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American Maid is quite noble in character, and unlike most of the "good" characters featured in the series, she is actually relatively effective as a superhero. Having no superpowers, she relies on her Olympic-level trained acrobatic skills. Her only weapons are her stiletto high-heels and her tiara, both of which she can fling with great accuracy and effectiveness and which can boomerang back to her. But she is also adept at improvising everyday items such as chairs and plates in taking down enemies. American Maid has made many more appearances on the series than any other female character. She is often heard yelling the recurring line, "You'll never get away with this, [current villain]!"
At first, she saw the Tick and his sidekick, Arthur, as little more than a bungling impediment to her crime-fighting crusade, but she reluctantly teamed up with the pair to take down the super-villain and magnate, Chairface Chippendale. She eventually came to trust them and would team up with them again. In contrast to the Tick's rather direct way of dealing with evil, American Maid prefers a clandestine approach, at least at first, and has been known to go undercover as a caterer and a tourist to get close to rival super-villains and their schemes. She was romantically involved with another recurring character, Die Fledermaus, at some point before the series storyline began. She has also been revealed to be an operative (at least part-time) for the US government and had the former alias of Jeanine Smith.
The character Captain Liberty, from the live-action version of The Tick, was loosely based on American Maid.