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and Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me
both are based on the idea that enslaving a beautiful woman is exciting. It's about dominance and power being combined with sex which apparently turns some people on. To be strictly fair not all those people are male.
A girl who is born a slave and then grows up to become beautiful is instead about the contrast between her beauty and her circumstances. "A lily among the weeds," nevermind the Unfortunate Implications
that other slaves are all weeds, beauty is a measure of a woman's worth, and that it's okay to enslave men and plain or ugly women.
This trope has an obvious dark side. Many of these girls are So Beautiful, It's a Curse
, forced into wearing revealing clothing and often raped by their masters. Because of this, it's more likely to be the setup to a Rescue Romance
. There is also more likely to be emphasis on the girl's purity as well, and the idea that goodness and beauty can be found anywhere, not just in prosperity.
Far too common in Real Life
throughout millennia wherever chattel slavery existed.
Only beautiful slave girls that are born slaves or enslaved before puberty should be listed as examples. Post-puberty examples can go into Made a Slave
Anime and Manga
- Varinia in Spartacus.
- Almost all female Twi'leks in the Star Wars universe. Ironically, the most famous one, Oola of Return of the Jedi was (at least according to the Expanded Universe books) the daughter of a chieftain who was tricked into slavery at Jabba's palace after thinking she'd been hired to a prestigious engagement as a professional dancer and would be free to leave when she wanted.
- Even more ironically, the whole idea of the females being marketed as slaves was originally the Twi'leks' idea, and the females were in favor of it. They thought that if they did it long enough, they could earn enough money to start earning it a more honest way. Sadly, after several centuries, the plan hasn't seemed to work; more than likely, it's given them a bad reputation. In fact, a lot of male Twi'leks turn out to be crooks who run the slave trade, Bib Fortuna being one of the most notorious examples. Despite this females sometimes manage to become either Jedi or Sith.
- The worst part is that for most Twi'lek women life as a slave on other worlds is still better than any life they could have on their homeworld (the Twi'lek homeworld is not a nice place).
- Seen several times in Django Unchained. Candie owns at least three of these. Sheba is made to wear alluring attire, and is apparently something of a consort to Candie. She seems pretty happy with her role. Broomhilda, on the other hand, is openly made available to Candie's visitors to show his "hospitality", and is traumatized by it. He also owns a slave who's forced to wear a French Maid Outfit.
- The oldest known version of the "Cinderella" story features Rhodopis, a beautiful Greek slave living in Egypt, who ends up married to the Pharaoh.
- Achilles had one in The Iliad and his commander had her taken away. Achilles then spent days in his tent.
- Fabiola in The Forgotten Legion was born into slavery and then sold into a brothel. Her stunning looks catches the eyes of most men she meets. Her mother Velvinna also qualifies.
- All slave girls on Gor are beautiful. Slave Girls from Earth are considered especially desirable on Gor.
- Maeve of Victoria Hanley's The Healer's Keep. The B-plot of the book involves her escaping slavery to avoid becoming the Sex Slave to the Big Bad. And yes, Rescue Romance is involved.
- Haydee in The Count of Monte Cristo, who was enslaved as a child.
- Conan the Barbarian has rescued his share of these. Olivia from Iron Shadows in the Moon, for example, was an Ophirean princess sold by her parents for refusing to marry a prince of Koth, and eventually fell into the hands of the cruel Shah Amurath, who mistreated her horribly before she escaped the palace and was rescued by Conan after the Shah himself tracked her down.
- Grumio, the slave cook from the Cambridge Latin Course, has quite an eye for the slave-girls who apparently "please him" very much.
- In many live adaptations (mostly modern ones), Morgiana from Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is depicted as such.
- The only thing more common than beautiful Princesses on Barsoom is beautiful slave girls. The most notable of these is Tavia in A Fighting Man of Mars who rescues herself from concubinage to the Big Bad and spends the rest of the book rescuing and being rescued by the clueless hero.
- Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Made by HBO and set in ancient Rome, most of the female slaves are this trope. Batiatus and Lucretia are fond of having slaves act as fluffers before they get down to business with each other. Ilythia has her handmaiden "stimulate" her at one point. Mira is (repeatedly) sent to Spartacus to serve this purpose, and is implied to have unwillingly done so many times before, possible for most of the ludus. To his credit, he turns her down as she is there against her consent and they later become consenting lovers. Naevia is an interesting example as Lucretia protects her virginity, but only so that she will be worth more later.
- The Orion slave girls from Star Trek, though it's debated as to who's really in control.
- Babylon 5: The first season introduces Adira Tyree, a Centauri dancer and Love Interest to Londo who is actually a slave to a man named Trakis, who is using her to get close to Londo to get ahold of his Purple Files.
- The titular character of Aida, an Ethiopian slave brought to Egypt and forced to work for the princess. Unfortunately, the guy the princess likes falls for Aida instead.
- In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, one mission involves acquiring a slave girl to become the bride of an aristocrat. However, only an attractive slave will do, so the PC is tasked with using an aphrodisiac known as Telvanni Bug Musk on her to make her irresistible. Naturally, she likes her new role in life better than her old one (being raised in a slave pen), but one must still wonder what happened afterwards...
- Dialogue after the marriage indicates he knows fully well what you did and approves of your cunning. It's implied that she finds him a better catch than anything she could have gotten otherwise and that he's just happy she's willing.
- "Fancy Girls" were usually attractive women who were specifically groomed and sold as sex slaves or house maids during slavery in the U.S.
- Emperor Nero had a mistress one while he was married to Octavia; after divorcing her, Nero married the slave girl.