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->'''Janeway''': I'm not a parent!
->'''Q''': Maybe not in the biological sense, but you're certainly a mommy to this crew. Just look how quickly you [[HumanityEnsues house-broke that Borg drone]].
-->-- ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''

In an {{ensemble|s}} show, especially of the fighting kind, there needs to be someone to hold this RagtagBunchOfMisfits together before they kill each other or wander off into the woods like so many {{Player Character}}s. Almost [[AlwaysFemale always a female]], TeamMom basically acts as the [[PromotionToParent mother figure]] for everyone else in the group, regardless of age or family relations. That said, the OverprotectiveDad or older brother can qualify for Team Mom, and the same goes for a CoolBigSis [[CharacterDevelopment who grows]] OlderAndWiser. In many cases, she actually is a mother or older sister to at least one other character.

Not always TheLeader in action or adventure, but the leader TheTeam needs in everyday life and practical matters. Quells fights, makes sure everyone cleans behind their ears and eats their greens. Can be pretty bossy. Usually, they're {{gentle|Giant}}, [[TheCutie cute]], kind, and capable of [[ApronMatron stern mothering]] (or [[OverprotectiveDad papaing]], even).

Often enough, she's TheMedic or TheHeart. May be a NiceGirl, WhiteMagicianGirl, or AllLovingHero. If she's a more physical fighter, expect her to be a BlackMagicianGirl or a LadyOfWar (and maybe an ActionMom, if she's got her own kids aside of the group members). They are by definition never [[LonersAreFreaks the loner]], and will in fact tend to be the one who pulls them into the cast's orbit as a SixthRanger. If anyone can break through and bring about a HeelFaceTurn or CooldownHug, it's her.

While they tend to be less combat capable than their teammates, BewareTheNiceOnes ''most definitely'' applies; if any of her surrogate children or siblings are threatened, she can snap into angry MamaBear mode and kick some ass. Their absence (be it [[HeroicBSOD emotional]] or [[IHaveYourWife physical]]) will most certainly put the team on edge as their ability to function as, well, ''a team'', comes into jeopardy. Thus these instances serve as a [[VetinariJobSecurity reminder of her value]] when the team grows complacent. And by the way? Villains should ''NOT'' [[AndYourLittleDogToo threaten]] or [[KickTheDog harm]] her. Ever. Her family ''[[HeroicResolve will not]] [[UnstoppableRage be pleased]]''.

The TeamMom is frequently shipped with the TeamDad, for obvious reasons.

See also the aforementioned TeamDad. If these two frequently work together, they serve as the DesignatedParents. Her High School counterpart is the CuteSportsClubManager. Related to TheFace. Compare and contrast CoolBigSis, MoralityPet. See also OnlySaneMan, OnlySaneEmployee, HaremNanny, PromotionToParent and ApronMatron. May be the person holding the MoralityChain.

Not to be confused with the Creator/{{MTV}} show ''Series/TeenMom''.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Lieutenant Filicia Heidemann from ''SoraNoWoto'' fits this trope to a T, crossing it over with MamaBear in the meantime.
* Formerly the page image: [[IdolSinger Sarah]] [[{{Landlord}} Dupont]] in ''KaleidoStar'', despite sometimes acting [[ManChild even]] ''[[ManChild more]]'' [[ManChild childish than her proteges]].
* Brock from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime is a RareMaleExample.
** Dawn's Togekiss looks to be one of these too, which is {{Lampshaded}} when she looks after Piplup as if it were, well, a little chick.
*** Played terribly straight in the final episode of the DP saga, [[spoiler: when it comforts Pikachu and Piplup as they cry uncontrollably because Ash and Pikachu have to go back to Kanto.]]
** In BW, we have Ash's Snivy, who seems to have taken up guiding the more childish pokemon in the group as its calling. Shown in [[spoiler: BW 57, when she has to save Axew and Scraggy after they accidentally enrage a wild garbodor in the middle of the night.]]
* Oishi Shuichiro of ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' -- Vice-captain of Seigaku's tennis team, he is often nicknamed "Mother Hen of Seigaku" by his teammates for his motherly nature. In the parody where the teammates are portrayed as a large extended family, he's the mother.
** Jackal Kuwahara from Rikkai also is the TeamMom. More specifically, he's often asked to take care of his BrattyHalfPint ''[[SenpaiKohai kouhai]]'' Akaya Kirihara.
** A third male example would be Koujirou Saeki from Rokkaku.
* Nami of ''Manga/OnePiece'', although she's a particularly selfish example. This ended when Robin pretty much took over the role of TeamMom over time, even managing to mother Nami herself.
** WordOfGod even says Robin is the mom.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' - Kyoya is dubbed TeamMom by self-proclaimed TeamDad Tamaki, and Tamaki ups this a notch by addressing Kyoya as [[HoYay "Mom" or "Mommy" quite frequently]]. Technically, however, Tamaki is more of the TeamMom, while Kyoya is the TeamDad.
* Sora Takenouchi from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' fell into this rather frequently - near the end, she had a nervous breakdown about how she felt like she couldn't live up to everyone's expectations of her achieving this role.
** Also, Yoshino from ''Anime/DigimonSavers''.
* Fai is not only frequently referred to as the team mom in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' but makes sure everyone knows Kurogane's the TeamDad, too. (Much to [[{{Tsundere}} Kurogane's]] disgust and the {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s delight.) They also double as MamaBear and PapaWolf.
* The Anime/MobileSuitGundam series, either from the Universal Century continuity or the numerous [[AlternateUniverse AU series]], seem to REALLY love to apply this trope to their girls:
** In the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', we have both White Base helmswoman Mirai Yashima and Lieutenant Matilda Ajan. Mirai's place as TeamMom is [[LampshadeHanging acknowledged in canon]] when AcePilot Sleggar tells Cameron Bloom that he should respect Mirai's wishes, since she's the mother of the White Base [[spoiler: and is confirmed when she gets involved with Bright, the TeamDad]]. Frau Bow also was a bit of a Team Mom, though younger and more childish than the other two.
** In ''ZetaGundam'', Mirai is succeeded by [[ActionGirl AEUG female pilots]] Emma Sheen and Reccoa Londo ([[spoiler: though the latter has a FaceHeelTurn]]). The TeamMom torch is then passed on ChineseGirl Fa Yuiri in ''Gundam ZZ'', and to AcePilot Marvette Fingerhut in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]''. [[spoiler: Who is actually pregnant with ''her'' child at the end of the series. Too bad the baby's father, Oliver Inoue, had already been killed through HeroicSacrifice.]]
** If we go to AU Gundams, GGundam sometimes places [[HotScientist Rain Mikamura]] in this role.
** In GundamWing we have {{Action Girl}}s Lucrezia Noin and Sally Po, as well as circus girl Catherine Bloom. They're joined by [[spoiler: the no-longer psychotic Lady Une]] in ''Endless Waltz'', and by [[spoiler: the OlderAndWiser Hilde Schbeiker]] in the ''Frozen Teardrop'' novels.
** Murrue Ramius was not just TheCaptain, but also Team Mom for the ''Archangel's'' teenaged pilots and BridgeBunnies in ''GundamSEED''. Her [[NumberTwo second-in-command]] [[SergeantRock Natarle Badgiruel]] wasn't too happy with this, but Murrue's example nevertheless prompted Natarle to act as a TeamMom to FallenPrincess Fllay Alster when she became ''her'' bridge bunny in the ''Dominion''.
** [[spoiler: Leesa Kujoh aka]] Sumeragi Lee Noriega from ''{{Gundam 00}}'' pretty much fits this to a T, in addition to her role as the the captain of Ptolemaios.
*** Also Princess Marina Ismail, emphasized when [[spoiler: she mothers a bunch of kids who are refugees from her destroyed Kingdom]]
* Sakura Kakei from ''GetBackers'', who is the TeamMom for several street gangs she's joined.
* The TeamMom in ''WagaNaWaUmishi'' is more like the team grandpa, old Gramp. Without him there's a better than 80% chance that the rest of Nanba Salvage would have killed each other by now.
* Shamal from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. Notable in that she's the TeamMom of the ''QuirkyMinibossSquad''...at least, that's how they start out.
** Also, to an extent, Lindy Harlaown... and Nanoha and Fate themselves, in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]''.
* Captain Retsu Unohana aka [[FanNickname Captain Mom]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', among the Shinigami, though she's ''really'' not less combat-capable than others. Kon lampshades the trope when he refers to her as "okaasan", aka "mom".
** There's also a subversion in the Kurosaki family, where the one handling the housework and keeping the family fed and well taken care of is actually an ''eleven-year-old girl'', Ichigo's little sister Yuzu.
** We also have a villainous example in the Third Espada [[DarkSkinnedBlond Tia]] [[DarkActionGirl Harribel]], who seems to have a quite close relationship with her [[AmazonBrigade all female Fraccion]].
* Francoise Arnoul aka 003 of ''{{Cyborg 009}}'', more in the 2001 adaptation than the others. Not only she takes care of baby Ivan/001 as if he was either her child or baby brother and aids Dr. Gilmore when he's gotta take care of the others, but at some point she talks to a disgruntled Jet/002 as if she was lecturing a whiny kid, despite them being the same age (they were both made cyborgs when they were teenagers). {{Lampshaded}} in a 2001 episode where she's kidnapped by a MailerDaemon with huge MommyIssues, and one of the reasons behind that is speculated to be Francoise's motherly behavior.
** The Psychic Assassins arc gives us Mai, the TeamMom for the ''QuirkyMinibossSquad''.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' has Rias Gremory, the red-haired beauty that leads the Occult Research Club, and quite possibly one of the better examples listed here.
* Yuka, Kouta's cousin from ''Manga/ElfenLied''. {{Lampshaded}} in the anime, where she's sometimes referred to as the "mother" of the group.
** Even more when she and Kouta are given custody of Mayu, making her the girl's adoptive mother.
* [[TheMedic Megumi]] [[NoblewomansLaugh Takani]] from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''.
** Also, IllGirl Sayo Magdaria in the anime.
* Kurenai Yuuhi from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[ParentalSubstitute especially towards]] [[FragileFlower Hinata]], and [[spoiler:is also literally a mom now, being pregnant with the deceased TeamDad Sarutobi Asuma's child]].
** Iruka Umino counts as a male example.
** Princess Tsunade turns into this after becoming the Fifth Hokage. The Mizukage ''might'' fit in as well.
* Raquel Casull of ''ScrappedPrincess''. If there is one perfect mother figure who isn't actually a mother, it's her.
* Chrono sometimes falls into this role in ''ChronoCrusade'' -- humorously so, considering he's [[TheOneGuy only male member]] of his group and [[OlderThanTheyLook appears to be much younger than he really is]].
** Fiore also seems to take on this role for the villain's group. [[spoiler:After Mary Magdalene, anyway.]]
* Colonel Volcott from ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' takes on this role even though [[GenderFlip he's a guy]]. Since it's played for comedy, he completely fails at being a TeamMom, and ends up being more of a 'team maid' doing all the menial chores.
* Saori Kido aka Athena from SaintSeiya. Occasionally, Aquila Marin also fills in. It shall be noted that both are teenagers, with Marin being as much 17 and Saori being ''13'': this means that Saori is younger than some of the guys she mothers around.
** Polaris Hilda was the TeamMom for the whole Ansgard, until she was brainwashed into becoming the DarkMessiah. [[spoiler: She gets better.]]
** A more down to Earth example is Miho, Seiya's UnluckyChildhoodFriend, who plays the role for the kids from the orphanage she grew up in.
* Despite being the same age as her companions, Aquila Yuna from SaintSeiyaOmega basically keeps the team together. Her role becomes further reinforced in the Twelve Houses arc, where she becomes [[CooldownHug the guardian of Kouga's sanity]] and actively tries to make Eden become [[SixthRanger part of the team.]]
* Mega in ''TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' is a rare villainous example.
* Cordelia in ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'', despite being only two years older than Juliet. [[spoiler: She becomes a literal mom in the epilogue.]]
* On her most focused days, Midori Sugiura from ''{{Mai-HiME}}'' fills this role.
* Yukine of ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', who plays this role for [[spoiler:both her brother's gang and their rival gang]].
* Tea Gardner/Anzu Mazaki from ''Manga/YuGiOh''
* Mamori Anezaki from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}''. She even manages to (sort of) mother [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma]], machine guns and all.
** What's more, her affection for Sena is ''explicitly'' maternal in nature.
* Sanae Nakazawa, Yukari Nishimoto, Yayoi Aoba, Yoshiko Fujisawa, Machiko Machida and (in the videogames) Youko Katagiri from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''. Justified trope since they're all [[CuteSportsClubManager the managers of their respective teams]], so they're ''literally'' the team moms. Kumi Sugimoto is an exception: she's an assistant too, but doesn't fill in since she's actually [[NaiveNewcomer a newbie to the sport.]]
** Also, Tsubasa's mother Natsuko (''specially'' in the first tournament arc) and Hyuga's manager Kaori Matsumoto.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has a male and two females in the TeamMom role. The male is Antonio/Spain, who raises Lovino/South Italy almost on his own. The females are Elizaveta/Hungary (who starts as Feliciano/North Italy's CoolBigSis and is promoted to TeamMom when she marries TeamDad Roderich/Austria) and Ukraine (who is less lucky since her younger siblings are ''both'' {{Yandere}}s, but seems to [[CloudCuckooLandersMinder do fine]] with [[CloudCuckoolander Poland]].)
** China is the TeamMom of the Allies, and this goes double in regards to the Asians. Occasionally, Vietnam will play this role in fanon towards the Asians with China switching to the TeamDad.
** The TeamMom of the Nordics is Sweden: he's levelheaded, serious, good at woodcrafts, and has even adopted two child micronations (Sealand and Ladonia).
** Among the [[GenderFlip Nyotalia]] girls, female!England seems to fit in here. Not only she's seen wearing a WorldWarTwo nurse uniform and carrying a broom in official art, when [[WeirdnessMagnet Estonia]] meets the Nyotalias she stops female!America from hitting him in a manner that resembles like a mother or caretaker scolding a naughty kid.
* Mia Kouji/Nasuti Yagyuu from ''RoninWarriors''.
* Vega in ''GEARFighterDendoh'', [[spoiler:literally]].
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' we have two. Kyoko Honda nee Katsunuma (a rare loner example, who [[spoiler: because of her past she recruits quite the RagTagBunchOfMisfits, including her own daughter after her future husband, Honda Katsuya, healed her with the PowerOfLove]]) and Kyouko's daughter Honda Tohru (a more traditional example, who also heals and held the RagTagBunchOfMisfits together with the PowerOfLove).
* Isabella Yamamoto in ''Manga/ParadiseKiss''.
* Older example: Megumi Ouka from ''VoltesV''.
* If it were a regular giant robot anime this ought be the role Misato fills in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', but since it is ''Evangelion'' [[{{Deconstruction}} she]] [[DeconstructedTrope sucks at it]].
** Under "normal circumstances", Misato's HotScientist best friend Ritsuko Akagi would be a secondary TeamMom, and in fact she ''does'' fill in during the more light-hearted first part of the series and even manages to mother Misato herself... but you said that already, [[DysfunctionJunction this]] [[ThereAreNoTherapists is]] [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]
*** The closest thing ''Evangelion'' has to a TeamMom in actuality is probably ''Shinji''. [[YouSuck God it sucks to be Shinji]]
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', Jet Black is an odd masculine CoolOldGuy male version of this trope. Though he has plenty of {{Badass}} moments, he is very much the Team Mom in domestic concerns aboard the Bebop, especially when it comes to feeding the crew. He's also a good example of a TeamDad as well, particularly when it comes to Spike and Faye.
** This is at least in part due to a truly ''massive'' lack of competition for the job. Who else is going to do it? Spike? ''Faye?'' '''''Ed?!''''' The second most responsible person on the crew is probably Ein, and he's a damned dog.
* Fuu in ''SamuraiChamploo'', keeping Mugen and Jin to bitch/kill each other.
* Kagome Higurashi in ''Manga/InuYasha''. As TheChick ''and'' TheLancer in the FiveManBand, she keeps TheHero in line ("SIT, BOY!"), acts like the TagalongKid's ParentalSubstitute, offers [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]] moral support ''and'' [[ShipperOnDeck ships her with]] TheSmartGuy.
* Lussuria of ''[[Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn Reborn]]'' refers to '''himself''' as the "Mommy" of the Varia, so much so that his underlings actually call him "big sis" * shudder* .
* Namiko of ''GAGeijutsukaArtDesignClass''-- {{Lampshaded}} by her version of the ending that said she practically "mothers" the others.
* Flute becomes this in ''[[ViolinistOfHameln The Violinist of Hamelin]]''. It's even commented on by others, and pointed out that since most of them lost their own mothers at a young age, Flute just sort of naturally becomes a surrogate parent to them. [[spoiler:Flute's own mother]] Queen Horn seems to be this for all of Sforzando.
* Kitty Kitten from ''SpaceRunawayIdeon'' was this to the orphans she took under her wing. To a degree, Lin and Karala fit in too.
* Farnese becomes this in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', as Casca's [[TheCaretaker caretaker]] and because of her willingness to take care of everyone's basic needs.
* Trunks acted as a male version of this trope for Goku, Pan, and Gill/Giru during the first half of ''Anime/DragonBallGT''.
** One or twice, Goku's wife [[{{Tsundere}} Chi-Chi]] found herself in this position.
** Piccolo functions as this at times, primarily during the fight against the Saiyans and during the Buu arc. He's not a male version, as Namekians are genderless, asexual creatures, but he's fairly masculine.
* Believe it or not, LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya takes up the role from time to time. Like when she takes care of Kyon after he falls off a cliff during the Mystery Murder, plays with Kyon's little sister and other kids, stays by Kyon's bedside ''for three days'' [[spoiler: when he's hospitalized during ''Disappearance'']] or [[spoiler: watches over the sick Yuki in the beginning of Volume 10.]]
* Marie Mjolnir from Manga/SoulEater.
* ''Manga/{{NANA}}'': Nana "Hachi" Komatsu, who is usually the childish one in most of her relationships, is actually quite motherly towards the members of Blast (with the exception of [[spoiler: Yasu]], who is this type of character too), even before [[spoiler: she finds out she's pregnant]]. Afterwards, it only increases especially in regard to [[spoiler: her taking care of Nana O. after Ren's death]]. [[spoiler: Shin]] even starts referring to her as his mother.
* Both Captain Misumi Tanaka and Maki Anou in {{Bokurano}}.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Evangeline, of all people, has been known to act like this. Of course, [[NobleDemon she will vehemently deny this if you bring it up.]]
** Chizuru Naba.
** Akira Ookochi.
** Ayaka was already the ClassRepresentative, but fits more as team mom [[spoiler: after it's revealed that Negi gave her a sort-of role in his plans.]]
** Chisame fills the role in the Magic World Arc, making sure everybody stays on track and keeping the more CloudCuckooLander characters in check.
** If the various flashbacks are any indication, Alebreio Imma was TeamMom for Ala Rubra with Konoe Eishun serving as TeamDad.
* Cleao Everlasting from {{Orphen}}, and formerly Stephanie. Who actually [[CoolbigSis teaches Cleao]] how to invoke this trope.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'''s Integra acts this way sometimes in the manga, in particular as contrast to "TeamDad" Alucard in their guidance of Seras Victoria. While he tries to be harsh, lying down the rules and teaching her practical matters in his twisted way, Integra nurtures her in own way, gives {{Cool Down Hug}}s and feeds her (via her own blood) with more diplomacy. At the epilogue, she chides at her like a mother would to a naughty child.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', Setsuna/Pluto fits this role as a mediator between the idealistic Inner Senshi and the pragmatic Outer Senshi.
** Among the Inner Seishi, Makoto/Jupiter and Ami/Mercury have shades of this. Mako is the one who takes care more of housekeeping stuff and the Senshi as a whole adore her cooking, and Ami is the more CloserToEarth of the girls and [[OnlySaneMan often keeps her teammates grounded.]] And God ''help'' you [[MamaBear if you look at the other Senshi wrong]]: either of these girls will FUCK YOUR SHIT UP.
** In the SliceOfLife episodes of the first [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], Haruna Sakurada was this and a SternTeacher. Too bad she got DemotedToExtra after the ''R'' season.
** Even ''Luna the Cat'' has the TeamMom ball on her kitten back more than once, ''specially'' towards Usagi since she lives with her.
* Ichiyo from ''CrossGame''.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has two ''[[GenderInvertedTrope male ]]''[[GenderInvertedTrope examples]]. Kotetsu tries to "mother" his partner Barnaby and make sure he eats properly [[spoiler: (somewhat ironic considering the fact that Barnaby's an orphan)]], but ends up being more successful in the case of Ivan, Pao-Lin and Karina. The other "mom", Nathan, is more than happy to listen to his fellow superheroes' woes -- lending helpful and worldly advice whenever possible.
* Ayako Matsuzaki in ''Manga/GhostHunt'', with Bou-san as TeamDad.
* Shizuka from ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' seems to have formerly filled this role for the F4, [[MoralityChain and her absence may have something to do]] with [[KickTheDog the extreme levels of jerkassery they've fallen to by the beginning of the series.]]
* Karen Kasumi from ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', with Seiichiro Aoki as the TeamDad.
* Himari Takakura from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', despite being the youngest of the Takakura household. Not to mention, she mothers ''penguins'' around too.
* Ibuki of AsuNoYoichi fits this to a T, as a natural result of PromotionToParent after [[ParentalAbandonment thier parents left her and her sisters alone as children.]]
* In ''SaintBeast'', Rey tries to fulfil this role, being the cook, TheHeart, and the mediator, but occasionally fails thanks to his {{foil}} Gai, who is good at bringing out his immature side.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Erza fits this role among [[FiveManBand Team Natsu]] as well as TheBigGal. As far as the entire guild goes, [[SilkHidingSteel Mirajane]] shares this role with her, but she's also their cover girl.
* KoihimeMusou, especially its more lighthearted anime adaptation, has several. Kouchuu fulfils this role for the Shoko faction as both the domestic one among its generals and the one dispensing advice on life. It helps that she's a bona fide ActionMom as well. Kougai is this for the Son family. One of its longest-serving and most respected vassals, she possesses a worldly wisdom as well as a wealth of experience. She's the one that helps their feudal lord and her chief advisor reconcile after a spat. Gi does not have an out-and-out TeamMom relying on the calm and collected Kakouen to be the one that apologizes for the antics of her comrades like an embarrassed mother. However she's sometimes NotSoAboveItAll which can put Kakouen into CoolBigSis territory.
* Go, the Knight of Fire in {{Pretear}} takes on the TeamMom role for the Leafe Knights. He's not the team leader, but he's the one consistently making sure that the three child knights (and magical girl Himeno) are fed, napped, and kept out of trouble. Even the more important main knights defer to Go when it comes to field calls for the kids. By the end of the series, Go [[spoiler: (sends the kids away from the main battle so that some remnant of the Knights will survive to carry on the fight.)]]
* Nanako Misonoo from ''Manga/OniisamaE'' comes as this once in a while, specially [[spoiler: when Kaoru has a fit of pain and Nanako first gets her medicines, then takes care of her. (And she slaps Rei for not really helping her at first, too.)]]
* Petra Ral from Manga/AttackOnTitan. [[spoiler: Until she suffers a CruelAndUnusualDeath, that is.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Susan Storm from the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour''
* Nico Minoru of the ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. In her case, she actually is the Team Leader in battle, after Alex [[spoiler:betrays the team and then dies]].
* Many female ComicBook/{{X-Men}} have fallen into this trope, most famously Jean Grey, but also Storm and, most recently, Emma Frost.
* Before her leaving Gotham during the 'War Games' arc, Barbara/Oracle fulfilled this role to the Bat-Family. Which made things slightly odd given that Franchise/{{Batman}} is one of ''her'' father figures. And that for a long while she was dating Nightwing.
** Aside from the minor fact that he's male, Alfred fits the role much better for the Bat-Family, to the point that Dick actually called him his mom.
* The absent-minded cleric Piffany provides the moral center for the group in ''{{Nodwick}}'' (she's also TheMedic). Her status as a likable, [[TheDitz ditzy]] PuritySue ([[WordOfGod by canon!]]) has her teammates be able to identify who the truly evil people in the setting are by them being mean to her. Gods save you from these {{Sociopathic Hero}}es ''if you make her cry.''
* Bane is trying to be this in the new SecretSix series. Seeing him mother assassins is... interesting, to say the least especially given that he's TheBigGuy.
* Heather Hudson of ''ComicBook/AlphaFlight''.
* When Robin, Superboy, and Impulse first started out as Comicbook/YoungJustice, Robin remarked with disgust that they were acting more like Impulse's parents than his teammates. To which Superboy responded "Whoa, hey! I am not the mom, okay? I am NOT the mom!"
* Both Catherine Cobert and Sue Dibny played this role for the Justice League of Europe.
* Mother of Champions is this to the ''Great Ten'', serving as a paragon of wisdom and emotional strength. It takes some kind of woman to have lose 25 children eight days after they're born and remain in control. She's actually had sex with most of her teammates - but that's because these couplings produce soldiers with even greater abilities.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Unohana is this towards Squad 4 in bleach canon. In Fanfic/{{Downfall}}, she manages to be this [[spoiler: to the arrancar]] in an... odd way.
* Aeris in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3881487/1/The_Unfamiliar The Unfamiliar]]
** [[spoiler: Also Jenova. In a weird, creepy way. ]]
* Of all people, Vexen is completely this in ''Fill the Moon''; he basically raised the incredibly dysfunctional BadassFamily that was the Apprentices during their time in Radiant Garden, and continues to do so after they all become Nobodies. Once the Organization's ranks begin to swell, he manages to accept the others as surrogate children. [[spoiler:Well, except for Marluxia, but he's his lover.]]
* In "post-rescue" ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' scenarios, Eliza Foxx often steps up for this role. Her husband [[AFatherToHisMen added three more "kids" to the roster]] during her absence.
* In fitting with the Comic Book example above, Sue Dibny is the TeamMom of almost the entire superhero community in Roleplay/DCNation. It helps when you're the political liaison for the JusticeLeague and used to take the senior [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]] out for ice-cream after report cards.
* Jeri Katou in the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'' is a Team MamaBear, as even when she [[TookALevelInBadAss Takes A Level In BadAss]] and becomes an ActionGirl she is still the most protective of the tamers.
* In Music/{{Vocaloid}} fanon, Meiko tends to take this role when not being a [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl drunkard]]. Due to her shared status as TheLadette, however, she tends to be either a MyBelovedSmother or MamaBear as well. When it's not her, it's usually [[TheStoic Luka]].
* In ''Fanfic/GameTheory'', Precia invoked this trope when she created her {{Familiar}}, Linith. Precia herself is simply not capable of providing Fate with the emotional comfort she needs, but she needed Fate to be stable enough to carry out her plans, so she had Linith fill that roll. [[spoiler:Linith later does the same for Nanoha and Vesta as well.]]
* In Fanfic/FlyFree, [[Anime/OnePiece Robin,]] plays this role to Team Seven, and her influence slowly spreads from there. What makes it funny is that the TeamDad is [[{{Anime/Naruto}} Kakashi]] and the Team (and other genin) very much [[ShipperOnDeck ship the two]].
* Fluttershy has evolved into this in the Blog/ReadingRainbowverse.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' has three: the [[Series/DoctorWho TARDIS]], who is essentially this to the Doctor and his Companions; Sally Watson, who is both an ''actual'' new mom and finds herself taking care of the younger Baker Street Irregulars; and Beth Lestrade, who helps Sally take care of the Irregulars and becomes TheLeader.
* Riza Hawkeye is heavily implied to have been this for the members of Roy Mustang's unit in the ''Fanfic/ElementalChessTrilogy''. She and Mustang are even playfully described at one point as having been "mommy and daddy to four rowdy little boys," and one of the 'rowdy little boys' admits that it's not entirely wrong.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', usually alternates between Thor (towards Harry and his cohorts), Pepper (to the Avengers as a whole) and Frigga (to everyone in range because she's the Goddess of Motherhood).
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Master Crane from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is described as the "Mother Hen", despite being male. And voiced by DavidCross.
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* According to his toy bio, Demolishor from ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen]]'' acts as a [[strike:den mother]] ''guardian'' to a leaderless group of Decepticons on Earth. Giant. One-wheeled. Rampaging. ''Demolishor.''
* Hal Moore's wife does this in ''WeWereSoldiers'' personally handing the notifications to the families of the fallen.
* Balin takes on this role in ''Film/TheHobbit''. So does Dori, but usually when it concerns his youngest brother Ori.
* Rose becomes this in ''Film/WereTheMillers''.
* Moira [=McTaggart=] in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', with Xavier as the TeamDad and Lehnsherr as...the Team Cool Uncle?
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Lupa from ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''.
* In ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', Kel takes this role from the start and escalates it through the series. From the leader of a study group in book one to refugee camp in book four. She's even a full-fledged ParentalSubstitute for Tobe. (She even makes Neal eat his vegetables in their very first year. Neal is ''a few years'' '''older''' than Kel.)
* There's Molly Weasley of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' who is the mother of seven children. She consider Harry like a son, treats Hermione like a daughter and acts as hostess to the whole Order of the Phoenix as well.
* Wendy Moira Angela Darling from ''PeterPan'' (currently pictured above). You know when Maggie in ''Film/{{Hook}}'' berates Dustin Hoffman for "needing a mother very badly"? It effectively harks back to the original novel.
* ''[[{{Narnia}} The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe]]'': Edmund Pevensie claims Susan always tries to act like Mother, bossing the two youngest Pevensies around. He's right. Her goal is to keep them safe.
* Margaret "Meg" March, the oldest sister in ''LittleWomen''. In ''Little Men'', her middle sister Jo becomes the TeamMom of the Plumfield children.
* All of the aunts in Louisa May Alcott's ''Literature/EightCousins'' and ''Rose in Bloom'' try their hands at this, but the ones who grasp the concept the most are [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Aunt Jessie]], [[ApronMatron Aunt Plenty]], and - to a lesser extent - [[SternTeacher Aunt Jane]].
* Susan in the ''SwallowsAndAmazons'' series.
* Max from ''MaximumRide'' fits this to the letter. And she does frequently go MamaBear, particularly when Angel is involved.
* 'Mother' from several MatthewReilly novels isn't actually named for being maternal (her codename is an abbreviation of a slightly longer word...), but nevertheless often fills this role, along with truly terrifying MamaBear moments. Paraphrasing the author: "A six foot shaved bald female Marine with a heart of gold."
* In Robert Asprin's ''PhulesCompany'' series of books, the female Legionnaire Rose is [[ShrinkingViolet a painfully shy]] soldier who can only communicate when using a radio. She is apparently becomes very good at it and becomes the main communications point of the company, with everyone calling her "Mother" for being the kindly nag that she is, about things like eating and sleeping. She even mothers Phule and ''Brandy''.
* Renie Sulaweyo adopts this role to some extent in ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', acting as the leader, spokesperson, and MamaBear for the RagtagBunchOfMisfits infiltrating the computer network. Of course, she's ''not'' (with a few exceptions) herding around a bunch of kids, and so the others frequently resent this behavior.
* Fitz Kreiner, from the DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Eighth Doctor Adventures, once brought three meals a day to the Doctor's door when the Doctor was mourning the death of a loved one, for almost four whole days. The Doctor never actually ate any of them. He also once carried around a pair of clean socks for days while the Doctor was wandering through a jungle -- when the Doctor reemerges, he finds he does in fact need them. Whenever the Doctor [[RealMenGetShot gets hurt]], it's almost inevitably Fitz's job to [[{{Determinator}} get him to take a break]] and then tend to him. He's also the first character to start treating Trix civilly, even though she stowed away on the TARDIS, and he often functions as TheHeart of the group when the Doctor is making morally-dubious decisions. When the Doctor develops TraumaInducedAmnesia, Fitz ends up with the most functional seniority on the TARDIS. Although the Doctor is also the TeamChef and often protective of the other characters, Fitz is so overly loyal to the Doctor that he doesn't always [[WhatTheHellHero call him on his shit]], and Anji is responsible for the vast majority of the series' [[CloserToEarth sensible decision-making]], see the following exchange, in which Fitz behaves like [[Literature/HarryPotter Molly Weasley]] and the Doctor [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it:
-->A moment later, she heard the footsteps on the stairs and Fitz banged in. He glared at the Doctor.
-->'Here you are! I've been all over the bloody place not knowing what had happened to you. You ever hear of leaving someone a note?'
-->'Sorry, Da,' murmured the Doctor.
* Cassie in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.
* Vanity, from JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' is universally recognized as team mom, despite being the third youngest member. She cemented her status by [[FeminineWomenCanCook getting fire, food, and dry clothes]] for the team after their previous leader inadvertently dropped them into a river.
* Antonia is this to the Theodoran Cohort in Literature/BelisariusSeries.
* Mommy fills this role in ''Literature/TheFireUsTrilogy'' for a group of orphans trying to survive in a post-apocolyptic world.
* ''InDeath'': Dr. Mira. She has explicitly told Eve in ''Judgment In Death'' that she considers her a surrogate daughter.
* Mina Harker serves this role in Bram Stoker's ''{{Dracula}}''. It's a little muddled at times, what with her also being the DistressedDamsel, but it really shows at the beginning of the third act. With team morale failing, Mina talks to each of the men and convinces them to keep fighting, not just for her sake, but to avenge fallen friends and to cleanse the world of evil.
* Rosalind in ''The Penderwicks,'' being the eldest of four sisters with a MissingMom.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Daisy's main role is to care for the kits and help new mothers with the trials of motherhood. She's a literal team mom.
* In David Eddings' ''Elenium'' and ''Tamuli'' series, Sephrenia is this for the Pandion Order, and to a lesser extent the other three Orders. The knights all call her 'little mother', and if you threaten her, you'll have roughly 100,000 highly trained paladins ready to kill you. Even Martel, an exiled Pandion who's one of the main villains of the ''Elenium'' trilogy, still holds that attitude.
* Kara in ''Literature/TheYearOfRogueDragons''.
* In ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves'' Paul serves as this.
* Liz Pennykettle from ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]''.
* ''Literature/SpotsTheSpaceMarine'' - Magda "Spots" Guitart kicks tail while providing the quiet voice of experience to the squad.
* As she was mostly responsible for their being exposed to Helitropium and becoming superheroes, Candace takes it upon herself to become this to ''Literature/TheUltraViolets.''
* The ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series has Queen Titania, who acts as a mentor to Rachel and Kirsty.
** Ruby the Red Fairy is this to the other Rainbow Fairies in the movie.
* In the latter two books of the ''Literature/{{Newsflesh}}'' trilogy, Maggie plays this role, offering her friends safe places to stay, cooking for them, refereeing conflicts, watching over their health, and providing substantial financial aid.
* In ''Literature/TheFightForHome'' Fae Kirin becomes this to the crew aboard the RAINE. She encourages the crew to set aside their differences and work together, as well as help keep the general morale and mood of the crew from snapping.
* Charlotte Branwell from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''. Her main function is basically making sure everybody doesn't kill everybody.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Cordelia, which is not-so-subtly lampshaded once a baby enters the picture.
** Fred becomes the ''de facto'' one after Cordelia dies.
* Carla of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Frequently complains about it, but in all honesty, "it's like crack" to her. She's older and definitely more experienced than the rest of the main cast.
* Dr. Grace Foley in ''WakingTheDead''.
* Captain Kathryn Janeway from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was likewise both TheCaptain and TeamMom, settling disputes, ordering her officers to get along, and helping "raise" several characters like Kes and Seven of Nine. Openly {{Lampshaded}} in "Barge of the Dead" when B'Elanna encounters her mother in the Klingon afterlife -- wearing a Starfleet uniform and using phrases Janeway had said earlier in the episode. Q calls her on it as well, when trying to dump his own teen rebel son on Janeway. In "Favorite Son", Kim dreamed that his mother said she was suspending him from duty (a line that the Captain had given him that day). There's [[ThereAreNoTherapists something about]] this crew....
** Also [[TheMcCoy Dr. McCoy]] on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' - up to and including insisting everyone eat their vegetables. Since he's TheMedic, this is more or less in the job description.
* Stiles from the show ''Series/TeenWolf'' is considered 'Pack Mom,' by most of the fandom. He helps out other characters in various ways, even if it comes at a cost to him. He is also shown as being protective of many of the members in the show even though, most of the time, he's physically weaker than they are.
* Lucy on ''HeyDude''.
* Both Henry Blake and Hawkeye serve as this for [[WaifProphet Radar O Reilly]], though Hawkeye is more of a [[BigBrotherMentor big brother]]
* Joyce Summers on ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]''. She took care of Willow and Xander when sick, soothed a brokenhearted Spike with cocoa and marshmallows (while he was still evil!), and once clubbed Spike unconscious with an axe in an awesome display of MamaBear.
** Tara also seems to be this for Dawn and Buffy after [[spoiler: Joyce's death]].
* ''Series/ICarly'': Carly takes the "parental" role towards the other 3 main characters: to Sam in ''iWas a Pageant Girl'', to Freddie in ''iWill Date Freddie'' and to Spencer in majority of the episodes. ''iKiss'' had her to be a "mom" to all 3 of them in a single episode by motivating Spencer's workout, sympathising with Freddie and later reprimanding Sam for her on-air attack on Freddie.
** Mrs. Benson also fills in this role, most especially in ''iGo to Japan''.
* Dr. Lisa Cuddy of ''Series/{{House}}''.
** And, to some extent, Dr. James Wilson. House's "ducklings" are frequently running to him for help, comfort and guidance when House is making their lives miserable. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in a season two episode where House is out of town and calls Wilson, beginning the conversation with: "''[[HoYay Hi, honey]]. How are the kids?''"
* Lana Hawkins of ''Series/StrongMedicine''.
* Aaron Hotchner of ''CriminalMinds'' is another male example, although he doesn't fit the role perfectly: if anyone on the team breaks FBI protocol, he'll chastise them for that before he tells them how proud he is.
** {{Lampshaded}} in an early episode when Elle starts referring to him as 'mom'. He gets mad and tells her to stop.
** Lampshaded again after Rossi has joined the team, with the others referring to them as [[TeamMom Mom]] and [[TeamDad Dad]].
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' (original series) had Catherine (who usually took the role of CoolBigSis, but she had her "Mom" moments, at least until she was PutOnABus) and now that she's gone, Sara seems to be stepping into the role a bit; ''CSIMiami''has Alexx, who even acts matronly to the ''corpses'' that come her way, or did until she was PutOnABus. ''{{CSI NY}}'' had Stella Bonasera for a while, though Jo Danville is kind of taking over on occasion since she replaced Stella.
* Jon Stewart ends up in this role from time to time as a result of being the OnlySaneMan at ''Series/TheDailyShow''.
* Despite being male, Ren from ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' fits this pretty well, to the extent that other characters on the show have actually dubbed him the mom of the group.
* Laura Roslin of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' fulfills this role. Up to and including schooling people when necessary.
** William Adama also functions as a Team Dad, so much so that he gets called "the old man" (particularly by Saul Tigh, even though Tigh's older). Ron Moore even states in a podcast commentary that in real life Creator/MaryMcDonnell and Edward James Olmos [[TruthInTelevision fulfilled those roles on set.]]
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** Lily.
** Ted has strong shades of this trope too. In fact, while Ted is {{Lampshaded}} in-canon as being the TeamDad, he seems to better fit this trope. Both he and Lily spend a lot of time worrying and fussing over the others, making them talk their problems out, bossing them around or doling out much-needed advice.
* ''TheBigBangTheory'''s Penny is occasionally roped into this, as she is too sympathetic to refuse the job. Usually ends up getting stuck with [[ManChild Sheldon]] when no one else wants to deal with him. She's even taken to calling him "sweetie" in a kind, yet extremely patronizing, manner. This was especially emphasized in the episode "The Guitarist Amplification," where Sheldon runs away to the comic book store, because he can't bear hearing Penny and Leonard fighting.
** And again after Penny and Leonerd break up, he acts like a child whose parents just divorced, complete with an ersatz custody battle.
* Male example: Sergeant Carwood Lipton (played by Donnie Wahlberg) from ''BandOfBrothers'', as he most often is the one looking out for Easy Company.
* Alex of ''NoahsArc'' generally falls into this role, being the warmest and most nurturing one of the group.
* Both Alyssa Enrile/White Tiger Ranger and Princess Shayla from'' Series/PowerRangersWildForce''. Alyssa is even seen reading fairy tales to her friends [[spoiler: and becomes a schoolteacher after the GrandFinale]]
** Also Hayley from ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', Dr. Kat Manx from ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'' and Udonna from ''[[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]]''.
** Katie, the Yellow Time Force Ranger. And her legendary hugs.
* Franchise/SuperSentai example: Miyuki, aka [[ActionMom MagiMother]] from Series/MahouSentaiMagiRanger. However, [[SacrificialLion after she falls in battle]], her daughter [[GenerationXerox Urara]] [[PromotionToParent takes her position.]]
* Madeline Westen, of ''BurnNotice'', is the literal (to Michael and Nate) and figurative (to everybody else) Team Mom.
* In ''That70sShow'', Eric Forman's mother Kitty mothers everyone in the gang.
** Donna and Eric are TeamMom and TeamDad to the other five.
* Monica Geller in ''{{Friends}}''. The pilot episode alone has her calming Rachel's anxiety attack, comforting a depressed Ross, telling off Joey, restraining Phoebe's craziness and stopping Chandler from spying on her date. In later seasons, after she marries a much more mature Chandler, the pair act as DesignatedParents for the gang, though he can still be goofy at times. (They're at their most adult when councelling their friends through tangled romantic problems, having established the only stable relationship on the show).
** Monica's actress, Courteney Cox, also adopted this role for the [[{{TrueCompanions}} real life cast]]: [[{{CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming}} In an interview when Matt Leblanc had to describe her in one word he immediately responded with 'mom', Matthew Perry acknowledged her particular support during his drug addiction and the whole cast admitted she was to go-to person for advice.]]
* Dwayne Wayne's mom (played by Patti Labelle) on ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' mothers all of Dwayne's friends and brings her famous prune cobbler. Lettie and Stevie are this at Gilbert Hall.
* Alex Eames (and, also, Megan Wheeler) of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent''. When you consider who their partners are - the completely neurotic Bobby Goren and the madcap Zach Nichols - it's easily understandable. Even Captain Danny Ross isn't above acting like a little boy most of the time.
* Amber of ''Series/TheTribe'' mothers or bosses everyone she comes into contact with. To such an extent that she's the de facto leader of the Mall Rats, no matter who else is technically in charge.
* Blair is the team mom of ''GossipGirl''s [[TrueCompanions Non-Judging Breakfast Club]], which Nate points out in one episode (though Blair denies it).
-->'''Nate''': You're really sweet with him. Worrying about him, offering him food, it's... downright maternal.
-->'''Blair''': I'm not maternal, I've just been spending too much time with Cyrus and I'm turning Jewish.
* Raquel Turner becomes the team mom of the Trotter Family in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses''.
* The ''[[Series/ThirtyRock 30 Rock]]'' episode "Khonani" was about how [[AuthorAvatar Liz Lemon]] is this, in addition to being the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]], to her co-workers.
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Inara fills in this role for ''Serenity's'' crew from time to time, most commonly with River.
** And Mal is the TeamDad. Their BelligerentSexualTension makes this trope even more apparent, when Inara and Mal argue it comes off as "Oh no, Mom and Dad are fighting again!"
* On ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', "Sophie" fills this role to a tee.
* Mr. Schue on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is a male-example.
* Snow White is this during the "stuck in FTL" arc on ''Series/{{Once Upon a Time}}'', especially to Aurora.
* Though Sarah Jane Smith was TheWatson on ''Series/DoctorWho'', she developed into this role in the spinoff ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' after she adopted a son in the first episode.
* Alex from ''AshesToAshes''. Pretty much her entire role in the third series is to sort out the problems of the other characters, and she is the one who offers advice and a shoulder to cry on throughout. There is the distinct implication throughout the first and second series of a lack of balance in the team when she isn't there which is supported by the way it falls apart after Gene shoots her, and the team members are so protective of her that physical or verbal slights towards her committed by outsiders have resulted in [[TortureForFunAndInformation severe beatings]], death, and an ''eleven-year-old school boy'' being thrown in a cell. Almost [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] twice:
--> *hits man holding a knife to Gene's throat over the head with a crowbar*
--> Alex: Say hello to [[MamaBear mummy bear]]
** And:
--> Gene: I left the children playing
* Lt Nate Fick in ''GenerationKill'', he's their superior but he's a Mom in so many ways.
** Sgt Colbert "The Iceman" take the part when his superior's not here. Even other team's leaders listen to him.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'', Mezool was a villainous version of this role for the original four Greeed, particularly [[DumbMuscle Gamel]].
* Henrietta 'Hetty' Lange in ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' is very much the TeamMom. More emphatically, she's a short, sweet, scary, seventy-year-old spy of a TeamMom. Don't get on her bad side.
* Deconstructed in ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E12ComparativeReligion Comparative Religion]]; Shirley usually fulfills the role in a more benevolent fashion, but here she explicitly does so in a passive-aggressive and emotionally manipulative manner designed to guilt trip and browbeat her friends into doing what she wants to do how she wants to with little consideration for their thoughts on the subject. It's also pointed out that she's not ''actually'' their mother, no matter how much she acts like it, and so has no right to do this sort of thing.
** "You can't talk to me like that. You're not Shirley!" [Beat] "And Shirley's not my Mom!"
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Elizabeth Weir is fittingly a world class diplomat, though the team's squabbles are bad enough to challenge her. Sheppard can slip into TeamDad depending on the episode, and the pair are DesignatedParents to the whole expedition.
* Janet Frasier of ''Series/StargateSG1'' could lapse into this in her role as TheMedic.
* On ''{{Bones}}'', Cam sometimes fills this role. She even said to Hodgins and Vincent "You know you're both grounded, right?" after they fired a cannon indoors.
** And rather than firing them, she just bans them from being in the same room without supervision.
** Recurring character Caroline Julian is a version of this as well. She's one of the oldest major characters, tends to gives stern talking-tos to the younger characters whenever needed, and ([[DeadpanSnarker while it sometimes might not be obvious]]) she cares about the team and really tries to take care of them in her own way. In "The Mastodon In The Room," several characters claim that they are the glue that holds the team together and brought them back together. Brennan points out that it was actually ''Caroline'' that reached out and pulled them all back together.
* One episode of the British documentary ''Coppers'' was about a Territorial Support Group - a van load of cops who act as mobile backup. Their sergeant was a woman. She said "I don't actually have any children, but I sometimes feel like a parent when I'm with this lot."
* Billie in "Here Come the Double Deckers!" often assumes this role towards the other kids in the gang, particularly towards Tiger, the youngest member and her fellow female.
* Paula Abdul and later JenniferLopez had shades of this on ''Series/AmericanIdol''.
* Greg Parker in ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' is the more empathetic leader of Team One and definitely cares for the team more openly than team leader/TeamDad Ed who can be strict and harsh on the team if mistakes are made but nevertheless cares deeply for them. Ed is the one who watches Parker's back and keeps an eye out for him, including taking up any slack if Parker misses anything.
* In ''[[SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus Gods Of The Arena]]'' Melitta was this to the other slave girls. In ''Vengeance'', Mira took over this role, while remaining one of the groups best fighters.
* Sophia in ''TheGoldenGirls'', big time.
* Sister Julienne on ''Series/CallTheMidwife''. She is, essentially, the glue that holds Nonnatus House together.
* On ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Mrs. Hudson mothers her eccentric tenants and does put up with a lot going on. Sherlock and John both adore her, and treat her as sons in a healthy family would treat their mother, including being ''very'' protective of her.
** This was also done previously, in the later episodes of the Granada series of ''SherlockHolmes'' stories featuring Jeremy Brett. The actress who played Mrs. Hudson in those later episodes noted that she and Brett had this sort of relationship in {{real life}}, and it carried over onto the screen.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': Though she yo-yos between MamaBear and BigBrotherInstinct, second-born Piper is this among the Charmed Ones from season four onwards (in fact it's even lampshaded when one of her little sisters asks her to stop mothering them). In seasons 1-3, Prue typically took the motherly role towards Piper and Phoebe, as she had done ever since [[MissingMom their mother died]] when they were children. Piper's taking over of this role is the first indication that she had stepped up into Prue's shoes after the oldest sister's death.
* Raquel by the later stages of ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' has become this.
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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Elyx seems to fill that role for Relic Tracker's guild. She seems to be the one keeping her guildmaster's [[spoiler:HairTriggerTemper]] under control and has given a "just shut up" to the team's dumb CasanovaWannabe at moments where him keeping on talking could only make things worse.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: In the [[Literature/TheBible Gospel of John]] (19:25-27) Jesus, on the cross and near death, made his mother Mary the TeamMom for the early Christians. And now she's considered TeamMom for the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Churches; the Protestant churches tend to downplay her importance.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Gali from ''{{Bionicle}}'' tends to fill this role as [[CloserToEarth the voice of reason]], [[TheHeart peacemaker]] for her teammates.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Damsel, the {{Tsundere}} Brujah of the Anarchs from VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines explicitly identifies herself as the "den mother" of the other Anarchs, and given how she's the one who gives you missions geared towards looking out for vampire community and trying to help you stay out of trouble (trying to convince you jumping ship from anything to do with [=LaCroix=] and the Camarilla), that title seems like its more than self appointed.
* Raine Sage from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
* In ''FireEmblem'', you have Eyvel (''Thracia 776'') and Titania (''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn''). They play TeamMom to the Fiana Braves and Greil Mercenaries, respectively.
-->'''Boyd:''' Every time I look at you, Titania... I think that you're the prettiest person I've ever seen!\\
'''Titania:''' Uh... Um, thank you, Boyd... But I... Look, you and me, we're-- \\
'''Boyd:''' You're like a really nice mom or something! Um... I mean...\\
'''Titania:''' ...
** Micaiah from ''Radiant Dawn'' is also a TeamMom to the younger members of the Dawn Brigade, such as Sothe.
* In ''FireEmblemAwakening'', Cordelia has some traces of this. Her potential love interest Gaius even occasionally calls her "Mother" in their supports.
** The Avatar fits this role like a glove ([[GenderInvertedTrope even if he's male]]), as s/he is the only character that ''all'' the other Shepherds feel comfortable talking to [[spoiler:(even former enemies like Gangrel, Walhart, and Aversa)]]. Best expressed by Noire in her supports with a female Avatar.
** Among the [[spoiler: [[KidFromTheFuture Kids From The Future]] ]] group, the closest seems to be Lucina. Her Harvest Scramble Talk with Cynthia has her scolding and then nurturing the younger girl, like a mom or older sister would do to her child/little sibling. [[spoiler: Even better if Lucina ''is'' Cynthia's actual older sister.]]
* The Boss of ''MetalGearSolid3'' is frequently referenced as this in relation to the Cobras, making her another of the rare villainous examples. [[spoiler:Or maybe not so villainous.]]
** She also [[spoiler: gave birth during the landing on Normandy in WWII, making her the ''literal'' TeamMom]].
** The fact that she had a romantic/sexual relationship [[spoiler:and a son]] with one of her team members (who ''still'' [[UnfortunateImplications considered her a maternal figure]]) is made fun of in ''TheLastDaysOfFoxhound''.
* Mitsuru Kirijou from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' -- reinforced by her persona being of the Empress Arcana, which represents motherly qualities). She actually ''expects'' the team to maintain good grades.
** Another one from the same game: Yuko Nishiwaki, the Strength Arcana Social Link, is the manager of the track team, and so acts as the team mom. If you follow her Social Link enough, she takes on the same role for a group of fourth-graders, making it clear she has a ''very'' strong maternal instinct in general.
** Also from ''Persona 3'': ''[[BadassLongcoat Shinjiro Aragaki]]'', of all people, sort of counts when he joins the team. He's a good cook, worries about whether or not everyone's eating properly, tells the protagonist to take care to not get sick... He's practically the ideal HouseHusband.
** The Protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is a RareMaleExample; his responsibilities include being TeamChef and WarriorTherapist to his group of friends, as well as {{Meido}} [[spoiler:once Nanako and Dojima are hospitalized.]]
** In the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'', ex-delinquent Yukino serves this role, having already served as the NumberTwo to her CoolTeacher. She's only a GuestStarPartyMember if you don't take the Snow Queen quest, though.
* In a rather darkly comedic example, [[spoiler:Shauna]] from ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' ends up playing this role [[spoiler:in the Demon Path]], as [[OnlySaneMan everyone else is too mentally unstable to take care of themselves.]] However after her MoralityPet [[spoiler:Trisha (who in this path has been mentally broken after being raped by her adoptive father Hawthorne)]] commits suicide, [[spoiler:Shauna]] basically gives up on life and descends into NietzscheWannabe territory.
* Emma from ''TheLastRemnant'' acts as the mother figure for the main cast, she also has a daughter of her own that you run into throughout your adventures.
* In ''SamuraiWarriors'', Nene acts as the self-imposed Team Mom of the Toyotomi clan--her Gaiden battle even has her showing up during the battle of Sekigahara not aligned with either side so she can beat the snot out of both armies and then lecture them about not getting along with each other.
* In ''BaldursGateII'', Jaheira tries to be one, but Keldorn's the true mum.
* Chizuru Kagura from ''TheKingOfFighters'', both during her brief time in the Women Fighters Team (with King and Mai) ''and'' as the only female in the team she formed with Kyo and Iori. Yes, this {{Miko}} managed to get ''[[FeudingFamilies Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami]]'' to work as a team. Wow.
** When Chizuru wasn't in the Women Fighters Team, King took up the role. Well, that's what working with {{Cute Bruiser}}s and a MsFanservice will do to you. That, and she already had experience after getting a PromotionToParent.
** Lampshaded by Kyo himself and Terry Bogard in ''Sky Stage''. If you have them beat [[spoiler: Kusanagi, whom Chizuru sent to them as a test]], he will openly complain that Chizuru is babying the team and Terry will say "she's just worried for our sake". Additionally, Kyo recognizes that the only real reason he's in the "mission" is because Chizuru asked him to.
** Diana is the team mom to Kula and K's group after her HeelFaceTurn.
* In ''PlanescapeTorment'', Fall-from-Grace's mature, perceptive and compassionate personality make her fit this trope perfectly (although fiery teenager Annah doesn't react well to anything she says or does).
* Canonically, Karan S'jet of ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' is the Team Mom of the '''entire Hiigaran race'''. It IS canonical that everyone likes her because she's sincere and compassionate. Not to mention that she's currently piloting a Progenitor battleship which could singlehandedly annihilate the entire galaxy. You do '''NOT''' want to antagonize the Hiigarans - Makaan learned that the hard way.
* Wynne takes this role in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' after joining your group, particularly to [[TheLancer Alistair]] and the player character. Morrigan may even grow annoyed and tell Wynne in party banter to stop acting as if the two are her children.
** This is particularly true of a mage protagonist. The Circle of Mages takes TheCorpsIsMother approach, and if the player chooses, the relationship between Wynne and the Grey Warden can develop a distinct mother/child aspect, which Wynne will lampshade.
** A female Warden can hold a role of this sort toward most of the members of the party, if the player so chooses.
** Varric of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is downright ''nurturing'' towards Merrill and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Bethany; he also takes care of [[spoiler: Anders]] after he starts on his downward spiral. Aveline meanwhile is more of the TeamDad.
* Doctor Chakwas of ''Franchise/MassEffect'' serves this role to the characters as the Med Bay officer.
** Shepard can also fulfill the role. As a Paragon, [[GenderNeutralWriting (s)he]] [[LivingEmotionalCrutch sorts out the crew's emotional baggages]] and [[WhatTheHellHero delivers stern lectures]] when those are needed. Conversely, [[AntiHero Renegade]] Shepard is a "don't make me come over there" type of an abusive parent who keeps the "kids" in line with fear.
* ''AceCombat Zero'' has an unnamed offscreen character that clearly fits this trope in one mission. While attacking an enemy base, the radio chatter in the base can be heard. Many speak of the base commander who can be heard to, a woman who is strongly admired and who the soldiers speak of in nothing but admiration for (one even says "The base commander has a daughter. I wonder if she's as beautiful as her mother.") and it's clear that they see themselves as equivalent to her sons. At the end even after defeat she reassures the base that they all fought well.
* Terra/Tina from ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI FFVI]]''[[spoiler: when she's in human form]]; so much as to take care of - and be loved by - a ragtag group of orphans after [[spoiler: Kefka takes over a broken world that he broke]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Aerith and Tifa take turns being this. It becomes more apparent during Disc 2 when [[spoiler:Cloud is catatonic and Tifa ends up being the one chosen to lead the party]] until the obligatory, MindScrew-y sequence involving helping [[spoiler:Cloud]] pull [[spoiler:his]] head together enough to be a functioning adult.
** In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall Leonhart]] is seen having to look after [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Zidane]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz]] during their journey, and being the voice of reason on the group. [[{{Fanart}} Fan artists]] [[NeverLiveItDown didn't miss the opportunity.]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Cecil]] also takes on this role towards [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Firion]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Terra]], and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII the Onion Knight]].
*** It doesn't help Squall any that this characterization extends to ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' as well when it comes to Sora.
*** Considering that his background is coming from an orphanage, and a good deal of the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII original game]] is about parental themes this actually makes perfect sense.
* Aqua in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', particularly when she meets [[PeterPan the Lost Boys]].
** She also serves this role in the main protagonists' PowerTrio. At times, the relationship between her, [[TeamDad Terra]], and [[TheHeart Ven]] more closely resembles two-parents-and-their-child than three friends.
** This is even lampshaded in the original Japanese text when Scrooge gave Ven the passes to Disney Town. As opposed to the translation, where Ven was told "to take two grownups," he was told to "bring his parents."
* [[CombatMedic Fia]] from ''RivieraThePromisedLand.'' Ironically, she's the youngest of the [[TrueCompanions group]]
* [[ActualPacifist Luna]] of ''VirtuesLastReward'' tries to be this to the other DeadlyGame players. [[spoiler:Apart from the child Quark, she's the only one who never betrays anybody.]] Unfortunately, because of her [[spoiler:programming-induced]] lack of honesty about her true identity, she can't help them as much as she'd like.
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* A role forced on Robyn when confronted with three overgrown adolescents, in ''Webcomic/NineteenSeventySevenTheComic''.
* Gwyneth of ''{{Thespiphobia}}'', complete with "I-brought-you-in,-I-can-take-you-out" mindset.
* Jordan from ''Webcomic/{{Skins}}'' holds the team together and even comes to [[http://lj-phillips.deviantart.com/art/Under-My-Skin-7-Just-Good-Friends-380593841 collect a drunk Vinnie and Rabbit from the bar.]] Ironic she ended up in this role as she's always describing herself as not maternal.
* Kath from ''{{Fans}}!'' is a {{deconstruction}} of this trope.
* Jason from ''Webcomic/ItsWalky!'', though he kind of plays TeamDad as well.
** [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20011022.html]]
** Later, it's Joyce who even asks herself, [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20030427.html "When did I become the mom?"]]
* Despite being an AnthropomorphicPersonification of one of The SevenDeadlySins this is pretty much Lust's job description in ''[[http://www.sincomics.com/ The Sins]]''. Like Carla from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' she complains about it, but is addicted to the role.
* Vandi of ''Webcomic/WhatBirdsKnow'' is this for the trio of girls who venture out into the woods, due to her serious and responsible nature -- itself a product of a youthful PromotionToParent after her mother died in childbirth.
* Polly Rockport of ''ALoonaticsTale'' to the rest of the Mercia elite. She enjoys the role and, given her sunshine-and-lollipops outlook, it was probably inevitable.
* Zombie from HannaIsNotABoysName is an odd example, but still counts. He seems cold, but he's always pretty considerate and caring to his allies; going as far as to [[PapaWolf put himself between them and their attackers]] in a bad situation. He works hard to keep the others from hurting themselves, and even cooks for Hanna.
* Kanaya Maryam of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is this to the trolls, and makes a point of [[InsistentTerminology helping]] many of them during the arc. This may have something to do with why she's the only troll [[HatesEveryoneEqually Karkat]] completely respects. Later, she extends her performance of this role to the kids too, directly advising and assisting Jade and Rose. It's even reflected in [[MeaningfulName name]], "Maryam" refers to Miriam, or Mary (as in [[Literature/TheBible the Virgin Mary]]), and her screen name, "grimAuxillatrix" is taken from "Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix", and is also derived from auxilium, meaning "assistance" in Latin.
** This is further reflected with [[spoiler:her ancestor, The Dolorosa (a reference to the Virgin Mary), being the adoptive mother of [[CrystalDragonJesus The Sufferer]], and who herself acted as the TeamMom to the Sufferer's small group of closest followers.]]
** Despite his [[GrumpyBear foul demeanor,]] Karkat can also be seen this way, since he's basically the voice of reason in the group and the main thing holding them all together. [[GeniusBonus After all, it's Cancer, not Virgo, that the Western zodiac associates with motherhood.]] He even [[spoiler: calmed down a homicidal Gamzee just by [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005986 patting and shushing him.]]]]
** Then there's Porrim, yet another Maryam to fill this role - and an alternate universe counterpart to the Dolorosa. Not many people filling this role can pull off [[EthicalSlut sleeping with most of their charges at one point or another]], but Porrim pulls it off with panache. Hilariously, the Sufferer's counterpart, Kankri, ''hates'' being mothered by her and flips out whenever she tries...but still wears the sweater she made him.
* Monica seems to fill this role in ''WapsiSquare''. Her motherly exploits include taking responsibility for teaching Bud and Brandi how to be human again, helping Shelly deal with nightmares at 3 am, and breaking up fights between other characters.
* Rhea is this to [[OurDemonsareDifferent Buwaro]] and [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Keiri]] in ''SlightlyDamned''. At one point the two decide to walk a new friend home...and then immediately turn to Rhea to ask if she approves.
-->'''Sammy''': Is she their mom or something?
* In ''Webcomic/BasicInstructionsBeforeLeavingEarth'', Opal is this to the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] under Balthazar's command.
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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest V3'''s Amanda Redder has begun to put herself in this role in the small group she's with.
** Ironically, her favorite sport is [[IncrediblyLamePun soccer]].
* In ''Red vs. Blue'' North Dakota acts as this for the Freelancers, to the point where the Director even assigns him his A.I. based on his nurturing personality. He can be most often seen looking out for his twin sister [[BigBrotherInstinct South]], both on missions and off, and frequently shows concern for the other Freelancers' well-being. He's even been known to worry about other Freelancer's A.I. units.
** North is an interesting case in that he displays traits of both the Team Mom and the [[TeamDad Team Dad]]. He has the disciplinarian, "lead-by-example" nature of the Dad, but also carries the warmth and nurturing of the Team Mom. It's implied that he became like this due to his [[BigBrotherInstinct desire to watch out for his more reckless sister.]]
* ''Podcast/AnswerMeThis'' - Helen sometimes plays this role.
* [[http://badgods.com/overmom.html The Adventures of Evil Overmom]] by Lore Sj÷berg. The note says, "Antidote, Love Mom." What a cool mom.
* Calliope to the Muses and Apollo in ''ThaliasMusings''. Though [[TrulySingleParent Mnemosyne]], the Muses' actual mother, was a very involved parent during her daughters' childhoods and complains that they don't call her often enough.
* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples:
--> 88. Must not refer to 1st Sgt as "Mom".
* Mindbird of the Wild Pack in the WhateleyUniverse. Also Sizemax of the Vindicators, Spellbinder of Elite League. Also Lucille of the Underdogs, who often say "yes mom" to her just to aggravate her.
* Virginia is this to ''WebVideo/ThePlatoonOfPowerSquadron''. She does her best to keep the others under control, and constantly refers to them as a family (despite Jonas protesting that they are [[InsistentTerminology DEFINITELY NOT]]).
* Rebecca from WebVideo/DemoReel ''tries'' to be this, but due to lack of tact she's not great at it. Much better being a ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend.
* The Blog/KnightsOfFandom is run by one of these. Some of the members even call her Mom.
* [[TheAce Pyrrha]] of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', though most of her nurturing is initially directed towards [[ButtMonkey Jaune]]. WordOfGod confirms that she's like this to everyone.
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* Katara from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Gently mocked in the episode "The Runaway", where she initially objects to the idea as it says she's the group downer.
** Although the very reason she became this is a TearJerker; Sokka explains to Toph that after his and Katara's mother died, their family was pretty messed up and Katara dealt with it by taking on a 'motherly' role in the tribe, especially to him. Of course, Katara's ''other'' reaction to her mother's death is something [[HeWhoFightsMonsters else]].
*** One of the most heartbreaking moments in the series occurs during Sokka and Toph's conversation - Sokka can't even remember what his mother ''looked'' like anymore, because all he can see when he thinks of motherhood is his sister. His ''younger'' sister. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming D'aww...]]
* Maguro of ''SushiPack'' often fits this trope.
* Megan, the BadassNormal human girl from ''MyLittlePony''. If she's not around, [[TheSpock Wind Whistler]] fills in.
* A male example: Edd ("Double-D") from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', who has gone so far as to wipe crumbs from Ed's face and scold Eddy for poor behavior.
* Bumblebee for ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' East: "That's a supercomputer, not a footstool!"
* 13-year-old [[ShrinkingViolet Sheila the Thief]] in the ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' TV series. Not only she's [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl the more feminine of the girls in the group]] (Diana the Acrobat is a tomboyish CoolBigSis), but the youngest kid in the gang is her little brother [[CuteBruiser Bobby the Barbarian]].
** While never stated outright, the way she and Bobby act toward each other seems to imply that she was ''de facto'' raising her little brother even before ending up in the Realm.
* Gi, college student, oldest Planeteer, and wielder of the [[MakingASplash Ring of Water]] from ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''. Gaia also mixes this with AllLovinHero and [[{{Mentors}} Mentor]]. Gi's position in the FiveManBand [[LampshadeHanging shows up]] in the first episode, during the kids' first ride in the Geo-Cruiser:
-->'''Wheeler:''' Why do you get to drive?\\
'''Gi:''' Do ''you'' have a driver's license?
* Cheetara from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', defaulting to the role as the only adult woman of the group.
* Helen Bennet from BionicSix is this and the ActionMom, since hers is a BadassFamily.
* In ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', Snow White takes up this role after being taken in by the dwarves.
* Number 362 of ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
-->'''Number 362:''' I don't care what level you're on, Number 105, put that video game ''down'', and find out what Knight Brace is doing in Poughkeepsie! Would you guys mind playing Whizbee on the Whizbee deck ''and not on my bridge?!''
* Courtney of ''TotalDramaIsland''.
* Suzie Chan on ''TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' is mostly a CoolBigSis, but every now and then she slides into this territory (ex. chiding the kids for spying on Pop in ep 1, mediating a potential argument between Tom and Alan in ep 8).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', Miss Grotke is one to the entire foruth grade class (to the point where Spinelli looks up to her like a mom more than her own mother), while Gretchen is one to the main six.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', this function is typically performed by Applejack, although other characters may fill the role depending on circumstances.
* A RareMaleExample is Mike from ''WesternAnimation/MotorCity'' who leads the [[FiveManBand Burners]] against [[BigBad Kane]] and still finds time to ask about their personal issues, even play match-maker on occasion. For a guy who pulls off CrazyAwesome stunts both in and out of his CoolCar Mike is surprisingly sensitive.
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* 41-year-old Dara Torres of the 2008 U.S. Olympic swim team is often viewed as this by her teammates. To prove she's no slouch, she won three silver medals (just missing gold in the 50 free by 0.01 seconds).
* A mother, Sgt. Jane Strand, will head to war with her son, Pvt. Timothy Strand. In the National Guard, she "assumed the rank of mom to a collection of younger recruits," according to the [[http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1232845.html article]].
* In labs, especially large labs, there will usually be somebody to fill this role. Someone has to make sure everything's cleaned, everyone's eating, everyone's alive...
* "Guild mother," anyone?
* At a wildlife sanctuary in England, [[http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/jasmine.asp a rescued Greyhound]], of all things, is surrogate mom to everything from puppies to a barn owl.
* Captains' wives sometimes did this for nineteenth-century sailing ships.
** Mary Ann Patten navigated the clipper Neptune's Car around Cape Horn while being TheCaretaker to her sick husband and being [[PregnantBadass pregnant]] to boot. They talk simplistically, though not without justification, about the rigidity of nineteenth-century customs. But New England sea princesses could be awesome when put to it and they don't make em like that anymore.
* Good QueenVicky was TeamMom to the entire British Empire.
** Hell, toward the end she was getting to be the TeamMom to the whole of ''Europe''. She was actually known as "the grandmother of Europe" because of how big her family was. World War I reads like the world's biggest, nastiest family spat.
** And a long time before Vicky, [[TheHouseOfTudor Elizabeth I]] filled the role in a similar fashion. Electing to remain unmarried throughout her life, Elizabeth characterized herself as being married to England itself, and more than once referred to its people as her children.
* Gina Dalfonzo is the moderator at [[http://thepoint.breakpoint.org/tp-home this site]] and she is almost a classic TeamMom.
* Happens sometimes in forums in addition to online games with party or guild capabilities.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Bachelet Michelle Bachelet]], as the first female President of Chile, is often seen as this by Chilean people.
* Jane Lynch (aka Sue Sylvester) is reportedly this for the entire cast of ''Series/{{Glee}}'', to the point where she calls them her "babies."
* To Creator/QuentinTarantino and much of the cast and crew of his movie, film editor Sally Menke was this. Tarantino himself ever referred to her as being a second mother to him.
* Some female webforum staffers, especially those older than most other participants of their webforums, are perceived as this...
* Joining a volunteer organization for children involves becoming either this, a TeamDad, a CoolBigSis or BigBrotherMentor.
* In [[DragQueen Drag]], a Drag Mother is both this, and in some cases a ParentalSubstitute, for young queens just starting out. In some cases, this will result in a "Drag Family", where novice queens will take their Drag Mother's last name as part of their own StageNames. [=RuPaul=] in particular is something of a surrogate Drag Mother for most of the drag community, due to her experience in the business and her approachable demeanor.
* German chancellor Angela Merkel actually got the nickname mom/mommy and she had displayed behavior like this trope on some occasions.
* Female cats are this to their humans. The reason they bring you dead or half-dead animals? That's what cat mothers do to their kittens to feed them and teach them to hunt. The cat is trying to raise her human.
* Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina is this to the Russian women's national team, to the point where young teammate Maria Kharenkova explicitly said "she's like a mom to us."
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