You know this lady. She's portly or Hollywood Pudgy, perpetually smiling and always ready to do what you need her to do—she's always there should you need someone to take out the trash, do the laundry, or just simply be a shoulder to cry on. She'll always have a nice breakfast for you ready in the morning, and will take your coat for you once you come back home. She's the Kindly Housekeeper.
Such ladies can be not just a nanny but also a Parental Substitute to the children in the household (if there are any) to substitute for the Disappeared Dad (if the housekeeper happens to be a man) or the Missing Mom—usually the latter since housekeepers are traditionally women and it's usually The Jeeves who would act as a fatherly figure to the potential children. She will also often play Team Mom to the other servants (assuming she's not the only servant employed). Can be a Supreme Chef considering that it's all part of the job, or an Apron Matron. In the latter case she may also be a Servile Snarker to verbally whip others.
Probably not an Old Retainer, since she usually doesn't have a high regard for doing things the Proper Way. If she's younger and employed by a single father, she might also be a love interest for him.
- Robin Series: Mrs. McIlvaine is the Drake's housekeeper and acts as a strict but caring and matronly figure for Tim. While she has a tendency to side with Tim's father—who is her irrational and hotheaded employer—during arguments, Jack is rarely home and Tim's mother is deceased by this point so for about a year she was Tim's most consistent parental figure.
- Wonder Woman (1987): While the woman was actually Diana's landlady when Di first moved out of the Kapatelis' home she rented a room with an eccentric but kind old lady who did her best to make the living situation ideal for her renters.
- The title character in the comic strip Hazel, as well as the Shirley Booth [[Hazel sitcom}} adapted from it, is tough-talking but sweet.
- Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast is a motherly middle-aged woman who looks out for and worries after her master, fellow servants, and son..
- Composite Character Nanny (a stand-in for the novel's Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler) in Disney's 101 Dalmatians. She's Roger and Anita's sweet cook and housekeeper who loves her employers and their dogs dearly.
- The recent movie adaptation of Jane Eyre portrays Mrs. Fairfax this way.
- Mary Poppins had one.
- Chessy in The Parent Trap (newer version with Lindsay Lohan).
- Annie in It's a Wonderful Life. Sure, she snarks, especially with the younger Baileys, but it's clearly based on affection (which is equally clearly reciprocated).
- Mrs. Higgins, from The Miracle Woman, is the epitome of this trope: kind and willing to help John Carson in any endeavor.
- Mrs. McGregor from The Boxcar Children: She works for Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny's paternal grandfather, James Henry Alden, as a housekeeper/cook, but they see her more as a member of the family than a servant.
- Subverted in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series book Over Sea, Under Stone (1965). Mrs. Palk appears to be one of these, but turns out to be The Mole, an agent of the Dark who sabotages the protagonists.
- Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler in The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
- Calpurnia from To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Nancy Drew: Hannah Gruen, the live-in housekeeper/cook to the Drew family. She's been working for the family for years, and took it upon herself to act as a maternal figure to Nancy after her mother died (age-10 in the original series but age-3 in the revised series). Nancy and her father, Carson, see Hannah more of as a member of the family than a servant.
- Jack from Alex Rider. Although she's younger than most of the examples, she still serves as a Parental Substitute for Alex.
- Ida Jungmann in Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks.
- Peggotty from David Copperfield.
- Mrs. Hudson in Sherlock Holmes. She was actually Holmes' landlady, and didn't really clean up after him too often, but she did prepare his meals and admit clients in to see him. She even assisted directly in one of his cases, for which he complimented her as being "indispensable."
- "Brownie" (Mrs. Brown, first name unknown) from Mary Grant Bruce's series of books (the "Billabong Books") about the fictional Australian cattle station (ranch, in Americanese) named Billabong. After David Linton's wife died, Mrs. Brown, their cook/housekeeper took on the role of surrogate mother to his two very young children with the approval of her employer. She is depicted as kindly but firm, able to induce obedience through sheer love.
- In the Village Tales series, the Duke of Taunton's housekeepers (especially at his primary seat, Wolfdown House), are these to a woman; and not a patch on his retired staff member, Rose James, who is now the housekeeper at the Rectory (the Rector is embarrassed to have one; the Duke insists; Rose James simply leaps at the chance to mother the Rector).
- Mrs. Bird from the Paddington Bear stories.
- Mrs. Mullins from Jig-Saw plays with this. She devoted forty years of service to Taylsea Court and "has a heart of gold, but only one person in a hundred discovers it under the gruff exterior." This is especially true for the protagonist, Mona, whom "Mullie" briefly considered a feminine rival.
- The Girl Who Chased the Moon features one. She helped raise the male lead and approved of his budding romance.
- Mrs. Bridges is the Kindly Queen of Kitchen in Upstairs Downstairs. She does have something of a temper, but is a caring motherly figure to the servant folks.
- Alice from The Brady Bunch is portrayed this way.
- Leona from the My Three Sons episode "Domestic Trouble".
- In the Doctor Who serial Ghost Light, the kindly housekeeper leaves at sunset, and once she and the day staff have left the Creepy Housekeeper appears. Guess when the TARDIS arrives.
- Mrs. Garrett, Edna, and Pearl from Diff'rent Strokes.
- Carla, the Drapers' black "girl" on Mad Men, who is widely criticized for being confined to this trope and Satellite Character status in a show that has plenty of time to examine the problems of comparatively much more privileged (read: white) people in The '60s. The only time she broke out of the role at all was during the scene when she was being fired. It's worse with Betty's childhood nanny/maid Viola, who is downright Mammy-like.
- Mrs Elsie Hughes of Downton Abbey.
- As noted in the Literature section, Mrs. Hudson. The Granada television adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes canon puts her even more squarely into this trope than the novels themselves, as it illustrates the mother-son type of attachment she shares with her eccentric boarder. This is most clearly seen in the episode in which Holmes returns after being believed dead for three years - he hugs her.
- The BBC adaptation puts her in the same position, with John and Sherlock both very protective of their landlady (not their housekeeper). For the offence of laying hands on Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock throws a CIA agent out of a window, and at the end of series 2 Moriarty correctly identifies her as one of the three true friends in his life.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has Mila, Tain's gentle and kind housekeeper of thirty years, and may or may not have been his mistress.
- The player character's mother in Pokémon Black and White. Her reaction to the player character and Bianca trashing the bedroom having Pokemon battles indoors? A cheery "No problem, I'll clean it up. You kids run along now!"