Created By: MarqFJA on September 6, 2010 Last Edited By: MarqFJA on September 6, 2010
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Maid Corps

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Tags: No Launching Please, Needs a Better Title, Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples (non-anime/manga ones, specifically), Rolling Updates.

A well-off person may have a maid or two in his house. Likewise, a truly wealthy person would be likely to have 5 or so maids taking care of his understandably spacious home. And of course, it wouldn't be extraordinary for filthy rich people to have a dozen or two of domestic workers to handle the housework of a really Big Fancy House. It also would be expected for aristocratic/monarchial families with large estates, major hotels, cruise ships and the like to have a ~100-strong domestic worker staff.

This trope is not about the aforementioned. No, this trope about someone who is so rich, he has a whole army of hundreds of maids - sometimes even more, for the more filthy rich ones! - staffing the Big Fancy House of Big Fancy Houses that is his residence, even though the household chores could probably be handled by a signficantly smaller staff.

Not all of them have to be strictly "domestic workers", though. Duties may run the gamut from the traditional housekeepers and attendants, to qualified medical doctors and nurses, to computer specialists, to scientists and mechanics, to personal bodyguards, and even a private paramilitary force.

Oh, and they all wear Meido / French Maid uniforms. Yes, even the ones whose duties would normally require a completely different dress code. Such is the power of Fanservice.

Important Note: Simply having a large number of maids/domestic workers is not enough; they have to be...
  1. Too many for just handling the domestic chores (e.g. "The Big Fancy House only needs about 50 domestic workers, but it actually has a 200-strong domestic staff at any given time."), and/or...
  2. In addition to the "domestic" maids, there are an equal number of "maids" who perform decidely "non-domestic" work: Bodyguard Babes and Private Military Contractors are typical choices, though not the only ones.

Normally Always Female, though the rare Gender Flip does occur.

May overlap with Bodyguard Babes.

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Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • May 30, 2010
    Alucard
    Evangeline in Mahou Sensei Negima has an army-sized collection of Robot Maids living in her bottle-sized villa.
  • May 30, 2010
    Kyjibo
    Real Life: Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Mansion. Likely the Ur Example
  • May 30, 2010
    Taeraresh
    In Curvy, there's a 'Sugar Palace Chambermaid Corps', though we only see one member of it.
  • May 30, 2010
    SisterDizzy
    I think Cinderella, in it's Disney incarnation, at any rate, has a classic subversion of this, with animals such as song birds and mice filling in as handmaids for the girl who's treated as a maid herself.

    Another Disney version of this trope would be in Beauty And The Beast in which the servants have all been enchanted into animate inanimate objects.

    The Boondocks has yet another subversion. It's implied A Pimp Named Slickback uses his "hoes" for this purpose.

    Of course, you'd be hard pressed not to find examples of this in spades through out history. Most leaders of a national scale, and their lords under them, have a huge number of retainers. Kings, Queens, Barons, Dukes, Presidents, Emperors, Empresses, Pharoahs, Daimyos, Sheiks, Sultans, Rajahs, so on and so forth.

    In Memoirs Of A Geisha the heroine was part of a small version of this, but it is also possible that a much more lucrative place might have even more.

    Any large hotel or resort is going to have a huge staff such as this. As are cruise ships.

    Any large enough business retain cleaners for their office buildings. There are also house cleaning services, some of which are actually fairly large themselves.
  • May 30, 2010
    shimaspawn
    The movie version of Annie has something similar both with how the girls were treated and then later at Daddy Warbuck's mansion.
  • May 30, 2010
    Lysythe
    Girls Bravo: Fukunaga's Maid Corps are expressly for Fanservice (his own).
  • May 31, 2010
    MarqFJA
    Those are not this trope. This trope is mainly about having so many domestic servants (specifically maids) that not only it seems redundant (as in he only needs about one quarter of them to staff the house and do all the domestic chores), one wonders why the guy's finances haven't collapsed yet - it's not easy to support all that number of competent domestic workers, you know.

    And there are cases like the Hanaukyo Maid Tai and Gravion. "Bodyguard maids" and "Commando maids"?
  • June 3, 2010
    chelonianmobile
    Does Collar6 count? Sixx runs a chain of hotels and refers to all the workers in it, including maids, as her "worldwide harem".
  • June 5, 2010
    MarqFJA
    Maybe. I don't recognize the title, though, so I can't really make an informed judgment.
  • June 16, 2010
    MarqFJA
    Okay, I take it this is a sign that I should Just Launch It Already?
  • June 16, 2010
    bbofun
    Most Community Theater productions of ANNIE will have this in Warbuck's mansion, as opposed to professional productions, which will generally have only between 3 and 7. Of course, when the actors don't have to be paid...
  • June 16, 2010
    DragonQuestZ
    A nobleman in Rune Soldier Louie had one.

    A kid in Chobits had a bevy of persocom maids.
  • June 16, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Season 2 episode 1 of Family Guy - Lois inherits a huge mansion and staff, who have been paid only through the song that Peter sings when he gets there so they all leave right after.
  • June 16, 2010
    GeneralGoose
  • June 17, 2010
    ChevalierMalfait
    Louis XIV of France employed thousands of servants at the Palace of Versailles to attend him during his long, elaborate daily rituals of waking (Lever) and retiring (Coucher). (This was in addition to the over one thousand nobles he relocated to the palace, not only to serve him during his daily rituals but also to keep an eye on them and discourage plots against him.)
  • June 17, 2010
    CBanana
    • Remilia Scarlet from Touhou Project has a literal army of fairy maids attending to the scarlet devil mansion.
  • September 6, 2010
    MarqFJA
    Okay, I think I'll Just Launch It Already (with a few specifications to avoid Trope Decay), and let Wiki Magic handle the rest.
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