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Top 10 TV Femme Fatales

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Hannah Godden They're irresistible and they're deadly. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we're counting our picks for the Top 10 TV femme Fatales. For this list, we're looking at female TV characters that are smoking hot, seductive, and would kill you in a heartbeat. After all, the phrase "femme fatale: does translate to "fatal woman.." Special thanks to our user Henners250 for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Hannah Godden

They’re irresistible and they’re deadly. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting our picks for the top 10 TV femme fatales.

For this list, we’re looking at female TV characters that are smoking hot, seductive, and would kill you in a heartbeat. After all, the phrase “femme fatale” does translate to “fatal woman…”

#10: Edie Britt
“Desperate Housewives” (2004-12)

There’s always one, isn’t there? Wisteria Lane’s Edie knows what she wants, so you’d better watch out because it doesn’t matter who she has to go through to get it. Throughout the series, Nicollette Sheridan’s Edie seduces a long line of men. And no one is off-limits, including her neighbors’ husbands. Hmmm, hasn’t she ever heard of the expression “don’t *ahem* poop where you eat”? Unsurprisingly, the other residents of Wisteria Lane have mixed feelings about Edie, whose favorite activities seem to be tempting men, manipulating people, getting divorced and washing her car before she’s dressed. Be warned: if you get on her bad side, well, expect to have a bad day.

#9: Evil Queen / Regina Mills
“Once Upon a Time” (2011-)

Well, she certainly lives up to her name. The Evil Queen will rip out your heart and crush it with her bare hands. And you know we mean that literally. Played formidably by Lana Parilla, the Evil Queen is responsible for purposefully ruining the lives of practically everyone in her kingdom. However, if there is something she needs from you, she’ll turn on the charm and reel you right in. She might even take your heart and keep it, making you dance like a puppet on a string. Or she’ll trap you in a mirror. Hey, you think that sounds bad? She’s not much better in the real world.

#8: Selina Kyle / Catwoman
“Batman: The Animated Series” (1992-95)

She’s dark, mysterious, and for Batman, she brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “animal magnetism.” When Batman meets a woman named Selina Kyle, he initially has no idea that she doubles as the slinky feline in the skintight leather suit. But make no mistake about it: Catwoman has Batman wrapped around her little finger from day one; even when the two are fighting for opposing causes, we get the feeling that the Dark Knight loves nothing more than to be under Catwoman’s thumb – or, shall we say, claw?

#7: Cersei Lannister
“Game of Thrones” (2011-) There’s no denying that the Queen Mother of Westeros is beautiful. She is also a ruthless ruler, and appears to think nothing of the hurt she inflicts upon others, as she’ll kill the innocent without flinching. As if that wasn’t scary enough, her late husband, King Robert Baratheon, actually believed they had three children together! Oh, but how wrong he was… Cersei’s kids are actually from her lover, Jaime. Wait, Jaime Lannister? Like, her twin brother? Yup, that Jaime. She really means it when she says, “everyone who isn’t us is an enemy.”

#6: Bela Talbot
“Supernatural” (2005-)

Introduced in season three, Bela really is a thorn in the side of the Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean. She seems to be a career thief and specializes in stealing and selling magical objects. But what makes her so dangerous is that she’ll stop at nothing to get money, even if that means playing with your emotions and pretending to help you, then shooting you in the back. While she has the looks to get anyone’s attention, some diehard fans of the show weren’t that happy about this latest addition to the cast. Even so, we’re still pretty sure Dean misses her!

#5: Cameron
“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” (2008-09)

She’s petite, gorgeous, and powerful enough to save your life. Sound too good to be true? You’re right, because Cameron’s actually a machine, or a terminator to be more specific. Cameron was reprogrammed by John Connor and sent back in time to protect his younger self – hmmm, where’ve we heard that before? But even if she has the same job as Arnie, Cameron is the most human-like terminator in existence. And she uses her human-like traits and skills, including seduction and declarations of love, to manipulate situations. However, as you’ve probably guessed looks can be deceiving. Despite her realistic appearance and even heroism, Cameron is still meant to do one thing only: kill.

#4: Katherine Pierce
“The Vampire Diaries” (2009-)

Katherine is a vampire, and she’s had many hundreds of years to perfect her techniques, both in terms of luring unwitting men and in terms of killing them. In her past, she fell in love with two brothers, Damon and Stefan Salvatore, turning them against each other and then turning them into vampires as a parting gift. And she’s no dummy either, as she’s shown her cunning ruthlessness on multiple occasions. Actress Nina Dobrev, who plays both Katherine and her modern-day doppelganger, Elena, describes the vampire as “selfish, narcissistic and kind of crazy.” We’d be inclined to agree.

#3: Caprica Six
“Battlestar Galactica” (2004-09)

While some dangerous women might try to seduce you out of house and home, this tall bombshell is a big game hunter. Technically a machine, Caprica Six is a human/Cylon hybrid and has flawlessly learned to pass off as the genuine article. Six is especially dangerous because she believes that everything she does is part of God’s greater plan and therefore helping the Cylons kill billions of people is perfectly excusable. Whether she’s walking around in the flesh or creeping around in Gaius Baltar’s head, motivations be damned, she is impossible to say no to.

#2: Saffron
“Firefly” (2002-03)

Imagine waking up from a bad hangover to find out you married the prettiest girl in town. Not the worst revelation, right? For Captain Malcolm Reynolds, however, it’s the beginning of a lot of trouble. Saffron seems sweet, innocent and, yes, impossibly gorgeous, but don’t be fooled: she is a cold blooded killer. As a professional thief, Saffron uses her looks, charm and amazing acting talent to nearly put an end to Serenity’s entire crew in an attempt to steal the ship. Oh and ladies, don’t think you’re safe from her.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Darla
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003)
- Elizabeth Johnson
“American Horror Story: Hotel” (2015-16)
- Nancy Botwin
“Weeds” (2005-12)
- Vanessa Ives
“Penny Dreadful” (2014-)
- Alexis Colby
“Dynasty” (1981-89)

#1: Nikita Mears
“Nikita” (2010-13)

She’s stunning, mysterious and she could kill you in a second. You’ve heard the story before: orphan girl turns to drugs and crime to escape her miserable life, kills a cop and gets sentenced to death. Only what happens next isn’t so textbook: Nikita is targeted by the government for a special program that sees her trained as an assassin. Of course, she ends up fighting to bring down the very same corrupt organization that saved her. With Maggie Q in the title role, Nikita is a fierce and formidable woman. She might look tempting, but Nikita is definitely not someone you want to mess with.

Do you agree with our list? Which other dangerous dames would you add? For more awesome top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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