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A dominatrix (plural dominatrices or dominatrixes) or mistress is a woman who takes the dominant role in bondage and discipline, dominance and submission or BDSM.

As fetish culture is increasingly becoming more prevalent in Western media, depictions of dominatrices in film and television have become more common.

Depictions of dominatrices in modern film

Year Country Title Notes
1964 United States Olga's House of Shame, White Slaves of Chinatown, Olga's Girls Sexploitation trilogy, all from 1964, with Audrey Campbell as Olga, sadistic mistress of a white slavery ring.
1967 United States Venus in Furs Sexploitation film directed by Joseph Marzano loosely based on the novella by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
1969 Italy Venus in Furs Based on the Sacher-Masoch story, directed by Massimo Dallamano. (Not to be confused with the Jess Franco horror film also from 1969.)
1976 France Maîtresse Gérard Depardieu becomes involved with dominatrix Bulle Ogier.
1985 Germany Seduction: The Cruel Woman Inspired by Venus in Furs, this is a study of a dominatrix who takes on both male and female slaves.
1992 Japan Tokyo Decadence Miho Nikaido portrays a timid call girl who does a kinky session with a male client and female dominatrix.
1994 United States Exit to Eden Comedy with Dana Delany as the dominatrix owner of an S&M resort.
1994 The Netherlands Venus in Furs Faithful adaptation of the Sacher-Masoch novella.
1997 United Kingdom Preaching to the Perverted Comedy with Guinevere Turner as the dominatrix owner of a notorious English S&M club.
1999 United States Body Shots Emily Procter plays a dominatrix who binds and paddles Ron Livingston.
1999 United States Payback Lucy Liu portrays a sadistic dominatrix who is the leader of a gang of Chinese Triads
1999 United States The General's Daughter Leslie Stefanson's character is shown on a tape watched by John Travolta's character as acting the role of a dominatrix with a male partner
2000 United States Dancing at the Blue Iguana Jennifer Tilly plays a stripper in S&M outfits and part-time dominatrix seen in an extensive scene bullying a male client.
2002 United States The Fashionistas Award-winning pornographic film from Evil Angel explores the world of fetish fashion, BDSM, and kinky sex.
2004 United States Bettie Page: Dark Angel Biopic recreates many of her sub/dom fetish films for Irving Klaw.
2004 United Kingdom The Dominatrix Drama about the life of a career Dom.
2004 United States EuroTrip Comedy with Lucy Lawless as a German dominatrix in an Amsterdam S&M club.
2004 United States Going Under Drama about the relationship between a married man and a partnered dominatrix.
2005 United States Reefer Madness Kristen Bell is seen as a dominatrix while singing "Little Mary Sunshine"
2005 United States Mr. & Mrs. Smith Angelina Jolie's character poses as a dominatrix as a plot to assassinate a target
2005 United States Bettie Page: Bondage Queen Cult Epics DVD compilation of Irving Klaw's 1950s BDSM fetish films featuring Bettie Page as both dominatrix and damsel-in-distress.
2007 Canada Walk All Over Me Comedy-drama with Tricia Helfer as a professional dominatrix.
2007 Japan New Tokyo Decadence - The Slave Dominatrix turned secretary is blackmailed into being an S&M slave by her boss.
2009 United States Modern Love is Automatic A bored nurse moonlights as a dominatrix for hire.
2009 United States Brüno A homosexual Austrian fashion reporter has an experience with a dominatrix.

Depictions of dominatrices in modern television

Year Season Show Episode(s) Notes
2000 Two Family Guy Let's Go to the Hop Gag depicts main characters Lois and Peter suiting up for a sadomasochistic session (Lois as a dominatrix) while carrying on a mundane conversation.
2000 One Jack of All Trades (TV series) X Marquis the Spot Angela Dotchin pretends to be a dominatrix at the S&M island resort of the Marquis de Sade.
2003 Two Alias Second Double Jennifer Garner goes undercover as a German dominatrix in a Berlin leather bar.
2004–2005 One Desperate Housewives Come Back to Me In one scene, Sharon Lawrence plays a dominatrix who walks across Rex Van de Kamp's back in stiletto heels
2005 Three NCIS Kill Ari (Part 1) In the aftermath of agent Kate Todd's (Sasha Alexander) death, McGee (Sean Murray) remembers her initially as Trinity from The Matrix, then as a dominatrix.
2005 One House M.D. Love Hurts A 21-year-old male was diagnosed with an aneurysm. Chase reveals that the woman visiting the patient is a dominatrix after finding her choking him during a visit.
2001–2008 Several CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Slaves of Las Vegas, Lady Heather's Box, Pirates of the Third Reich, The Good, the Bad, and the Dominatrix, Leave Out All the Rest Several stories with BDSM themes plus five episodes featuring Melinda Clarke as Lady Heather, a dominatrix who owns a fetish club.
2007 One Secret Diary of a Call Girl 1.4 (no title) In the 4th episode, "Belle" (Billie Piper) takes BDSM lessons from a professional dominatrix to please a submissive client.
2008 Two Private Practice Past Tense KaDee Strickland is seen roleplaying as a German dominatrix in a latex outfit with studded collar and whip.
2009 One Dollhouse Spy in the House of Love Echo (Eliza Dushku), is seen as a leather-clad whip-wielding dominatrix.
2009 Two 1000 Ways to Die Domin-a-Dead Episode where dominatrix gags a guy with a severe allergy to rubber latex
2009 Five Rescue Me (TV series) Initiation Callie Thorne's character seduces Tommy (Dennis Leary) dressed as a cheerleader, Playboy bunny and latex-clad dominatrix. They are seen briefly paddling each other in a fast-motion sequence.

Depictions of dominatrices in modern gaming

In the 1997 game 'Dungeon Keeper' and it's 1999 sequel 'Dungeon Keeper 2', one type of dungeon inhabitant is the Dark Mistress, a dominatrix scantily clad in black mail armour and high heels, with metal finger claws and whips. When idle, they torture themselves, each other, or enemy creatures in the torture room. Also, the shadow of character Chie Satonaka in the 2008 game 'Persona 4' is fought in the form of a Dominatrix armed with a whip, sitting on a tower of puppets.




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