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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''.
** And in her original series ''Manga/{{Clover}}''
* Sylvie from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''.

[[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.
* Zigzagged with Miss Kitty, the mouse showgirl/singer in the BadGuyBar sequence in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''. She starts off as the Chanteuse, then switches costume and song-style for a livelier, jauntier, more burlesque performance halfway through the song.

[[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. Naturally, Cain puts the moves on her, thinking to impress her by revealing the identity of the Inquisitor on the planet... the rogue trader at the reception (who ''is'' an Inquisitorial ally... but an actual rogue trader). He thinks she's quivering with fear, she's trying not to bust her gut laughing.
* 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 Creator/CoteDePablo 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.
* Music/LanaDelRey constructed her entire musical and visual aesthetic from this trope.
* The video for [[https://youtu.be/zPonioDYnoY "Élan"]] by Music/{{Nightwish}} depicts lead vocalist Floor Jansen performing in this manner in a working-class tavern.

[[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'', and again in The Case Of The Gilded Lily.

[[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''.
* One animated version of Charles Dickens' ''Cricket On The Hearth'' has a very...''strange'' example of this trope, shown [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwqr6lK5DBU here]]. She appears, sings a catchy song, then leaves. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment The movie continues on as if she never showed up in the first place]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: N.U.G.G.E.T" (which plays out like a Western goldmining story, only with ''chicken'' nuggets in place of gold ones), Numbuh 3, her sister and Numbuh 1's girlfriend Lizzie fill the role of the Saloon Singer variant.