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Playing With: Black Widow
Basic Trope: A female character whose primary goal is to seduce, marry and kill rich men so as to inherit their money.
  • Straight: Maud is unbelievably gorgeous and seductive but also greedy, amoral and manipulative. She often goes to bars and singles' clubs to seduce rich and successful men, marry them... and then kill them in cold blood by making them "have an accident".
  • Exaggerated:
    • Maud doesn't even care if the men she seduces are rich or married. If they fall for her, she will kill them and their whole family as well.
    • Maud has killed hundreds or even thousands of men this way.
  • Downplayed:
    • Gold Digger
    • Maud falsely accused her husband of neglect and abuse and managed to get a divorce and compensation, ruining him in the process.
  • Justified: Maud was actually always The Mistress of the men who fell for her, who promised her that they would leave their wives for her. After too many rounds of false promises, she decides that all men need to pay for what was done to her.
  • Inverted: Maud resurrects a dead man and marries him, so she can share her wealth with someone.
  • Gender-Inverted: The Bluebeard
  • Subverted: Maud's husband is nearly killed several times shortly after marrying her, but it's actually his business partner.
  • Double Subverted: However, Maud had seduced his business partner and convinced him they could run off with all of her husband's money if there was a tragic "accident".
  • Parodied:
    • She's obviously going to kill her husband, such as ordering hitmen in front of him, or measuring him for a coffin while they're in bed.
    • Maud tries to seduce her husband's rich friends at his funeral, maybe getting married the very next day.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Maud marries and kills men not for money, but for pleasure.
    • Maud is not a murderer.
  • Enforced: "Maud is supposedly good, right? Let's corrupt her to blur the line between good and evil."
  • Lampshaded: "You sure have been married many times for such a young woman, Maud..." "Oh, I guess I'm just unlucky."
  • Invoked: Maud got corrupted by greed and wanted all the money for herself, so she kills her husband.
  • Exploited: Maud's friend has a very wealthy and annoying neighbor, so she introduces him to Maud in the hope that Maud will fall for and kill him.
  • Defied: Bob broke up with Maud the moment he suspects her to be only dating him for his money.
  • Discussed: "Why does she keep changing husbands?"
  • Conversed: "I don't trust Maud one bit. She looks like a nice lady, but she's probably a murderer."
  • Implied: Maud is a millionaire despite never having had a job, and has been married 54 times.
  • Played For Laughs: Maud shamelessly shows off a photo album of her deceased husbands. All 113 of them.
  • Deconstructed: After two or three marriages, the police immediately catch on to the trend and imprison her.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Maud breaks out of prison and commits more murders for money.
    • She kills her husband in an accident that she ensures can't be traced back to her. She then avoids marriage for a few years until she moves to a new area, adopts a new identity, and tries again.

I do love you darling but I'll love you even more if you put me in your will...

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