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[[caption-width-right:225:I Dream Of Red!]]

->''"Red. Red. RED. '''RED''', Charlie boy. Red is the color of sex! Burgundy is the color of hot water bottles! Red is the color of '''sex''' and '''fear''' and '''danger''' and signs that say, '''"Do. Not. Enter."'''"''
-->-- '''Lola''', ''Film/KinkyBoots''

Lady in Red is something of an old-fashioned trope, where TheVamp or the FemmeFatale was designated by having her wear bright red formal wear. The Lady in Red wasn't necessarily a slut, but she was strongly sexual, and often had a strong personality. In more prudish times the Lady in Red was considered almost dangerous. Red clothing is also associated with prostitutes, chorus girls and other dancers, and other women attempting to be sexy.

''This trope is about the character type, not the dress itself.'' A character wearing a red outfit does not always make her a Lady In Red.

The GlamorousWartimeSinger is often a Lady In Red, as is TheChanteuse; sometimes, the dress will be a HappyHolidaysDress or SexySantaDress.

Unlike WomanInWhite, this trope is grown women only; for little girls, see LittleDeadRidingHood and compare PrincessesPreferPink.

A Lady in Red is sexy. She might be morally ambiguous but she mostly displays a form of sexual availability, a signal that she's ready to fulfil a guy's sexual desires. The Woman in Black may be sexy and enticing but, in sharp contrast to her crimson counterpart, she is also openly menacing and sexually unavailable, especially if her outfit covers her whole body. In any case, the Woman in Black clearly conveys that approaching her is ''not'' a good idea, whereas the Lady in Red ''means'' to arouse lust.

Compare SugarWiki/TheLittleBlackDress, PinkMeansFeminine.

Please note that according to Chinese mythology, a woman who dies in a red dress, or commits suicide in one, is able to come back to haunt those who wronged her, which leads to a multitude of ladies in red dresses in Hong Kong horror movies. These ladies are not necessarily a Lady In Red. Additionally, in UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} and throughout Southeast Asia, red is more associated with marriage and love than with sex. Thus, a woman in a red sari is almost never a Lady In Red. All of the ideas above come mostly from Western culture.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/BlackButler'' has Madame Red (her real name is Angelina Dalles-Barnett but it's a nickname she earned), Ciel's aunt. She's a free-spirited young widow who likes to have fun and is flirty with everyone she meets. She wears red because [[spoiler: it's the color of blood: she is Jack the Ripper.]]
* ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' wears a crimson red cocktail dress in the first episodes [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes into battle]]. And even the man she's about to kill admits she looks gorgeous.
* Kaolinite from ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. Interestingly, she changes to black after her [[spoiler: apparent death and resurrection]].
* Yumi Komagata from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''. Notably, she used to be [[HighClassCallGirl an oiran]] before [[UnholyMatrimony joining up with Shishio.]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Played for laughs with Ranma Saotome's [[GenderBender girl form]]. She's one of the most (if not ''the'' most) attractive women in the entire series. She knows it and [[ManipulativeBastard plays it up for all the benefits she can possibly get]], especially in the manga. Ranma's seductive ways are highlighted by her typical red shirt, her red hair in the anime, and, at one point, a red {{Qipao}} dress from some official art. Plus, in general, she's just seen in a lot of red clothing.
* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'': Ayaka Kisaragi is stunning for a woman her age and is the series' resident [[MsFanservice fanservice character.]] Each episode opens with her wearing a form-fitting red dress (also featured on the cover art), which has [[SexyBacklessOutfit a low-cut back]] and a split seam to [[ShesGotLegs show off her legs]], along with a matching pair of high-heels. It gives her the look of a lounge singer[[note]]fittingly enough, Ayaka actually sings the opening number at the start of each episode, and [[KaraokeBox karaoke]] is one of her hobbies in-series[[/note]], but she's actually an OccultDetective.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'':
** In the anime version of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', Anthy wears a red dress during the Rose Duels as she's the bride and the prize of the tournament. The sexual and dangerous connotations become more and more apparent as the show goes on [[spoiler: as it's realized that she's [[SiblingIncest sleeping with her brother]], serves as his [[TheDragon Dragon]] and seduces and tempts various other characters (often at Akio's behest)]]
** Touga and [[spoiler: Akio]] are a RareMaleExample. Touga is associated with red roses, has red hair and his outfit is lined with red. [[spoiler: Akio]] wears red and drives a red sports car. They're both a bit slutty, serve as the main [[MrFanservice Mr. Fanservices]] and use sex and love to manipulate and charm everyone around them.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Kate Kane, [[spoiler: aka {{ComicBook/Batwoman}}]], in her first appearance in the DCU series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo''. She's described as having "the kind of beauty that leaves you ''breathless''," while wearing a brilliantly-red dress.
* ''ComicBook/SinCity'': The title character in "The Babe Who Wore Red" is a beautiful DamselInDistress whose striking red dress is the [[SplashOfColor only object of color]] in the otherwise black-and-white noir story. [[spoiler:She turns out to be a subversion of the trope, as she's actually a nun who considered forsaking her vows.]]
* When [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] was first dating Jane, Odin did not approve of his son dating a mortal, so he sent Amora ComicBook/TheEnchantress to seduce him and break them up. Amora chose the best vamp outfit she could: a red slinky dress complimented with [[PrettyInMink a white mink coat]].
* ComicBook/{{Vampirella}} is a female vampire who wears a red sling-bikini and whose seductiveness is her trademark.
* ''ComicBook/{{Crimson}}'' had two prominent ladies in red: the resident monster hunter Scarlet Thinbaut X, who wore an all-red sexy combat suit evocative of LittleRedRidingHood and the BigBad Lisseth, dressing in a long-red gown sporting some AbsoluteCleavage. While both characters qualify as MsFanservice, they fit the trope in different ways with Lisseth being [[TheVamp openly seductive]], while Scarlet serves as TheHero's LoveInterest. Scarlet's ancestor [[HighClassCallGirl Marraine]] also used to be one, wearing a red cape that marked her as off-limits to any lower louts and available only to noblemen.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Asuka wears a very "adult" red dress to the school dance, one that takes Shinji's breath away.
* ''FanFic/RampageOfTheRailBandits'': Bonnie purposely invokes this to get the trucks to do her will.
* ''Fanfic/EverydayLifeAsASupportingCharacter'': Miia inherited her red scale pigmentation from her mom, Layra; however, Miia is an aversion of the trope, in contrast to Layra, who is not as prudish as her daughter is.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Subverted, then the subversion is [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] by Jessica Rabbit from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. She's gorgeous and wears a very revealing long slinky shiny dress, showing some legs and lots of cleavage, but:
--> '''Jessica:''' I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.
** Lena Hyena also wears one.
* Esmeralda wore a red poledancing outfit in the "Topsy Turvy" number in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. Ironically, in real life, red is considered bad luck for Gypsies, and Judge Frollo was watching her dance in public... Bad luck indeed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'', the imposter Odette's dress was slinky [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver red and black]], as opposed to Odette's usual virginal white.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Creator/GeneWilder vehicle ''Film/TheWomanInRed'' features model [=Kelly LeBrock=] as the titular character, which was a ForeignRemake of ''Un éléphant ça trompe énormément'' and was [[FollowTheLeader riding on the success]] of ''Film/{{Ten}}''. Best known for the Music/StevieWonder classic "I Just Called To Say I Love You", which earned the film its sole UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Song. He also sings "[[TitleThemeTune The Woman In Red]]".
* Violet from ''Film/{{Bound 1996}}'' is a FemmeFatale who spends a good chunk of the film in a red dress.
* Inverted in ''Film/RequiemForADream'', in which an elderly woman destroys herself trying to fit into her old red dress.
* In the film adaptation of the Creator/StephenKing short story ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Umney's Last Case]]'', the wife of the [[RageAgainstTheAuthor author who created]] the 1930's PrivateEye protagonist dresses up in a slinky red dress in order to seduce him, acting like TheVamp character from one of her husband's books.
* ''Film/TheThinBlueLine'' [[ConversationalTroping references]] the famous woman in red who shot notorious gangster John Dillinger. The movie then goes on to note that the woman was actually wearing orange at the time, it just seemed red because of the lighting. This ties into the theme of inaccurate memory.
* In ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', when rumors abound that Scarlett and Ashley have been caught in an illicit embrace (Scarlett is married to Rhett at the time), Rhett demands that she wear a red dress to Ashley's birthday party.
-->'''Rhett:''' "I want you to look your part tonight."
* Early in ''Film/TheMask'', Tina shows up at the bank wearing a clingy red dress, distracting Stanley while innocently inquiring about opening an account and surreptitiously casing the joint.
* ''Film/SwingKids'': After being called a "priss" and presumed to be uptight for the earlier part of the movie, Evey shows up at a swing party in a bright red dress. The look on Peter's face when he sees her is priceless.
* ''Film/{{Frantic}}'': Emmanuelle Seigner changes from her [[HellBentForLeather black leather look]] to a tight red dress when they go to an expensive nightclub; it's probably not a coincidence she [[MatingDance dances uncomfortably close]] to Harrison Ford in this scene.
* In ''Film/WingsOfDesire'' [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench French babe]] Marion wears a fancy red dress when she finally meets [[spoiler: former angel]] Damiel.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', Peggy Carter (Steve Rogers' ally and love interest) wears a rather [[MsFanservice impressive]] red dress in one scene, which particularly stands out in a pub full of drab-uniformed soldiers, [[DistractedByTheSexy all of whom fall silent when she enters]].
* In ''Film/IngloriousBasterds'', near the climax, Shoshanna wears a red gown and lipstick.
* In ''Film/{{Jezebel}}'', Julie Marsden (played by Bette Davis) scandalizes polite society when she shows up to her débutante ball wearing a red dress instead of virginal white.
* ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren'': The woman in the bar who tries and comically fails to seduce One wear a red dress. At the time, he is devastated over the death of Miette.
* The Empress wears either red or black for most of ''Film/LegendOfTheBlackScorpion''. Scenes emphasizing her sexual dominance over the Emperor show her in, or surrounded by, red fabric.
* ''Film/GhostShip'': Francesca, the ship's former singer, was dressed like this. She reappears on the ship as a [[TheVamp vamp-like]] ghost, and is later revealed to have participated in the original massacre, tempting one of the crewmen to kill the other conspirators for her.
* ''Film/DeepRising'': This is Trillian's outfit for the first half of the movie, as she was a thief and conperson on the cruise liner who used it to distract the captain so she could steal his keycard as part of her scheme.
* In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', Vesper Lynd is wearing this in her final scenes. Aside from the fact that her duplicity has just been discovered, the color helps Bond spot her as he searches for her in the crowd--note that absolutely no one else in that scene is clad in red. This was deliberately done by the filmmakers to make her stand out.
* ''Film/WestSideStory'': Maria wears a red dress in the film's final scenes. Very symbolic as she's recently lost her virginity, and regarding all the blood that's been shed up to this point.
* A different take in ''Film/TheGirl'' (1987), where the FilleFatale wraps herself in a red towel when seducing Franco Nero's character (having already stripped off her blue dress).
* ''Film/FatalInstinct'': Lola Cain, the FemmeFatale, appears in a red dress when she seduces Ned Ravine.
* ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'': When Max is on a talk show to defend his low-brow network, he notes that that the red dress of Nikki, one of his co-guests, is quite alluring. They strike up a relationship not long after.
* Downplayed in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallowsPart1''. Hermione wears a red dress to Bill and Fleur's wedding and when she first appears wearing it, Ron can be seen gazing at her with a slight look of lust on his face. In the book the dress was [[GracefulLadiesLikePurple lilac]] and it was more of a SheCleansUpNicely moment.
* ''Film/EveOfDestruction'': Eve steals a red leather jacket from a clothing shop, which she later uses to seduce a bar patron.
* ''Film/{{Hunk}}'': The Devil's assistant, at one of the parties.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': Invoked. Morpheus inserts a Lady in Red into a simulation, in order to [[DistractedByTheSexy distract Neo]] as well as make a point about the illusory and transient nature of the Matrix.
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'': Lucy Westenra wears a red gown whenever she is attacked by {{Dracula}}, and these attacks are often sexualized.
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', [[Comicbook/WonderWoman Diana]] is introduced wearing a red dress that certainly [[DistractedByTheSexy gets her noticed]] by [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} Bruce]] even while she steals [[note]]well, borrows, since she fully intends to give Bruce the drive containing the files back when she's finished with it[[/note]] a hacking device containing all of [[Comicbook/LexLuthor Lex's]] files from under his nose.
* It's some crimson clad satin seduction after strobe room for Max in ''Film/MaxPayne''.
* Film/PromNight1980: A [[MalevolentMaskedMen masked]] axeman attacks one.
* ''Film/FinalGirl'': Veronica appears in a red dress during the hunt at Jameson's request. She definitely looks classy in it, but it's also to make her DamselOutOfDistress nature a surprise.

* In ''Declarations of War'' by Creator/LenDeighton, a woman traveling with the protagonist has two dresses, black and red. She declines to wear the red one in a small Latin American town, as it is pointed out that only one type of woman wears red in those types of towns.
* The Whore of Babylon or "Babylon the Great Harlot" in the [[Literature/TheBible Revelation of John]] is described as a woman wearing scarlet.
* In ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany'', the narrator's mother only dresses in black and white, except for a single red dress she wears for special, mysterious occasions.
* ''Literature/InDeath'': a number of female characters put on red outfits in the series. Eve put on a red outfit to seduce Roarke in ''Witness In Death'' and Magdalana wore a red dress early on in ''Innocence In Death''.
* ''Literature/WhiteAsSnow'': At the height of her beauty, power, and sexuality, Arpazia is seen wearing a particular red gown.
* ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'': Dora Wilk, a pseudo-succubus, puts a red dress on for a vampire party. Fittingly, she has red hair as well.
* Phèdre at the Midwinter Masque in ''[[Literature/KushielsLegacy Kushiel's Chosen]]'', which she plays up by wearing a gown that exposes [[SexyBacklessOutfit her entire back]], letting all the peerage of Terre d'Ange know that she is returning to Naamah's Service; that is, going back to being a HighClassCallGirl.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Cersei doesn't always wear red, but she wears it enough that it's noticeable. Justified, because it's her family color. And Melisandre, who ''always'' wears red. Also justified: she wears red for religious reasons.
* ''Literature/ShamanBlues'': Konstancja, Witkacy's FemmeFatale, always has most of her clothes and accessories red.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Number Six from the reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. It's her default outfit: tight, revealing, sexy. She's a Cylon and seduces Baltar.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** In "Amends", Willow wears a tight red dress to show Oz she's ReadyForLovemaking. In the same episode, the First is trying to incite Angel into having sex with Buffy so he'll lose his soul; when Angel runs into Buffy [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn in her bedroom]] wearing a [[WarmBloodBagsAreEverywhere blood-red dress that exposes her neck]], he has to jump out the window to stop himself from jumping on her then and there.
** In "Surprise", Drusilla wears red in contrast to the [[VirginInAWhiteDress virginal Buffy]], Drusilla having already been 'corrupted' by Angel, like Buffy soon will be. In conjunction with her dark hair, RedAndBlackKeepBack also applies, given Drusilla's role [[spoiler:as the killer of Kendra, and the wanton who turns Spike and Angelus against each other.]]
** In "Wild At Heart" sultry nightclub singer Veruca [[ArousedByTheirVoice makes love to the microphone]] while wearing a red blouse and red lipstick, all the while [[HeldGaze locking eyes with Oz]]. Willow is not happy; quite rightly as it turns out, as Oz cheats on her with Veruca later in the episode.
** Glory, the BigBad of Season 5, as befits her personality. She vamps everyone she talks to and is quite TheFashionista.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Inara Serra is a classy companion, which is something between a therapist, geisha and courtesan. Captain Mal Reynolds would describe her profession as whoring. She wore such a dress at the beginning of "Shindig". It is bright red and in two pieces, conveniently showing Inara's midriff. The skirt part is very long and rather slinky and tight.
* Daphne wears a stunning red dress in the classic ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode "Moon Dance", where she and Niles dance a [[MatingDance passionate tango]] and come within a hair's breadth of a LoveConfession, after their {{UST}} gets ramped up higher than it had ever been before.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': This is what the local MsFanservice Santana picks for her prom dress. [[TheFashionista Kurt]] even lampshades it, saying it goes wonderfully with her personality.
* In ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Blanche's ''wedding gown'' was red. Considering Blanche, it suited--she admits that even ''she'' would not have been able to keep a straight face had she worn a white dress.
* In C-drama ''Series/TheHolyPearl'', Mo Yin wears red throughout her EstablishingCharacterMoment (sentencing the main character to death), marking her as a more sensual and passionate person than her WomanInWhite sister.
* ''Series/MagnificentCentury'': Hürrem wears red noticeably more often than any other color. Sexiness aside, the red of her dress reinforces the red of her hair, and her role as a FieryRedhead.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Late in "Twentieth Century Murdoch", it's New Year's Eve 1899 and Julia is slowly getting ready to accompany her husband Darcy to a private party hosted by one of his colleagues. Darcy chides her as she's fussing with jewelry to go with her dark, long-sleeved gown (they're long overdue at the party), then [[IWantMyBelovedtoBeHappy he tells her she should be with whom she chooses that night]] and leaves the room. She next appears at the constabulary's New Year's gala ball in an off-the-shoulder red dress with a beaded fringe, together with a red feathered hair ornament. After telling William about her decision to become a psychiatrist, he expresses doubt that she came there to tell him that, and she blurts out that she and Darcy have separated. Moments later, [[BigDamnKiss they're kissing, framed in a doorway with fireworks exploding in the sky around them]].
* ''Series/TheNanny'': The opening theme lampshades that Fran is Lady in Red: "She's the lady in red while everybody else is wearing tan". In the pilot episode, she comes down the stairs to a party wearing a red dress while the piano player sings "The Lady in Red".
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
** Kochanski is Dave Lister's LoveInterest and, most would agree, out of his league. In season 7, Kochanski's default outfit is a tight red shiny uniform which screams "sexy lady". In one episode, Lister gives Kochanski a beautiful red sparkly dress as a present, but she wears it only in Kryten's ImagineSpot where he imagined Lister and Kochanski as a couple who sent him away.
** Princess Bonjella, rescued by Ace Rimmer from Space Nazis in "Stoke Me a Clipper", wears a long tight red dress. There'll be time for explanations later. And hopefully, some sex...
* ''Series/RobinHood'': In the series 2 episode "The Booby and the Beast", Marian wears a red dress to attract Count Friedrich at the insistence of the Sheriff.
* Jilly Kitsinger from ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', playing the temptress role for a convicted paedophile and murderer, no less.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''. Agent Scully wears a red cocktail dress in "Triangle", where she's [[AndYouWereThere an OSS spy in 1939]]. It's notable that this is the [[KissMeImVirtual first time Mulder kisses Scully]], and quite passionately too, though she still gives him a MegatonPunch in response.
* ''Series/Zoey101'' Zoey wears one for the beauty pageant in the episode "Miss PCA."

* There is a gem of a song from Allie Wrubel: "The Lady in Red, the fellas are crazy for the Lady in Red..."
* Music/TheGratefulDead mention one in the song "Casey Jones".
-->"Trouble ahead, a lady in red!/Take my advice, you'd be better off dead..."
* Music/TheBeatles' song "Yes It Is" is about a man pleading with his lover ''not'' to wear red, because it would bring up painful memories of a lost love for him.
* Chris Deburgh's "Lady In Red"
--> I never seen so many men ask you if you wanted to dance\\
Looking for a little romance\\
Given half the chance
* Lorrie Morgan's "Something in Red." The red dress is what first attracted the singer's husband to her, and she asks for a similar dress decades later to rekindle their romance.
* The song "Red Dress" by Music/TheRadiatorsUS is an homage to the concept:
-->The parking lot's busting out in fistfights--
-->Such disturbance, just to catch her eye.

[[folder:Myth and Legend]]
* Kuchisake-Onna, a vain, murderous, and ([[GlasgowSmile mostly]]) extremely attractive {{youkai}}, has gone from a red kimono to a slinky red dress, with a surgical mask to hide her mouth. In some modern retellings, she even drives a red sports car.

* In ''Pinball/CactusCanyon'', Rosie the saloon bargirl is wearing a low-cut red dress.
* Trixie, the mafia {{Moll}} in Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}},'' wears a sexy red dress that emphasizes her cleavage and legs.

* In Edward Arlington Robinson's "Llewellyn and the Tree", the titular character escaped from a miserable marriage and excessive timidity by running off with a "scarlet" woman, who is described in terms of the roses, coral, and the rouge she wears. Since her effect on Llewellyn was positive, the connotations of red shift from the sin that neighbors impute to her to life and vibrancy instead.

* In the ''Literature/BookOfRevelation'' of the Bible, the Whore of Babylon is described as wearing red (well, scarlet) and purple (which wasn't always distinguished from red in ancient times) robes.

* In ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle'', "Ze Lady from Lourdes" who comically seduces Hapgood is Nurse Fay Apple + [[WigDressAccent red dress + wig + outrageous French accent]].
* In ''Theatre/{{Follies}}'', Phyllis wears a fringe-skirted dress in flaming red for "The Story of Lucy and Jessie." The chorus boys' top hats and tails match her color.
* In the 2000 revival of ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'', Mary Magdalene wears a slinky red dress.
* Maria Reynolds wears red in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s [[ChineseGirl Litchi Faye Ling]]. Red {{Qipao}}? Check. {{Stripperiffic}} and [[{{Fanservice}} flattering]]? Due to AbsoluteCleavage present, check. It's slightly sleeveless, revealing her shoulders, so semi-check on that. [[ShowSomeLeg Reveals luscious legs?]] Check. Is she the resident MsFanservice of the game? Hell yes.
%%* ''VideoGame/BushidoBlade'': Red Shadow.
%%* ''VideoGame/DoubleSwitch'': Elizabeth, the apartment manager
* Marian from ''VideoGame/{{Double Dragon|1}}'' is the object of desire for both Lee brothers. In the original arcade game, she wears a short red dress. If both players complete the game together, the game will force them to fight each other and she will kiss the last man left standing, making her a bit of a homewrecker.
* Princess Caeda from ''Franchise/FireEmblemAkaneia'' wears red and sometimes uses her ''very'' good looks to get what she needs. [[GuileHero Her]] [[RedemptionEarnsLife seductions]] [[HeelFaceTurn save lives]].
%%* Miranda Lawson in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' dons one in her second Citadel DLC personal scene in the casino, in a thematically appropriate 80's futuristic style.
* The Witch Queen in ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' wears a short hemmed, long-sleeved red, corset-topped dress with ShowSomeLeg.
* Kaileena in ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' where she wears a revealing red outfit. Kaileena was designed by Ubisoft developers to be a sexually alluring temptress.
* The RHEM games feature a few women wearing long red coats throughout the series, starting from the 2nd game. Archeologist Kales speculates all of RHEM's inhabitants are dressed like this.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'': A vamp character in a red or black dress.
%%* The [=PC=] of ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', if you play as a female and choose the Tremere clan.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'':
** Eve from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon1'' is the local bartender and a bachelorette. She is the "sexiest" of the bachelorettes and wears a red dress. ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonMagicalMelody'' makes her a WomanInWhite (and pink), which fits her StepfordSmiler personality as well.
** Muffy from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' is an {{expy}} of Eve. She's the local bartender, is a bachelorette, and is flirtatious. If you marry her in the UpdatedRerelease version she will trade her skimpy red-and-black dress for a more conservative [[TrueBlueFemininity baby blue]] one.
* Ada Wong of the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' series. She [[AntiHero plays both sides of the fence]], is less than upfront about her motives, and wears a stunning red dress.
* ''VideoGame/LoveNikkiDressUpQueen'' has the retired LadyOfWar Lu Yinian, a RavenHairIvorySkin beauty whose signature oufit is a lovely, luxurious red and golden ''hanfu''.t

* ''Webcomic/TheFoxSister'': The [[FantasticFoxes Kumiho]] wears a sexy red dress when she seduces her first victim.
* In ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'', [[http://loveandcapes.com/lnc/?p=57 Mark complains about how long Abby takes to dress until she appears in a red dress.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/BettyBoop used to wear a black dress because she was around before the invention of colour, then she switched to a skimpy red one.
* From ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', Gadget in the episode "Double 'O Dale" as part of her femme fatale costume, and one of the few times that she shows awareness of her own sexuality (though later she notes that it's all "part of the act").
* The singer/showgirl/stripper in ''WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood''. She's even unofficially named "Red", probably as much from her hair as her costume (which is white in several of the shorts). In any case her clothing certainly draws attention. Her grandmother also wears a red dress, her behavior is anything but sexy.
* The music video for the ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' song "Crocodile Rock" shows Alvin pining for a pretty female chipmunk with blonde hair in a red dress wearing heels. [[AgeInappropriateDress She doesn't look much older than Alvin]].
* In the ''Snow White'' adaptation episode of ''WesternAnimation/HappilyEverAfterFairytalesForEveryChild'', White Snow's father remarries an ObviouslyEvil woman named "Sly Fox". While everyone else dresses in traditional clothes, she wears a (rather modern looking) western-style red dress with traditional designs on the trimmings,
* In a short called "A Wolf's Pardon", a grown up Red Riding Hood wears a very sexy red dress. She is later revealed to be hideous in looks.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The late, great baseball personality Buck O'Neill had a stated fondness for women in red dresses; he once told his biographer, "Son, in this life, you never walk by a red dress." At his funeral, all the women wore red.
* Scarlet red in [[UsefulNotes/{{Kimono}} Kimonese]] stands for sexuality and vigour of youth, being a suitable background colour for a young girl's ''furisode'' or the wedding costume's overcoat ''uchikake'', as well as accessories -- however, red ''underkimono'' has been downright scandalous for many a decade, and the only people who get away with wearing it are geisha and such.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana_Cumpănaș Anna Sage]] became known as the Lady in Red when she helped the FBI bring down John Dillinger.