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12th Nov '17 10:54:59 PM ChaoticNovelist
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And just why would someone need to be a virgin to have access to a special power? Most likely because [[SexIsEvil being a virgin is a generally recognized sign of moral purity]]. When played completely straight, this trope can therefore have UnfortunateImplications, since the association of (female) virginity with moral purity implies a MadonnaWhoreComplex; because of this, more modern invocations of this trope are sometimes careful to specify that it is merely a [[FunctionalMagic magical rule]] or the preference of a particular divinity rather than a value judgment.

Sometimes this ideal of purity can be subverted by having the virgin user of the AppliedPhlebotinum be [[DesignatedHero morally reprehensible in every other aspect of her life]], or even be a ''villainess'' instead of a heroine.

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And just why would someone need to be a virgin to have access to a special power? Most likely because [[SexIsEvil being a virgin is a generally recognized sign of moral purity]]. When played completely straight, this trope can therefore have UnfortunateImplications, since the association of associates (female) virginity with moral purity and implies a MadonnaWhoreComplex; because of this, more modern invocations of this trope are sometimes careful to specify that it is merely a [[FunctionalMagic magical rule]] or the preference of a particular divinity rather than a value judgment.

Sometimes this ideal of purity can be subverted by having the virgin user of the AppliedPhlebotinum be [[DesignatedHero [[AntiHero morally reprehensible in every other aspect of her life]], or even be a ''villainess'' instead of a heroine.



EunuchsAreEvil can be a villainous version, if such a character has special powers that come with the position, although most eunuchs are not celibate by choice. Contrast DeusSexMachina. Beware VirginSacrifice. Tends to cause VirginTension. And in some cases NatureAbhorsAVirgin. A SubTrope of ConditionalPowers. VirginVision is ''not'' related to this trope, regardless of how it sounds. The inverse is SexMagic, which is magic powered '''by''' having sex.

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EunuchsAreEvil can be a villainous version, if such a character has special powers that come with the position, although most eunuchs are not celibate by choice. Contrast DeusSexMachina. Beware VirginSacrifice. Tends to cause VirginTension. And in some cases NatureAbhorsAVirgin. A SubTrope of ConditionalPowers. VirginVision is ''not'' related to this trope, regardless of how it sounds. The inverse is SexMagic, which is magic powered '''by''' having sex.



* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' had both Miaka and Yui's powers tied to their respective virginities. Of course, the series milked the romantic tension this generated for all that it was worth. Both girls also underwent rape-related subplots as well. This leads to Yui's continuing WhatAnIdiot moment throughout most of the series as she believes herself to be both a virgin and a rape victim simultaneously. [[spoiler: She was never raped. She just lost consciousness before things turned really ugly and didn't know she was rescued before anything happened to her. Unfortunately her rescuer used her state of trauma to manipulate her for his own purposes. Also, she didn't know about the virginity part of the equation.]]
* ''Manga/PleaseSaveMyEarth'' - the Kiches Sarjalian, who can talk and sing to plants, lose their powers upon losing their virginity. Lots of sexual tension. Subverted when [[spoiler:Moku Ren keeps her powers even after she's raped by Shion, which causes a huge misunderstanding that's pretty much the reveal behind the entire plot.]] [[spoiler:Mokuren is a special case though, all other Kiches Sarjalians, including her parents,]] do lose their power once they aren't virgins. And yes, there are male virgins with special powers too (rare as they are)!
* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' features a heroine who must remain a virgin until she gains her powers. (Her mother was unable to fight temptation and thus, could not become a demon hunter.) Interestingly, once Yohko gained her powers, she no longer needed to remain chaste, as her [[IWantGrandkids grandchild-wanting mother]] hastily and happily informed her. Later episode make it waffle on weither or not she has to maintain her virginity after all, however.

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* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' had both Miaka and Yui's powers tied to their respective virginities. Of course, the series milked the romantic tension this generated for all that it was worth. Both girls also underwent rape-related subplots as well. This leads to Yui's continuing WhatAnIdiot moment throughout most of the series as she believes believing herself to be both a virgin and a rape victim simultaneously. [[spoiler: She was never raped. She just lost consciousness before things turned really ugly and didn't know she was rescued before anything happened to her. Unfortunately Unfortunately, her rescuer used her state of trauma to manipulate her for his own purposes. Also, she didn't know about the virginity part of the equation.]]
* ''Manga/PleaseSaveMyEarth'' - the Kiches Sarjalian, who can talk and sing to plants, lose their powers upon losing their virginity. Lots of sexual tension. Subverted when [[spoiler:Moku Ren keeps her powers even after she's raped by Shion, which causes a huge misunderstanding that's pretty much the reveal behind the entire plot.]] [[spoiler:Mokuren is a special case though, all other Kiches Sarjalians, including her parents,]] really do lose their power once they aren't virgins. And yes, there are male virgins with special powers too (rare as they are)!
* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'' features a heroine who must remain a virgin until she gains her powers. (Her mother was unable to fight temptation and thus, could not become a demon hunter.) Interestingly, once Yohko gained her powers, she no longer needed to remain chaste, as her [[IWantGrandkids grandchild-wanting mother]] hastily and happily informed her. Later A later episode make it waffle on weither or not she has to maintain her virginity after all, however.all.



* ''Manga/KoeDeOshigoto'' has a particularly ironic example, as virgins make the best eroge voice actors, because sex in real life is nothing like its portrayal in games. Fumika is not happy about her lack of hands-on experience, though.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' subverts this in ''2nd GIG'' when [[spoiler:it's revealed that Gohda created the Individual Eleven memetic virus, and made it only affect those who were virgins before being fully cyberized. Suddenly everything makes sense]].

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* ''Manga/KoeDeOshigoto'' has a particularly ironic example, as virgins make the best eroge voice actors, because sex in real life is nothing like its portrayal in games. Fumika is not happy about her lack of hands-on experience, though.
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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' subverts uses this in ''2nd GIG'' when [[spoiler:it's revealed that Gohda created the Individual Eleven memetic virus, and made it only affect those who were virgins before being fully cyberized. Suddenly everything makes sense]].



* Possibly occurs in ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero''. It's stated that only "pure" girls can become [[MagicalGirlWarrior Heroes]]. It's never elaborated what exactly "pure" means, whether it be "pure hearted" or what. Only elementary and secondary school aged girls are shown as Heroes though.

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* Possibly occurs in ''Anime/YukiYunaIsAHero''. It's stated that only "pure" girls can become [[MagicalGirlWarrior Heroes]]. It's never elaborated what exactly "pure" means, whether it be "pure hearted" or what. Only elementary and secondary school aged girls are shown as Heroes though.Heroes.



* In Gene Wolfe's ''Literature/BookOfTheLongSun'', only virgins can clearly see and hear messages from the gods. This serves as an in-universe justification for why priests and nuns are forbidden from carnal pleasures. Non-virgins can see and hear messed-up tidbits, though.

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* In Gene Wolfe's ''Literature/BookOfTheLongSun'', only virgins can clearly see and hear messages from the gods. This serves as an in-universe justification for why priests and nuns are forbidden from carnal pleasures. Non-virgins can see and hear messed-up tidbits, though.tidbits.
12th Nov '17 10:48:57 PM ChaoticNovelist
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And by virgin, we almost always mean a ''[[AlwaysFemale female]]'' virgin. Because [[DoubleStandard male virgins don't exist. Ever.]] Often, being with another woman [[UnfortunateImplications "doesn't count."]]

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And by virgin, we almost always mean a ''[[AlwaysFemale female]]'' virgin. Because [[DoubleStandard male virgins don't exist. Ever.]] Often, being with another woman [[UnfortunateImplications "doesn't count."]]
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8th Nov '17 8:59:47 AM GhostLad
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in M. J. Scott's ''The Shattered Court''. In this world, women often receive magical powers on their 21st birthday, and are expected to be blessed at their nearest church once this happens. This "blessing", though, secretly drains most of a woman's power, transferring it to the church and later their husband. It only works on virgins, though, so the protagonist keeps her full magic, and ends being so powerful it freaks people out, since this is a world where a woman whose had sex before she's 21 is a complete anomaly.
30th Oct '17 5:39:28 PM DVB
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** Also defied when [[MakesSenseInContext Lien the Paladin is captured by the tribe of orcs to be sacrificed to their new god... Banjo the Clown.]] She tells them they cannot sacrifice her because she is not a virgin before the orcs say that ''that'' was the point, since they wanted to sacrifice someone with experience (whether Banjo would have accepted the sacrifice at all is a different matter entirely.)
---> '''Lien:''' Why does my mother always end up being right about these things?!
15th Oct '17 4:52:12 PM ectostar
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-->'''Lewis:''' If you're lookin' for a virgin, stay out of Cleveland, buddy!

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-->'''Sheena:''' Hey! Are you saying that I'm not qualified?!
-->'''[[ChasteHero Lloyd]]'''/'''[[BrattyHalfPint Genis]]''': Qualified?
-->'''Sheena''': Y-You don't have to both say it at once!
-->'''[[TheStoic Kratos]]''': ...Then we shall send Colette and Sheena.
-->'''Lloyd''': Why can't the Professor go?
-->'''[[TheSmartGuy Raine]]''': Because I'm an adult.

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* In [[http://www.teamfortress.com/bloodmoney/#f=6 this page]]of the VideoGame/TeamFortress2 [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental comic]] ''Blood Money'', we find out Merasmus is a virgin apparently for the convenience of getting virgin blood for whatever ritual you need it in a hurry. Of course, the 'young innocent female' side of this trope is subverted by the fact that Merasmus is a [[Really700YearsOld 6000-year-old]] male CardCarryingVillain...

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* In [[http://www.teamfortress.com/bloodmoney/#f=6 this page]]of page]] of the VideoGame/TeamFortress2 [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental comic]] ''Blood Money'', we find out Merasmus is a virgin apparently for the convenience of getting virgin blood for whatever ritual you need it in a hurry. Of course, the 'young innocent female' side of this trope is subverted by the fact that Merasmus is a [[Really700YearsOld 6000-year-old]] male CardCarryingVillain...



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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the mutants below New New York require a virgin sacrifice. Leela volunteers, and they use her...mostly due to a lack of options.
-->'''Vyolet:''' Nice try, Leela, but we've ''all'' seen [[CasanovaWannabe Zapp Brannigan's]] webpage.
-->'''Raoul:''' When El Chupanibre comes for the, uh, "virgin", he will be snared by this rope trap.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', the mutants below New New York require a virgin sacrifice. Leela volunteers, and they use her... mostly due to a lack of options.
-->'''Vyolet:''' -->'''Vyolet''': Nice try, Leela, but we've ''all'' seen [[CasanovaWannabe Zapp Brannigan's]] webpage.
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When El Chupanibre comes for the, uh, "virgin", he will be snared by this rope trap.
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10th Oct '17 3:57:02 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' makes fun of this trope in comic #[[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=4026 4026]].

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* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' makes fun of this trope in comic #[[http://smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=4026 4026]].4026.]]
10th Oct '17 3:55:51 PM WillKeaton
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* In Chinese folklore, Hé Qióng, aka Immortal Woman He or He Xiangu, the sole female among the Eight Immortals, took a vow of chastity while still human and fourteen years old, when a vision in a dream instructed her eat powdered mica, in order that her body might become etherealized and immune from death. By doing so and remaining chaste, she was eventually able to live without any food, and eventually [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence achieved true immortality.]]

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* In Chinese folklore, Hé Qióng, aka Immortal Woman He or He Xiangu, the sole female among the Eight Immortals, took a vow of chastity while still human and fourteen years old, when a vision in a dream instructed her to eat powdered mica, in order that her body might become etherealized and immune from to death. By doing so and remaining chaste, she was eventually able to live without any food, and eventually [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence achieved true immortality.]]
10th Oct '17 3:54:43 PM WillKeaton
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** Has a scene of Willow looking at some phlebotinum and saying "You know, a dash of this mixed with a virgin's saliva will...do something I know nothing about."

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** Has a One scene of has Willow looking at some phlebotinum and saying "You know, a dash of this mixed with a virgin's saliva will...do something I know nothing about."
10th Oct '17 3:51:08 PM WillKeaton
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* D's in Anime/UnlimitedFafnir lose their powers in one of two ways: Aging to 20 or so and pregnancy. The closest we've seen to the former is Haruka Shinomiya who was a D and has since lost her powers and Kili Surtr Muspelheim who is at most in her late teens and nearing that point [[spoiler: before Yuu makes her his "mate", which leaves her control of dark matter in the future uncertain]]. No pregnancy related loss of powers have been shown so far.

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* D's in Anime/UnlimitedFafnir ''Anime/UnlimitedFafnir'' lose their powers in one of two ways: Aging to 20 or so and pregnancy. The closest we've seen to the former is Haruka Shinomiya who was a D and has since lost her powers and Kili Surtr Muspelheim who is at most in her late teens and nearing that point [[spoiler: before Yuu makes her his "mate", which leaves her control of dark matter in the future uncertain]]. No pregnancy related loss of powers have been shown so far.
10th Oct '17 3:50:38 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' subverts this in 2nd GIG when [[spoiler:it's revealed that Gohda created the Individual Eleven memetic virus, and made it only affect those who were virgins before being fully cyberized. Suddenly everything makes sense]].

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* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' subverts this in 2nd GIG ''2nd GIG'' when [[spoiler:it's revealed that Gohda created the Individual Eleven memetic virus, and made it only affect those who were virgins before being fully cyberized. Suddenly everything makes sense]].



* Manga/MariaTheVirginWitch: If Maria loses her virginity, she loses her powers.

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* Manga/MariaTheVirginWitch: ''Manga/MariaTheVirginWitch'': If Maria loses her virginity, she loses her powers.
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