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The Romani people have long had an ambiguous status in Western societies and popular culture: alien enough to serve as a convenient Other, but geographically near at hand. As a result, they have tended to be both vilified and exoticized, and while the Gypsy Curse is a byproduct of the former, the "Hot Gypsy Woman" is an example of the latter. Be aware that the term "Gypsy" is considered offensive by many Romani, and this trope is full of racial stereotypes.

She has fairly standardized features. She has olive skin, raven-black hair which she wears loose, a low-waisted long skirt with a slit up the side, a low-cut midriff-baring blouse, bare feet, and plenty of jewelry. She also tends to have a fiery personality and to be overt in her sexuality, making her an Ethical Slut.

This trope is Older Than Steam and tends to be mostly encountered in stories set in the early modern era. While Romani characters are seen as traditional in Europe, in North America almost the same archetype is used with a different ethnic origin as the Spicy Latina.

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If she's a Hot Witch as well, it overlaps with Magical Romani.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop is not averse to using her good looks to lower men's guards down before she shows what she can do. She also claims to be Romani, though she has pale skin rather than dark. Subverted as an episode on her childhood implies she's actually from Singapore.

    Comic Books 
  • De cape et de crocs: Hermine is a hot-tempered Romani girl with brown skin and black hair. She spends the first half of the series barefoot and doesn't hesitate to use her charms to get her ways. She is quite chaste, though, and deeply in love with Don Lope.
  • Justice League of America: Gypsy is part Romani with dark skin and loose black hair. Her original costume consists of an off-the-shoulder blouse, a slit skirt, bare feet, and lots of jewelry. She later changes it to something less stereotypical.
  • Scarlet Witch has long been established as having Romani ancestry. However, the idea of her being a Hot Romani Woman did not come in until the George Perez designed costume from the late 1990s run of The Avengers. It looked like a stereotypical Romani dancing girl outfit. Supposedly, it was to 'honor her Romani heritage', but it was really just pure Fanservice, especially as she could not have been wearing underwear beneath it.
  • Le Scorpion: Mejai is an Egyptian Gypsy assassin with olive skin and loose wavy black hair who uses her beauty as a weapon almost as much as her poisons. Her usual outfit consists of a low-cut, midriff-baring top, a low-waisted skirt slit to the hip, bare feet and lots of jewelry.

    Fan Works 
Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Blood Ties: Noa was a pretty Romani woman living in Germany during the Great War. One day, a group of men decided to attack her, rape her, and leave her for dead. She would have died if a pitying dhampir hadn't saved her by making her one of his own. Since then, she has been living as a somber half-vampire who barely interacts with normal humans anymore.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

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    Films — Animated 
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa: Subverted with Noah. She has the wavy black hair, attractive looks, dancing abilities, and dark skin, but otherwise doesn't fit expectations. Noah doesn't play up her sexuality or display many stereotypes. She wears either a conservative white or black gown and has a subdued personality. She was originally a love interest to Edward; however, that was scrapped in development, although in the finished film they're good friends.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Captain Kronos-Vampire Hunter, Kronos's love interest Carla's ethnicity is not explicitly stated. However, her Hot-Blooded personality, dislike of shoes, and first appearance being persecuted by puritanical locals for immodest dancing in public, all imply that she is an example.
  • In La Habanera, the presence of a hot Romani woman singing the local "habanera" music on the docks leads Astrée to make an impulsive decision to get off the ship back to Sweden, and instead stay in Puerto Rico.
  • Village by the River: A comic interlude has Deaf Cis meeting a voluptuous Romani woman by the river. She lies down on the bank not far away from him, spreads her legs, and basically waves her vagina at him. Later, she follows him into his houseboat, asks for food, and gives him sex as payment. The next morning has Cis wake up to find that the Romani woman has left and hitched back on to her caravan.

    Literature 
  • Sangarre in Michel Strogoff by Jules Verne:
    Near him, the Romani Sangarre, a thirty-year-old woman, dusky of skin, tall, statuesque, with magnificent eyes and gilded hair, stood in a superb posture... Romani women are generally attractive, and more than one prominent Russian landlord, who profess to emulate the British in eccentricity, hasn't hesitated to pick his wife among their number.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Blackadder: Edmund's autobiography is, shall we say, slightly embellished with this trope.
    It's a steaming rollercoaster of a novel, crammed with sizzling gypsies!
  • In an episode of Bonanza, Little Joe rescues and falls for a young Romani girl who is believed to be a witch by her people because strange events happen around her. It turns out to be a hoax perpetrated by her spurned lover, whom Little Joe is forced to kill. She is proven innocent and goes back to her family, which is probably the best way for Joe to fall victim to the Cartwright Curse.
  • Copper: Lola is one of the prostitutes employed by Eva. Lola claims that her passionate nature in bed is a result of Romani blood.
  • Highlander: Irena is a very attractive Romani immortal, who sadly is raped by a mortal, prompting her husband's revenge.
  • The IMF employed hot Romani acrobat Crystal Walker in the Mission: Impossible two-parter "Old Man Out". Crystal staged a prolonged Cat Fight with Cinnamon Carter as a distraction.
  • In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Catalina Caper, Tom Servo has a crush on the ethnically-ambiguous "Creepy Girl", and sings to her:
    Oh, what are you, Creepy Girl? Are you French, or Italian, or one of those swarthy Gypsy types? Heh heh.
  • Peaky Blinders: The Shelby family is part-Roma and have many contacts among the Roma community. So it's not a huge surprise that when John Shelby is widowed and requires a bride, his older brother, Tommy, selects Esme Lee, a member of the Roma Lee clan, to be his brother's wife. Although John is pissed at first, he perks up when Esme proves to be really hot and really passionate in bed. In a realistic subversion, her clothing isn't particularly sexy, though.

    Music 
  • Blackmore's Night's "Sister Gypsy":
    And she danced through the wood
    Like a gypsy girl should,
    And she laughed in the face of the fire
    Under the black velvet skies
    With the moon in her eyes,
    Head held high, tambourine held higher.
  • Curtis Mayfield's "Gypsy Woman" (later covered by Brian Hyland and Santana):
    "From nowhere through a caravan
    Around the campfire light
    A lovely woman in motion
    With hair as dark as night
    Her eyes were like that
    Of a cat in the dark
    They hypnotize me with love
    She was a gypsy woman"
  • Don Williams' "I Recall A Gypsy Woman":
    "I recall a gypsy woman
    Silver spangles in her eyes
    Ivory skin against the moonlight
    And the taste of life's sweet wine"
  • Gino D'Auri's "La Paternera" tells the tale of an exotic Romani singer who bring misfortune to her lovers.
  • Hilary Duff's "Gypsy Woman":
    "She can swallow knives, she can swallow lives
    Golden black stare, but the night of your demise
    Try to run away with the gypsy woman
    Good today but gone for good
    Can't get away with the gypsy woman"
  • Shakira's "Gypsy":
    "I'm a gypsy
    But are you coming with me
    I might steal your clothes and wear them if they fit me
    I never made agreements just like a gypsy
    And I won't back down 'cause life's already hurt me
    And I won't cry
    I'm too young to die
    If you're gonna quit me"
  • Tim Buckley's "Gypsy Woman":
    "Mama, every time you turn around the fire.
    Mama, keep me in between the devil and the sky.
    And every time you look my way,
    Mama how you hypnotize."
  • Tino Rossi's "Bohémienne aux yeux noirs":
    "Bohemian with big dark eyes
    Your dusk-colored hair
    And the sheen of your brown skin
    Are prettier than the moonlight
    Bohemian with big dark eyes
    I shivered with tender hope
    I would like you to be mine"
  • The Romani "queen" from Tommy, described in "The Hawker (Eyesight To The Blind)" and fleshed out in "Acid Queen". She combines this trope with elements of the Snake Oil Salesman, using acid (and, according to some interpretations, sex) to "cure" the underaged protagonist of his blindness and deafness.
    "I'm the gypsy, the Acid Queen,
    Pay before we start!
    I'm the gypsy, I'm guaranteed
    To tear your soul apart!"
  • Broken Iris' song "Gypsy" compares the mystical and alluring woman that the singer is in love with to a mysterious, attractive Romani woman:
    She don't sleep at night; she waits for the sun
    Dances away all his demons when the angels are sleeping
    Dare you stay in her eyes, she'll read your mind; hypnotize
    Like a gypsy creeping through the night, she'll steal your heart
    She still has mine

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