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Spies Are Lecherous

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"Oh, James!"

I have my way with women! After I'm done, I skip town! As I get old, I'm thinking... do guys like me settle down?
Goldentusk, James Bond Theme Song

The life of a spy can be quite a romanticized profession in fiction. Nice suits, slick cars, neat guns, and one stylish adventure after another. But how would any of that be complete without a pretty lady by your side? Maybe this particular girl is in league with the Big Bad and the agent must woo information out of her. If she isn't another fellow agent trying to complete the mission alongside the hero as she's subject to the whims of his seductive tendencies, she could be an innocent bystander caught up in the danger and must be soothed by the dashing agent's masculine charms. Regardless, the secret agent will flaunt his womanizing to the audience and the woman will probably never be heard from again to make room for the next Girl of the Week.

Mocking parodies will portray the spy as a pathetic Casanova Wannabe or a predatory rapist at worst.


A Sub-Trope of The Casanova. The Femme Fatale Spy may serve as an example of a gender-inversion of this trope.


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    Comic Books 
  • Deconstructed in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with that series' version of James Bond, who is presented as a boorish lecher whose obsession with sex often makes him incompetent and ultimately results in MI6 forcing him into a quiet retirement when he becomes riddled with venereal diseases. Alan Moore is rather notorious for his hatred of the character.
  • Jimmys Bastards:
    • The premise is secret agent Jimmy Regent's many, many bastard children (of all ethnicities) rising up to attack him for not having been present in their lives (or so they're told by the mastermind, a Psychopathic Manchild who looks exactly like Jimmy and hates being called "Junior"). While Jimmy isn't really fazed by it at first, he suffers a complete mental breakdown on realizing some of his daughters slept with him as part of the plan.
    • It turns out that all secret agents of this type eventually go mad, and the government keeps them in a special wing of a mental hospital (all of which look like the various James Bond actors).
      Doctor: It's all that shooting and shagging, eventually it gets to them.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Parodied in a sketch on Important Things with Demetri Martin where Agent 009 is fine with getting seduced and killed — as long as it happens in that order.
  • The Wild Wild West: Whilst both remain perfect gentlemen, both secret service members Jim West and Artemus Gordon regularly seduce and end up with a lot of different women. Jim in particular often succeeds in causing the villain's female associates to switch sides, at least partially through seduction. Though occasionally it will turn out the Girl of the Week already has a lover, who she'll go off with or a goal she intends to do, causing her to leave at the end.

    Video Games 
  • The Spy from Team Fortress 2 is perhaps the biggest ladies' man of all the mercs, who's introduced in his official Meet the Team short to have bedded the Scout's mom and later shown in "Expiration Date" teaching him how to talk to women, Hilarity Ensues.

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