Maid outfits and anime walk hand in hand. Whether it's for the kawaii or the sexiness factor, many writers seem to like reaching for this type of character. They can be purely helpful, bodyguards in disguise, secret lovers and come in varied ages and genders.
Today, we bring you anime's Top 10 Anime Maids. Just so you know, we're not just talking about girls in maid outfits, like in cafés and such, but actual maids who do housework and look after people. But their ability to clean a room isn't the only qualification to make our list, oh no; these maids need to prove that there's something else that's special about them. And boy, have they ever! Curious? Come and find out who we think are the best maids in anime!
10. Mei-Rin from Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct. 2008 – Mar. 2009
In Victorian England lives Ciel Phantomhive, the untimely heir to his family's fortune after a dark incident left him orphaned. During said incident, he swore revenge and made a pact with a demon to achieve it. That demon is Sebastian, little Ciel's own demon butler who will aid him as well as he can until he can claim Ciel's soul for himself.
Ciel also has another faithful servant, Mei-Rin, (sometimes Meilin). She is the nervous, cute and bespectacled maid of the mansion and she's actually terrible at her job, as she wears glasses that don't fit her, is extremely clumsy – especially around Sebastian - and seems to know nothing about being a maid. The reason she made the list is because she's so adorable and is entirely devoted to her master Ciel and doing as Sebastian asks. Oh, and the fact that she has a cool secret past as a badass sniper gives her bonus points! 😉
9. Roberta from Black Lagoon
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2006 – Jun. 2006
Black Lagoon follows the mercenary group of the same name in the Thai city of Roanapur, a lawless no-man's-land filled with murder, crime and all that is seedy. When Rokuro Okajima, a Japanese businessman ends up in said city, he is caught by Black Lagoon. Eventually, Rokuro becomes a part of Black Lagoon.
The Lovelace family is a powerful South American family. Roberta is their maid of several years and, even though her actual maid skills are not the best, she has an unmatched devotion towards her master and his son and would do anything to keep them protected. Luckily, she's an ex-terrorist and assassin and probably one of the strongest and deadliest women in the series. And that's why, despite her lacking in the actual maid department, her badassedness (yes, that's a word) puts her on spot 9 on our list.
8.Maid-chan from Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakuraso)
- Episodes: 24
- Air Date: Oct. 2012 – Mar. 2013
Sorata Kanda is such a good guy that he can't just leave homeless kittens out on the street. But pets aren't allowed in his dormitory, so he's sent to the Sakuraso Dorm, where all the weirdos and misfits live. But hey, they allow pets! The plan is to find homes for the kittens and move back, but then the homeless-kitten-like Mashiro Shiina moves in with her cuteness and inability to care for herself. And now Sorata has a new pet to take care of... Maybe Sakuraso and its crazies aren't so bad after all!
Ryuunosuke is a student at Suiko like Sorata, but she's a shut-in techie and even has an Ai to reply to her emails and messages. In fact, this program's name is Maid-chan and Ryuunosuke keeps upgrading her to the point that Maid-chan becomes a self-contained AI with an adorable 3D form, and is able to reply, decide and give advice by using data found on the internet. She interacts with many of the other students, and as Ryuunosuke's online voice, she is part of the group. While her abilities are limited to electronic data and communication, you have to admit she's the kind of maid many of us would love to have at our disposal!
7. Miyuki Kujou from Shomin Sample (Ore ga Ojousama Gakkou ni "Shomin Sample" Toshite Gets♥Sareta Ken)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2015 – Dec. 2015
Seikain Academy is an all-girls school attended by young high society ladies. In order to ease the girls into the real world, the school decides to bring in a “Commoner Sample”. Enter Kimito Kagurazaka, a boy who is mistaken for a muscle-loving gay man, which makes him perfect as a sample, since he poses no threat to the ladies. However, he really isn't into men at all, much less muscley ones! But if the school finds out that he isn't gaga for men, they will literally castrate him. So on with the show!
Every girl in the school gets their own personal maid, and not to be left out, Kimito gets his own maid too, Miyuki Kujou. She is in charge of both taking care Kimito and his needs, as well as making sure he doesn't do anything shady. And while she can be a little sadistic towards Kimito, she really does take care of him and even watches over him as he sleeps. Miyuki is clever, an excellent maid, and is in charge of others in the school. There seems to be more to her than meets the eye, as most other maids respect her. And that mysterious side of her, as well as her great abilities as a maid, are exactly why she won a spot on our list.
6. Canti from FLCL
- Episodes: 6
- Aired: Apr. 2000 – Mar. 2001
Naota Nandaba hates his boring life, especially since his older brother left to the USA to play professional baseball. That doesn't last long, as a wild pink-haired woman shows up on a yellow Vespa and runs him over. Her name is Haruhara Haruko and after that incident, things only get crazier. Naota grows a horn on his head, his brother's ex-girlfriend won't stop clinging to him and more stuff comes out of his head!
One of the crazy things to come out of Naota's head, is Canti, a medical robot. From his arrival, he shows to be helpful and polite. He basically serves as the maid in the Nandaba household. Canti does the dishes, makes dinner, does laundry and is generally helpful to everybody, all while wearing an apron. He even cares for and is polite to Haruko and Naota's dad, both of whom are just awful to him! He's a better maid than some of the other ones on the list mentioned above, and wouldn't you love to have a robot maid!? That's exactly why Canti made the list.
5. Virgo from Fairy Tail
- Episodes: 175
- Vired: Oct. 2009 – Mar. 2013
In a world where mages and magic guilds are a thing, Lucy Heartfilia is a young aspiring mage looking to join her most admired guild, Fairy Tail. Once she meets the guild members and becomes one of them, they will together fulfill requests to earn money, go on adventures, and grow as mages while they're at it!
Lucy is a Celestial Spirit Mage, which means she can summon spirits and use their magic in battle, or for anything really. Virgo is one of Lucy's celestial spirits and she is as loyal as the rest of Lucy's team, but she's much more obedient, and would do anything and everything that her “princess” Lucy asks. She's also a masochist and so is always looking for a spanking from Lucy whether she was good or bad. On top of that, her chains and magic are very useful in a fight!
4. Tama from Gintama
- Episodes: 201
- Vired: Apr. 2006 – Mar. 25 2010
Gintoki is a samurai living in feudal Japan. A feudal Japan that has been invaded by aliens! As a result of the successful alien invasion, swords are prohibited and samurai are all but extinct. Being a manga-obsessed, sweets-loving samurai, Gintoki finds a way to make ends meet and continue indulging in his pastimes by working as a handyman along with several other colorful characters with whom he becomes close with.
Tama is a robot maid with human emotions that works for Otose, Gintoki's landlord. She has the wonderful combination of being programmed as a maid, which means she's excellent at it, and human emotions to make her feel like just another human being. Maybe a strange one, but human nonetheless. On top of that, she can communicate with electronics when they're on the fritz! Wouldn't it be lovely to have a maid that can just talk your Nintendo Switch when it crashes and get it to work properly!? Though we may pass on using her cooking setting, since she prepares food within her, and... vomits it out... Monjayaki, anyone? x_x
3. Maria from Hayate no Gotoku (Hayate the Combat Butler)
- Episodes: 52
- Aired: Apr. 2007 – Mar. 2008
Poor Hayate Gotoku has terrible luck. He was sold to the Yakuza by his parents because o their debt and ended up saving a girl he was trying to kidnap to try and pay off what his family owes. The girl's name is Nagi and she's rich. Hayate is then brought to work at Nagi's mansion as a butler and ends up getting himself constantly in trouble while all the girls around him fall in love with him.
Maria is Nagi's personal maid and has been with her since childhood. She was her tutor growing up and still cares for her like family. Maria is the smartest person in the house and she is basically in charge of the mansion. She is kind-hearted, a hard worker, very responsible and she loves to play games. You'd be hard pressed to find such a well-rounded maid anywhere else!
2. Chihiro from Shounen Maid
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2016 – Jul 2016
When Chihiro Komiya's parents pass away, he is left in the care of his handsome, rich uncle, Madoka Takatori. When Chihiro moves into Madoka's mansion, he's horrified at what a disgusting mess the place is, so he takes it upon himself to clean it up. Being that he is obsessed with cleanliness, this comes easily to him and actually makes him happy. Madoka quickly comes up with the idea to dress Chihiro up in a maid's uniform and pay him a salary to work as the live-in maid of the house.
We couldn't have a list of the best maids without including this cute little guy. Raised under his mother's motto of “no work, no food”, it's no surprise that he is such a disciplined hard worker. It's also the reason Madoka had to make a deal with him to convince him to live with him by offering him to work as a maid to earn his keep, so to speak. Being a neat-freak, he makes for a wonderful maid and his cooking skills are very impressive, especially for an elementary school kid. Chihiro is a sweet, honest and hardworking maid boy that anyone would be lucky to have!
1. Rem from Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (Re:ZERO-Starting Life in Another World-)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 2016 – Sep. 2016
Subaru Natsuki was leaving the convenience store on a school night, when all of a sudden, he appears in another world, a fantasy world. Satella, a beautiful young girl, saves him after getting beat up by some delinquents, so he decides to help her recover an item she's looking for to pay her back for saving him. When they get to their destination, something dark appears and they both die very violent deaths. Except, Subaru inexplicably wakes up back at the spot where he got beat up and everything starts to replay again from there.
Rem is Ram's twin. They are both demons and they are both maids to Roswaal Mathers, a noble of this fantastic world. Rem may not be as skilled as her sister as a maid, but she is still an amazing one! She can sew, cook, clean and better than most, plus she can use her demon powers to heal and protect those she cares for. In this case being stupid Subaru. She's multi-talented, super strong, adorable, genuine and extremely loyal. Rem is best girl 4EVR!
There you have it! From the artificial intelligence and a couple of robots to assassins, a demon, and even a little boy, maids in anime are far more than your typical sweet girl in a maid outfit calling someone “master”. And as they come in so many different flavors, we're sure you have some other favorite maids out there that didn't make it on the list. Let us know who your favorite maid is and why in the comments below!