Team Mom

Who said you need to be over 18 to act like a mother?

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 housebroke that Borg drone.

In an ensemble show, especially of the fighting kind, there needs to be someone to hold this Ragtag Bunch of Misfits together before they kill each other or wander off into the woods like so many Player Characters. The Team Mom basically acts as the mother figure for everyone else in the group, regardless of age or family relations. Although the role itself is traditionally female, the Overprotective Dad or older brother can qualify for Team Mom, and the same goes for a Cool Big Sis who grows Older and Wiser. In many cases, she actually is a parent or older sibling to at least one other character.

Not always The Leader in action or adventure, but the leader The Team 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, cute, kind, and capable of stern mothering (or papaing, even).

Often enough, they're The Medic or The Heart. May be a Nice Girl, White Magician Girl, or All-Loving Hero. If they're a literal mom and a more physical fighter, might be an Action Mom. They are by definition never the loner, and will in fact tend to be the one who pulls them into the cast's orbit as a Sixth Ranger. If anyone can break through and bring about a Heel-Face Turn or Cooldown Hug, it's them.

While they tend to be less combat capable than their teammates, Beware the Nice Ones most definitely applies; if any of their surrogate children or siblings are threatened, they can snap into angry Mama Bear mode and kick some ass. Their absence (be it emotional or 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 reminder of their value when the team grows complacent. And by the way? Villains should NOT threaten or harm them. Ever. Her family will not be pleased.

The Team Mom is frequently shipped with the Team Dad, for obvious reasons.

See also the aforementioned Team Dad, a role that tends to take a slightly stricter, more disciplinary approach. If these two frequently work together, they serve as the Designated Parents. The high school counterpart is the Cute Sports Club Manager. Related to The Face. Compare and contrast Cool Big Sis, Morality Pet. See also Only Sane Man, Only Sane Employee, Harem Nanny, Promotion to Parent and Apron Matron. May be the person holding the Morality Chain.

Not to be confused with the MTV show Teen Mom.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Pokémon:
    • Brock, as the Supreme Team Chef, mediator, and voice of reason (at least, until a pretty girl shows up).
    • 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, 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 BW 57, when it has to save Axew and Scraggy after they accidentally enrage a wild garbodor in the middle of the night.
  • The Prince of Tennis
    • Oishi Shuichiro: 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 Team Mom. More specifically, he's often asked to take care of his Bratty Half-Pint kouhai Akaya Kirihara.
  • The Mobile Suit Gundam series, either from the Universal Century continuity or the numerous AU series, seem to REALLY love to apply this trope to their girls:
    • In the original Mobile Suit Gundam, we have both White Base helmswoman Mirai Yashima and Lieutenant Matilda Ajan. Mirai's place as Team Mom is acknowledged in canon when Ace Pilot Sleggar tells Cameron Bloom that he should respect Mirai's wishes, since she's the mother of the White Base and is confirmed when she gets involved with Bright, the Team Dad. Frau Bow also was a bit of a Team Mom, though younger and more childish than the other two.
  • Also Princess Marina Ismail, emphasized when she mothers a bunch of kids who are refugees from her destroyed Kingdom
  • The Team Mom in Waga Na Wa Umishi 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.
  • Captain Retsu Unohana aka Captain Mom from 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.
  • 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 Mailer Daemon with huge Mommy Issues, and one of the reasons behind that is speculated to be Francoise's motherly behavior.
  • Yuka, Kouta's cousin from Elfen Lied. 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.
  • Colonel Volcott from Galaxy Angel takes on this role even though he's a guy. Since it's played for comedy, he completely fails at being a Team Mom, and ends up being more of a 'team maid' doing all the menial chores.
  • Mamori Anezaki from Eyeshield 21. She even manages to (sort of) mother 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 Captain Tsubasa. Justified trope since they're all 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 a newbie to the sport.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Male example: Antonio/Spain, who raises Lovino/South Italy almost on his own.
    • Elizaveta/Hungary (who starts as Feliciano/North Italy's Cool Big Sis and is promoted to Team Mom when she marries Team Dad Roderich/Austria)
    • Ukraine is less lucky since her younger siblings are both Yanderes, but seems to do fine with Poland.
    • China is the Team Mom of the Allies, trying to remain as the Only Sane Man as they all struggle. This goes double in regards to the Asians since he often tries to give them advice or assert some authority over them... only for them, save for Korea, to see him as overbearing and nagging instead.
    • The Team Mom of the Nordics is Sweden: he's levelheaded, serious, good at woodcrafts, and has even adopted two child micronations (Sealand and Ladonia).
    • Among the Nyotalia girls, female!England seems to fit in here. Not only she's seen wearing a World War II nurse uniform and carrying a broom in official art, when 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.
  • In Cowboy Bebop, Jet Black is an odd masculine Cool Old Guy 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 Team Dad 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 dog.
  • Fuu in Samurai Champloo, keeps Mugen and Jin from killing each other, sometimes literally.
  • Kagome Higurashi in InuYasha. As The Chick and The Lancer in the Five-Man Band, she keeps The Hero in line ("SIT, BOY!"), acts like the Tagalong Kid's Parental Substitute, offers The Big Girl moral support and ships her with The Smart Guy.
  • Lussuria of Reborn refers to himself as the "Mommy" of the Varia, so much so that his underlings actually call him "big sis" * shudder* .
  • Namiko of 'GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class''— Lampshaded by her version of the ending that said she practically "mothers" the others.
  • Flute becomes this in 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. Flute's own mother Queen Horn seems to be this for all of Sforzando.
  • Kitty Kitten from Space Runaway Ideon is this to the orphans she took under her wing. To a degree, Lin and Karala fit in too.
  • Farnese becomes this in Berserk, as Casca's caretaker and because of her willingness to take care of everyone's basic needs.
  • Believe it or not, Haruhi Suzumiya 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 when he's hospitalized during Disappearance or watches over the sick Yuki in the beginning of Volume 10.
  • 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 Yasu, who is this type of character too), even before she finds out she's pregnant. Afterwards, it only increases especially in regard to her taking care of Nana O. after Ren's death. Shin even starts referring to her as his mother.
  • Chisame fills the role in the Magic World Arc, making sure everybody stays on track and keeping the more Cloud Cuckoo Lander characters in check.
  • Hellsing's Integra acts this way sometimes in the manga, in particular as contrast to "Team Dad" 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 Hugs 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 Sailor Moon:
    • 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 Closer to Earth of the girls and often keeps her teammates grounded. And God help you if you look at the other Senshi wrong: either of these girls will FUCK YOUR SHIT UP.
  • Tiger & Bunny has two male examples. Kotetsu tries to "mother" his partner Barnaby and make sure he eats properly (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.
  • Shouma. He's a Supreme Chef and often does the household chores, making him the perfect House Husband. Himari lampshades this in the last episode when she comments that after their parents disappeared, Shouma pretty much took on the role of their mother.
  • Koihime†Musou, 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 Action Mom 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 Team Mom 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 Not So Above It All which can put Kakouen into Cool Big Sis territory.
  • Go, the Knight of Fire in Prétear takes on the Team Mom 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 (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 Oniisama e... comes as this once in a while, specially 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.)
  • Haise Sasaki from Tokyo Ghoul :Re is The Leader of the Quinx, and would like to pretend he's stern enough to be their Team Dad. In reality, he admits to being too soft on them and cooks their meals, with the group worrying about being fed when he's too busy with work. It even gets lampshaded, with Saiko calling him "Maman" (the French variant of "Mama"). But just don't mess with his kids.
  • Mari is this to the kids in Tokyo Magnitude 8. She befriends the siblings after the earthquake and promises to take them home, being their adult supervision throughout the series. Mari herself is a widow with a toddler daughter, so she has experience with kids and is pretty maternal.
  • Saiyuki has a male example in Hakkai, who, while very much combat-capable, explicitly serves as the team's primary support, handling conflicts and being the Team Chef as well as The Medic. Although one of the reasons everyone listens to him seems to be the fear of triggering his anger. Regardless, he fits this role in the "family" pretty well, with Sanzo being the Dadnote , and Gojyo and Goku being the older and the younger child, respectively; this dynamic gets played up a lot in the audio dramas.

    Comic Books 
  • Alfred fits the role for the Bat-Family, providing basic care-giving and moral support, and occasionally being the only reason that the more obsessive members of the group (particularly Bruce) ever get any food or sleep. Dick actually called him his mom at one point.
  • The absent-minded cleric Piffany provides the moral center for the group in Nodwick (she's also The Medic). Her status as a likable, ditzy Purity Sue (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 Heroes if you make her cry.
  • When Robin, Superboy, and Impulse first started out as Young Justice, 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!"
  • 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.

    Fan Works 
  • Of all people, Vexen is completely this in Fill the Moon; he basically raised the incredibly dysfunctional Badass Family 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. Well, except for Marluxia, but he's his lover.
  • In fitting with the Comic Book example above, Sue Dibny is the Team Mom of almost the entire superhero community in DC Nation. It helps when you're the political liaison for the Justice League and used to take the senior Titans out for ice-cream after report cards.
  • Jeri Katou in the Tamers Forever Series is a Team Mama Bear, as even when she Takes A Level In BadAss and becomes an Action Girl she is still the most protective of the tamers.
  • In Vocaloid fanon, Meiko tends to take this role when not being a drunkard. Due to her shared status as The Lad-ette, however, she tends to be either a My Beloved Smother or Mama Bear as well. When it's not her, it's usually Luka.
  • In Game Theory (Fan Fic), 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. Linith later does the same for Nanoha and Vesta as well.
  • Children of Time has three: the 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 The Leader.
  • Riza Hawkeye is heavily implied to have been this for the members of Roy Mustang's unit in the Elemental Chess Trilogy. 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.

    Film - Animated 
  • In The Book of Life, La Muerte Gives off this vibe when she protects Manolo and his family from her husband when she confronts him on his cheating. There's also her motherly interactions with the Detention Kids as Mary-Beth.
  • Master Crane from Kung Fu Panda is described as the "Mother Hen", despite being male. And voiced by David Cross.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Hal Moore's wife does this in We Were Soldiers personally handing the notifications to the families of the fallen.

  • In A Brother's Price Jerin fills this position for his younger siblings, to the point that the younger ones act as if they're losing their father a second time when they are told that Jerin will leave.
  • In Protector of the Small, 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 Parental Substitute 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 Harry Potter 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 Peter Pan (currently pictured above). You know when Maggie in Hook berates Dustin Hoffman for "needing a mother very badly"? It effectively harks back to the original novel.
  • 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.
  • In Robert Asprin's Phule's Company series of books, the female Legionnaire Rose is 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 Otherland, acting as the leader, spokesperson, and Mama Bear for the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits 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 Doctor Who Expanded Universe 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 gets hurt, it's almost inevitably Fitz's job to 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 The Heart of the group when the Doctor is making morally-dubious decisions. When the Doctor develops Trauma-Induced Amnesia, Fitz ends up with the most functional seniority on the TARDIS. Although the Doctor is also the Team Chef and often protective of the other characters, Fitz is so overly loyal to the Doctor that he doesn't always call him on his shit, and Anji is responsible for the vast majority of the series' sensible decision-making, see the following exchange, in which Fitz behaves like Molly Weasley and the Doctor 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.
  • Mommy fills this role in The Fire-Us Trilogy for a group of orphans trying to survive in a post-apocolyptic world.
  • In Death: 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 Distressed Damsel, 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.
  • In Warrior Cats, 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.
  • Spots The Space Marine - Magda "Spots" Guitart kicks tail while providing the quiet voice of experience to the squad.
  • The Rainbow Magic series has Queen Titania, who acts as a mentor to Rachel and Kirsty.
  • In the latter two books of the 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 The Fight For Home 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 The Infernal Devices. Her main function is basically making sure everybody doesn't kill everybody.

    Live Action TV 
  • Carla of 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.
  • Star Trek:
    • Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager was likewise both The Captain and Team Mom, 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 something about this crew....
    • Also Dr. McCoy on Star Trek: The Original Series - up to and including insisting everyone eat their vegetables. Since he's The Medic, this is more or less in the job description.
  • Stiles from the show Teen Wolf 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.
  • Joyce Summers on 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 Mama Bear.
  • 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, sympathizing with Freddie and later reprimanding Sam for her on-air attack on Freddie.
  • Dr. James Wilson of House. House's "ducklings" are frequently running to him for help, comfort and guidance when House is making their lives miserable. Lampshaded in a season two episode where House is out of town and calls Wilson, beginning the conversation with: "Hi, honey. How are the kids?"
  • Aaron Hotchner of Criminal Minds 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 Mom and Dad.
  • CSI (original series) had Catherine (who usually took the role of Cool Big Sis, but she had her "Mom" moments, at least until she was Put on a Bus) and now that she's gone, Sara seems to be stepping into the role a bit; CSI: Miamihas Alexx, who even acts matronly to the corpses that come her way, or did until she was Put on a Bus. 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 Only Sane Man at The Daily Show.
  • Despite being male, Ren from Engine Sentai Go-onger fits this pretty well, to the extent that other characters on the show have actually dubbed him the mom of the group.
  • Ted has strong shades of this trope too. In fact, while Ted is Lampshaded in-canon as being the Team Dad, 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.
  • The Big Bang Theory's Penny is occasionally roped into this, as she is too sympathetic to refuse the job. Usually ends up getting stuck with 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 Leonard 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 Band of Brothers, as he most often is the one looking out for Easy Company.
  • Alex of Noah's Arc generally falls into this role, being the warmest and most nurturing one of the group.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Both Alyssa Enrile/White Tiger Ranger and Princess Shayla from Power Rangers Wild Force. Alyssa is even seen reading fairy tales to her friends and becomes a schoolteacher after the Grand Finale
  • Katie, the Yellow Time Force Ranger. And her legendary hugs.
  • In That '70s Show, Eric Forman's mother Kitty mothers everyone in the gang. They need it, since they have abusive or neglectful families.
  • The 30 Rock episode "Khonani" was about how Liz Lemon is this, in addition to being the Only Sane Woman, to her co-workers.
  • In Firefly, Inara fills in this role for Serenity's crew from time to time, most commonly with River. And Mal is the Team Dad. Their Belligerent Sexual Tension makes this trope even more apparent, when Inara and Mal argue it comes off as "Oh no, Mom and Dad are fighting again!"
  • Alex from Ashes to Ashes. 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 severe beatings, death, and an eleven-year-old school boy being thrown in a cell. Almost lampshaded twice:
    *hits man holding a knife to Gene's throat over the head with a crowbar*
    Alex: Say hello to mummy bear
    • And:
    Gene: I left the children playing
  • Henrietta 'Hetty' Lange in NCIS: Los Angeles is very much the Team Mom. More emphatically, she's a short, sweet, scary, seventy-year-old spy of a Team Mom. Don't get on her bad side.
  • Deconstructed in Community episode 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!"
  • Stargate Atlantis: Elizabeth Weir is fittingly a world class diplomat, though the team's squabbles are bad enough to challenge her. Sheppard can slip into Team Dad depending on the episode, and the pair are Designated Parents to the whole expedition.
  • Janet Frasier of Stargate SG-1 could lapse into this in her role as The Medic.
  • 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 (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."
  • Greg Parker in Flashpoint is the more empathetic leader of Team One and definitely cares for the team more openly than team leader/Team Dad 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.
  • Sister Julienne on Call the Midwife. She is, essentially, the glue that holds Nonnatus House together.
  • On 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 Sherlock Holmes 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.
  • Charmed: Though she yo-yos between Mama Bear and Big Brother Instinct, 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 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.
  • On Graceland, Charlie serves as the Team Mom for the house, often providing comfort and guidance to the others. This is highlighted in "Bon Voyage", where she's the one who's finally able to convince Mike that he needs to get help for his drug addiction.
  • Gypsy became this for the Satellite of Love crew on Mystery Science Theater 3000, starting with "The Beatniks" when Joel was acting very out of character and abusing Tom and Crow, leading Gypsy to go full on Mama Bear.

  • Older Than Feudalism: In the Gospel of John (19:25-27) Jesus, on the cross and near death, made his mother Mary the Team Mom for the early Christians. And now she's considered Team Mom for the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Churches; the Protestant churches tend to downplay her importance, although some do it more than others (for instance, Marian devotion can get to near-Catholic levels among some High Church Anglicans).


    Video Games 
  • Damsel, the Tsundere Brujah of the Anarchs from Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 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.
  • Nanaly Fletch from Tales of Destiny 2. She cooks for the party and is accommodating enough to take out ingredients Judas doesn't like, mends clothes, and listens to Reala's problems when she's upset. She does all this while being a Tomboy with a Girly Streak and one of the big people on the team.
  • In Fire Emblem, you have Eyvel (Thracia 776) and Titania (Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn). They play Team Mom 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: ...
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, 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 (even if he's male), as s/he is the only character that all the other Shepherds feel comfortable talking to (even former enemies like Gangrel, Walhart, and Aversa). Best expressed by Noire in her supports with a female Avatar.
    • Among the 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. Even better if Lucina is Cynthia's actual older sister.
  • The Boss of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is frequently referenced as this in relation to the Cobras, making her another of the rare villainous examples. Or maybe not so villainous. She also gave birth during the landing on Normandy in WWII, making her the literal Team Mom. The fact that she had a romantic/sexual relationship and a son with one of her team members (who stillconsidered her a maternal figure) is made fun of in The Last Days of FOXHOUND.
  • Mitsuru Kirijou from 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: 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 House Husband.
    • The Protagonist of Persona 4 is a Rare Male Example; his responsibilities include being Team Chef and Warrior Therapist to his group of friends, as well as Meido once Nanako and Dojima are hospitalized.
  • In Samurai Warriors, 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.
  • Chizuru Kagura from The King of Fighters, 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 Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami to work as a team. Wow. Lampshaded by Kyo himself and Terry Bogard in Sky Stage. If you have them beat 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.
  • In Planescape: Torment, 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 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 Dragon Age: Origins after joining your group, particularly to 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 The Corps Is Mother 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.
  • Varric of Dragon Age II is downright nurturing towards Merrill and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Bethany; he also takes care of Anders after he starts on his downward spiral. Aveline meanwhile is more of the Team Dad.
  • Mass Effect: Shepard can fulfill the role. As a Paragon, (s)he sorts out the crew's emotional baggages and delivers stern lectures when those are needed. Conversely, Renegade Shepard is a "don't make me come over there" type of an abusive parent who keeps the "kids" in line with fear.
  • Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War 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.
  • In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Squall Leonhart is seen having to look after Zidane and Bartz during their journey, and being the voice of reason on the group. Fan artists didn't miss the opportunity. Cecil also takes on this role towards Firion, Terra, and the Onion Knight. It doesn't help Squall any that this characterization extends to Kingdom Hearts II as well when it comes to Sora. Considering that his background is coming from an orphanage, and a good deal of the original game is about parental themes this actually makes perfect sense.
  • Aqua in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, particularly when she meets the Lost Boys. She also serves this role in the main protagonists' Power Trio. At times, the relationship between her, Terra, and 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."

    Web Comics 
  • Vandi of What Birds Know 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 Promotion to Parent after her mother died in childbirth.
  • Zombie from Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name 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 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 Homestuck is this to the trolls, and makes a point of helping many of them during the arc. This may have something to do with why she's the only troll 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 name, "Maryam" refers to Miriam, or Mary (as in the Virgin Mary), and her screen name, "grimAuxillatrix" is taken from "Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix", and is also derived from auxilium, meaning "assistance" in Latin.
  • Monica seems to fill this role in Wapsi Square. 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 Buwaro and Keiri in Slightly Damned. 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 Stand Still, Stay Silent, Mikkel fills this role, being The Medic and the Number One to Team Dad Sigrun. Mikkel patches up wounds, decontaminates, comforts and feeds everyone, and looks after the team in general. His two dad traits are his somewhat brusque demeanor and his never-ending stream of dad jokes.

    Web Original 
  • 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 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 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 desire to watch out for his more reckless sister.
  • Skippy's List has examples:
    88. Must not refer to 1st Sgt as "Mom".
  • Mindbird of the Wild Pack in the Whateley Universe. 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 The Platoon Of Power Squadron. She does her best to keep the others under control, and constantly refers to them as a family (despite Jonas protesting that they are DEFINITELY NOT).
  • The Knights of Fandom is run by one of these. Some of the members even call her Mom.
  • Pyrrha of RWBY, though most of her nurturing is initially directed towards Jaune. Word of God confirms that she's like this to everyone.
    • Yang can be like this as well, not only being a big sister figure to Ruby but also lending emotional support to Blake.
  • In Noob, Elyx seems to fill that role for Relic Hunter guild. She seems to be the one keeping her guildmaster's Hair-Trigger Temper under control and has given a "just shut up" to the team's dumb Casanova Wannabe at moments where him keeping on talking could only make things worse.
  • Maria in Persona Millenium is considered a maternal figure to at least one person, and is generally responsible for keeping her team together.

    Western Animation 
  • Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender. 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 Tear Jerker; 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 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. D'aww...
  • Number 362 of Codename: Kids Next Door:
    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?!
  • Suzie Chan on The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan is mostly a Cool Big Sis, 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 Recess, Miss Grotke is one to the entire fourth 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.
  • A Rare Male Example is Mike from Motor City who leads the Burners against Kane and still finds time to ask about their personal issues, even play match-maker on occasion. For a guy who pulls off Crazy Awesome stunts both in and out of his Cool Car Mike is surprisingly sensitive.
  • Rose Quartz of Steven Universe is very clearly this, a charismatic rebel leader who every member of her squad considered a combination mother, leader and mentor. Sadly she died giving birth to Steven before the series began, and it becomes increasingly obvious that the team is struggling to cope without her. Garnet and Pearl try to step up as replacements. Pearl unfortunately is emotionally brittle and insecure, and her attempts to be a disciplinarian only annoy her fellow Gem Amethyst. Garnet on the other hand is an effective leader but lacks the personal skills to deal with the emotional issues of her team, and acts as more of a Team Dad.

    Real Life 
  • 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 article.
  • At a wildlife sanctuary in England, a rescued Greyhound, of all things, is surrogate mom to everything from puppies to a barn owl.
  • Mary Ann Patten navigated the clipper Neptune's Car around Cape Horn while being The Caretaker to her sick husband and being 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 Queen Vicky was Team Mom to the entire British Empire. Hell, toward the end she was getting to be the Team Mom 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, 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.
  • Jane Lynch (aka Sue Sylvester) is reportedly this for the entire cast of Glee, to the point where she calls them her "babies."
  • To Quentin Tarantino 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.
  • In Drag, a Drag Mother is both this, and in some cases a Parental Substitute, 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 Stage Names. 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.
  • Brazillian president Dilma Rousseff is sometimes called "Dilmăe" (Dilmom, or Dilmommy) by poorer people.
  • 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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Team Mum