As a child, I never really got the appeal of G.I. Joe baddie The Baroness, finding her glasses-and-vague-accent schtick to remind me too much of my high school Spanish teacher.  Nowadays, I think my teenage self a fool for a number of reasons, one of which is the appreciation of the ‘She-Wolf of the S.S.’ archetype with its subtle blend of sensuality and evil.  (I also realize that my high school Spanish teacher was a pretty fine-looking woman, but that’s another discussion entirely.)  Whether it is Elsa Schneider matching wits with Indiana Jones or Brigid leading Sam Spade astray in his quest for the Maltese Falcon, it’s easy to fall prey to the charms of such morally gray women, and I have to admit, I like the archetype better seeing another shrieking damsel-in-distress or over-the-top sexpot. which leads to today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) shoulda known she was trouble as soon as she walked in the door…  A brunette with legs that went all the way up, then stopped, the kinda woman that’d make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window, asking: Of all the femmes in fiction, which one do you find the most fatale?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I still have a thing for pre-marriage Mara Jade, when she wasn’t a Jedi or even really quite a hero or villain, but a former Emperor’s Hand turned freelancer that did her own thing.

  2. I have to say Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer fits the bill for me. Though I loved the show, her story arc really raised the bar.

  3. Love me some Moonstone! Beauty and brawn, but most importantly, beware the brain! Nothing like having a professional psychiatrist to really mess with your head…

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