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Puts a whole new meaning to the phrase 'Snake Charmer'.

"I love the sexy slither of a lady snake."
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Simply put, there is something about snakes that inspires our worst fears and greatest dreams. Maybe it's their graceful way of moving, their cool, dispassionate gaze, the smoothness of their scales. Maybe it's the fangs, the way they flick their tongues, or the way they wrap tightly around you in a kind of slinky hug. Maybe it's their suggestive shape, or the fact that they're inherently dangerous, even if they can't actually hurt you.

Whatever the reason, in any situation not emphasizing Snakes Are Sinister or Smug Snake, snakes are used as a symbol of Evil Is Sexy.

Depending on the Mythology you reference, the Lamia or Naga are pretty much the epitome of this. The Lamia is often described as a creature with the body of a snake, and the head, arms, and torso of a human, and are rarely depicted as anything other than incredibly attractive, if not naturally malevolent. The Naga also fits the former's description, but is otherwise depicted as having the entire body of a snake, with the head taking on a human-like face.note  Often they are shape-shifters, capable of taking a human or serpentine form.

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Western reinterpretations of these monsters are likely to make them a Gorgeous Gorgon with serpentine qualities rendered more alluring than monstrous. They might also be decorated with fetishized "exotic" elements of the Middle-Eastern and Indian cultures from which they are appropriated: don't be surprised to see a serpentine seductress wearing a veil and doing a belly dance holding a scimitar.

See also Feather Boa Constrictor, for snakes worn draped over the shoulders, which often overlaps with this trope. Its Sister Tropes are Sexy Cat Person, Foxy Vixen, and Seductive Spider.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Shaina from Saint Seiya is the saint of Ophiuchus, who is heavily associated with snakes. Both in and out of universe she's considered one of the toughest and most beautiful female saints.
  • Medusa Gorgon, one of the primary antagonists of Soul Eater, definitely plays this up when she's not actively distorting her features for the hell of it or riding around in a 5-year-old girl's body as a method of cheating death.
  • Adiane in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is a scorpion-woman, but she also has some elements of this, mostly flicking her tongue out like a snake.
  • In Wolf's Rain, Hub talks to a woman wearing revealing lingerie and a snake around her neck while investigating. He seemed less distracted by her sexiness and more distracted by his allergies to snakes.

    Arts 
  • Boris Vallejo has, naturally, drawn some very sexy Snake Women, like in this painting. (Warning, very NSFW.)
  • The serpent from the Garden of Eden is surprisingly depicted as such sometimes, usually as a sort of half-snake half-woman creature.
  • The painting Lilith, by John Collier, depicting a beautiful nude woman wrapped suggestively in a pair of snakes.

    Comic Books 
  • In one flashback in Ironwood a young mage student tried giving a love potion to a cold older student whom he loved. It didn't work quite as expected — she instead had sex with her half-snake female roommate. Because "this body of yours is very phallic" and "size does matter".
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: Sensor (Princess Projectra), depending on which retcon is valid, might count as inversion, since she is a snake (or a naga) hiding behind the illusion of a human woman.
  • Loki has some historical associations with snakes and since 2014 a Pretty Boy redesign. So who is surprised that covers like this exist?
  • Stacy X / Miranda Leevald is a mutant with a snake motif, having scaly skin and snake eyes and is one of the most infamous minor X-Men members for using her powers to be a prostitute, manipulating her clients' Pheromones to give them great pleasure, which made her a famous Sex Goddess.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): Circe likes to hang about in slinky dresses with Absolute Cleavage and slits up the sides draped in venomous snakes who were once men before she transformed them into her devoted minions.

    Fan Works 
  • The mutie biker Harley from the Dredd fanfic Highway Don't Care is described as curvaceous and attractive — despite her scales, slit-pupilled eyes and unhinging jaw. Her partner, Indian, has a helpless crush on her. She doesn't like being described as a snake, threatening to cold-cock anyone who describes her as such.
  • In the Discworld fics of A.A. Pessimal, in this case Why and were, Johanna Smith-Rhodes is seen handling a pet python with nonchalance and looking as if, in different clothing, she could be seen moonlighting as an exotic dancer rather than a zoologist.note  She also wrangles poisonous snakes in the course of a day's work, making post boxes safe again for the city.
  • There's an entire fetish related to Disney's Kaa (or some expy thereof) hypnotizing and/or coiling people (Mowgli, the author/artist's favorite fictional character, or even the reader her/himself) and either eating them, keeping them as pets/slaves or... whatever.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • In the Chronicles of Narnia novel The Silver Chair, the Emerald Witch transforms into a poisonous serpent. After she tried to corrupt the protagonists into shunning Aslan...
  • A Merritt's novel The Face in the Abyss has Ananda the Snake Mother, a beautiful silver-haired naga with pearly, heart-shaped scales.
  • One minor character in the Incarnations of Immortality series is a dancer named Pythia, whose act involves dancing suggestively with a snake before letting it swallow her whole (she makes sure to use an ointment that'll keep her from being digested or suffocated).
  • In Keats' Lamia poem, Lamia is a beautiful snake, being a "rainbow" of lovely colors. When she turns into a woman, she becomes The Vamp.
  • In Making Money Moist thinks that his girlfriend can sashay in a way that could put snakes to shame.
  • A variation in the Xanth novels is the Python of Mount Parnassus, an immense snake capable of swallowing live humans whole (with ease), who also has the ability to control any woman through the power of sexiness... which makes no sense, but hey, it's Xanth.

    Live-Action TV 

    Music 
  • Most obviously, explicitly Freudian example ever: "Here Comes the Snake" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies.
    Here comes the snake and he circles your leg.
    He's come to play and make your body parts shake.
  • Monster Magnet has a song called Snake Dance on one of their earlier albums, Spine of God.
  • The Lamia from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis.
  • The music video "Engel" by Rammstein has a dancer who uses a snake as a prop- the whole video is a reference/homage to From Dusk Till Dawn.
  • One of the strippers in the Music Video for "How Do U Want It?" by Tupac Shakur is seen with a python.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Snake in the Chinese zodiac is associated with sexuality, to the point where calling a woman "a snake" in China is a compliment. "Madame White Snake" is also one of the best-known folk tales in China, a fantasy tale revolving around a young scholar who marries an incredibly beautiful woman named "Madame White", only to find out that she and her maidservant are snakes in human form. See the other wiki article here for more details.
  • Early versions of the tale of Melusine revealed her to be a Naga. Later versions changed this to a mermaid.
  • In Indian mythologies, the Naga (the snake people) were described as extremely beautiful, both male and female, in their human forms.
  • "Nyi Blorong" based on Indonesian mythology, has been often described as a beautiful, yet deadly, temptress who temps unwary and lost males with sexual advances and wealth, and eventually the lives of the males relatives (or the male itself).
  • Depending on the source, Medusa of the Greek Mythology can count. Instead of being horrifyingly butt-ugly, some stories depict Medusa to be extremely beautiful regardless of the snake hair, so beautiful that people turn to stone anyway out of the sheer beauty.

    Pinballs 
  • Bally's Mata Hari pinball prominently features the sexy spy on the backglass and art, with several snakes lurking around the edges.
  • Viper takes this Up to Eleven, with a menacing robotic serpent and a naked chrome Fembot on the backglass.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Maraliths are powerful demons that combine this Trope with Evil Is Sexy, being tall with long, snaky tails and the upper bodies of six-armed women. They're usually depicted as being extremely attractive (a few rare pictures have depicted them as being ugly and bestial). One Planescape short story told in comic book form features a cambion trying to win the love of one of them, only to get his wish in the worst way possible.
    • Also in D&D are the Lillands, who are Chaotic Good Celestials with the upper body of a beautiful winged woman and the lower body of a large snake. They're extremely social and known for their musical skills, which they use to inspire heroes.
  • Magic: The Gathering’s original artist rendering of Lord of Atlantis is largely based on a sea snake, but with a muscular humanoid upper body, and also fishlike fins in several places; notably one that resembles a mohawk. To seal the deal, he has a powerful look on his face.
  • Pathfinder:
    • The snake-women (and notorious party-killers) known as Lamia Matriarchs are usually depicted as fairly attractive.
    • The Euryale, a much more powerful version of the medusa, is also quite attractive. Too bad about the petrifying gaze and super-virulent poison...
  • Silessa in Ravenloft was quite literally this trope being an asp familiar that was magically turned into a busty blonde elven maiden that wears strategically placed snake jewelry and worked as exotic dancer for the Carnival. She still possesses many snake-like traits such as shedding her skin, spitting poison and being able to communicate with snakes.
  • In Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 had Slaanesh, Chaos God of Lust and Perversion, that was heavily associated with serpents with one of its many names being "the Great Serpent". At least two of its followers: Dechala the Denied One in Warhammer Fantasy and the Daemon Primarch Fulgrim in 40K were converted into snake-like Greater Daemons.

    Video Games 
  • Current page image provider Cassiopeia the Serpent's Embracenote , one of the champions from League of Legends, was formerly a beautiful woman and temptress who was cursed into a lamialike form after falling prey to a trap in an ancient Shuriman crypt. Despite considering herself hideously monstrous (in barefaced defiance of her character design), she still acts in a seductive manner.
  • The Breath of Fire series features a recurring playable character named Deis (Bleu in the localization). She is an ageless, godlike Naga creature — and she's really stacked.
  • Daily Life With Monster Girl Online has Hydra the Hydra as a romance option. Her care event has her getting out of the shower wearing just a Modesty Towel around her waist, with only snake-hair to cover her chest.
  • In Darkest Dungeon, the Shieldbreaker invokes this, as she is a highly beautiful dancer with a snake motif, and many of her attacks either summon or invoke snakes. Her backstory even involves her being Made a Slave because of her beauty and serpentine dancing skill.
  • Devil May Cry: The fourth game has a boss called Echidna the She-Viper, which is loosely based on the serpent woman from Classical Mythology. She appears as an attractive humanoid woman protruding from the venus flytrap-shaped mouth of a huge flying demonic serpent thing. Echidna can birth other demons and control plants, which is probably inspired by the fact that serpents are seen as symbols of fertility in certain cultures. While it could be a coincidence, Dante acquires a cool weapon called Gilgamesh after defeating her, which is a reference to the serpent sent by Ishtar which stole the divine immortality herb.
  • The Avenger-class Medusa in Fate/Grand Order is much more serpentine than her counterpart in the original Fate/stay night, having a long tail, scaly limbs and snake hair. She's also much bustier, more scantily-clad, and generally a bigger Ms. Fanservice than the original—who was already the Ms. Fanservice of the original VN.
  • Cloud of Darkness from Dissidia Final Fantasy. Although they are called tentacles, they have a clear snake-like appearance and even have eyes and mouths resembling snakes. The tentacles just add to CoD's allure. Other (and older) examples would Marilith, the multi-armed Fiend of Fire from the first game, and the Lamia Queen from II.
  • Final Fantasy XIV:
    • The Ananta are a One-Gender Race of beautiful snake women with a Hindi/Indian aesthetic. Their Ethnic God is the primal Sri Lakshmi, the "Lady of Bliss", who is likewise one of the most alluring and attractive of the primals. Her theme tune is even named "Beauty's Wicked Wiles".
    • Seiryu, one of the Four Lords of the Ruby Sea, was originally a serpent who lived long enough to become a wise, magical "Auspice" and became worshipped as a god. He also gains a human-like form, with a lower half comprised of multiple serpent- and lizard-like creatures, but with a torso of a extremely beautiful and elegant man with Pointy Ears and a lean, somewhat effeminate figure.
  • Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers features Voodoo practitioners as its villains, and the head of a local cult is witnessed dancing in erotic fashion and with minimal clothing with a green boa during a ritual in Bayou St. John.
  • Medusa, the Big Bad of Kid Icarus, as seen in Uprising. It's heavily implied that this was Medusa's original form before Palutena, Goddess of Light cursed her for tormenting humans, as seen when Medusa dies in the original game. Overlaps with Hot Goddess, as Medusa was the Goddess of Darkness.
  • One of the female costume options in Rock Band 2 is a top that consists of a large snake that covers the character's breasts and nothing else.
  • XCOM 2 has the Viper, a quite visibly female-only species of humanoid alien cobras who are surprisingly seductive, given that their role in the game is killing your agents with blasts of plasma rifle fire or by crushing them in their coils. They've made a huge positive impact on the fandom, to the point they're often cited (if jokingly) as one of the reasons for fans to be Rooting for the Empire.
    • The spinoff game XCOM: Chimera Squad references this, with some available maps being set in Viper hostess clubs.
  • Naga Sirens in Warcraft III: Four-armed snake-women whose quotes show them as the "seducing sailors off boats" type.
    • Other variants of naga are included in the Frozen Throne expansion, and in World of Warcraft. The females of the species are quite attractive...the males less so, since they do not retain many humanoid characteristics. The use of this trope in this context is somewhat more justified than usual though: the naga were once night elves (and thus already attractive, before they became serpentine). These games also ditch the Indo-Arab aesthetic often associated with the trope. The naga use a sea-based variant of the night elf aesthetic, which is vaguely Greco-Roman.

    Webcomics 
  • Kin from Goblins falls into this. She's a yuan-ti, so she looks human from the waist up, but has a snake tail. In her early appearances, she's essentially wearing a bikini top, which is revealed to be a case of Go-Go Enslavement, and she quickly changes into something more modest when the opportunity arises.
  • Nobody Scores!: Jane Doe gets a pet snake and plays this trope to the hilt, wearing him like a scarf and reveling in the suggestiveness of going around with a giant phallic symbol draped around her body. She doesn't go as far as to name him after genitals, but only because her roommate wouldn't let her.
    It is as if I have draped myself in penis!
  • Oglaf: Parodied with the "sexy snake dance", which consists of lying on the floor, swallowing a large egg whole, and then curling up to sleep.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Belly Dancers sometimes use snakes as props during their shows. Though they should be careful at that, or else the trope would be quite squicktastically subverted. What do you think happens to somebody who gets swung around too much? Exactly, they get sick.
  • The undulating motion of a snake itself can be rather sexy—think of all those dances where women basically do the same thing (but standing).
  • Snake references, like "the one-eyed trouser snake," are often used as penis euphemisms. Sir Mix-a-Lot referenced this in his famous song "Baby Got Back" (as did Nicki Minaj in "Anaconda," a remix of "Baby Got Back"): My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns, hun!
  • For many, seeing someone draped or wrapped in the coils of a snake is very provocative.
  • Vorarephilia is a paraphilia where pleasure is derived from the concept of being Swallowed Whole and often utilises Getting Eaten Is Harmless... Naturally, thanks to snakes' real-life ability to swallow large creatures, they appear in a lot of vorarephilic art and stories (as do Snake People!).

    Other 
  • Averted by Bill Engvall in his album Here's Your Sign. He's scared to death of snakes and when one girlfriend tried to invoke this (with a boa constrictor named "Fluffy"), he suddenly sobered up and left her house.
    Girlfriend [breathy]: No. Wait, Bill... Fluffy can wrap around us while we make love.
    Bill [mockingly breathy]: No he can't... cause I'll kill him.


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