The Ruthess Billionaire’s Virgin: Or, Let’s Give the Heroine a Break
Recently there’s been a renaissance of the Ruthless Billionaire’s Virgin (RBV) trope, where an asshole older businessman seduces and is reformed by a virginal college-aged heroine in a subservient position (secretary, maid, IT, etc.). Examples include Twilight, 50 Shades, Iron Man, Olicity, and Rumbelle to varying degrees; every time the trope pops up it a) makes a lot of coin, and b) critics blow it the raspberry for having aggressive heroes and passive heroines. But the Ruthless Billionnaire’s Virgin trope is a fantasy of leisure: the passivity of the heroine is not a bug, it’s a feature. The RBV trope exists because it’s the logical conclusion of the question: “What if the heroine didn’t have to do all the work? What if the heroine didn’t have to do ANY work?”
This title encapsulates a lot of best-selling romance books/movies
Let’s break it down. What features would a romance have to have if the heroine had to do no work, physical, emotional, intellectual, sexual, or otherwise, in the story? And what if all those traits were boosted to 11 because it’s a fantasy?
[The first column is the requirement, the second is a logical outcome, and the third is exaggerated fantasy.]
No Physical Labor
No cleaning, ever –> He’s rich- a millionaire; wait, markets can crash –> Billionaire
Don’t have to continue in a dead-end job for $$ –> He pays off some of your student loans –> He pays off all your loans and gives you a diamond mine/oil well in your name
Not responsible for looking after your family –> You have few relatives –> Orphan
Not responsible for dealing with the in-laws –> He has few relatives –> He’s an orphan/ Disapproving Aunt Matilda comes around by the end and loves you like her own
Don’t have to take care of his kids from previous relationship –> He doesn’t like kids/ They’re already grown –> He was waiting for you/banging you heals his psyche from tragic past and after an ‘oops’ baby he’s down to be the best parent ever
No Emotional Labor
Don’t have to listen to him whine about work because he hates his boss–> He is the boss –> He owns the company
Don’t have to push him to finish school/find a job/have ambition –> He likes his career –> He’s ruthless and obsessed about his job
Don’t have to pick out expensive, flattering, appropriate clothes and get them tailored during your lunch hour –> He has a dress in your size –> He has an entire couture closet tailored to you
Don’t have to do all the research for dates –> He’s a regular at some good restaurants –> He meticulously plans all dates around what will bring you pleasure
No Intellectual Labor
Not responsible for matching his career credentials (PhD, owns business, Navy Seal, etc.) –> You’re younger than him –> You’re just out of college
Not responsible for knowing as much as an older dude –> Similar background/accomplishments doesn’t mean compatibility –> His age-appropriate brilliant colleague Ex cheated on him; may actually be the devil
Not responsible for helping his career forever –> You’re in a subservient role –> You quit your job when you become the mistress
No Sexual Labor
Not expected to know every sexual trick in the book –> You’re inexperienced –> Virgin
Don’t have to do all the work in bed –> Hero does most of the work –> Hero does all the work; heroine literally lies back and takes it (bonus for passing out; double bonus if he lovingly wipes your hoo-ha afterwards)
Why is the hero so good in bed? –> Was attentive lover to a few partners –> Banged everything in a skirt; can cause orgasms from across the room
Don’t have to worry about hero becoming bored with you sexually –> Hero’s lust is epic –> Hero can’t keep his hands off of you without a taser
Don’t have to worry about him cheating even if he’s done that to others –> He’s turned over a new leaf –> You’re special, his One True Love, your love is so pure it can change him
If he’s so great why’s he single? –> Bitter about love due to past –> Kind of an asshole to everyone
Don’t have to worry that he’ll be an asshole to YOU –> You break up when he’s controlling –> He comes crawling back in tears how he can’t live without you and he was so, so wrong and he’ll never do it again
Don’t have to worry he thinks you’re a gold-digger –> You reject his offer of money at some point –> Huge break-up where you throw hundred dollar bills at his face and yell: “I’M NOT FOR SALE, RUTHERFORD!”
So there you go. When you systematically remove any and all expectations of emotional, physical, intellectual, and sexual labor from the heroine and turn everything up to 11 you get a ruthless, asshole, controlling, lust-obsessed, bitter playboy billionaire who is transformed by his love for a college-aged virginal orphan. Please note that not all of the initial examples tick all these boxes: Olicity and Iron Man have intelligent, hardworking heroines who seem to fall into the “you can have a career OR your man: pick one” trap and Rumbelle isn’t exactly the poster child for martial happiness. But there are enough elements to have an emotional RBV through line that people can imagine a Happily Ever After if their shows weren’t milking drama for syndication.
The Ruthless Billionaire’s Virgin trope is all about giving the heroines a break– why don’t we extend the same courtesy to this trope?
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