Femme Fatale/Playing With
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Basic Trope: A sexy, sultry, but morally ambiguous woman, common in detective novels.
- Straight: Bob is solving a case, and one of the suspects is Anna, who is a flirty, sultry beauty, and who may or may not be a Honey Trap, working for the Big Bad. No one knows for sure.
- Exaggerated: ALL of the suspects are this.
- Downplayed: Anna is a beautiful, but not sexy, woman. Where her loyalties lie is unknown.
- Justified: Anna is a Double Agent, or even The Mole. It's best that she keeps herself mysterious, but that doesn't mean she can't use her...erm...talents to get her way.
- Inverted: Alice is solving a case, and one of suspects is Tall, Dark and Handsome Benjamin.
- Subverted: It turns out that Anna is The Vamp-- literally! The beauty was a disguise. She's not as attractive as she seems...
- Double Subverted: ...she's even hotter.
- Parodied: Anna thinks she's this, but she's a Gonk.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: Anna isn't particularly beautiful or morally ambiguous.
- Enforced: "All good detective novels have a mysterious, sexy woman, so let's add one."
- Invoked: Anna is working for the Big Bad. He hired her specifically because she's hot.
- Defied: ???
- Conversed: "There's always a Femme Fatale character in these detective shows. ...Yep, here's one now."
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