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Basic Trope: A female character whose primary goal is to seduce, marry and kill rich men so as to inherit their money.

  • Straight: Maud is unbelievably gorgeous and seductive but also greedy, amoral and manipulative. She often goes to bars and singles' clubs to seduce rich and successful men, marry them... and then kill them in cold blood by making them "have an accident".
  • Exaggerated:
    • Maud doesn't even care if the men she seduces are rich or married. If they fall for her, she will kill them and their whole family for the money.
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    • Maud has killed hundreds or even thousands of men this way.
  • Downplayed:
    • Gold Digger
    • Maud falsely accuses her husband of neglect and abuse to get a divorce and compensation, ruining him in the process.
    • Maud intentionally gets her husband seriously ill, and then asks him for money to buy a very expensive medication... only to pocket the money and run away.
  • Justified: Maud was actually always The Mistress of the men who fell for her, who promised her that they would leave their wives for her. After too many rounds of false promises, she decides that all men need to pay for what was done to her.
  • Inverted: Maud resurrects a dead man and marries him, so she can share her wealth with someone.
  • Gender-Inverted: Maurice repeatedly seduces rich women to kill them and inherit their money.
  • Subverted:
    • Maud's husband is nearly killed several times shortly after marrying her, but the culprit turns out to be his business partner.
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    • Maud's rich husband dies of a mysterious illness, and her first instinct is to go shopping. It turns out that he did die of a rare disease (not a poisoning), and she later laments that people suspected her of murder because she went shopping in an attempt to cope with her husband's tragic death.
  • Double Subverted:
    • However, Maud had seduced his business partner and convinced him they could run off with all of her husband's money if there was a tragic "accident".
    • Maud intentionally infected her husband with the disease. The part about using shopping to cope was a lie.
  • Parodied:
    • She's obviously going to kill her husband, such as ordering hitmen in front of him, or measuring him for a coffin while they're in bed.
    • Maud tries to seduce her husband's rich friends at his funeral, maybe getting married the very next day.
    • Maud eats her husbands like a literal Black Widow. She's eaten so many men that she's become morbidly obese, so she tries to hide this using a corset when she tries to seduce another man. It doesn't work.
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  • Zig Zagged: The author pulls of a Mind Screw that makes it unclear how involved Maud is.
  • Averted:
    • Maud marries and kills men not for money, but for pleasure.
    • Maud is not a murderer.
  • Enforced: "Maud is supposedly good, right? Let's corrupt her to blur the line between good and evil."
  • Lampshaded: "You sure have been married many times for such a young woman, Maud..." "Oh, I guess I'm just unlucky."
  • Invoked: Maud got corrupted by greed and wanted all the money for herself, so she kills her husband.
  • Exploited: Maud's friend has a very wealthy and annoying neighbor, so she introduces him to Maud in the hope that Maud will fall for and kill him.
  • Defied: Bob broke up with Maud the moment he suspects her to be only dating him for his money.
  • Discussed: "Why does she keep changing husbands?"
  • Conversed: "I don't trust Maud one bit. She looks like a nice lady, but she's probably a murderer."
  • Implied:
  • Deconstructed:
    • After two or three marriages, the police immediately catch on to the trend and imprison her.
    • A more literal deconstruction: similar to a real Black Widow spider, it turns out Maud actually killed her husband in order to protect her children.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Maud breaks out of prison and commits more murders for money.
    • She kills her husband in an "accident" that she ensures can't be traced back to her. She then avoids marriage for a few years until she moves to a new area, adopts a new identity, and tries again.
  • Played For Laughs: Maud shamelessly shows off a photo album of her deceased husbands. All 113 of them.

I do love you darling but I'll love you even more if you put me in your will...

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