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Playing With: Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids
Basic Trope: A robot with greater capabilities than strictly necessary for its functions.
  • Straight: Mai-chan Mk-II, a maid robot with the capability of a super soldier. (The "MAI" stands for Mechanical Armed Infantry)
  • Exaggerated: Mai-chan Mk-II, a fax machine with the capability to shoot down satellites from ground level (The "MAI" stands for "Mobile Armory Initiative")
  • Downplayed: Mai-chan Mk-II, a maid robot with the strength of one very strong man, or two puny ones. (The "MAI" stands for Modestly Armed Instruments)
  • Justified:
    • Mai-chan Mk-II was built by the defense company Trope Co. in an age of peace, the company decide that it's more cost-efficient to build robots with some battle abilities than to restructure their factories.
    • Wealthy individuals want both maids and bodyguards, so Trope Co. designed a robot that could do both jobs. The result is the Mai-chan Mk-II line.
    • The Mai-chan Mk-II was originally a war machine, but was later bought by a wealthy collector of military memorabilia and repurposed as a maid robot.
    • Mai-chan Mk-II's creator is a Mad Scientist who is eccentric enough to design her this way just for the hell of it and/or to see if he can actually do it.
  • Inverted:
    • Mai-chan is incredibly clumsy as a maid, even though she's strictly built as a robotic one.
    • Killotron-3000 is a terminator-like military android that just happens to be very good at domestic chores.
  • Subverted:
    • Mai-chan's spec says that she's capable of fighting like a super soldier, but actually she can't.
    • Mai-chan is really a military grade robot, her maid appearance is just use as disguise.
  • Double Subverted: ...until someone is stupid enough to threaten her beloved master, Bob. Then her Power Limiter goes off, and much arse-kicking ensues.
  • Parodied:
    • Mai-chan was built with so, so many capabilities unrelated to her duty as maid, you wonder just what the hell the engineers of TropeCo were thinking.
    • Mai-chan is a tank with a humanoid body from the waist up instead of a primary turret. Her engineers apparantly forgot what they were building as she has so many weapons mounted onto her heavy chassis that she can't even go down the road or sidewalk without cracking it.
  • Zig Zagged: Some episode we see Mai-chan doing house chores, the other episodes we see her fighting an Alien Invasion. People doesn't seem to be bothered that a Person of Mass Destruction is walking amongst them... or maybe there are two or more Mai-chan, who knows.
  • Averted:
    • All robots are built according to the duty they are supposed to perform.
    • Mai-chan is properly decommissioned when she retired. She now has reasonably strength motors good for an emergency instead of throwing tanks. After replacing everything with relevant tools she ends up having plenty of room for cargo at former weapon bays. Pretty much the only thing military strength remaining is her integral armor.
  • Enforced: The author want to point out that War Is Hell, by showing the (in)capability of someone existing for the sake of war to live a life of peace.
  • Lampshaded: "That's... some awesome abilities you have there, Mai-chan."
  • Invoked: Mai-chan Mk-II was built for fighting, but decided to retire and do some peaceful work, like being a maid.
  • Exploited: When thugs break into his house, Bob orders Mai-chan to fight them, because Mai-chan's spec says that she's built with the capability of a super soldier.
  • Defied: The government mandates that all robots should be built strictly for their purpose.
  • Discussed: The company that creates MAI has a business meeting discussing the versatility of a robot that can both take on an army and serve them breakfast.
  • Conversed: "Why do they make every bot an arsenal anyway?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Mai-chan has serious identity crisis regarding her duty as a maid, what's with being a Person of Mass Destruction.
    • Troperia Robotics goes bankrupt after they get sued because several people were accidentally injured or killed by their Mai-chan Mk-II line of maid robots.
    • Mai-chan forgets that she is much stronger than a human and has a veritable armory in her. She accidentally kills her master, Bob while hanging up a picture.
  • Reconstructed:
    • But Bob tells her that she is doing great as a maid robot, and that is exactly the encouragement she needs.
    • Troperia Robotics recovers from the lawsuit and properly rebrands the Mai-chan Mk-II line as a combination bodyguard and maid instead of just a maid like previously done.
    • She recognizes that what happened was a tragic accident and she takes care to ensure it doesn't happen again.

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