Bad Ass Moms In Popular Culture

“The only thing I will be waving is your decapitated head on a stick in
front of your weeping mother!” —Leslie Knope, Parks & Recreation

When you think of a bad ass mom, what do you think of?

There are many wonderfully written bad ass mothers that we have seen all throughout popular culture. You have Liz Lemon from 30 Rock, Lily Potter from the Harry Potter series, Peg in Edward Scissorhands, as well as Chi-Chi from the Dragonball Z series. As much as I wish that I would have been able to coerce all of the people that contributed to this list to use my personal suggestions, I took everyone’s selections and compiled them here for you to see.

Television

Photo courtesy of HBO

Photo courtesy of HBO

Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones)

The crew here at Omnibus Journal don’t really think this submission needs too much clarification; it’s Daenerys the mother freakin’ Mother of Dragons! Nonetheless, one of our readers, Jessie, enlightens us as to why she’s a bad ass mom: “She collects titles and lands like most people collect stamps.” I won’t say much more due to spoilers, but there is definitely the, “he started it, mom!” vibe going around”.

 

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Lori Grimes (The Walking Dead TV series and comics)

Mike, a frequent contributor of many sections, said that his pick is Lori, hands down. He said, “For Mother’s Day, remember the effect that The Walking Dead’s Lori Grimes had on you! You wanted to smack her and she never knew if Carl was in the house or not, but in the end, she brought another child into this world with self-sacrifice and dignity! Isn’t that what being a mother is all about anyway, the full effect of unconditional love? Happy Mother’s Day to you mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters and anyone else who has taken care of a child!”

 

Photos courtesy of NBC / Warner Brothers

Photos courtesy of NBC / Warner Brothers

Lauren Graham (in Gilmore Girls and Parenthood)

Lauren, a contributor in the Movies and Books sections, told us about her choice: “Any mom played by Lauren Graham (and not just because she has an awesome first name). As both Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls) and Sarah Braverman (Parenthood), she’s a strong woman who raises her children with a perfect mixture of laughter, common sense, and love. She doesn’t need a man to help her achieve her goals, but she doesn’t push away their affection either.”

 

Photo courtesy of FOX

Photo courtesy of FOX

Marge Simpson (The Simpsons)

A reader, Nick, told us that Marge is his pick because “she’s one of the most enduring characters on television. She has to put up with 26 years of marriage to an alcoholic narcissist who is borderline retarded”.


Movies

Photo courtesy of TriStar Pictures

Photo courtesy of TriStar Pictures

Sara Connor (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)

Michael, our Opinion Editor, said this about Sara Connor’s bad ass mama jama-ness: “With the burden of being mother to the world’s savior, Sarah Connor wastes no time in becoming a killing machine. Erratic, yet resourceful in combat, Connor is the ultimate in maternal protection. She even stood in harm’s way, getting herself impaled by the T-1000 in order to save her son. Now, there’s something all of our moms would surely do…”

 

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Juno MacGuff (Juno)

Faren, the Co-Founder of OJ, Movies & Television Editor, Community Manager, and bad ass fur baby mama, had a very hard time choosing as there are so many bad ass moms in popular culture; however, she continually came back to her first choice–the quick-witted Juno. “As I used to say when the movie came out, she’s basically like me, except she’s pregnant and 16. Joking aside, Juno taught me a lot about keeping your cool while the world’s seemingly crumbling down around you. I sure as hell haven’t mastered it yet and I’m in my late 20s. I’m a mess. Juno, however, brings a kid into the world and finds the baby a really rad home all while keeping her charm and her dignity intact and I think that’s hella bad ass”.

 

Mrs. Lift (Throw Momma from the Train)

Kyle, our other Co-Founder, Video Games Editor, and Code Monkey, also struggled with his choice, ultimately nominating Mrs. Lift, from the 1987 film, Throw Momma from the Train. Kyle stated that, “There are a couple reasons I went with her. Most important is that my own momma showed me this film as a teen, and it’s been one of my all-time favorites ever since. Second, Anne Ramsey totally owns the role of Mrs. Lift, relentlessly (but hilariously) bullying and criticizing her son, Owen (Danny DeVito). While the plot of the movie revolves around long-suffering Owen trying to have her killed, in the end, he realizes how much he truly loves his momma and doesn’t want to be without her. I think a lot of us can relate to that juxtaposition (love you, Momma—mean it ♥).”


Music

Photo courtesy of Kemosabe Records and RCA Records

Photo courtesy of Kemosabe Records and RCA Records

Britney Spears

Jared, our Music Editor, chose pop diva, Britney Spears because “She is well known for breaking into an industry that wasn’t very woman friendly. She had some sick dance moves back in the day too”.


Comics

Photo courtesy of Marvel Comics

Photo courtesy of Marvel Comics

Aunt May (Spider-Man comics)

Brandon, our Tabletop and Science & Tech Editor, has been a long-time fan of Peter Parker, so this choice didn’t surprise us. He said this about Aunt May’s motherly badassery: “While she didn’t give birth to Peter, she raised him to be an honest and upstanding man. She showed him right from wrong, and even when Uncle Ben died, she didn’t buckle under pressure. If anything, she rose up and became stronger. She ran soup kitchens and picked up odd jobs to get by, all while always being there for Peter. Aunt May might be the best character in comics, and there’s no question she’s the best mom in comics (I’m looking at you, Sue Storm).”


Books

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

Molly Weasley (The Harry Potter books and movies)

Tiffany, Co-Editor of Make All The Things!, expressed a motherly bond with Molly Weasley as “She’s the kind of mom I will strive to be in my lifetime. She’s strong, caring, selfless, and loves her family more than anything else. And she won’t let anyone give her sass. I’d be proud to be half the mom Molly Weasley is”.

 

Photo courtesy of HBO.

Photo courtesy of HBO.

Cersei Lannister (A Song Of Ice And Fire series)

Lance, our Tabletop contributor, picked the iciest bitch of them all, Cersei Lannister, because “Even though she’s someone everyone loves to hate, every action she does is for her children.”

 

Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Natalie Prior (Divergent series)

Sara, our Books Editor, decided on Natalie Prior from the Divergent series because “She’s pretty amazing in the first book (obviously, with the whole I’ll-die-for-you thing), but the third one, when we learn about her back story and how she would do anything to get humanity back on track, that was epic, especially to the point of giving up her own life to go into that social experiment. I think her diary it the most monumental part of the entire trilogy—we learn about her, why the cause was so important, and why she would die for this experiment (sure, she died protecting her daughter, but I see it as much more than that).”


Video Games

Photo courtesy of The Pokemon Company International

Photo courtesy of The Pokemon Company International

Delia Ketchum (The Pokemon games and anime)

Mark, our keeper of Google+ and Youtube said this about Delia Ketchum: “She not only raised Ash Ketchum by herself but was also Professor Oak’s booty call. She inspired many moms to let their children go at the age of 10 because at that age they’re practically adults. She didn’t need no man; she is a strong, independent woman. She is one of the most influential people in the world of Pokemon and nobody sends off a 10 year old child better than her.”

 

Image courtesy of Cat Anett via DeviantArt

Image courtesy of Cat Anett via DeviantArt

Sonya Blade (Mortal Kombat X)

Andrew, our Gaming on a Budget columnist, had a tough time picking just one bad ass mama as well, but Sonya ended up being his decision. He said this about Sonya: “She’s always been able to hold her own in a fight with gods and still comes out on top. Not to mention she’s cool, calculated, and beats people to a bloody pulp with her bare hands without breaking a sweat.”

 

Image courtesy of Nintendo

Image courtesy of Nintendo

Rosalina (Super Mario Galaxy)

Lloyd, one of our readers suggested Rosalina from the Super Mario series, who acts as an adoptive mother to Luma, a star who has lost his own mother. Lloyd referenced a quote of Rosalina’s from in-game as evidence of her motherly love: “Do you hear the baby stars? These newborns will grow up to become galaxies someday. When stars die, they turn to stardust and scatter across the cosmos. Eventually, that stardust reforms to create a new star… And so the cycle of life continues. But the cycle never repeats itself in quite the same way…. So… you’ll see.”


Featured image courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

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