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Playing With: Femme Fatale
Basic Trope: A sexy, sultry, but morally ambiguous woman, common in detective novels.
  • Straight: Bob is solving a case, and one of the suspects is Anna, who is a flirty, sultry beauty, and who may or may not be a Honey Trap, working for the Big Bad. No one knows for sure.
  • Exaggerated: ALL of the suspects are this.
  • Downplayed: Anna is a beautiful, but not sexy, woman. Where her loyalties lie is unknown.
  • Justified: Anna is a Double Agent, or even The Mole. It's best that she keeps herself mysterious, but that doesn't mean she can't use her... Erm...Talents to get her way.
  • Inverted:
    • The Femme Fatale is the detective.
    • The prime suspect is a morally ambiguous Gonk.
  • Gender Inverted: Alice is solving a case, and one of suspects is Tall, Dark and Handsome Benjamin.
  • Subverted:
    • It turns out that Anna is The VampLiterally! The beauty was a disguise. She's not as attractive as she seems...
    • Anna is seductive and dresses in sultry garb but she makes it clear from the get-go that anything horizontal with her is out of the question.
  • Double Subverted: ...She's even hotter.
  • Parodied: Anna thinks she's this, but she's a Gonk.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Anna isn't particularly beautiful or morally ambiguous.
  • Enforced: "All good detective novels have a mysterious, sexy woman, so let's add one."
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: Anna is working for the Big Bad. He hired her specifically because she's hot.
  • Exploited: Anna is actually guilty and is relying on her charms to distract Bob.
  • Defied: Everyone expects Anna to use her wiles to dodge an accusation but she makes herself unattractive on purpose to defy expectations.
  • Discussed:
    Claire: Be careful. Remember Benita? She was just as gorgeous as Anna and—
    Bob: Don't remind me.
  • Conversed: "There's always a Femme Fatale character in these detective shows. ...Yep, here's one now."
  • Deconstructed: The femme fatale's seductive demeanor and advances on the main character are more off-putting than effective, and they're the first thing that makes him suspect she's not as innocent as she's letting on.

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