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Born in Breda, at age fourteen her mother died and her father went bankrupt. She went to an all girls' school and after a still-unclarified incident with her teacher[[note]]Either she seduced him or he seduced her[[/note]] she was suspended from school. After leaving school she fell in love with a military colonial, Rudolf [=MacLeod=] who worked in Indonesia, then a Dutch colony. In 1895 they married and moved to Indonesia, which allowed her to receive financial stability and notability among rich [[GoodLookingPrivates military officers, whom she fancied more than other men]]. Their son and daughter were born in this country, but the son died due to poisoning. Her husband blamed her for not keeping a better eye on the boy and when they moved back to the Netherlands they divorced.

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Born in Breda, Leeuwarden, at age fourteen her mother died and her father went bankrupt. She went to an all girls' school and after a still-unclarified incident with her teacher[[note]]Either she seduced him or he seduced her[[/note]] she was suspended from school. After leaving school she fell in love with a military colonial, Rudolf [=MacLeod=] who worked in Indonesia, then a Dutch colony. In 1895 they married and moved to Indonesia, which allowed her to receive financial stability and notability among rich [[GoodLookingPrivates military officers, whom she fancied more than other men]]. Their son and daughter were born in this country, but the son died due to poisoning. Her husband blamed her for not keeping a better eye on the boy and when they moved back to the Netherlands they divorced.

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* While she doesn't appear in the flesh, Claudia Jerusalem from ''VisualNovel/DiesIrae Interview with Kaziklu Bey'' really looks up to Mata Hari and is in general a huge fan of hers.


* In an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' Richard attempts to use a spell to cleanse his karma, but it somehow ends up imbuing Phoebe with Mata Hari's leftover karma - making Phoebe think she is the famous spy.

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* In an episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' Richard attempts to use a spell to cleanse his karma, but it somehow ends up imbuing Phoebe with Mata Hari's leftover karma - making Phoebe think she is the famous spy.


After her death Mata Hari became a legend. [[AdaptationOverdosed Several books, novels, comics, cartoons and films have been devoted to her]], many depicting her as a FemmeFataleSpy far more [[HistoricalBeautyUpgrade beautiful]], intelligent, and seductive than she actually was in Real Life. Her tragic love life and self-created Indonesian origin story have also been subject to a lot of romanticization and FanService fantasies. She is one of the most iconic sex symbols of the 20th century and has been portrayed on screen by Creator/GretaGarbo, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Creator/JeanneMoreau and Sylvia Kristel. Despite all that, her importance (not to mention competence) as a spy was greatly exaggerated. For a more successful RealLife example of this trope, Creator/JosephineBaker would be a much better choice. Or as a SpearCounterpart, Creator/RoaldDahl.

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After her death Mata Hari became a legend. [[AdaptationOverdosed Several books, novels, comics, cartoons and films have been devoted to her]], many depicting her as a FemmeFataleSpy far more [[HistoricalBeautyUpgrade [[HistoricalBeautyUpdate beautiful]], intelligent, and seductive than she actually was in Real Life. Her tragic love life and self-created Indonesian origin story have also been subject to a lot of romanticization and FanService fantasies. She is one of the most iconic sex symbols of the 20th century and has been portrayed on screen by Creator/GretaGarbo, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Creator/JeanneMoreau and Sylvia Kristel. Despite all that, her importance (not to mention competence) as a spy was greatly exaggerated. For a more successful RealLife example of this trope, Creator/JosephineBaker would be a much better choice. Or as a SpearCounterpart, Creator/RoaldDahl.


* In ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'' Olga refers to herself as Mata Hari in her first scene. It foreshadows that Susie will become a spy into the strange goings on at the academy.

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* In ''Film/{{Suspiria}}'' ''Film/Suspiria1977'', Olga refers to herself as Mata Hari in her first scene. It foreshadows that Susie will become a spy into the strange goings on at the academy.


* Creator/TheThreeStooges: In the film ''Film/YouNaztySpy'' a female spy called "Mati Herring" appears.

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* Creator/TheThreeStooges: ''Film/TheThreeStooges'': In the film ''Film/YouNaztySpy'' a female spy called "Mati Herring" appears."[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pickled_herring Mattie Herring]]" appears to try assassinate the Stooges during their tenure as dictators.


Margaretha Geertruida Zelle was born in Breda. At age fourteen her mother died and her father went bankrupt. She went to an all girls' school and after a still-unclarified incident with her teacher[[note]]Either she seduced him or he seduced her[[/note]] she was suspended from school. After leaving school she fell in love with a military colonial who worked in Indonesia, then a Dutch colony. In 1895 they married and moved to Indonesia, which allowed her to receive financial stability and notability among rich [[GoodLookingPrivates military officers, whom she fancied more than other men]]. Their son and daughter were born in this country, but the son died due to poisoning. Her husband blamed her for not keeping a better eye on the boy and when they moved back to the Netherlands they divorced.

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Margaretha Geertruida Zelle was born Born in Breda. At Breda, at age fourteen her mother died and her father went bankrupt. She went to an all girls' school and after a still-unclarified incident with her teacher[[note]]Either she seduced him or he seduced her[[/note]] she was suspended from school. After leaving school she fell in love with a military colonial colonial, Rudolf [=MacLeod=] who worked in Indonesia, then a Dutch colony. In 1895 they married and moved to Indonesia, which allowed her to receive financial stability and notability among rich [[GoodLookingPrivates military officers, whom she fancied more than other men]]. Their son and daughter were born in this country, but the son died due to poisoning. Her husband blamed her for not keeping a better eye on the boy and when they moved back to the Netherlands they divorced.


'''Mata Hari''' (7 August 1876 15 October 1917), born as Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, was a Dutch spy and the most iconic example of a FemmeFataleSpy ever.

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'''Mata Hari''' Mata Hari (7 August 1876 15 October 1917), born as Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, was a Dutch spy and the most iconic example of a FemmeFataleSpy ever.


* In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', Mata Hari can be summoned as an Assassin class Servant. She is relatively weak, but can paralyze many enemies with lust. Compared to her official pictures, Mata Hari in this game [[RuleOfSexy for some reason]] [[HotterAndSexier has huge boobs.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', Mata Hari can be summoned as an Assassin class Servant. She is relatively weak, but can paralyze many enemies with lust. Compared to her official pictures, Mata Hari in this game [[RuleOfSexy for some some]] [[MostCommonSuperpower reason]] [[HotterAndSexier has huge boobs.]]


* ''Literature/AnnoDracula'': She is said to be one of Dracula's brides in the first book. She cameos in the second one, which is set during World War I.

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* ''Literature/AnnoDracula'': She is said mentioned to be one of Dracula's {{Dracula}}'s vampire brides in the first book. She cameos in the second one, which is set during World War I.
I and she is executed by French soldiers with silver bullets.

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* ''Literature/AnnoDracula'': She is said to be one of Dracula's brides in the first book. She cameos in the second one, which is set during World War I.


For the ''{{Pinball}} game by Creator/{{Bally}}, [[Pinball/MataHari click here.]]''

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For the ''{{Pinball}} {{Pinball}} game by Creator/{{Bally}}, [[Pinball/MataHari click here.]]''
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* Nancy Makuhari in ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' [[spoiler:is both TheMole and a literal clone of UsefulNotes/MataHari.]]

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* Nancy Makuhari in ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' [[spoiler:is both TheMole and a literal clone of UsefulNotes/MataHari.Mata Hari.]]



* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': Bridget von Hammersmark is an {{Expy}} of Mata Hari, though relies more on her fame from being a movie star than her sexual charm, though. During a guessing game she plays with the others UsefulNotes/MataHari is one of the answers.

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* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': Bridget von Hammersmark is an {{Expy}} of Mata Hari, though relies more on her fame from being a movie star than her sexual charm, though. During a guessing game she plays with the others UsefulNotes/MataHari Mata Hari is one of the answers.


In 1917 she was arrested by the French authorities under suspicion of being a double agent both for them as well as the Germans. There was no proof, except a German officer referring to her under a code name in a letter. It is now thought that the Germans deliberately used her to put the French on the wrong track. She was eventually CourtMartialed in a [[KangarooCourt trial with a foregone conclusion]]. Her defense attorney, veteran international lawyer Edouard Clunet, faced impossible odds: he was denied permission either to cross-examine the prosecution's witnesses or to examine his own witnesses directly. Thus she was sentenced for high treason and ShotAtDawn. An issue of ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' claimed that she was made to wear "a neat Amazonian tailored suit, especially made for the occasion, and a pair of new white gloves", but another account claimed that she wore the same low-cut blouse and tricorn hat ensemble which had been picked out by her accusers for her to wear at trial. However, neither account is consistent with the photographic evidence, and are likely false, especially considering that another myth claims [[FaceDeathWithDignity she blew a kiss to the firing squad]] before the order to shoot was given. Not to mention the even less believable UrbanLegend that she attempted stripping when she was in front of the firing squad for her execution, apparently on the belief that no one could shoot a body like hers. It didn't work, but it's not like she had a better option at that point.

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In 1917 she was arrested by the French authorities under suspicion of being a double agent both for them as well as the Germans. There was no proof, except a German officer referring to her under a code name in a letter. It is now thought that the Germans deliberately used her to put the French on the wrong track.track[[note]]Documents declassified long after her death suggest that she really ''was'' a double agent, but the intelligence she provided the Germans wasn't any more valuable than that which she provided to the French - mostly gossip about the love lives of government officials - and that the Germans leaked her double agent status to the French themselves to get rid of her[[/note]]. She was eventually CourtMartialed in a [[KangarooCourt trial with a foregone conclusion]]. Her defense attorney, veteran international lawyer Edouard Clunet, faced impossible odds: he was denied permission either to cross-examine the prosecution's witnesses or to examine his own witnesses directly. Thus she was sentenced for high treason and ShotAtDawn. An issue of ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' claimed that she was made to wear "a neat Amazonian tailored suit, especially made for the occasion, and a pair of new white gloves", but another account claimed that she wore the same low-cut blouse and tricorn hat ensemble which had been picked out by her accusers for her to wear at trial. However, neither account is consistent with the photographic evidence, and are likely false, especially considering that another myth claims [[FaceDeathWithDignity she blew a kiss to the firing squad]] before the order to shoot was given. Not to mention the even less believable UrbanLegend that she attempted stripping when she was in front of the firing squad for her execution, apparently on the belief that no one could shoot a body like hers. It didn't work, but it's not like she had a better option at that point.


After her death Mata Hari became a legend. [[AdaptationOverdosed Several books, novels, comics, cartoons and films have been devoted to her]], many depicting her as a FemmeFataleSpy far more beautiful, intelligent, and seductive than she actually was in Real Life. Her tragic love life and self-created Indonesian origin story have also been subject to a lot of romanticization and FanService fantasies. She is one of the most iconic sex symbols of the 20th century and has been portrayed on screen by Creator/GretaGarbo, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Creator/JeanneMoreau and Sylvia Kristel. Despite all that, her importance (not to mention competence) as a spy was greatly exaggerated. For a more successful RealLife example of this trope, Creator/JosephineBaker would be a much better choice. Or as a SpearCounterpart, Creator/RoaldDahl.

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After her death Mata Hari became a legend. [[AdaptationOverdosed Several books, novels, comics, cartoons and films have been devoted to her]], many depicting her as a FemmeFataleSpy far more beautiful, [[HistoricalBeautyUpgrade beautiful]], intelligent, and seductive than she actually was in Real Life. Her tragic love life and self-created Indonesian origin story have also been subject to a lot of romanticization and FanService fantasies. She is one of the most iconic sex symbols of the 20th century and has been portrayed on screen by Creator/GretaGarbo, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Creator/JeanneMoreau and Sylvia Kristel. Despite all that, her importance (not to mention competence) as a spy was greatly exaggerated. For a more successful RealLife example of this trope, Creator/JosephineBaker would be a much better choice. Or as a SpearCounterpart, Creator/RoaldDahl.


After her death Mata Hari became a legend. [[AdaptationOverdosed Several books, novels, comics, cartoons and films have been devoted to her]], many depicting her as a FemmeFataleSpy far more important, intelligent, and seductive than she actually was in Real Life. Her tragic love life and self-created Indonesian origin story have also been subject to a lot of romanticization and FanService fantasies. She is one of the most iconic sex symbols of the 20th century and has been portrayed on screen by Creator/GretaGarbo, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Creator/JeanneMoreau and Sylvia Kristel. Despite all that her importance as a spy was greatly exaggerated. For a more successful RealLife example of this trope, Creator/JosephineBaker would be a much better choice. Or as a SpearCounterpart, Creator/RoaldDahl.

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After her death Mata Hari became a legend. [[AdaptationOverdosed Several books, novels, comics, cartoons and films have been devoted to her]], many depicting her as a FemmeFataleSpy far more important, beautiful, intelligent, and seductive than she actually was in Real Life. Her tragic love life and self-created Indonesian origin story have also been subject to a lot of romanticization and FanService fantasies. She is one of the most iconic sex symbols of the 20th century and has been portrayed on screen by Creator/GretaGarbo, Creator/MarleneDietrich, Creator/JeanneMoreau and Sylvia Kristel. Despite all that that, her importance (not to mention competence) as a spy was greatly exaggerated. For a more successful RealLife example of this trope, Creator/JosephineBaker would be a much better choice. Or as a SpearCounterpart, Creator/RoaldDahl.

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