'''Basic Trope''': A sexy, sultry, but morally ambiguous woman, common in detective novels.
* '''Straight''': HardboiledDetective Bob is solving a case, and one of the suspects is Alice, who is a [[TheTease flirty]], sultry beauty, and who may or may not be a HoneyTrap, working for the BigBad. No one knows for sure.
* '''Exaggerated''': ''All'' of the suspects are this.
* '''Downplayed''': Alice is a beautiful--but not paticularly sexy--woman. Where her loyalties lie is unknown.
* '''Justified''': Alice is a DoubleAgent, or even TheMole. It's best that she keeps herself mysterious, but that doesn't mean she can't use her… er… [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey assets to get her way.]]
* '''Inverted''':
** TheIngenue
** The FemmeFatale ''is'' [[HeroicSeductress the detective]].
** The prime suspect is a morally ambiguous {{Gonk}}.
* '''Gender Inverted''': Alice is solving a case, and one of suspects is TallDarkAndHandsome Bob.
* '''Subverted''':
** It turns out that Alice is TheVamp--[[OurVampiresAreDifferent literally!]] The beauty was a disguise. She's not as attractive as she seems…
** Alice 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.
** Alice is seductive and dresses to appeal… but she's soon shown to be anything but morally questionable, and presents Bob with evidence he needs for his case.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** …she's even hotter.
** …except for Bob of course!
** …but she turns out to be TheMole, and the evidence is completely false.
* '''Parodied''': Alice ''thinks'' she's this, but she's a {{Gonk}}.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Alice is sultry and seductive, but is the detective investigating a murder case, all the suspects are morally questionable and of both genders, but Alice is the actual murderer covering her tracks as the detective.
* '''Averted''': Alice isn't particularly sexy or morally ambiguous.
* '''Enforced''': "All good detective novels have a mysterious, sexy woman, so let's add one."
* '''Lampshaded''':
-->'''[[SexySecretary Claire:]]''' Bob, you have a new suspect to question.\\
''[[HelloNurse (Alice walks in,]] [[{{Sexophone}} and saxophone music begins to play)]]''\\
'''Bob:''' [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Saxophone music is]] [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn playing in my head.]] [[GenreSavvy Must be a]] FemmeFatale.
* '''Invoked''': Alice is working for the BigBad. He hired her specifically because she's hot.
* '''Exploited''': Alice is actually guilty and is relying on her charms to distract Bob.
* '''Defied''': Everyone expects Alice to use her wiles to dodge an accusation but she makes herself unattractive on purpose to defy expectations.
* '''Discussed''':
-->'''Claire:''' Be careful. Remember [[TheVamp Diana?]] She was just as gorgeous as Alice and--\\
'''Bob:''' [[NoodleIncident Don't remind me.]]
* '''Conversed''': "There's always a FemmeFatale 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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