You know this lady
. She's portly (or maybe just Hollywood Pudgy
), perpetually smiling
(or she could be a Servile Snarker
, it varies), and always ready to do what you need her to do - she is always there should you need someone to take out the trash, do the laundry, or be a shoulder to cry on. She'll always have 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 Parental Substitute
to the children - if there any - to substitute for the Disappeared Dad
or the Missing Mom
. She will also often play Team Mom
to the other servants. Can be a Supreme Chef
considering that it's all part of the job
, or an Apron Matron
. Contrast Creepy Housekeeper
Live Action TV
- Mrs. Bridges is the Kindly Queen of Kitchen in Upstairs Downstairs. She does have something of a temper, but is a caring mother to the servant folks.
- Alice from The Brady Bunch is portrayed this way.
- In the Doctor Who serial "Ghostlight" the kindly housekeeper leaves at sunset, and once she and the day staff have left the Creepy Housekeeper appears. Guess when the TARDIS arrives.
- Mrs. Garrett, Edna, and Pearl from Diff'rent Strokes.