The villain is trying to have his way with the beautiful princess. He lifts up her dress and things look bad... but what's this? The maiden has quietly pulled a knife from her garter! She stabs him, putting an end to his evil ways once and for all.
The Chastity Dagger is the favored weapon of delicate, civilized young ladies in fantasy and historical works. It is almost always used as a means of self-defense when in danger of being raped, robbed or kidnapped, but a Femme Fatale
may also use it in conjunction with her feminine charm to assassinate a male character while he is distracted.
- Conan the Buccaneer has another version - all the virgins of Zingara carry small knives to kill themselves (they value chastity a bit too highly).
- Discussed & subverted a couple of times in the Gor series; in Beasts of Gor Tarl strips a free woman and makes her comb her hair, where she has a poisoned needle hidden. At least one other time Tarl talks to a free woman about it too, saying she'd better not have a hidden dagger or it won't go well for her with her captors.
- In Ruddigore, when Robin as Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd has Hannah kidnapped, she pulls a small dagger with which she menaces him in swashbuckling style. She releases it only to pick up a much larger sword and continues to advance on him as he cries for mercy.
"Unappalled by the calm dignity of blameless womanhood, your minion has torn me from my spotless home, and dragged me, blindfold and shrieking, through hedges, over stiles, and across a very difficult country, and left me, helpless and trembling, at your mercy! Yet not helpless, coward sir, for approach one step -- nay, but the twentieth part of one poor inch -- and this poniard shall teach ye what it is to lay unholy hands on old Stephen Trusty's daughter!"
- Subverted three times in Sienkiewicz Trilogy. The first woman chooses to stab herself instead, the second one gest easily disarmed, only for a henchman she had saved earlier to brain the villain with a blunt object, and the third has no dagger but uses a pistol as an improvised blunt weapon and deals a hit that costs the villain an eye.
- In Stone of Tears, Kahlan kills a would-be rapist with a ceremonial knife carved out of a human bone. She was half dead from poison at the time, and the book implies it wasn't her killing him, but the spirit of the man the bone used to belong to.
- In Tha´s of Athens, a rich merchant tries kidnapping Thais' beautiful slave girl Eris. What he doesn't know is that Eris is an ex-priestess of a dark goddess and keeps enough hidden blades on her (near naked) body to leave him and his cronies Gutted Like a Fish on the ground before they even touch her.
- In the Vorkosigan Saga, Barrayaran ladies traditionally carry "Vorfemme blades" (ornate concealable knives) for exactly this purpose.