Kindly Housekeeper YKTTW Discussion
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.
- Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast.
- Composite Character Nanny (a stand-in for the original's Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler) in Disney's 101 Dalmatians.
- The recent movie adaptation of Jane Eyre portrays Mrs. Fairfax this way.
- Mary Poppins had one.
- Subverted in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series book Over Sea, Under Stone (1965). Mrs. Palk appears to be one of these, but turns out to be The Mole, an agent of the Dark who sabotages the protagonists.
- Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler in 101 Dalmatians.
- Calpurnia from To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Hannah Gruen in the Nancy Drew books.
- Jack from Alex Rider. Although she's younger than most of the examples, she still serves as a Parental Substitute for Alex.
- 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.