After her family was killed by a group of wild dragons, Maeve swore she would either rid the world of dragons, or to die in the effort. Her campaign of retribution took its first victim in the form of an abandoned Buffalord nest full of eggs. She began smashing the eggs, but before she could destroy them all, one of them hatched. When Maeve raised her sword to finish her mission, she ultimately found herself unable to kill the dragon. The baby looking up at her from its shell reminded her of her own lost child. She took the little Buffalord under her care, and doing so, she became the Matron of Dragons. Her Buffalord helped her climb the ranks of the Dragonroot Company to become the ruler she was destined to be, and played a vital role in her plans to conquer the Archipelago.
While investigating the cause of the apparition of dragon hybrids, Fishlegs crossed paths with Maeve. Suspicious of her, Fishlegs asked the woman who she was and if she happened to know about the dragon hybrids. Maeve quickly flew away on her Buffalord, without answering the questions. Fishlegs followed her, but accidentally stumbled upon Guardian of the Forest. He was then forced to fight the dragon, while Maeve managed to escape.
After defeating the Alphas poisoned by the Dragonroot Company has become a weekly deed, it comes to the attention of both the Riders and the villains that Maeve has seemingly developed a soft-spot for Hiccup, much akin to Viggo Grimborn. Eventually, Savage begins conspiring that Maeve is hiding something from her people. After Maeve willingly drops hints for the Riders about how to create a cure for the Dragonroot elixir, the Generals start believing Savage, except for Fuld, who refuses to believe Maeve would betray them. When Maeve keeps sympathizing with Hiccup and giving clues to the Riders, Hiccup finally senses the "good" in Maeve, and eventually convinces her to join the Riders and find an antidote for the poison. With Maeve now on their side, the Riders fight against the company more efficiently, while conflict ensues among the Generals regarding who should take Maeve's place. They ultimately split the empire, with each General having his own region. After the final battle, where the Dragonfroot Company is broken up for good, Maeve says the Generals will keep themselves busy, as well as keeping Berk busy enough to not be able to chase her down. She reveals that it was her plan to dismantle the Dragonroot Company, as she has made all the gold she could in that area, and is planning on moving out of the Archipelago. The Riders encounter Maeve one more time, after Astrid convinces Hiccup to go after her. She expresses her hopes of seeing Hiccup again in the future.
Maeve is a tall, slender woman with a pointed chin, a small nose, and a long, but thick mouth. She has long, auburn hair, tied in a single braid, with purple extensions. She has blue, oval eyes and thick eyebrows. She has purple scar-shaped war paint on her right eye.
Maeve wears a black dragon scale armor with blue highlights. She has a dark brown belt with metal pinned to it. She has two large shoulder pads with spikes that are black and purple. She wears a dark cape with a hoodie attached to it. She has a large necklace with many teeth on it, presumably dragon teeth. She wears a simple brown kransen on her forehead.
|"Dragons: Rise of Berk":||Absent||"School of Dragons":||Absent|
|"How to Train Your Dragon":||Absent||"How to Train Your Dragon 2":||Absent|
|"DreamWorks Dragons: Wild Skies":||Absent||"Dreamworks Dragons: Dawn of New Riders":||Absent|
|"Dragons: Titan Uprising":||Appears||"Dragons Hero Portal":||Absent|
- Maeve is the fourth female villain in the franchise, with the first being Skuld the Sorceress, the second being Nikora Stormheart and the third being Griselda the Grevious.