Virgins are presented as more cherished or desirable than unvirgins.

There's just something about virgins that seems to exude desirability, like a natural aphrodisiac that works regardless of gender. Heck, even characters who are no longer virgins can get this benefit from sincerely trying to be {{Chaste|Hero}} or {{Celibate|Hero}} because ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere (faking it is far more hit and miss).

This was a big thing in older stories, what with a "woman's virtue" and desirability being directly proportional, and part of the nobility behind a KnightInShiningArmour. The sheer number of suitors a fair and virginal [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] would draw to her [[TheDulcineaEffect just from hearing her described]] would be ''[[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman staggering]]'', bordering on SoBeautifulItsACurse.

The reasons behind this vary depending on the period of the story and the characters themselves. In early stories it's because SexIsEvil, and virginity is a sign of purity, and thus desirability -- and also giving the man some hope of averting MamasBabyPapasMaybe, since it's evidence that she doesn't just sleep around. Modern stories often follow the Madonna/Whore Complex: men marry the Madonna, but sleep with the Whore. There's also the bragging rights behind bedding a virgin, which would be a BIG notch in any [[TheCasanova Casanova]]'s or rare male [[TheVamp Vamp's]] belt. The assumptions here are that [[VirginShaming men are not allowed to be virgins]], and the [[VirginityMakesYouStupid virginal are idiots]], and [[MadonnaWhoreComplex non-virginal women are whores]]. It bears repeating that this can be a gender neutral trope; when a man ''is'' a virgin, that signals to women that this guy is likely waiting for love and not just wanting a one-night stand.

Sometimes this trope [[RuleThirtyFour comes]] in a more [[{{Squick}} disturbing]] form, where the thought of [[RapeAsDrama defiling]] a virgin is a turn on in and of itself. However, it could also be thought of as a [[RuleThirtyFour turn-on]] to be the first one to show someone [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex how great sex can be]]. There is also the foolish idea held by some insecure people that a virgin won't know if the sex was bad, having no comparison. But of course, anyone can tell if they enjoyed themselves or if they were in pain. And it's much easier to satisfy an experienced woman and keep her from being in pain than it is to do the same for a virgin (same applies to a gay man on the bottom, naturally.)

In a horror setting, this is a good thing because of DeathBySex. Then again, there's always the chance the villain of the movie needs a VirginSacrifice...

More {{Tropes}} that often go hand-in-hand with this:
* AlwaysLawfulGood
* BarrierMaiden
* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt
* CantHaveSexEver
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule
* CelibateHero
** ChasteHero
* ChastityCouple
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* ContractualPurity
* DeathBySex
* DefiledForever
* TheDulcineaEffect
* EntitledToHaveYou
* HotLibrarian
* InnocentFanserviceGirl
* TheIngenue
* IWillWaitForYou
* KnightInShiningArmour
* MadonnaWhoreComplex
* MenActWomenAre
* {{Miko}}
* MyGirlIsNotASlut
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased
* NotLikeOtherGirls (if the character's virginity or modesty or "innocence" is what sets her apart)
* NoSexAllowed
* ProperLady
* PuritySue
* {{Seifuku}}
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains
* SexIsEvil
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* TakingTheVeil (especially in works [[NunsNRosaries written by and for Catholics]])
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth
* VirginInAWhiteDress
* VirginityFlag
* VirginPower
* VirginSacrifice
* VirginTension
* YamatoNadeshiko (unless the YN in question is married)

* ConsummationCounterfeit
* EternalSexualFreedom
* EthicalSlut
* FreeLoveFuture
* GoodBadGirl
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex
* HeroicSeductress
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold
* MissKitty
* MyGirlIsASlut
* NaughtyNuns
* NunTooHoly
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl
* SexAsRiteOfPassage
* SexIsGood
* TechnicalVirgin
* TheThreeFacesOfEve
* VirginShaming
* VirginityMakesYouStupid

Do not confuse this trope with NatureAbhorsAVirgin.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/Club9'': Even though Haruo's generous figure and klutzy, pure-hearted charm are enough to melt the brains of her admirers, any time the men get a hint of her being a virgin...
* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'': Briefly discussed, when [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Bosco]] explains to [[TheProtagonist Ayaka]] that it'd become harder for vampires to find virgins in the modern age, due to how liberal society had become. The fact that [[DamselInDistress Makiko]] was [[PurityPersonified not only a virgin, but didn't drink, didn't smoke, or do drugs]], made her blood especially pure. Which causes her to stick out like a walking neon "drink me" sign and is the reason she was being relentlessly pursued by Dracula.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', only a virgin can be the Priestess.


[[folder: Comic Book ]]

* Averted in ''ComicBook/SinCity''. Marv is the only known virgin in the series and he tends to get into a lot of trouble. In fact, the universe itself was apparently against him getting laid for a long time. He said it himself:
--> "Before, I wasn't even able to buy a woman, on account of the way I look."
** Still worth noting that [[spoiler:the one time he does get laid [[DeathBySex leads directly to his death]]]].


[[folder: Fairy Tales ]]

* In ''[[ Little Annie the Goose Girl]]'', the prince marries Annie rather than any of three princesses because she is "a maid pure and bright", where all the princesses have given birth before.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Pick a horror film, any horror film. In fact, in lists of horror movie rules (where they present common tropes in rule form, such as "don't go into dark, empty rooms"), "[[DeathBySex Virgins live, sluts die]]" is one of them.
** While none of the films in the franchise may qualify as horror movies by today's standards (even if filmgoers ran from the auditoriums in terror when the first one premiered in 1933), [[Film/KingKong1933 King Kong]] not only adores his virgins, but he seems to prefer blondes (see also VirginSacrifice).
** Some horror films use an inversion of this trope, such as ''Film/CherryFalls'', where virgins are specifically being killed and paradoxically the only way to stay alive is to do the naughty which leads to the awkward scenario of parents encouraging their kids to go have sex.
* Creator/JoshHartnett trying to be a ChasteHero in ''Film/FortyDaysAndFortyNights'' makes him the target of both lust and sabotage attempts on the part of women presumably because, should he succeed, it would prove men can be sexually independent of women. That he went so far as to stop masturbating and looked like a drug addict going through withdrawal towards the end does not help matters.
* In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', this goes both ways when ChasteHero Sir Galahad finds the convent with the false grail.
* ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'' with Madame de Tourvel (And Cecile, though she's much easier due to VirginityMakesYouStupid). (And, consequently ''Film/CruelIntentions'', which is ''[[RecycledInSpace Dangerous Liaisons]]'' [[RecycledInSpace IN HIGH SCHOOL]]!
** Though actually Cecile is an inversion, Valmont ''didn't'' want to sleep with her as it would damage his reputation to pick such a very easy target. He was only spurred on to seduce and ruin Cecile as revenge when her mother got in the way of his primary seduction (Madame de Tourvel).
* In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', the heroes daughter is pointed out early in the story to be a virgin. Being [[spoiler:female and the daughter of the hero, she has ChastityArmor and because of this the female slavery villains who kidnap her check, find out she is a virgin (although in RealLife it isn't always so easy, even for a doctor), and hold off on raping her until after they set up a special sale for luxury virgins, which naturally gives the hero time to save her before it's too late]].
** Meanwhile, [[spoiler:the daughter's semi-slutty friend is found dead fairly early into the movie.]]
* Played straighter than an arrow for laughs in the play and film ''Film/ReeferMadnessTheMusical'', well, the one that wasn't made in the thirties. Mary, the token adorable little miss diabetes-inducing sweetness, is the high school sweetheart the protagonist falls for. Sally, the only woman with a libido, is the 'reefer den slut' who boasts about being in 'more laps than a napkin.' Sally can seduce the protagonist, but only Mary can redeem him of the vile weed. Of course, one puff of the whacky tabbacy and Mary turns into a reefer slut as well. Hilarity and [[spoiler: DeathBySex]] follow.
* In ''Film/{{Kids}}'', 15-year old [[TheCasanova Casanova]] Telly pursues only virgin girls. [[spoiler: Which makes it all the more horrifying when it is discovered that he is an unknowing HIV carrier.]]
* In the 1987 AffectionateParody movie version of ''Film/{{Dragnet}}'', Joe Friday falls for the Virgin Connie Swail (as she's almost always called) after rejecting a topless model and a stripper. Connie may also be using this trope, since she chooses Joe over his partner who is seen with several different women; it's implied Joe is a virgin himself.
-->'''Pep Streebeck:''' ''Oh Joe, you never had these feelings before, have you?''\\
'''Joe Friday:''' ''Almost. I had a kitten once.''\\
'''Pep Streebeck:''' ''Yeah, it's going to be a little different. Connie is not going to be sleeping in a box, or meowing all night, or clawing up your drapes. Or maybe she will. I mean, you're both kind of starting from scratch with this.''
* In ''Film/{{Mustang}}'' virginity is important for the family of the girls. After they played in the sea with boys, the three older girls must have a virginity test. During the wedding night of Selma and Osman, as there is no blood on the bedsheets, Osman and her family brings Selma to the hospital in the middle of the night for another virginity test.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the novel ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' (''Cross Stitch'' in the UK, for some reason) the main love interest, Jamie, is a virgin until his wedding night-- seemingly a pleasant state of affairs for the older, previously-married heroine. This might have been an intentional subversion of the romance novel staple of the rakehell romantic hero and the virginal, innocent heroine, as neither of them are precisely innocent despite it. (There's also an incredibly {{squick}}y possibility that this same perceived innocence is the same reason the main villain [[spoiler:wanted to have sex with him when he was sixteen, and was willing to [[ScarpiaUltimatum set Claire free in exchange for torture and rape]] later on]]. Nngh. Whimper.)
* OlderThanDirt: In ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', animals had no fear of the WildMan Enkidu until he slept with a woman (after which they avoided him).
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' Book 9, ''Literature/WhiteNight'', Lara Raith (a sex vampire/succubus) is instantly driven to feed on [[spoiler:young wizard Carlos Ramirez]] when she realizes that he is a virgin. He deflects her advances and his own supernaturally-fanned lust with some quick thinking, and Lara warns Harry (he and [[spoiler:Ramirez]] being her [[PragmaticVillainy protected guests]]) that virgins are extremely attractive to her kind and [[spoiler:Ramirez]] should stay away from her kin, as they may not be able to control themselves around him. This revelation is particularly [[VirginShaming humiliating]] for [[spoiler:Ramirez, who had made it a point to brag long and hard about his sexual conquests and prowess]], and particularly amusing for Harry.
** Averted in ''Proven Guilty''. One of the reasons Harry doesn't sleep with [[spoiler:Molly]] is because she's never had sex before and doesn't understand the emotional ramifications of it.
* The nature of royal marriages in ''Literature/KingdomOfLittleWounds''. Isabel insists that she came to Christian a virgin. Sophia was also a virgin on her wedding night. With non-noble characters, Jacob didn't penetrate Ava because while he wanted to be intimate before their wedding, he still wanted to marry a virgin.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* There's an episode of ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' that has Samantha lust after a SexyPriest precisely because of this.
* A similar thing happened in ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' with Jane falling for her CelibateHero co-worker (who admittedly isn't a virgin but has renounced premarital sex for religious reasons).
* In the ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' episode "The Second Coming of Leonard," Dharma's old boyfriend, Leonard, returns from India where he has lived his life completely celibate since the last night he and Dharma spent together. Leonard's celibacy, contrasted by his intimate knowledge of Tantric Sex, is the subject of the majority of the humor in the episode. The entire cast of the show (including Greg at the end) seems to be attracted to Leonard, who receives several sexual advances from Jane.
* Averted in at least one episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU''. A high-school [[TheCasanova Casanova]], who is accused of raping a girl, claims outright that he doesn't have sex with virgins, saying that since losing their virginity is such a big deal for most teenagers, he doesn't want the emotional baggage that comes along with it.
** And played ''very'' darkly in another episode where the VillainOfTheWeek specifically targets virgins to rape. He "justifies" it by saying that his wife wasn't a virgin when they got married--as if that's any kind of justification. And he was already a sexual predator before they met, further showing his excuse to be a load of bull.


[[folder: Music ]]

* ''Music/UnfinishedMusicNo1TwoVirgins'' by Music/JohnLennon and and Music/YokoOno alludes to this. At the time both of them weren't virgins any more, but they were so in love after meeting each other that they ''felt'' like virgins again. Thus the title.
* ''Music/LikeAVirgin'' by Music/{{Madonna}} caused a stir back in 1985, precisely because of this trope. Yet, when one carefully reads the lyrics one finds out that it's actually about a woman who isn't a virgin no more and just likes her new partner, because he makes her feel a virgin again.
* Music/AdamAnt's "S.E.X." from the album ''Music/PrinceCharming'', despite being about sex, informs us that "virginity is no crime".


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* In 2002, Chris Nowinski took a liking to Molly Holly after finding out she was a virgin.


[[folder: Theater ]]

* In Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus'' Tamora's sons Chiron and Demetrius are attracted to Lavinia precisely because she's a virgin. Originally, they wanted to seduce her and were fighting each other to see which brother would do it, and with some revenging getting in the middle of things they end up [[NightmareFuel raping her over her newlywed husband's corpse, cutting out her tongue, cutting off her hands (so she could neither speak nor write her attackers' names), and framing her brothers for the deed, resulting in their execution.]]
* Inverted in ''Theatre/ALittleNightMusic'', where Fredrik leaves his still-virginal wife for Desiree.
** Or doubly played straight depending on how to see it: said virginal wife, for her part, leaves ''Fredrik'' for his stepson, who is not only a virgin himself, but was planning to become a missionary before Anne got to him.
* In ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'', Harold Hill expresses his preference for "The Sadder But Wiser Girl", but in the end it's the nice girl he falls in love with.
** Although, for most of the plotline, Harold Hill thought that Marion 'was' a "Sadder but Wiser Girl".


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' subverts this: "While unicorns will lay their heads in the laps of virgins, uniclopses will settle for a girl who doesn't go past second base on the first date."