I suppose that it’s no surprise that there are fewer mother-daughter team pairings in pop culture than there are father-son teams, but it’s still something of a bummer.  Still, there’s Elasti-Girl/Mrs. Incredible and her daughter Violet, whose name is perfectly suited to her powers; there’s Mary Jane “Spinneret” Watson-Parker and her offspring Annie in one of the various alternate Marvel Universes, and if you’re willing to stretch the point, Emma Frost and her five four three teen clones, the Stepford Cuckoos in the X-Men books.  And, of course, there’s Samantha Stephens and her disappointed, interfering but still loving mother Endora from ‘Bewitched’, leading to today’s matriarchal query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still thinks that Endora may be one of the great creations of Western pop culture, a mean old mother-in-law stereotype that is actually more likable than the husband we’re supposed to sympathize with, asking: Who’s the best fictional mother-daughter team in all of pop culture?

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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.

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  1. My favorite is a short lived duo. Ellen and Jo from Supernatural. Jo constantly wanting to hunt, Ellen fighting her on it only to end up joining her. Then, they go out together in an epic mom/daughter versus hell-hound standoff. Well written characters that were written off far too soon.

  2. I don’t have a great father/son or mother/daughter, but I did think of a fun father/daughter team – even if it’s since been stricken from canon.

    In the old Star Wars expanded universe, Han’s daughter Jaina took after him in the piloting department, and it was always a treat to see them fly together (either copiloting the Falcon, or in separate ships in a big battle when she was with Rogue Squadron).

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