recently destroyed Grail.]]
* Shiori from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is a little girl who [[HalfHumanHybrids is half-bat demon and half-human]], and as such she has powers like this. She can use her energy to power up the [[ArtifactOfDoom Blood Coral Crystal]] belonging to the bat demons, and also use it to create DeflectorShields. This presents quite the problem for Inuyasha, who both [[BirdsOfAFeather has some empathy for her plight]] since he is a half-demon too ''and'' will have to kill her to get a power upgrade for his CoolSword Tetsusaiga. [[spoiler: It's solved more peacefully when Shiori, having been released from her abusive grandfather's control, willingly gives him the power he needs.]]
* Anime/BlueCometSPTLayzner gives us [[spoiler: Julia Asuka/Albatro Mille, the local MysticalWaif and older sister of TheHero Eiji Asuka/Albatro Null.]] As the series advances, she takes up this role as well as those of: [[spoiler: the "Holy Maiden" who [[ActualPacifist works for peace]] in a ravaged Earth [[VichyEarth conquered by]] [[TheEmpire the Gradosian Empire ]], one of the few people who know the truth behind both Grados and Earth, and the only one who can handle [[MacGuffin the Seal of Grados]].]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Rare male version; the Soul King is the lynchpin of existence. If he dies, Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, the World of the Living, and everything else, will fade into oblivion. [[spoiler: In 616, after the Soul King is "killed" in ''VERY'' messy circumstances and the world begins to collapse and fade... Captain Junshirou Ukitake uses the powers of a LivingShadow that had been keeping him alive since childhood to replace the Soul King's missing limbs, essentially ''turning himself'' into this.]]
* Sharak Sanzo of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Reload Blast'' uses her Kouten Sutra to make the villages around her invisible, thus protecting them from Youkai attack.
{{Face Heel Turn}}ed brother Fuuma.]]
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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 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.

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Expect the Barrier Maiden to be a WhiteMagicianGirl, AllLovingHero or ThePollyanna. Male examples are pretty uncommon, but [[Myth/GreekMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Atlas]] at least is a good one, making this OlderThanFeudalism. See also 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.



* In Myth/GreekMythology, for crimes against the Olympians, Atlas, one of the Titans from Greek myth, had to carry the heavens (not the Earth itself, but the sky above it) for all eternity. He was ultimately turned to stone by Perseus for being a {{Jerkass}} to him on his way back; whether or not [[AndIMustScream he was still aware]] is up for debate. But then [[ContinuitySnarl Perseus was one of Hercules's ancestors]].

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* In Myth/GreekMythology, Myth/ClassicalMythology , for crimes against the Olympians, Atlas, one of the Titans from Greek myth, had to carry the heavens (not the Earth itself, but the sky above it) for all eternity. He was ultimately turned to stone by Perseus for being a {{Jerkass}} to him on his way back; whether or not [[AndIMustScream he was still aware]] is up for debate. But then [[ContinuitySnarl Perseus was one of Hercules's ancestors]].
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