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28th Apr '16 12:31:48 PM TMNTFanGirl
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Such ladies can be a ParentalSubstitute to the children (if there are any) to substitute for the DisappearedDad or the MissingMom--usually the latter since housekeepers are [[AlwaysFemale traditionally women]]. She will also often play TeamMom to the other servants (assuming she's not the only servant employed). Can be a SupremeChef considering that [[ThinkNothingOfIt it's all part of the job]], or an ApronMatron. In the latter case she may also be a ServileSnarker to verbally whip others.

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Such ladies can be a ParentalSubstitute to the children (if there are any) to substitute for the DisappearedDad (if the housekeeper happens to be a guy) or the MissingMom--usually the latter since housekeepers are [[AlwaysFemale traditionally women]].women]] and it's usually TheJeeves who would act as a fatherly figure to the potential children. She will also often play TeamMom to the other servants (assuming she's not the only servant employed). Can be a SupremeChef considering that [[ThinkNothingOfIt it's all part of the job]], or an ApronMatron. In the latter case she may also be a ServileSnarker to verbally whip others.



* CompositeCharacter Nanny (a stand-in for the novel ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''' Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler) in Disney's ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''.

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* CompositeCharacter Nanny (a stand-in for the novel ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''' '''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians''' Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler) in Disney's ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''.



* ''NancyDrew'': Hannah Gruen, the live-in housekeeper/cook to the Drew family. She had been working for the family since Mrs. Drew, Nancy's mother, passed away when Nancy was only three years old. Nancy and her father, Carson, see Hannah more of as a member of the family than a servant, especially considering Hannah and Nancy have a very close mother/daughter-type of relationship.

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* ''NancyDrew'': Hannah Gruen, the live-in housekeeper/cook to the Drew family. She had She's been working for the family since Mrs. Drew, Nancy's mother, passed away when for years, and took it upon herself to act as a maternal figure to Nancy was only three years old. after her mother died (age-10 in the original series but age-3 in the revised series). Nancy and her father, Carson, see Hannah more of as a member of the family than a servant, especially considering Hannah and Nancy have a very close mother/daughter-type of relationship.servant.



* Mrs. Bridges is the Kindly Queen of Kitchen in ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs''. She does have something of a temper, but is a caring mother to the servant folks.

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* Mrs. Bridges is the Kindly Queen of Kitchen in ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs''. She does have something of a temper, but is a caring mother motherly figure to the servant folks.
27th Mar '16 5:36:56 PM nombretomado
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* Mrs. Bridges is the Kindly Queen of Kitchen in ''UpstairsDownstairs''. She does have something of a temper, but is a caring mother to the servant folks.
* Alice from ''TheBradyBunch'' is portrayed this way.

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* Mrs. Bridges is the Kindly Queen of Kitchen in ''UpstairsDownstairs''.''Series/UpstairsDownstairs''. She does have something of a temper, but is a caring mother to the servant folks.
* Alice from ''TheBradyBunch'' ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' is portrayed this way.



* Mrs. Garrett, Edna, and Pearl from ''DiffrentStrokes''.
* Carla, the Drapers' black "girl" on ''MadMen'', who is widely criticized for being confined to this trope and SatelliteCharacter status in a show that has plenty of time to examine the problems of comparatively much more privileged (read: white) people in TheSixties. The only time she broke out of the role at all was during the scene when she was [[PutOnABus being fired]]. It's worse with Betty's childhood nanny/maid Viola, who is downright Mammy-like.
* Mrs Elsie Hughes of ''DowntonAbbey''.

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* Mrs. Garrett, Edna, and Pearl from ''DiffrentStrokes''.
''Series/DiffrentStrokes''.
* Carla, the Drapers' black "girl" on ''MadMen'', ''Series/MadMen'', who is widely criticized for being confined to this trope and SatelliteCharacter status in a show that has plenty of time to examine the problems of comparatively much more privileged (read: white) people in TheSixties. The only time she broke out of the role at all was during the scene when she was [[PutOnABus being fired]]. It's worse with Betty's childhood nanny/maid Viola, who is downright Mammy-like.
* Mrs Elsie Hughes of ''DowntonAbbey''.''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
19th Mar '16 1:50:04 AM Hossmeister
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26th Nov '15 9:07:23 AM LongTallShorty64
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*Mrs. Higgins, from ''Film/TheMiracleWoman'', is the epitome of this trope: kind and willing to help John Carson in any endeavor.
11th Jun '15 11:56:56 AM TrustBen
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* The title character in the comic strip ''Hazel'', as well as the Shirley Booth sitcom adapted from it, is tough-talking but sweet.
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25th Mar '15 5:39:44 AM TMNTFanGirl
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Such ladies can be a ParentalSubstitute to the children (if there are any) to substitute for the DisappearedDad or the MissingMom--usually the latter since housekeepers are [[AlwaysFemale traditionally women]]. She will also often play TeamMom to the other servants (if there are any). Can be a SupremeChef considering that [[ThinkNothingOfIt it's all part of the job]], or an ApronMatron. In the latter case she may also be a ServileSnarker to verbally whip others.

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Such ladies can be a ParentalSubstitute to the children (if there are any) to substitute for the DisappearedDad or the MissingMom--usually the latter since housekeepers are [[AlwaysFemale traditionally women]]. She will also often play TeamMom to the other servants (if there are any).(assuming she's not the only servant employed). Can be a SupremeChef considering that [[ThinkNothingOfIt it's all part of the job]], or an ApronMatron. In the latter case she may also be a ServileSnarker to verbally whip others.



* Chessy in ''Film/TheParentTrap'' (new version)

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* Chessy in ''Film/TheParentTrap'' (new version)(newer version with Lindsay Lohan).



* Jack from ''Literature/AlexRider''. Although she's younger than most of the examples, she still serves as a Parental Substitute for Alex.

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* Jack from ''Literature/AlexRider''. Although she's younger than most of the examples, she still serves as a Parental Substitute ParentalSubstitute for Alex.



* Mrs. Hudson in the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' canon fits this trope. She was actually Holmes' landlady, and didn't really clean up after him too often, but she did prepare his meals and admit clients in to see him. She even assisted directly in one of his cases, for which he complimented her as being "indispensable".

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* Mrs. Hudson in the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' canon fits this trope. She was actually Holmes' landlady, and didn't really clean up after him too often, but she did prepare his meals and admit clients in to see him. She even assisted directly in one of his cases, for which he complimented her as being "indispensable"."indispensable."
15th Mar '15 2:05:09 PM TMNTFanGirl
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You know this [[AlwaysFemale lady]]. She's portly or HollywoodPudgy, [[PerpetualSmiler perpetually smiling]] and always ready to do what you need her to do---she's always there should you need someone to take out the trash, [[TextileWorkIsFeminine do the laundry]], or be a shoulder to cry on. She'll always have [[FeminineWomenCanCook a nice breakfast]] for you ready in the morning, and will take your coat for you once you come back home. She's the Kindly Housekeeper.

Such ladies can be a ParentalSubstitute to the children--if there are any--to substitute for the DisappearedDad or the MissingMom (usually the latter since housekeepers are [[AlwaysFemale traditionally women]]). She will also often play TeamMom to the other servants. Can be a SupremeChef considering that [[ThinkNothingOfIt it's all part of the job]], or an ApronMatron. In the latter case she may also be a ServileSnarker to verbally whip others.

Probably not an OldRetainer, since she usually does not have a high regard for doing things the Proper Way.

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You know this [[AlwaysFemale lady]]. She's portly or HollywoodPudgy, [[PerpetualSmiler perpetually smiling]] and always ready to do what you need her to do---she's do--she's always there should you need someone to take out the trash, [[TextileWorkIsFeminine do the laundry]], or just simply be a shoulder to cry on. She'll always have [[FeminineWomenCanCook a nice breakfast]] for you ready in the morning, and will take your coat for you once you come back home. She's the [[TitleDrop Kindly Housekeeper.

Housekeeper]].

Such ladies can be a ParentalSubstitute to the children--if children (if there are any--to any) to substitute for the DisappearedDad or the MissingMom (usually MissingMom--usually the latter since housekeepers are [[AlwaysFemale traditionally women]]). women]]. She will also often play TeamMom to the other servants.servants (if there are any). Can be a SupremeChef considering that [[ThinkNothingOfIt it's all part of the job]], or an ApronMatron. In the latter case she may also be a ServileSnarker to verbally whip others.

Probably not an OldRetainer, since she usually does not doesn't have a high regard for doing things the [[GoodOldWays Proper Way.Way]].
20th Aug '14 11:03:10 AM littlemissmuffet
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* Mrs. Bird from PaddingtonBear.
12th Apr '14 8:29:41 AM LongLiveHumour
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* Mrs. Hudson in the SherlockHolmes canon fits this trope. She was actually Holmes' landlady, and didn't really clean up after him too often, but she did prepare his meals and admit clients in to see him. She even assisted directly in one of his cases, for which he complimented her as being "indispensable."

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* Mrs. Hudson in the SherlockHolmes ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' canon fits this trope. She was actually Holmes' landlady, and didn't really clean up after him too often, but she did prepare his meals and admit clients in to see him. She even assisted directly in one of his cases, for which he complimented her as being "indispensable.""indispensable".



* As noted in the Literature section, Mrs. Hudson. The Granada television adaptation of the SherlockHolmes canon puts her even more squarely into this trope than the novels themselves, as it illustrates the mother-son type of attachment she shares with her eccentric boarder. This is most clearly seen in the episode in which Holmes returns after being believed dead for three years - he ''hugs'' her.
** The [[{{Sherlock}} BBC adaptation]] puts her in the same position, with John and Sherlock both very protective of their landlady ([[CatchPhrase not their housekeeper]]). For the offence of laying hands on Mrs Hudson, Sherlock throws a CIA agent out of a window, and at the end of series 2 [[spoiler:Moriarty correctly identifies her as one of the three true friends in his life]].

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* As noted in the Literature section, Mrs. Hudson. The Granada television adaptation of the SherlockHolmes ''Series/SherlockHolmes'' canon puts her even more squarely into this trope than the novels themselves, as it illustrates the mother-son type of attachment she shares with her eccentric boarder. This is most clearly seen in the episode in which Holmes returns after being believed dead for three years - he ''hugs'' her.
** The [[{{Sherlock}} [[Series/{{Sherlock}} BBC adaptation]] puts her in the same position, with John and Sherlock both very protective of their landlady ([[CatchPhrase not their housekeeper]]). For the offence of laying hands on Mrs Hudson, Sherlock throws a CIA agent out of a window, and at the end of series 2 [[spoiler:Moriarty correctly identifies her as one of the three true friends in his life]].
7th Dec '13 11:41:42 AM FrozenPrincess
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* Mrs. [=McGregor=] from ''Literature/TheBoxcarChildren'': She works for Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny's paternal grandfather, James Henry Alden, as a [[wikipedia:Houskeeper (dosmetic worker)#Today's cook-housekeeper housekeeper/cook]], but they see her more as a member of the family than a servant.

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* Mrs. [=McGregor=] from ''Literature/TheBoxcarChildren'': She works for Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny's paternal grandfather, James Henry Alden, as a [[wikipedia:Houskeeper (dosmetic worker)#Today's cook-housekeeper [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housekeeper_(domestic_worker)#Today.27s_cook-housekeeper housekeeper/cook]], but they see her more as a member of the family than a servant.
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