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The Best & The Worst Fictional Mothers {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

in honor of Mothers’ Day, today is all about fictional moms. So let’s talk about some of the best and some of the worst moms in fiction!

BEST: Molly Weasley (Harry Potter)

Molly Weasley

Let’s start with the obvious, shall we? Almost everybody would love their own Weasley sweater, knit specially for them by Molly Weasley. (I know I would.)

WORST: The Commandant (An Ember in the Ashes)

Other than just generally being cruel and evil, I’m also pretty sure that trying to kill your own son is not okay

BEST: Maura Sargent (The Raven Cycle)

Maura Sargent is pretty much the best mom / psychic combo out there!

WORST: Cersei Lannister (A Game of Thrones)

Cersei Lannister

Sure, she loves her kids. But she’s also cruel, conniving, manipulative and somewhat of an alcoholic. Not to mention, her kids tend to end up dead anyway.

BEST: Sally Jackson (Percy Jackson)

Sally Jackson

There’s nothing Sally wouldn’t do for Percy, whether it’s making blue food or living with a douchebag for Percy’s safety.

WORST: Mrs. Reed (My Life Next Door)

When your daughter feels more at home with the neigbors than with you, there may be a small problem.

BEST: Emily Spier (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda)

Though she may take her job as a child psychologist home sometimes to her kids’ annoyance, she’s also super nice and supportive and a great mom.

WORST: Mrs. Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

Mrs. Everdeen

Sure, there are definitely terrible circumstances that Mrs. Everdeen had to deal with. But when your daughter is forced to hunt and put her life in danger to keep your family from starving, while you’re doing nothing, you may need some urgent help!

BEST: Mrs. Mendoza AND Mrs. Quintana (Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a story about two boys… who both happen to have amazing mothers.

WORST: Margaret White (Carrie)

Umm… I feel like this one pretty much goes without saying.

who are some of your favorite fictional mothers? ANd some of your least favorites?


  1. The only one I’ve met on this list is Mrs. Everdeen. (But, yeah, she seems pretty… clueless.)

    I have a “Percy Jackson” movie, but never read the books. Still, I’m curious about the stories, so I’ll have to watch the film. One of these days. šŸ™‚

    Fun list.

    1. Yes, clueless is definitely a good way to describe Mrs. Everdeen šŸ˜‰
      Oh, I do hope you’ll love Percy Jackson! Most people don’t seem to like the movie, but I actually did love it šŸ™‚

  2. OMG the parents of Ari and Dante were the absolute sweetest!! <333 Agreed with all your best choices! Molly Weasley is the best šŸ˜€ Also I loved Sally Jackson and all the blue food she'd make for Percy! Wonderful choices Lindsey šŸ˜€

    1. Yes, they all are such amazing moms, I didn’t take me long to think of them, they were the first ones to come to mind. And now I have a craving for blue food šŸ˜‰ Thanks Uma!

  3. Molly seems awesome even though I haven’t really encountered her yet (having read only the first book) and Cersei… oh my gosh yeah she’s nasty. šŸ™‚ And Mrs. Everdeen – yeah.

    1. I hope you’ll love Molly when you get to ‘meet’ her! Haha, yes, I definitely wouldn’t want Cersei to be my mom šŸ™‚

  4. Ahhh! The Commadant is so so so bad…and scary! She gives me real anxiety lol. Mrs. Everdeen was pretty awful too. I love your list, Lindsey!!

    1. Exactly! I still can’t quite believe she’s actually Elias’ mother… And though she maybe redeemed herself a bit, I still never really liked Mrs. Everdeen.

  5. Great list, I love all your choices.
    “her kids tend to end up dead anyway” made me spray my drink. XD
    ~My Mother’d Day List

    1. Thanks! Haha, well, it’s true šŸ˜‰

  6. I always sort of resented Katniss’ mom while reading The Hunger Games, though I did feel bad for her because of the tough circumstances…. so conflicting!
    Great list!

    1. Yes, exactly! There are tough circumstances so I do feel bad for her, but I still dislike her as well!

  7. Definitely agree with Mrs. Everdeen! It makes me so mad when parents are too wrapped up in their own stuff and can’t see that their kids are suffering, too!

    1. Yes, exactly! I get that circumstances were tough, but she should have been there for her kids!

  8. This list is awesome! I totally agree with you about Molly Weasley! She’s amazing! And yes to the Commandant! There’s something very wrong with that woman…

    1. Thanks! Molly is indeed amazing <3 While there definitely is something wrong with The Commandant!

  9. Great list! I love that you alternated with the best and worst; that’s a nice touch!

    1. Thanks so much!

  10. The commandant and Mrs. Reed truly are awful. Proves motherhood isn’t instinctual.

    1. They are indeed awful! And yes, you’re so right!

  11. Molly <3 I also loved the moms in Simon and Aristotle and Dante. Great list!!

  12. I’ve seen Molly Weasley on every list but I’m so glad you included Sally Jackson! She’s so awesome and she does put up with a lot!

    1. Sally Jackson is definitely awesome and deserves her spot on the list šŸ™‚

  13. I really, really need to read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe — and it’s awesome that they have great mothers, too! I hate the fact that there’s so many books out there with stereotyped terrible parents.

    My TTT.

    1. Oh, I definitely highly recommend Ari and Dante! The great mothers is just one of the reasons why I love it šŸ˜‰

  14. Allyson says:

    This is a great list! What I love so much about Mrs. Weasley is that she has so much love to give that she doesn’t just give it to her multitude of children. It spills over to everyone she comes into contact with. That’s a lot of love to give!

    My TTT.

    1. Yes, exactly! That’s such a great point šŸ™‚

  15. Oh you got some great one shere! I should have thought of Simon’s mom for my bookish moms post on Sunday, dangit, haha.

    1. Thanks! Haha, well great that there are still more great moms out there than we originally thought šŸ˜‰

  16. What a great list šŸ™‚ So many wonderful characters. Mrs Everdeen is great.

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, she’s definitely memorable šŸ™‚

  17. Excellent list! Molly Weasley and Cersei made mine as well.

    1. Thanks! Yes, they’re definitely both memorable moms šŸ™‚

  18. I love nearly all of your bests, Sally, Molly and Maura are all fantastic mums!

    1. They definitely are šŸ™‚

  19. LOL I did worst moms too. I like how you picked the mom from hunger games, so much this,

    My ttt

    1. Haha, yes, she’s defintely pretty bad!

  20. What a collection. LOVE Molly and really hate Carrie’s mom. I think out of all those are my best/worst, but I agree with who you have chosen!

    1. Thanks! Haha, they’re definitely great example of best and worst moms šŸ˜‰

  21. Molly Weasley and Sally Jackson are two of my favorite fictional mothers as well, so Iā€™m thrilled to see them on your list. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ā¤

    1. Thanks so much! I’m glad you love these two as well šŸ™‚

  22. Ahhh – excellent, excellent list!

    There are SOOO many great mothers in the HP universe and I think Molly Weasley is the best of them.

    I need to read the sequel to Ember but I did love the first book (which I still have to review!!! Eep!).

    I also need to read The Raven Cycle so badly.

    Sally Jackson! She IS amazing and I love the blue food tradition.

    This is a great list! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Di šŸ™‚
      Molly Weasley is definitely one of the best examples of great mothers, but there are indeed more great moms in the HP universe! Lily, Tonks, even Narcissa. And Mcgonogall may not be a mom, but I love her as a kind of mother figure anyway.
      Oh, hope you’ll enjoy AEITA 2 and The Raven Cycle!
      Sally Jackson sure is amazing and made me crave blue food šŸ™‚

  23. Amy-Anne says:

    Ooooh this was interesting. Yes yes yes to Molly Weasley! Mrs Everdeen annoyed the hell outta me. Like, there’s always something you can do, right? She jus.. ugh. No.

    Little Moon Elephant

    1. Molly Weasley is amazing šŸ™‚ Mrs. Everdeen… not so much.

  24. I LOVE MOLLY WEASLY! She is my FAVORITE book mother of all time! Good list, have a nice day.

    1. Molly Weasly is indeed amazing <3 Thanks for commenting, have a nice day too! šŸ™‚

  25. Molly and Maura are excellent! Great list!

    1. They are amazing! šŸ™‚ Thanks so much!

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