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24th Feb '17 4:24:01 PM Tightwire
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The stereotype of the implausibly attractive Communist or Nazi female officer, and her counterpart, the threatening, mannish sadist, is common in campier WWII and Cold War stories. The Russian example has some basis in fact, as the Soviet military did include more female officers than the US military (permitting women to fly in combat in WWII--a couple of whom became [[http://badassoftheweek.com/yegorova.html aces]]), but really, that just meant that they had a few more than ''none''.

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The stereotype of the implausibly attractive Communist or Nazi female officer, and her counterpart, the threatening, mannish sadist, is common in campier WWII and Cold War stories. The Russian example has some basis in fact, as the Soviet military did include more female officers than the US military (permitting women to fly in combat in WWII--a WWII - a couple of whom became [[http://badassoftheweek.com/yegorova.html aces]]), but really, that just meant that they had a few more than ''none''.
16th Feb '17 6:37:59 PM FF32
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* Meg from ''RuleOfRose'' fulfills surprisingly many requirements for this trope, probably by accident: her fervent loyalty to the authority of the Aristocrats, which is embodied by her pseudo-romantic attraction to Diana, and her status as the group's TortureTechnician. She even has the round glasses and ''the title itself''! The main distinction from the standard examples of thus trope is that she isn't even in her teens yet.

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* Meg from ''RuleOfRose'' ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' fulfills surprisingly many requirements for this trope, probably by accident: her fervent loyalty to the authority of the Aristocrats, which is embodied by her pseudo-romantic attraction to Diana, and her status as the group's TortureTechnician. She even has the round glasses and ''the title itself''! The main distinction from the standard examples of thus trope is that she isn't even in her teens yet.
12th Feb '17 12:41:55 PM starlight9
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* The Duchess in the ''Literature/NightfallSeries'' is a vampire dominatrix, who cheerfully feeds humans to her vampire sub while she feeds off him.
14th Jan '17 9:38:54 AM Nepeta
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** This is one of the names given to [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen the Condesce]], while still keeping the eight-letter-rule.
5th Jan '17 1:01:12 PM rafi
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** It's worth noting that when Hasbro approached Marvel about doing a GIJoe comic book, they simply dusted off an unused proposal for a ComicBook/NickFury vs HYDRA series and changed the names. Thus HYDRA became COBRA and The Viper became The Baroness. The only significant difference between the characters is the color of their leather bodysuits. Black for the Baroness, green for Madame Hydra.
*** And their hair (same colors).

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** It's worth noting that when Hasbro approached Marvel about doing a GIJoe comic book, they simply dusted off an unused proposal for a ComicBook/NickFury vs HYDRA series and changed the names. Thus HYDRA became COBRA and The Viper became The Baroness. The only significant difference between the characters is the color of their leather bodysuits. Black for the Baroness, green for Madame Hydra.
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Hydra. And their hair (same colors).
3rd Jan '17 10:38:30 AM StFan
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* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki delights in turning this trope on its head--both Lady Eboshi of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' and Kushana of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' start out as Baronesses, but are eventually seen as sympathetic characters with hearts and morals in the end.

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* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki delights in turning this trope on its head--both Lady Eboshi of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' and Kushana of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' start out as Baronesses, but are eventually seen as sympathetic characters with hearts and morals in the end.
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** The version that appeared in the [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero original cartoon]] is a [[{{Bowdlerise}} cleaned-up-for-cartoons]] version of the type, although her heavily accented portrayal by Morgan Lofting would influence other iterations of the character. Hama had originally conceived the character's background as an American who grew disaffected when she studied abroad, but after her cartoon debut, her official background was updated to state that she was the spoiled daughter of European aristocrats, and it was this information that appeared on her first toy's file card. While most versions of the character have used this background, the LiveActionAdaptation version played by Sienna Miller gave her the American background Hama originally intended, although her reason for joining Cobra was significantly changed.
* Baroness Paula Von Gunther, Nazi spymistress from the ''WonderWoman'' TV series and [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comics.

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** The version that appeared in the [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero original cartoon]] is a [[{{Bowdlerise}} cleaned-up-for-cartoons]] version of the type, although her heavily accented portrayal by Morgan Lofting would influence other iterations of the character. Hama had originally conceived the character's background as an American who grew disaffected when she studied abroad, but after her cartoon debut, her official background was updated to state that she was the spoiled daughter of European aristocrats, and it was this information that appeared on her first toy's file card. While most versions of the character have used this background, the LiveActionAdaptation version played by Sienna Miller gave her the American background Hama originally intended, although her reason for joining Cobra was significantly changed.
* Baroness Paula Von Gunther, Nazi spymistress from the ''WonderWoman'' ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' TV series and [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comics.



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* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki delights in turning this trope on its head -- both Lady Eboshi of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' and Kushana of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' start out as Baronesses, but are eventually seen as sympathetic characters with hearts and morals in the end.
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* The Contessa Maria Sinistre--or just the Contessa--is this in ''Literature/{{HIVE}}'' She has a habit of changing sides==she starts off as a teacher at H.I.V.E., then she [[spoiler: betrays Nero to Cypher, who promised her a continent, is recruited by Number One/Overlord to run H.I.V.E. while Nero is imprisoned, then does a HeelFaceTurn and a HeroicSacrifice to stop the Reapers from killing everyone--including the children--in H.I.V.E. She ends up remembered as a hero, which is unusual for a villain.]]

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* The Contessa Maria Sinistre--or Sinistre -- or just the Contessa--is Contessa -- is this in ''Literature/{{HIVE}}'' She has a habit of changing sides==she starts off as a teacher at H.I.V.E., then she [[spoiler: betrays Nero to Cypher, who promised her a continent, is recruited by Number One/Overlord to run H.I.V.E. while Nero is imprisoned, then does a HeelFaceTurn and a HeroicSacrifice to stop the Reapers from killing everyone--including everyone -- including the children--in children -- in H.I.V.E. She ends up remembered as a hero, which is unusual for a villain.]]



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* The version of The Baroness that appears in the original cartoon ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' is a [[{{Bowdlerise}} cleaned-up-for-cartoons]] version of the type, although her heavily accented portrayal by Morgan Lofting would influence other iterations of the character. Hama had originally conceived the character's background as an American who grew disaffected when she studied abroad, but after her cartoon debut, her official background was updated to state that she was the spoiled daughter of European aristocrats, and it was this information that appeared on her first toy's file card. While most versions of the character have used this background, the LiveActionAdaptation version played by Sienna Miller gave her the American background Hama originally intended, although her reason for joining Cobra was significantly changed.



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26th Dec '16 11:40:17 PM Matchstick
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The stereotype of the implausibly attractive Communist or Nazi female officer, and her counterpart, the threatening, mannish sadist, is common in campier WWII and Cold War stories. The Russian example has some basis in fact, as the Soviet military did include more female officers than the US military (permitting women to fly in combat in WWII -- a couple of whom became [[http://badassoftheweek.com/yegorova.html aces]]), but really, that just meant that they had a few more than ''none''.

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The stereotype of the implausibly attractive Communist or Nazi female officer, and her counterpart, the threatening, mannish sadist, is common in campier WWII and Cold War stories. The Russian example has some basis in fact, as the Soviet military did include more female officers than the US military (permitting women to fly in combat in WWII -- a WWII--a couple of whom became [[http://badassoftheweek.com/yegorova.html aces]]), but really, that just meant that they had a few more than ''none''.



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* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki delights in turning this trope on its head - both Lady Eboshi of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' and Kushana of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' start out as Baronesses, but are eventually seen as sympathetic characters with hearts and morals in the end.

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* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki delights in turning this trope on its head - both head--both Lady Eboshi of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' and Kushana of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' start out as Baronesses, but are eventually seen as sympathetic characters with hearts and morals in the end.



* ''Film/IlsaSheWolfOfTheSS'', a 1975 exploitation film, and its sequels. An exception to the typical rules surrounding sexuality (as per the subject), she's much more inclined to use the men she gets her hands on in any fashion possible - and then ''castrate'' them if they don't measure up.

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* ''Film/IlsaSheWolfOfTheSS'', a 1975 exploitation film, and its sequels. An exception to the typical rules surrounding sexuality (as per the subject), she's much more inclined to use the men she gets her hands on in any fashion possible - and possible--and then ''castrate'' them if they don't measure up.



** Parodied earlier in ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' with Frau Hoffner - she runs a finger over a facial scar as she purrs to Mata Bond "You are even more ''fascinating'' zan your mother!"

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** Parodied earlier in ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' with Frau Hoffner - she Hoffner--she runs a finger over a facial scar as she purrs to Mata Bond "You are even more ''fascinating'' zan your mother!"



** It's worth noting that, in the book, Rosa Klebb was, as Tatiana learned firsthand, the very antithesis of sexy - and a PsychoLesbian. She was still easily as cruel and ruthless as they come, though.

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** It's worth noting that, in the book, Rosa Klebb was, as Tatiana learned firsthand, the very antithesis of sexy - and sexy--and a PsychoLesbian. She was still easily as cruel and ruthless as they come, though.



** Dr Elsa Schneider from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' - the hot, blonde, double-crossing Austrian archaeologist who sucks on Indy's earlobe, played by Irish actress, Alison Doody. Also an example of TheVamp and EvilIsSexy.

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** Dr Elsa Schneider from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' - the ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''--the hot, blonde, double-crossing Austrian archaeologist who sucks on Indy's earlobe, played by Irish actress, Alison Doody. Also an example of TheVamp and EvilIsSexy.



* The Contessa Maria Sinistre - or just the Contessa - is this in ''Literature/{{HIVE}}'' She has a habit of changing sides - she starts off as a teacher at H.I.V.E., then she [[spoiler: betrays Nero to Cypher, who promised her a continent, is recruited by Number One/Overlord to run H.I.V.E. while Nero is imprisoned, then does a HeelFaceTurn and a HeroicSacrifice to stop the Reapers from killing everyone - including the children - in H.I.V.E. She ends up remembered as a hero, which is unusual for a villain.]]

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* The Contessa Maria Sinistre - or Sinistre--or just the Contessa - is Contessa--is this in ''Literature/{{HIVE}}'' She has a habit of changing sides - she sides==she starts off as a teacher at H.I.V.E., then she [[spoiler: betrays Nero to Cypher, who promised her a continent, is recruited by Number One/Overlord to run H.I.V.E. while Nero is imprisoned, then does a HeelFaceTurn and a HeroicSacrifice to stop the Reapers from killing everyone - including everyone--including the children - in children--in H.I.V.E. She ends up remembered as a hero, which is unusual for a villain.]]



* Similar to Dolores Umbridge is the archetypal [[BattleaxeNurse Nurse Ratched]] of ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' fame. Like Umbridge, she's a StepfordSmiler Rosa Klebb who works for TheMan (or the "Combine," as Chief Bromden calls it) instead of for DirtyCommunists or ThoseWackyNazis. And like any good Rosa Klebb, she's a physically repulsive, sexually repressed "ball-cutter" who takes out her repression by terrifying men into subservience. Of course, she doesn't rule by sexualized torture, like a Sexpot would do. She rules through subtle intimidation, mind-numbing drugs (administered [[AssShove rectally]] if the patient won't cooperate), and thoroughly ''un''sexy torture (rough baths and enemas, inhumanely-applied electroconvulsive therapy, and if all else fails, {{lobotomy}}). Unlike some other Baroness characters, though, she herself doesn't administer the torture -- she outsources it to her {{scary black|Man}} {{orderlies|AreCreeps}} and other medical {{mooks}}.

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* Similar to Dolores Umbridge is the archetypal [[BattleaxeNurse Nurse Ratched]] of ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' fame. Like Umbridge, she's a StepfordSmiler Rosa Klebb who works for TheMan (or the "Combine," as Chief Bromden calls it) instead of for DirtyCommunists or ThoseWackyNazis. And like any good Rosa Klebb, she's a physically repulsive, sexually repressed "ball-cutter" who takes out her repression by terrifying men into subservience. Of course, she doesn't rule by sexualized torture, like a Sexpot would do. She rules through subtle intimidation, mind-numbing drugs (administered [[AssShove rectally]] if the patient won't cooperate), and thoroughly ''un''sexy torture (rough baths and enemas, inhumanely-applied electroconvulsive therapy, and if all else fails, {{lobotomy}}). Unlike some other Baroness characters, though, she herself doesn't administer the torture -- she torture--she outsources it to her {{scary black|Man}} {{orderlies|AreCreeps}} and other medical {{mooks}}.



* Darla of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the classy, sadistic, and ruthless [[TheDragon dragon]] to the Master. This actually applies better in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', mostly in flashbacks or when she is revampified - she and Drusilla even attempt to build a gang/army to take the city under their command.

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* Darla of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the classy, sadistic, and ruthless [[TheDragon dragon]] to the Master. This actually applies better in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', mostly in flashbacks or when she is revampified - she revampified--she and Drusilla even attempt to build a gang/army to take the city under their command.



** Section Leader Elizabeth Shaw in "Inferno" - the Doctor's wholesome companion outside of the MirrorUniverse.

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** Section Leader Elizabeth Shaw in "Inferno" - the "Inferno"--the Doctor's wholesome companion outside of the MirrorUniverse.



** The Black Spiral Dancer signature character Zhyzhak also carries certain elements of this mixed with the [[AxCrazy general batshit]] that is the Black Spiral Dancers -- she's attractive (if bedraggled), wears bondage gear (while seemingly unaware of the sexual overtones), will kill with no provocation, and seems to be "running hot" all the time (to the point that she has a derangement that leaves her unintentionally shrieking most of the time).

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** The Black Spiral Dancer signature character Zhyzhak also carries certain elements of this mixed with the [[AxCrazy general batshit]] that is the Black Spiral Dancers -- she's Dancers--she's attractive (if bedraggled), wears bondage gear (while seemingly unaware of the sexual overtones), will kill with no provocation, and seems to be "running hot" all the time (to the point that she has a derangement that leaves her unintentionally shrieking most of the time).



** [[EnsembleDarkhorse Popular NPC]] Laori Vaus can be seen as a subversion. She's LawfulEvil, she [[DarkActionGirl can fight]], she runs around in form-fitting armor, and, as a high-ranking cleric of the Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}esque god of pain, she even provides a touch of sadomasochistic subtext - but she's {{Affably Evil}} and really rather cheery.

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** [[EnsembleDarkhorse Popular NPC]] Laori Vaus can be seen as a subversion. She's LawfulEvil, she [[DarkActionGirl can fight]], she runs around in form-fitting armor, and, as a high-ranking cleric of the Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}esque god of pain, she even provides a touch of sadomasochistic subtext - but subtext--but she's {{Affably Evil}} and really rather cheery.



*** She does avert the sexual part, though -- Saxton Hale referred to her as a "chain smoking seductress".

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*** She does avert the sexual part, though -- Saxton though--Saxton Hale referred to her as a "chain smoking seductress".
25th Dec '16 8:03:49 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Series/Supergirl2015, [[spoiler: Lillian Luthor]], the chilly and sadistic face of the [[FantasticRacism anti-alien]] [[MadScientist mad science]] organization Project Cadmus, is a Rosa Klebb.

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* In ''Series/Supergirl2015, ''Series/Supergirl2015'', [[spoiler: Lillian Luthor]], the chilly and sadistic face of the [[FantasticRacism anti-alien]] [[MadScientist mad science]] organization Project Cadmus, is a Rosa Klebb.
15th Dec '16 11:35:41 AM kyojikasshu
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* The Baroness, Anastasia Cisarnova [=DeCobray=] (pictured above), from ''Franchise/GIJoe'' is the [[TropeNamer inspiration for the name]]. She was originally created as a ToylessToylineCharacter by Creator/LarryHama to be an EvilCounterpart of Scarlett of the Joe Team. Both are the top intelligence agents of their sides, both are [[MasterOfDisguise experts at disguise]], and both are experts with their weapons, though the Baroness is more of a cold-blooded killer. Originally appearing in a plain blue jumpsuit with gold accents, she received her more famous black outfit when she received her first action figure in 1984, the third year of the [=ARAH=] toyline.
** The version that appeared in the [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero original cartoon]] is a [[{{Bowdlerise}} cleaned-up-for-cartoons]] version of the type, although her heavily accented portrayal by Morgan Lofting would influence other iterations of the character. Hama had originally conceived the character's background as an American who grew disaffected when she studied abroad, but after her cartoon debut, her official background was updated to state that she was the spoiled daughter of European aristocrats, and it was this information that appeared on her first toy's file card. While most versions of the character have used this background, the LiveActionAdaptation version played by Sienna Miller gave her the American background Hama originally intended, although her reason for joining Cobra was significantly changed.



* The Baroness (pictured above) from ''Franchise/GIJoe'' is the [[TropeNamer inspiration for the name]]. In the comics, she's a perfectly capable, cold-blooded killer, but, here, in this particular medium, she's a [[{{Bowdlerise}} cleaned-up-for-cartoons]] version of the type.
** In the LiveActionAdaptation, she was played by Sienna Miller.
6th Dec '16 3:53:04 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Similar to Dolores Umbridge is the archetypal [[BattleaxeNurse Nurse Ratched]] of ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' fame. Like Umbridge, she's a StepfordSmiler Rosa Klebb who works for TheMan (or the "Combine," as Chief Bromden calls it) instead of for DirtyCommunists or ThoseWackyNazis. And like any good Rosa Klebb, she's a physically repulsive, sexually repressed "ball-cutter" who takes out her repression by terrifying men into subservience. Of course, she doesn't rule by sexualized torture, like a Sexpot would do. She rules through subtle intimidation, mind-numbing drugs (administered [[AssShove rectally]] if the patient won't cooperate), and thoroughly ''un''sexy torture (rough baths and enemas, inhumanely-applied electroconvulsive therapy, and if all else fails, {{lobotomy}}). Unlike some other Baroness characters, though, she herself doesn't administer the torture -- she outsources it to her {{scary black|man}} {{orderlies|are creeps}} and other medical {{mooks}}.

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* Similar to Dolores Umbridge is the archetypal [[BattleaxeNurse Nurse Ratched]] of ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' fame. Like Umbridge, she's a StepfordSmiler Rosa Klebb who works for TheMan (or the "Combine," as Chief Bromden calls it) instead of for DirtyCommunists or ThoseWackyNazis. And like any good Rosa Klebb, she's a physically repulsive, sexually repressed "ball-cutter" who takes out her repression by terrifying men into subservience. Of course, she doesn't rule by sexualized torture, like a Sexpot would do. She rules through subtle intimidation, mind-numbing drugs (administered [[AssShove rectally]] if the patient won't cooperate), and thoroughly ''un''sexy torture (rough baths and enemas, inhumanely-applied electroconvulsive therapy, and if all else fails, {{lobotomy}}). Unlike some other Baroness characters, though, she herself doesn't administer the torture -- she outsources it to her {{scary black|man}} {{orderlies|are creeps}} black|Man}} {{orderlies|AreCreeps}} and other medical {{mooks}}.
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