Villainesses Want Heroes
"Sure, women like me swoon for a hero, but that's only because deep down, we think we can change them."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. However, this trope can sometimes result in a Sex Face Turn... 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 renounce her evil ways to woo the hero.
— Sabine, The Order of the Stick
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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.
- Gender-inverted in Codename: Sailor V (of which Sailor Moon is a spin-off): in the end it's revealed that the Big Bad Danburite AKA Ace is in love with Sailor V since their previous lives. Even the eventual failure of this is unusual: she does fall for him, but everything he did was to get Minako to fully awaken as Sailor Venus and make her realize she'd always choose duty over everything by having her kill him.
- 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 Kill! 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.
- In some circumstances villainesses wants heroines as well. While it's exact nature is to be discussed, Kyoko, the closest person Puella Magi Madoka Magica had for a villain at the time, definitely had a thing for female Knight in Shining Armor wannabe Sayaka, and the latter's heroism and Honor Before Reason tendencies seemed to play a big part in it.
- Superman has several examples:
- 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.
- The Queen of Fables is so delusional that she believes Superman is Prince Charming, and wants to make him her husband.
- There was also Maxima who initially butted heads with Supes when he declined her offer of marriage. Eventually, she learned to take "No" for an answer and became an ally.
- 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 in some sense, by the way, but mythological gods have never been exactly picky about that sort of thing.
- The Enchantress' younger sister Lorelei also wanted a piece of thunder god, and once used magic to seduce and rape him. These days, she's lost interest, and gone for a different hero, Sigurd The Ever-Glorious, Asgard's oldest hero, and a bit of a Jerkass. If Amora is to believed this attraction is mutual making Sigurd a Ladykiller in Love, yes, that kind of jerkass.
- 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. Except Harley Quinn, for obvious reasons.
- Talia Al Ghul takes the cake, on one instance trying to utterly destroy Batman, kill his "family" and ruin everything he'd ever worked for... because he wasn't paying attention to her.
- 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.
- Emma Frost, AKA: The White Queen, to Cyclops in X-Men - though she hadn't been quite as evil for a while when it happened.
- Plastique to Captain Atom. They even briefly married.
- 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.
- Which is nothing compared to the writers who portray Shego as wanting Kim.
- In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Splash Woman muses that while she could destroy Mega Man, part of her would love to have him to herself and under her control.
- The evil stepsisters in Cinderella are willing to mutilate themselves to trick the prince into marriage.
- In Pintosmalto, a queen who attends the wedding feast manages to trick him into letting her abduct him.
- In The Daughter of the Skies, the daughter captures the hero when the heroine breaks her husband's prohibition three times.
- In East of the Sun and West of the Moon, failing the Curse Escape Clause puts the hero in the power of the witch who cursed him.
Films — Animated
- 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.
Films — Live-Action
- 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. The seduction part is played straighter in regards to Data, our favourite fully functional android.
- This is the plot of She.
- 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.
- 300: Rise of an Empire: After Artemisia's Persian generals fail to live up to her demands, she takes an interest in her Athenian opposite Themistocles. She summons Themistocles to her command ship (temporarily shored in neutral waters) to seduce him, prompting a very violent sex scene. He refuses with a simple "No" afterwards.
- 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 Wardstone Chronicles, 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 (and usually didn't live to regret it for very long). 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.
- Lanfear's interest in Rand al'Thor in The Wheel of Time is almost a textbook example of this trope, even down to the We Can Rule Together. She never technically kidnaps him but she certainly does everything she can to make him dependent on her (and, to her credit, she really does save his life more than once).
- Gender Inverted in The Phantom of the Opera, where the titular Big Bad is in love with heroine Christine.
- Gender Inverted in The Adventures of Superman episode "The Bully of Dry Gulch". The Villain of the Week finds Lois Lane attractive.
- Adrianne Margeaux of Knight Rider, a recurring villainess who really wanted a piece of Michael after their first encounter. She even plants a Forceful Kiss once she's got him imprisoned.
- Smallville: Maxima, as well as Tess Mercer.
- Princess Ardala of Draconia for Buck Rogers, sometimes.
- Nadira to Lucas, the Blue Ranger, in Power Rangers Time Force. By the next season she's reformed and he reciprocates.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Mirror Kira wants Mirror Sisko, regular Sisko, regular Kira, and pretty much everyone else she can intimidate with her sexuality.
- Elementary: Moriarty. Also a case of Dating Catwoman.
- Supernatural: Meg falls in love with Castiel during Seasons 7 & 8.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Xander is a "demon magnet", as Willow puts it. Gender Inverted with Spike and Buffy in Season 5.
- Tron Bonne of Megaman Legends begins developing a crush on Mega Man, and tries time and time again to coax him to her side. However, she has just as much fun acting as his foil.
- Mass Effect: Aria T'Loak backstory reveals that this was the case when she dated Nyreen, who "oozes virtue" according to Aria. The relationship failed when they both realised that they couldn't make Dating Catwoman work without changing the other. Likewise implied with a subtle undercurrent of Belligerent Sexual Tension in conversations between Aria and Paragon Shepard.
- In Kingdoms Of Amalur Reckoning, in the House of Ballads quest line, the Maid of Windemere kidnaps King Wencen of the Summer Court to be her lover, leading to him having to be saved by his queen in the tellings of the ballad before the arrival of the Fateless One.
- In The Legend of Zelda spin-off Hyrule Warriors, Cia causes havoc because she's in love with Link and wants Zelda out of the picture to have him all to herself.
- 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.If the Hero says he is willing to betray his cause and accept my offer of ruling the world at my side, he will only be believed once that betrayal results in his cause's total destruction, at which point his demonstration of total lack of principle should lead to his immediate execution.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.
- Inverted in "Atopthe Fourth Wall", where heroic champion of the universe Linkara has a crush on Harley Quinn, a comic book villainess.
- Played straight by The Nostalgia Chick, who is a Stalker with a Crush for Todd in the Shadows. Word of God is that she and The Nostalgia Critic are also essentially an Official Couple.
- 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...
Lobo: I'm here to get that fraggin', scum-suckin, rat-scratchin' De'Cine. And nobody better stop me!Maxima: Yeahoooo!
- Though he was brainwashed at the time, Lashina not only had a thing for Superman, it's pretty heavily implied they had sex.
- However, she soon forgot all about Superman when she meets another man to her liking...
- 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.
- Aladdin: The Series:
- There's a 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 to give up her pursuit of T-Bone.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender Ty Lee hits on Sokka almost every time they share the screen together. Of course, she's not really that much of a villain, but she's Azula's sidekick and usually hits on him while they're fighting.
- In ReBoot Hexadecimal sometimes had a crush on Bob, depending on which mask she had on at the time. After she's turned into a sprite she comes to realize she loves him entirely and ends up sacrificing herself to save the entire net from Daemon's infection, for no reason other than for his sake.
- In Young Justice, Cheshire flirts with Red Arrow's clone. They eventually get married and have a daughter.
- Subverted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012). Karai flirts with Leo on screen, but they become enemies after Leo and his brothers try to kill the Shredder, her father.