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Purity as a character trait is a very common concept in fiction. Going back to some of the earliest mythology, purity is treated as an ideal goal for everybody to strive towards. Purity is usually defined as a total lack of sin with an unrivaled dedication towards the ideals of the culture. In this sense, outside of {{deconstruction}}s, purity is almost always analogous to goodness. It is often analogous to virginity as well, but not entirely bound to it. This can often go to supernatural lengths.

Going more in depth, a character with this trait (usually female, but male examples aren't that uncommon) is treated both by the narrative and by many (if not all) of the characters as being a shining example of good. Almost always [[BeautyEqualsGoodness beautiful]], she often gives off a soft radiance that tends to [[FriendToAllLivingThings attract animals]]. Almost exclusively soft-spoken, polite, optimistic, and just all-around pleasant to be around. The general message tends to be that this is a near-angelic person and should be given the utmost respect.

Probably one of the first tropes to be consumed by the overly-inclusive MarySue label to such a point where any character like this will be immediately labeled as one regardless of context. Because of that, it isn't quite so common any more but is still a decently popular template in some circles.

!!A SuperTrope to:
+ TheBeautifulTropes
+ FemininityTropes
+ GoodGuysGarb
+ MagicalGirlTropes
+ MarySueTropes
+ PrincessTropes
+ VirginityTropes
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* IdolSinger
* IncorruptiblePurePureness
* TheIngenue
* MarySueClassic
* MysticalWaif
* NatureAdoresAVirgin
* ThePollyanna
* PrincessClassic
* OnlyThePureOfHeart
* ProperLady
* PureIsNotGood
* PuritySue
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth
* VirginInAWhiteDress
* VirginPower
* WhiteMagicianGirl
* YamatoNadeshiko

!!Tropes that often invoke this:
* AllLovingHero
* CelibateHero
* ChasteHero
* FriendToAllChildren
* HerosMuse
* IncorruptiblePurePureness
* InHarmonyWithNature
* LivingMacGuffin
* MagicalGirl
* MagicalGirlfriend
* MagicIdolSinger
* OldFashionedRowboatDate
* OnlyGoodPeopleMayPass
!!Add examples here of purity that don't quite fit in any of those articles:


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' dedicated its third season to a MacGuffin hunt involving "Pure Hearts", a crystalline object residing within people with a pure and just dedication towards a goal. Not played entirely straight in the fact that even bitter, cynical characters have them as well.
* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Tsukiyo is seen as this, [[spoiler: especially by the goddess [[GenderBlenderName Vulcan]], who shares many of the same [[TheOjou refined]] sensibilities she does.]]
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', this is what the angels believe they and Zeus are ''supposed'' to be, but slowly start to learn it is not what they ''are''.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Penelope from ''Literature/TheOdyssey''. She was never tempted by her suitors and worked hard to outwit them so they'd leave her alone. She also spent most of her time in mourning. Slightly to be expected since she's the image of an ideal Greek woman.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Sylphrena and other honorspren are ''literally'' made out of the idea of honor.


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has a few:
** There is [[WingedHumanoid Sanguinius]], Primarch of the Blood Angels, complete with golden armour, gargantuan silver-white wings, badass PapaWolf trait and HeroicSacrifice without ever swaying from his path, all the while being beloved by all for his nobility and generosity, which became something of his nickname; the 'All-Beloved'.
** On the other side, there are the "Grey Knights", secretive warriors who are to a SpaceMarine what a SpaceMarine is to a normal human. They are completely immune to demonic possession and thus untaintable. Until we learn [[{{Deconstruction}} that they have become this by way of]] [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]] {{Mind Rape}}s by which they continually get possessed and exorcised by/from deamons.
* The High Elf Everqueen in normal ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. Basically a Disney Princess but with magic, daemons can't even be near her or else they burn.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The Batter of ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' wants to purify the world of spectres and evil. [[spoiler: ''Purifying'' a zone leaves it a lifeless husk of what it once was. Batter wants to do this on a '''global scale''', and by the end, you, the player, have the option of siding with him or against him.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'''s Lunarians are a civilization that escaped Earth to cleanse themselves of the impurity of mortality and achieve a sort of eternal existence. However, they can still die of non-natural means and the little impurity they still carry ensures they will still age and can ultimately die of it, even if it takes a lot longer than normal. This has turned them into a SocietyOfImmortals SpaceElves - who are not above trying to "purify" Earth (turning it into the same barren landscape of the Moon) when backed into a corner by a canny enough foe.
* Kairi, and the other six Princesses of Heart in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts.''
** [[spoiler:Also Ventus, since Master Xehanort took away the darkness from his heart.]]
* Subverted with Sera from ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''. She fits the criteria of being a MysticalWaif, and TheIngenue - mostly because [[spoiler: she can talk to God. But this turns out to bite her in the ass: she was partially responsible for God absorbing the Earth's data; created AIs of people she knew (which were eventually used in a survival-of-the-fittest experiment to create powerful warriors) and was generally manipulated by her own mother, Serph and a lot of the other scientists. She also [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badassery]] in the second game.]]
* Talim, from the [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur Series]], is by far the most pure character in the cast, and yet that doesn't stop her from being a badass CuteBruiser.
* [[CuteClumsyGirl Viki]] from the ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series.
** A few others, such as Luserina and Sharmista, could fit this trope as well.
* Amberle from ''VideoGame/{{Lusternia}}''. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, [[WrongGenreSavvy she didn't realize]] she was living in [[CrapsackWorld Lusternia]], and was the first to be killed in the war against [[CosmicHorror The Soulless Ones]].]]


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': Skye is a shy young animal telepath who was [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold so pure of heart]], that [[spoiler: Hecate]] was astonished to find [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/impressive_for_a_human her was soul utterly devoid of malevolence.]] Which was lampshaded in the final panel, [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/girl_shaped here]], and her compassion is such, that she forgave [[EvilRedhead Cerise]] for manipulating her and willingly tainted her soul with darkness [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/consumed_by_her_power in order to save her life.]]
* ''Webcomic/ToPreventWorldPeace'': The series as a whole is a "light" deconstruction of Magical Girl anime. In this setting, magical girls can only receive their powers if they have a "purity of being" so that they completely believe in and represent an ideal, thereby gaining magical power that is used to hunt down the magical predators that plague society. Unfortunately, the forces of good [[WeAreStrugglingTogether are not one big happy family]], [[MagnificentBastard politicians, businessmen, and even some muggles]] [[WouldHurtAChild manipulate their children into doing dangerous / socially unacceptable things]] for profit, and some of the "pure-hearted" heroes of justice kill people, and are never socially reprimanded for thinking that killing is a pure and honest thing (even in the case of justifiable homicide). A lot of the plot comes from the fact that most of the magical girls in the world think that the world is screwed up and they received their powers by being pure of heart, and by that [[InsaneTrollLogic logic]] they are the most fit [[DudeWheresMyRespect to protect / rule the world]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* As mentioned above, very popular in classic Creator/{{Disney}} movies. Later princesses ([[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]], [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jasmine]]) were notable for going against their cultural norm (this was, obviously, post-feminism), but the originals were played straight.