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22nd Apr '17 5:25:13 PM Aquillion
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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]]. Greater moral purity = greater access to God = exclusive access to his power. This is why most Virgin Power tends to be Theurgy—magic which is tied to certain gods or goddesses. 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.

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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]]. Greater moral purity = greater access to God = exclusive access to his power. This is why most Virgin Power tends to be Theurgy—magic which is tied to certain gods or goddesses. 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.
22nd Apr '17 5:22:54 PM Aquillion
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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]]. Greater moral purity = greater access to God = exclusive access to his power. This is why most Virgin Power tends to be Theurgy—magic which is tied to certain gods or goddesses. (See FunctionalMagic for more details.) 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. ([[FridgeLogic Which makes one wonder]] just how accurate virginity ''can'' be as a measuring stick for [[MadonnaWhoreComplex moral character]].)

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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]]. Greater moral purity = greater access to God = exclusive access to his power. This is why most Virgin Power tends to be Theurgy—magic which is tied to certain gods or goddesses. (See FunctionalMagic for 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 details.) 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. ([[FridgeLogic Which makes one wonder]] just how accurate virginity ''can'' be as a measuring stick for [[MadonnaWhoreComplex moral character]].)
heroine.
22nd Apr '17 2:32:05 PM nombretomado
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* One of the sillier scenes in ''UltimaVII'' involves a unicorn NPC that doesn't really dislike non-virgins, but is capable of instantly telling the difference. Unless you've visited the in-game brothel before, your party members (one of which is a lecher, and another of which is married) are quite amused to learn that you are a virgin. Since the game had no way of telling whatever your protagonist has done ''in the previous nine games'', the unicorn [[HandWave simply reveals]] that you "regain your virginity" whenever entering the realm of Britannia.
* A Star of Destiny in ''{{Suikoden}} [[SuikodenII II]]'', a unicorn, can only be hired if you have a female virgin in the party when he's encountered. The StalkerWithACrush schoolgirl Nina usually qualifies for this; the list of characters that make the cut is oddly telling. Bring [[OlderThanTheyLook Sierra]] to him and he briefly approaches her... before freaking out a little and quickly making his apologies. She's vaguely insulted.

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* One of the sillier scenes in ''UltimaVII'' ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'' involves a unicorn NPC that doesn't really dislike non-virgins, but is capable of instantly telling the difference. Unless you've visited the in-game brothel before, your party members (one of which is a lecher, and another of which is married) are quite amused to learn that you are a virgin. Since the game had no way of telling whatever your protagonist has done ''in the previous nine games'', the unicorn [[HandWave simply reveals]] that you "regain your virginity" whenever entering the realm of Britannia.
* A Star of Destiny in ''{{Suikoden}} [[SuikodenII II]]'', ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'', a unicorn, can only be hired if you have a female virgin in the party when he's encountered. The StalkerWithACrush schoolgirl Nina usually qualifies for this; the list of characters that make the cut is oddly telling. Bring [[OlderThanTheyLook Sierra]] to him and he briefly approaches her... before freaking out a little and quickly making his apologies. She's vaguely insulted.
8th Mar '17 6:16:36 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy The Outstretched Shadow]]'' by MercedesLackey and James Mallory, Kellan asks the wild magic for an out [[spoiler:to escape the Outlaw Hunt]] and ends up meeting Shalkan, a unicorn who requires him to remain chaste and celibate ("you ''do'' know the difference?") for a year and a day. If Kellan breaks his vow, Shalkan threatens to [[spoiler:to remove Kellan's... parts... with his horn. Of course, Kellan doesn't think that keeping his sex drive under control will be a problem until he meets someone he's attracted to...]]

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* In ''[[Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy The Outstretched Shadow]]'' by MercedesLackey Creator/MercedesLackey and James Mallory, Kellan asks the wild magic for an out [[spoiler:to escape the Outlaw Hunt]] and ends up meeting Shalkan, a unicorn who requires him to remain chaste and celibate ("you ''do'' know the difference?") for a year and a day. If Kellan breaks his vow, Shalkan threatens to [[spoiler:to remove Kellan's... parts... with his horn. Of course, Kellan doesn't think that keeping his sex drive under control will be a problem until he meets someone he's attracted to...]]
4th Mar '17 4:43:40 AM isolato
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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}} Tarot'' chapter ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6697660/24/The-Discworld-Tarot The Ace of Swords]]'', there is a [[LesYay different twist]] on this trope. Miss Alice Band is able to tame a rogue unicorn where others have failed, despite being sexually experienced. The reason Alice gets away with it is because her sexual experience is ''only'' with other women. She still technically qualifies as a maiden, unsullied by contact with men, and therefore fully meets the strict specification for unicorn-wrangling - because she has ''never'' had contact with men. It is possible that while the unicorn was trying to make its mind up as to whether she qualified, she got a silver-ornamented bridle over its head and settled the question definitively.

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* In the Creator/AAPessimal's ''Literature/{{Discworld}} Tarot'' chapter ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6697660/24/The-Discworld-Tarot The Ace of Swords]]'', there is a [[LesYay different twist]] on this trope. Miss Alice Band is able to tame a rogue unicorn where others have failed, despite being sexually experienced. The reason Alice gets away with it is because her sexual experience is ''only'' with other women. She still technically qualifies as a maiden, unsullied by contact with men, and therefore fully meets the strict specification for unicorn-wrangling - because she has ''never'' had contact with men. It is possible that while the unicorn was trying to make its mind up as to whether she qualified, she got a silver-ornamented bridle over its head and settled the question definitively.
3rd Mar '17 12:39:06 AM eroock
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->''Som say no evil thing that walks by night\\

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->''Som ->''"Som say no evil thing that walks by night\\



Hath hurtfull power o're true virginity.''

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Hath hurtfull power o're true virginity.''"''
13th Feb '17 7:37:00 AM LondonKdS
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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.

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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.
sounds. The inverse is SexMagic, which is magic powered '''by''' having sex.
11th Feb '17 9:49:04 PM JoeMerl
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** At one point they also see a unicorn in the distance, and Christopher jokingly suggests that April wouldn't be able to attract it if she tried. April (who's very religious and, we later learn, explicitly waiting for marriage) tells him not to believe every rumor circulating around their school.



* Hinted at in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' -- it is a children's book, after all, but we are assured that "my little girl she says the spell, for it's got to be a little girl or else the magician himself, if you see my meaning, for otherwise it won't work." Since Lucy qualifies, it doesn't mean a very young girl.

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* Hinted at in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' -- it is a children's book, after all, but we are assured that "my little girl girl, she says the spell, for it's got to be a little girl or else the magician himself, if you see my meaning, for otherwise it won't work." Since Lucy qualifies, it doesn't mean a very young girl.
6th Feb '17 5:49:11 AM ShorinBJ
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* The YA novel ''Rampant'' by Creator/DianaPeterfreund features a society of virgins who hunt bloodthirsty, evil unicorns. Over the course of that novel and its sequel, it’s shown that losing one’s virginity causes one to lose one’s ability to hunt unicorns—whether willingly (one girl sleeps with her boyfriend specifically to ''avoid'' getting roped into unicorn-hunting) or unwillingly (one girl is raped). Losing one’s virginity likewise strips a girl of magical protection from the unicorns, who, albeit reluctantly, cannot attack a virgin. Also, males never (naturally) get either protection or powers, status of virginity notwithstanding.

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* The YA novel ''Rampant'' by Creator/DianaPeterfreund features a society of virgins who hunt bloodthirsty, evil unicorns. Over the course of that novel and its sequel, it’s shown that losing one’s virginity causes one to lose one’s ability to hunt unicorns—whether willingly (one girl sleeps with her boyfriend specifically to ''avoid'' getting roped into unicorn-hunting) or unwillingly (one girl is raped). Having sex with a girl doesn't count, fortunately for one couple. Losing one’s virginity likewise strips a girl of magical protection from the unicorns, who, albeit reluctantly, cannot attack a virgin. Also, males never (naturally) get either protection or powers, status of virginity notwithstanding.
8th Jan '17 12:40:54 PM nombretomado
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* Lampshaded in ''TopTen: The Forty-Niners'', where an officer is grousing about how the whole thing is just a ploy by the heroines.

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* Lampshaded in ''TopTen: ''ComicBook/TopTen: The Forty-Niners'', where an officer is grousing about how the whole thing is just a ploy by the heroines.
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