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Basic Trope: Virginity is presented as shameful.

  • Straight: Bob has never engaged in sexual activities with anyone and is mocked and shamed for it.
  • Exaggerated: Bob refuses to engage in any sexual relationships with women or men. Because of this, he is hated by his family, friends, and the rest of society as a whole, including women who are being slut shamed by society. Even worse, he becomes a Cosmic Plaything.
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  • Downplayed: Bob refuses to have sex with a woman. He gets called a loser by some people, but others shrug it off and treat him as normal.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Slut-Shaming
    • Bob is sexually promiscuous and is reviled by society.
    • Bob is praised and respected for his virginity.
  • Gender Flipped: Alice is a virgin and gets labeled as a loser by society.
  • Subverted: At first, Bob is insulted by other characters for his virginity; later, however, there is an opportunity for him to use Virgin Power to his or others' betterment.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: No one makes a big deal out of Bob's virginity.
  • Enforced: A male writer, who is so fond of the belief that virgins are losers, designs Bob as a virgin and the series' primary Butt-Monkey.
  • Lampshaded: "These 'real men' need to get over themselves."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bob's father manipulates him into thinking that virginity is shameful just so Bob can not only feel like a "real man", but also give him some grandchildren.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to let anyone mock him about his lack of sexual experience - anyone who tries to bring it up gets brutally beaten up to the brink of their dear life by him and his cronies.
  • Discussed: "So if a man has never had sex, he's a loser? Then why do women get bashed for doing what men are expected to do?"
  • Conversed: ???
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  • Deconstructed: Tired of getting mocked for being a virgin, Bob decides to have sex with women, but he is rejected at every chance and because of this, he gets bullied and heckled even more. Angry at this, Bob decides to leave town.
  • Played For Drama: Being a virgin and thus, inexperienced, gives Bob great anxiety, especially when he finally does get a significant other and worries that he may not be able to satisfy them in bed.

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