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Anime and Manga
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Setsuna F. Seiei. He starts as a Chaste Hero who can't even understand why a girl would get scared when he gets in her room at night and then rejects another girl when she steals his first kiss, then becomes a Celibate Hero who thinks of the same first girl more as a sisterly/motherly figure and says it out loud. All around, however, he simply doesn't seem to be interested.
- A recurring gag is that Van, Celibate Hero that he is, usually tries to keep women from getting too close by telling them "I'm a virgin". As he appears to not have had any interest in women before meeting his (soon-to-be-late) bride, he's probably telling the truth.
- Further explored with Michael; after he has sex with Fasalina, the narrator intones, "While no one was looking, a boy became a man"... but the narrator continues to call Michael "boy" afterwards, while he refers to Van as "man" throughout. One sex act doth not a man make.
- Vash. He has a Badass Longcoat, Cool Shades, not one but two badass nicknames ("the Stampede, the Humanoid Typhoon,"), a 60 billion-double-dollar bounty on his head, and a very large gun. About the only thing he didn't have going for him was a giant robot. Vash is OFFERED sex by two women following his saving the town by defeating the Nebraskas and allowing them to claim the reward. He acts drunk, and like he's passed out and they leave disappointed, while we are treated to a shot of an open eyed and completely sober Vash looking regretful but determined.
- Several manga Omakes might suggest that Nicholas D. Wolfwood is only active with his grotesque blow-up doll - which makes some sense since he's actually in his late teens, much younger than in the anime, has been busy surviving with debilitating traumas and a spectacular lack of social skills, and is more than awkward with women (including Millie). The anime suggests he has more experience and acts as a foil to Vash's obvious frustration. And he gets killed off right after having off-screen sex with Millie, anyway.
- And Legato, though he gets explicitly noticed for his good looks, is much too obsessive a follower of Knives and his plans to have had any intimate encounters. Mostly he meets people and they die. Of course, in the manga he appears to have been the kept catamite of someone very ugly before Knives destroyed the whole town except for him. If his psychic powers had just awakened a little earlier... This tends to put people off sex.
- Code Geass:
- Despite a surprisingly attractive Unwanted Harem all making advances toward Lelouch in one form or another, he remains a virgin for the entire series. Word of God even states that Lelouch was too busy with his Magnificent Bastardry to have time for women.
- Subverted in R2 when a depressed and Heroic BSODing Lelouch orders Kallen to "comfort him". She slaps him instead, because she couldn't refuse anything to Zero, but doesn't want to be a sex toy for the pathetic thing Lelouch was at this point.
- Baccano!: About half the cast, though not for lack of trying by some. Justifications range from crippling anxiety (yes, he's still badass) to waiting for a certain girl to massive social ineptitude.
- In Narita's other series, Durarara!!, Ikebukuro's resident God of Destruction in a Bartender Suit is not only a virgin, but hasn't even so much as kissed a girl thanks to his Super Strength and rage disorder getting in the way. By the time of the series proper, he's simply resigned himself to the fact that no one could possibly love him.
- Sun-Ken Rock: The protagonist Ken leads a very powerful (but small) mafia through shear force of personality, and has beaten up nearly every male in the series. Ken, even with many (beautiful) women literally throwing themselves at him, maintains his virginity as part of his devotion to Yumin, even though they have yet to do anything either.
- High School D×D: Issei Hyodou. Although he really wants to lose his virginity, somehow he can't. It's then revealed that the reason why he can't just lose his virginity to his harem (who are totally willing) is because of trauma when he was killed by Reynalle all the way back when the plot starts.
- Sin City: It is implied that Marv — the big, tough, near-invincible badass — was having "the night of his life" with Goldie, and lost his virginity to her. Marv specifically says that not even any of the city's numerous prostitutes would come near him due to his enormous stature, tough looks, and violent reputation, the implication being that certainly no non-prostitute would come within a mile of him.
- Hawkman: Katar Hol in the Hawkworld continuity. When two women want to show their gratitude for saving their lives, he admits that he's a virgin and wants his first time to be special. That just makes them more interested in him.
- Played with in the "Shout at The Devil" story line of Hack/Slash. Hulking and deformed slasher-slayer Vlad has unsurprisingly never "made the sex" with a woman, but can't rescue his partner-in-slayage Cassie until he does. The villain has a mind-control spell that only works on virgins. Hilarity ensues.
- Tales Of The Dragon Guard takes this and runs with it. Only virgin girls are immune to The Corruption. Virgin boys, grown men, and non-virgin girls still get mutated.
- Judge Dredd: Hinted at since the beginning and confirmed in recent years, Judges (of both sexes) are trained from the outset to be celibate. The "Wally Squad", i.e. the undercover division, are allowed to get it on but only when "in character" and even then they're not supposed to enjoy it. The penalty for infraction is usually dismissal; if they haven't yet infracted they are expected to resign. Many dismissed in this way, for example GalenDeMarco, become private investigators.
- "To Absent Friends" has a rare female example when the other women on USS Bajor's senior staff are surprised to learn that their Vulcan member T'Var is a virgin despite having been through pon farrnote at least once (she was able to deal with it by meditation and her parents had decided against arranging a match for her).
- Tamers Forever Series: The adult Takeru Takaishi. Despite being one of the biggest badasses in the series, he is specifically stated to be a virgin and while this does cause a brief awkward moment, it's not seen as important. In fact it actually ends up being part oh his appeal with Rumiko calling men like him a "dying breed".
- Fill the Moon plays with this. Xaldin is twenty-nine and has never had sex (up to chapter 50, anyway). He is still as canonically badass as he is in the game, but the others occasionally tease him for it.
- While not directly called to attention, this is implied to be ironically subverted in Fallout: Equestria. Calamity lived alone in a shack for years, acting as the lone defender of New Appleloosa but never actually living there. He remarks that, because none of the mares back in the Enclave shared his ideals, he saw no reason to pursue them romantically. Yet he loves meat, fixes things, and nopony would deny that he's a grade A badass at the start of the story and only becomes more so throughout! All things considered, chapter 32 with Velvet Remedy may very well be his fist time. Calamity, never very good with words, nonetheless assures both Velvet and Little pip that it wasn't just out of convenience and he intends to take the relationship seriously.
- In Iron Fist: The Movie , it is revealed that since Danny lived in K'un L'un from the time he was a boy until adulthood, he had never had a girlfriend with the implication that he did not have certain other experiences, either. He is still capable of kicking ass.
Film — Live-Action
- In Hot Shots!, Ramada takes Topper home with her.
Topper: So... I assume you've been with a man before.
Ramada: I'm a virgin. I'm just not very good at it.
- In the 1987 movie version of Dragnet:
- Connie Swail is a virgin (we know because she's a virgin sacrifice) and it's implied Friday is too:
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.
- Joe, in his overly formal way, always refers to her as "the virgin Connie Swail". But inverted at the end of the film:
Streebeck: Hey, partner. I tried to call you up till midnight. I thought the Christian Science reading rooms closed at ten.
Friday: Not that it's any of your business, Mr. National Enquirer, but I had the pleasure of spending a quiet evening in the company of Connie Swail.
Streebeck: Wait a minute! Connie Swail? Don't you mean the virgin'' Connie Swail?!
Friday: >:) (Cue music: DUM, de DUM dum...)
- Connie Swail is a virgin (we know because she's a virgin sacrifice) and it's implied Friday is too:
- The Wicker Man (1973): The hero's religiously inspired chastity is a major part of the plot. Of course, seeing as this gets him a Virgin Sacrifice at the end of the film, this could go either way. The 2006 remake entirely omits the hero's religion and chastity. Apparently Neil La Bute couldn't believe Nicolas Cage as a virgin.
- The 40-Year-Old Virgin was all about the hero's attempts to lose his virginity. In a minor inversion, however, his male friends — who had all had sex and were eagerly egging him on — were in many ways much bigger losers than he was, and were certainly far more infantile and immature about sex, compared to the affable and handsome hero. One critic pointed that even his "unmanly" preference for bike riding rather than using a car or a motorcycle works to the hero's favor since it helps keep him in great shape and attractive to women.
- Born on the Fourth of July: The protagonist (played by Tom Cruise) is a wrestling star in high school who loses his final match, much to the disappointment of his parents, goes off to Vietnam to prove his manhood, and gets his legs blown off. He then loses his high school sweetheart, who he had been saving himself for (who remains his friend and gets him involved in the anti-war movement). In a fit of despair, he moves to a whorehouse in Mexico frequented by boozy, PTSD'd Vietnam War paraplegics and attempts to lose his virginity (more or less) to an attractive girl there. He doesn't enjoy it much.
- Weekend At Bernies II. One of the characters will die from a poison unless a voodoo potion with "the blood of a virgin" is made as an antidote. The poisoned character laments that he's going to die, but his friend gets up and begrudgingly holds out his finger, saying "take my blood". The potion is made from his blood and works, leading the now cured character in the final scene to razz his buddy by saying "thanks for keeping yourself a virgin for me."
- The Matrix: We don't know anything about Neo's supposed love life, but it doesn't matter because he was actually in the Matrix and his body was lying in a tube the whole time. When he gets freed, he only kisses Trinity (at least in the first movie). This may have to do with the "Neo is the Messiah" interpretation.
- Played with in The Monster Squad, where the elderly mentor-figure insists that only a virgin can recite the spell that'll banish the monsters. When the big sister admits she doesn't qualify, she asks why the mentor can't do it, and is told by the Squad boys that he's not qualified either. Irate, she questions whether the boys had actually asked him. They wind up having a five-year-old girl recite the words.
- The Terminator: Badass future soldier Kyle Reese is a virgin. While he loses his virginity in the course of the film, it's also pretty clear that if Sarah hadn't initiated it, nothing would have happened.
- Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger. He's quite intimidated by women, even after taking the Super Soldier Serum which made ladies throw themselves at him, and is noted by Bucky to not have much luck with them. Peggy Carter may as well been the closest he's ever had to a real first girlfriend. Same in Captain America: The Winter Soldier where the Black Widow asks if their Fake-Out Make-Out was Cap's first kiss since 1945. He denies it ("I'm 95, I'm not dead."), but also claims that it's not something you need to practice, which leaves it somewhat ambiguous. He goes on to say that it's hard for him to find someone with shared life experience.
- Minami in Gozu, who - though well-provided - is still a virgin. Particularly embarrassing for him as he is a member of the Yakuza.
- In The Dresden Files book White Night, the young and talented Carlos Ramirez, who behaves like a self-styled Casanova, is identified as a virgin by sex vampire Lara Raith, who seems to think it positively adorable. Harry spends the entire climactic fight scene teasing him about it. Also true of the Raiths' youngest sister (biologically a teenager), whom Harry theorizes during the denouement could kill her succubus and become human by having her first time within a loving relationship.
- Mary Stewart's trilogy about the life of Merlin; the feared and powerful enchanter is a virgin until he hands over his powers, and his virginity, to his successor. In fact, the one time he tries to have sex with a woman, he fails. He states that he had to choose between his powers and sexual prowess.
- Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn: The hero, Simon, manages to get all the way to the Last Minute Hookup with Rebellious Princess Miriamele without losing his virginity, although it was a close call. Miriamele, on the other hand, did sleep with someone else (albeit not entirely willingly), causing a great deal of angst before the two make up.
- Blue Moon Rising: The prince who rides forth to battle a dragon is able to do so on a unicorn, having been forced to live chastely so he won't father a child who might one day contest his older brother's throne. The princess he brings back with him, conversely, can't ride the unicorn.
- In Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the titular Serial-Killer Killer has avoided sex until that point, mostly because he finds the very idea of intercourse to be undignified. Only when his girlfriend presses the issue does he lose his virginity, and even then, his sociopathic mindset initially goes through with it merely to preserve his facade as a regular guy.
- Parodied in one of Esther Friesner's Majyk books: the groom has to produce a certificate guaranteeing "knowledge of the carnal arts" before he can get married. The bride has to provide evidence of her Incorruptible Pure Pureness. You can guess what The Reveal is.
- The Sleeping Beauty: Prince Siegfried. However, given that the Tradition is trying to force him into a Ring Cycle retelling, you can't blame the guy for steering clear.
Prince Siegfried: ...every single female I met was my aunt! My aunt, Leopold! Even at twelve, I knew better than that!
- Trull Sengar in the Malazan Book of the Fallen. When he is introduced into the story he's already fought in two wars, been recongnized as a great warrior in his tribe, has been among the very few who have had the courage to oppose said wars, and is generally considered awesome by a lot of people. He also nonchalantly admits to never having had sex.
- The Wise Man's Fear: Exploited by Kvothe to escape the Fae demigoddess Felurian, who has a reputation for taking lovers by force and driving them insane with desire. When he calls her lovemaking "adequate" and claims it's because he has nothing to compare it to, she's so put off that she agrees to release him, if only so he can sleep around a bit and appreciate just how much better she is.
Live Action TV
- The O.C.:
- In the Firefly episode "Objects in Space", River walks in on Jayne and Shepherd Book having a Seinfeldian Conversation wherein Book has just disclosed his virginity to Jayne, much to Jayne's surprise. Book's religious order apparently has a celibacy requirement, though it's strongly implied (and eventually confirmed in the Expanded Universe) that he had a career in black ops before that.
- Lois and Clark: Superman is revealed to be a virgin. He had some legitimate concerns (see the essay that named the trope Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex. The resident Ethical Slut Cat starts hitting on him from the very first episode. Apparently, the producers decided that she was too risque and removed the character. Meanwhile, Lois and Clark end up together and, supposedly, subvert this trope. By the end of the show, they are revealed to be trying for a baby.
- Babylon 5: Marcus Cole was a self-professed virgin and quite comfortable that way because he felt he hadn't met the right woman. He did eventually meet her, but died before they could consummate. Ivanova is shown lamenting that later, and Stephen is surprised by the revelation.
- Played to amusing effect in Fighting Spiders. The three main characters are out in the nighttime, in a cemetery no less, and the legend of the 'orang minyak' is brought up: a man covered in oil who goes around (ahem) disturbing virgins. The youngest says that since they are boys they won't be disturbed, but the one who best knows his English points out that virgins can apply to boys too...
- The Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Teacher's Pet": A shape shifting preying mantis only preys on virgin boys, and captures Xander and another boy who we had previously seen boasting about his sexual exploits. Neither he, nor Xander, is pleased when they learn that they were chosen for their virginity, and the guy threatens to sue, if they tell anyone. Xander spent two and a half seasons proving his Badass Normal credentials while hanging onto his virginity (his relationship with Cordelia was unconsumated). When he helps out Faith in season 3, she thanks him (& burns off extra agression) by seducing him. Xander has sex, but it's not the most remarkable or manly thing he does even that night, making it a bit of a subversion of this trope. The trope is completely Played Straight when it comes to Liam/Angel, Giles, Spike, and Oz, though.
- Glee: The series portrays high school students' sex lives very accurately—or at least, more accurately than most shows. Kurt and Artie (unpopular) are both virgins at their introductions, as are Finn and Blaine (popular). Over the course of three seasons all four of them lose their virginity, as do most of the virginal female characters. Special mention goes to Kurt, who explicitly states on two separate occasions that either he isn't ready for sex (to the point of literally sticking his fingers in his ears and going "la la la" in order to avoid talking about it), or that he wants his first time to be meaningful. On a smaller scale, however, played straight in "The Power of Madonna", when Finn is the only one who sleeps with his intended (in his case, Santana) during the "Like a Virgin" number (Emma and Rachel do not). It becomes Sex as Rite-of-Passage, and he "doesn't feel any different." In fact, he later heavily regrets it because it didn't mean anything and it wasn't with Rachel, the girl he loves.
- On one episode, Frank Burns tells the other doctors a story about how a girl from the debate team hit on him in high school, but he turned her down because he was saving himself for marriage. Our heroes react with disbelief, and even the usually fair-minded Col. Potter dubs Frank a "creep" as a result. Granted, they're all prone to dislike Frank due to him being a Holier Than Thou Jerk Ass, but this particular instance seems to reveal more about the era's mores regarding masculinity than the characters.
- The innocent version of Radar. While he worries about it a fair bit, anytime he does someone (usually Hawkeye) will tell him that a girl he wants to bring home to his mother is worth waiting for. In the episode "Springtime", when Klinger gets married, after a date with a nurse, Radar walks into the room where the ceremony is held, all crumbled up saying "I think I've just been slaked". Radar's character was changed to be more innocent as the show went on; there was mention of him losing his virginity, but later on in the show he was still a virgin. In the later show "After MASH" he gets married and there's mention of him being a virgin on his wedding night.
- Word of God says that Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory is probably a virgin, as he considers sex to be a silly human weakness and has no personal interest whatsoever. He now has Amy Farrah Fowler in his life, but they've agreed that they're not boyfriend-girlfriend, they're just intellectual companions. In an unaired pilot, he claims to have had sex, but that doesn't really count. He and Amy have since become an Official Couple, but he still refuses to have sex with her.
- No longer the case as of Amy's last birthday when coitus was the gift of choice for Sheldon. While they haven't become bunnies or anything, Sheldon has proven to be more comfortable with it around her. This has led to the current character arc for them, he wants to have a baby with Amy.
- In the slasher movie-themed episode of Boy Meets World, Genre Savvy Shawn points out that only virgins survive slasher movies. Eric and Jack proudly accept they're going to die (Corey turns to Topanga and remarks "Thanks for saving me" and Shawn admits he'll "get as badly hurt as you can without dying"). Eric & Shawn then realize that Feeny had just been killed, so they start dancing in his memory.
- In The Amazing Race 4, Millie & Chuck had dated for 12 years but said they never consummated. This was apparently notable enough that where most teams are labeled "Dating", "Married", "Best Friends" or the like, the show labeled these two "The Virgins".
- Deputy Enos Strate on The Dukes of Hazzard was identified as "the oldest virgin in Hazzard County". In one of the later episodes, Enos told Daisy he was saving himself for marriage.
- The Golden Girls: In one flashback episode Blanche recalled a New Year's Eve she had spent with a man who had just left the priesthood and was in fact a virgin. Blanche was completely ecstatic at the thought of having sex with a virgin because it would bring out "the artist" in her since she was about to work with what was essentially a blank slate.
- Step by Step: Everyone assumes Cody not to be a virgin because he's old enough and, while a bit of a Cloudcuckoolander, not portrayed as a loser in any way. He is, however, a virgin, sees nothing wrong with being a virgin, and is never ashamed to admit it on the few occasions when the subject comes up.
- In the Doctor Who episodes "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit", Toby (the only human to be possessed by the Beast) is specifically identified as "the virgin" when the possessed Ood list the human crew's fears and secrets. Was his possession meant to be a Virgin Sacrifice? He does end up falling into a black hole.
- Masters of Sex: Ethan Haas sleeps with Vivian Scully thinking they're just having casual sex (her idea), and is terrified to realize he just deflowered his boss's daughter.
- Monster Girl Quest: Luka is a Technical Virgin until the end of the second game, not counting non-canon game overs. The game also features a female example: Alice, as the Monster Lord in a world where the monster girls rape human males on a regular basis (long story, blame the human goddess), was assumed to be very emphatically not a virgin. Turns out, she was.
- John R. Blade, the hyper-macho protagonist of Si N possibly averts this. In the game's ending he is distracted by Elexis Sinclair, and becomes nervous, even stuttering, as she spreads her legs and moves her hand down between them. She says something to the effect of "I'll bet you've never seen anything... like THIS!". She then proceeds to press the Big Red Teleporting Button, gets split into four on an atomic level, is put into four separate rockets, and escapes to god knows where.
- Dragon Age:
- Alistair in Dragon Age: Origins is a virgin, as a result of growing up in the Chantry and then being recruited directly from there into the Grey Wardens, which is treated as a minor revelation during his Romance Sidequest. The female Player Character can, of course, rectify this, and Wynne and Zevran playfully give Alistair The Talk partway through the arc, much to his embarrassment.
- Fenris in Dragon Age II also admits to being probably a virgin (before Hawke or Isabela), as he has no memory of his life before receiving the lyrium markings, and knows he hasn't done it since. While there was some implication of sexual abuse while a slave, Fenris doesn't seem to count that.
- In Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator, the witch coven reveals that they chose Ben because they needed to sacrifice a virgin. When Ben denies it, the coven leader says that they "can tell these things". He later spends the night with his girlfriend, but the story doesn't make a big deal out of it.
- Psychonauts: Sasha Nein. Despite being an international psychic secret agent superhero, he is almost certainly a virgin. Seeing a mental picture of his mother having sex from his father's perspective probably gave him a few intimacy issues. Of course, he sometimes acts Camp Straight ("So... tacky... can't... look... directly... at... it...") but still. However, some memories belonging to Milla (another agent who works with Sasha a lot,) suggest that there is some level of romantic/sexual tension between them. However, since these are her memories, it is entirely possible that this is just wishful thinking on her part.
- Final Fantasy II: The infamous scene where Firion is seduced by a lamia queen masquerading as the rebel princess practically cements it, given Firion's hilarious reactions during. Even more interestingly, fandom has embraced this (unusual, considering what most fans are most interested in), Firion's Fan Nickname in Japanese is, quite literally, "virgin." note
- In Final Fantasy VII, a deleted scene had a female prostitute ask Cloud if "this is his first time", to which he can only answer "Yeah" or "I don't remember" (which triggers the flash that indicates he's recalling one of Zack's memories). This rather implied Cloud is a virgin (and Zack wasn't). Doesn't count as an aversion, though, because the scene was deleted, and also because Cloud's status as a man pretending to be a "real man" as an affectation is a key point of his character.
- An early puzzle in McPixel is a volcano demanding a virgin sacrifice. You have twenty seconds to decide between a Dumb Blonde or a cow. The answer is to Take a Third Option and have McPixel throw himself into the volcano.
- In Pandect, Noah is told his true love will be a male "mature lizard Ace who is also a virgin." Since Aces are animals with human souls and bodies, a virgin Ace has never had sex as an animal or a human, and a mature Ace is at least 100 years old, it genuinely shocks Noah when he finally meets one.
- Inverted in Misfile, where the originally male protagonist was not only a virgin but hadn't even had a girlfriend, only to discover post-misfile that she had already surrendered her virginity to his best friend and mentor, permanently ruining that relationship.
- Touched upon in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja where Gordito asks the Doctor after the motorcycle Sparkle Lord was a Unicorn and apparently Unicorns only approach virgins.
- Ivan from Oglaf manages to be a Technical Virgin despite frequently "having sex done to me" (unwillingly).
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Billy/Dr. Horrible - it's not mentioned whether he's a virgin or not, but he ruminates uncomfortably on Penny and Captain Hammer's relationship. "They're probably going to ...French kiss...or something." This could be virginity or simple deep denial. (The wide-eyed, Beavis-like reaction he has to accidentally picking up one of Penny's underthings in his prequel comic might suggest the former is most likely, though.)
- The Simpsons: Played with. Skinner's contention that he hasn't been having sex with Bart's teacher Krabappel because he actually hasn't had sex with anyone is considered undeniable. The citizens of Springfield think that no one would pretend to be a 44-year-old virgin if they weren't. (Skinner probably deserves some kind of award for his chutzpah, because he's brazenly lying.) To top off the potential irony, when someone thinks to ask whether this means Krabappel is a virgin too, she just snorts "Hah!" Also the Comic Book Guy was a virgin until his forties when he slept with Agnes Skinner.
- Zapp Brannigan from Futurama was a virgin until he slept with Leela. Before that, he was the Casanova Wannabe.