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The 10 Worst Mothers In Geekdom


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No! Don’t get angry! Bear with us!

Last year, we totally did up a grid of the Greatest Mothers in Geekdom, with Martha Kent, Aunt Beru, Sarah Connor, Molly Weasley, and other loving, kickass ladies that did a great job of raising kids.

And then my mom asked me, very nicely, if maybe next year I could do a grid of terrible mothers, so that she wouldn’t feel inferior in comparison.

So here they are, the mothers and grandmothers of some of the most screwed up kids in science fiction and fantasy; from the harridan who just wants children to love her, forever, and never return to their families; to a mom who lets her daughter hang out with her near-rapist; to a grandmother who locks people in coffins at the bottom of swamps.

Love you too, Mommy.


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  • http://scienceblogs.com/ethicsandscience/ Dr. Free-Ride

    Mom?! OK, she’s pretty much the (well-seasoned) embodiment of evil capitalism, and she is mean to those sons of hers. Still, it’s hard not to admire her for her ability to admit that the Mother’s Day offerings make her sick to her ass. What mother hasn’t been there, at least a little?

  • WanderPolo

    Great mother’s day present, thanks, Susana!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tiorzol Laurence Robert Kowalewski

    Good read but it is not about being reminded that ‘The Golden Compass’ film exists. Ever.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EQNQCZ3Z4IWT5ZZW6LKQVIOAWE Dasein

    Mama Peacock from The X-Files gets my vote!

  • db

    On Thalia Al Ghul’s page… I think you mean Rusty Venture?

  • Zee_robots

    No Flemeth?

  • http://www.thediscriminatingfangirl.com/ TDF Pamela

    Oh, come on, she was good to her boys!

    [shudder]

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7G4SWUX2MCWWXLMYNN347JMIZY Frodo Baggins

    Great article, but… must you use stills from the film adaptations? Particularly in the case of Watchmen, when there are many perfectly serviceable panels from the comic, and the movie is such an affront?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7G4SWUX2MCWWXLMYNN347JMIZY Frodo Baggins

    Great article, but… must you use stills from the film adaptations? Particularly in the case of Watchmen, when there are many perfectly serviceable panels from the comic, and the movie is such an affront?

  • http://twitter.com/MuchAdo1104 Beth

     Jenova would’ve been a good choice, too.

  • Malmer

     Alma?

  • Shadow Marie

    Alma Wade?

  • http://twitter.com/Sierra_BunnyFu Alaura Dannan

    Silent Hill isn’t hell. Ugh, I’m so tired of seeing people try to inform others about the series when they “don’t get it”.
    That isn’t important though. What is important is Silent Hill: Origins (a psp game made by people who were not affiliated with the original creators) muddying the waters of the original story and confusing people.

    “set her own house on fire with Alessa inside”

    No she didn’t. The cult was attempting to impregnate Alyssa with the demonGods seed when her heightened stress levels (remember, she is psychic) caused a boiler in the house to explode. This set the house-and her-on fire. Dahlia didn’t keep her alive through magic, the game isn’t fantasy. Alyssa was sent to the hospital and cared for by Lisa Garland, a nice nurse the cult had attached to them by getting her addicted to White Claudia, a drug they produced. She wasn’t actually a cult member. (spoilers I guess) Lisa couldn’t understand how Alyssa was still alive, but we know that it is probably because she is more powerful that others (At least mentally.)

    “The resulting reality-bending from the mind of the captive Alyssa plunged the town into its ultimate Darkness.”

    I don’t even know what this means. Actually Alyssa projects her own nightmares outwards onto the town, creating the Otherworld (which comes in waves, like a dream), plunging the town into darkness, and creating monsters which are physical manifestations of her fears, that her father and other characters must fight.
    Normally I love your articles but I am a big fangirl and hate seeing people forgetting the original story.

  • Anonymous

    A honorable mention for Pamela Voorhees of Friday the 13th fame.