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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 Guys.

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 The Hero Tatsumi.
  • 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).
  • While Slan of the Godhand in Berserk is probably incapable of feeling real love (being a God of Evil and all), she does want to make Guts her personal sex-toy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In some circumstances villainesses want heroines as well. While its exact nature is to be discussed, Kyoko, the closest person Puella Magi Madoka Magica had for a villain at the time, definitely had a thing for female Knight in Shining Armor wannabe Sayaka, and the latter's heroism and Honor Before Reason tendencies seemed to play a big part in it.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Poor, poor Mamoru Chiba. It served as a Running Gag throughout the series, but started with Queen Beryl.
    • Usagi/Moon was twice in the same situation, once with Ail from the first anime and later with Prince Dermando.
    • Also gender-inverted in Codename: Sailor V (of which Sailor Moon is a spin-off): 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.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman has several examples:
    • Dana Dearden, who goes by the aliases "Obsession", "Superwoman", and "Mrs. Superman".
    • In most depictions, Lashina of the Female Furies lusts after Superman.
    • The Queen of Fables is so delusional that she believes Superman is Prince Charming, and wants to make him her husband.
    • 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.
      • 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.
  • The Mighty Thor:
    • The Enchantress to Thor, Depending on the Writer.
    • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Once she lust also for Superman, but that's Played for Laughs.
    • 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.
  • Evil queens of mysterious kingdoms in hidden valleys really have a thing for The Phantom.
  • Cupid really, really likes Green Arrow.
  • 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.
  • 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, and Wolverine respectively.
  • Plastique to Captain Atom. They even briefly married.
  • The Queen in Spider-Man 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.

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    Fan Works 
  • 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.
    • Which is nothing compared to the writers who portray Shego as wanting Kim.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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    Films — 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.

    Films — 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 favourite fully functional android.
  • This is the plot of She.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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 was hotly pursued by his Jungle Princess Evil Counterpart (actually, more Blue and Orange Morality, due to her upbringing and ultimately tragic environment) La, Priestess of Opar, who would not take no for an answer.
    • Nemone, Queen of the ancient lost city of Cathne is not only smitten with the Lord of the Jungle, it's clear that her beauty is so great that Tarzan is actually tempted for one of the very few times in his life. Of course, since she's also as mad as she is beautiful, it doesn't last.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Howl's Moving Castle: The Witch of the Waste's love interest is the wizard Howl, who tries to escape from her in fear.
  • 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).
  • Gender Inverted in The Phantom of the Opera, where the titular Big Bad is in love with heroine Christine.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Smallville: Maxima, as well as Tess Mercer.
  • Princess Ardala of Draconia for Buck Rogers, sometimes.
  • Nadira to Lucas, the Blue Ranger, in Power Rangers Time Force. By the next season she's reformed and he reciprocates.
  • 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.
  • Elementary: Moriarty. Also a case of Dating Catwoman.
  • 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.
    • The Darkness seems to be attracted to Dean.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Gender Inverted with Spike and Buffy in Season 5.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • A Very Potter Musical: Umbridge dates Dumbledore briefly in "Sequel".

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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.

    Web Original 
  • 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.
  • Inverted in "Atop the Fourth Wall", where heroic champion of the universe Linkara has a crush on Harley Quinn, a comic book villainess.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Superman: The Animated Series:
    • Like the comic book example above, Maxima is this to Superman. However, she soon forgot all about Superman when she meets another man to her liking...
      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.
  • Queen La plays the same role in Disney's animated series The Legend of Tarzan as she did in the original source material.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command had this with Gravatina. She once went for Buzz's Evil Twin from an Alternate Universe.
  • 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...
  • Teen Titans:
    • 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.
  • Queen Tyr'ahnee of the Martians and Duck Dodgers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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...
  • In Justice League 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.
  • 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 an episode of SWAT Kats, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In Young Justice, Cheshire flirts with Red Arrow, the original Roy Harper/Speedy's clone. They eventually get married and have a daughter.
  • 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.
  • Danny Phantom: Word of God revealed that Ember McLain is secretly in love the title character, but denies it in a Tsundere manner.