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10:43:42 AM Jan 25th 2018
I'm kind of disappointed by the lack of Visual Novel examples. The thing that might be able to convince me to try a Visual Novel, is the idea of simulating being Seduced by one.
05:55:41 AM Jul 31st 2014
Is there are Spear Counterpart to this trope?
11:30:44 AM Jul 31st 2014
I don't think there is an exact male counterpart. Not all gender-specific trope have counterparts in the other gender.
02:33:02 PM Jul 11th 2012
There are no Music examples for either The Vamp or Femme Fatale. Plenty of songs involve either an artist singing about one (Maneater, Gypsy Woman by Hilary Duff ect...) or even more fun a Songstress bragging about being one (Ooops.. I Did It Again by Britney Spears, Dangerous by Madisen Hill ect...).
09:23:49 AM May 19th 2012
edited by captainpat
Ok this isn't good. More than half the examples on this page are zero context examples that do not explain why these characters are femme fatales or belong under The Vamp. They need contexts. Things about the character's attractiveness, personality actions, etc... belong on the examples. I'm moving them here and if anyone wants to re-add them then they do so with added contexts.

    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Batman is just packed with sexy ladies who can kick your ass.
    • Catwoman in the Batman comic books (and related media) is referred to, in her universe, as the 'Feline Fatale'.
    • Also, see Poison Ivy; extra emphasis on the "fatale" part.
    • Harley Quinn is sometimes referred to as the 'Funne Fatale'.
    • Talia, Ra's al Ghul's Beautiful Daughter, also qualifies.
  • Kriss of Valnor in the Thorgal comics
  • Black Cat from Spider-Man.
  • In the Thor comics, Karnilla the Norn Queen, who is in love with the pure and noble Asgardian, Balder the Brave.
    • Ditto the Enchantress.
    • Also, Hela. This is even lampshaded during a storyarc in X-Factor.
  • Looker of Batman and the Outsiders is a heroic example.
  • Mystique and Emma Frost in the X-Men books.
  • Moonstone (Karla Sofen) from the Thunderbolts and also as Ms. Marvel in Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers.



    Live Action TV 

  • The woman being sung about in "Mousetrap Heart" by Thirsty Merc.
    "Fatal smile I could see she's cunning"
  • Femme Fatale by The Velvet Underground and Nico.
  • Femme Fatale is the name of Britney Spears' seventh album.
  • Lana Del Rey's Kind Outta Luck.
  • The unnamed "Madame" from Music/Calexico's "Ballad of Cable Hogue": "I knew her love would be the death of me."
  • "If Tomorrow Came" by Kamelot is an example of this trope.

    Newspaper Comics 

  • Some of the more well-loved female lead roles are femme fatales, i.e. Violetta Valéry from La Traviata, Kundry from Parsifal, Musetta from La Bohème, and Carmen from Carmen.
    • Lulu. Queen of Night. Eboli. Abigaille.


  • Sophia Blake from Post Mortem.
  • Anna and Nina Williams from Tekken certainly qualify. Nina focuses on the fatale part while Anna is the more feminine and flirtatious of the two.
  • Rouge the Bat from the Sonic the Hedgehog games.
  • Played pretty literally in Banjo-Kazooie, seeing as the ONLY time you actually see Gruntilda as being sexy is when you get the GAME OVER.
  • In Resident Evil 5, Excella Gionne is an interesting subversion of this trope in terms of who she claims to help (Wesker) and, inevitably, how much power she holds over him. In the end, it's Wesker who betrays Excella and not the other way around, leaving her wailing, pitifully calling out Wesker's name. Of course, her Uroboros form is a gigantic squid thing that can only be taken down by a LASER SATELLITE, so she kinda makes up for that.
  • Katrina from the Quest for Glory series.
  • EVA from Metal Gear Solid 3.
  • Millenia from Grandia II. Complicated by the fact that she's the alter ego of virginal Distressed Damsel Elena. Neither of them get the guy.
  • Olivia Ofrenda from Grim Fandango
  • SoulCalibur's Ivy more or less fits this trope, using sex appeal in her costume and rather...dominating imagery in her moves. She starts out helping the Big Bad of the series in thanks for giving life to her weapon. She does go full-out good in her intentions later on...the costume and moves remain though.
    • She also subverts the trend brutally, because she's a Celibate Hero, for fear that having a child would give the Soul Edge another potential vessel. Considering that who her birth father is, well, said fears aren't that far from the truth.
  • Mona Sax from Max Payne IS this trope. Although love ends up causing her to team up with Max.
  • Neverwinter Nights mod The Bastard of Kosigan has Alex, with the modification that, by the time of The Reveal, she is most definitely evil.
  • Miranda Lawson from Mass Effect 2, referred to as such in the Collector's Edition Art Book.
  • Viktoria from the Thief series fits this to a tee, especially in the first game.
  • Viconia De'Vir from Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, especially 2. She is loyal, though.
  • Carlotta von Uberwald in Discworld Noir, who pastiches Brigid O'Shaughnessy, Carmen Sternwood, and Helen Grayle.
  • Midna in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess fits this mold. She later grows out of it as part of her Character Development.
  • Most likely justified due to her nature as a succubus, Morrigan Aensland is this trope in spades. Despite being relatively benevolent (she has shades of The Tease and Good Bad Girl), she's probably the closest one could get to being a heroic Vamp. By proxy, this makes her "younger sister" Lilith a Fille Fatale.
  • Mortal Kombat has a few. Mileena is the straightest example and overlaps with The Vamp, although the effect works better with the veil on and her personality is mixed with that of a Psychopathic Womanchild in Mortal Kombat 9. Kira has elements of this (for example, she sultrily struts up to the opponent during her Torso Rip Fatality and—if she loses a round—will rise back to her feet in a way that is more sensual than is necessary), but is more of a pure Dark Action Girl. Nitara is an interesting example in that while she has the sex appeal, she relies moreso on her brains to manipulate others. Another subversion comes in the form of Sareena; she definitely looks the part, but never acts upon it.
  • Fiora Cavazza (from the Assassin's Creed series), although she's leaning more of a Vamp; she has a lot more attributes than sex. Plus, a Vamp cannot be "corrupted". She eventually has a change of heart, and double crosses the Templars and helps the Assassins. Unfortunately, her life ends in the hands of Cesare Borgia when he catches her stealing the Apple.
  • Karen Parker of [PROTOTYPE], especially she's working for Blackwatch all along.
  • Trish of Devil May Cry is this until she undergoes a High-Heel–Face Turn.


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    Western Animation 

02:34:29 PM Jul 11th 2012
edited by MithrandirOlorin
Poison Ivy definitely belongs under The Vamp not here. But Catwoman should not have been removed, she is the standard Femme Fatale, hence an alternate name for her often being the Feline Fatale.

For some reason the majority of the Film Noir examples are under The Vamp now when they are the Codifier of this Trope.
07:25:06 AM Mar 3rd 2013
I'm still confused by what the difference between The Vamp and Femme Fatale here is (Separating them is entirely unique to T Vtropes, everywhere else their synonyms though The Vamp is rarer term nowadays, so every The Vamp listed here is described as a Femme Fatale somewhere but not necessarily the other way around).

Part of the description for The Vamp seems to imply it's that the Femme Fatale is more sympathetic. Though some Tropers seem to take Femme Fatale as being modeled directly after The Film Noir variety (Though it's really only Neo Noir Femme Fatales that are likely to fit all the exceptions of that).
02:00:24 AM Sep 19th 2010
I removed this example:
I just don't think it fits. Hedy is loyal and honest; too honest, as it happens. She might be a gold digger, but she's not a femme fatale.
08:39:06 AM May 13th 2010
so who is the actress in the picture?
08:18:47 PM Jun 6th 2010
And who is the guy? And the hidey-ho-hell is going on there?
10:16:39 AM Dec 1st 2010
That is Jennifer Connelly and Aaron Eckhart. It was a picture taken for a magazine-
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