I know what you’re thinking: Wasn’t Mother’s Day yesterday?  Your humble MS-QOTD admits that this is, indeed, the case, but that it was also Sunday, a day when people generally aren’t focusing on the Innernets, and thus I saved this query for today.  (Whether or not I forgot about it being Mother’s Day is a subject upon which no speculation is necessary.)  When it comes to our favorite pop-culture mom figures, there are tons of great examples: Marion Cunningham, who treated Fonzie and Chachi like her own sons, even if she lost track of Chuck; Susan Storm, who deals with her son’s phenomenal cosmic power by treating him like any other boy; and even Queen Hippolyta, who is always somehow manipulated into nearly killing her daughter Diana before swerving at the last second.  Indeed, in the pantheon of motherhood, there are a great many possible prospects, leading to today’s maternal query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still thinks that Helen “Elastigirl” Parr has a serious claim on the top spot, as she’s brave, capable, powerful and teaches her children to be as skillful as she is, asking: Which pop-culture mom is the best fictional parent of them all?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Martha Kent. (any variation).

    Do you know of anyone else who could hand sew an indestructible costume with a mere needle?

  2. I’m seriously torn between Molly Weasley, May Parker (while technically an aunt, she practically raised Peter as her own child, and I think an adoptive mom counts) and Martha Kent.

    Though I also can’t count out Sophia Petrillo.

  3. Molly Weasley. Only someone with supreme patience and wisdom can put up with a scatterbrained husband, 7 kids (including the twins). She practically adopts Harry. Mrs Weasley fought Bellatrix and finished her off when her children where harmed.

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