The Best Anime Mother Characters

Over 30.1K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Anime Mother Characters
Latest additions: Carla Jaeger, Sachiko Fujinuma (Erased), Sachiko Fujinuma
Most divisive: Fumio Usui

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 Uzumaki
    8,025 votes
    Naruto Shippūden
  • Mikoto
    3,009 votes
  • Midoriya Inko
    4,072 votes

    Midoriya Inko

    My Hero Academia
  • Ino Yamanaka
    2,588 votes
    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire
  • Hinata Hyuga
    9,013 votes
    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds
  • Kurenai Yuhi
    2,738 votes
    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto