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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 absurd or cool 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 more deeply Virgin or Chadly than the originals.

Compare Creamsicle.

Merryweatherey (of I Made A Comic About Internet Explorer's fame and some more other comics) made a webcomic adaptation of this meme, check that page for more details exclusive to the comic (but not the original meme itself)


This meme provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Chad is portrayed as the textbook definition, as he seemingly can do anything well... at least until you look a little closer.
    • 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 self-assured that 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."
  • 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.
  • Arc Words: "Cum is fum".
  • 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.
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    • Some interpretations of Virgin and Chad, where the two are in a loving relationship.
  • Big Bad: Gizzard, who comes the closest to the role. He is the opposite of Gad and is responsible for people turning into Wizards if they don't get laid by 30. Also Bad, in some stories.
  • 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 them dying in the background, specially when the former is doing something Lethally Stupid which results in his own downfall.
  • Catchphrase: Chad's is "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: Part of the appeal of Chad is how little he cares about anyone except himself.
  • Converse Error: Played for Laughs. Chad is shown deliberately acting in the exact opposite way that Virgin does, because cool people don't act like virgins.
  • Cool Kid-and-Loser Friendship: When Virgin and Chad are on good terms.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: The Cad, with his mustache and hat and cartoonish schemes.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Becky is this to Virgin, and Stacy to Chad.
  • The Ditz: Lad himself in certain occasions. He's normally an idiot who can hardly move and one meme shown him with dementia.
  • 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, Wraith, and Gizzard 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 Haircut: Chad's hair is one of the most notable things about him, and every character past him has an even more absurd, unrealistic hairstyle.
  • Gag Penis:
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Wizard and everything below him are usually protrayed as this.
  • Jerkass: Brad. He's a cocky bastard who bullies Virgins out of insecurity.
  • 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, a totally strong Australian guy who even wears a cape based on Australia's flag.
  • 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.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: The Virgin has a nerdy appearance.
  • 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. He walks, drives, eats, drinks, etc. in a way no normal person would, but despite likely harming others no-one bats an eye.
  • Right Way/Wrong Way Pair: Parodied by the original incarnation of the meme. Virgin is made fun of for acting completely normally, while Chad is portrayed as The Ace for his absurd, insane behaviour. However, some memes play it straight, where Virgin is the bad thing and Chad is the unironically good thing.
  • Shout-Out: The Shlad character sheet includes the line, "Zoo wee mama now my parents will finally love me."
  • Sociopathic Hero:
  • Stylistic Suck: All the characters are this to an extent, but Shlad and Wizard are the biggest offenders.
  • Take That!:
    • Chad's original purpose was to make fun of the person who drew the original Virgin Walk image, by showing what would happen if someone didn't do any of those things.
    • Some renditions will have a fictional character from one franchise (Chad) taking swipes at a fictional character from another franchise (Virgin).
  • 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.
  • Unbuilt Trope: One rendition argues this being the case of the original meme, with the Virgin or Chad being "two sides of the same coin" rather than lopsided comparisons. While it may appear that the Chad is superior to the Virgin, the descriptions for the Chad are actually backhanded, painting him as arrogant and "obnoxious" on top of being "fun". Meanwhile, the Virgin, for as much as a loser as the meme makes him out to be, is inoffensive and "easy to be around". Therefore, the original meme is less in favor of the Chad and more on a balance between the two. This subtext is lost in later renditions in favor of more straightforward, unfavorable comparisons.
  • Unknown Rival: Chad to Cad, who is mentioned to make cartoonish plots to bully him, but it doesn't result in anything, as Chad doesn't even know he exists.
  • 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 and you can bet that if it isn't a classic Virgin Chad / Wizard Virgin Chad meme, a full cast meme or involving other characters only, Lad will be the punchline.
  • Visual Pun: Chad's head looks like the country of Chad.
  • 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!


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