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The French Maid Outfit is a form of FetishFuel, a type of {{Fanservice}} or both, made ([[JustForPun or perhaps maid?]]) to call to mind the FrenchMaid character type (or, if in Japanese media such as {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}, the {{Meido}} character type). They are a favorite Halloween costume and often appear in sexual roleplaying.

The {{Meido}} variant, while still very much a form of fanservice, tends to be more conservatively cut than the Western costume it was based on. The fantasy comes from the subservience and {{Moe}}-ness of the wearer rather than more blatant sexuality.

For the characters, rather than the costumes, see FrenchMaid and {{Meido}}.

Compare to MiniDressOfPower and SexySantaDress.

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* 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"
* Another commercial for Dannon ''La Creme'' brand yogurt has a man and a French maid; then their kids come in and we discover they were role-playing. The kids were {{Squick}}ed.
* A Verizon commercial for its NHL streaming services has a wife dressed up as a French maid preparing for a fantastic night with her husband. When her husband comes bursting into the bedroom in hockey gear, his excuse is, "[[LiteralGenie You said 'fantasy'!]]"
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** The French maid is just one of the examples of phrases used by the author in one strip to explain how the Anglo-Francais rivalry is expressed in their language (as in, in French, adding that 'anglais' means the item is dull, vulgar and tasteless, and in English, 'French' as a prefix means something is racy). However, the only real maid drawn is the English chambermaid - the 'French maid' is [[NationsAsPeople France]] [[FanDisservice in a French maid costume]].
** During the {{Hetalia Bloodbath 2010}}, Hong Kong was forced to wear one of these.
** One April Fools' 2011 sketch shows Japan wearing one of these too. And managing to look [[NinjaMaid completely badass]] while doing so.
** The infamous instance where Russia forced Lithuania to dress like this. [[CrossesTheLineTwice And then whipped him while he was working]] (at least, in Lithuania's flashback). There's a little basis for this, maid-inspired outfits were a common thing in the Soviet Union, such as girls' school uniforms. This is also shown with Russia's sister Belarus, who wears a maid-inspired ElegantGothicLolita dress Russia gave her even today, but her's is much more modest (though she's still quite the MsFanservice)
* Mine in ''FruitsBasket'' wears one (made by Ayame presumably) as her uniform for working in the shop...but she wears it when she's not working too
* In the [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Arts Dining]] storyarc of ''RanmaOneHalf'', Akane and Soun dress as French maids to infiltrate the Mansion Ranma is staying at.
* The ''[[NegimaSecondSeason Negima!?]]'' second anime has Chachamaru often appearing in a maid outfit most of the time she is on screen, except during school hours.
* Himeko wears a maid outfit during the school festival in ''SketDance'', since her class is doing, unsurprisingly, a MaidCafe. The costume makes a reappearance in a later chapter, in which Himeko agrees to do anything Bossun says as an apology for breaking his hand. This includes dressing up as a maid, calling him 'master' and hand feeding him. Of course, HilarityEnsues.
* Maid costumes are one of the many strange "punishment games" Mion inflicts on the other club members in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''. Dr. Irie gets a little ''too'' excited about seeing [[TokenMiniMoe Satoko]] in one.
* In ''{{K-On}}'' on a few occasions.
** Especially their infamous first live performance. Azusa hates the part of herself that's started to think of it as normal.
** Ritsu thought they should do a MaidCafe for their first year festival, as Mio is really suited to the look. "The adorable power of cute compels you!"
* The "''Tanks for the Memories!''" episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' sees the gang helping out at a MaidCafe because the joint was temporarily understaffed (Brock was training one of the maids working there). This results in Dawn, [[DraggedIntoDrag Ash]] ([[RunningGag again!]]) and even some of their mons dressing up in these outfits.
* Two characters in ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' end up in maid costumes: [[spoiler: Nerine and Primula]], the latter including CatGirl accessories, when they're helping Rin out [[spoiler: cleaning his new appartment]].
* In ''Manga/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', Roxas disguised himself in this type of outfit while trespassing the White Rabbit's home in search of food to restore Luxord's original size. However, the Rabbit saw through the disguise and puts him on trial.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In an old ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' comic, Hellfire Club waitresses wore French Maid outfits.
* According to at least one SilverAge ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' story, the Daily Planet requires its top female reporters to dress like this and act as waitresses at staff parties.
* During the ''SpiderMan/Human Torch'' miniseries, the Torch and SheHulk meet at his apartment to go to a costume party. Johnny dresses up as Spidey, while Jennifer shows up in a trenchcoat concealing one of these outfits. "Johnny-sense tingling..."
* Mentioned as a gag during a ''{{Spider-Man}}'' arc. Peter's looking for the kids from ''Sins Past'' in France. His thought process is basically, "This table is spotless" → "I've got to get one of those French maids...or maybe just Mary Jane in a French maid outfit. Why is that outfit so popular with guys? Must be the feather duster."
* Worn [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext mostly inexplicably]] by SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} in issue 20 of Way's run. He was on an assassin's hitlist at the time, [[CloudCuckoolander so maybe he thought he needed a disguise?]]
* There is a picture by J. Scott Campbell featuring Caitlin Fairchild of ''{{Gen13}}'' in a French maid uniform, feather duster and all.
* The Goddamned Maidman of ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' is a subversion, being essentially Batman if Bats dressed as a French maid instead of a bat.
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[[folder:Fan-Fic]]
* The ''FanFic/NewLookSeries'' has both Shikamaru and Fuyuki in this costume while in their respective predicaments.
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[[folder:Film]]
* [[ThePaidForHarem Magenta]] wears one of these in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
* ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooLittle'': Lori, the femme fatale, dresses up like this when she's expecting a visit from her lover.
* ''Film/GroundhogDay'': Phil's date when he goes to the cinema is dressed up as one of these.
* In ''AirDoll'', the title character, upon acquiring sentience, looks around in her owner's flat for clothes to put on. All the female outfits she finds are fetish-oriented, and she settles on a maid uniform as the most wearable one for going out.
* In ''Film/{{Clue}}'', Yvette is an exaggerated French Maid and wears one of these.
* In ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', one of Candie's slave girls is made to wear this.
* JenniferAniston [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_EhODKNdb0 wears one]] in ''Film/FriendsWithMoney.'' Kind of a subversion in that she actually does housework for a while.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[FanDisservice Luckily]], we're only ''told'' that Hettie of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' has a French maid outfit.
* In the season eight premiere of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Lois uses one as a [[{{Fanservice}} disguise]].
* In the episode "Gold Fever" of ''TheDukesOfHazzard'', Boss Hogg has Daisy dress up as a French maid (even though she's a waitress) in order to impress a rich Texan.
* Definite [[ParentService Dad Service]] in the British Saturday morning kids' show ''MinistryOfMayhem'', with Holly Willoughby, a maid's outfit, and cream cakes being splattered about.
* Lindsay Funke of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
* When we first meet her in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Eleventh Hour", Amy Pond is dressed as a FairCop. When the Doctor questions her disguise, Amy tells him it was "this or a French maid".
* A hilarious inversion took place on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' when Howard got ''Sheldon'' to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxDZAx9DpI0 wear one]].
* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Topanga in a French maid outfit is used for a brief sight gag.
* In Japanese drama ''ShokojoSera'', Seira is forced to wear one of these. It serves the purpose to increase her {{moe}}ness.
* For a school event, the students in the Japanese version of ''Manga/HanaKimi'' decide to have a MaidCafe. With all the guys dressing up in maid costumes to gain more female customers.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In "Dead Things" [[BigBad Warren]] uses a MindControl device on his ex-girlfriend, making her wait on them while wearing a sex-shop French maid outfit.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* David Wingrove's ''Literature/ChungKuo'' has many of these; in every case a Chinese maid to one of the T'ang lords or the princes.
* In Sarah Caudwell's ''[[HilaryTamar The Shortest Way to Hades]]'', Selena and Julia are invited to a party by a grateful client, who has utterly misunderstood the nature of their relationship - as has his, uh, friend, who answers the door in "a black dress, black stockings and a little white pinafore."
-->"In brief, an old-fashioned parlour maid."
-->"Your 'in brief' is appropriate; your 'old-fashioned' less so. When I say that she wore stockings rather than tights, I do not speak from surmise."
* In ''[[Literature/GhostFinders Ghost of a Dream]]'', Melody comes on to Happy by reminding him of the French Maid Outfit she'd spotted in a shop window the other day. Happy adamantly objects, as he's already told her he won't wear the thing.
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[[folder:Manhua]]
* When Long Wei is told he's god of the alternative world in ''Manhua/InfinityGame'', he does a couple of tests to see if it's a very complicated trick. He decides that the obvious ones like making money fall from the ceiling could easily be organised so he makes D.D. change her clothes into a maid's outfit as it's something unpredictable. [[spoiler:This eventually becomes a ChekhovsGun as it's part of the world he created and becomes important at the end.]]
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Maryse's choice of costume for the 2008 Cyber Sunday's divas costume contest.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* Reaper Miniatures has a "Brigitte, Naughty French Maid" model in their Chronoscope line.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'':
** 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. Or CampGay.
** 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.
** In the original ''The Sims'', there were third-party mods where you could create NPC's with French-maid costumes of varying degrees of risqueness.
* Every maid in the ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' module ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues''. Then again, the entire world is perverted (including giant demonic dogs that want to have sex with human women and completely ordinary dogs that want to have sex with human women), so it is sort of justified.
* Some [[VideoGame/RavingRabbids Rabbids]] wear them for comedic effect.
* A French maid costume is [[AndYourRewardIsClothes unlockable]] for female characters in ''GuitarHero: World Tour''.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', the first time the player sees Mimi (outside of the first scene in Castle Bleck, where she only appears in the forms of other characters), she is dressed in a french maid outfit and claiming to be working as a maid for Merlee. Once the FinalBoss is defeated and most of Count Bleck's minions did {{Heel Face Turn}}s, Mimi can be found in the mansion again, this time as a legitimate maid.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'':
** The Main Character's ever-original classmates decide to do a MaidCafe for their SchoolFestival. [[TheChick Yukari]] dreads it from the depths of her spirit because [[AllMenArePerverts it means wearing a maid uniform]]; [[IdiotHero Junpei]] and the rest of the male schoolmates look forward to this cherished event. Alas, a typhoon rips through Iwatodai and the SchoolFestival is canceled, to the endless grief of said schoolmates (and the Main Character is also asked if he mourns the loss.) In the ''[[UpdatedRerelease Persona 3 FES]]'' release, the surveillance camera skits show Yukari in her dorm room; she had indeed procured an authentic maid uniform, not a costume, and gripes loudly about how everyone wanted to see her in it. [[spoiler: Eventually, she gives in to curiosity and wears it, and pantomimes serving a costumer. When [[ShrinkingViolet Fuuka]] catches her, Yukari cheerfully ropes her into the game and dresses her in a spare uniform.]]
** There's also a series of "Maid Uniform" costumes [[{{Fanservice}} for the female members of the party to wear during the Dark Hour]], as rewards for Elizabeth's requests. [[RobotGirl Aigis]] will find it odd if you ask her to wear one, but Yukari and [[{{Ojou}} Mitsuru]] will chew you out considerably for it. And of course, you can get [[RuleOfFunny all three of them in the party at the same time, wearing those outfits]]. In the portable remake the female main character can wear one as well, so you can defeat the forces of evil with a party of maids. Additionally, if she wears the costume while dating Akihiko or Shinjiro, they have...interesting reactions.
* One of the unlockable costumes in ''LollipopChainsaw'' is a French maid uniform.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', 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.
* In ''Webcomic/OutThere'', Miriam decides the costume is ideal for cleaning [[spoiler:Ari's condominium, and for seducing her]].
* ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'' has Eleanor, the housekeeper for Layla and Nina's family. She's a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion, though-- Eleanor wears the outfit, but as for sexy... she's anything but.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the WhateleyUniverse, when Phase is hosting a party for the campus rich kids, he gets some of the sexiest girls on campus to play maid, and he buys them tailored French maid costumes complete with short skirts and high heels. There's even FanArt of it now.
* ''WebOriginal/FrenchMaidTV''. A series of self-help videos by... women in French Maid costumes?
* ''WebOriginal/{{CHAINSAW MAID}}'', animated by Takena Nagao, is a StopMotion short featuring an attractive maid saving her family from horrible zombies. One part FetishFuel, one part horror, but 100% awesome.
* ''GaiaOnline'' has a "Meido" set, consisting of headbands, two types of aprons, and poofy dresses, in several colours. The possibilities are endless. Interestingly, there's also an older set of "Maid" items, which are a bit more FrenchMaid-style.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants wore a maid outfit somewhere during the time when Squidward had to stay at his house. The fact that it was ''completely backless and that he was wearing nothing but briefs'' definitely counts as GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* Timmy Turner from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' was subjected to wear a French maid costume in the "Homewrecker" episode. Wanda donned such a disguise in "Channel Chasers" to match Cosmo's [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Alfred]]-esque appearance.
* Boog of ''TheBully'' was forced to wear a maid outfit by ''FanboyAndChumChum'' in the episode "Chimp Chomp Chumps".
* Francine of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' wears one in "A Smith in the Hand". A blonde stripper wears a similar outfit to Francine's in "Stan Knows Best".
* HelloNurse wore this costume in ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'' in order to teach the Warner siblings table manners. (Given that she's the TropeNamer for the Trope she's named after, she really didn't need any other reason.)
* [[MadGod Discord]] wears one at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Princess Twilight Sparkle". This is notably not played for fanservice, as Discord is a giant MixAndMatchCritter.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* {{Maid Cafe}}s, similar to those found in Japan, have been tried a few times in North America, with varying degrees of success.
* In a massive case of FanDisservice, AliceCooper on the ''TopGear'' show recalled having Keith Moon stay at his house while he was out of town - he came home to find Moon wearing a French Maid outfit. Cooper's wife: "Who ''is'' that guy?!"
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