Created By: SunnyV on September 1, 2011 Last Edited By: SunnyV on September 10, 2011
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Always V Sexy

Names starting with V being portrayed as especially sexy or sensual names.

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Vesper. Violet. Victoria. Vienna. Vivian. Veronica. Victor.

Something about the V's serve to make names sexier. They're also fairly unusual, which is probably part of it. As a result, a woman with a V name in a work is often a hint that she's supposed to be the alluring one. Bonus points if both the first and last name of the character both start with V.

Usually female, but not necessarily; names like Victor, Valentine, or Vincent can come off as this as well.

Avoid real life examples unless it's a stage name or otherwise invokes this trope; someone good looking happening to have a name starting with V isn't good enough.

Index: Naming Conventions.


Examples

Comics

Film
  • Veronica Corningstone from Anchorman was like this. She arrives at the news station and all the men completely lose it.
  • Maybe notable that the first Batman movie of the modern era uses Vicki Vale as the love interest.
  • Velma and Veronica Kelly from Chicago aim for the sultry jazz girl image. And succeed.
  • A famous male example is Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction, played by John Travolta.
  • Vesper Lynd from Casino Royale, played at her alluring best by Eva Green.
  • Violet from the movie Ultra Violet, played by Mila Jovovich
  • Vivian from Legally Blonde may or may not be an example. She's portrayed as stuffy and not particularly sensual, but on the other hand Warner leaves Elle for her and she is played by Selma Blair

Literature
  • Played with in regards to Viktor Krum from Harry Potter. He's an international Quidditch player, which makes all the girls at Hogwarts swoon over him, but he's also described as not especially attractive, and spends a good deal of time in the library.
  • Vittoria Vetra from Dan Brown's Angels & Demons. The sexy Italian yoga master.
  • Vesper Lynd from Casino Royale, as mentioned above.
  • Conan the Barbarian gives us the pirate queen Valeria.

Live-Action TV
  • In an episode of Better Off Ted, the boss attempts to blackmail one the pawns into signing a waver using her best sultry act.
    Veronica: "Ooh. I like the way you say my name. Veronica... Ooh. I like the way I say it too"
    Corporate Mook: "I could listen to you say your name all day"
    Veronica: "So could I!"
  • On a recent season of The Bachelor, the winner was a woman named Vienna. Let's just say she didn't win because of her social graces.

Mythology
  • One name for the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian legend is Viviane. Obviously she isn't really "sexy" in a traditional sense (in most interpretations anyway), but is mysterious and powerful, and the name adds to that.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • Veronica Reed from Questionable Content is a kink model under the name Veronica Vance.
  • Valerie from Sluggy Freelance is certainly drawn to look fairly sexy, and is Torg's first real love interest. And she's a vampire to boot.

Western Animation
  • In The Little Mermaid, what name does Ursula take when she turns into a sultry young woman in order to seduce Erik? Vanessa, of course.
  • Found in Vanessa from Phineas and Ferb, of all places.

Real Life
  • Veronica Varlow of Emilie Autumn's backup band. She's also known as The Naughty Veronica; she used to be a pinup model and a burlesque actress.
  • The name "Vanessa" was coined by Jonathan Swift (of Gulliver's Travels fame) to refer to his longtime lover, Esther Vanhomrigh. Trope Maker?

Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • September 1, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Whatever reason may also include starting with a 'V,' like so few other words do, save a select few.

    In an episode of Better Off Ted, the boss, go ahead and guess what her name is, attempts to blackmail one the pawns into signing a waver using her best sultry act.
    Veronica: "Ooh. I like the way you say my name. Veronica... Ooh. I like the way I say it too"
    Corporate Mook: "I could listen to you say your name all day"
    Veronica: "So could I!"
  • September 2, 2011
    JonnyB
    Veronica from the Archie comics?
  • September 2, 2011
    MorganWick
    ^Regardless of whether that's an example, your name may raise images of the latter half of Betty And Veronica.

    In any case, you'd need to find a strong correlation to keep this from being People Sit On Chairs.
  • September 2, 2011
    Koveras
    Counter-example: Veronica Mars is rather plain-looking (yet her mind is sharp as an Occams Razor).

    I feel this has more to do with the initial letter "V" counting among the Xtreme Kool Letterz, because e.g. girls named Vanessa are often treated similarly by authors.
  • September 2, 2011
    Synchronicity
    Inverted with Veronica "Ronnie" from The Last Song, who is the bitter everygirl to contrast with her boyfriend's Libby fangirls.
  • September 2, 2011
    SunnyV
    I'm pretty sure this isn't People Sit On Chairs. There are a few similar naming tropes, like Alice Allusion to give a character an ethereal feel, and Be My Valentine for a romantic one.
  • September 2, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    for the Ted example, put one more hyphen before the carrot --> to indent it further, and boldface the names by surrounding them in three apostrophes.

    Someone remind me, was there a Veronica in Friends?
  • September 2, 2011
    JonnyB
    ^^^^^ That's who I was referring to.
  • September 2, 2011
    LeeM
    There was even a Radio Veronica - a pirate radio ship off the Dutch coast. They must have done something right, because they stayed on the air for more than 14 years and then got a legal broadcasting licence.
  • September 3, 2011
    Teddroe
    Veronica Corningstone, from Anchorman. Comedic example, but still applies. Christina Applegate, y'all.
  • September 3, 2011
    TonyG
    ^^^^I checked and there was no Veronica on Friends. you must have been thinking of Monica.
  • September 3, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^ That's facepalmable lol, thanks.
  • September 9, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    This could be expanded possibly. I'm thinking Informed Sexy Name, or Sultry Name. If it's not just "Veronica" it might be a little less chairsy
  • September 9, 2011
    Teddroe
    This does seem a little specific, but I think it's onto something. What about "V" names in general for women? It seems to me like other names--Vanessa and Valerie come to mind, but others might include Vesper, Violet, Victoria, Vienna, and Vivian--also invoke a certain air of sexy in fiction.
  • September 9, 2011
    Duncan
    "Veronica" by Elvis Costello is something of an aversion, the song's about a woman who went crazy when her lover didn't come back from the sea 65 years ago, now she's in an insane asylum.
  • September 9, 2011
    Teddroe
    And I do so love punny titles, so if we expanded this to other feminine V names, we could totally go with something like "Always V Sexy" for the title. Anyone?
  • September 9, 2011
    SunnyV
    I heartily agree. Change/massive edits in progress!
  • September 9, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    While starting with a 'V' plays a part in implicit sexiness, the most versitile version of this concept could incorporate any name that is implied to be sexy or sultry in the work. A sentence in the description about how "'V' names are likely to be found her because...etc." could easily be added.

    That way, we'd have in my opinion, the most tropable-possible version of this concept.
  • September 9, 2011
    JonnyB
    Veronica from the Archie comics...

    Since we've changed it to V names - An aversion: Vivian Vance played opposite Lucille Ball in the I Love Lucy sitcom. While an attractive starlet in her own right (and a double V!), Vance played the somewhat heavier, frumpier neighbor, intentionally dressed in old fashioned clothing to contrast with Ball.
  • September 9, 2011
    peccantis
    • Velma and Veronica Kelly from Chicago aim for the sultry jazz girl imago. And succeed.
  • September 9, 2011
    CommanderPanda
  • September 9, 2011
    Ryuuma
    The temptation is too big. Does Voluptua count?
  • September 9, 2011
    Generality
    • Invoked in Mirror Mask:
      Man: You should change your name. Something mysterious, romantic, like... Valentine.
      Helena: Why, what's your name?
      Man: Valentine.
  • September 9, 2011
    Ultrayellow
    ^^...Yeah.
  • September 9, 2011
    Teddroe
    Alright, I opened up the folders. Start adding some examples (I'll do a few more too) and I think we've got a pretty good one here.
  • September 9, 2011
    X2X
    I take it Vanessa counts an example of this trope? Cause there's a ton of Vanessas in fiction.
  • September 9, 2011
    Teddroe
    I added some, but yeah Vanessa counts if it's pretty clear that the character is intended to be sexy/attractive, and the name reflects that. Some random side character in a book named Vanessa who is not described at all would not be an example of this trope.
  • September 10, 2011
    shockvaluecola
    There seem to be a few examples that are of characters not intended to be sexy. I don't remember Vince Vega being particularly sexy (at least not in an informed way) and given the sheer number of V names in fiction, it seems ludicrous to include inversions like Veronica Mars. Isn't it only an inversion if someone is aware of the trope and deliberately turning it on its head? I don't think Vmars is that.
  • September 10, 2011
    X2X
    ^^ Ok, then. A few examples off of the top of my head:

    Live Action TV

    Mythology

    Video Games

    Also, a minor correction. It's The King Of Fighters.
  • September 10, 2011
    Teddroe
    ^^The V Mars example was from back when this trope was specifically about the name Veronica. I agree it doesn't really fit anymore. So I deleted it. Vincent is a little more bumbling than this trope usually would suggest, but the casting and his scenes with Mia Wallace (especially the dance) mean that I still think he belongs.
  • September 10, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Vicki Valencourt from The Waterboy who is meant to appear as a Bad Girl temptress-type character.
  • September 10, 2011
    Koveras
  • September 10, 2011
    Ryuuma
  • September 10, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Truth In Television: One of my mother's acquaintances was a woman named Venus Valentine. Ms. Valentine was (and presumably still is) very beautiful and once learning her name, many people speculated on her being a porn actress. Apparently her mother was trying to use the trope when she named her.

    Literature
  • September 10, 2011
    Ryuuma
    ^ With due respect, wouldn't the Truth In Television part go under "Troper Tales" or something?
  • September 10, 2011
    X2X
    Troper Tales are no longer accepted at TV Tropes. It had to be spun off into its own wiki. But yeah, individual examples don't fly.
  • September 10, 2011
    Generality
    Dunno if this is strong enough to be worth putting on the page, but:

  • September 10, 2011
    SunnyV
    I leave this for a few hours and Wiki Magic takes over. Whoever edited/sorted the examples: my sincere thanks.
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