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[[caption-width-right:302:Notice the snake skin she shed: this particular ShapeshiftingLover does ''[[ReptilesAreAbhorrent not]]'' mean well. [[note]]This image is "[[http://www.johnwilliamwaterhouse.com/pictures/lamia-1905/ Lamia]]" by John William Waterhouse.[[/note]]]]

-> ''"Oh such grace, oh such beauty-- so precious, suspicious, and charming, and vicious,''
-> ''Oh darling, you're a million ways to be cruel."''
-->-- '''OKGo''', ''A Million Ways''

A classic character type, the beauty who uses her feminine wiles to undermine a moral and upright man, for ''evil'' purposes. She's [[EvilIsSexy evil and sexy]], a liar and a sneak, and [[FlawExploitation uses the good guy's sympathy against him]], often with a sob story about her mother and some hospital bills or a WoundedGazelleGambit.

Unlike the FemmeFatale and the MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter, she is rotten to the core, and will never be swayed from the path of darkness by love. (In eras where MakeUpIsEvil applies, expect her to paint when no other woman does.)

The name comes from classic silent films, where this character is part of a standardized plot. A red-blooded American boy must [[BettyAndVeronica choose between his familiar, cutesy-plain sweetheart and this seductress]].

This trope is {{Cyclic| Trope}}. In certain eras, as with the [[DeadUnicornTrope "hat dichotomy" from westerns]], but more actual in fact, The Vamp is almost always black-haired, while the good girl is a [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold blonde]]. At other times, [[BlondesAreEvil blondes are inherently more evil]]. In the cold war era, the raven-haired temptress was a [[DirtyCommunists Soviet spy]], when not just a torturer like TheBaroness.

Is often the LadyInRed or the WomanInBlack.

Although the name is derived from "vampire", this character is most commonly a normal human, but some supernatural entities are known to influence men in this way. [[HornyDevils Succubi]] and Sirens are known to lure men in to be eaten or drained of LifeForce, for example.

Compare with the FemmeFatale, the somewhat more sympathetic (and less sexual) version of this character(which may overlap with this trope if the character has ambiguous agenda.), and TheCasanova. Often overlaps with the BlackWidow, who is just a particularly successful Vamp. See also VillainessesWantHeroes.

Contrast with the HeroicSeductress, TheVamp's direct CounterTrope, who uses sex for noble and heroic purposes.

Not to be confused with [[MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty the other Vamp]].
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Mitsuko Souma in ''Manga/BattleRoyale''.
* Slan from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''.
** The female Apostle that Guts kills in the very beginning of the manga is another big example, using her beautiful, naked, female human form to lure men into her embrace before assuming her Apostle form and eating them alive, with her most notable kill being [[spoiler:Corkus during the Eclipse]].
* Parodied in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', where a woman tries to pull this to steal government secrets from a group of {{Otaku}}. Of course, they were specifically chosen to guard the secrets because their obsession with 2D girls would make them immune to The Vamp...
* ''HoushinEngi'' has Dakki.
* Light Yagami from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is a rare male example.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Corsair}}'', [[TheWoobie Canale]] is treated as a vamp by a lot of characters, almost all of whom are trying to [[BoomerangBigot defer their guilt to him]] because they refuse to accept that their desire for him is [[YouAreWhatYouHate their fault]].
* [[spoiler:Mikaze]] from ''[[Anime/SeikimatsuOccultGakuin Occult Academy]]''.
* ''Manga/{{Underdog}}'' has the buxom tournament coordinator Noa Takayanagi, who uses her feminine wiles early in the series both to convince Naoto to participate in the tournament and to get him out of trouble with a couple of police officers on patrol, by distracting them with her cleavage.
* Anime/{{Windaria}} Selenia is ordered by the BigBad to seduce and then kill Alan. He's so taken with 'every beautiful inch of her' that it almost works.
* Bloody Agatha from ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' - she's one of the few Claymores who shows an interest in sex. Roxanne of Love and Hate could also count, depending on how you interpret [[PsychoLesbian her attitude]] towards her victims. [[spoiler: Her modus operandi was to befriend another Claymore and copy her powers. That Claymore would later die in...mysterious circumstances. It also enabled her to leap up the ranks to Number 1.]]
* Kanoko's stepmother in ''Manga/VelvetKiss'' is a [[TheChessmaster chessmater]] who uses a combination of sex and blackmail to manipulate events, such as by having the wife of her lover killed due to neglectful hospital care, and then trying to do the same thing to the lover himself (now her husband). Deconstructed when [[spoiler:all it takes is two people standing up to her and the entire plot crashes down around her]].
* Lust from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' had a SadistTeacher version named Ms. Chono from the first arc of the manga and the first anime series. She enforces arbitrary rules and enjoys expelling students, so much so that she regularly orders desk inspections to find out if any students are carrying contraband items. She also likes going on matchmaking dates just to crush men's hopes, and the one time a guy dumped her first she had a gigantic temper tantrum in the school bathroom. She gets her just desserts when Yami Yugi challenges her to a jigsaw puzzle game, where she cheats, and has her true ugliness exposed. Later on she's able to appear normal with enough make-up, but when she acts mean or cruel her face will suddenly crack.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ava Lord from the ''SinCity'' story "A Dame to Kill For" was an evil ([[CardCarryingVillain by her own admission]]) and greedy seductress who manipulated her old lover, Dwight [=McCarthy=], through a WoundedGazelleGambit into murdering her husband so she could get her hands on all his money, and then tried to kill him once he had [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived his usefulness to her]]. As Manute, her [[TheDragon Dragon]] (who would later show up in "The Big Fat Kill"), explains, Dwight is not the first man she has destroyed with her deadly wiles. Lampshaded-slash-deconstructed in her admission, as she points out that "evil ruthless seductress" is so cliche nobody believes she can be one...until it's too late.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** Poison Ivy, especially before she became an eco-terrorist.
** Nocturna is another seductress foe.
* ''SandmanMysteryTheatre'' had an arc titled ''The Vamp'', featuring one of these. The title character became a bit more sympathetic when her StartOfDarkness story was told.
* [[DepravedBisexual Mystique]], long time foe of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, is the absolute embodiment of this trope.
* [[WomanInBlack Selene]], the Black Queen of the ''[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Hellfire Club]]'', also qualifies.
* Bridget Keating from ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', although Bridget is more selfish than evil.
* Lulu Romanov in ''NikolaiDante''
* Fiona Fox from ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog. In addition, Rouge can qualify in her darker interpretations.
* Metamorphia from SonicTheComic.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Splash Woman brainwashes and seduces Mega Man, and forces him to promise not to tell anyone about her. Even thinking about Kalinka doesn't free him from her control, and ''Rush'' is enthralled by her powers.
* Subverted with the plasmavore in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime''. She starts out as the seductress who wants nothing more than to suck ''all'' the blood out of your body, but she quickly becomes far more complicated a character than that and far more sympathetic. It should be noted that she ''does'' attempt to seduce Literature/SherlockHolmes ''twice'', and the second time, she nearly succeeds, helped along by a pheromone-enhancing concoction. However, she undergoes CharacterDevelopment, namely [[spoiler:VillainDecay]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* The character of Irma Vep in the 1915 french silent film serial LesVampires. Her name is an anagram of "Vampire".
* In ''BodyHeat'', Mary Ann Simpson is explicitly labeled "The Vamp" in her high school yearbook. [[spoiler: She's Kathleen Turner's character, which we've been lead to believe is Matty Tyler Walker, and is playing Ned Racine, the real Matty Tyler, and her husband for all they are worth.]]
* ''BlackWidow'' (1987), played by Theresa Russell, a serial killer of rich men she married, ostensibly for their money. Has strong [[LesYay bisexual theme]] as well.
* Pick a version of ''TheParentTrap''. In this case, it takes the twin girls wreaking havoc on The Vamp to make Dad realize that he's about to marry a gold-digging bitch, which was completely obvious to everyone else from the moment the woman appeared on the screen. She'll likely overlap with the RichBitch in this case.
* Kris Bolin from ''The Temp''
* The 1967 version of ''Film/{{Bedazzled 1967}}'' has Lust, played by Raquel Welch. The Devil herself (played by Elizabeth Hurley) is one in [[Film/{{Bedazzled 2000}} the 2000 version]].
* Silent film actress Theda Bara in...pretty much anything, but especially 1915's ''AFoolThereWas'', where she's actually billed as "The Vampire". The film even quotes Rudyard Kipling's poem (see Literature below).
* [[spoiler:Elektra King]] in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
* The woman from the city in silent classic ''Film/{{Sunrise}}''.
* A whole series of FilmNoir movies made in the 1940s and 50s: Phyllis in ''DoubleIndemnity'', Kathie from ''Out of the Past''. Even MarilynMonroe's character in ''Niagara''.
* A significant portion of Marlene Dietrich's career was built on such titles as ''Devil Is a Woman''.
* Conchita in Bunuel's ''That Obscure Object of Desire''. Hell, it took two actresses to carry all this vampishness.
* Kara is even referred to as such in the 2006 high school noir, ''{{Brick}}''.
* ''Film/{{Cthulhu}}'' (2007). Susan tries to seduce the protagonist, Russell Marsh, as part of the [[ReligionOfEvil Cult of Dagon's]] plan to have him pass on his seed (creating a HybridMonster). As Russell is gay, her charms don't work on him, so she drugs and rapes him instead.
* In ''{{Transformers}}: Revenge of the Fallen'', amazingly hot college girl Alice is intent upon getting with Sam for unclear reasons. [[spoiler: She's a Decepticon spy named Pretender. Yes, they can turn into humans now.]]
* Bridget in ''TheLastSeduction'' (1994).
* Suzanne Stone, the VillainProtagonist of ''Film/ToDieFor'' (1995), is a partial parody of The Vamp - she's beautiful, utterly ruthless, manipulative...and dumb as a post.
* Lady Kaede in Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Film/{{Ran}}'' starts out as a LadyMacbeth to her husband. After he's killed in battle, she becomes a Vamp to his brother, seducing and becoming a Lady Macbeth to him and making him order the death of his wife, Lady Sue.
* In ''Film/DraculasDaughter'', the actual vampire Countess Marya Zaleska tries to play this role with Dr. Geoffrey Garth. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when the Head of Scotland Yard tells his man-servant that he is going hunting "vampires", to which the latter replies: "But I always understood you went after them with chequebooks, sir."
* Nazi Vamps like Ilsa Haupstein (from ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'') and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elsa_Schneider#Elsa_Schneider Dr Elsa Schneider]] from ''IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Unrepentant and black-hearted bitches. Also examples of The Vamp, BlondesAreEvil, and EvilIsSexy.
* Myrna Loy was stuck playing this type of role for years in early Hollywood, often with an additional [[UnfortunateImplications "ethnic"]] flavor, finally escaping to better parts with the success of ''Film/TheThinMan''.
* Lady Marsh in ''Film/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm'' seduces both men [[PsychoLesbian and women]] to their doom.
* Mini from ''Mini's First Time'' has elements of [[FemmeFatale Femme]] and FilleFatale, but her utter soullessness qualifies her for this trope.
* In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail,'' there's a whole [[HilarityEnsues castle of vamps]].
* Ariel in ''Alien Intruder''.
* Kathryn in ''Film/CruelIntentions''.
* Debbie in ''Devil In The Flesh''.
* The leading role of [[ShowWithinAShow the theater troupe's play]] in the silent comedy ''Exit Smiling'' is a vamp, and is the role that the heroine is constantly trying to score.
* Not only was Francesca in ''Film/GhostShip'' involved in the mass murder, but she also seduced one of the crooks into killing his comrades before offing him herself. Unfortunately for her, her feminine wiles don't work on [[spoiler: supernatural beings]], but even after death she's still just as much a vamp as she was in life, tempting [[spoiler:Greer]] and leading him to his doom. Inverted when Francesca's backstory reveals that [[spoiler:said supernatural being]] actually seduced ''her'' into playing her role in the scheme.
--> ''Benvenuto a bordo'' [[note]]Welcome on board[[/note]]
* Angelique in ''Film/HellraiserBloodline'' is a demon currently occupying the body of an attractive woman and seduces her victims only to kill or torture them to death later on.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/RudyardKipling wrote a poem called [[http://www.online-literature.com/donne/921/ "The Vampire".]] TropeNamer?
* Milady de Winter in ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''.
* Played for laughs in ''The Science of Literature/{{Discworld}} II: The Globe''; the queen of TheFairFolk ''tries'' to seduce Rincewind, but all he desires is [[TrademarkFavoriteFood potatoes]].
* Berelain in the [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]] started out as one, who seduced people for political advantage and spent multiple books chasing after Perrin to the detriment of Perrin's marriage, but is starting to look a bit more sympathetic. Her current [[LoveAtFirstSight infatuation]] with Galad, putting an end to the horrific PoorCommunicationKills arc of the last five books, certainly helps.
* The title character of "Literature/TheSnowQueen" by Creator/HansChristianAndersen.
* The White Witch of Creator/CSLewis's ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', even more so in the films. In the film adaption of ''The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,'' Edmund even imagines her promising to make him "a king...and more", making it obvious that this was a large factor in his decision to become [[TheMole her mole.]] But even in ''The Magician's Nephew'', she strikes Diggory as stunning (while Polly doesn't see the attraction), and Uncle Andrew loses his head over her, even imagining she might find him attractive. And, of course, the Lady of the Green Kirtle from ''The Silver Chair'' seduces and [[{{Brainwashed}} enslaves]] the prince. Jill ''does'' [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer see the attraction]].
* Zenia in Margaret Atwood's ''The Robber Bride''.
* In GrahamMcNeill's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} HorusHeresy novel ''Fulgrim'', Bequa Kenska. When her attempt to seduce Ostian Delafour fails, she is enraged both to lose the chance to corrupt his youth and innocence and because she had never failed before.
* The title character in Andrew Vachss' ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Strega]]'' (the second ''{{Burke}}'' novel) is explicitly The Vamp to the extent that she even {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s the fact that she can bend men to her will. The protagonist, Burke, does succumb to her sexual wiles, but [[SubvertedTrope subverts the trope]] in that he's [[GenreSavvy perfectly aware]] of what [[HoneyTrap she represents]], and manages pulls away once her goals are no longer parallel with his. [[spoiler:The girlfriend in Vachss' ''The Getaway Man'' plays the trope straight, however.]]
* Lara Raith of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. She's also a psychic vampire who feeds on people's souls during sex.
** Mab, the Unseelie Queen of Air and Darkness, has elements of this archetype. While it normally doesn't come up (since she's more powerful than most gods), she has proven capable of using seduction when the situation calls for it. Harry also describes her as "too terrifying to be beautiful."
-->'''Mab:''' Are you frightened of me, Harry?
-->'''Harry:''' I'm sane.
** Maeve, the Unseelie Lady and Mab's daughter, uses this trick quite a bit more than her mother, and is far more blunt about it. She's about as subtle as a prostitute sticking her hand down the front of your pants. A very, very, very beautiful prostitute, [[GirlOnGirlIsHot with friends]], but still.
* Nefer of ''TheEgyptian'', although she ''is'' considerate enough to actually warn him first. Doesn't help, though.
* Cavilo (who had already thus secured control of a mercenary warfleet) attempts this with Emperor Gregor Vorbarra in the ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga The Vor Game]]''. As you might guess from the "attempts", it doesn't work out the way she planned.
* This trope is so old that even parodying it is OlderThanSteam. At the end of the KingArthur story ''Literature/SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight'', Gawain claims he has learned never to trust women, that they only lead you to sin, etc., etc. The Green Knight tells him [[SpoofAesop this is ridiculous]] and that he has to take responsibility for his own failure.
* Male example: Spyros Stavaronas, the attractive young shrimp fisherman in ''Alexandra'' by Scott O'Dell. At first, he uses his charms to distract Alexandra so his henchmen can smuggle cocaine on her boat. When Alexandra finds out, he further tries to charm her into keeping his secret and not turning them in to the cops.
* Marquis Merteuil in ''DangerousLiaisons'', a BitchInSheepsClothing variety.
* Mr. Wickham from ''PrideAndPrejudice'' is another male example. Unlike the passive if [[TheHedonist Hedonistic]] [[TheCasanova Casanova]] Willoughby of ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', who doesn't care if he breaks hearts, Wickham actively tries to win the heroine over and turn her against Mr. Darcy via MaliciousSlander. This is years after he tried to get revenge on Mr. Darcy by seducing his sister. Later, he tries to get back at ''her'' by [[spoiler:seducing her little sister Lydia and very nearly succeeds]]. Elizabeth later feels [[BreakTheHaughty terrible over how easily she believed his lies]].
* The woman in Creator/RobertEHoward's "The Gods of the North", who lures ConanTheBarbarian to her brothers to be killed. When this does not work, things get rather uglier for her.
** Thalis tries this in "The Slithering Shadows". Conan is embarrased because Natala, his slave girl, is watching.
* Parodied with Muriel Kane in ''Literature/TheBeautifulAndDamned''. She wants to be seen as a vamp (and happens to look like Theda Bara, mentioned above), but tries far too hard.
* Roberta "Bobbie" Wickham from the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' series is a light comedic variant. A troublemaker with EvilRedhead tendencies, she makes a habit of luring Bertie into trouble and then working against him to benefit herself. Of course, Bertie is an ExtremeDoormat who can get talked into anything, but in Bobbie's case, the fact that she's gorgeous and flirtatious doesn't hurt her cause.
--> ''Bobbie Wickham ... went about the place letting the pure in heart in for the sort of thing I was doing now.''
* Matilda fills this role in ''Literature/TheMonk'', particularly if you read her character as deliberately leading Ambrosio astray rather than merely being tempting.
* ''Extremely'' common in ''TheSwordOfTruth'', especially among the Sisters of the Dark. [[DarkMagicalGirl Nicci]] is perhaps the best example prior to [[spoiler: her HighHeelFaceTurn]], and has [[Really700YearsOld a long history]] of using her beauty and sex to get what she wants. The generally antagonistic (though not ''evil'') and neutral at best witch woman [[HotWitch Shota]] tends to play this at times as well. Calling her default wardrobe "revealing" [[IncrediblyLamePun doesn't even cover it]].
* Lilith Eve Mabus in Steve Alten's ''Resurrection'' is an extreme example of the trope.
* Cersei Lannister in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Men desire her and she's willing to use that. Littlefinger actually pities her because her beauty is the only true advantage she possesses -- [[NeverASelfMadeWoman everything else is due to the men in her life]] -- in the game of thrones, and that will fade with time.
* Annabella Wilmot in ''Literature/TheTenantOfWildfellHall'', as Lord Lowborough discovers too late. Gilbert warns Frederick Lawrence that Jane Wilson is not to be trusted before he can choose a similar fate.
* Delia of Eldorne in ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' deliberately pits men against each other and seduces Prince Jon, toying with his moods by giving or witholding her attention (and sex) in order to keep him off-balance. All of this is in aid of Duke Roger's plan to usurp the throne, because she wants to be the queen.
* In ''Literature/TheGeneral'' Suzette Whitehall's modus operandi (seduction, manipulation, provoking duels over herself, having {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s dumped in the river with 40 kilo roundshot chained to their ankles, etc.) fits with this... but she does so not ForTheEvulz but for the sake of the husband she actually ''does'' love (an [[IncorruptiblePurePureness honest soldier]] whom the DeadlyDecadentCourt of the Gubierno Civil would probably destroy otherwise).
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': While under Jasmine's control, Cordy plays this trope to the hilt.
* Vorpax ''MortalKombat: Conquest''. Not that there's anything wrong with wanting to seduce [[MrFanservice Shang Tsung]]...
* Victoria Metcalf, the psychotic, poetry-loving bank robber who was the love of Benton Fraser's life in ''Series/DueSouth''.
* Lila in ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. Granted, Dexter is most certainly [[SerialKiller not]] your typical "moral and upright man", but Lila's willing to go places that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even he won't]]. The nihilistic temptress comes complete with black hair, [[BettyAndVeronica in contrast to]] Dexter's blonde good-girl girlfriend Rita.
* "Saffron" in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has married numerous men under as many aliases for pretty much the express purpose of ripping them off. Damn good criminal mastermind, too.
* ''Series/{{Oz}}''. Shirley Bellinger, who drowned her own child in a fake accident based on the Susan Smith case. She gives sexual favours to both inmates and prison guards in exchange for preferential treatment, leading to a CrowningMomentOfFunny when, as she's being led off for execution, Shirley calmly informs Warden Glynn that the guard escorting her has been "coming into my cell every night and fucking me." Faced with a glowering Warden and a prisoner who'll soon be beyond any retaliation, the guard can only mutter, "Bitch."
* Ashton Main Huntoon Fenway from the 1980s mini-series ''NorthAndSouth''. She marries James only to gain a sort of political power and wealth despite coming from a Southern aristocratic family, plots against her sweet sister Brett and Billy's romance-turned-marriage, seduces multiple men after a failed attempt to get into Billy's pants...and this is all just Book One...
* Vala Mal Doran from ''Series/StargateSG1'' was introduced as a straightforward vamp, but [[DynamicCharacter she got better.]]
* Tammy, Ron Swanson's ex-wife on ''ParksAndRecreation'', played by Megan Mullally. She's the deputy director of the Library department who seduces her ex, Ron, the head of Parks and Rec dept., and sleeps with him again in exchange for the empty lot his deputy director Leslie Knope wants to turn into a park. As Tammy tells Leslie: "Les, there are two kinds of women in the world. There are women who work hard and stress out about doing the right thing, and then there are women who are cool."
* On her first appearance on ''{{Hercules| The Legendary Journeys}}'', {{Xena| Warrior Princess}} was this as well as a DarkActionGirl. By her second appearance, all traces of the vamp had disappeared and she was only the Dark Action Girl before [[HeelFaceTurn being redeemed]].
* Sarah from ''Series/{{Survivors}}'' is first seen using her feminine wiles to manipulate a smitten plague survivor, [[spoiler:who she promptly leaves to die after he breaks his leg in an accident]]. She begins working her way through the male members of the main cast from there.
** A very similar character appeared in the original version of the series under the name Anne, although she only appears in handful of episodes.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' has Katherine. Uses her charm and seductive wiles in order to get what she wants.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Frohike and Langly saw Suzanne Modeski as The Vamp, and were really pissed off that Byers fell for it. The truth turned out to be a little more complex. She's actually a woman tormented by a shady government organization who wants to use her smarts and destroy her when she wants to expose them.
* Professional {{dominatrix}} Irene Adler in episode 4 of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is like this towards all her more influential clients (from whom she gains confidential government and [=MI6=]-related secrets during the course of "[[UnusualEuphemism recreational scolding]]"), as well as the titular hero. It's not a personal vendetta: she is in cahoots with the "consulting criminal [[ManipulativeBastard Moriarty]], and plays off of Sherlock's [[CelibateHero lack of sex knowledge]] to get him to do whatever she wants. It somewhat backfires in the end, though Sherlock is so impressed by the fact that she managed to fool him for so long that he compliments her - in a manner of speaking - by [[spoiler:saving her life]].
** The notable thing about Irene is that she does, in fact, [[IfItsYouItsOkay develop genuine feelings for Sherlock]] somewhere along the line; however, she doesn't so much as consider affecting a HeelFaceTurn like in a typical example of the 'villainess' who falls for the hero, instead fully intending to see her mission to thwart Sherlock and his brother Mycroft through to the end. This makes her an unusual cross between The Vamp and a FemmeFatale.
* This happens so often on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' that it's veering into UnfortunateImplications territory. Thus far we've had Morgana, Morgause, Nimueh, Sophia, Catrina, Lamia and Helen/Mary using feminine wiles at one point or another to manipulate the men-folk.
** In fairness, this could be partially because they believe that a seductress won't be seen as powerful sorceress, and that people won't see past the cleavage. On current evidence, Merlin (mostly) excepted, they're right. Ain't broke don't fix it.
* Lilith from ''RobinOfSherwood''.
* Regina in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' clearly ''wants'' to be this, invoking EvilIsSexy and trying to seduce men to do what she wants. It never works (probably because the men are GenreSavvy enough to know sleeping with an evil witch-queen ''never'' ends well), so she falls back to her magic and/or loyal army.
* Princess Ardala from ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has the Female Changeling, the ruthless leader of the Dominion and the public representative of the Founders. She served as an {{evil mentor}} to Odo in "The Search," teaching him about his Changeling heritage and helping him hone his shapeshifting skills. However, during the Dominion occupation of Deep Space Nine, she uses linking and sexuality to weaken Odo's resolve. We learn in "Favor the Bold" that her seduction of Odo isn't just about neutralizing an opponent, but about bringing her fellow Changeling home.
--> '''Female Changeling (to Weyoun)''': Neutralize Odo?! Is that why you think I'm here?! Odo is a changeling. Bringing him home, returning him to the Great Link means more to us than the Alpha Quadrant itself. Is that clear?
* Seska from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'':
** Lydia TRIES to be this. With anyone. Including Scott. And Allison's dad. While Allison is in the room. Neither of them notice. She does eventually succeed with Scott.
** After a childhood of feeling sickly and unattractive due to her epilepsy and the meds she had to take for it, Erica wants as much attention as she can possibly get when the bite makes her healthy and beautiful. It goes to the degree of overcompensation.
* Angelique in ''Series/DarkShadows''. [[AdaptationalVillainy Even more]] in [[Film/DarkShadows the movie]].
* Ingrid of ''Series/YoungDracula'' was this in season 1 with Paul and Ian. Magda is also this to the Count (though he's not exactly morally upright himself).
* Illithyia in ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus]]'' combines this with LadyMacbeth. Among other things, she [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey uses]] sex appeal to encourage her husband in military ruthlessness and get a teenage boy to order a gladiator killed.
* ''{{True Blood}}'': A flashback shows Bill encounter a woman while badly injured. After she patches him up, Bill thanks her before taking his leave. [[spoiler: Only for her to throw herself at him since he didn't try to rape/take advantage of her like every other man who ended up in her home. Bill demurs saying he has a wife and child to return to. The woman angrily reveals she's a vampire and turns Bill because IfICantHaveYou.]]
* River Song from Series/DoctorWho was raised to be this - she [[spoiler: killed the Doctor ''with a kiss'']]. Fortunately, [[LoveRedeems it was short-lived]].
--> ''It was never going to be a gun for you, [[spoiler: Doctor]].''
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[[folder:Music]]
* Bree Sharp's "Cheap and Evil Girl" describes one.
* Hall & Oates' "Maneater", as seen in the former page quote.
* A major part of [[{{Garbage}} Shirley Manson's]] stage persona. She also provided backing vocals on The Bird and the Bee's cover of "Maneater".
* Disturbed's ''Serpentine''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDRBlJEEdys "She Was a Vamp"]], sung by Cher on ''The Sonny And Cher Show''
-->''She was a scamp, a camp and a bit of a tramp\\
She was a V-A-M-P...Vamp!''
* The subject of the MichaelJackson song "Dangerous".
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[[folder:{{Mythology}} and {{Religion}}]]
* The classic Vamp, of course, is Delilah, from the [[Literature/TheBible biblical]] story of Samson. The Biblical story clearly treats her as a villainess who tempts Samson away from his godly ways, and thus brings about his downfall, emasculation, and captivity. She betrayed him very effectively, although her life was threatened. People weak in faith turning their backs on their powerful protector when threatened by the vast but easily avoidable powers of the wicked is a bit of a theme in the ''Bible'', yes.
** Samson was also a subversion, which indicates the trope is older than that. He consistently fed Delilah information she consistently used to get his enemies deployed where he could deal with them. Until he got arrogant enough to reveal ''all'' his secrets, he was managing her vamping quite well.
* Another, more apt biblical example would be Amon's queen, Jezebel.
* There are a few mythological creatures who act like this.
** [[HornyDevils The Succubus]], a demon which disguises itself as a beautiful woman to cause trouble (what kind of trouble tends to vary).
** The Sirens from Greek mythology. [[WingedHumanoid Bird-women]] who lured sailers to their death with their singing.
* OlderThanDirt: MesopotamianMythology has the goddess Ishtar/Innana, who tends to cause her lovers' deaths, and the seductive ChildEater Lilitu.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The female, and literal, vampires of the [[VampiresAreSexGods Daeva]] [[TheBeautifulElite clan]] from ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' are the EMBODIMENTS of this trope. Although it depends on the player, the [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire nicest]] Daeva vampiresses would be considered [[FemmeFatale Femmes Fatales]], but the book encourages you to play it straight; in other words, be downright evil.
* Mina Devlin from ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''.
* TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons has a Temptress character class amongst its many third-party sources.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* [[{{Anvilicious}} Lucy The Slut]] in ''Theatre/AvenueQ''. The extent of her character is, well, SelfExplanatory.
* Lola from ''DamnYankees'' is a subversion. She presents herself in her [[IAmSong establishing song]] "A Little Brains, A Little Talent" to be The Vamp to end all Vamps, but her seduction of Joe is unsuccessful, in part because she [[MinionWithAnFInEvil fails to be evil enough]].
* Mallory in the musical ''City of Angels''. She's redeemed by (in-story) ExecutiveMeddling.
* Not so much evil as irresponsible and immature, Mayzie La Bird is a kid-friendly version in ''Seussical''.
* The two female protagonists, Roxie and Velma, from ''Chicago'' are using their vamp skills to literally get away with murder.
* Generally, whoever sings 'Turn Back, O Man' in ''Godspell'' tends to be a bit of a parody of this.
* Sally Bowles from ''Cabaret'' is another more irresponsible and immature than evil version.
* Fastrada, Pippin's Stepmother from ''Pippin'', is this to a V. She manipulates both Charles and Pippin to make sure her 'darling' son Lewis is next in line to the throne. Of course, she's manipulating Pippin for other reasons..."Sometimes I wonder if the fornicating I'm getting is worth the fornicating I'm getting."-Charles
* Adelheid von Walldorf in Creator/JohannWolfgangVonGoethe's ''Theatre/GoetzVonBerlichingen''. She uses her beauty to enamour and manipulate the Knight Adelbert von Weislingen; then, when he has outlived his usefulness, has him murdered.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil examples:
** The Black Widow in ''Theatre/{{Mystere}}'' tries to corrupt the Archangel who performs the aerial cube act.
** Two of the Mutants in ''Theatre/{{Zarkana}}'', Kundalini and Tarantula, aim to lure the hero away from his quest to reunite with his sweetheart. They are both MixAndMatchCritters -- one a snake(s) woman, another a spider woman.
** The pole dancer who performs to "Dangerous" (see Music above) in ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTheIMMORTALWorldTour''.
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'''s Jenova is a bizarre example. A mimetic creature from space (similar to the creature from ''Film/TheThing1982''), it crash-landed on the planet and morphed into the vague form of a woman. Jenova apparently uses its shapeshifting abilities to trick its prey - in this case, the lost civilization of the Cetra, which it destroyed. Following this, Jenova was [[SealedEvilInACan locked up for thousands of years]] before being excavated by a hapless science team, lead by a researcher who mistakenly identified her as a Cetra. Jenova's knight is Sephiroth, a solider infused with "her" cells who believes she is his mother, making him the rightful heir to the Cetra. Irony abounds.
* ''ShinMegamiTenseiI'' has Yuriko, who has the general look and mannerisms down, but [[spoiler: quickly revealing her MurderTheHypotenuse tendencies kinda killed her effectiveness]]. Really doesn't help that she's [[spoiler: actually [[BiblicalBadGuy Lilith]] and thus hit with a severe case of NoCampaignForTheWicked.]]
* The ''[=SiN=]'' series features Vamp]][=/=][[TheBaroness Baroness]] combo Elexis Sinclaire.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear:''
** The series features a [[GenderFlip male]] character codenamed Vamp, who fits aspects of this trope. His codename is derived not from his taste for drinking blood, but from his bisexuality, playing off of an older use of the term. The sexual aspects were downplayed in-game, compared to the original trailer, but it was conclusively stated that he is not, in fact, a vampire. Twice.
*** Vamp is a subversion. Vamp had a boyfriend in the form of Scott Dolph before said boyfriend was killed in the tanker incident. Although it's never outright stated that his relationship wasn't for some sort of underlying, self-centered motive, nothing about it ever gave him any kind of gain. His boyfriend was his best friend's ''father,'' on top of it, which could've conceivably risked damaging that friendship, so the only possible reason for him to have the relationship was out of genuine care for Dolph. It's played straight in ''Guns of the Patriots,'' however, as he's ''really'' friendly with [[spoiler:Naomi,]] and she ''does'' have something of value he wants: [[spoiler:his own death.]]
** From ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', [[spoiler:there's EVA]], to some extent, though you don't find out 'til the ending. However, she's a subversion of this trope, as it's revealed that she genuinely did love Big Boss, and even joined him in [[spoiler:overthrowing the faction of The Patriots lead by Major Zero, Para-Medic, and Sigint after the organization was split in two, thanks to a falling out between Big Boss and Major Zero, part of which was caused by Zero cloning Big Boss and creating Big Boss' "sons". Moreover, EVA volunteered to be the surrogate mother of Solid and Liquid, all because of her love for Big Boss, and even though Solid Snake was a clone, she still saw him as a son.]]
** ImageSong of [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Mistral]]]] [[LampshadeHanging mentioned this.]]
-->[[spoiler:So don't let me become the one you love, 'cause I'll just take your blood and use you up,]]
* From the third ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'', there's [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]], who manipulated at least 3 men using [[BitchInSheepsClothing her innocent facade]].
* ''TraumaCenter: Under the Knife 2'' has Reina, who attempts to get Derek to join her company, [[spoiler:steals his Healing Touch]], and finally [[spoiler:carries the final Neo-GUILT.]]
* You can play one in the VideoGame/NeverwinterNights mod ''ADanceWithRogues''. There are a surprising number of quests in which having sex with enemies is a shortcut to let you kill them more easily, or, in the case of the Dhorn Generals' Heads quest in the first chapter, the only path to getting to kill them.
* Also possible in Fallout New Vegas, a female protagonist is able to seduce Benny and bypass the security. From there she can either sleep with him and kill him, or just kill him as soon as they enter the room.
* Morinth from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Her modus operandi is seducing people, then killing them via her genetic defect that causes [[DeathBySex brain overload during sex]]. Interestingly, [[spoiler:she's a recruitable character]].
* [[MsFanservice I]][[EvilIsSexy -No]] from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''.
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', Chalis is a spy who specializes in charming kings out of national secrets (and into trouble) with "a rare beauty not often seen in Angara". She also tries to tempt Matthew into cooperating, and he [[ButThouMust literally can't turn her down]]. Her ambiguous motive still make the fans argued that she is this trope or FemmeFatale.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' this is currently the view given of Lucrezia.
* Amelia Sturtz in ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' used her looks to get men close enough to her to hypnotize them through eye contact.
* Sabine from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a [[HornyDevils succubus]] in [[LadyInRed red leather]]. In a bit of a subversion, her vamping doesn't work on the GenreSavvy [[TheHero Roy Greenhilt]] the time she tried it on him, and most of it is directed at her boss, Nale. It didn't work on [[LesYay Miko]], either.
* ''Webcomic/TheFoxSister'': The Kumiho uses the attractiveness of her human form to bait men.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2342 Seymour accuses Monique of being this.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', Mistertique is both a parody of the cliché and a male example.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', several female players, such as Katherine Marks, Clemence, and Chi Masumi, have used their looks to try to seduce male opponents and catch them off guard or get protection/help from them. Usually, they try to kill the male once they're vulnerable. [[spoiler:This has just about never worked, James Coombs, Naoji Hideyoshi, and Aaron Redfield being the only actual victims of this tactic so far.]] Non-player females sometimes try to do something similar to charm males into helping them, but this has become rare by v3.
* [[WhateleyUniverse Vamp's MO.]] May or may not continue now that she's [[spoiler: going to Whateley.]]
* The SpoonyExperiment recently did a Counter Monkey episode on how frequently this trope is employed in tabletop roleplaying games. As mentioned above, DungeonsAndDragons has a character class for it and more than one monster is built on this concept, most commonly the succubus.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Martian Queen from ''DuckDodgers'' tries. The hero's [[TooDumbToFool too stupid to fall for it]]. ([[DependingOntheWriter In some episodes]], she's a DefrostingIceQueen who's genuinely in love with Dodgers, but he's ''still'' too stupid to notice.)
* Subverted in one of ''SaturdayNightLive'''s "Ambiguously Gay Duo" cartoon shorts. An alien queen plans to use her feminine wiles to distract Ace and Gary, but Dr. Bighead replies, "I, uh, don't think that'll work on those two." Which it didn't. They have very strong moral constitutions, obviously.
* It doesn't seem to be intentional with Azula in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. She sounds like that talking to...well, ''everyone'', including her own [[BrotherSisterIncest brother]]... but when she actually tried to seduce someone, it fails dismally.
* Venus in ''TheTick'' is a G-rated example, played for comedy. She can channel her "feminine wiles" into a form of actual mind control.
* Blackarachnia of ''TransformersAnimated'' wavered between this and FemmeFatale. Even if she was redeemed, it would be very hard for anyone (besides Optimus, the sap) to trust her. Which is odd, because while she's fairly sexy by human body shape standards, she's also techno-organic--and most Transformers are repulsed by anything organic. However, many of the Autobots find her very attractive and only Blitzwing and [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]] react with anything approaching disgust. [[spoiler:The latter even tries to ''kill her'', despite the fact that she was once his best friend.]]
* Hollie Would from ''CoolWorld''. Kind of like the evil blonde version of [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Jessica Rabbit.]]
* Sedusa of the ''PowerpuffGirls''
* Darla Dimple from ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'', despite being just a child.
* Lolita and Tanqueray from ''BeavisAndButthead''
* [[ThoseWackyNazis Hatta Mari]] from ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Plane Daffy]]''.
* Queen Chrysalis in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' plays this trope quite well.
** Considering she's essentially a G-Rated Succubus, it's not too surprising.
* In the American WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}} cartoon, Morrigan fits the bill. She only seuces men and fellow monsters) to gobble them up, and works with Pyron.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', there was Josephine Clench (also a DarkActionGirl) who once formed half of an OutlawCouple with her husband Zeke; she was so rotten that Zeke divorced her and got a restraining order against her. They called a truce to collect the bounty on Jack (at which point her skills at seduction worked very well on the Samurai) but Josephine double-crossed Zeke in the end (which leads you to believe that may have caused the divorce in the first place). Ironically, this is what helped Jack defeat ''her'' as well.
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[[folder:Other]]
* Roodaka from ''{{Bionicle}}'' is a quintessential example.
* Love and/or refugee camp [[FourOneNineScam Internet scams]] are often using this kind of character.
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