Snakes Are Sexy

"It is as if I have draped myself in a penis!"
Jane, Nobody Scores!

Simply put, there is something about snakes that inspires our worst fears and greatest dreams. Maybe it's their graceful way of moving, their cool, dispassionate gaze, the smoothness of their scales. Maybe it's the fangs, the way they flick their tongues, or the way they wrap tightly around you in a kind of slinky hug. Maybe it's the fact that they're inherently dangerous, even if they can't actually hurt you.

Whatever the reason, in any situation not emphasizing Reptiles Are Abhorrent, snakes are used as a symbol of Evil Is Sexy.

Depending on the Mythology you reference, the Lamia or Naga are pretty much the epitome of this. The Lamia is often described as a creature with the body of a snake, and the head, arms, and torso of a human, and are rarely depicted as anything other than incredibly attractive, if not naturally malevolent. The Naga also fits the former's description, but is otherwise depicted as having the entire body of a snake, with the head taking on a human-like face.note  Often they are shape-shifters, capable of taking a human or serpentine form. The Western interpretation of Naga is where you get the sexy snakes.

See also Feather Boa Constrictor, for snakes worn draped over the shoulders, which often overlaps with this trope.


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    Fan Works 
  • The mutie biker Harley from the Dredd fanfic Highway Don't Care is described as curvaceous and attractive - despite her scales, slit-pupilled eyes and unhinging jaw. Her partner, Indian, has a helpless crush on her. She doesn't like being described as a snake, threatening to cold-cock anyone who describes her as such.

  • The Lair of the White Worm. The sexy Big Bad Lady Marsh (Amanda Donohoe) acts in a snakelike manner (including dancing and swaying to music), can change into a partially snake-like form and has a giant snake as her deity.
  • Thulsa Doom, the Big Bad from the Conan the Barbarian (1982) movie. He turns into a snake during the orgy, one assumes for some fun.
  • In the film of Cole Porter's Musical Can-Can, in the "Adam and Eve" ballet, the Snake in the Garden of Eden is played as a very sexy woman.
  • Salma Hayek's snake dance in From Dusk Till Dawn.
  • Zhora in Blade Runner is working as an exotic dancer using a robot snake as a prop.
  • Medusa from Clash of the Titans remake is half-woman, half-snake, all sexy.
  • Who can forget Viper from Kung Fu Panda? And voiced by Lucy Liu no less!
  • Green Snake is about two shapeshifting snakes who, in human form, look like beautiful maidens. One of them is played by Maggie Cheung.
  • The Nollywood "Snake Girl" saga. The actress plays a cobra/human shapeshifter, and she is sexy, scary and verrrry snakish (even without any SFX) at the same time.

  • In the Chronicles of Narnia novel The Silver Chair, the Emerald Witch transforms into a poisonous serpent.
  • In Making Money Moist thinks that his girlfriend can sashay in a way that could put snakes to shame.
  • Salmissra, Queen of the Snake People in the Belgariad.
  • Crowley. Oh my God, Crowley.
  • A variation in the Xanth novels is the Python of Mount Parnassus, an immense snake capable of swallowing live humans whole (with ease), who also has the ability to control any woman through the power of sexiness... which makes no sense, but hey, it's Xanth.
  • Also from Piers Anthony, one minor character in the Incarnations of Immortality series is a dancer named Pythia, whose act involves dancing suggestively with a snake before letting it swallow her whole (she makes sure to use an ointment that'll keep her from being digested or suffocated).
  • A Merritt's novel The Face in the Abyss has Ananda the Snake Mother, a beautiful silver-haired naga with pearly, heart-shaped scales.
  • In Keats' Lamia poem, Lamia is a beautiful snake, being a "rainbow" of lovely colors. When she turns into a woman, she becomes The Vamp.

    Live Action TV 

  • Most obviously, explicitly Freudian example ever: Here Comes The Snake by Cherry Poppin' Daddies.
    Here comes the snake and he circles your leg.
    He's come to play and make your body parts shake.
  • The music video Engel by Rammstein has a dancer who uses a snake as a prop.
  • Monster Magnet has a song called Snake Dance on one of their earlier albums, Spine of God.
  • The Lamia from The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • The Snake in the Chinese zodiac is associated with sexuality, to the point where calling a woman 'a snake' in China is a compliment.
    • "Madame White Snake" is also one of the best known folk tales in China, a fantasy tale revolving around a young scholar who marries an incredibly beautiful woman named "Madame White", only to find out that she and her maidservant are snakes in human form. See the other wiki article here for more details.
  • Early versions of the tale of Melusine revealed her to be a Naga. Later versions changed this to a mermaid.
  • In Indian mythologies, the Naga (the snake people) were described as extremely beautiful, both male and female, in their human forms.

  • Bally's Mata Hari pinball prominently features the sexy spy on the backglass and art, with several snakes lurking around the edges.
  • Viper takes this Up to Eleven, with a menacing robotic serpent and a naked chrome Fembot on the backglass.

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    Western Animation 
  • The "Whacking Day" episode of The Simpsons, which deconstructs the Reptiles Are Abhorrent trope, has guest star Barry White invoking this trope in the animals' defense.
    Bart: You like snakes, don't you, Mr. White?
    Barry White: I love the sexy slither of a lady snake. Oooooooh baby.

  • There's an entire fetish related to Disney's Kaa hypnotizing Mowgli and either eating him or... whatever.
  • Any Cute Monster Girl or Gorgeous Gorgon take on Snake People is, naturally, playing up this trope.
  • The painting Lilith, by John Collier, depicting a beautiful nude woman wrapped suggestively in a pair of snakes.

    Real Life 
  • Some Belly Dancers use snakes as props during their shows. There's one pictured above for example.
    • Though they should be careful at that, or else the trope would be quite squickilly subverted. What do you think happens to somebody who gets swung around too much? Exactly, they get sick.
  • The undulating motion of a snake itself can be rather sexy—think of all those dances where women basically do the same thing (but standing).
  • In some languages, the word for "snake" or "serpent" can be a euphemism for penis.