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->''"I'm [[CruelMercy not gonna drain you completely.]] You're gonna turn for me. You'll be my slave. You'll live for me. You'll eat bugs because I order it. Why? Because I don't think you're worthy of human blood. You'll feed on the blood of stray dogs. You'll be my foot stool. And at my command, you'll lick the dog shit from my boot heel. Since you'll be my dog, your new name will be 'Spot'. Welcome to slavery."''
-->--'''Santanico Pandemonium''', ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn''

A female baddie with a chilly disposition and more than a touch of the {{dominatrix}} about her. In DarkerAndEdgier versions, this will often mean [[{{Sadist}} a love of (other people's) pain and suffering]]. [[LighterAndSofter Softer]] portrayals reduce this to a fervent militarism and [[KnightTemplar devotion to the ideals of whichever totalitarian bunch she works for]]. Naturally, [[SensualSlavs she'll usually be seen sporting a German or Russian accent]], along with either a natty military uniform or something black and form-fitting. Whether or not she's vulnerable to good-guy seduction and subversion is highly variable. However, she's invariably attracted to power (which the hero lacks and the BigBad has).

Baronesses tend to come in one of two flavours: Sexpot or Rosa Klebb.

The '''Sexpot''' is, as you'd expect, young-ish and sexy. Her sadism or (in milder versions) fervent militarism is presented as at least a bit enticing to our (male) hero, [[VillainessesWantHeroes who she's likely to be attracted to despite herself.]] [[DefrostingIceQueen Her ice-queen facade is pretty likely to crack a little]] before the story is over. Her chances of surviving the story are variable to good, depending on how much she lets herself [[HighHeelFaceTurn fall for our hero]]. Most sexpot Baronesses like to WhipItGood.

The '''Rosa Klebb''' (named for the ''Film/JamesBond'' villain) is middle-aged and very much not attractive, but is more likely to ''be'' the BigBad herself rather than just working for him. She is immune to the hero's charms, and ominous emphasis is placed upon her utter asexuality, or upon hints that she [[PsychoLesbian likes the ladies]]. Bond-type heroes will be horrified by her, like she had three heads. No matter what, she ''will'' be dead as a doornail before the credits roll. No exceptions.

(If, as with the Bond [[Film/FromRussiaWithLove film]] and novel ''Literature/FromRussiaWithLove'', you find the two types of Baronesses in the same plot, expect to find the Klebb character with an unrequited crush on the Sexpot.)

Is this trope laced with sexism? Of course. It hails from mid-20th-century spy and adventure stories like Creator/IanFleming's [[Literature/JamesBond Bond novels]], which are full of that sort of malarkey. However, in these surroundings, the Baroness will almost undoubtedly also be [[EvilIsCool the coolest female character in the whole story]].

The stereotype of the implausibly attractive Communist or Nazi female officer, and her counterpart, the threatening, mannish sadist, is common in campier WWII and Cold War stories. The Russian example has some basis in fact, as the Soviet military did include more female officers than the US military (permitting women to fly in combat in WWII -- a couple of whom became [[http://badassoftheweek.com/yegorova.html aces]]), but really, that just meant that they had a few more than ''none''.

The Sexpot type of Baroness can sometimes overlap with TheVamp, but most examples of the Baroness, sexy or no, have too much self-respect to use sex as a weapon. She's more about [[{{Sadist}} hurting men]] than pleasing them. See also ThoseWackyNazis or DirtyCommunists, for the kind of co-conspirators she usually works with, or DragonLady, for the Eastern variety. Is very often the WomanInBlack.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Aversion: The "Baroness" in ''ScrappedPrincess'' is in her sixties, and not evil so much as in a different faction.
* Margery Daw and Bel Peol from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana''.
* Lucy from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' is a blend of both types with her young appearance and her massive [[TheDreaded fear factor]].
* Yuno Gasai from ''Manga/FutureDiary'', who is a blend of both the Sexpot and Rosa Klebb types. She's young and attractive, and yearns for [[TheHero Yukiteru]]. Yuki himself though is downright terrified of her, [[spoiler:but she kills herself to let Yuki live.]]
* Balalaika from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is actually a blend of both types with her statuesque build and her massively scarred body and face. She is described by the main characters as one of the scariest women on Earth...and they probably aren't exaggerating. Head of the [[WretchedHive Roanapur]] chapter of [[TheMafiya Hotel Moscow]], ex-Soviet Afghanistan veteran, and Olympic-level marksman (if the Soviet Union hadn't boycotted the Olympics that she was planning to participate in). ''Only two people in the entire series'' has crossed her/gotten on her bad side and walked away with everything still intact.
** Those two who survived Balalaika are [[NonActionGuy Rock]] and [[AxCrazy Roberta]]. In other words: a NonActionGuy with the same [[{{Badass}} Badassery]] as a [[AxCrazy crazy]], [[ImplacableMan Implacable]] [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]]. You don't see it often.
** Further proven by what she did to Hansel, a [[DissonantSerenity dissonantly serene]] child who's an AxCrazy killer himself. Does Balalaika give a shit? Weeell... "I said KNEEL!"
** Her mere presence is enough to make Chin tremble in fear after he tried to kill the Lagoon Company. [[spoiler: He goes out with a bang, as she ties him up and has her men fill the room with gasoline and explosives and, as an added bonus, waits until she has Dutch on the radio before flipping the switch.]]
* Haman Karn from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' is a badass LadyOfWar AcePilot, powerful Newtype, and the leader of the Neo Zeon fascist military group in the Universal Century Continuity. Despite her ice queen exterior, she carries the torch for Char and, later on in the story, is clearly attracted to and attempts to seduce Judau Ashta, who is much younger than her.
** Rosamia Badam, also of ''Zeta'' has this as her exterior. On the inside she's actually a frightened child, terrified that the sky is going to fall on her. The contrast is stark.
** Gundam's original Baroness is ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'''s Kycilia Zabi an {{Evil Prince}}ss and ice-cold LadyOfWar who isn't afraid of [[KlingonPromotion climbing to power the old fashioned way]]. A capable admiral, she has her own [[TheDragon dragons]] in [[EnigmaticMinion Char Aznable]] and [[LadyAndKnight her Knight]], [[TheStrategist M'Quve]], and [[CainAndAbel competes]] with her [[EvilPrince oldest brother]], [[SmugSnake Gihren]] for the title of series BigBad.
*** Gihren's secretary, right-hand woman, and aide de campe, Cecilia Irene is also an example of the trope. Coldly efficient, she's able to intimidate the General Staff with her mere presence, handles most of Gihren's black book operations, and is completely devoted to him to the point where many people assume she has to be his mistress.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'''s Lady Une is a [[SplitPersonality DID]] sufferer, with a nice side (that's all about peace and love and tranquility) and a hardcore militaristic side that would probably spook Rosa Klebb herself. She serves as [[MagnificentBastard Treize Khushreneda's]] [[TheDragon enforcer]] throughout the show; unsurprisingly, she has a crush on him.
* Gestapoko, the first "Punishment Councilor" from ''KekkoKamen''.
* Cornelia from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. The PictureDrama even featured her wearing a BDSM-fetishistic swimsuit.
** Villetta as well, who, for bonus points, actually IS a baroness.
** In the AlternateUniverse manga, ''[[Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally Nightmare of Nunnally]]'', there's ''[[LittleMissSnarker Anya.]]''
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki delights in turning this trope on its head - both Lady Eboshi of ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'' and Kushana of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' start out as Baronesses, but are eventually seen as sympathetic characters with hearts and morals in the end.
** ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'''s Witch of the Waste is very much like this as well, in the anime.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Lust is this.
** Olivier Mira Armstrong, iron-fisted queen of the Briggs fortress, is very much a Sexpot Rosa Klebb, being a young, nice-looking lady with immunity to Mustang's charms (deeming him weak and foolish), and not a single instance of using her looks to get what she wants. [[spoiler: Subverted in that she is, at her worst, a [[HeroicNeutral Neutral]] HeroAntagonist. She cares about her men and, unlike most of the military leaders, isn't tempted by promises of immortality. While [[AmbitionIsEvil ominously ambitious]], she readily lays her own plans aside to save her country from [[EldritchAbomination Father]].]]
* Kalifa from ''OnePiece'' (sexpot variation).
** Also Sadi-chan, who finds extreme pleasure in bringing pain to the prisoners of ''[[TheAlcatraz Impel Down]]''. She's even got the [[WhipItGood whip.]]
* Esdeath from ''AkameGaKill'' is very much a sexpot Baroness: a complete sadist working for the EvilEmpire who wears dominatrix-style clothing, tortures people for fun, and freezes to death a 30,000 person rebel army in her EstablishingCharacterMoment, she still gets all lovey-dovey around protagonist Tatsumi.
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[[folder: Comic Book]]
* Baroness Paula Von Gunther, Nazi spymistress from the ''WonderWoman'' TV series and [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comics.
** Until her HeelFaceTurn in [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comics, becoming the Amazons' resident GadgeteerGenius[=/=]TheProfessor. She also acted, in part, as TheMedic, inventing the Purple Healing Ray used on Wonder Girl in her first origin.
** Modern depictions of Superwoman, the evil Wonder Woman counterpart of the Crime Syndicate universe, usually go for a strong dominatrix vibe. (This is part of her characterization as Wonder Woman's perfect opposite. Wonder Woman is implied to enjoy being tied up, Superwoman is implied to enjoy tying ''other people'' up.)
*** Combine that, and you get High Octane Fetish Fuel
* The Valkyrie, aka Liselotte von Schellendorf, who debuted in ''Air Fighters Comics'' vol. 2 #2 (November 1943). By all appearances, she was modeled on Veronica Lake (but with black hair) and her costume consisted of jackboots, riding-breeches, and a top incorporating what may well have been the most generous décolletage of any Golden Age lady. This leader of the Air Maidens, a group of female German fighter pilots, first tortured {{Airboy}} and then fell in love with him, starting a pattern of [[HeelFaceTurn heel-face turns]] that had her alternate between being a foe and an ally to the teenage hero.
* Gerta Gasch in GarthEnnis' World War II comic parody ''Adventures in the Rifle Brigade'' is an over-the-top example of the Nazi sexpot version of this trope.
* Contessa in the second volume of ''DogbyWalksAlone''.
* The second-ever story arc of the ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'' newspaper strip ("The Sky Band") featured a female SkyPirate captain who was the sexy version and fulfilled every stereotype listed on this page, including [[ShowDontTell Shown Not Told]] whipping of disobedient subordinates. [[UrExample She was not known by name, but only as "the Baroness."]] The strip was first published [[OlderThanTheyThink in 1936]].
* [[ManipulativeBitch Cassandra Nova]] from the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' is a Rosa Klebb-type and also one of the most dangerous adversaries of the team. She is Charles Xavier's EvilTwin, made all the more threatening for being elderly, unattractive, and [[BaldWomen bald]].
* Madame Hydra, a.k.a. The Viper, is a sexpot variation of the trope and one of ''CaptainAmerica'''s most prominent foes, being one of the primary leaders of the villainous organization ComicBook/{{HYDRA}}. Madame Hydra has also had a run-in with ''{{Wolverine}}'', along with several other heroes.
** It's worth noting that when Hasbro approached Marvel about doing a GIJoe comic book, they simply dusted off an unused proposal for a NickFury vs HYDRA series and changed the names. Thus HYDRA became COBRA and The Viper became The Baroness. The only significant difference between the characters is the color of their leather bodysuits. Black for the Baroness, green for Madame Hydra.
*** And their hair (same colors).
* Madame Masque from ''IronMan'' was one of these, a leader in the Mafia-esque Maggia operation. In a rare twist, she was obviously of the sexpot variety (given her typical superheroine knockout figure), but her face was horribly scarred, thus leading to her adoption of the metal facemask from which her moniker derives.
** TheHood doesn't seem to mind the face.
* Kaptain Natashikov in ''RogueTrooper'' has the appearance of the sexpot, and seems to be in a relationship with General Hoffa, but otherwise generally acts like Rosa Klebb. She tortures Helm to death before being killed by Rogue.
* DC's ''ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}'' comics of the 1980s (set during WW2) featured Domino, a Nazi femme-fatale who wore form-fitting black leather from head to toe (including gloves and high-heeled boots), apparently so that nobody would suspect she was a spy.
* Mai Shen from ''Comicbook/{{Scion}}'': a mysterious woman who joins the Raven Kingdom in their fight against the Heron Kingdom, but has an agenda of her own. She gets cozy with Prince Bron [[spoiler: and eventually reveals that she's part of a race of super-powered beings. Not only does she assist Bron in assassinating his father, the king, but she gives Bron powers of his own]]. Generally favors tight black leather and can be quite seductive when required [[spoiler: (she gives Bron his powers through a passionate kiss while they're both naked in a hot tub!)]].
* Dutch comics ''The Adventures of January Jones'' and ''ComicBook/{{Agent 327}}'' feature Dritta Reich, Hitler's private pilot, who wears form fitting uniforms and is quite the femme fatale. She survives WW2.
* The ''ComicBook/TomStrong'' books had a deconstruction in the form of Ingrid Weiss, a Nazi fighter pilot squadron leader in bondage leather. She's portrayed exactly as creepily as she would be in real life, with everyone finding her more or less equally revolting due to her political stance. [[spoiler: It's ultimately revealed that she drugged and raped Strong, producing a child raised in the Nazi ideals. Strong is absolutely horrified at this, but when his black wife, Dahlua, arrives and learns what Weiss has done, the resulting CurbStompBattle ends only because Weiss tearfully begs not to be killed in front of her son. Dahlua's attitude during this reveals streaks of a heroic version of this trope.]]
* ''ComicBook/NthManTheUltimateNinja'' has Colonel Vavara Novikova. Despite being the head of the KGB's Spetsburo (Assassination Bureau), she spends much of the series running around in a low-cut evening dress and high heels...neither of which reduces her lethality one iota.
* ''SinCity'' has an organization for assassins called The Guild. There are three women who fit this mold: Mariah, Blue Eyes, and Maxine.
** Mariah wears skin-tight outfits and seems to enjoy torture. She seduces a teenage boy in one part of the story and, in the climax, threatens to make the hero star in a SnuffFilm.
** Blue Eyes is a seductress that uses her sexuality to lure her targets in and kill them (she seems to be at least somewhat caring, though.)
** Maxine also wears skintight outfits and enjoys performing genetic surgery and drug experiments on victims captured by The Guild. She also keeps her [[LesYay female hostage in the nude]] [[HoYay for some reason.]]
* Miss Outlash-- err, Oatlash from ''{{Preacher}}'', with a few variations to fit into the overall tone of the work.
* Agent D from ''ComicBook/DocDare'' is a Nazi sexpot version.
* Lady Luger, the ace saboteur of Adolf Hitler, in ''ComicBook/{{Femforce}}''.
* The Queen Bee, dictatrix of Bialya, was this for ComicBook/CaptainAtom and [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational Justice League Europe]]. Played much the same role in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. She had a penchant for sending men who displeased her to the headsman, had mind control powers, was devious and seductive, and was the absolute ruler of her own country.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''IlsaSheWolfOfTheSS'', a 1975 exploitation film, and its sequels. An exception to the typical rules surrounding sexuality (as per the subject), she's much more inclined to use the men she gets her hands on in any fashion possible - and then ''castrate'' them if they don't measure up.
** Inspired by [[TruthInTelevision real-life]] SS ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_guards_in_Nazi_concentration_camps Aufseherinnen]]'' (female concentration camp guards and overseers) such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irma_Grese Irma Grese]], who was ''incredibly'' sadistic with the prisoners of her camp, especially the women; and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilse_Koch Ilse Koch]], who infamously had [[GenuineHumanHide gloves and lampshades]] made from the skin of the prisoners of her husband's concentration camp. The film conveniently ignores the fact that no woman was ever the commandant of a Nazi prison camp.
* Parodied with Frau Farbissana in ''AustinPowers''.
** The trope is played with in the second movie, with Frau going from Klebb to sexpot, due to Dr. Evil traveling back in time and stealing Austin's mojo.
** Parodied earlier in ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'' with Frau Hoffner - she runs a finger over a facial scar as she purrs to Mata Bond "You are even more ''fascinating'' zan your mother!"
* ''Film/JamesBond'' villainesses Rosa Klebb in ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' and Irma Bunt in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', either/both of whom could have been the model for Frau Farbissana. Mike Myers says he was aiming at Klebb, but the German accent and worshipful attitude to the BigBad are closer to Bunt.
** It's worth noting that, in the book, Rosa Klebb was, as Tatiana learned firsthand, the very antithesis of sexy - and a PsychoLesbian. She was still easily as cruel and ruthless as they come, though.
** Anya from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' is a goody who starts off as the Sexpot type, but rapidly [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]].
** Xenia Onatopp from ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}'' is unabashedly a Sexpot Baroness and quite the DarkActionGirl.
* Madame Sebastian (Leopoldine Konstantine) in the Hitchcock film ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' is a sterling example of the trope, far more ruthless than her Nazi agent son (Creator/ClaudeRains).
* Nina from the movie ''Film/BulletProofMonk''.
* Ilsa Haupstein from the movie ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'', very much in the mould of Dr Elsa Schneider.
* IndianaJones has matched wits with a few:
** Dr Elsa Schneider from ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' - the hot, blonde, double-crossing Austrian archaeologist who sucks on Indy's earlobe, played by Irish actress, Alison Doody. Also an example of TheVamp, BlondesAreEvil, and EvilIsSexy.
** Colonel Doctor Irina Spalko in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', "Stalin's favourite scientist". And man, being a {{Dirty Communist|s}}, [[EvilIsSexy she's a fox]] (Cate Blanchett, ladies and gentlemen). She tends to the Klebb area of things, although her outfit suggests one could call her Irina Spanko. Indy plays the "guess the accent" game and correctly pins it down to Eastern Ukraine.
* Ni Chang from ''TheForbiddenKingdom'' has this down pat, complete with white hair (hellooooo ''The Bride with White Hair''!) and a bullwhip, albeit, she's a pre-Qing Chinese version.
* Baroness Kessler from ''Film/TheNinthGate'' is the Klebb style to a T, even being an actual Baroness. Nicely subverted from the usual, however, in that the crabby, old, wheelchair-bound, Satanic lesbian is actually one of the most sympathetic and helpful characters in the film.
* Rotti Largo's henchgirls in ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'' are nigh-perfect Sexpot examples of this trope.
* ''{{Ninotchka}}'', played by Greta Garbo, is an older example of this trope, from 1939, and a goody.
* Choi from ''[[TheMummyTrilogy The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor]]''.
* ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooLittle'' plays with this trope. Upon learning from his captors that he's going to be interrogated by Dr. Ludmilla Kropotkin, Wallace Ritchie replies, "The evil torturer lady? Bring her on!" After escaping, Wallace runs into a septuagenarian dominatrix (don't ask) and assumes that ''she'' is Dr. Kropotkin. By contrast, the real Dr. Kropotkin looks like a schoolteacher--though she certainly has the personality of a true Baroness.
* ''[[Film/{{Grindhouse}} Werewolf Women of the SS]]''.
* Baroness [[strike:Bombast]] Bomburst from ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'', whilst dressing mostly in lace and frills, does have the German accent and a basement full of stolen children.
* Anne Boleyn in ''TheOtherBoleynGirl'' is attracted to the king's power and will do anything it takes, even stealing him from her sister, to marry Henry VIII and become his queen.
* [[CaptainObvious The Baroness]] from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* Faora from ''ManOfSteel''. Another mixture of the types, she's got the looks of the Sexpot Baroness, but the personality of a Rosa Klebb-type Baroness.
* In ''Film/{{Matilda}}'', the Big Bad is a sadistically evil, authoritarian, and athletic monster of a headmistress named Trunchbull. The work may hint that she's a PsychoLesbian too.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Emma Frost in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
** Viper from ''Film/TheWolverine'' is sadistic, cold and sexy. Even fitting the old Communist stereotype as the actress is Russian.
* Creator/TildaSwinton provides one of the Rosa Klebb variety in ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Miss Hardcastle (aka "the Fairy") from ''Literature/ThatHideousStrength''. She's the head of the NICE's police force and a Sadist. That's right, an evil policewoman who gets excited by burning female suspects with cigars, ''in a book by C.S. Lewis''.
* Triumvir Ilya Volyova of the ''Nostalgia for Infinity'' in Creator/AlastairReynolds' Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries is very much this in the Rosa Klebb style. [[GrimDark She's one of the heroes.]]
* Madam Roberta Meserole in ''Discworld/NightWatch''. She's only semi-evil, but definitely a ManipulativeBastard. Just like her [[MagnificentBastard nephew]].
** Adora Belle Dearheart in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' has elements of this (the cool, steely attitude and high heels that double as emergency weapons), despite being a good guy and a civilian.
* Baroness Nicola Ceaucescu from Paul Park's ''Roumania'' series is an excellent example of the Sexpot Baroness, and is also named after a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolae_Ceaucescu real-life former Romanian dictator]].
* [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Any Hapan]].
* The Contessa Maria Sinistre - or just the Contessa - is this in ''[[{{HIVE}} H.I.V.E.]]'' She has a habit of changing sides - she starts off as a teacher at H.I.V.E., then she [[spoiler: betrays Nero to Cypher, who promised her a continent, is recruited by Number One/Overlord to run H.I.V.E. while Nero is imprisoned, then does a HeelFaceTurn and a HeroicSacrifice to stop the Reapers from killing everyone - including the children - in H.I.V.E. She ends up remembered as a hero, which is unusual for a villain.]]
* Colonel Irena Sedova, a.k.a. 'Bubushka', from the YoungBond novels ''Double or Die'' and ''By Royal Command'' is a sterling example of the Rosa Klebb variety.
* Taylor from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', who would be perfectly at home in a Bond movie.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter:''
** Bellatrix Lestrange is the [[FantasticRacism magical]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName version]] of this. She's mostly the Rosa Klebb type, although she's very much not a lesbian and is strongly hinted to have an [[IgnoredEnamoredUnderling unappreciated crush on Voldemort]]. The attractiveness part is played with. She was very beautiful during the BackStory, but she's gaunt with a skull-like face in the present day due to her years in Azkaban. [[AdaptationalAttractiveness This didn't happen in]] [[Film/HarryPotter the movies]], where she's played by Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter (though she does have rotting teeth in the films, at least). Fanfiction, naturally, frequently makes her more like the sexpot type.
** Dolores Umbridge ''would'' count as a Rosa Klebb (she's got the sadism, the apparent asexuality, and the utter lack of sex appeal), but she tries to cover it up under a [[GlurgeAddict sugary sweet]], [[MisplacedKindergartenTeacher kindergarten-teacher-esque]] veneer.
* The Literature/LordDarcy story "The Ipswich Phial", an AffectionateParody of SpyFiction tropes, has Olga Polovski, Agent 055 of the Polish Secret Service, who is definitely the sexpot version, and is also a powerful sorceress. Most men find her [[LovePotion charming and enchanting]].
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Rukenaw has turned into one of these by ''Defender of the Crown''. She's the Sexpot type.
** [[spoiler: [[LampshadeHanging By the end of the book, she is a literal Baroness.]]]]
* "Counselor" Troi in the MirrorUniverse ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' novel "Dark Mirror" is a ruthless security officer who regularly {{Mind Rape}}s people.
* Ysanne Isard from the StarWarsExpandedUniverse XWingSeries.
* [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade Ayn Rand]] eventually develops into a Rosa Klebb in ''Literature/TheFountainheadFilibusterTalesFromObjectivistKatanga''. She's a rare ideologically motivated example who's not Communist or Fascist, not that this makes her more pleasant when things start to go downhill.
* ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'''s Kolkhis. She buys small children, trains them as thieves and assassins, and, when they hit puberty, sometimes starts having sex with them-- and doesn't take no for an answer. Then there's that little matter of [[spoiler: her alliance with an EvilSorcerer]]. Pretty enough (despite being significantly older than the protagonist) to qualify as the Sexpot, but definitely with the attitude of a Rosa Klebb.
* Mahaut d'Artois is a good Rosa Klebb in ''Literature/TheAccursedKings'', complete with nobiliary titles, BattleBallgown and total lack of qualms. Justified in that for a woman, to stand up to men in medieval time needed some serious strenght and motivation.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Darla of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the classy, sadistic, and ruthless [[TheDragon dragon]] to the Master. This actually applies better in ''Series/{{Angel}}'', but only for a short time in season 2 and during flashbacks.
** For a given definition of "class", perhaps. She looks and acts as though she rents by the hour.
*** Well, she ''was'' a late-1500s woman-of-the-town who was dying of a vicious STD before the Master turned her. She seemed to begin to revert to this whenever her will wasn't being enslaved to the [[DracoInLeatherPants sheer]] monstrousness of her would-be childe.
* Admiral Cain from ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' is not of German or Eastern European descent, but she does manage to be both types of Baroness at the same time. She's attractive, but has no romantic desires and her ruthlessness repulses Adama.
* Servalan, the BigBad in ''Series/BlakesSeven'', is a military commander, and swans about in luxurious frocks and is about as ruthless and as [[EvilIsSexy sexy]] as you can get.
* Jara in ''Series/BigBadBeetleborgs'' and Horribelle during the second season.
* Helga from ''Series/AlloAllo'' is a Sexpot Baroness. Curiously, she was briefly replaced by a Rosa Klebb when her character went on a sabbatical.
* Katherine from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.
* Diana from ''Series/{{V}}'' is the Sexpot variety. She's beautiful and sadistic, although those who know that she's an evil reptile underneath her human skin are understandably disgusted. She proves herself more extreme than any of her comrades and ends up as the primary villain.
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Tess]] [[DarkActionGirl Mercer]], the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' version of [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Mercy Graves]], is this. She's as pretty as any sexpot version and has a definite BrokenBird vibe, but also possesses the icy demanour and [[MisanthropeSupreme bitterness towards humanity]] more commonly associated with the Rosa Klebb. As for the LesYay:
-->'''Lois:''' "What is it with you and the physical violence?"
-->'''Tess:''' "The last time we saw each other things ''did'' get a little... physical, didn't they?"
* ''Series/DoctorWho:''
** Torchwood leader Yvonne Hartman is a WellIntentionedExtremist version of this, although [[spoiler:she is heroic enough to resist Cyber-conversion and help undermine the Cybermen.]]
** Restac, the Silurian military commander from "The Hungry Earth" and "Cold Blood", shows signs of being a Sexpot Baronness (beautiful, fiercely militaristic, etc.) but with a Rosa-Klebb-like lack of sexual tension, since she is a different species from the hero and very bigoted.
** Madame Kovarian, the BigBad of the sixth series in the revival show, is a Rosa Klebb, especially considering her predatory behavior toward Amy.
** Tasha Lem from "The Time of the Doctor" ''could'' qualify as a Sexpot, considering that she's a domineering and sensual woman who flirts with the Doctor and demands that he appear before her ''naked.'' Unusually, she's one of the good guys, but she's not an entirely trustworthy ally and at one point ends up fighting the Doctor when she disagrees with him.
* Isabella Gisbourne from ''Series/RobinHood''. Her CharacterArc took her from one type of Baroness to the other: Sexpot to Rosa Klebb.
* Commandant [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grayza#Mele-on_Grayza Grayza]] from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has a gland implanted in her body that secretes a substance that lets her "influence" males.
** Niem, Scorpius's personal TortureTechnician in his first couple of appearances, also fit the bill.
* Meg from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* Irene Adler from ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is a straight-up sexpot. She's literally a dominatrix, and also, [[spoiler:she falls in love with Sherlock.]]
* ''Series/OrphanBlack'' has sexpot Rachel Duncan as a leader in the sinister Dyad Institute.
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* {{Wrestling/GLOW}}'s Colonel Ninotchka. For bonus points, by GLOW standards she was actually pretty good in the ring too.

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* In ''TheNavyLark'', a played for laughs version appears in the form of Natasha Snogitoff, a spy for the {{Commieland}} nation of Forbodia.
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* ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' has a few canon {{NPC}}s that fit this mold, mostly of the Rosa Klebb variety. Notable examples include [[spoiler: Dr. Kaiyo Atsui, a psychiatrist working for the New Inquisition who likes using rather controversial experimental treatments,]] and [[spoiler: Angela Forsythe, one of the leaders of the Sleepers, who has used [[MindRape magical brainwashing]] to turn her bodyguard into an utterly devoted slave.]]
* [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Loviatar Loviatar]] in the ''ForgottenRealms'' campaign setting is a LawfulEvil deity with decided elements of this trope, focusing on the dominatrix aspects.
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', female Shadow Lords tend to have this vibe, which flavor depends on what the player is aiming for.
** The Black Spiral Dancer signature character Zhyzhak also carries certain elements of this mixed with the [[AxCrazy general batshit]] that is the Black Spiral Dancers -- she's attractive (if bedraggled), wears bondage gear (while seemingly unaware of the sexual overtones), will kill with no provocation, and seems to be "running hot" all the time (to the point that she has a derangement that leaves her unintentionally shrieking most of the time).
* Just like the example above, the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen female Ventrue]] from ''VampireTheRequiem'' give off this vibe, since most of them are [[IronLady ruthless]], [[AmbitionIsEvil power-hungry]] {{Magnificent Bitch}}es that are able to use ''[[HypnoticEyes Dominate]]'', their clan ''[[PowerPerversionPotential discipline]]'', but, once again, which flavor (or even if this trope is evoked at all) depends on what the player is aiming for.
* All female Commissars in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' are this trope, thanks to their Russian-inspired military uniforms and habit of shooting cowards (on their side!) in the back of the head.
* Gretel Von X from the game ''Incursion'' is a particularly tarted-up version of this trope.
* ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' Freedom City setting has an ''AlternateReality'' ''EvilTwin'' of the ''DistaffCounterpart'' of a ''Batman'' ''CaptainErsatz'', the Raven, known as Madam Sin, who falls very much into this trope.
* Erinyes devils in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' have shades of this: they're tall, beautiful, female, LawfulEvil {{winged humanoid}}s who often work as [[DarkActionGirl warriors]] and torturers. This sets them apart from their less militant counterparts, the succubi and erodaemons, who work primarily through [[TheVamp seduction]] and [[ManipulativeBitch manipulation]].
** [[EnsembleDarkhorse Popular NPC]] Laori Vaus can be seen as a subversion. She's LawfulEvil, she [[DarkActionGirl can fight]], she runs around in form-fitting armor, and, as a high-ranking cleric of the Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}esque god of pain, she even provides a touch of sadomasochistic subtext - but she's {{Affably Evil}} and really rather cheery.
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* The Butcheress from ''VideoGame/BloodRayne'', but she's also a MadScientist.
* The ''Dragon Age'' expansion ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' has...well, ''The Baroness''. She's one of the very few characters in the game whose name is never mentioned, even though she is one of the bosses.
** Knight Commander Meredith from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is very much of the Rosa Klebb variety, especially after the events during the game cause her to place Kirkwall under military rule. She appears 50-something, and while she is fairly attractive she has no hint of any sort of sexuality, sadistic or otherwise.
* The ''VideoGame/{{SiN}}'' series features [[TheVamp Vamp]] / Baroness combo Elexis Sinclaire.
* Countess Crey (usually just "The Countess"), in ''CityOfHeroes''. Unusual in that she manages to be the Baroness and a VillainWithGoodPublicity at the same time; in fact, [[spoiler: she's the only one who ever manages to damage your heroic reputation, though, in practice, this doesn't affect anything much outside of its own arc.]]
* Salvatore the Great from ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'', right down to the black leather military wear.
* Rosso in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Dirge of Cerberus'' covers most of the requirements of this trope.
** "Most" being "a textbook example of the sexpot variety with the sole exception of the 'enticing to our hero' part"....
* Gamemaster Konishi from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' is AnthropomorphicPersonification of this trope. And she [[KickTheDog kicks the dog]], for good measure.
* Ferham from ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'' fits the sexpot example perfectly, showing a sadistic loyalty to her commander, using a whip, walking on stiletto high-heels, and having a design of a harpy. She even has an attack that hurts all of the characters ''and'' herself, making her comment, "That felt good!"
* Anna Navarre from ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.
* Hilda, from ''FireEmblem 4'': evil, cold personality, and perpetrator of BreakTheCutie. Baroness might be her actual title, too.
** Sonia of ''Fire Emblem 7'' is a younger, more attractive version of Hilda.
* [[TheVoice The Announcer]] from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. It's hard to picture her as anything other than a Rosa Klebb.
** The promos for the new Demoman/Soldier update include a comic showing the Announcer, a decidedly sinister female officially known as... [[http://www.teamfortress.com/war/administrator/ The Administrator]].
*** She does avert the sexual part, though -- Saxton Hale referred to her as a "chain smoking seductress".
*** Yes, but Saxton will do [[AnythingThatMoves anything female.]]
** If it's even possible for men to be the Baroness, Medic could be considered a Rosa Klebb type.
* Commander Steele in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'', complete with a Russian accent and a squad of {{Demonic Spider}}s at her command.
* Jihl Nabaat from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''.
* [[TheDragon Matriarch Benezia]] from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''. [[spoiler:Well, until she snaps out of it.]]
* [[spoiler: Morinth]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is a combination of the two archetypes. She's physically attractive, has a lust for power and dominance, and initially gives off a DatingCatwoman vibe. Despite that, personality-wise, she's a Rosa Klebb, who is ultimately immune to Shepard's charm and has no sympathy or regret for any of her actions.
* Killian Qatar from [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Tiberium Wars]] is hinted to be this. She definitely shows the conviction to be one. She is also a surprisingly sympathetic example of this trope.
* Meg from ''RuleOfRose'' fulfills surprisingly many requirements for this trope, probably by accident: her fervent loyalty to the authority of the Aristocrats, which is embodied by her pseudo-romantic attraction to Diana, and her status as the group's TortureTechnician. She even has the round glasses and ''the title itself''! The main distinction from the standard examples of thus trope is that she isn't even in her teens yet.
* VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}} is an inversion to this. She does have some Rosa Klebb attitude.
* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'' has Justine Florbelle, a wealthy aristocrat who was put through a series of psychological experiments by her father from an early age (and eventually [[SelfMadeOrphan killed him]]) before setting up her own torture experiments on her three suitors, which involved mutilating and imprisoning them. The game opens with a young woman waking up in one of her "experiments" and having to work through a series of torturous tests, and at the very end of the game [[spoiler:the player turns out to be Justine herself, having given herself amnesia as yet another test]]. For bonus points she's named after the title character of a novel by the Creator/MarquisDeSade himself.
* Izebel of ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''. Her first appearance is stepping on her subordinate Laelius. Your first in game fight with her she'll be able to kill any member of your party in at most 2 hits. She's prone to EvilLaugh and [[{{Pun}} in general]] beating you up and getting in your way. [[spoiler: She's half playing the personality. The other half is a FallenHero {{Deathseeker}}.]]
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* Franziska von Karma from the ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series is usually like this, although she becomes more sympathetic over the course of the series.
** The same goes for mob princess Viola Cadaverini.
* Rider from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' has aspects of this, despite the fact that she's Greek, not Eastern European. She actually has more disdain for her Master than her enemies and, more than once, considers just offing him, despite the consequences to herself.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'''s Beatrice fits most of the personality aspects of the sexpot to a T, with an emphasis on the sadism.
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* Vriska Serket from WebComic/{{Homestuck}} is only thirteen, but she's established as a domineering sadist from the very start: killing countless [[OurTrollsAreDifferent trolls]], crippling her LoveInterest while mocking his dream to fly, and blinding her (former) partner, and generally being an all-around creeptastic ManipulativeBitch. ''This is all before her first appearance''. She's even descended (well, cloned, sort of) from the Marquise, another noblewoman title. She's almost invincible with her luck powers and mind manipulation, even before achieving God Tier-- introduction to [[ReplacementLoveInterest John]] and later HeelFaceDoorSlam aside, after which she started becoming less of a [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder backstabbing]] [[AttentionWhore Attention Whoring]] {{Jerkass}} and more of a [[ByronicHero particularly hardcore]] AntiHero.
* Von Pinn from the webcomic ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. She's a blond, beautiful FrankensteinsMonster who wears [[HellBentForLeather black leather fetish gear]]. She seems to be better at hand to hand combat than anyone else in the comic, is tough enough to shrug off what should be killing blows, and she's also the nanny.
** And [[MamaBear God help you]] if you harm any of the children she is charged with caring for.
** Agatha's mother, Lucrezia Mongfish, fits this trope to a T, especially since she [[spoiler:is the "[[BigBad Other]]"]]. She is also known to [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041208 revel in her]] dark side.
*** Funny that those two characters were mentioned so close together...it's quite likely that they share quite a few genes, if not nearly all of them.
**** The origin of Von Pinn is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100510 revealed]] at last. It turns out to be impossible. On the other hand, she, as we know her, ''is'' a product of Lucrezia's experiments.
* Butterfly of ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' is called "The Sadist from Hell" and is, so far, the closest thing the strip has to a BigBad, and in a society where consensual BDSM is the norm, she's seen as sadistic and evil for not getting the consent of her partners and using MindRape on them. To top it off, [[spoiler:she's also a literal baroness from Eastern Italy]].
* Meiko in [[http://strangeaeons.comicdish.com Strange Aeons]] is overtly this, possibly to a parodic level. A chain-smoking, whip-wielding dominatrix type in service to the Nazi BigBad.
* ''Webcomic/TheNonadventuresOfWonderella'' features Hitlerella, a Baroness type that's PlayedForLaughs.
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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the half-elven mage Shyralis holds King Marcus under a tight leash, going so far as to mindrape him if he tries to break free from her control. [[spoiler:Vaetris]] also shows a rather sinister and kinky side when she is revealed as the demonic Duchess of the Eastern Horde.
* The Empress of TAROT, from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', looks like the sexpot version, but is actually a Rosa Klebb. She's icy, deadly, ruthless, and beautiful. She's actually [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Catherine de'Medici]], kept young [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld after five hundred years]] through the power of black magic.
* Lady Hydra of the WhateleyUniverse, who fits this trope so tightly it turns out that, in-universe, she is the inspiration for the Baroness and didn't take revenge for such a slight because she had already retired.
* A PsychopathicWomanchild version of the trope, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is dominating, willing to rape if she doesn't get what she wants, is morally ambiguous and was ''this'' close to ruling ''{{Kickassia}}'' with an iron fist.
* ''[[http://nift.firedrake.org/EEmpress.htm The Evil Empress list]]'' covers the issues inherent in the trope, including...
-->'''5.''' While seduction has its place in my vast arsenal, I realize that "evil" and "skanky" are not mutually inclusive. Royal Dressmakers unable to realize this fact will be flayed alive in the presence of their replacements.
-->'''10.''' Sex is certainly a weapon at my disposal, but then so is a blaster. If it is not clear which weapon I ''should'' be using, [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim I will opt for the blaster]].
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* The Baroness (pictured above) from ''Franchise/GIJoe'' is the [[TropeNamer inspiration for the name]]. In the comics, she's a perfectly capable, cold-blooded killer, but, here, in this particular medium, she's a [[{{Bowdlerise}} cleaned-up-for-cartoons]] version of the type.
** In the LiveActionAdaptation, she was played by Sienna Miller.
* Natasha Fatale from ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' (PlayedForLaughs).
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' with Molotov Cocktease.
** And Girl Hitler.
** And a previous Barronness alluded to as a former member of the Cobra-parody organization SPHINX. Her curvy powered-armor-suit finds its way into Hank's hands... he makes good use of it.
* Hexadecimal from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', especially in season 3.
* Red Claw on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has the Rosa Klebb version in Strika.
* Madame Rouge from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. She's not ugly, but not supermodel pretty, has the sexpot body type more or less...and is a dangerous, brutal fighter who takes great pleasure in pounding Titans and their allies into the dirt. She will ''not'' be falling prey to any hero's charms, thank you very much. Oh, and she has a Russian accent. She'd get along just fine with [[MarvelUniverse Viper]] and the [[GIJoe original Baroness]].
* Superwoman from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'' takes the [[FetishFuel BDSM subtext]] of the early WonderWoman comics and turns it UpToEleven. Just watch her beatdown on [[spoiler:Batman]]. Also, the fact that it's been suggested she's more of the alternate universe version of Mary Marvel adds extra {{squick}} to her, since she may, in fact, be a young girl.
* Heloise on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. True to form, she's in love with [[ObliviousToLove Jimmy]].
* Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* Lady Kale in ''WesternAnimation/PrincessGwenevereAndTheJewelRiders'' (whose armor even looks a lot like that of the Baroness!).
* Queen Chrysalis of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' qualifies. She definitely has the "cold and dark" part down, not to mention that she is a ManipulativeBastard who literally devours love.
* Paige in ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising''.
* Asajj Ventress in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
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* [[http://kiuchi.jpn.org/en/nobindex.htm Kiuchi Nobuo]], Japanese POW in the USSR, drew [[http://kiuchi.jpn.org/nob/images/31.jpg these]] and [[http://kiuchi.jpn.org/nob/images/2.jpg these]] [[http://kiuchi.jpn.org/nob/images/32.jpg pictures]] of Russian female soldiers in his memoirs, which fit the trope well.
** The German female guards of concentration camps (notably, Ravensbruck) and more than a few Soviet soldiers and NKVD officers of the correct sex fit into this role.
* Creator/DitaVonTeese had [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/dita%20von%20teese/LuxuryCandy/76c2a0935f75.jpg?o=247 a picture of herself as this]].
* Rozalia Zemlachka, [[RedOctober Russian Civil War]] [[ThePoliticalOfficer Commissar]], was this before it was cool. Definitely a Rosa Klebb before there was a Rosa Klebb. Presided over a bloody purge of ex-White officers and just unfortunate poor schmucks in Crimea in 1920, and played an important role in the better known Great Purge of 1937-39. Died peacefully in her bed of old age.
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