What business doth an Asgardian enchantress have providing assistance to a simple mortal terrorist? The opportunity to have Thor
The Evil Empress wants a consort for her domain. Unfortunately, none of her male subjects is quite up to her standards. So what does she do? Kidnap the hero, of course.
Once he sees how hot she is
, and how they can rule together
, he'll fall into her arms.
Unfortunately for the villainess, this never seems to work out. Occasionally, the hero will be forced to play along temporarily, but in the end, he will always escape the villainess' clutches and leave her all alone and lonely...until the next time she manages to finagle him into her arms.
The villainess in question is often The Vamp
and/or Daddy's Little Villain
. If the villainess is more interested in having a male Sex Slave
rather than a consort, the next step is always a Gender Flip
of I Have You Now, My Pretty
A Sub Trope
of Villainous Crush
A Sister Trope
to Dating Catwoman
(if the hero actually returns her affections), All Amazons Want Hercules
, Single Woman Seeks Good Man
, and I Love You Because I Can't Control You
Compare Heroes Want Redheads
Contrast with Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter
, since the Villain is unwilling to revoke her evil ways to woo the hero.
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Anime and Manga
- Poor, poor Mamoru Chiba. It served as a Running Gag throughout the series, but started with Queen Beryl.
- While Slan of the Godhand in Berserk is probably incapable of feeling real love (being a God of Evil and all), she does want to make Guts her personal sex-toy.
- Both Middler and Mariah express interest in the heroes (Jotaro and Joseph, respectively) in part 3 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Both JoJos try to use this to their advantage (with much embarrassment in Jotaro's case), but to no avail — As Mariah points out, there's no point in turning traitor for the handsome hero when the villain you work for is Dio Brando.
- Esdese from Akame Ga Kiru is a particularly interesting example, as her love for Takumi is quite genuine. It also counts as Love at First Sight.
- From Anpanman, Dokinchan, Baikinman's second-in-command, has a (very large and very obvious) crush on Shokupanman, one of the members of the breadheaded superhero team. He's a bit too conceited to notice her crush, though he treats her with a level of kindness that he doesn't show any of the other villains...besides Dokinchan's little sister, Kokinchan, who ALSO has a crush on Shokupanman (though hers is a bit more of a childish one, and she's treated as less of a villain by most of the cast).
- In D. Gray-Man, Road, the Noah of Dreams, has a 'thing' for Allen Walker...though pretty much everyone does. However, this infatuation seems to be a source of Character Development for her, as she becomes nicer to Allen...though only to him.
- Maxima to Superman.
- Also, there's the supervillainess Dana Dearden, who goes by aliases "Obsession", "Superwoman", and "Mrs. Superman".
- In most depictions, Lashina of the Female Furies lusts after Superman.
- Enchantress to Thor, Depending on the Writer.
- There's also Hela, Norse goddess of death, who is either this or a Stalker with a Test Tube, Depending on the Writer. She's also Thor's adoptive brother's daughter, by the way, but mythological gods have never been exactly picky about that sort of thing.
- The Enchantress' younger sister Lorelei also wants a piece of thunder god, and once used magic to seduce and rape him.
- Umar to the Incredible Hulk.
- Depending on the continuity, all the Femme Fatales of Gotham want Batman... or they want him dead if he won't be their boy toy.
- Evil queens of mysterious kingdoms in hidden valleys really have a thing for The Phantom.
- Cupid really, ''really'' likes Green Arrow.
- Aaron Stack, aka Machine Man, learned that his old enemy Sunset Baine, aka Madame Menace, has something of a crush on him. He was rather taken aback by the discovery.
- In iFight Crime With Victorious Valerie, Freddie's old girlfriend from Season 1 of iCarly, throws her lot in with Neville so that she can restart (via mind control) her relationship with Freddie.
- You wouldn't believe how many writers portray Shego wanting Ron.
- In Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg Queen wanted Picard to willingly submit to the Borg and be her..."consort"? Not technically romance, but the Borg Queen seems to sexualize her role, so it might apply.
- The seduction part is played straighter in regards to our favorite fully functional android.
- This is the plot of She.
- In the "Den" segment of Heavy Metal, the evil queen really wants to get it on with the eponymous hero. And then they actually do get it on.
- Medusa, the main villain in the last 3 Ninjas movie, offers to spare Dave Dragon if he agrees to be her "boy toy". His rejecting the offer pretty much makes her act less like this the rest of the film.
- The Seven Realms Series plays it straight with Han Alistar and Fiona Bayar. The Bayar family is a corrupt family of Wizards that has it out for Han, since Han accidentally wound up stealing a powerful magical artifact from them. Han is also a Chick Magnet of epic proportions whose good looks almost never go unnoticed by a female member of the cast. So, naturally, Fiona Bayar gets the hots for him and even attempts to seduce him by saying they can rule together.
- Tarzan was hotly pursued by his Jungle Princess Evil Counterpart Queen La, who would not take no for an answer.
- In The Last Apprentice, witches seem to really like spooks, even though a major part of a spook's job is hunting witches. Both Tom and his master, Mr. Gregory, have at least one witch who fell in love with them.
- Older than Dirt: This trope goes back to The Epic of Gilgamesh. The capricious goddess Inanna (Ishtar) wants to hook up with the hero, Gilgamesh, because he's exceptionally comely. But he wants no part of it because, as he points out with brutal candor, every single guy she's ever spent time with lived to regret it. Result? Goddess rage.
- His reason for rejecting her is entirely different in the oldest Sumerian version, where his Mother tells him that a relationship with her will make him Soft.
- Howl's Moving Castle: The Witch of the Waste's love interest is the wizard Howl, who tries to escape from her in fear.
Live Action TV
- In the original version of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the villainous Arachne had a thing for Peter and wished to seduce him away from Mary Jane. When Julie Taymor was fired and the musical was rewritten in order to save it, the subplot was cut as Arachne was Demoted to Extra.
- The Other in Girl Genius.
- Used in a minor way in The Order Of The Stick. Fairly early, Elan gets kidnapped by bandits who, as it turned out, were acting on the orders of the beautiful Bandit Queen. I guess that 18 Charisma wasn't just for show after all... (Well, it is, obviously, but... you know what I mean.) Somewhat unusual in that Elan actually goes along with it until his UST-target shows up and complains, at which point he defends himself by claiming that seducing the beautiful villainess is part of his solemn duty as a Bard.
- Sabine mentions this trope in a comedic inversion of All Girls Want Bad Boys from this strip.
- There's also the situation between Durkon and Hilgya. Deconstructed in that while she was attracted to him, and he eventually returned the favor, she was still married, and the Lawful Good Durkon could not be involved in a relationship with someone who was married to someone else
- The Guidelines for Evil Empresses have a lot to say about this.
I will not bed the Hunky Hero before my plan is executed, unless having him believe I am carrying his child gives me a decisive advantage.
I will not be put off by the Hero's rebuffs of my sensual advances. If he doesn't succumb to me, I will not fly into a jealous rage. Instead, I'll shrug my shoulders, send him on his way, and have him picked off as he exits the fortress.
I, and my elite guards, will never assume that we have managed to confiscate all weapons or escape aids from the captured Hero. "Interrogations" in my private chambers will only be conducted if the Hero is completely nude. This will, in fact, satisfy a number of objectives at once.
However insatiable my appetites are, it is virtually guaranteed that at least one of my millions of subjects is both far more gifted at satisfying them and far more loyal to me than the Hero who seeks my destruction, no matter his reputation with the ladies.
If the Hero has an evil twin, the twin will probably make a far more suitable Love-Happy Stooge.
- Like the comic book example above, Maxima is this to Superman in Superman The Animated Series.
- However, she soon forgot all about Superman when she meets another man to her liking...
I'm here to get that fraggin', scum-suckin, rat-scratchin' De'Cine. And nobody better stop me!
- Though he was brainwashed at the time, Lashina not only had a thing for Superman, it's pretty heavily implied they had sex.
- Queen La plays the same role in Disney's animated series The Legend Of Tarzan as she did in the original source material.
- Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command had this with Gravatina.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars features Miraj Scintel, the Queen of Separatist-aligned Zygerria, taking a liking to Anakin Skywalker posing as a smuggler to free many recently abducted slaves from her clutches, and, subsequently, after his ruse is discovered, takes Obi-Wan, Ahsoka and Rex as captive slaves, but promises to release them if he would become her lover and stay with her, believing she can control him. Unfortunately, Count Dooku doesn't approve...
- Played as high school drama in Teen Titans when Kitten, Killer Moth's Bratty Teenage Daughter, wants Robin to take her to the prom.
- Subverted. She just wanted to use Robin to make her real boyfriend jealous.
- Blackfire flirts pretty heavily with Robin in her first appearance, but this seems less to be actual interest and more just her screwing with her sister Starfire's (Robin's canon Love Interest) head. In her second appearance, she pretty much ignores Robin entirely.
- This trope is played entirely straight in regards to Jinx and Kid Flash though.
- Actually, it's completely inverted. Kid Flash is definitely the active pursuer in the relationship, with him trying to coax Jinx into turning over a new leaf.
- Queen Tyr'ahnee of the Martians and Duck Dodgers.
- The eponymous character of Jimmy Two-Shoes is lusted after by Heloise, an Enfant Terrible Mad Scientist. Of course, sometimes she drifts into Anti-Hero territory, she's still happily working for Satan. Currently, Jimmy has no clue.
- The Disney's Aladdin TV series had as recuring villain a witch named Sadira, whose main goal was to steal Aladdin from Jasmine, though she gave up on it in her third appearance and befriended Jasmine.
- There was also Saleen, an evil mermaid who attempted the same thing. Though in one episode she turned Aladdin into a shark, which seems sort of counterproductive to this trope.
- Both Black Cuervo and her mother Voltura have this for El Tigre and his father, White Pantera. A good way to get Voltura riled is to point out that was Pantera who broke up with her; "As if I could forget!"
- In Justice League episode "Alive", Giganta develops a sympathy for Wally West.
- In The Princess And The Pea, Hildegard (the Royal Brat princess) wants to marry Rollo, although the only reason she wants to marry him is because he's the prince of a very rich kingdom.
- In an episode of SWAT Kats, a villainess air-pirate named Turmoil, would develop a crush on the hero T-bone. She would capture and ask T-Bone to join her crew. T-bone would take advantage of her hospitality, planting bombs throughout the ship bringing it down. At the end of the episode, Turmoil, while in prison, promises not go give up her pursuit of T-Bone.
- In ReBoot Hexadecimal sometimes had a crush on Bob, depending on which mask she had on at the time.