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[[caption-width-right:235:We all wish she was our mom.]]

->''"Moms are tough."''
-->-- '''Nora Estheim''', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''

When an ActionGirl is confronted with motherhood, she usually has two choices. She could accept the baby and her "fate" to StayInTheKitchen; or she can keep her ActionGirl status by losing her baby through the wonders of a MagicalAbortion, a ConvenientMiscarriage or [[GiveHimANormalLife simply giving it up for adoption if it gets born.]]

The ActionMom says bollocks to that and chooses to TakeAThirdOption as she keeps her role as savior of the day and the world ''while raising her children''. She's a real {{Badass}} [[StealthPun mother]].

Beware if you ever harm her children, for you will have an ActionGirl invoking the MamaBear at your heels. There is also a chance that said children will grow up be [[BadassFamily badasses just like her]].

Related to ActionGirlfriend, as she may graduate to "Mom" status if she and her boyfriend [[TheyDo tie the knot]] and have kids of their own. Alternatively, a BattleCouple may find themselves acting as [[ParentalSubstitute parental surrogates]], with the female effectively taking on this role. TruthInTelevision in the case of mothers working in hazardous jobs such as police work.

Often the matriarch of a BadassFamily. If she enters this state before the child has even been born, she is a PregnantBadass.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The whole point of the aptly named ''other'' Creator/KatsuhiroOtomo masterpiece ''Manga/TheLegendOfMotherSarah'', which features a DeterminedWidow woman trying to retrieve her lost children and who will stop at nothing to do so, including brawling and using guns. It helps that she's an [[AmazonianBeauty unusually tall and jacked woman.]]
* Nanoha and Fate, the co-leads of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', are mothers through adoption and still amongst the best combat mages out there. When their daughter Vivio is kidnapped, both Nanoha and Fate proceed to kick ass and take names, Nanoha to get Vivio back and Fate to take down the man behind it all.
** There's also Quint Nakajima, Subaru and Ginga's mother, who was an Enforcer until her death. It's revealed in the Sound Stages that Quint was considerably stronger than Subaru or Ginga, being able to wield both Revolver Knuckles (her two girls [[AncestralWeapon inherited one each]]), while neither of them can do so as of the end of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers StrikerS]]''.
** Lutecia Alpine's mother Megane was also an Enforcer (she was Quint's partner). [[spoiler: She's also the only Action Mom in the entire series that went through childbirth.]]
* Eureka in ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', a mecha pilot who adopts three children before the series starts. [[spoiler: Three children she personally orphaned.]]
* Izumi Curtis from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a housewife and proud of it. Her role as a mom comes from that she attempted to bring her stillborn child, but failed and lost the ability to ever have children as a result. However, she does more or less take in the Elric brothers (who lost their own mother) and becomes like a mother to them. She can - and does - beat up most of the other characters in the series (and, for bonus points, does so despite the fact that she's ''missing several internal organs''). She is also one of the two people that Ed and Al openly fear (the other being Major General Armstrong.)
* Although all the action is performed by mind-controlled robots, and, in the anime, she's in a wheelchair, Shuuko from ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' decimates every other opponent in the TournamentArc except one (and she ''wins'' that one in the manga). She ''has'' taken the [[MissingMom abandon-your-child-to-relatives-and-then-to-your-sister path]] (in the anime, she fears her child would be ostrasized for having an "useless" mother), but in the end, reunites with her daughter and is seen competing side-by-side with her.
* A subtle example is Shizuka Kusanagi, Kyo's mom who has only appeared in the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters: Kyo'' manga. She is a beautiful woman who [[YamatoNadeshiko only wears kimonos and is all polite and motherly]]... and also fearlessly points a [[BladeOnAStick naginata]] to the neck of the ninja Eiji Kisaragi when she finds him digging in the archives of the Kusanagi family, sweetly asking him to stop whatever he's doing. When Kyo comes back home, he finds his mother and Eiji calmly drinking tea, and Shizuka is all smiles but Eiji looks still unnerved.
* Amaha Masane from the ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' anime, despite being completely childish and doting over her daughter, quickly became adequate PunchClockHero. Soon the only thing that worried her at all was Rihoko's possible reaction on [[HarmfulToMinors seeing her transformed]]. Until she faced [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique the consequences]].
* Miria Farino in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''? She even takes baby Komillia (or Dana, if you're following ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'') once into battle.
** By Macross 7, she's a mother seven times over (plus one adoption) and she still can keep up with her husband. And yes, they're both probably the best pilots in Macross 7 despite being in their 40s-50s, as Macross 7 is set 35 years or so into the future. So, yeah.
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' gives us the minor character of Canaria Bernstein, a combat medic who uses a '''[[{{BFG}} a König Monster]]'''
* EVA Unit-01 and Unit-02 from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' may count as they are [[HumongousMecha gigantic death machines]] with [[spoiler:the pilot's mother's soul inside]] of it that usually goes out of its way to stop the child inside from being too badly hurt.
* Empress Marianne vi Britannia, a.k.a. Marianne the Flash, from ''Anime/CodeGeass'', who managed to be a HumongousMecha test pilot, LadyOfWar, and RebelliousPrincess [[spoiler: and LadyMacbeth]], all while still being a sweet and loving mother to her two children. It's no wonder that she serves as inspiration not only to them, but also to the majority of her step-children who appear in the anime.
* Misaki Jurai Masaki, [[Anime/TenchiMuyo the junior Empress of Jurai]], is not only the Aeka and Sasami's mom, but also the head of Emperor's Guard and uncontested martial arts champion of the whole Jurai Empire for as long as she is bothered to compete. And ''her'' mom, Seto Kamiki Jurai, while actually ruling in place of her son-in-law, still finds the time to justify the reputation that gave her the famous nickname of "Devil Princess of Jurai" (Even the first BigBad of the series gave her a wide berth!).
** The ''senior'' Empress of Jurai, Funaho (Yosho's mom), is director of the Intelligence division. In one episode of the Manga, an assassin tries to kill her on a trip to Earth by dropping a steel girder on her. She stops its fall with a single '''jab''', nearly bending it in half, without even standing up.
* Lena Sayers from ''Anime/MaiOtome'', the original Blue Sky Sapphire holder, whose past is explored in [[Anime/MaiOtome0Sifr the prequel]]. She's the mother of [[spoiler:the main series' heroine, Arika]]. While she [[spoiler:was defeated in the Aswad's attack on Windbloom's castle because she lost her powers, she was apparently able to put up enough of a fight to be considered a WorthyOpponent by the Aswad, who hoped to give her a proper burial]].
* Naomi Armitage from ''Anime/ArmitageIII'', though it doesn't seem that way at first. She, her human husband Ross and her daughter Youko were hiding from AllOfTheOtherReindeer at that point, FantasticRacism having won the day in the form of ''feminists'' who weren't fond of the concept of being ''replaced by machines''; She ''really'' needed to keep her head down. You could tell Armitage was having the time of her ''life'' showing off her cyborg MamaBear side after little Youko is kidnapped and she had to go after the culprits.
%%* Daiko Hayami from ''New Anime/CuteyHoney''.
%%** Honey herself at the end of ''Cutey Honey Flash''.
* ''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou'''s resident mom Kouchuu Kanshou, the {{Expy}} of [[CoolOldGuy Huang Zhong]]. Her story behind her action isn't exactly pretty, though: [[IHaveYourWife Her daughter is being held hostage by bandits and she is forced to assassinate a noble to keep her alive]]. Later on, after her daughter is rescued, she's freed from any burdens and fights without anything to hold back.
** In ''Manga/IkkiTousen'', Hakufu's OlderThanTheyLook mother Goei ({{expy}} of Madame Wu, mother of Sun Ce's aka Hakufu's past self) is no frontline fighter and prefers to take care of the Shuuyu household, but either [[BerserkButton call her "old woman"]] or threaten her directly, and you'll have her prove that she can defend herself rather well.
* [[TheCaptain Fee Carmichael]] from ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'', although she has the advantage of having her son and husband out of harm's way, in Florida, while she freely performs all her badassery [[InSpace in outer space]]. Not that her [[RammingAlwaysWorks badassery]] is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome anything to sneer at]].
* In ''Anime/GEARFighterDendoh'', Ginga's mom is a Kenpo instructor who will beat the crap out of almost anyone smaller than a MonsterOfTheWeek. [[spoiler:And then there's Vega, who turns out to be ''Hokuto's'' mom in disguise.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}},'' Yoshimori's mother Sumiko seems to be this, she appears to be WalkingTheEarth leaving her very domestic husband and OldMaster father to raise her kids, her only appearance outside of flashbacks involved her throwing a dragon(which she had apparently beaten unconscious and dragged across the country) at her son TheHero from great height, then beating said dragon into submission when it came for her. Also in a flashback she [[spoiler:killed a god seemingly just for shits and giggles, and because the god's still-in-the-womb kid told her too]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a few Action Moms in its cast.
** First and foremost was Bellmere, who was a Marine on the front lines of battle when she discovered two orphaned children, Nojiko and Nami, and took them home to raise since the sight of the two little girls gave her back her strength to live. When Arlong attacked their island, she alone attempted to fight back. Failing that, she willingly gave her own life to ensure Nojiko and Nami's safety.
** Nico Robin's mother, Olvia, was an AdventurerArchaeologist before meeting her end defending her homeland of Ohara.
* Cattleya in ''Anime/QueensBlade'' is a mother, weaponsmith, retired adventurer and owner of some of the largest breasts in all of anime. Bonus points in usually fighting with her son Rana ''tucked under her arm''.
* Aki Hinata from ''KeroroGunsou'' kicks butt when she has to. For starters, she's got a black belt in aikido.
** Oka Nishizawa, Momoka's mother, is an even bigger example. She met her husband Baio during a world martial arts tournament, and is introduced when she sneaks into her husband's mansion in Japan and beats the crap out of the security.
** A later chapter shows that Aki is apparently the only person who can match Oka in a fight.
* Tsume Inuzuka of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is the single mother of two teenagers yet has maintained not only active ass-kicking status as an elite kunoichi but also runs her own clan.
-->'''Tsume''': (referring to an enemy) [[ComicallyMissingThePoint He was so scared of me, he ran away!]]
-->'''Kiba''': (thinking to himself) ''Yeah, mom... just like with dad.''
** Kushina Uzumaki, Naruto's mother, battles the series EldritchAbomination and the BigBad controlling it while dying. She takes a claw longer than she is tall to the stomach ''and catches it on its way out'' to protect her son. This all takes place about one hour after she gave birth and then had the Kyuubi forcefully dragged out of her, something that was previously always fatal.
** [[spoiler:Princess Kaguya]] effectively became a PhysicalGod before giving birth to her children and only got stronger after that. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, she also became DrunkWithPower]].
** As of the SpinOff ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'', [[spoiler: Sakura Haruno]] has grown into quite the example. The assassin who targeted her daughter Sarada [[CurbStompBattle had no chance]] against her, and [[spoiler:Sasuke and Naruto]] were pretty impressed.
* [[spoiler: Ryougi Shiki]] in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai''. No surprise there, you knew it was gonna happen eventually.
%%How?* Zoroark from the ''Anime/PokemonZoroarkMasterOfIllusions'' movie '''[[BadAss most certainly]]''' falls under this trope.
* In an episode of the original Anime/DigimonAdventure, Sora Takenouchi's [[YamatoNadeshiko very traditional]] mom, Toshiko, takes up this mantle for an episode in a MamaBear bid to rescue her daughter from Phantomon. She comes up with a plan to [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguise herself as one of the hordes of Bakemon]] (along with [[{{Mon}} Biyomon]]) and then volunteer as the one to "capture" her daughter, who's being pursued by them. Her bid pays off and Sora is rescued, even if Toshiko ends up captured in her place. Maybe not true Action Mom status, but about the closest one has ever gotten in a Digimon series.
* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'' we have Zenkichi Hitoyoshi's mom, Hitomi Hitoyoshi: MadScientist, {{badass}} [[MartialArtsAndCrafts martial artist]] and looking approximately half her son's age.
* Ur from ''Manga/FairyTail'', was a powerful wizard even after the birth of her daughter.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': Saya doubles as Alice's [[CoolBigSis "big sister" figure]] and her ParentalSubstitute, as well as being the other half of a tentative BattleCouple with Hirano. The 29th chapter hung a massive lampshade on it, [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/21 when Alice fell off her bike]] and was about to be attacked by zombies. Saya [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/22 immediately sprang into]] MamaBear mode and took out the nearest one, [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/31 then whapped Alice]] on the noggin for making her worry. Followed by [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple a 'family hug']] [[http://www.mangareader.net/high-school-of-the-dead/29/32 afterwards.]]
* The Marchioness of Middleford, aka Elizabeth's mother Frances, in ''Manga/BlackButler''. She also doubles as an ActionGirl.
* [[spoiler:Cordelia Gallo]] in ''LightNovel/{{Gosick}}''. Try not to cheer when she [[spoiler: goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the man who destroyed her life by kidnapping and raping her and forcing her to bear his daughter, in the name of the daughter who she loves anyway, and '''kills him.''' She dies shortly afterward, but ''damn.'']]
* Yoriko Yasaka from ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' might look like a fluffy CuddleBug, but she's ''also'' a part-time Malign Deity Hunter who's badass enough to put the Fear of G...er, Mom into the hearts of [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep and Cthuguha]] with nothing more than [[ImprobableWeaponUser an ordinary dinner fork]]. [[MamaBear And Cthulhu help you if you lay a finger on her beloved Hiro-kun...]]
* Miko Shibuya from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh!'' is shown to hold her own when attacked by enemies. She used a broken broom handle to effectively drive off attacks with her fencing skills.
* Evangeline from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is a vampire so powerful that [[TheDreaded her very name inspires terror in the hearts of mortal men]]. In it's sequel, ''Manga/UQHolder'', she's the main character's adoptive mother and is just as {{Badass}}.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Susan "Sue" Storm-Richards of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' is a mother of two, and still the strongest member of the four. ''[[MamaBear Do not hurt her children if you know what's good for you]].''
* ComicBook/JeanGrey of the ''Comicbook/XMen'': Oddly enough Jean fits this despite ''never'' having actually carried a child. [[TangledFamilyTree All her offspring are from alternate universes or timelines.]]
* Alanna Strange from the DC Universe definitely fits the trope, seeing as she's apparently capable of fighting her way past the bad guy's guards, sneak into the room where he's gloating over her captured husband, take out the guards ''there'' with nerve pinches without him noticing, trading insults with him for a few minutes and then knocking him out - all while carrying her daughter in a sling around her neck.
* The original ComicBook/RedTornado, although mostly played for laughs.
* Julia Diggers of ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'', where having three grown-up kids doesn't keep her from still being one of the top fighters of the fantasy world of Jade. In the series the parents getting involved is generally a big warning sign that things either have gotten really serious or are about to be wrapped up very quickly and painfully for the other party.
** Now that she's had a daughter of her own, Julia's adopted daughter Brittany Diggers has become a rather fierce example herself.
** Julia's own mother, Brunhilda Brigand, is an action mom herself, one of the few fighters who can match Julia. It really runs in the family.
* Hippolyta of the ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' mythos. Never mind the fact that Diana ''is'' an adult...
* The female Dr. Light is the mother of two, and the former leader of a [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] team.
* Tara Chace from Greg Rucka's ''ComicBook/QueenAndCountry'' series [[TenMinuteRetirement quits for a little while]] after she has Tamsin, but she's back and assassinating coup-plotters in Uzbekistan before you know it.
* Tara from ''ComicBook/TheWarlord'' after she gives birth to Joshua.
* The titular ActionGirl from ''ComicBook/YokoTsuno'' becomes this after she adopts a little girl named Morning Dew.
%%* Kate Spencer, the title character of the ComicBook/{{Manhunter}} series.
* ''ComicBook/MsTree'', originally with her stepson Michael and later with her own daughter Melodie (following a stint as a PregnantBadass).
* ComicBook/JessicaJones from ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers''. She laid the smackdown on Kang the Conqueror (a guy who's a threat to a team of Avengers) when he threatened to shoot her if things didn't go his way.
-->'''Jessica:''' Can I give you a piece of advice, Kang? [[PregnantBadass Never mess with a pregnant woman]].
* Talia Al Ghul after giving birth to Damian Wayne is still badassed enough to brandish a handgun and wear a sexy catsuit or have Batman tied up against his will.
* Nomi Sunrider of ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'' serves as a knight in the Krath and Great Sith Wars. In one ambush, she actually fights with her daughter Vima on her hip, and in fact got started on the Jedi path when defending herself and her daughter from her husband's murderers.
* [[ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures Rangi Fangus]],mother of Angus Fangus. She is the leader of her tribe, plot to foil the plans of a CorruptCorporateExecutive and lead said tribe to fight alien invaders(while [[GunsAkimbo wielding two guns]]).
* ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske: Tante Sidonia, despite being Suske and Wiske's aunt rather than mum, can be quite inventive in action scenes if she wants to.
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: Madam Pheip and Madam Nero are both quick to grab all kinds of kitchen stuff to hit their opponents K.O., especially when their husbands or children are threatened.
%%* ComicStrip/DeKiekeboes: Charlotte, who followed a self defense course.
* ComicBook/ShannaTheSheDevil is HappilyMarried with Ka-Zar and they have a son.
* ComicBook/EmmaFrost has five cloned daughters, Stepford Cuckoos. She can be protective to them, and she is quite saddened when two of them is dead (even if one of them, Esme, once betrayed and tried to kill her).
* Kelsey Leigh, the second ComicBook/CaptainBritain, is a single mom of two children.
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Fanhunter}}'' comic there's Belit. She keeps her badassery even after giving birth to John and Erika.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': [[spoiler:Asuka fought the whole South American campaign being pregnant with Shinji's baby.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Asuka is a soldier, a pilot that fights giant alien monsters… and she becomes a mother in this story. She fought battles when she was still carrying her daughter and after giving birth.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Asuka is a soldier and HumongousMecha AcePilot has been training since she was four... and she is mother of a five-years-old child.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': It turns out that [[spoiler:Kyoko -Asuka's mother- was an Amazon, and demonstrates this trope quite well in a video of her forced Contact Experiment with Unit-02.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': [[spoiler:Asuka had delivered and raised Aki together with Shinji for four years before getting dragged back to the past and fight the Angel War again.]]
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': After the Angel War [[spoiler:Asuka become the Goddess of War and later she and Shinji had at least a daughter -Kali-. And she still kept being a warrior goddess and kicking butts.]]
* Sarafina in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'' is both this and a MamaBear. She knows how to kick butt, being one of the strongest lionesses in the pride.
* From ''Fanfic/YoungJusticeDarknessFalls'', we have [[spoiler: Artemis. Who after giving birth to her daughter Isis, still is able to use the bow and fight pretty effectively.]]
* The sequel ''Fanfic/YoungJusticeTitans'' has both [[spoiler:Artemis and M'gann. Both of them already have kids, and both of them can still fight with the best of them.]]
* Like her [[RedOniBlueOni counterpart]] from the page pic and the Films - Animation folder, Kate Squall, aka Apogee, has her moments as one of these in ''Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces.'' Interestingly, she's actually [[GeniusDitz quite flighty in spite of her physics degree,]] [[FauxActionGirl doesn't spend as much time under the limelight as her children,]] and [[CowardlyLion tends to panic at the first sign of danger.]] However, armed with but her [[GravityMaster gravity powers]] and guerrilla-style MamaBear attitude, she manages to not only beat up tons of {{Mooks}} with surprising ease, but also successfully raise and take care of a feisty teenage girl... and eventually, a feisty teenage ''pterosaur.''
* Elita-One in [[FanFic/ThingsWeDontTellHumans Things We Don't Tell Humans]] fits this.
* In ''Fanfic/FutariWaPrettyCureBlueMoon'', MysteriousWatcher Dawn mentions a few times that she has children and can thus relate to the {{Mentor Mascot}}s' worry about their own son (who happens to be [[GenerationXerox the new Cures' partner]]). [[spoiler:One of those children turns out to be [[DistressedDamsel Mia]].]] Yeah, when Dawn finally ends up actually fighting, she lives up to this.
* ''Twilight Sparkle'', of all mares, gains badass points after she adopts Nyx in ''Fanfic/PastSins''.
** Another WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic example: In ''Fanfic/ThePartyNeverEnded'', Derpy Hooves/Ditzy Doo is motivated to help the weather team with the huge storm summoned by the BigBad (and does a pretty good job of it) because of her love for her daughter Dinky.
** Derpy gets even more badass in ''Fanfic/AceCombatEquestriaChronicles''.
* FanFic/AGrowingAffection: Yukihana saves five people from the Nine-Tails despite only giving birth two days previous. Yugao goes toe-to-toe with Konan to protect her daughter.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' fanfic, ''[[FanFic/PresentMeetsFuture Present Meets Future]]'', Kitty is one.
* In the Fanfic ''FanFic/WhatHaveYouDone'', Twilight Sparkle's mother, Twilight Velvet is well trained in emphatic spells, and uses them quite effectively against a group of Changelings. Before that glorious moment, we saw her stand up to ''[[PhysicalGod Princess Celestia]]'' for her [[MamaBear daughter's sake]]. Bad.Ass.
* ''FanFic/FieldOfInnocence'': Before she died, Lu Ten's mother, [[BadassPrincess Colonel Kei Rin,]] was one. She was such a feared soldier that the Earth Kingdom army had a 'flee on sight' order for her.
* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''{{Discworld}}'' imaginings, Doctor Davinina Bellamy is the [[ActionMom Action Mum]]. in appearance blonde, bespectacled and mumsy, she runs her own floristry business, has a PhD in Botany, and is married with three sons. Her knowledge of the language of flowers [[note]]specifically, how to say ''Drop Dead!'' in a dozen stylish and inventive ways[[/note]] draws her to the notice of the Guild of Assassins, who need a Botany teacher for the School. She passes the Mature Students Course and takes up a new career, all the time being a devoted wife and mother. She even gets two of her sons accepted by the School for Assassin training.
* In the {{Series/Arrow}} series ''[[Fanfic/LegacySeries Legacy]]'', Lyla's response to getting shot is, "Don't make a fuss." Her daughter can only say, "Mom's hardcore." Felicity will also pick up a weapon to defend her kids without hesitation.
* In ''FanFic/CatchYourBreath'', Miyako Gekko, who was leading her very own [[spoiler:Zetsu]] extermination squad in the Commencement arc and fighting alongside her daughter.
** Kushina counts, too. [[spoiler: Right after giving birth to Naruto, she proceeds to stomp to the Barrier/Sensor Squad and stage a non-hostile takeover. And again, when she and Tsunade proceed to obliterate Danzo while Minato and the gang are in Suna. Kushina dealt the finishing blow, and Kurama even praised her ferocity.]]

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* Manolo's mother Carmen in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', once he arrives in the Land of the Remembered. She travels to the edge of the Land of the Remembered, climbs a gigantic statue and slaps Xibalba.
* Pictured on this page is Helen Parr, a.k.a. Elastigirl of ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', who can still kick butt with the rest of her family despite having more than a decade of hiatus.
** Helen herself seems to invoke a kind of this trope in one deleted scene, by blowing her gasket at an IronLady who belittled her choice to become a stay at home mom, ranting about how raising children is, when you come down to it, a much more difficult job that is much more important to the survival of humanity than said business lady's swanky executive position ever will be, even when you ''don't'' consider that Helen's children will save the world.
* In ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', Franny's main hobby outside of conducting frog bands is practicing her karate skills, demonstrated at the dinner table complete with bad kung fu movie dubbing.
* Though they aren't technically mother and children, 7 from ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'' plays this role to 3 and 4.
* Mrs Brisby of ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' is an ActionSurvivor ActionMom. She spends much if not most of the movie in well over her head but keeps going because her family is at stake.

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon''. Jade Fox, while not a blood relative, appears to be a stronger maternal figure to Jen than her own mother. She seems to look up to Shu Lien in the same way, later in the film.
* The Geena Davis movie ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight'' plays with this. The woman, who has amnesia, starts off as an ordinary mom, then [[AmnesiacDissonance remembers that she was an assassin]] and initially decides to abandon her daughter as the girl isn't really 'hers' (the assassin) but that of her alter-ego (the mom), and then eventually goes through a CharacterDevelopment into an action mom, combining both.
* Sarah Connor in the ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' movies and ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', a case where she didn't start out as an Action Girl, but definitely became one after she gave birth to John.
* Creator/CarlaGugino's character in the ''Film/SpyKids'' movies.
* Karen Barclay is forced to become this over the course of the first ''Film/ChildsPlay'' film.
* Brooke Smith pushes this trope to its logical extreme in the dark comedy ''Film/{{Series 7 The Contenders}}'' in which unwilling contestants in a reality TV show are forced to hunt down and kill each other. Smith plays Dawn, the heavily pregnant reigning champion, waddling her way between hits.
* Jane and Jeff Blue from ''Film/UndercoverBlues'' are total Action Parents, bringing their baby girl with them through all kinds of spy adventures.
%%* ''Film/MomAndDadSaveTheWorld''
* Ellen Ripley. In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', her relationship with Newt is completely maternal, even though they're not biologically mother and daughter. [[MamaBear Much ass-kicking is induced by that relationship]]. "GET AWAY FROM HER, YOU BITCH!", indeed. The directors cut of the film also reveals that she had a daughter back on Earth before leaving on the trip that sets off the series. Said daughter grew old and died while Ripley was lost in cryogenic sleep for 57 years, making her connection with Newt all the more significant.
* Although she tries and fails to embrace the housewife role, Beatrix from ''Film/KillBill'' could fit this trope, especially since in the end it is implied that [[spoiler:even though she is reunited with her daughter, she's probably not going to be able to go forever without kicking ass.]]
* Zin from ''Film/{{Chocolate}}'' is a former loan shark. She spends most of the movie trying to give up her old life, but when she's threatened she proves she's still extremely dangerous.
* Mrs. Peltzer from 'Film/{{Gremlins}}'' goes to some...[[YourHeadAsplode extreme]] lengths to defend her home from the titular monsters.
* A brief moment in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' has Frigga proving that a strong son comes from a strong mother. When she sees that the Frost Giants are invading and Odin was under the Odinsleep at the time, she wastes no time grabbing a sword and killing Laufey's lackey with one hit for [[MamaBear coming after her husband.]]
** This is upped in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', where she duels the main villain Malekith [[spoiler: and defeats him, only to be stabbed in the back by his [[TheDragon Dragon]].]]
* ''Film/{{Kenau}}'': Kenau is mother to two daughters and the leader of a whole band of action girls that really existed: the Women of Harlem.

* Both Helena and Titania of the ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' series fit this category well, as they continued to occasionally kick ass as the mothers of many children.
* Debbie aka [=AtomicMom=] from ''{{Literature/Armada}}'' is a good example. She has three sons and is the eighth best pilot in the world in Armada.
* ''Literature/AstralDawn''. If one counts the many children Ixchel has had in previous lives, then she too could be considered an "action mom". The same is true of other goddesses in the series as well.
* Tamara Hoyle from ''Literature/{{Remnants}}'', a former Marine who fought off countless aliens with her EnfantTerrible strapped to her hip.
* Magrat Garlick from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', who became a far more competent and dangerous witch when she upgraded from [[TheHecateSisters Maiden to Mother]]. This is not entirely unexpected by witches. Nanny Ogg is still technically the Mother in a coven by reason of having a lot of (grown) children, not being young.
* Literature/ThursdayNext, in the later books has a regular habit of dashing back from her action exploits to look after her child.
* Charity Carpenter of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has seven kids, but that doesn't stop her from kicking ass. We learn in ''Death Masks'' that she makes all of her Holy Knight husband's armor, and in ''Proven Guilty,'' [[spoiler:she joins Harry in storming a faerie queen's stronghold to rescue her kidnapped daughter, armed with swords and mail she herself forged.]]
** She's also her husband Michael's training partner. She can definitely wield a sword.
* Lisanne Norman's Literature/SholanAlliance Series features Carrie Hamilton-Aldatan. She finally gives birth at the end of the third book, but continues on her merry butt-kicking way.
** Triple points here for being a PregnantBadass and something of a LadyOfWar.
* In Christopher Stasheff's ''Literature/WarlockOfGramarye'' series, Gwen Gallowglass is a devoted wife and a loving mother to her four children. She is also a ridiculously high-powered psychic, and God help you if you lay a finger on her or her family.
* [[RedHeadedHero Mara Jade Skywalker]] of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse, ''Literature/NewJediOrder''-era onward, who arguably kicks a lot more ass as an ActionMom than as an ActionGirl or [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]]. Also a MamaBear when you piss her off enough.
** Leia counts as well, though the "action" part doesn't suit her in the traditional sense (what with getting caught up in politics and all). Not at first, anyway; she eventually goes full-time action-y in the ''Dark Nest'' series (she got sick of politics).
*** And another EU example: [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Tenel Ka]], ''Dark Nest'' onward. While we don't see her fight much (queen and all), she's proven herself more than capable of defending herself and her daughter, [[spoiler:who just happens to be Leia and Han's granddaughter]], from all sorts of threats, including ''two'' assassination attempts.
* Having three kids hasn't slowed TamoraPierce's [[Literature/TortallUniverse Alanna the Lioness]] down at all; she's continued to be the King's Champion and one of the most notable knights of the realm for over two decades.
** Daine appears to be doing fine with two kids. And [[spoiler:Aly has triplets, according to Pierce, and shows no signs of slowing down. This technically makes Alanna an Action Grandma.]] Observe the entirely unsurprised fandom.
* Caroline Wagner of ''Literature/TheNewHeroes'' continued to fight as her superhero alterego Energy for three years after her son was born. Even after she lost her powers she continued to be an action Mum, teaching her son how to fight, outwitting mecha-armored baddies and making sure everyone in Sakkara gets their homework done.
* The eponymous Jennifer in ''Literature/JenniferGovernment'' is a single mother and a government agent. Also, badass.
* The ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series features several {{action girl}}s and action moms despite the era (Napoleonic wars), because of a quirk of dragon biology: one breed, the Longwing, will almost never accept a male captain. Jane Roland is a fine example of a rare ActionMom who is not a total MamaBear as well. For that matter, any female dragons that have had eggs that hatched would probably count.
* As noted on the LadyOfWar page, this is what David Weber's idea of an empowered woman looks like. So it's a no-brainer that his series -- mostly ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', but others as well -- are chock full of them. If you see an ActionGirl there, who also happened to discover the joys of motherhood, you can safely bet on her being an ActionMom too.
* Molly Weasley from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' became one in the later books. In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows the seventh book]] she [[spoiler: [[MamaBear kills Bellatrix Lestrange]] with a cry of "Not my daughter, you [[PrecisionFStrike bitch!"]]]]
** Nymphadora Tonks in Deathly Hallows as well.
* Angelina from ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' books. Keeps an assortment of deadly weapons in with the diapers in the baby carriage.
* [[Literature/AmeliaPeabody Amelia Peabody Emerson]] is an ActionMom who carries a steel tipped parasol, a gun and a knife -- and still is unequal to her son Ramses.
** Ramses' wife, Nefret Emerson, seems to be carrying on her mother-in-law's legacy quite well, being the mother of twins and still keeping up with her husband [[spoiler: in the dangerous games of disguise and espionage that he plays with his bloodbrother, David Todros]].
* [[spoiler:Sally Jackson]] in ''[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians The Last Olympian]]''. When faced with [[spoiler:an army of some of mythology's deadliest monsters, she ''grabs a shotgun from the nearest police car and joins the fight'', despite having apparently never fired a shotgun before in her life and being a (for the most part) normal, mortal mother.]]
* Liadan in ''Literature/SonOfTheShadows'' [[spoiler: fights her way through Side Dubh to save Bran]] with her infant son strapped to her back.
* The ''Literature/CodexAlera's'' resident MamaBear, Isana, doesn't do much action-wise at first, but as the books go on she gets more and more involved and in the second half of the series participates in breaking a prisoner out of TheAlcatraz, challenges a noble to single combat, and single handedly takes down a half-dozen Vord warriors.
** Lady Placida, [[CaptainErsatz being a thinly-veiled version of]] [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Cordelia Vorkosigan,]] also counts.
* Yanaba Maddock in the ''[[{{Petaybee}} Twins of Petaybee]]'' books. Though her children are supposedly the heroes, she's the one to watch out for, [[MamaBear especially if you hurt them]].
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Han Solo at Stars' End'' we have Atuarre the {{catfolk}} "Trianii Ranger." Her husband and son were captured by the evil Corporate Sector MegaCorp, but she rescued the kid herself. He had been tortured and the trauma left him mute. Now, with the cub in tow as a {{sidekick}}, she will join Han Solo and whatever to face [[NeverTellMeTheOdds overwhelming odds]], defy the bad guys and make hubby proud—if he's still alive. She probably went MamaBear to save the son, but that was off-screen.
* Having a son didn't stop [[spoiler:Ellana]] from ''Literature/LePacteDesMarchombres'' from staying the {{Badass}} ActionGirl she already was, and she even went ''alone'' against ''the entire order of the Mercenaries of Chaos'' to save him. [[spoiler:''And succeeded'']].
* The hero of ''[[Literature/SpecialCircumstances Princess of Wands]]'' is one of these, although not really known by most of the rest of her family since she keeps those activities separate from her housewife life.
* Ann Vinn Mullhaney of ''Literature/TimeScout'' is Time Terminal 86's second/third most deadly individual (it's a toss-up). She also happens to be happily married and a mother.
* Bridget, mom of one teenager, in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' is the sole female from Carvahall to join the Varden army. She does this to protect one of the main characters so she can have revenge on him for the death of her husband. She is also the sole female fighter in the entire human army aside from the Herbalist Angela and the leader of the Varden, Nasuada.
* While a few main characters are old enough to have children, and grandchildren, the standout ActionMom in the ''Literature/BreakingTheWall'' trilogy is Nissa Nita, who's raising her two year old daughter while learning the magic necessary to perform her role as one of the Thirteen Orphans.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats''. Though she-cats take a break from their warrior duties when they have kits, they still have to be ready to protect their kits if the camp is attacked. One gift that new leaders are often given as part of their [[CatsHaveNineLives nine lives]] is the love a mother has for her kits, in order to help them protect the Clan; this life is often expected to feel gentle, and the new leader is often shocked by how painfully fierce it is - mothers are willing to face any amount of enemies or even die for their kits. One particular Action Mom is Leafstar: leaders normally are not allowed to have kits because it conflicts with their duties, but Leafstar decided to have kits anyway.
%% * Jocelyn Fray from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''.
* In the ''Literature/StoriesOfNypre'' series Wonik and Meni are the guardians of wind and water magic respectively.
* Yoshiko Itsubishi from ''Literature/StrengthAndJustice''. She may not like confrontation, but when pushed she reveals lethal martial arts skills and great reflexes to boot.
* Clarissa Kinnison, Red Literature/{{Lensman}} and mother to five children. True, all are adults by the time her ActionMom status is earned, but she ''is'' their mother and in ''Children of the Lens'' she comes out of retirement to kick arse on a level most Lensmen (even her fellow Second-Stage Lensmen) can only dream of doing.
* Literature/CatherineLing from the Creator/IrisJohansen novel trilogy of same name is a CIA operative with a teenage son (the father was a fellow agent and is now dead), and spends much of the first book trying to keep the BigBad from using him to get to her.
* Gretchen in ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' takes a leadership role in defending Grantville, particularly the school, while pregnant with her second child. Julie and Rebecca are also major parts of that defense, despite each being in her first pregnancy. Rebecca even takes out several men who try to attack her directly, at around eight months along.
* Dominique Vazquez gains this status in the second book of Creator/SteveAlten's Literature/{{Domain}} after a more supporting role in the first one. Lilith Mabus also counts.
* In ''Literature/TheGolgothaSeries'', Maude spent years training as a spy, thief, and assassin for a secret order called Lilith's Load. She retired for a time to become a wife and mother; but she is still capable of using her skills when necessary, and is passing down the same training to her daughter Constance.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred''. Homeland security agent [[BadassNormal Diana Skouris]], after she adopts the orphaned [[WaifProphet Maia Rutledge]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' gives us Amy Pond post-pregnancy, and earlier, after a Jackie Tyler went from annoying shrew to woman who kicks Dalek ass.
* Alice Carter on ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Gwen Cooper also qualifies in ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay'', having given birth between series.
* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Sarah Jane Smith becomes one of these, though both her children were adopted.
* In ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Xena has a brief foray as this with her baby Eve, before a plan to evade the gods goes awry and separates them.
* Niki/Jessica from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
** Also Daphne in one possible future that appears more and more likely to come to pass. Technically a "Dark Action Mom" as she's working for the bad guys, but it's more out of ignorance than genuine malevolence.
* Piper Halliwell from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', especially since she became the strongest sister after [[spoiler:Prue's death.]]
* It doesn't happen until very near the end of the miniseries, so she doesn't get much time, but [[Series/{{Farscape}} Aeryn Sun]] wastes none: she gives birth to her child and ''moments later'' takes point on the team that intends to get the protagonists back to their ship.
* ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'': Ozu Miyuki is the transforming superheroine [=MagiMother=]. When the bad guys awaken, her five children must join her as Magirangers and fight them. She is defeated by [[TheDragon Wolzard]] at the start of the second episode and spends the bulk of the series [[NeverFoundTheBody presumed dead]]. [[spoiler:her first action upon her return is to stop the [[GodOfEvil Hades God Toad]]'s [[ApocalypseHow Divine Punishment]] and then lead her family in killing him.]]
* Since being a [[MandatoryMotherhood mother is mandatory]] on a soap opera, many female characters eventually become an ActionMom. This was particularly evident on Series/GeneralHospital during the 1980s, as (former spy turned police commissioner turned private investigator) Anna Devane regularly fought off various villains and enemy spies all the while raising her young daughter Robin.
* Nikki Wood in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the mother of Principal Wood, was a Slayer, and is seen in the comics fighting off a vampire while pregnant and deprived of her Slayer powers. She continued to fight the forces of darkness after giving birth to her son, up until her death at the hands of Spike.
* Sharon "Athena" Agathon on the new ''{{Series/Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' continues to be a Raptor (a [[MilitaryMashupMachine combination transport ship, electronic warfare vessel, and bomber]]) pilot after the birth of her daughter Hera, and will [[MamaBear go to great lengths]] to protect her ([[spoiler: good for us, considering that she's [[AdamAndEvePlot the mother of us all]]]]).
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Dr. Beverly Crusher is a fine-boned, gorgeous strawberry blonde doctor. She ''also'' practices [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon]] martial arts on a regular basis, thoroughly enjoys starship command, is ''[[CombatMedic good]]'' [[CombatMedic at said command]], and oh yeah? will hide the ship she is commanding ''inside a star'' and then ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome trigger a solar flare to destroy you]]'' if you shoot at her. All while parenting a teenager.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Captain Janeway is openly referred to as being a "[[TeamMom mother to the crew]]", and certainly gets Sigourney Weaver on the ass of anyone who threatens them. Probably the most overt example is in "Dark Frontier" when the Borg Queen retakes Seven of Nine back into the Collective, resulting in a custody battle fought with phaser rifles. The two-parter even ends with Janeway "tucking Seven into bed" (i.e. plugging her into the regeneration alcove).
* Jennifer "JJ" Jareau of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' continues to work for the BAU after she has her son.
* Lindsay Messer on ''Series/{{CSINY}}''. Continues to work as a detective while raising a daughter with Danny. Goes all MamaBear when Shane Casey is holding her daughter with a gun to her head. One shot, one kill.
* Catherine Willows on ''Series/{{CSI}}'' probably counts too. She isn't a cop, but still gets her share of actions sequences. And Do NOT mess with Lindsey.
* In the second season of ''Series/FallingSkies'', [[spoiler: Dr. Glass]] specifically delays telling the father of her child that she's pregnant because she wants to go on a particularly dangerous mission with him.
%%* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Both Snow White and her daughter Emma.
* We find out in season four of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' that Mary Winchester was one of these until she [[RefusalOfTheCall left the family business]] in an effort to have a normal life. [[CantStayNormal Not only did it not work]] it set a chain reaction of events off that are still [[HereditaryCurse screwing her children over to this day.]]
* Mrs. [=McCall=] of ''Series/TeenWolf'' is an interesting example. At first, she was unaware of her son Scott's being a werewolf--but once she became privy not only to that, but all of the supernatural goings-on in her town, she quickly rose to Action Mom status, helping to fight off the various monsters that attack Scott and his friends.
* Carol from ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' is a zombie killing BadAss. This trope is subverted when [[spoiler: Her daughter gets infected, and subsequently gets the shit shot out of her.]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Sweet Saraya is not only the step mother of Zebra Kid (whom Wrestling/RingOfHonor fans may remember as the first challenger to the rechristened World Title), not only the biological mother of Nikki Knight, Zack Zodiac and [[Wrestling/{{Paige}} Britani Knight]] but in the case of the latter two, she's also been their direct competition.
* In 1993, La Sirenita had to vacate the Mexican National Women's title due to a pregnancy. In 1994, she regained the belt by defeating rival claimant Maria del Angel. Also, her son would grow up to become the luchador known as Enigma.
* Wrestling/JillianHall was raising a daughter around the same time she was training to be a pro wrestler.
* La Chacala had two sons by the time she was City Of Monterrey Champion.
* Madison Eagles remained active after starting a family with fellow wrestler Ryan, having a daughter.
* In 2008, Allison Danger revealed to Valerie Malone that she would be taking time off to begin raising the next generation of Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} athletes. Unfortunately for her, some aggravation from the current generation saw her return [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge a little earlier than expected.]]
* Sienna Duvall has reminisced about looking out into the crowd and finding her own son among the people booing her.
* In 2009, what was then known as Memphis Ladies Wrestling ran angle about Brandi Wine patiently waiting on her ArchEnemy Little Jeanne to have her baby before attempting to get revenge.
* [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]], when thanking Diva Dirt for a Legacy Award, mentioned how much time the job took away from being with her husband and kids.
* When [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Kharma]] gave birth to her first child on December 31, 2011, people did not expect her to be back in the ring for a few more months. So imagine everybody's surprise when she apeared less than one month later as the third woman to ever participate in the Wrestling/RoyalRumble, easily tossing around any male wrestler who tried to confront her. Sadly, it was later revealed that her child did not survive birth.
* Nevaeh, half of SHIMMER's first champion {{tag team}} and enforcer of Wrestling/{{CZW}}'s [=Oi4K=] has made off handed comments about having a daughter. The other half of that team, [[Wrestling/MadisonRayne Ashley Lane]], has also made off hand comments about returning to the ring after giving birth.
* Sin-D continued to wrestle even after her daughter, Amanda Ruffen, debuted.
* Mickie Knuckles vacated Absolute Intense Wrestling's Women's title in 2012 after she got pregnant but went charging after her successor, Allysin Kay, after giving birth.
* During her first doubles title run in 2013, [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]] took many photos with her family, including those of her daughter.
* La Amazona had stepped away from the ring after getting pregnant but returned in 2015 to EWO in Puerto Rico after being provoked by [[ArchNemesis arch rival]] Sweet Nancy.

* Catholic military victories tend to get attributed to the intercession of Mary. There's a reason one of her titles is "Our Lady of Victory."
* [[Myth/HinduMythology Durga]], the powerful warrior mother-goddess.

* Sarah Bishop in Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG fits this role rather nicely. At first she seems a rather gentle woman who just wants her daughter to be safe... that is until she gets a chance to actually go out onto the battlefield.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Spanish fanzine-turned-comic-book-turned-RPG ''ComicBook/{{Fanhunter}}'' introduced the generic character of the "[[BadassGrandma Ninja Granny]]" (original: "Ag? ninja"; later concretized in at least one individual), who supposedly learned ninjitsu in some Age Concern course, kicking the players' collective ass and them intending them to eat her "coqrettes" (original "cocretas" instead of "croquetas").
* The ''WeaponsOfTheGods'' RPG has the "Xia Pregnancy" martial arts technique that allows a woman to fight at (almost) full strength while pregnant. It also protects the foetus from any attack that does not kill the mother, and, during the third trimester, protects it from attacks that DO kill her.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Sophitia Alexandra from the ''SoulCalibur'' series doesn't count originally, being retired after becoming a mother in ''SoulCalibur 2'', with her younger sister Cassandra stealing Sophitia's weapons and going off to destroy the Soul Edge and save her two infected children in her sister's place. However, Sophitia gets brought back in the home versions of the game, where she has her husband Rothion (the same blacksmith who forged the blessed weapons that Cassandra stole before she ran away) make her new weapons and sets out to correct the matter. She has remained an ActionMom ever since.
** As of ''SoulCalibur V'', Hilde also qualifies.
* Misato from ''TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' is [[LukeIAmYourFather Miyuki's mother]] and one of the toughest enemies in the story. ''Nanoha'' got it from somewhere. Like Shuuko, she abandoned her child to relatives, but getting her back didn't diminish her fighting skills, and she becomes a high-ranking member of the Hong Kong special forces.
* Yuuno/Juno the Falcoknight from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Binding Blade]]''. She returned to the battlefield to protect Ilia, her homeland, few months after giving birth to her unnamed daughter. It also helps that her sisters (Thite and Thany, whom she raised due to ParentalAbandonment) and husband (Lord Zealot of the Odessa clan) are members of Roy's party as well.
** Louise in the prequel ''Blazing Sword'' is Erk's adoptive mother and [[ArcherArchetype a damn good shot]]. She is also ''[[PregnantBadass in the early stages of pregnancy]]'' for the entire time she's on the team.
** Even earlier, there's Eyvel from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Thracia 776]]'', fighting to protect her adoptive children and her village. [[spoiler: She actually turns out to be a biological mom with a bad case of IdentityAmnesia; in her ending, she recovers her memories of being Princess Bridget of Jugby, and reunites with her kids.]]
** Taken to ridiculous [[spoiler: space-time bending]] levels in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', where every married first-gen female party member will each have [[spoiler:at least one recruitable time-traveling kid from the future]], though only [[spoiler: Chrom's wife]] will have actually [[spoiler:birthed a child]] during the events of the game.
*** For more [[spoiler:space-time]] shenanigans, the [[spoiler:second-gen ladies]] can also become this if they marry [[spoiler:the [[PlayerCharacter Avatar]]]], in which case their child will [[spoiler:come from an alternate future.]]
* Jade of ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil''. Adoptive mother of six orphans, her attempts to provide for the well-being of her children are what cast her in with LaResistance in the first place. Losing her kids is what results in her HeroicBSOD... And once she recovers, [[PluckyGirl no force in the galaxy]] can stop her from [[MamaBear fighting to get them back.]]
* The Boss of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' is the greatest solider of the century, and is also a figurative mother to her QuirkyMinibossSquad and Big Boss, and a literal mother to [[spoiler:Ocelot]], whom she gave birth to on the beaches ''during the Normandy invasion''.
* Chun-Li becomes this after adopting not only a little girl she rescued from Gill's clutches, but also other children in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future''.
** Crimson Viper from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' has a daughter, Lauren, who she calls in one of her win poses. [[spoiler: Her Super SF IV ending features a really sweet meeting between them.]]
* ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'': When the [[MegaCorp Tylon Corporation]] kidnapped Mitsuko's daughter, Uriko, she didn't take it lying down. She went [[MamaBear Mama]] [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Boar]] on 'em and fought to get her back... with help from her adopted daughter, [[LittleMissBadass Alice.]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
%%** [[spoiler:Terra]] is an ActionMom by adoption.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Tifa transitions from being Cloud's ActionGirlfriend, to being a MamaBear by the time of ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', where they've adopted Denzel and Marleen. She [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k70IWHiXl18 fights Loz to try to stop him]] from taking Marleen and protects Denzel from a group of Shadow Creepers [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeyyJSmLW3w (at 2:35-2:45).]].
** Rosa becomes a literal example by actual motherhood, during ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears''.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': While Nora provides the page quote, she dies near the beginning of the game, mere moments after joining Snowe's resistance group. Which makes her [[{{averted}} a subversion.]] She may not have had the chance to fight, but the intent was there just the same.
* Vanessa from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. And in the KOF: KYO manga, Kyo Kusanagi's mother Shizuka.
%%* [[spoiler:Mistal]] in the ''Franchise/DotHack'' games (not GU).
* Emma Honeywell from ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant''. And she's a complete BadAss at that. Her daughter Emmy is just as good of a fighter, and is one of the best party members you can use (though her bearing on the actual plot is nowhere near what her mother's is).
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' has some of these, such as Vereesa Windrunner and Garona Halforcen.
* [[spoiler:Karin]] from ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts: Covenant'' could be argued to be one, though the [[spoiler:time loop]] complicates things.
* Female dwarves in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' have no problems with serving in the military. The frequent breaks associated with military service, however, tends to lead to these dwarves having lots of babies if they ever get married. They also don't mind charging into battle juggling a crossbow and three babies. Nor do they mind using the babies as impromptu shields.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the Human Noble's mother is implied to be a RetiredBadass, and describes herself as "no Orlesian wallflower." [[spoiler: When your castle is under attack, she is pretty handy with a bow and arrows... unfortunately, she dies at the end of the origin, after staying behind to defend her mortally wounded husband.]]
** In addition, the City Elf's mother is stated as having been one of these before she tragically died. She's the one who trained you, and Duncan mentions having wanted to recruit her for the Wardens years earlier.
** If the ''Warden's Keep'' DLC is installed, the Warden and company will learn about Sophia Dryden, the great-great-grandmother of new acquaintance Levi Dryden. She was a noblewoman sentenced to join the Grey Wardens, and retaliated against the sentence by working her way up to the rank of Warden-Commander. Her children are never seen nor mentioned, but given that Levi is her direct descendant, the implication is that she must have had at least one.
** Flemeth is a villainous example of this, with her daughter as her arch-nemesis. However, in both the first and second games, she also provides both the Warden and Hawke with a well-timed [[VillainousRescue rescue from Darkspawn]], the former occuring off-screen, while the latter involves her showing up as a ''dragon'' and [[KillItWithFire roasting]] the Darkspawn, before transforming into a Witch and casually introducing herself.
** [[spoiler: Providing the Dark Ritual is performed, Morrigan can become this.]]
* Etsuko from ''IncredibleCrisis''. Despite being an average-looking Japanese housewife, she manages to dodge heavily-armed bank robbers on a snowboard, then pilots a fighter jet into battle with a giant rampaging teddy bear.
* The hero's mother, Miranda, in ''Grandia III'' taught him how to use battle magic. She also apparently sparred with him to teach him swordsmanship. When you [[CrutchCharacter fight alongside her]], she's... [[KnifeNut intense]]. Out of combat, she's a [[MrsRobinson different kind]] of intense.
** [[spoiler: And it's implied in the first Grandia that the hero's mother, Lily, could have qualified for this trope as well.]]
* Lucia form {{Suikoden}} III. The main character's mother and a playable combatant.
* In the Spacer background for ''Franchise/MassEffect'', Shepard's mother is the executive officer of an Alliance warship. In [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the sequel]], she's a Captain who, according to news reports, passed up an Admiralty to [[HumbleHero remain a Captain]]; and after the Reapers hit Earth in [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 the third game]], Admiral Hackett mentions to an obviously concerned Shepard that, yes, she did indeed survive the attack, has been promoted to Rear-Admiral and is one of the people in charge of the Crucible Project.
* The player character's mother in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' is a RetiredBadass who used to race [[RhinoRampage Ryhorns]] for a living. This trope is also the main reason [[TheChooserOfTheOne Professor Sycamore]] decided to give you a Pokemon: he assumed that awesomeness ran in the family.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' has Rosalina, "Mama" of the HappilyAdopted Lumas, and often refered to as Mother of the Cosmos. While she mostly remained in the sidelines in her debut in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'', she later started taking a more active role in games such as ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''. The latter makes this particularly more clear, fighting all kinds of foes next to her children as a BadassFamily.
* Most of the female characters in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' naturally have children at one point or another, and all of them [[OneManArmy kick major ass]], but Zhang Chunhua is the only one whose sons are also playable characters - that she fights alongside on multiple occasions - and she is characterized as an AlmightyMom feared by enemy and family alike.
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Kangaskhan is a kangaroo-like Pokemon that has a baby in her pouch.
* Carrie from ''Videogame/WitchesLegacy'' is always ready to jump into fighting Elisabeth or Morgana or Mathias or whoever is trying to steal Lynn's soul this game.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': [[spoiler:Saber]] and [[spoiler:Caster]]. [[spoiler: Mordred is actually KingArthur's bastard child in the legends. Caster is actually Medea, who was a mother in the Grecian myths; a crazy ass mother who killed her own children to get revenge for her husband Jason both dumping '''and''' horribly defiling her in the view of everyone, but a mother nonetheless. She also gives birth to more children later on; probably the most notable is King Medus]].
** Well, [[spoiler:Saber]] is debatable. Apparently, Mordred was given birth to by Morgan Le Fay, with [[spoiler: Arturia]] just serving as a sperm donor while being under a GenderBender spell by Merlin.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'''s Eva Ushiromiya is a master of a bunch of different martial arts (very soon after her introduction, she threatens her brother Rudolf playfully by almost kicking him in the face), which she then taught to her son, George. They actually fight [[spoiler:against each other]] in the sixth arc.
* Plum Kitaki of ''ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' might count as one. She's the wife of the most powerful mobster in the city, and as such is one of the forces behind the criminal empire they run; she also has a son, Wocky, who she loves dearly. Plum is a big, jolly woman who spends most of her time sweeping the street outside her family's estate...using a broom with an ''extremely sharp katana'' hidden in the handle. When the police come to seize the family's weapons, she refuses to part with it. And whenever she shows you the blade, her face goes from broad and smiling to a look that shows she knows how to use that thing to do more than clean. You don't want to mess with her.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Summer Rose from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' was a huntress (someone whose job involves going into the wild and slaying monsters) and mother of two of the main characters (step-mother for Yang, and biological for Ruby).
** And then there's ''Yang's'' biological mom, [[http://static.tumblr.com/9f784fc03294a09993d80e6641ee482d/s9yfmsb/m76notgbf/tumblr_static_9z1fgrg14wg8w08c44kogsw04.gif Raven Branwen]], also a huntress and Summer's teammate. Granted, we haven't really seen her fight yet, but anyone who can [[OhCrap add a]] [[BringMyBrownPants brown streak]] to [[UncannyValleyGirl Neopolitan]]'s pink and white undies has got be pretty damn badass.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Vanessa Olsen from ''WebComic/TheOverture'' is a dotting mother of four and brutal warlord with a knack for DecapitationPresentation. Those who oppose her have a tendency to disappear, including her own sister-in law.
* Eunyce Bunkleyutz, AKA [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20001102.html Eunyce: Warrior Hottie]], in ''BrunoTheBandit''.
* A rare example of the PregnantBadass version appears in a strip of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strip, when a team of ninjas attempt to assassinate a pregnant mother and on-leave soldier named Kazumi. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0587.html It doesn't go very well for them]]. [[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} She is a sexy, deadly Von Neumann machine]].
** Vaarsuvius [[AmbiguousGender may or may not]] be one as well.
%%* Anak Zahard Sr. from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', being a [[LadyOfWar Princess of Zahard]].
%%* Phobia, from ''Webcomic/GastroPhobia'', is a single mom and an Amazon.
* Mitzi [=McNinja=] of ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', who toughens up her sons by either poisoning her beets or challenging her eldest son (whose chosen profession as a medical professional she frowns upon) anytime he comes over to their house. In one story arc, Dr McNinja knows that something is very wrong because he doesn't have to fight his way into the house past her.
* Cloud's mom Ye Thuza from ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' is not only a loving mother and housewife, but also an urban ninja who single handly nails a [[Franchise/FinalFantasy tonberry]] to a concrete wall with a wooden staff. And [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2009/12/10/0119-the-departure/ teaches proper survival skills]].
* [[Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon Jack Cannon]] was trained by his mother, who has shown herself to be more than competent in combat.
* The backstory of ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'' 's Universe 3 brings us the saiyan Hanasia, aka: Goku's mom. Who starts training her newborn son at the tender age of ''one day.'' Later, when [[spoiler: Bardock leads a rebellion against Freeza,]] Hanasia is chosen to break into the ship and wreak havoc with the enemy forces. This includes taking on [[spoiler: Dodoria.]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': WordOfGod says this is why Nanase's mother wants her to excel with a 4.0 GPA and be a master level martial artists despite contradiction of also wanting her to be a HouseWife. ("Moms have to be intelligent, knowledgeable, and capable of utterly destroying anything that dares to threaten their children.")
* ''Webcomic/VampireCheerleaders'': Stephanie and Charlotte both became mothers in the comic's final volume: the ''"Adventures in Space... and Time?!"'' arc.
** At some pint during the 10 year time skip, Charlotte married [[spoiler: J.C.]] and [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/just_like_your_daddy had a son]] by him. But [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/into_the_unknown she had to leave them]] temporarily, to travel across time in order to find Stephanie - which landed her in the middle of an ongoing battle for [[spoiler: [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/nice_and_toasty the Mothmen's survival]]]].
** By which time, Steph had become the [[spoiler: new Queen of the Mothmen]] and had already begun breeding with them [[OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace to help replenish]] their DyingRace. Charlotte found her just as she'd finished [[spoiler: [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/egg_laying_made_easy laying an egg]]]] in the middle of the battlefield. Then resumed taking part in the war, [[http://www.vampirecheerleaders.net/strips-vc/puzzle_bobble by leading the charge]] against the Reptilians, herself!
%%* ''Webcomic/RobottoJukujo'': Robot Mom, she cooks, she cleans and she kicks robot butt

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''ARG/ILoveBees'' had Gilly and Gladys, ass-kicking special forces soldiers, and biological and surrogate mothers respectively to ActionGirl Jan.
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[AntiVillain Glaurung]], [[LadyOfWar Skye]] and [[DarkActionGirl Varalia]] all have kids and kick serious ass.
* In the ''Roleplay/LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'', Artsy-Fartsy & Butrfli.
* Elizabeth Carson, the headmistress of the SuperHeroSchool ''Whateley Academy'' in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' is not only an ActionMom, but an Action Grandmom. She's Lady Astarte, the greatest superheroine around.
* [[http://amberwatchalert.org/ AmberWatch Alert]], a group that is obsessed with the possibility of pedophiles in our midst, made a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi13LczGlsE&feature=player_embedded gun porn PSA]] featuring four ostensible mothers, a metric ton of gun unsafety, and the tagline "You don't have to have a gun to protect your kid, but it helps". One netizen made the obvious connection; four people + gun porn = Left 4 Dead advertisement. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIsxufNSJdI&feature=player_embedded slightly altered video]] makes both an excellent parody ''and'' an excellent L4D3 advertisement.
* Although her daughter is an adult now, Talon from ComicBook/LessThanThreeComics certainly fits this trope.
* Chloe Neuman, matriarch of the Neuman Family, a family of superheroic crimefighters from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
** Battle, the supervillain mom of former Global Guardian Stone, also qualifies.
* Magda "Spots" Guitart of ''Literature/SpotsTheSpaceMarine'' is a giant-crab-slaying, cookie-baking mom of two. Plus, she talks to aliens.
* Sabella Hall, sword fighter and Indigo Child, from ''TrintonChronicles''
* Inna, the main character of ''Literature/TheLastGeneration'', has a seven year old daughter. Making sure that she's safe is the primary reason why she abandons her homeworld in an attempt to stop the Multiverse's destruction.
* Genoa Rivas in ''Literature/VoidDomain'' is the mother of one of the main characters. She was once a bounty hunter/mercenary and has countless scars to show for her efforts. None of her badassery has been lost since her more active days.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter's]] mom (OK, his whole family) participates in two episodes. Go, Dexter's family, go!
** There's also the episode where Dexter [[ILoveNuclearPower gives his mom super powers]]. However, she uses them less for ActionMom duties and more for [[MundaneUtility domestic chores]], like [[MundaneMadeAwesome super-speed shopping]].
* Like Helen Parr, Helen Bennett (a.k.a. Mother-1) of the ''BionicSix'' is the mom in a super family.
* Another animated action mom: Tarra on ''TheHerculoids'', but only rarely, as she was normally a DistressedDamsel.
** In "The Beaked People" she shot one of the title creatures with an energy rock
** In ''The Android People" she helped to rescue Zandor.
** In "The Spider Man (sic)" she led the Herculoids in rescuing Zandor and Dorno.
* When Oberon tries to capture her child, Fox Xanatos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' demonstrates not only that she's maintained her kick-ass abilities but she's gained some more new ones.
** For that matter, the Princess who helped raise Avalon Clan is still ''very'' protective of her "eggs".
** It's suspected that Katana is this way too. (You don't think she carries those weapons around for decoration, do you?) Unfortunately, the comic lost its license before we could see her in action.
* Agent K from ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements''.
* Maddie Fenton from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' is a self-proclaimed ninth degree martial artist ghost-destroyer who still manages to make time to bake new cookie recipes.
* Mrs X from ''[[TheXs The X's]]''; she's the strongest member in the family but [[LethalChef HORRIBLE in the kitchen]].
* Drew Saturday of ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays''.
* Lois Griffin in a episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', she was trained in Karate and was manage to fight a whole bar of people.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible's mother during her ADayInTheLimelight episode.
** Kim's Nana who's an [[NeverMessWithGranny Action Grandma]].
* Dear Lord, Nicole from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' fits this trope like a glove. Just watch the chase scene in the DVD episode.
* Lana from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionhearts'' is this, as she's a former circus lion and rather skilled on the trapeze.
* Cheshire from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', who [[spoiler: brings her baby daughter to a rescue mission to the annoyance of her husband]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Suyin Beifong is a very capable [[ExtraOreDinary Metalbender]] like her mother Toph was, and very protective of her children. When [[spoiler:her daughter Opal is taken hostage (alongside the rest of the new Air Nation) by ArcVillain Zaheer]], she immediately decides to participate in the fight against the villains.
** Toph was this as well when she was younger, considering she was the [[DaChief Chief of Police]] and one of the most powerful Earthbenders ever. In the present time she's a case of NeverMessWithGranny.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerri_Walsh Kerri Walsh Jennings]], three-time Olympic gold-medalist in Women's Beach Volleyball, gave birth to two children in between her gold-medal victories in ''Beijing 2008'' and ''London 2012''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chusovitina Oksana Aleksandrovna Chusovitina]], artistic gymnast and world champion who competed for the SovietUnion, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Team_at_the_Olympics Unified Team]], her native Uzbekistan, and Germany -- in the last case, it was ''because'' of her motherhood, as it's in Germany that she and her husband found medical aid for their IllBoy son. She's actually one of the ''very'' few gymnasts who have returned to high-level competition after having kids, which has made her a sort-of role model for female gymnasts. Not only that, she has had far and away the longest competitive career of any female gymnast ''ever'', competing in ''six'' Olympic Games (she's currently planning to retire after her seventh, Rio 2016). To put this in perspective, she was an international elite world champion before most of her London 2012 competition had even been ''born''. Bad. ''Ass.''