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[-[[caption-width-right:350:[[ColorCodedForYourConvenience Each different uniform color]] is a '''separate department.'''[[note]]We got, from right to left, "help with office work", "costumes", "personnel", "cooking", "administrative", "secretary", "technology", "financial", "security", "information", and "health"; not shown here is the "Personal Care" department. Oh, and they later create a "personal attendants" department from scratch, just for the protagonist.[[/note]]]]-]

A well-off person may have a maid or two in his house. Likewise, a truly wealthy person may have half a dozen or so, taking care of his [[BigFancyHouse 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'' BigFancyHouse. It also would be expected for aristocratic/monarchic families with large estates, major hotels, cruise ships and the like to have a ~100-strong domestic worker staff.

Compared to this trope, those guys are '''pikers.'''

A Maid Corps is an army of ''multiple hundreds of servants'' -- sometimes apparently thousands -- that typically are either ''way'' too many for just handling the domestic chores, or in addition to the "traditional" housekeepers and personal attendants, there are a more or less equal (or even ''greater'') number of "maids" who perform decidedly "non-domestic servant" work, which may run the gamut from [[HospitalHottie qualified medical doctors and nurses]], to [[PlayfulHacker computer specialists]], to [[GadgeteerGenius scientists]] and [[WrenchWench mechanics]], to [[NinjaMaid personal bodyguards]], and even a [[PrivateMilitaryContractors private paramilitary force]]. Bonus points if ''both'' variants are combined.

Oh, and usually they ''all'' wear {{Meido}} / FrenchMaid uniforms. Yes, including the ones whose duties would normally require a completely different dress code. [[SarcasmMode Such is the power of]] {{Fanservice}}.[[note]]Note to editors: Examples where fewer than, say, 2/3rds of them wear it may fit better under AmazonBrigade. If it's their equivalent of full dress uniform, [[TropesAreFlexible that's close enough.]][[/note]]

Some of the [[UpToEleven truly huge]] Maid Corps may leave one wondering how their employer's finances haven't collapsed yet from attempting to employ so many maids for so many (often [[GadgeteerGenius high]]-[[PrivateMilitaryContractor budget]]) "responsibilities"; thus, having a Maid Corps usually designates a character as [[{{Fiction 500}} obscenely filthy rich]].

Note that while the implementation of the first two traits (numbers and "responsibilities") can be somewhat variable (though at least one of them '''must''' be used in some form), unless the plot demands it at a certain point (after which it is often conveniently never brought up again), the third (finances) is a practically universal aspect of the trope; a typical MaidCorps should be a financial and bureaucratic nightmare to manage in RealLife.

Normally an [[AlwaysFemale all-female]] trope, though the rare GenderFlip does occur.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The title group of ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai'', and the TropeNamer (''tai'' means "team, corps") ''and'' co-TropeCodifier. It also depicts the gender-flipped version (Ryuuka's menservants).
* ''{{Gravion}}'': The staff of Klein Sandman's castle, excluding his BattleButler, are the co-TropeCodifier. To quote the {{Meido}} entry: "''Servant maids, Guard maids, [[NinjaMaid commando maids]], hacker maids, mechanic maids, and even one member of the central [[SuperRobot robotics]] team. [[spoiler:Who of course turns out to be a '''[[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Robot]]''' Maid]]''". [[http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/6586/moe30952gravion.jpg See for yourselves]].
* ''NajicaBlitzTactics'': Najica's first mission involves a rich woman who is served by such maid-bodyguards.
* Evangeline from ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has an army-sized collection of [[RobotMaid Robot Maids]] living in her [[BiggerOnTheInside bottle-sized villa]]. Ayaka Yukihiro has the more "[[{{Meido}} traditional]]" sort.
* ''Manga/GirlsBravo'': Fukunaga's BodyguardBabes MaidCorps are expressly for Fanservice (namely, his own).
* ''{{Fireball}}'': Drossel has thousands of robotic servants made by her {{Posthumous Character}} father. However, they're all invisible and programmed to stay out of her way, so for God knows how long she wasn't aware they existed. [[HilarityEnsues And then Gedächtnis told her about them.]]
* In ''SacredSeven'', the Aiba Foundation has a literal army of maids. Not only do they take care of the typical house chores, but they also act as Mission Control, use weapons, and pilot support vehicles and generally act as backup for the main characters during battles.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The Chinese Emperor in ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower'' has literally squadrons of elegantly attired maids. The opening sequences features them getting up, washing, dressing each other, eating breakfast etc. to the sound of a clapper.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Sun Shang Xiang [[NoNameGiven (as she is known in other works)]] in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' was said to have over a hundred maids at her command the very least, [[AmazonBrigade all of them]] [[NinjaMaid trained to be]] {{Action Girl}}s by [[BadassPrincess Sun]] herself.
* Due to an accident with sending generics into ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'', there are thousands of copies of Mrs. Danvers in the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series. They're used as an actual army.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Literature/IShallWearMidnight'', Tiffany discovers a different side to the haughty and snobbish Lady Keepsake. Visiting Keepsake Manor with Letitia Keepsake (daughter of Her Ladyship) Tiffany discovers there are ''many'' more domestic servants on the staff than the size of the place suggests. Letitia tells her that four out of every five are officially retired, and half the rest are paid to look after the elderly retired staff who are no longer capable. Lady Keepsake, for all her impatience, bluster and general horribleness, believes it is only right to look after those in old age who spent their working lives looking after her family. Keeping them in expenses-paid grace and favour accommodation is a pension for them.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'': Remilia Scarlet has several hundred maids. This seems to be more of an attempt to invoke this trope than anything else as, excepting [[NinjaMaid Sa]][[TimeStandsStill ku]][[KnifeNut ya]], they're all fairies, making them completely useless. In one of the official manga, she bolsters the service by adopting a gaggle of hobgoblins.
* ''MegamanBattleNetwork'': Yaito has a veritable army of maids, who in the AnimatedAdaptation can be seen in montages throughout several episodes doing random chores ''across the city''.
** Likewise, Ritch Dotcom from [[MegaManStarForce the sequel series]] has ''Secretary'' Corps who are InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals. Justified in the games where non important [=NPCs=] have generic sprites, but they all look the same in the anime.
* Judging by the number of mooks in maid outfits throwing kitchen knives that show up when everyone in Valestine Castle that wasn't a named character got turned into a monster, Count [=MacGuire=] of ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}: The Oath in Felghana'' had one of these.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
Any grand enough palace in history had this by necessity.
* Ditto hotels.
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