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 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 Big Fancy House
. 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 qualified medical doctors and nurses
, to computer specialists
, to scientists
, to personal bodyguards
, and even a private paramilitary force
. Bonus points if both
variants are combined.
Oh, and usually they all
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uniforms. Yes, including the ones whose duties would normally require a completely different dress code. Such is the power of Fanservice
Some of the 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 high
) "responsibilities"; thus, having a Maid Corps usually designates a character as 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 Maid Corps
should be a financial and bureaucratic nightmare to manage in Real Life
Normally an all-female
trope, though the rare Gender Flip
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Anime and Manga
- The title group of Hanaukyō Maid Tai, and the Trope Namer (tai means "team, corps") and co-Trope Codifier. It also depicts the gender-flipped version (Ryuuka's menservants).
- Gravion: The staff of Klein Sandman's castle, excluding his Battle Butler, are the co-Trope Codifier. To quote the Meido entry: "Servant maids, Guard maids, commando maids, hacker maids, mechanic maids, and even one member of the central robotics team. Who of course turns out to be a Robot Maid". See for yourselves◊.
- Najica Blitz Tactics: Najica's first mission involves a rich woman who is served by such maid-bodyguards.
- Evangeline from Mahou Sensei Negima! has an army-sized collection of Robot Maids living in her bottle-sized villa. Ayaka Yukihiro has the more "traditional" sort.
- Girls Bravo: Fukunaga's Bodyguard Babes Maid Corps 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. And then Gedächtnis told her about them.
- In Sacred Seven, 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.
- The Chinese Emperor in Curse of the Golden Flower 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.
- Sun Shang Xiang (as she is known in other works) in Romance of the Three Kingdoms was said to have over a hundred maids at her command the very least, all of them trained to be Action Girls by Sun herself.
- Due to an accident with sending generics into Rebecca, there are thousands of copies of Mrs. Danvers in the Thursday Next series. They're used as an actual army.
- In the Discworld novel I Shall Wear Midnight, 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.
- Touhou: Remilia Scarlet has several hundred maids. This seems to be more of an attempt to invoke this trope than anything else as, excepting Sakuya, they're all fairies, making them completely useless. In one of the official manga, she bolsters the service by adopting a gaggle of hobgoblins.
- Megaman Battle Network: Yaito has a veritable army of maids, who in the Animated Adaptation can be seen in montages throughout several episodes doing random chores across the city.
- 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 Ys: The Oath in Felghana had one of these.
Any grand enough palace in history had this by necessity.