Maritess (Rex Navarrette character) the Superfriends' maid with mop and cape



Maritess is the hapless maid working for the Super-Friends. The Super-Friends are a cartoon version of DC Comics’ Justice League, who featured in a popular 1973-1986 animated series on television. She’s the one who keeps the Hall of Justice so gleaming clean.

However, Maritess isn’t actually in the show. She was made up by Filipino-American stand-up comedian Rex Navarrette , in one of his more famous routines. The skit is a good Trojan Horse to talk about the condition of the more vulnerable Filipina immigrants in the US.



  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: She presumably has a large family, but they are unnamed.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Hall of Justice, Zamboanga.
  • Height: 5’1” Weight: 110lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Maritess answered an ad in the paper to become the maid of super heroes ! Retrieved by Wonder Woman from her home in Zamboanga, she was taken to The Hall of Justice where she cleaned up after the heroes.

She toiled as many immigrants to the US, subjected to the perceived abuse laid on by the Superfriends.


The stand-up Navarrette skit, with a cartoon overlaid on it.


Maritess is a small, nondescript Filipina woman.


Maritess is a martyr. She feels the world has treated her unfairly and is finally willing to talk about it. She is very passive aggressive in her expression of her perceived abuse and concerns of the Superfriends’ lifestyle.

She is finally speaking out against her antagonistic employers.


“It’s so hard…”

“I can’t do anything…”

“That’s not fair ! It’s not right !”

“I don’t have to worry about Flash because he’s very fast. He’s in ; he’s out ; I don’t see him !”

DC Universe History

She’s the Superfriends’ maid. What more do you need ?

If you wanted to use her in a serious campaign, it should be a darker, grittier or more realistic genre. She could write a tell-all book (with a ghost-writer of course) or leak information to the tabloids about the sexual harassment, abuse what else she has observed with the heroes.

In fact, Lex Luthor, upon hearing of her plight, finances the best legal team available for the greatest circus-trial lawsuit of the century !

Of course, the soundbits from the trial being used by every media outlet available in a massive smear campaign are just a small side effect of Lex’s very real concern for Maritess’ plight.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02 Motivation: Seeking Justice
Int: 02 Wil: 02 Min: 02 Occupation: Maid (for the Superfriends)
Inf: 03 Aur: 02 Spi: 02 Resources {or Wealth}: 001
Init: 007 HP: 005

Artist (Cooking): 06, Charisma (Persuasion): 03, Weaponry (Mop): 03

Scholar (Housekeeping).

Superfriends (Low).

Enemy (Aquaman), MIH of Monkeys, SIA toward Eating American Junk Food, Innocent, Mistrust (Illegal immigrant), Creepy Appearance (her English has a Tagalog accent).

Maritess can be expected to have a mop and any necessary cleaning supplies to keep the Hall of Justice Spick and Span.

By Adam Fuqua.

Source of Character: The comedy of Filipino comic Rex Navarrette in his routine Maritess vs. the Superfriends as found on Fractal Cow .

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet.