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Playing With / Madonna–Whore Complex

Basic Trope: There are two kinds of women: Good Women who don't have sex (marriageable) and Bad Women who do have sex (not marriageable).
  • Straight: Bob has two women he likes: Alice (The Ingenue), and Betty (The Vamp).
  • Exaggerated: Women are literally divided into a caste system in which they can either be married or prostitutes
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: Bob, Alice and Betty live in a society that closely links open sexuality with morality: Openly sexual = "whore", modest or non-sexual = "respectable woman".
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Alice has two men she likes: Bob (the shy Nice Guy) and Charles (The Casanova).
  • Subverted: Bob has third woman he had interest in. She's Charlie, the Hooker with a Heart of Gold.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Turns out she is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, making her a bad whore like Betty.
    • Conversely, it turns out that Charlie was actually forced into prostitution. Once she escapes from her captors she vows not to have sex again until she's married, making her a Madonna like Alice.
  • Parodied: Alice is blatantly meaner than Betty, but Bob, in his twisted logic, thinks Alice is good since she is a virgin.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is supposedly the madonna, while Betty is the whore. But both shows diferent kinds of Fanservice such as Alice's pants outlining her butt while Betty wears Zettai Ryouiki. Betty actually developed feelings for Bob and even took care for him several times such as doing his chores when he's sick despite continuing her whore complex. Alice was later revealed to be Cute But Psycho, and wasn't happy with Bob and Betty's relationship.
  • Averted: Neither Alice's nor Betty's morals are connected to their sexuality.
  • Enforced: My Girl Is Not a Slut, Values Dissonance
  • Lampshaded: Bob says: "There are two kinds of women in the world: the women for wedding and women for bedding."
  • Invoked: Bob's parents teach him how to find the perfect wife.
  • Exploited: Bob is dating Betty, but his family doesn't approve; they introduce him to Alice, the daughter of one of their friends from church and all the while hinting what a 'Nice Girl' she is.
  • Defied: After a series of critical thinking, Bob decides to see each girl as more than whether they're virgins.
  • Discussed: "Betty is fun and sexy, but would you really want her to be the mother of your kids?"
  • Conversed: "There is more to a woman than her sexuality; get to know her, and then decide whether to commit or not."
  • Implied: They are characters in a kids show, so the writers keep it family friendly and avoid naming sex directly. Instead, Bob does not want to date Betty because "she's had too many boyfriends".
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob chooses Alice, the "good" girl, but she doesn't have a heck of a lot in common with him; he chooses her on the basis that "she'll make a good wife and mother." Eventually, Bob becomes bored with Alice, and finds himself tempted by Betty and her ilk. Alice is hurt because Bob is losing interest in her and neglecting her, and Bob is hurt because he now feels like it was a big mistake to marry Alice, he feels guilty for cheating with (or just lusting after) Betty, he blames Betty for his problems, Alice is jealous of Betty, and (ironically) Alice and Bob's home life is in more danger than it likely would have been if he had just chosen Betty in the first place. The marriage becomes troubled, and might just end altogether depending on the setting.
    • Alice and Bob are Cute But Psycho. Betty is an All Loving Heroine. While Alice and Bob become more and more sociopathic Stepford Smilers who want to live the perfect, suitable suburban life, Betty is a healthy, generous, and romantic person. She ends up finding someone who loves her and thinks that she is important for what she is inside, has the epitome of a beautiful love and family life, and Bob and Alice's children end up asking her help, because they do not want to repeat the life of their parents.
  • Reconstructed: Sex Is Good; it is realized that the "good" girl Bob marries likely wants to have (and enjoy) sex, not just Lie Back and Think of England, and the "wild" woman Bob hooks up with is (barring a drug addiction or other major malfunction not related to her sexuality) very likely capable of being nurturing and faithful.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice may be a nice girl, but she's a total Gonk.
  • Played For Drama:

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