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Basic Trope: A girl is lady-like and gentle but possess a strong will to manipulate or fight.

  • Straight: Alice is demure young lady who works as a maid in the mayor's home: Cooking, cleaning, and making small talk with him and his family. She essentially runs the city this way.
  • Exaggerated:
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  • Downplayed: Alice appears to be shy and demure and will usually stand up for herself and rarely manipulates anyone.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is a Stripperific Boisterous Bruiser who trips when she wears dresses. Her idea of 'subtlety' is a Groin Attack instead of a face punch.
    • She starts with steel and grows into the silk. Or visa versa.
    • Alice is generally considered The Lad-ette, but when physically kicking ass and taking names isn't in her best interests at the moment, she can sit down and participate in Passive-Aggressive Kombat with the best of them.
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  • Subverted: Alice appears to be the Maid Behind the Mayor but she's really an Upper-Class Twit whose parents are trying to Break the Haughty.
  • Double Subverted: It's an act. She's actually a spy and her parents are her Secret Keepers.
  • Parodied: Alice wears a Pimped Out Battle Ball Gown that's so heavy she can't move. When asked about it, she tells Blatant Lies like a Proper Lady at a party.
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted:
    • Alice is a a simple and innocent maid not a Chessmaster.
    • Alice is an Iron Lady who happens to like the look. No one dares comment.
  • Enforced:
    • "We have a maid for fanservice but to expand her appeal we should make her the hidden strategist guiding the heroes.
    • "How's this for a twist: The maid that everyone thinks is Prone to Tears turns out to be a Ninja Maid and saves the day?"
  • Lampshaded: "Beware. She may look like the mayor's maid but she may as well be the mayor herself."
  • Invoked: The mayor's bodyguards won't let anyone with an agenda near him, so Alice pretends to be a maid delivering snacks and makes a few polite remarks while she's there.
  • Exploited: Bob, a powerful businessman often caught up in intrigue and political backstabbing, marries the formidable Alice to have someone competent watching his back. Everyone else assumes she's a Trophy Wife.
  • Defied: Alice refuses to get involved in the mayor's career despite her charisma and/or unshakable will.
  • Discussed: " "How are you sweet and scary at the same time?" *smile* "Practice."
  • Conversed: "I bet Alice is the mastermind. She's so friendly and submissive no one would suspect her."
  • Deconstructed: Alice can't be open and frank with anyone because of her reserved personality. When she tries, they all suspect her of manipulating them with Politeness Judo or a Wounded Gazelle Gambit
  • Reconstructed: She has a handful of friends who trust her and 'lets her hair down' only around them.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is The Matchmaker and she accidentally sets up comical situations where the bride and groom fall in love before they find out.
  • Played For Drama: Alice is part of a Deadly Decadent Court and so must carefully shift her social and political weight while remaining demure and gentle. She carries a fan made of daggers in case of assassins and a Chastity Dagger in case of rapists.

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