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The Romani 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 "Gypsy" is considered offensive by many Romani, and this trope is full of racial stereotypes. The Romani are the most trafficked ethnic group on Earth.

The Hot Gypsy Woman 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 jewellery. She also tends to have a fiery personality and to be overt in her sexuality, making her an Ethical Slut.

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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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    Anime and Manga 
  • Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop says she's Romani, and she definitely has the hot part down. However, an episode on her childhood implies she's actually from Singapore.
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    Comic Books 
  • Mejai from Le Scorpion by Desberg and Marini, pictured above.
  • Played with in Gypsy, from the same authors: The hero is Romani, whose sister looks nothing like the standard attractive Romani woman, but the evil Dark Action Girl looks a lot like Mejai (despite being Arabic).

    Fan Works 
  • Pinkie Pie is Romani in Friendship is Witchcraft. Cult leader Fluttershy has a Villainous Crush on her. Both are Shout Outs to Esmeralda and Frollo from Disney's adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Ed's love interest Noa in the Fullmetal Alchemist fic Blood Ties 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, Noa has been living as a somber half-vampire who barely interacts with normal humans anymore.

    Films — Animated 
  • Esmeralda from Disney's version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. As well as most other adaptions, including the 1956 version with Gina Lollobrigida and the 1997 version with Salma Hayek. In the Disney incarnation she was given a Race Lift and she was specifically designed using past Disney villains as inspiration, though Esmeralda herself isn't too overt about her sexuality besides her dancing. Two men fall in love with her over the course of the film, and Frollo falls in lust and hates and blames her for it.
  • Downplayed with Noah from Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa. She has the wavy black hair, attractive looks, dancing abilities, and dark skin, but otherwise doesn't fit expectations. She was originally a love interest to Edward; however, that was scrapped in development, though they're good friends. Noah doesn't play up her sexuality or display many stereotypes. She wears a conservative white gown and has a subdued personality.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The two Romani women who fight over a lover in From Russia with Love. The situation is dissolved with James Bond's charm.
  • Sabina from Gadjo Dilo, a film by Tony Gatlif.
  • Rita Hayworth in The Loves of Carmen, the 1948 adaptation of the classic opera.
  • Venus (Claudia Cardinale) in Cartouche.
  • Kari Wührer plays one in Thinner.
  • Marlene Dietrich is this in Golden Earrings.
  • Anna, the Romani princess of Van Helsing. Also one of Dracula's brides Marishka used to be Romani too, according to the actress that plays her, and she averts the typical stereotypes associated with Romani, such as having fair skin and blonde hair.
  • Rada in Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven. She wouldn't look out of place in a Bollywood musical, and so looks rather out of place among the rest of the cast.
  • Simza, played by Noomi Rapace, in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
  • 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 
  • Angelina Lemke from Stephen King's Thinner (to prove that, look up and see who plays her in The Movie).
  • Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, who is probably the Trope Codifier. She is possibly a subversion, as although she fits the appearance, in the book she is quite innocent and a virgin, rather than fiery and worldly. Furthermore, she was raised by the Romani, but not one by birth.
  • 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.
  • "Makar Chudra", a short story by Maxim Gorky, is essentially about the ill-fated romance between the proud and fierce Romani Radda and the proud and charming Romani man Loyko Zobar.
  • In Six of Crows, part of Inej Ghafa's Dark and Troubled Past is that she was forced into sex slavery at 15, then sold to customers as her world's version of this trope.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Near miss: Although both hot and Romani, Jenny Calendar from Buffy the Vampire Slayer probably doesn't count, as she was only revealed to be of Romani extraction after about a season, and was portrayed merely as a Hot Teacher. However even before The Reveal, Jenny is portrayed as an Uptight Loves Wild Love Interest to Stuffy Brit Giles — thus hitting the magical (she's a "techno-pagan") exotic temptress points of this trope.
    • Though we don't see her (until a flash back in Angel), the Romani that Angelus tortured and ate most certainly counts as all we know about her is that she was beautiful, a Romani, dumb, and her death was enough of an insult for her clan to curse Angelus with his soul and the remnants to dedicate their lives to maintaining said curse.
  • Edmund Blackadder's autobiography is, shall we say, slightly embellished with this trope.
    It's a steaming rollercoaster of a novel, crammed with sizzling gypsies!
  • 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.
  • 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 due to strange events happening around her. It turns out to be a hoax perpetrated by her spurned lover, who 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 has Lola, one of the prostitutes employed by Eva. Lola claims that her passionate nature in bed is a result of Romani blood.
  • 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.
  • Chilean Telenovela Romané is about a Romani community that are installed into a town in the north, in which the protagonist, a Romani Mrs. Robinson who got over a heredity vow of vengeance against the father of one of her three daughters and felt in love with his younger brother, who's a Catholic priest in the town. She as well her daughters take this trope straight, and even some of the young Romani men of their community, which are male examples of this trope.
  • Irena the Romani immortal in Highlander, a very attractive woman, who sadly is raped by a mortal, prompting her husband's revenge.

    Music 
  • The song "Bohémienne aux yeux noirs" by Tino Rossi:
    "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 song "Gypsy Woman" by Hilary Duff:
    "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"
  • 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"
  • The Impressions' song "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"
  • Cher:
  • "My Maria" (originally by B.W. Stevenson, Covered Up by Brooks And Dunn): "Gypsy lady, you're a miracle worker for me."
  • Played for Laughs in the Benny Hill song "Rachel".
  • Shakira has a song called "Gypsy". Yes, it's a Spicy Latina singing about how she's a Hot Gypsy Woman.
    "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"
  • Bob Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee"
  • 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."
  • A Rare Male Example is the male protagonist of the Scottish border ballad "The Raggle Taggle Gypsies," who seduces a lord's wife and persuades her to run away with him.
    "What care I for my house and my land,
    What care I for my money, oh?
    I'd rather have a kiss from the yellow Gypsy's lips,
    I'm away with the raggle taggle gypsies, oh!"
  • 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!"
  • "La Paternera" by Gino D'Auri tells the tale of an exotic Romani singer who bring misfortune to her lovers.
  • "Beautiful Gypsy," a Gershwin song that was cut from the 1927 musical Rosalie.
  • "Sister Gypsy", a Blackmore's Night song:
    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.

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  • GLOW's Little Egypt.

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    Theater 
  • Zerbinette in Moliere's Les Fourberies de Scapin.
  • The title character of the opera Carmen by Bizet, based on a novella by Prosper Mérimée. Just check out her famous Habanera.
  • The title character of the opera La Zingara by Donizetti.
  • Though Il trovatore has no characters of this type, the "Anvil Chorus" sings the praises of "la zingarella." It's surprisingly chaste, though - "Who makes a gypsy's day brighter than the sun?", with no allusion to anything spicier than that. And the Romani woman character isn't this at all - she's traumatized and bent on revenge.
  • The Soviet Union had founded an entire theatre specifically for performances involving Russian Romani musicians and artists and about the life of Russian Romani generally. But while the female performers are a living embodiment of this trope, they are a far way from their real, nomadic brethren, even more visible when they're together.
  • Anything Goes originally had Hope compare herself to one in "The Gypsy In Me," though revivals remove the song or reassign it to Sir Evelyn.

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