History Main / BarrierMaiden

23rd Apr '18 5:43:54 AM MarqFJA
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** In the [[VideoGame/FatalFrameVMaidenOfBlackWater]] fifth game, the Maidens have the task of purifying the sacred waters that flow through the mountain. This is accomplished by sealing them into coffins and sending them to the bottom of the lake. These Pillars hold back the darkness, until their powers wane and they dissolve into the waters. The strongest of all Maidens are called Eternal Flowers, slumbering in their coffins for eternity. The last Pillar's grief caused the waters to overflow onto the mountain, though the cursed spirits of the shrine elders still attempt to lure women onto the mountain to become new Pillars. Each ending of the game involves comforting the Pillar, allowing her to resume her task.

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** In the [[VideoGame/FatalFrameVMaidenOfBlackWater]] [[VideoGame/FatalFrameVMaidenOfBlackWater fifth game, game]], the Maidens have the task of purifying the sacred waters that flow through the mountain. This is accomplished by sealing them into coffins and sending them to the bottom of the lake. These Pillars hold back the darkness, until their powers wane and they dissolve into the waters. The strongest of all Maidens are called Eternal Flowers, slumbering in their coffins for eternity. The last Pillar's grief caused the waters to overflow onto the mountain, though the cursed spirits of the shrine elders still attempt to lure women onto the mountain to become new Pillars. Each ending of the game involves comforting the Pillar, allowing her to resume her task.
23rd Apr '18 5:24:23 AM MarqFJA
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Much like a {{Virgin Power}}ed ContainmentField to a nasty SealedEvilInACan, the FisherKing (well, queen) of a kingdom, or a human CosmicKeystone that makes sure the [[CueTheSun sun rises]] each morning, the heroes' [[TheWoobie Woobie]] is responsible for maintaining the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil firmly in the GhibliHills side as opposed to {{Mordor}}.

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Much like a {{Virgin Power}}ed [[VirginPower Virgin-Powered]] ContainmentField to a nasty SealedEvilInACan, the FisherKing (well, queen) of a kingdom, or a human CosmicKeystone that makes sure the [[CueTheSun sun rises]] each morning, the heroes' [[TheWoobie Woobie]] is responsible for maintaining the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil firmly in the GhibliHills side as opposed to {{Mordor}}.
23rd Apr '18 5:23:45 AM MarqFJA
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Sometimes the DamselInDistress isn't just a pretty and helpless [[LoveInterests Love Interest]] in need of rescuing; sometimes [[LoadBearingBoss she's also a vital support beam]] for the continuing existence of a safe and happy world. [[MarriedToTheJob Kinda makes]] [[TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife dating awkward.]]

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Sometimes the DamselInDistress isn't just a pretty and helpless [[LoveInterests Love Interest]] in need of rescuing; sometimes [[LoadBearingBoss she's also a vital support beam]] beam for the continuing existence of a safe and happy world. [[MarriedToTheJob Kinda makes]] [[TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife dating awkward.]]
14th Apr '18 6:50:38 PM KennyCelican
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* An interestingly named example is the Apocalypse Maidens from Princess Holy Aura. While they fit the Barrier Maiden trope by being the only force that can stop Eldritch Horrors from entering and taking over the universe, they're named Apocalypse Maidens because they're intended to prevent the Apocalypse.
12th Apr '18 9:41:32 PM josh6243
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* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsX'':[[Characters/SuperRobotWarsX Hopes]]’ true identity is an “infant form” of a divine beast on the same level as [[Anime/MashinHeroWataruSeries The Heavenly Realm Dragon Deities]], whose original purpose was to be one of Ende’s possible new vessels. But Hopes gained more of a self-conscience during his containment within The Order and [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife wished to see the world and learn the meaning of life]], hence his [[TheRunaway plan of escape with the protagonist]]. As he ventured through the war against Ende, he understands he prefers to be fed with the will and emotions opposite of Ende, and hence decide to use the aid of X-Cross, along with his divine powers to preserve, and uphold the world of Al-Warth after terminating Ende.
12th Apr '18 1:45:50 PM SSJKamui
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*The katechon in orthodox christianity serves this purpose
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31st Mar '18 1:11:17 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/FatalFrame'' series features several of these, typically as the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds BigBad. Each game involves rituals using a VirginSacrifice to hold back a great evil, that eventually failed and unleashed a terrible curse on the location. The heroine's task is to discover what went wrong, and free the Maiden from her torment.
** In the first game, the Rope Shrine Maiden is ritually dismembered so that her soul can hold the Hellgate closed for a decade. The last Maiden, Kirie, was unable to focus on her task and her grief caused the gates to burst open. In the canon ending of the game, she makes the choice to spend eternity holding the gates closed.
** In the second game, the village ritually sacrificed Twins to prevent hell from slipping through the Abyss. One twin kills the other, with each serving to help keep the darkness at bay. When one sister escaped the village prior to the ritual, the one left behind was killed in a last-ditch effort. It failed, and the town was swallowed up in darkness. In the canon ending, [[spoiler: Mio kills Mayu in order to reseal the Abyss]], freeing the village from eternal night.
** In the third game, the Kuze Family's duty is to keep the sorrows of humanity from leaking out of the rift. Several ritual sacrifices were performed to maintain the barrier, with the Tattooed Priestess taking mankind's sorrow into herself and then being sealed into a shrine at the edge of the rift. The last Priestess was unable to hold the darkness back, after witnessing her lover's murder. In order to end the curse, Rei sends the lovers' bodies across to the other side.
** In the fifth game, the Maidens have the task of purifying the sacred waters that flow through the mountain. This is accomplished by sealing them into coffins and sending them to the bottom of the lake. These Pillars hold back the darkness, until their powers wane and they dissolve into the waters. The strongest of all Maidens are called Eternal Flowers, slumbering in their coffins for eternity. The last Pillar's grief caused the waters to overflow onto the mountain, though the cursed spirits of the shrine elders still attempt to lure women onto the mountain to become new Pillars. Each ending of the game involves comforting the Pillar, allowing her to resume her task.

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* The ''Franchise/FatalFrame'' ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' series features several of these, typically as the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds BigBad. Each game involves rituals using a VirginSacrifice to hold back a great evil, that eventually failed and unleashed a terrible curse on the location. The heroine's task is to discover what went wrong, and free the Maiden from her torment.
** In the [[VideoGame/FatalFrame1 first game, game]], the Rope Shrine Maiden is ritually dismembered so that her soul can hold the Hellgate closed for a decade. The last Maiden, Kirie, was unable to focus on her task and her grief caused the gates to burst open. In the canon ending of the game, she makes the choice to spend eternity holding the gates closed.
** In the [[VideoGame/FatalFrameIICrimsonButterfly second game, game]], the village ritually sacrificed Twins to prevent hell from slipping through the Abyss. One twin kills the other, with each serving to help keep the darkness at bay. When one sister escaped the village prior to the ritual, the one left behind was killed in a last-ditch effort. It failed, and the town was swallowed up in darkness. In the canon ending, [[spoiler: Mio kills Mayu in order to reseal the Abyss]], freeing the village from eternal night.
** In the [[VideoGame/FatalFrameIIITheTormented third game, game]], the Kuze Family's duty is to keep the sorrows of humanity from leaking out of the rift. Several ritual sacrifices were performed to maintain the barrier, with the Tattooed Priestess taking mankind's sorrow into herself and then being sealed into a shrine at the edge of the rift. The last Priestess was unable to hold the darkness back, after witnessing her lover's murder. In order to end the curse, Rei sends the lovers' bodies across to the other side.
** In the [[VideoGame/FatalFrameVMaidenOfBlackWater]] fifth game, the Maidens have the task of purifying the sacred waters that flow through the mountain. This is accomplished by sealing them into coffins and sending them to the bottom of the lake. These Pillars hold back the darkness, until their powers wane and they dissolve into the waters. The strongest of all Maidens are called Eternal Flowers, slumbering in their coffins for eternity. The last Pillar's grief caused the waters to overflow onto the mountain, though the cursed spirits of the shrine elders still attempt to lure women onto the mountain to become new Pillars. Each ending of the game involves comforting the Pillar, allowing her to resume her task.
19th Mar '18 7:45:34 AM siberia82
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** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Gender-flipped with Professor Charles Xavier. [[spoiler:The death of his mind through Apocalypse's commandeering of his body will prompt TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt where weaker individuals across the globe are swiftly eradicated, and the "lucky" few who survive lose their free will after being put under MassHypnosis.]] To drive this point further, [[https://in.movies.yahoo.com/post/137684622919/x-men-apocalypse-on-set-of-the-darker-heavier there are bookends]] in Charles' study which are shaped like the mythological figure Atlas,[[note]]in this trope's description, the Greek god is listed as the most notable male example[[/note]] and they symbolize his heavy burden of trying to save the world.

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** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Gender-flipped with [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor Charles Xavier.Xavier]]. [[spoiler:The death of his mind through Apocalypse's commandeering of his body will prompt TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt where weaker individuals across the globe are swiftly eradicated, and the "lucky" few who survive lose their free will after being put under MassHypnosis.]] To drive this point further, [[https://in.movies.yahoo.com/post/137684622919/x-men-apocalypse-on-set-of-the-darker-heavier there are bookends]] in Charles' study which are shaped like the mythological figure Atlas,[[note]]in this trope's description, the Greek god is listed as the most notable male example[[/note]] and they symbolize his heavy burden of trying to save the world.
13th Mar '18 10:59:00 AM PhantomRider
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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.]]]]

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** [[spoiler: there 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. The whole thing is deconstructed - being the one who sustains the world with sheer force of will means you can do pretty much nothing else with your life. Simply ''wanting something more'' constitutes enough distraction to start the world's descent into disarry. Since it can only be passed down by the death of the old pillar, and her protection spell comes with the loophole that she cannot be slain by any hand ''from Cephiro,'' it turns out our heroes are summoned from Earth to put her out of her misery so another can become Pillar and save the world. Most "villains" were actually trying to SaveThePrincess.]]]]
26th Feb '18 3:58:38 PM fruitstripegum
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* In the season 2 finale of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic]], Shining Armor acts as a male version of this trope.

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* In the season 2 finale of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic]], ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Shining Armor acts as a male version of this trope.
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