Always V Sexy

Valerie. Vera. Vanessa. Veronica. Violet. Vivian. Verbena. Velma. Virginia. Victor.

Something about the V's serve to make names sexier. They're also fairly unusual, which is probably part of it. As a result, a woman with a V name in a work is often a hint that she's supposed to be the alluring one. Betty and Veronica have those names for a reason. Bonus points if the first and last name of the character both start with V.

Usually female, but not necessarily; names like Victor, Vincent, Vernon, Vergil, Vladimir or Valentine can come off as this as well.

Avoid real life examples unless it's a stage name or otherwise invokes this trope; someone good looking happening to have a name starting with V isn't good enough.


Anime and Manga
  • One Piece:
    • Violet, a dancer from Dressrosa that seduces Sanji. Idem her real name: Viola.
    • As revealed in the Totland arc, Although Vinsmoke Sanji dropped his family name, he nonetheless definitely applies. As do his siblings, Vinsmoke Reiju and Vinsmoke Yonji, who are also very attractive.
  • Victor Nikiforov of Yuri!!! on Ice is considered sex on skates both in-universe and out.



  • Harry Potter:
    • Played with in regards to Viktor Krum. He's an international Quidditch player, which makes all the girls at Hogwarts swoon over him, but he's also described as not especially attractive, and spends a good deal of time in the library.
    • Vincent Crabbe is a definite aversion because he is obese and ugly.
    • There is a fair chance that Fleur and Bill's daughter Victoire is this, considering that her mother is said to be extremely attractive, her father implied to be handsome, and she is 1/8 Veela (and Veela are known for their otherworldly beauty... and their species name also starts with V).
    • The Big Bad, who was quite a looker when he went by Tom Riddle, inverted this trope by adopting the name "Voldemort" around the same time as he discovered that evil makes you ugly and monstrous.
  • Vittoria Vetra from Dan Brown's Angels & Demons. The sexy Italian yoga master.
  • Vesper Lynd from Casino Royale, as mentioned above.
  • Conan the Barbarian gives us the pirate queen Valeria.
  • Vanessa in the Diogenes Club stories. Lampshaded in "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." where she goes undercover as Vanessa Vail, and the Pleasant Green Centre turns this into "vivacious Veevee".
  • Victor Tuglebend/Marachino, the handsome leading man in Moving Pictures.
  • Vivian Regan in The Big Sleep.
  • In the first Bridget Jones book, Bridget lived in an apartment block with a very gorgeous woman named Vanessa.
  • Vanessa from the Fablehaven series is described in universe as "smoking-hot."
  • Vicky from Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson was very attractive and popular when she was alive.
  • Vida in Richard Brautigan's The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966, who is described as the World's Most Beautiful Woman.
  • In The Millennium Trilogy, one of Mimmi's other girlfriends is nicknamed "Double V". Little else is mentioned about her, but it's implied that she's more conventionally attractive and sexually aggressive than Salander, and thus Lizbeth avoids her.
  • In She, H. Rider Haggard compares Leo Vincey to a Greek god.

Live-Action TV
  • In an episode of Better Off Ted, the boss attempts to blackmail one Phil into signing a waiver using her best sultry act.
    Veronica: "Ooh. I like the way you say my name. Veronica... Ooh. I like the way I say it too"
    Phil: "I could listen to you say your name all day"
    Veronica: "So could I!"
  • On a season of The Bachelor, the winner was a woman named Vienna. Let's just say she didn't win because of her social graces.
  • Vincent from Beauty and the Beast may not be the handsomest — but he makes Catherine's heart go pitter-patter. And quite a bit of the audience as well.
  • Vyvyan on The Young Ones is a strange, mainly fan-reaction example. He is a crude, spotty, violent, antagonistic Quincy Punk — in other words, a character blatantly not intended to be sexy. Nevertheless, a great number of the show’s female fans consider him to be the hottest of the four lads, thus also buying him a pair of leather pants. Being played by the Comic Strip’s resident Bishōnen, Adrian Edmondson, may have something to do with it as well.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Veruca manages to entrance every male member of the Scooby Gang, even the ones who are not a werewolf.
  • Power Rangers:
  • Victoria Metcalfe, the dangerous bank robber who was also alluring and seductive to Constable Fraser and nearly ruined and killed him on Due South
  • Vicki from The Vampire Diaries
  • The titular character from Veronica Mars. Although to some this feels more like an Informed Attractiveness, everyone in-universe appeared to find her sexy.
  • Will from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was quite taken with Valerie in Grumpy Old Men.
  • Valerie Malone from Beverly Hills 90210
  • Vala Mal Doran from Stargate SG-1.

  • Tower of God: Jyu Viole Grace, Twentyfifth Baam's new identity.

  • The Ur-Example may come from Classical Mythology, whose resident Love Goddess was called Venus (in Rome, at least — her original Greek name was Aphrodite).
  • One name for the Lady of the Lake in Arthurian legend is Viviane. Obviously she isn't really "sexy" in a traditional sense (in most interpretations anyway), but is mysterious and powerful, and the name adds to that.
    • Merlin's apprentice is also sometimes referred to as Vivaine or Nivian, and she's a rather more sexualized figure.


Video Games

Web Comics
  • Veronica Reed from Questionable Content is a kink model under the name Veronica Vance.
  • Valerie from Sluggy Freelance is certainly drawn to look fairly sexy, and is Torg's first real love interest. And she's a vampire to boot.
  • Furry Experience: Vikki, a vixen, is shown to be the sexy one out the the girls usually shown, and has had the most revealing outfit to date.

Web Original
  • Vanessa, codename Vox, of the Whateley Universe. Girlfriend of Phase, and regarded as one of the hot freshman girls at Superhero School Whateley Academy. To top it off, she's a Siren.

Western Animation
  • Found in Vanessa from Phineas and Ferb, of all places.
  • Chef's succubus girlfriend Veronica from South Park.
  • Archer had movie star Veronica Deane, whom nearly all of them men in the core group found irresistible (even Ray thought she was a knockout).

Real Life
  • Veronica Varlow of Emilie Autumn's backup band. She's also known as The Naughty Veronica; she used to be a pinup model and a burlesque actress.
  • The name "Vanessa" was coined by Jonathan Swift (of Gulliver's Travels fame) to refer to his longtime lover, Esther Vanhomrigh. Trope Maker?
  • Not a person, but the Victoria's Secret lingerie company certainly.
  • Sultry 1940s actress Veronica Lake, who was a popular pin-up girl. Her birth name was Constance Frances Marie Ockelman.
  • Actress Victoria Vetri was sexy and beautiful. You're most likely to remember her from Rosemary's Baby, where she played Terry, using her stage name Angela Dorian. Rosemary says "I thought you were Victoria Vetri" as an in-joke and she responds "A lot of people think I'm Victoria". (In the book, Rosemary thinks she is Anna Maria Alberghetti).
  • A "venus" (named after the aforementioned Love Goddess) is an artistic portrayal of a beautiful nude woman. For example, the Venus de Milo.
  • Controversial pickup artist and antifeminist Daryush Valizadeh goes by the nickname "Roosh V." As a pickup artist, seduction is kind of his gimmick, but it's unclear if he chose that nickname in an attempt to invoke this trope.