Duel of Seduction
A Sister Trope
to Ladykiller in Love
, this is what happens when The Casanova
and the Femme Fatale
(Or some similar character archetypes
) are both trying to seduce each other for their own purposes at the same time. Most of the time, there is no sincere romance between the two, each one is strategically putting the moves on the other
, trying to seduce them to join their side
, give them information, or obtain the MacGuffin
for them. As such, this is often one of the Espionage Tropes
. Often, a Duel of Seduction ends in a Sex–Face Turn
. In the mean time, it's a good opportunity for copious Fanservice
There is a bit of a Double Standard
with this trope. Because a woman with a lot of sexual experience and drive is a lot less socially accepted
than a man with the same, more often than not the seducer
is on the side of good, and the seductress
on the side of evil. The seducer is more likely to convert the seductress to his side
in the end, and she often loses much of her power and appeal in the process because Good Is Dumb
Live Action Television
- The Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Enterprise Incident." The seductress is a Romulan Commander Worthy Opponent, and oddly enough, the seducer is not Kirk, but rather Spock.
- Gossip Girl - Chuck and Blair, nearly all the time. Subverted as they do in fact actually love each other but are just incapable of admitting it to each other and are/were in fact, the most popular pairing on the show. Blair is also not portrayed negatively or evilly.
- In Firefly, a good one between Inara and Saffron. Both recognize what is going on.
Inara: I guess we've done enough lying.
Saffron: You're good.
Inara: You're amazing, who are you?
Saffron: Malcolm Reynolds's widow.
- Annie Walker and Simon Fischer for several episodes of Covert Affairs.
- Played for Laughs in an episode of Chuck. Spy couple Chuck and Sarah are both trying to seduce each other. Over their wedding plans. Hilarity Ensues when they both realize what the other is up to. And it gives five minutes of Sarah in a belly dancer outfit.
- Dangerous Liaisons
- Frank Herbert's Heretics of Dune. Murbella tries to use an Honored Matre technique to seduce and mind control Duncan Idaho's ghola, but his secret Tleilaxu conditioning allows him to seduce and condition her instead.
- They actually manage to condition each other.
- In The Demon Princes final volume, Alice Wroke is under orders from the villain to seduce the hero. He, being several steps ahead of the game, obligingly plays along. Although he doesn't sleep with her.
- Implied to have happened in two of the Lord Darcy stories. In one, a female spy zaps Lord Darcy with an infatuation spell. Darcy realizes what happened, and spends the night letting her get false information out of him.
- In the Wings Quartet, Tamani seduces Yuki, a spy for troll hunter Klea, in order to get her to give information on Klea's whereabouts. It is revealed that Yuki is a faerie and knew that Tamani was one as well. However, she did eventually develop real feelings for him.
- Elsabeth Soesten is hired to recover incriminating documents from Lord Cuncz, the Baron of Leyen. She decides the best means of gaining access to them is to seduce the Baron. And then she learns Cuncz was the one who hired her in the first place, and that he was seducing her by letting her think she was seducing him (and her own plan was built on pretending to fall for his seduction attempt). It didn't even have anything to do with his own plans; he did it entirely because he wanted to bed her.
- In the urbanfantasy Red Room series, succubus Shannon O'Reilly and seduction-trained agent Derek Hawthorne use their formidable skills on each other to get an advantage while being forced to team up. They fall in love instead.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- An ancient in-game joke: Once Upon a Time a young lad and a young lass, wizards' apprentices. They decided to exchange some magics. Both cheated and cast Charm Person to ease the bargain, and both failed their saving throws horribly. They lived Happily Ever After and even died the same day.
- One source describes two very unlikely lovers, the agathinon Janarr and the erinyes Nalura hiding out in mortal disguise on the Prime. They sort of just did their jobs too well — she tried to seduce him, he tried to turn her attitude up to celestial standards. Before they knew whom exactly they faced, both succeeded. They had to hide from their respective bosses from that point on, though.
- This is one of the many, many ways Maids can compete for Master's love in Maid RPG. They can do this with each other as the target of seduction.
- Knights of the Old Republic plays the hell out of this one in the trial scene on Manaan. It starts as a straight up version of this, then gets interesting.
- An interesting version (with Psychic Powers) turns up as Samara's loyalty mission in Mass Effect 2. Shepard is required to catch the attention of Samara's daughter, Morinth, who kills people by sleeping with them. This requires three steps: first draw her attention by making a scene in her favorite bar (punch people, stare down a krogan, dance really well), then pique her interest in conversation, and then she takes Shep back to her apartment and tries to turn her telepathic abilities against the commander, who tries to resist through sheer virtue and/or badassery. It's possible to blow either the second part (in which case she walks out and you fail the mission) or the third ( she draws Shep under her spell and is about to strike when Samara blows the door in). Oh, and Morinth is an asari, so Shepards of either gender can participate.