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[[caption-width-right:203:[-Behind every man is a strong woman.-] ]]

The wife of SantaClaus in many stories. She's often portrayed as a kind, elderly matron who helps her husband and the elves in various ways, whether it's [[SupremeChef cooking delicious meals]] (possibly [[ThroughHisStomach the reason given why Santa is so fat]]), or even helping supervise the toy factory.

Her origins are as varied as those of her husband. For example, a first name is rarely ever mentioned, and if one is, no two stories agree on it. Yet regardless of how she begins, she usually ends up as a GrannyClassic.

Her outfit is typically a red and white version of the classic granny dress. Sometimes the red is replaced with green, to complement her husband's outfit and complete the Christmas theme. Sometimes she will wear a HappyHolidaysDress, but almost never a SexySantaDress (unless she is crossed with GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave). Still, ladies who are merely dressing as Mrs. Claus will often wear those dresses when paired with a guy dressed as Santa, especially a MallSanta.

Compare CoolOldLady, FairyGodmother.
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* Mrs. Kringle from ''JingleBelle'' is a notable exception from the GrannyClassic archetype (something which is occasionally lampshaded in the comic). She's an elf queen who prefers aristocratic garments to aprons.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Imelda Staunton plays the role in ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'' as a hyper-competent organizer who handles the political end of the Santa Claus operation (she mentions a "treaty with Greenland").
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[[folder:Film Live Action]]
* The second ''TheSantaClause'' film revolved around him trying to find a wife, due a second clause, called "The Mrs. Clause'', which was the subtitle of the second film.
* ''Film/SantaClausTheMovie'' started with Santa's origin, in which Mrs. Claus was already his wife before they were given their new roles.
* Creator/AngelaLansbury plays Mrs. Clause in the film ''Film/MrsSantaClaus''.
* She appears at the beginning of ''Film/SantaClausConquersTheMartians'' during the live newscast from Santa's workshop at the NorthPole.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In the bizarre novel ''Santa Steps Out,'' Mrs. Claus finds out that Santa had been cheating on her. She then does the mother of all revenge lays by seducing every single elf in the workshop in one weekend. [[CrossesTheLineTwice She does this by using the same magic that Santa uses to visit all the houses in the world in one night.]]
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', they meet Mrs. Claus when they visit the North Pole.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode "Film/SantaClaus1959", which doesn't feature a Mrs. Claus, Servo quips that Mrs. Claus winters in Fort Lauderdale.
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': La Chilindrina believes Mrs. Claus' name is "Mary (Merry) Christmas".
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[[folder:Music]]
* The narrator of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_-C11_LbYI Santa's Got a Brand New Bag]]" by [=SHeDAISY=] is clearly gunning for this role.
* Mrs. Claus is mentioned in "The Night Santa Went Crazy" by Music/WeirdAlYankovic.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In one arc on ''{{Peanuts}}'', Sally thinks that SantaClaus ''is'' a Mrs. Claus, named Samantha Claus. Charlie Brown teases Sally at one point, asking, "Does Samantha Claus say 'Ho, ho, ho," or does she just smile daintily?"
** In another arc, after Sally asks Charlie Brown a lot of questions about Santa before writing her letter (like if he has a middle initial or a title) she decides she wants to write to Mrs. Claus instead of Santa, and Charlie Brown says that he thinks her name is "[[PunnyName Mary Christmas]]." Sally is intrigued.
-->''Congratulations on deciding [[TheMaidenNameDebate to keep your own name]].''
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[[folder:Other]]
* In the Christmas parade at [[DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]], Mrs. Claus is in charge of the mail room where the letters to Santa come in.
* In the Deep 7 role-playing game "Santa's Soldiers," Mrs. Claus is the grandmotherly-appearing and ''very deadly'' head of the the paramilitary elf branch. No one knows her true story, ''no one wants to ask.'' And should you cross her, she will "kick your jingly elf ass from one end of the workshop to the other."
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''The ReducedShakespeareCompany Christmas'' has the song "Mrs. Santa Claus."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Mrs. Claus is summonable item in both ''{{Scribblenauts}}'' games. While she doesn't give out presents like her husband, during the level in the first game where you have to "return the favor to Santa" (by giving him something he likes as a gift), she is a solution. D'aww.
* The Holiday packs for ''TheSims 2'' has a Mrs. Claus dress that is trimmed [[PrettyInMink with white fur]], thus is [[PimpedOutDress decorated enough]] to count as a HappyHolidaysDress.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', Mary Claus is part of the Christmas DLC missions. You can even unlock her as a homie.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Appears in ''SluggyFreelance''. She takes over from Santa when he's infected by alien DNA, including battling Bun-Bun with [[GunsAkimbo twin Uzis]]. She is also taken hostage by Bun-Bun during the Holiday Wars arc, and eventually helps trick him into using the [[DeusExMachina Deus Egg Machina]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the [[AnAssKickingChristmas action cartoon]] ''Super Santa'' (from Nickelodeon's ''OhYeahCartoons'' series), the [[BadassSanta super-powered Santa]] was paired with Emma Claus, named after Emma Peel of ''Series/TheAvengers'', who wore a SpyCatsuit under her more typical matronly robes.
* She's a vampire in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''.
** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent The Head Head Vampire]], to be exact. She tends to turn her husband into a vampire periodically. He's quite good-natured about it.
** As it turns out, Mrs. Claus routinely turning her husband into a vampire is a result of her usual frustrations over doing all the work while Santa checks his list.
* She appears in ''RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' as a vaguely European dark-haired woman who urges Santa to eat ("whoever heard of a skinny Santa?"), and who criticizes him for not appreciating the elves' singing.
* In a later Creator/RankinBassProductions ChristmasSpecial, ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown'', she is a schoolteacher named Jessica who falls in love with Kriss Kringle in his youth. They're married on the run as Kringle is an outlaw, and we get to see them grow old together.
* Played by Shirley Booth, she [[TheNarrator narrates]] and plays a major part in Rankin/Bass' ''TheYearWithoutASantaClaus''.
* In the ShowWithinAShow ''KISS Saves Santa'', seen in the first ChristmasEpisode of ''FamilyGuy'', Mrs. Claus is seen dispensing kindly advice to {{KISS}} before they go [[SavingChristmas rescue Santa]] from pterodactyls.
* Played by Creator/BettyWhite in the ''PrepAndLanding'' spin-off short "Operation: Secret Santa." She asks Wayne and Lanny to sneak into Santa's office while he's napping and take something from her, which turns out to be a simple toy wheel. [[spoiler:It came from the first toy Santa ever made. She had tracked down the other pieces and put it back together for him as a present]].
* Mrs. Claus is briefly seen in the background at one point in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. Even though she's visible for a few seconds at best, the animators still had to trim her ears out of fear that it looked like Santa had married an elf.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' ChristmasSpecial, Alvin has given away his prized "Golden Echo Harmonica" to a sick boy, and now needs to raise money for a replacement, so he can play it at Carnegie Hall. He fails, and is moping at the department store when [[MysteriousBacker a kindly old lady]] who is "very far from home" buys it for him, in exchange for a song. The last scene reveals that she was actually Mrs. Claus.
* In an [[AnimatedAdaptation Animated]] ChristmasEpisode of ''TheNanny'', Fran has a dream where she meets SantaClaus (Max). He told her that, while he's real, Mrs. Claus isn't.
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