Product of the Film Noirs of the 1940s and 50s. Literally means "dangerous woman". These female characters that are beautiful, sexy, and sexually available; however, they are also deceitful, manipulative, and untrustworthy. They use their sexuality to manipulate men into doing their dirty work, and frequently these duped men are killed or are close to being killed. Quite often the behaviors of the femme fatale will result in her death.

By borednovelist, June 20, 2014.