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[[caption-width-right:300:''Get. Off.'']]

->''"No... No dating for the Franchise/{{Batman}} -- it might cut into your brooding time."''
-->-- '''Franchise/WonderWoman''', ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', "This Little Piggy"[[note]]See full dialogue on the quotes page[[/note]]

Someone who has better things to do than romance. Unlike the clueless ChasteHero, who just doesn't get romance, the Celibate Hero consciously and actively shuns it. They turn away every potential GirlOfTheWeek and shut out the pleas of their [[OfficialCouple official love interest]].

While the term "celibacy" refers specifically to sexual activity, the history of celibacy connects the desire to romance someone with the desire to have sex with them, traditionally taking the form of marriage and kids. Ironically, the act of being celibate results in Celibate Heroes running into more [[ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere opportunities for romantic encounters]] than if they were actively seeking them out (particularly from TheVamp). This is not to say that the Celibate Hero is unable to be affected by the force of TheDulcineaEffect, only that they either are acting on a higher ideal (chivalry) or resist its power later on.

There are a variety of potential motives for this behavior: belief that it's a distraction, a weakness, something they would like but don't have time for, etc. Sometimes the Celibate Hero is actually asexual and/or aromantic and would prefer to avoid all instances of sex and/or romance. Expect more than one reason to come into play, usually reinforcing one another; rarely do any of these show up alone. See the [[Analysis/CelibateHero Analysis]] page for details.

Often a type of HeroicVow; many religious or military orders of the type favored by heroes may require a VowOfCelibacy.

Please do not conclude a character is a Celibate Hero just because they lack any romantic arc. Without evidence to suggest a character would shun a sexual/romantic encounter, it's impossible to tell if they have chosen a celibate lifestyle.

Compare {{Asexuality}}, CelibateEccentricGenius, OldFashionedRowboatDate, CourtlyLove, DidNotGetTheGirl, NoHuggingNoKissing. Compare and contrast ConfirmedBachelor, who's specifically opposed to ''marriage'', which could be due to this trope or [[TheCasanova the opposite]].

Contrast LovedINotHonorMore, MustNotDieAVirgin, NatureAbhorsAVirgin, VirginityMakesYouStupid, EunuchsAreEvil, StraightEdgeEvil, and GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': Keiichi Morisato has 7 goddesses after him, but hasn't even kissed his supposed love interest in over 2 decades and 270 chapters. [[spoiler:Subverted. In a stunning CerebusRetcon, he was under mind control to never feel anything more than platonic love.]]
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'': Forced, but also decided on their own by the various teams themselves. They are awoken after TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, so they are supposedly the last humans who survived... and part of the project they are members of does include the repopulation of the human species. Team Autumn has ''forbidden'' any kind of sex that can lead to pregnancy in their team, [[spoiler: though this has not stopped Ryusei and Kurumi, she is pregnant during her second appearance,]] and the rest of the teams simply decide that having sex, and hence risking pregnancy, is ''not'' a good idea at the moment... things are still up in the air, with no proper, safe shelter for them to live or raise a child in.
* ''Anime/GunXSword'': Van and Ray Lundgren are both this, due to being loyal to their dead (would be) wives.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' Lelouch Lamperouge:, who has many characters, such as Shirley, Kallen, and Milly vying for his affection, along with every girl in his school. Lelouch, however, is a Celibate Hero who doesn't have the time for romance. Instead, he focuses on [[BigBrotherInstinct winning a war for his little sister]]. The only reason we know he's not a ChasteHero is because of that one time he asked Kallen to "comfort" him.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
** Tien Shinhan is another example, as he turned down Launch due to being committed to his hero duty.
** Piccolo also qualifies, due to being part of a OneGenderRace. Despite his paternal relationship with Gohan, he tends to express confusion towards open displays of affection that sometimes occur between couples such as Krillin and Android 18.
-->'''Piccolo''': If that's what you humans call love, count me out.
* [[BigGood Sir Integral Fairbrooks Wingates Hellsing]] in ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. At 22 years old she explicitely says she's 100% virgin, which given that non-virgins that get bitten by vampires turn into mindless ghouls and [[NatureAdoresAVirgin virgin ones turn into vampires themselves]], with a will of their own, it's probably safe to say she deemed it practical in her line of work (vampire-and-other-dark-creatures hunting) while romance may be ruled out partly because of MarriedToTheJob and/or ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies (or perhaps "it's not you, [[BodyguardCrush it's my]] [[SociopathicHero vampire servant"]]). It's worth noting that by the end of the manga [[spoiler: after 30 years of waiting for Alucard's return she has remained unmarried and a virgin (after all, Seras says she can turn her into a vampire if she wants), which may further hint at their LadyAndKnight romance.]]
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** Light Yagami, the VillainProtagonist doesn't seem to desire sex or romance (though he fits both "Love is a Distraction," given his obsession with the Death Note and "Love is Beneath Me," due to blatant narcissism), and treats his LoveInterest [[SmittenTeenageGirl Misa]] quite coldly. He is ''fully'' aware of such matters, and uses the very ''idea'' of sexuality for his own benefit -- [[spoiler:pretending to read porn, supposedly unaware, in front of many security cameras designed to determine his likelihood of being Kira to ward off suspicion.]] Basically, Light only has sex if it benefits him. To him, [[TheCharmer his]] [[ChickMagnet sex]] [[TheCasanova appeal]] is a tactic -- he's quite possibly incapable of feeling 'love' or 'desire' in a romantic sense. Even when [[spoiler:Light plays a truly spectacular MemoryGambit and temporarily turns good]], his feelings for Misa are still unclear. He is clearly concerned for her safety, and treats her much more warmly, but since this change applies to the way he treats everyone, it need not suggest real "love". Of course, even if he wanted to progress their relationship further, being [[spoiler:handcuffed to L 24/7 would make it somewhat difficult.]]
** L also deserves mention. Although he reacts more positively to Misa's kiss on the cheek than Light does, he probably views love and even meaningful friendship as [[MarriedToTheJob something of a distraction]]. This is complicated further by his [[NoSocialSkills awkwardness.]] WordOfGod notes that Near and Mello were originally intended to be L's sons -- but there's nothing in the plotline or the [[WordOfGod interviews with the creators]] that suggest they stuck with the idea. In fact, they decided that it would be unlikely for someone like L to get the "action" necessary to have children (and also that it would have meant that L fathered them at an improbably young age), so they decided to scrap the idea that Mello and Near are his children.
** Despite not being "heroes" per se, Shinigami are indispensable to the plot; they are neither permitted nor capable of sexual relationships with one another or with humans, so their celibacy is somewhat mandatory. Woe betide the shinigami that develops feelings for a human, no matter how platonic...
* Allen Walker from ''Manga/DGrayMan'': He is kissed (on the lips, even!) and hugged by [[LittleMissBadass Road Kamelot]], who makes it very clear she has a crush on him, but he seems to only regard it as a nuisance, choosing to ignore it (the fact that Road ''stabbed him in the eye'' the last time he saw her might have something to do with it). He also chooses to ignore Rohfa's feelings for him, and in numerous occasions, even shows skepticism and signs of being unnerved by it. And in a "character interview" omake, his status as being a Celibate Hero is confirmed by WordOfGod, as he vehemently denies having a girlfriend or liking anyone, and that he's too focused and busy with his work to do anything like that.
** Considering his past it's not hard to find out why he is chaste.
* Gai Shishioh/Cyborg Guy from ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' arguably qualifies. On the one hand, he has a girlfriend, on the other, he's just a head attached to a walking weapon, so it's not like they could do much.
** Well, who knows what the cyborg body can do.
** Note that at the end of the TV series [[spoiler: Guy gets a body after purifying Zonuda/Mikoto, something which she seems very, very happy about.]] Take that as you will.
* Kagemori Mamoru of ''Anime/KageKaraMamoru'', he believes that "Love Is a Distraction" mainly because the girl that he is assigned to is so dimwitted at times that she would [[TooDumbToLive not survive]] without his constant protection and that going out with a girl would detract from his duty. [[KnightTemplarParent His parents]], on the other hand would argue, that Mamoru also has a special duty to find a girlfriend so he can get married and give them some grandchildren so the family tradition can be carried on.
* Female examples: Both Mai and Natsuki from the ''Anime/MaiHime'' anime fall under the "Love is a Distraction" header (Mai because she's got a part-time job and has to take care of her [[IllGirl younger brother Takumi]], and Natsuki because she's consumed with thoughts of {{revenge}} against [[OrganizationIndex The Organization]] that indirectly killed her mother), so they spend much of their time ignoring or otherwise actively avoiding their love interests. After the audience finds out what happens to the first couple who openly declares their love, [[LoveHurts you can't really blame 'em]].
** Mai stubbornly denying her feelings leads to some [[ClingyJealousGirl vicious enmity]] and [[ParentalAbandonment painful loss]] for her later on. [[spoiler: She gets the guy in the end, while WordOfGod says that Natsuki and Shizuru also get together eventually.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Shinji Ikari shrinks from any and all potential relationships, romantic or not, because it's just too painful and frightening for him. This eventually makes him snap in ''End of Evangelion'', when he declares that since "Nobody loves [him], they should all just die." It is subverted in the fact that he ''was'' [[HeroesWantRedheads in love with Asuka]], just too afraid of her and of attachment to pursue a relationship with her.
* In ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'', despite his trusty Oppai sweater Saitama is never shown commenting on women or interested in hooking up with someone, his desire for recognition is never linked to wanting to be noticed by fangirls or anything of sorts (although he got a little annoyed he heard Genos has fangirls of his own); later when Fubuki starts trying to pester him to join her group, Saitama is completely indifferent to her, as the Murata manga makes a point to have a few onlookers saying Fubuki is a very beautiful woman, and often thinks of her intruding attempts as very annoying.
* Played with in ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' in regards to [[CursedWithAwesome Zelgadis Graywords]]; in the anime, due to some {{Flanderization}}, he possibly falls under the "love is a distraction" excuse (as [[ShipTease ship teasing]] with [[GenkiGirl Princess Amelia]] demonstrates, he feels awkward around her at times). In the original novels, however, it's a completely different matter, as Zel mentions at one point that if he ever were to become intimate with a woman, he would hurt her severely because of his rock skin (which also implies that he may not be a virgin). He opposes raping Lina Inverse in the first novel because of this, as opposed to a more awkward reaction that his anime counterpart would probably have. WordOfGod mentions his intimacy issues in an interview.
* Train Hartnett of ''Manga/BlackCat'' has a severe tendency toward this: he gets grossed out by the idea of posing as the pretty Rinslet's husband, whacks Kyoko when she tries to kiss him, and in the anime he puts a cat in front of his face so Kyoko kisses the kitty instead of him. Even with Saya, it's made clear that he only thought of her as a very close friend. He's also totally uninterested in men, much to [[StalkerWithACrush Creed's]] dismay.
* Taikoubou AKA [[spoiler: Fukki]] from ''Manga/SoulHunter'': He never shows any romantic interest in any of the female characters. It probably didn't help that the only female character that was chasing him was an incredibly hideous monster. And it probably didn't help that he was [[spoiler:actually an [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ancient alien]]]].
* Another female: Rei Hino/Mars from the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga. This actually comes both from her DefrostingIceQueen background ''and'' her past life in the Silver Millennium, where her past self made an oath of chastity to Princess Serenity.
** In a way, it could also be said for all of Serenity's guardians, as they all promised total dedication to her, that not even love would separate them. In the manga at least...
* Vash from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is. Especially in the manga. He fakes being passed out in order to avoid the "favors" of prostitutes, spends an inordinate amount of his free time thinking about his dead mother figure, doesn't want any woman to see his scars and avoids any kind of romantic or sexual relationship, be it with Luida, Meryl or Jessica.
** Doesn't stop him from being a HandsomeLech (though that may be ObfuscatingStupidity).
* Mikuru Asahina from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. It's not just about Haruhi unconsciously [[RealityWarper using her powers]] out of jealousy if Mikuru gets close to Kyon, but Mikuru is actually a {{Time Travel}}er who is ''not'' allowed to have a relationship with someone outside of her own time frame, per obvious work reasons.
** In the first book, Haruhi says that while she is a "healthy young woman, after all," she doesn't have time for sex, what with trying to find [[spoiler: the people right in front of her]].
* Sanzo in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' displays no sexual interest or preferences, despite both the anime and manga going out of the way to show that he breaks every other vow he had to take as a Buddhist priest. WordofGod says that he does, indeed, maintain his vow of celibacy, not out of consideration for his Buddhist beliefs (he has none, despite his job) but because he dislikes being touched in "that way". In the ''Burial'' arc of the manga, it's shown that [[spoiler: the first people he ever killed intended to rape him]], and it's implied this wasn't an uncommon occurrence in his life, with his physical attractiveness inviting a lot of creepy attention. Sanzo rarely allows ''anyone'' to touch him at all, with varying levels of exception for his traveling companions, especially Goku.
* ''Manga/SamuraiGun''. Ichimatsu is a regular customer of local HookerWithAHeartOfGold Ohana, but his "business" with her is strictly the non-sexual services provided. He's not unaware of her own romantic attraction to him, and isn't exactly unattracted to her himself, but he has ...''issues'' with sex, due to the fact that, as a child, he was forced to watch his elder sister be raped and then murdered. He later learns that the one who did the deed was actually a servant of the same council of freedom fighters that he serves as a Samurai Gun; apparently, deliberately traumatising children so as to create recruits for the project was a deliberate tactic of theirs, to both make them "availible", give them a way to control them, and to start their TrainingFromHell.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** More or less everyone except characters like Sanji. WordOfGod is that 'They're in love with adventure' and notably Luffy can be seen ignoring Hancock's affections to the extent that he feels exactly 0 attraction for her, rendering her ability unable to affect him. Characters will occasionally act perverted, though.
** Averted with Gol D. Roger, though it's debatable how much of a hero he was. [[spoiler: He and his lover, Portgas D. Rouge, are the parents of Portgas D. Ace. Part of the reason that Roger turned himself in at the end of his life was to protect them.]]
* Former ChasteHero Setsuna F. Seiei from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' evolves into this in the second season. He's more aware of what romance is, but he considers that he and RebelliousPrincess Marina are PlatonicLifePartners more than anything else, and [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend denies twice that she's his lover]]. The fact that she looks a lot like his MissingMom doesn't help either.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'':
** Dr. Kenzo Tenma, after he saves the life of a boy over the city mayor - in defiance of the hospital director's orders. It's a mixture of ''Love Is A Distraction'' and [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies I'm A Danger Magnet]], as his life takes a ''very'' different turn after that fateful decision.
** Nina Foertner/Anna Liebert is the same way and for the same reasons. She's far too busy hunting down her psychopathic brother to give a damn about romance. That said, she and Tenma do have one or two ShipTease moments that may avert this.
* Sasuke Uchiha of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a total ChickMagnet, but shows no interest whatsoever in romance. He most likely falls under "Love is a Distraction" and "Genre Savvy". He might also be a ChasteHero, as he never addresses the issue (not even after Sakura's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove). A logical explanation could be that he became [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge obsessed with revenge]] before he was old enough to care about such things, and also [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies fears that Itachi or his own "inner darkness" might destroy anyone he's close to.]] What makes this particularly odd is that his other stated goal is to rebuild his clan. [[spoiler: However in the epilogue, he and Sakura are together and have a daughter Sarada.]]
* The AlternateCharacterInterpretation of ''VideoGame/FatalFury'''s Terry Bogard during TheMovie of TheAnimeOfTheGame. Having [[FailureKnight failed]] to protect his [[TheGwenStacy now-dead girlfriend]] during the first OVA, he becomes incredibly wary about letting women get close to him. However, he eventually succumbs to PluckyGirl Sulia's crush on him [[spoiler:unfortunately, as he's considering reciprocating her feelings, Sulia gets kidnapped by her [[BigBad crazed brother]], who uses her to find an ArtifactOfDoom that transforms him into a [[AGodAmI godlike being]] that Terry and his TrueCompanions cannot defeat... Until Sulia performs a HeroicSacrifice, that is. Poor guy.]]
** Averted in the games, where he and Blue Mary are quite... ''close'', to say the least.
* Taito Magatsu from ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'', despite being attractive and having several female characters display an interest in him, makes a point to avoid any kind of relationship. The girl he ''shares a bed with'' even comes out and asks him why he's never tried anything with her, and others have teased him about his lacking sex life. Most put it down to his dead little sister.
* Kyouko from ''Manga/SkipBeat'', of the [[WomanScorned "bad past experiences"]] variety. She not only avoids love, she even convinces herself she's incapable of it. When confronted by romantic hints, she doesn't see the romance at all, but usually interprets it as some interestingly twisted scenario completely unrelated to love.
* The titular character of ''Anime/VampireHunterD'', particularly pronounced in the old 1985 OAV. In the novel it was based on he and the GirlOfTheWeek actually get to first base but are interrupted, and at the end of the book he very pointedly moves on before things go any farther. In subsequent novels girls throw themselves at him right and left, but he ignores them. This is presumably due to a combination of his need for blood as a dhampir (half vampire) and "Love is A Distraction".
* While ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' Hayate falls more on the ChasteHero side of the line, when he is approached by [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Ayumu]] about her crush, or rather, later when approached by the student trio, he thinks he's unworthy of her love [[spoiler: because of Athena's teaching him that he had to be financially able to support a girlfriend]].
* ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'' takes this trope to its extreme conclusion. Even the ''thought'' of intimate relationships doesn't seem to exist in the same universe as Soldier Blue [[spoiler:or the next Soldier (title for the leader of the Mu), Jomy. Interestingly, Tony has a girlfriend... but she obligatorily dies a few episodes before he becomes Jomy's replacement.]] Odd considering that they need all the psionic power they can get, AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, and power is a function of genetics.
* Edward Elric of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', for "distraction" reasons, since he has to get his brother's body back first [[spoiler: until the very end, that is].] He stays like that throughout the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime adaptation]] though. Several potential love interests appear but, ShipTease aside, his main focus is always his brother.
* Bleed Kaga from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'', who in ''SIN'', while he does care for the show's resident DefrostingIceQueen Kyoko, he seems to be too focused on his rivalry with his one-time friend Hayato.
* In the light novels, it is implied that Firo Prochainezo from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is one temporarily, although it is because the woman he is in love with is asexual. [[spoiler:They do eventually get married... fifty years later.]]
* In ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight'', we have not just one but two Celibate Heroes. Both Spark and Neese care very much for each other and Leaf and Ryna [[ShipperOnDeck start some serious shipping of them]], but it doesn't seem to go anywhere.
* In ''Manga/MaiOtome'', Otomes are required to abstain from heterosexual romance, as semen will render their bodies unable to use the nanomachines. Arika in particular starts out as [[ChasteHero ignorant of how love works]], but while she develops feelings for Sergay over time, in the end, she fully commits to being an Otome. Most Otome do ''not'' fit this, however; they're either [[YuriGenre lesbian]], [[SituationalSexuality turn to homosexual relationships to satisfy their needs]], or eventually give up their power for a heterosexual romance.
* ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'': Despite Ayame's fascination with porn and lewd jokes, it's heavily implied that she's still a virgin, given her [[BlueWithShock tendency to]] [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere panic]] whenever she's faced with the real thing. In the manga, it's also shown that she only regards Tanukichi [[StrictlyProfessionalRelationship as a friend and ally]] of SOX. Whereas the anime gives them a brief moment of ship tease near the end of episode 11, but the series concludes with them [[StatusQuoIsGod still being friends.]]
* Keima from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', despite being known all over the Internet for being "The Capturing God" for his incredible skills at DatingSim games. He didn't even raise an eyebrow when he accidentally saw Haqua changing in front of him, and during [[spoiler: his FreakyFridayFlip with a girl]], he doesn't take advantage of the fact, preferring to play his games.
%%* Ikuto from ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou''.
* Barnaby from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. A natural when it comes to playing TheCharmer, he has no problem with acting cool for the sake of the fangirls in order to stay true to his position as [[ShowWithinAShow [=HeroTV=]'s]] no.1 MrFanservice; but in private he has displayed zero interest in romance. He's said to have had a huge [[UnwantedHarem fan club]] back when he was at school, and apparently ignored all of them. Despite working alongside a cute tomboy (Pao-Lin), an aloof bishoujo (Karina) and a hot career woman (Agnes), he has yet to spare any of them more than a passing glance. Though this might be due to the obsession with revenge which has caused him to [[LoveIsAWeakness reject personal relationships completely]], it's never confirmed as such in canon.
* Ginko from ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'' is very much this; though whether it's of his own volition or not is somewhat questionable. Due to possessing an unusual physiology that attracts ''mushi'' to him, he cannot stay in any one place or with a 'normal' person for a long period of time, and is thus forced to wander the country while acting as a ''mushi'' exorcist of sorts. His unusual looks and calm, always-in-command personality make him an instant ChickMagnet in-universe -- but while he is kinder to most of the female characters than he is to the male ones, he has never displayed any active interest in romance. This might be indicative of supreme self-control or personal preference; despite having its fair share of romantic subplots involving the supporting cast, the story never brings up a serious prospective LoveInterest for Ginko.
* The Medicine Peddler from ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'' is an enigmatic, mysterious ChickMagnet, and the only good-looking male character in the series. Many of the ladies he encounters develop a crush on him -- specifically Kayo, with whom he gets quite a bit of ShipTease (though it's more 'tease' and less 'ship'). But then again, the women are human while he almost definitely is not, so it might just be that.
* The heroine of ''LightNovel/KinoNoTabi'', is casually but determinedly celibate -- at least in the anime. The novel series, which is ongoing, still has a chance of bringing up an Official Love Interest for her -- though so far no signs can be seen to that effect.
* Ranma Saotome of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. While most members of his UnwantedHarem practically throw themselves at him, he doesn't reciprocate, unless [[ManipulativeBastard he needs to manipulate them]] or [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond he feels unattractive]]. Not even Akane Tendo is shown affection most of the time. This could be due to [[http://www.anymanga.com/ranma/036/009/007/ his fear of commitment,]] [[HatesBeingTouched his discomfort over physical displays of affection]], his "love is a distraction" attitude, or all of the above. Take your pick.
--> '''Ranma:''' I'm in the middle of my training. I can't let some girl distract me.
* Yanagin in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' hates the idea of dating in general, as she thinks guys are all losers. In fact, acts violently on the idea of ''any'' female dating a guy, or trying to make themselves attractive to a guy.
* Kurosaki from ''Manga/{{Kurosagi}}'' is completely disinterested in starting a relationship or even showing any sort of affection to women. Even after Tsurara confesses to him, he brushes it off like it never happened.
* Keisuke Takahashi in ''Manga/InitialD'' feels love is a distraction from honing on his racing skills (to beat Takumi, no less), though he does have somewhat of a love interest.
* Dai'chi from ''Manga/KotouraSan'' isn't a single bit interested in his ChildhoodFriend Yuriko's sexual teasing, and so she was actually jealous about Haruka having Manabe-- the latter maybe too perverse, but he does have interest after all.
-->'''Yuriko''': Manabe-kun has his issues, but being ignored really hurts a girl...
* Minato Sahashi from ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' has some romantic moments with his BattleHarem, but remains a virgin due to a combination of chivalry, performance anxiety, and his ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING [[HaremNanny land lady]]. Illicit relationships are strictly forbidden at Izumo Inn and it would be such a shame for him to end up homeless~
* ''Attempted'' to be an EnforcedTrope in ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' as [[TheMentor Blue]] tells Megumi that Pretty Cure can't be in a romantic relationship. It's hinted, though, that something in the past that Blue did lead to him invoking this trope.
* Jack Atlas from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has become this after the Dark Signer arc, saying in the final episode that women would hinder his path.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'''s Shizuo Heiwajima has pushed the possibility of a relationship entirely off the table. He doesn't see it as a weakness or liability - [[IJustWantToHaveFriends he craves human contact more than anything else, romantic or otherwise]] - but experience has taught him that [[HeroWithAnFInGood he's dangerously prone to hospitalizing people he wants to be close to.]]
* Takatoshi Tsuda from ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'' lives in a world where AllWomenAreLustful and yet he barely shows any signs of romantic or sexual attraction to any of the (many) girls around him. When entering his room at one point, Shino noted that [[ADateWithRosiePalms it didn't smell like semen]].
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'':
** Ken Kaneki evolves into this over the course of the series, tending to keep his precious people at arm's length to protect them. When he departs to carry out his six-month RoaringRampageOfRevenge, he denies [[ImpliedLoveInterest Touka]]'s request to go with him and actively shuns her for the next several months to keep her safe. Averted as of :re, [[spoiler: in which he and Touka finally becomes an OfficialCouple.]]
** Koutarou Amon is known to be ''incredibly'' popular with the ladies. Even so, he remains fairly oblivious to the attentions of various [[OfficeLady Office Ladies]] and coworkers.....or so it seems. He's implied to still not be over the death of his Academy classmate, Harima, and is later called out on this by his partner, Akira. When she attempts to kiss him, he rejects her advances by covering her mouth with his hand while wearing a panicked expression. She sadly notes this is just like him.
** Further explored in the sequel, '':Re''. Matsuri Washuu notes that about half of all Investigators remain celibate, choosing to not settle down because of the dangers involved in their work. Division Chiefs [[GuileHero Itsuki Marude]] and [[LadyOfWar Kiyoko Aura]] are prominent examples, both described as "fiercely single" and career-focused.
* During ''Anime/TheFumaConspiracy'', the normally aloof Goemon, who falls in love with Murasaki, subverts the trope. [[spoiler:And played straight at the end of the movie when he tells her he cannot marry her because he isn't good enough.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', in many incarnations, adheres to a combination of most of the above: love as distraction (his work is his life); love as beneath him (he sees himself as something more); the danger magnet issue (amusingly subverted when, in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', he tried to use that as a reason he couldn't date Wonder Woman; she then demonstrates that he'd be in more danger than she); his SecretIdentity, although potential love interests have occasionally discovered the secret anyway; and depending on the actual universe, bad relationships in the past (he maintains that one of his few actual lovers, Talia al Ghul, drugged and raped him).
** With the [[RetroactiveContinuity Reboot]] it seems the whole Talia thing was consensual. He still wasn't proud of it, though.
* Catholic-Boy-Scout-type ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' has it easy when it comes to resisting carnal sins. There are [[TheSmurfettePrinciple almost no women in the cast of his adventures]], and the few that appear are hardly what anyone would consider "appealing". (Well, let's be honest here -- Hergé didn't draw noticeably attractive ''men'' with any great frequency, either.) He may count as a ChasteHero too, since the whole issue of romance is never mentioned in relation to him.
* ComicBook/LuckyLuke, being a lonesome cowboy who keeps moving and rarely stays anywhere more time than it's required to solve a case, has absolutely no interest for women or any relationships, though unlike Tintin, the subject is aborted; in "La Fiancé de Lucky Luke" especially, Luke mentions his opinion about both marriage and love, making it clear he is, not only uninterested, but almost repulsed (to the point he almost refuses a mission that consists in escorting a large group of women, fearing they might attempt advances on him... and they do). Notably, he has a female PlatonicLifePartners with [[{{Tomboy}} Calamity Jane]].
* Oddly enough, [[ComicBook/{{Venom}} Carnage]] is a Celibate ''Villain''. When [[EvilIsSexy Shriek]] tries to cuddle up to him in the ''ComicBook/MaximumCarnage'' fiasco:
-->'''Shriek:''' That's more like it, big guy! Treat me nice and I'll follow you all the way to -
-->'''Carnage:''' ''Not'' there!
-->'''Shriek:''' Hoboken. Close enough.
* Rorschach in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is depicted as having a total fear of anything sexual, which is implied to be the result of [[FreudianExcuse traumatic childhood experiences]].
* ComicBook/TheDarkness' Jackie Estacado. When the bearer of the Darkness impregnates a woman, and his sperm always will, he dies and the Darkness passes on to his son.
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'': Jughead Jones actively shuns romance, because he's simply more interested in food than love. He remains good friends with Betty, and he and Veronica can usually tolerate one another. Ironically, there has been more than one female who has persistently hounded him due to some infatuation with his aloof, nonchalant nature towards the fairer sex.
--> [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118842/quotes Hooper: "Archie was the bitch and Jughead was the butch. That's why Jughead wears that crown-looking hat all the time. He's the king of queen Archie's world."]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' throws out a justified example: [[spoiler: Ninjette uses a ninja technique that channels her sexual frustration into fighting prowess.]]
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Sexual relationships (or "extra-judicial liasons") are [[InappropriatelyCloseComrades illegal for street Judges]], a rule imposed by the first Chief Judge. Dredd, who was cloned from the same person, was raised with the idea that he would never have time for a relationship because he'd be too busy fighting crime. The closest he's ever gotten is when [[FairCop Judge DeMarco]] gave him a ShutUpKiss in frustration and he initially failed to report it.
* The Marvel[=/=]Dynamite comics creation Comicbook/RedSonja. (As opposed to Robert E. Howard's original Russian sword-maiden of the same name.) Gang-raped to the point of death, Sonja was gifted with revenge by the god Mitra (or the goddess Scáthach, DependingOnTheWriter). So long as she "knew no man," Sonja could best almost any man alive in combat. To become her lover - and presumably destroy her gift - a man had to beat her in a fight - a task even ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian found difficult, if not impossible, to do.
** The nature of her vows vary to writer from writer; in [[ContinuitySnarl one version of her backstory]] detailed in ''Queen Sonja'' revealed she had a boyfriend in her youth who did beat her in a fair fight and she didn't lose her fighting prowess as a result. After his death, she resolve not have love anyone just to [[NeverBeHurtAgain not be hurt once again]], which adds another layer to this trope.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'': When we first meet Dwight, he's trying to maintain this trope. He seems to do okay until Ava comes back in his life.
* ComicBook/TheSpirit: While a total ChickMagnet, ComicBook/TheSpirit spent most of his time being embarrassed by and fending off women's advances, a not-uncommon trope seen in comics and movies of the 30's and 40's.
* In ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'', most of the time Luke Skywalker is one of these. Pre-ROTJ comics have him interested in Leia and shy about going through with a RelationshipUpgrade, but also unwilling to look at someone else because of her. Until very late in the series he actively runs away from Zeltrons, an entire species who think he's the most gorgeous man alive, and he puts up with the attentions of one who becomes an ally only reluctantly. He seems shy and massively taken aback when people express interest in him.
** Averted in the novels where he marries Mara Jade.
* In both ''[[Comicbook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' and ''Comicbook/RedRobin'' Tim Drake is this despite having about five girlfriends over the course of the comics and and being propositioned for sex thrice.
* Despite spending time as a child prostitute on the streets of New York City, ComicBook/{{X 23}} is this throughout most of her history. She develops a mutual attraction with Hellion, but due to her incredibly traumatic childhood Laura struggles with personal relationships, which leads to her keeping him at a distance. Their one kiss was unwelcome on Laura's end, and she ultimately breaks things off with him for good by the end of her solo series and didn't enter into another relationship until meeting an alternate reality version of Warren Worthington.

* Sunny Breeze of ''FanFic/RacerAndTheGeek'' is this for a number of reasons, from having issues with being touched, to thinking himself unworthy.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': After his boyfriend broke off their relationship, Kaworu realized that he felt comfortable without feeling romantically tied to anybody and he did not need a lover right now.
* Harry Potter in ''FanFic/IfThemsTheRules'', believing himself incapable of romantic love.
* Celestia declares both Luna and herself this in ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'', saying that neither sister will take a mate or lover while ruling Equestria. This actually turns up in the sequel, ''The Warmistress of Equestria'', when Luna meets Cadence and jumps to the conclusion that Celestia went back on her vow and Cadence is her daughter (she's not).
* It's not hard for the heroes of ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its sequel ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'' to fall into this, even in a downplayed fashion. Virtually everyone is MarriedToTheJob, which is lampshaded by Samantha Shepard during her HeroicBSOD--the last serious relationship she had was before basic training! Relationships (for any of the main cast) are just another thing that has to wait until the war is over.
* In ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'', Heather forbids her lackeys to get romantically involved during the competition because she views romance as a distraction and fears its potential to create divided loyalties. Unlike most of the alliance rules she sets, this is one where [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness she doesn't demand preferential treatment for herself]].
* [[BigGood Jalal]] from the ''FanFic/ShadowchasersSeries'' has never married and has tried to avoid relationships in [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld his entire one-thousand year lifespan]]. He knows that if he did, it would be a MayflyDecemberRomance which would leave him depressed and heartbroken as he watched his wife, children, and even grandchildren grow old and die. This hasn't stopped his close ally Adrian, although it's likely that ''his'' wife is also immortal.
* Jason Shepard could have any woman he wants, but his actions in ''Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm'' imply that he is extremely celibate. It is not known why he does this, but he has never shown attraction to any woman, and appears to find the concept of romance unappealing.
* ''Fanfic/TheVow'': During [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen's]] thirty years of absence from Gongmen City, his former fiancée Lianne remains unmarried because she still loves him. Despite the fact that with her beauty and reputation she still has the attention of many lords even when she's nearing her fifties, she doesn't attempt to forget Shen and look for a husband until she remembers her duty to birth heirs while she still can. Ironically, the announcement of her engagement returns [[CrazyJealousGuy Shen]] to her life. [[spoiler:When she and Shen fully rekindle their love, they spend a night together (gaining a son from it) and soon become married.]]
* ''Fanfic/FatesCollide'': Glynda Goodwitch says she doesn't date because her duties as a teacher and Huntress are more important.

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* Merida of ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''. It's one of the plot points in the movie. Since she is of royalty, she's forced to marry a prince of another kingdom to be able to give birth to a descendant in the future, of which Merida is highly protesting against, as she wants to be a free soul not bound to obey old traditions. In the original draft, however, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen she was supposed to end up with one of the suitors (after getting to know them better when all three help her out on her quest)]], but it was scrapped because Pixar wanted to focus on the relationship between her and her mother, thus having her ending up single in the final version.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Queen Elsa is this. This is justified, as she was locked away for 13 years and had limited contact with people. According to one character, she did have suitors, but "no one was getting anywhere with her."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'': Mater. [[spoiler: At least until the second movie]].
* Manfred of ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' was originally one, until he retrieves a love interest in the the sequel and eventually has a daughter. It's worth noting that it took a while for him to percieve Ellie romantically, since he was still recovering from the sorrow of his first family's death. Diego was one too until the fourth movie. Sid's situation is inverted; he very much wants a girlfriend, but no one ever shows interest in him. Scrat had a temporary love interest in the third film, but he ditched her for an acorn, making him one by default.
%%* Gru of ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' was one in the first movie.

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* ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'' is about one man's quest to defy this trope.
* Subverted in the 1987 movie version of ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''. Although Joe Friday turns down Sylvia Wiss, who practically throws herself at him, and lectures his police partner about how it was the right thing to do, he does eventually end up with [[InsistentTerminology The Virgin]] Connie Swail.
** What ultimately attracts Joe to her is that she's every bit as chaste and wholesome as he is.
* A parody of this character type can be seen in the movie ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' with the hero "Galahad the Pure", who finds himself visiting a castle filled with nubile, eager young virgins whose charms he (unsuccessfully) tries to resist, but much to his dismay he is 'rescued' by Lancelot. Many of the ''KingArthur'' stories this movie is based on feature similar scenarios with chaste, chivalrous heroes having to face temptation from virginal and [[TheVamp Vampish]] seductresses.
-->'''Zoot:''' "We are but eight score young blondes and brunettes, all between sixteen and nineteen- and- a- half, cut off in this castle with no one to protect us. Oooh. It is a lonely life: bathing, dressing, undressing, knitting exciting underwear."
** Again spoofed in "Martyrdom of St. Victor" from ''Creator/MontyPython's Contractual Obligation Album'': Victor is all too willing to succumb to the temptations of the maidens, but the Lord smites them anyway. Victor calls the Lord a rotten bastard.
* In ''Film/{{Impromptu}}'' about the romance between George Sands/Aurore Dudevant and Frederic Chopin, Chopin's tuberculosis makes him a little hesitant to take things to the next level with Aurore.
-->'''Frederic Chopin''': Certain acts are... uh, unseemly. They are unsuitable.
-->'''George Sand''': Chopin... it's an act of love! It's the divine mystery itself!
-->'''Frederic Chopin''': You must think I'm inexperienced, but I assure you, I was baptized... in the brothels of Paris, when I first arrived. But, um... I'm so ill... and I have been for such a long time, and my body is such a great disappointment to me, that I've already said goodbye to it, I'm... not really * in it* any more, I'm just... happier floating about in music. And if I should come back... inside this miserable collection of bones, then I... am afraid that it would probably collapse altogether. Forgive me. I'm ashamed.
-->'''George Sand''': No, no. Forgive me. I'm a fraud, you know. "Divine mystery"? I never experienced that with anyone!
* ''Film/RustlersRhapsody'' is a parody of old B-Westerns, so at the start singing cowboy-hero Rex O'Herlihan never does anything more than chastely kiss the girls before [[WalkingTheEarth riding on]] to the [[AdventureTowns next town]]. After a false start or two, he finally "gets better".
* Parodied in ''Film/TheLibrarian'' where, after another relationship fails because of his job and his co-workers encourage him to think of himself as a "celibate monk", Flynn threatens to kill himself (with Excalibur).
** His next fling is a (hot) 400-year vampire... who chooses to face the sun at the end. Surprisingly, Flynn feels better after this.
* Inverted in [[Creator/MilosForman Miloš Forman]]'s ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'', where we have a Celibate Antagonist in Salieri, whereas Mozart is portrayed as something of a Casanova.
** The Director's Cut contains a part where, [[spoiler: after Mrs Mozart comes to him for help, he demands that she return to him that night in exchange for his support]]. However, it's subverted even then; he lets her undress before ringing the bell for the servant to show her out. Whether he planned from the start to humiliate her out of spite, or whether he actually intended to go through with it but found himself unable is unclear; Salieri explicitly states that he was "in love, or at least in lust" with another girl Mozart bedded, so apparently he isn't asexual, but for whatever reason he did not actually blackmail sex from [[spoiler: Mozart's wife]].
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' has Creator/DavidNiven as the original James Bond, a celibate recluse (See Bad Romantic Experience Part 2) who views his namesake's behavior with disdain, and resists almost certain temptation in a scene that anticipates ''Creator/MontyPython'''s Castle Anthrax.
* In ''Film/TheGoldenChild'', [[TricksterMentor the Old Man]] assigns Chandler Jarrell (Eddie Murphy) a task of purification in order to fully realize his role as TheChosenOne. This task involves remaining celibate, which is tough for Jarrell because he's got the hots for his {{Sidekick}} Kee Nang, and made even more complicated by the facts that (a) he's not allowed to tell her about it, and (b) once he stops being such a JerkAss, she starts falling for ''him''.
* The protagonist in ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'' is a virgin due to his strong Christian faith. He's even able to resist the barkeep's daughter [[spoiler:stripping naked and doing a magic wall-slapping seduction dance]] in the next room.
** Ironically, [[spoiler:that's one of the factors that made Lord Summerisle pick ''him'' as a prime candidate for sacrifice!]]
* The eponymous ''Film/MysteryTeam'', mainly because girls are icky. Jason eventually outgrows this.
* Averted in ''Film/BlackDeath''. Even though Osmund is a monk, he secretly has a lover.
* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'': Though his partners readily accept "advances" from their employers (the town brothel), William Munny considers himself still married to his deceased wife and stays faithful.
-->"So, what, you just use your hand?"
* In ''Film/TheTwilightSamurai'', Widower {{samurai}} Seibei rushes home to take care of his mother and daughters after work rather than join his coworkers for drinking and {{geisha}} entertainment. He also refuses his uncle and best friend's offers to arrange a second marriage, though in the latter case he's motivated more by shame of his poverty than genuine disinterest.
* The Jedi order immediately before and during the prequel trilogy from ''Franchise/StarWars''. The defying of the rule by Anakin and the forbidden love that ensues is a plot point. Technically, Jedi aren't allowed to form romantic attachments. One-night stands are okay but marriage is not. The ExpandedUniverse shows that Anakin was far from the only Jedi during the pre-Empire era to violate that rule, including a breakaway faction that openly rejected it.
** Averted by Luke's Literature/NewJediOrder in the post-''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' ExpandedUniverse and by the Jedi of the Old Republic era, where marriage between Jedi is allowed, and manage to successfully return back to prominence despite violating the previous order's teachings.
** The ''Legends'' continuity also has an acknowledged exception in a Jedi from a race with a tiny population and low birth rates. All members of the race are required to marry and procreate, no matter what the Jedi code might say.
* In ''Film/TheVillain'': Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's 'Handsome Stranger' is a celibate hero [[spoiler: to the extent that the leading lady chooses the bad guy instead.]]
* In ''Film/SamuraiIMusashiMiyamoto'', Takezo rejects the overt sexual propositions of both Akemi and her mother Oko. They're both selfish schemers, but when Otsu the good girl pledges her love to Takezo, he says no, saying that he has to finish his samurai training.

* Genuine [[KingArthur Arthurian]] example: Sir Gawain shares the bed of the Green Knight's lady night after night, but doesn't take advantage, as that would violate the laws of Chivalry and Hospitality. This display of virtue saves his life.
** Probably from the same root story: Pwyll, from the First Branch of the Mabinogion, chastely shares a bed with Arawn's wife, despite being flawlessly disguised as Arawn himself, which results in a lasting friendship between the two men.
* Ged, the protagonist for most of the ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' series, is celibate because he is a mage. This accounts for a complete lack of romance in the first three books, even when a pairing up, first with his friend's sister and then with Tenar, looked to be inevitable. All the mages in Earthsea are celibate by rule, in theory because they will lose their power unless they are chaste, though the truth of this belief is not exactly confirmed. It's implied in ''Literature/{{Tehanu}}'' (by a village witch, who may not be the most reliable source) that wizards use some sort of spell to render themselves asexual, or possibly just make it easier to be completely celibate. She doesn't go into details. Later on Ged mentions he just didn't think of it or feel any urge [[spoiler:until he lost his powers]].
* Joshua, an angel from ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' has never seen to be interested in women or men (apart from Dora, but he CantHaveSexEver with her) and is still a virgin. He explains that with angels being absurdly fertile, it's quite possible that after first or second intercourse he'd have child and have to settle down, which he doesn't want to do.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', the eponymous character from the original novel and short story collections, considers "Love is a Distraction" to be his watchwords -- so much so that he can quite easily be read as both aromantic ''and'' {{asexual}}.
** This aspect of his character is often removed in adaptations with the PromotionToLoveInterest of Irene Adler, whom Holmes showed grudging respect for after her one appearance in canon.
* Enjolras, from ''Literature/LesMiserables'' also has "Love is a Distraction" taken to extremes, as evidenced by his introduction and by his reply, when one of the others is commenting on how the others all have mistresses, of Patria.
* Biggles hardly ever had time for women, except that one time when he fell in love with German spy Marie Janis in the short story ''Affaire de Coeur''. This is an interesting example considering pilots are usually portrayed as babe-magnets.
* Raistlin Majere, antihero of the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books. Actively manipulating the lovesick, annoying Crysania to his advantage, he resists the temptation to actually do anything with her because A) it's beneath a mage of his stature, B) he can't afford to be distracted from his "Overthrow the Gods for No Good Reason" project, and C) he had sex once before and was crap at it. And, though it's not explicitly stated, suspicions are that, were he to actually try anything as physically vigorous as sex with Crysania, he'd probably just wind up coughing blood all over her and collapsing into a heap, which, whatever way you look at it, isn't very romantic. There is possibly some inconsistency over whether Raistlin actually ever had sex or not. The Legends trilogy very strongly implies that he did, with one of Caramon's ex-girlfriends but ''The Soulforge'', which covers the time period it would have happened equally strongly implies he remained a virgin (there is a girl, again a lover of Caramon and there appears to be budding mutual affection but... well read it yourselves).
** There was a short story called "Raistlin's Daughter", which implied he may have had a daughter, in the more or less conventional way and was [[LaserGuidedAmnesia magically made to forget the experience]]. Interestingly the entire story is treated as an in-universe rumour and when Raistlin encounters a girl claiming to be his daughter in ''Dragons of Summer Flame'' he drolly comments on his bad luck at sleeping with a beautiful woman and not remembering it. For the record the girl in question is not his daughter, much to the relief of his nephew [[KissingCousins Palin]].
* In ''Literature/{{Lamb}}'', Joshua was told by an angel that he could never "know" a woman, but never explained exactly was meant by that. Josh and Biff take it in the Biblical sense, and so Joshua remains celibate his whole life (though Biff gets around enough for the both of them).
* ''Literature/TheObsidianTrilogy'', written by Creator/MercedesLackey and James Mallory, features a hero who remains chaste and celibate -- virginal and unmarried, respectively -- for a year and a day in return for his life being saved by a unicorn. The penalty for breaking his vow, since his life was saved, will be death by goring. While the first woman he meets is his sister, and the next woman he finds himself intrigued by is the queen of the elves and happily married, the third woman he is attracted to is neither attached nor unattractive nor uninterested in him...
** This case also gets an interesting treatment in that the unicorn [[spoiler: apparently ''becomes'' fertile (or non-celibate) because of the hero's year of celibacy. The hero and unicorn's parting at the end of the series states that the hero no longer needs to be celibate, but that the unicorn won't have to be either!]]
* According to Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Honeymouth'' short story, you can be a cussing, hard-drinking mercenary who rides a unicorn into battle and still be able to satisfy a full whorehouse each night, not to mention being satisfied yourself. [[spoiler:Apparently the unicorn's radar can't distinguish between those who are ''still technically'' virgins and those who are truly chaste.]]
* Franchise/DocSavage is determinedly uninterested in romance. It is remarked in the first book that "He had long ago made up his mind that women were to play no part in his career" and spends every interaction with Monaja (the most beautiful women he ever met) trying to get her to lose interest. He's smart enough to foist interaction with women on his companions for the most part, but seems profoundly uncomfortable when this is not possible.
* Taken way, way to the extreme in the Creator/LeoTolstoy novella ''The Kreutzer Sonata''. Not only does the protagonist kill his wife in a jealous rage, but he makes the argument that one should renounce sex in any circumstance, including marriage, and that the subsequent death of the species would mark humanity's highest moral achievement. The fact that this story is more or less an AuthorTract brings it perilously close to {{Squick}}. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voluntary_Human_Extinction_Movement People are already working on this.]]
* Harry Dresden from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' spends a heck of a lot of the novels not getting any, and being quite bitter about it. Though he's given a few chances, he never takes them because they generally come with a lot of baggage (e.g. she's a lust demon, or his underage apprentice), and he refuses to enter into a relationship which isn't pure and based on love, and he also doesn't want to bring anyone else into his dangerous world if he can help it. The fact that his first girlfriend was [[spoiler: brainwashed into trying to kill him, and whom he thought for years he had killed]] and his second girlfriend [[spoiler: got turned into a vampire because of his involvement with her]] may have something to do with it. Although even with that track record, succubi making fun of how pathetic your sex life is has got to hurt. It gets to the point where it turns out Harry's latest love interest, [[spoiler: Anastasia Luccio]], was [[spoiler: [[MindRape psychically mind-controlled into being attracted to him]].]]
** Having [[spoiler: Carlos, who until that point certainly talked a good game,]] outed as a virgin by said succubus must have taken some of the sting out of it (or at least given him an ample means of redirecting the mockery). It also makes him another example, though his reason (for that matter, whether it's a conscious choice or just lack of opportunity) isn't explored.
* Phury of the ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'' takes a "Love is a Distraction" vow of chastity when he comes of age and decides to search for his kidnapped twin.
* Every wizard on Literature/{{Discworld}} is ''expected'' to remain celibate; the official reason is that sex drains magic power. The actual reason is that being the eighth son of an eighth son guarantees you will be a wizard, and if such a wizard then has eight sons, ''his'' eighth son will be a sourcerer. [[PersonOfMassDestruction And you really do not want to meet a sourcerer]].
** ''Literature/UnseenAcademicals'' does admit that celibacy for wizards is less stringent in Genua, where Bengo Macarona was involved in at least one divorce petition. [[spoiler: He wasn't married, and it was the wife who filed the complaint against his philandering, so in this case there wasn't any risk of sourcery.]]
** This seems to be getting glossed over in more recent books: apparently it was okay for Professor Earwig to marry, as long as he retired (see "The Sea And Little Fishes", ''Literature/AHatFullOfSky'' and ''Literature/UnseenAcademicals''), and in ''Literature/MakingMoney'', we're told the students in the Post-Mortem Communication Department view the black robes and skull ring as a "babe magnet". Currently, it seems that wizards are forbidden to marry for the much same reasons as {{Oxbridge}} dons were until the 19th century; they're supposed to be MarriedToTheJob.
** Rincewind, despite being a scruffy abject coward, is propositioned by ladies surprisingly more than one would expect. Or, he at least seems to spend a lot of time around them, including the scantily clad variety. However, as his mind is usually occupied with running away, nothing ever comes of it. Also, he's aware of his status as a CosmicPlaything and Fate's ButtMonkey, so any time someone is nice to him, he assumes it's to set him up for a bigger fall.
*** Once, while abandoned on a desert island, he is approached by several amazon-types looking for a man to help them procreate and rebuild their civilization. Unfortunately for him, he was completely obsessed with potatoes at the time and thought that they were offering him some. It was only some time after he was whisked away by magic that he belatedly realized what they had been offering. Talk about missing the ball.
*** However, in ''Literature/TheLightFantastic'' the narration does mention that Rincewind had had some orgasms in his life, occasionally even with a partner.
** Also from Literature/{{Discworld}}, Granny Weatherwax. After all, she tamed that unicorn... which really shocked her friend Nanny Ogg and the revelation made Ridcully, her one time love interest, get rather soppy. Note that Granny's celibacy has nothing to do with magic, as witches aren't subject to the same prohibitions as wizards. Granny comes under the "Love is a distraction" heading, though; it's a distraction from the pursuit of magic, so in a way her celibacy does have something to do with magic.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** The ideal of both the Night's Watch and the Kingsguard is this. (Technically the vow only states "father no children" with regard to that, but the implications are clear and [[WordOfGod Martin himself]] has said that both are supposed to be celibate.) [[TheOathbreaker The practice]], on the other hand...
** Jon Snow gave a shot at this, refusing to go to the whorehouses when the other boys on the Wall did, refusing advances (all to obey the rules of the Night Watch). Didn't work out so well for him. Samwell Tarly was likewise forcibly thrown into his LoveInterest's bed.
** Knowing of the faultiness of such a pledge, the slave traders who own The Unsullied castrate the slaves for just this purpose. The slave trader proudly points out that while the Night's Watch and Kingsguard ''claim'' celibacy, The Unsullied are the only ones who are truly, well, unsullied.
* [[AuthorTract Every single main character]] of Creator/HPLovecraft's stories is too busy being chased by tentacled monsters and/or slowly losing his sanity to get involved in any kind of romantic and/or sexual relationship.
** Not quite. Edward in "The Thing on the Doorstep" gets married. It does not end well.
* Joscelin Verreuil in the ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series is sworn to celibacy as part of his vows as a Cassiline monk. Played up for much angst in the second book, but he and Phedre are finally together for the third book.
* In the Literature/KateDaniels novels by Ilona Andrews, Kate remains celibate for much of her adult life. Partly because she thinks friends and lovers will distract her from her mission in life, partly because everyone close to her dies violently (her mother, her father, her mentor, and her friend), partly because [[CantHaveSexEver sex would expose her secrets]], partly because any guy powerful enough to protect himself from [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies the skeletons in her closet]] probably didn't get that kind of power by being ethical, but mostly just because she's afraid of being hurt or rejected.
* [[Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt]] in Bob Salvatore's TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms novel series followed this trope for some time. He wasn't interested in casual sex. His first contact with sex was witnessing a graduation ritual for female priests, that involves the summoning of a 5-meter-tall demon. His first and so far only girlfriend was once involved with his presumed-dead best friend; and things got complicated when he was rescued from hell. Eventually, Drizzt allowed himself to love, and started getting some regularly. [[spoiler:[[StuffedInTheFridge Then she died.]]]]
* SolomonKane is a devout Puritan and remains celibate because of his religious convictions.
** Which is not accurate, since Puritans believed God wanted everyone to have (marital) sex.
** Solomon Kane knew the "kisses" of a "deathless queen in a city old as Death," and compares her with Lilith (this refers to the attempted seduction by Nakari, a vampiric -- or at least very bloodthirsty -- queen of a lost African city). The same poem (''Solomon Kane's Homecoming'') implies that he had an old lover at home whom he was hoping to return to.
* David Eddings's character Sir Bevier (from ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'' novels) is aware that his good looks make him irresistible to women. Because he's the one most likely to abandon the steel for the cloth, he elects not to do anything about it.
* Prince Rupert is very much a Celibate Hero in Creator/SimonRGreen's ''Literature/BlueMoonRising'', so much so that he even rides a {{Unicorn}} and is rather defensive about it. The reason for this is that as a second son he isn't allowed to be sexually active in case of Dynastic complications. This is a minor [[TruthInTelevision Truth In Literature]], as many younger sons of nobility were packed off to the priesthood for much the same reason in the middle ages, and it had about the same level of effectiveness then as it does in the book.
* John from Creator/ManlyWadeWellman's 'Literature/SilverJohn' stories, until he meets and weds his true love Evadare. Given John's strong Christian coloring, this is probably a rare modern example of a hero celibate by belief system.
* Pinkie Brown of ''Literature/BrightonRock'' is a celibate villain, being thoroughly squicked by sexuality and femininity as a result of his [[FreudianExcuse childhood]]. He mentions having considered becoming a [[SinisterMinister priest]] instead of a crook, and this is [[ItMakesSenseInContext entirely plausible]] given his characterization.
* Sergeant Jean in ''Literature/SevenMenOfGascony'' doesn't seem to have any interest in such things although it is not said why. One character speculates that he is {{Asexual}} though it is more fun to think that he had a lover in the past and never got over her.
* Emilio Sandoz in ''Literature/TheSparrow''. All the Jesuits on the Rakhat mission are.
* Lord Meren, from Lynda Robinson's ancient Egyptian mysteries, has avoided serious romantic relationships since his wife passed away, having been so deeply in love with her that other women don't measure up. He has casual sex on occasion because it's normal social practice for noblemen, but the only woman he's emotionally attracted to is loaded down with political baggage that would compromise his objectivity as the Eyes of Pharaoh.
* [[TheMedic Medicine Cats]] in ''[[Literature/WarriorCats Warriors]]'' have to take a vow to never have kittens. [[spoiler: Not that it stops them.]] Subverted with Mudfur. He's already a father while he was a medicine cat, but he already had kits with Brightsky when he was a warrior. But after her death and the deaths of three of their kits, THEN he became a medicine cat.
* In Jack Campbell's ''Literature/TheLostFleet'', there is exactly one woman in the fleet that it would not be improper for Geary to have a relationship with. Then she learns her husband might be alive. There is plenty of {{UST}} between him and a subordinate, [[LovedINotHonourMore but they aren't even allowed by regulations to talk about it.]] [[spoiler:Until the Lost Fleet ceases to be lost, at which point Geary applies his Rule-Fu to the problem and TheyDo.]]
* Orual, the narrator and main character of ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'', rather obliquely mentions near the end of the novel that she never lost her virginity. This is partly because as queen regnant she would have to give up her power to her husband if she ever married, partly because she has a rather negative view of romantic love thanks to one sister's shallowness and the other's being MarriedToAGod, and partly because she's convinced that she's so ugly no man would ever be attracted to her, queen or not.
* Rao Raghunth in the ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' was not a virgin when he married Shakuntala, but he had abstained for ages waiting for her. Shakuntala, however, [[VirginPower was indeed a virgin]]. After marrying, she [[InsatiableNewlyweds makes up for lost time]] quite well.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' Katniss Everdeen is this, not wanting to bring another child into the CrapsackWorld. [[spoiler:However, as the world gets better thanks to her actions, she eventually gives up her virginity in the final chapter of the book.]]
* In Mercedes Lackey's ''[[Literature/FirebirdLackey Firebird]]'', Ilya unwillingly becomes this. Once he takes on the role of the fool, the women of the palace lose interest in him.
* In ''[[Literature/TheGrailQuest 1356]]'', we have the Sire Roland de Verrec, who as a boy had a vision of the Virgin Mary, and is determined to remain chaste until he marries. Other men mock him for his virginity, though not to his face -- he is an undefeated tournament champion and utterly lethal in battle.
* Michael in ''Literature/RedeemingLove'' fits this trope for the first half of the novel: he’s still a virgin at the age of 26, and remains so [[ChastityCouple for several months into his marriage to the heroine]] (because he feels that the emotional connection formed during sex is crucial, and as a [[BrokenBird former prostitute]] she is [[LieBackAndThinkOfEngland unable to make that connection]]). He does eventually break out of this role and they ''very eventually'' end up HappilyMarried, with a healthy helping of of GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex [[spoiler:and BabiesEverAfter]].
* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/FourAndTwentyBlackbirds'', Bishop Ardis is celibate by virtue of her religious vows. She is strongly attracted to the book's other protagonist, investigator Tal Rufen, and briefly contemplates the idea of giving up her vows. Eventually she decides that she may be attracted but she is not in love, and that she is content with her life as it is.
* Also from Lackey Tarma in the [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Vows and Honor]] books is a Swordsworn, sworn to serve her people's Goddess as a warrior. In this case, rather than force her servants to torture themselves, the Goddess simply removes their ability to feel sexual desire entirely. This is particularly good for Tarma, who became Swordsworn in the aftermath of being [[RapeAsBackstory gang raped]] by the people who killed her clan.
* ''Literature/TheApprenticeRogue'': One of a Black Knight's vows is celibacy.
* An [[AntiHero antiheroic]] example can be found in ''[[Literature/RieselTalesTwoHunters Riesel Tales: Two Hunters]]''. Ramy Dusotes, one of the two eponymous [[BountyHunter hunters]], actively avoids romance due to the disturbingly high number of perverts and sexual predators on [[WretchedHive Riesel]] (which includes her business partner [[TheCasanova Runge Margavo]]). Discounting her [[{{Tomboy}} tomboyishness]], she deliberately avoids wearing makeup or feminine clothes and retains a fairly pudgy figure in order to strengthen her barrier against Riesel's shallow lechers.
* Creator/PGWodehouse's [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]] eventually comes to realize that he is far happier with his quiet bachelorhood and its accompanying HeterosexualLifePartner relationship with Jeeves.
* In the ''Literature/JacobsLadderTrilogy'', Perceval took a vow of celibacy due to viewing romance as a distraction from her duty.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Brother Neuro was raised to be celibate all his life and claims to be above such "dust mind" concerns as getting laid. [[HormoneAddledTeenager His teenage body disagrees]] so he has to resist the temptation daily.
* John Galt in ''Atlas Shrugged''. The book spends so much time on his perfection and how Dagny Taggart is his only perfect woman, it's impossible to imagine him just having sex for the hell of it. This also applies to Dagny's other lovers. She had sex with both Francisco and Hank Reardon. Reardon hated his sexual urges which drove him to his frigid wife and Dagny was Francisco's first. It's difficult to imagine them moving on and settling for someone else.
* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', everyone living and serving in the Hetawa is supposed to swear off sex, which includes both protagonists of ''The Killing Moon'', Ehiru and Nijiri.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** WordOfGod maintains that Charlie Weasley, being asexual, is a Celibate HeroOfAnotherStory.
** [[spoiler: Albus Dumbledore]] and [[spoiler:Severus Snape]] are both celibate for reasons not made clear until ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''.WordOfGod has it that after his crush on [[spoiler:Gellert Grindelwald]] caused [[spoiler:Dumbledore]] to [[spoiler:lose his moral compass and buy into Grindelwald's beliefs about the subjugation of Muggles]], which led indirectly to the [[spoiler:death of his sister]], he deliberately gave up on romance and focused upon his studies for the rest his life. [[spoiler:Snape]] is more of a Celibate NominalHero, though, who apparently never has sex due to his unrequited love for Lily.
* Maggie from ''Literature/{{Firstborn}}'' mates with another magpie but leaves him not soon after their children leave the nest. She falls [[InterspeciesRomance for a bluebird]] not soon afterwards but her affections are unrequited. Maggie spends the rest of the book single.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Marcus Cole, Ranger extraordinaire, from ''Series/BabylonFive'' tries to save himself for the right woman, only she never gets around to 'boffing' him before his HeroicSacrifice.
* FBI agent Paul Ballard in ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', shortly after he found out [[spoiler: his girlfriend's a doll]]. He even refused to sleep with Echo, whom he's crazy in love with, for a long time, because she was messed up from being a doll and he felt it would be wrong.
* ''Secret Agent'' AKA ''Series/DangerMan'': John Drake was meant to be seen in contrast to the oversexed Bond and Bond clones, per request of the show's star Patrick [=McGoohan=], who found Bond morally reprehensible because of his promiscuity. It was not that John Drake might not have a sex life when outside of his job, but when he was working his attitude towards women was strictly professional.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Angel, while definitely not one of those for most of his existence, became one after being cursed with a soul, initially because he was a complete loner. Later it turned out that a "moment of pure happiness" would break the curse, unleashing [[EvilCounterpart Angelus]], so he had a good reason to avoid sex. Subverted in the second season, when it turns out that this doesn't just mean sex, he actually does have to be happy as well, and abandoned in the fifth when he realized this doesn't mean he can't have what a colleague describes as "acceptable happiness".
** ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The Mayor is a villainous example. It's probably related to his MayflyDecemberRomance.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The ideal of the Night's Watch and the Kingsguard, but also a frequently broken vow.
*** Jon Snow gives this a good shot, refusing to bed whores and striving to refuse the advances of women. That is until Ygritte finally talks him into it in "Kissed By Fire".
*** Samwell Tarly keeps his vow of celibacy despite his attraction to Gilly up until Season 5, when he rescues her and they have RescueSex while he is still gravely injured.
** Once infamous for whoring, Tyrion seems to lose his sex drive after killing Shae. He finds himself unable to sleep with a prostitute in Volantis, and he makes no attempt to seek a sex partner after that.
* Daryl from ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' is this. He HatesBeingTouched due to his abusive childhood.
* In ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', it's strongly implied that Ben is a virgin, and he actively shuns sexual advances. This is related to the fact that he [[FreudianExcuse grew up with strict religious values pounded into him by an uncaring mother]]. When he does have sex with Ruthie he tells her that it was "a sin" and that it won't happen again. He also tends to freak out when others try to touch him. He does seem to change his mind later in the series regarding Sophie. It doesn't work out too well, though.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Shepherd Book, who [[TheAtoner takes his vows seriously.]]
** Mal, who pretty bluntly admits in "Our Mrs. Reynolds" that he hasn't gotten laid in a long, long time. Though he does eventually manage to get somewhere with Nandi in "Heart of Gold."
* Michael Westen on ''Series/BurnNotice'' has rebuffed Fiona multiple times, citing his personal history, their problematic past history, her enjoyment of violence, the danger to everyone around him (which doesn't stop him from calling them to help with cases), the distraction, his higher purpose of finding out who burned him, and his patriotism.
** Not to mention that when they ''are'' together, [[DestructoNookie his apartment tends to get destroyed]].
* Patrick Jane on ''Series/TheMentalist'' has apparently made a HeroicVow to avenge his wife before indulging in pleasures of the flesh. He turned down two attractive ladies at a bar who made a pass at him, flashing his wedding ring and telling them he was married. Jane sometimes flirts with women, but it usually ends with the outing of a suspect.
* Cmdr. Ed Straker of ''Series/{{UFO}}'' is manifestly celibate after an acrimonious divorce, after the loss of his son to his successor, and the death of his son, even thought a variety of attractive and eligible women have a go at him (e.g. Lt. Barry). His reaction to the rampant libido shown by the rest of his staff ranges from cold disregard to amusement.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': Artie has been this in his long years as a Warehouse agent [[spoiler: until he started dating Dr. Vanessa Calder. However, since his current circumstances put him in more danger than usual, he's broken up with her and returned to this.]]
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': Adrian Monk [[TheMourningAfter remains faithful to his late wife]], despite having [[ShipTease two comely female assistants]] and a StalkerWithACrush, and seems uneasy even discussing matters of sex.
* In the BBC TV series ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Sherlock Holmes expressly states in the very first episode that he considers himself [[MarriedToTheJob married to his work]], and that girlfriends and boyfriends are "not really his area." Creator Creator/StevenMoffat maintains, however, that Sherlock is not {{asexual}} - he is heterosexual but "monk-like in his devotion to celibacy" - and that this devotion may not hold out in the future.
* The ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' portion of ''Series/KamenRiderOOO & W Featuring Skull: Movie War Core'' revealed that Soukichi Narumi/Kamen Rider Skull became this after his encounter with the Spider Dopant: infected with a bomb that would kill a person he fell in love with should he touch him, he decided to bury himself in his work, keeping away from even his daughter Akiko. This had a negative effect on her years later.
* Despite popular suspicion, subverted in the BBC TV series ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}''.
** The Doctor has had at least four wives and multiple children, and traveled with his granddaughter when the show started. While it aims to be a family-friendly show and the main character is generally oblivious, he has NOT spent his whole life celibate.
** The Doctor came off as this especially during the 1970s and 1980s when due to ExecutiveMeddling and the general attitude that ''Doctor Who'' was a children's show, the Doctor was never allowed to overtly romance or even express "that sort" of interest in his often young and female companions (it came to a head when 30-year-old Peter Davison became the Doctor and travelled with two sexy female companions played by actresses only a couple years younger than he). This, combined with interpretations of often-contradictory dialogue, led to the opinion by some (still held by some today) that the Doctor was asexual and uninterested in any sexual matters.
** The 2005 revival began to avert the trope by establishing that the Doctor is perfectly capable of falling in love with his companions, and even having sexual interests, though this is never addressed explicitly. It's finally averted fully with the arrival of River Song, who becomes the Doctor's wife. Subtle references to their love life crop up, but even then, that romance is almost wholly off-screen. The Doctor has paradoxically more screentime with [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar the more kid-friendly]], platonic romance he shares with later companion Clara. The Doctor becoming too obsessed with his companion and [[LoveMakesYouCrazy too afraid of losing her]] even becomes a major part of the plot at the end of their tenure together. He eventually proves his maturity [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy by being willing to let go]] and let the two of them go their different ways, rather than staying in a loving-but-tense friendship that's in danger of becoming dysfunctional (and hurting both of them and others in the process). Before that, the Doctor had a platonic romance and a good friendship with two other female companions, but the outcome of their stories was often criticized as the Doctor whining about losing them, all the while taking them for granted. His less peeved and remorseful farewell to his more recent companion was seen by many as something of an apology for those past mistakes and [[CharacterDevelopment him growing in emotional confidence as a character]].
* Although Cole in ''{{Series/Tracker}}'' did have a wife and daughter who were murdered, he becomes this on Earth because although he was developing feelings for Mel, he feared they would distract him and get one or both of them injured. Hard telling if it would've continued if the show had gone on though.

* Music/LadyGaga came out as celibate.
* Music/{{Morrissey}} was very publicly celibate during the 1980s
* Music/EmilieAutumn has shunned romantic and sexual relationships after the situations which caused her to write the WomanScorned part of her ''Opheliac'' album (Bad situations in the past). Just her crumpets and her plague rats/muffins now....also falls into "Love is A distraction" excuse. She makes all her music on her own and sets up her own tours. Does not have the time, does not want the time.
* [[JapanesePopMusic J-Pop]] {{Idol Singer}}s have to be this as a rule, in order to preserve the illusion that fans could potentially have a relationship with them, and there are dire consequences for those who fall out of line. For example, when Music/AKB48 member Minami Minegishi was caught leaving a boy's house, she shaved her head and made a teary apology video begging the staff not to let her go. She was instead demoted. The whole ordeal was pretty controversial.

* The title character of Music/RichardWagner's ''Parsifal'', based on the old legend.
** Well, yes and no. In his own opera, he is, but in the later-set though earlier-written ''Lohengrin'', the title character is Parsifal's son.

* ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' and ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet''
** Averted to various degrees in later adaptations of ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet''; in the TV series Britt Reid was cast more as a rich playboy/publisher, and given the occasional LoveInterest while Kato remained a celibate sidekick. This was probably an artifact of the [[DramaticHalfHour series format]]; as a half hour series it would be difficult to shoehorn a romantic subplot into a show which could barely fit the action/adventure main plot within its runtime. Totally averted in the NOW Comics adaptation of ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'', which pretty well paired off almost all of the various Green Hornets and Katos with more-or-less permanent {{Love Interest}}s.

[[folder: Religion and Mythology]]
* Literature/TheBible:
** God asked Jeremiah not to marry nor have children.
** [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Jesus Christ]] is universally considered as such in Christianity. Except revisionist conspiracy theory literature and fiction like Literature/TheDaVinciCode where he's shipped with disciple Mary Magdalene.
*** By most Christian standards, he doesn't qualify for ChasteHero as defined here, since he is said to have been tempted "in all things" yet remained [[IncorruptiblePurePureness sinless]], so that logically includes sexual sin and he wasn't just clueless about it.
*** The Christian parts of the Bible doesn't mention if he was or was not married to a person. But there are repeated metaphors about the Christian Church itself being the "Bride of Christ". Jesus also talks about [[GroinAttack eunuchs]] who become so for God's sake (with the disclaimer that it's not for everyone, but for those who can take it). Most interpret this as advocating celibacy. However. some early Christians took it literally and castrated themselves.
** While the Apostle Paul was celibate, many other early disciples-turned-leaders (thus the proto-clergy) were married, like the Apostle Peter whose wife and mother-in-law are mentioned. Discussed in the Literature/BookOfCorinthians -- Paul suggests that while being celibate helps one to focus their life to glorify the God, it is completely optional. If one cannot resist the temptation of sex, he recommends the believers to marry each other to get rid of the temptation instead.
** For its first few centuries Christianity universally allowed married priests due to the above, even after a schism that divided it into Eastern and Western halves. But since 1139, Roman Catholic priests have been required to be celibate in imitation of Christ. This continues today for modern Roman Catholic priests (well, at least the majority who are faithful, and who were not originally Anglicans that converted after becoming priests and being married).
** Roman Catholic nuns as well (and nuns in general). Mother Teresa counts as a hero.
** Eastern Catholic priests (the one in communion with Rome) are a double subversion--they can be married men, as long as marriage is done prior to ordination. In both Eastern and Western (read: Roman) Rites, once you are ordained, you can no longer marry.
** Same rules apply to Eastern Orthodox Priests, as well as deacons in all rites. A man under Holy Orders is not permitted to take a wife unless given express permission to do so (which in the case of deacons is usually only given if his first wife dies and leaves him to raise minor children as a single father, and in the case of priests is extremely rare; it is unheard of in the case of bishops).
* [[Myth/GreekMythology Theseus]]' son Hippolytus was one of these, and it got him killed. There are risks to swearing off love forever when the goddess of love is very real and very petty. It's also a bad idea to ''[[DoNotTauntCthulhu mock]]'' said goddess in the process.
* Hanuman of the Myth/HinduMythology is known to be a celibate god, though there are many versions which depict Hanuman having lovers [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the country]].
** Devavrata from ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'' swore of celibacy and gave up his birthright as the crown prince of the Hastinapura so his father could marry the woman he loved, who had made that her sons would inherit the throne as the condition to marry her. Because he basically gave up his only boon for being a prince, Devavrata from hence is known with the name Bhishma (He who Swore a Terrible Oath).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' gives us the Chastity disadvantage, giving your Celibate Hero functional rules for what that entails.
** Humorous footnote: The Eunuch disadvantage was also available (to males) in earlier editions, but its value was dropped from 5 points to a 1-point 'quirk' because too many MinMaxing players were taking it.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' [[CrapsackWorld doesn't have heroes]], but does have universal celibacy due to hormone suppressants in the food supply. Some citizens do get off the suppressants, mostly either (a) High Programmers or (b) Troubleshooters stuck Outdoors during a mission and forced to eat natural food long enough for them to wear off. Some of these citizens end up going back on them ''voluntarily'' so they can concentrate on not getting killed. It's that kind of game.
* One Feat offering in the ''Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons'' suppliment ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' is Vow of Chastity, which gives a Player Character benefits, so long as he or she remains chaste. This Feat is a prequisite for two Prestige Classes (one of which is female-only and involves gaining a unicorn as your companion, naturally).

* The {{MrsHawking}} play series: the deductive genius titular character Victoria Hawking is, according to WordOfGod, [[http://www.mrshawking.com/our-ace-heroine/ an aromantic asexual.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Japanese fighting games are riddled with this archetype, exemplified by Ryu ("The Fight Is All") of ''StreetFighter''. {{Creator/SNK}} follows with [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard]] who's implied to be attracted to Blue Mary but keeps his distance, despite Mary's implied attempts to get closer (though she herself seems unsure because of her work). Inverted by Kim Kaphwan, who's married with two sons, and there are a number of others. Although Andy Bogard ''tries'' to project this in an effort to train and surpass his stronger brother, much to Mai's dismay.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxaejyyeI1Q&t=85 How much is projected, and how much is real]] can be diferent things! You know... if he's so scared, he may have something to explain!
** Averted by their original [[FollowTheLeader answer to Ryu]], [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Ryo Sakazaki]], who's attracted to resident {{Bifauxnen}} King who returns the feelings. However, [[CrushBlush both are shy, unsure and unwilling to even talk about any of it to anyone]].
** Downplayed in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', though. Haohmaru has a girlfriend, yes, his priority is fighting and Oshizu knows that very well; Nakoruru has Galford as her DoggedNiceGuy, but her own priority is being a NatureHero; Charlotte also adheres to the trope after she finds out her affections for [[spoiler:Haohmaru]] won't be returned... OTOH, Hattori Hanzou is married to [[ActionMom a fellow Ninja]] named Kaede [[spoiler:(and later was widowed)]] and Sieger got to tie the knot with his lady in liege, Princess Elizabeth.
* Adell from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|Cursed Memories}}'' spends most of the game loudly proclaiming that he can't stand women. This turns out to be due to a traumatic run-in with a [[HornyDevils succubus]] years before.
** Laharl from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' is already 1313 years old, but can't stand sexy women, and doesn't appear to be attracted to non-sexy women either. This might also have something to do with the fact that he is AllergicToLove. He is a perfect example of the "Love is Beneath Me" type. We should point out that, centuries-old or no, Laharl has yet to complete puberty and is still considered JustAKid by demon standards - he acts confused/horrified when an older character tries to give him TheTalk. In the [[LightNovel/DisgaeaNovels novels,]] he's an UnwantedHarem, attracting both young girls (such as Etna, Flonne, her younger sister Ozonne, Gordon's 13-year-old daughter Jane,) and Sakura, an adult woman.
* Ike from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' and ''Radiant Dawn'' shows no romantic or sexual interest in women even up to the end of the games he stars in. Unlike every other Lord in the series, he doesn't even have the option to marry! However, there is a great deal of HoYay between Ike and Soren (and Ranulf to a lesser extent). [[InternetBackdraft Arguments]] over Ike falling into this trope or HideYourLesbians being in play still persist.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' reveals that [[spoiler:he has a descendant named [[MythologyGag Paris]] ([[DubNameChange Priam in the English version]]), but with the possibility that he's actually an indirect descendant (Ike's sister gets married at the end of Radiant Dawn) and nothing referring to Ike having a wife or children, he still possibly qualifies as this trope.]]
* Flik from ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' has refused a lot of suitors who flirt with him, especially Nina, because he has made a vow to be loyal to his first lover Odessa... even though she's already dead.
* Ivy from the ''VideoGame/{{Soul|Series}}'' series, amazingly, is strictly celibate despite being ''MsFanservice incarnate''. This is due to her [[SealedEvilInACan cursed lineage]], which she doesn't want to risk passing on to a child.
** Also, WarriorMonk [[SimpleStaff Kilik]]. According to ''IV'', he's well aware of fellow [[TrueCompanions travelling mate]] [[AnimeChineseGirl Chai]] [[ActionGirl Xianghua's]] romantic feelings for him, but doesn't want to reciprocate for two reasons. '''1)''' Xianghua [[YouRemindMeOfX reminds him of]] his [[OneeSama big sister figure]] Xianglian, [[FailureKnight who he accidentally killed four years back thanks to]] [[TheCorruption the Evil Seed]] (the swarm of evil influence that washed across the world when [[TheAtoner Siegfried]] claimed [[EvilWeapon Soul]] [[ArtifactOfDoom Edge]] for himself and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy became]] [[BigBad Nightmare]]) causing him to become [[TheBerserker berserk]] [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed and slaughter in his fellow Ling Sheng-Su monks]] (unbeknownst to them both, Xianghua is actually Xianglian's [[LongLostRelative long-lost little sister]]). '''2)''' [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies Due to his mission to destroy Soul Edge]] (which holds the risk of his death), [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he would rather have her live a life of happiness without him]]. This comes to a head in either one of two ways in ''IV''. [[spoiler:Either Kilik absorbs the energies of Soul Edge and Soul Calibur into his Kali-Yuga and goes off into seclusion alone to properly balance these powers (Kilik's ending) or Xianghua pleads to Kilik to not go as [[HeroicSacrifice he sacrifices himself to destroy Soul Edge]] [[TogetherInDeath and ultimately goes with him]] (Xianghua's ending). It's a bit saddening no matter how you look at it.]] It should be noted that this is a bit of a departure from ''III'', where Kilik either flat-out asks Xianghua to be with him (his ending) or is {{oblivious|ToLove}} to her [[ShipTease hints]] (her ending). Then again, in their endings, they had finally destroyed Soul Edge, which was a non-canon scenario. Additionally, Xianghua's daughter Leixia is confirmed to be a playable character in ''V'' ([[TimeSkip which is set seventeen years after the fourth game]]). It turns out that Kilik is ''[[DidNotGetTheGirl not]]'' the father, much to the surprise/dismay/anger of many. [[spoiler:Xianghua was instead married off to Ming general Yan Wujin. However, Kilik--before leaving Xianghua--spent one last night with his lover. And that's how Xiba was born.]]
* As much as the Shippers want to deny it, Link from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' typically just rescues the princess and leaves it at that. In a series with humungous amounts of ShipTease, one can't help but think it's because the developers couldn't decide on which girl to pair him up with.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'': Despite being 12 years old, Link is ChickMagnet. Let's count them: Kokiri Sage Saria, Farmer Girl Malon, Zora Princess Ruto, Probably Princess Zelda and even Gerudo sage Nabooru makes a comment in that direction! Still, he manages to avoid all of them, even the one who tried to get him engaged with her.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' mostly tried to avoid giving Link such an UnwantedHarem, with Medli instead being slightly attracted to Prince Komali, the two girls on Windfall island either having different problems or already being in love, and Aryll being, well, his sister. Only the creepy fairy-queen is seen flirting with him and she's never seen again after that.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'': Link and Zelda broke their years long NoHuggingNoKissing agenda in but it doesn't go beyond the hugging part. (And Link had a rather uncomfortable look on his face when Zelda hugged him; then again, his [[SomethingElseAlsoRises hat's tip rose.]]) Also, the game features absolutely no other female characters that could paired up with Link, except if you are a fan of [[{{Squick}} Granny]]-Paedophilia.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': The character of the Hero's Shade is heavily implied to have been a previous Link, most likely the one from ''Ocarnia of Time'', and even tells the titular Link of that game that the techniques he is teaching him are not to leave their bloodline confirming that they are of the same family line. So it seems that at least one Link got busy at one point. The Hero's Shade = ''[=OoT=]''!Link theory [[http://www.zeldauniverse.net/zelda-news/hyrule-historia-reveals-oot-links-cameo-in-twilight-princess/ has been confirmed by]] WordOfGod, adding further credence to the above.
** Subverted in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]''. At the opening of the game, it is clear Link and Zelda are at least extremely close childhood friends, but no romantic interactions go through between them. There is almost one before a tornado sent by Ghirahim drags Zelda to the surface and Link goes on a quest to save her. [[spoiler:By the end of the game, however, Zelda and Link decide to stay on the surface, and the Royal Family in future games has to be built somehow...]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'': Zero, after his tragic first girlfriend, [[VideoGame/MegaManX Iris]], [[spoiler:who he killed, accidentally, by his own hands]], likes to keep things merely professional with future female co-workers from now on, as seen with ''X8's'' Layer (although he's also [[ChasteHero oblivious]] to her feelings).
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'': [=Zer0=], who, when asked if he had anyone special in his life, responded that he is only interested in fighting.
--> '''[=Zer0=]:''' [[{{Haiku}} Combat is my love. / Brutal violence, my partner. / I need no one else.]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** It's possible to play Shepard this way in all the games, usually of the "love is a distraction" variety.
** Samara is a DoubleSubversion. While her [[KnightErrant Code]] does not restrict romance, she merely chooses not to engage in it. [[spoiler: It turns out this is because her three daughters all suffer a rare asari condition that basically makes them sexual vampires, and have to live in isolation - except for the one who went on the run and became a serial killer.]]
* The Master Chief in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', like all SPARTAN-II members, underwent extensive surgeries and procedures to maximize performance. One side effect of his condition is a decrease in...er...interest. Though this side effect is described as a common and likely result of their hormonal adjustment, it is not universal or absolute when it does occur, leading to a few exceptions:
** Zig-zagged with [[ComicBook/HaloBloodLine Black Team]]. Pre-augmentation, two members of Black Team were into each other, going so far as to make out in the showers (they were clothed, but it was pretty intense and it's possible they might have gone farther). As luck would have it, another member of their team happened to be an exception as well, apparent from his ratting them out in jealousy. They seem to have become fully celibate after getting their augmentations, but some tensions still remain.
** Another Spartan, [[ComicBook/TheHaloGraphicNovel Maria-062]], is officially retired from combat duty and intends to start a family; it's possible she was one of those too badly injured to maintain active service. [[spoiler:Another Spartan, Randall-037, also did something similar and even had a daughter]].
** According to supplemental materials, Spartan-[=IIIs=] Kat and Carter of ''VideoGame/HaloReach'''s Noble Team were previously in a relationship, which is hinted at in the game itself.
** In the ExpandedUniverse, Fred-104 develops quite a bit of ShipTease with Detective Veta Lopis, as they both admit privately to themselves the other is quite attractive and they seem to develop a fondness for teasing each other. Saving each other's lives seems to have only strengthened that bond.
* Prince Sebastian Vael of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' actively avoids sex, due to his vows of chastity upon becoming a brother of the Chantry. Players can enter a romance him, but don't expect him to sex with you. [[spoiler: Though it's implied he may eventually break his vows entirely if you are in a rivalry romance with him.]]
* Before CharacterDevelopment kicks in, Duran from ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki'', mostly because he [[YourDaysAreNumbered going to be a living seal]]. He's generally a {{Jerkass}} and acts detached to his harem to make them distance themselves from him.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' is completely uninterested in the advances of Amy Rose, or the flirtations of Rouge the Bat. He has shown a softer side around [[VideoGame/SonicRushSeries Blaze]] [[DefrostingIceQueen the Cat]], though that's more because he's trying to get her to open up to friendship rather than romance. Even his interactions with [[TheScrappy the fandom's worst nightmare]], [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Princess Elise]], don't go any further than {{starboarding}}.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series' protagonist, Garrett the master thief, is implied to be one of these. In his own opinion, romantic relationships would take his focus away from his true love: Heists and pilfered loot. [[spoiler:That said, Garrett does show feelings of affection or concern for a few women, but it's ambiguous whether there's anything romantic behind it.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Nikolai Tesla, in [[http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=61 this]] strip of ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant''.
* Zander in ''Webcomic/{{Metanoia}}'' fits the last category.
* Theo from ''Webcomic/GoldCoinComics'', who is a Monk.
* [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} Magi-Chan]] appeared to be one of these at first, and then [[StrangledByTheRedString he was paired off with Silvana.]]
* Nathan Hale is the Celibate Smart Guy in ''Webcomic/TheDreamer''.
* The Reverend Theo of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is a literal version, since he took a vow of chastity. He eventually gets married, averted the trope but keeping true to his vow.
** Captain Tagon has been shown to be firmly in the "bad relationship experience in the past". That is to say, the last girlfriend he brought home [[spoiler: turned out to be an assassin, rigged with flesh-eating nanobots. The nanobots' first victim was his mother...and then it got worse, until his father had to step in and KillItWithFire.]]
* Jyu Viole Grace from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', who obviously knows what sex is, yet has no intention of having it. This tends to piss a few women off.
* Howlett, TheHero in ''Webcomic/DailyGrind'', is madly in love with Jolene, the [[BigGuy Big Gal]] in the comic's FiveManBand, and she's madly in love with him. But they seem unlikely to ever consummate their relationship since: a) he's a snake and she's a squirrel and neither's quite sure how to make that work physically; b) he was her legal guardian till she turned 18, and even though he's only 5 years older than her, the suggestion of WifeHusbandry gives him the {{Squick}}; and c) Jo is violently [[{{Asexuality}} asexual]] due to her various blood chemistry imbalances and her AbusiveParents.
* Lancelot du Lac in the early years of ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' (in the Contemporary Arc he was studying to be a minister). Then the plot happened.
* Gary from ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', as explained by [[MrExposition Team Exposition]] on the whereabouts of the rest of the team:
--> Sal: [[ChivalrousPervert Marty]] is getting [[SexyManInstantHarem all sorts]] of girls to fawn over him.
--> Leeroy: [[TheStoic Gary]] is avoiding getting fawned over by [[UnwantedHarem various women]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': The main character, John Egbert, has decided to remain one as long as the SBURB session continues. (Perhaps not so surprising since the last time we saw him he was all of 14.) After he and Jade talk over their respective potential romantic interests (several of them each), [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006636 John basically throws his hands up in the air.]]
--> JOHN: anyway, my point is, who even cares about all that?
--> JOHN: romance and dating are dumb and boring. we are legendary heroes, and we have bigger fish to fry. like that smug fatass over there on the horizon.
** Kankri has also decided to abstain from sex or romance to better focus on his social justice goals...though he seems to have a crush on Latula. He doesn't seem aware, but [[EveryoneCanSeeIt everyone else sure is.]]
* Marlene of ''Webcomic/JetDream'', apparently indifferent to sex of any sort, thinks of [[GenderBender her sex change]] as a minor inconvenience that occasionally gets in the way of [[ForScience Doing Science]]. The occasional urge can be dealt with easily enough by using [[ADateWithRosiePalms her Jet Dream Vibrostick]]. This attitude [[http://tgcaps.com/caps/modcomics/suedenim/jetdream/mjdr01/mjdr1_01.jpg.php doesn't last forever, though.]]
* Jesus in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3906 as he points out to Monique.]]
* Kit in ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'' is an AntiHero example. As a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Devikin]] having to deal with FantasticRacism that causes many women of her race to resort to [[HornyDevils prostitution]], she's sworn off of sex. She also tries to hold her sister, Poe, to the same standard, much to Poe's frustration.
* Parson from ''{{Wecomic/Erfworld}}'' would rather not be, but nobody he's interested in can consent in a way he considers meaningful thanks to power discrepancy. This raises some eyebrows in-universe, since hooking up with attractive underlings whenever you want is generally considered one of the perks of command.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Daichi in ''Literature/GreekNinja'', who is not only annoyed by girls' attention, but also appears unaware of their gaze.
* In Season 4 of ''Series/{{Noob}}'', Omega Zell reveal that he's deliberately avoiding any friendship or love relationship whith women until he becomes the game's top player. However, sinc he's not [[EffeminateMisogynisticGuy that found]] [[StrawMisogynist of them]] in the first place [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero nor hiding it]], he's not exactly spending his time turning down an UnwantedHarem.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Rolf from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. He is the only character in the entire cast who hasn't shown any romantic interest in DudeMagnet Nazz (besides [[AmbiguouslyGay Jimmy]]), or any other person, female or male. He was also the only one not affected by the cupids in the Valentine's Day special, and being the one who saved the day to boot.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{The Brothers Grunt}}'', the Grunts are celibate (Sammy's infatuation with lamps notwithstanding). In a flashback, the Poobah urges the Grunts to shun romance.
-->'''Poobah''': Ah, love! The joining of hearts! The exchanging of gifts and fluids! It is not for our kind, brothers. Love is a temptress, a succubus intent on shopping for furniture. Deny love, my boys, or suffer the ultimate fate: Sunday with the in-laws!
* Garnet of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has zero interest in romance. Or, more specifically, [[spoiler:her [[FusionDance component gems]], Ruby and Sapphire, are in a dedicated relationship with each other and have zero interest in anyone else, thus making Garnet a personification of a relationship]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Sir UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton died a virgin. He said that one of the greatest things he could boast about is that he never had sex.
* Philosopher Immanuel Kant also died a virgin, but he was asexual, so...
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_James_Sidis William James Sidis]] fits this trope.
* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla attributed his genius to the power of celibacy. Creator/KateBeaton [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=61 did a comic about it.]]
** While he was still technically celibate, he was also in love with a pigeon and was pretty heart broken when it died.
-->'''Tesla''': Yes, I loved that pigeon, I loved her as a man loves a woman, and she loved me.
* Authority figures aren't above exploiting this trope for propaganda purposes, even if they don't really live up to it.
** UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler kept his long affair with Eva Braun out of the public eye, in part, because his propagandists played off the "Love is a Distraction" and "Love is Beneath Me" themes, making it seem that Germany was all that mattered to him.
** The same is true of Hồ Chí Minh, who married a Chinese woman named Tăng Tuyết Minh before becoming president of North Vietnam. The couple were separated by his arrest in 1931 and it was almost twenty years later before she found out what had happened to him; however, the government never answered her requests to meet her estranged husband, and even today her existence is not legally acknowledged.
** And of course, there's the Virgin Queen herself, UsefulNotes/ElizabethI of England. Did she have an active love life? Yes. Did she play up her public image of celibacy? Yes.
* How about [[http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Wake_Nancy.html Nancy]] [[http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-heroes/white_mouse.htm "The White Mouse"]][[http://www.moreorless.au.com/heroes/wake.html Wake?]] A journalist hailing from New Zealand, she aided the French Resistance, and after her cover was blown, trained with the British SOE, returned to France, and went on to do such badass things as riding a bicycle for 71 km to get much needed supplies and commanding 7,000 Maquis troops against 22,000 Nazi soldiers. She's the most decorated servicewoman of WWII and would like to be remembered as "the woman who turned down 7,000 horny Frenchmen."
* UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc: national heroine of France, and she is well known for her virginity.
* Many canonized saints in the Roman Catholic Church died as virgins (some of them also martyrs), like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padre_pio Padre Pio,]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Faustina_Kowalska Mary Faustina Kowalska]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Ursula Saint Ursula/]] etc...
* The Catholic Church tries to envoke this trope, requiring its clergy to take a vow of celibacy.
* Although some historians suspect Film/LawrenceOfArabia of having homosexual relations, most evidence points to him having a deep-seated fear of sexuality. In fact, his own brother once claimed to be positive that Lawrence died a virgin.
* Creator/AndyWarhol's family insists that he died a virgin, and despite his often-erotic art, there is good evidence in his biography to believe this. He was also a devout Byzantine Catholic, which may have played a part in his decision.
* General Charles Gordon (of Khartoum). Similar to Lawrence, many historians (notably Lytton Strachey) depict him as a closet homosexual or even a pederast. He certainly spent a lot of time caring for orphaned boys through his charity work. But in all likelihood Gordon was chaste, if not actually asexual, largely due to his evangelical Christianity. He once wrote a friend that he wished he was a eunuch!
* Creator/LeonardoDaVinci is speculated by some scholars (including Freud) to not have been homosexual, but celibate. He himself wrote: "The act of procreation and anything that has any relation to it is so disgusting that human beings would soon die out if there were no pretty faces and sensuous dispositions." - which doesn't necessarily mean he wasn't engaging in it (He was arrested for [[ValuesDissonance sodomy,]] after all).
* "Gray" {{asexuality}} can present like this. It's worth noting that the asexual community considers it to be more of a spectrum than an "either-or" situation, so some people might genuinely be heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual, while not being generally interested in having sex.
* Creator/HenryDavidThoreau is often believed to have died a virgin.
* The great Chinese admiral and explorer Zheng. He was a eunuch, making him both this ''and'' a HandicappedBadass.
* Florence Nightingale, "The Lady with the Lamp", ended up rejecting a marriage proposal in favor of her call to nursery and never married. It is almost certain that she remained a virgin.