"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."A maid (French Maid Outfit often included) who knows kung fu. Many ninja maids intentionally cater to the contrast between the image of a helpless, gentle, obedient Meido and an Action Girl 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 Bodyguard Crush on her master, be they male or female. If said master is very young or sickly, she might tend to be their Mama Bear as well. Common in anime and manga. Subtrope of Battle Butler. Can be related to Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids and McNinja. A Sister Trope to Gratuitous Ninja.
— Sakuya Izayoi's Profile from Immaterial and Missing Power
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- The entire concept of Kamen no Maid Guy 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 Code Geass, whose true badassitude is revealed mid-second season. 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 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 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex featured a reclusive billionaire (who later turned out to be Dead All Along) with a mansion staffed by gynoid maids with hidden guns that flipped out of their arms. They went down like chumps, though.
- Antonia's maids in Cat Planet Cuties 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 Chrono Crusade doesn't actually know kung fu... but she is a superpowered jewel witch capable of summoning giant crystalline killing machines.
- Rosarita Cisneros aka Roberta from Black Lagoon, who isn't as much a Ninja Maid, as she is a Terminator Maid. She doesn't just know kung fu — she's 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 is still NOT to be trifled with.
- It's heavily implied that the agency member Mori Sonou from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 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 Haruhi-chan but considering the series' status…
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai. Pretty literal in the case of Konoe, a Comically Serious ninja maid and Taro's personal bodyguard, and Yashima Sana, Konoe's lieutenant.
- Charlotte Dunois and Laura Bodewig in "Infinite Stratos". 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 Super Soldier from Germany and Charlotte was also extensively trained in combat. Sucks to be the Stupid Crooks that decided to break into that same cafe, on their very first day.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!
- 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 Robot Girl servant, also knows kung fu.
- Maria from Hayate the Combat Butler, although outshone by the other Battle Butlers, 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 opposed◊ to being thought of as a ninja maid.
- Fumi Himeno from Mai-HiME, complete with a scythe as her Element. Too bad she has an Heroic B.S.O.D. 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 Mai-Otome. Want to know just how much? Originally the show was going to be called Mai-✩MAiD.
- Re:Zero's twins, Rem and Ram, are not only dutiful, if deadpan snarky maids, but also skilled fighters and practitioners of magic.
- Media from Pani Poni Dash!; 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 The Case Files of Yakushiji Ryoko. 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 klutzy Ill Girl... but if you force the contents of her IV into her arm, she briefly turns into the ultimate ninja.
- In the first episode of Najica Blitz Tactics the heroine must battle a house full of machinegun-toting, panty-flashing, lesbian maids.
- Hazuki Sakurazaka of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, who is capable of roofhopping and knocking men out, and if that's not enough, she still have her chainsaw on her repertoire. Her fellow maid Nanami Nanashiro seems to be this way as well, as she is also pretty handy with her hammer. But she is mostly relegated to support actions, in the anime at least.
- Axis Powers Hetalia 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.
- Girls Bravo: 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. Lilica is the head maid and is wholly devoted to serving 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 effortlessly curbstomp Kirie!
- Vizen Bercourt from Iono the Fanatics. 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 Professional Killer away just by standing there and smiling politely. Having just smashed said killer into a wall a few seconds earlier with her Dynamic Entry helped.
- Baby 5 from One Piece is both the maid and an assassin for the Donquixote Family.
- In the opening episode of Phantom of Inferno, Ein runs around killing people in a French maid outfit.
- Sandman of Gravion has an enormous medieval castle filled with maids. Some of them pilot Humongous Mecha for him. At least one is a ninja.
- Mahoromatic's a Robot Girl who depowered herself (as well as drastically shortening her lifespan) solely to become a maid for the male protagonist. She had good reason, though: she killed Suguru's father in the war, and that deeply scarred her, thus she chose to be his Suguru's to make it up to the kid she orphaned.
- The maid, Mikage in Prétear turns out to be the Big Bad Takako/Fenrir in disguise.
- Mey-Rin from Black Butler 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. 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. 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 Naruto anime. Yes, it IS as good as it sounds.
- In Banana no Nana we have MaiMai, an actual country of Ninja Maids.
- Virgo from Fairy Tail. Bonus points, she used to be used as an actual body guard.
- Many characters from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. For example, in 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 HUGE earthquake kick.
- In the Christmas episode, Nagato traps the escaping "Santa."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 Hidden Depths...and some wicked badass skills.
- Bleach: A flashback back arc reveals that the mixed-blood Kanae Katagiri was introduced into the 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. She is Uryuu's Missing Mom and a Posthumous Character, as she suffered a Cruel and Unusual Death that is inescapably connected to the death of Ichigo's mother.
- Mina Tepes' maids in Dance in the Vampire Bund double as her bodyguards. They don't know kung fu specifically, but given they're all vampires, they don't exactly need to.
- 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 Outbreak Company are all elven battle-mages that double as her bodyguards.
- In Problem Children Are Coming from Another World, Aren't They?, 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 Fate Worse Than Death as a Sex Slave 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.
- The Voynich Hotel 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 her boyfriend Kuzuki are threatened in any way. She used to actually be a witch, Lachrymamrum aka the Mother of Tears, who's been around from before the Spanish colonization days.
- In Shinozaki-san Ki wo Ota Shika ni! chapter 35, when Amy visits a Maid Cafe she is under the firm belief that all Japanese maids are expert marksmen who can chase down cars on foot, break swords with their teeth and 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 Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, 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)."
- Shinji And Warhammer 40 K: Rei has come to regularly wear a maid suit when in her
lord and masterpersonal 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. As for Bodyguard Crush, the term is far too limited.
- One shows up in a side story to A Brief History of Equestria. And like any true ninja, not even the audience realizes what she is until it's too late.
- In The Vow (a Kung Fu Panda 2 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.
- Shizuka, from Tales of the Otori.
- Ulla from 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 A Tale of Two Cities is badass.
- Lacey, Patience's maid, in Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy.
- In The Princess Series 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 Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Sun Quan's sister (never named) is a Badass Princess with an entourage of a hundred fighting ladies-in-waiting, all equally good with spear and bow — an Amazon Brigade of Ninja Maids.
- Eliza D. Braun in Books And Braun has one of those. Made even more badass because the maid has no legs, but relies on protheses to be able to walk.
- Dust of Dreams of the Malazan Book of the Fallen 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 a warrior race, 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 Kris Longknife 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 fashionably dealing with enemies too dim to run the hell away.
- In The Masked City, Lord Silver's entourage includes maids trained in martial arts and equipped with various concealed blades, in addition to his Battle Butlers. They're skilled enough to go toe to toe with a gang of The Guantes' werewolves and win in a brawl.
- In "Exposed", an episode of the British sci-fi 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 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.
- Doctor Who:
- Martha Jones during her brief stint as a maid during "Human Nature" and "Family of Blood".
- Also, from the Eleventh Doctor episodes "A Good Man Goes to War", "The Great Detective", "The Snowmen", "The Crimson Horror" and "The Name of the Doctor" we get Jenny (no, not that one), the lesbian katana-wielding maid of her lover, the Silurian Madame Vastra, who is also good with swords.
- Luka in Episode 6 of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, 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 Game of Thrones. In 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 Knife Nut. She goes out of her way to protect Sansa Stark several times while she's in her care, even staring down Sandor Clegane and Ilyn Payne, both trained killers nearly twice her size.
- Alcina from Endgame finds evidence, takes out hitmen, and makes sure your towels are extra fluffy.
- Maid RPG. They have rules for everything.
- Advanced V.G. II: Chiho Masuda and her cousin, Kyoko Kirishima, are a pair of ninja waitresses, who are descended of the Masuda 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 Samurai Shodown. 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 stereotypically skimpy French-maid costume.
- With the right DLC, you can make one of these in the Soulcalibur IV and Soul Calibur V character creator.
- While fetching the Dragon Tooth Sword in Deus Ex, JC finds it guarded by a maid. That promptly starts emptying clips on him.
- Castlevania - Ninja Maids are a recurring enemy in the series.
- They're called Persephone in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, 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 Castlevania: Chronicles of Sorrow 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 Castlevania Chronicles) in the final level, and some of them turned into Zombie Maids after death.
- Aylith from Valkyrie Profile: Covenant of the Plume, playable in the Seraphic Gate. Sure, her powers should be no wonder since her true form is actually that of a 30-feet tall hell hound.
- Melty Blood - 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 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.
- 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.
- Youmu Konpaku, gardener of the Netherworld (Hakugyokuro), also a double-sworded half-human half-ghost samurai girl.
- Yumeko from the final PC-98 game, Mystic Square. She was the original
knifeSWORD 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 Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever is this plus Robot Girl. Her counterpart in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha doesn't get into a single fight scene, so it's unknown whether she is, too.
- Shizune from Izuna 2 was sent overseas where she became the maid of the game's Big Bad. After she's reunited with her Ninja Cool Big Sis Shino and joins the player's party, she uses the same ninja tools that everybody else does.
- Cinnamon's Hyper Mode in Mega Man X: Command Mission turns her costume into a maid's uniform.
- In Adultswim.com's online game Death Vegas, there is an unattractive example in Badass Grandma Lourdes, who carries a plunger that separates into a dagger and what seems to be a cudgel with the plunger head on it. In a subversion, she seems to be some sort of mercenary who turns on Dante when offered a better contract.
- Lil' Miss Marshmallow from MOTHER 3. She seems fairly harmless until you try to take the Friend's Yoyo and she goes ballistic on you.
- Nel's fourth costume in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time 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 Shogun: Total War follows this trope in spirit if not in letter. She's an assassin who masquerades as an "entertainer."
- Rasberyl from Disgaea 3 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 Vanguard Bandits 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 Sengoku Rance. Although Kobayakawa Chinu is in fact a of the Miko class. She is a user of poisons.
- Alice from Embric of Wulfhammer's Castle , 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 Mana-Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy dresses and works as a maid, but she's actually a Mana with 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 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 demonic vacuum cleaner.
- Fire Emblem:
- Fire Emblem Awakening 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, they can marry and become the parents of Gerome, Cherche's Kid from the Future.
- Fire Emblem Fates 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 and potentially the Invisible Kingdom one. To make the "ninja" half more blatant, they can wield hidden weapons like kunai and shuriken in addition to staves.
- Arcana Heart has Fiona Mayfield, who serves as both maid and bodyguard to Mildred, Big Bad 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 (but slow) normals.
- Some minor sidequests in Persona3 give you maid costumes for the female party characters. At the point of the game that those quests become available, said outfits are the best armor for them that you have access to.
- Leysritt and Sella are ninja maids for Ilya in Fate/stay night. Also from the Nasuverse is Waver's maid golem, formed out of liquid mercury. While ordinarily tasked with basic chores it sometimes goes on rampages while declaring it's a killer robot from the future.
- Azumi is the most notable one in Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!, but all the Kuki maids would count. Also lampshaded:
"Isn't that more like a ninja than a maid?"
- Kuon of My Girlfriend Is the President 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. 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 Hatoful Boyfriend Sakuya is affronted and disdainful when he finds out that Ryouta works in a maid cafe. Ryouta gets him to shut up and accept this by 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.
- 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 Spinnerette combines this trope with Robot Maid since she's a ninja maid in a powered battlesuit. She even cites Mahoromatic as an inspiration.
- Subverted, sort of, in a bit of Errant Story backstory that's important to the main plot: a standard Little Old Lady maid, whose main concern seems to be her aching feet, turns 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 The Order of the Stick, 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 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.
- American Maid, in The Tick.
- For some reason, the list of Things Mr. Welch Is No Longer Allowed to Do in an RPG specifically forbids this.
141. My maid does not know kung fu.
- It is a long list of Noodle Incidents...
- 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, "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."
- 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. 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 Tsukihime does).
- While not as awesome as the Assassin's Creed's versions, 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 connotationsnote , 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.