Created By: ccoa on July 18, 2009
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A fetish that is the Western counterpart to Meido. The French Maid costume has some basis in the black and white uniforms once worn by actual maids in the 19th century. Needless to say, the original costumes were almost never as fan servicy as those found in modern times.

In media, the French Maid costume is used as a type of fanservice, much like the skimpy version of the Happy Holidays Dress. When it does appear on a maid, she will speak with an over-exaggerated French accent and often be extremely flirty, often with a feather duster.

Compare to Meido.


Examples

  • In Sluggy Freelance, Zoe wore one in her introduction arc to impress the guys. Unfortunately, it turned out Torg was wearing the same costume, prompting him to sulkingly change clothes.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • July 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Worn by the actual maid in the movie Clue.
  • July 7, 2009
    gyrobot
    Give me a Rap Music Video and when discussing the man's influence, he may or may not have playboy french maids cleaning his house or servicing the guests.
  • July 7, 2009
    dotchan
    This was YKTTW'd once before. I think there was a move to lump that in with the current Meido page.
  • July 7, 2009
    Jack Butler
    Not to completely blow the average anime fan's mind, but the French Maid fetish came first, before the Meido fetish. Where did you think the Japanese got theirs?
  • July 7, 2009
    Amarys
    Bonus points if there is an actual french accent employed.
  • July 7, 2009
    ccoa
    This is definitely separate from Meido. The Western French Maid is exclusively Fetish Fuel, while Meido is intended to be Moe. Not to mention that Meido is, as Jack said, a trope that evolved from this one.
  • July 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In The Sims 2, if your Sims hire a maid, she's dressed like this. Male maids wear funny pastel shirts open at the neck, possibly intended to be sexy.
  • July 7, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    In Laura Bow: The Colonel's Bequest, there is a stereotypical french maid named Fifi who exemplifies all of these traits.
  • July 7, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Magenta wears one of these in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • July 7, 2009
    Master Hand
    The person who YKTTWd this before? Yeah, that was me. ccoa, thank you for drawing a line between them, I couldn't.
  • July 8, 2009
    AvatarofRage
    One Bud Light commercial had a woman phone her husband at work "Guess who's going to be wearing a french maid outfit after work?" Cut to outside their apartment, where they both have the outfit on.
    "Oh, you meant...yeah"
  • July 8, 2009
    Arivne
    Here's Master Hand's previous French Maid YKTTW.

    Comic Books

    Talk Show
    • In a long ago Tonight Show with Johnny Carson skit, Juliet Prowse portrayed a spy pretending to be a French Maid.
  • July 8, 2009
    Unknown Troper
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  • July 8, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    There was another commercial for [I don't remember] with a man and a French Maid; then their kids come in and we discover they were role-playing. The kids were Squicked.
  • July 8, 2009
    Master Hand
    2UT: Somehow, I think that's intended to be Camp Gay, not sexy.
  • July 8, 2009
    NeoChaos
    A Verizon commercial for their NHL streaming services has a wife dressed up as one preparing for a fantastic night with her husband, If You Know What I Mean. When her husband comes busting into the bedroom in hockey gear, his excuse is "You said 'fantasy'!"
  • July 8, 2009
    tropette
    Kaylynn Langerak is the French Maid in The Sims 2. She's having an affair with Daniel Pleasant. This may or may not be due to her costume.
  • July 8, 2009
    Morven
    I personally think Meido should be renamed & expanded to cover this too; yes, there are some differences, but I think they have enough in common, and a substantial proportion of the Japanese ones are Fetish Fuel too.

    However, if we're not going to do that, then we should have this one, because it's used all over the place.
  • July 8, 2009
    Jack Butler
    I don't think they're similar enough to be combined, but adding something to Meido noting that it (the anime trope) has its origins in the French Maid trope would be cool. I'm always up for showing anime fans that not everything originated with anime.
  • July 9, 2009
    ccoa
    Expanding Meido was discussed and shot down quite a while ago. To quote the relevent bit:

    I think it's because it's not referring to actual maids, but rather the Moe fetish character of an improbably young maid girl in a heavily stylized uniform that loyally and unquestioningly serves her master (sometimes, in more ways than one). Maid's an occupation. Meido is a fantasy.

    The western concept has different connotations - the character is always a mature woman, the costume is always extremely revealing and usually not stylized, and she is never Moe. They are related, but I don't think they're close enough to be the same trope.
  • July 9, 2009
    SevenOfDiamonds
    • Babette from Beauty And The Beast, who was transformed into a feather duster. Even moreso in the stage show, where her role is greatly expanded.
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