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 (possibly the reason given why Santa is so fat), or even helping supervise the toy factory. Her origins are as varied as those of her husband. For example, a first name is rarely ever mentioned, and if one is, no two stories agree on it (though it's quite common for people to jokingly claim it's Mary Christmas). 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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Films — Animation
- 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").
- 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 Comin' 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.
- 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.
Films — Live-Action
- The Santa Clause 2 revolves around him trying to find a wife, due a second clause, called "The Mrs. Clause''.
- Santa Claus: The Movie started with Santa's origin, in which Mrs. Claus was already his wife before they were given their new roles.
- Angela Lansbury plays Mrs. Clause in the film Mrs Santa Claus.
- She appears at the beginning of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians during the live newscast from Santa's workshop at the North Pole.
- This is actually the first appearance of Mrs. Claus in a movie or tv show.
- In the bizarre novel Santa Steps Out, Mrs. Claus finds out that Santa had been cheating on her. She then does the mother of all revenge lays by seducing every single elf in the workshop in one weekend. She does this by using the same magic that Santa uses to visit all the houses in the world in one night.
- In L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Lost, they meet Mrs. Claus when they visit the North Pole.
- In one arc, 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.
Congratulations on deciding to keep your own name.
- The Reduced Shakespeare Company Christmas has the song "Mrs. Santa Claus."
- 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."
- In the card game Letters to Santa (a re-themed version of Love Letter), the second-highest card is "Mrs. Clause". (This card must be discarded if you also hold either an "Elf" or "Toys" card.)
- In the Christmas parade at Disneyland, Mrs. Claus is in charge of the mail room where the letters to Santa come in.
- 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.
- In the action cartoon Super Santa (from Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah! Cartoons series), the super-powered Santa is paired with Emma Claus, named after Emma Peel of The Avengers, who wears a Spy Catsuit under her more typical matronly robes.
- In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, her name is Nancy, and she and Santa are old friends with Grim. She enlists him, Billy and Mandy's help when Santa is turned into a vampire right before Christmas. She's actually the one who did it, as she's the Head Head Vampire and was annoyed at him for sticking her with all the work. She's Easily Forgiven at the end, as apparently this has happened before.
- 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.
- Betty White also plays her in The Story of Santa Claus. Her name is Gretchen, and "Santa" is initially her pet name for her husband Nicholas Claus, because of his saintly kindness. A running theme throughout the special is that Nicholas, in his attempts to do good, keeps messing things up for them and others, but she stands by him regardless. She also advises Aurora, a brainy elf child who helps Santa in their mission, to appreciate Cloud Cuckoo Lander Clement, whose weird ideas help establish numerous Christmas traditions.
- In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer she's a fussing woman who dotes over her husband to give him more of an appetite, as kids would be disappointed if he was skinny.
- 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.
- She's the star of The Year Without a Santa Claus, a special where she's trying to help her husband get motivated.
- She's actually given an origin in Santa Claus is Coming to Town, one of the few specials that portrays Santa as a young man. Given the name Jessica, she's a schoolteacher and the first adult citizen to side with him against Burgermeister Meisterburger's silly laws (he wins her respect by giving her a doll) and becomes his strongest holdout after Santa is branded an outlaw. Eventually, she outright defies Meisterburger, helps Santa and his family escape from jail, and they marry.