"A maid is a mythical being that all of us have heard about, but have never seen."In anime, the housekeeper is a girl or young, attractive woman with a frilled band in her hair, and is required by her employer to wear a housemaid outfit of variable taste like a dress, or blouse and skirt (often also an apron). Usually this runs more towards the "cute" end of the spectrum, although in seinen the main difference is how much shorter and more outlandish the skirt will be. In general this type of character is used as a form of Fanservice, but usually not in the "sexy" sense as French Maid is. Rather this character tends to appeal to "moe", and is connected to the fantasy of a (theoretically) submissive girl or young woman who obediently cleans your room, cooks your meals, behaves well and dresses like the employer requires, and tends to your every need. Because of this, it can appeal to young girls as well as men. In a romantic series, a housemaid (or domestic service in general) is used as a socially acceptable excuse to put a young, romantically available female lead under the same roof as one or more (potentially wealthy and handsome, if not particularly socially adjusted) male characters. (Bonus if they are classmates with their new servant.) It also inherently opens up issues of class or gender power disparity, as whoever hired her obviously has the income to spare money employing another person full-time, and has great leverage over their employee. Meido in comedies frequently subvert expectations by being very (violently) dedicated to their jobs and (willfully) oblivious to whomever they look after. Others will have crushes on their bosses, whom they usually call goshujin-sama (master) or ojou-sama (mistress). In extreme cases, a meido, or, in the case of a larger contingent of maids, the head maid, will be the de facto head of the household, while her hypothetical employer is treated either as too delicate to handle the management of whatever Fiction 500 financial empire earns them the money to hire the housemaids, or as too lazy and incompetent to be trusted with that power, themselves. Especially in the latter case, they may behave more like strict (and disappointed) parents than employees. Expect these employers to have nothing better to do than to indulge in their childish whims. If children, the head housemaid may well behave like a stalker or abductor, purposefully sheltering their ward from anything that may take them away or "taint" them. If the hypothetical head of the household is royalty or a head of state, the head housemaid might sometimes just be the Prime Minister, Interior Minister, Chief of Police, War Minister, and more all rolled into one. Sometimes a female character will inexplicably wear an outfit which vaguely resembles a housemaid outfit. The chance of this increases dramatically if she is shown doing any housework. Also, more and more often, the housemaid is also a Robot Girl. (See Robot Maid) If the meido in question happens to be an Action Girl as well, she gets instantly promoted to Ninja Maid. Housemaids are a quick and semi-plausible excuse to introduce a character into a household, domestic experience notwithstanding. If a young heroine (lacking a college education) is suddenly destitute, then obtaining work as a domestic servant is historically the common solution. Meido are of particular interest, insofar as they and nurses are among the very few Moe items that attract both Japanese and Westerners. Compare to French Maid, the Hotter and Sexier origin of this trope. Guaranteed to occur in a Maid Cafe.
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Anime and Manga
- Maika in A Certain Magical Index. Academy City, where the story takes place, has maid schools.
- Taeko in Ai Yori Aoshi is a cute clumsy maid.
- Maylene from Black Butler one of these. She's not a very good maid. She's actually a skilled sniper.
- The anime also has Angela and Hannah.
- Black Lagoon
- Roberta is currently employed as a maid but occasionally has need of her other skillset as an ex-Cuban-trained assassin par excellance. Her equipment is of both worlds and includes such interesting combination items as a shotgun-umbrella, incendiary grenade-bustle, and an armored portmanteau with integrated machinegun. However, she's not a very good maid.
- Fabiola Iglesias is a housemaid working for the same family, serving directly under Roberta. A younger, more comic-relief character, she is still very good with blades and martial arts, although she admits her gun skills need work. While Fabiola also mentions that she is the only one of the Lovelace maids being trained by Roberta for combat, Revy still wonders if the entire Lovelace Plantation was a badass maid force that could storm the Iranian embassy if they wanted to. (All portents point to "Yes.")
- Bleach: A Flashback arc reveals that the Ishida family had a maid called Kanae Katagiri. She was brought into the family when she and Ryuuken Ishida were very young children to be his personal servant and bodyguard. She is unshakably loyal to him, has only his best interests at heart, and is both his first choice as a battle partner and a confidante. Oh, and she's fanservice, too: there's definitely Unresolved Sexual Tension between them. She ends up as Ryuuken's wife and the mother of his son, Uryuu, before being killed six years before the first manga chapter... the savvy will notice that this is the same date as the death of Ichigo's mother, Masaki, and, no, that's not a coincidence. Plot-Triggering Death indeed.
- Marika Kato and her best friend in Bodacious Space Pirates work at a Maid Cafe.
- Erica and Liliana of Campione! both have personal maids, Arianna and Karen respectively, who are a year younger than them. They are both receiving tutelage as witches in return for their services. Arianna has several faults as a maid, but Erica likes her regardless. Karen by contrast is skilled both at her job and at manipulating Liliana due to the latter's lack of social skills; she also acts as a "spy", sending blackmail material to Erica.
- Chobits has a character who also has a cadre of Robot Girl Persocom maids.
- The only one he has personal feelings for is the only one who's not dressed like a prostitute. He's an eleven year old super genius by the way.
- Maura from Claudine works as a maid in the main character's family home.
- The Lamperouge household's maid Sayoko from Code Geass does housework, looks after the Ill Girl and occasionally battles cyborg assassins with ninja martial arts. She's got her Fan Nickname of "the Sayocopter" for a reason.
- Fiore from Chrono Crusade is a quiet girl who serves as Joshua's maid.
- Miyu of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA was revealed to be one. Much to her horror (or perhaps... delight?), Illya turned out to have an uncontrollably massive Maid fetish.
- Fruits Basket has Mine who dresses in costume out of pure enjoyment-and insists that every other girl she meets does the same.
- Subverted in Full Moon o Sagashite. The Kouyama's house maid dresses modestly more like your typical maid, is quite round and plain-looking. She looks and sounds about... middle-aged?
- Sakuyo and Kikuyo from Girls und Panzer "Little Army" work for the Nishizumi family, cleaning, cooking, talking with Miho about her problems, and overseeing mock tank battles. It's implied that Sakuyo is a former student of Miho's mother.
- Pai in G-On Riders wears maid outfit after her Heel–Face Turn and causes some utterly funny scenes forgetting to change and going to school.
- In Gravion, the entire staff of Klein Sandman's castle other than his Battle Butler is composed of maids. Servant maids, Guard maids, commando maids, hacker maids, mechanic maids, and even one member of the central Super Robot team. Who of course turns out to be a Robot Maid.
- Very nearly the entire cast of Hanaukyō Maid Tai are maids.
- Hand Maid May is an hand-sized Robot Girl maid called a Cyberdoll.
- One of the Happy Lesson teachers usually wears a maid-like outfit at home, and naturally does much of the domestic chores.
- Parodied in Haré+Guu with Bell, Weda's creepy lesbian maid.
- Mikuru, the Moe-blob from Haruhi Suzumiya, is picked by Haruhi as the SOS Brigade's maid.
- Hayate the Combat Butler.
- Maria. This. Perverse Sexual Lust. Hayate is shown wearing a maid dress thanks to a curse.
- Saki also fills this quotient for Wataru (though without the respectful title). Chiharu is a secret maid.
- Isumi and Nagi try to project the impression on occasion. Since they're both Ojous, they fail at varying degrees.
- Izumi dresses as one (short skirt variation) as punishment by her father. All the other maids (and pseudo-maids) use the long skirt variation.
- The whole point of He Is My Master is to put two teenage girls (and later three) into fetish maid outfits◊. The first enjoys wearing it, the second hates wearing it, and the third enjoys the second one wearing it.
- In Hidamari Sketch, Yoshinoya-sensei dresses in a maid outfit for cleaning day. She doesn't clean in it, nor would she ever. It would get dirty, after all.
- Kamen no Maid Guy subverts, parodies and basically dials the concept of "maid" up to 11. As the title says, Kogarashi is a Maid Guy — a crossdressing heroic sociopath. The series also includes Shizuku and Tsurara, who are Ninja Maids.
- The more straight version of this trope, Fubiki, who only subverts this in two ways: first, she has a tendency to beat Kogarashi with a giant spiked club when he misbehaves; second, she sometimes goes overboard with her maid duties, even becoming embarrassed when the other cast members catch her in normal clothes.
- Speaking of creepy lesbian maids, Kannazuki no Miko's resident maid had a crush on Chikane.
- Sara Uchida from Kasei Yakyoku, who is a maidservant in Akiko's family house, who is in a love triangle that involves her, Akiko and Takao.
- Ken Akamatsu. We can just call this Author Appeal and be done with it
- Akamatsu's fascination with maids and other "innocent" fetish outfits goes all the way back to A.I. Love You.
- After a (relatively) humorous breakdown, Motoko in Love Hina tries her hand at being domestic, including full maid regalia. In the manga she stole it from Kitsune, in the anime Haruka apparently had a maid outfit lying around.
- The girls of his next series Mahou Sensei Negima! wear maid outfits for sometimes no reason at all; primarily with the, as is common, Robot Girl Chachamaru (the rest of the cast once broke into her wardrobe).
- For Chachamaru there's justification, she is Evangeline's servant. The other girls, well the excuse was that they'd just taken a bath and wanted clean clothes (they were in Evangeline's resort at the time).
- During the Tournament Arc, Setsuna and Asuna get pressganged into wearing maid outfits to appeal to the crowd, mainly because they don't really have any pulls (like "last years champion", etc.)
- Then later, while half the cast was Trapped in Another World, she dressed up several of the remaining classmates because she was bored. Evangeline seems to just have a thing for the Maid/Gothloli look.
- Then some of the girls who were in the magic world ended up sold into slavery, complete with maid outfits.
- Oddly enough, Fate appears to have a Meido fetish, as he seems to take every opportunity to make girls dress in Meido outfits. Including Anya and his minions.
- The girls in UQ Holder! can often be seen in maid outfits while at Fairyland hall. Justified for Karin, Kirie, and Shinobu since they work there, but Mizore seems to do it strictly for cosplay purposes.
- Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora deconstructs this. Setsuna is essentially Kyoshiro's maid, taking care of everything he needs, but while he's simply using her status as an Absolute Angel to destroy the others and then her, Setsuna is hopelessly in love with him, trying her hardest to make everything nice for him in the hopes that maybe he'll show her some affection. Yet when he falls for Kuu instead (despite her being an Absolute Angel as well), she vows to continue helping him find her, even if she won't be repaid for it.
- Ladies Versus Butlers!. In the whole servant-ed of the school, there are only four boys. The rest are girls who are all this. Sanae is one most focused on.
- Sent up in Lucky Star, where Patty wishes she had a Meido to do her chores so she could spend more time watching anime...that's specifically a Meido, not a housekeeper. There's a difference!
- Elenore Baker from Madlax is a prime example of this. As well being Margaret's maid she acts as her personal assistant, body guard and all around companion. Her professionalism tends to lead people that she is "cold" or "mechanical or a robot" when the opposite is true. It is also because of that professionalism that she can't truly express how she feels for her master Margaret, so she does so in her work.
- In Magician's Academy, we have Eneus, the Dog Girl Ninja Maid complete with Blade on a Stick. Eitarou, her master. makes Humongous Mecha versions of her.
- The lead girls in Magikano and FLCL posing as maids clearly have no experience doing; it's an excuse for free room and board.
- Mahoromatic features a Robot Girl battle android who has one year remaining to live, and choses to spend it as the maid of her late Commander's son.
- Fumi Himeno in Mai-HiME fits this trope to a T, in addition to being a Ninja Maid. Mai-Otome is built on this trope, with an on-camera lecture devoted entirely to "the correct way to greet your master".
- In Maid-Sama!, the eponymous Student Council President Misaki works at a Maid Cafe to help support her single mother and younger sister. The job makes her a bit uncomfortable, between her dislike of men and her fears that her schoolmates will not take her seriously as president if they find out, but she stays on because the pay is good and her manager is very understanding and willing to accommodate her.
- Maoyuu Maou Yuusha has a maid serving Maou, titled Head Maid, who wants to perfect meidodo(Way of the Maid), who thinks fighting for one's master and leading an army to victory is a must for a maid. She's one of the demons from the library clan, and probably has read too much manga.
- Obviously, there's Tohru herself, but maids are treated as incredibly Serious Business by the adult humans in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. Kobayashi, Makoto, and Nae are all massive maid Otakus (the latter to the point that she pretends to be one when guests come over). The bandit that Tohru once met even equated becoming a maid with freedom.
- In Mushoku Tensei Lilia is a professional maid, having originally acted as a palace guards-maid before being hired by the Greyrat family. Later on her daughter Aisha becomes this for Rudeus specifically.
- Eris' family had a large number of beast race maids, due in large part to the family's furry fetish. Rudeus wonders whether they were kidnapped from their villages and trained as maids specifically to be sold to the family.
- Minako from Oniisama e..., a maidservent in the Ichinomiya summer home. And she is the only person who is allowed to enter Fukiko's Room Full of Crazy (she goes to the room just to clean said room) and she gets fired from her job by telling Nanako about Fukiko's room before going getting into further details (it has memorabilia of her first meeting with Takehiko.)
- Pani Poni Dash!'s Media is a prime example of this, seen wearing an maid outfit in just about every one of her appearances during the series.
- Pokémon has a Maid Cafe episode, featuring both Dawn◊ and Ash donning french maid outfits.
- In Pokémon Special, Latias disguises herself as a maid to help out Emerald in the Battle Pyramid. Later on she disguises herself as a news reporter, then a nurse.
- Ranma ˝:
- Kasumi wears a maid-like apron at all times, and is generally sweet, domestic, and clueless.
- Akane once disguised herself as a French maid (with bonnet and everything) to infiltrate the house of Picolet Chardin, who had taken female Ranma to make her his bride. Then Soun disguised himself the same way.
- Female Ranma also disguised herself as a French maid in order to thwart Ryoga, who was trying to entertain both Akari and Akane (separately) at his home.
- Kuroha in Rental Magica often acts like a maid in their headquarters, primarily shown serving tea. Later on she also dresses as one, mainly for fun.
- Ayanokouji Yaito of Rockman.EXE has, in the anime, a personal army of twenty-odd maids in full French maid regalia, all attractive and with varying hairstyles. In any later episode featuring her, the viewer is usually treated to a montage of various maids about the town doing whatever task she's set them.
- In Sailor Moon SuperS: The Movie, Haruka is seen flirting with their maid only to get caught in the act by Michiru. Can be seen here.
- Sayaka Dejima from Seitokai Yakuindomo is Aria's maid.
Tsuda: "They really exist?"
- Wilhelmina in Shakugan no Shana ~de arimasu (even though she's terrible at cooking).
- Amu Hinamori from Shugo Chara! has a maid, Amulet Clover, as one of her three primary charanari.
- Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru, the most half-assed Maid Cafe in anime history.
- Minto in Tokyo Mew Mew has her own squad of more traditional maids.
- To Love-Ru:
- A chapter has Rito's class gets ready to help clean around the city. The principal explains that he has picked out special uniforms for the girls. Just then, the girls (including Yami) show up and they are in maid outfits. Rito asks Yami why she is there, and she tells him that the principal invited her. Also Mikado wear this.
- In the sequel "Darkness" when Saki makes her mansion staff sick with her cooking she recruits people to help out for a day. It ends up with Mea, Nana, Momo, Yami, Aya and Rin dressed up this way...because Momo thought the Tenjouin maid uniforms were "to orthodox and lacked sex appeal"....er, because she "didn't want to be a burden on Tenjouin-san."
- There's an entire army of Catgirl maids in UFO Princess Valkyrie.
- Victorian Romance Emma is a rather straight take on the idea, down to Emma's mundane outfit (for Victorian England, anyway).
- So is Kaoru Mori's other manga about English maids, 'Shirley' (and its continuation 'Shirley Madison').
- Japanese rock group Band-Maid perform in this style of costume, deliberately contrasting the usual connotations of a maid with high-energy, aggressive rock that occasionally verges towards metal.
- Even though it's set in Ancient Rome, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum describes this trope in the number "Everybody Ought To Have a Maid", with lyrics like "everybody ought to have a menial, consistently congenial, and quieter than a mouse", and "shuttering up the windows, cluttering up the bedroom, buttering up the master".
- Felicia and her sister Flora from Fire Emblem Fates. The former is described as a "goddess of destruction" in her in-game profile for how clumsy she is when it comes to serving tea and food, while the latter is more competent at her job. They also both received combat training, with Felicia being the better fighter of the two.
- MOTHER 3 has Ms. Marshmallow, a robotic maid who takes care of Porky Minch's toy room in Thunder Tower.
- Samantha of Killer7 is both an example, and an aversion, due to a Split Personality. One is a typical maid, and the other is...less than ideal.
- Noel in Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever is also a Robot Girl. She appears in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha with a sister, another maid.
- Nene in Tōka Gettan. There's a bunch of other Meido shown, but none of them are named.
- Roll from the Mega Man series is a housekeeping robot and generally has cleaning-themed attacks when playable, although none of her outfits are particularly French (her Mega Man 8 clothes come close, though).
- One random NPC in The World Ends with You in more-or-less Present Day Shibuya, Japan wonders to himself if a girl he saw dressed up as a Maid was working at a Cosplay bar. This leads to him wondering if there are any maids who dress that way to clean houses. (You can buy the outfit in question after beating the game.)
- Lynette from SoulCalibur III is dressed like this, but sells clothing at various stores instead of cleaning houses.
- Daphnis from Tears to Tiara 2 is a male example, dressing and acting like a maid to be able to follow Elissa around as a bodyguard.
- Sakuya Izayoi from Touhou, as the head maid of a vampire's mansion, leads a small army of (pretty incompetent) fairy maids. She does a maid's duty perfectly: cooking, cleaning, washing, babysitting, knife throwing, stopping the flow of time, etc. She used to hunt demons and vampires before that. Maybe. Nobody knows for sure.
- Sakuya is the last of a once per game tradition, starting with the third game. The first was Ruukoto, a nuclear-powered robot maid only seen in Reimu's ending. Next is Mugetsu, who's not a maid (actually a god of a dream-world), but dresses the part anyway. Then is Yumeko, who's basically blonde Sakuya without timehax (and she uses swords instead of knives).
- Konpaku Youmu is formally a gardener of Hakugyokurou, but she's also its only staff. She cooks, cleans, babysits (her mistress Yuyuko is something of a Cloudcuckoolander), does household shopping, acts as security ...
- Daniella in Haunting Ground is an Ax-Crazy homonculus maid.
- Iroha from Samurai Shodown has the personality of a Meido, but dresses like a cross between a French Maid and a kunoichi.
- Persephone is a rather infamous Cute Monster Girl appearing in the DS Castlevanias. Described in the bestiary as "a demonic maid in the employ of an earthly baron", Persephone resembles a traditionally-uniformed, frilly-capped little lady that will politely bow down before you and then will attack you with some kung fu moves.
- A sidequest in Tales of Symphonia has Colette acting as a maid at Meltokio Castle, complete with the archetypal outfit.
- This is an outfit in Animal Crossing City Folk.
- Fiona from Arcana Heart goes into battle wearing a maid costume and wielding a BFS.
- Phantasy Star Universe has the Amorel gear (left-most picture on the bottom row◊), a set of parts for female CASTs (I don't know if there's an equivalent set of clothes for female Humans/Newman/Beasts). Given the fact that a CAST is a robot...
- Lunar Knights gives us Carmilla. Frilly headpiece and everything.
- In Sister Princess, the family is taken care of by "oyaji", who is a fetching young lady. She acts as the butler, the chauffeur, the cook...basically, any off-screen job involved in the upkeep of Promise Island. (In the animated adaptation, "oyaji" is now a middle aged man in similar roles.)
- Takeuchi's uniform looks like a maid outfit in Canvas 2, but she insists it's just a waitress outfit.
- In Tokimeki Memorial 2, Kaori Yae gets to wear a maid uniform during her School Festival Event. It's treated as as a moving and heartwarming scene, as this Event occurs after she recovers from her 2-years long Heroic B.S.O.D., with her having a fun time serving coffee to customers while wearing it; the scene was so memorable, her maid appearance stuck as an Iconic Outfit for her, with several official artworks and figurines with her wearing it.
- Mitsumete Knight R: Daibouken Hen has a maid uniform in its large variety of costumes for your female party members.
- And in the original Mitsumete Knight game, Prim Rohzbank, and later, Carol Palecki, are maids at Dolphan Castle.
- There is, of course, Custom Maid 3D which lets you, of course, create your own 3D maid.
- Dragon Quest IX features a complete maid's outfit as one of the costume pieces. Oddly enough, it's one of the few costume pieces without gender restrictions.
- In Skullgirls, Peacock and Marie both started out as this. Peacock ditched the look after being mutilated by the Medici Mafia and rebuilt by Lab 8. Marie kept it even after becoming the Skullgirl.
- The first boss of Mind Your Manors takes the form of a fanged shadow wearing a purple maid's uniform.
- The special sprite for the Swordmaster class in One Way Heroics is this. Amusingly enough, instead of having a detailed portrait, this character has a drawing of a cat and the words "No sexy maid pic for you!".
- Neko Atsume has Sassy Fran, a cat in a maid outfit. She shows up occasionally if you have the Cardboard Café item laid out.
- In the Pokémon games, the Maid trainers dress this way.
- Sharon Kreuger in the The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is this, serving as a maid to the Reinford family and also to your playable team. She's also an enforcer of the mysterious organization Ouroboros and a badass at combat who joins your party at times in the second game, devastating enemies with her severing chains while also carrying a Craft that heals the entire party.
- The Maid Of Fairewell Heights: Marshmallow's a high school girl working as a maid for money.
- Lauren Paups from Ace Attorney Investigations. Though it may be appearance in only.
- Jean Armstrong's cafe has the waitresses wear maid outfits. Maggey spends her entire jail term in hers and during her very brief stint as a waitress Maya wears one. Unfortunately her smaller...assets are not enough to move waitress fetishist Victor Kudo enough to make him testify. Mia is very annoyed to find she's only been channeled to give Maya a larger bust.
- Pictured above is Hisui of Tsukihime has a crush on Shiki, more or less obvious depending on what path is chosen. She is also hugely dedicated and caring towards him. Her twin sister Kohaku is one as well, and she is seemingly very devoted to her job, not to mention having a scary obsession with...guess who...Shiki. They become Ninja Maids in Melty Blood, supposedly because of the Reality Warper effect of the Big Bad. In the goofier parts of the game Kohaku even build multiple Robot Maid versions of Hisui. Mech-Hisui also makes an appearance in Battle Moon Wars, a fan-made Nasuverse crossover game. While Hisui wears a typical maid outfit, however, Kohaku wears the more traditional outfit of a Japanese maid.
- Shannon from Umineko: When They Cry. Not quite a Ninja Maid — she's a defensive Barrier Warrior, closer to a White Magician Girl.
- Several members of nobility in Analogue: A Hate Story have maids as servants. In the sequel, Hate Plus, you get to see portraits of some of the maids.
- In Analogue, *Hyun-ae gives you permission to change her outfit, one of the options she offers is a maid uniform. If you start Hate Plus with *Hyun-ae, the option is once again available.
- Volume 1 of Van Von Hunter features a psychopathic Cockney maid named Miriam who cleans floors with a knife.
- Yuki Sonada, in MegaTokyo, dresses up as this to follow Piro into a Maid Cafe, disguising herself as one of the staff.
- Collar 6: Ginger first, then Stella and Claire.
- Spinnerette. Mecha Maid. Technically, it's an exoskeleton, and she does aikido... Never mind. That is all.
- How Marigold imagines herself at one point.
- Soviet (and Imperial Russian) school uniform for girls looks exactly like a stereotypical maid outfit.
- Just for Pun example: there's a phonographical Japanese joke of "meido no miyage", which could mean either "maid's gift" or "gift from the underworld". Most notably, this pun crops up in the opening of the Haruhi-chan anime.