Pop culture’s most iconic mothers

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 - Last Updated on February 5, 2017

Here’s the undeniable truth: nobody else can top our actual moms in real life. But with so many pop culture icons today, how can we not look up to the ones with the best maternal instincts? Besides, who says fictional mothers can’t be good role models, too?  Just for fun, here is a quick rundown of the best and most iconic mothers in pop culture today.

1.Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter novels

While we all would have loved to see Lily Potter alive and well, I’m sure all Potterheads around the world are grateful to at least have Molly Weasley as Harry’s sorta-mom. She’s doting and tender and makes too much of a good fuss over all her children—Harry included—and we love her for that. But before you dismiss her as an ordinary housewife who does nothing but manage her crazy household, think again. Molly is not afraid to defend the ones she loves the most, and when push comes to shove, she can kick a great deal of Death Eater butts. Just ask Bellatrix Lestrange.

  1. Marge Simpson from The Simpsons

Marge Simpson has got to be the most patient mother in the whole fictional world. She never loses her cool despite Bart’s countless antics. She’s also got to be the most supportive wife out there—can you imagine being able to stomach all of Homer’s shenanigans? Marge is the perfect example of the protector of the home and hearth. Plus, how can you top that tower of glorious blue hair, literally?

  1. Martha Kent from DC Comics

As an avid DC Comics fan, I can vouch for this woman a hundred percent. Martha Kent has always been a nurturing mother, even when she’s caring for an adoptive alien son who’s a savior of the world. As the woman who truly made the Man of Steel the man he is today, Martha Kent is a gentle soul who knows that being a mother means making the tough decisions that will define her son’s personality. She also knows that having a son with such tremendous gifts is not something that she can keep to herself, and no matter how painful it may be, she knows that she has to share Clark with the whole of humankind. Really, who else can be more super than Superman’s mom? Also—minor spoilers for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice here—Martha Kent is the reason Bats and Supes stop fighting in the first place. She is that epic of a mom!

  1. Sarah Connor from the Terminator franchise

When a Terminator goes back in time to kill you, then you know you must be a big deal. Sarah Connor is not only the mother of the infamous John Connor—the leader of the Resistance destined to defeat Skynet’s Terminators—but she is also one heck of a warrior. Rather than resign to her fate of getting exterminated by a T-800 Terminator unit, she opted to risk everything for the sake of her son’s future—a son she hadn’t even given birth to yet in the first film. If that’s not considered motherly commitment, then I don’t know what is!

  1. Padmé Amidala from the Star Wars franchise

Talk about a strong and empowered woman! Padmé Amidala is the love of notorious soon-to-be Darth Vader’s life, and she is also the elected Queen of Naboo. Amidala led her people and liberated them from the Trade Federation’s invasion. She later on became Senator, and after marrying Anakin Skywalker, she gave birth to the twins Luke and Leia. She sadly died of childbirth, but she will always be the mother of the most heroic twins in the galaxy.

  1. Claire Dunphy from Modern Family

Claire not only runs an often topsy-turvy household of three rowdy offspring (Luke is always getting into trouble, Haley is often too boy-crazy to care, and Alex is just too smart for her own good), but she also runs Pritchett’s Closets & Blinds—her father’s company that he has now passed on to her. She is super-mom incarnate, and apart from all that, she still manages to be the most loving and supportive wife to her realtor husband, Phil. Sure, she has her mini-breakdowns once and a while, but don’t we all? At the end of the day, she always comes through for her family, and that makes for a great mom in our book.

  1. Gloria Marie Delgado-Pritchett from Modern Family

Okay, so this is another entry from Modern Family. But the show is just that good, and as you can tell from the title alone, we can pick up a great deal of lessons on family life just by watching the series. Why else do you think the show always sweeps up all the Emmys year after year? One of the reasons for Modern Family’s Emmy wins is definitely Gloria Pritchett, because she’s as feisty as she is gorgeous. She has her flaws and insecurities, but at the heart of all her seemingly crazy actions is her undying affection and devotion for her family. And with that kind of love, we can definitely forgive her hilarious outbursts once in a while!

  1. Mrs. George from Mean Girls

The fact that extremely talented and laugh-out-loud comedienne Amy Poehler plays her is a huge plus, but Mrs. George is the cool mom we all wish we had in high school. Sure, she can be a tad embarrassing at times (especially when her fake boobies are being used as dog chow), but she is always very supportive of Regina George, making her friends feel at home and even showing up at her talent show to cheer her on. We’re sure she goes by The Plastics’ rules, too (by that, we mean wearing pink on Wednesdays), and that she pretty much has the ins and outs of Girl World down pat. With you, Mrs. George, you can always sit with us!

Did your favorite fictional mom make the cut? If not, show us your personal list of the most iconic mothers in pop culture in the comments section below. Until then, give your actual mom a call today—or better yet, give her a tight hug and tell her you love her. After all, make-believe moms can be cool, but real moms are the best!

*Videos courtesy of YouTube

Cathy Dellosa-Lo (102 Posts)

Cathy Dellosa Lo is a freelance writer by day and a geek by night. She constantly struggles between sniffing the novels lined up in her bookshelf and trying to whip up something unusual in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her loving husband. To this day, she still has not cooked a decent meal. She one day hopes to soar the skies as a superhero for her future children, but for now, she strongly believes in saving lives through her works in fiction. She also maintains a personal blog on her rookie misadventures as a noob wife at http://quirkylifeofthenoobwife.blogspot.com/ .


About Cathy Dellosa-Lo

Cathy Dellosa Lo is a freelance writer by day and a geek by night. She constantly struggles between sniffing the novels lined up in her bookshelf and trying to whip up something unusual in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her loving husband. To this day, she still has not cooked a decent meal. She one day hopes to soar the skies as a superhero for her future children, but for now, she strongly believes in saving lives through her works in fiction. She also maintains a personal blog on her rookie misadventures as a noob wife at http://quirkylifeofthenoobwife.blogspot.com/ .

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