Who Is Your Favorite Iconic Fictional Mother? Bookstr Team Answers

Real or fictional, mothers do it all. Here are 13 mom characters Bookstr Team can’t get enough of.

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She may be a queen, an assassin, or a wizard’s parent, but mother is always mothering. We’re shouting out some of our favorite moms in pop culture and literature with these 13 iconic picks. Read on to see who made the list!

Yor From Spy x Family

Dark-haired woman in an all-black outfit, holding gold stiletto blades, on a blush background filled with text that reads "Mom," "Mommy," "Mama," "Mother."

Yor Forger is a badass assassin by night and a doting wife and mother by day. What’s more iconic than that? Even though she’s only pretending to be a wife and mom, her maternal instincts are as real as can be. The way she always gives Anya positive reinforcement is so endearing. Not to mention the way she goes feral when anyone tries to mess with her pretend daughter — there is nothing fake about that murderous glare. The gimmick of her graphic thoughts filtering through the telepathic Anya never gets old. Yor may have the mind of a trained assassin, and she may be a terrible cook, but those are all part of what makes her an icon of a mom.

Gabriela Collazo, Editorial

Mrs. Weasley From the Harry Potter Series

An older woman in a taupe sweater and a mustard skirt, sternly wagging her finger, on a blush background that reads "Mom," Mommy," "Mama," "Mother" all-over.

There has never been a more motherly mother than Mrs. Weasley. She’s doting, sweet, and loving to everyone. Not just her children. The way she immediately adopted Harry as her own, no questions asked, no outward sympathy, just wholehearted love, is one of the greatest acts of a mother. She’s also plenty stern when she needs to be, but she is absolutely a ferocious mother bear. Her “Not my daughter, you B!*@#” line is one of the most iconic motherly quotes in literature.

Kristi Eskew, Editorial

Queen Ramonda, “Queen Mother” of Wakanda From Black Panther

Angela Bassett as Ramonda from "Black Panther" movie in a purple halter dress and matching headpiece, on a blush text-filled background that reads "Mom," "Mommy," "Mother," and "Mama."

A fierce, strong figure with an air of poise and gracefulness, this describes Queen Ramonda to a T. As the matriarch of her family, she keeps everyone together, even during a time of upheaval and turmoil. She’s a momma bear when it comes to her children, and she fights tooth and nail to protect her family in the wake of her son’s death and, in the aftermath, to bring him back from the ancestral plane. She’s vocal but speaks with measured words, and even in grievous times, she’s still so queenly and collected. She’s a definite iconic mother in my book.

Quiarah B/Vphan, Editorial

Lois Griffin From Family Guy

Cartoon ginger woman in an aqua button-up shirt and beige pants, on a blush background that reads "Mom," "Mommy," Mama," "Mother" all-over.

Despite Lois being married to her deeply flawed husband, Peter Griffin, and blessed with children who seem to take more from his genes than hers, she is a good mother. She is honest, protective, and fun. Even though she tends to have meltdowns from time to time (can you blame her?), she gets right back up and gets on with life, making the best of her life with Peter and the kids. You’d never know that she came from money because she’s so darn cool and down to earth.

Hiba A., Graphics

Lorelai Gilmore From Gilmore Girls

Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore from "The Gilmore Girls" series posing in a blue long-sleeve blouse and jeans, on a blush background with text that reads "Mom," "Mommy," "Mama," and "Mother."

Full of quirky charm and wit, Lorelai comes from a very affluent family but fled home to strike it on her own as a 15-year-old single mother. The show picks up when her daughter (who later attends an Ivy League school) is the same age as she was when she got pregnant, and by then, Lorelai is running the inn where she first worked as a maid. And she’s a caffeine and food lover. Basically, I am saying she’s an awesome make-your-own-fate kind of role model!

Erin Dzielski, Editorial

Linda Belcher From Bob’s Burgers

Cartoon dark-haired woman in glasses  holding a glass of wine, on a blush background that reads "Mom," "Mommy," "Mama," "Mother."

I would die for this woman. Her one-liners always crack me up. The love she has for her kids and her husband always brings a smile to my face. She is such a cute bundle of love and every scene she’s in, she steals the spotlight. At first, I didn’t know she was voiced by John Roberts, and in an interview, he said he based the character on his mother, which made me love her even more because I would create a similar character. I’m not saying Linda is like my mother, but my mother is definitely like Linda.

I hope whoever insulted your shirt sits on a fork. With sauce on it. So it hurts and it stains.

Linda Belcher, Bob’s Burgers

Brandon Smith, Editorial

Johanna From Hilda

Cartoon brown-haired woman folding her arms with a smirk, on a blush background that reads "Mom," "Mommy," "Mama," and "Mother."

She is such a loving and protective mom. She tries to teach Hilda and give her freedom while still creating boundaries for her. She passes down their traditions and gives her a loving home.

Jazmine Butler, Social and Outreach

Hana From Wolf Children

An anime woman holding two children with wolf ears and tails, on a blush background that reads "Mom," "Mommy," "Mama," and "Mother" all-over.

I loved watching the anime Wolf Children because of how amazing the main character, Hana, was. She is one of the kindest and hardworking moms I’ve seen in any kind of media. After some tragic circumstances relating to the father, Hana had to raise two young children (who were half human/half werewolves) alone. However, she immediately picked herself up, became a single mother, and raised her children through compassion and love. Letting them know that they are not alone and that they can choose who they want to be.

Valentina Grant, Graphics

Adelaide Wilson From Us

Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide from the movie "Us" in a white, stained outfit with handcuffs, on a blush background that reads "Mom," "Mommy," "Mama," and "Mother."

While going through a traumatic experience, Adelaide never stopped trying to protect her children. She is a caring and resilient person who fought her way through a day-long life-threatening experience. She encouraged her children to fight their doubles using their personal strengths and came to her family’s aid even though she was just as scared as they were. Her whole life was a struggle to find herself. After working through it, she came out on top with her children and husband by her side.

Justice Cowan, Graphics

Queen Elinor From Brave

A brown-haired woman wearing a crown and a forest green dress, on a blush background that reads "Mom," "Mommy," "Mama," and "Mother."

I loved watching this Disney movie with my own mom, and we’ve rewatched it probably 1-2 times a year since it came out. I found the character development of Merida’s mom, Queen Elinor, so wholesome to watch because she went from being a stubborn, unyielding perfectionist to a more loving and understanding mother when it came to her daughter’s desire to forge her own path rather than fulfill her royal duties as a princess.

Mallak Mansour, Graphics

Ming Lee From Turning Red

A woman in a jewel-tone green blazer and dress, posing with arms folded, on a blush background that reads "Mom," "Mommy," "Mama," and "Mother."

I love this movie, and I love watching it with my family. The character development of Mei’s mom was amazing to watch because we, as the audience, can see how much her own mother treats her and how strong the intergenerational trauma is within the family. Mei’s mom clearly loves her daughter and wants the best for her, but she can be a bit too overprotective at times. When Mei comforts her mother, the characters start to understand each other, and it is beautiful to see. Ming allows her daughter to keep the red panda because it is her decision, even though she knows that it will be hard. I love the mother-daughter dynamic shown throughout this film.

Molly Ireland, Outreach

Elizabeth Zott From Lessons in Chemistry

Brie Larson as Elizabeth Zott in the series "Lessons in Chemistry" posing with a dog, behind a desk full of flasks and ingredients, against a text-filled background.

Talk about someone to look up to! Set in a time period when women were often ignored or written off as nothing more than homemakers, Zott crushes all sorts of gender norms. Her wit and intelligence inspire other women to be more than they thought possible and pass this same thinking down to her daughter, Madeline. She’s an incredibly strong woman and single mother who doesn’t back down in the face of adversity and would do whatever it takes to pave the way for a better future for her daughter.

Maggie Malfroid, Graphics

Susannah From The Summer I Turned Pretty

Rachel Blanchard as Susannah from the TV adaptation of "The Summer I Turned Pretty," on a blush background that reads "Mom," "Mommy," "Mama," and "Mother."

I have loved Susannah from the first line she was mentioned in this series. Her warmth and pure love for Belly and her boys always struck a nerve in my heart. I always found myself looking up to her as a tween. Reading her positive and hopeful appreciation for the world, though difficult, is something I still think about to this day. One of the most important aspects of life is seeing the positivity in everything, even when things are at their very worst. Susannah is one of few who is able to give that positive feeling to anyone, including the audience. I love her with all my heart, even if she is fictional…

Erin Ewald, Editorial

They’re either the moms we aspire to be, wish we had, or just awesome female characters we can’t help but love. Who’s your favorite fictional mother? Let us know on our socials!

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