[[caption-width-right:250:From left: [[RobotMaid EB II]], [[CuteMonsterGirl Hizumi]], and [[LovableSexManiac Yugami]].]]
->''"When it comes down to it, Maid RPG is a goddamn weird game."''
-->-- '''Ewen Cluney''', the translator.

''Maid RPG'' is a TabletopGame created by Creator/RyoKamiya in 2004, and brought into English in 2008 by Ewen Cluney and Diamond Sutra. It revolves around the {{Anime}} concept of [[{{Meido}} maids]], and [[ServantTropes all its related tropes]]. The setting could be anywhere, from fantasy to present-day to cyberpunk to space, as long as there are the Maids (players), the Master (the {{GMPC}}), and the Mansion (where the adventures take place).

Players choose their character name and age, and roll for everything else. Apart from their Attributes, however, they may reroll anything they want (with the GM's permission), or simply pick and choose from the tables directly. However, the most fun is had when you are forced to randomly generate everything, as the results are often the funniest part of the game.

The English website can be found [[http://www.maidrpg.com/index.shtml here.]]

The original core rulebook is less than 40 pages, but two expansions containing optional rules, ''Koi Suru Maid'' (Maids in Love) and ''Yume Miru Maid'' (Dreaming Maids) were released in 2005. The English version puts them all together into a book over two hundred pages long. The rules are presented with example skits featuring [[CuteMonsterGirl Demon Maid Hizumi]], [[LoveableSexManiac Perverted Maid Yugami]], and [[AuthorStandIn Ryo Kamiya]] himself. Later optional rules include commentary from [[LesbianVampire Mistress Nejiri]], [[RobotMaid EB II]], and [[BadAssOldGuy Y]].

Has the distinction of being the first Japanese tabletop RPG ever to be officially brought to the West.

Though there is little to no inhibition to playing as TheLoonie like few other TTRPGS, it still allows itself to retain dark, dramatic, romantic, or horror-esque capabilities.

This game is also notable in that nearly any anime trope you can think of (especially character-related ones) are built into the rules somehow.

There are a few games of ''Maid RPG'' going on in the Wiki/TVTropes forum - by Tropers, for Tropers! Look for Maid games in [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=000000000000000000000514 the "Role Playing Signups"]] or [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/conversations.php?topic=0000000000000000000005i9 "Role Playing Discussions"]] fora.

See also other works of Ryo Kamiya. The more violent ''{{TabletopGame/Nechronica}}'' and the more heart-warming ''TabletopGame/GoldenSkyStories''.
!!Provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Most Maids are these by default.
* AnachronismStew: Robots, spaceships, guns, bazookas, etc, all still work perfectly fine in Wild West/Edo/Medieval periods. On the opposite end, space age, cyber networks, and alternate planets still have a great supply of medieval swords and katanas.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: You work hard to please your master in all capacities, and one of the things you can spend Favor on? Clothes! Ability shifting clothes, but clothes nonetheless!
* ArmorIsUseless: Armor is one of the aforementioned ability changing clothes your character can have. Although it does grant some protection in combat, [[AmusingInjuries characters without it are actually safer from harm]] [[KilledOffForReal than characters with it.]] Unless it's [[ChainmailBikini Bikini Armor.]]
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Several different whatevers, from giant killer robots to space monsters to [[{{Sizeshifter}} maids.]]
* AuthorAvatar[=/=]AuthorStandIn - Kamiya.
* BadAssOldGuy: Y, well past his prime, is more than capable of kicking ass with a pistol and a katana!
* BandageBabe: Optional clothing.
* BattleButler: All butlers created with the optional rules tend towards this by default. Y is this from the start, though he doesn't tend to do much.
* {{BFS}}: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big-Ass Anime Sword]] item.
* BitingTheHandkerchief: In one of the example roleplays under Seduction, Yugami is seen biting the handkerchief over the fact that Hizumi is being seduced by the Mistress again.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: A few (''[[TropesAreTools extremely]]'' [[TropesAreTools well-advised]]) examples. See PragmaticAdaptation below. Interestingly enough, this is actually something that the Kamiya himself begged Cluney to do.
* ButtMonkey: Kamiya isn't exactly well-liked, despite how he wrote everyone into existence. Hizumi gets to suffer a lot as well, usually at Yugami's hands.
* ChainsawGood: One of the possible weapons
* ChandlersLaw: The Random Events tables run on this.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Yugami Aino. ''"Waaaah! My sempai is sullied!"''
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: The Costume Change special rules allow the maid to wear other sets of clothes or uniforms, gaining the abilities of the relevant profession in the process.
* ClothingDamage: If a maid loses/dirties/damages any part of her uniform (but ''especially'' the frilly headdress), she gets penalties to her rolls. This is cumulative, and can well lead to DefeatByModesty.
* CornerOfWoe: Kamiya is implied to wander into one after the maids confirm that he's a pervert.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Possible character traits are "Actually A Guy" for maids, and "A Girl" for butlers. Masters have "Crossdresser" as a possible special quality as well.
* CulturalTranslation: The English version replaces all references to Neo-Nazis with Japanese Imperialists, [[KeepItForeign thereby carrying over the mystique of foreign right wing extremists.]]
* CuteMonsterGirl: Hizumi Kokorono, demon [[RandomNumberGod by accident]].
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: All over the place in the expansions. We've got techniques that let you [[EquippableAlly transform yourself into a weapon]] (without the proviso of changing back), [[ImplacableMan ignore the effects of any one attack]], and even [[DeusExMachina cleanly and completely resolve any problems that might currently be occurring]] [[HeroicSacrifice at the cost of the maid's own life.]]
* {{Determinator}}: By default if you have high Will. Alternatively, the Immune To Pain power. [[ImplacableMan If you have both...well...]]
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: The translator has a note on the PDF version that says, in the "if you pirated the game" section, to...well, give it a try, and if you like it, then shell out some money for it. He then compliments the people who bought it and supported the game, of course.
* EveryoneIsBi: "Heterosexuals" can have their preferences quickly overridden if the seducer rolls a higher die.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's TabletopRPG about {{Meido}}.
* TheFettered: The downside of playing a Butler. You can't vent stress by making trouble, can't fight with the maids without being ordered to by the master, can't generate random events, and lose Favor if you take advantage of the seduction rules.
* GenderBender: A couple Random Events in Fantasy settings involve some maids changing gender because of a spell/potion/accident/etc.
* GirlsLove: If you use the Seduction and Romance rules.
* GirlWithPsychoWeapon: Knives, axes, whips, chainsaws, and more than several other weapons. Craziness optional.
* {{GMPC}}: Required, in the form of the Master.
* GoingCommando: On the upside, you're immune to penalties for having your underwear taken/[[ClothingDamage destroyed]]/dirtied. On the downside, [[CaptainObvious you're not wearing any underwear]].
* HeroicComedicSociopath: EB II isn't a nice girl to begin with, but in the Afterwords she starts channeling ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' on Kamiya.
* HilarityEnsues: A "typical" example game using only the core rules ends up like this.
** Ork maids, see RecycledInSpace below.
** Actually name-checked when referring to a failing roll to remove another character's Adamantium Chastity Belt.
* HollywoodHealing: To ludicrous levels. Injuries (which invoke Stress, rather than actual HP) can be healed simply by being comforted.
* HonestRollsCharacter: For attributes, they're rolled in order and that's it. For everything else, this is averted; you can reroll anything you don't like...but the rolling is supposed to encourage random wackiness.
* HumongousMecha: One of the items a maid can acquire.
* HypercompetentSidekick: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] by the rules; Maids have much higher attributes than Masters.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Most of the Weapons tables are weapon-like, but the rest are rather less so.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: One of the weapons is SummonMagic. Another is a combat helicopter. Hell, they even have an [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva Unit!]]
* IntimateHealing: A character loses stress by doing lovey dovey stuff with their partner.
* JetPack: The Rocket Pack in the Great List of Items.
* JumpedTheShark: Lampshaded. [[invoked]]
-->'''Hizumi''': See this? [mimes] This is a shark. [mimes jumping over it] And here I am jumping over it. I'm jumping over a shark here. Shark? Jumping. Over.
* LevelUpAtIntimacy5: Maids and butlers can gain favor from a source other than the master by being seduced. This is particularly powerful if two maids seduce each other.
* LovableSexManiac: Yugami, despite her youth, is one of the most perverted characters of the examples in Maid, and fully epitomizes the Womanizer Trait.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: The Tragedy Events.
* ManlyTears: One of the Butler powers.
* {{Meido}}: See the name? It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* {{Miko}}: Besides having Shrine Maiden attire as a [[AndYourRewardIsClothes possible costume]], the rulebook also has a scenario that cast the players as mikos (instead of maids), who have to fight a SealedEvilInACan.
* NinjaMaid: Well, most of time players would be {{Meido}} who're also ActionGirl. It's possible to avoid this trope if you ''really'' want to, though.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot:
** What the player characters tend to be, very easily. It's possible to be a perfectly normal and realistic maid, but it's even more possible to be something else entirely. Also, the example characters Hizumi, Yugami, and EB II.
** With random tables, it's possible to be something that completely contradicts itself. Like having [[AmbiguouslyBrown brown skin]] and being an albino.
* NoFourthWall: The example characters don't just demonstrate the rules, they roll the dice themselves and comment on the results in between roleplaying.
* OffTheRails: You can spend Favor to cause something to happen. The results are usually this. When the GM bursts out laughing after looking at the result you know it's good.
* OlderThanTheyLook[=/=]YoungerThanTheyLook: Possible character traits. Almost exactly as listed ("Looks Older" and "Looks Younger").
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Masami Onji, a scholarly genius in the replay "Maids at the End of the World".
* OnlyAFleshWound: It's almost impossible to die in the game outside of plot mandation--injuries just give you Stress.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Nejiri, the "replacement Mistress" for Kamiya, is a Lesbian Japanese Vampire.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The translator had to alter or cut several things due to being too creepy when translated directly, or simply too [[WidgetSeries obscurely or weirdly Japanese]]. The changes were all documented in the "[[Creator/MontyPython Nun-Approved]] Version" extra PDF.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: The maids have a low opinion of Kamiya.
* RandomEventsPlot: The game can easily become this, especially if the GM or players make heavy use of the event tables.
* RecycledInSpace:
** If anyone is hesitant to try this game, think of it as ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', but with maids.
** Completely compatible with TabletopGame/DarkHeresy.
* RenaissanceMan: Masami Onji, a scholarly genius in the replay "Maids at the End of the World".
* RobotGirl: [[RobotMaid Maid Robot]] Electric-motored Battle-maiden Code 0002, aka EB II.
* SchoolgirlLesbians: Yugami. Turns into PsychoLesbian after Nejiri "demonstrates" the Seduction rules on Hizumi.
* SelfParody: Sample scenario ''Liberty: The Final Maid Maiden'' seems to be this. By justifying many game rules in the setting (only one butler exists in the whole world, maids are far more powerful than their master, using of favor, etc.), it ends up more like a ZombieApocalypse.
* [[ShoutOut/TabletopGames Shout Out]]: A great many, not all of which survived translation due to being just plain ''too obscure''.
** One is the item "Survive Card", which previously belonged to [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki "a masked motorcycle-riding sentai hero"]].
* SoleSurvivingScientist: Masami Onji, the Master trying to restore the Earth in the replay "Maids at the End of the World".
* StalkerWithACrush: Yugami has "Stalker" as one of her traits.
* StealthHiBye: A couple of the powers for both Maids and Butlers are this or allow it.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: EB II. She has yet to have a ''genuine'' "dere" moment.
* TakeThat: Cluney has some emphatic opinions on [[ForeignCultureFetish weeaboos]], if the Desu Note is any indication.
* TechnicolourEyes: Eye colour picks are taken from the same table as the maid uniform colours (and HairColours, if so desired). It's possible to have [[FridgeHorror transparent eyes]].
* TenderTears: Maid power.
%%* TheoryOfNarrativeCausality
* ThreeLawsCompliant: EB II [[ImplausibleDeniability claims]] to be this way.
* TransformingMecha: A result of the event table can cause the mansion to turn into one.
* UnusualEuphemism: In the "Nun-Approved" PDF:
-->''Translator Note: Vessel does not refer to a boat.''
* VaporWear: Literally. Two words: Transparent uniforms.
* WeaponOfChoice: What weapon you choose has no game mechanic impact.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: One of the possible Maid qualities is 'Actually A Guy' and one of the possible butler qualities is 'A Girl'. Also, the costume rules only rarely specify that they must be worn by girls, and usually add 'or at least [[DudeLooksLikeALady androgynous]].'
* {{Yakuza}}: Optional backstory or setting.
%%* YouAllMeetInAnInn
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: You can have a hair color from the entire spectrum--even transparent or rainbow!
%%* YouLoseAtZeroTrust