Hot Gypsy Woman
Romani have long had an ambiguous status in Western societies and popular culture: alien enough to serve as a convenient Other, but geographically near at hand. As a result they have tended to be both vilified and exoticized, and while the Gypsy Curse is a byproduct of the former, the Hot Gypsy Woman is an example of the latter. The Hot Gypsy Woman has fairly standardized features. She has olive skin, raven-black hair which she wears loose, a low-waisted long skirt with a slit up the side, a low-cut midriff-baring blouse, bare feet and plenty of jewellery. She also tends to have a fiery personality and to be overt in her sexuality, making her an Ethical Slut. (In Real Life, Romani culture expects women to hide their body shapes and to be sexually demure.) This trope is Older Than Steam and tends to be mostly encountered in stories set in the early modern era. While Romani characters are seen as traditional in Europe, in North America almost the same archetype is used with a different ethnic origin as the Spicy Latina.
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- Mejai from Le Scorpion by Desberg and Marini, pictured above.
- Played with in Gypsy, from the same authors: The hero is a Gypsy, whose sister looks nothing like the standard Hot Gypsy Woman, but the evil Dark Action Girl looks a lot like Mejai (despite being Arabic).
- Hermine from De cape et de crocs
- A fantasy counterpart Hot Gypsy Woman gets a crush on Lanfeust.
- The twin sisters Angelina and Leane from Gitans Des Mers by Duval and Bonifay.
- The Scarlet Witch in the George Perez designed costume from the late 1990s run of The Avengers. It looked like a stereotypical Gypsy dancing girl outfit. Supposedly it was to 'honour her Gypsy heritage', but it was really just pure Fanservice, especially as she could not have been wearing underwear beneath it.
- Also in the Marvel Universe, Lilia, witch-queen of the Gypsies.
- The aptly-named Gypsy from the infamous Detroit era of the Justice League of America.
- Doctor Doom's mother, Cynthia Von Doom, based on flashbacks.
- A Hotter and Sexier version of "Jack and The Beanstalk" not only has one as the trader for the cow after having sex with him, but Translation Convention "from the Old Saxon" makes her read like a stereotypical high-pitched Mexican girl. The Animated Adaptation in Once Upon A Girl does almost exactly the same thing except slow her speech down to a seductive purr.
- Madrigal in Zita The Spacegirl (books 2 and 3) is a G-rated version, a badass space-circus owner and performer.
- The two Gypsy girls who fight over a lover in From Russia with Love. The situation is dissolved with James Bond's charm.
- Sabina from Gadjo Dilo, a film by Tony Gatlif.
- Rita Hayworth in The Loves of Carmen, the 1948 adaptation of the classic opera.
- Esmeralda from Disney's version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- Kari Wuhrer plays one in Thinner.
- Marlene Dietrich is this in Golden Earrings.
- Anna, the Gypsy princess of Van Helsing.
- Rada in Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven. She wouldn't look out of place in a Bollywood musical, and so looks rather out of place among the rest of the cast.
- Simza, played by Noomi Rapace, in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
- Angelina Lemke from Stephen King's Thinner. (To prove that, look up and see who plays her in The Movie.)
- Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, who is probably the Trope Codifier.
- She is possibly a subversion, as although she fits the appearance, in the book she is quite innocent and a virgin, rather than fiery and worldly. Furthermore, she was raised by Gypsies, but not one by birth.
- Sangarre in Michel Strogoff by Jules Verne:
Near him, the Gypsy Sangarre, a thirty-year-old woman, dusky of skin, tall, statuesque, with magnificent eyes and gilded hair, stood in a superb posture... Gypsy women are generally attractive, and more than one prominent Russian landlord, who profess to emulate the British in eccentricity, hasn't hesitated to pick his wife among their number.
- "Makar Chudra", a short story by Maxim Gorky, is essentially about the ill-fated romance between the proud and fierce Hot Gypsy Woman Radda and the proud and charming gypsy man Loyko Zobar.
- Near miss: Although both hot and a gypsy, Jenny Calendar from Buffy the Vampire Slayer probably doesn't count, as she was only revealed to be of gypsy extraction after about a season, and was portrayed merely as a Hot Teacher.
- However even before The Reveal, Jenny is portrayed as an Uptight Loves Wild Love Interest to Stuffy Brit Giles — thus hitting the magical (she's a "techno-pagan") exotic temptress points of this trope.
- Though we don't see her (until a flash back in Angel), the gypsy that Angelus tortured and ate most certainly counts as all we know about her is that she was beautiful, a Romani, dumb, and her death was enough of an insult for her clan to curse Angelus with his soul and the remnants to dedicate their lives to maintaining said curse.
- Edmund Blackadder's autobiography is, shall we say, slightly embellished with this trope.
It's a steaming rollercoaster of a novel, crammed with sizzling gypsies!
- The IMF employed hot gypsy acrobat Crystal Walker in the Mission: Impossible two-parter "Old Man Out". Crystal staged a prolonged Cat Fight with Cinnamon Carter as distraction.
- In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Catalina Caper, Tom Servo has a crush on the ethnically-ambiguous "Creepy Girl", and sings to her:
Oh, what are you, Creepy Girl? Are you French, or Italian, or one of those swarthy Gypsy types? heh heh.
- In an episode of Bonanza Little Joe rescues and falls for an young gypsy girl who is believed to be a witch by her people due to strange events happening around her. It turns out to be hoax perpetrated by her spurned lover who Little Joe is forced to kill. She is proven innocent and goes back to her family, which is probably the best way for Joe to fall victim to the Cartwright Curse.
- Copper has Lola, one of the prostitutes employed by Eva. Lola claims that her passionate nature in bed is a result of gypsy blood.
- Peaky Blinders: The Shelby family is part-Roma and have many contacts among the Roma community. So it's not a huge surprise that when John Shelby is widowed and requires a bride, his older brother Tommy selects Esme Lee, a member of the Roma Lee clan, to be his brother's wife. Although John is pissed at first, he perks up when Esme proves to be really hot and really passionate in bed. In a (realistic) subversion, her clothing isn't particularly sexy, though.
- The song "Bohémienne aux yeux noirs" by Tino Rossi:
"Bohemian with big dark eyesYour dusk-colored hairAnd the sheen of your brown skinAre prettier than the moonlightBohemian with big dark eyesI shivered with tender hopeI would like you to be mine"
- The song "Gypsy Woman" by Hilary Duff:
"She can swallow knives, she can swallow livesGolden black stare, but the night of your demiseTry to run away with the gypsy womanGood today but gone for goodCan't get away with the gypsy woman"
- Don Williams "I Recall A Gypsy Woman":
"I recall a gypsy womanSilver spangles in her eyesIvory skin against the moonlightAnd the taste of life's sweet wine"
- The Impressions' song "Gypsy Woman" (later covered by Santana):
"From nowhere through a caravanAround the campfire lightA lovely woman in motionWith hair as dark as nightHer eyes were like thatOf a cat in the darkThey hypnotize me with loveShe was a gypsy woman"
- Cher's "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves." I was born in the wagon of a traveling show..."
- Also "Dark Lady" Danced to her gypsy music till her brew was done....
- "My Maria" (originally by B.W. Stevenson, Covered Up by Brooks & Dunn): "Gypsy lady, you're a miracle worker for me."
- Played for Laughs in the Benny Hill song "Rachel".
- Shakira has a song called "Gypsy". Yes, it's a Spicy Latina singing about how she's a Hot Gypsy Woman.
"I'm a gypsyBut are you coming with meI might steal your clothes and wear them if they fit meI never made agreements just like a gypsyAnd I won't back down 'cause life's already hurt meAnd I won't cryI'm too young to dieIf you're gonna quit me"
- Bob Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee"
- Tim Buckley's "Gypsy Woman":
"Mama, every time you turn around the fire.Mama, keep me in between the devil and the sky.And every time you look my way,Mama how you hypnotize."
- A Rare Male Example is the male protagonist of the Scottish border ballad "The Raggle Taggle Gypsies," who seduces a lord's wife and persuades her to run away with him.
"What care I for my house and my land,What care I for my money, oh?I'd rather have a kiss from the yellow Gypsy's lips,I'm away with the raggle taggle gypsies, oh!"
- The gypsy "queen" from Tommy, described in "The Hawker (Eyesight To The Blind)" and fleshed out in "Acid Queen". She combines this trope with elements of the Snake Oil Salesman, using acid (and, according to some interpretations, sex) to "cure" the underaged protagonist of his blindness and deafness.
"I'm the gypsy, the Acid Queen,Pay before we start!I'm the gypsy, I'm guaranteedTo tear your soul apart!"
- "La Paternera" by Gino D'Auri tells the tale of an exotic gypsy singer who bring misfortune to her lovers.
- "Beautiful Gypsy," a Gershwin song that was cut from the 1927 musical Rosalie.
- GLOW's Little Egypt.
- Zerbinette in Moliere's Les Fourberies de Scapin.
- The title character of the opera Carmen by Bizet, based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée.
- The title character of the opera La Zingara by Donizetti.
- The Soviet Union had founded an entire theatre specifically for performances involving Russian Gypsy musicians and artists and about the life of Russian Gypsies generally. But while the female performers◊ are a living embodiment◊ of this trope, they are far way from their real, nomadic brethren, even more visible◊ when they're together.
- Though Il trovatore has no named characters of this type, the "Anvil Chorus" sings the praises of "la zingarella."
- Anything Goes originally had Hope compare herself to one in "The Gypsy In Me," though revivals remove the song or reassign it to Sir Evelyn.
- In Quest for Glory IV, when you visit the gypsy camp after freeing Davy from being burned at the stake, you meet one of these who dances with you, and Davy later says that she is his mate.
- Rouge from Power Stone.
- Dahna from Grandia III.
- Rose from Street Fighter, of sorts.
- Tethys from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is basically a played straight example of this trope, with a little implied Hooker with a Heart of Gold thrown in, and her skin isn't all that dark.
- Jean from Lunar: Eternal Blue.
- The Dragon Quest series has three: Maya & Meena in Dragon Quest IV and Aira in Dragon Quest VII. Maya and Meena each have a profession that fits gypsy stereotypes as well: Maya's a dancer, and Meena's a fortune teller.
- Zafina from Tekken.
- In Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Ezio can hire groups of these women to distract guards.