Behind every man is a strong woman.
The wife of Santa Claus
in many stories. She's often portrayed as a kind, elderly matron who helps her husband and the elves in various ways, whether it's cooking delicious meals
, or even helping supervise the toy factory.
Her origins are as varied as those of her husband. For example, a first name is rarely ever mentioned, and if one is, no two stories agree on it. Yet regardless of how she begins, she usually ends up as a Granny Classic
Her outfit is typically a red and white version of the classic granny dress. Sometimes the red is replaced with green, to complement her husband's outfit and complete the Christmas theme. Sometimes she will wear a Happy Holidays Dress
, but almost never a Sexy Santa Dress
(unless she is crossed with Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have
). Still, ladies who are merely dressing as Mrs. Claus will often wear those dresses when paired with a guy dressed as Santa, especially a Mall Santa
Compare Cool Old Lady
, Fairy Godmother
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- Mrs. Kringle from Jingle Belle is a notable exception from the Granny Classic archetype (something which is occasionally lampshaded in the comic). She's a elf queen who prefers aristocratic garments to aprons.
Film - Animated
- Imelda Staunton plays the role in Arthur Christmas as a hyper-competent organizer who handles the political end of the Santa Claus operation (she mentions a "treaty with Greenland").
Film — Live Action
- In one arc on Peanuts, Sally thinks that Santa Claus is a Mrs. Claus, named Samantha Claus. Charlie Brown teases Sally at one point, asking, "Does Samantha Claus say 'Ho, ho, ho," or does she just smile daintily?"
- In another arc, after Sally asks Charlie Brown a lot of questions about Santa before writing her letter (like if he has a middle initial or a title) she decides she wants to write to Mrs. Claus instead of Santa, and Charlie Brown says that he thinks her name is "Mary Christmas." Sally is intrigued.
- In the Christmas parade at Disneyland, Mrs. Claus is in charge of the mail room where the letters to Santa come in.
- In the Deep 7 role-playing game "Santa's Soldiers," Mrs. Claus is the grandmotherly-appearing and very deadly head of the the paramilitary elf branch. No one knows her true story, no one wants to ask. And should you cross her, she will "kick your jingly elf ass from one end of the workshop to the other."
- Mrs. Claus is summonable item in both Scribblenauts games. While she doesn't give out presents like her husband, during the level in the first game where you have to "return the favor to Santa" (by giving him something he likes as a gift), she is a solution. D'aww.
- The Holiday packs for The Sims 2 has a Mrs. Claus dress that is trimmed with white fur, thus is decorated enough to count as a Happy Holidays Dress.
- In Saints Row IV, Mary Claus is part of the Christmas DLC missions. You can even unlock her as a homie.
- Appears in Sluggy Freelance. She takes over from Santa when he's infected by alien DNA, including battling Bun-Bun with twin Uzis. She is also taken hostage by Bun-Bun during the Holiday Wars arc, and eventually helps trick him into using the Deus Egg Machina.
- In the action cartoon Super Santa (from Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah! Cartoons series), the super-powered Santa was paired with Emma Claus, named after Emma Peel of The Avengers, who wore a Spy Catsuit under her more typical matronly robes.
- She's a vampire in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
- The Head Head Vampire, to be exact. She tends to turn her husband into a vampire periodically. He's quite good-natured about it.
- As it turns out, Mrs. Claus routinely turning her husband into a vampire is a result of her usual frustrations over doing all the work while Santa checks his list.
- She appears in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as a vaguely European dark-haired woman who urges Santa to eat ("whoever heard of a skinny Santa?"), and who criticizes him for not appreciating the elves' singing.
- In a later Rankin/Bass Productions Christmas Special, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, she is a schoolteacher named Jessica who falls in love with Kriss Kringle in his youth. They're married on the run as Kringle is an outlaw, and we get to see them grow old together.
- Played by Shirley Booth, she narrates and plays a major part in Rankin/Bass' The Year Without a Santa Claus.
- In the Show Within a Show KISS Saves Santa, seen in the first Christmas Episode of Family Guy, Mrs. Claus is seen dispensing kindly advice to KISS before they go rescue Santa from pterodactyls.
- Played by Betty White in the Prep and Landing spin-off short "Operation: Secret Santa." She asks Wayne and Lanny to sneak into Santa's office while he's napping and take something from her, which turns out to be a simple toy wheel. It came from the first toy Santa ever made. She had tracked down the other pieces and put it back together for him as a present.
- Mrs. Claus is briefly seen in the background at one point in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Even though she's visible for a few seconds at best, the animators still had to trim her ears out of fear that it looked like Santa had married an elf.
- In the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas Special, Alvin has given away his prized "Golden Echo Harmonica" to a sick boy, and now needs to raise money for a replacement, so he can play it at Carnegie Hall. He fails, and is moping at the department store when a kindly old lady who is "very far from home" buys it for him, in exchange for a song. The last scene reveals that she was actually Mrs. Claus.
- In an Animated Christmas Episode of The Nanny, Fran has a dream where she meets Santa Claus (Max). He told her that, while he's real, Mrs. Claus isn't.