11 Best Fictional Mothers of All Time

Everyone, from the most hardened criminal to the most powerful superhero, has days when they just need their mom. Pop culture has given us some amazing fictional mothers over the years, who know exactly what to do to make their children feel loved and taken care of. Whether they’re kicking ass alongside their offspring, or just waiting to welcome them home with a hot meal at the end of the day, here are some of the coolest fictional moms ever written.

Molly Weasley from the Harry Potter series

Everyone who read the Harry Potter series or eagerly anticipated the release of the movies can’t help but remember Molly Weasley’s iconic line: “Not my daughter, you b*tch!” that made the Battle of Hogwarts scene so emotional. Molly Weasley parents not only her seven children, but also takes in her children’s friends whenever they need warmth and guidance.

Not only is she a willing caretaker, but she’s also a powerful witch in her own right, and isn’t afraid to throw her magical skills into the fray when things start to heat up. She never judges others, and raises her children to see beyond things like money, and power, and focus instead on intelligence, kindness, and integrity.

Marmee from Little Women

In Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women, the character of Marmee single-handedly raises her four daughters while her husband is away serving as a chaplain in the Civil War. She serves as a role model for daughters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and always reminds them that while their behavior should always be elegant and ladylike at all times, a truly noble woman never judges anyone else based on their appearance. She educates all of her daughters, and encourages them to marry someone that they fall in love with, rather than seeking to bring the family out of poverty by marrying them off to the highest bidders. Although she appears to be a classic Southern lady, her ideals and beliefs are anything but old-fashioned.

Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show

Although Bill Cosby’s sexual indiscretions tainted many people’s view of this popular TV sitcom, you can’t argue with the fact that Clair Huxtable was one of the coolest and most badass moms on TV, ever. She was a full-time working mom when America was still used to TV moms who did nothing but bake all day. She was an equal partner in parenting her children, but was still intimidatingly smart and knew how to kill it at work. Clair Huxtable was not only a great TV mom, but was also one of the great feminist icons of the 1980s. Although The Cosby Show raised eyebrows by never specifically addressing racial politics, Clair regularly spoke out in favor of women’s rights.

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