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WARNING: This character article contains major spoilers for
the novel The Maltese Falcon, and its 1941 film adaptation!
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Brigid O'Shaughnessy is the central antagonist of the 1929 Dashiell Hammett novel The Maltese Falcon, and its 1941 film adaptation of the same name. She's a femme fatale who uses her charms and good looks to manipulate the main hero.

Why She Rocks

  1. She's one of first examples of a typical femme fatale in fiction.
  2. Her 1941 version is nearly completely faithful to her original novel version.
  3. She's an excellent liar and manipulator towards Sam Spade and everyone else around her. She even managed to get Spade developed actual feelings for her a one point, and she tricked Miles into trusting her, so he could get killed.
  4. She's shown to be just as clever and smart --if not more so -- than Gutman's criminal trio. Had Spade not had her level of intelligence, maybe she would have gotten away with killing his partner, Miles.
  5. She always knows when to pull off a "damsel of distress" act, and manages to seem like a pretty trusting woman. Even when she's exposed from her true nature, she still tries to win the hero over by acting helpless.