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The Best Anime Mother Characters

Updated January 5, 2021 76.3k votes 12.0k voters 70.2k views61 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
    5,071
    1,334

    Kushina Uzumaki

    Naruto Shippūden
  • Hinata Hyuga2
    5,500
    981

    Hinata Hyuga

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • Calera Marker/Maaka3
    1,488
    775

    Calera Marker/Maaka

    Karin/Chibi Vampire
  • Bulma4
    2,221
    1,309

    Bulma

    Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai
  • Trisha Elric5
    2,735
    1,781

    Trisha Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Fumio Usui6
    1,497
    751

    Fumio Usui

    Karin/Chibi Vampire
  • Kyoko Honda7
    630
    400

    Kyoko Honda

    Fruits Basket
  • Portgas D. Rouge8
    729
    409
  • Bruno Bucciarati9
    371
    42

    Bruno Bucciarati

  • Kurenai Yuhi10
    1,045
    628

    Kurenai Yuhi

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • Ino Yamanaka11
    729
    309

    Ino Yamanaka

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • Sora Vinsmoke12
    1,843
    1,225

    Sora Vinsmoke

    One Piece

  • Mikoto13
    603
    251

    Mikoto

    Mail
  • Sanae Furukawa14
    767
    509
  • Masaki Kurosaki15
    1,311
    828

    Masaki Kurosaki

    Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion
  • Midoriya Inko16
    2,505
    1,235

    Midoriya Inko

    My Hero Academia
  • Hana17
    2,093
    1,567

    Hana

    Wolf Children
  • Kyoya Ootori18
    840
    389

    Kyoya Ootori

    Ouran High School Host Club
  • Kalura Yeager19
    1,073
    734

    Kalura Yeager

    Attack on Titan
  • 20
    205
    63

    Layla Heartfillia

  • Rukia Kuchiki21
    564
    344

    Rukia Kuchiki

    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion
  • Yasuko Takasu22
    478
    304

    Yasuko Takasu

    Toradora!
  • Bellemare23
    814
    534

    One Piece

  • Orihime Inoue24
    1,489
    1,016
  • Temari25
    1,813
    1,359

    Temari

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden