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A stock character in anything even very loosely inspired by FilmNoir. Every lounge will have a sultry female singing a sultry song (or TorchSong). Her favorite outfit is a long evening gown, pearl necklace, slit up the side, and more than likely high heels and opera gloves. If she becomes a named character, she will often be the Veronica in a BettyAndVeronica romantic subplot. She could just be there in the background because every lounge that has anything approaching a FilmNoir feel must have this trope.

She is always surrounded by [[BrokenBird an air of melancholy]]. This could be because she herself is [[FourTemperamentEnsemble melancholic]], or because the lonely male hero experiences a connection with her while she is singing but cannot have her. She tends to be out of the main hero's reach perhaps because she is a dangerous FemmeFatale, because she is already involved with someone else (usually a villain), or simply because she is so aloof. This character can be very useful for highlighting a feeling of loneliness, because her sultry songs will often create a feeling of a connection between the singer [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench (which it means in French)]] and the listener, but circumstances will prevent that feeling from becoming a true connection. For that reason, this trope is a favorite of FilmNoir, a genre that thrives on a feeling of melancholy and stoic loneliness.

This character may frequently be seen SittingSexyOnAPiano.

A saloon singer may fill a similar role in [[TheWestern Westerns]], and a comely barmaid singing Irish ballads and sentimental songs may take the role in an Irish pub (be it in Ireland or, at least as often, [[UsefulNotes/TheIrishDiaspora abroad]]) Compare GlamorousWartimeSinger, LoungeLizard. The rarely seen [[SpearCounterpart male version]] is known as a ''chanteur''


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Oruha from Outo Country in ''Manga/TsubasaChronicle''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* During ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'', an alien once mistakes Leia for a renowned chanteuse and ropes her into dressing up and performing.
* Years before meeting ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}, Eva Kant did it for a living-and as a cover for her actual job as an industrial spy.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Burma in ''ComicStrip/TerryAndThePirates'' (it was her original career).

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Gina in ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' is a very clean and straight-laced example, but she does have the glamour (with lingering shots of her large earrings slowly turning as she sings), the loneliness, and the romantic melancholy.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Brick}}'', Laura sings/recites a song while accompanying herself on the piano, much to the melancholic curiosity of Brendan.
* In ''Film/ThisGunForHire'', Creator/VeronicaLake mixes it up by being a sexy chanteuse who sings sultry songs in tight dresses -- and does magic tricks.
* Tallulah in ''Film/BugsyMalone''.
* Jessica Rabbit in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' is introduced this way, working as a singer in the Ink & Paint Club. The entire (male) crowd is gobsmacked by her beauty and sensuality, and Eddie Valiant openly asks Betty Boop how ''that'' woman wound up married to a comedian like Roger.
-->'''Betty Boop:''' Yeah... what a lucky "goyul".
* Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe's characters in ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes''.
* Emma in ''Film/DarkCity'', [[spoiler:which is later revealed to be an implanted identity.]]
* Tina in ''Film/TheMask''. [[spoiler: Although she's not a FemmeFatale, but a DistressedDamsel]].
* Lil Sheridan (Marilu Henner) in ''Film/JohnnyDangerously''.
* Uschi, the heroine of ''Film/DerSchuhDesManitu'', is introduced that way. The film doesn't have anything to do with the FilmNoir, though; it's just {{Troperiffic}}.
* ''Film/CastADeadlySpell''. When we first see Connie Stone (Creator/JulianneMoore), she's singing a song in Harry Bordon's nightclub. You can watch her performance [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCp2-fbsm2Y#t=6m55s here.]]
* Michelle Pfeiffer from ''The Fabulous Baker Boys''. The movie's SittingSexyOnAPiano scene is parodied in ''Film/HotShots''
* The singer at the Blue Note in ''[[Film/TheNakedGun Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear]]'' played by singer Colleen Fitzpatrick a.k.a. Vitamin C.
* Envy Adams from ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' fits the criteria, despite not being FilmNoir.
* Sugar Kane in ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'', played by Marilyn Monroe. Again, this is a comedy, not film noir per se.
* The 1990 ''Film/DickTracy'' movie had Breathless Mahoney, classic nightclub FemmeFatale played by no less than Music/{{Madonna}}. Her performance of "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" actually won an Academy Award.
* ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'''s Lady in the Radiator could be seen as a mutated example of this.
* Rebekah del Rio, as herself, in ''Film/MulhollandDrive'', with the twist that it's actually LoopingLines - "It is all a recording" -- and del Rio collapses toward the end of the song, which keeps playing. It's safe to say that Creator/DavidLynch loves this trope. And see below under Live Action TV for another example from his body of work.
* Ellen Aim in ''Film/StreetsOfFire''.
* The title character of ''Film/{{Gilda}}''.
* Joan in ''Film/ThePurchasePrice''.
* Creator/IdaLupino in ''Film/{{Road House|1948}}''.
* Dorothy Vallens from ''Film/BlueVelvet''.
* Tornado Lou from ''Film/LemonadeJoe'', a gorgeous SoiledDove who dreams of becoming a better woman. She has two melancholy songs, one of which moves all gunmen in the Whisky Saloon to tears, and one extremely cheerful number which is accompanied by a dance routine from a posse of MsFanservice girls in skimpy outfits.
* A dark example: Lucia in ''Film/TheNightPorter''.
* Francesca in ''Film/GhostShip'' is the typical sultry lounge singer, but on a luxury Italian cruiseship. She participates in the massacre on the ship and [[TheVamp uses her wiles to seduce men to their deaths]], and as a ghost [[spoiler:is serving the primary villain to lure more men to their deaths.]]
* In ''Film/LastVegas'', Diana moonlights as this at a Vegas casino, her primary job being working as a tax attorney for the owner.
* ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'': When Picard creates the Dixon Hill night club, which is a direct reference to FilmNoir, on the holodeck it naturally includes on of these on stage.
* ''Film/DestryRidesAgain'': Frenchy is the singer in the saloon; Creator/MarleneDietrich sings a couple of songs. Beyond her sultriness, Frenchy helps Kent the bar owner cheat people at cards.
* ''Film/ShermansMarch'': "Joyous"--that's her name--bass guitarist and singer, first introduced singing with a band in a parking lot, and later shown singing in a nightclub. She hangs out with Ross for a little while before heading to New York to advance her music career.
* There's one in the magical speakeasy scene in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', although considering the singer is a goblin and/or house-elf (it's hard to tell), it's plays out more as FanDisservice than anything else.

* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'': Inquisitor Amberley Vail's first in-person appearance (she's also the books' editor InUniverse) is when she is undercover as one at a reception at the planetary governor's mansion on Gravalax.
* The first appearance of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' character Ruby (later known as Sergeant Detritus's wife) is in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' as a chanteuse at a troll nightclub. Her trollish growling is translated in footnotes as "Falling in Love Again", complete with Marlene Dietrich's accent.
* ''Literature/AutobiographyOfRed'' has a tuxedo-clad {{Bifauxnen}} version singing tango music in a bar in Argentina.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Seven of Nine was made one in a holoprogram set in [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII German-occupied France]].
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', Odo was coached in flirting by Vic Fontaine, who created for this purpose a holo-version of Kira, who fulfilled this trope. [[spoiler: She was in the end swapped for the ''real'' Kira.]]
* Jan Levinson makes a cameo appearance as one of these in ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' episode "Threat Level Midnight" [[ShowWithinAShow movie-within-a-movie]] possibly a [[ActorAllusion nod]] to Melora Hardin's cameo as one in ''Film/TheRocketeer'' (or maybe simply because [[TheCastShowoff she can sing]]).
* The ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' Noir episode has Lois in this role and Lana as the FemmeFatale. While Chloe ironically is mimicking the 40s and 50s Lois Lane.
* The season six opener of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' had Ziva David playing this part very well, with the actress Cote de Pablo actually doing her own singing. Then someone rudely left a bomb behind. (What, this is NCIS, you know!)
* In several episodes of ''Series/TwinPeaks'', Creator/JuleeCruise can be seen singing in The Roadhouse, a bar in the town.
* Daughter Maitland in ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''.
* Paige pulls this off in season 5 of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' , singing "Fever" to her boyfriends Nate in vintage garb and hair (Of course she does. She's Creator/RoseMcGowan).
* The unnamed singer played by Music/{{Foxes}} in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Mummy on the Orient Express", who sings [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxLR6cP1_Q8 a 20s jazz version]] of "[[Music/{{Queen}} Don't Stop Me Now]]".
* Paula in ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' imagines herself as one of these as she sings [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_n0DytNx5I "His Status is Preferred."]]
* Marty in ''Film/{{Grease}} Live!'' imagines singing "Freddy My Love" in a USO show.
* In season two of ''Series/{{Preacher|2016}}'', Jesse meets a woman named Lara who fits this trope to a T - a sexy, aloof night club singer with hints of having had a sad life. She's inadvertantly ended up in the crosshairs of some dangerous people, and Jesse have to save her. [[spoiler: Except at the end of the episode it turns out that it was all a lie - she's actually a [[AncientConspiracy Grail]] operative named Featherstone, and she was sizing Jesse up for being one of the [[MessianicArchetype potential Messiahs]] that the Grail is sworn to eliminate.]]
* ''Series/PeakyBlinders'': When Grace first comes from Northern Ireland to Birmingham, she gets hired at the Shelbys' pub because she's pretty and can sing Irish ballads and sentimental songs. [[spoiler:Of course, it turns out she's actually a spy working for Inspector Campbell and (indirectly) MI5]].


* Music/{{Mamamoo}}'s Solar in their "Piano Man" video is a more clean and optimistic example, donning a glamorous evening gown while seductively singing on stage at a jazz bar.
* Music/{{Sade}}, most famously with the very noir-esque classic single [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TYv2PhG89A "Smooth Operator."]]
* Dutch singer Caro Emerald has this as her musical persona, often singing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QUmPZmkr4I seductive]] and/or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yjl890_qwf4 mysterious]]-[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYNUg5j7tr0 sounding]] jazz songs that would not be out of place in a FilmNoir or a James Bond movie.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The self-described "mediocre-looking Literature/JamesBond", Maxwell Chicago is a lounge singer who insists on [[WrestlingDoesntPay continuing to act as such off the clock]] even when he works for Full Impact Pro, going so far as to wrestle in a Tuxedo.

* ''Theatre/CityOfAngels'' has Bobbi as this stock FilmNoir character. Her number, "With Every Breath I Take," is a slow minor-key torch song.
* In ''Theatre/{{Follies}}'', Sally takes on this look for her Loveland number, "Losing My Mind".
* Mary kate wiles plays this character in ''Theatre/SpiesAreForever''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The unnamed background version of this trope appears in the game ''VideoGame/AliceIsDead''. She sings a [[http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/361366 song that is a mixture of Wonderland surrealism and an attempt to seduce the listener]].
* Carol [=MacLaine=] in ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition''.
* Venus in ''VideoGame/EarthBound''.
* Julia Heartilly from the flashback sequences of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' with the twist that she doesn't sing but play the piano.
* Olivia Ofrenda in ''VideoGame/GrimFandango''
* In ''VideoGame/{{Contrast}}'', Kat is a professional singer and a rising star. She gives a performance early in the game.
* Red, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}''. She doesn't get much of a chance to show off her voice, though, as it's stolen right at the start of the game.
* Sapphire in ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'' is basically an {{Expy}} of Ruby in ''Moving Pictures'', with a song that includes the lines "The minute you walked through the wall,/I could see you were a troll of destruction".
* Trixie Trotter from VideoGame/BackToTheFutureTheGame.
* Elsa Lichtmann in ''VideoGame/LANoire''.
* Magnolia in ''VideoGame/Fallout4''.
* Shante from ''VideoGame/ArcTheLad II''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The unnamed singer who performs [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GoPZBYCHDd0 "Betcha Neva" in the Iceberg Lounge]] in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman,'' who is actually an InkSuitActor of French pop star Cyndi Almouzni.
* Red from ''WesternAnimation/RedHotRidingHood'' and other Creator/TexAvery shorts.
* [[OneSceneWonder Miss Kitty Mouse]] from ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''.
* Sasha from ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' 2, though she was just doing it for a prize in order to feed a young boy named David.
* The "Queen Hornet" episode of ''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder'' features one, who sings the theme song from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}''.
* Miss Kitty from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'' is this by profession, but is never actually shown singing. She makes Tanya her protege and Tanya is shown singing at a cat bar.
* In the episode "Love, American Dad Style" Hayley Smith on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' becomes this when Roger hears her singing in the shower and asks her to sing at his bar. Hayley is voiced by [=Seth MacFarlane=]'s sister Rachel, and like her brother has a great voice that's well suited to old jazz standards. In the episode she sings "Someone to Watch Over Me", "Makin' Whoopie!" and "Potato Bread".
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', one is singing during a fight scene between Jack and some gangsters.
* The Martian Queen becomes this in the TalentContest episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers''.