All Women Are Lustful

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The Distaff Counterpart of All Men Are Perverts: Women will do anything for sex, and men are the cerebral ones. A popular trope during some periods of history, especially ancient Greece.

Back in Ancient times, this trope actually used to exist in the stead of All Men Are Perverts. It was assumed that women were too sex-crazed to say no to sex, while men were supposed to be the virtuous ones, and that being too sexual with women was an insult to a man's virility. Although mostly a Forgotten Trope and/or Discredited Trope today, this trope made a comeback in the early eighties and continuing from there where in a work that depicts beautiful, sexually liberated women as sexual aggressors who pick up guys, take them to bed and make the first move before the sex scene.

Sometimes, a Good Bad Girl doesn't care about the social stigma with putting out, and her whoring is portrayed positively and a rite of passage or personal growth. That is not this trope. This trope would shrug its shoulders and say: Well, she's a woman, what do you expect, of course she's trying to get her baby cannon stuffed for all she can! And if the guy isn't willing? Well, that's just too bad. No Guy Wants to Be Chased, but what are you going to do? My Girl Is a Slut, and my fish are wet.

In order for this trope to apply to a modern work, women have to be depicted as man-chasers by default. Not just one in particular. Women in general would say I am a woman, I can't help it! It has to be socially expected from women that they'll do anything for the next ride on the trouser rocket. Not as a positive statement about women's sexual empowerment. Not because it's in a world where men and women happily engage in the hanky-panky and the nasty together. A world where women are the ones thinking with their crotches, and men are the ones thinking with their brains.

Contrast All Women Are Prudes and compare All Men Are Perverts.

In classic works that personify the Seven Deadly Sins (including Marlowe's Doctor Faustus), Lust is usually the one cast as a woman.

No real life examples, please; This is a trope about how characters are depicted in media.

Examples of All Women Are Lustful include:

Please don't post generic aversions - save for the few fictional works which make a point in analyzing the veracity of common gender stereotypes.


  • Your typical AXE commercial, whether it be body spray or shower gel, involves a guy using the product, and women lusting after him. One commercial even involves female angels falling to Earth and removing their halos just to be with a guy that uses AXE.
    • A notable one goes as follows: A girl starts following some guy at a party, and catches him alone. Then she immediately bends him over the sink, and declares that she wants to bury her face in his backside. Before he even gets a chance to say anything, she proceeds to obsessively caress and sniff his hair. Imagine what the reaction would be if the roles were reversed.
  • A commercial for Gillette Hydro has a woman taking off her top and tossing it on a man's face, where, upon impact, the top turns into water to show what the G.H. does.
  • These Charlie Perfume commercials from the seventies and eighties were aimed squarely at aggressive, sexually liberated women.

Anime & Manga

  • In Fullmetal Alchemist, the Seven Deadly Sins are represented, with Lust (at least in the manga) as the only female. However, she's a bit of a subversion. Each Homunculous has a special power that reflects the sin they represent. Lust's is "The Ultimate Lance", claws that can penetrate anything. While she looks female, she definitely represents a very masculine kind of lust, which is quite appropriate, considering she's actually an aspect of Father's psyche given form.
    • There's also the fact that Lust herself isn't very lustful and will usually just use her looks and sex appeal to manipulate people.
      • This was a deliberate choice by the author who worried that Lust acting, well... lustful, would be way too risque to see print.
    • In the 2003 anime version, she was created from the lover of Scar's brother. It is implied that Scar's brother gave up his genitals as the toll for human transmutation.
  • Digimon also represents the Seven Deadly Sins, and has Lilithmon of the Seven Demon Lords.
  • This is a major theme in several Gundam works, especially those by Yoshiyuki Tomino. Many of his female characters meet bad ends because they allowed their base instincts to lead them to following the wrong men. Reccoa of Zeta Gundam is probably the best example.
  • Shows up in a lot of Hentai anime and Doujinshi, along with All Men Are Perverts.
  • Berserk is one of the few works to play this straight, without sympathy and it's clearly meant to elicit more revulsion than arousal. On the other hand, All Men Are Perverts is played off straight in a similarly unsympathetic way.
  • Panty and Stocking With Garterbelt plays this Up to Eleven, with Panty's one and only motivation being getting laid. Stocking isn't quite as lustful, but her BDSM fetish and odd taste in men balance it out. Some fans have taken this as a Take That to Magical Girlfriend shows and Moe, where most of the female characters are Purity Sues. It should be noted All Men Are Perverts is still in full effect.
    • Even the heroines' straight-laced evil rivals, Scanty and Kneesocks, fit this trope although they tend to be more discreet about it.
  • The female cast of Star Driver are very lustful, with bedhopping and Yaoi Fangirl fantasies aplenty. In fact, they tend to come across as a lot more so than the guys in the series. Interestingly, though, this isn't presented in a condemnatory manner, thanks to the show's cheerily laid-back attitude towards all matters sexual.
  • The entire concept of B Gata H Kei.
  • To a degree, Texhnolyze. You see a woman soliciting Ichise pretty early on in the very first episode, and then many scenes afterwards of Doc greeting him in compromising ways (such as putting her arms around him while topless). There's also Onishi's secretary Michiko, who offers to have him stay at her place (with all the implications that carries, by the looks of things) after his wife is killed.
  • The heroine Nyaruko from Haiyoru! Nyaruani constantly lusts after the protagonist Mahiro and wish to bear many children with him. This mostly drove Mahiro mad and annoyed at her, which is Played for Laughs.
  • Seitokai Yakuindomo played for laughs nearly every female except Toki, Suzu and Kaede.
  • Negima comes very close to this trope... if it weren't for the fact that the object of all the girls' affection is a ten-year-old boy. Having said that, said affection never seems entirely chaste...

Comic Books

  • All of Brook McEldowney's female characters. 9 Chickweed Lane featured a mature woman in her prime; the focus then shifted to her college-aged daughter Edda who engaged in hot, hot sex with her boyfriend Amos in front of a balloon full of Belgians with camera phones; now Edda's grandmother is recounting how she met her husband while nursing a crush on a Austrian POW to her daughter, granddaughter, and her granddaughter's ballet class (there's also a older female musician who tried to seduce Amos for the dramaz). Pibgorn has Pib herself, who is also in passionate love with her boyfriend Geoff, and Geoff's ex-girlfriend Drucilla, who's a succubus. Notably, all the male love interests are exceedingly nerdy.
    • In 9 Chickweed Lane, exactly two of the male love interests are nerdy. Two. Edda's grandfather Bill was very much the Manly Man, as was Gram's other love interest, albeit in a different way, and Thorax... well, he's Thorax
  • Anything done by Frank Miller. His female characters are all sexually hungry, with his male protagonists frequently having to reject moves by the Girl of the Week because it's a bad idea right now, what with the cops closing in on the place and all.
  • All women in Ramba. Especially the title character.


  • No woman keeps her hands off of James Bond for very long. It helps that James Bond is practically a canon Memetic Sex God.
  • The "Castle Anthrax" scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a comedic illustration of this trope.
  • Barbarella.
  • Ladies in 40 Days and 40 Nights, once the main character takes himself off the market.
    • Played with, the women aren't lustful towards the main character because they can't control themselves, they do it to maintain the status quo, with women controlling access to sex, and men having to work for it. If the guys start witholding it, then the power shifts.
  • The 1962 version of Mutiny on the Bounty portrays all Tahitian women this way.
  • The female main characters of The Sweetest Thing all act this way.


  • The One Who Waited. The main character, Alice, can be described as a partial example of this trope. Though initially terrified of the Boogeyman character, by the end of the story she has accepted that they were meant to be together.
  • Twilight is very much a modern example of this trope, which is quite amusing, the author being the Mormon housewife that she is.
  • Popular for female villains in The Middle Ages:
    • For instance, the temptresses Duessa, Phaedria, and Acrasia in The Faerie Queene. Oddly, Pride is their Deadly Sin that gets cast as female.
    • The character referred to as the Wife of Bath in The Canterbury Tales illustrates the era's stereotype of female sexuality. (She's called the "Wife of Bath" because she lives in Bath, a city in England, and has been married five times.)
  • King Dork: seemingly every teenage girl with a boyfriend is cheating on said boyfriend. Specifically, they all seem to love giving blow jobs to multiple guys.
  • Tairen Soul. While the heroine's insatiable desire for Rain is portrayed relatively positively, nearly every minor female character is portrayed as negatively lustful. Queen Annoura's lust for "forbidden pleasures" and her tendency to keep attractive male "Dazzles" makes her easier for the mages to manipulate, and negatively affects her relationship with King Dorian. Jiarine Montevero is very lustful, and continually uses her sexuality to bad ends or to help the mages. The Feraz are an entire race of Femme Fatales and Vamps. And then there's Kelissande Minset...
  • Piers Anthony once wrote a short story "Ship of Mustard" (which appears in the collection Alien Plot) in which, as he describes in the introduction to the story, he tried to Gender Flip All Men Are Perverts and All Women Are Prudes. It's set in a space station on which there is a severe gender imbalance in births (far more women are born than men) and the women all want to get pregnant in order to advance their careers and social position. Why men on the station are reluctant to have sex is not explained.
  • In Michael Crichton's Pirate Latitudes all female characters are either prostitutes or lascivious women. Everyone seems to expect this of them, and to assume it is their natural role in Caribbean society. The only people to turn down sex in the whole book are men (though it doesn't happen often).
    • In Disclosure several characters try to make the claim that All Men Are Perverts and All Women Are Prudes. This is uniformly contradicted with statistics that suggest female bosses sexually harass male employees every bit as often as their male counterparts. Thus it is suggested that each gender is inherently lustful. Meredith Johnson exemplifies this trope quite well.
  • In Goethe's Faust, Mephistopheles' witches behave like rock-star groupies towards him. Even Gretchen, the village maiden courted by Faust, makes a play for Mephistopheles, despite her otherwise consistently impeccable behavior. Mephisto never does the deed with any of the women he meets (he prefers male angels), though he appreciates the attention.

Live-Action TV

  • The L Word
  • Sex and the City is not an example of the trope. All four girls are portrayed as rather methodical and controlled, and it is only Samantha (who used to provide the page picture) who appears to see sex as an end in itself. Since she is portrayed as a deviant however, this trope is not in effect.
  • The main characters in The Golden Girls, especially Blanche. Not so much Rose though.
  • Most women (and several men!) in Rescue Me are falling all over themselves to sleep with a firefighter.
  • Californication. Just... ugh. You'd be hard-pressed to find a woman in LA who doesn't throw herself at Hank. Given his sex addiction, it's not exactly good news for him.
  • Pretty much any VH-1/MTV reality show that involves women trying to win "the heart" of some C list Celebrity.
  • Kris Munroe on Charlie's Angels always has an eye for a gorgeous guy along with fun, aggressive attitude towards them. Even though Kris wasn't impressed with Toni's boys, Kris ogled male Angel Bob Sorenson and enjoyed watching a male stripper rehearse in the episode of the same name. In the episode, "Angel in Love" she quips, "I'm so disappointed. I thought sex would be running rampant."
  • All three of the main female characters in Married... with Children qualify, even Straw Feminist Marcy.
  • The Big Bang Theory seems to be heading this way. Amy Farrah Fowler was introduced as Sheldon's Distaff Counterpart, right down to the Asexuality - until she, Penny, and Bernadette went out to a bar and she saw a hot guy, in which case she was flustered by her own reactions to said man. So men are capable of being totally asexual, yet women who seem to be are simply waiting for the right man to turn them on, whether or not he has any redeeming qualities aside from his looks?
    • Well, Leonard's mother still prides herself on only having sex to reproduce.
      • Except that when Penny got her drunk, she lusted after several men, and kissed Sheldon. She liked it; He Didn't
  • Many of the nurses in Mash, specially in the first couple of seasons. Several of the female guest-of-the-week (Nance in "Henry in Love", visiting inspector in "House Arrest").
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Naked Now", uses this trope when the characters are under the influence of a virus. All the women- well, at least Yar, Troi, and Crusher- respectively attempt to seduce Data, Riker, and Picard. Only Yar is successful.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is particularly strong in this regard. Women (and teenagers) who are not married, not over 60 (and not all of those) and not blatantly feminist are almost invariably (sometimes predatorily) interested in Napoleon, Illya or even Waverly.
    • Particularly egregious was the way Salty Oliver - the only woman on the show who annoys Napoleon enough to ask her to shut up - eventually set her sights on Napoleon in The Ultimate Computer Affair.
    • And then there's the eugenics girl who was chasing Illya in The Cap and Gown Affair.
  • Most of the girls on Gossip Girl show this to a degree. A recurring situation in the first season was that the guys Blair and Serena dated kept insisting on "waiting", whereas Blair and Serena both just wanted sex. Blair spends at least one episode a season trying to seduce/sleeping with Chuck just because she wants sex. Also, Serena apparently considers a few weeks an impossibly long time to wait for sex. Of course, since the boys are just as bad, it's really more like People Love Sex.
  • In The Office (USA), nearly all of the female characters have had sex in the office and several of them are pretty kinky at home too.
  • The women of the Buffyverse love sex. Faith claims that slaying a demon makes her horny, Buffy can't get enough of sex with Spike in season 6 (including inside a building that's falling down and while she's invisible), Willow enjoys frequent sex with Oz and later Tara and Kennedy is a walking sex drive too. The vampires seem to be lustful by default but special mention goes to Darla and Drusilla.
  • How I Met Your Mother seems to run on this as well with Lilly and Robin having really high sex drives, Lilly's being even higher than her husband's. On her wedding day she even gets him to do it with her in a bathroom. She later even pulls off a female version of "the naked man" trick.
  • Bedtime Stories which is about a bordello run by a madam named Belle (Kim Dawson) who helps women fulfill their sexual fantasies by pairing them with the gigolos she employs exemplifies this Trope. Belle also has sex with the gigolos and the women who come to her.
  • PlaygirlTV is the Distaff Counterpart to the Playboy Channel and is the first adult channel to target women.


Print Media

  • That's what Hugh Hefner has been saying in Playboy through the magazine's pictorials. This would be done by having certain props such a necktie or a pair of men's shoes to suggest a man's presence.
    • In Cindy Margolis' July 2008 spread, the male presence is more obvious. You only see his hands, arms, chest and abs. In those pictures, she's shown in an intimate situation with a naked male model. Through her body language, facial expressions and eye contact in the photos, a naked Cindy's saying to the reader, "join us".
  • Despite the obvious jokes about Playgirl' being bought mainly by gay men, Playgirl sells just as well as it's Distaff Counterpart, and, yes, many of it's readers are women.

Religion and Mythology

  • Loads of women in Greek Mythology had a certain lustfulness about them-- Aphrodite being the Ur-Example.
  • In some versions of Jason and the Argonauts, they come across an island populated only by women. They ask for hospitality, which is given to them in exchange for impregnating them. In one version, they are intended as a sacrifice later on, barely escaping with their lives. In this case it's arguably not so much about lust---the women had killed off the men and basically needed some way to not die out in a few decades. Though I seem to recall them killing off the men because they refused to have sex with them, or they were all cheating on them because of some curse... or something...
  • One of Herakles' lesser-known feats is going with Theseus (of Labyrinth and Minotaur fame) to the land of the Amazons. The queen, Hyppolita, wants to keep Theseus as a consort, and says they'll be released once Herakles deflowers/impregnates 50 Amazon women, figuring this'll get her a few days to enjoy Theseus' company. Herakles, being Herakles, does the deed in one night.
  • This is the Super-Hero Origin of Tiresias the Blind Seer. At an earlier point he was turned into a woman for seven years after angering Hera, during which he married and bore children. His manhood was later restored. Later, Zeus and Hera had an argument over who gets greater enjoyment from sex, women or men. Naturally, they asked the one person who'd experienced it both way, and he told them women get ten times as much pleasure from sex as men. Angry, Hera struck him with blindness. To compensate, Zeus gave him the gift of foresight and a long lifespan.
  • Many parts of The Bible portray men and women alike as inherently sinful and vulnerable to temptation, with said temptation often being sexual in nature. Many women only appear long enough to tempt a male character or serve as examples of how the people of a specific nation have fallen into sin.
    • Lot's daughters decided to, with their mother and husbands destroyed with Sodom, and no other avenue for having children available, get their father drunk and rape him. (Though that arguably had less to with lust and more to do with Only You Can Repopulate My Race, because they thought they were the Last of Their Kind.) The two resulting sons later become the founders of two tribes, the Moabites and Ammonites--who happened to be among the Hebrews' perennial enemies.
    • The most pornographic passage of the bible has Israel and Judah represented as two sisters whoring around big time. God punishes them.
    • The "Whore of Babylon", a allegorical figure of evil.
    • After Joseph's brothers sell him into slavery, he winds up in Egypt, where the wife of his owner tries to seduce him because he's hot. When he turns her down, she accuses him of trying to rape her and has him thrown in prison. The fact Potipher didn't just execute Joseph outright likely shows that he knew his wife enough to realize that Joseph didn't do it and putting Joseph just into prison was probably a compromise.
    • Subverted with many of the female heroines in the Bible either level headed and strong willed (Deborah is one great example), faithfully married (Sarah, Priscilla, Abigail), or use their feminine charms to save people (Ruth, Rahab, Mary).
    • In the New Testament, Jesus came into contact with the "Woman at the Well" and the "Samaritan Woman". Both women were accused of adultery, but Jesus forgave them when society didn't. The latter of which resulted in the famous "He who is without sin, cast the first stone" quote.
  • The Quran has a rule to deal with woman like this.
    • On the other hand, The Quran explicitly says that God gave men one-tenth of sexual desire, and women nine-tenths.


  • The comedy in Lysistrata (the original play by Aristophanes) originally came from this. The women lock themselves in the city treasury and say that nobody's getting any cash or any nookie until the war between Athens and Sparta ends. The men don't take it seriously at first, and the women do, indeed, have a very difficult time with the whole "not having sex" thing, but the men end up being the ones who crack. For some reason, even though modern stereotypes about the sexuality of the genders has reversed, we still find the scenario hilarious.
    • Probably because it swung from "look at those silly women, thinking they can hold out" to "look at those silly men, falling to pieces if they don't get any." Or "look at those silly people, all driven by their sexual urges to such ridiculous extremes."
    • Of course, back then, it would be considered that men were Not So Different and enjoy sex.
  • "Women's Club Blues" from Love Live makes this the reason why suffragettes are so eager to put their bodies to work in the world of men.



  • Monette, in the earlier years of Something*Positive, was pretty much portrayed this way. Although she insisted she was a lesbian (and would later enter a monogamous relationship with a woman, which is still ongoing), she would develop and act on the uncontrollable impulse to have sex with males...including, in one memorably squicky instance, a koala at the local zoo.
  • Several in Ménage à 3 qualify, but the grand prize remains with Zii.
    • [DiDi] qualifies. Having had several boyfriends, slept with one heterosexual guy concerned about his sexuality when she was desperate for sex, is interested in Gary after hearing about how awesome he is at giving oral sex, is dating Matt and obsessed with having sex with him.
  • The entire point of Moon Over June.
  • In the Ciem Webcomic Series, only Erin appears to be a prude. All the other women are totally obsessed with either how to have sex, or how to blackmail someone else for getting it. (The men are just as bad, especially with the blackmail part.) Candi's constant yearning to have sex with Donte, and taking on of Denny as a Replacement Love Interest, only to lose him and get Donte back, drives the entire plot of part 1. Part 2 revolves around how neither Candi nor Donte can control themselves anymore, and how they feel they should have gotten married months ago. And how the consequential pregnancy interferes with Candi's mission to prevent Arfaas from starting a war with China. She has two kids by part 3, to the surprise of nobody, but finally got to marry Donte in the end.
    • The Ultimate Universe book is worse. Candi not only seduces Donte and later throws herself at Denny, but also gives in to the wishes of her childhood friend Jack, who's quite the pervert himself. She also ends up being raped twice by Don Mendoza, and once by Wayne the Vampire.
      • Miriam didn't just have Phil and Steve get it on with her. She's had five different one night stands in-between. And a no-good friend of Steve's noticed how horny Miriam was, and hid cameras in the room to turn Miriam unknowingly into a porn star. Marina's been with 17 different men before getting married to #17. Dolly may have saved herself for marriage, but being denied access to her husband seems to really fuel her rage. Lindsay married Khumar in a Shotgun Wedding. (Although she wasn't really pregnant, they tied the knot because the families couldn't stand the thought of them sleeping together out of wedlock.) And the blackmail ring that's out to get Candi? They sent Wayne to rape her after getting a Candi impersonator to sleep with the entire football team on camera didn't work. And nearly drove another girl to suicide after convincing the whole town that girl was a slut.
  • The females in Sonichu would get it on with their "sweethearts" in public all day long if it weren't for their men being preoccupied working or fighting crime (with the notable exception of Mary Lee Walsh, the main villain). The Rosechus, in particular, seem to anxiously wait at home for their boyfriends or husbands to return so they can have sex. That being said, few of the female characters seem particularly promiscuous: Once they find a male, they will only have sex with that male. They just have sex with him very very often. The ones who ARE promiscuous, like Silvana, are evil.
  • The female characters in The Word Weary seem just as sex-obsessed as the men.

Web Originals


  • This applies to a LOT of pornography, either straight or with the variant that the women enjoy perversion for the sake of perversion and will gladly have sex with someone ugly-looking guy acting as a stand-in for the audience.
  • It's especially strong in the "reality porn" genre; wave fifty bucks and/or a big dick in a woman's face and she'll immediately agree to be fucked on camera.