There’s nothing like a real mom—hi mom!—but you can also be inspired by and learn a thing or two from those on the big and small screen. Here are 10 of the most kickass movie and tv maternal figures. They fight assassins! Deal with precocious children! Protect their sons from robots of the future! And like all great moms, they do it all out of love!
Clair Huxtable, The Cosby Show
That she was able to run such a tight ship while Cosby was off scatting on pudding pops and New Coke is an accomplishment in itself. But this Super Mom of ’80s television wasn’t simply a devoted mother, she was also a successful, high-powered attorney: a potent combination that had half the kids in America wishing they were Huxtables. Though she may have been a bit strict at times, and God help you if mouthed off, a better mom would be hard to find.
Beatrix Kiddo (The Bride), Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
If you’re looking for a moment that proves Kiddo is one badass mother, just throw a dart in the air and you’ll hit one. Like when she wakes from a four-year coma to kill a man. Or when she drops Bill using the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique. Or maybe it’s when she takes out the Crazy 88 gang and Gogo Yubari all by her lonesome.
Lucille Bluth, Arrested Development
Yes, 99 percent of the time Lucille Bluth is a terrible mother. But when a drinking contest with Kitty Sanchez at Señor Tadpoles is all that stands between the Bluths and financial ruin, you want your star player in the game. Just make sure she gets her Afternoon Delight on the way back to rehab.
Sarah Connor, the Terminator Series
John Connor to a kid in his third grade class: “Oh, your mom baked us cupcakes? Yeah, my mom is going to save the world from a nuclear apocalypse.” Sure it may be hard growing up with a mother whose idea of playtime is tactical assault training, but when the upside is human survival, you tend to overlook the paranoia and weirdness. And the fact that she only ever wears black tank tops makes her easy to shop for.
Lois, Malcolm in the Middle
Occasionally Lois could be a bit tyrannical, but then who wouldn’t be when you’re the head of such a poorly behaved brood. Between Hal’s inability to safely execute anything, Malcolm’s genius-level precociousness, and Reese’s borderline sociopathy, it’s a miracle the woman didn’t become a meth addict. Hey, speaking of meth…
Skyler White, Breaking Bad
You have to hand it to anyone married to a Bryan Cranston character; life isn’t exactly a cakewalk with them. In Skyler’s case, it was trying to play the role of decent mom to Walter Jr. while her husband was off transforming into a raging psychopath. And all with fans of the show pouring on the hate. But you get our respect, Skyler White. Hopefully in your next life you’ll marry an English teacher.
Kirsten Cohen, The O.C.
Okay, granted, she did hit the bottle hard enough in season 2 to end up in rehab, but give the woman some credit, Saint Sandy, the untimely death of her a-hole father, and an unrequited crush on fellow drunk Carter Buckley would rattle the best of us. And despite all of it, she still single-handedly held together the Newport Group while raising the embodiment of all things emo and his cohort, Mr. After-School Special personified.
Catelyn Stark, Game of Thrones
Whether arresting Tyrion Lannister after an assassination attempt on her son or fighting for hubby Eddard’s freedom, this matriarch of the House of Tully will stop at nothing to protect her family. And yes, okay, she eventually bites it at her brother’s wedding, but everything up until that point proves that she is a mother not to be trifled with.
Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights
If Clair Huxtable was the mom everyone wished they had in the 80s, then Tami Taylor served that same role for the ’00s. Smart, encouraging, and terrifying if crossed, Tami was very clearly the glue that held the Taylor family together. And if being a badass mom to her own kids wasn’t enough, she also helped other people’s kids in her role as Dillon High’s guidance counselor, then principal, and finally as Braemore College’s Dean of Admissions.
Ellen Griswold, the VacationMovies
Forget keeping her kids from drugs and crime, Ellen Griswold’s triumph is simply keeping her kids alive. Considering the vehicular carnage wrought by her husband Clark alone, not to mention the exploding Christmas trees, hostage situations, and various other life-threatening situations he put them in, Ellen should qualify for a Medal of Honor. Or at the very least, an ultra-deluxe weekend spa package.
Taken from GQ : http://gqm.ag/RG4lsh