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15th Jun '16 10:51:27 PM PaulA
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* [[Literature/ArchieSheridan Gretchen Lowell]] is the extreme of this trope, as a beautiful female serial killer who claims to have over two hundred kills. Not just any kills, either--she likes to torture using blades and chemicals to extend the torture session for as long as possible. She uses sex to collect "apprentices," weak-minded selfish men who she can mold into serial killers themselves.

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* [[Literature/ArchieSheridan In the ''Literature/ArchieSheridan'' series, Gretchen Lowell]] Lowell is the extreme of this trope, as a beautiful female serial killer who claims to have over two hundred kills. Not just any kills, either--she likes to torture using blades and chemicals to extend the torture session for as long as possible. She uses sex to collect "apprentices," weak-minded selfish men who she can mold into serial killers themselves.themselves.
* In Creator/AgathaChristie's stories featuring professional problem-solver [[Literature/ParkerPyneInvestigates Mr. Parker Pyne]], one of his employees is the impossibly glamorous Madeleine de Sara, who plays this role as needed for a FalseCrucible or OperationJealousy.
15th Jun '16 3:53:38 PM Choombi
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* Rahab, the prostitute who spied for Israel, used her vamp skills to get information from Israel's foes, which she passed on to Aaron, son of Moses. Who used it to win his battles.
12th Jun '16 6:48:15 PM WriterGirl2015
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* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'': Crowley notes in the novels that Ferid has the kind of beauty that can lure people in and corrupt them, which is part of his MO as a DepravedBisexual.
4th Jun '16 4:07:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* A whole series of FilmNoir movies made in the 1940s and 50s: Phyllis in ''DoubleIndemnity'', Kathie from ''Out of the Past''. Even MarilynMonroe's character in ''Niagara''.

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* A whole series of FilmNoir movies made in the 1940s and 50s: Phyllis in ''DoubleIndemnity'', ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'', Kathie from ''Out of the Past''. Even MarilynMonroe's character in ''Niagara''.
30th May '16 4:37:33 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Extremely'' common in ''TheSwordOfTruth'', especially among the Sisters of the Dark. [[DarkMagicalGirl Nicci]] is perhaps the best example prior to [[spoiler: her HighHeelFaceTurn]], and has [[Really700YearsOld a long history]] of using her beauty and sex to get what she wants. The generally antagonistic (though not ''evil'') and neutral at best witch woman [[HotWitch Shota]] tends to play this at times as well. Calling her default wardrobe "revealing" [[IncrediblyLamePun doesn't even cover it]].

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* ''Extremely'' common in ''TheSwordOfTruth'', ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'', especially among the Sisters of the Dark. [[DarkMagicalGirl Nicci]] is perhaps the best example prior to [[spoiler: her HighHeelFaceTurn]], and has [[Really700YearsOld a long history]] of using her beauty and sex to get what she wants. The generally antagonistic (though not ''evil'') and neutral at best witch woman [[HotWitch Shota]] tends to play this at times as well. Calling her default wardrobe "revealing" [[IncrediblyLamePun doesn't even cover it]].
27th May '16 3:13:14 AM MacronNotes
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This trope is {{Cyclic|Trope}}. In certain eras, as with the [[DeadUnicornTrope "hat dichotomy" from Westerns]], but more actual in fact, The Vamp is almost always black-haired, whereas the good girl is a [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold blonde]]. At other times, [[BlondesAreEvil blondes are inherently more evil]]. In the Cold War era, the raven-haired temptress was a [[DirtyCommunists Soviet spy]], when not just a torturer like TheBaroness.

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This trope is {{Cyclic|Trope}}. In certain eras, as with the [[DeadUnicornTrope "hat dichotomy" from Westerns]], but more actual in fact, The Vamp is almost always black-haired, whereas the good girl is a [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold blonde]]. At other times, [[BlondesAreEvil blondes are inherently more evil]].evil. In the Cold War era, the raven-haired temptress was a [[DirtyCommunists Soviet spy]], when not just a torturer like TheBaroness.



* Nazi Vamps like Ilsa Haupstein (from ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'') and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsa_Schneider#Elsa_Schneider Dr Elsa Schneider]] from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Unrepentant and black-hearted bitches. Also examples of The Vamp, BlondesAreEvil, and EvilIsSexy.

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* Nazi Vamps like Ilsa Haupstein (from ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'') and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsa_Schneider#Elsa_Schneider Dr Elsa Schneider]] from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Unrepentant and black-hearted bitches. Also examples of The Vamp, BlondesAreEvil, Vamp and EvilIsSexy.



* Minx from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is a manipulative heartbreaker who toys with men then throws them aside. It's left vague if Minx actually [[LadykillerInLove likes Rio]] or if she just wants to steal him from both Jem and Jerrica, however nevertheless he sees her as an AbhorrentAdmirer. Minx tends to dress in black but is [[BlondesAreEvil a blond]].

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* Minx from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is a manipulative heartbreaker who toys with men then throws them aside. It's left vague if Minx actually [[LadykillerInLove likes Rio]] or if she just wants to steal him from both Jem and Jerrica, however nevertheless he sees her as an AbhorrentAdmirer. Minx tends to dress in black but is [[BlondesAreEvil a blond]].blond.
5th May '16 2:08:07 PM margdean56
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** The Sirens from Myth/ClassicalMythology. [[WingedHumanoid Bird-women]] who lured sailers to their death with their singing.

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** The Sirens from Myth/ClassicalMythology. [[WingedHumanoid Bird-women]] who lured sailers sailors to their death with their singing.
5th May '16 2:05:19 PM margdean56
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* The title character in Andrew Vachss' ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Strega]]'' (the second ''Literature/{{Burke}}'' novel) is explicitly The Vamp to the extent that she even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s the fact that she can bend men to her will. The protagonist, Burke, does succumb to her sexual wiles, but [[SubvertedTrope subverts the trope]] in that he's [[GenreSavvy perfectly aware]] of what [[HoneyTrap she represents]], and manages pulls away once her goals are no longer parallel with his. [[spoiler:The girlfriend in Vachss' ''The Getaway Man'' plays the trope straight, however.]]

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* The title character in Andrew Vachss' ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Strega]]'' (the second ''Literature/{{Burke}}'' novel) is explicitly The Vamp to the extent that she even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s the fact that she can bend men to her will. The protagonist, Burke, does succumb to her sexual wiles, but [[SubvertedTrope subverts the trope]] in that he's [[GenreSavvy perfectly aware]] of what [[HoneyTrap she represents]], and manages pulls to pull away once her goals are no longer parallel with his. [[spoiler:The girlfriend in Vachss' ''The Getaway Man'' plays the trope straight, however.]]



* Marquis Merteuil in ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', a BitchInSheepsClothing variety.

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* Marquis Marquise Merteuil in ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'', a BitchInSheepsClothing variety.



** Thalis tries this in "The Slithering Shadows". Conan is embarrased because Natala, his slave girl, is watching.

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** Thalis tries this in "The Slithering Shadows". Conan is embarrased embarrassed because Natala, his slave girl, is watching.



* Delia of Eldorne in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' deliberately pits men against each other and seduces Prince Jon, toying with his moods by giving or witholding her attention (and sex) in order to keep him off-balance. All of this is in aid of Duke Roger's plan to usurp the throne, because she wants to be the queen.

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* Delia of Eldorne in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' deliberately pits men against each other and seduces Prince Jon, toying with his moods by giving or witholding withholding her attention (and sex) in order to keep him off-balance. All of this is in aid of Duke Roger's plan to usurp the throne, because she wants to be the queen.



* Melisande Shahrizai from the ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series is an almost perfect example this trope, especially early on.

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* Melisande Shahrizai from the ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series is an almost perfect example of this trope, especially early on.
24th Apr '16 4:55:09 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Expect some [[SlayingMantis praying mantis]] [[AnimalMotifs imagery]] for these characters, as the female mantis (is believed to) eat her mate's head after they've mated.

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Expect some [[SlayingMantis praying mantis]] [[AnimalMotifs imagery]] for these characters, as the female mantis (is believed to) mantises have been known to eat her mate's head their mates' heads after they've mated.
mating (although the prevalence of this habit is ''greatly'' exaggerated in the media).
10th Apr '16 1:52:30 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Taeler Hendrix after her [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]], would openly try to hit on men, especially referees, for an advantage. When she found out Heidi Lovelace had a fan girl crush on her, Hendrix was willing to exploit that too.[[/folder]]

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* Taeler Hendrix after her [[FaceHeelTurn heel turn]], would openly try to hit on men, especially referees, for an advantage. When she found out Heidi Lovelace had a fan girl crush on her, Hendrix was willing to exploit that too. This talent got her hired by Truth Martini for the benefit of his clients.[[/folder]]
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