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->''"I am Frau Blucher. ''(horses whinny)'' Your rooms are ready, Herr Doktor. If you will follow me, please."''
-->-- '''Frau Blucher'''[[note]]whinny[[/note]], ''Film/YoungFrankenstein''

Ever found yourself at a huge mansion in the middle of a torrential rainstorm? Chances are the door was opened to you by a Creepy Housekeeper. This character spends much of her time walking around a large manor house cleaning, cooking, being fanatically devoted to her master, and scaring off any new female inhabitants of the house. Although she often welcomes hapless visitors, chances are they will be either murdered or scared off by the end of a terrifying night. She will be common in murder mysteries/tales of the supernatural, although often subverted for comedy.

Her male counterpart is the CrustyCaretaker. They'll often tag team any newcomers into being properly creeped out before the hauntings start. Sometimes takes on double shifts as a HauntedHouseHistorian to ratchet up the creepy.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* There's one in the [[NoirEpisode detective parody episodes]] (7 and 8) of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' who turns out to be a ManChild, as at least some of her odd behavior is because she has a crush on the detective.
* Marnie's housekeeper in ''Anime/WhenMarnieWasThere'' is giving Anna the creeps.

* This trope is parodied in the otherwise straight ghost movie ''Film/TheHaunting1963''. The housekeeper, Mrs. Dudley, has already given Nell a speech implying all sorts of nastiness about the house, and when she does an encore for latecomer Theo, Nell "[[LargeHam helpfully]]" finishes parts of her monologue for her:
-->'''Mrs. Dudley''': I set dinner on the dining room sideboard at six. Breakfast is ready at nine. I don't stay after dinner. Not after it begins to get dark. We live in town, nine miles, so there won't be anyone around if you need help...\\
'''Nell''': We couldn't even hear you.\\
'''Mrs. Dudley''': No one could. No one lives any nearer than town...\\
'''Nell''': No one will come any nearer than that.\\
'''Mrs. Dudley''': In the night...\\
'''Nell''': In the dark.
* Frau Blucher'' (horses whinny)'' from ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'': Every time someone says her name, horses neigh and there is lightning.
* Magenta and Riff-Raff from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
* Femalé (pronounced feh-MAH-leh) from the remake of ''Film/CatPeople'' is hospitable, but she has a very voodoo vibe about her and is very loyal to the owner of the house [[spoiler: who is a werecat. She helps him avoid punishment for his crimes.]]
* Rachel, the housekeeper from ''Haunted Honeymoon'' - the film satirizes many of the HauntedHouse tropes, this one being no exception. She is also, as is often true, married to the film's CrustyCaretaker, Pfister.
* The original ''Film/HouseOnHauntedHill1959'' has one. She's blind, and gives quite a fright to poor Nora.
** And the audience is too, if her first appearance doesn't make them jump.
* In the original ''Film/ThirteenGhosts'', the protagonist's son accuses the housekeeper of being a witch, due to her generally humorless and cruel demeanor and homely appearance. This is an in-joke for those that know the actress who portrayed her, Marget Hamilton, played [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the Wicked Witch of the West]].
* Averted in ''Film/MurderByDeath''. The housekeeper, Yetta, is new to the household, is deaf-mute and is never seen by, well, anyone (Jamesir Bensonmum, the butler who welcomes her, is blind) until she points out [[spoiler: Bensonmum's]] body. [[spoiler: It turns out she's Lionel Twain, the host, in disguise and he arranged the entire, murder-free, evening.]]
* Mrs. Danvers in Hitchcock's film adaptation of ''Film/{{Rebecca}}''. She is creepy in herself, with a deathlike appearance, and in her devotion to the memory of Rebecca such that she doesn't wash the clothes of Rebecca's scent and goes to her room every day.
** And spoofed in "The Time of their Lives" (1946) when the guests at a restored plantation meet the creepy housekeeper and one remarks "Didn't I see you in Rebecca?"
%%* The Shadout Mapes from the 1984 version of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' might qualify.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/ThePacifier'', the children love their creepy Transylvanian maid Helga even though she scares the hell out of Shane and has a very dreary personality. When Helga slips on cooking oil Seth and Zoe placed on the stairs (which was actually intended for Shane), she quits her job in a rage. Shane tries to stop Helga, eventually blocking the front door to prevent her from leaving, but she leaps and bites his shoulder, before leaving out the front door and boarding a taxi.
* In ''Film/KingOfTheZombies'', Tahama the cook is wizened old crone who makes vaguely threatening pronouncements and cackles a lot. She is also the high priestess of Dr. Sangre's voodoo cult.

* Nettie from the short story ''Bargain with the Wind'' by Sharon Shinn might qualify. Unusually, she is the narrator, and [[spoiler: she turns out to be an immortal earth spirit charged with protecting the masters of the house]].
* Mrs. Danvers from Daphne du Maurier's ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'' is pretty much the iconic example.
* Averted in ''Literature/JaneEyre'', where Mrs. Fairfax is the most normal and wholesome person around creepy Thornfield Manor.
** Same in ''Literature/WutheringHeights,'' written by Charlotte's sister Emily Bronte. Nelly is the [[OnlySaneMan only normal person]] at Wuthering Heights by a LONG shot.
* Also averted with the pleasant, helpful, long-suffering Mrs. Hudson. Though it might be supposed that her neighbors think she's a bit nutty for putting up with [[Literature/SherlockHolmes her eccentric tenant]].
* In ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'', while they are on their way to the titular location, Henry teases Catherine by telling her (among other things) that they employ a CreepyHousekeeper named Dorothy. This is one of the stock [[GothicHorror Gothic]] tropes that he (and, by extension, Creator/JaneAusten herself) is parodying with his [[BlatantLies outlandish]] narrative about what Catherine will find at Northanger.
* Eunice Parchman, the housekeeper in Creator/RuthRendell's ''A Judgement in Stone'', is mildly creepy and off-putting, but that's probably just because she's desperately keeping a secret (her illiteracy) which will eventually drive her to murder the entire family. (And that's not even a spoiler: the book ''begins'' with the sentence "Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write." The ensuing novel is an exploration of the hundred tiny threads that lead to the murders, such as that she can't read a note written by the daughter and comes to believe that whatever's written on it is making fun of her.)
* The title character in Creator/RoaldDahl's short story "Literature/TheLandlady" says that she has stuffed all her dead pets herself. Apparently, [[spoiler: she has done so to her previous guests as well and is about to do so to the young man who stays in her house]].
* Dr. [=McRae=]'s housekeeper in ''My Dear Enemy''.
* Of ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', Mrs. Macready is the housekeeper for the Professor. When she first meets the children and they ask if it's her she says "Afraid so." When they get to the house all she does is tell them what they're not allowed to do.
* The housekeeper at the mansion the Impress and party escape to in [[Creator/DaveDuncan DaveDuncan's]] ''AHandfulOfMen'' sequel quartet (''AManOfHisWord'' is the first quartet). The housekeeper talks to the ghosts and interprets and furthers their prophecies.
* ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'' features Molly, maid, cook and housekeeper for the Folly. Looks like an attractive maid at first glance but at second glance moves too quickly and quietly for comfort, will not or cannot speak and covers her mouth when she laughs or smiles to hide way too many teeth.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Miss Stolz from ''Series/QuantumLeap'': In the episode "A Portrait for Troian," the Creepy Housekeeper is used to her full potential, and we find out that Miss Stolz was actually a ghost the entire time. If that's not creepy, I don't know what is.
* Mrs. Bale from ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'': Subverted, since she is secretly quite nice, just extremely strange. Lionel does, however, make a Mrs. Danvers joke at her expense. As is revealed in the wedding episode, she also has a secret crush on Rocky, her employer.
* Mrs Pritchard is the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "Ghost Light". [[spoiler: She turns out to be the lady of the house, brainwashed into serving the main villain Josiah Smith]]
** And the ExpandedUniverse has Satthralope, housekeeper of Lungbarrow back on Gallifrey. She's married to the [[GeniusLoci house]] and spends most of her time sitting in her room spying on the house's in habitants via the mirrors.
* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'': Frankenstein-esque Lurch. "You Rang?" Though he's hardly the scariest member of the family. Heck, he's the LEAST scary. Except for Wednesday in the original series, who is really sweet; she just likes headless dolls and spiders.
* Mary-Anne plays a parody of this trope in a Vampire-spoof dream sequence in ''Series/GilligansIsland''.
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' has David Mitchell doing a hilarious spot-on version of Mrs. Danvers playing this trope to Rebecca herself, comparing her disdainfully to the second Mrs. De Winter!
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Mrs Templeton in Captain Janeway's Gothic romance holonovel is one of these.
* [[{{Series/Supernatural}} Sam and Dean Winchester]] run afoul of one in the episode "Hammer of the Gods." Said housekeeper is first shown killing a man, and then confirms his UncannyValley credentials with [[StealthHiBye inexplicably disappearing]], [[IAmAHumanitarian preparing other people for food]], and cutting Sam to collect a blood sample [[SuperSpeed without ever being seen]]. [[spoiler: It is eventually revealed that he's the Roman god, Mercury. He's also hardly the worst thing in that hotel.]]
* Karla Grunwald in both ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' and it's spinoff ''Series/{{Ravenswood}}''. Subverted in that she's also CreepyGood.
* On ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', Miss Claudette has this reputation among the other inmates; they only know her as a NeatFreak who seems suspicious of everyone and everything, and she is reputed to have murdered someone. [[spoiler: She ''did'' kill someone, but not for the reason her fellow inmates seem to think. She ran an illegal maid-service (illegal because the girls were, just like she once was, underage and undocumented Haitian immigrants), and [[MamaBear she found out that one of her clients had sexually abused a 14-year-old girl that she had sent to him. So she killed him in retaliation.]]]]

* Jane Twisden from Charles Ludlam's ''Theatre/TheMysteryOfIrmaVep''. Mainly a parody of Mrs. Danvers.
* ''Theatre/TheCatAndTheCanary'' has "Mammy" Pleasant, a voodoo woman from the West Indies. For twenty years after Cyrus West's death she tended his OldDarkHouse with her "friends from the shadow world" to keep her company.
* Frau Lurker in ''Theatre/TheHouseOfFrankenstein'' is a very broad parody of the trope.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Subverted in Franchise/TheHauntedMansion, as the unnamed Groundskeeper that guests encounter at the beginning of the Graveyard scene is just as spooked by the ghosts as (presumably) you are. You'd think that he'd be used to it by now. [[note]]Fan theories have suggested is that he's not scared of the ghosts, but by seeing you be thrown out of the attic window and subsequently killed by the Black Widow Bride/Constance Hatchaway. Other theories suggest that the guests' appearance has made the ghosts materialize, and that he has never scene the ghosts before, or that he was an [[LaserGuidedKarma unknowing grave robber caught in the act by the ghosts]]. [[/note]]
** Also subverted or straight in that the Cast Members running the ride are dressed as members of the Mansion's service staff, and depending on their disposition, can be creepy or quite cheery.
* Played straight in Ride/TheTwilightZoneTowerOfTerror for the same reason as the above Haunted Mansion; the Cast Members running the ride are dressed as the Hotel's bellhops, elevator attendants, and so on. In a moment of NeverTrustATrailer, most ads show the Cast Members as ghoulish looking, gray-skinned bellhops with white eyes. Whether this was an AbortedArc or never intended to happen is not quite clear (it would be monumentally expensive and difficult to teach every Cast Member who works on the ride to do the makeup themselves, to the level of having them essentially be performers ''and'' running a ride).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Daniella from ''VideoGame/HauntingGround''.
* Martha from ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' gives a distinctly creepy, unfriendly first impression, and the orphans in the Rose Garden Orphanage believe she's a witch. [[spoiler:Subverted as it is revealed in the epilogue that she was the only definately sane and well-meaning person in the house despite of her unpleasant demeanour, and her attempts to contact the police about the strange happenings were implied to have gotten her killed.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSims1'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheSims3 3]]'' take this to another level with the buyable maid Bonehilda. She is a [[DemBones skeleton]] who performs much of the same functions as a maid. While she doesn't actively try to scare Sims, they will sometimes run in terror from her. Additionally, if you already have hired a maid and the maid sees Bonehilda, she will quit.
* Cainhurst Castle in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' has an army of these, with just as many engaged in cleaning as [[BattleButler attempting to murder you with blowpipes and swords.]]
* The Maid in ''VisualNovel/TheHouseInFataMorgana'' is extremely enigmatic and creepy and is implied several times to be the witch Morgana who haunts the mansion.[[spoiler: She's eventually revealed to be the main heroine and love interest.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Consuela for ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Although she is (rarely) found working in a mansion, she is pretty creepy. If you don't think she belongs here, you're going to have to get her to leave yourself.
--> "No, no... I stay... I clean."
* The deform butler and the creepy maid in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters''ís episode "Loathe Thy Neighbor" (a spoof episode of Series/TheAddamsFamily) working for [[CreepyFamily the Micawb family]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' has Fred inheriting a mansion from a distant relative but, if something happens to him the fortune will go to the very creepy (and apparently homicidal) butler, cook and gardener. HilarityEnsues.

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