Some heroes just aren't into romance. It could be because he feels that love would be a distraction from his duties. It could be because he's afraid his dangerous lifestyle will put any loved ones in danger1. Maybe he had a bad experience with love in the past and he's sworn off women. Maybe he has religious reasons. Or he's gay, although the true celibate will avoid sex of any type.
It could be a sign that he is pure; it could be a sign that he is dedicated; it could be a sign that he has a stick up his butt and needs to loosen up. No matter what the reason, the Rule of Comedy will mean that women will throw themselves at him.
It isn't easy being the Celibate Hero.
Game and Story Use
- Paladins are traditionally assumed to be Celibate Heroes
- Depending on the campaign, romance might not necessarily come… uh… up. But if it does, having one of the characters be Celibate can be a source of character tension and fun.
- A more meta reason may be that the hero used Charisma as a dump stat, has no social skills and spends all of his time down a dungeon killing things. He may be ridiculously wealthy but spends it all on magical weapons and armour (or on feeding those mysterious gold-fuelled spells) and so isn't getting any that way either.