Hot Gypsy Woman


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The Roma have long had an ambiguous status in Western societies and popular culture: alien enough to serve as a convenient Other, but geographically near at hand. As a result they have tended to be both vilified and exoticized, and while the Gypsy Curse is a byproduct of the former, the Hot Gypsy Woman is an example of the latter.

The Hot Gypsy Woman has fairly standardized features. She has relatively dark skin, raven-black hair which she wears loose, a low-waisted long skirt with a slit up the side, a bare midriff, and plenty of jewellery. She also tends to have a fiery personality and to be overt in her sexuality, making her an Ethical Slut.

This trope is Older Than Steam and tends to be mostly encountered in stories set in the early modern era. In contemporary settings, this kind of character archetype is sometimes incarnated by the Spicy Latina.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books

Film

Music
  • The title character of the opera Carmen by Bizet.
  • The title character of the opera La Zingara by Donizetti.
  • The song "Bohémienne aux yeux noirs" by Tino Rossi:
    Bohémienne aux grands yeux noirs
    Tes cheveux couleur du soir
    Et l'éclat de ta peau brune
    Sont plus beaux qu'un clair de lune
    Bohémienne aux grands yeux noirs
    J'ai vibré d'un tendre espoir
    Je voudrais que tu sois mienne
    (Bohemian with big dark eyes
    Your dusk-colored hair
    And the sheen of your brown skin
    Are prettier than the moonlight
    Bohemian with big dark eyes
    I shivered with tender hope
    I would like you to be mine)
  • The song "Gypsy Woman" by Hilary Duff:
    She can swallow knives, she can swallow lives
    Golden black stare, but the night of your demise
    Try to run away with the gypsy woman
    Good today but gone for good
    Can't get away with the gypsy woman
  • Don Williams "I Recall A Gypsy Woman":
    I recall a gypsy woman
    Silver spangles in her eyes
    Ivory skin against the moonlight
    And the taste of life's sweet wine
  • The Santana song "Gypsy Woman":
    From nowhere through a caravan
    Around the campfire light
    A lovely woman in motion
    With hair as dark as night
    Her eyes were like that
    Of a cat in the dark
    They hypnotize me with love
    She was a gypsy woman
  • "I was born in the wagon of a traveling show..."
  • Brooks and Dunn's "My Maria".
  • Played for laughs in the Benny Hill song "Rachel".

Theater
  • Zerbinette in Moliere's Les Fourberies de Scapin.

Video Games
  • In Quest for Glory IV, when you visit the gypsy camp after freeing Davy from being burned at the stake, you meet one of these who dances with you, and Davy later says that she is his mate.

Western Animation
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