Femme fatale

stock character; beautiful but mischievous and traitorous woman

A femme fatale (/ˌfæm fəˈtɑːl/ or /ˌfɛm fəˈtɑːl/; French: [fam fatal], literally "lethal woman"), sometimes called a maneater[1] or vamp, is a character that is a mysterious, beautiful, and seductive woman. This character often traps her lovers, often leading them into deadly traps.

A World War II poster where a femme fatale appears


  1. Cope, Rebecca (11 March 2014). "Best Film Femme Fatales". Harper's Bazaar.