All Right, Y’all, Let’s Shout Out Some Of My Favorite Fictional Moms

Putting this haphazard list together spur of the moment only reminded me just how badly mothers lack decent media representation. The majority are either dead, too absent to matter, flawless inspirations without character, or evil corruptors. They’re, especially, almost all white, cisgender, heterosexual, and able-bodied. Sigh. Please tell me your favorites and any I’ve missed!

Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Vorkosigan Saga; commander and countess, who dumped an enemy’s head on a table and deserved her own series

Jessica Atreides, Dune; Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother, official co-protagonist, breaker of universe rules, and inspiration to generations of girls (cast Zoe Saldana in the reboot pls god)

Catelyn Stark, A Song of Ice and Fire; war strategist and unsung queen. Deserves a better adaptation to do her justice yEAH I WENT THERE

Alba, Xiomara, and Jane Villanueva, Jane the Virgin; three generations of powerful, different, supporting, loving women who are not white

Irina Derevko, Alias; best of evil moms, and not really evil

Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Dark Shadows; when a Hollywood icon becomes the reclusive mysterious matriarch with more secrets than your vampire protagonist

Beverly Crusher, Star Trek: The Next Generation; best damn scientist in the galaxy, single mother, dancer, theatre lover, the reason I’m a redhead (see also: Amanda Grayson and Lwaxana Troi.)

Sarah Connor, The Terminator: because duh

Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride, Kill Bill; “It’s mercy, compassion, and forgiveness I lack. Not rationality.”

Mrs. Brisby, The Secret of NIHM; she survived tractors, cats, and super-powered rats and wielded a mystical artifact to single-handedly save her family, don’t you dare laugh

Meredith Quill, Guardians of the Galaxy; badass creator of mix tapes, Peter Quill’s beating heart, and more than an idealized dead memory

General Leia Organa, Senator Padme Amidala, and Emperor’s Hand/Jedi Master Mara Jade Skywalker, Star Wars; what more is there to say?

Mrs. Murry, A Wrinkle In Time; the scientist who created the sci-fi plot of the freaking book

Jessica Drew, Sue Storm, Mystique, Dinah Drake, and Martha Kent, DC/Marvel; women who choose on their own terms when and if they become mothers, and don’t sacrifice saving the universe to do so

Eudora, The Princess and the Frog; supporting her daughter’s dreams with both hope and practicality, and the best seamstress in New Orleans

Queen Elinor, Brave; realizing what’s best for her daughter’s happiness and growth might not be what she thinks is best

Carmen, Pan’s Labyrinth; widowed, impoverished, and lonely, doing her best to survive in a war-torn city

Amelia Vannick, The Babadook; discovers how to survive, and daily live with, mental illness

Molly Foster Graham, Red Dragon (novel); “Molly, his pretty baseball wife, with her ceaseless vigilance for lumps, her insistence on quarterly medical checkups for him and Willy, her controlled fear of the dark; her hard-bought knowledge that time is luck. She knew the value of their days. She could hold a moment by its stem. She had taught him to relish.”

Ana, Overwatch; I don’t even play this game and I adore her through osmosis

Jessamine Kaldwin, Dishonored; Empress of the Empire of the Isles, compassionate and loyal, fridged within ten minutes of gameplay

Morticia Addams, The Addams Family; I want to be her when I grow up

Jackie Tyler, Doctor Who; working single mother who crossed universes and dimensions to protect the daughter she desperately missed, and who won’t ever be silent or talked over

And, of course, Norma Bates, Bates Motel; a classic, cliched movie image turned into a human being courtesy of Vera Farmiga.

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