aka: Maid To Order
A clean home just warms her... circuits.
A maid made to order!
Not to be confused with Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids
(though there is some crossover), the Robot Maid (or Robot Butler) is Exactly What It Says on the Tin
, ridiculously human
or not, whose primary functions lie in performing household chores. They cook, clean house and look after your dog with precision. Whether or not they look human, they almost always have sophisticated AI—nobody bothers to ask why you're programming super-intelligent robots to do housework
, but it's cool enough
that it gets a pass. Of course, it could just be that being a maid is only said robot's day job—it might have a plethora of other, more crime-fighty functions
Bonus points if they're young, female,
and very, very sexy
. Even more so if they actually wear
Interestingly, the word "robot" in itself comes from a phrase meaning "someone who does manual labor," and was coined in a Czech play written in the 1920s
Compare Smart House
and In the Future, We Still Have Roombas
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Anime and Manga
- Irona, the robot maid of Richie Rich.
- A future-themed Batman story replaced Alfred Pennyworth with a robot.
- Tom Strong had a steam powered robot butler whose speech came from wax cylinder recordings of his father: Pneuman, short for Pneumatic Man. He's actually a little bit older than the 100-year-old Tom. He was always bickering with Tom's intelligent monkey caddy Solomon, who serves a decidedly similar function.
- Somewhat Deconstructed in a Disney Comics story: Gyro Gearloose makes a fortune selling a series of robots, each tailored to a specific household chore (such as a gardening robot, a cleaning robot, a laundry robot, a cooking robot, etc). When he is asked why not a single Robot Maid, he replies that individual household chores require substantial specialization not possible with a generic robot and this approach has the added bonus of being able to accomplish several tasks at once. Naturally, since Status Quo Is God it has a serious catch: the robots' recharging process consumes an awful lot of power, causing not only bills to skyrocket, but the added power consumption to blackout the city, forcing the government to increase the price of electricity tenfold. Naturally, everyone returns the robots and gets refunded.
- The X-Men had Nanny, who sported a maid outfit in most incarnations. She took her job too seriously.
- The Fantastic Four have a robot receptionist named Roberta.
- In the non-canonical Fin Fang Four stories, she's the girlfriend of shrunken-giant-robot Elektro. It's very cute.
- Last Man Standing has Bonnie as one of these.
- Lord Blackpool from Lady Mechanika has a steam-powered robot butler.
- The Dandy used to have a story called Tin Lizzie, about a robot maid and a robot butler called Brassribs.
- Anna, longtime caretaker of Gen 13, is one of the "looks and acts perfectly human" variety.
- Judge Dredd's robotic servant, Walter.
- At the end of Spaceballs, the spaceship Spaceball One transforms into Mega Maid, a giant robot maid with a vacuum cleaner to suck the planet Druidia's air through an opening in its force shield.
- Runaway (1984). A robot maid looks after the protagonist's son, giving him a rundown on his eating habits and whether he's watching videos after bedtime.
- Sleeper - domestic servant robots are a major business in 2173...rogue cryogenically unfrozen Woody Allen disguises himself as one to avoid capture.
- Robot And Frank starts off with Frank Weld, retired cat burglar, getting a robot maid... and he begins to teach it his old craft.
- Discworld golems are basically robots, so we naturally end up with a golem designated as a maid. Well, a secretary. A giant clay secretary in a blue gingham dress named Gladys. And since golems are not used to having a gender identity of any description, Hilarity Ensues.
- "Flexible Frank", the non-humanoid housekeeping robot in Robert A. Heinlein's The Door Into Summer.
- "Bismarck," in Robert Silverberg's short story "The Iron Chancellor," is a Robot Maid with a nasty twist.
Live Action TV
- Kryten from Red Dwarf. (The fact that his mental abilities go far beyond the cleaning and catering duties for which he was built is sort-of noticed by the crew in series 8, but they put it down to a malfunction.)
- The Night Gallery episode "You Can't Get Help Like That Anymore" involves a couple buying and abusing a robot maid.
- Paranoia has scrubots.
- Classic Traveller. Robots could have a Valet program that allowed them to act as maids. The adventure "Research Station Gamma" had maintenance (cleaning) robots.
- Top Secret (TSR). The "Dr. Yes" module in Dragon #48 had the Bernie, a hemispherical robot that could act as a vacuum cleaner, trash compactor, and stereo. It could also mop and wax the floor.
- Any Robot Girl in Maid RPG will be one due to the nature of the game.
- Big Eyes, Small Mouth has a "Robot Maid" template. It's got a number of upsides... but it also comes with the "Owned" disadvantage.
- Champions adventure The Island of Dr. Destroyer. The title character's secret base has cleaning robots.
- Robot Maids are one of the many forms of robots available in Shadowrun.
- DC Heroes has a maintenance robot called the Clyde that can perform mediocre housekeeping.