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The Best Anime Mother Characters

Updated February 4, 2021 72.2k votes 12.1k voters 71.3k views59 items

For every great anime character, there is a mother behind the scenes who helped make that person who they are (for better or worse is neither here nor there). For that reason we're ranking the best anime moms of all time, with the help of your votes. Who is your favorite mother character in anime? Mother characters are typically very loving and nurturing, but in anime mothers can be very evil. Then there is the trope of the dead mother, seen in shows like Fullmetal Alchemist and Bleach. The mother in both of these shows drives the antagonist through a spiritual connection, as characters in anime are often motivated by their mothers.

So who's the greatest anime mom of all time? Up vote your favorites below, and feel free to add any of your top anime mothers to the list if they're not already here. Check out some of our other lists too, like the best anime fathers of all time, and the most annoying anime characters.
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  • Kushina Uzumaki1
    4,904
    1,295

    Kushina Uzumaki

    Naruto Shippūden
  • Hinata Hyuga2
    5,273
    953

    Hinata Hyuga

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • Calera Marker/Maaka3
    1,431
    750

    Calera Marker/Maaka

    Karin/Chibi Vampire
  • Bulma4
    2,140
    1,244

    Bulma

    Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai
  • Trisha Elric5
    2,659
    1,697

    Trisha Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Fumio Usui6
    1,442
    712

    Fumio Usui

    Karin/Chibi Vampire
  • Portgas D. Rouge7
    721
    392
  • Kyoko Honda8
    625
    394

    Kyoko Honda

    Fruits Basket
  • Kurenai Yuhi9
    1,006
    576

    Kurenai Yuhi

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • Sanae Furukawa10
    759
    499
  • Midoriya Inko11
    2,443
    1,148

    Midoriya Inko

    My Hero Academia
  • Ino Yamanaka12
    715
    300

    Ino Yamanaka

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • Mikoto13
    588
    237

    Mikoto

    Mail
  • Sora Vinsmoke14
    1,718
    1,152

    Sora Vinsmoke

    One Piece

  • Hana15
    2,037
    1,474

    Hana

    Wolf Children
  • Bellemare16
    801
    498

    One Piece

  • Kalura Yeager17
    1,058
    715

    Kalura Yeager

    Attack on Titan
  • Masaki Kurosaki18
    1,248
    807

    Masaki Kurosaki

    Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion
  • 19
    209
    63

    Layla Heartfillia

  • Yasuko Takasu20
    474
    298

    Yasuko Takasu

    Toradora!
  • Rukia Kuchiki21
    554
    337

    Rukia Kuchiki

    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion
  • Orihime Inoue22
    1,400
    952
  • Temari23
    1,756
    1,283

    Temari

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • Queen Serenity24
    647
    520

    Queen Serenity

    Sailor Moon
  • Mama Higurashi25
    770
    586

    Mama Higurashi

    Inuyasha