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The comparison that started it all.

Virgin Vs Chad is a comparison meme of relatable or wimpy behaviors (the insecure Virgin) juxtaposed with cool or over-the-top actions (the loud, confident Chad). It began on /r9k/ in 2017 and currently has a community on Reddit, who create new characters that are even virginier or Chaddier than the originals.

Compare Creamsicle.

This meme provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Chad is the textbook definition.
    • Thad even moreso; he's even cooler than Chad!
    • The Wraith is an odd example: he's gone so far down the path of the Basement-Dweller that he hardly resembles a human, but he's so confident and chill he loops back around to being seen as an Ace.
  • Achievements in Ignorance : Chad is commonly described as being cool or good at something because he "doesn't even know what ________ is."
  • Adorkable: The Wraith is SO grotesque that he is adored/pitied by Stacies.
    • The Virgin might be considered this.
  • Always Someone Better: The sliding scale nature of the meme makes this inevitable, although Brad seems to be the only one too shaken up about it.
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  • Be Careful What You Wish For: According to the lore, Lads are created when a Virgin tries to use dark magic to become a Chad.
  • Beta Couple: Chad and Stacy are commonly presented as the superior, happier couple in comparison to the Virgin and Becky.
    • Some interpretations of Virgin and Chad, where the two are in a loving relationship.
  • Big Bad: Gizzard.
  • Big Good: Gad, who created the Chadiverse. This may be challenged by his own drug addiction.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: When it comes to Chad and Thad, at least, but absolutely not Lad.
  • Body Horror: The Wizard is always shown as a horribly deformed man with a long neck and messed up fingers. Meanwhile, the Wraith barely even looks human, rather resembling a camel.
  • The Bully: Chad, sometimes. Brad ALL the time.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lad and Incel are described as being "bullied by everyone", and some memes without a section for Brad show him dying in the background, specially when doing something Lethally Stupid which results in his own downfall.
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  • Catchphrase: "OUCH!"
  • The Chew Toy: The universe despises Brad, but with how much he bullies the Virgin, it's difficult to feel that much sympathy for him.
  • Comedic Sociopathy
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: When Virgin and Chad are on good terms.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: The Cad.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Becky is this to Virgin, and Stacy to Chad.
  • The Ditz: Lad himself in certain occasions.
  • Dumb Muscle: Again, Lad. Said muscles don't really help, as he's SO muscular he can hardly move (except in some of the comics featuring him).
  • Eldritch Abomination: Some of the more extreme characters, like Dad and Gizzard, look extremely disturbing and inhuman.
  • Enemy Mine: All the Virgins and former Chads teamed up in the Gizzardverse to try and free the Thads from the Void and save the world.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Thad turns straight men gay. Inverted by Lad; not only do women want nothing to do with him, but looking at him turns gay men straight.
  • The Everyman: The Basic, the Vance, and the Norb.
  • Fanservice: In attempts at more realistic/less goofy drawings, both Virgin and Chad can be this. Thad borders on this even in his simplistic MS Paint renderings.
  • Fan Disservice: Everybody CAN be this. The Grand Wizard, Gizzard, and Wraith all walk around completely naked and are not pleasant to look at. Neckbeard, while not a hideous monster, is still a morbidly obese man clad only in tighty-whitey briefs. On the other end, Chad and Thad's bulges may make some uncomfortable, and Lad only wears a speedo.
  • Fat Bastard: The Neckbeard and Grand Wizard.
  • Gag Boobs: A common trend among the higher degrees of Stacy.
  • Gag Penis:
  • Jerkass: Brad.
  • Jerk Jock: Brad, again. He's often portrayed with a letterman jacket and an angry expression on his face. He thinks he's a Chad, when in reality, he's every bit as pathetic as the Virgin if not more so.
  • Land Downunder: Bruce.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Because anybody with MS Paint can post a new character to the subreddit, this is bound to happen.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: The Lad is occasionally portrayed as this, since he's completely out of touch with reality.
  • Odd Friendship: Virgin and Chad are not often seen actually interacting with each other, but they are sometimes depicted as good friends who respect each other's differences.
  • Reality Ensues: Lad's muscles are so overdeveloped that he can't move his limbs and neck properly, and his Gag Penis is so large that he can barely walk, let alone use it to have sex.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Chad in a nutshell.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Parodied. Virgin is regularly portrayed as the bad example and Chad as the good example, but in many other memes, Virgin is just a normal guy, while Chad is completely insane.
  • Self-Deprecation: The original purpose of the meme was for the creator to ridicule his own insecurity through the Virgin.
  • Shout-Out: The Shlad character sheet includes the line, "Zoo wee mama now my parents will finally love me."
  • Sociopathic Hero: Chad, in some memes.
  • Stylistic Suck: All the characters are this to an extent, but Shlad and Wizard are the biggest offenders.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Brad dies more than any other character.
  • This Loser Is You: The Virgin is ridiculed for doing the same regular, slightly insecure actions the meme's target audience (teenagers and 20-somethings on the internet) would do.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Thad.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Lad (nearly) always gets this treatment; the meme will often directly ask him this question.
    Godddamn it, Lad!
  • Unknown Rival: Chad to Cad.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: The Lad is reviled, bullied, and/or feared in-universe for his ridiculous appearance and odd, incomprehensible behavior. These very things make him many people's favorite part of the meme.

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