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* In a rare modern example English actress Alice Eve [[FakeIrish played]] an Irish nanny in the second ''SexAndTheCity'' movie.

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* In a rare modern example English actress Alice Eve [[FakeIrish played]] an Irish nanny in the second ''SexAndTheCity'' movie.

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* As noted below Mammy Two-Shoes in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' was redrawn (and voiced) as an Irish maid.

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* A minor character in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Lyta Hall's BlackBestFriend Carla, lives off the money her grandmother made by playing a maid, like Hattie [=McDaniel=] below.
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** A minor character in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', Lyta Hall's BlackBestFriend Carla, lives off the money her grandmother made doing the same thing.



* Bart, protagonist of ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', starts out as a railroad worker. He later comes back for the other laborers [[spoiler: so they can build a fake Rock Ridge to trick the bandits, in exchange for some land to grow crops.]] While Bart is black, Chinese, and Irish workers also show up.
-->'''Howard Johnson:''' All right. We'll take the niggers, and the chinks. But we don't want the Irish. [the assembled laborers turn and act as if they're about to go home] Oh, prairie shit. All right. Everyone!

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* Calpurnia in ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', yet unlike many of these examples, her station in life was another part of the book's dissection of racism in America. Calpurnia was treated as an equal member of the family and was written as a fully-fleshed out human instead of as the flat "Mammy" stock character. She has a much bigger part in the book than in the film, which had to cut many scenes and subplots for time and many of Calpurnia's scenes were too. But her sensitive and important portrayal makes her one of the few examples of this type of role that does not create ValuesDissonance today.
* The black nanny (at one point called a 'stand-in mother') in ''Literature/TheSecretLifeOfBees'', who has 'mammy' written all over her.

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* Bart, protagonist of ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', starts out as a railroad worker. He later comes back for the other laborers [[spoiler: so [[spoiler:so they can build a fake Rock Ridge to trick the bandits, in exchange for some land to grow crops.]] While Bart is black, Chinese, Chinese and Irish workers also show up.
-->'''Howard Johnson:''' All right. We'll take the niggers, and the chinks. But we don't want the Irish. [the ''[the assembled laborers turn and act as if they're about to go home] home]'' Oh, prairie shit. All right. Everyone!

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* Calpurnia in ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'', yet ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''. Yet, unlike many of these examples, her station in life was another part of the book's dissection of racism in America. Calpurnia was is treated as an equal member of the family and was is written as a fully-fleshed out fully-fleshed-out human instead of as the flat "Mammy" stock character. She has a much bigger part in the book than in the film, which had to cut many scenes and subplots for time and many of Calpurnia's scenes were too. But her sensitive and important portrayal makes her one of the few examples of this type of role that does not create ValuesDissonance today.
* The black nanny (at one point called a 'stand-in mother') "stand-in mother") in ''Literature/TheSecretLifeOfBees'', who has 'mammy' "mammy" written all over her.




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* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', when Josh was considering hiring Charlie Young as the President's personal aide, he was a little worried about hiring a young African-American man for such a position because of this trope. Leo mentions the situation to Admiral Fitzwallace (also African-American), who scoffs at the notion that there's anything wrong with it as long as the person is paid a fair wage and treated with respect.

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* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', when Josh was is considering hiring Charlie Young as the President's personal aide, he was is a little worried about hiring a young African-American man for such a position because of this trope. Leo mentions the situation to Admiral Fitzwallace (also African-American), who scoffs at the notion that there's anything wrong with it as long as the person is paid a fair wage and treated with respect.




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* ''Film/MeetTheFockers'' has Isabel, the Fockers' former housekeeper who runs a catering business. When she was working for the eponymous family, main character Greg lost his virginity to her. She also has a son, which leads to Jack (the father of Greg's fiancee Pam) trying to find out if Greg is the father of said son. [[spoiler:He isn't.]]

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* ''Film/MeetTheFockers'' has Isabel, the Fockers' former housekeeper who runs a catering business. When she was working for the eponymous family, main character Greg lost his virginity to her. She also has a son, which leads to Jack (the father of Greg's fiancee fiancée Pam) trying to find out if Greg is the father of said son. [[spoiler:He isn't.]]




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* The main characters of ''Series/DeviousMaids'' are maids working for the wealthy elite of Beverly Hills, although it's inferred from their off-duty scenes that they live normal middle-class lifestyles and can afford stylish clothing.
** Only Rosie and Zoila are legitimate maids. Carmen is using the job to develop connections in the music industry and Valentina is using the job to get close to her object of affection.
** [[spoiler:Subverted with Marisol, who's actually an English professor who's posing as a maid in order to investigate the truth behind the framing of her son for murder.]]

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* The main characters of ''Series/DeviousMaids'' are maids working for the wealthy elite of Beverly Hills, although it's inferred from their off-duty scenes that they live normal middle-class lifestyles and can afford stylish clothing.
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clothing. Only Rosie and Zoila are legitimate maids. Carmen is using the job to develop connections in the music industry and Valentina is using the job to get close to her object of affection.
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affection. [[spoiler:Subverted with Marisol, who's actually an English professor who's posing as a maid in order to investigate the truth behind the framing of her son for murder.]]

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* In {{WebVideo/Idiotsitter}}, the Russel family employs a hispanic maid named Joy-she speaks fine English and is fairly well-treated by her employers-except for that time a [[IntoxicationEnsues high on peyote]] [[GenderBlenderName Billie and Gene]] laugh and commander her to suck on their dicks.

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* In {{WebVideo/Idiotsitter}}, ''WebVideo/{{Idiotsitter}}'', the Russel family employs a hispanic maid named Joy-she Joy. She speaks fine English and is fairly well-treated by her employers-except employers -- except for that time a [[IntoxicationEnsues high on peyote]] high-on-peyote]] [[GenderBlenderName Billie and Gene]] laugh and commander her to suck on their dicks.

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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVK4Dc4wBAE&feature=related]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The Itis", all of the kitchen staff in Granddad's soul food restaurant are Mexicans. They're the only employees left over from the previous restaurant in that location, because Ed Wuncler I fired everybody except the illegal Mexicans.
** Played with when Chico, one of the line cooks, takes Huey's side in an argument with Granddad about the value of soul food, and expounds on how soul food was a survival technique for slaves who had no other choice but to eat the parts of the pig that the masters wouldn't eat. Huey and Granddad reply with open-mouthed stunned stares, to which Chico says: "What, I can't take an Afro-American Studies class at the community college?"
* Also played with on WesternAnimation/SouthPark, where one can hire the Mexicans at the Home Depot to do your (home)work. Twist is, they are quite competent when it comes to writing English essays on Hemmingway (just be clear when you ask them to write the essays), or teach math. They're also fairly decent private detectives.
* Whenever a gag calls for a maid on ''{{Archer}}'', it's always a Hispanic woman. [[RichBitch But Mallory treats all her menials equally]].

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* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVK4Dc4wBAE&feature=related]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The Itis", all of the kitchen staff in Granddad's soul food restaurant are Mexicans. They're the only employees left over from the previous restaurant in that location, because Ed Wuncler I fired everybody except the illegal Mexicans.
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Mexicans. Played with when Chico, one of the line cooks, takes Huey's side in an argument with Granddad about the value of soul food, and expounds on how soul food was a survival technique for slaves who had no other choice but to eat the parts of the pig that the masters wouldn't eat. Huey and Granddad reply with open-mouthed stunned stares, to which Chico says: "What, I can't take an Afro-American Studies class at the community college?"
* Also played with on WesternAnimation/SouthPark, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', where one can hire the Mexicans at the Home Depot to do your (home)work. Twist is, they are quite competent when it comes to writing English essays on Hemmingway (just be clear when you ask them to write the essays), or teach math. They're also fairly decent private detectives.
* Whenever a gag calls for a maid on ''{{Archer}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', it's always a Hispanic woman. [[RichBitch But Mallory treats all her menials equally]].
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* Upton Sinclair's ''TheJungle'' was all about workers in Chicago, but the main character Jurgis was Lithuanian. Poles and Slovaks were mentioned extensively (as were the Irish, but the Eastern Europeans had [[http://www.online-literature.com/upton_sinclair/jungle/6/ mostly displaced them]] from the most menial jobs).
* Matya the Hungarian nanny in ''Literature/{{Capital}}'', despite her degree in mechanical engineering. Lanchester has said he was writing about the real-life social phenomenon of highly educated Eastern Europeans coming to do menial jobs in Britain in search of higher wages and the 'London dream'.

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* SequentialArt has "Crazy Sven". Though he's actually a taxicab driver.
* ''WebComic/{{Polandball}}'' comics often have Polandball working as Britain's plumber.

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* Upton Sinclair's ''TheJungle'' ''Literature/TheJungle'' was all about workers in Chicago, but the main character Jurgis was Lithuanian. Poles and Slovaks were mentioned extensively (as were the Irish, but the Eastern Europeans had [[http://www.online-literature.com/upton_sinclair/jungle/6/ mostly displaced them]] from the most menial jobs).
* Matya the Hungarian nanny in ''Literature/{{Capital}}'', despite her degree in mechanical engineering. Lanchester has said he was writing about the real-life social phenomenon of highly educated Eastern Europeans coming to do menial jobs in Britain in search of higher wages and the 'London dream'.

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* SequentialArt ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' has "Crazy Sven". Though he's actually a taxicab driver.
* ''WebComic/{{Polandball}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Polandball}}'' comics often have Polandball working as Britain's plumber.plumber.
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15th Jun '16 7:08:43 AM REV6Pilot
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* A particularly insulting "Mammy" example can be seen with Eulabelle in ''Film/TheHorrorOfPartyBeach'', which was mercilessly called out in the episode of ''[=MST3K=]'' that featured it -- Eulabelle is obese, speaks in "Oh Lawdy!" colloquialisms, and is convinced that the monster is a case of bad [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo]]. The actress was named Eulabelle Moore, and her few acting credits have her playing the same type of role, though this was the only one to use her real name. Amusingly, Eulabelle is one of the only characters in the film to display any sort of common sense about the eponymous horror: when one of the white "heroes" gives up looking for [[WeaksauceWeakness sodium]] to kill the monster after calling only one warehouse, Eulabelle berates him for giving up so damn easily.

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* A particularly insulting "Mammy" example can be seen with Eulabelle in ''Film/TheHorrorOfPartyBeach'', which was mercilessly called out in the episode of ''[=MST3K=]'' that featured it -- Eulabelle is obese, speaks in "Oh Lawdy!" colloquialisms, and is convinced that the monster is a case of bad [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo]]. The actress was named Eulabelle Moore, and her few acting credits have her playing the same type of role, though this was the only one to use her real name. Amusingly, Eulabelle is one of the only characters in the film to [[OnlySaneMan display any sort of common sense sense]] about the eponymous horror: when one of the white "heroes" gives up looking for [[WeaksauceWeakness sodium]] to kill the monster after calling only one warehouse, Eulabelle berates him for giving up so damn easily.
14th May '16 10:48:37 PM nombretomado
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* Pete Campbell more or less rapes his neighbor's German au pair in Season 4 of ''MadMen''.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The Sontaran Strategem'' the Sontarans disguise their army of human clones as Polish migrant workers who can't speak English very well so that nobody will notice [[CloneDegeneration they're not capable of speaking any language very well]].

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* Pete Campbell more or less rapes his neighbor's German au pair in Season 4 of ''MadMen''.
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode ''The "The Sontaran Strategem'' Strategem" the Sontarans disguise their army of human clones as Polish migrant workers who can't speak English very well so that nobody will notice [[CloneDegeneration they're not capable of speaking any language very well]].
17th Jan '16 10:45:52 AM AHI-3000
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* In TheBoondocks episode "The Itis," all of the kitchen staff in Granddad's soul food restaurant are Mexicans. They're the only employees left over from the previous restaurant in that location, because Ed Wuncsler Sr. fired everybody except the illegal Mexicans.

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* In TheBoondocks ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' episode "The Itis," Itis", all of the kitchen staff in Granddad's soul food restaurant are Mexicans. They're the only employees left over from the previous restaurant in that location, because Ed Wuncsler Sr. Wuncler I fired everybody except the illegal Mexicans.
12th Oct '15 7:07:05 AM Sharlee
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* Peter Grant's mother in the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' novels cleans offices for a living. Something of a subversion, in that she cleans ''very nice'' offices, so is reasonably well-off for a laborer, and her connections with family and co-workers throughout London's cleaning industry actually prove ''very'' useful on occasion.

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* Peter Grant's mother in the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' novels cleans offices for a living. Something of a subversion, in that she cleans ''very nice'' offices, so is reasonably well-off for a laborer, and her connections with family and fellow West African co-workers throughout London's cleaning industry actually prove ''very'' useful on occasion.
12th Oct '15 7:06:01 AM Sharlee
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* Peter Grant's mother in the ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' novels cleans offices for a living. Something of a subversion, in that she cleans ''very nice'' offices, so is reasonably well-off for a laborer, and her connections with family and co-workers throughout London's cleaning industry actually prove ''very'' useful on occasion.
26th Sep '15 7:10:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Clare's childhood maid in ''TheTimeTravelersWife''.
* Sam and Dinah Johnson, the resident handyman and cook of ''TheBobbseyTwins'' respectively.
* The whole point of ''TheHelp'' by Kathryn Stockett, and its 2011 film adaptation.
* Dilsey and her extended family serve the Compson family in Faulkner's ''TheSoundAndTheFury''. Like the above examples, she is a fully realized character, and offers one of the only morally and mentally sound perspectives in the whole book.

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* Clare's childhood maid in ''TheTimeTravelersWife''.
''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife''.
* Sam and Dinah Johnson, the resident handyman and cook of ''TheBobbseyTwins'' ''Literature/TheBobbseyTwins'' respectively.
* The whole point of ''TheHelp'' ''Literature/TheHelp'' by Kathryn Stockett, and its 2011 film adaptation.
* Dilsey and her extended family serve the Compson family in Faulkner's ''TheSoundAndTheFury''.''Literature/TheSoundAndTheFury''. Like the above examples, she is a fully realized character, and offers one of the only morally and mentally sound perspectives in the whole book.
17th Aug '15 6:18:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* Hattie [=McDaniel=] played [[TypeCasting the role of many a Black maid]], including Scarlett O'Hara's mammy in ''GoneWithTheWind''. She reputedly said that she'd rather play a maid [[MoneyDearBoy for a weekly wage of $700]] than ''be'' a maid for a weekly wage of $7.

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* Hattie [=McDaniel=] played [[TypeCasting the role of many a Black maid]], including Scarlett O'Hara's mammy in ''GoneWithTheWind''.''Film/GoneWithTheWind''. She reputedly said that she'd rather play a maid [[MoneyDearBoy for a weekly wage of $700]] than ''be'' a maid for a weekly wage of $7.



* ''MiracleOn34thStreet'' features a housekeeper named Cleo early in the film whose entire purpose is to tell Dorothy Walker where her daughter is and then never be seen again. She's later referenced by Mr. Gailey when he takes Susan up to the store, but that's the last reference to her. She was played by an uncredited Theresa Harris, who had a long acting career of mostly bit parts, a great deal of which were maids.
* A particularly insulting "Mammy" example can be seen with Eulabelle in ''HorrorOfPartyBeach'', which was mercilessly called out in the episode of ''MST3K'' that featured it -- Eulabelle is obese, speaks in "Oh Lawdy!" colloquialisms, and is convinced that the monster is a case of bad [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo]]. The actress was named Eulabelle Moore, and her few acting credits have her playing the same type of role, though this was the only one to use her real name. Amusingly, Eulabelle is one of the only characters in the film to display any sort of common sense about the eponymous horror: when one of the white "heroes" gives up looking for [[WeaksauceWeakness sodium]] to kill the monster after calling only one warehouse, Eulabelle berates him for giving up so damn easily.

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* ''MiracleOn34thStreet'' ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' features a housekeeper named Cleo early in the film whose entire purpose is to tell Dorothy Walker where her daughter is and then never be seen again. She's later referenced by Mr. Gailey when he takes Susan up to the store, but that's the last reference to her. She was played by an uncredited Theresa Harris, who had a long acting career of mostly bit parts, a great deal of which were maids.
* A particularly insulting "Mammy" example can be seen with Eulabelle in ''HorrorOfPartyBeach'', ''Film/TheHorrorOfPartyBeach'', which was mercilessly called out in the episode of ''MST3K'' ''[=MST3K=]'' that featured it -- Eulabelle is obese, speaks in "Oh Lawdy!" colloquialisms, and is convinced that the monster is a case of bad [[HollywoodVoodoo voodoo]]. The actress was named Eulabelle Moore, and her few acting credits have her playing the same type of role, though this was the only one to use her real name. Amusingly, Eulabelle is one of the only characters in the film to display any sort of common sense about the eponymous horror: when one of the white "heroes" gives up looking for [[WeaksauceWeakness sodium]] to kill the monster after calling only one warehouse, Eulabelle berates him for giving up so damn easily.
30th Jul '15 4:23:45 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ModernWarfare 2'', [[MemeticBadass RAMIREZ]] being made to [[HypercompetentSidekick DO EVERYTHING]] has led to this going down as a meme. As one comment on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkuLj5uCgSk this video]] says, "ive (sic) heard of cheap mexican labor, but this is ridiculous".

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* In ''ModernWarfare 2'', ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', [[MemeticBadass RAMIREZ]] being made to [[HypercompetentSidekick DO EVERYTHING]] has led to this going down as a meme. As one comment on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkuLj5uCgSk this video]] says, "ive (sic) heard of cheap mexican labor, but this is ridiculous".
10th Jun '15 2:15:37 PM Chabal2
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* ''WebComic/{{Countryball}}'' comics often have Polandball working as Britain's plumber.

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* ''WebComic/{{Countryball}}'' ''WebComic/{{Polandball}}'' comics often have Polandball working as Britain's plumber.
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