So you've got this character, usually female, always sexy. She might be the DarkMistress, she might be the hero's girlfriend, a FemmeFatale, but who she is in relation to the story isn't really that important. The point is, she's hot. And hot chicks can do one thing really well. Seduce people and ensnare them in a HoneyTrap.

When a hero resorts to this kind of tactic, their situation is getting pretty desperate. After all, MyGirlIsNotASlut. Not to mention the fact that having a villain be able to gloat about how they "did your girl" is something with major potential to be obnoxious. Oftentimes the hero doesn't resort to it at all -- the LoveInterest does, realizing that it would be very helpful in this particular situation but that there's no way he would feel comfortable asking her to do it.

Villains aren't usually bothered this kind of exploitation. As long as the seduction is for the sake of the greater evil, they can overlook the minor detail that this is technically adultery, because they're evil. In this case it will often backfire and cause his DarkMistress to [[SexFaceTurn feel sympathy]] ([[InLoveWithTheMark or love!]]) for the hero when he's supposed to be her enemy. This rarely happens the other way around.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the manga version of ''HeatGuyJ'', [[DarkChick Trinity]] designs a buxom, [[{{Fanservice}} scantily-clad]] robot girl to go seduce and strangle Clair's biggest (and ugliest) rival. (This does not happen in the anime version; Trinity does not exist, and Clair sent a tanker truck full of napalm to that rival instead of a sexy girl, human or otherwise.)
* In ''RurouniKenshin'', the villain sends a woman to seduce Kenshin and find out his weakness. She goes along with it because Kenshin killed her fiancee. She falls in love with him, and the bad guys kidnap her to lead Kenshin to them.

* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''[[ All The Way]]'' [[InvertedTrope presents a rare case of this happening the other way around (a heroic character is sent to seduce a villainous one)]]. [[GoodIsNotNice Mello]] demands that [[{{Rule63}} Fem!Matt]] become a HoneyTrap for [[BigBad Kira]] (all the while being an inconsiderate [[{{Jerkass}} jerk]] to her). So when [[AffablyEvil Light Yagami is a perfect gentleman]] and treats her like a goddess, it's all too easy for Fem!Matt when it's time to betray one of them [[BecomingTheMask that she chooses]] [[InLoveWithTheMark to side with Kira.]]

* ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''. A particularly agonizing example. Ethan Hunt recruits Nyah without knowing her true purpose, and promptly beds and falls in love with her. Only to find that Anthony Hopkin's ultra-pragmatic mission controller wants Nyah to seduce Ethan's archenemy (and Nyah's ex-boyfriend) Ambrose. Needless to say, Ethan is not happy.
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989). Vicki Vale does this to the Joker while he's forcing her to dance with him. She saw Batman nearby and wanted to distract the Joker and give Batman a chance to attack him. It works (she's played by Kim Basinger, it should).
* ''[[ The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything]]'' (1981). Bonnie Lee Beaumont acts seductively toward Wesley Reins to trick him into a situation where he can be interrogated.
* ''AustinPowers: The Spy Who Shagged Me''. Happens twice: Ivana Humpalot is sent to seduce Austin, but does a HeelFaceTurn. Later Felicity Shagwell has sex with Fat Bastard in the line of duty.
-->'''Austin''': How could you do it?
-->'''Felicity''': I was just doing my job.
-->'''Austin''': No, I mean, literally; how could you ''do'' it? The man's so fat, the sheer mechanics of it are mind-boggling.
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles''. Hedley Lamarr sends Lili von Shtupp to seduce and abandon the Sheriff of Rock Ridge. She does a HeelFaceTurn too.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. White She Devil is sent by Mr. Feather to seduce the title hero. It works for a while as she helps brainwash him. But when the good guys rescue and deprogram him, she reveals that she's fallen for him for real and performs a HeelFaceTurn to stay on the same side.
** Strangely, she then immediately switches to Smart Brother, likely seeing that Undercover Brother is already taken.
* Dr. Elsa Schneider in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. She seduces both Drs. Jones at the Nazis' orders.
* Eve in ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' was supposed to seduce Thornhill for the explicit purpose of leading him to his death in a cornfield. It doesn't work.
* In another Creator/AlfredHitchcock example, Devlin in ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' orders Alicia Huberman to sleep with the Nazi expatriate Alexander Sebastian. Alicia complies, and he berates her for it. Interestingly, when Devlin's superiors demonstrate the same {{hypocrisy}} toward Alicia that he has, Devlin defends her.
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'': Initially Jenny is seduced by Neville, but later (when she realizes he's up to something) pretends to still be more interested in him than she really is.
* A textbook procedure against Film/JamesBond. You'd think they'd learn.
* In ''Film/DeadMenDontWearPlaid'', when the hero is captured, the lady apparently defects to the BigBad, by saying she could be many things to him, including a word she uses in German. The hero asks him what that was, and the BigBad says she said she could even be his "Cleaning Woman". This is the good guy's BerserkButton that when he hears it that allows him to defeat the Big Bad.
* In ''Film/ThePrestige'' Angier sends Olivia over to seduce Borden and steal his secrets; unfortunately for him she is so angered by this that she really ''does'' side with Borden and the two double cross Angier.
* The 2009 ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' movie (with Creator/RobertDowneyJr) has Irene Adler, a seductive FemmeFatale and old rival to Holmes, who is paid by Professor Moriarty to try to snag, among other things, Holmes' heart. It's arguable whether she succeeds, or indeed whether she's succeeded previously; it's also strongly hinted by Moriarty himself that this is more of a case of GoSeduceMyArchNemesis [[DatingCatwoman Who You're Kind Of In Love With Already]], [[ShameIfSomethingHappened Or I'll Kill Him If You Don't]].
* In ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter'', a character resentful of the protagonist sends his wife to distract him with a romantic dinner and sex, and the plan was that afterward he and his gang would kill the protagonist while he had his guard down.

* The title character of the sixteenth century Japanese story ''Akimichi'' sends his wife to seduce the man who [[YouKilledMyFather killed his father]].
* This occurs a few times in PiersAnthony's ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series. When you're [[{{Satan}} the Incarnation of Evil]] and have hordes of HornyDevils at your command, what do you have to lose by trying this? ([[HighHeelFaceTurn Quite a lot, as it turns out.]])

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Jack sends Kenneth to seduce his gay archnemesis, Devin, and keep him from a meeting. It almost works.
* A gender-reversed version occurs in comedy series ''Series/{{Campus}}'' where Vice-Chancellor de Wolfe sends womanising lecturer Matt Beer to seduce his nemesis Georgina Bryan. Unusually there's no trap at the end - the VC is just hoping she'll mellow a bit after the event and not cut his university to pieces.
* In ''GossipGirl'', Blair gets Chuck to seduce Vanessa (though not sleep with her) in order to humiliate her. Later, Chuck [[spoiler: swaps Blair to his EvilUncle to get his hotel back]] - she thinks it's her decision. However, he subtly manipulated her into it, so she didn't find out until later that he'd [[KickTheDog organised the whole deal]].
* In ''Series/ICarly'', Freddie begs to help Sam seduce Shane, so that he has a better shot with Carly, their best friend, who is also trying to seduce Shane.
* ''Series/MadMen'':
** Pete more or less asks his wife to do, um, whatever she would need to do with an old ex-boyfriend to get him to publish Pete's short story in a reputable magazine (Pete being jealous of a coworker who has a story in the ''Atlantic''). She goes to see the guy, but turns him down when he asks her out (relegating Pete's story to ''Boy's Life'', alas) and calls Pete out on it when she gets home.
** In a later episode, Don is the only one in the office who knows Sal is gay and is grudgingly keeping it a secret. A major client, DepravedBisexual Lee Garner, Jr., comes on to Sal and has to be rebuffed. He then refuses to work with Sal, losing him his job, and when Sal tells Don what happened, Don is unsympathetic. Sal asks if Don means he should have just done whatever Garner wanted, and Don doesn't say no. Sal [[PutOnABus stays fired]].
* [[BiTheWay Gaia]] tries this on behalf of Lucretia in ''Series/SpartacusGodsOfTheArena'', saying she's aware that Lucretia would never ask. [[spoiler: Doesn't work out so well, as Tullius concludes the encounter by [[DeathBySex bashing her head]] in with a wig stand.]]
* Step One: Watch ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', and drink whenever Captain Kirk finds himself in a situation where Sexy Sideways Smile #6 is his only weapon. Step Two: rush to the hospital with alcohol poisoning.
* In ''TwinPeaks'', Josie Packard is sent from Thomas Eckhardt to be the wife of his arch rival, Andrew Packard. Somewhat similarly, she was also playing both sides against each other when Ben Horne and Catherine Martell were rivals.
* In the third season of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', Carol demands that Andrea do this with the Governor, then kill him in his sleep.

* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[EvilTwin Nale]] switches places with [[IdiotHero Elan]]. He takes it on himself to seduce Haley, in order to "coax her into wearing a dress with clear access to her sternum".
* Played for laughs in ''{{Cheer}}'' when Tamara Cass (AlphaBitch) sends her boyfriend to seduce GeniusDitz Joanna Star.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* From ''[[DNAKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv)]]'' Light tells Takada what to do in case she's ever kidnapped:
-->'''Light:''' Listen, if you're ever abducted by a mysterious and kind of hot stranger in black leather and he takes you into a truck in the middle of nowhere and he looks like this, I want you to ''totally'' seduce him and tell me ''everything.'' Because that would be so hot.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* When Disney/{{Aladdin}} tries to recover the lamp from Jafar, Jasmine sees him and promptly starts acting seductively toward Jafar, who she had only rebuffed a moment ago, as a diversion. She even gives him a ShutUpKiss at a critical moment when the clanging of the lamp alerts Jafar to Aladdin's presence, but this only succeeds in causing Aladdin to stare at her in shock.
** This is based on the original story but there Aladdin explicitly tells the princess to pretend to be in love with the sorcerer, rather than just letting her know he's in the palace and acting as shocked as everyone else when she seduces his arch nemesis.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the Monarch sends Doctor Girlfriend to do this against Doctor Venture as part of an elaborate scheme to turn him into some sort of caterpillar. This example explores the "don't you care about her having sex with another man?" angle rather bizarrely- The Monarch ''watches'' the seduction with a [[LiteralSurveillanceBug bug]] and starts masturbating to it until one of his henchmen walk into the room.
** Which didn't stop him from having a Villain BSOD once Dr. Girlfriend began to ''sympathize'' with Rusty.
*** Though it's mentioned in another episode that The Monarch watching Dr. Mrs. The Monarch have sex with other men is a relatively common occurence. Apparently they're into cuckolding.
*** Even more hilarious, this apparently stopped because where the Monarch originally thought it was hot, he started to feel really ''pathetic''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal 2'', [[ActionGirl Julie]] herself actually goes and seduces Tyler to get close enough for the kill. She succeeds in delivering what should have been a mortal blow. Unfortunately, she doesn't know that Tyler has ResurrectiveImmortality.
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Hades uses Meg to find out Hercules' weakness.
-->'''Hades''': Perhaps I haven't been throwing the ''right'' curves at him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Lana Lang decides to take the initiative and attempts this on Lex Luthor despite Superman's protests.
* In ''ElArca'', Panty is sent by Dagnino to seduce Xiro.