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While the French Maid costume has some basis in the black and white uniforms once worn by actual maids in the 19th century, the original costumes were almost never as [[{{Fanservice}} fan servicy]] as those found in modern times. The attitude is also part of the package, inasmuch as she is essentially the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soubrette soubrette]]'' of the old French comedy: she will be extremely flirty, often with a feather duster. [[{{Tsundere}} She also acts snippy, pert and cheeky to everyone who isn't her employer (and sometimes him)]] and superior to any of the other servants except the butler and maybe the cook. The French Maid will speak with an over-exaggerated French accent and use GratuitousFrench.

Contrast to {{Meido}}, which is a Japanese concept developed from this one. The key difference being that a {{Meido}} is intended to be {{Moe}} and subservient, while a French Maid is sexy and saucy. Contrast even further to the SculleryMaid, who is decidedly less sexy, but has much more power in the plot.

For the costume rather than the character, see FrenchMaidOutfit.
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[[folder:Film]]
* "Yvette, The French Maid" (pictured above) in the movie ''Film/{{Clue}}''. She also wore a relatively modest version of the sexy French Maid's outfit. [[spoiler: Although she apparently wasn't REALLY French, or a maid...]]
** Given that you could use her... assets as a place to set your drink down, provided you didn't mind a little spillage from the bounce and jiggle, the fact that her French maid uniform is considered "modest" should tell you something about this trope.
* The maid from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', who was transformed into a feather duster. Even moreso in the stage show, where her role is greatly expanded. She was named Babette in the stage adaptation, and named Fifi in the midquel ''Belle's Magical World''.
* Louise from ''EightWomen'' fits here as well, though she's not as blatantly sexual (usually).
* ''TheMaids'', who take the whole PerverseSexualLust thing too far.
* The 1943 movie ''Film/HeavenCanWait1943'', directed by Ernst Lubitsch, features a prime example of this trope, with the character of "Madame". She lacks the classic black and white maid uniform, but acts very flirtatiously with the main character, and has one of the most over the top (fake) french accents you're ever likely to hear.
* You'd expect this trope a lot in porn, and there is, although it's more common in softcore erotica. The mainstream, tame soft-core ''YoungLadyChatterley'' from the 1980s includes ''two'' examples of this type, slightly averted since the maids are [[BritishAccents Cockney]], not French. But the trope is definitely played up for its erotic appeal, as the maids flirt, flounce, and repeatedly lose their uniforms.
* In ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}'' we get to see [[RuleOfThree three]], sexy French maids.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literature/GalateaIn2D'', Kevin's paintings include one of an ''extremely'' cliched French Maid.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In a long ago ''Tonight Show with Johnny Carson'' skit, Juliet Prowse portrayed a spy pretending to be a French Maid.
* In ''Series/AlloAllo'' Yvette and Mimi might technically have been waitresses, but they were the incarnation of this trope in everything except name.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Turk fantasizes about being married to Elliot. Carla (Turk's wife) is portrayed in the same fantasy as being the maid, complete with uniform, with whom Turk is having an affair.
* The French TV show ''Palace'' averts this. Since it is set in a five-star hotel, there are of course a whole bunch of French maids around, but every time (OncePerEpisode) [[BreakingTheFourthWall characters comment that the shows need]] a MsFanservice or the viewers will stop watching, the girl they bring in is not wearing a maid outfit. Actually, she only wears a thong most of the time.
* An episode of ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' involved an expensive New York maid service that supplied maids who met the requirements of this trope.
* In ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse'', the maid seems to be this trope. She is indeed MsFanservice, to all of the males in the house. The women see her as a much older, more matronly maid. There turns out to be a very good reason for this later in the season. She also is depicted as a (relatively) OnlySaneMan and is quick to point out her independence despite her job and unique predicament.
* Jeanette the maid in the murder mystery episode of ''SavedByTheBell''. Turns out she's also a ClingyJealousGirl and is a brief suspect in the game.
* Used for the obligatory DoubleEntendre in ''TheGoodies''.
** "This car has parts from all over the world. British made, German made..." ''(Bill removes girl in a FrenchMaidOutfit from the car)'' "French maid."
** Butler enters with two hot maids bearing tea trays. "While you are waiting sir, I thought you'd like tea and crumpets."
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[[folder:Music]]
* Give me a Rap MusicVideo and when discussing the man's influence, he may or may not have playboy french maids cleaning his house or servicing the guests.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Magda in ''TanzDerVampire'' doesn't wear the traditional frilly maid uniform, but she's put into an equally objectifying tavern-wench costume that suits her role as the inn's girl of all trades.
* Jacob, the CampGay, [[WholesomeCrossdresser Wholesome Crossdressing]] housekeeper from ''[[Theatre/LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''LauraBow: The Colonel's Bequest'', there is a stereotypical French maid named Fifi who exemplifies all of these traits.
* ''VideoGame/BeTrapped'' has Juliette, a maid very similar to Yvette.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''PvP'', Robbie hires a French maid called Suitecannes (pronounced Sweet Can) to staff his mansion. It turns out she was a call girl who dressed as a maid because she thought it was his fetish.
* In ''Held Within'' Strip #27 Susie accidentally wishes that her genie girlfriend Jenny summon a teacher that has been giving Susie a hard time, and turn her into a French Maid. Jenny, of course, [[http://www.sexyfantasycomics.com/?page_id=368 does so]]. When the teacher admits to blackmailing students into having sex with her for passing grades Susie also makes her [[http://www.sexyfantasycomics.com/?page_id=381 speak only (bad) French]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''[[PhineasAndFerb Phineas and Ferb]]'' episode Invasion of the Ferb Snatchers, Major Monogram hired two French Maids to clean the secret lair.
* HelloNurse of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' once dressed this way. (Why? To give the Warner siblings a lesson in table manners. What can you say, she's the TropeNamer.)
* Squidward forces SpongeBob to dress like this in "Can You Spare a Dine?"
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