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The Best Anime Mother Characters

Updated May 24, 2020 73.7k votes 11.6k voters 66.9k views58 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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  • 1
    Kushina Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    4,896
    1,286

    Kushina Uzumaki

    Naruto Shippūden
  • 2
    Hinata Hyuga is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    5,359
    933

    Hinata Hyuga

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • 3
    Calera Marker/Maaka is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    1,464
    738

    Calera Marker/Maaka

    Karin/Chibi Vampire
  • 4
    Bulma is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    2,171
    1,253

    Bulma

    Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Z Kai
  • 5
    Trisha Elric is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    2,636
    1,757

    Trisha Elric

    Fullmetal Alchemist
  • 6
    Fumio Usui is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    1,476
    722

    Fumio Usui

    Karin/Chibi Vampire
  • 7
    Kyoko Honda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    587
    367

    Kyoko Honda

    Fruits Basket
  • 8
    Portgas D. Rouge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    689
    373
  • 9
    Ino Yamanaka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    679
    285

    Ino Yamanaka

    Naruto, Naruto Shippūden
  • 10
    Mikoto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    546
    230

    Mikoto

    Mail
  • 11
    Kurenai Yuhi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    997
    610

    Kurenai Yuhi

    Naruto Shippūden, Naruto
  • 12
    Sora Vinsmoke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    1,813
    1,205

    Sora Vinsmoke

    One Piece

  • 13
    Sanae Furukawa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    739
    496
  • 14
    Midoriya Inko is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    2,402
    1,221

    Midoriya Inko

    My Hero Academia
  • 15
    Kyoya Ootori is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    803
    377

    Kyoya Ootori

    Ouran High School Host Club
  • 16
    Masaki Kurosaki is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    1,282
    820

    Masaki Kurosaki

    Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion
  • 17
    Hana is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    2,058
    1,558

    Hana

    Wolf Children
  • 18
    Kalura Yeager is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    1,027
    723

    Kalura Yeager

    Attack on Titan
  • 19
    Bruno Bucciarati is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    140
    22

    Bruno Bucciarati

  • 20
    Layla Heartfillia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    182
    53

    Layla Heartfillia

  • 21
    Rukia Kuchiki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    541
    328

    Rukia Kuchiki

    Bleach, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion
  • 22
    Yasuko Takasu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    445
    292

    Yasuko Takasu

    Toradora!
  • 23
    Orihime Inoue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    1,463
    1,001
  • 24
    Queen Serenity is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    650
    523

    Queen Serenity

    Sailor Moon
  • 25
    Anna Heartfilia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Mother Characters
    529
    311

    Anna Heartfilia

    lucy's mom

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