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->''"A maid who works and lives in the Scarlet Devil Mansion. She does a maid's duty perfectly: cooking, cleaning, washing, babysitting, knife throwing, etc."''
-->-- '''Sakuya Izayoi's''' Profile from ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Immaterial and Missing Power]]''

A maid (FrenchMaidOutfit often included) who [[ActionGirl knows kung fu]]. Many ninja maids ''intentionally'' cater to the contrast between the image of a helpless, gentle, obedient {{Meido}} and an ActionGirl in a frilly uniform jumping off the mansion roof and landing her Mary Jane heels squarely in someone's face.

May or may not develop a BodyguardCrush on her master, be they male or [[HoYay female]]. If said master is [[JustAKid very young]] or [[IllGirl sickly]], she might tend to be their MamaBear as well.

Common in {{anime}} and {{manga}}.

Compare BattleButler, who fulfills the same basic role of "domestic servant with combat skills" but is typically dressed in a suit even if female. Can be related to SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids and McNinja. A SisterTrope to GratuitousNinja.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The entire concept of ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy'' that feature Kogarashi, a Maid Guy. A monster of a man (in a dress) whose idea of service to his master is very rough around the edges. Has numerous abilities, from cooking & cleaning to USB connectivity and X-ray vision, even claiming to have 37 senses.
** Fubuki instead is a classic girl example. She has great skill as a maid and guardian, demonstrating ninja-like abilities; however, despite all of this, she is usually referred as a "clumsy maid" much to her annoyance.
* Sayoko Shinozaki from ''Anime/CodeGeass'', whose true badassitude is revealed mid-second season (as shown in the page image). According to the audio commentaries, there was an in-joke among the staff about Sayoko somehow secretly being "the strongest character" during production of the first season, and by the time of R2 the series creators [[AscendedFanon liked the idea enough to make it canon by turning her into a ninja maid.]] Technically denied by herself. When Rolo calls her a ninja, she corrects him, and calls herself an SP - a reference to Japan's Police division dedicated to bodyguard duties, itself heavily based on the American Secret Service. She just happens to have weapons similar to those a ninja would use.
* An episode of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' featured a reclusive billionaire (who later turned out to be DeadAllAlong) with a mansion staffed by [[RobotGirl gynoid]] maids with hidden guns that flipped out of their arms. They went down like [[ConservationOfNinjutsu chumps]], though.
* Antonia's maids in ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'' are more like a private army. They are versed in hand-to-hand combat, stealth, are very well armed, and even have military trained snipers working in their ranks.
* Fiore from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' doesn't actually know kung fu... but she is a superpowered jewel witch capable of summoning giant crystalline killing machines.
%%* Elenore Baker from ''Anime/{{Madlax}}''.
* Rosarita Cisneros aka Roberta from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', who isn't as much a Ninja Maid, as she is a ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' Maid. She doesn't just know kung fu -- she's ''[[ImplacableMan bloody invincible]]'', and carrying enough weaponry in her maid uniform to depopulate a small country. Considering that she used to be the infamous "Bloodhound of Florencia", the most dangerous assassin from the FARC, this adds up to a world of pain for anyone who dares mess with her master or his young son. There's also Fabiola Iglesias, Roberta's disciple and fellow maid, who may be younger and not ''as'' dark as her but [[BadassAdorable is still NOT to be trifled with]].
* It's heavily implied that the agency member Mori Sonou from ''The Melancholy of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is one of these. Though technically she only pretends to be a maid as part of her cover. She demonstrates her true badass colors in ''Manga/HaruhiChan'' but considering the series' [[GagSeries status]]…
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Pretty literal in the case of Konoe, a ComicallySerious ninja maid and Taro's personal bodyguard, and Yashima Sana, Konoe's lieutenant.
* Charlotte Dunois and Laura Bodewig in "LightNovel/InfiniteStratos". In one episode, they get a job in a maid cafe, with Laura dressing up as a maid, while Charlotte gets a butler uniform, despite having a life desire to BE a maid for Ichika, the main protagonist. Oh, and Laura is a SuperSoldier from Germany and Charlotte was also extensively trained in combat. Sucks to be the StupidCrooks that decided to break into that same cafe, on their very first day.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** In one episode the then-villainous Evangeline took control of several of the girls' minds, dressed them up like French maids and then used them to fight Negi, knowing that he wouldn't be able to apply his full power against them. At the time, it seemed like the mind-control had inexplicably given them badass ninja powers, but considering later events, perhaps not...
** Chachamaru, Evangeline's RobotGirl servant, also knows kung fu.
%%* Tsurara and Shizuku from ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy''. The "ninja" part is very literal for these two.
* Maria from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', although outshone by the other {{Battle Butler}}s, can more than hold her own in a fight. Maria is usually absent or finds a way to resolve conflict without fighting; it's often implied that she is more capable than Hayate. She also seems [[http://i999.mangareader.net/hayate-the-combat-butler/313/hayate-the-combat-butler-2111511.jpg opposed]] to being thought of as a ninja maid.
%%* Tachibana from ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}''.
* Fumi Himeno from ''Anime/MaiHime'', complete with a scythe as her Element. [[spoiler: Too bad she has an HeroicBSOD after being defeated and losing her powers. But one can presume she got them back after Mashiro used her powers to revive the [=CHILDs=].]]
* Any and all Otome in ''Anime/MaiOtome''. Want to know just how much? Originally the show was going to be called ''Mai-✩[=MAiD=]''.
* ''LightNovel/ReZero'': Rem and Ram, the twin maids of Roswaal's mansion. They're dutiful if snarky maids while doing their day job, but when the gloves come off any unfortunate offenders are reminded that their secondary duty is to defend the mansion to their deaths, and they have the skills to back it up- Ram is a powerful [[BlowYouAway wind mage]], while Rem is quite deadly while wielding an EpicFlail that's bigger than her head. [[spoiler: It helps that they're both {{Oni}} with innate magic powers and skills, and Ram used to be even ''more'' powerful before her horn was cut off.]]
* Media from ''Anime/PaniPoniDash''; She apparently thinks the maid uniform is just part of being someone's assistant.
* Luciene and Marianne, Ryoko's maids directly imported from France in ''Literature/TheCaseFilesOfYakushijiRyoko''. The former is a genius hacker, while the latter is a weapons specialist. Both kick ''copious'' amounts of ass.
* Normally the maid in the {{ecchi}} OVA ''Labyrinth of Flames'' is a [[CuteClumsyGirl klutzy]] IllGirl... but if you force the contents of her IV into her arm, she briefly turns into the ultimate ninja.
%%* Eneus in ''LightNovel/MagiciansAcademy''. More than that, she's a [[PettingZooPeople dog girl]] ninja maid.
* In the first episode of ''Anime/NajicaBlitzTactics'' the heroine must battle a house full of machinegun-toting, panty-flashing, lesbian maids.
* Hazuki Sakurazaka of ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'', who is capable of {{roofhopping}} and knocking men out, and if that's not enough, she still have her {{chainsaw|Good}} on her repertoire. Her fellow maid Nanami Nanashiro seems to be this way as well, as she is also pretty handy with her [[DropTheHammer hammer]]. But she is mostly relegated to support actions, in the anime at least.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' gives us Hungary. She's not a maid ''all'' the time, but still often shows up in a maid's outfit... and is ''very'' willing to use her spear and/or her frying pan to defend her master and later husband Austria, as Prussia and France learned the hard way.
%%* Masahiro Shibata's ''Sarai'' revolves around mercenaries known as Battle Maids.
* ''Manga/GirlsBravo'': [[HandsomeLech Fukuyama]] has an entire staff of maids, who're all former mercenaries and ex-Special Forces. They regularly patrol the estate equipped with earpieces for communication and they're armed with automatic weapons. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Lilica]] is the head maid and is [[UndyingLoyalty wholly devoted to serving]] [[BodyguardCrush Fukuyama]], whom she refers to as "Young Master". She's also one of the strongest women in the series: enough that she was able to [[CurbstompBattle effortlessly curbstomp]] [[CuteBruiser Kirie!]]
* Vizen Bercourt from ''Manga/IonoTheFanatics''. Not only is she the Head Sobame but she is also officially the most badass one of them all, e.g. able to scare a ProfessionalKiller away just by standing there and smiling politely. Having just smashed said killer into a wall a few seconds earlier with her DynamicEntry helped.
%%* Sylua in ''Anime/GlassFleet''.
* Baby 5 from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is both the maid and an assassin for the Donquixote Family.
* In the opening episode of ''LightNovel/PhantomOfInferno'', Ein runs around killing people in a French maid outfit.
* Sandman of ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'' has an enormous medieval castle [[MaidCorps filled with maids]]. [[TheyFightCrime Some of them pilot]] HumongousMecha for him. At least one is a ninja.
* ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'''s a RobotGirl who {{depower}}ed herself (as well as drastically shortening her lifespan) solely to become a maid for the male protagonist. She had good reason, though: [[spoiler: she killed Suguru's father in the war, and that [[FailureKnight deeply scarred her]], thus she chose to be his Suguru's to make it up to the kid she orphaned.]]
* The maid, Mikage in ''Anime/{{Pretear}}'' turns out to be [[spoiler:the BigBad Takako/Fenrir in disguise]].
* [[spoiler:Mey-Rin]] from ''Manga/BlackButler'' seems pretty useless as a maid. On more than one occasion she has mixed up shoe polish for wood polish, among other things. However, she's also an amazingly efficient sniper. She doesn't even use a sniping-scope since she's apparently THAT far-sighted (one of the reasons she probably mixes up cleaning products). She keeps a few racks of rifles on the roof so she doesn't have to waste time re-loading, and she's once seen using said rifles as pistols to take down baddies. [[{{Catchphrase}} But of course, it is only natural that a servant of Phantomhive would be able to do that.]]
** Hannah Anasfeloz from season 2 is also one of these. [[spoiler: Not only she's a maid, but she's actually a ''demon''.]]
* Hinata Hyuuga cosplayed in a maid/bunny-version of her outfit in an omake from the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' anime. [[http://rs757.pbsrc.com/albums/xx215/amURawr_chii/Naruto/Hinata/Hinata_shippuden_By_amURawr_chii.gif~c200 Yes, it IS as good as it sounds.]]
* In ''Manga/BananaNoNana'' we have [=MaiMai=], an actual [[PlanetOfHats country of Ninja Maids]].
* Virgo from ''Manga/FairyTail''. Bonus points, she used to be used as an actual body guard.
* Many characters from ''The Melancholy of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. For example, in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpinAmS1H3k&feature=related this]] episode, during a movie, Tsuruya decides to fight a monster from said movie, which turns out to be Mori, and then, Mori proceeds to knock out Tsuruya with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpinAmS1H3k&t=4m46s HUGE]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpinAmS1H3k&t=4m48s earthquake]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpinAmS1H3k&t=5m10s kick.]]
** In the Christmas episode, Nagato traps the escaping "Santa."[[note]] And Nagato only used a very wide net.[[/note]]
* With a manga called ''Maid War Chronicles'' it's pretty obvious that it's '''built''' on this trope. At first only Cocao, the lead, seems to truly fit it, but more and more maids are showing HiddenDepths...and some wicked badass skills.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': A flashback back arc reveals that the mixed-blood Kanae Katagiri was introduced into the [[BlueBlood pure-blood]] Ishida family when she and Uryuu's father Ryuuken were very young children. As Ryuuken's personal servant and bodyguard, she is an excellent Quincy warrior and Ryuuken's first choice as battle partner. [[spoiler:She is Uryuu's MissingMom and a PosthumousCharacter, as she suffered a CruelAndUnusualDeath that is [[PlotTriggeringDeath inescapably connected]] to the death of Ichigo's mother.]]
* Mina Tepes' maids in ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' double as her bodyguards. They don't know kung fu specifically, but given they're all vampires, they don't exactly need to.
* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' has the wetnurses, including Hilda, one of the main characters. They are not ninjas, they are demons! Though, Hilda and Yolda have weird weapons, as Hilda has an umbrella sword and Yolda has a broom...
* Supreme ruler Petrarca's maids in ''LightNovel/OutbreakCompany'' are all [[OurElvesAreBetter elven]] [[MagicKnight battle-mages]] that double as her [[BodyguardBabes bodyguards]].
* In ''LightNovel/ProblemChildrenAreComingFromAnotherWorldArentThey'', Leticia Draculea is a powerful vampire knight who got captured by the rival community Perseus and was saved by the titular problem children. They want her to become their maid which she gladly accepts - after all she was spared a FateWorseThanDeath as a SexSlave thanks to them. This has the added bonus that not many people would suspect her (being a maid) to actually BE Leticia but rather a look-alike and doubly gives the advantage of having a good reason to have her around at all times.
* ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'' has Elena, the youngest of the maids in said hotel. She's tiny, slender, child-like, and a terrifying force to be reckoned with if either her home/workplace or [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend her boyfriend]] Kuzuki are threatened in any way. [[spoiler: She used to actually be a witch, Lachrymamrum aka the Mother of Tears, who's been around from before the Spanish colonization days.]]
* In ''Manga/ShinozakisanKiWoOtaShikaNi'' chapter 35, when [[OccidentalOtaku Amy]] visits a MaidCafe she is under the firm belief that all [[{{Meido}} Japanese maids]] are [[ImprobableAimingSkills expert marksmen]] who can [[SuperSpeed chase down cars on foot]], [[Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy break swords with their teeth]] and [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} stop time]]. Rather than break the truth to her, the head maid claims that all Japan's maids are secretly ninjas, and that they require government authorization to use any techniques more advanced than "make food delicious".
* Tohru from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'', who is a bit higher up the power scale than most examples since she's a dragon that could easily blow up the planet if she really wanted to. This gets lampshaded in the title of the first episode of the anime, "The Strongest Maid in History, Tohru! (Well, She is a Dragon)."
* Hayasaka from ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar''. She can- and ''has needed to''- flip over security lasers, maintain an alter ego, and find blackmail material.
* The Pleiades from ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'' are all [[HumanoidAbomination seemingly harmless maids]] who all have their own skills and abilities to kill the ennemies in a variety of ways. They were Nazarick's last line of defense. And nobody ever went that far.
** Special mention to solution whose specialty includes "Assassin", "Master Assassin" and "Poison Maker" and whose highest stat is Agility. She is a literal ninja maid.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' features Maidman, a strapping male Ninja Maid.
* In the alternate universe of ''Mutant X'' [[ComicBook/XMen Havok]] employed none other than ComicBook/{{Elektra}} as a nanny for his son.

* ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'': Rei has come to regularly wear a maid suit when in [[spoiler:her [[strike:lord and master]] personal god]] Shinji's place of residence, keeps it in pristine order, and has inspired sufficient mortal terror amongst the {{Yakuza}} for them to offer him tribute on a regular basis. [[spoiler:As for BodyguardCrush, the term is [[HappinessInSlavery far too limited]].]]
* One shows up in a side story to ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria''. And like any true ninja, not even the audience realizes what she is until it's too late.
* In ''Fanfic/TheVow'' (a ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' fanfic), we're introduced Jade, a dhole spy against Lord Shen who infiltrates the Tower of the Sacred Flame as a maid. She helps the heroes against Shen by doing undercover missions.

* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', Shao Feng's meek maids, Lian and Park, instantly turn badass when the East Indian Trading Company attacks his lair.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Queen Amidala's demure, elegantly gowned handmaidens merrily blast numerous battle droids to smithereens.

* Shizuka, from ''Literature/TalesOfTheOtori''.
* Ulla from ''Literature/{{Larklight}}''. "Have a care, sir, I'll have you know I am an agent of the British Secret Service!"
* Not Kung-fu per se, but Lucie Manette's maid Miss Pross from ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'' is badass.
* Lacey, Patience's maid, in Creator/RobinHobb's ''Literature/{{Farseer}}'' trilogy.
* In ''Literature/ThePrincessSeries'' Talia is one of the top secret agents for Queen Bea. She is highly trained martial artist whose abilities are enhanced by fairy magic. Her cover is that of a simple palace servant.
* In ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', Sun Quan's sister (never named) is a princess with an entourage of a hundred fighting ladies-in-waiting, all equally good with spear and bow -- an AmazonBrigade of Ninja Maids.
* Eliza D. Braun in ''Literature/BooksAndBraun'' has one of those. Made even more badass because the maid has no legs, but relies on [[{{Steampunk}} protheses]] to be able to walk.
* ''Literature/DustOfDreams'', book nine of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', has the nameless handmaiden of princess Felash, who is first thought to be a regular assassin, but turns out to be a hightly deadly, highly badass bodyguard for the princess. The next book reveals her to be from an island warrior society, [[spoiler:the Seguleh]].
* In Paula Harrison's book ''The Secret Promise'', Princess Emily doesn't understand why her maid, Ally, quit her previous job as an undercover agent with ninja training to become a lady's maid to a five-year-old princess.
* In the ''Literature/KrisLongknife'' series, Kris's maid Abby is responsible for outfitting her in fashionable clothing appropriate for a princess, outfitting a nine-person assault squad in combat armour appropriate for ass-kicking, and infiltrating a facility and acting as sniper overwatch [[BoomHeadshot fashionably dealing with enemies too dim to run the hell away]].
* In ''Literature/TheMaskedCity'', Lord Silver's entourage includes maids trained in martial arts and equipped with various concealed blades, in addition to his {{Battle Butler}}s. They're skilled enough to go toe to toe with a gang of The Guantes' werewolves and win in a brawl.
* It is inferred, in the ''{{Discworld}}'' series, that Purity, nanny and governess to Young Sam Vimes, has more going for her than is apparent at first glance. Creator/TerryPratchett does let slip that BattleButler Willikins has "taught her a few tricks" in adition to whatever she already knew when she passed the job interview. She is certainly nanny to a prime kidnap or revenge target - the son of Commander Vimes and Lady Sybil Ramkin.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In "Exposed", an episode of the British sci-fi series ''Series/{{UFO}}'', Paul Foster makes a threatening move towards Dr. Jackson and finds himself caught in a judo hold by his beautiful Oriental servant. Jackson then coolly remarks: "Yes Mr. Foster, things are not always what they seem."
* ''Akihabara@DEEP'''s Akira is a [[CosplayCafe Maid Cafe]] waitress by day, professional cage-fighter by night. Once her otaku friends build a website for her, her popularity at the cafe skyrockets.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Martha Jones during her brief stint as a maid during [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "Family of Blood"]].
** Also, from the Eleventh Doctor episodes [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33CiNTheGreatDetective "The Great Detective"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror "The Crimson Horror"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] we get Jenny ([[NamesTheSame no]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter not that one]]), the lesbian [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana-wielding]] maid of her lover, the [[InterspeciesRomance Silurian]] Madame Vastra, [[BattleCouple who is also good with swords]].
* Luka in Episode 6 of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', in which she goes undercover as a {{Meido}} in a fancy mansion. When a Zangyack invades it looking for the episode's MacGuffin, she uses her fighting ability to drive him away.
* Shae from ''Series/GameOfThrones''. In [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the books]], Shae is more of an innocent ingénue, and while she's still a maid, she has little insight into what's really going on around her. However, the TV series changes this significantly; she's still a handmaiden (and whore), but she's also very adept at lying, has a good eye for what makes people tick (and how to exploit it), and is a bit of a KnifeNut. She goes out of her way to protect Sansa Stark several times while she's in her care, chasing down and threatening another handmaiden at knife-point and even staring down Sandor Clegane and Ilyn Payne, both trained killers nearly twice her size.
* Alcina from ''Series/{{Endgame}}'' finds evidence, takes out hitmen, and makes sure your towels are extra fluffy.
* ''Series/{{Lucifer 2016}}'': The bartender of Lucifer's club is Mazikeen, aka Maze, his most faithful demon and his chief torturer when they were still in Hell. She's technically his bodyguard even though he's NighInvulnerable, and whenever someone needs to be beat up, Lucifer lets her handle it. [[OneManArmy Even if that means fighting off an entire street gang by herself]].
-->'''Chloe:''' Your bartender's a ninja? Of course she is.


[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MaidRPG''. They have rules for ''everything''.

* In ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'', Inspector Clouseau's maid is a trained ninja. They spar regularly.
* In the Theatre/{{Mrs Hawking}} play series, maid of all work Mary is not a ninja— that's Mrs. Hawking skill set —she is very able to fight when necessary, usually with her trusty fireplace poker.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G. II]]'': Chiho Masuda and her cousin, [[{{bifauxnen}} Kyoko]] [[LadyOfWar Kirishima]], are a pair of ninja ''waitresses'', who are descended of [[BadassFamily the Masuda]] [[{{ninja}} Clan]], which dates many generations back. Chiho is the heir apparent, while Kyoko is a member of one of their distant branch families. Since they're competing in the tournament, they wear their respective uniforms to represent the restaurants they work for.
* Iroha from ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''. Particularly notable for looking almost exactly like what comes to mind when thinking of the term "Ninja Maid": she wears what is essentially a cross between traditional Japanese garb and the [[{{Stripperiffic}} stereotypically skimpy]] French-maid costume.
* With the right DLC, you can make one of these in the [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soulcalibur IV]] and ''Soul Calibur V'' character creator.
* While fetching the Dragon Tooth Sword in ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', JC finds it guarded by a maid. That promptly starts emptying clips on him.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' - Ninja Maids are a recurring enemy in the series.
** They're called Persephone in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'', and some of them have vacuum cleaners - which cause Charlotte to let out an embarrassed yelp if they catch her skirt.
** They're also in the ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'' duoogy, and their vacuums are their soul power. And they can be used to catch the skirts of Student Witches or the Persephones themselves. But those are more of the Kung Fu Maids.
** The real Ninja Maids appeared in the ''Castlevania'' for X68000 (later ported to [=PS1=] as ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChronicles'') in the final level, and some of them turned into Zombie Maids after death.
* Aylith from ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'', playable in the Seraphic Gate. Sure, her powers should be no wonder since [[spoiler:her true form is actually that of a 30-feet tall hell hound]].
* ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' - Kohaku and Hisui got a maid-upgrade from Normal to Ninja. Kohaku in particular becomes faster than almost any other character in the game, including superhumanly fast vampires, and gets a hidden katana inside her broom. In the ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' manga, Kohaku has a truly impressive all black meido outfit, for accompanying Akiha on less orthodox jobs. This is viewable in the original game; if you "Push yourself to see Arcueid," in the Arcueid route you get a Bad Ending where Kohaku wears this outfit.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''
** Sakuya Izayoi of the Scarlet Devil Mansion from ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil'', capable of throwing dozens, if not hundreds, of knives at her foes at an instant. How she manages to carry them all is probably connected to her space-time-manipulation abilities.
*** [[WordOfGod ZUN]] stated once that Sakuya doesn't actually need that many knives (though she owns ''many''), she simply collects the ones she already threw and uses them again with her TimeStandsStill ability.
** Youmu Konpaku, gardener of the Netherworld (Hakugyokuro), also a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot double-sworded half-human half-ghost samurai girl]].
** Yumeko from the final PC-98 game, ''Mystic Square''. She was the original [[strike:knife]] [[BiggerIsBetter SWORD]] throwing maid of the series.
** Mugetsu, who used lasers and... magical bullet arrows.
*** Subverted. She's actually not a maid, just into cosplay.
** Half the Stage 5 bosses qualify for this, in one way or another.
* Noel Kidou Ehrlichkeit from ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' is this plus RobotGirl. Her counterpart in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' doesn't get into a single fight scene, so it's unknown whether she is, too.
* Shizune from ''[[VideoGame/IzunaLegendOfTheUnemployedNinja Izuna 2]]'' was sent overseas where she became the maid of the game's BigBad. After she's reunited with her Ninja CoolBigSis Shino and joins the player's party, she uses the same ninja tools that everybody else does.
* Cinnamon's [[SuperMode Hyper Mode]] in ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'' turns her costume into a maid's uniform.
* In Adultswim.com's online game ''[[http://www.adultswim.com/games/game/index.html?game=deathvegas Death Vegas,]]'' there is an unattractive example in [[BadassGrandpa Badass Grandma]] Lourdes, who carries a plunger [[BifurcatedWeapon that separates]] into a dagger and what seems to be a [[ImprobableWeaponUser cudgel with the plunger head on it.]] [[spoiler: In a subversion, she seems to be some sort of mercenary who turns on Dante when offered a better contract.]]
* Lil' Miss Marshmallow from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''. She seems fairly harmless until you try to take [[spoiler: the Friend's Yoyo]] and she goes ballistic on you.
* Nel's fourth costume in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' is a very skimpy French maid outfit.
* Ding Feng in ''Wonderland Online''. The description even says that she is a ninja who is a maid to get closer to the enemy.
* The Legendary Geisha unit from ''VideoGame/ShogunTotalWar'' follows this trope in spirit if not in letter. She's an assassin who masquerades as an "entertainer."
* Rasberyl from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' has two retainers, a maid and a female Samurai. Rather than being a maid who knows kung fu, she's a ninja who does a maid's work.
* Cecilia of ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'' started as a ninja but became a maid to spy on someone and took a real liking to it.
* Shiraha from ''Oshiete: Re Maid'' is a variation: she's a highly skilled bodyguard, but her skill at housework leaves a lot to be desired, partly because she's a trigger happy gun nut.
* Kikkawa Kiku and Kobayakawa Chinu from ''[[Creator/AliceSoft Sengoku Rance]]''. Although Kobayakawa Chinu is in fact a of the Miko class. She is a user of poisons.
* Alice from ''VideoGame/EmbricOfWulfhammersCastle'', the Duchess's personal maid, isn't a ninja, she took barbarian levels instead. Though, it does result in a lot of broken furniture. And one busted tower.
* Whim from ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy'' dresses and works as a maid, but she's actually a [[ElementalEmbodiment Mana]] with [[AnIcePerson considerable ice powers]] who has a contract with Lily and does all the fighting for her. Her true form resembles a mermaid.
* Bloody Marie from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' is an odd case as instead of being a maid who just happens to know how to fight, she incorporates her job as a maid into her fighting style. Her main weapon, for instance, is a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser demonic vacuum cleaner]]''.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Cherche, a wyvern-riding maid with an axe who is the vassal of Duke Virion of Rosanne. And shall they have enough supports levels, [[BodyguardCrush they can]] [[RelationshipUpgrade marry]] [[spoiler: and become the parents of Gerome, Cherche's KidFromTheFuture]].
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has this as its own unit class (complete with maid outfit), with Felicia starting off as one for a male main character (though she does join in later if the MC is a girl) and her older sister Flora joining in the ''Conquest'' path [[spoiler: and potentially the ''Revelation'' one]]. To make the "ninja" half more blatant, they can wield hidden weapons like kunai and shuriken in addition to staves. Notably, Felicia is a capable healer and ninja but is TERRIBLE at the actual duties of a maid, such as cooking and not dropping delicate plates.
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' has Fiona Mayfield, who serves as both maid and bodyguard to Mildred, BigBad of the first game. She wears the classic maid costume, and can competently swing a zweihander as big as she is for the game's strongest ([[MightyGlacier but slow]]) normals.
* Some minor sidequests in ''VideoGame/Persona3'' give you maid costumes for the female party characters. At the point of the game that those quests become available, said outfits [[EmbarrassingButEmpoweringOutfit are the best armor for them that you have access to.]]
* Various mobile RPG games by Kemco have a habit of including the recurring character Maidame Curie as a BonusBoss and as a supporting character (Especially if you're going for the TrueEnding), and in most (but not all) appearances, she's the strongest one in the game, and if she isn't, her OneWingedAngel form(s) will be.
* Female player characters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' can invoke the look if they're wearing the french maid outfit while their class is the Ninja.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Leysritt and Sella are ninja maids for Ilya in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Also from the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} is Waver's maid golem, formed out of liquid mercury. While ordinarily tasked with basic chores it sometimes goes on rampages while declaring [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} it's a killer robot from the future]].
* Azumi is the most notable one in ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'', but all the Kuki maids would count. Also {{lampshade|Hanging}}d:
--> "Isn't that more like a ninja than a maid?"
* Kuon of ''VisualNovel/MyGirlfriendIsThePresident'' is a unique example because despite being a hyper-competent bodyguard to Irina her specialty is not in bladed weaponry, throwing weaponry, or even melee. Rather she specializes in firearms and grenades. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/osana451.jpg Lots and lots of grenades.]] Though she does tend to be good at sneaking up on people and popping out of nowhere.
* In the manga for ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' Sakuya is affronted and disdainful when he finds out that Ryouta [[WholesomeCrossdresser works in a maid cafe]]. Ryouta gets him to shut up and accept this by [[http://mangafox.me/manga/heartful_kareshi/c001/8.html telling him how maids are the modern-day ninja]]. Notably, Ryouta does not fill this trope himself, Sakuya's just a clueless fanboy of anything ninja.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* v2 of ''Roleplay/OpenBlue'' had Count Veneto's [[AmazonBrigade Killer Bunny Assassination Squad]]. Justified by them being TykeBomb commandos who just happen to be working for a [[TheCaligula nutty]] BlueBlood, who, for a reason that has yet to be figured out, prefers to have them dress up as maids.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Lampshaded in ''Castlevina RPG'''s CVRPG Meets the TMNT arc. Darkmoom seems to have trouble realizing that not all Ninjas are maids.
* Mecha Maid in the superhero comic ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' combines this trope with RobotMaid since she's a ninja maid in a powered battlesuit. She even cites Mahoromatic as an inspiration.
* Subverted, sort of, in a bit of ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' backstory that's important to the main plot: a standard Little Old Lady maid, whose main concern seems to be her [[http://www.errantstory.com/2005-03-11/337 aching feet]], turns [[http://www.errantstory.com/2005-03-16/339 assassin]]. Her main weapon is a gun, but she still manages a nifty ninja jump -- after the hand that fired the gun is ''cut off''.
* Amusingly justified example in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', as one of the restaurant waiters is putting herself through ninja school on the side, and needs her restaurant job to pay the bills.
* Claire and Stella in ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' are a pair of bodyguard/assassin sisters who seek employment with Mistress Sixx. They're not ninjas, strictly speaking, but they get the job done.
* Mell in the Victorian side-story of ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' lacks the subtlety to be a ninja, but is very enthusiastic about being a {{BFG}}-Wielding Maid.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* American Maid, in ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''.

[[folder:Other ]]
* For some reason, the [[http://theglen.livejournal.com/16735.html list of]] ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'' specifically forbids this.
-->141. My maid does not know kung fu.
::It ''is'' a long list of {{Noodle Incident}}s...
* The filk song ''On Top of the Wall'', whose narrator declares that she's "normally a scullery maid" but when the castle in which she works is attacked, she sings, [[spoiler: "I'm up on top of the wall looking down on the raiders and the only source of comfort I can find is this large pot of oil, which I've just begun to boil. I've been cooking up on top of the wall."]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Real Ninja were by definition spies and often disguised themselves as peasants. Many ninja weapons are based on modified farm equipment. A Ninja with a job as a domestic servant is no big stretch, although the French maid outfit is pushing it -- ninja were never given the opportunity to operate in France. [[WildMassGuessing Or possibly the fact we think they weren't operating in France just shows how good they were]].
** But there is hope for literal ''Ninja Maids'', in that they could have worn the yukata-and-apron-combo like some classic Japanese maids did (such as Kohaku from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' does).
* While not as awesome as the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''[='=]s versions, [[TheHashshashin hashshashins]] (assassins), their real life counterparts often disguised themselves as servants to deliver poisons or backstabs to their targets.
* Despite the trope name, the word ''Ninja'' refers exclusively to males in this line of work. Women who take up the same career path are properly called ''Kunoichi'' (pronounced ''ku-NOI-chi'') instead. However, the word Kunoichi has strong sexual connotations[[note]]translated literally it supposedly means "nine holes" referring to how women have, well, an extra hole compared to men[[/note]], so overall the older and gender-neutral word ''Shinobi'' is preferred when referring to all ninja.
* While not Ninja per se or as common as their male counterparts, in general if you were rich, you tended to attract enemies. Which meant that if you wanted to stay rich (or alive), it generally paid to have your house staff capable of doubling as home defense, including the women. The general societal obligation to defend one's employer also helped.