Created By: SomeGuy on February 11, 2010
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Of Course Im Not A Virgin

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Everybody Has Lots of Sex is a concept so ubiquitous in modern media, that the very idea that any character, for any reason, is a virgin is something that comes off as alien as bizarre. As a result of this, when a group of characters is discussing something and the discussion vaguely implies that one character is a virgin, the script will quickly throw in an anecdote or line explaining how the character in question is most definitely not a virgin.

As a narrative device this sometimes provides for background exposition or a throwaway gag. Just, obviously not one where a character explains their virginity. This trope is most common with characters who, given what other information we know about them, would have logical reasons to be a virgin.

Examples:
  • In Community, Annie has this when Britta and Shirley assume she'a virgin because she's never seen a penis before (it's because her first boyfriend would only have sex in the dark).
  • When the Title Drop for Never Been Kissed happens, the other characters assume that this means what it sounds like- that Josie has never had a serious romantic relationship. Josie explains that "never been kissed" is actually a metaphor for a "real" kiss, which she proceeds to define.
  • When Lister and Rimmer are trapped, presumably to Lister's inevitable death on an ice planet, Lister asks Rimmer to tell the story of how he lost his virginity. When Rimmer hesitates, Lister insinuates that he's a virgin and Rimmer relates the ancedote in short order.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • January 19, 2010
    Idraena
    We already have A Man Is Not A Virgin ... idk if this is that or not.
  • January 19, 2010
    duralict
    Hocus Pocus is oddly fixated on the main character's virginity being exceptionally strange, implying interesting things about the other characters. Including his prepubescent sister.
  • January 22, 2010
    SomeGuy
    To iterate, this trope is specifically about a character falling over themselves to explain how they're not a virgin when something they say or do even vaguely implies that they are.

    Hocus Pocus is more Everybody Has Lots Of Sex as a setting.
  • January 22, 2010
    Idraena
  • January 22, 2010
    Idraena
    Okay, totally did not realize that was a blue link, it was just the title I would have come up with, but it does indeed appear we have that too. Although it does need more examples.
  • February 9, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • In the horror film The Hazing, the film ends with one surviving male winning the day with a girl on each arm. The girls joke that he probably never could have even dreamed of such a thing happening, and throughout the film, he's frequently mocked under the assumption that he's a virgin, as well as geeky and weak. After their final mockery of him at the end, he gets fed up and explains to them that he lost his virginity when he was 15 to his (female) babysitter (she's mentioned twice in the film otherwise, so it's sort of foreshadowing).
  • February 11, 2010
    RossN
    Word Of God has it that Rimmer's anecdote is a lie - he isn't a virgin, but he was too embarrassed to admit he lost it at the age of thirty-one. So he panicked and he used his first attempt at a making out with a girl.
  • February 11, 2010
    BlueIce-Tea
    Sub-trope of Sex Is Cool.

    • Mad Men:
      Joan: This isn't China. There's no money in virginity.
      Peggy: I'm not a virgin.
      (We know Peggy isn't a virgin, but Joan doesn't.)
  • February 11, 2010
    Idraena
    Rimmer is all over the map on this one anyway. It's pretty well established in-story that Rimmer only had sex once, with Yvonne Mc Gruder, but we don't get an age attached. We don't get an age attached in Marooned, either. The only time we do get one is 15, when Rimmer thought he got lucky and it turned out all the time he had his hand in warm compost. Pretty much all three work, too.
  • February 11, 2010
    RossN
    Better Than Life (the novel) has it that that the Marooned example is a lie and explicitly lists Rimmer as being 31 when he had his thing with McGruder. Technically, since it was from the novels you can say it doesn't apply to the show, but Better Than Life was written by Grant and Naylor and the dialogue in Marooned is pretty much replicated word for word in the book.

    But you're right all three do work.
  • February 11, 2010
    PurpleLink
    edit: wrong trope
  • February 12, 2010
    Idraena
    @Ross N: I say we don't get an age because I haven't read the novels, but everything is interrelated, you're right.
  • March 4, 2010
    SomeGuy
    YKTTW Bump. Last call for examples before launch.
  • March 4, 2010
    Taelor
    Subverted in Bakemonogatari when Senjogahara accuses Koyomi of being a virgin, which he denies. We later learn that they're both virgins.
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