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What business doth an Asgardian enchantress have providing assistance to a simple mortal terrorist? The opportunity to have Thor.

"Sure, women like me swoon for a hero, but that's only because deep down, we think we can change them."

The Evil Empress wants a consort for her domain. Unfortunately, none of her male subjects are quite up to her standards. So what does she do? Kidnap the hero, of course. Once he sees how hot she is, and how they can rule together, he'll fall into her arms.

Unfortunately for the villainess, this never seems to work out. Occasionally, the hero will be forced to play along temporarily, but in the end, he will always escape the villainess' clutches and leave her all alone and lonely...until the next time she manages to finagle him into her arms.

The villainess in question is often The Vamp and/or Daddy's Little Villain. If the villainess is more interested in having a male Sex Slave rather than a consort, the next step is always a Gender Flip of I Have You Now, My Pretty. However, this trope can sometimes result in a Sex–Face Turn...

A Sub-Trope of Villainous Crush. A Sister Trope to Dating Catwoman (if the hero actually returns her affections), All Amazons Want Hercules, Single Woman Seeks Good Man, and I Love You Because I Can't Control You. The alignment-flipped Sister Trope of All Girls Want Bad Boys.

Compare Heroes Want Redheads. Contrast with Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter, since the villain is unwilling to renounce her evil ways to woo the hero.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Esdeath from Akame ga Kill! is madly in love with Tatsumi. This all began when Esdeath decided to host a special tournament to find an innocent young man (younger than her) who had a pure smile. Tatsumi ended up winning the tournament, and she fell head-over-heels for him because he fit all her requirements. But Tatsumi didn't return the affection, mostly due to being incorruptibly pure, where Esdeath is a Social Darwinist who has no sympathy for anyone who isn't strong enough to survive. Esdeath tries her best to win Tatsumi over, but when Tatsumi actually ends up in a relationship with Mine, he decides to declare to her face that he's fallen in love with someone else. Eventually, Esdeath gives up on trying to woo him and decides to kill him herself, deciding that if she can't have him, no one can. She fails to kill Tatsumi in the end, and when she is finally killed by Akame, her one regret is that she could never make Tatsumi smile.
  • From Anpanman, Dokinchan, Baikinman's second-in-command, has a (very large and very obvious) crush on Shokupanman, one of the members of the breadheaded superhero team. He's a bit too conceited to notice her crush, though he treats her with a level of kindness that he doesn't show any of the other villains...besides Dokinchan's little sister, Kokinchan, who ALSO has a crush on Shokupanman (though hers is a bit more of a childish one, and she's treated as less of a villain by most of the cast).
  • Berserk:
    • While Slan of the Godhand is probably incapable of feeling real love (being a God of Evil and all), she does want to make Guts her personal sex-toy and got genuinely pissy when Skull Knight interrupted her. Unlike most examples, this is not played for humor, fanservice, or as a redeeming quality, as she tries to rape him at one point, with Double Standard Rape: Female on Male fully averted.
    • Similarly, the unnamed female Apostle from the first chapter was greatly enjoying having sex with Guts and attempted to eat him before Guts took her Out with a Bang.
  • Gender-inverted in Codename: Sailor V: In the end, it's revealed that the Big Bad Danburite a.k.a. Ace is in love with Sailor V since their previous lives. Even the eventual failure of this is unusual: she does fall for him, but everything he did was to get Minako to fully awaken as Sailor Venus and make her realize she'd always choose duty over everything by having her kill him.
  • In D.Gray-Man, Road, the Noah of Dreams, has a thing for Allen Walker, though pretty much everyone does. However, this infatuation seems to be a source of Character Development for her as she becomes nicer to Allen, though only to him.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Bad Blonde Launch as seen in the original series is very infatuated with Tien, in Launch's anime-only DBZ appearance she robbed a bank to buy food for Tien and set up a house for them. Blonde Launch is quite upset that he isn't interested in being a Outlaw Couple with her.
    • The Snake Princess from Filler is attracted to Goku and gets a Luminescent Blush seeing him naked, she isn't even deterred learning he's Happily Married saying the purest hearts are delicious. Then she turns into a huge snake and tries to eat him.
    • Android 18 towards Krillin during Dragon Ball Z, played with in that her love for him redeems her to the Z-Fighters.
    • Zangya from Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound is flirtatious with Krillin and in the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi she says finds him cute, much to 18's ire.
    • Hop from Dragon Ball Super is attracted to Vegeta saying how much she will enjoy scratching his "handsome face".
  • Both Middler and Mariah express interest in the heroes (Jotaro and Joseph, respectively) in part 3 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Both JoJos try to use this to their advantage (with much embarrassment in Jotaro's case), but to no avail. As Mariah points out, there's no point in turning traitor for the handsome hero when the villain you work for is Dio Brando.
  • Gender-inverted in GoLion with Sincline's desire for Fala (who resembles his mother). Up to 10 in Voltron with Lotor desiring Allura.
  • Love After World Domination has this as it's premise. Reaper Princess definitely wants Red Gelato and the feeling is mutual.
  • The Filler Villain Fuuka from Naruto flirts heavily with Naruto upon meeting him, offering to share a kiss with him, calling him several pet names, and using tons of Double Entendres even as the two of them fight. However, it turns out to be subverted. Instead of actually being in love with him, she just wants to kiss him to drain him of his chakra and kill him, and her flirting is just a way of luring her victims in. It later also serves to emphasize her more sadistic side, at one point telling Naruto after finally capturing him that the two of them should forgive and forget and share a "nice hot kiss" to make up, before immediately saying that she'll take his soul as payment for the kiss and violently grabbing him to stop him from struggling against her. She also forces a mock romantic Held Gaze between them before forcing a kiss on him, holding him by his face and chin to force him to look her in the eyes as she cuddles with him, acting out a seemingly romantic moment with him and pretending the two of them are lovers out on a romantic date together, knowing that he is helpless to do anything to resist her.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, in some circumstances villainesses want heroines as well:
  • One Piece:
    • Alvida becomes infatuated with Luffy after he sends her flying, saying in sadomasochistic tone that no man has ever struck her like that before. She even stalks him to Logue Town before she gives up the chase.
    • Porche the female member of Foxy's Quirky Mini Boss Squad is attracted to Sanji, and even gives him a kiss when he saves her from falling.
    • Kyuin the Gonk boss of the SMILE factory falls for Franky after he gives her a "Shut Up" Kiss.
    • Played with in regard to Pudding and Sanji. She thinks he's pathetic at first and has no qualms about killing him, but when Sanji compliments The Third Eye she has, Pudding suffers a Villainous BSoD and alternates between being in love with Sanji and trying to kill him. In the end, her attraction to him brings out the good in her, though she deems herself unworthy of his affections and gives him False Memories so he won't remember her love for him.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Manga/Crystal
      • Queen Beryl started it all with her crush on Mamoru, but it's played with. She's only interested in him because he's the reincarnation of the man she loved, Endymion (this love carried over from her past life where she had an unrequited love for him). Prior to finding this out, she had no interest and was planning on having Mamoru killed. Her love does seem to be genuine (though Metaria has probably warped it) and it can be assumed she was planning on making him her consort when she ruled the world.
      • Black Lady is the Electra complex version of this trope; she only becomes interested in Mamoru because he reminds her of her father. Of course, it's later revealed that he is her father: a younger him before he became King Endymion.
      • Nehelenia lusts over two guys at once. First she kidnaps Helios (who appears to be about 12), curses him, and locks him in a cage. Played with later on as she's disintegrating; it's implied she felt entitled to have Mamoru since he's the reincarnation of Endymion and she felt herself to be the proper ruler of the Moon Kingdom (thus the queen of the moon should be married to the prince of Earth).
      • Galaxia plays with this. Though she brings Mamoru back to life as a zombie and has him kiss her lips, chest, and feet, she has neither romantic nor sexual interest in him; it's just to psychologically torture Sailor Moon.
    • 90s anime
      • Poor, poor Mamoru Chiba. The tendency for villainesses to fall for him and/or kidnap him was flanderized. Queen Beryl's love of Endymion and jealousy of Serenity was the only thing kept from the manga; her backstory was otherwise heavily changed, making her seem even more obsessed with him and was a victim of Love Makes You Dumb concerning his brainwashed self. Downplayed with Black Lady (though the kiss between them was portrayed as straight-up romantic even if it wasn't real). Nehelenia kidnaps Mamoru and treats him like an object, though it's unclear why she does this. Her lust for Helios also seemed to be slightly increased. Anime-original examples:
      • Filler Villain En in the second season gains a crush on Mamoru and becomes a Clingy Jealous Girl to both him and her brother. Her love for Mamoru is part of the reason why she hates Usagi.
      • Esmeraude once mentions how handsome Tuxedo Mask is. His response is to nope away.
      • Mimete briefly crushes on Mamoru. Ironically he was kidnapped by Kaolinite earlier in the season, but with no romantic or sexual undertones.
  • Yatterman started off the trend of Time Bokan leaders having crushes on the boy on the hero team, with Doronjo being very attracted to Yatterman-1/Gan Takada. Her descendant Leopard in Yatterman Night likewise has a Precocious Crush on Gatchan, but this is a case of invoking since Leopard is the hero of the story and only becomes a villain after she lets Gatchan and Aloutette take credit for saving the world under the Yatterman name.

    Comic Books 
  • Depending on the continuity, all the Femme Fatales of Gotham want Batman... or they want him dead if he won't be their boy toy.
    • Especially Catwoman, who is the Trope Namer for Dating Catwoman.
    • Poison Ivy is attracted to Batman and finds him fascinating as one male whose will is strong enough to resist her allure. In Neil Gaiman's version of her origin, she was obsessed with Batman from the start.
    • Talia al Ghul takes the cake, on one instance trying to utterly destroy Batman, kill his "family" and ruin everything he'd ever worked for... because he wasn't paying attention to her.
    • The only exception is Harley Quinn, for obvious reasons, though even she took a shot at Bruce in a Valentine special.
    • Played for Drama example with Tarantula: in her lust for Nightwing, not only does she manipulate events so that Dick will break up with Barbara, but when he's exhausted on a rooftop she takes off his pants and rapes him. Naturally, Dick is disgusted by her and ashamed of himself.
  • Plastique to Captain Atom. They even briefly married.
  • The Defenders: Umar to The Incredible Hulk in one notable Giffen / DeMatteis Defenders miniseries. In this case Hulk... enjoyed himself so much that not only did he revert to puny Banner, but Umar couldn't torture Banner into turning back. In a later issue, she appears to scoop up an out-of-control Hulk, super-charged by a reality-warping device, for an inter-dimensional booty-call. When the Red She-Hulk objected, Umar brought her along as well. Apparently, she thought that level of power, and the extra partner, would give them enough stamina to make for an interesting evening (by comparison, she wiped out the Hulk in their first encounter in under six minutes). She saved the Earth, unintentionally, in the pursuit of really vigorous sex.
  • In The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones #15, smitten Pirate Girl Esmeralda Vasquez offers Dr. Jones the opportunity to join her crew of Ruthless Modern Pirates. When he declines her offer, she becomes a Woman Scorned and has him subjected to a Sand Necktie.
  • Cupid really, really likes Green Arrow.
  • Dark example in Invincible as Anissa is attracted to protagonist Mark, stalking him multiple times and saying she wants to reproduce with him to ensure Viltrumites survival (she finds normal human males repulsive) Mark, however, rejects her. Which angers Anissa and causes her to attack Mark, smashing him down into a crater, pinning herself on top of him and raping him. Mark is of course horrified by the ordeal and the experience briefly spoils his sexual relationship with his wife Eve, when Eve learns truth she tries to kill Anissa first chance she gets. Likewise, his father, Nolan, senses that something is wrong and ends up nearly ripping Anissa's head off. Later, he works it out and doesn't take revenge, largely because Anissa has genuinely pulled a Heel–Face Turn and because he knows from experience how screwed up Viltrumite society was - by the standards both were raised by, that behaviour was positively normal. Instead, he opts to comfort Mark.
  • Machine Man: Aaron Stack, aka Machine Man, learned that his old enemy Sunset Baine, aka Madame Menace, has something of a crush on him. He was rather taken aback by the discovery.
  • The Mighty Thor:
    • Amora the Enchantress. Her attraction to Thor overrides all other considerations—she does admire many of his heroic qualities, but in some cases, has loved him completely despite her many flaws. That said, she does seem to appreciate and enjoy the attentions of other heroes, and has pursued many who have caught her eye, including Hercules, Black Knight, Heimdall, Captain America, Wonder Man, and many others.
    • There's also Hela, Norse goddess of death, who is either this or a Stalker with a Test Tube, Depending on the Writer. She's also Thor's adoptive brother's daughter in some sense, by the way, but mythological gods have never been exactly picky about that sort of thing.
    • The Enchantress's younger sister Lorelei also wanted a piece of thunder god, and once used magic to seduce and rape him. These days, she's lost interest, and gone for a different hero, Sigurd The Ever-Glorious, Asgard's oldest hero, and a bit of a Jerkass. If Amora is to believed this attraction is mutual making Sigurd a Ladykiller in Love, yes, that kind of jerks.
    • Thor's older brother Balder has been a victim of this, too, at the hands of the Norn Queen Karnilla. In her case, there was a bit of Love Redeems and I Want My Beloved to Be Happy, as she realized her attempts to punish him for spurning her were hurting her just as much.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Black Cat is the Catwoman to Peter's Batman. She's a thief who has a growing interest in the wall-crawler and the two become a couple. Unfortunately, her main interest being in his heroic identity of his real one and constantly going back and forth on heroism or thievery makes their romance difficult.
    • The Queen is a dark variant. When she makes the decision to have Spider-Man serve as her "mate" she's made the decision to turn him into a giant spider monster that would serve as a living egg sac for her offspring. It was a small miracle he survived and returned to normal.
  • Superman:
    • Dana Dearden, who goes by the aliases "Obsession", "Superwoman", and "Mrs. Superman". Her Superman obsession drives Dana to obtain superpowers, and later declare herself 'Mrs Superman' after a photo emerges of Supes wearing a wedding ring.
  • The Queen of Fables is so delusional that she believes Superman is Prince Charming, and wants to make him her husband. She even once abducted him and trapped him in a Kryptonian forest (gleaned from tales of Krypton).
  • Maxima initially butted heads with Supes when he declined her offer of marriage. Eventually, she learned to take "No" for an answer and became an ally. But Maxima is a slight aversion. It's not so much that she loves or wants a relationship with Superman. She wants his genetic material to improve her royal bloodline. She's just . . . rather traditional in her choice of collection method. She has gone after other men, moral and immoral, so long as she thinks they will father powerful children. That means Captain Marvel, whose power has nothing to do with his genetics, is right out, but Aquaman is such a viable candidate that Maxima kidnapped him. Still, it's Superman that Maxima not only wants the babies of, but whats raising her babies while she conquers worlds.
  • Superman's teenage clone Superboy also dealt with the affections of a female villain. In his case, it was Knockout, a former member of the Female Furies who came to Earth shortly after Superboy moved to Hawaii. Like Maxima, she was an alien redheaded woman with super strength. She was also much older than Superboy.
  • In Tales of the Jedi, Sith/Krath sorceress Aleema Keto desires Jedi Knight Ulic-Qel Droma who is there to infiltrate the Krath and destroy them from within.
  • Tom Strong: The Nazi baroness known as Ingrid Weiss lusts for Tom. While she's upset he's not blonde, she finds him attractive enough to not be too bothered. Unfortunately for her, for all her beauty, Tom has nothing but hate and disgust for her since he's married to a black woman and Ingrid has nothing but hateful comments about her. While how it happened is thankfully not elaborated, she took advantage of him being unconscious and used him to father their son, Albrecht. It's this incident that only solidified Tom's eternal rejection of her.
  • In Tragg and the Sky Gods, Keera—the first officer of the Yargonian invaders—seriously has the hots for Handsome Heroic Caveman Targg. This drives her to attempt to kill Tragg's mate Lorn, and eventually to become a Defector from Decadence.
  • X-Men:
    • Emma Frost, AKA: The White Queen, to Cyclops - though she hadn't been quite as evil for a while when it happened.
    • Mystique. She has had a thing for Forge, Iceman, Gambit (her adoptive daughter's husband) and Wolverine respectively.

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    Fan Works 
  • Child of the Storm has Yelena Belova, the Red Room's Black Widow, want Harry, the Red Son. Who she takes a certain glee in molesting and raping in all but the very strictest legal sense - and that because she wanted him to "finish cooking". The character in question is fourteen. This isn't so much because of who he is, but because she enjoys exerting power over someone so powerful, and is trying to recreate a 'superior' version of her warped vision of the Black Widow/Winter Soldier dynamic (as the Red Son is the Winter Soldier's nominally Superior Successor). It's portrayed as utterly horrifying.
  • The Flash Sentry Chronicles: Sunset openly flirts with Flash in the human world, even forcing a surprise kiss on him and asking him if he wants a second one while he's flustered, and telling him she'll make it up to him for framing him and Twilight by letting him take her out on a date sometime. Downplayed as Sunset is not actually in love with him and makes it clear she only wants him around to act like a boy toy.
  • In iFight Crime With Victorious Valerie, Freddie's old girlfriend from Season 1 of iCarly, throws her lot in with Neville so that she can restart (via mind control) her relationship with Freddie.
  • You wouldn't believe how many writers portray Shego wanting Ron in Kim Possible fanfics. Which is nothing compared to the writers who portray Shego as wanting Kim.
  • In The Last Son, Superman catches the attention of Anita LeRoux aka Siryn, the adoptive daughter of Doctor Doom, and wants to marry him so they can rule over mutants together, until she undergoes a Heel–Face Turn and moves on.
  • In the She-Ra: Princess of Power fanfic "Locket of Love," accidental exposure to an ancient artifact causes Imp to start to swoon over the heroine Adora, causing quite a few headaches as he tries to win her affections.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton: Played With and later averted with Danny's worse dates:
    • Cree Lincoln seemed to like Danny at first, only to lose interest after he both dumps her and discovers that he cares about kids.
    • Vicky from The Fairly OddParents! never expressed any genuine interest in Danny, she was just looking for a Meal Ticket and didn't hesitate to leave him when she found out that he has no money.
    • Averted with Katie Kaboom who seems to be unaware of the fact that she transforms into a monster, or at the very least, that she is doing anything wrong, but it's clear she has a thing for Danny.
    • Played straight with Black Cat, who takes a liking towards Danny despite being two years older than him.
    • In After Many Dates: Danny and Kim: Camille Leon has a massive crush on Danny Phantom and wants him for a boyfriend. Not only is he involved with Kim Possible in this spin-off, he finds her extremely annoying.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Splash Woman muses that while she could destroy Mega Man, part of her would love to have him to herself and under her control.
  • It's common for Naruto Fanfics to have kunoichi of opposing villages like Tayuya of Otogakure to become attracted to the title character.
  • A Possible Encounter for a Phantom:
    • Ember McLain reveals she has a thing for Danny Phantom, taking advantage of when she brainwashes him by ordering him to kiss her.
    • Inverted with Shego, as Danny is the one who has a crush on her. She's flattered but clearly not interested in someone younger than even Kim Possible.

    Fairy Tales 

    Film — Animation 
  • In the "Den" segment of Heavy Metal, the evil queen really wants to get it on with the eponymous hero. And then they actually do get it on.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Medusa, the main villain in the last 3 Ninjas movie, offers to spare Dave Dragon if he agrees to be her "boy toy". His rejecting the offer pretty much makes her act less like this the rest of the film.
  • 300: Rise of an Empire: After Artemisia's Persian generals fail to live up to her demands, she takes an interest in her Athenian opposite Themistocles. She summons Themistocles to her command ship (temporarily shored in neutral waters) to seduce him, prompting a very violent sex scene. He refuses with a simple "No" afterwards.
  • Barbarella: The evil Black Queen of Sogo would like to "play" with Barbarella, our heroic, innocent astro-navigatrix, but Barbarella is very much not interested. Then the Black Queen tries to turn to the similarly pure angel Pygar, who turns her down as well.
  • Batman & Robin: Poison Ivy acts this way to Robin for most of the film, though it is actually subverted as she is only seducing him to make him a victim of her kiss instead of actually being in love with him (instead she's a Clingy Jealous Girl for Mr. Freeze, another villain). After she finally kisses him she drops the act and taunts him, but after realizing Robin tricked her she angrily shoves "her love" off the romantic rose throne they were sharing and into the pond to drown him.
  • Blade Runner 2049 has a more subdued but still apparent example with Replicant Luv's attitude towards The Hero Replicant K. Luv clearly takes a liking to him when they meet, and protects him from scavengers with a Kill Sat, she even says to his boss Lt. Joshi that he's a "good boy". Towards the climax she becomes more obsessive, having stalked K for the Wallace Corporation throughout the movie and when Luv meets K's hologram girlfriend Joi, Luv unnecessarily destroys her in a Kick the Dog moment probably born out of jealousy. It's probably most blatant in the climax where Luv gives K a Forceful Kiss, after stabbing him in the torso.
  • In Kull the Conqueror, Akivasha the Red Witch spends the vast majority of the film attempting to convince Kull to accept her offer of immortality and become her lover and co-ruler over all the world, beginning even before he is a real threat to her and without standing to gain anything from his acceptance of the offer. She constantly pulls her punches (and even betrays her own minions) in order to avoid killing Kull in the hopes that he will eventually come around and be her consort for all eternity. After such dogged persistence, you almost feel bad for her when she finally gets the kiss she wanted... but it's laced with the Breath of Valka, which kills her. Heavy emphasis on almost though.
  • Lifeforce (1985): Space Girl establishes a psychic link to Carlson and offers him to rule by her side, intent on making him another of her "brides". She even went through the effort of reading his mind to assume his dream of the ideal woman (her real form being... not very pretty).
  • The Mummy (2017): Nick is resurrected by Ahmanet as part of her plans, but she also appears to have a more personal interest in him if her leaning in close to Nick longingly on more than one occasion is any indication.
    Ahmanet: Come to me...
  • Justified in Queen of Outer Space as the eponymous queen rules a Lady Land. Even though she makes a big show of hating men, she orders The Captain be brought to her for a private audience. His crew urge him to play along in the hope of convincing the queen not to attack Earth, but things don't work out the way he expects. Turns out she's disfigured under her mask, so when he recoils in horror it only reinforces her hatred of men.
  • Queen of the Damned: The mother of all vampires, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh known as Akasha, wants the much younger vampire Lestat to be her lover after she discarded her previous one to absorb his power. He reciprocates at first, but eventually turns on her since her plan to Take Over the World is too extreme for him.
  • In Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg Queen wanted Picard to willingly submit to the Borg and be her..."consort"? Not technically romance, but the Borg Queen seems to sexualize her role. The seduction part is played straighter in regards to Data, our favorite fully functional android.
  • X2: X-Men United: Mystique briefly shapeshifts into Jean and tries to seduce Wolverine, with the two making out briefly before Wolverine discovers her true identity via the scars he left her from their fight in the previous film. Mystique tells him "nobody ever left quite a scar like you did," meaning her attraction to him is because he defeated her. When Wolverine rejects her advancements on him though, even when she briefly changes into other characters he may be interested in, she leaves him alone and doesn't show any further attraction to him in the future films.

  • The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden has had this happen to him a few times.
    • Most notably Queen Mab, who wanted Harry to become her champion the Winter Knight, and went about it with a part-seduction/part-job-offer/part-make-your-life-hell vibe. And when Harry finally accepts, the deal gets sealed with elemental-level coitus. For her part, Mab is less a villain and more subject to Blue-and-Orange Morality, but she's not nice.
    • Lasciel, a fallen angel who spends time living in Harry's head and trying to tempt him into a full-blown Demonic Possession. At one point this involves a dream with Harry in a hot tub. When the actual Lasciel shows up in Skin Game, she acts like a Psycho Ex-Girlfriend.
  • Older Than Dirt: This trope goes back to The Epic of Gilgamesh. The capricious goddess Inanna (Ishtar) wants to hook up with the hero, Gilgamesh, because he's exceptionally comely. But he wants no part of it because, as he points out with brutal candor, every single guy she's ever spent time with lived to regret it (and usually didn't live to regret it for very long). Result? Goddess rage. His reason for rejecting her is entirely different in the oldest Sumerian version, where his Mother tells him that a relationship with her will make him Soft.
  • Gender-Inverted in The Phantom of the Opera, where the titular Big Bad is in love with heroine Christine.
  • The Seven Realms Series plays it straight with Han Alistar and Fiona Bayar. The Bayar family is a corrupt family of Wizards that has it out for Han, since Han accidentally wound up stealing a powerful magical artifact from them. Han is also a Chick Magnet of epic proportions whose good looks almost never go unnoticed by a female member of the cast. So, naturally, Fiona Bayar gets the hots for him and even attempts to seduce him by saying they can rule together.
  • Tarzan:
  • The Big Bad of The Unexplored Summon://Blood-Sign, The White Queen, is absolutely head-over-heels for Kyousuke. This is, in fact, her only motivation, with her becoming involved in each story arc purely for the chance to see him again.
  • In The Wardstone Chronicles, witches seem to really like spooks, even though a major part of a spook's job is hunting witches. Both Tom and his master, Mr. Gregory, have at least one witch who fell in love with them.
  • Lanfear's interest in Rand al'Thor in The Wheel of Time is almost a textbook example of this trope, even down to the We Can Rule Together. She never technically kidnaps himnote  but she certainly does everything she can to make him dependent on her (and, to her credit, she really does save his life more than once).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Gender-Inverted in The Adventures of Superman episode "The Bully of Dry Gulch". The Villain of the Week finds Lois Lane attractive.
  • Subverted in Blake's 7 where Servalan has little interest in the noble Blake, but is quite interested in Anti-Hero Avon because he shares her amoral ruthlessness.
  • Buck Rogers: Princess Ardala to Buck Rogers, sometimes. Although the only time she makes a really HARD play for him is when she needs a suitable mate to keep her throne. She doesn't get Buck, of course, and it's unclear if she keeps her throne or not.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Xander is frequently subject to this trope.
      • In "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered", Xander — who already has it bad enough, being nearly ripped apart by every woman in Sunnydale — has The Vamp Drusilla also wanting a piece of him. She even stops Angelus trying to kill Xander. Luckily for Xander, when he flees inside a house, Drusilla can't follow him.
      • In Teacher's Pet, a giant female Mantis (disguised as a Hot Teacher) tries to lethally mate with Xander.
      • In "Inca Mummy Girl", a Mummy girl ends up falling for him.
      • In season 3, Faith (an Anti-Hero) seduces him and takes his virginity and kicks him out of her home after sex. Later, when Xander tries to reason with Faith about her wrongdoings, she sexually assaults him before she starts strangling him, causing Angel to intervene.
      • Anya becomes this towards Xander overlapping with Yandere though her Heroic Sacrifice redeems her.
    • Veruca, a female werewolf, is attracted to Oz and repeatedly coaxes him into giving into his wolf side by not only attacking people, but sleeping with her. Willow, Oz's girlfriend, discovers this and tries to kill Veruca. Veruca tries to kill Willow in turn but is stopped and killed by Oz.
    • In Angel Season 2, it's shown that even as a soulless evil demon, Darla is still in love with the titular hero, Angel, despite his "filthy" soul. Even when he's not in his Superpowered Evil Side form of Angelus, Darla still cares for him — as Drusilla The Empath notes to Darla's ire. It helps Angelus/Angel and Darla were together for 150 years so feelings can't just be swept aside so easily.
    • In Seasons 3 and 4 of Angel, Lilah falls in love with Wesley and is even jealous of his lingering love for Fred. However, Lilah's feelings for Wes are part of her Character Development where Love Redeems.
    • Jasmine gives Angel a Forceful Kiss in their battle which is all kinds of Squick as she's technically his granddaughter.
  • Doctor Who: Missy, after her Gender Swap from The Master, developed an attraction to the Doctor, to the point where in Series 10 she even attempts to undergo a Heel–Face Turn for him.
  • The third season of The Flash (2014) has Killer Frost, who had some Ship Tease with Barry Allen as Caitlin Snow and who forces a kiss on him during her attempt to kill him. When he says he wants to help her, she bitterly asks why he would when he's already got a happy life with his girlfriend, Iris. She eagerly grabs the opportunity to partner up with Savitar, an evil future version of Barry when he offers her a chance to rule the world forever with him, and makes at least one pass at him.
  • Game of Thrones: With Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow in the series finale. Daenerys and Jon have already fallen in love before Daenerys burns a surrendered King's Landing after her Sanity Slippage, which is prompted by a series of grievous personal losses.note  Daenerys kills thousands of civilians and afterward, she announces her plans to conquer the known world through death and destruction in order to realize her perfect world. Tyrion urges Jon it is [Jon's] duty to kill her now but Jon resists due to his love for her. Jon tries to persuade Daenerys to show mercy but Daenerys now believes mercy is a weakness used to cripple her and believes what she has done is right. Still, Daenerys still wants Jon by her side to continue the Targaryen dynasty — but just as Jon failed to convince Daenerys to be merciful, Daenerys fails to convince Jon to join her plans to conquer the world, and he ends up reluctantly assassinating her to stop her carnage, weeping as Daenerys dies in his arms.
  • Adrianne Margeaux of Knight Rider, a recurring villainess who really wanted a piece of Michael after their first encounter. She even plants a Forceful Kiss once she's got him imprisoned.
  • Nadira to Lucas, the Blue Ranger, in Power Rangers Time Force. By the next season she's reformed and he reciprocates.
  • Smallville:
    Maxima: Finally. A man with some fight in him. None of the men on my planet have the stamina to keep up.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Mirror Kira wants Mirror Sisko, regular Sisko, regular Kira, and pretty much everyone else she can intimidate with her sexuality.
    • A Gender-Inverted example is Gul Dukat for Kira. Given he used to run a slave labor camp on her planet, she naturally has no desire to reciprocate.
  • Supernatural:
    • Ruby seems to genuinely care for Sam, and also seems to assume he's more or less on board with joining team evil, though Sam's actions under her influence are more of the Well-Intentioned Extremist variety.
    • Meg falls in love with Castiel during Seasons 7 & 8.

  • Downplayed with Melissa in Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues. While she's in a committed relationship with Daigo, she's also attracted to Ciro's innocent qualities and wouldn't mind having something with him on the side (even if he doesn't reciprocate at all).

  • Some of the Sera Myu musicals expand on Beryl's love for Endymion. One had her as his fiancee, meaning he probably reciprocated her feelings and explains why she hates Serenity and the Moon Kingdom so much. La Reconquista makes it clear she intends to marry him and make him her consort when she rules Earth; their wedding is a plot point that needs to be stopped.
  • In the original version of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the villainous Arachne had a thing for Peter and wished to seduce him away from Mary Jane. When Julie Taymor was fired and the musical was rewritten in order to save it, the subplot was cut as Arachne was Demoted to Extra.

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  • Lucrezia Mongfish, the Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter aka The Other in Girl Genius. It's partially also Dating Catwoman, since Bill genuinely loves her and Lucrezia appears to love him back at first, anyway but it's apparently clear to everyone except Bill that she's still a villainess at heart.
    Lucrezia: Now, Bill knows I'm bad. But he thinks I can change.
    Klaus: He's wrong. They think that about everybody. I know you too well.
    • Played straight in the side story of Ferretina the Weasel Queen, with Othar Tryggvassen as the hero she tries to seduce - right up until he mistakes her seduction for "luring him to his doom" and tries to kill her instead. It's an easy mistake to make.
    Ferretina: You're a real man! A hero! I had thought your kind a fable! A story for children!
    • Also played straight in the backstory of a side story, with Old Man Death recounting tales from his youth to his granddaughter - since he now runs a sandwich shop, the villainess in question apparently repented. Although since he fought alongside the Jaegars under one of the old Heterodynes this might actually be a case of All Girls Want Bad Boys, it's ambiguous.
    Old Man Death: Then one day, while sacking a castle, I was ravished by a wild princess...
    Zeuxippe: You the who what now?
    Old Man Death: Heh. Even today, your grandmother is a remarkable woman.
  • Used in a minor way in The Order of the Stick. Fairly early, Elan gets kidnapped by bandits who, as it turned out, were acting on the orders of the beautiful Bandit Queen. Looks like 18 Charisma wasn't just for show after all. (Well, it is, obviously, but you know what we mean.) Somewhat unusual in that Elan actually goes along with it until his UST-target shows up and complains, at which point he defends himself by claiming that seducing the beautiful villainess is part of his solemn duty as a Bard.
    • Sabine mentions this trope in a comedic inversion of All Girls Want Bad Boys from this strip.
    • There's also the situation between Durkon and Hilgya. Deconstructed in that while she was attracted to him and he eventually returned the favor, she was still married and the Lawful Good Durkon could not be involved in a relationship with someone who was married to someone else.

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  • Inverted in Atop the Fourth Wall, where the heroic champion of the universe Linkara has a crush on Harley Quinn, a comic book villainess.
  • The Guidelines for Evil Empresses have a lot to say about this.
    I will not bed the Hunky Hero before my plan is executed, unless having him believe I am carrying his child gives me a decisive advantage.
    I will not be put off by the Hero's rebuffs of my sensual advances. If he doesn't succumb to me, I will not fly into a jealous rage. Instead, I'll shrug my shoulders, send him on his way, and have him picked off as he exits the fortress.
    I, and my elite guards, will never assume that we have managed to confiscate all weapons or escape aids from the captured Hero. "Interrogations" in my private chambers will only be conducted if the Hero is completely nude. This will, in fact, satisfy a number of objectives at once.
    If the Hero says he is willing to betray his cause and accept my offer of ruling the world at my side, he will only be believed once that betrayal results in his cause's total destruction, at which point his demonstration of total lack of principle should lead to his immediate execution.
    However insatiable my appetites are, it is virtually guaranteed that at least one of my millions of subjects is both far more gifted at satisfying them and far more loyal to me than the Hero who seeks my destruction, no matter his reputation with the ladies.
    If the Hero has an evil twin, the twin will probably make a far more suitable Love-Happy Stooge.
  • Played straight by The Nostalgia Chick who is a Stalker with a Crush for Todd in the Shadows. Word of God is that she and The Nostalgia Critic are also essentially an Official Couple.
  • Sailor Moon Abridged: Beryl's even more obsessed with Darien than she was in the anime. It's so bad she stalks him on Facebook and her sexual intentions for him couldn't be any clearer. She also seems to think Guy on Guy Is Hot; when the brainwashed Darien and Malachite engage in a fight, her response is to suggest they mud wrestle while she videotapes it. Ann retains her canonical crush on Darien, but it isn't as flanderized as Beryl. Sailor Mars probably counts since this series drops any pretense of telling us that she's good, despite being on the same side as Darien. She's even more vocally into him than she was in the anime and doesn't pretend to like his somewhat girlfriend Serena (who's also her teammate Sailor Moon). Making her obsession worse is the fact that she's a Satanist who often mentions wanting to sacrifice him, set him on fire, or otherwise cause him bodily harm. The only time he reciprocates is when he's brainwashed, though he does say he's with Beryl (though he doesn't seem too thrilled about this).

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  • Aladdin: The Series:
    • There's a recurring villain a witch named Sadira, whose main goal was to steal Aladdin from Jasmine, though she gave up on it in her third appearance and befriended Jasmine.
    • There was also Saleen, an evil mermaid who attempted the same thing. Though in one episode she turned Aladdin into a shark, which seems sort of counterproductive to this trope.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender Ty Lee hits on Sokka almost every time they share the screen together. Of course, she's not really that much of a villain, but she's Azula's sidekick and usually hits on him while they're fighting.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command had this with Gravatina. She once went for Buzz's Evil Twin from an Alternate Universe.
  • Danny Phantom: Word of God revealed that Ember McLain is secretly in love the title character, but denies it in a Tsundere manner.
  • Queen Tyr'ahnee of the Martians and Duck Dodgers.
  • Galtar and the Golden Lance: Recurring Dark Action Girl Rava's primary goal in life is to rule the kingdom of Bandisar. Her secondary goal? To have the titular hero as her husband by any means necessary, even if it involves kidnapping, torture, and attempting to dispose of his other love interest, Goleeta. Failing all that, she's willing to invoke the If I Can't Have You… clause...
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: The Dreadnok Zarana falls for the Joe tech specialist Mainframe during an undercover mission, an attraction that is very much mutual even after he discovers her true identity. She even covertly assists him on one occasion when he's deaged, and quietly wishes him luck. Dropped in the Di C season where she's introduced as hooking up with Destro instead (though it should be noted that the connection between the original Sunbow seasons and post-movie Di C seasons are somewhat... vague).
  • The eponymous character of Jimmy Two-Shoes is lusted after by Heloise, an Enfant Terrible Mad Scientist. Of course, sometimes she drifts into Anti-Hero territory, she's still happily working for Satan. Currently, Jimmy has no clue.
  • Justice League:
    • In "The Great Brain Robery" when Lex Luthor and Flash trade bodies, Tala is clearly far more attracted to Flash as Lex than the real thing. While Flash is flippant toward her and creeped out by her clinginess, he nevertheless treats her far nicer than Lex ever does. At the end, when Lex is turned back to normal, Tala is visibly disappointed to have "her" Lex back.
    • In the episode "Alive", Giganta develops a sympathy for Wally West. At the end of the series finale, she uses a bit of her head start time to give him a kiss before running away with the other villains.
  • Queen La plays the same role in Disney's animated series The Legend of Tarzan as she did in the original source material.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Tammy had a crush on Brad, Jenny's best friend/sidekick. They almost got married until Brad realized that he be treated like a slave and she would eventually eat him...
  • In The Princess and the Pea, Hildegard (the Royal Brat princess) wants to marry Rollo, although the only reason she wants to marry him is because he's the prince of a very rich kingdom.
  • In ReBoot Hexadecimal sometimes had a crush on Bob, depending on which mask she had on at the time. After she's turned into a sprite she comes to realize she loves him entirely and ends up sacrificing herself to save the entire net from Daemon's infection, for no reason other than for his sake.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars features Miraj Scintel, the Queen of Separatist-aligned Zygerria, taking a liking to Anakin Skywalker posing as a smuggler to free many recently abducted slaves from her clutches, and, subsequently, after his ruse is discovered, takes Obi-Wan, Ahsoka and Rex as captive slaves, but promises to release them if he would become her lover and stay with her, believing she can control him. Unfortunately, Count Dooku doesn't approve...
  • Superman: The Animated Series:
    • Like the comic book example above, Maxima is this to Superman in "Warrior Queen". However, she eventually let's him go and actually soon forgets all about him when she meets another man.
      Lobo: I'm here to get that fraggin', scum-suckin, rat-scratchin' De'Cine. And nobody better stop me!
      Maxima: Yeahoooo!
    • Though he was brainwashed at the time, Lashina not only has a thing for Superman, it's pretty heavily implied they had sex.
  • In an episode of SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, a villainess air-pirate named Turmoil develops a crush on the hero T-Bone. She captures and asks T-Bone to join her crew, which he accepts. In truth, however, he simply takes advantage of her hospitality by planting bombs throughout the ship and bringing it down. At the end of the episode, Turmoil, while in prison, promises not to give up her pursuit of T-Bone.
  • Subverted in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012). Karai flirts with Leo on screen, but they become enemies after Leo and his brothers try to kill the Shredder, her father. Played straight by the end of the series, where it's all but stated they're an item (e.g. Karai outright tells Leo that she won't go easy on him during a training match just because she likes him), though by that point Karai is pretty clearly no longer a villain.
  • Teen Titans (2003):
    • Played as high-school drama when Kitten, Killer Moth's Bratty Teenage Daughter, wants Robin to take her to the prom. Subverted, however: she just wants to use Robin to make her real boyfriend jealous.
    • Blackfire flirts pretty heavily with Robin in her first appearance, but this seems less to be actual interest and more just her screwing with her sister Starfire's (Robin's canon love interest) head. In her second appearance, she pretty much ignores Robin entirely.
    • This trope is completely inverted in regards to Jinx and Kid Flash. Kid Flash is definitely the active pursuer in the relationship, with him trying to coax Jinx into turning over a new leaf.
  • El Tigre: Both Black Cuervo and her mother Voltura have this for El Tigre and his father, White Pantera. A good way to get Voltura riled is to point out that was Pantera who broke up with her; "As if I could forget!"
  • In Young Justice (2010), Cheshire flirts with Red Arrow, the original Roy Harper/Speedy's clone. They eventually get married and have a daughter.


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The villainous Emerald flirts with Tuxedo Mask, which quickly weirds him out so much he just nopes out of the scene.

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