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The 20 Best RPG Moms (and 2 Bad Ones)
May 12, 2019

We here at RPGFan wanted to give some appreciation to the mothers out there on this Mother's Day, so we've compiled a list of notable RPG mothers, along with commentary. Some are incredibly giving, some are complex, and two...well...let's just say the last two are antagonists where those mother-child bonds come into play. It all goes to show the sheer power of that relationship. These are a bunch of cases where those particular relations quite literally changed the world, so remember to appreciate and honor those types of attachments in your own life, no matter what form they may take. Enjoy!

Intro by Hilary Andreff


Lucia, Hugo's Mom (Suikoden III)
Lucia, Hugo's Mom (Suikoden III)

Lucia is the capable leader of the Karayan Clan of the Grasslands, and also the single mother of one of Suikoden III's main characters, a teenage boy named Hugo. In Suikoden II, players were introduced to her before she became a mother: as an impulsive warrior wanting revenge for wrongdoings towards her clan. It seems that motherhood and years of leadership calmed her, but it never diminished her desire to protect her people. Lucia balances her role as leader and love for her son throughout Suikoden III.

Writeup by Audra Bowling

Also read: Suikoden III Review


Ness's Mom (Earthbound)
Ness's Mom (Earthbound)

"You're a hero, honey!" - phone conversation with Ness's mom

You know one thing that makes any adventure exponentially easier? Having the full and unerring support of a mom who's created a cozy home for you to come back to. There's even a status effect where Ness gets homesick and you need to call Mom to cure it. Whether she's giving you your favorite food and sending you upstairs to get rest or teasing Pokey on your behalf, she's there for you. If a mom's role is to encourage their child to explore/find a place in the world while providing a safe foundation, then Ness's mom strikes that balance beautifully. And she does all this while achieving peak Mom-ness on the phone. (We'll try not to interrupt your soap operas or aerobics too much with phone calls while we're saving the world, mom!)

Writeup by Hilary Andreff

Also read: Earthbound Review


Gina, Chrono's Mom (Chrono Trigger)
Gina, Chrono's Mom (Chrono Trigger)

Gina is the first voice you hear in Chrono Trigger, and for good reason: She's your mom! Well, she's Chrono's mom, and like all great mothers, she's making sure you get to the Millennial Fair on time! Chrono may not have embarked on his incredible time-hopping adventures without his mom's timely reminder (and allowance to boot!), so let's give thanks to the real hero who started it all: Gina, Chrono's Mom.

Writeup by Mark P. Tjan

Also read: Chrono Trigger Review


Samara, Morinth's Mom (Mass Effect 2 and 3)
Samara, Morinth's Mom (Mass Effect 2 and 3)

If the player develops a rapport with Samara it is revealed that her true Justicar purpose is to find and kill her daughter, Morinth. All three of Samara's daughters have a rare genetic condition that results in them inadvertently killing those they "mate" with. However, Morinth didn't wish to go into a monastery, instead killing in her wake and leaving Samara feeling responsible for those deaths. Despite this, Samara mentions she considered Morinth the bravest of her daughters: a proud mother even with her familial tragedy. In Mass Effect 3, players are given the opportunity to help Samara see that her other two daughters are just as brave as Morinth in their own ways, and can help her have a healthy relationship with her youngest. Samara's devotion to her children isn't how most stories would present a caring mother figure, but there's no denying that she loved her children if the player takes the time to get to know her.

Writeup by Audra Bowling

Also read: Mass Effect 3 Review


Koudelka, Halley's Mum (Shadow Hearts)
Koudelka, Halley's Mum (Shadow Hearts)

It's hard enough to be a single parent to a child, particularly after your one night stand with a wayward adventurer during the unleashing of an eldritch horror left you pregnant and alone. Harder still when it's 1913, you're Roma, and both you and your son possess unimaginable powers sought by the Inquisition. And yet, Koudelka, who has dealt with ostracization and fear all her life, is determined to make sure her son Halley doesn't fall into the same bitter hatred of the world that she has. From sacrificing herself (twice!) to make sure Halley is spared to trying her best to make sure he understands his strange powers, Koudelka makes sure that Halley knows she loves and cares for him. One of the great reveals of the game is that the mysterious voice guiding the protagonists is, in fact, Halley's mother. It's fitting that is how she's identified for nearly all of the game afterwards. Still arguably one of the most powerful figures besides Roger Bacon and Albert Simon, Koudelka still sees herself as Halley's mother, first and foremost.

Writeup by Lucy Gray

Also read: Shadow Hearts Review


Medena Van Houten, Elly's Mom (Xenogears)
Medena Van Houten, Elly's Mom (Xenogears)
Image credit: Xenosaga Wiki

In the grand scheme of things, Medena is a very minor character. However, how her plotline plays out in one pivotal Xenogears scene really sticks with the player even years later. No matter what the truth of her blood relation to her daughter Elly was, it was obvious she was her mother in every way that makes that word have meaning.

Writeup by Audra Bowling

Also read: Xenogears Review


Kisara, Lun's Mom (Suikoden V)
Kisara, Lun's Mom (Suikoden V)

Suikoden V, like the rest of the franchise, has an enormous cast of characters, but few are as immediately important as Kisara and her family. Hailing from the waterbound people of Raftfleet, the whole gang are tough-as-nails fisherpeople, and Kisara is regarded as a vocal authority amongst them. She's also exceptionally well-known for her beauty and once had to help fend off envious suitors to protect her chosen then-fiance, Logg. When she's not accompanying the Prince into battle, she's keeping her foolish husband and their rowdy daughter Lun in check.

Writeup by Mark P. Tjan

Also read: Suikoden V Review


Elmyra Gainsborough, Aerith's Mom (Final Fantasy VII)
Elmyra Gainsborough, Aerith's Mom (Final Fantasy VII)
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Adoptive mothers are underappreciated in real life and do an incredible job, so we should take this opportunity to celebrate one of the first adoptive mothers in video games, Elmyra Gainsborough. Elmyra adopts Aerith after finding her with her dying mother Ifalna at the Sector 7 train station. Ifalna asks the woman to take care of her daughter for her, and Elmyra adopts the Cetra's daughter. She protects Aerith with her life, refusing to talk about her adoptive daughter's powers too much and stopping Shinra soldiers from taking her away. She's a gentle and caring soul with a stern nature; later on, she even ends up caring for Marlene, Barrett's adopted daughter, but not without scolding Barrett first. Elmyra is selfless, willing to look after anyone and protect them from the evils of the world. Her importance in Final Fantasy VII is underplayed, but without her, Aerith may have been a very different character.

Writeup by Alana Hagues

Also read: Final Fantasy VII Review


Karen, Loren's Mom (Loren The Amazon Princess and Tales of Aravorn: Cursed Lands)
Karen, Loren's Mom (Loren The Amazon Princess and Tales of Aravorn: Cursed Lands)

Karen is a well-respected Queen of the Amazons, though in Loren The Amazon Princess she ends up giving up that title in the name of love, putting her at odds with her daughter as Loren inherits the throne. Eventually the new ruler ends up respecting her mother's actions, relying on Karen for support and advice. Theirs is a complicated relationship based on mutual respect and, ultimately, love. You further see Karen's feelings for her daughter through their interactions in the prequel game Tales of Aravorn: Cursed Lands, which showcases the two of them during a much more innocent time in their familial history.

Writeup by Audra Bowling

Also read: Loren The Amazon Princess Review


Toriel (Undertale)
Toriel (Undertale)

Toriel is the first friendly character the player meets in Undertale. Taking the human under her wing, she guides you partway through the ruins and tells you to stay until she gets back. Toriel is extremely motherly and caring, worrying for the protagonist constantly. You see, Toriel has been through this before, having had a son herself and adopting the very first human who fell into the Underworld. Sadly, she lost both, and she left her husband who declared war on humanity from that point onward. Toriel attempts to adopt you (just like she did with the first human) because she doesn't want you to follow that same fate as her first two children did. She cares for her kids, both adopted and otherwise, regardless of whether they're human or monster. She is the epitome of Undertale's themes of kindness and forgiveness, and the perfect mother for any game.

Writeup by Alana Hagues

Also read: Undertale Review


Hazuki Kashiwabara [Lotus] (999)
Hazuki Kashiwabara [Lotus] (999)
Image credit: Zero Escape Wiki

Hazuki Kashiwabara, also known by her codename Lotus, is a no-nonsense woman with many skills and an air of mystery. As players delve deeper into the Nonary Game, they learn that Lotus is the mother of two daughters, both of whom had suffered a tragic experience. As a mom, Lotus wants to figure out exactly what her children endured. It is clear from how Lotus talks about her kids that she loves and cares for them very much, and that she wishes she could better understand what they'd gone through in order to help them. Motherhood adds yet another psychologically complex layer to one of 999's many fascinating characters.

Writeup by Audra Bowling

Also read: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (999) Review


Juli Mizrahi, MOMO's "Mom" (Xenosaga series)
Juli Mizrahi, MOMO's Mom (Xenosaga series)
Image credit: Xenosaga Wiki

At first, you wouldn't guess Juli Mizrahi would be on a list for Best RPG Moms. In the beginning of the Xenosaga series, Juli is very standoffish around MOMO, a biological android who just so happens to be based on her deceased daughter, Sakura. The mere sight of her daughter's likeness ushers in a wave of painful memories from Juli's past. However, after seeing the courage and kindness within MOMO, Juli no longer views her as a copy of Sakura. She begins to see MOMO as an individual — a completely separate daughter. It may have taken her a while to come to grips with her motherhood, but Juli accepts her second daughter and would do anything for her.

Writeup by Tyler Trosper

Also read: Xenosaga Episode I Review


Lilly, Justin's Mom (Grandia)
Lilly, Justin's Mom (Grandia)
Image credit: Grandia Wiki

It takes a special (and...surprisingly patient?) mother to raise a son like Grandia's Justin, but Lilly is always up to the task and ready with a delicious meal. Or a tray. Or both. She's taking none of his sass and is famous in her own right as the owner of the Seagull Restaurant. Based on the letter she gives Justin before he leaves home, though, she cares deeply about him and knows him well enough to predict his going in search of adventure. Of course, you later learn that Lilly is, in fact, Lilly the Skull and spent her early adulthood as a pirate before settling down with Justin's father. That really explains a lot; Parm would be a lot less lively without her and Justin.

Writeup by Hilary Andreff

Also read: Grandia Review


Yohn (Suikoden Tactics)
Yohn (Suikoden Tactics)
Image credit: Suikoden Wiki

Well, going too much into Yohn's motherhood storyline might be a bad idea since it is a major plot point in the game. (Probably best not to think about how she has goat limbs!) Her story is handled really well in Suikoden Tactics and it is beyond apparent once the plot reveal occurs just how much she cared for her child even with so much keeping them from direct communication. It was great how Yohn being a mother is a central and major focus of the game's storyline.

Writeup by Audra Bowling

Also read: Suikoden Tactics Review


Sarah Sisulart & Seth Balmore (Lost Odyssey)
Sarah Sisulart & Seth Balmore (Lost Odyssey)

Shoutout to Lost Odyssey for having two playable moms in the party! Both Seth and Sarah are Immortals who have had their memories wiped, but their family bonds are what help them remember their past. Seth's son, Sed, is a pirate; the two used to sail the high seas together until Seth lost her memory. When they're reunited, their bond is stronger than ever, with Sed affectionately calling Seth "Momma." She's both a leader and a mother to Sed, and he respects and loves her endlessly.

Sarah has had a much tougher time, believing she lost her daughter 50 years prior to the events of the game. After her husband, main character Kaim, finds his daughter on her deathbed during the events of the game, he takes their grandkids, Mack and Cooke, on his adventure, and the twins manage to save their grandmother from her grief. Learning her daughter lived a happy life gives Sarah the strength she needs to fight back, and she gets the chance to start all over again and get to know her grandkids.

These two tough moms are different in nature, but their family is the most important thing to them.

Writeup by Alana Hagues

Also read: Lost Odyssey Review


Leandra Amell, Hawke's Mom (Dragon Age II)
Leandra Amell, Hawke's Mom (Dragon Age II)

Leandra Amell is a mother character that the player literally grows up alongside over the course of several points in main character Hawke's life. She is her own person with her own strong views and insight into the events going on in Kirkwall, and Hawke's actions in particular. As in real life, parent and child don't often see eye to eye, yet Leandra's care and love for her children is a constant. Her having been with Hawke from the very beginning makes for one of the more emotional scenes later on in Dragon Age II.

Writeup by Audra Bowling

Also read: Dragon Age II Review


Mom (Pokémon series)
Grace (Pokémon X & Y)
Image credit: Bulbapedia

Your mom in the Pokémon games feels exactly like your own mom when you go on your very first school trip. You see her first as you wake up and head downstairs, unaware of the events that are about to take place. She's often in the kitchen, cleaning, reminiscing about the days when she went on her own Pokémon adventure. Each mom in every generation is different, and they've each experienced different things, but they always see you off as you go on your own Pokémon journey.

Also, we've seen your dad become a Gym Leader, so isn't it about time your mom got their time in the limelight? Sword and Shield, let's make your mom the Pokémon Champion of Galar.

Writeup by Alana Hagues


Irina Reinford, Alisa's Mom (The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel series)
Irina Reinford, Alisa's Mom (The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel series)

Irina Reinford is a calm, collected, and coldly professional businesswoman who single-handedly kept her family's company afloat and prosperous during tumultuous times. Unfortunately, her focus on doing so left little room for developing a strong bond with her daughter, who has differing viewpoints on her mother's accomplishments. Alisa is argumentative and hostile to Irina in many of their scenes together, with Irina acting oddly indifferent to her. However, as the player advances further along in the series, they see just how strongly Irina cares about her family, especially her daughter, as it is revealed everything she's done is for Alisa's sake, regardless of whether Alisa understands it or not. Irina is proud of her daughter for standing up for herself and for wanting to help lead the company even though she doesn't often show it, and she uniquely encourages her whenever she can.

Writeup by Audra Bowling

Also read: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Review


Meredith Quill, Star-Lord's Mom (Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series)
Meredith Quill, Star-Lord's Mom (Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series)
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Meredith Quill is a constant presence in Star-Lord Peter Quill's life, even after her tragic death when he was still quite young. She's shown to be a kind-hearted soul who cares deeply about her son. Meredith is understandably worried about what will happen to Peter once she succumbs to her illness, so she's depicted as trying to instill in him a strong sense of right and wrong. She even arranges for him to be taken care of after her passing, though in a rather unorthodox way. The bond between both mother and son is shown to be immensely strong throughout the game, staying with the player all the way to the conclusion.

Writeup by Audra Bowling

Also read: Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Review


And then there's these two...
Jenova, Sephiroth's Mom (Final Fantasy VII)
Jenova, Sephiroth's Mom (Final Fantasy VII)
Image credit: Final Fantasy Wiki

Jenova is a mother of a kind to everyone's favourite silver-haired psychopath. When she's not trying to end the world as we know it, she's playing absent mother to a wayward son, who is desperate for her... uh... approval? Mind control can make you do crazy things, is what we're saying. By the end of it all, you'll be facing down mother and child to make the world a better place.

We're sure there's a Mother's Day message here somewhere, but you may have to find it for us.

Writeup by Mark P. Tjan

Also read: Final Fantasy VII Review


Queen Brahne Raza Alexandros XVI (Final Fantasy IX)
Queen Brahne Raza Alexandros XVI (Final Fantasy IX)
Image credit: Final Fantasy Wiki

Queen Brahne is definitely not a model mother throughout the events of Final Fantasy IX. She causes her daughter to run away, is prepared to put her in harm's way to extract the Eidolons from her, and even disregards her safety. But Garnet is on a journey to save her and make her see the error of her ways. Brahne's abhorrent nature and spoilt manner paint her in a horrible light to the player, but Garnet remembers the best parts of her, a kind and just ruler and mother. She wants to find that spark again. And Brahne, despite all of the atrocities caused by her while under Kuja's control, has one of the saddest deaths in the game. She talks to her daughter properly, repents for all she's done, and endorses Garnet for the throne. It shows just how much she really did care for her daughter and how much power and greed had blinded her. Brahne remembers who she was and who her daughter deserved, but much too late.

Writeup by Alana Hagues

Also read: Final Fantasy IX Review



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