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Related: Centaurification
See Also: Animals in Fanworks, Animal Transformation
Spock and a unicorn on the cover of First Time #19. Unicorns in fanworks can indicate the virginity of a character.
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Unicorns are a popular element in fanworks.

Because of their association with purity, unicorns sometimes are used as plot device in virgin!fic (for example of the humorous crack kind) to reveal the virginity of a character, especially an unexpected one, i.e. a Secret Virgin.[1][2] This can also be used for misunderstandings, i.e. the other characters think unicorns reveal virginity but are wrong about that, and wrongly assume a character was a virgin. Using the unicorn plot device to reveal the virginity of a character is popular for first time stories in fandoms with canon unicorns.[3]

Unicorns may also be used to point out that a character is "good," whether or not they are a virgin.[4]

Sometimes fanfic plays with the expectation of unicorns as "good" creatures and makes them scary, for example Ineffable, a SPN story by Cofax[5].

There is also fic that turns characters into unicorns:

Examples of Unicorn Transformation or Characters as Unicorns Fic

Fanart and Fanvids

Unicorns are also common in fanart (along with all kinds of other horses and horse derivatives, such as Pegasuses, also combinations such as winged unicorns). The use of unicorns without Ironic Distance is seen as kitschy by some fans, especially in fandoms that don't have them canonically. Others don't see much difference between fanart using unicorns and the equally popular white horses in other fandoms.

In 2010, the release of the popular flash game Robot Unicorn Attack led to an influx of fanart featuring mechanical unicorns with rainbow manes.

Unicorns also feature in vids when unicorns are canon in a fandom:

Fanvid Examples

Fanart Gallery



  1. ^ ST:XI kink meme fill: Untitled by tallycola (Accessed 3 Aug 2010)
  2. ^ SGA fic Mythical by Zoe Rayne, and its remix In The Spotlight (the Unicorn Remix) by Icarus (accessed 3 Aug 2010)
  3. ^ In the Merlin episode tag The Trouble With Unicorns Arthur is revealed to be a virgin (but not for long) and in The Care & Feeding Of Unicorns a unicorn reveals both Merlin and Arthur as virgins.
  4. ^ In Old Country by astolat, a unicorn clearly signals its approval of Sam Winchester, even though Sam is most definitely not a virgin by that point and has been doing some potentially questionable things.
  5. ^ Another Supernatural example featuring unpleasant unicorns -- with an odd squick: Sam and Dean Winchester: Unicorn Hunters by aggybird. (Accessed 9 Feb 2012).
  6. ^ Originally in Other Times and Places 5, 1994 (Accessed 3 Aug 2010)